|Newsstand: December 9, 2013
||[Dec. 9th, 2013|01:22 pm]
http://torontoist.com/?p=293561In the news: app developers find material in Ford's life, Rob Ford's continued freedom leads to questions about policing equality, Canadians rallied in support of Ukrainian protesters, and many Toronto public schools have under 60 per cent enrolment.
Following the explosive allegations—now confirmed—made by Gawker and the Toronto Star in May, local app developers Extra! Extra! Games released a smartphone game, Stay Mayor, whose unnamed protagonist seemed to closely resemble a certain football-loving Toronto mayor. Since then, the team at Extra! Extra! has been trying to put together an update to the game. The near-daily additions to the story, each more outlandish than the last, have made that difficult. Thankfully for everyone (except Ford), though, Stay Mayor 2.0 is nearly ready for release. In addition to fighting off a horde of reporters and collecting chicken and cash, the updated game will allow for a tentatively-titled “Gravy Train Mode” in which the mayor turns into a giant subway car.
The National Post wants to know if Toronto suffers from a two-tiered policing crisis, wherein wealthy, white citizens are afforded more leeway than poor residents and people of colour. This question was motivated by the fact that Ford remains uncharged with any offence, despite the mountain of stories about his misconduct—of both the inappropriate and actually illegal varieties. Fortunately for the more fortunate of us, the Post concludes that Ford not being arrested is not evidence of unequal or oppressive police structures, but instead indicates that police lack the evidence that would warrant Ford’s arrest. That’s as it may be, but it would do to remember that poor people and people of colour are often not even afforded that very barebones legal protection.
Ukrainian protesters have been in the streets for the last few weeks, bringing capital city Kiev to a standstill and calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych is accused of developing a trade deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin that would move Ukraine back under Russia’s sphere of influence rather than moving closer to the European Union. On Sunday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Toronto office of the Consulate General to show their support for the Ukrainian protesters. Rallies also took place across Canada, in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.
More than 20 per cent of Toronto public schools are operating at under 60 per cent enrolment, with some 40 schools operating at below 40 per cent of their capacity. In spite of these numbers, the Toronto District School Board is asking for $3 billion in repairs and is also looking to move into larger new-growth areas. Trustees insist that increases in enrolment and government directives that result in the need for more spaces for students mean that it’s important the board not move to divest itself of valuable real estate.
|Radar: Trampoline Hall, King Krule, Early Monthly Segments #58, Holiday Harvest, Mars Project
||[Dec. 9th, 2013|12:02 am]
Toronto events on December 9th, 2013
CULTURE | Trampoline Hall
It's time for Trampoline Hall, once again! This well-attended gathering of great minds seeks out a handful of speakers, and has each deliver a talk on subject deliberately chosen to be outside of their area of expertise. The results can range from entertaining to brilliant. Tonight's edition has been curated by Naomi Skwarna, and will feature Alexandra Molotkow on "dying alone", Cian Cruise talks about the fact that her Dad is cooler than her, and Andrew Shaver discusses the "edge of doom", to put you in the Holiday spirit. This event often sells out so get there early or grab tickets in advance. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West).
MUSIC | King Krule @ Lee's
King Krule, aka Archy Marshall, hits Lee's Palace tonight. This young singer/songwriter has a dark and brooding, atmospheric sound that evokes Billy Bragg, Morissey, and others, with vocals and clean guitar lines front and centre. His first full-length release after a run of EPs is called 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, and was released this past summer. The LP was co-produced with Rodaidh McDonald, who has also worked with Vampire Weekend, Adele, and others. Tops from Montreal open the show. Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 8PM $20.
FILM | Early Monthly Segments #58
Tonight, Early Monthly Segments, a monthly screening of vintage and modern experimental films projected in their original format, reconvenes at The Gladstone Hotel. This evening, three short films from the 1960's will be shown, starting with Taylor Mead's My Home Movies. While mainly recognized for his association with Andy Warhol, this film finds Mead behind the camera, documenting his travels in single-frame mode with his 16mm camera. Wallace Berman, the most important visual artist of the Beat era (and also one of the figures on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album), made only one film, Aleph, and it will close the evening after Kim Ku-lim's Meaning of 1/24 Second. Gladstone Hotel, Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West) 8PM PWYC ($5-10 suggested).
FOOD | Holiday Harvest
Marni Wasserman, who has a professional background in both nutrition and the culinary arts (always a great pairing), hosts another awesome food workshop in her studio this evening, and the focus is on tasty and, as always, healthy fare for the Holiday season, so festive comfort food is the focus. Tonight's spread will include Split Pea Soup, Quinoa and Porcini Salad, Spiced Cabbage with Apples and Apricots, and Ginger Bread. As always, both your taste buds, and your brain will be engaged, and your own home cooking is guaranteed to be taken up a notch or two. Marni Wasserman's Food Studio (510 Eglinton Avenue West) 6:30PM $103.00.
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Photo via Becky Johnson
|Queen West graphic novel to get feature film treatment
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|01:00 pm]
Snow, a graphic novel by Toronto artist Benjamin Rivers, will be the next homegrown comic to get a live action treatment. Last night at the Bit Bazaar opening party at Bento Miso, local film maker Ryan Couldrey announced that he's already started work on the feature film, which will be released in 2014. The film, set mostly in Queen West, follows lead character Dana, a "woman who likes her job, her friends, and the cozy comfort of her neighbourhood" but "doesn't deal well with confrontation" - sound like anyone you know? The film, like the comic, will be highly invested in the emotional impact of changing landscape of the Queen West strip.
As a former QW resident myself - rising rents flushed me out years back - I'm hoping this project can do justice to the frustrations I know I share with a lot of other neighbourhood ex-pats. The film will go live in fall 2014 and stream in full for free - yes, for free - but if you want to download it or buy the blue-ray, all the money goes to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This is especially sweet since Couldrey is creating this film independently - no investors, no kickstarters, no grants - oh, and best of all, "no romantic sub plots." You can follow the creation of the film on Facebook, Twitter (#SnowFilm), and Couldrey's website SnowToronto.com.
No trailer exists yet, but you can get up close and personal with comic author Benjamin Rivers below.
Snow the Film is slated for release in fall 2014. You can buy the comic digitally or in print here.
|The top 5 shops to buy local comics in Toronto
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|10:00 am]
The top stores to buy local comics in Toronto recall a Yann Martel line I once read: "If we citizens do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams." While on the dramatic side, this sentiment should be taken seriously, as artists of all types influence our culture and make cities the interesting places they are. Comics in particular are a lucrative and popular art form, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that Toronto has its own thriving community for independent comics, and that many stores make it their mandate to endorse such works however they can.
Where to start, though? Well, here's a list of some spots I recommend!
The Comic Lounge and Gallery
Born from the ashes of Dragon Lady Comics, The Comic Lounge and Gallery has worked to promote local talents since its creation almost two years ago. Right beside the major releases is a special shelf for underground comics. This is unsurprising for many locations, but the Lounge and Gallery stands out in particular for sharing its space with Guerilla Printing, which provides the store with a good one third of its stock. Plus, thanks to the amount of space the Lounge and Gallery has to offer, the venue can hold launch parties on a regular basis for local books like Ninja Reform School and Low Society, and twelve-to-twenty-four hour comic challenges.
Since 1987, The Beguiling has been the go-to place for independent comics. Rows of shelves and forests of racks fill both floors of the old store. Here, one can find a menagerie of titles, whether professionally made or assembled in a basement using duct tape and a prayer. Comics of the latter can be found on a corner shelf by the steps, while the rest are distributed throughout the store. Probably The Beguiling's biggest contribution to Toronto's indie comics scene, however, is TCAF. Held annually at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival is a massive weekend-long event were local and international talents get a chance to shine. This gives creators the opportunity to rub elbows with one another and be introduced to the public in a venue that is free to enter.
Originally known as Kensington Comics before undergoing a change in management, Dr. Comics remains a quaint but major staple in Kensington Market. Though the stock of local books is currently small, it is spread out among the rest. Some more family-friendly titles share the Children's Section of books located near the front, while others are located in rows normally occupied by Spider-Man and Rocketeer back-issues. Creators shouldn't go rushing to drop off stacks of books, though. Presently, local comics are being brought in at a slow but steady pace, with restocks only being requested for more popular titles. Still, shelves are constantly reorganized to accommodate new titles as the shop accepts walk-ins and occasionally seeks out talents to represent.
