Hard to believe November is on our doorstep. Especially here, in Toronto, with temps still double-digits, it feels like winter is months away. But, as we all know, the holiday season will be here in no time. And so will the snow! Yes!

November is a great opportunity to reconnect before the busy holiday season swoops in and steals all your time, or your friends, or your friends’ time.

Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this month.

If you’re lovin’ it and looking for a taste of nostalgia this weekend then stop by Stackt Market for a look at the glory years at McDonald’s Canada. Celebrating 55 years in this land mass is no small feat. Tickets, and smiles, are free. The Gallery of Little Big Things winds down Sunday, November 6th at 8pm.

Our pals at Othership + CITY SHRED are inviting you to a cold plunge with their crew. Don your best bikini (or wetsuit) to join in this feel-good adventure on Lake Ontario. November 6th is warmer this year than previous, so if cold temps aren’t your fave, this year is an easier wade to get that participation ribbon.

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Sip n’ Shop at Kimpton Saint George

Holiday Market Sip n’ Shop at The Kimpton Saint George Hotel is an excellent chance to drink wine and shop, at the same time. Drop in to this Bloor Street Hotel on Saturday, November 12 from 10am-2pm for nibbles, mingling and merriment.

The hallmark of the official start of the holiday season goes to the Distillery District. A massive fir has been erected in the square, designed and dazzling with thousands of lights. Tickets are required on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 4:00 pm, and December 27-31 after 4:00 pm.

Here’s what’s NEW in Toronto this month.

Pret a Manger has arrived. The first location of this charming British-style Subway Sandwiches is located at 60 John Street. The UK import is partnering with A&W to expand for the next two years as a multi-phase launch, so look for more Prets popping up around town soon.

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Amanda Hamer- Boukan Edible Bliss

Boukan Edible Bliss 11 has been heating things up on the Danforth. The Haitian-Creole restaurant boasts an eclectic space backed by signature dishes, like a brunch Jerk Chicken Caesar Sandwich served on a croissant. Look for our feature with Chef Amanda Hamer later this month.

Authentic Italian breads and pastas and smart Tawianese late-night snacks like Sichuan Beef Tartare comprise the clever menu over at Parkdale’s Simpl Things. Evelyn Chick is running the show, with a beautiful backdrop of vases and vessels to entice you to stick around for more than a cinq a sept.

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Evelyn Chick with a Drink Your Veggies Cocktail

Across from the Eaton Centre makes this bar very accessible, even if the name sounds hard to find. 43 Down is based in the Sheraton Centre hotel, look for nifty cocktails and fancy-bar plates in a completely renovated space.

Cucina Buca is finally opening at Yonge and St Clair. The new iteration of the (not broke) Buca family branches out with ready to eat and grab and go ‘cucina’ flair. Look for this to open November 15th.

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Will Cucina Buca be a spin on Bar Buca? Only time will tell…

The Supreme Beings that brought us Storm Crow Manor have unleashed a new beast into the mystical galaxy that is Parkdale. Offworld is rather otherworldly, in their food and bar program, and of course, decor. We’re positive the Nanotonics menu offers a slightly-better-for-you take on typical cocktails, with vitamins and other futuristic infusions.


Café ZUZU aims to offer Regent Park a 50’s Italian-style throwback that’s inspired by the community. Janet Zuccarini’s newest offering incorporates a bottle shop, retail and cafe concept all in one sweet spot. Look for this opening at 555 Dundas St E.

Aloette‘s Yonge and Eg spot is coming soon, but not soon enough. The word is that the delay will be until spring 2023.

The Daughter is keeping us waiting, but we’re sure it will be worth it. Located in Leaside, the all-female fronted team helms the natural wine bar, bottle shop, and restaurant. Smart bites and sustainable tipples are a boon to Bayview. Stay tuned for more on this one.

Leaside is also home to soon-to-open Rumi Authentic Turkish Cuisine. The restaurant will feature brunch, lunch and dinner menus, with live-music and a vibrant space acting as a perfect backdrop.

Ramona’s Kitchen is a beloved brunch spot for Thornhill diners, and now she’s branching out further south on Bayview. Look for Leaside to score another brunch hotspot when this cutie opens soon.


Wish is closing. The darling brunch spot in the village has been around for over two decades. Citing COVID and other economic turmoil, and unsafe circumstances in their community, they list November 13th as their closing date on an Instagram post.

Patria has closed temporarily after a fire. There’s no word yet on damages or circumstances that led to the fire.

It’s a sad ending for Prairie Boy Bread. The Geary Avenue bakery is having a fire sale this weekend to sell off their wares to support staff pay. Be kind & generous.


All images by Libby Roach.

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