Nightlife in North York

"Volver A FlamenTango: Compania Maria Serrano" at John Bassett Theatre on Friday, November 21 (Up to 35% Off)

Volver A FlamenTango: Compania Maria Serrano

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (John Bassett Theatre)

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Fusion of flamenco and tango presented by renowned dancer Maria Serrano and her company

C$55 C$36

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iDance Convention at Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel on February 14 and 15 at 9 a.m. (Up to 54% Off)

iDance Convention

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel

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Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada perform routines and lead classes

C$205 C$95

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"MythBusters: Behind the Myths" at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on Saturday, November 29 (Up to 44% Off)

MythBusters: Behind The Myths Tour

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

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Inspired by the long-running TV series, the live show invites audience members onstage to get down and dirty with some hands-on science

C$62.25 C$35

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Knight Tournament and Feast for an Adult or Child with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 50% Off)

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

In a two-hour show, knights on horseback vie for the royal court’s favor by jousting and sword-fighting; dinner with chicken and spare rib

C$52.53 C$29

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Knight Tournament and Feast for an Adult or Child with Optional VIP Package at Medieval Times (Up to 50% Off)

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

In a two-hour show, knights on horseback vie for the royal court’s favor by jousting and sword-fighting; dinner with chicken and spare rib

$52.53 $29

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Nightclub Entry and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at Gravity Soundbar (Up to 54% Off)

Gravity Soundbar

Toronto

The DJs spin everything from hip-hop and house music to Top 40 and EDM and '90s hits in 3 different rooms with 3 different sounds

$54 $27

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"Missed Connections", "Stripprov," or "Mixed Company," November 14–March 30 (Up to 50% Off)

"Missed Connections", "Stripprov", or "Mixed Company"

Multiple Locations

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Off-the-cuff shows riff on Craigslist ads, challenge performers to impromptu stripteases, and pair actors with improvisors

C$24 C$12

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Salutè Piano Bar (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

Salutè Piano Bar

Yorkville

Appetizers such as calamari, entrees such as fettuccine alfredo and fondue, and wine such as Argento Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon.

C$54.97 C$18

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$15 for Movie for Two with a Large Popcorn and Two Sodas at Fox Theatre ($32 Value)

Fox Theatre

The Beaches

Canada’s longest-running cinema screens first- and second-run films to audiences cradled in rows of plush red seats.

C$32 C$15

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The Tea Party at Kool Haus on November 27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

The Tea Party

Kool Haus

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Reunited “Moroccan roll” trio blends rock, blues, and Indian influences in support of a long-awaited new album; opening act The Standstills

C$46.50 C$25

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"Hamlet" Starring Benjamin Blais at Winter Garden Theatre on Friday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

"Hamlet"

Winter Garden Theatre

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A film-noir inspired take on Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy about the grief and humanity of the Prince of Denmark

C$71 C$35

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"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" at Massey Hall on November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County"

Massey Hall

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Supernatural gothic musical from Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett stirs audiences with a haunting story and rootsy score

C$59.55 C$42.39

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Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque Presents "Bang" on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. or Oct. 30 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

"Bang" by Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque

Revival

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The dancers say farewell after an 11-year run with a “vampire chic”–themed spectacular that includes the return of former stars

C$17.50 C$10

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Wicked at Ed Mirvish Theatre on September 30–October 17 (Up to 44% Off)

"Wicked"

Ed Mirvish Theatre

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C$140 C$96.50

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$10 for a Film Screening for Two at Filmi at Carlton Cinema, September 25–28 ($20 Value)

Filmi

Carlton Cinema

Film festival showcases international documentaries, short films, and feature films from South Asian filmmakers that live all over the globe

C$20 C$10

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Treehouse Big Day Out Featuring The Wiggles at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on September 13–14 (Up to 61% Off)

Treehouse Big Day Out feat. The Wiggles

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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Kids dance to the tunes of The Wiggles, meet Max & Ruby of the Treehouse network, and enjoy play areas and face-painting

C$38 C$15

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"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!" Exclusive Presale at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on October 23

"Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music Is Awesome!"

