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Sherway Gardens

Saks Fifth Avenue Opens in Toronto



The Shoe Salon at Sak’s Fifth Avenue at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Photo credit: David Pike, Newswire)

The hotly-anticipated debut of Saks Fifth Avenue was met with much rejoicing by local fashionistas with the opening of its flagship location on Queen Street (there is also a second location at Sherway Gardens). The famed American retailer known for its emphasis on luxury offerings and pristine customer service pulled out all the stops for its Canadian launch, including a dazzling lighting fixture in the fragrance department and a Murano glass display in the ladies shoe department, home to Saks’ signature 10022-Shoe experience. Count the likes of shop-in-shops from Céline, Saint Laurent Paris, Bottega Veneta, Chopard and Boucheron, alongside such exclusive brands as Nest, Meira T, Orsini and Marli among others. —Linda Luong Luck


Sherway Gardens’ Retail Expansion Continues Apace



CF Sherway Gardens’ recent expansion includes new Sporting Life and Andrew’s stores

Shoppers looking to capitalize on post-holiday sales should head to CF Sherway Gardens. The indoor shopping centre west of the downtown core is undergoing a massive $550 million multi-phase redevelopment that will eventually add 210,000 square feet of retail space to the mall. The north expansion was unveiled last fall with a premium roster of brands, including a new Harry Rosen flagship, a relocated Sporting Life, and new boutiques for Free People, Andrew’s, Ted Baker London, Saje Natural Wellness, Loding and H&M, among others. Stores in this new wing have dramatic 30-foot-ceilings and exposure to lots of natural light thanks to a soaring atrium. Saks Fifth Avenue is expected to open in February, with Nordstrom joining the fray in 2017.  —Linda Luong

• CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, 416-621-1070; cfshops.com
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Sherway Gardens’ Expansion a Boon for Jewellery Buyers


Sherway Gardens Chopard L'Oro Jewellery Toronto

A new 210,000-square-foot expansion at Sherway Gardens brings several new stores to the shopping centre at Toronto’s western border, including a pair of luxury jewellery boutiques. Family-owned mini-chain L’Oro is renowned for its customer service, and carries such prestigious brands as Jaquet Droz, Glashutte Original, Bremont and Bell & Ross; Longines and Omega are each represented by shop-in-shops. Adjacent is the first Canadian storefront for Swiss company Chopard—and the sumptuously designed rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watches from the brand’s varied collections, including Happy Fish, Happy Sport and Mille Miglia GTS.  —Linda Luong

• Sherway Garden, 25 The West Mall, 416-621-1070; cfshops.com
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Hot Shopping: Navigate Toronto Malls During the Holiday Rush

Malls like the Toronto Eaton Centre go all out for the holiday season (photo by Rasheed Clarke)

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We know, finding gifts for everyone
on your list can be a daunting task. If you’re inclined to get all your shopping done in
one shot, the city’s premier malls and department stores offer multiple ways
to ease the experience.

Downtown’s largest shopping centre has cranked up its seasonal cheer with oversized snowflakes and giant silvery reindeer sculptures. The crowning gem is the Swarovski Christmas Wish Tree alight with more than 44,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments. In sight of this monolith, children can register to create their own holiday ornaments. Santa’s out in full force, too: bring your child to hear Saint Nick read a story, or schedule a 10-minute at-home Skype session with the jolly old man. Gift wrapping is available for a $5 donation benefitting the Children’s Wish Foundation. And when all your gifts are safely boxed and bagged, why not view the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity’s production of The Christmas Story? iPhone users can download the Toronto Eaton Centre’s mobile app to streamline their shopping experience.

Holiday stress often begins with packed mall parking lots. Yorkdale offers a remedy. The only shopping centre in the GTA to offer a mobile app for parking, which offers updates on your best parking bets every 15 minutes, plus streaming video of the mall’s upper deck lot. Yorkdale’s parking entrances are even equipped with electronic tabulators that note the number of spaces available, and valet parking is complimentary for MasterCard World cardholders. If you prefer public transit, visit with your TTC Family Day Pass and receive a $10 gift card when you spend $50 or more in the mall. Other bonuses include a complimentary coat check, Santa sightings, and a gift-wrap service.


