Skip the grocery store and see what awesome stuff is on offer at these farmers' markets happening in Toronto's east end.Read More
Another Halloween season of fright festivities is underway. From fun-filled kid-friendly events to the strange and eerie tours of haunted sites, here is a round-up of things to do during Halloween on Toronto's east side.Read More
In the east end, brunch goes beyond the typical sunny side up with toast offerings — sometimes brunch just isn’t brunch without slow smoked beef brisket. Here are our picks for five best brunch spots on the east side.Read More
On Oct. 8, Riverside and Leslieville residents are invited to participate in a public meeting to provide their input on the five ideas put forth by the Draw the Lines Committee for the Toronto Ward Boundary Review.Read More
From happy-hour pints to leisurely nightcaps, patio season is in full effect. Take advantage by sitting down for a cold one on a hot summer night (or day) at one of these outdoor spots on the east side.Read More
Atomic Toybot is closing down its gallery after more than four years exhibiting art and running shows in Leslieville. Part art gallery, part boutique for designer toys and exclusive books, T-shirts and nifty gifts, Atomic Toybot is about as extraordinary as bricks-and-mortar shops come nowadays.
"It was a good run and we will forever be proud of hosting the first ever exhibitions by Alex Garant, who has achieved a level of international fame that is so rare for a Canadian artist, and also the first exhibition by Cindy Scaife who has become a star with Rotofugi in Chicago, as well as the many other artists who showed with us and participated in events like Fordmania," says Cory Bartlett, owner of Atomic Toybot.
Bartlett says that although high rent is mainly to blame for the closure, art is also a tough sell in the neighbourhood.
"Having the early work of an acclaimed artist sitting in the store for a year is a testament to that fact," he says. "Our goal was always to help local artists gain exposure and therefore we never charged our artists anything to show in the gallery. It's a nice thing to do, but business-wise it can only go on for so long."
The gallery element of Atomic Toybot will reappear as a pop-up in numerous locations, according to Bartlett. In the meantime, the shop is downsizing its offering to toys, books and art prints, and will be moving into the basement of Daniel Jewellers at 1006 Queen St. E until the December holiday season.
To mark the store's move, there will be a massive sale this weekend, July 25-26.
"Unbelievably, we still have original work by Alex Garant and some other gems which will be marked down this weekend only," he says. "If you’re an art collector of art, this is something you really don’t want to miss."
Atomic Toybot is located at 978 Queen St.
This Saturday July 18 the Leslieville BIA is hosting #TOQS, a celebration of the neighbourhood's unique culture. An acronym for The Other Queen Street, the event is a chance for locals and businesses to show love for Toronto's east side.Read More
Whether you're on a mission to track down that hard-to-find collectible or just want to hang out and enjoy the weekend vibes, The Leslieville Flea is a must-hit to mingle with the east side. The summer edition of the flea gets underway June 21 and runs every third Sunday of the month until October.Read More
Show dad some love with gifts picked up right here in the hood. We did the grunt work for you by rounding up solid finds from three local shops. Music, beer, sports — you know, typical guy stuff.Read More
The first installment in a new series of monthly pop-up events is kicking off in Leslieville this weekend. Presented by Vandenberg House, a local co-working and event space, The Eastside Pop-Up Market will bring together independent artisans, designers and musicians in a summer-themed marketplace.Read More
Just when you thought the never-ending saga of Leslie Street streetcar track construction couldn't get any worse, it just did. Leslie Street will be closed an extra month after the contractor laid a stretch of streetcar tracks nearly nine centimetres too high.Read More