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

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Colorful and hip kids' show celebrates the awesomeness of music with happy toy monsters and human friends DJ Lance Rock and Biz Markie

C$26.40

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RePLAY: Symphony of Heroes at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 6 (Up to 51% Off)

RePLAY: Symphony of Heroes

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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A full orchestra and chorus recreate the memorable music of modern video-game classics such as Halo and Portal

C$62.25 C$31

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Steve Harvey Live at Sheraton Centre Toronto on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 37% Off)

Steve Harvey Live

Sheraton Centre Toronto

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Veteran entertainer and comedian shares love and relationship advice from his bestselling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

C$152.77 C$97

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Second-year music director Danielle Lisboa leads the volunteer-based Orchestra Toronto, which has been wooing ears with tightly spun symphonic works for nearly 60 years. The 80-piece ensemble reassembles in February, providing concertgoers respite from cold-weather blues and panhandling snowmen with "Winter Tales," a collection of fiery, accessible compositions from several legendary composers. Lars-Erik Larsson's The Winter's Tale sets the show in motion before giving way to a quartet of classics, including Chris Meyer's In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2. To start the afternoon, attendees can pop into a pre-concert chat, where Clasical 96.3 FM personality Alexa Petrenko will discuss the day's set and explain how violins maintain such curvy physiques. Recognized among Canada's elite venues, George Weston Recital Hall creates an acoustical cocoon with painstakingly insulated walls and retractable curtains and panels that can be rearranged for optimal sound.

5040 Yonge St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Toronto Social Dance School's instructors teach students with all kinds of dance experience, ranging from beginners who have never set heeled foot to hardwood to seasoned dancers looking to learn a new style. The instructors must complete a rigorous training program before they can teach, so they are well-versed in a variety of dancing styles. They can teach students traditional ballroom and social dance routines and how to have fun doing the merengue, hustle, and waltz.

In addition to dance classes seven days a week, Toronto Social Dance School also encourages students to practice their shuffling during weekly socials held Sunday afternoons and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

39 Glen Cameron Road
Markham,
ON
CA

Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.

2236 Queen St. E
Toronto,
ON
CA

You can always tell what day of the week it is by peaking your head into Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar's modern dining room. On Mondays, salsa bounces off the eatery's vibrant red oak and exposed-brick walls as instructors lead groups in free dance lessons. Jazz musicians improvise on Tuesdays, blues singers take the stage on Wednesdays, and soul and R&B bands please cochlear passageways on Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays end the week by featuring a rotating melange of genres and top 40 hits.

Of course, this up-tempo atmosphere is fueled by food inspired by the Mediterranean, where some anthropologists believe music also exists. Just like jazz players enjoy slipping extra notes into their solos, executive chef Michael Skan isn't afraid to add his own little flourishes to classic items. He gives the fresh-made pasta dishes playful names like "Sexy Spaghettini"—which comes mixed with tiger Shrimp, grilled chicken, and a spicy cilantro olive oil—and deep fries New York-style cheesecakes. The bartenders share Chef Skan's creative flair, mixing signature martins such as the "Orgasmic Catz," an amalgamation of raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime, and cranberry.

2409 Yonge Street
Toronto,
ON
CA

Since opening as the Bonita Theatre in 1911, the city's oldest movie house has undergone numerous transformations, most recently screening Chinese and Hindi films throughout the '80s and '90s and Tamil-language films in the current millennium. Big Picture Cinema is its latest incarnation, specializing in independent and world cinema. Grinder Coffee, the theatre's next door neighbour, concocts gourmet concessions, meals, and coffee for moviegoers before they saunter down the theatre's wood-to-concrete floor and sink into one of 295 seats, lined with marine blue corduroy.

As 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound orbits the audience, 35mm and digital projectors showcase premieres of films that eschew traditional Hollywood fare, including a monthly horror film series in partnership with Fangoria Magazine and weekly Bollywood film reels discovered in the theatre basement during renovations. Local artists also showcase their work each Wednesday followed by coffee and discussion sessions with the audience, where they can ask guest moviemakers about the creative process or how to talk actors out of staying in pirate character during visits to the dentist.

1021-1041 Gerrard Street East
Toronto,
ON
CA

Wanting to fuse Mediterranean hospitality with modern elegance, the owners of Zemra Bar Lounge took design plans into their own hands, opening their walls and stage to local artists and musicians. Subdued light bounces off red and goldenrod walls dotted with paint, highlighting the friendly wait staff as they bustle between the dining room and kitchen. Inside the culinary chemistry lab, chefs Ghandour and Brunke prepare pastas, steaks, chops, and seafood from a menu of fine Pan-Mediterranean fare. To compliment the cuisine, the chefs recommend a variety of wines or one of the bar master's signature cocktails. Events such as the open mic on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays create a festive atmosphere while reflecting the local community, their talents, penchant for creativity, and ability to whistle in Italian.

778 St Clair Ave W
Toronto,
ON
CA