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    The latest escape game to make its way to Toronto might not scare you like the one at Black Creek Pioneer Village, but it should take you on a journey through time and space.

    That's because Fan Expo will debut a Doctor Who-themed escape game over the Labour Day long weekend. The game will pop-up at the annual event, and it'll aim to raise money for SickKids.

    Along with this escape game, Fan Expo announced additional details about its programming today, including screenings of the Rocky Horry Picture Show with members of the original cast (hello, Tim Curry!) in attendance. 

    Tickets to Fan Expo, which runs from August 31 until September 3, are on sale now. 


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    Toronto's most secret pop-up dinner party returns tonight, so look out for folks decked out in their finest white clothing tonight. Sail-In Cinema is also back, along with a couple of one-off dance parties.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Sail-In Cinema (August 17-19 @ Sugar Beach)
    Toronto’s only outdoor floating film event returns. Mainlanders can enjoy the movie from the beach and boaters can watch from the harbour.
    Boiler Room x Budweiser (August 17 @ Toronto)
    World-famous techno taste makers are throwing their first-ever event in Toronto.
    Diner en Blanc (August 17 @ TBA)
    This elegant and secret affair is now one of the most anticipated foodie events of the summer.
    Rave to the Grave (August 17 @ The Steady Cafe & Bar)
    This is a queer goth dance party with infamous movie director Bruce LaBruce on the decks. There's no cover.
    Dirty Dancing Quote-Along (August 17 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Have the time of your life with this unforgettable tale of teenage self-discovery and get ready to quote your favourite lines out loud with the audience.
    City 101 Bike Tour (August 17 @ Downtown Toronto )
    This is a chance for newer cyclists to explore the city on a 14K loop. It's a great intro to the world of paths and bike-friendly roads.
    Waxahatchee (August 17 @ Lee's Palace)
    Hear not-to-be-missed night of music from Waxahatchee, Palehound and Outer Spaces. It's very much sold out, but there are always tickets floating around online, right?

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    Toronto restaurant openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

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    • Japanese cheese tart purveyor Pablo opens near Bay and Dundas tomorrow, and will give away tarts to those who show up early and offer them some Instagram love.
    • Something called Hoja, which sounds like it's going to be a Taiwanese spot, will be opening at 615 Bloor St. W., in Koreatown, which was formerly UMJI/Thumbs Up Restaurant. It's currently looking to hire a "bubble tea bartender."
    • Jamaican jerk joint Ackee Tree will be opening a new location at 372 Queen St. E., (by Parliament) any day now.
    • Healthy fast-casual take-out spot Hopscotch is opening another location, this time at 224 Queen St. W., (at McCaul) in the former Battered Fish space.
    • Sichuan Kungfu Fish, which already has one location in Richmond Hill, will soon be opening a second at 4188 Finch Ave. W. in Scarborough.
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    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com


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    The TTC might have been named the best transit system in North America for 2017, but those who take it daily, know it's definitely not perfect.

    As CP24 reports today, the TTC set its cleanliness score target at 75 in the second quarter of 2017, but fell just short of meeting it - it scored 73.7. That's up substantially since 2008, but over the years, the TTC has met its target only three times.

    From April to June of this year, the dirtiest stations were on Line 2; only St. George Station, as CP24 writes, received a passing grade in terms of the TTC's cleanliness standards. 

    The cleanest TTC stations include Rosedale, Davisville, King and the newly renamed Sheppard West Station.

    Here are the dirtiest stations according to the TTC's own data:

    • Woodbine
    • Dundas West
    • Chester
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Donlands
    • Old Mill
    • Coxwell
    • Main
    • Dufferin
    • Pape

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    It's almost the weekend so you know what that means, road closures. Road closures will be rolled out across Toronto on Saturday and Sunday thanks to annual events like Taste of Manila, Wheels on the Danforth and Open Streets TO.

    Here's what you need to know to get around the city by car this weekend.

    Chinatown Fesitval

    The festival will close Spadina Avenue's southbound lanes from St. Andrew Street to Sullivan Street from midnight on Saturday, August 19 to midnight on Sunday, August 20. Dundas Street will remain open.

    Taste of Manila

    The annual food festival will close Bathurst Street between Wilson and Laurelcrest Avenues in both directions from Saturday, August 19 at midnight to Sunday, August 20 at midnight.

