LOCAL BREWS: TORONTO'S AWARD WINNING RAINHARD BREWING CO.

Rainhard Brewing Co. is one of Toronto's newest microbreweries - it turned a year old this past weekend! - and it just might be one of our favourite spaces in the city to grab some delicious beers and hang!

Located just north of the Junction, right around St. Clair and Keele in what was once a meatpacking facility, the 3,200 square foot space is a combination Brewery/Tap Room/Retail/Event Space. In the past, Rainhard has hosted early morning yoga, movie nights, as well as a number of parties and events.  In fact, you can even book your own private party in their space. 

And if you're wondering just how good the beer is, the brewery recently won two awards - a gold for their Lazy Bones IPA and a silver for their Hop Cone Syndrome - at this year's  Canadian Brewing Awards. If that's not enough incentive to visit, they will also be participating in this years Craft Beer Passport. We'll be coming back soon for sure!

What to see this year at Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto is back for another year! Taking place on May 28 and 29, the event grants the public access to over 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. With some of the buildings only open to the public during this annual event, its pretty much the next best thing to snooping through strangers' homes! 

Here are some of our favourite places to check out this weekend: 

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Aviation lovers, take note! On Saturday, May 28, the airport will be touring Doors Open visitors though the newly built underwater tunnel, as well as giving visitors the rare opportunity to watch planes up close as they take of and land. 

Historic Don Jail
Now the bridgepoint administrative building, get access to the jail not usually open to the public. This one is always a popular Doors Open option, so be sure to plan your schedule accordingly. 

Congregation Knesseth Israel
Because it's always lovely to learn about religions, cultures and traditions, check out the Congregation Knesseth Israel where community members will talk about the history of the Shul as well as guide you around the building, which houses the only Mikvah in the west end of Toronto, and has a number of distinct features. 

Ismaili Centre Toronto
Another great way to learn about religions, this beautiful Islamic centre is open all weekend. The stunning architecture features a beautiful prayer hall with a crystalline glass dome. We may never leave. 

MODERNest House 4
A truly unique way to see how Toronto's architects live. Visitors will have a chance to tour the ground floor and basement and see a home that comlements a contemporary lifestyle for the urban family. 

 

For more information about Doors Open Toronto, visit their website. 

MUST DO IN THE CITY | This Weekend’s Toronto Events Not To Miss Out On

Because it's the freakin' LONG weekend, Toronto and we're about to have us some fun: 

Friday, May 20, 2016
Start your weekend off right by enjoying a cold one at one of the many new breweries that have opened in this city. We recommend Rainhard Brewing, Bandit Brewery and Halo Brewery.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Dance your pretty little face off at BOY PROB•LEMS: a Carly Rae Jepsen Queer Dance Party, celebrating our favourite Canadian Idol. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016
A delicious doner bbq at one of our favourite patio bars in the city? Check and check

Monday, May 23, 2016
You deserve some more delicious craft beer to celebrate the long weekend at our favourite spot in the city. 
Finish your long weekend off with a bang - literally. 

 

Get Ready for Another Fun Summer with Toronto's Craft Beer Passport... x 2!

Starting tomorrow, May 18, Toronto Craft Beer lovers will be able to purchase their 2016 Craft Beer Passports. This ingenious initiative lets you purchase a $20 passport, which then allows you to buy $2 craft beers at participating bars around Toronto. 

New this year is the option to choose from a east or west end passport; but heck, why not do both!

This year's selection of bars include some of our favourites: Rainhard BrewingLoveless Cafe, 
Get WellHitch BarLeft Field Brewery; brand new places we've been super excited to check out: Bandit BreweryLansdowne BreweryHenderson Brewery, as well as literally every other bar on the list. 

For more information and a full listing of all participating bars, check out the website.

Our Favourite Jane's Walk tours in Honour of Jane Jacobs' 100th Birthday!

Credit:  Google

Credit: Google

Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs! The urban activist and local hero would have turned 100 today. This incredible woman changed the way people think about the cities they live in, encouraging urban dwellers to embrace the beautiful chaos of it all.

Each year, cities across the world participate in Jane's Walk, locally organized walking tours where people get together to explore and celebrate their neighbourhoods.

Below, a list of our favourite Jane's walks happening in Toronto this month:

May 4
Jane Jacobs' 100 Birthday Jane's Walk!
Because there's no better way to celebrate! 

May 6
Kensington Market as Cultural Landscape
Because tourists and locals alike love this piece of boho heaven. Learn about this neighbourhood's history, and how the market exists in the cultural imagination.

May 7
Introduction to Rouge National Public Park
A soon to be National Park right in our own Toronto backyard?! Yes please. 

May 7
Queer and Fabulous!
Learn about the history and talk about the future of Toronto's lgbtq community! 

May 7
Take a Walk on the Sunnyside
Did you know Toronto had an amusement park not unlike Coney Island? Find out what happened on this walk down memory lane. 

