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    Have you ever had a roommate that loved leaving passive aggressive notes around the house, like “dishes don’t clean themselves” or "changing the toilet paper won't cause brain damage?" 

    With this humble abode you can recreate that same horrible nagging without the roommates! Ah the dream!778 broadview ave torontoThis basement studio comes with it’s very own perma-note, like a caution wet floor sign, telling you to take off your shoes and turn off the lights… What’s next, a sign that says you can only stay out until 11 p.m. on school nights? No guests after 10 pm? Put your laundry away? Where does it end!

    778 broadview ave torontoI can only imagine how passive aggressive the landlord is if they’ve paid real money to make a sign telling you how to live your life in your OWN apartment. Also if they didn’t want to pay for utilities, why is include it in the rent? So dumb.  

    Now you might be thinking $1,150 a month with utilities included isn’t the worst, but you’d be wrong.

    778 broadview avenue torontoThis place doesn’t even come with a kitchen. Instead you get a bar sink that’s not big enough to fit a fry pan and a hot plate. Yeah, those things that can only be found in terrible motels off the highway. 

    If you eat like the Gilmores and don’t cook this might not be a deal breaker, but most people who have to live in a place need to cook. UberEats is pricey. 

    Also the sink isn’t anywhere near a counter space so good luck drying dishes.

    778 broadview avenue torontoWhile most of the basement apartment is average for basement apartments, there’s a weird piece of painted plywood on half the wall by the sink and I’m so curious as to what happened there. Also did they really think no one would notice if they just wanted the wood white?

    778 broadview avenue torontoThe bathroom portion of this place isn't half bad. Everything looks like an Ikea showroom… including the part where it’s been erected randomly in the middle of nowhere.

    778 broadview ave torontoThe frosted glass cube, which I guess is for privacy, reminds me of the showers at every gym I’ve ever belonged to. There’s also no ventilation so you can create your very own moldy hot box every time you shower!

    778 broadview avenue torontoAnd true to shitty rental form, the shower has not one but two kinds of tile. Is it really that hard to pick a tile and stick with it? Asking for a friend.

    • Address: 778 Broadview Ave.
    • Type: Basement apartment
    • Rent: $1,150/ month
    • Furnished? No
    • Utilities: Yes (except internet – at least you can stream as much Netflix as you want)
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: Studio
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking: Street permit
    • Laundry? On site
    • Outdoor space? Absolutely not
    • Pet friendly? Fake plant friendly
    Good For

    Feeling like you live with your parents. You know those landlord will be all up in your grill for every little thing.778 broadview avenue toronto

    Move On If

    You don’t want black mold poisoning.

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    New Year's Eve in Toronto to ring in 2019 doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. While it can be tempted to indulge in champagne toasts and four course dinners with ingredients you've never heard of, there are lots of fun parties that are budget-friendly and leave you with enough cash for a hangover breakfast. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square (December 31 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    Ring in 2019 with music, skating and fireworks at Toronto's biggest celebration.
    New Year's Eve at Noon (December 31 @ Toronto Public Library)
    Those with kids or strict bedtimes can still celebrate New Year's Eve with this countdown to noon complete with activities, crafts, and light refreshments.
    Countdown to 2019 (December 31 @ Eastbound Brewing Company)
    This chill party features great music with a countdown through the decades for a laid-back, house party vibe.
    New Year's Eve (December 31 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Ring in the new year with a free post-comedy show dance party featuring DJ Hannah Spear of Good Sweat.
    Chill: New Year's Eve 2019 (December 31 @ Drake Commissary)
    Hit up Drake Commissary, for a no cover, no pressure night with live bands and a DJ.
    New Year's Eve with DJ Shirley Tempo (December 31 @ Swan Dive)
    Cheap drinks and no cover make New Year's Eve at Swan Dive high fun with low funds.
    New Year's Eve at the Ballroom (December 31 @ The Ballroom)
    Watch the ball drop with no bumper guards as you celebrate at this huge venue with 900 of your closest friends.
    See Ya 2018, Hello 2019! (December 31 @ The Cavern Bar)
    Start off 2019 right with cheap drinks, Year In Review Trivia, and no cover at Cavern Bar.
    New Year's Eve Party (December 31 @ Comedy Bar)
    A photobooth, DJ Ball Drop, and partying with the city's best comedians make this free party a total no-brainer.
    New Year's Eve Bash (December 31 @ The Hive Esports)
    With DJs, PCs, and retro video games, this free celebration is the perfect New Year's Eve if you're favourite parties are preceded with the words Super Mario.

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    What should you do with your unwanted holiday gifts in Toronto? Instead of hiding them at the back of your closet, do something good and donate your perfectly good presents this year. Or, swap them for an item (or two) that you really, really want.

