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    The history of Trinity Bellwoods Park has more than one buried treasure under its grassy knolls.

    Probably the most famous former inhabitant of the park, and one of the sources for its name, was Trinity College, which stood from 1852 until 1950.

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    Old Trinity College as it looked in 1856.

    The Anglican school was built by Bishop John Strachan (from whom the nearby street also gets its name) and would exist as a private institution until 1904 when it eventually joined with the University of Toronto.

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    Trinity Bellwoods in the 1890s.

    After the completion of a second Trinity College at U of T's central campus (which is something of a copy of the original), the first college was eventually demolished due to the callous short-sightedness of City officials at the time.

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    Goad's Atlas, 1910.

    Much of the foundation is said to still exist due north of the Queen Street gates, one of two remaining pieces of the school (the other is the former St. Hilda's College residence, which is now a retirement home).

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    As it looked in 1913.

    In addition to what remains of the Trinity College, at the northwest end of the park there is more buried history, namely the former Crawford Street Bridge, which once ran over the Garrison Ravine.

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    The campus map circa 1913.

    Part of the ravine can still be seen in the form of the "dog bowl" that now exists just southeast of the where the bridge has been buried, and flooding is common on the north side of the park in spring.

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    The original wood bridge in 1912.

    When the Bloor-Danforth subway line was built in the 1960s, the fill was used to raise the ravine depression, which is now level with Dundas Street.

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    The new bridge in 1915.

    Trinity Bellwoods was also once home to a pretty lively amusement park and almost became a baseball stadium.

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    Another angle of the bridge in 1917.

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    The top of the bridge, 1919.

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    The park plan from 1910.

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    The park as seen in 1913.

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    The park in 1913.

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    Gore Vale and the park in 1913.

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    Preparing for the new Crawford Street Bridge in 1914.

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    Tobogganing in 1914.

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    The southeast corner of the park in winter 1914.

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    The southeast corner in summer 1915.

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    The gates as seen in 1926.

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    Park shelter in 1928.

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    The amusement park in 1945.


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    Real estate prices may have hit a low plateau earlier this year, but according to market pros, prices in the GTA are on the rise again. Average listing prices in Toronto are currently hovering around the $1.2 million mark, offering up properties that'll land you, at the very least, a backyard. 

    Here's what a $1.2 million house looks like in Toronto versus other cities. 

    Toronto - $1,197,500 CAD

    This humble 1,740 square-foot detached house in North York by Keele and Wilson comes in just below $1.2 million, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a basement — fireplace included. 

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    Montreal - $1,200,000 CAD

    For this price you can acquire an elegant, two-storey Golden Square Mile semi-detached at the foot of Mont Royal. In exchange you'll get three bedrooms, replete with a powder room, and garden with a view of the park via the kitchen. 

    real estate torontoVancouver - $1,200,000 CAD

    A rare find in ultra-expensive Vancouver, this four bedroom townhouse is a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancity. It comes with three bathrooms, a 550-square-foot private backyard and electric charging stations for all the Tesla drivers. 

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    Saint Andrews, New Brunswick - $1,200,000 CAD

    On the opposite coast, this price point will get you the best of views of the ocean from three sides of this two-storey home. Sitting pretty along the harbour with a view of the lighthouse, you can can slip from the porch right to the beach in just a few steps. 
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    Staten Island, New York - $1,200,000 CAD

    Good luck finding anything other than a condo with a measly budget of $1.2 million in downtown Manhattan. Just across Bayonne Bridge in quiet Staten Island, however, you can score a four bedroom house-turned-private office space with a big curved driveway.

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    Los Angeles - $1,203,682 CAD

    On America's west coast, a few thousand extra will land you a Spanish pool home in the up-and-coming Glassell Park neighbourhood. You'll get a remodeled kitchen, new floors, and a deck that leads to an outdoor pool complete with a waterfall. Extra points for having a lemon tree. 

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    Barcelona - $1,207,218 CAD

    It's a bit over budget but for an extra seven grand, a Mediterranean-style villa in Canet de Mar comes with three floors, an outdoor pool, garden, and a view of the Balearic Sea. Plus, access to all the art fairs and festivals that Catelonia has to offer. 

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    Dubai - $1,187,899 CAD

    As with most things in Dubai, wealth covers a lot of ground: 9,700 square feet, to be exact. This villa property comes with a sprawling green backyard, five huge bedrooms, each with their own walk-in closets for just under $1.2 million. 

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    Buenos Aires - $1,201,529 CAD

    In the private neighbourhood of Santa Maria de Tigre in the north zone of Buenos Aires, this house has four main rooms equipped with all the accoutrements of South American living: think swimming pool, tennis court, and options for a security system. 


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    Summer in Toronto always seems to go by in a flash and this year was no different. Thankfully, there's still plenty of time to soak up the sun and get your fill of summertime fun before it all comes to an abrupt end and suddenly it's Thanksgiving.

