May 16, 2013

proof whisky, artfest, Vol. 133

What? May 24 already? How could this be? With the crazy unseasonal blizzards and early heatwaves, we are all a bit confused as to what time of year it really is. And if you are anything like us, and didn’t plan a thing for the first long-weekend of summer, (because it came out of nowhere) you may find these local Canadian art-show options even more appealing. Take advantage of this sunny and warm Victoria Day Long Weekend, because we don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for us next. For more information on proof brands visit

the maynuary 1 ½ oz proof whisky • 4 oz lime sour mix • ½ oz maple syrup
Add proof whisky, lime sour mix and maple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with frozen cranberries.

lime sour mix 2 cups lime juice • 2 cups simple syrup
Mix two ingredients, cover and chill. TIP can freeze for later use.

simple syrup 3 cups granulated sugar • 3 cups water
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and cool, stirring until sugar is dissolved for 6 to 10 minutes or until mixture comes just to a boil. Cool to room temperature: transfer to a sterilized jar. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

artfest toronto launches the summer season Victoria Day weekend with a celebration of artists and artisans from across Canada. This juried outdoor show will feature 85 artists at the Historic Distillery District for three days only. Come stroll the cobble stone lanes and explore the beauty of the District. Offerings include pottery, glass, jewellery, artisan clothing, paintings, photographs, wood products, gourmet foods, live music and much more. FREE admission. (


contact is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA.

Founded as a not-for-profit in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography. As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.9 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada. (

Long Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 19 degrees
Sunday: Sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 21 degrees
Monday: Sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 22 degrees

Happy Victoria Day!
Stay tuned for next week's yard sale and great recipe roundup!

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