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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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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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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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Crema opens sprawling new roastery and cafe

Posted by Rick McGinnis / May 23, 2014

Propeller CoffeeWhen Crema co-owners Geoff Polci and Losel Tethong decided it was time to expand their roasting operation, they also saw an opportunity to create a unique event space for coffee education and experimentation during the roasting process. The result is this sweeping former industrial space on Wade Ave., which has now become a destination spot for coffee lovers in Toronto.

Read my review of Propeller Coffee in the cafes section.
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