New Year’s Eve Guide

NOW's comprehensive guide tips you to hundreds of ways to ring in the new year

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Have a lucha New Year with the wacky Tijuana Bibles, who throw their rock ’em, sock ’em Ay Carumba! shindig at the Gladstone.Have a lucha New Year with the wacky Tijuana Bibles, who throw their rock ’em, sock ’em Ay Carumba! shindig at the Gladstone.


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alleycatz Lady Kane keeps this party shakin’. Party includes dinner, dessert and champagne toast. 6 pm. $100, $60 party only. 2409 Yonge. 416-481-6865.

andy poolhall Synchronation w/ DJs Denise Benson, Andrew Allsgood and Mike Tull. 9 pm. $15, $10 adv. 489 College. 416-923-5300.

Balmy beach club Party overlooking the lake with DJ Mike Harding. $20 incl favours and a midnight toast. 8 pm. Beech south of Queen E at waterfront. 416-691-9962.

bar italia Four-course meal, midnight toast and hors d’oeuvres. Baldini: Man of Magical Mystery, Shane Philips alongside DJ Viktor. 7 & 8:30 pm dinner seatings. $75, $30 bar only. 582 College. 416-535-3621.

BEerbistro Special New Year’s menu and the Gene Poolboys entertain. No cover. 18 King E. 416-861-9872.

BEtty’s Party hats, snacks and songs. No cover. 240 King E. 416-368-1300.

black swan Ernst Lee and Cotton Traffic ring in 2006 w/ champagne, musical instrument raffles and prizes. 9:30 pm. $15, $10 adv. 154 Danforth. 416-469-0537.

the boat Kids on TV, Republic Of Safety, Jon-Rae And The River and the Ninja High School Crew. 9 pm. $10 adv. 158 Augusta. 416-593-9218.

Boilerhouse Kevin Clark band w/ John T Davis entertains from 7 pm, The Jennifer Ashbee Band from 11 pm. 55 Mill. 416-203-2121.

Bovine sex club Damn 13 party w/ the Matadors and Hostage Life. Midnight toast incl. Time tba. $10. 542 Queen W. 416-504-4239.

buddies-a-go-go Retro 70s, 80s and 90s spun by DJs K-Tel and Shane MacKinnon for dancers and revellers. 10 pm. $20. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

cabbage patch Snooky Tynes and Soul Express play soul and R&B for partiers. Dinner, toast and party. 8 pm. $20. 488 Parliament. 416-925-3468.

cameron The Cameron Family Singers start the early New Year’s countdown from 6 pm in the back, DJ Danny plays the front room from 10 pm. No cover. 408 Queen W. 416-703-0811.

ciao edie 80s dance party w/ DJ Shawn MacDonald and Ramones cover band Pinhead. 9 pm. $10. 489 College. 416-927-7774.

clinton’s Recroom dance party featuring pop, rock, funk, electro and slo-jams. Free midnighttoast. 9:30 pm. $6. 693 Bloor W. 416-538-2627.

college street bar Four-course meal, favours complimentary bubbly and funky grooves by Dionne Taylor. Dinner seatings 6 & 8 pm. $70, party only from 9:45 pm, $30. 547 College, 416-533-2417.

diamond 3 – a Black tie affair Carlos ‘L.O.S.’ Merchant, DJ Tu Much and D.N.A. entertain at this buffet and dance. 8 pm. $65-$95 dinner/drink packages, more at door. Secret location. Black tie and elegant attire. 416-703-2943,

drake hotel Ten-hour house party w/ the Old Soul, DJs Serious & Wendy Morgan, karaoke w/ Carson T Foster, roving burlesque, performance artists, fun food and more. Seven different parties: dinner, sky yard, lounge and underground packages to choose from. $40-$175. 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042 ext 113.

