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Virtuous Hour at Virtuous Pie!
Today  2:30 – 5:30 PM
(+270 more until December)
Food

On January 23rd we’ll be launching Virtuous Hour…it’s like happy hour but better! During Virtuous Hour you’ll be able to take advantage of great deals and specials including Kombucha on Tap for 3 dollars, garlic knots for 4 dollars, 1 an ounce wine…and the list goes on! See your yourself…we’ve outlined the specials that we’ll be offering and the hours below!

WHEN

·      Monday | All Day

·      Tuesday – Friday | 2.30pm – 5.30pm

·      Friday + Saturday | 10pm till close

·      Dine in only

DRINKS

·      Kombucha on Tap | $3

·      Cans of Beer | $2 off

·      Pints of Beer and Cider | $2 off

·      Wine by the Glass | 6oz $6

·      Wine by the Bottle (3/4L) | $22

PIZZA

·      $2 off ALL pizzas!

SMALL PLATES |  $2 off

·      Garlic Knots | $4

·      Broccolini | $7

·      Mac + Cheese | $9

ICE CREAM

·      Ice Cream Flight

Virtuous Pie Toronto
611 College St
NEW CIRCADIA
Today  9 AM – 9 PM
(+25 more until April)
Art, Chill

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to launch the Architecture and Design Gallery, a unique, experimental space — the only gallery of its kind in Toronto — located in the lower level of the Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent.

Curated by Professor Richard Sommer and New York-based designers, Pillow Culture,

the Gallery’s inaugural installation, New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking),

prompts participants to ask: What would happen if we disconnected from standard time and external stimuli within a dream-like space specifically designed for relaxation, reflection, and repose?

New Circadia (an approximate translation from Latin for “New Day”) has been conceived to engage the city and the University of Toronto community alike in an immersive environment— an underground, cave-like, soft utopia.

“Architecture today is inextricably bound up in the urbanization of the planet, and it needs to pay as much attention to the marking of time, as it traditionally has to the shaping of space,” says co-curator, Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor at the Daniels Faculty. “With New Circadia, we are acknowledging architecture’s complicity in an increasingly stressful and zombie-like world by presenting an antidote to the over-mechanization of everyday life and our plugged-in, 24/7 culture. Might it be time to put architecture to sleep?”

The interactive installation will be made up of three zones. Beginning at the east entrance of the Daniels Building, visitors will enter a subterranean space through a Transitory Zone or “mouth of the cave,” illuminated with an artificial skylight created via digital technology. Here, visitors will store their belongings and choose from a variety of body wearables or “spelunking gear”.

Then, moving through a felt envelope, participants will enter the main cave space, an uncanny Dark Zone, with a large yet soft rock-like lounge-scape, animated with responsive sound and light. Oneiroi will invite visitors to anonymously record their personal dreams and listen to those recorded by others. Throughout the installation, visitors will be encouraged to make use of the cave’s soft infrastructure, including its felted floors and walls, to engage in self-directed rest and meditation.

Inspired by both the 1938 Mammoth Cave Experiment (the first staging of a scientific research laboratory for studying natural human cycles of sleep and wakefulness) and the synesthetic happenings of the 1960’s and 70’s, this haptic installation will offer visitors a variety of experiences, including a series of thematic lectures, multidisciplinary performances, dialogues, film screenings, and nocturnes. New Circadia’s events and programming will be organized around six time-based themes: story time, deep time, wasting time, break time, marking time, and dream time.

“We have transformed the new Architecture and Design Gallery into a soft utopia to conjure a greater sense of geological, mythical, mechanical, and biological time, and to explore how we might nurture a more sustained interior life by incubating dream-like states of rest, reflection, and reverie,” say co-curators Natalie Fizer and Emily Stevenson of the firm Pillow Culture.

Both the space and programming of New Circadia is aimed at demonstrating that idling, whether by sleeping, dreaming, napping, or meditating, is not lost, unproductive time, but rather an essential state of mind and body, connected to experiences vital to our survival and evolution.

Exhibition support is provided through the Lorne M. Gertner Fund.

Please join us in exploring New Circadia at the launch event on November 7, 2019 at 7:30pm.

The installation and affiliated events will run until April 30, 2020. Children must be supervised at all times.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 9:00pm

Please check the Daniels Faculty website and/or social media for details on upcoming talks and events associated with the installation.

Daniels Building
1 Spadina Crescent, Architecture and Design Gallery
MOCA Toronto Winter & Spring 2020 Exhibitions
Today  11 AM – 6 PM
(+35 more until May)
Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) today shared details of its exhibitions programme for the first part of 2020, featuring new commissions by Carlos Bunga, Shelagh Keeley, and Megan Rooney. An installation by Sarah Sze launches “The City Is a Collection,” a new exhibition series presenting major contemporary artworks from private art holdings within the Toronto community.

A preview of the four exhibitions opens to the public at 7:30pm on February 5, 2020. During the opening night, Bunga’s installation will be accompanied by a dance performance choreographed by Lauren Runions and performed by Runions, allie higgins, Denise Solleza, Yui Ugai and Shelby Wright.

