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Weekend Events: November 21 to 23

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

Toronto Weekend Events Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

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.

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The ROM Showcases Izzy Camilleri’s Adaptive Designs

IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)

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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J. Lindeberg’s First Canadian Store Offers Sleek Scandinavian Style

J-Lindberg-Toronto

Sporty and sleek form the perfect union at J. Lindeberg, the Swedish brand well known for its contemporary apparel for both men and women. Now the company is opening its first Canadian shop, a spacious 1,200-square-foot flagship offering its full range of outerwear, suits, dresses, knitwear and accessories such as footwear, ties, pocket squares, belts and jewellery. Favoured by golfers like Jamie Donaldson, Tyrrell Hatton, Fabrizio Zanotti and Camilla Lennarth, J. Lindeberg is also known for its golf collection (which will launch in Toronto next spring), as well as its ski collection. Pressed for time or not sure where to start? The store offers personal shopping services, as well as special orders. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• J. Lindeberg, 433 Queen St. W., 416-593-6267; jlindeberg.com
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The 5 Best Pizzerias in Toronto

BY LINDA LUONG

    The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

A bit of dough, some tomato sauce, cheese and an assortment of meats and vegetables may be all it takes to make a classic pizza, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can make a delicious one. There’s an art to making this dish that originated in Naples, Italy; these establishments—our choices for the five best pizzerias in Toronto—consistently serve up culinary masterpieces on thin crust.

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Hot New Flavours at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Chef Lynn Crawford

Chef Lynn Crawford is one of the celebrity chefs making appearances at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.

NOVEMBER 20 TO 23 Explore the hottest food and drink trends as you nibble and sip to your heart’s content at the 20th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. The appetizing lineup includes appearances by celebrity chefs—such as Lynn Crawford—at the Food Network Chef Stage, 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. General admission is $20 to $45 (sample tickets extra).  —Cara Smusiak

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.; foodandwineexpo.ca

The Power Plant Presents Julia Dault’s Boldest Artworks

Detail view of Julia Dault's Untitled 22, 11:30 AM–4:30 PM, July 14, 2012 (photo: Benjamin Westoby)

Detail view of Julia Dault’s Untitled 22, 11:30 AM–4:30 PM, July 14, 2012 (photo: Benjamin Westoby)

SEPTEMBER 20 TO JANUARY 4  Bold colour, mass-produced materials and expressive forms combine in the paintings and sculptures of New York-based artist Julia Dault, whose first major solo museum exhibition, Color Me Badd, is on display at The Power Plant. Incorporating vinyl, patterned silk, unmixed paint and other mass-produced materials applied with tools like squeegees and rubber combs, the Toronto-born Dault’s textured paintings are marked by erasure techniques, offering viewers a glimpse into her methods. Process is equally integral to her sculptures, formed on site as she single-handedly manipulates long sheets of Plexiglas and Formica into curving forms that are fastened to a wall. Her body of work is grounded in abstract and minimalist aesthetics, and underscores the role of the artist in its creation.  —Cara Smusiak

• The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949; thepowerplant.org
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Weekend Events: November 14 to 16

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

Toronto Weekend Events Nov 14-16-2014

THE MAIN EVENT
The countdown to Christmas officially kicks off this Sunday afternoon as Toronto’s 110th annual Santa Claus Parade wends its way from Christie Pits to the St. Lawrence Market. Snag a streetside spot along the route to scope out the fantastical floats, hear numerous marching bands performing holiday classics, and partake in the overall merriment while awaiting the arrival of Santa himself. The holiday spirit is also evident the evening before the parade, when Yonge-Dundas Square hosts its Illuminite tree-lighting ceremony, complete with interactive performers, live music and a DJ.

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Race Over to Thoroughbred for Chef-Driven Snacks and Drinks

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Leaping from the starting gate just after Labour Day, it’s easy to see that Thoroughbred Food & Drink evokes the nostalgia of days gone by and the heritage of the racing world. Warm wood finishes, exposed brick and industrial lighting serve as a sophisticated nod to stables in both the main-level bar and upper-floor dining spaces. Co-owner and chef Ariel Coplan’s pedigree is notable, with stints at George, Splendido and New York City’s Café Gray, and here he’s crafted a sophisticated menu with such offerings as bagel and lox made with tea-smoked trout, kung pao cauliflower with cashews, chili and cilantro, and “Cheezies” made with puffed beef tendon and aged cheddar. The drink menus are equally well-curated and include premium conventional, organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines, a crop of craft beers and house cocktails named for famed horses and races, plus a few race-day classics like the mint julep.  —Cara Smusiak

• Thoroughbred, 304 Richmond St. W., 416-551-9221; tbto.ca
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You Are Here: Eat, Shop and Explore in Yorkville

Once an enclave for the Bohemian and hippie crowds, historic Yorkville is now known for its tony mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
BY CARA SMUSIAK

The Spa at the Hazelton Hotel boasts a salt water lap pool, among many other luxuries

