Your Special Edition New Year's Eve Urban Planner
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Your Special Edition New Year’s Eve Urban Planner

Who wants to pay $100 or more to get into a fancy night club on NYE? If the first thing you want to avoid doing in 2012 is walking home with a broken wallet, check out our compilation of some of the more affordable options the city has to offer.

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TRANZAC isn’t holding back for their celebration with no less than 10 acts to push you into 2012. Featuring The Elwins, Maylee Todd, Drumheller, Rouge, and more! TRANZAC Club (292 Brunswick Avenue). 8 p.m., $15.

The Sadies, whose NYE performances at the Horseshoe Tavern have now become something of a Toronto tradition, are back again for a night that includes two sets and a feature performance by Daniel Romano. The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street W.). 8:30 p.m., $25 advance.

The Great Hall, an insanely popular venue for celebrating NYE, is hosting a huge bash called “Paradise Ball.” It features DJs 4KORNERS and Joe Ghost, cirque performers (!) and more. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street W.). 9 p.m.–4 a.m., $25 in advance (hurry and buy because they sell out quick).

Why party like it’s 2011 when you can party like it’s 1969? “Bangs & Blush NYE: Bow Ties & Party Dresses” invites you to dress up in your best ’60s attire for a night of the decade’s pop, soul, and rock music. Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street W.). 9 p.m., $15.

Love Triangle is a triple event planned for different corners of the Gladstone: the Melody Bar hosts a performance by iDRUM, drop by the Ballroom for Jokers of the Scene and the Soul Proprietor, and be sure not to miss the installation by LeuWebb projects. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W.). 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $40.

Buddies hosts Countdown with DJ K-tel spinning top 40 club hits, and featuring DJ Triple-X spinning alternative tunes. Also featuring performances by Cassandra, Donnarama, and special guests. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). 10 p.m., $25.

A feminist event way to ring in the new year: drop by for “Women’s Studies: The Official Feminist New Year’s Eve Party.” Featuring DJ Transnational, DJ Jenny Schecter, and DJ Mama Knows. Midnight kissing upon consent only. The Beaver (1192 Queen St W.). 10 p.m., $2.

Young Lions Music Club is welcoming the year everything ends with a music blowout featuring Sheezer, Ben Fox of Dinosaur Bones, and more. The El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue). 10 p.m., $25.

Ah, the ’90s. A decade that mostly managed to escape the wrath of auto-tune (until Cher came along with “Believe”) and a time when Tupac and Biggie were still spitting rhymes like the world was really ending with Y2K. Back In The Day encourages you to rejoice in your ’90s reminiscing with an event that celebrates its old school hip-hop and R&B. Solarium (11 Polson Street). 10:30 p.m., $20 advance.

Assorted Kinds of Fun:

TORONTO ZOO: If you really want to howl with the baboons to ring in the New Year, the Toronto Zoo has you covered. Besides special animal visits, ABBAMANIA (an ABBA tribute band) will be performing, and there’s the Majinx Magic Show to keep you mystified. The Toronto Zoo (2000 Meadowvale Road). 5 p.m., $20 adults, $12 children.

COMEDY: Massey Hall is going all out for this year’s countdown with its annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza. This laugh riot is hosted by multi award-winning actress Andrea Martin, and features more comedians than you can shake a stick at. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street). 7:30 p.m., $39.50–59.50.

GAMES: Snakes and Lattes, beloved home to hundreds of board and card games, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash with door prizes, midnight champagne, and more. Be sure to get your ticket ASAP as it’s hard enough to get into the place during regular hours. Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor Street W.). 8 p.m., $20. SOLD OUT

CIRCUS: Zero Gravity Circus and cirQlar have teamed up for “Trip the Light Fantastic,” an event which features electronic artist ill-esha, belly dancing performances, magic, and more! The Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street E.). 9 p.m., $40.

RUN: Remember that New Year’s resolution we all make? You know, the one where we promise to exercise more? Well, strap in those running shoes because you can literally start the year off with a Midnight Run. This 5-km run boasts awesome views of the Toronto skyline, tons of prizes, an after party, and the money raised goes to charity. Start at King West Fitness (171 East Liberty Street). Doors open to pre-party/run at 9 p.m., registration prices vary.

TTC: As it has done many years in the past, the TTC will be offering free service after midnight. So if you plan on drinking on NYE then do us all a favour and leave the keys at home. Midnight to 4 a.m., FREE.

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