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The top weekend events in Toronto: Jan 9-11 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will have you shivering on the subway with a group of exhibitionists embodying unpredictable degrees of regret. If you'd rather sweat than shiver, Long Winter is back, and it's a good weekend for dance parties. Then don't miss theatre and film fests Next Stage and Canada's Top Ten.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto January 9-11, 2015.

No Pants Subway Ride Toronto 2015 & Dance Party (January 11, TBA)
Improv Everywhere's annual scantily clad ride-of-goose-pimples is back. On Sunday at 3PM, the gang of pants-less Torontonians, possibly including you, will leave from a yet to be disclosed location. There will be an after party at The Office Pub at 6pm where you can dance away the chills (and icy stares). Last's year's event was the mist popular yet, so expect a big turnout.


Class of 2015 (Silver Dollar)
No need to mope around after the NYE fuss is over - live music fans will have more fun with the 2015's Indie Music Honour Roll series at Silver Dollar. On weekends from January 1 - 30 catch seven different line ups including Calvin Love, Pistol George Warren, Dead Projectionists, CHOBO, MIMICO, and Most People. Check out our preview here.

Long Winter (January 9, Great Hall)
This session is stacked with bands who made our 2014 music round-ups: artists, bands, and speakers include Jason Doell, Dilly Dally, Bile Sister, and Nick Storring, plus Miracle Fortress, Mas Aya, ZONES, Moonwood, Das Rad, Tenderness, Analogue Preservation Network, an Apocalyptic Beach Rave, Jesse Brown of CANADALAND, and more.


Canada's Top Ten (January 2-11, TIFF)
TIFF excites the city each year, but it's our homegrown talent that fills our hearts with pride the most. The nominees for best Canadian picture are Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, Michael Dowse's The F Word, and Xavier Dolan's Mommy. In addition to these major films, the festival will Canadian docs and feature interviews with Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, and Agent Johnny Utah (you know, Keenu Reeves). DF

Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (January 9, TIFF)
Broke? As part of Canada's Top Ten Film Fest, see this free Canadian Open Vault screening of Bonnie Sherr Klein's 1982 feminist documentary, Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography. You can also catch this free Canada's Top Ten panel discussion at noon.


Danny Tenaglia (January 10, Guvernment)
We knew the Guvernment would be bringing in some huge names before they close forever at the end of this month, and this special appearance by NYC legend Danny Tenaglia is exactly the kind of special treat we were hoping for. Last time he played Toronto he spun for 20 hours, and few DJs can rock a big room like he can. 10 pm, $30. BB

Alton Miller (January 10, Coalition)
Deep house veteran Alton Miller has a sound that bridges the histories of Detroit and Chicago underground dance music. His syncopated percussion, soulful chords, and soaring melodies are always a hit with the old school house crowd, and continue to seduce new listeners all over the world. 10 pm, $10. BB

Sunday Afternoon Social (January 11, Loft 404)
Good news if you prefer to dance while the sun is up: Sunday Afternoon Social is returning to Loft 404. Dance to sets from Box of Kittens, Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys), Leelee Mishi, Martin Fazekas, and more.


Michael Dumontier (January 10 - February 7, MKG 127)
In the new year, see (former, RIP) Royal Art Lodge member Michael Dumontier's new conceptual work at MKG on Dundas West (not illustration this time or giving animals sharpies this time). Some of the objects in the exhibit "are handmade, while others are machined; some materials are disguised, while others speak plainly."


Next Stage Theatre Fest (January 7 - 18)
The Toronto Fringe's annual Next Stage fest is a smaller version of the warm-weather Fringe, a smaller version of the warm-weather Fringe that showcases 10 shows mandated to showcase the best of Canadian indie theatre. Check out our preview here. Tickets and schedule are available via Next's website.

The Seagull (Berkeley Street Theatre, January 11 - February 8)
CanStage puts on Chekov's classic existential drama this winter under the directorial guidance of Chris Abraham. The play has a fascinating history, which started with an utter failure on its opening night all the way back in 1896. It's since become one Chekov's most important works, one which resonates today as much as it did a century ago. KB


In Conversation with... Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis (January 10, TIFF)
As part of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey will host a conversation on activism, writing, and film making with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis at TIFF. You'll also catch a glimpse of Klein-inspired documentary by Lewis, This Changes Everything.

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Contributions by Benjamin Boles, Keith Bennie

Photo by Natta Summerky

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