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blogto July 11 2014, 05:15

Road closures in Toronto: July 12-13

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toronto road closuresRoad closures in Toronto for the weekend of July 12 and 13 rounds up the key transportation shut-downs affecting the city, including street and TTC closures.

KEY ROAD CLOSURES IN TORONTO

Front: John--Simcoe and John: Front--Wellington. Streets will be closed for the CBC World Cup viewing party starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 11 for set-up. Streets will re-open at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 13.

Bloor: Windermere, Beresford, Glendonwynne, Armadale, Durie and Kennedy. The Bloor West Village BIA Festival requires the closure of several streets off Bloor on Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lake Shore: Parkside--Newfoundland. Eastbound lanes of Lake Shore will be closed near the CNE grounds for a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games test event Saturday, July 12 from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bay: Dundas--Queen. An event to celebrate the one year countdown to the start of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will close Bay from Dundas to Queen on Saturday, July 12 from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

Gardiner: Eastbound lanes Humber River--Carlaw, DVP: Northbound lanes Gardiner--Eglinton. The Toronto Triathlon Festival will close parts of the downtown highways on Sunday, July 13 from 2 a.m. until noon.

TTC CLOSURES

501 Queen: Broadview. Queen Street remains closed at Broadview due to ongoing streetcar track replacement work. The 501 Queen streetcar is diverting via Parliament, Gerrard, and Coxwell. 504 King is using Broadview, Dundas, and Parliament. 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Road streetcars are being replaced by buses.

501 Queen: Sackville. The TTC is due to carry out rail replacement at Sackville Street this weekend. See above for diversion details.

Line 2: Bloor-Danforth. The subway between St. George and Pape will open late Sunday, July 13 due to track replacement work on the Bloor Viaduct. Shuttle and Wheel-Trans buses will operate the route until noon, when normal service is due to resume.

DON'T FORGET...

510 Spadina: Dundas. Double whammy at Spadina and Dundas starting this Monday. Replacement of a water main beneath the intersection and a subsequent overhaul of the streetcar tracks means the intersection will be closed July 14 to Aug. 11. The 505 will be diverting via McCaul, College, and Bathurst and later halted altogether. See this explainer video.

ONGOING CLOSURES

Over and above the special closures this weekend, construction projects across Toronto result in numerous other road restrictions across the city. For a comprehensive list of such closures, you can consult the official map maintained by the City of Toronto (also available as a PDF.)

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

blogto July 11 2014, 04:45

Mirvish and Gehry towers given the green light

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toronto mirvish gehryToronto is going to get two super tall Frank Gehry condo towers. City council voted this afternoon to allow construction of the pair of waterfall-inspired towers on the north side of King at Duncan, almost two years after the project was first announced.

"Today's decision by Council was obviously a necessary step in this lengthy process," Mirvish said in a press release. "While we believe today's vote was first and foremost an endorsement of our vision for the site, lead by our architect Frank Gehry, we also believe that it is a clear endorsement of the city's development process and staff's demand for consultation and collaboration among the stakeholders."

The original proposal, unveiled to much fanfare in Oct. 2012, called for three extremely tall condo towers to be erected at the expense of several heritage protected warehouses and the Princess of Wales Theatre on King Street West. David Mirvish said Frank Gehry wanted to build "three sculptures that people can live in."

The main concerns about the project in its original form centred on the potential loss of the historic buildings and the effect of the towers on the already congested King Street corridor.

In May, after several rounds of public consultation and work with Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, Mirvish and Gehry unveiled a revised design that dispensed with one of the towers and re-worked the lower floors in order to keep the theatre and warehouse structures standing.

The tallest of the towers will top out at 92 floors, making it the tallest skyscraper in Canada, ahead of First Canadian Place (the CN Tower and Inco Superstack excepted.) There will also be about 2,000 residential units, space for Mirvish to display his art collection, and facilities for OCAD University. The smaller of the buildings will be about 82 storeys.

Gehry says the latest designs are meant to evoke a waterfall.

