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    Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government has announced that the minimum wage in Ontario won't be going up to $15 an hour in 2019 after all. 

    The increase, which would have taken effect on January 1, was announced back in May of 2017 as part of then-Premier Kathleen Wynne's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

    Phase one of the program came into effect at the beginning of 2018, when Ontario's minimum wage jumped from $11.60 to $14 per hour (among other provisions meant to better protect workers in the province.)

    Controversy ensued as business owners countered the measure by scrapping employee benefits, raising their prices or getting rid of positions altogether.

    PC Labour Minister Laurie Scott said on Wednesday that, while the new minimum wage won't be rolled back, it also won't be raised to $15 as planned by the previous Liberal government.

    The minimum wage will remain at $14 while the PCs conduct consultations on the issue, according to the Canadian Press, though Scott did not say whether or not it would go up in the future.

    She did, however, say that there would be "some tax breaks" for Ontarians earning less than $30,000 per year. The government is still working what, exactly, those tax breaks will be or when they'll come into effect.


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    It's that time of year again. We're opening the poll to 10 new best of categories including pizza slice, oysters, Halal restaurants, diners, pies and more. Voting ends on Thursday September 27 at 9 p.m..


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    Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green may be brand new to the Toronto Raptors, but they’re already sparking internet buzz that has nothing to do with their game.

    Okay, maybe a little bit to do with it.

    Green, who was traded to Toronto from the San Antonio Spurs along with Leonard in July, has his own podcast called Inside the Green Room.

    An Instagram account for the podcast happened to share a photo on the team's media day of Leonard wearing a Raptors jersey unlike anything we've seen before.

    Okay, maybe a little bit like something we've seen before

    The photo in question no longer appears anywhere on the podcast's Instagram page, but at least one fan was able to snap a screenshot for posterity's sake.

    In it, Leonard is seen wearing what looks like a white version of the black and gold City Edition jerseys released at the beginning of 2018.

    Like the 2017-2018 City Edition jersey, this one appears to be OVO-branded. In fact, it's pretty much the same garment, but in a different colour.

    You can't buy the white jersey yet as it hasn't even been officially revealed, but when it does drop, it'll likely be available on OVO's web store, just like last year's version. 


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    With the legalization of recreational marijuana around the corner, the Ontario government has finally answered some of the most burning questions about where residents can officially buy and smoke pot. 

    A day before new pot legislation is set to be tabled, The PC government announced earlier today that starting Oct. 17, weed will be up for sale at private retail pot shops by April next year.

    Doing away with the cap on the number of licensed cannabis stores in the province, the government is officially taking a free-market approach to what would previously have been an LCBO monopoly under the Liberal provincial government. 

    "This is an opportunity for small business to get involved," said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli in an announcement today. "We want to have as many participants as possible be involved."

    Until April, cannabis will be sold exclusively online, distributed through federal wholesalers and the government's Ontario Cannabis Store. 

    The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be in charge of regulating the marketplace, including granting and revoking pot shop licenses.

    Store owners will need to apply for a retail-operator license as well as a retail store authorization for every location they open, which will be limited to a set number, to prevent possible over-expansion, Walmart-style. 

    There will also be restrictions for federal cannabis growers, who will only be able to hold "a single retail license at a single production site located in Ontario," said Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.

    All currently existing pot stores who continuing to operate illegally after Oct. 17 will lose their right to ever apply for a license in the future, as will stores who have a history of dealing with organized crime and providing pot to minors.

    Ontario's new government agency, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp., will be in charge of handling online cannabis sales as well as wholesaling to private stores, who will potentially run the gamut from local pot shops to huge cannabis corporations. 

    There will be a minimum distance requirement between pot shops and schools set up in the future.

    Any Ontario municipalities who don't want pot shops on their turf—like Norfolk County in Southwestern Ontario, the first to vote no on cannabis storefronts—will have to opt out officially by Jan. 22, 2019, which they were previously barred from doing. 

    Also announced today were the new cannabis consumption rules: weed will be treated exactly like tobacco, meaning weed-smokers will be allowed to light up anywhere residents are legally allowed to smoke a dart. 

    That means anyone over 19 years-old will no be longer limited to the confines of a private Ontario residence, and will be allowed to spark up a joint on the sidewalk and other public areas where smoking cigarettes is allowed under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. 

