New in Toronto

What’s generating buzz in Toronto right now. By Celyn Harding-Jones and Sheryl Kirby.


Toronto’s Newest Attractions

Ripley’s Aquarium

Toronto is home to more than 13,500 new inhabitants — mostly of the gilled variety — at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Get up close and personal with diverse sea life, from corals to cuttlefish and sand tiger sharks to sea turtles. The aquarium focuses on conservation issues and provide an interactive educational experience. (Now Open. Learn more at RipleyAquariums.com.)

The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre

Housing, preserving and displaying 1,000-plus artistic, cultural and historical artifacts from a millennium’s worth of Islamic history. This modern institution aims to expand visitors’ understanding of Muslim and non-Muslim communities through exhibitions, libraries and cultural and educational events. (Now open. Learn more at AKDN.org.)

Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

Go wild over Da Mao and Er Shun, the Toronto Zoo’s visiting giant pandas. The breeding duo arrived spring 2013 for an extended stay. And what will happen if the city’s most-talked-about couple produces a baby? Pure “panda-monium,” we predict. (Exhibit now open. Learn more at TorontoZoo.com.)

Black Star Historical Photography Collection

View the social and political history of the 20th century through the lens of the most influential photographers of our time at the spectacular Ryerson Image Centre. This is the world’s most significant collection of black-and-white photography, including iconic shots of John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Glenn Gould and Neil Armstrong. (On now. Learn more at Ryerson.ca.)


Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Check out the coolest kicks at the Bata Shoe Museum at this exhibit celebrating the humble — and super-stylish — sneaker. (Until June 1, 2014. Learn more at BataShoeMuseum.ca.)


Yum on the Run: Food Trucks

Hankering for food-truck cuisine? Find out where these local favourites are parked each day. Check out TorontoFoodTrucks.ca and @FoodTrucksTO to keep track of them all.

Caplansky Deli Truck – Thunderin’ Thelma

Famous for: Deli-style hot smoked-meat sandwiches.

Caplanskys.com

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo

Famous for: Gourmet tacos and adventurous Asian street food.

ElGastro.com

Gorilla Cheese

Famous for: Grilled-cheese sammies with extras like bacon and cranberry sauce.

GorillaCheese.WordPress.com

The Food Dudes

Famous for: Vegetarian-friendly caterering… with plasma TVs.

TheFoodDudes.com

Fidel Gastro’s

Famous for: Sloppy and delish pulled-pork and Cuban chicken sandwiches.

FidelGastro.ca


New Eats at YYZ

Snag an upgrade on your airport dining courtesy of 13 new restaurants at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Part of the airport improvement program, the eateries integrate user-friendly tech (ordering via iPad) alongside a diverse tasting menu of Toronto chefs.

Don’t miss these great new spots at Pearson Airport:

  • Massimo Capra’s Boccone Trattoria Veloce for a full restaurant experience and Boccone Pronto for Italian on the run.
  • Nobel Burger Bar for gourmet burgers from local celebrity chef Mark McEwan.
  • Acer, offering modern Japanese dining by chef Guy Rubino.
  • Chef Rocco Agostino, serving rustic Italian flavours at Corso.
  • Indian “street food” by Toronto chef Hemant Bhagwani at Marathi.