Doors Open Toronto, Mother’s Day brunch/afternoon tea/dinner options, Pirates of the Caribbean, alcoholic beverages now available at a local coffee shop, ballet workshop, golf tournament, thrifting, bubble tea month deals, the start of patio season. Whatever you are looking for, Old Town Toronto has it! Scroll on to discover all this and more (including unforgettable wedding flowers for your special day.)

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Doors Open at St. Lawrence Hall

Join us Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for Doors Open at St. Lawrence Hall! The building was once host to prominent lecturers, politicians, abolitionists and socialites. Witness the historic grand ballroom, attend talks with Heritage Toronto and historian Bruce Bell, and enjoy classic performances by current day tenant, Opera Atelier. For more details and a full schedule, visit

St. Lawrence Hall
157 King St E
Instagram: @stlawrencemarket

Royal Treats: Celebrate Mother’s Day and Unwind with the NEW Mokara Spa Membership
at The Omni King Edward

This Mother’s Day, make your mom feel like the queen she is with our luxurious celebrations at The Omni King Edward Hotel. Step into an enchanting English Garden-themed affair where tradition meets opulence, promising an experience your family will cherish forever.

Afternoon Tea – May 11th:
Indulge in the timeless tradition of afternoon tea on May 11th in our stunning Sovereign Ballroom. Savor the finest teas and delectable treats amidst the charm of an English Garden. Treat your mom to an afternoon of elegance and create unforgettable memories together.
📅 Date: May 11th
⏰ Time: 12:30pm-5pm
💰 Price: $99.00 per person
📞 Reservations: Call 416-945-3323 to secure your table.

Mother’s Day Brunch – May 12th
Elevate your Mother’s Day celebrations on May 12th with a brunch fit for royalty. Our talented chefs have curated a lavish spread of culinary delights sure to enchant every palate. With the majestic ambiance of the Sovereign Ballroom, this brunch experience promises to be truly unforgettable.
📅 Date: May 12th
⏰ Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Price: Adults $145, Children $73 (plus taxes), complimentary for children 3 and under
📞 Reservations: Call 416-945-3323 to secure your table.

Mokara Spa Membership:
Honour the remarkable woman who fills your life with love and joy. Join us at The Omni King Edward Hotel for an enchanting celebration that will leave Mom feeling like the queen she truly is. Experience Relaxation and Renewal with Mokara Spa’s NEW Membership. Indulge in self-care and relaxation. Elevate your wellness routine with access to our luxurious spa facilities, signature treatments, and exclusive member perks. Unwind, rejuvenate, and prioritize your well-being with the Mokara Spa Membership, now available at The Omni King Edward Hotel.

Omni King Edward
37 King St E, 416-863-9700
Instagram: @omnikingedward

Mother’s Day at PIANO PIANO!

Celebrate with us on Sunday, May 12, 2024 from 10am til 3pm for a very special – and tasty & f*#kn’ delicious – Mother’s Day Brunch at PIANO PIANO!!

We can’t think of a better way to show Mom how much you appreciate her!
Choose from all your PIANO PIANO favourites from our regular menu AND our Special Brunch offerings!

55 Colborne St, 416-216-0295
Instagram: @pianopianotherestaurant

Lunch: 12-3pm. Dinner: 5pm-10pm. (Daily)

Summer Sale at St. Lawrence Eye Care

Get 20% off your glasses purchase when you order contacts with us! On now until September. It’s important to always have a pair of glasses, as backup or emergency, even if you are a full time contact lens wearer. Check out this deal in store today!

St. Lawrence Eye Care
12 Church St, 416-504-7532
Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm.

TO Live presents Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl Live in Concert!

Our friends at TO Live present Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Live in Concert! ​

Experience the hit film with the score performed live by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Evan Mitchell.​

In the 18th century, Captain Jack Sparrow is roguish yet charming, as he sails the Caribbean. But Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann.​

Co-presented with Glatz Concerts. ​
Happening at Meridian Hall on May 17 and 18.

