Totally biased product review by me — The Queen and Beaver Public House

The Queen and Beaver Public House

Craning our necks to see what famous Brits are up on the second floor patio

I recently had the opportunity to dine at The Queen and Beaver Public House. It’s been on my to-do list for ages, but I happened to be staying in the vicinity so took advantage of an unseasonably balmy night to grab a patio seat and went to town.

Snap pea soup with creme fraiche

Snap pea soup with creme fraiche

First up as my starter was the snap pea soup with creme fraiche; it was on as a special and nicely British, so dived right in. It was very velvety, thick and delicious — but thought it would have worked well as a gazpacho too.

House smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast

House smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast

My dining companion (“the missus”) had the house smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast. Posh cheese on toast, basically. This was a hearty bite and the cheddar had a nice tang to it. The tomatoes were nice and juicy and this would be the kind of comfort food that you’d crave after a night on the lash.

Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy

Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy

My main was the Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy. I chose this dish because it’s my go-to pub fare — but this version was off the charts. I can never go back to the sausages and mash that I normally have in another pub. That dish is dead to me now. These were really flavourful sausages with a hint of jalapeno in for a nice little kick. I pride myself on my mashed potatoes and these were just as smooth and creamy. A generous dollop of rich stout onion gravy and bob’s your uncle. Sorted. Best dish of the night!

All in all, tied in with the selection of beers and relaxed atmosphere, we give this fine establishment a Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars. Will definitely be back.

BONUS POINTS = Dining on the table next to us with his crew was TTC boss and fellow Brit Andy Byford. Had a quick chat and he passed on this tip for a good pub, so check it out: The Rebel House.


Brits in Toronto for production of Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Try and choose a nice ending where they don’t die or something, thanks

A friend mentioned she was in a play that sounded interesting and when we found out there were some Brits involved, we just had to find out more.

Reached out to Adam and here’s what he said: “I am over from the UK to work on this project and the founder of the company worked in Immersive Theatre in the UK for the last seven years. So there is a big British connection!

“We have teamed up with two Toronto-based theatre professionals to create the whole experience. We plan to have more events in different spaces in Toronto after this initial event.

“If you were happy to spread the word I would be very grateful indeed. It’s such a fantastic project but having only recently moved from the UK I don’t have a network of people here yet.”

Here’s the deets …

lost&gone are proud to present an immersive, contemporary production of Romeo & Juliet in a secret location in The Junction. With a cast of 22 actors playing characters old and new, enter the world of Fair Verona , and join the Capulet party: October 19-21 and 26-28, 2017.

Step inside — interact, explore and even help change the ending. Like a fairground, guests can eat, drink, mingle, and dance all whilst observing and engaging in this Choose Your Own Adventure wonderland. But there’s a catch …

Find us first.

Introducing lost&gone , Toronto’s newest immersive events company. We reclaim empty, unused, forgotten spaces that are soon to be demolished, and turn them into worlds from our imaginations. Inspired by old stories, cult TV programs, and classic film universes, our locales bring to life the places you’ve only dreamt about. Our team of Canadian and UK artists are excited to introduce ourselves to the Toronto scene.

● PRESS NIGHT: 7:00 p.m., October 20, 2017
● 7:00 p.m., October 19-21, 2017
● 7:00 p.m., October 26-28, 2017

● Secret venue in the Junction. Text message clues will be sent days before the performance.

Available ONLINE ONLY (no tickets available at the door)
● $35.00 (includes a welcome drink)
● For any accessibility questions or concerns, contact adam AT lostandgone DOT CA
● This show run time is approximately 90 minutes and will involve long periods of standing.

● Adam Lawler 647-225-7590 adam AT lostandgone DOT CA,,

Healthy Minds Canada Silver Dinner with Alastair Campbell

Healthy Minds Canada

London Calling is the theme this year

Mental illness and addiction is an important subject to tackle Maybe you know someone who has suffered from it? Maybe someone you know is currently suffering from it — and they hide it really well? Maybe you suffer from it?

We’re happy to give a quick plug to an upcoming event to support the cause.

Healthy Minds Canada’s Silver Dinner is one of Toronto’s premier mental health and addiction fundraising events.

The Silver Dinner is an inspiring and dynamic evening attended by over 400 Canadians who are interested in improving the well-being of those touched by mental illness and addiction.

Silver Dinner guests will enjoy an interactive reception, dinner, an exciting silent auction, and an engaging and honest conversation with Alastair Campbell, the 2017 guest speaker.

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Alastair will be sharing his personal journey with alcohol abuse, psychosis, and depression, as well as the history of both suicide and schizophrenia in his family. Alastair is a writer, communicator, and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, Press Secretary and Director of Communications.

Alastair is still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and abroad, serving as a leading advocate for mental health, as Ambassador for Time to Change, Mind, Rethink and Alcohol Concern.

