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What's open and closed Good Friday 2014 in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

Good Friday TorontoWhat's open and closed on Good Friday 2014 in Toronto:


  • Government offices (post offices, City Hall and others) will be closed.
  • Banks will be closed Friday to Sunday, with most resuming service on Monday.
  • Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Friday and Sunday, but open regular hours on Saturday
  • Most shopping malls (Yorkdale, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Scarborough Town Centre, Vaughan Mills) and retail stores will be closed - although there's usually some unexpected openings, so call ahead.
  • The Beer Store and LCBO stores will be closed on Friday and Easter Sunday.
  • St. Lawrence Market is closed Good Friday.
  • Most major grocery stores will be closed on Friday and Sunday.

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New in Toronto real estate: Howard Park 2 Condos

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 17, 2014

Howard Park 2 CondosHoward Park 2 is the second phase of a large scale condo project that's transforming a stretch of street once known for its collection of auto-shops. It's been a long time coming. Development has ramped up on nearby streets like Ritchie and Sorauren, and Roncesvalles is as busy as ever. Along with 96 proposed residential units, this mixed-use project will offer retail space at ground level (in response to community pleading), which should prove a boon to the vibe of the street, which remains fairly lethargic right now.

A mostly triangular-shaped building (thumbs up for going the extra mile here architecturally speaking), Howard Park 2 will stand five-storeys above the street on a charcoal-brick base, followed by three floors featuring open and staggered green-terraces that will provide better views and reduce the visual impact of the development on neighbouring properties. Yes, it's pretty as far as condos go. The terraces feature picturesque vine-covered walls visible from afar and gas hookups should ensure that people are actually outside grilling away during barbecue season (the duration of which depends on how hardcore you are).

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Fashion & Style

The top 5 reasons to get excited for |FAT| 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 17, 2014

fat toronto 2014The tents at David Pecaut Square - and its gussied-up showgoers - may have up and left when World MasterCard Fashion Week came to a close four weeks ago, but the fashion shows won't stop there.

Fashion Art Toronto ("|FAT|") Arts & Fashion Week returns next week (April 22 26) for its ninth annual edition, celebrating the conceptual - and sometimes downright confusing - side of fashion with runway shows, live performances, short films, photography exhibits and art installations. This time around, the event will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East), a site that's a little more central than the previous event venue, an industrial warehouse.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Shishalicious, Bake Them Pretty, Portland Variety, Chino Locos East Chinatown

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

Toronto Restaurant OpeningsToronto 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.

  • Luther's Chicken is now in operation out of the kitchen at Churchill at 1212 Dundas St. West
  • Fat Pasha, the latest venture from chef Anthony Rose is now open and offering a menu featuring schmaltz fried rice, fattoush salad and mixed grill platters at 414 Dupont St.
  • Ed's Real Scoop has opened a new store at 189 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • Shishalicious, a new Middle Eastern cafe and hookah, lounge is now open at 235 Jarvis St. (at Shuter).
  • Kenzo Ramen's latest location is now open and dishing up noodle bowls at 671 Queen St. West.

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Refined resto-bar opens in Scotiabank Plaza

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

SpeakEasy 21The streetscape at Bay and Adelaide will soon be buzzing with life now that this retro resto-bar plans to add 3,500 square feet of patio space. Located in the heart of the Financial District, the new spot swears that its focus is on the drink menu, though it features a menu of munchies that's way more sophisticated than any snack bar ought to be.

Read my profile of SpeakEasy 21 in the restaurants section.

Female-driven punk bands to take over Smiling Buddha

Posted by Julia Stead / April 17, 2014

Girls just wanna have punkThe no-longer-so-divey stage at Smiling Buddha will be rocked and rattled this Friday at Girls Just Wanna Have Punk. The all-ages show will feature ten women-powered punk bands, beginning early on (7pm) with Girls Rock Camp veterans Unfinished Business, and finishing off with in-your-face rock from Terminals.

Proceeds will benefit Sistering: A Woman's Place and Girls Rock Camp Toronto, and the price of admission gets you a copy of the freshly released This is Not a Test compilation, chock-full of female-driven punk from across the world.

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