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    Ontario Premier Doug Ford has a ton of petitions and protests coming his way lately. The newest opposes his proposed "upload" of Toronto's transit system to the province.

    In mid-August, Ford announced plans to take over control of the TTC, removing it from the jurisdiction of the city and assuming control over any future transit lines, fares, and every other aspect that affects the daily lives of Torontonians.

    But a Toronto advocacy group, TTC Riders, wants to do its part to stop the process. The group has started a petition to let the Premier and PC government know how many residents are opposed to the upload. 

    "The TTC belongs to Toronto," the petition reads, "Premier Doug Ford's plan to break apart the TTC will mean higher fares, less say for riders, and worse service, and opens the door to privatization."

    Last week, Ford appointed Michael Lindsay to oversee the upload, in an attempt to move forward quickly, much like his council cuts earlier this summer. 

    The Ontario government did not allow public opinion to sway its decision on cutting council in half, so the city has filed in court. Only time can tell if the democratically-elected government will listen to the people this time around.


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    The Toronto International Film Festival brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like "It's better than Cannes," and we're like "OMG I LOVE YOU PLEASE TAKE A SELFIE WITH ME."

    Actor Timothée Chalamet, the 1996 Leonardo DiCaprio of 2018, is the most Beautiful Boy of all in the eyes of fans this year — or at least the most-mentioned celebrity on Twitter leading up to TIFF, which kicks off today in downtown Toronto.

    Photos out of Pearson Airport show that the 22-year-old Oscar nominee touched down in Canada on Wednesday.

    A Weibo user caught the star's arrival on camera, prompting a dedicated Timothée Chalamet style account to note that he was wearing a $665 Alexander McQueen sweatshirt.

    Those who managed to catch Chalamet's rare public appearance with their own eyes were on Cloud 9.

    Those who didn't are jealous AF, but still hopeful that their time will come.

    The actor, best known for his work in Luca Guadagnino's widely-acclaimed 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, went on to visit the Eaton Centre, for some reason, after arriving at Pearson.

    He was kind enough to pose for at least one photo with a fan while wearing a t-shirt from The Ellen Show, and — should he be game — will get plenty more opportunities to meet his fans while in town this week.

    The thirst is so real it's almost surreal.

    Beautiful Boy, co-starring actor Steve Carell, premiers on Friday night in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall.

    The film is set to start at 6:30 p.m., so get yourself down to Festival Street as early as possible in the day to grab a spot that might let you get a glimpse of Chalamet's red carpet arrival, if you're into that.


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    Brace yourself, Toronto. It's going to be a weekend full of street festivals, and with that comes a slew of major road closures. 

    Here's what you need to know to navigate around the city by car this long weekend in Toronto.

    TIFF Festival Street

    TIFF's fourth annual Festival Street will run from September 6 through September 10.

    As a result, King St. West will be closed to traffic between Spadina Ave. and University Ave. from 5 a.m. on September 6 until 5 a.m. on September 10. John St. between King St. and Wellington St. will also be closed during the five-day period. 

    Information about TTC service changes for Festival Street is available via the TTC website.

    Taste of the Kingsway

    Bloor St. West from Prince Edward Dr. North to Montgomery Rd. will be closed from September 7 at noon to September 9 at midnight for the annual street festival.

    A series of full and partial road closures will also take place in the surrounding area to accommodate this event. 

    The Festival of Praise

    The formation of the parade and festival area will result in all northbound lanes of Queens Park Cres. East being closed between College St. and Bloor St.West on September 8 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with southbound traffic maintained on Queens Park Cres. West. 

    The Cabbagetown Festival

    To accommodate the street festival, Parliament St. from Gerrard St. East to Wellesley St. East and Carlton St.from Ontario St. to Exchange Ln. will be closed in both directions from September 8 at 6 a.m. to  September 9 at 9 p.m.

    B&O Yorkville Run

    A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by Davenport Rd. to the north, University Ave./Queen's Park/Avenue Rd. to the west, Dundas St. West to the south and Bay St.to the east on September 9 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m for the run.

