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FASHION ACCESSORIES HOME FURNISHING Picking up unique products designed in Toronto can be the best part of your trip to the city. But where can you turn for quality clothes, jewellery, hats, and interior decor items conceived by hometown talent? Toronto houses the third largest design workforce in North America; with 28,000 designers working here, you know you’ve come to the right place. FA S H I O N ANNE HUNG BOUTIQUE annehung.com No one does dresses like multi-award winning designer Anne Hung. Her frocks — from mini and cocktail dresses to full-length gowns — come in a plethora of colours and wow on body types in sizes from 0 to 16. Her pieces shine as prom or bridesmaid’s dresses, as well as fun and sexy outfits great for a night out with the girls. 829 Queen St. W., 416-364-7251 COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER coalminersdaughter.ca Fresh, feminine, a little touch of sexy and established in 2009, Coal Miner’s Daughter specializes in Canadianmade clothing, jewellery and accessories. Many of the labels that owners Janine Haller and Krysten Caddy carry are from local designers, including, of course, their own label, Haller, and their house-signature, made-on-site line of silver and gemstone jewellery, CMD. Other Toronto-designed lines include Birds of North America (tailored frocks) and Sara Duke (simple separates). Hometown favourites also include Pink Martini, Dagg & Stacey and Copious. 594 Markham St., 647-381-1439 744 Queen St. W., 647-381-1439 87 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-381-1439
MINI MIOCHE This sweet tot is darling in a long-sleeved raglan and black harem pants.
COMRAGS comrags.com Described as “feminine despite themselves” and “prettiness with an edge” this well-respected and much-loved Toronto fashion house was founded in 1983 by Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish. Their urban-industrial boutique on Dundas Street West is where you’ll find wearables you can dress up or down such as the Barrio dress (in a textured jacquard pattern, fitted bodice with three-quarter-length sleeves and a full skirt) and the Sears coat (in a gothic black fabric with a large notched collar). 812 Dundas St. W., 416-360-7249 CRYWOLF crywolfclothing.com Friends Stephanie Drabik and Rose Chang started Crywolf in 2008. They built their brand from the idea of printing designs on tees. We especially love the Toronto raccoon crop tank and the kid’s happy poo emoji zip-up hoodie. The shop also carries a huge variety of buttons and magnets, as well as cool mousepads, necklaces and lapel pins. 91 Ossington Ave., 647-729-7078 DRAKE GENERAL STORE drakegeneralstore.ca The Drake Hotel is one of the hippest places to hang out, and their general store follows suit. As if their Drake Pantry Bourbon-Infused Maple Syrup isn’t reason enough to visit the shop, they boast some of the best Blue Jays gear in the city. Plus, check out their awesome collection of unisex wear, including Toronto Public Library sweatshirts, CBC Hockey Night tees and arborist Ontario shirts. 2 Abell St., 647-346-0742; Hudson’s Bay Bloor, 44 Bloor St. E., 416-972-3333; UP Express, Union Station Skywalk, 61 Front St., 416-214-6449; + 2 other Toronto stores
DOLL FACTORY BY DAMZELS damzels.com Voted Best Women’s Clothing Store in Toronto by a local weekly magazine three years in a row, Doll Factory by Damzels is the place to shop if you’re looking for playful, vintage-inspired, modern and sexy pieces. Owners Rory Lindo and Kelly Freeman’s own in-house label, Damzels in this Dress, gives a nod to the retro pin-up styles of decades past. You’ll find them in hip neighbourhoods in both the east and west ends of the city. 1122 Queen St. E., 416-598-0509 394 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-533-3232 FREEDOM CLOTHING COLLECTIVE freedomclothingcollective.com Almost everything this co-op sells is designed and made in Toronto. Not only are they focused on promoting local talent, but they’re also big proponents of environmentally sustainable practices. You’ll find full skirts by Simone’s Rose, bright dresses from KooCoo Carillo, pretty rings by Kathryn Rebecca and smart stationery by Made in Brockton Village. 939 Bloor St. W., 416-530-9946 FRESH COLLECTIVE freshcollective.com These shops stock reasonably priced clothing, accessories and even pieces for the home by many Toronto designers, including Nicole Boudreau’s whimsical and wearable pieces from her Desserts and Skirts line, and Connie Meyer of Studio Fresh’s locally made dresses. 274 Augusta Ave., 416-966-0123 692 Queen St. W., 416-594-1313 401 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-352-7123 GERHARD gerhardsupply.com Gerhard’s owner, Langton Willms, carefully curates the offerings of this Junction-area shop full of high-quality menswear and lifestyle products designed and made in Toronto. Collections include linen blazers from 18 Waits and camouflage over-shirts and leather trainers from Outclass Attire. 2949 Dundas St. W., 416-797-1290 HOI BO hoibo.com Located in the heart of the Distillery District, Sarra Tang’s boutique handcrafts clothing, as well as leather handbags and jewellery. There are amazing tops made of 100% Japanese linen, slacks made of 70% bamboo and totes with a beeswax finish. The hand-textured silver and brass sheath rings are to die for. Distillery District, 15 Trinity St., 647-852-5488 BIG IT UP The Arizona Crushable Fedora is a 100% wool felt safari-style fedora with a self-belt. It’s water-repellant and packable, and looks great on both men and women.
JEXY & JAX jexyandjax.com You’ll find a store full of Toronto and Canadian-made products at this lifestyle-apparel boutique in Greektown. Clothing (for both men and women) is designed and made locally by the owners. Their in-house labels (Jexy & Jax features dresses and other pieces and Xer, pronounced “sir” is for men) use only natural fabrics. They also have footwear (like their two-tone suede moccasins) and lots of delicious bath and body products. 375 Danforth Ave., 416-465-5557
MINI MIOCHE minimioche.com Canadian-made from start to finish, this brand, which places an emphasis on Toronto-made products, was founded by a mother of two who found it hard to find great basics in neutral colours for wee ones. They have a full range of supercomfy organic cotton pieces for kids from newborn to eight years. Their Wild for Mini Mioche collection features rompers and tanks with quirky, hand-drawn characters (like Rocky the Raccoon). Their unique toys and gifts are also worth a look — we love the Cate + Levi wool puppets and Fidoodle rattles. Distillery District, 6 Case Goods Lane, 416-366-5858 795 Queen St. W., 647-348-5883 PINK TARTAN Nipped in at the waist for an incredibly flattering silhouette, this elegant jacket is tailored from textured pink and rich chocolate jacquard.
MIRABELLI mirabelli.com Franco Mirabelli has been designing and manufacturing his two women’s lines — M (casual, off-duty separates) and Franco Mirabelli (chic, sophisticated outfits) — in Toronto for more than two decades. His focus on feminine shapes, contemporary cuts, European fabrics and precise tailoring has made him one of the country’s most well-known and wellrespected designers. Limited- and special-edition clothing runs of six to 10 pieces make up the brand’s signature. Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 416-781-9090 456 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-322-3130 MUTTONHEAD muttonheadcollective.com Roncesvalles Village’s Muttonhead is a studio and retailer offering gender-neutral basics for adults and kids. They manufacture what they design in the city to control quality and to ensure fair-trade practices. They have great hats, jackets, baseball jerseys and more. 2124 Queen St. E., 647-348-2980 337 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-341-4415 PHILIP SPARKS TAILORED GOODS INC. philipsparks.com You’ll think modern-nostalgia when you step into the store, which specializes in made-to-measure, custom menswear, bespoke suiting for women and eyewear. Think crisp dress shirts, suits, jackets and structured blazers made of wool and linen that fit to a T. 130 Cawthra Ave., Unit 107, 647-348-1827 PINK TARTAN pinktartan.com Runway designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s line of feminine sportswear and chic garb lives in her Yorkville boutique, which carries all of Pink Tartan’s offerings. Don’t miss her trendy sunglasses and stunning box bags. You can also find the line at their Bayview Village location in the north end of the city. Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 416-221-7700 77 Yorkville Ave., 416-967-7700 ROOTS roots.com Inspired by Ontario’s Algonquin Park, Roots founders Michael Budman and Don Green started the company in 1973. Roots is an internationally recognized name today, but their roots (pun intended) remain in the city it all started in. Their leather goods (think bags, brief cases and jackets) are tops, as are their classic varsity-inspired sweats and home furnishings. 80 Bloor St. W., 416-323-3289; Toronto Eaton Centre, 416-593-9640; + 14 other Toronto stores
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TITIKA titika.ca Say om, then get over to Titika, where you’ll find a locally designed women’s activewear line made from wool, nylon and fabrics that wick away sweat. Sizes go from 00 to 12 (XS to XL). Find fashion-forward tanks and crops that can go from gym to running errands seamlessly. They also carry a variety of yoga mats, towels and other accessories. 357 Queen St. W., 416-977-6686 Shops at Don Mills, 5 Karl Fraser Rd., 416-510-8898 VIVIAN SHYU vivianshyu.com Elegance with an edge and casual chic are just a couple of the ways to describe Vivian Shyu’s easy-to-wear collections. For more than 20 years, her mix-and-match lines have been synonymous with affordability, wearability, comfort and style. Designed in Toronto, her made-in-Italy boiled wool suiting offers a tailored look with a contemporary twist. Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 416-224-5874 104 Yorkville Ave., 416-975-5009 ZILIOTTO ziliotto.com Jennifer Ziliotto started her career at the House of Chanel and worked under fashion genius Karl Lagerfeld before coming back to her hometown to set up shop in the city. Her timeless dresses and sophisticated separates work on any body type. 752 Danforth Ave., 416-463-0632
ACCESSORIES ANICE JEWELLERY anicejewellery.com Designer Brittany Hopkins attributes her love of all-things jewellery to her grandmother Anice — she’s the inspiration behind her creations, Hopkins says. There’s plenty to do at Anice — shop for something new (think rings, anklets, bracelets, necklaces, etc.), design your own piece or sign up for one of the store’s workshops. You can even book a private workshop and do a girls’ night out (complete with wine) right on-site at the Ossington location. 167 Augusta Ave., 416-921-5526 102 Ossington Ave., 647-351-5526 ARMED upandarmed.com Desiree Girlato started out designing jewellery at her dining room table. The self-taught jeweller and conceptual artist moved from her home to her Dundas West location, where she offers everyday pieces you can wear from day to night, as well as bold pieces that really make a statement. Not only does she service women in her seasonal collections, she has a men’s line of rings, bracelets and necklaces. 1024 Dundas St. W., 647-988-9462
JEWEL ENVY Who wouldn’t love this beautiful piece made of 18-karat palladium white gold, green tsavorites and sapphires.
