The city’s newest stores include: a shop devoted entirely to socks, two online vintage boutiques and new locations from Kate Spade and the Drake General Store. Below, the full list, divided into west, central, east and online, plus the latest gossip on upcoming openings.
HBC president Bonnie Brooks has brought a couture boutique, a new logo and several buzzy partnerships to Hudson’s Bay since taking over in 2008. The latest step in the dumpy department store’s transformation into a trendy retailer: a gleaming 50,000-square-foot ladies shoe department in its downtown flagship. The vast space—reportedly the country’s largest women’s shoe store—occupies the entire west side of the ground floor and has Hudson Bay’s mid-range brands grouped in shop-like bays. The high-end shoes formerly displayed in The Room have also moved downstairs to an expanded boutique at the Bay Street entrance, offering shoppers a wider selection from the likes of Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaïa, Charlotte Olympia and Pierre Hardy. The men’s footwear, meanwhile, remains relegated to the second floor. Sorry, guys.
The third location of the owner Shant Mardirosian’s crazy popular griddle-smashed burger chain opened its doors on Saturday to a line up that stretched a solid city block. Like Burger’s Priest’s other always-stuffed shops on Yonge and Queen Street East, the new Queen and Spadina location serves fast-food classics, Mardirosian’s unique burger bombs, like the soaring Tower of Babel or the Vatican City (the latter items are on the Priest’s “secret” online-only menu) and a new California Classic burger that’s still in the works. Also in the works: another location, this one at 986 The Queensway in Etobicoke.
The Place: A one-bedroom unit on two levels with original oak floors, brick walls and exposed wooden beams. It’s one of 11 condos in the Boiler Factory Lofts on Queen Street East.
After two years on Dundas near Dufferin, luxury vintage boutique Magwood relocated to Queen West over the weekend. The new store, right next to Trinity Bellwoods Park, will carry vintage bridalwear and children’s clothing in addition to the selection of vintage accessories, mid-century cocktail wear and designer goods expertly curated by owner Sarah Magwood. Tailoring by an in-house seamstress will also be available starting in May.
Magwood, 886 Queen St. W., 416-818-3975, magwood.ca
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.
For store addresses and hours, see target.ca
Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »
56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com
Used House of Vintage, the only Toronto location of a hip, Vancouver-based vintage retailer, has merged with Bang-On, a custom t-shirt store with the same owners. The lease on Bang-On’s Yonge Street store recently ran out and the owners were unable to find a suitable replacement space, so they opted to move the stock of tees and irreverent accessories into Used’s bright storefront on Queen, just west of Spadina. The resulting hybrid—a classic Bang-On shop with vintage pieces peppered throughout—opened today.
Bang-On, 489 Queen St. W., 416-596-8443, bang-on.com
Coming soon to Leslieville: Skin and Bones, a new restaurant and wine bar from chef Matthew Sullivan
Information keeps trickling out about Skin and Bones, a new restaurant and wine bar with Matthew Sullivan (Boxed, Maléna) behind the stoves. The most recent hint: this photo of a main course with the unlikely pairing of pork belly, bone marrow and octopus:
— Skin + Bones(@skinandbonesTO) October 7, 2012
1. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE (FREE!)
From dusk to dawn, the streets of Toronto will be packed with art and art lovers for the seventh iteration of Nuit Blanche. Over 150 contemporary projects will sprawl across three mostly downtown zones. Highly anticipated events include Reflexion, a 20-by-20-foot interactive “video crystal” at Yonge-Dundas Square, and Museum for the End of the World, a cluster of artworks in and around city hall (even inside council chambers). Check out our top 20 picks. September 29. Various venues. scotiabanknuitblanche.ca
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Those looking for an excuse to take a “cheat” day from that diet can indulge themselves at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. Professional chefs and amateur bakers will sample and swap recipes, with tons of workshops, baking competitions and product demonstrations packed into the three-day convention. Headlining the show are Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes, Anna Olson and the cast of Sugar Stars. We’d advise multiple bags for all the goodies, and perhaps some carrot sticks to counteract the inevitable sugar rush. September 28–30. $14. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com
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1. JUST FOR LAUGHS 42
Because one week just wasn’t long enough, Just for Laughs spreads this year’s staggering 42 acts across eight days. In addition to the usual comics (like Patton Oswalt and current reigning comedy god Louis CK), there are also several unfunny yet still worthy performers (like David Suzuki, and Elizabeth May interviewed by Raine Maida). And the whole “interactive” thing isn’t just lip service: the venue allocations and even the number of shows are all determined by pass holders showing interest in each act via the festival’s iPhone app. Passes are divided into four- and eight-show bundles. September 21–28. $99–$149 for different pass packages. Various venues, 1-855-867-4242, jfl42.com
2. GALLERY HOP (FREE!)
A more sophisticated take on a bar crawl (no booze, more culture), Gallery Hop 2012 Toronto provides tours through 42 Toronto art galleries. No ROM or AGO collections here—instead, artists and art lovers can chat and mingle in smaller venues and at scheduled talks staggered throughout the day. There are eight different areas, so hitting them all might require the creative use of a Metropass, a bike or a professional getaway driver (some trail mix couldn’t hurt either). One of the featured exhibitions: Christian Marclay’s absolute must-see The Clock at the Power Plant. September 22. Various galleries and venues, 416-368-8854 x101, galleryhop2012.canadianart.ca
Serbian-Canadian Dušan Varga’s Rakia Bar cannot be easily pigeonholed as an ethnic bar. Sure, you may hear Goran Bregović playing in the background, but then again, you may also hear Ella Fitzgerald or even a little CanCon. “We’re not looking to be defined as Serbian,” says Varga, who explains the concept behind the semi-subterranean retreat as “Balkan tradition packed in a contemporary urban space.” Varga’s concept of tradition is fairly loose: it revolves around artisanal fruit brandies (rakias), good food and taking one’s time, which means proper pacing. “I want people to sit back and sip the rakias, to really enjoy them and take their time,” says Varga—which is why he opted to set up his bar on the more laid-back Queen East strip rather than on fast-paced Queen West.
Obviously traffic’s going to be screwed. It’s a huge intersection.
—a Toronto Police Traffic Services spokesperson, on how closing the intersection of Spadina and Queen will make for an “awful” July. As of this morning, the busy crossroads was shut down for transit maintenance and will stay that way until July 23. For the next two weeks, vehicles, including streetcars, will be diverted to Dundas, Richmond, King and Adelaide, most of which are already backed up because of other construction projects. The intersection has only been shut down for a few hours, but the situation’s already being labelled “Carmageddon TO” in anticipation of a slow-moving, gridlocked mess. Happy summer! [Globe and Mail]