    The Toronto 5k

    Road closures will take place in the area bounded by St. Clair Ave. West to the north, Christie St. to the west, Davenport Rd. to the south and Russell Hill Rd./Boulton Dr. to the east on September 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m for the run.

    TTC Subway Closure

    In addition to road closures, there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations on September 8 and 9 due to Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT work at Yonge and Eglinton.

    Also, subway service on Line 2 from St. George to Broadview stations will start at noon on September 9 due to beam replacement work on the Prince Edward Viaduct.

    Shuttle buses will operate between these stations during the closures.


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    Twentieth Century Fox's sequel to the iconic Predator film series is set to make its international debut tonight at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre — but not exactly as its director had originally intended.

    Fox confirmed to the LA Times in an article released today, just hours before the film's TIFF premier, that a three-page scene featuring actress Olivia Munn was deleted from the movie roughly two weeks ago.

    The reason? It co-starred a 47-year-old actor named Steven Wilder Striegel, a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2010 to allegations of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl via the internet for sexual purposes.

    Striegel, as it turns out, is a longtime friend of the sci-fi reboot's director, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.)

    "I personally chose to help a friend," said black in a statement to The Times. "I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly."

    It was Munn who told studio executives about Striegel's criminal history after learning of his status as a sex offender in mid August.

    Fox executives "quickly decided to excise him from the movie" after speaking with the actress, according to the Times, just a few days before locking picture on The Predator.

    Striegel's website is not listed as part of the cast on TIFF's website, indicating that Toronto will see the most-recent version of the film, which features Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfie Allen and Sterling K. Brown, among others.

    "Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired," said a Fox spokesperson in response to the controversy.

    "We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors."


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    Sometimes in the news, there are stories that shock and surprise the nation. And then there's updates on the price of homes in Toronto.

    New figures for August show that the price of homes and condos both rose again, year over year. 

    The average resale home price increased by 4.7 per cent since last year, landing at $765,270. The price for condos specifically rose even more, 6.4 per cent, landing at an average of $541,106.

    However, sales in August were a little flat month-over-month, as they had been increasing for a few months. 

    A lack of available homes has the potential to create problems in the coming months, as the rate of transactions outpaces the stock, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. 

    So, if you're looking to buy a home in Toronto soon, you get the same advice as always: act fast, and good luck. 


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    Ever wonder how vinyl records are made? At the Vinyl Pressing Experience this October in Toronto you get to find out. If you're looking to attend we've teamed up with Viryl to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets.


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    Is the off-chance of seeing Nicole Kidman grab a coffee worth seriously inconveniencing 80,000 commuters who use Toronto's busiest surface transit route every day?

    For the many thousands of tourists who flock to Toronto for TIFF each year, yes, of course it is — and The City of Toronto is on their side.

    Otherwise, why would they keep allowing the festival to close off a major chunk of King Street for Hollywood's finest (and the proles who love them) to come and do their thing?

    Downtown residents certainly want to know, as evidenced by our annual tweets of rage on the first day of "festival street."

    It should also be noted that this TIFF diversion isn't the TTC's fault. Toronto's transit commission hates it just as much as the rest of us.

    The most recent figures available show from TIFF shows that the festival generated an annual economic impact of $189 million for Toronto as of 2013.

    That's great – truly! But it likely doesn't factor in the more-recent impact of everybody being late for work due to unexpected streetcar diversions...

    Or overcrowding caused by the loss of a major transit line for four days...

    Some people are taking their anger out on film festival sponsors.

    Others are calling on TIFF directly to ask for a resolution to the problem — some of them a bit sarcastically.

    At least the TTC is now formally recognizing how much the people of Toronto are impacted by this annual TIFF-related road closure.

    Riders who are inconvenienced by the route interruption are reportedly being handed vouchers to go and see a free, regular-priced movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox year-round (or until December 31, 2018, at least, when the vouchers will expire.)


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    A once lively small block of businesses along Church Street in Toronto has fallen dark and silent. Well, almost.

    Shortly after Lola’s Kitchen closed their doors suddenly with pretty much no notice to staff, El Rinconcito next door in the same building posted to their Facebook page that the same condo development was putting them out of business too.