BOOKHOU bookhou.com Designers John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj showcase their work in their Trinity Bellwoods location where you’ll find exquisite purses, totes and backpacks, as well as beautifully designed and made home goods (think napkins, throw pillows, linen and canvas storage bins and aprons). 798 Dundas St. W., 416-203-2549 YNOT The Viken is a roll-top weekender bag. The roll-top feature lets you expand and contract the bag depending on your needs.
BRODAWKA & FRIENDS brodawkaandfriends.com Jeff Brodawka designs gorgeous, soft leather loafers, oxfords, heels and boots out of his Queen West location. The “friends” part of the shop features products (art prints, greeting cards, soaps, scarves and candles) mostly created by local pals. 1114 Queen St. W., 416-893-0173 DAVID DUNKLEY FINE MILLINERY daviddunkley.me This Annex-area studio boasts ready-to-wear hats and headpieces for men and women, including brides, made by an internationally celebrated milliner. Dunkley, the Official Milliner of The Queen’s Plate, was trained by the Royal Milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and has outfitted race-goers from Kentucky to Ascot, including denizens of the royal enclosure. The shop also carries hot tickets like a new leather purse called the “Lady Julia.” 974 Bathurst St., 416-538-0998 JEWEL ENVY jewelenvy.ca There are more than a dozen resident goldsmiths in this boutique that’s just off Roncesvalles. They design, make and sell everything on site. You can get a one-of-a-kind piece or have them make you something that’s uniquely yours. There are also classes available to learn skills like casting, enamelling and pendant making. 151 Marion St., 647-436-6709 LILLIPUT HATS lilliputhats.com This traditional millinery specializes in headwear for every occasion. They even carry a line of fascinators should you find yourself attending an event fit for royalty. Everything is made by hand, including the inspired 1920s cloche, bridal headpieces, fedoras, casual hats and oversized saucers with silk flowers and netting. 462 College St., 416-536-5933
BEADLE beadlestore.com This gallery-style neighbourhood boutique has been around since 2006 and their focus is on local, handmade products. They have about 30 artists, designers and crafters working in the wee boutique, where you’ll find pottery, handcrafted soaps, one-of-a-kind jewellery and fun things for baby. 1582 Dundas St. W., 416-803-7002
MADE YOU LOOK JEWELLERY madeyoulook.ca Established in 2001, their Queen Street West location is home to more than 100 local jewellery designers, so there’s plenty of handmade bling on-site. They have a wide range of bracelets, brooches, cufflinks, necklaces and rings made from a variety of materials at pretty much every price point, so there’s something for everyone here. 1338 Queen St. W., 416-463-2136
BIG IT UP bigitup.com Born out of a collaboration among a group of friends who were tired of the same old offerings on the market, Big It Up was born in 1996 and has been setting trends in hats ever since. You’ll find pretty much anything you can put on your head in their stores, from fedoras, slouchy berets and beanies to straw hats, caps and toques. 24 Ripley Ave., 416-591-0864 Toronto Eaton Centre, 416-597-6773
YNOT ynotmade.com This place was born in 2009 by designer Tony Mammoliti of a back alley garage and today it’s a staple for bike messengers and recreational cyclists alike. Everything from design to manufacturing is done right at the store. There are pedal straps and a slew of messenger and utility bags, as well as funky accessories such as camera straps, wallets and coffee cozies. 831 Queen St. W., 416-777-2247
HOME FURNISHING COMMUTE DESIGN commutedesign.com From credenzas and coffee tables to lighting and sofas, if you’d describe your design taste as ultra-modern with a pinch of industrial elegance, look no further than Commute Design. Hamid Samad and Sara Parisotto have created visually stunning pieces made of wood, metal, brass and glass, and the store’s “eye candy” (their awesome installations) are not to be missed. 365 Dupont St., 416-861-0521 DESIGN REPUBLIC mydesignrepublic.com This shop carries lots of modern furniture pieces you won’t find anywhere else because they design and make a huge part of their collection. They offer pretty much everything you need to fill your home, from dining (tables, benches and chairs) and working (desks and bookcases) to living (sofa beds, rugs, coffee tables and more). Check out Adam Fullerton’s lights and Terry Edward Briceland’s pillows, rugs and fabrics. 639 Queen St. W., 416-603-0007 MADE madedesign.ca Industrial designers, architects, craftspeople and artists contribute to this treasure trove of modern Canadian design. They stock exceptionally created handmade and small production piece items such as concrete clocks, log-shaped ceramic bowls, reclaimed fabric napkin sets and industrial felt carriers. 394 King St. E., 416-607-6384 LIKELY GENERAL likelygeneral.tumblr.com If you’re looking to support up-and-coming homegrown designers, a visit to this general store is a must. There’s a wide range of products, from beauty products (perfumes to natural lip balms) and art prints to kids’ toys, bags and kitchenware. Perhaps the coolest thing about this shop is the workshops they offer — try your hand at beeswax balm making, bookbinding or Indigo dying, or head on out to their popular feminist film night. 389 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-351-4590
MADE The Cairo Cut Concrete Clock is made using specially formulated concrete mix and polished by hand. It is inspired by diamonds.
PEKOTA pekota.com Pekota is described as “industrial elegance — a union of industrial aesthetic with the sophisticated elegance of a bygone era.” The store boasts an impressive line of designer Marco Pecota’s furniture (seating and tables), fixtures (shelving and lighting) and one of their most interesting accessories, Arcus bowties made of plated steel and full-grain leather. 406 Pacific Ave., 416-792-8654 THE UMBRA STORE umbra.com Umbra’s flagship store uniquely displays the 30-plusyear-old brand’s award-winning designs at affordable prices. Pick up their Prisma frames in chrome, brass, black or copper; the classic Oh Chair in one of six shades (call ahead for what’s in stock); and their cubist shelves. 165 John St., 416-599-0088
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Contents Features 17 A Gem of A GArden Blossoms and baubles artfully come together for a bejeweled arrangement. Photography by Liam Mogan Styling by Kristina Lerner/Judy Inc. Produced by Linda Luong Luck
20 TAkinG A BiTe ouT of ToronTo Some of the biggest names in the culinary world are expanding their restaurant empire right here in Hogtown—and Toronto diners are eating it up. By Gizelle Lau
26 STorieS, SonGS And ShowS Toronto’s cultural and performing arts institutions boast a full slate of premiere productions and innovative exhibitions. By Craig Moy
32 The Golden fleece The most delicate and prestigious of fibres, cashmere connotes a refined elegance. By Linda Luong Luck
35 hour clASS Handsome watches for men bring all new meaning to the phrase “quality time.” Photography by Liam Mogan Styling by Kristina Lerner/Judy Inc. Produced by Linda Luong Luck
40 A rAre TrAdiTion Whether you like your porterhouse, ribeye, or striploin rare, medium, or well done, these venerable restaurants serve it to perfection. By Karen Stevens
43 redefininG The ulTimATe reTAil experience Toronto’s hottest new destinations for luxury shopping might surprise you. By Nicole Keen
49 diSTricTS of diSTincTion Toronto is comprised of dozens of neighbourhoods, including cultural-centric areas, residential enclaves, pockets preferred by young professionals, and ultra fashionable strips. These seven destinations are a mere starting point for exploring this vast city. By Karen Stevens
Also Inside 10 A nOte frOm the COnCierge 12 COntributOrs 58 PArting shOt
On the COver: Toronto skyline photo by Elif Rey.
café boulud photo courtesy of café boulud, bloor-yorkville photo by ainsley boyd.
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So, while locals know that Toronto is a great city to call home, what’s the experience like for visitors? I think most would agree that the very same qualities that make Canada’s largest city such a great place to call home are also the very same reasons it’s a must-see destination, starting with our multiculturalism.
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ach year, the economist intelligence Unit, a branch of The Economist, a well-respected magazine on global politics, finance and science news, releases various reports on destinations around the world. Toronto ranked number one in its 2015 World’s Best City to Live In, which measured 50 major metropolises based on various factors including safety, liveablity, and cost of living.
At a time when religion, race and culture can divide us, Toronto remains a place where one’s differences are not only embraced but celebrated. Our assortment of neighbourhoods—some just blocks apart—coexist peacefully and colourfully, offering residents and travellers alike the opportunity to savour and soak up different languages (even dialects), customs, and authentic flavours from an array of countries, whether it’s Hellenic flare in Greektown in the east end or Polish pride in Roncesvalles Village in the west end. Even those areas that aren’t closely affiliated with a particular nationality have their own identities as you’ll see in “Districts of Distinction” (page 49), which highlights seven pockets ranging from the Financial District to Bloor-Yorkville. Toronto’s reputation for embracing diversity and being open to new ideas isn’t going unnoticed. Some big names from the culinary world have recently opened restaurants here, including Jamie Oliver, Daniel Boulud, and David Chang. As Canada’s own master chef Michael Bonacini notes in “Taking a Bite Out of Toronto” (page 20), the city’s diversity provides “so much opportunity to experiment and push the culinary envelope.” Chefs aren’t the only ones taking note of Toronto’s receptiveness: businesses such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are elevating—and refining—the shopping experience. In “Redefining the Ultimate Retail Experience” (page 43), you’ll discover the myriad ways department stores and shopping centres are attracting your buying power with prestige services. And not to be excluded, the city’s stages are demonstrating their varied appeal in the shows they’re presenting—some of which debut here before heading to Broadway while others arrive straight from London’s prestigious West End. “Stories, Songs and Shows” (page 26) highlights some of the award–winning productions entertaining audiences this season, including a new adaptation of Louis Riel by the Canadian Opera Company in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, and the New York-bound Come From Away from Mirvish Productions following its Toronto run. I hope that throughout your stay here you’ll discover the many things Torontonians already know and love about their city. And because you can’t possibly see and do everything in just one visit, you’ll surely be booking a return trip soon. Enjoy your visit!
