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    Soon you’ll be able to get something called a Cheese Volcano Chicken from an award-winning fried chicken chain’s first location in North America, right here in Toronto.

    Chicken in the Kitchen is the most popular fried chicken chain in Korea, known for their fresh ingredients, lack of artificial flavours and the 20 secret ingredients in their 16-hour marinade.

    We already have chicken with cheese on it and chicken with cheese in it, as well as ribs wrapped in cheese, but the Cheese Volcano Chicken is something different altogether.

    Korean rice cakes and potato wedges on a bed of creamy rose sauce are piled high with signature white-meat-only fried chicken, surrounding a bread bowl filled with bubbling melted gouda and parmesan that you dip everything into.

    They’re also known for their Onion King Chicken topped with thick onion rings, as well as Coronarita cocktails. 

    The restaurant embraces the spirit of Chimaek (which we also already have a restaurant named after), basically unwinding with fried chicken and beer.

    Chicken in the Kitchen is expected to open next week at 5600 Yonge Street near Finch. 


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    The Santa Claus Parade is coming to Toronto this weekend, and Santa needs you to get your car off the road and out of the way. 

    That's right, the annual Santa Claus Parade is happening Sunday, November 18, and it's bringing some road and transit closures with it, so everyone can enjoy the event. 

    The parade starts at Christie Pits at 12:30, and heads down Bloor Street to Queen's Park, where it loops around the Crescent and down University to Wellington Street, then south on Yonge Street and finally over to St. Lawrence Market via Front Street.

    santa claus parade torontoVarious streets will be closing at different times to accommodate setup, take-down, the parade, and the Holly Jolly Fun Run. Here is a list of those closures: 

    • Bloor St W from Ossington Ave to Christie St from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Bremner Blvd from York St to Lake Shore Blvd W from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Front St E from Jarvis St to Sherbourne St from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Lower Jarvis St from Front St E to The Esplanade from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Bloor St W from Christie St to Avenue Rd from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park from Bloor St W to Queen's Park Cres E from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park Cres E from Queen's Park to Queen's Park from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park Cres W from Queen's Park to Queen's Park from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • University Ave from College St to Wellington St W from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • University Ave from Wellington St W to Front St W from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • York St from Front St W to Bremner Blvd from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Front St E from Yonge St to Jarvis St from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Wellington St W from University Ave to Yonge St from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Yonge St from Wellington St W to Front St W from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queens Quay E lane closure eastbound from Lower Jarvis St to Parliament St from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Additionally, some TTC routes will be diverting at varying times to avoid the closures:

    • 5 Avenue Road 
    • 6 Bay
    • 65 Parliament
    • 72 Pape
    • 94 Wellesley
    • 121 Fort York - Esplanade
    • 126 Christie
    • 161 Rogers Road
    • 300 Bloor-Danforth Night Bus

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    Today in "videos of kids that will make you smile," we have a tiny athlete tearing up the court during halftime at last night's Raptors game in Toronto.

    The little baller (not to be confused with a member of the Lil Ballas dance team) was participating in a kids exhibition put on by the Filipino Basketball League of Canada, when he shocked the crowd with a jump shot swish.

    "Recruit this kid already!" wrote someone watching the game on Twitter. "That boy straight cookin" proclaimed somebody else.

    Of course, if the Raptors were to pick up this young talent, they'd be waiting quite a while for him to be old enough to play in the NBA.

    A comment from the boy's proud grandmother on the Raptors' Facebook page shows that his name is Zach Acedillo Walker. This is backed up by comments from others who've seen the remarkable kid from Durham region in action.

    The FBL's website (as well as others that report on the league) shows that Zach was born in 2007, making him around 11-years-old right now.

    He's good, though, despite being in elementary school, with multiple league championships and MVP titles under his belt.

    The Raptors wound up losing Monday night's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans with a score of 126-110, but it was a winning night for the youngsters who played in FBL Canada's halftime game.

    Between videos shared by the Toronto Raptors and NBA itself, nearly half-a-million people have now watched them play basketball on Twitter alone.


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    Canada's crown prince and his new (probably?) bride Hailey Baldwin, daughter of a famous person, were spotted this week near the Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto.

