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    Restaurants that opened in Toronto this December were all about unexpected luxury. A Palm Springs lounge hidden up a set of stairs, a speakeasy champagne room under a steakhouse, a popular sausage spot in a subway station: prepare to be surprised by these new spots.

    Here are my picks for the top restaurant openings in Toronto for December.


    Drake collab with Susur Lee Frings on King West has been replaced by this steakhouse with a basement in the club, where you can get champagne from a vending machine. 

    Casa La Palma

    The space above La Palma on Dundas West is now home to this secretive lounge inspired by retro sunken living rooms. 


    The popular spot for sausage, fries and beer now has this new location in Union station. 


    This newest Queen West location of this izakaya spot is now serving all the yakitori. 


    The space at Lansdowne and Emerson that used to house Hello Darling has traded brunch and high chairs for elegant small plates and wine from Momofuku alum. 

    Bar Buca Eglinton

    The Buca empire continues to expand with this newest location at Yonge and Eglinton doing truffle-laden burrata and Lardo-topped pizza.


    There’s a new Yonge and Eglinton location of this popular upscale Mediterranean place.

    Goa Kitchen

    Restaurateur Hemant Beghwani is responsible for this creative new Indian concept in North York.


    Romano Avril (Lavelle, Goldie) is now cooking up steaks at this new restaurant on Lakeshore East inspired by poet Pablo Neruda. 

    Woodlawn Public House

    This brand new pub just opened up steps from Summerhill station. 

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    The first Wednesday of 2019 is host to an array of post-holiday excitement, including screening of fan fave films, chill concerts, and comedy shows that range from gaining you experience points to experimental hilarity never before seen. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Black Panther (January 2-6 @ Cinesphere)
    Celebrate Wakanda Forever with a screening of this hit film on the gigantic Cinesphere screen.
    Festival of New Formats (January 2 @ Comedy Bar)
    Check out a full night of free shows featuring all-star comedians doing their weirdest and never-before-been-done ideas.
    Luke Vajsar (January 2 - February 28 @ Motel)
    Hit up a night of tunes with original funk, jazz, experimental lounge, and melodies with percussive beats.
    Worst Pop Band Ever (January 2 @ The Rex)
    Check out the band that describes themselves as the "ugly love child of Miles Davis and Radiohead" as they blend improvised jazz and indie pop.
    Arthur Conan Doyle Collection (January 2 @ Toronto Reference Library)
    This special session takes at look at newly-acquired Arthur Conan Doyle Collection materials and includes a discussion on how decisions are made about what to collect.
    D&D Live! (January 2 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Join Fringe darlings Sex T-Rex and friends perform a killer improvised comedy show based on Dungeons and Dragons. This show is consistently sold out and has a board game night post-laughs.
    Plant Nite (January 2 @ Boston Pizza)
    Combine your virtues (creating beautiful things) with your vices (drinking at chain restaurants) while you create a gorgeous terrarium to take home.
    Pulp Fiction (January 2 @ Royal Cinema)
    Put down your Royale with cheese and hit the Royal for a free screening of this cult classic with cheap drink specials.
    Doc McLean (January 2 @ The Local)
    This old school troubadour has 40 years of touring under his belt and his show promises an incredible mix of folk and blues music.
    Free Karaoke (January 2 @ Social Capital Theatre)
    Let 2019 be your year to belt it out, and do it for free with no cover or room costs.

