Food & Drink, Venues

Etc. September 2014

New Shop Pays Homage To Popcorn

Oh what a heavenly smell of warm, buttery fluffiness awaits at Toronto Popcorn Company’s yummy snack boutique. The cute Kensington Market shop opened earlier this summer with a 100-plus flavour menu that elevates the humble kernel to rock star status. Each day, 30 flavours are available in-store including vegan and gluten-free options. Only real butter and all-natural ingredients go into creating the vast sweet and savoury collection.

Flavours include classics such as caramel and cheddar and the decadently more adventurous like root beer, maple bacon, sweet chili, and cookies and cream. For healthy and delicious giveaways and gifts at special events, mix and match taste profiles or special request a custom-made popcorn. Packaging and promotional branding is available for cellophane bags of any size to decorative tins and jars to big tubs. Free delivery on bulk orders.

Interactive Video T-shirts

T-shirtTV takes branding apparel way beyond screen-printed logos with a full line of clothing featuring an embedded LCD monitor that plays customized, interactive audio-video (click story image on right for a demo). Weighing less than a pound, the technology runs MPEG, Audio Video Interleave or QuickTime via a USB connection or wireless. A thin wire links the monitor to a lipstick-size battery with a four-hour charge time. “It turns branded apparel into interactive walking, talking digital billboards,” says T-shirtTV’s Adam Hollander.

The line goes beyond t-shirts, customizing jerseys, aprons, dresses, and jackets. Anything goes really, says Hollander, who recently outfitted TIFF’s Producers Ball with T-shirtTV apparel. Along with video (you supply or the company can create), the unit also allows for live feed for social media and real-time image uploads. Available as a 12-unit minimum purchase or a turnkey rental option that includes staffing to model the garments.

Aga Khan Museum Opening

Driving along the Don Valley Parkway, one can’t help but notice the new Aga Khan Museum and adjacent Ismaili Centre Toronto popping from the landscape in the Wynford and Eglinton Ave area. The magnificent structures, sharing 17 acres of parkland, are architecturally striking with exteriors clad in white Brazilian granite. The museum opens to the public this month, offering visitors a window into the contributions of Islamic civilizations to world heritage across the centuries.

Light fills the museum’s dramatic interior public areas thanks to windows and a stone-tiled, glass-enclosed courtyard, garden and patio. Two exhibition galleries will house permanent collections of artifacts dating from the 8th to the 19th centuries. A full calendar will showcase live cultural performances and educational workshops. Private receptions for 200 can be held in the elegant atrium, which has an open-roof courtyard at its centre. The museum also features a 350-seat auditorium, a Persian salon-inspired room seating 40, and a Patron’s Lounge boasting panoramic views of Toronto and space for receptions of up to 25 guests.