St. Patrick’s Day planner

Get your green on at bars and eateries celebrating all things Irish throughout the week

= Queer-friendly events

Thursday, March 13


THIRSTY THURSDAY Ena’s traditonal music session. 8 pm. The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

WEEK OF CRAIC Detour play this party followed by Julian Taylor. Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495.

Friday, March 14

CELTIC CROSSROADS Traditional Irish music and percussive dance. 8 pm. $58-$68. Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane (Brampton). 905-874-2800,

COLM WILKINSON Celebration with the actor and singer performing Irish classics such as Danny Boy. 8 pm. $50-$90. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts, Mississauga.

FLOSSIE’S FRIDAY COCKTAIL SOIREE Dress up in smoking jackets, big hats, fascinators, fab shoes or winter boots (pending weather). The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

SHAMROCK Laughs, food, drinks and music with Lady Kane playing pop, R&B, soul, disco, reggae and more. Doors 9:30 pm. $10, RSVP for table reservations. Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor W. 647-222-7178.

ST PARTY’S DAY Traditional Irish dancing and dance lessons, music, DJs and beer in a massive heated tent. Today and tomorrow various times. $15-$22. Andrew Richard Designs, 571 Adelaide E.

ST PATRICK’S GRAND MARSHAL BALL Irish entertainment by Hugo Straney, appearance by Irish Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor, dinner and a reception. 6:30 pm. $130. Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond W. Pre-register 416-487-1566,

Saturday, March 15

CORKTOWN’S IRISH HERITAGE (1847 AND LATER): CREEKS, WATER SPRINGS, WELLS Lost rivers walk. 2 pm. Free. Queen and Power. 416-593-2656.

DAVENPORT’S SHAMROCKIN NIGHT OUT Gear up for St Paddy’s Day with city council candidate Saeed Selvam. Meet your local community advocate and have a drink 8 pm. $10. Bar 918, 918 St Clair W.

JUMP AROUND St Patrick’s Day weekend dance party with DJs Undercover and Mike Toast. $20, ladies free before midnight. Cinema, 135 Liberty. 416-588-2888.

THE LEPRECHAUN AND UNICORN EXPERIENCE Dance party with DJs Nature of Music, DJ Takin, Aquatic Mind, K-Dust, Braudé, NUNER and Morro Mendez. Costumes encouraged. $20, adv $15, $25 after 1 am. Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard E.

LOFT + LANEWAY PARTY Music by NTRL ANML, No Big Deal, Gray, Andrew Green, Evan Christiensen, Kill Them With Color and many others at this St Pat’s party. Free ping pong and dancing to house, hip-hop, rap and rock. Noon to 2 am. $20 ( 2nd Floor Events Loft, 461 King W.

MEN OF STEEL ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION 25 hot men strip for “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” night. 5 pm-2 am. No cover before 8 pm, $10-$15 after. Remington’s, 379 Yonge.

MR RUDDYS ST PATS SESSION Noon to 2 am. Upfront Bar & Grill, 106 Front E. 416-364-6054.

THE O’BROTHERS IRISH DUO Music and laughs by Randy Vancourt and Daniel Giverin. 7 pm. $15-$20. Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567,

SPD Live bands including the High Rollers entertain. DJ Ikhan, Conor Cutz and Soundbwoy spin at the adjacent Shamrock Centre. Entry times: 11 am-2 pm, after 4 pm, after 8 pm. $20. Amsterdam Brewhouse, 245 Queens Quay W.

ST PATRICK’S CEILIDH Traditional music with Gin Lane, Irish stew and more. 7 pm. $5 (food/drink extra). Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas W. 416-394-8113.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION Celtic world beat quartet Rant Maggie Rant perform. 8:30 pm. $27.50, adv $25. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CLUB/PUB CRAWL Pub crawl for green beer lovers. 8:45 pm. $20-$25. Gravity Sound Bar, 296 Richmond W.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Irish celebration with Celtic band The Piper Guys, leprechauns and Irish drinks. 7 pm. Crocodile Rock, 240 Adelaide W.

ST. SATURDAY Learn about whiskey and enjoy the whiskey menu. The Gilchrist-Canavan Irish dancers perform at various times. The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

WEEK OF CRAIC Rough Copies entertain at this party with all things Irish. Green noisemakers, necklaces, hats, Irish beverages and an Irish-themed menu. Fionn McCool’s Esplanade, 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495.

Sunday, March 16

THE BONSPIEL! CABARET Improvisers Ashley Botting, Rob Baker, Alastair Forbes, James Gangl and Jan Caruana perform a three-act comedy cabaret. 9 pm. $10. No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College.

ST PATIO’S DAY Wear green for this “top of the morning” event with Irish Sunday brunch, Irish-inspired cocktails and music by DJ Soul Proprietor. 11 am-4 pm. No cover. Drake Hotel Sky Yard, 1150 Queen W.