    Justin Bieber was touring the land in an apparent search for coffee on Monday when he stopped by a quiet Tim Hortons cafe at Front Street and University Avenue.

    There, the pop star stumbled upon a group of people afflicted with  an as-yet incurable malady known as Bieber Fever. 

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    Tim Hortons workers were thrilled to see alleged newlyweds Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin ordering coffee in Toronto. Image via blogTO.

    He graciously raised their spirits by posing for photos with both fans and Tim Hortons employees.

    A witness who sent us photos said that the couple was "pretty smooth." They tried to order quickly and without a fuss, but such a thing is not really possible for an international pop star.

    Still, ever the sports, Bieber and Baldwin stuck around to take photos with even more fans after leaving the establishment.

    According to one lucky fan's sister in law, Bieber said that he was on his way to the dentist for a teeth cleaning.

    Stars: They're just like us, only somehow inherently scream-inducing.


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    If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, odds are at some point you’ve been asked to close your eyes, relax, and clear your mind in some way, whether it’s just for a few seconds, or for a full yoga class centred around mindfulness and meditation.

    Many yoga studios are now not only focusing their practice around meditation, but making it their main offering, whereas others are pretty much doing away with the yoga altogether.

    Enter Mindset, Yorkville’s newest brain gym. In the summer of 2018, a rash of yoga and meditation studios opened with the promise of harnessing the power of mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, and boost happiness and productivity.

    Meditation is no longer the realm of “zen,” hippies and granola: packaging it as a gym brings mindfulness into an everyday context for many.

    “With a gym, you’re making exercise a part of your routine and you immediately join a close-knit community of like-minded people,” says Sean Finnell, co-founder and “chief experience officer” at Mindset brain gym.

    That is, if you consider hanging out in “stillness pods” with immersive audio, being cradled by ergonomic seating and sniffing signature blends of diffused essential oils to be exercise.

    Many meditation studios are arguing that for too long mental health hasn’t been taken as seriously as the physical, and that demand from city dwellers for a bit of a mental stretch is overwhelming, though they often don’t know where to start on their own. 

    meditation toronto

    A meditation class at The Quiet Company in Toronto. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    “Mindfulness and meditation can be helpful for managing stress and anxiety but it can be a hard practice to develop on your own as it requires a lot of self-discipline,” says Emily Thring.

    She founded The Quiet Company, arguably Toronto’s first modern meditation studio. “Meditating with a group creates an energy that’s very different than sitting by yourself,” she adds.

    Stephanie Kersta and Carolyn Plater see Hoame, the 5000-square-foot Toronto meditation space they co-founded, “as a community space centered around the shared practice of meditation.” It might seem counterintuitive to practice something so personal in a group, but Kersta and Plater, mental health clinicians, have found the opposite.

    “Science shows us that humans thrive when they feel a sense of belonging and connectedness. Having a space to come together and share this beautiful practice is very appealing to many people, because it gives them a chance to bond with other like-minded individuals.”

    Classes in Toronto range from the non-committal Quiet Company with sessions starting at just $10 for only 15 minutes, to drop-ins at Mindset for $25, to $45 for an hour in a highly calming and therapeutic salt cave, making meditation a surprisingly accessible wellness practice. After all, when you think about it, all you need is a mind.

    There's also a massive shift in people accepting what was once considered ‘weird.’ Think; sound baths, full moon rituals and crystal shops. Plus, these meditation studios are beautiful, they’re relaxing and they’re different.

    meditation toronto

    Lighting is a key feature of the meditation rooms at Hoame. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Like trends before it, this niche interest group appears to be growing and diversifying in order to keep up with demand and the different ways people are embracing meditation.

    “While all businesses might be similar in their offerings, each take a unique approach to meditation and in the experience they present to their guests,” offer Kersta and Plater.

    I don’t know about spending an hour in a salt cave, but I’ve got 10 bucks and 15 minutes for something that might improve my life as drastically as it’s supposed to.

    “The demand for community-oriented meditation is only growing, and I expect we'll see plenty more to come in the years and decades to come,” says Finnell. Time will tell here in Toronto, but Thring over at The Quiet Company argues that in the meantime, “The more people who are meditating the better the world will be!”


