5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, January 9

Jan 9 2020, 4:26 am

The weekend is almost here, but there’s no reason to wait a whole 24-hours before celebrating. Get out and have some fun this Thursday, January 9.

Toronto Maple Leafs Outdoor Practice

What: Cheer on the Maple Leafs as they take to the ice at one of Toronto’s most iconic outdoor rinks — Nathan Phillips Square — for practice. There will be a few days of events but on Thursday, January 9, the full Leafs team will hit the ice for practice, which will kick-start a full weekend of hockey-oriented activities. There will be a First Responders Game. Saturday will see a Skills Competition featuring players from the PWHPA including US and Canadian Olympians.

Sunday will feature an Alumni Game of past Leafs players starting at noon, a screening of the Leafs vs. Florida Panthers game at 7 pm.

When: January 9 to 12
Time: Times vary for different events, team practice at noon on January 9
Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

In the Moment with Larnell Lewis

What: From his explosive Grammy-winning performances with Snarky Puppy to his own Juno-nominated recording on his latest album In the Moment, Larnell Lewis has emerged as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in the world. It’s an evening of jazz by one of the best drummers in the genre.

When: Thursday, January 9
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Great Hall — 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: $55, available online

Let’s Get Shawn Mendes to Comedy Bar

What: This brand new variety show is full of stand-up, improv, sketch and musical comedy. All of which is intended to… you guessed it, Bring Shawn Mendes to Comedy Bar.

Come and have a drink, a laugh, and maybe a performance from Shawn Mendes?

When: Thursday, January 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Comedy Bar — 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $10, available online

FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival

What: It’s a pay-what-you-can festival featuring some of the best short films from around the world. It also includes a forum for audience feedback and drinks on sale. Engage in film in a new and social way.

When: Thursday, January 9
Time: 7 pm
Where: Carlton Cinemas — 20 Carlton Street
Admission: Pay-what-you-can, tickets available early online

Luke Lalonde

What: The Perpetual Optimist himself will be performing tonight at the Drake Underground. Former singer of Born Ruffians, Lalonde is an increadible solo and cross-genre artist, if you’re not already aware of him, you’ll want to check out this show.

When: Thursday, January 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Drake Underground — 1150 Queen Street West
Admission: $12, available online

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