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Is the mayoral race about to get interesting after all?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 29, 2014

Doug FordTo read one poll, you'd think John Tory has already run away with the Toronto mayoral race. The latest survey from Ipsos Reid puts Tory way out front with 48 per cent of the projected vote, followed by Doug Ford and Olivia Chow at 26 per cent. That gap would be one hell of a mountain to climb for both of the trailing candidates. But, just to keep things interesting (and underscore just how unreliable polling is in general), Mainstreet Technologies has just released new numbers that show a significantly tighter race.

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Sports & Play

How to spend a day on the Danforth

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 29, 2014

the danforthThe Danforth is the gateway to east-end Toronto, stemming from Bloor St. as you cross the Don Valley over the Bloor Viaduct. The bridge spanning the Don was completed nearly 100 years ago, spurring a massive construction boom that gave way to the bustle of the Danforth of today: Thriving restaurants and shops lining the avenue, with parks and residential enclaves tucked above and below.

The area's Greektown moniker surfaced thanks to an influx of Greek (and other Mediterranean) immigrants in the 1950s and '60s. That presence still endures to this day, with countless Greek eateries and shops standing strong in the neighbourhood - but as the area has diversified in recent years, more varied businesses and influences have trickled in.

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Sports & Play

An insider's guide to Toronto with Rick Mercer

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 29, 2014

rick mercerThey don't just give out an appointment to be an Officer of the Order of Canada to anyone. Which is exactly why one of our country's most successful comedians, Rick Mercer, has received that honor. Throughout his career - his early one man shows (Show Me the Button), his time with This Hour Has 22 Minutes (and the popular Talking to Americans segment), his current hosting gig at The Rick Mercer Report (starting its 12th season on October 7th) - Mercer has proven himself an above-and-beyond passionate Canadian.

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Music

The top concerts in Toronto October, 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / September 29, 2014

October Concerts TorontoThe top concerts in Toronto this October are gearing up for Halloween early, from Placebo to Trust to Father Murphy to (uh?) Satan and The Wytches on to everyone's favourite every-day barista costume, Stevie Nicks. I find that if custumers suspect you might be a witch of some sort, they tip better.

Placebo warbling on the stereo, black cloak all around me, haven't brushed my hair since last winter, lace cuffs dirty with ground espresso, judging you for adding cream. Clink clink. I know you're goth 5ever, Toronto, but I also know you need cuddles, so here are the month's Toronto music Craigslist missed connections before we press on to the top concerts.

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Arts

An Enemy of the People hits the stage at Tarragon

Posted by Keith Bennie / September 29, 2014

enemy people tarragonThe works of the early modern playwrights--Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and August Strindberg--continue to be produced because they model the qualities of the well-made play. Sometimes, albeit that rare sometimes, adaptations of these staples take flight with a slight shift in perspective, connecting the hundred year-old tale with themes that resonate today.

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Announcements

New Toronto shop offers art, crafts and experiences

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 29, 2014

elephant in the atticA designer and artist has opened a new Toronto shop offering art, handmade items, secondhand goods, a custom art framing service, and all manner of odds and ends. But pay a visit, and you just might stumble into an interactive exhibit or activity set up somewhere in the store, or end up taking in a workshop, reading, or seminar. Either way, whether it's a new art print, a reclaimed knick-knack, or a new idea to mull over, you're bound to leave the store with something new.

Read my profile of Elephant In The Attic in the design section.
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