Weekend events in Toronto include the first FNL ROM party of the year, tons of great concerts across the city, a bizarre kilt wearing skate party at Nathan Phillips Square, and the official kickoff for Winterlicious 2018.
Events you might want to check out:
Winterlicious (January 26 – February 18 @ Multiple Venues)
Toronto's favourite prix-fixe meal extravaganza features more than 200 Toronto restaurants, giving you plenty of reason to expand your horizons and explore the city's culinary scene.
Friday Night Live (January 26 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
Friday Night Live at the ROM returns for its first party of 2018. Groove out to the city's top DJs and live indie artists and explore the museum's newest exhibition about Black Canadian contemporary art.
Power Plant Winter Exhibitions Opening Party (January 26 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
The Power Plant kicks off its 2018 exhibition season with a huge free party. You'll be among the first to experience the year's all new exhibitions and hear about everything new coming this year.
NHL Alumni Winter Warm Up Game (January 26 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
The Alzherimer's charity hosts a shinny-style hockey game at Nathan Phillips Square with NHL alumni like Nik Antropov and Bryan Muir participating. Fans are encouraged to come watch the game!
Antikka Cafe and Records Grand Opening (January 26-27 @ Antikka – Cafe & Records)
This brand new cafe and record shop hybrid has its grand opening this weekend, celebrating with two nights of live Toronto artists performing as you explore the new haunts.
Sounds Of The City (January 26 @ May)
Not to be mistaken for last week's Soundtrack of the City, Sounds of the City has a similar mission statement of spotlighting the city's nightlife, but features comedy and food in addition to music.
DJ Skate Nights (January 27 @ Harbourfront Centre)
For The Culture, Canada's premier Afro-Caribbean party, brings energy, skating and positive vibes to this skate party with DJ Skitz, DJ Crossover and Spexx.
Solidarity rally for Quebec Mosque shooting (January 27 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
Toronto shows solidarity with Canada's Muslim community one year after the Quebec City mosque shooting, through a peaceful rally against Islamophobia outside Nathan Phillips Square.
Bombay Nights (January 27 @ Mod Club Theatre)
The winter edition of Toronto's official Bollywood party pops off at the Mod Club with DJ Prodiigy, JSG, and DJ Romeo spinning the best in Bollywood hits and Hindi remixes.
The Great Canadian Kilt Skate (January 28 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
Dozens of kilt wearing Scotsmen and Scottish heritage enthusiasts take to the ice at Nathan Phillips Square. Even if you don't own a kilt, swing by for free hot chocolate, cake, and to soak in this bizarre sight.
Mako (January 26 @ Velvet Underground)
The American DJ duo that makes up Mako make their way to the Velvet Underground for the Toronto stop along their 2018 Breathe Tour. It's an all ages night of electronic dance jams.
Exclaim's Class Of 2018 (January 26 @ Lee's Palace)
This weekend's Class of 2018 outing sees Exclaim! Magazine and Toronto promoter Dan Burke bring Tush, the Soul Motivators, plus Sick Wicked & Nasty to the stage at Lee's Palace.
Olivia & the Creepy Crawlies (January 26 @ Supermarket)
Local indie folk darlings Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies plans to release a new LP in spring, but decided they can't keep these songs secret any longer, and are playing the whole album live.
Burdock's Piano Fest (January 26 @ Burdock)
Burdock Brewery's international Piano Fest hosts six shows this weekend, starting with the Emily Stam Trio on Friday night. Each night there are two shows, one at 6:30 PM and another at 8:00 PM.
DJ Jazzy Jeff (January 27 @ Koerner Hall)
DJ Jazzy Jeff, one half of 90s hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith!) drops by Toronto alongside Canada's own Skratch Bastid for a boundary pushing night of live DJing.
No Doubt Tribute Band (January 27 @ Adelaide Hall)
Spiderwebs, a No Doubt tribute band, channels the raw attitude of Gwen Stefani and the killer ska sound of her band in this cover show going down at Adelaide Hall.
YBN Nahmir (January 27 @ Mod Club Theatre)
This 18 year old Alabama born rapper has been blowing up ever since the September release of "Rubbin Off The Paint," a track that currently boasts over 84 million plays on YouTube.
Beach Bash in the 6ix (January 26 @ Ripley's Aquarium of Canada)
Ever wanted to drink and party in an aquarium? Ripley's Aquarium's second annual 19+ indoor beach party can remedy that, with its Malibu rum bar, hot dance beats, and aquatic photo ops.
Dragonball FighterZ Release Party (January 26 @ Meltdown eSports Bar)
The most hyped-up Dragon Ball game to date lands this Friday, and dozens of anime and video game lovers plan to swarm the eSports bars to play the game and get wild with fellow DBZ fans.
Chopped (January 27 @ Striker Sports Bar)
All the hottest club tracks, hip hop, dancehall and ballroom beats land at Striker for the first ever Chopped party, featuring DJs Karim Olen Ash and Blackcat.
J E L L Y (January 27 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
Winter is back in full swing, and while that's a big bummer, it also the perfect time to head somewhere with tons of body heat and people moving. Bounce to house, trap, dancehall, and more all night.
Hey Girl Hey (January 27 @ The Baby G)
Back by popular demand, another women and queer centric dance party hits the Baby G, with DJ Orange Pekoe playing your favourite hip hop and R&B from female artists only.
The Cure 80s & 90s Dance Party (January 27 @ Remix Lounge)
An evening of new wave, post-punk, shoegaze, and classic alternative takes over Remix Lounge for a special 80s and 90s dance party, with a special spotlight on the music of The Cure.
Australia Day (January 26 @ Striker Sports Bar)
Strike partners with the crew at Kanga to deliver their traditional Australian meat pies in honour of Australia Day. Don't forget to wash 'em down with a can of Foster's.
Robbie Burns Night (January 27 @ Miller Lash House)
Scarborough's beautiful Miller Lash House hosts its fourth Robbie Burns Night on the Saturday, and boasts a prix fixe menu, the Toronto Police Pipe Band, dancers, plus fine wine and scotch.
the8fest (January 26-28 @ Beverley Halls SPK)
A three night, mini film festival returns to the city for its 11th year, bringing screenings, live performances, workshops, and even artist talks to Beverley Street.
The Room (January 27 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
The Citizen Kane of bad movies is having something of a renaissance following the release Hollywood adaptation / mockumentary, The Disaster Artist. You owe it to yourself to see the original on the big screen.
A Grammy Viewing Party (January 28 @ The Drake Hotel)
Watch the Grammy's live along with your fellow music and pop culture lovers at the Drake Hotel, and see if any hometown heroes take home awards. We're rooting for you, Daniel Caesar!
An Untitled Evening of Video Comedy (January 28 @ Comedy Bar)
Big Gumbo and host Che Durena return with a slate of original videos, live surprises, and free popcorn for everyone in attendance. Good vs. Evil is the theme of this month's ten dollar comedy show.