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Whiskey

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $100 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part III.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. Headphones by Roxy and JBL
Plush ear pads with an audio capacity of 40 mm. $79.95 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.

2. Glass Sushi Dish
Measuring at 3/4” of thick glass, and paired with stainless steel chopsticks. $79 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

3. Classic Tigger
A limited edition, powdered marble and resin figurine designed by European artist Peter Mook. $99 at Artesano Galleria (1218c – 9 Ave SE).

4. Murray McDavid Scotch Whiskey
Malts distilled in different types of barrels and casks, like this Dufftown 1997 blend, aged in two casks: a traditional whisky cask and a California Zinfandel cask from Ridge. Limited edition runs. Bottles range in price from $58 – $90 at Bin 905.

5. Bella Bracelet by Sugarlime Jewellery
A seven-inch sterling silver bracelet with a Swarovski crystal bevelled heart and sterling silver wolf charm. Inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. $89 at Honey B’s.

6. Wind in the Willows
A Folio Society copy of this classic story by Kenneth Grahame. In its 5th printing, high-quality bound with linen pages and award-winning artist Charles van Sandwyk’s illustrations. $100 at Arts on Atlantic.

7. Men’s Shaving Kit
Antique-inspired chrome-plated shaving kit with a badger-hair brush. $89 at Plaza Mercantile at Heritage Park.

8. Amelia Mini Purse
Made with 300 hand-crocheted recycled pop tops.  Lightweight and lined with silver satin. $85 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

Weekend Roundup, May 8 to 10

There’s much to see and do this weekend in Toronto.

Friday, May 8
Partake in a tutored tasting at the Spirit of Toronto Whiskey Gala, featuring more than 100 single malts and premium spirits.

Sit in awe of Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa as he performs in Nostalgia, the final concert of Sinfonia Toronto‘s 2008/09 Masterpiece Series.

Enjoy an evening of frat-boy antics and one-liners with comedian Dane Cook.

Dane Cook is about comedy this Friday (Photo by Tony Duran).

This Friday, Dane Cook gets serious about comedy (Photo by Tony Duran).

Saturday, May 9
Explore a world of words and illustration in the York Quay Gallery exhibition Graphic Novels: the Creation of Art and Narrative, presented by the 2009 Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Drape yourself in vintage couture—an art deco–era gown perhaps?—from venerable Yorkville boutique Divine Decadence.

Escape the downtown bustle amid Trattoria Sotto Sotto’s romantic ambience, while savouring fresh whole-fish and seafood dishes inspired by Italy’s Amalfi coast.

Sunday, May 10
Treat mom to the lakefront scenery and gourmet brunch buffet on a two-hour Mother’s Day voyage with Mariposa Cruise Lines.

Travel back to the ’60s with Jersey Boys. The Tony Award–winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Join expert Kerri M. Lee to learn about the history of the traditional English afternoon tea (complete with tasting) at the Bata Shoe Museum.