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Where to learn to fight like a girl in Toronto

Posted by Erica Berman / April 23, 2014

fight like a girl torontoFight Like a Girl is a free self-defence program for women currently offered once a month out of OpenMat MMA, a martial arts school and studio in downtown Toronto. But it's a whole lot more than just a class: If program founder and OpenMat owner Elliot Bayev has his way, it will grow into something that will change the entire world for the better.

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Real Escape Game Toronto a thrilling race against time

Posted by Martha Stortz / April 22, 2014

real escape game torontoThe Real Escape Game Toronto is an interactive live game located at The Foundery in Dundas West. Up to 11 people are locked in a room for one hour, and must find clues and solve puzzles to find the key and escape the room. The first Real Escape Game originated in Japan before heading to China, Taiwan, Singapore, and the U.S.; this edition is the first one held in Canada.

I arrived at the Foundery on a Saturday evening to test out the game; my companion and I were put on a team with seven strangers. I was feeling pretty confident about the game, due to my companion's master's degree in engineering (and my years of experience decoding meaningless garbage on Lost message boards). The rules were explained, waivers were signed, and the game began.

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Toronto Raptors fans gather outside the ACC to party

Posted by Derek Flack / April 20, 2014

Toronto Raptors Party SquareThe Toronto Raptors started their playoff journey yesterday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets, drawing thousands of fans to Maple Leaf Square before the game to cheer on the team and celebrate the arrival of post season play in Toronto. Although the on-court affair would ultimately end in disappointment (a 94-87 Nets win), fan enthusiasm remained high until the final buzzer. Marked by pimped out cars, DJs, multiple mascots, and the team's cheerleaders, the spectacle outside the arena was about as grand as the one inside (and a hell of a lot cheaper). The next game goes down on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. To get in on the party, you best plan to arrive a couple of hours early.

Check out all the action from the Raptors Party in the Square in this photo gallery.
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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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