Folk singer-songwriter Pat Maloney performs at Raw Sugar Cafe on Friday night.
Friday, Nov. 28
Just in time for Christmas shopping season, Saw Gallery is holding its annual SKETCH fundraiser. Over 175 artists, including some big names such as Yoko Ono and Gilbert & George, are participating in the silent auction and art sale. After the sale, hit the dance floor with DJs Chris Anderson and Chris International. Admission is $5 (free after midnight).
Fast becoming a haunt of locals, Sea Witch Fish & Chips is an enchanting addition to St. Clair West’s growing crop of eateries. The menu is simple: Pacific halibut, Atlantic haddock, Pacific cod, Arctic char or pickerel coated in a light, crispy batter and served with fresh-cut chips, or on a bun if you fancy a sandwich. Additional offerings include halibut cakes, halibut poutine and the delightfully named Witch’s Brew house chowder. This family-friendly joint also has kid-sized fish and chips on the menu, plus high chairs and colouring books at the ready. Patrons can dine at a wooden bar along the front window, in a charming church-pew booth or at a long, wooden communal-dining table. Paired with a classic white, black and red palette and an open kitchen, the restaurant has a warm industrial-meets-coastal vibe you’ll feel at home in. —Cara Smusiak
• Sea Witch, 636 St. Clair Ave. W., 647-349-4824; seawitchfc.com
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ON NOW Forget tinsel-draped trees, garlanded bannisters, Santa’s Workshop dioramas and all the other traditional trappings of holiday decorating. This winter, Financial District hub Brookfield Place unveils a new art installation that offers a sophisticated interpretation of one of the more inescapable symbols of the season. Conceived of and created over the past five years by Toronto art-and-design duo Brad Hindson and Mitchell F. Chan (together known as Studio F Minus), Snowfall is now prominently displayed within Brookfield Place’s Allen Lambert Galleria and its adjacent lobbies. The commission’s 60 stylized snowflakes notably mirror Brookfield Place’s architecture and design: each piece geometrically evokes the distinctive Y-frames that buttress architect Santiago Calatrava’s soaring Galleria archway; collectively they reflect off of the building’s gleaming glass and polished-stone surfaces, evoking a full gust of snowy weather. Central to the display—and surely its most photogenic element—is a monumental sculpture titled Frost, a 20-foot-tall touch-sensitive snowflake: its illuminated surface responds to touch in the manner of a cold window being wiped clean of condensation.
In her new exhibition, JungHee Lee Marles explores the spiritual and emotional responses to the ups and downs of life.
Mother Nature and human nature are the main themes of Inner Strength, a new exhibit by JungHee Lee-Marles. The artist uses bright colours and textures to highlight the conflict between tranquility and chaos, but her abstract images aren’t meant to represent any physical forms. Instead, they express contrasts in inner emotion. On display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery from Nov. 28 to Jan. 7, 2015. —Amy Allen
•Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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Among the One of a Kind Show’s wares? Felt dolls from The Misfits and cheeseboards by Love My Local
NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 7 Handmade items are much-coveted over mass produced goods, but of course not everyone has the time nor the talent to create something with their own bare hands. The next best thing might be picking up some gifts from the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale, which boasts wares crafted by more than 800 artisans whose creative outputs include jewellery, pottery, textiles, soaps, stationery, paintings, toys, gourmet food and more. A predominantly Canadian roster of crafters are showcased, with such highlights as upcycled beer glasses from Artech Glass Blowing Studios, felt dolls from The Misfits and cheeseboards by Love My Local. This year marks the twice-a-year showcase’s 40th edition (the Spring One of a Kind Show runs from March 25 to 29, 2015), and special events on opening day (November 27) commemorate the milestone, including birthday cake and free admission for anyone who’s also celebrating their fourth decade in 2014. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., general admission $14, seniors/youth $7; see oneofakindshow.com for more details. —Linda Luong
Ralph Nevins uses the slit-scan photography technique to produce his surreal images.
