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From the ashes of The Social rises The Dog & Bear

Richard Lambert at The Hoxton

Decked out in a Tijuana t-shirt and rocking there-was-no-water-in-my-apartment-this-morning hair, Richard Lambert taps his foot on the hardwood floor of The Hoxton. Between chats with his landlord and phone calls from contacts he reassures are not being purposely ignored, Lambert mulls over what exactly The Hoxton is. Situated at King St. W and Bathurst St. in a building with no street number (the address is 69 Bathurst St. for the curious), The Hoxton will mean many things to many people.

“It’s an event space. It’s a nightclub, it’s a corporate event space, it’s a concert hall, it’s all of the above and that would be perhaps the reason for its possible success,” Lambert told OurFaves last week. “You’re not leaning on just one concept. ”

If you’ve never heard of Lambert, you probably know him through his food, club and vintage fur coats. The nightclub impresario is behind the uber popular Parts & Labour, 69 Vintage and The Social (now defunct). Up until about six months ago, Lambert was an ever-present figure at his beloved Parkdale restaurant, Parts & Labour, but most recently, he’s been logging long hours in the west end at The Hoxton prepping it for its opening just in time for the Toronto Film Festival.

Once The Hoxton is up and running, Lambert won’t have much of a break. With the closing of The Social comes a new project – The Dog & Bear pub – slated to open in November. It’s an homage to an identically-named pub in Canterbury, England owned by Lambert’s father.

If you’ve ever wondered where one of Toronto’s most prolific trendsetters dines, drinks and rests his head, read on. Continue reading


TIFF kicks off HQ opening with a party for the masses

Forget about the exclusive parties thrown for visiting A-list celebrities and film industry dignitaries the film festival usually brings to Toronto: this party was for the people.

An estimated 10,000 gawkers gathered at the foot of TIFF Bell Lightbox at King and John


Commandeering the corner of King and John, festival organizers managed to bring in an estimated 10,000 gawkers to the unveiling of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. And just how were thousands of Torontonians lured to the official opening of the $140 million state-of-the-art facility? Toronto music darling K’Naan, free cupcakes and sheer curiosity. Continue reading

OurFaves Guide To Tiff (Part 2)

Although the weekend is behind us and we’re all suffering through a case of the Mondays, it’s good to know that TIFF is still going strong the rest of this week. Future blockbusters such as The Informant and Up In The Air screened this weekend, as well as some thought-provoking biopics like Collapse and Creation. The next three days will prove to be just as eventful, with screenings of films from directors Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers. Here are a few spots that you should visit if you have the urge to play hooky from work.

September 14 2009

Start your week off with a bang and go see the 9:00 a.m. screening of A Serious Man at the Scotiabank Theatre.  This latest project by the Coen brothers focuses on its main character’s struggle to be respected both at home and at work. After the film, treat your taste buds and wallet with respect by visiting HoSu Bistro, a tasty retreat one block up from the theatre. Reflect on the film while you enjoy a sampling of Korean and Japanese goodies.

Once you’ve fuelled up with some grub, make your way back to the Scotiabank Theatre to catch John Hillcoat’s new film, The Road at 3:00 p.m.  Starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, the film is a story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.  If the movie’s got you down, go for a pick-me-up at Cafe Crepe with a banana-nutella dessert crepe.

Finally to wrap up our day we’ll actually begin at Le Gourmand to get some baked goodies before departing to our next film. Make sure to try their gigantic cookies with a gourmet coffee before making your way to the Roy Thompson Hall and catching the newest movie from director and storyteller, Rodrigo Garcia: Mother And Child. This film begins at 6:30 sharp and recounts the story of a mother and daughter separated at birth, only to find each other later … working at the same law office. This film features an all-star cast of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and my personal favorite, Samuel L. Jackson.

September 15 2009

Our first movie is at 11 a.m., so start the day off right with a visit to Eggspectation for a tasty brunch.  It’s conveniently located inside the Eaton Center, steps away from the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre.  Prepare to see your beloved city through director Atom Egoyan’s eyes with Chloe, a movie about marriage and infidelity set in Toronto.

Soak in the last warm days of the year by taking advantage of free TIFF screenings at Yonge and Dundas Square. Today’s offerings include Allan Dwan’s 1922 classic, Robin Hood at 3:00 p.m.  After the film, mosey on over to Johnny Rockets down the street to continue the nostalgia train with a burger, a shake and onion rings with a ketchup happy face.

Our last movie of the day is Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary about the Disney Corporation’s return to form in the 1990s with children’s classics such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.  The movie screens at 6:00 p.m. at the Yonge and Dundas AMC, which is a short walk away from Green Onion Pan Asian Cuisine.  Try a little bit of Thai, Szechwan and Chinese for dinner after reliving the magic of some of your fave animated Disney flicks.

