Glitter, Motown, James Bond – whatever tickles your fancy this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered with our massive party guide!
5 pm Welcome to the Jungle: NYE @ The Shameful Tiki Room, 1378 Queen St. W. Ring in the New Year with Parkdale’s newest oasis! Gogo wild women Dolly Berlin and Marylin St Evans are being held captive in this jungle paradise, and to help them escape, you must journey through 1960s pulp exotica with DJ Swankenstein and live rockabilly music from The Greasemarks. Come in jungle theme and you could win prizes from Rosie The Rebel! Featuring over two dozen signature drinks to choose from + an eclectic menu of tropical eats until 11 pm and late night snack menu until 2 am.
6 pm NYE 2016 @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Everything you need and want all under one roof! Upstairs, dinner service commences at 6 pm and runs until 11:30, when the dining space will be turned into a fun dance party with DJ Big Jacks the helm! Downstairs in The Shop, Jordan Sowunmi, DJ Yung Adult bring you another night to turn up and turn out. Expect to hear tunes from artists like: Kodak Black, Jacuzzi La Fleur, Migos, Nef The Pharaoh, Drizzy, Nicki Nicki Nicki, King Kendrick, Fetty Wap, and much more. $10.
6 pm All That Glitters @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. All That Glitters is Drake and they’ve got just the ticket to get that twinkle in your eye. Delicious bites, chilled champagne + hot tunes are on the menu for an indulgent, high-energy celebration. Channel your inner Bowie ’cause you’ll be dining and dancing until next year. Delight in one of their indulgent options and book your New Year’s Eve romp by calling (416) 531-5042 ext. 1, emailing email@example.com or RSVPing online.
8 pm Down-town Abbey: A Grand New Year’s Eve Bash @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Guess what? They finally sold the abbey and the Gladstone is taking over. Be dazzled by interactive performances by Edwardian-inspired characters gone “derelicte,” grab a themed cocktail, and explore the oldest operating hotel in Toronto. Indie favourites Common Deer will rock the Melody Bar and the GTA Swing Band will bring ’20s jazz classics with a modern twist to the Ballroom. Later on, DJs Carmelinda, Joe Blow, and Kaleb Roberston will tear up the dance floor with banger after banger. $55-60 advance tickets available online.
8 pm The Dude’s New Year’s: The Big Lebowski @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Ring in the New Year with The Dude! Join comedian and host Thomas Rivas for the fourth annual Dude’s New Year’s event featuring The Big Lebowski. Hundreds of “Little Achievers” will ring in the New Year in style (sunglasses and bathrobes recommended). From the very first frame until well after the ball drops, even the nihilists will have something to believe in. Watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year. Don’t forget to visit the White Russian express bar! $21 tickets (includes screening, one drink, popcorn, and party favours) available through Bloor Hot Docs.
8 pm FIVE + A New Year’s Eve Journey through the Amazon @ Secret Queen West warehouse. This New Year’s Eve, embark on a journey through the Amazon—a journey for your senses to feast. Through the warm tropical rainforest with all of its sounds, smells and sights, this journey celebrates the year past and sets the tone for the year to come. Featuring two eclectic rooms of sound, 10 DJs, a culinary marketplace, custom 3D visuals, visionary art, touch healing, and sound therapy. $40-50 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Motown Party @ Drake 150, 150 York St. Motown Party’s suited resident DJs play the best and brightest in Motown, soul, funk, and modern edits all night flanked on each side by beautiful backup dancers while archival footage is mixed on the spot to get you on the dance floor! Expect to hear some old favourites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and more. $10.
9 pm Bangs & Blush Present: NYE ’16 @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. After five years of Bangs & Blush New Year’s Eve parties at Clinton’s, Bangs & Blush got this. And this year, it’s going to be the best BANG for your BLUSH! Expect to hear all the best dance floor starters, from the ’60s to the ’90s and the ’00s. $20 advance tickets available for purchase at Clinton’s or $25 at the door.
