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Acoustic as folk: Eight concerts this month showcase a range of strum styles

Whether you crave dark and moody blues or ethereal fingerpicking, Toronto’s got you covered. The city has sprouted countless acoustic heavy-hitters, from Yorkville scene talents such as Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell to the Barenaked Ladies (crammed into a MuchMusic video booth). In keeping with tradition, here are the best folk shows in town this month.
November 02, 2017

Parent to Parent: The building blocks of boundaries

When we think of saying no to kids, our minds most often turn to the terrible twos and how we, as parents, struggled to navigate those rock-strewn waters. I remember my then two-year-old, 29 years ago, ignoring me when I said it was time to leave the toy-strewn waiting room at our GP’s office.
November 02, 2017

Designated Survivor’s Jake Epstein gives us his five favourite books

Jake Epstein has strutted across many a stage both in Toronto and in New York City where he starred in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. But recently, people are getting to know him as a member of the cast of the hit TV show Designated Survivor starring another Toronto native, Keifer Sutherland.
November 02, 2017

Partners in love, life and food

November 01, 2017

New Buca restaurant coming to Yonge and St. Clair

King Street Food Company will be opening a new Buca restaurant at the northwest corner of Yonge and St. Clair.
November 01, 2017

First Look: Bacchanal has all the elements of an old-school French bistro

Luke Donato, executive chef and co-owner of the newly opened Bacchanal, is no stranger to fine dining. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and worked in some of Toronto’s finest restaurants such as North 44, Ortolan and most recently as sous chef at Campagnolo.
October 31, 2017

Petition has been sent to the mayor’s office concerning noise and traffic at Casa Loma

Residents living near Casa Loma are petitioning Mayor John Tory to stop the city from continuing to lease the historic Midtown site to Liberty Entertainment Group.
October 31, 2017

Barry's Bootcamp opens their biggest location to date in Toronto

This is the essence of what Barry’s Bootcamp has been offering for almost 20 years at locations throughout the U.S., the U.A.E. and Europe. Now, their biggest studio to date has opened in Toronto in the quickly evolving Entertainment District and it’s already gaining a following. The studio had been open for three days when I was there, and there were a few people who mentioned they had already done a few classes.
October 30, 2017

First Look: Blue Blood Steakhouse completes the vintage picture for Casa Loma

Liberty Entertainment Group’s answer is Blue Blood, a steakhouse which includes a stunning bar and lounge (in Casa Loma's Oak Room & Smoking Lounge) and lavish dining room (in the Billiard Room).
October 30, 2017

Seal meat at Midtown restaurant sparks debate

Ku-kum, a restaurant serving Indigenous dishes near Mount Pleasant Road and Davisville Avenue, has become the subject of controversy due to the inclusion of seal meat on its menu.
October 30, 2017

Torquil Campbell on his journey with music, acting and fatherhood

Canadian pop band co-frontperson Torquil Campbell can trace his roots and lifelong friendships with fellow Stars band members all the way back to grade school.
October 30, 2017

City aims to designate Annex bookstore

October 26, 2017

Students assaulted at ‘Rosedale jams’

October 26, 2017

Too Close to Call: Dancing for the dead

Día de los Muertos, the massive Mexican festival on Nov. 2, honours the beloved deceased with fabulous food and dance. A T.O. Aztec dancer and a Mexican folk dancer show us how to party.
October 26, 2017

Art Toronto shines its spotlight on LA artists

The Canadian modern and contemporary art fair celebrates the diversity of Los Angeles, featuring sculpture art and micro-cinema.
October 24, 2017

The Japandroids in Toronto tonight for big Massey Hall concert

The Japandroids play Massey Hall in Toronto on Oct. 24 in support of their new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life.
October 24, 2017

I looked up to Gord above and said, Hey man, thanks

On Oct. 18, we all woke up to the news of the tragic passing of Gord Downie, acclaimed frontman of venerable Canadian band the Tragically Hip. The news made our prime minister cry on national TV, which just about says it all.
October 24, 2017

Baked creations with an extra edge of gruesome for Hallowe’en

Lifelike intestines crafted from a mix of chocolate and fondant spill out from the belly of the cake.
October 24, 2017

Acting is the family biz for Paul Braunstein

Even though Toronto actor Paul Braunstein grew up in an acting family (his parents are actors Jeff Braunstein and Maja Ardal, and his sister Inga Cadranel is also an actor known for Orphan Black), Braunstein, whose upcoming projects include American Hangman with fellow Canadian Donald Sutherland, says he resisted following in his parents’ footsteps.
October 24, 2017

Chef Alexandra Feswick throws an artsy dinner party with a feminist agenda

The job is not only physically taxing, but can be emotionally demanding, too, especially when you end up in a kitchen run by a Gordon Ramsay–esque tyrant. Feswick weathered her share of sexist, macho bosses before helming the kitchen at the now-shuttered, then-raved about Brockton General. But even as a top chef, she felt a disrespect she attributes to her being a woman.
October 23, 2017