SDTC’s NYE Guide: 40+ Toronto events to ring in 2020, and celebrate the new decade!

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020! Here are 40+ ways to ring in the new decade.

5 pm DJ Skate Nights: NYE @ The Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs for New Year’s Eve. Goin’ Steady, known for their monthly Chronologic dance party, will be counting down the clock hour by hour from 5-9 pm. Once the clock strikes 9, Get It Together will hop on the deck to drop music that will keep your skates gliding into the New Year. Skate and helmet rentals available. Free!

5 pm Together 2020 @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Celebrate the new year with a prix fixe dinner prepared by chef Rudy Boquila followed by a disco dance party with DJ Wexel. $60 prix fixe feast dinner prepared by chef $22.23-32.84 dance party and $64.67 dinner + dance party tickets available online.

5 pm NYE: 2020 Vision @ The Drake Commissary, 128-A Sterling Ave. What you see is what you get at the Drake Commissary this New Year’s Eve. No cover / no hassle / no stress! Bring the whole gang to eat and drink what you want, when you want and do it with live music. Reserve your spot here.

6 pm NYE: 2020 Vision @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Set your sights high and ring in 2020 with the Drake Hotel. Eat, drink, and party with DJs and dance parties on every floor + enjoy complimentary bites and sips. $60 party and $100 dinner + party tickets available online.

6 pm NYE: 2020 Vision @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. Get festive and fancy with a multi-course menu then turn it up with a DJ, live music, and full-floor dance party kicking off at 11 pm. Dinner is $75 per person for the first seating (four-course meal at 6 pm) and $125 per person for the second seating (five-course meal at 9pm, keep your table for the evening). Reserve your spot here.

6:30 pm NYE Live Salsa Party @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Ring in 2020 with a tropical getaway right in the heart of Toronto! Be a part of Lula’s famous New Year’s Eve party featuring a four-course tropical dinner, 9 pm beginner salsa lesson with Baila Boogaloo Dance Co., DJ Santiago Valasquez spinning top 40 and Latin dance hits, two sets of live salsa with the powerhouse big band Havana Norte, and a midnight toast. $61.02-199.52 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Future Glam 2020 @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gladstone is throwing a future-glam party to celebrate the start of a new decade. Think: Space-age flight attendants, the future-Grecian look of Logan’s Run, Grace Jones, all that’s shiny among the stars, the glow of Tron, and 1970s discotheques teleported into 2020! Come early for a delicious prix fixe dinner by Chef Akshay Shastry and stay late for an immersive experience featuring epic decor, a planet Mars video dance party, futuristic drag and burlesque, a live future-disco funk band, Logan’s Run lounge, and more. $88.84 tickets available online.

7 pm NYE Twenty/Twenty @ Lavelle, 627 King St. W. Lavelle + views + champers + pool = NYE Twenty/Twenty! Get bad and boujee for New Year’s Eve poolside on the Lavelle rooftop while enjoying a three-course prix fixe dinner and open format dance party with DJs Joey Karaj and Jon Daniels spinning hits, remixes, hip-hop, and house music. $55.10 party and $133.01 dinner + party tickets available online.

7 pm Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Ball @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. This New Year’s Eve, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Roaring 20s, Jazz Age, and Harlem Renaissance! Featuring live music by Ben Harvey and His Ornamentals, a basement speakeasy DJ’d by T.O. Blues, 1920s hors d’oeuvres and snacks (included with admission), beginner lessons in fun partner dances of the Roaring 20s, midnight champagne toast, and more. $55-60 in advance, $60 at the door (if space is available).

7 pm Headlines: NYE 2020 @ Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond St. W. Ring in the new year with many of Toronto’s most talented chefs! Assembly is hosting a massive event celebrating all of Toronto’s accomplishments of 2019 in music, art, and food and looking forward to another year of growth and success. Complimentary bubbles, live music performances, art installations, and music from some of Toronto’s biggest DJs. $23.73-154.25 advance tickets available online.

8 pm New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise @ Mariposa Cruises, 207 Queens Quay W. Ring in the new year in style aboard Mariposa Cruises’ annual New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and 3.5-hour cruise on Toronto’s magnificent harbour. $194 (+ HST and fees) tickets available online.

8 pm New Year’s Eve @ Mrs. Robinson, 574 College St. Dinner accompanied by live music to set the mood. Then it’s time to hit the dance floor and party into the new year as a DJ spins old school classics! $25 party and $75 dinner + party tickets available online.

8 pm NYE 2020 @ Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, 104 Portland St. Bring in the new decade island-style with Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen. The space will be transformed into a Caribbean house party complete with DJ, dance floor, all-night likkle bites, and a midnight champagne toast. White and gold attire encouraged. $67.09 advance tickets available online.

9 pm New Year’s Eve @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto’s annual New Year Eve’s celebration featuring DJ skating parties, live musical performances, and spectacular fireworks! Admission is free to this all-ages, alcohol-free event. Full schedule here.

