Category: Cultural & Local Events

Made With Love National Finals 2015

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Founded in 2009, Made With Love  has showcased talented countless mixologists from Canada and Mexico, inspiring them to new heights with the spirit of competition. 2015 was no exception, seeing the newest and brightest turn out to try their hand at making the perfect new drink. On May 26th the Everleigh Club hosted the 2015 Made With Love Nationals: the booze battle of all booze battles.

Spotlight On: No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce

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Being as obsessed with food as I am I have a tendency to visit a lot of food shows, at which I’m always watching for the next great addition to my fridge and pantry. No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce has been making its presence known in the city, and so I’ve encountered its delicious heat more than a few times and finally reached out to Carlos Flores and Sandra DaSilva learn a how they make such a great product.  

Spotlight On: Yo Sox

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I’m not a terribly fashion conscious person, but I do enjoy the occasional flair item to keep things interesting. And in the current resurgence of craft everything, why not craft socks?

The first time I encountered Yo Sox I was delighted by the sense of whimsy demonstrated by the cute designs. I snagged a pair of moustache socks and wore them as much as possible during Movember. The physical quality of the socks is something that I am pleased with as well – durability is an overlooked quality in a sock, given how much work we put them through every day.  Suffice to say I love this product and so I reached out to them, to feature them next in our Spotlight series. I chatted with the Yo Sox team in December at their Queen West pop-up, and followed up with an interview.

OOAK Xmas Show 2014 & Vintage Ornament Workshop


Celebrating it’s 40th year of highlighting local and international artists and artisans, the Toronto One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is an annual favourite of mine to visit, and this year offered even more to do, see, and shop for! I started the day off at one of the three Hands-On Workshops that OOAK was offering this year – presented by Coy Depot, making vintage stamped Christmas Ornaments.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair 2014 – Day 1


Toronto is a city that continues to have a ravenous love affair with books. In autumn, when the year-end book award season begins, one can find events suited to every taste and authors are treated like rock stars. In an already-crowded field, a new event has arrived on the scene that is sure to become a welcome addition. The INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair is a multi-day expo with the goal of connecting readers directly with their favourite authors and the publishers. It has a larger international focus than some of the other events of the season, which tend to focus more on Toronto and Canadian authors. This brings another level of excitement to readers, as it will include more well-known, best-selling authors who don’t typically come to this city.