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Not everyone is happy with Toronto's new police cars

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:53:00 -05002016-10-24T18:53:00-05:00

(image) Back in September, Toronto got new police cars. Chief of Police Mark Saunders revealed this revamp in a video posted to Twitter. The cars went from red, white and blue to a monochromatic grey, black and white colour scheme.

As CBC reports, Chief Saunders made the decision to switch up the cars. "There was just a moment when I did it, there was no deep thought in it," he told Metro Morning earlier today.

Some of the city's police cars were old and needed to be replaced, writes the Toronto Star. Saunders landed on a new look for these Ford Interceptors instead of keeping them the same. While the civilian police oversight board asked Saunders to explain his decision, he didn't need to consult them before making this change.

Some say the new cars look too much like the Toronto Police Service's stealth cars, but Saunders maintains that the new vehicles are highly visible on city streets.

Here's how some Torontonians are responding the new grey police cars:

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What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by @TDotsRicky.


Toronto pop-up giving away free pizza for two weeks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -05002016-10-24T17:01:00-05:00

(image) There are few better things in life than pizza - especially when it's free. Rustico on King, a pop-up pizzeria, is taking pizza to the next level. They'll start off with a ready-made Delissio pizza and add on your favourite gourmet toppings.

Get in on the cheesy goodness everyday between November 4-20 at 363 King Street West at Peter. There really is no catch.

Photo via jedicat1989 on Instagram.


St. Lawrence Market becomes night market next month

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -05002016-10-24T16:30:00-05:00

(image) Imagine being able to attend an all-you-can-eat feast at the St. Lawrence Market. What would you grab first? A peameal bacon sandwich? A lobster roll from Buster's Sea Cove? Well, all of your foodie dreams can come true next month at the annual Evening at the Market event.

Tickets to Evening at the Market on November 10 cost $75 and include food and drink. All of the Market's 64 vendors will be preparing something at this nighttime feast, which means there will be a ton of dishes for you to try.

Proceeds from this event will go towards Second Harvest, meaning you can stuff your face and feel good about it at the same time.

Photo by Davoud D. via the blogTO Flickr pool.


Cask days still sets the bar for Toronto beer events

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:15:00 -05002016-10-24T16:15:00-05:00

For its 12th edition, Cask Days gave Toronto access to more than 400 unfiltered, unpasteurized cask-conditioned ales from across Canada and the United States. The three-day event wrapped up yesterday, but not before attendees nearly drank the festival dry. Beer lovers descended upon Evergreen Brick Works on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to sip and sample beer and cider from local Ontario breweries as well as ones from British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New York, California and this year's featured region, Oregon. There were about 50 beers and ciders from the west coast state available in Canada for the very first time. With so much choice, it was difficult for me to decide what to drink. Luckily, tokens only cost $2.50 each (one token gave you a five ounce pour), meaning it was easy to sample a lot of beer. By the final session on Sunday, I heard one festival staffer say they were to down to their last 170 casks. Even still, there was plenty of beer to go around. Ralph Morano (of the Morano family that owns Bar Volo and Birreria Volo) started Cask Days back in 2005. He held it on the patio at the now shuttered Bar Volo on Yonge and attracted about 150 attendees. By 2012, Cask Days moved to its current location at Evergreen Brick Works. And in 2015, nearly 10,000 people joined in on the fun. While there was more beer than ever this year, there was also was lots to eat. Along with putting a spotlight on beer from Oregon, the Portland-based restaurant Lardo's was on site serving up deliciously meaty and cheesy mortadella sandwiches. There were also plenty of familiar faces, like Pawel's Pretzels from Pawel Grezlikowski (who's behind PG Cluck's), Sweet Jesus, Home of the Brave, Montgomery's and Brando's Fried Chicken from Brandon Olsen. After 12 years, Cask Days knows what it's doing - that's why the event works so well. Instead of shelling out tokens for beer and cash for food, you can use tokens for both. This undoubtedly encourages people to eat, which is probably a good thing when sampling lots of beer. The mood is celebratory and fun, but still down-to-earth - kind of like Bar Volo. DJs keep the music going throughout the weekend, but the whole events lacks the bro-heavy vibes that usually pervade other local beer festivals. Instead, Cask Days gives Toronto a chance to try unique brews and expand their beer-drinking horizons. Sadly, Cask Days comes but once a year. We'll just have to wait and see what the Morano family whips up for 2017. Photos by Hector Vasquez. [...]

