… and we’ve got a ton going on! Check out our Holiday Calendar:
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1. Inside Out Film Fest (All Weekend)
Inside Out Film Fest brings Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. This year, Gladstone Hotel’s chief alchemist Christina Zeidler closes the festival with the world premiere of her film, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist.
2. CraveTO (Friday at 5:30pm)
Imagine enjoying craft drinks and street food creations to the sounds of local DJs and you can start to get a taste of CraveTo. Vendors include El Sabor de Mama, Naansense, Oyster Boy, Chimney Stacks, Mango Pinton, Junked Food Co., Bespoke Butchers, Bombay Street Food, and Foodbenders. Muddy York, Brickworks Cider, Mill Street, Amsterdam, and Nickel Brook (639 Queen St. W.).
3. Friday Night Live: Rock the Caravan (Friday at 7pm)
Quite possibly one of Toronto’s most unique social gatherings held at the Royal Ontario Museum with eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, and live music. This week, FNL celebrates Middle Eastern Archeology and the exhibit A Warlord’s Stronghold: Mystery on the Silk Road. (100 Queen’s Park
4. CBCMusic.ca Festival (Saturday)
In addition to the music performances, the festival will also highlight some of CBCs exceptional talent including a special live edition of The Debaters hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian Steve Patterson. (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W)
5. TD Echo Beach Spring Market (Sunday at 10am-5pm)
There’s nothing better to do on a Sunday morning then hit the local market. Fortunately, this Sunday the Junction Flea and TD Echo Beach present their inaugural spring market with 100+ vendors. Shop vintage, craft, clothing, jewellery, specialty foods, and more on the shore of Lake Ontario. (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W)
And don’t forget to check out the Gladstone Hotel this weekend, we’re chock-full of free events! Take a tour of our historic hotel and explore the diverse culture it has to offer. We have several galleries currently featuring Canadian photographers so, don’t miss out. Afterwards, you can grab a drink in our bar and jam out to the lively tunes of The Sugar Devils and Jackets!
Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils: Friday, May 22 8pm – 10pm
Jackets: Saturday, May 23 8pm – 10pm
Shameless Karaoke: Friday, May 22 10pm – 2am and Saturday, May 23 10pm – 2am
ART AND CULTURE
Doors Open Toronto: Saturday, May 23 12pm – 5 pm and Sunday, May 24 12pm – 5 pm
Niagara Custom Lab: May 1st – 31st, 12pm – 5pm
Contact Photography Festival: May 1st – 31st, 12pm – 5pm
Lee from Style Bee Blog recently had a relaxing break from her busy schedule to stay in Bob Blumer‘s ‘Surreal Gourmet’ room. She rediscovered her old stomping ground around Queen West, stopping off at crown flora studio and Easy Tiger. Read more about her awesome day trip in Toronto below. For more photos of her day check out her blog post here:http://www.stylebee.ca/2015/05/18/mini-getaway/
Thank you Lee for letting us be a part of your holiday ‘stay’cation, we hope to see you soon!
From Lee’s Style Bee Blog:
Being that it’s a holiday Monday today (at least in Canada) I thought it was the perfect time to share a recent mini getaway Dave and I went on. We’re still in full tilt renovation mode on our house, rebuilding the kitchen and main floor bathroom from the studs out, literally. As such, we have very little time or finances to be going on vacation so we almost never do. Not that we don’t want to or that we won’t in the future but right now we just can’t do both. So when our good friends were having an engagement party in Toronto (our previous home) we thought it would be a great chance to take advantage of the occasion and treat ourselves to a little 32 hour vacation.
We made reservations at the Gladstone Hotel and made plans to to sleep in, drink coffee in bed and explore our old stomping grounds as if we were tourists for the day.
The Gladstone is a long standing boutique art hotel in Toronto. For most locals it’s synonymous with Friday night karaoke, which I partook in way too many times during university (tragic Facebook photos prove this). But a lot of people don’t know it also has a 2000 square foot art gallery, several event spaces, 2 restaurants and 37 artist designed hotel rooms. Plus it’s in the perfect location along Queen Street west and ideal walking distance to a lot of the best west end shopping and restaurants. It’s also surprisingly reasonable considering the location and limited room availability (about $200/night depending on the room). We stayed in the Surreal Gourmet room and it was a blast! Every detail was food themed, from the pillow cases to the chandelier to the giant donut in the bathroom.
After some delicious coffee in a cloud-like king size bed, we spent our Saturday morning meandering from Parkdale to Ossington, along Dundas west and up to Little Portugal. Our timing was perfect because Crown Flora (aka succulent paradise) was having a big Mother’s Day market complete with 100s of fresh peonies, countless cacti, fresh gourmet donuts and a slew of makers showcasing their beautiful handmade goods.
From Crown Flora we headed to La Cubana on Ossington for some brunch, tortured ourselves with a stop into Jonathan & Olivia (all the Horses Atelier, Isabel Marant, Acne Studios and A.P.C. I could ever dream of in one place!), then we walked along Dundas West and stopped in at Easy Tiger Goods, a shop I’ve been meaning to visit for ages now! Here are some shots of the beautifully curated little space.
Then Dave and I went our separate ways for the afternoon and I met up with my girlfriend and photographer extraordinaire Agata to collaborate on an upcoming shoot (I can barely contain my excitement to share it!) and catch up over coffee and treats.
