Throw on your oogliest outfit and head over to the Gladstone (1214 Queen West) tonight (Thursday, February 16) for the Ooglie anniversary party and fashion show. The event celebrates the first birthday of the Toronto based T-shirt company and features a fashion show and music sets emceed by local scribe Mariko Tamaki . Ts, sweatshirts and scarves will be marked down for the occasion, and proceeds go to the Red Door Women's Shelter . Doors open at 8 pm and cover is $5. www.ooglie.com.
If you still need a nudge to extend your Queen West stroll under the Dufferin railway bridge and into Parkdale, the opening of KOMA Design 's new furniture gallery (1239 Queen West, 416-532-5662, www.komadesigns.com) might do the trick. Owner Jamie Cheveldeyoff has expanded his decor boutique to show off eco-inspired pieces by a rotating cast of local designers. The first show, opening tonight (Thursday, February 16) at 8 pm, features Cheveldeyoff's own drum lights along with wood and metal creations by the Brothers Dressler .
Toronto's fixation on architectural boldface continues Saturday (February 18) when the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas West. 416-979-6648, www.ago.net) opens its Frank Gehry Art + Architecture exhibit . Design groupies can follow the Canadian-born builder's career and see the sculptural structures that have influenced his concept for the AGO's own redesign. Check out the working models and dream of the day when you'll be able to visit a local museum minus the construction racket.
You can leave your hat on (and it'd better be one dandy chapeau) when you visit the Academy of Spherical Arts (38 Hanna) for Jim Allen 's Different Hats exhibit. The Canadian fashion photographer asked cultural and style icons like Margaret Atwood and Harry Rosen to create original head pieces to wear while he snapped their portrait. The photos were auctioned off at a gala on Thursday, February 9, with proceeds donated to the Sick Kids Foundation , but the pix are on display until February 24. www.differenthats.com.