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Tech

There are already lineups to buy the iPhone6 in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 18, 2014

iphone 6 torontoApple insanity is gripping Toronto in advance of the release of the iPhone 6 at retail stores. While I'm not sure if it's quite as ridiculous waiting in line at 6am for a measly hamburger, the fact that folks have already queued up at the Eaton Centre for the new device is a testament to both the company's marketing prowess and the cultural vacancy of late capitalism (for the record, I have pre-ordered mine). Yes, it's true. Apple devotees are already camping out in wait of the phone, which will go on sale tomorrow at 8:00am.

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City

New in Toronto real estate: Gloss Condos

Posted by Derek Flack / September 18, 2014

Gloss CondosGloss Condos is a 24-storey development on Richmond Street West, that will sit right next to the more daringly designed Picasso condos. Developer Greenpark had a bit of trouble getting this one through the approvals process, but the project is now officially in pre-construction after being scaled back a bit from its first proposals.

I suspect opinion will be divided on the aesthetic merits of this building, in part because it looks very different depending on the angle from which you approach it. From the south, the condo looks rather monolithic and institutional. The podium breaks things up a bit, but there's not a whole lot of flair. When looked at from the north, however, one sees that upper floors feature graduated terraces and balconies that jut out the side of the building, which makes for significantly greater visual interest.

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City

Toronto's next new bus route might be crowdfunded

Posted by Derek Flack / September 18, 2014

Line Six TransitToronto's transit infrastructure is so badly in need of expansion that at least one group is taking matters into its own hands. LineSix Transit, a reference to Drake's moniker for Toronto, is a crowdfunding initiative for transit expansion in Toronto. If you fund it, the people will ride... so the thinking goes. That's especially true when the financial support comes tied to seats on the bus, as is the case here.

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Sports & Play

Doug Ford mayoral campaign gets first parody website

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

Doug Ford parodyThat was fast. Though he's hardly said a word since replacing his brother as a candidate for mayor, Doug Ford's campaign has already got a parody website. The site popped up a few days ago and is getting steadily more popular. The slogan? "Elect Doug Ford: The Less Likeable One." Oh boy.

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Eat & Drink

Should some Toronto restaurants ban children?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

el furniture warehouseWhat would you say to a ban on children in Toronto restaurants? The idea recently surfaced around our proverbial water cooler when a commenter complained that she was turned away from El Furniture Warehouse on account of her children. We followed up with the restaurant, which claims that it does not have an anti-kids policy but is merely mindful of who can and can't enter based on underage drinking.

It would probably be a PR disaster for a restaurant to come right out and say that it was banning children, but I can also imagine that this would be a very attractive rule for many Toronto diners who simply don't want to have to deal with kids crying, whining, and dumping food on the floor. I won't even mention the servers, who I'm quite sure would love to be free of that hassle.

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Music

Is this the end of the line for the El Mocambo?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

El MocamboThe El Mocambo, one of Toronto's most iconic live music venues, looks to finished according to the venue's Facebook page and reports on social media. A Facebook post by co-owner Sam Grosso says of a November 6th show that "its [sic] all coming to end and were going to finish off with a blowout of a show all for a good cause." Oddly, however, this show is now taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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