416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jan.25 – Jan.26)

Interior Design ShowThe Polar Vortex is beginning to feel like a cruel joke or a natural disaster movie that just drags on. Ever watched The Day After Tomorrow, where global warming spawns a new ice age? Well, that’s what it feels like, except I’m not stuck in a library burning books with Jake Gyllenhaal to stay warm. Nevertheless, life goes on and so does the weekend. This weekend is jam packed with events that make braving the cold worth it and here’s my TOP5 things to do. Have fun!

Interior Design Show – This annual show has been a design industry hub of new ideas and business opportunities. This weekend it opens it’s doors to the general public. Head over to Metro Toronto Convention Centre to explore the trends shaping our cities and homes, and pick up a few ideas for your own nest. With exhibitors such as Chatelaine magazine, IKEA Canada and Magic Pony, the exhibition is home to innovative new products, cutting-edge designers, and new style concepts from North America and more.

CUTMRCome Up To My Room – If you’re looking for even more design inspiration visit The Gladstone Hotel for this annual event that invites viewers to get an inside look at what goes on inside their featured artists’ heads. Featuring installations by 40 artists over the course of 4 days, 25 installations are displayed, with designs that reveal something about the maker’s creative process. Curated by Britt Welter-Nolan, Elise Hodson, Jacly Blumas, and Robert Cram, CUTMR is a part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, the fourth annual celebration of indie design.

The Superstars of Comedy – If you’re looking to LOL this Saturday, The Comedy Bar will be hosting a show presented by Sirius XM Radio featuring Alex Pavone (Yuk Yuk’s), Pat MacDonald (The Comedy Network), Ben Miner (Just For Laughs) and hosted by Matt O’Brien. Apparently Sirius XM Radio will be recording, so if you go make sure to break out your loudest, strangest laugh to ensure you make the cut.

travelToronto Ultimate Travel Show – Want to get out of town? I don’t blame you. The Direct Energy Centre hosts a two day travel event where travellers looking for information on different countries or cultures can speak to travel representatives directly and attend seminars about domestic and international travel. Free entertainment and activities like rock climbing are available throughout the weekend-long event. Attendees can also participate in several draws and giveaways offered by exhibitors.

Robbie Burns Day at Allen’s – Robbie Burns was considered by his countrymen the Greatest Scot of all time. Accordingly, to pay tribute to him, on his birthday on January 25th, we now gather to drink Scotch, eat traditional Scottish fare, and share his poetry. Burns’ Night at Allen’s Restaurant is typically a fairly spirited evening and this year’s event seems slated to be true to form. This Saturday they’ll be serving a three-course meal kicked off by a traditional address to the haggis and accompanied by The Scarborough Pipes and Drums, songs by Diane Raeside, and highland dance performances. For reservations call: 416-463-3086.



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