MogoPerks One Under Party!

The perks of being a Mogo Member are pretty sweet if we do say so ourselves – as you can clearly see in this video from our party at One/Under that we had last month. As proponents of the “don’t quit your daydream” lifestyle,  Mogo arranged for a fabulous night of golfing fun at One Under in Vancouver for our members – whom we love so much! From fun photo booths for those model moments (with our MogoCard props, of course) with your friends, to taking a big swing at the $50,000 hole-in-one shot, to the complimentary beer, pizza and charcuterie that was being served, this event produced countless smiles.  Every attendee also left with a Mogo swag bag full of delightful goodies from Postmark Brewing, Later Magazine, and One Under. If you didn’t make it out to this event, do not fret! There’s plenty more where that came from. Mogo is throwing their very first Toronto #MogoPerks event on Thursday, April 30th! They’ve teamed up with Kastor & Pollux to bring MogoMembers an exclusive party featuring cult accessories brand No Fun Press – filled to the brim with free booze, free pizza, music, giveaways, art installations

A Man’s Guide to the Best Spots in Toronto

For most of us Torontonians, hibernating until the flowers bloom is a rite of passage. But what if you’re tired of waiting for mild temperatures and want to see what the city has to offer right now? Well, you are in luck!  Before you start bundling up, take a second and check out my guide of the best spots in Toronto for all of you guys out there. 1. BATL Axe Throwing** *Address: *33 Villiers Street & 213 Sterling Rd If you have ever been a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” movies or secretly always wanted to become a lumberjack, yielding an axe has definitely crossed your mind. Recognising a void for this unique thrill, Matt Wilson took this idea and ran with it. In 2006 he created BATL, a space where men and women can get the sensation of throwing axes. If you are having doubts, Wilson’s motto is “everyone wants to throw an axe, they just don’t know it yet!” For more information visit: batl.ca 2. Mankind Grooming Studio *Address: *477 Richmond Street West & 212 Eglinton Avenue East Whether you’re looking to update your appearance or just want to be

Toronto's best comic book stores (and maybe Canada's)

The evergreen comic book has managed to thrive thanks to the subculture of enthusiasts who carry from one generation to another the urban mythology of Gotham city or spawn fantastical new heroes and villains. Toronto has always been a haven for the comically minded, made even more popular by the exploits of Scott Pilgrim. Tucked in inconspicuous nooks and crannies, the comic book stores of Toronto are some of the best in the world. The Beguiling Books and Art: This magical store is owned by Peter Birkemoe whose personal touch is what makes it so special. The large range of unusual titles is one of The Beguiling’s most attractive features. The store is clean and well-appointed and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. You can find The Beguiling at 601 Markham Street. The Silver Snail: This is a centrally located store which is more mainstream than its eclectic sidekicks. The Silver Snail has an impressive selection including action figures and manga. You can find the Silver Snail at 321 Yonge Street. Excalibur Comics: was established in 1987 and is tucked away in its original location near the old Kingsway Cinema. The founder Robert Chin still rocks the counter in

Get the drama: Toronto's best musicals this year

Summer time is musical time in Toronto and this year sees a return to the classics. Book your tickets at the Mirvish Theater to catch these heat-stopping, feet tapping spectaculars. West Side Story: 8 May to 3 June 2012 The musical Romeo and Juliet is a classic story of love in complex world. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim features a collection of classic hits including ‘Tonight,’ ‘America,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Somewhere’. Add to this extraordinary, Tony-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins and legendary direction from Mr. Laurents; West Side Story provides a spectacular night of fun, drama and music to remember. Rent: 15 May to 3 June 2012 Rent is a classic tale of young artists struggling to survive in the big city. Through their struggle, they find their voices and give the performance of a lifetime. This incredible event is brought to you by the graduating class of Sheridans College’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program. Directed by Lezlie Wade with music directed by Bob Foster and choreographed by Marc Kimelman. Bring it On: 2 May to 3 June 2012 Appealing to a younger crowd, Bring it On is the story of two cheerleading squads

A look at the best dog parks in the City of Toronto

Toronto is a dog friendly city and now that spring has sprung, owners and their best friends are making the most of the warm weather. If you have a dog in the city, there are tons of really great dog parks for you to choose from. Here Spot can be seen running, playing and generally being a good boy. Off leash areas mean dogs can romp with wild abandon while owners take a well deserved rest. High Park The grand daddy of all parks, High Park has a large fenced-in section set aside for dog owners. The dog park includes a large wooded area, a small stream and an off-leash play area with picnic tables where owners can sit. This dog park is really busy, so there’s always someone for your dog to play with. There is a tap for drinking water in the play area. Cherry Beach This picturesque park on the lakeshore is perfect for an afternoon stroll. It’s completely fenced in, has restrooms and benches for owners as well as convenient parking. The park can be found at the bottom of Cherry Street and is open 24 hours a day. Coronation Park 711 Lakeshore Boulevard

