July 3rd, 2012
Now old hat to residents of Canada's biggest city, there was a time when the CN Tower was a symbol of all that was new and modern.
Celebrate in style by serving drinks—or just decorating your bar—with vintage glassware from BYOB. We love the CN Tower whiskey bottles ($40), glasses with stir sticks ($15.95) and cocktail glasses ($15), the latter complete with recipe for the "Heavens Above" cocktail, a retro blend of amber rum, tia maria, crème de cacao and pineapple juice. Serve alongside your favourite Jello salad. —Kat Tancock
BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-858-2932, www.byobto.com
June 29th, 2012
We consider our beach towel an extension of our outfit, and this Canada Day weekend, we'll be wearing red and white with pride.
PC Canada Day towels ($6) come in four pro-maple leaf designs; our favourite features a toy Mountie standing tall for all that's right and good in the Great White North. Summer on the dock, here we come. —Kat Tancock
At select Real Canadian Superstore including Weston/401, Dufferin/Steeles and Eglinton/Don Mills, www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca
June 26th, 2012
There’s nothing quite so flattering as seeing our selves through someone else’s rose-colored glasses.
How lovely that American designer Aaron Draplin has created an homage to the True North with Canada Collected, a four-color limited-edition screen print ($35). The tribute includes Draplin’s favorite Canuck symbols from Blue Jays and beavers to John Candy and Terry Fox.
O Canada! —Marianne Wisenthal
At Telegramme Prints, 1103 Queen St. E., Toronto, 416-463-8998 and 194 Ossington Ave., Toronto, 647-351-8998, www.telegramme.ca
June 25th, 2012
Everyone knows that we can build blazing campfires, open beer bottles with our teeth and make sweet love in canoes (without tipping).
But even the hardiest Canadienne will accept a little help when offered. For a more efficient summer of love we’re snagging swish essentials at the new Victorinox Swiss Army store. We’ll stand on guard for the Canadian Flag Sportsman ($32) - with corkscrew and bottle opener – and see thee rise on a red beach mat with carrying strap and built-in towel ($95). Also in stock, a cool collection of staples for fashion-forward outdoorsy types like moss green swim shorts ($85) and water-resistant shirt dresses ($295) with reflective detailing (perfect for sneaking around after dark).
Just remember, if the canoe’s rocking, don’t come knocking. —Marianne Wisenthal
Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street W., Toronto, 416-929-9889, www.victorinox.com