    Here's where you can swap and donate your unwanted gifts in Toronto.

    This Toronto-area company lets you trade in your giftcards for cash, but you can also choose to donate part of the cash value to non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Red Cross and the Covenant House.

    Free Geek

    This organization will pick up and refurbish your unused electronics. It'll then resell them at affordable prices in order to spread computer literacy around the city.

    Recyle My Cell

    This nation-wide organization allows you to donate a cell phone that you no longer need or want. They'll make sure it's disposed of properly, keeping it out of a landfill, and making sure it doesn't harm the environment. 


    This City of Toronto guide should be your go-to resource if you're looking to donate anything. It features a list of all the organizations in the city that accept donations so you can choose one appropriate for you.

    Skate to Great

    Donate gently used skates (including figure skates) and hockey equipment at StorageMart or Play It Again Sports. Skate to Great will then arrange to have them donate to organizations in need to give all children a chance to learn to skate.

    The Sharing Depot

    Toronto's first library of things accepts donations of new or gently used tools, camping and sports equipment, board games, toys and house party supplies.

    Toronto Public Library

    Most Toronto Public Library branches have Book Ends used book stores, which accept books in good condition that are less than five years old. The TPL also accepts CDs and DVDs.

    Toronto Tool Library

    The Toronto Tool Library has three locations and they all accept donations. Just make sure your tools are in new or great condition.

    Value Village

    While ReUseIt lists lots of place to donate clothes, it's always easy to drop off your unwanted garments at one of Value Village's many Toronto-area locations.

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    It's probably fair to say that the experience of dealing with snow is somehow crucial to understanding what life is like in Toronto, even if it's just in the form of complaining about it more than we probably should.  

    From the massive storms of 1999and 1944 to the dire warnings issued before every snowfall, snow is hardwired into the city's historical consciousness, even as we often stand in awe of it.

    Here's a look back at the city blanketed in snow and encased in ice over the last century and a bit. It should help to provide some perspective the next time we all start fretting about five centimetres of light powder.

    Behold, snowy Toronto over the years.

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    Storm damage on Brock Street, 1896.

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    Cherry Street, 1908.

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    Old City Hall encased in frost, 1910.

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    Broadview near Riverdale Park, 1917.

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    Manning and Ulster, 1920.

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    Snowy Queen Street, 1922.

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    Snowy Queen Street, 1924.

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    Snow plough operated by the TTC, 1924.

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    Gerrard Street, 1924.

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    Winter pastoral in High Park, 1932.

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    College and St. George snow removal, 1936.

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    Barton Avenue snow removal, 1936.

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    Snow blower, 1940s.

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    Snow blower, 1943.

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    The great snow storm of 1944.

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    The city shut down, 1944.

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    Yonge looking north at Richmond, 1944.

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    Yonge looking south at Adelaide, 1944.

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    Buried, 1944.

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    George Street north to Adelaide, 1944.

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    Good luck digging out, 1944.

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    The OPP helping out on the QEW, 1960.

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    Totally safe driving conditions, 1960.

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    Shovelling out, 1961.

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    More shovelling, 1961.

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    Waiting for the bus, 1961.

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    Near King and John streets, 1961.

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    Near King and John streets, 1961.

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    Snow removal, 1965.

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    Snow removal, 1965.

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    Snow at Old Mill Station, 1965.

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    One of the most popular day trips from Toronto is the all-season Scandinave Spa near Blue Mountain, but those looking for the ultimate winter getaway might consider a more immersive experience.

    There are plenty of spas near Toronto that offer lodging, but if it's the Nordic experience that you're after, the best bet is a trip to the Ottawa/Gatineau area for a visit to Nordik Spa-Nature, one of Quebec's premier spa destinations. 

    nordik spa natureIt's about a four-and-half-hour drive from Toronto, but you won't find a comparable experience closer to home. This is the largest spa in North America with no less than seven outdoor baths and eight saunas.

    nordik spa natureAlong with these more familiar spa offerings, Nordik Spa-Nature is probably best known for its Källa treatment. The floating salt water pool is said to mimic hours of sleep on account of the relaxing properties of floating in a high concentration of Epsom salts.

    I'd take that with a grain of...well, you know. But in any case, it looks completely relaxing and unlike anything you can do in the Toronto area.

    nordik spa natureIn addition to the novel treatment options and its sprawling size, Nordik Spa-Nature offers overnight stays in its lodges. These are best suited to larger groups with multiple bedrooms each, but there are also nearby hotels connected with the spa via package deals. 

    nordik spa natureNordik Spa-Nature has had longstanding plans to open in Whitby in 2019, but until that happens, it'll take a bit of drive before entering into the ultimate relaxation zone. 

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    The best shoe stores in Toronto will help you find the right accents for your feet, no matter the style. Whether you're looking for some affordable kicks or a pair of high heels, this assortment of shoe shops scattered around the city has you covered. 

