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    Toronto is lucky to be home to the offices of several large tech companies, and the number is continuously growing. 

    The newest company joining Microsoft, Pinterest, and more (but not Amazon!) is Accenture, which announced the new foray into the city this morning. 

    Today, the tech giant announced the arrival of the Canada Innovation Hub, which it says will bring 800 jobs into the country (about 400-500 of them in Toronto) by 2020. 

    The Hub joins 10 others across North America, and over 100 around the world. 

    The Fortune Global 500 company says the jobs in the new Hub will focus on the digital economy and emerging technologies, with positions like data scientists, designers, engineers, and roles in analytics. 

    It also plans to add apprenticeship programs in similar fields for underrepresented groups, like Indigenous youth and people with disabilities. 


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    Japanese BBQ restaurants in and around Toronto proudly honour a strong food tradition. Though it may seem contradictory to the point of going out to eat, those in the know are aware of the pleasure it brings to communally cook a meal yourself, right at the dinner table.

    Here are my picks for the top Japanese BBQ restaurants in and around Toronto.

    Shinta

    Rare and exciting cuts of beef like Japanese A5 Wagyu are in high demand (and high-priced) at this heavyweight BBQ spot in Richmond Hill.

    Gyubee

    Just steps from University of Toronto near Bloor and Spadina is this AYCE BBQ place where you can get everything from brisket to shrimp. There’s also an original location in Markham.

    Gyu-Kaku

    Part of an international chain, this restaurant at Church and Adelaide serves a wide variety of grilled meats and s’mores, of all things.

    Goen Yakiniku

    Slow cook tabletop Japanese BBQ is the name of the game at this restaurant on Highway 7 in Richmond Hill that serves everything from Wagyu to tongue.

    Miga

    Load up lettuce leaves with galbi and mushrooms for the ultimate BBQ wraps at this place on Dundas West in Mississauga, which also does brunch.


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    Top markets and pop-ups in Toronto for December 2018 make shopping local and supporting the city's maker scene a breeze. Find something for everyone on your list at the Serpentine Pavilion's new holiday market or any one of the many neighbourhood markets happening all throughout the month.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Citizens Collective Holiday Market (December 1-2 @ 9 Ossington Avenue)
    Over 35 local makers and travelling brands will be on hand for a two-day curated pop-up market with decor, jewellery, skin care, clothing, art and more.
    Pixel and Bristle (December 1-2 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Toronto artists will be on hand for a special design and typography market with prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, bags and more for sale.
    Eco Lifestyle Holiday Market (December 2 @ The Great Hall)
    Conscious consumers can pick from huge range of sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle and wellness products by local artisans.
    Merry Moose Market (December 2 @ ildsjel Collective)
    Norwegian flair with some Toronto soul comes together for a curated market of local creators selling handmade wears alongside food, drinks and tunes.
    Liberty Village Holiday Market (December 2 @ 99 Sudbury Glass Factory)
    Over 50 local artisans are coming out for this huge market with tons of unique works by craft-makers, photographers, designers and foodies.
    Unzipped Holiday Christmas Market (December 7-21 @ Serpentine Pavilion)
    Toronto's most unusual visiting structure is hosting a Christmas market with vendors, trees, festivity activities and more all month long.
    Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show (December 8 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    All things comics, toys, art, collectibles and lots more is on at this huge one day Fan Expo holiday market with a spotlight on Doctor Who.
    Black Owned Holiday Market (December 8 @ Enercare Centre, Hall C)
    Back again is this huge market with local Black-owned businesses selling a ton of goodies alongside music, performances, food and more.
    Pink Xmas (December 8-9 @ The 519 Community Centre)
    Come out and support local queer makers at this annual holiday art, craft, fashion and lit fair featuring over 50 LGBTQ artists.
    Leslieville Flea Holiday Market (December 8-9 @ Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre)
    The holiday edition of this curated east-end market is on with local makers selling handmade and vintage items, plus food and speciality items.
    Parkdale Flea Holiday Market (December 8-9 @ Northern Contemporary Gallery)
    Dogs, friends, family and loved ones are all welcome at this big flea with local makers selling jewellery, gifts, decor, art, lifestyle, beauty and more.
    The Bazaar of the Bizarre (December 15 @ 6 Noble St)
    Weird and strange goodies can be found at this the non-traditional holiday market featuring a ton of local makers specializing in the macabre.
    Xpace Holiday Zine and Maker Fair (December 15 @ XPACE (Lansdowne))
    Artists from all over the city are selling their works, including a huge selection of zines, comics, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, jewellery, ceramics and crafts.
    The Trinity Bellwoods Flea Holidays Market (December 16 @ The Great Hall)
    A big selection of makers are on hand for a day of shopping with vintage items, handmade goodies and local art for sale.
    Addams Family Christmas Bazaar (December 21-22 @ 334 Dundas St W)
    A different kind of Christmas market is on with lots of odd finds by local producers, available at this Halloween-themed holiday market.

