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    The TTC's heavy-handed fare inspector program is being called into question once again this week as video footage circulates of five grown men-in-uniform pinning a teenager to the ground.

    Toronto-based chef Bethany McBride filmed the incident in question on Sunday afternoon near St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street.

    "On my streetcar, a black teenaged boy shoved a fare collector who put his hands on him," she wrote when sharing two videos from her phone on Facebook. "And this happens. They held him down screaming for twenty minutes."

    While she describes the scene as "5 white cops on one black kid," only three of the officers shown on camera were actually Toronto police.

    The other two were TTC Fare Inspectors – those people in vests who walk around streetcars doling out $235 tickets to anyone who doesn't pay their fare (or forgets to grab a transfer.)

    McBride told City News on Tuesday that the teen in the video had been trying to get off the streetcar when a fare inspector "grabbed him by the back of his coat and dragged him back into the vehicle."

    "It looked like he was going to get off and they were making their rounds checking people's transfers and they wanted to catch him," she said. "I saw the [teen] react semi-aggressively, in a defensive manner."

    The video, shot after police had arrived to the scene, shows at least seven adults gathered around the young man, five of them pinning his body to the floor.

    "I didn't do anything though," the boy can be heard crying. "You're hurting me. You're hurting me."

    McBride say the boy was held down for about 20 minutes before being taken to a police car.

    No criminal charges were laid, according to police, and the TTC is now conducting an internal investigation.

    "The TTC is concerned about the events leading up to this altercation and is taking the incident seriously," said TTC spokesperson Stuart Green to The Star."We will take appropriate action where necessary."


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    In the wake of the Florida school shooting, Shoppers Drug Mart has been called out for selling a gun magazine in its local stores.

    Former Toronto mayor David Miller posted a photo of the magazine with a semi-automatic gun and other weaponry to Twitter and called out the drugstore giant for continuing to sell a magazine that promotes deadly firearms.

    The magazine, Recoil, is a firearms lifestyle magazine that features a semi automatic gun and knife displayed on the cover.

    Shopper Drug Mart responded to the tweet, thanking Miller for bringing the matter to their attention and pledging to pull it from shelves.

    Today marks one week since the Parkland school shooting wherein a gunman entered a Florida high school and opened fire on his classmates, leaving 17 people dead.

    The incident sparked renewed debates and protests aimed at gun control reform in the U.S. that is often compared to Canada.

    But many feel it isn't enough, with a recent poll showing that 69 per cent of Canadians support an outright ban of guns in "urban areas," while the government is still working to make good on its promise to tighten Canada's gun laws.


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    Toronto's online community has seen some excellent TTC fantasy maps in its day, almost all of them popularized via Reddit – where reimagining reality comes second only to making fun of it.

    We've sighed over the stunning works of transit geeks who've shown us what we could have, what we could never have, what we will have and what we might have, one day, in the very distant future.

    The latest transit map to join this crop is one of the most ambitious and beautiful (like, if you're into that stuff) yet.

    It's the subway map Toronto deserves to have – though we probably never will. I mean, if a one stop subway extension costs $3.35 billion, this system would cost a few trilly to build, at least.

    Either way, the people of r/toronto are calling this map, created by University of Toronto Architecture student Henry Lin,  the "best plan so far."

    It honestly just might be.

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    (Click to embiggen. Image via Henry Lin/Reddit.)

    Lin posted this work of art to the r/Toronto subeddit on Tuesday night. It quickly rose to the top of the forum and remains there still.

    The third year architecture student told us that, while he's not in school for urban planning, specifically, "architecture and urban planning are very intertwined."

    Lin simply loves, and is very good at, designing transit maps – he's already tackled Montreal's Metro system, the Vancouver Skytrain network and Ottawa's O-Train, among others, if you're interested.

    There's a lot going on within his most recent fantasy map of the TTC. Different people will find different parts of it exciting to think about.

    Imagine taking the subway from Trinity Bellwoods Park to The Toronto Zoo, for instance – or from Pacific mall to Pearson Airport.

    "If even half of that was real I would sell my car and ttc everywhere," said one Torontonian of the map on Reddit.

    "This is beautiful," wrote someone else. "I think I am going to frame it."

