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    The Clintons are coming to Toronto for another heart-to-heart as both Bill and Hillary are dropping by again this November.

    The duo are embarking on a 13-stop North American tour that includes Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

    An Evening with the Clintons will see Bill and Hillary chatting it up and sharing stories about their careers, with some of the highlights including the Macarenasax solos and Socks the Cat.

    This marks the second time former president Bill Clinton has visited Toronto this year, and the first for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since she dropped by in 2017.

    Tickets for the November 27 engagement go on sale this Friday.

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    Car sharing has gone through a few hurdles to be established in Toronto. Regulations have come, gone, and changed, and the process has been extremely complicated. 

    A new car sharing service, however, plans to make waves in the city under a new free-floating pilot project

    Communauto, which operates out of Montreal and has a presence in several other Canadian cities, announced today that it will open service in Toronto starting this November.

    The free-float model allows users to drop off their car at a different location than where they picked it up. And rather than designated parking spots like the current model, these new cars can be parked on residential streets in areas where permit parking is not fully subscribed.

    Communauto is the first company approved for this pilot project. Up to three more car sharing companies can apply to participate with 500 parking permits available per company.  Communauto plans to begin with 200 vehicles. 

    Communauto's vehicles will be bound by Runnymede, Dupont, Victoria Park and the lake. Other car sharing companies can apply for different geographical borders if they wish.

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    From sunflowers and lavender, to dwarf goats and pumpkins, Ontario has some of the best working farms that are open to the public to visit and snap some pics. One of these farms near Toronto is Ontario's largest ostrich farm, which is an adorable idea for a day trip.

    White Rock Ostrich Farm is only 40 minutes from Toronto in Milton, where you can choose from a walking tour, or hay wagon ride tour around this sprawling, scenic farm.

    Your tour includes viewing baby ostrich chicks (some as young as a couple days old), feeding the yearlings, and mingling with the Rednecks, Bluenecks, and African Black adult ostriches along with a guide.

    On each tour, you'll learn about what happens on a typical day at the farm, and also learn some pretty fascinating facts about ostriches. Like, did you know that they can live to 70 years old? 

    After you're done rubbing shoulders with these adorable creatures, you can even sample an ostrich burger after, or purchase some of the massive eggs produced on the farm (15 centimetres long, to be exact!) 

    The farm also has a gift shop that sells local goods, and a ton of ostrich products like leather wallets, purses, gloves, and colourfully-dyed feathers.

    Tour prices are only $7 per adult, ($3 extra for ostrich feed) and they run on weekends until October 31. The farm is cash only, so be sure to bring some paper with you.

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    This week on DineSafe a number of popular coffee chains landed in some hot water with Toronto health inspectors. Locations of Coffee Time, Tim Hortons and Starbucks all got conditional passes upon inspection.

    See what other local restaurants got busted by city health inspectors this week on DineSafe.

    Tacorrito (556 Church St.)
    • Inspected on: October 1, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner permitting adverse effect on food.
    Tim Hortons (6220 Finch Ave. West)
    • Inspected on: October 1, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 1 (Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Luckee (328 Wellington St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 2, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 4, Significant: 5)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Starbucks (1320 Castlefield Ave.)
    • Inspected on: October 2, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Minor: 1, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Cool N2 (412 Queen St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 3, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Significant: 2, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to ensure storage racks designed to protect against contamination.
    Coffee Time (3622 Dufferin St.)
    • Inspected on: October 4, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 8 (Minor 3, Significant: 3, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Hot-holding potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature below 60°C and failed to ensure food handler in food premise washes hands as necessary to prevent contamination of food.
    Congee Star (900 Don Mills Rd.)
    • Inspected on: October 4, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Minor 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Tim Hortons (1910 Yonge St.)
    • Inspected on: October 4, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 1 (Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    The Best Portuguese Chicken (942 The Queensway)
    • Inspected on: October 5, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Foggy Dew (803 King St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 5, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Minor 3, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    McDonald's (700 King St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 5, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Starbucks (3401 Dufferin St.)
    • Inspected on: October 5, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to ensure food handler in food premise washes hands as necessary to prevent contamination of 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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    The wildly popular Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem is apparently shutting down, but it may be temporary.

    In a strange, almost incoherent video posted to the company's Instagram page, CEO Brandon Truaxe announced that almost everyone involved with the company is involved in criminal activity. 

