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Toronto

Chihuly’s Blown Glass Works Decorate the ROM

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY, CRAFT, AND ARTISTRY OF BLOWN GLASS AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

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Orange Baskets by Chihuly, Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.

 

ON NOW Internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly has spent over 50 years breathing life into stunning blown glass works of art, displayed in more than 225 art museums around the world. The CHIHULY exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum features several vibrant installations by the Seattle-based artist..

Toronto for History Buffs

EXPLORE TORONTO’S RICH HISTORY WITH THESE ACTIVITIES AND RESTAURANTS

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Step back in time to the 19th century at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Fort York National Historic Site played an essential role in the city’s turbulent past, and today boasts the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Throughout the summer, the Fort York Guard, comprised of musketmen and musicians, perform various demonstrations including artillery firing, drills, battle tactics performances and more.

Black Creek Pioneer Village recreates Ontario life as it was in the 19th century, complete with more than 40 heritage buildings including a town hall, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, harness shop and saddler, and a broom maker’s shop.

Take a grander look at the city’s past at Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival home that was once the private estate of financier Sir Henry Pellatt and his family. Built from 1911 to 1914 at a cost of $3.5 million, the majestic palace boasts more than a dozen rooms, towers and an underground tunnel that connects to the stables. Open in 1913, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres is the last surviving Edwardian double-decker theatre in the world, and has hosted the likes of such performers as Charlie McCarthy and George Burns and Gracie Allen. Twice a week, guests can tour the former theatre, which was home to vaudeville acts and silent films, to see the historic dressing rooms and hand-painted flats and drops.

Situated across from the current City Hall (100 Queen St. W.), Old City Hall (60 Queen St. W.), was the largest municipal building in North America at its time of completion in 1899. Until it closed in 1966, it was home to local government offices and courthouses. A looming clock tower is one of the building’s identifying features, along with bronze casts of gargoyles that were reinstalled in 2002, in tribute to the original four statues that flanked each corner.

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A spread of dainties at Afternoon Tea at the King Edward Hotel.

EAT Partake in the centuries-old English tradition of afternoon tea at the Omni King Edward Hotel (37 King St. E.), which serves savory finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with Devonshire cream in an elegant setting.

Once a private home that was transformed into a diner in 1929, The Senator is the city’s oldest restaurant. With fixtures from 1948, the menu is chock-full of comfort foods like bacon and eggs with baked beans, homemade meat loaf, and liver and onions. Barberian’s Steak House dates back to 1959 and boasts an extensive collection of Canadiana art and artifacts that includes paintings by members of the Group of Seven and firearms and rifles used during the War of 1812. A menu of classic dishes includes New York strip loin, shrimp cocktail, rack of lamb and French onion soup, as well as an after-theatre menu with cheese or beef fondue and a Grand Marnier soufflé for two.  —Linda Luong Luck

Cresta Brings a California-Inspired Menu to the St. Lawrence Market Area

A HEARTY MENU AND EXCELLENT WINES AWAIT YOU AT CRESTA

The wine chandelier at Cresta can hold up to 500 bottles.

 

Located in the heart of the historic St Lawrence Market area, Cresta brings a taste of both California and Italy to Toronto. The menu mingles both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, paired with a large selection of wines from the Thomas George Estates winery in California. An impressive 35-foot chandelier displaying 500 bottles means you won’t be lacking options for a wine pairing with your meal. Executive chef Tri Tran uses fresh seasonal ingredients in his homemade pastas and entrees, and has perfected the recipe for a crispy, yet satisfyingly chewy, pizza crust. Highlights include Brussels sprouts in a crispy balsamic glaze, steak sirloin with braised potatoes, and the house-made gelato. —Karen Stevens

BEATLES *50* T.O. and the Market Gallery Spread Beatlemania

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The Beatles handle a press conference in the Hot Stove Lounge between their two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1965. Photo by John Rowlands.

