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    This apartment may not be everyone’s style, but it sure is stunning. Designed by U/31, the residence was created to showcase the cityscape from almost every room.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe couple that previously owned this unit spent $750,000 on upgrades, adding things like silver leaf walls and ceilings in the foyer, a green marble kitchen and a ostrich skin powder room vanity.  

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe entire place screams "luxury." Particularly the living room, with the marble fireplace and the striking chandelier.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows flood the place with light and the green accents throughout the home create a unity, albeit one I wouldn’t have chosen myself.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe master bedroom is huge with a large walk-in closet and a spa-like en suite bathroom.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe second bedroom is being used as an office, but can easily be turned back into a place for rest.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoAs for outdoor space, this place comes with a large balcony that overlooks the city.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoAnd if that wasn’t luxurious enough, residents can take advantage of the Four Seasons Hotel’s amenities, like the concierge, spa, pool, whirlpool, and the massive fitness area.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoThe Essentials
    • Address: #3503 - 50 Yorkville Avenue
    • Type: Condo
    • Bedrooms: 2+1
    • Bathrooms: 3
    • Size: 45 x 51 feet
    • Realtor: Janice Fox, Hazelton Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
    • Hit the market at: $4,995,000
    • Sold for: $5,000,000
    50 yorkville avenue torontoWhy it sold for what it did?

    It’s a designer condo with stunning views right in the heart of Yorkville. It also has the allure and convenience of living at the Four Seasons, just without having to sleep in a strange bed.

    50 yorkville avenue torontoWas it worth it?

    Personally, I can’t really see how you can justify $5 million for a two bedroom condo, even if it is inside a hotel and was professionally designed.50 yorkville avenue toronto


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    Fall is in the air and food events in Toronto this week are a reflection of that. Beer, cider and corn are all on the menu while a vegan feast and garlic festival are also on. Oktoberfest is coming up and there's a new apple harvest to look forward to.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Toronto Beer Week (September 14-22 @ Multiple Venues)
    Toronto becomes craft beer central during this week-long celebration of the best suds in the city, happening at spots all over.
    The Famous Canadian Beer Run (September 15 @ Ontario Place)
    Take a 5k run through Ontario Place and celebrate with a cold one, food and some tunes. If running is not your thing, there's also beer yoga.
    Chef's Party (September 15 @ Assembly Chef's Hall)
    Toronto chefs are cooking up some of their own very special bites during this big feast, with Hollywood-themed featuring trivia, cocktails and live music.
    Feast In The East (September 15 @ Matt Durant Studio)
    Back again is this curated food, music and art series. This instalment features performances by three local bands, plus dinner and drinks.
    Food Truck'N For The Cure (September 15 @ Parking lot at Bloor Street West and Resurrection Road)
    Food Truck’N Friday is back with a purpose: to help rise money for the Canadian Cancer Society with a day of food trucks, music and activities.
    Mexican Independence Day Celebration (September 15 @ Nathan Philips Square)
    Traditional Mexican food, music, dance, art and more is taking over City Hall for a full day of celebrations to commemorate Mexican Independence Day.
    City Cider (September 16 @ Spadina Museum)
    The apple orchard behind the historic Spadina Museum is hosting an all-day picnic with fresh cider, music, activities and games.
    Junction Craft Brewing Makers Market (September 16 @ Junction Craft Brewing)
    Explore the many tastes Ontario has to offers during this big makers' market with a special spotlight on regional brewers.
    Annex Cornfest (September 16 @ Sibelius Park)
    This little neighbourhood food festival is dedicated to all things corn with proceeds going to the victims of the fire at 650 Parliament Street.
    Toronto Garlic Festival (September 16 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    Garlic and garlic accessories are all on at this big festival dedicated to the pungent herb. Expect garlicky goodies, shopping, a VR farm tour and more.
    Vegan Feast (September 19 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    A three course vegan feast is on this week with all kinds of plant-based goodies, plus a chef's talk, cocktail hour and live music.
    Taste of Napoli (September 20 @ Tutto Pronto)
    The country of Naples gets a celebration with a night of drinks, including a Sophia Loren-themed cocktail and five course dinner with pairings.
    Harvest Apple Festival (September 22-23 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    The first annual Harvest Apple Festival kicks off just in time for fall with a whole weekend of cider, treats, a farmers' market, music and activities.
    Octo-berfest (September 27 @ Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada)
    Celebrate Oktoberfest with the fish at this big party featuring nine local breweries on hand to keep you swimming all night.
    Empty Bowls (October 11 @ Gardiner Museum)
    Empty Bowls returns with gourmet soups served up in donated bowls by local makers in support of Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

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    Ontarions are incredibly lucky to be surrounded with stunning hiking trails, parks, lakes, and forests that truly come alive in fall.

