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    Toronto's newest brewery is just weeks from opening, and when it does, guests can expect a dog-friendly space that's open to cyclists and runners too. 

    Black Lab Brewing, which takes over an old iron and woodworking warehouse at 818 Eastern Avenue in Leslieville, is slated to open sometime during Thanksgiving weekend, adding yet another brewery to the east side's growing list of watering holes. 

    Run by husband-and-wife duo Billy and Anne Madden, the two-floored, 3,600 square-foot space will have a bottle shop and a 27-foot-bar with 18 taps, though they'll have somewhere between six to eight beers on tap to start off.

    According to Billy, the black-and-white space will be filled with hanging plants, a few TVs to watch the game, and in the spring (hopefully) a 600-square-foot rooftop patio. There won't be a food menu, but there will be snacks and occasional pop-ups.

    You can also expect to see Snoopy, the couple's nine-year-old black lab and unofficial mascot of the brewery. Black Lab is pet friendly, meaning you can bring your canine companions along for doggie dates while the hoomans sip of Belgian beers. 

    "[Black labs] represent everything good about what we’re doing," says Billy Madden. "Loyalty, trustworthiness, dedicated, hardworking...all the attributes that black labs possess." 

    Equipped with four fermenters, Billy says that eventually plan on adding three more by next year.

    Belgian beers are inevitable here, as are a couple of flagship beers like the Cornerstone Black Lager, named in honour of the Cornerstone Estate Winery, where the Maddens got Snoopy when she was just four months old. 

    There'll also be a rye pale ale brewed in their Pilot System, IPAs from both the east and west coast, and at least one sour from their kettle series, including a bright pink one made from rhubarb. 

    Billy is also an active runner, so the brewery will also be equipped with bike racks and lockers for cyclists and runners to leave their stuff, after which they can maybe hop over to nearby Martin Goodman Trail for a quick jaunt before heading back to Black Lab for a self-congratulatory brew. 


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    You're driving south on Coxwell, past the Michael Garron Hospital, and suddenly you see it—a glimpse of something shiny on the side of the road. 

    Like a magpie, you swerve to the patch of houses on the east side of the street. Is it a disco ball, a giant Christmas ornament? 

    glitter car toronto

    The bedazzled car sits outside its home at 813 Coxwell Ave. 

    Nay, it's a red Chrysler Sport 300, bedazzled with an assortment of jewels and acrylic gems, and a couple of misleading Mustang emblems for good measure. 

    glitter car coxwell toronto

    The Chrysler Sport 300 is covered with all sorts of ornaments and jewels.

    For years, this car has been a staple feature of the stretch just south of Sammon Avenue. Sitting in the street parking outside of 813 Coxwell, a home equally adorned with its share of glittering ornaments, the car has become a mascot of sorts for this small residential strip.

    glitter car coxwell toronto

    The car is owned by Frank Georgio, who immigrated to Toronto from Naples when he was 21 years-old. 

    Frank Georgio never intended for the car to become the centre of attraction, but these days he uses the frequent interactions with strangers, who'll often stop by to admire and compliment glittering vehicle, to preach the word of God. 

    Almost every day, Georgio sticks a new piece of jewelery on top of his car, or in the interior, with a piece of double-sided tape.

    glitter car coxwell toronto

    The entire dashboard, steering wheels, and parts of the back seat are decorated as well. 

    Sometime he'll stop by the Dollar Store to pick up some new shiny thing, other days he'll go to more expensive specialty shops to pick up all sorts of pearly orbs and strappy studs. More often than not he'll just remove a piece he's bored with and replace it with a new acquirement. 

    Now 81 years-old, Georgio moved to Toronto from Naples when he was 21. After he met his wife, he converted from Roman Catholicism to Christianity.

    glitter car coxwell toronto

    Georgio doesn't always add the jewels to new places, he just replaces old ones. 

    He says with all the bad things happening in the world—and more close to home, the Danforth shooting—people need God more than ever. 

    As we chat, a young man and woman stop by to admire the car. 

    "Every time I walk by this car, I smile," says the man to Georgio, who smiles back, turning to look at his prized chariot with pride. 