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Toronto is a fantastic city and it will be our pleasure to help you discover its landmarks, hidden gems, and the well-kept secrets that only the locals know about. There are unique culinary experiences to be savoured, eclectic shops to be discovered, and culturally diverse galleries to be explored. All are at our fingertips. When visiting Toronto, look for the gold crossed keys on the lapels of Les Clefs d’Or concierge—and rest assured that we will do our utmost to ensure your stay is an extraordinary one. Our hope is that you leave loving this city as much as we do! You will find Les Clefs d’Or concierges at all of the finest hotels. We share a keen enthusiasm for everything that Toronto has to offer. It is our desire to make your visit to our hometown a memorable one. We proudly deliver a consistent level of service excellence, coupled with an extensive knowledge of Toronto. Les Clefs d’Or concierges meet regularly on a local, national, and international level. Our aim is to provide a forum for our members to exchange knowledge and contacts, allowing us to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the city’s numerous attractions. If you’re interested in learning more about Les Clef d’Or, please visit our website at lesclefsdorcanada.org. In Service Through Friendship, In Service Through Excellence,
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“Districts of Distinction,” page 49
“Taking a Bite Out of Toronto,” page 20
“A Gem of a Garden,” page 17; “Hour Class,” page 35
Which landmark do you think best represents Toronto? The St. Lawrence Market in Old Town—it’s busy, bustling, and has a great selection of the fresh local ingredients that can be found in and around Ontario.
What do you consider a hidden gem in the city? I love this little Italian bodega, Mattachioni, in The Junction Triangle. You can go in and pick up awesome produce, homemade sourdough, a glass of wine, and even some amazing Napoli style pizza.
What is your favourite Toronto neighbourhood? Queen West is my favourite go-to place in Toronto. I love the atmosphere of the neighbourhood. You’ll find me there shopping, having dinner, visiting a gallery, or hanging out at Trinity Bellwoods Park with friends.
“A Gem of a Garden,” page 17; “Hour Class,” page 35
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Karen Stevens, Writer
“Stories, Songs and Shows,” page 26
What do you consider a hidden gem in the city? Once an industrial site and quarry, Evergreen Brick Works has since been transformed into a charming environmental community complex. The building and surrounding area feature a lovely café, hiking/biking trails around the Don River, gardens, and a beautiful pond. During my last visit, I had the best breakfast crêpe ever at their farmers’ market.
Which landmark do you think best represents Toronto? The TIFF Bell Lightbox. The building itself isn’t outwardly interesting, but inside there’s something for everyone. The sheer range of film programming brings Torontonians from all walks of life to the cinema, plus TIFF has become a leader in exploring how new technology affects the ways we tell stories and interact with each other.
“A Rare Tradition,” page 40; “Districts of Distinction,” page 49
What is your favourite Toronto neighbourhood? One of my favourite things about Toronto is the way the city is broken up into unique neighbourhoods. My favourite would have to be The Junction. Full of interesting stores and restaurants, it’s a great place to wander and look for hidden treasure in one-of-a-kind shops.
Nicole Keen, Writer “Redefining the Ultimate Retail Experience,” page 43 Which landmark do you think best represents Toronto? I think the ROM best represents Toronto. I used to dislike the Michael LeeChin Crystal, but it has definitely grown on me over the years. Now, I think the building’s blend of old and new architectural styles encapsulates the city’s heritage as well as where we’re going in terms of becoming a world-class destination.
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Which landmark do you think best represents Toronto? The Rogers Centre really embodies the spirit of the city right now. Last year when the Blue Jays were doing well, everybody was so excited and the feeling was contagious. That enthusiasm for our local sports team seems to be a part of our growing sense of Toronto pride.
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Taking a BiTe OuT Of TOrOnTO
Some of the biggest names in the culinary world are expanding their restaurant empire right here in Hogtown—and Toronto diners are eating it up. By Gizelle lau
F r o m l e F t: D av i D c h a n G , j a m i e o l i v e r , m i c h a e l B o n a c i n i , s u s u r l e e , m a r i o B ata l i , a n D D a n i e l B o u l u D .
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n the past five years, toronto has seen an influx of international chefs and restaurateurs looking to call the city home. From michelin-star chefs like new york city’s Daniel Boulud to celebrity chefs like the Naked Chef himself, jamie oliver, who has just opened a second location of jamie’s italian in toronto, to mario Batali (rumoured to be opening a location of his italian market and grocery concept, eataly to toronto in the next few years), there’s something that is drawing global chefs.
innovation” and he has an ongoing aspiration to create cuisine that’s a reflection of canadian ingredients and the many converging influences.
equally, many toronto restaurateurs and chefs alike are going global: bringing their extremely successful restaurant concepts to other cities in canada as well as places like tokyo, Dubai and miami. and let’s not forget local legend chef susur lee’s restaurant collaboration with rapper and toronto native, Drake, a restaurant-lounge called Fring’s.
so, what is making toronto such a hotspot? it turns out it’s not just one thing. it just happens to be the perfect recipe—a dash of this and a pinch of that—and no shortage of business smarts, elbow grease, great food, and the ever elusive buzz that makes toronto just the right spot for a savvy restaurateur looking to build a successful establishment. it starts with what makes toronto unique: its people.
From a chef ’s point of view, the sheer inspiration that can be found in toronto is thrilling, unique and challenging; the palette of flavour profiles that diners are willing to try is larger, giving chefs the ability to experiment more and create dishes with broader strokes.
Without a doubt, one of the largest events that has changed the food and dining industry in the last couple of decades has been the popularity of food television and culture. The Food network has given rise to a world where chefs are celebrities and molecular foams are used as pervasively as garnishes like parsley were in the 1980’s.
Toronto is an attractive place to open a restaurant because it has always been very cosmopolitan and creative... The food scene is incredibly vibrant, growing and constantly changing. — Daniel Boulud
michael bonacini photo courtesy of ctv; mario batali photo by Quentin bacon.
toronto is a city of neighbourhoods. There’s Greektown on the Danforth with souvlaki and spanakopita; little india on Gerrard street east provides a healthy ‘dosa’ of tandoori or naan; and not one, but two chinatowns across the city for dim sum or late night pho. From highbrow fine dining to street food and everything in between, you could live in toronto for decades and still not explore everything the city has to offer. “i think what makes toronto such a coveted place to open a restaurant is the city’s incredible diversity—you have such a variety of neighbourhoods and cultures and tastes and traditions. There’s so much opportunity to experiment and push the culinary envelope,” says chef michael Bonacini, partner of oliver & Bonacini restaurants and a celebrity judge on MasterChef Canada. The oliver & Bonacini restaurants like the fine dining establishment canoe, located on the 54th floor of the toronto-Dominion centre in the heart of the Financial District, have set a standard for hospitality in the city. Bonacini describes it as an “obsession for quality, service, and
today’s typical food lover is not only deeply knowledgeable but also empowered, with smartphone in hand they are engaged on social media, food blogs, food video series, and restaurant review websites. “With social media, diners can now share experiences and food photos from restaurants instantly on smartphones,” says james hyunsoo Kim of the Kinka Family restaurants, which includes Kinton ramen, Kinka izakaya, and the upscale jaBistro sushi restaurant. Part of the group’s success has been thanks to a strong social media presence and constant engagement with diners online to keep their brands top-ofmind for toronto locals. This cultural phenomenon has transformed the eating experience from an everyday necessity to a talking point or badge of honour. “young professionals eat out more, they’re always looking for somewhere new to go,” explains Kim. “They ask ‘Which restaurants have you been to lately?’ when talking with friends. People in toronto appreciate good quality food. Dining out is part of
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everybody’s lifestyle here…that’s why restaurateurs see potential in opening restaurants here.” coming full circle, celebrity chefs like jamie oliver and mario Batali are now able to bring their food concepts to toronto: a city where locals recognize big chef names and get excited about them.
SUPPLY AND DEMAND an insatiable appetite for tasty food and a unique dining experience is just one part of the equation. This is multiplied by the sheer size and volume of toronto, not to mention a massive condo boom in the downtown core that’s commanding an extremely diverse demographic of downtown dwellers, from new families with young kids to young professionals who are looking for everything from casual to ambitious food options. essentially, it comes down to supply and demand. restaurateurs hanif harji and charles Khabouth understand this concept only too well, with more than a handful of high-profile, successful restaurants which have fueled, influenced, and heavily dictated toronto’s dining scene over the past few years. “toronto has a vibrant and dynamic restaurant scene. it is highly competitive and clients have numerous options. if you want to do well in toronto you have to not only be innovative, you have to deliver on the food, service and overall experience,” they explain. Their restaurants, like the mediterranean-inspired Byblos, the upscale spanish tapas/pintxos Patria, and the man-cave-esque Weslodge where whiskey flows like water, all have one thing in common: a well-defined food/experience concept that’s executed extremely well. so well, in fact, that they’ve opened locations globally: Byblos opened in miami in mid-2015, Weslodge opened in Dubai in april 2016, and in the fall of 2016, another restaurant is set to open in Dubai with a similar concept as Byblos but under a different name—along with new projects in toronto. “There is a buzz about toronto and [international chefs and restaurateurs] see the caliber of restaurants that are here and recognize we are developing into an exciting and sophisticated hospitality city.” “We are becoming a world-class city and our dining scene has to change to keep up. more people are travelling and hospitality in general is now judged on a global scale,” add harji and Khabouth.
