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- 08/16/18--06:17: Open streets and festivals to shut down Toronto roads this weekend
- 08/16/18--06:52: Condo of the week: 15 Scarth Road
- Address: #4 - 15 Scarth Road
- Price: $3,650,000
- Bedrooms: 2 + 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Parking: 2
- Walk Score: 72
- Transit Score: 89
- Maintenance Fees: $1,521.29 monthly
- Listing agent: Donna Thompson
- Listing ID: C4105915
- 08/16/18--07:04: Markham and Richmond Hill to ban retail weed dispensaries
- 08/16/18--08:25: The Ontario government wants to take over the TTC
- Cafe Landwer has opened a location downtown at 165 University Avenue (at Adelaide).
- BBs Diner, a brunch spot next to Aunties and Uncles, has opened at 76 Lippincott Street just north of College Street.
- 32 Chicken St., a Korean-style fried chicken and chicken burger joint, is now open at 409 College Street (at Lippincott).
- Koishi Ice Cream, a collaboration between Knockout Ice Cream and Little Pebbles, is serving up interesting Japanese flavours and dessert sandwiches at 160 Baldwin Street in Kensington Market.
- Steambox Dumplings opened its permanent location yesterday at 1255 Dundas Street West (by Dovercourt).
- Kosher steak and smokehouse Prime on Avenue is now open at 1960 Avenue Road.
- Stamp’s Lane, self-described as an "East Coast Eatery," has opened at 371 Roncesvalles Avenue.
- Jugemu, a sushi spot, can be found under Zakkushi at 193 Carlton Street in Cabbagetown.
- LOB, an indoor bocce ball-golf course, is now open at 100 Broadview Avenue (at Queen) in Riverside.
- Four Four South Village, a Taiwanese beef noodle chain from Taipei, soft opens its first Toronto location tomorrow (Friday, August 17) at 474 Yonge Street (north of Grenville Street).
- Another Japanese dessert brand is coming to the city: Amausaan Uji Matcha will be opening its first Toronto shop at 480 Dundas Street West in Chinatown.
- Old Town Bodega should be opening soon in Corktown.
- iQ Food Co. will be opening a 2,300-square-foot location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre this month.
- The Good Son will be opening another location in late fall, this one at the CF Shops at Don Mills.
- Full House Desserts is opening a second location, this time in North York, at 4750 Yonge Street.
- Vegan Grasshopper will open a third location this fall, which is taking over what was previously Skwish at 2252 Queen Street East in the Beaches.
- Pick 6ix fell victim to the rain last week and will be closed for maintenance for the foreseeable future.
- Beaches Bakeshop, known for its delicious Swedish cinnamon buns, has closed after a dozen years in business.
- Lone Star on King West in the Entertainment District is now closed.
- 08/16/18--09:08: Weekend events in Toronto August 17-19 2018
- 08/16/18--10:20: The top 10 things to do at the 2018 CNE in Toronto
- 08/16/18--10:35: TTC ridership way up thanks to King Street Pilot Project
- 08/16/18--12:11: Tim Hortons is finally fixing its leaky coffee cup lids
- 08/16/18--12:50: Win a Monster Dash prize pack
- 08/16/18--13:06: Byblos is opening a second location in Toronto
- 08/16/18--13:13: Tesla is suing the Ontario government
- 08/16/18--13:38: Toronto's Financial District is getting another skyscraper
- 08/16/18--13:53: Drake Underground forced to close due to flood
- 08/16/18--14:48: This is what the Serpentine Pavilion in Toronto looks like right now
It's going to be another weekend full of road closures in Toronto as annual festivals will be shutting down routes all over the city. Taste of Manila and Open Streets TO are on, so ditch the car and explore the city by foot.
If you do plan on driving, here's what you need to know to navigate around Toronto by car.
The annual event will be closing southbound lanes of Spadina Ave. from St. Andrew St. to Sullivan St. from August 18 at midnight to August 19 at midnight. Dundas St. will remain open during this time period.
This Filipino street festival wasn't cancelled after all. As a result, Bathurst St. from Wilson Ave. to Laurelcrest Ave. will be closed in both directions starting August 18 at midnight to August 19 at midnight.
The arts and food fest will leave Gerrard St. East from Coxwell Ave. to Glenside Ave. closed from August 18 at 8 a.m. to August 20 at 2 a.m.
