City Living: Loving our city

There’s no place like home. When you live in a city like Toronto, it’s not always
necessary to venture north to sit in four hours of traffic. We have a decently clean lake (thanks, zebra mussels!), we
have patios that serve cold drinks and we have parks with grass. What else do you need? Forget leaving the city the second the clock hits 5 p.m. on Friday, and stick around here. Lots to do, plus at the end of the day, you get to
sleep in your own bed. Score.

Here are our suggestions to skip the “staycation” or “Occupy Summer” movements
and simply learn how to relax and enjoy our own surroundings. Many of these activities seem obvious, but how many of you actually take advantage of this stuff? Exactly.

For some excitement:
Release your inner child and head to Canada’s Wonderland. Don’t worry
about not being entertained. The large-and-in-charge Leviathan made its debut in May and promises three and half minutes of a stomach-dropping, silent
screaming, hair-raising good time. We dare you. Don’t forget about the
funnel cakes, but maybe save them for after the ride.

Stay up to date with @WonderlandNews.

For a little R&R:

Get your beach on. Former parking lot-turned-urban oasis, Sugar Beach is one of Toronto’s prettiest man-made beaches. Located at the bottom of Lower Jarvis, this hotspot has sand, umbrellas, trees and the best view in the house of our city’s waterfront. Sugar Beach is a great way to spend a day; food, shops and shade are just steps
away should you need a break. Plus, bands will often make their way down here to play concerts. Nothing better than a little live music with your ray-catching.

The pink umbrellas are just part of the charm.
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For an afternoon
Get moving – rent a Bixi or hop on your own wheels and take a tour of a part of Toronto you haven’t seen yet. We’re blessed with so many neighbourhoods with unique personalities. From the food to the people to the fashion, be surprised at your
city’s offerings and Bixi’s convenience. Grab a friend to discover Balwin’s
intimate selection of patios, people-watch up in Yorkville, discover the hidden charms of the Bridal Path and Forest Hill, or check out the changes in Regent Park. The possibilities are pretty much endless. Plus, you’ll get a li’l exercise to boot.

Follow them @BixiToronto.

For a little patriotism:
Head to the Skydome (uhh – Roger’s Center), tap into your competitive side and cheer on our Jays. Toronto’s Major Leaguers have launched into this season full force and need all our
support. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, indulge in the overpriced food and
beer, and enjoy that we Torontonians may actually have a shot at playoffs; if
you’re a Leaf fan, you’ll understand.

We promise, this sport is one of the best to watch right now, since the Jays actually have a shot at winning.
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Show them a little online love: @BlueJays.
For a little arts
& culture:
After soaking up some stifling rays, recharge your
inner-genius with air conditioned trips to the ROM for some prehistoric adventure (they’ve got a groovy new dinosaur exhibit. EVERYONE loves dinos), the AGO
for the Picasso exhibit (hurry! It ends this August) and if you need
to compromise with the athlete (or tourist) in your life, the Hockey Hall of Fame is also a museum, of sorts. Have some fun playing goalie.

This beautiful building houses all things hockey.
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And that’s just a sampling of everything there is to do here at home. For any out-of-towners visiting Toronto this summer, hit us up @rockitpromo for even more recos.

City Living: Friday Night Live at the ROM

Looking for something different to do tonight? We’re on it! Each Friday evening from 6 p.m. onwards, school groups are out and the party is on during Friday Night Live @ ROM (aka #FNLROM), the latest and most unexpected 19+ art/music/food event in the city. 

As soon as you arrive, you realize something different is up. A bouncer? Line-up? Short skirts and heels? No baby strollers or children screaming about dinosaurs? Cover is a bargain at $9, which gets you in to the party and all of the galleries. 

It’s busy, we promise.
The entire ROM is open, so stroll through the natural history, world culture, dinosaur galleries and bat cave at your leisure. ROM staff and volunteers are set up with artifacts and displays tying their gallery to the theme of the night. (You can’t bring your food and drinks into the actual galleries, but there are a number of bars set up in different spaces throughout the museum). After a few drinks, the coral reef or leaf-cutter ant colony has never looked so interesting. 
Running through the batcave screaming – every Ontarian’s birthright.
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The galleries close at 9:30 p.m., but then everyone converges in the atrium, decked out with a massive dance floor, pop-up food stations from Fidel Gastro, Jamie Kennedy, Waffle Bar and c5, and a bar serving wine, beer and the stronger stuff. #FNLROM currency of choice is “ROM bucks” that you exchange your cash for. 1 ROM buck = $1, with most food and beer selling for $5 and wine for $6.

Apres-work snack – c5 noodle box.
What surprised us the most was how popular the event has become, and so quickly. The place was PACKED! Lots of first dates, groups of girls dressed for a club afterwards, groups of guys who must have heard that girls like guys who hang out at museums… everyone was having a blast. The DJ switches every week, but the night we went the music had everyone on the dance floor. 

Drink and dance amidst the dinos.
You have just two weeks left (including tonight!) to check out the #FNLROM party. (Although based on its popularity, we’re pretty confident it’ll be back). 

Tonight’s theme is FUTALONGNKO-WHAT?, with the ROM unveiling a 110-foot-long Futulognkosaurus, and, showing that they have a sense of humour, a signature foot-long artisanal hot dog (get it? foot-long-a-saurus?). Music is by DJ Dave Allison featuring Higgins.

The final night (June 22), iDrum Presents Gondwana Beats, is the opening party for the ROM’s new exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana. iDrum will bring their unique sounds to the gallery, as well as performances by DiGGY the DJ (of Down with Webster) and DJ Jay Sea.

See you there!