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Toronto's new tailoring shop can transform your clothes

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 31, 2014

shoppe and tailorHidden away in a basement on Ossington is fashion designer-turned-tailor Maegan McWade's brand-new shop and studio space. Her specialty: "trendy" alterations that turn busted-up jeans or ill-fitting vintage into one-of-a-kind wardrobe staples. If you're not in the market to get your threads fixed up, you can peruse a selection of handmade items from up-and-coming local crafters and artists.

Read my profile of Shoppe and Tailor in the fashion section.

10 lost Toronto buildings we wish we could bring back

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 31, 2014

toronto star buildingFor every preserved historic building in Toronto there have been many more lost to short-sighted planning or indifference. The mindset has changed in recent years--high-profile architects like Frank Gehry must bend their designs to incorporate protected structures and beloved neighbourhood edifices (sometimes) get gentrified--but there are still egregious losses and cases of unfortunate neglect (see Walnut Hall, George St. in general).

It's not practical to expect every pretty building erected in the City of Toronto to remain in perpetuity. This city is in a persistent state of flux, constantly making itself over, old giving way to new. In order to build many of the buildings mourned by this list, other, equally valuable landmarks had to make way. There would be no TD Centre, First Canadian Place, or City Hall in an alternate version of Toronto where these properties had survived.

Here are 10 buildings I would include in an impossible fantasy version of Toronto.

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The Best Kid (Family) Friendly Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 31, 2014

kid friendly restaurants torontoThe best kid and family friendly restaurants in Toronto cater to the (often) fickle tastes and short attention spans of young ones, and allow parents and children alike to enjoy a meal out. While the kid menus offered at these restaurants deal in the familiar grilled cheese, butter pasta, chicken tenders and chips, there are subtle hints on the menus that suggest a child's palate can, and should be, pushed and developed. These family-friendly restaurants can help kids graduate into real diners, one bite at a time.

Here are the best kid and family friendly restaurants in Toronto.

See also: The top 10 kid friendly brunch restaurants in Toronto

A guide to Toronto horror movie locations

Posted by Ed Conroy / October 31, 2014

toronto horror movieOver the past 30 years, Toronto location spotting in Hollywood films has become akin to a low-intensity drinking game. We've all seen the obvious candidates - Yonge Street mauled by THE INCREDIBLE HULK, the Gardiner re-imagined as a dystrophic freeway in TOTAL RECALL, etc. - but what about some of the low-to-no budget horror films which have showcased Toronto's creepier corners? Here's a brief look at some lesser known titles who cinematically painted the city in a slightly more blood-curdling light. (WARNING - Spoilers and scary scenes yonder!)

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New record shop a source for concert tix on the east side

Posted by Staff / October 31, 2014

Tiny Record Shop TorontoToronto's newest record shop is also a contender for its smallest. Tucked away in the back of a gift shop, the carefully selected (don't say curated) stock is handpicked by a duo with strong ties to Toronto's indie music scene. The cozy space is now bringing concert tickets sale back to the east end, and plans to host live in store performances as well.

Find out more in my profile of Tiny Record Shop.

A timeline of Jian Ghomeshi's dismissal from the CBC

Posted by Derek Flack / October 31, 2014

Jian GhomeshiWhile the Star has owned the day as far as coverage of Jian Ghomeshi's abuse allegations go, the Globe has now picked up some of the slack as pertains to the former radio host's dismissal from the CBC. Naturally, the broadcaster has tried to keep the story behind Ghomeshi's firing under wraps -- particularly with that massive but dubious lawsuit pending -- but we now have a pretty good idea of what happened behind closed doors.

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