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    The most anticipated concerts for 2019 in Toronto include popstars who are teens, musicians who appeal to teens, and bands who help us relive our teens. It's a solid line-up with something for everyone, regardless of your musical tastes. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Travis Scott (March 7 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    American rapper and Stormi's dad is hitting Toronto on his world tour to put us all in sicko mode.
    Robyn (March 14 @ Rebel)
    Get your honey at this bop of a show from Swede queen whose last album was almost a decade ago.
    KISS (March 20 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Get out your face paint and be ready to rock and roll all night with this stellar band at the end of their road.
    P!NK (May 13 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Raise your glass to pop's favourite bad girl. She's back to tell the truth about love with her Beautiful Trauma tour
    Hugh Jackman (June 25 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    The celebrity hall pass of everyone's mom (who you secretly like too) is performing hit songs from Broadway and film with a live orchestra.
    Ariana Grande (June 26 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    She taught me love, she taught me patience, and she taught me pain by making us wait until June to see her Sweetener tour.
    Backstreet Boys (July 17 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    As long as there is music, they'll be coming back again. Dredge up your middle school memories of arguing over which BSB is your fave (Howie because I like to fix people) at this throwback concert.
    Queen and Adam Lambert (July 28 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    The members of Queen have teamed up with American Idol participant Adam Lambert for a show that looks admittedly fun.
    Shawn Mendes (September 6 @ Rogers Centre)
    This homegrown hero will play his first ever stadium show in his hometown to wrap up the North American leg of his global arena tour.
    Elton John (October 23 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Feel the love tonight with one of the world's greatest rockers in the world as he says goodbye to the yellow brick road.

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    I can only describe this place as a dorm room for rich adults, but it doesn't even look grown up.   

    This place doesn't have even the basic requirement for sleep. I'm sorry, but correct me if I'm wrong. What do you usually sleep on at night? That’s right, A BED!

    What does this place have? A pull-out couch. I don't care how many throw pillows from Anthropologie you put on there, it's still NOT a bed. 46 east liberty street torontoAnd do you want to know how much you have to pay to not sleep on a bed? Wait for it…. $1,900 a month. A month! 

    Also side note: if you're over the age of 25  and not a musician you should only be sleeping on couches when there aren't any other options or you pass out while watching reruns of Friends with your hand still in a bag of Cheetos. No exceptions.

    46 east liberty street torontoThis place is also in Liberty Village. You'll be so cramped trying to get out on the horrible transit options as you sardine-can your way to work every morning.

    46 east liberty street torontoAnd it's not just the rent that's outrageously priced, everything is so expensive in this area: groceries, bars, restaurants, parking, existing...

    I weep for the Toronto rental market and anyone stupid enough to pay $1,900 a month to live like a squatter.  46 east liberty street toronto

    • Address: 46 East Liberty Street
    • Type: Studio
    • Rent: $1,900/ month
    • Furnished? Yes (plus dishes and cutlery)
    • Utilities: Unlimited WiFi
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 0  
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking: No
    • Laundry? In-unit
    • Outdoor space? Apparently there's “dedicated outdoor patio space”
    • Pet friendly? Please don’t make a pet live here
    Good For

    Wasting almost two weeks salary on the most uncomfortable sleep of your life. (I say that with first hand knowledge of how terrible that Ikea couch is.)

    Move On If

    You just want a bed. God, even a single bed would be better than this!46 east liberty street toronto

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    Toronto businesses that closed in December ran the gamut from an old-school bowling alley to a back-alley nightclub with a few BBQ and seafood joints in between. What they all had in common was they didn't survive to see 2019.

    Here are the most notable Toronto businesses that closed in December.

    Bowlerama (Bathurst)

    Another old-school bowling alley bit the dust last month after 56 years in business at Bathurst and Glencairn. This vintage alley with late-night cosmic bowling will soon be knocked down to make way for condos.

    Electric Mud BBQ

    Parkdale's southern barbecue joint from the same team behind Grand Electric closed in December following six years in the space. Its co-owners hinted on IG that a new project will be opening there sometime this year. 


    This Financial District restaurant, a fave for its buck-a-shuck Thursdays, started out specializing in whole lobsters but eventually switched to serving up sustainable seafood. Two and a half years after opening, it had its final service on New Year's Eve.


    First Bent, then Frings and now this Chinese dim sum spot that was at the base of the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Susur Lee's "Nouvelle Chinoise" restaurant lasted five years, closing on December 23 after its lease expired.

    Mr. Roc's Crawfish

    A little over a year after making its debut, this Chinese-style crawfish joint permanently shut down on Spadina Avenue in Chinatown. We still have no idea who Mr. Roc is, and will likely never know.

    Nota Bene

    After a decade of offering creative Canadian cuisine on Queen West, this well-known restaurant helmed by chef David Lee served its last dish on New Year's Eve. Lee and the Chase Hospitality Group will be transforming it into an Asian-influenced, plant-based spot à la Planta.

