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    Remember when a huge Canadian bank took over the ACC and changed its name? You should. It happened less than three months ago.

    The Scotiabank Arena, home to the Raptors and Maple Leafs, has yet to be formally christened as a sporting venue, as Scotiabank's naming rights only came into effect on July 1.

    This will change in October when the Toronto Maple Leafs kick off their season with a home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

    To celebrate the venue's inaugural NHL season (like, with the new name), Scotiabank is giving away free, pre-loaded PRESTO cards out to the people of Toronto. A lot of them.

    Then, on October 17, they'll be doing it again when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Toronto Raptors at home.

    "The start of the season is an exciting time for all of Toronto and we want to get fans to Scotiabank Arena and Maple Leaf Square to cheer for their Maple Leafs and Raptors," reads their website.

    "We will be giving away FREE pre-loaded PRESTO cards starting at 4 p.m. on both days and will continue until we run out."

    The cards will be available at select TTC and GO stations across the city on October 3 and 17. Cards picked up from a TTC station will be pre-loaded with $6, while those obtained at the GO will have $8.

    Spadina, College, Kipling, Finch, Eglinton, Don Mills and Kennedy Stations will all have 1,000 cards to give away, while the Oakville, Mimico, Pickering and Scarborough GO stations will have 750 cards each.

    Go sports!


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    The Central Perk—I mean, Central Cafe—has officially landed in Toronto. 

    The much-anticipated iconic coffee shop from Friends has finally come to life, and people have been flocking to 52 Bathurst St. to see if it lives up to the hype. 

    It's been two years since the cafe was supposed to appear in Toronto and was cancelled last minute due to a possible trademark violation against Warner Bros.

    Opening late last month, the cafe is definitely not an exact replica considering the Central Perk was, you know, a TV show set and not a real operating cafe.

    There are, however, a few key recognizable features here and there, most notably the quintessential comfy couch lookalike where you and your gaggle of good-looking friends and/or lovers can exchange quips over cups of coffee.

    Whether or not they'll have open mic nights for people to sing renditions of Smelly Cat has yet to be seen, but for now, they do have coffee and paninis. 


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    Construction on the Hullmark office development in Liberty Village is well under way, meaning pretty soon, Toronto will soon have another building constructed from timber.

    The five-storey building at 80 Atlantic Ave. has been in the works since early 2017. Now that below-grade work and the elevator core is ready, crews have begun assembling the building's wooden framework. 

    According to Hullmark's website, 80 Atlantic will be the "first new timber-frame commercial building to be built in a generation."

    Designed by Quadrangle, 80 Atlantic is only one of two projects in the city currently being built using cross-laminated timber (CLT) posts and beams. 

    Replacing more popular building materials like concrete or steel, CLT—which is made from glued layers of wood—is durable, fire resistant, and considered far more sustainable than its more traditional counterparts. 

    80 atlantic toronto

    The office building at 80 Atlantic will have both office and retail space. Photo via Hullmark.

    Crews are now also installing large nail laminated timber (NLT) panels, which will make up the ceilings and walls of the 79,758 square-foot office building. 

    Expected to have a significantly reduced carbon footprint, 80 Atlantic is an exciting project that follows the provincial government's 2015 amendment to the Ontario Building Code, allowing for wood frame buildings as high as six storeys.

    The office building (which will also have 7,719 square feet of retail space) will be two storeys taller than Toronto's other CLT project in Yorkville: a rebuild and expansion project on the Shoppers Drug Mart heritage building at 728 Yonge St.

    Buildings made from wood are definitely on the up and up in the city: Both U of T and George Brown have plans to complete tall wood towers on their respective campuses, and Sidewalk Labs plans to populate its proposed 'smart city' with tall timber buildings too.


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    Thousands of Toronto-area home buyers are once again furious to find out that the prestigious condos they'd purchased more than a year ago will no longer come to exist.

    The Icona Condo project, first announced in January 2017, was set to be a marquee property in the fast-growing neighbourhood of downtown Vaughan.

    At 51 and 53 stories high, the two-building Gupta Group development was billed as "Vaughan's tallest tower," just steps from the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre with 20,000 square feet of its own retail space at ground level.