The project still needs to be granted site plan approval before construction can begin.

Are you pleased to see the project approved?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Images: Mirvish+Gehry, Projectcore Inc.

blogto July 11 2014, 04:15

The top 10 under the radar BBQ restaurants in Toronto

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bbq in torontoBBQ in Toronto isn't just going down at your typical smokehouse. This is a list of unlikely sources for slow-smoked favourites: upscale restaurants, gas stations, sports bars and sandwich shops, and other places where BBQ is hardly the raison d'etre - though it just happens to be where their menus excel.

Here are my picks for 10 restaurants that do BBQ in Toronto that you might not know about.

Carbon Bar
The whole menu benefits from the wood-fired pit at this swanky Corktown bar, where you'll find burgers dressed with oak-smoked bacon, and pit-fired pork nestled into tacos. Order a la carte options like dry rubbed pork ribs ($19) or beef brisket ($19), or have them both on a Pit Master Platter ($27/person) with the addition of buttermilk fried chicken and pickles.

Universal Grill
This well-kept Hillcrest Village diner turned bistro is home to some unexpectedly good ribs. Opt for the saucy baby backs ($25) or spicy dry-rubbed ribs ($25) - both are served with yam fries on the side and will have you rolling up your sleeves to dig in.

Rally Sports Bar
Thirteen draught beers and the game in view from every angle might be reason enough to love this spot, but it's the menu devoted to slow-smoked, wood-fried meats that makes this sports bar a winning choice. Challenging the status quo of everyday pub grub, this bar does smoked wings ($12), spare ribs ($14), and saucy brisket ($13) and pulled pork sandwiches ($12).

Two Bite Saloon
Specializing in sliders, this Bloorcourt saloon offers the option to mix and match mini-sandwiches ($10/3) piled with pulled pork, Carolina mustard-sauced brisket and even smoked, fried tofu. Also on offer: smoked ribs ($17) and a smoked chicken Southwest salad ($13), plus essential soul food sides ($4-$7) like hush puppies, collard greens, cornbread muffins and buttermilk slaw.

Indie Ale House
This Junction spot is a brewpub first and foremost, though it's earned a solid reputation for house-smoked pulled pork that makes its way into dishes like the mac 'n' cheese, "Three Little Pigs pizza" and even spring rolls. Wednesday evenings (from 5pm on) are devoted to BBQ, with an ever-changing selection of meaty delicacies coming from the smoker.

Leslieville Pumps
It might look like just a gas station but locals know that this unassuming spot is home to some superbly tasty slow-smoked sandwiches. Best bets include the tender hickory smoked chicken ($7.75) and the crispy onion-topped beef brisket ($7.75) loaded onto a soft kaiser.

Locus 144
This Liberty Village lounge self-proclaims it's a southern Italian joint, though the menu, featuring smoked wings ($13), ribs ($19), and sandwiches ($12) stacked with pulled pork and smoked brisket, reveals an affinity for another kind of southern cuisine.

Aft Kitchen & Bar
At this Riverside restaurant and bar you'll find smoke-infused fare like chicken wings and ribs listed as menu staples. On weekends the kitchen embraces Southern specialties and goes all-out smokehouse by offering Texas-style brisket ($15), side ribs ($19), country sausage ($12), pulled pork ($15) and BBQ chicken ($16) with a choice of any two sides like coleslaw, roasted potato salad and cowboy baked beans.

Valdez
At this boisterous Mexican street food spot on King West, there is a dedicated BBQ menu for the the rooftop patio, where the charcoal barbecue turns out smoked and grilled selections. Expect to find beef short ribs ($9) with chimichurri, grilled quail ($6) and swordfish ($10), plus mammoth bone-in ribeye steaks ($75).

