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Cherry Blossoms, a Food Hall and Literature: What's New and Noteworthy in Canada This Month

From Vancouver's blossoming buds to a chef-powered food hall in Toronto, here are 10 things to experience across the country in April.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ


Restoration Hardware

Photo: courtesy of RH

Sizing Up

Restoration Hardware’s 70,000-square-foot Yorkdale flagship opened last fall. Here, a by-the-numbers guide to our home decor envy.

40 Living rooms on display for home-decor inspiration

43 m Length of the café skylight

12 m Height of the floating staircase inside the four-storey building

26 Rococo crystal chandeliers hanging in the RH Courtyard Café

100 Hand-woven rugs

21 Different wines available to sip underneath that skylight

12,000 sq. ft. Size of the rooftop conservatory and garden, home to birch, palm and olive trees

Food & Drink

Assembly Chef’s Hall

Photo: Michael Gozum (Bulldog Coffee)

Chefs in the Hall

Assembly Chef’s Hall, a sprawling emporium in the Financial District, lets you mix and match dishes from 17 of the city’s buzziest chefs. Start with a rainbow brew at Bulldog Coffee, then move on to the killer kale salad at Ivana Raca’s Resto Boemo or crispy Peking-style duck wings from DaiLo’s Nick Liu. The Bangkok popcorn from Chantana Srisomphan’s Little Khao makes for a sweet, sour, salty and spicy dessert.

Vancouver - YVR


Soap Dispensary

Photo: Fahim Kassam

Clean Sweep

At the Soap Dispensary, a bright, zero-waste home store, empty bottles wait to be filled with eco-friendly soaps and detergents by local lines like Carina Organics and Plenty + Spare. Natural brushes and compostable sponges also help with a vigorous spring cleaning – though the elbow grease, alas, is still up to you.

Food & Drink


Photo: Amy Ho

That's a Wrap

Tacofino, B.C.’s beach-bleached taco juggernaut, has launched a monthly dinner series with a rotating selection of local brews. This month, a five-course, off-menu meal will be paired with suds from Strange Fellows Brewing Company; the dinners run until the last Thursday of June.


Cherry blossoms

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

Best Buds

Winter’s over – the proof is in the cherry blossom. Here’s where to skip the crowds and spot a few of the city’s 41,000 trees.

West End A small, tree-lined park at the corner of Nicola and Pendrell streets is one of the first in the city to bloom.

Kitsilano Head west from Arbutus Street along West 16th Avenue for more than half a dozen uninterrupted blocks of blooming branches.

Strathcona Several lovely clusters of cherry trees can be found on the streets between Thornton Park and Creekside Park.

Montréal - YUL


Write Stuff

Literary festival Blue Metropolis celebrates its 20th anniversary. Book it to these events.

April 20–29,


Blue Metropolis Violet Prize

Blue Metropolis Violet Prize

Miss Butterfly (pictured) came out in full colour to raise money for Blue Met’s LGBTQ events, the highlight of which is this new writing prize (sponsored by Air Canada). Trailblazing Quebec writer Nicole Brossard will be its first recipient.

In French, April 26


Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

This Montreal philosopher is the 2018 recipient of the Grand Prix littéraire Métropolis bleu. The award ceremony will be followed by a Q&A session, sending you home with something to think about.

Bilingual event, April 28


Fear of Darkness: On Being Brown

Photo: Carrie Cheek

Fear of Darkness: On Being Brown

Take a seat for a roundtable talk on contemporary race relations hosted by four writers of colour, including Canadian journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee and Brooklyn-based author Durga Chew-Bose (pictured).

In English, April 29

Food & Drink

Nhâu Bar

Photo: Patricia Brochu

Underground Spirits

Nhâu Bar, an Old Montreal speakeasy from the group behind Jatoba, Flyjin and Restaurant Hà, has personality to spare. Red and yellow paper lanterns hang from the subterranean ceiling, and the drinks flirt with Vietnamese and tiki influences: Spiked with tamarind and pandan, they’re served in Buddha mugs and conch shells.