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Weekend events in Toronto January 15-17 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will have you heading to some of the top concerts and music fests of the season. Alessia Cara, Muse and Majical Cloudz are all performing at Toronto venues this weekend. Long Winter is also back in session and The Silver Dollar's Class of 2016 continues to showcase up and coming indie talent.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section.

MUSIC

Majical Cloudz (Jan. 15)
With their second full-length Are You Alone? fresh off the presses and garnering a warm critical reception, the emotionally charged electronic work of duo Devon Walsh and Matthew Otto is primed for live unveiling during their upcoming North American tour, kicking off in Toronto this Saturday.

Class of 2016 #4 (Jan. 16)
Get your fill of indie music this week by heading to the Silver Dollar for the venue's annual music honour roll series. Saturday is the fourth night in this year's fest. You can catch acts like GABI, Wild Rivers, and ROLEMODEL for only $10.

Long Winter (Jan. 16)
Long Winter offers a smorgasbord of art-based performances and exhibits in the middle of January. For one night the Great Hall will be filled with some of the best and brightest artists, musicians, dancers and speakers. Best of all, the event is PWYC, so even those on a tight budget can get in on the action.

Muse (Jan. 16)
Some might find sprawling dystopian concept albums performed by ultra-glam futuristic Queen disciples to be, shall we say, a tad excessive. But Muse? They call it "back to basics." That's the kind of unabashed dedication to showmanship worth paying top concert dollar for.

Alessia Cara (Jan. 16-17)
The Brampton-born singer has earned much acclaim since releasing her hit single "Here" and at this point can be put on the pedestal with Toronto heavy-hitters Drake and The Weeknd. Catch her Saturday and Sunday at the Danforth Music Hall. Unfortunately, tickets were scooped up fast, so you'll have to turn to StubHub.

PERFORMANCE

Next Stage Festival (Jan. 6-17)
Looking for something to tide you over until the next Fringe Fest in June? The Next Stage festival, now in full swing, has indie theatre lovers flocking to the Factory Theatre to see the works of Fringe up-and-comers. Some shows feature talkbacks at The Hoxton, if you want to engage with the artists over cocktails.

Progress Festival (Jan. 14-Feb. 7)
This three-and-a-half-week fest caters to lovers of the theatre. This weekend catch Riding on a Cloud, a Lebanese production, at The Theatre Centre Mainspace.

ART

Peter MacCallum: Skyline Series, 1979-1992 (Nov. 26-Jan. 16)
Take a look back at Toronto's past through MacCallum's photographs of the skyline. You'll get to see how the city changed over the past 36 years, especially from the perspective of Queen West -- that's where MacCallum took his first three photographs in this series, between 1979 and 1980. The exhibition closes on Saturday, so make sure you see it before then.

The Map and The Territory (Jan. 17-30)
The Red Head Gallery, located inside 401 Richmond, is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. In January, it's presenting an exhibition that looks at "scientific art and artistic science" through the work of smART mapmakers Ron Wild and Stephen Morris. Bonus points for Michel Houllebecq fans.

FILM

Canada's Top Ten (Jan. 8-17)
Get acquainted with some of the best homegrown cinema at Canada's Top Ten. The 10-day fest offers up public screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, industry panels, special events and more. A huge plus: tickets are (fittingly) a mere $10.

Wood Job! (Jan. 17)
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema hosts free screenings of Japanese films throughout January. If you're not fluent in Japanese, no worries -- all flicks will feature English subtitles. The series is currently in full swing, and this Sunday you can catch indie comedy/drama Wood Job! without dropping a dime.

ENTERTAINMENT

Toronto's Very Own Presents: Sounds of DRAKE OVO Night Toronto (Jan. 15)
If you (like everyone and their mother) fell in love with Drizzy over the past year, this is the party for you. Come Friday, SET will be blaring Drake's discography until the early hours of the morning. You'll want to brush up on everything from Take Care to What a Time To Be Alive before attending.

PULP : Paper Art Party 2016 (Jan. 16)
Environmental awareness is important, but not all of us want to watch doomsday documentaries on our changing planet. Skip talks and presentations in favour of a party celebrating sustainable designs. This Saturday, check out reclaimed material installations while drinking and dancing at 360 Geary Ave. All proceeds go to charity, so you'll also be doing some good.

DJ Skate Nights: Wavelength x Synthesexer (Jan. 16)
Head to the Harbourfront Centre on the 16th for another DJ Skate Night. The music for this week's installment will be brought to you by Wavelength and Synthesexer. You may not be downing shots on the dancefloor, but it's much more cost effective and probably just as fun.

SHOPPING

Bellwoods Flea One Year Anniversary (Jan. 16)
This Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the Bellwoods Flea. As per usual, you'll be able to find art, fashion, food and more from local vendors filling Dundas Video. If you're not in the mood to shop, there will be classic film screenings all day long and retro video games. Dogs are welcome, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend.

Gladstone Winter Flea Markets
The Gladstone is kicking off a series of winter flea markets starting this Saturday. You'll find a ton of one of kind fashion and home pieces plus a healthy share of vintage goods. If you can't stop by this weekend, it'll also pop up on February 21st and March 20th.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

With contributions by Amy Grief and Shazia Khan.

Photo by Muse by Brian Morton.


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