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Four Toronto entrepreneurs who hope Kickstarter is the key to their success

Inventors don’t need a dragon, a shark or a millionaire to get their idea off the ground. Kickstarter projects like the Pebble Watch or the Coolest Cooler gained international fame through crowdfunding. Here are four T.O. campaigns following in their footsteps.
April 28, 2016

Inside the world of AAA Bar, purveyor of Toronto’s most authentic Texas-style barbecue

Inside a corrugated tin lean-to near the corner of Gerrard and Broadview, you’ll find one of the most intense barbecue setups in the city. There, four Traeger grills operate nearly non-stop, slowly inundating beef, pork and chicken with oak smoke. Brisket and ribs emerge sheathed in crispy, candy-sweet bark, tinged deep pink beneath the surface.
April 27, 2016

Joanne Kates reboots her top 100 restaurants list for 2016

We saw this coming — tasty Toronto restos have been going relentlessly downscale for several years. The vast majority of this year’s terrific new restaurants are casual and cheap. They can’t be judged against white tablecloth temples of gastronomy
April 27, 2016

One Man Star Wars hits Toronto tonight

When you grow up in a remote part of British Columbia and have little entertainment, a copy of the Star Wars trilogy on VHS comes in handy. So much so, that actor Charles Ross watched it more than 300 times, basically committing much of it to memory.
April 27, 2016

Too Close to Call: Toronto’s Awaken Studio and The House of Yoga offer unusual new takes on spirituality

Inhale spiritual awakening and exhale body issues with these unique new takes on traditional yoga practices.
April 26, 2016

Workout with Monika: Yorkville gym offers new workout to zap you into shape

This is the most efficient and unique 20-minute workout you will ever try. I walk into the Yorkville gym in my new outfit only to be given a cotton one to replace it. The owner of Lucid Fitness and my trainer for the day, Aman Hasebenebi, hands it to me with instructions not to wear any undergarments.
April 25, 2016

T.O.’s roots rockers, The Strumbellas have a new album out today with a more popular sound

Strumbellas’ lead singer Simon Ward says the band’s latest album, Hope, out this month on their new American record label Glassnote, had them searching for a “more popular” sound.
April 22, 2016

Daily Planet: On Earth Day, Canada is on the verge of a historical shift

“Climate change is going to have a profound effect on her life,” said Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Hassan Yussuff as he announced their One Million Climate Jobs: A Challenge for Canada plan.
April 22, 2016

Earth Day: Five ways our changing planet is affecting us here in Toronto

Climate change is not something that might or could happen. It’s something we’re seeing already — around the world and here in Toronto.
April 21, 2016

Comic Stripped: T.O. comedian Tim Steeves and the return of the comedy album

But over the last five years, there’s been a resurgence of the comedy albums, thanks mostly to the Internet. The albums are mostly digital, but it now seems every comic has a 60-minute audio set for purchase and download.
April 21, 2016

Parent Hacks: 7 ways to get your kids to go green for Earth Day

Although Earth Day is officially April 22, as parents we can take the opportunity any day of the year to reinforce the importance of taking care of the planet with our kids. The “reduce, reuse recycle” message can be easier to overlook when we’re caught up in our busy day-to-day lives. Here are some fun — and slightly less fun — ways to embrace the earth.
April 20, 2016

Q&A: Kaelen Haworth, the GTA-born designer who’s taking New York by storm

Kaelen Haworth launched her first collection one year after graduating from Parsons School of Design and showed it at New York Fashion Week that same year. Six years and many runways later at NYFW, the GTA native dishes on her minimalist collection and why Canadian fashion is fearless.
April 20, 2016

Restaurant Review: Queen West’s Rickshaw Bar looks low key, but the food is dazzling

What does it mean when someone pursues a career against their parents’ expressed wishes? And sticks with it? It means you’re a person of enormous grit and passion. This is chef Noureen Feerasta and Rickshaw Bar is her dream come true. She is not about to screw this up, which is why the lovely little bistro receives 110 per cent of her passion.
April 20, 2016

Taste Test: Zane Caplansky picks Toronto’s best veggie burgers ahead of Earth Day

We invited the don of delis, chef Zane Caplansky, to try 10 of the city’s top veggie burgers for Earth Day and suss out which savoury meat alternative satisfies this legendary carnivore’s tastebuds. Which patty gets the gold?
April 19, 2016

The Property Brothers: Get ready for Earth Day with these tips for an eco-friendly home

April 18, 2016

Will this weekend’s summer-like weather push bike lanes back into the spotlight?

After years of advocacy, the City of Toronto has proposed bike lanes on Bloor Street between Shaw Street and Avenue Road to commence this summer.
April 18, 2016

How They Met: Good Witch star Dan Jeannotte and Heidi Hawkins met while playing in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Dan Jeannotte, from CW’s Reign, the Assassin’s Creed video games and W Network’s Good Witch (returning for season two this April) fell in love with his wife, voice actor Heidi Hawkins, in the most predictable way — onstage playing strangers who fall in love.
April 15, 2016

Looking back at the city’s groundbreaking vinyl music emporiums to celebrate Record Store Day

People, albeit hipster people, starting buying records again and turntables. All of a sudden, records are a thing, and since 2007, every April they even have their own Record Store Day.
April 15, 2016

Retail Therapy: Second Voyage opens on Queen East

Kyle Burton decided to take a leap of faith and open a vintage home decor shop on Queen East
April 14, 2016

My first album: We asked 10 new Canadian artists about the first records they ever bought

We asked 10 new Canadian artists about the first records they ever bought
April 14, 2016