¡Prospero año! Perhaps the only party “weekend” that Torontonians take more seriously than Halloween weekend, New Year’s starts days before the calendar ends and terminates in a hangover, often in strange settings. We have rounded up what this Torontoist considers the best parties at which to get your groove on and completely forget the year 2006. When the glitter settles, the real question will be, “Where’s the afterparty?”
Goodfellaz and Nocturnal Commissions present Kenya Dig It?!, a party designed after Weebl’s viral flash video by the same name, so expect plenty of lions, tigers, giraffes, zebra and possibly Norway! Promised to be an intimate year-end party in a virgin venue, Kenya Dig It?! is the finale in what is actually a week-long marathon. Featuring hardcore locals and The Beat Freakers. Venue TBA here 24h prior, $30, all ages.
The granddaddy of massive one-off events, Destiny and friends bring you the latest installation of their annual New Year’s party, Destination 2007. With huge names like Cosmic Gate, OS/2, Mickey Finn and a 6-hour Jelo set, The Docks, $35+
For the more psychedelic side of things, Black Light Activists and Sumkidz present a New Year’s jam with Ekoplex at Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard St. E, $38.
The people who brought you sundays at Cherry Beach and Harvest Festival, Promise + alienInFlux present newyearseve7. 1139 College St @ Dufferin, $33.
Everyone’s favourite sweaty megaclub, The Guvernment presents their annual New Year’s, all-access massive: Magic 2007. Featuring the usual suspects like Mark Oliver et al, plus Vinyl Junkies. The Guv recommends “festive dress code” and promises to make you breakfast! That’s awfully presumptuous of you Guv, but as the latest running party on this list, the 9 AM end time may have you doing it all night long. The Guvernment, $45 if you don’t know a guy who knows a guy.
New Year’s doesn’t have to be expensive, however, or driven exclusively by electronic beats: a really awesome idea for a party, Ninja High School, Rozasia and No Dynamics will be rocking out for $6 (with a flashlight) in “Do It To Death”. Why exactly do you need to bring a flashlight? Because at midnight, the lights go down and the fog machine goes up, and what happens next is anybody’s guess. Jug’z Billiards, 411 College St., $6 w/flashlight. (Stillepost)
[Also, a quick note for everybody using the TTC to get home after their year-end parties: the TTC has extended their schedule so that the last subway train leaves downtown at 2:30 AM — DT.]