FANS CAN ENJOY AN EXHIBIT AT THE MARKET GALLERY AND A NUMBER OF BEATLES-THEMED EVENTS THIS SUMMER

The Beatles’ last show in Toronto was on August 16, 1966; 50 years later, the City of Toronto’s Museums & Heritage Services celebrates that era with a new exhibit, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto at The Market Gallery. Learn about this exciting time of social revolution in the city’s history through memorabilia and rare photography from the three occasions the Beatles performed in Toronto, as well as a replica of a typical 1960s rec room, a map of Toronto’s 1960s music scene, and a look at how music was consumed in the ’60s. From August 13 to 21, BEATLES *50* T.O. Week takes over with a number of ‘60s-themed events and exhibits, including a series of historic walks, talks, a men’s fashion show, and two Beatles-themed concerts.  —Karen Stevens

 

Geared Up: Adidas Creates Olympic Training Apparel

TRAIN LIKE AN ATHLETE WITH OLYMPIC GEAR FROM ADIDAS

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In 2013, Adidas inked a four-year partnership with the Canadian Olympic team to provide athletes with high-performance training apparel, which debuted in time for the 2014 games in Sochi.
A new collection for the Rio games featuring more than 80 pieces is available exclusively at Sport Chek, and includes T-shirts, hoodies, tights, sweatpants, shorts, compression socks and more

Northern Pride: Hudson’s Bay has Olympic Gear for Everyone

LAYER UP LIKE A MEMBER OF TEAM CANADA WITH OLYMPIC APPAREL FROM HUDSON’S BAY

Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016

Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016.

Canadian athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro for the summer Olympic Games are donning their maple leaf pride. The collection from Hudson’s Bay Company includes 90 pieces, ranging from jackets, hoodies, and T-shirts to track pants and hats ($15 to $150) for men, women, and kids. Inspired by the Canadian flag, the modern separates in red, black, and white bear the maple leaf and Canada wordmark. Homegrown duo Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 designed the opening ceremony look, which consists of a red blazer made of a windbreaker material. —Linda Luong Luck

 

Afternoon Delight: Places to Pinic in the City

HEAD OUTSIDE FOR A LANGUID DAY AT THE PARK WITH THESE GRAB-AND-GO OPTIONS.

 

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Grab some shade and enjoy one of Toronto’s parks.

High Park and Sorauren Avenue Park:

Juicy burgers from The Rude Boy provide an alternative to sandwiches. Salads, fries, onion rings and even fish and chips are also on the menu here for an indulgent feast.

Queen’s Park:

Be sure to grab some lunch from Pusateri’s, just two subway stops—or a pleasant 12-minute walk—from this park just south of Museum Station before you stake out the perfect spot among the many historic statues and monuments.

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Tacos El Asador (690 Bloor St. W., 416-538-9747), has been a Koreatown staple for years. And with good reason: quick, cheap and delicious, the authentic burritos, pupusas and tacos are muy bueno. Fans of the band Wilco should give Sky Blue Sky (605 Bloor St. W., 647-351-7945) a try; each of their sandwiches is named after a song by the American alt rockers.

Trinity Bellwoods:

H bar (859 Queen St W., 647-352-4227provides a basket fully stocked with the picnic menu options of your choice, a blanket, and a Frisbee. If you’re in need of a sugar fix don’t resist Nadege, which serves not only sweets, but also take-away lunch combos.  —Karen Stevens

 

Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in August 2016

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN AUGUST!

“Waving Is Funny” choreographed by Tina Fushell is part of the SummerWorks festival.

AUGUST 1  Harbourfront Centre celebrates the flavours and sounds of the Caribbean during Island Soul.

AUGUST 3  The winners of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, which selects winning records from the last five decades by public voting, are honoured with a musical tribute. This year, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session, Sloan’s Twice Removed, and Peaches’ The Teaches of Peaches, are among the 2015 recipients.

AUGUST 4  Catch No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani on her This is What the Truth Feels Like Tour.

AUGUST 4 TO 14  Canada’s largest curated performance festival, SummerWorks, is back for 11 days with an eclectic selection of theatre, dance, music, and live art. Representing both established and emerging voices from across the country, SummerWorks features 70 shows, as well as free programming, workshops and a conversation series. Among the highlights is a collaborative dance piece by choreographer Tina Fushell, Waving is Funny, which examines the act of saying hello and goodbye.

AUGUST 5, 12, 19 AND 26  From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday during the summer, enjoy discounted admission to the Royal Canadian Museum, which features 40 galleries on an assortment of subjects, including dinosaurs, minerals, African art, Canadian and European history.

Taste of the Danforth

Head to Greektown for the annual Taste of the Danforth.

