SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2017
 
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Back in February, Toronto's Drake won the Best Album of the Year Grammy for Take Care. Recently, he got the trophy in the mail, and proceeded to take shots out of it with his boys. Drizzy also sends a picture of the Grammy to his mom, and waxes hiphopical around his palatial estate. You can watch the celebration below.

Though we don't hear any new music, the video is being called a trailer for Drake's forthcoming album, Nothing Was the Same. If rumours are true, the record will feature guest appearances from Saukrates, Jay-Z, A$AP Rocky, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Future, Lil Wayne, and Birdman, along with production from Clams Casino, T-Minus, Boi-1da, Sizz Beatz, Timbaland, and Just Blaze.

Get your drinks ready.

Nothing Was the Same comes out September 17.

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If any part of your weekends involve repeated sending of group texts, ongoing phone calls and tracking mass emails just to coordinate a pick-up game of hoops, football or hockey with your friends, Adam Epstein wants to make your life easier.

Epstein is one of the Toronto entrepreneurs behind Huddlers, a mobile scheduling app available today in the iPhone Store for use in Canada and Australia that allows you to create a game, invite your friends and easily keep track of who’ll be playing. Integrated mapping features can even get you to the court on time. So that friend of yours that always has some excuse for being late or not showing up, won’t be able to tell you he couldn’t find the place any more.

“Me and my buddies were always calling everyone up trying to organize games,” Epstein explains when asked where the idea for Huddlers came from. “Me, personally, I’ve played pick-up basketball in 15 different countries and men’s league basketball in many cities and I know that software enhances so many other facets of my life and I use an app for a lot of things but I was still continually sending out emails and texting friends and keeping track of mass texts and emails to see who was in and who was out. I thought, ‘There has to be a better way.’”

HuddlersFeed.jpgAnd it turns out, there is. The Huddlers app syncs with your calendar and contact lists and works with your phone's camera, says Epstein, a corporate lawyer by trade. When you create a game or get an invite, it shows you who’s in, out or who has yet to respond. Feeds show you when and where your friends are playing.

“It’s really not about helping people find pick-up games but more about how you can play sports with your friends,” says Epstein.

“The cool thing is the feed that keeps track of all your games and your friends’ games, upcoming and past. So if you see that your friend has a game in their feed on Saturday at noon and you want to get in on that game, you can ask to play through the app. The person organizing the game will get a push notification that you want to play so that’s the discovery aspect of Huddlers.”

Down the road, in addition to expanding to other countries, Huddlers plans to add photo and video sharing and integration with fitness tracking apps/devices like Nike Fuel and Jawbone’s UP — all of which is designed to enhance the social aspects of playing sports with friends. So in future, if you’re lucky, that amazing shot you made while falling to the court will be caught on video to share with everyone else in your Huddlers circle.

Let the games begin.

Related >> Huddlers on Facebook | @huddlersapp | Huddlers in iTunes

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Last night, after the Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA Championship, Toronto boy-prince Drake tried get into the winners' locker room to celebrate. And he was denied. You can watch the hilarity below.

When told that the locker room was for media only, Drake angrily responded, "I am fucking media." But that didn't work.

It was a spectacular display of celebrity failure, on par with Beyonce falling off her stage and Reese Witherspoon getting arrested for being a drunken putz.

Sorry, Drizzy, looks like you're back at the bottom.

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The Clubhouse Sandwich Shop has just opened on Toronto's Spadina strip, bringing an inventive take on everyone's favourite meal.

The menu is small and to the point with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Highlights include the Beer Battered Fried Fish with tartar sauce and smoky mayo, the Oyster Po' Boy with similar accoutrements, and the vegetarian-friendly Basil Marinated Fried Tomato with roasted eggplant, avocado, and goat cheese.

Soup, salad, and fries serve as sides, and specialty pop is available for drinking.

The restaurant doesn't actually have a club sandwich, its name meant to serve the joint's communal setting.

The Clubhouse Sandwich Shop is a welcome addition to an intersection most known for being a thruway to the ethnic kaleidoscope that is Kensington Market.

The Clubhouse Sandwich Shop | 647-502-1291 | 455 Spadina Avenue, Toronto | www.clubhousesandwichshop.com | @CLUBHOUSEswshop

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After over two years of making people feel good about their obesity, Epic Meal Time has gotten a little repetitive. But sometimes, the gluttons from Montreal have moments of sincere inspiration.

Witness below, Canadian Lasagna: a greasy kaleidoscope of beaver tails, Kraft Dinner, smoked meat, poutine, ketchup chips, maple syrup, and of course, bacon. That's nearly 50,000 calories of patriotic bliss, or enough food to feed a grown man for a month.

(Do you hear that? That's the sound of one million fat kids getting chubbies.)

We're not sure if Epic Meal Time's food actually tastes good, nor do we condone their morbid behaviour. We do, however, love Canada. So eat up and enjoy.

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Yesterday, the terrific actor James Gandolfini passed away at the ridiculous age of 51.

Today, as a subtle tribute, Sesame Street republished Gandolfini's visit to show. It's a tender moment where the actor helps one of the monsters deal with being afraid. You can watch the video below.

