Toronto Weekender: January 17 through 20, 2013

After a lull in the scene thanks to post-holiday recuperation, Toronto’s back on track with events and shindigs so fine they’ll blow your mind. The Notable weekend forecast is hot; missing out on the goings-on is not…

Got a gift you hated during the holiday season? Well never fear as the 4th #ReGiftTO takes over Liberty Village’s Locus 144 Thursday night. Bring your better-for-someone-else prezzies and exchange for something you might actually want/use. It’s a fun and frolickly evening rooted in best intentions.

Feel like a Parisian on Thursday night and head over to Aperochic at Bloke & 4th. This French-focused evening features gallette by Petit Thuet, nosh by Bloke & 4th, bubbly, and lots of networking with Francophones and Anglophiles alike. 

Shorts That Are Not Pants overtakes Carlton Cinemas on Thursday night, showcasing the best in Canadian short films. Watch over a dozen films that are the reflection of Canada’s creativity and cultural vibrancy while adopting an artistic movement gaining notable steam in the film world.

The Adelaide Club is presenting Rumble 3 on Friday. This live boxing tournie sees the city’s top personal trainers duking it out in the ring for the titular glory. Fourteen matches and 28 trainers will battle it out in this year’s rumble. Luckily, all you have to do is watch. 

Guitarist, composer, and songwriter Trey Anastasio (you might have heard his name before from Phish, Dectet, and Dave Matthews and Friends) is performing at The Danforth Music Hall on Friday night. Trey’s current focus is on merging his past accomplishments with his present goals, showcasing more of his multi-faceted musical expertise. It’s a live show you won’t want to miss. 

Ryoji on College Street is opening its doors Friday night for a grand opening, featuring a fairly massive space for the latest izakaya to hit our streets. We’ve passed by the open doors of the space to peek in, and we’re excited for the focus on a bar atmosphere and energy mixed in with the eclectic vibe of Japanese eateries. Can’t wait to check it out! 

Mr. Pong’s Bar – that trendy-cool spot from the peeps behind Cold Tea and their posse of partners – is throwing back to 1993. A random year, sure, but we do enjoy ourselves some specificity. Legit, if you’re a child of the 90s, you’ll want to rock out with Mr. Pong.

Calling all entrepreneurs! Open auditions for Dragon’s Den’s upcoming season are on Saturday at CBC’s Atrium. This is your chance to put your name in the ring to present to the Dragons and see if you can’t get the exposure or funding you need to become a success in our saturated marketplace. You definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity… 

Go local at Whole Foods on Saturday at the Ontario Local Vendor Fair. Meet the makers of your favourite local products and produce, and sample a bevy of what our great province has to offer, all while getting your shopping done for the week ahead. 

Call the shots and control the music at Good Saturdays at Vogue Supperclub on Saturday night. By tweeting with the hashtag #GoodSaturdays, you can enter song requests in the live stream and groove out to the tunes you really want to hear. In an age where social media is permeating our lives more and more, this is one way to gain back control via the life controlling medium called Twitter.

It’s time for Le Brunch again this Sunday at Brassaii. With a menu by head chef Chris Kalisperas, sexy YPs all sporting hangover eyes hidden by oversized sunglasses, DJ Undercover, and bottle specials for the thirsty, this is one bumpin’ way to pound through the before-Monday blues. 

101 Markets is back at 3030 (on Dundas West) this weekend, helping you get all the things Santa missed on your wish list. This local vintage and artisanal market is a spot where you can find jewelry, vinyl, and throwback finds as well as some awesome grub by the guys at 3030.

Photo courtesy Ryoji