    glitter car coxwell toronto


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    Events in Toronto this week are a little more politically charged than usual as both the first mayoral debate and a discussion on the upcoming election are on. Elsewhere there's few beer festivals to take the edge off, Legends of Horror is back and there's lots of free stuff to check out as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Molly Nilsson (September 24 @ The Garrison)
    The talented Molly Nilsson uses indie rock and electro pop to delve deep into our inner-selves and explore the universal emotions we all share.
    Artsvote Mayoral Debate (September 24 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    The mayoral race is on and already a burning question hangs over the candidates: what's the plan for improving arts in Toronto?
    Where Do We Start? (September 25 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    This series seeks to break down some of the biggest issues facing the city with this week's discussion focusing on the upcoming municipal election.
    The Pancakes & Booze Art Show (September 26 @ The Opera House)
    Art, body painting, music, booze and a whole ton of pancakes are on at this big party featuring signature cocktails and unlimited fluff cakes.
    Leon Bridges (September 27 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    A man of many styles and sounds, Leon Bridges lends his beautiful voice to both soulful acoustic ballads, electro collabs and everything in between.
    Toronto Oktoberfest (September 27-29 @ Ontario Place East Parking Lot)
    The sights and sounds of Deutschland take over during this huge celebration with all the lederhosen, bratwurst and steins you can imagine.
    Vision (September 27-30 @ White House Studio Project)
    Immerse yourself in art that seeks to explore the possible with the impossible with a celebration of Black expression and shared dreams.
    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.
    Legends of Horror (September 28 - October 31 @ Casa Loma)
    Halloween comes early to Casa Loma as Legends of Horror returns to transform the old mansion into a regular scare-a-thon.
    ROM Friday Night Live (September 28 - November 23 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Another season of #FNL returns for a big party inside the museum. Food, music, dancing and exhibits are all part of the fun.
    The Barn & Stables Reunion (September 29 @ Club 120)
    One of the Village's biggest institution is coming back for one night only with a night of dancing, entertainment, memories and good times.
    Etsy Fall Market (September 29 @ MaRS Discovery District)
    Gifts, jewellery, clothing, flare, household goods, lifestyle and beauty products can all be found at this big market by local Etsy makers.
    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.
    Toronto Antique & Vintage Market (September 29-30 @ Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place)
    All vintage everything from designer clothing, gadgets, furniture, housewares, art, vinyl and books can be found at this big, two-day market.
    Nitro Circus (September 30 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    High-flying motorcycles take over the Scotiabank Arena to soar over giant dunes during this FMX, BMX, scooter and inline extravaganza.

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    This week on DineSafe, one of Toronto's best Italian restaurants landed in some hot water with city health inspectors. Piano Piano managed to get an alarming eight infractions, three of which were crucial. 

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

    Dogs & Coffee (616 Queen St. West)
    • Inspected on: September 17, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to ensure room kept free from live birds or animals.
    Kumo Sushi (562 Kipling Ave.)
    • Inspected on: September 17, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 1 (Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Piano Piano (88 Harbord St.)
    • Inspected on: September 17, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 8 (Minor: 2, Significant: 3, Crucial: 3)
    • Crucial infractions include: Maintained potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C, failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration and stored ice in unsanitary manner.
    ASAP City (2075 Danforth Ave.)
    • Inspected on: September 18, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Globe Meats (61 Signet Dr.)
    • Inspected on: September 18, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Pickle Barrel Grand (1 Yorkdale Rd.)
    • Inspected on: September 18, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Maintained potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C and failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Sunset Grill (120 Bloor St. East)
    • Inspected on: September 18, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Significant: 2, Crucial: 3)
    • Crucial infractions include: Refrigerated potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature above 4°C, failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration and food premise maintained in manner permitting adverse effect on food.
    Yueh Tung (126 Elizabeth St.)
    • Inspected on: September 18, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 3, Significant: 3)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Second Cup (3008A Bloor St. West)
    • Inspected on: September 19, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 1 (Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Stored potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C.
    Jamie's Italian (3401 Dufferin St.)
    • Inspected on: September 20, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 1, Significant: 3, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Me Va Me Kitchen Express (240 Queen St. West)
    • Inspected on:  September 20, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Significant: 4, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Starbucks (1320 Castlefield Ave.)
    • Inspected on: September 20, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Starbucks (47 Charles St. West)
    • Inspected on: September 21, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner permitting adverse effect on food.

    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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    Your local Sobeys store could soon morph into a trendy, "fresh market shopping experience" thanks an $800 million deal between the grocery giant's parent company, Empire Co. Ltd., and Ontario food retailer Farm Boy.

    Empire announced the news on Monday, telling the Canadian Press that it was acquiring Farm Boy in the hopes of expanding its business footprint.

    Farm Boy, which was founded as a produce stand in Cornwall, Ontario almost 40 years ago, currently boasts 26 stores across the province. People often liken the chain to Whole Foods or the American cult-favourite Trader Joe's, which has yet to enter Canada.

    Farm Boy toronto

    Farm Boy opened its first Toronto location in March. Prior to this, the closest options were in Whitby, Pickering and Kitchener. 

    Sobeys' parent company plans to more than double the number of Farm Boy locations in Ontario and speed up the chain's planned expansion into the Toronto market, specifically.

    This will involve building some brand new Farm Boy stores in Toronto (in addition to the recently-opened Etobicoke location) and also "the conversion of some existing Sobeys locations."

    To top it all off, Farm Boy products will be available for purchase across the GTA through Sobeys' new online grocery platform when it launches in 2020.

    If this doesn't show Trader Joe's that we, as a country, are worthy of its dark chocolate peanut butter cups, I don't know what will.


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    One Ontario cottage county could upset many if it proceeds with plans to regulate short term rental accommodations.

    Prince Edward County, located about two hours from Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario, has seen an overwhelming increase in short term rentals over the past few years, many of them Airbnb listings. 

    As a result, the county council has explored its options, including changing bylaws and adding hefty licensing fees to owners of short term units, deterring that investment.