LUXURY VISITORS hospitality going global has been especially obvious in toronto. Within just two years, from 2011 to 2012, the city embraced not one, not two, but four new luxury hotels: The ritz-carlton toronto, the shangri-la toronto, the Four seasons hotel toronto, and the trump international hotel & tower.
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There is a buzz about Toronto and [international chefs and restaurateurs] see the caliber of restaurants that are here and recognize we are developing into an exciting and sophisticated hospitality city. — Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth
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The openings signaled toronto’s evolution (especially in the context of the financial global economy at the time) as an extremely attractive city for more affluent, well-to-do travellers, businesspeople and clientele—visitors interested in shopping, dining, and events such as the toronto international Film Festival—enjoying the luxuries of what world-class cities have to offer. in the fall of 2012, the Four seasons hotel toronto opened its brand new hotel with two restaurants, café Boulud and d|bar by chef Daniel Boulud. Why toronto? among the many connections he’s had to the city, including personal ties and international clientele who have often frequented his restaurants in new york city and globally, Boulud adds: “toronto is an attractive place to open a restaurant because it has always been very cosmopolitan and creative. The city’s talents come from national and international backgrounds and are contributing to the ever-expanding creativity the city has to offer. toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and its endless amount of ethnic neighbourhoods make it a great city for food lovers. There are many different types of food concepts made from these cultures, each bringing something new to the city. The food scene is incredibly vibrant, growing and constantly changing.”
WORLD-CLASS STATUS The stylish d|bar at the Four seasons hotel toronto is the place to see and be seen in yorkville, while café Boulud, which introduced a new concept and a new menu in september 2015 offers a more upscale French brasserie experience. For many visitors, often frequent travellers, there is gratification in the familiarity offered by consistent high-end hotel brands—as well as restaurants. Being able to get similar dishes in new york city, singapore or toronto creates a sense of comfort, of trust and loyalty that extends, like a stamp of approval, on the rest of a city’s culinary offerings. “The variety, the creativity and the talent of the city’s chefs, along with their access to ingredients, and a great passion for food
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GO and wine are what set a world-class culinary city apart,” says Boulud. For many locals, the arrival of Boulud, an internationally-acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, was a big win. But for those on the outside looking in, for potential visitors to the city, Boulud gave Toronto’s culinary credibility a big level-up. At the same time, New York City chef David Chang also opened the first Canadian location of his Momofuku restaurants, next door to the Shangri-La Toronto, adding even more street cred. A couple of years later in 2014, chef Jonathan Waxman, also from New York City, brought his California-style comfort cuisine to Toronto and opened Montecito in partnership with Toronto native and film director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters). It’s significant events like these that have put Toronto on the map for restaurateurs looking to expand their businesses, while in the background, the city’s multiculturalism and food culture have also created a substantial level of demand, making it an exciting and challenging destination for the ambitious, but an extremely rewarding one, too. Dining scene aside, with the Toronto International Film Festival, sports franchises like the Blue Jays and the Raptors who are winning games and taking names, and of course, Drake, Toronto (rather, the “6ix”) is having its moment and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing.
Byblos 11 Duncan St., 647-660-0909; byblostoronto.com Café Boulud Four Seasons Toronto, 60 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6000; cafeboulud.com/Toronto Canoe Toronto-Dominion Centre, 66 Wellington St. W., 54th Floor, 416-364-0054; canoerestaurant.com d|bar Four Seasons Toronto, 60 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6010; dbartoronto.com Fring’s 455 King St. W., 416-979-9696; fringsrestaurant.com JaBistro 222 Richmond St. W., 647-748-0222; jabistro.com Jamie’s Italian Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-238-7450; Square One Shopping Centre, 100 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, 905-766-9090; jamieoliver.com/Italian Kinka Izakaya 398 Church St., 416-977-0999; 559 Bloor St. W., 647-343-1101; kinkaizakaya.com Kinton Ramen 51 Baldwin St., 647-748-8900; 668 Bloor St. W., 416-551-8177; 402 Queen St. W., 647-350-8666; 396 Church St., 647-348-8555; kintonramen.com
Montecito 299 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-0299; montecitorestaurant.ca Patria 478 King St. W., 416-367-0505; patriatoronto.com FRoM toP: AN OFFeRINg FROM MOMOFUKU ShōTō; The STYLISh INTeRIOR OF JABISTRO; ReSTO -LOUNge FRINg’S FROM CheF SUSUR Lee AND RAppeR DRAKe 24 where.ca / / e s s e n t i a l t o r o n t o 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7
Weslodge Saloon 480 King St. W., 647-660-0999; weslodge.com
MoMofuku shoto photo kayla rocca.
Momofuku Shōtō 190 University Ave., 647-253-8000; momofuku.com
Stories, Songs and Shows
Toronto’s cultural and performing arts institutions boast a full slate of premiere productions and innovative exhibitions. BY CRAIG MOY
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o matter the venue, style or genre, art is a conversation between creator, performer and audience. Each encounters the work with her own perceptions and interprets it in her own way. That’s empowering, but it can also be isolating, especially given today’s increasingly fractured cultural landscape. Toronto’s biggest arts and culture organizations, however, still provide us with the opportunity to see plays, concerts and exhibitions that are as inclusive as they are challenging, proving that mass appeal doesn’t have to be mundane.
ON STAGE FOR ALL
The Bodyguard photo by paul Coltas.
Widely accessible stories with universal themes have long comprised live theatre’s canon, from Shakespeare’s works to the biggest Broadway spectacles. Even so, Toronto’s 2016-17 stage season seems the stuff of legend—literally, with a number of shows that give life to our shared archetypes, and in one case, elevate a single man’s story to the level of myth. Opera is arguably the modern art form most indebted to mythology—both the “classical” tales of gods and heroes, as well as historical accounts that have, over time, gained many of the qualities of folklore. For centuries, operatic libretti have borrowed from or explicitly retold the fables and sagas of yore. No surprise, then, that such stories fill the Canadian Opera Company’s current slate. A new COC production of the bel canto work Norma (October 6 to November 5, 2016), for instance, has Canadian soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and South African soprano Elza van den Heever sharing the role of a druid priestess betrayed by her Roman lover, and Handel’s Ariodante (October 16 to November 4, 2016) adapts a portion of a 16th-century epic poem (Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furiosa) as a meditation on sexual jealousy. But the real-life-turnedquasi-folk story of a Métis leader’s martyrdom is undoubtedly the COC’s most anticipated new offering: Louis Riel (April 20 to May 13, 2017), which dramatizes a seminal chapter in Canada’s nascent nationhood and makes a conflicted hero of its rebellious lead. Making new myths is the stock-in-trade of modern musicals. Toronto’s Mirvish Productions has some intriguing ones (plus non-singing, non-dancing theatrical offerings) on its calendar. The Bodyguard (February 11 to May 14, 2017) stages the damsel-in-distress romance of the 1992 Whitney Houston film, while Come From Away (November 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017), playing here before heading to Broadway, highlights
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Another artistic Brit has breathed new life into a timeless fable: choreographer Will Tuckett’s fleet-footed Pinocchio (March 11 to 24, 2017) is set to receive its world premiere as part of the National Ballet of Canada’s 2016-17 season. Light and dark, wit and wisdom commingle in this dance debut of the familiar tale of a poor woodcarver and his living marionette. Similar juxtapositions are offered by the modern dance double bill of Genus and The Concert (March 29 to April 2, 2017)—the North American premiere of Wayne McGregor’s technically demanding piece and a lighthearted romp by Jerome Robbins—before the season does a grand jeté into melodrama, closing with John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire (June 3 to 10, 2017) and James Kudelka’s adaptation of Swan Lake (June 15 to 25, 2017).
MASTERS OF MUSIC If your ears perk up at the first notes of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake score or The Bodyguard’s “I Will Always Love You,” Toronto offers numerous opportunities to get your melodic fix pure and unadulterated from longstanding organizations such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Conservatory. The former has lately expanded its mission to bring classical music to the masses by peppering its repertoire of acknowledged masterworks (you know: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and the rest) with symphonic performances of
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our common humanity in its true story of a Newfoundland town that hosted stranded airline passengers in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And though it lacks a chorus line, The Audience (January 17 to February 26, 2017) promises high drama. Peter Morgan’s play peeks into the life of Queen Elizabeth II—one of the past century’s best known yet largely unknowable figures—by pulling back the curtain on her hush-hush weekly meetings with English prime ministers.
