May is here in Old Town Toronto and we are excited to release our May edition of Where To Support Local. Below you will find everything from Mother’s Day gift ideas and events, to Indigenous Canadian musical performances, theatre for the youth, Doggy Daycare, the opening of an iconic patio, happy hour specials, a new spring menu, sales on furniture and clothing, polarized summer sunnies, and a bunch more. So scroll on and make plans to come visit us in Old Town Toronto this May.

As always, thanks for supporting local 🙂

TO Live Presents Celeigh Cardinal & Logan Staats​

Don’t miss an exciting double bill featuring two award-winning Indigenous-Canadian artists whose musical stylings straddle folk, pop, country, and roots! TO Live is excited to present Celeigh Cardinal and Logan Staats.​

With a confident voice and boundless energy, 2020 Juno Award-winner and Métis singer-songwriter Celeigh Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion, and love. In 2018, Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats was chosen from 10,000 hopeful contestants vying for a spot on musical competition show The Launch. Before an audience of 1.4 million viewers, he won, beginning the breakthrough that would lead him to Nashville and Los Angeles.​

For their Toronto performance, Cardinal and Staats are each joined on stage by their respective bands.

Happening at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on May 12.

TO Live
27 Front St E, 416-366-7723
Mon – Fri: 1pm – 6pm
Ticket Info:
Instagram: @tolivegram

Mother’s Day is right around the corner
and Stôk Floral Design is ready to help!

When we think of the people who make the world go round, we often think of those who helped raise us, the ones who loved us first, the ones who we know will be there with a shoulder to cry on and a hug when we need it most.

Mother’s Day is not just for those who had a baby. It is also for everyone who has played a part in helping raise a child.

We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate and support that love than with sending flowers. Call us to pre-order.

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

Happy Hour at Pravda Vodka Bar

Happy Hour is just around the corner…

Join us for happy hour at Pravda every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to savour our specials on cocktails and bites. Our happy hour features $10 martinis alongside fabulous deals on bites from only $7-$10. Roll on martini o’clock!

Pravda is an iconic venue in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core. Our doors open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Pravda is available for events and private bookings from Sunday – Wednesday.

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

Become a GOLF SPONSOR & gain exposure for your business!

Becoming a SPONSOR is a great way to support your local community and gain exposure for your business. By sponsoring New Visions Toronto, you can demonstrate your commitment to the community and increase your brand awareness! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other local businesses and potential customers.

Consider becoming a Golf Sponsor today and make New Visions Toronto your charity of choice! Show your support and highlight your business. For more information visit,

New Visions Toronto
222 The Esplanade, 416-868-1493
Office Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm


New sale every week at Wildlife Thrift Store!

Out with the old and in the new! Our store is having sales every week to make sure you leave with the freshest finds for your wardrobe and home! Right now at the store take 25% off Yellow tagged clothing, 50% off blue tags and 75% off white tags.

New racks are being put out daily to help you spring fashionably forward!

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

Polarized Sunglasses for Spring/Summer!

Invest in some polarized sunglasses today for spring/summer. Polarized lenses give the ultimate UV protection and anti-glare. If you’re an active person, plan on taking some upcoming vacations, or drive often, come by our clinic to look at some of our polarized sunglasses! We make prescription polarized lenses as well!

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

Magnificent Modulars! And 10% off May 1-May 16th!

From The Chesterfield Shop’s Toronto Collection – modular seating is deep, cushy, comfortable and all about lounging – it’s a perfect way to put together a room.
Buy it by the piece and can add a chaise (or two), an ottoman, or keep it as a simple sofa or a sectional- the choice is yours.

So many fabrics to choose from to match your vision. Bring us your room size and our in-house designers will do the rest for you.

Enjoy having friends & family over, the summer season is finally (almost!) here – throw the patio & balcony doors open!

Note: An additional 10% off between May 1- May 16th, 2023- in honour of The Chesterfield Shop’s 75th Anniversary!

