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    Cheap drinks in Toronto can be even cheaper than you might expect, as in, three bucks cheap. While there are happy hour specials galore, these $3 drink deals are the best booze for your buck in town. 

    Here are my picks for the top $3 cheap drink deals in Toronto.

    Wide Open

    This dive bar on Spadina just south of Richmond is very proud of its amazing daily drink specials. Each day of the week they offer a deal for their budget conscious clientele including $2.75 drinks on Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

    Lakeview Restaurant

    This Dundas West diner is a favourite among the neighbourhood's late-night crowd. If you can manage to roll out of bed a little earlier on the weekend, you can take advantage of The Lakeview's $3 mimosas.

    Crocodile Rock

    No need to break the bank at Croc Rock on Richmond. There are $2.50 drinks all night on Wednesday and that same $2.50 deal until 10 p.m. on Friday. 

    Bar 244

    Regardless of the day of the week, Bar 244 has $3 mixed drinks and domestic bottles. So, whether you're drinking away the blues on a Friday or got the club going up on a Tuesday Bar 244 will keep you liquored for cheap.

    Farmhouse Tavern

    Every Sunday the restaurant hosts their F*ck Mondays event. They offer rolling hourly specials including $3 mimosas from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Kinka Izakaya

    If you find yourself at one of their various locations throughout the city on Wednesday or Thursday you can down sake bombs for just $3 a pop. It's the perfect accompaniment to their delicious eats.

    H Bar

    $3 drink specials can be found on Sundays at this West Queen West restaurant. For just the cost of three bucks take down house drinks of vodka, rum, rye or gin with a mix of your choice.

    Labyrinth Lounge

    The Lab is a favourite among U of T students. $3 drink specials are on throughout the week including $3 Wiser's shot on Wednesday, $3 Amsterdam Mugs and bar rail shots on Thursday, $3 Jameson shots on Friday, $3 Absolut shot on Saturday and $3 bar rail shots on Sunday.


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    Real estate in cottage country near Toronto isn't cheap, especially in spots like the Muskokas. These mega-mansions on the lake are all around $10 million and come with a range of amenities and boathouses bigger than most condos in the city.

    Here's what a $10 million cottage near Toronto looks like.

    $11,998,888 on Lake Joseph (top photo)

    Okay, this one's a little over $10 million, but it comes with a 10-acre private island, three guest cabins, six bedrooms in the main house and a seven slip boathouse. 

    cottage toronto

    $10,800,000 on Lake Muskoka

    This 11,000 square foot estate sits on 11 acres of land and features a spa with handmade heated marble floors, an indoor plunge pool and a hot tub that overlooks the lake. Why you would ever leave this place is beyond me.

    cottage near toronto$10,000,000 on Lake Simcoe

    You might want to build an in-ground pool if pick up this pad, which features 5,600 square feet of living space and a 132-foot waterfront.

    toronto cottage real estate$9,699,000 on Lake Joseph

    Lake Joseph is one of the swankiest spots in the Muskokas, so if you're into all that, check out this rustic-chic cottage with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

    cottage toronto$8,500,000 on Lake Joseph

    This waterfront palace is basically a steal, and it's advertised as being great for converting into a veritable compound, which makes sense considering it already has a full-size heli-port on site.


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    Fireworks and drone light shows aren't the only reasons to celebrate this Victoria Day long weekend. The Toronto Police Service just announced that parking on the street will be free all day this holiday Monday.

    While pay and display parking metres will still technically be functional, make sure to save your money as parking enforcement officers will not be enforcing pay parking regulations, nor any parking rules that specifically apply to Mondays.

    That means vehicles won't be ticketed for failing to pay the parking meter nor will cars be ticketing for idling on routes that are normally no parking zones during the weekday rush hour.

    Of course, this isn't an excuse to start breaking general motor vehicle or parking laws so please park and drive sensibly.


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    Free events in Toronto this week include movie screenings, concerts and talks, but it's the Barbados on the Water festival that will truly give you all the bang for your (no) bucks. This free waterfront fest includes dance parties, food, a fashion show, and comedy. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Free Victoria Day Screenings (May 22 @ Hot Docs Cinema)
    It's holiday Monday and the Hot Docs Cinema is show movies all day, gratis! Catch four landmark Canadian documentaries starting at noon. 
    Bird of Bellwoods (May 22 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
    Take in the lush harmonies and haunting lyricism of the Birds of Bellwoods. Their interpretation of folk and rock will put you in a trance on your lunch hour.
    Dark Nights (May 24 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    You probably know her as a CBC personality and host of Arts Exhibitionists, but Amanda Parris will also have her first play produced this year. This is an interactive talk with a captivating Toronto talent.
    Best of Canadian Short Film Festival (May 25 @ Carlton Cinemas)
    Check out this excellent lineup of Canadian shorts from all over the country in the comedy, thriller, drama, experimental, crime and horror genres.
    Barbados on the Water Festival (May 26-28 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    It's finally time to party down by the lake! This is the largest festival of Barbadian culture in Canada featuring fashion shows, literary events and kids activities all for free.
    Contact Photography Festival (April 28 - May 31 @ Various locations)
    Continue to check out all the free photography installations spread out around the city, and then see two nature shows — Nature in the City and Enchanted Encounters.