The Spa at the Hazelton Hotel boasts a salt water lap pool, among many other luxuries

1 For three decades, Il Posto has served up classic fine Italian fare in a traditional dining room. Buffalo mozzarella with vine ripened tomatoes, spinach and ricotta ravioli in a butter and sage sauce and roasted Chilean sea bass with an herbed crust are among the delectable offerings you’ll want to sample. 148 Yorkville Ave., 416-968-0469; ilposto.ca

2 Find original paintings, photography, sculptures and limited edition prints by Canadian and international artists at Liss Gallery. Established and up-and-coming artists are represented here, including Harry Benson, Greta Gibney, Mick Fleetwood, Ronnie Wood and Rachel Isadora. 140 Yorkville Ave., 416-787-9872; lissgallery.com

3 A luxurious oasis, The Spa at The Hazelton boasts a full menu of soothing and de-stressing options. Facial and body treatments feature Swiss line Valmont, and the Just for Him menu includes massages, facials, back treatment, sports manicures and pedicures. 118 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6307; thehazeltonhotel.com/spa

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O Christmas Tree! Take in the Season’s Trimmed Evergreens

Toronto Cavalcade of Lights Official Tree.

Toronto’s official Christmas tree is lit up during last year’s Cavalcade of Lights.

Holiday Kick Off

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s still worth checking out the city’s official tree. Standing at a stately 19.2 metres high, the Ontario-grown white spruce that holds court at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) is decked out with more than 3,810 metres of LED lights and 700 decorations. Catch your first glimpse of the evergreen in all its glory at Cavalcade of Lights on November 29 starting at 7 p.m., or from dusk to 11 p.m. through to mid-January; see toronto.ca/cavalcade for more information.

Twinkle, Twinkle

Amidst the hustle and bustle of seeking the perfect gift for the special folks in your life, take a moment of respite and soak in the dazzling display at the centre court of Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Swarovski will adorn a towering Christmas tree, which will be unveiled on November 12, with more than 20,000 glittering crystal ornaments. Pick up an annual edition snowflake ($85) or ball ornament ($115) from the retailer for a special someone or your own home.

All Spruced Up

If one Christmas tree isn’t enough, how about a dozen? From November 11 to December 14, the Gardiner Museum presents its annual 12 Trees of Christmas, in which local designers decorate themed trees that are later delivered to community charities. This year’s participants include such returning favourites as Hilary Farr, who presented a cosmic robot and aliens tree last year, and Cobi Ladner, who decked her pink boughs with gumdrops and lollipops last season. Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellagrina of Teatro Verde and TV hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman also take part. —Linda Luong

Celebrate Literature at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair

Authors Margaret Atwood and Jeff Kinney are just two of many writers who will be at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair.

Authors Margaret Atwood and Jeff Kinney are just two of many writers who will be at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair.

NOVEMBER 13 TO 16  In our ever-evolving technological world, how we view the written word is changing, whether it’s ebooks or digital editions of magazines—but reading remains an important part of our culture. Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair brings various aspects of the literary landscape together for three days with more than 400 Canadian and international authors for readings, book signings, workshops and a marketplace. Catch First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers such as James Bartleman, Lisa Bird-Wilson and Edmund Metatawabin as part of a spotlight on Indigenous writers, as well as the likes of Joy McCarthy (Joyous Health) at the Piller’s Culinary Zone, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), comedian Jeff Gaffigan (Food: A Love Story) and best-selling authors  like Anne Rice and Kathy Reichs on the main stage. Can Lit icon Margaret Atwood makes an appearance, as does interior design guru Sarah Richardson. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., general admission $15, seniors and youth (ages 13 to 19) $10; call 647-775-8181 or visit torontobookfair.ca for a complete schedule. — Linda Luong

2014 Where to Dine Awards: Toronto’s Best Restaurants, Chosen by You

Toronto’s restaurant scene is vast and plentiful, with thousands of eateries spread across the city. Not sure where to start your culinary adventure?
Take a cue from other visitors with our annual Where to Dine Awards, which highlight Toronto’s best restaurants as selected by our readers. Or get a taste for what’s new and hot right now with our editors’ picks.  BY LINDA LUONG & CARA SMUSIAK

Colette Grand Café (photos: Liam Mogan)

Colette Grand Café (photos: Liam Mogan)

EDITORS’ PICK
COLETTE GRAND CAFÉ
Picture the charm and elegance of a beautiful Parisian bistro married with the refreshing fare of the Côte d’Azur and impeccable service, and you’ve got Colette Grand Café. The Thompson Hotel’s bistro encompasses a dining room, bar and cafe that seamlessly flow together thanks to a palette of warm blues and whites complimented by ashy woods and white marble. Executive chef Michael Steh and pastry chef Leslie Steh (a husband and wife team) have crafted beautiful menus that delight the senses. Though a splurge, the weekend buffet brunch is well worth it, with a lush spread of cheeses, meats, seafood, crepes, carving and omelette stations, salads, fruit and parfaits and more, plus an array of delicious, delicate pastries.
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