City Living: Toronto Bucket List

This time of year, Toronto gets a bit of a bad rap. We’re constantly whining about the weather
and all of those cool summertime to-do’s must wait until the spring. No patios to hit up on a sunny afternoon. Despite this, we consider ourselves pretty
lucky to get to live in this awesome city. Toronto is home to some great sports
teams (well, 
that may be up for debate ), excellent theatre, concerts, cool
neighbourhoods and restaurants. There are endless options for things to do any
day of the week.
 We’ve put together a
list of the things we’ve always wanted to do in this great city of ours – sort of like a guide to being a tourist in your own city. 


CN Tower EdgeWalk

A few of us want to conquer this crazy trip up the (former) world’s largest free standing structure.  Despite the high price, “Toronto’s Most Extreme Attraction” has been super popular and is now in its second season. The videos look crazy and this only for the bravest of the brave.
If you want to gear up and spend 30 minutes at the top of our city, try it out!
Season two lasts until this Sunday – it’s your final weekend!
Brave and stylish 😉
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Kensington
Market

One of the perks of being a publicist is getting to go to a lot of unique events around
town.  However, sometimes 
this doesn’t leave time for the obvious Toronto activities. It’s a
bit embarrassing but a couple of us have yet to explore
Kensington Market,
Toronto’s most vibrant and unique neighbourhood. Just west of Chinatown, with College Street to
the north and Dundas Street to the south, Kensington is home to great
vintage shops with spending-hours-hunting-worthy music, clothing and jewellery. On top of that, there’s a whole slew of spots to eat and drink. We love the new pub Thirsty and Miserable (wicked beer selection), the Bellevue and 
Big Fat Burrito (sometimes, you just need a big, fat burrito).

No shortage of character.
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Love the eclectic and colourful buildings in the market.
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Try some cool, new (or old) restaurants

For some of us, our weekends revolve around a new
restaurant or food trend that we’ve been dying to try. Next up for us? Fancy Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Newly open on College Street, this unique place offers some “haute-couture”
hot dogs. A little something to remind you of your childhood, with a grown-up twist – especially with toppings like shrimp, lettuce horseradish mayo and hot sauce on their Po’Boy Gets Fancy or BBQ pork and cabbage slaw on the Southern Fancy. 

Even fancier than these dogs.
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Window shop on Bloor Street

We may love fashion, but that doesn’t mean we can afford
it! As
previously posted, we love Joe Fresh for affordable and stylish pieces,
but 
wouldn’t it be nice to purchase something from Chanel? Of course it would! With the holiday season around the corner, retail shops are dressing up their windows with extra-special displays, making it the perfect time to grab a hot chocolate and stroll down Bloor. Window shopping on Toronto’s version of Rodeo Drive is one of those things that we always recommend that visitors do, but rarely make the time ourselves. The holiday season is the perfect time to get on it.
Every girl’s dream.
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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 Toronto.RogersCup.com, by calling 1-877-283-6647 or by emailing tickets@tenniscanada.com. 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.