The Hogtown Cure
This deli and cafe on Dundas West isn't known for southern-style fare like some of these others, but the smoker in the back supplies the roster of sandwiches with delicious smoke-infused flavours. The BLT, made with house-smoked bacon ($10) is not to be missed - same goes for the pulled pork ($10) and pastrami ($11.50) sandwiches.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite little-known restaurant and cafe that serves great BBQ dishes in the comments. Photo via Carbon Bar.

blogto July 11 2014, 04:15

Toronto Food Events: Night It Up, TUM, Whole Hog Butchery, Marben Sausage League, Filipino Street Ea

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food events torontoToronto Food Events rounds up the most delicious events, festivals, pop-ups, winemaker dinners, supper clubs and other food related happenings in Toronto this week and next. You can find us here every Friday morning.

THIS WEEK

  • Night It Up night market starts tonight Friday, July 11 and will run until Sunday, July 13 at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Blvd.). This year's event promises more than 100 food, merchandise and game booths.
  • The Toronto Underground Market returns to 99 Sudbury this Saturday, July 12 from 5pm. Tickets ($15) are still available for the food fest, featuring vendors like Hotbunzz, Big E's Hawaiian Grinds and La Brea Food.
  • The Depanneur (1033 College St.) and Michael Kirkwood present a Whole Hog Butchery workshop on Monday, July 14. The two-hour class will cover how to break down a whole animal in the kitchen. Tickets are $40.
  • The fourth annual Marben Sausage League competition is back Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30pm. The sausage-themed cook-off commences with Rock Lobster and Origin battling it out at Marben (488 Wellington St. West) for diners' votes and the right to move on in a round robin tournament.

UPCOMING

  • Hooked Catering will host a pop-up at Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave.) on Saturday, July 19 from 6pm to 11pm. Early bird tickets ($40) are on sale until July 16 for the event, featuring DIY dinner party workshops at interactive food stations.
  • Kain Kalye: Filipino Street Eats Competition will take place during the ninth annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.) on Sunday, August 10 from noon to 7pm. The free event will pit Toronto's top Filipino restaurants against each other as they create interpretations of regional Philippine roadside cuisine.

OTHER NEWS

  • The Universal Grill is doing a Suffering Succotash BBQ special, featuring jerk chicken and BBQ ribs with all the fixin's (yam fries, coleslaw, succotash), for $16 every Friday in July and August.

Photo of Night It Up by Sandra Chow.

blogto July 11 2014, 04:15

Jamaican-Asian fusion cuisine lands on Dundas West

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Patois TorontoCan I coin the term Jamaicasian? Until now, my vocabulary had no such need for such a distinction, though this newest addition to Dundas West's dining scene has suddenly made it necessary. Expect to discover a multicultural crosssection of cuisine featuring Jamaican patty Double Downs, seaweed Waldorf salads, and Churrasco-style jerk chicken.

Read my profile of Patois in the restaurants section

torontoist July 10 2014, 21:50

Extra, Extra: Continued Ford Backlash, Bell Media Job Cuts, and Bee Hotels

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Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

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  • Today, city council voted 37-1 to assist gay homeless youth. The single vote against came from Mayor Rob Ford. “Ford voted no to a LGBTQ youth shelter,” Olivia Chow tweeted. “In a world free of homophobia we wouldn’t need one. It’s a world he refuses to help create.” John Tory also commented via Twitter: “Blocking LGBTQ youth shelter at council, refusing to congratulate #WorldPride are more examples of Ford’s inability to lead. Period.” And colleague Kristyn Wong-Tam said simply, “The mayor is homophobic.”
  • Television viewers might soon have the option to watch a one-hour cable series starring Alec Baldwin as a “Rob Ford–like mayor of New York City.” No mention is made of whether it would be a comedy, or a dramedy, or a drama, or a tragedy—or whatever’s worse and more depressing than that last one.
  • In June, Bell Media announced it would be cutting as many as 120 jobs in its television operations, and now, the cutting has begun: 91 people from channels including CTV, MuchMusic, M3, Space, MTV, Space, and E! have lost their jobs.
  • Some bees do not live in a hive with other bees but instead fly about pollinating alone. And while these lone bees might well be perfectly content without bee comrades, they do appreciate being provided with a place to rest—which is why a Toronto company has devised DIY “bee hotels” that will allow you to put these solitary helpers up in your own backyard.