To accommodate the epic car show on August 18 from 7 a.m. to midnight Danforth Ave. will be closed from Byng Ave. to Leyton Ave. and from Warden Ave. to Leyton Ave. Danforth Rd. will also be closed from Landry Ave. to Danforth Ave during this time period.
The car-free event will leave Bloor St., from Montrose Ave. to Sherbourne St., and Yonge St., from Bloor St. to Queen St., closed on August 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vehicles will be able to cross Bloor St. at Grace St./Christie St., Bathurst St., Spadina Ave., Avenue Rd., Bay St., Church St., Ted Rogers Way and Sherbourne St.
Vehicles will also be able to cross Yonge St. at Wellesley St., College St., Gerrard St., Dundas St., Shuter St. and Queen St.
Two northbound lanes on University Ave., from Queen St. West to Dundas St., and Armoury St. from University Ave. to Chestnut St. will be closed on August 19 from 12:01 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the festival and parade.
It’s always nice when you find condos that aren’t completely run-of-the-mill. This century-old Victorian home in Rosedale stands out, and has been transformed into a contemporary condo.There are three units up for grabs in this house, all designed by Tara Fingold. This particular one is the “New York Penthouse” suite, and it’s both the nicest and most expensive.
It has over 2,000 square feet of living space and another 1,040 square feet dedicated to a divine rooftop terrace that has a spectacular view of the back lawn.
The large backyard is a common area where people and dogs alike can relax.
Inside, the unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main level.
The open living and dining area has a fireplace and French doors opening to a balcony at treetop level.
The kitchen is very modern with a mix of high-gloss white doors and distressed wood.
The master bedroom is bright and airy thanks to the skylights. It also has the original sloping rooflines, which add a nice touch of character.
Both bedrooms have luxurious en suite bathrooms, one with a free-standing tub and a marble shower.
The upper level has a door leading to the rooftop and two rooms, which could be anything; a bar area, home office, a study or more bedrooms, the sky's the limit.
Anyone who hates the sardine-can-feel of many of the downtown condos. This place only has four units and each one is designed to feel private, with its own character. It would also be great for a couple looking to downsize.
Move On If
You’d rather get more bang for your buck. This place is quite expensive, so if you don’t mind a more typical condo you can get a lot more for less.
Two cities in the GTA are taking advantage of a one-time chance to ban cannabis retail in their jurisdictions.
A few days after the province's announcement that municipalities will be able to disallow weed sales, Richmond Hill and Markham have both decided to do so.
So municipalities are contemplating opting out of having cannabis stores within their boundaries, thereby keeping the black market alive and well. As if people don’t smoke a lot of weed in Richmond Hill! #cdnpoli— Dan Malleck (@DanMalleck) August 15, 2018
The province said in August 13's announcement that cities would have a one-time opportunity to opt out of allowing cannabis stores. The date for the opt-out window was not given.
However, municipal council elections are taking place across the province around the same time as cannabis is being legalized. Physical stores will not enter Ontario's market until April 2019.
So, a newly-elected council may reverse decisions made by Markham's and Richmond Hill's current governments.
As promised during his spring election campaign, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is moving forward with plans to "upload" Toronto's subway system to the province.
Ford confirmed to reporters at Queen's Park on Wednesday that his PC government still intends to take ownership of Toronto's subway infrastructure, and use it as part of a regional transportation system they intend to create.
“When we take over something as large as transit, I think it's nothing but a benefit to the city of Toronto," said the Premier.
"We're taking this off their shoulders," he continued. "The reason we're doing it, as I've said all along, for 12 years we just can't seem to get transit built in the city of Toronto."
Toronto Mayor John Tory isn't as optimistic about the idea.
"We must not see a repetition of what we saw with the city council," said Tory earlier this week after meeting with provincial Transportation Minister John Yakabuski.
"That's not something that I'm prepared to countenance," Tory said, noting that he would only approve such a move if it were a "good deal for the people of Toronto."
Dear @fordnation : is governing the province not a busy enough job for you? You have to govern @cityoftoronto as well? The province of Ont. is huge with very diverse problems, and the #TTC isn't one of them. Stop trying to be the mayor you weren't elected for and be a premiere.— Jax Lindal (@jaxielin) August 16, 2018
The Mayor also made clear that he would expect some "robust consultation" this time around, as opposed to what happened when Ford's government slashed Toronto City Council in half without warning.
