Welcome to the January edition of the We’ve Been Expecting You eNewsletter – a monthly newsletter customized for members of the hospitality, tourism and service sectors. Each newsletter includes:

  • an e-guide to events for quick reference
  • helpful information on what there is to see and do in Toronto
  • details on the We’ve Been Expecting You initiative

In this issue:

Below are just a few of the January events taking place in Toronto this month! See a more complete list of what is happening.

Festivals and Events

Winterlicious is Coming

Winterlicious wordmark- dark blue background, bowl, vase, pitcher, pot with tomato.Explore Toronto’s food culture at this year’s Winterlicious from January 31 to February 13. Created by the City of Toronto, Winterlicious is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to try something new! With three course, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 restaurants and 14 culinary events, there’s so much for your taste buds to experience. Tickets to the Culinary Event Series are on sale now. Reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion begin January 16.

Visit toronto.ca/winterlicious for more information.

Winter Stations Presents Loop

Image info: Loop. Photo Ulysse Lemerise. OSA Images. two people in large lighted circle with handle for moving it.
Image info: Loop. Photo Ulysse Lemerise. OSA Images.

Coming January 2020 to add a much-needed splash of colour to winter on the waterfront is Loop. A cross between a music box, zoetrope, and a railway handcar, the art installation is an interactive retro-futuristic machine powered by you. Visitors can hop two at a time into one of the six illuminated cylinders and pump a lever to activate the lights and glowing images of Loop.

Date: January 15 to February 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: York Street Park (York Street and Harbour Street)

Visit www.winterstationspresents.com for more details.

DesignTO is About Creativity, Community and Experimentation

Event poster - purple background, white text. Design TO logo in upper left corner.Celebrate art and design at over 100 free events and exhibitions at the DesignTO Festival January 17 to 26. Going into its 10th year, DesignTO has brought to Toronto immersive installations, fantastic exhibitions and engaging talks, taking art and design out of the studio and into the city. You’ll want to make sure everything makes it into your calendar.

Visit the DesignTO website to view the complete Festival Schedule, and start planning your design week today!

The Toronto Blue Jays™ Winter Fest presented by TD

Winter Fest logo - Blue Jays logo on top.Kick off the New Year at The Toronto Blue Jays™ Winter Fest presented by TD. Taking place on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at Rogers Centre™ in Toronto, they have two full days of activities for Blue Jays fans of all ages.

Join the fun at the Rogers Centre for up-close appearances by current Blue Jays players, alumni and rookies, as well as a ton of fun activities on the field and throughout the stadium.

  • TD Stage – Games and Q&A with current Blue Jays players, alumni and rookies hosted by Sportsnet talent
  • Photo opportunities with your favourite players
  • Test your arm in the bullpen
  • Hang out in the Blue Jays dugout
  • Jr. Jays Park
  • Exclusive tours
  • Play catch on the field
  • And more!

You don’t want to miss this! Visit BlueJays.com/winterfest for more information.

Recreation and Neighbourhood Events

Skate the Square

Crowd skating at Nathan Phillips Square rink during the day.Looking for a little something extra during your skate break at Nathan Phillips Square? From December to March, there will be free, drop-in programming for the whole family. Learn to skate from City of Toronto staff, or take part in fun and games on the ice.

Check out the schedule at toronto.ca/welcometowinter.

Skate at The Bentway

Skaters at the Bentway skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway.
Image info: Crowds Skate at The Bentway – Andrew Williamson.

The Bentway, the innovative public space project underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, will open its beloved 220 metre figure-eight skate trail on December 20, bringing families and friends together with a full slate of activities and events to encourage city dwellers to discover, reimagine and redefine this space for themselves.

Over the holidays from December 20 to January 5, the skate trail will be open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. An on-site winter village will offer hot chocolate and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for skaters and spectators, while warming stations will help visitors get toasty before getting back on the ice.

Can’t skate? No problem! The Bentway will offer recurring free skate lessons for kids and adults. On-site skate rentals are available daily. The second annual Polar Bear Skate is on December 29. Adventurous Torontonians are invited to skate the trail in their bathing suits for a refreshing – and unconventional – winter event.

From January 6 to February 17, skate trail hours will shift to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

For more details on the Winter 2019/2020 skate season, visit thebentway.ca.


