Notable Now: September 30th, 2011

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
The after-hours art fest is back, and from dusk on Saturday till dawn on Sunday the city streets will be riddled with amazing artistic expressions. Exhibits and installations are split into three zones, and there are over 130 different sites to check out, where art will abound and creativity will imbue Toronto with a heightened sense of cultural understanding. Check out for our guide to the best of this year’s Nuit Blanche. Click here to check out the Notable guide to our best bets for this year’s Nuit Blanche.
The Arnold Party
As the official after-party for the 33rd Annual Business for the Arts Awards, the Arnold Party (October 6th at the Carlu, Yonge and College) will undoubtedly be one of the season’s most talked-about events. This Boardwalk Empire-themed party is the perfect excuse to throw on your glad rags, grab your rubes and head on down to the speakeasy for a night that’s sure to be the bee’s knees. Click here for the low down.

Beck’s T.O.ktoberfest at School
School Playground and Restaurant (70 Fraser Ave.) is playing host to Beck’s – you know, that ‘other’ German beer – T.O.ktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. With traditional German music, food (we’re already craving schnitzel) and Shuhplattler dancers, Beck’s T.O.ktoberfest will get you in the mood to don some lederhosen and down a few brews. Click here to enter to win one of two pairs of VIP passes. Simply reply in the thread on our Facebook fanpage.

L’Ouvrier Kitchenbar
It opened but a week ago, and already this new Dundas and Bathurst spot (791 Dundas St. W.) has brought respect to the working class from whom it’s moniker is begotten. With a menu as varied as the city itself, L’Ouvrier Kitchenbar is part of the rise of great Canadian cuisine in Toronto. It’s notable, ‘eh’? Click here to check out their menus.

Arts & Drinks
This converted storefront location at Dundas and Palmerston (800 Dundas St. W.) is an interesting little observia that’s connected to a bar/cafe and a locavore deli. For the art enthusiast, it’s the perfect spot to grab a drink, take a seat, and get lost in a creative trance while images dance around the space and guise the locale. Click here for more info on the space.

We are enamored with this concept. Toronto’s first Dishcrawl has finally arrived, and the night of feasts is October 5th. Of course, we can’t say where it will be – the meeting location isn’t announced until two days prior – but we do know the Dishcrawl will be taking a tour of four restos on Queen West. Basically, you grab a ticket, meet up, and check out some culinary awesomeness. Click here for more info. We just found out the first Toronto Dishcrawl has sold out, but there will be more on their way, so keep checking back.