    Here are the best shoes stores in Toronto.

    9 - John Fluevog (Distillery District)

    It’s easy to recognize a Fluevog shoe: just look for the colourful, pilgrim-inspired boots. This funky brand runs on the expensive side, but to be fair, these shoes have graced the feet of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Find it the Distillery or on Queen West.
    4 - Get Outside

    This Queen West destination is go-to for casual footwear for men and women. You’ll find popular brands like Adidas, Vans, and Converse. Depending on the season you’ll find more pairs of Ugg and Sorel too.
    6 - Shoe Floor at Hudson's Bay

    Walk into footwear paradise at the 50,000 square-foot shoe section in the Bay’s flagship location. It’s actually the country’s largest women’s shoe department; you can find its collection of heels and on-trend boots on the mall’s ground floor.
    7 - Nordstrom Rack Toronto

    As the largest Nordstrom Rack in Canada, this sprawling Yonge and Bloor store is going back to the brand’s roots with a massive area dedicated solely to shoes. There’s more than 26,000 pairs of all styles and sizes here.
    8 - Heel Boy

    Whether you’re at the original store of Queen West or at the second location in the Distillery District, this Ontario-grown brand offers a huge selection of designer labels for the footweaar aficionado.
    11 - Brodawka & Friends

    Another store located on Roncesvalles, this cozy shoe store has a great collection of interesting footwear. Expect comfy and stylish leather boots for both men and women, at decent prices for the quality you’re getting.
    5 - Browns

    This Montreal-based brand is a Canadian classic. You chan shop the latest Puma mid tops or opt for cheap FILAs at over 12 stores in Toronto. Regardless of your budget, there’s plenty of options at every price point.
    3 - Gravitypope

    Located right at the corner of Queen and Ossington, this shoe store looks as stylish as the shoes it carries. There’s over 200 brands of shoes and clothing in this three-storey shop. Find brands like Comme des Garçons and leather shoes from Marsell.
    10 - Imelda

    This sweet little store on Roncy carries a curated selection of shoe brands that’ll have you covered for every season. Find Cougar and Redwing boots for the cold months and pairs of Clarks loafers and L’Intervalle mules for the spring.

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    The consumption lull between eating a lot, buying a lot, and drinking a lot can seem like a time for hibernation, but with tons of things to do like club nights, intellectual films, and comedy shows, it's the perfect time to get out there and keep the holiday celebrations going. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Tinder Tales (December 27 @ The Rec Room)
    Check our the best of Tinder Tales of 2018 in this show that highlights hilarious & awkward dating stories.
    Holiday Boozy Bingo (December 27 @ Nightowl)
    Win a prize or just enjoy some drinks and dabbing with the holiday version of monthly Boozy Bingo at Nightowl.
    The Square (December 27 @ Lillian H. Smith library)
    If you're tight on cash after the holidays, drop in to see the 2017 Palme d'or winner, The Square. It's a satirical drama about the place of the art world in contemporary society.
    The Tea Party (December 27 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    The Jeff Martin-fronted Canadian rock band (not the Palin-fronted movement) jams out in the east end for their Black River tour.
    Wow, Thanks (December 27 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Check out this comedy show that uses your stories and and a few online reviews to bring you an hour of hilarious and absurd improv that just might make that awful present worth it..... maybe.
    The General (December 27 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    This special screening of Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent comedy masterpiece features some of the Great Stone Face’s greatest stunts, spectacles and slapstick mastery, standing as one of the most entertaining comedies—and action films—of all time.
    Uniun Closing Party with Getter (December 27 @ Uniun Nightclub)
    One of Toronto's club institutions is closing, but you have multiple chances to eulogize and celebrate. Hit up this one with notorious DJ Getter.
    The Great Comedy Bake Off! (December 27 @ Comedy Bar)
    Three of Toronto's finest stand up comedians and wannabe chefs, including JFL's Sandra Battaglini and CBC Comedy's Luba Magnus compete for the Bake Off title to see who is crowned The Great Comedy Bake Off champion.
    TuttiFrutti Apocalypse (December 27 @ Swan Dive)
    Hit up Swan Dive for a night of cheap drinks and great tunes from DJ Nora Noise.
    Light Up the Dark (December 27-30 @ Aga Khan Museum)
    Art comes to life this holiday season on the Aga Khan Museum’s exterior walls in a spectacular 3-D projection show you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto.

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    When it comes to condos in, Toronto they’re a dime a dozen. That’s to say they all look exactly the same. But every once in a while, you get someone with enough creativity to turn the stereotypical condo into something bespoke.73 MCCAUL street torontoThis two-bed is beautifully renovated, with style and even some character. And, it’s not millions of dollars, which is always a bonus.73 McCaul street torontoThe unit has an open-concept layout, and with features like a barn door, the place has kind of a loft vibe. However, the ceilings are way too low to truly make it lofty.