The Toronto Fringe presents Next Stage Theatre Festival

5 performers looking into camera, teal background.With its most diverse lineup to date, Toronto’s premiere winter arts celebration, Next Stage Theatre Festival, returns January 2020 for its 13th edition. Presented by the Toronto Fringe, the 12 carefully curated shows are a thrilling showcase for bold, independent voices and a broad range of new, innovative plays.

2020 is the perfect year to talk about 20/20 vision, as the productions in this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival portray this theme in many ways – both personal and political – as artists present discussions around politics, bodies, genders, abilities, fears and desires.

Shows range from clown performances and reimagined burlesque, to stage readings, musicals and more. The festival will take place at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street) from January 8 to 19.

To view complete lineup and to purchase tickets, please visit: fringetoronto.com/next-stage/shows.

January Concerts at The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall

Image info: Danilo Pérez. By John Abbott. Performer sitting on bench in front of stone wall wearing green, patterned shirt
Image info: Danilo Pérez. By John Abbott.

21C Music Festival, a celebration of newly minted music by the world’s foremost stars of independent musical thinking, returns for the seventh season! This edition spans three weeks in January and celebrates one of America’s most renowned creative pioneers: Laurie Anderson. While the Anderson concert is sold out, tickets still remain for Against the Grain Theatre’s acclaimed Ayre and other works by Osvaldo Golijov on January 11, Philippe Sly & Le Chimera Project’s unique take on the song cycle Winterreise on January 17, Zane Dalal conducting the Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Zakir Hussain, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, and Brian Blade on January 24, and Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Allison Au Quartet on January 25.

Finally, Canadian pianist Louis Lortie presents an all-Ludwig van Beethoven-program on January 26 and Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton return on January 31 after their immensely popular concert in 2016.

For more information, tickets and gift certificates, please call 418-408-0208 or visit www.rcmusic.com/performance.

The Trip to Bountiful

 Senior with classes at bottom of image, illustration of house at top, surrounded by flowers and birds

By Horton Foote
Directed by Brenda Darling

Eighty-year-old Carrie Watts is hilarious and crafty, frail and unexpectedly tough.

Having spent her twilight years with her son and abusive wife, she plans her getaway to Bountiful, her increasingly idealized hometown. This multi-award winning story has won acclaim on Broadway, in film and as a TV movie. It’ll break your heart and bring you to laughter.

On stage January 17 to February 1, with special events such as opening and closing nights, pay- what-you-can performances and a charity night (proceeds to seniors’ charities) taking place during the run.

More information at www.alumnaetheatre.com/the-trip-to-bountiful or call 416-364-4170 ext. 1 (please state your full name and phone number in any messages) for more information.

Take a Holiday to Seville

Scene from The Barber of Seville. Barber shaving another performed sitting in chair.
Image credit: (l-r) Renato Girolami as Doctor Bartolo and Joshua Hopkins as Figaro in the The Barber of Seville (COC, 2015), photo: Michael Cooper.

The Canadian Opera Company will warm up audiences this winter when Rossini’s The Barber of Seville returns to its stage in a delightfully zany and colourful production from acclaimed Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants. In Rossini’s classic comic opera, Figaro, the title barber is looking to help his friend Count Almaviva win over his dream woman, Rosina. There’s one small problem though. As a wealthy orphan, Rosina’s a virtual prisoner of Doctor Bartolo, who’s angling to marry her himself. Filled with razor-sharp jokes and memorable music, this all-time favourite makes a perfect introduction to opera for audiences of any age.

The Barber of Seville runs from January 19 to February 7 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit coc.ca.

Theatre Passe-Muraille Presents Suitcase/Adrenaline

Scene from Suitcase/Adrenaline. Performer sitting at table dropping crumbs from hands.A Theatre Mada Production
Written by Ahmad Meree
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

How much of your life can you take with you? What are the most important things to carry on? Suitcase/ Adrenaline, two one-act shows, bridges together the multidimensional experiences of Syrian refugees. Suitcase, is a year-long response to real life experiences as an artist emigrating from Syria. It’s about belonging and possession and all the things that we leave behind. Adrenaline tells the story of Jaber, a Syrian man spending his first New Year’s Eve in Canada, as he recalls how a short year before he was spending the holiday under very different kinds of explosions.

Featuring performances by Nada Abusaleh & Ahmad Meree. Performed in Arabic with English subtitles.

The Toronto premiere of Suitcase/Adrenaline will be presented January 16 to February 1 (opening night January 21) at Theatre Passe Muraille (Mainspace Theatre), 16 Ryerson Avenue.

To purchase tickets, please visit passemuraille.ca.