    Parts & Labour

    Yet another decade-long Toronto go-to that closed on New Year's Eve, this Parkdale brunch, burger and party place will be missed by many in the city.

    Pulp Kitchen

    Having moved locations and switched owners multiple times over the past few years, this east-side juice bar and "healthy eatery" called it quits for good at its final Riverside address on Queen Street East in December.

    The Q

    In business for almost 40 years, this longstanding rotisserie and grill on The Queensway in Etobicoke was formerly a St-Hubert. The comfort-food institution closed on December 2 of last year.


    Accessible by a back alley near Portland and Adelaide Streets, this King West nightclub from Toronto "nightlife king" Charles Khabouth's INK Entertainment closed at the end of 2018 with huge bashes befitting the club's six-year existence.

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    The best baking and pastry classes in Toronto empower you to make creations you thought you'd only ever see on YouTube, Instagram and Netflix. Pretend you're in the Great British Bake Off and become a regular Christine McConnell or Adrian Zumbo by taking classes at these places.

    Here are the best baking and pastry classes in Toronto.

    George Brown

    This trusted culinary learning institution at Adelaide and Sherbourne logically has reputable classes for baking and pastry. There are specialized certificates for artisan bread baking and cake decorating, and classes revolve around subjects like Asian desserts, afternoon tea, vegan baking, pizzas and macarons.

    Le Dolci

    This charming Dundas West bakery will have you Instagramming adorable creations of your own in no time such as unicorn cakes, "naked" cakes, cinnamon buns, buttercream flowers, macarons and cannoli.

    The Rolling Pin

    Known for showstoppers, this Avenue and Lawrence bakery will show you how to impress like they do with classes that teach the art of making naked cakes, unicorn cakes, gingerbread houses, doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies.

    Humber College

    Learn how to make wedding cakes, gelato, breads, pastries and tarts like a pro through programs at this school near Pearson.

    Madame Gateaux

    On Danforth East, this place specializes in baking and pastry workshops for birthday parties and families, and does cream puff, macaron, pasta and unicorn cake workshops for adults.

    Centennial College

    There are two-year and one-year baking programs at this school, where you can learn not only baking and pastry arts skills and theory but also hospitality and business skills.

    Ice a Cake

    This Scarborough spot at Sheppard and Brimley offers several levels of cake baking and decorating courses, as well as one-day workshops in designer handbag cakes, candy making, tiered cakes and cookies.


    This Etobicoke bake supply shop does special classes in chocolate work, cake decorating and sugar craft, and offers dozens of workshops in subjects like croissants, puff pastry, pretzels and bagels, gluten-free baking, donuts and macarons.

    AG Macarons

    Baking classes at this Queensway location of this pretty bakery teach students the art of making unicorn cookies, macarons, bread, hot cross buns and scones.

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    What did you wake up with in the pockets of your coat on New Year's Day? A cringe-inducing ATM receipt? A random clip-in hair extension? Some tiny straws and crumpled napkins? 

    I can guarantee it wasn't 75 transfers from 75 different different subway stations, unless you're this guy:

    David Burkholder, local public transit enthusiast and federal constituency assistant, spent the last day 2018 riding the red rocket. For fun.

    He set out on the daunting task just before 8 a.m. on December 31, writing on Twitter that it had been 12 years since he last got a transfer from every station on the line.

    Back then, before the December 2017 opening of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, there were only 69 stations, meaning Burkholder had a longer way to go than before.

    He was up for it, though, and managed to complete the entire system in just 9.5 hours.

    First, he journeyed across the city on Line 2.

    Then it was over to Scarborough's Line 3.

    The Line 4 Sheppard route didn't take long to finish.

    Then, of course, he got transfers from all of the Line 1 stations he had yet to visit.

    After a thorough review of almost every station on the line, Burkholder declared that Museum is still the coolest. Because it is.

    For his efforts, Burkholder got a massive wad of TTC transfers and a pretty entertaining Twitter thread.

    He also finished with plenty of time left to celebrate NYE (and to avoid the inevitable mess of people that would flood the TTC later that night.)