AMC / Yonge-Dundas / Home away from home

AMC / Yonge-Dundas / Home away from home

September 16 2009

Be sure to get up nice and early so you don’t miss out on all the films of Day 6. We’ll start at the Scotiabank Theatre at 9:15 to catch the postmodern depiction of the Manson trials, as directed by Regina Harkema, called Leslie, My Name Is Evil. However, before we watch the film, we should fuel up on some gourmet coffee at The Roastery Coffee House which is just around the corner. Make sure to try some of the birch beer, which is apparently the best that Toronto has to offer.
Our next event is extra special, not just because of the director, but because of the price point. Head down to the Yonge-Dundas Square at noon and catch a glimpse of the new Martin Scorsese movie, The Last Waltz for free (that’s right, $0.00). The movie has been kept under wraps so you’ll be one of the first to know about it if you attend. With all the money you save by seeing this movie, invest it into something worthwhile, like your appetite. Great Cooks On Eight offers great food with a great view. Try any of their lunch specials by the window for a great view of our city hall.
We round our day off early today, with a viewing of Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags a film about the fashion industry and how it got it’s starts as a way for Jewish immigrants to make a living. The movie will be shown at the AMC at 5:15 so be sure to give yourself some time for travel. After the flick, take advantage of not having anything to do and check out Elmwood Spa, located a few blocks away. Take a dip in their pool or get a deep tissue massage, it doesn’t matter, just make sure you enjoy yourself.

Ourfaves Guide To TIFF

After all the announcements and hype preceding it, the Toronto International Film Festival has finally arrived.  For ten days every fall, Toronto plays host to an eclectic mix of big-budget and independent movie screenings; jaw-droppingly gorgeous movie stars; throngs of film connoisseurs from all corners of the GTA; and scores of celebrity hunters in the trendiest Toronto neighbourhoods.

If you’re plan on braving the rush line-ups for the hottest screenings, going elbow-to-elbow with other fans for George Clooney’s autograph, and managing to grab a bite or a drink in between shows, have no fear.  OurFaves has you covered. Here’s a day-by-day guide to where you should be this weekend.

September 11 2009

Start the festival off by hitting up the 2:15 p.m. screening of Cleanfix at the AMC Yonge & Dundas 24. Cleanfix is a light-hearted movie about Mormons who decide to run a video store where they can censor all the naughty parts of their favourite films. You’ll most likely want to enjoy a quick and tasty lunch before this show, so make like so many of our favers and grab a bite at Salad King. This ultra popular spot is minutes from AMC theatre and also has take-out in case you’re running late.

Another afternoon flick worth catching is the Charles Darwin biopic Creation starring Jennifer Connelly. This movie screens at 3:00 p.m. at the Ryerson Theatre, so make sure you stop by the Baskin-Robbins close by and create your own ice-cream combination (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Just make sure you enjoy your treat before you take your seat.

After all of your film-trotting, you might be looking forward to a relaxing dinner with friends. We think Barberians Steak House is the perfect pit stop before you head over to Yorkville’s Varsity Theatre to check out an evening screening of Suck. This Canadian comedy is showing at 9:30 p.m. and features former Kids In The Hall actor, Dave Foley.  After the show, pop by Panorama for a nightcap and a spectacular view of the city.

September 12 2009

Although you may want to sleep in after an action-packed Friday night, we suggest setting your alarm clock early so you can catch all the great films showing today. First up, there’s The Informant!, a quirky comedy featuring Matt Damon which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre. Since you may have trouble getting going that early on a Saturday morning, get your java fix at the Queen and Yonge Starbucks with an Americano and a scone. The coffee will perk you up for the film and the movie will keep you laughing for the rest of the day.

Not much of a morning person? Zoom up to The Ryerson Theatre just in time to catch Megan Fox in Jennifer’s Body at noon.  After the flick, you can head to 7 West Cafe and talk about the deep storyline and character development you just witnessed with a friend. Or just have some coffee and try to figure out why Megan Fox is famous.

Those looking for heavier cinematic fare can head over to the AMC to catch Collapse at 6:00 p.m. This documentary was directed by Chris Smith and talks about the current financial situation south of the border. In honour of the movie topic, we recommend going to Opa! Souvlaki of Greece for a fiscally responsible dinner before or after the movie. As a bonus, the restaurant is just steps away from the theatre, so you get to save cab money too.

Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre: Your New Home

September 13 2009

This day is the most ‘Hollywood’ of all our days, with all 3 films including A-list actors. Kick off your Sunday at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre with a viewing of Up in the Air at 11:00 a.m. Directed by Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney, the film is about a man that fires people for a living who ends up going through a mid-life crisis, all while trying to rake up as many frequent flyer points as possible. Grabbing a hearty brunch at Senator Restaurant for might be a good idea because you’ll be watching a double feature at the theatre.

Afternoon go-getters can catch The Joneses at 3:00 p.m. with Demi Moore and David Duchovny. It’s also being shown at the Elgin, a place that you should be very comfortable with by now.

Wrap up your day by heading to The Ryerson Theatre and checking out Drew Barrymore’s feature directorial debut about the fast-paced world of roller derby Whip It at 9:00 p.m.  After the film is over, head over to Fire On The East Side to indulge in some delicious crab cakes and to strategize for the rest of the fest.

Well folks, that’s it for this weekend, stay tuned for the second part in Ourfaves’ three-part guide to doing TIFF like a movie star.