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Weekend Events: May 29 to 31

THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!

Toronto Weekend Events

Greta Hodgkinson in the National Ballet of Canada’s Being and Nothingness is among Toronto’s top weekend events (photo: Bruce Zinger)

THE MAIN EVENT
Starting Saturday, the National Ballet of Canada presents a riveting trio of contemporary danceworks—Guillaume Côté’s Sartre-inspired Being and Nothingness, sandwiched by a pair of pieces from Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy. Principal dancers Greta Hodgkinson, Svetlana Lunkina and Xiao Nan Yu are among the featured performers.

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Remembering Terry Fox

The van used in Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope across Canada is just one of many artifacts on display at this exhibition. (Photo: Chris Uhlig © Canadian Museum of History)

The van used in Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope across Canada is just one of many artifacts on display at this exhibition. (Photo: Chris Uhlig © Canadian Museum of History)

Terry Fox won the hearts of millions in 1980 when he set out on a 5,373-kilometre, 143-day Marathon of Hope across Canada, with a goal of raising money for cancer research. Although his illness forced him to abandon his run in Thunder Bay, Ont., and ultimately led to his death nine months later, his legacy continues to inspire. Retrace his remarkable journey in Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada, an exhibition of artifacts, photographs, press clippings, and journal entries. On at the Canadian Museum of History until January 2016.
•Canadian Museum of History, 100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000. historymuseum.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for May 29 to 31

Robert Lepage's Needles and Opium is performed in English for the first time ever. The play juxtaposes the story of a heartbroken Quebecois man with those of Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau. (Photo: Nicolas-Frank Vachon)

Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium is performed in English for the first time ever. The play juxtaposes the story of a heartbroken Quebecois man with those of Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau. (Photo: Nicolas-Frank Vachon)

Friday, May 29

Now in its second year, the European Union Short Film Festival showcases some of the best in European documentary, drama, and animation. Run times range from seven minutes to half an hour, and film topics include an encounter with Death in an Irish park, the dynamic between an elderly Hungarian couple stuck in traffic, and an unlikely relationship between a chef and a young would-be criminal in Italy. The films screen at Saw Gallery until May 30; see website for schedule. Admission is free.

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Toronto Gets a New Old Faithful Shop

THE VANCOUVER-EXPORTED OLD FAITHFUL SHOP SPECIALIZES IN HIGH-QUALITY GOODS FOR SIMPLE LIVING

Old Faithful Shop Toronto

Walter Manning and Savannah Olsen are reviving the spirit of the old-fashioned general store on Queen West. The Toronto edition of the pair’s joint venture, Old Faithful Shop (the first is in Vancouver’s Gastown), is housed in a light-filled century-old building and fulfills a simple mandate: to carry high-quality goods for simple living. Working from the belief that items should be handed down through generations, the boutique’s globally sourced items have been selected not only for their pleasing aesthetics but also for their materials and craftsmanship, ensuring that they’ll stand the test of time. As such, the Apolis Toronto bag is a staple, alongside custom lighting and an exclusive blanket from Faribault Woolen Mills. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• Old Faithful Shop, 886 Queen St. W., 647-352-9376; oldfaithfulshop.com
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Man and Nature at the Carleton University Art Gallery

Currently on view at the Carleton University Art Gallery, Human Nature explores humanity's complex relationship with the natural world. (Gavin Lynch, The Pass (1794-present), 2014-15. Detail of multi-part installation comprised of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panel. Photo: Gavin Lynch)

Currently on view at the Carleton University Art Gallery, Human Nature explores humanity’s complex relationship with the natural world. (Gavin Lynch, The Pass (1794-present), 2014-15. Detail of multi-part installation comprised of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panel. Photo: Gavin Lynch)

In recent years, humanity’s impact on nature has been a popular topic in the news. From fracking to greenhouse gases to floating garbage in the ocean, it’s clear that human beings have had a deleterious effect on the environment. But the opposite is also true: as easily as they destroy, people create and innovate, and Human Nature explores both sides of the issue, presenting artworks by 14 contemporary Canadian artists. On at the Carleton University Art Gallery until August 23.
•Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120. cuag.carleton.ca
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Quick Pick: 3 Original Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

SPRING IS A GREAT TIME TO START (OR CONTINUE) MAKING GOOD CHOICES, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DIET. THESE HEALTHY RESTAURANTS IN TORONTO OBLIGE BY OFFERING DELICIOUS, GUILT-FREE MEALS

Healthy restaurants in toronto grasslands

Grasslands offers upscale vegetarian fare in a relaxed setting

• Nutrition-conscious Bay Streeters flock to Four, a PATH-level establishment that ensures all its dishes—some veg friendly, some for omnivores—are low on calories, but high on taste. 187 Bay St., 416-368-1444; fourtoronto.com