    73 McCaul street torontoThe kitchen is small but the subway tiles are a nice modern touch.

    73 McCaul street torontoThe master bedroom is spacious enough to fit a king size bed.

    73 McCaul street torontoThe other bedroom is cozy but bright with two big windows.

    73 McCaul street torontoThere’s even some outdoor space with a West-facing balcony.  

    • Address: #732 - 73 McCaul Street
    • Price: $599,900
    • Bedrooms: 1 + 1
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking: 1
    • Walk Score: 99    
    • Transit Score: 100
    • Maintenance Fees: $832.89 monthly
    • Listing agent: Audrey Azad
    • Listing ID: C432140573 McCaul street toronto
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    A couple’s first home. It’s one of those places that’s the perfect starter place. It’s nice, cozy and you actually afford it.  73 McCaul street toronto

    Move On If

    You want more room. The condo isn’t even 900 sq. ft. and that can be a bit cramped for some.73 McCaul street toronto

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    It's the most wonderful time of the year... to shop. And shop the people of Toronto did, all over the GTA and its various suburban mega malls.

    Boxing Day was nuts for 2018, as deal seekers (or perhaps thrill seekers?) left their homes one day after Christmas in search of even more stuff.

    The Eaton Centre, Ontario's largest mall, was Ground Zero.

    Watching the day unfold from any of the balcony levels felt like looking at an ant farm.

    The experience proved less than enjoyable for many, however, as it's kind of hard to shop when you can barely even move.

    Yorkdale Mall, home of the once 5-hour-long Cheesecake Factory lineup, was as rammed as you'd might expect.

    Public transit providers struggled to keep up under the crush of demand. Even just leaving Yorkdale Station proved challenging.

    "Boxing day lineups!" wrote one person in the caption of their post from inside the mall. "Spending money that isn't yours to buy things that you don't need chasing happiness that you won't achieve!"


    Meanwhile, at Square One in Mississauga...

    Police were kept busy, but so too were thousands of bargain hunters and multiple very loud crying babies.

    If said shoppers could even find a place to park first, that is.

    The vehicle situation was similarly out of control at Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills.

    How many hours of waiting to turn right is a discounted scarf from Michael Kors worth? Ask these people:

    I mean, to each their own, but this doesn't look like a fun way to spend even five minutes when most stores are simultaneaously running their IRL boxing day sales online.

    Congrats to those who toughed it out and scored some major deals, either way. Your motives may be suspect, but your fortitude is impressive.

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

    Open now
    • Brodflour, an urban mill and bakery, has taken over what was previously The Roastery at 8 Pardee Avenue in Liberty Village.
    • HuaJia Rice Noodle has opened in what was formerly Sarah’s Shawarma and Falafel at 487 Bloor Street West in the Annex.
    • Flame Food + Design, a Turkish restaurant, coffee bar and design store over two floors, officially opened yesterday at 2197 Bloor Street West in Bloor West Village.
    • Velvet Lane Cakes has opened a cafe and bakery at 194A Carlton Street in Cabbagetown.
    • Simple Fresh, a "fusion Asian" restaurant, is now open at 630 Danforth Avenue (at Pape).
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    • Viajero, a Mexican cantina serving tacos and tapas (plus tequila and mezcal), will be opening soon in the space that was previously bar The End at 1661 Bloor Street West by High Park.

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to

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    New restaurants pop up in almost every neighbourhood in Toronto each year, at a rate that can make it difficult to keep track of them all. Check out this handy-dandy guide to what’s recently opened in every corner of the city to make sure you’re not missing out on the newest hotspots in the areas you frequent most.

    Here are my picks for the top new restaurants by neighbourhood in Toronto.

    Baldwin Village 

    Hand roll bar Omai killed it this year with their softly romantic interior and personal service, the menu filled out by Asian dishes and sake.

    Bayview and Leaside 

    Brunch spot Sophie’s Kitchen is now knocking the classics out of the park in this part of town.


    Night owls now have a place for great Vietnamese in Vit Beo, a spot serving pho, shrimp, and even late night instant noodle specials.


    Moody spot Seoul Shakers finally opened up where Holy Oak used to be, with a kitchen headed by the same person behind Pinky’s Ca Phe and Hanmoto pumping out the snacks.

    Brockton Village 

    This neighbourhood bid goodbye to steakhouse Branca, but in its place obtained Viaggio: a precious Italian joint from the people behind The Commodore.


    Beer Batter is this neighbourhood's latest destination for some great fish and chips.

    Canary District 

    Longslice now has a home in this neighbourhood in the form of The Aviary, a beer hall pouring their craft draft and serving Cracker Jacks and burgers.