ST PATRICK’S DAY The Community History Project presents a celebration of Irish Tollkeepers of Toronto’s past with a tour of the museum, tea and soda bread, leprechaun spotting and learning a little “blarney.” 1-4 pm. Tour $2, $5 tea, (membership $20, family $35). Tollkeeper’s Cottage Museum, 750 Davenport.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE The annual celebration of all things Irish starts at Bloor and St George, heads east on Bloor to Yonge, south on Yonge to Queen and west on Queen to Nathan Phillips Square. Noon-2 pm. Free.

ST PRACTICE DAY Post parade party with oyster shucking contest (2-6 pm), performances by the Gilchrist-Canavan Irish dancers and live music with Leon Gallant of PEI (6-9 pm). The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

WEEK OF CRAIC St Practice Day for the big event tomorrow. Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495.

Monday, March 17

FLYING BEAVER THIRD ANNIVERSARY & ST PADDY’S PARTY St Patrick’s Day celebration. 3 pm. Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567,

I’M SHMACKED ST PATRICK’S DAY Down With Webster host this party with DJ Diggy spinning. Doors 5 pm. $17 ( Guvernment, 132 Queen’s Quay E.

LUCK OF THE IRISH DJ Green Peter spins for this celebration. 8 pm. No cover. Woody’s, 465-467 Church.

A NIGHT ON THE LASH Canadian punk rockers the Mahones play this St Pat’s party. Doors 8 pm. $15 (, Ticketmaster, Soundscapes, Rotate This). Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen W.

A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH SHAW FUNDRAISER Never Wrestle with Pigs Theatre Collective present a cabaret, birthday, hijack fundraiser with musicians, singers, comedians, improvisors, raffles and more. 8 pm. pwyc, $5 minimum. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton.

PADDY’S DAY FESTIVITIES Live rock music by Big Otter Creek and The World Is Yours. 11 am-2 am. The Hideout, 484 Queen W.

ST PADDY’S DAY DJs A Frick of Abracadabra and Christian Hamilton of Dementia 13 play this event. Drink specials. 7-11 pm. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen W.

ST PADDYS DAY Saigon Hookers, Fandemics and Creepy Echo all play this party. 8 pm. $6. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908.

ST PATRICK’S DAY Live music by the Mere Mortals (3-7 pm), dancing by the the Gilchrist-Canavan Irish dancers, Irish fare and debauchery with your friends inside and out in the yurt. The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

ST PATRICK’S DAY Skip Tracer play rock and top 40 from 9:30 pm, Kat House play from 4 to 8 pm. Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore W.

ST PATRICK’S DAY The Wolfe Tones play Irish rebel music for this party. Doors 6 pm, $40. Estonian House, 958 Broadview. 416-402-3279.

ST PATS Special menu, green beer, shooters, swag and DJs Lacey & Tammy playing Irish classics, hip-hop, R&B, reggae and bangers. 7 pm. Crawford, 718 College.

ST PATTY’S DAY PARTY Horschack play so you can expect to hear some Thin Lizzy. 10 pm. $10. Orbit Room, 580A College.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY All-day party. Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Green beer tasting, green goodies and Rodney Dangerfood. 8 pm. Free. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042.

ST PATRICK’S SHOW David Celia Band play from 6 to 10 pm. Open mic Monday from 10 pm. The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington.

ST PATTY’S DAY PARTY Irish dancers, green beer and live music all day. Joe Reynolds Band & Dale Roossien play from noon to 4 pm, the David Love Band from 5 to 9 pm, and Freedom Train from 10 pm. Lake Affect, 1 Port E (Port Credit).

WEEK OF CRAIC Bring your thirst, dancing shoes and plan to stay and hear live music all day. Nisha, Bent Nail and the Mere Mortals entertain. Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade, 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495.

Wednesday, March 19

CRAIC & ALL OTHER THINGS IRISH Trivia night for teams of four with prizes and an Irish dinner special. Doors 7 pm. Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, 1515 Gerrard E.


Looking for spots to celebrate St. Paddy’s? Note the following.

The party at Ceílí Cottage (1301 Queen East, 416-406-1301, runs through Monday (March 17), with live music, an oyster shucking contest and daily $6 Irish beer and whiskey specials.

Enjoy live Celtic bands, litre boots of Steam Whistle and a complimentary Jameson tasting (Sunday, March 16, 5 to 7 pm) at Stout (221 Carlton, 647-344-7676, before Monday’s final shindig.

Get an early start at the Roy Public House (894 Queen East, 416-465-3331, with $5 food and drink specials through Friday (March 14) to mark the Leslieville local’s fifth anniversary.

It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day without live music (Friday to Monday, March 14 to 17) and Guinness at McVeigh’s (124 Church, 416-364-9698,, one of T.O.’s oldest Irish pubs. Cover at the door.

An Sibín (709 Queen East, 647-748-2111, offers live music and drink specials – cheap Jameson and Guinness – over St. Paddy’s weekend.

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