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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 eight 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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How to spend a day in Cabbagetown

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 24, 2014

cabbagetownCabbagetown has had a rollercoaster ride of poverty and gentrification over its near-200-year existence. Pre-1900 Cabbagetown was one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Toronto - the name Cabbagetown was coined because of the cabbages growing in the front yards of the poverty-stricken Irish immigrants who lived there.

It reached a peak of prosperity just before World War 1, when new grand homes were built. The area now boasts the "largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America", and yet, post-WWI, it fell back into ill repute and again became one of Toronto's largest slums.

It was this hard-knocks version of the neighbourhood that The Band songwriter Robbie Robertson experienced growing up, and helped inform the iconic characters that populate his lyrics. Cabbagetown has become polished yet again, but is still home to the kind of colourful characters that Robertson so wonderfully canonized.

Here's how I like to spend a day in Cabbagetown, from morning until late night.

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How to spend a day in Leaside

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 23, 2014

leasideLeaside, once farmland established by the Lea family (hence the name), really grew up during World War I, when it became the site of the Leaside Munitions Company and the Leaside Aerodrome. Accommodations were built for 1000 military personnel and the village was a major location of the war industry.

Once hoped to be the new Rosedale, it grew slowly over the years into a predominately single-family, upper-middle-class village with a suburban feel. Current Prime Minister Stephen Harper was born in Leaside and attended elementary school there. Not sure if that's good news or bad news for Leaside, but somehow it makes sense - both the village and the person are staid, yet deceptively influential.

Here's how to spend a day in Leaside, from morning until late night.

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