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The 5 top Joanne Kates restaurant reviews from 2017

This year Joanne Kates, our noted restaurant reviewer, ate her way around the city’s best (and sometimes not-so-best) restaurants. Here are her top five reviews from 2017, which thankfully include the terms "curmudgeon," "hipsterville" and "borderline hostile."
December 22, 2017

Robert Klein in town for rare concert

I could argue that modern standup comedy was created by seven pioneers of the ’60s and ’70s: Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles and Robert Klein.
December 22, 2017

Regent Theatre hits the market for $9 mil

The Regent Theatre, at 551 Mount Pleasant Rd., first opened in 1927 and continues to show movies to this day, with an auditorium that can hold up to 500 people. The property was recently listed on the city’s heritage register and is now up for sale by the Sorokolit family. It is listed for $9 million with Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., Brokerage.
December 22, 2017

5 interviews with Torontonians who made headlines in 2017

This year, we felt a sea change in Toronto’s local political debate. Identity came to the forefront and things generally moved in a more progressive direction.
December 22, 2017

Our favourite love stories of 2017

We love telling the stories of how local couples met and fell in love every month. Looking back at 2017, we’ve compiled our five favourite love stories. Whether it’s a love that sparked in the workplace or an awkward run-in at a bar, these stories made us swoon.
December 21, 2017

Five things every parent needs to know about cannabis today

The younger generation of cannabis enthusiasts takes pride in their cannabis knowledge, moving beyond the simple smoking of a joint. Some of these now popular methods are vaporizing, slathering on infused topicals, toking extract-filled pens and dabbing (not the dance) concentrates.
December 21, 2017

Restaurant Review: The Broadview Hotel’s glassed-in rooftop eatery is all about grown-up bar eats for cool cats

Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli, who’ve opened several restos together, are in charge of the food at the Broadview, a project of Streetcar Crowsnest, which put $26 million into a three-year reno of the old pile built in 1891 — now a boutique hotel with three restaurant/bar spaces. Bye bye Jilly’s strip club, hello hipsters. They’re calling it the Drake of the east end.
December 21, 2017

Peter Pan at Soulpepper is a wonderfully imaginative production perfect for the entire family

Peter Pan, a musical, is adapted by Fiona Sauder and Reanne Spitzer, and was first performed in Port Perry back in 2015, followed by a string of brewery runs in 2016 and now at Soulpepper's Michael Young Theatre until Dec. 31.
December 21, 2017

The 3 headline stories that made news in 2017

As Trump was rattling sabers with Kim Jong-un and Harvey Weinstein and his ilk were called out for their sexual predation, there was also plenty to write about locally in Toronto.
December 20, 2017

Dan Demsky on his crowdfunding success for Unbound Merino

December 20, 2017

Our 3 favourite cocktail stories of 2017

Torontonians are rather well versed in the craft cocktail. With newbies populating the landscape faster that we can count, staying on track with the bar scene is a tough task. Of all the tipples we tried in 2017, these three stood out from the pack thanks to their unique spaces paired with their neat-o creations. Cheers!
December 20, 2017

Holiday gift guide for the music and vinyl lover in your life

People who are into music, especially music presented in the vinyl format, are a picky lot. One off the mark gift could result in scathing ridicule, so tread carefully. Herewith, a cool half-dozen items that should help.
December 19, 2017

Eat this Minute: The Annabelle of the ball

A trio of pastas made fresh daily is the name of the game at this Davenport newbie
December 19, 2017

Comedian Russell Peters delivers a Clouseau-worthy Indian Detective

Canadian comic Russell Peters is known for making light of stereotypes, cultural identity and life as a Canadian with an Indian heritage. His new show, The Indian Detective, which airs on CTV, showcases both his Toronto upbringing and his Indian background through his character Doug D’Mello, a fourth-class constable with dreams of becoming a detective.
December 19, 2017

Taste Test: Who has the best cinnamon buns in town?

We asked chef Mark McEwan to undertake the arduous task of sampling the city’s best cinnamon buns. Which baker was crowned king? Whose buns should grace your holiday table?
December 18, 2017

Big push for off-leash area at Yonge-Eglinton

Residents in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area could be getting a place for their pets to play after years of pushing for a designated off-leash dog park.
December 18, 2017

Stintz on Midtown: Make developers pay

For most people, buying a house is the most significant decision they make because it will be the place they live, send their kids to school, meet neighbours, make friends and build community. Since a house purchase is usually for the long term, the quality of the schools in the area is a key consideration when choosing a neighbourhood.
December 18, 2017

Condo for four please

December 15, 2017

City staff review Bayview Village master plan

A developer has submitted a new application to redevelop the Bayview Village Shopping Centre, which has been greeted with some questions and skepticism by the local community. The master plan is making its way through the City of Toronto planning process.
December 14, 2017

Dr. Jess on Sex: Explaining your vulnerable emotions and crafting loving responses are the keys

Intimacy arises when one person feels vulnerable and expresses that vulnerability in a constructive manner and the other person responds with love and support.
December 14, 2017