THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Greta Hodgkinson in the National Ballet of Canada’s Being and Nothingness is among Toronto’s top weekend events (photo: Bruce Zinger)
THE MAIN EVENT
Starting Saturday, the National Ballet of Canada presents a riveting trio of contemporary danceworks—Guillaume Côté’s Sartre-inspired Being and Nothingness, sandwiched by a pair of pieces from Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy. Principal dancers Greta Hodgkinson, Svetlana Lunkina and Xiao Nan Yu are among the featured performers.
THE VANCOUVER-EXPORTED OLD FAITHFUL SHOP SPECIALIZES IN HIGH-QUALITY GOODS FOR SIMPLE LIVING
Walter Manning and Savannah Olsen are reviving the spirit of the old-fashioned general store on Queen West. The Toronto edition of the pair’s joint venture, Old Faithful Shop (the first is in Vancouver’s Gastown), is housed in a light-filled century-old building and fulfills a simple mandate: to carry high-quality goods for simple living. Working from the belief that items should be handed down through generations, the boutique’s globally sourced items have been selected not only for their pleasing aesthetics but also for their materials and craftsmanship, ensuring that they’ll stand the test of time. As such, the Apolis Toronto bag is a staple, alongside custom lighting and an exclusive blanket from Faribault Woolen Mills. Open daily. —Linda Luong
• Old Faithful Shop, 886 Queen St. W., 647-352-9376; oldfaithfulshop.com
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SPRING IS A GREAT TIME TO START (OR CONTINUE) MAKING GOOD CHOICES, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DIET. THESE HEALTHY RESTAURANTS IN TORONTO OBLIGE BY OFFERING DELICIOUS, GUILT-FREE MEALS
Grasslands offers upscale vegetarian fare in a relaxed setting
• Nutrition-conscious Bay Streeters flock to Four, a PATH-level establishment that ensures all its dishes—some veg friendly, some for omnivores—are low on calories, but high on taste. 187 Bay St., 416-368-1444; fourtoronto.com
• Chef Stephen Gardner has made vegetarian fare truly gourmet at Grasslands. His always-intriguing carte boasts everything from a seasonal risotto to a charcuterie board with faux but flavourful takes on meat and cheese. 478 Queen St. W., 415-504-5127; grasslands.to
• Forget about the trends! Live Organic Food Bar has been serving a menu of vegan, gluten-free and (mostly) raw dishes for more than a decade. 264 Dupont St., 416-515-2002; livefoodbar.com
DOES SIZE MATTER? WE THINK SO, JUDGING BY THE EXPANSIVE NATURE OF THESE STYLISH WATCHES FOR MEN, THE FACES OF WHICH RANGE FROM 34 MILLIMETERS TO A WHOPPING 55 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER.
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RICH RED RUBIES, GOLDEN-HUED TOPAZES, DEEP-GREEN AMETHYSTS, AND MORE—THESE IRIDESCENT GEMS, AVAILABLE AT TOP TORONTO JEWELLERY STORES, ARE A CANDY-COLOURED FEAST FOR THE EYES.
1 Pink sapphire bangle, price upon request, Mark Lash
2 Butterflies in Flight styled bracelet, $320, Pandora
3 Endless Jewelry lavender leather bracelet, $70 and up, with charms ($35 to $135), Right Time
4 Corol necklace, $899, Swarovski
5 Rose-cut sapphire earrings, $4,510, !XAM Diamonds
6 Facet Victoria cushion-cut ring with pale amethyst centre stron, $1,150, Erin Tracy
WITHIN SIGHT OF CASA LOMA, FLOR DE SAL FEATURES MEDITERRANEAN FLAVOURS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE
Toronto’s streets are lined with older buildings. When they’re purchased, change—whether mild or drastic—is inevitable. That’s certainly the case with what was once The Corner House. Late in 2014, the quaint neighbourhood restaurant just down the hill from Casa Loma was gutted and gussied up; it’s now Flor de Sal, an elegant two-storey space where Forest Hill’s moneyed denizens devour dishes prepared by chef Roberto Fracchioni. He’s ideal for the fine-dining room: an experienced and exacting toque whose cooking is modern yet without the pretentions of modernism. See for yourself by ordering a few of his seasonal Mediterranean-influenced offerings, or simply tuck in to some fresh oysters and a glass of wine at the ground-level bar. —Craig Moy
• Flor de Sal, 501 Davenport Rd., 416-923-2604; flordesalrestaurant.com
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PEANUTS, CRACKER JACKS AND HOT DOGS ARE A BALLPARK TRADITION, BUT THEY DON’T NECESSARILY ADD UP TO A SATISFYING MEAL. HERE ARE 5 RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS NEAR THE ROGERS CENTRE—GREAT FOR BEFORE OR AFTER YOU TAKE IN A TORONTO BLUE JAYS GAME.
