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Music

The top 10 musicians from Degrassi

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / March 5, 2015

degrassi musiciansIt seems every teen TV show since 1980 has had their in-show high school band, along with a drop-in pop star appearances. Degrassi High starts with the Zit Remedy, and the Next Generation would have Downtown Sasquatch, WhisperHug and others. Keke Palmer, Alanis Morisette, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Fefe Dobson were among the many stars to play themselves on TNG.

Of the list of actors on Degrassi High (originally Degrassi Jr. High), Degrassi (originally Degrassi: The Next Generation), and the TV movies, a number would pursue music careers after leaving the shows.

Here are my picks for the top 10 Degrassi actors to have music careers.

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City

Builder of mystery tunnel in Toronto comes forward

Posted by Derek Flack / March 5, 2015

Toronto tunnel builderThree days after the Toronto police hastily closed the case of the mystery tunnel near York University with little explanation, the builder of the bunker has come forward. 22 year old Elton McDonald filled in a number of holes in the story in an interview with The Sun, though he claims that there's still more to tell.

"I just want people to know that I meant no harm at all," he told columnist Joe Warmington. "It was not meant as a bad thing...It was just something I always wanted to do. I knew I could do it. It was kind of a fun project for me and some friends."

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City

Where to find the lost relics of the TTC

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 5, 2015

TTC relicsWhen Toronto last retired a fleet of streetcars, it sent 742 of its 744 workhorse maroon and beige Presidents' Conference Committee vehicles to a dizzying array of locations around the world. 10 went to Mexico to serve with the Transportes El├ęctricos de Tampico, San Francisco took 11, and Philadelphia's SEPTA transit agency bought 29 after a fire at a car barn on Woodland Avenue wiped out a third of the city's rolling stock.

By far the biggest buyer, however, was the city of Alexandria in Egypt, which took 139 of the former Toronto vehicles for use on its extensive tram network.

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Eat & Drink

The top 5 places for fresh pita bread in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 5, 2015

pita torontoFinding fresh pita in a Toronto has long been an obsession of mine. I grew up eating Sababa, and it didn't occur to be until I moved downtown (many dry falafel wraps and sad shawarma sandwiches later) that fresh pita is not as ubiquitous as I'd thought.

Luckily in recent years, the pita situation in this city has improved, restaurants are baking their own (acknowledging that fresh bread is crucial to great food), and Middle Eastern grocers in the GTA are making the good stuff from scratch.

Here are my picks for where to find the freshest pita in Toronto.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Famous Laffa, Trinity Common, Kasa Moto, Marky's BBQ Smokehouse

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 5, 2015

Famous LaffaToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

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  • The Dirtybird Chicken + Waffle outfit is now open at 79 Kensington Ave. serving up Northern Fried Chicken which in this case, means coated in maple dust.
  • Famous Laffa has opened its second location at 6283 Yonge St. in North York.

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Radar

Today in Toronto: Sushi Fest, I for Iran, Sketch Comedy Fest, Death to Vag Halen, FITF, Colin Boyd Shafer

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 5, 2015

Toronto Sushi festivalToday in Toronto the First Annual Toronto Sushi Festival will run until tomorrow at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Touting itself as Canada's largest sushi fest, we'll all have to see if it's unfun or pretty good (will you risk it?). $30 gets you five food tickets. At TIFF the I for Iran festival, curated by Iranian filmmakers, is screening a can't-miss retrospective until until April 3rd. Check out the programming here.

The Sketch Comedy Festival kicks off today until March 15th, if your funny bone is hurting for attention. Future is the Future's online clothing shop for guys and gals is throwing a party, while, speaking of future, the new Fresh & Future weirdo electronic music series is back on Bloor at Bassline. On this month's line up are Sexy Merlin, Zoo Owl, Kovacevic, and Baalam x S/ck F/sh. Before 11pm both drinks and cover are $5. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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