    TTC service will be increased to service the event, with buses on the 7/307 Bathurst and 160 Bathurst North routes diverting via Wilson Avenue, Faywood Boulevard and Laurelcrest Avenue.

    Open Streets TO

    Bloor Street West between Montrose Avenue and Yonge Street, and Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Queen Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    During Open Streets TO, vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street at Grace Street/Christie Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Church Street, Ted Rogers Way and Sherbourne Street.

    Vehicles will also be able to cross Yonge Street at Wellesley, College, Gerrard, Dundas, Shuter and Queen Streets.

    Wheels on the Danforth 

    Sections of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 19 from 7 a.m. to midnight.

    Specifically, Danforth Avenue will be closed between Byng Avenue and Leyton Avenue and also between Leyton Avenue and Warden Avenue. Meanwhile, Danforth Road will be closed between Landry Avenue and Danforth Avenue during this period.

    The TTC’s 113 Danforth and 20 Cliffside bus services will divert in both directions via Warden Avenue, Clonmore Drive, Gerrard Street East and Victoria Park Avenue during Wheels on Danforth.

    Panorama India Day Festival and Grand Parade

    For the festival and parade two northbound lanes on University Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street, and Armoury Street between University Avenue and Chestnut Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    TTC Subway Closure

    In addition to road closures, this weekend will have a TTC subway closure. There will be no subway service between Kipling and Islington stations on August 19 and 20 due to track work. Shuttle buses will operate between these stations during the closure.


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    Old-school carnival treats at the CNE often take a backseat to the novel Franken-foods introduced each year. For all the monstrosities that employ a more-is-more approach, these classics are reassuringly the same year after year after year.

    These are my favourite nostalgic treats available at the CNE.

    Colossal onions

    This dish popularized by the Outback Steakhouse is hardly native to Toronto, but considering the Aussie-themed steakhouse has pulled out of the GTA market, fans of this blossoming deep-fried onion know to make an annual pilgrimage to the CNE to get their fill.

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    If you went to the CNE and didn't get a waffle ice cream sandwich did it ever really happen? Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Waffle ice cream sandwiches

    Nothing beats this hot-and-cold midway treat. This iconic ice cream sandwich first debuted at the CNE in 1940 and has become a festival staple ever since.

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    Spaghetti at The Ex doesn't get much cheaper than this. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    99 cent Primo spaghetti

    Among the many cheap thrills at the Ex is this enduring dollar dish. It's an annual tradition for generations of fair-goers. Found in the Food Building, the pile of pasta in red sauce is a throwback to simpler times.

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    Whether you want powdered sugar or cinnamon, Tiny Tom donuts are always a treat. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Tiny Tom donuts

    Get your sugar fix with these deep-fried mini doughnuts coated with powder sugar and/or cinnamon. This iconic vendor is one of the oldest still operating at the CNE having first appeared at the Ex in the 1960s.

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    Take a bite candy floss and let it melt in your mouth. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Candy floss

    Before this confection ever started drowning in coffee and alcohol or pimping out soft serve cones, it was a star in its own right. It's a treasured treat at the CNE, and these sugar clouds are in their element on the midway.

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    Foods on a stick are always a great option when visiting the CNE. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Corn dogs

    The origin of this classic concession is hotly debated, though its place on midway menus is certainly not. Battered and deep fried hot dogs on a stick are among the OGs of carnival food.

    Nostalgic Food CNE

    The Ex has been serving classic veal sandwiches for decades. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Veal sandwiches

    San Francesco Foods is a longtime resident of the CNE Food Building and while it's tried to get in on the epic food action, it's the old school veal and chicken parm sandwiches that everyone knows and loves.

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    Get your dosage of fruit at The Ex when your take down a caramel apple. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Caramel apples

    Legend has it that a Kraft Foods salesman first invented this treat in 1950 by dipping apples into melted Kraft caramels. Voila, the nostalgic treat (and cousin to Canada's beloved Kraft Dinner) has been a festival favourite ever since.

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    If you didn't eat a deep fried candy bar at The Ex did you ever really go? Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Deep fried candy bars

    A Scottish chip shop claims to have invented this deep fried delicacy as early as 1995. Regardless of its origin, this indulgent dessert is a highlight for many each year at the CNE.

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    A corned beef sandwich at The Ex isn't complete without a pickle on the side. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Corned beef sandwiches

    Shopsy's was the corned beef king of the CNE. Now, the last remaining vestige of this classic deli sandwich can be found at the Original Montreal Deli in The Food Building.