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St E, 416-667-1150
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm. Sun: 11am – 5pm
Instaram: @thechesterfieldshop

Spring menu and promotions
at The Works Craft Burger and Beer

Every day Special lunch menu until 3:00 PM for $14.97 (Burger + fries + pop).
Monday to Thursday happy hour special for $19.99 ( Burger + fries + beer).
Special promotion for events and group meals.
Follow our social page to inform about our weekly promotions .

The Works Craft Burger and Beer
60 Wellington St E, 416-594-9675
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Instagram: @works_burger

Mokara Spa May Promotion

Book a Mokara Pedicure or Mokara Manicure and receive a complimentary Spa Ritual Polish (value of $16.50). Spa Ritual polishes are vegan and cruelty-free.

Book a 60-minute Swedish Massage & Skin Perfect Facial and receive a complimentary Knesko Collagen Face Mask (value of $50).
This promotion is valid all week. No substitutes, no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Promotion expires May 31, 2023.

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

CRANKED: The ReMix at Young People’s Theatre

By Michael P. Northey
Directed by Rachel Aberle
A Green Thumb Theatre Production

In the Studio May 8 – 18, 2023
Recommended for Ages 13+ | Grades 8+
Run time: approx. 50 minutes

Stan, a.k.a. “Definition” was a rising freestyle MC until his life’s passion lost out to his drug habit. Now on the road to recovery and preparing for a comeback, Stan confronts his demons and recounts his harrowing journey through the wild highs and deep lows of addiction. Featuring a live DJ and hip hop, this pulse-pounding sensory experience reveals the realities of addiction and the redemption that can lie in recovery. An international hit seen by more than 125,000, CRANKED is an incisive view of addiction and celebrity culture in an era of TikTok and 15-minute fame.

Young People’s Theatre
165 Front St E, 416-862-2222
9am – 5pm
Instagram: @ypttoronto

Discover Your VO2 Max
at Altitude Athletic Training

VO2 Max is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise. This test gives you an accurate measurement of your current fitness level, cardiovascular health and respiratory function.

With the insights gained from this test, you can develop a personalized training plan that will help you achieve your fitness goals and improve your performance in any athletic pursuit.

At Altitude we do clinical-grade VO2 Max testing with a metabolic analyzer, which directly measures the volume and gas concentrations of inspired and expired air as you perform a maximal exercise test. The test can be performed on your cardio equipment of choice. Book your VO2 max test at Altitude:

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

Pet Cuisine’s Doggy Daycare!

Our daycare is a great way for you to spend some time away from your dog while knowing that your dog is safe! We have trained and skilled employees that will care for your pup! We offer a large and interactive room full of fun! Your pup will experience playtime, exercise, rest, and a large collection of our healthy snacks!

Pet Cuisine & Accessories
127 Front St E, 416-507-9968 ext. 1
Mon – Sat: 9am – 7pm.
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Free local delivery on Uber Eats

Award winning old town dispensary now available on Uber eats for free delivery within 5-25 minutes! Must be 19+. Pick from the best curated menu in Toronto. See why 1922 was recently named most trusted in Ontario. I don’t have much more to say.

120 Sherbourne St, 416-406-2161
10am – 10:30pm
Instagram: @1922_shop

Mother’s Day Promotion at AAamazing Salad

Order our very popular Queen salad with 15% off during May 1st to 14th. Minimum order for 20 people. Queen salad is vegetarian, gluten free and nuts free with fresh ingredients, avocado, feta cheese and homemade classic balsamic vinaigrette. Please call us for more details.

AAamazing Salad
C-82 Adelaide St E, 647-342-6888
Mon-Fri: 11am -4pm.
Sat:12pm – 5pm.
Instagram: @aaamazingsalad

Gift Card to Got Junk

Here is a little gift to you from us and 1-800 Got Junk. Gift Card does not expire and you may share with others, too. Proudly serving our community in the St Lawrence Market for 20 years. For all of your residential needs just reach out –

Royal LePage Your Community Realty – Jay Fleming
187 King St E, 416-637-8000
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm.
Instagram @JayandEric

“Dear Mom” Letter Writing Event
at Town of York Historical Society | Toronto’s First Post Office

Join Toronto’s First Post Office for one of two writing sessions on May 11th to learn the history behind Mother’s Day, and of course, write your letter to Mom as they would have in the 1830s, complete with a wax seal.