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    Every generation has a slate of local kids TV shows that seem to transcend the medium, and not always in a good way. Back in the day, Toronto unleashed an avalanche of utterly loopy kids programs onto an unsuspecting public, the effects of which probably still keep a fair amount of psychiatrists busy today.

    These are the 10 nuttiest, most brilliantly insane slabs of Toronto TV culture that equally inspired and shocked a generation of kids.

    Today's Special

    This TVOntario series attained a massive cult following in the United States thanks to its appearance on Nickelodeon. Mannequin Jeff magically comes to life after hours at the downtown Simpson's department store and experiences the joys and sorrows of life along with his friends Jody, Muffy and security guard Sam Crenshaw.

    There are many unforgettable moments, including episodes about alcoholism, death and jealously and musical guests as varied as Bruce Cockburn and Oscar Peterson. Criminally unavailable on home video or online, other than fuzzy off-air recordings.

    Rocket Robin Hood

    Canada's first colour cartoon series in 1967 was animated and dubbed in Toronto, but looked cheap as chips even with a purported budget of almost $2 million. It's best remembered for its head-ache inducing psychedelic intro, and the cuckoo episode "Dementia 5" about trans-dimensional demons who later turn up in an episode of Spider-Man.

    The Elephant Show

    Sharon, Lois and Bram were like the original Wiggles - folk singing grown-ups whose music was strangely irresistible to youngsters. Their TV show mixed live concert footage with life lesson parables starring an Elephant costume who spoke only in Tuba bursts.

    Read All About It!

    Extremely spooky edu-tainment screened in classrooms to teach Grade 5's writing and grammar in the 1980s, this TVOntario Sci-Fi serial mostly played like a Toronto set episode of Doctor Who, with an evil alien warlord (floating silver head Duneedon), time travel back to the War of 1812, and sentient monitors and type-writers.

    The giallo-esq overtones in the opening episode alone elevate this creepshow to the upper pantheon of classic WTF Canadian television. It was created and written by Clive Endersby (who also novelized the series), a veteran of other classic TVO fare such as Today's Special and Dear Aunt Agnes.


    Just Like Mom

    After running for what felt like an eternity, "wholesome" memories of the Toronto-shot Just Like Mom game show consisted mostly of announcer Dave Devall, shots of Camp Onondaga, and kids baking cookies. That is until someone uploaded a supercut of host Fergie Oliver's creepy behaviour and the whole thing took on a sinister vibe.

    Circle Square

    Well-intentioned religious kid's show unmercifully teased in the 1970s and 80s for its overt zeal and hokey sing-alongs. Featuring a revolving group of kid hosts (including a young Marci Ien, better known now as co-host of Canada AM) and some poorly made puppets who focused on life lessons through the prism of Christianity. 

    The Friendly Giant

    Serene TV magic featured the baritone voiced Bob Homme telling stories and playing music with his puppet friends Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster in a castle way up in the sky. Running 15 minutes per episode, featuring a conversational tone, freestyle jazz sessions, and a silver haired host, this type of show is now unimaginable.

    The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

    Frankly bonkers sketch comedy show for kids featuring man-of-a-thousand faces Billy Van as multiple gruesome characters inhabiting the titular House, alongside Vincent Price, Fishka Rais and Guy Big (supposedly the inspiration for the Austin Power's Mini-Me character).

    Although shot in the Hammer, this was Toronto man Billy Van's playhouse; his menagerie of monstrous types included Grizelda, The Librarian, Bwana Clyde Batty, Dr. Pet Vet, The Wolfman, and The Oracle. Even after 4 decades this unique and brilliantly demented series still defies sense, genre or even definition.

    Uncle Bobby

    Like some lost character from a Paul Thomas Anderson film, Uncle Bobby remains as mysterious today as he was back in the 1960s when he started daily at CFTO in Toronto.

    Portrayed by ex-pat Bobby Ash, Uncle Bobby had strange wisdom to impart upon kids ("Be good, but not so very, very good that someone comes up to you and asks what have you been up to?") and also a Pied Piper like ability to inspire and lead them.

    Polka Dot Door

    Based upon the popular BBC kid's show Play School, Polka Dot Door is now best remembered for its monosyllabic mascot Polkaroo. The series rain daily from 1971 until 1993 on TVOntario, during which time the male host always managed to step away and miss Polkaroo due to the creature's affinity with the female hosts.

    Other notable characters included the long suffering toys (Humpty, Dumpty, Marigold and Bear) who spoke in silent code, inanimate story-time mouse, and rarely seen French Canadian cat Minou. During its peak, Polka Dot Door was sold to more countries than the mighty Sesame Street.

    Ed Conroy's Retrontario plumbs the seedy depths of Toronto flea markets, flooded basements, thrift shops and garage sales, mining old VHS and Betamax tapes that less than often contain incredible moments of history that were accidentally recorded but somehow survived the ravages of time. You can find more amazing discoveries at www.retrontario.com.


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    Rainy days in Toronto can sap your desire to leave the house. While we don't suffer the same number of wet days as cities like Vancouver or Halifax, we see our fair share of showers here in Toronto, so it's useful to find some inspiration for some rainy-day fun.

    Here are some things to do on a rainy day in Toronto.

    Take in some culture at the AGO

    The architecture alone at the Art Gallery of Ontario is worth a rainy day visit, with the pitter-patter of droplets hitting Frank Gehry's arch of windows in the Galleria Italia. If that's not enough there's more than 90,000 works of art in the gallery's collection.