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    New York and Virginia: Shanté, you stay. Toronto, I'm sorry. Sashay away. 

    After months and months of work and waiting, we're officially out of the running to serve as Amazon's second North American home. The tech company announced on Tuesday that it has officially chosen both New York City and Arlington, Virginia for HQ2.

    That's right, in a shocking twist, there are two winners of Amazon's more than one-year-long reality TV-style bidding and selection process for a new corporate headquarters location.

    Each of the two campuses—one in Long Island City and one in Crystal City, near Washington, D.C.—will bring about 25,000 "high-paying jobs" to their respective areas, as well as an estimated $5 billion in infrastructure spending and investments.

    Toronto didn't fare so bad, though, as mayor John Tory pointed out in a conciliatory statement today following Amazon's announcement.

    Not only were we one of only 20 finalists selected out of 238 potential cities, we were also brought in some $143 million in advertising value, thanks to all the publicity.

    "We know the Toronto Region has already received an extraordinary dividend from this process - the downloading of our bid book some 17,000 times around the world by people considering Toronto as the place to locate or grow their businesses," reads Tory's statement.

    "Right now, Toronto is a beacon for investment, for smart people and for global companies," he continued. 

    "Our city is booming and this process has allowed us to tell that success story - the story of our tech industry and our ability to foster that industry - around the world."

    Hear, hear!


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    Free films are the name of the game today as events in Toronto include the Regent Park Film Festival and a screening of some odds and ends from the CBC archive. Elsewhere, artist Kent Monkman is talking abut decolonizing art and there's lots of music and a dance party.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Decolonizing Art History (November 14 @ The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre)
    Artist Kent Monkman has begun to gain mainstream recognition for his intricate paintings, and is here to talk about decolonizing art history.
    Jamel Shabazz (November 14 @ George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre)
    Legendary photographer Jamel Shabazz was instrumental in capturing the Civil Rights Movement until now, and is here for a free talk.
    San Holo (November 14 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Future bass is this Dutch producer's speciality and he's been making his way to the top of the heap with hits like "Light" and "The Future".
    Front Country (November 14 @ Painted Lady)
    Raw folk to fill your soul arrives by way of Front Country who carefully mix indie and Americana into upbeat, traditional tunes form the back roads.
    My Food is My Flag (November 14 @ Revival Bar)
    Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty is on hand to talk about how we build social justice through food alongside The Globe's Denise Balkissoon.
    What's Poppin' Wednesday (November 14 @ Sneaky Dee's)
    Better start making excuses for missing work because all the best rap, trap, dance hall, hiphop and R&B are all on at this dance party.
    Palaye Royale (November 14 @ Opera House)
    From their beginnings in Toronto, Palaye Royale have grown to become purveyors of art rock, and they're here alongside Bones and Dead Posey.
    From The Vaults (November 14 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    CBC's archives are a wealth of fascinating snapshots from our collective history and a handful of them are screening for free today.
    Regent Park Film Festival (November 14-17 @ Daniels Spectrum)
    Local and international, independent filmmakers come out for this free festival with screenings, panels, events, directors spotlights and more.
    Pomegranate Film Festival (November 14-18 @ Multiple Venues)
    Local and international filmmakers look to capture the uniqueness of the Armenian community with over 50 film screenings across different genres.

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    This loft is captivating with its polished concrete floors, soaring ceilings and open concept layout.155 dalhousie street torontoLocated in the historic Merchandise building, this apartment boasts 1,000 square feet of living space, which is enough for two bedrooms plus a den and a bathroom.

    155 dalhousie street torontoThe kitchen, dining and living room flow from one to another. The layout is a bit weird but the right furniture can make the space.

    155 dalhousie street torontoThe living room seems quite narrow, almost hallway-esque, due to where the bedrooms are placed, but there’s lots of natural light thanks to the large windows.

    155 dalhousie street torontoThe bedrooms have those cool sliding barn doors for some privacy. And the master bedroom also has lots of closet space, which is always a bonus.
    155 dalhousie street toronto

    Specs
    • Address: #1022- 155 Dalhousie Street
    • Type: Condo
    • Rent: $3,500/ month
    • Listing agent: Salar Taba
    • Furnished? No
    • Utilities: Yes except hydro
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking: 1
    • Laundry? In-suite
    • Outdoor space? No
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    Good For

    Pride Month. You’re only a couple of blocks from all the best LGBTQ bars in Toronto and you pretty much have a front row seat to the parade.

