Sunlight seems to be scarce in the 6ix this winter, and maybe it’s got you a bit under the weather, but we have the ultimate cheer-up guide! Whether you’re looking for something to take your mind off dreary times, laugh the night away, or enjoy some quality time with your sweetie, we have just the prescription to help you beat the winter blues! Simply live, laugh, and love.
Hear us out, because this iconic annual festival is worth the extra mittens. The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival showcases only beers from bona fide Ontario Craft Brewers, based on their passion to re-kindle and keep alive the spirit of traditional brewing: independent ownership, smaller batches, artisanal styles, quality ingredients, all-natural and undiluted. This year will even include contributions from the Alberta Brewers. Grab your retro ski gear to fit in, and sip the best brews to stay warm.
Catch A Show
The Entertainment District is home to no shortage of theatrical events. This winter’s lineup is here to impress at the Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatre. The Audience at the Royal Alex shows an inside look at Queen Elizabeth II’s weekly meetings with the prime ministers of England, written by the entrancing writer of The Queen, Peter Morgan. Princess of Wales will soon be home to the notoriously funny Book of Morman, which makes its triumphant return to the city at the end of February. Or for something in between (quite literally), Mirvish will be hosting a pop-up theatre along King, with a sort-of adaptation of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov called Stupid F**king Bird. Other exciting shows this winter will include Cabaret and Mrs. Henderson Presents – The New Musical
Have A Ball (and a bowl)
Dinner, a show, and an after-dinner activity await you at The Ballroom’s February concert series! Every Thursday and Friday this month, catch performances from The Wrong Kids, Spice, Wolf Saga, and many more! Saturdays get funky with a video dance party, and take advantage of free bowling after 5pm on Sunday!
Come What Mayhem!
Get crazy with some of the funniest people in Canada; The Second City’s newest show Come What Mayhem has been hailed by critics as one of the best Second City show in years. Want a bigger taste? Watch scenes from their hottest new skit as a part of the Spring Mainstage Revue, where they blend some of 2016’s best scenes with hilarious new improv from 2017. Winter blues don’t stand a chance!
Have a Yuk
Laugh on a budget with all of February’s comic showcase from Yuk Yuk’s, with everything from student showcases every Tuesday, to headliners like Mike Wilmot and Darren Frost. Mingle with pros and amateurs alike – the perfect way to break up a dreary evening in downtown Toronto!
Sea Of Love
Ripley’s Aquarium is amazingly romantic, if you can get past the toothy sharks and octopus tentacles. Their monthly Friday Night Jazz series is the perfect date night, but their Sea Of Love night for Valentine’s Day weekend is sure to kindle a romance among the fishes. Upbeat jazz music, tranquil sea life, and cash bars make for the most adult field trip you could imagine.
An Intimate Dinner
It’s no secret that the Entertainment District is home to its fair share of restaurants, so naturally, Valentine’s Day brings forth a whole new selection of dinner options. Hey Lucy has an affordable but delicious prix fixe menu for only $24.95 featuring Cheese Ravioli Hearts and Red Velvet Cake. Or for $55 you can treat yourself and your lover to a five course meal at The Fifth with beef filet and baked Alaska. So many ways to treat yourself this Valentine’s!
Toronto Is For Lovers
401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage building turned arts-and-culture hub. Swing by on your next date night to peruse and fawn over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, galleries, and shops. And while you’re there, check out Spacing, which is known for its eccentric gifts and the perfect spot to buy for your favourite loyal Torontonian. Pick out a Valentines gift for the Toronto lover in your life! Check out their gifts sets for Toronto Lovers, Transit Lovers, and Cyclist Lovers to cement your favourite urban tradition this V-Day!