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TIFF Buzz Poll: Who’s the Sexiest Man Coming to TIFF?

TIFF Buzz Poll: Who's the Biggest Hunk Coming to TIFF?In modern Hollywood, sexy comes in all kinds. No longer are the brawny hunks—à la Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Fassbender—the only hotties in town. There’s also the sexy eccentric with thick-rimmed specs (hello, Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the brooding Brit (welcome to Toronto, Jude Law) and the sweet, sensitive emo-type (we’re talking about you and your come-hither eyes, Jake Gyllenhaal), amongst so many others (like, say, Zach Galifinakis—because funny is always hot). Vote for your favourite below.

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Annual beer-geek extravaganza Cask Days brings more than 200 craft brews to the Evergreen Brick Works in the fall

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Last year’s Cask Days festival at the Brick Works (Image: Jennifer Tiffin)

North America’s largest cask-conditioned ale festival takes the small-batch brewing trend to its extreme: most of the participating breweries create one-of-a-kind concoctions just for the event. Clearly, the model works for Toronto’s craft-crazed beer lovers. Last year, Cask Days doubled in size with 150 beers from 75 breweries, and this year it’s growing again. Over 200 cask ales from breweries across Canada will be available at the festival, which takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works on October 19 and 20. Tickets are on sale now for $25-60.

Cask Days, October 19-20, Evergreen BrickWorks, caskdays.com

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The Constant Travellers: six local jet-setters give their tips for New York, Bangkok, St. Petersburg and more

We rounded up a group of the city’s brightest artists, entrepreneurs and professional tourists and asked them for insider intel on their favourite foreign destinations

The Constant Travellers: St. Petersburg, Russia

Rasputin Slept Here The Hotel Astoria (est. 1912) has weathered a revolution, a world war and Communism (Image: courtesy The Hotel Astoria)

The Constant Travellers: Jack DiamondJack Diamond
For the past four and a half years, the principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects has been working on the Mariinsky II theatre in St. Petersburg, which officially opened this spring. He tells us how to take Russia’s imperial second city by storm.


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Reason to Love Toronto: because Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista plays his best ball in R.A. Dickey’s pants

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Baseball players are a weirdly superstitious lot: Jason Giambi slipped into a golden thong when he struggled at the plate; Wade Boggs famously scarfed a plate of fried chicken before every game; and Richie Ashburn often cuddled with his bat. Count Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista among the high-profile players who believe in magic. The two-time home run champ was mired in a brutal funk heading into a Canada Day weekend series against the rival Boston Red Sox, batting an abysmal .182 for the month. So he decided to change his routine by borrowing teammate R.A. Dickey’s pants and hiking his socks to his knees. The result: an instant four-game, five-home-run tear. Joey Bats’ pants-inspired outburst is hot on the heels of the Jays’ own streak, which has put the club back in the playoff picture and back in the city’s collective heart.

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Adam Vaughan proposes a Parkdale-style bar ban on Kensington Market

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Once quaint and charmingly grungy Kensington is rapidly gentrifying. New gourmet food shops, including Thomas Lavers, Hooked and the refurbished Sanagan’s, are bringing in an artisanal ethos; new indie coffee houses are popping up alongside neighbourhood spots; and trendy new bars and restaurants, like Via Mercanti, Thirsty and Miserable and Cold Tea, are bringing with them a boozy evening social scene that’s troubling residents, and Adam Vaughan. His objection: the influx of watering holes could drive up rents and force out the market’s mom-and-pop food stands. The city councillor is currently advocating for a staff report on the feasibility of restricting the number of new food-and-drink spaces, something similar to the restaurant moratorium in Parkdale, which could soon become permanent. Of course, Vaughan had to make the point with his standard rhetorical swagger: he equated evil bars to evil Walmart and dubbed the transforming market the “Kensington Entertainment District.” [CBC]

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Rob Ford Video LOLz: The Mayor Mistakes The ROM For A Giant Crack Rock on Jimmy Kimmel

Earlier this week, Rob Ford suggested to Toronto radio station KISS 92.5 that the brouhaha at city hall is actually good for the city’s profile. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel skewered him appropriately (again) with a Toronto tourism spoof starring a sweat-soaked, hyperactive Ford showing off the local high (heh) points.

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Rob Ford Photo LOLz: Yard Art With A Very Literal, Very Anti-Ford Message

Ford toiletWhen the Rob Ford crack story first broke, we saw this discarded toilet sitting on a Riverdale home’s front lawn. The blunt message scrawled on an even blunter symbol of waste captured some of the city’ outrage during those early days. Two weeks later, though, the anger is already abating. A weekend protest at city hall calling for Ford’s resignation drew only hundreds of demonstrators when thousands had signed on, and the mayor continues to operate as if the whole smoking-crack-thing never happened. With Ford Nation still supporting its leader as strongly as before, it seems plausible that nothing of real consequence could come of this scandal after all.

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Rob Ford Photo LOLz: The Mayor’s Smiling, Suspender-Clad Staff Before The Exodus

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Last Halloween, former Rob Ford staffer Brian Johnston tweeted this pic of the mayor’s entire team, who had a good-natured go at one colleague’s barbershop-quartet-inspired attire by all showing up to work in red ties and suspenders. That was a very different time at city hall. Since the crack scandal broke a little more than two weeks ago, Ford’s staff has rapidly dwindled. Today, seven of the 16 people pictured have either resigned or been fired, including former chief of staff Mark Towhey (fired on May 23), press secretary George Christopoulos (quit on May 27) and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom (quit on May 27).