    In terms of smoking weed in a car or boat that's being operated, that's totally prohibited, and can see fines from $1000 to $5000, which should deter anyone trying to relive the Electric Avenue scene from Pineapple Express. 


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    Thursdays, amirite? You've made it this far and events in Toronto today are a reward for your hard work. Leon Bridges and Maroon 5 are performing and Oktoberfest is in the air. The Broadview celebrates, while art, pizza, film and more are all on as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    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.
    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.
    Startup Open House (September 27 @ Multiple Venues)
    See inside some of the many startups around the city during this big open house and maybe you'll see a dog or two running around.
    Maroon 5 (September 27 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    We all remember where we were when "This Love" came out and Maroon 5 hasn't looked back since, now here to play songs from Red Pill Blues.
    Broadview Hotel's 1st Birthday Party (September 27 @ The Broadview Hotel)
    Take in the views at the newly revamped Broadview Hotel as it celebrates one year since it opened with $1 food specials and cheap drinks.
    Mahogany (September 27 @ Revue Cinema)
    Designing the Movies is back to take a closer looks at the aesthetics that make up the 1975 rages-to-riches story starring Diana Ross.
    Pizza in the Park (September 27 @ Christie Pits Park)
    The last pizza party of the season is on with an evening of fresh pizza courtesy of the ovens in the park, drinks, tunes and Indian food from Banjara.
    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.
    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.
    Night Owl Festival (September 27-30 @ Multiple Venues)
    Get your fix of psych rock at this festival happening all over the city with performances by Mien, Teke Teke, Luna Li and many more.

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    Tucked away in the heart of the city, this charming Yorkville residence is impressive.11B tranby avenue toronto

    The kitchen, dining room and living room are all located on the ground floor. Each room flows from one to the next.

    11B tranby avenue torontoBoth the dining room and kitchen walk out onto the deck and into the small garden.

    11B tranby avenue torontoThe kitchen is quite spacious, and the living room has a lovely fireplace.

    11B tranby avenue torontoOn the second floor are the spare bedrooms and a library. Ignoring the outdated decor, the rooms are bright and spacious.

    11b tranby avenue torontoFinally on the third floor you have the entire master suite.

    11B tranby avenue torontoThe master bedroom has enough room for an exercise nook. Personally, I’d do something a bit different with the space. The window coverings are also an interesting choice.

    11B tranby avenue torontoThe master bedroom also has a seven-piece marble en suite bathroom and a dressing room. 11B tranby avenue torontoBut, my favourite part about this room is the retro fireplace.

    11B tranby avenue torontoAs for outdoor space, there’s a gorgeous patio and delightfully shaded garden, perfect for summer entertaining.  11B tranby avenue toronto

    Specs
    • Address: 11B Tranby Avenue
    • Price: $2,650,000
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Bathrooms: 3
    • Parking: 1
    • Walk Score: 97
    • Transit Score:  96
    • Maintenance Fees: $1,030.39 monthly
    • Listing agent: Carol Gordon
    • Listing ID: C4253290
    11B tranby avenue torontoGood For

    High-end shopping. This place is steps away from the “mink mile” and all the other boutique shops located in Yorkville.11B tranby avenue toronto

    Move On If

    You don’t like stairs. This townhouse is three floors, so if you’d prefer your place to be all on one level, keep searching my friend.11B tranby avenue toronto


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    Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest food news in Toronto and gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

