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Music

New series puts music fans, chefs, and bands backstage

Posted by Naomi Grosman / January 28, 2015

Eat and Greet band TorontoIn an unassuming and badly lit back room of the Phoenix last Saturday night Elliott Brood and their fans got to meet and greet, while munching on some rather tasty eats, courtesy of Toronto restaurant Rose and Sons, at the first installment of Toronto's newest food and music series Eat and Greet with the Band.

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Music

The top 5 rap battles in Toronto of all time

Posted by Markit / January 28, 2015

rap battles torontoIf you didn't know, battle rap has taken the world by storm. Most battles used to be done in a freestyle format, meaning that participants would improvise all of their content. Today it's safe to assume that most of what you are hearing has been pre-written.

With that comes better performance, but less spontaneity - although the best battlers can do both. Leagues have popped up all over the world: Smack/URL and GrindTime (RIP) in the USA, Don't Flop in the UK and Got Beef? in Australia, but arguably the biggest one of all is Toronto's own King of the Dot (KOTD). On February 7/8 they'll be hosting their biggest event to date: Blackout 5.

In this spirit, here are my picks for top rap battles in Toronto of al time.

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Eat & Drink

The top 30 cafes in Toronto by neighbourhood

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 28, 2015

cafes torontoToronto is home to a flourishing landscape of independent cafes -- more likely than not, there's a really great cup of coffee in close proximity to your own home. Locally roasted beans, skilled baristas, and cozy aesthetics are just some of he perks, and whether you're looking for a quick caffeine fix or somewhere to hunker down with free Wi-fi, you'll find an abundance of options in every neighbourhood.

Here are my picks for the top 30 cafes in Toronto by neighbourhood.

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Eat & Drink

That time when Harvey's hamburgers came to Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 28, 2015

toronto harvey'sWhen Richard Mauran opened his first burger restaurant in 1959, he figured he would call it Humphrey's. Henry's Hamburgers was already a successful chain in the U.S. with more than 200 franchise locations across the country and Mauran hoped to find a name that embodied the same down-home friendliness.

Flipping through the classified section of the Toronto Telegram, he found what he was looking for: John Harvey Motors at 2300 Danforth Ave--also known as Harvey's. The dealership on the southeast corner of the intersection with Patricia Dr. was closing to make way for a gas station, and the sign was up for grabs.

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City

New project crowdsources help for Toronto's homeless

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 28, 2015

city of sleeping bags torontoIt's been a brutal winter in Toronto -- particularly for those without shelter. The extreme temperatures have played a role in at least three deaths this winter and placed extra strain on the city's already-spread thin shelter system, and though the city has announced more beds for women and LGBTQ youth and converted motels into temporary shelters, Toronto's homeless population remains perpetually at risk.

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Sports & Play

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto 2015

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 28, 2015

superbowl torontoSuper Bowl Sunday in Toronto on February 1st will see tailgating parties start as early as brunch even though kick off isn't until 6:30pm. Sports fans can catch the big game at bars, pubs and restaurants boasting big screens, buffets, beer specials. For those with HD at home, there are party packages for pick-up or delivery to fuel hordes of sports fans with hoagies, barbecue, pizza and wings.

Here's a roundup of events and at-home party packages for Super Bowl XLIX in Toronto.

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