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

    Open now
    • Schmaltz Appetizing has opened its second location, this time at the corner of Ossington & Dundas, in what was formerly a pharmacy.
    • Hoja LuWei, a Taiwanese noodle & bubble tea snack bar, has soft opened at 615 Bloor St. W. in Koreatown.
    • Onnki Donburi, a Japanese rice bowl spot, has also just soft opened at 40 Hayden St. (by Yonge & Bloor).
    • Less Bar, a venue booking events for queer, female identified, trans folk and/or people of colour, officially opens tonight at 834 Bloor St. W. in Bloorcourt. It also plans to focus on non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Quick-service restaurant Cali Mexican Grill is now open at 3250 Dufferin St., by Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
    • Bayleys is now serving coffee and smoothies in front of Chill Ice House at 82 Bathurst St. just south of King St.
    • Pilot Coffee has opened another outlet/coffee counter, this one on the concourse level of First Canadian Place in the Financial District.
    • Pilot Coffee is also available at the newly opened Pomarosa Coffee Shop & Kitchen, which specializes in Venezuelan arepas, at 504 Danforth Ave. (near Coxwell).
    • Urban House Cafe closed at Yonge & Wellesley last fall, but has now reopened in a new location at 718 Queen St. E. in Riverside.
    • The Beach House is now open at 1953 Queen St. E. in – of course – the Beaches.
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    • Henrietta Lane, a "cafe & drinkery," will be opening this fall at 394 King St. E. in Corktown.
    • Pollyanna, a restaurant from the same team behind Eastside Social and The Thirsty Duck, will soon be opening in what was previously Aprile Bambina Cucina at 1054 Gerrard St. E. (at Jones).
    • Bollywood Benny, which appears to be an Indian-style brunch spot, looks to be opening soon at 88 Nassau St. in Kensington Market.
    • Sidebar, a resto-bar at Broadview & Danforth affiliated with and directly beside the Danforth Music Hall, should be opening very soon. It will focus on modern North American cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients and dishes made from scratch.
    • Bad Pizza Co., a wood-fired and rock (music?) inspired pizzeria, should be opening this fall at 1216 St. Clair Ave. W. in Corso Italia.
    • FK Wine Bar by the (now closed) Frank's Kitchen will soon open at 770 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Arlington), replacing Prop.
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    • It seems the The Rude Boy on Roncey is done; a sign on the window claiming that it's closed “due to a mechanical problem” has been up for months, a reader noticed another sign that was briefly posted on the door saying rent had not been paid and its number is no longer in service.
    • Stella, the bar in Bloordale that also served curries, is no more.

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com


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    If you’re a university student, you know how awful it can be to leave the library after a seven-hour late-night homework session and walk straight into a faceful of cigarette smoke.

    Luckily, some universities are taking action to save you from this experience.

    Following a new rule at McMaster University in Hamilton, the University of Toronto is looking to completely ban smoking on its campuses. Currently, the Province of Ontario does not allow smoking within nine metres of any entrance, but that’s not always well-enforced.

    However, some say the ban will also be hard to enforce, due to the nature of a downtown campus. While McMaster is more self-contained, U of T is weaved into the fabric of downtown Toronto, and a short walk can take you on and off campus several times.

    Still, plans are underway to move the policy through school governance and into policy. A timeline is currently not known, though the start of the next school year wouldn't be unrealistic.

    Other college and university campuses have banned smoking as well, including Dalhousie, the University of Winnipeg, and more.

    So rejoice, non-smoking students. Soon, you may be able to leave your dusty cubicle at the library and walk out to some much-needed fresh air.


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    Toronto Police are on a blitz this week following Mayor John Tory's announcement of a new, six-point plan to ease traffic congestion within the city.

    The week-long traffic blitz – or "heightened rush hour route enforcement campaign," as the city put it – kicked off Monday and will continue through to Friday during times of peak traffic in the downtown core.

    Being that pretty much every cop is now also a social media whiz, the initiative has hashtags so that citizens can follow along as naughty drivers get busted for breaking the rules.

