Have pop-ups in Toronto run their course?
Secret Pickle, TBD, and a few others offered rather innovative food with matching environments and engaging diners. Recent players are looking more like restaurants and less like interesting experiences. Perhaps this phenomenon has played its course, just like when tthe Gap (or Amaya) move into the low rent neighborhood that spawned upstart restaurateurs.
Didn't realize that your link was to yet another "popup" event, I thought it was just your tag line or something. The event looks interesting but wondering about the cost.
Recently saw an interesting 11 minute short documentary on The Secret Pickle dinners which is interesting:
It took me a while to get what you were getting at there until I noticed the name of a certain restaurant "impresario" who's places usually get run down pretty hard here. I assume that's your point?
In other words hipster logic 101: "anything commercially successful must be, by definition, crap" with a dash of "one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch" and a sprinkling of good old anti-gentrification whinging.
Don't look too close at the corporate affiliations, current and/or past jobs of too many of the chefs who do some of the events you name, you might just discover that you've really enjoyed an innovative and engaging meal cooked by a guy who used to be the corporate executive chef of East Side Marios.