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1000 tastes of toronto

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 13 to 15

Friday, April 13
Gallery 101 presents the work of John Saski in the solo exhibition “I’ll Try to Move It.” Saski’s canvas is the world around him, as he uses everyday objects to comment on the struggles of everyday life. Saski can transform a pile of ladders or a box fireworks into art.

Kids will love the upbeat tunes of Imagination Movers at Centrepointe Theatre. The Movers dance around onstage to their friendly music, and the bright costumes and colourful lights will keep kids enthralled until the end.

New Country Rehab

New Country Rehab plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, April 14.

Saturday, April 14
One of Canada’s most exciting new bands, New Country Rehab, is coming to the Black Sheep Inn this weekend. New Country Rehab blends indie, bluegrass, and roots rock—a perfect sound to go with sipping a cool beer on a long weekend evening. Each member has had an extensive musical career, and their different skills form a complex combination of sounds.

For one day only, Shop Your Local Talent by the Old Ottawa South Community Association offers handmade crafts from the Ottawa area. Peruse pottery, jewellery, handmade cards, painting, baking, and more from 20 of Ottawa’s artisans.This is a great opportunity to brighten your home or get a head start on Mother’s Day.

World-renowned mentalist The Amazing Kreskin is appearing at Casino du Lac Leamy. Kreskin astounds audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to reveal their thoughts and tap into the power of the human mind.

Sunday, April 15
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s tragic disaster with Titanic Remembered at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Listen to stories of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, see a six metre long replica of the ship, and learn about the technology surrounding it. There is also underwater footage of the ship’s remains and an opportunity to build your own ship!

Travel back in time to one of the most romantic moments of the last century. Casino du Lac Leamy is recreating the setting of the last dinner served to first class travellers aboard the Titanic,which sank on April 15, 100 years ago. Titanic Evening is a seven-course surf and turf gourmet meal inspired by the flavours of the early 1900s.


Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: 5 Spots for a Meal by the Hearth

Confusion Corner Bar and Grill. Photo by Dallas Ludwick Photography.

When the temperature drops outside, nothing beats the warm glow of a fireplace and the comfort of a good meal. Offering outstanding food, these cozy restaurants are the perfect antidote to a winter’s chill. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, June 17 to 19

Friday: Devo is among the bands at this year's NXNE (photo by Snarkygurl)

Friday, June 17
From June 16 to 19, the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival takes over Toronto with concerts by 650 bands, plus screenings of 40 music-related films and 50 panel discussions. Don’t miss free shows taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend, including acts like Descendents, DEVO and Men Without Hats.

Join in the annual Taste of Little Italy free street party where locals and visitors alike descend onto Toronto’s historic Italian neighbourhood on College Street between Bathurst and Shaw streets. Enjoy live bands, entertainers and street food from Friday through Sunday.

To fete its imminent opening at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall in September 2011, British fashion store TopShop opens a pop-up location this weekend at Queen Street West and Soho Street. The Pop-Up Top Shop previews a collection for sale and also offers contest, a beach zone, free frozen yogurt and a live DJ.

Saturday: Get some haute street food at 1,000 Tastes of Toronto

Saturday, June 18
One of Toronto’s most anticipated foodie events takes place today and tomorrow along John Street (between Adelaide and Wellington). As part of  Luminato, 1,000 Tastes of Toronto showcases street food-sized portions of diverse cuisine from top restaurants like Woodlot, Queen Margherita Pizza and Lee.

Visit St. Lawrence Market for its annual Strawberry Festival, inaugurating the start of this delicious fruit’s harvest. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll be treated to samples, lessons on making strawberry jam, and cooking demonstrations by Toronto chefs Massimo Capra (of Mistura) and Michael Bonacini (of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant group).

Iconic Beach Boys singer and songwriter Brian Wilson plays an intimate show at Massey Hall this evening, in promotion of his latest album, Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin .

Sunday: See a revolutionary war reenactment at historic Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, June 19
Celebrate this Father’s Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village, where you can watch as 200 costumed soldiers re-enact the Revolutionary War in the “Battle of Black Creek.” Walk around the village to see how soldiers lived in camps or visit the historic brewery for samples. Last but not least, end the day with a Father’s Day barbecue rib dinner.

The second annual Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off in Toronto today. The festival showcases 27 craft brewers from across the province—at events and venues throughout Toronto—until June 25.

Crowds of screaming fans are sure to fill Queen Street West for the MuchMusic Video Awards tonight. Co-hosted by Selena Gomez, performers and guests include Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, City and Colour, the Black Keys and many more.

