If you love Old Town Toronto, then this collection of offerings from local businesses is for you! We have said it before and will say it again, Old Town Toronto has everything.

Live theatre, music, informative talks, and even terrarium and Thai massage workshops? Check! Italian road trip themed dinner series, Easter brunch, 1/2 price bottles of wine, novelty Easter salad, savoury danishes, pizza and sushi lunch deals, wings and espresso? Tell your taste buds to keep reading, as you sip on a sakura peach green tea. Looking for altitude training for seniors, pilates, or a friendly dietitian to help you meet your fitness goals? Look no further! Want to do a little retail therapy? How about furniture for your home or designer handbags at a discount? Honey, we got you!

Scroll on to find all this and more, right here in Old Town Toronto.

Frozen River at Young People’s Theatre

On the Ada Slaight Stage Apr. 17 – 28, 2023
Recommended for Ages 5 – 12 | SK-Grade 6
Run time: approx. 60 minutes

From Winnipeg’s MTYP comes a timely new play. In nîkwatin sîpiy, Grandmother Moon tells the story of two eleven-year-olds, born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. Frozen River follows their stories as they meet in a forest, and that of their descendants who meet in present day Manitoba. A broken promise from the past can be righted when there is finally an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries.

Young People’s Theatre
165 Front St E, 416-862-2222

9am – 5pm
Instagram: @ypttoronto

3-class Introductory Pilates Package from Rebalance Pilates

Tone, lengthen and strengthen your body at Rebalance Pilates with a 3-class introductory package! Rebalance Pilates caters to one-on-one and semi-private Pilates session. Classes are designed to support your fitness goals.

Fall in love with movement.
Fall in love with Pilates.

Rebalance Pilates
75 Sherbourne St, Unit 226, 416-894-8553

By Appointment
Instagram: @rebalancepilatestoronto

Spring Sakura Sips

We are excited to announce that Chatime will be launching a Spring Campaign from April 6 – May 28, which will feature two refreshing drinks!

Sakura Peach Green Tea with Coconut Jelly – Indulge in the perfect springtime blend of fruity peach, aromatic sakura, and refreshing Jasmine Jade Green Tea. Topped with Coconut Jelly for the perfect spring sensation!

Sakura Lychee Juice w/ Coconut Jelly – Blossom into spring with the perfect blend of lychee and sakura flavours. Topped with Coconut Jelly for an added texture and touch of fun with every sip!

163 King St E, 416-223-9871
Sun – Wed: 11am – 11pm
Thurs – Sat: 11am – 12am
Instagram: @chatimecanada

What’s that? Pizza for lunch EVERYDAY? Yes please!

Seven Days a week, from 12-3pm at all four of our locations, lunch is served! Featuring the PIANO PIANO Lunch Special: Appetizer + Pizza or Pasta + Dessert for $34 (regular price $56.)

Reservations are recommended – walk-ins are always welcome!

PIANO PIANO Colborne Street
55 Colborne St, 416-216-0295
Every day: Lunch 12-3pm & Dinner 5-10pm
Instagram: @pianopianotherestaurant

Find the perfect bag for your wardrobe
at Wildlife Thrift Store

Who says being a bag lady is a bad thing? Spring into April with us and find the perfect bag to complete your outfit! We carry brands such as Danier, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and so much more! Bags are being put out daily, so you can be sure to find the best deals!

Wildlife Thrift Store
67 Front St E, 416-861-9080
10am – 8pm
Instagram: @wildlifethriftstore

Are you patio season ready?

Patio season is here! It’s a great time to get outside with friends and family and celebrate the warmer weather.

We have all the tools you need to infuse your brand at every customer interaction—from custom printed menus to branded place settings. Elevate your dining experience with custom printed menus.

TPH Wellington
26 Wellington St E, 416-364-9158
Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5pm

Instagram: @tphcanada

Help New Visions Toronto get to 1000 followers

Are you looking to help a local non-profit organization while growing your Facebook page? Look no further! By simply sharing and promoting our page, you can help us reach our goal of 1000 followers and support New Visions Toronto at the same time. It’s a win-win situation that costs you nothing but a few clicks. Together, we can make a positive impact on our community.

New Visions Toronto
222 The Esplanade, 416 868 1493
Instagram: @newvisionstoronto
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm.