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blogto July 10 2014, 20:38

The top 10 places to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto

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World Cup final TorontoWhere to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto is an easier question to answer than at the outset of the tournament when it seemed that every bar in Toronto was showing the games in some capacity. Now the idea is to find your way to those places that best represent Germany and Argentina or to spots that will have a particularly good vibe for the big game. The following spots are selected for their affiliation to one team or the other and/or for the degree to which they'll prove a fan-friendly environment for the biggest game of the year. May your favourite team win.

Here are the top 10 spots to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto.

The Musket - Central headquarters for German fans this World Cup.

Das Gasthaus - There's no patio, but the scene indoors is positively rambunctious.

WVRST - Cheer on Germany in a sausage hall with plenty of communal tables.

Blue Danube - Where east end fans gather to cheer on die Nationalmannschaft.

Sky Ranch - Ground zero for Argentina supports (better camp out overnight to get in).

Valdez - appointed "Latino HQ" for the World Cup, go here if you don't head up to Sky Ranch.

El Rancho - El Rancho will serve as a rowdy overflow spot for Argentinian fans.

The Bristol - Indulge in the World Cup of pies while you watch the action go down this Sunday.

Cabana Pool Bar - Come for the huge screen, stay for the World Cup-themed bathing suits.

CBC viewing stations - Communal big screen viewing that's free and full of rabid fans.

Where do you plan to watch the World Cup Final? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Jesse Milns

torontoist July 10 2014, 20:16

Food Trucks Find a New Home Downtown

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Toronto's travelling kitchens work around City's strict regulations.

Food truck regulations may be keeping some vendors off the streets, but City Hall can’t put the brakes on vending in private lots. The city’s first food truck alley opened for business yesterday in the parking lot at the corner Queen Street East and Jarvis Street. Vendors will be serving up lunch from Wednesday to Friday throughout the month of July as part of a trial run of the concept. If the idea catches on with customers, the location could become a permanent address for itinerant kitchens, with expanded services and even weekend parties.

The plan was devised by Will Randolph, owner of The Feisty Jack, who was inspired partly by Hamilton’s food truck alley and partly by frustration with Toronto’s highly regulated food truck industry.

There was excitement earlier this year when city council decided to take a look at the issue of food trucks and seemed poised to relax its stringent regulations. When in April the issue came to a vote, however, the City acted with trademark timidity: a maximum of only 125 food truck permits will be issued over the next year, at a cost of $5,000 each (only a handful have been sold so far); trucks can park for just three hours at a time, with only two trucks allowed per block; and, worst of all, food trucks are debarred from setting up shop within 50 metres of any restaurant—essentially excluding them from streets in the downtown core.

The new rules met with criticism from operators, some of whom accused council of caving to restaurant industry fearmongering. But Food Truck Alley could prove an effective way for frustrated owners and patrons to regain some ground. Check out the Toronto Food Trucks website to see who will be vending at the Alley this week.








blogto July 10 2014, 18:07

The top 10 patios for dessert in Toronto

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dessert patios torontoThe top patios for dessert in Toronto let you satisfy your sweet tooth al fresco. While a number of dessert-centric spots in the city, like Nadege, Moroco Chocolat and Ice 'N Cake, all have lovely patios, this list showcases spots where you can have it all; dinner, drinks, and dessert, enhanced by sunshine or starlight.

Here are my picks for the top 10 patios for dessert in Toronto.

Gusto 101
Can't decide between the orange coffee mousse ($5.50), tiramisu ($5.50), Chocolate cake ($5.50) or gelato ($8)? Settle in on the rooftop patio at this Italian restaurant on Portland and order the Dolci Platter for a pick of any three desserts for $15.50.

Pacific Junction Hotel
This candy-coloured back patio on King East doesn't have the widest selection of desserts, though it had me at two sweet words: dessert tacos. Sold for $7, the sweet treat features seasonal fruits in a sugar dusted taco shell that's finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Uncle Betty's Diner
As you'd expect from your favourite uncle, the dessert options are over the top at this midtown diner. The creamery stocks Greg's All Natural ice creams, which can be had by the scoop, in a sundae, blended into an ultra-thick milkshake, or best yet, sandwiched between hot, house-made donuts, then loaded with toppings.

