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10 places in Toronto to get free stuff on your birthday

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 14, 2011

Birthday Toronto FreeCelebrating a birthday in Toronto just got better because there's plenty of free stuff to be had. Yes, free! These 10 birthday freebies will surely make becoming one year older in Toronto a little more enjoyable. After all, birthdays--at least for me--just haven't been the same since loot bags were unanimously deemed "uncool." Damn fourth-graders. In any case, it's time to bring back the swag.

Cashing in on some of these free birthday deals offer a great way to try out some local businesses in and around the city. Some require that you bring a (paying) friend--but hey, it's your birthday...there are few other days when guilt can be so effectively applied.

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The top 10 Toronto athletes on Twitter

Posted by Erin Bury / January 12, 2011

top Toronto athletes twitterThe top 10 Toronto athletes on Twitter are worthy of a follow if only because such an act might help fans to forget the recent crushing Team Canada defeat by the Russians in the World Junior Hockey Championship. In the wake of such disappointment, it's hard not to look local instead of national for sports encouragement.

Yet, the world of social media can be a touchy subject for sports teams. The teams themselves are certainly active on sites like Facebook, and have big followings on Twitter. The Leafs, @mapleleafs, have over 30,000 followers and do a great job of constantly updating, and actually talking to fans. The Raptors, @Raptors, have over 23,000 and share photos and live-Tweet games. The Jays, though in the off-season, are still active on their @BlueJays Twitter account to keep their over 15,000 followers happy. And the Toronto FC (@TorontoFC, over 6,000 followers) and the Argos (@TorontoArgos, almost 4,000 followers) have small but loyal followings.

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The top 5 bakeries in Scarborough

Posted by Guest Contributor / December 28, 2010

Francesca BakeryIf I were to describe Scarborough to someone who had never visited, I would describe it as diversity by bakery. It is in these bakeries where dedicated people take flour and sugar and interpret them in global ways. For those looking to discover where to go when the next craving for bread and pastry sets in, here are 5 bakeries in Scarborough worth a visit.

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The 10 worst movies made in Toronto

Posted by JP Larocque / November 30, 2010

worst movies TorontoThe ten worst movies made in Toronto have one positive side: almost all of them purport to be set elsewhere, sparing the city the embarrassment of starring in all but two of these stinkers.

With the aid of government subsidies and the benefit of a close proximity to the U.S., Toronto continues to be an attractive and affordable shooting location for visiting international productions. Plus, the old girl can look like pretty much any place on earth, from New York to Detroit to Raccoon City, and so countless films are shot here, and a lot of them are... well, crap.

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The top 10 unbuilt projects in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 23, 2010

Unbuilt Projects TorontoThe top 10 unbuilt projects in Toronto is something of a companion to my post about the top 10 buildings lost to demolition. Each offers a glimpse of how Toronto might look if, as the saying goes, things turned out differently. Unlike the prior post, however, not all of these projects are mourned. Perhaps the most notorious entry on this list, the Spadina Expressway, is still generally loathed to this day (as was evidenced by the reaction to Rocco Rossi's proposed Toronto Tunnel). In fact, a list of this type can't but be defined by a certain ambiguity. As fascinating as it is to peruse the proposed developments, even a brief a critical consideration of each reveals that most fizzled for good reason.

Still, it's always intriguing to look back and think about what might have been.

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The top 10 buildings lost to demolition in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 14, 2010

Toronto buildings lost to TorontoThe top 10 buildings lost to demolition in Toronto is surely a strange title. In that these buildings no longer exist, the "top" serves the double function of referring to the merits of these former structures and the tragedy that was their demolition. And tragedy isn't really too strong a word. Toronto would be certainly a better place if these and many of the other buildings that were often rather carelessly destroyed remained vital pieces of our urban environment. But, for reasons that I've never fully made sense of, the city planners of the 1960s and 70s had virtually no historic sense, and numerous buildings of great significance were destroyed in favour of bland structures of little consequence or, unconscionably, parking lots.

Here are the 10 lost buildings that I "miss" the most.

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