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Rainy Day Activities in Toronto

Living in Toronto has one major drawback and that is receiving more than its fair share of rainfall. There’s nothing worse than a rainy day to dampen your spirits especially if you had an exciting outdoor activity to look forward to. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot still enjoy yourself when the clouds decide to open and leave you soaked through and wishing the rain away.

So when the rain begins to pour run yourself to the closest theatre or cinema, where in Toronto there is no shortage of. If you happen to be facing a regrettable downpour in August then why not check out the excellent line-up at the Summerworks festival. There is music, dance, exhibitions, live art shows and a whole host of special presentations and concerts. If none of the main festivals such as Summerworks or The Toronto Fringe are out of season then you can always head to the Soulpepper, Tarragon or Annex theatres to see what’s on.

If you can’t find a show or a movie to go and check out then you can always head on over to TIFF's Film Reference Library. The library is full of thousands and thousands of various movie related books, scripts and magazines to keep any avid movie lover content for hours on end. If you like your entertainment a little more visual then there’s also thousands of viewing stations where you can watch endless TV shows and movies.

For those with more of a competitive streak you may be interested in heading to just one of the increasingly popular board game café locations around the city or a local bingo hall. On the other hand you may just to sit around and play a few games with your friends at an online casino.

Whilst it may be teaming down with rain outside this doesn’t mean you cannot still enjoy a sporting activity. There are plenty of indoor sports you can participate in with both family and friends on a rainy day and Toronto has plenty to offer. You can take in a game of Badminton at the Boulevard Club or perhaps some indoor tennis at Rosedale or the North York Winter Tennis Club. There’s skating, curling, swimming and even table tennis but if you would like to get involved with more of an outdoor type sport but indoors then look no further than Beach Blast or the North Beach Volleyball centre where you can play real barefooted beach volleyball on the sands without the risk of adverse weather affecting play, which is terrific fun for all the family.

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Why Ranked Ballots Are Better

John Tory supports ranked ballots in the next civic election. This is great news.

The "first past the post" system we currently have forces people like me to vote strategically instead of voting for the person they'd like to lead. For example, those who wanted Olivia Chow to win, but were afraid a vote for Chow would help Doug Ford win, would be able to rank their candidates so a vote for Chow isn't a vote for Ford.

This video explains how it works.

Ranked ballots all but sink Ford Nation, so there's that added benefit as well.

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Tower of Terror

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I Think We Made It

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The $1-million Dream

The average cost of a detached home in Toronto is now $1,040,018, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. For the first time ever, we've cleared the $1-million mark.

I recently bought a detached home in Toronto, but I could never afford a price tag even close to $1-million. The once modest dream of owning a detached home in a nice Toronto neighbourhood is now out of reach for so many.

Digging a little deeper, it's not all doom and gloom. The average price of a home in Toronto is $596,193, if you include semi-detached, townhouses and condos. That's still an awfully high price for your average hard working Toronto family.

I have two simple questions for the hivemind.

  1. Do you own a home in Toronto?
  2. Could you afford to buy your own home if you wanted to do so today?

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The Great Toronto Fire, April 19th 1904

On April 19, 1904, the largest fire in Toronto's history engulfed a large section of downtown. 118 buildings were destroyed in eight hours.

Here's some footage of the blaze.

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This is a new short film from Drake and I'm sharing it because it includes some most excellent historical footage of Toronto. The vintage footage starts at about 2:00.

I'm also friends with the young lady who shows up at 9:39.

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Best Music Videos Featuring Toronto

Spoons - Romantic Traffic

Barenaked Ladies - Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Rush - Subdivisions

Parachute Club - Rise Up

Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now (original version)

Vote for your favourite Toronto video in the comments!

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Maple Leaf Stadium

Maple Leaf StadiumIf I could go back in time and visit one Toronto landmark that no longer exists, I'd attend a baseball game at Maple Leaf Stadium.

Maple Leaf Stadium existed at Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West and seated about 13,000 people. The field was natural grass, of course, and it was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club from 1926 to 1967.

When the Maple Leafs left Toronto for Louisville, Kentucky after the 1967 season, they decided to demolish Maple Leaf Stadium rather than maintain it in a city without a professional baseball team. You'll find apartment buildings there now.

Here are some photos of old Maple Leaf Stadium, courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives. It's a shame we didn't keep her.





It's interesting to note that Harold Ballard considered buying the team and stadium after the 1967 season, but decided the price was too high. The NHL Maple Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup since.

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John Tory Elected Mayor of Toronto

John ToryJohn Tory has won Toronto's 2014 municipal election.

Voter turnout was a record 64.3%.

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