Notable Now Toronto: December 28, 2012

Just Opened: Karelia Kitchen
Found at 1194 Bloor Street West, Karelia Kitchen brings the sensibilities of Scandinavia to the table. Featuring a room replete with, of course, Scandinavian design, Karelia Kitchen features smoked platters, roasted chicken, open faced sammies, and a fully-licensed drinks list showcasing Ontario wines and beers and, not surprisingly, vodka. 

Just Opened: Kingyo Toronto
We’ve another izakaya restaurant in the city to tempt tastebuds. Kingyo Toronto (at 51B Winchester Street) is a new outpost of the celebrated Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver. The space is a mix of East meets West, perfect for its Cabbagetown location. On the menu you’ll see faves like sashimi, short ribs, udon, and so much more. Watch out Guu… you’ve got some new competition. 

Bloke & 4th NYE
Supper Club Bloke & 4th (401 King Street West) is throwing it down on Dec. 31 for their massive New Year’s Eve bash. Seasoned party-goers will be bringing their tastemaking appetites to a pre-party dinner by B&4th’s Food Dudes, and come 10pm, the shindig really gets underway with DJs, bottles, and beats galore. 

Party at the Castle
At 1 Austin Terrace you’ll find the historic Casa Loma castle. And on Dec. 31, you can join hundreds of the city’s utmost fashionable partiers for one of Toronto’s most happening New Year’s Eve bashes: the Party at the Castle. Step onto history’s doorstep as you welcome in a New Year with DJs M-Rock and Class!ck, spinning hip hop and house faves through midnight and beyond. 

Stefan Sagmeister at Design Exchange
From January 9th through March 13th at the hotbed for Canadian culture, the Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), view the incredible works of Stefan Sagmeister in his exhibit, The Happy Show. This internationally-renowned graphic designer is one of the greats of our time, and his Happy Show aims to imbue viewers with just that.

36th Annual Canadian Club Outlook
For the past 36 years, the Toronto Canadian Club has joined forces with the National Post to bring an expert panel reflecting on markets, the economy, and political issues Canadians will be affected by in the year ahead. This year’s event – on Jan. 8 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – sees Amanda Lang of the Lang & O’Leary Exchange moderating such minds as Conrad Black, Andrew Coyne, and Warren Jestin.

Photo courtesy Kingyo