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The top 12 parties in Toronto this spring

The top parties in Toronto this spring will let you mix, mingle and fundraise at some of the city's top venues. Whether you want to dress in your most elegant ball gown or suit up in a Canadian tuxedo, there's something to fit the bill. Unfortunately, a few bashes - like Platform 9 3/4 and the Midnight Massive Party - have already sold out, but there's still plenty to keep you busy until summer.

Here are the top parties in Toronto for spring.

Graffiti Street Party (April 7)
Support local talent and vendors by hitting up the Graffiti Street Party at District 28. The event - dedicated to golden age of hip hop - will boast breakdance competitions, rap battles, live art and, of course, music. A ticket will set you back $20-$30, with proceeds going to SKETCH and George Brown Scholarships.

Rouge-A Benefit for United Way (April 8)
Support the United Way by heading to the Arcadian Court for the Rouge-A Benefit on April 8. Attendees will snack on Oliver & Bonacini hors d'oeuvres, sip Steam Whistle brews, and get down to live entertainment. Tickets are $55.

Cafa Sephora After Party (April 15)
Unfortunately, tickets to the The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards sold out in a flash, so you won't be witnessing the main event. However, you can still snag tickets for the after party at the Fairmont Royal York. For a mere $125, you'll be treated to immersive beauty experiences and services (it is hosted by Sephora, after all) and all the essential party perks (food, drinks, etc.).

Beaux Arts Costume Ball (April 21)
OCADU is hosting its annual end-of-school-year soiree on April 21 at Steam Whistle Brewing. This year's theme is "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - which is open to interpretation, so dress to impress. Snacks (including vegan and gluten-free options) will be plentiful and DJ BLUSH will be providing the soundtrack for the night. A ticket will set you back $20.

Earth Ball (April 22)
For all you environmentally conscious partygoers, there's the Earth Ball. Get philanthropic at the Mill Street Beer Hall while sampling local eats by chef Michael Stadtlander, networking, and celebrating the year's environmental achievements. On top of that there will be a silent auction, eco gift bags up for grabs and more. Tickets cost $150.

ROM Friday Night Live (April 29 and ongoing)
Friday Night Live returns on April 29 for its spring session. The season's kickoff bash syncs up with the current tattoo exhibition, #ROMink, so all you body art lovers are in luck. As for the rest of the parties, themes include everything from "DinoNite" to "Asia Forever." Tickets for these bashes will only run you $15, making them the least expensive on the list.

Campfires & Cocktails (April 29)
If satin gowns aren't part of your wardrobe (join the club) Campfires & Cocktails may be the party for you. The event will fill the The Burroughes Building with plaid-clad ladies and gents for an evening in support of the Neil Lovatt Memorial Fund. CBC Toronto News at 6 host Anne-Marie Mediwake and DJ/producer Otis Grey are hosting the affair. Tickets run for $75-$85.

Brewers Plate (May 18)
The Brewers Plate makes its grand return on May 18 and bringing with it a roster of drool-worthy beers and eats. Ten chefs and ten brewers have teamed up to craft a killer menu - and good news, you've got unlimited access to it all (providing you splurge on a $95 ticket). Proceeds go to War Child Canada, so don't feel too bad about ponying up the cash.

Timeraiser (May 28)
Consider yourself a patron of the arts? Head to the Power Plant on May 28 for the 13th Toronto Timeraiser. Attendees will be treated to a VIP cocktail reception, art auction, live entertainment, an art party and more. The night supports the careers of local artists. Tickets prices have yet to be announced.

Power Ball XVIII (June 2)
The Power Ball, Toronto's most notorious art event, returns to the Power Plant on June 2. Following the formula of year's past, the extravaganza of art, music, fashion and food will be all sorts of insane (maybe there will be something even more outrageous than last year's octopus chandelier?). Tickets cost $175, or, if you want to be a VIP $500.

Scrubs in the City: London (June 2)
The Scrubs in the City benefit for SickKids has bid farewell to last year's Tokyo theme and made a trip to the UK. For one night only, the Evergreen Brick Works will be transformed into a makeshift London. The event is drawing on both the posh and the punk, so feel free to channel your inner Queen Elizabeth or hang safety pins from your ears. Tickets run $195.

MAD HOT BALLET: Outta This World! (June 7)
Want to get a glimpse of the brand new Sound Academy? Shell out $125 for a Outta This World ticket and you'll be mixing and mingling inside 11 Polson Pier. The bash, which supports the artists and activities of The National Ballet of Canada, will feature pop-up performances, specialty cocktails and opportunities to dance with the dancers.

What did I miss? Add more spring parties to the comments section.

Photo of Power Ball 2015 by Jesse Milns.


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