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Amsterdam Brewery is opening one of the city’s biggest brewpubs on Canada Day

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Amsterdam Brewery’s giant new 14,000-square-foot waterfront brewpub, which has been in the works for almost a year, is finally going to open on July 1 next door to the Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay.  The restaurant will serve Amsterdam beers (natch) and standard pub food, and the sprawling lakeside complex will also include a craft brewery and a retail store selling limited-edition brews. Size-wise, the new spot easily trumps rival craft brewpub Millstreet Beer Hall with 500 seats indoors, plus another 325 on a lakeside patio. [Canadian Beer News]

Amsterdam Brewhouse, 245 Queens Quay West, amsterdambrewhouse.com , @AmsterdamBH  

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 20–21

Buddy Guy plays Massey Hall on Saturday (Image: Paul Natkin)

In this edition of the Weekender, Stomp, the Toronto Bridal Show and three more things to do in Toronto. 

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Stomp
These eight percussionists, who create rhythms out of mundane objects—brooms, tires, trash cans and lids, matchboxes, hubcaps, Zippos—still sound explosively innovative after 22 years. Rush seats for their five-day Toronto run are being released first-come, first-serve at the box office on the day of each show. $25-99. April 16-21. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W. mirvish.com/shows/stomp

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Slurp Noodlefest takes over The Great Hall next month

Toronto is in the midst of a serious ramen fixation, so it’s only fitting that the latest food event from the trend-savvy Food Truck Eats producers is Slurp Noodlefest, which takes place at The Great Hall on March 3. The roster of chefs includes pop-up regulars like Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo and Nick Liu of the still-not-open GwaiLo, as well as representatives from more rarified kitchens, like Splendido’s Victor Barry and Richmond Station’s Carl Heinrich. Expect various takes on pho, ramen and other assorted noodle dishes, all priced in the $5–$10 range (there’s also a $10 entry fee). Amsterdam Brewery, Tromba Tequila and the buzzy new Dillon’s Distillery from Niagara will be serving the libations. Buy tickets »

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The Dish Power Rankings: The Valentine’s madness edition

Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag.

Edulis’s charming (and tiny) dining room propels the restaurant to the top this week on the strength of its Valentine’s bookings. Lower down, a couple new sold-out tasting menus debut, as does College Street’s next hot brunch destination.

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Our top four picks for Toronto Beer Week

The third annual Toronto Beer Week kicks off this Friday, with over 50 bars and restaurants, 25 breweries and two importers participating during the nine-day celebration of the city’s craft beer scene. After the jump, we assemble a four-pack of some of the more buzz-worthy events.

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Amsterdam Brewery announces relocation—and a massive new waterfront brewpub

Renderings of the huge new space (Image: Amsterdam)

Following months of rumours in Toronto’s craft beer scene, Amsterdam Brewery finally announced that it’s leaving its Bathurst Street location to set up a new, larger (and retail-friendly) brewery in Leaside. The brewing area at the new space will be featured behind a massive 40-foot-by-10-foot glass wall, and there’ll be a 2,000-square-foot room for casking events, corporate gigs and seminars. The big surprise, however, was Amsterdam’s announcement that it will return to its brewpub roots in grand and ambitious fashion, with a 900-seat hangar-sized restaurant (300 of the seats will be on a waterside patio) at 245 Queens Quay West, near Harbourfront Centre, the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Steam Whistle Brewery.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12

This weekend, Taste of the Danforth takes over Greektown (Image: Norris Wong)

Monday, August 6

  • Gladstone Culinary Tour—Koreatown: Join Gladstone executive chef Michael Smith for his monthly celebration of Toronto’s cultural diversity. Four-course menu with wine pairings. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Celebrate wild Quebec blueberries with a Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktail and blueberry hand pies by the Drake’s Stephen Prickett and Marc Mendonca. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

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See Ontario’s best shuck it off at last weekend’s 2012 Oyster Fest

Ontario Oyster Festival 2012

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This past Sunday, Rodney’s Oyster House, the centre of gravity for all things bivalve in Toronto, played host to the annual Ontario Oyster Festival. This was the 24th year for the seafood celebration, which raises money for Environmental Defense, an organization which promotes green causes ranging from clean beaches to banning BPA. The highlight of the day (and the event which brought us down there on a rainy Sunday): the crowning of the Ontario Oyster Opening Champion, who gets to go on to nationals in PEI.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for June 18 to 24