    "A revolution is coming. Every one of you who has been laughing aT me will with certainty face criminal prosecution," the caption reads, with typos. 

    The caption and video also include mentions of Donald Trump, H&M, Estee Lauder, Tom Ford, Richard Branson, and dozens more. 

    Without filters. A revolution is coming. Every one of you who has been laughing aT me will with certainty face criminal prosecution. Estée Lauder Companies Inc. has been the biggest stock promotion. Richard Duntas, Bernard Ass (LVMH), Marica “Tracy” (Bliss, Remedè, Soaper Due Per Shoe), Hyatt (Grand Hyatt, Andaz, er al), Marriott (St. Regis, W, Marriot, et al), So many porn “studios”, nearly all @deciem employees, most of “Hollywood”, Gill Sinclair, India Knight, Caroline Hirons, India Knight, RBC, BMO, Boots, KKR, most of the Lauder family, Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Karim Kanji, Antonio Tadrisi, DF Mc, LVMH, Dia Fooley, Michael Davidson, Hanif, Zark Fatah, Inditex (Zara, Massimo Dutti, etc), H&M, $100 monkey, Too Faced (founders too), TSG, Alshaya, Amanresorts, Erwin Zecha, Oliver Zecha, Steven R Riddle, the Coc and Corcky managers, PRIDE organizers, IT Cosmetics, Nicola L ReadingTons, all of Dishoom, All of Delaunay, David Yurman, Tom Ford, Tim Cooke. McKesson, Rexall, Jamin Asaria, David Jackson, York Heritage and others — sentencing doesn’t begin with any point but sentences like this one do. Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Michael Less, Stephen Spellberg e.T., AON are also included with certainty. ARGO stood for “Ali Roshan GO”. You idiots. Father, please please be safe if you can for the next few hours. I love you all. -Brandon (RIYADH, please be EXTREMELY CAREFUL in the next few hours). Aurora (TSX) : you are finished. Michael Basler, Gordon Wilde, David Trinder, Eric Jacobs, Allan Gerlings, Dalton Pharma SS, Michael OH CON ELLE, Charm IS T A 007, Robert Jones, Cascade, Prince Al Walid, The White Company, Obagi (brand and doctor), Freedom Health, ESHO-isT, Alexandru Serban and baggage, Apotex: Goodbye also. Peace is coming. 🦁🦋🐪. It’s clear now. @esteelaudercompanies @richardbranson @realdonaldtrump @gowlingwlg_ca @zuck @musicianjessecook, et. al.

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    After the video was posted, an email was sent to all Deciem employees. It instructed the company to shut down all stores except the Spitalfields location in the U.K.

    Truaxe then stated he wants to reopen all the stores in two months. 

    "Hi everyone, I'm Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem. This is the final post of Deceim, which we will shut down all operations until further notice, which will be about two months."

    brandon truaxe

    CEO Brandon Truaxe as seen outside Deciem's Toronto headquarters on Richmond St. in 2015. Photo by blogTO.

    Fans of the brand, and I know you are plentiful, fear not. If all goes according to the strange and spontaneous plan, you'll be able to get your hands on your hyaluronic acid soon enough. 

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    Fancy restaurants in Toronto are where to go when you’re looking to dine amongst chandeliers, curving staircases, leather and sometimes even priceless art. 

    Here's a round-up of fancy restaurants in Toronto.


    What’s fancier than dinner with a view? Not much, and the 54-floor vista of the city seen from the top of the TD Tower at this restaurant can’t be beat. Beautifully presented plates of Canadian-inspired cuisine are just as breathtaking.

    BlueBlood Steakhouse

    There’s pretty much nothing more fancy than dining at an actual castle, and you can do just that at this steakhouse inside Casa Loma with stone lions outside and original art by Dali and antler chandeliers inside, plus specially aged steaks and a raw bar that does seafood towers.

    The Chase

    Seafood extravaganzas (including $75 raw platters) are the order of the day at this Financial District rooftop restaurant that caters to expense accounts.


    Fusion cuisine has never looked so good as it does at this restaurant on Prince Arthur with seasonal menus and an underground wine cellar.

    Auberge Du Pommier

    Yonge and York Mills has this ultra-fancy restaurant housed inside a darling historical cottage, complete with an arboretum area that feels like entering an old novel. Plates and cocktails are put together with finesse that matches the environment. 