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    Pretend you're from the Medieval times when you get a giant turkey leg at The Ex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Giant turkey legs

    The belle of the ball at state fairs throughout the United States (especially in Texas) is this meaty treat that's also a favourite at the CNE. Get the slow-smoked original, or have it coated in crushed frosted flakes and then deep fried.

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    Deep fried pierogies are always a staple at the CNE. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Pierogies

    Naleway Foods has operated its pierogi stand in the CNE Food Building for over 40 years. Deep fried dumplings are the signature dish, though this year they've updated the classic with a poutine-ized pierogi offering.

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    A trip to the carnival isn't complete without digging into a funnel cake. Photo by Jesse Milns.

    Funnel cakes

    The scent of funnel cake is a seductive force. Puffy golden squiggles of deep fried dough showered in icing sugar and dressed up with a swirl of soft serve and jam is the ultimate fair food.

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    Maple and chocolate peanut butter are just a few of the flavours of fudge available at The Ex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Fudge

    First established in 1976, Ye Olde Fudge Pot is among the longest inhabitants of the Food Building. The chunks of fudge are made the old fashioned way in copper kettles and then poured onto marble slab tables to set.

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    Eat all the colours of the rainbow when you order up a sno cone at The Ex. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    Sno cones

    Rainbow syrup soaked into a snow ball has never been my cup of tea, but the sugary midway treat is a classic that dates back to 1919 when it first debuted at the State Fair of Texas.


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    The top restaurants for a pre-theatre dinner understand that you recognize the finer things in life: great food, wine, entertainment, and even better timing. These places get that you have somewhere to be, and have designed entire experiences around these needs to set the stage for the perfect evening out.

    Here are my picks for the top restaurants for a pre-theatre dinner in Toronto.

    Gare de L’Est

    Since this place is literally next to the Crow's Theatre, it only makes sense they’d offer a prix-fixe specifically meant to be served before shows. Menu items include classic French offerings like pork terrine, onion soup, Porc a la Milanaise and champignons bourguignon.

    Nord Bistro

    A mere two-minute walk from the Tarragon theatre, this place is tiny so you’ll likely have to reserve, but classic comforting French bistro dishes like duck confit accompanied by the perfect glass of wine await you here. A prix fixe dinner menu for $35 a head is served each night, ending at 6:30.

    Bosk

    This stunning space close to the Royal Alex is on the lobby level of the Shangri-La hotel, and will ensure your pre-theatre dinner is well-timed and elegant with choices on the menu like tomato consomme, wild chinook salmon, agnolotti, and apple rhubarb pie or cucumber and lime bavaroise.

    Mengrai Thai 

    Located near Berkeley and Richmond just a stone’s throw from Berkeley Street Theatre, this Thai restaurant is used to getting folks out for showings, and opens at 4 p.m. for dinner, so it’s easy to plan out your evening. With an app, drink and main averaging out at around 45 minutes to an hour, this place will fill you with Thai eats on a tight timetable. 

    Pai

    All of Chef Nuit Regular’s popular Thai restaurants are known for their lightning quick service, and this spot near the Princess of Wales theatre runs with the same precision. Grab spring rolls, beef salad, their famous pad thai or perhaps a beef noodle soup or some oxtail in a hurry.

    The Chase Fish & Oyster

    Event coordinators working for this seafood restaurant near the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres run by a Chase hospitality group can help you plan the ideal pre-theatre dinner that will get everyone in their seats by curtains up, bellies full from gorging on seafood platters.

    Gusto 101

    This Italian hotspot on Portland is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Factory Theatre at Bathurst and Adelaide, though you will most definitely need a reservation for a pre-theatre meal of pizza or pasta as it's always crowded here.

    Cluny

    There’s no specific pre-theatre menu at this French bistro, but it's located directly across from the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on Tank House Lane in the Distillery District. Small plates like asparagus frites, PB & J foie gras or salt cod donuts can be enjoyed on the fly as well as items from the raw bar.

    Ramen Raijin

    This Japanese soup spot is located just around the corner from Buddies in Bad Times. Its tucked away location means there are often seats at the bar facing the active kitchen even without reservations, and ramen orders typically arrive at the table quickly. Just be careful not to splatter your nice theatre duds.

    The Good Son

    Less than a block from The Theatre Centre, this pretty restaurant serves up an ample menu of quick cold items like ceviche, tartare and salads for those with less time on their hands, as well as easy upscale pizzas and shareables.