    See what's new at the Design Exchange

    Housing many articles of Canada's unique design history in its permanent collection, as well as some impressive exhibitions, there's always something sure to delight at the Design Exchange

    Visit the Aga Khan Museum

    Toronto's newest museum celebrates the artistic accomplishments of Muslim civilizations from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Some of the world's most exciting Islamic art is on display, including paper works, ceramics, metalwork, ivory, stone, textiles, and other objects.

    Scope out the Ryerson Image Centre

    Dedicated to photography and related disciplines, the Ryerson Image Centre is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Some of this year's most notable exhibits include work from Canadian artist Suzy Lake.

    Explore exhibits at the ROM

    Toronto is home to some amazing museums and the Royal Ontario Museum shouldn't be overlooked. A must visit exhibit this year is their Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. It's a chance to get up close to one of the world’s most mysterious and largest animals.

    Ripley's Toronto

    Photo by Andrew Williamson at Ripley's Aquarium.

    Go under the sea at the aquarium

    If the weather wasn't wet enough, you can get fully aquatic at Ripley's Aquarium. There's underwater tunnels and observation rooms surrounded by water and sea life. They've got thousands of different types of creatures, including many varieties of sharks.

    See a play

    Fans already know of the abundance of great theatre in Toronto, but those unfamiliar with the many productions around should take some time on a grey-skied day and explore the local options. Check out the listings at theatres like Crowsnest, Mirvish, Tarragon and more.

    Watch a flick

    Toronto is a well-respected movie town — we are Hollywood North, after all. With that in mind, the best place to watch a film in this city is not your couch.

    Visit the TIFF film library

    TIFF's Film Reference Library carries thousands of cinema related books and magazines, scripts, and importantly for those rainy-day wanderers, viewing stations with 11,000 film and TV programs to plug into. 

    Have a laugh at a comedy bar

    Moody weather can be directly combatted with a steady stream of laughs, so why not seek out some comedy the next time the clouds roll in? Major sites for comedy in Toronto include Yuk Yuk's, Second City and Absolute Comedy.

    Real Sports Toronto

    Photo by Hector Vasquez at Real Sports.

    Cheer on your favourite sports team

    Most of Toronto's best sports stadiums are covered, making them perfectly enjoyable no matter what the weather. Don't have enough dough for tickets? Hit up your neighbourhood sports bar instead.

    Bowl a strike

    Bowling is a wonderful pastime, and a great nostalgic trip when the weather is less than pleasant. The Ballroom may be the only downtown spot to bowl, though Bowlerama is always classic choice. 

    Bump, set and spike at beach volleyball

    Even on a sunny day, you may not consider Toronto a location for beach volleyball, so it seems like a stretch that such a sport could be enjoyed on a grim, wet day. Not so. Both Beach Blast and North Beach Volleyball offer year-round indoor beach volleyball with actual sand.

    Serve aces playing tennis

    Indoor tennis is another thought for a rainy day. Both North York Winter Tennis Club and Eglinton Flats Winter Tennis Club have rates everyone can afford.

    Go for a swim

    Sometimes the way to best deal with a rainy day is to dive right in. Many neighbourhoods have their own indoor community pool like the Regent Park Aquatic Centre. There are university pools like U of T's, or the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre too.

    Smash Ping Pong Toronto

    Photo by Hector Vasquez at Smash Ping Pong.

    Test your skills at ping pong

    There are lots of outdoor table tennis locations around the GTA, but what happens when the sky rains on your ping-pong parade? The next best option is a ping pong bar. There's SPiN Toronto  and Smash Ping Pong Lounge where you can eat, drink and hit the court.

    Work on your golf swing

    Who said hitting the green was a sunny, summertime pursuit? You can also belt out some irons when the weather is rotten. Try Tee Times Indoor Golf or Metro Golf Dome.

    Try a new sport like curling

    If there is one thing that's more Canadian than skating, it's curling. I have yet to understand all the rules, and think the next time the weather turns I'll head to one of the many clubs in Toronto and get a better grip on one of the nation's favourite sports.

    Sharpen your skates and hit the ice

    Many community centres and parks have rinks, and what's more Canadian than taking a spin on the rink? Thanks to the city's indoor rinks this is an all-season, all-weather option.

    Hit the slopes

    Thanks to Axis Freestyle Academy you can now hit the slopes indoors. Yes, really! Whether you're a skier or snowboarder this facility offers hills and ramps for you hit the slopes no matter the season or weather. 

    Ride Cycle Club Toronto

    Photo by Jesse Milns at Ride.

    Get your spin on at a local studio

    Want to combine exercise, cycling and nightclub energy? Find a spinning class. The city is bustling with options including Ride Cycle Club, SoulCycle, Torq and SPINCO.

    Reach new heights rock climbing

    An indoor gym is a fantastic way to enter into the world of rock climbing, with qualified instructors, safe climbs and mats and rentable gear. Boulderz Climbing, Basecamp Climbing and Toronto Climbing Academy are all available for amazing climbing experiences.

    Embrace your inner ninja doing parkour

    Wet weather makes some sluggish, so to keep the blood moving, it's best to move. The Monkey Vault training centre is a huge indoor space set up for parkour. There's room for free running, tricking, gymnastics, breakdancing, even a place to work on your circus acts.

