Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2014
New year's eve parties in Toronto create one of those nights when the population of the downtown core swells almost to its breaking point. Revelers will be making their way to a vast array of events via the TTC (free after 7pm!), GO Train, car, cab, and bike - yes, even in the slush with those sparkly New Year's kiss heels. Parties, dinners, concerts, and dances are on everyone's mind. What to hit up? Where is everyone?
You might already be struggling to make sense of your options, so we've highlighted a selection of NYE 2014 celebrations below. For those in the mood to party hop, we've also compiled a ton of options to peruse (that's what we do). This is your night - whether you're planning to be on your worst behaviour or (hold on) going home early, own it. Soon nothing will be the same.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES, HOTELS, CONCERT HALLS + ALTERNATIVE VENUES
Lemon Bucket New Year's Eve with Koljadnynky at The Opera House
Toronto's 15-piece European-gypsy-folk super band Lemon Bucket Orkestra will be celebrating the end of 2013 at the Opera House. Koljadnynky will open the show and get the dance party started. Tickets $20 in advance, $30 at the door; available online or for pick up at La Pallete or Sunrise Records. Doors open at 9:00pm.
New Year's Eve at The Tranzac
The Tranzac is a favourite haunt of Toronto music fans on the hunt for new, exciting sounds, so naturally this NYE party is heavy on the indie music line up. We're talking 10 bands in 3 rooms, plus a DJ filling in the space between to keep you moving while you await the midnight (freebie alert!) champagne toast. On the bill are Hooded Fang, Kashka, Weaves, Maloo (Maylee Todd) and more. Tickets are $15 advance (Rotate This, Soundscapes and Tranzac) or $17 at the door.
YLMC NYE 2014 Dwayne Gretzky & DJ Lazy Ray at Palais Royale Ballroom
Beloved Toronto promoters Young Lions Music Club will take over the historic Palais Royale for NYE 2014 where you'll get a chance to hear what is arguably one of the best cover bands around: Dwayne Gretzky. DJ Lazy Ray will also perform, spinning groovy tunes from the vaults of disco, funk, and rock n' roll. Tickets are $35 at Rotate This, Soundscapes or Ticketfly.
Shit Fun / Bath Salts NYE
Shit Fun and Bath Salts are a congregation of Toronto's dirtiest internet users and they're back with a New Year's Eve party at Cinecycle where the leather and studs will be squeaking and clinking off each other all over the place. Kontravoid, Huren, Adrienne K., Ghettocyb.org and Datastalker are on the bill, plus audio/visual artists Sarin and Jubal Brown. There will be champagne, and stuff.
NYE at Double Double Land feat. A Man Called Warwick
Double Double Land in Kensington Market have put together a weird line up for y'all - the crew promise free "artisanal spiked punch" (what, c'mon, what?), hors d'oeuvres, special decor, and a midnight countdown by Life of a Craphead, plus music via A Man Called Warwick - "of legendary tropical dance night Turning Point and owner of one of the best record collections around" plus Daniel Vila and Val Uher. The room is tiny, windowless, and dark, aka not for the claustrophobic. Hurray! Tickets are $15.
Fuck 2013 at Soybomb HQ
You don't have to hate yourself to join this "New Year's Party bash with party bash bands that'll bash your party faces" - but you do need to be ready for things to get loud. The dinner plan is a variety of punk, and includes VICES, Deadmouth, Wolfs, Blastronaut, NO FUCKING AROUND, Lightning For Legs, and blackbelt. A dirty fiver bill gets you in the door.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS
The Sadies play the Horseshoe Tavern
Only a band as honed and beloved as The Sadies can play a venue as legendary as the Horseshoe to ring in the New Year. They will be playing two sets, one at 11:15pm, and one next year at 1:15am. In September the band released their latest bluesy-rock album, and NYE is the perfect night to get a taste some of their new tunes. Get your $25 dollar ticket from The Horseshoe's front bar, Soundscapes, or Rotate This.
Chronologic New Year's Eve at The Garrison
The Goin' Steady DJs return to the The Garrison to ring in the New Year with a dance party through the ages! You'll hear the best dance tracks from every era, in chronological order. DJ Wes Allen will hold down the front room all night. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online; or $25 at the door.
NYE 2014 at The Beaver
Here's a New Year's celebration that won't break the bank. For only $5 at the door, party like it's 30214 with DJs Boy Pussy and Regina Thegentlelady. The night will be hosted by the girls of Bad Tuck, Judt Virago and Igby Lizzard, and the dance party will get wild! Music starts at 9pm.
F'UNREAL Presents Crew Year's Eve #5 at The Boat
Your pals Well Sad, Slater, L-Sos, Kek, and Ty will be taking over The Boat in Kensington Market to ring in the New Year. Dress to impress! (As if you wouldn't.) There are no advance tickets, so arrive early to avoid lineups. It's $10 at the door.
Big Top NYE Party at The Gladstone
Put on your best top hat and celebrate the New Year at this carnival themed bash. There will be jugglers, acrobats, DJs, carnival games, and free champagne toast at midnight. DJs MAKEM Wolfh34rt, Dirty Dale and Splattermonkey will keep things lively, and you can reserve VIP rooms with bottle service if that's your style. Early bird tickets are $40-$50, or have a 4 course dinner before the party for $126. Starts at 9pm.
Go Hard at The Steady
The Steady, a newish restaurant-meets-party-spot on Bloor which made our Best Gay Bars in Toronto list, is about to launch their new menu and will celebrate the new year with DJ Blackcat. Dance your 2013 cares away to hiphop, r&b, dancehall, soca. Expect free party favours and champagne at midnight, good eats, and good times. The bar will be open until 3am. Bring a group of 6 or more before 1am and cover drops to $10. 10pm - 4am, $15.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS
Yes Yes Y'all presents NYYYE ft BIZZARH VILIFY and DADEE MAYSR
The masterminds behind Yes Yes Y'all are throwing another monster of an NYE bash at the Annex Wreckroom. They are inviting all hot steppers, bass lovers, and head nodders to throw down at the baddest, queer hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam around. Ring in the new year, have some drinks, make out with a few people, and check out live performances from BIZZARH and VILIFY. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.
Hoxton NYE 2014
If you want to get fancied up and party in downtown style but still feel kinda, you know, chill, The Hoxton's NYE is a good idea. On their new year's bill is rising Canadian DJ duo Dzeko & Torres plus special guests - check the poster here. Tickets are $40 advance.
Lead photo via The Hoxton, The Sadies photo by by Bruce Emberley, Lemon Bucket photo by Jennifer Bundock
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