    #GetTOMoving and #RushHourTO are giving Torontonians some serious schadenfreude, but it seems to be the parking enforcement officers themselves having the most fun with this blitz on Twitter.

    Toronto's fleet of tweet-happy bike cops have been ticketing and towing anyone they can find illegally blocking traffic downtown, and they want citizens of the internet to know about it.

    This makes sense. The blitz is as much about awareness as it is enforcement. It also makes sense that these officers are proud of their accomplishments. They do their jobs well, and they're making a difference.

    What makes less sense is how openly gleeful, and playful the cops, are being about busting bad parkers.

    It can be argued that the people blocking traffic deserve to be put on blast for breaking the law. I wouldn't disagree with that – but it could also be argued that something feels kind of weird about seeing cops take selfies with the cars they're having towed.

    And tweeting 'Rush Hour' GIFs...

    And Photoshopping themselves into memes...

    And using emojis like my mom did when she first discovered emojis...

    By and large, responses to the police officers have been overwhelmingly positive. Members of the #BikeTO community have even been contributing to the hashtag with emoji-laden snaps of their own.

    But some tweets are just a little bit too accusatory for Twitter's tastes.

    "Mom on way to daycare came running up to her car on back of tow truck in No Stopping #RushHourTO-Release on scene $80.23 & $150 ticket," reads a tweet from the @TorontoPolice account sent Monday.

    "Proud of what you do but probably not a good idea to boast about ticketing a mom on way to pick up her kids," replied a citizen. "Life's already hard enough #empathy"


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    Get ready for another weekend filled with road closures in Toronto. Festivals and events like Pedestrian Sunday and the Invictus Games will be taking over Toronto's streets. There's also TTC subway closure, but fortunately it's only one stop.

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

    Oasis Zoo Run

    A bunch of road closures will take place on September 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for this event including:

    • Plug Hat Rd. will be closed from Beare Rd. to Meadowvale Rd.
    • One lane on Meadowvale Rd. will be closed from Plug Hat Rd. to Sheppard Ave. East
    • Old Finch Ave. will be closed from Meadowvale Rd. to Reesor Rd. 
    • The southbound lanes of Reesor Rd. will be closed from Steeles Ave. East to Old Finch Ave. 
    Harvest Festival 

    Two eastbound lanes of Dundas St. West from Runnymede Rd. to Fisken Ave. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 24.

    Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    The eastbound bike lane will be closed on Shuter St. from Victoria St. to St. Enoch's Sq. from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on September 23. 

    Pedestrian Sunday

    The following streets will be closed for Kensington Market's monthly event on September 24:

    • Augusta Ave. from Dundas St. West to College St. However, the intersection at Augusta and Nassau and Augusta and Oxford will be open for traffic.
    • Baldwin St. from the west side of Green P garage to Augusta Ave.
    • Kensington Ave. from Baldwin St. to Dundas St. West.
    • St. Andrew St. from the Green P garage to Kensington Ave.

    All of the above street closures will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Kensington Ave., which will be closed from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    The Invictus Games

    The Invictus Games will take place September 23 to 30. In order to provide a safe and secure environment for those attending the games, as well as those who live and work in the city, various road closures will be in effect in accordance to the Toronto Police Service's security plan.

    Overviews of these measures will be issued each morning and will be available on the Toronto Police Service’s website.

    WE Day Toronto

    Bremner Blvd. between York St. and Lake Shore Blvd. will be closed September 26 from 7 a.m. to September 29 at 3 a.m.

    There will also be lane restrictions on Bremner Blvd, Bay St., Blue Jays Way, Grand Trunk Cres., Front St. and The Esplanade September 26 to 28 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    TTC Subway Closure

    In addition to these road closures, this weekend will have a TTC subway closure. There will be no subway service between Kipling and Islington stations on September 23 and 24 due to track work.

    It's also important to note that trains on Line 1 will be bypassing Dundas Station both ways starting at 11 p.m. each evening until late October due to fare gate construction.


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    It might be time to update your Toronto sign selfie. The iconic sign at Nathan Phillips Square has a new glo-up. 