Paradise Comics stands out because of its effort to get up-close and personal with Toronto's talent. Originally involved with the Paradise Comic Convention, the shop currently focuses on attending smaller events with larger artist alleys, meeting and building a rapport with new artists in order to bring in fresh stock. Such opportunities allow for Paradise Comics to connect with a wide range of artists in both the mainstream and the underground. Paradise has recently hosted launch parties, signings, and meet-and-greets for big-name creators like Leonard Kirk, but also for the creators of True Patriot and the anthology Monstrosity.
The Silver Snail
The Silver Snail is a major landmark for Toronto's comic enthusiasts. Like Paradise and Dr. Comics, the Snail does not segregate its books. Rows are set aside for local titles, for certain, but they do share the same shelf space as Detective Comics single-issues and Rocketeer collections. Sadly, the massive section the Silver Snail had at its former location had to be pared down to a select few titles due to a lack of space. That said, one can still find works here like D.A. Bishop's Of Stone, though the space issues unfortunately mean that the Silver Snail will not be able to accommodate as many local titles as they would like. Plans to install a spinner-rack are in the works.
Photo from our review of the Comic Book Lounge and Gallery
|That time road tolls were abolished in Toronto
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|12:30 am]
Paying to use Highway 407 might seem like a drag, less so if you have one of those electronic windshield devices, but imagine having to cough up on every journey on every major road in or out of the city.
Prior to 1895, York County, the dissolved subregion of which Toronto was once the principal town, charged road users a fee for each passage through a series of gates set up at key positions around the city. The money was gathered by the county and used to maintain and expand the road network, which was often surfaced with planks and in need of constant upkeep.
Later, private companies were invited to bid on road building contracts and recoup construction costs through tolls, but this scheme also fell by the wayside as Toronto moved away from directly charging travellers.
This month marks the 113th anniversary of the original abolition of toll gates in Toronto.
In the 1800s, toll booths were positioned on every major route out of town. At various times, little wooden cottages with a large gate blocking the road could be found at King and Yonge, Queen and Bathurst (then part of Dundas,) Dundas and Bloor, and Broadview and Danforth, to name a few.
Then as now, paying for passage was an unpopular proposition, especially for the drivers of delivery wagons visiting Fort York and the St. Lawrence Market, two major institutions in early Toronto. The cost varied by route, the type of load, the amount on the wagons, and the reason for passing.
At Dundas and Jane, it cost a penny to pass in a vehicle drawn by a single horse. Two horses pulling a carriage attracted a fee of a penny and a half. There were half penny tolls for herds of 20 or more animals or for a horse and rider. In other locations, weigh scales were used to measure the amount of material traveling in or out of the city.
Funeral processions, Sunday church goers, and military vehicles were exempt.
As Adam Bunch writes in Spacing, disgruntled drivers would occasionally speed up and blow through (or over) the closed toll gate. Others, however, took the practice of avoiding fees much more seriously.
In 1895, while York County was still deciding whether to nix tolls entirely, a group of men burned down a set of wooden toll gates on Yonge Street. The city's response was to propose a set of fire-proof iron gates. "One councillor observed that corrugated iron would be the best because when toll-gates were abolished the place could be used as a public lavatory," the Toronto Star recorded.
Decades earlier, a lumber dealer reportedly found a more creative solution. The story goes that after a series of altercations with the operators of a toll gate at Queen and Ossington, some of them physical, an unnamed supplier to Fort York bought the land on the northeast corner of the intersection, directly opposite the gate.
On the property he laid out Rebecca Street, historian John Ross Robertson recalls in his book Landmarks, a short road that bypassed the pay point. The name came from the Rebeccaites, a group of 19th century Welsh rebels who, dressed as women, burned and demolished toll gates in Britain as symbols of unfair taxation.
Unfortunately, the story is a little dubious. There's evidence the road was only given its current name (it was called Dever's Lane first) after the toll booth had disappeared.
As it turned out, York County didn't have to rebuild the torched Yonge Street gates - the decision to permanently eliminate tolls came on December 30, 1895. Market fees were removed at the same time, allowing traders from outside the city to sell at the St. Lawrence Market with fewer levies.
One of the city's few remaining toll booths - Tollgate #3 - still stands away from its original location close to Bathurst and Davenport. The house is of exceedingly rare plank construction - only one other is known to exist in Ontario - and has been picked up and moved several times, once spending time in storage at the TTC yard.
Amazingly, knowledge of the building's history was virtually unknown until 1993, when it was saved from destruction by developers and moved a final time to its present location.
It's now open as a museum at Bathurst and Davenport in Tollkeeper's Park.
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
Images: Toronto Public Library, City of Toronto Archives
|Historicist: John Howard’s Enduring Monument
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|05:00 pm]
http://torontoist.com/?p=293170High Park's transition from private property to public space.
Watercolour of the southern gate to High Park by John Howard, 1870. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.
On June 16, 1873, the Globe published a letter from William H. Boulton, written on behalf of John George Howard, stating that Howard had authorized him to “hand to his Worship the Mayor an offer of 165 acres of land belonging to him on Humber Bay, to be conveyed to the City as a Public Park.” The offer seemed to attract little initial fanfare from the public, but in the years to come this would be recognized as a momentous event, with High Park seen today as the “jewel of Toronto’s park system.”
John Howard first came to the Town of York in 1832, two years before Toronto was incorporated as a city. In the decades that followed, Howard had a profound influence on the emerging city, assuming a role as the city’s premier architect and civil engineer, while simultaneously teaching drawing at Upper Canada College. Howard’s work includes numerous houses, churches, and public buildings, not the least of which was the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, the forerunner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen Street.
Howard acquired several properties in the vicinity of Toronto, including a considerable piece of today’s High Park. On this property he built Colborne Lodge, which became the primary residence for him and his wife Jemima. The Howards moved into Colborne Lodge in December of 1837, mere weeks after he had led a group of loyalists to help quell William Lyon Mackenzie‘s rebellion at Montgomery’s Tavern. Colborne Lodge would be John Howard’s home for more than 50 years, during which time he formed ideas about the property which helped steer its later development as a public park.
Initially, however, Howard had other plans for the land. In the 1850s, some of it was used as farmland, specifically to cultivate wheat and clover. Howard also grew currants on his property which he used to make wine. He was an avid shooter, and his journals frequently recount his successes on the property; he wrote that on his first Christmas at Colborne Lodge, he “shot a deer and some quail at the rear part of High Park, near Bloor Street.”
(Right: John Howard, ca. 1860. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.)
His decision to keep High Park intact appears to have come to him relatively late in life; early Howard plans involved subdividing the property, and he offered High Park up for sale as late as 1862, although he evidently did not receive any sufficiently enticing offers. For many years, Howard saw his High Park property not just as his home, but also as a collection of resources which could be exploited. Writing in 2009, historian David Bain notes that Howard sometimes harvested timber from the property for his other building projects and that “despite his love of High Park, Howard always viewed it, and all his other scattered land holdings, as investments.”
Although Toronto had some smaller parks at this time in the form of Queen’s Park and what would later be known as Allan Gardens, the rapid growth of the city soon made the need for new parks apparent. An editorial in the February 12, 1873 Globe noted that “[public parks] are found to pay in many ways. They so promote the health of the inhabitants as to be amply worth all the money expended in purchasing and keeping them in order. They not only are directly promotive of health, but they afford the means for so large an amount of innocent amusement and healthful recreation as could scarcely be estimated, in this way tending to the sobriety and good order of the community far more than any restrictive regulations ever could.” Parks were not only pleasant, but they were seen as wholesome institutions which could help keep the riffraff in check.
Watercolour of Grenadier Pond by John Howard, date unknown. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.
Howard may well have had this editorial in mind when he offered his property to the City a few months later. Before agreeing to Howard’s offer, Mayor Alexander Manning and several aldermen paid a visit to the property, with the Globe writing that “the gentlemen of the Civic Board were unanimously delighted with the place, and from their expression it would not be venturing a great deal to predict that Mr. Howard’s offer will be accepted.” Indeed, that November the City agreed to a deal that would give them the bulk of the Howard property in three years’ time, with 45 acres remaining as the Howards’ private property until both John and Jemima had died.
The deal was not without conditions. Howard received an annual pension from the City, affording him further financial security. In addition to requiring that the City maintain the High Park land as a public park, he also insisted upon restrictions that prevented the harvesting of timber, and included a clause forbidding the sale of alcohol within the property.
With High Park’s transfer to the City set to take effect in 1876, Howard worked to find ways to improve the property for its new purpose.
One of his first objectives was to increase the park’s total size. Howard negotiated with landowner Joseph Ridout, eventually securing the purchase of an additional 172 acres to the east of Howard’s property, thus extending High Park to its present eastern boundary. He was less successful in negotiating with John Ellis for additional land to the west, such that the western portion of today’s park, including much of Grenadier Pond, was not added to High Park until well into the 20th century.
