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Downtown Oakville Magazine WINTER 2011

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Festive Feast ion h s a F ips t modern Merriment Home for the Holidays What’s On Downtown

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elcome to Downtown Oakville, a sophisticated shopping and cultural district, recognized for its upscale retail mix, professional business services and exceptional dining nestled amongst the natural and built heritage of Olde Oakville. The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area encompasses six city blocks (12 north and south) and is home to over 400 businesses, situated amongst cherished heritage, culture and architecture. Visitors who saunter along Downtown Oakville’s authentic streetscape are serviced by downtown’s fine collection of boutique retail including art galleries, restaurants, gourmet food purveyors, high-style fashion houses, design studios, health, wellness, spas and beauty centres.  Downtown Oakville is also home to a wealth of professional services from banking, finance, investment, real estate and construction; one can DO IT all in Downtown Oakville!  For the Holiday Season the Downtown Oakville BIA will be hosting the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 19, Free Photos with Santa on November 20 and four weeks of Holiday Magic in downtown Oakville. I  hope you will capture the magic of the season in Oakville’s downtown!

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Table of Contents Downtown Oakville Magazine


Holiday Gift Guide

Discover unique gifts that can only be found downtown


Coming Events

Catch all the action coming to the downtown



Stock Option Christmas What you need to know about cashing in your stock options


New in Town

From restaurants to home decor, discover our new shops



Old Theatre A brief look at the theatrical history of downtown



The Little Black Dress How to choose this wardrobe staple



Modern Merriment Holiday magic that blends trends with tradition



Festive Fare Food that inspires holiday memories Downtown Oak ville

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Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 19

Coming Events

Celebrate the lights, the magic and the charm of Downtown Oakville this Christmas as the businesses kick off the holiday season with the official lighting of the Towne Square Tree. Santa and his elves will be treating everyone to hot apple cider and holiday cheer. A special part of this evening is the annual downtown Christmas Carol Sing led by Vickie Van Dyke, along with the Indigo Children’s Choir and Oakville’s Mayor Rob Burton and the Salvation Army Band. WHEN: The fun begins at 7 p.m. WHERE: Towne Square TREE LIGHTING: 7:30 p.m.

Santa Claus Parade, November 20 The Santa Claus Parade has been delighting families and visitors for more than 60 years. Come early to ensure a prime vantage point on the parade route as it winds its way through downtown Oakville. PARADE STARTS: 9 a.m. For more information visit HEY KIDS! To leave a message for Santa, call the St. Nick hotline at 905.815.5981. **Free Photo with Santa 12- 4p.m., in Towne Square.

Holiday Magic, November 27 - December 18 Discover the magic of the holiday season downtown. Enjoy the quaint small town atmosphere of downtown to recapture that special yesteryear ambiance during what is typically a hectic shopping season – especially in the crowded malls. With more than 450 shops, services and eateries, you will discover and old-world ambience and new world brand names. Strolling carollers and festive horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa along historic Lakeshore Road every weekend offers a truly unforgettable holiday shopping experience.


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he Holidays are just around the corner, but rather than be frustrated and fatigued by hectic modern malls, try something completely different – historic Downtown Oakville. Enjoy the leisure pace, the old-world charm and explore the wonderful mix of independent family-owned restaurants and dynamic boutiques that make Downtown Oakville an unrivalled shopping experience. Add some perennial favourite events, and visiting the downtown district is unquestionably the “in” thing to do.

Shopping should be pleasurable. So pamper yourself by spending a day in the Olde Towne.

Fabulous February - Taste of downtown Shake of those winter blahs with downtown’s highly anticipated dining and shopping extravaganza. This is when participating restaurants offer pre fixe signature lunch and dining options – giving you an excellent opportunity to sample some of Oakville’s renowned gourmet cuisine. In addition to a gastronomic adventure, visitors are also treated to some outstanding sales by many of the retailers.

The Downtown Oakville Runway Show!, May 2011 It may appear that the Downtown Oakville BIA is promoting its Runway Show early, but the event is so popular that Fashionistas who book their tickets now are assured of being part of this exciting event. And yes, tickets will be on sale for the Holiday Season! The Downtown Oakville BIA and Mercedes Benz Oakville are building on a grand event from 2010 with a bigger and better Runway Show on George Street in the beautiful month of May. Don’t miss the latest styles in men’s and women’s fashions. Ticket prices and information will be available shortly - please visit or at select Downtown Oakville stores. OT Downtown Oak ville

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Gift Guide Holiday Shopping Downtown Oakville Downtown Oakville offers charm, character, unique boutiques, cafes and restaurants. There is something for everyone – from freshly baked bread to homemade chocolates to exclusive brands – and something for every budget. If you want a unique experience this shopping season – visit Downtown Oakville.

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Wallets by De Bonne Champagnie. Available at Delta Optical. Price: $150-$400

frog clutch hand-made by New York artist Debbie Brooks is adorned with Swarovski crystals. Available at The Bronze Frog Gallery. Price: $425.

Clutch bag by Accetrix Available at Barbette II Price: Clutch bag $60

fashion finds From handmade hair clips to high-end fashion – it’s all conviently here downtown.