    The lone business that remains operational is Asahi Sushi, standing between a tower of mini-spas now plastered with an ad for the upcoming condo, and the long-shuttered Spirits.

    The condo development stops right before their property. They should remain open for the foreseeable future.

    charles at church

    A rendering of the 47 storey Charles at Church.

    At 68 Charles St. E, the incoming 47-storey mixed-use building, The Charles at Church, will contain retail space, 20 rental units and 400 condo units, with the original heritage structures at the base.


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    Weekend events in Toronto are ready to get you up and out on King Street during TIFF Festival Street or at a new photo exhibit featuring The Weeknd. If you're looking for TIFF parties, movies to see, stars to watch out for or free stuff to do during the festival, we've got you covered.

    Events you might want to check out:

    TIFF Festival Street (September 6-9 @ King Street West)
    TIFF fever takes over downtown during this street festival featuring red carpet watching, free outdoor screenings, music and a rally for women in film.
    Toronto International Film Festival (September 6-16 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Toronto takes centre stage during this star-studded film festival with screenings, a street festival, parties, events and lots more.
    Aqua and Prozzak (September 8 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    Rewind it back to the 90s when pop music ran the world while Aqua's hyper dance hits and Prozzak's animated videos ruled the airwaves.
    In Time (September 8-9 @ The Coterie)
    The Weeknd stars in this photo exhibit by Hyghly Alleyne that takes a look inside the dreamy, smoke-filled, on-and-off-stage world of the XO crew.
    Taste of the Kingsway (September 7-9 @ The Kingsway)
    Take a stroll through the Kingsway, where 150 vendors will be lined up with food and drinks, served alongside exhibits and entertainment.
    St. James Town Festival (September 8 @ St. James Town)
    Toronto's historic James Town shows off its colours during this community-wide festival including local artists, vendors, food and programming.
    Share Her Journey Rally (September 8 @ King Street West)
    Part of Festival Street, a rally and march is planned to raise awareness of women in the film industry and support them in their fight for equal treatment.
    Cabbagetown Festival (September 8-9 @ Cabbagetown)
    Historic Cabbagetown comes out for a big festival with an all-Canadian market, food from local vendors, activities and live performances.
    Bicycle Music Festival (September 9 @ Humber Bay Park West)
    Put your pedal to the metal and take part in the big bike-powered concert and communal street ride through the city.
    Veg Food Fest (September 7-9 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Eat your heart out at this huge vegetarian food festival with over 140 vendors, all within a huge market place full of yummy goodies.
    Ossington Ice Cream (September 8 @ Alley behind Oddseoul)
    Come grab some ice cream the way it was meant: served up in an alley with flavours named after Toronto stereotypes like "I'm Drake's cousin."
    Burgers + Beers (September 9 @ 86 Miller Street)
    Is there anything better than a sweaty, cheese-smothered burger? How about a party with all-you-can-eat burgers and $4 beer? It's lit!
    Bülow (September 8 @ Mod Club Theatre)
    All the way from Germany comes pop singer Bülow with her soft, distinct voice and cooled out tunes about real life stuff.
    Yuno (September 8 @ The Garrison)
    Hypnotic and raw, Yuno's down-to-earth R&B style and raps capture and blend psych-rock for new kind of musical trip.
    Outlaw Music Festival (September 9 @ Budweiser Stage)
    Some of country's biggest stars arrive in Toronto for an all-day concert with Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Nathaniel Rateliff‎.
    Downsview Park Friday Night Lights (September 7 @ Downsview Park)
    The final DPRNL is here with a free outdoor screening of Avengers: Infinity War. Bring a blanket to stay cozy, a chair to sit on and enter to win some prizes.
    Movie Night in Liberty Village Park (September 7 @ Liberty Village Park)
    Maybe bring a blanket fo this free outdoor screening of Black Panther and catch one of the last free outdoor screenings of the season.
    The Sandlot (September 9 @ The Royal Cinema)
    Left Field Brewery joins the Royal for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the The Sandlot, plus a pre-show Blue Jays panel from Pitch Talks.
    Xpace Cultural Centre Programming Launch Party (September 7 @ XPACE (Lansdowne))
    This eclectic gallery is throwing a party in celebration of its 2018-2019 programming launch with DJs, snacks, drinks and, of course, lots of new art.
    Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Fair (September 7-9 @ Riverdale Park West)
    Visual art of all kinds from local artists is available at this big arts and crafts fair with activities, demos and more.
    NookFest (September 8 @ Woodbine and Woodmount)
    Back again is this little art festival with a lot of heart featuring live music, food, beer, wine, shopping, performances and more.
    The Mystic Forest (September 8 @ Opera House)
    The Opera House is getting a makeover of psychedelic proportions as The Mystic Forest returns with all kinds of trippy fun inside the concert hall.
    Bike Rave (September 8 @ The Bentway)
    Rave all night under the Gardiner with your bike and join together to make one big glowing, hyped-up, synchronized party machine.
    Aretha Franklin Dance Party (September 8 @ Sneaky Dee's)
    Celebrate the life of the Queen of Soul with a night of grooves, gospel and R&B's greatest artists form the Motown area spinning all night long.
    Summerdaze (September 9 @ 54 Fraser Ave)
    After a successful season of showcasing the city's underground DJ scene, Summerdaze returns for one last thank-you party of the year.
    Liberty Village Market (September 8 @ Liberty Towers Presentation Centre)
    Over fourty vendors come out for a European-style market featuring fashion, home decor, pet products, jewellery, art, photography and more.
    Surfers Market (September 8 @ Surf the Greats)
    Surf season is always on somewhere and this swap and shop encourages people to sell gear they're no longer using and pick up something new.
    Kensington Pop-Up (September 8-9 @ 301 Augusta Ave)
    Kensington's creative community joins together for this curated market with original works, prints, vintage clothing, leather goods, jewellery and more.
    Parkdale Flea (September 8-9 @ Northern Contemporary Gallery)
    The back to school edition of the Parkdale Flea promises everything you need to get into the groove with clothes, lifestyle and home products.
    Hard Feelings Mental Health Pop-Up Market (September 9 @ Hard Feelings Mental Health)
    Come out, craft and shop at this artisan market dedicated to reducing barriers and increasing access to mental health supports.