    An unprecedented amount of demand for living space near Hwy 400 on Hwy 7 saw all 1,140 available units sell out within record time.

    Buyers were looking forward to a move-in date sometime in 2021, but — just like the nearby Cosmos Condos project, which was cancelled in April — the Icona condos will not come to be.

    A local realtor who did not want to be named said by email on Wednesday that more than 20 clients who had purchased units in one of the two Icona buildings got their deposits back today.

    They received identical letters from the Gupta Group on Wednesday morning stating that "The Icona project has been cancelled because of circumstances beyond our control that make the project un-financeable."

    icona condos cancelledWhen reached by phone, a representative for The Gupta Group (parent company to The Easton's Group of Hotels) said that they had no comment at this time.

    The project's website has been completely dismantled. All that remains is the text "For inquiries regarding ICONA Condos, please email info@theicona.com."

    Emails to that address went unreturned as of Wednesday afternoon.

    This marks the second sold-out condo development to be scrapped in Vaughan lately, and based on how people reacted when Liberty Development Corporation cancelled all three of its Cosmos Condos buildings, the news won't land very well.

    "I am not at all impressed about what has transpired," said Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua in April of the Cosmos development cancellation.

    "While the developer cites financing challenges as the reason, I am much more concerned about the hundreds of people that have purchased a condo where they could live, experience and enjoy life in our community."


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    Funny people are set to take over Toronto as today marks the beginning of Just for Laughs. You can also try a free oat milk latte, catch a screening of The Godfather or see Ziggy Marley, Shakey Graves and Still Corners perform.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Free Oat Milk Lattes (September 20-21 @ Multiple Venues)
    Pilot Coffee is celebrating the launch of Oatly in Canada by giving away free oat milk lattes at all of their Toronto locations.
    Ziggy Marley (September 20 @ Opera House)
    One of the many famous musicians from the Marley clan, Ziggy has long since carved out a spot for himself among reggae stars.
    Shakey Graves & The Sheepdogs (September 20 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    Shakey Graves arrives with his stripped down folk rock tunes to play alongside The Sheepdogs and Blitzen Trapper.
    The Godfather (September 20 @ The Fox Theatre)
    Catch a special screening of Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic masterpiece, complete with snacks and a glass of Coppola wine.
    Still Corners (September 20 @ Hard Luck)
    Dreamy synths meets new wave and, when combined with Tessa Murray's ethereal vocals, make for an other-worldly pop sound.
    Measuring & Being (September 20 @ Onsite Gallery)
    Lecturer Peter Hall discusses how measurements and shapes were created through many factors, including Western industrialization and colonization.
    The Walrus Talks Success (September 20 @ Isabel Bader Theatre)
    How do we define 'success'? The Walrus looks at how individual and collective growth can strengthen communities in positive ways.
    Heir Bea n Dea (September 20 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
    A comedic take on the famous Grey Gardens documentary, Beatrice and Deatrice Green open their doors to frugal strangers from the Internet.
    Toronto Palestine Film Festival (September 20-24 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Films that explore Palestine and its culture, history, challenges and triumphs are screening during this festival, plus events on throughout the week.
    JFL42 (September 20-29 @ Multiple Venues)
    A festival of funny kicks off today with a performance by Jo K while Margaret Cho, Hannibal Buress and Seth Meyers are all are on the bill as well.

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    This penthouse suite is stunning. With huge windows at every turn you’ll feel like you’re floating above the city.21 balmuto street toronto

    Right in the heart of Yorkville, this place is ideally located for high-end shopping, tons of food options, the Varsity Cinema and more.

    21 balmuto street torontoThe kitchen, living and dining area are open plan and filled with natural light.

    21 balmuto street torontoThe kitchen is sleek and modern with seamless cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

    21 balmuto street torontoThe master bedroom is spacious and has a walk-in closet as well as a five-piece spa-like en suite.

    21 balmuto street torontoThe en suite is delightfully contemporary and the huge soaker tub seems divine.

    21 balmuto street torontoThe second bedroom is well-lit and roomy. It also has its own three-piece en suite.