COAT Wool and cashmere coat from the Riani collection. Available at Tocca Finita Price: $1,198

Eyeglass Holder by LaLoop in split New Zealand oval shell with sterling silver clasp. Available at Squint Eyewear Price: $240 Gloves and scarf knitted in Nepal. Available at Ten Thousand Villages. Price: Gloves $18 Scarf $57

Hoodie Jackets Super-soft hoodies by Minky Dimples. A signature item available at Triple Flip Price: $59-$69


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EArrings & Necklace from Kien. Canadian-made necklace with glass beads and silk $88. Matching earrings $28. Available at Chatsworth and Hall

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Sunglasses by David Yurman in Havana tortoise with 22 karat yellow gold finish. Available at Squint Eyewear. Price: $370

Sunglasses by Paris-based Boucheron Available at Delta Optical Price: $1,290 Cufflinks by Tateossian of London, England. Available at M for Men Price: $155

Earrings & Bracelet from the collection Karen McClintock. 1 strand pecoisa crystal teardrop sterling bracelet $165. Clear Swarovski crystal 2 tier sterling earrings $135 Available at Tocca

Boots Dolce Vita Bronson over the knee boot in grey Available at Vocado Price: $235

Hair clips Fun and funky handmade hair clips in holiday colours. Available at Melonhead Children’s Hair Care Price: $5 or 3 for $12

Watch by Tateossian of London, England. Available at M for Men. Price: $375

Ties by Graffeo Cravatte. Available at Johnathan Quinn. Price: $98 Dress by Toronto designer Rock ‘N Karma. Exclusive to Barbette II Price: $275

Earmuffs Harricana, sheared black. Available at Vocado. Price: $59

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Wine Glass Breathable glass by Eisch GLASKULTUR. Available at Roasting Apples Price: $30

Figurine Next Hole: The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino. Available at Roasting Apples Price: $395

Coasters “Vice is Right” coasters are cut from sandstone and printed with unique artwork. Available at Tommy Bahama Price: $30 for set of 4

home decor Discover the many unique gifts and accessories that can only be found downtown.

Chocolate by Brix. Available at Roasting Apples Price: $14.95 for 227g (8oz).

Clock “Paris” table clock by MUTI. Available at Swiss Interiors Price: $34.95

Book Tommy Bahama lifestyle book Life is One Long Weekend Available at Tommy Bahama Price: $40

Tuscan Bowl by Arte Italica serveware and accessories, which are handmade using vintage Italian pewter Available at Studio H Price: $394

Punch bowl Hand-made polished metal alloys create the luster of silver but no polishing needed. Available at The Bronze Frog Gallery. Price: $345.

FrienDship Bowl by Muskoka Bay Pottery Available at Roasting Apples. Price: $28.95

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A guide on how to buy the essential wardrobe staple

he holiday season brings a crush of parties, dinners and events. From office gatherings to New Year’s Eve, there is a never-ending string of festivities. And the big question becomes “What to wear?” The next time you’re in a panic, turn to one of the most classic and versatile wardrobe staples – the little black dress. “The black dress, while a trend today, has been a timeless icon of style,” says Liz Prescott, owner of Barbette II. “Everyone looks good in a little black 12

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dress – it works for everyone. The simplicity of the black dress is timeless. It’s the one article in your wardrobe that you can dress up or dress down. A scarf looks great during the day and at night dress up your look with fishnet stockings and some bling jewellery.” But with so many choices of styles and fabrics on the market, where do you begin when looking for that essential wardrobe item? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Where to start • Assess what types of functions you attend most. • Remember that the right style and accessories can make your dress suitable for both day and evening. • If you plan to get as much wear as possible out of your dress, you’ll want something that will not be outdated in a year, that washes well and that transcends the different seasons. What style should I buy? “One thing you learn as you’re trying to look your best is to accentuate your most positive features,” explains Peter Duck, professor at the school of fashion at Ryerson University. Women want to look for a dress that is right for the proportions of their body. That might include classic lines and small details that make the dress unique, and it likely means choosing the design before choosing the designer. Anna Rea of Tocca and Tocca Finita advises that when choosing the right dress for day or evening, avoid the plunging neckline and choose a dress that is knee-length or perhaps just above the knee. Also choose a fabric such as silk or matte silk which can be worn all seasons. “There are also some fantastic stretch microfibres. We’ve come a long way from ‘poly’ and ‘ester.’” Where to wear it Right now anything goes, says Duck. You will find some people dressed for the theatre in extremely formal attire while others are in jeans. You have to assess what type of event you’re going to. But in most cases nowadays, you can wear a long or short black dress to any function. “You as an individual have to be confident to wear whatever you feel comfortable in to an event,” advises Duck. Kolleen Hanna, owner of Vocado, recommends that “most holiday parties will suggest the dress on the invitation. If unsure, just ask the host a few days in advance. If it is a work party, ask fellow party-goers what they plan to wear. When in doubt, wear a black cocktail dress, which can be dressed up or down in any situation with the right accessories, and a great pair of black pumps. Holiday parties usually mean eating, drinking and standing for long periods of time; a sexy pair of comfortable heels is important. Make sure you wear something you feel good in so that you can relax and have a good time.” Fabric Look for comfortable fabrics that will let your

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skin breathe. Duck considers designers lucky these days because there are a lot of new manmade fibres out there that are unique and easy to care for. Some are more expensive than others. You have synthetics that look like silk and brocade, faux suedes and pleather. Some of these new materials can give your dress an edge – and many of them look like the real thing. Cost factor What you choose to spend on your little black dress is ultimately up to you. However, considering the wear you can get out of this versatile piece, it is a sound investment. Hanna also recommends investing in a good pair of black pumps. “Your feet will thank you. When it comes to accessories, have fun: from your shoes to your handbag. Great costume jewellery can make an outfit. If you are wearing a bold necklace then you keep your earrings and neckline subdued. Always pick one piece that will stand out and make sure that all other aspects of the outfit take a backseat.” OT