    Open now
    • Le Swan, a French diner from restaurateur Jen Agg (Grey Gardens, Rhum Corner), has taken over the iconic Swan space at 892 Queen Street West (at Crawford Street).
    • Seoul Shakers, a new spot from Leemo Han (Juanmoto, Pinky's Ca Phe, Hanmoto, Oddseoul) is now open in what was formerly Holy Oak at 1241 Bloor Street West, with a place called Shakers Club to follow.
    • Good Hombres, a sibling taqueria and tortilleria to Campechano, is now open at 374 Bathurst Street (between Dundas and Nassau).
    • Juicy Dumpling, a Shanghainese fast-casual joint that features xiao long bao (soup dumplings), has opened at 280 Spadina Avenue in Chinatown.
    • 60Beans, a cafe with Bulletproof coffee, cold brew, cold-pressed juices and bagels, is now open at 36 Howard Park Avenue off Roncesvalles.
    • Mediterranean-inspired Cafe Luna has opened in the Junction at 2800 Dundas Street West.
    • Tokyo Ramen is now open at 568 Parliament Street in what was previously Under the Table.
    • Classic Juice Co. has opened at 287 Coxwell Avenue in Little India.
    • Chinese restaurant Blooming Orchid is now open at 525 Eglinton Avenue West (at Warren Road).
    • iQ Food Co. has a brand new location in Yorkdale Shopping Centre at 3401 Dufferin Street.
    Recently reviewed
    Opening soon
    • Tora, a new Japanese restaurant by the same team behind Miku, is set to open this winter at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Expect delicious aburi sushi.
    • Oliver & Bonacini are keeping busy. In addition to the openings of Parcheggio and Beauty Barbecue, it will be opening an all-day dining spot called Maison Selby in the historic C.H. Gooderham House at Selby Street & Sherbourne.
    • A cocktail-focused bar called Project Gigglewater will be opening soon at 1369 Dundas Street West in what used to be Sex Laser.
    • A 1920s-style French restaurant called A Toi is opening at 214 King Street West in October.
    • Shy Coffee Co. will also be opening soon at 766 King Street West.
    • Dak Lak, a Vietnamese coffee spot in Pacific Mall, is opening a location at 283 College Street (at Spadina Avenue) soon.
    • North York Korean fried chicken spot Call A Chicken will be opening a location in the former home of Junked Food Co. at 507 Queen Street West (at Augusta).
    • Jaffna House, which will offer authentic Tamil food, is set to replace Sushi Island at 571 College Street (at Manning).
    • BatterHouse Fish & Chips is in the works at 1922 Queen Street East in the Beaches.
    • Vegan cinnamon bun chain Cinnaholic is opening another location in early October at 6015 Steeles Avenue East in Scarborough.
    Closed
    • The East Chinatown location of Chino Locos has shuttered, but the original spot on Greenwood is still open.
    • Sri Lankan restaurant Rashnaa is no more.
    Other news

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    A major U.S. studio is setting up shop in the GTA, creating hundreds of new film and television industry jobs across a 26,000-square-foot production facility just outside of Toronto.

    CBS Television Studios — maker of such hit shows as Riverdale, Jane the Virgin, NCIS, Carpool Karaoke, American Vandal, The 100 and Star Trek: Discovery — announced on Wednesday that it had secured a long-term lease in Mississauga for what it's calling "CBS Stages Canada."

    The multi-use facility will include six sound stages, production offices and additional support facilities for large-scale television and film productions.

    It won't be open until mid-2019, but the company expects that it will help expand its already impressive roster of TV programs for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

    Currently, CBS Television Studios produces 63 different series for CBS, the CW, Netflix, Starz and other networks, as well as its own CBS All Access streaming service.

    "CBS has a strong production history in Canada," said CBS Television Studios president David Stapf in a release on Wednesday.

    "The Toronto area specifically has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found."

    The company already shoots series such as Star Trek: Discovery and the forthcoming reboot of Charmed at Toronto's Pinewood studios, but the new dedicated production facility will give it (and other Hollywood producers in search of studio space) more room to work and grow.

    The same goes for Toronto's booming film industry, which contributed roughly $1.8 billion to the local economy last year alone.


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    Edward Burtynsky has arrived at the AGO along with collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier in a sprawling exhibit that explores the impact humans have had on the earth. In Anthropocene, chilling yet beautiful images come to life through large scale photography, video and augmented reality installations. 


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    It's not news that Toronto's housing market is getting a bit... out of hand — but a new report shows that it's one of the worst on the planet. 

    A new study from the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index has found that, of its surveyed cities, Toronto is third in the world for risk of a bubble. 

    A real estate bubble forms when the prices of homes are inflating past the inflation of income—something many in Toronto are probably familiar with. 

    ubs housing bubble index

    Toronto only trails Hong Kong and Munich in cities most cited for bubble risk. Image from UBS Group.

    The report found that housing prices in most major world cities have increased by an average of 35 per cent over five years, but incomes are not increasing at nearly the same rate. 

    Toronto ranked behind only Hong Kong and Munich, Germany, which ranked first and second, respectively. 

    According to the report, prices have stabilized in Toronto over the past year or so. Rent control, taxes on foreign purchases, and more government control may be to credit.

    Higher mortgage costs and tighter lending control can also limit the bubble for the time being. 