    Lin encouraged that commenter to do so. "Print as much as you want and post it anywhere you want, especially city hall," he joked.

    Toronto might wait forever to see a transit plan like this materialize, but its nice to know that the next generation of decision makers count students like Lin among their ranks.

    He's currently hoping to land an internship with the City of Toronto Planning & Development. Fingers crossed for him, and us, and the Queen-Pape subway line of dreams.


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    Would you ever have guessed that Pacific Mall was a hotspot for counterfeit goods? Like, before the United States Trade Representative confirmed that it is

    Almost anyone who's been to the sprawling Chinese mall in Markham probably had a hunch, at the very least, that those $40 Louis Vuitton monogram bags weren't real.

    You know what they say: if the price seems too good to be true... you're at the Pacific Mall.

    Still, despite its reputation, the shopping centre's management team says it was "deeply disturbed and disappointed" to learn that Pacific Mall had made the U.S. governments annual list of the most notorious counterfeit markets in the world last month.

    "Management at Pacific Mall has learned that a recent report suggested that some vendors in the mall are selling imitation goods," reads a press release issued by the company on Tuesday.

    "Pacific Mall management will be conducting an internal investigation," it continues, "as well as implementing stringent internal measures to stop imitation goods from being traded or sold in the mall."

    The mall says it will be taking such measures as issuing written advisories and warnings, partnering with manufacturers to identify pirated goods, and requesting that all store and tenants comply with a code of conduct "that imposes various legal and ethical standards relating to the sale of goods."

    You had a good run, fake handbags. See you on Spadina.


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    The best karaoke bars in Toronto have all the right vibes to let you sing your heart out. Alcohol always helps to warm up those vocal chords, which is why these places also provide you and your friends with beer and liquor to help you unleash your inner Mariah Carey. 

    Here are the best karaoke bars in Toronto.

    4 - Echo Karaoke

    Coin activated booths make this Koreatown bar a great place to step up your karaoke game. Work on your singing chops with a room that’s just big enough for two people or have a solo practice sesh.
    10 - Yonge Karaoke

    A major competitor of the incumbent Koreatown North karaoke champ, Twister, this spot has a more updated list of songs for K-Pop lovers looking to sing the latest hits.
    5 - Twister Karaoke

    A long-time favourite at Yonge and Finch, this is a staple spot in Koreatown that features all the standard accoutrements of classic karaoke bars like songs, snacks, and drinks.
    11 - 8090 KTV

    Throw a birthday party at this fancy-looking Chinatown bar. Head here for a big selection of Canto and Mandarin classics plus tunes in Japanese and Korean.
    6 - Beaver Cafe

    This West Queen West bar doesn’t have private rooms, but it does host a cover-free karaoke party every Sunday at 10 p.m. You won’t find any Korean classics here – the song list at Beaver is pure North American pop and rock classics.
    9 - B-Boss Karaoke

    If you can find your way up to this second-floor karaoke in Chinatown, you won’t regret it. With fairly clean furniture and sleek lighting, B-Boss is an upgrade from most karaoke spots.
    3 - Bar + Karaoke

    This bar is the only karaoke spot you’ll find by Yonge and Dundas. It’s a popular getaway for groups hanging out by YDS who don’t want to travel to either Koreatowns to throw back a few beers and sing some tunes.
    7 - Dolphin Karaoke

    A pretty standard bar, this Koreatown North spot is just steps away from Finch subway station and has decently sized rooms equipped with tambourines and affordable prices for groups.
    8 - Freezone Karaoke

    Giving us a place to belt out songs since 1994, Freezone is a fairly small space in Koreatown with just eight rooms, but you’re bound to have big fun in one of their retro-chic spaces.

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    Thanks to an early dose of spring, Trinity Bellwoods Park has taken on an otherworldy look over the last couple of days. Where once there was a makeshift ice rink, now you'll find an eerie flood zone that's spawned a misty spectacle in the early morning and evening hours. 

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    You can thank the underground presence of Garrison Creek for the persistent flooding in this area, which is not unfamiliar with the winter swamp phenomenon. Let's not even imagine how nasty the water quality is along the messy surface of the Dog Bowl. Shudder. 

    Still, it all looks rather dramatic. A film crew would pay a lot of money to create a moody scene like this, which looks both foreboding and beautiful all at once. 

