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    There's only one thing better than outdoor summer events: free outdoor summer events. The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is hosting their third year of outdoor film screenings, every Thursday in July, at Corktown Common.

    Here you can expect to see four great movies and shorts for free — there is a suggested donation of $10 — and indulge in food service that starts before the movies at 7:00 p.m. It's BYOBlankie and movies start at sundown, or 9 p.m.

    Each film will be paired with a short that explores Toronto. This may sound familiar to the Christie Pits Film Festival and that makes sense because TOPS runs both. 

    The venue is accessible and films will be screened with captioning when it's available. 

    Here's a list of the films screening at Corktown Common this summer.

    Thursday, July 5

    Short film: Long Branch 
    Feature film: Roman Holiday (featured city: Rome) 

    Thursday, July 12

    Short film: Pole and OK TV 
    Feature film: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (featured city: Toronto)

    Thursday, July 19

    Short film: She Stoops to Conquer 
    Feature film: Cabaret (featured city: Berlin)

    Thursday, July 26

    Short film: BLMTO: Black Pride and 100 Musicians 
    Feature film: Selma (featured city: Selma)

    There's also a scheduled rain date on August 2 if one of the earlier movie screenings gets cancelled.


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    A new mall called King Square Shopping Centre is currently under construction in Markham, and it's already being billed as "Canada's largest Asian shopping centre" (move over Pacific Mall?)  

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    The site is currently under construction.

    This new development at 9390 Woodbine Avenue — near the intersection of 16th and Woodbine off of Highway 404 — is expected to contain "a luxury collection of retailers, restaurants, offices and entertainment venues" within its 340,000 square feet. Plus 1,500 underground parking spaces. 

    King Square Construction CAM from Fortress on Vimeo.

    The development was supposed to be completed in "early 2018," but has apparently fallen a little behind schedule. 

    king square mall markham

    A digital rendering of the outside of the mall. 

    The inside of the mall will boast a supermarket, food court, stage, cafeteria, rooftop garden, restaurant, banquet hall, community centre, medical centre and, seemingly, office space.

    This, plus yet-to-be-announced retailers taking over large portions of the first and second floors. 

    king square mall markham

    A digital rendering of the inside of the mall. 

    According to King Square's website — also the name of the developer — the mall isn't the only thing upcoming: a hotel and condos under the same name are in the "coming soon" phase. 

    The website says: "We contribute to the urban infrastructure in the form of graceful avenues and handsome streetscapes with a large-scale, total 11.5 acre of complex mixed-uses of parking structures, retail, commercial, restaurants, residential apartment/condos and hotel." 

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    The "coming soon" King Square Hotel. 


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    A 28-year-old man was shot and killed this weekend while leaving a private party at Pick 6ix in downtown Toronto — just hours after Drake himself was spotted in the same venue.

    Police say that Jaiden Jackson was seen exiting the busy restaurant (which is owned by Drake and his friend Nessel "Chubbs" Beezer, among other parties) around 9 p.m. on Sunday night with an unidentified woman.

    The two were walking up to Jackson's car near Yonge and Wellington, just steps from the restaurant, when three gunman are said to have approached them in a black Honda Civic.

    Two men got out of the car and fired guns at Jackson, according to police. The car's driver allegedly continued to shoot at the victim while chasing him into an underground parking garage at 18 Wellington Street West.

    The gunmen were then seen fleeing south onto Bay Street by car, according to police, and Jackson was found unconscious in the parking garage.

    He was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead on Monday morning.

    This marks the city's 31st homicide of 2018. Investigators say they believe Jackson was targeted, but have yet to release any suspect details.

    Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux told CTV that the event on Sunday "was a party for Drake" and, while it was invitation only, "there were some guests who were permitted to come with individuals who weren't invited."

    The Toronto-born superstar had indeed been photographed mingling with restaurant patrons Sunday afternoon, seemingly while hosting a brunch event.

