5 things to do in Toronto today: Wednesday, January 1

Dec 31 2019, 6:55 am

The sun has dawned on a new and powerful decade. Get ready for adventure, excitement, and writing the wrong year on documents for at least another month.

It’s time to start acting like it’s 2020 and have some fun this Wednesday, January 1.

Toronto Polar Bear Dip

What: Nothing says “we run these streets” like jumping into a freezing cold water on the first day of the year. Take a plunge and invigorate your senses. Donations are accepted and all money raised goes to supporting charity.

When: Wednesday, January 1
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Sunnyside Beach – Lake Ontario
Admission: Free

The New Year’s Eve 24HR Afterparty Marathon

What: Are you ready to keep going? Or maybe you fell asleep early and are seeking some redemption. Whatever the case, there’s a serious after party that kept going after the ball dropped and never stopped. There will be a huge lineup of increadible people pumping out solid music all day and night.

When: Wednesday, January 1
Time: Wednesday, 3:30 am to 3:30 am Thursday
Where: 120 Church Street
Admission: $28, available online

Spirited Away

What: Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. It’s a Studio Ghibli masterpiece of r

When: Wednesday, January 1
Time: 1 pm
Where: Revue Cinema — 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
Admission: $10 to $13, available online

New Year’s Day yoga

What: Begin the new year in quiet reflection. Take time for an extended practice that will begin with gentle flowing movement, followed by restorative yoga and meditation. This class is suitable for all levels.

When: Wednesday, January 1
Time: 1 pm
Where: Yoga Star — 15 Roncesvalles Avenue
Admission: $30

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective

What: He’s one of the globe’s greatest and most iconic of filmmakers. See 27 of the master’s feature movies, playing into the new year, and see what makes Marty one of the best.

When: Now until January 4
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King Street West
Admission: Prices vary, available online