Travelling Wardrobe What to pack for that winter getaway Are you one of those people who stuff half their wardrobe into a suitcase when going on a vacation? And then not even wear most of the stuff you brought? The fashion experts at Tommy Bahama, the purveyor of island lifestyles, have six easy pieces you need for a complete vacation wardrobe. Where do you start? The first thing you need to do is pick your colour scheme. Choose two main colours that are versatile and then add an accent colour and print to coordinate. This season Flatrock (charcoal with a drop of brown) mixed with Sandbar is a perfect combination. Every shade from dark peony, violet blue and birds’ egg are beautiful combinations. Versatility is key and turning daytime into nighttime provides the most of your vacation wardrobe. Unless a piece goes with at least two or three others, don’t pack it. What to pack One printed long dress that can be worn by the pool, shopping or for that special evening. Wide legged viscose/spandex pants and matching top, perfect for packing and wearing any time of day. And of course, a great fitting cropped pant and tank in Sandbar and a printed blouse to mix and match. Six pieces providing seven different outfits … not bad for one carry-on. Of course don’t forget you must pack your favourite swimsuit and cover-up, for those lingering days by the pool, a shawl for those chilly evenings, accessories, a pair of flats and a pair of heels. Enjoy the upcoming holidays looking your best! Aloha! OT Downtown Oak ville

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Let us make your holiday stylish

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all fashion collections are often the more favoured by consumers. Fabrics are rich in colour and texture yet made lighter for those mild fall days and can often be worn year round. And since colours are typically neutral, it makes it easy to mix and match. But more importantly, fall fashion is about layering. When it gets cooler in the evenings or as the season progresses, you can throw on a sweater or jacket or both. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look stylish either. The following six men’s fall wardrobe must-haves will not only carry you through this fall and winter but seasons to come.

Cardigan This is not your grandfather’s cardigan. It’s a different kind of sweater that has a slimmer, more modern cut that you can wear at the office or on a date. It’s thin enough to wear over a dress shirt and underneath a jacket. It can even be worn over your favourite tee with a pair of jeans. It’s one of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe. Try one made out of light weight merino wool or cashmere that has a double zipper so you unzip the bottom when you are sitting. And for an extra kick, try a cardigan with small pockets or some sort of patch on the elbows. Pinstriped Pants Pinstripes are classic. Perfect for formal or more casual occasions, the detailing on pinstriped pants spices up what otherwise might be an ordinary ensemble. It doesn’t matter what you go with – navy with gray pinstripes, gray with brown pinstripes, or black with any colour of pinstripe, they are all good. And for a modern look, try matching them with a fun striped shirt and/or an argyle sweater.

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Striped Shirts Every designer and manufacturer has come out with some sort of striped shirt or another. Just get one. It can be worn independently with jeans, with a suit or under a sweater. Remember, fall is about layering and from bold and thick stripes to thin ones; it’s a good look that you will find easy to incorporate into many ensembles. Blazer/Sports Jacket A cool blazer is definitely a must-have item, and the styles available really give blazers a life of their own. You can find some with patch pockets and/or elbow patches, others with big lapels and doublesided vents, but they are all a revival of retro looks. And don’t forget moleskin and corduroy options which can be a less formal look than tweed. Or choose a nice wool or wool and cashmere combination with three or two buttons. Don’t get too wild with colour though; go for a neutral tones that can easily be worn with jeans and dressier

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trousers as well as a dress shirt or with a printed tee underneath. It has so much versatility. Flat-Front Twill Pants Pick up some twill flat-front pants – they are a great, simple addition which will go with just about everything. And they come in an array of colours and patterns. Go for the straight-legged version with fabric that features a textured look. They are great for a night out with your friends, with anything from a turtleneck to a printed tee, or for a more casual day at the office, with a button-down shirt or a merino wool sweater.

Jeans The last few years have seen jeans take a stronger role in the North American wardrobe. Today jeans with suit jackets and dress shirts are a common sight. In terms of colour, we’ve seen everything from dark to light washes, but one thing is for certain – the washed-out, worn-in look is here to stay. Since there is so much variety there is no excuse not to pick up a pair that enhances your best features. More importantly, they can be paired with just about anything. Choose well and you just can’t go wrong. OT Daniel Billett, Guide

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yeglasses can transform you. They are a means of expressing yourself. Just as one creates different outfits from their wardrobe to have a certain “look” for the day, the right frame can be the final touch to perfect your desired style. They can also be a means of channelling a distinctive era or feeling. For many, a pair of glasses is the one accessory that is a necessity to wear everyday and more people are realizing the advantages of enjoying a wardrobe of eyeglasses. Every pair of eyeglasses makes a statement, whether it be intellectual, avant-garde, elegant, funky, sexy, artistic, pretty, geek-chic, rock star, sophisticated or classic. I believe that finding the proper fitting eyeglass frame is akin to properly framing a photograph or painting. You don’t want to overwhelm or detract from the art itself. Nor would it do the artwork any justice to use a frame with a conflicting shape or colour. The fit of a frame should create a balance for your features. The width of the frame should match the width of your face and the top of the frame should come just to your eyebrows. They should not perch too high, or fall too low on the bridge of your nose and it is very important for your eyes to be in the centre of the lenses. Colours should complement your skin tone and eye colour. Most importantly, have fun with your eyewear! A trusted optician or eyewear professional can give you the best advice for fashion, fit and function. OT

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Holiday decor that blends trend and tradition

The holidays are full of traditions, from big family gatherings down to the simple pleasures like hot cocoa. When it seems like the whole world is in a festive mood, it’s easy to get excited about checking off items on your traditional holiday to-do list, especially when it comes to decorating your home.


here is no shame going overboard with the holiday spirit, says Erika Funnel of Roasting Apples. “Christmas should be over the top. Go with a theme and just do it. Personally, I like to throw out or give away Christmas decorations after the holidays rather than store them. I like new things every Christmas and so there’s no point saving something you won’t use next year. It just takes up space.”