Apparently, Gandolfini was scared of the dark, haircuts, and giant talking vegetables. But hugs seemed to be the ultimate cure to his problems.

Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini. The world has lost a great talent.

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A fireworks factory exploded outside Montreal, sadly killing two people. You can watch a curse-heavy video of the event below.

The Canadian Press is reported that a B.E.M. Fireworks factory exploded this morning just before 9 a.m., creating a massive tower of smoke.

The explosion shut down an adjacent highway, causing a traffic jam, and locals were told to evacuate their homes.

The site, which was completely destroyed, is located near Valleyfield, Quebec, about 60 kilometres southwest of Montreal.

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A guide meant to curb Parisian rudeness to tourists is actually pretty damn rude itself.

According to Reuters, the six-page "Do You Speak Touriste?" is designed to sensitize local waiters, taxi drivers, and sales staff to the perspectives of tourists. However, its teachings are based on reductive and unfounded cultural stereotypes, relegating foreigners to some version of livestock.

Chinese people, the guide says, are "fervent shoppers" and that "a simple smile and hello will fully satisfy them." Come again?

And it goes on: British people, allegedly like being called by their first names (because this custom is practised no where else in the world), Italians must be shaken by the hand (not the crotch), and Americans need to be reassured about prices (because the rest of us enjoy getting bilked).

Tourism Iran sent out a similar rudeness guide recently, with helpful tips like, "If you inform Jews of discounts and sales, they will be eternally grateful and lay down their arms in the Holy War."

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Last year, celebrity bathtub Paula Deen was accused by a former employee of saying she wanted "a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, [and dance like] in the Shirley Temple days," at her brother's wedding. Yep. 

Now, the National Enquirer (take that with a grain of schmaltz) claims that they have a video of Deen's legal deposition in which she confesses that, "yes, of course," she says racist things around her staff.

"They're jokes," Deen allegedly says in the video. "Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks [and] I can't determine what offends people."

Concerning her slavery "joke," Deen says she got the inspiration after dining at a restaurant with an elegantly dressed all-black waitstaff, who looked like "they were slaves."

"It was really impressive," Deen says of the restaurant. "That restaurant represented a certain era in America...after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War."

And your beliefs represent a certain era in the Third Reich after WWII, during WWII, and before WWII, "of course."

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To the excitement of everyone except Daily TORO, witness below the full trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

With the 1970s behind them, the sequel sees Ron Burgundy and his team travel to New York and takeover the city's first 24-hour news channel. That's what qualifies as a movie these days.

Returning for the fun are Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and that guy who always plays rednecks. Cameos will be provided by Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, and Kristen Wiig.

Considering that the original Anchorman felt like it was written over a drunken weekend, we're surprised it took Ferrell and his conspirators nine years to make a sequel.

And we're even more surprised that audiences are clamouring for another round of racist jokes, jabs at women, and horrible depictions of disabled people. You stay classy, plebeian mob.

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JFL42 has just announced that the cast of Family Guy, Sarah Silverman, and Aziz Ansari will headline another all-star 10 days of comedy in downtown Toronto.

From September 19-28, over 100 shows in various venues will perform in Hogtown, with the headliners occupying the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Additonal comedians attending JFL42 include TORO favourites Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, and many more.

Passes to JFL42 can be bought here.

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Our TORO Magazine food spies report that Terroni offshoot Il Forno Del Sud  is getting ready to open its doors.

"I managed to peek inside the space and saw that the floors are in, the staff seems in place and even the crusty white Italian bread is lining the shelves behind the counter … It looks like the opening could even be this weekend," says Erin Hershberg, managing editor.

Last winter Toronto Life reported that the new space will not be another full service restaurant, but the alleged "bakery" does have a liquor license application on its doors. Perhaps the inconspicuous nature of the project was meant to treat us to a grande surprise - Italian style. Time will tell.

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The (very) long list for the Polaris Music Prize has just been announced; you can check it out below.

TORO favourites honoured this year include Lindi Ortega, Kid Koala, A Tribe Called Red, Majical Cloudz, Metric, Suuns, and Old Man Luedecke.

Between now and July 16, a group 200 Canadian journalists and broadcasters will vote to create a short list of 10 artists.

The gala ceremony will take place in Toronto on September 23 at the Carlu. There, a jury of 11 experts will choose the winner, awarding them the outrageously welcome $30,000 prize.

The sole criteria for determining a Polaris winner is artistic merit. Past winners include Feist, Arcade Fire, and Patrick Watson.

