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    Say goodbye to yet another music venue, Toronto.

    Gate 403– the bar on Roncey known for some of the best live jazz and blues performances in the city – will be closing its doors forever on April 15.

    “With a heavy heart, it is now time for us to say good-bye (sic),” says a post on their Facebook page that thanks staff, musicians, and patrons for their support.

    “We feel incredibly privileged to have met and become friends with so many of you,” it says.

    For the past 19 years, the local-art-lined walls of Gate 403 have housed almost daily musical acts playing everything from roots music to Celtic tunes.

    After nearly two decades of running the bar, owners Young and Jin Ding decided to put the space up for sale two months ago. It's unknown who's bought the place since, but word among staff is that the bar will be transformed into a Korean-Canadian restaurant. 

    It's a tragic loss to the city, which is still reeling from a succession of music venue closures over the past two years like Soybomb, Graffiti’s and The Silver Dollar Room.

    News of the bar's closure has seen an outpouring of comments on social media from guests mourning a place where a community of music lovers have long gathered to enjoy a performance, a burger, and a martini.

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    Happy hour drink deals in Toronto can be found all over the city, any day of the week. It's the short period of time where drink prices are slashed and you're really getting a bang for your buck. Whether you want beer, wine or cocktails you have plenty of options.

    Here's a round-up of happy hour drink deals in Toronto.

    Multi Day
    • Crown & Dragon does "appy hour" specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily featuring domestic pints for 4.50, house wines for $5 and half-priced apps.
    • Duke of Devon has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Duke of Richmond has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Duke of Kent has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Duke of Somerset has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Duke of Westminster has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Duke of York has half-priced bottles of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday.
    • Emmet Ray offers $6.75 pints daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Pravda does weekday happy hour between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sauce on the Danforth does 2 oz house cocktails for $6.42 before 6 p.m. seven days a week. They also offer $5.31 pints Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • The Shore Club offers drinks specials Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Prohibition offers hooch hour at both locations from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. then again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. It features various deals on draught beer, house wine and premium spirits.
    • Home of the Brave does power hour Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There's $5 mugs of beer, $5 pickle backs, $9 old fashions and half-priced bottles of wine.
    • Beast Restaurant offers Beast 120 Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There's a variety of $5 cocktails.
    • Milagro runs happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Score deals on shots, margaritas, sangria and pints.
    • No One Writes to the Colonel offers 2 for 1 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
    • The Citizen offers $5 drinks specials Tuesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Luma offers their magic hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features $6 drink specials of martinis, manhattans and grolsch lager pints.
    • Boehmer does $5 pints of Hogtown Brewers Ale and $9 glasses of their feature wine 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
    • The Comrade does cocktail hour from open until 7 p.m. daily. They offer $10 select cocktails, $8 wine and $6 Henderson's draught. 
    • Oretta does Aperitivo Hour on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Find deals on wine and cocktails.
    • The Peasant Table offers $5 Caesers and mimosas with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
    • The Carbon Bar has drink specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • Grace O'Malley's has $4 drink specials Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Cibo Wine Bar serves half-priced wine on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wide Open has happy hour on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get your fill of drinks for only $2.75.
    • Farmhouse Tavern's F*ck Mondays happen every Sunday night offering rolling hourly specials. $3 mimosas from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., $4 Ceasars from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., $6 craft beer from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., $7 cocktails from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and $8 wine from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Einstein runs their happy hour on Sundays between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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    A surprising location just got a Starbucks, if you're looking for coffee on that one day in August when you're actually in the area. I'm only kidding.

    A lot of things happen on Exhibition Centre grounds when it's not CNE season: Soccer games at BMO Field, concerts at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, giant trade shows at the Enercare Centre... Plus, it's where the horse cops sleep!

    Starbucks Exhibition Place

    Still, walking through the vast open parking lots of this city-owned historic wonderland can feel mighty lonely on a regular day when no events are scheduled. 

    As someone who walks through the space often (and can literally see much of it from her balcony) I can confirm that The Exhibition Centre is spookily quiet more often than not.

    Starbucks Exhibition PlaceThis, and the fact that there are few residential or office spaces anywhere within walkable, coffee-break distance makes it one of the last places you might expect to see a Starbucks. 