    A $40 burger is pretty darn fancy, and this Financial District haunt that’s part of the swanky McEwan Group has one on the menu.


    Fresh seafood from Portugal is the cornerstone of the elegant menu served at this long-standing restaurant near College and Ossington.


    Brunch buffets and events centring around wine, champagne, truffles and cheese are the sophisticated hallmarks of this restaurant at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

    Don Alfonso 1890

    An open kitchen hums away, producing pricey tasting menus designed by Michelin Star chefs under a floating bar that serves molecular cocktails at this opulent Financial District restaurant.


    A sibling spot to Alo and Aloette, this restaurant in Yorkville sets the bar high with dishes like ribeye, lobster, king crab, Muscovy duck, scallops and Pacific cod in luxurious surroundings.

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    Bargain hunters, rejoice: one of Toronto’s cutest dollar stores, a Chinese export called Miniso, is opening another downtown location.

    The only Miniso currently located in downtown Toronto is in the lower level of the Eaton Centre.

    This new one will open in Richmond Adelaide Centre next to the food court in the spaces formerly home to a David’s Tea and the Department Store. The latter will close at the end of the month and move to 181 Queen Street East.

    miniso toronto

    Signs are up for the new Miniso at the Richmond Adelaide Centre. Photo by blogTO.

    That means this new Miniso might be the smallest one yet, but it will have the distinction of being the first in the PATH and the second ever in downtown Toronto.

    Don’t expect to do any holiday shopping there, though: with lots of construction still to be done, the new PATH location of Miniso won’t be open until 2019.

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    City walls get graffitied all the time, but there's something especially poignant about a recent message left by an anonymous tagger for condo developer Brad J. Lamb.

    "Fuck you and fuck your condos," it says. "Leave us alone." 

    If that's not a Toronto motto, I don't know what is. 

    The eloquent message can be seen scrawled on the wall of what used to be Silverstein's Bakery at 193 McCaul St., which shut down abruptly two years ago.

    The low-rise where the venerated family-run bakery operated for nearly a century was bought for around $24 million by Brad J. Lamb in 2016.  

    The giant developer will soon be replacing the building at Baldwin and McCaul with a 19-storey condo called The Bread Company—in homage to Silverstein's loaves of rye and bagels—and clearly Baldwin Village locals aren't having it. 

    Considering the neighbourhood is getting a dusty pile of construction in place of a bakery that once made the area smell like sweet, sweet bread, I don't really blame them. 

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    Cannabis legalization is less than two weeks away, and most of us will be able to start consumption on October 17

    However, the Toronto Police will be limited in their ability to partake, according to a video of Chief Mark Saunders leaked to CP24.

    Members of the TPS must wait 28 days to report for duty after consumption of cannabis, Saunders said. 

    However, the President of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack, said the the policy was not known to him or the TPA. 

    He said he is reviewing the policy and will have an official one in place soon. 

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    Toy-lovers, rejoice. FAO Schwarz, the famous toy store that once ruled Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is coming to Toronto. 

    The iconic brand announced plans to open pop-up shops in all Hudson's Bay stores, but it's only for a limited time. The stores within a store will range from 300 to 1,200 square feet.

    This is the first time the brand will have any retail presence in Canada.

    FAO Schwarz said it will remain open for the duration of the holiday season, and will sell classics like the giant piano made famous by the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks.

    However, the company has not answered whether it plans to stay in Canada permanently, but currently has no plans to do so. 

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    The designs for two highly-anticipated new parks along Queens Quay West have finally been announced.

    After a months-long international competition for the designs of York Street Park and Rees Street Park, two winners have been chosen by Waterfront Toronto and the city's department of Parks, Forestry, and Recreation to go ahead with their proposed designs. 

    The Love Park design by Montreal-based firm Claude Cormier + Associés has been chosen for York Street Park, while L.A.-based wHY Architecture and local firm Brook Mcllroy's Rees Ridge has been selected for Rees Street Park. 

    The winners were announced today following submissions from over 40 design teams from around the world, six weeks of design exercises, and months of sorting through short-listed proposals. 

    waterfront parks toronto

    Waterfront Toronto has announced the winners of its competition, including this design for Rees Street Park by wHY Architecture and Brook Mcllroy. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Toronto.