    Supporters of the regulations say the amount of short term accommodation leaves streets "dark" when the units are empty, and that it brings strangers into the community, which leads to noise, safety concerns, and a reduction in community.

    But many are opposed to the regulations, saying they will throttle the economy. If these short term units are reduced in number, it will leave the area with less returns on its huge investment in tourism. 

    A petition, started by Curtis Sprissler, looks to stand against the regulations. 

    "Protecting tourism is protecting our entire community," reads the petition, which was nearing half of its desired signatures as of Monday morning.

    "We therefore call upon the Municipality of Prince Edward to retract the proposed bylaws and to exercise caution and restraint in the consideration of any future proposals."

    The county's report on the issue found that there are both pros and cons to the number of short term rentals, and outlines options for addressing both. The report found over 28,000 people used Airbnb to stay in the region over the past year, marking a 140 per cent year-over-year increase.

    Whether or not the regulations will be put into place is yet to be seen, but it will be interesting to see how they affect other regions' desires to do the same, including Toronto


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    Summer is over in southern Ontario, as evidenced by all of the people wearing coats today (and also by the calendar) — but don't put your shorts in storage just yet.

    Believe it or not, temperatures are expected to rise from this morning's chilly low of 10 degrees Celsius all the way up to 22, which, with the humidex, will feel more like 29 by Tuesday.

    This temperature swing, the latest in a longline of such rapid fluctuations for Toronto, will begin with a "feels like" jump from 13 C to 22 C between noon and 2 p.m. on Monday.

    toronto weather septemberIt's going to be wet but warm in Toronto on Tuesday after a chilly start to the week. Image via Environment Canada.

    By Tuesday afternoon, we'll be back in the beachy zone — minus the beach, unless you like mud. Environment Canada is calling for rain on Monday night, all day Tuesday, and Wednesday morning.

    After that, things will start to dry (and cool) off again, reaching a pleasant and sunny 19 degrees by Thursday.

    The weekend is expected to be mild as well, with Saturday sitting at 17 degrees, so show off those autumn jackets while you can. Parka season is coming and, knowing this city, it'll probably hit just hours after the final heat wave of 2018.


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  • 09/24/18--10:32: The Best Banh Mi in Toronto
  • The best banh mi in Toronto are the freshest Vietnamese subs around. Baguettes with pâté, cold cuts and pickles are the traditional product of French colonial influence on Vietnam, but with banh mi having seen a recent renaissance of sorts, there's no limit as to what cross-cultural ingredients you can get them filled with these days.

    Here are the best banh mi in Toronto. 

    9 - Banh Mi Metro

    The sister shop of the restaurant Pho Metro, owners of this Scarborough destination have capitalized off the success of their popular pho endeavour to bring a banh mi store to Lawrence East. Banh mis here are the traditional kind, with protein like pork belly or grilled beef.
    11 - Banh Mi Que Huong

    This old school banh mi shop by the Finch and Weston burbs does delicious Vietnamese subs a dozen different ways, generally priced at $3 or less. Their menu is kind of hardcore (there's no English translations, and the font is interesting) but you can always ask the nice person at the counter to assist you.
    3 - Banh Mi Boys

    The first chain to really put modernized banh mis on the map, Banh Mi Boys' menu eschews cold cuts completely and instead includes all types of Korean- and Chinese-style meats. You can get banh mis with five spice pork belly or duck confit at either of their locations: Queen and Spadina or by <a href="https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/banh-mi-boys-yonge-street-toronto/">Yonge and Dundas</a>.
    4 - Banh Mi Nguyen Huong

    This family-run Chinatown institution has been serving Vietnamese sandwiches since the 80s, before banh mi became a mainstream thing. They've got six locations across the GTA but the one on Spadina is definitely the most well-known. Made-to-order sandwiches come with with ingredients like assorted cold cuts or lemongrass sausage,and super cheap: $1.75 for small.
    5 - Rose's Vietnamese Sandwiches

    Located in East Chinatown, this cheerful little sub shop has all your usual banh mi options like lemongrass meat balls and chunky pieces of tofu. Rose's is a Gerrard East classic, but just make sure to bring some coins with you so you can pay for your soft and fresh banh mis in cash.
    6 - Rustle & Still

    For a new generation of Vietnamese food lovers comes this Koreatown cafe. Definitely a far cry from your Spadina sub spots, Rustle & Still serves up banh mi made with local bread, delicious homemade pâté and mayo, and house-roasted ham. Of course it's more expensive than the older shops, ranging upward of $7, but they have vegan options too.
    7 - Baguette & Co.

    If you love banh mis but aren't a fan of the processed meat, head to this Junction sandwich shop, which deals solely in Ontario-sourced meat. They don't use cold cuts, instead char-grilling protein like chicken or beef to go with your bun for an overall affordable sandwich that'll cost you under $3.
    8 - Banh Mi Ba Le

    Fresh buns and a good number of options (the tofu one is really good) make this little spot in Chinatown an easy go-to. Banh mis usually run just over $3, which is just a tad more expensive than your usual hole-in-the-wall sandwich. Bu, based on the fact they're considered one of the best Vietnamese sandwich options in the Chinatown area, the extra dollar might just be worth it.
    10 - Snack Shack

    This Etobicoke snack bar has an eclectic menu of bites from across the globe, including big juicy burgers—their most popular item—tacos, and banh mi. They serve Vietnamese subs on a warm sesame bun with lots of cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, and your choice of either chicken or steak.