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popular pieces. For instance, this season sees the orchestra performing the scores to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark with Live Orchestra (March 29, 2017) and disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille in Concert (February 18, 2017), and interpreting The Music of ABBA (October 4 and 5, 2016). On the other hand, the more traditional side of the TSO’s schedule is boosted by many star soloists, including violinists Itzhak Perlman (November 22, 2016) and Isabelle Faust (January 18 and 20, 2017), pianists Yuja Wang (October 13 and 15, 2016) and Emanuel Ax (January 13 and 14, 2017), plus such Canadians as Stewart Goodyear (January 28, 2017) Jan Lisiecki (Febraury 15 and 16, 2017), and mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta (June 14 and 15, 2017). Stars shine brightly, too, on the beautiful Koerner Hall stage at the Royal Conservatory, which offers programing in myriad genres. A special series of shows focusing on jazz trios is a particular highlight, bringing to the city top performers like Kenny Barron (October 29, 2016), Stefano Bollani (November 18, 2016), and Jason Moran (April 1, 2017). The Wayne Shorter Quartet (April 22, 2017) and Joe Lovano Quintet with pianist Chucho Valdés (November 9, 2017) are also heavily featured. JAN LISIECKI
NEW VIEWS After almost a decade of solid, if not always spectacular success, the Art Gallery of Ontario finds itself in a period of transition. The 2015 departure of its lauded director and CEO, Matthew Teitelbaum, set off an almost year-long search that culminated in the hiring of Stephan Jost (formerly of the Honolulu Museum of Art) as the AGO’s new head. Fortunately, his honeymoon period looks to be a prosperous one; the gallery’s exhibition schedule features a number of crowd pleasers. The putative blockbuster, Mystical Landscapes (October 22, 2016 to January 29, 2017), assembles more than 100 masterpieces by a who’s who of painters—Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Munch, Carr, Mondrian, Kandinsky and many more—to explore the link between the contemplation of nature and the search for spiritual truths. You can expect
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similar sophistication when the Tate Modern brings to the AGO a career-spanning Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective (April 22 to July 30, 2017). Like the AGO, the equally vast Royal Ontario Museum has also undergone a change in leadership, and its exhibition halls reflect an evolving vision of what a modern museum can be. At first glance, the ROM’s sizeable display of works by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly (to January 2, 2017) might seem out of place at a museum largely devoted to the ancient past. His dazzling sculptures, however, reveal much about the science and craft behind the age-old art of glass blowing. Visual art similarly informs examinations of the social and sexual mores of feudal Japan in the exhibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints (to November 27, 2016), and pride and prejudice amongst Ghanaian tribal militias in Art, Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (September 3, 2016 to February 25, 2017). And if you’re still thirsty for groundbreaking art—literally groundbreaking, in this case—you’ll want to make tracks to Toronto’s completely reimagined Museum of Contemporary Art. Set to open in the 2017 inside a renovated west-end factory, the museum has styled itself as something of an international agora, where creators (and viewers) from around the world can come together to advance social, political and philosophical discourse through art.
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Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648; ago.net
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Canadian Opera Company Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231; coc.ca Mirvish Productions Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W. 416-872-1212; mirvish.com Museum of Contemporary Art 416-395-0067; museumofcontemporaryart.ca National Ballet of Canada Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595; national.ballet.ca Royal Conservatory of Music 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208; rcmusic.ca Royal Ontario Museum 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000; rom.on.ca Toronto Symphony Orchestra Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-598-9522; tso.ca
A Season of Hits Highlights from the 2016-17 season of some of the city’s top cultural institutions. CANAdiAN OpeRA COmpANy Norma (October 6 to November 5, 2016) Ariodante (October 16 to November 4, 2016) The Magic Flute (January 19 to February 24, 2017) Götterdämmerung (February 2 to 25, 2017) Louis Riel (April 20 to May 13, 2017) Tosca (April 30 to May 20, 2017) miRviSh pROduCTiONS Matilda the Musical (To November 27, 2016) The 7 Fingers Cuisine & Confessions (November 1 to december 4, 2016) Come From Away (November 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017) The Man in Black (November 29 to december 11, 2016) The Illusionists (december 13, 2016 to January 7, 2017) The Audience (January 17 to Febraury 26, 2017) The Bodyguard (February 11 to May 14, 2017) The Book of Mormon (February 28 to April 16, 2017) Mrs Henderson Presents (March 11 to April 23, 2017)
Strictly Ballroom The Musical (April 25 to July 9, 2017) Beautiful—The Carole King Musical (June 27 to August 20, 2017)
Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver: The Songbook (February 24, 2017) Alex Cuba and Friends (April 8, 2017) Wayne Shorter Quartet (April 22, 2017) Rosanne Cash (April 27, 2017)
NATiONAl BAlleT Of CANAdA Cinderella (November 12 to 20, 2016) Onegin (November 23 to 27, 2016) The Nutcracker (december 10 to 31, 2016) Pinocchio (March 11 to 24, 2017) Genus & The Concert (March 29 to April 2, 2017) A Streetcar Named Desire (June 3 to 10, 2017) Swan Lake (June 15 to 25, 2017) ROyAl CONSeRvATORy Of muSiC An Evening with Lang Lang (October 18, 2016) Kenny Barron Trio & Robi Botos Trio (October 29, 2016) Sounds of Ukraine—The Kyiv Chamber Choir (October 30, 2016) Chucho Valdés and Joe Lovano Quintet (November 9, 2016) Stewart Goodyear (december 4, 2016) Harry Manx and Friends (February 3, 2016) Dover Quartet with Avi Avital (February 11, 2017)
TORONTO SymphONy ORCheSTRA Opening Night: Renée Fleming (September 21, 2016) Yuja Wang (October 13 and 15, 2016) The Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert (december 1 to 3, 2016) Magnificient Mozart (January 11 and 12, 2017) Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart (January 13 and 14, 2017) Jan Lisiecki Plays Schumann (February 15 and 16, 2017) Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille in Concert (February 18, 2017) Kronos Quartet (March 11, 2017) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark with Live Orchestra (March 29, 2017) Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein (April 18 and 19, 2017) Beethoven Symphony 7 (May 25, 2017) A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (June 6 and 7, 2017)
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The Golden Fleece
The most delicate and prestigious of fibres, cashmere connotes a refined elegance. By Linda Luong Luck
ashmere, that most soft and supple of materials, has long been associated with prestige and luxury. it was an extravagance that once only royalty could afford—napoleon bestowed his first wife Joséphine a Pashmina making them popular within the royal court, while his second wife, Marie Louise, received 17 cashmere shawls as a bridal gift.
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Today, cashmere is much more accessible but no less coveted or revered. its particular exclusiveness lies in its availability. “it is a rare material and there is only a limited amount of cashmere available yearly,” says ana gutierrez, operations manager of Black Goat Cashmere, which has three locations in British columbia and one here in Toronto. “The demand exceeds the supply.” alison currie, owner of The Cashmere Shop in yorkville, adds that “There is a limit to its abundance, especially good quality, and this contributes to its luxury.” Though cashmere derives its name from the kashmir region of northern india, the textile is most commonly found in such countries as australia, new Zealand, afghanistan, china, and Mongolia. Both Black goat cashmere and The cashmere Shop exclusively source their materials from Mongolia, where the weather conditions are most favourable. Because of the extreme cold, goats in this region tend to grow thicker coats to protect them from the environment, resulting in more durable fibres. Mongolia is also a country that “not only treats its goats, but also the knitters fairly and ethically,” says currie. on average, it takes the hair of approximately three to four goats to produce one sweater. The process to extract the fibre is a labour intensive one that commences each spring when goats begin to shed their thick undercoats. Farmers then carefully comb each animal individually, separating the long and short hairs, retaining the longest ones, which are the most durable. The hairs are then washed, dyed and spun into spools of yarn, ready to be transformed into sweaters, scarves, shawls, blankets, and more. Though currie says that cashmere items are cherished gifts because they’re classic and timeless, often becoming heirlooms within a family, people are afraid to buy it for themselves or to gift it because they think it’s difficult to care for. “Truly, you can’t ruin cashmere unless you put it in very hot water or the dryer,” says currie, who says the textile is resilient and can last for years and years.
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A guide to buying cashmere Not all cashmere is made equal; here Alison Currie offers her top tips. 1. check the label for the garment contents. Lots of companies are misrepresenting their items as cashmere when there is very little cashmere in them. 2. Make sure the cashmere is knit tightly. with the exception of some items, cashmere is best knit tightly. The tighter the knit, the less chance of pilling. 3. ensure the garments in the store don’t have excessive loose hairs and don’t pill or tangle when rubbed together.
it’s also a versatile natural material, notes gutierrez, because it can be warm in cold weather, yet allows air to flow through when temperatures rise.
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cashmere is also shaking its musty image as something worn by older generations, best represented by grandma’s traditional two-piece cardigan set. gutierrez has noticed a younger clientele at her stores, who are gravitating to the boutique’s trendy pieces with seasonally-changing silhouettes and a broad array of colours.
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Fashion-forward brands like Uniqlo are also staking their claim in the coveted market, drawing in younger consumers. The beloved Japanese company, which opened its first canadian outposts in fall 2016 at the cF Toronto eaton centre and yorkdale Shopping centre, carries a staple of crew and V-neck sweaters for men and women in a neutral palate of navy and grey, but also such eye-catching hues as red and yellow, all made from the hairs of goats raised in inner Mongolia. american retailer Lord & Taylor, which was founded in 1826, became synonymous with the opulent selection of cashmere shawls at its department stores. in time, the line grew to include sweaters, which continue to be held in high regard. Locally, shoppers can exclusively purchase the company’s signature sweaters at hudson’s Bay. another american clothier, Brooks Brothers, has established a loyal following for its cashmere garments, many of which are imported from Scotland’s most notable mill, Todd & duncan. cashmere, says gutierrez, is a “world renowned as a luxury item. Therefore cashmere gifts will always be considered as a special and valuable gift.”
GO Black Goat Cashmere 131 Bloor St. w., 416-967-4628; blackgoatcashmere.com
Brooks Brothers royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St., 416-368-0162 110 Bloor St. w., 416-960-6363; brooksbrothers.com
The Cashmere Shop 24 Bellair St., 416-925-0831; thecashmereshop.com
Hudson’s Bay cF Toronto eaton centre, 176 yonge St., 416-861-9111
Uniqlo cF Toronto eaton centre, 220 yonge St., 416-598-8560; uniqlo.com
hudson’s Bay centre, 44 Bloor St. e., 416-972-3333; thebay.com
yorkdale Shopping centre, 3401 dufferin St., 416-789-3261; uniqlo.com
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The Shore Club Toronto can take your night from ordinary to exceptional.