As you begin planning your holiday decorating, consider the overall decor you want to display. By combining modern design and classic traditions of holiday decorating, your home can become memorable — ­­ inside and out. Use everyday items to decorate your home. For example, fill vases with Christmas balls or large glass bowls with citrus fruits and pomegranates, says the experts at Studio H. “Choose a decorating colour scheme; it doesn’t need to be the traditional red and green. Deep, rich jewel tones like dark purples and emerald greens or vibrant shades such as turquoise are trendy alternatives that can add unexpected colour to your holiday decor. For a more classic look use silver, gold and white. An important, but perhaps underestimated, element of holiday decorating is lights. Everyone knows they’re necessary, but not many people think outside of the box when it comes to creating a unique display. More options exist today than ever before, from brilliant white or single colours to an array of jewel tones and all shapes and sizes that can customize your decor. In these energy-conscious times, LED lights should contend for your attention. If their reputaDowntown Oak ville

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tion for casting a cold glow has kept you at bay, it’s time to think again. Now, LED lights have the warmer tone that so many people seek while still offering longer life and lower energy expenditures than traditional bulbs. Since you can find them in almost all variations offered by traditional bulbs, your decorating options are wide open. In addition, consider these new spins on holiday decorating:

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• Pop art: If you’re feeling bold, make your holiday decorations all about of-the-moment colour and modern details. Start with an artificial white tree. The snowy white branches are the perfect backdrop to make brightly coloured glass bulbs and baubles really stand out. Go for colours like fuchsia, apple green, lemon yellow and turquoise. For an extra “wow” factor, add even more lights — use multicoloured strands that will play on the hues of your ornaments. Make your own tree skirt from brightly coloured felt, and glue on silver-tone charms for extra sparkle.  “Silver accessories add sparkle that says ‘winter’ and not just ‘Christmas,’” says Carol Vesters of Swiss Interiors. Silver decorative trees, snowflakes, silver sprays and even reindeer and penguins, all accessories found at Swiss Interiors, allow you to keep your displays out well past Christmas. • Rustic: Think rich woods, earth tones and, of course, splashes of brick red for this upscaleyet-casual look. Stringing your tree with white and gold lights will give it a warm glow; play on that ambience with raffia garland and ornaments made of natural materials. Hang cableknit socks on the mantle for another touch of cozy luxury. The key to this look is that it is glowing, rather than shiny. Try wrapping gifts in brown kraft paper and adding pops of color with ribbon in colours that match your decor.  “Or hang a few large ornaments from your mantel in place of stockings or frame old holiday photos for guests to see,” the Studio H experts add. • Winter garden: We all love to see plants growing in the middle of winter, and this theme is all about the beauty of living flora. It’s a simple palette, but one that will impart an elegant look: creamy white, red, touches of brown and green, green, green. While your tree is a traditional spruce or fir, look for opportunities to incorporate other plant textures, like spongy moss or magnolia leaves that are shiny dark green on the top and velvety brown on the bottom. Poinsettias are a perfect complement to this look. OT

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reating a festive home for the holidays is every hostess’s goal — with red bows and twinkling lights, the aroma of cinnamon or evergreen and the classic sounds of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby playing in the background. A warm, welcoming environment can stimulate our senses and evoke memories as we gather with family and friends. Some simple, advanced planning can help ease the stress of this hectic time. Every hostess should enjoy the season rather than fret over mismatched centre pieces or placement of home decor. A festive and safe holiday atmosphere is just moments away with these helpful hints: • Picking the perfect evergreen: When selecting a live Christmas tree or evergreens, inspection is key to ensure it is truly fresh cut. Touch the branches to test for moistness of the needles and inspect the tree trunk. Many trees are painted to look fresher, and this can be discovered by inspecting the tree trunk. Once at home, position the evergreens away from heat sources and keep the tree stand filled with water to prevent it from drying out. • A sweet-smelling atmosphere: Aromas of cinnamon, spiced grapefruit and peppermint bring a warm, inviting environment to any holiday party or family night together at home. Creating a fragrant home environment safely is simple with scented candles, which also add holiday decor accents to your home. •B  rightening the home: When it comes to the entryway, you can go all out and hang lights around the door frame, along the porch and roofline. Or you can choose to make it as simple as a lighted wreath adorning your front door. Whichever way you choose to go, it’s important to examine Christmas lights when decorating indoors or outdoors. Check each strand for fraying wires and replace any burntout bulbs. Also, be careful when using ladders to hang lights and remember not to overload extension cords with too many strands.

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•S  toring for next year: To simplify next year’s transformation, organize decorations and clearly label each box. Give each box a number so you know where to start the decorating process. To avoid a ball of tangled lights, wrap each strand around a rolled up magazine. This will prevent any damage to the strands. Advance preparation when transforming a home for the holidays can help make the season less stressful and more enjoyable. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. OT Downtown Oak ville

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Food inspires holiday memories

see orders for steaks and tenderloins for dinners leading up to Christmas and perhaps for New Year’s Eve, but turkey and ham are the overwhelming choices for the Christmas dinner. Both Jubilee and Just An Olde Fashion Butchery buy their turkeys from farms in the Lake Simcoe area where they are assured the birds are raised without hormones and antibiotics. “While price is important, our purchase choices are based on quality first,” Rechter explains, adding that he has been buying from the same family farm for more than two decades. “When you are confident you are getting the best quality, why change?” Where Coleman sees the greatest variety at the Christmas table is the stuffing. “Everyone has a different version of stuffing, from oyster to pork sausage.” Coleman has provided the ingredients for a wide range of concoctions, and has even prepared stuffing and potato dishes for customers on the go or who want to ensure they have a perfect meal. Jubilee also provides recipes to ensure your special meal creates nostalgic holiday memories. Herbs can also fill a home with the warm comfortable scents that cry out holiday. Cloves, cinnamon, sage and garlic are just a few of the wafting scents that greet you when you step into your memory holiday kitchen. Look for foods that bring those scents to life to add another dimension to your Christmas cheer.

