Notable Now Toronto: December 13, 2013

Just Opened: Gilead Wine Bar
Jamie Kennedy is tempting us again, adding in dinner service to his much beloved Gilead Cafe and calling the concept Gilead Wine Bar. It recently opened in the evenings at 4 Gilead Place, sharing the same address as the cafe concept. On the menu are insanely reasonably priced eats like red wine braised short rib and galantine of chicken.

Just Opened: Duke’s Refresher + Bar
At 382 Yonge Street right at the corner of Gerrard you’ll now find Duke’s Refresher + Bar, a new restobar concept that’s bringing a better selection of eats to the otherwise dismal stretch of Yonge Street. With an “epic breakfast” on weekends, and lunch and dinner service throughout the week, expect Duke’s to become a hotspot for tourists and locals alike.

Just Opened: Brooklyn Tavern
More upscale bar food comes to Leslieville’s quaint area in the form of Brooklyn Tavern, found at 1079 Queen Street East. An approachable North American-themed menu forms the basis of the eats, ranging from giant meatballs filled with pulled pork to popcorn with smoked paprika and Manchego cheese. Over 30 beers round out the Brooklyn Tavern experience.

Winter Farmers Market at Steam Whistle
Support local farmers in the coolest venue possible when Steam Whistle Brewery launches their Winter Farmers Market. At the brewery’s DT digs (255 Bremner Blvd.) from Dec. 22 to Feb 3, 2014, you’ll find a consortium of farm-fresh delights like apples, baked goods, root vegetables, organic meat and cheese, beauty products, maple and honey products, all while you sip a cold one and shop.

Handel’s Messiah by Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, directed by Christopher Warren-Green, joins forces with the 140 voices of the heavenly Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and internationally renowned vocal soloists for a glorious and stirring performance of this holiday tradition. With shows Dec. 17 to 22, this is one classical oratorio you don’t want to miss!

Holiday Swing Time
On Dec. 20 at Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd. West), get ready for a jiving night of live swing music featuring vocalists like Alex Pangman, Terra Hazelton, Roger Clown, and Drew Jurecka, backed by the band directed by Peter Hill. Seasonal songs, traditional jazz, tin pan alley classics, and ditties from the Great American Songbook will all make their way to your ears.

Top photo courtesy of Duke’s Refresher + Bar

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