Toronto Valentine’s Day Guide 2013

Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day. Single? Don’t worry. Valentine’s Day happens to fall on our favourite day of the week, Thursday, which means there is no shortage of things to do. The best part about being single on V-Day is that you can clearly tell who is actually single, rather than single for the evening. There are even two charity bachelor and bachelorette auctions taking place. Who says you can’t buy love? Here are our top 5 Valentine’s Day events for Toronto YPs, both taken and single.

Love 4 a Cure
If you’re single, Love 4 a Cure provides the ultimate distraction from the moment work ends to well into the evening. Toronto-based, young professional-driven Love 4 A Cure has partnered with to host a dating auction filled with no shortage of easy-on-the-eyes and ever-so-eligible singles in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. Toronto’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, taking a chance at love while raising money for a worthwhile cause. The evening includes raffle prizes, a silent auction, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, live music, secret blind date draws and much more! Tickets are $60.00.  

WHAT: Love 4 a Cure
WHERE: Maison Mercer
WHEN: Thursday, February 14th, doors open at 6:00pm, party continues until 2:00am.
INFO: Click here for more info.

360 Screenings
360 Screenings is back with their fourth immersive cinematic screening, on February 14th, 2013, for a special Valentine’s edition. A fusion of theatre and film, 360 Screenings is a cinematic experience that audiences not only watch but also become part of. The location of the venue is kept secret until 24 hours prior to the screening, and the film itself isn’t revealed until it screens. The audience is encouraged to explore, uncover and interact with the actors and set designs. While enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, scenarios and dialogue unfold that help provide hints as to what movie will be screened. Spend your Valentines Day getting 360’d. Tickets are $60- $40 for students/culture seekers.

WHAT: 360 Screenings
WHEN: February 14th, 2013
WHERE: Secret until 24 hours in advance
INFO: Click here for tickets.

Hate Love Art Show
Attending an art show with your significant other is so much less cliché than the typical sub-par service Valentine’s Day dinner. Stop by Creatures Creating for the opening of a show that considers love, hate, and the similarities and relationship between the two deceptively powerful emotions. Creatures Creating Collective put together work that inspires discussion on the contradictory nature of hate and love, and exemplifies how one powerful feeling can flow subtly into another. Food and drinks will be served.

WHAT: Hate Love Art Show
WHERE: Creatures Creating, 822 Dundas St. West
WHEN: February 14th, 7:00pm (show runs until February 20th).
INFO: Click here for more info.

Love a Heart
Love A Heart, the ultimate YP bachelor/bachelorette auction benefitting The Heart and Stroke Foundation is back! Always held at the beloved hideout, the event has auctioned off the in-game host of the Toronto Raptors Kat Stefankiewicz, Argo’s wide receiver Mike Bradwell, host of CBC’s The Hour George Stroumboulopoulos and’s own Julian Brass. Now in its 3rd year, Love a Heart has raised over $20,000 in two years for The Heart and Stroke Foundation. In signature Hideout style, there will be live music in between auctions. The event costs $5.00 at the door and the minimum auction bid starts at $25.00. The auction is complete with date packages that includes things a skydiving package, a day trip to Niagara Falls, Jays tickets and SO much more.

WHAT: Love a Heart
WHERE: The Hideout
WHEN: Thursday, February 14th, doors open at 8:00pm, the silent auction starts at 9:30.


The Tragically Hip Concert
What’s more romantic and nostalgic than a Tragically Hip concert? Arguably one of Canada’s all-time favourite bands, their Now For Plan A tour at the Air Canada Centre on V-Day is sure to leave lasting memories for you and your significant other or date. Fellow Canadian rising stars, The Arkells open the show. Now For Plan A is the Hip’s 12th studio album.

WHAT: The Tragically Hip ‘Now For Plan A’ concert
WHERE: Air Canada Centre 
WHEN: February 14th
INFO: Click here for more info.