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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on January 15, 2009 at 9:00 am

Canada’s Next Top Model targets Toronto

Whether you’re a model wannabe or just a curious fashion fan, Canada’s Next Top Model audition tour may just be of interest to you. The producers of the Canadian spin-off of supermodel Tyra Banks’ popular show are visiting malls across the country looking for talent for the next season and the tour ends at the Fairview Mall in Toronto on January 23.

Unfortunately not everyone who’s picked up some posing tips from Tyra need apply. You must be female, between the ages of 18 and 23, be citizens or permanent residents of Canada and at least 5′8″. Competitors must also be legally eligible to work in Canada, must not have had a substantial modelling career already and finally, all applicants must bring two pieces of ID.

Best of luck to the wannabes!

More information on PlanetEye: Fairview Mall

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on January 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Bridezilla Blowout Sale

Preparing for a spring or summer wedding and still shopping for a dress? Have I got the sale for you! Windfall, Canada’s only new clothing bank, is having a wedding gown blowout sale January 24th with all proceeds benefiting the clothing bank and charity’s anti-poverty programs.

The dress sale is part of Wear White for Windfall, an annual awareness campaign leading up to Wear White for Windfall day on January 29th when people across the city wear white to show their support for the cause.

The sale takes place between 11 am and 4 pm at Windfall’s warehouse. This is the third year Windfall has organized this event and it’s incredibly popular. Arrive early and dress warmly. Last year there were lineups around the block.

More information on PlanetEye: Windfall Warehouse

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on January 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Hue’s Kitchen

Today, in an effort to quell the post-holiday vacation blues, some coworkers and I checked out a great cafeteria-style Asian restaurant on Yonge just south of Bloor called Hue’s Kitchen. I had a giant plate of lemongrass chicken with brown rice and a salad roll for under $10, which is virtually unheard of in the Yonge and Bloor neighbourhood.

Meals are chosen from a menu above the cash, then you get a number and wait all of five minutes before your food arrives. It’s hot, tasty and the service is surprisingly attentive, considering you don’t have a dedicated waiter.

I will definitely be back… maybe tomorrow.

More information on PlanetEye: Hue’s Kitchen

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

NYE transportation and more parties

Stay safe this New Year’s Eve and leave the car at home. I know it’s going to be cold and cabs can be hard to come by but if you plan on celebrating with champagne, it’s best to find a dedicated designated driver or take the ttc. Toronto’s subways, buses and streetcars will all be free from midnight to 4:00 am.

Or book a cab in advance. Because it’ll be a busy night, you may need to try more than one company but here are a few:

Diamond Taxi (416) 366-6868

Coop Cabs (416) 504-2667

Royal Taxi (416) 777-9222

Beck Taxi (416) 751-5555

If you’re still looking for the perfect party, check out 49st’s Guide where you can also buy your event tickets. Highlights include Crystal 09 at the Royal Ontario Museum and Minutes to Midnight at Berkeley Church, a very cool event space (no longer a church). Crystal 09 tickets are $125 and include hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. Of course the evening also takes place at the breathtaking new Crystal building at the ROM. Set In Style tickets are also $125 but the invite says that the event is all-inclusive and to call for details.

Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s an expensive event or house party, have fun and of course, stay safe. Happy New Year!

More information on PlanetEye: Royal Ontario Museum, Berkeley Church

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm

New Year’s Eve Options

2009 is almost here. Do you have plans yet?

I’ve included a few of some of the city’s hottest soirees.

Toronto Life’s Adults Only NYE Guide

Party experts, Martini Boys’ Best of New Year’s Eve

Late-night clubbers, Before Last Call’s best bets

The city of Toronto’s official family-friendly Calvalcade of Lights

Join some true party animals at the Zoo


Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas PlanetEye readers! Whether you’re currently in Toronto or just planning a trip, thanks for reading my blogs. I hope they’ve proven helpful and have enticed you to take a trip!



Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 24, 2008 at 9:30 am

Christmas Dinner Alternatives

If you’re in from out of town and don’t have any Christmas Dinner invites but still want to eat some turkey (but don’t want to cook it yourself), there are plenty of alternatives in Toronto.

I’ve compiled a list of really useful resources for finding the perfect Christmas dinner in the city:

The Toronto’s Star’s Christmas Meal Alternatives article includes a quick list with prices and contact info of the city’s best. 

Chowhound’s Christmas dinner discussion board has advice from locals. 

About.com provides a guide to take-out turkey dinners


Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 23, 2008 at 9:15 am

Chinese Food on Christmas Eve

In the great Jewish tradition, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is hosting Chinese and a Movie this Christmas Eve. The event starts at 7:30 and takes place at the MNJCC. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door for regular admission or $25 advance and $28 at the door for students. You can even book a table of eight for $280. Your evening includes a Kosher catered Chinese meal and a screening of Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona (this isn’t an event for kids!).

Call (416) 924-6211 x 0 to order or visit Tixhub online. Or even better, buy tickets in person at the MNJCC and pay no service charge.

More information on PlanetEye: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Holiday Glamour: Gorgeous Gifts that Give Back

Buying a gift from Queen West jewellery store Made You Look will not only result in a gorgeous gift for that special someone, you might also be giving to a good cause. Buy a piece from designer Pamela Lauz and 20 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to The Hospital for Sick Children’s .

This promotion continues until Wednesday December 31st and includes four of Lauz’s pieces: the Silver Grass Earring, the Lotus Stud Earring, the Candela Pendant and the Lotus Turquoise Necklace. The pieces start at $95 and can be purchased online at www.madeyoulook.ca or http://shopsickkids.com/featured_scroll


Toronto — By thetorontoguide on December 19, 2008 at 9:15 am

Holiday Glamour: NYE Shopping

New to the city and need an ensemble for New Year’s Eve?

More information on PlanetEye: Coal Clothing, The Bay, Trove, Boutique Le Trou, Finishing Touches

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