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    Mississauga is a rapidly expanding city, and it's about to get a little taller. 

    That's thanks to a new condo development, which, when finished, will be the tallest tower in the city and one of the tallest in the entire region. 

    "M3," as its called, is part of the M City development on the west side of downtown Mississauga. The development includes two other completed buildings, fittingly titled M1 and M2, and proposals for more. 

    The newest building will be 81 storeys tall and home to over 900 units in varying sizes. 

    M3 is designed with a black and white zig-zag pattern, and will face a large public park that is included in the design of M City. 


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    NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard has finally broken the silence on how he feels about playing for Toronto, a full two months after the blockbuster trade that sent him here.

    It was worth the wait, apparently — and not only because he seems genuinely happy to be here (contrary to initial reports.)

    "[I'm] excited, knowing I'm coming to a great city that loves basketball," said Leonard in his first public appearance as a Raptor on Monday, calling the franchise a "great organization."

    "I'm excited about the city, knowing they're a basketball city. Their fans come out and show a lot of energy."

    Leonard was speaking to reporters at this morning's Toronto Raptors media day press conference, mostly in response to questions about the high-profile trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs.

    One question, however, prompted the normally stoic 27-year-old athlete to get personal.

    "How would you describe yourself, and what would you like people to know about you?" asked a reporter, to which Leonard deadpan replied "I'm a fun guy."

    Then, after mentioning how much he loves basketball, the Los Angeles native skirted the question a bit, saying "I can't just give you the whole spiel... I don't even know where you're sitting at."

    What came next — a lilting yet somehow robotic burst of laughter — threw Twitter into a tizzy (what doesn't though, really?)

    People have been joking that the large-handed basketball star's laugh is the result of malfunctioning software.

    Others, like Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman (and also me), think it's delightful.

    Some are pretending to be freaked out.

    Others can't believe his laugh belongs to an actual human.

    As at least one fan did point out, though, the Raptors were down a funny laugh after losing DeRozan.

    Hey, its something.


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    Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world...Toronto is getting another one.

    Well, not a gin joint exactly, but a gin distillery at least. Reid’s Distillery, set to open at 32 Logan Avenue in Leslieville in late 2018, will be Toronto’s first distillery dedicated solely to the production of gin.

    Their mission is to bring the craft spirit movement gaining global popularity to Toronto, where it’s more uncommon.

    The distillery will also feature a retail space, cocktail bar, tours and tastings. Espousing a grain-to-glass ethos, Reid’s will release a range of gins from spicy to herbal using ingredients supplied by Canadian foragers in the months following their opening. 

    Though a distillery is novel compared to the craft microbreweries that seem to pop up every day, it’s not the first in Toronto.

    Spirit of York, also distilling gin, opened up recently in the Distillery District. Nickel 9 opened after that in the Junction Triangle, distilling their brand of Ontario apple vodka as well as gin of their own.

    “Even from the cocktail bar, you’ll be able to see the stills making gin through our glass wall.  We want Reid’s to be a place for the community to explore craft spirits—specifically gin,” says Jacqueline Reid. 

    “Toronto has seen a beer renaissance with craft beer and it’s about time our city sees how adventurous and flavourful gin can be.”

    The family-run business is named for the patriarch of the family, who hails from Scotland, a country known for distilling talent. 


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    After multiple botched plans to develop the northwest corner of Bloor and Yonge, a new rezoning application has been submitted for the project known as Cumberland Square

    It's been 15 years since plans were first submitted to redevelop the L-shaped site which sits at the northwest corner of Bloor and Yonge, and runs along the south side of Cumberland to Bay Street.

    cumberland square toronto

    KingSett Capital has sumitted a rezoning application for the Cumberland Terrace site. Rendering by Giannone Petricone Associates via City of Toronto.

    This newest proposal from KingSett Capital, made through a limited partnership via Bloor CT Acquisition LP and designed by Giannone Petricone Associates, suggests adding three towers—at 50, 66, and 69 storeys—and a public square. 

    The revitalization of the site, which has flip-flopped under different designers between adding one tower, then two, hopes to revitalize the site of the aging three-level Cumberland Terrace by adding a 50- and 66-storey building west of the square, and a 69-storey tower to the east.

    Past plans have included a failed consolidation of different properties in the Yorkville area, like Cumberland Square, 2 Bloor, the Holt Renfrew Centre, and 33 Yorkville to better co-ordinate future developments.

    There was even an international design competition held jointly by KingSett and Morguard to see how to best redevelop the Yonge and Bloor block spanning from Bloor to just north of Cumberland, but that, too, went nowhere. 

