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Sports & Play

Zombie survival race takes over the streets of Toronto

Posted by Amanda Cupido / June 2, 2014

zombies torontoZombies took to Toronto streets on Saturday for Ready, Set, DIE!, a 5K run with physical obstacles, team-building activities - and zombies. It all started three years ago, when two friends were having beers on St. Patrick's Day, chatting about how it would be fun to bring together their love of zombie movies and their passion for fitness. Three years later, the Toronto race is back for a second time, and has attracted over 1000 people, with a string of satellite races set to take place across Ontario. Clearly, a zombie survival race is an infectious idea - and it's spreading quickly.

Check out all the bloody action in our slideshow.
Arts

How to find a clown in Toronto

Posted by Amanda Cupido / April 20, 2014

clown in torontoLooking for a clown for your Toronto event or party? A simple web search might not be the best way to go.

"A lot of clowns are self-taught, and hiring someone who's under-trained is not a good idea," said Helen Donnelly, a professional therapeutic, theatrical and circus clown. "It takes years to fine-tune your instruments so you're appropriate for your audience."

Donnelly has been a clown for over 20 years, and teaches workshops in Toronto. She said that the clowning community believes in the philosophy that everyone has a clown inside. "But just because you have taken a few workshops, it doesn't mean you're ready to unleash it to the world," said Donnelly.

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Sports & Play

Swarm of drunk Santas spread Xmas cheer in Toronto

Posted by Amanda Cupido / December 16, 2013

SantarchyMore than just snow hit Toronto this weekend. A swarm of Santas blew through the city on Saturday night. The infamous Santarchy event is said to be inspired by SantaCon which takes place in over 300 locations around the world. The goal is to spread Christmas cheer while drinking and handing out treats. It all started at the Imperial Pub with nearly 100 Santas. As they hopped from pub-to-pub, the crowd grew, as each Santa came prepared with extra swag to recruit along the way.

View our photo gallery for all the photos of this year's Santarchy.
Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: Gabby's, Pizza Pizza, Banjara, Duke of Gloucester, and Lemongrass

Posted by Amanda Cupido / November 5, 2013

DineSafe TorontoThe streak is over. After six weeks without a closure, two restaurants were shut down: Gabby's on Bloor and Pizza Pizza on Lake Shore. Both were nailed for failing to prevent an insect infestation.

As far as conditional passes go, the Duke of Gloucester is a disappointing addition to the list, with significant infractions like failing to properly wash equipment. And you might want to think twice before you order that butter chicken. Banjara is another yellow-carded spot that jumps out. For the rest of this week's round-up, check out the list below:

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Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: Fran's, Gate 403, Lalibela, Mandarin, The Friendly Thai, Hot Wings, Kelsey's

Posted by Amanda Cupido / October 29, 2013

DineSafe TorontoHigh-five, Toronto! Another week of no closures. The only disturbing conditional pass comes from Hot Wings, which had 12 infractions. But don't worry. There's lots of other places you can get awesome wings in the city. Here's the rest of this week's round-up.

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Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: Fat Cat Wine Bar, The Dakota Tavern, South St. Burgers, The Family Thai

Posted by Amanda Cupido / October 22, 2013

DineSafe TorontoIt's the fifth week in a row with no red cards. Impressive. But Fat Cat Wine Bar is not so impressive with their second yellow card in a three-month span. The Dakota Tavern also makes an appearance on the hit list this week, albeit with only three infractions.

Here's the rest of this week's damage on DineSafe.

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