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Weekend events in Toronto January 8-10 2016

The top weekend events in Toronto will have you hitting up indie shows and watching homegrown cinema. The Silver Dollar's Class of 2015 is in full swing, offering two nights of live music this weekend. If you consider yourself more of a film buff, Canada's Top Ten kicks off on Friday and will spend over a week showing the city what Canada cooked up in the world of film last year.

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MUSIC

Syrian Refugee Support Show (Jan. 8)
Toronto's art-music underground is doing its part to welcome the new Syrian refugee influx with this eclectic benefit show. PWYC and catch cool locals such as multisensory electronic artist Petra Glynt, muddy garage band Dirty Frigs and post-goth project Vallens, among others.

Class of 2016 (Jan. 8-9)
If you didn't get your fill of indie music at What's In The Box, hit up the Silver Dollar this weekend. The venue's indie music honour roll series has shows on both Friday and Saturday, with acts like PONY, Bueller, Kurt Marble, Casper Skulls and more slated to perform.

THEATRE

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.

ART

Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization (Oct. 15 - Jan. 10)
This is the last weekend for Kent Monkman's largest installation to date. Since opening in October, it has won much acclaim. Like much of Monkman's work, it carefully explores the relationship between Indigenous and European cultures by depicting imagery from the 19th century when settlers nearly drove the North American bison population to extinction.

Midnight Bloom (Jan. 8-30)
For this solo show happening Angell Gallery, Toronto-based artist Erin Loree will debut her newest abstract paintings. Her canvases are often filled with heavy coats of paint and a bright colour palette; you can't help but to be drawn into her work.

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.

Japanese Movies at the Bloor Cinema (Jan. 10-24)
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is hosting free screenings of Japanese films throughout January. If you're not fluent in Japanese, no worries, all flicks will feature English subtitles. The series kicks off this Sunday with a screening of The Floating Castle.

ENTERTAINMENT

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Tribute (Jan. 8)
Miss the days of platform shoes and girl power? Head to the Mod Club this weekend to see the Spice Girls (note: not the real Spice Girls) take the stage to perform their greatest hits. I suggest watching Spice World in advance as preparation.

Do Right On Ice (Jan. 9)
Head to the Harbourfront Centre on the night of the 9th for another DJ Skate Night. This week's instalment will feature music by Do Right Music label head, John Kong. You may not be downing shots on the dancefloor, but it's much more cost effective and probably just as fun.

No Pants Subway Ride & Dance Party (Jan. 10)
Let's be real, nobody actually likes wearing pants - and this Sunday you won't have to. On January 10th join hundreds of Torontonians as they drop their drawers, dance and travel around the city on the subway. If you don't plan on getting in on the action yourself, it's still quite the spectacle - just don't get creepy.

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With contributions by Shazia Khan and Amy Grief.


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