Toronto Weekender: December 20 through 23, 2012

Tis the season to be jolly, so let’s make this last weekend before the break from the arduous year an uber notable one, shall we? The city’s quieting down for the holidays, but you definitely don’t have to… 

Get your nosh on at Smoke BBQ House at Harbord and Manning. This ditty of a BBQ joint brines its meats for up to 96 hours before they toss them in low and slow over mild wood chips to smoke away. With some great accoutrements to be had alongside, this is the perfect down-home comfort spot to start your weekend relaxation. 

Head out in style at the Shangri-La tonight. On Thursday nights, the Sepia Tones make appearances that get the crowd lively with melodic delight in the urban living room that is the Lobby Lounge. It’s the perfect spot to order up a cocktail or glass of prosecco, sit amidst the world-class beauty of the architecturally stunning space, and network into the late hours of the evening.

Whether you believe in the Mayan ways and think Friday marks the end of time, or see it as the end of a historic cycle, or you – like some of us – feel that this date was simply the end of the line for the calendar maker because he got a li’l lazy, the city is celebrating with End of World Apocalypse parties galore Friday night. Here are a few to note… 

Comedy, several live bands, and alterna punk at STAIN’s End of the World Party at Velvet Underground. A few DJs and celebrations of the sands of time running out at Supermarket’s Course of Time. If we’re all dying anyway, enjoy debauchery and burlesque at the Mayan Apocalypse Party at The Hideout. At Izakaya Sushi you’ll get some fun at D.O.LO. End of the World which doubles as the 7th Anniversary of Dubslingers. Apocalypsemas at Augusta House takes care of whether it’s the end of the world or just a holiday party… only time will tell. Prepare for No Tomorrow at the Monarch Tavern. Three DJ sets and music that kills at The Hoxton’s End of World Party. It’s the end of the world as they know at Jumple‘s shindig at at Rasputin Vodka Lounge. And celebrate both the holidays and the end of the world at El Mocambo.

The only real end of the world to be sure of is your social life should you miss out on these killer bashes.

Start the day off at Evergreen Brick Works special Holiday Farmer’s Market. Stock up on the freshest meats, breads, cheeses, and produce from local growers and artisans while live music fills the historic space. 

Skate the day away at the 1LOVETO 3rd Annual Ice Skating Party. Join hundreds of other YPs at the Harbourfront Centre for music, dancing, drinks, hot chocolate… and of course skating. This year’s event supports Skate to Great, so be sure to bring new/used skates and hockey equipment to donate to this amazing cause.

Merry Smithmas! Tonight at The Shop under Parts and Labour join DJs Scott Wade and Mark Pesci for tidings of cheer… and punk… and new wave… and Brit pop… and joy! It’ll be a holiday bash to blow out the weekend. Hey… no work on Monday means your liver has an extra day to recover, right?

Brunch it up at The Combine Eatery today who gets Southern brunch right like it’s nobody’s business. Try the green burrito with arugula and avocado, or the Southern fried chicken and waffles. Nothing’s ordinary, and the Caesars are TD4.

Get in the full-on yuletide mood today with a viewing of the Nutcracker at Lismer Hall. Featuring dancers from the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, this ballet performance brings sugar plum fairies to life dancing with festive delight.

Photo courtesy Shangri-La