DUKE OF YORK Quagmyre plays from 9 pm, special New Year’s buffet for $25.99, karaoke and frozen shots. No cover. 39 Prince Arthur. 416-964-2441.

el convento rico Lola aka Miss El Convento Rico entertains at this party. 8 pm. $17 incl party favours. 750 College. 416-588-7800.

el mocambo The Mahogani Music Tour w/ Paul Randolph, Ali Black, John Kumahara, Christian Newhook, Dirty Dale Arsenault and Adam Khan. Firedancing, art installations, dancing mayhem, fire-spinning and more. 9 pm to 5 am. $30. 464 Spadina. 416-531-5042. Tickets,

ESPLANADE BIER MARKT The Joys play live and Freshstone provides beats for this fete including dinner, brewmaster pairings, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and more. 6:30 & 8 pm seatings. $95-$125 dinner package, $45 bar only. Reservations required. 58 the Esplanade. 416-862-7575,

fionn maccool’s New Year’s dinner and the Jeff Lazare Band playing classic rock. Dinner 6:30 & 8:30 pm, party only from 10 pm. Dinner $50, bar only $25. 181 University. 416-363-1944.

519 church community new year’s Sober karaoke and dance. 8:30 to 12:30 am. No cover. 519 Church. 416-925-6179.

gate 403 Sum of 5ive Jazz Quintet performs. $5. 403 Roncesvalles. 416-588-2930.

Gladstone Ay Carumba! Knockout New Year’s party with Skin Tight Outta Sight Burlesque, the Tijuana Bibles and the Pillow Fight League. Complimentary midnight champagne, tequila shots and Mexican snacks. 8 pm. $30, $25 adv, at Rotate This, 620 Queen W and Nearly Naked, 749 Queen W. 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.

grand ’06 Huge swanky New Year’s party with a massive DJ roster. Dinner and party $100 adv, party only $60 adv, more later. 25 British Columbia, Exhibition Place. 416-542-3789,

grossman’s The Happy Pals entertain. Dinner, favours, door prizes and a midnight toast incl. Dinner from 6 pm, show 9 pm. $45, $39 adv. 379 Spadina. 416-977-7000.

happy’s Three-course dinner, favours, champagne toast and music by The Burnerz playing rock and blues. $25 incl dinner, $10 show only. 498 Horner. 416-521-9119.

heads or tails Radio Daze plays classic rock, top- 40, finger food, champagne toast and party till 4 am. No cover. 847 Browns Line. 416-253-0037.

healey’s Michael White & The White rock in 2006 performing Led Zeppelin covers and other favourites. Time and cover tba. 178 Bathurst. 416-703-5882.

hooch New Year’s extravaganza w/ two levels of music, midnight toast and favours. 9:30 pm. $20. 416-200-1730,

horseshoe The Sadies bring in 2006. 8:30 pm. $20 adv. 370 Queen W. Tickets 416-870-8000.

hugh’s room Betty and the Bobs, Soozi Schlanger, Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon, David Woodhead, Wendell Ferguson, Rich Greenspoon and David Matheson keep the party going. Dinner 6 pm, party 8:30 pm. $90 incl four-course dinner, midnight toast and favours. 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604,

it on dundas DJ, favours and bubbly toast. 8 pm. $10. 2273 Dundas W, Mississauga. 905-828-0415.

laurentian room Five-course dinner and dancing. Dinner 6 & 9 pm, dancing 10 pm. Dinner $80-$120, dancing $20. 51A Winchester. 416-925-8680.

LEE’S PALACE Staggered Crossing plays. Doors open at 8:30 pm. $13.50 adv. 529 Bloor W. 416-870-8000.

Lot 16 Pop Noir New Year session w/ DJ Lawrence spinning indie, Britpop, shoegazer, new wave and trash. 10 pm. No cover. 1136 Queen. 416-531-6556.

mariposa cruise lines Start 2006 cruising Lake Ontario. Board 7:30 pm, and cruise to 1 am. $138 includes buffet dinner, party favours, dancing and champagne toast. 416-203-0178,

Pho (left), Chameleonic and DJ Booth of the Disorganised 3 crew get arty types grinding on the dance floor at Mercer Union’s Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Party.Pho (left), Chameleonic and DJ Booth of the Disorganised 3 crew get arty types grinding on the dance floor at Mercer Union’s Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Party.

mercer union Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Party with DJs James Dean Brown, Disorganised 3 Crew, Rory Them Finest and Eric Glavin. 10 pm. $35-$45, adv $30. Studio 99, 99 Sudbury. www.