    KingSett, who acquired both Cumberland Terrace and the adjoining 34-storey tower at 2 Bloor St. West in 2015, will be keeping the latter pretty much the same structurally, but with improved retail space on the first three floors and connections to the future public square.

    Their plans to take Cumberland Terrace—the old school Toronto shopping mall which was built in 1974 and today houses a number of empty storefronts and a sad little food court—and turn it into Cumberland Square will take up about 31 per cent of the site. 

    cumberland square toronto

    Cumberland Square is a plaza being proposed to replace Cumberland Terrance. Rendering by Giannone Petricone Associates via City of Toronto.

    Designed by Janet Rosenberg + Studio, the property may eventually e transformed into a plaza and gathering space equipped with a reflecting pool, something called a 'ghost house,' and a transparent canopy decked out with lights running between the east and west towers.

    Underground, the revitalized plaza will feature connections via the PATH to the Bay subway station and surrounding buildings like the Holt Renfrew Centre. 

    As for the buildings, both condos to the west of Cumberland Square will include car elevators, bike storage, and office spaces from the sixth floor to the eighth. 

    The ninth floor will act as the main 'sky lobby,' while one floor above, the indoor amenities will face a rooftop terrace that links both western towers together.

    To the east, on the other side of the plaza, the tallest building will feature retail space on its bottom two floors. The second floor will also have a large outdoor patio area, with condo suites starting on the fifth floor, and on the 45th floor, an outdoor pool. 

    Cumberland Square could be a welcome addition to the hodge-podge of the many—some unwelcome—construction projects in and around the Yorkville area, but whether or not residents really end up getting a public space with their condos has yet to be seen. 


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    Bad news for burger and fried bologna sandwich lovers: King West restaurant The Home of the Brave has unceremoniously closed its doors for good.

    There was no warning or official statement made, but local food photography blog Hypebelly posted to their Instagram story saying "shocked to find out @thehotb is closing tomorrow" adding "so many memories here."

    The post was likely made from a soft close event Home of the Brave held for family, friends and regulars. Chef Nate Middleton says they didn't want to do a big public close at the restaurant that many non-regulars would likely flock to.

    After five years at this King West location, Middleton says when it came to closing this was the "subtle, heartfelt way of doing it." Service proceeded as normal on Home of the Brave's last night with the exception of slinging all drinks for five bucks as a thank you.

    Apparently an offer was made on the space the owners couldn't say no to, and it's been bought out for a similar restaurant bar concept.

    As for Home of the Brave's Instagram account, don't unfollow: watch that space for a project all Middleton's own in a heritage building on Wellington East. He promises the comfort food he's become known for, a super bright space with "jungle" vibes, and brunch, lunch and dinner.


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    After 27 years, menswear fixture Uncle Otis is leaving its home in the ultra expensive Yorkville area for one of the least shi-shi neighbourhoods in the city: Chinatown. 

    The contemporary men's clothing store, which was opened in 1991 by keyboardist Roger O'Donnell of British band The Cure and has been under the direction Donnell Enns since 2000, will be closing its longtime shop at 26 Bellair St. at the end of this month.

    "Yorkville has been very good to us, but we’re really excited about our move to Spadina and the opportunity it brings," said Enns. "The new location has a fresh energy in an area filled with young, creative people."

    The brand will be bringing their own designs and international streetwear collections to 329 Spadina Ave., which recently housed Bond Running.

    Roughly 700 square-feet larger than the old location, the store known for its stock of high-end cozy chore coats and stylish accessories joins Stussy as yet another well-known streetwear shop to relocate to this historically dense area of stores and restaurants.

    The new Uncle Otis will be open to the public on October 4. 


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    Nuit Blanche 2018 in Toronto will challenge your perceptions of the city, allowing you to explore familiar spaces with new eyes, from viewpoints as varied as the artists behind them.

    This year's theme, You Are Here, is about the place we call home and the people within it —  past, present and future. From sunset to sunrise, the reinterpreted spaces of Toronto are yours to discover on September 29.

    Here are my picks for must-see exhibits this year at Nuit Blanche.

    Must-see exhibits

    Photon Gallery 4.0 

    This highly interactive group exhibit near Bloor and Ossington from Site 3 coLaboratory will feature a wearable version of the video game Frogger, an air-hockey table that shoots fire, a waterfall that lets you "freeze" droplets in mid air, sentient glowing orbs and more.

    Cavalier Noir

    Visual artist Ekow Nimako will be using more than 80,000 Lego pieces to build his most monumental piece yet in Scarborough. Meant to inspire critical thought about the idea of heroes, it will take the form of a black child warrior mounted over seven feet tall, riding a unicorn.

    International Dumpling Festival 

    Part side-street food court, part tribute to downtown Toronto's 19th century ethnic communities, Ken Lum's International Dumpling Festival next to the Eaton Centre at James and Queen will feature dumplings from around the world.

    On Flashing Lights 

    DJs from Toronto's queer, immigrant and racialized communities are set to perform against the lights of police vehicles, which will be forming a barricade along Bay Street as part of this thought-provoking, participatory installation by artist Brendan Fernandes.