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    It's the end of an era for a certain type of media in Toronto this week as NOW Magazine announces the discontinuation of its famous "back pages" for sex ads.

    "NOW will always be sex positive and shameless in our support for sexual choice and the rights of sex workers," writes editor and publisher Alice Klein in a letter to readers on September 6.

    "But this week marks a major change for how we do that in our print publication."

    now magazine

    NOW Editor/Publisher Alice Klein's statement in the September 6 issue of the ALT weekly.

    Klein goes on to say that sex ads will no longer run in the back of the free weekly newspaper after decades of proving "of interest to some" and "challenging for many others."

    Ads promoting sexual services will still appear on the publication's website, however, in an 18+ adult directory with "detailed listings, pictures and more."

    This isn't the first time NOW's back pages have made headlines, either. The magazine was pressured by some to pull its sex ads in 2012 after New York's similarly formatted alt-weekly, The Village Voice, was accused of serving as a forum for the sex trafficking of under-age girls.

    In 2014, NOW openly defied a newly-created federal law that banned advertising for sex services in Canada. The publication called the legislation discriminatory against sex workers and vowed to continue running its ads — which it did, until today.

    now magazine

    The inside back page as it looks in the latest September 6 issue of NOW Magazine.

    "Denying sex workers their right to advertise when few publications would allow it was not an option for us," wrote Klein in her letter published today, nothing that NOW’s advertising policy was created to be "sex positive, non-judgmental and helpful in creating safer working conditions for marginalized women and men."

    "But the digital world now offers a robust marketplace for sex workers," she concluded. "We thank our clients and look forward to helping with this transition."


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    Bars and restaurants all over Toronto are throwing in their lot with TIFF by hosting some hot movie-related events this week. If you can't manage to squeeze yourself onto the guest list at any exclusive parties, you can still jazz up your night by heading to some evening hotspots where you can revel in all things TIFF for the next ten days. 

    Here are some bar and restaurant hotspots for TIFF 2018. 