    155 dalhousie street torontoMove On If

    You want private outdoor space. While there’s a rooftop terrace with a pool, gardens and a koi pond, you can’t guarantee that you’ll be alone.155 dalhousie street toronto


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    Toronto movie buffs assemble—the University of Toronto has just released a brand new interactive map that showcases movies and TV shows in the city, and it's pretty comprehensive. 

    The Toronto Film Map launched yesterday after nearly four years of assembling data of T.O. as seen on film. 

    A project between U of T's Media Commons and Map and Data Library, the Film Map is a clickable site that allows users to explore over 100 productions set in the city.

    Users can either click on the map pins or scroll through the projects to expand a window containing info like the year the film was released, directors, producers, a picture, and an explanation as to where and how it was filmed in Toronto. 

    toronto film map

    A still from Deepa Mehta's 2002 film Bollywood/Hollywood featuring Fairview Mall. Photo via Media Commons/University of Toronto

    Want to know what the stretch of Yonge Street between Wellesley and Dundas in the 70s looked like? Check out the comedy Outrageous! from 1977, whose set probably looked a lot different than that part of Yonge today.

    Or check out the CBC series King of Kensington and see how Toronto's most eclectic neighbourhood looked like from 1975 to 1980.

    You'll also be able to learn a little bit of backstory on all the Degrassi productions—did you know there was an actual grocery store in Riverside called De Grassi Grocery? 

    But while the map might satisfy most film and history buffs, not every single movie to ever grace Toronto's streets made it on to the list. 

    Criteria for the Toronto Film Map included "full-length feature films or television shows set (not just filmed) in Toronto," omitting experimental films and documentaries from the project. 

    "Once clues that mark films and shows as 'not Toronto' seep into the feeling of the film, we decided not to include them on the map," says the Toronto Film Map website. 
    toronto film map

    King of Kensington was a CBC series aired from 1975 to 1980.  Photo via Media Commons/University of Toronto.

    That effectively disqualified classics like Second City Television (it was set in the fictional town of Melonville) and the comedy Police Academy III: Back in Training (they used American currency). 

    There are a few other restrictions, like the fact productions solely available on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, a.k.a. not acquirable for U of T's media commons, weren't included. 

    U of T students, faculty, and staff can access any of the films on the map on the third floor of Robarts Library, though you should be able to find plenty of old school clips on YouTube too. 


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    It's almost time for the weekend, and that means subway closures. There will be no service this Saturday, November 17 on Line 3 from Kennedy to McCowan stations due to track and infrastructure work.

    Shuttle buses will be operating between Kennedy and Scarborough Centre Station.

    Regular services resumes Sunday morning. The next scheduled closure will be next weekend on November 24 and 25 between St. Clair and Lawrence. 


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  • 11/14/18--08:06: Brad Ross is leaving the TTC
  • After 10 years as the face of Toronto's transit commission, longtime TTC spokesperson Brad Ross is moving on—to City Hall.

    Ross announced in a message to employees on Wednesday morning that he would be leaving his role as the TTC's executive director of corporate communications on December 14 to serve as the City of Toronto's new chief communications officer.

    "As a teenager growing up in Scarborough, my friends and I took the TTC everywhere. It was our connection to the city," wrote Ross in his message to employees.

    "Not in a million years would I have dreamed of being the TTC’s Executive Director of Corporate and Customer Communications – I certainly wouldn't have had a clue what that even meant back then," he continued.

    "I am proud of the TTC and will look back fondly at my time here. It’s a special place filled with good people."

    Ross was known for his timely, straightforward approach to publicly addressing transit issues on an almost daily basis, as well as his badass tattoos.

    A prolific social media user, he frequently responds to customers on Twitter, where he champions TTC initiatives, shares up-to-the-date information, and is sometimes also quite funny.

    He'll surely be missed in his current role, but Torontonians can rest assured that they'll be hearing more from Ross in the future.