    Visit a DIY spot

    We could all learn a new skill or two, and there is often a shop with highly skills persons there to help lead the way. You can learn to fire a mug at All Fired Up, or fashion some outfit The Workroom. You can even make jewellery at Devil's Workshop.

    Unleash your inner artist

    Painting isn't everyone's cup of tea, but drop into a Paintlounge some rainy day and the hesitancy will subside. They provide the supplies, right down to the canvas, and there are knowledgeable instructors to help you get the hang of being a real-life artiste.

    Snakes and Lattes Toronto

    Photo by Jesse Milns at Snakes and Lattes.

    Get competitive at a board game cafe

    An overcast sky can be a welcome indication of a cozy afternoon, tucked away with a book or a board game. Board game cafes have sprung up all over the GTA to offer just such a respite on a rainy day.

    Get lucky at a bingo hall

    Bingo seems a little sacrilegious on a sunny day so it makes it the ultimate rainy day activity. So next time the the clouds roll in grab your stampers and strips and head on down to the hall for some games, and when you win a round, raise up those arms and scream BINGO!

    Sing your heart out at karaoke

    Sing your heart out in one of those private karaoke rooms the next time the weather turns sour. They usually have no windows anyway and are illuminated by the background videos of cheesy beach walkers and eye-gazing lovers while you read the accompanying lyrics. 

    Get stuck in an escape room

    Next time the showers start, why not grab a couple of your wisest friends and book yourselves in at escape room? The principle sounds terrifying, lock yourself in a room and race against the clock to figure your way out but it sure is fun. 

    Race a car

    Did you know Toronto has a simulating racing centre? RaceSim1 is the first of its kind in the city and it allows Torontonians to race luxury cars without the the cost, danger, and anger management issues incurred from driving on the real streets.


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    Chinese lobster is widely available in Toronto, though not to the degree that you'll find the more ubiquitous steamed and grilled varieties. You'll need to know where to go to find Cantonese-style lobster, which is typically a dramatic-looking dish featuring infusions of flavour and impressive plating. 

    Here are my picks for the top restaurants to hit up for Chinese and Cantonese-style lobster in Toronto.

    Wah Sing

    A staple among Chinese lobster lovers in Toronto, Wah Sing's lobster special (two for $45.95) will easily trump most other options. My personal favourite here is the one done with black bean sauce.

    Hua Sang

    Located somewhat oddly right underneath Wah Sing (no, seriously), Hua Sang is your other slightly less known option for two for one lobster specials. The interior and overall appearance of the restaurant is, in my opinion, shabbier than its upstairs counterpart.

    Fishman Lobster Clubhouse

    This spacious spot is the go-to place for Chinese lobster in the 905. The interior is quite fancy, but you won't care as you elbow your friends trying to take photos of the towering eight pound lobster dish standing on your table.

    Fishman Wharf Seafood

    A Scarborough gem, this restaurant serves up a number of large lobster and king crab specials. My favourite is the lobster set which features five courses and includes sweet and savoury lobster in Maggi sauce.

    Yu Seafood

    The Richmond Hill restaurant boasts a swanky interior and delectable seafood dishes. There's a main dining room as well as 10 VIP rooms for private dining. One of the main highlights of the menu is their lobster combos that feed four to five people. 

    Maple Yip

    One of the best places for all-around Cantonese food, Maple Yip is well-known for its dated interior, hurried atmosphere, and astoundingly delicious lobster at really cheap prices. The light, steamed garlic variety is my favourite here. 

    Omei

    At this long-standing Richmond Hill favourite the must-order is their famous lobster cooked four ways in which each dish features a different part of the lobster. There's the classic deep fried lobster, fried rice with lobster innards plus a whole lot more. 

    Mr. Congee

    Despite the chaotic atmosphere, Mr. Congee remains wildly popular with Scarborough residents looking for cheap and good Cantonese food. I've tried their stir fried lobster with ginger here, and at $22.99 I can honestly tell you that it's one of the best values you'll get.

    Magic Wok

    If you want good old-fashioned solid lobster dishes without any of the frills that you get in some other restaurants, Magic Wok is worth a try. It's the epitome of a solid, no-nonsense Chinese family restaurant that serves up fresh and delicious lobster. 

    Congee Queen

    If you're looking for lobster excellence, look no further than Congee Queen. The only chain restaurant on this list, they win points for their classic stir-fried lobster with ginger. The lobster may be on the small side, but it's still absolutely tasty.


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    Cheap patio furniture in Toronto is tough to find outside of box stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot. Fortunately, there are a handful of shops around the city that carry stylish outdoor furniture that won't completely break the bank.

    Here are my picks for the top places to buy cheap patio furniture in Toronto.

    Modani

    Patio sets start at $590 at Modani, though you can sometimes do better than that during off-season sales. Chairs start at $160 in a variety of styles, all of which show off contemporary design that's far nicer than the price might indicate.

    Cabana Coast

    Cast aluminum patio furniture starts at around $150 at Cabana Coast. It goes up to $1,500+ of course, but those on the lookout for more affordable options should target their basic lines, which feature pared down pieces good for those who want to outfit an outdoor space.

    Kitchen Stuff Plus

    The kitchen friendly chain has a whole collection of outdoor furniture available both online and in-store. Patio sets with chair, tables and umbrella are available for as low as $399. 

