toronto new years day 2013 events

New Year's Day 2013 events in Toronto

New Year's Day 2013 events in Toronto:

COMMUNITY | Polar Bear Dip
Probably one of the better ways to cure a hangover (you've got to shock the system, right?), Sunnyside Beach is the place of choice for the Polar Bears to take their annual dip in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario this morning. Ringing in the New Year with a quick bath at the unsavoury waterfront, the Polar Bears welcome any and all interested in registering to appear at the shore at 10:30AM. The minimum donation or sponsorship is $30, with all money going to Habitat for Humanity, and there will be plenty of pre-dip events. Be forewarned--the weather will be dipping below 0 today.
Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West) 10:30AM $30

POLITICS | Annual Mayor's New Year's Levee
Well, this is awkward. Rob Ford is inviting the entire city of Toronto to greet him and all city councillors at the Mayor's levee this afternoon, a tradition that takes place every New Year's Day. Though the reception is simply to exchange greetings with local politicians, there's no telling what may take place, especially given Ford's recent problems in office. The reception takes place at 2PM, with complaints expected shortly thereafter.
Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West) 2PM Free

THEATRE | The Amorous Adventures of Anatol
A contemporary re-envisioning of Arthur Schnitzler's "Anatol" sees the romantic title character chase after many women, each time believing that he's found the one. When he woos seven successive women, his psychologist friend Max tries to rein in the Casanova, only to help Anatol realize what he really wants. This adaptation by Canadian director Morris Panych previews tonight with Mike Shara in the role of Anatol and opens on January 9th for a 3 week run.
Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (30 Bridgman Avenue) 8PM $27-$53

MUSIC | Comfort Zone with Nicole Moudaber and 24 DJs
Comfort Zone will host a New Year's Eve after party that will continue well into the day with over 24 DJs performing sets from 3AM onward. International DJ and producer Nicole Moudaber will headline with local acts like Manzone and Strong, Nathan Barato, Jonathan Rosa, Chris Larsen and Joee Cons. Tickets will be available at the door.
Comfort Zone Bar and Grill (486 Spadina Avenue) 3AM $75


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