JANUARY OFFERS DESIGN LOVERS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCOVER THE LATEST TRENDS IN DECOR, FURNISHINGS, CONCEPTUAL PRODUCTS AND MUCH MORE
Toronto’s Studio Woolf and curator Sara Nickelson created Untitled (Idolization Space) for this year’s Come Up to My Room
Light-fixture lovers, ergonomic-chair enthusiasts and conceptual-space aficionados have much to celebrate this month in Toronto, thanks the return of three major design events.
JANUARY 23 & 24 The biggest, of course, is the Interior Design Show, an en masse expo featuring the brands and products that will set the trends in home and business styling for the year to come. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., 416-585-8000; interiordesignshow.com
JANUARY 18 TO 24 The Toronto Design Offsite Festival offers a more experimental counterpoint: across the city, galleries and boutiques host installations that aim to create a dialogue around edgier, independent design being practiced locally and abroad. Various venues; todesignoffsite.com
JANUARY 21 TO 24 Arguably even more immersive is Come Up to My Room, an annual artistic takeover of the Gladstone Hotel. This year’s edition includes a re-creation of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom, a bathroom that explores identity through African barbershop signs and murals, and another suite that makes explicit the sanctification of our modern, image-obsessed culture. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 647-792-5961; comeuptomyroom.com
Friday: Get a dinner deal during Winterlicious (photo courtesy of Pangaea)
Friday, January 27
Start the weekend off with a Winterlicious meal as the citywide culinary extravaganza celebrates 10 years of tickling Torontonians’ taste buds. Approximately 175 restaurants are taking part; there are probably a few that aren’t entirely booked up this weekend.
Relive two of the most celebrated records of all time, as Classic Albums Live performs the Beatles’ seminal 1965/66 hits Rubber Soul and Revolver at Massey Hall.
See a real-life mother and son reenact their story of the culture clash between Indian heritage and Canadian lifestyle in Tarragon Theatre’s A Brimful of Asha. Follow Ravi on his trip to the motherland, where his parents decide it’s the perfect time to talk him into an arranged marriage. (more…)
Friday: Witness Christopher Plummer's tour de force in Barrymore
Friday, January 28th
Don’t miss Canadian icon Christopher Plummer in Barrymore, which celebrates its opening weekend at the Elgin Theatre. In this acclaimed one-man play, Plummer embodies the role of John Barrymore, one of the 20th century’s greatest Shakespearean actors.
Winterlicious starts today! Approximately 150 restaurants—including local favourites like Bier Markt, Bangkok Garden and the newly renovated Canoe—are participating in this popular prix-fixe dining event. It’s a great and affordable way to try some of the tasty food Toronto has on offer. (more…)
JANUARY 1 Welcome the new year with a waltz! Classical music aficionados and newcomers alike will adore Salute to Vienna, a re-creation of the Vienna Philharmonic’s famed New Year’s Concert combining dance, singing and orchestral music. The evening features music by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, with performances of his polkas, marches, waltzes and operatic arias bythe Strauss Symphony of Canada, Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine, and a group of over 75 stellar musicians and ballroom dancers. Get ready to celebrate Viennese-style with audiences across North America—the show will be presented simultaneously in 20 other cities, from Vancouver and Montreal to Los Angeles and New York. Roy Thomson Hall, 2:30 p.m., $55 to $135; call 416-323-1403 or navigate here for tickets.
JANUARY 6 TO 17 For those of us who are still craving some drama after another holiday season, the Next Stage Theatre Festival promises to satisfy. Now in its third year, the festival showcases exciting works by emerging playwrights. Among the intriguing tales are two different takes on fatherhood: the provocative Icarus Redux is a retelling of the tragic Greek myth of the lost son; while Like Father, Like Son? Sorry tenders a hilarious look at the travails faced by a new father who must deal with dead pets, dating tips and the truth about Santa Claus. Factory Theatre, $12 to $15; call 416-966-1062 or click here for more details and a full lineup.
JANUARY 23 & 24 Enticing decor options spark the imagination at the Interior Design Show, Canada’s largest contemporary design event. Focusing on new trends in architecture, interiors and industrial design, the show includes such feature exhibits as The Ultimate—where established design teams are challenged to present their definition of the ultimate living space—and Off the Wall & Off the Loom, which promotes fresh ideas for decorating walls. Visitors can also browse more than 300 vendors offering innovative international and Canadian products, from furniture and textiles to glassware and lighting. There’s so much here, you’re bound to leave with a stylish little something, or maybe even inspiration for furnishing your entire home. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, $17 to $20; call 416-599-3222 or visit this link for details.