When we hear about Valentine’s Day the majority of what we hear (and see) centers around being part of a couple. But what if you’re not part of a couple? Does that mean you should eschew February 14 altogether? If might feel that way, but just because you’re not attached doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the heart-shaped holiday. Here are six things to do on Valentine’s Day in Toronto should you find yourself dateless.
Pamper: Make It a Spa Day
Being single in the city doesn’t have to mean moping around the house or spending the day on the couch with Netflix – and spa days aren’t just reserved for couples when Valentine’s Day rolls around. If you’re going solo this February 14, why not make a point of pampering yourself? Treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day (or anti-Valentine’s Day) spa session to recharge. Toronto has a wide selection of spas and other relaxing spots to treat yourself, depending on what you’re looking for and your budget.
Listen: Catch Some Live Music With Wavelength
The 16th annual Wavelength Music Festival is running from February 12 to 14, giving you ample opportunity to get out and enjoy some great music rather than concerning yourself with Valentine’s Day. Over the course of the three nights, you’ll get to hear some of the best new independent music happening in Canada right now. Shows take place at the Garrison and Markham House City Building Lab and an all-access pass for the weekend will run you $39.
Party: Go to an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Union Nightclub will be hosting what they’re referring to as Toronto’s largest anti-Valentine’s Day party on February 13. The idea here is to mingle with other singles and meet new people in the city. Who knows, you might just score yourself a date for the 14th.
Expect icebreaker games, DJs spinning throughout the night and a complimentary drink between 7 and 8 p.m.
Laugh: Take in a Comedy Show
What better way to laugh off any Valentine’s Day-related stress you might be experiencing that with a trip to a comedy club? You have your pick of a few places for comedy on February 14 including Yuk Yuk’s, The Second City and Comedy Bar.
Dance: Check out the Original Crush Party at the Gladstone
The Gladstone Melody Bar will be hosting The Original Crush, a queer and sex-positive dance party on Valentine’s Day starting at 8 p.m. There will be a DJ, dancing and drink specials as well as games, cupids on site to deliver love notes on lollipops and even a “crush board” where you can post notes for anyone who happens to catch your eye.
Watch: See Some Movies at TIFF Bell Lightbox
TIFF Next Wave festival, happening February 12 to 14, might be geared towards younger movie fans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a flick or two during the fest. There will be familiar movies as well as new releases from around the world. In addition to movies there will be guests, Q&A sessions, industry workshops and panels and on the 14th it’s the TIFF Next Wave 24-Hour Film Challenge wherein 24 films were created by 24 teams in 24 hours.