Charles E. Goad fire insurance map showing the High Park area in 1893. The line cutting through Grenadier Pond represents what was then the park’s western boundary. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.
Following the City’s acquisition of the park property in 1876, Howard became the “forest ranger” of High Park at his own request, thereby maintaining some influence over the future of the site. This arrangement likely helped the City, as it lacked a formal Parks Department at the time, and instead made do with the quaintly named “Walks and Gardens Committee,” of little evident means. Commenting on the need for better parks administration, an 1880 Globe editorial offered up Buffalo as an example for Toronto to learn from, noting Buffalo’s Park Commission‘s ability to borrow money so as to make sizeable investments in its city parks. “Whereas we have done almost nothing in our corporate capacity toward self-improvement,” the Globe wrote, “our neighbour is just now stepping into the enjoyment of a bold, extensive, and farsighted scheme initiated several years ago, and at last carried out almost to completion.”
Over the next two decades, however, the primary concern for High Park was accessibility, as its location was initially too remote for many Torontonians. In the 1870s, Toronto’s western boundary was still Dufferin Street; in High Park, Toronto had acquired property that was not directly connected to the city, a situation unresolved until the annexation of Brockton in 1884. The area between the park and the city did not yet have sufficient population to entice the private suburban streetcar companies to offer connecting service to the downtown.
Few roads led to the park, and those that did were often of poor quality. One 1876 proposal included in the city council minutes claims that due to “the narrowness of these streets, combined with their crowded state, a drive for pleasure along them would be anything but pleasure, going to or returning from the park.” As such, Howard devoted much of his time to trying to improve roads and facilitate other convenient transportation options.
Amongst those who felt that the park was underutilized in its early years was City Alderman Garratt Frank Frankland who, in 1885, wrote that “I am under the impression that the citizens of Toronto are still ignorant of the beauty and grandeur of this tract whose edge is washed by Ontario. High Park has…a wide stretch of varied surface composed of brooks, rivulets, and streams, landscape and forest, where the Indian Trail is still seen, and where under the shade of many dells the pure air can be enjoyed much better than in places farther away.”
Watchman’s house at High Park, ca. 1890. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 376, File 5, Item 55.
The most common accounts of park visits during the 1870s and 80s are picnics, and it appears that most of the early amenities were designed with picnickers in mind. In addition to road improvements, these include the addition of latrines and some small shelters which Howard designed himself. An item from the City’s Property Committee in 1877 calls for the installation of a water pump near the picnic grounds, “as there is at present no supply of water for [picnickers'] accommodation beyond that gathered during rainy weather from the roof of the caretaker’s cottage.”
As Howard was now considerably advanced in years, it was necessary to hire a caretaker to look after the vast grounds. The caretaker also served as a constable whose duty it was to keep visitors within the actual public park, and to ensure that they behaved accordingly. In 1877, Howard wrote a letter to the Globe, complaining that several cabs transporting park visitors had trespassed onto his Colborne Lodge property. “The cabmen,” he wrote, “had forced the lock off my front gate and driven the cabs off the road into my meadow, and although my cook informed them they were trespassing on my private property, one tall, big woman in black silk (I am sorry I cannot say ‘lady’) was determined to take possession of that spot in spite of all remonstrance.” The Globe editorialized that better signage was needed to indicate the private property boundaries, and that additional staff might be necessary for so large a property.
Unfortunately, there was some difficulty in finding adequate park staff. In July of 1882, caretaker and park constable John Albert fatally shot a teenage boy who was boating with friends on Grenadier Pond. Albert’s actions were roundly condemned as an extreme overreaction, with one Globe editorial noting that “the original error was committed not by [Albert], but by the persons who selected a man of ungovernable temper for appointment as [park] constable.” Albert was found guilty of murder at the subsequent trial, and was sentenced to the gallows that autumn. The City’s first candidate for his replacement, a Mr. Woodhouse, had to be rejected after a check with the Police Courts revealed that Woodhouse was in their books, having been accused of “suspected larceny,” “threatening,” and “assault.”
Watercolour of the Howard grave marker by John Howard, 1870. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.
John Howard died on February 3, 1890 at the age of 86, 13 years after the death of his wife, Jemima. Under the conditions of the property conveyance, Colborne Lodge and the remaining 45 acres of property were soon added to High Park. As per the agreement, the Howards are interred in the park, their graves marked by a cairn which the City is required to keep in good maintenance.
By the time of Howard’s death, High Park was gradually becoming more accessible to Torontonians, and its usage increasing. Population growth in Brockton and Parkdale helped spur streetcar service to within walking distance of the park, and various factors, including a boom in bicycling, brought more people to the park and helped instigate road upgrades.
Even though Howard made numerous other significant contributions to Toronto, the Toronto Telegram’s obituary for him proclaimed High Park to be his “enduring monument,” predicting that its natural beauty “will forever make High Park the favourite resort of the citizens of Toronto…As long as this city exists, children to whom wild flowers and green fields are a well-spring of delight will have reason to bless the memory of one who was the means of assuring them a heritage such as is possessed by the children of no other city on the continent.”
Additional material from: Davin Bain, “John Howard’s High Park: A Square Mile or Two of Rough Ground” in Ontario History, 101.1 (Spring 2009); Martin L. Friedland, A Century of Criminal Justice: Perspectives on the Development of Canadian Law (Carswell, 1984: Toronto); The Globe (February 12, June 16, July 15, 1873; August 2, May 16, 1877; July 22, 1879; July 28, October 19, 1880; January 11, 1881; July 24, July 25, October 13, 1882; July 8, 1885; May 26, July 14, 1888; February 4, February 7, 1890); High Park: A Park Lover’s Quarterly (Summer 1994; Spring 1995; Winter 1998); Incidents in the Life of John G. Howard, Esq., of Colborne Lodge, High Park, Near Toronto; Chiefly Adapted from his Journals (Copp Clark, 1888: Toronto); The Evening Telegram (February 4, February 7, 1890).
Every Saturday, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today.
|Weekend Newsstand: December 7, 2013
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|03:05 pm]
http://torontoist.com/?p=293469On this Saturday, why not test the limits of one person's sugar-cookie-eating abilities? In the news: Rob Ford's youth football club gets suspended, a doctor searches for his dog, Drake gets Grammy nominations, and subways close.
Mayor Rob Ford might be out of a job. Psych, though! It’s not his mayor job. Ford’s youth football club, the Rexdale Raiders, has been suspended from its league. The team owes the Ontario Minor Football League $1,950 in fees and fines. The league has been trying to collect since the summer, but last they heard from the team’s representative the overdue payment was being looked into. But, to be fair, the team’s representative also works in the mayor’s office, so he’s got a lot going on.
Ever wonder how to make a very determined emergency room doctor very mad at you? Lose his beloved Shih Tzu. Dale Ryan’s dog has been missing since September after the dog daycare lost track of her while loading dogs into a van for a field trip to the park. Since then Ryan has put up posters, walked the streets at dog-walking times scanning for his pooch, and plans to send out 20,000 postcards to downtown addresses asking for the dog.
Grammys for Drake! Grammys for all! That’s how a Grammy works, right? Toronto-based rapper Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Drake Graham, has been nominated for five Grammys. And maybe he should make a case that since his last name is Graham, which sounds almost just like the word Grammy, he should get to win at least one automatically. Because that’s how Grammys work, right?
And in the unending joy that is subway construction, there will be no service between Union and St. Andrew stations.
||[Dec. 7th, 2013|05:47 am]
HR3259 is 41.0 light years from Earth. It was enveloped by your light cone 2 months ago.
|Weekend Planner: December 7-8
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|09:00 pm]
http://torontoist.com/?p=293387In this Weekend Planner: murder at the ROM, vintage shopping at the Gladstone, and rock bands from Winnipeg.