Hot Dining: Luminato’s Local Flavours

JUNE 18 & 19 Few cities in the world boast as much culinary diversity as Toronto. As part of Luminato, dozens of chefs and restaurants from around the city present their unique dishes for 1,000 Tastes of Toronto. During this open-air street food festival, foodies of all types can sample gourmet, globally influenced bites for $5 per dish, from such lauded restaurants as Lee, Woodlot, Milagro and more. Wander to the food demonstration stage while you eat to learn about how the chefs prepare their delicacies. On John Street, from King to Richmond streets, Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.; call 416-368-3100 or click here for more information.

Luminato Logbook, Day Ten

If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.

TODAY’S (FINAL) TOP TICKETS

Climb aboard the Ship O' Fools

NAVAL GAZING It figures that a boat without a captain would find itself stranded in the middle of Toronto. Now that it’s here, why not make the best of it? Climb aboard Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Ship O’ Fools—a salvaged, nine-metre-long Chinese junk—and embark on a voyage of sight, sound and discovery. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.

COMMUNITY CREATES The Young Centre for the Performing Arts becomes a multidisciplinary hub as a dozen resident artists curate works involving hundreds of their peers. On the last of its three days, the Waves Festival offers short theatre, dance and music performances staged throughout the venue. Enjoy the whimsy of Nursery Now, in which nursery rhymes are transformed with innovative music and movement, or seek out the impromptu, interactive Insta-Dance. And if the festivities leave you tuckered out, you can curl up in the Bedtime Stories sleep haven, where performers lull you to relaxation beneath a ceiling of glittering stars. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St., 1 to 6 p.m., free.

MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS

>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.

>> Experience a candy-coloured wonderland in the heart of Toronto: Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou transforms the city centre into a “Rainbow City” with bouncing castles, giant totems and all-around warm feelings for its Wish Come True Festival. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free.

>> Art, fashion and beauty are woven into the world-renowned stitch works of Canadian Mark Fast’s Luminato-exclusive display. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.

>> Feast on 1,000 Tastes of Toronto as the city’s myriad culinary delights are brought from the restaurant kitchen to the streets for just $5 a dish. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, noon to 9 p.m., free entry.

>> Tunes from around the globe close out the Luminato festival with a World Music Celebration. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, noon to 6 p.m., free.

>> Push boundaries at the Waves Festival, which fills every nook and cranny of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts with theatre, dance, music and artwork. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 2 to 10 p.m., free.

>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an exploration of East meets West uniting playwrights, directors and performers who ask: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.

>> Looks can be deceiving in Masters of Magic, starring top magicians Mac King, Max Maven, Bob Sheets and Juan Tamariz. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 8 p.m., $35 to $45.

Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Luminato Logbook, Day Nine

If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.

TODAY’S TOP TICKETS

Julia Domna tells a colourful tale

THIS WOMAN’S WORK Sensual colours and kinetic motion are visual metaphors for the passionate and multifaceted title character of Julia Domna. Staged by Enana Dance Theatre, this intoxicating production blends traditional and contemporary Arab dance and music to tell the story of second-century Syrian woman who would become an empress of Rome. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park, Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., $35.

FESTIVAL FEAST In between enjoying Luminato’s sights and attractions, there’s something nice about grabbing easy, inexpensive street food from a corner vendor—even better when it’s fresh from a bona fide gourmet chef. The closing weekend of Luminato brings some of Hogtown’s top restaurants and cooks out of the kitchen and on to the sidewalk for 1,000 Tastes of Toronto. More than 40 diverse restaurants offer an alfresco celebration of culinary creativity that’s sure to suit everyone’s tastes. Queen’s Park, noon to 9 p.m.

MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS

>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.

>> Experience a candy-coloured wonderland in the heart of Toronto: Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou transforms the city centre into a “Rainbow City” with bouncing castles, giant totems and all-around warm feelings for its Wish Come True Festival. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free.

>> He was only 12 when he hatched his dream of becoming a fashion designer; now Canadian Mark Fast’s knitwear is known the world over. A Luminato-exclusive showcase of his couture is on display today. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.

>> Step on to a 30-foot Chinese junk and reflect upon life aboard the uncaptained Ship O’ Fools. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.

>> Meet the masterminds behind the Wish Come True Festival‘s creative dreamland in a Lunchtime Conversation. Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.

>> Everyone’s talking about the future of books, including four well-known writers. They’ll be examining Fiction in the Age of E-Books today. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., 1 p.m., $15.

>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an East-meets-West exploration that unites playwrights, directors and performers with the question: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.

>> Looks can be deceiving in Masters of Magic, starring top magicians Mac King, Max Maven, Bob Sheets and Juan Tamariz. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 8 p.m., $35 to $45.

>> The birth and death of a monumental structure in Sarnia inspires Homage, a theatrical tribute to the poignancy of artwork. The Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 8 p.m., $35.

>> All day long, Queen’s Park plays host to the National Bank Festival: Global Divas and Global Blues, featuring female vocalists such as Creole jazz singer Carmen Souza. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 1 to 11 p.m., free.

