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Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel
Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel
797 College Street, Toronto, ON 1C6 M6G
http://www.barisabel.com

Bar Isabel is the place I had my first dinner out-out in Toronto since I moved back. We ended up choosing the place because it was highly praised by so many – bloggers, journalists and Yelpers alike. Since the opening of The Black Hoof, an explosion of chefs from there have ventured into their own successful restaurants. (Grand Electric, Electric Mud, Bar Isabel etc.)

Chef Grant Van Gameren definitely started the “Broken Social Scene” of the young, innovative and passionate Toronto chefs, but this welcome home dinner only made me want to fly to NY, wait in line for two hours and have a bowl of ramen from Totto – extra mushrooms.

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Ohbijou live and in conversation at The Rock Shop, NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog.
By Amy Chyan

The audience capacity at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York is 120 patrons. The audience capacity at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto, Canada, where Ohbijou played a sold-out show for the release of their third full length album ‘Metal Meets’, is 770.

Ohbijiou plays New York City. (Photo: Amy Chyan)

Toronto-based Ohbijou have made quite a name for themselves in Canada. Regarded as the darlings of indie folk, if you will, the band’s previous album ‘Beacons’ (2009) quickly became a CBC Radio 3 favourite. Playing festivals and making radio appearances, almost all of Ohbijou’s shows in Toronto are sold-out fanfares that guarantee an amazing time with good friends and even better music. But outside of Canada, it’s a different scene.