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Prepare to have your funny bone tickled: The seventh annual JFL42 Festival is descending upon Toronto from September 20 to 29. And with a line-up that includes the likes of Baron Vaughn, James Acaster and Chris Gethard, Toronto is set to be the funniest city in the world this September! Here are just a couple of the highlights…

 

Chris Gethard

Actor, writer, and comedian Chris Gethard is the host and star of Funny or Die’s The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation and The Office. Chris recently starred in the Mike Birbiglia film, Don’t Think Twice and Comedy Central’s smash TV series, Broad City. Chris’ latest one-man show, Career Suicide premiered on HBO after completing a successful off-Broadway run at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre in NYC. Gethard is the host of the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – which will be recording live from JFL42.

Baron Vaughn

Actor, comedian and writer, Baron Vaughn graduated from Boston University’s theatre program and immediately went on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. That same year he was cast in Drowning Crow with Alfre Woodard on Broadway and featured in Damn Yankees at the NY City Center with Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes. A series regular on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and Comedy Central’s Corporate, Baron is also the voice of Tom Servo in the Netflix reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Vaughn has most recently been shooting his comedy stand-up series The New Negroes, which is set to be released on Comedy Central.

If you’re heading to Toronto to have your funny bone tickled this September, the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel will add convenience and comfort to your getaway. And there will be no concerns about missing your flight home, as the property’s complimentary shuttle ensures that you will be at the airport for your flight in plenty of time.

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Foodies rejoice! Reservations are now open at 200 restaurants across Toronto as the city celebrates its annual Summerlicious festival.

 

With its multicultural vibe and white-hot culinary scene, Toronto is the perfect location to explore your epicurean side.

 

Taking place from July 6 to 22, Summerlicious offers a selection of superb offers for visiting foodies, from exceptionally-priced three-course prix fixe lunch menus at $23, $28 and $33, and dinner menus at $33, $43 and $53.

 

Summerlicious puts a spotlight on Toronto's outstanding restaurant scene each summer and it is so successful because of the breadth and quality of the city’s eateries and the enthusiasm of the city’s foodies.

 

It’s a great opportunity to try out restaurants like the People’s Eatery, which offers a wide array of food from around the world. Chef and partner Dustin Gallagher of Top Chef Canada All-Stars delivers a “crunch-to-squish ratio” for every f dish he makes at this Spadina Avenue eatery.

 

Or how about trying some of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s culinary creations at Jamie’s Italian in Yorkdale Shopping Centre. His no-fuss menu showcases bruschetta, made-to order pizza, antipasti planks of cured meats, Italian cheeses and vegetables.

 

This year, 14 new restaurants are joining Summerlicious: Amano Pasta, Chez's, Copetin Restaurant & Bar, Montgomery's, Northern Maverick Brewing Co, Oretta, STK Toronto and Taste of Western China.

 

The convenient location of the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel makes a gastronomical getaway to Toronto a piece of cake. And there will be no concerns about missing your flight home, as the property’s complimentary shuttle ensures that you will be at the airport for your flight in plenty of time – which means that you can relax and put all of your energy into enjoying all of the fine dining that Toronto has to offer.



 

Every love story starts with how they met. Chapter one of the love story between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place in Toronto. Here are four connections that the city has with the royal couple…

 

Toronto Royal Romance Connection #1: Fashion

Meghan Markle wore Toronto designer Line’s white coat when she appeared with the Prince for their first media appearance after the palace officially released news of the engagement. She also helped design two sold-out clothing collections for Canadian retailer Reitmans that captured her personal style at affordable price tags.  No wonder it sold out.  Fans are definitely trending towards her style.

 

Toronto Royal Romance Connection #2: Humanitarianism

Forever changed on the frontlines where he witnessed many injured in battle, Prince Harry created the Invictus Games in 2014 to help heal the physical and mental wounds of vets through competitive sports. In its third year, the Invictus Games were hosted in Toronto. The city rolled out the red carpet and packed stands for the 2017 Invictus Games, where 550 athletes from 17 nations competed in 12 sports. It was at the Toronto games that the happy couple made their first public appearance, hand in hand.

 

Toronto Royal Romance Connection #3: Suits 

For seven years, Meghan spent nine months of the year working on the legal drama Suits, where she played smart, sexy paralegal Rachel Zane. Suits filming often took place in Toronto’s Entertainment and Financial Districts. The most visible of locations they used is the Bay and Adelaide Center. Her castmates that were among the first to learn about her secret romance when Harry popped onto the set of Suits, arriving by helicopter of course!  