    And yet, Starbucks just low-key opened up a location right next to the Beanfield Centre, in front of the newly-opened Hotel X, which is still very much under construction.

    If it weren't for the flapping green flags out front, you might actually miss it.

    Starbucks Exhibition PlaceThe coffee juggernaut has closed a few locations in Toronto lately as part of regular business operations, so it's doubtful that plopping down a store here wasn't a willy-nilly move.

    Maybe they know something we don't?

    Either way, this location could make more money from special events and conference attendees (who have no other options, whatsoever) than other locations do all year long.

    For now, it'll see a few construction workers here and there.

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    A Petro-Canada gas station at the edge of Toronto Pearson Airport's Runway 23 just got a facelift ... or should I say a face-drop.

    The gas station roof was lowered overnight with the help of two huge cranes.

    The gas station is in the path of many Pearson flights and has made for some epic photos and videos.

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    While there's a little more breathing room now, plane spotting pics are sure to look just as good.

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    Events in Toronto today will see Metric in their own concert documentary while a Robert Knight exhibit showcases even more rock stars. Meanwhile, World Water Day gets a free film festival.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Dreams So Real (March 22 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    The premiere of this concert documentary focuses on Toronto's own Metric, featuring performances from their year-long sold-out world tour.
    Water Docs Film Festival (March 22 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    It's World Water Day and Hot Docs is screenings water documentaries for free, followed by a discussion.
    Born in Flames (March 22 @ The Royal Cinema)
    In celebration of Black cinema and its icons, Black Gold is screening Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames with the director on hand for a Skype q&a.
    Robert Knight (March 22 @ Liss Gallery)
    An exhibition of photographer works by Robert Knight that span several decades and chronicle many important moments in rock and rolI history.
    Brasstracks (March 22 @ Velvet Underground)
    New York future bass band Brasstracks is dropping by Toronto before continuing on their North American tour.
    Collaboration of One (March 22 @ Les Enfants Terribles)
    Artist Ariana Pickard showcases a group of works that examine and decustructs complex social happenings related to isolation and communication.
    The Apology (March 22 @ Ryerson University School of Image Arts)
    From director Tiffany Hsiung comes a film that follows the journeys of “comfort women” forced into military sexual slavery during World War II.
    Rod Stewart (March 22 @ Air Canada Centre)
    The aging and iconic rock star arrives in Toronto today for one of two shows - the other later this summer at the Budweiser Stage with Cindy Lauper.
    She Shreds (March 22 @ Surf the Greats)
    Short films and a panel discussion will feature talks from some of the leading women in the sport of skate, wake, and surf.
    Douglas Coupland (March 22 @ Daniel Faria Gallery)
    This is the opening day of "Tsunami", an exhibition of Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland's works.