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    See the latest from BirdO at 150 York St. near University and Adelaide in the Financial District.

    BirdO 

    Toronto street artist birdO is creating his first large-scale sculpture for the garden podium, an urban oasis above 150 York Street. Inspired by the small yet resilient Kirtland's Warbler, his vibrant, animalistic sculpture is expected to "loom large over the downtown core."

    Make Your Mark

    Interactive exhibitions never fail to disappoint. For this one, artist Meghan Ross is asking members of the public to dip their fingertips in glue, let the glue dry, peel it off, and then contribute their own unique patterns to a shimmering mass at Toronto's Coach Terminal.

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    Daniel Iregui is setting up some trippy tunnels at OCAD.

    FORWARD 

    Visit OCAD this Nuit Blanche to experience Daniel Iregui's trippy "tunnels," which generate infinite ways to get to a distant point on the horizon. The unique combination of sight, sound and movement speaks to the idea that our present lives are forever fleeing us.

    Demos – A Reconstruction 

    The newly-opened MOCA on Sterling Road invites visitors to reshape their space using 74 different modules that can be moved to create different structures such as seating, walls, columns, thresholds, amphitheatres or stages. Designed by artist Andreas Angelidakis.

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    Don't let the human skelatons scare you at the exhibit by nichola feldman-kiss.

    an initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer 

    This haunting exhibition from nichola feldman-kiss features larger than life-sized portraits of young men holding an actual human skeleton. The anonymous skeleton is approximately the same age as the men who carry it in the style of Mary cradling the body of Christ.

    Long Distance Relationship  

    Participants are invited to communicate with each other using only light, sound and shadow in Christopher Dela Cruz and Patrick Atienza's two-part electronic installation. The kicker is that one half of the installation is downtown, while the other is in Scarborough.

    What to see in Scarborough

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    Hiba Abdallah is planning a large-scale text installation at the Scarborough Civic Centre.

    Everything I Wanted to Tell You

    Artist Hiba Abdallah's large-scale text installation will display the untold personal stories, secrets and conversations of Scarborough residents in all of their complexity on the 90-foot facade of the Civic Centre for one night.

    Afroscanned

    Straight up out of London, England comes this installation where volunteers get 3D-scanned, turned into digital avatars, and then project-mapped onto an artfully designed series of boxes. The more participants through the night, the bigger the projections will grow.

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    If you love globes you'll want to check out Walk Among Worlds. Photo by Sue Holland.

    Walk Among Worlds

    Surround yourself in globes of all sizes, shapes and states. This large installation by Mexico's Máximo González is meant to provoke discussion about how we understand worlds that are different from the ones we inhabit, but would also just make a great photo backdrop.

    Sincerely, Scarborough

    Helmed by the acclaimed Director X, this all-night program of talks, workshops, and live demonstrations begins with an exploration of Scarborough's influence on Canadian hip-hop and ends with sunrise yoga.

    What to see in Don Mills

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    Go inside a yurt at the Aga Khan Museum this Nuit Blanche. Photo by Connie Tsang.

    Arrivals and Encounters

    If you're looking to take in as much art as possible without all the walking, consider Aga Khan Museum's all-night cultural exploration of art, music, comedy and dance. The program features more than 80 artists in ten spaces across the property — one of them, a Mongolian yurt.

    STEAM-Powered Stories

    Science, technology, engineering, math and art will collide this nuit blanche for some truly unforgettable stories and interactive experiences at the Ontario Science Centre. Walk through a 3D model of a constellation, for starters, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

    What to see in Bloor Yorkville

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    A ghost school will be projected near Queen's Park. Image via St Joseph’s College School.

    Ghost School

    A massive projection of the original St. Joseph's School, founded on principles of social justice by the Sisters of St. Joseph, will be projected onto the government towers that came to replace it in the 1960s. The "ghost school" will be visible all night near Queen's Park. 

    W-O-M-A-N

    Another collaborative, multi-artist exhibition, W-O-M-A-N promises to lead audience members through "societal rites of passage" for women with costume design, horticultural art, mosaics,  sculpture, videography, performance art and more.

    What to see Downtown

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    Keep your eyes on the sky bridge during Nuit Blanche. Photo by Justine Levesque.

    Continuum: Pushing Towards the Light 

    Circus artists and dancers will fill the CF Toronto Eaton Centre's spectacular new bronze and glass sky bridge over Queen Street West for what promises to be one heck of a light and colour show. Performers will be moving as an ensemble inside the tube all night.

    Down at the Twilight Zone

    Hit the City Hall loading dock between sunrise and sunset for what acclaimed artist Harold Offeh calls a "participatory investigation" of nocturnal queer identities. The space will be transformed into a club-like setting reminiscent of Toronto's legendary Twilight Zone.

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    Old photos will be on display in a parking garage near City Hall. Image via Gayle Chong Kwan.

    Preserved

    Hosted in the underground parkade beneath Nathan Phillips Square, this installation from award-winning British artist Gayle Chong Kwan will see collages of old photos from early immigrant neighbourhoods like Toronto's Ward blown up to the size of theatre sets.

