New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and Ossington Village is a great place to celebrate it! It’s a few weeks away: we have a rundown of the events that are already planned. A lot of venues haven’t released their schedules yet, so we’ll update here, and in our calendar.
Today is Black Friday and we recommend you shop local. There are so many great retailers in our neighborhood, and many of them are offering special deals today, in store, online or both. Get your holiday shopping done early, or buy something for yourself. We don’t judge, as long as you shop local!
Anice Jewellery, 102 Ossington Ave
The more you buy today, the more you get back. This local jewellery store is offering you gift cards when you spend $50 or more: with a $50 spend, receive a $25 gift card, with $75 you’ll get $35, and for a $100 purchase, you’ll get back a $45 gift card. You can buy jewellery for multiple people with that deal!
Halloween is only a week away, and there are a lot of different ways to celebrate Halloween on Ossington in the days between now and next Monday. Some are free, some are not, and some are good for children too!
Here’s a round-up of the Halloween celebrations in Ossington Village.
The Painted Lady is doing what they do best for New Year’s: burlesque dancing on the bar and DJ NV playing soul and funk hits. The party starts at 9pm with appetizers, the music will be pumping all night, and there’s a champagne toast at midnight. Entry is $10 and you can buy tickets in advance.
The Ballet on Ossington has big plans for New Year’s Eve. The nightspot will have music by CRSB & Teo Neo and live burlesque dancing. Their Minutes to Midnight party is a big night out, with a variety of package options and bottle service choices, all including a complimentary champagne toast at Midnight.
Reposado house band The Reposadists will be playing all night, so you can listen to their jazz stylings while sipping tequila with your friends.
Dining and Drinking
Boehmer is hosting a special dinner service on New Year’s Eve. In addition to their usual menu they’ll offer some very special additions including; Fire Roasted Oysters, Dry Aged Tomahawk Steak for 2, Turbot fillet with Spotted Prawns and Acadian Caviar, Muscovy Duck Breast with White Truffles.
The newly opened Southern eatery Omaw is offering 2 seatings with their a la carte menu for New Year’s Eve, or you can pay $10 after 10PM which includes a midnight toast and party favors.
Soos is open on New Year’s Eve – no prix fixe, the usual delicious menu and some “great features.” Make reservations now.
The Saucy Pierogi, newly opened on Dundas, will have two seatings for a $35 5 course prix fixe menu. They’re touting complimentary cocktails and special giveaways, so if you want some Polish dumplings for your December 31st dinner, make reservations now!
The Dock Ellis has a different take on New Year’s Eve. Their “Happy New Beers” event is a tap takeover with some new brews from local breweries like Beaus and Junction Craft Brewing. Stop by anytime after 8PM, no reservation required, and toast the new year over some new craft beers.
Do you know of other local events for New Year’s? Let us know! Happy New Year!
With the holidays so close, it’s likely you still have a few presents to buy. Well, why not have a good time shopping? That’s what the smart minds behind Victoire Toronto thought when they organized the 2nd annual Ossington Holiday Shopping Night, which is this Thursday.
Join many retailers and other holiday shoppers on and around Ossington this Thursday when the shops stay open late. The event runs from 6-10pm. How do they make shopping fun, you ask? Well, they add in drinks, deals and special vendors that aren’t usually around these parts.
A number of local retailers are participating in a fun and festive shopping night this Thursday. On December 11th, from 6P-10P, many of the local shops will stay open late and offer special deals and holiday treats. There is an event page here for more info!
The number of small retailers in our neighborhood has grown a lot in recent years, so consider Thursday an opportunity to experience this variety while you buy your loved ones some unique quality gifts they can’t get at the mall.
Shop local, make a night of it and have dinner and drinks at one of our many lauded restaurants.
UPDATE: A few more parties have been announced for Halloween.