"They need to consult in advance," he said. "It's our TTC, it's our subway, paid for largely by Toronto taxpayers and customers over time and we would expect to be fully consulted."
In response to Tory's comments, Ford assured that his government would work "hand-in-hand, with not just Mayor John Tory if he is the mayor in October, but other mayors in the region" to create a provincially-controlled transit system.
If everything happens as laid out in the PC Party's election platform, Ontario will take responsibility for building and maintaining all new and existing subway lines.
.@JustinTrudeau .@Bill_Morneau I’m sure you’ve been paying attention to Doug Ford’s shenanigans since becoming premier. He’s unhinged! Now he’s running around #Toronto in his SUV shooting videos of traffic. He’s planning to upload the #TTC next. PLEASE HELP US! #TOPoli#CDNPoli— Seth Wilson (@sethlwilson) August 16, 2018
The city would still operate Toronto's subway system and keep any revenue it generates, but would no longer have control over infrastructure projects such as the newly-built Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension or future Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
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.
It feels like summer is almost over, but there's still lots of events on in Toronto this weekend. The CNE opens amidst some controversy and Taste of Manila gets a second chance. Open Streets shuts down Yonge and Bloor and there's more than enough festivals to keep you busy.Events you might want to check out:
CNE (August 17 - September 3 @ Exhibition Place)
The Toronto tradition of ending the summer at the CNE continues this year with two weeks of wild food, rides, games, shows, activities and more.
Camp Wavelength (August 18-19 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
Two days of dreamy synths, electro grooves and chill vibes is happening alongside art installations, dance, games and activities.
Taste of Manila (August 18-19 @ Bathurst and Wilson)
The previously-cancelled Filipino festival is back on with two days of street vendors, entertainment and a giant parade.
Open Streets TO (August 19 @ Bloor and Yonge Streets)
The first of two Open Streets events is on where parts of Bloor and Yonge go carless to become an urban playground of pedestrian-focused activities.
Rastafest (August 18 @ Toronto Plaza Hotel)
A celebration of Rastafari culture is on featuring music, dance, ancestral drumming, a market, food, live concerts and lots of activities.
Animals Told Me (August 18 @ Illegallery)
22-year-old Chinese prodigy Satr has been gaining international attention for her aerosol creations that depict wild animals.
Butterfly Festival (August 18 @ Tommy Thompson Park)
Get your nature on and spend the day checking out thousands butterflies and moths, and learn about butterfly conservation and biodiversity.
Toronto Chinatown Festival (August 18-19 @ Chinatown)
Toronto's vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood shows its colours with a big street festival that includes vendors, activities and cultural showcases.
Festival of South Asia (August 18-19 @ Little India)
Performances, arts, food, and more are all going down at this huge, weekend-long neighbourhood celebration of traditional South Asian culture.
Wild N' Out Tour (August 19 @ Scotiabank Arena)
Nick Cannon brings his Wild N' Out tour to Toronto with a night of outrageous improv comedy featuring free styling, dance battles and more.
Cityfest Parc Rosé (August 18 @ Canoe Landing Park)
A massive, all-day, pink and white party is going down in celebration of all things rosé featuring a lavish garden, activities, dancing and lots of food.
Wild Blueberry Festival (August 19 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
Blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries are on at the big festival with over 20 food producers offering up the best in blueberry products.
Indie Fridays (August 17 @ Yonge–Dundas Square)
Up and coming musicians perform for free in the heart of downtown, also featuring graffiti artists and a beer garden.
Dean Brody (August 17 @ Budweiser Stage)
Canadian country superstar Dean Brody has been a busy man, starring in a documentary, winning awards, and making a stop in Toronto for the night.
Marianas Trench (August 19 @ Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place)
Vancouver's Marianas Trench remain the embodiment of the 2000s pop punk scene and they've arrived in Toronto to open the CNE.
Fantastic Planet (August 17 @ The Royal Cinema)
Catch a screening of René Laloux's classic animated film that broke new ground in the genre of sci-fi with its imaginative storytelling and challenging themes.
Three Identical Strangers (August 17-30 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
The uncanny resemblance of three boys living in New York City in the '80s leads to the discovery of an unusual origin story in this new documentary.
Jumanji (August 18 @ Downsview Park)
Snuggle up under the stars and catch a free outdoor screening of the new remake to the 90s classic Jumanji, starring The Rock.
