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Toronto Events: August 2017

With August comes the incredible heat and equally incredible opportunity to have a fantastic time. Summer has been in full swing, but Toronto is far from out of surprises yet. This month offers a unique blend of exhibitions and cultural celebrations that will surely excite Torontonians and visitors alike.

Rogers Cup Presented By National Bank (August 5-13)

Tennis fans will be undoubtedly captivated by the allure of the Women’s Rogers Cup, held at the Aviva Centre at York University. Tickets start as low as $15, allowing fans of all ages to enjoy days of friendly tournament competition without breaking the bank. Various on-site activities will be held, including autograph sessions and musical entertainment. In addition, visitors can enjoy great meals and beverages from a variety of patios, stadium concessions, and food trucks as well as purchase tennis gear and official Rogers Cup merchandise from various shops. The matches themselves are hugely popular and entertaining, and you’ll surely have an exciting and memorable time on any days you spend at this great event.

Veld Music Festival (August 5-6)

This two-day celebration of Dance Music and Hip-Hop is sure to bring crackling energy and vibrancy. Held at Downsview Park, the Veld Music Festival will offer the combined entertainment value of over 30 internationally renowned acts, and this year will showcase some of the most respected and popular names in electronic music. Performers include Future, Migos, Zedd, Major Lazer, Slander, Pleasurekraft, Claptone, Tïesto, and many more!

Krinos Taste of the Danforth (August 11-13)

Toronto’s 24th Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street festival, and is a thoroughly immersive summer celebration of all things Greek. Danforth’s incredible selection of multi-ethnic restaurants brings their greatest dishes (and plenty of free samples) to this culinary and cultural street party, which is situated along Danforth Avenue in GreekTown. Culturally inspired activities such as plate-breaking and archery lessons, free Greek musical and cultural performances, and a variety of contests and children’s activities make the Krinos Taste of the Danforth a fun experience for the whole family. Expand your mind and fill your stomach with one of Toronto’s most authentic and entertaining cultural festivals!

Canadian National Exhibition (August 18-September 4)

This is the big one — “The Ex” is roaring back into Toronto for another round of adventures and carnival delights. This iconic end-of-summer celebration boasts a classic midway of thrilling rides, games with colourful and exciting prizes, comedy and animal shows, casino games, international performances, celebrity chef demonstrations, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Concluding with a three-day air show featuring the Canadian Snow Birds, the Canadian National Exhibition is a must-see. Surround yourself with neon-drenched excitement and carnival delights that offer a timeless experience full of magical memories.

Whether it’s live music, sporting thrills, culinary immersion, or carnival magic that you’re after, this August offers some of the most exhilarating and popular events to hit Toronto this year. Make some memories, fill your stomach, expand your mind, and be thoroughly entertained all at the same time!

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Family, Toronto News

Toronto Events: July 2017

As Canada’s 150th birthday rolls around, Toronto will truly be more alive than ever before. There is a stunning and mind-boggling array of events on offer throughout the month of July, and there’s certainly something on offer for everyone. Rest assured, you won’t be short on fun and exciting experiences.

Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival (July 1-3)

Making full use of the revitalized Queen’s Quay and Waterfront, the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival offers a dynamic range of interactive on-land activities. Featuring the West Coast Lumberjack Show, exciting entertainment from Rhythm of the Nation, a visit from one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s 440-foot naval frigates, the popular Artisan Market, and yes, the much-discussed visit of the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, the Waterfront neighbourhood is sure to experience a frenzy of delights and exciting activities sure to please all ages. Come and Canuck it up!

Toronto Fringe Festival (July 5-16)

Calling all artists and art-lovers — the annual Toronto Fringe Festival is coming back! Showcasing 160 plays at 35 venues as well as 50 free events at the Fringe Club at Scaddling Court, Ontario’s largest theatre and performance art festival is guaranteed to blow your mind and endlessly inspire. With highly affordable $12 tickets for all fee-based events, Toronto Fringe Festival offers easy and budget-friendly accessibility to cutting-edge indie and grassroots artistic exhibitions for those in need of a heavy dose of vibrant culture.

Honda Indy Toronto (July 14-16)

For a rush of excitement and rip-roaring energy, look no further than the Honda Honda Indy Toronto. Held at Exhibition Place, this automotive celebration offers a vast array of activities including children’s activities such as golfing and face painting, complimentary midway-style snacks, driver autograph sessions, interactive exhibits, live entertainment, vehicle showcases, beer gardens, and plenty more for thrill-seekers in addition to the exhilarating racing itself. Head over for a complimentary cotton candy, snow cone, or popcorn, and partake in the various exciting activities and events Honda Indy Toronto has to offer!

Toronto’s Festival of Beer (July 28-30)

What good is summer without a tall, frosty cold one? Toronto’s Festival of Beer is here to quench the parched and thoroughly entertain the bored. A mouth-watering 418 incredible brews will be on offer from brands of all sizes, as will great food and company. The grilling tent, managed by skilled chefs who are culinary masters, will provide delectable fixings galore, and live bands including Method Man & Redman, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, and Sloan round out the exciting entertainment options accompanying spectacular brews. Bring a friend (or a few) over to Exhibition Place, and let your appetites run wild.

This July, Torontonians and visitors alike will have a huge selection of exciting experiences readily available throughout the weeks to come. Indulge in guilty pleasures and soak up some of the fascinating culture coming your way this summer! In Toronto, the possibilities are endless.