    There's a new destination for cheap soup dumplings in this neighbourhood called Juicy Dumpling.


    This area wants more Greek like Christopher Walken wants more cowbell, and they got it with Soula's.

    Danforth East 

    Toronto has been introduced to bi-coastal cuisine by City Betty, seasonal plates dreamed up by a chef formerly cooking at Farmhouse Tavern.

    Distillery District 

    Molecular tapas at Madrina are now wowing visitors to this historical neighbourhood.

    Don Mills 

    Butter chicken bao can now be found at Mantra, along with Indian-style high tea.

    Dundas West 

    Paris Paris is now the place to be all day long in this area, with a huge menu of wine and food that goes great with it.

    Entertainment District 

    The upper floor of Toronto's Momofuku outpost has transformed into Kojin, a Colombian-inspired ode to the hearth doing steaks and burgers.


    Harry's is one of those special places that doesn't open every day. A plush time warp with an open grill that recalls the steakhouses of yesteryear.

    Financial District 

    Rosalinda now serves up vegan Mexican fare and mocktails in this fast-paced neighbourhood.


    Nashville hot chicken hit this neighbourhood in 2018 at Chica's Chicken


    Ozzy's Burgers threw its hat in the hamburger ring this year, topping halal creations with onion rings, pineapple, jalapeno, you name it.

    King West 

    Sara began its crusade to end distracted dining this year, serving sharing plates in a minimalist two-storey space.


    Wynona now serves seafood and wine with little fuss in this high-ceilinged space.

    Little Italy 

    Bestellen transformed into Giulietta this year, swapping out the meats in their transparent fridge for produce and aperitivo.

    North York 

    Microscopic restaurant Sang-Ji Bao has quickly become the most coveted place for fried soup dumplings.


    An eye-catching interior and hand rolls served at a central bar set new restaurant Narami apart from other sushi joints.


    Momos, thali and bento boxes at Yak Cafe are a bright new addition to the vast array of Tibetan cuisine available in this area.

    Queen West 

    Italian is elevated and served alongside picturesque cocktails at the new Bar Altura.


    M'eat Resto Butcher innovatively combines a human, local butcher shop and a meat-focused restaurant.


    Cambodian food can now be feasted upon in Toronto at the newly opened Tuk Tuk Canteen.


    Banh Mi Metro, which is adjoins Pho Metro, provides a more takeaway-focused counterpoint to the Vietnamese restaurant, selling sandwiches and kimchi fries.

    St. Clair West

    From the set of artisanal house breads to start, to the stunning desserts to finish, the creative, ever-changing menu at FK adds new sparkle to this strip.


    Tasting menus of mind-bending illusions at Frilu change over completely with the seasons. 

    Upper Beaches 

    Beach Hill Smokehouse now provides this area with a destination for traditional BBQ meat platters.

    West Queen West 

    Le Swan has transformed a legendary local diner into a classy French joint.

    Yonge & Bloor 

    This neighbourhood welcomed boutique hotel Anndore House to the area this year, and ground floor restaurant Constantine along with it, serving food breakfast til late.

    Yonge & Lawrence 

    Over-the-top Turkish food is now served at A La Turk, including impressively puffy house breads.


    Alobar is a new extension of the Alo family, continuing the tradition of refining bistro fare seen at previous restaurants Alo and Aloette.

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    Restaurants I'd love to see come to Toronto in 2019 are already popular favourites elsewhere in the world. From affordable, good quality sushi and organic Mexican to some much-loved vegan spots, it'd be a delicious surprise to see these places open in the city sometime next year.

    Bonchon Chicken

    With this South Korean fried chicken chain, the "K" stands for "Korean" instead of "Kentucky." Specializing in crunchy, golden wings or drumsticks covered in a super spicy or sweet garlic soy glaze plus dishes of japchae, bibimbap or bulgogi, there are already tons of locations in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. We should be next.

    Pret a Manger

    Founded in the U.K., this convenient chain of grab-and-go, ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch options (its name is a play on prêt-à-porter) can be found all over world-class cities like London, Hong Kong and New York. It's time Toronto got a Pret of its own.

    Aux Vivres

    This longtime, well-loved vegan restaurant originated in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood, with a lunch counter in Mile End and another location that opened this year in Westmount. Its tasty and sustainable menu of eclectically ethnic classic comfort foods would translate well in The 6ix.

    Veggie Grill

    Another great plant-based import would be this fast-casual vegan chain from California that's become popular with vegans and non-vegans alike. Having recently expanded beyond the West Coast to include outposts in Chicago and soon Boston and NYC, Toronto is the next logical destination.

