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Sports & Play

How to book a fire pit in a Toronto park

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 21, 2014

fire pits TorontoToronto parks are good for more than just picnics, walking dogs, tossing the ball around, or lounging in the sun. In addition to sports facilities, our parks are also home to community ovens and fire pits, the latter of which allow city dwellers to soak up a bit of the country vibe with nightly camp fires.

Parks across the city have fire pits with capacity ranging from 50 to 200 people. It's not too much of a pain to book one, they're available all year round, and it's pretty affordable, too. I did a little digging to save others from having to figure out how to book a fire pit via the city's illustrious web site. Here's how to plan your next urban campfire.

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Eat & Drink

The top 10 outdoor ovens in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 11, 2014

community ovens torontoOutdoor ovens are more common than you might think in Toronto. They're used on a weekly basis, during various festivals and community events, or those who wish to reserve them can get an outdoor oven permit from the city.

Regent Park just got a spiffy new public oven, and it got us thinking about similar locales in the city where these are situated. Most of the ovens are open to the public on a DIY basis, though the Evergreen Brick Works is typically operated by staff. Here are my picks for the top outdoor ovens in Toronto.

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There's new life at the Toronto Underground Cinema

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 8, 2014

Toronto Underground CinemaThe Toronto Underground Cinema is about to begin a new life. The theatre, which closed down in 2012, will once again be in use this Friday night, albeit in a different capacity.

The Queen and Spadina theatre has been leased out to Boomer, a show focused on cluing people into the politics of the 1960s. Show promoter Brian Walker says it's about making people think.

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Shared workspace and cafe opens in Little India

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 16, 2014

social gardenerSomething new is happening in Little India. A coffee shop and shared workspace has opened next to a centre for immigrant women. Inside there's a training centre that teaches women skills in food prep and cooking, office facilities and even a yoga room. All of the proceeds from the cafe support the centre, meaning your caffeine budget is going to a good cause.

Read my review of The Social Gardener in the cafes section.
Sports & Play

10 fun ways to be a tourist this summer in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 14, 2014

tourist torontoPlaying tourist in Toronto can actually be a whole lot of fun, even if you happen to live the city. There are so many activities and resources that cater to tourists that locals can also reap the benefits from, whether it be history tours or afternoon tea at one of the city's posh hotels. Naturally, the trick is to avoid some of the garbage-y tourist activities (but do try a sightseeing tour) in favour of those that retain a bit of novelty. Toronto's big hotels are like miniature cities, and it'd be a shame not to take advantage of their spa and pool facilities, restaurants and other amenities just because there will be a few tourists present. Embrace the wide-eyed look that visitors tend to wear and discover a Toronto that's hidden in plain sight.

Here are 10 fun ways to be a tourist this summer in Toronto.

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10 great ideas for corporate events and after-work social functions in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 14, 2014

corporate events torontoCorporate events and after-work social functions can be awkward. There's always that one co-worker who gets belligerently hammered, you have to pretend to like your boss more than you usually do because they're buying you dinner, and you have to behave (and wear pants) during what would normally be your free hours. No one can possibly relish this kind of extended work life culture, which is not exactly mandatory except for the fact that you'll never be promoted if you don't show.

What I'm getting at is that in Toronto, there are plenty of actually fun options for after-work social functions and corporate events. Here are my top picks.

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