Notable Now: April 20, 2012

[FAT] Week
Fashion Art Toronto [FAT] Week launches April 24th and runs through the 28th. [FAT] Week highlights some of the top local and international designers and artists who are pioneers in artistic expression. This multi-disciplinary festival is held at various locations throughout the city, with catwalks, installations, exhibits, and much, much more.

Just Opened: The Saint
The Saint Tavern opened last week on the ever-expanding Ossington Avenue. From the same company behind Buca and Jacob & Co., The Saint is a casual yet fine tavern atmosphere replete with rich woods and contemporary decor. It’s been rumoured as opening soon since 2009, and counts comfort food with a gourmet twist as the main menu direction. Find it at 227 Ossington Avenue.

Just Opened: Hawker Bar
Now here’s something a little different on the restaurant scene: Hawker Bar is a Singapore street-food inspired eatery that also opened last week on Ossie (164 Ossington Avenue). Named after the informal and festive Singapore hawker markets, this restaurant showcases some unique cuisine like chili salt tofu, beef laksa, and curry pork satay.

Just Opened: Waxon Waxbar
No, this isn’t just for the ladies. Waxon Waxbar, a high-end…well…you got it, waxbar, opened this past Saturday at 1246 Yonge Street, right in the heart of Summerhill. Offering services for women and men, Waxon focuses on one thing (waxing) and does it really, really well in an haute and calming atmosphere. A nice juxtaposition for that first wax strip…

Hot Docs Festival
Hot Docs is back and ready to showcase a bevy of interesting, unique, and illuminating films from April 26th through May 6th. Since the festival overtook the Bloor Street Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), there’s a new venue that will feature most of the films. Since its founding in 1993, Hot Docs has become North America’s largest international documentary festival. How’s that for Notable? 

Scotiabank CONTACT Festival
Starting May 1st and running through till the end of the month, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival will feature dozens of photographic exhibits at various venues and outdoor installations throughout the city. It’s become quite the attraction, with some of the best national and international photography being showcased, using Toronto as an expansive gallery.

Photo courtesy Hawker Bar