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hat are your most wonderful childhood holiday memories? Anxiously waiting for Santa to arrive? Picking up each brightly wrapped package and giving it a gentle shake? Sneaking in the kitchen to get the first taste of Grandma’s special ham? The memories are so vivid it’s hard to pick just one. It’s that time of the year when we start to make our holiday plans – buying gifts, planning parties and preparing our food lists. Nothing conjures up holiday memories like the smells and tastes of the season. Many memories revolve around the family dinner table, especially the guest of honour at all meals: the meat. Whether it’s a mouth-watering prime rib, a melt-in-yourmouth turkey or a flavourful ham, the family holiday meal evokes many heart-warming memories. 20

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Bill Rechter at Just An Olde Fashion Butchery and Seafood has lots of repeat customers, but as Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around he sees customers who only come around once or twice a year to stock up for that special dinner. What are they after? Freshness and quality, he says. There is nothing quite as tasty as a turkey that has been free range, raised on grains and free of hormones and antibiotics. Turkey has been a holiday staple for generations, likely because it remains the best value for your dollar. Everyone enjoys turkey occasionally, and a big bird can feed a whole gang, Richter explains. The benefit of choosing a fresh turkey is that they haven’t been seasoned in water and therefore remain juicier and more flavourful, adds Kent Coleman, manager at Jubilee Fruit Market. He might

Cooking the turkey Breast up or down? It’s a debate that fills every kitchen at some point. Juices rise to the top, so they are pushed into the breast if the bird is on its back. And yet, breast down and it’s soaking in the juices in the pan. Bill Rechter of Just An Olde Fashion Butchery says how you place the turkey is a personal preference, but for a juicy turkey he suggests preheating the oven to 350 degrees, cook the turkey uncovered and keep an eye on it for the first hour or hour and half. When the turkey starts to brown, cover it with foil. It will still brown, he says. He prefers leaving it covered as opposed to constantly opening the oven and basting. The repeated opening of the oven just loses heat, will take the turkey longer to cook and could actually dry it out. OT

Delicious Recipes

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Delight Stuffing Stuffing can often make or break a turkey dinner. Kevin Ker of Cobs Bread offers a suggestion that will make any holiday feast a success. Ingredients: 1 Cobs Bread Apricot Delight Log (crumbled) 2 stalks celery (chopped finely) 1 small onion chopped finely 1 cup pitted prunes 1 tbsp fresh parsley 1 tbsp fresh chives 1 tsp dried sage 1 tsp dried rosemary

2 Make Crepes for Christmas

1 tsp thyme 1 egg

The Crepe Kitchen Restaurant in downtown Oakville has the ideal breakfast or dessert treat during this holiday season – a strawberry/banana crepe.

1 tbsp sweet sherry Water/white wine, as required 1 tbsp olive oil




1 cup all-purpose flour

• In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the

Saute onions and celery in olive oil until

2 eggs

clear and soft. Add dried herbs, prunes,

1/2 cup milk

• Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop

sherry until warm (1-2 minutes). Take off

1/2 cup water

the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the

heat. When mixture has cooled combine

1/4 tsp salt

parsley, chives, crumbled Apricot De-

2 tbsps, melted

light Log and egg. Mix until combined


(add water/wine if necessary). Season

Sliced banana

with cracked pepper and salt.


milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.

pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. • Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. • Fold the crepe in half, then spread a layer of Nutella, top it with fresh cut strawberries, close it and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

3 Bronze Frog Shortbread Since the gallery’s first holiday season in 2003, Kathy Thomas of The Bronze Frog Gallery has treated her customers to her homemade shortbread. “My mom used to make this annual treat for us when we moved to Canada from England in 1952. I carried that tradition over to the store as a celebration of the season with friends; sort of a ‘welcome to my extended home!’ The shortbread was so well received that it has become an annual ritual during the holiday season beginning in mid-November.” For anyone who has tasted these wonderful treats, now you can create your own. Thomas is willing to share the secret. Ingredients:


1 lb. butter

• Soften butter and sugar and blend well together.

8 oz. sugar (ordinary sugar is fine)

• Add flour and work mixture into a dough ball. (Don’t use a mixer, the ingredients

24 oz. flour

will need the warmth of your hands to blend everything together). • Roll out onto a large cookie sheet (11 x 17). • Use fork tines to mark the surface. • Bake in a slow 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes. • Cut into small squares while hot (it’s very rich so small is enough).  • Leave the cookie on the tray to cool before removing to a cookie tin. • Store in an airtight container. OT Downtown Oak ville

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Friday November 19th @ 7pm Enjoy holiday carols with the Salvation Army Band and Oakville Indigo Youth Choir. Host Vickie van Dyke from 94.7FM and media personality from Global.

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November 27th to December 19th (weekends) Strolling carollers and free festive horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa from 12 pm to 4 pm. Extended Holiday Shopping Hours!

