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Best of Fall 2013: the six best art exhibitions in Toronto this autumn

Best of Fall 2013: the fall’s can’t-miss-it exhibitions
Best of Fall 2013 Art: David Bowie Is
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David Bowie released the song “Golden Years” in 1975, but only now, at 66, has he officially reached retirement age. The Thin White Duke doesn’t like to spend much time looking back, and so this exhibition—which was assembled with his blessing—does it for him. Curated by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and making its North American debut here, David Bowie Is presents a stunning multimedia exhibition of more than 300 objets from his incandescent career. It’s an absolute glamgasm, with Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, sketches, self-portraits, the elaborate props and set designs from the 1974 Diamond Dogstour and entries from Bowie’s personal diaries. Relentless reinvention has always been Bowie’s obsession; this is the first time his cultural mutability has been captured in one place. Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Wedding Guide: 34 of Toronto’s best wedding venues

Wedding Guide: Venues

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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.), 416-979-6634
For a truly magnificent celebration, Frank Gehry’s transformed AGO offers an awe-inspiring event space. On the third floor of the south tower, the 7,200-square-foot Baillie Court affords panoramic city views on one end and overlooks the gallery’s iconic spiral staircase on the other. Designed in modern glass and Douglas fir, the room can be divided as needed and seats up to 300. Executive chef Anne Yarymowich works with couples on customized menus, and a small army of professional event staff ensures the experience is as effortless as it is unique. Baillie Court rental includes a one-year membership to the AGO for the newlyweds. The Walker Court is available to rent outside of gallery hours in conjunction with a reception in Baillie Court.


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Jamie Kennedy is stepping away from the café at the Gardiner Museum

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On the same day that the ROM revealed that it’s closing C5, The Gardiner Museum, across the street, announced its own changing of the guard. On April 29, Jamie Kennedy is handing over control of the casual Gardiner Café to long-running Toronto caterer À la Carte Kitchen, though Kennedy will stay on as preferred caterer for weddings and other private events. The museum was previously the site of Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner, the chef’s flagship fine dining restaurant, which he closed in 2009 during a previous contraction of his culinary empire.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for November 19 to November 25

Joshna Maharaj hosts a screening of Tampopo at the Revue on Thursday

Monday November 19

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves a $40 prix fixe menu of Italian fare with half-price wine bottles and no corkage fee. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700. Find out more »
  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Warm up with a flight of boozy hot chocolates by resident bartenders Gord Hannah and Sandy De Almeida and a marshmallow sampler bar from The Sweet Escape. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Gourmet and Gluten-Free: Learn to prepare gluten-free meals with Marni Wasserman. The menu includes carrot-apple soup, brown-rice pesto pasta and saffron-laced quinoa. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Turkish Delight: Join chef Jenelle Regnier-Davis for an exploration of western Asian cuisine, a mash-up of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Highlights include grilled pine nut and dried-currant beef kofta, tomato-bulgur pilaf with fresh coriander and Turkish coffee custard. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Pasta Goodness: Paola Faiella leads a workshop on fresh pasta dishes, the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The menu includes pappardelle with boar ragù and penne with asiago cheese and braised lamb shanks. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • The Dinner Party at the Great Hall: Alexandra Feswick hosts a dinner inspired by Judy Chicago’s legendary 1979 art installation, featuring an all-star lineup of female Toronto chefs making dishes dedicated to the women who inspire them. Serving the meal will be some of the city’s top male chefs. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., 647-381-3401. Find out more »
  • From Scratch Cooking Workshop Series—Jamming with Manning Canning: This week, learn to make caramel-apple jam. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 13 to 19

The Stop’s Beer Garden takes place on Sunday (Image: Natalie Swiercz)

Monday August 13

  • Foraging Tour and Dinner: Join Tama Matsuoka Wong and Evergreen on an intimate foraging talk and tour in the ravines surrounding the Evergreen Brick Works, followed by a prix fixe dinner at Café Belong featuring recipes from Wong’s new book, Foraged Flavor. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-901-8234. Find out more »
  • Grillin’ and Chillin’ barbecue cooking class and pig roast: Learn to barbecue like a pro with pitmaster Jason Rees of the renowned Pork Ninjas Barbecue Team and the Culinary Adventure Company. Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Watch the salsa fly at the third annual mexi-battle. Taste and vote for your favourite salsa king or queen, and then enjoy some unique snacks from Rodney Dangerfood (three Drake cooks). 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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The Weekender: The Tsar’s Cabinet, The Nutcracker and six other items on our to-do list

