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8 things to do in Toronto this week

Things to do this week in Toronto mark comebacks of the city's biggest monthly and weekly parties. FNL at the ROM returns with their annual Afro Fete event, which is always a great time. First Thursdays is back at the AGO, and there's a night market on King Street where you can shop and dance at the same time.

Here are my picks for the top things to do this week in Toronto.

  • Events you might want to check out
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • January 30
      The annual Made With Love qualifying competition is like Cocktail the movie, live. There's lots of cheering, cheers-ing, slinging and celebrating at this party dedicated to the art of mixology.
    • January 31
      Blending classic soul with electronics and counting artists like Beyoncé, Sam Smith, and Katy Perry among his most loyal supporters, Kevin Garrett is one guy not be missed, especially in the close confines of the Drake Underground.
      The Drake Hotel
    • February 1
      This intimate discussion of the achievements of Toronto's Black communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, and race-relations in Canada, helps kick off Black History Month inside one of the city's most beautiful libraries.
      Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
    • February 1
      This is an interactive night of storytelling where four teams of emerging writers from Ontario's top writing programs compete by improvising stories live on stage. It's intense, but completely entertaining and it's hosted by CBC's Gil Deacon.
      Harbourfront Centre
    • February 2
      The February edition of First Thursday at the AGO launches the year with a collection of exciting artists shaping the future of the city. Toronto-based singer-songwriter, artist and cultural force Lido Pimienta headlines, while DJ DurtyDabz and Ace Dillinger spin the side rooms.
    • February 2
      This is a night for celebrating nasty women with DJ Hunx spinning bad-ass diva's who are always pushing the envelope including Cher, Brooke Candy, Britney Spears, TLC, Kate Bush, Destiny's Child, The Knife, Madonna, Missy Eliot, Grimes, Lil Kim, Rihanna and you can guess the rest.
    • February 3
      ROM's Friday Night Live series returns celebrating Black History Month with a vibrant and rhythmic night produced by Jambana One World Festival. Exco Levi & High Priest, Lucas DiPasquale, Ammoye, Matthew Romeo, Eyesus, Al-Beeno, DJ Joshua Lucas, Femi Lawson and Alexi Couto will perform all over the museum.
      Royal Ontario Museum
    • February 3
      2017's first Midnight MRKT featuring local goods, music, and snacks, returns to the loft space on King West. As always, expect fresh and creative local retailers, food truck favourites, and street food pop ups.
      2nd Floor Events
  • Ongoing events
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • January 27 - February 10
      Fight the dark days of winter with the Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery District, where you'll find an array of installations from local and international artists.
      The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Ontario
Lead photo by

Jae Yang


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