Queen and Beaver
Situate yourself with a glass of port on this rooftop patio overlooking Elm Street and enjoy a selection of puddings ($8) from across the pond. Among the most popular picks, you'll find sticky toffee pudding and a bourbon-brown butter banoffee cake, or sample the house-made ice creams ($3.50) in flavours like salted caramel, whisky gingerbread and wild cherry with stilton.

Starving Artist
Two locations of this waffle house divide the menu between savoury and sweet options, but since they close at 6pm, the desserts don't always get the attention they deserve. Spend an afternoon on the street-side patio at either location and get acquainted with the surprisingly economical menu of sweet mini waffles ($3.50). While you can't really go wrong, top picks include the waffle s'more and pineapple banana crunch. Add vanilla ice cream for $1.

Future Bakery
In the Annex, this cafeteria-styled cafe boasts a spacious patio on a vibrant stretch of Bloor where loitering and people-watching are the activities of choice. Meander on up to the well stocked dessert case to order cakes and pies, including an astounding selection of cheesecakes, all available by the slice.

Lil' Baci
Lil Baci's two locations both have lovely patios, but in Leslieville you'll find the outdoor area, draped with string lights, especially inviting. Cap off any evening on a high note with a selection of seasonally-driven sweets like a ricotta cheesecake ($7) or panna cotta topped with summer fruits, or indulge your inner choco-holic with an ultra-rich chocolate mud pie.

The Fifth Grill and Terrace
This elegant rooftop steakhouse twinkles from the surrounding buildings at night; it's a romantic spot to wind down the day by indulging in decadent sundaes ($12) made with housemade vanilla ice cream and hot fudge, or the showstopping baked Alaska ($15) complete with cognac flambe.

Brooklyn Tavern
In the heart of Leslieville, the backyard patio at this neighbourhood gathering place is a comfortable spot to stop in for a slice of cheesecake ($8), bowl of butterscotch pudding ($5), or stout chocolate mousse ($7)

F'Amelia
Sip post-dinner digestivi while grazing on tiramisu ($10), chocolate budino with pistachio brittle ($10) or a lemon brulee tart ($10) on the patio of this Italian restaurant in Cabbagetown.

BONUS

Mill Street Beer Hall
There might be plenty of sweet shops, chocolatiers and bakeries in the Distillery District, but if you'd like to relax al fresco while satisfying your sweet tooth, then the massive patio at this brewery might just hit the spot. The dessert menu infuses the house brew at every opportunity, so expect to find selections like beer ice cream sandwiches ($7), chocolate Bierschnaps fondue ($18) and mini beer doughnuts ($10) fresh from the fryer.

What did I miss? Add your favourite patios for dessert in the comments below.

Photo from Gusto 101 on Facebook

blogto July 10 2014, 18:07

Sam the Record Man sign officially gets new home

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toronto sam the record manAfter years of political wrangling, the Sam the Record Man sign is finally getting a new home at Yonge-Dundas Square. City council voted this morning to have the sign reassembled on the roof of 277 Victoria Street, a city-owned building on the east side of the square, and have Ryerson University pick up the bill.

The decision means Ryerson is no longer responsible for installing the sign on the outside of the new Student Learning Centre at Yonge and Gould, the original site of the Sam the Record Man store, despite building permission being granted on the understanding the university would restore the giant neon records in situ or on the outside of its library.

Ryerson claimed the sign would clash with their architectural designs, distract students, and pose a safety risk due to the presence of mercury in the old bulbs.

"We always thought there was a better solution than that," said Sheldon Levy, outgoing President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, last year. "There was a number of people, ourselves included, that thought we could find a better location. We were always willing to meet the obligation of putting it on Gould Street, that was never the question."