• Chef Stephen Gardner has made vegetarian fare truly gourmet at Grasslands. His always-intriguing carte boasts everything from a seasonal risotto to a charcuterie board with faux but flavourful takes on meat and cheese. 478 Queen St. W., 415-504-5127; grasslands.to

• Forget about the trends! Live Organic Food Bar has been serving a menu of vegan, gluten-free and (mostly) raw dishes for more than a decade. 264 Dupont St., 416-515-2002; livefoodbar.com

—Craig Moy

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Performs at the National Arts Centre

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs Last, just one of three routines they present at the National Arts Centre on May 23. (Photo: Rosalie O'Connor)

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs Last, just one of three routines they present at the National Arts Centre on May 23. (Photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

MAY 23 An independent troupe based in New Mexico and Colorado, the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet‘s adventurous repertoire and regular acquisition of new pieces has made it a mainstay of contemporary-classic dance. The company performs three of its commissioned works: Last, a romantic routine choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo; Norbert De La Cruz III’s Square None, a piece set to electronica and Handel’s arias; and The Heart(s)pace, an original piece by Nicolo Fonte that’s washed in red light.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Pancake Heaven at Flapjack’s

Delicious pancakes await you at Flapjack's Pancake Shake, a food truck located in the Glebe.

Delicious pancakes await you at Flapjack’s Pancake Shake, a food truck located in the Glebe.

The sugar bush comes to the city at Flapjack’s Pancake Shack, a food truck that delivers create takes on the breakfast staple. Its panwiches are perhaps the most popular items on the menu: as the name suggests, you’ll find crammed between a stack of fluffy pancakes a variety of fillings, including bacon and eggs, marshmallows, Nutella, or strawberries. Their dine-in restaurant recently opened in Little Italy.
•Truck: 809 Bank St. (in the courtyard behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s); Restaurant: 354A Preston St., flapjacks.ca

Big, Bold Watches for Men in Toronto

DOES SIZE MATTER? WE THINK SO, JUDGING BY THE EXPANSIVE NATURE OF THESE STYLISH WATCHES FOR MEN, THE FACES OF WHICH RANGE FROM 34 MILLIMETERS TO A WHOPPING 55 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER.

 

Watches for men Toronto jewellery

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Toronto Jewellery Stores Boast Brilliant Bijoux for Spring

RICH RED RUBIES, GOLDEN-HUED TOPAZES, DEEP-GREEN AMETHYSTS, AND MORE—THESE IRIDESCENT GEMS, AVAILABLE AT TOP TORONTO JEWELLERY STORES, ARE A CANDY-COLOURED FEAST FOR THE EYES.

 

Toronto Jewellery Stores

1 Pink sapphire bangle, price upon request, Mark Lash

2 Butterflies in Flight styled bracelet, $320, Pandora

3 Endless Jewelry lavender leather bracelet, $70 and up, with charms ($35 to $135), Right Time

4 Corol necklace, $899, Swarovski

5 Rose-cut sapphire earrings, $4,510, !XAM Diamonds

6 Facet Victoria cushion-cut ring with pale amethyst centre stron, $1,150, Erin Tracy

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Scents and Sensibility: Saje in the Rideau Centre

Saje's aromatherapy products can help heal everything from headaches to sleep disturbances.

Saje’s aromatherapy products can help heal everything from headaches to sleep disturbances.

Ancient wisdom suggests that certain aromas can alter mood and trigger healing in the body and mind. Saje Natural Wellness operates on this principle, stocking its shelves with an array of soothing sprays, mists, oils, and lotions that claim to remedy everything from stress to headaches to sleep disturbances. They also have diffusers, nebulizers, and jewellery to help you disperse your scents.
•Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-789-0440, saje.ca

Flor de Sal Adds to the Local Flavour

WITHIN SIGHT OF CASA LOMA, FLOR DE SAL FEATURES MEDITERRANEAN FLAVOURS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE

Flor de Sal Toronto Sign

Toronto’s streets are lined with older buildings. When they’re purchased, change—whether mild or drastic—is inevitable. That’s certainly the case with what was once The Corner House. Late in 2014, the quaint neighbourhood restaurant just down the hill from Casa Loma was gutted and gussied up; it’s now Flor de Sal, an elegant two-storey space where Forest Hill’s moneyed denizens devour dishes prepared by chef Roberto Fracchioni. He’s ideal for the fine-dining room: an experienced and exacting toque whose cooking is modern yet without the pretentions of modernism. See for yourself by ordering a few of his seasonal Mediterranean-influenced offerings, or simply tuck in to some fresh oysters and a glass of wine at the ground-level bar.  —Craig Moy

• Flor de Sal, 501 Davenport Rd., 416-923-2604; flordesalrestaurant.com
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