Notable Now Toronto: January 31, 2014

Black History
Date: Feb.   
Location: Various Locations 

February will be filled with all kinds of events celebrating Black History Month. Daniels Spectrum will have three shows that ‘explore past, present, and future narratives of black consciousness in the African Diaspora’, while TD’s Now and Then series will showcase past and present accomplishments of Black Canadians in six cities from coast to coast. There will also be galas, films, and readings throughout the city. Go out and get involved.

Super Bowl
Date: Feb. 2   
Location: New Jersey/Your Living Room

In case you haven’t heard, a few dozen men will be running around in tight uniforms this Sunday and only about a 100 million people or so will be watching. While Real Sports is an obvious choice for your viewing pleasure, we’d suggest you might have equally a good time catching the game at The Dock Ellis or Duke’s Refresher Bar. Then again, picking up a few pounds of smoked meat from Hogtown Smoke and yelling at the TV from your couch is always a strong option.

La Poutine
Date: Feb. 1-7
Location: Various Locations/Your Belly

The stars and gravy gods aligned to bring La Poutine Week to Toronto in the same weekend as the Superbowl. More than 20 restaurants across the city will be serving up their best version of Canadian pride, including the likes of Caplansky’s Delicatessen, Rock Lobster Ossington, and The Indie Alehouse. If you think you know a good curd when you taste it, this is your week to shine.

Date: Feb. 2 (Event – Feb. 3) 
Location: Various Holes

We’re not exactly sure why we cling to this archaic tradition, but if it means we get to have events like 5th Annual Groundhog Day Challenge then we’re happy to talk shadows all day long. The pork-themed chef challenge found a new home this year at Richmond Station and will feature chefs from some of the hottest restaurants in the city, including Le Select, The Saint Tavern, Farmhouse Tavern, and more. Get your ticket today or be stuck watching Bill Murray re-runs forever. 

Date: Jan. 31- Feb. 13
Location: Various Locations

We told you to get your tickets a few weeks ago and hopefully you listened. With over 200 restaurants in the city participating, this is the must-attend foodie event of the winter. Check out for a full listing of participating eateries but be warned: there seems to be no end to the deals you can find. For those of you with more interest than a simple appetite, check out the Culinary Events Series for some interactive fun.  

New Year
Date: Jan. 31 
Location: Chinatown Centre, 222 Spadina Ave.

Head to Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year in style. There will be one heck of a (free) party happening that includes traditional Chinese performances ranging from Lion Dances, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Dance, and Opera. If you’re more into the food side of things, the 17th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year’s Food Tour should be right up your alley. What better way to ring in the Year of the Horse than by eating like a pig?

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Photo courtesy Duke’s Refresher