TO Live
1 Front St E, 416-368-6161
Ticket Info:
Instagram: @tolivegram

Open House for our New School and Wellness Centre

We want to welcome you to our new community! Join us on Saturday, May 11th between 6:30pm and 8:30 pm where we will be celebrating 10 years of our Spa, specializing in Traditional Thai massage, and teaching it as well. Our new School and Wellness Centre is now officially open. Learn more about our Courses and Workshops including new classes in Restorative Yoga with Thai massage, breath, work, stretch classes, and a host of other events. We truly hope to see you there!

Bah Thai Spa and School
136 Adelaide St E, 416-951-5443
Instagram: @Bahnthaispa

Open 7 days a week

Toast to enjoy the new liquor service

Embark on a journey through our beer, wine and sake menu, where every sip is a tale of Japanese inspiration and complex flavours. We recently started liquor service at our Frederick x King location. Come to enjoy with your loved ones. More items to launch very soon. Stay tuned!!

161 Frederick St, 647-348-8811
Instagram: @neocoffeebarto
Mon-Thurs: 7am-9pm.
Fri: 7am-10pm.
Sat: 8am-10pm.
Sun: 8am-9pm.

Don Quixote Workshop with Järvi Raudsepp

Romance, comedy, and virtuosic dancing abound in one of the most beloved, renowned ballets of all time: Don Quixote! Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote follows the adventures of the eccentric Don Quixote and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza.

The story follows Don Quixote’s quest to find his idealized love, Dulcinea. His vision was initially sparked by none other than Kitri, a bold, spirited, powerful woman. The lead female role in the ballet, Kitri carries the production with her strong, lively dancing and vivacious personality, supported by the fierce corps de ballet and soloists. Kitri and Basilio (the male lead) share a love story, and are wed in the final act with a gorgeous pas de deux.

Filled with vibrant characters, dazzling choreography, and a beautiful Spanish setting, Don Quixote showcases some of the most exciting variations in classical ballet repertoire. See you on the streets of Seville!

The Fifth Dance
366 Adelaide St E, 647-746-5355
Event Page –
Direct sign-up link –

Instagram: @thefifthdance
Mon-Fri: 9am-8:30pm.
Sat & Sun: 9am-3pm.

Swing into Spring
with New Visions Toronto

Celebrate a quarter-century of impact with New Visions at our 25th Annual Golf Tournament! Save the date for June 4th, 2024, and join us at the esteemed Royal Woodbine in Toronto for a day of golf for a cause. For further details and registration, feel free to dial 416-868-1493 ext 221 or visit Let’s commemorate 25 years of teeing up to support individuals with complex physical and developmental disabilities. Every swing counts towards making a meaningful difference in their lives. We’ll see you on the green!

New Visions Toronto
222 The Esplanade, Lower Level , Unit 10, 289-834-4248
Instagram: @newvisionstoronto

Office Hours: 9am-5pm weekdays.

Make Your Wedding Day Unforgettable with Our Floral Packages

Wedding season is upon us, and with it comes the need for beautiful wedding florals.

Did you know that we offer a range of wedding packages to suit your needs? Our Basic package starts at just $315 and includes a bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, a personal consultation with our expert florist, and complimentary delivery on the wedding day (within 5 km of our location at 37 King St E, M5E 1J4).

We understand the importance of your wedding day, and we’re here to ensure your floral needs are covered. For more information on our available packages, please visit our website at or email us any questions at We’re here to help make your special day unforgettable!

Flowers & Flowers
Unit B – 37 King St E, 1-800-213-9050

Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm.
Sat: 11am-3pm.

Enjoy your fitness journey with 6S!

Fitness can be fun. It just takes the right mix of coaching, community, and consistency to get your ideal recipe. At 6S we strive to provide each and every member with a dedicated experience based on their personal goals. Whether you are at the beginning of your fitness journey, or looking to find a new rhythm, we’ve got you covered.

Take it from Siobhan, “… the coaches and community in the gym welcomed me with open arms….The coaches are very friendly and focused on your individual goals and are very attentive in classes. I couldn’t recommend the gym enough even if you are just starting out in CrossFit or just looking for a gym to join and be social, it’s a great gym to be a part of.