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    Walking along the main path on Tuesday morning, it was hard to resist the sense that an apparition would appear out of the mist. 

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    With daily highs expected to remain above freezing through the weekend, there might be more mist in store. Just make sure to wear some heavy duty rain boots if you're heading to the park. 


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    After a cancelled TTC subway closure originally planned for the Family Day long weekend, Toronto is now back on track for its regularly scheduled weekend closure.

    There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Sheppard-Yonge and St. Clair stations on February 24 and 25 thanks to Metrolinx's work to prepare for the arrival of Eglinton Crosstown LRT and various TTC maintenance work in the area.

    ttc subway closure

    The TTC will increase east-west service on surfaces routes to help get passengers to the Spadina section of Line 1.

    Customers are strongly encouraged to use the University side of Line 1. Express service is being added to east/west routes.

    According to the TTC, "all stations will be open for fare sales, connections and access to surface vehicles. Buses that normally service Davisville Station will board outside on Yonge St., Chaplin Cres. and Davisville Ave."

    Regular scheduled service will resume on Monday morning. The next scheduled shutdown will halt weekend service on Line 1 between St. Clair West and Union stations on March 10 and 11 due to signal upgrades.


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    Your prayers have been answered, every GO Transit passenger since 2009. Metrolinx is setting up a free, onboard Wi-Fi network for everyone on regional transit vehicles to enjoy.

    Eventually.

    The Government of Ontario announced on Wednesday that its transit agency will soon "test" Wi-Fi service on two GO Trains and four GO buses.

    This, says the province, will make it "easier and more convenient for commuters and families to use GO Transit."

    On two trains (out of 75)  and four buses (out of more than 500.)

    Metrolinx will "examine service quality and collect feedback from transit users" on the six vehicles with onboard Wi-Fi, to start.

    Signage will be used to identify these vehicles, so if Wi-Fi is what you're seeking, keep an eye out.


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    A food market on Queen West is hoping to shed its problematic past with a major renovation and rebranding effort. 

    Queen Live Fresh Food Market – which occupies the city-owned historic building at 238 Queen Street across from the former home of Citytv – is at the outset of an estimated two month-long renovation and renaming itself to Queen Street Eats.

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    The current view of the interior at 238 Queen St. West. 

    The space will be revamped to include washrooms, upgraded kitchens, a graffiti wall, and a seating area for guests – which, until now, city guidelines forbid in the building – in an attempt to make the space a hip destination for lunch and late night eats. 

    Having long suffered from an identity crisis, what was once known as the St. Patrick Market has already rebranded multiple times over the past several years: from Queen Street Market to the meant-to-be healthy food court concept The Grove and finally to Queen Street Live.

    At the moment, the space might best be remembered for headlines related to mice prancing around on one of the market stall's baklavas after hours last July.

    The offending stall Mali Baklava was given a red card from health inspectors, and though no infractions were committed by the four other restaurants contained in the market, they were slapped with red cards as well. 

    According to Shinji Yamaguchi, owner of the Gushi stall at Queen Live, that was an unfair move that cost his business money.  

    "There was nothing wrong with our property but the city gave us a red card anyway," he says. "It was just a matter of how the building was run." 

    Shinji and the three other business owners of My Sandwich, Panino Cowboys, and Jerk Joint headed to city hall last year to try and have their red card statuses revoked.

    Though they managed to have the rodent-related infractions quashed, the red cards remain on their business records to this day.

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    The lone stall currently operating in the market.

    Gushi is currently the only stall left standing in Queen Live but will be closing down at the end of the month. According to Shinji, he was going stay until June until the property owner began dismantling the building while his stall was still in full operation. 

    "[I'm] not comfortable opening while they start taking down the place, which is one of the reasons why we're moving out earlier," he says. "I don't feel it's right to have these conditions." 

    Jerk Joint owner Sharon Slacks believes this disregard for businesses plus the mouse incident is indicative of the property managers simply not caring about their vendors, demonstrated by her experience with overflowing garbage cans and uncovered drains in the market.

    "When I signed the lease five years ago I was given a wonderful brochure about how the building was supposed to look," she says. "It  was supposed to be a fully occupied building of vendors, and none of that happened." 

