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Hot Dates: Army and Navy Shoe Sale

Shoe photo ©Loutocky/Fotolia.com

April 25 to May 6

High-heeled mavens and sneaker devotees duke it out over massive discounts at Army & Navy’s legendary shoe sale. This 12-day event sees big-brand footwear, including Steve Madden, Diesel and Marc Fisher, knocked down to wallet-friendly prices.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: Nifty for Fifty Sale

Local label Adhesif

April 22

Attention all bargain hunters: Nifty for Fifty, a Boxing Day–style blowout, returns to Main Street for one day only. Arrive early for deals on clothes and jewellery by popular local designers such as Adhesif (flora shorts, pictured), Erin Templeton and Toodlebunny, along with vintage labels, too. Find stuff for men and women, with everything priced at $50 or less.—Jennifer Patterson

Essential to Toronto: Bloor-Yorkville’s Spa Sale

Jeanet Spa & Salon

OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 7 When high rollers come to Toronto in search of the royal treatment, they head to the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. This month, the tony district has prepared a premium pampering as part Beautylicious, which honours all things related to personal grooming and wellness. The second annual affair sees more than 50 participating spas, salons and health centres—including Jeanet Spa & Salon—offering superior services at prices ($25, $75 and $125) that would be unbelievable at any other time of year. Due to the popularity of this promotion, booking early is highly recommended. Call 416-928-3553 or click here for more information.

Frugal Faves: Gardiner Museum, Kidzfest and the William Ashley Warehouse Sale

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

The Gardiner Museum (photo by Shai Gill)

The Gardiner Museum (photo by Shai Gill)

Pay Less, See More
Nurture your passion for porcelain with a visit to the Gardiner Museum. On Friday evenings, admission is half price from 4 p.m. until closing time. The renowned institution’s permanent collection boasts more than 3,000 ceramic pieces  of Ancient American, Asian and European provenance, as well as many dynamic contemporary pieces by international artists. The current exhibition Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey invites visitors to come face to face with whimsical, larger-than-life clay sculptures created by the late California artist. Through to December 10, a dozen spectacular holiday trees, decorated by some of Toronto’s top designers and architects, are on display in the museum lobby. And for a jump-start on holiday shopping, stop by the Gardiner Shop, which offers beautiful ceramics, glass, jewellery and more—perfect for the gift-giving season.

Admission to the Gardiner Museum is half-price every Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; call 416-586-8080 or visit here for more information.

Child-friendly fun abounds at Kidzfest

Child-friendly fun abounds at Kidzfest

Festive Family Fun
Exotic animals and beloved cartoon celebrities invade Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend for Kidzfest, an annual holiday hootenanny for little ones and their willing parents. Part of the ongoing Winter Magic celebrations in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, the free event features kid-friendly activities, educational entertainers and zany stage shows. Budding young artists can make colourful creations in the craft tent and wildlife lovers will love the live jungle cat shows and birds of prey demonstrations. Popular characters like Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer are sure to create a frenzy during special meet-and-greet sessions.

Kidzfest runs November 28 and 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets; click here or call 416-597-0255 for further details.

William Ashley's warehouse sale is a bonanza for bargain hunters

William Ashley's warehouse sale is a bonanza for bargain hunters

China on the Cheap
Whether you’re picking up presents for loved ones or treating yourself this holiday season (hey, you deserve it!) you’re sure to find some stunning pieces at the 34th annual William Ashley warehouse sale. Savvy shoppers can save up to 90 per cent on a vast selection of name-brand china, crystal, flatware, and chic home decor items that are ideal for any gift-giving occasion. Hint: to avoid the crowds hit the sale on weekday afternoons between 3 and 6 p.m.

Sale on now to December 6. Monday, Wednesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekend 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). 62 Railside Road; call 416-964-2900 or visit here for details.

Frugal Faves: Danier Leather Sale and the National Film Board

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto‘s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

Watch Canadian films at the NFB'S Mediatheque (photo by Desiree Butler).

View some CanCon at the NFB'S Mediatheque (photo by Desiree Butler).

National Film Board Flicks at Your Fingertips
Enjoy more than 5,000 Canadian films for less than a price of a cup of coffee at the National Film Board’s Mediatheque. Its cozy, state-of-the-art digital viewing stations offer an intimate cinematic experience—use the touch-screen monitor to browse through the NFB’s extensive catalogue and select from a collection of thought-provoking documentaries, innovative animated shorts, and Canadian screen classics. And for those on the go, the institution offers over 500 docs and animated movies through its new—and free!—iPhone application. With new titles added weekly, there’s always something new to watch.

Day passes to the NFB Mediatheque are $2 per person. Call 416-973-3012 or visit here for more details.
Pick up a sale-priced leather jacket from Danier.

Pick up a sale-priced leather jacket from Danier.

Danier’s Hot for Winter Sale
Cooling weather means hot deals on winter-lined jackets at Canadian clothier Danier Leather. Find discounts of up to 50 per cent on a variety of high-fashion leather coats for men and women. Be it a classic black bomber jacket or a sleek slim-fit coat in charcoal, the store has many styles to suit your silhouette and colours to complement your complexion. All sale jackets are lined with a detachable Thinsulate insulation layer that’s sure to keep you toasty and warm in the chilly conditions.

The Hot for Winter sale is on now to Nov. 11 at Danier locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

Frugal Faves: The AGO and Casalife

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Free Admission at the AGO
The recently revamped Art Gallery of Ontario displays more than 4,000 pieces spanning many centuries of artistic expression in Canada and around the world. You can view this impressive collection free of charge every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The complimentary admission grants visitors access to all of the museum’s permanent collections as well as entry into some special exhibitions, including Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, a showcase of 80-plus works created between 1926 and 1933 by the influential sculptor. With only two and a half hours to take in 110 galleries, you may have to pick and choose; a must-see is the Galleria Italia, a serene glass- and Douglas fir-enclosed sculpture space that spans the entire length of the museum.

The AGO is free on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. year-round. Otherwise, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday; adult admission $18.


Moving Sale at Casalife

Big changes are happening this month at Casalife, one of Toronto’s most prominent contemporary home decor retailers. An expansion of the company’s Liberty Village flagship store means that its Vaughan Mills location will be closing down at the beginning of November. As a result, both locations are offering a 20 to 75 per cent discount on all in-store items. Shoppers can expect huge savings on a range of small-scale furnishings suited for condo-dwellers, including great deals on stylish accessories like pillows, throws, table lamps, vases and bowls.

Casalife’s moving sale is on now through November 1. Call 416-922-2785 for more details.