    Tocaya Organica

    Self-described as "modern organic Mexican," this California-based, attractively designed fast-casual chain with restaurants in San Diego and L.A. boasts organic, locally-sourced menu items for meat-eaters, vegans and everything in between (plus booze in margarita form) that would translate well here.

    Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

    Insanely popular in L.A., this sushi restaurant chain aims to serve high-quality sushi at affordable prices with various tiers of "Trust Me" options, which are omakase-like menu offerings aimed at entry-level sushi enthusiasts. Last year it opened its first outpost in NYC, so who knows? Toronto could soon follow.

    Xi’an Famous Foods

    Halal Guys came to our fair city, so why not this super successful, family-run NYC chain as well? Serving up northwestern Chinese food from Xi'an that includes addictive hand-ripped noodles, spicy cumin lamb burgers and Liang Pi cold-skin noodles, a Chinatown location would fit right in here.

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    Markets and pop-ups in Toronto in January bring lots of big events, from shows for motorcycle heads to brides-to-be, as well as some more intimate affairs, including a moneyless market and yoga in a space where Drake once did an improv show. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    North American International Motorcycle Supershow (January 4-6 @ International Centre Toronto)
    Even if your Ducati is off the road for the winter, you can still indulge in your need for speed with special guests, live bands, custom bike displays, and fashion shows, as well as more than 100 motorcycle clubs, rallies and rides on display.
    Really Really Free Market (January 5 @ Campbell Park)
    At this monthly market, everything is totally free, with no trades or swapping. Items are donated, and visitors can fill a shopping bag with a one hour limit.
    Canada's Bridal Show (January 11-13 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    Whether you're tying the knot or just an avid Say Yes to the Dress watcher, this bridal show, with more than 300 vendors, is a must-attend.
    The Franchise Expo (January 12-13 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    If your intention for 2019 was to get that bread, this expo is an excellent place to start rising. It has over 150 of the most successful franchises and business opportunities, all open to the general public.
    The Trinity Bellwoods Flea (January 13 @ The Great Hall)
    A new year means new vendors, brands and designers at this solid market. Treat yourself to some local goods, delicious local eats and sweet treats. Admission is as always free, and dogs and kids are welcome.
    Toronto International Boat Show (January 18-27 @ Enercare Centre)
    Stop by to buy boats, attend a seminar, participate in on-the-water boating activities, or just soak up the summer energy.
    GH Marketplace (January 20 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    From emerging artists to established fan favourites, the Love Design Shop features a carefully curated selection of home décor, giftware, jewellery, and fashion, complete with a flower bar and free admission.
    Perky Fitness Yoga Pop-Up (January 26 @ Rivoli)
    Keep up your 2019 fitness goals by getting sweaty in a unique pop-up location: the Back Room of the legendary Rivoli. Use the energy of all the past celebs who have performed there to get even deeper into that stretch.

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    Weekend events in Toronto trend toward the low-key and fun as we gear up for New Year's Eve. From paint nights to plays to pantsless skating, this weekend is guaranteed to keep the party going until 2019.  

    Events you might want to check out:

