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Exhibition Place

Toronto’s Exclusive Grey Goose Lounge

Toronto Grey Goose Lounge

Partying a little too hard? Take a breather at Canada’s very first Grey Goose Lounge. The elegant new room inside Exhibition Place’s vast Muzik club gives night owls the opportunity to exchange the crowds for some intimate conversation and concoctions featuring a certain French vodka. Mixologist Trevor Burnett slings a number of signature Grey Goose drinks—the Eiffel Sour (with St. Germain liqueur, Perrier and simple syrup) and the C’est la Vie (syrup, lime juice, strawberries and basil) among them. Mix these cocktails with super-sleek white-on-white decor and you might just find yourself lounging in this exclusive space all night long. Open Saturdays only. 15 Saskatchewan Rd.; call 416-595-9998 or visit here for further details.  —Anna Marszalek

• Muzik, 15 Saskatchewan Rd., 416-595-9998; muzikclubs.com
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Medieval Times Toronto Mounts a New Knights’ Tale

Medieval Times Toronto

Medieval Times in Toronto features an all-new evening of old-fashioned chivalry

ON NOW Toronto’s ever-popular dinner-and-jousting attraction, Medieval Times, invites knights and maidens of all ages to experience its newly revamped production. Featuring 11th-century pageantry, action-packed combat and a much-anticipated performance by a rider-less Andalusian stallion, the show, dubbed a “siege on the senses” and a “knight to remember,” will have audiences cheering huzzah louder than ever before. Exhibition Place, $40.95 to $63.95; call 1-888-935-6878 or click here for showtimes and to buy.  —Anna Marszalek

Gear Up at the Toronto Sportmen’s Show

Toronto Sportsmen's ShowFEBRUARY 7 TO 10  Get outfitted for an adventure in the Canadian wilderness at the 66th annual Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. More than 400 exhibitors are on hand with gear for all your outdoor needs; other features include a trout pond for kids, archery instruction and more. It’s enough to convince the most stubborn urbanite to get back to nature. Exhibition Place, Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $13 to $19; call 905-361-2677 or visit the event website for further details.  Eva Voinigescu

Hot Date: Rural Revelry at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

There’s much ado about horses (and a whole bunch more) at “The Royal”

NOVEMBER 2 TO 11  The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair celebrates its 90th year of bringing the best of rural life to the big city. The largest event of its kind in the world, it combines a farm and livestock show with and equestrian competition, plus delicious food, giant vegetable displays, dog shows, a rodeo and more. Exhibition Place, $14 to $20, Royal Horse Show $38 to $57 and up; call 416-263-3400 or click here for more information.  —Ana Taveira

Hot Date: Get Advice for Your Abode

SEPTEMBER 20 TO 23  Stuck with a design dilemma? Not sure how to choose your furniture and fixtures for your space? Learn tips and tricks to rejuvenate your home with a visit to the Toronto Fall Home Show, the largest event of its kind in Toronto. More than 300 exhibitors—including Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers, CityTV’s garden specialist Frankie “Flowers” Ferragine, and interior decorators Colin and Justin—offer renovation advice, decor trends and innovative products. Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, $15; visit here for more information.

Hot Date: See High Flyers at the Air Show

Mike Wiskus returns to perform at the Canadian International Air Show

SEPTEMBER 1 TO 3  The Labour Day long weekend just wouldn’t be the same without the highly anticipated Canadian International Air Show. The Snowbirds of the Canadian Forces, the Aerial Icons, Mike Wiskus and the Harvard Aerobatic Team are among the performers taking to the skies over Lake Ontario. The best viewing areas to catch the spectacular stunts and speeds of the supersonic jets, thunderbolts and sailplanes are along the southwest waterfront grounds of the CNE or along the city’s western waterfront. Starts at 1 p.m.; click here for more information.

Hot Date: Have an Ex-cellent Adventure

The midway is always a popular attraction at the Ex.

AUGUST 17 TO SEPTEMBER 4  The summer isn’t complete without a trip to the Canadian National Exhibition. More than your average carnival, this end-of-season fair brings to the city an oversized playground filled with midway rides and games, aerial acrobatics, an ice skating show, a petting farm and even a casino. Epic culinary concoctions in the Food Building are always a highlight, as are the various international shopping pavilions. For even more entertainment, check out free concerts by the likes of Big Sugar (August 18), Nick Carter (August 19) and The Arkells (August 29). Exhibition Place, $12 to $16; call 416-393-6300 or check here for more information.

Hot Date: The Caribbean Carnival Parade

AUGUST 4  Don your most colourful outfit for the summer’s hottest cultural celebration—the 45th annual Caribbean Carnival parade. Starting at the Exhibition Place grounds and heading west, a 3.5-kilometre stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard erupts with a vibrant procession of elaborate costumes and calypso, steel pan and chutney bands, plus tens of thousands of spectators dancing on the sidelines. The revelry continues on August 5 at Ontario Place, which hosts Beyond de Lime, a noon-to-night party with island-inspired food and concerts. Call 416-391-5608 or navigate here for further details.

Hot Date: High-Speed Spectacle at the Hondy Indy

photo by John Steadman

JULY 6 TO 8 Shift into top gear as Canada’s largest motorsport event, the Honda Indy Toronto, roars into town with fast cars and a bevy of big-name drivers—including 2011 winner Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal, and Canadians James Hinchcliffe and Alex Tagliani—competing to be first to see the checkered flag. In addition to Sunday’s big race along the waterfront, the Indycar Fan Village offers the chance to chat with drivers, while the Ferrari Challenge showcases the Italian company’s iconic automobiles. Exhibition Place, $30 to $45 (reserved grandstand seating $50 to $185); call 416-588-7223 or visit here for more information.

Hot Date: The Big Eco Expo

Demonstrations at the Green Living Show seek to raise environmental awareness

APRIL 13 TO 15 North America’s largest environmentally conscious consumer event, the Green Living Show, is back in town with more than 400 vendors plus numerous celebrity presenters offering simple solutions for a sustainable lifestyle. In addition to a trade show, other popular features include the EcoKids Zone, where children can craft items from recyclable materials, and the Farm Fresh Fare area, where chefs prepare gourmet food with Ontario ingredients while dishing on healthy local eating. Also this year, guests can browse an extended eco-fashion marketplace, as well as an active lifestyle and yoga pavilion. Direct Energy Centre, $11 to $15; call 416-360-0044 ext. 327, or click here for more information.

Hot Shopping: Spring into the One of a Kind Show

MARCH 28 TO APRIL 1 Following up on its always-successful Christmas edition, the One of a Kind Show returns to Toronto just in time for spring. More than 450 artisans and craftspeople offer their wares at this popular event—look for beautiful wooden creations by Don Stinson, textile art by Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou Designs, and many other unique fashion, home and even food products. And with warmer days ahead, the seasonal sale also features vendors whose decor creations are perfect for patios and porches. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, $7 to $14; call 416-960-3680 or click here for details.

15 Must-See Artisans at the One of a Kind Show

Each year in the lead-up to the holiday season, Toronto’s arts and crafts–loving hordes descend on the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place to spend hours browsing the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. On from November 24 to December 4, the massive event features hundreds of talented Canadian artisans showcasing their best wares, from designer apparel and unique accessories to glassware, works in metal and more. The sheer selection can be overwhelming, so in advance of the show, Where Toronto offers our 15 favourites.