Category Archives: Toronto

Parents, send your kids to play on the streets!

Parents, send your kids to play on the streets!

For a few hours on a couple of August Sunday mornings last summer, a new budding event took place in downtown Toronto. Picture a world without cars…. Kids playing hopscotch in the streets, cyclists whizzing by without worry of being gifted with door prizes. From 8 am to noon, on August 17 and August 31,Continue Reading

The Annex – my favourite Toronto neighbourhood

The Annex – my favourite Toronto neighbourhood

There’s been much hype about Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood since it was voted by Vogue as the second coolest neighbourhood in the world, behind Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa district. But what I want to present to you is my favourite neighbourhood in Toronto — the Annex. Technically, the Annex is a neighbourhood between Bathurst Street in theContinue Reading

Burger Week Toronto: Have a cow, man!

Burger Week Toronto: Have a cow, man!

A relatively new festival popped up in Toronto a couple of years ago, adding to an already jam packed spring/summer festival season. This one is nestled nicely between Hot Docs and the festival orgy that is June (Luminato, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, NXNE, etc). It’s Burger Week (although “week” is used loosely, as it onlyContinue Reading

Hot Docs Festival – Oh Myyy!

Hot Docs Festival – Oh Myyy!

The benefits of living in a city with a vibrant culture and thriving art scene are too many to list.  But near the top of mine is Toronto being home to around 70 festivals throughout the year, including Nuit Blanche, the Toronto International Film Festival (commonly referred to as TIFF) and by far my favouriteContinue Reading

Sonic Boom – Scott Pilgrim shopped for music here!

Sonic Boom – Scott Pilgrim shopped for music here!

Disclaimer: I’m from the Compact Disc (CD) generation and I’m not very tech savvy. What the hell is a hash tag?  I may be alone on this one, but I feel the CD is a more practical medium for collecting music.  I do collect records, but more as a means to collect cheap albums notContinue Reading

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

Given my warm-weather Filipino DNA, I tend to shy away from winter outdoor activities in Toronto. This year my partner Jeff finally convinced me, after a few years of pleading, to try ice skating. For those unfamiliar with this cold climate activity, ice skating entails sauntering over to your local hockey arena, outdoor public rinkContinue Reading

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Where are all the bearded fish?

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Where are all the bearded fish?

For a few years, we have been having an inner conflict regarding animals in captivity in places such as zoos and aquariums. On the one hand, we will be the first to admit the fun times to be had at African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario, where you can watch baboons crawl over your carContinue Reading

The Donkey Sanctuary – a place to call their own

The Donkey Sanctuary – a place to call their own

Ever wonder where donkeys who have been abused, neglected or can no longer be cared for by their aging owners find refuge?  If you’re like me, the thought has probably never crossed your mind, for fairly obvious reasons.  Talk of animal shelters and rescue is usually reserved for the cute, cuddly variety, or those grand,Continue Reading

All aboard the Rob Ford Reality Tour

All aboard the Rob Ford Reality Tour

Our wonderful city of Toronto has been somewhat of a laughing-stock lately on account of our jolly, plus-sized mayor finally admitting, after months of rumours, to smoking crack…although he can’t be sure because he was in a “drunken stupor”. Yes, you’ve all been made aware of the foibles of Mayor Rob Ford (not to beContinue Reading

Nuit Blanche: Transforming Toronto

Nuit Blanche: Transforming Toronto

My partner Jeff and I are hard-core Nuit Blanchers.  To prepare we usually take a nap after work on Friday, then stay up all night (and sleep all day Saturday) to condition ourselves for the following sleepless night.  Last year, we watched season 1 of Treme.  This year we continued the ritual by finishing upContinue Reading

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