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JUNCTION MUSICAL FESTIVAL

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Anyone who is looking for something to do this Saturday in Toronto should absolutely check out the Junction Music Festival! Not only is it in one of the most unique neighbourhoods in the city, but it features an awesome line-up of independent bands that are worth checking out. The extensive line-up features bands like Dinosaur Bones and Zeus to name a few.

The festival takes place all day throughout the Junction, and also features some workshops and special events. Just another reason why I’ve got infinite love for Toronto and its emerging music scene.

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PALO ALTO

Heading out to see this new flick tonight and lucky for me one girlfriend did some serious research into what’s what at TIFF and found this amazing film. Palo Alto is the premier of Gia Coppola (yes, the Granddaughter of Francis Ford) work and I could not be more excited. I wouldn’t be upset if I bumped into James Franco in the audience and not only does he play the lead role, but this film is based on his first book of short stories about the cray world of California’s youth… should I be expecting a little Godfather meets The OC?

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

SYLVAN ESSO

Checked out the Volcano Choir show at The Pheonix last night, and Sylvan Esso opened for them. They were absolutely unreal. I haven’t always been impressed by opening bands, but these guys were amazing. Their first song (featured here) started off slow, but when the beat dropped in I was instantly sold. Great selection by Volcano Choir. I’ve been listening to them all morning, and think you should too!

Side bar: check out The Pheonix’s site for upcoming shows. They’ve got a pretty solid line-up for the next few months. Tempted to check out MS MR and Daughter.

ELECTRIC MUD BBQ

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After falling in love with Grand Electric last fall, its no surprise that eating at sister Electric Mud was on the top of my bucket list. This tapas style, so-hip-it-hurts eatery served up some mean grub, and I can truly vouch that everything is good on the menu. **(If you want to eat anytime after 7, expect to wait at least 1/2 hour at this trendy Parkdale spot)

I highly suggest going with 3+ people so you can try some of everything and leave satisfied. I went with 6 people so we actually ordered 1 or everything on the menu (including the specials of the day… diet starts tomorrow?). We started with some beergaritas which really hit the spot on this hot hot day and then proceeded to indulge ourselves with all the tasty treats to follow. The highlights where the BBQ ribs, fried chicken and BBQ salad, oh, and if you are a fan of coleslaw, theirs is UNREAL! Watermelon & feta salad and crack rolls weren’t anything special however still nice to try. Finished everything with a mason jar filled with banana cream pie and I was one happy camper. I can’t wait to go back and try the duck (unfortunately they were out when I was there), and hopefully that happens soon!

LAWN BOWLING

20130830-160058.jpgLate last week my company had its summer social at the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club. I wasn’t sure how much fun it would actually be, but it turned out to be unreal! We all dressed up in white, had a few drinks, and learned the basics. Basically curling, but for the summer – I’m definitely going to be joining a club when I retire.

THE FISH SHOP

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Apartment hunting can work up quite an appetite so IRV stopped over at The Fish Shop on College for a quick bite and the grilled fish truly is everything its cracked up to be. We both were feaning a wholesome salad so we ordered a bed of greens topped with the fish of the day which was grouper. It was so tasty and perfectly seasoned and was definitely great value for its $11 price point. This shop is fresh fresh fresh and a perfect place to pick up dinner on the way home from a long day of work when you want something nutricious that doesn’t sacrifice taste. Skip it for date night as there are only a few picnic tables outside for sitting… unless you’re grabbing something quick on your way for an stroll in Bellwoods park.

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COMMON SORT: PARKDALE

20130822-221225.jpgOne of the many joys of working on the boarder of Parkdale is all the fantastic shops that I can hit on my lunch break and Common Sort is by far one of my favourites. Don’t be deceived by it’s small entrance on Queen St., this place is huge and has so many treasures just waiting to be loved again. I’ve been looking for some causal walking boots for quite some time now so when I stumbled upon these Sendra boots (yah, the ones that are handmade in Italy) for a mere $40 I felt like I hit the jack pot and after putting them on, I would be happy if I never had to take them off my feet. I also picked up a cute top for work for $16 and can’t wait to work it into my fall wardrobe.

Fall is a great time to get creative with clothing and these prices and selection can’t be beat! One weekend soon, go and check out the store and if you’re in the neighborhood, might as well pick up a taco or two at Grand Electric if your intense shop-a-thon leaves you craving some good eats.