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Family Day: what’s open and closed

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Feb 13th, 2015

Below is a list of what’s open and closed around Toronto on Monday, Family Day.

What’s open:

  • Some supermarkets (call ahead to be sure).
  • Most tourist attractions and museums, including Art Gallery of Ontario (Gallery hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Royal Ontario Museum (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), CN Tower (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and Casa Loma (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
  • Some ice rinks and arenas.
  • TTC operates on the holiday schedule and GO Transit operates on the Saturday schedule.
  • Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (contact the specific store for holiday hours), Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Pacific Mall (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
  • Since it is provincial holiday, federal government offices will be open and mail will be delivered.

What’s closed:

  • LCBO and beer stores
  • Municipal buildings, including Toronto City Hall
  • Banks
  • Schools
  • Public libraries
  • Post offices located in closed retail outlets

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 10 touching treats for $30 or less

HELLO! Canada | posted Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015

Unless you’ve got a high-maintenance gal, most ladies are simply looking for a small token of your love on Valentine’s Day.

Some want you to scrap the cheesy roses and chocolates for more creative fare (heart-shaped pizza, anyone?), while others are happy being showered with scaled-down versions of the usual goodies.

We’ve rounded up 10 thoughtful gifts – ringing in at $30 or less – that your love (and your wallet) are sure to adore.

5 TV Shows to Binge on Family Day

Maria Tallarico | posted Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2015

Scheming mothers, unscrupulous fathers, covert KGB agent spouses—we’re spending some quality time this Family Day (Feb. 9 in B.C., Feb. 16 in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario) with clans that are more Borgias than Brady Bunch. (Don’t worry, we added in some warm-and-fuzzies, too.)

All titles are streaming now on Shomi!


After a two huge Golden Globe wins (Best Series, Comedy or Music, and Best Actor, Comedy or Musical, for star Jeffrey Tambor), Transparent has gone from streaming darling to must-watch TV. Centering on the gender reassignment of a divorced father of three, Morton Pfefferman (who becomes Maura), the show was inspired by creator Jill Soloway’s father, who came out as trans a few years ago. With Bruce Jenner’s upcoming reality TV series on his transition into a woman, many are hoping 2015 will be a milestone year for LGBT awareness.

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent 


Dynamo Olivia Pope is known for her beautiful coats, passionate rallying cries and undying loyalty to her white-hat Gladiators. And although much is made of the love triangle with Jake and President Fitz, it’s her relationship with her omnipresent and intimidating father that creates the boldest, most dramatic moments—and gasp-worthy plot twists that have made Scandal the phenomenon it is.Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

The Americans

Set in the Reagan ’80s, The Americans mixes international espionage with the banalities of nuclear family life. After years in an arranged marriage, Russian husband-and-wife spy team Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (played by real-life couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) must navigate the Cold War abroad—and at home, with increasing complications brought on by their feelings for America, their taut marriage and their two children.A scene from The Americans

A scene from The Americans

Sons of Anarchy

While we won’t get to enjoy Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey, his backside gets plenty of play on Sons of Anarchy. As does his dark side—he plays Jax Teller, the heir to an outlaw biker gang, unofficially controlled by a manipulative and brutal matriarch played by the brilliant Katey Segal. With notes of Hamlet, it’ s a pulpy and operatic look at a violent criminal underworld. (And did we mention Charlie Hunnam’s butt?)Charlie Hunam Sons of Anarchy

Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy


It recently came to a teary series finale, but it made us cry all along, didn’t it? Parenthood weaves around the Braverman family—two parents, four children, and several grandchildren—as they cope with life’s delightful messiness. The rambling, rapid-fire dinner table banter, the imperfect and evolving relationships and the shifting sibling dynamic make for a sentimental journey. To quote from Twitter, “I’m going to miss certain Bravermans more than I miss some actual people I am related to.”A scene from Parenthood

A scene from Parenthood

A recap of the GRAMMYs: Instagram Edition

Christina Balram | posted Monday, Feb 9th, 2015

The 57th annual GRAMMY awards took place last night celebrating the biggest musicians in Hollywood and across the world. Here’s a recap of last night, as seen through the celebs themselves via their Instagram accounts.

Getting ready :

Rihanna getting ready and finding out that Eminem won an award for the best rap album for The Marshall Mathers LP2. Rihanna did a collab with Em on The Monster.

we just won a GRAMMY!!! Congrats @eminem

A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

Miranda Lambert took some time before the show to unwind and do a little karaoke with a cameo from husband Blake Shelton.

#GlamJam #grammy @meghan_trainor @blakeshelton @moanilee @johnnylavoy @tiffanygiffordstyle

A video posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on

Red carpet:

Taylor brought her best friend Abigail as her date to the GRAMMYs because guys are overrated.