Pianist Lucas Debargue Makes Koerner Hall Solo Recital Debut

Lucas Debargue starring at camera - closeup of face and hands
Image info:  Lucas Debargue. Credit Felix Broede Sony Music Entertainment.

Following an overflow audience onstage for pianist Denis Matsuev and raves for soprano diva Hibla Gerzmava, Show One Productions proudly presents the finale of its series Classical Stars at Koerner, January 16, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West.

Largely self-taught, French pianist Lucas Debargue was the talk of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, where he was unanimously chosen winner of the Moscow Critics’ Prize – given to an artist whose “incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.”

Debargue displays his fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power in Scarlatti sonatas from his new SONY Classical album, Nicolai Medtner’s Sonata in G Minor, Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, and Liszt’s After a Reading of Dante.

“Like a young Rimbaud, his touch is poetic and full of dazzling musical imagery – slightly dangerous even.” – Michael Vincent, Toronto Star

Tickets at the Koerner Hall box office, 416-408-0208.

Unit 5 Theatre Collective Presents The Ghost Project

Show poster from The Ghost Project. Black sidebar to right, shadowy image of woman to the left.Created and performed by Karie Richards.

When a person dies, does it mean they no longer exist? Thirteen mysterious experiences. Thirteen compelling characters. Featuring verbatim accounts of encounters with the spirit world, this documentary solo show invites the audience into an engaging conversation about life and what may come after.

Inspired by the work of Studs Terkel and Anna Deavere Smith, as well as Charles Spearin’s Juno award winning album, The Happiness Project, Karie Richards presents an engaging solo show that she has crafted from her interviews with thirteen individuals who have experienced some kind of mysterious ghostly encounter in their lives.

The Ghost Project will be on stage January 21 to 26, at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West.

To purchase tickets, please visit theatrecentre.org.

Soundstreams Presents The Lost Karaoke Tapes

Partial view of performer - face and arm - wrapped in cassette tape stripsOne night only! Nicole Lizée will mash up nostalgic pop hits from Australian and Canadian icons using an erratic karaoke machine, fragmented music videos, and electronic music in a multimedia trip merging screens, fashion technology, electronic sound and live sound with the improv-fueled Australian Art Orchestra.

At the historic Great Hall, a venue that brings Victorian architecture into the 21st century, on January 30 at 8 p.m.


TIFF in January

tiff logo - black font on white backgroundChani Nicholas: Art, Activism & Astrology: The beloved astrologer and queer feminist activist joins award-winning Scarborough author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez for a live chart reading and empowering conversation on January 13, followed by a book signing of Nicholas’ essential guide to harnessing the zodiac, You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance. Visit tiff.net to purchase tickets.

Call Me Jimmy: The Films of James Stewart: Starting winter, TIFF will kick-start a Cinematheque salute to the beloved star James Stewart, who revealed strains of sly wit, darkness and violence from behind his mask of an aw-shucks everyman. Vertigo, The Mortal Storm and The Shop Around the Corner begin in January. Visit tiff.net/jimmystewart for showtimes.

Catherine the Great: In Praise of Catherine O’Hara: This January, TIFF will showcase four memorable films from character-comedy goddess Catherine O’Hara. The series includes three “faux documentaries” from Christopher Guest (A Mighty WindBest in ShowWaiting for Guffman) as well as Tim Burton’s iconic Beetlejuice. Running January 15 to 24. Visit tiff.net/ohara for showtimes.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

String musicians performing
Photo credit: Jag Gundu-TSO.

Start your new year with Beethoven 7! Seong-Jin Cho, “still in his mid-20s, plays not only with panache but with depth and sensitivity” raves The Washington Post. Hear the piano phenom join the TSO for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 January 8 to 11.

Deceit, murder and a masked man. Listen to the true story behind Mozart’s Requiem, which the TSO performs January 15 to 18 with Sir Andrew Davis, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and an all-Canadian cast of soloists.

Experience Mozart 40—from the magnificent Symphony No. 40, one of the last Mozart composed, to the youthful “Jeunehomme” Piano Concerto, which he wrote at age 21, January 22 to 24.

Electrifying conductor Aziz Shokhakimov leads Mendelssohn’s atmospheric “Scottish” Symphony. TSO Principal Cello Joseph Johnson performs Dvořák’s elegy for a long-lost love—the impassioned Cello Concerto. Don’t miss Dvorak & Mendelssohn—January 30 to February 1.