9 pm Night Owl NYE @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Celebrate another year around the sun at Night Owl Festival’s annual NYE party! Featuring a live performance by Detroit psychedelic space rock outfit Moonwalks, with special guests The Crowleys and DJ With It spinning the best in mod, soul, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, pop, psych, and British Invasion on vinyl all night. Plus live visuals, tarot card readings, and a champagne toast at midnight. $16.29 tickets available online.

9 pm NYE 2020 featuring SoulSkank Sound Crew & Middle School Dance Band @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. The Rivoli has two levels of music to satiate all your dancing needs this NYE. Upstairs in the Pool Hall, the legendary SoulSkank Sound Crew (DJs Parkdale Funk and Gramera + Dennis P on the saxophone) plays a vinyl set of deepfunk, soul, Stax, rocksteady, dancehall, boogie, and Northern Soul. Downstairs, it’s the 10-piece nostalgia orchestra Middle School Dance Band playing all your favourite one hit wonders and guilty pleasures from the late ’90s and early 2000s. Joining them will be the funktastic DJ stylings of The Kount. $23.10 in advance, $30 at the door.

9 pm Raven’s Vision NYE @ Unit 2, 163 Sterling Rd. Time to make the club go, time to shut this year down! Come all trance, experimental club, and hard beat lovers. 130 BPM +

LGBTQA2S+. Performances and DJ sets by Casey MQ, Myst Milano, and Blip†or. $10. 

9 pm Big Sound New Year’s @ The Mod Club, 722 College St. Toronto’s biggest and best classic soul/Motown orchestra is back to see the year out in style! Featuring a full band on deck playing lots of Marvin, Aretha, Stevie, Gladys, Temptations, The Jackson 5, Four Tops, and many more + classic soul tunes care of DJ Wes Allen. $48.24 in advance, $55 at the door.

9 pm Stones Place NYE @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll into 2020 with Stones Place! DJ Blush will be playing rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There will be champagne and balloons too! $20 at the door.

9 pm The ’80s vs. The ’90s: NYE Video Dance Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Join VJ Mobotron on New Year’s Eve for the ultimate retro video dance party! Are you an “All Star” or are you “Never Going to Give It Up”? The ageless question of which decade rules supreme, the ’80s or the ’90s, will be settled on the dance floor. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

9 pm Beam Me Up: New Year’s Eve Disco @ The Annex Hotel, 296 Brunswick Ave. On the cusp of a new year, Beam Me Up looks back to the disco era and to their favourite messages of love, peace, and understanding in the form of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house! Anticipate an inclusive, amorous movement soundtracked by transcendent tunes of positivity, and of matchless dance floor magnificence. Residents the Patchouli Brothers go back to back all night long. $15 at the door.

9 pm Valentino’s Masquerade Party @ The Baby G, Dundas St. W. Expect plenty of high glamour at this intimate end-of-year soiree, dedicated solely to those who want to express themselves through fashion, beauty and dance. Dress “to die for” with semi-formal/formal/fashion-forward attire (dress code is strictly in effect). Complimentary masks provided at the door (while supplies last), but guests are encouraged to bring their own and get creative. The soundtrack for the night will be afrobeats, progressive house, UK vibes, hip-hop, and nu disco + a surprise performance from one of Toronto’s vocal powerhouse artists. $42.59 advance tickets available online, with a portion of the sales going to the SickKids Foundation.

9 pm NYE 2020 @ Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Blvd. Start 2020 under the sea at Ripley’s third annual New Year’s Eve shell-ebration. Enjoy live entertainment by The Lonely Hearts and DJ Shamz while sipping on a drink from one of the many fully-loaded cash bars. Explore our stunning galleries, take in the sparkling New Year’s décor, and be shore to taste the catered selections of hors d’oeuvres and food stations courtesy of Daniel et Daniel Catering.

$113 advance tickets available online (includes admission, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and coat check).

9 pm Death of a Decade: NYE @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Celebrate the death of the decade as DJ Shirley Tempo plays rock, psych, pop, soul, and guilty pleasures. No inflated drink prices, no cover, and no jerks allowed – just a straight up good time!

9 pm New Year’s Eve Bash @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Your one-stop New Year’s Eve celebration! DJ Mensa running through the decade’s top dancefloor hits, magic from Beyond Mental Borders, tarot readings from Aerin Fogel, and more. $35 tickets available online (includes unlimited games, live entertainment, and a midnight prosecco toast).

9 pm Monster Ball: Lady Gaga NYE Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Ring in the new decade with Sneaky Dee’s at a Lady Gaga-inspired Monster Ball. They’ll be playing all the Gaga you love and more! $11.30 advance tickets available online.

9:30 pm Chronologic New Year’s Eve @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A dance party through the ages! The Goin’ Steady DJs play the absolute best dance tracks from every era – unexpect the accepted except exceptional exceptions and DANCE. Music from 1899 to 2020, played in chronological order. $30 advance tickets available online.