- Fashion: Love thrift shopping but wish there were an easier way to separate the trash from the treasures? That’s exactly what the Gladstone Flea does. Partnering with fashion and lifestyle experts, it curates a market that offers jewellery, clothing, and reclaimed vintage pieces. This special Holiday Edition features items hand picked by Anita Clarke of I want – I got and Haley Mlotek of Worn Fashion Journal. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday at 10 a.m., FREE. Details
- Games: Just because we’re adults, doesn’t mean we have to abandon the amusements of our youth. Encouraging this Peter Pan philosophy is Urban Capers, which has organized the Murder at the ROM scavenger hunt. This escapade (which is geared to adults) has teams comb the museum for clues that will lead to the resolution of a murder mystery. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), Saturday at 1 p.m., $29.99 plus tax. Details
- History: Enjoy Christmas by Lamplight this year, courtesy of Black Creek Pioneer Village. Travel back to the Victorian era and delight in the food, dance, decor, and music of the times. Since it wouldn’t really be Christmas without Santa Claus, the jolly old man himself will also be on site for photo opportunities. Please note that reservations are required. Call 416-667-6284 to book your tickets. Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Parkway), Saturday at 6 p.m., $24.95-$34.95 plus HST. Details
- Dance: No, this isn’t a dream—you can actually find yourself surrounded by over 200 belly dancers at the Arabesque Winter Belly Dance Gala. During the evening, dancers and drummers from the much-lauded Arabesque Academy will shake, shimmy, and show off their moves. Yalla! Estonian House (958 Broadview Avenue), Saturday at 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Details
- Music: Legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious—who hail from Sacramento, California—will be dropping by Toronto for a set. The two, who generally create music with uplifting messages, are touring in support of their upcoming EP, The Sun Giver. The night will also feature special guests. Check out some of their tracks before the show here. Adelaide Music Hall (250 Adelaide Street West), Saturday at 9 p.m., $25. Details
- Music: Next year’s JUNO Awards will be held in Winnipeg. To prepare, the JUNO Concert Series is bringing Songs From Winnipeg to us. A tremendous bill of Canadian artists has been put together to pay tribute to Winnipeg’s greatest exports. Cuff the Duke, Harlan Pepper, Jeremy Fisher, Lindy, Miranda Mulholland, NQ Arbuckle, Del Barber, and Ridley Bent are a few of the performers who will cover hits from Neil Young, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who, The Watchmen, Streetheart, and The Weakerthans. Proceeds from the event will help support music education, through MusiCounts. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), Saturday at 9 p.m., $20 in advance. Details
- Film: Don’t know much about the Syrian Revolution? Change that by attending SyriaDocs. Experience three different viewpoints, through Matthew VanDyke’s Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, Iara Lee’s The Suffering Grasses, and Bassel Shehadeh’s Streets of Freedom. The screening will also include a special appearance by filmmaker Matthew VanDyke. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Sunday at 3 p.m., $10. Details
- Film: Join Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle for an afternoon of hilarious quietude at the Silent Comedy Revue. Three classic silent films—The Adventurer (1917), Back Stage (1919), and One Week (1920)—will be given a unique live piano soundtrack, courtesy of Jordan Klapman. The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), Sunday at 4:15 p.m., $13, $10 for members. Details
- History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.
Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 (Includes general admission). Details
- Theatre: Since its humble beginnings in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club back in 2003, Evil Dead The Musical has steadily risen in infamy as a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek, gore-soaked musical experience. From those earliest shows, the musical has gone on to make an off-broadway debut, to win and be nominated for several Dora awards, and to play in dozens of cities around the world, from Montreal and Vancouver to Tokyo and Madrid. It was high time that the show make a triumphant homecoming to a stage in Toronto, and it finally has, at the Randolph Theatre. The Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.), all day, $19.99–$79.95. Details
- Film: It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Friday at 2:40 a.m., $15, $12 students, $5 Tuesdays. Details
- Art: Virginia Woolf once remarked that “On or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $16.50–$25 (includes general admission). Details
- Film: The films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be deliriously funny, wickedly macabre, and downright bizarre, often in the span of a single scene. Leading up to the release of their newest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis—a look at the folk scene in ’60s-era Greenwich Village, opening in Toronto on December 20—TIFF is offering audiences a chance to catch up on the duo’s uniformly excellent back catalogue. The ten-film retrospective is called Joel and Ethan Coen: Tall Tales. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, $9.50–$12. Details
- History: Get into the spirit of the season with the help of Christmas in the Park at Colborne Lodge. The public is invited to tour the High Park founders’ home, which has been dressed up in festive Victorian decor. Era-appropriate foods and drinks will be provided to conjure the atmosphere of a 19th-century Christmas. Colborne Lodge, High Park (11 Colborne Lodge Drive), Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m., $7.08 adults, $4.42 seniors/children. Details
- Photography: Canice Leung has spent many years photographing the sweatiest of concerts around Toronto. Now, these captures are being displayed in her very own show—Everyone’s a Photographer: Toronto Hardcore Punk Photos. Drop by and check out her shots of local legends Fucked Up, Cancer Bats, No Warning, Terror, Madball, Fearless Vampire Killers, and more. Prints and an anthology of the best pieces will be available for purchase. 2186 Dundas (2186 Dundas Street West, Toronto), Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: Every revolution needs a leader. And though the movement to bring the classic 1980s musical Les Miserables back to Toronto is markedly different than the quest for political accountability and social equality, it has its hero just the same. After Wednesday night’s official opening performance at the Princess of Wales Theatre, the audience likely would have followed London-based, Richmond Hill-raised performer Ramin Karimloo (as the story’s golden-hearted protagonist, Jean Valjean) anywhere he would lead. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), Saturday at 1:30 p.m.,7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., $35–$130. Details
- Theatre: Winners and Losers is a play by Marcus Youssef and James Long based on a game of the same name the two theatre artists sometimes play. They pick a person, place, or thing, and debate whether it’s a “winner” or a “loser.” But it probably wouldn’t be fair to pick their director (and Crow’s Theatre artistic director) Chris Abraham as a topic, particularly since he was recently declared the winner of the Siminovitch Prize, Canadian theatre’s most prestigious (not to mention lucrative) honour. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Various prices. Details
- Theatre: The world is a shockingly small place; just being in it will inevitably, repeatedly, and involuntarily bring you face to face with people you’d rather not meet more than once. In the case of Linda Griffiths’ new play Heaven Above Heaven Below, the wedding of a mutual friend reunites two nameless characters, He and She, twenty years after a short-lived fling resulted in She getting an abortion (which Griffiths detailed in her 1991 hit The Darling Family, to which this is the real-time sequel). The premise is enough to make anyone swear off large gatherings with undisclosed guest lists. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), Saturday at 2 p.m.,7:30 p.m., PWYC–$27.50. Details
- Theatre: What happens when your common household plant develops a taste for blood? Well, naturally it turns into a feisty, R&B-singing beast vying for global domination. Or at least that’s what happens in the cult classic sci-fi spoof, Little Shop of Horrors. Check out this off-Broadway hit at the Lower Ossington Theatre during its three week run.
Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., $59. Details
- Theatre: They’re as fast as the Red Rocket, and able to leap over turnstiles in a single bound—they’re the Special Constables! Faced with a Metropass counterfeiting ring, former Constable Jameson reunites the once glorious TTC Transit Police force. Will they redeem themselves and save the city from corruption? Circlesnake Productions’ Alec Toller directs this action-comedy starring Colin Munch, Chris Wilson, Tim Walker and Mikaela Dyke. The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m., $20. Details
- Theatre: Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is justifiably one of the most buzzworthy plays of the past decade, a status it attained partly as a result of an acclaimed production on Broadway starring James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels—and the 2011 Roman Polanski film adaptation. But besides star power and Reza’s intricate writing, its popularity can also be attributed to an easy marketing sell: two couples meet to discuss a physical altercation between their two 11-year-old sons. Simply imagining the sparks to ensue practically causes ticket money to fly out of your hands. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.,7 p.m., $19–$69. Details
- Theatre: Once upon a time, there was a film called Once. It was made for dirt cheap in 2006 by writer and director John Carney, shot in 17 days, and starred two unprofessional actors. Fast-forward seven years, and those stars—Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová—are Oscar winners, the movie has grossed almost US$9.5 million, and a Broadway musical based on the story walked away from the 2012 Tonys with eight awards, including Best Musical.