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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
    • Henrietta Lane, a "cafe & drinkery," is now open at 394 King St. E. in Corktown.
    • Senator Winebar, an upscale French-inspired restaurant and wine bar, can be found above The Senator at 249 Victoria St. by Yonge-Dundas Square.
    • Another location of Burger's Priest has replaced Sushi & Bento at 579 King St. W. (at Portland St.).
    • Core, a new restaurant from Mark Moffatt (Crush Wine Bar) and Hyun Jung Kim (George), opens today at 896 Queen St. E. (at Logan Ave.) in Leslieville.
    • Garleek Kitchen, an Asian fusion joint, has opened at 1500 Queen St. W. (at Macdonell Ave.) in Parkdale.
    • CAFE, which apparently stands for Cannabis and Fine Edibles (but is also serving coffee,  has opened another Amsterdam-style cafe at 104 Harbord St. (just east of Robert St.) in Harbord Village.
    • People's Pint, a new brewery in the Junction, is open and celebrating its grand opening this weekend at 90 Cawthra Ave.
    • Sweet A La Mode, a dessert and weekend brunch spot, is now open at 90 Weston Rd. in the Stockyards District.
    • Zezafoun Syrian Cuisine has opened at 4 Manor Rd. E. (at Yonge, between Davisville and Eglinton).
    • Aburi Room, specializing in flame-seared sushi, is now open at 16 Park Home Ave. in North York.
    Recently reviewed
    Opening soon
    • Lansdowne Brewery will relaunch as Lot 30 Brewers this spring, with plans to reopen on May 4.
    • Chicas Nashville Hot Chicken is taking over Concourse Restaurant at Keele & Dundas in the Junction with plans to soft open at the end of April and officially make its debut in the first week of May.
    • Block 8 Kitchen, announcing itself as "a new kind of grocery offering a curated selection of some of Toronto's favourite eats, organics and edible products," will be opening this spring at 384 Bloor St. W. in the Annex, taking over what was formerly Bloor Superfresh.
    • Southern CookOut, a restaurant that will be cooking up "real soul food," looks to be opening at 571 College St. in Little Italy, replacing what was previously Sushi Island.
    • Montreal's Les Moulins Lafayette is opening its first Toronto location at 715 Queen St. W. (at Tecumseth St.).
    • California chain Cauldron Ice Cream will be opening its first of five shops in Toronto this summer at 502 Queen St. W. (at Portland St.), in the former Epicure Cafe space.
    • City Betty, a "bicoastal kitchen" by chef Alex Molitz (Geraldine, Farmhouse Tavern) that's inspired by healthy farm-to-table spots in California and New York, will be opening soon at 1352 Danforth Ave. (at Greenwood Ave.), which was previously The Borough.
    • Good Things, a cafe and juice bar, should be opening soon at 235 Broadview Ave. (at Dundas St. E.).
    • Cookie Scoop will be opening at 1115 Castlefield Ave. (at Dufferin St.) this July.
    • Thai Kitchen Eat BKK will be opening a second location, this time by Yonge & Steeles at 6307 Yonge St. next month.

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

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    From the same architects who brought us the Artscape Wychwood Barns and those sick Toronto Waterfront WaveDecks comes a new public seating concept inspired by the idea of an "urban fire-pit."

    DTAH, an award-winning urban design and architecture firm based in Toronto, recently installed a prototype of what it calls a "bench and lighting feature" on Bloor Street, near Church.

    The structure looks cool with its circular shape and the integration of LED lights throughout, but people can't quite decide whether they like it or not.

    The bench's designers have been fielding tons of questions about the bench on Twitter over the past week or so.

    Some people wonder whether anyone would actually choose to sit in a circle facing strangers. This is Toronto, after all. In 2018.

    "I think it’s designed so people sit in and out," wrote one person on Twitter in response to the prototype. "The short lip facing the street would prevent you from sitting outside in that area. It’s strange that in that spot your back is to the road. Not sure I like that part."

    Others are concerned about the health of the young tree inside the circular bench.

    "It doesn't look like it has enough leg room for those sitting inside facing the tree," wrote one commenter on Reddit. "Not to mention people will probably use the tree as a feet stand and kill it."

    DTAH explained that the tree is in good condition thanks to the use of Silva cells and how long it's been planted at that spot, noting that "a healthy tree canopy will provide wonderful shade for sitting in the summer."

    The design is just a prototype for now, but if people react favourably it could very well be rolled out further along Bloor or elsewhere in the city.

    Citizens on Twitter continue to grill DTAH about pretty much everything that could go wrong with the urban fire pit: Vandalism, snow removal problems, a lack of access for cleaning crews, the possibility the middle of the bench will "become a garbage bin" and more.

    "This is just the mock-up design," the architecture firm assures. "We're excited to see how people react to the circular bench design, and will improve as needed in the future... if you pass by it and have more comments let us know!"

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    Bad news Toronto: if you're a PC Optimum points member, you should probably go check your account.

    Thieves have been hacking into accounts and stealing points since February, shortly after the joint Loblaws-Shoppers Drug Mart loyalty rewards program launched.

    News of the country-wide hacking — where hundreds of dollars worth of points were stolen from individual accounts and used at stores in Quebec and Ontario — is spreading across social media this week.

    Hacked members are desperately trying to get a response from PC Optimum, as well as their points back.

    The wide-spread hacking is the latest in a string of frustrations for shoppers trying to cash in on the program. Customers have reported a lack of coupons and tailored offers, a glitchy app and missing points.

    Some users have even noticed other people's PC credit cards being linked to their account.

    A Loblaws spokeswoman told CBC the company has "strong security measures in place" and also admitted some members faced "unacceptable delays."

