Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto’s historic Distillery District glows each December with the lights and flavours of a European-style Christmas Market.  From traditional German sausage and schnitzel to Canadian favorites like pure maple taffy and poutine, there’s lots to munch on as you stroll the Distillery District’s frosty brick lanes. The atmosphere is even more convivial as the Market’s liquor […]

11.12.2011 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events, Toronto · Tags: , · 5 Comments »
Al fresco art: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Al fresco art: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

I always meet the most interesting people at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.  Fewer exhibitors this year, surprising since it’s the event’s 50th anniversary but half of Nathan Phillips Square being fenced off for construction may have had something to do with that.  As always, though, quality at this juried show was high. The TOAE […]

09.07.2011 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , · No Comments »
Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

In Toronto’s North York cemetery, not far from the grave of hockey and coffee legend Tim Horton, “The Last Grand Duchess of Russia” lies beneath an Eastern Orthodox cross as white as a Russian winter. In this city of immigrant tales, the story of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga of Russia is one of […]

14.06.2011 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Spirituality · Tags: , , · No Comments »
Boxing Day in High Park

Boxing Day in High Park

I’ve never understood people who follow up a day of getting stuff with a day of shopping for more stuff.  According to some people interviewed by CTV News, lines had begun forming in front of some Toronto stores by 11 p.m. Christmas night! Even if December 25 is not a big day on your calendar, […]

27.12.2010 · Filled under: Canada · Tags: · No Comments »
Of the Factory Theatre, Off Bathurst Theatre Marathon and Halloween

Of the Factory Theatre, Off Bathurst Theatre Marathon and Halloween

Did I spend a typical Toronto Halloween? I think so. First brunch at vegetarian Sadie’s Diner (really, really good), then a matinee of Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes “Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy” at the Factory Theatre before racing home to toss treats at the kiddies. What can I say about Ronnie Burkett […]

08.11.2010 · Filled under: Canada · Tags: , · No Comments »
Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto, Ontario

Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto, Ontario

I’ve never understood the mass weekend exodus to cottage country when here in Toronto we’re already on beautiful Lake Ontario with miles of coastline and plenty of clean, swimmable beaches. This summer I’ve been communing with nature right here in Toronto’s east end at the Scarborough Bluffs: wading through wildflowers on top of Cathedral Bluffs with a […]

22.08.2010 · Filled under: Canada · Tags: , , · No Comments »
Creepshow

Creepshow

Rain, fog and creepy tales. What a night to go see Stephen King in conversation with David Cronenberg at the Canon Theatre! Last night’s packed house quieted down long enough for the King of creepy fiction to read a selection from his new book Under the Dome. He uses something he calls “mutual observables” and […]

21.11.2009 · Filled under: Architecture, Canada · Tags: , , · No Comments »
Has anyone seen my perogy?

Has anyone seen my perogy?

6’2″, eyes of blue, has anyone seen my pyrohy? It’s almost impossible to find those tasty pillows of stuffed dough in the east end so Mario and I made sure we got to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival last weekend to get our fill. It’s the largest Ukrainian festival in North America, big enough to close […]

27.09.2009 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Food · Tags: , · No Comments »
Great Escapes

Great Escapes

After getting caught in Jonas Brothers fandemonium on Bloor last week when the Toronto International Film Festival opened (no, I didn’t spot Joe himself jogging, just the swarm of fans and paparazzi chasing him), I escaped TIFF madness on Sunday by going down to Toronto’s eastern Beaches. I started at Woodbine where the volleyballers – and […]

14.09.2009 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , , · No Comments »
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