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14 Things to Eat, See and Do in January Across Canada

What's new and noteworthy in the country this month, from an immersive installation inside Toronto's Gladstone Hotel to belly-warming noodles in Montreal.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ


Come Up to My Room

Photo: Nina Teixeira

Rooms to Manoeuvre

Artists, designers and architects take over the 129-year-old Gladstone Hotel with immersive installations like Virtual Ferris, a VR remake of the truant teenager’s bedroom for the 15th instalment of the alternative exhibition Come Up to My Room.

January 18–21


Union Station

State of the Union

Pilot Coffee Roasters, Peace Collective, green beauty boutique the Detox Market and more of the city’s favourite retailers are turning Union Station into a must-stop shopping destination.

65 Front St.

Food & Drink

Planta Burger

Photo: Steven Lee

Planta Burger

Have napkins at the ready as you bite into the Classic, a juicy mushroom patty packed with lentils, black beans and grated beet, at this boho burger hut in the Financial District.


Parka Food Co.

This comfort-focused Queen West joint serves up indulgent favourites, like dairy-free truffle mushroom mac ’n’ cheese, tomato soup and fresh-cut fries smothered in diced tomatoes and house-made Big Mac-style sauce.


Hello 123

Slip down the street to sip on a Kombucha Thyme cocktail (tequila shaken with Amaro Montenegro) as you work your way through an aioli-soaked, sloppy joe-style pulled pineapple slider.

Vancouver - YVR


Katelyn Osmond

Photo: Skate Canada - Danielle Earl

Skate Expectations

At the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, check out the salchows and triple axels that could snag Olympic hopefuls like eight-time Canadian champion Patrick Chan and Sochi silver medallist Katelyn Osmond a spot in PyeongChang.

January 8–14


Barber & Co.

Life Shaver

West Coast mainstay Barber & Co. is looking fresh with a reformulated collection of bro-tastic grooming products – there’s a pomade based on a recipe for dry London gin – and a snazzy, revamped online store to match.

Classic pomade, $28

Food & Drink

Two Rivers Meats

Photo: Adam Blasberg

Meat Up

Two Rivers Meats, the go-to purveyor for some of the city’s top restaurants (including David Hawksworth’s), now has a butcher shop and lunch counter in North Van. Dive into rotisserie chicken at a communal table, or, if you’re going easy on the meat this month, try the seasonal sides like rotisserie cauliflower with chimichurri.

Montréal - YUL

Food & Drink


Photo: Two Food Photographers

Oodles of Noodles

In time for the January chills, laid-back Asian restaurants have been popping up citywide. Tsukuyomi and Cocoro dish out ramen in Mile End, family-run Sak’s Sandwicherie makes Cambodian bowls and sandwiches topped with pulled pork, glazed eggplant and more in Saint-Michel, and Pumpui serves up Thai curries with ingredients like deep-fried catfish and groceries to go in Little Italy.



Photo: Ulysse Lemerise - OSA

Let There be Light

The eighth edition of Luminothérapie brightens up the Place des Festivals with LED-illuminated see-saws for a rollicking experience filled with ups and downs.

Until January 28
Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between rue Jeanne-Mance and rue Balmoral



Problem Salved

Put your winter skin care into the hands of a Montrealer. Marie Custeau, the founder of Énamour, uses plant-based ingredients like shea butter and germ-killing neem oil to create a hydrating all-body balm that will see you through spring.

Protection Balm, $28



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