    Uniun Closing Party (December 28 @ Uniun Nightclub)
    Celebrate the end of Christmas and the closing of Uniun with music from Manzone & Strong, Joee Cons, DeeCee, and Kevin Faria.
    DJ Skate Nights (December 29 @ Natrel Rink)
    Groove along to an evening of R&B and soul-infused music as Soul Kitchen alumnus DJ Lissa Monet and MC Kid Kut bring the heat to Natrel Rink.
    Final Destination (December 29 @ National Event Venue)
    Toronto's biggest winter break party is back for the seventh year. This all-ages party has 19+ areas and party buses for maximum fun.
    Royal Shakespeare Company Live: Troilus and Cressida (December 29 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Indulge in one of Shakespeare’s most modern and debated works in this satirical futuristic vision of Troilus and Cressida. This incredible work is performed live and broadcast to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.
    Blitzkrieg Cabaret (December 29 @ The Dakota Tavern)
    Hit up an evening of music by the incomparable German-American composer Kurt Weill. From gritty German cabaret songs, to opera, to glorious Broadway tunes, come hear everything beyond Mack the Knife.
    Abbamania in Concert (December 29-31 @ Winter Garden Theatre)
    Take a chance on the world’s number one production of Abba. They're bringing their all-Canadian cast to Toronto so dancing queens can sing and rock out to all their greatest hits.
    Polar Bear Skate (December 30 @ The Bentway)
    A twist on the traditional polar bear dip, skaters will strip to their intimates and skate the 8 in their skivvies! All prospective Elvis Stojkos will receive a free hot chocolate and a chance to win a special Bentway prize pack.
    Pajama Jam! (December 28 @ Glad Day Bookshop (Church))
    Jam out in your jimjams with beats from Orange Pekoe and Michael K play Maxi Dance Pop, and performances from icons Gay Jesus and Pearle Harbour.
    90's Glow in the Dark Paint Party (December 28 @ Paint Cabin)
    Combine your bad dancing skills with your bad painting skills with painting and jams from DJ Rec and DJ GadJet. Select your own images and get guided through the process with wine, beer, and cocktails to stave off urges to cut off your own ear.
    HEY GIRL HEY (December 29 @ The Baby G)
    Celebrate the holigays with HGH fave Gay Jesus and DJ Orange Pekoe steeping the tea with all the best female hip-hop and R&B.
    80's & 90's Video Dance Party (December 29 @ Remix Lounge)
    This all-request video dance party will conjure memories of middle school gyms and Lip Smackers-encrusted kisses. Featuring music from DJ Lazarus, this pre-NYE party includes a countdown at midnight.
    Burlesque at Cherry Cola's (December 30 @ Cherry Cola's)
    Let loose with the Sinner's Soiree. Cherry Cola features a fresh lineup of gorgeous burlesque entertainers, drag and variety acts for this industry NYE party.
    Wizard of Oz (December 28-30 @ Cinesphere)
    See this classic movie mashed up with future in the showing of The Wizard of OZ on the Cinesphere screen.
    The Room (December 29 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
    Get your plastic spoons ready for a late-night showing of this cult classic known as the Citizen Kane of bad movies.
    ONYX (December 28 @ The Opera House)
    Take in some holiday hip hop with ONYX, featuring Young Stitch and Live Kaos with a special guest performance by Bishop Brigante.
    Hot Swinging Jazz & Blues with Band 828 (December 28 @ Drums N Flats)
    Let your music tastes echo the current political tendency of bringing back trends from the 1930s. Band 828 specializes in winter blues high energy swinging jazz that will bring out your inner lindy hop.
    Uniun Closing Party Part 4 (December 29 @ Uniun Nightclub)
    The Uniun funeral continues with Chris La Roque and tears and champagne flowing freely.
    Disasterfest 2018 (December 28 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Check out this marathon of weird and strange alt-comedy shows that runs all night and in your nightmares forever. This festival of shows features the best comedians in Toronto doing weird bits, guaranteed to entertain.
    Sixty in 60 (December 29 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    This chaotic improv show is one of Toronto's best kept secrets. See sixty performers performing ten different sets in an hour, with profits donated to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
    56 Minutes : A Comedy Showcase (December 30 @ Comedy Bar)
    Leonard Chan hosts this tight stand-up comedy show featuring Toronto Sketchfest darling Guled Abdi, Second City alumni Kris Siddiqi, and more.

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    Working outdoors, in the cold, at a major airport over the holidays doesn't have to suck. In fact, it can be a blast if you're in the right mood. 

    Toronto Pearson International Airport ramp agent Jahmaul Allen proved this in spades on Sunday while trying to entertain a young passenger from the tarmac.

    That passenger was aboard a plane Allen had been flagging for takeoff and, thanks to another flyer's quick-draw cellphone video skills, at least 400,000 people have now gotten a kick out of what's become a viral dance sequence.

    Allen, 28, was simply doing his job on December 23—though with his own distinctive flourish.

    American Airlines passenger Ekaterina Irko managed to film the ramp agent dance-guiding her plane around the tarmac (while laughing hysterically) and post the footage to Instagram.

    The popular local Instagram account 6ixbuzzTV sent Allen soaring into virality (as it's done for many others lately) by reposting the clip on Wednesday.

    "Honestly, I just love what I do," said the freshly-famous airport worker to Global on Wednesday night. "I would say I do it every now and then, whenever I feel like the mood to dance and whenever I want to make someone happy on the plane."

    To those concerned about him distracting the pilots or otherwise not fulfilling his responsibilities, Allen assures that he takes his job seriously—albeit with a more positive attitude than most.

    "The flight has a perfect path," said Allen. "It knows where it's going, it knows where it's going to be parked and it's not being interrupted whatsoever from my dance moves."

    With almost five years on the job behind him, it's hard to say how many passengers he's cheered up after long journeys with the simple act of performing his duties with a smile and some bounce in his step.

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    Don't try this one at home, kids, unless you want a stern talkin'-to from the cops and quite possibly also a horrifying death.

    Video footage of a man BASE jumping from the top of a highrise in Humber Bay has been spreading like wildfire this week, prompting Toronto Police to remind us all that such behaviour could lead to criminal public mischief charges.

    It's also become increasingly common, according to Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, around the Park Lawn and Lakeshore area—which some extreme sports enthusiasts have reportedly taken to calling "Sky Dive Parklawn."

    "It is the city," she told CBC this week. "There are buildings, there are obstacles, and regardless of what someone's ability is, there is always that possibility for danger, things can happen."

