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The top 5 free events in Toronto: Jan 12 - 18 2015

Free events in Toronto this week are capped by the expansive art exhibit Villa Toronto, which will take over Union Station for one week. Broke music might fans win out most though: whether you want to sing karaoke with a live band, take in an indie show, or watching Spinal Tap for the billionth time, Toronto has you covered.

Here are five alternatives to inching deeper in to debt in Toronto this week.

1. Movie Night at the Garrison (January 14, The Garrison)
The Garrison wants to warm you up on Wednesdays this month with free cult movie screenings, drink specials, and snacks. Heavy Metal is the theme tonight: watch The Simpsons' Spinal Tap episode "The Otto Show" then Spinal Tap itself and finally Detroit Rock City. Mexi-style popcorn is 3 bucks - $1 per person if you split it with three handy pals.

2. Good Enough Live Karaoke (Thursdays in January, The Garrison)
Is your singing voice sometimes meh, sometimes great, but mostly just good enough? Good Enough's live karaoke band will be at the Garrison every Thursday this month, and admission is free. Sing your heart out with a live, Buck-65-approved backup band January 15, 22 and 29.

3. Villa Toronto (January 16-23, Union Station)
Over 20 contemporary art galleries will take over Union Station for Villa Toronto, a major contemporary art festival that's previously been held in Tokyo and Reykjavik. Concerts and other events will run in conjunction with the fest. Read more here. There will also be tons of offsite stuff going on, including this free opening party at the AGO, which is rush entry only now, so arrive very early. Check out our full preview here.

4. Common Deer with Young Running (January 17, 3030)
Live music for free in the Junction. It doesn't get much more simple than that. Until you try to TTC home... just kidding, you can do this. Probably on the 40.

5. Propeller! Gallery Launch Gala (January 17, 30 Abell St)
West Queen West's Propeller Gallery has is uprooting, but they're not moving far - just a few blocks away to 30 Abell St to the ground floor of the Artscape Triangle Gallery Lofts Building, near 99 Sudbury. Celebrate the new space with this members-only exhibit.

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.

Free Evening (Wednesday, AGO)
The Art Gallery of Ontario's free evening runs from 6-8:30pm. It can be a little crowded, but sometimes the people watching is as good as the art (sometimes).

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. Note: MOCCA is currently closed for installation.

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Image: Jon Sasaki, Promise It Will Always Be This Way, 2008 (Jessica Bradley at Villa Toronto)

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