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4 Favourite Canmore Shops

By Where Staff

Photo: Olivia Grecu

Photo: Olivia Grecu

Hello Vintage
Why We Love It: Eclectic Style

Want to wear retro but not look over-the-top? Ashley Witts at Hello Vintage advises: “You really only need one piece for unique flair.” Pair funky cowboy boots or a vintage t-shirt with your favourite jeans for a signature look.


Magwood Moves to Queen West

Sarah Magwood offers designer vintage at her boutique's new Queen Street West location

Sarah Magwood offers designer vintage at her boutique’s new Queen Street West location

Fashionistas seeking a stunning outfit or statement piece often step out to Magwood, which recently moved from its original Dundas West digs to the always trendy Queen West area. Owner Sarah Magwood carefully curates the stock at her luxury vintage boutique, ensuring that every blouse, skirt, dress and jewel meets her high standards. She believes that each item tells a story, and chooses garments and accessories that promote a classic, feminine look. The selection could include designer pieces from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Valentino, Lanvin and Emmanuel Ungaro. An in-house seamstress is also on site for tailoring and alterations. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• Magwood, 886 Queen St. W., 416-818-3975; magwood.ca
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Hot Shopping: Find New Vintage Goods at Even and Odd

Gentrifying Corktown gradually becoming a popular destination for design shops, most of which are independently owned, including the charming and whimsical Even and Odd. Two friends, Winnie Yip and Carmen Tsang, quit their day jobs to open their dream boutique, which brims with an eclectic but curated selection of worldly goods in natural and neutral tones as well as vintage gems. Adorn your home with a baroque mirror, a hand-blown glass vase or perhaps a retro clock. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be it a leather bag or even a dining room table, Yip and Tsang are happy to take custom orders. Tuesday to Sunday. 356 Queen St. E., 647-748-3800.

Hot Shopping: Profile of Vintage Spot Young Janes

Mika Lemm, owner of Young Janes, brings unique vintage looks to Ottawa.

Writer Melissa Schilz heads out to Dalhousie Street for an interview with Mika Lemm, the mastermind behind one of the city’s hot spots for second-hand shopping.

Searching for the perfect vintage shop can get tedious, especially if you’re new to the city. But look no more, the secret is out: Dalhousie Street is home to some of the most unique shops in Ottawa, including one special gem, Young Janes.

Owner Mika Lemm had her start in Manchester, U.K., back in 2006 when she opened her first shop, Chloe’s Closet (the psychology-student-turned-businesswoman says she worked in retail as a teenager and grew to love it). She then made her way to Ottawa and set up shop on Dalhousie in 2008. After a few years accumulating a whole lot of vintage stock in her small store — which became a haven for hipsters, vintage-lovers, girly-girls, and anyone who loves the hunt — she decided it was time for a change. She snagged the perfect space just a block away, closer to the epicenter of Dalhousie, which allowed the store to expand. It’s now garnering more traffic than ever. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 21 to 23

Friday: Be a thrill-seeker at the CNE.

Friday: Be a thrill-seeker at the CNE.

Friday, August 21
It’s opening day of the Canadian National Exhibition, and in celebration of Toronto’s 175th anniversary, CNE admission today is just $1.75! Ride a roller coaster, play some midway games, then catch Canadian figure skating star Elvis Stojko and his comrades in a movie-themed ice show at Ricoh Coliseum.

Take in a traditional Tibetan dance amidst the vibrant hues of saris and the aroma of cooking curries at the Festival of South Asia in Little India.

Follow the rise of the stereobike crew—a group of Trinidadians in Queens, New York who rig full-size stereo systems onto BMX bikes—in Made in Queens, screening at the Bicycle Film Festival at The Royal cinema.

Saturday: Head to Chinatown for some East Asian revelry (photo by John Vetterli).

Saturday: Head to Chinatown for some East Asian revelry (photo by John Vetterli).

Saturday, August 22
Discover hidden vintage in the city by participating in the Textile Museum of Canada’s day-long thrift store bus tour, hosted by local artist Andrew Harwood and curator Allyson Mitchell.

Savour the Thai curry–braised lamb on the affordable Susurlicious prix fixe menu at Lee, one of the Toronto restaurants of globally renowed chef Susur Lee.

Bite into a Hong Kong–style egg puff while watching the Lion Dance troupe open the Toronto Chinatown Festival, an East Asian extravaganza featuring cuisine, crafts, music, dancing, games, kung-fu demonstrations and more.

Sunday: The curtain falls on The Harder They Come (photo by Robert Day).

Sunday: The curtain falls on The Harder They Come (photo by Robert Day).

Sunday August 23
Spread out in the Toronto Music Garden for an afternoon session of Summer Music in the Garden.
Today, four virtuoso accordionists play a wide-range of music, including tunes accompanied by singers and dancers.

Sit on the edge of your seat at the Rexall Centre to witness the world’s best female tennis players compete for the singles and doubles championships of the Rogers Cup.

Sing along to “Many Rivers to Cross” and other reggae favourites at the last Toronto performance of the hit musical The Harder They Come. Based on the 1972 film of the same name, the stage show follows a poor country boy trying to make it in Jamaica’s music industry.