Things to do in Toronto this weekend New Year’s Eve, December 30-2. January

Including a fireworks show by the water, a live-streamed virtual show from Dwayne Gretzy and a star-studded concert featuring Dolly Parton music

Uncovered: The Music Of Dolly Parton

Why not close the year and enjoy the music of one of the most beloved singer / songwriters of our time, one who also helped fund one of the COVID-19 vaccines? Musical Stage Company’s personal concert, recorded earlier this year, features local talent Jully Black, Sara Farb, Kelly Holiff, Beau Dixon, Andrew Penner and others who make the songs from Queen of Country Music. Vote for 9 to 5 at home.

December 30th. 35 USD pr. household.

New Year’s Eve … Evening with Steve

Cartoon and host of The Debaters Steve Patterson was supposed to host Massey Hall’s big New Year’s Eve on Friday, but it was canceled because … d’uh. Now he is performing two shows the night before New Year’s Eve. And no debate about that; he makes you laugh at the crazy year we just went through.

December 30 at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. $ 12.

New Year’s Eve fireworks

Many of the events at our NYE party summary have been canceled amid a new Omicron wave by COVID, but this official city of Toronto event is still safe and still ongoing. Instead of Nathan Phillips Square, this year the fireworks will come from the other side of the waterfront and it will be so loud that you can see it from Etobicoke to Scarborough. The 10-minute fireworks display will take place at midnight, but there will also be a virtual concert and countdown event live on YouTube starting at. 22:30. Cast include Walk Off The Earth, Andy Kim, Dwayne Gretzky, Young Creek, members of the Lemon Bucket Orchestra and more.

31th December. 22: 30-midnight. Free across Toronto and on YouTube. More info here.

Yuk Yuk’s Toronto live New Year’s Eve show

Yes, the comedy institution is open for the last night of 2021. Groups of socially distant tables (all guests masked and vaccinated) will be able to experience Cedric Newman, Jon Steinberg and the main name Rob Pue make fun of one of the worst years ever and make you laugh into 2022.

December 31 at 20.00 (the show ends around 22.00). $ 60. 224 Richmond W.

Dwayne Gretzky livestream

Dwayne Gretzky was originally scheduled to perform at the new venue History, but they have moved the show online with a livestream from the Toronto party band’s studio. The same livestream was a highlight in last year’s all-virtual NYE, so it’s a solid effort again this year. It turns out that you can play all the covers and still get people to tune in – and make requests. “We were happy to be back on site with our fans and friends, but the most important thing is that we
keep everyone safe, ”says singer and conductor Tyler Kyte.

December 31 at 22.00. For free. Donations to CAMH are encouraged.

Walk Off The Earth virtual show from El Mocambo

Omicron may have canceled most IRL parties, but there are still some new ones being added in the virtual world. Canadian rock band / serial viral YouTubers Walk Off The Earth play one last minute free online show live from El Mocambo with Harm & Ease. A great way to count down from your couch.

December 31 at 22:30. For free. Tickets at

Cinderella in Mudret York

Puppetmongers’ annual Christmas puppet show becomes virtual this year with an on-demand home version of its charming classic tale set in 1834 Upper Canada. As an online bonus, creators Ann and David Powell answer frequently asked questions about the show in the stream.

Runs until January 3rd. $ 15.

Immersive nutcracker

The immersive nutcracker, a winter miracle

Of course, the National Ballet of Canada’s version of the Tchaikovsky Ballet had to close due to groundbreaking cases of COVID-19. But Lighthouse Immersive’s physically distant show for all ages captures the ballet’s magic and wonder with immersive video and audio – all in about half an hour. See review here.

Runs until December 31 at 1 Yonge. $ 35, children $ 30.

Cavalcade of lights

Most personal things may be closed, but this outdoor socially distant light show on Nathan Phillips Square is safe and spectacular. If you have not seen the huge installations of lights and festivities, you can go and walk around or strap on some skates and enjoy it from the ice rink.

To January 7 Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West). For free.

Messiah / Complex

Against the Grain’s innovative film adaptation of Handel’s Messiah – which captured artists in all provinces and territories of the country in six languages ​​- was one of last winter’s breakthrough events. Now it is back and available to stream on-demand.

Until January 9th. Pwyc- $ 100.


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