What to do this weekend? Christmas anyone?

This weekend I’m feeling festive, so I decided to search out some festive events that could occupy my time. Thankfully Toronto’s transit ads are a great way to fill your weekend with ideas. I’ve received multiple ideas from the TTC such as Second City and the David Bowie exhibit. So what ideas sprung up this time?

Yup, it's that time of year again. (CC CS_McMahon)

Yup, it’s that time of year again. (CC CS_McMahon)

One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
If you’re feeling jolly and would like to get some items crossed off your Christmas list, running from November 28 to December 8 is the coveted One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale at the Direct Energy Centre. If you’re willing to endure the crowd, this place seems to be the spot to shop this weekend. For $14 you are granted admission into what has been described as the Mecca of one stop gift shopping. The One of a Kind Show brings in over 800 artisans and their handmade items. Continue reading

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Three things I didn’t expect to see at Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche

So just like about 100 thousand other people, last Saturday night sometime between the hours of sunset and sunrise, I roamed the streets of downtown Toronto to explore the much-anticipated Scotiabank Nuit Blanche #sbnbTO. While I went with a checklist of exhibits to see, it turned out that it wasn’t the art that left me with a lasting impression. Instead, it was the incredible atmosphere and connectedness in a city usually so cold and unfamiliar to me. So for better or for worse, rather than list off all the exhibits that I saw (because there are probably already about 500 entries on that topic), I’d rather share with you the things I didn’t expect to see that made the experience extra special.

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Mission accepted: Toronto

Looking for something to do this week in Toronto? I find myself asking the same question every week and yet I always end up outside of the city. I’m shopping in Burlington, hiking around Brantford or going for dinner in Port Dover.  According to my Toronto dwellers, I’m crazy and there is a whole lot to discover in this city. And yet my calendar speaks otherwise.

I moved to Toronto from Ottawa about a year and a half ago (yes that makes me a Sens fan). In Ottawa, I used to fill my spare time with impromptu coffees with friends, strolls in the quaint market, or long runs along the canal. Aimless walks would uncover random street fairs and dozen of museums.

No Frills-Torontonowhere

My stellar view (Torontonowhere)

Toronto’s another story.  Now my life consists of the TTC and my apartment’s gorgeous view (Kramer Kenny Roaster flashback anybody?) I work too late, my friends are too busy and the city is just intimidating! When I think “Toronto,” I don’t think of culture, adventure and discovery. I think concrete, crowds and chaos. This is my last valiant effort to find the “where to go” and the “places to be.”

Every week, I hope to explore something new in the city. To find out what this city is really about. I hope to pick a few things at the beginning of the week and commit to doing at least one by the end of that week. This blog will be my record. My own personal catalogue of what Toronto is really about: the life, the culture, the events and the adventure.

Okay…that was a lot of  text. Next time there will be a lot less of that (all those words up above) and more of this (the stuff below).

What’s happening in Toronto this week ( 29 Sept- 5 Oct) Continue reading