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Best of Toronto

The Best Butcher Shops in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / April 21, 2014

butcher shops torontoThe best butcher shops in Toronto have elevated the traditional methods of preparing meat. Gone are the grocery-store Styrofoam and reams of cellophane enclosing dubious cuts sold with little regard to origin, farmer, or flavour. The best butcher shops employ curious, courteous staff who know how to break down sides, age meat properly, and achieve specific cuts, carving in ever-increasing increments to get the slice or chop or wing you want.

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New store caters to fashion-forward plus size shoppers

Posted by Staff / April 21, 2014

primaala torontoThis brand-new boutique on Dundas West was created with young, hip plus size shoppers in mind - a demographic that owner Rachel Holt says is vastly under-served in the city. The store's modern-yet-sophisticated aesthetic, with its emphasis on structured, detailed pieces, is already making an impact on the way Toronto looks at plus size fashion.

Read my review of PRiMAALA in the fashion section.

420 rally brings a plume of smoke to Yonge & Dundas

Posted by Derek Flack / April 21, 2014

420 Yonge DundasHundreds of potheads and supporters of the movement to legalize marijuana gathered at Yonge-Dundas Sqaure on Sunday for a smoke-filled display of solidarity. The day started with a parade down Yonge Street just before noon and ended quietly around 5:30pm as the crowd slowly dispersed from the Square (insert hilarious weed-makes-you-hungry joke here). Organizers report that over a 1000 free joints were given out over the day, a number that's easy to believe when you see the plume of smoke that engulfed the crowd in the minutes after the clock struck 4:20 p.m.

Some 50 police officers were on hand, but they kept to the sidelines as the rally went down without incident. There were Rob Ford and Justin Trudeau signs, two weed-focused mascots, and some of the biggest joints you've ever seen. One wonders if the rally is an effective political strategy, but those gathered sure seemed to have fun.

Check out all the 420 action in Toronto in this photo gallery.

Easter Monday events in Toronto 2014

Posted by Staff / April 21, 2014

Easter Monday torontoOn this Easter Monday in Toronto the Early Monthly Segments crew present three of Mark LaPore's short-to-medium length films at the Gladstone Ballroom. Boston-area professor and filmmaker Mark LaPore, sadly, became one of those legendary and mythologized what-ifs when, in 2005, he took his own life.

In his early 50s at the time, LaPore helped usher in a turn toward ethnography in experimental documentary filmmaking, photographing locations such as Sudan, India and Sri Lanka, drawing attention to cultural and economic divides between Eastern and Western worlds. Check out the rest of our top picks for today below. For even more events, click on over to our events section.

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Fashion & Style

Lady Gaga approved designer in Toronto for FAT

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 21, 2014

fat toronto 2014Benji Wong, otherwise known as Benji WZW, is one of the many unconventional fashion designers flocking to Toronto to present a collection at |FAT| (Fashion Art Toronto) this week (April 22-26).

The Hong Kong native was raised in Toronto and studied architecture at University of Waterloo, before up and leaving for a fashion program at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His 2013 graduate collection "That Paradise Would Be A Meme" pulled together everything he learned from both experiences, resulting in a surreal work of art that attracted the attention of a whole whack of contemporary publications. Lady Gaga even wore a jacket from the collection in an eTalk interview.

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New gallery rents out wall space by the yard

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 21, 2014

Art Yard TorontoToronto artists will be intrigued by the unique concept behind West Queen West's newest rental gallery: Art Yard is renting wall space by the yard, rather than per show like traditional rental galleries. In February of this year Natasza Cieplik took over the main floor of the Artscape Triangle Lofts, and by June she'll have exhibited the works of thirty-four emerging or mid-career artists.

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