Show Your Shelter Some Love

RIVERSIDE | Your old books, hidden artwork, and never to be worn again jewelry are needed for the Toronto Humane Society’s annual yard sale and open house this year. If you happen to be spring cleaning in the next little while, why not donate any unwanted items to a warm and fuzzy (with a cold wet nose) cause?…

Botox is the Buzz

TORONTO – Is your face looking worn out and haggard after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and the recent drop in temperatures? Mine neither (not really). Thanks to coconut oil. Still, we can all use a little lift, right? Lift your face, lift your spirit, kind of thing. Right now in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood, you can Botox your…

Dogs Who Dose

Separation anxiety? Phobias? Chronic pain? There’s a cookie for that. Toronto owned Cannacanine offers CBD treats to help dogs with all kinds of probs from seizures to skin conditions. Marc Benevenga, who started Cannacanine in 2017 for his own dog, says CBD oil from hemp is a more natural and affordable medicine than anything pharma (for both…

Nuit Blanche in Riverside

By Karen Lloyd Nothing can keep me away from the vicinity of my favourite neighbourhood dog park tonight. Not even my dog. As a person who is probably overly mindful of my ecological (and sociological) footprint, I’m particularly excited to see Alex McLeod‘s video installation for Nuit Blanche which, projected on the west facade of The Broadview Hotel, will explore themes…

White Lily Diner

I’ve been craving a trip to White Lily Diner since before it opened (circa December), so last week I was pretty excited by the opportunity to interview diner owners Ben and Ashley about their menu, brunch etiquette and how Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood is like a club sandwich. I went back today during peak brunch hour…

Eat My Words, Toronto

Along Queen Street East in Riverside you’ll find more food per square foot than any other neighbourhood in Toronto. Not really, but maybe? You can dine Middle Eastern style at Tabule, or chow down on mac and cheese at Prohibition. Here are a few restaurants that give pleasure to all five senses, especially taste. More…

Garlic Scape and Pillage

When Edward Levesque told me about his scapes, I said, “Capers?” “No. Garlic scapes,” he said more clearly, explaining the condiment is a pickled alternative to your caesar’s stale celery stick. Edward has a wall of these snake-like veggies in jars at his Leslieville restaurant. You can take one home for $8. I’d never heard…

Back to School in Style

If you live in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood and have never been to Braised, now’s the time to make it a family affair. For the entire month of September, kids 12 and under can feast for free while their parents (you) can choose from a wide range of slow roasted style dishes available at this new Queen…

No Fuss Fish and Chips

Reliable Halibut and Chips on Queen Street East in Toronto has been a staple fish dish and diner in Leslieville since the 1940s. Known by local folk for its delicious super-sized portions and the smell of malt vinegar that permeates through its walls onto the street, this hidden gem is the go-to restaurant when you’re…

Don’t Fear the Black Irish

The pub’s name was the first thing to grab my attention, but I’ve always been amused by its sketchy location on one of the grittiest intersections in Toronto. I’d passed the Black Irish a dozen times on my way downtown from the east end and always wondered what it would be like to go in and what…

Is Star Wars the New Religion

You may have seen his artwork in the windows of Atomic Toybot and The Tiny Record Shop in Leslieville and wondered, WTF?! I was also curious about what inspires Toronto artist, Robert Farmer. “What I choose to be influenced by is not usually found within the context of what is popular or acceptable,” explains Robert who will unveil his…