    Wicker Park

    Wicker Park is a good spot to target for significant discounts on patio furniture that's on the more expensive side when its marked at full price. You should, however, be able to find a selection of three-piece sets in the $500 range even in the absence of a discount.

    Urban Barn

    This chain of furnishing shops has a wider selection of outdoor accents than it does furniture, but its patio sets are smart-looking and reasonably priced. The three-piece teak set at $349 would be an excellent way to outfit a balcony.

    CB2

    The Crate and Barrel offshoot at Queen and Bathurst has a small but top notch selection of outdoor patio furniture. Hammocks, chairs and accessories can all be found for under $400.

    InsideOut

    You could spend a lot of money on the larger sets at InsideOut, but once again, there are deals to be had on the bistro sets on offer. Made from teak and cast aluminum, these tables and chairs are classic in style and highly durable.

    West Elm

    West Elm has a great selection of patio furniture for under $400. Instead of buying pre-packaged three-piece sets, you can purchase each piece separately to assemble the outdoor set-up that makes the most sense for your space.

    IKEA

    It should come as little surprise that IKEA is an excellent source for stylish but affordable patio furniture. Chairs start for as little as $15, but the best feature of IKEA's lineup is the variety of price points. Three-piece sets range between $49 and $269.

    The Bay

    If you shop at the right time you can score some big discounts on patio furniture at Canada's iconic retailer. Chairs, lounges and dining sets are just some of what's on offer from their Chilewich and Glucksteinhome collections.


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    The top Toronto music videos of all time take a track that was excellent in the first place and propel it into the great beyond. From CN Tower to Shoppers Drug Mart cameos, if I had a million dollars I'm still not sure if I could make a more quintessentially Toronto video than these. 

    Here are the top 30 Toronto music videos of all time.

    The Arkells - Knocking at the Door

    A Toronto band never made the Esplanade look so good. City views, subway cars, Paul's Boutique in Kensington Market, Union Station and a house party all make this a video love letter to our fine city.

    Austra - Beat and The Pulse

    Austra's video for "Beat and the Pulse" catapulted them to worldwide indie fame, yet a video that oozes this kind of sexy, creepy, feminist-ish art directioner fashion-blog-c-2010 gothness can't help but be firmly planted in Toronto's west-end indie electro-pop scene. 

    Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time

    The video for BNL's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" cover will always touch my heart. Look at those adorable winter clothes. Look at them driving around Scarborough. The huddles and harmonies. This vid reminds us Toronto boys can be super cuddly.

    Big Wreck - That Song

    Shots of the TTC seem to serve as passports to this list, but "That Song's" quirky and slightly creepy nostalgic elements solidify it as beating with pure Torontonian blood.

    Brendan Canning - Love is New

    The video starts with a swooping shot of the CN Tower, onto a TTC train and follow's the Broken Social Scenester through Kensington Market with dozens of Toronto musicians scattered throughout. 

    Cancer Bats - French Immersion

    Nothing is more Toronto than angry night biking. Metal's tribute to Toronto and to angry cyclists world wide.

    Choclair - Let's Ride

    By bike, convertible, motorcycle, or hum-vee, sometimes you just gotta cruise through Toronto with your pals. Though I usually do this with my clothes on — to each their own.

    Dido - Here with Me

    Follow Dido and her magically low tank top from a warehouse photo shoot and then down Yonge and King West as streetcars pass by. She rudely litters, walks in the middle of the street, and then drops her coat for no one to pick up. 

    Drake - 5am in Toronto

    Drake goes lo-fi for "5am in Toronto" and the track title says it all. 

    Drake - Started from the Bottom

    The first five seconds of this video manages to showcase a huge Toronto Parks & Rec logo. Then Drake is rapping in (fake) snow in and around a convertible and the rest of the video is more or less set in Shoppers Drug Mart.

    Esthero - That Girl

    Another Pearson airport video, but this one takes things to another level with Esthero trapped in a futuristic box, which also pops up around Bay Street? Clearly she's from another planet and can't handle the Toronto air quality.

    Feist - My Moon My Man

    Ok, Ok, so 1,2,3,4 comes to mind obviously, but it doesn't quite compare to the Pearson airport choreography and utterly perfect mood and styling of this Feist clip.

    Grimes - Kill V. Maim

    You'd never know it, but this video was filmed in lower Bay station. Grimes and her rave-y friends (many of whom are Toronto nightlife, dance and drag legends) have a great high-speed time and then a blood-covered dance party. 

    Kardinal Offishall - The Anthem

    "This is where we're calling home" chants Kardinal. The rapper spends a lot of time hitting up Toronto tourist spots, Scarborough, and the club district. If you're ever feeling homesick, this is a video to watch. 

    Kids on TV - Breakdance Hunx

    Kids on TV were born out of Toronto's late '90s and early 2000s queer scene, and this video involved so many quintessential characters from the era. This is a bookmark in gay Toronto's history. 

    K-os - Crabbuckit

    Trinity Bellwoods park never looked so lush and green. Filmed all over West Queen West, K-os then makes his way into some sort of jazzy dance club we all wish really existed. 

    Leonard Cohen - Closing Time

    The late, great Leonard Cohen's 90s jam was filmed inside Club Matador. He doesn't have many scenes on camera, but all the floating people and furniture sure do. 