Vertigo (August 19 @ Christie Pits)
The Christie Pits Film Festival comes to a close with the last of the Cinematic Cities series, this time taking us to San Francisco for aHitchcock classic.
Latin Sparks Block Party (August 18 @ Latin Sparks)
After a successful Ottawa run, Latin Sparks is making its way to Toronto for a day of Latin American dancing, food and live performances.
Summerdaze (August 18 @ 54 Fraser Ave)
Underground electro surfaces during this big dance party in Liberty Village featuring a night of thumping beats from four different DJs.
Promise Cherry Beach (August 19 @ Cherry Beach)
Weird to think there's only a few PCBs left. This week's beach party welcomes Box of Kittens and MightyKat from Montreal on the decks.
Sunnyside 20 (August 19 @ Sunnyside Pavilion)
Kick it by the sand at Sunnyside with another round of DJs to keep the summer vibes high, plus New York's Tony Humphries on deck.
Kaskade (August 19 @ Cabana)
Legendary DJ Kaskade lends his talents to Cabana for a full day of chill vibes by the pool, with Toronto's own Manzone & Strong.
Pop-Up at the Barns (August 18 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
This community market is stacked with local sellers bringing forth a huge array of local art, collectibles, vinyl, jewelry, home and lifestyle goods and more.
Toronto Flower Market (August 18 @ CAMH)
Stop and smell the roses—literally—at this month's TFM with stunning flowers and custom bouquets sourced from local and regional growers.
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea (August 19 @ The Great Hall)
"Local everything" is the name of the game at this big monthly market, with sellers on-hand to show off their hand-crafted goods and speciality items.
Manifesto (August 9-19 @ Multiple Venues)
Manifesto comes to an end with a weekend of events including a free concert, two-day community gathering, basketball tournament and more.
The CNE is back in Toronto for 2018, on from August 17 to September 3. And what would summer be without the outrageous food and classic rides? Take in the sights and sounds that embody the season before it's back to work once again.
Here are my picks for the top things to do at the CNE this year.
Browse through an Asian market
New this year is a big Asian market in the style of those found all over the world. For a week of the CNE, you can eat food, explore vendors, try out activities and see the entertainment offered during the market.
See a concert
Every year, musicians make their way to the CNE to perform at Bandshell Park. Look forward to Marianas Trench, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Men Without Hats, Birds of Bellwoods and lots more. Best of all, show prices are included in the park admission fee.
Be amazed at the Lantern Festival
Another new addition this year, take a tour through a wonderland of giant silk lanterns in the shapes of different animals and figures during the Legends of Silk Road Come to Light lantern festival.
Take a spin on the rides
Rides are a staple of the CNE, from the 91 year-old tilt-a-whirl to the iconic Sky Ride. There's lots of adult and kids' rides to enjoy throughout the park, alongside the many old-school carnival games.
Check out the outrageous new foods
The CNE is known for its, erm, innovative food creations and this year is no different. Gold burgers, rainbow crepes, Korean fried frog legs and more are just some of the over-the-top, Insta-worthy offerings this year. Carpe diem, right?
Visit the IKEA Monkey butter sculpture
Sculpting with butter is art in its purist form, and many iconic characters have been captured in the fatty spread, including the IKEA Monkey and Justin Trudeau holding pandas. Other exhibits include a gnomes, sand sculptures, flowers and photography.
Drink beer and eat from food trucks
Both staples of the CNE, the Craft Beer Festival and Food Truck Frenzy offer brews and bites from 11 local and regional breweries and 23 food trucks, including Muskoka Brewery, Bacon Nation, Eva’s and more.
Keep your eyes on the skies during the Air Show
Some people love it, some people don't. Either way, each year, the Air Show takes off around the city with sky-high displays to demonstrate the feats of aeronautical ingenuity. Even if you aren't at the CNE, you might still catch a Snowbird flying over the city.
Shop til' you drop
If you don't win a giant teddy bear, you can still leave the CNE with lots of goodies as it is host to several pavilions full of sales that include home and beauty products, arts and crafts and outdoor markets.
Hit up a kitchen party
All the tunes, food, drink, and dance of the Maritimes come to Toronto for a giant, two-day kitchen party, including beer and wine producers, traditional activities and live performances.
New data released this week by the City of Toronto shows that, despite any amount of street hockey and middle finger protests, closing off King Street between Bathurst and Jarvis was a great idea — and not just for commuters.