    Not a bad way to send out the year, I'd say. Congratulations, Transfer Man!

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    Animal rights activists and environmentalists gathered together on New Year's day in more than a dozen cities around the world to speak out against newly-inaugurated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his plans to, essentially, privatize parts of the Amazon rainforest.

    In downtown Toronto, protesters blocked off the intersection of Bay and Bloor, near the Brazillian Consulate, to stage a "die-in" and perform a play called "If the Amazon rainforests dies, we all die!"

    "Stop Bolsonaro!" they chanted. "End Animal Agriculture in the Amazon, Go Vegan!"

    Bolsonaro, who's been nicknamed "Trump of the Tropics" has drawn widespread international criticism in recent months for supporting such ideas as scrapping environmental protections for the Amazon, building massive highways running through the Amazon, turning control of its Indigenous lands over to the government and constructing nuclear power plants in the world's largest rainforest.

    "If President Bolsonaro signed up for Veganuary and committed to going vegan, he would reverse his intentions to destroy the Amazon rainforest and instead preserve the precious rainforest and restore degraded areas," said Anita Krajnc of Climate Save, whose Toronto chapter co-hosted yesterday's protest at Bay and Bloor.

    "The Amazon is a vital home to indigenous peoples and 10 million species. The Amazon is the lungs of the Earth. It acts as a carbon sink, absorbing carbon out of the atmosphere while supplying 20% of the global oxygen supply."

    So, to illustrate their message, protesters handed out cards asking members of the public to go vegan for the month of January.

    "We also ask that President Bolsonaro and members of his government sign up for Veganuary," reads a press release from The Save Movement.

    "Go vegan or we die."

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    Renting in Toronto has never been a walk in the park, but some listings tend to remind us just how dire the housing situation in the city really is. 

    Point and case: this beyond miniscule condo unit by Yonge and College that just went up on yesterday. 

    For a whopping $1,900 a month, you can sublease all 277 square feet of this depressingly micro studio inside Karma Condos, one of the most expensive buildings in downtown Toronto.

    According to the listing, Unit 2004 comes with some real clutch features like a dishwasher, dryer, and a storage locker. 

    What it doesn't come with is parking, a balcony, and—you know, enough space to fit a bed, couch, and dining table all at once. But who needs that stuff when there's stone kitchen counters? 

    rental toronto

    This 277-square-foot unit in Karma Condos is renting for a whopping $1,900 a month.

    To be fair, what Unit 2004 lacks for in livable surface area, it makes up for in amenities: the building at least offers a gym, theatre room, and sauna, for when your muscles start to cramp from living in a shoe box.

    But for around the same cost of your average one-bedroom in the city (which typically runs 500 square-feet or more) it's hard to justify this kind of minimalism. 

    And for those wondering: yes, a studio of this size is legal, albeit not ideal, because why do that to yourself? 

    According to the city, the minimum size of a habitable room for one person is just 64 square-feet. Just add some kitchen space and a bathroom and you have yourself a high-end rental. 

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    When it comes to the global bubble tea scene, it seems like everyone's kung fu fighting right now.

    New-York-based Kung Fu Tea (not to be confused with Toronto-based shops by the same name) is opening a location in Pacific Mall sometime this February or March, with renovations being finished up currently. Hopefully going by "KF Tea" in Canada will help to avoid mix-ups.

    Championing authentic taste with Taiwanese origins, Kung Fu has been coined "the Starbucks of bubble tea."

    This marks the first location in Toronto and the second one ever in Canada for the chain, the first being in Edmonton. There are also locations of Kung Fu Tea in Australia and Vietnam.

    Spots for more future locations of KF Tea in Toronto, like Liberty Village and near Ryerson University, are being scoped out.

    While this is cause for celebration for bubble tea aficionados, lovers of fast food can only hope KF Tea's partner TKK Fried Chicken isn't far behind. The Pacific Mall location will apparently be too small to contain both concepts, but if other, larger locations open they could possibly accommodate the partnership.

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    The consequences for getting hammered at work can range from embarrassing yourself or making a mistake to ending your career, depending on what you do.