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Hour Class These handsome men’s watches bring all new meaning to the phrase “quality time,” pairing exquisite design with innovative movements. Photography by Liam mogan Styling by KriStina Lerner/Judy inc. Produced by Linda Luong LucK
MeisterSinger Phanero, $2,195, L’oro Jewellery (cF Sherway gardens, 25 the West mall, 416-622-9400; loro.ca); Baume & Mercier Clifton 10210, $4,990, Birks (manulife centre, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2266; maisonbirks.com); Tiffany CT60 3-hand watch in 18 karat rose gold, $16,700, tiffany & co. (150 Bloor St. W., 416-921-3900; tiffany.ca) essential toronto 2016-2017
Longines Heritage 1918, $2,100, european Jewellery (yorkdale Shopping centre, 3401 dufferin St., 416-789-7676; europeanjewellery.com); Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture, $18,100, L’oro Jewellery (Vaughan mills Shopping centre, 1 Bass Pro mills dr., Vaughan, 905-660-9993; loro.ca)
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Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Midnight Carbon, $15,750, Bandiera Jewellers (123 yorkville ave., 416-6428806; bandierajewellers.com); Omega Speedmaster with gold dial and markers, $17,550, royal de Versailles (101 Bloor St. W., 416-9677201; royaldeversailles.com); Hamilton American Classic Rail Road, $2,295, european Jewellery (cF toronto eaton centre, 220 yonge St., 416-5995440; europeanjewellery.com); Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot, $1,145, european Jewellery
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Rolex Cellini Date with blue guilloche dial, $20,400, royal de Versailles (101 Bloor St. W., 416-967-7201; royaldeversailles.com); Rado Centrix Open Heart, $2,230, european Jewellery (cF toronto eaton centre, 220 yonge St., 416-599-5440; europeanjewellery.com); TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11, $6,900, Birks (manulife centre, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2266; maisonbirks.com)
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It’s All About Ambience
When people think of steakhouses they often think of their 1960’s heyday, conjuring up images of huge slabs of meat, formal service, and cocktails that would make Don Draper proud. Steakhouses have remained a popular choice throughout the generations changing and evolving to meet diners’ needs while preserving their original charm.
The decor at La Castile features stained glass windows, enormous chandeliers suspended from cathedral ceilings, and antiques from around the world. Throne-like seating and wait staff dressed in tuxedos add to the formal effect. On the more contemporary end, art deco ocean liners inspired The Shore Club’s dining room, which features original artwork by celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk. “Each of the tables is designed to make you feel like you’re in your own little nook, or your own little world,” says general manager and sommelier Craig Young. A respite from the busyness of the Financial District, Hy’s “welcomes patrons to a soaring room of dark polished woods, sumptuous velvet banquettes, and gilded mirrors. It’s a space that feels familiar yet has that feeling of being cocooned in a grand and gracious home,” says Ostlund.
Steakhouses owe their enduring popularity in part to the sense of tradition and history they represent. Founded by Harry Barberian in 1959, Barberian’s Steak House is now run by his son Arron, who strives to uphold his father’s vision. “He’s here every day. He’ll come in every evening just to go around and thank people for being here,” says Bob Bermann, special projects manager of Barberian’s Steak House. Over the years, the Barberian family has collected historical artifacts and touches of Canadiana to display in the restaurant, including paintings by the Group of Seven, Inuit carvings, currency issued by the Hudson’s Bay Company, and guns used during the Riel Rebellion and the War of 1812. At Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, careful attention is paid to preserving customs. “Favourites like Caesar salad, Steak Diane, and Bananas Foster are prepared tableside, creating an intimate relationship between server and guest, and a unique and unforgettable culinary experience,” says general manager and sommelier Randy Ostlund. 40 where.ca / / e s s e n t i a l t o r o n t o 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7
A Meaty Matter At each establishment, steak is the main attraction—it’s the reason guests return to a particular restaurant time and time again. The steaks selected by The Keg Steakhouse + Bar are “Canadian AAA or Canadian Prime quality, which are well marbled for flavour and aged for tenderness,” says corporate chef Steve McGoey. Ruth’s Chris Steak House puts an emphasis on
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maintaining the temperature of the steak: “We cook our steaks at 1,800°F (approximately 982°C), serve them on a 500°F (approximately 260°C) plate and finish them with butter. This keeps the steak hot to the last bite,” says executive chef Peter Morris of the chain’s Toronto outpost. La Castile’s recipe for the perfect piece of beef starts with aging, trimming, and carving the meat onsite. Steaks are then seasoned using a special spice, and cooked on an open charcoal grill to seal in the flavour.
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Of course, wine and cocktails have always been an integral part of the steakhouse tradition. At The Shore Club, the awardwinning wine list highlights vintages from Canada, France, and California, while the wine cellar at Barberian’s boasts more than 15,000 bottles on display in a temperature- and vibrationcontrolled space. In addition to a robust wine list, The Keg is constantly innovating when it comes to its drink offerings: A new cocktail menu is launched every spring and fall, drawing seasonal inspiration and from global beverage trends.
Representing a long tradition of hearty meals accompanied by swish drinks, steakhouses are a hallowed destination for special occasions such as engagements, anniversaries, and birthdays, but also for high-powered business meetings. Whether the establishment is new or has been around for decades, some things remain a quintessential part of the experience: a dedication to the customer experience and a high quality steak.
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar 560 King Street W., 416-364-7227; kegsteakhouse.com
Barberian’s Steak House 7 Elm St., 416-597-0335; barberians.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 145 Richmond St. W., 416-955-1455;
Hy’s Steakhouse + Cocktail Bar 120 Adelaide St. W., 416-364-6600; hyssteakhouse.com
77 City Centre Dr., #100, Mississauga, 905-897-8555; ruthschris.com The Shore Club 155 Wellington St. W., 416-351-3311; theshoreclub.ca
La Castile 2179 Dundas St. E., Mississauga, 905-625-1137; lacastile.com
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Redefining the Ultimate Retail Experience Toronto’s hottest new destinations for luxury shopping might surprise you. By Nicole KeeN
T i F FA N y & c o . o N B l o o R S T R e e T; c F S H e RWAy G A R D e N S ( B e l oW )
or decades, yorkville in downtown Toronto has been synonymous with luxury shopping, and it’s easy to see why. on a walkable strip of Bloor Street, aptly nicknamed “Mink Mile,” shoppers are tempted by the well-appointed windows of designer boutiques like chanel, Prada, louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tiffany & co., to name a few. Another highlight is Holt Renfrew’s 180,000-square-foot flagship (and their impressive menswear boutique two blocks west). “We are uniquely canadian,” says Alison Simpson, senior vice president of marketing and customer experience at Holt Renfrew. “We were the first to bring fashion designers like [christian] Dior to canada and offer luxury experiences found nowhere else.” Holt’s, as its fondly known by locals, and its instantly recognizable magenta banners has held court on Bloor Street West since 1978, and while there’s no doubt this landmark location will continue to draw customers from far and wide, the retailer is seriously expanding its presence in Toronto-area malls. our neighbours to the south are no strangers to luxurious shopping centres like l.A.’s The Grove and Florida’s Bal Harbour Shops, but Toronto’s malls have always lagged slightly behind. Until now.