Toronto's Vodka Bars - A clear drinking guide

Swing a cat on the streets of Toronto these days and you’re bound to hit a vodka bar. The bars are all the rage among the suited denizens of the financial district and come replete with communist era decor. Vodka bars in other cities tend to be insufferably stuffy and like to pretend that Russia had nothing to do with it. But here in Toronto, we celebrate the struggle, the endurance and the borscht that it took to make vodka the breakfast of champions. Pravda – provides some of the best ‘value’ This bar is truly dedicated to the enjoyment of vodka. Even if you are not a fan of vodka, you will be once you have had the drinking experience that its uncannily large vodka selection offers. Oh and they make food too. The decor is Stalin chic and it will leave you feeling like an undercover 007 agent deep in enemy territory. There is a “Gulag” style jail cell for larger groups and for functions, you can order an ice bar with ice shot glasses which is just a brrrrrilliant way to enjoy vodka. Add a side of caviar to that and you’re partying like its 1969.

Neighbourhood spotlight: Toronto's Chinatown

Step off the Spadina street car and you may just feel like you have been through a wormhole and ended up in an alternate universe, but fear not… welcome to Chinatown! Toronto’s Chinatown is a vibrantly, lively and authentic neighbourhood that is filled with interesting shops, great restaurants, relaxing spas and really great bargains. Restaurants From dim sum to bubble tea, you are sure to find much to whet your appetite in Chinatown. Hit Somerset road for the best choice in restaurants. So Good is great eatery with a huge menu. If you get spoilt for choice, try the crispy beef. Wander a little further down to Royal Treasure, Jadeland or Yangtze for equally scrumptious offerings. If Chinese food isn’t for you, there are a plethora of Vietnamese noodle joins, Japanese sushi restaurants, Korean barbecues and fusion restaurants on offer. If you need a cuppa tea to fortify you for all the shopping you’re about to do, then Ten Ren Tea Company on Dundas is the place to go. They serve delicious bubble tea and have a very wide selection of teas on offer. Ask any of the knowledgeable staff for the most delicious varieties or teas

The best $50 worth of fun in Toronto's Koreatown

Go TO! Things to do in Koreatown, Toronto when you’ve got a set budget. Finding quality shindigs in Toronto need not be an expensive endeavour. There is a plethora of fun to be had for under $50 that will leave you date with no option but to pony up for that goodnight kiss. The delightful Toronto neighbourhood that is Koreatown has something for everyone. Dinner and a movie for under $50? Sounds too good to be true! Well, it’s possible if you venture down to Koreatown. This stretch of Bloor near Bathurst is packed with delightful Korean, Japanese and Thai eateries that serve great meals for under $15. Look out for the ‘meal for two’ specials that can get you great grub at discount prices. Bloor Cinema is a gem of a place. Stepping onto the flowered ‘vintage’ carpet is like stepping back to the ’70′s. Ticket prices are as low as $6 for members and $11 for non-members. Check the schedule for golden oldies, art-house movies, zombie fests and new releases. Cosy up on one of the end-aisle double seats for a particularly fun-filled viewing (cuddling; chicks dig it!) If movies aren’t your cup of

Hey Toronto: Come on down to Little Italy

Are hipsters ignoring you? Are the grey skies and black slush underfoot making winter unbearable? When life in the big city starts to get you down, then you need to go where everyone knows your name. OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you certainly will feel like part of the family in Little Italy; a taste of Europe in the heart of Toronto. Running along College Street from Euclid Avenue to Shaw Street, Little Italy is a warm and friendly place sprinkled with a touch of trendy and claims to be the largest Italian community outside of Italy. There are an abundance of Italian restaurants, coffee shops and shops with a distinctly European flair where you can browse. From the Vespa shop, to the trendy Italian boutiques to the fabulous Italian bakeries and supermarkets, Little Italy is a great place to spend an afternoon shopping. For the more adventurous, the numerous nightclubs in the area offer a more festive atmosphere. Little Italy follows the age-old tradition of Italian hospitality; making it a warm and inviting area which is best suited to meeting friends over a delicious meal. One of its greatest claims to fame is that Sophie Loren

The best kid-friendly dining experiences in Toronto

A good meal or a cup of decent coffee is hard to come by when you have kids. Nice restaurants are filled with couples who give you the death stare when your kid starts wailing because they are not going to get a toy with their meal. Not to mention the hipster brush off you get at trendy coffee joints; it’s enough to send you running to the embrace of fast food restaurants with ball pits. But fear not, parenthood no longer relegates you to a lifetime of plastic meals and an early cholesterol-induced grave. Now parents can have their cakes and eat them too. Playful Grounds is a new kid-friendly coffee shop on College. Come and enjoy all the luxury and leather seats you find in a regular coffee shop with the added convenience of stroller parking, kid-friendly bathrooms and as many toys as you can play with. The mom-friendly menu is kid-friendly too and your wee ones can enjoy healthy snacks served in sippy cups and bowls with suction while you sip a latte and relax. The Rainforest Cafe in Yorkdale Mall is like a fairytale wrapped in an adventure wrapped in an Indiana Jones movie. The