From clubs to the Com­modore

Spring is just around the cor­ner, and with it comes the count­down to pa­tio weather

Richmond Hill Post - - News - by Ron John­son

March is a time of change. We pre­tend win­ter is long be­hind us and prime our sum­mer wardrobe, watch­ing the ther­mome­ter du­ti­fully. Many cities in north­ern climes might be into po­lar bear dip­ping and test­ing their prover­bial met­tle against the el­e­ments by jump­ing into cold wa­ter. In Toronto, we pre­fer to be the first to sit out­side and have a drink on a pa­tio at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity. It’s far more civ­i­lized.

But where to go? This month, we fea­ture a cover story on the best bars in the city. Th­ese aren’t clubs wherein one might par­take in shak­ing some sort of groove thing, al­though that may hap­pen. Th­ese are wa­ter­ing holes that of­fer places of con­gre­ga­tion for friends for a lit­tle qual­ity time.

Also in this is­sue, our restau­rant critic Joanne Kates checks out the Com­modore, what she refers to as a “se­ri­ous” new restau­rant on Queen West. In ad­di­tion, we fea­ture two restau­rants of­fer­ing some se­ri­ous if unique takes on tast­ing menus: Alo and Shoushin. And Suresh Doss gives us a les­son in the proper eat­ing of noo­dles.

Jeanne Beker kicks off our life sec­tion by fill­ing us in on spring’s hottest fash­ion trends. As well, our health and fit­ness colum­nist Monika Sch­narre looks into a new bou­tique gym, An­chored So­cial Club, run by a for­mer rock drum­mer.

The arts sec­tion fea­tures a pro­file of the next big Cana­dian song­writ­ing ex­port Dono­van Woods, who has a new al­bum and a date to play Massey Hall this month. And Na­tional Bal­let of Canada’s prin­ci­pal dancer So­nia Ro­driguez gives us her four favourite books to check out.

In ad­di­tion, in The Pitch col­umn, ac­claimed and award-win­ning ac­tress Diane D’Aquila tries to con­vince read­ers why they should go and see her new Soulpep­per pro­duc­tion: Jit­ters.

Ron John­son

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