    Of course, if your job is to operate a motor vehicle, especially one with passengers aboard, drinking could land you in court, jail or dead.

    York Regional Police released a list on Tuesday of 22 people who'd been charged with DUIs between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day as part of the force's new "name and shame" anti-impaired driving initiative.

    One of the drivers listed is described as an "on duty Uber driver" who was in the midst of picking someone up when police pulled him over.

    "On December 31, 2018, shortly after midnight, officers responded to Main Street, in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, after a concerned citizen reported a possible impaired driver," reads a press release from YRP

    "The suspect pulled into a parking lot at a location on Hoover Park Drive and was stopped by officers," it continues. "Officers learned that the suspect was an on duty Uber driver who had attended the location to pick someone up."

    The 55-year-old driver was arrested and charged, according to police, and it looks like he lost his Uber gig, too.

    A spokesperson for the company told Global on Wednesday that they had removed the driver's access to the app and, contrary to what police are still reporting, Uber says the man wasn't working at the time of the incident.

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    At the end of this month, star gazers will be be able to witness a total lunar eclipse that'll put last year's Blue Moon to shame. 

    Look to the skies on January 20 and selenophiles across Canada will be able to spot the Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, a.k.a. the most epically named eclipse ever. 

    According to The Weather Network, the moon's proximity to the Earth means it'll be larger and brighter than usual, hence its Super Moon title. 

    Its Wolf designation comes from the fact that it's the first full moon of the year, and you can expect its colour to be a coppery (not quite bloody) red. 

    Because its position will be "nicely centred" over North America (it won't be in that prime position again until May 2022), we'll be able to watch the whole process, which will last five hours and 12 minutes from start to finish. 

    If you want to catch this year's only lunar eclipse, make sure to position yourself somewhere with ample sky views and hope for a cloudless night. 

    The eclipse will start at 6:36 p.m. and reach its peak at 9:12 p.m, before it ends just before midnight. 

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    There are more mega projects under construction in Toronto right now than perhaps anywhere else in North America, as you can see from all the construction pretty much everywhere. Only a handful of these large-scale developments are actually due for completion in 2019, but they're good ones.

    Here's a look at Toronto mega projects due for completion in 2019. 

    Union Station

    After years upon years upon years of construction delays, Toronto's new-and-improved transit hub is scheduled for completion sometime over the next 12 months. After more than a decade of broken promises, it's hard to say for certain when the renovations at Union Station will end, but at least there's a good food court now.

    Garrison Crossing

    Formerly known as the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge, this project will create what's being billed as a vital connection between Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north and the Fort York grounds in the south." The massive bridge and surrounding park spaces will open to the public this Spring, if everything goes as planned.

    River City

    This gorgeous new waterfront neighbourhood in Toronto's up-and-coming West Don Lands will at long last be complete with the rise of Harris Square — the fourth and final phase of River City. Designed by Saucier + Perrotte, just like the first three phases, the last building has an estimated completion date in December of 2019.

    Dr. Lilian McGregor Park

    A new 1.6-acre public park in downtown Toronto with "a strong Indigenous thematic approach" is finally scheduled to open sometime this year along Wellesley Street between Bay and Yonge. The space, designed by the award winning architecture firm DTAH, will include q discovery walk, an off-leash dog park, tree groves, and a plaza with plenty of seating, among other features.

    Liberty Village pedestrian bridge

    Pedestrians and cyclists in the densely-packed former industrial neighbourhood now known as Liberty Village will finally be able to access King Street having to trudge all the way up and around via Strachan or Atlantic. The new, $11.5 million bridge stretching above the Metrolinx rail corridor should be ready to go by this summer.

    Canoe Landing Community Facility

    More than 1,100 kids will be welcomed into schools this fall at what the City of Toronto calls an "integrated multi-use facility" near Fort York Boulevard and Brunel Court. Along with two elementary schools, the massive complex will contain a new recreation centre and a child care centre for the high-density downtown neighbourhood.

