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Sunday, March 31, 2019

RELM is about to be the first cannabis store in Burlington

Burlington is one of the major hubs about to get a legal cannabis store near Toronto.

Owned by David Nguyen and slated to open at the 4031 Fairview St. plaza near a yoga studio and driving school, the official website for RELM Cannabis Co. states they'll be opening on April 1. Hunny Pot is the only shop in Toronto vocally announcing it will be open on April 1. 

Apparently the shop was relatively bare bones the last time anyone able to get a look at it, but the site promises "an unparalleled shopping experience for customers" situated "in a beautiful environment that inspires healing, creativity, comfort, and safety."

A job posting for a fair held on March 25 requested applicants with a background in hospitality and retail and a curiosity about "the cannabis space."

Plenty of other cannabis stores are slated to open in Ontario, with another issued for Ameri in Yorkville, though they haven't officially announced they're opening April 1 yet either, but do have a page up on Leafly. RELM was unable to be reached for comment. 

by Amy Carlberg via blogTO

Ameri could be the second cannabis store to open in Toronto

Ameri may be the only other licensed cannabis retailer to open its doors to the public tomorrow. 

The shop at 20 Cumberland St. was finally issued its operator license by the AGCO early yesterday, making it in time just before finish line.

Out of five proprietors in Toronto, Ameri is only the second (after Hunny Pot) to receive its license before the provincially-imposed cut off date of April 1.

Store owner Seyedarash Seyedameri was the first proprietor in Toronto to apply for a retail store license after winning Ford's controversial lottery system.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Yorkville store will actually be geared up and ready in time to receive customers by tomorrow morning. 

So far, Ameri has no website, social media, or visible branding to speak of, and no information can be found online about store owner Seyedameri. 

Meanwhile, Toronto cannabis stores Nova Cannabis, Tokyo Smoke, and Canna Cabana are still waiting for their licenses from the AGCO.

by Tanya Mok via blogTO

A sky walker's guide to the aerial walkways of Toronto

5 free things to do in Toronto this week

Free events in Toronto this week offer the chance to snag nearly a week's worth of bagels for free as What A Bagel hosts its annual giveaway at its many stores. Slow Art Day returns to galleries around the city and there's a new festival all about ideas.

Events you might want to check out:

What A Bagel Free Bagel Day (April 2 @ Multiple Venues)
Back again is this Toronto-themed bagel giveaway at stores all over the city where you can drop by and grab six bagels free of charge.
Mass Exodus (April 4 @ Daniels Spectrum)
The fashions stars of tomorrow are showing their design creations at this annual showcase that plots trends and innovations in the industry.
Cram Toronto (April 5 @ Multiple Venues)
New this year is this ideas-based festival taking place at campuses all over, with talks and events that highlight cutting-edge thinking.
Neo Waistland (April 5-7 @ 227 Sterling Rd)
Local music, art, fashion and food are the focus of this pop-up that looks to bring forth revolutionary thoughts and creations over three days.
Slow Art Day (April 6 @ Multiple Venues)
Taking place at galleries all over the world at the same time, Slow Art Day encourages patrons to view art slowly and talk about their experiences.

by Lisa Power via blogTO

10 up and coming Toronto artists you should know

10 things to do in Toronto today

It's a particulaly Toronto-centric day for events today as a book about the Christie Pits riots launches and a folks rally to raise funds for the barbershop lost in a fire. Pugs are also rallying to sniff each other's butts and there's a huge record show for all the vinyl heads out there.

Events you might want to check out:

Corrado's Barber Shop Fundraiser (March 31 @ Bovine Sex Club)
After the Bathurst/Richmond fire, local musicians are coming out in support of the folks behind the 60-year-old shop that got destroyed.
Christie Pits Graphic Novel Launch (March 31 @ Congregation Beth Tzedec)
A historical fiction graphic novel looks to capture a poignant moment in Toronto history when anti-Semitism plagued the city and resulted in a riot.
Homeshake (March 31 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Homeshake is back in Toronto and bringing with him his smooth, indie pop grooves to play alongside Yves Jarvis.
Downtown Record Show (March 31 @ Estonian House)
Vinyl lovers can sift through over 40 tables and 100,000 records from nearly every genre of music, plus the return of the $5 zone.
Old Book and Paper Show (March 31 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Photographs, books, posters, prints, maps, magazines and all kinds of rare and vintage printed material are for sale at this huge show.
Pug Grumble (March 31 @ Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park)
Wheezing, sniffing, huffing and puffing is all part of the fun at this monthly pug meet-up with all doggies and humans welcome to play.
An African Victory (March 31 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Director Haile Gerima's 1990 film follows a series on resistance and revolution with a look at the Ethiopian forces that overthrew the Italian military.
Gold (March 31 @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
A celebration of women and gender non-conforming comics is on with local comedians bringing the laughs, plus a drag performance.
Locals Only Sound (March 31 @ The Drake Hotel)
Live is one of the best ways to experience the smooth grooves of Locals Only Sound as they perform alongside Emma Lokai and Stefani H. Kimber.
March Rijsttafel (March 31 @ Borrel)
Sweet and sour veggies, stewed beef and chicken, rice and all kinds of flavours make up this traditional Dutch-Indonesian feast.

by Lisa Power via blogTO

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Best Seamstress in Toronto

The best seamstress in Toronto won’t be found at the back of your local dry cleaner (though there’s plenty of them that can mend the heck out of a dress). You can bring your most outrageous designs and ill-fitting numbers to these professionals and be assured their nimble fingers will transform those looks into fitted masterpieces.

