Things You Should Do!
December 2017 and January 2018 edition

By The FLIPsters
Bring on the holidays and ring in the new year. It has been a topsy turvy 2017 so let’s go out there and enjoy the last of it while we welcome a kinder, gentler 2018.

Dec 9 at The Drake Hotel
In Shamir’s own words “I am black, Muslim, queer, gender-queer, mentally ill, from Las Vegas… just about everything under the fucking sun.” Shamir always brings it! His piercing vocals range somewhere between Prince and the cracking adolescent soul of  teenage Michael Jackson. It’s going to be a rockin’ night.

THE STORY (image by Daria Domnikova)


The Story
December 11 – 30 at Christie Pits Park
Uniquely Toronto, Common Boots Theatre presents the hopeful and humourous, The Story, an urban outdoor winter theatre experience! A headstrong young woman and her new born baby are hiding out in Christie Pits. The audience literally follows the three wise men in their search, as they navigate a complicated world of existential shepherds, a bumbling angel and a lost choir, across the terrain of Christie Pitts.  Wear your woollies, hot chocolate will be available.


Los Poetas

Polyphonic Ground Presents

December 14 at Revival
For the last Polyphonic Ground Presents concert of 2017 Lula Music & Arts Centre and Music Africa co-present Success K and Slim Flex, Evolution, and Los Poetas, with beats by Deejay MKay. Celebrate the flavours and rhythms of African and Latin music and continue the journey for the culturally curious at Revival Bar.


Chronologic: New Year’s Eve

December 31 at The Garrison
Say SO LONG to 2017 at The Garrison with Goin’ Steady DJ’s Chronologic Party. Spinning the best dance tracks in chronological order starting in 1890 you will be shaking your booty all night long welcoming in 2018.



ON GOING until the end of the year

(L-R) Eddie Glen as Cratchit, Cyrus Lane as Scrooge, AJ Bridel as Jane, Kyle Golemba as Jack, Dan Chameroy as Plumbum. Photo by Bruce Zinger

Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol: The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!
On until December 31 at The Elgin Theatre
The curtain has risen on this year’s Panto and Plumbum is back!! You still have lots of time to catch this annual holiday tradition starring Cyrus Lane as the biggest humbug of them all.  Scrooge must be stopped from achieving his evil goal of owning Christmas, and with your help, and some holiday hilarity from the cast,  we can stop him!  “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”  Charles Dickens.

The Second City

Ongoing until January 3, 2018
Sleigh the holiday season with The Second City! You still have time to catch the current  mainstage show, Panic Today, Party Tomorrow, and Holiday shows The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater and Miracle on Mercer Street, Second City’s Family Show.


Tasty Eats at Evergreen’s Winter Village
December 2 – 31 at Evergreen Brickworks
Toronto food trucks, bakers and chefs are ready to fill your bellies at the Evergreen Winter Village. On every weekend until the end of December check out the deliciousness from Born2Eat, Steambox Dumplings, Fully Loaded T.O. and Gorilla Cheese. The Winter Village also includes Saturday Farmer’s Markets and Holiday Etsy Market on Sundays.


Retro Festive
Need some last minute Christmas ideas? Look no further then Canada’s Pop Culture online Christmas Store, has the largest and coolest collection of Christmas kitsch ever assembled in Canada. EVER!  Check out their retail location in Oakville for  a number of exclusive and original gifts–you are sure to find something for everyone on your list, naughty or nice!




Next Stage
January 3 – 14 at Factory Theatre
The Next Stage Theatre Festival gives Toronto Fringe artists a platform to take their groundbreaking work to the next level – and is a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city. This year’s annual winter festival features ten companies with varied styles of comedy, dance and swashbuckling fantasy. Don’t miss this great opportunity to check out the best of past Fringe Festivals.

The Bentway Skate Trail

January 6 to March 18 at The Bentway
The Bentway, a new public space  located under the Gardiner Expressway, re-imagines how Torontonians gather and experience art and events downtown. The first section to be developed, The Bentway Skate Trail, will officially open to the public on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am with special events all weekend. Opening weekend festivities include performances from singer/songwriter  Charmie Deller and composer and performer Carmen Braden (Black Ice Sound); demonstrations of Ice Breaking by the Toronto Ice Skate Group; art installations, food and drink, and music throughout the day from the best of Toronto’s DJ scene; and even pop-up curling!

Gabriel Orozco “Sleeping Leaves (Hojas durmiendo)”, 1990. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

Figures of Sleep
January 17 to March 31 at The Art Museum at The University of Toronto
Is sleep in crisis? Figures of Sleep considers the cultural anxieties around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation. The Art Museum will also host, in conjunction with the exhibition, the Night of Ideas on Thursday, January 25, an all-night event taking place simultaneously in more than 50 countries. This will be the first time a Canadian institution will take part in this French-born global event, which will tackle such wide-ranging subjects as the neuro-science of sleep, the meaning of downtime, the health impact of sleeplessness, the cultural importance of dreaming, and the architecture and politics of sleep.


A Tribe Called Red
January 19 & 20 at Danforth Music Hall
This legendary trio is now a duo, but they are bound to bring it just as hard. Grab your tickets if you like awesome beats, fierce dancing and powerful projections of wrestlers and old school cartoons.


Brodsky / Baryshnikov. Photo by Janis Deinats

Brodsky / Baryshnikov

January 24 – 28 at The Winter Garden Theatre
Show One Productions presents Brodsky / Baryshnikov, an emotional journey deep into the work of poet Joseph Brodsky. International star Mikhail Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent, visceral and complex compositions. While neither a dance piece nor a straight narrative, alone onstage Baryshnikov gives life to Brodsky’s verse and invites the viewer into the physical world that his poems elicit.


Bang, Bang
January 27 to 31 at Factory Theatre
BANG BANG is a Factory commissioned world premiere from Dora Award-winning playwright Kat Sandler (Mustard),  a member of Factory’s Natural Resources Creation Unit. A white man writing a film based on his hit play inspired by the shooting of an unarmed Black youth makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. BANG BANG adds an extra dimension to meta-theatre in this satirical dramedy that traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.

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