     Giroux says he does not know whether Drake was present at the time of the shooting, however, and the artist himself has yet to comment.

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    Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, has not been linked to the shooting, but fans were quick to point of that drama sometimes seems to follow Champagne Papi on long weekends.

    In August of 2015, two people were killed and three others injured in a high-profile shooting at Muzik Nightclub during an after-party for Drake's annual OVO Fest.

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    Last year, one of the artist's friends and collaborators — Anthony "Fif" Soares — was killed in a Toronto shooting, prompting police to (unsuccessfully) seek out Drake's help in solving the case.

    Ironically, Drake was seen paying tribute to Fif with a champagne toast during the brunch event on Sunday afternoon.


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    Yes, the rumours are true. This old wonder that has brazenly stood at 20 Jerome Street near the Junction Triangle for 113 years is being demolished. 

    This is very interesting move because the property itself is a heritage property and has been listed as such since 1979. Last year it went on sale for around $1 million. 

    “The building is not structurally sound. If you sneeze too hard, it’s going to fall down,” said Councillor Gord Perks, in an interview with the Toronto Star.

    New owners of the property apparently began construction last month and are now finally getting around to levelling the property.

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    Although some neighbours have been very vocal about their concerns over levelling this Toronto marvel, any concerns they raise — they have this week to do so — will not impact the demolition of the house.  

    The house,  built by west-end Toronto builder J. Turner Sr. in 1905, is covered in weathered terracotta tiles. Turner Sr. used terracotta tiles because, at one point, they were super cheap and plentiful in Ontario


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    If you’re a fan of canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, caving, camping and, well, basically everything — this might be the perfect park for a day trip or weekend adventure.

    Less than two hours from Toronto is the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area (WCCA) that is surrounded by natural beauty. I mean, doesn’t this look like an enchanted forest?

    The WWCA has a little bit of everything, but what really drives people to check out this spot are the epic caves in the park that are perfectly safe for spelunking — no experience necessary!

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    There are seven caves inside the park, which were formed thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age by the rushing melt of water from glaciers that covered Ontario.

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    There are a number of insanely cool potholes and round depressions (called kettles) in the bedrock that were formed when the granite stones trapped in the current were spun around in place, grinding their way into underlying limestone.

    The kettles are some of the most Insta-worthy spots in the entire park and are popular to climb into.

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    If you’re up for exploring these natural jungle gyms, it’s recommended you bring a flashlight and wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Good footwear is an absolute must!

    Once you emerge from the caves, there is a scenic lookout nearby and 15 km of gorgeous hiking trails along Indian River. Trail maps are available at the gatehouse, so you can easily explore without getting lost.

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    With Indian River running through the park, swimming is a no-brainer. Canoes are also available to rent if you don’t have your own boat to bring. A trip to the village of Warsaw by canoe is just two hours and makes a great day trip — or you can just float along the river at your leisure.

    For camping enthusiasts, there are 52 camp sites inside the park which are fully-equipped with washrooms, showers, and even laundry rooms. Camping is available from mid-May to Thanksgiving.

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    To get into the park, it’s only $16 per vehicle. All the other fees like canoe rentals and camping are listed on the Warsaw Caves web site.


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    Night markets are back in Toronto this summer and with them come the excitement of cheap and sometimes unusual street food with the sights and sounds of summer. Eating, drinking and dancing is all going down at these many night markets worth checking out.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Artisan Cheese Night Market (June 7 @ St Lawrence Market, North Hall)
    The first of its kind in Canada, this night market promises cheese and charcuterie from artisan cheese makers, plus drinks and live music.
    The Stop’s Night Market (June 12-13 @ The Stop Community Food Centre)
    Back again is this huge night market featuring tons of food, performances, design and art, all in support of The Stop Community Food Centre.
    Night Market 6ix (June 15 @ Canoe Landing Park)
    Art and food come together for this new night market in one of the city's newest parks with all proceeds going to charity.
    Junction Night Market (July 7 @ The Junction)
    Music, activities and food make up this yearly neighbourhood street festival with an environmentally-friendly focus.
    Night It Up! (July 13-15 @ Markham Civic Centre)
    Markham's annual outdoor festival is back, showcasing Asian street foods and nightly performances.
    Waterfront Night Market (August 10-12 @ Ontario Place)
    Back after last year's venue debacle, this night market is known for a huge selection of Asian street food.