Mezzetta Dinner and dessert. Two seatings 6:30 and 8:30 pm, closing at 10:30 pm. 681 St Clair W. Reservations 416-658-5687.

Miguel’s club 329 Reuben Cherry plays rock and soul, buffet snacks, party toys, champagne. 8 pm. $15. 329 Queen E. 416-777-1666.

Mitzi’s sister Jay Clark and the Jones and the Wastrels. Pwyc. 1554 Queen W. 416-532-2570.

Montreal bistro The Jim Galloway Trio with Ian Bargh and Rosemary Galloway ring in 2006. $95 includes festive dinner and show, champagne toast and favours. Reservations. 65 Sherbourne. 416-363-0179.

new year’s eve dinner dance cruise Enjoy Toronto’s skyline at night while dining and dancing aboard a heated ship including buffet dinner, DJ, dancing, cash bar, party favours and midnight toast. 8 pm boarding. $115. Reservations. 416-777-5777,

new year’s with teenage head Have some kinda fun here with hats, noisemakers, champagne and DJs. 9 pm. $30 adv, $40 at door. Spin Gallery, 1100 Queen W. 416-530-7656.

Opera house The Onyx Ball Leather and Bear NYE 06 party w/ DJ John Lepage, musclemen dancers and more. Free shuttle bus from O’Grady’s (518 Church) 10 pm to 5 am. $35 adv, more at door. 735 Queen E.

orbit room LMT Connection plays funk, soul and R&B, w/ favours and champagne. 9 pm. $25. 580A College. 416-535-0613.

ORIGINAL motorcycle cafe DJs Aka, Lil Millz & Glew entertain partiers on three floors. $35 adv, more after, includes hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast. 355 King W. 416-881-3749,

ORIGINAL’S Whitehouse plays here. 9:30 pm. $15, $10 adv. 1660 Bayview. 416-481-0371.

ORIGami Adam Marshall, Arthur Oskan, Shamus Coghlan, Fatima Camara, Karri O, Scott Cormier, Tom Kuo, Wes Ochitwa, Freeworm, Chocolate, Gerald Belanger and many more. 10 pm till morning. $22 adv and before 11 pm, more after. 1420 Dupont.,

pauper’s pub Enjoy wings, pitchers of brewski, watching the Leafs game and then a live band upstairs. Special New Year’s menu. No cover. 539 Bloor W. 416-530-1331.

peel pub Big Hair play 80s house party music. Dinner 6 pm, party after 8 pm. Dinner, glass of bubbly, favours and party $40. Party only $20. 276 King W. 416-977-1089.

RANCHO RELAXO Red Light Rippers help ring in 2006 here. 9 pm. $10. 300 College. 416-920-0366.

REd guitar art house cafe Corry Sobol and Friends play. Dinner from 6 pm, first set 9 pm. $10. 603 Markham. 416-913-4586,

REservoir Tyler Yarema, Janice Hagan and Tory Cassis play swing, jump blues and boogie-woogie for partiers here. Special New Year’s dinner from 7 pm. $95 w/ dinner, $34 show only (after 10 pm). 52 Welliington E. 416-829-7120,

revival Hot in the City party w/ DJs Unknown, Barbi, MSTRKFRFT and AD/D spin. Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, favours and door prizes. $50, $30 adv. 783 College. 416-535-7888.

REX HOTEL Grooveyard with Lester McLean, Michael Occhipinti and Paul Neufeld play funk, soul and R&B. Finger foods and comp bubbly. 9 pm doors. $47-$42.50 adv. 194 Queen W. 416-598-2475.

RIVOLI Footprints New Year’s with jazz, funk, soul, Latin and Brasilian spun by DJS Jason Palma, Stuart and General Eclectic in the pool hall. $20, $15 adv. Shannon Lee Briggs, Peter Katz and Rob Szabo play the main room $25 incl toast at midnight. 334 Queen W. 416-596-1908.