    It's believed to be the most beautiful time of the year by many, and with everything our province has to offer, getting outside and enjoying this seemingly short season is a must. 

    There are a ton of local hiking options that are ideal to hit this time of year, but few spots will give you the same 360 degree view found on top of the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower.

    Located a little over two hours from Toronto, just South of Huntsville, the observation deck towers 142 metres above Dorset in Lake of Bays. 

    The original tower was built in 1922, and was used as a fire lookout until 1961, and standing at only 25 metres, it was itty-bitty compared to the updated version you'll see today.

    To get to the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, you'll begin your hike at the Dorset Heritage Museum. The trail then winds through a stunning mix of lush forest, that will be bursting with hues of yellow, orange and red in just a couple weeks. 

    The incline to reach the tower base is pretty steep, and at 2.3 kilometres long, you'd better wear comfy shoes—especially since you'll be climbing a massive staircase to reach those panoramic views. 

    The Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower is a pretty popular tourist attraction, (60,000 vehicles pass through the gates each year) with fall being the busiest season for obvious reasons. 

    The Tower is open to visitors seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


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    Predicting the winner of TIFF's People's Choice winner has often been a fool's challenge - just look at the likes of Tsotsi or Whale Rider for some under the radar films that still took the big prize. In other years the likes of home-grown films like Firecrackers or Mouthpiece might have stood a chance.

    Of late, however, the bigger profile films have been getting all the attention, be it due the the increase in social media response or the shift of the award to be a kind of prognosticator for Oscar nominations.

    Here then are five films that are seriously vying for the TIFF 2018 People's Choice awards, with the winner to be announced on Sunday followed by a free screening at 5:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

    Roma

    Alfonso Cuarón's Roma was supposed to play Cannes, where it almost surely would have taken the Palme do'r. It won top prize in Venice, and with its emotionally rich and technically astonishing filmmaking it could easily mirror that success here in Toronto.

    First Man

    TIFF audiences granted Damien Chazelle's La La Land with its big prize a few years back and they could do so again with this film that manages to be both intimate and enormous in scope at the same time.

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Barry Jenkins has followed up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with a challenging, emotionally rich and politically astute film. It would make for a welcome win indeed.

    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga wowed audiences here, and the musical, emotionally captivating film stands a good chance at the top prize.

    Green Book

    The audience was extremely enthusiastic for this story of race relations in the American South, and if they get out to vote expect this Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen headliner to surprise the prognosticators.


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    Ontario Premier Doug Ford has ordered his team to come into work on a Saturday (!) for a rare weekend sitting of the legislature at Queen's Park.

    Progressive Conservative MPPs were reportedly sent an email late Thursday night with the label "strictly confidential." The email is said to have announced a mandatory legislature session at 1 p.m. on Saturday "in order to pass Bill 31 in a timely manner."

    Bill 31 is the second version of Ford's controversial "Better Local Government Act" — the same act that was deemed unconstitutional by Ontario Superior Court on Monday.

    Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Ford's move to slash the number of seats on Toronto city council from 47 to 25 (in the middle of an election, no less) violated Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Ford decided to move forward with the legislation anyway by invoking the Charter's questionable Section 33 (or "notwithstanding clause") loophole, prompting many to accuse him of acting like a dictator in order to get his way. Amnesty International called this decision "a blatant human rights escape clause."

    A municipal election is currently set for October 22 — just over five weeks from today — and it has yet to be confirmed how many candidates can even run.

    Will Toronto have 47 or 25 wards next month? Nobody knows, but it's incredibly pressing to those in charge of running the election.

    "We have hit a tipping point and both election scenarios are becoming virtually impossible for us to carry out," said City Clerk Ulli Watkiss during a special meeting at city council on Thursday.

    Watkiss, who is responsible for running the election, said that she is concerned about whether or not it can even move forward as scheduled amidst the confusion.

    "Every hour that goes by, every day that goes by, creates greater uncertainty and raises in me a huge concern over the proper conduct of this election," she said, noting that she had retained independent legal council to discuss to the matter of postponing the election.

    Toronto residents can be on the lookout for hecklers getting handcuffed at Queen's Park this weekend.


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    As if Toronto wasn't too expensive to live in already, it looks like pricier groceries at all the big-name brands are now pretty much inevitable.