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    As Toronto's population explodes, so too must the number of places for people to live — hence the inclination of developers to build high-rise residential buildings pretty muchanywherethey canmanage to.

    Sometimes this manifests in the form of a densely-packed urban mega-development, like City Place, Liberty Village, or one of the many forthcoming master-planned communities around the city.

    Other times they come up insidiously, one demolishedwarehouse and mini-mall at a time.

    Dufferin Jog condos

    Boarded up buildings slated for demolition on Gladstone Avenue.

    A new seven-storey condo development has been proposed for the space directly north of FreshCo at Gladstone Avenue and Queen Street West, where currently stands some vacant, boarded-up houses and an old automobile collision centre.

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    The Bianchi Collision Centre on Gladstone Avenue.

    Condoman Development Inc. is asking the city to amend a zoning bylaw so that two vacant properties with three addresses (31, 33 and 37 Gladstone) can be amalgamated into one building with 58 dwelling units, not too far from the Gladstone Hotel.

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    Rendering of the proposed new building at 31 Gladstone via City of Toronto submission.

    Once the buildings are demolished to make way for this new development, Gladstone between Queen and Peel Avenue will be almost entirely unrecognizable compared to itself just five years ago.

    In fact, the entirety of what we once had to call the "Dufferin Jog" (grumble grumble) is now almost entirely flanked by either condo buildings, or condos-to-be, which shouldn't be surprising given the great location.

    Dufferin Jog condos

    The row of condos on the west side of Gladstone Avenue.

    Still, it's quite the change. The run-down rowhouses that once stood adjacent to the Price Chopper are long gone, as is another auto body shop and literally everything else between Peel and Queen on the west side of Gladstone.

    A mega-development called The Carnaby (that big gray building with a Metro at the base) sprawls all the way over from Gladstone to Dufferin.

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    The Carnaby condo on the south side of Queen near Gladstone Avenue.

    Both the north and south sides of Peel also now hold condos very similar to the one proposed last week with gradually ascending setbacks.

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    Condos on Peel between Gladstone and Dufferin.

    Heading west on Peel, the old artist and startup warehouse at 442 Dufferin is now completely razed and ready to become (what else?) a condo complex.

    The site of the former warehouse at 442 Dufferin.

    But that's technically on the Parkdale side of Dufferin, which is already a known hot spot for new developments and/or gentrification, depending on how you feel about it.

    Ditto for the nearby Q Loft, which made waves of its own upon popping up in 2014.

    Q Loft Toronto

    The Q Loft on the northwest corner of Queen and Dufferin.

    As far as the Dufferin Jog goes, only a handful of mismatched homes remain along the east side of Gladstone, just before Peel.

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    Gladstone Avenue looking north.

    Based on what's been happening with real estate in the area lately, I'd reckon their days are numbered. For better or for worse, they're the only things standing in the way of a perfectly condo-lined former Jog.