Halloween is on a Friday this year, so there is no doubt when everybody will be dressing up and hitting the town. Wear your costume, and hit one of these local spots for a great night out:
The Painted Lady will start celebrating with a Devil’s Night Party on October 30th, with music from The Calrizians and The Deldoniks. Party starts at 9PM.
Halloween gets musical at The Dakota Tavern as The Mercenaries perform as The Muppets band Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem. Party starts at 10PM, it’s $10 at the door, and you can win prizes for best Muppet or rock star costume.
Rocky Horror Cabaret Show
In what is becoming an anticipated annual event, just in time for dressing up for Halloween, Lower Ossington Theatre launches a short-term run of Rocky Horror this Thursday in the Cabaret:
It’s that time of year of Ghosts and Goblins, Black Cats and…. Toronto’s greatest storytellers. On Wednesday October 15th at 8pm at The Ossington will be showcasing an amazing cast full of storytellers telling their spoooookiest stories with “Tales of…the Supernatural”.
This month’s show will be hosted by powerhouse Lauren Prussky. Lauren is a writer and comedian whose hilarious and amazing stories make her the show’s most asked about performer.
The show will feature performers such as: Hilarious standup Jess Beaulieu. Jess is a weekly columnist for “She Does the City”, co-host of Toronto’s new weekly feminist standup show “The Crimson Wave Comedy” and has performed in festivals across North America.
Actor and writer Amish Patel, whose sketch troupe “Fade to Brown” whose original sketch comedy show played to a sold out crowd at the Panasonic Theatre and then created a special for OMNI television.
Legendary writer Marcy Rogers. Marcy received a Dora Nomination for her play “Nocturnal Emissions “. She recently rocked the stage with her brilliant one-woman show “Lesbians Who Wear Lipstick: The Middle Ages”
Early Canada Day celebrations, World Cup watching, restaurant renos and condo growth: All that and more happened this weekend on Ossington, and we took some photos. How are you spending your long weekend?
The day to celebrate your mother is May 11th and there are lots of options to treat her right in Ossington Village. You can take mom out for some entertainment, a meal, or both. There are also a few places to pamper her and lots of great shopping!
Buy Mom a Present!:
Ossington is a great street to shop, with a mix of old and new and lots of original choices you won’t find elsewhere in the city.
Your stylish mom (or wife – if your kids are too young to shop, it’s on you!) will love the hip European threads from either Tiger of Sweden (think Claire from House of Cards) or Annie Aime, for lots of colour!
Delux Restaurant‘s Cuban brunch is always a hit. They are also open for dinner with their Oyster Sunday, meaning oysters are $1 starting at 5PM until they run out.
The Saint Tavern offers a very popular brunch – thanks to maple bourbon bacon, scones, devilled eggs and more! – and a special Sunday roast if you want to go the dinner route.
Quinta on Dundas West is taking reservations for two different brunch seatings at 11am and 1pm. Their brunch is fairly traditional with highlights including Eggs Benedict, Pork Belly and French toast.
Another great spot for Sunday dinner is Union – get some meat!
An alternate option is the live improv jazz from A Little Rambunctious at Bellwoods Brewery. The beer is award winning, the food is tasty and the entertainment is fun. Again, this place gets crowded and doesn’t take reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait.
Take mom for a mani-pedi or other beauty service, or buy her a gift certificate for later! Lush and Lavish spa offers all that and more. Or, for an alternative, try the newer Buffer Salon at 123 Ossington.
The Lower Ossington Theatre offers high quality entertainment with Broadway musicals in an intimate setting. Currently running shows are Hedwig And The Angry Inch (for the hip edgy Mom), Rent (for the mom who thinks she’s edgy but is more traditional), and the ever-popular Avenue Q. If she can’t go on Sunday, buy her tickets as a gift and let her go with a friend!
There is no way for us to include every option on Ossington, there are many more great restaurants and retailers. Click through the links on the side of this page for more ideas. It’s a good time to start planning for Father’s Day too!