    The parent company of grocery chain Sobeys, Empire Company Ltd., said yesterday that prices will soon be going up to cover transportation and tariff-related costs, which have risen since Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump began their trade war months ago.

    The announcement follows similar statements from Loblaws, who has previously said they'll be raising prices to offset the retaliatory taxes imposed on U.S. imports like coffee and jam by the Canadian government. Same goes for grocery chain Metro. 

    Empire told analysts that increasing minimum wage and freight charges would also impact Sobeys' prices following the release of its first quarter-earning results yesterday: $95.6 million, up from last year's $54 million. 

    Until cross-border relations thaw, it looks like Canadians will have to pay more out of pocket for those American goods. Maybe it's time to ditch the big chains and shop local, or hit up some non-North American international grocery stores instead.


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    Today is a good day for people who love to cook, hate busy supermarkets and don't have access to a car. 

    Walmart Canada just announced that it has launched same-day grocery delivery service in select regions across the GTA, including all of downtown Toronto.

    The service is part of a pilot program between Walmart and the online grocery delivery service Instacart, though neither company has specified if an end date is in sight. 

    walmart groceries toronto

    Toronto can now purchase pretty much anything found in a regular supermarket online from Walmart and have it delivered in as little as an hour.

    Walmart says that it will expand to more markets if customers respond well to the program — and, as someone who lives among busy young professionals in a high rise building, something tells me they will.

    If people can afford to order from Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes every single day, $3.99 isn't much to pay for the delivery of a full load of groceries, especially when said groceries can arrive in less time than it usually takes for Thai takeout.

    Instacart's prices for Walmart groceries are more akin to what you'd find at, say, a Metro than a No Frills, but Walmart Canada promises "fresh, quality groceries" every time.

    walmart grocery delivery toronto

    Prior to its partnership with Instacart, Walmart Canada only offered next-day grocery delivery and pickup in the GTA. 

    Currently, customers in the GTA can only place an order for delivery "within two hours," but the company promises deliveries in "as little as an hour," depending on how far your home is from a Walmart Supercentre.

    Surprisingly, it costs no additional cash for the shorter delivery time frame — it's still $3.99 whether you want your order in five hours or five days. 

    Bring it on, I say. My arms could really use a break from carrying litres of almond milk home.


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    It's that time of year again. We're opening the poll to ten new best of categories including cinnamon buns, grilled cheese, French bakeries, omakase and more. Voting ends on Sunday September 16 at 3 p.m.


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    There's nothing like spaghetti swimming in red sauce to satisfy one's appetite after visiting a blood-spattered, chillingly realistic haunted house.

    Actually, that sounds like a fun date — so mark your calendars, kids, because Halloween is coming up fast, and you know much Toronto loves to get spooked on purpose.

    The newest in our city's long line of independent haunted houses will open its doors on October 5 in an unassuming home directly behind the famous Mamma Martino's Italian restaurant in Etobicoke.

    Called Martino Manor, the house can be found just off The Queensway, west of Mimico Creek (though you can already find a spooky hearse in front of the restaurant itself).

    Horror buff and proprietor Fernando Martino promises we "haven't seen anything this good in Toronto before" — and by good he means scary.

    An outdoor portion of the property will boast a haunted corn maze, according to promotional materials, while the house itself will feature something called "The Witch Nanny."

    I don't know what a witch nanny is, but just reading those words gives me goosebumps. It sounds like it could be in an episode of Are You Afraid of The Dark

    Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story "Martino Manor at 7 McIntosh Avenue."


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    Mad Crush Wine Bar has suddenly closed its doors at 582 College. The vino-focused restaurant was a reimagining of Crush Wine Bar, originally on King West.

    Owner Jamieson Kerr (The Oxley, Queen and Beaver) is transforming the space into something called The Peacock Public House at the end of the month. It will be modelled after Queen and Beaver with more of a pub vibe.

    “Sadly, although I loved the concept of a wine bar, the location did not suit it,” says Kerr. The main issues brought up was that the space didn't feel intimate, and they didn't feel engaged with the community.

    “I feel strongly that a relaxed and friendly local pub will be a great addition to the neighbourhood. It will be a new kind of ‘old pub’, that offers all the best bits of a traditional ale-house – well kept beer, honest food, friendly company, good cheer – with a fresh modern touch,” says Kerr.

    The main difference between The Peacock and Mad Crush will be the TVs behind the bar downstairs and a big screen in a private room upstairs for watching live sports. 


