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Father’s Day

Last-Minute Gifts for Dad


There’s just one shopping day left before Father’s Day (Jun. 17). But what do you buy the man who has everything? Whether your papa is a hipster, adrenaline junkie, outdoor adventurer, music nerd or sports fan, he’s sure to appreciate shoes and socks that match his true style.

Local brand Native Shoes makes what are, quite possibly, the comfiest footwear ever invented. They’re also lightweight and beast-free (i.e. vegan). Find them at the Native Shoes flagship store in Gastown or at various fashion-forward shoe stores around town.

If your father has a hobby or passion, chances are Stance has a pair of socks to go with it. From sports teams and music stars to funky stripes and Star Wars, every interest is covered. Pick up a pair at Boys’Co, Hill’s of Kerrisdale or Tilley Endurables.

Father’s Day Dining: 5 Tasty Toronto Restaurants for Dad


Take dad for a tasty Father's Day dinner (or brunch) this Sunday in Toronto

Treat dad to a tasty Father’s Day dinner (or brunch) this Sunday in Toronto (photo: Boston Public Library)

He might do his best to downplay the occasion, but even the gruffest papa bear deserves to be celebrated every once in a while. This Father’s Day, raise a glass to your dad at one of these Toronto restaurants.


7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Calgary Dads



Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters is the shopping destination for dads who love the outdoors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but these seven papa-approved local shops offer something more than the standard “zany” necktie or drab coffee mug.


Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 15 to 17


Lady Antebellum plays Scotiabank Place on Friday

Lady Antebellum will be performing with guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on Friday night as part of their Own The Night 2012 World Tour. Guests can expect to hear the band’s latest number one hit “We Owned The Night,” as well as “Just A Kiss.” The Grammy Award-winners rose to fame with the 2009 country-pop smash “Need You Now.”

A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage is in its 12th year in Ottawa, celebrating Canadian culture, arts, and music. Audiences will enjoy over 50 performers showcasing the history of Canada in a bilingual performance of song and dance. The performance includes everything Canadian, from the historical First People, to the RCMP, to our country’s contribution to music, television, and film over the past century.

Get ready to rock with D-TOX Rockfest, Quebec’s largest rock music festival. Located in nearby Montebello, the event features some big names with over 100 bands performing on indoor and outdoor stages. Friday’s lineup includes Korn, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, The Planet Smashers, a Black Sabbath tribute band, and many more. Also in attendance will be local artisans, vendors, and demos.


Carivibe, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture, is back again in the capital this Saturday. The event, which is hosted on Petrie Island in Orleans, will include Caribbean food and drinks, a children’s play area, masqueraders, entertainers, DJs, dance groups, steel bands, drummers, arts and crafts, and more throughout the day. At night the party continues with “Beach Ball,” a theme party requiring attendees to dress in beach-appropriate wear (golf shirts, Hawaiian shirts, straw hats – the works!). (more…)

Father’s Day Activities in the Canadian Rockies



(Photo: Banff Lake Louise / Paul Zizka)

Father’s Day is around the corner and you need to find that perfect activity-filled day to let Dad know you love him. Take a breath and calm down. We have the 4-word solution that all dads love: DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS. It may rain, but remember that there’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing. So get Dad to dress right and take on whatever the mountains throw at him while partaking in these activities.



Father’s Day Travel Gift Guide: 12 Ideas for Dads


A dozen dad gifts for the father who gets out of doors, out on the road or just has a penchant for travel-friendly gadgets.

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The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from June 13 to 19, 2011

The candy cane fountains at Santa's Village

1. There’s only six months until Christmas! See how Saint Nick’s preparing for his 2011 toy delivery—or perhaps he’s still relaxing in the Muskoka sun—by visiting Santa’s Village, where kids can ride the Christmas ball ferris wheel, cool off under candy cane showers, get crafty in the elves’ workshop and more.

2. Witness the Kee to Bala be transformed into the “dogg pound” as legendary rapper Snoop Dogg enlivens cottage country with his distinctly brand of West Coast hip hop on June 17.

3. If you can handle the black flies and mosquitoes—and really, if you’re in Muskoka, that should be a given—then consider planning a camping trip to really experience the Canadian Shield. Well-known retailers like Algonquin Outfitters and Muskoka Outfitters can equip you with all the latest outdoorsy gear. (more…)

Hot Dates: 3 Sure Things

•    June 8 to 25: Dartmouth Players wraps up a season of community theatre with Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig. Warm and funny, it’s the story of an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, travelling from Scotland to San Francisco to pick up a baby for their young relations.

•    June 10: The Cottars return to their Maritime roots, performing their unique fusion of Celtic, folk and pop music at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.

•    June 19: Take a 45-minute drive down the Eastern Shore to Memory Lane Heritage Village for a Father’s Day outing that’s ideal for car buffs. The Father’s Day Antique Car Show showcases a range of vehicles, and features special prize draws and live music.