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    Missing the old Commensal? Dry your cruelty-free tears, friendo — there's a new AYCE vegetarian buffet just north of Toronto.

    Blossom, which serves dim sum, sushi and salad alongside a hot buffet line, can be found at 9425 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill.

    The restaurant says its goal is to show patrons that "vegetarianism does not equate to restriction."

    "We hope to demonstrate that it can be a satisfying, energizing, and fulfilling lifestyle," reads the Blossom website, noting that it does have lacto-ovo vegetarian options, as well as vegan food throughout.

    Expect tons of meat-free takes on classic Chinese dishes, elegant desserts, and sushi that didn't have to die for your dining pleasure.

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    In just over one month, the Air Canada Centre as you know it will cease to exist. Goodbye ACC, hello Scotiabank Arena.

    Don't freak out (again) — the stadium itself isn't changing all that much, as far as what's been announced. It will still host Raptors games and pop concerts and everything else it's been doing for the past two decades or so.

    The building's exterior is another story.

    Scotiabank, which signed an $800 million naming rights deal with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment last August, will undoubtedly be putting its brand where it can be seen and noticed.

    New renderings by the Toronto-based firm Kramer Design Associates show that some pretty prominent signage will be set above the west atrium after the bank takes over.

    scotiabank arena toronto

    Signs on the new Scotiabank Arena will be large and bright, according to renderings from KDA. Image via City of Toronto submission.

    A giant "S" logo and bright red names will similarly be positioned around the structure atop doors and entryways, including above heritage facades.

    As for Maple Leaf Square (aka Jurassic Park), that huge screen we all know and love to watch games on will be replaced — by an even larger screen! 

    If I'm reading the architectural plans correctly, the current 30-by-50-foot screen outside the ACC will be taken down in favour of a massive, 40-by-78-foot megascreen.

    It remains to be seen exactly what everything will look like when it's all in place, as the renderings are rather mysterious — but we don't have long to wait.

    The ACC turns into the Scotiabank Arena on July 1. Happy birthday, Canada.

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    Everyone knows about Kensington Market, Ossington, and West Queen West, but what about Geary Avenue? 

    The former sleepy street near Dupont and Dufferin has grown beyond its industrial roots in recent years with an influx of new businesses and artisans as well as craft beer, fresh pasta and what might be the city's best hummus and falafel.

    In the latest episode of the Only in Toronto podcast we take a closer look at Geary Avenue and try to learn more about its past, present and future.

    Places featured in this episode include:

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    Events in Toronto today mark the beginning of Open Roof Festival at its new location on Sterling Road. alt-J takes the stage and some of the stars of RuPauls' Drag Race are in to kick off the Green Space Festival celebrations.

    Events you might want to check out:

    alt-J (June 20 @ RBC Echo Beach)
    alt-J is still hot off their third album, Relaxer, and dropping by to play some of their ol' elctro-rock-indie-snyth-pop-artsy tunes for us.
    Pride Picnic (June 20 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    What better way to celebrate Pride than with a fried chicken picnic made with local ingredients — plus drinks, talks and live music.
    The Craft (June 20 @ The Royal Cinema)
    In celebration of Pride, Queer Fear is showing the 90s cult classic that spawned a generation of witchy, weird, feminist heroines.
    Unresolved Feelings (June 20 @ Burdock)
    Women storytellers come together to recount tales of the ones who left us with feelings we can't quite shake.
    Starry Night (June 20 @ Barbara Hall Park)
    The Green Space Festival kicks off with a drag showcase featuring Miz Cracker, Monét X Change and The Vixen from RuPaul's Drag Race.
    Pouya (June 20 @ The Opera House)
    Rapper Pouya hits the stage as part of his Five Five Tour alongside Wifisfuneral, Shakewell and DillanPonders.
    Human Flow (June 20 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Artist Ai Weiwei leads this documentary that's a visual expression to the over 65 million refugees around the world and their respective journeys.
    Off The Rails Comedy Competition (June 20 @ Comedy Bar)
    Back again is this rollercoaster of a showcase with comedians competing with improved routines as the audience sets out to decide who is the champ.
    bug (June 20-24 @ The Theatre Centre)
    Part on Luminato, this play follows a young Indigenous woman’s journey with addictions that stem from intergenerational trauma.
    Open Roof Festival (June 20 @ Sterling Road)
    Open Roof kicks off a season of music and movies in its new location on Sterling Road with tunes from Delta Will and a screening of Rushmore.