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In recent years the city’s shopping centres have undergone some significant transformations. Once home to mostly mid-range mass retailers, many malls are now attempting to capture the luxury clientele who would normally frequent Yorkville. One possible explanation for this shift is Toronto’s changing demographics. “Millenials (20 to 34 year olds) have become the fastest growing group of luxury consumers,” explains Toni Holley, Square One Shopping Centre’s marketing director. “They’re driving sales through an earn-to-spend mindset and a strong desire for luxury goods, such as designer clothes, jewellery, watches, and personal accessories.” Not only that, says Holley, but the rise of online shopping has also spurred brick-and-mortar retailers to offer more in order to stay competitive. One of the first malls to expand its high-end offerings was Yorkdale Shopping Centre, located northwest of downtown. The opening of a Tiffany & Co. store in 2009 represented a major turning point. In short succession, Tiffany’s was joined by Canada’s first freestanding BVLGARI, Jimmy Choo, and Moncler stores. Not surprisingly, Holt Renfrew also revamped its Yorkdale outpost, creating an extensive main floor and a mezzanine level that houses the elegant personal shopping suites, and the Men’s Lounge, which boasts a grooming area, and a Tom Ford fragrance and skin care wall. Yorkdale receives another upscale boost with the arrival of Nordstrom in the fall of 2016. The Seattle-based retailer is renowned for its exceptional customer service, and both its Yorkdale and CF Toronto Eaton Centre locations offer personal styling services, alterations and tailoring, valet
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parking, and free delivery within downtown Toronto. Additionally, Nordstrom has several amenities of particular interest to visitors to the city; namely language ambassadors, and through the CF Toronto Eaton Centre location, a concierge who can book restaurant reservations and make sightseeing suggestions, and 24-hour express services available seven days a week to tackle fashion emergencies such as lost luggage. These are just a couple of the ways Nordstrom is striving to create an enjoyable luxury shopping experience says John Bailey, a Nordstrom spokesperson. “Our customer is anyone who loves fashion,” Bailey remarks. “We want to be an inclusive place to shop and we strive to bring customers great fashion in a wide range of prices.” Besides Nordstrom, another major American department store made its Toronto debut early in 2016: Saks Fifth Avenue. The opening of a 163,000-squarefoot location in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and a 150,000-square-foot location in CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto’s west end introduced customers to some of the store’s signature services such as The Fifth Avenue Club, a personal shopping and styling division, and in-store beauty salons by John Barrett. Both locations also feature Saks Fifth Avenue’s signature women’s shoe salon 10022-SHOE, as well as
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something for the boys: unique men’s areas with made-to-measure lounges. Hungry shoppers can find sweet reprieve at Saks Food Hall by pusateri’s, which is reportedly inspired by Harrod’s legendary food hall in London, England. And after a long day of retail therapy, a glass of bubbly from the Champagne Bar is sure to hit the spot. Both CF Toronto Eaton Centre and CF Sherway Gardens have made noticeable improvements in order to attract tech-savvy, fashion-forward customers. “Our goal is to heighten the journey for our customers at every moment by continuing to innovate the shopping experience,” says Andy Traynor, general manager of CF Sherway Gardens. One such innovation is CF SHOp! Text, which enables mall guests to access real-time concierge services via text message. At CF Sherway Gardens, you can also plan the most efficient shopping route by using the mall’s new digital directories. Yet in spite of all these new developments, wendy Greenwood, Cadillac Fairview’s director of retail marketing, insists that many of the classic attractions at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre continue to delight locals and tourists alike: “we take pride in delivering an unmatched experience for our guest, from the architecture, the infamous water fountain that spouts water up three storeys high, and the famous Michael Snow geese known as Flight Stop. Not to be outdone by the competition, Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre (just a 15 minute drive from Toronto pearson International Airport) unveiled its very own luxury wing on March 1, 2016. “Our goal is to appeal to the ‘true luxe’ shopper, someone who follows international style influencers and who has the financial means to frequently purchase luxury and aspirational brands,” explains Holley. And the new wing certainly delivers with an added 200,000-square-feet of retail space featuring high-end brands such as wolford, Stuart weitzman, and Rolex at Raffi Jewellers. Additionally, a two-storey Holt Renfrew flagship, and an 18,000-square-foot outpost of high-end menswear retailer Harry Rosen anchor the luxury wing. Square One also scored a major coup by securing the first Ontario location of Simons,
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GO a beloved quebec-based department store. discerning shoppers will be enthralled by the chain’s European point of view, particularly when it comes to cutting-edge menswear where coveted designers such as Carven, Vivienne westwood, and Comme des Garçons pLAY are all present and accounted for. Meanwhile, at Holt Renfrew, customers are treated to some truly unique services, such as sneaker cleaning (to help keep those Stan Smiths looking fresh) and bespoke leather embossing (who doesn’t want a monogrammed handbag?). According to Alison Simpson of Holt Renfrew, it’s this type of added value that builds a loyal clientele. “Customers want beautiful and exciting stores with the best luxury products, but what they really want is an extraordinary—and fun—shopping experience,” she says. So the next time you find yourself with a few free hours and the urge to splurge, you know what to do: Head for Yorkville or one of the new and improved malls and give that plastic a workout. For the record, if you’re looking for a souvenir, a Louis Vuitton wallet or Tiffany bracelet trumps a bottle of maple syrup any day of the week.
Bloor-Yorkville; bloor-yorkville.com CF Sherway Gardens 25 The west Mall, 416-621-1070; cfshops.com/sherway-gardens CF Toronto Eaton Centre 220 Yonge St., 416-598-8560; cfshops.com/toronto-eaton-centre Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St., 1-877-794-5304 Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 dufferin St., -877-794-5304; shop.nordstrom.com Saks Fifth Avenue CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 176 Yonge St., 416-507-3100; CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The west Mall, 416-621-4625; saksfifthavenue.com Square One Shopping Centre 100 City Centre dr., Mississauga, 905-279-7467; shopsquareone.com Yorkdale Shopping Centre 3401 dufferin St., 416-789-3261; yorkdale.com
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Districts of Distinction
Toronto is comprised of dozens of neighbourhoods, including cultural-based areas, residential enclaves, pockets preferred by young professionals, and ultra fashionable strips. These seven destinations are a mere starting point for exploring this vast city. B y K a r e n S t e v e n S
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each day it’s estimated that more than 100,000 people journey to the Financial District to work in its skyscrapers and office buildings. German-american architect Ludwig Mies van der rohe designed the Toronto-Dominion Centre, a formidable steel-and-glass structure that is 56 storeys tall. equally as impressive is the Royal Bank Plaza—the façade is comprised of glass panes inlaid with gold leaf. Look up at the corner of King and Bay streets to take in the impressive 72 storeys of First Canadian Place, the country’s tallest skyscraper.
first canadian place and royal bank plaza photos by ainsley boyd; canoe photo by cindy la.
GO Bymark 66 Wellington St. W., 416-777-1144 Canoe 66 Wellington St. W., 54th Floor 416-364-0054
There are many options for enjoying dinner and drinks while negotiating the next big deal. In addition to its modern Canadian cuisine, Canoe boasts a spectacular view of the city below and the island airport from its 54th floor perch inside the toronto-Dominion Centre. Jump and Bymark are two mainstays of the district: the former has a menu of modern north american dishes with Italian influences, while the latter is a Mark Mcewan-owned property that serves classic and contemporary Canadian fare. The Chase and The Chase Fish and Oyster are relatively new additions to the area, with a seafood-centric menu on the main floor and swankier dining upstairs. For a more trendy take, book a table at Drake One Fifty, which is accented with eclectic decor and art. Ki Modern Japanese + Bar is popular with Bay Streeters for post-work drinks and always fresh sashimi, nigiri, and maki.
The Chase The Chase Fish and Oyster 10 temperance St., 647-348-7000 Drake One Fifty 150 york St., 416-363-6150 First Canadian Place 100 King St. W., 416-862-8138 Jump Commerce Court east, 18 Wellington St. W., 416-363-3400 Ki Modern Japanese + Bar Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 416-308-5888 Royal Bank Plaza 200 Bay St., 416-865-8300 Toronto-Dominion Centre 66 Wellington St. W., 416-864-6448 t h e D I n I n G rO O M at C a n O e essential toronto 2016-2017
GO 5 Hazelton Men 5 hazelton ave., 416-323-0909 Andrews 87 avenue rd., 416-969-9991 Cartier 131 Bloor St. W., 416-413-4929 Chanel 131 Bloor St. W., 416-925-2577 Escada 131 Bloor St. W., 416-964-2265 George C 21 hazelton ave., 416-962-1991
Harry Rosen 82 Bloor St. W., 416-972-0556 Hermès 130 Bloor St. W., 416-968-8626
Once a hippy hangout, the Bloor-yorkville neighbourhood has evolved over the years to become toronto’s mecca for affluence and extravagance. Often referred to as “The Mink Mile,” the Bloor Street stretch between avenue road and yonge Street has some of the best luxury shopping in the city. There’s a mixture of popular, internationally-renowned brands alongside one-of-a-kind shops carrying designer goods like Hugo Nicholson, Andrews, and George C, among others. Ladies can dress for success with Pink Tartan, Escada, and Chanel, while men can suit up with a wardrobe drawn from Harry Rosen, 5 Hazelton Men, and Hugo Boss. The flagship Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street carries not only clothing, but also accessories and footwear from a wide selection of designers ranging from alexander McQueen to zadig & voltaire. yorkville has much to offer beyond clothing: sparkly accessories await at Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Royal de Versailles, while supple leather goods can be found at the likes of Hermès, Mulberry, and Louis Vuitton.
Holt Renfrew 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333
It’s easy to get pampered and rejeuvenated with the many excellent spas in the area. enjoy a healing bamboo massage or a restorative honey and lavender wrap at The Spa at the Four Seasons, followed by a dip in the indoor relaxation pool or whirlpool. Loosen up those knots at the Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt with Swedish, warmed river stone, or shiatsu massages, while The Spa at the Hazelton Hotel uses the Swiss product line valmont to leave skin feeling healthy and refreshed after a facial. The vIP experience at the Spa at Windsor Arms includes a salt glow body treatment, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and lunch.
Louis Vuitton 150 Bloor St. W., 416-968- 3993
Hugo Boss 83 Bloor St. W., 416-925-2677 Hugo Nicholson 43 hazelton ave., 416-927-7714
Mulberry 131 Bloor St. W., 416-944-8251 Pink Tartan 77 yorkville ave., 416-967-7700 Royal de Versailles 101 Bloor St. W., 416-967-7201 The Spa at the Four Seasons 60 yorkville ave., 416-964-0411
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The Spa at the Hazelton Hotel 118 yorkville ave., 416-963-6006
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Spa at Windsor Arms 18 St. Thomas St., 416-934-6031 Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt 4 avenue rd., 416-926-2389 Tiffany & Co. 150 Bloor St. W., 416-921-3900
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West End home to a burgeoning food scene, Dundas Street West has seen a flourish of trendy—and much-respected— restaurants in the last decade. Chef Michael hunter of Antler Kitchen & Bar brings big game to the big city, with bison, wild boar, and deer on the menu, while nearby Ufficio is a pescatarianfocused establishment with a menu of upscale vegetarian and seafood-centric Italian dishes. The ever-popular (and ever-outspoken) Jen agg has two restaurants in the area: The Black Hoof, which serves everything from tongue on brioche to horse tartare, and Rhum Corner, a haitian-style hangout where the music is loud, the plates are small, and the rum is plentiful. along Ossington avenue, the unique Oddseoul—brainchild of brothers Leeto and Leemo han— serves globally-influenced Korean eats to hipsters in a small and laid-back space. Canadian-French bistro Union focuses on fresh, seasonal and local, procuring ingredients from farmer’s markets and other nearby suppliers for their ever-changing menu, which can include the likes of elk sliders and steak hache. Boralia looks to traditional aboriginal dishes and the food of early settlers and immigrants to inspire its truly Canadian menu. The decor at Boehmer is impeccable—take note of the communal table and the eyecatching wooden chandelier strung with Swarovski crystals designed by the Brothers Dressler—while enjoying the likes of veal tenderloin or pan-seared atlantic scallops. hIGh ParK
GO Antler Kitchen & Bar 1454 Dundas St. W., 647-345-8300 The Black Hoof 928 Dundas St. W., 416-551-8854 Boehmer 93 Ossington ave., 416-531-3800 Boralia 59 Ossington ave., 647-351-5100 Oddseoul 90 Ossington ave. Rhum Corner 926 Dundas St. W., 647-346-9356 Uffcio 1214 Dundas St. W., 416-535-8888 Union Restaurant 72 Ossington ave., 416-850-0093
high park photo by ainsley boyd; the black hoof photo by dave gillespie.
