Fashionable folks know the Toronto Fashion Incubator 's Guilty Pleasures brunch at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West) is one delicious morning of shopping. So it's no surprise that every ticket for this year's event January 26 has been snapped up. Never fear, fair shopper, because you can still rifle through racks of clothing and accessories by TFI members including Anaura Designs , SOOS jewellery and Obakki during the open-to-the-public shop between 2 and 6 pm. Cash only. Call 416-531-5042 ext 113 for more info.
Hardcore fixer-uppers get giddy when January roles around, bringing the Metro Home Show 's endless aisles of brass doorknobs, laminated countertops and low-flow toilets. Do-it-yourselfers trekking through the mammoth Metro Convention Centre (255 Front West) to find inspiration for 2006's weekend renos will find this year's focus is on incorporating a spa or entertainment space into your pad. Through January 22, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. $12, stu/srs $10. 416-585-8000, www.metrohomeshow.com.
Let's get digital
If Digifest 's mission statement to "encourage excellence in interactive digital media design, art and technology" doesn't provoke brain freeze, read on. The annual festival is hunting for applicants for its New Voices competition. If you're into emerging tech and design, log on to www.dx.org/digifest before the January 31 deadline to see if your innovative ideas mesh with this year's Mod(ification) theme. The rest of us Luddites can check out the winners during the festival, May 10 to 14, at the Design Exchange (234 Bay). 416-363-6121.
Duds for doggy
Poor poochy is looking a little shivery on the dog walk, so why not stitch her up a cozy coat or collar at Sew Be It Studio 's Paws For A Good Cause event Saturday (January 21) at 7 pm. The Yonge and Eglinton workshop is offering pet lovers a chance to do good (admission is free with a donation to the Toronto Humane Society ) while creating cutesy looks for their favourite pet. 2156 Yonge, lower unit, 416-481-7784, www.sewbeitstudio.com.