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    It’s not every day you stumble across a legitimate mansion for rent, but hey ho here you go! 

    90 roxborough st east toronto

    Inside this 1911 architectural gem, you will find soaring ceilings, tons of natural light and some unique decor.

    90 roxborough st east torontoThe grand foyer is mesmerizing architecturally and the rooms that filter off from it aren’t half-bad either.

    90 roxborough st east torontoThe coffered ceilings are stunning and luxurious fireplaces make this place seem so regal and elegant. 

    90 roxborough st east torontoThe bedrooms are all spacious (obviously) and each room has direct access to a bathroom.

    90 roxborough st east torontoThe master bedroom has all the fixins’. It boasts a walk-out deck, wood-burning fireplace and a walk-in closet.

    90 roxborough st east toronto I’m in love with the master en suite bathroom, which is delightfully Parisian with the pastel wallpaper and the chandelier.

    90 roxborough st east torontoOkay, now I know what you’re thinking, listed at $17,500 a month is insane, and yeah it would be if you’re just one person renting out the place for yourself. But if you get five people it’s $3,500 a month or even better five couples it’s just $1,750. That’s not terrible for a mansion!

    90 roxborough st east toronto Specs
    • Address: 90 Roxborough Street East
    • Type: House
    • Rent: $17,500 / month
    • Listing agent: Doug Vukasovic
    • Furnished? Yes
    • Utilities: No
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 4+1
    • Bathrooms: 5
    • Parking: 5
    • Laundry? In suite
    • Outdoor space? Backyard
    • Pet friendly? Yes
    90 roxborough street east toronto Good For

    A movie or television production company renting out the home as a shooting location or a place to house some actors. 

    90 roxborough st east toronto Move On If

    You’re on a realistic budget. I don’t even pay that much in rent in a whole year, let alone one month.

    90 roxborough st east toronto

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    The best veal sandwiches in Toronto aren’t for those who wish to avoid carbs, messy hands or flavour. A thin pounded, crispy breaded piece of tender veal on a big puffy roll with a slathering of sauce (best served with stretchy, melty cheese and hot peppers), these sandwiches aren’t just relied on by the Italian community but all hungry Torontonians.

    Here are the best veal sandwiches in Toronto.

    3 - California Sandwiches

    Ladlefuls of red sauce are poured all over the veal sandwich wrapped in layers of tin foil at locations of this standby throughout the city, though the OG spot still stands on Clinton in Little Italy.
    6 - Mustachio

    The prices are low and the portions are huge at this St. Lawrence Market sandwich shop. The veal comes on your choice of a kaiser or focaccia with scratch-made tomato sauce.
    4 - Nonna's Place

    The humblest confines in Bloordale turn out one of the spiciest, cheesiest, sauciest veal sandwiches in the city, made by one Italian family. During the short weekday hours they’re open, lines can stretch out the door.
    9 - Sugo

    Premium white veal is used for the piled high sandwich that's pretty as a picture at this hangout right near Bloor and Lansdowne. Basil leaves give the sandwich here a pop of freshness.
    11 - Nino D'Aversa

    Locations across the city serve a legendary veal sammy from their hot tables. Fresh bread, Italian cheeses and plenty of peppers and mushrooms are always on deck to load up with.
    7 - SanRemo Bakery

    The veal sandwich at this Etobicoke spot is an essential component of a hot table lunch special with a side of salad, served on crusty bread baked in store with thick, juicy peppers on top.
    8 - Commisso Brothers

    Get a veal sandwich on a thick white bun any time of day from this old school 24-hour joint in the Castlefield Design District.
    10 - Bitondo Pizzeria & Sandwiches

    Get your veal sandwich sweet, medium or hot with peppers, mushrooms, and/or extra cheese from this Little Italy pizzeria. Those in the know order theirs stuffed with a panzo.
    5 - Agincourt Bakery

    This hot table spot in Scarborough puts their sopping saucy veal on a crusty, floury roll. It’s crusted in a breadcrumb made with real garlic, and the sammy is assembled before your eyes.

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    After weeks of on and off again TTC subway closures, this weekend will see the return of one.