9 pm Shindig Soulful New Year’s Eve @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Shindig residents Splattermonkey and General Eclectic join forces with Ottawa’s DJ Magnificient for the first time ever on NYE. They’ll be spinning only the best R&B, soul, funk, Motown, ska, rocksteady, and reggae 7” records of all time! From classics and anthems to underground tracks that have become go-to staples in our sets. $20, includes a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
9 pm New Year’s Eve, Fam: A Hip-Hop Soiree @ Hard Luck Bar, 722-A Dundas St. W. All your favourite hip-hop jams, from Drake to Biggie. The Homesick crew will also have a photobooth set up for prom-esque photos and will be serving champagne to make you feel extra fancy. $10 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
9 pm Master T New Year’s Party @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ’90s MUCH Music VJ Legend Master T is coming to the Smiling Buddha to ring in the New Year right. Master T will be taking requests and personally curating the music and videos, so it’s sure to be a great time! The night also includes complimentary appetizers (until 10:30) and a champagne toast at midnight. $25 early bird/$20 general advance tickets available at Smiling Buddha, The Central, or online.
9 pm Millennium New Year’s Eve @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. This early 2000s dance party is sure to have you Jumpin’ Jumpin’ into the new year! DJs Sacha Foster and Max Zimmerman will be playing everything from Mariah Carey to Usher to Sean Paul to Beyonce and Jay-Z, and more. Party like it’s 1999! $20.
9 pm Colette Midnight Secret Society @ Colette Grand Café, 550 Wellington Street W. You have been exclusively selected to join Colette’s Midnight Secret Society. Should you choose to uncover the secrecy, you will experience a night of delectable cuisine, enticing spirits and cordial camaraderie. The only way to uncloak the mystery is to come experience it for yourself! $100 (includes complementary welcome cocktail and canapés) or $200 (open bar and canapés). Purchase tickets here. Dress code: semi-formal cocktail.
9 pm Stones Place New Year’s Eve @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Ring in the new year with DJ Blush and the Stones Place family! Dance yourself into 2016 to all of your favourite ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s soul, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll hits and bangers and enjoy a free champagne toast at midnight. $20.
9 pm Dwayne Gretzky New Year’s Eve @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. Back by popular demand, your friendly neighbourhood supergroup loosely named after a hockey legend swings into Toronto for what’s become an annual sold-out good times get-down. Featuring special guests, special surprises, and a room full of your friends, new and old. And spinning records in between sets is DJ Lazy Ray, Toronto’s own crate-digging wax wizard, mixing all genres and eras to cook up certified dance floor magic. $20-45 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
9 pm It’s All Downhill From Here: NYE @ Track & Field, 860 College St. You are cordially invited to Track & Field’s first ever New Year’s Eve party. What you can look forward to: Bocce Ball! Shuffleboard! DJ George Thoms! Delicious Beau’s Lugtread Pints for $5! Super fancy Wiser’s Hopped cocktail on tap for $7! Official NYE countdown! NO DRESS CODE! Crazy dance party! Crokinole for those uninterested in said crazy dance party! $25 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Dream Disks NYE @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. An all star cast of peak freak DJs will dazzle your senses and fill your hearts with wonder at the dawning of a brand new year. Expect a mind melting mix of heavy heavy monster sounds, mod, psych, beat, psych and prog, freaksounds and wiggle-rock, with heavy heavy loving lashings of soul, rhythm und blües, and gummy gummy rocksteady.
9 pm A Night in Shanghai @ Roll Play Bar & Lounge, 10-A Edward St. Experience a night in Shanghai and count down to the new year. Champagne at midnight. $25 advance tickets available online, $30 at the door.
9 pm A 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, classic soul tunes care of DJ Wes Allen, confetti, balloons, champagne, and more. $30 advance tickets available at Rotate This and Soundscapes, $40 at the door.
9 pm New Year’s Eve @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Holy shit, things have changed this year! The Blue Jays are great. Canada is killing the Billboard charts lately. And you actually LIKE Justin Bieber now?! Celebrate another new year, Sneaky Dee’s style. $10 early bird tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and 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. Pop and antipop from 1890 to 2016, played in chronological order. $25 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online.
10 pm It’s Not U It’s Me: NYE Takeover @ SPiN Toronto, 461 King St. W. It’s Not U It’s Me takes over SPiN for a New Year’s Eve dance party, and they’re clearing out (most of) the ping pong tables to make room for two proper dance floors. LOFT: Dance A Little Closer with Andrew Ross, Members Only, and Pooyan. WAREHOUSE: Dance A Little Harder with Èbony, Gingy, and Nautilussp. $20-30 advance tickets available online.