    Here some things to do before summer is over.

    Try one of Toronto’s newest ice cream or gelato shops

    It's hard to believe one city can house so many creamy delights, but Toronto is overflowing with the sweet treat. Sukoi, Koishi, Not your MotherMilkcow and Piccolina Gelato are just some of the newcomers to the city's ice cream and gelato scene.

    Go star spotting at TIFF

    TIFF is one of the best and biggest film festivals of the year, bringing it with it many a star. Catch a flick or two and check out the big street festival. Who knows who you might run into?

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    Toronto stars in TIFF. Coming soon. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Travel back to the future at Fan Expo

    As if exhibitions, talks, cosplay and shopping weren't exciting enough, this year's massive fan festival welcomes Marty McFly, the Doc and a life-sized DeLorean for a very special Back to the Future cast reunion.

    Explore Toronto's neighbourhoods at a street festival

    Nowhere is Toronto's diversity more on display than during a street festival. Pedestrian Sundays, the Toronto Ukrainian Festival, Bloorcourt Festival, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival and Taste of the Kingsway are all set to bring on the pedestrian-friendly fun.

    Hit up a beach party

    Summer is best-spent with your toes in the sand and there's still lots of fun stuff going on. Dance parties like Promise Cherry Beach and Sunnyside 20 have a few dates left, and there's a big festival on in the Beaches neighbourhood.

    Explore the wonders of Ontario Place

    Ontario Place has reopened with a myriad of activities like yoga, life-sized chess, festivals and an outdoor skating rink. The nearby Cinesphere is up and running again, too, and set to screen 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time in IMAX.

    Get your fill of outrageous food and fun at the CNE

    This year's CNE is undoubtedly fraught with controversy. If you're willing to cross the picket line, the summer staple is back with concerts, exhibits, a new Asian market, a lantern festival and a whack-ton of over-the-top food

    Crack open a cold one at a beer or cider festival

    The brewskis are on tap and there's still plenty of time to get your fill at  the CNE Craft Beer Fest; the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ FestLeslieville Beer FestivalToronto Cider Festival and the Famous Canadian Beer Run. Cheers!

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    A day trip to the Toronto Islands is always a good idea. Photo by Tanya Mok.

    Plan an urban adventure in the city

    Not everyone owns a cottage on the water, so sometimes you have make the most out of this concrete jungle. There are plenty of cool things to do in the city, like visiting Toronto's hidden parksravine system or hiking trails.

    Have fun on the Toronto Islands

    This natural oasis just across the harbour is especially beautiful in the summertime. On any given day you can rent a bike or kayak, lay on the beach or check out the mini amusement park while on Labour Day weekend Electric Island turns part of it into an electro dance party.


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    Billy Bishop Airport is the latest place in Toronto to fall victim to a recent rash of flash flooding.

    The airport’s official account tweeted out yesterday afternoon that a thunderstorm warning had been issued, urging customers to check with their airline for info about their flights.

    Many customers were still unprepared for the saga of delayed and cancelled flights that ensued.

    While the water that pooled at their ankles amounted to more like inches than the feet that recently engulfed Toronto streets, it sure caused more than its fair share of trouble.

    The flood majorly affected the airport’s waiting area, beloved by air commuters for its snack area, sadly put out of commission by the flooding and likely leaving those waiting around seriously hangry.

    However, according to one observer Toronto customers were uncharacteristically chill considering the situation.

    Stuck at the airport. Flights delayed. But I have these. Cc: @shawn.squires

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    Maybe it was because they came prepared with their own rations.

    Firefighters eventually arrived with sandbags to contain the flooding, and flights were allowed to land and board.

    Apparently the flooding has been mostly cleaned up, but as of yet food service has not been reported to be in operation.

    Billy Bishop wasn’t the only Toronto thoroughfare affected by the storm yesterday: Lakeshore, the DVP, and once again, Union Station also took a beating.


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    Getting away from it all in Toronto is surprisingly easy, but there are some places that feel like more of an escape than others. We all know the favourites - Tommy Thompson, High Park, Crothers Woods - but if you're looking for a more secluded retreat, it's worth a visit to one of these little sanctuaries from the urban bustle.

    Here are my picks for the top parks to get away from it all in Toronto.

    Colonel Danforth

    Get lost in nature for a few hours in this east side park, where a ton of trails, green space and a ravine are all submerged in lush forestry. Rogue Park tends to get all the glory, but this nearby green space has a host of bike and walking trails that run alongside and around picturesque Highland Creek.

    Wilket Creek Park

    With 44 hectares of undisturbed woodland, this one is actually classified as a "wilderness park." Two kilometres of bike trails let you cruise through the trees for a while, or you can cozy up by one of the public fire pits and pretend you're off in cottage country.

