Toronto Weekender: February 13 through 17, 2014

Valentine’s Day is the worst (said every single person ever). Well, we can’t sweep it under the rug, but we can provide you with a weekend full of things to do, though some of them definitely involve paying tribute to cupid’s arrow. But whatever your status in love, this weekend is really about one thing and one thing only – being long. That’s right, Family Day can mean more ‘me’ time if you play if it right. So sit back, strap in, and get ready for a five-day edition of The Weekender.


JT’s bringing sexy back tonight and tomorrow night at the ACC. When do you need your fix?

Pridehouse is opening its Toronto Winter Games Lounge so you can join the LGBTQ community to watch the Sochi Winter Olympics and cheer for Canada in an outdoor environment that we promise will be cooler than the resort town itself.

ONEXONE, one of our favourite young professional (YP) charities, will be hosting a night of mingling with like-minded YPs (and surely some singles for you lonely hearts out there) over cocktails for a charitable cause. The Show Love event will include an O&B drink, hors d’oeuvres, and a Limited Edition ONEXONE Teddy Bear. So there’s officially no way you’ll end up going home alone. 

Toronto’s longest running underground music forum turns 14 this year and there’s no need to worry about its adolescence cause the genre-smashing concerts you’ll find at the Wavelength Music Festival are definitely all grown up. Previous Canadian talent that’s played the festival includes Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Feist, and Grimes. If you’re into indie, this is your jam.

Looking to buy your way into love? Hit The Hideout for a bachelor/bachelorette auction that submits all its proceeds to The Heart & Stroke Foundation. It’s what we call a win-win situation.


The Drake kicks off a week of celebration leading up to its 10-anniversary party. Besides several contests and events it’s important to note that their iconic Drake Burger will only set you back a ten-spot all week long.

The 8th annual What Are You Doing Up There? (WAYDUT?) Winter Arts Festival features a weekend of clowns, cabaret performers, comedians, dancers, jugglers, musicians, magicians, poets, painters, and performance artists. In other words, more than enough to take your mind off of any Hallmark holiday.  

House of Cards Season 2 is being released on Netflix. So if a date is hard to find at least you’ll have twelve hours of Kevin Spacey to fill the void.  

Which brings us to the fact that, yes, it is Valentine’s Day. So cool options like dinner at the aquarium or watching the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform live to a screening of Casablanca are entirely possible. But if you were on your game you’d likely already know that.

If you’re not on your game, or, you know, single, than the Damaged Goods party at Parts and Labour might be a good place to dance your night way. As the invitation says, ‘maybe you’ll find someone to hang off of for the next year or so. Now let’s all get drunk.’

If dinner’s more your speed, check out the Bond Affair Dinner Series to get your fill of food and a license to kill. Held at the Hockey Hall of Fame, this is the type of performance Timothy Dalton wishes he could deliver.

Still not enough for you? It’s cool, we’re pretty sure Tight Outta Sight, Toronto’s longest running burlesque troupe, will know just how to take care of you. In collaboration with Boylesque T.O., Canada’s Only All Male Burlesque Revue, there’ll be plenty of eye candy no matter which gender you happen to prefer. 


If the Olympics have you inspired check out Toronto’s 2nd annual Pond Hockey Festival. Finally, a chance to show off all your shinny skills to more than just the people in your backyard (hi, mom!). 

At the Winter Folk Festival you’ll find the best urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots music being played in four different bars along The Danforth. As the festival says, ‘150 Artists on 5 Stages for 3 Days of Blues and Roots’. There’s beer, too.

Grand Electric is hosting It’s Electric Time, at which there’ll be an open bar, beats by DJ Linx, and a complimentary copy of their limited edition ‘It’s Electric Time’ calendar, featuring the women of Grand Electric and Electric Mud BBQ. There’s a date joke in here somewhere…

Canadian indie pop band The Hidden Cameras will be playing at Lee’s Palace for their latest CD release party. Smells like happiness to us (yes, that was a Hidden Cameras joke).

If Valentine’s Day really got you down why not check out Murder at The ROM. Don’t worry, nobody’s art died – it’s a scavenger hunt/whodunit that also includes a chance to wander the museum afterwards.


The Canadian International Auto Show will be in town showcasing everything from exotic cars to muscle cars and all the latest technology available for your own sweet ride. This is always a must-visit for anyone who’s ever used horsepower to get anywhere.

Hate cars? Don’t worry, the Spring Fishing and Boating Show will also be in town. We don’t like to limit our travel options to things with wheels either.

Today, at York University, is the 2014 Eastern Canadian Regional (ECR) Return Top Championship. It’s a yo-yo competition. Yes, we’re serious. And we think it could be amazing.

Have kids? Know kids? You should probably take them to the Family Fun Fest. We hear it’s like Disneyland North.

Great Lakes Brewery and Amsterdam Brewery are getting together to give your Sunday night a special treat. Their four-course dinner will feature various beers influenced by wine paired alongside the actual wine that influenced beer. If that was confusing try reading it again after having some wine and beer.


There are simply too many events happening on Family Day to list them all and many of them are tricky, in that they involve spending time with your family. Regardless, here are a few of our favourites: 

Spending the day with a family of beers is never a bad option, which is why we recommend checking out Goldibocks and the Three Beers. Four local breweries will be serving up their best brews all day long.

It’s Family Day at TIFF and they’re offering a full schedule of films and activities that are decidedly kid worthy. Seriously, don’t show up here unless you have an 8-year-old in tow.

Feeling bold? Head to Dundas square with three of your besties and celebrate the holiday by jumping into a freezing cold pool in front of hundreds of (probably very warm) spectators. Don’t worry though, it’s not for nothing, The Great Canadian Chill is all about raising money for kids cancer research.

Evergreen Brickworks will be offering everything from public skating to nature and heritage hikes. Pizza Libretto will also be serving up slices of their famous ‘za for lunch and three-time women’s ice hockey Olympian Vicky Sunohara will be giving out signed hockey pucks. Conveniently, this is also where you’ll find Goldibocks and the Three Beers.

At night, treat yourself to a 4-course menu created by three of Dundas West’s best chefs. Kris Schlotzhauer (Enoteca Sociale), Trish Gill (The Dock Ellis), and Ben Heaton (The Grove) will be collaborating in the kitchen to create a food experience intended to reflect the concept of coming together. We couldn’t think of a better way to end another Family Day. 

Well there you have it. Nearly thirty different things you can do over the next five days and only a few that involve succumbing to flowers and chocolate. So choose wisely and be sure not to waste your extra day.

Stay Notable,

The Weekender

#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)


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