How to celebrate Day of the Dead 2016 in Toronto

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:25:00 -05002016-10-24T15:25:00-05:00

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, celebrations in Toronto showcase a Mexican tradition rich with history, beautiful costumes, and face paint. It's a day to remember loved ones and help them on their way to the afterlife with music, food, parades and parties now celebrated around the world in the days before and after October 31. Here are my picks for Day of the Dead celebrations in Toronto for 2016. Day of the Dead (Nichola Feldman Art and Design, Oct. 28-Nov. 4) On the opening night of artist Nichola Feldman Kiss's Dead of the Dead show, the art gallery will be transformed into the Death Cafe where folks can come in, have a snack and a drink and discuss death. Space is limited, so register in advance. The Sinai Soiree (CBC Atrium, Oct. 29) The CBC Atrium will be transformed into a Dia de los Muertos street party in support of Women's and Infants' Health at Sinai Health System. Get dressed up for this 7th annual mega bash. Tickets are pricey, but they're for a good cause. Dia de Muertos at Barrio (Barrio, Oct. 29) The east end's newest Mexican hot spot celebrates with a special Day of the Dead menu until November 1. But the real party's on October 29 with drink specials, DJs and lots of dancing. Day of the Dead Celebration (Evergreen Brick Works, Oct. 30) Evergreen Brick Works hosts a special celebration of Latin American culture, including food, music, dancing and the dead. There will be storytelling, a Latin Mercado, cooking demos, mezcal tastings, live music, skull face painting and a walk in the ravine. This one's usually extremely busy, so be ready for crowds. Daytime Fiesta (The Rockpile West, Oct. 31) Head to this daytime mini-fiesta inspired by the beautiful art of the Day of the Dead at The Rockpile. This isn't an official Dia de dos Muertos party, so don't expect anything too traditional. Celebracin del Da de los Muertos (Artscape Wychwood Barns, Oct. 31) This annual celebration is thrown by Toronto's own Día de los Muertos Collective. They help bring together musicians, Mexica (Aztec) dancers, culinary creators, artisans, visual artists and performers for this party celebrating the dead. Be sure to bring a marigold (yellow-orange) flower to place in the community altar. Grab Pan de Muerto (Pancho's Bakery, Nov. 1-2) Pancho's's brings a healthy dose of tradition to Day of the Dead celebrations. Not only are they participating in pretty much every major party in the city, but they're also selling Pan De Muertos (a soft sweet bread) at all their locations for two days only. El Catrin Day of the Dead(El Catrin, Nov. 2) El Jimador tequila is sponsoring the annual party at the Distillery District restaurant El Catrin. There will be cocktails, DJs, a Mariachi band, face painting and giveaways. Day of the Dead at the Harbourfront (Harbourfront Centre, Nov. 5-6) Harbourfront Centre is another big spot for Day of the Dead revelry. It's spread out over two days with live musical performances, a skeleton puppet show, a Mariachi band and a giant alter to leave your ofrendas. Dia de los Muertos at 950 Dupont Street (950 Dupont St., Nov. 5) Get your tickets in advance to this deadly party in a brand new loft and event space on Dupont. There will be face painting, food, art and performance from Nature of Music, Paul Revered and Sam Haze. Dress in your best death attire and arrive for 10 p.m. Lucha Libre (Lee's Palace, Nov. 6) Watch as Mexico's top lucha libre wrestlers "collide in a Dia de los Muertos intergalactic SmackDown." There will be lots of human flinging action in between sets by the Cybertronic Spree. Get your tickets here. What did I miss? Add where you'll be celebrating Day of the Dead to the comments. Photo by Richard Cawood. [...]

Street Style: 20 fall looks on Queen West

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:41:00 -05002016-10-24T14:41:00-05:00