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    Every year, National Geographic releases its Best Trips issue, which features editorial choices for the best places to visit in the world. 

    This year, Toronto is the belle of the ball. Landing amidst some truly spectacular places like the Peruvian Amazon, Tahiti, Egypt, and more, Toronto was named one of the magazine's seven cities worth visiting.

    There are four categories on the list. "Cities" includes Toronto. Nature, Culture, and Adventure categories round out the total list to 28 destinations. 

    The magazine hopes to feature destinations that can "inspire, change perspectives, and connect us with cultures, places, and ideas that matter in the world."

    Here's the full list of places to visit, according to Nat Geo, albeit without their stunning photography-filled features.

    Cities
    • Dakar, Senegal
    • Salvador, Brazil
    • Kansas City, USA
    • Toronto, Canada
    • Matera, Italy
    • Perth, Australia
    • Mexico City, Mexico
    Nature
    • Peruvian Amazon
    • Montenegro
    • Belize
    • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
    • South Walton County, Florida
    • Fanjingshan, China
    • Tahiti, French Polynesia
    Culture
    • Cairo, Egypt
    • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
    • Galway, Ireland
    • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
    • Oakland, California
    • Vervey, Switzerland
    • Dordogne, France
    Adventure
    • Greenland
    • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
    • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
    • Macedonia
    • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
    • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
    • Oman

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    Yo, Toronto Christmas Market, I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but I just have to say... the Toronto Light Festival does the best Distillery District takeover of all time.

    And lucky for those of us who like pretty lights more than lining up for BeaverTails, it'll be here as of January 18.

    That's right, the Toronto Light Festival is coming back for its third consecutive year next month to fill the Distillery District with all things vibrant and bright during winter's darkest stretch.

    The completely free, months-long exhibition of light art will run until March 9 and, as usual, promises plenty of great photo ops.

    "In a world with so many dark and ominous messages, we want to create a positive, magical urban world that people of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy and look forward to," write the event's organizers (who, in case you think I'm throwing shade, also run the Toronto Christmas Market).

    "Simply put, we want to help transform a moment of consciousness, from the cold of the dark into the warmth of the light (even if it can reach -20 C)," reads a description on the Toronto Light Festival website.

    "Oh, and we really, really like pretty lights."

    Who doesn't?

    No word yet on which artists have been tapped or are returning for the occasion, but organizers do say this year's festival will "exhibit the creativity of local and international artists through Light Art."

    So, grab your mittens and get ready for the experience. It's free to enjoy every day from sundown until 10 p.m. (and even later on weekends) starting January 18.


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    Attention all witches, wizards, house elves, animagus, Parseltongues, werewolves, Veela, giants, and of course, muggles—Toronto is about to become the place to find fantastic beasts this Christmas.

    Not one, but two Harry Potter-themed parties are planned for next month, and a big wizard market set to overtake Exhibition Place with magical creatures from far and wide.

    New this year is the Yule Ball and Yule Time Magic Wizard Market that's dedicated to all things Harry Potter with a full day of wizarding world delights including a magical feast, costume contest and a huge market with over 40 local artisans. There's even wand classes!

    The event heads into the evening with dancing, entertainment, fortune telling and a good offering of themed potions.

    As if that weren't enough, there's yet another Yule Ball happening at the aptly named Phoenix where you'll be able to dawn your freshest robes and get down to some live music among floating candles and gargoyles à la the Great Hall.

    Tickets for both events are on sale now, and if you can't make it because you're off looking for Horcruxes, The Lockheart is always ready to welcome folks from every house.


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    Comic lovers might soon have their very own library branch to cozy up with their favourite comic books—if they can raise enough money to fund one, that is. 

    A new Indiegogo campaign has sprung up in an effort to raise $85,000 for a physical space of the Canada Comics Open Library (CCOL) in the next month.