    As for outdoor space, this condo has two balconies. One of them in the living room and the other outside the master bedroom, both of which are perfect for taking in the Toronto skyline.21 balmuto street toronto

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    • Bathrooms: 3
    • Parking: 2
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    • Listing agent: Boris Kholdov
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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
    • Pilot Coffee Roasters has opened a new cafe outpost at 117 Ossington Avenue (at Argyle), just down the street from its recently shuttered Crafted Coffee.
    • A second Toronto location of ChiChop, a Taiwanese-inspired fried chicken joint, has opened 630 Bloor Street West, sharing a space with Coco Fresh Tea & Juice in Koreatown.
    • Harry's Steak House, named after the founder of Barberian's Steakhouse, is now open at 3277 Bloor Street West in Etobicoke.
    • Green Earth Vegan Cuisine has relocated to 804 Danforth Avenue.
    • Thai Kitchen Eat BKK has opened a Leslieville location at 898 Queen Street East in Lady Marmalade's former space. The popular brunch spot is moving to 265 Broadview Avenue and reopening soon.
    • Gastro-bar Rustic Social House, serving "global comfort food & cocktails," has opened at 2083 Lake Shore Boulevard West at Humber Bay in Etobicoke.
    • Coconut Seasons Hot Pot, Toronto's first à la carte coconut hot pot restaurant, is open now at 668 Silver Star Boulevard in Scarborough.
    • Barkhouse Grill, a BBQ restaurant with burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, is now open at 1470 Kingston Road in Scarborough.
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    Opening soon
    • Louix Louis, a restaurant and cocktail bar on the 31st floor of what will soon become the St. Regis Toronto, will be opening later this year at 325 Bay Street (at Adelaide). The menu will combine contemporary American cuisine with classic French technique.
    • Casa Fuego, a Peruvian and Argentinian restaurant from the team behind Copacabana, is opening in Copacabana's downtown location at 230 Adelaide Street West (at Duncan).
    • Sugarfina, a Los Angeles-based luxury candy retailer, will be opening standalone shops in First Canadian Place in the Financial District as well as inside Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.
    • Viaggio, an Italian spot from the chef and some of the team behind the shuttered Commodore, will serve fresh bread and pasta, and is set to open on Dundas West in October.
    • Come See Me, a restaurant/bar, is taking over Li'ly at 656 College Street (at Beatrice) in Little Italy.
    • Yifang Fruit Tea, a Taiwanese-style tea shop, will replace the recently closed Hoja Luwei at 615 Bloor Street West in Koreatown.

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    Toronto restaurants slated to open this fall include a new food hall and popular vegan pizza chain. There's also the latest from The Chase and something fancy inside the old Trump Hotel.

    Here are the Toronto restaurants I can't wait to open this fall.

    The Annex Food Hall

    What's not to love about having a variety of dining options all in one spot? Basically a more curated food court, this soon-to-open food hall in the Annex will feature stalls from Toronto faves like PG Clucks, Eat BKK, El Nahual and Urban Herbivore.

    Arthur’s

    This American-inspired grill, cocktail lounge and rooftop terrace from Chase Hospitality Group (The Chase, Kasa Moto, Planta, etc.) will be opening at Yonge & St. Clair, and if the group's previous ventures are anything to go by, this one should be just as impressive.

    Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen

    A casual sibling to the Chin Chin restaurants in LA and Las Vegas, the first Toronto location will be opening at Spadina & Bremner Boulevard, with another location to follow in Mississauga. Look forward to West Coast-style Chinese American dishes like quinoa fried rice.

    Louix Louis

    The St. Regis Hotel (formerly Trump), the first Canadian location for the luxury hotel brand. A new restaurant and cocktail bar on the 31st floor will feature an outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Ontario, while the menu will combine contemporary American cuisine with classic French technique.

    Osteria Rialto at Paradise

    The Paradise Theatre in Bloorcourt is about to reopen this year and it will include an intimate restaurant called Osteria Rialto helmed by Basilio Pesce (La BananeCanoeCheese Boutique), as well as a place to drink called Bar Biltmore, by Robin Goodfellow of Pretty Ugly.

    Le Swan

    Restaurateur Jen Agg recently bid adieu to her first restaurant, Black Hoof, but she has already moved onto a new project that should be opening any day now. Agg and her team have taken over Swan, the iconic diner on West Queen West, and added "Le" in front of it. Judging by the IG pics, the place looks dreamy.