    Jerk Joint ended its lease in December of last year and has since been looking for a new space to occupy. Sharon says the market's foot traffic never recovered after the incident with the mice. 

    Savills Retail, the firm piloting the project, believes this round of renovations will buck the trend.

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    Rendering of what the new Queen Street Eats will look like following renovations. Image courtesy of Savills Retail.

    According to representative Jay Katzeff, the company is completely gutting the space, which was built 1912 and declared a heritage site in 1975. By discarding old ducts and fumigating, he says the building is protected from accidents like that happening again. 

    He also says the company has hired a property management firm to be responsible for operations like coordinating with stall owners and waste management. 

    As to why the building's interior is being torn down as Gushi attempts to operate, he refused to comment. 

    With Queen Street Eats vendor applications open until February 23, this latest rebrand shows potential for new businesses to benefit from a revamped building, which has always seemed like it should be more successful given its location.

    For many former businesses of the property, however, the new plans come with a healthy dose of skepticism.


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    Not many people can afford a $6,000+ apartment in Toronto, but those who can might like this intriguing spot in Little Italy. On the outside, it looks like another Victorian semi, but inside it opens to a modern dwelling with a few features you're unlikely to see elsewhere.

    329 manning avenue torontoAs a furnished house, the prospective renter here is likely an ex-pat worker with budget to burn or someone looking for an upscale short-term rental, which is the real estate listing make sure to note is possible to arrange. 

    329 manning avenue torontoWhat this place has going for it is style. The living area might be a bit sparse, but it's modern and clean, which will appeal to a certain design sensibility. Ditto for the kitchen which would be a bit more useful with a larger eat-in area. 

    329 manning avenue torontoUpstairs, the two main bedrooms are both a nice size, but it's the master bedroom that takes the cake on account of its size but also the bathing nook (yes, let's call it that), which is tucked away in a corner by the window. It looks like a hyper relaxing space — until the window cleaner comes calling.

    329 manning avenue torontoThe ceiling height in the basement is a bit of a bummer, but it's worth noting that with a kitchen area, it can functions as its own self-contained living space, so it would be ideal for hosting long term guests. 

    329 manning avenue torontoLet's be honest, $6,300 seems steep for this rental, but it's certainly novel and unique.

    329 manning avenue torontoSpecs
    • Address: 329 Manning Ave.
    • Apartment type: Semi
    • Rent: $6,300
    • Listing agent: Tracy An
    • Furnished? Yes
    • Utilities: Included
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 2 + 1
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 2
    • Laundry? In suite
    • Outdoor space? Backyard
    329 manning avenue torontoGood For

    An ex-pat worker in Toronto for more than six months. The style of the unit doesn't scream family, but someone with older kids might like the combination of modern design and excellent neighbourhood amenities.

    329 manning avenue torontoMove On If

    You'd prefer a big condo space with an amazing view. There's a lot that you can get in Toronto for the monthly rent on this one. 

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    In good news for Toronto's downtown residents, two new projects would see city streets enlivened with cafes in what the city is calling parklet spaces. 

    Eariler today, a proposal to allow Boxcar Social and John & Sons Oyster House to set up small retail spaces on the street in front of their bricks and mortar locations on Temperance St. passed through community council. 

    If ultimately approved by city council, the low traffic section of Temperance between Sheppard and Bay would be turned into a shared street from at least April until November.

    The section of Temperance Street slated for change. Photo courtesy of Lisa Power.

    A second proposal aimed at building on the city's continued attempts to revamp the area inside the King Street Pilot was also approved. It too would witness cafes in parklet spaces, this time inside the curb lane space that has been opened up by the transit pilot.

    A  variety of different vendors would be welcome to occupy the space beginning in March through to December with the ultimate goal of attracting more people to the area and creating an overall more animated urban space.

    Toronto's attempts to transform pockets of the downtown core into little green spaces and, in the case of the two planned proposals, bring more European vibe, has bloomed in recent years.

    The city hopes that by setting up cafes and public installations featuring street furniture, beautification like street art and planters, as well as other pedestrian amenities, more of the downtown core will foster a sense of community.

    Look forward to grabbing some oysters and a cuppa on your lunch break this spring.


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    It's a great time to be alive for people who don't feel like going outside today.