    The non-profit organization, which is run by a team of eight people including several cartoonists and librarians from Toronto, hopes to open the first comics library in Canada. 

    You'll have to be a member to use the library (it's just $5 for the year) but the CCOL is big on all types of accessibility, so they'll also have a pay-it-forward model, which will allow for free memberships for those who can't afford it.

    The library already has over 500 physical comics in its collection, which runs the gamut from speculative fiction works to anthologies and biographies. 

    If they're able to raise the $85K—which will be split between costs like rent, library supplies, and the salary for one full time admin—they'll be good to operate in a space for one whole year. 

    "The comics library will be a welcoming space where you can drop by to read our comics, hang around to work on your own comics and art, speak with other people interested in comics and the comic arts, and participate in workshops and other events," says CCOL. 

    With funding still up in the air, the location of the library has yet to be decided, though it'll have to be a minimum of 900 square-feet and accessible.

    In the meantime, they'll be running pop-up libraries and their Canadian Cartoonist Database, an open source online library which has its own comic-specific cataloguing system. 

    So far, they've raised just over $2,000 since launching their campaign on Saturday.


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    Think a huge slab of granite can't be comfortable? Think again, like the award-winning Toronto architecture and urban design firm DTAH did.

    More details have been released about the massive streetscape revitalization of Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina, and specifically in relation to four new parkettes.

    The parkettes will be constructed in 2019 just off Bloor at Robert Street, Major Street, Brunswick Avenue and Howland Street, according to the Bloor Annex BIA's revitalization Committee.

    granite benches toronto

    Major improvements are coming for public spaces along the stretch of Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina. Image via Bloor Annex BIA/DTAH Toronto.

    Each mini park will feature new trees, wood decking, ample bike parking and pollinator friendly gardens—as well as "large granite seating."

    Part public art, part public bench, these Robert Cram-designed granite seating fixtures will be carved out of salvaged stone that DTAH managed to acquire from a quarry.

    What makes them truly unique, though, is not the material but precisely how they're being carved.

    Toronto architectural firm DTAH showed off some of the raw materials being used to make new seating fixtures along Bloor next year via Twitter. Image via DTAH.

    Design documents published on the Bloor Annex BIA's website show that Cram will be creating four unique pieces of street furniture as part of the project, most of them based on very famous historical chair designs.

    Part of the Robert Street piece, for instance, is being moulded in the style of Le Corbusier's famous LC4, nicknamed "the relaxing machine" for how it mirrors a human body's natural curves.

    That chair, originally released in 1928, now lives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    bloor rock benches

    Landscape architect Robert Cram is carving each granite rock in the style of chair design icons like Le Corbusier and the Eamses.  Image via Bloor Annex BIA/DTAH Toronto.

    Major Street's parkette will feature seating inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, whose 1948 lounge chair went on to be hailed by TIME Magazine as "Design of the Century."

    Bauhaus artists Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich are paid tribute in the design for Cram's Brunswick Avenue rock bench, modelled after their famous "Barcelona" chair of 1929.

    Every rock will have at least one tessellated face, created from scanning the pieces of a crumpled piece of paper and meant to represent the the relationship between geology, technology and industry.

    bloor parkettes torontoI, for one, look forward to testing these bad boys out some fine summer day. But not before May, because it's cold.


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    Toronto is now home to a new hotel with a different concept. 

    The Westlake, located at Islington and Lake Shore, is a new boutique stay on the waterfront, and it offers different options for travellers or long-time guests.

    Visitors can actually book the suites through Airbnb, which is not common, but embraces the changing nature of how we travel. 

    Those interested in staying for one night have the option to book through traditional means like Expedia or the hotel's website, but can also use the popular homesharing app. It has rooms that are a fit for that, customized in a way that makes them usable for a short stay.

    The Westlake also offers longer-term apartment suites that can be booked for an extended stay, and come with other amenities, like The Andy, which comes with a kitchen and laundry facilities, or The Noire, which is formatted for hosting company. 

    As South Etobicoke quickly becomes a destination for travellers and apartment-hunters avoiding the harsh reality of downtown's expensive market, new attractions are going to start moving in.

    The Westlake looks to be putting its flag down here to grab a piece of that sweet real estate.