SILVER DOLLAR The Silver Hearts and Family, Patrick Walsh Band and the Kiss & Tells entertain. 8 pm. Show only $35, adv $30, dinner and show $55. 86 Spadina. Reservations 416-975-0909,

single in the city new year’s eve Elegant singles red-carpet affair includes crudités, chocolate fountain, prizes, DJ and dancing, outdoor cigar tent and bubbly at midnight. 8 pm. $125. Formal attire. Bentley Toronto, 740 Dupont. 1-866-740-7482,

sneaky dee’s Live band Holy Fuck and DJs Dig Doug, Pammm, Shit La Merde and the Sickness Crew. 9 pm doors. $10. 431 College. 416-603-3090,

spacco Party includes elegant dinner, bubbly, comp pool and favours w/ dancing to DJ Leo Love. 6:30 pm. $65 incl dinner, $25 after 9 pm. 2415 Yonge. 416-489-4163.

speakeasy Dressed to Kill Masquerade Gala. Bands, masks, favours, champagne toast and more. $25. 9 pm. 120 Church.

streetcar party Visit four downtown night clubs while enjoying being shuttled around on a bus sipping complimentary drinks, favours, food and more. $45-$60 adv. 416-406-2006,

supermarket Do! NYE 2006 w/ DJs John Kong, Serious and Circle Research hosted by MC Abdominal spinning classic, funk, soul, hiphop and the best of 2005. $20 adv, $25. Dinner reservations recommended. 268 Augusta. 416-840-0501,

thymeless Selectors Jeremiah, Friendlyness, Chuck Boom, I-Sax and MC Steve Banton. 9 pm. $10. 416-928-0556.

timothy’s pub DJ Rocky, favours and midnight toast. 8 pm. $20. 344 Brown’s Line. 416-201-9515.

tranzac New Year’s extravaganza w/ The Brazen Hussies 6 pm, Franklin’s Fault and the Tranzac All-Stars performing with surprise guests at 10 pm. Pwyc-tba. 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137.

2cats lounge Rock in the New Year party includes a glass of bubbly, door prizes, favours and more. $20, $10 adv. 569 King W. 416-204-6261.

valhalla inn Arden and the Tourists play. 1 Valhalla Inn, Etobicoke. 416-239-2391.

wroxeter F**K New Year’s Eve party w/ DJ Triple-X spinning an eclectic mix of 60s-80s, indie-dope, crazy-ass covers, roll & soul. Comp munchies, toast and party toys. No cover. 10 pm. 1564 Queen W. 416-850-9245.

Don your warmest holiday apparel and ring in 06 while skating under the stars at Harbourfront’s lakeside rink.Don your warmest holiday apparel and ring in 06 while skating under the stars at Harbourfront’s lakeside rink.

All Ages

NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE Citytv presents the annual outdoor alcohol-free celebration for everyone. Hosts Larysa Harapyn and Traci Melchor. Bedouin Soundclash, Divine Brown and Shawn Desman entertain. 9:30 pm, broadcast starts 11 pm. Live to air broadcast on CHUM FM 104.5. Free. 100 Queen W. 416-591-5757,

family new year’s party Family New Year’s Eve party includes entertainment by Preconfused, Robert Davis, Two For The show Caribbean Drummers,skating, hay rides, movies, free hot chocolate, treats and party hats. 6 pm. Kiddie countdown at 9 pm. Scarborough Civic Centre and Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough.

harbourfront skating rink Glide to great music while gazing out over the lake on a starry night. Skate rentals available. 10 am to 11 pm. Free. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4866,

hogmanay at Gibson house Explore Scottish traditions with toe-tapping music, holiday foods and a visit from the first-footer. Reservations required. Noon -2 pm or 3:30-5:30 pm. $10, 12 and under $7.50. 5172 Yonge. 416-395-7432,

new year’s eve mass St Michael’s Cathedral offers a spiritual celebration. Vigil mass 5 pm, holy hour 11 pm, and midnight mass. 65 Bond. 416-364-0234.

oz/darkside Sing like a munchkin at The Wizard Of Oz accompanied by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon for an alternative to traditional parties. Midnight countdown after the screening. $9. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor W. 416-516-2330,

toronto zoo Family countdown celebration includes activities, entertainment by Caillou and Drum Cafe along with special animal visits. 6-9 pm, kids’ countdown 9 pm. $9.50, srs $6.50, child $5.50, under three free. 361A Old Finch. 416-392-5929,

ZEN BUDDHIST TEMPLE Year-end service Kindling Light Of Wisdom Heart. 8 pm. $10 donation. All welcome. 297 College. 416-658-0137.