    Need some toilet paper? Amazon Prime. Bored? That's what Netflix is for. Lazy? Lyft. Sober? Runner. Lonely? Tinder. Hungry? The app store is your oyster, my friend. 

    Phone-based food delivery services have changed urban living in a way that's subtle, yet profound, and Toronto is only just reaching a critical mass of regular users. 

    It's no longer considered indulgent to get multiple meals a day delivered to your condo door via Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes or DoorDash – and if it is, most of us don't care. Not after last month's brutal cold snap. Not when we're hungover on a rainy Sunday.

    Spend 5 minutes in a neighbourhood like Liberty Village or CityPlace if you don't believe me. Cyclists with pink Foodora bags are more common now than cabs. Big square Uber Eats backpacks spend more time in elevators than dogs with balloons on their feet.

    Skip The Dishes, a relatively small player in Toronto's market, saw revenues grow by 10,969.6 per cent between 2013 and 2016 alone.

    It doesn't take much math to figure out the damage that these seductively easy services can cause to our bank accounts, but the appification of food delivery isn't just hurting our wallets, it's hurting our favourite restaurants

    Some businesses won't even deal with Uber Eats and the like because it's just not worth the damage to their brands.

    "It wasn't bad in the beginning," says Joe Lombardo, who owns That's Italian Ristorante in Richmond Hill and Woodbridge, noting that he'd been using Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes for about a year before swearing off delivery apps entirely.

    He, like many restaurant owners, had a problem with the lack of quality control staff could exert over food once it left his establishment. 

    "We're a bit more in the mid to high range. People order $75-200 worth of food," he said. "And when its -20 C outside, these [Uber Eats drivers] are showing up without insulated bags."

    Lombardo says that, despite repeated requests, Uber Eats drivers kept showing up at his restaurant without the right equipment to transport his food – and when customers would receive cold meals, "they'll call ME back," he says. "I look like the bad guy."

    Uber, in its defense, told us that "given the speed of delivery, food temperature tests show that thermal bags have a limited impact."

    Skip The Dishes was even worse, according to Lombardo, on account of a "rigid system" that charges restaurant owners by the minute if orders aren't ready when the driver pulls up.

    And yet, he says, if the driver is late to pick that same order up, they incur no penalty at all– even if food gets cold in the process.

    "It's easy for these apps and these drivers," he says."I'm the one who gets the negative reviews and the complaints."

    Business owners regularly turn to their peers on the popular Food and Wine Industry Navigator Facebook page for advice on such matters. A recent post from asking if its "worth it" to sign a partnership with Uber Eats was met with a resounding chorus of "no", "nope" and "stay away."

    As someone in another thread from the group put it, the delivery app is a "parasite business model that's out to f-ck you while smiling and telling you it's all great."

    Food writer and author Corey Mintz explored the business benefits (and costs) behind using food delivery apps in a recent article for TVO.

    As it turns out, merchants pay a lot of money to use them – upwards of a 35 per cent commission on every sale plus a significant "startup" fee for Uber Eats, slightly less for Foodora and DoorDash.

    "Most restaurateurs, however, seem resentful, feeling that these companies have poached their customers, and that they can't afford not to pay the ransom in the form of a sales commission," says Mintz.

    "But they feel they can't say no," he explains, "as these companies gobble up market share by transforming diners into delivery customers."

    To top it off, a lot of food ordered through the most popular delivery apps in this city actually goes to waste. Lombardo says that an order can go through to a restaurant, but then get cancelled by a driver (or simply ignored by drivers in the area who don't want to pick it up.)

    In this case, the food is either tossed out or, in some cases, donated to local shelters.

    Customers, for their part, have become increasingly disillusioned with food delivery apps in Toronto over the past few years.

    Whether its a case of more people using the apps (thus more people complaining about the apps,) surge pricing fatigue, or a genuine decline in service quality, more people seem to be griping about orders gone wrong lately.

    Missing items, cold food and super long wait times are among the most common complaints. I literally waited two hours a few weeks ago for something from Fresh that, in retrospect, I should have walked 15 minutes to pick up.

    My boyfriend has had items missing from his order (usually pop) at least five times this year alone, all from different restaurants, using various delivery services (but mostly Foodora.)

