Notable Now: July 29th, 2011

Acadia Restaurant
Toronto’s resto renaissance continues with last week’s opening of Acadia Restaurant. Chef Matt Blondin – formerly of Colborne Lane – has crafted a maritimes meets Louisiana menu that features some of the best seafood and Southern dishes in Toronto. Acadia’s also bringing back true Cocktail Culture to our thirsty city. 55C Clinton Street (at College). Click here for our review.

Ruby Eats
The team that brought us Ruby Watchco – including Canadian chef extraordinaire Lynn Crawford – is opening Ruby Eats tonight. This chef’s paradise food shoppe will stock products for the kitchen and pantry, with a focus on local fare, serve up some prepped foods, and sell lemonade from a walk-up window – how cool is that? 742 Queen Street East. Click here for our review.

Top 10 Event
On August 4th the Top 10 Event will feature 10 notable Canadians who will each spend 10 minutes – noticing a theme? – on stage to reveal the ten things they feel you must absolutely know before you die. This event features some of Canada’s top talent, like Brett Wilson (from Dragon’s Den), Bollywood actress Lisa Ray, and Rex Harrington (So You Think You Can Dance Canada). August 4th at the Isabel Bader Theatre, get your tickets in advance. Click here for the vitals.

CN Tower EdgeWalk
We all knew it was coming and have been waiting anxiously, but starting Monday our excited selves will finally be able to walk along the outside of the CN Tower’s pod…it’s really not that high, only 116 stories! To coincide with the launch, one of our favourite not-for-profits, NABS, is calling everyone out with dare4NABS. Click here to learn more.

Free Concert: Sloan
As part of Ontario Place’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations, catch Toronto-based and Halifax-native Sloan free in concert at Echo Beach – Toronto’s first fully-licensed outdoor beach concert venue. Sloan has been a staple on the Canadian music scene for nearly 20 years – hard to believe The Rest of My Life was released over 10 years into their chart career, eh? August 5th at Echo Beach. Click here for the scoop.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Ah, the Beer Fest. Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend than moseying through Bandshell Park listening to live music by such notable acts as Dragonette and sampling some of the 120 brews being featured this year? Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a summertime must, and the pint-fuls of fun kick off next weekend. Get your tickets now, they’re known to sell out. August 5th through 7th at Exhibition Place. Click here for the vitals.