Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 3–5

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 3–5

(Image: Courtesy of the North American International Motorcycle Supershow)

In this edition of The Weekender, a last chance to see the National Ballet perform a Christmas classic, a strip spelling bee and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.


North American International Motorcycle Supershow
Over 500 exhibitors will be showing off bikes, parts, clothing, helmets and everything else a person could possibly need to ride, customize or show off a shiny new motorcycle. There will even be a used bike market, for those seeking a more affordable way to rebel. Jan. 3–Jan. 5. $20. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd.,


The Nutcracker
The Christmas season is over, but there’s still time to catch a performance of the National Ballet of Canada’s version of The Nutcracker. Seats are available on both Friday and Saturday. Until Jan. 4. $45–$130. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W.,


Neutral’s Closing Ceremonies
Neutral, one of Kensington Market’s best-known dance clubs, is closing down, but not without a last hurrah. The final party will be on Saturday night. Attendees can expect music from a long lineup of DJs, and a dance floor full of hard-partying regulars. Advance tickets are sold out, but a limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Jan. 4. $10 cover. Neutral, 282 Augusta Ave.,


Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival
Each year, TIFF polls filmmakers and other industry professionals and uses the results to make a list of the best Canadian features and shorts released during the previous year. 2013’s crop will be playing at the Lightbox over the course of the next week. Jan. 3–Jan. 12. Tickets $10. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W.,


Strip Spelling Bee
When Sherwin Tjia isn’t writing choose-your-own-adventure books about cats, he’s organizing strip spelling bees. This weekend’s edition will observe the usual rules: up to 10 contestants will attempt to spell words; each time they fail, a little more clothing will come off. Jan 3. $10. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.,