May 8
The Beltline and Beyond: The Midtown Trail Loop
Hop on your bicycle and explore this 16km trail! 

May 8
The Scarborough Bluffs
Discover the beauty of this Toronto gem!

May 8
Dundas West, The Real Deal: Glaciers and Beyond
Because we're biased about our favourite neighbourhood in all of Toronto

Check out the Jane's Walk website for information about all the incredible walks you can take part in not only in Toronto but world wide! 
 

 


 

Top Picks for Canadian Music Week

It's here! Toronto's multi-venue week-long music festival is already in full swing. 
Here are the shows we're super excited to be checking out:

Tuesday, May 3
Bob Mould at the Horseshoe Tavern
There's a reason this man is playing two nights at the Horseshoe Tavern. Because he's an indie rock legend. And you should totally go see him. 

Wednesday, May 4
Bob Mould Band at the Horseshoe Tavern
I mean, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? 

Wednesday, May 4
The Strumbellas at the Phoenix
 "Spirits" has got to be one of the catchiest songs ever and don't mind if we just keep listening to it over and over and over again... <3

Thursday, May 5
No Joy at Velvet Underground
We've been girl crushing on this girl-fronted shoegaze outfit from Montreal for a while now. Can't wait to dance around to these psychedelic goddesses.

Friday, May 6
Diarrhea Planet at Horseshoe Tavern
We may or may not have broken a record with the amount of times we saw this band a few years back at SXSW.  We still cringe a little everytime we have to tell someone the name of one of our favourite bands, but remember what your mama told you: don't judge a book by it's cover. 

For more info, check out Canadian Music Week's website

How To Avoid The Chaos of Toronto's Taxi Strike During The NBA All-Star Weekend

Photo Credit: Justin Boyd  https://www.instagram.com/bevoag/

Photo Credit: Justin Boyd https://www.instagram.com/bevoag/

 

Ah, the NBA All-Star Weekend. Where tens of thousands of Basketball's biggest fans are set to converge on our beautiful city of Toronto giving us a chance to show everyone the incredible things this city has to offer.

So it would make sense that a group of Toronto taxi drivers - angry at losing business to Uber- have decided to use this weekend in protest to strike and snarl traffic. 

But don't let this impending clusterf*ck ruin your time here. Here are a few ways to have the best time in the city while doing your best to avoid this taxi fiasco: 

Take the TTC
Ok sure, so compared to other developed cities our size, we may not have the best transit system. Probably one of the worst for its locals, to be quite honest. But good news if you're a tourist staying in the downtown: our underground subway system is pretty concentrated in the core of the city, so you should have no trouble whizzing in and around the area. 

Walk - Outside or Underground
The whole downtown is very walk-able and if the weather is bad, we have a pretty sweetunderground PATH system that stretches 30 kilometres and offers shopping, entertainment, restaurants and all kinds of other services worth exploring! 

Get Out of the Downtown
In North America, if you've seen one downtown city core, you've probably seen them all. The best way to get a feel for how truly awesome and unique Toronto is is to explore all of our other neighbourhoods. Need help? Vogue named West Queen West the world's second coolest neighbourhood in 2014, meanwhile the New York Times thinks Toronto is one of the best places to visit this year and had high praises for our Junction hood. Speak to any Torontonian and they will gladly share their favourite parts of the city for that local flavour! 

Take Uber
Sorry not sorry but when it comes to faster, cheaper and more convenient, Uber is the clear winner in this transportation battle. Download the app on your phone and use thispromo code for a free ride of up to $15. 

Take the UP Express - For FREE
For anyone coming to this city via Pearson Airport this Friday, you might want to give yourself some extra time in the event our Taxi protest is a complete mess.  But good news for those coming and going from Pearson airport February 13-15: the city's new express train from Union Station to Pearson airport is FREE this weekend! 

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Events Not To Miss Out On

Don't know how we managed to skip the great snowstorm of 2016, Toronto, but let's not take this moderately mild winter for granted and do things! 
Here are a number of fun events to check out in the city things week: 

Tuesday, January 26
True Stories Told Live
The Garrison, 7:30pm

A Toronto version of The MothTrue Stories Told Live is a monthly storytelling event where 4-5 brave souls get up in front of a packed room at The Garrison to share their personal stories. 

Thursday, January 28
Daily Vice Hologram Party feat. Pusha T with OBGMS, Sean Leon and Dj Dopey
The Great Hall, 9pm

Because Vice always knows how to throw a good part, we recommend starting your weekend on a Thursday. According to Vice, a special guest will be hologrammed in. Maybe it'll be Kanye

Saturday, January 30
Long Winter Galleria
Galleria Mall, 7pm
A multi-disciplinary event inside a soon to be torn down mall featuring a dance party inside one of the malls empty storefronts? Yes please!