I always find myself desperately trying to stay awake between classes, whether it is early morning online English lessons or extracurriculars. If there’s one thing I have learned, it’s that listening to people who tell you to go to bed earlier is an absolute waste of time. At this point that’s not an option, so like any student, I turn to calorie-dense caffeinated beverages to keep myself afloat. It’s to be mentioned though that not all of these café’s are similar, and the environment from coffee house to coffee house can differ significantly.
November is here, and mostly all of us are suffering. This month has been known to brutally extinguish any remaining flame that might have been resonating in us from the beginning of the school year. We are all tired, sick, sad, sleepy, and, most of all, hungry. The combination of several exams and papers will make even the most powerful of stomachs a fragile and shattered remnant of its former self. Don’t let your stomach die. Give your stomach that much needed break from $0.25 tuna cans, monster energy drinks, one slice of leftover bread in your fridge (God knows how long it's been there), and trips to McDonald’s (even though you told yourself last friday would be the last time you got drunk and had 5 McDoubles). It is time to scrape up whatever is left of your dignity and treat yourself.
Everyone has had those nights where you decide to “go out” and you don’t really have a plan on where you’re going. I found Poetry Jazz Café in — quite literally — a hole in the wall in Kensington Market about a year ago. On one of those nights, I, like many Torontonians, have walked down Augusta probably a million times in my lifetime, and in all those times, I had totally walked past one of the most underrated spots in Toronto. To a layman's eye, Poetry Jazz Café looks like any other boarded-up shop clad with a garage door that has lain uninhabited for years — and this is totally on purpose! In true speakeasy fashion, Poetry is only found by people who are looking for it.
I think it’s safe to say that after your first few years of undergrad, you end up looking for something slightly more relaxing to do after classes and after work to catch up with friends. After spending a summer on the Explore program, and the majority of my “outside-of-Toronto-time” in Northern Ontario, I’ve developed a keen liking for a solid brew with even better company. I think it’s important, though, to choose your spot wisely as every brew house has its specialties. Of course, we all know that in Toronto, a vibe can make or break your evening, so here are some of my favourite spots to grab a cold one with the boys.
Le Imperial Pub se trouve au en plein milieu de Toronto en face de l’Université Ryerson. Il se trouve à quelques pas à l’Est de Yonge et Dundas. Ce bar offre deux étages à explorer, mais le deuxième étage est celui qui mérite d’être visité. Lorsque vous montez les escaliers de l’Imperial, votre réaction sera inattendue. L'ambiance est un peu miteuse mais néanmoins très aimable. La décoration du bar donne l’impression qu’elle fait partie du set d’une épisode de Cheers; elle est composée d’une table de billard, quelques jukebox, plusieurs tables qui offrent la possibilité d’accueillir des groupes de personnes, deux paires de canapés. Enfin, la salle entière est entourée d’une bibliothèque de livres de genres variés. En général, il faut être bien bourré pour les comprendre.
Formerly—maybe even infamously—known as the Sound Academy, Rebel underwent a massive renovation in early 2016, to the tune of 10 million dollars. This transformed the space notorious for its awful sightlines and horrible sound system into a 7500 sq. ft. high-tech sound oasis. Now if only they could have used some of that cash flow to relocate this venue somewhere a little less sketchy and out of the way, and maybe hire someone to come up with a better, more descriptive name than ‘Rebel’.
Located along Queen West's entertainment avenue, Velvet is a dingy shell of a venue whose only accessories include a lone disco ball and a handrail bar that runs along the edges of the single, long room that faces the raised stage at the back. The box office is located right inside the door, and is typically heavily manned with at least two of the half dozen or so beefy security guards the Velv employs to keep the peace (overkill, I should think, for such a low-key, intimate venue but, hey,-—it’s their money, and it does keep out the cheap bastards that try to skirt a $5-10 cover).