The O&B Canteen is just one of the many great restaurants near the Rogers Centre
• A few blocks directly north of the stadium you’ll find the popular O&B Canteen, which boasts a sizable patio and a menu of fresh-market fare—plus many grab-and-go items if you’re in a hurry. 330 King St. W., 647-288-4710; oliverbonacini.com
• The downtown location of Milagro features zesty Mexican cooking and a vibrant ambience to match. Celebrating a Jays win on a balmy afternoon? You can’t go wrong with tacos and a refreshing margarita or two. 5 Mercer St., 416-850-2855; milagrorestaurant.com
• Contemporary, upscale Indian food at 259 Host makes for a winning alternative to traditional game-day meal. 259 Wellington St., 416-599-4678; 259host.com
• Wander west from Rogers Centre through the veil of condo towers and you’ll find new gourmet Italian spot Citta, which, in addition to its dinner service, offers an intriguingly rustic brunch on Saturdays. 92 Fort York Blvd., 416-623-9662; cittatoronto.com
• Or, march south to the harbourfront’s Amsterdam Brewhouse and talk balls-and-strikes over a few beers on the huge lakeside patio. 245 Queens Quay W., 416-540-1020; amsterdambrewhouse.com
3DXL, A NEW OFF-SITE EXHIBITION CREATED BY THE DESIGN EXCHANGE, EXAMINES THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF 3D PRINTING, AND HOW IT COULD MAKE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN MORE SUSTAINABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
MAY 14 TO AUGUST 16 When we talk about 3D printing, we tend to focus on its novelty—and occasionally its controversy: “Look over here! Someone’s printed a cartoony plastic doodad. And here’s a person who wants to print food! And over there, someone else has printed the components to a working rifle.” But that’s small-scale stuff. Arguably the most important use for the constantly evolving technology, however, is its ability to produce larger forms, from prosthetic limbs to furniture to entire buildings, all fully customizable and with little to no waste.
OUR ALL-SEASON GUIDE TO THE ABSOLUTE BEST LOW-COST AND FREE THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO WITH KIDS IN 2015. BY CARA SMUSIAK
Toronto is a fantastic city to explore with the whole family—especially as the weather starts to warm up. These 25 low-cost and free things to do in Toronto with kids offer many opportunities to get everyone outside, regardless of the season, though indoor activities abound, too, for days when the climate is uncooperative.
AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT, COMPACT MARKET STREET’S HERITAGE BUILDINGS WERE LOVINGLY RESTORED AND OFFICIALLY REOPENED LAST YEAR. THEY NOW COMPRISE A RESTAURANT ROW THAT CATERS TO ALMOST EVERY TASTE—JUST STEPS FROM THE FAMED ST. LAWRENCE MARKET.
Barsa Taberna’s varied tapas-style offerings (photo: Danielle Plancher)
1 Subterranean haunt Barsa Taberna is both supremely intimate and splashed with bold style: a feature wall of repurposed wine bottles lends colour to the bar area, while original stone columns and mosaic tiles adorn the dining room. Patrons snack on globally inspired tapas and pintxos—from patatas bravas to pineapple-glazed prawns—in between sips of sangria. 26 Market St., 647-341-3642; barsataberna.com
2 A sizeable menu of contemporary northern Indian dishes is showcased at Bindia, a family-run restaurant that does a brisk take-out business but also boasts a colourful dining room in which to enjoy the likes of samosas, butter chicken and a number of tandoori options. Don’t skip the naan; it’s among the city’s best. 16 Market St., 416-863-0000; bindia.ca
BLACK GOAT CASHMERE INTRODUCES TORONTO TO ITS PLUSH MONGOLIAN-MADE SWEATERS, SCARVES AND MORE
A neighbourhood that boasts the Euro-chic likes of Cartier, Mulberry and Chanel is now also home to wares from Mongolia. Black Goat Cashmere is based in Vancouver, but its luxurious sweaters, cardigans, dresses and scarves for both women and men are manufactured in the insular state sandwiched between Russia and China. Company founders Robert and Claudia Remy ensure the integrity of each item produced for their label by sourcing only 100 per cent natural cashmere fibres from goats whose coats have been hand combed—rather than sheared or clipped—to ensure the finest-quality hair from each animal. (It can take the combings of as many as four goats to make one sweater.) —Linda Luong
• Black Goat Cashmere, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-967-4628; blackgoatcashmere.com
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YOUR FAVOURITE SPIKY YELLOW FRUIT IS ONE OF SPRING’S HOTTEST TRENDS: PINEAPPLE DESIGNS ARE FOUND ON APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS ALIKE.
1 Ankle-zip printed cropped pants, $50, Reitmans
2 Shirt and shorts, $14, Joe Fresh
3 Flip Flops, $5.50, The Children’s Place
4 Pineapple lip gloss, $5, Bergo Designs
5 Exotic Taste watch, $65, Swatch
6 Passion pineapple compact mirror, $4.80, Forever 21