Notable Now Toronto: June 8, 2012

Sam James Coffee Bar
The third location of Toronto favourite Sam James Coffee Bar opened this past Monday in the PATH (150 King Street West), bringing the artisanal coffee excellence to the underground thoroughfare. Financial District workers rejoice, now you have the chance to get your exceptional espresso coffees and lattes in the middle of your workday.

Goorin Hatmakers
This long-time sartorial favourite finally made its way to Toronto. Goorin Hatmakers opened up about two weeks ago, with some top-line chapeaus for most any style. Located at 320 Queen Street West, this over-a-century-old hatmaker outpost is bound to become a quick fixture on Toronto’s style scene. Head here to get your favourite headwear garb, anytime of year.

This annual arts/performance festival launches tonight and runs through the 17th, and the city’s all aflitter with anticipation. Celebrating and showcasing everything from visual arts through to music, literature, performance, and so much more, Luminato is a must-attend for anyone and everyone. Taking place at multiple venues across the city, check out Luminato’s official schedule at for full details. 

The Drinks Show
Yes, it’s a 19+ event. Yes, there are tons of drinks to taste. No, you should not try to get every single one. The Drinks Show is back at 99 Sudbury Street, bringing with it Toronto’s trendiest crowd mixed with the city’s most renowned bartenders. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast, one of Toronto’s sip-olites, or just looking for a fun night out, The Drinks Show is where it’s at tonight and tomorrow.

25th Annual Power Ball
The 25th annual Power Ball in support of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery takes over the scene on June 14th. Experience the ultimate birthday bash when The Power Plant celebrates 25 years of the most innovative contemporary art at the best contemporary art party, with Toronto’s glitterati on-hand. This is a definite must-attend event, all going down at 231 Queens Quay West.

NXNE 2012
Now in its 18th year, NXNE has become a phenomenon. The Northern sister to SXSW, NXNE features over 780 bands – including The Flaming Lips, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Matthew Good, Bad Religion, and many, many more – and 40 films over 7 days as part of this interactive music and film festival. It runs from June 11th through 17th at various venues across the city.

Photo courtesy Sam James Coffee Bar