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    Winter gloom is already here but events in Toronto today offer some relief as artist Apolonija Šušteršič sets up a light therapy room inside the new MOCA. A community market, film screenings and French book fair are all on today as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Femmes Noires (November 28 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas arrives for a free talk about her stunning works that rethink female sexuality, beauty and power.
    Holiday Sip and Shop (November 28 @ The Basement)
    Grab a drink and break out the Christmas list because a bunch of local makers and artisans are coming out for the curated community mini-market.
    The Surreal Life (November 28 @ 187 Augusta)
    Part comedy show, part art piece, this comedy gathering takes place in an art gallery to show that comedy is a form of high art.
    Songwriters in the Round (November 28 @ Painted Lady)
    Songwriters come out to discuss their works, something that's always as interesting as it is difficult, and features chatting, singing and jamming.
    In the Mouth of Madness (November 28 @ The Royal Cinema)
    A rip of Stephen King, this John Carpenter flick is "a genuinely terrifying, reality-melting" weirdo take on the contemporary horror genre.
    Throwing Shade (November 28 @ The Great Hall)
    TVLand's own Throwing Shade has arrived for a live chat about all thing facing men and women today, subverted for the purposes of laughs.
    Reel Rock (November 28 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Rock climbing is not for the weak and these four films look at the sport happening in places all around the world and the brave souls who take it on.
    VNV Nation (November 28 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    This English electro project recalls the 80s and 90s synth pop craze with a strangely Michael Stipe of R.E.M. vibe.
    Toronto French Book Fair (November 28 - December 1 @ Toronto Reference Library, Bluma Appel Theatre (2nd Fl))
    French literature is a big thing in Toronto and this annual fair includes genres of all kinds with books for children, teens and adults.
    Light Therapy (November 28 - February 10 @ MOCA Toronto)
    The winter blues need not get you down as Swedish artist Apolonija Sustersic's new installation seeks to replicate a bright and sunny day.

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    This condo is right in the heart of the Fashion District, so all those amazing, restaurants, bars and coffee shops are just a stone's throw away.95 bathurst street torontoThe open concept condo is bright, airy and filled with natural light. The soaring concrete ceilings give this place an urban vibe but the giant 18-foot floor to ceiling window makes sure it doesn’t seem like you’re in a bunker.

    95 bathurst street torontoThe kitchen is modern with stainless steel appliances. It is kind of small with not a lot of counter space, but the breakfast island makes up for it.

    95 bathurst street torontoUpstairs are the bedrooms. The master bedroom overlooks the living room. This could be a problem if you’re sharing the unit with someone who has an opposite schedule from you as sound will certainly travel.

    95 bathurst street torontoThere’s another spacious bedroom and two modern bathrooms as well in the unit.95 bathurst street torontoAs for outdoor space, there’s a balcony off the living room with enough room for seating. If you’re in need of more room to gather, there’s a shared green space with lots of seating.95 bathurst street toronto

    Specs
    • Address: #424 - 95 Bathurst Street
    • Type: House
    • Rent: $5,000/month
    • Listing agent: Steven Liambas
    • Furnished? Yes
    • Utilities: No
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 1
    • Laundry? In-suite
    • Outdoor space? Balcony
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    Good For

    Short term rentals. It can be hard to find a nice furnished place to rent for a couple of months that isn’t an Airbnb. This place offers short term rentals and could potentially be made into a long-term rental if need be.

    95 bathurst street torontoMove On If

    You can’t live without a bathtub. Sometimes in the winter, there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in the tub. Unfortunately, the only place to scrub-a-dub-dub here is a shower.95 bathurst street toronto


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    A new study suggests that more people have been visiting businesses along King Street since the start of Toronto's controversial transit pilot project last year. 

    Conducted by a Montreal-based polling service called Potloc, the survey found that an overwhelming majority of respondents (about 76 per cent) said they now visit businesses on the street frequently, or more frequently than before.

    The polling service talked to 2,062 Toronto residents about the project, which is continuing through 2018. It is unclear what will happen to the initiative starting in 2019, but this study and others have shown it to be a success in many areas. 

    About 69 per cent of respondents said they had taken the streetcar down King more often since the pilot started, and a majority said that their commute was now way better than before. Fifty-three per cent of respondents said they've also been visiting local businesses more often.

    In terms of pedestrians, 70 per cent said the street has improved for them, while a whopping 91 per cent of cyclists said King was more bike-friendly.

    Drivers, on the other hand, say they visit the street less often, and that their commute has become worse. 

    Overall, 48 per cent of respondents would like the King Street pilot project restrict car traffic even more than it does right now. Twenty-four per cent would like to see it continue without any changes, and 25 per cent want it to be removed entirely. 