Breezy fall weather in Toronto means it's time to bundle up with big sweaters, leather jackets and oversized scarves. This weekend, I captured some fall style trends as I wandered the streets near Queen and Spadina. Name: Hiroki Occupation: Student My style: What I like Name: Dayana Occupation: Content Writer My style: Classic with a twist Name: Ethan Occupation: Painter/Sculpter My style: Anything that fits me right Name: Geacrmo Occupation: Restauranteur My style: Milano Name: Ellen Occupation: Performer My style: Soulful, open and loving Name: Zoe Occupation: Student My style: Casual Name: Natasha Occupation: Student My style: Slightly European, slightly Hipster utopian Name: Wei Occupation: Student My style: Artist Name: Ryan Occupation: Cashier My style: Very Autumn Name: Holly Occupation: PR Associate My style: Relaxed Name: Tony Occupation: Student My style: Simple Name: Mel Occupation: Blogger My style: Uniqlo Name: Dave Occupation: Photographer My style: Streetwear Name: Ivonn Occupation: Model My style: Crazy Girl Name: Christine Occupation: Retail My style: Classic and timeless Name: Ashley Occupation: Journalist My style: Minimal Name: Dorian Occupation: Graphic Designer My style: Streetstyle Name: Brittney Occupation: Marketing Specialist My style: Comfortable and relaxed Name: Kai Occupation: Student My style: Follow my feelings Name: Sanam Occupation: Curator My style: Moody Thanks to MAC for sponsoring this post [...]

It'll cost up to $20 to visit the Toronto Christmas Market

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:36:00 -05002016-10-24T14:36:00-05:00

(image) It's not even Halloween yet, but we're already thinking about the Toronto Christmas Market. It opens in the Distillery District on November 18 and runs until December 22, giving you plenty of time to sip mulled wine, take photos in front of the giant Christmas tree and inevitably, freeze your pants off.

Last year, the organizers introduced a $5 entrance fee on weekends in order to keep the Christmas-time crowds at bay. For 2016, that fee has gone up by one dollar, so you'll now have to pay $6 if you want to go to the market on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday.

And if you don't want to wait to get in, you can grab a $20 fast pass ticket that'll let you bypass the lineup at the entrance. You will, however, still have to wait for other attractions, like chimney cakes and the aforementioned mulled wine.

According to the Toronto Christmas Market website, part of the proceeds will go towards three different charities.

"Net proceeds from ticket sales will be reinvested into the festival's infrastructure, programming, and new high quality installations, along with supporting three charitable organizations: Daily Bread Food Bank, Plan Canada, and the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund," reads a note on the site.

Would you buy a fast pass ticket? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Andrew Badgley via the blogTO Flickr pool.


This house has won Halloween in Toronto

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:15:00 -05002016-10-24T14:15:00-05:00

If there was a competition for the spookiest house in Toronto this Halloween, one of the favourites for the title would have to be this decked out residence at Glenlake Ave. and Dorval Rd. It dials the creepiness (and the kitschiness) factor way, way up. Always one of the city's most outlandishly decorated houses for the holidays, this year's Halloween display might take the cake, right down to the shiny black coffin sitting on the front porch. Or perhaps the 20 foot high stack of pumpkins is the highlight? There's so much awesome stuff to look at here that it's hard to pick the best element. The centrepiece, however, must be the axe-wielding skeleton perched above the home brandishing a freshly severed head. It's gory enough to solicit ohs and ahs, but silly enough to spare kids from nightmare-filled nights. It's like the Halloween ghost of a less benevolent Paul Bunyan. There's also a huge blow up Mr. Frankenstein and a severed eyeball to go along with a garden of skulls and crows galore. When I stopped by to have a look on the weekend, everyone walking along the street paused to take it all in. Many seemed like they had paid a dedicated visit. And why not? The art of quirky seasonal decorating seems to have fallen by the wayside over the years, but over-the-top efforts like this make the city a more interesting place to explore, knowing that such gems exist out there waiting to be found. Kudos go to home-owners Trevor Walker and Karin Martin for once again putting on such a clever and fun display. It's sure to be the most popular house in the neighbourhood on Halloween, but there's enough dark humour here to warrant a smile from even the most jaded adult. MORE PHOTOS Do you know of an outlandishly decorated house for Halloween in Toronto? Let us know in the comments. [...]

This is what the Don Valley looks like at the peak of fall

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:45:00 -05002016-10-24T12:45:00-05:00

(image) Toronto might be at its prettiest right now as we reach the peak of fall, and few places can compete with the Don Valley for the sheer majesty of autumn colours than the Don Valley. The ravine walls feature a dazzling array of foliage punctuated by the occasional maple tree set ablaze in red. A haven for mountain bikers and hikers, it's one of the Toronto explorer's ultimate gems.

Check out what the Don Valley looks like lit up with colour this fall.