The evening on November 13 will be led by emcee, Hon. Seamus O’Regan, the Member of Parliament for St. John’s-Mount Pearl, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Seamus is likely best known to Canadians for his 10 years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM and reporter for CTV National News and W5. He is proud to have been named Ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk and to be working towards eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Individual tickets are now available for $250 each. For more information, contact Katie Robinette at krobinette AT healthymindscanada DOT CA or click here.

Brits making the move to Toronto — Part 1: The questions

Andy McLachlan 1

Andy and family happily start planning a life of Poutine, Christmas stuff on sale in October and buffering Premiership feeds at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday

This is a new — and exciting — one. Andy McLachlan sent an e-mail to Brits in Toronto a few months ago with an offer: would we like to document his British family’s move to Toronto?

We had two questions: (1) Will it cost us any money? (2) Can you write it for us?

Satisfied with the answers, we waited … and Andy got back to us this week: “Sorry for the delay! I’ve been busy making life decisions and planning. Having written some moany Brexit-bashing waffle, I’ve put together the following in the hopes of getting some advice ;-). I’m willing to contribute more to the blog as the story develops if you’d like.”

And so, Brits in Toronto is proud to present the first in a series of posts by guest contributor Andy as he documents Lancashire’s loss and Toronto’s gain. This is part 1 and we’re thinking it may last as many as 8 or 9 if we stretch it out a bit, but we’ll see how it goes …

Part 1: The questions

Hi British Bloke,

Faced with a relocation choice between moving to the South East of England or Toronto, guess which we’ve decided on? We fly from Manchester on December 22; me, my wife Laura and boys aged 6 and 2. Laura has a job lined up starting January 2 downtown close to Yonge and Queen, and I’ll be a homeworker/chief child wrangler.

Our house in Lancashire is for sale, and we’ll be shipping furniture over at some point, somehow.

We’re looking for somewhere to live that is easy for work, close to schools and with a possibility to buy in future. We know the city, having lived and worked there for a year in 2010. Since then, we’ve visited a couple of times, and we have some amazing friends who can help us out with various things.

Our plan is to stay in an Airbnb for a month in a reasonable neighbourhood, find a school for our 6-year-old, and rent somewhere nearby soon after that. We’re thinking the area around the Southern Annex/Palmerston/Little Italy/Christie Pits … which we know is relatively expensive but would suit us well, we think.

I hope that your readers can give me a bit of advice:

1. Shipping stuff — any good companies?
2. Accommodation and schools — is our plan completely barmy? We’re open to advice! We’ve also considered Leslieville/Riverdale.
3. Any tips for moving over with little ones? For example, on our last trip to Toronto in May, we learned that gently adjusting bedtimes by one hour per day seemed to work for jet lag.

Thanks and best wishes!


p.s. Anyone who responds with good advice gets a brew and a Curly Wurly.

So, there you have it. Loads of good questions. If you have some good advice feel free to post in the comments section below so any potential Brits in Toronto can benefit from Andy’s journey to this side of the pond.

Let’s all help fellow Brit Joshua find a job!

Joshua Cunningham

Joshua is looking for work in British/Political researching or reporting

It’s that time of the month again where we try to help out a fellow Brit earn an honest crust. Or better still, real money that can be exchanged for food, heat and rent.

So, welcome to Joshua. He’s not actually in Toronto yet, but will be soon so being the clever chap that he is, has started reaching out early. And we’re happy to help, possibly for some preemptive Timbits. But that would never happen. *sigh*

He writes:

“So I am a Brit (soon to be) in Toronto, with my flight is booked for the November 25. I am a lucky International Experience Canada lottery winner, and will be able to work in Canada for two years! For the last few months, I’ve been researching all the cool things I will soon be able to explore/do, but the looking for a job bit is trickier.

“So you’re offering to help out fellow Brits in that area? Thank you so much! Any advice/help will be very appreciated. Can I offer you some preemptive Timbits in return? I’ve heard they’re good.

“Firstly I’ve got no idea what is a realistic Canadian salary expectation for myself (other than above minimum wage)? If I could get a job in British/ Political researching or reporting, I would be bleeming over the moon. I want to do a masters in international relations in a few years, so anything relevant to that would be awesome.

“But dream job aside, any 9-5 office job where I get the weekend off to enjoy Canada sounds pretty good too.”

So, there’s Joshua’s ideal wishlist. If you can help — or know someone who can — please contact him at CunninghamJ95 AT outlook DOT COM … and good luck to him.

Open call to collaborate with British artist Michael Landy in DEMONSTRATION

Michael Landy

Michael Landy may transfer your submission into drawings for an exhibition in Toronto

Just recently, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery announced an open call to collaborate with British artist Michael Landy in DEMONSTRATION, the artist’s fall 2017 project at The Power Plant, which will be a continually evolving exhibition built with participation of the public.