    A majority of respondents also said they would like to see it replicated on Queen Street, or at least considered. Fifty-one per cent said they'd like to see a Queen version, whereas 39 per cent were against the idea. Ten per cent were undecided. 

    While it seems the project is still dividing transit users and drivers, these results point to the project being a success. Toronto's city council now has to decide what comes next.  


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    Almost everyone in Toronto with a mobile phone is expected to receive an abrupt, post-lunch wake-up call this afternoon in the form of an emergency alert system notification.

    Do not be alarmed: It's only a test—though good luck remembering that when every device within earshot starts blaring this in unison.

    "On November 28th at 1:55 PM local time, a test of the Alert Ready system will be conducted," reads a notice from Canada's national emergency alert system. "The test will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible wireless devices."

    You can check your phone's compatibility with the system here, but if you happen to be connected to an LTE network through any of Canada's major (or minor) wireless providers when they alert goes out, get ready.

    You're likely already familiar with the alert sound. It's the same "beeeeeep" that has long accompanied those "this is a test of the emergency broadcast system" messages on TV channels and radio stations.

    The CRTC has mandated that all compatible mobile devices in Canada receive the alerts, meaning you can't opt out. That said, your phone can't beep if it's powered down.

    If your device is set to silent, you'll still see an alert notification and potentially feel an 8-second-long vibration, but may not hear anything.

    "However," warns Alert Ready, "this behaviour can differ depending on your wireless device and in some instances the alert sound may override your user settings."

    This will only be the second-ever test of Canada's emergency alert system involving wireless devices, so things might not go perfectly.

    They certainly didn't last time, though an Amber Alert sent through the same system in May managed to spook the entire city.

    What I'm saying is that the twitchy among us should keep our ears open for "air raid siren" noises around 1:55 p.m. this afternoon, just in case—because you can't be scared if you're prepared. 


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    Legendary Toronto author Margaret Atwood is now working on a sequel to what is arguably her greatest novel, The Handmaid's Tale

    The mega-successful 1985 novel follows the life of Offred, a young woman forced into service as a surrogate in a dystopian future. It went on to inspire countless novels in similar theme, as well as an extremely successful television show.

    That show, filmed in Toronto, has reinvigorated the love for the novel for many, and it seems Atwood is hoping to capitalize on that now. 

    Many have drawn parallels between the book and modern society, especially in the U.S., which is thought to have inspired the new sequel. 

    "Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead [the fictional world in the original novel] and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book," said Atwood. 

    "Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in."

    The new sequel, titled The Testaments, will take place a decade and a half after The Handmaid's Tale, and will have three narrators instead of one. 

    Looks like we'll be seeing more of Gilead. Question is: Will Toronto play the role of Gilead in the inevitable The Testaments TV show again? 


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    It would appear as though former U.S President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, can't pack a stadium in Canada's largest city.

    Either that, or a lot of people in Toronto fell sick last night.

    America's ultimate political power couple kicked off their latest paid speaking tour at the Scotiabank Theatre on Tuesday evening with a rousing, 1.5-hour-long discussion that touched on everything from to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to how they met.

    The event, called An Evening With The Clintons, was structured in the format of an interview between Canadian diplomat Frank McKenna (former ambassador to the U.S.) and the longtime politicians.

    "It seems almost offensive to ask you but why does Putin hate you so much?" asked McKenna of Hillary at one point. "You seem like a very nice person."

    "I think he saw me as someone who had stood up to him," she replied. "And would stand up to him."

    When asked about whether or not she'd run for President again, the former First Lady also joked that she was "thinking about standing for parliament here in Canada.

    Needless to say, current U.S. president and political rival Donald Trump came up quite a few times during the conversation, and not too favourably.

    Fortunately for him perhaps, not nearly as many people were present for the talk as organizers had hoped there would be.

    When asked how many tickets were sold to the event, Ticket Master said that it could not "share background on our clients." The Daily Mail reports nonetheless that officials said about 3,300 seats were sold in total.

    For a venue that can hold more than 19,000 people, that's not a great look — nor is the fact that organizers cut the Scotiabank Arena in half and blocked off the entire upper level for the event.

    CNN reports that entire sections of seats remained unoccupied in the arena as the event began, and crowd-shot video footage seems to support that assertion.

    DailyMail took things a step further by publishing screenshots that showed tickets going for as low as $6.55 on Stubhub roughly 30 minutes before the show got underway.