    Guild Park and Gardens

    For an unconventional day in the park, spend an afternoon in this historic sculptural sanctuary. Guild Park is home to a collection of rustic stone pieces of art and architecture from Toronto's past, a greenhouse and a colourful garden. This is a little gothic paradise that's both eerie and relaxing all at once.

    Cedarvale Park

    This park is reminiscent of summer camp, seemingly far removed from all things urban and industrial. It houses multiple bike and hiking trails as well as sports facilities, but it's when you get to the park's centre that you realize it feels like the city has been left behind.

    Craigleigh Gardens

    This quiet gem in the middle of Rosedale is the perfect place to be a hermit for a day. Craigleigh Gardens is hidden beneath a canopy of trees, and has access to the Don Valley Brick Works and a ravine trail. Best of all, however, is that it's basically never busy, so it's a good spot for some quiet alone time.


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    In Toronto right now, there’s a lot of truth to the saying “When it rains, it pours.”

    Late summer storms that have the weather turning from pleasant one second to nasty the next have been plaguing the city lately.

    Areas south of Front Street, most notably vital transit hub Union Station and nearby Simcoe Street, have been hit especially hard.

    The fact that yesterday's storm resulted is the second instance of flooding in the area and the station in less than two weeks has some wondering whether there are some serious underlying infrastructure problems.

    The situation has also put a real damper on the recent exciting renovations to Union Station’s basement, as well as the ongoing Summer Market.

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    Videos that circulated yesterday after the brief but powerful storm show just how flooded streets can be.

    Lake Shore Boulevard and Queens Quay in particular had inches of water that cars were forced to navigate hoping to avoid the worst.

    Some streets looked like actual rivers. And water seems to regularly come bursting out of pipes, flooding condos, underground parking lots and other buildings.

    But the situation at Union Station is like something out of a disaster movie where commuters seem to be forced to wade through ankle deep water on the regular.

    The city is cleaned up now and back to normal but it feels like we're just another rain storm away until the flooding comes back.


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    Weekends go by so fast, but there's still another day of events in Toronto to check out. Several big festivals are wrapping up while Open Streets is turning parts of downtown into an urban playground. Plus, it's the final day for the Christie Pits Film Festival. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Open Streets TO (August 19 @ Bloor and Yonge Streets)
    The first of two Open Streets events is on. Parts of Bloor and Yonge go carless to become an urban playground of pedestrian-focused activities.
    Christie Pits Film Festival Closing Night (August 19 @ Christie Pits)
    The Christie Pits Film Festival comes to a close with the last of the Cinematic Cities series, this time taking us to San Francisco for Hitchcock's Vertigo.
    Marianas Trench (August 19 @ Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place)
    Vancouver's Marianas Trench remain the embodiment of the 2000s pop punk scene and they've arrived in Toronto to open the CNE.
    Kaskade (August 19 @ Cabana)
    Legendary DJ Kaskade lends his talents to Cabana for a full day of chill vibes by the pool, with Toronto's own Manzone & Strong.
    Promise Cherry Beach (August 19 @ Cherry Beach)
    Hit up a beach party at this week's PCB with Box of Kittens and MightyKat from Montreal on the decks.
    Sunnyside 20 (August 19 @ Sunnyside Pavilion)
    Kick it by the sand at Sunnyside with another round of DJs to keep the summer vibes high, plus New York's Tony Humphries.
    Taste of Manila (August 18-19 @ Bathurst and Wilson)
    Toronto's biggest Filipino street festival wraps up with a final day of traditional food, performances, activities and a big parade.
    Camp Wavelength (August 18-19 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
    The final day of dreamy synths, waves, tunes and chill vibes continues today with art installations, dancing, games and activities.
    Festival of South Asia (August 18-19 @ Little India)
    Another day of South Asian eats is on during this street festival with $1-$5 food, performances and live music from all the countries of South Asia.
    Toronto Chinatown Festival (August 18-19 @ Chinatown)
    Toronto's vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood shows its colours again today with tons of food, shopping activities and cultural showcases.

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    Yonge St. has undergone many transformations since it was laid as the central thoroughfare in Toronto, but in terms of sheer vibrancy and mythological influence, it reached its peak in the early 1970s before the rise of the Eaton Centre began a long but steady sanitization process.