    Requirements for both designs included the incorporation of some type of architectural pavilion, possible integration of public art, and an interactive water feature. 

    Claude Cormier, which has been redefining Toronto's public spaces for years, was a unanimous winner with its transformation of what used to be the Gardiner Expressway's old off-ramp into York Street Park. 

    With a budget of around $7 million, the firm's redesign will include a large pond located in the middle of the park, and pathways winding around patches of grass, not unlike the planning of HTO Park, which Cormier also helped design. 

    A big plus of the winning proposal is that it offers a great bird's-eye view for surrounding office buildings. Construction on this park is expected to start sometime next year. 

    Meanwhile the design for Rees Street Park, which was also unanimously chosen by the jury, will turn the current parking lot into an active green space with a large ridge, not unlike the raised seating at Nathan Phillips Square's Peace Garden.

    The competition's requirement for this park included an open lawn and an area large enough to support a market zone of up to 25 vendors.

    The budget for this project was slightly higher at $10 million, and construction is expected to start in 2020.

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    It's already halfway through the week and events in Toronto today are all about storytelling. Performers take to the street to tell the story of the Village and Rendezvous With Madness looks to take on mental health with art. Music, film and a dinner all tell a story, as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Newcomer Kitchen (October 10 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Harvest Wednesday has teamed up with the non-profit organization Newcomer Kitchen for a night of food, drinks, music and a chef's talk.
    Liz Phair (October 10 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
    Pioneer of the pop-rock girl craze that dominated the 90s, Liz Phair is still going strong and arriving for a night of now-classic tunes with Speedy Ortiz.
    The Song and the Sorrow (October 10 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Kicking of the Rendezvous With Madness festival is a documentary that looks at the brilliant and tragic life of Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan.
    Black Joe Lewis (October 10 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
    Mixing blues, funk and soul, Black Joe Lewis brings his big band of brass and bangers to the stage with Vug Arakas.
    Welcome to Night Vale (October 10 @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
    The podcast comes to life as storytellers from the show perform a live rendition of the tales from the town of Night Vale.
    Always Never (October 10 @ Mod Club)
    Toronto's own R&B duo stay smooth with deep grooves and an emphasis on intricate instrumentals set behind their love tunes.
    Beads, They're Sewn So Tight (October 10 @ Textile Museum of Canada)
    Beading and quillwork take on new meaning as four contemporary artists look to innovate the medium in new and challenging contexts.
    The Frights (October 10 @ Hard Luck Bar)
    Angst and lots of it are part of the lyrical shtick of The Frights while their punk rocking sound is set to get you amped.
    Switch the Village (October 10-11 @ Multiple Venues)
    This multidisciplinary street performance travels through the Village and uses sounds, poetry, puppetry and dance to tell stories.
    Rendezvous With Madness (October 10-21 @ Multiple Venues)
    Mental health takes centre stage during this city-wide festival that uses media installations, visual art, theatre and film to address issues in health.

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    This three-bedroom house immediately gives off a homey vibe. It’s bright, filled with natural light and exudes charm with stain glass windows and gleaming hardwood floors.249 withrow avenue torontoThe home is located in North Riverdale on a quiet street. The main floor is open concept with the living room, dining room and kitchen flowing from the front to the back of the house.249 withrow avenue torontoI love the stained glass window divide between the kitchen and dining room that allows the light to filter through. It’s so romantic.

    249 withrow avenue torontoThe kitchen is spacious and recently renovated. It also walks out onto the raised back porch.

    249 withrow avenue torontoThe backyard is dreamy with lots of greenery and seems like such a tranquil place to spend your weekend and evenings. There's even disco golf! The outdoor space is shared with the tenant who lives in the basement.

    249 withrow avenue torontoUpstairs are the bedrooms, one is currently being used as an office. Another is a family room. Both of these aren’t the largest of rooms so you’ll definitely have to pull straws on who gets which bedroom if you plan on sharing this place with roommates.  

    249 withrow avenue torontoThe master bedroom is the largest room but surprisingly doesn’t have a closet. So, that could become an issue if you have an extensive wardrobe.