 

Toronto Royal Romance Connection #4: Food

When she wasn’t sweating it out at Moksha Yoga, Meghan was taking advantage of one of the best food scenes in the world in Toronto. Among her favourite eateries are Gusto 101 and Bar Isabel, where she always ordered the octopus. One of her absolute favourite places to find the perfect bite was at the city’s famous Kensington Market.

 

Want to soak up some royal romance of your own in Toronto? The convenient location of the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel makes a trip to Toronto an absolute breeze. There’s even a complimentary shuttle back to the airport to ensure that you will be there in plenty of time for your flight – which means that you can relax and put all of your energy into sampling the city’s most romantic spots.

 

 

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Toronto’s restaurant scene is an ever-changing cornucopia of delight! Sometimes it’s difficult to stay up to date with what’s hip and happening, so we’re giving you an update of what’s hot on the food scene to help you make the very best of foodie getaway…

 

Drake Mini Bar Opening

The Drake is expanding and opening the Drake Mini Bar at 150 York Street - just across the lobby from Drake One Fifty. Part eatery, part bar, it offers an adventurous small plate menu with hand crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine and beer selection. There will also be an interior courtyard patio and a patio right on the corner of York and Adelaide.

 

The Senator Expands

The Senator is one of Toronto’s oldest restaurants and it’s expanding for the first time in 90 years with the launch of The Senator Winebar. The Winebar is located on top of the historic Senator Restaurant, which sits just around the corner from Yonge-Dundas Square. The new bistro serves a seasonal menu of contemporary French dishes and a unique collection of old-fashioned drinks.

 

Urban Ciderhouse

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood, Brickworks Ciderhouse is joining the city’s vibrant cider scene. As the first urban Ciderhouse in the country, Brickworks offers batch cider brewed on-site. A farmhouse-inspired menu features locally-sourced ingredients and changes with the seasons.

 

Vegan Mexican

Rosalinda Restaurant is a vibrant, feel-good vegan Mexican restaurant in the Financial District. The new plant-based restaurant is a dream collaboration between the prolific chef/restaurateur behind Bar Isabel, Bar Raval, El Rey and Harry’s and the duo behind Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale.

 

Japanese Souffles

Not one, but two, Japanese soufflé pancake shops are opening in Toronto.! Hanabusa Café, which is located in Kensington Market, makes Japanese authentic soufflé pancakes. Fuwa Fuwa is coming to the Annex and tells its guests to expect impressive fluffiness!

 

Mediterranean Flavours

Located in Toronto’s newest boutique hotel, The Anndore House, Constantine is celebrating the diverse cuisine of the Mediterranean, Constantine aims to cultivate an intimate and inviting atmosphere that will be a gathering place for local residents and guests of The Anndore House.

 

When planning your next foodie getaway, take a look at the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel. The property’s convenient location makes a trip to Toronto an absolute breeze. It even has a complimentary shuttle that ensures that you will be at the airport for your flight in plenty of time – which means that you can relax and make the most of your time exploring Toronto’s foodie scene.

 

 

 

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Hitting the musical city of Toronto from May 7 to 13, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s most established music conference.

 

Now in its 36th year, the event focuses on the business of music and brings together sound recording, new media and broadcast for one spectacular week of events, from intensive conferences and a cutting-edge trade exhibition to award shows, a film festival, a comedy festival and Canada's biggest New Music Festival.

 

As such an established event in the music business calendar, you’d think it would be easy for it to dismiss independent artists… but that’s not the case. In fact, the event’s ‘Indies’ – Independent Music Awards - put the work of independent creators in the spotlight.

 

CMW has just released its nominations for the Indies 2018, and they make for some pretty exciting reading. So get voting today!

 

R&B artist Daniel Caesar, breakthrough artist Jessie Reyez, both Remix Project Alumni, Cree and Dene pop and electronic music singer Iskwe, and Montréal-based Congolese rhumba- electronic fusion artist and Moonshine collective founder Pierre Kwenders are among the many Canadian artists nominated at this year's awards. 

 

Featuring performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Vancouver based indie-folk rock trio Said the Whale, Toronto's power pop rock band Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search, the awards show honours top independent artists at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on May 12. Public and industry votes decide the winners. 