    Confessions

    Projects that ask audience members to anonymously spill their guts are a recurring thing at Nuit Blanche, and for a reason: They're cathartic as heck. You can share your most scandalous secrets for this exhibit by Concordis in a booth on Sept 29, or ahead of time online.

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    City Hall will be covered in a patchwork of jute sacks during Nuit Blanche. Image via Ibrahim Mahama.

    Radical Histories 

    For this gigantic installation, Artist Ibrahim Maham will cover the front-facing edge of Toronto City Hall with a masterfully-sewn patchwork of jute sacks, which are used in his native Ghana to package goods like cocoa and coffee for export to the Americas and Europe.

    Mirrors of Babel

    Words become structure in two complementary works by French-Tunisian artist eL Seed. One piece sits at Yonge-Dundas Square while the other is at Scarborough Civic Centre. Both are works of "calligraphic architecture" based on the Arabic translation of a 1903 poem.

    Special Events

    Hendrick's Gin Hot Air Balloon

    Those lucky enough to score a pair of golden tickets will get to see Nuit Blanche from above in the 65-foot Hendrick’s Gin L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E. hot air balloon. Visit the Air Departure Lounge at Nathan Phillips Square for the chance to win a flight every hour between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m.

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    The Hendrick's Gin Hot Air Balloon will once again be giving free rides in the sky during Nuit Blanche. Photo by Hector Vasquez

    Photo challenge

    Nuit Blanche is a huge photo opp, so why not tag your photos on Instagram for a chance to win prizes? The contest starts when Nuit Blanche does at 6:58 p.m. on Saturday September 29 and the deadline to submit is the end of day September 30.

    All you have to do is tag your best shots with the #blogTOnbTO hashtag. Not on Instagram? You can also e-mail the photos to us at photochallenge [at] blogto [dotcom].

    We'll then narrow the entries to ten finalists and put the winners to a vote from October 1 to October 7 after which the winners will be announced.

    Prizes for the top three photos include:

    • 1st place: $200 Henry's giftcard
    • 2nd place: $100 Henry's giftcard
    • 3rd place: $50 Henry's giftcard

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    It's a good day for the nuanced and different today in Toronto, as the best events happen to be the most curious. Experimental tunes, a portrait series, a sex variety show, civic discussion and free dance party are all on. Honestly, what isn't happening today?

    Events you might want to check out:

    Palm (September 25 @ The Baby G)
    Drop your exceptions for what rock should sound like as experimental band Palm takes things to new places.
    Where Do We Start? (September 25 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    This series seeks to break down some of the biggest issues facing the city featuring mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.
    Jpegmafia (September 25 @ Adelaide Hall)
    Baltimore rapper Jpegmafia takes a DIY approach to his low-fi, complex sound, drawing influences from different musical genres.
    Bed Post (September 25 @ Super Wonder Gallery)
    Tuesday need not be boring with a sexual variety show that includes burlesque, sex stories, sexpert Q&A, drag and lots more.
    Humans of Basic Income (September 25 @ The Black Cat)
    Photographer Jessie Golem delves deep into the question of 'basic income' and puts a face to it by capturing the program's most vulnerable.
    6 Degrees (September 25 @ The Great Hall)
    6 Degrees is on this week with three days of events, and today's is a free performance set by Emmanuel Jal, Fly Lady Di, Classic Roots and more.
    The Best Is Yet To Come Undone (September 25 @ Second City)
    Taking on our modern life in a modern way, this comedy show looks to tackle all the fractions and triumphs of the day.
    Transcending Borders (September 25 @ The Japan Foundation)
    Author Yoko Tawada talks human borders and how they can be transcended through language and translation.
    Eighth Grade (September 25 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    The. Worst. Bo Burnham's directorial debut captures the awkward adolescent experience in a film I can proudly say made me cry.
    Comedians On A Catwalk (September 25 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Comedy and fashion come together for this special show featuring local Canadian designers dressing up stand-up comedian for their routines.

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    This ultra modern new build home is nestled in the lush Kingsway neighbourhood. The boxy exterior is an odd mix of brick, stucco, wood and glass.42 bannon avenue torontoThe main floor is open plan, with the kitchen, living and dining area all blending into one big space. I love the sleek marble fireplace and the huge floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the home with sunlight.

    42 bannon avenue torontoThe kitchen is sleek and minimalist. I’m not a huge fan of how the dining room is still right in the middle of the kitchen. Maybe that’s just my old-fashioned ways but I want a separate area if I’m going to host a dinner party.

    42 bannon avenue torontoJust off the kitchen is an adorable little courtyard in the middle of the house. It’s such an apartment-building thing to have for a house but I can't deny that it's unique and I’m really into it.

    42 bannon avenue torontoThere’s also a small office tucked away on the main floor for anyone who needs to work from home.

    42 bannon avenue torontoUpstairs are the main bedrooms. They’re all pretty spacious with huge windows that flood the space with natural light.

    42 bannon avenue torontoThe master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a spa-like en suite bathroom.

