Dining, Drinking and Dancing with Dinos – Friday Night Live at The ROM
The Typical Geek team and I have been dying to make it out to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for their Friday Night Live events, which if you’re unaware, transforms the lovable ROM into an epic venue for nightlife seekers in Toronto. Thankfully, the team at the ROM invited us to attend their first #FNLROM event of the season. Needless to say, we were stoked.
As a regular fan of the ROM I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect outside of some minor sleuthing online. What I discovered simply didn’t prepare me for the night ahead.
I’m not only going to recap our experience, I’m also going to give you the low-down on what to expect when you check it out for yourself.
What do I wear?
The first (albeit silly) question our editor, David Stuckey, raised was, ‘what do you wear to an event like this?’ He tweeted his inquiry to the ROM team. The results were hilarious.
It’s your call how dressed up or down you go, but we’d suggest dressing to impress. That favorite outfit you rock at the club or lounge will fit in just fine.
If we had to define the attire we’d classify the crowd as casual classy. It wouldn’t be much of a presumption to make that most of the attendees were young city-dwelling professionals in their mid-twenties to early-thirties. It was certainly a lively crowd in which we were happy to mingle with.
What can we do?
So you’ve scored your tickets, you’re looking fresh and you’ve walked through the doors. Now what?
First things first: Go get your ROM bucks. The heck are ROM bucks? They’ll be your currency for the night. Food and drink ROM bucks are separate but are relatively affordable and last the whole season in case you don’t use them all in one go.
With ROM bucks in hand we scored some beer and bar grub on the first floor, mixed drinks and tamales on the second floor and wine and creme caramel on the third. It was a nice mix that kept us curious as to what we’d find around the corner. As it turns out, popular and diverse food vendors from around the city cater #FNLROM throughout the season.
Once you’re well-fed and have a drink in hand you’ll want to hit the dancefloor on the first level adjacent the huge dino near the entrance. If you’d rather venture through the venue, you’ll still have a beat to jam to, as we found DJ’s or live musicians on each level.
We had a great time breaking it down on the first level but chose to cool off and explore the rest of the museum. We had all visited the ROM recently but it was a completely different experience with drinks in hand surrounded by crowds of fun-seekers.
When is this happening? Sign me up.
If you’re looking for a killer way to kick off your weekend we’d highly recommended grabbing tickets and checking out #FNLROM. Personally, I think it makes for a great warm-up event prior to a night of clubbing/bar-hopping, or as a unique Friday night date experience.
You can catch the rest of the season every Friday between 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. until November 27. Here’s the scoop on the remaining events:
October 2: nuitROM(You missed it!)
Offering a sneak peek at the ROM’s “10 for 10th” immersive Nuit Blanche installation, the launch of FNL celebrates the wonders of art and technology, with performances by Zoo Legacy, George Thoms, and Long Range Hustle. Meet artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew of The Virtual Immigrant and face off against friends through ROM inspired video games with #ROMGameJam. *10 for 10th – Memory Lane is curated by Che Kothari and produced in partnership with the City of Toronto.
October 9: Thanks Canada
Celebrate the Fall Season in a uniquely Canadian way with eclectic musical performances by Buck Twenty and Eric Ethridge. Meet our very own Canadian rock stars (the many dinosaur discoveries from across the country) or snap a picture at the cottage life selfie station.
October 16: Dig it!
Archaeology and palaeontology get the FNL treatment with Dig It! Get creative with the Selfie-Central station, where you can dress up as popular characters, complete with replica artifacts. A fusion of unique sounds come from musical performances by Oldies 990, Cairo, and Mirian Kay to round out the evening.
October 23: C’est Fashion
Francophone culture meets the glamour of FNL fashionistas with electrifying performances from Melanie Brûlée, Guillaume Viau, Motel Raphael, and Eric the Tutor. Guests can also discover the Champlain fashion of yesterday and today, and visit the ROM pop-up barbershop.
October 30: Day of the Dead
Celebrate the biggest and spookiest party of the season with Zombie Tours, temporary Day of the Dead tattoos, and face painting by the Mabel Moon Team. The vibrant ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture exhibition presented by Mexican Tourism Board will be complemented by appearances from paper artist Sergio Hernandez and weaver Arturo Estrada Hernández. Mexican folklore and culture will be brought to life with performances from Los Poestas, and Mexico Amigo.
November 6: Tribute
ROM Educator George Hewson engages guests about military history and the Glorious Dead. House jazz by the University of Toronto Jazz Music Program, along with musical performances by Christian Jeffries and DJ Camotion.
November 13: Superstition
Explore the ‘un-natural’ world in an evening of mystique and intrigue. Guests can take part in a quirky Superstitious Selfie Station and catch a glimpse of Friday the 13th-themed films. Meet a ROM expert who isn’t afraid to break the rules with “The good, the bad and the lucky” and indulge in the tunes of Francesco Yates and the Honeyrunners.
November 20: Light
Begin holiday celebrations at FNL with light traditions from around the world! Guests will enjoy an exclusive preview of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Special musical performances by Countermeasure, Common Deer, and Repartee.
November 27: Volcanic Bash
The explosive season finale features an ancient city frozen in time. For one night only, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano is included with FNL admission! Roman re-enactors, toga tying, and Roman trivia are amongst the exciting activities for the evening. Musical guests include: The Damn Truth, Holy Roller, and Union Duke.