(To Make a Farm plays Thursday at the Royal Cinema)

Monday, June 18

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Watch top chefs compete for the finest in sustainable ceviche at this annual battle. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Canadian Beer News Dinner Series: Amsterdam Brewery vs. Flat Rock Cellars. Beast restaurant hosts a four-course dinner with both beer and wine pairings. 96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000. Find out more »
  • Super Foods for Super Health Workshop: Join Marni Wasserman for a workshop about nutrient-rich foods and what they can do for your health. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »


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Our top six picks for Ontario Craft Beer Week


The third annual Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off on Father’s Day (i.e., this Sunday) with 29 breweries participating in 29 communities throughout the province, and hundreds of events, including large-scale tastings, food pairings, special one-off releases, collaborations between brewers and Craft Beer 101 classes. After the jump, we assemble a six-pack of great Toronto events.

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GALLERY: Banana Mafia’s inaugural Asian Street Market party

The Banana Mafia throwing up deuces (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Last night was the first gathering of the Banana Mafia crew at the Amsterdam Brewery. This alliance of chefs was brought together by the team behind the upcoming GwaiLo, and is made up of Nick Liu (GwaiLo), Robbie Hojilla (Ursa), Jeff Claudio (Yours Truly), Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) and Leemo Han (Swish by Han, Oddseoul). The idea behind the Banana Mafia started with Liu, who wanted to do a Singapore hawker-style event by bringing together some of the city’s brightest Asian chefs.

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Enter the Banana Mafia: new posse of chefs to throw Asian Street Market party

While Nick Liu’s fans wait for the opening of his new Asian brasserie GwaiLo, the former Niagara Street Café chef has been showing up at various pop-ups and one-offs. Next up: an Asian Street Market at the Amsterdam Brewery featuring a crew of young Asian chefs calling themselves the Banana Mafia (the name likely does not refer to the fruit). The team is made up of Liu, Robbie Hojilla (Ursa), Jeff Claudio (Yours Truly), Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) and Leemo Han (Swish by Han and Oddseoul, which is presumably the name of the Han brothers’ new Ossington place). The event, which is almost sold out, takes place this coming Monday, May 14, with tickets going for $60 each. Check out the party’s event page for more info.

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Introducing: Bellwoods Brewery, Ossington’s new brewpub and snack bar

The view from the mezzanine, up above the main floor (Image: Gizelle Lau)

After a bit of a lull in new openings, it seems as though Ossington is in the middle of yet another restaurant and bar boom, with the launch of The Saint, Hawker Bar and now Bellwoods Brewery, the first new brewpub in Toronto after the untimely death of Duggan’s. Despite having opened just last Wednesday, the space was packed before 6 p.m. on Saturday night—in other words, the microbrewery is already a hit. Of course, smack dab as it is in the middle of hipster party central, we didn’t expect anything less.

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The Long Weekender: 9 to 5, Food Truck Eats and six other ways to spend your Canada Day/Pride weekend

Pride, Street Food and Canada Day—that’s what we call a long weekend.

1. 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
The ’80s are so hot right now. Ripped skinnies, jelly shoes and Chuck Taylors are all in, samples and remakes of ’80s jams are de rigueur, and this musical is hitting the stage. Based on the cult film of the same name, which starred Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, this high-energy show is basically the original Horrible Bosses. Three co-workers band together against their dictatorial boss, with a predictably slapstick outcome. June 29 to July 10. $40–$65. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., 416-644-3665, tocentre.com.

2. FOOD TRUCK EATS
Remember when Torontonians were promised more exciting street food, only to see their street food dreams go up in smoke as the Toronto A La Cart program was an utter failure? Here’s hoping this foodie event—which offers up five-spice pork belly buns (El Gastrónomo Vagabundo), cupcakes (Cupcake Diner), south Indian favourites (Tiffinday), kulfi (Joshna Maharaj), barbecue (Buster Rhino’s) and yes, even hot dogs—can prompt a street food revival. And if you’re cottage-bound this weekend, no worries. Organizers are planning follow-up events in August and October. July 2. The Distillery District, thedistillerydistrict.com.

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