1/2 Price Bottles of Wine at Hothouse Restaurant & Bar

Every Tuesday, we have our half-price bottles of wine. Come and join us for Tuesday Funday! Stop by, have lunch or dinner with us, and order a bottle of wine for half price. We are looking forward to seeing you, nothing better than a half-price bottle of wine on a Tuesday.

Hothouse Restaurant & Bar
35 Church St, 416-366-7800
Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 9:30pm
Fri: 11:30am – 10pm
Sat: 9:30am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 9:30pm
Instagram: @hothouserestaurant

A Mini-Garden for Condo Living + Terrarium workshops

Terrariums are great for people living in small spaces or for those who love to garden they’re “mini gardens” for indoors. They are low-maintenance, space-saving and simply beautiful, making them great additions to any home or business. Guess what! We also offer DIY terrarium workshops! Call us to book yours now.

Stôk Floral Design
54 Church St, 416-214-4664
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm
Instagram: @stokfloral

Easter Brunch at Omni King Edward Hotel

Celebrate Easter Sunday with your family at the Omni King Edward Hotel. Our annual brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pricing is $135 for adults and $67 for children ages 6 to 12.

From our seafood station to our buffet favorites, such as Traditional Beef Wellington & New Zealand leg of lamb, our brunch will leave you satisfied and ready to return for their King Charles’ Coronation Afternoon Tea event in May.

The Omni King Edwards Regal High Tea will be served in the Sovereign ballroom on the 6th and 7th of May from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pricing will be $99 for adults and $45 for children. Please call (416) 863-4125 to make reservations or visit us on OpenTable.

Omni King Edward Hotel
37 King St, 416-863-9700

Open Daily – Please visit website for specific outlet hours.

Fashion Bookscape at the Beauchamp Art Gallery

Start your spring in style! Montreal-born artist SQRA’S “Fashion Bookscape” is the perfect way to kick off SS2023. This stunning piece is a photographic print mounted behind a sheet of museum grade plexiglass, for a sleek and contemporary finish.

Beauchamp Art Gallery
167 King St E, 416-599-2244
Daily: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Instagram: @galeriebeauchamp

Italian Road Trip Dinner Series at Amano Trattoria

Welcome to the “Italian Road Trip Dinners” series, a culinary journey through the various regions of Italy. Our monthly dinners will transport you to a different part of Italy, showcasing the unique flavors and traditions of each region.

Each dinner is limited in seating, providing an intimate and personalized experience. Our expert Chef and sommelier, or occasionally a featured wine maker, will guide you through each course, sharing their knowledge and passion for Italian cuisine and wine.

From the rich flavors of Tuscany to the seafood specialties of Liguria, our Italian Road Trip Dinners will take you on a gastronomic adventure through Italy. Our carefully curated menus feature the freshest local ingredients and highlight the traditional dishes of each region.

As you savor each course, our Chef and sommelier will discuss the history and culture of the region, sharing insights into the culinary traditions and wine pairings. Whether you are a seasoned foodie or simply enjoy good food and wine, our Italian Road Trip Dinners offer a unique and unforgettable experience.

Join us for a journey through Italy’s diverse cuisine and wine regions, and discover the flavors and traditions of this beloved culinary destination. Click here to see the menu for the next instalment of this monthly series, taking place April 5th & 6th.

Amano Trattoria
9 Church St, 647-349-7297
Sun & Tues – Thurs: 5pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 5pm – 10:30pm
Instagram: @amano.trattoria

Altitude Training for Seniors and Chronic Conditions

Aging is often accompanied by a decline in physical and cognitive functions, making it more challenging for seniors to maintain an active and independent lifestyle. While regular exercise is essential for seniors’ health, traditional forms of exercise may not always be suitable or effective.

Simulated altitude training can provide a safe and effective alternative for seniors to improve their physical and cognitive function.

In a simulated altitude gym, you can train at a lower impact and not only see better results, but also improve symptoms of chronic conditions like hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These benefits can be achieved to a greater degree than the same training at a regular sea-level gym:

* Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels
* Lowers Blood Pressure and Resting Heart Rate
* Improves Glucose Tolerance and Metabolic Health
* Increases Aerobic Capacity and Respiratory Function
* Improves Quality of Life

Talk to one of our coaches about the benefits for you. Book a complimentary 30-minute consult at the link below and receive a one-on-one personal training trial session.

