Going Out

WEEKEND READING LIST: A round-up of the week’s top stories from across the St. Joseph Media network

Toronto Life gets all aspirational on us with a feature on a red-brick Georgian mansion so grand that it stands out in a neighbourhood full of — you guessed it — Georgian mansions.

Quill and Quire targets those who aspire on an intellectual level with the 2012 CBC Canada Reads finalists. If the public meet-and-greet in Toronto was any indication, the non-fiction contest, which airs in February 2012, will be a battle fuelled by strong personalities.

Torontoist gets into the warm and fuzzy holiday spirit with a story on Gifts for Strangers. The initiative, which sees volunteers handing out inexpensive or even homemade gifts, was begun by Improv in Toronto and has gone global.

Fashion Magazine chats with Brit master of quirk Giles Deacon about the inspirations behind his Spring 2012 collection.

Ottawa Magazine, for those of you who missed it, blogs about a new biography that explores the battles and heartbreaks of  the ‘Dowager Empress of Dance’, Celia Franca.

Canadian Family provides helpful tips to keep things on the rails while you’re  home is undergoing a renovation: survival strategies for your kids and your marriage.

Where takes to the air with a dozen helicopter tour suggestions from across Canada.

20 Minute Supper Club knows you can never go wrong with cookbook. Their  holiday gift idea is Rulhman’s Twenty, which covers 20 essential techniques every cook should know and 100 recipes to put those techniques into practice.

Wedding Bells features eight ways to personalize your bridal style.