>> Push boundaries at the Waves Festival, which fills every nook and cranny of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts with theatre, dance, music and artwork. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 2 to 10 p.m., free.

>> Audience members—along with real-life gamers and game designers—help bring the theatrical production Best Before to life with the help of representative avatars. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 8 p.m., $35.

>> It’s your last opportunity to see Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna opera—a spellbinding story of an aging soprano and a dangerous romance. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 7:30 p.m., $50 to $200.

>> The masterful music of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a city experience not to be missed. The renowned ensemble performs Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony no. 9 tonight! Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 11 p.m., $20 to $69.

Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Weekend Roundup, June 18 to 20

This Father’s Day weekend is bursting with food, fun and festivals. Dad’s not the only one who’s going to have a great time!

Friday: Chortle knowingly as Jon Stewart points out what's wrong with the world.

Friday, June 18
Celebrate the proud heritage of Armenia, as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra—accompanying the beautiful voice of Isabel Bayrakdarian—fills Roy Thomson Hall with the strains of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and other related classical works.

Amidst the sprawling cityscape, The Power Plant offers an opportunity to philosophically reconnect with nature thanks to its mixed-media exhibition, Adaptation: Between Species. Enjoy a lakeside barbecue and music at tonight’s opening event.

Revel in the spry wit and piercing political barbs of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who takes to the stage at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. After the show, check out the nearby nightlife and get a breathtaking look at the falls.

Saturday: See art on 401 Richmond's green roof and more (photo by veggiefrog)

Saturday, June 19
Familiarize yourself with the artists whose studios and galleries pack the 401 Richmond building, Toronto’s most creative address. This afternoon, partake in a free tour of the space and chat with the gallery owners and exhibiting artists during Brickolage Tour Series.

Sip 70-plus exquisite local vintages poured by the winemakers themselves at the annual Ontario Wine Fair at Café Taste. More than 20 wineries are participating in this event, which also offers the opportunity to nosh on 30 Ontario artisan cheeses.

“Whataya want from me?” asks glam American Idol singer-songwriter Adam Lambert in his similarly titled hit single. Make sure he hears your response at his Molson Canadian Amphitheatre show tonight. Expect to be treated to a number of cuts from Lambert’s upcoming debut album, For Your Entertainment.

Sunday: Get A.R. Rahman in your sights

Sunday, June 20
Treat dad to one of many options for a Father’s Day lunch. Amuse boasts an alfresco three-course meal served family-style at their Shared Table event; or call Casa Loma to reserve a table at its Father’s Day Royal Brunch Buffet. If you’re set on Italian, savour a Taste of Little Italy—the College Street party features numerous participating restaurants. And for a diverse range of nibbles—affordably priced at only $5 each—head to Queen’s Park to try 1,000 Tastes of Toronto.

Make it a Father’s Day dad will always remember with a war re-enactment, hearty ribs and fun for the whole family. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents the Battle of Black Creek—a lively re-creation of an 18th century skirmish for control of Upper Canada. Top of the invigorating spectacle with barbecued ribs or a tour of the Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Experience the musical talents of Oscar- and Grammy-winner A.R. Rahman. Known for his Slumdog Millionaire score, the Indian composer teams up with creative director Amy Tinkham (creator of concerts for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys) in Jai Ho: The Journey Home Concert at the Air Canada Centre, employing international musicians and dancers.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This March

#2 Toronto designer Lucian Matis

1 Admiring the fantastic floral exhibitions on display at Canada Blooms (page 16).

2 Spotting top Toronto designers like Lucian Matis at LG Fashion Week, from March 28 to April 1.

3 Shouting “opa!” for saganaki and other Mediterranean fare at Pan on the Danforth (page 56).

4 Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of green beer and traditional Irish stew at the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill.

5 Picking out stylish, eco-chic essentials for little ones from Baby on the Hip.

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Niagara—Find a Winery

Discover the fruits of the Niagara region with a tour of the area’s wineries. You won’t leave without taking home a bottle—or several!
—By Viviane Kertész

The barrel cellar of Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery.

The barrel cellar of Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery (photo by Linda Luong).

BARREL-AGED AMBROSIA
Like most wineries in the Niagara Peninsula, Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery offers tours of their cellar, tastings and the possibility to pick up Vintners’ Quality Alliance (VQA) bottles available exclusively on their property. Oenophiles are spoilt for choice at this mod Douglas-fir-and-aluminum agro-building that houses vintages aged in Canadian, French and Hungarian oak barrels.

BEAMSVILLE BEAUTY
Situated on the sloping hillside of the famed Beamsville Bench, Thirty Bench Vineyard & Winery earns its street cred through production methods like hand-harvesting.

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