Hot Shopping: A Second Stop for Scotch & Soda

Dutch label Scotch & Soda expands its international wings with its second Canadian shop opening at the Toronto Eaton Centre, which joins the previously opened boutique at Sherway Gardens. The Amsterdam-based fashion house was established in 1985 and a 2001 revitalization added three collections to the existing menswear line: Scotch Shrunk for boys, Maison Scotch for women, and R’Belle for girls. This past December, the company debuted Amsterdams Blauw, an all-denim line. Definitively casual in style, Scotch & Soda is known for its mix of vintage-inspired separates such as cargo pants, henleys, statement T-shirts, and eclectic accessories including felt bowler hats and bow ties. Set to open on August 21, the newest location will carry apparel for men and women. Open daily. Toronto Eaton Centre, 647-477-4095.

Hot Shopping: Lego Land

LEGO, the classic bricks and blocks toy, now has its own store at Sherway Gardens. The Danish company’s first Ontario store is a haven for young and old with more than four million single LEGO pieces in stock at any given time. Kids of all ages are encouraged to construct castles, houses, spaceships or anything else that comes to mind in the shop’s “Living Room” play space. Need more red or yellow bricks? Or perhaps it’s trees, robot arms or helmets you’re lacking? The “Pick a Brick” wall allows you to fill a bucket ($10.99 to $19.99) with all the bulk pieces you need. And for inspiration for your next big project, check out the portal displays of entire themed worlds built out of LEGO, including movie partnerships like Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Hot Shopping: Rubix Redux

No twisting required: the Rubik’s TouchCube ($199.99) is a completely electronic version of the classic game. Simply sweep your fingers across the lit squares and by the magic of touch-sensor technology, these 2-D shapes move into their (hopefully) rightful monotone place. If you’re stuck, you can get a hint. And if you’re really stuck, it will solve itself! Pick one up at F.G. Bradley’s (Sherway Gardens, 416-622-7084).

Hot Shop: Buy Local at Sherway Gardens

Sherway Gardens

OCTOBER 21 TO 23 It’s never too early to start shopping for unique holiday gifts. At least, not at Sherway Gardens—the upscale  shopping centre west of Toronto hosts a Hometown Fair featuring hundreds of one-of-a-kind products. More than 30 groups offer lovingly created items including knitwear, handicrafts, wood furniture, preserves and baked goods. It’s a great opportunity to purchase some traditional artisan goods while helping to improve Toronto neighbourhoods—all proceeds go directly to help sustain the community centres and other local gathering places of fair participants. Open daily; call 416-621-1070 for more information.

Weekend Roundup, August 6 to 8

Rock the weekend with a slew of musical performances, or take some time to appreciate good food, great drinks, and even some tennis!

Friday: Hear the world-music stylings of Dominic Mancuso

Friday, August 6
Explore our urban environment from a different perspective. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s large-scale group exhibition, Empire of Dreams, showcases works by Toronto-based artists that examine the dynamic interactions between humans and their surroundings.

Spend some time browsing the bounty of beautiful vintage furniture, decor accessories, jewellery, apparel and more at the Summer Antiques Show. This annual event at Sherway Gardens is a treasure-hunter’s dream.

Make tracks to Yonge-Dundas Square this evening and let King Sunshine capture enliven spirit with music. With a fusion of disco, funk and house beats, this dynamic group will have you dancing the night away.

Sway to the multicultural singer-songwriter stylings of Dominic Mancuso. The Juno-winning Italian-Canadian takes the stage tonight at Lula Lounge.

Saturday: Mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu performs at the Summer Music Festival

Saturday, August 7
Bear witness to boundless creativity during the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. Dozens of innovative plays are on-stage today—at such venues as the Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille—to satistfy any dramatic preference.

Eat, drink and be merry at Toronto’s Festival of Beer. The popular event floods Exhibition Place with more than 120 types of beers from 60 brewers, plus a variety of finger foods to satisfy your hunger.

Enjoy a Free Family Weekend at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament. On top of the chance to see the tourney’s qualifying-round action at the Rexall Centre, kids of all ages can enjoy plenty of games, activities, free tennis lessons and lots of prizes to be won.

The Toronto Summer Music Festival is still going strong. Tonight, Roxana Constantinescu and Gordon Gietz come together for a powerful operatic performance of Mahler’s Song of the Earth—reimagined for a chamber ensemble—plus the world premiere of composer Glenn Buhr’s Red Sea.

Sunday: Paul McCartney's back at the ACC

Sunday, August 8
Feast on delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine today as the ever-popular Taste of the Danforth. Mixing culture, history, food and community, this enormous street festival celebrates the flavours of Greece (and Toronto’s own Greektown) with live performances, activities and, of course, a whole lot of Hellenic cuisine.