    Ten

    This fine-dining restaurant from chef Julian Bentivegna that's set to open this fall in Brockton Village will serve 10 courses to 10 guests at a time, hence its name. It will offer a seasonal and veggie-forward, multi-course tasting menu to diners all seated around a chef's counter.

    Viaggio

    Those who mourned the closing of The Commodore, rejoice! Chef Jon Vettraino and his former gang from the nautically-themed Parkdale joint are creating an Italian restaurant that will serve fresh bread and pasta. It's set to open on Dundas West in mid-to-late October.

    Virtuous Pie

    One can never have enough plant-based pizza, and fans have been (im)patiently waiting for this vegan pizzeria and ice cream parlour that originated in Vancouver to open its first Toronto location. It's finally going to open in Little Italy soon, and it looks like it's going to be delicious.

    Yoshinaga

    Japanese chef Tsuyoshi Yoshinaga (YasuShoushinTachi) will be opening his eponymous restaurant, Yoshinaga, soon in Yorkville, and those who live to pursue and consume excellent, quality sushi have every reason to be excited.


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    Various events will be taking to Toronto streets this weekend. As a result, there's going to be a ton of road closures. If that's not brutal enough, subway service on Line 2 will start late at some stations.

    If you're brave enough to drive, here's what you need to know to navigate around the city.

    WE Day Toronto

    Bremner Blvd. from York St. to Lake Shore Blvd. West will be closed September 18 from 7 a.m. until September 21 at 3 a.m. for the annual event.

    On September 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be lane restrictions on:

    • Bremner Blvd. from York St. to Spadina Ave.
    • Bay St. from Lake Shore Blvd. West to the railway overpass
    • The Esplanade from Yonge St. to Lower Jarvis St.

    Oasis Zoo Run

    On September 22, a series of road and lane closures will take place for the run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., including:

    • Plug Hat Rd. will be closed from Beare Rd. to Meadowvale Rd.
    • One lane on Meadowvale Rd. will be closed from Plug Hat Rd. to Sheppard Ave. East
    • Old Finch Ave. will be closed from Meadowvale Rd. to Reesor Rd.
    • The southbound lanes of Reesor Rd. will be closed from Steeles Ave. East to Old Finch Ave.

    Queen West Art Crawl 

    On September 22 and 23, the westbound curb lane of Queen St. West will be closed from Gore Vale Ave. to 870 Queen St. West from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the annual art crawl.

    Heroes of Suicide Ceremony and March

    On September 23, the east sidewalk fronting 1083 Pape Ave. and the northbound curb lane of Pape Ave. from Woodville Ave. to O'Connor Dr. will be closed from 6 to 8 p.m. for the ceremony and march.

    TTC Subway Closure

    Subway service on Line 2 from St. George to Broadview stations will start at noon on September 23 due to beam replacement work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. As always, shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.


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    Events in Toronto this fall will have you breaking out the sweaters, and enjoying apple cider and the smell of wet leaves. There's a big party at the library, as well as plenty of festivals for art, music, and podcasts. There are also plenty of free events too.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Nitro Circus Toronto (September 30 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    High-flying motorcycles take over the Scotiabank Arena to soar over giant dunes during this FMX, BMX, scooter and inline extravaganza.
    Toronto After Dark Film Festival (October 11-19 @ Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre)
    Feature films and shorts of the horror, thriller and sci-fi persuasion are being screened over nine nights, just in time for spooky season.
    Red Bull Music Festival (October 17-26 @ Multiple Venues)
    Coming to Toronto for the first time, this music festival is stacked with performances by DVSN and The Sorority, a Distillery District takeover by Alice Glass, plus workshops and events.
    Hush Hush (October 20 @ Bloor/Gladstone Library)
    Bloor/Gladstone Library is being transformed into party central with drinks, neon signs and classic library nostalgia during this big party in the stacks.
    Art Toronto (October 25-29 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    Modern art gets a big festival downtown with both Canadian and international artists presenting new works, lectures and programming.
    Hot Docs Podcast Festival (November 1-5 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    There's never been a better time for podcasts, and some of the leading podcasters will be in for panels and presentations, plus a live read from LeVar Burton.
    Indie Week (November 6-11 @ Multiple Venues)
    Over 300 artists are set to takeover more than 25 venues across the city with new underground and indie music from all genres.
    Toronto Christmas Market (November 15 - December 23 @ The Distillery District)
    Grab a cider and get festive at the Christmas Market that features food, shopping, drinks and entertainment to get you in the holiday spirit.
    Winter at Ontario Place (December 8 - March 18 @ Ontario Place)
    Back again is this free outdoor festival featuring the Winter Light exhibition, skating, bonfires and screenings at the Cinesphere.
    Cirque du Soleil (December 12-16 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Corteo tells the story of "a festive parade imagined by a clown" and includes its signature acrobatic marvels and mind-bending contortion.