    The sign has been covered with 150 six-word personal stories from city residents. The new appearance, titled "My City, My Six," is part of the "TO Canada with Love" campaign.

    Toronto sign

    This is entirely different from the crappy graffiti that appeared after Nuit Blanche last year, but the idea of using the sign to send messages and share stories in an official capacity just makes sense given all the eyes on this local landmark.

    Toronto sign

    The featured stories were selected from over 4,200 submissions, according to the City of Toronto website.

    Toronto sign

    Some of the winning entries include “Toronto welcomes everyone from any place,” “High Rise Livin', High Park Lovin',” and “Toronto raccoons are smarter than you.”

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    The new decor will be featured until Spring 2018.


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    Toronto police have issued a warning to residents of the Mount Pleasant Road and Roxborough Drive area about the emergence of dangerous "Rosedale jams."

    It sounds like something your grandma would put on toast, but according to the TPS release these "jams" are of the party – not pantry – variety.

    Police say that large gatherings of teenagers have resulted in multiple "swarming-style robberies, stabbings, and assaults" over the past few weeks. 

    Three separate incidents were reported in the Rosedale Park area on Saturday night alone, according to the Wednesday news release; all of them involving victims between the ages of 14 and 16.

    "These events are being advertised through social media sites such as Snapchat and various webpages," say the cops. "The boys and girls appear to be attending these locations for the sole purpose of carrying out robberies and other forms of criminal activity."

    The events are said to happen on a weekly basis in public spaces and involve hundreds of teenagers.

    Parents who spoke to CBC News about the situation say the parties have also been advertised on a popular "Gossip Girl"-style website that shares rumours about Toronto high school students.

    This, combined with the fact that these "jams" take place in and are named after one of the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods, has provided some fodder for discussion about the rambunctious teens - some of it dating back to before the cops issued their Wednesday release.

    "This is what I was doing when I was young," wrote someone else on Facebook, linking to a Smash Mouth-themed comedic video. "Never mind your Rosedale Jam."

    It should be noted, however, that this isn't necessarily a joking matter.

    One boy was reportedly stabbed and taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries from the area on Saturday night, but aside from this, we don't know if any victims have been seriously injured or how many victims there have been.

    Police do say that they're concerned about the number of medical calls they've received relating to unconscious and intoxicated youth - and as much as we can laugh at our own memories of getting drunk as teens, these kids could end up seriously hurt, which is definitely not funny.

    In the wake of Saturday night's party, officers are looking for "approximately 8 to 10 boys and girls in their late teens, wearing hoodies and covering their faces with bandanas."

    Best of luck to them.


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    Theatre shows in Toronto this fall don't disappoint with a roster of award-winning productions on multiple stages across the city. If you're looking for suspense, high drama, new takes on old classics or over the top musicals, you'll be a happy theatre-goer this season. 

    Here are my picks for must-see theatre shows this fall in Toronto.

    Waiting for Godot

    There's lots of buzz around this production on until October 7. One of the most significant plays of the 20th century, it's a long one at over two hours, but Samuel Beckett's work on stage ponders some of life's deepest questions and might help you rethink your own existence. 

    The Seat Next To The King

    This play won the best new play at Fringe 2017 and runs until October 1. The play explores issues of race, sexuality, masculinity, all from behind the doors of a public washroom in a Washington D.C. park.

    Lukumi

    The latest production from Toronto treasure D'bi Young is a Afrofuturistic Dub Opera set in a postapocalyptic Toronto. Part play, part opera, part dub-poetry, it's a powerful and musical journey into the depths of humanity that runs from September 22 - October 9.

    Asking for it

    This documentary play at the east side's newest theatre looks at gender roles and sexual consent in a post-Ghomeshi scandal landscape. The play, which runs October 5-21 considers sexual consent in all its forms and how we understand it, like it or not. 

    Curious incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

    Running October 10 - November 19, this Olivier and Tony Award-winning production makes its Toronto debut on a Mirvish stage. Bringing the best selling novel to life, it's a mystery involving a dog, a young boy, and lots of suspense. 

