Friday, July 07, 2006

Shades Required

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night
Originally uploaded by 416style.
Billed as the largest outdoor art exhibition in North America, this weekend's free exhibit at Nathan Phillips Square is sure to be packed with both novice and professional art collectors finding out what this city has to offer. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (or TOAE) showcases an impressive variety of media and design by local artists. Those exhibiting may be students or established pros, sculptors, photographers or silversmiths, either way, it's an excellent chance to see so much in one place and meet the artists themselves. Rarely is there such an opportunity to find original artwork at the prices offered. It's absolutely worth a look. Starts at 10am Friday, Saturday and Sunday and runs until the early evening.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Caban Closing Sale

Caban announced recently that it would be closing its doors, and have now begun huge clearance sales at all of their Canadian stores. Though I was hoping to one day toast a US expansion - instead it's time to say goodbye to the 6-year-old franchise.

Shoppers are scooping up sales already, and though the sale is good, it's not "closing sale good". Caban's got some quality brands and that seems to be enough to get shoppers in for the bargains. In the food section you'll find 20% off deals on products by Dean and Deluca, Bodum, Stelton and Nigella Lawson. You can pick up books, like Susur Lee's A Culinary Life, for 30%, and if you're looking for big ticket furniture items which are 20% off you're going to have to get there fast before there's a sold sign on that Philippe Stark stool you wanted.

I'll have to mourn the slick lifestyle brand's demise in true Caban fashion, with a spill of bubbly on the hardwood floor (bought new champagne glasses) while I throw on a Buddha Bar CD and whip something up from Balthazar's cookbook.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Happy Canada Day!

rise up
Originally uploaded by 416style.
With so much going on in the city this weekend, what are going to get up to? Or, will you be one of those many who head up north this weekend to enjoy a little taste of the Canadian Dream? Whatever it is you choose to do - Have an awesome Canada Day!