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13 places to watch the 2013 Academy Awards in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 22, 2013

Academy Awards TorontoWatching the Academy Awards in Toronto is sometimes best designated to private parties of one, in your pyjamas, so as not to disturb those who are less passionately invested with your opinions, predictions, and inevitable outrage. There's something to be said, though, for setting your hair in Dietrich pincurls, donning a sleek crimson number, and debating the narrative merits of Beasts of the Southern Wild with die-hard fans of Lincoln (there surely must be one or two of you out there, somewhere). If nothing less than arguing who wore it best, and who muddled their acceptance speech the most will do, there are many venues in Toronto who'll be happy to have you come Sunday, February 24.

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Contest: Win a Fortuna Night at your home, collectibles and passports from Fortuna Mezcal

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 22, 2013

Fortuna MezcalMezcal is becoming something of a buzz word in most bars; made by distilling fermented mash from agave, the quality lies in the purity of its ingredients and the craftsmanship involved in its production. Enter Fortuna Mezcal, makes of artisanal mezcal using 100% pure agave, and who give back $1 from every bottle sold to the community of San Dionisio in Oaxaca, where it's produced. The project is a collaboration between Walter Meyenberg, Michael Martin, and Ignacio Martínez, the maestro Mezcalero of San Dioniso.

Fortuna Mezcal is holding its global launch in Toronto with Fortuna Week (February 25-March 3)--an epic week of Toronto venue-hopping that'll take you from Weslodge Saloon, to Spoke Club, to an appropriate finale at La Carnita. The founders will be on hand to demonstrate the Fortuna ritual--let's just say it involves oranges, chili powder, and roasted agave worms.

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Contest: Win tickets to see DJ Premier and Lord Finesse

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 21, 2013

toronto lord finesseThis weekend, Frontline Entertainment presents a unique opportunity to see two hip-hop legends united on the Sound Academy stage: DJ Premier and Lord Finesse. DJ Premier belonged to Gang Starr and has gotten the stamp of approval from, who gave him the #1 spot on their list of top 50 hip-hop producers. Lord Finesse, on the other hand, led influential New York rap crew D.I.T.C., which was known for working with and fostering young, undiscovered talents. Safe to say, this is a show you won't want to miss.

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News Flash

What's open and closed on Family Day in Toronto 2013

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 14, 2013

  • Some malls such as Fairview Mall and Yorkdale Mall
  • All LCBO stores, Wine Rack, and Beer Store locations
  • Banks
  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Municipal buildings
  • Most major grocery stores, such as Loblaws and No Frills

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Girly new King West bakery serves homestyle sweets

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 13, 2013

pretty sweet boutique torontoThis new bakery from a longtime pastry chef is decorated in pink hues, girly accents, and vintage touches. Although the owner has been in the custom cake business for a long time, on offer here are cookies, butter tarts, brownies, and cakes, as well as teas and coffee.

Read my profile of ps by Pretty Sweet in the bakeries section.
Sports & Play

Valentine's Day events in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / February 12, 2013

toronto valentines dayValentine's Day events in Toronto are an apt representation of Valentine's Day itself. That is, a mixed bag of food, shopping, and sex--a failsafe commercial formula that taps into our most basic needs, while also assuming that we're inclined to slink into some frilled baby-doll number after a 6-course tasting menu of oysters and foie gras.

So yes, Valentine's naysayers, you have a point, as do those who jump headfirst into this brief reprise from the regularly scheduled barrage of flurries and flu season (or those who use this as a capital excuse to get laid). If you're tired of the same old overpriced jewellery, stiffly formal dinners, and awkward stripteases, give these events a shot, and be rewarded for your out-of-the-box thinking.

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