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    Road closures will be happening all across Toronto this weekend on account of events like Nuit Blanche and Pedestrian Sundays. On the bright side, at least there's no TTC subway closure.

    Here's what you need to know to get around the city by car this weekend.

    Nuit Blanche

    A series of significant road closures will take place this weekend on account of the all night art event.

    Scarborough
    • Borough Dr. will be closed between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court from September 29 at 8 a.m. to September 30 at 9 a.m.
    Downtown Toronto
    • Queen St. West between Yonge St. and University Ave., and York St. between Queen St. West and Richmond St. West will be closed starting September 29 at 4 p.m. until September 30 at 9 a.m.
    • Bay St. will be closed between Dundas St. West and Adelaide St. West, with additional closures on Temperance, Elizabeth, Albert and James Streets from September 29 at 8 a.m. to September 30 at 11 a.m.
    Buffer Festival

    The curb lane and sidewalk fronting the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 27 Front St. E. will be closed September 30 from noon to 9 p.m. for the festival.

    CIBC Run for the Cure 

    There will be a series of road closures and lane restrictions in the area bounded by University Ave./Queen's Park Circle to the east, Bloor St. West to the north, St. George St. to the west and Queen St. West to the south on September 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this running event.

    As a result, some TTC routes will detour during these closures including 5 Avenue Road, 94 Wellesley, 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton and 300 Bloor-Danforth.

    Pedestrian Sundays 

    Parts of Kensington Ave., Augusta Ave., Baldwin St. and St. Andrew St. will be closed on September 30 from noon to 10:30 p.m. for the car-free event in Kensington Market. 

    Ontario Firefighters Memorial

    Grosvenor St. from Queens Park Cres. East to Surrey Place, and the westbound curb lane of College St. from Queens Park Cres. East to 112 College St. will be closed on September 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

    The northbound lanes of Queen's Park Cres. East from College St. to Grosvenor St. will also be closed on September 30 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. 

    Global Zoom

    The curb lane on York St. will be restricted from Wellington St. West to Queen St. West from September 30 to October 1 at various times from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for the event.


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    Free events in Toronto for October allow you to give your wallet a rest after a summer of spending. Halloween on Church Street is where you'll see the best costumes and a new light exhibit is coming to The Bentway. World Press Photo is back and it's the last PS Kensington of the year.

    Events you might want to check out:

    World Press Photo Exhibit (October 2-23 @ Brookfield Place)
    Some of the most impactful, moving and visually appealing images from the last year in photojournalism arrive for your viewing pleasure.
    Toronto Pumpkin Fest (October 6-8 @ Downsview Park)
    A big family-friendly harvest festival is on at Downsview with a weekend of activities, food and a ton of pumpkin-themed fun.
    Waterlicht (October 12-14 @ The Bentway)
    Large, cascading waves are set to overtake the area under the Gardiner as Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde's epic light display comes to town.
    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.
    Fireside Tales Season Finale (October 16 @ Dufferin Grove Park)
    Fireside Tales wraps up for the season with a final storytelling session outside in the cool fall air. Dress warm and bring a blanket!
    First Legal Smoke (October 17 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
    Legalization takes effect across Canada on October 17 and what better way to celebrate than getting toasted in the park.
    Fall Opening Party (October 19 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
    The Power Plant kicks off a new season of programming with a big party featuring new exhibitions, drinks and free admission.
    Night of Dread (October 27 @ Dufferin Grove Park)
    Our innermost fears are channeled though pageantry, music, masquerade and dance at this annual outdoor Halloween party.
    Pedestrian Sundays (October 28 @ Kensington Market)
    The final PS Kensington of the Season may require a sweater for a day of music, art, activities, food and shopping in the street.
    Halloween on Church Street (October 31 @ Church Street)
    Back again is this huge Halloween block party along Church Street with live music and some of the best costumes you'll see in the city.

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    Weekend events in Toronto mean you better plan your coffee route now because Nuit Blanche is set to turn the entire city into one big art piece. If you're not sure where to start, here's a handy guide. Elsewhere, there's a party at the ROM and the last PS Kensington of the year.