    Maylee Todd - Baby's Got It

    It sure looks like Maylee and her crew had fun filming this dance-y track. Find her on the beach, don't neighbourhood streets, and in all kinds of friendly, art-like situations. 

    Maestro Fresh Wes - Stick to your Vision

    Be careful under all those hydro wires, Maestro! He raps about Don Mills and Eglinton and drives around St. James Town in this seminal song. This one was directed by none other than Director X, then known as Little X.

    Moffats - Misery

    The Toronto boy band took a trip to the Island, which provides some great skyline shots. It's just too bad they're so sad, and then they get caught in a huge rainstorm. A preview of days to come?

    Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)

    Nelly dresses for fall weather in this happy clip that sees her hang out on a couch in the Beach and dance in the streets at King and Simcoe.

    Our Lady Peace - One Man Army

    Raine Maida and Our Lady Peace hurt and fly all over Bay Street and at the intersection of King and Victoria until you can't take it anymore. 

    Parachute Club - Rise Up

    Have you ever felt like gathering all your super annoying theatres school friends on the back of a truck and parading around the streets of Toronto? Allow the Parachute Club to make that happen for you.

    The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now

    Toronto still has its bad boy rockers, and Toronto's new bad boy rockers learned everything they know from "I'm an Adult Now." Right? Or is that just a coincidence?

    Radio Radio - Cliche Hot

    This video from the Nova Scotian hip hop crew is basically a love letter to Honest Ed's.

    Romantic Traffic - ‪The Spoons‬

    When was the last time you showed a TTC busker some love? This vintage subway vid will tug at your heart strings for a big haired, new romantic Toronto that blossomed for a brief (3 min 58 sec to be exact) moment.

    Rush - Subdivisions

    A helicopter shot! You know you've made it when the label will give you a helicopter shot. Rush travel from downtown to Scarborough and sweep above the Don Valley Parkway in this intensive investigation into suburban living.

    The Shuffle Demons - Spadina Bus

    The most famous musical tribute to the TTC will likely always be these goofy, parachute-pant-wearing dudes climbing on the Spadina bus and jamming about how great the Spadina bus was. Plus, there's a sequel.

    Tears for Fears - Head over Heels

    No clue how the hell this happened, but the UK band's video was shot inside U of T's Emmanuel College Library.

    Kal Ho Naa Ho - Kuch Toh Hua Hai

    Who cares if Bollwood star Kal Ho Naa Ho is pretending he's in New York. It does a better job of showing off Toronto than most Toronto videos! There's Streetcar dancing and hot dog stand tasting involved. 


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    Victoria Day Monday events in Toronto are a motley collection of parties, screenings and annual gatherings, like the Brewer's Backyard at the Brick Works and the newly relocated Electric Island festival kick-off. Happy long-weekend finale!

    Events you might want to check out:

    Electric Island (May 22 @ Woodbine Park)
    It may have been relocated to the mainland, no thanks to flooding on the Islands, but the season's first big outdoor dance music festival is happening with a killer lineup of international DJs.
    The Brewer's Backyard (May 22 @ Evergreen Brick works)
    The Brewer’s Backyard returns with its annual Victoria Day event down in the Don Valley. The beer selection will only be revealed when the event begins.
    Free Victoria Day Screenings (May 22 @ Hot Docs Cinema)
    It's holiday Monday and Hot Docs Cinema will show movies all day, gratis! Catch four landmark Canadian documentaries starting at noon. 
    Earth Angel (May 22 @ Drake Hotel)
    The Drake is hosting an evening of film and art fashioned by a posse of heavenly women whose work is nothing short of magical.
    Beach Beats Island Express (May 22 @ Yankee Lady III)
    All aboard this 113-foot yacht to sail around the harbour all day with DJs spinning for what will feel like your personal long weekend boat party. There are departures every 30 minutes to join the floating fun.
    Canada's Wonderland's 36th Birthday Celebration (May 22 @ Canada's Wonderland)
    This huge amusement park is turning 36, and it's celebrating with cheap tickets for $36, street performers and a dance party at the front gates of International Street.

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    This week on DineSafe there are only conditional passes to report. Yellow card offenders included a popular Korean restaurant on Queen St. who racked up two crucial infractions including staff failing to wash their hands. 

    Discover what other restaurants got in trouble with city health inspectors this week on DineSafe.

    Burrito Boyz (5314 Yonge St.)
    • Inspected on: May 15, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Significant: 6)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Kuni Sushi Ya (20 Baldwin St.)
    • Inspected on: May 15, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 3, Significant: 3, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Operator failed to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated.
    Sashimi Island (635 College St.)
    • Inspected on: May 15, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Epicure Shop (473 Parliament St.)
    • Inspected on: May 16, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Significant: 4)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    HoSu Bistro (254 Queen St. West)
    • Inspected on: May 16, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 2, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Employee failed to wash hands when required and operator failed to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated.
    Sidecar (577 College St.)
    • Inspected on: May 17, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Minor: 1, Significant: 3)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Thobors (627 Mount Pleasant Rd.)
    • Inspected on: May 17, 2017
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Operator failed to maintain hazardous foods.

    Note: The above businesses each received infractions from DineSafe as originally reported on the DineSafe site. This does not imply that any of these businesses have not subsequently corrected the issue and received a passing grade by DineSafe inspectors. For the latest status for each of the mentioned businesses, including details on any subsequent inspections, please be sure to check the DineSafe site.