    "I have found hair, raw chicken, and even blood on a napkin," says Toronto-based digital marketer Vanessa Cito of her experience with some local delivery apps. 

    "Drivers should be responsible to look at the food and see the quality or if items are missing," she said. "The majority of my orders, something is wrong."

    Designer and podcaster John Leschinski recently paid almost $40 for two iced teas and a Coke from McDonald's.

    "I order McDonald's for 3. All combos," he said. "It takes forever, but I assume it's cause they are on a bike, like the app showed."

    When the driver arrived at his place (in a car) she handed him a tray with three drinks in it. Nothing else.

    "I ask where my food is," he explained. "She says he doesn't have it and that it's Uber's problem – to call them."

    When Leschinski phoned the customer service number for Uber Eats, he was told he'd get a refund – after they calculated how much the drinks costs to deduct it from what he'd get back.

    "Hard no," he said. "Never ordering from Uber Eats again."


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    Events in Toronto today feature the opening of Yoko Ono's highly anticipated Riverbed exhibition as well as the always popular Artist Project. There will also be free poke bowls to consume and a burlesque show to warm you up after the sun sets. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Yoko Ono's The Riverbed (February 22 - June 3 @ Gardiner Museum)
    This three-part installation by Yoko Ono invites visitors to participate in the artwork through everyday action and contemplation.
    The Artist Project (February 22-25 @ Better Living Centre)
    Collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers come together to let visitors explore and discover works of art from over 250 top Canadian and international artists.
    Recipe for Change (February 22 @ St Lawrence Temporary North Market)
    Get your fill of all you can eat and drink from over 30 top chefs in support of FoodShare's work promoting healthy food and food literacy in schools.
    Best of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival (February 22 @ Carlton Cinemas)
    This free events features seven of the best sci-fi short films from around the world today.
    A Burlesque Mystery Game (February 22-23 @ Painted Lady)
    The first of two shows, get immersed in a show that promises an unforgettable evening of striptease, horror, and hilarity.
    Empowerment (February 22 @ Burdock)
    This LGBTQ, female, and non-binary identifying comedy showcase brings together some of the best names in the game.
    Free Poke Bowls (February 22 @ H2 Kitchen)
    Choose from a selection of signature poke, salad, noodle, and smoothie bowls as part of H2 Kitchen's grand opening.
    A Night Of Excellence (February 22 @ The Boat)
    Celebrate ethnic diversity with a variety of vendors and performers, featuring Afro fusion, R&B, dancehall, and reggae tunes and the sounds of DJ Ty Hale.
    First Shot Charity Bash (February 22 @ Free Society TV)
    Support a good cause at POV 3rd Street's First Shot Charity Bash featuring music from some of Toronto*s hottest female DJ's including DJ Cookie Doh, DJ Lisa Monet, and DJ Killa Kelz.
    The Stories We Tell (February 22 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Visual storytellers David Coulson and Samantha Stephens use video and photography help us see what goes into understanding the world around us.

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    It's official. The Seoul-based boy band GOT7 (not to be confused with Game of Thrones, Season 7) is booked for a stadium concert in Toronto this summer.

    The K-Pop and J-Pop icons announced the dates for their 2018 world tour on Twitter yesterday, sparking a frenzy of fan activity both locally and around the world.

    Of the 16 tour stops announced, only five are in North America – and only one of them is in Canada. That show will take place on July 3, 2018, at the ACC in Toronto. Tickets can be purchased via VividSeats and start at $201 US.

    GOT7, which has seven members, has been on the scene since early 2014 when it debuted under South Korean music label JYP Entertainment.

    Its not the biggest K-Pop group in existence, but, like every boy band ever, individual members of the group all have their own hardcore fan bases.

    Between JB, Mark, Jackson, BamBam, Jinyoung, Yugyeom, Youngjae and the group itself, GOT7 is sparking some serious, neo-N*Sync level hype online in the wake of this tour announcement.

    GOT7 will be the first ever K-Pop boy group to perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this summer, and the second ever to perform at the Air Canada Centre (the first was Big Bang, which should come as no surprise to anyone with even borderline knowledge of Korean pop music.) 

    The world tour will kick off in Seoul, at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, on May 4, 2018. Good luck getting tickets, if you haven't already.