    Events you might want to check out:

    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.
    Nuit Blanche (September 29-30 @ Multiple Venues)
    Soak up the arts and culture of the city during this all-night art festival happening all over, inside and outside, with local and international artists.
    Wu-Tang Clan (September 30 @ Rebel)
    One of the most legendary rap groups brings the pain to Toronto as part of the Never Jaded arts series and a totally free concert.
    Pedestrian Sundays (September 30 @ Kensington Market)
    With the weather getting cooler, PS has just two dates left in the fall for you to get your fill of food, music, performances and games in the street.
    Fall Home Show (September 28-30 @ Enercare Centre)
    The latest in all things home is on this weekend with exhibits showing off the newest trends in structure, style and organization of any space.
    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.
    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.
    Toronto Oktoberfest (September 27-29 @ Ontario Place East Parking Lot)
    The sights and sounds of Deutschland continues today during this huge celebration with all the lederhosen, bratwurst and steins you can imagine.
    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.
    Taste of Jane and Finch (September 29 @ Greenwin Inc.)
    New this year is a big street festival at Jane and Finch featuring a day of food trucks, offering treats from all over the world, performance and activities.
    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.
    Cauldron Ice Cream Grand Opening (September 30 @ Cauldron Ice Cream)
    Flowered ice cream is in season and Cauldron has the Insta-worthy beauties ready when they celebrate their arrival in Toronto this weekend, plus a free ice cream give-away.
    Night Owl Festival (September 27-30 @ Multiple Venues)
    Get your fix of psych rock at this festival happening all over the city with performances by Mien, Teke Teke, Luna Li and many more.
    Dwayne 2000 (September 28-29 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Live renditions of all the best Y2K hits are on during this big, two-night party with Dwayne 2000, a music collective covering all the best tunes.
    The Weather Station (September 29 @ Mod Club Theatre)
    Tamara Lindeman's powerful voice is here to rouse the spirit as Toronto's own indie folk band hits the stage for the night.
    88rising (September 30 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    A showcase of Kpop talent arrives with some of 88rising's artist collective performing, including Rich Brian, Keith Ape, Joji, HigherBrothers and more.
    Neck Deep (September 30 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Pop punk is a mood this weekend with Neck Deep who wear their heart on their sleeve when singing about the all the usual angsty goodness.
    Minding the Gap (September 28 - October 1 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Exploring the lives of three young men coming of age, Bing Liu's film moves through the stages of life and the challenges that come with it.
    Matilda (September 29 @ Revue Cinema)
    Take a trip down nostalgia lane with the 1997 classic film Matilda about a girl with special powers and co-starring an unchanged Danny Devito.
    The Barn and 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.
    The Pancakes and Booze Art Show (September 28 @ 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.
    Y2K (September 29 @ The Baby G)
    Back again is this huge party all about the turn of the century with guilty pleasures, one hit wonders and all the best chart toppers.
    Worst Behavior (September 29 - October 28 @ Clinton's Tavern)
    I love it! Get your fill of all the best hip-hop, rap, R&B and a ton of the 6ix God himself at this weekly dance party.
    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.
    Nerd Market (September 29 @ OISE)
    The Nerd Market is back with all kinds of used geeky-goods. Browse all kinds of anime, comics, tabletop and video games, manga and more.
    Art Metropole Moving Sale (September 29 @ Art Metropole)
    Books, posters, supplies and more will be slashed up to 60 per cent off while the artist-run Art Metropole makes its move to the MOCA.
    Autumn Makers' Market (September 29 @ Withrow Park)
    Local makers will be on-hand to sell their handmade, sustainable and eco-friendly wares at the autumn edition of this market.
    Vintage Clothing Show (September 29-30 @ Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place)
    Handpicked vintage clothes hit the racks from all over the country during this huge clothing show, including rare, designer and unique finds.
    Antique and 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.

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    Toronto may not have the most expensive housing market in Ontario, but it's still not an affordable city by any means. 

    Any home costing $2 million is nearly three times the price of the average home these days, meaning it's well above the means of the average household making $65,829 a year. Still, a Torontonian can dream of an elegant two-storey close to lush green space, can't they? 

    Here's what a $2 million house looks like in Toronto versus other cities. 

