The Weekend To-Do: We’re bucking the Twilight trend with a dog fashion show, a Baroque-themed party and more sample sales

Weekend To Do November 16
Courtesy Art Gallery of Alberta

What do tacos, dogs and private shopping parties have in common? They’re all What’s On this weekend. Pick up a one-of-a-kind designer gift from Ikea, go for baroque in Edmonton, or take four-legged bff to a canine couture fashion show. Woof.

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Weekend To Do November 16
Photography from Flickr/Andres Musta

Art y Tacos

Mexican-Portuguese pop-up restaurant Oxala is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a Junction blowout of food, live music and local and international street art. Tasty tacos, vegetarian tamales, ceviche shooters and specialty cocktails will be on hand.

Nov. 16, 7pm
La Revolución, 2848 Dundas St. W., Toronto

Suki’s Celebrates 40th Anniversary

South Granville hair institution Suki’s blows out 40 candles this Saturday with a grand birthday fete at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The gala event will feature a retrospective of the company’s stunning work over the past four decades along with live models and DJs.

Nov. 17, 7pm – Midnight
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St., Vancouver

Weekend To Do November 16
Courtesy of Art Gallery of Alberta

The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party

The latest in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s über-successful series of Refinery parties, Monstrous Baroque promises supernatural creatures mingling amidst 17th-century style decadence. The dress code is opulent baroque so don’t leave home without your beaded Balmain minidress.

Nov. 17, 9pm – 2am
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

Lucian Matis Fall Sample Sale

Our favourite Transylvanian-trained designer is hosting a sample sale of his spectacular Fall 2012 collection. I’ve got my eye on the opulent noir look featured in the Winter 2013 issue of FASHION.

Nov. 16, 2pm – 6pm; Nov. 17 & 18, 11am – 5pm
91 Tycos Dr., Suite 1, Toronto

Auktion

The Design Exchange has partnered with Ikea for Auktion. Twenty Canadian designers were sent to the Swedish furniture manufacturer with $500 in their pockets to spend on products they’d deconstruct and reassemble in any way they liked. The resulting creations—by the likes of Castor, Philip Sparks and Thrush Holmes Empire—will all be on the auction block.

Nov. 16, 8pm
Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto

Weekend To Do November 16
Photography from Facebook/Woofstock

Winter Woofstock

Pooch got a case of canine cabin fever? Take Fido out for an afternoon on the town filled with shopping, socializing and sniffing at Winter Woofstock. My single-and-ready-to-mingle miniature poodle is most looking forward to the first ever Doggie Dating Soirée. Grrr baby.

Nov. 17 & 18, 10am – 6pm
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

Ten @TheSpokeClub

The holiday pop-up shops keep on, well, popping. King Street’s members only Spoke Club is playing host to Ten, a one-night-only shopping event featuring ten labels including Headmistress, Jordan de Ruiter and Loft 604. Whether you’re there to meet the designers, sip a cocktail or simply scope out the décor, you’ll need an RSVP to get in.

Nov. 16, 7pm – 1am
Spoke Club, 600 King St. W., Toronto