Toronto Weekender: April 18 through 21, 2013

As the mercury slowly but surely starts to rise, so does the heat on Toronto’s scene. With so much going on in the spring season, we’ve whittled down the options to give you the best of the scene… 

Start the weekend off over at Skin + Bones in Leslieville. This wine bar/gastro-house just launched their new snack hour – perfect for the after work crowd. From 5 to 6pm, they’ll be serving up some free snacks and half price drinks. Start with the nibblies, then stay and order from the dinner menu. 

Feeling more West End tonight? Get your ticket to the second DineXDash that sees you heading to two hot spots along Queen West. For only $35, enjoy a three-course meal split between The Samuel J Moore and The Drake Hotel. Make your choice of apps like grain salad with long grain rice, lentils, rye berries, roasted squash, feta, triple thick yogurt and seedlings, and mains like pan seared halibut with braised red cabbage and shaved fennel. Delicioso!

Foodies and gluttons alike can rejoice now that Fidel Gastro’s spot, Lisa Marie, is set to open Friday night. With a menu that reads like the dream list of a true gastronome, dine on massive turkey wings, mozzarella and marrow deep fried sandwiches, pork belly sitting pretty on some melted cheese, and so much more. Oh! And be sure to test out some of their surefire crazy tasty cocktails. 

Friday night over at Tattoo Rock Parlour, The Art Galleria Expo will be a massive party like none other. Hundreds of trendy scenesters will take to the club’s two floors to take part in a silent auction of artist originals, watch live oil painting, drink, dance, and network in a hip and sexy atmosphere.

With just over a week left before they shutter their doors, head on over to Elle M’a Dit in Kensington and dine on some delicious Alsatian cuisine. The folks behind this Market spot announced recently they’ll be moving on to other endeavours, so now’s your last chance to taste the glory that has been firing through their kitchen.

For those who are so inclined, it’s 420 Day at Dundas Square. If you’ve ever seen the large plume of smoke billowing from the downtown gathering spot, you know what the deal is. It’s one hell of a ride just to watch, too. 

Throw back to the 90s Saturday night as She Does the City hosts Spice World: A Dance Party at May on Dundas West. Dress as the fabulous five or go as your dapper self, and groove out to the old school cheese that is the Brit pop extravaganza of days gone by. Drink specials, Chupa Chups, a costume contest, and more await at this throwback social.


It’s that time of the month. 101 Markets is back at 3030 Dundas West for another instalment of artisanal finds. Vintage clothes, handmade wares, vinyl, organic treats, and so much more is up for purchase at this community art meets fashion meets food market event. Always a great find to be found. 

We’ve heard from several notable and trustworthy sources that Mill Street’s Beer Hall – the new spot in Distillery District – is open as of this weekend. It’s a great time to check it out, thanks to the lack of tourists currently in the city. (That’ll all change come the first heat wave). The menu sees a few great sharing options, influences from Germany – it is a beer hall, after all – and some out-of-left-field options. And, naturally, all the Mill Street beer you can chug.

Top photo courtesy The Drake Hotel