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Issue #6: Emergeing Events Newsletter

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Special Edition


This is a very special edition of Emergeing Events. In this issue, we have the opportunity to thank YOU, our wonderful readers to 2 amazing months. This is the final issue of the 2018 Emergeing Events Newsletter.

We want to thank everyone who made this possible beginning with our instructors: Professor Kimberley Noble (Journalism) and Professor Nick Farnell (Digital Communications). Without your guidance and support, this project never would have gotten off the ground. These two professors have put countless hours into helping us shape this project into exactly what we wanted it to be.

Next, we would like to thank Hana El Zohiry and the Engagement Team for all of their work in helping to grow our email list during the beginning stage of this project. We would also like to thank the Engagement Team for arranging our weekly contest prizes. We appreciate their patience and hard work in helping with the Emergeing Events Newsletter project.

As well, we would like to thank Kelsey Narayan for all of the pictures she took and edited of our team, all of which appear in this issue of Emergeing Events!  

Finally, thank you to all of our readers. None of this would have mattered if it was not for you. We appreciate everyone who opened our newsletter, clicked the links, and submitted contest entries. Our entire team is indebted to you.

Please note that this is not the end. There is no reason for you to unsubscribe because next January a new set of students will take over our positions and continue this newsletter with their own style. So, wait and keep your eyes out for the next issue of the Emerge Newsletter project coming to your inbox in 2019!

As for your 2018 Emergeing Events team, we thank you again, and for the last time, we wish you a fantastic weekend!

That’s a wrap for Emergeing Events 2018!

Issue #5: Emergeing Events Newsletter

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Your Weekend Planner


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Friday: Call the Shots: The Female Power Through Film

Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday for a celebration of Italian-Canadian women. The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is holding this event in honour of women who have immigrated to Canada. The night will consist of a Q&A session featuring four inspirational Italian-Canadian women followed by a screening of 7 Minutes. The film tells the true story of 11 women tasked with deciding the future of their textile factory. The Government of Canada will be funding this event and making it free to all women under the age of 35. So, why not support women in film and drop by the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday night?

What: Call the Shots: The Female Power Through Film
TIFF Bell Lightbox 
When: Friday, March 23rd at 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $13.00 or free for women under 35

Author: Alanna Hopper


 Saturday: All-Night Dance Party

Luckily, Secret Society and Geary Avenue Warehouse Project have our backs covered. This Saturday they will be hosting an all-night dance party, and by all-night, I mean all-night because the party doesn’t end until 8:00 a.m. The party is held at the Geary Avenue Warehouse giving it that exciting underground vibe. This event is BYOB so make sure to pick up some drinks for the communal bar beforehand or else you’ll be asked to make a monetary donation. Bartenders are provided so if you don’t know how to mix your favourite cocktail you don’t have to worry. If this sounds like your kind of night, pick up your leg-warmers, headbands and leotards and prepare to dance!

What: Disco 5000
209 Geary Avenue
When: Saturday March 24th 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. 
Cost: $10.00- $20.00 entry 

Author: Alanna Hopper


Sunday: Toronto Downtown Record Show

What’s your favourite type of music? Rock? Jazz? Pop? Whatever your taste, The Toronto Downtown Record Show has something to offer you. The show is back once again, taking place on Broadview Avenue, and featuring over 100 different tables to grab from. But wait…are you worried about spending too much to satisfy every aspect of your musical interests? Well, don’t worry; they have $5 rooms for people like you. There are over 50 crates of records all priced at $5. The crazy music madness starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. It costs $5 to get in…but if you desperately need to grab your music before anyone else has the chance, you can pay $25 for early admission at 9:00 a.m. Don’t sleep in, because, after this, they won’t be back for seven months!

What: Toronto Downtown Record Show
958 Broadview Avenue
When: Sunday March 25th 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $5.00 entry 

Author: Krystin Lucas

Spotlight On: The Hogtown Pub and Oysters 

The Hogtown Pub is one of the best date night places in the city. Conveniently located directly across the street from the Royal Cinema and just a short walk from Christie station, a date at The Hogtown Pub basically plans itself. Dark wood tables and booths, as well as stained glass lamps, give a warm and homey feel to the restaurant. Plus the low music and attentive staff ensure that this pub is a wonderful place to chat about your day with someone you care about.

