End Games

Five fes­tive ways to ring in 2018

Toronto Life - - Cutlure -

THE ’70S NIGHT­CLUB

Stu­dio 54 New Year’s Eve, Glad­stone Ho­tel Who needs 2018 when you can travel back to the 1970s? This De­cem­ber 31, the Glad­stone recre­ates the glam­our, ex­cess and non­stop disco of Stu­dio 54. You won’t run into Andy Warhol or Bianca Jag­ger, but you will get din­ner, drinks, danc­ing, live mu­sic and as much throw­back New York ex­trav­a­gance as a mod­ern Toronto venue can hold.

THE MOON­LIT DASH

MyNex­tRace Mid­nite Run, Lib­erty Vil­lage If your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is to get in shape, why not get started as soon as the ball drops? This fivek­ilo­me­tre run starts at the stroke of mid­night, and fin­ishes with a wild af­ter­party com­plete with fire­works, cham­pagne, and enough food and booze to off­set all the ex­er­cise.

THE ROCK-AND-ROLL RAGER

In­fin­ity Ball, En­er­care Cen­tre Toronto’s new boozy year-end bac­cha­nal turns the En­er­care Cen­tre into the city’s big­gest dance floor. Cover kings Dwayne Gret­zky pro­vide the sound­track, churn­ing out hits from Bowie to Bey­oncé, while art col­lec­tive Young Of­fend­ers will deck the venue in in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions and lo­cal chefs will cook up a feast wor­thy of be­ing 2017’s last sup­per.

THE CHIC DIN­NER PARTY

#ROMNYE, Royal On­tario Mu­seum The ROM gives its al­ready el­e­gant NYE bash a de­cid­edly glam flavour this year with its glitzy Chris­tian Dior ex­hi­bi­tion. When guest aren’t eye­ing de­signer dresses, they can nosh on a three-course din­ner or hit the dance floor—the mu­si­cal lineup in­cludes soul col­lec­tive St. Roy­als, in­die rock­ers Run­ning Vi­o­let and DJ Skratch Bastid.

THE COM­EDY SMACK­DOWN

Your Hood’s a Joke, Pana­sonic Theatre The hol­i­days have enough good­will to­ward men. Kick off 2018 with this show’s bah-hum­bug bit­ter­ness. In rap bat­tle–style show­downs, comics face off on be­half of their coun­try (Italy vs. Egypt), neigh­bour­hood (west end vs. east) or alma mater (U of T vs. York).

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