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The top Movember events in Toronto for 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 30, 2014

movember torontoMovember is here again in Toronto: You can smell it in the air, feel it in the chilly autumn breeze, and see it in the patchy proto-'staches on everyone's lips. But give it a week or so, and Toronto's gentlemen will soon be sporting their finest facial hair in support of research for men's cancers. As usual, a handful of fundraisers, parties, promotions and team-building exercises have sprung up around the month-long event, for there is no "I" in moustache.

Here are the top Movember 2014 events in Toronto, perfect for trading moustache-waxing tips with your best Mo Bros.

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How to spend a day in Leslieville and Riverside

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 26, 2014

leslievilleLeslieville - and its western cousin, Riverside - span Queen East from the Don to Coxwell. The "Leslie" of the name is George Leslie, who owned the Toronto Nurseries; in the 1850s, most of the neighbourhood's population either worked there or in local factories. Over the past 15 years, it's experienced a major renaissance, with an influx of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops catering to the local population.

Queen St. is the neighbourhood's most established drag, while Leslieville's eastern reaches, north of Queen, are in the process of transforming from industrial grounds to condos and shops. That's giving way to newly-minted destinations like Dundas and Carlaw - visitors might find there's plenty of action down on Queen to keep you busy, but don't be afraid to explore.

Here's how I'd spend a day in Leslieville, from morning until late night.

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An insider's guide to Toronto with the TTC's Brad Ross

Posted by Alexander Huls / October 25, 2014

brad ross ttcBrad Ross, Executive Director of Corporate Communications at TTC, is kind of cool. That's not a word you often tend to associate with something TTC-related. But with his twelve beautiful tattoos, charming meta-watt smile, obvious love of music (he was even a big heavy metal guy in his youth), unabashed Kat Von D fandom, and enthusiastic social media presence, he is just that: kind of cool. He's the kind of fun, hip, person that Toronto could use more of in visible positions of power.

So, naturally, I wanted to talk to Ross about the city he calls home. Not just because he seems like a great guy. But because, after all, a man who works for the company that takes us all over Toronto, should know a thing or two about it. Here then is how Brad Ross would spend his perfect day in Toronto.

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How to spend a day in the Beaches and Upper Beaches

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 25, 2014

The beachesThe Beaches and its counterpart, the Upper Beaches, encompass a wide swath of the easternmost part of the old city of Toronto, bordering Lake Ontario from Coxwell to Victoria Park and North to Kingston Road and include Woodbine, Kew, and Balmy beaches.

After the beaches were artificially enhanced in the early 1900s, the area became an increasing touristy destination, and remain today a popular spot, drawing many to the Kew Gardens or events like the Beaches Jazz Festival, and yet The Beaches maintains its village feel.

Here's how to spend a day in the Beaches and Upper Beaches, from morning until late at night.

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Jays hike ticket prices as much as 50% for 2015 season

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 24, 2014

blue jays ticket price increaseYesterday marked 21 years since Joe Carter touched 'em all in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, giving the Blue Jays the longest absence from the postseason in, not just baseball, but all of North American pro sports. Naturally, it was also the perfect day for the team, who again failed to achieve a playoff berth despite a winning 2014 season, to announce a sizeable ticket price hike for 2015.

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An insider's guide to Toronto with Sam James

Posted by Alexander Huls / October 24, 2014

sam jamesDuring the enormous rise of independent coffee shops in the last few years, one name has risen very quickly to the top of the heap: Sam James. After opening his first shop along Harbord (after several years being a barista at places like Manic Coffee and Dark Horse), James' high-quality coffee quickly saw him flooded with enough success to expand. Rapidly. The Coffee Pocket on Bloor, the spot in The PATH, and most recently, a place on Ossington.

Now Sam James' coffee is widely considered to be one of the best--if not the best--java in all of Toronto. (Just ask Matt Galloway). I decided to speak with the barista, coffee maker, and entrepreneur about what a perfect day for him in Toronto might look like.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his answers proved to offer a vast treasure trove and laundry list of great Toronto food spots he likes to frequent. It makes sense. A deep appreciation for the taste of coffee, has to result in the same appreciation for the taste of other things - like food. Here's his impressive list of spots to check out and emulate a perfect Sam James day. Which, quite wonderfully, is his everyday.

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