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    Events in Toronto today spell good news for anyone who has ever sung in the shower as Sing! kicks off with concerts and programming all over the city. There's also a big birthday bash happening for Hemingway's as it celebrates 38 glorious years.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Hereditary (May 23 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Director Ari Aster is on hand to discuss his supernatural horror film that has been getting buzz at both Sundance and SXSW.
    ImaginePeace (May 23 @ Gardiner Museum)
    Inspired by Yoko Ono’s activism, this series pairs artists with academics to discuss how people are shaping the future in the digital space.
    King Tuff (May 23 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
    Always working to take indie pop and garage rock to strange, new places: King Tuff is here with Cut Worms to bring on the tripped-out vibes.
    Hollywood Rectangles (May 23 @ Comedy Bar)
    The classic game show of Hollywood Squares sees comedians impersonating celebrities and stretching the definition of the word itself.
    Hemingway's Anniversary Party (May 23 @ Hemingway's)
    This Yorkville mainstay is celebrating 38 years with a big birthday bash featuring tons of barbecue, giveaways and prizes.
    Emmure (May 23 @ Mod Club Theatre)
    The self-proclaimed cult of Emmure arrives with their slow-roasted brand of metal core for only the bravest of souls.
    On The Rise (May 23 @ Free Space)
    Five creators share their experiences of growing as visual storytellers through relationships and skill building, moderated by writer Monica Heisey.
    Spacing Mag and Book Release Party (May 23 @ 401 Richmond)
    Toronto's urbanism and architecture mag is set to release its spring 2018 edition with a focus on Toronto at night.
    Satyricon (May 23 @ The Opera House)
    Longtime sweethearts of the Norwegian black metal scene, Satyricon is here alongside Panzerfaust and Blood of Christ.
    Sing! (May 23 - June 3 @ Multiple Venues)
    The best in a cappella gets a week-long celebration, featuring local and international performers, concerts, workshops and free events.

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    Located in the historic Monarch Building, this hard loft is divine and is in such a great neighbourhood. Sitting in the King West neighbourhood, you’ll never be bored here. 436 wellington street west toronto The 1,700 square foot open concept loft was recently renovated and has a direct elevator. You no longer have to make awkward chit-chat with your neighbours! Ah, the dream!

    436 wellington street west torontoAs it’s a hard loft, the unit is full of character in the form of wood ceilings, an exposed brick wall, steel posts and exposed beams.

    436 wellington street west torontoWhile the unit is advertised as open-concept, there is a weird wall with windows in the middle of the living and dining area. I’m kinda in to it as it makes the space seem like a house inside an apartment and helps break up what could be a cavernous room.

    436 wellington street west torontoThe bedroom is spacious and has a modern en suite bathroom. There is no bathtub though, so if you’re a fan of those you’re out of luck.

    436 wellington street west torontoThere is an odd layout design in which to access the closet you need to either go through the front hallway or through the bathroom. I could see this getting annoying, but it is a walk-in closet so it can’t be all bad.

    436 wellington street west torontoAs for outdoor space, there's a balcony — an absolute luxury when it comes to old factory buildings. It does look out onto a parking lot so… not the best view.  

    436 wellington street west toronto Specs
    • Address: #205 - 436 Wellington Street West
    • Type: Loft
    • Rent: $6,000 / month
    • Listing agent: Ben Higgs
    • Furnished? No
    • Utilities: No
    • Air conditioning? Yes
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 1
    • Laundry? In suite
    • Outdoor space? Balcony
    • Pet friendly? No
    436 wellington street west toronto Good For

    A professional couple or bachelor who wants to be smack downtown, but not live in a condo that’s your stereotypical glass box in the sky.

    436 wellington street west torontoMove On If

    You don’t want to traipse through your bathroom or walk around your entire apartment every time you want to make an outfit change.  

    436 wellington street west toronto


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    The TTC takes a lot flak over service delays and subway crowding — so much so that it's easy to forget how much the transit agency really does care about customer service.

    A quick scroll through the @TTCHelps reply column on Twitter should remedy that, and fast.

    The Toronto Transit Commission is killing it, as far as brands on social media go, with consistently helpful and timely responses to every complaint or question that comes in.

    Streetcar too hot? The TTC's got you. Presto card glitching? The TTC's got you. Want Morgan Freeman to read transit announcements? The TTC's got... well, they've got an answer for you (and also a GIF.)

    And this helpful spirit goes far beyond the confines of our phones and computers.

    Just ask Areti Tzanetakis, or anyone else who's dropped something valuable down the subway tracks, only to have it miraculously re-surfaced by a TTC station staffer.

