10 Things to do in Toronto this Weekend: January 10-12

Weekend events

Toronto, it’s almost Friday, which means it’s almost time to kick back and have some fun by checking out some of the awesome weekend events happening in the city.

And sure, Environment Canada may have forecast that Toronto is going to be hit with a slight storm, but that shouldn’t prevent you from checking out what’s taking place throughout the city this weekend — just promise us you’ll bring an umbrella and bundle up if you decide to do so.

Read on to find out about all the exciting events happening in the city this weekend.

READ: 6 Subway Stations Will Be Completely Closed This Weekend

The Bentway Skate Trail: Winter Season


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Underneath The Gardiner, you’ll find a magical 220-metre, figure-eight skate trail with a winter village and skate lessons and rentals available. The winter village will offer hot chocolate and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for skaters and spectators while warming stations will help visitors get toasty before getting back on the ice. So head on down to The Bentway and skate to the sound of music as you explore an area that was once vacant and forgotten.

When: Open now through February 17
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
 The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Free to skate (rentals start at $)

Toronto Maple Leafs Outdoor Activities at Nathan Phillips Square


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If you didn’t make it to the Leaf’s outdoor public practice on Thursday, there is still plenty of fun to be had at Nathan Phillips Square over the weekend. Hockey fans can look forward to Maple Leafs alumni games, a skills competition, mascot games, live entertainment, giveaways, activations, free public skating, and more.

When: Friday, January 10 to Sunday, January 12
 Events will take place at various times
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Free to attend

Chris Hadfield Presents: Generator


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Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, is bringing Generator back to Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall on Friday. During the experience, scientists, comedians, celebrities, musicians, and even a dancing cyborg will take to the stage. Generator 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: 60 Simcoe Street
Price: Tickets from $15

The Phantom of the Opera


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Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera will make a triumphant return to Toronto as part of its North American Tour. The story follows The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

When: Performances are Friday through Sunday this weekend
Time: Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West
Price: Tickets from $69

The Dirty North


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Sometimes all you need is a few good laughs to turn your day around. If you’re in need of a good laugh, head to Comedy Bar on Friday for The Dirty North, which promises to not disappoint. 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, and more.

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

DJ Skate Night: Soul Kitchen


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Get ready to lace up your skates and have some fun at this outdoor winter party that brings you skating and a stellar lineup of DJs. Cure your winter blue with this event.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: from 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W
Price: Free

Sneaky Dees 90s Dance Party


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Dig out your party pants and dancing shoes and head to Sneaky Dees this Saturday for the popular College West bar’s 90s dance party. This event is 19+.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: Doors open at 10 pm
Where: 431 College Street West
Price: Tickets start at $5

Long Winter


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The Gladstone Hotel is hosting Long Night this Saturday, which is an evening of immersive and interactive music, installations, visual art, readings, food, and dance.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: 1214 Queen Street West
Price: By donation, tickets available online

Mayor’s Skate Party

You’re invited to kick off 2020 with Mayor John Tory and city councillors at Kew Gardens in the Beaches neighbourhood. The annual event is a fun, family-friendly afternoon filled with music, hot beverages, and of course lots of skating. Don’t have skates? Don’t worry, the skating party will have free skate rentals. However, quantities are limited and will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Sunday, January 12
1 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen Street East
Price: Free to attend

No Pants Subway Ride


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The annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ returns to Toronto for another cheeky year this Sunday. Hosted by the No Pants Society, the risqué event will be taking place simultaneously in over 50 cities around the world with the intention of bringing a smile to commuters’ faces. Here in Toronto, the pantless ride will be followed by a parade from Wellesley Station to a no-pants dance party (location to be announced).

When: January 12
Time: 3 pm to 10 pm
Where: The ride begins at the CF Eaton Centre’s Dundas Street entrance
Price: Free to participate, but you’ll have to pay for your TTC ride

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