    There will be no subway service on Line 3 Scarborough, Kennedy to McCowan stations, on June 24 due to track and infrastructure work.

    Shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.

    The next scheduled closure will halt weekend service on Line 1 between Sheppard-Yonge and St Clair stations on July 7 and 8 due to Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT work at Yonge and Eglinton.

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    Southern Ontario has finally reached that time of year when seeing colours in the sky after 8 p.m. is not only possible, but often breathtaking.

    With just two days to go before the summer solstice, Torontonians were out in full force on Tuesday evening enjoying one of 2018's longest days.

    Blue Jays Toronto

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    The temperature was gorgeous, the bugs respectful, and the vibes just right for chilling outdoors —all of us with cameras in our pockets or hands.

    It's no wonder then, that Instagram and Twitter exploded with shades of orange, red, pink and blue when the sun started setting.

    The spectacular sunset on Tuesday night was one of the loveliest (and certainly most-photographed) we've seen in Toronto so far this year.

    It was long and drawn out, letting us thoroughly take in the sky at many different stages of light.

    From amber-tinted clouds on blue skies early in the process...

    To fiery reds as the sun slipped behind the horizon.

    Thousands of Toronto sunset photos were uploaded within the span of an hour on Instagram alone.

    It's almost hard to believe that these photos aren't computer generated.

    Technology may be taking humans beyond our wildest dreams, but sunsets like this prove Mother Nature will always reign supreme.

    Have you ever seen anything so full of splendour?

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    The legalization of weed in Canada took a big step forward this week. Marijuana will soon be legal for recreational purposes from coast to coast, making our country the second ever to fully legalize cannabis.

    The Liberal government's act to legalize and regulate weed cleared its final legislative hurdle last night when the Senate voted 52-29 in favour of passing Bill C-45.

    The bill now awaits royal assent, meaning that a representative for the Queen of England must literally nod her head in approval before we get high and sell weed (lol.) This is expected to happen as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

    Retail sales of cannabis products were long meant to begin on July 1, but the timeline was recently been pushed back to give Senators more review time.

    "We've just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition," said Canadian Senator Tony Dean in a press conference after Tuesday night's vote.

    "It ends 90 years of needless criminalization, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favour of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably."

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government said this morning in a press conference that marijuana will be made fully legal in Canada within the next 2-3 months.

    An official legalization date will be set and announced after royal assent is received. 

    Parliamentary secretary Bill Blair told reporters this morning that Trudeau himself will make the announcement this afternoon during a news conference at 4:30 p.m.

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    It's the end of an era for concept venues and the dawn of a new age for feline kind.

    The Addisons Residence, a lounge-meets-club space on the quiet stretch of Wellington Street between Spadina and Bathurst, will officially be demolished to make way for the long-awaited "Wellington Cat Promenade" — one of two new, cat-themed public parks in downtown Toronto. 

    A second cat park will be built nearby on Draper Street in a space that's been vacant since the 1940s.

    Travis Agresti of John Doe Group, which owns The Addisons, EFS and Convenience Resto Bar, among other hot spots, confirmed the news by phone on Wednesday.

    The venue at 456 Wellington Street West will indeed be torn down to make way for a cat-themed park, he says — but not in the near future.

    cat park toronto

    Montreal-based architecture firm Claude Cormier et Associés are building two cat-themed and cat-friendly public spaces in King West to compliment their popular east-end dog fountain. Image via Claude Cormier et Associés. 

    "Our lot is designated for the green space," says Agresti, "but we're not going anywhere soon."

    Being that the 1,000-square-metre cat park isn't expected to be in place until 2022, and that the building will be one of the last things to go, there's still plenty of time to party at Addisons.

    "We anticipate that we have at least this and two more summers to go before we turn it over," says Agresti, noting that his company is already "actively looking for other locations" in Toronto to recreate the concept.

    Inspired by a retro home in Beverly Hills (complete with a kitchen area, living room and tons of dope rec room games), The Addisons Residence has become one of the King West club district's coolest spots since replacing the iconic (but much more clubby) C-Lounge in 2015.

    Sad as the eventual loss of this unique party and event space on Wellington may be, the project it's been demolished for sounds incredible.

    cat park toronto

    Cormier says the entire park is inspired by a local feline named Dizzy who likes to hang out in the soon-to-be park space on Draper Street. Image via Claude Cormier et Associés.