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    Board game cafes in Toronto are as popular as ever, and it makes sense seeing as these environments are chill, often open all day long, and have options for either coffee, beer, or both...plus (duh) all the games you could ever play. These spots are like your most awesome friend’s basement from childhood, but their mom never kicks you out.

    Here are my picks for the top new board game cafes in Toronto.

    Mana Pool

    In the gaming world, you replenish energy at a Mana Pool, so that’s what this Bloor West Village is meant to do. Unlimited play with their hundred board games is just five bucks a day, and they have de Mello Palheta coffee, Calbee Japanese snacks, lobster rolls, dessert and smoothies.

    Spielhaus

    Choose from more than 2,500 games available at this St. Clair West spot with a fun Lichtenstein-esque interior, snacks and trivia nights.

    Snakes and Lattes Midtown

    If you love board games and live in Toronto you’re probably already familiar with Snakes and Lattes, and this new location is even bigger and better. Near Eglinton station, they’ve got Propeller coffee, sandwiches, nachos and games from Jenga to Guess Who and Axis & Allies.

    See-Scape

    This art gallery and event space may have moved to the Junction but it’s still the spot for sci-fi lovers, with both board and video games, beer, mixed drinks, coffee, tea and food.

    A-Game Cafe

    This Dundas West cafe now has even more room for board game enthusiasts. It’s $3.50 per hour of play or $7 per person for unlimited play. Take advantage of their unlimited play deal and check out their wide variety of games.


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    Oktoberfest events in Toronto for 2018 arrive with all the dirndls, lederhosen and sauerkraut your heart desires. You don't have to visit Germany to soak up the culture and raise a stein to the old country.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Canada's Wonderland Oktoberfest (September 15-23 @ Canada's Wonderland)
    Oktoberfest at Canada's Wonderland looks to recreate the old country with German food, drinks and traditional festivities.
    Czechtoberfest (September 22 @ Masaryktown)
    Get your fill of beer, live tunes, food, prizes and dancing all day long at this huge Czech-themed Oktoberfest party.
    Porchtoberfest (September 22 @ The Porch)
    Let out your inner-German at this Porch's all-day Oktoberfest jam. Expect music, steins and food, while rational Oktoberfest wear is encouraged.
    Octo-berfest (September 27 @ Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada)
    Celebrate Oktoberfest with the fish at this big party featuring ten local breweries on hand to keep you swimming all night.
    Toronto Oktoberfest (September 27-29 @ Ontario Place East Parking Lot)
    The sights and sounds of Deutschland takes over during this huge celebration with all the lederhosen, bratwurst and steins you can imagine.
    Oktoberfest (September 29 @ Toronto Blue Danube)
    No need to travel to Munich to get in the Oktoberfestivities as the Blue Danube Club is serving up Bavarian food alongside German dance and beer.
    Bandit Oktoberfest (September 28 @ Bandit Brewery)
    Oktoberfest celebrations are on in a huge brewery reminiscent of the beer halls of the old country with food, music and tons of German hops on tap.
    Oktoberfest (September 29 - October 15 @ Bier Markt)
    Bier Markt is keeping the Oktoberfest celebrations going, beginning with a kick off party, live music, traditional Bavarian fare and lots of steins on tap.
    Aleyards Oktobeerfest (October 6 @ Junction Craft Brewing)
    Junction Craft Brewing, Shacklands and Rainhard are throwing a big, all-day Oktobeerfest jam with live music, food and even a traditonal beer breakfast.
    Craft Oktoberfest Party (October 6 @ Craft Beer Market Toronto)
    Party it up old country-style with German-inspired food and beers, dirndls, lederhosen, schnitzel, a DJ and free entry.

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    The silhouette of Canada's top university is about to change in a major way thanks to the addition of an academic tower made (almost) entirely from wood.

    Architects working on behalf of the University of Toronto recently applied for a zoning by-law amendment at 100 Devonshire Place, right on top of where the Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport was built in 2014.

    toronto wood tower

    Mass Timbre has been gaining recognition worldwide for its quick construction time, low carbon footprint and fire safety features. Image via City of Toronto.

    As previously announced, this is where the school plans to build a new academic wood tower— the tallest of its kind in North America at 14 storeys (just slightly taller than George Brown's forthcoming Arbour building along Toronto's waterfront.)

    The university submitted its official rezoning application to the City of Toronto late last month and it contains a wealth of new details about the tall timber tower and its construction.

    toronto wood tower

    The tower will be visible when entering campus from College street, at least during the colder months. Image via City of Toronto.

    A cross-section of the building shows that most floors will be used for academic purposes. The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy will have a mix of classroom and lab space across floors 2 and 3, with offices on the eighth floor. 