    "I lost my new apple earbuds today at Yonge and Dundas station," said Tzanetakis by email on Tuesday. "TTC was amazing at receiving them within the same day I dropped them onto the tracks.... Please give some love to TTC."

    The entire situation played out live via Twitter thanks to a friend of Tzanetakis, who reached out to the @TTCHelps account on the off-chance that maybe they could, ya know, help.

    As it turns out, they definitely could — and did.

    Within half an hour of the original tweet, the TTC was already working to locate the lost item.

    "Whereabouts on the tracks? In the middle etc? Also what colour are they?" asked the @TTCHelps account, to which Tzanetakis' friend replied with a photo.

    Less than 15 minutes after that reply, the TTC asked if they come and pick up the AirPod following peak service.

    By 9 p.m., Tzanetakis was reunited with her brand new AirPod, relieved that she wouldn't have to go shell out $100 for a simple, accidental drop.

    Now that's some award-winning customer service magic, right there — and it happens all the time.

    Good looking out, TTC Twitter.


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    At least one teen was seriously injured this week while participating in what's being described as a "fireworks fight" at Christie Pits Park.

    Essentially, a bunch of people decided to shoot roman candles at each other while running around in the dark on Victoria Day — one of several Canadian holidays that revolve exclusively around alcohol and fireworks.

    A Toronto woman who was in the area (but not fighting with fireworks) was concerned by what she saw and started filming the encounter.

    "Fire works turned into shooting works with teenagers going crazy on Victoria Day," she wrote on Twitter when publishing the video around 11 p.m. on Monday night. "One injured in the eye!"

    Nadia Jaber, the woman who posted the video, told CBC that she had gone to the park with her husband and daughter for what she thought was a regular fireworks show.

    Instead, she saw "kids running around everywhere, rounds of shooting at each other."

    "At a certain point it became really, really intense," she said, noting that nobody was there to supervise the teens — not parents, the city, nor anyone from the community.

    Jaber called the police herself after one boy was struck in the eye by fireworks. Paramedics took him to hospital with a "serious injury" around 9:30 p.m. that night, but no arrests were made in connection with the fireworks fight.

    Apparently, fireworks fights like this one are not all that uncommon.

    "Dumb teenagers (and not so teenagers) have been doing this forever," wrote one person in response to Jaber's tweet on Reddit. "I recall this exact activity occurring when I was a teen in the 90's. Idiots gonna idiot."

    "The cops should be there early and stop this before it happens," wrote someone else. "It's been going on for years and frankly is getting worse. (shakes fist at sky)"

    Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson told The Sun that, while police "did respond to a call to a large group of people in Christie Pits shooting fireworks at each other," the incident is not actively being investigated.

    "Of course, the Toronto Police would want to discourage anyone from firing fireworks at each other," he said, "because it can cause serious injury."


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    A park just steps from the bustling St. Lawrence Market will once again be screening free outdoor movies this summer. There is literally nothing better. 

    It's BYOBlankie and picnic dinner at St. James Park near King and Jarvis for this movie night series under the stars. 

    Here are the movies playing this summer:

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Special Pride community event with a live drag show at 8 p.m. at the gazebo stage, followed by screening of Kissing Jessica Stein at 9 p.m.

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The screening of Coco begins at 9:00 p.m.

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The screening of Breaking Away begins at 9:00 p.m.


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    The hottest restaurants in Toronto right now are going strong. Italian, dumplings, pizza, sushi, falafel and hummus, wine, Jamaican: these are no-fail offerings, and at the fashionable joints below they’re selling like hotcakes.

    Here are my picks for the hottest restaurants in Toronto right now.

    Giulietta

    Sharing is caring at this pretty little new Italian kid on the block where Bestellen used to reside in Brockton Village. An open kitchen led by Rob Rossi turns out pasta, seafood and wood-fired pizza.

