The top 10 Oscar parties in Toronto for 2015
The 87th Academy Awards will dole out controversial* golden statues again this Sunday, February 22. Since your invitation the Hollywood glitz got lost in the mail, and seeing as how you never tip your doomed Canada Post employee, let's call it even. You can find a billion ways to stream the Oscars online with the cat, but why not get glammed up, pull on a thrifted fur coat with cigarette burns in the pockets (how did that happen?) and watch it with other human beings and, often, the chance of winning prizes?
*Sadly, Drake's short film wasn't nominated, for several reasons.
Here are my picks for where to stargaze and gamble from afar in Toronto this Sunday.
Pretty straight forward: pretend you're part of the glitz with big screen magic at the Bloor. They'll sweeten the deal with trivia, contests, prizes and "surprises" because they know leaving the house in this weather is harder than losing to Driving Miss Daisy. Admission is free.
Innis Town Hall
At U of T's Innis Town Hall, write your Oscar predictions down on a slip of paper hope to win tons of prizes. I'm not sure if you win prizes for accuracy, hilariousness, or both - best to ask an usher. Admission is free.
The Royal Cinema
The Royal on College is also getting in on the give-away fun, with prizes galore and the traditional x-ing of the ballots. Various packages for the night are available - learn more here.
This screening at the Fox on Queen East, starting at 7pm in time for the red carpet glamathon, is free, but they encourage you to bring whatever donations you can for the AIDS Committee of Toronto.
On Roncesvalles, the Revue is hosting their own free Oscar bash. Along with the screening and the "best dressed" award that you could win (dressing up is strongly encouraged), they'll have a special photobooth, trivia fun, bingo, and more. Prizes include a Champion Membership to the cinema.
On West Queen West, the Drake Hotel is a great spot to dress sharp and watch the night unfold. Hosts Christine Aziz and TIFF Programmer Magali Simard will facilitate cinematic trivia and more, while a "special bubbly menu" is on offer. Admission is free.
The Oscars are coming back to CityPlace at Hunters Langing. Aside from full sound for both the red carpet and the event and wall projections, there will be "paparazzi" on site. Your Oscars Bingo cards and ballot predictions could win you a pair of Maroon 5 or Raptors tickets.
There will be prizes galore at the Carlton's live telecast screening on Sunday, and they've put together an ultra cheesey video preview just for you. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item.
Big Picture Cinema
Watch the Hollywood drama go down for free at the Big Picture Cinema on Gerrard. Don't forget to make potentially life crippling wagers with your seat neighbours.
If the bar scene is more your thing than a big old cinema, 3030 in the Junction will have a big screen with full sound and "BYOPool." The bar won't be hosting its own competition, so this will be the kind of anarchy the Oscars deserves.
Where will you be watching the Oscars? Please refrain from mentioning your cat.
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