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    One naughty little nightboi is showing the world just how "uber" Toronto raccoons really are this week after breaking into a local home, eating all of the bread, and then pretty much laughing when asked to leave.

    Toronto-based wedding planner Jenny Serwylo shared the harrowing story of how her kitchen was raided on Tuesday night via Reddit and Instagram, complete with photos of the (naturally) masked assailant.

    "This adorable a**hole tore through my screen and broke in to my kitchen last night," she wrote in a Reddit post on Wednesday morning.

    What. A. Fucking. Night. #torontoraccoons #asshole

    A post shared by Jenny Serwylo (@jserwylo) on

    What's a homeowner to do? Serwylo grabbed a broom and tried to shoo the invader outside.

    The two accomplices he'd crawled through the window with left without contest, but the raccoon in Serwylo's pictures simply stared back at her while scarfing down english muffins, seemingly annoyed by the commotion she was causing.

    "I was definitely hissing and growling at him in hopes he'd leave," she wrote. "He just looked at me like I was crazy."

    An Instagram Stories video from that night shows the raccoon trying to hide his bread from Serwylo. She sarcastically assures him that she won't try to steal his food and begs, "Buddy! Just go home!"

    The permanently hungry raccoon did leave eventually, but only after eating 100 per cent of the kitchen's bread stock. Serwylo quickly locked the window after him, but the critter later returned with some friends to scratch at the glass for about two hours.

    While displeased with the destruction of her screen and bread, Serwylo says she and the raccoon did share "some really cute moments between the yelling and broom waving."

    Fortunately, the thieves didn't poop on anything — but that doesn't mean they're welcome back.

    Serwylo wrote in her Reddit post that she "couldn't find any wildlife control places that were open in the middle of the night" and asked about what to do if it happens again.

    Toronto Animal Services will only assist with wildlife when injured or sick, but plenty of commenters recommended private pest control companies.

    The City of Toronto itself says that residents should secure all uncapped chimneys, loose shingles and openings in attics, roofs and eaves, garages and sheds to prevent break-ins from happening in the first place.

    "If raccoons do get in, you can evict them and discourage them from re-entering," reads a page on the city's website dedicated to raccoons.

    "Hang ammonia-soaked rags, play a loud radio tuned to an all-talk station, keep the area brightly lit," it advises. "Make sure no animal is trapped inside a sealed area — the animal will die and decompose."

    And of course, don't leave your bread out on the counter.


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    It's not raining outside but one Toronto airport is completely flooded this morning. Billy Bishop Airport by the waterfront looks like a lake right now with water creating chaos in the area near the parking lot.

    City of Toronto crews are working to repair a water main break that is causing flooding in the area immediately outside the island airport.

    This is the second time in the past six weeks that a flood has caused a commotion at Billy Bishop. However, this time it's not expected to cause flight delays.

    While there doesn't seem to be any reported flooding inside the airport itself, it has impacted the water supply in their lounges, including the bathrooms.

    Photos posted on Reddit show flooding in the parking lot, limiting vehicle access.

    toronto island airportBilly Bishop Airport has asked anyone with scheduled flights today to "Please leave extra travel time if you are flying from [the airport] this morning," and that anyone travelling to the island via tunnel or ferry will not be effected.


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    Weekend events in Toronto look to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art and encourage you to pick up a new book buddy at Word on the Street. House of Vans takes over The Bentway and there's lots of festivals, music, parties and markets to check out.