MOCA Toronto
158 Sterling Rd.
Brunch at Virtuous Pie!
Today  10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(+270 more until December)
Food, Social

Come brunch with us! On January 26th we’ll be offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm. Our new menu will offer a range of mouth-watering and nutritious options, so you’ll be able to enjoy things like our Sausage + Egg Breakfast Pizza with beyond hot Italian sausage, potato cream, tofu scramble, oven dried tomatoes, and kale, or THE CURE Breakfast Bowl, with a mix of roasted vegetables, tater tots and chorizo, topped with avocado, tofu scramble + cashew hollandaise sauce!

Virtuous Pie Toronto
611 College St
Virtuous Hour at Virtuous Pie!
Today  2:30 – 5:30 PM
(+270 more until December)
Food

On January 23rd we’ll be launching Virtuous Hour…it’s like happy hour but better! During Virtuous Hour you’ll be able to take advantage of great deals and specials including Kombucha on Tap for 3 dollars, garlic knots for 4 dollars, 1 an ounce wine…and the list goes on! See your yourself…we’ve outlined the specials that we’ll be offering and the hours below!

WHEN

·      Monday | All Day

·      Tuesday – Friday | 2.30pm – 5.30pm

·      Friday + Saturday | 10pm till close

·      Dine in only

DRINKS

·      Kombucha on Tap | $3

·      Cans of Beer | $2 off

·      Pints of Beer and Cider | $2 off

·      Wine by the Glass | 6oz $6

·      Wine by the Bottle (3/4L) | $22

PIZZA

·      $2 off ALL pizzas!

SMALL PLATES |  $2 off

·      Garlic Knots | $4

·      Broccolini | $7

·      Mac + Cheese | $9

ICE CREAM

·      Ice Cream Flight

Virtuous Pie Toronto
611 College St
NEW CIRCADIA
Today  9 AM – 9 PM
(+25 more until April)
Art, Chill

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to launch the Architecture and Design Gallery, a unique, experimental space — the only gallery of its kind in Toronto — located in the lower level of the Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent.

Curated by Professor Richard Sommer and New York-based designers, Pillow Culture,

the Gallery’s inaugural installation, New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking),

prompts participants to ask: What would happen if we disconnected from standard time and external stimuli within a dream-like space specifically designed for relaxation, reflection, and repose?

New Circadia (an approximate translation from Latin for “New Day”) has been conceived to engage the city and the University of Toronto community alike in an immersive environment— an underground, cave-like, soft utopia.

“Architecture today is inextricably bound up in the urbanization of the planet, and it needs to pay as much attention to the marking of time, as it traditionally has to the shaping of space,” says co-curator, Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor at the Daniels Faculty. “With New Circadia, we are acknowledging architecture’s complicity in an increasingly stressful and zombie-like world by presenting an antidote to the over-mechanization of everyday life and our plugged-in, 24/7 culture. Might it be time to put architecture to sleep?”

The interactive installation will be made up of three zones. Beginning at the east entrance of the Daniels Building, visitors will enter a subterranean space through a Transitory Zone or “mouth of the cave,” illuminated with an artificial skylight created via digital technology. Here, visitors will store their belongings and choose from a variety of body wearables or “spelunking gear”.

Then, moving through a felt envelope, participants will enter the main cave space, an uncanny Dark Zone, with a large yet soft rock-like lounge-scape, animated with responsive sound and light. Oneiroi will invite visitors to anonymously record their personal dreams and listen to those recorded by others. Throughout the installation, visitors will be encouraged to make use of the cave’s soft infrastructure, including its felted floors and walls, to engage in self-directed rest and meditation.

Inspired by both the 1938 Mammoth Cave Experiment (the first staging of a scientific research laboratory for studying natural human cycles of sleep and wakefulness) and the synesthetic happenings of the 1960’s and 70’s, this haptic installation will offer visitors a variety of experiences, including a series of thematic lectures, multidisciplinary performances, dialogues, film screenings, and nocturnes. New Circadia’s events and programming will be organized around six time-based themes: story time, deep time, wasting time, break time, marking time, and dream time.

“We have transformed the new Architecture and Design Gallery into a soft utopia to conjure a greater sense of geological, mythical, mechanical, and biological time, and to explore how we might nurture a more sustained interior life by incubating dream-like states of rest, reflection, and reverie,” say co-curators Natalie Fizer and Emily Stevenson of the firm Pillow Culture.

Both the space and programming of New Circadia is aimed at demonstrating that idling, whether by sleeping, dreaming, napping, or meditating, is not lost, unproductive time, but rather an essential state of mind and body, connected to experiences vital to our survival and evolution.

Exhibition support is provided through the Lorne M. Gertner Fund.

Please join us in exploring New Circadia at the launch event on November 7, 2019 at 7:30pm.

The installation and affiliated events will run until April 30, 2020. Children must be supervised at all times.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 9:00pm

Please check the Daniels Faculty website and/or social media for details on upcoming talks and events associated with the installation.

