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Gambling with Billions

Mega-projects keep failing. So why does the mayor love them so? What a state we are in, Toronto. The City lacks political consensus and expert support on at least three projects that will cost billions of dollars. And yet we hurtle forward. Show More Summary

Critic Finds A Great Reason To Go To Laval

And newcomer Mélisse gets a shining first write-up — Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman visits Pacific Northwest-inspired wine bar Oregon this week, open since late 2016 — and despite what its strip mall location in Laval’s Ste-Rose district might imply (“the least sexy [location] for restaurants”) she finds the farm-to-table spot a “keeper”. Show More Summary

Q-and-A: Richard Feren, the man behind @DougFrod

“I have a half-dozen photos of Rob and Doug posing with Trump that I will happily pull out when it’s relevant.” Among their many distinguished achievements, the Ford family has also inspired some of Twitter’s greatest works of satire. Show More Summary

The 2017 Ford Fest Survival Guide

It's a massive, annual public festival that draws international attention and boldface names. And no, it's not TIFF. There’s a feeling of excitement in the air in Toronto this week, as another chapter begins in the storied history of...Show More Summary

All The Details on Monarque, Montreal’s Most Important Upcoming Opening

From the Bastiens, of Leméac fame Monarque, the forthcoming restaurant from Richard Bastien, owner of much-adored Outremont French classic Leméac, and his son, Jérémie, is finally set to open in Old Montreal later this year. The next...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 7-13

Highlights this week include "The Festival of Festivals," music and comedy on wheels and on the water, and new songs by two Rankin family members. Thursday, September 7 The Toronto International Film Festival arrives today, slightlyShow More Summary

The Best Food and Coffee Around Concordia University (Downtown)

Places with student-friendly prices Students have descended on downtown Montreal as university classes resume, and many will need sustenance beyond a can of Red Bull to keep up their study habits. Out of Montreal’s four main universities,...Show More Summary

MTL Blog Suggests Restaurant Pay For Replacement Article Correcting Its Writer’s Errors

"A sponsored article...starts at $2500, and varies depending on your objectives" Local content aggregator MTL Blog is under fire from the owners of forthcoming Little Italy Thai counter Epicerie Pumpui, after the site published misinformation...Show More Summary

A Prominent Old Montreal Restaurant Appears to Be for Sale

Regulatory fillings also indicate the possibility of bankruptcy Old Montreal restaurant Les 400 Coups is on the market. According to a listing on real estate agency Sutton’s website, Les 400 Coups is up for sale for $159,000 — and aShow More Summary

Walking the Ward

Long regarded as simply a slum, the Ward neighbourhood in Toronto supported many immigrant communities over the years. By Erin Sylvester The Another View of the Ward Heritage Toronto walking tour promises a deeper look at one of Toronto’s historically most maligned and now mostly forgotten neighbourhoods. Show More Summary

Cyclists are frustrated with the slow roll-out of the City’s bike plan

Bike lanes are more vigilantly monitored, but the City is still soft-pedalling expansion of cycling infrastructure This week, Margaret Harvey rode her bike on a trail for the first time since she was run over by a garbage truck in 2012. Show More Summary

DIY Japanese Barbecue Chain Gyu-Kaku Has Arrived in Montreal

Hone those grill skills Crescent Street is now home to hit Japanese barbecue restaurant Gyu-Kaku — the first location in Montreal (and Quebec) out of the chain’s 700-plus location. Gyu-Kaku’s main focus is yakiniku — seasoned, marinated...Show More Summary

In Praise of Keezy

What will the city's high-profile chief planner do next? News of Jennifer Keesmaat’s resignation, effective September 29, has fuelled speculation of a possible run in municipal or provincial politics. After all, the federal Liberal party unsuccessfully courted her to run in the 2015 election. Show More Summary

Toronto East Asian Dessert Restaurant Expands to Montreal — And Other Summer Openings

Including the city’s first Filipino café Labour Day has passed, so summer is pretty much over. Here’s a bonus round-up of a range of summer openers you may have missed. For other opening coverage, check Eater’s regularly-updated opening...Show More Summary

Solidarity from Toronto to Charlottesville

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Rally at Queen’s Park encourages Torontonians to fight against far-right groups and condemn white supremacy. At her first anti-fascist rally, demonstrator Eleni Vlahiotis grasped her sign and marched in the thick of the crowd through Queen’s Park on Thursday evening. Show More Summary

Critic: Hakim Chajar’s New Restaurant Has “Flavour, Not Flash”

And one Quebec City French restaurant nabs a full five stars Former Laurea chef and Les Chefs finalist Hakim Chajar opened his first restaurant back in June, and Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman was first to stop by. Chesterman acknowledges...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 1-6

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Jet planes, comic heroes, fire breathers, and more in this long weekend edition; plus Second City's new revue, spicy food and sports by the water, and 60 years of life (drawing). Friday, September 1 With the ascendancy of comics andShow More Summary

Lili Co Shutters Briefly After A Fire

But they’ll still make it to YUL Eat Part-offal, part-vegetable focused Mile End restaurant Lili Co. has closed its doors after suffering a fire Wednesday evening. The restaurant on the corner of St-Laurent and Villeneuve posted the above image of firefighters tending to the building on Facebook around 7 p.m. Show More Summary

11 Places to Eat and Drink Around McGill University

Student-friendly fare University classes are about to resume, and students are returning en masse to areas like Milton-Parc (or “the McGill Ghetto”) for it. McGill students are notoriously studious and some may be reluctant to strayShow More Summary

Where Suits Season 6 was Filmed in Toronto (Part Two)

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We return to complete the sixth season of Suits, plus our built-in drinking game. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

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