The Best New Year’s Eve Plans In Toronto

Looking for better plans for New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve can be a bummer. Reality almost never lives up to expectations. But don’t let the line-ups, lack of cabs, or inclement weather keep you at home. There is fun to be had out there and here are your best bets.

Indie88 Presents Rich Aucoin + The Greatest Karaoke Set Ever
CMW: Rich Aucoin @ Horseshoe Tavern

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Indie rock/synth pop/experimental artist Rich Aucoin is hosting The Greatest Karaoke Set Ever at Lee’s Palace with a group of surprise guests. If this show is anything like any of his others, expect more of a carnival than a concert – big sounds, confetti, and parachutes are typical of an Aucoin concert, so he’s a fitting act to ring in the new year. Get your tickets here.

Indie88 Presents Dwayne Gretzky New Years Eve 2015

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Capping off their biggest year to-date with their biggest show to-date, Toronto supergroup Dwayne Gretzky is putting on a heck of a concert for NYE. Expect many surprises, special guests, and a healthy sprinkling of the weird and wild – this show will be one to remember. More info here.

The Sadies at the Horseshoe

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The Polaris-nominated, alt-country Sadies are musical royalty here in Toronto and if you believe in the monarchy, our musical palace most definitely is The Horseshoe Tavern. Ticket info here.

Massey Hall Comedy Extravaganza

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Remember Tom Green? He will be hosting the fourth annual Comedy Extravaganza at Massey Hall this year. Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin is bringing a rotating cast of comedians and sketch comedy artists to the stage, helping you ring in the New Year with a few good laughs. Tickets here.

Mystery Room Escape

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If big-ticket musical or comedy acts aren’t your bag, try something different this year. The mystery room trend is still just picking up steam here in Toronto but on the other side of the pond, it’s a common night out. Still not clear on what a mystery room is? Go get yourself and your friends locked into a room that is only opened when a series of clues have been solved. Mystery Rooms Escape is open over New Years Eve and we can’t think of a more bizarre way to start 2015. More information can be found here.

Go Back To The Nineties

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If the nineties were your golden decade, this year New Years Eve is just for you. There are two dance parties happening that will cater to your Eminem/Shabba Ranks/Coolio/Destiny’s Child desires. Back in the Day: 90s New Year’s Eve is an all-night tribute to old school hip hop, dance, pop, and R&B. Or you could go see legendary 90s MuchMusic DJ Master T come out of retirement to DJ the Master T New Year’s Party.

The Dude’s New Years: The Big Lebowski

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Hate dressing up to go out? Why not buck the trend altogether and not get dressed at all? Go see The Big Lebowski in a housecoat and slippers, screening at the Bloor Cinema. Expect to drink a lot of White Russians. More information here.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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This “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super” band is a fifteen-piece folk music group that throws concerts that are truly parties. They defy genres of music by bringing together sounds from different cultures and playing it all in ways you haven’t heard before. This is Canada’s Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Get your tickets to their new year’s show at the Opera House here.