Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are tons of great events to check out and explore in the chilly months. Here are some of my favourites.
Winterlicious January 25 to February 7
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.
Winter Stations Feb. 18 to April 1
Walk along the waterfront between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach to see interactive waterfront art installations. This year, the theme is migration. Check out the winning designs.
Come Up to My Room, January 17-20
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.
Toronto Light Festival January 18 to March 3
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.
Interior Design Show January 17 to 20
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…)
In this beer obsessed world, I’m so happy that cider has found a place to grow and get bigger and bigger. I’m not knocking beer, but cider is my brew of choice. (What’s yours?)
My favourite drinks festival is back for 4th year of spreading the cider love! The Toronto Cider Festival will happen on August 24th & 25th at the Sherbourne Common, right by the waterfront.
This festival is tons of fun and a great way to get exposure to new ciders that you may not have tried before. There’s nothing better than spending a summer evening sipping cider next to Lake Ontario. This year the theme is wild Western and each session will have over 100 taps of cider available.
It’s back! Winterlicious is here, and they are taking reservations now. This year there are over 200 restaurants participating. The menu prices have increased slightly, but it’s still a great value. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $23, $28 and $33, and dinner is priced at $33, $43 and $53. There are also a slew of culinary events to check out!
This year, if you choose to dine at a King Street restaurant, there will be art installations and ice sculptures along the street. You can also save $5 off street parking here. Winterlicious starts on January 26th to February 8th.
New this year: Figures, Jamie’s Italian,and Frings
Best Bets: Batch, The Cactus Club, Cluny, Lisa Marie, Miku, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Momofuku, Pukka,
Feeling Fancy? Try Canoe, or Cafe Boulud
See all the participating restaurants here.
Check out some of my past reviews! Pukka, The Host Fine Indian Food, SpeakEasy 21, Reds MidTown Tavern,, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Batch, and Casa Loma Winterlicious Tea.
Time seems to be flying by! I feel like fall just ended, and now we’re smack into Christmas season. With the holidays comes one of my favourite shows….the One of a Kind Christmas Show! This year, the show features over 800 artisans, free DIY workshops and more. You can catch the show at the Enercare Centre from November 23 to Dec 3. (more…)