Now Toronto gets to take part in Once‘s Cinderella story, as the touring production continues its run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre until early 2014, rounding out Mirvish’s holiday offerings: Aladdin for the kids, Les Misérables for an outing with your parents, and for a romantic night at the theatre with your folk-music-loving significant other, this simple story of two broken-hearted Dubliners who find a connection through music. Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $35–$200. Details
- Theatre: The plot of Joan MacLeod’s The Valley, on now at Tarragon Theatre, is unfortunately all too familiar: an 18-year-old recent college drop-out experiences his first psychotic episode on Vancouver’s SkyTrain. The exhausted police officer called to the scene arrests him for causing a public disturbance, spurring debate over whether or not he used excessive force in the process. A Toronto audience only has to think of Sammy Yatim’s shooting this August to be reminded how common these situations are. A perceived threat to public safety coupled with the absence of a solid understanding of mental illness can—and often does—lead to violence. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), Saturday at 2:30 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $21–$53. Details
- Comedy: You might expect a show called We Can Be Heroes to be a send-up of superhero films, but Second City’s new mainstage production is actually a celebration of minor, everyday acts of heroism ranging from giving advice to a bullied child to managing not to be a jackass at your friend’s wedding. Second City (51 Mercer Street), Saturday at 7:30 p.m.,10 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., $24–$29. Details
- Theatre: Theatre Columbus had a hit on its hands with The Story, a walkabout Nativity show that ranged around the Evergreen Brick Works. This year, it has a new holiday tale, Weather the Weather, written by last year’s Virgin Mary, Haley McGee. McGee, who’s been busy touring the world with her own solo show (and premiering George F. Walker’s latest play), was “inspired by winter, the Canadian Shield, and our spirited compulsion to get home for the holidays.” There’s a free shuttle service from Broadview Station that’ll take audience members down into the valley to the Brick Works, and back again after the show. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m., PWYC–$32. Details
- Theatre: New theatre group Company Kid Logic is bringing Saskatoon playwright Rob van Meenen’s new play Repetitive Strain Injury to Toronto for its world premiere. The dark comedy, about a group of thirtysomethings who get tangled together in love and lust, features a cast drawn from across Canada with a fair amount of TV credits, including Robin Dunne (Sanctuary), Amy Matysio (Insecurity), and Pat Kiely (Being Human.) Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.,7 p.m., PWYC–$25. Details
- Theatre: The Company We Keep cabaret series is a brand-new monthly event that features an evening with Theatre 20′s founding artists. Some of the upcoming performances include a tribute to musical theatre, an evening of entertainment in French and English, and an “At Your Request” evening. Also, if you’re willing to pay more, you can get a Prix Fixe dinner before the show starts. Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street), Sunday at 7 p.m., $20. Details
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|Weekend events in Toronto: December 6-8, 2013
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|03:00 pm]
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this Dec 6-8, 2013.
One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale
Sunday is your last chance to stop by the One of a Kind show. OOAK is like a craft fair mall experience (so, way nicer). Over 800 Canadian artisans from each and every province are showing and selling handmade gifts at the Direct Energy Centre until Dec 8. Caffeine up and power through this one, and you might just win the holidays. There will be a gift wrapping centre and, to keep this extra Canadian, daily figure skating performances. Check out our gallery of gift-worthy items here. Direct Energy Centre, (100 Princes' Blvd), Until Sunday, December 8, 10am - 9pm (Sunday 10am - 6pm). $12 adults, $7 seniors & students, kids free.
Popify has officially launched in Kensington Market. The space is part pop-up shop part gallery, part hands-on storefront, part party and part online store - with free shipping North America wide. We've teamed up with e-commerce website Shopify to create an IRL + URL hub for indie makers to showcase everything from designer toothpicks to skateboards, plus clothing, curiosities, and (hopefully) a few things you've never seen before. Read our review of what you'll find at the Popify storefront here. Until Sunday December 8, 11 am - 7pm, Homerun (165 Augusta Ave), free.
Nathalie-Roze Holiday Pop-Up
A yurt is a "a portable, bent dwelling structure" aka a Mongolian tent, and this weekend you can visit the very ornate, dainty, and best of all heated yurt structure in Leslieville (it looks like this) to hunt for vintage clothing and craftware including jewellery, accessories, cards & prints, honey-soap, vintage dresses, upcycled toques, and more. Promoters promise most items will be under $50 - good news for your walley .You can also grab some brews at adjacent pub Céilí Cottage. Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8, Ceili Cottage - Yurt (1301 Queen St. East), 11am - 4pm.
Lunch at The Slow Room
Craving Italian? The Slow Room will host Bestia foodtruck on Saturday, for a pop-up lunch starting at 11:30am. Bestia is Toronto's first truck with an on-board, wood burning oven. The all-black roaming Italian kitchen is beast when it comes to serving up personal sized, Naples-style pizzas along with rustic roasted meat sandwiches, salads and sweet specialties. The sandwich on special this weekend will be braised short ribs, Italian slaw and a bomba horseradish aioli. The Slow Room (874 College Street), Saturday, December 7th, 11:30-2:30pm.
For more food events, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
This is your last chance to see Photorama 2013. Toronto's contemporary photography fans know Photorama is a can't miss exhibit of the year. Gallery TPW's annual fundraising exhibition will basically sustain them through 2014, and will feature over 80 artists including Edward Burtynsky, Sara Angelucci, Toni Hafkenscheid, Robert Burley, Diana Thorneycroft, Annie MacDonell, Carole Condé, and Karl Beveridge. You can hit up the artist run centre's opening party tonight, or stop by during the gallery hours. Gallery TPW (1256 Dundas Street West), Until - Saturday, December 7, Noon - 6 pm, free.
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918
Selected masterpieces from the Guggenheim are now on display at the AGO. While the idea of a collection of World War One era abstract artworks may seem a dour contrast to the flamboyant David Bowie exhibit that just closed upstairs, the bold and symbolic, often psychedelic avant-garde works exploring the emotional turmoil of the age actually carry on the torch of colourful stimulation surprisingly well. See your old pals Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, Duchamp, Ernst, and many more all together in a room. No drama. Check out highlights from the exhibit here. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), Until March 2, 2014, 10am - 5:30pm, $25.
Healing Power Bazaar
Don't let this one get lost in the huge weekend for Toronto craft shows that's coming up - The Healing Power Festival Showcase & Bazaar will be the only event to combine a full on line up of mystery performers with a daytime market. In the afternoon you can find crafts, art, music, clothes, jewelry, food, sparklies and nick-nacks in the Southern Cross and Tiki Rooms. There will be tarot readings, too. After 10pm, mystery artists affiliated with Healing Power Records will perform. Tip - wear the brightest colours you own. Check out the vendor line up on Facebook. Friday, December 6, Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave), 1pm-8pm + 10pm-late.
I'll let our rap writer Markit take this one on - "Hailing from Sacramento, California, this duo of DJ/producer Chief Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab have been pleasing underground heads for almost two decades. Their music has always been uplifting and positive and the lyrics have been complex, woven with incredible wordplay. Their new EP Sun Giver, which is supposed to drop later this year, will be their first release since 2005. Come through to hear the old and check the new. One of the most active local hip hop acts, Philly Moves, will be opening up the evening." Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide Street ), Saturday December 7, 9pm, $25.
For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music and December Concerts</strong> posts.
Parfumerie / Soulpepper
It's with good reason that Soulpepper continues to trot out Parfumerie each holiday season. Miklós László's production is, by all accounts, a play built for this time of year. It profiles the hustle and bustle of the season in a community perfume shop where the product isn't the only thing that lingers in the air--love, too, wafts through the store. The ideals of forgiveness, reconciliation, and good will anchor the storyline on a beautiful set from Ken MacDonald. Young Centre (50 Tank House Ln), December 3 - 28, 7:30pm/1:30pm / $51-$8.
For more events on stage, check out our This Month in Theatre post.
Superstars of Comedy
Never heard of K. Trev? When Louis CK did JFL42 last year, he asked K. Trev, who was opening for him in the sold-out Sony Centre, to perform his Christmas mass joke. That's right: Louis CK remembered one of K. Trev's jokes, and asked him to do it in front of 3,000 of his most loyal fans. So yeah, K. Trev's a monster. I'd recommend also paying close attention to Ryan Horwood. The first time I saw him live, he had me laughing so hard that I couldn't even hear his follow-up punchlines! Saturday, December 7, Comedy Bar (945 Bloor W), 9:30pm, $10.
The show that's one part talk show, one part improv, is back again with a doozie of a guest. Andrew Coyne, currently writing for the National Post, has had his works published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time freakin' Magazine. So yeah, you're pretty much guaranteed to witness a spellbinding chat between Andrew and your host, Ron Tite. Who's Ron? Well, not too long ago, he was named one of the Top 10 Creative Canadians by Marketing Magazine. To give you an idea of the format of the show, Ron will interview his guests for 7-8 minutes, and then an improv troupe consisting of some of Canada's best players will act out a scene from the conversation. It's truly something magical to see live. Saturday, December 7, Comedy Bar (945 Bloor W), 8pm/10pm, $10.
For more comedy events, check out our This Month in Comedy post.
The Annex Flea will take over The Centre for Social Innovation this Sunday for the very first time. Echoing the Junction, Parkdale, Gladstone, and Leslieville Flea, this new Annex market will see small vendors hosting carefully curated handmade wares and vintage items. Shoppers will find snacks, artwork, and hand-mades crafted with local materials from Avani Creations, Parade Vintage, Son of A Woodcutter, Foodbenders, Province Apothecary, Zazou Bisou, Sprouts Press, Eli's Body Shop, FoldIt Creations, and many more. See the full vendor list here. Sunday, December 8, The Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street), 10am - 5pm.
