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15 photos of the stunning new BMX park in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / July 26, 2014

Sunnyside bmxSunnyside is now home to a world class BMX park, tucked between Lake Shore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway. Designed by the much-lauded Jay Hoots, the park is an off-road rider's dream with ramps and jumps galore. Beyond the thrill factor for riders, what might be the coolest feature of the park is that it was built with fill from Toronto condo developments and the wood elements are (mostly) fabricated out of downed trees from the ice storm last winter. How's that for re-use? Free to use (first come first to ride), it's a little gem for those who take their rides with a dose of air.

Check out all the jumps and trick opportunities in this photo gallery.

Music open mic nights in Toronto by day of the week

Posted by Staff / July 26, 2014

open mic TorontoMusic open mic nights in Toronto lead us to 1967, a historic year in Toronto history. The Leafs last - ahem, that is, Fat Albert's first hosted its open stage in the Bloor St. United Church in 1967, and except for a brief lockout over rent issues, and venue change to the United Steelworks building, continues weekly.

There have been no shortages of open mics since the first Fat Albert's with new open mics starting across the GTA (and some closing). They continue to be starting places for emerging artists, a chance to hone new songs, meet new people, for audiences to listen, and for some, be part of a community.

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New food truck takes the funnel cake to new heights

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 26, 2014

funnel cake dream torontoFunnel Cake Dream is the result of one man's lifelong love affair with the favourite carnival snack. Paul Juchniewicz's food truck hit the road this spring, dishing out deep-fried squiggly treats to crowds across Toronto. The classic strawberry-topped funnel cake is - obviously - still on the menu, but you can get everything from Nutella to apple-cinnamon compote to maple syrup and bacon bits. (That's right - he'll make you a maple bacon funnel cake. O Canada!)

Read more about Funnel Cake Dream on Toronto Food Trucks.

Get underground at massive MMA facility in the Annex

Posted by Erica Berman / July 26, 2014

black devil mma torontoThis massive MMA training facility is home to a huge array of equipment and top-level instruction - their head coach has trained several fighters who have gone on to win titles. Don't be intimidated if you're a newbie - the gym's regulars are friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming. The emphasis is on learning technique instead of calorie burn - but with classes this demanding, you'll be in fighting form in no time.

Read my review of Black Devil MMA in the fitness section.

Art and beer collide at drawing event in Kensington

Posted by Staff / July 26, 2014

draw by nightDraw By Night Toronto celebrated a year anniversary this past Wednesday with one of its most successful events to date as it attracting over 60 established and emerging artists as well as first-time doodlers to Handlebar in Kensington Market. Draw by Night is a public event promoting creativity, imagination and collaboration.

The drink-and-draw event was introduced by a featured artist Stephanie Ramon (a storyboard professional working in Toronto's TV and film industry) with a live demonstration of the theme "Streetcar Named The Rocket" - a playful topic where each doodler was able to create a unique version of what an individual TTC wagon might have looked like.

Check out our photo gallery of Draw by Night Well where artists created what might be the longest and craziest streetcar in the world.

The next event is scheduled in September with a new secret theme, make sure to follow Draw by Night's updates on their Facebook page.
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Light painting at abandoned factory

Posted by Staff / July 26, 2014

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