This Week on DineSafe: Rolltation, Uncle Betty's, 7 West, La Vecchia, Korea House, TAT Burger, Sushi Garden

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:43:00 -05002016-10-24T12:43:00-05:00

This week on DineSafe city health inspectors shut down Italian restaurant La Vecchia. The restaurant has since reopened, but was originally closed down for failing to maintain wholesomeness of food. That sounds vague but certainly problematic. See which other restaurants got dinged by DineSafe this week. TAT Burger (1118 College St.) Inspected on: October 17, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 1, Significant: 3, Crucial: 1) Crucial infractions include: Operator failed to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. Sushi Garden (3 Wellesley St. West) Inspected on: October 18, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2) Crucial infractions include: N/A 7 West (7 Charles St. West) Inspected on: October 20, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2) Crucial infractions include: N/A Bamiyan Kabob (4205 Keele St.) Inspected on: October 20, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 2, Significant: 4, Crucial: 1) Crucial infractions include: Operator failed to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. La Vecchia (2405A Yonge St.) Inspected on: October 20, 2016 Inspection finding: Red (Closed) Number of infractions: 1 (Crucial: 1) Crucial infractions include: Operator failed to maintain wholesomeness of food. Rolltation (207 Dundas St. West) Inspected on: October 20, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 1 (Significant: 1) Crucial infractions include: N/A Korea House (666 Bloor St. West) Inspected on: October 21, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2) Crucial infractions include: N/A Uncle Betty's (2590 Yonge St.) Inspected on: October 21, 2016 Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional) Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 2, Significant: 3) Crucial infractions include: N/A 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. [...]

Drake celebrates 30th birthday with three new tracks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:35:00 -05002016-10-24T09:35:00-05:00

(image) Happy birthday, Aubrey Graham! October's very own Drake turns 30 today and to celebrate, Toronto's most famous rapper dropped three new tracks for all of us to enjoy.

On last night's episode of his OVO Sound Radio show (via Apple Music), Drake announced a new project that should be out some time in December. It's called More Life, and it'll be a playlist featuring music from Drake as well as other OVO artists, reports Rolling Stone.

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But to keep us all satisfied until December, Drake already previewed three tracks - Two Birds One Stone, Sneakin (with 21 Savage) and Fake Love - which will appear on More Life. The songs were played in full on the Apple Music podcast, but there are previews up on Soundcloud to give a sense of the project.

Look for the full versions to make the rounds in the coming weeks.

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Photo via @champagnepapi.


Reigning Champ opening its first Toronto location

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:15:00 -05002016-10-24T09:15:00-05:00

(image) Ossington is about to get a little more stylish thanks to a few new men's clothing stores that are cropping up on this fashion-forward street - a well-known Vancouver-based brand is getting ready to call Ossington its Toronto home. And no, we're not talking about Lululemon men.

Reigning Champ, known for its high quality athletic wear, is getting ready to open a Toronto storefront at 41 Ossington Ave.

The company, which launched online back in 2007, has been available in local stores, such as Gravity Pope and Nomad for a little while now. However, this Ossington shop will be Reigning Champ's first bricks-and-mortar storefront in Toronto. It's slated to open some time next month.

Last year, it opened its very first store in Vancouver.

Photo via Reigning Champ.


Where to eat a huge Pakistani meal in Toronto

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:01:00 -05002016-10-24T09:01:00-05:00

(image) For over two decades this restaurant has been serving some of Toronto's favourite kebabs and naan, all cooked in their tandoor ovens.

Read my profile of Lahore Tikka House in the restaurants section.


Canada Goose's first standalone Toronto store now open

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:45:00 -05002016-10-24T08:45:00-05:00

(image) You've long envied them from afar as you shiver in your layers of sweaters and jean jackets, but now you can envy Canada Goose's iconic parkas up close. Their first ever flagship, they have over 100 styles and 40 colours of insanely cozy, sustainably goose-down-filled, coyote-fur-lined coats for you to bundle up in.

Read my profile of Canada Goose in the fashion section.


Today in Toronto: Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, Edwin, Twin Peaks, Pigstock, Ghost Tours

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -05002016-10-24T08:00:00-05:00

(image) Today in Toronto is a time warp back to a day in the '90s when Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth and Edwin ruled the land. All three acts join forces for one show at Massey to kick off your week. If food is all you can think about after the weekend, then Pigstock is another event just for you.

For more events, click on over to our events section.

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section.

Photo of Our Lady Peace by Roger Cullman.