18 Waits Pop-Up Store
If you're still in need of a gift for a pal of the more masculine persuasion in your life, 18 Waits has your back. From tonight until next Wednesday (December 11), shop their utilitarian menswear from past and current seasons at 134 Ossington Avenue. Otherwise, you can find them at Future of Frances Watson (1390 Queen St W), Gerhard Supply (2949 Dundas St W), and Uncle Otis (26 Bellair St) all year 'round. December 5th to December 11th, 134 Ossington Avenue.
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Bit Bazaar Winter Market
Presented in part by TCAF, this might be the coolest holiday craft event of the season. Bit Bazaar will "celebrate the art and craft of indie games, web comics, and good food" — all of those things are pretty great, right? Exhibitors include indie game creators, arcades, comic artists, zine makers photographers, and chefs (there will be pie). It's like Christmas for nerds. Read our preview here. See you there. Bento Miso (862 Richmond St W), Friday, December 6, 7pm (RSVP), Saturday, December 7, 11am - 7pm.
Toronto Young Designers Holiday 2013
Glad to see this one is back! The 4th annual toronto young designers holiday sale will host nineteen local vendors at Brassaii on King West this year. Look for jewellery, home decor, paper goods, baby gifts, clothing, tote bags, art, furniture and beauty supplies. There will be gift wrapping on site. So, why shop till you drop when you can shop til you... brunch? Saturday December 7, 10am - 3pm, Brassaii (461 King Street West), free.
For more holiday craft and art sale events, check out our Holiday craft shows in Toronto for 2013 and 5 holiday art sales in Toronto for December 2013 posts.
AstraZeneca Human Edge
The Science Centre's first new permanent exhibition in seven years opens this weekend. It features some pretty cool skeletons and a photo-aging machine that more or less works. Warning to parents of kids with body issues: for a collection that prides itself on being a lasting exhibit, it's pretty sad (and possibly traumatizing) to see an entire section that uses body shaming language and science that is already becoming dated like BMI calculations and calorie counting. Still, there's a climbing wall and a tarantula, so if your kids are already bored of the aquarium and you need to take them somewhere indoors this is an option. Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road), $13 - $22.
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One of a Kind photo by Jesse Milnes, Photorama photo is by Joe Lepiano, Bit Bazaar photo via flickr
|That time Nelson Mandela became a Toronto citizen
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|12:45 pm]
The first time Nelson Mandela stepped into the heat of a Toronto summer it was from the doors of a Canadair Cosmopolitan on the tarmac of Lester B. Pearson International Airport. It was June 19, 1990, and the anti-apartheid leader, released from prison only months earlier, had come to thank the people of Toronto for their support.
30,000 people packed University Ave. and Nathan Phillips Square to hear the 71-year-old leader of the African National Congress party, still fragile from 27 years of incarceration, address the city. Security was tight, as if for a royal visit, but this occasion had a different feel.
As Walter Stefaniuk wrote in the Toronto Star: "Mandela is a black man and a black or coloured person cannot lead an apartheid nation, or aspire to a state in life another human being may have as a political birthright."
He would become an honorary citizen of Toronto before he could legally be elected South Africa's first black president, but the barriers to his historic term of office were beginning to tumble.
Apartheid's racist laws permeated every part of life in South Africa in 1990. Blacks were not allowed to live in the same neighbourhood as whites, were not allowed to travel within the country without a passbook, and were not allowed to use beaches or park benches in the land of their birth, to name just a few of the countless restrictions.
Mandela had spent 27 years in an island prison, handed a life sentence for sabotage and conspiracy over his over his party's plans for a new model of government in South Africa, one not centred on division and hatred. He was released after years of mounting international pressure and trade boycotts on 11 Feb., 1990 before an international TV audience of millions.
In Toronto that summer, Mandela had been scheduled to speak at Nathan Phillips Square but was too tired from a hectic travel schedule. When he did address the public, it was from a stage on the front lawn of the Queen's Park legislature.
"We thank you for refusing to forget us," he said. "We thank you for your tireless support. It is remarkable that so many of you could give up so much of your time to help the people separated from you by thousands of miles. Thank you for that commitment and dedication. It reached all of us. We are on the threshold of major changes in South Africa."
His closing words were almost drowned out by chants of "Mandela, Mandela, Mandela." In Ottawa, he urged parliament and the people of Canada to "walk the last mile" with him on the road to democracy. Four years later he was elected president in the country's first ever multiracial vote.
When South Africa's outgoing president returned in September 1998 it was to collect an honorary companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest award. He had been South Africa's head of state for four years, leading the country out of apartheid and through a difficult process of healing.
"I humbly accept it as an expression of the deep bonds between the Canadian and South African peoples, based on our shared commitment to common values," he told a rapt audience at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. "I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
As newspapers reported, Mandela, 80, appeared physically frail. He wore hearing aids and was helped from the lectern by prime minister Jean Chrétien. Flash photography was prohibited due to problems with his eyesight but his distinctive voice was clear and unwavering.
The official Canadian visit - his last in office - culminated in a packed mass rally at the SkyDome where Mandela was to announce the formation of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada,) a local chapter of an international charity focused on children and youth.
40,000 eager students crowded the ball park to hear the international icon speak but likely few were as excited as 9-year-old Alon Meyer of Thornhill.
Born in South Africa, Alon was just a baby from an ordinary white family when he was suddenly thrust into the arms of newly released Nelson Mandela by his mother during a media event. The resulting photograph was carried in newspapers around the world and dubbed the "Hug of Hope."
"This is the picture of tenderness that explodes the myth spread by South Africa's apartheid rulers," wrote Britain's Daily Mirror. Alon was among the electric crowd at the SkyDome and said he planned to reach out and touch the man with whom he had shared an iconic photograph.
After Mandela's speech, in which he called Canada a "home from home," the first check for his new fund - $72.46 - awaited from the kids at Park Public School on Shuter Street, the oldest educational institution in Toronto still on its present site.
Mandela last visited Toronto in 2001, taking special time to repay the generosity of the Regent Park kids. In a visit to the school, he spoke powerfully of his affection for the students. "I love each and every one of you. Not as my child, not even as my grandchildren, but as our great grandchildren ... I love you from the bottom of my heart."
In return, Park Public School became Nelson Mandela Park Public School.
Ryerson celebrated the man known as "Tata" (Xhosa for "father") in his home nation, with an honorary degree, but there was one last gift from the people of Canada. In a simple ceremony at the Museum of Civilization on the banks of the Ottawa River, Jean Chrétien handed Mandela a certificate, the first of its kind issued to a living person.
South Africa's anti-apartheid leader, an icon and inspiration for millions, had become an honorary Canadian citizen.
"You have honoured me beyond anything I might have deserved," he said. "I thank you."
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
|Inside the Popify pop-up shop
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|01:05 pm]
Popify is live in Kensington Market now until Sunday, so if you're enjoying the nice-ish weather and cruising down Augusta, lookout for the temporary storefront. Walking into A Homerun, you'll find an array of colourful, high quality swag lining the tables, shelves, and walls between the bare wood floor and exposed ceiling beams - plus a lot of screens. This store isn't just an IRL experience, after all - it's also an online store. With free shipping. Here's a further look inside Popify.
That cliched old line about finding a gift for someone who has everything actually gets more apt each year, as online shopping bridges the canyon between what people want and what they can get their hands on, delivery droids or no delivery droids. To this overwhelming access to goods comes the specialty pop-up shop in answer. Curated to avoid the stress of endless selection by experts in the fields of trending high tech gadgetry, Popify aims to beat the internet at its own game.
Perusing the storefront of unique items, you might not know what some are. Colourful toy robots sitting on cubes can be manipulated to become these cubes. Coffee bean paper weights contain high tech heating and cooling powers. An axe mounted on the wall is - well, just an axe, but if you're planning to spend the winter in the woods it's a tempting goodie.
While the shop caters to lovers of techie luxury goods rather than the rustic vintage crowd, campers and woodsy-folks are well represented at Popify, from a kayak (all aboard! Heh, just kidding) to a sleeping bag that becomes a cozy lounge jacket. The weather might feel a little nippy right now for camping (or kayaking) but some shiny new gear for the outdoors might help remind you or your loved one that summer's on its way. In the meantime, you can grab one of the Toronto neighbourhood toques (Queen West, Kensington, etc) to keep your head cozy warm.