    Salt Water Moon

    Award winning director Ravi Jain re-imagines David French’s beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation with magical results. This is the Factory Theatre’s critically acclaimed production is on stage for a quick run from October 12 - 29. 

    Grease

    The musical version of the classic tale of high-school love, that's basically a sing-a-long in itself, finally lands in Toronto. Expect lots of 50s inspired sets, dance numbers and all the songs you already know and love. It runs from November 1 - December 10.

    Backbone

    This is a new dance and live music show that explores the ‘spine’ of the continents by combining Indigenous dance with jaw-dropping athleticism.  Eight dancers bring to life "the electricity and impulses" of the country's rocky mountainous backbone with impressive  choreography from November 2 - 12.

    Disgraced

    This limited engagement of this smash hit play about a New York dinner party where conversations get very, very intense will appeal to those who are into heated debates around politics, money and religion. The show runs November 11 - 26 at the Panasonic Theatre. 

    Cake

    This is a new play written by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard who has won a Dora Award and is a Governor General award nominee. The piece, running November 17 - December 3, is like poetry on stage and is part of the playwright's commitment to create one performance work drawn from each country in Africa.


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    Earlier this week, we told you about a map that estimates the salary you'd need to pay rent on a one-bedroom apartment near a subway station in Toronto.

    Today, we have a similar, but more detailed map for condo buyers, sellers and owners.

    Realtor Davelle Morrison has been studying the value of both one and two bedroom condos along the subway line for more than a year to help answer the question: "which condos near TTC stations produce the biggest bang for your buck?"

    In the case of this map, "along the subway line" means right along the subway line. The criteria for inclusion was that the condos were 0.3km (just 394 steps) from a station.

    ttc subway map

    Toronto realtor Davelle Morrison crunched the numbers on how solid an investment buying a one or two bedroom condo along the subway line was in 2016. Image by Bosley Real Estate.

    As Morrison notes, "some stations don’t have any condos built within the 0.3 km distance." This would include Yorkdale, Dundas West, Queen's Park, Ellesmere, Donlands, and anything else on the map marked with "N/A."

    As the map above shows, people who purchased a one-bedroom condo near Kennedy, Lawrence West, Christie, Victoria Park in 2016 fared exceptionally well with more than a 40 per cent return one year later.

    Victoria Park was also good to two bedroom condo owners with an increase in value of 49 per cent. Two bedroom condos near Islington saw an even sharper increase of 55 per cent.

    Lawrence station had the highest return on the entire subway line for one bedroom units, but Morrison cautions against reading into that number too much.

    "The sample size is extremely small as one condo building in the area was just completed so for that reason, I would take this one with a grain of salt and look at the next station with the highest return," she says. "That would be Lawrence West.

    Rosedale, Davisville and York Mills fared poorly for both condo sizes. Each saw a decrease in value between two and eleven per cent.

    Check out the full map here and let us know if it checks out against your own experience in the comments.


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    If you’re not really a fan of pushing luggage over streetcar tracks in the pouring rain for a quarter of a kilometre, you’re in luck.

    According to the Toronto Star, Metrolinx will finally move forward with plans to connect the GO Transit/UP Express station with Dundas West TTC Station.

    The lack of an indoor connection between the two transit hubs has long been a contentious (and confusing) issue for travellers. Those looking to transfer between the UP Express and the subway are forced to walk almost 270 metres, rain or shine.

    Metrolinx’s Anne Marie Aikins noted that negotiations over property partially caused the holdup, but that those negotiations have now been finalized.

    An opening date has not been released, but will be after Metrolinx finishes acquiring the property on which the $23-million passageway will be constructed.

    Hopefully Metrolinx will be kind enough to build a moving sidewalk, otherwise it may be Spadina station(s) all over again.


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    You can take the cashier out of the snarky teen, but you can't take the snarky teen out of the cashier.

    Shoppers Drug Mart announced this month that it would soon be changing the voice used for its recently-installed, automatic self-checkout machines after lots and lots of negative feedback.

    Isn't "less attitude" one of the upsides to replacing people with robots? Like, aside from the fact that robots work for free?

