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The Kobo Glo HD Upgrades Your E-Reading Experience

THE KOBO GLO HD E-READER IS AN EXCELLENT TRAVEL COMPANION

Kobo Glo HD Indigo Toronto

The Kobo Glo HD e-reader is available at Indigo and other fine retailers

Reading while you travel is a common occurrence that’s all the more prevalent these days, what with the availability and ease of tablets and smartphones, as well as e-books and digital magazines, which often come loaded with additional content and features. Some traditionalists, however, have resisted the transition; Tokyo-based e-commerce company Rakuten is seeking to change their minds with the debut of the Kobo Glo HD. Launched earlier this spring, the latest offering from the company that was originally founded in Toronto in 2009, replicates a print-on-paper experience with 300 pixels-per-inch resolution in a compact (157 x 115 x 9.2 mm) and lightweight (180 g) device. The Kobo Glo HD boasts more impressive specs, including a battery life of up to two months and storage capacity of up to 3,000 books. Kobo Glo HD, which retails for $129.99 and is available at Indigo, joins the rest of the Kobo lineup, which includes the Kobo Aura H2O (a waterproof version), Kobo Glo with ComfortLight technology, and the original Kobo Touch.   —Linda Luong

• Indigo, 55 Bloor St. W. (plus other locations), 416-925-3536; indigo.ca
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Terrariums from Indigo Make Great Spring Gifts

Terrarium kits from Indigo make fun gifts for home gardeners

Terrarium kits from Indigo make fun gifts for home gardeners

Bring a touch of the outdoors inside with a tabletop or hanging terrarium from Indigo. Minimal care and light is required by the foliage commonly planted in these glass vessels, which come in several shapes and range in price from $19.50 to $39.50. Cultivate hearty flora such as African violets, cacti and succulents, bromeliads and assorted species of ferns, among other options.  —Linda Luong

• Indigo, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-925-3536 (plus other locations); indigo.ca
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Shop the World in Toronto

The globe’s most coveted brands—and our own national favourites—are readily available right here in YYZ. Click any of the slideshow images below to view Where Toronto‘s favourite international items for the holiday season.

Styled images with colour backgrounds photographed by Luis Albuquerque. Off-figure styling by Daniel Onori/Plutino Group.

Hot Shopping: Oh, Canada!

On July 1 our home and native land marks its 143rd birthday. Even if you’re just adopting Canada for the day, these red and white products help you show some patriotic pride.

Clockwise from top left:
>> 100 Photos That Changed Canada book by Mark Reid, $45, Indigo.

>> Maple leaf key holder, $63, Swarovski.

>> Canadian Shield T-shirt, $32.50, Red Canoe.

>> Village Bag International, $158, Roots.

>> xcase Nation carry-on suitcase, $99.97, The Bay.

Weekend roundup, May 28 to 30

It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Cool down this weekend with Bajan cuisine along the waterfront before checking out what Toronto has in store for you.

Friday: Pick up yarn, fabric and more at the Textile Museum (photo by Mr. T in DC)

Friday, May 28
Warm weather knocks at your door in true island fashion with Barbados on the Water. Head over to the Harbourfront Centre today and tomorrow for Bajan cuisine, fashion, theatre and live music by Barbadian artists.

Slide on up to Hemingways to celebrate the Yorkville institution’s 30th anniversary. Steak frites are on the menu tonight, or arrive at 2:30 p.m. in order to fill up on corn on the cob, barbecue fare, bar snacks and beer. The festivities culminate with an evening of live entertainment and prizes.

Get your bargaining skills ready because the Textile Museum of Canada’s More Than Just a Yardage Sale is an opportunity too good to pass up. Today and tomorrow, dig up goodies like patterns, yarns, quilt fabrics and other useful craft materials while doing your part to support the museum.

Grab a cold pint at C’est What?. Tonight’s special: sample from a selection of more than 14 cask beers and 30 draughts as part of the brew pub’s annual Spring Festival of Craft Breweries.

Saturday: Browse Old City Hall and many other buildings as part of Doors Open.