    Floor seats were still selling for upwards of $300 on Ticketmaster's official website at the time, though they'd also been available for a lot cheaper via Groupon for some time. Again, not a great look.

    Those present inside the event, however, seemed to very much enjoy it. Outside the venue, one protester was spotted carrying a sign.

    The 13-stop North American speaking tour continues tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal.​​​ and will once again "feature joint on stage conversations with the two leaders."

    They'll be "sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in public service," according to Live Nation, " While also discussing issues of the day and looking towards the future."

    Prices vary widely for the forthcoming tour stops, from a base of $130 in New York to a low of just $13 in Sugar Land, Texas.


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  • 11/28/18--10:33: The Best Meatloaf in Toronto
  • The best meatloaf in Toronto probably sounds either very appetizing or a little mystifying, depending on your upbringing. This simplistic dish is somehow at once just how it sounds and so much more, but is guaranteed to bring warmth and comfort either way.

    Here’s the best meatloaf in Toronto.

    10 - Wallflower

    This dim haunt in Brockton Village does all kinds of home-cooked favourites for bar food, including a meatloaf special that often makes an appearance on the chalkboard menu.
    11 - George Street Diner

    This little red diner with an Irish bent on nominal George Street at Richmond combines beef, veal, pork and chicken for their meatloaf served with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and salad.
    4 - Harbord House

    Portobello mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans accompany the meatloaf at this Harbord Village pub.
    7 - The Senator

    The meatloaf is baked, the gravy is mushroom, and the sides are mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables in classic form true to this decades-old diner near Yonge and Dundas.
    8 - Le Swan

    The simply titled meatloaf and mash at this reinvented West Queen West restaurant elevates the basics.
    5 - Rebel House

    The Old-Fashioned Savoury Meatloaf has been on the menu since day one at this pub near Rosedale station, and comes with roasted onion mashed potatoes, northern bean and corn succotash, buttered heirloom carrots, and mushroom gravy.
    6 - Skyline Restaurant

    The menu changes daily at this Parkdale diner, but you just might happen to be there on a night when they’re serving something like the “Bat Outta Hell” meatloaf topped with crispy onions and served with a side of horseradish mash and crispy brussel sprouts.
    3 - White Lily Diner

    Get meatloaf as a dinner or sandwich at this modern Riverside diner, with grits, gravy, griddled mushrooms, meatloaf sauce, bread and butter pickles and an optional addition of an egg.
    9 - Patrician Grill

    You can get a meatloaf sandwich any day at this mainstay at King East and Sherbourne, but you can only get the meatloaf dinner with veggies and mashed potatoes or fries on Fridays.

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    Toronto Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for breaking into a local retail store not once, not twice, but three separate times over the past two months to steal "a quantity of property."

    That property, according to Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, consists exclusively of mannequins wearing lingerie.

    "Each of the three times this person smashed a window, he grabbed... the mannequins wearing the lingerie and fled," said Douglas-Cook to NEWSTALK 1010 this week.

    This explains the unusual suspect photo police attached to a release requesting the public's assistance in apprehending the alleged crook.

    mannequin thief toronto

    Police did not speak to a potential motive in the case of a man who is thought to be stealing lingerie mannequins on the regular. Image via Toronto Police.

    Taken by a security camera, the image shows a young man flanked by what appears to be women's underwear inside a business near Dufferin Street and St. Clair Ave West.

    Police say that the suspect smashed a display window to enter the store overnight on October 7, October 15 and November 24, thought it is not yet known how many mannequins have been swiped in total.

    The man is described as 20-30 years old, around 5'10, with a slim build. He was wearing a dark coat with a fur hood and eyeglasses when the security camera photo was taken.

    As usual, anyone with information is invited to contact police at 416-808-1300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.


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    The month of December will be starting off with a major subway closure on Line 1.

    This weekend there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch West and St. George stations on December 1 and no service between Finch West and Lawrence West stations on December 2, all due to signal upgrades.

    Shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.

    Regular scheduled subway service will resume on Monday morning. The next scheduled closure will halt weekend subway service between Lawrence and St. Clair stations on December 8 and 9 due to Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT work at Yonge and Eglinton.


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    New Toronto restaurants are home to stunning interior design as well as some of the city’s most cutting-edge cuisine. The places to see and be seen (and of course to take selfies), fashionistas who love to eat and drink will fit right in with the decor of these places.