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    For a city that's becoming increasingly expensive, there's sure a lot of great free events happening in Toronto this week. Pedestrian Sundays is back and there's a big party under the Gardiner. Elsewhere, three huge street festivals look to celebrate the best of Afro-Caribbean, Tamil and community culture.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Bloorcourt Festival (August 25 @ Bloor Street West)
    Local Bloorcourt vendors along Bloor Street West come together for a festival of artists, musicians and crafters alongside goods, music and entertainment.
    The Bentway Block Party (August 25 @ The Bentway)
    The city's newest public space under the Gardiner is throwing a big end-of-summer party with games, live music, dancing, and more.
    Tamil Fest (August 25-26 @ Markham Road)
    Now in it's third year, Tamil Fest looks to celebrate Tamil culture with exhibitions, traditional food, entertainment and performances.
    Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest (August 25-26 @ Scarborough Civic Centre)
    A huge celebration of Afro-Caribean culture is going down with two days of food, performances, art, competitions and prizes.
    Pedestrian Sundays (August 26 @ Kensington Market)
    Kensington goes carless for a day this week to make space for food, dancing, music, makers and meditation in the street.

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    Old-school carnival treats at the CNE often take a backseat to the novel Franken-foods introduced each year. For all the monstrosities that employ a more-is-more approach, these classics are reassuringly the same year after year after year.

    These are my favourite nostalgic treats available at the CNE.

    Colossal onions

    This dish popularized by the Outback Steakhouse is hardly native to Toronto, but considering the Aussie-themed steakhouse has pulled out of the GTA market, fans of this blossoming deep-fried onion know to make an annual pilgrimage to the CNE to get their fill.

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    If you went to the CNE and didn't get a waffle ice cream sandwich did it ever really happen? Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Waffle ice cream sandwiches

    Nothing beats this hot-and-cold midway treat. This iconic ice cream sandwich first debuted at the CNE in 1940 and has become a festival staple ever since.

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    Spaghetti at The Ex doesn't get much cheaper than this. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    99 cent Primo spaghetti

    Among the many cheap thrills at the Ex is this enduring dollar dish. It's an annual tradition for generations of fair-goers. Found in the Food Building, the pile of pasta in red sauce is a throwback to simpler times.

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    Whether you want powdered sugar or cinnamon, Tiny Tom donuts are always a treat. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Tiny Tom donuts

    Get your sugar fix with these deep-fried mini doughnuts coated with powder sugar and/or cinnamon. This iconic vendor is one of the oldest still operating at the CNE having first appeared at the Ex in the 1960s.

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    Foods on a stick are always a great option when visiting the CNE. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Corn dogs

    The origin of this classic concession is hotly debated, though its place on midway menus is certainly not. Battered and deep fried hot dogs on a stick are among the OGs of carnival food.

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    Get your dosage of fruit at The Ex when your take down a caramel apple. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Caramel apples

    Legend has it that a Kraft Foods salesman first invented this treat in 1950 by dipping apples into melted Kraft caramels. Voila, the nostalgic treat (and cousin to Canada's beloved Kraft Dinner) has been a festival favourite ever since.

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    If you didn't eat a deep fried candy bar at The Ex did you ever really go? Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Deep fried candy bars

    A Scottish chip shop claims to have invented this deep fried delicacy as early as 1995. Regardless of its origin, this indulgent dessert is a highlight for many each year at the CNE.

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    Pretend you're from the Medieval times when you get a giant turkey leg at The Ex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Giant turkey legs

    The belle of the ball at state fairs throughout the United States (especially in Texas) is this meaty treat that's also a favourite at the CNE. Get the slow-smoked original, or have it coated in crushed frosted flakes and then deep fried.

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    A trip to the carnival isn't complete without digging into a funnel cake. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Funnel cakes

    The scent of funnel cake is a seductive force. Puffy golden squiggles of deep fried dough showered in icing sugar and dressed up with a swirl of soft serve and jam is the ultimate fair food.

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    Eat all the colours of the rainbow when you order up a sno cone at The Ex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Sno cones

    Rainbow syrup soaked into a snow ball has never been my cup of tea, but the sugary midway treat is a classic that dates back to 1919 when it first debuted at the State Fair of Texas.


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    As much as we like to complain about the TTC, there's lots to praise about our transit system, including our subway stations. While many are somewhat anonymous from a design standpoint, there are a handful that stand out from the pack for their modernist flair, integration with the landscape, and public art.


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    Northtown Way is a plaza packed to the gills with restaurants, bakeries, and tea shops, where lovers of Asian street eats and specialty bubble tea can while away hours on this Yonge Street offshoot sampling new food (durian mochi, anyone?) 

    Sitting nearly halfway between Finch and North York Centre Stations, this bustling little city square has transformed over the years from a residential hotspot to an area synonymous with food. northtown way toronto

    Northtown Way Square is a circular street lined with independent restaurants and stores. 

    The majority of Northtown's units are independent businesses dealing in Asian food, with Northtown Way Square acting as the foyer for the residents of the Grande Triomphe condos, Tridel, and the upscale Delmano Northtown retirement home which line Yonge Street. 

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    A short walk up Yonge from Northtown has its own share of eateries.  

    While you can stick to trying out all the food on Northtown—there's enough there to spend several days eating—I'd recommend the more glutinous food lovers to also explore Byng Avenue just north of the square, and the area of Yonge that leads up to it. 

