2016 was, to put it simply, a shitshow. Here are 30-plus ways to kiss it goodbye and ring in what we hope will be a much better year.
6 pm Under the Big Top @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake Hotel brings the thrill with a deluxe circus theme that goes over-the-top Under the Big Top. Start the night with indulgent Drake eats and gin cocktails, then bring your inner ringmaster to life in their Digital Fabrik photobooth, see into the future with tarot readings to get your year in check, and slay the night with host Champagna Enemea counting it down. Music by The Mercenaries, DJ Grump, iammiikey, DJ Nana, and the Itzsoweezee crew. $25+ tickets and dining options available online.
6 pm New Year’s Eve Disco @ Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Lane. Celebrate the last party of 2016 at Mill Street’s ’70s disco! Enjoy a four-course beer paired dinner and then bump, hustle, and shake to the funky beats of DJ Humble spinnin’ vinyl records all night long. Best disco outfit wins a $100 gift card. $69.99 tickets available over the phone (416-681-0338) or at the restaurant.
6 pm Nashville NYE Party @ Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, 250 Adelaide St. W. Ring in the New Year with your country fam – heels, hats, and boots are welcome! Come early to take advantage of the VIP Drinks and Dinner Package (includes bubbles, appie, main, and dessert or shot + reserved table, balloons, party favours, and more) or 9 pm onwards for the party. $45.50 advance dinner package tickets and $25 party crash packages available online.
6 pm New Year’s Eve House Party @ Dublin Calling, 250 Adelaide St. W. Dublin Calling is ending the year in true house party tradition, complete with pool, ping pong, darts, skeeball, giant Jenga, and plenty of dancing. $30 Warm Up tickets (6 pm onwards, includes Dublin Welcome Punch, shared app platters, bottle of bubbly, reserved table, and party favors for groups of four or more) and $15 Party Starters tickets available online.
7 pm Tiki Disco NYE 2017 @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Prix fixe dinner with Chef Japser Wu followed by a disco dance party to ring in 2017! $60 dinner + disco and $20 disco only tickets available online.
8 pm The Dude’s New Year’s: The Big Lebowski @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Ring in the New Year with The Dude! Join comedian and host Thomas Rivas for the fifth 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! Doors at 8 pm, screening at 9:30. $21 tickets (includes screening, one drink, popcorn, and party favours) available online.
8 pm NYE at the Moulin Rouge(stone) @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Discover the Moulin Rouge(stone), an exotic dream world where anything can happen – cabaret spectacles, a fortune teller room, photobooth, Ewan McGregor’s writing studio (typewriter included!), and luxe circus-inspired decor that will feel like an absinthe-soaked, utterly exhilarating vision. You’ll be treated to dance, music, and drag performances + a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the New Year to. $75 tickets available online.
8 pm DJ Skate Nights NYE @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Count down to the New Year at DJ Skate Nights’ NYE ice skating jam! DJ P-Plus serves up the hottest hits. No posing, no pretense – just real music. Free!
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, Soundscapes, and online or $45 at the door.
9 pm Stones Place NYE @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Join DJ Blush and the Stones Place family as they ring in 2017 with a super fun dance party, champagne toast, and wild and crazy rock ‘n’ roll misbehaving! Expect to hear all your favorites from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. $20 at the door.
9 pm Straight Cash Homie: NYE Edition @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. A rap party to send off the worst year of our lifetime, with tunes selected by Boulevard and Chayne. Complimentary champagne at midnight. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
9 pm Bangs & Blush Present: NYE ’17 @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. The Bangs & Blush ladies are ringing in 2017 bigger and better than ever with all your favourites from the ’90s ’til now. So glitter up, because at the stroke of midnight, you’ll be kissing 2016 GOOD-BYE! $25 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Fuck You 2016 @ Track & Field, 860 College St. Track & Field’s general opinion of 2016 is that it was a flaming pile of garbage. The silver lining, however, is that they’re hosting an epic New Year’s Eve jam complete with an RIP 2016 countdown, complimentary daiquiri toast at midnight, double DJ dance party, bottles of expensive champagne to be given away to the three groups having the most fun, cocktails on tap, free bocce and shuffleboard, and last but not least… selfies with Harambe (definitely not someone dressed up like Harambe). $20 advance tickets available online.
9 pm New Year’s Eve @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. End the year with Dee’s! Awesome music, cheap beer, makeouts… you know the drill. $10 early advance tickets available online.
9 pm NYE Carnival @ Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queen’s Quay W. Ring in 2017 carnival style at the Amsterdam BrewHouse. Featuring Toronto’s best video DJ (Sean Caff), carnival entertainers and games, live dancers, cotton candy, complimentary bubbly toast at midnight, and surprises to be unveiled the night of. $50-60 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Y2K NYE @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. Party like it’s 1999 all over again! Eurohouse, Italo dance, and Eurodance on the first floor with DJ Shok, Davide Ferrara, and Baby Duck; early ’90s and 2000s trance on the second floor with DJ Dynamic, Deejay Tempest, Datarider, and Garth Algar. Plus ’90s music video projections, laser and light show, best ’90s outfit contest, and extended bar service until 3 am. $15 advance tickets available online.
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. Musically accompanied by DJ Lazy Ray. $30-50 advance tickets available online.
9 pm New Year’s Eve Rooftop Silent Disco @ Hemingway’s, 142 Cumberland St. DJs battle on the rooftop of Hemingway’s for your attention, spinning a range of ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, top 40, hip-hop, R&B, and more. How’s a silent disco work? Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones that allow you to choose between up to three DJs with a flip of a switch. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm Good Times NYE @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Peace out, 2016. Ring in NYE with DJ Misty at Swan Dive, where the good times (and cheap drinks!) will be flowing all night long. $4 bourbon and tequila shots, $5 Jager and Jameson + a top-notch selection of Motown, soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, vintage RnB, punk rock, indie, and disco tunes. No cover!