The day ended with a birthday dinner among friends at Mr. Flamingo (SO GOOD) along with many bubbly drinks and rounds of shuffle puck.
I knew I was in need of a break but had no idea just how badly I needed it. In just those 32 hours away I regained so much energy and reminded myself that it’s ok to stop for a bit and just let my eyes, mind and soul wander for a bit.
Hope you’re having a good Monday! Thanks for enduring this extra long post. xo
The sunshine is here and we’re excited about food. Ok, we’re excited year-round about food, but right now seems to be an especially fun time. Here’s a run down about what our kitchen and Chef Mario Paz have been up to!
Burger Week + Burger Day
Once again we participated in The Grid’s Burger Week and sold over 700 burgers! Over 60 restaurants offer up a tasty burger for $5 and we’re one of only a handful that also offer a veggie option. We also had $5 tall cans to help the burgers go down smooth. It all ended with a huge Burger celebration at Fort York where everyone served up $3 sliders + a fantastic time was had.
It was a well-deserved honour for Chef Mario to be included in this year’s Brewer’s Plate, held at the CBC Atrium. This year the Gladstone was paired up with Nickel Brook Brewing Company to celebrate local, sustainable food, craft breweries, and raise funds for the Friends of The Greenbelt Foundation.
New specials + menu items
The kitchen has been cranking out lunch + dinner specials over the last few months that guests have been loving! Here at the Gladstone you won’t get a special because it’s using up last night’s leftovers. Chef Mario creates specials because he wants to try out new dishes, because we got some interesting ingredients in, or just because he’s been inspired. Some of these specials will be appearing on our regular menus soon, so come in and see what’s new. If your old favorite has been replaced trust us, you’ll find something else you love.
Instagram food shots
Along with all the art + fun on our Instagram feed, you’ll also get a peek at some delicious looking food. Go follow us if you’re not already!
Acoustic Family Brunch
With the summer coming, so comes our Acoustic Family Brunch Summer vacation. Our last brunch of the season will end with the hugely popular Queer Family Brunch on June 22nd, with special guests The Space Chums! Each Sunday before then continue to enjoy our fantastic group of bluegrass players, featuring some of the finest musicians in town.
Our breakfast options are diverse & delectable. We take traditional breakfasts and give them some Gladstone flair, whether it’s smoked maple syrup or a fennel sausage. As always our food made fresh with the best ingredients we can find! Check out our full Breakfast Menu HERE Come by Monday – Friday between 7-10:45 AM to try it for yourself (our all day breakfast is available until 4pm)! All these items are also available for our weekend brunch Sat + Sun 8am-4pm. Along with our food we have a great selection of fresh squeezed juices, coffees and Tealish teas.
Here’s a look at some of our tasty choices…
Since our Sunday Acoustic Family Brunch now includes a BUFFET we though we’d get our poster kid Sullivan in to test it out. Sullivan is allergic to wheat but still had plenty of options to keep him happy including bacon, fingerling potatoes, eggs, yogurt & lots of fresh fruit. His vegetarian uncle was also happy with the french toast & muffin choices.
Yogurt & house made granola…
Fruit salad, whole fruits & assorted muffin (fresh out of the oven!)…
All the hot items keeping warm including house made sausages…
Tips for the band before going home!
Acoustic Family Buffet Brunch runs every Sunday with live music 11am-2pm. Cost is $10 per child, $16 per adult. Includes a regular juice, tea or coffee but not tax or gratuity.
It’s a good time.
Every Monday 5-8pm our Gladstone Burger is only $5. Need something to help wash down that amazing deal? How about a $5 pint? Yup, that’s right, $5 burgers and $5 pints every Monday from 5-8pm.
For 3.95 you can add a side of salad, 4.95 to add fries, or you could just get another burger for 5$.
See you Monday!
If you’ve been missing out on our monthly Culinary Tour event, where Chef Michael G. Smith prepares a 4 course menu inspired by different neighbourhoods in the city, like Little India and Little Italy (featured above), you better make sure you book a ticket for this month’s tour to Chinatown on Sept 12.
Mango poached scallop salad, smoked pork and corn soup, jasmine scented duck fried rice and a banana cake with red bean and sesame, are just some of the inspired dishes you can expect from the Chinatown culinary tour. Oh, and don’t forget the accompanying 4 flights of paired wines!
And, make sure you head upstairs and check out Toronto International Film Festival‘s Future Projections with Ming Wong’s: Making Chinatown on the 2nd Floor Gallery and Liang Yue’s: The Quiet Room, in the Art Bar. Gallery hours are from 12-5pm Daily.
Stroll in with your kids anytime between 10am – 4 pm Mon-Fri and get a free coffee! Stop juggling sippy cups, Sophie the Giraffe and hot coffee in one hand while awkwardly trying to muscle your stroller over uneven Toronto sidewalks. Instead, ease up the stroller-accessible entrance of the Melody Bar, park and relax/vent/zone out with a free cup of our famous dark roast and some fellow parents.
Take a break from the midway crowds and bacon-wrapped deep fried foods and come by for a real meal. Anytime before Sept 4th, flash your CNE ticket stub and get 15% off your food. No carnival tricks or fun-house mirrors, just our way of saying see you at the EX.