    According to the city, Ross will officially assume his new role as Toronto's chief communications officer on January 7, 2019.


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    It's that time of year again. We're opening the poll to 15 new best of categories including steak tartare, late night Korean restaurants, cheese shops, boxing gyms, libraries, toy stores and more. Voting ends on Thursday November 15 at 5 p.m.


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    There's nothing like stepping out into the dark of night at 4:30 p.m. after work or school to make one feel tired. And cold. And sad.

    Will a trip to Toronto's recently-opened Museum of Contemporary Art on Sterling Road fix you right back up? Not necessarily, but a public installation there by Swedish artist and architect Apolonija Šušteršič might help.

    It's called "Light Therapy" and opens it on November 28.

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    Apolonija Šušteršič's Light Therapy, seen here, was produced for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1999. Image via Apolonija Šušteršič.

    The impact of daylight (or, more pertinently, a lack thereof) on human bodies has been studied at length, particularly in Canada and other northern countries where the days get shorter during winter.

    Studies suggest that up to 15 per cent of people in this country struggle with "the winter blues"—a general feeling of "blah" that presents during autumn and winter months.

    A much smaller, yet still significant subset of the population (about 1 to 3 per cent in Ontario), meet the clinical criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder: A season-specific subtype of major depression that can result in extreme fatigue, persistently low moods, problems with sleep, appetite and concentration, as well as suicidal thoughts in severe cases.

    Controlled exposure to specially-designed, extremely bright, artificial light sources has been shown to alleviate symptoms of both SAD and general winter malaise in many people (though scientists aren't quite sure yet exactly why).

    So, doctors have been prescribing light therapy (and / or medication and talk therapy) to treat these conditions since the 1980s.

    In North America, home light boxes are commonly recommended to those who would benefit from their use. In Scandinavia, however, light therapy often takes the form of a much more social– and thus perhaps even more effective – activity: The light room.

    Šušteršič is using this format to explore the links between light therapy, public space and happiness in a new exhibition at MOCA.

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    Light Therapy, seen here in 2014, will be the second Art in Use project at MOCA. Image via Apolonija Šušteršič.

    This will be the third iteration of "Light Therapy" for Šušteršič. The first was produced for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1999, while the second was staged in The Netherlands roughly four years ago.

    At MOCA, the artist wants to continue exploring "how contemporary museums function as a public space, and as a social or healing device," as well as think more about "how museums might be places that support wellbeing, and more recently as spaces that support mental health."

    "The subject of happiness is always related to a specific context or situation where light therapy is installed," reads a description of the project. "In this context, it allows visitors to a contemporary art museum to be aware of its role in society today."

    Light Therapy will be installed inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto at 158 Sterling Rd. until February 10, 2019.


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    A brutal year for murder rates in the City of Toronto continues to get worse this week with the death of a young man from multiple gunshot wounds.

    Toronto Police confirmed early Wednesday morning that a man believed to be in his 20s had died after being shot on Ann Arbour road near Albion and Weston shortly before midnight.

    The victim was rushed to a local trauma centre in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter, making his the 89th homicide case of 2018.

    Toronto is now tied with 1991 for the highest number of murders in a single year, and we're only halfway through November.

    Sad as the news may be, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

    Gun violence was top of mind for many in Toronto over the summer as high-profileshootings made headlines on an almost weekly (sometimes daily) basis.

    In June, the city had racked up more than double the amount of murders it had seen the previous year at that same time, with 48 homicides on record, according to police.

    Both Mayor John Tory and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders have blamed the uptick in shootings on gang activity, though they've also been taking measures to address gun violence in the city.

    Of course, firearms are only one part of the problem.

    Homicides in general had risen by approximately 200 per cent as of October 20 compared to the same date in 2017. Image via TPS Crime Statistics data portal.

    Ten people were killed in April when a rental van plowed through crowds of pedestrians on Yonge Street, among other violent killings, including that of a 73-year-old man who was pushed into the path of an oncoming subway train at Bloor-Yonge Station.

    The story of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has done little to ease the minds of citizens when it comes to murder, though his victims (he's been charged with killing at least eight people so far) do not add to this year's homicide count.

