24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: January 10 to 12

Jan 10 2020, 2:10 pm

Winter is in full swing. It’s time to show your seasonal affective disorder whose boss, by getting out to one of these great events.

There’s a lot going on this weekend, and we’ve found just a few of the great things happening in Toronto this January 10 to 12.

Friday, December 10

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

Wax Candy: Disco Fridays

What: Playing soulful, refreshing, and uplifting Disco all night. Listen to the selection from DJ Efsharp and Cyclist at this weekly dance event. Be prepared for disco standards you already know and some deep cuts that will probably surprise you.

When: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: The Piston — 937 Bloor Street West
Admission: Free if you register online

Julius Caesar

What: In the most powerful state on earth, a coalition of educated elites, alarmed at their leader’s populist, authoritarian reforms, conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, a civil war erupts, as ghosts, revolutionaries, and politicians contend with what they’ve done, and what’s to come.

When: On until January 26
Time: Times vary
Where: Crow’s Theatre — 345 Carlaw Avenue
Admission: Tickets $30 to $55

9th Annual Toronto Tango Marathon

What: Get ready for an amazing weekend of Argentine Tango in Toronto, with beautiful music, great venue, lots of dancing, and delicious refreshments. There will be DJs to keep you dancing to the wee hours. Get ready for three days and three nights of non-stop Tango.

When: January 10 to 12
Time: Friday, 9 pm to 3 am; Saturday, 1 pm to 4 am, Sunday, noon to midnight
Where: The Continental Dance Club — 3141 Wharton Way
Admission: Tickets start at $130 for a single person, $240 for a couple, register online


What: Get ready for scientists, comedians, celebrities, musicians, and sometimes even a dancing cyborg. Created by astronaut Chris Hadfield, it is Toronto’s one-stop-shop for engaging with some of the world’s most incredible and overlooked talent. With a stage presence ranging from Afghan educators to Cambodian elephant caretakers to Toronto comedians and British roboticists, it is a truly unique experience not to be missed.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 8 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
Admission: $15 to $105, available online

Love Affair

What: Friday nights are meant for partying. It’s time to hit the streets and hear some great Hip Hop, Trap, R&B, Reggae, Top 40, New Wave club hits. It’s one place you can have the most fun this weekend.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 11:30 pm to 3 am
Where: Juliet — 510 King Street West

The Dirty North

What: Not for the faint of heart, get ready for some raucous comedy. The Dirty North has sold out over 40 times in the last four years with some of the top Comedians in North America who have been featured on Netflix, Comedy Central, Just For Laughs, CBC +, and more.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 11 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Comedy Bar — 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $14, online; $18 at the door

From the Ground Up Toronto: 1st Annual Planting Film Festival

What: It’s an evening of film, music, comedy, and dance. Come celebrate the art of planting trees, forestry innovation, and the act of capturing carbon. They will be showing a variety of raw originals and classic films, existing shorts, and yet to be seen documentary trailers that all provide insight into the honour of planting trees, sustainable forestry innovations and the act of capturing carbon.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 7 pm
Where: Mod Club Theatre — 722 College Street West
Admission: $20, available online

Free Friday Film – Paprika

What: It’s basically like an Anime version of Inception, just way more colourful and off the wall. It’s an incredibly winding story about therapeutic technology distorted for the purposes of murder.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 7 pm
Where: Innis Town Hall — 2 Sussex Avenue
Admission: Free

Sneaky Dee’s 90s Dance Party

What: Sneaky Dee’s is a premier location for awesome nights and music in Toronto. If you’re a 90s child, or just someone who appreciates the culture, you’re going to want to check this event out.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 10 pm
Where: Sneaky Dee’s — 431 College Street West
Admission: $5, available online

Saturday, January 11

Long Winter

What: This epic show has 10 increadible musicians performing at the Gladstone Hotel this Saturday. Along with a whole collection of artists, this show is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Tea Base, a politicized DIY community art space in the basement of Chinatown Centre.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West
Admission: By donation, tickets available online

Holodeck Follies

What: Holodeck Follies is Canada’s longest-running Star Trek parody show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Now in its seventh year, The Dandies spontaneously create a new Star Trek episode every month. Every show opens with variety comedy, hosted by stand-up comedian Hisham Kelati (he’s very funny).

