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Hot Dates: Counting Down Toronto’s New Year’s Eve-nts

Break out the bubbly. It's New Year's Eve! (photo by Anders Andermark)

Have you noticed more and more places selling calendars these days? Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the imminent arrival of 2012. Hang on though, your 2011 calendar can be put to use one last time to jot down your plans for December 31st. Consider the following to fill up that final square:

  • It wouldn’t really feel like New Year’s in Toronto without CityTV’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Nathan Phillips Square. The 27th annual installment of the bash comes complete with fireworks plus performances by Backstreet Boy Howie D and pop songstress Anjulie.
  • Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin has selected an All-Star team of stand-up comedians to take part in Massey Hall’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza! Award-winning actress and SCTV alum Andrea Martin hosts the show, which boasts stand-up sets by Ryan Belleville, Claire Brosseau, Jay Brown, Graham Chittenden, Kyle Radke and Darrin Rose, with musical interludes from Bonzai Suzuki.
  • The Opera Canada Symphony accompanies an international cast of singing stars in Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits at Roy Thomson Hall. The concert includes classic arias and other songs from La Boheme, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Tosca, La Traviata, Don Carlo and more.
  • A groovin’ and glittering end to 2011 is in store at the Drake Hotel’s hip Stardust New Year’s Eve Party. Feel free to break out your finest jumpsuit and platform shoes and get down to live music and DJs sets. The Drake also offers a slew of dining options for the night, including a delectable four-course dinner and a strolling cabaret supper.
  • Count down the arrival of the New Year with a view of Toronto’s skyline from Lake Ontario on Mariposa Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise. Feast on a dinner buffet, dance to the tunes from an on-board DJ, and keep a glass of champagne on hand for when the clock strikes midnight.
  • Exhibition Place’s huge party space, the Liberty Grand, has lined up some of Toronto’s top DJs to play at Grand 2012, an evening full of music, dancing and dining from an international menu. Baby Yu, Walter Vice, Undercover, Alonso, Richard Silas, Gabe Gallucci and DJ Rouge are slated to spin throughout the night
  • The calendar year ends with a trifecta of events crammed into one night at the Gladstone Hotel. At Love Triangle, you can socialize with a complimentary glass of bubbly from the Champagne Gallery, bob your head to the beats of iDRUM in the Melody Bar, and groove in the Ballroom to the sounds of Jokers of the Scene.
  • Dine on a chef-prepared spread of gourmet cuisine at the Boiler House as the Distillery Historic District hosts Twenty Twelve. The buffet-style dinner features lobster, king crab, prime rib, roasted poultry, whole fish, and plenty of vegetarian options. If your belt still fits, head to the Fermenting Cellar for the afterparty with music from DJ M-Kutz and DJ Dennis R.

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