More people are riding the streetcar than ever before, according to the latest stats from Toronto's controversial King Street Transit Pilot Project, which launched in November to mixed (and that's putting it softly) reviews.
Transit ridership spiked by a full 35 per cent in May and June during the morning commute along King Street, according to the city, with the evening commute boasting a similarly impressive increase of 27 per cent.
On average, all-day ridership jumped 11 per cent to roughly 80,000 boardings per day.
Riders continue to report shorter, more reliable journeys on the once-unbearable King lines, pedestrian volumes are up, and businesses aren't suffering one bit.
In fact, most are now well-positioned to benefit from the changes.
"Customer spending on King Street since the pilot began has seen slight growth (0.3%) from the average rate of spending over the same months from the year before," reads the city's latest update on the project.
"Average year-over-year growth in the same period was 5.7% for the area surrounding the pilot and 3.8% for the City overall."
The pilot project, which restricts car traffic and eliminates parking along Toronto's busiest surface transit route, has also cut the slowest streetcar travel time by four to five minutes.
Other highlights from the May and June report include consistently faster car travel times and the news that Toronto's downtown traffic network "has been largely able to absorb and respond to the changes in routing that drivers have made."
Eighty-five per cent of all streetcars are also now arriving within four minutes of each other during the westbound morning commute.
Now, halfway through the pilot project, we’ve added 20,000 new riders each day - more than 80,000 riders. The King Street dashboard update released Wednesday shows double-digit increases in streetcar ridership during the morning and evening commutes.— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 16, 2018
"The King Street Transit Pilot demonstrates that we can move a larger number of people on the City’s busiest surface route, quickly and reliably, while managing the impact on drivers and local businesses," said Mayor John Tory in a release announcing the data on Wednesday.
"The City will continue to carefully measure this pilot to make sure that it works for more than 80,000 daily riders of the King Street streetcar and everyone who enjoys this vibrant part of our city."
Police are still having trouble enforcing some of the new road rules, but that wasn't entirely unexpected. Bad drivers are part of the rich tapestry that makes Toronto's streets what they are — and some things never change.
Canada's most iconic coffee chain is finally shaking things up when it comes to product packaging, allowing customers to also shake things up — or at least move a little bit — while carrying one of their beverages.
Tim Hortons executives confirmed to the Canadian Press on Thursday that new lids are in store for the fast food giant's coffee cups after 20 years of the same ugly, leaky, brown plastic discs.
Tim Hortons customers are subsequently running around in circles and screaming "IT'S ABOUT DANG TIME!" on Twitter.
Why does it take Tim Hortons 20x as long to figure out solutions as a 3 year old? Honestly cup + lids have been awful for as long as I can recall and suddenly they're like, we better get on that! #ridiculous Improve what's in the cup morons!— Megan (@mpreecephoto) August 16, 2018
Company president Alex Macedo admitted to the Canadian Press that Tim Hortons had "fallen behind the competition with its packaging" despite years upon years of complaints from customers.
He said that the chain dragged its heels on the leaky lids because they had a lock on the coffee space in Canada. Many franchisees, he noted, felt that a redesign wasn't worth the effort.
Some thirty six million white shirts disagree.
Tim Hortons says they'll introduce leak-proof lids for their coffee cups. No word yet if they'll introduce disappointment-proof rims.— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) August 16, 2018
Tim Hortons is currently piloting "more environmentally-friendly packaging" at six locations across the country, according to Macedo.
This includes new hot beverage lids that will sport a maple leaf design and, at long last, will properly close.
Burn my hand once, shame on you. Burn my hand twice, shame on your useless coffee lids.
Toronto's annual Halloween-themed run, Monster Dash, is returning to Sunnybrook Park in Leaside this October. If you're looking to get in on the action this year, we're giving away a family prize pack, including four passes to the event and some Miles the Monster swag.
One of the city's swankiest Mediterranean restaurants is opening a second Toronto location.
Byblos, the project by entertainment mogul Charles Khabouth and Hnaif Harji, is bringing its lauded menu of lamb and Turkish tea cocktails from the Entertainment District to Yonge and Eglinton.
The restaurant will take over the space of recently-closed North 44, which operated for 28 years in midtown — presumably to fill the gap of upscale eats its departure left behind.
Launched in 2014, Byblos already has a spin-off restaurant in Miami Beach, but this location at 2537 Yonge St. will be an extension of the first with the same menu as its original spot. Add an interior by Toronto's popular design firm, Studio Munge.