    Remington's 

    The male strip club may be closing at the end of the month but it's going out with a bang. You can look forward to 4 a.m. last call basically all week, and events like the one tonight featuring RuPaul's Drag Race star Shangela are sure to attract a crowd.

    The Addison’s Residence

    As usual, this King West lounge will be hosting a bunch of TIFF-themed functions throughout the week including a Hollywood Entertainment red carpet event tonight and a Grey Goose-sponsored party this Friday. 

    Cactus Club Cafe

    If you're hoping to spot some celebs this week, this sprawling restaurant on Adelaide might be the place to do it. They've got TIFF-related events happening all week, including the afterparty for The Hummingbird Project this Saturday. Keep your eyes peeled for Salma.

    Gladstone Hotel

    For some events that are a bit less buzzy and more lowkey, this hotel venue is hosting a TIFF launch party tonight called Dark & Stormy in homage to film-noir as well as the Canadian Cinema Editors party on Monday.

    The Fifth Social Club

    Just blocks from Lightbox, this club on Richmond is getting in on the festivities with last call running until 4 a.m. all week and a few glamorous events worth dressing up for, like their Paparazzi Party this Saturday. 

    Malaparte

    If you're checking out one of the many must-see movies at TIFF Lightbox, you might as well head up to the building's rooftop where NYC's famous 1 Oak will be hosting a three-day party fest of its own. You can attend one of these glammed-out evenings for a fee of $40. 

    Patria

    Ryan Gosling—enough said. This longtime TIFF affiliate on King West will be serving up its Spanish fare for several swanky occasions this week, including parties for Gosling's new film First Man on Monday. Chris Pine fan? He'll likely be here for the Outlaw King party too.  

    Kost

    This glitzy restaurant will be hosting a number of high-profile events: the film Assassination Nation; IMDb, and CBC are all hosting parties here; plus, America's darling Julia Roberts will be celebrating her new show Homecoming by the Bisha poolside too. 

    EFS

    Vegas nightlife powerhouse Drai's is taking over this club on King West with a pop-up event that'll last from tonight to Saturday. Get in on the Vegas lifestyle by partying it up on the EFS rooftop and taking advantage of 4 a.m. last call. 

    Momofuku

    AT&T has transformed Dave Chang's Shangri-La project into the DIRECTV House, where you might be able to catch celebs like Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya and designer-turned-director Steve McQueen at a variety of cocktails and lunches that are bound to be very shi-shi. 


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    Late Wednesday night, under the cover of darkness, Toronto's Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art installed a new public art project by the acclaimed Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi near Queen and University.

    It's right on top of Sir Adam Beck — you know, that big grey guy on the median.

    Called "Life's Little Worries of Sir Adam Beck," the work is described as "an intervention into the historic monument to Sir Adam Beck in downtown Toronto."

    It took more than two years to plan for and prepare the original Nishi commission, which bears the honour of being the internationally renowned installation artist's first piece in Canada.

    It's also the first venture into public art for Prefix, a nearly 20-year-old gallery and publishing house based just down the street from Mr. Beck. — who, it should be noted, has been a base for independent art in the past.

    "For his Canadian premiere, Nishi delicately balances a stack of objects chosen for their relevance to contemporary life in Toronto upon the head of the Adam Beck Memorial," reads the organization's website

    "Through his visually stunning and delightfully humorous intervention, Nishi revivifies our relationship with this often-overlooked monument. In the process, he newly engages us with history, commemoration and community."

    The installation will remain as it is until Saturday, September 29, when it will be featured as an independent Nuit Blanche project for 2018. It's accessible 24/7, thanks to the installation of lights, and is available for viewing at no cost.


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    Rejoice, subway riders. You may no longer have to deal with that awkward little half-walk you do when you don't know where the door is going to be. 

    Brad Ross of the TTC posted on Twitter this afternoon to announce new door markers would be added to the platforms along the Yonge-University-Spadina line (Line 1), starting with York University Station. 

    The yellow markers are meant to help direct where the doors will be when the train stops, and will be precise given the new Automatic Train Control system.

