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Historicist: Eden Smith and the Arrival of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Toronto

A key figure within the Canadian Arts and Crafts movement, and well-connected to the cultural elite, Toronto architect Eden Smith made a lasting impact on the urban fabric of the city. Born in Birmingham, England, at the epicentre of the Second Industrial Revolution in 1859, Eden Smith was brought up as the son of a successful craftsman. Show More Summary

New Bar Riverside Lands In St-Henri By The Canal (Not The River)

From the people who brought you Ping Pong Club Saint-Henri has a new watering hole, and for once, it’s not on Notre-Dame — the name is Riverside and it’s on Saint-Ambroise, steps away from beer company McAuslan’s two St-Ambroise venues,...Show More Summary

NDG’s Hopkins Racks Up Stars in Its First Review

While Taverne F gets a hit-and-miss review — Chef Liam Hopkins’ eponymous Monkland Avenue restaurant Hopkins (open just six weeks now) gets its first critical inspection this week from Le Journal de Montréal’s Thierry Daraize (well, critical-ish; Daraize has barely strayed from giving four stars out this year). Show More Summary

Stairway To Stardom: How #Stepgate Put Toronto on the Map

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

And why we should all be thanking Toronto's crusading columnist, who is still out there chasing the gravy train. She may write for a major Toronto newspaper, but no story is seemingly too inconsequential for the Sun‘s resident RightShow More Summary

Albion Cinemas, Etobicoke’s Bollywood Shrine: An Appreciation

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

“India is known for its culture, and over here we do the same thing. No other cinema does that. People have to come here to watch those movies. And it’s like a community." For the westernized filmgoer, visiting Albion Cinemas can feel like entering an alternate reality. Show More Summary

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe Gets Savoury With A New Comptoir, Now Open

Also, brunch and cocktails Pâtisserie Rhubarbe has showed the Plateau what makes for good pastry for a while now, so it’s time for Stéphanie Labelle and team to try something new. — and it’s called Comptoir Rhubarbe. After the patisserie...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, July 20-25

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week's edition features Burlesque and Beaches Jazz Festivals; outdoor screenings, cabaret, and Shakespeare; a pirate ship show and party, and a memorial for the creator of the zombie film genre. Thursday July 20 The Toronto Burlesque...Show More Summary

It’s Not Me, It’s You, Metrolinx

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

New lines like the Eglinton Crosstown will be worth some inconveniences, but Metrolinx appears to be battling City Council for the title of most dysfunctional transit builder. Metrolinx, mon cher ami, we have to talk. Or, more importantly, you do. Show More Summary

11 Fabulous Falafels in Montreal

Have a pita party Falafels — the deep-fried balls of ground chickpeas (or occasionally fava beans) — shouldn’t be so versatile. They’re good for lunch or a late night meal in sandwich form, dinner on a platter with salads, or just solo...Show More Summary

Columnist to Millennials: No Family Money to Buy a House? Just Leave the City

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The reality is our system is a deeply flawed, neoliberal hellscape in which the wealthy can afford to live anywhere they like. Matt Gurney, a former National Post columnist now with GlobalNews and an upper-end millennial (in terms of...Show More Summary

Kwizinn Brings Griot and Other Creole Fare to Plaza St-Hubert — and Other Openings

Including gluten-free eats in St-Henri, and a rooftop terrasse PETITE-PATRIE — There’s a shiny new Caribbean dining option on the St-Hubert Plaza. Its name is Kwizinn (the Creole word for cuisine), and Haitian offerings are predominant...Show More Summary

Highlights and Lowlights from the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here's what our reviewers thought worked (and didn't) at this year's Fringe, and what could be improved upon. This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival was the largest to date, with 160 shows to see and daily programming (and partying) at the festival’s new club and headquarters at Scadding Court at Dundas and Bathurst streets. Show More Summary

Upgrade Your Lunch at These Montreal Restaurants

Noon-hour winners Lunch can be a dreary enterprise in this city, especially for those who want to cobble together a memorable midday meal at the last minute. It pays to plan, and, as always, to do some research. Want a change from the...Show More Summary

Feminist Street Artists Transform Parkdale Alleyway into Public Gallery

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Twenty artists attempt to capture the diversity of being a woman in freshly painted murals—but the project is not without criticism A roster of all woman-identifying artists have turned a derelict Parkdale alleyway into an outdoor art gallery of murals representing intersectional feminism. Show More Summary

Mile End Gets a 24 Hour Dining Option That Isn’t Bagels

The name is Léo and it’s a snack bar The Mile End’s all-night dining scene is getting quite the defibrillation this month, as a 24-hour casse-croûte named Chez Léo Snack-Bar (Leo’s Snack Bar, if anglicized names are preferred) opensShow More Summary

Why Are So Many of Us Rejoicing in a Rooming House Becoming a Condo?

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Palace Arms, a 19th century rooming house at King and Strachan, has served as an affordable home to poor men. I used to walk by the Palace Arms every morning on my way to the office. It’s an old rooming house in Toronto’s west end. Show More Summary

Energy Drink Company Prime Mate Shutters After Accusations Levelled at Co-Owner

The other owner calls it quits Montreal-based producer of yerba mate energy drink Prime Mate is set to be liquidated, following an accusation of sexual assault directed at one of the company’s owners in recent weeks. A couple of weeks...Show More Summary

Porco is Now Open and Putting Pork on Forks on Monkland

One of the year’s meatiest openings It started as a porchetta sandwich stand at the Monkland Street Fest in 2015, and now Porco has opened up its brick and mortar location in NDG. The very porcine-oriented casual restaurant opened up on Sunday with a menu that features the sandwiches that first caught the public’s eye. Show More Summary

Where To Eat and Drink Around Place des Arts

Get yourself a pre- (or post-) festival meal Come summertime, Place des Arts is one of the busiest spots in all of Montreal. Festival season runs solidly throughout the summer, jamming thousands into the Place des Arts and Quartier des Spectacles area daily. Show More Summary

Anti-Fascists Disrupt Proud Boys Rally at Queen’s Park

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Canada's most prominent white supremacist was among those who spoke at the rally and urged support for the "Halifax Five," who disrupted an Indigenous ceremony on Canada Day. A rally in support of the five Proud Boys who disrupted an...Show More Summary

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