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    New restrictions on maintenance work in Toronto's downtown core have people who live in the area concerned about how the heck they're going to sleep at night.

    Mayor John Tory announced at a press conference on Wednesday that utility companies are now banned from conducting any planned work on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., pretty much anywhere south of Dundas Street between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets.

    Work can still be done in parking lanes between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and in "off-peak directions" as determined by city staff.

    It's all a part of Tory's greater plan to "get Toronto moving" — in this case by stopping hydro, cable and telephone trucks from clogging up traffic during peak business hours. 

    The policy comes as welcome news to some downtown drivers and business owners, but others aren't thrilled about what this could mean for downtown living.

    If utility companies and their subcontractors can't perform any non-emergency work during the day, they'll have to perform it at night or on weekends.

    Spadina-Fort York MP Adam Vaughan calls this "unfair and wrong."

    "Families downtown deserve to sleep too," he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "We put up with nightclubs, road closures, late night garbage collection and more already.... It ignores the reality and tests the goodwill of downtown neighbourhoods."

    Councillor Joe Cressy was similarly incensed.

    "I am dumbfounded by this," he wrote in response to the mayor's announcement. "240,000 people live downtown and it is expected to double to nearly 500,000 people in the next 25 years."

    "To think that the mayor can unilaterally announce that those residents will be subjected to overnight construction is totally & completely unacceptable."

    Not everyone is opposed to the policy, though.

    "I think every Torontonian has been frustrated by the fact that at all hours of the day they can suddenly come upon a utility truck doing work which in many, many cases is not emergency work," said Tory during his speech yesterday.

    His spokesperson, Don Peat, told the Canadian Press that the city's noise bylaw will remain in place either way.

    According to a tweet from Cressy this morning, Tory has been in touch with some of the concerned councillors about this issue since yesterday.

    The mayor says he will "work with downtown councillors and residents to ensure this doesn't lead to non-essential overnight work."

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    Vegan chef and cookbook author Doug McNish is a busy man these days, given the success of his new restaurant on Toronto's most polarizingcity block.

    Parkdale's Mythology Diner is a smash hit, which is awesome for fans of plant-based comfort food in Toronto's west end.

    Those who frequent Doug's Public Kitchen in North York are not so lucky. Sorry Rachel McAdams!

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    McNish announced "with a heavy but also joyful heart" on Instagram Thursday morning that Public Kitchen would be closing effective immediately.

    "They say every business only has a certain life span, and it is true," he said of the restaurant. "Much like I needed to grow and move forward back in 2011, that time to grow has come again."

    McNish went on to say how much he cherishes all of the memories and people who helped his restaurant thrive and grow.

    "Without your support and love of vegan food, none of this could have happened," he wrote in the caption of his closure post.

    "To each and every person that has walked through the doors at Public Kitchen, whether it be staff or guest, whether it be for a cooking class, lunch or brunch, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart."

    The chef says that, while he can't share everything he's working on right now, there will be "more delicious food and good times to come."

    Meanwhile, you can find him at Mythology– a restaurant that McNish says made him remember why he started cooking in the first place.

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    Toronto wants to highlight Indigenous businesses in the city and has now thrown its support behind a new innovation centre for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

    The city's executive committee backed Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's proposal for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a meeting on Monday.

    Wong-Tam said she anticipates hundreds of people will use the centre, which will offer services and mentorship to Indigenous businesses and is modelled after successful incubators like Ryerson's Digital Media Zone.

    Scheduled to be built at the corner of Dundas and Jarvis Streets as part of the building housing the Dundas Square Gardens condos, the centre could open as early as next year.

    When it does, it will be part of the Indigenous Business District planned for Dundas Street between Church to Parliament Streets.

