We know what you’re
thinking – the only good thing about winter is the holidays and they are over
now, so we’d best all hibernate until Easter, right? Wrong. When you live in a country where winter takes
up, oh about half of the year, you’ve gotta do the best you can to adapt and
make the best of this slushiest of seasons. By now you’ve heard the standard advice for the seasonally affected
(Vitamin D, light therapy, exercise, not eating carbs and cheese by the
bucketload, staying away from any Real Housewives-based reality TV, etc.) and if you’re
anything like us, you’re probably all, “thanks doc, I’m still bored.” We hear
you! And lucky for us, we live in an incredible city with no shortage of
activities and events to heat up your social life until that summer sun brings
back the light. Here is a shortlist of
events and ideas to get you out of your gloomy winter bubble.
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graphic designer Stephen Sagmeister’s ten year journey to pin down the true
meaning of happiness. This multimedia
exhibition tackles one person’s approach to finding and defining that most
sought after state of being. Lose yourself amidst interactive projections, digital
and wallpapered prints, gumball dispensers and a full sized bicycle. If you’re still not convinced to leave the
comfort of your couch, get motivated by checking out his TED talk about
happiness by design.
first Thursday of every month
art, artists, food and drinks, there is pretty much something for everyone at
this new event series. All the galleries
are open during the event, so you can check out the brain bending Evan Penny: ReFigured exhibition and if you can suppress your giggles, join in at one of the nude life drawing stations. In the heart of
the gallery, Walker Court is a surreally beautiful venue to listen to
live music. The first four First
Thursdays sold out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance to the February 7 installment featuring DJ collective A Tribe Called Red and visual
artist Li-Hill (who we pegged as an up and coming visual artist back in November).
medicine, so check out the listings at the city’s many comedy clubs. Whether it’s stand up or sketch, a $15 dinner and a show or a $3 amateur
night, we’re sure you can find something to tickle your funny bone. Here’s a roundup of the monthly calendars at Yuk Yuks, Absolute Comedy, Alt.comedy (every Monday at the Rivoli), Second City, and Comedy Bar.
deficiency by getting outside and showing winter that it’s not the boss of you.
You won’t exactly be getting a tan, but a little outdoorsy time is a proven cure
for SAD sufferers. Get bundled and make use of the city’s outdoor rinks or channel your inner child and go tobogganing. Who says that patio season is over? Sip some
spiked hot chocolate by the fire pit at the Drake Sky Yard or one of the city’s
winterized patios. Feeling really ambitious? Head up to Algonquin Park for a weekend of winter camping. You won’t exactly be roughing it in one of their yurts, which provide basic furniture and electrical heat, but a little winter campfire jam sesh never hurt anyone. The glorified tents are available all year round and can accommodate up to six people, making it a weekend getaway that can cost you less than $20 a night.
with friends kills two birds with one stone: not only are you socializing and
spending time with people you might have accidentally ignored during your
hibernation, you’re giving your sleeping bear brain some much-needed
exercise. Game nights aren’t all
complicated or condescending kids activities anymore, check out new games geared towards adults (like the
hilariously cruel Cards Against Humanity available at Snakes and Lattes or print it yourself at Staples). If getting out of the house is the goal,
there is no shortage of trivia nights popping up all over the city to foster some friendly competition.
so bad, does it? While summer is the season of impulse and last minute plans,
it’s so much harder to get motivated in the winter, so plan ahead. Shake the winter lethargy off
your fancy shoulders and get out there allllll year round.