Article by: Natalia Buia
February 14th isn't the most anticipated day of the year, especially for the jilted and brokenhearted. Rather than sitting around in your pajamas, listening to Adele and Googling where the nearest shooting range is (a.k.a. how I spend Valentine's Day) why not go out with your best buds and toast to the power of friendship?
It's easy to cry profusely into a glass of wine, professing our "forever alone" status on this holiday, and in doing so, we unfortunately ignore our friends who just might be relentlessly reaching out. So let's quit the whining and the sulking and crank up the laughing and dancing. We may not have a significant other but we do have some pretty remarkable friends, right? Let's celebrate that.
Toronto supplies a roster of events on Valentine's Day, so we don't all have to flock to the cinema to see "The Vow". (Note: It is screening at Yonge/Dundas AMC every hour tomorrow. Just sayin'.)
If you fancy a seductive dance with your supper, book tickets to Les Coquttes Present: Speakeasy Dinner Cabaret. Held at the Revivlal (783 College Street), dinner starts at 7 p.m. followed by a caberet show with dessert. Tickets range $75 - $85. Worth every penny.
If you and your girlfriends don't mind singing Alanis Morissette's eponymous breakup hit "You Oughta Know" over and over again in a public setting, you may want to head to the Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue) for WORN Journal's Heartbreak Karaoke 2012. The lovely gang at WORN Journal's got a karaoke machine, a microphone, sad, sad, sad, songs and enough bitter tears and sweet liquor to fill a swilling pool. $5 gets you through the door if you wear pink or red! Each song costs $1. Go nuts.
What do you say? That cute bearded guy from down the block asked you out? Tell him to meet you at The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) for Veronica Falls. The Glasgow/Londom indie-pop quartet will supply the beautifully haunting soundtrack for when you finally go in for that smooch. The band's is set to charm the crowd with their boy/girl harmonies and reverb-soaked guitars at 11 p.m. Tickets are just $12 at the door.
Perhaps classic soul and R&B is more up your alley. 26-year-old Aurora songbird Stacey Kaniuk will be serenading young lovers at the Rivoli at 10 p.m. Expect to hear a lot of tracks off her sophomore effort, Hot Air Balloon. Fellow redhead Brooke Harris -- performing under the moniker Gray -- takes the stage at 9 p.m. The show's only ten bucks. Hot damn!
For all the fruit loops out there, South African rap-rave trio Die Antwoord will be playing at the Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street) to promote their new album Ten$ion. If you're looking for a romantic, tranquil environment to take your special sweetheart to, do not go here. Unless your special sweetheart is, like, Marilyn Manson or something. Tickets are 27 bones a pop.
Ever tried pink popcorn? Neither have I. That's a good enough reason to celebrate V-Day at Crawford (718 College Street) for Drink & Destroy. Pink popcorn! Hot burlesque bartenders! Sappy '50s movies in the background! Doo-wop classics! Most importantly: no cover. Because the last thing a pretty, single girl needs on V-Day is to pay cover. Pffft.