    249 withrow avenue torontoThe only other downside to this place, especially if you’re sharing, is there’s only one bathroom. While it’s a nice three-piece bathroom, sometimes it’s nice to have options, even if it is just a powder room.249 withrow avenue toronto

    • Address: 249 Withrow Avenue
    • Type: House
    • Rent: $3,800/ month
    • Listing agent: Mary Ann Raaymakers
    • Furnished? No
    • Utilities: No
    • Air conditioning? Window
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking: 2
    • Laundry? In suite
    • Outdoor space? Backyard
    • Pet friendly? No249 withrow avenue toronto
    Good For

    A small family. The bedrooms aren’t really ideal for young professionals, but one room could definitely make a nice nursery. Also the neighbourhood has great schools, the backyard has plenty of room for kids to play and you’re really close to Withrow park.249 withrow avenue toronto

    Move On If

    You plan on sharing with bathroom hogs. As I mentioned, there’s only one bathroom, so if your roommates love to take 45-minute long showers, maybe look for a place that has an extra water closet.249 withrow avenue toronto

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    Advance voting for the 2018 Toronto municipal election begins today, and continues to Sunday, October 14. The election and regular voting day will be October 22.

    In order to vote in the advance polls, all you need is valid identification that shows your name, and proof of address in the City of Toronto.

    Voters in Toronto's municipal election do not need to pre-register, just show up with your ID and vote! A voter information card (which should have been sent to you a few weeks ago, or can be downloaded from the MyVote website) can help speed your voting process along, but isn't explicitly necessary. 

    Voters are encouraged by the city to double and triple check which ward they will be voting in, as the boundaries have changed. This information, and much more, can be found on the City's MyVote website. 

    Each ward will contain two advance voting locations, and City Hall is open to advance voting for anyone in the city. Polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 

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    Night markets of any kind are always fun, and a new one is set to shine a light on Toronto music and culture.

    The YouTube Music Night Market is taking over a parking lot on King West for two nights of music, food and drinks that's free to attend and open to everyone.

    The event is centred around the live music experience, something kind of ironic since it's sponsored by an Internet company.

    But that's the point. YouTube wants folks to go beyond streaming online and come together in celebration of local culture and really feel the vibe, you know?

    Included is a performance by Brampton-born, OVO-branded Roy Wood$, which is kind of amazing since the last time he performed a concert series back in May, both shows sold out pretty quick.

    A ton of other DJs and artists will be on hand for a night of tunes and visuals, while Maker Pizza, Grape Witches, Burdock Brewery and Short & Sweet Bakeshop are serving up the goods.

    And since it is a market, Siberia Vintage will be there in case you're on the hunt for some fresh looks.

    It's all going down on October 19 and 20. It's free to get in, but you'll need to download the YouTube Music app and show it upon entry.

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    Jewish bakeries in Toronto are go to spot for the high holidays or if you’re just craving a taste of homestyle comfort. Head to these bakeries for fresh-baked challah, bagels and more.

    Here are my picks for the top Jewish bakeries in Toronto.

    Grodzinski Bakery 

    There’s a ton of history hidden in this old bakery near Bathurst and Lawrence that’s known to make some of the best loaves of challah in the city. They also stock a couple savoury items like different kinds of herring and Israeli potato salad.

    Richmond Kosher Bakery 

    On Bathurst south of Sheppard, this place not only bakes humongous three- and five-pound versions of challah but also various types of bread, bagels and rugelach.

    Kosher City Plus

    This grocery store on Bathurst just south of the 401 stocks all kinds of products, but their bakery section is where to find all sorts of kosher baked goods including apple bun cake, cookies, rugelach and danish. They also carry Gryfe's bagels.

    Hermes Bakery

    Matzoh ball mix, challah and bagels are all available at this popular bakery near Bathurst and Glencairn that's actually the city's oldest strictly kosher and nut-free facility.


    This bakery and restaurant with multiple Toronto locations might be known for their bagels but they also make sugar cookies, danish, brownies and butter tarts.

    My Zaidy’s Bakery

    Find reasonably priced loaves of challah in multiple varieties at this bakery near Steeles and Bathurst along with bagels, cheese danish and other pastries.

    Isaac’s Bakery

    Challah in whole wheat, multigrain, raisin and water varieties is the main attraction at this bakery near Bathurst and Lawrence. They also do chocolate and cheese danish and a variety of cakes and pastries.

    What A Bagel 

    Multiple locations of this Toronto bakery and restaurant serve up a variety of bagels, challah, strudel, cinnamon rolls and more.

    Phipps Bakery

    This Eglinton West bakery is a go-to source for many Jewish holiday treats like hamantaschen and Hannukah party platters.