    All other non-mechanical floors will be occupied by the Rotman School of Business, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Mathematical Finance Program, with two exceptions.

    toronto wood tower

    Construction on U of T's wood tower won't start until at least late 2019. Image via City of Toronto.

    The fourth floor, designated for academic and recreational events, will have access to an existing green roof above the Goldring Centre. Planning documents say that the new tower will actually increase exposure to this terrace roof, which includes an accessible ramp, soft landscaping, seating and event space.

    Also of note is the fourteenth flour, which has 10.9-metre-high ceilings and will serve as both a banquet hall and space for the Rotman Executive program.

    toronto wood tower

    The design and construction of the academic tower is a joint project between U of T, Patkau Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Blackwell Structural Engineers. Image via City of Toronto.

    If all goes as planned, the tower will be 74.4 metres tall and boast 11,965 square-meters of space in total. It'll also add one more layer to the beautiful randomness of architectural styles found across U of T's St. George campus.


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    In just over a week, employees of Canada Post will legally be able to go on strike, meaning Canadian businesses and households better set up those online bill payments fast. 

    Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action on Sunday after months of negotiations with the Crown corporation. 

    Whether by strike or by lock out, the national delivery service could effectively be at a nationwide standstill as early as Sept. 26.

    While this may be pretty insignificant news for those who don't get anything but junk flyers in the mail, those who rely on snail mail to receive important parcels like medication (particularly cannabis) will have to find an alternative.

    And online shoppers better pay extra for that express service if they want to get their eBay and Amazon goods before that day. Same goes for online businesses who deliver their products to customers via mail. 

    The CUPW cites issues like the increasing number of parcels being delivered, as well as pay equity for Canada Post employees working in rural and suburban areas (RSMCs), for the strike action. 

    "Over the last decade, the working conditions of all our members has deteriorated, leaving many overburdened, with little time for their home life," said the National President of CUPW, Mike Palacek, in a statement

    "Ths ends now," he said. "Our members have spoken." 

    The vote on Sunday saw around 94 cent of urban mail carriers and 96 per cent of rural carriers vote in favour of the strike. 

    Right now, rural workers—who are being paid based on the length of their route and are predominantly women—are being paid less than their urban counterparts, who have hourly wages and are mostly male. 

    Until either sides of the disagreement find a resolution, it looks like Canadians will have to pick up their own parcels, if they're close enough. 

    As for payments and documents, it's the 21st century: maybe the Internet can help. 


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    Jacobs Hardware, the beloved Queen West fixture filled from top to bottom with screws, bolts, and miscellaneous parts, is closing its doors at the end of the month after nearly 100 years in business. 

    Established in 1924 by Samuel Jacobs, the shuttering of this local staple at 410 Queen St. West marks yet another independent hardware shop folding in the face of big brand stores and online sales.

    Everyone from DIY home repairers and tinkerers to professional builders have long flocked to the store's tight confines to browse its 14-foot-high walls lined with shelves of seemingly endless and eclectic inventory.  

    Coupled with the kind of customer service that only a small business can provide, Jacobs has been regarded as a first-stop kind of store, where the odds of finding what you're looking for, no matter how obscure, are at its best—better than at Rona or Home Depot, anyway. 

    While there will be many things we'll miss when Jacobs closes—from their cheap key-cutting service to the mysterious backroom from where all sorts of rare items have emerged—the sound of owner Larry Krupski's typewriter from the overhead loft will be missed the most.


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    We're halfway through September and events in Toronto today mark the occasion with some seasonal favourites like the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, an end-of-summer block party and one of the last flower markets of the season. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Dudebox Dear Summer (September 15 @ Chinatown)
    One last summer block party bash is in order and Dudebox has the art installations, boozy treats, activities and dog-friendly action on deck.
    Rina Sawayama (September 15 @ Velvet Underground)
    Style on 100, Rina Sawayama arrives from London with her one woman show and a vibe reminiscent of all the 90s girl groups combined.
    The Deadstock Depot (September 15 @ 1305 Dundas Street West)
    Vintage Hilfiger, Champion, Kappa and Gucci are all on hand at this big deadstock streetwear sale with more than 30 local and international vendors.
    Toronto Flower Market (September 15 @ CAMH)
    Growers from all over Toronto are on hand with fresh-cut flowers, pre-made arrangements and bouquets made upon request at your price point.
    Liberty Theater (September 15 @ Stephen Bulger Gallery)
    A study of the Southern United States from the 1970s to the 1990s, Rosalind Fox Solomon's photographs take a closer look at the changing racial landscape.
    The Famous Canadian Beer Run (September 15 @ Ontario Place)
    Take a 5k run through Ontario Place and celebrate with a cold one, food and some tunes. If running is not your thing, there's also beer yoga.
    Wanderlust (September 15 @ Bandshell Park)
    A full day of meditation, yoga, music, food, fitness and transcendence is going down by the water at this big urban mindfulness retreat.
    Chef's Party (September 15 @ Assembly Chef's Hall)
    Toronto chefs are cooking up some of their own very special bites during this big feast that also features Hollywood-themed trivia, cocktails and live music.
    Roncesvalles Polish Festival (September 15-16 @ Roncesvalles Village)
    This yearly staple is back on Roncy with Polish cultural offerings of food, music, dance, and entertainment — plus a polka party!
    Venus Fest (September 15-22 @ Multiple Venues)
    Now in its second year, the first day of this celebration of women and non-binary artists in music returns with performances, art and talks.

