This year I may not get to visit the Canadian National Exhibition as often as usual, but I’ve got a pretty good reason. My daughter was born just three weeks ago, and because my wife and I are kind of CNE fanatics, we decided we at least needed to make one trip with our little one to show her the sights and to have some food building treats.
Toronto’s streets will be flooded with movie lovers–and movie stars–this September as the 38th Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city from September 5 to 15, and today the festival has announced the full list of filmmakers and celebrities expected for all the red carpet events.
Toronto will host one of Canada’s ultimate geek-out events next week as Fan Expo 2013 brings thousands of fans–plus dozens of celebrities and hundreds of retailers–to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for four days of collectibles, signings, panels, and general nerding out.
The 135th Canadian National Exhibition kicked off today in Toronto, boasting some inventive (and decidedly delicious, but unhealthy) food, new rides, and a range of performers for everyone. This year’s CNE also welcomes a brand new add-on attraction with the launch of the new CNE Zipline that will whisk riders 1,100 feet over the midway for $30 a ride.
Canada has several festivals focusing on the big screen, but an absence of festivals celebrating television programming. That is about to change with the launch of the Canadian International Television Festival (CITF), the first of its kind in Canada.
Irony is not without a sense of humour, it seems, even if it’s kind of ruthless. Cocktails for Calgary was supposed to help raise money for victims of the Calgary floods tonight at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, but thanks to a storm–the likes of which the city has supposedly not seen since Hurricane Hazel in 1954–that fund raiser had to be cancelled, due to flooding.
Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.
Give me a cool drink and a nice patio in the summer, and I’m a happy guy. That’s probably why I had such a big smile on my face when Fionn MacCool’s invited me for their preview dinner last month to sample their new summer menu, which arrived on June 24.
It’s time to dig out that old family recipe that everyone always loves as the smash cooking competition TV show Recipe to Riches is back and they’re looking for your recipes. On the show, amateur Canadian cooks submit a recipe for the chance to win a grand-prize of $250,000.
For the second-year running, the SummerWorks Performance Festival will include a Live Art Series of 12 creations, which will feature an abundance of opportunities for audience interaction.