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    There's no shortage of scenic places to walk in Toronto, a city that prides itself on over 1,600 some odd parks and green spaces. But not all parks are made for walking, and not all ravines will let you escape without hiking.

    Here are 10 great places to take a walk in Toronto.

    Lakefront promenade at Marilyn Bell Park

    There's no skyline view from the promenade at Marilyn Bell, but it's about as close to the lake as you can get, and on a clear day you can easily see the escarpment across the lake. I'm particularly fond of this stretch at night, when the blackness of the lake seems to envelope you. 

    Cherry Beach

    Yes, I could have put almost any beach on this list, but Cherry Beach seems to be the choice of walkers, if only for its cool waters and ample park space just north of the sandy area. Stroll around as kite surfers struggle to catch wind. If you walk far enough west, you can catch a glimpse of the skyline.

    Edwards Gardens

    One of the prettiest places in Toronto, if busy on summer weekends, Edwards Gardens has plenty of meandering paths and trails through immaculately tended grounds. Look for wildflowers, rhododendrons and roses amongst the various flora, and be sure to pause contemplatively on one of the many wood bridges that cross Don River tributaries.

    The boardwalk at the Eastern Beaches

    There are boardwalks at both the eastern and western beaches in Toronto, but the east side takes the win for its people-watching and more ocean-like atmosphere (if you've been to both, this will make sense). I can think of few places better to stroll at dusk in Toronto.

    Moore Park Ravine

    The trail that runs southeast alongside Mud Creek features a tree canopy that'll make you think you've left the city altogether. While you'll have to share the path with cyclists, it's never that busy, and it's wide enough to accommodate all. 

    Cudia Park

    If it's elevated lake vistas you're after, head to this park atop the Scarborough Bluffs. It's remarkable just how tropical the scene can seem in mid-summer. Look out at the water and imagine that the deposits from these very bluffs formed what is now the Toronto Islands.

    High Park

    High Park is an obvious choice, but impossible to leave off this list. High Parks rolling hills offer many ravine walks, ponds, and, of course, the Cherry Blossoms in spring. There are trails all over the park and lots of paved paths if you prefer not to venture too far off the beaten track.

    G. Ross Lord Park

    Uptowners looking for a serene escape can hit this park, which features kilometres of weaving trails, alongside sports fields, picnic areas, and an off-leash dog park. None of the trails are overly challenging to walk, but the scenery is such that you'll feel much further north of the city's core than you really are.

    Mimico Waterfront Park

    A highly underrated waterfront area, this stretch of promenades offer views of the Etobicoke Yacht Club, Humber Bay Park West, and a tiny lighthouse that gives a quaint character to the bay. There are ample benches to take a break and enjoy the view.

    Broadview Avenue

    What would this list be without one skyline walk? Broadview Avenue gets my nomination for its sweeping views of the city and Riverdale Park below. Rotate your neck across the scene and take in the perfect juxtaposition of the Don Valley and the Financial District. This is surely one of the best views of the city there is.


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  • 05/22/17--07:32: The Best Pizza in Etobicoke
  • The best pizza in Etobicoke isn't slim pickings. Toronto boasts the fourth largest Italian population outside Italy, and this area of Toronto isn't devoid of pizza offerings.

    Here is the best pizza in Etobicoke.

    3 - FBI Pizza

    FBI stands for “full blooded Italian” and that’s exactly the type of pizza you’ll get at this restaurant at Lake Shore Boulevard and Burlington with a location in Woodbridge as well. Classic margherita, caprese, NYC cheese and calabrese pizzas made with quality ingredients have thin, chewy crusts.
    7 - Dino's Wood Burning Pizza

    This Queensway restaurant uses high quality ingredients and traditional methods to turn out their authentic pizzas. Basil is available on request here. The menu features a ton of choices, including pizza arugula prosciutto and al tuna.
    9 - Pizzeria Oro di Napoli

    Pies are fired in a wood-burning oven imported all the way from Italy at this place near Lake Shore and Burlington. Toppings include house sausage or house cured sardines and cured chilis, and they also specialize in elegant homemade pastas and other Italian entrees.
    5 - Mamma Martino's

    With over 25 years in the business, this Queensway restaurant is where to go to find reasonably priced, style-your-own pies. Toppings are far from run of the mill with eggplant, ricotta, anchovies, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers as options.
    4 - Cellar Door Restaurant

    At Lake Shore and Ninth, pizzas and other entrees are made in a wood burning oven. Expect authentic Italian flair complete with wine and a rustic atmosphere and pizza toppings like oven roasted potato, soppressata, prosciutto, or their signature bomba sauce.
    11 - Rocco's Plum Tomato (Queensway)

    This Etobicoke mainstay with locations on Islington and The Queensway serves up a long list of pizza options topped with ingredients like pesto, grilled zucchini and tiger shrimp.
    6 - Il Paesano

    The secret sauce at this pie shop on Brown’s Line can’t be beat. Toppings range from shrimp to salami for pies that go all the way up to “super big party size,” $29.80 for 24 slices. They’ve been a Toronto delivery and takeout mainstay since 1959.
    8 - 850 Degrees

    Find Neapolitan style pizza at Lake Shore and Thirtieth made with local Canadian ingredients. Pies with names like Lord Stanley, St. John’s (with buffalo cheese) and David Bolland (with calabrese salami) show local pride.
    10 - Milano's Pizza

    This local favourite on Bloor West has been open for decades. You’ll find basic pies with exciting toppings like shrimp, pesto, gyro meat, grilled chicken, zucchini and goat cheese. Combos with wings and wedges are available as well as jalapeno poppers and potato “munchers.”

