Best Toronto Events for February 2019
January 31, 2019
Progress Festival (January 30th– February 17th)
Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas presented in partnership by SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre. The festival is collectively curated and presented by a rotating series of Canadian organizations, operating within a contemporary performance context.
As a Festival that brings together performance nationally and internationally, we wish to acknowledge that Progress takes place on the traditional territory, Tkaronto, “Where the Trees Meet the Water,” “The Gathering Place” of the Mississauga, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat Nations. As we come together, we pay our respects to all our relations who have gathered and will continue to gather in this place.
AGO First Thursday (February 7th)
After six years, over 800 artists and 130,000 party-goers, the AGO has decided to end its ever popular First Thursday.
AGO invites you to party with them as they honour the groundbreaking event that made the AGO into a destination Toronto Life described as “the city’s hippest hangout” and brought incredible art experiences to Toronto’s late night scene.
Don’t miss out on your last chance to take part on February 7th.
Long Winter is Toronto’s essential all-ages, pay-what-you-can inter-arts series that takes place throughout the winter months. Featuring over 200 local artists/collectives and welcoming 5,000+ participants per season, Long Winter animates multiple rooms on multiple floors, transforming spaces into immersive, collaborative environments. Events are dense and eclectic, showcasing a broad cross-section of Toronto’s cultural and sub-cultural artistic activity. Featured work includes performance art, theatre and dance, large-scale sculptural installations, projections (single and dual screen videos, still images), visual installations (print, painting, photography collage) and interactive presentations including original video games by local programmers.
Bloor-Yorkville IceFest (February 9th-10th)
Celebrate winter in the heart of the city at Bloor-Yorkville’s 14th Annual Icefest! Toronto’s premier cultural district will celebrate by transforming into a showcase of incredible ice sculptures and live ice carving demonstrations.
Inspired by Heart Month and the Valentine’s Day season, the neighbourhood will be transformed into a magical showcase of crystal clear ice, sculpted into iconic pieces. Patrons can expect to be dazzled by these ice creations while enjoying the Icefest Lounge, Maple Syrup Taffy Station, an assortment of vendors, and exciting prize packages. Open to the public, Bloor-Yorkville will be fundraising with participating partners and sponsors in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Toronto Rhubarb Festival (February 13th-23rd)
Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 40th year. Rhubarb transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory.
Rhubarb is a space for artists and audiences to experiment together by trying new things and testing their boundaries. You always get to see more than one show (often 3 or 4) in one night, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike. So come out and see what’s happening.
Wavelength Winter Festival (February 15th-18th)
Wavelength warms up winter with the 18th annual Wavelength Winter Festival! Running February 16-18 at The Garrison, #WL18 is a three-night live curated mixtape of the best NEW independent music from the North American underground. Adventurous music fans are invited to spend their Family Day weekend with Wavelength and discover their favourite new bands and artists of 2018.
This year, our February festival is embracing the spirit of the season and getting a rebrand as the Wavelength Winter Festival. It’s going to be all about comfort, coziness, and community over these three jam-packed nights at The Garrison. Break free of your hibernation and make winter fun (again)!
The Canadian International AutoShow (February 15th-24th)
The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is Canada’s largest auto show. This event has been held in Toronto, Ontario since 1974 and is staged annually in February at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It draws an average of 300,000 visitors throughout its showing from Ontario and Western New York.
The Canadian International AutoShow in partnership with AutoTrader exhibits over 1,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as, concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles.
Winter Stations (February 18th to April 1st)
Winter Stations is now embarking on its fifth year, again opening an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches for an exhibition to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape.
This year we are hoping to include up to six lifeguard stands, including an additional two by invited post-secondary institutions, to be exhibited at Woodbine Beach at the western end of the beach bordering Lake Ontario in the Beach Community. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations, which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 18 to April 1, 2019.
This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Winter Stations’ temporary artwork installations.
Artist Project (February 21st -24th)
From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair.
Artist Project will welcome its 12th year with the most exciting show yet this February 21 to 24, 2019 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto.
Winterfolk Music Festival (February 22nd-24th)
Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 22-24, 2019. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival.
More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy.
Winterfolk is the ideal event for music-lovers seeking new and exciting things to do in the Toronto.