    Constantine

    On the bottom floor of the new Anndore House boutique hotel near Yonge and Bloor, dine surrounded by blown-glass vases and watch as a kitchen in the centre of the dining room prepares Mediterranean-Italian pasta dishes, crostini and intricate desserts.

    Parallel

    This tahini factory on Geary makes their own hummus, falafel, and other Middle Eastern classics, and Toronto is clamouring for them.

    Mira

    The chocolate bomb at this semi-hidden Peruvian restaurant in the King West neighbourhood has become something of an Instagram star, but make no mistake, the ceviche and cocktails are impeccable too.

    Il Covo

    When a chef from Buca broke off to create this new Little Italy project, the results were nothing short of stunning, with handmade fresh pasta in the spotlight.

    Rosalinda

    Vegan meets Mexican at this new venture from Toronto’s golden boy restaurateur, Grant van Gameren. Expect beautiful plating and a lush, smartly designed environment.

    Kaka AYCE

    Some of the best AYCE sushi in the city has made its way downtown with a fresh spot on Bay packed with raw fish lovers.

    Paris Paris

    You’ll find everything that goes great with wine at this adored all-day bar on Dundas West: meats, cheeses, mussels, fries, and even Portuguese chicken. 

    Chubby’s Jamaican

    It’s no surprise in Toronto that a Jamaican concept would be popular, especially one located in a charming converted boarding house near King and Portland. Throw in pit cooking and rum punch, and the reservations book themselves.

    Tuk Tuk Canteen

    Weekends are slammed at this dimly lit restaurant on Roncesvalles, Cambodian cooking wholeheartedly embraced by the community.


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    The best cooking classes in Toronto can take you from watching Chopped on the couch to actually, you know, chopping something. Start from scratch with 101 courses on the basics or add more skills to your repertoire with specific workshops in sushi, macarons, biscotti, or anything else you’ve always dreamed of being able to whip up yourself.

    Here are the best cooking classes in Toronto.

    George Brown College

    It only makes sense that you’d head to one of the campuses in Toronto known for turning out great chefs to learn how to cook. Mark McEwan himself is on the board of directors.

    Dish Cafe

    This chic cooking school in Little Italy has a clear calendar on their site full of opportunities to learn how to make dumplings, pasta, date night dishes, tacos and more.

    The Depanneur

    Food is brought to life at this quirky Little Italy corner spot where workshops are held on diverse topics like knife skills, macarons and Mexican cooking.

    Cookery

    This Roncesvalles Village kitchen shop offers 101, gourmet, seasonal, and global cooking classes — as well as courses for kids.

    Hooked

    Spots in popular classes held at the Leslieville location of this renowned seafood shop are often quickly snapped up. You might learn how to fillet fish, or include it in Asian cooking.

    The Chef Upstairs

    It’s all about interactive classes at this Mount Pleasant space, including a huge range of programs for kids and teens. Learn to cook Japanese, Italian, Mexican or Caribbean cuisine.

    Nella Cucina

    Learn everything from basic skills to how to make pasta, pizza, biscotti and macarons at this Annex restaurant supply giant.

    Sushi Making for the Soul

    Learn how to make favourites like makimono, nigiri and sashimi from these workshops that take place in the Stockyards Village area.

    Cirillo's Culinary Academy

    Knife skills courses and couples cooking classes are the tip of the iceberg at this Etobicoke cooking school near the intersection of Dundas West and Burnhamthorpe Road.


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    Doors Open Toronto 2018, the city's annual, two-day-long celebration of architecture and snooping, returns this weekend with more than 50 new spaces (out of a total 134) for the public to explore, many of them centred around this year's theme of "Film: The Great Romance."

    From can't-miss favourites to exciting new additions, here are my picks for the top buildings to check out at Doors Open Toronto in 2018.

    Bay Lower Station

    You've likely heard that there's a secret, unused TTC subway station beneath Bay — and that it's nearly impossible to visit without being on some sort of film crew. That changes this weekend, when the TTC opens up Bay Lower to the public after years of reserving it for productions like Resident Evil and The Handmaid's Tale.

