Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Twenty Twelve

*Sigh* another year... 

Whether you partied in the downtown streets, a friend's house or at an over the top hotel banquet room, I very much hope you enjoyed yourself. I know of a couple that partied in Australia... Jealous.

Downtown Toronto was BA...NANAS last night. The TTC provided free transit from 12am-4am to lure people away from drinking and driving. This is one of the pros of the TTC, in a sea of many cons. 
Parts of Queen street and Yonge street were blocked off, especially Queen street due to the mass crowd at Nathan Phillips Square.

I'm probably just getting old, but New Year's parties aren't as appealing to me. I am very content with staying home with take out, wine and watching a movie with close friends than getting glammed up to party. Clubs, lounges, bars... are all great but on certain occasions, not the Thursday to Sunday partying I used to do in my early 20s. Aside from making it to the bar before last call, try some other activities with friends, explore the city and discover.

We've all spent hundreds on Christmas gifts, so here are some non-Clubbing and low cost events in Toronto for Winter 2012:


When: December 3rd, 2011- February 19th, 2012
            EVERY SATURDAY 8pm-11pm (excl. xmas eve, NY eve)

Where: Harbourfront 


What: This winter’s DJ Skate Night series features 10 FREE late-night skating events with some of Toronto’s best party-rockers including Cherry Bomb DJs, 1 LOVE T.O., Cratery, DJ medicineman, Promise DJs and FLOW 93.5 FM.

Cost: FREE


When: February 26th, 2012

Where: The Power Plant - 231 Queens Quay West (Queens Quay & Lower Simcoe)

COST: $4 Members, $6 Non-members (per child)

What: Inspired by the Malabar People, the dramatic portrait series by Stan Douglas currently on view at The Power Plant, this workshop will explore creative drawing and collage approaches to portraiture.

Using various materials and working with a partner, participants will learn about the fundamentals of portraiture such as framing, proportion and setting, as well as basic lighting techniques. The portraits will then be transformed through a mosaic magazine collage technique to create invented backgrounds.

Kids will receive their portraits at the end of the workshop and parents are expected to join their children in all activities.


When: January 7th, 2012 - January 29th, 2012

Where: Scarborough Museum
            1007 Brimley

Cost: By donation

What: Take it back to the 90s – the 1890s! See how the Victorians took advantage of the winter months as they traveled from party to party! Play party games, sample party treats, listen to popular music of the time period and have a grand time! Admission is by donation.


When: March 17th, 2012- April 15th, 2012
          Times vary, please call.

Where: Factory Theatre
           125 Bathurst Street
           (Bathurst and Adelaide)

What: The Toronto premiere of the hilarious and irreverent comedy. Granny travels from Bombay to visit her beloved grandson Nico who is in hospital in Vancouver. Her “cure alls” are attitudes, platitudes and a full flask of whiskey. Despite Nico’s neurotic and hysterical protests, Granny helps him truly heal – ultimately proving that laughter is the best medicine. 

My Granny the Goldfish was featured as a reading in Factory Theatre’s 2009 CrossCurrents Festival and premiered in 2010 at The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.

 ---<3 Happy New Year Everyone :)

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