Ryerson will pay the cost of installing, operating, and maintaining the sign in Yonge-Dundas Square.

toronto sam the record manThe gigantic sign was built in 1961 for the exterior of Sam Sniderman's flagship Toronto record store. Today, only one store from the original music store empire remains in Belleville, Ont. Musicians Geddy Lee and Leslie Feist wrote letters urging for the sign's return prior to today's decision. The sign is currently in pieces at a sign company in Vaughan.

The city looked at various location in Yonge-Dundas Square, including the northwest corner of Yonge and Dundas and the roof of a smaller building beside to 277 Victoria. Today's decision also directed city staff to seek funding sources for a "Toronto Music City" sign.

City council also voted to ensure that any future owner of the Victoria Street building, which is seen as a prime target for redevelopment, must take on the preservation of the sign. City staff noted that tethering the sign to the building will reduce the value of the property should it be sold at a later date.

Are you pleased with the outcome?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

blogto July 10 2014, 18:07

New in Toronto real estate: Upper House condos

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Upper House condosThe Upper House condos in Leaside is another mid-sized building coming to Toronto that dispenses with the all-glass look that tends to define many downtown condos in the city. A mostly low rise neighbourhood, the area around this condo has nevertheless witnessed profound development over the last decade, as Laird Drive has gone from a mostly industrial strip dotted with auto body shops and old airplane hangers to a burgeoning retail strip, complete with a sprawling plaza and new restaurants like Against the Grain.

While it will still be a bit of a hike to get to Eglinton for the LRT, which is due a few years after this project is finished, the walk score of 80 already gestures to development's central location (there's two grocery stores and an LCBO within about a kilometre). From a design standpoint, the building is handsome if boring, but the ample outdoor space afforded to each unit makes up for any shortcomings in the aesthetics department.

Upper House CondosSPECS

Upper House CondosFEATURES

  • Ceiling heights of 9' to 12.5'
  • Balconies, terraces and patios with gas-lines for barbecues
  • Recessed under mount LED cabinet lighting in kitchens
  • Porcelain floor tile in the en suite
  • Exercise room, dog spa, rooftop terrace, party room

Upper House condosTHE VERDICT

This is a well located development for those interested in Leaside living who lack the coin to shell out for a three bedroom home. Nearby Laird might not be much to look at it, but it's a street in transition, complete with a Starbucks, which should only confirm the direction in which it's trending (more and more retail). Immediate transit service isn't the best, but Eglinton Ave. is about a 15 minute walk north and there is a Laird bus (Leaside 56).

Aside from the fact that this condo features a dog spa as one of its amenities, there's not a whole lot that sticks out as particularly great or disappointing. It's a solid development, the prices aren't outlandish, and the interior design dispenses with cheap finish disguised as industrial minimalism that you'll see at some other condos, which is a good thing.

blogto July 10 2014, 18:07

The top 10 trade shows in Toronto for summer 2014

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trade shows torontoThe top trade shows in Toronto this summer bring a wealth of opportunities (and random consumer products) to the city's doorstep. Our city's event halls and convention centres are hot destinations for folks looking to peddle anything from job opportunities and fitness trends to sportscars and wedding accoutrements. (Many are only open to industry professionals working within the trades in question, so if you were looking to learn about jewelry, limos or apartment investing, you are out of luck, my enterprising friend.)

Fortunately, there are plenty of shows and expos open to the public - with many of them charging less than $20 for admission. Get out there and learn something.

Here are my picks for the top trade shows in Toronto for summer 2014.

ImportFest / July 26
Looking for a sexier, flashier, more sticker-covered and souped-up tradeshow experience? Now in its 14th year, ImportFest is keeping the Fast and Furious dream alive. The import-car show screeches into the MTCC later this month, bringing with it tons of specialty-tuned models, aftermarket car accessories and performance parts, RC car demos, DJ battles, and, um, "bikini and lingerie shows," if that's something that influences your decisions. Spoiler alert: Expect spoilers.

