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Toronto condo market reaches record high for March

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2014

Toronto condo marketCondo sales in Toronto reached a record high for March, with buyers snapping up almost 2,500 new units last month, a figure that more than doubles sales a year ago. This comes, of course, as worry mounts that the local condo market is overdue for a correction -- or worse, a crash. Development continues apace, sparking concern over rising numbers of units that have yet to be sold, but the drop in prices that's been predicted for years has yet to come to fruition.

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Fashion & Style

The top 10 plus size clothing stores in Toronto

Posted by Staff / April 17, 2014

plus size clothing torontoThe top stores for plus size clothing in Toronto are a far cry from what shoppers have come to expect from 14+ clothing. The elasticized waists, polyester turtleneck tunics, and sequined butterfly motifs that still haunt the shelves at some specialty retailers are slowly disappearing, thanks to the rising popularity of style blogging and the growing realization that plus-sized shoppers want and need real fashion - not just what's "forgiving," "flattering," and "camouflaging."

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Announcements

Sam James opens fourth location on Ossington

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / April 17, 2014

sam james ossingtonSam James Coffee Bar's combination of high-quality brew, basic snacks and unusual environments is, clearly, a winning formula. The fourth addition to the Sam James family just opened at Queen and Ossington in a tall, slim, starkly monochromatic space; it's basic and beautiful, and so is the coffee.

Read my review of Sam James (Ossington) in the cafes section.
City

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.

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  • 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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