Saturday, May 29
Admire architecture and satisfy your curiosity as Doors Open Toronto enables visitors to explore 150 historic and cultural buildings, including Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto’s Old City Hall, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the Casa Loma stables and plotting shed.

Striving to eat well? Those with a taste for fresh, local home cookin’ are invited to stop by a farmer’s market and bring their fixin’s to Beach United Church, where Amuse chef Pat Riley offers a lesson on the fine side of cooking. Leftovers will go toward a Sunday lunch for lower-income Torontonians.

Unravel a mystery at Indigo’s Yorkdale location with Peter Lerangis and Gordon Korman, bestselling authors of the popular 39 Clues books. They let you in on some secrets and follow up the afternoon with a book signing.

Experience the unique combination of steel pan and voice in And Still We Sing…Steel Singin’, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s final performance in its 2010 Glenn Gould Studio series.

Sunday: See miniature diorama-like models at AWOL Gallery.

Sunday, May 30
Engage in cosplay events and game shows—or while away some hours perusing the manga library—on the final day of weekend-long festival Anime North.

Beware of side stitches at the World Cup of Comedy, a humorous tribute to the “beautiful game” and its upcoming World Cup tournament. Comedians Ahmed Ahmed, Angelo Tsarouchas, Frank Spadone and special guest Trevor Boris (“Video on Trial”) gather at the Panasonic Theatre for humorous banter, including topics such as—you guessed it—soccer.

In line with this weekend’s architectural goings on, visitors can explore the relationship between people and buildings at AWOL Gallery, where Rose Bianchini and Jason van Horne’s exhibition, titled Neighbourhood Watch, employs creative miniatures to demonstrate how space plays a powerful role in the formation of identity.

Settle into a seat at historic Massey Hall and let comedic actor Eddie Izzard entertain you with his sharp wit and inimitable sense of the absurd.

Hot Shopping: A Touch of Tea

The growing popularity of tea has spawned a proliferation of specialty shops carrying loose-leaf varieties and such accoutrements as infusers and steepers. Whether it’s a cup for one or a pot for a party, put the kettle on for some black, green, oolong, chai or rooibos.

Clockwise from top left: Perfect Tea Mug, $19.50, David’s Tea; Lenox Chirp teapot, $234.50, William Ashley China; Harney & Sons tin of tea sachets, $9.99, Indigo; glass teapot, $25, Teaopia; Japanese origami tea caddy, $14.95, Tealish.

Hot Shopping: Off with Their Crystals

Swarovski's Cheshire Cat pendant

You don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to find yourself in the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. On March 5, director Tim Burton brings the book to life with his own gothic twist; his new movie sees Alice reuniting with the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen 10 years after her original tumble. Inspired by the film, crystal purveyor Swarovski has introduced a collection of whimsical baubles representing the characters and themes of the classic children’s novel, including a Cheshire Cat pendant with black diamond, indicolite and light rose pointiage crystals ($165). If you’re looking for more tributes to Alice and her friends, Indigo carries tea cups and pots as well as an illustrated version of the book, while OPI has four bold lacquer hues with cheeky names like Off With Her Red!, available at Caryl Baker Visage.

Toronto’s Best Books, Bookstores & Book-Friendly Cafes

In a country well known for its literature, Toronto is a particular hotbed of bibliophilia. Pick up these Toronto-centric tomes at one of many bookstores, then peruse the pages at a neighbourhood café.

Type Books

Type Books

READ Stunt, the 2008 debut novel from playwright Claudia Dey follows sharp-witted Eugenia Ledoux from eccentrically residential Parkdale to the Toronto Islands to what is now the Distillery Historic District, on a search for her capricious father. More local cred: Stunt is published by Coach House Books, a city staple for nearly 40 years.

SHOP Owned by two women with doctorates in Canadian literature—Type Books (883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973) is an indie success story with three shops across the city. The original Queen Street West location also features a lower-level art gallery, and all locations proudly feature many small-press titles.

SIP Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves add a scholarly touch to the eclectic ambience at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W., 416-603-7335). The artsy hot spot serves up a variety of caffeinated drinks, sandwiches and huge waffles to fuel your reading session. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the second-storey patio.
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