The British community has been invited to participate in the creation of this collaborative work of art, vocalizing the key issues of Canada’s current social and political landscape.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? If you have an opinion on anything that impacts Canada’s social or political landscape, or affects you on a personal level, this project is for you!

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? Submit images, words, phrases or slogans that shed light on urgent issues affecting our contemporary reality. Landy will transform selected submissions into drawings that will be installed over the course of the exhibition. Submissions will be accepted throughout the duration of the show, however those received by September 10 will be considered for the unveiling of DEMONSTRATION at its public opening on September 28.

HOW DO I SUBMIT? Send images, words, text, slogans — anything that you see or come across throughout your day that makes you feel strongly enough to protest or support — to submissions AT thepowerplant DOT ORG or simply by posting on social media using #TPPDemonstration. All the details are here.

SPREAD THE WORD! Please do share this open call information with other Brits as well as with supporters, other groups or organizations, friends, fellow advocates and art-lovers or anyone else that may be interested. Your thoughts and opinions are important, and we need to hear them!

If you need more information contact Adrianna Marling at amarling AT thepowerplant DOT ORG or call 416-954-0013.

Show off your patriotic British roots with this blanket from i am baby

I Am Baby

i am baby

The following is sponsored content.

Have you relocated from the United Kingdom, and have just had a baby over here in Canada? How do you plan on making sure your kid knows all about their background from a young age? Sharing your child’s heritage is a must, so introduce them to the British ways from young age by bringing the iconic Union Jack into their bedroom in a tasteful way.

If you’re a Brit living in Canada, the company i am baby has the perfect item to make sure your little one is brought up feeling patriotic of their British roots, whilst championing beautiful home-grown products from the new country you have settled in.

Long-gone are the memories of stereotypical British memorabilia from cheap shops which line the streets in London. You don’t need to fill your baby’s room with plastic red buses, pictures of the Queen, or start feeding them fish and chips from an early age to make them appreciate the British culture. I am baby has created and designed a muslin blanket right here in Canada, with subtle but smart union jacks on it for you to show off where you’re from.

Finally, something covered in union jacks which isn’t Ginger Spice at the Brit Awards and isn’t tacky items which fall apart.

I am baby believes that patriotism to your country and its traditional customs, wherever you hail from, is something which is important and should be taught early. So, if you’re a Brit in Canada you must tell your kid all about the country of his or her ancestors. We know that Canada is an awesome country, but England is pretty good too, with its royal family, terrible weather, cups of tea, and typical British politeness.

What’s the best way to bring some of those British vibes into your child’s bedroom? This 100% organic cotton fabric muslin swaddle blanket. Covered in the Union Jack, you can proudly show off where you began whilst familiarising your child with the country you came from, all whilst keeping your kid cosy and comfortable at the same time.

I Am Baby blanket

One of the beauties of Canada is how many people from across the globe come and settle in our fabulous country, so the muslin blankets from i am baby come with all different flags on to suit our lovely locals. No matter what country you hail from, there’s a blanket for you and your family.

The muslin blankets are super chic and funky, so your British baby in Canada can have the best of both worlds when it comes to looking stylish. Of course, keeping your baby comfortable is the most important thing, so it’s good to note that these blankets aren’t just chucked together with any old material. The blankets are made from certified 100% organic cotton fabric, making them so lush that you will probably want one for yourself no matter how old you are.

I am baby sampled loads of different textures and densities of muslin from all over the world before settling on the best and most luxurious fabric, and have put a lot of effort into making the blankets the best they can be.

The cotton muslin blanket comes in a custom size to fit your baby perfectly, and there are plenty of ways in which you can use it. Use your blanket as a swaddle, a breast-feeding shield, a stroller cover, or a comfort blanket for your little one. The best thing about this blanket, is that those flags won’t wash off when it gets covered in dribble and must be put into the washing machine regularly as a result.

I Am Baby package

Embrace the customs and cultures from your motherland! A muslin blanket is a must for any baby as we all know how important comfort is when they’re tiny.

Get your i am baby muslin blanket for your little Brit here and show off that UK pride in the Union Jack print for all to see. Head over to social media to join in with the chat as well, where you can tell i am baby where you’re from and what your story to Canada is.

There are also hashtags you can be involved with for showing off your British roots in the muslin blanket. Use #iambaby and #borntobeloyal to meet other Brits in Canada who have wrapped their baby in this beautiful product, and follow and like on social media by clicking on the links below.

I am baby Facebook
I am baby Twitter
I am baby Instagram

Are you from the UK and now living in Canada? Do you have kids? What do you do to teach them about their British heritage? Let us know your thoughts on how important it is to give your child the knowledge of their heritage in the comments below!