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    Post-holiday real life is just beginning to set in, but that doesn't mean events in Toronto today don't pack a punch (line). SNL's own Chris Redd kicks off a three-night stint at Comedy Bar and The Shining is screening, exceedingly long Steadicam shots and all.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Streets of Toronto (January 3 @ Twist Gallery)
    Ten local photographers are showing their works inspired by the beauty of Toronto and it's urban landscape.
    Yas Kween (January 3 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    Yas Kween is back with local performers who identify as Women of Colour/Ethnicity (WOC) for a night of sketch, improv, music and storytelling.
    The Shining (January 3 @ The Royal Cinema)
    The elevator full of blood is stopping at the Royal with Stephen King's most disliked adaption of his work and Jack Nicholson when he still cared.
    Re-Animator (January 3 @ Eyesore Cinema)
    Brilliant young scientist Herbert West tampers with life and death in this classic 80s sci-fi flick that continues to take on new meaning today.
    Mathias Haze (January 3 @ Nightowl)
    Toronto's Mathias Haze is looking to make his mark on the city's R&B scene with the release of his new album Nuff Rhetoric, full of fresh beats.
    Winter Emerging Artist Exhibition (January 3 @ Gallery 1313)
    Sculpture, paintings, photography, drawing, mixed media and lots more are part of this big showcase featuring new and emerging local artists.
    Opera Pub (January 3 @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club)
    Brews and bellowing is all part of this monthly showcase of local opera singers from in and around the city singing alongside food and drink.
    European Short Film Festival (January 3 @ Carlton Cinemas)
    The best of the European Short Film Festival is screening for free featuring films from different genres and by directors from all over the world.
    Chris Redd (January 3-5 @ Comedy Bar)
    Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Redd is making his way to Toronto for a three-night stint at one of the city's finest comedy spots.
    Moneen (January 3-5 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
    Brampton's own indie rockers are celebrating the 15th anniversary of "Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now" alongside Choke.

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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
    • The Winding Road, serving northern Chinese cuisine including Peking duck, noodles and BBQ, has opened at 5 Baldwin Street in Baldwin Village.
    • Urban Falafel, an Israeli falafel spot, is now open at 850 Sheppard Avenue West in North York.
    • Vietnoms, a Vietnamese pho and street food joint, can be found at 243 Sheppard Avenue East in North York.
    Opening soon
    • Continuing with the Vietnamese-food wordplay, Pho You & I will be opening soon at 3406 Dundas Street West in the Little Malta area of the Junction.
    • The Vicino Italian Kitchen is coming soon to 148 Sumach Street in Regent Park.
    • The Nomad Steakhouse should soon be making its debut at 453 Eglinton Avenue West (at Duncannon Drive).

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

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    From the brick and lava rock walls to the concrete ceilings and dark hardwood floors, I’ve never seen so many different materials in one suite. I’m a bit surprised there isn't a fuzzy wall somewhere in here...15 fort york blvd toronto

    The main area is open concept. At the kitchen end, the ceilings are quite low and with the concrete it has a bit of a bunker feel to it.

    15 fort york blvd torontoBut as you move through to the living room, the space becomes brighter thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows and patio door.

    15 fort york blvd torontoThe patio is narrow, but at least there’s outdoor space, and it has a view of the lake.

    15 fort york blvd torontoThe master bedroom is very eclectic with a custom light fixture that’s more of an art piece than a lighting apparatus. The room is bright with two walls of windows and there's enough room for a large bed, dresser and crib.

    15 fort york blvd torontoBoth bedrooms have four-piece en suite bathrooms. They're nothing too fancy but they're modern and functional.15 fort york blvd toronto

    • Address: #1610 - 15 Fort York Blvd
    • Price: $925,000
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 2
    • Walk Score: 79    
    • Transit Score: 100
    • Maintenance Fees: $564.97 monthly
    • Listing agent: Jennifer Samsair
    • Listing ID: C432317215 fort york blvd toronto
    Good For

    Being close to everything. This area is turning into kind of a condo haven with grocery stores, Starbucks and almost anything you could need all within a block radius.

    15 fort york blvd torontoMove On If

    You prefer more conventional style walls. This place is like a collage of building materials and, while it gives off a unique look, it can be a bit much.15 fort york blvd toronto

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    If you can avoid heading to Union Station today, do it. 