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

Instagram: @altitudeathletic

Happy Easter Salad from AAamazing Salad

Easter is coming! Please come try our new creation: Happy Easter salad! It contains fresh salad greens, egg, avocado, vegetables toppings and little chocolate eggs with our homemade classic balsamic vinaigrette! Of course, it’s made with our love too! Let’s make your Easter not just fun, but also healthy!

AAamazing Salad
#C-82 Adelaide St E, 647-342-6888
Mon-Fri: 11am – 4pm
Sat: 12pm-4pm
Instagram: @AAamazingsalad

Toronto’s Mayors from Muddy York to Mega City Presentation

Join us on Thursday, April 13th as special guest speaker, Frank Nicholson, unfolds the history of Toronto through the careers of some of the city’s sixty-five chief magistrates dating back to incorporation in 1834; a timely subject given Toronto’s upcoming mayoral election!

This event will take place in-person at Toronto’s First Post Office at 260 Adelaide Street East, with doors opening at 6:30pm and the presentation beginning promptly at 7pm. Pre-registration and ticket purchase are required to attend and are available at https://TorontosMayorsMuddyYorktoMegaCity.eventbrite.ca.

Town of York Historical Society | Toronto’s First Post Office
260 Adelaide St E, 416-865-1833
Mon – Fri: 9am-5:30pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

Instagram: @tos1stpo


And we’re not talking about violins…but something almost as beautiful – our gorgeous new seating collection!

Just in… “Ensemble” has a huge assortment of timeless, contemporary styles focusing on choice, craftsmanship and comfort. Choose your arm, depth, leg, cover material and configuration – the options are endless- and the quick delivery time of less than a few short weeks can’t be beat!

Customize your perfect sofa, sofa-chaise, sectional, chair or ottoman to fit your space…with the assistance of our wonderful team of experts at 275 King St. East.

Bring a picture of your space and your room measurements and we’ll do the rest.

Happy Easter and embrace April – a time to clean out closets, re-fresh your furniture….and get ready to hit the patios!

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St. E, 416-457-4200
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm
Instagram: @thechesterfieldshop

Meet 6S Coach & Dietitian Alysha!

Alysha is an experienced Personal Trainer and Registered Dietitian at 6SFitness. Alysha was a previous competitive swimmer, basketball player and athlete growing up and joined the bodybuilding world before finding powerlifting and functional fitness at 6S.

​Alysha has experience working with a range of clients, including those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Celiac Disease, IBS, IBD, weight loss and muscle gain goals and much more! Alysha is also trained in pre-natal and postpartum training.

By translating and delivering high quality, evidence-based nutrition information, Alysha wishes to empower individual clients and groups, to promote optimal physical performance, lifestyle and nutrition care.

Alysha is currently accepting NEW fitness and nutrition clients at 6S! Click here to schedule your 15 minute intro to learn how you can get started and improve your overall health and wellness to live your best life!

209 Adelaide St E, 416-518-5746
Mon – Wed: 6:30am – 8:30pm
Thurs – Fri: 6:30am – 7:30pm
Sat: 9am – 11:30am
Sun: 10am – 12:30pm

Instagram: @6s.fitness

Level 1 – Traditional Thai Massage Course at Bahn Thai Spa

This Level 1 Traditional Thai Massage course with our Master Practitioner, Orachon Meechai will teach you everything you need to know to be able to perform a full body Traditional Thai Massage. Visit our website at www.bahnthaispa.com to sign up and continue this journey with us! Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Time: 9am-4pm.

Bahn Thai Spa
136 Adelaide St E, 416-594-3406
Daily: 11am-8pm

Instagram: @bahnthaispa

Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Black Tiger Shrimp
at Cafe Oro di Napoli

Ring in the spring with a delicious pasta dish! Our squid ink tagliatelle with black tiger shrimp, sea asparagus, grilled cherry tomatoes, chili flakes and garlic white wine, is simply divine. Pair it with a glass (or two 🙂) of our delicious Pinot Grigio from Trento, or Verduzzo Chardonnay from Veneto.

Cafe Oro di Napoli
75 Jarvis St, 416-315-7979
Daily: 12 noon – 10pm
Instagram: @cafeorodinapoli

Discover the new Au Pain Doré spring products!🍃😍

😍A colourful spring!😍 2 new spring items to discover. The tuna niçoise sandwich on an olive ciabatta roll. Tuna spread, tomatoes, spring mix, hard boiled egg. This sandwich will have you thinking you are eating by the ocean! And how about our savoury Danish? A fresh delight with tomatoes, pesto and melted bocconcini.

