We all need to find the right work-life balance. When your work is done and your time is free, how do you choose to spend it? A quiet night at home can be perfect, but sometimes you feel like getting out and discovering all the entertainment that’s available to you. It’s time to have some fun. When you live at Village Green, you don’t have to travel very far to find it. Here are our tips for a night to remember in the Village.
An Evening of Theatre
Your life might have enough drama as it is, but spending an evening engaged in someone else’s drama is a great way to take a break from your own, and a great reminder that we are all human, and we’re all in this together. You’ve got some excellent options for wildly different theatrical experiences near Village Green. The CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic) at 651 Yonge Street offers world class theatre within walking distance. This fall you can catch the nostalgic 90’s-style fun of Friends! The Musical Parody. Revisit your favourite group of 20-something friends as they navigate their lives from the comfort of Central Perk. It’s a fast-paced musical journey through 10 years of your favourite moments.
Buddies in Bad Times
If you’re in a more edgy, extreme or experimental mood, Buddies in Bad Times is always a great alternative to the mainstream theatre scene. This years marks the theatre’s 40th Anniversary and they are celebrating all year long! Expect special events, performances, dialogues and parties!
You can revisit the past with a one-night-only reading of their greatest hits from the past 40 years, or project into the future with community conversations about what’s next for the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world.
All events take place in the Cabaret with a Pay-What-You-Can at the door policy.
Royal Conservatory of Music
Another neighbourhood institution is celebrating an anniversary this year. The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor St West) is celebrating their 10th season at Koerner Hall. The Hall is quite simply one of the most beautiful and acoustically impeccable concert halls in the world. The layered, almost liquid-like wooden ceiling canopy envelopes the space and allows for a dramatic, yet intimate, connection between audience and artists. Even before you enter the Hall, the dramatic glass lobbies welcome you, provide a view of the city that is second to none, and let you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. From jazz to classical, roots to world music, the Hall has heard it all. Get tickets for an upcoming performance.
Phoenix Concert Theatre
If you’re more in the mood for a modern musical performance, you’re lucky enough to live near one of the best concert venues in the city — Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street). It’s one of the oldest dance halls in Toronto and attracts an eclectic crowd — young and old, straight and gay, non-binary and beyond. It all depends on what’s on.
Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor) makes it easy to escape from your everyday routine. If you’ve never experienced an escape room before, Riddle Room is a great place to begin. It’s run by game nerds who know what they’re doing. Bring a few friends and choose a themed room. You’ll have to work together, against the clock, to solve puzzles and solve problems in order to escape before your time is up! There are currently 3 themed rooms to choose from, with new rooms joining the rotation regularly. Luci’s Room is geared toward horror fans seeking some thrills and chills as you are “locked” within a child’s haunted bedroom. Missing Anatomy lets you show off your Sherlock Holmes skills to solve a murder mystery. Castle leaves you trapped within a Medieval castle, where you’ll have to learn how to escape evil.
Even if escape rooms aren’t your thing, Riddle Room may become you new favourite neighbourhood haunt. Grab a pal or bring a date and have some fun playing games in their games cafe. Nothing beats playing board games and video games with a delicious coffee and dessert!
Let Pegasus on Church (489B Church Street) take your night to new heights. Their colourful martinis, billiard tables and pinball machine are just the beginning. This glorious bar features different fun events every night of the week! Weekends (that start on Thursday night!) are all about the VJ’s, so get ready to dance the night away. Wednesday is trivia night, Tuesday is Ghetto Glam Bingo, and Monday is stand up comedy.
Mattamy Athletic Centre
This one is for sports fans! If you love sports, why not watch players who play for the love of the game? The Mattamy Athletic Centre (the former Maple Leaf Gardens) is still a special place to catch your favourite sports games live. It’s home ice to the Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s hockey teams, as well as home court for The Rams basketball team. Use your home court advantage and catch these college athletes while it’s still all about the game for them.
Don’t wait, take full advantage of the outstanding entertainment and activities that your neighbourhood has to offer. We hope our recommendations help you enjoy a night to remember in the Village.
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