    Toronto - $1,999,999 CAD

    Just steps from the beautiful Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the tree canopy in the Moore Park Ravine, and the sprawling David A. Balfour Park, this five-bedroom home's real value is its proximity to the city's most scenic artery and green spaces.  

    toronto real estateMontreal - $1,999,999 CAD

    Sandwiched between nature hotspot Mont Royal and Montreal's touristic Golden Square Mile neighbourhood, this two-storey home maintains its old Victorian exterior from 1927, but like most of the houses in this neighbourhood, it's been totally renovated inside. 

    real estate toronto

    Vancouver - $1,999,999 CAD

    The Hastings-Sunrise area is quickly becoming a hotspot for young professionals, and therefore condos, but it's definitely not the most expensive part of Vancity. Two-million can get you half of this duplex rebuilt by sustainable homes-designer Natural Balance

    real estate toronto

    Calgary - $1,999,000 CAD

    This spacious five-bedroom home in the tree-lined Mayfair neighbourhood boasts a massive property, including a fitness room and a home theater. It also has direct walking access to the green spaces along the Glenmore Pathway, which runs along Elbow River. real estate toronto

    Los Angeles - $2,006,540 CAD

    This quaint Spanish home in the tiny historic Carthay Square neighbourhood was built in 1927 and features three bedrooms, a fireplace, and an incredible backyard with a covered pavilion for outdoor dinners, complete with orange and grapefruit trees.

    real estate torontoNew Orleans - $2,020,882 CAD

    It's well over $2 million, but there aren't currently many options between this five-bedroom and and homes costing well under at $1.95 million in NOLA. An extra 20K gets this unique uptown home built in 1928, just moments from NOLA's historic sprawling Audubon Park

    toronto real estateMalaga, Spain - $2,011,971 CAD

    This luxury villa sits right on the coast of the Alboran Sea. The breezy square architecture of this glamourous-looking getaway has its own private pool, garden, and terrace facing the water, and five bedrooms and bathrooms to match. 


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    Looking for something scarier to visit than a haunted house this Halloween season? Something more akin to The Human Centipede than, say, The Shining?

    Today in "places you couldn't even pay me to visit," a twisted, medical experiment-themed haunt attraction is set to open this weekend just west of Toronto — one that makes maniacs with chainsaws look like sweet, tender angels of mercy.

    Bingemans' Screampark in Kitchener, Ontario, announced the horrifying concept earlier this week ahead of its 13th season, along with some new rules.

    "No taking breaks. No picking and choosing what haunts you want. No skipping a room that particularly terrifies you," reads a press release. "Once you set foot in The Waiting Room, you are now part of The Experiment and will have endure nine horrifying testing sites."

    bingemans screampark 2018

    From start to finish, guests will be treated as subjects in a series of wild and twisted experiments at Bingemans' Screampark this year. Screenshot of bingemans.com.

    The new format, a first for Bingemans, makes it rather unsuitable for people who are prone to chickening out halfway through haunted houses.

    Guests get only one chance this year to make it from start to finish without fainting or curling up into a ball and crying until a nice lady takes their hand to lead them outside.

    "We have always said Screampark is not for those without the wherewithal to endure a little fright," says Bingeman's president says Mark Bingeman. "If you don't sleep for weeks afterwards, that's not our fault. We warned you."

    A website for the attraction explains that, upon entrance, you will become one of the experiment's subjects. "Psychotic examiners" with curious, corrupted minds will "exploit you at every turn," from the waiting room to the final test area. Spooky witches and ghosts, they are not.

    One zone, called The Dietary, sounds particularly gruesome (and cannibalistic). Here, you will have the option to experience being buried alive. You can also buy alcoholic beverages, which might help alleviate some of the anxiety related to the aforementioned.

    The experience doesn't sound like something for the faint of heart, to put it mildly.

    If, like me, watching even just the trailer for any body horror film makes you want to throw up and hide forever... enter at your own risk.


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    Another day, another protest against the provincial government. 

    Earlier in the month, Doug Ford's PC government announced it would put in place new laws to protect free speech on university and college campuses. What this means, is that racist, sexist, homophobic, and other marginalizing statements will no longer be banned or punished on campuses. 

    Some students and other residents are concerned that this will prevent protests against hate speech or guest speakers that have ties to white supremacy and other prejudiced hate groups. 

    According to Ford, universities that do not comply with adopting a free speech policy will no longer receive provincial funding. Furthermore, students who do not comply may be expelled or punished in other ways. 

    As a result, a rally at Ryerson University has been planned to oppose the policy. 