The Weekender: Hair, The Nutcracker and The Tsar’s Cabinet

1. THE POLAR EXPRESS PJ PARTY
Most children love slumber parties and Christmas movies, which makes the decision to combine the two rather brilliant on the part of Ontario Place—it’ll be hosting a IMAX 3D screening of The Polar Express this Saturday. Kids can don their most festive jammies, make foam ornaments, ask Santa for items on their wish lists and settle in to watch the show. Dec. 17. $15 (To guarantee tickets, e-mail info@ontarioplace.com). Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., ontarioplace.com.

2. THE TSARS CABINET
For the house proud, this very shiny collection of decorative art and home goods—featuring the Romanov family’s Fabergé mounts, imperial porcelain eggs (you mean you don’t have any?), gilded dinner services (a home staple, of course), historical court photos and even their good silver—makes for good, if a little ambitious, inspiration. Some may remember the Romanovs: they were the Russian Imperial family that the Bolsheviks really, really disliked and, um, killed during the revolution of 1917. Perhaps you remember Anastasia better? To Jan. 8. $12. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8080, gardinermuseum.on.ca.

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Weekly Lunch Pick: a hearty soup and sandwich in Corktown

The chicken galantine sandwich and curried pumpkin purée soup at Gilead Café (Image: Andrew Brudz)

With Jamie Kennedy’s withdrawal from the Wine Bar and Hank’s, and his Gardiner Museum restaurant turned into an event and catering space, the Gilead Café and Bistro is now the best place to go for his French-inflected locavore cuisine. Inside, the trademark wall of colourful preserved fruit and vegetables makes a cozy spot for a fall lunch.

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Today in Toronto: Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko This Japanese-born American artist has yet to discover a discipline he doesn’t like or can’t master. He paints, draws, works in ceramics, bronze and glass, and designs for the stage. Find out more »

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The Weekender: Nixon in China, Kuumba and six other events on our to-do list

1. FRIDAY AFTER FIVE: DINNER AND A MOVIE
This edition of the Gardiner Museum’s popular Friday night event features a screening of the 1992 magical realist flick Like Water for Chocolate, preceded by a cocktail hour and dinner inspired by the film and catered by Jamie Kennedy. You can also just go for the movie, but why would anyone choose to skip out on ceviche, mole and churros? February 4. Movie $5, $45 with dinner. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-362-1957, ext. 201, gardinermuseum.on.ca.

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The Weekender: Make Some Noise at the library, art at the Brick Works and six other events on our to-do list

Out of Context—for Pina kicks off Harbourfront's World Stage programming (Image: Chris Van der Burght)

1.    FROM THE GROUND UP LECTURE: RAJ PATEL
Best-selling author Raj Patel has gone from working for such global organizations as the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the UN to criticizing them at every opportunity. Catch the academic-activist expounding on the true cost of food production (spoiler: local is better) before sitting down to a three-course dinner prepared by Jamie Kennedy. Oct. 17. Lecture $10, with dinner $200. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park Cres., gardinermuseum.on.ca.

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Best of fall fashion: nine favourite must-haves

Three of the city’s most stylish personalities reveal what they’re buying this fall, plus six of our favourite autumn looks after the jump.

NICHOLAS MELLAMPHY
Creative director of The Room

Black Brown 1826’s cashmere jacket
$399, The Bay

“This cashmere jacket from Black Brown 1826 is going to be the centre­piece of my fall wardrobe—I live in denim and jackets. I’m getting it in both black and charcoal. I love the luxurious texture of the fabric and the super-slim cut.”


JULES POWER
Womenswear designer

18 Waits’ Johnny hat
$225, 18waits.com

“I’m completely in love with 18 Waits’ Johnny hat for fall. It was designed in collaboration with Biltmore, Canada’s oldest hat maker, and made in Guelph. It’s an amazing smoky grey colour and totally in keeping with the earthy gypsy style that’s inspiring me this season.”


