It’s been 5 years since the very first Toronto Cider Festival was held in Toronto, and I’m still just as excited as I was then. Cider is my drink of choice, and I’ve loved watching the craft cider industry grow over the past few years.
This year, the Toronto Cider Festival will be held at Sherborune Common, near the waterfront. Guests will be able to sip on over 100 ciders from 33 cideries across Canada and the US. Participating cideries include: Lonetree, Ironwood, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Pommies, Spirit Tree, Ernest Cider, Muskoka Lakes and more! Click here to see the full list.
The festival kicks off with Country Night on Friday, featuring Alessia Cohle and her live country band,
along with DJ Moonshine from the RockNHorse. Those with VIP tickets will get early admission to Friday Night, a commemorative sample mug, and 10 sample tokens along with a Limited Edition 2019 Key to the City and 225 exclusive membership.
On Saturday afternoon, there’s a Waterfront Day Drinking Session with musical entertainment. In the evening, there’s a VIP session presented by Lonetree Cider that will include cider and food pairings. It also comes with a commemorative sample mug and 10 sample tokens.
I’m giving one lucky person the chance to win two tickets! You must be 19+ to be eligible to win. If you don’t win, you can purchase tickets www.torontociderfestival.com. Enter below for your chance to win!
If you’re looking to beat the heat, and take in a little culture while you’re at it, I have the perfect place for you. The Art Gallery of Ontario has two exciting exhibitions for the summer.
The first exhibit is Vija Celmins:To Fix the Image in Memory. Vija was born in 1938 in Riga Latvia. and has been a working artist for over five decades. Her practice involves a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, and detailed drawings. Throughout her 50 year career, she’s taken inspiration from the environment around her such as nature, or found images. The work in the exhibition is chronologically places from the 1960s to her present work. (more…)
Lego fans, get ready to be excited. This summer, a pop up brick bar will come to Toronto. The Brick Bar will be in Toronto for 3 nights. From July 5th to July 7th, Torontoians can experience this pop up bar featuring over 1 million blocks.
Everyone’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year. This time, there are almost 200 participating restaurants. Lunch prix fixe menus can be #23, $28 or $33. Dinner clocks in at $33, $43 or $53. See all the restaurants here.
All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will become an intersection of art and design. Throughout the hotel, site specific installations will be throughout the hotel. This year, there’s a permanent installation that will be at the hotel for one year that manipulates light and reflection to create new spatial experiences.
This totally free festival features thousands of lights and 44 building in the Distillery District. Exhibits range from fun to interactive to just plain beautiful. Local and international artists are participants.
This show celebrates and promotes designs in Canada and across the world. This year the show is bigger with more never-before-seen installations and features from 10 over design and architecture firms.
By now, you’ve definitely heard of the Happy Place. If not, you’ve definitely seen the photos of giant cookies, a massive rainbow ball pit and a confetti dome. The Happy Place is officially in Toronto, and it’s becoming more popular by the day.Taking over a small building on Queens Quay, the Happy Place hails from sold out shows in Chicago and LA.
There are different spaces to explore in the 20,000 square foot space, including world’s largest indoor confetti dome with half a million pieces of confetti, a bright yellow bathtub with a rubber ducky wall, giant X & O mirrors, 7-foot tall candy stilettos and so much more. (more…)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favourite TV shows of all time. (In case you are wondering, I’m team Spike.) I’m super excited that “A Night at the Bronze, Once More with Feeling” is coming to Toronto for one night only, on Halloween! This fun night has been brought to us by the Cardboard Sword Collective, founded by Kyah Green and Stephanie Malek, a Toronto-based theatre company. Find out more below.
Things in Sunnydale aren’t as harmonious as usual. Balance has been thrown off kilter when a mysterious force makes everyone in town burst into song and dance, revealing their deepest secrets as they do. It’s up to Buffy and the gang to get to the bottom of this musical mystery before everyone dances themselves to death.(more…)
TIFF was such a whirlwind! Tons of events, visiting celebrities and luxurious gifting lounges. The celebrities are truly living the good life with the Bask-it Style bag. Instead of having to schlepp a bag of goodies back to their hotels, visiting celebs are gifted a bag of goodies that are sent directly to their hotel.
In the past, celebrities that have received the Bask-it Style bag are: Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Colin Farrell, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Tom Wilkinson, Rachel Weisz, Iggy Pop, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.
Here’s a peak at my favourite items:
The House of Hayla has a new collection that was inspired by vibrant Pantone colour palettes. The Monochrome Collection heels are made from vegan synthetics in a single tone. I love how they look! So pretty. (more…)