 

Here’s the full list of nominees:

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR                     

Alvvays, Antisocialites (Royal Mountain)

Daniel Caesar, Freudian (Golden Child)

Gord Downie, Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)

July Talk, Touch (Sleepless)

Weaves , Wide Open (Buzz Records)

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR                      

Allan Rayman, 13 (Communion Music)

Death From Above 1979, Freeze Me (Last Gang)

DVBBS, Not Going Home ft. Gia Koka & CMC$ (Ultra Music)

Mother Mother, The Drugs (Mother Mother Music Inc.)

Virginia To Vegas, Lights Out (Wax)

                                 

GROUP OF THE YEAR                      

Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)

Hollerado (Royal Mountain)

Stars (Last Gang)

The Glorious Sons (Black Box)

The Rural Alberta Advantage (Paper Bag)

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR                      

Daniel Caesar (Golden Child)

Jessie Reyez (FMLY)

Lido Pimienta (Lido Pimienta)

Mac DeMarco (Royal Mountain/Captured Tracks)

PartyNextDoor (OVO Sound)

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR        

Alvvays, Dreams Tonite; In Undertow (Performed by Alvvays), Royal Mountain

Daniel Caesar, Get You; We Find Love (Performed by Daniel Caesar), Golden Child

July Talk, Beck + Call; Picturing Love (Performed by July Talk), Sleepless

PartyNextDoor, Wild Thoughts (Performed by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller)/Not Nice (Performed by PartyNextDoor)/Damage (Performed by PartyNextDoor ft. Halsey), OVO Sound

Shaun Frank, No Future (Performed by Shaun Frank ft. Dyson), Ultra Music

                               

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR       

Fast Romantics, Light Organ

Partner, You've Changed

Said the Whale, Hidden Pony

The Courtneys, Flying Nun Records

The New Pornographers, Dine Alone

 

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR          

DVBBS, Ultra Music

Grandtheft, Mad Decent

Jacques Greene, Vase Music/Arts & Crafts

Neon Dreams, Dreaming Out Loud Entertainment

Shaun Frank, Ultra Music

 

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR    

Canailles, Dare To Care

Catherine Leduc, Dare To Care

Corridor, Corridor

Mara Tremblay, Audiogram

Peter Peter, Audiogram

 

INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR        

Iskwe, Iskwé Musik

JB the First Lady               , JB The First Lady

Mob Bounce, RPM Records

The Jerry Cans, Aakuluk Music

Wolf Saga, Mukwa Records

 

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR           

Christian Hudson, Mathurmatics

Coleman Hell, 604

Marianas Trench, 604

Ralph, 604

Ria Mae, Ria Mae/Sony

 

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR

Allie, Oracle

Majid Jordan, OVO Sound

Pierre Kwenders, Bonsound

Quake Matthews, Fontana North

SonReal , Black Box

 

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR        

Big Wreck, ole

Bleeker, Five Seven

One Bad Son, 604

Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, Dine Alone

The Wild, eOne

 

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR       

Leeroy Stagger, True North

Leif Vollebekk, Secret City

Matt Mays, Sonic Records

The Barr Brothers, Secret City

The Weather Station, Outside

 

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  

J. Cole, Dreamville Records / Interscope

Migos, Quality Control Music

Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels Inc.

Sampha , Young Turks

St. Vincent, Loma Vista Recordings

 

Are you an indie music lover? If you’re making your way to Toronto for the Canadian Music Awards, book yourself a stay at the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel, which is just minutes by car from all of the city’s major attractions.

 


The Canadian Radio Music Awards, which are set to take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on Wednesday, May 9, have revealed the names of the performers who will be gracing the stage at this world-class event.

 

Hosted by Toronto born-and-raised comedian and actor K. Trevor Wilson (of Letterkenny fame), the CRMA ceremony will feature performances by first-time charting and nominated artists New City, Felix Cartal, ROMES, River Town Saints and The Reklaws.

 

The CRMA nominees include artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio "spins", as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2017. Votes cast by program directors, music directors and on-air personalities determine the winners.

 

Awards will be presented on stage for Music Director of the Year Major Market and Music Director of the Year Secondary Market. 

