Toronto’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties

It’s time to pop the bubbly and kiss the oh’s (the aughts? the naughts?) goodbye. Here’s where to kick off 2010.

Romp Like Royalty
Never pass up a party at Toronto’s grandest home. Casa Loma is opening the doors of its Great Room, library and conservatory for an opulent evening of dignified lounging, restrained champagne-sipping, and raucous dancing to the sounds of DJ Vaneska. 9 p.m., 1 Austin Terrace, $75 includes a glass of champagne.
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Seek Sonic Synergy
Parkdale heroes Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers (USS) (pictured above) will rock you straight into next year with their high-energy mash-up of drum-and-bass rhythms and grungy guitar riffs. Phoenix Theatre, 410 Sherbourne, $25, 9:00.

Masked Madness
Modeled on Truman Capote’s historic black and white ball, this modern masquerade brings together the city’s movers and shakers for a night of masked revelry. A team of DJs, including Sebastian Grainger, will shake three floors of the Burroughs building, including the moonlit rooftop patio. Dress well, but don’t worry about the mask; it’s on the house. 9 p.m., 639 Queen St. W., $100, open bar.
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Bubbly and Burlesque
Anything goes, especially the clothes, at Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque at the Gladstone hotel. Get wild before the cold sobriety of your resolutions takes effect. 9 p.m., 1215 Queen St. W., $30 advance; $40.

Laugh the Decade Away
Duck the NYE hype and start 2010 in stitches with the New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza at Massey Hall, hosted by Gerry Dee and featuring funny people Nikki Payne and Glen Foster, among others. 7:30 p.m., 178 Victoria St., $40 – $60.

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