Friday, 12 November 2010

Dance fundraiser at the Stonegrill
Here’s a great combination for a lovely evening. Graduating students at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre are hosting a fundraiser at the Stonegrill. There’ll be dance performances (of course), a live DJ and great nibblies from Stonegrill. Drinks during the event will be $4. It’s happening tonight, Friday November 12, from 10 pm to 2 am. The cover charge is $6 and proceeds go to the students’ activities including a Montreal trip and the students’ 2011 show. 51B Winchester.
Hey Foxy fans
Michelle has just handled an estate sale and she has some fabulous new inventory. She calls it “the mother load of amazing blouses, sweaters and jackets, a flashback from the ‘80s.” She also uses words like hot, sexy and retro glam. So it’s gotta be good. All of it is in gorgeous condition and some has never been worn. Foxy Boutique, 251 Gerrard.

Wine tasting at JAMCafe
The second tasting of Prince Edward County wines happens at JAM on Tuesday November 16, 6:30 pm. Winemakers from two wineries – Norman Hardie Winery and Hinterland - will be present and Av will again have a special menu to complement the wines and draw out their best character, including Matane shrimp paella, muscovy duck breast, and smoked sturgeon. JAM’s tastings often sell out so reservations are recommended. Call (416) 921-1255. Tickets are $35 for each evening. 195 Carlton.

Sharon’s getting ready for the holidays
Back by popular demand, Sharon’s 100% cotton Victorian-style nighties. They’re a really cozy Christmas gift. You can add some glamour to your wardrobe this season with snazzy sequined berets and a fabulous crocheted cape. New items are arriving every week – gloves, hats, scarves, coats and much more – and on the $20 rack, there’s something new every week. Sharon still has a layaway plan. 503 Parliament

Goodies at Gourmet Burger
It’s a good time to visit Gourmet Burger (482 Parliament). If you go there between 3 and 6 pm any day in November, you’ll get a free order of fries with your burger. Students can also take advantage of their 15% discount – check out the discount card available next to the cash register. And for the rest of us, there’s a Gourmet Burger gift card – if anybody has plans for my Christmas, think Spicy Cajun Burger and gift cards!

New from France at The Epicure Shop
Patty has a new goodie from Lyon, the home of France’s finest foods – Rosette, a charcuterie that will accompany wine and cheese remarkably well. She has it priced at $9.99 to introduce it (regularly $12.99). And for those with an incurable sweet tooth, she’s still selling Phipps’ cupcakes, voted the “best in Toronto”. These cupcakes are, of course, good for dessert and for hostess gifts at parties but they’re really wonderful when you eat them all by yourself. 473 Parliament.

Onirak is now a wholesaler
Onirak Fashion (423 Parliament) has long offered fashionable imports at amazing prices. Runa Begum tells us that Onirak is now a direct importer and is offering their clothing lines at incredible wholesale prices.

Christmas at Kendall & Co You can deck your halls with adorable holiday decorative ornaments from Kendall & Co (438 Parliament across from Spruce). They’re eco-chic and exquisitely made. Portions of the proceeds from each sale with be donated to a non-profit wildlife federation. Kevin reports to us that customers are already snapping them up and he suggests that you think big with them – hang them at home, at work and even in your car. There are lots of other lovely Christmas decorations on display now so drop by and check them out.

World Jazz for Haiti
World Jazz for Haiti is a fundraising project developed by Number 9 Audio (222 Gerrard) as a contribution to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts for that battered country. It’s a two-disk album offering music by world renowned jazz artists. It’s now also available as a digital download on CD Baby and it’ll soon be available at both iTunes and Amazon. For all the detail, visit

A reminder - keep these events on your calendar

Whisky tastings at Big Mamma’s Boy Caroline is launching a series of whisky and bourbon tastings at Big Mamma’s Boy (554 Parliament). She’s an expert and these nights are guaranteed to be exciting. The first is scheduled for Wednesday December 1. There’ll be a fixed-price menu and tastings of single malts and bourbons.

Riverdale Farm Advisory Council
The Council is holding its 2010 annual meeting on Wednesday December 8, 7 pm in the Residence Building at the Farm. New members are welcome. If you know someone who wants to serve, nominations are open and should be sent to For more information, contact Daniel Eldridge, the Council chair, at (416) 456-7787.

Reel World Film Festival
The 11th anniversary for Reel World Film Festival (438 Parliament) takes place next April. Submissions from filmmakers are now open. If you have a feature, documentary, short, music video or animation, submit it now. For all the details and guidelines, click here: