From clubs to the Commodore
Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the countdown to patio weather
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.