Anyone who has had a conversation with me about food has undoubtedly come across my ever-expanding list of places to visit in Toronto for nourishment (in the most bourgeoise kinds of places). I am not a man of simple tastes, nor do I condemn people who are. I simply happen to enjoy abstract and exciting alternatives to old concepts. I also happen to be extremely broke because of this habit. It is a habit that favours non-traditional foods and, generally speaking, any cuisine that creates a mischieviously unorthodox mashup of styles or flavours.
Working part-time during the school year or between summer breaks is a reality for many students, as is the ever-present anxiety and uncertainty of job hunting after graduation. With living costs in Toronto being some of the highest in the country, it is no surprise that one of the main stressors on both current students and post graduates are their job prospects. We know that stable, “grown-up” office jobs are becoming harder to come by. Unlike our parents, we are less likely to start out and retire with the same company or organization.
Last week, the city was full of visitors from near and far. The beautiful and hot weather brought out all the people wishing to seek out the last of summer, but with many exciting events in town, the weather was only extra motivation. Some more high profile visitors who came to Toronto for events included the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Many people may have also noticed that the news and their Facebook feeds had been taken over by news of a particular special guest in town — the notorious Prince Harry of Wales. From stalking him and his famous girlfriend, Meghan Markle (star of hit TV show, Suits), to cute videos of him giving popcorn to little children, it seems that everyone had been smitten with news of the VIP. While his day-to-day activities are fascinating, the real reason the Prince was in Toronto was for the 3rd Annual Invictus Games.
The Hideout closed its Queen West doors a little less than a year ago, but it didn’t take them long to relocate. Sadly, they gave up their well-loved sidestreet patio for the noisy, dusty corner of College and Bathurst — a corner which is eternally clustered with turnaways from neighbouring Sneaky Dee's. It hardly seems a fair trade, but that is the Toronto real estate game these days. And while the new location is aesthetically pleasing, with its edgy murals and velveteen curtains, Hideout 2.0 looks like it needs a good breaking-in. It’s still clean and a touch too classy for its traditional clientele, with the trademark antlers shoved in a corner over the kitchen’s open window.
Toronto is a city where emotions are constantly colliding. It is a city where one can find refuge, while also feeling alienated and alone. This city will bring out feelings you never thought you had. You will experience falling in love in the most unusual places. Cultivating an unbreakable bond with particular neighbourhoods where you and your significant other spent memorable times. Places where the end of the night isn’t until five in the morning. You will also experience meeting new people whose value will rise above all else - people who will teach you a lot about life and contribute to your growth.
The Rivoli is one of the go-to hangouts for those who frequent Queen West, and for good reason. With its classy, yet reasonably priced restaurant in the front (featuring great burgers and a good overall selection), its sleazy looking entrance to a solid music venue in the back, and its little-known swanky pool hall and bar upstairs, the Rivoli is undoubtedly one of Toronto’s hidden gems.
Whether it be for the practical sake of saving a dollar, the nostalgic thrill of hunting down a hidden treasure from decades past, or a simple desire to avoid the ethical controversy of “fast fashion”, buying second-hand has become more than just a fad popularized in a song. No longer solely for those tight on cash, thrifting has evolved past its former stigmas and stereotypes to secure itself a place in the mainstream culture of our generation. Personally, my own love of thrifting was born when I became obsessed with the style of eras long past, and when I realized I could get my hands on authentic one-of-a-kind pieces for $1.99. For those of us who have developed our own strategic rituals of scouring the racks for the perfect find, thrifting goes way beyond “picking up the necessities” — it’s a full-blown hobby.
Based in the Ossington and Queen West neighbourhood, Sketch is a local initiative which offers Toronto’s homeless and marginalized youth a creative outlet and a positive community influence. Now celebrating its 20th year, Sketch reaches out to young people, primarily aged 16-29, hoping to spread the powerful influence of art throughout Toronto.