AUGUST 5 TO 7  Canada’s largest street festival, Krinos Taste of the Danforth, returns for another year of Hellenic culture and flavours. More than 1.6 million people attend the annual event to feast on the likes of souvlaki, moussaka and gyros. Beyond the food, there’s a sports zone featuring challenges by the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Argos and Toronto FC, as well as three stages with live entertainment.

AUGUST 5 TO 7  Beats, Breaks & Culture: The Bridge celebrates hip hop and electronic music with DJs spinning and dancing down at the Harbourfront. Special guests include Sinkane, Jungle Brothers and Prince Innocence, as well as Afterparty: Hip-Hop vs. House.

AUGUST 7, 14, 21 AND 28  Kids of all ages—and their parents—can partake in Family Sundays at the Gardiner Museum, which features clay workshops and tile painting among other activities.

AUGUST 9  American rock band Goo Goo Dolls best known for such songs as “Slide” and “Iris” are on a North American tour with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society.

AUGUST 10  The Bad Man Tour hits the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre stage with American rapper Pitbull and Prince Royce.

AUGUST 12  Head to Yonge-Dundas Square for Lunchtime Live, a free concert series, featuring The Heavyweights Brass Band with special guest Minotaurs.

AUGUST 12 TO 14  Through fashion, literature, film, music and dance, Africa’s rich culture is explored in the Habari Africa Festival.

AUGUST 13  As the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Houston Astros, kids ages 14 and under can take part in Jr. Jays Saturdays by running the bases after the game. (The Jays play the Astros on Friday, August 12 as well as Sunday, August 14.)

AUGUST 16  They got the beat: Don’t miss The Go-Go’s on their Farewell Tour with special guests Best Coast.

AUGUST 17  YouTube comedy duo Roman Atwood and Yousef Saleh Erakat—better known as FouseyTUBE—perform sketches, pranks and stand-up as part of their first international tour in Roman vs. Fousey.

AUGUST 19 to 21  The always-popular Hot & Spicy Food Festival brings the flavours of the south—from the Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico—to Toronto with a sizzling barbecue and live performances by Yuka and Treme Brass Band among others.

The Ex is a beloved summer tradition with midway games and rides.

AUGUST 19 TO SEPTEMBER 5  An annual summer tradition, the Canadian National Exhibition, returns for another year of rides, midway games, live entertainment and over-the-top food (expect a lot of it to be deep fried). Last year, a record number of 1.6 million people attended The Ex, as it’s commonly referred to. This year’s highlights include an art tribute to sci-fi favourite, Star Trek, which marks 50 years of going boldly where no man has gone before. The event’s main live stage, the Bandshell, celebrates its 80th anniversary with a star-studded lineup that includes Randy Bachman, Alan Frew, Jefferson Starship and The Trews.

AUGUST 20  Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees Blue Rodeo, led by frontman Jim Cuddy, hit the stage with special guest Terra Lightfoot.

AUGUST 21  There are no small things when Blink-182 tour in support of their new album California with special guests A Day to Remember and All Time Low.

AUGUST 23  Academy Award–winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand performs at the Air Canada Centre in support of her latest album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

AUGUST 23  Two metal bands, Korn and Rob Zombie, join forces for a co-headlining summer tour with special guests In This Moment.

AUGUST 26  For the first time, Counting Crows and Rob Thomas, share the stage in a co-headlining tour with special guests K Phillips.

AUGUST 26, SEPTEMBER 2 AND 3  Albert Schultz hosts a musical history of Harlem in Taking the Stage Uptown Manhattan as part of Soulpepper Theatre’s concert series.

AUGUST 27  The Toronto FC take on the Montreal Alouettes at BMO Field.

AUGUST 28 Some of the Family Channel’s biggest stars—Shane Harte, Mckenzie Small, Josh Bogert and Aviva—take part in the Big Ticket Summer Concert Series. Daya headlines the concert at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

AUGUST 29  English rock band Black Sabbath bring their “The End” tour to Toronto with special guests Rival Sons.

AUGUST 30  It’s all about the bass when Meghan Trainor headlines at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with special guests Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings.

AUGUST 31  The Toronto Argonauts tackle the BC Lions at their new home, BMO Field.

