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5 things to do this weekend: Comicon, Curryfest and Quad City Chaos

CityNews | posted Friday, Mar 20th, 2015

March 20-22, 2015

Toronto ComiCon: The ultimate comic book, gaming, and pop culture fan convention is back. You can snap photos with your favourite superheroes and villains and shop at over 100 unique retailers. Celebrity guests include The Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman, Star Trek’s Terry Farrell and Charmed star, Shannen Doherty, to name a few. Sat & Sun. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. 222 Bremner Boulevard. http://www.comicontoronto.com/

Curryfest: Winter may be winding down, but there’s still a chill in the air. So why not spice things up at Toronto’s first Curryfest? You’ll dine on traditional Southern and South East Asian dishes, as well as modern local recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. Sunday. 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. West. $10.https://www.universe.com/

Quad City Chaos: Roller derby fans will have plenty of action to absorb with six WFTDA-sanctioned games from four top-40 teams, plus three B team games. The headlining double-header on Saturday features Boston vs. Steel City at 5 p.m. followed by Rideau Valley vs Toronto at 7 p.m. Sat & Sun. The Bunker 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3. Day passes are $20 at the door or $30 for a weekend pass. http://torontorollerderby.com/

Motorcycle Spring Show: You can cruise down memory lane at the Bikes of the Century display, ogle one of Canada’s largest custom bike showcases or meet Kim “Tig” Coates from Sons of Anarchy at this two-day event focused on any and everything to do with motorcycle culture. Sat.& Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Toronto International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd. http://motorcyclespringshow.com/

Canada Blooms: What better way to ring in spring than with a dash of colour and fragrance? Canada Blooms celebrates all aspects of horticulture and connects people to the joys of nature. March 13-22. Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.http://canadablooms.com/

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Dog alerts owner to 2-alarm fire at Ulster and Bathurst

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015


A dog is being credited for waking its owner when a two-alarm fire broke out on Ulster Street, just east of Bathurst Street, on Monday morning.

Lee said she heard her dog whimpering as he does when it’s raining, but the sound Lee and her dog were hearing wasn’t rain.

“I opened my eyes and my whole apartment was glowing yellow. And then I looked out the sliding door and the flames were licking the deck,” Lee said.

“I grabbed my dog, put my coat on, and ran out the house.”ulster-fire-dog

The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a two-car garage and spread to a nearby house. It was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., Toronto Fire platoon chief Colin Reid said.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known. The garage appeared to be empty at the time the blaze broke out.

Bathurst was closed in both directions.

St. Clair streetcars were unable to start regular service. Shuttle buses are running. Also, the 511 Bathurst streetcar is diverting both ways via Dundas.

All the occupants of the house were able to escape without any help from fire crews, Reid said.

Three people were treated on scene by paramedics.

5 things to do this weekend and next week: March break edition

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Friday, Mar 13th, 2015


March 13-20, 2015

Memorable Munsch: Parents, re-live the magic of Robert Munsch, and let your child see how imagination and creativity can create classic stories like Alligator Baby and Put Me in a Book. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St. On now until March 29 with special times March 16-20. Admission: $16 per person.

Futurology at the ROM: Step into the future by exploring 21st-century technology and science adventures. Children can help museum staff create future exhibits, build a city of the future, learn how the ROM salvaged an endangered Blue Whale that washed ashore in Newfoundland, and more. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. March 14-22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities included with admission. rom.on.ca

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival: Although there is snow in the forecast next week, don’t let that dampen your spring mood! Tap into some fun with maple syrup demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, pancake meals, taffy making, and more. Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Terra Cotta Conservation Area (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). On now until April 6. Admission: ticket prices vary.maplesyrupfest.com

Sherlock Holmes mystery: Something is amiss in the village. A “tricky thief” is on the loose. Put on your detective hat and help Sherlock and Watson search for clues and investigate them to solve this mystery. Black Creek Pioneer Village. March 16-22. Included with regular admission. blackcreek.ca

Nature camps: Before the invention of the smartphone, remember how much fun it was to go outside and be at one with nature? Now, your child can experience some of that magic too at various day camps: track and identify animal footprints, go on a scavenger hunt, check out a meat-eating plant, get the scoop on rock formation, and dabble in some nature experiments. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. March 16-20. Prices available per day or the week. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Click here for a list of more March break events.

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5 Things to do this weekend: International Women’s Day, vintage clothes, and a bike show

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015


Bodies of Light: In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Tangled Art + Disability charity is presenting a day of discussion and short films created by women with disabilities. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Saturday, panel discussions 3:30-5 p.m., film screenings 6-8 p.m. Panel discussions: free; Film screenings: $10 general admission, $5 for people with disabilities, free for personal support workers. tangledarts.org

Origami world record attempt: The University of Toronto origami club is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami flowers, with donations going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Medical Science Building, 1 King College Circle. Friday, 12-4 p.m. Free. utfold.com

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show: Browse the racks for unique finds at the largest vintage clothing show in Canada. Major vintage retailers, including the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, will be on hand. Queen Elizabeth Building, 190 Princes’ Blvd. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. torontovintageclothingshow.ca

Toronto International Bike Show: It may not feel like it right now, but cycling season is on its way. Get a peek at the latest rides and maybe score some deals the semi-annual show. Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd. Friday 12-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$40. bicycleshowtoronto.com

International Women’s Day: Women and supporters of women will gather Saturday to celebrate International Women’s Day with a rally, march, and fair. OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W. Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Free. iwdtoronto.ca

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Driverless TTC bus crashes into vehicle at Bathurst Station

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015

The TTC is investigating after an unmanned bus was spotted driving around the Bathurst station bus bay on Tuesday night.

