• Lucy Van Pelt Mural in Downtown Toronto

    On Portland Avenue, between Adelaide and King Streets, is one of my favourite murals in the city featuring my favourite Peanuts character. I loved Lucy Van Pelt so much that when I was seven, I named our new kitten after her. For twenty years, Lucy indeed embodied many of her namesake’s characteristics—assertive, confident, often crabby…


  • Lemon Squares at the One of a Kind Winter Show

    The Lemon Square: One Of A Kind Winter Show 2023

    First I found the best butter tarts in Canada just waiting for me at the Enercare Centre, next it was Canada’s favourite lemon squares. Not only do I always find the most delicious treats at the One of a Kind Show, I also meet the loveliest people. That was certainly the case when I came…


  • The Sweet Oven Butter Tarts: One Of A Kind Winter Show 2023

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the One of a Kind Winter Show. This year, it’s bigger than ever, bringing back that pre-pandemic vibe with artisans showcasing their incredible creations. While heading up and down the aisles I saw a sign declaring The Best Butter Tarts in Canada and had to make a stop…


  • Toronto Scoop: The Podcast Debuts

    Episode One has dropped! Here’s all the ways you can listen: Follow on Apple Podcasts Subscribe via Podcast Addict Follow on tunein


  • Toronto Arrows Rugby Game

    Toronto Arrows, Canada’s Only Major League Rugby Entry, To Cease Operations

    The Toronto Arrows, Canada’s only Major League Rugby entry, will not participate in the 2024 season due to insufficient funding. Players were informed of the decision in a call, citing financial challenges. The team, which joined the league in 2019, faced difficulties, finishing last in the 12-team league with a 1-13-2 record in the 2023…


  • Concerts in Toronto: November 27th-December 3rd

    By Scott Ferguson PICK OF THE WEEK: MARIAH CAREY – NOV. 27 – SCOTIABANK ARENA Legend has it that Mariah Carey can outsing a piano, and while she has had plenty of hits in her career, she has now become known as the queen of Christmas. That’s thanks to her massive holiday original “All I…


  • The Shoebox Project Holiday Soirée 2023

    Wednesday night we attended a fabulous event supporting The Shoebox Project, a charity whose mission is to uplift and empower women impacted by homelessness. They collect and distribute shoeboxes filled with daily essentials and little luxuries to local shelters and community agencies across the country. John-Paul Ricchio, Toronto Scoop’s Beauty and Fashion Editor, is a…


  • Images From The City: Eviction at St. Stephen-In-The-Fields

    On the morning of Friday November 24th, 2023, the City of Toronto began clearing an encampment of unhoused people in Kensington Market, near the Church of St. Stephen-In-The-Fields. The city said it was responding to complaints from residents and businesses about safety and sanitation issues, and that it had offered shelter space to the encampment…


  • Amália Rodrigues Mural in Little Portugal

    This artwork in Little Portugal is part of an international project honouring the life and contributions of the renowned Portuguese artist, Amália Rodrigues, known as the ‘Rainha do Fado’ (Queen of Fado). Rodrigues, through her successful career, toured the world and elevated the iconic Portuguese sound to international recognition. The mural was created by Montreal…


  • Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Revival

    Tonight is the second night of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Revival. This hugely popular pop-up event has become one of North America’s largest art movements in the past decade. Since it started in LA in 2009, the event has popped up over 500 times in 35+ cities across Europe and North America,…


  • “Turn Off Your Mind” by Kirsten McCrea

    This stunning mural by artist Kirsten McCrea is part of the StreetARToronto program, which aims to showcase local artists and beautify the city. In a city bursting with murals this one is particularly eye catching as it incorporates the staircase, making it almost three dimensional. 735 Queen St West, Toronto.


  • Closing Soon: The Rosedale Diner

    Dubi and Esti Filar opened the Rosedale Diner in 1978, and after 45 years of “serving real food to real people,” this family-owned business has decided it’s time to retire. This diner has been a favourite spot for many locals and celebrities, including Rush frontman Geddy Lee. Lee, who grew up in the neighbourhood, often…



  • Suspended Stairway by Joshua Kalfa at 36 Toronto Street

    The Scoop usually highlights the free art in Toronto that we find outdoors. But recently, I discovered an installation that reminded us of the exceptional art tucked away inside Toronto’s buildings. You just need to know it’s there to pop inside and take a peek, and that’s what we’re here for. While working a film…


  • College Falafel: Best Falafel & Halifax-Style Donair in Toronto

    There are lots of places serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine in Toronto but College Falafel is one of the best, especially for late night falafel cravings. Their donairs are also legendary, made with Halal meat and served with an authentic Halifax-inspired garlicky-sweet sauce. They were one of the first restaurants in Toronto to offer east-coast style…


  • Toronto’s Bike Lanes: Navigating Conflict Between Two Wheels and Four

    As bike lane infrastructure expands throughout Toronto, an ongoing struggle is playing out- a clash of perspectives between cyclists and drivers. Not everyone is happy about the creation of bikes lanes and cycle tracks, which are physically separated from the road. Some drivers and residents who live or work along the streets where they are…


  • Now Open: Prince St. Pizza in The Well on Front Street West

    The first Canadian location of the beloved New York City pizza chain Prince St. Pizza is now open in downtown Toronto. Prince St. Pizza is famous for their spicy crispy pepperoni squares, covered in those pepperonis that are little tasty cups of deliciousness. Toronto’s Prince St. Pizza is located at The Well, the huge new…


  • Canada’s Rock of Fame 2023 Inductees On the Red Carpet

    Here at Toronto Scoop we love a good red carpet affair, especially one covered in beloved Canadian musicians. Last night, that’s exactly what unfolded at Massey Hall – the induction of 13 Canadian rock legends into Canada’s Walk of Fame. From the raw rock spirit of the ’70s embodied by bands like April Wine and…


  • Nuit Blanche in Toronto 2023: Tight Spaces

    This is one of the Nuit Blanche exhibits I was most curious about. Tight Spaces by Roda Medhat is an inflatable sculpture symbolizing the confining spaces of high-density developments that create a sense of isolation. This immersive installation highlights the negative impact of urbanization that encroaches on natural areas and calls for sustainable, human-centric city…



The 519 on Church Street

The 519 is a City of Toronto agency committed to advancing the health, happiness, and full participation of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. They offer services from counselling and queer parenting resources to trans programming and senior support…

Anne Marie MacDonald & Margaret Atwood at The 519. Photo: George Pimental

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