    Regardless, some Shoppers customers say they feel "judged" by the imaginary person inside their check-out machine.

    Others find her voice "incredibly grating" and say the robot sounds "like a bored drunken teen."

     The most common criticism among customers is that it the checkout speaks with what's called "vocal fry" – a term that's inspired dozens of viral think pieces over the past few years.

    Think young women who draw out the ends of words to sound sexyyyyy – or creaky, as some hear it. Think "valley girl." Think Kim Kardashian.

    Shoppers has been receiving so many complaints online (and presumably through other means of communication) that the company recently sent the following public message to a customer:

    "Thanks  for your tweet! We are currently working on new self-checkout prompts using Canadian talent. Watch out for this in the next month!"

    It looks like robots aren't so perfect after all now, are they Shoppers? They may work for free, but they still hold the ability to alienate customers who "don't like [their] tone, young lady."

    Ha. Humans: 1, Machines: everything else.


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    This week a Toronto bar kicked out a man for wearing a “Proud Boys” shirt. 

    Unlovable, a popular bar on Dundas West, removed the individual last Saturday night after a customer complained about the shirt, which featured a Jack Daniels logo with the words “Proud Boys” in place of “Jack Daniels.”

    proud boys jack daniels

    The Proud Boys version of a Jack Daniels label, similar to the graphic on the t-shirt worn by the patron at Unlovable bar.

    The Proud Boys are a far-right organization founded by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. While their mission, beliefs, and purpose are all notoriously unclear, they claim to be “pro-West,” and “pro-Trump,” and are often lumped together with the alt-right.

    After posting about the incident on Facebook, Unlovable's page has also been flooded with dozens of comments and reviews; many giving one star to complain on behalf of the Proud Boys, and many more with five stars praising the establishment for their hard stance on bigotry and hatred.

    Goldie Saljoughi is the bar manager at Unlovable, and the employee who removed the patron Saturday night. She says it was absolutely the right choice, and that she has no regrets.

    “We don’t believe in that here,” she says, “my job is to make sure everyone is safe and having fun.”

    Part of why the incident was shocking for her, she says, is because Unlovable is a “friendly, neighbourhood bar” that mostly serves a regular crowd.

    Saljoughi has been criticized by the man’s girlfriend for throwing them out for being “an interracial couple,” using the shirt as an “excuse,” per her Facebook review. Saljoughi laughs at this and says, “I’m from Iran, I’m not really a racist.”

    However, Saljoughi adds that amid the negative backlash, she’s mostly seen positive responses from regulars and those who agree with them.

    “The response from our community and customers has been overwhelmingly positive so that has really taken the edge off of the bad reviews.”

    Several five-star reviews are from people who have never been to the bar, but are planning to go because their support for Saljoughi and the bar's removal of the patron.

    “You can call me rude until the sun comes up but at least you can’t call me a nazi,” Saljoughi says.