Send the funniest photos you can find on Rob Ford, crack and the Rob Ford crack scandal to online@torontolife.com or upload them on Twitter using #robfordphotololz. We’ll repost our favourite image every day.

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Rob Ford Photo LOLz: An Etsy Tote That Slams The Mayor While Carrying Your Organic Veg

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Torontonians are expressing their outrage over the scandal engulfing city hall in ways both creative and cute. Graffiti artists and mixologists have turned their frustration into inspiration, a group of bakers presented the mayor with a birthday cake asking him to resign and one Etsy shop is hocking this handmade, canvas tote with a simple message inspired by Whitney Houston: “Crack is Whack.” You can buy the bag for $20 here.

Send the funniest photos you can find on Rob Ford, crack and the Rob Ford crack scandal to online@torontolife.com or upload them on Twitter using #robfordphotololz. We’ll repost our favourite image every day.

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Rob Ford Photo LOLz: The Mayor Gets The Saddest Birthday Cake Ever

Rob Ford Photo LOLz: The Mayor Gets The Saddest Birthday Cake Ever

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Mayor Rob Ford turned 44 yesterday. Instead of getting a big bag of crack, a new high school football coaching job or a respite from the relentless media onslaught, his staff presented him with a very sweet, but very sad, birthday cake. He posted it to Twitter, and we’re posting it here as the first instalment in a new series: Rob Ford Photo LOLz. Send the funniest photos you can find on Rob Ford, crack and the Rob Ford crack scandal to online@torontolife.com or upload them on Twitter using #robfordphotololz. We’ll repost our favourite image every day. Think of it as a little upper with your morning coffee.

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Peter Munk is dropping dollars in the Toronto condo market

Jet-setting philanthropist Peter Munk, the 85-year-old founder of Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., is taking a rogue approach to real estate: he’s dumping big money into condo developments at a time when Toronto’s already overflowing with high rises and other developers are backing away. Munk is using his personal wealth to help finance CD Capital, headed by Todd Cowan and Jordan Dermer, who were previously execs at another real estate company backed by Munk. The developers’ projects include, among others, the 300-unit Sixty Colborne project near St. Lawrence Market and 155 Redpath at Yonge and Eglinton, an area Dermer argues is ripe for development. Munk, meanwhile, says the city’s starry future is reason enough to invest. Hard to argue with a billion-dollar man. [Globe and Mail]

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of May 11-12

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In this edition of The Weekender, the Junction Flea returns, the Toronto Flower Market launches and three more things to do in Toronto.

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Toronto Flower Market (FREE!)
The first-ever outdoor flower market at 99 Sudbury takes place Saturday. Fresh-cut, potted and bedding flowers from Ontario greenhouses are available, as well as coffees and baked treats from the market café. Horticulturalist or not, strolling through the colourful oasis with an iced coffee sounds like an awfully nice afternoon. May 11. 99 Sudbury St., torontoflowermarket.ca

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of May 4-5

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Jason Priestley is a special guest at the 9021-OMG Block Party (Image: George Pimentel)

In this edition of The Weekender, the Contact Photography Festival, a block party with Jason Priestley (yes, Brandon Walsh himself) and three more things to do in Toronto.

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Contact Photography Festival
For the next month, Toronto turns into a city-wide art installation. Billboards, subway stations, cafés, stores and even airport terminals become galleries, joining institutions like the ROM and MOCCA in showcasing more than 1,500 artists across 175 venues. Check out exhibits from iconic Toronto photographers Michael Snow and Arnaud Maggs or the controversial work of emerging talent Jonathan Hobin. Our top 10 picks are here. Free! May 1-31. Various locations. scotiabankcontactphoto.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 27-28

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In this edition of The Weekender, the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Montreal Canadiens, Hot Docs and three more things to do in Toronto.

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Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leaf’s final tilt of the regular season pits them against their long-running rivals, and potential opening-round opponents in the postseason, the Montreal Canadiens. Expect the Air Canada Centre to be brimming with anticipation for the home team’s first playoff appearance in nine agonizing years. $79-$459. April 27. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St. mapleleafs.nhl.com

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Hanif Harji is opening a clubby new resto-lounge in the ill-fated space at 55 Colborne Street

Restaurants have never had much luck at 55 Colborne. In the last two years, both The Bowery and Osteria 55 have tried and failed to woo the Financial District’s after-work crowds to the cavernous space. Hanif Harji, who collaborated with Charles Khabouth on King West hot spots Patria and Weslodge, is hoping to change that with Switch, a slick, new two-storey lounge set to open in early May. The main floor, modeled on Prohibition-era Brooklyn bars, serves cocktails and bar snacks until 10 p.m., when the DJ cranks up the tunes and turns the place into a full-blown club. The lower level, meanwhile, is tricked out like a kitschy rec room with video games, shag carpets and big screen TVs. If the success of similar places, like ping-pong club Spin and bowling-alley-slash-bar The Ballroom, are any indication, Switch may just overcome the 55 Colborne curse. [Notable]

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