Canfitpro / August 5-10
Fitness professionals and amateur buffs alike will find plenty to love at Canfitpro's Toronto conference, including over 400 workshops on fitness and education, tons of workshops, lectures and shopping, and a keynote address by Olympic hockey dynamo Hayley Wickenheiser. (Be forewarned: Registration pricing is not as cheap as some of the other expos on this list.)

Fan Expo / August 28-31
We don't tend to think of Fan Expo, the city's biggest and most bombastic comic-con, as a trade show. But beyond the raft of celebrity appearances from former captains of the USS Enterprise, that's exactly what this is - a massive sales floor featuring 900 retailers catering to all your gaming and comics-related needs, with new products and services being unveiled for the first time ever. Specific trades represented will likely include interstellar travel, Minecraft-ing, and Chocobo farming.

Canada's Bridal Show / September 5-7
Here come the brides: The MTCC will be swarming with 'em the first weekend in September. Organizers boasts that the show is "the largest bridal show in Canada" (they even absorbed another wedding show last fall), and while details are scarce about this fall's installment, they're promising over 450 exhibitors and daily fashion shows displaying the latest in wedding party threads. Last year, they even brought in Buddy from Cake Boss. (It's not Geof from Ace of Cakes, but I'll take it.)

National Bridal Show / September 5-7
Yep, that's right: Two huge bridal shows on the same weekend. (When I tried to discern which one was more popular among brides-to-be, all I came up with was this forum post musing "what's the point? we're all going to die alone anyway.") If you still believe in love, this show, at the International Centre in Mississauga, promises the latest and greatest in "wedding fashions, wedding venues, decorators, florists, cake designers and more". Cost-conscious brides, take note: Vaughn bridal store Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique will be hosting a huge sale.

National Franchise and Business Show / September 6-7
Ever visit the Coffee Culture at College and Bathurst and thought "Yeah, I could run one of these"? The coffeehouse franchise is just one of the companies taking part in the National Franchise and Business Show at the International Centre this September. The North America-wide series of business events is dedicated to matching franchises with people who want to open businesses; other exhibitors include Burger King, Little Caesar's, and Trade Secrets.

National Job Fair / September 16-17
Billed as Canada's "largest, most established and comprehensive" job recruitment event, this fair promises to give your job hunt a major boost through contact with more than 110 companies and over 500 recruiters, admissions officers and career specialists. Get advice from experienced recruiters, apply for jobs on-site, and brush up on your interviewing skills.

Fall Home Show / September 18-21
Do-it-yourselfers and decor aficionados: expect to spend your weekend camping out at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. The Fall Home Show will feature 300 exhibitors offering all kinds of products related to homes, gardening and design; previous expos have included appearances from Cityline and HGTV experts.

Go Global Expo / September 20-21
Maybe you want a really, really big career change - as in, moving to Guam and building houses using your own two hands. The Go Global Expo will bring recruiters representing a host of international opportunities to the Mattamy Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens. Whether you're looking for a job, a volunteer placement, a study term abroad, or an adventure travel experience, you'll be able to discover possible opportunities in over 100 countries.

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show / September 20
Independent vintage vendors from all over Canada will converge for the Toronto Vintage Show, filling the MTCC with retro clothing, jewelry and accessories for one glorious day. Vendors are still trickling in, but the organizers are already offering discounts on admission.

pure leafThanks to Pure Leaf for sponsoring our summer adventures. For more things to do this summer, check out our Best of Summer page.

Did I miss any? Leave your most-anticipated summer trade shows in the comments.

Photo by Tristan Gordon via the blogTO Flickr pool.

torontoist July 10 2014, 15:09

Attention Riders: Streetcar Detours and Disruptions Are on Their Way

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Construction—and preparations for the new streetcars—will mean changes for the Dundas and Spadina streetcar routes this summer.

Travelling by streetcar in downtown Toronto is about to get a bit more complicated. Starting July 14, Toronto Water will be digging up the intersection at Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue to replace a water main. That project is expected to take two weeks—and as soon as it’s been completed, TTC workers will descend upon that same intersection to replace switches and track.

