VOGUE SELECTS TORONTO’S WEST QUEEN WEST AS “2ND COOLEST NEIGHBOURHOOD IN THE WORLD”

Eat your heart our VANCOUVER and MONTREAL. TORONTO’s West Queen West has been voted “the 2nd hippest neighbourhood in the world”.  Heads are exploding nationwide!

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Vogue fashion writer NICK REMSEN: “In Vogue’s September 2014 issue, we highlight street style’s new paradigm—a seismic shift, essentially, away from the look-at-me and take-my-picture vibes of yesteryear. 2014’s choicest city-strutters are now dressed in, well, all things normal—though before you cry “normcore,” think ultra-chic basics by the likes of A.P.C. and Common Projects, along with intelligent, original daywear from the kids at Public School, Hood By Air, and Marques’Almeida.”

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“TORONTO is currently enjoying newfound prominence—and desirability—amongst globe-trotting tastemakers. QUEEN STREET WEST is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries—hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed. It’s also the home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, well-established “art” hotels The Drake and the Gladstone, and the charming Bicyclette, a local clothing boutique and lifestyle brand whose owners love “glitter, DIY projects, treasure hunts and details.” Soho House Toronto is nearby, as is Graffiti Alley, a block where street art is both 100 percent legal and lauded.”
<PHOTO: Courtesy of Carolyn Huang / @carolynhuang1>

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THE VOGUE LIST – 15 hippest neighbourhoods in the world:
1.  SHIMOKITAZAWA – Tokyo
2.  WEST QUEEN WEST – Toronto
3.  SÖDERMALM – Stockholm
4.  TIONG BAHRU – Singapore
5.  CENTRO – Sao Paulo
6.  CANAL SAINT-MARTIN – Paris
7.  BUSHWICK – New York City
8.  BRERA – Milan
9.  WYNWOOD – Miami
10.  ZONA ROSA & LA CONDESA – Mexico City
11.  FITZROY – Melbourne
12.  SILVER LAKE – Los Angeles
13.  HACKNEY – London
14.  KREUZBERG – Berlin
15.  DASHANZI ART DISTRICT – Beijing

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TORONTO’S MAIN STREET GETS SOME ‘LOVE’ FROM A SMART NEW WEBSITE

YONGELOVE3       The DOWNTOWN YONGE BIA has come up with an idea that’s boosting our main street in an imaginative way. YONGELOVE – http://www.yongelove.ca – is asking Torontonians for their opinions and ideas; stories of the past, present and future – anything and everything about Yonge Street, the surrounding neighbourhood and its people. <PHOTO ABOVE – xtinergram/Twitter>

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YONGE LOVE is also running a contest for the best Instagram photographs of this rapidly improving downtown strip. Contest details are on the website.  <PHOTOS ABOVE . . . >
1) – Swinging – yashyanthi
2) – Full Moon – aaloralfan
3) – Little Mermaid – aboyd89
4) – Busker Fest – wiggey

KING ST. WEST BECOMES TORONTO’S VERSION OF CANNES’ BOULEVARD DE LA CROISETTE

TIFF1    For a few days during the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, King Street West from University Avenue to Peter Street was closed to traffic and became a film-goer’s promenade.  Festival visitors loved it; motorists and streetcar riders not so much.

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NIGHT PHOTOS – Tara Tucker/Twitter & http://www.hellomagazine.com

SUNNYSIDE BIKE PARK, DESIGNED BY VANCOUVER’S JAY HOOTS, BETWEEN HIGH PARK & LAKE SHORE

SUNNYSIDE7He’s been called the FRANK GEHRY of bike parks. JAY HOOTS is billed as the most experienced bike park designer in North America, with more than 40 parks under his belt. SUNNYSIDE is one of his latest, on a strip of land north of Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue. The park entrance is on the east side of Ellis Avenue.

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JAY says TORONTO’s park ranks high with its log tracks, elevated ladder bridges, dirt berms and rollers, dirt jumps and rock trails. And it’s free.

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The park should reduce or eliminate informal parks being created in ecologically sensitive areas in the High Park neighbourhood. It’s a Parks, Forestry and Recreation project.