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    The Northtown area mostly consists of restaurants and condos. 

    Along the way you'll find plenty of eats that run the gamut of Asian favourites like soup dumplings and traditional Chinese noodles to Persian pizza and, of course, lots of boba. 

    Here's all the types of food you can find by Northtown Way. 

    Japanese Food

    Probably the most well-known restaurant in Northtown Way Square, the longtime institution Sushi Bong is most famous for their hulking sushi rolls. Seriously, the sushi here is absolutely massive — dynamite rolls are at least twice the size of others out here. 

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    The most popular order at VIPS Sushi is the white dragon roll. Photo by Matthew Yip.

    A close contender up on Byng is the newer VIPS Sushi, a takeout joint that's much smaller than Sushi Bong. It's a little bit pricier here, and rolls are definitely smaller, but the tightly packed sushi here is pure quality, especially their white dragon roll with seared scallop on top. 

    Right next to it, Naniwa-Taro serves up Tokyo-inspired eats like curries, katsus, and their most popular order, the okonomiyaki: a Japanese pancake sprinkled with mayo and dried bonito flakes. 

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    Naniwa-Taro's Byng location specializes in Tokyo-inspired food. 

    For other Japanese eats, One Two Snack on the northeast corner of Northtown serves curry omurice, the popular omelet dish doused in either curry or hokkaido cream, as well as some Taiwanese items like tan tan noodles and stinky tofu. 

    Korean Food

    Despite having a pretty last ditch name, Roll.Com (that's not their actual website) is a popular corner spot right at the entrance of the square. Head here for a variety of rice cakes, soondae  lood sausages and Korean-style sushi with ingredients like kimchi, fish cakes and cheese. 

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    Go Topoki serves the popular Korean street food, topoki rice cakes. Photo by Hector Vasquez. 

    Round the bend, further south, Go Topoki is the hottest spot in the area for, naturally, topoki. Here, Korean rice cakes come served saucy and very cheesy in an airy two-tiered restaurant, along with bowls of bingsu, the Korean icey treat. 

    Persian Food

    While not the majority, there are a couple of Persian spots that have made a name for themselves at Northtown with tasty sandwiches and pizzas.

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    Haida Sandwich sits on the southeast corner of Northtown Way Square. 

    Haida Sandwich has been around forever — always busy, this unique Persian spot serves up quick sandwiches, hot or cold, and slices of pizza with little deals like free fries to make it extra worthy. The Haida Special is a favourite, with chicken and beef cold cuts. 

    Close by, Cottage Pizza (also known as Lamzy) has a menu of pizzas and burgers along with something far more interesting: sandwiches with beef tongue or beef brains, called maghz. 

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    Pizza Shab is a Persian pizzeria serving up halal slices. Photo by Hector Vasquez. 

    Pizza Shab up on Byng has become an incredibly popular spot for pizza, mostly because the pies are totally halal and really delicious. It's tiny in here so taking these fluffy pies to go is probably the best move. 

    Chinese Food

    There's no shortage of Chinese here, with lots of Northern dishes like soup dumplings and baos. 

    Kung Fu Duck has been around for years serving all types of Chinese-style duck, and the most recent addition Battled Chicken, specializing in fried chicken sandwiches. 

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    The interior of Chinese Burger is full of odd, oldschool memorabilia. 

    Whether you like your dumplings steamed, fried, or with soup, Bao has you covered, and across the square, you can eat small handheld sandwiches with ingredients like cumin lamb or duck stuffed inside in the quirky interior of Chinese Burger

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    The short walk from Northtown to Byng has tons of northern Chinese restaurants. 

    Meanwhile on Yonge heading toward Byng, Chengdu Taste and Beijing Restaurant, and Flaming Kitchen have handmade noodles northern-style. If you've never tried Wuhan-style hot dry noodles with peanut sauce, head to Chu Resto

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    The soup dumplings from Sang Ji Bao explode when you eat them. 

    And on Byng, an absolute favourite: Sang Ji Bao, which has a tiny lean menu of Shanghai-style pan fried dumplings. These buns are guaranteed to explode on your shirt with hot soup at first bite so exercising proper technique while eating is highly advised. 

    Bubble Tea

    Going hand in hand with the plethora of Chinese street eats is the huge selection of spots to grab some bubble tea. 

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    One Zo is a popular Taiwanese chain known that makes tapioca from scratch. Photo by Selina

    ShareTea is a convenient favourite, bringing the popular Taiwanese chain to Toronto with a menu of milk teas and matcha series. Also in Northtown Way Square, One Zo (which also has a location in Chinatown) makes its tapioca from scratch. 

    FormoCha comes through with the espresso-based boba, and Happy Lemon offers has bubble tea with salty cheese foam on top. 