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Best of Toronto in the Winter

Toronto is one of the best places in the world for outdoor winter activities. With more skating rinks than you shake a stick at, incredible hills on which to sled, and even world-class ski resorts just a couple hours outside of the city, Toronto is the place to be for winter sports enthusiasts. Here are some of our favourite Toronto-area winter activities:

Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, surrounded by towering skyscrapers and the modern architecture of City Hall, this is a great place to make cherished memories with your kids or just skate around with friends and family. Because it’s the shining jewel of Toronto’s rink system, it’s always very well maintained and has the longest open season of any rink in Toronto. You’ll have to go elsewhere to play hockey and live out the dream of Canadian kids everywhere, but for a nice winter lap there’s no place better. Two hour skate rentals cost $10 per adult.

Centennial Park Ski & Snowboarding

Etobicoke’s expansive Centennial Park is home to a Ski & Snowboard Centre. With facilities for all ages and skill levels, you can take introductory classes to learn about the sport. If you’re an advanced skiier or snowboarder, you can practice your skills and stay fit during the winter. There is even a competitive racing program. North Yorth’s Earl Bales Centre is also host to similar facilities, so no matter where you live in Toronto, you have access to amazing ski & snowboard training without even having to leave the city.

Cross-Country Skiing

Toronto is a great place for this tamer yet difficult cousin of alpine skiing. If you have your own equipment and just want a quick route, trails in High Park can give you a taste of nature without leaving the city. Vaughn is home to Kortright Trail, a short 5km with affordable admission. For cross-country skiing veterans who want a longer trek, Albion Hills conservation area has 26km of trails for not only cross-country, but also snowshoeing, tobogganing, and a skating area.

Of course, your nearby neighbourhood park is probably a great place for ice skating, hockey, sledding, and maybe an impromptu snowball fight. The outdoor winter possibilities in Toronto are endless!

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Best & Worst of 2014 in Toronto

It’s hard to believe, but with New Year’s Eve just days away, it’s almost time to close the books on 2014. It was a memorable and eventful year, to be sure, and we always hope for better in 2015. With another year almost passed, here is at look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of 2014 in Toronto:

Politics

The lowlight of Toronto politics in 2014 doesn’t take much guesswork: everything surrounding Rob Ford in any and all manner and action. Even though his brother Doug Ford ran in the mayoral election, the considerable shadow of Rob hung over the whole affair. Therefore, it makes sense to make the political highlight of 2014 the mayoral election, which saw John Tory elected mayor of Toronto over Doug Ford and Olivia Chow. Tory won more than 40% of the popular vote, a plurality that ensured a new face for Toronto politics and the end of an embarrassing era that put Toronto on the world stage for all the wrong reasons.

Sports

Though it happened in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the highlight of Toronto sports might have happened on January 1, 2014, the very first possible day. On that day, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout to win the 2014 Winter Classic by a 3-2 scoreline. While it may not seem like much, it makes a good case as the highlight of Toronto sports in 2014. However, we give this one to the Toronto Raptors. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08, and though they lost in seven games to the Brooklyn Nets, they have followed it up with a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season. The Raptors are currently first in the Atlantic division and third in the entire NBA! As for lowlights…Maple Leafs and Argonauts miss the playoffs, Blue Jays barely above .500…take your pick.

Music

Toronto native Drake continued to represent Toronto well, serving as Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and touring the world. He even hosted Saturday Night Live in January. His album Nothing Was the Same was shortlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, a ceremony that was hosted in Toronto. Overall, he deserves the highlight. Musical lowlight? Prince no-showing for a rumoured November concert wasn’t great, but Justin Bieber takes the cake. He’s not a Toronto resident or native, but bad things seem to happen when Bieber and Toronto collide.

Celebrate the Holidays in Toronto
Holidays, Toronto News

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Style

Now that December is in full swing, so is the holiday party season. You may even be planning on hosting a festive party of your own. While the task may seem overwhelming, don’t fear – keep these easy tips in mind, and you’ll throw a party that has all the jingle bells rocking!

Guest List

Plan your list in advance rather than playing it by ear. Even if you plan inviting people in person or by email/evite, make sure you get a good feel for the expected number of guests. Make it clear whether plus ones or children are welcome. Requesting RSVPs can make this easier, but some guests don’t RSVP and show up anyway! If it is a casual party with finger food, you can easily prepare to feed an extra mouth or two, but if it is a small, intimate dinner party, making sure the number of expected dinners is known in advance.

Shopping and Advanced Preparation

Especially at a time of year when things are hectic enough already, make things easy on yourself by shopping well in advance. Decorations, beverages, non-perishable snack foods, and items like napkins and paper plates can be purchased well in advance. Many food items can be prepared and frozen until the day of the party. When you do go shopping for fresh items like baguettes and produce, make sure you bring a list! In the chaos, it can be easy to forget simple things like lemons. Plan and prepare!

Festive Touches

While we understandably focus on the drinks and food at holiday parties, other special touches can be added to impress your guests and make this party one to remember. Consider adding seasonal decorations in places you might overlook, like the foyer or bathroom. Some holiday tunes cranking on the stereo system or even tuning to the fireplace channel can add that extra touch to any holiday party. Seasonal scents like peppermint and cinnamon can make any home feel like holiday heaven.

Enjoy Yourself

In all the excitement of making sure your guests are comfortable, don’t forget to enjoy yourself as the host. The holiday season is about sharing time with family and friends, some of whom you may not get to see very often. Take a moment to relax and enjoy their company. Also don’t forget to savour the food you spent so much time preparing. Your guests will have an even better time knowing their host is having fun as well and enjoying their company.

With great food, friends, and holiday decorations, you’re sure to throw a holiday party for the ages. And these simple reminders can help you avoid the stress, impress your guests, and focus on the joy of the season.

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