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The Annex Charming victorian homes on tree-lined streets surround a high concentration of cultural institutions, while the proximity of the University of toronto campus adds a distinctively collegiate feel to this neighbourhood that some consider the true heart of the city. The Daniel Libeskind-designed Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest public museum of natural history and world cultures and is filled with exhibits on Canadian art and artifacts, east asia, dinosaurs, and much more. Just a short walk away, the Bata Shoe Museum has an impressive collection of exactly what the name suggests— more than 13,000 pairs of footwear and related artifacts. The Gardiner Museum and Spadina Museum are smaller specialty spaces—the former is devoted entirely to ceramics, while the latter recreates life as it was during the 1920s and 1930s in toronto. year-round, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is a destination for movie fans with a wide selection of acclaimed films and documentaries, while the annual hot Docs event held every spring is north america’s largest documentary festival. venture just south of Bloor near Museum subway station to the monument-filled Queen’s Park and tip your hat to the sculptural likenesses of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John a. Macdonald, and her Majesty Queen victoria, for whom the park is named. Just north of Bloor on Dupont, chef anthony rose is slowly taking over the neighbourhood with two restaurants: Fat Pasha, a modern Israeli-style eatery that serves large portions of house-made hummus, shawarma, latkes, and much more, while Rose and Sons serves up rich and hearty classic comfort food with a twist. a block north of Bloor, the swanky Opus Restaurant features an upscale continental menu and wine cellar with more than 2,500 choices. Fat Pa S h a
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GO Bata Shoe Museum 327 Bloor St. W., 416-979-7799 Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor St. W., 416-637-3123 Fat Pasha 414 Dupont St., 647-340-6142 Gardiner Museum 111 Queens Park, 416-586-8080
Queen’s Park 110 Wellesley St. W. (between Wellesley Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent) Royal Ontario Museum 100 Queens Park, 416-586-8000 Rose & Sons 176 Dupont St., 647 748 3287 892 Queen St. W., 647 348 7926 Spadina Museum 285 Spadina rd., 416-392-6910
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Old Town The best way to get a sense of toronto’s rich history is to take a walk around Old town. The Gooderham Building—or Flatiron Building as it’s commonly known—is one of the most-photographed edifaces in the city. Though the pie-shaped exterior is its most distinctive façade, the trompe l’oeil on the backside by Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant is worth a look, too. Walk east on Front Street to the St. Lawrence Market, a popular indoor food market that sells everything from specialty cheeses and fresh produce to meat and seafood, as well as many options for a quick meal. Up the street is St. Lawrence Hall, which was built in 1850 and restored in 1967, a spot for meetings, public gatherings, concerts, and exhibits. Walk through the lush gardens of St. James Park to take in the beauty of St. James Cathedral, which boasts the only set of 12 changeringing bells in Canada, one of just two sets in north america. Continuing further east past Parliament Street is the Distillery District, named for it’s original function as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, which was once the largest distiller in Canada. The cobblestone streets and restored victorian era buildings evoke 19th-century charm, and are home to boutiques like Gilding the Lily, Distill, and Gentil Umo, as well as galleries like Thompson Landry, Eskimo Art, and Corkin. events are held year-round, like the always-popular Toronto Christmas Market (november 18 to December 22, 2016), which is inspired by a traditional european holiday bazaar. numerous dining options abound: try Cluny Bistro for Parisian-inspired fare, modern Mexican cuisine at El Catrin, and the flavours of Italy at Archeo.
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The Gooderham/Flatiron Building 49 Wellington St. e., 416-392-1975
St. Lawrence Hall 157 King St. e., 416-392-7809 St. Lawrence Market 92-95 Front St. e., 416-392-7219 St. James Cathedral 65 Church St., 416-364-7865 St. James Park 120 King St. e., 416-338-4386 Thompson Landry Gallery Distillery District, The Cooperage, 6 trinity St., 416-364-4955
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Entertainment District Day or night, there’s plenty to do here with many of the city’s premier attractions, top restaurants, and an array of nightlife options concentrated within these boundaries. The TIFF Bell Lightbox has programming and exhibits year round and is also home to the glitzy, star-studded toronto International Film Festival each September. Mirvish Productions has a number of shows playing at venues like the Princess of Wales and the Royal Alexandra theatres. Baseball fans can watch a toronto Blue Jays game from a box seat at the Rogers Centre to get close to the action, while the Air Canada Centre is home to the toronto raptors and the toronto Maple Leafs, in addition to hosting big concerts. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, boasting more than 16,000 aquatic animals such as stingrays, sharks, and spotted jellies, hosts live jazz nights the second Friday of each month. The national Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company dazzle audiences with outstanding productions at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, while the toronto Symphony Orchestra demonstrates its classical expertise at Roy Thompson Hall. The Cn tower’s 360 Restaurant boasts an unbeatable revolving view alongside its changing Canadian menu and an award–winning “cellar in the sky” with more than 550 bottles from local and international winemakers. Going to see a show? head to Nota Bene where renowned chef David Lee serves a special two- and three-course pre-theatre menu. eastern flavours are served at Bosk, which specializes in asian-influenced Canadian fare in a sophisticated setting, as well as at Luckee, where superstar chef Susur Lee pays modern homage to dim sum and classic Chinese dishes. night owls should head to the speakeasy-inspired Parlour for champagne and classic drinks like a 21-day barrel-aged negroni, and in good weather, the heated patio complete with a firepit at Deq Terrace & Lounge provides the perfect spot for sipping cocktails and people watching. 3 6 0 r e S ta U r a n t at t h e C n tOW e r
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Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212 Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada 288 Bremner Blvd., 647-351-3474 Rogers Centre 1 Blue Jays Way, 416-341-3000
Canadian Opera Company 416-363-8231
Royal Alexandra Theatre 260 King St. W., 416-872-1212
Deq Terrace & Lounge ritz-Carlton toronto, 181 Wellington St. W., 416-585-2500
Roy Thompson Hall 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-6671 Luckee Soho Metropolitan hotel, 328 Wellington St. W., 416-935-0400 National Ballet of Canada 416-345-9595 Nota Bene 180 Queen St. W., 416-977-6400
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Parlour 270 adelaide St. W., 416-408-3666
TIFF Bell Lightbox 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433 Toronto Blue Jays 416-341-1000 Toronto Maple Leafs 416-703-5323 Toronto Raptors 416-366-3865 Toronto Symphony Orchestra 416-598-3375
The Waterfront Soak up lakeside ambience along the shores of Lake Ontario; there’s plenty to do on the mainland. Soft sand, cheerful yellow umbrellas and comfortable Muskoka chairs make HTO Park an attractive place to catch some rays while watching boats sail in the harbour. Similarly, Sugar Beach with its signature pink umbrellas is a relaxing place to enjoy both sun and shade. take in some culture at The Power Plant, a public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art from Canada and around the world, and in the lush Toronto Music Garden, which offers free concerts from June to September.
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One of the best views of the city skyline is from the water. Set sail with a chartered yacht from Harbourfront Centre’s sailing and powerboating rental department or Gone Sailing Adventures. Or, enjoy a number of tours and cruises such as Mariposa Cruises or Toronto Harbour Cruises, which offer both day and evening jaunts. take the ferry from Jack Layton Ferry terminal to the Toronto Islands to explore the beaches, parkland, and the quaint residential neighbourhood.
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alternatively, experience the lake’s scenic beauty from the comfort of a restaurant. Located in Queen’s Quay terminal, Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine has been serving award–winning dim sum with a panoramic view for nearly 30 years. tuck into upscale Italian fare at Toulà Restaurant & Bar, located on the 38th floor of the Westin harbour Castle, or if you’re a craft beer aficionado, enjoy a pint or two at Amsterdam BrewHouse, which is situated right by the water’s edge.
Gone Sailing Adventures 415 Queens Quay W., 416-529-4361 Harbourfront Centre Boat Rentals 235 Queens Quay W., 416-203-3000 HTO Park 339 Queens Quay W., 416-338-4386 Jack Layton Ferry Terminal 9 Queens Quay W., 416-392-8188 Mariposa Cruises 207 Queens Quay W., 416-203-0178 Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine Queen’s Quay terminal, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-203-1233 The Power Plant 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949 Sugar Beach 11 Dockside Dr., 416-338-4386 Toronto Harbour Cruises 333 Lakeshore Blvd. e., 416-260-5555
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Toronto Music Garden 479 Queens Quay W.; 416-973-4000 Toulà Restaurant & Bar Westin harbour Castle, 1 harbour Square, 38th floor, 416-777-2002
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True North, Strong and Free O Canada! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of our nation’s confederation, and while July 1 is the official day, hundreds of events are planned from coast to coast throughout the year. Among the government’s signature initiatives to commemorate the sesquicentennial is Canada Mosaic by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which reflects upon the 150 years of composition, song writing and cultural diversity that has defined our home and native land, encompassing a vast repertoire that includes classical, contemporary, indie, and indigenous music. “We’ve never really had an opportunity to do something as thorough,” says the TSO’s music director, Peter Oundjian (pictured). “What’s happening with sesquice is that we feel kind of a calling to look back. There’s no limit. It affords us the opportunity to collaborate with many, many orchestras across Canada and be inspired by each other.” The project includes the commissioning of over 40 major works and brief orchestral works, among other endeavours that explore our country’s past, present, and future. For more events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, visit passport2017.ca or download the mobile app. —Linda Luong Luck
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