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Fringe Theatre Festival – July 1 to 12, 2015

It seems like every post these days features yet another amazing Toronto summer festival – whether its sports or movies or neighbourhoods – we are a city that knows how to celebrate.  Fortunately (or unfortunately), I LOVE them all!  So here is another of my favourite summer activities that is cheap, fun and full of culture.  The Fringe Festival features…

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Movies, music, food – all under an Open Roof

In case the Pan Am Games and the multitude of street and cultural festivals in Toronto weren’t keeping you busy enough this summer, may I suggest one more excellent way to spend your time in this city?  The Open Roof Festival presents first run indie movies under the stars every Wednesday (including Canada Day) until…

logo of Pan Am Games

Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Preview

Toronto has been gearing up for the 2015 Pan American Games for years, with new airport to downtown rapid transit, a revitalized Union Station and completion of gaps in the waterfront trail.   Now it’s hard to believe we have less than 2 weeks to go before the official kick-off!  Whether you are visiting Toronto especially for…

Experiencing Toronto through neighbourhood festivals

I have already touted the value of visiting local festivals for travelers to really immerse themselves in the culture of a place. And when it comes to festivals, especially in the summer, Toronto seems to know no bounds!  I can barely keep up with the multitude of street fests, food fests, cultural days, and music/arts…

pulled pork, bbq chicken and red beans on a white styrofoam plate

Smokin’ BBQ Challenge in Hammond, Louisiana

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be passing through Louisiana during an awesome free BBQ Festival – the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge.  With 60+ local teams competing, this has been the largest BBQ event in Louisiana for the last 12 years.  In addition to the professional judging through the Kansas City Barbecue Society that…

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Top 5 Understated Toronto Favs

Originally posted on The Rishman Blog:
In the last few years, I’ve been extremely lucky to travel much to visit and work in many of the most interesting places in the world including Spain, Bhutan, Mexico and Kenya. Today, I want to list a few things about a very special place that I have written…

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Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Located an hour and a half from Toronto and only 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picture-perfect historic little town in the heart of Ontario’s wine country.  Although April to October are peak tourist season, coinciding with warmer weather and the Shaw Theatre Festival, there are great deals and plenty of activities here in the…