When your red carpet poses are completely on point… @taylorswift

A photo posted by Abigail Anderson (@abigail_lauren) on

Charli XCX

thank you Grammy's <3

A photo posted by CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) on

Sam Smith

LET'S GO!!!!

A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on

Pharrell Williams showed up on the carpet wearing a white suite with shorts and his date in a jumpsuit.


A photo posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on

Lady Gaga rocked the carpet with a gorgeous silver dress by Brandon Maxwell.

Thank you @brandonvmaxwell for my beautiful dress! I felt so sexy!

Ari looked stunning as always!


During the show:

AC/DC opened the show with a medley of  their songs including, ‘Highway to Hell.’

AC/DC are rocking @theGRAMMYs #grammys #rockorbust

A photo posted by AC/DC (@acdc) on


A photo posted by AC/DC (@acdc) on

Sam Smith was a big winner taking home four awards!


Pharrell did a unique version of his song ‘Happy’ that had ‘Grand Butapest Hotel’-esque to it, as well as special guests joining him.

Thank you @chanelofficial. #Grammys

A photo posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on

The iconic Tony Bennett did a performance with Lady Gaga.

A wonderful time performing on The Grammys with @ladygaga

A photo posted by Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) on

Madonna did a performance of her song ‘Living for love.’

ThAnk you to all my Minataurs!!! You killed it!! ❤️U all! ❤️#livingforlove

A photo posted by Madonna (@madonna) on

Ariana Grande fan-girled.

loves gonna lift me up!!!! @madonna

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

After the show:

Batch @badgalriri

A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on

Juanes performed the GRAMMYs first spanish-language song in 10 years. After the show, he took a quick picture with “With two of my favorite artists.”

Con dos de mis artistas preferidos. @teddysphotos @hozier #Grammys

A photo posted by JUANES (@juanes) on

The Band Perry took home an award for the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song ‘Gentle On My Mind.’

5 things to do this weekend: Kuumba Fest, Brampton Cup boxing & Basquiat

CityNews | posted Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015

Feb. 6-8, 2015

Kuumba’s 20th Anniversary Festival: This three-day festival is one of Toronto’s longest running Black History Month events. Meet the next generation of musicians, artists and thinkers during a thrilling exploration of Afrofuturism. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Feb. 6-8. Free. harbourfrontcentre.com

2015 Brampton Cup: The skills and bravery that define the sweet science will be on display when two hundred and fifty amateur boxers from across Ontario step into the ring during this three-day boxing tournament. Fighters of all shapes and sizes will represent more than 60 boxing clubs. Century Gardens Community Centre, 340 Vodden St. E., Brampton. Feb. 6-8. boxingontario.com

Toronto Roller Derby: Back-to-back games will keep roller derby fans busy this weekend. In the first match, D-Vas takes on Orangeville. That will be followed by a clash between the Bruisers and Royal City. Watch from the bleachers or bring your own chair or blanket for track-side seating. The Bunker, 40 Carl Hall Rd., Studio 3. Saturday. $18 at the door. $12 advance. torontorollerderby.com

Basquiat at AGO: Don’t miss the highly-anticipated public opening of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time. The exhibition marks the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada, with dozens of his groundbreaking and challenging paintings and drawings. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Feb. 7-May 10. ago.net

Pianorama: Talented young pianists from Toronto will join Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra on stage. Together they’ll perform Saint-Saëns’s, The Carnival of the Animals, and other selections. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Feb. 7. $20-$32. tso.ca

#ThrowbackThursday: GRAMMY nominees

Christina Balram | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

For #ThrowbackThursday this week, we go back in time and remember the songs that started the careers of some of music’s great artists.

Taylor Swift

Nominations: Best Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year
Breakout song: Love Story

This song captured every girl’s dream to live like Romeo & Juliette… where they don’t die.


Nominations: Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song
Breakout song: Crazy in Love

Beyoncé set the bar with this song, and its sexy undertones have become standard in all of Queen B’s songs. #Fierce.

Pharrell Williams

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video,
Breakout song: Drop it Like It’s Hot feat. Snoop Dogg

When this song came out in 2004, everyone who sang along in the club thought they were the coolest person in the world.

*Pharrell has done a lot of producing and writing for other artists, with one of his biggest songs he produced being ‘Slave for You’ by Britney Spears.


Nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Film
Breakout song: Yellow

This song is called ‘Yellow.’ Coldplay has received 30 GRAMMY nominations overall. The GRAMMY awards are yellow. Coincidence?


Nominations: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Album
Breakout song: My Name Is

This was the introduction to Slim Shady, which answered the prayers of aspiring rappers near and far.

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

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