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5 Things to Do in Toronto This December

From craft cocktail bars to Mickalene Thomas' new exhibition, discover the top activities in Toronto this month.

Food & Drink


Photo: Stephanie Madeira


A mezcal mist adds a smoky backbone to the Pop Gun, a twist on the bourbon sour with toasted blue-corn syrup.

Mother Tongue

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Mother Tongue

At the Templar Hotel’s lower-level bar, go the oaky route with a potent Big Bop, which includes Sazerac-style bitters, vermouth and mellow American rye.



Photo: Mina Beronja


The trick to a plant-based sour? Chickpea aquafaba froth subs for egg whites in this vegan restaurant’s Tennessee Breeze – a sweet mix of amaretto, bourbon and fresh lemon.

Holiday Wish List

The Last Schmaltz

Photo: Kayla Rocca

Take This Schmaltz

Crowds flock to Anthony Rose’s restaurants for dishes packed with Jewish nostalgia, and his new cookbook, The Last Schmaltz, helps home cooks replicate faves like a tahini-doused roasted cauliflower and Nutella babka bread pudding.



Femmes Noires, Mickalene Thomas

Photo: Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Kalena, 2017; Acrylic and oil on wood panel, 121.9 x 152.4 cm; Collection of Ms. Ursula M.; © Mickalene Thomas/Artist Rights Society, New York

Making Art History

Mickalene Thomas is known as Solange’s collaborator, but the African-American artist’s commitment to black female empowerment extends far beyond the Knowles dynasty. With mixed-media pieces that reference cultural icons and the Western modernist canon, Thomas’ new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Femmes Noires, uses a kaleidoscopic filter to rewrite art history.

Through March 24, 2019