In this Weekend Planner: New Year's Eve dominates the headlines, the Sunday Antique Market kicks off another year, enjoy a nine-kilometre run through the Beach, make like a polar bear and dip, meet Rob Ford, and see comedy get rewritten in the Festival of New Formats.
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Contrary to outsiders’ beliefs, there is much more to do for Toronto’s NYE than simply watching the fireworks at City Hall. From comedy to circus to music and more, see what the city has to offer to ring in 2012. Check out our full New Year’s Eve listings here.
MARKET: If you got cash for Christmas, here’s one way to spend it. The Sunday Antique Market is kicking off another year in the heart of St. Lawrence North Market. The market features antiquarian books, vintage jewelry, art, and more. St. Lawrence North Market (92 Front Street East). Sunday, 5 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE (unless you buy stuff).
RUN: Lace up for a run (or walk) through the Beach with the 32nd annual Hair of the Dog Fun Run. Though many of you might be recovering from NYE, a nine-kilometre run (or three-kilometre walk) is the best way to put those New Year’s resolutions to the test. There’s also a Dragon Boat Challenge. Balmy Beach Club (1 Beech Avenue). Sunday, registration at 10:30 a.m., $30.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: If you really feel the need to wash away that which was 2011, there’s no better way to do it than with some old-fashioned freezing-cold-water dipping. Polar Bear Dip 2012 invites you to show the rest of the world our special Canadian superpower—the ability to enjoy hypothermia—while also raising money for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. We also hear this is a great way to cure hangovers. Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West). Sunday, 11:15 a.m., you must raise a minimum of $20.
MEET THE MAYOR: If you have a question for the real star of The Nutcracker, you can try your luck at the annual Mayor’s New Year’s Levee. At least he hasn’t cut the budget of his self-promotion team. City Hall Rotunda (100 Queen Street West). Monday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The Annual Festival of New Formats returns to Comedy Bar with a night of unexpected laughs. The festival invites performers to take their best comedy ideas or concepts they haven’t performed yet and try them out in this unique platform for entertainment. The Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West). Runs Monday to January 8, 8 p.m., FREE.
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