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    The leaves may still be green right now, but before you know it, Toronto's vast canopy of trees will have taken on the warm hues that fall foliage tourists go gaga for—and soon after that they'll be crunchy brown things on the ground that are a pain to rake up. 

    You can take advantage of this fleeting transition from a humid summer to what's being forecasted as a very frosty upcoming winter by keeping tab on our city's top spots for fall foliage viewing, which will likely start to see some major colour changes within the next two to three weeks. 

    When exactly those autumnal reds and oranges will peak however, is hard to say, depending on the region and whether or not these fall nights stay cool enough to make the leaves turn.

    For tracking popular arborous destinations outside of the city like Bronte Creek or Sibbald Point, the best move is to check out the Ontario Parks fall colour reports, which give up-to-date info on what Mother Nature's been up to colour palette-wise. 

    Areas north of Toronto like Forks of the Credit Provincial Park have seen a 10 per cent change in colour, meaning the trees along the Meadow Trail will be looking a lot less luscious these days until they jazz up again.

    Same goes for the trees by the Viewing Platform at Mono Cliffs, and at Darlington, where leaves are reported to actually be falling already.

    But the greatest change in Ontario so far has been the mecca of fall colour admirers, Algonquin Park, whose dominant tones are still green but whose leaves have already seen a 20 percent change near West Gate, which will probably be jam-packed with tourists by the end of October.

    Anyone not intending on traveling far to watch the trees do their thing can stick to keeping an eye on the Ontario Parks report, and maybe popping by anywhere along the Don Valley within the next month or so, to catch the colours before they're gone.


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    Food events and festivals in Toronto this fall look to fill your tummy with yummy goodness. New this year is a festival dedicated to all things soup and an apple harvest, while Oktoberfest takes over and Cask Days is back for the beerin'.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Harvest Apple Festival (September 22-23 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    The first annual Harvest Apple Festival kicks off just in time for fall with a whole weekend of cider, treats, a farmers' market, music and activities.
    The Pancakes & Booze Art Show (September 26 @ The Opera House)
    Art, body painting, music, booze and a whole lotta pancakes are on at this big party featuring signature cocktails and unlimited fluff cakes.
    Bevy 0040 (September 28 @ Brunswick Bierworks)
    The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is throwing a big patio party with local, national and international brewers, food and an all-women makers' market.
    Witchstock (September 29 @ Bellwoods Brewery)
    Bellwoods Brewery welcomes brewers from as far away as Belgium to this beer festival featuring food, merch and unlimited tasting samples.
    Empty Bowls (October 11 @ Gardiner Museum)
    Empty Bowls returns with gourmet soups served up in donated bowls by local makers in support of Anishnawbe Health Toronto.
    Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship (October 13 @ Yonge–Dundas Square)
    Everything has been leading up to this: music, food and a big poutine party with three eating competitions to see who comes out victorious.
    Cask Days (October 19-21 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Beer as nature intended is on as Evergreen Brick Works hosts a massive brew festival with drinks served straight out of the cask.
    Toronto Soup Festival (October 20-21 @ Garrison Common)
    Just in time for comfort food season, this new festival is dedicated to all things soup, featuring exhibitors, non-soup food, drinks and more.
    Fresh Hop Fest (November 15 @ Berkeley Church)
    Hops and lots of 'em are on at this big brewfest with locally-produced, specialty beer served up alongside live entertainment and food.
    Gourmet Food & 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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    The best comedy clubs in Toronto are where to go see the next potential SNL stars, test out your own chops or just blow off some steam with a few good belly laughs and a couple pints of beer. Home not only to improv, stand up, and variety shows but also workshops and classes, these clubs spread joy across the city.

