There’s going to be lots of ice in Toronto this weekend, so why not make use of it and then head inside to be entertained? Multiple skate parties go down at rinks across the city, incredible musicians are here to make you dance, and this year’s best Canadian films are showing at TIFF.
Events you might want to check out:
Canada's Top Ten (January 12-21 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
TIFF presents a curated list of the best Canadian cinema of 2017. First up this weekend is Adventures in Public School, a rare breed of teen comedy that isn't often produced in Canada.
Matador (January 12 @ Nest)
The Dublin-born international techno sensation stops at Toronto's Nest on January 12th along his 2018 North America Tour.
Vintage Prom (January 12 @ The Great Hall)
Toronto's biggest vintage dance party returns to the Great Hall so you can re-live or re-do your prom. This year's theme celebrates Hollywood style between the 1920s and 1950s.
Azhar Usman (January 12-13 @ Aga Khan Museum)
Discover why the press has called Azhar Usman's show “one of the most unusual and uplifting cross-cultural experiences you’ll have." Usman has opened for Dave Chappelle 50 times.
Give Me a Beat (January 12 @ AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario)
Blank Canvas Toronto heads to the AGO to host a multidisciplinary exploration of the modern art scene using live poetry, music, and dance from a dozen talented artists.
Beats and Bents: Djork and Didicious (January 12 @ The Bentway)
This is the first in a weekly series of alternative skating parties that kicks off at the Bentway this Friday. Djork and Didicious are spinning the best hip-hop and R&B tracks out there all night.
SHADE (January 13 @ The Royal)
SHADE is a live stand up comedy show celebrating comedians of colour, comedians from the lgbtq+ community, and comedians who identify as women. This week's show marks the one year anniversary.
Cherry Bomb's DJ Skate Night (January 13 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Cherry Bomb, the local women's and queer party series, takes over Harbourfront's skating rink for a night of high-voltage house, funk, and hip hop.
Solar System Social (January 13 @ Burdock)
This is a space-themed speaker series exploring ideas and research from the world of planetary science through short and sweet 20 minute talks from an astrophysicist, and engineer, and a comedian.
Cosplay Ice Skate (January 13 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Toronto's most devoted pop culture enthusiasts take the Harbourfront Centre's skating rink by storm in their coolest, most impressive costumes. It's like a mini Fan Expo but on ice!
Monster Jam (January 14 @ Rogers Centre)
Probably the most action-packed way to spend your Sunday, Monster Jam pulls into Toronto, bringing adrenaline-charged entertainment to the Rogers Centre.
Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (January 14 @ Toronto Plaza Hotel)
40 vendor tables worth of new and vintage sports memorabilia, Blue Jays and Maple Leafs collectibles, autographs, jerseys, and more land at this free admission expo.
Body Heat (January 12 @ Handlebar)
You can contribute your body heat at this rock, funk, disco, and hip hop dance party features DJ Jamie Pudwell. There's no cover fee for this one.
Friday Night Jazz (January 12 – December 14 @ Ripley's Aquarium of Canada)
For the uninitiated, Friday Night Jazz is a monthly, underwater themed jazz party that goes down at Ripley's Aquarium. Live bands, cash bars, and incredible views make this a party to put on your radar.
Beavis And Butt-Head 90s Dance Party (January 13 @ Sneaky Dee's)
Better grab your Nirvana tee and tattered jeans, because Sneaky Dee's is hosting a Beavis and Butt-Head themed dance party, spinning the best 90s tunes and MTV calssics all night.
Rob Zombie Birthday Bash (January 13 @ Cherry Cola's Rock 'n' Rolla Cabaret and Lounge)
DJs, live bands, go go dancers, and an overall sense of mischief will all accent this birthday party and tribute to auteur filmmaker and musician Rob Zombie.
Heroes: Bowie & Prince Video Dance Party (January 13 @ Velvet Underground)
This now annual event celebrates the music of the Starman and the Purple One, in addition to the music of other heroes who passed this year, like Tom Petty, Gord Downie, and Chester Bennington.
Nacht.TO One Year Anniversary (January 13 @ One Loft)
Nacht.TO has been hosting music and arts events around Toronto for one year now, and is looking back Saturday night with a multi-room anniversary party featuring Black Asteroid and Ryan Lamont.
Sunset Culture Club (January 12 @ Farside)
DJ Morgan Yew spins rare party jams on vinyl only for a no cover music night at this East Chinatown bar.
Exclaim's Class of 2018 (January 13 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
Exclaim! and veteran show organizer Dan Burke bring the brightest new musical talent in Toronto to your attention at this show featuring The Nude Party, Brenda, Blind Matty, and Kalir Horse.
Yacht (January 13 @ The Garrison)
The Portland based dance pop duo lands in Toronto to play music from their six album discography and maybe even some new material if we're lucky. It's been three years since their last release.
Blackalicious (January 14 @ Lee's Palace)
This Californian hip hop duo bring their tongue twisting, complex verses to Lee's Palace, proving that Lady Bird isn't the only noteworthy Sacramento export.
Gus Dapperton (January 14 @ Drake Underground)
The self-produced 20 year old artist has been garnering attention since the release of the Yellow and Such EP. Dapperton takes on the Drake Underground this Sunday.
Mountain (January 12 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Willem Dafoe narates this epic and harrowing documentary that takes you through some of Earth's most breathtaking landscapes.
Anime Hell Night (January 13 @ Eyesore Cinema)
Escape the howling winds and enter Eyesore Cinema's newest screening room for two hours of the weirdest short-form Japanese cartoons these curators could find.
Bob Dylan: Trouble No More (January 13 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
This concert film and documentary features never-before-seen footage from Bob Dylan's 1980 performance in Toronto as well as Buffalo. For local Dylan diehards, this is a must catch.
Plan 9 From Outer Space (January 14 @ Handlebar)
Not just bad but iconic, the Blind Eye Movie Club kicks off their 2018 season with a free screening of this alien, zombie, and cringe infused sci-fi picture by Ed Wood.
Niagara Icewine Tour (January 12-28 @ New World Wine Tours)
A tour bus will pick you up in Toronto and take you to Niagara wine country for the day, where you'll learn about icewine production, tour the vineyard, and enjoy lunch at the winery.
Pierogi Me! Pop-Up (January 12 @ Left Field Brewery)
Pierogis and beer, the ultimate power couple, unite at the brewery for a free admission food fest. Your carbs count will be off the charts, so make it a cheat day you'll never forget.