Happy New Year, Toronto! Kick off your 2024 with a celebration of lights, a display of stunning work from Canadian women artists, and another chance to see Taylor Swift’s record-breaking tour on the big screen.

Fresh Hot Babes – The Femme & Queer Comedy Show 

Up-and-coming women, femme, and queer comedians will take the stage at this month’s edition of Fresh Hot Babes, featuring headliners Daphney Joseph and Tracey Hamilton. This show is creating a safe space for new Toronto comedians to perform in front of a fun and welcoming audience. More info. 

When: January 4

Where: Tallboys


Heartless reframes the traditional Canadian colonization story through a fierce female lens. In 1689 New France, the paths of two female Wendat warriors, a nun, a young widow and a killer collide. This darkly funny tale examines forgiveness, family, and the trauma of colonization. More info. 

When: January 4-14

Where: Aki Studio


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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour at Hot Docs

Did you miss your chance to see Taylor Swift’s concert film in theatres? Hot Docs Cinema is bringing Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour back this weekend! Wear your favourite Swift-inspired outfit, make some friendship bracelets, and watch this cinematic experience unfold on the big screen. More info. 

When: January 5-7

Where: Hot Docs Cinema

Cavalcade of Lights– Final Week

Squeeze in one last festive outing with a trip to see the thousands of dazzling lights and art installations illuminating Nathan Phillips Square. Take part in free public skating, bask in the glow of the tree, and experience the buzz of festive cheer in the heart of the city. More info. 

When: On now until January 7

Where: Nathan Phillips Square


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Lots of Light- Final Week

Brighten up these cold winter days with these programs celebrating light, joy and warmth. From candlelit yoga to festive card printing to photography galleries and family drop-ins, there are plenty of cozy programs on now at Toronto History Museums across the city. More info. 

When: On now until January 8

Where: Toronto History Museums


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Small Gems 

The Women’s Art Association of Canada’s annual show and sale highlights the works of 50+ artists from across the country. Take in dazzling paintings, drawings, sculptures and more, showcasing a range of artistic styles. More info. 

When: On now until January 13

Where: Dignam Gallery

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience 

An all-female cast stars in the latest Toronto production of Potted Potter! Covering all 7 Harry Potter books in 70 minutes, this clever and hilarious show features appearances from your favourite characters, a live Quidditch match, and much more magic. More info.

When: On now until January 14

Where: Bluma Appel Theatre