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    The Alley is a popular bubble tea spot for boba with housemade brown sugar tapioca. 

    The newest addition to the area, The Alley, also makes their own tapioca (they call it Deerioca, after the brand's deer motif) and sugar cane syrup. 

    Dessert

    One of the most unique businesses in the entire area is Miss Durian, a small shop south of Northtown Way Square dedicated to the stinkiest fruit of all time. 

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    Miss Durian makes all its desserts with fresh dessert. 

    Dedicated to baking up all sorts of lovely desserts using the pungent fruit, this shop serves up shakes, mochi, millefeuille pastries and cheesecakes made with fresh durian for no other reason than the fact the owner loves them. 

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    Cakes and cheesecakes here are stuffed with cream and durian. 

    It's nt as stinky as you'd expect in here, but anyone adverse to the King of Fruits should obviously stay away (though if you're trying to break into the durian world, this is the place to do it). 

    Instead maybe head up on Yonge to Pastel for more conventionally palatable desserts like crepes, ice cream and coffee.   

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    New design plans for the controversial one-stop Scarborough subway extension are now available.

    The latest designs show Toronto's most disputed subway project with glass canopies, a 28-bay bus station, and a green roof. 

    The subway station will stretch 400 metres from its entrance at McCowan Road to its western entrance past the Scarborough Town Centre. It'll take about five minutes to get from one end to another. 

    scarborough centre station

    Escalators lead commuters down from the McCowan entrance to the subway. 

    By the Borough Drive entrance will be a public plaza which helps to  connects the two areas of the eastern glass canopies together.

    Escalators will take commuters from ground level down into the station from the McCowan entrance. From there, they can either continue one level lower to access the subways or continue across the to access the bus terminals on the other end. 

    The concrete bus station will be massive, holding 28 routes as well as the new terminus to the Bloor-Danforth line. 

    scarborough centre station

    Glass canopies will cover the two main entrances to the station. 

    People haven't been too keen about the whole project since city council revised the extension plan from seven stops to one. Now we'll have to wait to see who wins the mayoral race in October to see once and for all if this thing is really happening. 


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    Beer, cider, wine, BBQ and Drake are in abundance and it's the last week for both Open Roof and Summerdaze. If you're all about saving money, there's lots of free stuff happening, too.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Beach House (August 20 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    Dream-pop pioneers Beach House are in a class of their own, creating soundscapes that, for years, have continuously transcended the genre.
    Drake (August 21 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Experience the rollercoaster ride of emotion that is Drake's music live as he arrives home with Migos for the first of his shows after Monday's concert got postponed.
    Seu Jorge (August 21 @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
    Part of the CNE concert series, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge brings the summertimes vibes with his flavourful soul tunes.
    Open Roof Festival (August 22 @ Sterling Road)
    Open Roof comes to a close for the season with a final night of drinks, bites, music courtesy of Omhouse, and a screening of Sorry to Bother You.
    Summer Wine Jam (August 23 @ Berkeley Church)
    Soak up the summer at the sixth edition of this big wine party featuring over 75 wines up for the tasting, with food pairings to accompany them.
    Miranda Lambert (August 23 @ Budweiser Stage)
    Country music superstar Miranda Lambert is cuttin' it up and dishin' it out for the night alongside Little Big Town.
    Toronto Cider Festival (August 24-25 @ Sherbourne Common)
    Kick back with a cold one at this festival featuring over 100 different kinds of ciders from local, regional and international cider producers.
    Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Fest (August 24-26 @ Ontario Place)
    There's always room for one more cookout before summer ends, and this one promises tons of food, drinks, music and country-themed activities.
    Korean Harvest Festival (August 24-26 @ Mel Lastman Square)
    Hangawi, also known as Korean Thanksgiving, looks to celebrate Korean culture with traditional food, music, dance, local artists and performances.
    Whitney (August 24-30 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    I'm not crying, you are. Using real footage, Whitney Houston's rise to stardom and eventual downfall is captured in this all-too-real documentary.
    2001: A Space Odyssey (August 24-30 @ Cinesphere)
    Screening for the first time ever in IMAX is Stanley Kubrick's ground breaking and surreal 1968 sci-fi masterpiece.
    Leslieville Beer Festival (August 25 @ Dundas Street East)
    Dundas East shuts down for this all-day neighbourhood street party with regional brewers, community food vendors and local artisans on site.
    Summerdaze (August 25 @ 54 Fraser Avenue)
    The last Summerdaze of the season comes to an end with a stellar lineup of underground DJs featuring Acid Pauli, Brian Cid, Hauy and Miss Melera.
    Miguel (August 26 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    R&B star Miguel has been making waves with his Ascension tour and returns to Toronto to perform alongside homegrown duo DVSN.
    Toronto Artisan Market (August 26 @ Trinity Bellwoods)
    This Sunday, Bellwoods is hosting a curated market featuring a community of local makers showing off their handmade arts and crafts.