    Organizers said in the Facebook event page that the policy is Ford's way to "pay back the far right and social conservatives who helped him win the PC leadership race."Many have pointed out that Ford is a bit of a hypocrite, perhaps, for forcing this free speech policy while attempting to use the notwithstanding clause to eliminate half of Toronto's city council. 

    The organizers have acknowledged this argument, and say that "what he really wants is to silence dissent and promote the reactionary right."

    The rally is planned for October 18 on Ryerson's campus, and includes a petition.


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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 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.

    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.

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

    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 Scarborough Town Centre giftcard
    • 2nd place: $100 Scarborough Town Centre giftcard
    • 3rd place: $50 Scarborough Town Centre giftcard

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    If the people of Toronto can legally smoke weed wherever they're allowed to smoke cigarettes, why can't alcohol be consumed outside of homes and licensed bars?

    It's an interesting question, and one that Toronto Mayor John Tory has given some serious thought.

    "I know from being in the parks now, it's quite a widespread practice for people to have a glass of wine," said Tory to reporters on Thursday. "And it doesn't’ seem the world has come to an end as a result of that."

    Tory, who is currently running for re-election, was asked at a police event if he supports the provincial government's newly-announced cannabis consumption rules — particularly the one that says smokers can light up a joint wherever tobacco is permitted.

    "It would be a nightmare to try to enforce the difference between somebody smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk and somebody smoking a joint," he said.

    "I guess now it does probably prompt us to do something that I’ve talked about... to say if people want to enjoy, which they seem to be doing, a glass of wine or a beer in a park, which I think most people are quite responsible enough to do, we should take a look at that kind of thing as part of this continuation of the reform of our laws."

    Whaaaa?

    Tory, clearly inspired by a clever 2017 April Fools day prank, went on to point out that many people imbibed outside at Pride this year "without the world coming to an end."

    He also said that the rules around modest alcohol consumption (in parks) should be "reconsidered in the context of 2018."

    True say. Legal or not, people have been drinking en masse at parks in Toronto on summer weekends for years. An entire industry has risen out of the discarded beer cans at Trinity Bellwoods alone.

    Toronto Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 608, Parks, says that drinking is not allowed in City Parks, unless authorized by a permit in an enclosed area.

    Police officers can issue tickets of up to $300 to those caught violating this bylaw, but it's at their own discretion (and a lot of them don't.)

    At the provincial level, people over 19 can be fined $100 for possessing open liquor outside of a licensed premises, residence or private place, and another $100 for consuming it.

    You can also be charged $50 under Ontario's Liquor Licence Act for being intoxicated in a public place. Basically, it's more expensive to be caught drinking liquor outside if you're also drunk at the time.

    Beaches-East York councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who chairs the Parks and Environment committee, has been recommending that the city relax its public drinking laws for parks since September of 2017.

    McMahon highlighted a popular craft beer program in Philadelphia, where mobile beer trucks travel to different parks all summer, to see if Toronto might benefit from such an initiative (the profits of which are reinvested into Philly's park system.)

    "I think it's an exciting opportunity," McMahon said of her idea at the time. "People are drinking in parks anyway."


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    It's Friday and events in Toronto are here for it with a big party at the ROM, a pancake and booze art show and a gathering of the food trucks. Casa Loma is set to become a giant haunted house and Ken Jeong brings the funny.

    Events you might want to check out:

    The Pancakes and Booze Art Show (September 28 @ 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.
    Ken Jeong (September 28 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    Comedian Ken Jeong brings his high energy, sketch-based humour to the stage as part of the Just for Laughs festival.
    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.
    We Are One (September 28 @ Free Space)
    Photographers and creatives come together to party during this interactive showcase featuring music, drinks, food and giveaways.
    Food Truck'N Friday (September 28 @ LCBO)
    A gathering of the food trucks is on in partnership with the LCBO for an evening of food and drink from Spring Loaded, Kitchen Empire and many more.
    Connecting Across Cultures (September 28 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Domee Shi, Tiffany Hsiung and Joyce Wong come together to discuss representation and authentic storytelling in Asian-Canadian culture.
    Dwayne 2000 (September 28-29 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Live renditions of all the best Y2K hits are on during this big, two-night party with Dwayne 2000, a music collective covering all the best tunes.
    Minding the Gap (September 28 - October 1 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Exploring the lives of three young men coming of age, Bing Liu's film moves through the stages of life and the challenges that come with it.
    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.

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