From functional fitness and powerlifting, to personal training and nutrition services, we can provide a tailored experience to get you on track to your goals. Even better? We will back it with a supportive, enthusiastic, and like-minded community! This ideal combination of collaboration and community is our superpower, and inspires the consistency needed for positive change and progress.

Meet our fun community and you’ll find yourself coming back for more!

209 Adelaide St E, 416-518-5746
Instagram: @

Spring into action with Wildlife Thrift!

Spring has sprung at Wildlife Store, and we’re excited to unveil our freshly organized treasures! Our shelves are bursting with seasonal finds waiting to breathe new life into your home and wardrobe. Whether you’re hunting for a cozy cardigan or a quirky vase for your blossoming blooms, our collection has something for everyone. Join us as we embrace the spirit of renewal and discover the joy of thrifting treasures this spring!

Wildlife Thrift Store
67 Front St E, 416-861-9089
Instagram: @wildlifethriftstore
Daily: 10am-8pm.

Mothers Day at ARDO

Join us in honouring the wonderful women who have given us endless love and support with an exquisite Mother’s Day tasting menu! An experience to leave your mom feeling pampered and appreciated. And don’t worry, we’ve also designed a special kids tasting menu so the little ones can join in on the celebration too! Book your spot now for lunch or dinner and let us take care of the rest!

ARDO Restaurant
243 King St E, 647-347-8930
Instagram: @ardorestaurant
Mon-Sat: 11am-10:30pm.
Mothers Day: 11am-10:30pm.

Everest Basecamp Takeover

Altitude members are making their presence known this season at Everest Basecamp, with 9 members having already successfully completed the trek and 4 more trekking right now.

The Everest Basecamp trek is a legendary journey that captivates adventurers from around the globe. Stretching over approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles), this iconic trail winds its way through the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, offering awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, serene valleys, and picturesque Sherpa villages.

Trekkers embark on a challenging yet rewarding expedition, navigating rugged terrain, suspension bridges, and high mountain passes while ascending to altitudes exceeding 5,000 meters (16,400 feet).

At Altitude, we prepare trekkers for journeys like Everest Basecamp, Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and more using our state-of-the-art altitude facility. Our facility replicates the oxygen levels found at high altitudes, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the reduced oxygen environment they’ll encounter on the trek. This prepares their bodies to cope with the challenges of altitude sickness and ensures a smoother and safer ascent.

Our experienced coaches design tailored training programs to build endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness, essential for tackling the demanding terrain and long days of trekking. From uphill hiking simulations to strength training exercises, we focus on developing the specific muscle groups needed for mountain trekking.

We understand that preparing for treks like Everest Basecamp requires more than just physical training. Our members are equipped with the expertise and confidence gained from our altitude simulations, allowing them to navigate challenging terrains and unpredictable weather with ease.

As Toronto’s only destination for altitude training, we’re committed to providing the support and tools needed to achieve your expedition goals. Whether you’re aiming for Everest, Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, or another epic peak, our expert coaches will guide you every step of the way.

Join us at Altitude and start your adventure today. Book a coach consult and let us help you make your expedition dreams a reality. The summit is waiting—will you accept the challenge?

Altitude Athletic Training
56 Colborne St, 416-366-3838
Instagram: @altitudeathletic
Mon-Fri: 6am-9pm.
Weekends: 7am-1pm.

Who doesn’t love CURVES?!

Just back from the furniture mecca of the world, High Point, North Carolina, where thousands of square feet of gorgeous showrooms showcase all the best and most beautiful seating in the world! Curves…trending right now – and a great way to update your space!

This transitional-style sofa features a streamlined silhouette with gently rounded corners, slim track arms, plush cushions, and cylindrical legs. Available in a smaller scale sofa, swivel chair and our best-selling City-Sized™ Sectional with a chaise!