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  • 08/20/18--06:27: The Best Pubs in Toronto
  • The best pubs in Toronto satisfy much more than just hunger and thirst. They provide a place to gather and warm your heart and soul, even during the most bone-chilling winters, and in summer many of them have patios on which to drink a wide variety of craft beers. Throw in a burger, some wings, or fish and chips, and hang for hours.

    Here are the best pubs in Toronto.

    11 - The Local

    This surprisingly lively Roncesvalles spot has a bumpin’ back patio in the summer, and a dim kitschy interior with a small stage and strings of colourful twinkly lights.
    6 - Bar Hop

    This King West bar and two other locations by the same name serve dozens of craft beers and oysters. Some eats are even five bucks off between the hours of noon and 4 p.m.
    3 - House on Parliament

    Brunch, a large range of local craft beer in pitchers, wine and sports games on the TV can all be found at this Cabbagetown pub with a super sunny patio.
    4 - Queen and Beaver

    Though it may be in the heart of Toronto near Dundas Square, this pub is English all the way, with expert versions of Beef Wellington, savoury pies, puddings, terrines and full English breakfasts.
    5 - The Wren

    Nothing makes for a great pub more than amazing burgers and locally-brewed beer, and this Danforth East bar that’s not too big and not too small has both in spades.
    8 - Dog & Bear

    West Queen West has this spacious British pub with plenty of TVs, large tables perfect for groups and a menu of filling items like roast beef and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.
    7 - The Caledonian

    Some surprisingly light plates for a pub can be found at this Little Italy haunt, like beet or smoked salmon salads. However, this place is Scottish through and through with heartier items like a haggis tower or fish and chips, plus a vast whisky selection.
    9 - C'est What

    An amazing beer selection distinguishes this sunken bar near St. Lawrence Market. They even serve some of their own contract-brewed suds, the perfect thing to sip on while listening to one of the many musical performances that take place there.
    10 - Only Cafe

    This Danforth mainstay may be a cafe in name, but one look at the long row of handmade taps and fridge full of craft bottles and cans is how you know you’re in one of Toronto’s great pubs.

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    The first of three Toronto concerts for Drake's Aubrey & The Three Migos tour appears to have hit another snag.

    Live Nation announced this morning that the show set for this evening at the Scotiabank Arena has been postponed due to "circumstances beyond our control."

    This marks the second time the show has been postponed.

    It was reported late last month that the Toronto leg of the tour, originally set to begin on August 10, was being pushed back to today due to "production issues."

    Already the response from fans is less than enthusiastic.

    Live Nation has said that tickets will be honoured for a new date when it is announced. 


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    The latest wine bars to open in Toronto are on the cutting edge when it comes to vino, from “contact” wines that blur the traditional lines between white and red to blends of beer and wine. These new additions to Toronto’s lively bar scene will uncork, decant, and pour glasses of a wide range of varietals to your heart’s content.

    Here are my picks for the top new wine bars in Toronto.

    Paris Paris

    You can drink all day at this serene bar near Dundas and Ossington with plenty of snacks perfect for soaking up booze, like fries and delicious house sourdough. There are over 20 options for wine by the glass on an eclectic list that starts off with “a little glass of sparkling while you think…”

    Paradise Grapevine

    This Bloorcourt oasis used to be home to a Greek restaurant, but it now boasts a list of wines full of personality and even does wine-beer blends. There’s also one of the most beautiful patios in the back (and yes, there are real grapevines). The best part is, all wine is $9 by the glass from 5 - 6 p.m.

    Sapori

    Try rare wines on the bottle list at this Dundas West restaurant specializing in charcuterie (what goes better with wine?) using their Coravin system, which taps wine bottles a glass at a time without opening them.

    Wynona

    A list of light, crisp wines accompanies the seafood- and produce-forward menu at this Leslieville restaurant with a front patio and huge front window that’s perfect for watching the world pass by while sipping white.

    Il Covo

    There are over 30 wines available by the glass at this moody Italian restaurant, and a downstairs cellar that you can actually drink in is stocked with hundreds of bottles.


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    This week on DineSafe one of Toronto's best destinations for dumplings was shut down by city health inspectors. Mother's Dumplings in Chinatown was closed down after landing a shocking eleven infractions two of which were crucial. 

    Discover what other local spots got busted by health inspectors this week on DineSafe.