    Here are the best comedy clubs in Toronto.

    3 - Comedy Bar

    Bloorcourt is proud to be home to one of Toronto’s loveliest basement comedy clubs with nightly shows from stand up comedians and improv troupes.
    4 - Second City

    With a world renowned reputation that the Toronto chapter of this international comedy club in the Entertainment District more than upholds, this is the place to go if you want to see critically acclaimed comedy, and the place to study if you want to put yourself through comedy bootcamp.
    5 - Yuk Yuk's

    A hub for Toronto’s Just For Laughs festival, this Entertainment District outpost of the international chain is a good place to go to see touring comics.
    6 - Absolute Comedy

    Shows run around $12 - $20 bucks at this classic Yonge & Eglinton club, but what they’re really known for are their $8 Pro/Am nights where three to five local amateurs perform on the same night as one or two weekend pros.
    7 - Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

    This upper floor comedy club in Bloorcourt is home to the theatre company of the same name. They run classes out of here and you can also rent out the intimate space.
    8 - Social Capital Theatre

    There are shows every night on at least one of the two floors of this active improv-focused club above Black Swan Tavern on the Danforth.
    9 - The Corner East

    Two minimalist, cozy locations of this comedy club dedicated to stand up (one in Leslieville and one on Queen West) are named for Toronto’s erstwhile Speaker’s Corner, and the same freedom of expression is embraced at both.
    10 - Rivoli

    There’s a stage tucked away at the back of this bar and restaurant that’s played host to tons of musicians and comedians, including up and comers from Kids in the Hall back in the day.
    11 - The Underground Cafe

    The home of stoner comedy in Toronto, this 420-friendly lounge in Riverside is often packed with potheads enjoying hilarious $10 shows.

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    A cheap lunch in Toronto isn’t just fuel to keep you going, it can be a midday oasis that improves your whole outlook on the rest of the afternoon. Whether you forgot to make your lunch, didn’t have time or just hate doing it altogether, these are some places you can head for lunch that are both yummy and easy on the wallet.

    Here are my picks for the top cheap lunches in Toronto by neighbourhood.

    Annex

    Tacos are $4 each or four for $13 at Bang Bang Burrito, making it one of the best deals on tacos in the city in this neighbourhood.

    Baby Point 

    Annie’s Cuisine is this neighbourhood’s spot for cheap Caribbean, with classic options like jerk chicken and curry goat topping out at under $10.

    Baldwin Village 

    Pretty much every bowl of Kinton Ramen’s nominal standby dish is $12.99 at this location of a chain with spots throughout the city.

    Beaches 

    While you can get some of the craziest burgers with grilled cheese buns, chili and cheese-stuffed mushrooms at Burger’s Priest, standard cheeseburgers are still also just $6.29 here.

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    Fill up on burritos at Bang Bang in the Annex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Bloorcourt

    Prices are low across the board at Cinderella, situated right at the entrance to Dufferin subway station, with falafel sandwiches for just $3.99, chicken shawarma sandwiches for $5.49.

    Bloordale 

    Chito’s Pizza is the best when it comes to great lunchtime deals, large pizzas going for just $9.50 (though I personally recommend the shawarma pizza for $15).

    Brockton Village 

    If you’re really looking to fill up for cheap, Pho Linh is the place to go. Humongous XL bowls of their legendary beef rice noodle soup are around $8.50.

    Canary District 

    You can take out or dine in at Souk Tabule where Middle Eastern mezza like falafel and hummus hover around $6.50.

    Castlefield Design District 

    Open 24 hours, Commisso Brothers has a hot table where pretty much everything is under $10 including their renowned veal sandwiches.

    Chinatown 

    Boiled, steamed or pan-fried, Mother’s Dumplings are all around $10, steamed buns around $5.

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    The BLT is a popular option at Brick St. Bakery in the Distillery District. Photos by Hector Vasquez.

    Church Wellesley 

    A variety of around a dozen veggie rotis at Indian Roti House go for around $10, including favourites like saag paneer.

    Corso Italia 

    Sandwiches and pasta at Centro Trattori & Formaggi will cost you just over five bucks for a taste of homestyle Italian cooking.

    Danforth 

    Though recognized as one of Toronto’s best ramen spots, bowls of soup at Ryus Noodle Bar average out around $14.

    Distillery District 

    A great BLT can be found at Brick Street Bakery for just $5.50, other sandwiches going for under $10 and sausage rolls for $3.50.