    The centre and the business district will also have the support of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

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    Weekend events in Toronto have something for everyone. If you're intent on going outside, there are plenty of spring markets and Earth Hour celebrations. Elsewhere, there's art waiting to be discovered and the last night for Friday Night Live at the ROM.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Long Winter Year (March 23 @ Tranzac Club)
    The latest instalment of Long Winter features music, art, and comedy performances all night long.
    People's Pint Grand Opening Weekend (March 23-25 @ People's Pint Brewing Company)
    The DIY brewery is finally opening its doors this weekend with tons of brews on tap and the opportunity to try your hand at making your own batch.
    #FNLROM (February 16 - March 23 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Celebrate the start of the new season with a bang at the latest instalment of the Friday Night Live series at the ROM.
    Do You See What I See? (March 23-24 @ Super Wonder Gallery)
    This group exhibition will feature feminist art by South Asian Canadian artists who look to challenge the societal role of South Asian women from various perspectives.
    Banff Mountain Film Festival (March 23-25 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Showcasing a selection of Canadian outdoor adventurers, the Banff Mountain Festival World Tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe.
    SheStories (March 24 @ Comedy Bar)
    Part of the SheDot Festival, SheStories is an evening of compelling and hilarious stories from some of Toronto's best storytellers.
    AC2 (March 24 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    CNN's Anderson Cooper and Real Housewives Executive Producer Andy Cohen are in Toronto for an unscripted uncensored night of conversation.
    What The Film Festival (March 24-25 @ The Royal Cinema)
    Eccentrics rejoice! It's a film festival inspired by and expressly for all things absurd, strange, and unsual.
    Unplug to Connect (March 24 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    Earth Hour is this Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m. You can join others in Nathan Phillips Square as the skyline turns dark for one hour a year.
    Toronto Pug Grumble (March 25 @ Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl)
    Heavy breathing and butt-sniffing is on the menu for Sunday when tons of smooshy-faced pugs gather to frolic around together.
    Lucha Palooza (March 25 @ Lee's Palace)
    A different take on cabaret is going down as the Lucha Libre Wrestling Cabaret Show returns to Toronto for a night of high-flying and hard hitting action.
    Charlotte Cardin (March 23 @ The Great Hall Toronto)
    Quebec pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin has been gaining a loyal following in Ontario and has returned to Toronto for the night.
    Secrets (March 23 @ Hard Luck Bar)
    A twist on the Cali sound comes to town with post-hardcore band Secrets while they hit up Toronto as part of their world tour.
    Nelly (March 24 @ REBEL)
    Rapper Nelly is dropping by Rebel on Saturday to perform some of his iconic hits.
    The Wedding Present (March 24 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
    British indie rock group The Wedding Present is at the Horseshoe to perform alongside Terry de Castro.
    The Tyler Effect (March 23 @ Love Child Social House)
    This charity event will honour Tyler McLean and feature live music, drinks, dancing, a pizza party, live paint performance, and a curated art show.
    Electrovelo (March 23 @ Handlebar)
    This eclectic dance party mixes synth-pop, italo disco, mutant disco, and electroclash.
    Shake, Rattle and Roll (March 23 @ Clinton's Tavern)
    Shake your tail feather to the oldies with classic rock, pop, and soul hits playing all night long.
    Guilty Pleasures (March 23 @ Swan Dive)
    There's nothing wrong with loving The Thong Song. Dance it out like nobody's judging to all the forbidden hits.
    Gagapalooza (March 23 @ Glad Day Bookshop (Church))
    All things Gaga are going down at Gagapalooza. Her mega monster hits will be spinning all night, plus costumes and lots of glitter.
    Pump Up the Volume (March 24 @ Velvet Underground)
    It's a video dance party with DJ Lazarus spinning retro dance, classic house, and electronica from the 80s to the early 2000s.
    Arta Gallery Pop-Up Shop (March 24-31 @ Arta Gallery)
    Arta Gallery is hosting a spring pop-up with everything from ceramics to jewellery, to handmade artisanal items and small artworks.
    Nerd Market (March 24 @ OISE)
    Finally, a place for nerds to buy, swap, and sell geeky goods like magic cards, comics, video games or used anime.
    Old Book and Paper Show (March 25 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    Soak in the sights and smells of old paper, plus mountains of other printed material like antique photography and vintage books.
    Trinity Bellwoods Flea (March 25 @ The Great Hall)
    The March edition of the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is on with plenty of artisans and vendors on hand to help freshen up for spring.
    Port Lands Onsite (March 25 @ Ildsjel Collective)
    Artists and designers and their respective processes will take the spotlight to showcase the care and expertise that goes into making everyday items.

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    The market for detached homes in Toronto is practically frosty right now – but you wouldn't know it by looking at overall housing figures, thanks in large part to condos.