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    The first official days of fall arrive this weekend in Toronto and that means events, parties, concerts (like the huge Miguel show in the Port Lands), and markets are all ramping up their game to keep you distracted from summer's demise. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Sundown Music Festival (September 22 @ 20 Polson Street)
    Squeeze in one last festival before fall truly arrives. This is a 16+ music festival with very special guests The Sorority, Intrinity, Jayemkayem, Sean Leon, The Skins, Joey Badass and headliner, Miguel.
    Queen West Art Crawl (September 23-24 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
    Take a stroll through Bellwoods as it's transformed into a great big outdoor art gallery for the weekend. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. check out art of all kinds, food trucks, a beer garden, and entertainment in the park.
    The Drake x Henderson Brewing Block Party (September 24 @ Drake Commissary)
    The Drake Commissary teams up with their neighbours for a block party. There will be pop-up artisans including Pixel & Bristle design market, food by Drake Commissary and fresh produce. There'll also be DJs and a bouncy castle.
    Pedestrian Sunday September (September 24 @ Kensington Market)
    This is a full day of car-free fun, music, food vendors, performances, shopping and all kinds of street side surprises. Take the afternoon and check out a dance party, a band, a food stand and more. 
    Deadstock Depot Flea Market (September 24 @ Deadstock Depot Flea Market)
    Toronto's first vintage streetwear flea market features over 25 local and international vendors with a massive selection of handpicked garments catering to 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sports wear styles.
    Bi Arts Festival (September 22-24 @ Toronto)
    Toronto's first-ever three-day celebration of bisexual arts and culture includes a pop-up market, a photography show, readings, comedy shows, and a film showcase.
    Feminist Live Reads Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (September 22 @ TIFF)
    A JFL42 collaboration, this is a staged reading of the Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion, with a dream team of Toronto comics, improvisers, writers, and actors at the helm.
    TTC Streetcar Shop (September 23 @ 391 Alliance Ave)
    The TTC's streetcar overhead shop and car show will feature TTC merch, guided tours, a silent auction, a BBQ and live entertainment. 
    Luchafest (September 23 @ El Gordo Fine Foods)
    Lucha Libre Wrestling from Mexico comes to Kensington Market so you can experience high-flying, over the top wrestling while enjoying cold drinks and tacos.
    Gallery Day (September 23 @ Multiple Venues)
    Join Canadian Art editors and contributors for a free day of talks and hour-long tours in galleries all over Toronto. The day kicks off at 1 p.m. at Mercer Union.
    Arts of the East (September 23 - January 21 @ Aga Khan Museum)
    From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: this is the world premiere of one of the most important private collections of Islamic art.
    Word on the Street Festival (September 24 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Take in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, then browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. 
    13th Annual Stylegarage Sample Sale (September 23 @ 502 Adelaide Street West)
    The 13th annual Sample Sale includes a huge assortment of samples, prototypes, scratch and dents, and discontinued beds, sofas, sectionals, chairs, dining, storage, accents, and way more from the local furniture store.
    Fall High Park Record Garage Sale (September 23 @ High Park Record Garage Sale)
    From 9 a.m. to noon (get there early to get the good stuff!) check out hundreds of records, crates upon crates of vinyl, including an expanded 45s section. Expect tons of indie rock, funk, soul, jazz, Motown and folk.
    Etsy Made in Canada (September 23 @ MaRS Discovery District)
    Check out 130 top handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers in one place. There'll also be workshops and talks throughout the day.
    For The Low Pop-Up Market (September 23 @ Blank Canvas Gallery)
    This is a curated market of vintage and handmade clothing, accessories, art and housewares made by local designers. Check out all the quirky and unique items to freshen up your life and look. 
    Geary Avenue Flea: Septmeber Edition (September 24 @ 34 Westmoreland Avenue)
    Head to one of the coolest streets in TO for delicious eats, craft beers from Blood Brothers Brewing and artisan-made crafts. There'll also be plenty of vintage items from Eclectisaurus, BlackroseVintage, Studio 342 and more.
    Food Truck'N Friday (September 22 @ Resurrection Road)
    Find this outdoor food truck event just west of  Islington subway station and trucks like Pronto, Canadiana-a-go-go, FeasTO, Heirloom, Bestia and more. 
    Get Skewered Pop-Up (September 22 @ Left Field Brewery)
    From 4-9 p.m. the Get Skewered food truck parks at this brewery for an evening of tasty, healthy eats like grilled skewers, burgers and vegan burgers.
