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Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2013

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 31, 2012

Toronto New years eve partiesToronto New Year's Eve 2013 parties will be equal parts celebration for the new year, as well as revelry in the fact that the world didn't actually come to an end. Simple pleasures, right? As usual, there are seemingly endless options for welcoming in 2013, the best of which usually offer some sort of celebratory hat and champagne ("champagne") toast after the clock strikes midnight. No money? No problem. The annual New Year's Bash at City Hall is back with The Tenors, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, and Shawn Desman.

So put away that Mayan calendar analysis, and check out these options for New Year's Eve (fingers crossed) 2013.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES/ALTERNATIVE VENUES

Raunch 'N Roll New Year at the Metro Theatre (677 Bloor Street West)
They say the way you ring in the new year will set the precedent for the rest of the year. So why not welcome 2013 by watching people take off their clothes? The Skin Tight Outta Sight burlesque troupe will be celebrating the new year with "Maximum Nudies," "Maximum Music" and "Maximum Party" at the Metro Theatre on Bloor, with guests encouraged to dress in "Hair Metal Spandex Groupie Style." I have no idea what that means. Tickets are $40 to $160 and can be purchased online in advance.

YLMC NYE 2013: Dwayne Gretzky and Summer Fling DJs at the Palais Royal
Young Lions Music Club will take over the historic Palais Royale for NYE 2013 where you'll get a chance to hear what is arguably one of the best cover bands around: Dwayne Gretzky. It's been quite the year for the band — who consistently exceed expectations with their range and on-stage energy — and there might not be a better platform for them to do their thing than a New Year's party. There promises to be a little something for almost all musical tastes. Summer Fling DJs will also perform, and there's food! $62 gets you access to the event and some damn fine sounding dishes. If you're eating elsewhere, admission is $30. Check out the Facebook event page for all the details, including info on early bird specials and a discount via Bicyclette Boutique.

Metropolis NYE 2013 at Metropolis Living Factory Store (50 Edwin Ave)
Set in the Metropolis Living Factory Store in the Junction Triangle, Metropolis NYE is a Mansion event featuring Machinedrum, XI and John Roman. In short; music, flashing lights, rustic, raw surroundings. Sound good? Advance tickets start at $44.50 and are available online, as well as on location at Soundscapes, Rotate This, and Play De Record.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS

Luck 13 - NYE at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W)
Key words: Vegas-style buffet. The Gladstone will become a sort of pseudo-Vegas for New year's Eve, complete with games tables, karaoke, DJ rooms, and the aforementioned buffet. Games will be played to win prizes, not money, so at least you don't have to worry about forfeiting your watch at the end of the night. Dinner packages start at $50 and are available online.

Nyood NYE Prom 2013 at Nyood Restaurant and Bar (1096 Queen St W)
Bust out the taffeta, ladies. Nyood is reviving your worst high school memory by hosting its very own prom on New Year's Eve. The evening will include a photo backdrop station, spiked punch (not from your parents' liquor cabinet) and a special NYE menu that varies depending on your package. Tickets start at $40 per person and black tie is encouraged.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS

Cirque New Year's Eve at Solarium (11 Polson St)
Solarium at Sound Academy will be made over for New Year's eve, sporting a circus-esque look that's fairly reminiscent to (dare I say?) the defunct CiRCA nightclub. Never mind. The event will include over 20 VIP booths, music by DJ Glew and DJ Mix N Match, a live countdown (of course) and balloon drop. A strict dress code will be enforced and doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available online now.

New Year's Eve Club Crawl 2013 at OhSo Nightclub (and beyond)
Really, who sticks with one party these days? (Probably most people, but never mind). this year's club crawl with start at OhSo Nightclub on Peter, moving onto Crocodile Rock, London Tap House, Tryst, Play on Queen, and City Nightclub. Better wear comfortable shoes, in other words. Tickets start at $20 with limo transportation available for a slightly higher cost. Includes NYE 2013 hats.

Have additional suggestions for New Year's Eve 2013 events? Let us know in the comments. We'll also add more links to this post as further events are announced.