The driver had left the bus unattended when he or she went to the washroom, a TTC spokesperson said.

The vehicle started moving, eventually bumping into another TTC-fleet vehicle. No one was injured, the spokesperson confirmed.

The bus and the vehicle received minor damage. The TTC could not say the dollar amount of the damage. There is no word yet from the transit authority on possible disciplinary action.

More to come

5 things to do this weekend: LunarFest, blues guitar and free films

Marcia Chen | posted Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015


Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

LunarFest: A celebration of the lunar year of the sheep with fortune-telling, dumpling-tasting and a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance by a talented team from Taiwan. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.harbourfrontcentre.com

Mini MOCCA: Kids use magazines like Maclean’s and Canadian Living, as well as other arts-and-crafts supplies, to paste together portraits of our nation for the Canada in Collage workshop. MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W. Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Free; $5 suggested donation. mocca.ca

Toronto Tabla Ensemble: The first concert in a three-part series featuring the North Indian drum; maestro Ritesh Das hopes it will feel as intimate as being in a living room. Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch. $15-$20. torontotabla.com

Blues guitar workshop: A practical jamboree for guitar players and blues enthusiasts hosted by Emily Burgess, formerly of the 24th Street Wailers. Sunday, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. $10-$12. torontobluessociety.com

Free films: Free screenings of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, both up for best picture and director at the Canadian Screen Awards this weekend. Saturday, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Free. tiff.net

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Boy, 3, dies after being found outside in extreme cold

CityNews | posted Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015


A three-year-old boy has died after he apparently wandered outside in the extreme cold and was found without a pulse, near Bathurst Street and Highway 401, on Thursday.

The toddler, named Elijah, went missing from an apartment building on Neptune Drive, near Allen Road and the 401. He was found tucked in a corner behind a house around 10 a.m., about six hours after he was captured on the building’s surveillance footage.

Paramedics said they took Elijah to North York General Hospital in critical condition.

The incident happened with the GTA under an extreme cold warning by Environment Canada and the wind chill near -30 C on Thursday morning.

The mounted unit, police officers and York Region’s police helicopter were involved in the search. Police also asked people to check their backyards, hallways and stairwells.

Neighbours hugged each other and wept as the boy was loaded into an ambulance.

Millie Dyer, a long-time friend and neighbour of Elijah’s grandmother, said the family was distraught.

“He’s very energetic and runs around all over the place,” Dyer said just before hearing of the boy’s death.

“He’s a very smart little boy.”

Dyer said Elijah, whom she called “sweet,” was over at his grandmother’s place all the time and has two aunts who also live in the same apartment complex.

“When his mom has to work, Elijah is here. And he goes to daycare just down the street,” Dyer said.

Mayor John Tory offered his sympathy at a news conference on Thursday.

“As a father and a grandfather, you just can’t imagine what that family is going through, dealing with this,” he said.

Police said the last time Elijah was seen by his family was when he went to bed at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Const. Victor Kwong said family called police at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday after they woke up to find the child gone and the front door open.

Police said he likely left the apartment on his own.

“At about 4:20 a.m. this morning, it appears he was seen on camera, surveillance from the building, and it appears as though he has just wandered,” Kwong said.

Kwong said when the boy went to bed, he was wearing only a T-shirt and diapers. He had put on his boots before leaving the apartment.

Kwong said Elijah was staying at a relative’s home.

With files from The Canadian Press

5 things to do this Valentine’s Day weekend

Justin Piercy | posted Friday, Feb 13th, 2015


Feb. 13-15, 2015

Valentine’s Day Puppet Show: The library staff at the Parliament Street Library will be putting on a special puppet-based production of Robert Munsch’s classic children’s tale, The Paperbag Princess. It’s the story of a princess wearing nothing but a paper bag who must rescue a less-than-heroic prince by outwitting a dragon. Free admisssion, all ages. Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. TorontoPublicLibrary.com

Valentine’s Day Big Band Dance: The Palais Royal Ballroom is the site for a classic, romantic Valentine’s Day evening with that someone special. Dance to hits from the big band era, with selections from the catalogues of Count Basie, Peggy Lee and Glenn Miller. A VIP dinner is available for an additional fee and a cash bar will also be available. Feb. 14, Tickets for the dance are $54.50, for both dinner and dance they are $100. Ages 19 and over. PalaisRoyal.ca

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: For those that loathe Feb. 14 as a “Hallmark holiday,” you can find company with people who share your views. Thompson Toronto Hotel is hosting what they are calling “Toronto’s largest anti-Valentine’s Day party” on Saturday, which is a singles event that begins a 7 p.m. with a complimentary drink and ice-breaker games. 550 Wellington Street West, tickets: $25.59. EventBrite.com

Valentine’s Day Massacre: For a slightly off-kilter Valentine’s Day, look no further than the Lunacy Cabaret. The longest-running circus cabaret in Toronto invite you to join them for a Friday the 13th/ V-Day mashup featuring a night of slapstick comedy, burlesque and clowns promising “broken hearts and bloody chainsaws.” Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 1300 Gerrard St., tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. LunacyCabaret.com

Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything Not everything has to be hearts and chocolates on Valentine’s Day weekend. At a joint exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, one of this country’s most heralded contemporary artists might have you thinking about Canadian cultural identity and what role technology plays in modern life, but through a humourous lens. Coupland’s work is presented through various forms of media, ranging from Lego to paintings and installations. Tickets at the ROM are $16 for adults, $14.50 for students and seniors, and $13 for children while admission is free at the MOCCA. Both exhibits runs through April. Rom.com and Mocca.com

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