- 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.
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).
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.
Toronto Restaurant Openings: Shishalicious, Bake Them Pretty, Portland Variety, Chino Locos East Chinatown
- 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.
Read my profile of SpeakEasy 21 in the restaurants section.
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.