    Events you might want to check out:

    House of Vans (September 21-23 @ The Bentway)
    Vans takes over The Bentway for a weekend of cool events, including a community market, workshops, a cook-off and performances.
    Canzine (September 22 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    Zine culture is getting a big festival with hundreds of zines and art books to peruse, talks, events and an awards ceremony.
    Bruno Mars (September 22 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Put your pinky rings up to the moon because Bruno Mars is stopping in Toronto to give us some of that 24k Magic, the first of a two-night stint.
    MOCA Grand Opening (September 22-23 @ MOCA)
    After an initial delay, the MOCA is finally ready to reveal its revamped space. Tour through all five floors during this free, two-day grand opening event.
    The Word on the Street (September 23 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Lit nerds, rejoice! This all-day book and magazine festival is back with literature-based programming, vendors, author talks and activities.
    JFL42 (September 20-29 @ Multiple Venues)
    Just for Laughs is just getting started this weekend with big-name comedians from all over arriving to perform at venues across the city.
    Elevate (September 21-27 @ Multiple Venues)
    Industry leaders, innovators and experts arrive to link up with Toronto's tech community for a week of talks, events, special programming and more.
    Queen West Art Crawl (September 22-23 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
    Take a tour through the historic, artsy and eclectic Queen Street West and its many art galleries that feature the work of tons of local artists.
    Toronto Beaches Festival (September 22-23 @ Woodbine Beach)
    There's still time to hit the beach and this sand bash offers free admission, food and drinks, yoga, a 90s dance party and shopping.
    Harvest Apple Festival (September 22-23 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    The first annual Harvest Apple Festival kicks off just in time for fall with a whole weekend of cider, treats, a farmers' market, music and activities.
    Venus Fest (September 15-22 @ Multiple Venues)
    Venus Fest continues this weekend with women and non-binary artists participating in panels, discussions and musical performances.
    Big Sound (September 21 @ The Great Hall)
    Big Sound is back with a night of live music from over 30 musicians banging out a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Motown Sound and classic soul.
    Conrad Sewell (September 21 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Australian singer Conrad Sewell fuses pop and soul to show off his powerful voice, hopeful message and upbeat tunes.
    Roar Music Festival (September 22 @ Henderson Brewing)
    This little music festival with a big heart is meant to welcome the cozy days of fall with live music, food, brews, games and just a good ol' time.
    Dead Sara (September 23 @ The Horseshoe Tavern)
    LA's trio of post-hardcore rockers arrives for some good old-fashioned cathartic primal screaming from some bad ass chicks.
    Big Trouble in Little China (September 21-22 @ Revue Cinema)
    The classic John Carpenter “action adventure comedy kung-fu ghost story monster movie” gets a drunk screening with special cocktails and prizes.
    Love, Gilda (September 21-27 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    This documentary shines a light on one of Saturday Night Live's most beloved comedians gone too soon, Gilda Radner.
    Art House Theater Day (September 23 @ Revue Cinema)
    It's Art House Theater Day in the city and to celebrate, Agnès Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7 is screening free of charge.
    Big Fun! (September 21 @ The Rec Room)
    Big tunes, big visuals and big Queens are on for the evening at this dance party and all around multi-sensory experience.
    Venus Fest Afterparty (September 22 @ Farside)
    Venus Fest comes to an end with a big after-party featuring DJ sets by Scarlett Rose and Lavender Bruisers spinning all night long.
    Fancy Footwork (September 22 @ The Piston)
    Fancy Footwork celebrates one year of movin' and groovin' with a night of top notch indie dance, nu disco, funk and new wave sounds.
    Sterling Road Block Party (September 23 @ Drake Commissary)
    A big community street party is happening along Sterling Road with a full day of food, activities, music, entertainment and a market.
    Inland (September 21-22 @ Queen Richmond Centre West)
    Check out local and national designer brands at this big fashion shopping event with fresh looks and many made-in-Canada products.
    Bi Arts Festival Handmade Market (September 22 @ Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts)
    Artists and makers from across the sexuality spectrum are selling their one-of-a-kind goods, including zines, gifts, decor and artwork.
    Trans Makers' Market (September 22 @ The 519)
    Pick up a ton of goodies from this market designed to support trans, non-binary and two spirit artists, entrepreneurs and vendors.