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    Volunteer opportunities in Toronto this summer can only improve your life. Not only do you meet new people, help others, and make the city a better place by donating your time, but you're technically helping your own career by showing future employers that you demonstrate initiative. 

    Canadian Cancer Society

    There are loads of different types of volunteer opportunities here, especially during the summer months. Help the Relay for Life races all over the GTA run smoothly, there's the Run for the Cure, and even Sugar-Free September events that all need a lot of help. 

    Caribana

    Help make sure one the city's busiest and most vibrant festivals is a high energy, fun and easygoing experience for everyone by giving your time to Caribana. It's more than just guiding folks along a parade route; it's about learning what involved in managing a major event. 

    City of Toronto

    If you love the city and want to spend some of your free time outdoors helping Toronto be as good as it can be, consider helping out the City. They're going to need a lot of help during Doors Open, Canada Day celebrations, Summerlicious and have openings for all types of other roles like tour guides, art guides, and stage managers.

    Evergreen Brick Works

    If you find yourself stuck in the city and crave being surrounded by nature trails, hiking and wildlife, think about volunteering your time with the Brick Works. Positions here vary from welcoming hosts to leading bike tours and nature walks.

    Habitat for Humanity

    If your idea of volunteering is changing people's lives for the better and helping those who could really use break, then this organization is where you should concentrate your time. You can donate time in the head office, on sites as a deconstruction volunteer or at one of their many fundraising events like the annual baseball tournament. 

    Harbourfront Centre

    Volunteer at one of the city's most active summer spots during one of the many festivals, parties, film screenings, theatres shows, or just plain old beautiful days by the water. The Harbourfront has loads of opportunities to help guide the public and make sure all their summer programming goes off without a hitch.

    LEAF

    This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest by hosting clean-up days, tree planting activations, and running annual events like the Leslieville Tree Festival

    Pride Toronto

    One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities from a career growth, community building and learning standpoint, Pride has over 2,000 positions that need filling, from stage volunteers, behind the scenes wranglers, hosts, and parade helpers.

    TIFF

    One of the largest film festivals on the planet needs a lot of volunteers to help it run smoothly. Whether you're on the street, at red carpets or inside theatres directing eager movie-lovers to where they need to be, volunteers play an essential role at this festival. Plus, the shirts are pretty cool. 

    The 519

    This Church Street community hub not only runs one of the greatest outdoor festivals during Pride, but fun, outdoor and indoor programming all summer long. They are a beacon of light in the community, depend greatly on their volunteers, and help so many different types of people. Expect a lot of hugs as a volunteer here. 


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    Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, even if Toronto might be one of the most livable cities in the world. There are plenty of places in and around the city that let you take a little break, even if it's only for a few minutes.

    Here are the top places to get away from it all in and around Toronto.

    Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park)

    You won't feel like you're in the city once you're ensconced in this park right by the lake. Ride your bike, go for a jog, or simply wander around this huge park on the city's east side. 

    The Great Library at Osgoode Hall

    Even though it's surrounded by cast-iron fence, you can easily visit this library, which might be one of the most stunning rooms in the city. Head here at your lunch break and take a few minutes to sit and recharge in the middle of the work week.

    Boyd Conservation Area

    Located just northwest of Toronto, this densely wooded area is a wonderful place to spend a day away from the bustle of Toronto. It's chock full of mature trees, walking trails, and offers a scenic place to soak up a bit of nature.

    Toronto Music Garden

    This meditative space is mostly unpopulated throughout the day, so you can enjoy a bit of solitude right beside the lake. You'll often even hear classical music playing in the wooded areas.

    Craigleigh Gardens Park

    This gem of a park space is often overlooked due to its proximity to the Brick Works, but it's worth a contemplative visits in its own right. A gothic-style entrance gives the park an air of secrecy, and it's often barely populated, so the place feels all your own.

    The Palm House at Allan Gardens

    Immerse yourself in greenery at any time of the year. Explore the flora or simple soak in all the plant life on a dull, cold or rainy day to lift your spirits.

    Miles Road End Parkette

    A number of south Etobicoke streets terminate at little lakeside parkettes, but the one at Miles Rd. is my favourite. There are two benches and a chess table (which also works for a picnic), meaning it's a secluded spot to lounge with the city shimmering in the distance.

    The AGO

    This one is all about knowing where to go. If you're looking for some quiet time in a calm setting, head down to the Weston Family Learning Centre and walk southwest. Adjacent to Beverley St. there's an area with a few comfy chairs that might be the place to read in the city. 

    Cudia Park

    Everyone goes to Bluffer's Park, but the view from Cudia is just amazing and the trails that wind around above the bluffs are a great place to relax and contemplate the profoundly slow moving geological processes that created such a beautiful place.

    Rosedale Ravine

    Pretty much all of Toronto's ravines are ideal places to get away from it all, but Rosedale might be the quietest of them all. You can wander around the central trail or explore the scenic but solemn grounds of St. James Cemetery. 

    Writing by Derek Flack and Amy Grief.