    Harbord Bakery 

    This Harbord Village mainstay does a super popular square challah along with a variety of bread, cookies and cakes.

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    The best romantic restaurants in Toronto are places where you can’t go wrong, whether you're celebrating a big anniversary or still just getting to know someone. Seating lets you cuddle close, lighting shows your best side, and the food is flawless at these date night hotspots. 

    Here are the best romantic restaurants in Toronto. 

    7 - Greta Solomon's

    French food and fine wine at this intimate 26-seat Leslieville restaurant is a charming way to pamper a hot date.
    3 - Woodlot

    Show someone special how much you care by treating them to the pastas and bread made lovingly by hand at this cozy Little Italy restaurant.
    4 - Edulis Restaurant

    Indulgent feasts await at this restaurant tucked away on Niagara St. near King. The best part is this place deals in set menus, so all the difficult decisions are basically made for you, and your date can continue seamlessly.
    5 - Bar Begonia

    Fun, uncomplicated French food at this cool Dupont spot is perfect for a cute date night. If things go well, maybe you can even head back for brunch together the next morning.
    10 - Dandylion

    This luxe, cutting-edge restaurant in West Queen West is the stuff date fantasies are made of with an elegantly plated menu.
    11 - Grey Gardens

    As if it weren’t enough that delicate plates of food are cooked before your eyes in an open kitchen at this Kensington restaurant, the space is also decorated with a soft touch and a keen eye, lit by lots of sexy flickering candles.
    6 - Il Covo

    Shadowy confines like something that might be tucked under a bridge along a Venetian canal are located right in Little Italy, where sumptuous handmade pasta dishes and delicate seasonal plates along with a hefty wine list tantalize.
    8 - Paris Paris

    Skylights let in a heavenly glow that shows you in your most attractive light, and even if you’re still nervous about how you look, there’s lots of liquid courage at this restobar on Dundas West in the form of an expert wine list.
    9 - Lake Inez

    This Little India spot is a great place to take someone who’s not into the conventional, when it comes to their food or their interior decorating. A creative menu and decor are guaranteed, and these people really know their wine.

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    Toronto has seen a lot of talent rise up over the last few years, and now Kensington Market native Langston Francis is looking to make his mark on the city's music scene.

    Langston has been gathering steam with the release of his single “Fall From Grace” back in April. From the sounds of this swirling, hypnotic R&B pop mashup, you would never know it was by someone still in high school.

    "Growing up, I was a kid who was always on the Internet," he said. "Always on YouTube and stuff."

    "All the artists whether it be like The Weeknd, he was shooting videos in Toronto. So, seeing them doing all this stuff in the neighbourhood that I grew up in, it just inspired me to wanna do that make my own mark in the Toronto scene."

    Tracing his progress until now, Langston began playing instruments early on, receiving his first guitar at age two.

    It wasn't long before Langston's natural talent came through, and he began performing at local festivals around the neighbourhood and busking downtown.

    “It was basically me like, before I even hit puberty so I had a little squeaky voice and just with like a mic and an amp at Queen and Spadina, in front of the CIBC there on the north corner.”

    “It’s like the weird thing with busking, though, is you’re performing for so many people, right? But than at the same time you’re kind of performing for no one. Cause it’s like no one asked you to be there. No one asked for this kid to be screaming in their face.”

    Two years in, he was discovered by his now-manager at Sony and has since begun undergoing artist development while continuing to perform at local spots like The Drake Hotel and Burdock

    I caught up with Langston before his set during this year's Canadian Music Week where he was quick to note the difficulty some artists face coming up among Toronto's notoriously fickle musical landscape.

    “I’ve definitely heard that Toronto crowds, like even—it’s just known to be—even if there’s someone out there that’s like really feeling it, they’re just kinda like zhipp. So it’s something I’m prepared to deal with.”

    He and his team have been working hard to promote him, including his singles on several Spotify playlists and getting him better gigs alongside bigger artists like Hayley Kiyoko and Toronto's own Sean Leon.

    Langston is hot off the release of his newest single "Circles" and is currently on a small national tour, before returning home for his first headlining show at the Mod Club on November 29.

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    Modern furniture stores in Toronto may seem miniscule compared to your favourite big box Swedish brand, but in terms of style and functionality, they've got a lot going for them. You won't always beat the low Ikea prices, but at least sofas comes fully assembled. 