    Both sales and prices of condominiums continue to rise as we approach what realtors say is "peak home buying season," according to BMO. 

    This is helping to buoy a market that has cooled off significantly, year over year, on account of government measures like Ontario's foreign buyer tax and changes to federal mortgage lending guidelines.

    Sales of new homes alone were down 58 per cent in Toronto last year, with luxury properties and single-family detached homes showing similar declines over the same period.

    The prices on houses have been dropping too, in some parts of the city, but not so much that everyone is running out to buy one.

    Instead, a lot of people – particularly young people – are buying condos and townhouses, which still cost less than detached homes, even as demand soars.

    "The perennially hot markets of Toronto and Vancouver are largely driven by the impact of millennial home buyers creating price increases in the condo and townhouse markets," reads BMO's Spring Housing Affordability Report, which was released today.

    "Millennial buyers and international migrants are cushioning the decline in detached home prices in the hottest markets," said BMO senior economist Sal Guatieri in the report, "as those looking for better affordability consider options beyond Toronto and Vancouver."

    New condos are popping up all over Toronto, all the time, but the bank still predicts that a lack of supply in this crucial market will impact prices throughout the year.

    For this, we can blame millennials (it's okay, we're used to it) – or, as the bank suggests we can credit this supply crunch to "lengthy building approval processes and zoning restrictions."

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    Get ready for a new food trend, people who like to wait in lines for stuff!

    Not one, but two Japanese souffle pancake shops are set to open in Toronto this spring, bringing what's already a super-hot dessert trend in Asia and The U.K. to sugar seekers in The 6ix. 

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    Hanabusa cafe will open in Kensington Market at the beginning of April. Here, you'll be able to watch bakers make their wobbly cakes in front of an open kitchen. If you like, they'll serve your food with fully customized, preserved fresh flowers.

    Our fluffy Matcha pancake with sweet azuki bean.

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    Fuwa Fuwa (which translates to "fluffy fluffy" in Japanese) bills itself as the first soufflé pancake shop from Japan to open in Toronto. It will be replacing The Common at 408 Bloor Street West come April 1. We can expect "impactful flavours" and "impressive fluffiness," according to Instagram.

    Official opening dates have yet to be announced for either store, but something tells me they'll be very, very popular. Remember what happened the last time someone started selling jiggly Japanese dessert food here?

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    Located inside the historic Merchandise building, this loft is a sight to behold. With soaring 12-foot ceilings and a huge wall of windows,  the place is bright and airy.

    155 dalhousie st torontoWhile the unit used to be a two bedroom, it’s been converted into a huge one bedroom, making the suite even more spacious. Each room flows into one another with hardly any barriers to distinguish each space.

    155 dalhousie st torontoMy favourite part of the place is the built-in, floor-to-ceiling shelving unit in the living room. Just think of how much stuff it can hold!  

    155 dalhousie st toronto The kitchen has been redone and comes with some sleek appliances, all new cupboards and new countertops.  

    155 dalhousie st torontoBut the big selling point for this place is definitely the location. Nestled between Church Street and Dundas Street, this place is close to everything. In case you were worried about getting groceries in the heart of downtown, fear not, there’s a Metro right in the building.  

    155 dalhousie st toronto There are a couple of downsides to this place, namely the lack of outdoor space and the outdated bathrooms. The listing does say there are new toilets, so there’s that.  

    155 dalhousie st torontoSpecs
    • Address: #523 - 155 Dalhousie St.
    • Price: $899,000
    • Bedrooms: 1+1
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 1
    • Size: 1,526 square feet
    • Maintenance Fees: $960.79 monthly
    • Walk Score: 99
    • Transit Score: 100
    • Listing agent: Heather Haden
    • Listing ID: C4072080
    155 dalhousie st torontoGood For

    A bachelor who wants to strut around his place sans inhibitions. The listing says this place is big enough for someone to “grow wings and fly around” and it certainly seems like there’s plenty of room for aerial activities.  

    155 dalhousie st torontoMove On If

    You need bedroom doors. This place is wide open so if you ever wanted to slam a door in frustration or block out the noise of someone making a smoothie in the wee hours of the morning, you’re out of luck.  

    155 dalhousie st toronto