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Art, Noodles and Coffee: What's New and Noteworthy in Canada This Month

From Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors in Toronto to the best new noodle spots in Vancouver, here are 11 things to experience across the country in March.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ


Vikings: The Exhibition

Photo: Yves Marcoux/First Light/Getty Images

Norse Play

The ROM has enlisted Nordic seafarers, looters and warriors to keep kids (and parents) entertained during March break, with special events planned around the 500-artifact-strong Vikings: The Exhibition, including re-enactors in camp scenes throughout the museum.

March 10–18


Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Photo: Cathy Carver (All the Internal Love I Have For the Pumpkins, 2016, © Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London)

Mirror, Mirror

Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant paintings are delightful, but her six kaleidoscopic mirror rooms – tricked out with lights, lanterns, polka dots, and, yes, a glowing pumpkin or two – are the stars of this much-anticipated exhibit.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, March 3–May 27



Photo: courtesy of Woolrich

Shop to It

Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s spiffy eastern wing is now home to some major international brands. If you dream of clomping around the American outdoors in Buffalo check, hit up Woolrich (pictured); if you’d rather traipse through the Scottish Highlands in olive-toned wellies, head to Hunter. If staying indoors is more your thing, outfit your house with techy gadgets – like robot vacuums and bladeless fans – from Dyson’s demo store.

Vancouver - YVR

Food & Drink

Rhinofish Noodle Bar

Photo: Mayowill Photography

Rhinofish Noodle Bar

What to order: Niu rou mian, a Taiwanese beef noodle soup made with soy-sauce-braised short ribs, thick wheat noodles and tons of veggies.


Sen Pad Thai

Photo: Darren Chuang @misohungry Vancouver

Sen Pad Thai

What to order: Pad pu sen chan, a southeastern pad Thai that tosses chewy rice noodles and tender crab meat in tamarind, fish sauce and red chili paste.


Di Beppe

Photo: Chris Giannakos

Di Beppe

What to order: Spaghetti cacio e pepe, a dry-seasoned pasta of artisan noodles, oil, abundant black pepper and a mound of Pecorino cheese.


Leisure Center

A Cut Above

Yaletown’s sleek, marble-floored Leisure Center provides a suitable setting for clothes from Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons, titles by Donlon Books (a rare-books dealer from London) and botanical tipples from elixir bar the Alchemist’s Kitchen.


St. Patrick’s 5K

Photo: Yaletown Photography

Green Means Go

Trust Vancouver to combine St. Patrick’s Day with… running. But this 5K through Stanley Park caters equally to serious sprinters (last year, there was a photo finish) and those more interested in fun costumes and post-race green beer.

Montréal - YUL


On the Move

Four essentials from Jet-Setter boutique, which just moved to new digs on Boulevard Saint-Laurent.


This memory-foam pillow has raised supports (to keep your head from flopping) and stuffs into a compact travel bag when you’re not using it.

Cabeau Evolution Pillow, $50


Eagle Creek

Shirts and pants stay organized and (almost) wrinkle-free in this compression-packing folder that holds up to 12 articles of clothing.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Folder, $40



These durable suitcases are ridiculously light as well as expandable – two very handy qualities for souvenir-happy travellers.

Delsey Ultralite Expandable Spinner, from $175


Go Travel

Small but, oh, so mighty, this charger can fully restore a smartphone in 90 minutes flat.

Go Travel Slim Power Bank, $35

Food & Drink

Café Denise

Photo: Mathieu Laverdière

Coffee Break

Three new joints provide a crash course in South Asian caffeine. In Parc-Ex, the strong Vietnamese brew at Café Denise is sweetened with condensed milk. Nearby Épicerie Pumpui serves their version of the Thai cotton-sock siphon method but with Canadian-roasted fresh grounds, while the Malaysian spin, on offer at Saint-Henri’s Pandan Snack Bar, owes its milder taste to beans roasted in margarine.,,


Festival Art Souterrain

France, Nice, 2015 (Photo: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos)

Tunnel Vision

For its 10th anniversary, Festival Art Souterrain presents 70 installations, photographs, videos and performances that investigate the way we work. Pieces by the likes of Canadian multimedia artist Adad Hannah and Dutch photographer Jan Banning are spread through seven buildings across the Underground City (an interconnected network of hotels, shopping centres and venues 33 kilometres long).