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 8 pm
Where: 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $15

2020 Vision Sound Bath

What: Join certified sound therapy practitioners Melody Alderton-Ballik, Rufus Glassco, Nicole Manes, and Laura Notton, as they create an original soundscape for the gathered group. Just make sure to bring a yoga mat.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 6 pm
Where: Better Life Studios — 390 Dupont Street, #Suite 201
Admission: $25, available online

DJ Skate Nights

What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This year you can expect another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights.

When: Now until February 15 (Saturday evenings)
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

Bump In the Night

What: Looking to get your freak on? DJ Precious Brett will be spinning rock, soul, classic pop, and other rarities all Saturday night. If you like to dance, this is the place to be.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 pm
Where: Swan Dive — 1631 Dundas Street West

Caroll Spinney Tribute: Follow That Bird

What: It’s a screening honouring the life of Caroll Spinney, the incredible puppeteer who gave brought Big Bird to the world. Check out Big Bird’s first and only starring vehicle, 1985’s Follow That Bird.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Revue Cinema — 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
Admission: $10 to $13, available online

FIGURES Saturdays

What: It’s the place to be in Yorkville if you want to hear hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and afro party music. This night will feature Toronto music heads DJ Summer Knocks and DJ Filthy, who will keep the floor moving all night.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10:30 pm
Where: Figures Toronto — 137 Avenue Road
Admission: Free, register online

Sunday, January 12

No Pants Subway Ride

No Pants Subway Ride


What: The No Pants Subway Ride is back for another cheeky year. Hosted by the No Pants Society, the risqué subway ride will be happening simultaneously in 50+ cities around the world with the hopes of bringing a smile to commuters’ faces.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: Start time to come
Where: Participating TTC Stations (starting station coming soon, check event page for details)
Price: Free

Mayor’s Skate Party

What: Celebrate 2020 with Mayor John Tory and city councillors in the Beach neighbourhood. The annual event is a fun, family-friendly afternoon of music, hot beverages, and of course lots of skating. Everyone is welcome.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens — 2075 Queen Street East
Admission: Free


What: Sunday is the opening reception of FIBRE WORKS, an interesting and personal display of local fabric works. The three featured artists will be at the reception to talk about their work. If you can’t make the reception then the works will be on display for two more weeks.

When: January 12 to 26
Time: Reception runs noon to 1 pm
Where: 175 St. Clair Avenue West
Admission: Free

TEQUILA Cocktail Making Workshop

What: Curious about Tequila? Attend this Eat Through Toronto events and guests will learn how to make three different cocktails that are built on the spirit in a hands-on workshop with a mixologist.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 3 to 4:30 pm
Where: Montauk Bar — 765 Dundas Street West
Admission: $45, available online


What: It’s the story of a pig overcoming some serious boundaries and becoming a sheepherder. Winning the respect of his animal friends and one very crusty farmer in the process. It’s Babe!

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 pm
Where: Paradise — 1006 Bloor Street West
Admission: $14, available online

Partners in Art present Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

What: Watch history get rewritten as Swedish artist Hilma af Klint finally takes her rightful place in history as a pioneer of abstract art. Over a century after her first boldly colourful painting got eclipsed by Wassily Kandinsky, she became the subject of a monumental Guggenheim exhibition, “Paintings for the Future”—at last getting the credit she deserves. This documentary explores why it took so long.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema — 506 Bloor Street West
Admission: $11.50, available online

Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs

What: Oh is it dunk o’clock already? It looks like it. Head downtown in your latest Raptors gear (or wear anything really, just go!) and see our guys take on the San Antonio Spurs.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 6 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Admission: Tickets currently start at $88, available online

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