    Still, despite the risks, people continue to parachute and paraglide from tall, under-construction condo buildings and cranes. 

    The man seen in videos of the most recent stunt to get mass attention claims to have completed about 60 jumps with his friends over the past six months in South Etobicoke.

    Two videos posted recently by 6ixbuzzTV, which appear to be from the same BASE jumping session, have racked up more than half-a-million views together on Instagram alone this week.

    In the second video, a man in a Santa hat is seen jumping from the top of an 850-foot-tall construction crane. 

    Both videos are credited on Instagram to Toronto PWC, a jetski rental and repair business, though the company has yet to post these videos to its own account.

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    A TTC bus is in rough shape today after getting lodged between the floor and ceiling of a passenger pick-up and drop-off area at Warden Station.

    The incident took place around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green, with two customers on board.

    "Fortunately no one on the bus was injured and there was no structural damage to the station," says Green. "As is standard with matters like this, we conduct a review and will take appropriate action once that review has concluded."

    TTC bus got jammed inside the Warden Station tunnel from r/toronto

    One video shot shortly after the incident took place shows vehicular debris hanging from the bus and and lying on the ground behind it.

    "I think you're taller than 2.9 metres, but you made her fit" says someone behind the camera in what's being described as an "epic Canadian accent."

    Additional clips posted to Facebook show Toronto firefighters surveying the damage while walking around the bus.

    "Warden Station, TTC bus tried to drive through the tunnel and got stuck!" sings the person filming those videos in one clip. "Dumb [rhymes with stuck]!"

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    Events in Toronto today are perfect for bridging the gap between Christmas and New Year's. With weird comedy, classic films, and club nights on the docket, the party doesn't stop until you do. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Uniun Closing Party Part 3 (December 28 @ Uniun Nightclub)
    This Toronto institution is closing, but there's still lots of fun to be had before the final swan song. Hit up Part 3 of the goodbyes with Manzone & Strong, Joee Cons, Deecee, and Kevin Faria.
    90's Glow in the Dark Paint Party (December 28 @ Paint Cabin)
    Throwback to the 90s with a Glow-in-the-Dark paint party complete with booze and DJ beats. Partiers select their own image, and are guided through painting so creative skills are not a pre-requisite.
    Disasterfest 2018 (December 28 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Toronto's best comedians get messy with altcomedy in this festival of weird and strange shows that run all night. The open-ended and experimental nature of the show often results in chaotically weird and inexplicably awesome comedy.
    Pajama Jam! (December 28 @ Glad Day Bookshop (Church))
    Rock out in your comfiest clothes with Orange Pekoe, Michael K, Gay Jesus and Pearle Harbour.
    Wizard of Oz (December 28-30 @ Cinesphere)
    The classic film hits the Cinesphere screen. Hit up this showing of The Wizard of Oz to truly feel the flying monkeys over your head.
    ONYX (December 28 @ The Opera House)
    Revel in some amazing hip hop with ONYX featuring support from Young Stitch, Live Kaos and a special guest performance by Bishop Brigante.
    Hot Swinging Jazz & Blues with Band 828 (December 28 @ Drums N Flats)
    Flashback to the dirty 30s with a night of hot swinging jazz and blues from professional jazz musicians.
    Die Fledermaus (December 28 - January 2 @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East))
    Based on a French farce, this operetta is a mash-up of Viennese musical charm and Parisian parody, conducted by Dreked Bate.
    DJ Teenage Werewolf (December 28 @ Swan Dive)
    This free event is an excellent opportunity to turn it up while keeping costs low with DJ Teenage Werewolf.
    Lifechanger (December 28 - January 3 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
    Check out the Toronto premiere of this highly-reviewed homegrown horror/thriller about a murderous shape-shifter.

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    What's open and closed in Toronto on New Year's Day 2019 is crucial information to find your way around the city on a day where seemingly everything is shut down. Like Christmas Day, it's one of the few days when most of the of the city is on pause.

    Here's what's open and closed on New Year's Day in Toronto. 

    • Government office and banks
    • Libraries
    • Mail delivery
    • Banks
    • The TTC will run on a Sunday service schedule

    New Years Day Toronto

    Select grocery and convenience stores will be open on January 1. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Food and Drink
    • LCBO
    • The Beer Store
    • Most major grocery chains will be closed on New Year's Day with a few confirmed exceptions listed below.

    New Years Day Toronto

    Promenade will be open with reduced hours on New Year's Day. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    • Bayview Village Shops
    • CF Fairview Mall
    • CF Sherway Gardens
    • Dufferin Mall
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Yorkdale Shopping Centre

    New Years Day Toronto

    Ripley's Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Photo by Andrew Williamson.

    • Canada's Wonderland
    • Gardiner Museum
    • Hockey Hall of Fame

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