Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Announces 2018 Rankings

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Announces 2018 Rankings
Fourth Annual List Sees 29 New Additions; Latest Issue Includes Canada’s 50 Best Bars 
Calcutta Cricket Club (for Best New Restaurant Design)

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants today released its comprehensive 2018 rankings for exemplary restaurants and bars nationwide. Recognizing culinary talent coast to coast to coast, the 2018 rankings welcome 29 restaurants new to this year’s list.

Canada’s most commendable chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders and critics all joined 
tonightto celebrate the launch of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2018 at an awards ceremony held at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Ave, Toronto). The evening named Toronto’sAlo the best restaurant in Canada and awarded Toronto’s Bar Raval the inaugural no.1 spot on the 50 Best Bars list.

“We’re excited to launch our 2018 issue,” said Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler. “Every year we’re able to promote exceptional Canadian cuisine and talent, and with the addition of the 50 best bars list, we’re proud to recognize the finest in both food and drink. Every last one represents a great choice for a stellar dining experience.”

In addition to the rankings, Canada’s 100 Best also recognizes excellence in the industry:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award*: Chef Lynn Crawford
  • Most Innovative Chef*: Chef Marc Lepine (Atelier)
  • Outstanding Chef*: Chef Patrick Kriss (Alo)
  • Best Farm to Table*: Chef Michael Smith (FireWorks Feast at the Inn at Bay Fortune)
  • Best New Restaurant*: La Banane (Chef Brandon Olsen) 
  • Best Pastry Chef*: Chef Daniel Mongraw (Toqué!)
  • Best New Restaurant Design*: Maya Gohill (Calcutta Cricket Club)
  • Best Sommelier*: Vanya Filipovic (Joe Beef)
  • Most Eco-Friendly Restaurant*: Actinolite (Chef Justin Cournoyer)
(above from left to right: Chef Lynn Crawford, Chef March Lepin, Chef Michael Smith, Chef Brandon Olsen, Chef Maya Gohill, Chef Daniel Mongraw, Chef Patrick Kriss, Chef Jacob Richler;
photo credits in order: Louise Savoie, Rick O'Brien, Liam Mogan, Jesse Milns)

Canada’s 100 Best named the following Top 10 restaurants for 2018:
  1. Alo – Toronto
  2. Toqué! – Montreal
  3. Joe Beef – Montreal
  4. Buca Osteria & Bar (Yorkville) – Toronto
  5. Langdon Hall – Cambridge
  6. Montréal Plaza – Montreal
  7. Raymonds – St. John’s
  8. Le Vin Papillon – Montreal
  9. Edulis – Toronto
  10. Kissa Tanto – Vancouver
Canada’s 50 Best Bars named the following Top 10 bars for 2018:
  1. Bar Raval – Toronto
  2. The Keefer Bar – Vancouver
  3. Coldroom – Montreal
  4. Proof – Calgary
  5. The Bar at Alo – Toronto
  6. Lot Six Bar & Restaurant – Halifax
  7. Bar Von Der Fels – Calgary
  8. Pretty Ugly – Toronto
  9. Clementine – Edmonton
  10. The Woodcutter’s Blanket – Whitehorse
Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants is proud to be the platform to showcase excellence in the industry. The annual list is renowned for being an unbiased metric of restaurant quality in Canada and represents the consensus of the diverse, knowledgeable opinions of 97 judges including Canada’s top chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and food industry insiders.
Available on newsstands across Canada on Monday, April 16, the magazine celebrates excellence in the restaurant industry in all its forms. For more information visit:

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Laura Aguilar Fearlessly Reclaims Her Body And Her Journey Through Life With "SHOW AND TELL"

Laura Aguilar Fearlessly Reclaims Her Body And Her Journey Through Life With "SHOW AND TELL"
A Powerful Voice for the Invisible Emerges with Raw Honesty"
Photos: courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Lesbian, Latina and large-bodied, Laura Aguilar fearlessly reclaims her body and her journey with Show and Tell: the headline-grabbing exhibition that captured the heart of the art world during the recent PST: LA/LA, the massive art initiative led by the Getty. During this unprecedented exploration of Latin American and Latino art, Aguilar’s show was hailed as one of the most critically acclaimed of all the 70+ exhibitions at cultural institutions across Southern California. “Show and Tell” now makes it East Coast premiere in Miami at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU through May 27, located on the campus of Florida International University.

The first comprehensive retrospective of the American photographer’s work assembles more than one hundred photographs and video spanning three decades. A rebellious and groundbreaking Chicana, Aguilar’s retrospective has been heralded nationwide for establishing the artist as a powerful voice for diverse “invisible” communities, and for courageously disrupting repressive stereotypes of beauty and body representation. Often political as well as personal, the bold portraits cut across performative, feminist and queer art genres.

The images captured through her lens reflect Aguilar’s struggles with depression, obesity, self-acceptance, prejudice and misogyny.

Challenged by auditory dyslexia, she struggled with words and turned to her camera to penetrate the underground LGBT world around her in the East Los Angeles of the 1980s and 90s. Her later works cross into never-before-seen territory: Aguilar’s daring self-portraits juxtapose her over-sized, naked body alongside desolate terrains, hulking boulders and stark bodies of water.

The guest comment book inside the galleries of the Frost Art Museum is already overflowing with hand-written messages proclaiming shock, outrage, loneliness, hope and inspiration, ranging from “How could you do something like this?” to “I’ve been waiting for something like this all of my life."
"Laura Aguilar's works express raw honestly without demanding a singular response, and we are seeing how her exhibition is providing transformative experiences for those who are open to it," said Jordan Pomeroy, the Director of the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum FIU. "We are honored to be selected as the venue where the public can currently experience Aguilar's powerful approach to camera work, and her humanistic eye on her subject matter. Exhibited outside of its native Southern California context, Aguilar's exhibition resounds strongly to our East Coast, Latin American and Caribbean audiences - with universal truths about the ways we view others who may not look like ourselves or share our backgrounds. We are witnessing a strong response from our local audiences, including our many visitors from all over the world."

The exhibition was curated by Sybil Venegas, and was organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum (where it was originally presented as part of PST: LA/LA), in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

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