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Status: Friday night lights
What: Extended shopping hours plus ice-cold Peroni served to late-night, well-heeled shoppers at Philip Sparks.
When: Every Friday night through the end of August, with the Italian beer served from 7 to 9 PM.
Where: Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc, 162 Ossington Ave., Toronto.
Buzzworthy notes: Since the store opened in March 2012, the Ossington shop has been a buzzing hub for classic, Mad Men-esque tailoring and dapper suits. Try on the impeccably fitted plaid dress from the Spring 2012 collection on Friday evenings, plus enter for your chance to win a private shopping party at the store and a $500 gift card.
What: The 10th anniversary of Summerlicious, the the bi-annual three-course, prix-fixed menu fest of your fave summer eats celebrated on Toronto’s hottest patios this summer.
When: July 6 to 22.
Where: Savoury and sweet dishes served from 180 of Toronto’s top restaurants.
Buzzworthy notes: Take advantage of the insalata caprese, pizzetta margherita and vanilla panna cotta (Il Fornello, 576 Danforth Ave.) lunch, all for $15. Or for a nightcapper, splurge on crispy shrimp cake, slow spiced braised beef and coconut crème caramel (Lee Restaurant, 601 King St W) for $45. Resos required. You have 17 days, strategize accordingly, friends.
Read on for more events to check out this week, including where to have a cocktail ping-pong party!
Status: Game on
What: Community Sundays at SPiN Toronto, where walk-ins can enjoy 30 minutes of free ping-pong court time from noon to 4 PM this summer.
Where: Every Sunday night until Labour Day, at SPiN Toronto, 461 King St. W., Lower Level, Toronto.
Buzzworthy notes: Come for the free ball, stay for the nouveau summery cocktails: cherry tomato daiquiris ($10.60), watermelon margaritas ($12.40) and pineapple juleps ($10.60).
Status: Curtain call
What: 150+ artistic creations running the Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto’s largest theatre festival.
When: July 4 to 15.
Where: 26 venues listed on the festival guide (including bra boutique Secrets from Your Sister at 560 Bloor St. W).
Buzzworthy notes: In between musicals and secret-location shows (yes, there’s a production for that), hob-knob with thespians and theatre lovers alike the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s hottest pop-up patio.
Status: Shopping day
What: A new 4,638-square-foot retail space for Armani’s urban, youthful line, this is the second A/X Armani Exchange location to hit Quebec.
When: Doors opened last weekend.
Where: 1241 Ste. Catherine. St. W., Montreal.
Buzzworthy notes: An offshoot of the venerated namesake label launched in 1991, A/X Armani Exchange’s price points range from $20 for a T-shirt to $200 for a jacket. Highlights at the new Montreal locale? A leather bomber ($380), blinged-out ring ($38) sequin tank ($58).