11 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, January 26

Jan 24 2020, 6:09 pm

Make this Sunday simply spectacular.

Toronto might be cold outside, but it’s still heating up this weekend with plenty of amazing things to do. Check out our list of great events and have some fun this Sunday, January 26.

2020 Lunar New Year Celebrations

To highlight the fifteen-day celebrations and in welcoming the year of the Rat, Toronto Chinatown BIA will spearhead the celebrations with an opening ceremony in Dragon City Mall followed by a magnificent lantern exhibition, and a lineup of interactive games and performances to showcase the rich heritage of Asian traditions during the 2020 Lunar New Year Celebrations.

When: On until February 9
Where: Dragon City Mall — 280 Spadina Avenue


What: This art installation is an interactive retro-futuristic machine powered by you. Visitors can hop on two at a time into one of the six illuminated cylinders and pump a lever to activate the lights and glowing images within the loop.

When: Now until February 9
Where: York Street Park — York and Harbour Streets
Admission: Free

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the fourth year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the light festival will be taking over the historic area, filling it with light, and becoming one of the largest open-air sculpture galleries in North America, according to organizers.

When: Now until March 1
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free

Phantom of the Opera

What: Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera returns to Toronto as part of its North American Tour. The beloved story is backed by an Orchestra of 52, making it one of the largest productions now on tour.

When: Now until February 2
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West
Admission: Tickets available online starting at $59

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

What: When the weather starts to drop, it means it’s officially time to go skating. And it just so happens that the city’s most scenic rink has opened its doors for the winter season. The Natrel Rink is complete with heated indoor change rooms and its own rink-side bar and grill for those interested in getting a snack post-skate. The best part? Skating at the Harbourfront rink is totally free. 

When: Now until spring
Time: Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

Sinful Sundays Burlesque

What: Sinful Sundays is Cherry Cola’s signature burlesque event. Come be entertained at the weekly “temple of tease,” featuring an always rotating lineup of gorgeous burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts, including performers from all over the nation.

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 9 pm
Where: Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘n’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge — 200 Bathurst Street
Admission: No cover

He-Tox Presents: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

What: From hell’s heart comes one of the most over-acted movies of all time. Beam yourself up to the second (and first actually good) Star Trek feature film. Enjoy the movie and be ready to yell “Khan!” when the moment comes.

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 7 pm
Where: Church Street Espresso — 585 Church Street

Murder at the ROM

What: A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, all connected to secrets in the collections. Work in teams of two to six people and follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you must crack a cryptic code left in the curator’s appointment book to solve the mystery. After solving the crime, you’re free to explore the museum!

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 1 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queens Park
Admission: $44.99, available online

Grammy Viewing Party at The Gladstone

What: Hosts Kaleb Robertson and Anasimone George will be hosting a night of laughs and large award statues while providing commentary, trivia, and more during the commercial breaks. Come and cheer on your favourite nominees and watch on-screen performances by the years biggest artist.

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West
Admission: No cover

Tales from the Big Smoke

What: Tales from the Big Smoke brings some of the city’s best short films to the big screen. Taking a trip through Toronto over time, the films are from veteran journalists, iconic Canadian artists, and some of our most interesting creators working today, tell stories of our past, present, and future.

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 6 pm
Where: Paradise — 1006 Bloor Street West
Admission:$14, available online

Suckers for Trivia Present: Oscar Winning Movies

What: The Oscars are right around the corner so this month movie lovers can go up against each other for six rounds of questions all about Oscar winning movies. There will be multiple rounds and categories, enough to keep even the biggest film buffs guessing.

When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 7 pm
Where: 489B Church Street

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