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The Pitch: Tetsuro Shigematsu on why you should see Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu on why you should see Empire of the Son stage production on at the Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Toronto's Caitlin Cronenberg gets Beastly with new web/book pooch project

Caitlin Cronenberg has teamed up with Natalie Frenkel and Jordan Eady to launch the dog glamour website Beastly to showcase a collection of photos and videos that chronicle celebrities and their beloved furry friends.
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The Pitch: Tetsuro Shigematsu on why you should see Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu on why you should see Empire of the Son stage production on at the Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Toronto's Caitlin Cronenberg gets Beastly with new web/book pooch project

Caitlin Cronenberg has teamed up with Natalie Frenkel and Jordan Eady to launch the dog glamour website Beastly to showcase a collection of photos and videos that chronicle celebrities and their beloved furry friends.

North York Central Library closed down, $17 mil makeover now underway

The North York Central Library (NYCL) closed its doors to the public on Dec. 4 to undergo extensive renovations that are part of a $17 million project to redesign the building.

Sunnybrook Plaza condo deal comes with $2.7 million in community benefits

A long-awaited settlement over the Sunnybrook Plaza site has finally been reached between the developer and local community.

Too Close to Call: Two astrologers help us get a handle on 2017

As we embark on a new year, two of the city’s leading astrologers go chart-to-chart as we track the biggest flirts and what’s in store for Trump in 2017

Venerable Toronto folk music club Hugh's Room might not be finished after all

Word has just come out that a crack committee of the city's finest including long-time Hugh's Room supporter Grit Laskin, who also owns Borealis Records, is hard at work on a rescue plan that might have Hugh's Room back up and operating as soon as possible.

Advil and post-sport bevvies replaced by bongs?

Cannabis has become part of a more open dialogue between yoga-loving members at one of Toronto’s private clubs. While not in any way condoned by the club itself, some members are stepping up their yoga game by introducing a little ganja into their practice.

Toronto's most anticipated restaurant openings of 2017 from Grey Gardens to Godspeed

A list of the four most hotly anticipated restaurants set to open in 2017

Bedford Park resident and the case of the black walnut tree heads to community council next week

A homeowner in the Bedford Park area says a black walnut tree has been at the root of her problems for more than a decade.

Big Opening: Stole My Heart

A new intimates boutique with a special focus on collections designed by women

How They Met: Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg, of CBC’s Workin’ Moms, on and off-camera lovebirds

Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg are the team behind CBC’s new sitcom Workin’ Moms, premiering Jan. 10. The duo also star in the series — as a married couple, of course. Aside from their onscreen duties, Sternberg is an executive producer on the show, and Reitman is the showrunner, creator and co-producer.

Alex Paxton-Beesley, star of CBC’s ‘Mennonite mob drama’ gives us her five books that matter

Alex Paxton-Beesley stars in the new CBC series Pure, billed as a “Mennonite mob drama,” premiering Jan. 9. She says what’s impressed her most is the stunning work of the ensemble cast.

Richmond Hill's best new restaurant of 2016: Toshi Ryoriten

Richmond Hill's best new restaurant: Toshi Ryoriten The 905’s best new addition from 2016 is, hands down, this serene Japanese restaurant.

Big Opening: Avenue Girl

A stylish boutique targeted to adolescents

Comic Stripped: Just give ’er school of comedy comes of age

Television sitcom Letterkenny is a bona fide Canadian comedy success story. It began a few years ago online and migrated to CraveTV as its first original production. The second season just premiered on Christmas Day with a third underway.

Looking Back: There will never be another store like Ed’s

Honest Ed’s, shown in many films and on TV, was as much a tourist attraction & landmark as a discount store.

Toronto's most inspiring people of 2016: Daniel Nestor on junior tennis phenom Denis Shapovalov

When he won the boys Wimbledon Junior Championship, I wasn’t surprised. He’s playing at a high level, so I knew that it was only a matter of time until he started winning tournaments like that, and he’s tough mentally, which is the most important thing.

Toronto's most inspiring people of 2016: Tatiana Maslany's Emmy-earning year

​Tatiana Maslany is the most natural leader I’ve met. She’s gracious, kind, funny as hell and fearlessly talented. She’s easily the busiest actor in the world (without a doubt), and yet she still finds time to make everyone feel welcome on set.

Toronto’s most inspiring people of 2016: Donovan Bailey on Andre De Grasse, Canada’s fastest man

Andre De Grasse is definitely in the right place, and for his first Olympics, to make it to the podium is a great achievement.

Toronto's most inspiring people of 2016: Dr. Molly Shoichet

Dr. Molly Shoichet is one of Toronto's most inspiring people and she is the Till & McCulloch Award winner for contribution to global stem cell research

Toronto’s most inspiring people of 2016: Gord Downie leads the Hip out for one last encore

Gord Downie's inspirational 2016: Captivated the entire country with a dramatic final tour.

Toronto’s most inspiring people of 2016: Let's hear it for the kids

Here’s a look at eight Toronto youngsters that amazed in 2016

Toronto's most inspiring people of 2016: Jörn Weisbrodt's Luminato legacy

Rufus Wainwright writes about why Luminato festival's Jorn Weisbrodt is one of the city's most inspiring people

Food for Everyone: Jamie Kennedy on foodservice trailblazer Joshna Maharaj

I became acquainted with Joshna during her tenure as head chef at the Stop Community Food Centre. She invited me to come to the centre one day and cook with her to prepare and serve lunch for about 100 people. Joshna introduced me to this wonderful level of hospitality that I hadn’t yet experienced. I have followed Joshna’s career in the years since.

Taste Test: With David Lee, the cheesecake connoisseur

We asked chef David Lee, the brains behind Yorkville’s hottest new restaurant, Planta, to help us find the best slice in the city. Who takes the cake?

Taste Test: Roger Mooking helps us pick Toronto’s best unconventional burger

Hogtown has a soft spot for burgers from the classic to the creative. So we enlisted chef Roger Mooking to taste the city’s best beef patties with wild toppings. The fusion of flavours between these buns takes these burgers to the next level.

Taste Test: Chef Anthony Rose picks the best midway-style snacks in Toronto

Need a head start on the CNE? Chef Anthony Rose has you covered.

Taste Test: Beat the heat with the best ice cream sandwiches in Toronto

T.O.’s frozen treat purveyors are dishing out wild and wacky creations for everything from soft serve to frozen sandwiches. We invited chef Cory Vitiello of the Harbord Room, Flock and the TV series Chef In Your Ear to taste these over-the-top sammies and find out who has the cream of the crop.

Taste Test: Chef Massimo Capra picks Toronto’s best butcher-shop sausages

Whose bangers are the best? Find out here.

T.O. food writer Amy Rosen temporarily puts down her pen to pick up an apron and open her own cinnamon bun shop

Amy Rosen, the James Beard Award–nominated freelance writer had built herself a pretty solid career: she had several cookbooks to her name and had columnist bylines in most major Canadian newspapers. She had been a longtime food editor at both Chatelaine and House & Home and was the first writer to compile En Route’s esteemed Canada’s Best New Restaurants list.
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