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    Ice cream is all the rage in Toronto come summertime. From epic ice cream sandwiches to tricked out cones to wild flavours, there's plenty to indulge in if you're craving a frozen treat.


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    The Comfort Hotel at Yonge and Charles is about to be transformed into The Anndore House, a new boutique hotel.

    The existing hotel will remain partially open as interior design firm Cecconi Simone Inc., revamps the 113 guest rooms located over 11 storeys. 

    According to a news release, each guest room will include a record player and a "curated" selection of LPs. "Guests can sit on plush leather club chairs, while they listen to old classics and new hits, as they take in courtyard or downtown views," reads the release because this isn't a regular hotel, it's a boutique hotel.

    Craig Harding (who's behind La Palma and Campagnolo) will be at the helm of the hotel's food program, which will include a restaurant designed by Studio Munge. There will also be a Crows Nest Barbershop on site.

    The Anndore House is slated to open in November. Rooms starts at $300 per night. 


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    There's a particular allure to living in a condo that doubles as a hotel. Amenities like room service, on-site restaurants, and fancy rooftop pools always come with considerable cachet, but there's also something intriguing about the bustle that surrounds the common areas of such buildings.

    thompson hotel condo torontoThis unit at the Thompson Hotel boasts all these features along with an impressive 1,700 square feet of space just off of King Street West. No wonder it's listed at $1.7 million. 

    thompson hotel condo torontoThe floor plan is intelligent here. While it's set up as a one bedroom with a den and TV room in these photos, it could be easily converted to have two or three bedrooms, none of which would feel cramped.

    thompson hotel condo torontoIf there's a big highlight, though, it has to be the view of the skyline and the long balcony from which you can take it all in. Let's just hope the buyer likes the CN Tower — they're going to be seeing it a lot.

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    Someone sworn to downtown living who has the money to afford a condo with lots of space and the extra amenities offered by the presence of the hotel.

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    You love privacy. While it'd be easy to turn the unit into your personal sanctuary, there's sure to be lots interaction and exposure to hotel guests in the common areas of the building. 

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    Thanks to Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage for sponsoring our condo of the week. All editorial written and selected by blogTO.


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    The CNE kicks off this weekend in Toronto, and while the two and a half week carnival extravaganza includes outrageous foods, rides, concerts and even a casino, there are also plenty of other events to enjoy before the summer unofficially starts to wind down.

    Events you might want to check out:

    CNE (August 18 - September 4 @ Canadian National Exhibition)
    The CNE rolls back into town, so expect the traditional roster of midway games, rides, wild food and a million ways to spend your hard earned money.
    Camp Wavelength (August 18-20 @ Multiple Venues)
    The Toronto Island slumber party and music fest returns, but this year it's spread out all over the city.
    Chinatown Festival (August 19 @ West side of Spadina Avenue)
    Last year, about 200,000 people took over Spadina during this two-day street party celebrating Toronto's Chinese culture.
    Figment Toronto (August 19 @ Dufferin Grove Park)
    This free, inclusive outdoor art party in a park is complete with enormous installations.
    East End Beer Fest (August 20 @ The Broadview Hotel)
    Sample some of Toronto's most exciting local beers with 300 other thirsty drinkers.
    The Big Feastival (August 18-20 @ Burl's Creek, Oro-Medonte, Ontario)
    Find Weezer and Chuck Hughes at this new food and music event in Oro-Medonte. It's like WayHome, but for families and food lovers.
    Beats, Breaks and Culture (August 18-20 @ Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
    Check out the next wave of Canadian talent starting new movements in hip hop and dance music, featuring free shows from artists like Austra, Dead Obies, and Rae Spoon.
    Broken Images (August 18-20 @ Red SandCastle Theatre )
    This is a psychological thriller focused on the life of celebrity and the desire for fame.
    Party in the Pits (August 18 @ Christie Pits Park )
    This is a party in the park complete with music, DJs, food trucks, activations, and a screening of Slingshot Hip Hop around 9 p.m.
    Waterfront Arcade (August 18 @ Sherbourne Common)
    Experience this interactive installation where video games from Toronto-based artists will be projected on a giant screen for audience members to watch and play.
    Wheels on the Danforth (August 19 @ Danforth Road and Danforth Avenue )
    Check out one-of-a-kind classic cars, a Fast and the Furious show, a bike show and multiple stages of entertainment during this celebration of hot wheels.
    Rastafest (August 19 @ Black Creek Pioneer Village's)
    Find drumming, food, and art and crafts marketplace, and a reggae concert with a huge list of international guests here.
    Cityfest (August 19 @ Canoe Landing Park)
    This is an all-day celebration of local music, art and community at Canoe Landing Park. There'll be free games and activities hosted all day.
    Toronto Wolfpack Home Playoff Game (August 19 @ Lamport Stadium )
    If you haven't seen a Wolfpack game yet this season, now's your chance!
    Open Streets Toronto (August 20 - September 17 @ Along Bloor and Yonge Streets)
    Cars are kicked off of Bloor and Yonge streets to create paved parks for half the day.
    Zine Dream (August 20 @ Polish Combatants' Hall)
    Over 100 exhibitors of self-published books, comics, zines and much more will be on display at this one day only fair. There will also be cake.
    India Day Festival (August 20 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    Head to Nathan Phillips Square for a day of performances, parades, dancing, music, food and art vendors celebrating Indian culture.
    Canada East Coffee Champs Weekend (August 18-20 @ Multiple Venues)
    This is a weekend-long, multi-venue coffee and barista competition. Drink up!
    Pablo Grand Opening (August 18 @ Pablo)
    Pablo specializes in serving up massive (and mini) cheese tarts. This is North America's first location and the first 150 people get a free tart (provided they share an Instagram photo).
    Seinfeld Pop-Up (August 18-20 @ Field Trip Cafe)
    Grab some pretzels, Seinfeld-inspired drinks, peruse some local art, and snack on a big salad while you're at this pop-up.
    Ono Pok Bar (August 19 @ Ono Poké Bar)
    The official opening launch of Ono will feature samples, DJs and good vibes on their new patio.
    Wild Blueberry Weekend (August 19 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Learn, taste, eat and shop from more than 20 food producers, preservers, bakers, and chefs, all featuring wild blueberry products and dishes!
    Vegan Food and Drink Festival (August 19 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
    Try meat-free comfort food, craft brews, wine and spirits from 100 vegan vendors.
    Taste of Manila (August 19 @ Bathurst and Wilson)
    The corner of Bathurst and Wilson shuts down for this street festival featuring food and drinks from the Philippines.
    Broga, Brunch & Brews (August 20 @ Mill Street Brewery)
    This is an outdoor yoga event mixed with brunch and brews after class time.
    Seven Lives Tacos & Ceviche Pop-Up (August 20 @ Halo Brewery)
    Attention seafood lovers! Seven Lives is setting up shop inside this west side brewery for one day only!
    Green Day (August 18 @ Budweiser Stage)
    Green Day brings their Revolution Radio Tour outdoors and by the water to show off songs from their 2016 album.
    Portugal. The Man (August 18 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    The Portland indie rockers return to show off songs from their new album, Woodstock.
    Daddy Yankee (August 18 @ Powerade Centre)
    King of the dancehall, the dance floor, the beach, the club ... Daddy Yankee has so many hits you'll be a pile of sweat at the end of this night.
    Hunter Siegel (August 18 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
    DJ and producer Hunter Siegel turns the square into a dance party with his NoNeon party.
    The Orb (August 19 @ Mod Club Theatre)
    The U.K. ambient house legends play a show in this intimate space. Electronic fans will not want to miss this show.
    The Be Sharps play the Simpsons (August 19 @ Stop Drop and Roll)
    Straight out of Evergreen Terrace, the all-Simpsons band The Be Sharps share their brand of perfectly cromulent music with Toronto for the very first time.
    Yes Yes Y'all (August 18 @ Nest)
    Hip hop, dancehall, R&B, dance, bass, club and DJs Paul Souljoyce and the YYY crew ensure a very danceable night at this monthly bash.
    Beam Me Up! (August 18 @ The Piston)
    This disco jam celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel and proto-house with DJs The Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist.
    Endless Summer (August 18-20 @ The Dance Cave)
    Celebrate summer while it lasts with non-stop summer dance hits, $4 mixed drinks and beer.
    Madonna Dance Party (August 18 @ The Steady Cafe & Bar)
    Check out the Drunken Cinema presents Truth Or Dare Movie Drinking Game from 7 to 10 and then dance with DJ Craig Dominic.
    80s vs 90s Video Dance Party (August 18 @ The Rec Room)
    DJs Caff and Greedo are thrown into a musical cage-match at Toronto's newest adult play place: The Rec Room.
    Grilled Cheese (August 19 @ Dundas Video)
    James Redi and Wexel will be playing dance floor hits and making free grilled cheese sammies for you starting at 10 p.m.
    Wastelanders (August 19 @ Nocturne)
    Wasteland wanderers, burners, belly dancers, cannibals, dieselpunks, fetish freaks, mutants, tribal goths, and zombies are welcome to this post-apocalyptic costume rave.
    FutureSound Afterparty (August 19 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Catch AfrotroniX and Bambii at the official Beats, Breaks & Culture afterparty inside the Harbourfront Centre.

