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What’s On in Toronto This October


October is a dreamy time in Toronto. The heat and humidity of summer have faded away, leaving crisp days and brightly hued leaves in their wake. It’s sweet relief.

It won’t be long before the first flurries fly though, so use these four local events as a reason to get out there.

The Toronto Maple Leafs kick off their 2020 Stanley Cup campaign on Oct. 2, when they host the Ottawa Senators for the home opener. Can’t get tickets? Head to Maple Leaf Square to watch the action on the big screen with hundreds of other fans. More: The Toronto Maple Leafs

Coming to the Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) is Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, a stunning exhibit that explores in rich detail the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela and the movement he inspired. The gallery officially opens on Oct. 10 and closes on Jan. 7. More: Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

Cask Days Beer Festival is back for its 15th year. From Oct. 18 through 20 at Evergreen Brick Works, breweries and cider makers will put forward their best cask brews; that is, “unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated beer that is served direct from a barrel.” Friday and Saturday sessions are for those aged 19+. More: Cask Days Beer Festival

On Oct. 26, TEDxToronto takes over Evergreen Brick Works to explore the question “What does it take for all of us, as a society, to rise together?” Come with an open mind and prepare to be inspired. More: TEDxToronto.

Have You Discovered These Hidden Gems of Toronto?


Many people know that at 1,896 km (1178 miles) long, Yonge Street is not only a main Toronto thoroughfare but the longest street in the world. But almost nobody knows that Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens is one of the prettiest parks in the city. A gorgeous green space at Yonge and Lawrence, it connects the city’s ravine system and promises beautiful gardens, dappled spaces and wonderful walking trails.

A busy and burgeoning city, Toronto delivers all the perks of big-city living while keeping beautiful secrets only the locals seem to know.

Queen Street West is one of those secrets. Casual, trendy and jammed with great restaurants and shops, it’s a fun destination rarely mentioned on “must see” lists. But the locals know it well and crowd the sidewalks year-round.

Since Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, it boasts 140 ethnic neighbourhoods, each with its own distinctive restaurants, shops and activities. Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and others each offer a unique destination to enjoy.

And if you’re a foodie keen to discover more, you’ll be delighted with Toronto’s little-known gastronomic gems. Why not try some of the neighbourhood restaurants hiding under the radar?

There’s Fat Pasha with a Middle Eastern flair and a menu unlike anything found in that part of the world. There’s Bowland’s, a tiny Toronto bistro in the heart of mid-town. And there’s The Grapefruit Moon, a favourite breakfast spot for University students all day long. For a superlative high tea, head for the Windsor Arms or King Edward Hotel.

Head off the beaten path today to explore these little-known jewels worth discovering.

Home Decorating: What to Finish Before You Start


When it comes to home decorating, deciding where to start can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Should you start with furniture shopping or painting? Should you hire a pro or do it yourself?

You may be looking at the decisions you make today for many years to come, so you want to make sure they are ones you can live with. To get the best results, start with a few pre-project tasks. These will give you perspective and guide your efforts in a good direction.

1. Reflect: Consider your current surroundings. What do you like? What would you like to change? Think about what appeals to you most regarding colours, fabrics, and styles. Avoid choosing things just because they are familiar or match your current décor. Determine what you truly like and let that guide your redecorating plans.

2. Write: Make a wish list. If cost were not a factor, what would you do with your space? Write everything down. This will give you a starting point. From this list, you can prioritize and decide what projects you can and will do based on room size and budget size.

3. Review: Look at pictures. See what others have done with similar spaces. Get ideas on how you can accomplish the look and feel that you want for your home. Find inspiration online and in magazines that can help you nail down the details to create your redecorated surroundings. This research will get your creative juices flowing.

With a little reflecting, writing, and reviewing, you’ll be ready to tackle your redecorating projects with confidence. Now go ahead and get started!

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How do I know if a property is a good deal?

The key to answering this question is a working relationship with a real estate agent.

We can research the market for you to determine a fair price for a property. We will pull “comps” (comparable properties) from the multiple listing service to see what similar properties have sold for in the area. This comparison will also include the prices of other homes currently on the market.

We will review the size, location, and other features of the home to determine what other properties are comparable, then we can figure out the home’s approximate value in the current market.

We can then compare this value to the current asking price to determine if the property is priced too high, just right, or is a good deal. If you decide to move forward with the property, we can also use this information to help you negotiate the best price possible for the home.

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