    As of October 20, when Toronto Police last updated their crime statistics data portal, shootings deaths were up 29 per cent over 2017. Homicides in general have spiked by approximately 200 per cent.

    Anyone with information regarding last night's homicide near Albion and Weston Roads are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.


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    Roncesvalles has always had a reputation for great restaurants, but lately more have been entering the scene than ever, offering the neighbourhood brand new options for East Coast, Asian, Mexican and Cambodian cuisine, plus a little pub-inspired comfort food for good measure. 

    Here are my picks for the top new restaurants in Roncesvalles. 

    Aniq

    Now offering nightly specials on oysters, beer, wine and ramen, this spot between Howard Park and Neepawa has quickly become an excellent place to go for a deal on upscale Asian. 

    Stamp’s Lane

    Brunch, buck-a-shuck, and East Coast classics like donair are now sought after at this restaurant just south of Neepawa.

    The Commoner

    This cozy corner spot where Dundas West, Lynd and Howard Park meet has transformed what was once a Wild Wing by pairing some of the city’s finest craft beers with refined bar fare like buffalo cauliflower, duck fat fries and steak.

    Cinco Mexican Restaurant

    Gourmet tacos served on blue corn tortillas with cheese in between them are the signature of this casual Mexican joint at Galley.

    Tuk Tuk Canteen

    Cambodian cuisine, especially some excellent dumplings, has proven to be more than a suitable replacement for the burgers Rude Boy famously used to sling in this spot at Howard Park.


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    Restaurants near Scotiabank Arena (a.k.a the ACC) are where to fuel up for a night of fun that could entail anything from a Leafs game to a UFC match or a performance from Elton John, Childish Gambino, Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars.

    Here are my picks for the top restaurants near Scotiabank Arena. 

    Union Chicken

    Hot chicken, fried chicken sandwiches and rotisserie chicken can all be found at this shrine to poultry in the basement of Union Station.

    Amano

    Right across from Union Chicken in Union Station, handmade pasta is produced before diners in this slick commuter gem.

    Miku

    Elaborate ceremonial sushi dinners have their home at this restaurant near Bay and Queen’s Quay that’s sure to impress on a splashy evening out.

    e11even

    This restaurant at the bottom of York Street just steps from the arena has all the feel of a sports bar with a more refined atmosphere, while still serving burgers and beer.

    Real Sports Bar

    If a multi-level pub just steps from one of Toronto’s biggest venues is what you're after, look no further than this bar right in Maple Leafs Square on Bremner.

    Taverna Mercatto

    This lush Italian restaurant is tucked into the intersection at Lower Simcoe and Bremner.

    The Fox

    Across from the arena on Bay just north of the Gardiner, classics like burgers get taken to the next level at this pub.

    Miller Tavern

    Those craving a taste of Hoggs’ Hollow before an event at Scotiabank Arena can find it across the street from the venue on Bay.

    Kellys Landing

    Brisket mac n’ cheese and colourful cocktails make for an exciting start to the evening, found at this loud and energetic extension of a chain conveniently located steps from Union Station, at Front and York. 

    Walrus Pub

    Sashimi, oysters, pizza, martinis and burgers all come together in an environment decked out with neon and taxidermy at this pub at Bay and Wellington.

    Takeout and Cheaper options
    Kokoro Sushi

    Part of a cluster of restaurants secreted away under the Gardiner between Yonge and Bay, there’s major value to be found here a stone’s throw from much pricier restaurants.

    Kupfert & Kim

    Those with restrictive diets and allergies can easily find something to dine on at this location of a casual healthy eatery in the WaterPark Place food court.

    Harbour Eats by Mercatino

    Whether you’re just looking for a convenient spot to get the fastest food and drink with the widest variety, or just have to grind at the office right up until meeting with friends, this food hall hidden away on an upper floor at York and Harbour is the place for you.

    IQ Food Co.

    There’s a fast spot to pick up healthy food near York and Bremner in this location of a popular chain.

    Calii Love

    Poke bowls from this outpost of a chain located in the basement of Union Station offer a healthy and Insta-worthy way to grab eats quick on the way to or from the train.


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    It's going to be a white, wet, "whyyy?" kind of weekend in Toronto, my friends.