Learn more at TSO.CA.


Native Earth Performing Arts Presents This Is How We Got Here

Show poster Illustration of wheat sheaf with title on green background.Written and directed by Keith Barker.

Meet Lucille, Paul, Liset and Jim. Best friends, sisters, spouses – stumbling in the dark one year after a tragic loss. They struggle to find each other again, when a mysterious fox shows up with a curious gift. Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, This Is How We Got Here is a complex and hopeful story of letting go.

Finalist of the 2018 Governor General Literary Award for Drama. Featuring performances by Kristopher Bowman, Tamara Podemski, James Dallas Smith, and Michaela Washburn.

This Is How We Got Here runs January 26 to February 16, (opening night January 29) at Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East.

To purchase tickets, please visit nativeearth.ca/1920season/this-is-how-we-got-here/.

The Solitudes

Three performers looking intently into the camera.Eight women follow the thread of history and the bloodlines that brought each of them to this land, to this moment in their journeys towards home. Is home a house? Is home a “homeland?” Their offering: eight recipes for transforming our solitudes and an invitation to sit at the table.

Inspired by the women of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of SolitudeThe Solitudes is a provocative, humorous, and visually charged experimental performance that conjures the many forces of separation that have overtaken our lives.

This is a protest. This is an act of claiming space. This is a call to action: because a house can be invaded, but home can never be taken away.

An Aluna Theatre Production in association with Nightwood Theatre, onstage at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

To learn more visit www.alunatheatre.ca/programming/solitudes/ or call the Harbourfront Centre Theatre box office at 416-973-4000 x 1.

Young People’s Theatre

Wordmark. YPT Drama School. Turquoise and black font.Register for winter term of Young People’s Theatre’s Drama School – new students are welcome throughout the year! YPT’s Drama School is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada. They offer various drama classes, March Break and Summer Drama Camps, and ensemble programs for students in JK to Grade 12. The courses provide children and youth of all levels of experience a chance to express themselves theatrically and discover the power of their own creative voice and imagination, all while having fun!

Weekly classes are offered at four locations (Downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, North York and The Beaches). New this year: Weekly drama classes for babies (4 to 12 months) and toddlers (13 to 30 months)! Register online.

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

Perfromers. Colin Mochrie (seated) and Asad Mecci (standing behind - hands on his temples)
Image info: Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci – HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.

From the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a brand new, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and side-splitting show – HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis.

Twenty random volunteers from the audience will be put under hypnosis by Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci (the process of which is a show in its own right), their inhibitions evaporated and their minds no longer their own. The volunteers are methodically and hysterically whittled down until the five best are left on stage when one of the world’s leading improvisers enters! Co-Creator Colin Mochrie takes the stage to improvise with the top five while they are still under hypnosis, turning the show into an improv extravaganza!

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis at George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts) on Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m.  For tickets visit meridianartscentre.com.

Coal Mine Theatre Presents Marjorie Prime

Show poster. Illustration - red font on black background on left. On right, rose of female figures.Written by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Stewart Arnott

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime, is a rich, sci-fi drama that explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits – if any – of what technology can replace. It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.

Featuring a renowned Canadian cast including one of Canadian theatre’s greatest artists (and recipient of Governor General’s Performing Arts Award) Martha Henry. Also starring acclaimed performers Beau Dixon, Sarah Dodd, and Gordon Hecht.

Marjorie Prime will be presented January 26 to February 23, (opening night January 29) at Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue.

To purchase tickets, please visit coalminetheatre.com/marjorie-prime.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

4 musicians holding their instruments standing in front of grey columns
Image info: by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents Gone with the Winds from January 16 to 19 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Spirited and appealing arrangements of Mozart and Rossini’s greatest operatic hits sit side by side with a sublime serenade by Mozart and an arresting sextet by Beethoven. In Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven’s day, the hits from the latest operas were arranged for groups of wind musicians who performed in the homes of the rich, and in spas, pubs and pleasure gardens for the public.

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir presents More Bach Motets, a magical evening of Bach family motets, written for choir and continuo, interwoven with movements from J.S. Bach’s suites for solo cello played by the newest member of Tafelmusik, the brilliant young cellist, Keiran Campbell. January 25, at 8 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.

For tickets and information, call 416-964-6337 or visit tafelmusik.org.

