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10 things to do in Toronto before the summer is over

Posted by Derek Flack / August 18, 2014

summer torontoSummer events and activities in Toronto aren't winding down just yet. Technically there's over a month of summer left, and there's no reason to lament the cool mornings and nights. To some, this is the best weather of the year, and it's definitely well-suited for getting outdoors and doing stuff. The CNE has started, of course. August plays host to lots of good live music, and food trucks are still out in full force.

Here are 10 things to do in Toronto before the summer is over.

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10 bloody photos of a walking dead car wash in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / August 18, 2014

Zombie carwash torontoThis weekend marked the 5th annual zombie car wash, a lead-up event to the annual Zombie Walk, which draws thousands out to the streets of the Toronto. The car wash is a decidedly more intimate affair, with a smaller number of undead on hand to wash mess up people's vehicles. It remains, however, one mighty bizarre-looking scene for those passing by who have never heard of the event. What the hell is a zombie car wash, more than a few people must have wondered to themselves. As always, some of the makeup jobs were of movie-grade quality, and the gory scene was as fun as it was bloody.

Check out all the blood and suds from this year's zombie car wash.
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The top 10 things to do at the 2014 CNE

Posted by Derek Flack / August 14, 2014

CNE Toronto 2014The CNE is back in Toronto on August 15, announcing as it does, the slow fade of another summer. While it no longer enjoys the stature it did a century ago -- when it really was the biggest event of the summer by a good margin -- the Ex still draws over a million visitors each year. Many these days will come for the food, which has become more and more popular over the last half decade, but the classic rides and midway are still major draws, if only for the familiarity and nostalgia.

Over and above the year over year fixtures at the Ex, there's a host of new (or at least more recent) entertainment and activities to get up to. Here's a look at some of the best that this year's CNE has to offer in addition to the completely wild foods on offer this year.

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New Toronto bike repair shop comes to your door

Posted by Derek Flack / August 14, 2014

bicycle repair company torontoToronto's got a new bike repair shop, but one that lacks an actual storefront. Instead of opening a bricks and mortar space, Zach Tatem decided to operate a repair service that comes direct to customers' doors. Formerly a manager with Trek Canada's mountain bike team, the cycling enthusiast and mechanic already knows what it's like to be what he calls "a rolling bike shop," having traveled across the country with catering to the team's various technical needs.

"I had always dreamt of having my own bike shop, but Toronto already has so many, so I put two and two together and thought of having a fully mobile service, the bike shop that comes to you," Tatem tells me.

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15 things you need to know if you're a cyclist in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 12, 2014

cycling torontoCycling in Toronto, depending on who you ask, is a risky move, a political statement, or an incredibly rewarding way to get yourself from point A to point B. With cycling-focused infrastructure and services steadily on the rise in the city, it's clear the folks who place themselves in the latter category are increasing in number.

But with so much to consider - the multitude of bike stores to shop at, the hair-raising traffic, and the ever-evolving lanes and regulations - getting started can be a bit intimidating. Study up on our handy cheat sheet, and you'll be cruising comfortably across town on two wheels in no time.

Here are 15 things you need to know if you're a cyclist in Toronto.

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20 neon-lit photos of Toronto's roaming bike rave

Posted by Derek Flack / August 11, 2014

bike rave torontoBike Pirates third annual DIY bike rave hit the streets of Toronto on Saturday, touring the west side of the city as a neon-clad armada surrounded by electronic beats and loud chatter. The group assembled at Christie Pits park at dusk to bling out bikes with lights of all shapes and sizes, before heading out into the darkness. With multiple bikes belting out a communal playlist, the cyclists rode critical mass-style both as a safety measure and to ensure that everyone could hear the music.

This year's route took the firefly-like peloton from the Pits to Perth and High Park, down to the waterfront and finally to Trinity Bellwoods where the ride disbanded. The group was at it most impressive visually around Coronation Park, where the lack of street lighting allowed the bikes to shine in the darkness.

Check out all the highlights from the bike rave in this photo gallery.
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