City Living: Roger’s Cup

It’s that time of year when everyone’s favourite sport becomes tennis (Olympics notwithstanding). This year, while the ladies battle it out in Montreal, we Torontonians will get the chance to check out recent Wimbledon champ Federer take on Djokovic, Nadal, both Andy’s, and Canada’s favourite, Raonic. From Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12, we suggest you head up to York University, grab a beverage and a hotdog, and cheer on most of the world’s best tennis players.

Why you should go:
It’s summer and while enjoying a cocktail on a patio never gets old, why not switch it up and try something new? The Rogers Cup is perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or a fun activity to do with your parents. First, stop by the food tents for a drink and a burger or hot dog (there’s also a selection of fancier food if you’re so inclined). We suggest you get there a little early if you’re interested in perusing all the great tennis clothes and equipment for sale (usually at a discounted price), or if you just feel like wandering around before planting yourself in your seat for a couple hours. If you’re lucky enough to have good seats, there’s nothing quite like sitting mere feet away from some of the world’s greatest athletes. Even if your seats are up in the nosebleeds, it’s still a great atmosphere and fun to watch live.

Who to look out for:
We’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve seen tennis finals with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but who else should you be looking out for? Serbian Novak Djokovic is currently ranked second in the world, beating Nadal who is ranked third. Brit Andy Murray is ranked fourth,  Spaniard David Ferrer is fifth and French Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is ranked 6th. We will be cheering for Canadian and 25th in the world, Milos Raonic. It’s said that he may even get bumped up to 10th place if he does well at the Rogers Cup. 

For a full list of rankings and bios check out the ATP website.

How to buy tickets: 
You can get your tickets online at, by calling 1-877-283-6647 or by emailing Seats start at $25 with Mid Week, Weekender and VIP Weekender packages where you can save up to 30%.

And if you can’t make it out, they will be streaming the matches live in Yonge and Dundas Square from August 6th to 8th and then at the National Bank flagship at 121 King St. W (corner of King and York) from August 9th to 10th.


Fashion-able: Fall dates

Let’s face it – fall is the perfect date weather. Humidity is gone, so a good hair day is almost guaranteed, the boot-jean combination looks hot on everyone and the cool-yet-comfy weather is fleeting – so get out and enjoy it. Before you go into your winter hibernation it’s all about getting out of the house. Grab your better half and try our fall date ideas.

Go for a fall hike – free!
Enjoy the vibrant colors as the leaves change and walk outside for hours without sweating profusely. Pack a picnic (complete with a thermos full of boozy hot chocolate) and hit the trails. We recommend jumping in your car and visiting the Bruce Trail. The trail is divided into nine sections, making it perfect for any duration of walk.
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Apple Picking – $15 per half-bushel (that’s a lot of apples)
Fall calls for apple pies, right? Why not do it like Martha (or in our case, Grandma) and make from scratch. Start right by picking your own apples. We recommend Archibald‘s Estate Winery. Not only can you pick your own apples from their large orchard with 15 varieties of apples, you can do a quick winery tour before departing. That’s multi-tasking at its finest!

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Ghost Walk – $30 for two people
Muddy York walking tours get you out and walking for a two-hour tour of Toronto’s haunted streets. Beginning on the steps of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the walk explores the city as you never have before – with mysteries, urban legends and ghost stories along the way. Bonus: getting scared is an excuse to grab hands and cling for dear life. 

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Corn maze – $8.25 each, or $11 for the haunted version
Why not play like a child and take a tour through a corn maze, or better yet, a haunted corn maze. The Belmont Corn Maze has a 5km maze of twists and turns. After touring the maze (maybe with a few stops among the corn for a stolen kiss or two?), stop by the bbq tent for tasty snacks and warm drinks.

PS: Aside from the obvious maze fun, we consider this a thumps-up reco because they specifically advise against wearing Uggs. They’re in our good books.

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Trying any of these ideas any time soon? Let us know how did we do as date-planners, or tell us where we should try on our next date. Tweet us @rockitpromo.

Fashion-able: Stylish Dates Under $20

There are lots of great potential dates in Hogtown, but they don’t always come cheap. Hop on the TTC, bike or walk to any of these fun spots for a date that’s low on cost and high on awesome.

Fun in the sun: daytime dates

Inside: Beakers and Bunsen burnersOntario Science Centre
Discover your inner science nerd with a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. You’ll be amazed all over again at how electricity makes your hair stand on end. Make a day of it and pack a lunch. There are lots of cool spots to sit, munch and take it all in.
Where: 770 Don Mills Road
When: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $18 for regular admission

Outdoors: Down by the waterHarbourfront Festival
Enjoy the summer sun and some cultural education at the Harbourfront Centre this summer. This gorgeous waterfront event space hosts something great every weekend. Check out their site for complete listings. Here are some favourites:
Love, Saskatchewan (Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25): Finally, some love for the “center” of Canada. Experience rodeo, Aboriginal art and cowboy culture. Yee haw!
Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 15): NOW Magazine dishes up hot, spicy, sultry and sweet foods all weekend.
Fortune Cooking Food Festival (Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22): Notice a theme? We like food. There’s a Fortune Cooking Iron Chef competition. Amazing.
Where: Harbourfront Center, Queens Quay West 
When: Weekends, until September 6
Cost: FREE (some festivals charge for food)

By the light of the moon: romantic nighttime outings

Inside: Movies In The Mess HallThe Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel goes retro with their summer-long curated film screenings. Each movie is a fun old-school flick, like Arizona Dream (Tuesday, July 27) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Tuesday, August 24). For a mere $5, you get a Sloppy Joe, beer and popcorn. Deal!
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West 
When: Until Tuesday, August 31
Cost: $5

Outdoors: “A thousand times good night” Romeo and Juliet
Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park once again lures Torontonians to grassy hills to drink in Shakespeare under the stars. This production of Romeo and Juliet is at once modern and classic, and Jeff Irving and Christine Horne have buzzing chemistry on stage. Bring some wine, snacks, a cozy blanket and cuddle up to one of the most romantic plays ever written.
Where: High Park Amphitheatre, just east of the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park 
When: Tuesday to Sunday, July 5 to September 25, 8 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Pay what you can ($20 suggested donation)