On Sale Now for 2020

Illustration. Second City Totally Likes You black in font on yellow background. with cassette tape and ear phones. in lower left cornerThe Second City Totally Likes You – Human civilization dates back to 10 thousand BC, and yet we still can’t seem to figure out love. The Second City aims Cupid’s bow at dating, sex, meet-cutes, and meet-uglies in this hormone and hilarity charged show that marries classic archive material with brand-new swipes at relationships.

Performances January 11 to March 30
Mondays at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Friday at 10:30 p.m.

8 minutes 17 seconds

2 dancers - foreground in black with head tipped back; background in white, head tipped to side
Photo by John Lauener. Featuring Lucy Rupert.

Propelled by a curiosity about the length of time it takes light to travel from the Sun to the Earth (8 minutes and 17 seconds), Blue Ceiling dance presents 8 minutes 17 seconds from January 23 to 26, at the Theatre Centre. Building on the allure of the majestic cosmos, this science-infused dance performance is conceived and choreographed by the company’s Artistic Director Lucy Rupert, with additional choreography by Karen Kaeja, Emma Kerson and Jane Alison McKinney and Michael Caldwell.

With the power of a multi-generational cast and cross-disciplinary influences between arts and science, 8 minutes 17 seconds promises to be curious, touching, luminous and mysterious, performed with Blue Ceiling dance’s usual intellectual passion and abandon.

A DanceWorks CoWorks 2019/20 Series Event. Tickets.

Friday Night Jazz

Ripley's branded canExplore the waters of the world Friday, January 10, with live jazz music by The Sonny Balcones as you sip on a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available) under the sea. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy live music, cash bars and unforgettable views. Also, don’t forget to try their very own Lagoon Lager!

Friday Night Jazz is included with the current Sharks After Dark or Express Anytime general admission. Annual pass members receive free admission.

Getting Around

TTC Connects You to Events in the City this January

New red Toronto streetcar in snow. High rises in background.Happy New Year from the TTC! This month there are lots of great events taking place in Toronto. The TTC can get you to and from these events easily. Avoid traffic and parking by taking transit.

This January, let the TTC take you to:

  • Terra Lumina at the Toronto Zoo until April 13
  • The Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery Historic District until March 1
  • DJ Skate Night at Nathan Phillips Square every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting in January until March 22
  • Toronto International Boat Show at the Enercare Centre from January 17 to 26

We encourage you to plan your trip in advance at ttc.ca. Purchase a PRESTO card or one-ride, two-ride or day pass PRESTO Ticket from the fare vending machine at any subway station or any Shoppers Drug Mart location. When paying your fare with a PRESTO card or PRESTO Ticket, you can take advantage of the TTC’s two-hour transfer, which allows you to enter and exit the TTC as much as you want in a two-hour period without being charged another fare.  Children 12 and under always travel for free.

Attractions and Exhibits

Ryerson Image Centre

Barren Mars-like landscape with rocks and reddish sand.
Image info: Eva Stenram, Per Pulverem Ad Astra (detail), 2007, chromogenic prints made from negatives exposed to dust. Courtesy of the artist, source images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

David Campany’s groundbreaking exhibition A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic comes to the RIC January 22 to April 5. Explore modern and contemporary works by over 30 photographers and artists, both anonymous and renowned, including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber and Jeff Wall.

Celebrate a new season at the RIC’s Winter Exhibitions Opening Party on January 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The RIC’s Curators in Conversation series continues on Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m. featuring David Campany, guest curator of A Handful of Dust, in conversation with Sara Knelman, Director of Corkin Gallery.

Free admission.
Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30 p.m.
More information at ryersonimagecentre.ca.

Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future Now Open At The Toronto Zoo!

Blue projections onto rock formation at the Toronto Zoo. At night. People in the foreground.
Photo Credit:  Moment Factory, Terra Lumina.

Terra Lumina takes visitors on a journey through a luminous vision of our planet’s future. Passing through a portal, travelers will be transported to a fantastical vision of the year 2099, a time when humans have learned to live in harmony with nature, protecting our planet and the wildlife that calls it home.

Created specifically for the Toronto Zoo, Terra Lumina creates positive moments of connection. The Lumina Night Walk brand ties in perfectly with the Toronto Zoo experience of touching hearts of the guest by creating magical moments that inspire guests to make positive change to help the environment.

Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, animated projections, inspiring storytelling and an original score conjure an immersive future world that shares a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow. The name Terra Lumina reflects a different way of seeing the Earth – through an optimistic lens that imagines a brighter future for all those who call it home.

