Issue 6: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style


McKiernan Luncheonette, Montreal |

Off the beaten track, by the Lachine Canal in Côte-St-Paul, this gem caters to the office crowd with such hearty staples as crisp rotisserie birds and extra-hefty grilled cheese sammies. Why make the trip? With the brains behind Joe Beef and Maison Publique at the helm, McKiernan’s is a culinary cut above.

Katana Kitten, Newark |

Mrrrow! This newcomer in New York’s West Village has the purr-fect party vibe. Sidle up to the heady drinks list and an umami-licious selection of izakaya with an American bar snack twist (think devilled eggs with miso, crinkle-cut nori fries, and griddled prawns with daikon pickle).


The Sudbury Five |

Hey, sports fans! Don’t let winter keep you from getting your game on. A ticket to watch Sudbury’s new pro basketball team in action is a slam dunk.


Ai Weiwei: Unbroken |

Gardiner Museum of Art, Feb. 28–June 2

This seminal Chinese artist and activist has long been fascinated by the process and history of creating ceramics, and clay aficionados will find lots to love at Ai’s upcoming show in Toronto. The exhibition highlights significant early works from his oeuvre, among them Colored Pots, Oil Spills and Sunflower Seeds.

Cheryl Wilson-Smith Exhibit |

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, until March 3

With her large-scale sculptural works — influenced by the Canadian Shield, boreal forests, granite and gold of Ontario’s North — this glass artist is one to watch. Wilson-Smith’s first solo show at the gallery features scores of movable glass spheres and rock-hard floor “pillows,” shattering the stereotypes about this so-called fragile medium.

Shinola Hotel |

Watchmakers and Motor City boosters Shinola have expanded their built-in-Detroit empire with their namesake boutique hotel, housed in a former department store. Look for the terracotta tile facade, dreamt up in 1915 by architect Wirt Rowland and painstakingly restored for the unveiling this past fall.