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What’s On in Toronto in October
|Summer has come and gone, but if you think that means Toronto is ready to go into hibernation mode, think again. There are still plenty of events and activities for you to enjoy this month.
If you’re a lover of horror, sci-fi and action movies, you won’t want to miss the Toronto After Dark Film Festival Oct. 11-19. Prepare to be thrilled by 50 new feature films and shorts over nine spine-tingly nights. More: Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Winter is coming, so why not take advantage of the fall weather by checking out the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience on Oct. 14? Lovers of the books and the HBO TV series are sure to be electrified by the concert, which features the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi. More: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience on
Beer festivals aren’t only for the summertime. The 14th Annual Cask Days Beer Festival returns Oct. 19-21. Located at the historic and picturesque Evergreen Brickworks, the craft beer festival is one of the largest cask-conditioned ale festivals in the entire world. More: 14th Annual Cask Days Beer Festival
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to party in a library, you’re in luck. On Oct. 20, the Bloor/Gladstone Library will host Hush Hush 2018, an unbelievable after-hours party featuring unique food, an open bar and more. All proceeds raised from this #PartyInTheStacks will go toward digital innovation programs and services at the Toronto Public Library. More: Hush Hush 2018
Toronto Transit: a Hot Topic Since 1849
From frequent delays to a subway map that hasn’t changed drastically in decades, there’s no shortage of things to rant about when it comes to Toronto transit.
But whether we like it or not, we can all agree that talking about transit has been a favourite pastime for Torontonians since 1849, when the city’s first public transportation company launched with horse-drawn stagecoaches.
By the time the city said “hello” to the TTC’s buses and streetcars in 1921, plans had already been in motion since 1909 to introduce a subway line. But it took a while to get things done. (Some things never change!)
It would be 45 years before riders were able to hop on the Yonge subway in 1954. Nine years later, the University line was opened, and, in 1966, the Bloor-Danforth line joined its U-shaped cousin.
Decades later, the city’s subway map looks largely the same, with some extensions and the addition of two short lines. But change is – slowly – coming, with lots of ambitious plans.
Earlier this spring, the city announced it would receive $9 billion from the provincial and federal governments to put toward its transit projects, including SmartTrack, which aims to bring more transit to communities across Toronto; the Relief Line, to help relieve overcrowding on Line 1; a northern extension of the Yonge subway line running to Richmond Hill; and lastly, a waterfront light rail transit line.
In the meantime, while we wait for these dreams to become a reality, Torontonians will continue to bond with one another on packed platforms, streetcars, trains, and buses. Because nothing builds community like complaining about our transit.
Moving? Make Yourself at Home Anywhere.
Moving to a new home, a new city, or a new country can be exciting, but it can also be challenging. In the midst of unfamiliar surroundings, newcomers may find it difficult to get plugged in to the area. Fortunately, there are a few tried and true steps you can take to help yourself feel at home after a move. Try these tips.
Tap your hobbies. Look for local communities built around something you enjoy. Are you a runner? Seek out a running club. Do you love making crafts? There’s probably a local crafting group. From stamp collecting to scuba diving, your favourite hobby can help you connect with like-minded individuals and form connections in your new locale.
Use an app. If you know about a move in advance, you can use social media and other apps to find out about the people and places near your new home. Look for restaurants you might want to try, parks you’d like to visit, and unique shops you might enjoy. Get recommendations from locals. Armed with online research, you may feel like you already know your new home far before moving day arrives.
Find current connections. Are you a member of any organizations? Use alumni associations, professional affiliations, or service groups to help you connect. As with hobby groups, other members of these societies are potential sources of information, referrals, and friendship.
Say yes. One of the fastest ways to get plugged in to your new neighbourhood is to make a habit of saying yes. If you get invited to do something, don’t turn down the invitation. If you’ve never tried salsa dancing before, don’t say no because it’s outside your comfort zone. Be willing to try new things. Look for unique opportunities and seize them. You might be surprised at how many new enjoyable activities, people, and places you discover!
Ask us. As experts in the local market, we’re another great source of information. For the inside scoop on transportation, events, and other helpful tips, make use of this valuable resource – us!
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What is the first step I should take if I want to buy a home?
Purchasing a home involves multiple steps. Buyers will be viewing homes, choosing a home, making arrangements for moving, and possibly selling a current residence. With so much to do, where should buyers start?
Before any of this process begins, buyers should get preapproved by a lender. This involves consulting with a mortgage professional to determine how much the buyer can afford to purchase. It is essential to start here. Why? First, it gives buyers realistic parameters for their search. No one wants to view and fall in love with a home they can’t buy due to financing issues. With a practical price range in mind, buyers can partner with a real estate team like ours to consider appropriate homes. Secondly, a preapproval will strengthen any offers the buyer makes. If sellers can confirm the offer is from a qualified buyer, they are more likely to take it seriously and be willing to negotiate.