 

New awards added to this year's event include: 

 

- Talent Development Story of the Year Award (presented to the artist and their team). This Award shall be solely based upon Nielsen's Emerging Artist chart, which factors streams, digital song downloads and airplay to determine the artist with largest outcome of said metrics during the applicable period. 

 

- Nielsen BDS Cutting Edge Award, which will be presented to the station that was first to play the most Canadian songs that went on to reach the top 20 on the weekly Nielsen BDS format charts.

 

Other award categories include: AC, CHR, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic, Rock, and Country as well as Fans' Choice.

 

Radio listeners from across the country can vote online for the Fans' Choice Award here.

 

Are you heading to Toronto for the Canadian Music Awards? Then book yourself a stay at the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel, which is just minutes by car from all of Toronto’s big attractions. From stylish traditional rooms to lavish luxury suites, the property provides comfortable rooms to suit the needs and budget of every music fan.

 

Get ready Toronto… Canadian Music Week is coming to town from May 7 to 13.

The nominees have been revealed for the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA), which will be a big highlight of the event on Wednesday, May 9. Jessie Reyez, Dvbbs, and New City lead in nominations.

The Canadian Radio Music Awards spotlight first-time charting artists on the airwaves. The CRMA nominees include artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio ‘spins’.

Votes cast by program directors, music directors and on-air personalities determine the winners.

This year's CRMA awards categories include: AC, CHR, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic, Rock and Country as well as Fans' Choice. You can vote at www.cmw.net.

Here is the full nomination list:

 

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC

CHRISTIAN HUDSON                                      FOUR LEAF CLOVER

JESSIE REYEZ                                                  FIGURES

RALPH                                                             COLD TO THE TOUCH

CHARLOTTE CARDIN                                     MAIN GIRL

DVBBS                                                             NOT GOING HOME

 

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR

JESSIE REYEZ                                                  FIGURES

KAYLA DIAMOND                                          CARNIVAL HEARTS

NEW CITY                                                       DIRTY SECRETS

PARTYNEXTDOOR                                         NOT NICE

ROMES                                                           TRYNA BE

 

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC

FELIX CARTAL                                                  GET WHAT YOU GIVE

NEW CITY                                                         DIRTY SECRETS

DVBBS                                                             NOT GOING HOME

 

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK

ALLAN RAYMAN                                            13

HARRISON BROME                                       MIDNIGHT ISLAND

LEEROY STAGGER                                        I WANT IT ALL

SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS              TALK 2 HER

THE BEACHES                                                 MONEY

 

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY

ANDREW HYATT                                            ON ME

GENEVIEVE FISHER                                       TAKE IT ON HOME

RIVER TOWN SAINTS                                    BONFIRE

SHAWN AUSTIN                                            PARADISE FOUND

THE REKLAWS                                                HOMETOWN KIDS

 

FAN'S CHOICE

ALESSIA CARA

COLEMAN HELL

DALLAS SMITH

DRAKE

JAMES BARKER BAND

SCOTT HELMAN

SHAWN HOOK

SHAWN MENDES

THE WEEKND

VIRGINIA TO VEGAS

 

Making your way to Toronto for the Canadian Music Awards? Then book yourself a stay at the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel, which is just minutes by car from all of Toronto’s major attractions. From stylish traditional rooms to lavish luxury suites, the property provides comfortable accommodation to suit your needs and budget of every music fan.

 

Spiders inhabit nearly every corner of the globe - and this summer they will take over the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in an astonishing exhibition that explores how these extraordinary creatures have evolved and survived for over 300 million years.

Featuring the latest scientific discoveries, interactive and augmented reality, and more than 200 live and dry specimens, Spiders: Fear and Fascination makes its North American debut at the ROM on June 16. 

Spiders: Fear and Fascination is a window into the world of one of the most successful and misunderstood animals on earth.  Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries in the field of arachnology and the ROM’s curatorial expertise, this fascinating exhibition will inspire a deeper understanding of the vital role spiders play in our ecosystem, as well as their cultural significance throughout history.

The exhibition takes visitors into the hunting, burrowing and weaving world of spiders, whose arachnid origins extend back to a time long before dinosaurs. You’ll come face-to-face with hundreds of live and dry spider and non-spider arachnid specimens, from tarantulas and scorpions to centipedes, redbacks - and the notorious western black widow spider.

New discoveries in the field of arachnology and venom, brought to life through hands-on interactives, projections and augmented reality, explain how venom, silk, movement, vision and vibration have enabled these creatures to survive and thrive.

