The best of geek fun to be had in Toronto! Toronto LOVES its geek culture. This city embraces the need for fantastical adventure in gaming entertainment, inspired foods, and places to stay, and of course, shopping! Check out all the geek things to do in Toronto for fun, and sometimes, even for free!
Here are quick links to all the fun available in Toronto to level up your nerd cred:
THE GEEK EXPERIENCE
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
This entertainment complex by Cineplex has just opened up in Toronto, so I have yet to experience the fun. But, it does sound like a blast! And if you collect Scene Points, you can earn and redeem them here too!
One adventure that sounds pretty epic is the VOID ($24/person). A Ghostbusters reality game, where you’re fully immersed into a virtual world filled with ghosts, along with your friends and family. Strap on a proton pack and help save our friends in NYC from pesky poltergeists and Slimer!
Two locations in Toronto, and all the board game fun you can imagine! Tables are first come, first serve, and there are hundreds of games to choose from.
2840 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Toronto’s sci-fi cafe & bar. All kinds of gaming, both board and vintage video game fun to be had. Decked out in the coolest decor for sci-fi, fantasy, and even horror enthusiasts. Next time you’re in the Junction (west end of Toronto,) be sure to take a break and enjoy a new game, along with Romulan Ale.
Want a different kind of adventure? Immerse yourself into a mystery (usually up to an hour), one that you’ll want to escape as soon as possible! These games are not easy, with an average completion rate of roughly 20% overall.
- Escape Games (North York & Mississauga)
- Lost Canada Rooms (685 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor)
- Mayze (2210 Markham Rd, Unit #3)
- Mysterious Minds (322 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor)
Toronto has some fabulous art galleries/museums, such as the AGO and Bata Shoe Museum, but it’s also home to some incredibly talented graffiti artists. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll find some gorgeous art to admire around nearly every corner. Here is a (growing) list of great places to view street art, primarily in downtown Toronto.
This vibrant art was found while shopping in the Kensington Market, just off of Spadina Ave (and Nassau St I think.)
I don’t have any pics (yet), but if you’ve ever seen the Rick Mercer Report and always wondered what street/alley is he walking through during his rants, that would be Graffiti Alley just south of Queen Street West/Spadina Avenue.
One thing to remember about graffiti art is that it’s always changing. There are some gorgeous bits to view while riding the subway between Dundas West and Runnymede Stns, and you never know what will be there next, and/or what will be gone forever.
A&C Games – Rediscover Rare and Vintage Games
452 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G8
Find all your favourite vintage video games and consoles in working order! Recently bought Paper Mario for our Wii system for $25, so their prices are reasonable. Also has a ton of gamer toys and accessories (t-shirts, stuffies, figurines, etc.)
Just north of Yonge/Dundas, it’s a great place for the latest comics, figures, tees and more. The Snail frequently has signing events, and previews of local comic talent. They even occasionally have a game night!
Keep up with their upcoming fun events through their Facebook group.
FOOD & DRINKS
137 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON M5R 1R2
I’ve yet to try this place, but it’s awesome from what I’ve heard.
Step into a comic book shop, and find the hidden doorway to a secret, back room restaurant. If you love comic books for their art, you’ll be intrigued by Executive Chef Ron Stratton’s unique artistic flare in his culinary creations.
1479 Dundas Street West (corner of Dufferin St.), Toronto, ON M6J 1Y8
If you’re thirsty, give this apothecary cocktail bar that has been inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter a try. If the time is right, stay the eve for Trivia Night on the first and third Tuesday every month, or Magic Night on the second Tuesday each month.
1074 St Clair Ave W, York, ON M6E 3H3
Delicious cakes in delicious shapes! Ever wanted to know what a TARDIS tastes like? Or maybe a Death Star? Check out the Cakes Cove picture gallery for some incredible delectables! Cakes Cove also has ongoing fun classes for both kids and adults. Have your littles do super things by learning how to make superhero cookies! Or take an evening for yourself to make Harry Potter inspired chocolate frogs, yum!
What is a geek adventure without the right hotel? Here are some of the best places to stay in Toronto.
If you’re a sports geek, this hotel is a must. It’s the only hotel in the world that is built into a sports stadium! Depending on what events are live at the Rogers Centre (aka the SkyDome,) you can book a hotel room to watch. Get cozy to watch the Jays pummel the Away team, in a luxurious hotel suite. Go big or go home, right?
Also, consider this hotel the next time you’re in town for Fan Expo. The Renaissance lobby is a fantastic place to people-watch for epic cosplay, and is the perfect place to hang-out, ’cause who needs to sleep for Sunday morning panels?
If you’re a history buff, or a lifestyle geek, consider staying at the Royal York, steps away from Union Station. This is where the Queen & the Biebs have both called home when visiting Toronto.
The Fairmont has a library that I hope to visit someday. I have no idea if it’s open to the public at all, but the book-geek in me really wants to witness the awesome!
Movies & TV shows filmed here include:
- Orphan Black
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- R.E.D. – It’s one of my favourite movies. I can’t believe I didn’t recognize Toronto’s Fairmont standing in as Fairmont Chicago for Helen Mirren’s bad-ass spy scenes. It might say “Fairmont Chicago” in big red lights, but it’s all Royal York, baby!
POP-CULTURE EVENTS, COMIC CONS & EXPOS
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Friday March 17th, 4PM to 9PM
Saturday March 18th, 10AM to 7PM
Sunday March 19th, 10AM to 5PM
Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E.
Friday May 12th
Saturday May 14th
Sunday May 15th
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Thursday August 31st 4PM to 9PM
Friday September 1st, 10AM to 7PM
Saturday September 2nd, 10AM to 7PM
Sunday September 3rd, 10AM to 5PM
Fan Days Holiday Show
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Toronto Comic Book Show
Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue
Five or six shows throughout the year! Upcoming dates include:
Sunday August 13th, 2017
Sunday September, 24th, 2017
Sunday November 26th, 2017
Adults $5, Kids 12 and under Free
Want to find more comic shows outside of Toronto? Check out The ComicPool for current listings across Canada!
This directory of all the fun & geeky ways to experience Toronto will grow when I’ve found more to share. Have a location you’d like me to share? Give me a shout!
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