    Forecasts are calling for up to 15 cm of snow in some parts of the GTA on Thursday night, which should make for one slushy commute to end out the week.

    In fact, by Friday morning, Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell‏ predicts that "Toronto will likely have seen more November snow than the past 3 years combined."

    We've been getting off easy over the past few years, apparently, with later starts to winter than what's typically seen in Southern Ontario.

    If Environment Canada and The Weather Network are right, that's already starting to change.

    It's going to feel like -9C with the windchill in Toronto tonight, according to the federal weather agency, as snow squalls continue to make things difficult for drivers in the region.

    Things should warm up by a few degrees on Thursday during the day, but it will still be colder than seasonal outside. And the respite will be quick.

    "During the evening Thursday, snow will spread across our region from south to north," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, in line with Farnell's forecast. "Snow accumulations will be more widespread than what we have seen with the past two systems."

    The system bringing all of this snow could carry on into Friday as a mix of slush and rain, once again making roads dangerous for drivers. 

    Last year at this time, Toronto was dry as a bone and the weather hovered around 8C. The world's very last northern white rhinoceros was still alive, as was Mac Miller, and provincial leadership was but a twinkle in Doug Ford's eye. 

    Hey, at least weed is legal now.


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    Sharpen those skates, Toronto! 

    As winter sets in and dumps a ton of snow on us, the skating rinks are opening for your holiday fun.

    Toronto has a huge list of public skating rinks where you can take your beau (or yourself) for free, and they remain closed for most of the year.

    The majority of the rinks open on November 24 this year, which means you'll be able to sip that hot chocolate while zipping around on the ice in less than two weeks.

    And of course, on the same night the rink opens, Nathan Phillips Square will be hosting the Calvacade of Lights, making it one of the most picturesque places to skate this winter.

    You can check out the date of opening for the rink nearest you on the city's website.

    Most of the rinks are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but double-check before you head over.


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    A little pop of colour has been added to Sherbourne Station, courtesy of over 450 locals who live nearby.

    The Whole is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts (a.k.a. the Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic) is a series of 39 ceramic tile panels that can be seen throughout Sherbourne station, from the main entrance to the platforms and exits. 

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    Works have spent the last two weeks putting up the mosaics around Sherbourne Station. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Bayer.

    Commissioned by the TTC as part of the Easier Access and Second Exit Program, the panels are made up over 700 triangle patterns created by Sherbourne-area locals at the Toronto Library's St. James Town branch.

    Led by artists Rebecca Bayer and David Gregory, contributors ranged from kindergarteners to senior citizens, and more than 450 people participated in a series of 24 pattern-making workshops held between March and April of this year.  

    Workers erected the pieces of art over a period of two weeks in the wee hours of the morning, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., so as not to disrupt the station's regular operating hours. 


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    Like Kyle Lowry, Drake and pretty much everyone else in Toronto, former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan was shook upon learning that he'd been traded to the San Antonio Spurs this summer.

    The 29-year-old California native had been the face of Toronto's NBA team for years when news of his blockbuster multiplayer trade for Kawhi Leonard dropped, and it was as much a surprise to him as anybody else.

    Now that he's settled into his new Texan home (and home court), DeRozan is taking some time to reflect upon the experience. It wasn't a good one, according to the man himself.

    Is anything that happens in a fast food parking lot ever good, though?

    The four-time NBA All-Star revealed in an interview with Bleacher Report, released on Monday, that he was sitting in his car outside a Los Angeles Jack in the Box when he got the call telling him he'd been traded.

    "It just caught me off guard," he told journalist Jonathan Abrams. "I sat in the Jack in the Box parking lot for, like, two hours just trying to process it all, like just trying to process the whole thing."

    DeRozan went home eventually, but those dark hours of contemplation clearly left him with vivid memories of that night.

    "It just tripped me out honestly, just trying to figure it out," he said to Bleacher Report. "But that's how I found out."

    Where were you when you found out about the DeRozan trade? It was probably classier than an American hamburger chain parking lot. At least I hope so.

    Lucky for DeRozan, he's still an NBA superstar. By playing in San Antonio rather than Toronto, he'll be banking an extra $8.56 million in taxes alone.


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