St. Patrick’s Day Planner: Where to get some Irish action

T.O. celebrates St. Paddy at entertainment hot spots all over town

indicates kid-friendly events

Thursday, March 8

THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh (Toronto Irish Players). Play about a young priest trying to resolve violent disputes between two brothers following their father’s death. Runs to Mar 10. $20, stu/srs $18 opening night $50. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley.

Older LGBT Social – St Patty’s Day Celebration Social gathering for LGBT people 55 and over. 2 pm. Free. Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto, 140 Merton. 416-481-0669 ext 287.

Friday, March 9

St Patrick’s Day Luncheon (Ireland Fund of Canada fundraiser) Irish entertainment by Sean McCann and the Committed. 12:30 pm. $250. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. 416-367-8311,

st pat’s irish menu Colcannon pie, lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage and other Irish treats offered until April 29. Fionn MacCool’s, 70 the Esplanade and other locations. 416-362-2495.

TORONTO IRISH FILM FESTIVAL Screenings celebrate the best of Irish cinema. Today and tomorrow. $15, opening gala $20. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W.

Sunday, March 11

St Patrick’s Day Parade The annual parade celebrating all things Irish starts at Bloor and St George, heads E on Bloor to Yonge, S on Yonge to Queen and W on Queen to University. Noon. Free.

PARADE day FAMILY DAY Leprechaun dress-up, face-painting and family activities. Noon-11 pm. Free. Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

Monday, March 12

St Patrick’s Shenanigans The Ceiligrass Boys play bluegrass from 7:30 pm for this party. The Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

Friday, March 16

DEATH OR CANADA Film screening and discussion with historian Gerald Whyte on the journey of Irish immigrants in 1847. 7 pm. Free. Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd flr, 765 Queen E. 416-886-5052.

Irish Ceili Traditional Irish group dances for all ages with instruction. 8 pm. $5-$12. Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 823 Manning.

the mahones The Irish punks perform. Doors 9 pm. $12. Tickets at Horseshoe, Rotate This and Soundscapes. Horseshoe, 370 Queen W.

Rocky Road To Dublin Randy Vancourt, Paul Gibson and Daniel Giverin perform. 8 pm. $25, stu $20. Lower Ossington Theatre Green Door Cabaret, 100A Ossington.

TEICA ARTS & LETTERS DAY Limerick contest, painting challenge, auction and prizes. From 4 pm to close. Free. Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

Saturday, March 17

ANNEX WRECKROOM BASH The Doozies perform from 8 pm, followed by DJs RickToxic and Lexx dB from 10 pm. Green Beer, beer Olympics competition and tons of giveaways. 794 Bathurst. 416-536-0346,

Arjun & Dave Cover band performs at this party from 10 pm. No cover. The Rovers Pub, 570 Bloor W. 647-977-6455.

the better half trio Music from 3 to 7 pm. Brunch offered from 11 am to 2 pm. The Roy Public House, 894 Queen E.416-465-3331,

CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION BENEFIT Reception with Irish band and David Cavan Fraser from 6 pm. God Made Me Funky, Soul Motivators, DJ Goldfinger and Splattermonkey play at this benefit concert From 10 pm. $25-$50 ( Planet Storage, 1655 Dupont.

colin ryan & greg wyard Ryan plays from 2 to 7 pm, followed by Wyard at 9 pm. Murphy’s Law, 1702 Queen E. 416-690-5516.

Down East Kitchen Party Sandy MacIntyre & Steeped in Tradition perform Celtic music for this party. 6 pm. $30. Royal Canadian Legion, Upstairs Ballroom, 35 Front N, Port Credit. 905-274-7177.

family Brunch Family event with Irish music from the Bellwoods Trinity, a puppet show and more. 11 am to 2 pm, no cover. Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen W.

Jukebox: St Patrick’s Rock And Soul Dance Party The Gillespie Brothers and Circle Research spin rock, funk and soul. Doors 11 pm. $10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W.

extreme metal Massacre Nephelium, Malignancy, Fragile Existence and Accursed Spawn play. Doors 8 pm. $10. Hard Luck Bar, 772A Dundas W. 236988413058942.

Lauren Malyon St Patrick’s Day concert. Doors 10 pm. Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College.

MADISON’S St Patrick’s Day party Huge party with bands Big Fog, the Make Barnes Band, Dan Kosub Duo, Reuben O-Dell, Mark Feldman, Mike Walmsley and others playing on five floors. 14 Madison.

Mischief DJ Deko-Ze, DJ Baby Joel and Floh spin at this party. 10 pm. $10-$20. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.

propheT’s, losses and heligan’s wake $6. The Sister, 1554 Queen W. 416-532-2570.

RANT MAGGIE RANT Party with the high-energy Celtic World Beat quintet. 8:30 pm. $25-$27.50. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604.

Steam whistle’s st paddy’s day party Irish entertainment with Poor Angus, the Woodgate-Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance, Brogue and the Celtic Dance Company of Canada. 2 pm to midnight. $15. The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner.

ST PATRICK’S DAY AT THE COTTAGE Live music with the Mere Mortals, dance performances and more. 11 am to close. $10. Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen E. 416-406-1301,

St Party’s Day Bash All-day St Patrick’s celebration with music by U2 tribute band Desire, Irish Imposters, Fallen Ground and others plus food and more. 11 am. $15-$20. St Lawrence Market N, 92 Front E.

DJ BILL WILLIAM Spinning from 9 pm, traditional Irish drinks and Irish oysters on the half shell. Auld Spot, 633 College. 416-645-0285,

St Pat’s Way Back! Butter the Butcher spins the best in 80s & 90s beats. Tota Lounge, 592 Queen W.

Shane McShane & the Shenanigans St Pat’s Party. 7:30 pm. No cover. Dominion On Queen, 500 Queen E. 416-368-6893.

singles party Music by Irish band the Spice Of Life, green beer and munchies. 6 pm. $30, adv $20. Whistler’s Pub, 995 Broadview. 416-203-3434,

Sodom: The Green Party DJ Sumation spins. Doors 10 pm. $5-$10. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-760-6514.

Sunday, March 18

tenth anniversary achilles st patrick’s day run/walk 5K run/walk to benefit the Achilles Track Club, a running club to benefit disabled people. Post-race libations and Irish eats. 10:15 am start outside Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner.

TRANzAC’S St Patrick’s Day Show Cairdeas (Irish for friendship) members Marsala Lukianchuk, Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins play this party. 7:30 pm. $20. Tranzac Southern Cross, 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137.

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