Au Pain Doré
81 Front St E, 416-367-2738
Daily: 7am – 8pm
Instagram: @aupaindore1956

Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost LIVE at C’est What!

April 15 | 8:30pm Doors/9pm Show
Tickets: $20 Adv/$25 Door

Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost with their rendition of classic Celtic and east coast covers, traditional fiddle tunes, and a variety of original tunes, they often invite the audience to participate in a fun, energetic stage show that can be enjoyed by all. Imagine the smell of the sea, cold pints of beer, old shipwrecks, stories of love and loss, and boisterous friends sharing a laugh and a song. Now mix it with an instrumentation that takes you on a journey east, and a feeling of being welcomed into your neighbour’s home for a kitchen party, THAT is the essence of Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost.

Grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/old-man-flanagans-ghost-live-at-cest-what-tickets-591765124417

C’est What
67 Front St E, 416-867-9499
Sun & Mon: – 4pm – 12am
Tues & Wed: 12pm – 12am
Thurs – Sat: 12pm – 1am
Instagram: @cestwhatto

Third Wave Coffee Inc’s Feature Espresso: La Palma Y El Tucan

Delightful feature espresso: the celebrated La Palma Y El Tucan. It is often used in competitions and a regular barista favourite. Lactic process Colombia makes clean and syrupy espresso. The profile of this coffee reminds us of sticky stone fruits, with nectarine, apricot and peach playing into the flavours. That’s supported with soft melon qualities, honey and molasses. The body is very much like a sweetened lemon iced tea, velvety and refreshing. Stop in today to try one for yourself!

Third Wave Coffee Inc
42 Church St,
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm
Instagram: @thirdwavetoronto

Double Trouble at St. Louis Bar & Grill

From March 21, 2023 to April 23, 2023, we are offering our Double Trouble, which is 10 boneless pieces and a pound of original wings plus fries and garlic dill sauce for just $25.99. Add a 23oz Devil’s Pints of Molson Canadian, or Coors Light for just $6.99!

St. Louis Bar & Grill
92 King St E, 416-840-0268
Mon – Wed: 11:30am – 11pm
Thurs & Fri: 11:30am – 12am
Sat: 12pm – 12am
Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Instagram: @stlouis.kinge

Contact Lenses for Spring/Summer from St. Lawrence Eye Care

We are heading into warmer weather in the upcoming months! Try out some contact lenses so you can enjoy outdoor activities and sports without wearing your glasses! Not only are contacts convenient, but everyone can learn how to wear them. Book your eye exam today so you can get fitted into some contacts!

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

April Special at Nami Restaurant

Nami Japanese Restaurant celebrates its 39th anniversary this year.
 Thank you for your support. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again.
In Japan, the number 39 is sometimes used to mean “Thank You”.
As a token of our appreciation to all our customers, we are offering our dishes for $39.

(Available on Monday to Friday)
Special Lunch Set $39
3 pcs Sashimi, 3 pcs Tempura, Gomaae, Bara Chirashi and Miso soup.

(Available on Monday to Saturday)
Robata Special Plate $39
Lamb chop, Black tiger shrimp, Salmon neck and vegetables.

Nami Japanese Restaurant
55 Adelaide E, 416-362-7373
Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2pm & 5pm – 9pm
Sat: 5pm – 9pm
Instagram: @namirestaurant

Alumnae Theatre proudly presents String of Pearls
directed by Barbara Larose

A fateful thread of magic in the form of a pearl necklace slips from one woman’s hands to another’s. Passing through a vast myriad of women, the play offers a passport into each of their private spheres— inner worlds rich with desire, frustration, resentment, yearning, hoping. Inspired by interviews with over 200 people, String of Pearls tells of a pearl necklace that changes the lives of the play’s characters and there are lots of them – 27 to be exact. Featuring a wildly talented cast of 8 women, original music, and a gorgeous set elevated by projections; you won’t want to miss this stunningly evocative and hilariously heartfelt production.

Alumnae Theatre
70 Berkeley St, 416-364-4170
Open for performances
Instagram: @alumnaetheatre

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