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10 signs you went to a Toronto bar or bat mitzvah in the 1990s

The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage well beyond the confines of Toronto, but it's undeniable that local celebrations conjure a particular set of memories and nostalgia. There are a number of quintessential experiences that are pretty universal for these coming-of-age affairs in Toronto during the 1990s and early aughts.

Here are 10 signs you went to bar/bat mitzvah parties in Toronto back in the day.

1. You helped smash a giant chocolate cake from Balloon Bash.

2. Mandell Entertainment Group was your DJ company of choice, and you still have a closet full of oversized t-shirts to prove it.

3. On rare occasions, you got to party at the Ontario Science Centre and the AGO after hours before First Thursdays and the #empty movement were a thing.

4. Little Miss Henna gave you your very first tattoo.

5. You rocked a spiffy outfit from Kids Treat or Le Chateau Jr. Girl.

6. You knew you were at a fancy affair when the grand prize was Leafs, Raptors or Blue Jays tickets.

7. Marnie and Rena taught you the Dr. Jones and Cotton Eyed Joe before they opened Vibe Dance and Fitness Studio in Thornhill.

8. A rare summertime party meant a boat cruise around the Toronto Harbour.

9. Three-course meals consisting of Caesar salad, pasta and red sauce, and chicken fingers and fries were standard.

10. You brought woolies (from Marky's or Camp Connection) because you would never be caught wearing shoes on the dance floor.

How do you remember the bar/bat mitzahs of old? Add your suggestions in the comments.


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