Scientists explain how spiders use static electricity in the atmosphere to ‘fly’, and how research is focusing on replicating spider silk for use in heart surgery. There’ll be live demonstrations, including a venom-milking lab run by trained entomologists, a virtual spider cave and a dome-web spider sphere.

Want to learn more about these fascinating creatures? Then book yourself a trip to Toronto this summer. The Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel is just minutes by car from all of Toronto’s major attractions – including the ROM. From stylish traditional rooms to lavish luxury suites, the property provides comfortable accommodation to suit your needs and budget.

Want to eat like Drake? Sample some exciting new craft beers? Or soak up some history while you eat? Then look no further than these five hot new Toronto eateries…

1. Pic 6ix TO

Want to eat like Drake? Then make you way to Pic 6ix TO, Drake’s new restaurant, which in now open on Yonge Street. Headed by Chef Antonio Park, the menu features 30 items including a raw bar that does seafood platters, sushi and sashimi - and highlights a variety of flavours, such as Mediterranean-style, Latin and Korean.

2. The Civic

Located in the new Broadview Hotel, the Civic opened its doors in November. The cuisine is derived from historical menus and executed with a contemporary twist and the graceful restaurant setting is reminiscent of the building’s architectural pedigree.

3. Akira Back

Located in the impressive new BISHA Hotel and Residences, Akira Back is Michelin Star chef Akira Back’s first Canadian restaurant. Featuring Japanese cuisine blended with Korean flavours, bold cocktails and signature dishes, the restaurant is a welcome addition to the Toronto food scene.

4. Amano Pasta

There’s no need to just grab something on the go while you’re at Union Station, because Amano Pasta is the first sit-down, licensed restaurant at the station to open in nearly a decade. Launched by chefs Michael Angeloni, Adam Teolis, Yannick Bigourdan and Dan Kennedy—who also own Union Chicken together—Amano Pasta offers Italian-Canadian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside an authentic grab ‘n go espresso bar.

5. CRAFT Beer Market Toronto

With 160 taps—yes, 160!—CRAFT Beer Market is a casual eatery with a passion for fresh local food and great, great craft beer. It offers a winning blend of sophisticated comfort food, unique craft beers and active community involvement. Grab a beer flight and take a tour of the keg

Want to eat like Drake? Or soak up some fascinating new craft beers? The convenient location of the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel makes a trip to Toronto an absolute breeze. There’s even a complimentary shuttle back to the airport to ensure that you will be there in plenty of time for your flight – which means that you can relax and put all of your energy into sampling the city’s hottest restaurants.

 

Big news for art lovers everywhere: The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) will open the doors of its new 55,000-square-foot home at the city’s iconic Auto Building on May 26.

1. You can Explore for Free

Admission is free during the museum’s opening weekend. There will be inclusive activities to help you to get to know the new cultural centre.

2. Architectural Digest is Excited

Architectural Digest has named this one of the “most noteworthy museums opening this year”.

3. It will make you Question your Beliefs

The museum’s inaugural exhibition, BELIEVE will feature the work of 15 local, Canadian and international artists. BELIEVE will look at beliefs and systems that inform our values and behaviours while touching upon some of the fundamental issues of our time.

4. Jeneen Frei Njootli is Exhibiting

Artists include Jeneen Frei Njootli, a Vuntut Gwichin First Nation artist who is rapidly gaining attention throughout Canada for her work using traditional materials and techniques from her ancestry.

5. Barbara Kruger is Exhibiting

Internationally-acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Barbara Kruger work in BELIEVE will be encouraging viewers to revisit what they believe they know through large installations that will surround you with language. 

6. MOCA will Spearhead a Whole New Arts District

Located in the Junction Triangle the museum is set to function as an inclusive cultural catalyst where artists and audiences can step into a wider world of contemporary art, and be part of a global movement defined by new ideas and new forms.

7. MOCA will Celebrate Toronto Artists

The fourth floor of MOCA will include over 20 artist studios, prioritizing space for artists who live and work in the Junction neighborhood of Toronto.

Visiting Toronto for the opening of MOCA is a no-brainer for serious art lovers and the convenient location of the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel makes a trip to Toronto an absolute breeze. And as the property has a complimentary airport shuttle, you don’t have to worry about missing your flight home.