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Nature hikes, literary musings and more...

If your New Year's resolution was to get out more often, we'll get you off to a good start this first weekend of 2014!

Animal Tracking Hikes
Jan 5 (11:30 AM - 2 PM)
Kortright Centre for Conservation

Join in for a hike through winter landscapes, looking for signs of animals which have passed by before us. Included with admission. Hikes at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Check out the Toronto Region and Conservation website for more information.

501 Streetcar Food Tour
Jan 5
Start Point: 1730 Queen Street West

The 501 Queen Streetcar route is the longest surface route in North America AND one of the longest in the world! This line runs approximately 24.8 kilometres (15.4 miles) traversing Toronto from the east-west. You will go through countless distinct Toronto neighbourhoods and experience its many faces. The tour will visit 6 neighbourhoods and 6 stops! Ding ding....time to hop aboard!

For more information, check out the Foodies on Foot website.

Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night
Jan 5
Du Cafe (St. Clair and O'Connor)

Feeling caught in the post-holiday blahs? Well don't worry - so was William Shakespeare and he wrote Twelfth Night to drive away the winter blues. Filled with a cast of zany characters, mistaken identity and a ship wreck, it's guaranteed to warm the hearts of even the scroogiest. Draw for parts from a hat and dive into your best Illyrian accent.

For more information, check out the East End Arts website.

Phoenix Poetry Workshop
Jan 4
College/Shaw Branch (Toronto Public Library)

The Phoenix Poetry Workshop is Toronto's longest running poetry workshop, now more than thirty years old. They welcome poets of all ages, aspiring and experienced writers of any style to join a supportive and friendly environment. It's free.

For more information, check out the Phoenix Poetry Workshop website.

TRAMP: Zoe Whittall Edition
Jan 4
Steady Cafe & Bar

Go to TRAMP early for readings by your favourite queer authors including Zoe Whittall, Mariko Tamaki and Vivek Shraya. TRAMP is a dance party for female identified folks, but all respectful people are welcome.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Holiday Fun
Until Jan 5
Ontario Science Centre

Lots to check out including an exhibition of Rowland Emmet's whimsical Dream Machines, IMAX films, he ever popular hair-raising demos and much more.

For more information, check out the Ontario Science Centre website.

Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids
Jan 5
MasterCard Centre

Raise $125 or more and skate with your favourite Toronto Maple Leafs Players at the MasterCard Centre. Meet current and alumni Leafs players, get autographs, have your photo taken with players, and skate with the Leafs on the ice.

For more information, visit the Easter Seals Skate website.

Canada's Top Ten Festival
Jan 3 to Jan 12
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and is intended to raise public awareness of Canadian achievements in film.

For a line-up of films, check out the TIFF website.

Toronto Strip Spelling Bee
Jan 3
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it's a spelling bee, and it's played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin!

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

In Concert: Chris Rouse
Jan 4

Toronto crooner Chris Rouse brings some soul and funk to the Toronto music.

Check his music out at the CBC Music website.

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