Whether you’ll be spending Valentine’s Day getting romantic with that special someone, mending a broken heart, avoiding fancy dinner reservations, or denouncing love with your closest girlfriends, our V-Day Party Guide has you covered.
12 pm Thoughts & Ponderings on the Subject of Love @ The Four Season’s Centre, 145 Queen St. W. As part of The Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series, soprano Julie Makerov and pianist Anne Larlee “present a musical exploration of love in its many guises: infatuation, obsession, heartbreak and ecstasy.”
6 pm Les Coquettes Present: Speakeasy Dinner Cabaret @ Revival, 783 College St. A sizzling dinner cabaret where the entertainment is as sumptuous as the menu! Les Coquettes team with some of the hottest talent in the city to bring you a feast for all the senses. Doors at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm with special musical guest, show with dessert, and a dance party to follow. $35 tickets (show only) and $75-85 (show + dinner) available online.
6 pm Love From Afar @ The Four Season’s Centre, 145 Queen St. W. The Canadian premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s haunting musical. “This story of a world-weary medieval troubadour who journeys from France to meet a beautiful woman living in Tripoli features an all-Canadian cast of voices both familiar and new to the COC stage. Music Director Johannes Debus leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through the lush score, built on an innovative combination of traditional orchestral instruments and electronics.” Single tickets range from $12 to $318, with specially priced $22 tickets for those under 30. Available online, by phone (416-363-8231), or in person.
8 pm Stacey Kaniuk @ The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. One of Toronto’s most powerful female vocalists performs her soul-inspired RnB tunes. $10.
8 pm Dracula: A Love Story @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrae. Based on one of the greatest horror stories in English literature, follow the actors as they unearth the dark secrets of Dracula in Toronto’s own gothic mansion. Space is limited to 35 couples. $66 (plus HST) tickets available by calling 647-725-1826 or 647-725-1822.
9 pm Red Masquerade Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Celebrate a night of mystery, romance and transformation (and maybe even find your own masked Valentine). Music by Derek Miller, Digging Roots, DJ Bear Witness, and Pappy Johns Band. $20 advanced tickets available by calling 416-535-4567 (ext. 101), $25 at the door.
9 pm WORN Fashion Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke 2012 @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. Get your achey-breakey heart in front of a karaoke machine! $7 admission ($5 if you’re wearing red or pink); each song is $1; jump the line for $10; Celine Dion songs are $5. All proceeds go to the production of WORN Fashion Journal.
9 pm Love It or Leave It: A Rebecca Perry & Phil Skala Cabaret @ Lower Ossington Theatre, 100-A Ossington Ave. Boldly going where almost every gay man and fav gal-pal have gone before, Rebecca and Phil launch their very first Cabaret together. Featuring special guests, a variety of songs, hilarious stories and some wonderful Valentines Day festivities for both the single and attached. PWYC.
10 pm A Valentine’s Day Worth Attending @ Churchill, 1212 Dundas St. W. DJs Renee Crawford and Joseph Perry understand that Valentine’s Day can be a royal pain in the ass whether you’re single or not, so they’re throwing a fun, no-fuss party. Love jams from the 50’s to today + a request box at the box for those cheesy requests.
10 pm Love Near Bellwoods @ Oz Studio, 134 Ossington Ave. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Laldone from Born Ruffians + surprise guests play love songs to warm your heart. Valentine’s Day card making area with paper bag mail boxes for the first 50 people and a vinyl dance party with DJ Next World Champ later in the night. $7.
10 pm Rom-Com @ Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. DJ Parasol plays timeless pop and crooners tunes.
10pm Drink & Destroy – 1950′s Heartbreak Motel Valentine’s Edition @ Crawford, 718 College St. Doo-wop tunes mixed in with old & new rock n’ roll, pink popcorn, burlesque bartenders, 50′s and 60′s films on the big screens, still with Dan Break-your-Heart Arget as host! Special V-Day cocktail list includes: Panty Remover, StaggerHeartBomb and Cold As Ice shots. No cover!
~ Caitlyn Holroyd