Daniels Building
1 Spadina Crescent, Architecture and Design Gallery
MOCA Toronto Winter & Spring 2020 Exhibitions
Today  11 AM – 6 PM
(+35 more until May)
Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) today shared details of its exhibitions programme for the first part of 2020, featuring new commissions by Carlos Bunga, Shelagh Keeley, and Megan Rooney. An installation by Sarah Sze launches “The City Is a Collection,” a new exhibition series presenting major contemporary artworks from private art holdings within the Toronto community.

A preview of the four exhibitions opens to the public at 7:30pm on February 5, 2020. During the opening night, Bunga’s installation will be accompanied by a dance performance choreographed by Lauren Runions and performed by Runions, allie higgins, Denise Solleza, Yui Ugai and Shelby Wright.

MOCA Toronto
158 Sterling Rd.
Brunch at Virtuous Pie!
Today  10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(+270 more until December)
Food, Social

Come brunch with us! On January 26th we’ll be offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm. Our new menu will offer a range of mouth-watering and nutritious options, so you’ll be able to enjoy things like our Sausage + Egg Breakfast Pizza with beyond hot Italian sausage, potato cream, tofu scramble, oven dried tomatoes, and kale, or THE CURE Breakfast Bowl, with a mix of roasted vegetables, tater tots and chorizo, topped with avocado, tofu scramble + cashew hollandaise sauce!

Virtuous Pie Toronto
611 College St
Yoga School
Today  9 AM – 6 PM
(+2 more until next week)
Fitness, Learning

Yoga School is a Toronto-based 200 hour yoga teacher training and self-development program led by Shawna Turner. This program is for those looking to teach, as well as those simply looking for an opportunity to spend some time in personal study and reflection.

Shawna is walking wisdom in woman form. She has a magical quality of energy. Soothing and supportive, while challenging growth. She is kind and cares. A recent Yoga School graduate wrote: “My first class with Shawna was the first time I realized that yoga was so, so much more. Her poetic nature and ability to ignite the personal fire created a powerful combination that moved me to find my path to self discovery. Her knowledge of the physical and subtle bodies is extensive and she teaches with an openness and honesty that awaken the heart and the student within us all”.

As a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, Shawna offers classes, workshops, retreats and mentorships. She felt like the time she had together with her students “was just getting started and then it's time to move on. It simply doesn't feel like enough. So! I want more”. She wanted more and so she created Yoga School.

Yoga School is a unique program that evolves as you evolve. This is for the change-makers.

Shawna says: “I'd like to teach you the tools to continue on a path of self-discovery. To receive some sort of insight into your own world, the yoga world and the world around you. To be inspired to keep on learning. To be infused with enough passion and curiosity to continue to ask questions - to continue to brush up against the edge of challenge in order to grow. I want you to leave the training with enough know-how and courage to share what you've learned with others. Not necessarily in a class setting (although you will be prepared for that), but to share it with your partner, your family, co-workers, friends and community. To embrace the practice with such openness that it seeps into your cells and oozes out in the way you speak, think and behave. I want this to ignite change. Not just to become a yoga teacher, but to truly embrace a yogic lifestyle. One filled with more compassion, ease and grace”.

What you will learn in Yoga School includes:

- Physical Anatomy

- Functional Anatomy

- Anatomy of the subtle body

- Pranayama

- Mythology of Yoga

- Meditation

- Chakras

- Pilates principles

- Fundamentals of Yin Yoga

- Fundamentals of Restorative Yoga

- Fundamentals of Prenatal Yoga

- Trauma-informed Yoga

- The Art of assisting

- Business of Yoga

- Introduction to Ayurveda

In the words of another Yoga School graduate: “Yoga School is more than a course. It’s more than a certification. It’s an introduction to another way of being. It’s an open door into a community of like-minded individuals. It’s an invitation to push the limits of what you thought was possible. It is a place where laughter, encouragement, love and self-discovery abounds”.

The program takes place here in Toronto and is run in a weekly format from September to April with four intensive weekends. It really is just like going back to school, only the subject, is you.

Yoga School is an experience that “will seep into your bones and become apart of you, leaving you a better human than before”.

Find more information on our website. Message Shawna at shawna.turner@gmail.com to begin the application process and to see if this is the right training for you.

+focus mindspace
49 Ossington Ave, 2nd floor
The Dragon's Song Escape Series
Today  5 – 11 PM
(+239 more until November)
Gaming, Social

Be the hero. Discover the magic. Save the dragons.

You have been asked to embark upon a dangerous quest: to save dragons from extinction. To do so you’ll need to sneak into a mysterious tower where the last dragon egg is rumoured to rest. Will you find the egg and learn the secret of the dragon’s song?

The Casa Loma Escape Series invites you into a fantastic world, full of strange science and mystical wonders. It’s the perfect adventure for the whole family. Ages 8+*

*Please note that The Dragon’s Song is available to be played at both the Easy and Difficult experience levels with Easy games running at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

Casa Loma Toronto
1 Austin Terrace

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