The Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by becoming more stylish than ever. The downtown shopping hub has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: last winter it inaugurated a fabulously chic Urban Eatery food court; this season, shoppers are treated to new stores from the likes of Ann Taylor, J. Crew and the first Canadian location of Massimo Dutti, plus a massive expansion of gentlemen’s clothier Harry Rosen. Once you’re finished browsing the retail wares, take a moment to look skyward—the mall’s signature glass roof now features an art installation that responds to the movement of the sun and local weather conditions.
Longines Lépine 180th Anniversary Limited Edition pocket watch
After 180 years of anything, it’s time to celebrate. Swiss watchmaking giant Longines recently released a limited-edition collection of timepieces to mark its anniversary. The sleek Longines Lépine 180th Anniversary Limited Edition (pictured) yellow-gold pocket watch is a throwback to the first pocket dials produced by Longines in 1832 and satisfies young fashionistas and hip grandpas alike. Available soon at Rodeo Jewellers.—Kristina Urquhart
The historic Fairmont Château Laurier is celebrating its anniversary with a series of fun and fascinating events taking place in the coming months.
One of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks celebrates its 100th anniversary this spring. The Fairmont Château Laurier first opened its doors on June 12, 1912, although it was originally slated to open on April 26. An interesting fact that people might not know is that just days before the hotel’s original opening date, the man who commissioned the Château Laurier, Charles Melville Hays, died aboard the Titanic on April 15. Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, for whom the hotel was named, and who also helped the Château Laurier acquire its property, opened the hotel instead. With its prime location in the heart of the city, only steps away from Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Château Laurier has played host to a century of political deals and many of Ottawa’s visiting celebrities. From rock stars to political figures, its guest list has included Shirley Temple, Billy Bishop, Roger Moore, Bryan Adams, Nelson Mandela, and more.
In honour of this historic landmark reaching the big 100, the hotel is offering some fun events in the upcoming months: (more…)
By MARCELLA DEVINCENZO
When it comes to wooing that special someone or charming the love of your life, there are many marvelous places to choose from in Montreal. Here is a sample of the city’s romantic restaurants that will surely spice up your evening.
L’Express. Photo by Dan O’Leary.
The owners of this quaint restaurant in the Plateau area must have had romance in mind when they created their menu. Every carefully envisioned dish is made specifically for two and is perfect for sharing. The juicy and tender Angus beef dish with Béarnaise sauce is a must.
This Vieux-Montreal restaurant is truly marvelous, beginning with the extravagant entrance with its large sculptures and impressive stone wall. Each dining room is different: bright red stools line the bar in one area and long communal type tables fill another room. Chef Eric Gonzalez creates masterpiece dishes and the impressive fireplace adds comfort and coziness to a wonderful evening. (more…)
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Canada’s National Parks show the beautiful variety in our country’s topography—from British Columbia’s turquoise-tinged glaciers and Alberta’s jagged mountains to the coasts of Ontario’s lakes and seaside in the Maritimes. Among them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites recognized for their unique natural beauty, and while some are easy to access others are located in remote corners of our untamed nation. A full list of all 42 National Parks of Canada, which was the world’s first national park service, can be found at www.pc.gc.ca. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, and to celebrate there are special events and celebrations—don’t think just because summer is over the fun is done, many parks are at there most stunning when the snow falls—check out a list of upcoming events here. (more…)
David Suzuki photo courtesy David Suzuki Foundation
Where has the time gone? Seems like only yesterday that recycling was a foreign concept and we all drank out of non-biodegradable Styrofoam cups. This month, the David Suzuki Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary. Created as a catalyst for social change in light of the world’s environmental problems, the bilingual organization is practically synonymous with tireless local activist David Suzuki, who turns 75 in the new year. To mark these major milestones, Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie and Suzuki’s book The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future (Greystone Books, $25; at local bookstores) are being released, and the man himself is embarking on a national lecture tour. For more information on anniversary activities and how you can go green, visit www.davidsuzuki.org. The planet will thank you.—Sheri Radford