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    Canada is far from perfect, but folks south of the border still see at as beacon of kindness, hope and inclusively.

    Back in 2016, Drake placed a giant red and white billboard (well before the sesquicentennial events started cropping up) in Los Angeles, which said, "Let's all get along likey the do in Canada."

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    Now, the billboard's been up-voted to the top of r/Canada (on Reddit) because Canada seems to feel smug about this dumpster fire of a week.

    It's unclear if the billboard for his LA OVO Store still up, but people are loving its setiments regardless.

    Drake's no stranger to billboards (including the Billboard chart!). His mysterious signature signs have been spotted all over Toronto too, including outside of a potential new restaurant in the Financial District. 


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    Dog-friendly cafes in Toronto are spots where our furry friends are not only welcome, but are kept comfortable with water dishes and treats. These are great places to visit after running through a park.

    Here are my picks for the top dog-friendly cafes in Toronto.

    Tom & Sawyer

    Toronto's first dog-friendly cafe, this Leslieville spot serves coffee to humans and freshly made meals, treats and water to your pooch who is also welcome inside and invited to hangout for a while.

    Dundas General

    This Dundas West cafe and general store not only sells pet treats and supplies, but welcomes dogs with a jar of pet treats and a street-side water bowl.

    Goldstruck

    This local roaster just below street level in Yorkville has a big jar of treats for dogs and a large window so you can see your furry pal outside when you're at the counter ordering your cayenne or halva latte.

    Rooster Coffee House 

    This cozy Broadview coffee shop can't allow dogs inside the cafe but they have a special mat, hangout area and water dishes for four-legged friends outside. 

    Atlas Espresso Bar

    This Front Street cafe just west of Portland is a go-to spot in the neighbourhood for dog owners. Expect to find a water dish and dog treats at the door.

    Field Trip

    This Bloorcourt cafe and bar has water and dog treats and a large wooden patio enclosure where you can hang out while keeping a close eye on your furry friend.

    G For Gelato

    This Jarvis Street cafe does canine-friendly flavours of gelato like their dairy-free hazelnut with dog treat sprinkles. While dogs can't go into the cafe itself, they are welcome to chill on or near the benches outside.

    Wallace Espresso 

    This small coffee shop on Dupont has a dog dish outside to keep your canine refreshed as you grab your drink inside. There's also a bench out front so you can keep them company while inhaling your espresso.

    Fix Coffee and Bikes

    While dogs aren't allowed inside this Gladstone Avenue cafe, they have the perfect turf patio hangout spot where Fido can chill and have a drink.

    Jimmy's on Ossington

    You can't bring dogs inside the Ossington location of this mini-cafe chain, but Jimmy's does have dog treats near the door to reward your pal for waiting outside for a minute while you get caffeinated. 


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    Watch out Canada Goose because there's another distinctly Canadian creature coming to town.

    Moose Knuckles, the luxury sportswear brand based in Montreal, is opening its first ever standalone store right here in Toronto, reports Retail Insider today.

    Fittingly, Moose Knuckles will be located right across from the Canada Goose outpost at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. It's slated to be up and running in October.

    Before then, it'll open in a different Yorkdale storefront as a pop-up.


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    Charcoal-infused ice cream, 67 cent burgers and free sushi burritos are just a few of the lineup-inducing items in Toronto. 

    Today, however, book lovers across the city were willing to stand around and wait for their chance to score deals at the Friends of Toronto Public Library's clearance book sale.

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    The lineup reportedly spilled out the door and onto Yonge Street, which is pretty unsurprising considering everything was priced between 10 and 50 cents.

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    At the last sale in March, the queue also snaked its way through the Toronto Reference Library.

    If you missed it today, the sale continues tomorrow and Saturday, so stop by to see which books, CDs and DVDs are left.