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Sports & Play

The Leafs are so bad that attendance is finally down

Posted by Derek Flack / March 24, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs attendanceHas it finally happened? Are the Toronto Maple Leafs so bad that attendance at the Air Canada Centre has taken a hit? If last night's game against the Minnesota Wild is any indication, fans seem to have reached a new level of frustration with the poorly performing team.

Last night's announced attendance was 18,366, which is the lowest ever recorded at the ACC (though, in fairness, the arena's capacity is 18,819). The Leafs scrambled to sell off tickets on game day at some of the lowest prices that have been seen in years, but they didn't manage to get up to capacity.

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Arts

E.T. roams the streets of Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / March 24, 2015

ET TorontoHave you seen a small extraterrestrial wandering the streets of Toronto constantly muttering "phone home"? No, that wasn't an acid flashback. E.T. really has been popping up all over town as part of a photo project by Cameron McLellan. Using a facsimile of the famous alien from Steven Spielberg's eponymous movie from 1982 that he received as a gift, McLellan posed E.T. in a variety of Toronto landmarks before adding them to the blogTO Flickr pool.

Seeing the iconic alien all across Toronto is both eerie and fun. It should be noted that he's also quite the fan of our public transportation system. I guess it's a bit cold to ride one's bicycle through the air right now, so the TTC is the next best thing.

Have a look at E.T.'s tour of Toronto in this photo gallery.
City

Last tower from old Regent Park being knocked down

Posted by Derek Flack / March 23, 2015

regent park demolitionIt's the end of an era in Regent Park, as demolition crews tear down the last remaining modernist tower designed by Peter Dickinson in the 1950s. A couple of months ago, photographers flocked to the site of the second last of Dickinson's towers on account of the stunning visuals the tear down afforded, which included a colourful interior view of the former apartments once the facade had ben removed.

There has been less photographic interest in 14 Belvins Place than we witnessed at 605 Whiteside Place, but you could make the argument that its demolition is the more signifiant of the two -- and indeed the most noteworthy of the entire five building complex that's in the last stages of being razed. Unlike the other towers, there was a push to preserve 14 Belvins as a heritage site.

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Eat & Drink

New cocktail series to crown Toronto's top bartender

Posted by Derek Flack / March 23, 2015

cocktail cup torontoThe cocktail competition is alive and well in Toronto. The local iteration of the longstanding Made with Love battle is set to take place on March 30th at the Liberty Grand, but there's also a new kid on the block. Organized by upstart distillery Dillon's, the Cocktail Cup will run as a series of head-to-head elimination challenges between the 10 finalists, the first of which takes place tomorrow night at Food & Liquor.

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Arts

10 early signs that spring has arrived in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / March 20, 2015

spring toronto 2015Spring has officially arrived in Toronto. And even if it still looks and feels rather wintry out there, a closer examination of the city reveals plenty of signs that we've put the worst of winter behind us. It was a beautiful but frigidly cold season, so it's understandable that we're all keen to make note of even the most cautious first signs that warmer weather is on the way. Not to fear, the ice is melting, the mist is rising, and our parks and ravines begin to awake from their winter slumber.

Get hopeful with these 10 photos of early spring in Toronto.
Arts

Art kiosk and newsstand set to open at Chester Station

Posted by Derek Flack / March 18, 2015

Chester station artA unique DIY art space is coming to Chester Station this spring. The long vacant kiosk will be revitalized by a number of local artists into a space that functions as a both a newsstand and an art gallery. The group has started a crowdfunding campaign to get the project of the ground, which has just passed the halfway point of its $4,000 goal.

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