Toronto Weekender: February 16 through 19, 2012

Valentine’s has passed, and now it’s time to forget about others and just love your life. With that in mind, this weekend indulge in some of TO’s finest restos and happenings, such as…

Tonight marks the beginning of the TWELVE: The Wavelength Music Festival’s 12th Anniversary. Over the course of the next four nights you can check out mini-concerts by bands like Metz, Silver Dapple, Hut, PS I Love You, and the list goes on. Through Sunday, venues like The Shop under Parts & Labour, Steam Whistle Brewery, The Great Hall, and The Garrison on Dundas West will play host to the 20 musical acts as part of this year’s Wavelength. Bonus: All Access tix (for all four nights) are only $36.

If you’re not in the mood to rock out tonight, why not stop on in to the newly opened Gusto 101 restaurant on Portland? It boasts its own wine cellar (in the basement) and some bold Italian dishes coming from the kitchen. The space is ultra cool as well, housed in a former auto garage.

Tonight also marks the kick off of SPACING’s 2nd national issue, and they’re hosting a party at CSI Annex. With food by The Depanneur, raffles from some great spots in the city, and DJ tuneskies, it’s sure to be a pretty swell time.

If you’re a yoga-loving YP, and if you’re lucky enough to be not just on-time but early, you can check out the Expansion Series Yoga at the National Ballet. A trio from the Ballet’s Orchestra will play music while you downward dog in the beautiful atmosphere. Tres cool!

On Friday night, why not see if you can’t grab a spot in the bar at the newly opened $tock Restaurant and immerse yourself around Bay Street’s money-making movers and shakers? Maybe grab some a la carte chocolate, a cocktail or two, and bask in the opulence.

For dinner, L’Unita Restaurant on Avenue has revamped its menu, so a jaunt to this just-north-of-Bloor favourite is definitely in line. The menu is classic Italian with a twist, and the wine list is killer.

If you’re looking for some hot beats on Friday night, The Beaconsfield‘s Fast Food Fridays serves up DJs Small Fry and Large Coke, whose music selects range from hip-hop to sultry R&B to club thumpers. Head over, dance it out, and ring in the weekend with style.

For brunch on Saturday, take a trip into Riverdale and pony up a table at Hammersmith‘s on Gerrard East. The brunch menu changes often based on what’s in season, but there’s always a healthy dose of delicious no matter when you go.

World Stage at the Harbourfront Centre kicks off its 2012 season on Saturday, presenting Everything Under the Moon. This is a re-imagined old-time shadow play that follows two winged creatures on a journey of salvation and self discovery.

If you can grab a reso, dinnertime could be an awesome one at URSA Restaurant. This new Queen West spot boasts a Canadian menu of dishes prepped to maintain the ultimate level of nutrition in each bite.

On Saturday night, Fountain Blu Lounge on the CNE grounds is playing host to the first-ever Toronto Black Ball. Three separate rooms, a sophisticated style and colour code (wear black, of course), and a slew of DJs and entertainers will wow the crowd.

O&B’s Cafe Grill brunch on Sunday is a great bet for a fantastic post-Saturday slosh fest. With classics like eggs benny and Belgian waffles, and more updated fare like eggs ‘n lox Croque Madame, their brunch menu is rife with choices. PS The cocktails are pretty sweet too.

Great news: Sunday isn’t the end of your weekend! That’s right, Family Day is a stat holiday on Monday, which means Sunday play catch up on errands then grab your crew for dinner at your favourite resto and late night drinks. Then sleep in on Monday because you’ve earned this extra day of R&R.

Photo courtesy $tock Restaurant