    Hopefully they will also help people understand where they should wait for the train, so you can get off without having to push a random stranger.  


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    The City of Toronto won't be cracking down on short-term rental operators (read: Airbnb-lords) who book out apartments they don't live in this year, after all.

    Good news for people with a stable of cheap units at City Place, but not the best news for Toronto's already hard up rental market.

    Councillors voted 40-3 last December in favour of a "registration and licensing program" for all short-term rental activity in Toronto.

    The city's Licensing and Standards Committee explained in a report recommending the idea late last year that these unregulated, so-called "ghost hotels" are having negative impacts on housing affordability and availability.

    The rules, which should have come into effect this summer, would have required anyone renting out a short-term space — which would have to be a full home that they live in — to register with the city for an annual fee of $50.

    It would also restrict the amount of time they could rent their spaces out to 180 nights.

    That's not going to happen, however — at least not for some time, thanks to the postponement of an appeal tribunal contesting the city's vote.

    Toronto's Local Planning Appeal Tribunal was scheduled for two days last week, according to The Star, but when it was learned that this situation would take five days to resolve, the tribunal was rescheduled "for the next date when a hearing room, the adjudicators and all parties involved were available."

    They'll be meeting again to discuss the manner on Aug. 26, 2019 — nearly an entire year away.

    Then, the tribunal could then take up to eight weeks to release its decision while long-term rental units dwindle in the shadow of more lucrative Airbnb-type situations.


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    Stargazers assemble—TIFF Fan Zones are officially up and running once again, meaning superfans are gathering en masse to catch glimpses of their favourite celebs. 

    According to volunteers, rules are the exact same as last year's, meaning there's undoubtedly going to be some confusion concerning what you're allowed to bring into Fan Zones and where to wait.

    There are general guidelines available on TIFF's website on how to behave there, but most mix-ups revolve around bringing food and other items not explicitly listed online.

    Here are some things to know about this year's TIFF Fan Zones.

    Fan Zone locations

    There's two fan zones this year: the King Street Fan Zone, which is located right outside the Princess of Wales Theatre, a.k.a the Visa Screening Room.

    The other runs behind the main building at David Pecaut Square, by the L'Oreal Paris lounge which, which surrounds Roy Thompson Hall. According to volunteers, there may also be a fan zone operating around TIFF Lightbox.

    Lineups

    As a dedicated fan, you'll have to commit yourself to two lineups: the line to get your red Fan Zone wristband (specific to each zone), and the line to get into the actual Fan Zone.

    Depending on which premiere you're waiting for, its highly suggested you get there super early (I'm talking four hours at least) and look for the volunteers dressed in orange to find your wristband lineup.

    Wristbands usually start to be distributed about an hour before the event is set to begin. Bringing a fold-up chair you can stash later is recommended, unless you want to spend several hours sitting on the cement floor.

    Forbidden items

    There's a list of forbidden items listed on the website, including DSLRs with lenses longer than six inches, selfie sticks, aerosol cans, and large signs (anything bigger than 11 inches by 17 inches), so leave your giant cardboard Ryan Goslings at home.

    Security guards will be waiting for you before entering any Fan Zone, so prepare to have your back searched. Any bags deemed too large will be stored at a guarded table, and you'll be able to pick up your belongings when you leave.

    Bringing food

    Though it doesn't state it anywhere on the website, food and drinks are generally not allowed in the Fan Zones. You'll be forced to get rid of any snacks you still have on you past the wristband portion—even your H2O.

    Inside the Fan Zones

    Standing between a bunch of barricades in front of the red carpets, it gets notoriously crammed in here. Prepare yourself for tight spaces and some potentially intimate moments with strangers.

    After every screening, Fan Zones are cleared, meaning you'll have to dip out of there and revel in your TIFF fantasies come true elsewhere.

    At the end of the day, these areas are sectioned off for stargazer and celebrity safety, not necessarily for comfort. You'll have to decide if catching a glimpse of your #MCE is worth it. 