9:30 pm NYE 2020 @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get ready to kiss this decade goodbye with a Bangs & Blush full bar take over at Clinton’s! They’ll be packing the dance floor with ’90s and ’00s jams all night long. $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

9:30 pm Fit Primpin’ NYE @ One Loft, 292 College St. Fit Primpin’s first-ever NYE party, for LGBTQ people and their guests! Electrifying sets from DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, Vanessa Kathleen, Kris Steeves, and Phillippe + shows by the mesmerizing Sasha Montenegro, Ravi, and Dillon; lazers, hazers, and lots of dark corners; mega-confetti cannon load and bubbles for everyone at midnight. Outfits encouraged, but they’d rather you weren’t formal. $37.11 in advance, $40 at the door.

9:30 pm This Is 2020 @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. Join The Painted Lady as they throw back and jump forward with Deepspace Academy DJ Adverb featuring Nineteen Ninety and friends + bartop burlesque by Ms. Honey B. Hind and The Lady Konswallow and free champagne at midnight. $12.50 advance tickets available online.

9:30 pm Bite Burlesque: Neon NYE ’20 @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Glow into 2020 at Bite Burlesque’s annual New Year’s Eve burlesque show, featuring performances by Ava Noir, Ferrera Rose, Franny Panties, Gal Briella, Genie Emerald, Rubie Magnitude, Thrasher, and Zyra Lee Vanity. DJ Johnny B Goode will be on deck playing all your favourites with a dance party that won’t quit. $32.04 in advance, $40 at the door.

9:30 pm Tranzac NYE @ Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Tranzac rings in the New Year with performances by kraut-psych magistrates Hot Garbage, supergroup Mother Tongues, synthpop trio Rapport, and Char Aragoza + DJs Myst Milano and Theta Keratine. $18.84 in advance, $20 at the door (complimentary champagne with admission).

10 pm New Year’s Eve: The Funhouse Finale @ The Funhouse, 101 Lisgar St. Step under the wintery Big Top into a magical world of circus, art, and head-bopping, booty-shaking tunes, as we say goodbye to 2019 and The Funhouse! There will be two epic dance floors with multiple DJs and circus-inspired performances happening throughout the evening to keep the good times going way past the ball drop. Dress to express your most whimsical, performative, or colourful self. $73.22 advance tickets available online.

10 pm NYE Rooftop Party @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. Ring in NYE on the Broadview Hotel’s airy seventh floor rooftop, from where you can admire the entire city of Toronto. DJ Danny Floh Back will keep you entertained throughout the night while the hotel serves you tasty canapes. Two burlesque shows by High Society Cabaret will help you bring back all the good memories of 2019 (and forget about the bad ones) and get you in the right mood to dance and celebrate the new year. $100 advance tickets available online.

10 pm New Year’s Eve @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Ring in the new year with all your favourite people at Buddies’ full-facility party. Featuring performances by Katinka Kature, Imarra, and Heaven Lee Hytes + DJs Mark Falco and Sofia Fly. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

10 pm NYE featuring Buttafingaz & Everblue @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Ring in the New Year right with DJs Buttafingaz and Everblue spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, trap, and dirty south. $15 at the door (includes entry, snacks, and a champagne toast at midnight).

10 pm NYE with DJs Lazarus & Osaze @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Gather on the dance floor to celebrate the dawning of a new decade. DJs Lazarus and Osaze will play an incredible blend of alternative, retro, EBM, goth, indie, and electronica tunes to keep you dancing all night. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

10 pm D20-20 New Year’s Eve Party @ Storm Crow Manor, 580 Church St. Join Storm Crow Manor for an evening of randomly generated mayhem and fun as they usher in the new year! Let fate decide your drink: Roll randomly to pick your beer, shot, or cocktail and get a Golden Dice. Then take your Golden Dice to the Treasure Table and roll to win great prizes, including the Platinum Meal Ticket that lets you eat FREE at the Manor all year long. $31.12 advance tickets available online (includes entry, a token redeemable for a random shot, complimentary Canapés, a glass of bubbly for the countdown, and a live DJ performance).

10 pm Beyond 2020 @ 188 Pearl St. Party with British house music legend and Viva Music label boss Steve Lawler alongside locals Simon Jain and Gera in the newest fully-licensed warehouse space in downtown Toronto. Lawler is renowned for creating the perfect environment to lose your mind in the music and leave it all on the dance floor. Throw into the mix a proper authentic warehouse loft with a Danley Soundlab system, and you have the perfect recipe for an incredible event. $47.57-57.92 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Back In The Day: ’90s NYE @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop, featuring two floors of balloon decor and confetti cannons, live midnight countdown, and extended bar until 3 am. $31.97 advance tickets available online.

10:30 pm Lavender x 2020 @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Kiss 2019 goodbye and ring in the ’20s at Lavender, a party for LGBTQ+ women, trans, and nonbinary people. With host Anasimone George + DJs Prestige and Xeynamay. Everyone is welcome! $16.93 in advance, $20 at the door.

11 pm SoSo 2020 @ SoSo Food Club, 1166 Dundas St. W. For one rare night, SoSo will be transformed to full club mode of days past. Bathe your tongues in exotic cocktails and juicy wines while the Squirt DJs wet your ears. $37.11 advance tickets available online.

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