Five things to do this weekend in Toronto

A free screening of 'Love Actually,' a holiday mixtape exchange, a 'Harry Potter' themed party, and more!

‘Tis the season for festive activities. There are tons of holiday events across the city this weekend like a free Love Actually screening, a holiday mixtape exchange, and a Harry Potter-themed holiday party.

For all the Scrooges of Toronto, there are some great concerts you can catch this weekend like the Shad concert at The Great Hall or Busty and the Bass with Lost Cousins at The Mod Club.

There are tons of exciting events going on this weekend for the holiday lovers and haters alike, so we’ve put together a list of five events you can’t miss this weekend.

Hot Docs for the Holidays: Love Actually

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | December 14, 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm | Free

Ring in the festive season with Hot Docs’ month-long program of free classic holiday flicks and special events. This weekend, you can catch the endearing festive favourite, Love Actually, which shares the stories of eight couples and how their lives intertwine with a power cast that features Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightley. Tickets to the screening are free, but Hot Docs will be accepting donations to The Stop Community Food Centre (dried beans, rice, or monetary donations).

Holiday Mixtape Exchange

The Dupe Shop | December 15, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Free

Head to Bloor Street West’s The Dupe Shop with a mix tape of your own on December 15th, and you’ll be able to trade with someone else for a new one. If you can’t make a mix tape (yes, they mean physical tapes), no need to fear! Your friends at The Dupe Shop will show you how to turn a playlist on your phone or computer into a physical tape if you slide by the store.

Catch a Concert

Canadian Juno-winning rapper Shad will be hitting the Great Hall on December 14th and 15th, where he’ll be bringing his heavy beats and quick wordplay to the stage. His songs touch on important Canadian issues like immigration policies, oppression, colonialism, and indigenous rights.

Montreal’s nine-piece outfit Busty and the Bass is a tight electro-funk band with wood, brass, and bone instrumentals. The full sounding band is set to perform at The Mod Club with Lost Cousins on December 14th and 15th, where they’re sure to get the crowd tapping their feet and swinging their hips with their powerful tracks.


A Wizard Wonderland

Pacific Junction Hotel | December 15, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Free

Get ready for a Harry Potter-themed holiday party. Head to the Pacific Junction to mingle, drink, and play some games (with prizes)! Holiday outfits, Hogwarts uniforms, and Weasley sweaters are encouraged so dress up in your favourite festive or Harry Potter attire for this witch and wizard friendly event.

Venus Fest Winter Market

Lula Lounge | December 16, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Free Market, Ticketed Performance

Venus Fest will be hosting their first ever winter market on December 16th, and it will feature gifts and art from local businesses run by women and non-binary entrepreneurs. Market visitors will get $2 off tickets to the evening show, and $2 from each ticket will go toward the Anduhyaun Centre for Indigenous women.