    Urban Swine Sausage Pop-up (September 22 @ Churchill)
    The Urban Swine are makers of hand-crafted sausages and they're popping up at Churchill for two nights. They're serving up beer and three flavours of sausage all made from ethically sourced meats and fresh, local ingredients.
    The Aleyards Fall BBQ (September 23 @ Rainhard Brewing Co.)
    Celebrate the end of Toronto Beer Week with some local food, music and beer from several much-buzzed about breweries.
    Scarborough's Oktoberfest (September 23-24 @ Toronto Blue Danube)
    Oktoberfest beer, traditional German food, best-dressed contests, games and all kinds of prizes make up this celebration that starts at 5 p.m. There will also be live shows and lots of free samples.
    Fried pickle & grilled cheese pop up! (September 24 @ Halo Brewery)
    Here you'll find fried pickles and triple decker grilled cheese, with a special guest, the fried pickle dog. Wash it all down with beer from Halo Noon until 7 p.m.
    Soupalicious Toronto (September 24 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    Soup season has arrived whether you like it or not. Sip, slurp and savour culinary soup sensations from Toronto chefs, restaurants, and caterers from noon to 4 p.m.
    Scorpions (September 22 @ Budweiser Stage)
    Need a big night of metal music, lights, smoke and explosions under the stars? Then get to this show from the Scorpions with very special guest Megadeth.
    The Crystal Method (September 22 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
    Meech & Rynecologist open for chillout electronic masters the Crystal Method.
    Dwayne Gretzky does the 00s (September 22-24 @ The Opera House)
    Is it Y2K? The launch of the Motorola Razr? Almost! Its Dwayne 2000! Re-live your fav tunes of the 00s without having to download them on Napster via this two-night Dwayne Gretzky extravaganza.
    Birds of Bellwoods (September 23 @ Mod Club)
    Toronto's Birds of Bellwoods celebrate their new album with an intimate show. The band's frontman also stars in Alias Grace! It's like a two for one deal!
    Feist (September 24 @ Massey Hall)
    This show is beyond sold out, but try the internet, call a friend, stand outside the venue and try to make it into what is sure to be a beautiful show from Feist.
    Beam Me Up Disco Fridays! (September 22 @ The Piston)
    Beam Me Up's disco parties now happen every Friday! If you need to dance and sweat it all out, The Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist are here for you with a night of deep disco cuts.
    Rude presents ALT (September 22 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    The RUDE collective feels it necessary to say and do something about the recent events in Charlottesville, so they're throwing this sick dance party to raise awareness, money and bring people together.
    Fit (September 22 @ The Beaver)
    A special Friday Night Fit means a good old sweaty dance party on one of the smallest but greatest dance floors in the West end. It's also a salute to all the sexy men of the film industry.
    Saddle Up! (September 22-23 @ Owl's Club)
    Dance to Dolly, Waylon, Shania and and the rest of your honky-tonk favourites at a legion hall at Dovercourt & Bloor. Featuring a 10:30 pm live set by Terry Savage & The Wonky Honkees.
    The Big Sound (September 22 @ The Great Hall)
    Toronto's biggest Motown and classic soul revue featuring a huge live band (30 musicians on stage!) and DJ Wes Allen during breaks. You won't dance this hard the rest of the year.
    Wimmin queer rock and punk dance party (September 22 @ Less Bar)
    To help celebrate the opening weekend of Less Bar: a queer-friendly, queer-run venue from local hero Carmen Elle, this is a heavy, queer rock n' roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive rockers.
    Jennifer Lopez Tribute (September 23 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
    Calling All J LO Fans! It's a night dedicated to the Latin diva with Jennifer Lopez hits all night from DJ Crazygirl, Maggy and drag performances.
    Fancy Footwork (September 23 @ The Piston)
    Daft Punk vs Blondie, Chromeo vs Parliament and AlunaGeorge vs Duran Duran all clash during this party that celebrates indie dance, nu disco, funk and new wave. DJs Mista Jiggz and Mike Don't and Mix Chopin spin all night.
    High Power Pon Di Roof (September 24 @ Mascot Brewery)
    Manifesto's monthly High Power dance party raises the roof this month and heads outside with resident DJs Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi and friends. It starts at 1 p.m. until the sun goes down.
    JFL42 (September 21-30 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    The comedy festival runs all weekend with show from Ali Wong and a live reading of Romi and Michelle's High School reunion.
    Toronto Beer Week (September 15-23 @ Multiple Venues)
    TBW continues to invade pubs, bars and breweries around the city this weekend, include some tap takeovers and a beer and street food party in the Junction.
    Toronto Palestine Film Festival (September 20-24 @ TIFF)
    Catch some award-winning and Canadian premieres at this unique film fest taking over the Lightbox.