    Fresh on Spadina (147 Spadina Ave.)
    • Inspected on: August 13, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 8 (Significant: 5, Crucial: 3)
    • Crucial infractions include: Stored potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C, failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration and failed to ensure food handler in food premise washes hands as necessary to prevent contamination of food areas.
    Queen Margherita Pizza (785 Annette St.)
    • Inspected on: August 13, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Aunt Elsie’s Caribbean Kitchen (2689 Eglinton Ave. East)
    • Inspected on: August 15, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Popeye's (1530 Albion Rd.)
    • Inspected on: August 15, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Stored potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C.
    Mother's Dumplings (421 Spadina Ave.)
    • Inspected on: August 16, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Red (Closed)
    • Number of infractions: 11 (Minor: 7, Significant: 2, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner permitting health hazard (rodents) and food premise maintained in manner permitting adverse effect on food.
    Onoir (620 Church St.)
    • Inspected on: August 16, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Perfect Chinese Restaurant (4386 Sheppard Ave. East)
    • Inspected on: August 16, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 2, Significant: 4, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Amaya Express (3401 Dufferin St.)
    • Inspected on: August 17, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Significant: 3, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Maintained potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60° and failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Wimpy's Diner (116 Ellesmere Rd.)
    • Inspected on: August 17, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Significant: 5, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Maintained potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C.

    Note: The above businesses each received infractions from DineSafe as originally reported on the DineSafe site. This does not imply that any of these businesses have not subsequently corrected the issue and received a passing grade by DineSafe inspectors. For the latest status for each of the mentioned businesses, including details on any subsequent inspections, please be sure to check the DineSafe site.


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    Could you pull off one of those shiny black Scorpion jackets? The kind flaunted all over Instagram by such cool famous people as Millie Bobby Brown and DJ Khaled leading up to the release of Drake's latest album?

    Now's your chance to find out.

    The Canadian superstar and his OVO fam just launched a pop up shop in downtown Toronto at 49 Ossington Avenue (longtime home of the recently-departed Jonathan+Olivia).

    🦂🆙 #ScorpionPopUp

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    Running from August 19 to 21, the temporary store is said to be selling a "wide array of graphic pieces," along with exclusive merchandise from Drake's ongoing tour with Migos, 'Aubrey and the Three Migos.'

    Sure, you could buy merch at one of Drizzy's concerts in Toronto this week — he performs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Arena — but you'd also have to spend around $250 for even a nosebleed seat in the bleachers.

    You could also cop a screenprinted t-shirt, sweatpants or dad hat from the tour's online store (when it's not sold out), but Hypebeast reports that the pop up store will have more than what's available online and at shows — including some exclusive OVO collaborative styles.

    Photos from the store show that the aforementioned black Scorpion jacket and OVO crew-only tour jacket will both be available at the pop up, too, though likely in limited quantities.

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    The pop up will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. both today and tomorrow in Toronto.

    What's left of the stock will then be off to New York, Montreal, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Atlanta.

    Get there ASAP if you want something rare. People were already lined up outside the store as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday.


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    Crazy rich studio executives are raking in the dough right now thanks to John M. Chu's highly-anticipated new rom-com Crazy Rich Asians; a film that's now dominating both the box office and public interest in North America.

    Based on a best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, the Warner Bros. movie launched well-above expectations late last week with a five-day tally of $35 million US by Monday morning.

    It's the first studio film to feature an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club in 1993 and one of the only romantic comedies to open with more than $20 million this decade — but you've probably already guessed that if you were near a cinema this weekend.

    Crazy Rich Asians was the film to see in Toronto this weekend, and screenings will likely continue to sell out for a while thanks to all the hype.

    Critics and audience members alike are loving the flick for its witty script, spectacular visuals and outstanding performances from the likes of iconic Chinese action star Michelle Yeoh, Fresh Off The Boat actress Constance Wu, doctor-turned-funnyman Ken Jeong and American rapper Awkwafina.

    Many are also praising the film for its representative casting and portrayal of Asian families.

    "For decades, female Asian actors have been asked to portray stereotypes like the vindictive dragon lady, the submissive China doll, the nerdy overachiever or the inert sex worker," writes Toronto journalist Karen K. Ho for TIME Magazine.

    "Crazy Rich Asians avoids all of these, instead showing the nuances of Asian women’s experiences across generations."

    Critics have been comparing the film's combination of charm and cultural commentary to Kim's Convenience— a popular Canadian sitcom based on a play that first premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

    Two stars from the the CBC Television show, which focuses on a Korean-Canadian family who own a convenience store in Moss Park, actually hosted a screening of Crazy Rich Asians at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday.

    Simu Liu (Jung) and AndrewPhung (Kimchee) were two of the many Toronto residents who packed themselves into the sold out theatre last night.

    If you haven't had the chance to see this movie yet, don't worry. With opening weekend numbers like this, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

    "Crazy Rich Asians has the potential to revive the romantic comedy—a genre that has foundered at the box office recently—for a massive general audience," explained Ho.

    "By representing Asian people so vividly, the film could set a precedent for many more stories like this one to be told. It’s coming at the right moment," she continued. "After years of work in the game of Hollywood, Crazy Rich Asians is poised to win."


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