Be sure to follow Terra Lumina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TerraLuminaTO to learn more about the experience and book your journey at torontozoo.com/terralumina.


Exhibition poster. Robot face, with Mindworks title.Ever wonder what’s happening in your head?

Step into MindWorks, a new exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre, and experience the inner workings of your mind.

Rooted in psychology, MindWorks brings mental processes like decisionmaking, memory and emotions to life through colourful, playful and fun hands-on exhibits. Designed to keep you in the moment, MindWorks encourages self-reflection through prompting questions:

  • What makes you you? (Yes, you read that right.)
  • Would you choose pain over boredom?
  • When you dream, are you still you?

Explore why you think, feel and react the way you do at MindWorks and uncover the remarkable power of your mind.

Celebrate Winter at Toronto History Museums

6 Children in winter coats standing beside soldier in red uniform (fort York)Explore winter magic this season at museums across the city. Join outdoor guided walks or toboggan in some of the most beautiful outdoor settings. Plus, try unique foodie experiences and taste special mouth-watering treats.

For a memorable outing, discover the winter beauty of Fort York’s 1812-era buildings during its annual Frost Fair. Shop local food vendors and glide along The Bentway Skate Trail where you will be joined by a Redcoat, or two!


On at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches exhibit artwork. illustration - Vampire, bat, spots of red/blood.Sink your teeth into Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches, on until March 22. Discover the incredible diversity, evolution and interconnected world of nature’s vampires, and the myths, legends and pop culture they have inspired.

A new year of ROM Speaks begins on January 14 with the lecture, Our Deadliest Predator: A Human History of the Mosquito. In celebration of the ROM’s must-see exhibition Bloodsuckers, this special program explores the untold saga of the mosquito’s reign throughout human history, and the indelible impact on our modern order.

On January 28, attend the ROM Speaks lecture, The Tree of Life: The Remarkable Dawn of Life in Eastern Canada. From Anticosti and Mistaken Point, to the Bay of Fundy and the red cliffs of Prince Edward Island, senior researcher John H. Calder will uncover the Canadian stories that are changing our understanding of the history of life on Earth.

What’s Bringing People to Toronto

Zamboni on rink at Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto sign and crowd.Great month to catch a game.

Below is a list of some of the events and performances taking place this month:

For more information on live performances across the city, visit www.whatsontonight.ca. Or check out the venue event listings directly at:

No matter what kind of music you enjoy or what kind of venue you like best, there’s always something playing in Toronto. Visit the City’s Music page for links to concert listing and information on the music sector.

Visit the websites of the major conference centres for information on other events, conferences and shows: Exhibition Place, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and the International Centre (in Mississauga).

Tourism Services News

Toronto’s Visitor Economy

Tourism Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade logosRecently, Tourism Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade partnered on a landmark study about the impact of Toronto’s visitor economy.

Every year, 27.5 million people visit Toronto. Those visitors fuel what’s called the visitor economy – a term much broader than tourism. Toronto’s visitor economy encompasses the direct visitor spending in the destination and the indirect and induced economic activity that stems as a result.

The visitor economy matters. When more visitors come to Toronto, visitor spending increases – fueling local businesses and the entire supply chain affected by the goods and services they provide. It creates jobs, generates tax revenue and drives growth in the overall economy for the city, the region and the province.

Toronto Souvenirs

red tshirt. black mug. black baseball cap. Drop by the Toronto Desk located in the Ontario Travel Information Centre in Union Station (west end of the station, near entrance to the Skywalk) to check out the Toronto souvenirs (please note, selection is becoming limited – don’t delay!).

We’ve Been Expecting You: We Can Help!

WBEY logoTourism Services offers a variety year round programs to support the industry:

Event Calendar: www.toronto.ca/eventcalendar. Promote your event on the calendar by submitting your information. Or stay up to date with what’s happening in Toronto.

Information Centres: Year round at Union Station (part of the Ontario Travel Information Centre) or seasonal at key locations around the city. Drop in to find out more about Toronto or to pick up material and maps. To provide your material for distribution to the public email us at infotogo@toronto.ca for more information.

Visitor Maps: Available free of charge. Contact us at visitorservices@toronto.ca to:

  • Request a supply to distribute to your guests.
  • Find out about advertising on future editions.

We’ve Been Expecting You (WBEY) Training: Free training covering customer service principles and providing helpful information about Toronto. Currently available online at www.wbeytoronto.ca. Email wbey@toronto.ca for more info or to ask about face-to-face sessions.

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