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    The area around Sherwood Park is marked by some of Toronto's nicest homes. The streets that run south from Blythwood Rd. are particularly nice when it comes to residential architecture, as evidenced by this contemporary home found at 29 Blyth Dale Rd

    29 Blyth Dale Road TorontoIt doesn't look particularly glamorous from the street, but once inside, the interior shines with open spaces and vertical corridors that cast light from the second floor to the basement. This is a well designed home if there ever was one.

    29 Blyth Dale Road TorontoIn place of ostentatious luxury, you'll find features that are about livability, like en suites in multiple bedrooms, walk-out balconies, and a basement that feels like a main floor. There is, however, a backyard pool that totally vibes with the over $5 million price tag. 

    29 Blyth Dale Road TorontoSpecs
    • Address: 29 Blyth Dale Rd.
    • Price: $5,250,000
    • Lot Size: 51 x 150 feet
    • Bedrooms: 4 + 1
    • Bathrooms: 5
    • Parking: 4
    • Walk Score: 47
    • Transit Score: 68
    • Listing agent: Barry Cohen
    • Listing ID: C3923624
    29 Blyth Dale Road TorontoGood For

    Someone who founded a company that just had an IPO. Lawrence Park real estate prices aren't for the faint of heart. A big family would really benefit from the design features here.

    29 Blyth Dale Road TorontoMove On If

    Transit access matters. The location has lots of upside, but walkability and proximity to the TTC aren't on the list.

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


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    The Canadian Canoe Museum has just announced plans for a stunning new location that's sure to prove a major tourist attraction. Currently located in downtown Peterborough, the museum will be moving near the famous lift locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway by Ashburnham Dr.

    The new location will allow the museum to undergo a major expansion, which includes a beautiful architectural vision that'll integrate the museum with the waterway the river banks.

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    A view from the lift locks shows the Museum's low height. Photo from The Canadian Canoe Museum.

    The new design includes a green roof, a low profile to reduce environmental impact, and a walkway along the water. On the inside, the gallery will also include large public gathering spaces, with fare more room for cultural programming.

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    A render shows the green roof of the Museum. Photo from The Canadian Canoe Museum.

    Naturally, the riverfront location will also allow for on-water programming, something that very few museums will ever be able to offer. When it's up and running, you can bet it's going to be a popular day trip destination from Toronto.

    The Canadian Canoe Museum is home to 600 canoes and kayaks, along with thousands of other artifacts that explore Canadian history.


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    Video footage of a man dressed like a police officer dancing has been making the rounds in Toronto this week, and now it appears to have hit the real cops.

    They are not pleased.

    The video first surfaced on Monday in multiple Facebook groups. Filmed Saturday, it shows the man dancing in traffic at the intersection of Bloor and Christie.

    A GIF made from the video was subsequently posted to Reddit, where the person who capture the scene asked for help in finding additional footage.

    Fake Toronto Dancing Cop Causes Accident

    According to OP, the "fake cop" caused a real accident between a taxi and an SUV driver "by motioning them to both proceed through the intersection."

    The dancing man is said to have been accompanied by a film crew, which took off running with him when the crash happened.

    Unfortunately for us, OP stopped filming just before the cars collided, "but there were soooo many people filming, someone had to have gotten the actual accident on camera."

    The poster did get a photo of the immediate aftermath, though.

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    This person who posted this photo to Imgur says that it shows what happened after the fake dancing cop waved two vehicles through the intersection at once.

    We don't know if additional footage has materialized, but Toronto Police are now seeking help in locating the man as part of an "impersonating peace officer investigation."

    "On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 6:15 p.m., police received a call for a Property Damage Collision in the Bloor Street West and Christie Street area," the release reads.

    "It is reported that a man dressed in a police officer’s uniform was directing traffic while dancing," it continues. "Investigation has revealed that a collision which occurred between two vehicles was as a result of the man's attempt at directing traffic."

    The police department's description of the man indicates that cops really don't like it when citizens bite their style.  

    It states that, among other things, the man was wearing a police hat, a police uniform shirt and "a police vest with 'POLICE' written on the front."