    Here are some of the newest restaurants in Toronto with stunning interior design.

    Madrina

    Design by Studio Munge incorporates fresh white accents, dangling light fixtures, handmade terracotta tiles, custom drawings and pottery at this Distillery District restaurant.

    harrys steakhouse toronto

    The neon signs and cozy browns give Harry's an old-timey feel that also feels modern. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Harry’s Steak

    Neon, Ralph Lauren chandeliers and cow horns all ooze big, splashy and cushy vibes at this luxe neo-modern steakhouse in Etobicoke.

    fresh on front toronto

    Each location of Fresh is different, but this one feels crisp, clean, and modern. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Fresh on Front

    A cocktail bar you can have a full meal at and an optionally private back room with exposed brick and fringed chandeliers distinguish this vegan chain’s largest location yet, on Front near Church.

    sara toronto

    The designers of Sara wanted zero distractions for visitors, so the space is simple and monochromatic. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Sara

    Eliminating distraction was the aim of designers ODAMI and MiiM when it came to this clean space on Portland where phone cubbies are incorporated seamlessly into the tables.

    narami toronto

    Narami's design sets it apart from your typical sushi spot. Photo by Hector Vasquez. 

    Narami

    Sushi is placed centre stage at this restaurant on Ossington by Toronto’s Navigate Design, with a 360-degree wraparound bar encircling the chefs and oversized graphic Japanese wallpaper floating overhead.

    lady marmalade toronto

    This popular brunch spot used to be in Leslieville, but now calls this sleek space home. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Lady Marmalade

    Omar Gandhi pumped this space in East Chinatown dating back to 1885 full of Baltic birch, clad the outside in cedar and created lofty skylights that freshen up the new location of this old brunch favourite.

    regulars toronto

    The eclectic Regulars is lined with interesting artwork, which give it a fantastic visual character. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Regulars

    If pop art, neon, and sculptures of pallets loaded with money are your style, you’ll have a ball gramming the night away at this King West bar.

    soso food club toronto

    Brilliant colours at SoSo give it a fun vibe that sets it apart. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    SoSo Food Club

    Pastel colours and retro Hong Kong influences are the main features of this dreamy new Chinese restaurant on Dundas West.

    quetzal toronto

    The unique ceilings at Quetzal give it an almost space-age vibe while remaining grounded. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Quetzal

    Low ceilings that are intended to mimic the flowing ceilings of market tents set this new Mexican effort in Little Italy apart.

    constantine toronto

    Situated inside Andorre House, Constantine is a stunning modern display. Photo by Jesse Milns. 

    Constantine

    A main dining room surrounded by traditionally glass-blown vases revolves around an open kitchen at this ground floor boutique hotel restaurant near Yonge and Bloor.


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    Did you just get a weird notification on your phone accompanied by one of the most terrifying sounds you've ever heard?

    Congratulations! You've been chosen to survive in the event of a national emergency.

    Just kidding. The Canadian government clearly wants everyone to be safe, should we (knock on wood) be faced with any sort of natural, biological, civil or alien-related disaster.

    That's precisely why you, and hopefully everyone around you, got an Alert Ready notification at 1:55 p.m. on the dot this afternoon.

    If you didn't get pinged, don't stress. This was only the second-ever test of Canada's national emergency alert system that went beyond TV and radio broadcasts to include cellphones.

    Back in May, after weeks of hype for the first Alert Ready phone test, many people in Ontario were disappointed to report that they hadn't received anything either.

    Things appear to have gone much better this time around, though, in terms of people getting the notifications, as evidenced by everyone freaking out on Twitter right now.

    As the wisest among us had already predicted, no amount of media coverage or forewarning could prevent today's jarring "beeeeeep" from scaring scads of smartphone owners.

    Within minutes of the alert going out, both "#EmergencyAlert" and "#AlertReady" shot to the top of Twitter's trending topics in Toronto.

    Many were proud to show off their own screens, especially given that this was the first real successful test of the wireless public alerting (WPA) system.

    Others scrambled to find GIFs that could express what they were feeling.

    And it wasn't only people who had no idea the alert was coming. A lot of people fully knew and got spooked anyway.

    Like I said, that air-siren alert tone is really scary.

    Those who are upset that they didn't get an alert should contact their wireless providers for more information, as per Alert Ready's instructions.

    Everyone else can take comfort in knowing that they weren't alone in jumping out of their chairs this afternoon.


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