Retro Go Go and Can Can Cardio!

  • Toronto School of Burlesque (193 Augusta Avenue)
  • 6:30 p.m.

Chances are you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolution to try new things or exercise more. Redeem yourself in just one evening by getting your sweat on and learning two different dances at the Toronto School of Burlesque. An hour-long Can Can Cardio class with St. Stella kicks things off (ha, get it?) before Miss Kitty Litteur takes everyone back in time for some Retro Go Go.

Details: Retro Go Go and Can Can Cardio!

Toronto Festival of Clowns

Jordan Campbell and Daniel Henkel star in Adventure Time as part of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Image courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

Jordan Campbell and Daniel Henkel star in Adventure Time as part of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Image courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

  • Multiple venues
  • 6:30 p.m.

This post is going to upset as many people as it will intrigue, but here goes! The Toronto Festival of Clowns is back for its ninth year of painting the town’s noses red, bringing five days of performance art. These aren’t your typical birthday clowns; programming at the Pia Boulman School and the Brockton Collective ranges from bouffon acts to dating games and from dramatic pieces to puppet shows, and will feature special appearances by Morro and Jasp, and Mullet the Zombie Clown.

Details: Toronto Festival of Clowns

Turbo Street Funk Album Launch

  • Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West)
  • 9 p.m.

If you’ve walked around downtown at all in the last couple of years, there’s a good chance you’ve come across dance parties that have spontaneously broken out to the music of some pretty unique buskers. Those buskers would be Turbo Street Funk, and they’ve graduated from performing on the corner to taking the spotlight at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern to celebrate the release of their first album. George Koller, their friend and producer, will also be performing with his band, The Shuffle Demons.

Details: Turbo Street Funk Album Launch

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City