The recent string of music venue closures across the city has left residents wondering about the effects on Toronto’s live music culture. In a time of high property value and rapid development, there are definite challenges in preserving these historic hubs for live music. These venues are anchored deep in the music history of this city, so shouldn’t we be doing more to recognize their cultural value? Soundcheck:TO aims to inform viewers of the cultural significance of live music venues in Toronto.
Nearly two months have passed since I visited the Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO) Festival this year, yet some of the standout exhibitions remain in my mind. Innovative and cutting-edge design practices and showcases from all over the world were on display earlier in January to compliment the local talent. One exhibition that peaked my interest due to its six degrees of separation with us at Glendon was the York/Sheridan Program in Design’s brand launch. I contacted the program and had a chance to interview two members of the YSDN2017 team. Claudia Konopko, the Experiential Manager, and Sarah Rodgers, a copywriter, agreed to answer a few questions. The following interview consists of their answers.
Coming to the realization that governments do not have the resources or answers to some of our most pressing problems is like a coming-of-age for citizens in a democracy. It is also a driving force behind starting advocacy groups that bring to the attention of politicians the real problems citizens face and how they are trying to fight them. One such group is ACORN Canada. The organization recently made headlines across Toronto through securing “Rent Safe”. More about that project will be discussed later in this article.
Negotiating the ins and outs of the city can be hard, especially for out-of-towners. There’s a whole city that exists outside 2275 Bayview Avenue, as shocking as it may seem. I remember how easy it was to stay in instead of going to explore Toronto when I lived in residence. All too comfortable to slip into the drunk state of mind and turn the pre-drink in Wood A210 for the rest of the night; everybody putting their coats away for another drink-or five-and secretly breathing in a sigh of relief at not having to trek all the way downtown.
For all you Drake fans out there, you’ll be happy to know that your beloved 6God has started the preliminary phases of building a mansion in the Bridle Path; a few steps away from our campus. The mansion, soon to be the third most impressive residence in the Bridle Path community, is to be built in the same neighbourhood as many of Canada’s rich and famous, including fellow Canadian we’re-still-unsure-about Conrad Black and renowned musician, Gordon Lightfoot.
Since the great amalgamation of 1998, Toronto, much to the euphoria of its denizens, has experienced a population and infrastructure boom. The once sleepy streets and quiet alleyways of the city have been repurposed, re-stuffed and resold to fill the city to the brim with people eager to call this place home. But the mass-mobilization of yuppies has taken its toll on Torontonian space. Toronto, often praised for its sensible and well-paced urban planning, has taken a complete 180 degree turn from ‘Toronto the Good’ to ‘Toronto the Bulldozed’.
Les vitrines séduisantes affichant les dernières tendances de la mode sont toujours mal adaptées à la température canadienne. Sans trop y réfléchir, l’on achète une nouvelle mini-jupe et un chandail court en plein hiver. On refuse de les rapporter au magasin et on jure de les porter au cours de la saison, même si la météo locale prévoit un blizzard déchaîné. Voici donc cinq conseils à suivre afin de rester chic même pendant l’hiver!
Recently Toronto managed to get a taste of a little old burger company that some of you might know. A Shake Shack pop-up store emerged Wednesday, January 18th much to the delight of Torontonians and their Instagram accounts. Combining forces with Momofuku Daisho, those who braved the cold weather could get a taste (and a picture) of Shake Shack’s signature burgers and fries.
The task of persuading the public to critically think about the buildings which surround them is a hard task. Undoubtedly, the majority of us don’t think twice about the aesthetics of our classroom or the structural dimensions of the restaurant at our next dinner date. It seems, like most things, caring about architecture isn’t a huge deal.
After viewing almost two hours of successive screenings of international shorts films at the imagineNATIVE Festival this year, I felt both utterly emotionally drained and inspired. The eight short films, as with all the media showcased at the festival, are either written, produced, or acted out by indigenous and First Nations individuals. They highlight some of the difficult realities of indigenous life both currently and historically, as well as the powerful collisions of these past and present struggles. The pieces strive to celebrate diversity and dispel stereotypes