Younger participants will have the option to craft their own paper carnation flower, the official symbol of Mother’s Day, in lieu of writing a letter. In addition, copies of transcribed letters from our collection written from a mother to her son will be on display!

All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited!

(TYHS Members benefit with complimentary postage within Canada. Non-members participants are welcome to purchase postage to send their letters at the Post Office!)

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

Mothers Day at the George Street Diner

This May is for Mothers and we would love to feed you and your Mammy this Mommy’s day, May 14th 2023 The Staff at the George Street Diner would love to Serve you some delicious fluffy Buttermilk Blueberry pancakes and Mimosa’s or Mammyosa’s…

The George Street Diner
129 George St, 416-862-7676
Wed – Sun: 8am – 3pm.
Instagram: @thegeorgestreetdiner

Body Piercings

Hi Everyone, my name is Stacy, I’ve been offering body piercings since 2006. I recently opened my own private studio to offer all body piercings in a judgement free studio. I am appointment only, I offer exchanges and piercings and info on how to heal your irritated piercings.

Piercings by Piercergurl13
179 King St E, 647-895-6173
By appointment only.
Instagram: @Piercergurl13

Happy Hour @ the bar
at Hothouse Restaurant

Join us for happy hour at the bar from Sunday to Thursday from 4pm to 7pm! Enjoy our delicious $15 pizzas or burgers and $7 pints, wines, and highballs. Bring your friends and unwind after a long day at work with great food and drinks. You can also stay and watch the games with us, we have tvs in front of the bar for any games.

Hothouse Restaurant
35 Church St, 416-366-7800
Mon – Thurs: 11:30am – 9:30pm.
Fri: 11:30am – 10pm.
Sat: 9:30am – 10pm
(Brunch 9:30am – 3pm. Dinner  3:30pm – 10pm.)
Sun: 10am – 9:30pm
(Buffet 10am – 3pm. Dinner 3:30pm – 9:30pm.)

Instagram: @hothouserestaurant

C’est What Beer Garden Re-Opens May 9th

Are you ready to get your patio on? Our iconic Beer Garden will re-open May 9th. Come join us to kick off patio season! With fresh new menu items, fireplaces, happy hours, great ambiance and our epic staff – what more do you need all summer long? See you there!

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

Instagram: @cestwhatto

Sukhothai Family Style at sukhoTHAI

Plan your next event with your favourite Thai food! Sukhothai now offers catering options. Family-style trays of Padthai, Thai Fried Rice, Cashew Chicken, Fresh Rolls, Crispy Spring Rolls and more. Call us at 647.351.4612 or dm us on Instagram or Facebook @sukhothaifood for details.

52 Wellington St E, 647-351-4612
For hours, please see our website
Instagram: @sukhothaifood

May 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.

Salmon Special Plate $39
(Available Monday to Thursday)
Salmon Sushi, Torched Salmon Sushi, Salmon Avocado Chumaki, Salmon Ikura Temaki

Kids Special Plate $FREE
(Available Monday to Saturday)
Rice Ball, Karaage, Tamago-Yaki, Salad, Cut Fruit

Children’s Day is an annual holiday held throughout Japan that takes place on May 5th.
It is a day to respect the individuality of children and celebrate their happiness.

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

Taking Back Tuesdays!
Wing Night is Back at St. Louis Bar & Grill

Wing Night’s Back, Baby! We are thrilled to announce the return of our famous Tuesday Wing Nights, starting May 2, 2023!

Come in on Tuesdays and enjoy 1 LB of wings and fries with garlic dill sauce for only $12!
4 pm to close. Limited time only!


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

Want More?
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