The closure of the major downtown intersection will mean some changes for regularly scheduled TTC service. From July 14 to August 11, the 505 Dundas streetcar will be detouring along McCaul, College, and Bathurst streets.

The 510 Spadina situation is a bit more complex: streetcars will be replaced by buses, and from July 14 to 28, those buses will be running the established 510 route, because one lane will remain open in each direction at Dundas and Spadina. But from July 28 to August 11, the intersection will be shut down entirely to traffic, and the 510 route will be divided in two. Buses will be running on the northern end between Spadina Station and Baldwin Street, and also on the southern stretch between Sullivan Street and Queens Quay. So if you’re planning to travel, say, from Spadina Station to Queens Quay, you’ll be obliged to walk from Baldwin Street to Sullivan Street.

As of August 11, the 505 Dundas streetcar will return to its established route, and the 510 Spadina route will be back in one piece, with buses once again running through the intersection. Streetcars will not be seen again on Spadina until August 31, though, and when they do make their appearance, they will undoubtedly cause a great deal of excitement: that’s because they’ll be new, and low-floored, and air-conditioned, and long, and fancy. That’s right! The new streetcars will officially be making an appearance on the 510 Spadina route on August 31. It’s possible that just the sight of one of these beauties will make you forget all about those summer walks you took back and forth between Baldwin and Sullivan streets.

“It has been a busy year,” says TTC CEO Andy Byford in the video above. “We’ve had so much to do—there’s been a lot of construction going on along Queen, and obviously now here at Spadina and Dundas. So we do recognize this is inconvenient for our customers, and it is hugely disruptive for businesses. But what I would say is this will be worth the wait. These are state-of-the-art new streetcars that we’re getting, this is the transformation of transit in Toronto. So thanks for your patience. Thanks for bearing with us. It will be worth the wait.”








blogto July 10 2014, 14:30

U.S. shoe chain DSW coming to Toronto

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dsw torontoA few months ago, I rounded up a list of the stores we Torontonians most wish would expand into Toronto. Local shoe lovers, it looks like your specific subset of prayers have been answered: Designer Shoe Warehouse, better known as DSW, is finally expanding into Canada under the umbrella of Town Shoes, with two new stores opening August 7.

The U.S. chain's first Toronto-area store will be at Heartland Centre in Mississauga; there's also one set to open at Woodland Hills in Newmarket. At this point, they seem to be skipping urban proximity in favour of outlet-store-worthy size: both stores will offer about 20,000 square feet of discounted shoes by the likes of Nine West, Cole Haan and Sam Edelman.

Now, then, Uniqlo - got something to announce? Anything. Anything at all.

Photo by Dwight Burdette via the Wikimedia Commons.

blogto July 10 2014, 13:59

Liberty Village trades a hair salon for indie coffee shop

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louie craft coffee torontoA brand-new coffee shop has taken over the spot formerly occupied by Redd hair salon at the northern edge of Liberty Village. Come for the coffee, a killer custom blend by Social Coffee Co., but stay for the atmosphere - which, contrasting with the slick decor, is remarkably peaceful and relaxed.

Read my review of Louie Craft Coffee in the cafes section.

blogto July 10 2014, 13:59

Today in Toronto: Air Guitar, Open Roof, Your Hood's a Joke, Craft Beer Fest, Sex & HipHop, Clint Ro

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Today in TorontoToday in Toronto catch the Air Guitar Canada Toronto Qualifiers at Lee's, if only so you can tell your friends about it via Instagram. Aptly titled "Summer Craft Beer Fest" does down smooth from 5-10pm in Liberty Village with a ton of breweries, while over at 99 Sudbury Weaves will perform and Locke will screen at Open Roof Fest. Destroyer is playing the Live in Massey Hall series with Basia Bulat, so I guess his Bejar-y thing about not playing live was just Bejar being Bejar. Clint Roenisch's gallery, formerly on West Queen West, is reopening tonight on Saint Helens Ave. For more events, click on over to our events section.

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events calendar or contact us directly.

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