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    Party it up on this fine Friday at events in Toronto as TIFF continues its all-city takeover. Elsewhere, Taste of the Kingsway shows off the best of the neighbourhood and there's a huge vegetarian food festival down at Harbourfront Centre.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Downsview Park Friday Night Lights (September 7 @ Downsview Park)
    The final DPFNL is here with a free outdoor screening of Avengers: Infinity War. Bring a blanket to stay cozy, a chair to sit on and enter to win some prizes.
    Xpace Cultural Centre Programming Launch Party (September 7 @ XPACE (Lansdowne))
    This eclectic gallery is throwing a party in celebration of its 2018-2019 programming launch with DJs, snacks, drinks and, of course, lots of new art.
    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Season Launch Party (September 7 @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
    Another year of queer theatre is upon us as Buddies kicks off a year of productions, festivals and community programming with a big dance party.
    TIFF Tribute Gala After-Party (September 7 @ Fairmont Royal York Hotel)
    Toronto's own live music collective Dwayne Gretzky takes the stage during this TIFF party/fundraiser in support of the Share Her Journey campaign.
    Tapette (September 7 @ Bambi's)
    Perhaps a Friday night French disco party was just what you needed and this one is in honour of the legendary Obelix.
    Movie Night in Liberty Village Park (September 7 @ Liberty Village Park)
    Maybe bring a blanket for this free outdoor screening of Black Panther and catch one of the last free outdoor screenings of the season.
    Veg Food Fest (September 7-9 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Eat your heart out at this huge vegetarian food festival with over 140 vendors, all within a huge market place full of yummy goodies.
    Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Fair (September 7-9 @ Riverdale Park West)
    Visual art of all kinds from local artists is available at this big arts and crafts fair with activities, demos and more.
    Taste of the Kingsway (September 7-9 @ The Kingsway)
    Take a stroll through the Kingsway, where 150 vendors will be lined up with food and drinks, served alongside exhibits and entertainment.
    TIFF Festival Street (September 6-9 @ King Street West)
    TIFF fever continues today featuring more red carpet watching, a free outdoor screening of Bend It Like Beckham, music and a rally for women in film.

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    Looks like the Doctor has been spending time in Canada and she couldn’t have picked a more inconspicuous hideout.

    200 manor road east torontoThis quaint three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is modest but has been beautifully renovated.

    200 manor road east torontoThe main floor is bright and breathable. The gorgeous hardwood floors mean the living room flows seamlessly into the dining room, which also doubles as an office with built-in bookshelves.

    200 manor road east torontoThe kitchen is quite narrow but comes with all the essentials.

    200 manor road east torontoUpstairs are the bedrooms. They’re all pretty standard as far as bedrooms go.The only downside is the master bedroom doesn’t have an en suite so you will be sharing with the rest of the family.

    200 manor road east torontoDownstairs there’s more living space with a rec room, hobby room and a spa-like bathroom.

    200 manor road east torontoThe backyard has a huge deck and the garage is heated, so it could be used as a studio or workshop space for that side hustle.  

    200 manor road east torontoAnd just tucked behind the garage is what the estate agent has deemed a shed, but we all know better. That's right Doctor Who fans, this place has its very own TARDIS in the backyard. Fantastic!

    200 manor road east torontoThe Essentials
    • Address: 200 Manor Road East
    • Type: House
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Size: 25 x 128  feet
    • Listing agent: Laura Quinn
    • Realtor: Sage Real Estate
    • Hit the market at: $1,584,900
    • Sold for: $1,520,000
    200 manor road east torontoWhy it sold for what it did?

    It’s a great family starter home in a good neighbourhood. Plus, any British sci-fi nerds will be drooling at the “shed.”

    200 manor road east torontoWas it worth it?