I already knew about Joulies, stainless steal beans that find and maintain heat levels in your coffee, but I was surprised by their size and light weight. Luckily Popify is a hands-on affair, but a helpful staff member took it upon himself to explain - lest I assume they were paperweights. I asked if he thought they could be ingest-able - purposefully - because, like so many grandmothers, I get terrible chills. He chuckled that they'd make for a tough swallow but I might just be onto something, though I think at heart he likely believed I, like our Mayor, was just on something. I guess I'll stick to fighting chills with cold meds for now.
Had I decided on Joulies and/or a kayak, I could have ordered both while in the shop, and received free shipping to my apartment - meaning I wouldn't be the one lugging the kayak on the TTC (at least not until summer - look out, Sunnyside Beach). The friendly (and joke obliging) staff can help you get set up.
At Popify you'll also find fine linens, jewelry, poster art, more toys, a wireless music player, iPad cases bound like books, and a few more random finds. You can get a preview on the Popify website, but it might be better to stop by this weekend and have a hot cup at coffee bar from Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters while trying on Annex toques, grabbing food truck eats, and having a good time. That's right, online holiday shopping doesn't have to be lonely.
MORE PHOTOSPopify runs from December 5 - 8, 11 am - 7pm, at A Homerun, 165 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market.
Photos by Andrew Williamson
|Extra, Extra: Toronto Grows Before Your Eyes, Rob Ford Loves a Parade, and Local Schoolchildren Cele
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|08:00 pm]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
How Toronto changed between 1984 and 2012. Gif courtesy of Kyle Pastor.
- Gifs don’t always have to involve mostly naked female pop stars perched on wrecking balls or men hilariously pretending to be mostly naked female pop stars perched on wrecking balls. Above, Kyle Pastor proves that they can also be hypnotic and vivid illustrations of how cities like Toronto have grown and changed over time.
- What’s even better than sucking one Christmas parade into the orbit of your crack scandal? Why, sucking in two, of course. The Star is reporting that the mayor might make a point of attending the Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade, and that this prospect is making parade official “nervous.”
- It appears that before the Sports Junkies asked Rob Ford about those new allegations, they fortified themselves with some shots of Fireball.
- The Star shares the stories of some of the women helped by the YWCA’s “December 6 Fund,” which makes interest-free loans available to women fleeing domestic violence.
- Nelson Mandela Park Public School students held a special assembly today in honour of their namesake. News coverage highlighting Mandela’s legacy has largely been informative and thoughtful, but there’s something especially moving about watching these young people celebrate Mandela’s life.
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|Rob Ford Has Lost His Boilerplate
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|05:30 pm]
http://torontoist.com/?p=293287Council's executive committee approves motion to replace the Ford-approved stock paragraph that appears on all City press releases.
It seems there was another power that could be stripped from Mayor Rob Ford after all: council’s executive committee decided December 5 that Rob Ford’s beloved boilerplate would no longer grace each and every City press release.
The boilerplate message has been a source of controversy for a while now. In 2012, Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) wrote a letter to city manager Joe Pennachetti in which he described the form wording as “inappropriately ideological, partisan, and aspirational in nature.” City communications staff agreed, and offered to rewrite it. Ford, though, was apparently not interested in changing a single word of the passage, and so until now, it’s looked like this:
“Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
The paragraph being offered in its place (and likely to be approved by Council in two weeks’ time) fails to mention customer service excellence, cost-cutting, or “subways, subways, subways,” although it does introduce the notion of “quality of life”:
“Toronto is Canada’s largest city, sixth-largest government and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto is one of the best cities in the world to do business, consistently ranked at or near the top in global competitiveness, innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life. Toronto is proud to be the Host City of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, the world’s third largest multi-sport Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, visit www.toronto.ca , call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on twitter @torontocomms.”
And, in case you’re in the mood to wax nostalgic about a time when a Toronto mayor was inclined to celebrate things like environmental awareness and creativity, we give you the David Miller boilerplate:
“Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
|Urban Planet: Designer creates a foldable bike helmet
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|03:00 pm]
Perhaps one of the main barriers to getting cyclists to wear helmets is the inconvenience of having to lug the protective gear around after arriving at a destination.
Well, the Morpher foldable bike helmet might just change that.
Jeff Woolf, the award-winning designer behind the helmet, has designed the Morpher to fold flat for easy storage. Of course, it’s not just compact; it’s been designed to exceed safety standards as well, making it a true alternative to more conventional helmets.
Right now, Woolf is trying to get the funding needed to certify and mass produce the helmet through an Indiegogo campaign.
If produced, a price tag upwards of $110 is expected. It certainly wouldn’t be the most economical helmet on the market, but it’s a deal when compared to the $600 Hövding “invisible” helmet.
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|Introducing Cleverhood: rain capes for the urban cyclist
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|05:00 pm]
Spacing is happy to announce our new partnership with Cleverhood, a Rhode Island-based designer of cycling rain capes, just voted by Forbes as one the best holiday gifts for cyclists.
All the Cleverhood products are designed, crafted, and manufactured in the US with quality materials and an eye for sharp design. Everyone at our office got excited when our shipment arrived and we couldn’t be happier after taking them for a test drive, they’re comfortable, unobtrusive, and are stylish.
The ‘hood is built for the demanding requirements of the urban lifestyle.
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That means strong, dependable zippers, smart features and heavy-duty water repelling. It has to have a look that’s distinctive without comprising to the elements. It’s a Cleverhood customer who takes the rain-or-shine approach to life.
The ‘hood is designed, crafted and manufactured in the US. Every model features sturdy, waterproof breathable membrane fabric and protective seam-sealing. It has a fitted hood with a large brim to keep faces dry, without blocking peripheral vision. Handy arm holes have snappy magnetic closures and some models feature Velcro trim tabs. The chest pocket protects valuables with a water-resistant Uretek zipper that closes with authority.
Available for the active user. One size fits most. Various styles offered to suit tastes.
Spacing is the exclusive retailer of Cleverhood products in Toronto (and one of three in Canada). You can pick them up on our e-store or, during the month of December, at our new pop up shop ToronTOpia, at 568 Richmond St W.
How To Cleverhood from Cleverhood on Vimeo.
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|10 local spirits you can find at the LCBO
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|09:00 am]
Local spirits are actually something of a rarity at the LCBO. Unlike other alcohol segments, like wine and craft beer, where local producers have flourished as of late, Ontario's liquor legislation makes the production and sale of hard alcohol in this province pretty difficult and expensive.
The result is that there aren't a lot of local spirit options yet (there's a reason this list isn't a "top" ten--I think this is all of them), but perhaps owing to the perseverance required to get their product on the shelf, what is available is actually really, really good. While all these companies offer their full product range at their onsite retail stores, here's a roundup of what's available on the shelf of the LCBO, in case you don't feel like driving around the province to stock up.
Still Waters Stalk and Barrel Blended Canadian Whisky | $39.95 | 750 mL bottle
When we first checked in with Vaughn's fledgling boozemakers, they were patiently waiting for their first batch of whisky to reach the age of three years so that it might legally be branded whisky in this country. In the meantime, they had crafted "Still Waters Special 1+11 Blend Canadian Whisky," a blended whisky they created using a little of their own product and whiskies sourced from other Canadian distillers. The company has since hit that crucial three year mark and has started selling their own single malt whisky (available at their distillery or online), but they've also opted to continue selling their award-winning blended whisky, now redubbed, Stalk and Barrel Blended Canadian Whisky, at the LCBO.
66 Gilead's Loyalist Gin | $43.65 | 750 mL bottle
Cheekily named after the United Empire Loyalists who settled the part of Prince Edward County from where the booze is made, 66 Gilead's Loyalist Gin is an interesting spirit that probably would have helped take some of the sting out of losing the revolutionary war. It's likely a bit sweeter than you'd expect gin to be, owing to its whole wheat base and abundance of fresh juniper aromas, making it dangerously easy to drink. With an ingredient bill that reads like a historic account of what loyalist settlers might have used to make their booze, locavores will flip to learn that the juniper, aromatic hops, coriander, and lavender used to flavour this spirit are actually all grown on the distillers farm.
Dillon's The White Rye | $37.45 | 750 mL bottle
As is to be expected, when Beamsville distiller Dillon's decided to craft a 100% Rye whisky, they put it in barrels and began patiently waiting for that crucial three-year period to pass so that they might legally be allowed to sell it as whisky. However, they also opted to bottle some of that spirit right out of the still (watered down to a potable 40%) and the result is The White Rye, a peppery, brash, and interesting spirit with a je ne sais quois that Dillon's website elegantly calls an "eager friskiness." Unaged spirits can be something of an acquired taste, but this stuff is worth picking up to do some weird things to your favourite cocktails or even sip on its own to realize that drink you've called "rye" all these years probably doesn't deserve the moniker.