Here are the best seamstresses in Toronto.

4 - Irene's Studio

Whether you’re trying to turn grandma’s old suit into a killer couture look or just get your pants hemmed, Irene can do it from her shop by Thorncliffe Park.
3 - As You Like It

This business has been altering and customizing clothes for more than 25 years. Located not far from Yorkville, it’s a go-to for wedding day fix-ups and adjustments on gala-worthy gowns.
5 - The Village Seamstress

Brides flock to this Scarborough shop by Ellesmere and Lawrence to get their dresses fitted perfectly for the big day. It also offers rush orders in case you need your gown fixed in under 48 hours.
6 - Hoax Couture

This Queen West tailoring business has been around for more than 30 years. Owners Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell specialize in bespoke formal wear, including suits, gowns, and even bedazzled costumes, and can alter all those as well.
7 - Perfect Fit For You

Have a precious designer piece that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away? Put your beloved garment in the hands of this Leaside business— tailor Nina will take on even the most complex alteration challenges.
8 - Professional Sew & Fit

Zipper replacements, elbow patches, hemming— you can get every standard alteration done at this St. Clair West tailor. Why not add shoulder pads to your outfit for a strong statement look?
9 - Labl Couture

It’s appointment-only at this studio in Parkdale. Get your clothes custom-made, repaired, or altered by the same hands who tailored the likes of celebs like Shania Twain and Ron Sexsmith.
10 - Cheries Dressmaking

Transform that loose-fitting dress into a magnificent garment that fits like a glove. Cherie is favourite for bridesmaid emergencies and original pieces that wow during all occasions—visit her at Richmond and Sherbourne.
11 - Jealous Bridesmaids Bridal Studio

This bridal studio in High Park is not only an amazing destination to find wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s also perfect if you’re trying to get them fitted and fixed up for the big day.

by Tanya Mok via blogTO

The top 10 stores to buy a sofa in Toronto

Stores to buy a sofa in Toronto offer options that balance style, comfort and functionality. As the epicentre of the home, a sofa is arguably the most important piece of furniture you'll buy. Thankfully, there's no shortage of options when shopping for the perfect one.

Here are my picks for the top stores to buy a sofa in Toronto.

Black Rooster Decor

Get a personal shopper and decorator when you walk into this Leslieville store. The sofa selection, while pricey, is beautiful and would bring any living room to the next level.


CB2 offers fun and functional modern pieces catering to the condo crowd. There's a wide variety of contemporary styles for big and small spaces and budgets.

Elte Market

This is the more affordable sister store to Elte and it's frequented by designers and homeowners alike. The huge, urban loft-like showroom has a lot of options on display.


This Winnipeg-based company with stores on King East and Liberty Village offers affordable sofas in a wide variety of configurations and fabrics.


This Avenue and Davenport furniture store is filled with high-end, creative pieces. From modern to classic, it has all kinds of shapes and colours, with a focus on solid craftsmanship. Pieces are sourced mainly from Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

Montauk Sofa

This King East furniture shop specializes in large, ultra-comfortable sofas made well with good, quality fabrics. If you need to fill a big fancy space, this is your store. Everything is made in its Montreal factory.


The modern furniture at this store near Queen and Gladstone is designed and mostly made in Canada. There are a selection of sofas and sectionals scaled to fit city-living.


The 20,000-square-foot showroom in the Castlefield Design District is filled with an eclectic mix of modern sofas at affordable price points. Just don't get fooled by their limited time no-tax sales which seem to be ongoing.


This Ossington favourite offers its own made-to-order line, as well as ready-to-go options from its sister brand Gus. On the custom side, it offers a wide selection of modular, re-configurable pieces and hundreds of leather and fabric options to choose from.

West Elm

The only West Elm location in Ontario is nestled in Liberty Village and has a moderately priced sofa selection mostly inspired by mid-century design.

by Staff via blogTO

19 furnished apartments to rent in Toronto by price

Furnished apartments in Toronto are rented abodes with all the home fittings already in place. Perfect for those looking for month-to-month rentals (or people who’d rather not own their own own dressers, or bed), you can find these living spaces in a range of sizes, prices, and styles.

Here’s what you can get in furnished apartments in Toronto at different prices points.

