Events in Toronto

Events in Toronto

Here’s our little page of concert and art show listings for the Toronto area. If you want only show music or art related events, filter using the categories at the top of the calendar. Dark grey is music and green is art.

If you want your live show, DJ, art show, book release, or film launch listed on Gig It, send us an email. Reminder: We only list Toronto based shows.

Human Flow @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Dec 13 @ 20:45 – Dec 21 @ 20:00

World renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei creates an immersive and compassionate portrait of the refugee crisis in this globe-spanning documentary. Shot in 23 countries, Human Flow is a singularly expansive and urgent look at one of the most pressing issues of our time that captures its staggering scale and devastating toll. Taking us to far flung places-from Afghanistan to Greece to Germany to Iraq to Kenya and beyond-we meet extraordinary individuals and hear their stories as they bear unbelievable hardship with courage and resilience. A tremendously moving testament to the human spirit, Human Flow challenges our world to come together and shape a new, more compassionate, global society.

Free Holiday Screening: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation @ The Revue Cinema
Dec 17 @ 16:00 – 18:00
Screen Queens presents Edward Scissorhands @ The Royal Cinema
Dec 17 @ 20:00 – 22:00


DRAG QUEENS. LIVE ‘DRUNK’ COMMENTARY. DRINKING GAMES. DEBAUCHERY. Get ready to experience movies like never before!

It’s almost Xmas time and we thought why do a regular Christmas classic when we could do Tim Burton’s twisted tale of Yuletide with a very merry screening of…

Edward Scissorhands:
A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being — the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast.


$12 EARLY BIRD (limited amount)

Come join the one and only drag queen extraordinaire Allysin Chaynes for a cinematic journey through your favorite cult films. FULL movie, live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games and plenty of surprises.

Our tasty beer sponsor as always Muskoka Brewery. This is a licensed 19 + event.

BLACK GOLD presents SPACE IS THE PLACE! @ Royal Cinema
Dec 19 @ 20:00 – 22:00

BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then ’til now, Black Gold is excited to present our December screening, John Coney & Sun Ra’s kaleidoscopic afro-futurist gem SPACE IS THE PLACE!

“Sun Ra is not only one of the key musicians of the 20th century, with echoes of his work heard in Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Coltrane, Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and in almost any kind of music that involves some form of paroxysmal sonic experimentation, but is also an Afrodelic thinker who elaborated the radical concept of space as an otherness opposed to time…

John Coney’s film is as ineffable and mysterious as Sun Ra’s music. Deliberately conceived as an homage to the cheesy aesthetic of 50s and 60s science fiction, its visuals collide with Ra’s cosmogony in an explosively transcendental filmic experience. The idea behind the film was to create a cinematic vehicle for Ra’s mythology, linking the extra-terrestrial theme with the erudite Egyptian alchemy that played such an important role in the musician’s philosophy…

The film delivers a polyrhythmic optic experience that may now be reduced to mere aestheticism but back then was the sign of a subterranean social and cultural current willing to transform potentiality into opportunity in spite of the marginal position of black people in Nixon’s America … [This] mytho-poetic celluloid manifesto demands to be seen and heard for its depiction of a conceptualized outer space where black people would finally be able to tune in with the universe.”

– Electric Sheep Magazine


There will be prizes!

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We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.

Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

Free Screening: Black Christmas @ TIFF
Dec 24 @ 19:00 – 20:40

Join us for a special, free Canada on Screen event on Christmas Eve: Bob Clark’s Black Christmas.

Bob Clark’s creepy, atmospheric Toronto-shot thriller about an unseen killer stalking the inhabitants of a sorority house on Christmas Eve may be our country’s most influential contribution to the horror genre, its inventive camerawork, ruthlessly clever scares and shocking violence crystallizing the tropes that would define the “slasher” cycle of the 1980s and beyond.

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Withnail & I @ Revue Cinema
Jan 11 @ 18:00 – 21:30

In what is becoming an annual tradition at Revue Cinema, feel better about the post-holiday blahs by watching the only place more desolate than January in Toronto: WITHNAIL & I. Doors will open at 6:00pm because the first thing we do is have cider. Ice in the cider.

By all the natural laws of science, chemistry and logic, the titular anti-hero of this satirical masterpiece should not make it to the end of the movie. But he is not just anyone. He is out-of-work part-time actor and full-time alcoholic Withnail (Richard E. Grant, in his breakout role), who eschews Advil and instead resorts to glugs of lighter fluid to avoid alcohol withdrawal. Along with his roommate Marwood (Paul McGann), Withnail escapes for the weekend from the squalor of his London flat to the inhospitable stone cottage in the Lake District belonging to lascivious Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). Naturally, the bone-chilling English damp follows the pair. It is a rueful coda of friendship and the 1960s, a fitting parallel for post-bacchanal January lamenting the end of another year and the beginning of a new one – hilarious, poignant and almost unbearably melancholy.

Withnail & I
England, 1987, 107mins
Directed by Bruce Robinson
Stars Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM – FILM AT 7:00PM. Licensed event.

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