    According to Metrolinx, the area in and around Toronto's main transportation hub is going to be more hectic than usual this afternoon.

    Blame the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Minnesota Wild, who'll be playing a near sold-out game at the Scotiabank Arena.

    The game starts at 2 p.m. and is supposed to end at around 4:30 p.m., meaning attendees will let out right at the height of GO train madness. That means you can expect Union Station's tunnels to be absolutely packed.

    To manage the pedestrian traffic, police will be closing Bay Street southbound from Front Street at 4:30 p.m. for about an hour.

    "People not requiring GO Transit service are asked to walk on Bay Street rather than go through Union Station," says Nitish Bissonauth, spokesperson for Metrolinx.

    "TTC customers can also walk to St. Andrew station and avoid Union Station." 

    So good luck out there today commuters. An overcrowded Union Station is never fun. But hey, Go Leafs Go.

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    Though their first Toronto location may be opening this month, Chinese tea chain Song Tea isn't whistling a happy tune.

    Quite the opposite, in fact. The brand is named for "sang culture," the term itself derived from the character for funeral.

    While it might seem like an odd way to sell tea, the growing phenomenon as a whole refers to the despair and hopelessness young people feel when facing what can be crushing hardships of everyday life in China.

    It’s not surprising that the now wildly popular shop started out as a joke on Weibo (basically Chinese Twitter).

    The menu reads like your favourite depressing Twitter account, and customers seem to choose drinks that resonate with them much the same way you'd like a melodramatic Tweet.

    Some waited in line for up to six hours for drinks with names like "Life Sucks Like a Weekday," "Oxygen Makes Me Fat," "Achieve Absolutely Nothing" and "Waste of Life" when Song Tea first opened.

    The teas themselves shouldn't suck at all, though, with varieties like oolong and dragon fruit frappe made with high-quality ingredients. 

    Song Tea is opening their first location in Toronto at 550 Highway 7, Richmond Hill. To celebrate, they're giving away a free signature drink to the first 100 people who show up on January 19 and 20.

    For the really impatient, a pop-up will take place on January 13 with free drinks and gifts.

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    Two people came within inches of dying yesterday—like, literal inches—on a GTA highway when a large piece of plywood smashed through the windshield of their car.

    Police say that a man and woman were travelling southbound at Queen Street East on Highway 410 in Brampton around 4 p.m. on Wednesday when the wood flew into their windshield.

    The "unsecured" sheet of plywood had fallen from another vehicle, according to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, sending both people inside the car to hospital with minor injuries.

    But it could have been so much worse.

    Photos and video footage from the scene show just how close the plywood came to killing or dismembering either of the passengers.

    Tow truck driver Rawad Sawah shared some clips from both inside and outside the car on Instagram Stories last night before extracting the wood to demonstrate how lucky they were.

    From inside the vehicle, a sharp corner of the plywood can be seen jutting directly between both front seats, above the car's centre console. The wood appears to have pierced not only the windshield but part of the car's roof as well.

    Sgt. Schmidt, who says both passengers are "lucky to be alive," is reminding all drivers to please ensure their loads are strapped and properly secured in light of the incident.

    Even one piece of loose debris could spell tragedy, as evidenced by the close call. Fortunately for all parties involved, that wasn't the case this time.

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    Good news for people who use the PATH: Toronto's network of underground walkways is getting a new extension that leads straight to Union Station. 

    Bad news: It'll take at least 16 months to build, and it's going to reduce traffic on York Street to crawling speeds until April 2020. 

    Starting tomorrow, York Street will be reduced to single lanes heading north and south between Bremner and Lake Shore Boulevard West as construction on the extension officially begins.

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    The traffic on York St. between Bremner and Lake Shore Blvd. West will be restricted due to construction. Photo courtesy of City of Toronto.

    It's a stretch of just 150 metres, but the City has advised drivers and cyclists to consider taking alternative routes like Bay Street or Lower Simcoe Street until all lanes re-open next year.

    Also not helpful for congestion is the fact that construction will be happening during both the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays (they'll be working from 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.)

    As for the PATH extension itself—that's expected to open to the public in June 2020. 

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