The best bashes to flaunt your Movember moustache in Toronto

It’s Friday night and your Movember face furniture is seriously on fleek – what are you going to do, just sit at home and not parade that Magnum P.I. cookie-duster for all to see? Heck no. Get out there, grab life by the handlebar ‘stache (okay, maybe ask for permission first) and strut your peachy-fuzzy stuff at Toronto’s most mustachioed bashes. And hey, while you’re at it, raise a few bucks for a more-than-worthy cause.

The Only Cafe

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972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

Taking dive bar to high art, this east end haunt is also home to Movember’s best and biggest beer ball. Mid-Movember Mighty Moustache Mayhem at the “MO’nly” sees Muskoka’s-own Sawdust City Brewing take over the taps on November 18. 25¢ of each pint sold will go towards the Movember Foundation, but the real fun begins with the official judging of the Moustache Competition. Walk your crumb-catcher down the catwalk for your chance to have a real-life actual beer brewed in your moustache’s honour – with the winner’s marvelous mug (and mo’) recreated on the brew’s label.

Marquis of Granby Pub

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418 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 2A3

This Church Street pub hosts its annual Movember Challenge Karaoke fundraiser on November 19. Not your average mumble-your-way-through-Sweet-Caroline event, “challenge karaoke” offers the opportunity to not only humiliate yourself, but all your friends too (for a great cause, obvs). The rules: for $5, sing a song of your choice. For $20, challenge a friend to sing a song of your choice. For $30, buy yourself out of said challenge (also known as the big ol’ chicken clause). $5O bucks buys you a track off the the "banned list," and a whopping $100, a selection by Celine Dion ;)

The Hoxton

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69 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2P6

Sure there’s no booze and it starts at the ungodly hour of 6:30 am, but it doesn’t mean it can’t make for mo’ lotta Movember merry-making. It was certainly news to us that Toronto’s trendiest nightclub transforms into a makeshift yoga studio every Wednesday morning. The Breakfast Club hosts its last event of the season on November 25, with DJs, juice, snacks, dancing, and yes, plenty of yoga. $5 from each ticket sold will go toward the Movember Foundation.

The Paddock Tavern

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178 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2R4

Part of its monthly Off the Boat indie music showcase, on November 28, Toronto’s third oldest pub hosts a must-not-miss Movember fundraising event. This Bathurst Street haunt will host the smooth tunes of sure-to-be-mustachioed live bands, including Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Ryan O'Shaughnessy, local dark-pop duo Honey Beard and one-man-band Food Water Shelter.

An oasis tucked away from the busy din of its surrounding streets, the St. George campus of the University of Toronto offers an easy excuse to while away a day admiring its stately green spaces and age-old architecture. You’ll also find some of the city’s most charming cafés in the area, perfect for a study session (Wifi included), some pre-class reading or a caffeinated catch-up with a pal. [Photo: latte at Voodoo Child]
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