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Toronto Raptors playoff fever hits the city

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2014

Toronto Raptors PlayoffsThe Toronto Raptors playoff quest begins Saturday afternoon with a date against the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre, and the hype machine is already in full effect. Perhaps it's because the Leafs imploded and missed the post-season, or perhaps it's because this is the Raptors' first playoff appearance in six years, or perhaps it's just because Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) does promotion so well (winning is another matter altogether, of course). Hiring Drake as an ambassador looks like a pretty good move right now. He might even help to bring a nightclub to the ACC, if you can believe it.

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Cards Against Humanity, the Toronto version

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2014

Cards Against Humanity TorontoCards Against Humanity, the wildly popular party game, has had its fair share of imitators since being launched via a Kickstarter campaign back in 2011, but an unofficial Toronto version of the game (which many argue is itself based on Apples to Apples) is a new development that might interest local experts and those who've played the original one so often that it's impossible be shocked by it anymore.

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The top 5 bike trails in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 15, 2014

Bike Trails TorontoCycling trails in Toronto offer sanctuary from both vehicular traffic and the general hustle and bustle of city life. We are a city blessed with ravines, and that is a very good thing if you like to ride your bike off road. While Toronto is also endowed with a healthy number of bike paths, the idea here is to focus in on unpaved places to ride your bike, where you can sometimes fool yourself that you've left the city altogether. The level of difficulty of these trails varies widely, so you need not own a full suspension mountain bike to enjoy all of the off-road opportunities around town. And, unsurprisingly, should you wish to drive a short distance outside the city, there's a ton of trail systems to choose from.

Here are the top 5 bike trails in Toronto.

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The top 5 spring street festivals in Toronto for 2014

Posted by Derek Flack / April 9, 2014

spring street festivals torontoSpring street festivals in Toronto might not be quite as common as those held in summer, but there's still plenty of roadside action in May and June. Highlighted by designer dogs, Italian eats, and the arrival of World Pride, our spring festival offerings show off the city's cultural diversity and our absolute love of eating food outdoors on sticks. I've left Pedestrian Sundays off this list because it's a recurring event, but the first one runs at the end of May, so it's certainly worth checking out if you want to soak up street culture at its best.

Here are five street festivals to have on your radar this spring.

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Defend the TTC from killer snakes in new board game

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 8, 2014

ttc board gameThe good news: Toronto finally got those new subways (subways, subways) we've been waiting for, with the expanded network stretching from Pioneer Village to Liberty Village.

The bad news: All that digging unleashed an army of bloodthirsty snakes. (Surprise!)

That's the premise behind a new indie board game created by Toronto studio Benham Games. Creator Sean Benham came up with Subways & Serpents during last summer's neverending subway vs. LRT debate: "I got to thinking how great our subway map could look if only we were able to fund all the proposed routes, and I began to sketch out what that potential map would look like - making sure to gerrymander the map to my own selfish whims," he says.

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Giant pillow fight brings a little catharsis to city hall

Posted by Derek Flack / April 7, 2014

Pillow Fight Toronto 2014Has there ever been a better time to hold a pillow fight at city hall? As mayoral candidates amp up their campaigns to take office, this is a place that's both contested and, depending on your feelings about the mayor, contemptible. In other words, it was the perfect stomping grounds for a bunch of people looking to smash each other in the face with down pillows. Hosted by Newmindspace and Atomic Lollipop, the 2014 edition of the Toronto Pillow Fight offered a chance to purge one's frustrations all in the name of fun.

The turnout on Saturday was, perhaps, a bit disappointing -- about 200 people at its peak -- but there was no shortage of enthusiasm despite the cool temperatures. The superheroes vs. villains theme was taken up by just enough participants to make for some bizarre mini-battles (like, say, Luigi duking it out with a junior Spiderman). All in all, it was an entertaining afternoon for those who made it out.

Check out all the smashing and bashing in this photo gallery.
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