10 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 2017, played in chronological order. $25 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online or $30 at the door.
10 pm Motown Party @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Get down to old favourites and rare grooves from Diana Ross and The Supremes, Otis Redding, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more of the best and brightest music from the Tamla Motown, Stax Records, and Northern Soul labels + re-edits and neo soul played by some of Toronto’s best DJs. $20 advance tickets and VIP packages available online.
10 pm NYE 2017 @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Everything you need and want all under one roof! Family Business and special guests D-Wiz and Bligh take over the building with two floors of hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and reggae + black lights, fog machines, and more. Party kicks off at 10 pm in the basement and 11:30 upstairs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Shelter 325 NYE @ 325 Front St. W. As we kick 2016 to the curb, five groups of friends join together in four rooms to welcome the arrival of 2017 and the promise a New Year brings. In the spirit of Shelter, a percentage of all proceeds will be donated directly to Toronto food banks. House and techno with Greg Gow, Mike Gibbs, Jamie Kidd, Dirty Decibels, Jackie Spade, and Shea Marie; bass with Egoless, Distinct Motive, Jonah K, Kristian Sunflower, Rollin Cash, Zumone, Spyne, and Steinjah; live performances by Chameleon Project and more TBA; and disco and funk with Denise Benson, Ali Black, and Pooyan. Extended bar license until 3 am, party goes ’til 8 am. $43-53 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Pop Lobster: Another New Year’s Eve Tradition @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Celebrate life, worship at the altar of pop music, and wave goodbye to this mindfuck of a year. Your DJs for the night are Little Kicks, Digits, ARP 2600. You may or may not here some of this: Pet Shop Boys, Destiny’s Child, George Michael, Boney M, Prince, Robyn, Donna Summers, Outkast, Blondie, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Le Tigre, Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, indie, mainstream, electro, new wave, disco. Complimentary bubbly served at midnight. No cover!
10 pm Beam Me Up: New Year’s Eve Disco @ CineCycle, 129 Spadina Ave. As we leave an undeniably bleak year behind, Beam Me Up DJs A Digital Needle and Cyclist look back to their favourite era for messages of love, peace, and understanding. They share those messages in the form of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house. Cash only (no ATM on site). $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm NYE with RNR Damnation @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Get ready for a boot stomping, ass shaking, head banging New Year’s Eve with DJs CC Ryder, Diamond Dara, and Dark Trip Dave. There will be lots of glammy and wild rock ‘n’ roll on vinyl, prizes for best dressed, tarot readings, and free champagne.
10 pm Juicebox: New Year’s Eve Edition @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Put on your fancy party dress and dancing shoes, and get ready for the best New Year’s Eve… ever! DJ Tweed and Babe Decibel ring in the New Year with rock, new wave, Britpop, and electronic tunes from The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Franz Ferdinand, Robyn, The Ramones, Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, New Order, and lots more. $20 at the door, arrive early to avoid disappointment/lineups.
10 pm Donnie Darko: ’80s New Year’s Eve Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, “Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?” and then dance to ’80s music while ringing in the New Year. Costumes encouraged. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm The Ossington NYE Bash @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Join the Ossington as they say goodbye to the horrorshow known as 2016 by shimmying their way into the New Year! Big Jimmy Mills will be supplying the most danceable hip-hop and slow jams known to humankind. Snacks and midnight champagne toast included. $20 in advance (email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets) and at the door.
10 pm Essence Brown: Essence NYE @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. 2016’s been kicking our asses all year. Let’s kick it back! Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, Sims, and special guest Alikulapo. $5 at the door.
10 pm Feministry: New Year’s Evil Eye @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Queer femmes to the front! Purge your demons at the door and dance to house, disco, hyper-pop, and weird stuff courtesy of DJs Rose Ceremony, Mary Mack, and Cam Lee. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Plush @ Loft404, 263 Adelaide St. W., Unit 404. A New Year’s loft party with your friends from alienInFlux, BASSgators, and Promise, featuring hardwood floors, soaring studio windows, deep velvet couches, multiple living rooms, and a maze of nooks to explore with friends. House and techno in the south end with DJs Sadeq Sadeq, Matt Von Wilde, Richard Brooks, and Dustin Nantais; dub and DnB in the north with DJs Brace, Gremlinz, Stranjah, Totemic, Red Lion, and Medicineman. $43 (plus service fees) advance tickets available online.
10 pm It’s Not U It’s Me: Farewell 2016 @ 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. Join the It’s Not U It’s Me crew as they wave goodbye to 2016 and get ready to start 2017 fresh. Tunes by Veronica Vasicka (Minimal Wave), Andrew Ross, CL, Joel Eel, and Kontravoid. $40 advance tickets available online.
10 pm The House of Filth NYE @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. The House of Filth takes over The Beaver to make sure you ring in your new year dirty. Performances by Igby Lizzard, Allysin Chaynes, Nancy Bocock, Champagna Enemea, Dottie Dangerfield, and Fisher Price + DJ Aeryn Praff keeping you moving out of this shit year. $10 at the door.
10 pm Back In The Day: ’90s NYE @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. The fifth 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. $29 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Model Future NYE @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Join DJs Dinamo Azai, Ebony, and Roberto as they say peace out to 2016. Complimentary tequila toast at midnight and 3 am last call. $10 early bird and $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Spritzen! NYE @ Otto’s Bierhalle, 1087 Queen St. W. Otto adds the spice in the electric jungle paradise. Squirt Squad spritzen! all night long. $15 advance tickets available online.