Photographer Ralph Nevins uses his homemade camera to capture some unusual images of people, places, and things. In Timeslice, Nevins brings engineering and art together in a display of abstract landscapes. He will also be demonstrating the “slit-scan” photography effect, which he used to capture his unique images. On at Trinity Art Gallery from Nov. 27 to Jan. 6, 2015. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts
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Jamie and Andrew Metrick of Elte
Elte, the high-end purveyor of home furnishings, is hoping to cultivate a new generation of patrons with its latest endeavour, Elte Market, which is targeted at younger, hipper new home owners—the offspring of Elte’s current clientele. This will be the third brand under the company’s umbrella, alongside Ginger’s, which specializes in kitchen and bath fixtures. Brothers Jamie and Andrew Metrick, ages 30 and 27 respectively and the fourth generation involved in the family business, sought to create a store that suited their own lifestyle and that of their peers. Together with interior design firm Burdifilek, the Metricks have created a “refined factory” vibe, with furniture, rugs, lighting fixtures and bedding from far off locales as Vietnam, India, Turkey and Belgium. Open daily. —Linda Luong
• Elte Market, 1381 Castlefield Ave., 416-789-0800; eltemkt.com
BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO
The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)
When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know the holiday shopping season has arrived! This year we’ve seen big transformations at Ottawa’s major shopping centres, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun, with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local. Go on — it’s time to make your list and check it twice!
Mont Tremblant, just 152 km from downtown Ottawa, opens its ski hill to the public at the end of November. (Photo: Tremblant Resort Association)
Strap on your skis! Select runs on the beautiful slopes of Mont Tremblant open to winter sport enthusiasts on Nov. 21. Later in the season, visitors can take advantage of 95 downhill runs, serviced by 14 lifts, or take to the surrounding areas for cross-country skiing or hiking. In addition, the resort offers activities such as ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing, as well as spas and massages. —Amy Allen
•1000, ch. des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, 866-356-2233. tremblant.ca
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THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Chef Lynn Crawford is just one of the many chefs and sommeliers scheduled to appear at this weekend at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
THE MAIN EVENT
Explore the hottest food and drink trends as you nibble and sip to your heart’s content—all weekend long—at the 20th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. The appetizing lineup includes appearances by celebrity chefs such as Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watchco) and Matt Dean Pettit (Rock Lobster) at the Food Network Chef Stage, plus cooking demonstrations and tutored wine and cheese pairings at the All You Need is Cheese Stage, and lots of tastings at the TrendCentral Stage as well as more innovative libations at the Spiritology Pavillion. Master sommelier John Szabo offers oenophiles expert guidance at the Sommelier Tasting Bar in the VIP lounge, while top-notch mixologists compete in the Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town finals on November 23. An on-site LCBO store will sell wines, beers and spirits, including several limited production wines and back vintages available exclusively at the expo.
IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)
JUNE 21 TO JANUARY 25 After journalist Barbara Turnbull, who is quadriplegic, commissioned celebrated Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri to make her a shearling cape, the challenge inspired Camilleri to launch IZ Adaptive, an innovative line of stylish, functional and affordable clothing for people who use wheelchairs. Five years later, IZ Adaptive is the focus of Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting, an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum that highlights the importance of making fashion accessible to all. This groundbreaking show juxtaposes Camilleri’s leather jacket, trench coat, wedding dress and tuxedo with 18th-and 19th-century fashions from the ROM’s collection that represent the types of historical designs Camilleri looked back to in order to create her innovative, contemporary designs. —Cara Smusiak
• Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000; rom.on.ca
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Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.
NOV. 22 As one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot hardly needs an introduction. With a career spanning five decades, he’s inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimmy Buffett, and his songs have been covered by dozens of musicians. The legendary, 15-time Juno-winning artist brings his 2014 Canadian Tour to the capital for what’s sure to be an entertaining night. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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