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Stock Option Christmas What you need to know about financing the holidays

benefit deduction. Since the changes, you need to ensure that your employer is no longer deducting the cost of cash payments made to you, otherwise your attempt to claim the stock option benefit deduction will be disallowed. Hopefully your employer should be willing to forego their past practice of deducting the cost of cash payments resulting from the cashless stock option exercise. Assuming this scenario, you will have more change in your pocket, after tax, to provide more Christmas cheer. You will, however, require a notice from your employer promising to

forego its deduction when you file your tax return, unless they elect to file this notice with the Canada Revenue Agency. The federal budget changes also affect your ability to defer the taxation of your stock option benefit to the year that you elect to sell the shares received as a result of the exercise. You no longer will be able to do this, so now you must carefully plan and time the benefits to minimize the taxation every year. OT Karl Schempp is an Investment Advisor with Union Securities Ltd. In Downtown Oakville

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f you have stock options from your employer and you’re considering cashing some of these in to create some loose change to make your Christmas holidays brighter, then you need to be aware that recent changes in the 2010 Spring Federal Budget might make your cashing-in transaction more expensive. When you choose to exercise some of your stock options, the net cash proceeds are treated as taxable income to you and are characterized as a stock option benefit. This benefit is taxed at the same rate as your employment income, and under certain conditions can be reduced to a capital gains tax rate (which is half of your earned income rate) by claiming a stock option benefit deduction. What the budget changed is the potential for the employee portion of the deduction to be disallowed. Prior to the changes, your employer could deduct the cost of any cash payments made to you during the exercise process, if the stock option exercise is transacted as a “cashless” exercise. You, the employee, could also claim the stock option

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n DINE Steak, Seafood and Song 3S’s Restaurant 266 Lakeshore Road East 905.339.2777 Have you ever come away from a restaurant knowing you just experienced something extraordinary? That’s exactly what people are saying after dining at the 3S’s which opened in the past year. The name alone gives a hint that you are about to enjoy something special. The first two S’s are Seafood and Steak. The fresh seafood is selected daily for quality and consistency – showcasing the best that Canada’s oceans and waters have to offer. The restaurant also features Ontario lamb and grain-fed chicken dishes, and proudly carries a wine selection that favours Ontario vineyards along with international brands. But the unusual – and delightful – aspect comes from the third S – Song. When the wait staff are interviewed, they not only have to prove they have solid serving skills, but that they can do better than just carry a tune. Most of the servers are professionally trained singers and every half hour someone breaks into anything from opera to jazz. The 3S’s has rapidly become a popular place, mostly through word of mouth. Come alone or bring those out-of-town guests for a unique dining experience. And try not to hum along with your mouth full.

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Caspian Cuisine


New in Town

Oakville is blessed with a vibrant and colourful heritage downtown. There are picturesque and quaint downtowns dotted all around Ontario, but having one of the largest and most scenic shopping districts right here in your backyard provides a convenient excuse to spend a day browsing through the shops, wandering around the surrounding heritage neighbourhood, idling time away along a beautiful shoreline or enjoying one of the many cafes and restaurants. It’s this unique ambience that attracts new business owners and provides Oakville’s downtown with ever-changing and interesting mix of shops and professional services. In this issue of Our Town Downtown we welcome 14 newcomers who have chosen to make downtown their home and who add to our independent soul.

Caspian Grill 216 Lakeshore Road East 905.582.2778 Downtown Oakville is blessed with a wide array of cuisine. Now it is offering authentic Persian food at the Caspian Grill. “We live in Oakville and come to the downtown area a lot and have realized the area has everything but a Persian restaurant,” says owner Sinna Mozifian. “Oakville is a very sophisticated area and our style of food will be sure to complete that.” The menu features homemade soups, a large selection of appetizers and lamb, beef and chicken entrees. While staying true to the dishes of his homeland, Sinna says modifications have been made to some menu choices to ensure every diner leaves the restaurant satisfied and pleased with their sense of adventure by trying something new. Clean lines, warm colours and an open kitchen are all designed to make customers comfortable and perfectly at ease, Sinna says. “We want people to give us a try. That’s why we designed the restaurant to be comfortable and our menu explains the ingredients in each item so there will be no surprises.”

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Crepe Expectations

and unique for certain. Carefully

The Crepe Kitchen

guarding their secret to creating

88 Dunn Street

their crepes, Ana and Eduardo


make virtually everything from

scratch, including the chocolate

sauce and custard for their sweet crepes. Whether you have an ap-

Fashionable and trendy, the crepe

petite for something savoury or

makes an ideal breakfast, light lunch

sweet, or if you prefer homemade

or early dinner. It was exactly the

French onion soup, fresh salad and

recipe Ana and Eduardo Sipers were

a unique sandwich, the freshness

looking for when they chose Oakville

of their ingredients is evident with

to open their first restaurant a year

every bite.


Complete your meal with an

Having emigrated seven years ago

irresistible dessert and an espresso,

from Peru, Ana, Eduardo and their

latte or the restaurant’s signature

two children happily settled into the

French press coffee made from

Oakville community and love it.

organic beans from Peru.

Last December, they opened

It’s the perfect break to a day of

their dream – The Crepe Kitchen. It’s

shopping and wandering through

a cozy little spot with a charming

Oakville’s heritage centre, or a great

atmosphere. The décor and antique

way to start your day.

furnishings and the warm and friendly manner of Ana and Eduardo set a comfortable tone for this unique little eatery. As for the food, well it is flavourful

Eduardo and Ana Sipers

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Miracle Boutista, manager, and Jamie McDonald at Titika.


level of versatility that works for you


Vicariously Vocado

in all facets of busy life and daily ac-

Emerge a Winner


tivity. Wear Titika while seeking your

Emerge Boutique

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favourite endorphin rush whether it

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be yoga, dancing, cycling or anything


else that gets you moving to the

rhythm of life. Downtown Oakville’s newest boutique

A second Emerge location opened

Their tops for example are spe-

Vocado carries unique and trendy

cially designed to fit different body

in Downtown Oakville this summer,

fashions from Canadian designers

types and serve different purposes.

offering an intimate, boutique atmo-

that are perfect for work and play as

Vents and flat seams are added to

sphere with a limited client base. The

well as accessories such as shoes, bags

garments for your breathability and

goal at the Emerge Boutique is to

and jewellery that will help complete

comfort. Style details such as panels

provide an exclusive, energetic envi-

any outfit. Some of the more popular

and extra seam lines are added to

ronment where discerning clientele

brands you will see lining their racks

create overall sleekness of silhouette.

experience the most effective way to

include BB Dakota, Mackage, J Brand,

look and feel better.

