Getting by in the city on your own is a perfectly acceptable and attainable goal, but you have other options. Whether you’re looking for others to bond with over skills, exercise, or ideas, the city offers monthly and even daily meet-ups catering to most niches. There are others like you, and they want to be your friend, so join a club, meet new people, and put yourself out there.
Toronto failed to crack WIRED’s recent list of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, but it’s still home to a growing community of enthusiasts that take any chance they can to explore where its pavement will take them. Cycling groups across the city offer riders regular options for group rides of varying levels of formality and intensity, with special events ranging from scenic drifts to glowing spectacles. Such events include the the annual Bike Pirates Bike Rave, which asks riders to decorate their bikes with glowsticks, lights, and other loud ephemera as it roves through downtown, braking in parks for dancing, photo-ops, and water. Check out The Toronto Bicycle Club for a variety of trips including weekend journeys, or Morning Glory for all your early risers.
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Beginners, novices, and experts weave together for workshops, classes and gatherings involving crochet, spinning, needlepoint, drop spindle, embroidery, and felting all across the city. The new guard of the West Toronto Knitter’s Guild trades tips at Artisano Bakery in Etobicoke every second Tuesday of the month, and the Knit Cafe on Roncesvalles holds a recurring Stitch ‘n’ Bitch every Tuesday, while Knitomatic (currently closed to move slightly up the street) at Bathurst and St. Clair holds several throughout the week.
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At its two Toronto locations on Sterling Road and Villiers Street, axe throwing headquarters BATL Grounds remains a popular destination for 20- and 30-somethings seeking unconventional activities to leaven their birthday celebrations. If you’re extra passionate about the sport, you can also register to join a league of 30 regulars that meet up to compete against each other over seven weeks of regulation play and an eighth week of tournament playoffs.
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Reading and writing are often solitary exercises, but they don’t have to be. Whether you’re looking to engage in group discussion, improve your close reading, find a regular lecture series, or meet the love of your life (the library occasionally hosts literary speed dating events), the Toronto Public Library offers a variety of book clubs and writers’ groups. These groups convene at branches all throughout the city (browse extensive listings for clubs based on age, interest, location, or language through their online database).
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Who says movie watching can’t be a social experience? The Harvard Seal (HS) Documentary Film Club has met monthly over the past two years to view and discuss documentaries at theatres around the city. For a less serious experience, Bad Movie Night Toronto invites kitsch lovers to Clintons to come together around train wrecks and celebrate schlock every month.
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