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    "Enough is enough" when it comes to new buildings, say people who live on Bathurst between King and Queen Street West.

    A newly-launched Change.org petition is asking locals to speak out against the development of a 16-storey, mixed-use building at 149 Bathurst Street.

    When proposed to the city in 2016 by developers Centrestone and Carlyle, the building was actually meant to be 19 storeys high with a total of 155 residential units.

    A revised zoning amendment application was submitted in June with slightly smaller specs (only 88 units with about two thirds of the original gross floor area.)

    Still, putting anything new on the narrow lot proposed for the project would mean demolishing seven existing dwelling units and a formerly licensed rooming house with six separate rooms.

    Someone who goes by the moniker "Save Toronto" isn't having it.

    149 bathurst toronto

    Critics of the proposed development on Bathurst between Richmond and Adelaide say that it doesn't fit the character of the neighbourhood. Image via RAW Design.

    "There's a development proposal for a 16-storey condo on a lot less than 100-feet-wide, right up against old victorian style two-storey row houses that share walls on both sides," reads their petition.

    "Being right on a major street, this project completely does not compliment the landscape of neighbouring properties, and is honestly an eyesore."

    Renderings by the architecture firm, RAW Design, show that the building would indeed rise high above its immediate neighbours, though several other newer structures in the area are comparable in size and style.

    A hearing is set for the proposed development on Bathurst, between Richmond and Adelaide, on Monday, September 24.

    The petition encourages locals to come out and voice their concerns.

    "While generating more property tax revenue is great for the city, more condos in this area is the last thing we need."


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    If you're a multimillionaire looking for a home in the 'burbs, look no further than Oakville, where you can buy the most expensive house for sale in Canada for a cool $59 million. 

    Sitting on Lake Ontario on Oakville's 'Gold Coast', the country estate Chelster Hall is the priciest residence on the Multiple Listings Service (MLS) right now, according to its listing agency, luxury real estate brand Sotheby's International Realty

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    Chelster Hill began construction in 2001 and was completed in 2006. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    The down payment alone on this gargantuan waterfront castle at 1150 Lakeshore Rd. East will set you back $11.8 million, and a monthly payment will cost roughly $257,341—basically four times what the average Canadian makes in a year. 

    The home of retired beer mogul Hugo Powell, former president of Labatt Brewing Co. and ex-CEO of Belgian brewing company Interbrew, Chelster Hall may look like it was built in the 1800s but was actually only completed in 2006.

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    The property features an indoor and outdoor pool, plus many other hotel-like amenities. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    The ten-acre property was designed by local architect William Hicks and inspired by the historic homes of England, specifically the Jacobean architecture of Blickling Hall, where Anne Boleyn was born. 

    Named after Powell's golden retrievers (the most rich person thing to do ever), this property is essentially the ultimate place for wealthy folk to entertain their wealthy friends.

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    The Jacobean-style home has a library with a winding staircase. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    Those with a net worth of $200 million and over (aka the only people who can afford this property) will feel extra safe with two sets of gates arming the entrance—a security measure Powell implemented after being robbed at gunpoint in Brussels.

    The 43,850 square-foot house is equipped with six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and enough parking spaces for 30 Maybachs and Lambos, with a James Bond-style underground lot for avid car collectors.

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    The basement has a movie theatre, dance room, and a full bowling alley. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    Aside from the standard chandeliers and fireplaces, the home also comes with an elevator, indoor and outdoor pool, full gym and spa. There's also a Tuscan wine cellar big enough to store all 7,000 bottles of Château so-and-so's.

    In terms of entertainment, you'll find a full movie theatre, billiards room and a bowling alley in the basement. Outside is a tennis court—you're not rich if you don't have plenty of tennis outfits—and a sprawling forest of trees, planted pre-construction. 

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    Chelster Hall also includes a separate chapel located on the property. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    And for the pious, there's a separate 800-square-foot chapel located on the property, complete with pews and crosses. 

    Though the price for Chelster Hall is already mindblowing, the property was actually more expensive two years ago, when it first went up for sale with ReMax Aboutowne Realty for $65 million.

    If prices keep going down yearly, Chelster Hall could theoretically be affordable to the average Canadian in a couple decades or so. Unless Drake decides to invest in another mega-mansion.