Dolce Vita and Hunter just to name a

In order to change one’s body

few. All Canadian products are tagged

What you Want

with a maple leaf.

Want Boutique

Co-owner’s Emily Dobbie and

they need to change their lifestyle. Want Boutique

125 Lakeshore Road East

They need to eat and exercise in a way that matches their body image

Kolleen Hanna believe that shopping


location in the heart of Oakville –

goals. Enter Emerge and the Emerge

is more than a check on the to-do list

knowing the clientele here would

Lifestyle. Each client is assigned an

appreciate her unique fashions and

Emerge Mentor which makes the


Emerge experience more personal

– it’s an experience. If you’re agonizing over finding the perfect date outfit,

Want Boutique owner Pari Davis

they’re living vicariously through

is what you might describe as a

you. Come in for a visit. They promise

“fashionista.” Working in her aunt’s

and what they want – to be distinc-

Emerge clients are not responsible

you’ll like what you see.

boutique from the age of seven, Pari

tive, beautiful and comfortable. And

for their results, the Mentor is.

developed a passion for fashion – a

they want to be helped, not sold, she

love for style that continued into

says, adding that, “Want Boutique

als at Emerge can think of to get

Everyday Wear

her adulthood. Her career began as

is an escape where lifestyle meets

clients to reach their goal as quickly

Titika Activewear Oakville

a fashion show producer, but when


as possible and educate the client to

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people began to admire her knack


for finding funky, stylish clothes, she

and the collections featured at Want

launched into a successful career as a

Boutique are an extension of her

personal shopper.

creative vision and don’t reflect that

Founded in Toronto by graduates of the Fashion Program at George Brown

She went on buying trips to L.A.

Pari knows women; what they like

Pari still jets to New York and L.A.

and instils confidence in the client.

Everything that the profession-

maintain the goal is included in the Emerge Lifestyle program.

of any one designer. Want carries

College, Titika recently opened its

and brought the collections back

pieces from collections of more than

second store in Downtown Oakville.

home. She got so busy neighbours

70 designers, ranging from black tie

Its focus is active-wear cloth-

complained about the traffic, and so

to denim.

ing that is easily incorporated into

she opened a “real” fashion boutique

everyday life. Their clothes combine

in Toronto. The success of that store

us, so whether you’re looking to fit in

fashion with function, which creates a

encouraged Pari to open a second

or stand out, we have it all,” Pari says.

“There is a little fashionista in all of

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car and leave with a fresh haircut and a smile. This

Thai Therapy

is Melonhead, the latest in a chain of children-only

Thai Massage Oakville

salons that began in Toronto almost a decade

288 Lakeshore Road East, Unit 3

ago. Brightly coloured, filled with toys and books


for waiting siblings, this playful parlour offers not only a professional haircut, but special finishing

Thai Massage Oakville offers a unique blend of relax-

touches such as clips and sparkles for the girls and

ing and stretching muscles – exercising every part of

fun colouring or spiky gel creations if they wish.

your body by stretching, flexing and applying pres-

You can also buy some of their children’s hair

sure to provide complete relaxation. This treatment

products, all Canadian-made with funky names

according to Suvijek Janthavong, RMT, can relieve

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muscle spasms, tension headaches, low back pain


and other chronic pain throughout your body. “The body’s energies are focused along energy lines and the massage applies pressure along the 10

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LightTouch Laser Clinic

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Melonhead Children’s Hair Care LightTouch Laser Clinic now offers state-of-the-

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Melonhead Children’s Hair Care

tion in Oakville. Offering everything from body

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contouring, to tattoo removal, vein treatment to

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Botox and fillers, LightTouch Laser Clinic provides

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pain-free laser treatments, innovative technology

(905) 815-7712,

What child really likes getting a haircut? Well, how

and lifetime guarantee for men and women. The

about at a fun salon for children only, where they

experts at LightTouch know you will be thrilled

Knit One Bead Too recently moved to downtown

can “ride” on a pony, airplane, train, motorbike or

with your results.

Oakville to be closer to a vibrant shopping district. For more than two years, the store was located on a busy strip of Lakeshore Road near Kerr Street, but traffic was moving out of town and not doing much stopping to shop. Now tucked in a comfortable location on Dunn Street, Saskia Beekhuizen finds she has a good mix of regular clientele and drop in customers.

For the “cook” in your life “FLAME” pots by Emile Henry™. From the stove to the oven to the table.

With a wide selection of natural yarns and knitting essentials, Beekhuizen says the pastime is enjoying a comeback as people strive to be creative or wish to have uniquely designed sweaters or accessories. And with better quality materials and a wider selection, being unique was never easier.

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Touch De L’Afrique

House of Kangaroo

n HOME The Right Accent Home Accents Emporium 92A Dunn Street, 905.844.7070 Home Accents Emporium invites you into a world of European-styled furniture, classic lamps, giftware, crystal, Limoges, bedding and bath accessories for your home. All of this is set in a pleasant unique shopping environment. Listen to French, Italian and classical music as you browse. Your first visit certainly won’t be your last.

Roo Retail House of Kangaroo 288 Lakeshore Road East, Suite 5 905.465.3400, House of Kangaroo brings something from Down

Home Accents Emporium

Under to Downtown Oakville – unique kangaroo leather products including golf products, briefcases, ladies handbags and Canadian-made furniture.