    Toronto Reference Library

    If you think that the first five floors of Toronto's biggest library are spectacular, wait until you see the other five — the ones that are usually off-limits to the public. This architectural and cultural landmark houses a lot more than books. Doors Open visitors can expect to see everything from the Arthur Conan Doyle Room to TPL's own Conservation Lab.

    Toronto Reference Library

    The stunning Toronto Reference Library was designed by architect Raymond Moriyama and completed in 1977. Photo by Jack Landau.

    Humber Lakeshore Campus

    Like Bay Station, something old, cool and definitely haunted lies beneath the brick "cottage" buildings at Humber College's Lakeshore campus. Built in 1888 by patients at the Mimico Branch Asylum, the psychiatric hospital-turned-learning centre is connected by a series of historic underground tunnels that you can walk through this weekend.

    Malabar Ltd. Costume Warehouse

    Theatre, film, TV and fashion fans alike will have the rare opportunity this weekend to see Malabar's sprawling Brockton Village warehouse — home to more than 30,000 historical costumes dating back to 1923. Experts in makeup, design and costumes ranging from the Medieval to Edwardian periods will be on hand to help you explore.

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    The costumes in Malabar's warehouse at 122 Brock Avenue are rented throughout North America for opera and theatre productions, as well as for film and television shows. Image via City of Toronto.
     

    PARTISANS

    Doors Open purists will be thrilled to note that one of Toronto's most-renowned architecture studios will be welcoming guests into its open-concept creative hub in Dovercourt Village — a space that has severed as everything from a textile factory to a practice space for musicians like Drake and The Weeknd early in their careers.

    Ubisoft Toronto

    This video game industry giant will be opening its doors to the public on May 26 for the first time since it was established in 2010. Guests can look forward to experiencing Ubisoft's "Performance Capture studio," which uses 80 VICON cameras to produce the highest-quality performance capture for games, film and TV.

    Ubisoft Toronto

    Ubisoft Toronto is located in the the former General Electric factory, a four-storey industrial building located in the Junction Triangle.

    University of Toronto: McLennan Physical Labs

    Another new addition to this year's program is home to some of Canada's most cutting-edge research in psychics, astrophysics and astronomy. It's also where Good Will Hunting was filmed. Doors Open visitors should be sure to check out this building's huge, 16th floor telescopes for a chance to safely view the sun.

    MOCA (Tower Automotive Building)

    One of Toronto's coolest depression-era industrial towers is fast-transforming into the the Museum of Contemporary Art's new home in the Junction Triangle. Get a sneak preview of how MOCA is using the Tower Automotive Building before everyone else does: the space won't officially open until September.

    MOCA Tower Automotive

    The Tower Automotive Building, build for the Northern Aluminum Company in 1919, has been sitting vacant since its closure in 2006. Image by Hector Vasquez.

    Shaftesbury

    Located in the heart of Toronto's Studio District, this 10,000 square foot media production space features an indoor park, among other cool filming spaces. Visitors for Doors Open will get to dress up in costumes and take pictures with larger-than-life props from shows like Carmilla and Murdoch Mysteries.

    St. John's Convent

    This actual convent in North York, near the intersection at Cummer and Maxome avenues, is described as a "contemporary expression of monasticism" for the Anglican Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. Guests are invited to explore spectacular architectural details, like a high-vaulted chapel with 100-year-old carvings and an outdoor labyrinth.

    Photo Challenge

    Submit your photos of this year's Doors Open Toronto and you could win one of three gift certificates for Henry's Canada. Just tag your photos of Doors Open Toronto with #blogTOdot18 on Instagram to enter the challenge. The deadline to submit is May 27 at 11:59 pm.

    We will select our 10 favourite photos from those submitted, and then the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite between May 28 and June 3, 2018. The winners will be announced on June 4, 2018.