Dance, Then Dine In Leslieville


Although circumstances derailed me from attending ‘Art Toronto’ last weekend (Sniff!), I kept my Friday evening clear to attend the production of ‘Pteros Tactics’ choreographed by Christopher House for the Toronto Dance Theatre presented at the Winchester Street Theatre.

Christopher House is an amazing choreographer. In fact, he was just voted as ‘Best Local Choreographer’ in the Now Magazine ‘Best of TO’ Reader’s Poll. To see Pteros Tactics is to understand why. In a riveting 60 minute exploration of “the instant of desire” as described by Anne Carson in Eros the Bittersweet, the audience is raw witness to ten dancers who, singularly or collectively, in silence or in dialogue, in stillness or in movement, expend every ounce of their presence into a powerful moving performance. Beautifully lit, with dynamic evocative music punctured by a poignant love song sung by one of the dancers, this was deliciously intense.

If you’re looking to provoke your senses, make Toronto Dance Theatre part of your cultural repertoire.

No evening enjoying the Arts is complete unless followed by a meal. After all, what better way to digest a performance than with a feast and libations? I love gathering round a table in a bustling restaurant sharing in post-show banter while breaking bread, toasting friendships, and expressing gratitude for our lives in Toronto. To enjoy moments like these in one of the most multi-cultural, liberated, progressive and safe cities in the world is not lost on us. We are all very thankful.


Last night we dined at “Lil’ Baci” located at 892 Queen Street East near Logan Avenue. Started by three best friends in 2007, this casual Italian eatery offers tasty food made from local ingredients for a reasonable price. Located in one of the original storefronts that line Queen Street East in hip happening Leslieville, the vintage patina is the perfect backdrop for relaxed dining. Having fewer than twenty tables, a charming artsy staff, and a classic Italian menu featuring pizza and pasta, it’s become a favourite destination for the neighbourhood. This place is booming!

Lil’ Baci is refreshingly original. You can taste the care and quality in the food, the bill won’t break the bank, and the vibe is extremely down-to-earth! If you’re looking to try some place new, this is a destination that will impress! Check them out at Lil’ Baci.

~ Steven

‘Pteros Tactics’ Image Courtesy of TDT

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