Touch of Africa

The products sold by House of Kangaroo are the

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highest calibre, handmade kangaroo leather goods

229 Lakeshore Road East

available on the market today.


What’s the big deal about kangaroo leather,

other than having an exotic mystique to it? Kangaroo is reportedly one of the strongest, lightweight

Touch De L’Afrique brings a touch of Africa to

leathers available. It has a skin structure unlike

Downtown Oakville. This unique store offers a vari-

other animals, such as an extra tough fibre struc-

ety of hand-picked South African inspired lifestyle

ture – making it an ideal material for golf shoes

items. The allure of tradition, ancient folklore, histor-

and gloves and briefcases to name a few of the

ical significance and cultural ritual only adds to the

popular items.

excitement one gets from acquiring a gem from this

Paul Donola, president of HOK North America, is

boutique. Own a piece of Africa, display a work of

a former CPGA Golf Professional with more than 20

art and add colour to your lifestyle. Not every home

years experience in the golf and retail industry and

has to be completely Afro-centred or organically

backs his products with his personal guarantee.

centred to complement their unique designs. OT

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Thank you to our corporate sponsors The Holiday Issue is the perfect opportunity for the Downtown Oakville BIA to acknowledge its corporate sponsors for 2010. We had a fantastic year for events and could not have done what we did without the tremendous involvement from the corporate community! Fabulous February

Downtown Oakville Mercedes Benz-Fashion Week

Sponsorship and Summertime in Downtown Oakville is like no other! Once again – we could not have coordinated all of these fantastic events without Oakville’s corporate community. Thanks for your leadership and thanks for believing in downtown’s events!


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Thank you


s we enter into the Holiday Season once again, the Downtown Oakville BIA would like to thank all of its 400+ businesses in the B.I.A (Business Improvement Area) and Mark LeRoeye, Manager of Mercedes-Benz Oakville, for their financial contributions towards the Downtown Oakville BIA LED program. Back in 2008 the Downtown Oakville BIA kicked the program off with just the LEDs in the snowflakes, and in 2009 we did all of the white lights. “We are happy to be making changes to keep our energy consumption down,� says Marianne Svarke, Chair of Beautification. Today the BIA is entering into its third year with LED lights on the Holiday Snowflakes and white lights in the trees in Downtown Oakville. OT

Thank you Mercedes!

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A Proud History of Theatre By Ronnie Brown

With excerpts from the book The Oakville Centre Turns 25 by Sheila Creighton

Photo courtesy Oakville Historical Society


s the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts celebrates 33 years of great entertainment, a look back sheds some light on the immense passion for performing arts that has always been part of this community. Entrepreneur William Chisholm founded Oakville as a commercial harbour in 1827 and as the population grew, cultural interests developed to provide a welcome diversion from the hardships of lifes in those early years. In the 1840s the only public hall in the village was Temperance Hall, but it is unlikely that it hosted many performing arts events. Most public performances were held schools, churches or outdoors. By 1862, a Town Hall was built on Navy at Water Streets and became home for the performing arts 32

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along with meetings, a market, fancy balls and strawberry teas. In the 1880s a young man from England, Cyril Maude, founded Oakville’s first theatre company, the English Church Theatre. About a decade later the spectacular Commins’ Music Hall was built on the northeast corner of Trafalgar and Lakeshore Roads. The music hall had elaborate architecture with towers, an exterior of yellow brick with terra cotta details. Commins’ soon became the popular place to see live performances of touring celebrities such as Native poet Pauline Johnson as well as local actors such as Leroy Kenny who went on to become a famous impersonator. Commins’ Music Hall boasted upholstered reclining chairs, heavy curtains

and several sets. Sadly, the theatre became far too elaborate to be profitable and on January 2, 1898 when it burned to the ground, rumours that it was arson circulated. Stage productions then returned to the Town Hall venue until it burned down in 1911. The old Agricultural Hall on Reynolds Street was transformed into Victoria Hall and became the popular spot for entertainment in Oakville. Located where the Curling Club parking lot is today, Victoria Hall had a good stage, dressing rooms and box seats and had good attendance for its featured imported and local talent. Many Oakville children saw their first “moving picture” at Victoria Hall for the sum of five cents. The Oakville Club, established in 1908, hosted stage productions for many years. In the 1920s, under the guidance of Mrs. Norma Gairdner (wife of James Gairdner of Gairloch Estate, now Oakville Galleries) many plays were

produced with enthusiastic amateur actors. These productions were followed by many years of the popular Cabaret shows at the Oakville Club. The Gregory Theatre, built in the early 1920s, was used for stage productions and screening films. It was located on the southeast corner of Lakeshore and Trafalgar Roads. The Gregory somewhat filled the need for a theatre until the 1960s. Church halls and school cafeterias were used as theatres by many arts groups, displaying the growing need for a performing arts centre. The master plan of the 1967 Centennial Project (construction of Centennial Square) called for the civic centre site to include a theatre auditorium to be constructed at a later date. The later date would eventually be 1977 and the new home of The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts was created. OT

The theatre became far too elaborate to be profitable and on January 2, 1898 when it burned to the ground, rumours that it was arson circulated.


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Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ Friday November 19th @ 7pm Enjoy holiday carols with the Salvation Army Band & Oakville Indigo Youth Choir. Host Vickie van Dyke from 94.7 FM & media personality from Global.

Downtown Oakville Holiday Magic ~ November 27th to December 19th (weekends) Strolling carollers and free festive horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa from 12 pm to 4 pm. Extended Holiday Shopping Hours!

Free Photos With Santa ~ Saturday, November 20th from 12pm to 4 pm  

Welcome to Downtown Oakville, a sophisticated shopping and cultural district, recognized for its upscale retail mix, professional business s...