    Don Mills 

    Jerk chicken or pork sandwiches are just $6.25 at Allwyn’s Bakery, coco bread patty sandwiches just over $3.

    Dundas West 

    A host of great cheap options can be found at Market 707, a series of shipping containers converted into stalls selling poutine, meat pies, and grilled cheese.

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    Don't miss the jerk chicken sandwich at Allwyn's in Don Mills. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Entertainment District 

    Illstyl3 Sammies does epic sandwiches like Philly cheesesteaks for under $10, and they do hoagies and breakfast sammies for similar prices.

    Etobicoke 

    Mrakovic Deli will load up a plate with house cevapi and a bun for $10, with the traditional accompaniments of onion, ajvar and kaymak.

    Financial District 

    Classic salads from Greek to Nicoise and tabouleh to Caesar are all just $8.99 at Mam Green Salad.

    Junction 

    It’s not the cheapest peameal sandwich in the city, but considering the version at When the Pig Came Home comes topped with kale and maple aioli, $5 is a great deal.

    Junction Triangle 

    Hot, cheesy Italian sandwiches too big to get your mouth around are still around or under $7 at Nonna’s.

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    The fish tacos can't be beat at Seven Lives in Kensington Market. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Kensington 

    Though the tacos at Seven Lives are filled with high-end seafood like grilled mahi mahi, spicy shrimp and smoked tuna, they’re still only $5 each.

    Leslieville 

    A “basic” grilled cheese with aged cheddar and mozzarella, house hot sauce and roasted red pepper sauce is just $5 at Completo. Tacos come in orders of three for just $9.

    Little Italy 

    Textbook smash burgers are just $6.50 at Rudy, poutine and chicken sandwiches going for $7.50.

    Little India 

    Nothing is better than a good old sandwich at community-oriented Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, options like BLTs, burritos and grilled cheeses going for around $10.

    Oakwood Village 

    A small order of fried chicken is $8.50 at Judy’s Island Grill, $10 for small orders of brown stew chicken or BBQ chicken.

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    Try the Detroit style burger at Gold Standard on Roncesvalles. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Parkdale 

    Tibetan bento boxes are $8.99 at Yak Cafe and Indian-style thali meals are $7.99. Both allow you to sample a lot of different little items for less.

    Roncesvalles 

    There are only three sandwiches on the menu at Gold Standard, including a breakfast sandwich and a burger, and they’re all gloriously $6.

    Rogers Road 

    The go-to half grilled chicken at St. Matthew’s BBQ Chicken is $6. For $5 more you can get it with the standby accompaniments of rice and potatoes

    Queen West 

    Just try finishing a roti from Gandhi Roti in one sitting—you probably won’t be able to, despite the fact that vegan rotis all cost under $10.

    Rosedale 

    Black Camel sandwiches stuffed with a mountain of slow-cooked meat such as pulled pork, brisket or pulled chicken are under $10.

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    Lasagna makes for a cheap lunch at Agincourt Bakery in Scarborough. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Scarborough 

    At Agincourt Bakery, the $6 veal sandwich and $7 meatball sandwich are both almost too big and sloppy to finish in one sitting, and it’s a similar story with lasagna for $7 as well.

    South Core 

    Harbour Eats by Mercatino provides a budget-friendly option for office workers with stations providing tacos, sushi, poke bowls, sandwiches and more all for around $10.

    St. Lawrence Market 

    Simplistic peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel are already iconic, their popularity only improved by a $6.45 price tag.

    St. Clair West 

    Tacos are $5, huevos dishes are $10 and tostadas are under $10 at Tenoch, home to great value and some of Toronto’s meatiest sandwiches.

    Weston-Mount Dennis 

    Whole wheat roti is just $6.50 at V’s Caribbean, a cash-only veggie-forward restaurant.

    Yonge & Dundas 

    Beef or chicken patties are just $2 at Ritz Caribbean, and there’s always a $5.99 lunch special.

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    Shawarma doesn't get much better than the rendition at Zezafoun near Yonge and Eglinton. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Yonge & Eglinton 

    Falafel wraps are $6.40 and chicken shawarma wraps are $8.45 every day at Zezafoun, where they also do rotating Syrian lunches for $11.95.

    Yonge & St. Clair 

    Burgers get pretty zany at Holy Chuck but an old-fashioned cheeseburger from here is well-priced for the quality at $9.49.

    Yorkville 

    Kebaberie has chicken, beef or veggie kebab sandwiches and chicken or beef shawarma sandwiches for under $10.


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