Dance Clubs

afterlife Four-floor funhouse w/ DJs Spence Diamonds, Chris Biggs, Kid Finese, Jr Flo, Jump Up Kings, Niterider, MC Freshcut and more spin island vibes, reggae, hiphop and house. Toast, snacks, party favours, drink specials. 8 pm. $25 adv, more at door. Party dress code. 250 Adelaide W. 416-593-6126,

boa-redux Reset New Years w/ DJ Jazzy Jeff, Low End Specialists, jojoflores, Kenny Glasgow and more. 10 pm. $tba. 360 Adelaide W.

budo liquid theatre Dress to impress at this swanky affair. House, top 40 and hiphop on tap. 9 pm to 3 am. $50 gals, $75 guys. 137 Peter. 416-593-1550.

club menage Party tunes at this nightclub spun by Wycliffe G and DJ Marky D, with heated rooftop patio. Dinner and club $75 (7, 8 & 9 pm seatings), club only (includes midnight toast and party favours) $50, adv $30-$40. 333 King W. 416-971-3332,

club 338 Dirty House Music w/ Junior Sanchez from 10 pm. 338 Adelaide W. 416-599-2323.

cobalt Easy Tiger New Year’s playing the best of UK/indie rock. Champagne toast and free CD incl. 9:30 pm. $10. 426 College. 416-923-4456.

DOCKS Waterfront club hosts Destination 2006. 8 pm. $45-$50. 11 Polson. 416-870-8000,

dream Glamour and glitz party includes three ballrooms and three countdowns w/ DJs Baba Kahn, Dr Jay, Riyad, Kid Kut, E-Man, Dirty Dez and others. Dinner 8 pm, dance 10 pm. $65-$69 w/ dinner, $50 adv dance. International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon. 416-994-9850,

fluid lounge Ring in 2006 w/ hosts Jay T, DJ Fazio and TDot Connection playing classic, current house, R&B and hiphop. 9 pm. $tba. Dress to impress. 217 Richmond W.

Fly Party till late with DJs Stephan Grondin, Shawn Riker and Sofonda. 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426,

GUVERNMENT/kool haus Magic theme in this entire complex playing house, trance, club classics, R&B, hiphop and old school with DJs Aristotle, Mark Oliver, Manzone and Strong, Addy, Deko-Ze, Sydney Blu and Nathan Barato. 9 pm to 9 am. $40 early bird, $45 until Dec 27, $50 after, more at door. Bubbly at midnight, party favours, continental breakast. 1 Jarvis/ 132 Queens Quay E. 416-870-8000.

inside Masquerade ball from 10 pm. $42 includes mask, costume accents, food and bubbly toast. 218 Richmond W.,

joe Laser light show, midnight balloon drop, four floors of fun, 4 DJs and more. $25 before Dec 25, $30 after. 250 Richmond W. 416-971-6563,

krave nightclub Prediction 2006 party w/ dancing to hiphop, reggae, house and R&B. 9:30 pm. $25 adv, more at door. Semi-formal dress. 240 Richmond W. 416-992-2942.

metro MegaBash with two floors of go-go gals, partying to hiphop, reggae, house, club and anthems spun by DJ Franky and others waiting for the big balloon drop. 10 pm. $40 adv, $50 after Dec 25. 296 Richmond W. 1-866-824-8212.

Mod club theatre Appetizers, complimentary champagne, door prizes and more. Party from 9 pm till 4 am. $80, adv $50. Tickets at DaZone, 468 Queen W, 416-868-9663 and Soundscapes, 572 College, 416-537-1630.

republik Viva Las Vegas celebration includes light & pyro show, showgirls, prizes, bubbly toast, toys, favours and beats by DJs Peter Ivals and Dave Campbell. $40-$50 adv, more at door. 261 Richmond W.

seven lounge Evolution 2006 party spinning hiphop, R&B, house and top 40. Party favours, hors d’oeuvres and a small bottle of bubbly. 9 pm. $50-$70 adv, more at door. 224 Richmond W. 416-845-0024.

suite 106 Upscale party for 25+ crowd includes complimentary toast and hors d’oeuvres. 8 pm. $45 adv. 106 Peter. 1-866-824-8212.

