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Canoe

Hot Dining: Oliver & Bonacini’s Latest

Add another jewel to the downtown crown of the Oliver & Bonacini dining empire. The company’s portfolio includes Financial District stalwarts Canoe, Jump and Biff’s Bistro—plus Auberge du Pommier in north Toronto. Now its Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill chain has expanded into a 14,500-square-foot space at the busy intersection of Yonge and Front streets. The casual-chic eatery sports a bar and lounge, a wraparound patio and an airy dining room that’s open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. You’ll want to book a table for all three meals—the better to indulge in eclectic cuisine like rock shrimp linguine ($16.50), pancetta and mushroom pizza ($15.95) and a rack of New Zealand lamb ($29.50).

Hot Dining: Yearly Meal Deal

Canoe (photo by Jo-Anne McArthur)

JULY 9 TO 25 As the heart of multiculturalism in Canada and a hub for internationally inspired dining, Toronto is a food-lover’s oasis where everything from dim sum nibbles to meaty lasagna can easily be ordered. The Summerlicious dining promotion provides eager palates the chance to indulge in three-course prix fixe menus at more than 150 restaurants across the city. The options are endless, but you’ll want to book early to ensure a table at such popular participants as Canoe—which offers Canadian cuisine and great city views—and French institution Auberge du Pommier. Lunches are priced at $15, $20 and $25; dinners are $25, $35 and $45. Click here for a list of restaurants.

5 Best Places to Spot Wildlife

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside

Canmore author John Marriott has photographed animals since he was six years old—find his Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside at local bookstores. His top picks for wildlife viewing are:

1 Lake Minnewanka Loop: Bighorn sheep (especially at the Lake) and elk

2 Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Castle Mountain: Deer, coyotes, bighorn sheep and elk

3 Bow Valley Parkway between Castle Mountain and Lake Louise: Black and grizzly bears

4 Vermilion Lakes: Bald eagles, waterfowl, elk and coyotes. Try sightseeing by canoe

5 Icefields Parkway between Weeping Wall and Columbia Icefield: Mountain goats and bighorn sheep

Weekend Roundup, June 5 to 7

Luminato isn’t the only game in town; this weekend there’s lots to see and do (and eat)!

Martha Rosler's <i>Invasion 2008</i>, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday: See Martha Rosler's Invasion 2008, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday, June 5
Survey Still Revolution: Suspended in Time. At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, this photography exhibition explores the evolution of that medium and its role in shaping the way we see the world.

Spend a hysterical evening at the Second City as its latest timely revue, 0% Down, 100% Screwed, skewers the economy.

Tuck into acclaimed Canadian cuisine at Canoe with a starter of maple-cured B.C. salmon and Yukon caribou as an entree. An array of Canadian cheeses offers the perfect ending to your meal.

Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday: Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday, June 6
Discover Casa Loma, the city’s majestic castle with with secret passages, ominous turrets and a beautiful garden that evokes Old World elegance and charm.

Climb the Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario and find intimate, sunlit respite within its top-floor espresso bar.

Cheer and chant with the fervent fans of Toronto FC as the hometown team takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO field.

Take a tour of the Amsterdam Brewery and see how the company combines Canadian barley with Danish yeast for a unique and refreshing cold one.

<i>Jersey Boys</i> swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday: Jersey Boys swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday, June 7
Get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup and many other treasures at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Travel back to the 1960’s with the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which recounts the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Enjoy comedic cabarets courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.