15 events to celebrate the Mayan Apocalypse in Toronto
Well, the time has come. This Friday, December 21st, marks the end of the Mayan long count calendar, and everyone is rife with predictions on what exactly will go down on this fateful day. Maybe the Earth will be engulfed in solar flares or subsumed in a black hole, or maybe we'll collectively undergo a spiritual re-awakening; nevertheless, a pat on the back to Earth for having made it through the calendar's 5125 years.
What better way to celebrate the potential end of the world than with a proper haul of parties? Toronto's got a lot for you to choose from, and in keeping with the season, many of them will likely turn into holiday parties past midnight's stroke.
Here are 15 events to celebrate the Mayan Apocalypse in Toronto:
End of the World Holiday Party
The El Mo is snubbing its nose at tall tales of the end of the world, and throwing a party featuring the musical talents of Ada Dahli & The Pallbearers, Jack Marks & The Lost Wages, and Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party.
El Mocambo (494 Spadina Ave) 10PM
Following Kensington's Festival of Lights to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Double Double Land pays homage to the possible end of all things by gathering a trio of DJs to send off the world properly.
Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave)
The Monarch Tavern is promising appearances from all your favourite religious figures--Jesus, Buddha, and even Stanley Kubrick--on this final eve, but what you can count on is a night of good music courtesy of Cyn + kme1eon, and a slew of DJs.
Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.) $5
Screening of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS / End of the World Party
This one sounds fitting. Stop by the Metro Theatre for a screening of one of the original visions of dystopia, Metropolis, and enjoy some beers, and live tunes from BOSSFYTE and others.
The Metro Theatre (677 Bloor St. West) 9PM $8 advance, $10 at door
If you're thinking the world will end not with a bang but rather a whimper, and would like to see it out in a calm and orderly fashion (you upstanding citizen of the world), why not make it a full day of food, drinks, reiki, and meditation. The event runs from noon-2am, and you can attend either during the day, night, or both. For ticket options and times, visit the event website.
House of Moments (386 Carlaw Avenue) 12PM
Mayan Apocalypse Party
There's something for everyone at this party, including an apocalyptic burlesque show, music, a comedian MC, and Blood Sacrifice Registration (relax, it's to the Canadian Blood Services).
The Hideout (484 Queen St West) 8:30PM $18 advance
Jumple's End of the World Party
This one's straightforward. It's a party, and there'll be vodka. 'Nuff said.
Rasputin Vodka Lounge (780 Queen St E) 9PM
Stain--End of the World Punk Party
Remember Mad Max (and other post-apocalyptic films of its ilk)? You'll likely want to ally yourself with the punks early on, so stop by the Velvet Underground for a jam-packed night of music, stripteases from Paige Turner, video projections, and DJs spinning punk 'til late.
Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West) doors at 9PM, $7 (or $5 with canned good)
Augusta House plays it safe with the best of both worlds: the world will end (sparing you the tight feigned smiles at holiday family dinners), or it's almost Christmastime! Either way, they've decided disco is the way to go, so expect a full line-up of disco-inspired acts.
Augusta House (152 Augusta Ave) 10PM $5
There may be no better time for a night of industrial and dark techno music than the projected end of the world. Zeus, Hangedman and others will provide the music, and there'll be a lightshow and fire performance. There are even hints that food is provided with the cost of admission.
Bïzune Event Gallery (452 Richmond St. W.) doors at 10PM, $5 before 11, $10 after
Fabricated presents The End of the World
The folks at Stone Lounge will be holding their breath to see whether the world ends (although the Mayans forgot to tell us at what time exactly we can expect our world to be torn asunder). If by some stroke of luck, we're all still here at midnight, this DJ dance party will transform into a festive holiday party.
Stone Lounge (728 College Street) 10PM
Because sometimes you just want to end your days at a cozy, neighbourhood bar. Guilty Pleasures returns to Holy Oak for a night of DJ'ed dance music (with special guest Emma Danger), and a drink special dubbed New Beginnings, which is inspired by Tracy Chapman.
Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West) 10PM
Soundscape 5: End of Days Celebration
Kitch takes a different approach to the end of the Mayan calendar, positing that it'll be a time of rebirth and transformation. There'll be music from guests Carlovega and Noble & DJ Esteria, as well as resident DJ Roland Gonzales.
Kitch (229 Geary Ave) 10PM
The End of the World Party
The Hoxton is fairly reliable for a good time, and you might as well go out with a bang at this end-of-the-world musical extravaganza featuring PB&J, Patty V, Fonzi and others.
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst Street) 10PM $10
Zima Project 2012
You don't need to be Russian to enjoy the Zima Project's 10th instalment. This party will stretch over 3 rooms, including a VIP lounge, and promises "special performances."
The Guvernment (132 Queens Quay East) 10PM $15 advance, $20 at the door before 11PM