    As a giant Doctor Who fan I would honestly consider paying that much for a house just to get the life-sized TARDIS. But, even if you’re not a Whovian, the house is a solid purchase.200 manor road east toronto


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    Burgers, beer, vegetarian goodies and free milk tea are all included in food events in Toronto this week. Taste of the Kingsway kicks off and there's a mini cask festival on. Ever wanted to try "Bro, I’m getting out of bitcoin and into cannabis"-flavoured ice cream? Now's your chance.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Taste of the Kingsway (September 7-9 @ The Kingsway)
    Take a stroll through the Kingsway, where 150 vendors will be lined up with food and drinks, served alongside exhibits and entertainment.
    Veg Food Fest (September 7-9 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Eat your heart out at this huge vegetarian food festival with over 140 vendors, all within a huge market place full of yummy goodies.
    Food Truck'N Friday (September 7 @ Parking lot at Bloor Street West and Resurrection Road)
    Another week of food trucks arrives with a new lineup including Temptations, Queen Arepa and The Crane Express serving up Filipino street snacks.
    Ossington Ice Cream (September 8 @ Alley behind Oddseoul)
    Come grab some ice cream the way it was meant: served up in an alley with flavours named after Toronto stereotypes like "I'm Drake's cousin."
    Free HK Milk Tea (September 8-9 @ Golden Bubbles)
    Be one of the first 100 at Golden Bubbles and try out their new Hong Kong-style milk tea series, specially crafted by Alan Yau.
    You Can Kiss My Cask (September 8 @ Muddy York Brewing Co.)
    A mini cask festival is going down at Muddy York with a full day of beer from local and regional brewers, and food by new resto butcher M'Eat.
    Burgers + Beers (September 9 @ 86 Miller Street)
    Is there anything better than a sweaty, cheese-smothered burger? How about a party with all-you-can-eat burgers and $4 beer? It's lit!
    Dinner at the Farm (September 13 @ Black Creek Community Farm)
    Feast on a bountiful harvest with locally-produced ingredients during this fundraiser dinner for Black Creek Community Farm.
    Harvest Apple Festival (September 22-23 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Apples scream "fall" and this big harvest festival dedicated to the autumn features locally grown produce, activities, a market and live music.
    Taste of Jane and Finch (September 29 @ Greenwin Inc.)
    New this year is a big street festival at Jane and Finch featuring a day of food trucks, offering treats from all over the world, performance and activities.
    Gourmet Food and Wine Expo (November 22-25 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    A foodie's dream come true, this huge expo features more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits, gourmet foods, workshops, exhibits and more.

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    If you visited the Blue Mountains in the late 90s, you might remember the 'The Great Slide Ride,' a concrete bobsled-like coaster that shot you almost 1,000 metres down the mountain on a tiny plastic sled.

    Half thrilling, half terrifying, that iconic ride has just been replaced with a safer, more modern version.

    Just two hours North of Toronto in the scenic Blue Mountains is the epic Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster that should be on everyone's bucket list this fall. 

    The coaster runs along a one-kilometre track that will take you along the breathtaking terrain of the mountain, offering stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment, Georgian Bay, and the changing leaves of Blue Mountain Village. 

    You have the choice to ride each individual car alone, or with a friend. Since you will operate the vehicle completely on your own, you'll control the speed, which can take you soaring up to 42 km/hour.  

    The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster operates from 10 - 6 p.m. daily and is only $16 per adult.

    Once back on your feet, be sure to check out the equally thrilling nearby spots like caving at Metcalfe Rock, or maybe just chill the day away at a cool Nordic Spa. 


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    Michael Moore, the ever provocative documentarian, treated the audience at the Ryerson Theatre to his latest highly political condemnation of the American political system, Fahrenheit 11/9.

    Before the film even began red bandanas were handed out, meant to represent the "red necks" who were striking workers who tied the material around their necks in solidarity.

    Trump baby balloons greeted festival attendees as well.

    Arriving a bit late, Moore and his producers quickly walked the Red Carpet.

    The sympathetic crowd applauded throughout, despite some being taken aback when Moore's sights pointed out flaws in the Clinton and Obama administration instead of the expected Trump excoriation.

    Post-screening the director introduced one of the Flint Water whistleblowers, as well as the students from Parkland, Florida who have transformed their tragic witnessing of their school shooting into an effective political movement.

    Moore mentioned that after announcing his film on Stephen Colbert's Late Show he was approached by the IRS to be audited. He then explained to the crowd he actually overpaid his taxes, thus is eligible for refunds with interest.

    Finally, at the afterparty Moore posed with women dressed in the costumes from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale continuing the spirit of protest at injustice even as the free drinks flowed.


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