Toronto artist Danilo M. McCallum exhibited his work at Accents, a unique bookstore on Eglinton W, as part of the Black Future Month showcase, providing a glimpse into our distant future. The concept of the show was based on the tradition of Black History Month, and the fact that we venture back in history to recognized many of the great achievements accomplished by Black people. Rarely do we venture forward, so Danilo takes us on his artistic interpretation of a futuristic path full of vibrant colour and evolution.
For more info: danilommccallum.com
Birthmarks is out April 16 via Paper Bag/Yep Roc.
For more info: bornruffians.com
Posted by Simone Zucker
Previously: Born Ruffians – “With Her Shadow”
The Daily Commute is a weekly mini-series that introduces some great, affordable dining destinations, right off the TTC lines. From the morning coffee for the subway ride to the office, to post-work drinks right off your streetcar stop, we’ll be exploring some great spots to make your daily commute a tasty one.
We hit mid-town in today’s commute, following the Bloor-Danforth Subway line through the Annex and Yorkville, along the strip between Spadina and Sherbourne. Dotted with high-end fashion retailers, designer boutiques and classy hotels, this area is known as Canada’s most exclusive shopping district, and a mecca for international celebrities come film festival season. But in between the shopping and people-watching are some great eats that don’t necessarily reflect the hefty price tags often associated with this upscale neighbourhood.
A Head Start
Start your day off right with breakfast at Matisse Restaurant, just off the Yonge subway station, inside the Marriot hotel. Early risers can enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet to fill up for the long day ahead, while commuters cutting it close can drop in to grab breakfast pastries and Starbucks coffee for the ride to the office.
www.matisserestaurant.ca | 90 Bloor Street E., Toronto
Long before the infiltration of ramen brought throngs of foodies flocking to numerous Toronto noodle houses, Kenzo Ramen, off the Spadina subway station, was the spot to get your fix of the ubiquitous Japanese soup. Warm up from the cold with their classic Tonkatsu ramen with extra pork, and a side of Gyoza dumplings. Lineup-free, as the crowds tend to gravitate to the more recently opened ramen spots across the city.
www.kenzoramen.ca | 372 Bloor Street W., Toronto
Tucked away on a quiet side street steps from the St. George subway station, Fiermosca Trattoria transports you from midtown bustle, to southern Italy, both in atmosphere and in the cooking. Commuters with longer lunches can enjoy a brief escape to the Italian countryside with a genuinely portioned lunch out on the patio (which, of course, doesn’t sound appealing in the frigid weather, but rest assured, is absolutely beautiful in the warmer months). Reasonable prices, large portions and sincere and quick service make this a great place to catch up with a friend, or get away from the office for awhile.
www.fieramoscatoronto.com | 36A Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto
The Post-Work Watering Hole
Whether you’re looking to satisfy those immediate post-work munchies, or somewhere to watch the big game with a few friends, Hemingways just across from the Bay subway station is the perfect venue. A snack menu (available after 4 pm), extensive drinks list, and rooftop patio make this a great post-work hangout. Unpretentious and low-key, but can definitely fill up on game nights. They have 24 beers on-tap and offer great lunch and dinner menus as well.
www.hemingways.to | 142 Cumberland St., Toronto
Posted by Jenelle Antolin
Previously: The Daily Commute: The West End Part II
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On a rainy Monday evening, amongst the chaos of Toronto rush hour traffic I had the chance to experience calm and quiet amongst the beautiful setting of the AGO. Yoga at the AGO first started in 2011 as a part of artist Paul Butler’s Post Graduate Studies program, but demand for the program encouraged the AGO to continue hosting the yoga classes beyond Butler’s residency. Yogis can now partake in sun salutations in both the Henry Moore Gallery and Galleria Italia 3 times a week on Mondays, Thursday and Sundays.
There’s something about doing yoga in the Henry Moore sculpture gallery that makes one feel profoundly more alive. The practice of movement and breathing amongst the very still stone sculptures provides a stark contrast that only elevates the experience. The same can be said for practicing in the Galleria Italia. In contrast to the Henry Moore gallery, the wood of the Galleria Italia gives a sense of warmth and intimacy. The wood pillars almost encourage you in your backbend as you do your best to mimic their curves.
Yoga at the AGO is a great way to combine yoga and art, two fields that are often perceived as intimidating. While a traditional yoga studio may have its bells and whistles of hot rooms, unfamiliar props and luxurious change rooms, yoga at the AGO is yoga stripped down to its basics. It’s just you and the mat.
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Posted by Tahnee Pantig
#TBT stands for “Throwback Thursday” and it’s our newest weekly feature where we’ll be posting pieces of Toronto’s history.
Our second #TBT post features Oshawa-born model Shalom Harlow who graced the cover of American Vogue in February of 1996. With 5 Vogue covers and endless editorials under her belt, she is one of few Canadians to have covered American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and French Vogue (Vogue Paris).
Posted by Jessica Franklin
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Beliefs have only been together for 2 years but they’ve gained quite the momentum in the music scene in and outside of Toronto. They’re releasing their second album, “Self Titled” on March 5, and you can watch their new music video for the bonus track “Violets” below.
Directed by Adam Christopher Seward
For more info: beliefsmusic.com
Posted by Simone Zucker
It looks as though some students at the University of Toronto jumped on the “Baauer” band wagon and created their very own “Harlem Shake” video. This video is just one of hundreds of other renditions that have been posted on YouTube over the last couple weeks.
Watch 1 of the original Harlem Shake video’s HERE.