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Sports & Play

The top 10 things to do outdoors this winter in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 20, 2014

outdoor winter torontoOutdoor activities this winter in Toronto will help you fight the urge to hibernate as the mercury dips and the city is blanketed with snow. While it's easy to curl up by the fireplace (or space heater, as the case may be), staying active over the coldest months is a great way to burn calories and ward off the winter blues. In other words, the best way to survive winter is by embracing it.

Here are 10 fun things to outdoors this winter in Toronto.

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Eat & Drink

The top 25 fish and chips in Toronto by neighbourhood

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 20, 2014

fish and chips torontoFish and chips restaurants in Toronto are pretty evenly dispersed around the city, with tons of fantastic destinations. No matter what neighbourhood you're in, you need not cast your line too far to reel an excellent plate of coastal comfort food.

Here are my picks for the top fish and chips by Toronto neighbourhood.

See also:

The best fish and chips in Toronto
The top 10 under the radar fish and chips in Toronto

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10 quirky things to know about the Junction

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 20, 2014

toronto junctionThe Junction has a history unlike any other Toronto neighbourhood. Growing up near the crossroads of two ancient portage trails, the hardscrabble, boom-and-bust Town of West Toronto Junction was given life in the late 1800s by four major railway lines and numerous mills, factories, and other heavy industries located within its boundaries.

The Junction, briefly the independent City of West Toronto, was annexed in 1909, five years after the town declared itself alcohol free. Remarkably, the prohibition of alcohol within the neighbourhood persisted until 1997, around the time gentrification began to take hold. Today, condos are sprouting inside former factories, but there are still pockets where manual labour persists.

Here are 10 quirky things to know about the Junction.

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Toronto gym has a Dragon Boat indoor paddling pool

Posted by Staff / November 20, 2014

indoor paddling poolJust because it's -10 C outside doesn't mean you have to stop rowing all winter. That's thanks to this training gym, which offers indoor training for dragon boat racers (complete with an indoor pool). On top of that, the 2000-square-foot facility also offers tons of other strength and conditioning equipment, giving visitors the flexibility to get in shape in countless different ways.

Read my profile of Afterburn Fitness in the fitness section.
Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Schnitzel Hub, Baju, Veghed, Scratch Kitchen, Taverna Mercatto, HG Bar

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 20, 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.


  • Schnitzel Hub, a European bistro and bar that already boasts one Thornhill location, is now open at 1415 Yonge St. where Chef of India used to be.
  • Raise the Root Organic Market, the new retail outfit from the same folks behind Front Door Organic delivery service, celebrates their grand opening this weekend at 1164 Queen St. East.
  • Baju, a new southern BBQ concept from Zane Caplansky, is now operating inside the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.)
  • HG Bar & Restaurant at 3585 Keele St. is now open in North York, serving up German beer and wood-smoked pork hocks.
  • New vegetarian takeout counter Veghed is now open at 1199 Dundas St. West.

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Today in Toronto: Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Not Dead Yet Fest, Jen Mann, Deth to Art, Bourbon Derby

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 20, 2014

today in torontoToday in Toronto Not Dead Yet, Toronto's best punk, hardcore, and noise fest, will officially get started at venues around the city - check out our preview for what to see here. The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until Sunday with tutored tastings, a Food Network chef stage, and nibbles, nibbles, nibbles. Choose your belt appropriately.

Thursday art openings include Neubacher Shor in Parkdale showing Jen Mann's enormous works, with titles like "garbage selfie," on canvas, and local gutter goth label Deth Records will hosting a tech inspired art show at The White House in Kensington Market. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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