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Stunning Visitor Centre finally opens at Fort York

Posted by Rick McGinnis / September 22, 2014

The site of the Visitor Centre, 2014The new Visitor Centre at Fort York opened this past weekend, a year late and not completely finished, but looking very much like the architectural drawings that announced the project in 2009. While the Common Ground Festival went on inside the Fort and musicians played on the temporary stage in the square outside the new centre and directly beneath the Gardiner, the public got a chance to see the new addition to the crown jewel in the city's inventory of historical properties.

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Sports & Play

The sights and sounds of the CNE at night

Posted by Rick McGinnis / August 30, 2014

the cne torontoJust before the sun starts going down you see them - the exodus of fairgoers through the Princes' and Dufferin Gates out of the CNE, but after nearly five decades of the Ex I have never understood why they're going just when everything's about to get good.

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Sports & Play

Rain makes for historic racing at the 2014 Honda Indy

Posted by Rick McGinnis / July 22, 2014

Honda IndyMotorsports fans who turned out to Toronto's only race event this past weekend were in for frustration or excitement, depending on which day they attended. The weather - provided by our wet summer - took a hand in Indycar's "Two in T.O." Honda Indy weekend and managed to create some history by forcing organizers to run the only double-header the series has ever run after skies opened up on Saturday's race and brought out a permanent red flag.

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City

How good for business is a World Cup win in Toronto?

Posted by Rick McGinnis / July 15, 2014

Musket restaurant torontoFans of most of the big World Cup teams had their choice of venues to watch the game and either celebrate or lick their wounds, but for supporters of the eventual winner of this year's games, the clear choice was on a nondescript street in an industrial area of Etobicoke. In amongst the auto body shops and just next to the Dimpflmeier bakery on Advance Road, the Musket has been hosting Germany fans since it opened thirty-five years ago just around the corner on Islington Avenue, but as Thomas Muller, Bastien Schweinsteiger and the rest of the team advanced through the field, the restaurant has been full to bursting.

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Eat & Drink

Top baristas compete for glory at regional championship

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 24, 2014

Canadian Barista ChampionshipsOutside it was bright and beautiful, a perfect summer weekend, but last Saturday at least a couple of hundred people stayed inside to watch other people make coffee. Saturday was day two of the Central Canadian Barista Championships and the cupping room and event space at Propeller Coffee's new storefront were full of coffee fanatics.

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Music

Whatever happened to Teenage Head?

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 14, 2014

Teenage HeadLast week marked 34 years since the riot at Ontario Place that was the highpoint of the career of Teenage Head, the Hamilton punk band that attracted thousands of fans to the Forum, the circular waterfront amphitheatre that could only seat 3,000. The riot is a watershed moment in the history of the band, as told by Geoff Pevere in his recently released - and wonderfully titled - Gods Of The Hammer, but it was one from which they'd never recover.

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