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The Find: our top 10 picks from the spring 2014 One of a Kind Show

The Find: 10 great products at the Spring 2014 One of a Kind Show

The One of a Kind Show, a twice-a-year tribute to local designers and artisans, peddles an amazing variety of unique products. This year’s spring show, which begins on March 26, features an incredible 450 sellers, with separate zones dedicated to emerging Etsy artisans and aboriginal creators. Shoppers can expect to find enough pastel-hued knick-knacks, cute cottage decorations and beachy accessories to make the never-ending winter feel a little more tolerable. Since it can be tricky to navigate the booths, we trawled through this year’s offerings and picked out our favourite products. Here, ten great buys for spring.

Mar. 26—Mar. 30. M-Sa 10-9, Su 10-6. Tickets $12. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., 416-960-3680, oneofakindshow.com

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The Find: 18 amazing products at the Christmas 2013 One of a Kind Show

backgammonThe semi-annual One Of A Kind lands back at Exhibition Place later this week. At the one-stop gift mecca, 800 artisans from across the country peddle handcrafted clothing, art, gourmet cooking oils, jewellery, knick-knacks, toys and more. It’s the easiest way to power-shop your way through your Christmas list in a single day—if you can navigate the hundreds of booths. To help, here’s a shortlist of our favourite products.

Nov. 28 –Dec. 8, M-Sa 10-9, Su 10-6. Tickets $14. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., 416-960-3680, oneofakindshow.com

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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. 

MUSIC
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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The Find: 15 picks from the spring 2013 One of a Kind Show

The Find: One of a Kind Show
The One of a Kind Show, with its signature mix of handmade clothing, art, jewellery, food, beauty products, toys and assorted knick-knacks, was around long before pop-up markets became all the rage among hip millennials. The latest edition of the semi-annual show, which starts tomorrow, also has a new feature: an Etsy marketplace where 40 mostly online artisans will flog their wares in the flesh. To help you navigate the thousands of products, we offer our top picks from the Etsy section and the rest of the show. Tickets $14. March 27 – 31; W, F, Sa 10–9; Su 10–6; Th 10–11. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, oneofakindshow.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 15–17

Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova in Romeo and Juliet (Image: Bruce Zinger)

In this edition of The Weekender: a timeless, romantic ballet, a play about condo life and three more things to do in Toronto.

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Romeo and Juliet
The National Ballet has staged different versions of Prokofiev’s classic ballet for almost 50 years. This new production commissioned from Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is a dazzling display of athleticism, and it was a hit when it first opened two years ago. $25–$239. March 12–17. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595, national.ballet.ca

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High Rollers: we break down five different billion-dollar plans for a casino in downtown Toronto

City councillors could vote on whether to allow a downtown casino as soon as next month, and they, along with the rest of Toronto, remain bitterly divided over whether it would be a money-generating pleasure palace or a traffic-generating crime magnet. In the midst of the ongoing debate, high-profile companies like MGM and Wynn have released flashy plans in hopes that big ideas and pretty renderings will help sway the naysayers. Below, we break down each company’s promises, from free CNE passes to Celine Dion concerts.

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Bridal Wave: five of the best upcoming Toronto bridal shows

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With banquets, dancing, flowers and open bars, there’s very little not to like about weddings. There’s sometimes very little to like, however, in the chaotic months spent organizing it all. Wedding shows and bridal shows can make the process relatively painless by gathering together everything you need to get hitched without a hitch. Below, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto bridal shows from now until the end of April.

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The Weekender: Grey Cup Festival, Terminus and five other events on our to-do list

Terminus, the first production in the Off-Mirvish series, opens this week at the Royal Alex (Image: Mirvish)

1. 100TH GREY CUP FESTIVAL
The Toronto Argos are going for grey on home turf this weekend, facing off against the Calgary Stampeders. For the past week, Toronto has had football fever (it doesn’t hurt that the NHL is still in lockout) with football-themed events—a mini football field in Yonge-Dundas Square, the Scotiabank Fan Zone at the MTCC—dotted around the city. Highlights of the festival include a zip line over council chambers at City Hall and performances by Zeus and Our Lady Peace. The mayor, of course, is in the spirit, even more so than most. Go Argos! November 15–25. Various prices. Various locations, 100thgreycupfestival.ca

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The Weekender: Santa Claus Parade, Winter Woofstock and six other events on our to-do list

Gordon Lightfoot (Image: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Entertainment)

1. THE FACE-OFF
Sure, these SportChek-sponsored exhibition tennis matches don’t actually count for anything, but with the calibre of players coming to the ACC, it seems peevish to complain. Former number one Andy Roddick, who recently retired, challenges upstart local boy Milos Raonic, while Serena Williams takes on Agnieszka Radwanska (Williams beat Radwanska in this year’s Wimbledon final). As a slightly random appetizer, there will be a pre-match celebrity mixed doubles game, in which the four professionals will be joined by George Stroumboulopoulos, Adrian Grenier and the current Canadian Bachelor, Brad Smith. November 16. $49–$214. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

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The Weekender: TIFF Kids International Film Festival, The Tales of Hoffmann and six other items on our to-do list

The Weekender: The Tales of Hoffmann, Mad Couture Catwalk and TIFF Kids International Film Festival

1. TIFF KIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
This film fest is for the city’s smallest movie lovers. Aimed at kids three and up, TIFF Kids (formerly Sprockets) features tot-appropriate features and shorts from around the world, both live action and animated. This weekend, our picks include Chimpanzee, Disney’s latest nature documentary; Alfie, the Little Werewolf, a Dutch feature about accepting who you really are, featuring a little boy who turns seven and suddenly starts sprouting hair, claws and sharp, sharp teeth; and McB, a doc about a group of elementary school children in New York who stage a production of Macbeth. Post-screening, kids take part in a Shakespeare-themed workshop. To April 22. $8.50–$12. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433, tiff.net.

2. THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
The COC kicks off its spring season with this Jacques Offenbach opera. The titular character, played by American tenor Russell Thomas, is a poet and storyteller in love with Stella, an opera singer. At a local tavern with his friend Nicklausse (actually his Muse in disguise) and his rival Lindorf, Hoffmann is convinced to sing a song to the eagerly listening revelers (he’s quite drunk at this point). The ensuing performance relates his pursuit of three prior great loves—and how they were thwarted by a cast of demonic villains, all played by bass-baritone John Relyea. We’re most excited about the famed Barcarolle duet from act two. To May 14. $12–$318. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231, www.coc.ca.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 9 to 15

Experience a Toronto version of the annual Thai Songkran at Khao San Road on Wednesday (Image: Wyndham Hollis)

Monday, April 9

  • A Taco Beer Tequila Fundraising Dinner: A feast hosted by Victoria Taylor, Jamie Kennedy, Parts and Labour chef Matty Matheson and rooftop farmer Katie Mathieu, with proceeds going to the Parts and Labour rooftop garden project. Tacos will feature spring shoots from the garden. Beer by Bellwoods Brewery, tequila by Tromba. 18 Bellwoods Ave., 416-722-6947. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts a battle for the best hot sauce. Bring your own and compete! The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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The Weekender: Sleeping Beauty, Canada Blooms and six other items on our to-do list

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, Canada Blooms and Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté in Sleeping Beauty

1. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
This classic ballet, adapted by legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, is based on Marius Petipa’s original choreography and hearkens back to a more traditional era. The story is familiar and the costumes and sets are beautiful, but all that takes a back seat to the exquisite technique, stunning athleticism and magical dancing. To March 18. $21.50–$201. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.

2. CANADA BLOOMS
With this week’s daylight savings time/double-digit temperature double whammy, spending an afternoon wandering through acres of pretty tropical flora at this annual gardening extravaganza sounds just about perfect to us. Bonus: the National Home Show is also on, and admission covers both shows, so if all those outdoor living ideas inspire other decor-related thoughts, you’re covered. March 16 to 25. $20. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., 416-263-3222, canadablooms.com.

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The Weekender: Prince, Romeo and Juliet and six other items on our to-do list

1. PRINCE
He’s a rock star, an icon and, um, something of an odd duck. (Remember his “Internet’s completely over” moment?) But more than any of those, Prince is a seriously talented musician—you can tell by his many and varied accolades, which include 30-odd chart-topping singles, seven Grammys and millions upon millions of records sold. He’s performing in Toronto to kick off his first Canadian tour since 2002, and we can’t see how it wouldn’t be a good concert. We’d love to hear performances of Prince classics like “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry” and “Cream.” Nov. 25 and 26. $49.50–$250. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 416-870-8000, ticketmaster.ca.

2. GAMERCAMP LV3 FESTIVAL
This Friday, gaming girls and guys will converge at the Bathurst Street Theatre for this video game–focused festival. Speakers (like Seth Cooper, lead designer of HIV protein–mapping game FoldIt), panels, screenings, a cereal breakfast, an Iron Chef–like game-building competition and an urban road trip—it’s apparently “like a live-action Mario Party”—are all on offer, but playing the actual games is obviously the star of the show (for many). Don’t miss the retro gaming stations (but if you have them already, there’s still game development workshops). November 25 to 27. $30; three-day pass $60. Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst St., gamercamp.ca.

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The Weekender: Onegin, Canada Blooms and six other events on our to-do list

The Fantasticks, Canada Blooms and Miss Lasko Gross at Graphic Details

1. CANADA BLOOMS
Walking through the grounds of this huge flower-focused festival is like bypassing the last weekend of winter and all of spring and jumping right into summer. We’ll be hanging out in the six acres of fully blooming gardens, pretending it’s July. With lectures, demonstrations and even gardens curated or inspired by Juno-winning artists like Ben Heppner and Jully Black. To March 20. $18. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes Blvd., 416-263-3322, canadablooms.com.

2. MONTPARNASSE
A hit at 2009’s SummerWorks festival, this remount is racy and thought provoking at the same time. Set in 1920s Paris, it follows two Canadian expats living in the titular ’hood and working as nude models: one’s the archetypal libertine; the other decidedly more self-conscious. But that’s where any dependence on formula ends. Writers Maev Beatty and Erin Shields, who also play the two women, chip away at the audience’s assumptions about each character at every turn. March 17 to April 2. $15–$35. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529, artsboxoffice.ca.

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Toronto gets crafty at the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale

One of a Kind Show visitor sees something she likes (Image: mistagregory)

Attention shoppers, potters, crafters and hobbyists: the One of a Kind Show and Sale is returning to the Direct Energy Centre from March 30–April 3. The kitschy finds and one-offs we’ve grown to love will all be on offer, but to ensure the need for granola bars, sedatives and sensible footwear, there are a staggering 118 new vendors (450 total) this spring.

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