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10 Toronto film festivals you may not have heard of

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / April 25, 2015

toronto film festivalsToronto film festivals are all the rage. The success of international heavy hitters like TIFF and Hot Docs show that this city has an insatiable appetite for great cinema. As long as the theatres are there and the audiences ask for more, film lovers continue to organize more and more festivals that reflect the diversity of this city's population and interests.

Here are my picks for notable Toronto film festivals you may not have heard of.

See also: The best film festivals in Toronto.

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That time Japan gifted Toronto 2,000 cherry trees

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 25, 2015

toronto cherry blossoms2,000 cherry trees is a big present - even for a city the size of Tokyo. In fact, High Park's forest of sakura, which was shipped from Japan to Toronto and planted during the early months of 1959, was the biggest gift of its kind in the years following the second world war.

It was to be, in the words of Robert Kadoguchi, a man central to arranging the shipment, "a tangible expression of [Japan's] gratitude to [Toronto] for accepting us warmly during the distressing period of the Second World War and the years immediately following the termination of hostilities."

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Tiny new cafe serves coffee with a side of conversation

Posted by Lori Harito / April 25, 2015

tucana coffeeAn ex barista at Crafted on Ossington has branched out and opened her own coffee shop a little farther west. The tiny spot serves up excellent cortados and Bunner's baked goods but if you linger, don't expect to settle in with your laptop.

Read my review of Tucana Coffee in the cafes section.

Doomed Dufferin warehouse's future could be bright

Posted by Benjamin Boles / April 25, 2015

442 dufferin torontoThe Dew Underground skate/BMX park and event space has wrapped up its two month run, but that doesn't necessarily signal the end of the aging industrial building that housed it.

The tenants of the sprawling warehouse at 440 Dufferin have been anticipating the impending redevelopment of the site for several years now, but luckily for them, the demolition of the decaying building has been put on hold, pending ongoing OMB mediation between the city, residents association Active18, and the developer.

Should that mediation fail, the matter will then go to appeal, which could potentially drag the process on for even more years.

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Sexual health clinics in Toronto

Posted by PO Karim / April 25, 2015

sexual health clinic torontoSexual health clinics in Toronto can help you stay safe, healthy and informed. As spring approaches and all the sexy people in this city emerge from their winter layers and lairs, it's important to know where you can turn if you have questions or concerns about your health and sexuality. Get yourself tested, know your status, then go out and enjoy all the consensual sensual pleasure Toronto has to offer.

Here's a round-up of sexual health clinics in Toronto.

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Photo of the Day

Humber Bridge Puddle

Posted by Hector Vasquez / April 25, 2015

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