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A Tribe Called Red – Nation II Nation

Alaclair Ensemble – Les maigres blancs d’Amérique du Noir

ANCIIENTS – Heart of Oak

The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Louis-Jean Cormier – Le Treizième Étage

Daphni – JIAOLONG

Mac DeMarco – 2

Evening Hymns – Spectral Dusk

Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II

Jim Guthrie – Takes Time

Hayden – Us Alone

Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite

KEN mode – Entrench

Kid Koala – 12 bit Blues

Kobo Town – Jumbie in the Jukebox

Pierre Lapointe – Punkt

Lee Harvey Osmond – The Folk Sinner

Les soeurs Boulay – Le poids des confettis

Corb Lund – Cabin Fever

The Luyas – Animator

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

Metric – Synthetica

METZ – METZ

Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective – Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me

AC Newman – Shut Down The Streets

Old Man Luedecke – Tender is The Night

Lindi Ortega – Cigarettes & Truckstops

Peter Peter – Une version améliorée de la tristesse

Purity Ring – Shrines

Rah Rah – The Poet’s Dead

Rhye – Woman

Daniel Romano – Come Cry With Me

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

Suuns – Images du futur

Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob

Al Tuck – Stranger at the Wake

Whitehorse – The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

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Toronto's Bar Isabel is ready to do battle. On July 15, chef de cuisine, Brandon Olsen, will compete against five other chefs in a ruthless fried chicken competition.

It's all part of Ivy Knight's 86'd Monday at the Drake Hotel, a loved Toronto institution that brings together the city's top gastro minds while also supporting Parkdale's Community Foodbank.

Olsen's putting forth the same fried chicken served at Bar Isabel, although he'll likely modify the sides and sauces.

Also competing are the Drake's Ted Corrado, Parts and Labour's Matty Matheson, Happy Child's Fan Zhang, and Snacks' Lauren Wilton and Leah Wildman.

"I'm most afraid of Matty Matheson," Olsen tells TORO. "He's just crazy."

In terms of strategy, Olsen remains quietly confident. "I'm just doing the fried chicken I know; I'm not going to change up my game," he says.

Well, it's worked so far.

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The Toronto Star is reporting that 95 percent of people don't wash their hands properly in public washrooms. Shame on you for being disgusting.

Even worse, 15 percent of men (twice as many as women), don't wash their hands in public at all. Remember, these are the hands you masturbate and make sandwiches with.

The study, conducted by Dr. Carl Borchgrevink, checked out 3,749 people over a year in four public East Lansing washrooms.

In case you didn't know, you're supposed to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and then dry everything off.

"The results tell me people aren't doing what they should be doing," says Borchgrevink.

Now we understand why Howie Mandel doesn't shake people's hands.

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Prankster Jimmy Kimmel has this thing where he gets his celebrity guests to read mean tweets about themselves. And even though its authenticity has been called into question, the segment is nevertheless hilarious.

Witness below, "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets: NBA Edition," just in time for the finals.

Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Blake Griffin, and even the affable Bob Costas, all get serious beat downs.

We almost felt sorry for the players, until we realized that they make millions of dollars, sleep with beautiful women, and have the capacity to grate cheese with their abs.

Related >> Daily TORO: Celebrities Read More Mean Tweets | Jimmy Kimmel Takes On Rob Ford

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We've finally outdone our American cousins in the Ridiculous Fast Food rat race.

Yesterday, Pizza Hut Canada announced the arrival of the Cheesy Beef Poutine, an Everest pie of terror topped with fries, cheese curds, and mozzarella. We mean that in a good way.

Other new pizzas include Creamy Butter Chicken, Asian BBQ, Grilled Chicken Club, and Smoky Maple Bacon.

The limited edition menu changes were created in an effort to celebrate "Canada's diversity and multicultural outlook in a modern, exciting way," according to Pizza Hut.

Canada truly is a model for the world.

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Last night, the San Antonio Spurs embarrassed the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA finals. But that doesn't matter because LeBron James delivered one the nastiest blocks of all time. You can watch the holocaust below from more angles than you could possibly imagine.

As you can see, the Spurs' Tiago Splitter made the unfortunate decision of charging the hole with James waiting in plain sight. The King then banished Splitter into non-existence.

James's sheer power and elevation is astounding in scope. And that he kept the ball in play makes the block even more important.

As Charles Barkley says, "It is an honour and privilege to watch LeBron James play."

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From July 26-28, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International returns to Hogtown, this year setting up at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Corus Quay.

Delivering the keynote address is Oscar-nominated animator David Silverman, director of several Simpsons episodes and The Simpsons Movie.

Other festival highlights: A keynote address and masterclass with Dr. Stuart Sumida, paleontologist and animal anatomy consultant on The Lion King; live script readings with some of Canada's best voice actors; short film screenings.

Stay tuned for TORO's TAAFI coverage in the weeks to come.

Tickets are available at the festival website.


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Former chef de cuisine at Origin and Top Chef Canada contestant Steve Gonzalez has just opened his new restaurant, Valdez, on Toronto's bumping King West strip.

Valdez brings modern Latin-American street fare to Toronto's food scene. As a first generation Colombian-Canadian, Gonzalez's heritage always informs his creations.

The restaurant's menu is divided into four sections: Ceviches, Stuff (snack food, like chulpes and chips), More (entrees), and Dulce Y Algo (traditional desserts).

"These dishes reflect what's going on in South America right now, where traditional dishes are evolving as various immigrants contribute to the Latino melting pots," Gonzalez says in a statement.

Valdez is also equipped with a rooftop bar and serves a late night menu Thursday through Saturday.

Valdez | 606 King Street West, Toronto | @TheValdezTO

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