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Photo by Nana Arbova in the blogTO Flickr pool

This post was originally published on December 14th. It has been re-posted today for your convenience.

Discussion

23 Comments

Rob / December 14, 2012 at 09:12 am
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God, I hate New Years. Such high expectations, costs and hassle. Such low return. Not to mention we're getting old and the world is spinning towards oblivion. Blegh!
Bloory / December 14, 2012 at 09:21 am
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You're enjoying your day
Everything's going your way
Then along comes Debbie Downer.
Always there to tell you 'bout a new disease
A car accident or killer bees
You'll beg her to spare you, "Debbie, Please!"
But you can't stop Debbie Downer!
Kim / December 14, 2012 at 09:33 am
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I love NYE bah humbugs. Rob will you marry me?
Rob replying to a comment from Kim / December 14, 2012 at 10:29 am
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Maybe. No pic, no response!
Simon / December 14, 2012 at 10:32 am
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The Sadies @ The Horseshoe?? How the hell was this overlooked?
Deric / December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am
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I wonder why, if someone hates NYE, why they'd open a post entitled "Toronto New Years Eve Party Guide 2013"
Rob replying to a comment from Deric / December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am
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It's my inalienable right to make vapid comments on BlogTO
Michael / December 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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Fionn Maccools on the Esplanade is going to be pretty sweet. Live music on NYE is a must!
Audio Blood / December 17, 2012 at 02:58 pm
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Some great options this year! Get Blown at Sneaky Dee's will prove to be a blast, just like any other party thrown at Sneaky Dee's. Young Lion's Music Club is also a great option, Dwayne Gretzky know how to put on a party!
gr1 replying to a comment from Rob / December 18, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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HEAR HEAR!
Rob / December 20, 2012 at 01:44 am
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I'm still a virgin. I also have man-boobs. These facts may be related.
Rob / December 25, 2012 at 07:11 am
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Me like some Kimchi fried rice yo
NYEGALA2013 / December 25, 2012 at 09:32 am
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There's also the 2013 TORONTO NYE GALA at the Westin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Sq.), expecting 3000+ party-goers!

It's currently ranked as the MOST POPULAR NYE EVENT in Toronto, 3rd most popular in NORTH AMERICA (as determined by various metrics on club- and event-listing websites).

Definitely can't miss it out on this list!
Mariana replying to a comment from Rob / December 28, 2012 at 10:07 am
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it must be sad being you....
Free Kids Events / December 28, 2012 at 01:46 pm
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Here's what's going on for families: http://freekidsevents.com/blog/holidays/free-new-years-eve-celebrations-for-families/
Jeff Grable / December 29, 2012 at 05:22 pm
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We've got some fine NYE comedy cheer at Foxes Den bar, 1075 Bay Street, if I do say so myself. Jeff Grable and Connor Van Abby and possibly a surprise guest!

No cover, chill attitude, come have a laugh with us!
alan / December 31, 2012 at 10:19 am
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your house...SO WHO ELSE IS COMING ????
Nerves replying to a comment from Rob / December 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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I like your style, Rob. I'm staying in and playing video games after my kids and wife go to bed at 8. Maybe I'll make myself a tall glass of chocolate milk.
Susan replying to a comment from Rob / December 31, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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On behalf of all servers, bartenders, security guards, and drivers - Thanks to who ever created NYE, because we can charge double for everything just because it's that time of the year. #showmethemoney
Rmund / December 31, 2012 at 06:18 pm
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My NYE will be brown-bagging it on Queen Street West, hiding my moobs behind an METZ t-shirt, and selling Plackers to slutty drunk women after they come out of those poutine places.

It's gonna be a great night!
SoliHull / November 11, 2013 at 03:44 am
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Fireworks Birmingham
If you really want to tackle a wedding fireworks display yourself
Danny Sirianni / January 9, 2014 at 12:31 am
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Send me info!
Danny Sirianni / January 9, 2014 at 12:32 am
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Send me info!

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