Your Guide to the Toronto Christmas Market

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in blog

Your Guide to the Toronto Christmas Market

Now that the holidays are officially here, it’s time for you to visit the Toronto Christmas Market. Located at the Distillery District, the Toronto Christmas Market serves as the perfect backdrop for a cute date or a family winter outing. Not only is it holiday haven, but it’s also free if you make it on weekdays, and only $5 on weekends. There are plenty of attractions to visit, so you’ll definitely want to come early and get a head start on the festivities. If food is your calling, then you’ll definitely want to start with the popular foods stands, serving poutine, grilled cheese sandwiches, various smoked meats, delicious desserts, among many other dishes. Of course, you won’t want to miss out on drinks! Make a stop at the outdoor garden for a taste of beer and mulled wine. The lines are bound to be long in the evening so make your way to these stations as soon as you roll in to get you warmed up! The Christmas market is also the perfect opportunity to stock up on your local Canadian artisans, as well as products from all over the world. There are many vendors selling cute gifts from Christmas ornaments to quirky socks and winter accessories. Looking for more things to do? Well, don’t fret because there are plenty of performances and activities for you to try. Additionally, there are plenty of attractions for you to try! Take a ride on the carousel or look out on a beautiful view on the ferris wheel. If heights aren’t your thing, get lost in the magical tree maze. The market is loaded with plenty of photo opportunities, whether it’s with the 52-foot white spruce Christmas tree or a photo with Santa himself, your Instagram and Snapchat will be blowing up! The holidays only roll around once, so make sure to throw on your layers, come out, and...

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Toronto Outdoor Rinks Opening Up This Weekend

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in blog

Toronto Outdoor Rinks Opening Up This Weekend

Photo by: UrbanToronto Tis the season to be jolly! With the weather getting colder and the snow finally falling, it’s safe to say that winter is here. But, don’t fret! While it might be getting cold out, the festivities in Toronto are just starting. There’s no better way of getting into the spirit of the holidays than outdoor skating! This week Toronto’s outdoor rinks are opening up; some should be open by November 26 and expect the rest to be ready by the 3rd.  Mel Lastman Square Rink Photo by: Toronto Snaps Colonel Samuel Smith Park Rink Photo by: City of Toronto Below is a list of all the rinks that will be open on Saturday: Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey Broadlands CC Cedarvale Park Christie Pits Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dieppe Park Dufferin Grove Park Giovanni Caboto Glen Long CC Greenwood Park High Park Hodgson Public School Grounds Irving W Chapley CC Kew Gardens Ledbury Park Mel Lastman Square Monarch Park Nathan Phillips Square North Toronto Memorial CRC/Eglinton Park Otter Creek Centre Ramsden Park Regent Park Rennie Park Rosedale Park Royalcrest Rink Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell Square Sherbourne Common/ Paul Quarrington Ice Rink Sir Adam Beck Rink Sunnydale Acres Rink Trinity Bellwoods Park Van Horne Park/Pleasantview Rink Wallace Emerson Park West Deane Park/Martingrove West Mall Rink Westway Outdoor Rink Withrow Park Grab some friends, strap on your skates, and hit the ice this weekend! Let make the most of this...

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3 Great Toronto Date Ideas on a Budget

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in blog

3 Great Toronto Date Ideas on a Budget

So you’re on a budget but still want to treat your special someone to a lovely night on the town? Well, don’t fret because there are plenty of sweet date options all over Toronto that you and your partner can enjoy without having to break the bank. Evening at a Museum There are a plethora of exceptional museums in Toronto with fresh events which are sure to impress your date and win you major points. If you’re unsure of where to start, we’d suggest the AGO on the first Thursday of every month for only $12 to $15. The AGO hosts monthly celebrations for art and culture lovers alike. These soirees are perfect for those who are looking to explore special exhibits, listen to some live tunes, sip on some drinks, and celebrate art. Another great option is ROM Friday Night Live which costs $15 at the door. With drinks, dancing, delicious eats, you’ll definitely want to swing by for this monthly celebration. Photo by: Geoff Fitzgerald Photography Skate All Night For a unique and affordable excursion outdoors, head to the Harbourfront for your next date. With a spectacular view of Lake Ontario, this romantic spot is perfect for couples to cuddle up, enjoy some hot drinks, and get to know each other. As it gets colder, you can bring your skates and move to some great tunes at the Natrel Rink. Best of all– it’s free, so you can keep your money for a warm bite after a long day of skating. Photo by: Harbourfront Centre Tour a Brewery If you’re looking to get some drinks but don’t want to shell out the cash at a bar, visit one of the many breweries here in Toronto. There are plenty of breweries that offer free daily tours and even super-cheap samples of their beers when it’s over. It’s a great way to get out of the house and take the edge off of any first date jitters. There are plenty of breweries to visit in the Distillery District, such as Mill Street Brew Pub that charges just $10 for a tour.’ Photo by:...

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Hit up these Toronto Patios before Winter comes

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in blog

Hit up these Toronto Patios before Winter comes

Although winter is quickly approaching, patio season is far from over. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting outside and having a few drinks with your friends – that’s why heated patios are key for comfort. We’ve gathered a list of our favourite toasty Toronto patios- make it your goal to visit one this weekend (bonus points for hitting all 3): Gusto 101 Address: 101 Portland St. I mean, how amazing does this patio look? It ticks off all our boxes – great aesthetic, comfort and delicious Italian food. Photo: Gusto 101 Cold Tea Address: 60 Kensington Ave This Kensington market secret is the best option for a low-key night out with friends. The patio is the closest thing you’ll get to a backyard house party- with little dress code expectation and a lot of room for all your shenanigans. Photo: Jesse Milns El Catrin Address: 18 Tank House Lane If you’re in the mood for the perfect mix of authentic Mexican cuisine and aesthetic, the El Catrin will be your new weekly Friday night stop. Located right in the heart of the Distillery district, the rooftop, heated patio makes for the perfect cozy night out. Photo: El Catrin    ...

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Social Media Remembers Leonard Cohen

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in blog

Social Media Remembers Leonard Cohen

Okay 2016, we get it. You’re the year of loss and defeat. We’ve lost immeasurable talent this year, with Prince and David Bowie departing this planet. Our latest loss comes with the passing of Leonard Cohen- revered songwriter, poet, and artist. People have taken to social media to express their feelings of sadness, and to pay tribute to Cohen- sharing stories of how his poetic lyrics and music have affected their lives. From our Prime Minister: No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2016 To fellow musical icons: Leonard Cohen was unique – a giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter. Irreplaceable. Loved him and his wonderful music. #LeonardCohen #RIP pic.twitter.com/MZchwonM6g — Elton John (@eltonofficial) November 11, 2016 And everyone in between: “Like a bird on the wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried, in my way, to be free.” -Leonard Cohen — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016 Our feeds have been flooded with lyrics, quotes, videos, poppies, and sentiments- and we’re sure yours have been too. Social media provides an outlet for us to say goodbye, and thanks for all the memories. And so we leave you with this, Leonard Cohen reciting John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”- as it is Remembrance Day, and as a tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen:...

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