    Montreal-based architect Claude Cormier details some of what we can expect to see at the new Wellington 'Cat Promenade' (and its Draper Street sister park) on his website.

    Both parks will feature a series of realistic cat sculptures, just like Cormier's now-famous Berczy dog fountain in St. Lawrence Market.

    Two giant cats will stand guard at both ends of the Wellington Park and a small dog will be added in for good measure (to counterbalance the sole cast iron cat who sits among the 27 canines at Berczy).

    These new west-end cat parks, built as part of a massive forthcoming development called The Well, will be both feline centric and feline friendly, with tiny drinking fountains, bird houses, and plants like catnip included throughout.

    Brick walls with mouse holes at the bottom will surround the space, though it is not made clear whether these holes are meant for the mice to get out — or to get in (a kitty-cat's belly.)

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    Diner en Blanc — the annual outdoor dining event in which guests dress up in white and pray for no rain— returns to Toronto this summer. As of late last week, we know exactly when.

    Start thinking about how you're going to transport your own tables, chairs, stemware, tablecloths, food and drink, party goers: This year's secret white dinner party takes place on Thursday, August 16

    As for where, nobody will know until right before dinner when the secret location is actually announced. Guests must still buy tickets well in advance, however, as Diner en Blanc is known to sell out fast and have long wait lists.

    Based on a Paris event that's been running for nearly 30 years, the fabulous soirée takes over a new outdoor spot in Toronto every summer. 

    For 2017, it was at Canoe Landing Park. Previously locations have included spaces in the Canary District, historic Fort York and by the Harbourfront.

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    Toronto city councillors, as we learned last week, are making a concerted effort to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the downtown east area.

    Part of this means physically cleaning up streets and parks around neighbourhoods such as Yonge-Dundas, Sherbourne and Dundas, Cabbagetown, St. Jamestown and Regent Park.

    Another, far more considered part will involve extending the current range of social services available to those in need — all with existing resources.

    Toronto City Council will consider a 23-part, 12-month action plan next week that, according to the Community Development and Recreation Committee, can be implemented within a year.

    The first 11 items in the plan pertain to mental health, substance abuse and harm reduction; measures such as suicide prevention workshops, overdose prevention training, supervised injection sites and distributing naloxone kits to shelters.

    The last six focus on community safety and violence prevention, economic opportunities and enforcing illegal dumping restrictions.

    Everything else is about homelessness, shelter support, volleyball, soccer and yoga.

    You see, one of the planned measures, action item 11, recommends that the city offer more "planned recreation programs and leagues to individuals living in shelters or are affected by Homelessness."

    These programs would be spearheaded by the department of Parks, Forestry and Recreation and follow the lead of leagues like Toronto's Downtown East End Softball League, which includes teams made up of staff, residents and former residents of various shelters and drop-in centres around the city.

    "Being connected to the real world is such a big step to getting out, to getting settled in your own place," said Councillor Paula Fletcher to CBC Toronto this week about the proposed move.

    Fletcher says that city-run recreational classes, like yoga and tai-chi, are already available to people experiencing homelessness. Those programs are open to everyone, however, not just the homeless, which makes some reluctant to join in. 

    Fletcher says that homeless individuals have indicated they'd rather participate in  activities  "geared solely to others in the same boat as they are," at least at first.

    "Building your life back is what it's all about," says Fletcher. "Not staying in a shelter the rest of your life."

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    Mark your calendars, cannabis connoisseurs: Our benevolent leader just announced the release date for his much-hyped legislation, C-45, making the legalization of weed in Canada that much more official.

    Rules that prohibit the possession, growth and sale of marijuana will be dropping from the Criminal Code this fall, exactly two weeks before Halloween.

    As of Wednesday, October 17, recreational cannabis will at long last be legal across the nation. Some might even say 10/17 is the new 4/20. Or not. I don't care.

    "We work in partnership with the provinces, and since we've passed these measures in Parliament we've been listening to the provinces who have been asking for more time to implement it," said Trudeau (en français) during question period in the House of Commons on Wednesday.  

    "That's why we're accepting the request of the provinces and that's why we'll be legalizing it as of Oct, 17, 2018."

    October is quite a bit farther away than two or three months, which is what the Liberals had promised when their bill passed in the Senate.