Hear some of your favourite Beatles and Wings classics anew as Paul McCartney brings his Höfner bass to the Air Canada Centre. Though he’s been in the business for more than 40 years, Sir Paul retains the energy of youth, as his “Up and Coming” tour attests.

Complete your weekend with laugh-out-loud sketch comedy at The Second City. The talented crew’s  show, An Evening with Second City, gathers highlights from past performances along with new jabs at current affairs and lots of fresh improvisation.

Experience classical music like never before at Harbourfront Centre’s What is Classical? festival. One of its intriguing elements is The Labyrinth Project, which uses the structure of a maze to help listeners contemplate the musicality of different instruments.

Hot Shopping: Unique Finds

See Snoopy memorabilia—and much more—at the Sherway Gardens Summer Antiques Show

AUGUST 2 TO 8 Creative shoppers can seek rare treasures at the Summer Antiques Show. With more than 10,000 antiques and collectibles for sale, this vast bazaar in the spacious Sherway Gardens shopping centre is an annual highlight for anyone with an eye for well preserved and lovingly restored vintage wares. Among the many home-decor pieces available are Provençal-style dressers from Siecle Antiques and mahogany furniture from Brittanic Antiques. Those with smaller-scale antiquing ambitions can browse Joe Faultless’s 1,500-plus piece collection of memorabilia related to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Open during regular mall hours.

Weekend Roundup, June 25 to 27

Although the G20 summit may disrupt your ability to move around the downtown core, Toronto can still grab your attention with theatrical productions, festivals and more. If you plan your route carefully, you’ll find it’s easy to enjoy an entertaining array of events!

Friday: Jeff Irving is one of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.

Friday, June 25
Settle comfortably onto the rolling hills of Toronto’s largest park for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet, this summer’s Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park production. This play-within-a-play adaptation retells the romantic tragedy of the Capulets and Montagues with iPods and travel bags commandeered by a acting troupe stranded outside a Verona train station.

Take in the city’s many colours as Pride Toronto kicks off its week-long celebration of sexual diversity and identity with a 30th-anniversary launch party at Woody’s bar.

If you’re anxious to avoid the downtown detours, head west to Sherway Gardens, a mall decked with skylights and more than 200 shops and services. Yorkdale Shopping Centre—easily accessible at the north end of the University subway line—is another grand-scale retail destination with 250-plus stores and dining options like Moxie’s Classic Grill, Milestones Grill & Bar or the family-friendly Amazonian experience of the Rainforest Café.

Saturday: André Rieu strikes up the band

Saturday, June 26
Delight in a heartening musical experience with André Rieu performs live at the Air Canada Centre with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. You’ll be humming and clapping along as the renowned violinist makes classical music that’s accessible and unforgettable.

Explore Chinese history at the Royal Ontario Museum,which displays the famed terracotta warriors of Emperor Ying Zheng for the first time ever in Canada. This landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 stunningly preserved artifacts, including 10 full-sized warrior figures, from one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries.

Take a break from World Cup action to cheer on this city’s professional soccer team, Toronto FC, as it takes to the BMO Field pitch for an evening draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sunday: Harry Connick Jr. sings his hits

Sunday, June 27
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is now in full swing—with more than 350 concerts at 40-plus venues through to July 4. Tonight sees celebrated crooner Harry Connick Jr. take to the Canon Theatre stage.

See lions and tigers and bears—and then touch live stingrays, sharks and horseshoe crabs—with a family visit to the perennially popular Toronto Zoo.

Seize one last chance to save at the Summer Designer Sale, which features the latest fashions priced at 40 to 90 per cent off retail. The sale is on at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill, but for brands like Lacoste, Diesel, and Rock and Republic—and to avoid the congested G20 summit zones—it’s worth the short drive north

Hot Shopping: Kors, Of Course!

Charlton gold straw tote by Michael Kors

Prodigious designer Michael Kors continues his expansion into Canada, adding a fifth retail location to Ontario’s apparently MK-hungry market. The prolific American is a one-man empire with a trio of eponymous labels, each boasting its own selection of ready-to-wear apparel, handbags, jewellery, watches, shoes, fragrances and eyewear. After opening standalone stores at Sherway Gardens and the Shops at Don Mills last fall, the Project Runway judge is set to dominate the downtown core with a boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Opening this month, the latest lifestyle store is a 1,700-square-foot paradise of casual but classic tailored looks and accessories such as the large MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton gold straw tote ($295).