Come in and sink into PURE COMFORT! The Chesterfield Shop – 275 King St. East

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St E, 416-667-1150

Balzac’s Las Rosas Coffee

Gift the essence of empowerment and exquisite taste this Mother’s Day with our Las Rosas coffee. Sourced from Colombia by the Las Rosas Women’s Group, this signature coffee promotes gender equality and women’s leadership in coffee farming. Celebrate Mother’s Day this year with a dynamic and flavourful coffee experience, where rich tannins and full-bodied fruitiness meet a subtle sweetness, all grown, picked and processed by the inspiring women of Las Rosas.

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
10 Market St, 416-368-4949
Instagram: @balzacscoffee

Celebrate National Bubble Tea Month
with Chatime

Tea-rrific news! Enjoy 2 for $8 or 1 for $4.99 regular-sized bubble tea to celebrate National Bubble Tea Month with Chatime!

This deal applies to any of the following regular-sized drinks:
> Matcha Milk Tea
> QQ Lychee
> Mango Grapefruit Tea
> Honeydew Slush
> Jasmine Jade Milk Tea
> Honey Green Tea

Get yours from now until May 12th!

Terms and conditions apply:
– Cold only, regular size.
– Additional charges apply for extra toppings, substitutions and/or upsizing.
– Valid in-store and on Chatime Online Ordering.

163 King St E, 416-223-9871
Instagram: @chatimecanada

Sun-Wed: 11am-11pm.
Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am.

$100 off Spay and Neuter procedure
at Sherbourne Animal Hospital

Spaying and neutering can improve the overall health and well-being of pets. For females, spaying eliminates the risk of uterine infections and greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors and ovarian cancer. For males, neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and helps prevent prostate problems.

We are offering $100 of our Spay and Neuter procedures until May 31st 2024! Call us now at (416) 775-0101 or send us an e-mail at to book your appointment.

Sherbourne Animal Hospital
320 Richmond St E, 416-775-0101
Instagram: @sherbourneanimalhospital
Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm.
Sat: 9am-4pm.

Mother’s Day Buffet
at Hothouse Restaurant

Join us on Mother’s Day, May 12th, for our exquisite brunch and dinner buffet! Reserve your spot ASAP as seats are filling up fast. Call us now to book a table, whether you prefer dining inside or on our lovely patio. Treat mom to a memorable culinary experience!

Hothouse Restaurant
35 Church St, 416-366-7800
Instagram: @hothouserestaurant

Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-9pm.
Fri: 11:30am-10pm.
Sat: 10am-10pm (Brunch menu 10am-3pm. Dinner menu 3:30pm-10pm.)
Sun: 10am-9pm. (Buffet 10am-3pm. Dinner menu 3:30pm-9pm.)

No Minimum Spend Booths
at Pravda Vodka Bar

Experience the ultimate celebration without any constraints at Pravda Vodka Bar! Our ‘No Minimum Spend Booths’ offer you the freedom to revel in the moment without worrying about limits. Whether it’s a birthday bash, anniversary, or simply a night out with friends, our decorated booths are the perfect setting for unforgettable memories.

Secure your reservation today by emailing What’s more? There’s no deposit required, and you won’t be tied down by any minimum spend. Celebrate the way you want, with the best drinks, ambiance, and company—only at Pravda Vodka Bar. Let’s make your occasions truly special.

Pravda Vodka Bar
44 Wellington St E, 416-366-0303
Instagram: @pravdavodkabar
Thurs-Sat: 5pm-2am.
Available for private bookings Monday – Sunday.

Kicking off patio season in the heart of Old Town Toronto
at Cantina Mercatto

Spring into patio season with Cantina Mercatto! Whether you’re looking to soak up rays at brunch or dine with the sunset, we’ve got a spot for you. With a stunning view of Berczy Park and the Flatiron building, Cantina Mercatto’s Patio is an essential stop on your Old Town Toronto itinerary.

Cantina Mercatto
20 Wellington St E, 416-304-0781
Mon-Wednesday: 11:30am-10pm.
Thurs & Fri: 11:30am-11pm.
Sat: 11am-11pm.
Sun: 11am-10pm.

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