What is Valentine’s Day? February 14th was once dedicated to Saint Valentine of Rome, but now it is a romantic date in which we are all familiar with. Card shops stock cards with poems that tell your lover how you feel. Special floral arrangements are arranged and special gifts are packaged and marked “To My Valentine”. On this day special Romantic Comedies debut at the cinema and restaurants lay out their “Valentine’s Day Special”. It’s a day to celebrate romance shared with a lover, or in more recent times a day to spend with good friends to celebrate the love of friendship.

So what do you buy a loved one on Valentine’s Day? Chocolates and candy, aren’t we all supposed to be on a post Christmas diet? “Love Coupons” that make us do things we don’t really want to do like do the dishes and laundry for an entire week? If you chose not to give a present, but to present your loved one with an activity, what do you chose? A trip downtown to see Winterlude’s ice and snow sculptures where you can freeze your nose and toes off? None of this will do. So now you are asking yourself, “What else is there to do on Valentine’s Day?” I’m so glad you asked. Here are a few live music events that will get you excited!

Craig Cardiff will be performing the matinee show at Black Sheep Inn located at 753 ch Riverside in Wakefield Quebec with guests Toast of the Town, an acoustic duo from London, Ontario, and Mike Evin of Toronto. Show starts at 2pm, admission is $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Buy tickets


The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band will be in Almonte at Moose McGuire’s located at 385 Ottawa Street. Show starts at 9pm. Since the show is free you’ll have extra money to spend on CDs and merchandise!

John Allaire and Cooper MacLaren will be at Quins Bar located at 1070 Bank from 3pm to 5pm. This is a free show.

John Allaire will also be at Patty’s Pub located at 1186 Bank with Kim Koren. Show starts at 9pm. This is a free show.

The Dirty Sheep will be at Bier Markt located at 156 Sparks Street with a cover set. Show starts at 9pm with. This is a free show.

PleasureCraft will be at Irene’s Pub located at 885 Bank Street. Doors open at 9pm, admission is $10.

Chloroform will be at Gabby Hey located at 250 City Centre, Unit 202. Show starts at 9pm, admission is $6.

Ceremony is hosting a dance party at Black Squirrel Books & Tea located at 1073 Bank Street. Doors open at 10pm, admission is $5.

DJs Magnificent and Jas Nasty will be at Raw Sugar Cafe located at 692 Somerset St W. Starts at 10pm, admission is $5.

If none of these events sound intriguing enough for you, then I have a few more suggestions that will surely knock your socks off, and hopefully more.

Remi-Royale’s Valentine’s Unisex Mixer at the House of TARG located at 1077 Bank. There is candellit dinner service, comedy acts and love songs performed, videos, games and who knows what else! And don’t worry if you don’t have a date because it is a mixer after all!

Azucar! Valentine’s Day Salsa Party at Pressed located at 76 Gladstone. Food, salsa dance lessons (no partner required) and DJ beats by Darnell Cruz and Jeff Huang. Admission is $15 at the door or $10 in advance (does not include food and drinks). Buy Tickets

The Rainbow located at 76 Murray has their yearly Sin Sisters VDay Burlesque. Show starts at 10pm, I’m unsure about the admission cost.


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! xoxo

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