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Weekend events in Toronto January 29-31 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will please the city's beer aficionados and foodies. There's the The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies Bevy on Friday and Steam Whistle's Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival on Saturday - both ideal if you're looking for an interesting new lager or ale. If you're more into dining than downing pints, Winterlicious kicks off this Friday so try your best to get a reservation.

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MUSIC

Class of 2015 #6 & #7 (Jan. 29-30)
The Silver Dollar's annual music honour roll series is coming to a close this weekend, but there are still two shows left on tap. On Friday catch The Dreamboats, King Creep, Tough Age, The Mercy Now and Billy Moon. If you want to see even more bands, you can catch Goodbye Honolulu, Convoys, Dirty Safes and more on Saturday.

Smiling Buddha's 1.5-Year Anniversary (Jan 29)
The long-held dive on the outskirts of Little Italy has chosen an odd midpoint to celebrate their 2014 reinvention to a buzz-band hub, but I certainly won't complain with alumni such as Odonis Odonis, New Fries, Greys and Mimico performing.

Neon Indian (Jan. 30)
Alan Palomo's 80s-washed synth nostalgia is fun on record and even better coupled with his live energy. The band's closing out current tour for VEGA INTL. Night School, a seedier take on chillwave, at Lee's.

Long Winter: Galleria (Jan. 30)
On January 30, the Galleria Mall will be transformed into an event venue for Long Winter. TEENANGER, The Highest Order, VCR, New Fries and more will be playing sets. As per usual, there will be installations by local artists - including Andrew Lamb, Laura Dawe and Jonathan Carrol and Ben Macarthy - scattered about.

FOOD & DRINK

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies Bevy (Jan. 29)
The location of the next Bevy has yet to be announced (it's always a secret), but if you're a fan of hoppy beverages don't wait to get your ticket (even if it's far, it'll be worth the trek). The event is a chance for beer-loving ladies to congregate and mingle over one-off beers brewed just for the occasion.

Winterlicious (Jan. 29-Feb. 11)
Cap off the month by indulging in some of the finest food the city has to offer. In case you've been living in a cave for the past 13 years, Winterlicious extends to over 200 local restaurants and offers expertly tailored three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Reservations begin January 14th, so start planning your dining destinations ASAP.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival (Jan. 30)
Steam Whistle's annual outdoor beer festival will takeover Roundhouse Park on Saturday, January 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for this frosty beer event are $20 in advance or $25 at the gates.

A Taste of Holland (Jan. 31)
Get your fill of Dutch eats at Hitch on Sunday. The Leslieville bar is serving up traditional comfort food accompanied by plenty of alcohol.

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Skate Nights: Flow Skate (Jan. 30)
Head to the Harbourfront Centre on the night of the 30th for another DJ Skate Night. The music for this week's installment will be brought to you by DJ P-Plus . You may not be downing shots on the dance floor, but it's much more cost effective and probably just as fun.

TECH

Toronto Global Game Jam (Jan. 29-31)
The Global Game Jam is an international game-making event that is held every year in January. Over the course of a weekend participants are challenged to create a game from scratch based on a theme that is only revealed at the kickoff on Friday evening.

ART

Winter 2016 Opening Party at The Power Plant (Jan. 29)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is kicking off the winter season on Saturday by throwing a bash filled with music, drinks and, of course, an art exhibition. Look forward to seeing pieces by Carlos Amorales, Patrick Bernatchez and more.

Dialogue & Duration Performance Art Festival/Symposium (Jan. 29-31)
Katzman Contemporary is dedicating January to three performance art events. To cap off the month, the gallery hosts a weekend festival and symposium featuring work by various artists, including a 24-hour video performance streamed between Canada and cities around the world.

Song Dong's Communal Courtyard (Jan. 30-July 17)
Multidisciplinary artist Song Dong will convert the AGO's Signy Eaton Gallery into a maze made up of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors. This immersive installation is inspired by Beijing's communal living spaces and is supposed evoke a sense of our "contemporary urban experience." If you want to be one of the first to see it, head to the gallery on Saturday.

SPORTS

The Coldest Day of the Year Ride (Jan. 30)
Since the winter weather rolled in, many Toronto cyclists have traded in their bikes for alternative (warmer) means of transportation. Well, it's time to break out your trusty metal steed on Sunday as The Coldest Day of the Year Ride is returning. Hundreds of cyclists will meet at Sherbourne Common for a 5K ride. Attendees will be hitting up a local tavern post-ride to warm up, so bring a few bucks.

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With contributions by Lioria Ipsum, Rose Behar, Shazia Khan and Amy Grief.

Photo by Jesse Milns.


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