270 spadina X-tend your New Year w/ Chus & Ceballos, Lafleche, Nevio, Cajjmere Wray, Sean Miller, Teeloo’s Kitchen, Geoff Kelleway and others. Warm-up party at Lub (487 Church) from 10 pm. Doors open 2 am. $40 adv, more at door. 270 Spadina.


ALICE FAZOOLI’S Reservations until 9:30 pm, closing 10:30 pm. 294 Adelaide W. 416-979-1910.

CN TOWER 360 Restaurant hosts dinner, then cocktails at the Horizons bar. Special menu and la carte selections. 301 Front W. 416-362-5411.

habitat lounge Treat yourself to a special 9-course dinner by chef Scot Woods and dancing. 8 pm. $95. 735 Queen W. Reserve 416-860-1551.

KIT KAT Three seatings here, 6, 7:45 and 9:30 pm. 297 King W. 416-977-4461.

montana Dinner and dance package w/ special prix-fixe menu from 9 pm. Incl favours and champagne toast. $25. 145 John. 416-595-5949,

mysteriously yours dinner theatre Last Will And Videotape New Year’s Eve mystery gala. Four-course dinner from 6:30 pm, interactive whodunit, DJ dancing until 2 am, champagne, prizes, dessert and party favours at midnight. $169. 2026 Yonge. 416-486-7469.

old mill inn Early dinner 5 to 7:30 pm, $59. Gala includes champagne cocktail, gourmet dinner, dancing to the Jay Boehmer Band, prizes and more. Black tie welcome. 8, 8:30 and 9 pm. $199. Home Smith Bar offers jazz, champagne and hors d’oeuvres from 8 pm, $49. Brule Room offers a swing band with Las Vegas-style seating and includes dinner, wine and a glass of bubbly from 8 pm. $155. Reservations 416-207-2020. 21 Old Mill.

PAN ON THE DANFORTH Greek restaurant with Mediterranean flair offers a special New Year’s Eve menu. 516 Danforth. 416-466-8158.

QUEEN MOTHER Special New Year’s Eve menu, 7 & 9 pm. 206 Queen W. 416-977-5082.

SASSAFRAZ Three-course set menu $80 or la carte menu, favours and champagne. Live band in the club or live jazz in the Bistro, $35 music only. 100 Cumberland. 416-964-2222.

Seven numbers Special menu plus dancing at this hot Italian restaurant relocated from Eglinton with two seatings, 6:30 & 9 pm. $40. 307 Danforth. 416-469-5183,

Southern accent This Cajun restaurant offers its la carte menu and some specials, then clears away the tables for a post-midnight party including party favours. 601 Markham. 416-536-3211,

tavola calda Regular menu offered from 5 to 10 pm. Reservations recommended. 671 College. 416-536-8328.


laugh resort Before heading out for the countdown, have some laughs with Jay Malone, Debra DiGiovanni, Mark Bennett and MC Simon Rakoff. 9 pm. $65 dinner and show, $30 show only. 370 King W. 416-364-5233.

massey hall’s comedy extravaganza Scott Thompson, Mike Wilmot, Judy Croon, Gavin Stephens,Wade McElwain and others pull out all the stops for this hilarious bash. 8 pm. $39.50-$59.50. 178 Victoria. 416-872-4255,

YUK YUK’S downtown Terry McGurrin, Alan Park and Lou Eisen provide New Year’s fun. Dinner and show (8 pm) $80, show only (10 pm) $45. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425.

YUK YUK’S WEST Mark Walker, Darren Frost and Lawrence Morgenstern finish off 2005 with lots of laughs. Dinner and show (8 pm) $80, show only 10 pm, $45. 5165 Dixie, Mississauga. 416-967-6425.

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