The top 5 free events in Toronto: December 15-21 2014
Free events in Toronto this week can set you up with your most cherished holiday movie picks, which could make for some emotional journeys that we broke people have learned to substitute for physical journeys. Then there's a money-saver for the greeting card procrastinator, a noise march downtown, fire twirlers, and more.
Here's how to have something new to talk about when the creditors call this week in Toronto.
1. Post A Letter Social Activity Club (December 15, Wise Bar)
If you've been procrastinating, Wise Bar's Post A Letter Social Activity Club could get you on top of your greeting cards/letters home/taxes from last spring, etc. They'll set up a PWYC stationary bar for everything from stamps to (maybe) sparkles. Or BYO sparkles just in case.
2. Queer Fear: The Craft (December 17, Videofag)
Festive this, festive that. Makes me feel stiff as a board, honestly. Videofag gets my coven and I, and this free screening of cult teen sensation The Craft should be a carol-free zone on Wednesday. Wear your blackest, least ironic sweater.
3. Unsilent Night (December 19, Music Gallery)
Want to blast a boombox in the streets of Toronto? Not quite a flash mob, this is about as different as it gets than your usual Christmas caroling. Philip Kline's composition calls for a mass of marchers to BYO music for a dissonant, free-for-all holiday march. There's a PWYC fundraiser proper to follow at the Music Gallery. Learn more here.
4. Holiday classics at the Bloor (December 19-23, Bloor Hot Docs CInema)
The Bloor has caught the holiday spirit, and you can reserve free passes now for holiday and holiday-ish classics including Bad Santa, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Love Actually, and more.
5. 25th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice (December 21, Augusta Ave)
Do you want to play with fire, little girl? The Kensington Market Winter Solstice will fill Augusta with night-defying antics, complete with puppets on stilts and a healthy dose of pyrotechnics and fire jugglers. If you want to help out, donate to their Kickstarter here.
Also check out these regular free events
Elvis Mondays (Mondays, The Drake)
Toronto's longest running indie showcase, William New's free show has put thousands of bands on stage. It's at the Drake Underground every Monday.
Free Nights at the Horseshoe (Monday/Tuesday, The Horseshoe)
The Legendary Horseshoe has a storied history, and hosts free indie rock shows in the early week with Shoeless Mondays and Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night on Tuesdays.
CINSSU's Free Friday Films (Fridays)
Though the Innis Town Hall is still under construction, you can follow the Cinema Studies Student Union for reliable Friday night movies and solid picks at Isabel Bader Theatre and/or Alumni Hall 100.
Canadian Opera Company (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre)
September through to early June, catch free classical shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts "most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m."
MOCCA (Monday - Sunday)
While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always PWYC.
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