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Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in January 2016


Things to Do in Toronto January 2016 Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil brings it’s latest show, Toruk: The First Flight to the Air Canada Centre (photo: Youssef Shoufan © 2015 Groupe Cirque du Soleil)

JANUARY 1  A New Year’s Day tradition for more than two decades, Salute to Vienna brings waltzes and operettas to the Roy Thomson Hall stage.

JANUARY 2 & 3  The city’s AHL team, the Toronto Marlies, return for the new year with back-to-back weekend games against the Syracuse Crunch at Ricoh Coliseum.

JANUARY 6 TO 17  Take in the best of Canada’s indie theatre scene during the Next Stage Theatre Festival, which showcases a roster of talented writers, directors and actors in a diverse lineup of plays. Among this year’s offerings are Rachel Blair’s acclaimed A Man Walks into a Bar, a smart social commentary on gender and power, while Take Your Mark Productions’ improv-driven Stuck has players performing a one-act play based on audience suggestions.

JANUARY 6 TO FEBRUARY 14  Two couples meet at a fertility clinic under extenuating circumstances in the world premiere of Within the Glass, which calls into question each of their desires to become a parent.

JANUARY 7 TO 10  Fans of the film Avatar won’t want to miss Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, Toruk: The First Flight. Inspired by the Academy Award–winning movie, Toruk delves into the backstory of the Na’vi culture, with large-scale puppets representing a slew of Pandoran animals like the Viperwolf, Direhorse and Turtapede. A narrator guides audiences through the story—set thousands of years before the events of the movie—as three young protagonists embark on a new quest.

JANUARY 9 TO 17  Dream about summer days at the Toronto International Boat Show, the largest event of its kind in North America. On top of its display of the latest and greatest watercraft, the show also boasts daily seminars, a marketplace with new products, a kids fishing zone, plus shows starring Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel.

The WedLuxe Wedding Show at the Carlu provides endless inspiration from florists, photographers, bakers, designers and more for brides and grooms.

JANUARY 10  The WedLuxe Wedding Show is a lavish event that counts Kleinfeld’s among its partners, which should satisfy any bride. But catering by Oliver & Bonacini, an interactive flower market, and more than 120 exhibitors make the pricey admission worth it.

JANUARY 14  Alt-rockers Honduras take to the stage at the historic Horseshoe Tavern.

JANUARY 15  Learn about the intricacies of one of classical music’s masterpieces in What Makes It Great? Mozart Symphony 40, presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

JANUARY 16  Grammy Award–nominated rock band Muse heads to the Air Canada Centre for its Drones World Tour, featuring special guests X Ambassadors.

Two Canadian drivers take part in this year’s edition of Monster Jam, which features such vehicles as Dragon’s Breath and Northern Nightmare.

JANUARY 16 & 17  Monster Jam rolls into town with various racing and freestyle competitions featuring the likes of Grave Digger and Northern Nightmare among others.

JANUARY 16 & 17  Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara takes the stage at the Danforth Music Hall.

JANUARY 16 TO FEBRUARY 28  A wife going slowly mad, a husband who flirts with the help, a retired detective and an unsolved murder make up the premise of the Victorian thriller Gaslight. Flickering lights, odd noises and other unexplained occurrences have Bella Manningham believing that she’s losing her mind—until she learns her husband may be behind her supposed insanity. Together with Detective Rough, Bella assists in solving a mysterious death that may implicate her own spouse.

JANUARY 19 TO FEBRUARY 13  Soulpepper Theatre Company remounts its Dora Award–winning production of Twelve Angry Men, a thrilling courtroom drama about a group of jurors deciding the verdict in a homicide case.

JANUARY 19 TO FEBRUARY 7  Belgian actor Valentijn Dhaenens brings his tour-de-force performance to Canada for the first time in Bigmouth. A hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dhaenens recites classic speeches delivered over the past 2,500 years by everyone from Socrates to Muhammad Ali.

JANUARY 21 TO 24  Head to the Metro Convention Centre for the Interior Design Show, a massive trade and public showcase of the latest trends and innovative products for the home. A roster of international guest speakers includes Omar Gandhi and Omer Arbel of Omar Gandhi Architect Inc., Orlando Soria, founder of the male-centric website Hommemaker, and artist Oro Ïto.

JANUARY 22 TO 24  The National Bridal Show is the largest wedding show of its kind in terms of scale and scope. The three-day consumer show is free to all brides, and features a massive gown sale.

Multi-talented Canadian performer Eric McCormack recalls his best memories.

JANUARY 23  Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack brings a musical memoir to the Sony Centre stage with The Concert I Never Gave… (Except for, like, 2,000 times in my bedroom).

JANUARY 23 TO FEBRUARY 14  The third installment of Richard Wagner’s legendary Ring Cycle, Siegfried, opens the winter season of the Canadian Opera Company. In this heroic tale, the young Siegfried has become a man and embarks on a journey to slay a dragon, and ultimately comes into possession of a cursed ring before confronting his destiny.

JANUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 20  Cohabitation in a small space between a couple leads to comedic results in the Canadian production of The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.

JANUARY 26 TO FEBRUARY 20  When the only Korean-American man in a small midwest town falls in love in Cowboy Versus Samurai, topics of race and sexual dynamics come to the forefront.

JANUARY 27 & 28  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s maestro, Peter Oundjian, along with soprano Barbara Hannigan, bring Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique to Roy Thomson Hall.

JANUARY 28  Violinist Daniel Hope is joined by pianist Sebastian Knauer in a tribute to violinist and conductor Yehundi Menuhin on the occasion of his 100th birthday, with a program that includes works by Bach, Enescu, Mendelssohn, Walton, Ravel and Bartók.

JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 11  The city’s much-anticipated and much-loved Winterlicious program sees more than 200 restaurants offering three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Be sure to make reservations; spots fill up fast.

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