January is a notoriously harsh month weather-wise. But that doesn't mean you should be spending it hiding out indoors - not with so much going on in the city this month. Whether you're interested in art and design, theatre, film or food, there's something that should pique your interest. Here are seven of the best January, 2018 events in Toronto.
Next Stage Theatre Festival (January 3-14)
Produced by the Toronto Fringe, Next Stage is Toronto's premiere winter theatre event and one that acts as a platform for past Fringe artists to take their work to an even wider audience.
You can expect a lineup of ten companies showcasing some of the best indie theatre talent from Toronto and beyond, from comedy ensemble's to solo shows. All of the fun takes place at the Factory Theater in the Mainspace, Studio, and Antechamber. Tickets are $15 for Mainspace and Studio shows (60-90 minutes), and $10 for Antechamber shows (30 minutes) and can be purchased online at www.fringetoronto.com or by phone at 416-966-1062.
Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival (January 12-21)
Movies are a great way to spend a chilly winter day and in January you can see some of the best in Canadian film at Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival running at TIFF Bell Lightbox for 10 days. The festival will feature 10 films over 10 days, along with related industry programming and learning sessions like Q&A sessions with directors and panel discussions. Established in 2001, the festival aims to showcase and promote contemporary Canadian cinema.
Toronto International Boat Show (January 12-21)
The Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place will be home to Toronto's annual International Boat Show this January where there will be something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned boaters. In addition to educational seminars, new product showcases and hands-on skills training, there are some fun special features to check out including the indoor lake, which happens to be the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters.
The lake will be the site of various demonstrations and events and you can even take a free canoe or kayak ride.
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 15-21)
From January 15 to 21 the Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TDOF) brings design out of the studios and workshops and out into the open for the city to enjoy. This year’s fest, Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design, will bring over 100 exhibitions and events across the city at numerous venues across the city. Venues can be anything from an exhibition displayed in a store window to a large scale installation in a gallery.
Come Up To My Room (January 18-21)
The Gladstone Hotel will once again be putting on its annual design event, now entering its 15th year. The popular event is happening in conjunction with TDOF and the Interior Design Show (IDS) with over 25 collectives featuring Canadian and international artists and designers. Come Up To My Room is happening January 18 to 21 and will showcase the work of both established and up and coming artists, designers and collectives and takes place over three floors of the historic Gladstone Hotel. Installations throughout the space are meant to encourage more than passive viewing and instead inspire new ideas and spark dialogue.
Interior Design Show (January 18-21)
If you need inspiration for your next interior design project or just want some tips on sprucing up your home in the coming year, a trip the Interior Design Show should provide what you need. The Interior Design Show, happening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is now in its 20th year and continues to showcase both renowned and international brands and designers in seminars and exhibits that introduce guests to some of the best the design world has to offer.
Winterlicious (January 26-February 8)
It might be cold outside, but eating at some of Toronto’s best restaurants for well-priced prix fixe menus should be enough to draw you out of hibernation. More than 220 restaurants will be serving three course meals for lunch or dinner from January 26 to February 8.
Whether you’ve never been, haven’t been in a while or go every year, Winterlicious continues to be a big culinary draw in the city and a good way to try a few new restaurants. Three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered at $18, $23, or $28 for lunch and $28, $38 or $48 for dinner at restaurants all over the city.