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Looking for a fun night of singing the classics? Good food and cheap drinks? Then check out The Abbey Bar and Grill! With no cover and $11 pitchers, this place is a dive bar in the best sense of the phrase. Located on College Street near Dufferin Street, the location is easy to get to from anywhere in the city, and doesn’t put you right in the crowds of people going out, but doesn’t take you too far either. Karaoke is every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday so it fits into anyone’s schedule. You can also keep up with the Leafs, Raps, and any other Toronto teams that are playing. Eat some nachos and shoot pool between sets. If it’s nice out you can sit on the patio, but don’t miss your song! Reservations are taken but usually unnecessary. But get there early to get some songs in!
Where: The Abbey Bar and Grill, 989 College St.
When: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Cost: Free entry
Author: Rob Jowett
The snow on the ground has finally melted, that means it’s time to update your summer wardrobe! Luckily for you, the Vintage Clothing Show comes to Toronto this weekend with all sorts of fun and vintage pieces to check out. This two-day event features thousands of garments from the 1920’s to 60’s all in one convenient location. If you’re also in the mood to do some celeb spotting it’s a known attraction for the likes of Keifer Sutherland and Suzanne Carillo. So why not come by, try on some vintage clothes and hopefully pick up a few cute souvenirs to woo your friends with this summer.
What: Toronto Vintage Clothing Show
Where: Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, 180
When: Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Author: Alanna Hopper
A history lesson wrapped in a nice dress. This is what the Christian Dior exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum offers. Dresses and sketches were collected from across the world to the ROM in honour of the fashion houses 70th anniversary, and the gallery tells the tale of how Christian Dior revived the Haute Couture industry after the devastating effects of the Second World War. Tickets include general admission to all of the gallery’s offered at the museum as well. With the exhibit running every day until April 8th you really have no excuse to not check this event out.
What: Christian Dior Exhibit
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
When: Every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $21.50 with a student card and $28 without
Author: Alanna Hopper
Turns out, sometimes a plate-sized slab of fried Taiwanese chicken breast is all you need to get through a busy day in downtown Toronto.
Sound appealing? Well, Monga Fried Chicken on Yonge street serves a variety of chicken and beef-based Taiwanese dishes, each paired with a side of fries and coleslaw. It’s a filling and quality meal for under 18 bucks.
The food itself really has no flaws. They keep it simple and consistent, with incredibly tender chicken dishes coming in three different choices of flavors: salt and pepper, hot and seaweed-garnished. The fries are some of the most fluffy and fresh I’ve ever had, with just the right sprinkling of chili powder on them to keep things interesting.
It’s a relatively small yet focused menu that is sure to please almost anyone. Service remained fast and pleasant throughout my experience there as well. Seating is available, but all orders are picked-up at the front counter.
All in all, make Monga Fried Chicken is your best stop for gargantuan chicken cravings in Toronto. The freakishly large chicken is daunting but worth it.
Author: John Pattee
From tailored button-ups to matching sets, plaid is making its preppy comeback this season. Here are three ways to rock this pattern and stand out:
Matchy-Matchy: Don’t be afraid to wear a matching top and bottom with plaid plastered all over. Pair it with sneakers or heels – whatever floats your boat. The best part about plaid coordinates is that you can dress it up or down.
Oversized Blazer: Who wears fitted blazers anymore? Many people are now sporting oversized plaid blazers as dresses and it totally works.
Accessorize: Whether it’s a newsboy cap or a knitted scarf, the easiest way to acquaint yourself with this trend is to rock a plaid accessory.