Notable Now Toronto: April 26, 2013

Opening Soon: Switch
A new resto-lounge is set to breathe new life into the prime space just east of Yonge at 55 Colborne Lane. Renowned restaurateur and nightlife curator Hanif Harji is set to bring his Midas Touch to Switch, officially opening May 2. Switch combines the best of Toronto’s dining and social scenes within one trendy, sure-to-be-imitated venue.

Friday Night Live at the ROM
The superparty that is Friday Night Live at the ROM bewildered guests weekly throughout a short but well-hyped engagement last summer, and now the new season is back starting May 3 and running every Friday through June 21. The weekly event will see DJs, drinks, dancing, and some awesome bites and great exhibits throughout the impressive museum.

Spring Awakening at the Gardiner Museum
The weekend of May 3 through 5 is a time for awakening over at the Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park). Spring Awakening: Gardiner in Bloom sees spectacular floral installations inspired by permanent pieces in the Gardiner’s collection by 10 of Toronto’s top floral designers on display throughout the museum to celebrate the arrival of spring in the city.

An Artist’s Affair
On May 9 at The Carlu (444 Yonge Street), join some of Toronto’s top philanthropists at An Artist’s Affair. This event – in support of the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir – sees a silent auction, mixing and mingling, drinks and more coming together to entice guests at this amazing fundraiser.

2nd Annual Right to Play Ball
On May 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel (188 University Avenue), help children around the world at the 2nd Annual Right to Play Ball. Featuring drinks, hors d’oeuvres and DJs Tony Okungbowa and Jojo Flores, the event is in support of Right to Play, an organization dedicated to using sport and play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease.

TFI New Labels Fashion Show
On April 30 at The Carlu (444 Yonge Street), experience the next wave of great fashions at the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) New Labels Fashion Show. Presented by Target, tickets to this event help support TFI, the world’s first fashion incubator. In a win-win situation, you’ll get to see some great up-and-coming designers alongside cocktails and fun fashion.

Photo courtesy Royal Ontario Museum