You may not think of the waterfront in winter, but it’s a booming and happening place with activities, art installations, events and delicious food. Here is our round up of Toronto events happening on the waterfront this February:

KUUMBA


Toronto’s longest running Black History Month celebration at 25 years. In addition to their exhibits, Kuumba is packed full of all kinds of events, all month long, including:

Black Girl in Love (with herself): Speaking the Unspeakable Tings

An uncensored night of true sisterhood and support, tackling the “taboo” topics of miscarriage, infertility, fibroids and of course, black women and therapy. The night promises to have you exhaling, laughing and begging for more.

February 7, 2020
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

T.W.O.S: The Welcoming of Synergies

Headlined by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck of Movement Art Is (MAI), the evening will showcase local Toronto artists Travis Knights, Jade’s Hip Hop Academy, Dwayne & Egypt Morgan and Go Left Creatives, and end with a presentation of ISMS by MAI, marking their debut stage performance in Canada.

February 15, 2020
Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

Sneaker Design Workshops with D’Wayne Edwards of PENSOLE

PENSOLE’S founder, D’Wayne Edwards, attributes the success of his career and the subsequent founding of the academy to a tool, the number 2 pencil, that created opportunities. Every sketch starts with a pencil before it ever becomes a product.

February 16-17, 2020
Main Loft, 235 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

Torque: Mixed Repertory Program

torque dance ensembleTorque is this year’s international contemporary dance series at Harbourfront Centre. It explores the broad scope of contemporary dance by some of the most exciting choreographers in the world today. The Mixed Repertory piece is grounded in Abraham’s artistic background in classical cello, piano and the visual arts, these expressive interdisciplinary works delve deep into personal identity, capturing your imagination with a touch of real life and infectious music. The program includes five wildly different works that make up a truly rich, vibrant, satisfying evening of dance.

February 21-22, 2020
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

Winterlicious

nigiri sushi from mikuWinterlicious is an annual food festival, in which participating restaurants offer a prix fixed promotion. It’s a great way to check out the culinary scene in the city try out new restaurants, without unknown expectations. You can search for restaurants by area, type or price and view the menu before hand, so all you have to do, is enjoy. Participating restaurants on the waterfront are Toula Restaurant, Miku, Pie Bar and Watermark Restaurant.

January 31 – February 13, 2020
Various locations
Winterlicious website

Art of Time: Take This Waltz

The Waltz Through 150 Years of Classical and Pop Music

art of time ensemble: take this waltzFollow the path in 3/4 time as it wends from its origins in 19th century Europe to the concert halls and nightclubs of the world. The program takes a kaleidoscopic approach to the waltz, including instrumental works by Maurice Ravel and Johann Strauss Jr., Bill Evans and Frederic Chopin, plus songs by Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen and Jacques Brel.

February 20-22, 2020
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 201 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

DJ Skate Nights

dj playing music at a skating rinkThere are only 3 more nights for Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party.

Feb 1 Kuumba Launch Party with DJs Ace Dillinger and Vaughan
Feb 8 Soca on Ice
Feb 15 Last Skate with Love with DJs Tasha Rozez and Randee Savage

Natrel Skating Rink, 235 Queens Quay West
Harbourfront Centre website

Super bowl 54

girl eating hot wings with football jerseyCome down to the waterfront and watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs at one of sports bars playing the game LIVE and with sound:
Amsterdam Brew House
The Goodman Pub and Kitchen
Shoeless Joe’s 
Wild Wing
Firkin on Harbour
The Fox

Valentine’s Day

interior toula restaurantWoo your loved on with lakeside views and some delicious offerings at:
Watermark Restaurant
Amsterdam Brew House
Toula Restaurant
Miku
Pie Bar

Winter Stations

loop art installation toronto
LOOP

Winter Stations Presents: LOOP is still on for 1 more week! Come check out the giant zoetropes, playing different kinds of fairytales that light up when you pump them. See if you can identify all 6 tales. Also, check out the North Circus Fire performers every Saturday night at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Now until February 9, 2020
York Street Park, York Street + Queens Quay West
Winter Stations website

Winter Stations at the Beaches

winter stations art installationPop up, public art installations to The Beaches, exhibited to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape. Winter Stations is an inter­national design competition and exhibition held annually along Toronto’s beaches, where the winners of the competition will have their designs displayed for all to enjoy this Winter.

February 17 – March 30, 2020
The Beaches, Woodbine to Victoria Park
Winter Stations website

Winter Light Exhibition

spiral colorful art installation ontario placeThroughout the winter season, Ontario Place is a landscape of brisk wind, extreme temperature and intricate ice sculptures crafted by Mother Nature herself. Utilizing creativity, innovation, light and discovery, creators from all artistic streams will showcase their exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Disruptive Engagement”.

February 8 – March 29, 2020
Ontario Place, Lake Shore Blvd West
Ontario Place website