Under $1000
furnished apartments toronto
$870 for a simple room in Markham

You won't find very many livable furnished apartments for under $1000 without signing a lease, and certainly not in the downtown core. At least this functional second-floor unit by Steeles and Brimley is just steps away from a bus stop, and comes with high speed WiFi and a double bed.

furnished apartments toronto$920 for a quiet room in Downsview Park

Sitting in a bungalow right off of Keele Street is this sunny private room with a queen size bed and access to a big backyard, washer, dryer, and WiFi. Private and secluded, it’s a suitable space for people who need quiet time between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Under $1500
furnished apartments toronto$1,101 for room in the Junction

The good part: this spacious private room by Runnymede Park comes equipped with a king-sized bed. And depending if anyone’s renting the other private room in the house, you might not have to share the washroom. The down side: it doesn’t have laundry.

furnished apartments toronto$1,218 for a room by York University

Immerse yourself in baby blue at this conveniently located home in a residential neighbourhood in the heart of York U campus. It’s on the second floor of the house, where you’ll get shared access to the living room with a fireplace, kitchen necessities and laundry.

furnished apartments toronto$1,214 for a room on Sheppard West

Conveniently located right next to the subway station is this basement with impressively high 10-foot ceilings. It has its own entrance and shared amenities.

furnished apartments toronto$1,248 for a fancy room in Newtonbrook

It’s certainly not central, but this private bedroom has one of the nicest interiors you can find as far as furnishings go. The home itself is pristine: shared spaces include a foyer with a chandelier, kitchen, and living room equipped with an indoor fireplace,

Under $2000

furnished apartments toronto

$1,450 for an artsy room on Ossington

If you think this room looks funky, wait until you see the rest of the loft. This eclectic living situation is ideal for those who want a close proximity to all the bars, restaurants, and art galleries on the Ossington strip.

furnished apartments toronto$1,553 for a cozy room in High Park

The closer to $2000 your budget is, the nicer your furnished home will be. Floor-to-ceiling windows are covered with billowy linen curtains, which is great because this South-facing room gets sunshine all day and even has a French balcony.

furnished apartments toronto$1,679 for a cottage-inspired room in Keelesdale

Furnishings don’t get better than here: this private room comes with a queen bed decked out with tons of pillows and a 40-inch smart TV with Netflix. If you’re a dog person, rejoice: you’ll be sharing your space with a French bulldog too.

Under $2,500
furnished apartments toronto$2,206 for a two-bedroom on the Danforth

You’ll have access to this entire apartment located close to Main station, which comes with two bedrooms and a simple living room. Each bedroom comes equipped with queen beds covered in linens.

furnished apartments toronto$2,440 for a balcony apartment by Church-Wellesley

This one-bedroom suite is in walking distance to basically everything in the downtown core. There’s a queen bed, WiFi, washer and dryer in the building and in the kitchen, all the pots and pans you need.

furnished apartments toronto$2,337 for a boho loft in Parkdale

You can look out right onto Queen Street from this artsy, high-ceilinged pad. It’s definitely ideal for musicians (there’s instruments scattered all over this place) and has a massive deck too.

furnished apartments toronto$2,347 for a loft on Ossington

Head into this space atop a cigar factory using the hidden entrance off of Ossington. Dressed with a mix of antique and modern furniture, there’s a queen-sized bed, living room, and a kitchen with a sky light.

Under $3000
furnished apartments toronto$2,540 for a one-bedroom in the Beaches

Spanning 800-square-feet, this place basically has everything you need to make you feel at home. There’s a four-piece bathroom, a queen-sized bed, WiFi, a 40-inch TV, and bedroom windows that look out to Lake Ontario.

furnished apartments toronto$2,778 for an elegant apartment by Casa Loma

Located on the third floor of a restored Georgian Home, this one-bedroom is comfortably filled with woodsy ‘Canadiana’ furniture, with a huge walk-in closet and an eat-in kitchen that has a great little window to look out of.

furnished apartments toronto$2,730 for a modern bachelor in Cabbagetown

Compact, contemporary furniture makes this spot the bachelor of millennial dreams. Thirteen-foot ceilings add a spacious to this stylish room, which comes equipped with a queen bed and a flat screen.

furnished apartments toronto$2,773 for a studio in Yorkville

Live in the heart of Toronto’s fanciest neighbourhood in a condo studio with a separate kitchen. There’s a couch and bed here, plus you can pretend you own the place while heading down to use use the building’s pool, gym, or hot tub.

furnished apartments toronto$2,880 for a condo on West Queen West

You’ll be living in the main drag of the hottest neighbourhood in Toronto if you rent out this one-bedroom. The space comes decked out with big comfy couches, turntables, onsite laundry, and a hot tub downstairs. Plus there’s free parking.

furnished apartments toronto$2,920 for two-storey apartment off of Roncesvalles

Everything from the duvet to the lavender curtains screams quaint and cozy one-bedroom in the upper two floors of a Victorian home. There’s a queen bed, and you’ll be provided with all the essentials like towels, a TV, kitchen, and WiFi.

by Tanya Mok via blogTO