Summer Fun Guide: Take a Bite out of Toronto

FOODIES AND SIMPLY HUNGRY VISITORS ALIKE WILL NOT WANT FOR OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO TORONTO’S DINING SCENE

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R&D’s Lobster Chow Mein. Photo by Allison Woo

The expansive St. Lawrence Market is packed full of specialty food items and made-to-order meals. St. Urbain Bagel is known for its Montreal-style bagels, which are baked fresh daily, are best hot out of the oven with a generous dollop of cream cheese. The peameal bacon sandwich from Carousal Bakery has been a market staple for over 30
years and is well worth the line up. Or, if you’re extra hungry, bite into a hearty deep-fried veal and eggplant sandwich at Uno Mustachio Sandwiches.

Join The Culinary Adventure Co. for a guided tour of some of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Learn about the history and heritage of Chinatown and Kensington while enjoying everything from Mexican tortas to dim sum; adults $79, kids $59. Savour Toronto (1-855-472-8687; savourtoronto.com) offers a Best of the West tour for a taste of the hip and trendy dining scene along along Dundas Street West and Ossington Avenue; $75.

Treat yourself with Tasty Tours, which offers two excursions: The Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury food tour includes food samples from Chinese and Latin American eateries; $49 adults kids ages 7-12 $35, children age 7 and under free. Enjoy the chocolatiers around Trinity Bellwoods Park while learning about the history of chocolate and a chocolate-making demonstration in Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate tour; $39 adults, kids ages 7-12 $25, children age 7 and under free.

Toronto’s vibrant dining scene is flourishing with world-class chefs, unique restaurant concepts, and innovative menus. Below are some dining highlights to whet your appetite.

 MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong, along with one of the competition’s judges, Alvin Leung, has created a “modern Canadian Asian” menu at R&D. Dive into dishes like fried chicken with glazed cronuts, and venison spring rolls, complimented by intriguing drinks like the 510 Caesar made with garlic and shiitake-infused vodka. Chef Rob Gentile is known for his attention to detail and his obsession with using the freshest seasonal ingredients for his authentic Italian cuisine; try the hand-made pasta at Buca to find out what the fuss is about, or stop by Bar Buca for small sharing plates and a nightcap.  —Karen Stevens

 

 

 

Marc Cain Comes to the CF Toronto Eaton Centre

FIND MARC CAIN CLASSICS AND FASHIONABLE ATHLEISURE LOOKS AT THE NEW CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE LOCATION

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Marc Cain is now open at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, as well as in Montreal, Quebec City, and Calgary.

When upscale German company Marc Cain entered the Canadian market last fall, it first debuted in Montreal and Quebec City, followed by Calgary. This spring saw the opening of the brand’s premier freestanding boutique in Toronto. Known for its tailored feminine looks with fun details and prints, the newest location at CF Toronto Eaton Centre carries the Marc Cain Sports and Essentials lines. The former consists of athleisure looks for women on the go, while the latter is all about classic looks and a muted palette.

—Linda Luong Luck

Fantastic Creatures on Display at the Aga Khan Museum

GET INTRODUCED TO INCREDIBLE CREATURES AND ARTIFACTS AT THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

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A whimsical creature decorates a cup from mid-late 17th-century India.

TO SEPTEMBER 11TH Animals—real and imagined—from legends, fables and classic literature, embellish manuscripts, and adorn everything from textiles and ceramics to jewellery and glass at the Aga Khan Museum’s new exhibit, Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art. Among the items on display are a silver-gilded vase from 6-7th-century Iran. Discover these beings, and their part in art and history, through seventh to 21st century works from the Middle East, North Africa, and India.

Get Your (Prix) Fixe of Toronto Dining with Summerlicious

TASTE SOME OF THE BEST FOOD TORONTO HAS TO OFFER WITH THIS CITYWIDE CELEBRATION OF FOOD

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Kasa Moto’s Summerlicious menu items include Lobster Miso Soup, Shichimi Arctic Char and Strawberry Shortcake, among others.

TO JULY 24 Summerlicious returns for the 13th year, enabling patrons an opportunity to dine at some of the city’s premier establishments. The city-wide celebration encompasses more than 200 restaurants, with each creating three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($18 to $28) and dinner ($28 to $48). Returning favourites include Canoe, The Carbon Bar, and Chase Fish & Oyster Bar, while Ufficio, Kasa Moto, and Beaumont Kitchen are new to the program. Spots fill up fast at some of the most popular restaurants, so make sure to make reservations ahead of time.—Karen Stevens