    It's also way later in the year than the originally announced legalization date of July 1.

    Ah well, what can you do? Not smoke pot yet, that's for sure. 

    "Cannabis for non-medical use is not legal yet. The law still remains the law," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould during a news conference earlier today in response to Senate's passing of the bill.

    "We're working hard to do the important work of repealing the existing legislation, replacing it with a comprehensive system of regulatory control," she said.

    "Until then, I urge all Canadians to continue to follow the existing law until the Cannabis Act comes into force."

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    Has Toronto's sakura scene become a bit too intense for your liking? You're far from alone, and few who've witnessed the melee at High Park or Bellwoods would blame you.

    Fortunately, next year will be different. Or rather, it could be, for you, if you're willing to drive north.

    The GTA will have more cherry blossom trees than ever next May thanks to a massive donation from various Japanese diplomats to the City of Markham.

    A total of 80 sakura trees have been planted across three different parks in Markham to honour the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, according to a city press release.

    Gifted through the Trees for Tomorrow program, their pretty flowering branches will explode into shades of white and pink each spring at Milne Dam Conservation Park, Rougeside Promenad the Markham Civic Centre for all to enjoy.

    Want to welcome them into our home and native land? 

    The City of Markham is hosting a celebratory ceremony this Saturday, June 23, complete with refreshments, speeches and performances by the Japanese Canadian folk music group Ten-Ten.

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    It's a jam-packed weekend for events in Toronto and as a result a number of major streets will be closed.

    Between Pride and car free Sundays in Kensington Market it's not going to be the best idea to drive in certain parts of town. The best thing to do is ditch the car and get in on the celebrations.

    Here's what you need to know if you plan on driving around the city this weekend.

    Pride Toronto Festival and Streetfair

    For the Pride festival and streetfair Church St. from Dundas St. East to Bloor St. East will be fully closed on June 22 at 10 a.m. until June 25 at 6 a.m. 

    TD Toronto Jazz Festival 

    The jazz festival will close Cumberland St. from Bellair St. to Old York Ln. on June 22 at 4 p.m. until June 25 at 11:59 p.m. Yorkville Ave. from Bellair St. to Hazelton Ave. will also be closed from June 22 at 12:01 a.m. to June 25 at 6 a.m.

    Trans Pride March

    The march will start at the intersection of Church and Hayden Streets, proceeding north to Bloor St. East, then proceeding west on Bloor St. East, south on Yonge St. and east on Carlton Allan Gardens. Roads along the route will be closed from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on June 22.

    Fairbank Summerfest

    The street festival will result in Eglinton Ave. West from Ronald Ave. to Dufferin St. being closed from June 23 at 2 a.m. to June 25 at 5 a.m.

    The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

    The event to kick off summer will have Dundas St. West closed from High Park Ave. to Indian Grove from June 23 at 4 a.m. to June 24 at 7 a.m.

    Rotary International Convention

    Bremner Blvd. from York St. to the Air Canada Centre will be closed from June 23 to June 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for the convention.

    Pride and Remembrance Run

    For the run Wellesley St. East between Jarvis St. and Queen's Park Cres. East, and Queen's Park Cres. West between College St. and Bloor St. West, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m on June 23.

    Dyke March

    The march will start at the intersection of Church and Hayden Streets, proceeding north to Bloor St. East, then proceeding west on Bloor St. East, south on Yonge St. and east on Carlton St. to Allan Gardens. Roads affected will be closed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 23.

    Pride Parade

    For the annual parade on June 24 Rosedale Valley Rd. from Park Rd. to Bayview Ave. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    For the route of the parade it will start at Church St. and Bloor St. East, proceed west on Bloor St. East, south on Yonge St. and east on Dundas St. East to Victoria St.

    A number of roads in the area will be closed for periods between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the parade itself taking place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Luminato Festival

    As the festival continues this weekend will see the southbound curb lane of Victoria St. closed from Shuter St. to Queen St. East from June 24 at 10 a.m. to June 25 at 10 a.m.

    Pedestrian Sundays 

    The event held in Kensington Market will have parts of Kensington Ave., Augusta Ave. and Baldwin St. closed to vehicular traffic on June 24 from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    TTC Subway Closure

    In addition to road closures there will be no service on Line 3 Scarborough, Kennedy to McCowan stations, on June 24 due to track and infrastructure work.