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5 Things to Do in Toronto This January

From the Toronto Light Festival to tea-based drinks and bites, discover the top activities in Toronto this month.

Food & Drink

Grasshopper Salon

Photo: Suech and Beck

Grasshopper Salon

This vegan bistro recently expanded with a third location in the Beaches, so East Enders can indulge in verdant lattes with an additional moringa powder boost, alongside kimchi fries.

Amausaan Uji Matcha

Amausaan Uji Matcha

Celebrated in Japan for its matcha-infused sweets, this dessert café has opened its first North American outpost, dishing up cheesecake, mochi and other grassy-hued delights to pair with Uji tea.


The Library Specialty Coffee

Photo: @tlscoffee

The Library Specialty Coffee

Though this airy spot serves great coffee, its green drinks are stellar, made with ceremonial-grade tea from Japan’s Shizuoka region and alt milk options like macadamia nut and oat.


Slow Dance

Photo: Hannah Schallert

Get in Step

Marie Lambin-Gagnon’s interactive installation Slow Dance invites the audience to explore ideas around intimacy with a mix of conceptual art and contemporary dance.

January 23–February 2
Toronto Dance Theatre,


Toronto Light Festival

Shine On

It can be hard to look on the bright side in the dead of winter, but the Toronto Light Festival is a brilliant antidote for seasonal blahs. Now in its third year, this free event invites artists to create installations that illuminate the Distillery Historic District. The results – sometimes playful, always mesmerizing – will leave you glowing.

January 18–March 3