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Trinity Bellwoods Park

Afternoon Delight: Places to Pinic in the City




Grab some shade and enjoy one of Toronto’s parks.

High Park and Sorauren Avenue Park:

Juicy burgers from The Rude Boy provide an alternative to sandwiches. Salads, fries, onion rings and even fish and chips are also on the menu here for an indulgent feast.

Queen’s Park:

Be sure to grab some lunch from Pusateri’s, just two subway stops—or a pleasant 12-minute walk—from this park just south of Museum Station before you stake out the perfect spot among the many historic statues and monuments.

Christie Pits:

Tacos El Asador (689 Bloor St. W., 416-538-9747), has been a Koreatown staple for years. And with good reason: quick, cheap and delicious, the authentic burritos, pupusas and tacos are muy bueno.

Trinity Bellwoods:

H bar (859 Queen St W., 647-352-4227provides a basket fully stocked with the picnic menu options of your choice, a blanket, and a Frisbee. If you’re in need of a sugar fix don’t resist Nadege, which serves not only sweets, but also take-away lunch combos.  —Karen Stevens


Luminato Festival: Michael Redhill on a Literary Picnic

Pass by Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park on any sunny summer day and you’re likely to spy dozens, if not hundreds, of people lazing in the grass, alone or in groups, with their noses buried in books. On June 22, the Luminato Festival indulges this pastime on a grand scale by assembling more than 60 writers—and thousands of local book lovers—for A Literary Picnic. Featuring public readings as well as more intimate one-on-one author encounters, this Woodstock for bibliophiles takes as its inspiration the notion of “beginnings,” though the event’s freewheeling nature is sure to foster all manner of bookish conversation.

Choosing the Picnic’s numerous participants was the job of Michael Redhill, acclaimed Toronto-based novelist, poet, playwright, publisher (of literary journal Brick), and Curator of Literature for Luminato. He recently indulged a few queries from Where Toronto:


Staff Picks: 5 Farmers’ Markets to Fill You Up

Evergreen Brick Works farmers' market (photo by Paul Henman)

To local-food movement is now thoroughly entrenched in our fair city, with professional and home chefs alike seeking out the best Ontario-grown ingredients. Farmers’ markets taking place throughout Toronto are, of course, a great place to pick up fresh produce. They also offer opportunities to take in some real neighbourhood flavour. Read on to discover our five favourites! (more…)

Where in Toronto: From Roncesvalles to Trinity Bellwoods

Our writer's going to miss the friendly confines of Roncesvalles Avenue

Each week, our intrepid interns reflect on life
and times in the big city.

For some time now there’s been talk of a housing shortage in Toronto, particularly when it comes to rental units, so when my boyfriend and I began our search for a new place, we were spooked. And yet, fortune smiled on us and gave us not only a (light-filled, two-level) space, but the very one that we’d fallen for head over heels. After a great deal of whooping and hugging, we decided to celebrate by walking from our current nabe, Roncesvalles, to our future ‘hood, Queen Street West at Trinity Bellwoods Park. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This June

3. The Art Gallery of Ontario, complete with Henry Moore sculptures (photo by Roger Yip)

1. The soulful voice of Aretha Franklin, who opens the TD Toronto Jazz Festival with a free concert on June 24.

2. Donning red and white to cheer on the Toronto FC.

3. Admiring the collection of Henry Moore sculptures housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

4. Sipping a cappuccino from White Squirrel Coffee Shop while seeking its namesake critters in adjacent Trinity-Bellwoods Park.

5. Practicing your swing at Polson Pier’s lakeside driving range.

10. Toronto's skyline

6. Receiving a boisterous greeting from servers and chefs upon entering Japanese izakaya Guu.

7. Examining industrial-landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky’s latest exhibit about the oil business at the Royal Ontario Museum.

8. Strolling the pedestrian-friendly outdoor retail complex Shops at Don Mills.

9. The fervor of the “scramble” at Yonge and Dundas, where you can cross the street in any direction.

10. Taking the ferry to the Toronto Islands and looking back at the impressive skyline.

13. The Rex

11. Perusing refined Scandinavian design at Mjölk.

12. Admiring the cavernous grandeur of Union Station (65 Front St. W.).

13. Winding down the week with the live jazz and laid-back vibe at The Rex.

14. Walking beneath architectural artist Philip Beesley’s Sargasso installation, featured in Brookfield Place during Luminato.

15. The sense of otherworldliness in Sarah Anne Johnson’s Arctic Wonderland photos, displayed at Stephen Bulger Gallery.

19. Buca

16. Queuing for the $5.99 lunch specials at Sushi on Bloor—it’s worth the wait.

17. TV’s Rachel and Finn—a.k.a. Lea Michelle and Cory Monteith—belting it out on stage for Glee Live! In Concert!

18. Working up the courage to step onto the CN Tower’s glass floor, then looking down at the street 342 metres below.

19. Crunching on crispy pigs’ ears within Buca’s reclaimed industrial space.

20. Centering yourself at a drop-in yoga class at the Evergreen Brick Works.

24. Stillwater Spa

21. Finishing off a meal at The Gabardine with a burnt marshmallow ice cream sandwich.

22. Ordering creative cocktails and shareable snacks at Origin.

23. Admiring the elaborately designed merchandise windows at posh Holt Renfrew.

24. Getting pampered with a deep blue Tahitian massage at Stillwater Spa.

25. Picking up a new pair of flip-flops or sandals at always on-trend  shoe store Get Outside.

26. The Drake General Store

26. Quirky items from the Drake General Store to bring back home to your family and friends.

27. Tucking into tacos el pastor and a bowl of guacamole at Mexican stalwart El Trompo.

28. Coveting the volume of tomes at The Cookbook Store.

29. Scouring the rows of kitchenware at Chinatown’s Tap Phong Trading Company (360 Spadina Ave., 416-977-6364).

30. A stroll through the ravines of the Don Valley—you might glimpse a white-tailed deer by the river.

Hot Art: Queen West’s Area for Art

Tony Taylor's Justifying the Means

SEPTEMBER 17 TO 19 The Queen West Art Crawl is back for another year of creativity, as a variety of emerging and established artists display their works at various Queen Street West venues from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The theme of this year’s event is “intersections”—the unexpected mixing and mingling of art forms. As always, the main event is the outdoor art sale at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue), where art hunters can spot such works as Tony Taylor’s Justifying the Means, while related happenings like the Parkdale Prom dance party attract even more admirers of local art and culture.

Weekend Roundup, August 14 to 16

Friday, August 14
You might have to wait for a table, but once you’ve tried the margherita pie at super-popular  Pizzeria Libretto, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. (221 Ossington Ave., 416-532-8000)

Dance into the wee hours of the morning at multi-level mega-club Circa.

Slip on your sneakers, sunglasses and whitest polo shirt, the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament‘s opening rounds start today.

Saturday, August 15
Get a dose of local history without breaking the bank. Fort York, Mackenzie House and Todmorden Mills are free to visit all weekend long.

Learn about the Canadian Aboriginal art scene at the Planet Indigenus festival at Harbourfront Centre.

Take a road trip to Markham’s massive Chinese-centric shopping centre, Market Village, one of the few malls where noodles are made right before your eyes.

Sunday, August 16
Grab a blanket, find a spot to sit in Trinity Bellwoods Park and enjoy a sunny day of people watching. (Queen Street, west of Bathurst Street)

Discover Sidecar’s boozy ginger- and lemongrass-infused lemonade, also known as your new favourite summer drink.

Escape the heat and catch a matinee performance of theatrical blockbuster The Sound of Music at the The Princess of Wales Theatre.