    42 bannon avenue torontoThere’s plenty of living space in the basement with a gym, sauna, an extra bedroom and a big family room.

    42 bannon avenue torontoThe backyard is huge and has lots of trees for shade. It also has a great deck and a luxurious pool and hot tub. 42 bannon avenue toronto

    Specs
    • Address: 42 Bannon Avenue
    • Price: $3,299,900
    • Lot Size: 32 x 215 feet
    • Bedrooms: 4 +1
    • Bathrooms: 5
    • Parking: 4
    • Walk Score: 48
    • Transit Score: 67
    • Listing agent: Arta Dawkins
    • Listing ID: W4250714
    42 bannon avenue torontoGood For

    Summer pool parties. Sure, it’s supposed to be fall now but the backyard is perfect for hosting a BBQ and pool party with all your friends and kid's friends.

    42 bannon avenue torontoMove On If

    You’d rather live right downtown. The Kingsway has a lot going for it but it’s still Etobicoke.42 bannon avenue toronto


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    With the leaves turning colour and the crisp cool air rolling in, there's no better time to get outside and enjoy all of the outdoor activities Ontario has to offer.

    From scenic drives, to canoe trips, fall hikes, and treetop treks, it might seem impossible to tick every item off your autumn bucket list. Luckily, there is one tour in Ontario that combines all four, and it's pretty much the ultimate day excursion for any nature lover.

    Less than three hours from Toronto in Haliburton, you'll find the longest suspended boardwalk in the world that is part of an epic canopy tour. The entire tour is broken up into four stages and lasts a little over three hours.

    It begins with a scenic drive through a private forest that will be bursting with colour in just a few weeks. Then, you'll embark upon a canoe trip through the calm, pristine waters of Muskoka.

    After you've paddled a short distance, you'll dock your canoe and explore the picturesque wilderness by foot, until you reach the Pelaw River Rapids. 

    The last part of the tour is the main attraction - the canopy trek. At over half a kilometre long, this boardwalk among the clouds is the longest of its kind in the world. 

    This guided tour will weave you through the forest treetops, high above the forest ground below. Various platforms along the route will offer you some opportunities to rest, and snap some 'grams.

    Tours run twice daily until mid-October and costs $95/person, which includes a complimentary pass to the Wolf Centre


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    Toronto's eastern waterfront is fast becoming a new type of hub for the city's fast-growing high tech sector, and MaRS Discovery District — the largest science and technology incubator in Canada — wants a piece of the action.

    The non-profit innovation and research centre announced plans this morning (in partnership with the University of Toronto) for a new, 24,000-square-foot office inside a forthcoming Menkes development next to Sugar Beach.

    Called the Waterfront Innovation Centre, the development is expected to open in 2021 and accommodate more than 3,000 employees.

    It'll be "just a stone's throw from the proposed Sidewalk Toronto neighbourhood," as U of T puts it, creating plenty of much-needed office space for the city's booming tech industry in one centralized location.

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    Tenants of the new Waterfront Innovation Centre will have immediate access to Alphabet Inc.'s 'neighbourhood of the future.'  Rendering via Menkes Developments / CNW Newswire.

    "As Toronto becomes a destination for global talent, venture capital and tech corporations, demand for space is at an all-time high," said MaRS CEO Yung Wu in an announcement on Tuesday.

    The non-profit's 780,000-square-foot West tower at College Street and University Avenue is currently 99.8 per cent full, meaning that viable startups are being turned away every week due to lack of space.

    "Toronto is experiencing its lowest commercial vacancy rate ever (three per cent), making the city the most sought after market in North America," Wu said. "Our startups and partners need more space to scale, and this new development is the ideal location for that growth."

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    A supply crunch on downtown Toronto office space has tech giants turning to the eastern waterfront with plans for a community of their own. Rendering via Menkes/UofT.

    MaRS and U of T will only take up a fraction of the two-tower Waterfront Innovation Centre's total 400,000 square feet, but its important to both organizations that they have a presence at the complex.

    "U of T sees itself as a primary anchor of Toronto's innovation ecosystem," said U of T's Scott Mabury. "If that ecosystem is going to expand to a different part of the city, then we want to have U of T's flag planted there."

    If all goes well with the lease agreement, MaRS and U of T will be located together in a tower called "the HIVE."

    Startup workers and university researchers will have access to scalable, collaborative working space with floor-to-ceiling windows, among other resources, and a high-speed broadband network fuelled, in part, by self-generating solar power.


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    This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy went "wee wee wee!" southbound on Highway 400 near Vaughan until it got picked up by the cops.

    In an incident York Regional Police deemed "too cute not to share," a rogue piglet was spotted trotting down the road just north of Toronto on Friday morning.

    The animal was walking on the 400 in the area of Highway 407, according to police, when an officer was able to stop and apprehend it.

    It is not known where the pig came from or how it got onto the highway, though small pigs have been known to escape from transport trucks (and thus eventual slaughter).

    The highway pig was taken to a local animal shelter to be cared for, according to York Regional Police, who bravely shared a photo of the little guy "despite the predictable cop/pig jokes we'll receive."


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