Still Waters Single Malt Vodka | $34.95 | 750 mL bottle
Despite what you might think you know about vodka and potatoes, the fact of the matter is that most commercially available vodka is actually made from grains and, typically, an assortment of them. Conversely, this award-winning vodka, made so that the guys at Still Waters could keep the lights on while they waited for their whisky to age, is made from 100% malted barley; thus the name "Single Malt Vodka." With hints of malt on the nose and a sort of subtle vanilla taste, this ain't your standard vodka -- and that's a good thing. Available only in limited supply at select LCBOs, it's worth the search.
Forty Creek's Barrel Select Whisky | $26.45 | 750 mL bottle and Forty Creek's Copper Pot Reserve Whisky | $26.45 | 750 mL bottle
Produced by distiller John Hall, a winemaker by trade, Forty Creek Distillery makes blended whiskies that help you to understand why blended whiskies are a good thing. Hall ages corn whisky, rye whisky, and barley whisky separately in oak barrels with different degrees of charring designed to maximize each grain's character. He then blends them all and ages them further in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a great Canadian whisky that's got the richness of pecans, vanillas, and roasted nuts. For his Copper Pot Reserve Whisky, Hall followed the same process as above but chose the best of each grain whisky, and aged them each a little longer so they could develop more complexity from their respective oak barrels, then he bottled it at a slightly more potent ABV to give Copper Pot a little more oomph, to use a technical term.
Dillon's Unfiltered Gin 22 | $39.55 | 750 mL bottle
What differentiates gins from each other is, naturally, the selection of botanicals with which a distiller chooses to infuse their spirits. At Dillon's, the selection of 22 different botanicals that are infused in their grape-based Unfiltered Gin 22 is what sets this spirit apart from others on the shelf. Dillon's takes an approach to distilling that focuses on seasonal and local ingredients and the result of that philosophy is that this gin is remarkably smooth but full of complex flavour. It's a spirit that would be as well-suited to drinking straight from a jar while you hammer out a novel on an old typewriter as it would be to mixing with a splash of tonic to take to your daughter's soccer game in a hidden thermos (and, presumably, for myriad other less-weirdly-specific occasions, too).
66 Gilead's Canadian Pine Vodka | $38.95 | 750 mL bottle
If the folks at 66 Gilead had "re-distilled" this vodka using juniper berries, it would have become gin (because that's basically what gin is). But they didn't. Instead, they vapourized their redistilled whole-wheat vodka through fresh pine needles collected from their own farm and the result is an excellently fresh and -- well -- piney vodka. Clearly well-suited to holiday cocktails that include red fruits, this one will serve you well at your next holiday party since you can talk about the unique pine vodka until you drink enough of it to stop caring about making conversation.
Toronto Distillery Company's Organic Ontario Wheat Spirit | $39.50 | 750 mL bottle
It would probably be easiest to describe this as simply "unaged whisky," but that would be doing it a disservice. Indeed, whether you call it moonshine or white lightning or new make, the "Organic Wheat Spirit" from Toronto Distillery Co. is more than simply a means to a future-barrel-aged-spirit. The company has made no mention of barrel-aging and instead is focusing on bringing a certified-organic spirit to LCBO shelves that highlights the qualities of Ontario grain. In an industry where there's not a lot of rules about advertising what goes into the finished product, this bottle is unique in that you can literally read about its entire story from grain to glass.
66 Gilead's Whole Wheat Vodka | $37.30 | 750 mL bottle
Here's the thing about the vodka you usually drink: it sucks. Vodka, by definition, is a tasteless spirit that's essentially the base for all the other, tasty spirits. To make "good" vodka, you basically just keep distilling that base booze until you get as close to pure ethanol as possible. When "premium" vodka makers brag about how many times they've filtered their booze, they're really bragging about how much it tastes like water. And water, I think we can agree, is not something that we alcohol enthusiasts want to waste our time with. That's why 66 Gilead's vodka is worth checking out. It's made with local organic wheat (though they'd like to remind you it's not certified organic because that's really expensive) and so the flavour is reminiscent of something like baked goods with soft vanilla undertones.
If you're chugging before your high school dance, by all means stick with the usual vodka, but if you enjoy interesting flavours, trade in the water for something local and interesting, i.e. this.
Ben Johnson also writes about beer and booze over on Ben's Beer Blog. You can follow him on twitter @Ben_T_Johnson.
|The top 5 bars to see drag shows in Toronto
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|08:01 am]
Drag shows in Toronto are energy-packed performances by phenomenal entertainers in gender-bending getups. There are only a handful of places that offer regularly scheduled drag shows, but these venues attract a ton of admirers who love to interact with these larger-than-life personas. Relative newcomer Mojo Lounge deserves a nod, but these are the top places to watch queens nail high-kicks like fierce ballet dancers, and kings exude confident swagger that you just can't quite get enough of.
Crews & Tangos
Every night of the week at this Church St. mainstay the city's finest talent struts all over the main stage. The front room gets packed with all types of drag fans, cheering on shows that are chock-full of spins, splits, and sass like you ain't nevah seen. It's a hub of drag culture in the city, where aspiring kings and queens hope they'll land a recurring gig one day. There's no cover on weekdays, and it's $5 on weekends.
Zipperz / Cellblock
The kings reign at Zipperz every Wednesday night. It's the only show on the list that features kings rather than queens, and therefore it tends to bring out a predominantly female crowd. Things get crazy, scandalous even, when audience members take $10 bills between their teeth and lure in one of the dapper Kings. These high-energy shows make the crowd go bananas, with the kings gyrating all over the dance floor, swinging from the ceilings and busting out coordinated dance routines. With no cover, you can save your cash for the dancers.
El Convento Rico
This College St. club has been around for over 21 years and is a staple of Toronto's drag scene. Its welcoming atmosphere brings out a diverse crowd of all ages and sexualities, generally those who are looking for a healthy dose of latin music. On the weekends, Queens take over the stage just past midnight. This is a show to gather around and watch, the Queens give entertaining the crowd their all, which usually involves flirting with a handful of bachelorette parties. Cover is $10, but the drinks are cheap, usually around 6 bucks.
The hip little West Queen West bar holds Industry Nights every Monday. There's an open call for new kings or queens to play MC for the evening and try out performing two routines. It's an encouraging environment, where audiences can cheer on some up-and-coming talent. It won't burn a hole in your wallet either, as entry is free and bottles of Labatt 50 and Budweiser are only $3.50.
Woody's has a fun and relaxed environment and provides a Village meeting place for gay men to mix and mingle. The drag show has stayed relatively the same for many years, with queens performing their stage routines before haggling men in the audience to take part in the Best Bum and Best Chest contests. You can choose to participate in the show, or just let it provide the background noise while you chat up the bartenders. There's no cover, making it a perfect place to start out a night.
Buddies in Bad Times
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre turns into a wildly busy nightclub on the weekends. Drag Queens take their places on a long flight of stairs located in the middle of the dance floor. The DJs spin top 40 pop, dance, and house, while the Queens give attitude by stomping up and down those stairs in the highest of high heels, entertaining hundreds of gay boys and, typically, about a dozen ladies. Cover on the weekends is between $5 and $10.
Photo from our review of Crews and Tangos
|Toronto Food Events: La Domenica Brunch, Whisky 101, Dog Days, Chopped Canada
||[Dec. 6th, 2013|08:03 am]
Toronto 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.
- Le Dolci (1006 Dundas Street West) is offering family friendly Gingerbread House Decorating workshop on Saturday, December 7th.
- The Slow Room (874 College Street) will host Bestia foodtruck on Saturday, December 7th for a pop up lunch starting at 11:30am.
- The monthly instalment of La Domenica Brunch at Buonanotte (19 Mercer Street) is on this Sunday, December 8th starting at noon. The DJ'd brunch is $45 a head.
- Habits Gastropub (928 College Street) is holding Whisky 101 on Thursday, December 12th at 8pm featuring 5 whiskies from 5 countries with food pairings for $55.
- Dog Days a bi-monthly pop up restaurant launches this Sunday, December 8th at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West). The evening will feature karaoke and a $13 menu from Rob Webster, Buca's chef de partie.
- Chopped Canada has announced its first 52 competitors, 19 of which will represent Toronto in the first season of the televised Food Network Canada cook-off debuting Thursday, January 2nd.
Photo from Depanneur's Mince Pie Workshop page
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