There's no exact opening date yet, but we can expect Toronto's second Byblos to be ready for dining sometime in the winter.
Tesla Motors Canada ULC, maker of electric vehicles and more, is now filing a lawsuit against the provincial government.
The company said that the suit is over Premier Doug Ford's PC government cancelling cap and trade, a program that gave rebates to owners of electric vehicles.
The PCs announced their plan to scrap the program while campaigning earlier this year, and finally did so in July. Following the cancellation, many predicted the electric vehicle market would suffer. As a result, Tesla seems to be taking action.
Details have not been revealed, but the motor vehicle producer says many of its customers were expecting rebates that they will no longer receive.
It is asking the Ontario Supreme Court to strike down the "arbitrary and entirely unreasonable" decision.
Brookfield Property Partners is finally moving forward with the third and final phase of its massive Bay Adelaide Centre development in downtown Toronto, as you will soon surely hear and see.
The new 32-storey tower will be located on the north side of Temperance Street, right across from its sister skyscrapers, the 52-storey Bay Adelaide Centre West and the 44-storey Adelaide Centre West.
It will be named "Bay Adelaide Centre North" and contain approximately 820,000 square feet of office space with what Brookfield describes as "best-in-class operational, environmental and life-safety systems."
This tower will be smaller in both height and square footage than the project's two existing structures, but its creation will come as a welcome opportunity for companies wishing to join the complex, as both the East and West towers are currently 100 per cent occupied
Scotiabank has already signed on as anchor tenant for the new building and will occupy 51 per cent of the space for at least 15 years. For their commitment, Scotiabank will get a dedicated reception area and "exclusive access to an outdoor podium terrace."
All building tenants will have direct access to the PATH and subway system via Bay Adelaide Centre North. Lucky ones will have a view overlooking Arnell Plaza or Cloud Gardens Park.
"Consistent with Bay Adelaide Centre West and East and several of Brookfield’s new office developments, Bay Adelaide Centre North will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum Core & Shell environmental certification," reads a release from Brookfield.
"Brookfield anticipates substantial completion of the building in early 2022, with Scotiabank’s lease commencement to follow later that year."
The firm projects a total cost of approximately $500 million for this phase of the development, though it stands to reason it won't be hard to make that back.
Brookfield currently owns 11 properties with a combined 11 million square feet of space in downtown Toronto alone. At present, the entire portfolio is 99 per cent occupied.
The Drake Underground, a performance and party space found beneath the original Drake Hotel, is currently in the process of rescheduling, relocating or cancelling every show it had booked between now and November.
The fate of September's sold-out Let's Eat Grandma show remains up in the air.
IMPORTANT NEWS ON THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND:— The Drake (@thedrakehotel) August 13, 2018
Due to recent flooding, the Drake Underground has sustained significant damage and as a result, all programs and concerts in this venue will be cancelled through the month of October 2018.
"Due to recent flooding, the Drake Underground has sustained significant damage and as a result, the venue will be closed until the end of October 2018," reads a statement from the company.
"We apologize for the disappointing news and are working with our teams to restore the space and reopen our doors as soon as possible."
Fortunately for Drake fans (not to be confused with Drake fans, who must also suffer through the flood-related closure of their favourite rapper's restaurant Pick 6ix,) The Drake Hotel itself will be open for business as usual.
That includes the lounge, café, dining room and, most importantly for the purposes of my life, the Sky Yard.
Construction on the massive zipper-inspired art installation called 'Unzipped' is well underway on King Street West, and it already looks amazing.
Slated for completion sometime in September, the fascinating structure can be found in a public parking lot at King and Brant Streets, where buildings are still working to re-assemble the 14-metre-high pavilion.
Tucked behind the Greek & Co., the installation will officially open to the public sometime in September before it makes its way to its permanent home along Vancouver's waterfront in November.
Initially built in 2016, Unzipped can be torn down and reassembled again thanks to its innovative design.
The pavilion's walls are constructed using 1802 stacked fibre glass boxes, stretching to 12-metres wide and curving 27 metres long.
Inside, a cavernous opening with an 'unzipping' effect will allow visitors to check out the architectural exhibit curated by BIG, with plans to hold events in there at night.
Seeing the construction process is almost just as fascinating as the final product. Sadly it won't be staying for long, so check it all out while it's still here.