10 pm House of Filth New Year’s Eve @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard return to the Beaver for their annual festival of NYE debauchery. Featuring shows before and after midnight from your host and the rest of the House of Filth: Nancy Bocock, Allysin Chaynes, Dottie Dangerfield. DJ Aeryn Pfaff motivates your New Year’s resolutions on the dance floor. Glitter cannon countdown at midnight! $10.
10 pm New Year’s Eve Me Up! Disco Disco Disco @ Cinecyle, 129 Spadina Ave. On the cusp of the new year, Beam Me Up look back to the disco era, and to their favourite messages of love, peace, and understanding in the form of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house! Anticipate an inclusive, amorous movement soundtracked by transcendent tunes of positivity and of matchless dance floor magnificence. Visuals from Reverend Doc. Dynamite. Cash bar. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Back In The Day: ’90s NYE @ Revival, 783 College St. The fourth annual Back In The Day ’90s New Year’s Eve! A tribute to old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop, featuring classics from Biggie, ‘N Sync, Aaliyah, Spice Girls, Fugees, Ace of Base, Puff Daddy, Nirvana, and more. Countdown the minutes to midnight and party like it’s 1999! Limited $30 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Lovestruck @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Celebrate the newqueer and the start of the Lovestruck monthly at Round. Lovestruck aims to create a safer space where LGBTQ, poly, and non binary folks + allies can connect, meet new people, make out, and dance till the lights come on! Featuring DJs Dang Kids and more playing pop, hip-hop, house, and dance floor classics + burlesque performances by Belle Jumelles, Spencer Munny, and Johnny B Goode. $10.
10 pm James Bond New Year’s Eve @ H-Bar, 859 Queen St. W. A James Bond New Years Party means hard drinks, long stares, and charming chatter. Wear that long gown you’ve always wanted. Put on that suit that you bought from Moores. Show up in a limo or streetcar. IT DOESN’T MATTER. As M once said, “Knowing who to trust is everything in this business.” and trustttt that this night is going to be classy lit. Music: New and old hip-hop. Dress code: Suit up. Dresses to the floor encouraged. $25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm New Beers Eve @ Mascot Brewery & Odd Thomas, 31 Mercer St. Mascot Brewery and Odd Thomas merge this New Year’s Eve, offering two distinctive yet complimentary vibes for revelers. On the ground floor, Mascot will be celebrating the new year with tasty craft beers and cocktails, good music, and a relaxed yet lively vibe. Upstairs, the party will be turned up in Odd Thomas – full of energy, dancing, and upbeat partying. Both floors will be decked out and pumping out great vibes, with DJs Kid MK, M-Kutz, and Sanga Genesis playing your favourite hip-hop tracks new and old, while mixing it up to always keep you on your toes. $20 early bird/$25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm NYE @ 159 Manning Ave. It’s an annual tradition. Celebrate the New Year at 159 Manning, a house with a decade-long history as a legendary Toronto party hotspot. BYOB. Stay tuned here for additional details. $10 before midnight, $15 after.
10 pm Essence Brown Presents: New Year’s Essence @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts: Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. Dress to finesse. $5.
10 pm Anti-Prohibition @ Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queen’s Quay W. With one night left of 2015, the Amsterdam BrewHouse will be putting on a first class evening of all night partying, inspired by the 1920s. Indulge your vices in their 14,000 square foot venue, with Ontario’s original craft brewer, celebrate the start of 2016 in style at the Amsterdam BrewHouse. Live video DJ set by Sean Caff bringing it back old school + balloon drop at the stroke of midnight! $35 advance tickets available online (includes no-hassle coat check, NYE swag, champagne toast).
10 pm Midnight Kiss @ Early Mercy, 540 King St. W. Looking for a midnight kiss? Early Mercy’s got you covered at their inaugural New Year’s celebration. $40 and up advance tickets available online.
10:30 pm Let Yourself Go @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. “You’re at home in your dad’s old boyfriend pants and a sweater from 1999 and you’re anxious about NYE ’cause who cares. So just chill, put the Rice Krispie squares in a tupperware and slip on your slippers and come and close your eyes and have the party you want in your mind.” DJs Peg, Buzz, and Marilyn Mansion make all your low resolutions come true. They’ve got never-leave-the-house music for this New Year’s leave the house. $5.