COCO ROCHA
Model

Greta Constantine’s Doris dress
$1,595, gretaconstantine.com

“I love the draping on Greta Constantine’s new Doris dress, a midnight blue gown that recalls Old Hollywood. It’s perfect for a red carpet event anywhere.”

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How Matthew Teitelbaum made 13 times more in bonuses than William Thorsell

Gallerias like this don't come cheap (Image: Ian Muttoo)

The CEOs of Canada’s top cultural institutions were likely choking on their morning croissants last week when they read reports that AGO director Matthew Teitelbaum became a millionaire in 2009, raking in a total of $1,070,262 in salary, taxable benefits and a $665,000 bonus for completing the Transformation AGO project. (The average salary of Canadian gallery directors of national institutions is rarely more than $300,000 a year.) Today the disclosure was made more shocking by the news that no other Canadian arts leader received such a whopping amount for completing a project during the same time period. The ROM’s William Thorsell, for example, earned a meagre $50,000 for completing Renaissance ROM, and he gave half the amount back to the project. When the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was completed in 2006, Richard Bradshaw, who spearheaded the renovation, saw no completion dough. There were no bonuses for leaders in charge of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the National Ballet School or the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and Piers Handling won’t be getting one for TIFF’s new digs, either. We know who’ll be picking up the cheque the next time these bigwigs get together.

This post is now complete—where’s our bonus?

Big bonuses at AGO raise questions [Toronto Star]
Million reasons why AGO Director had a great year [Globe and Mail]

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Famous frites not on menu at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead

Jamie Kennedy (Photo by Davida Aronovitch)

Jamie Kennedy had a rough year in 2009: he sold Hank’s and the Wine Bar, his Gardiner Museum restaurant took a more casual route, and he was essentially on the brink of bankruptcy. “I expanded too quickly,” he told The Globe back in June. “I was exposed to costs far out of balance with my revenue.”

Now Kennedy is making his way back to the kitchen five nights a week at Gilead Bistro, where his study in economy hasn’t gone unnoticed by The Star’s Amy Pataki (nor has the less-than-packed dining room). For example, Pataki notes that the bistro charges $3 for bread. Also, Kennedy sells charcuterie and soups through the Healthy Butcher and turns chicken and beef bones into stock that can be bought at Rowe Farms.

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Toronto’s Best Dressed: Jessica de Ruiter

Picking the perfect wedding dress is arguably the most important fashion decision some women will ever make. Los Angeles–based stylist Jessica de Ruiter (a former Vogue editor and Toronto native) pulled off an enviable mix of timeless and contemporary for her big day. We caught up with the newlywed—pictured here with her husband, artist Jed Lind, outside their reception at the Gardiner Museum—to get the scoop on stylish simplicity and why wedding conventions were made to be broken.

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As a stylist, you must have been imagining your wedding dress for years. How did you decide on this one?
I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding. I started looking in L.A., where I live, after we decided to get married. I went to Saks and found some amazing Oscar de la Renta gowns. Turns out the only other place to find his wedding collection in L.A. was at a tiny trunk show in the Valley, so I went there, which is where I found the dress. I took Jed to see it.

You took the groom to see the dress before the big day? Isn’t that against the rules?
I know, but I trust his opinion so much, and from the start we’ve been doing everything together. I decided to buy the dress in Toronto so I wouldn’t have to worry about shipping. I went to White in Yorkville, and it was the best experience. The ambience was perfect: they serve cookies and champagne. There is nothing like that in L.A.

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Ossington ban blasted, Jamie Kennedy interviewed, insects in food dye

Gear shift: Jamie Kennedy clarifies the transformation of his Gardiner Museum restaurant (Photo by joevare)

Gear shift: Jamie Kennedy discusses the future of his Gardiner Museum restaurant (Photo by joevare)

• Jamie Kennedy re-characterizes the closing of his Gardiner Museum restaurant as “shifting gears.” Though stingy with details, his rundown points to a working lunch series that starts June 17. [Toronto Star]

• Canadian actor and model Lisa Marcos tells the Post about her love of Daybreak’s breakfast and Blowfish‘s everything. Why eat downtown when she lives uptown? Restaurants north of Eglinton are “really busy all the time.” Someone’s never waited for a table at Terroni. [National Post]

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