    Here's a round-up of modern furniture stores in Toronto that will make you forget Ikea. 


    This Ossington store has two floors of furniture that is perfect for the modern Canadian. Most of the stuff here is locally-made—albeit typically running a grand and up—plus their eco-friendly in-store brand Gus* uses sustainable lumber and vegan down. 

    Elte MKT

    Take a trip to the Castlefield Design District and peruse the massive selection of Elte MKT, the budget-friendly offshoot of next-door ELTE. It's rugs, chairs, and space-saving beds galore at reasonable prices. 


    While certainly not affordable by any means, those with a big furniture budget will have the time of their lives browsing through this King East store's stock of super-stylish pieces. Does Ikea carry circus hoop ceiling lights? I think not. 


    It's all class at this store on Gladstone West Queen West. There's usually stock on clearance, but they specialize in sofas, beds and coffee tables made in Canada on the west coast.

    Dreschel Studio

    If you've got an office that needs sprucing up, this King East store has a big selection of functional yet stylish pieces that'll add some fun to your workspace. Furniture comes via nearly every Nordic country (so you know it's minimalist) plus imports from Spain, Italy, and Germany.

    Quasi Modo

    This long-standing store on West Queen West holds the loyalty of interior designers citywide for their diverse stock of contemporary brands. They've got classic brands like Herman Miller and Knoll, and an impressive collection of lamps from brands like Akari.


    Sitting in what used to be a venue for raves is this sprawling two-storey store at the corner of Queen and Bathurst. Perfect for the destitute millennial beyond their means, CB2 carries relatively cheap essentials for condo-living.

    Urban Mode

    For such a small store, this furniture purveyor on Tecumseth has an eclectic stock of chairs, beds, lights, and decorative wares that range from reasonable to pricey. You'll never know you needed a blue retro phone until you spot it here. 


    Modern Danish pieces are the move at this store near Ave and Dav, where everything is priced pretty accordingly. That's not to say it's cheap, but it is possible to find some cool home decor for low prices alongside sleek Scandinavian chairs and an interesting jewellery section.

    Design Within Reach

    There's no denying this King East store is costly, but if you're prowling for some really unique pieces, this is the place to look. DWR is an American brand and offers everything from storage to chairs and lighting. Try scouring their deals section for affordable finds.

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    Toronto's restaurant scene is always changing, and sometimes that includes new ownership of some local favourites. A change of hands can lead to new places opening up, or the evolution of your neighourhood's classic hang. 

    Here are some restaurants in Toronto that are for sale right now.


    This Filipino-inspired spot at Queen and Bathurst serves up artistic dishes like Halo Halo Sisig and shrimp po boys. For only a little over $5,000 a month, this Queen West classic is all yours


    This tiny lunch counter focuses on serving all dishes inspired by bacon. This Leslieville location was once part of a pair, with the other located on Ossington. This Queen East location, however, is now on the market at a mere $68,000.

    Crosstown Coffee

    For just $98,000, this midtown cafe could be your new venture. Nestled near construction of the Eglinton LRT, the spot is set to become highly-trafficked when the new transit line opens. 

    Coq of the Walk

    This restaurant in Little Italy serves up French dishes galore. It's up for $149,000.

    Real Mo Mo's

    Nestled in the rapidly-developing area around Church and Colborne, this local haunt serves up a variety of international dishes. Now for just $8,200 a month, it's looking for a new owner


    If you love vegan baked goods and you have $139,000 to spend, this Bloor West bakery could be yours. The garage-door window in the front is particularly nice. 


    This longstanding Leslieville hang is on the market for $149,000. Alongside its wood-burning pizza oven, this restaurant is known for its patio and pub food like wings and nachos. 

    Fox and Fiddle Danforth

    This is one of many locations in a popular pub chain. This one is located in the heart of Greektown, on the Danforth, and is yours for $379,000.

    Black Rock Coffee

    This cafe is part of the climbing gym in the old Metro Theatre, and is now looking for a new owner. The fun concept is for sale for $99,000.

    The Hitch 

    This Leslieville cocktail bar with a name inspired by Christopher Hitchins is now on the market, hoping for $129,000. It's designed in a format to help patrons get to know one another, so if you love social atmospheres, perhaps this spot is for you. 

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