Issue 9: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style

Eat

Hot Lola’s, Washington, D.C. | hotlolaschicken.com

Fried chicken lovers, wing your way to chef Kevin Tien’s sandwich stand in the Ballston Quarter food hall. His irresistible version comes brushed with spicy oil and seasoned with Sichuan pepper, fennel seed, star anise and Thai chilies.

Arthur’s Restaurant, Toronto | arthursrestaurant.ca

Arthur Salm, the late father of Chase Hospitality Group president Steven Salm, would be proud of his namesake restaurant. The midtown grill house charms with opulent coffered ceilings, a ’70s-style cocktail bar next door and a rooftop terrace. Happily, the food is as classic as the decor: such nostalgic fare as Crab Louie, alongside Jewish deli staples like pastrami on rye. And the cheesecake? Utterly sublime.

Muskoka Brewery, Muskoka | muskokabrewery.com

Heading to cottage country? Pop by Muskoka’s favourite brewery and tasting room, where a brand new menu offers charcuterie and pretzels with beer-cheese dip. Also on tap: Ebb & Flow, a low-alcohol session sour, and seasonal one-offs An Ale Formerly Known as Sangria (July) and Practice What You Peach (August).

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Play

Stephenville Theatre Festival | stephenvilletheatrefestival.com

Don’t let the beauty of northwestern Newfoundland upstage the province’s longest-running professional theatre fest. This year’s diverse lineup includes the rock-fuelled stage play American Idiot, penned by Green Day; the Canadian musical Bittergirl; and Alice in Wonderland reimagined as a two-hander.

Science North’s New View, Sudbury | sciencenorth.ca

Heads up! The Big Nickel’s premier science destination is now welcoming visitors to its long-awaited, reimagined fourth floor. Activities to get pumped about: a working prototype and innovation lab, a magnet sculpture and the new and improved Speed Park Racetrack.

Love

Parkbus, Halifax, Toronto & Ottawa | parkbus.ca

It’s a simple, inspired and timely idea: a bus company that carries city folk to and from some of Canada’s greatest provincial and national parks. With daily service from downtown Toronto to 12 parks, plus service to Gatineau Park from Ottawa and to Kejimkujik National Park from Halifax, getting back to nature has never been easier.

Osheaga Music Festival, Montréal | osheaga.com

This summer, verdant St. Helen’s Island plays host to a range of rocking music fests, back on their original turf after two years. At Osheaga, three days of multi-genre music, contemporary art and fun make one of Montréal’s biggest festivals one of its best. This year’s event features The Lumineers, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe and Mac DeMarco, among many others.

Miró in Mallorca: A Free Spirit at Musee National Des Beaux-Arts, Québec City | mnbaq.org

The MNBAQ’s banner exhibition this summer is a North American exclusive, showcasing some 200 paintings, sculptures and paper works from Catalan master Joan Miró’s boundary-pushing mature period (1956–81).