They serve a gastropub menu and offer extensive wine and liquor lists as well as several local craft beers. However, the real selling point of this restaurant is not its drinks but its cheap oysters. Costing only a dollar fifty per oyster on Tuesdays and Thursdays makes this place one of the cheapest in the city. But don’t let the low prices scare you, The Hogtown Pub’s oysters are always fresh and always delicious.

Other menu items that I highly recommend include the Smoked Duck Tacos which is topped with lemon aioli, purple cabbage, carrot slaw and pickled red onion to make this not only a tasty treat but also a beautiful one.  The Beer Battered Fish & Chips are always fried to perfection and their cider slaw is a fun twist on a classic side dish. Finally, what meal would be complete without dessert? There are average desserts available likes sundaes, cakes and apple crumble but what everyone visits The Hogtown Pub for is their Deep Fried Mars Bars. Not only are the delicious chocolate bars battered and deep fried but they are also served with vanilla ice cream and a mixed berry coulis. Regardless of how the rest of your date went, this dessert is bound to leave an excellent final impression.

Author: Alanna Hopper

For all the ladies who want to look their best at our Friday event, listen up! Plush lips pair well with every look so just enhance your natural look with a swipe of peachy lip gloss like Revlon’s Super Lustrous lip gloss in the shade Pango Peach. This light-reflecting gloss is natural enough for every day and doesn’t leave your lips with that sticky “ick” feeling.

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Friday: Infinity Mirrors at the AGO

Are you looking for the most Instagramable place in the city? Then look no further because the Infinity Mirrors exhibit has finally arrived at the AGO. There are six kaleidoscopic rooms for patrons to explore. Each room features mirrored walls and a mirrored ceiling, making the items inside look like they go on forever, hence the name infinity. Tickets are extremely limited, so buy yours in advance or you will have to wait for tickets to be released in blocks every two weeks. Tickets are also available at the AGO, however they are very limited, so be prepared to line up. Don’t miss out on this highly exclusive and photogenic exhibit!

What: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
When: March 3rd 
 to May 27th
Cost: $21.50 for students and $30 for adults


 Saturday: Party on St. Patrick’s Day

Canada’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party is back! This party starts at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. so be prepared for a good time! The day is packed with a ton of green-themed activities. Located at 11 Polson Street, attendees will be starting off the day with a free breakfast including pancakes and of course Lucky Charms cereal. Throughout the day and into the night, guests can enjoy actives like life-size Jenga, face painting, Foosball, live music from four DJs and much more. So, put on your best green outfit and join in on the fun!

What: Guinness SPD
Where: 11 Polson Street
When: Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

Author: Solomee Telahun


Sunday: Flea Market Fun

If you’re looking for a step up from your typical local flea market, then The Gladstone Flea is the place for you. This special event takes place once a month on Sunday. If you’re beyond tired of spending your weekends knee-deep in junky thrift store piles searching for that perfect find, then hop on over and explore the unique gems, one of a kind fashion finds, vintage scores and so many other market must-haves! The Gladstone Hotel handpicks each vendor to ensure the best items for customers. You can purchase your goods from the very hands that made them, and you can find perfect cheap items, while also supporting your local independent businesses! This flea market is sure to scratch your thrift store itch!

What: Gladstone Flea: March Makers Market
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Author: @krystinlucas

  Spotlight On: Tacos 101

Looking for new place to grab a bite while you’re wandering around downtown Toronto? If so, you should definitely check out Tacos 101 at 101 Dundas Street East. This small eatery is just a short walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre and Ryerson University, with prices cheap enough to feed any university student.

Tacos 101 is an inviting environment and features bright Mexican décor. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the very limited number of seats available. Luckily, most people get their tacos to-go so there’s rarely fights for seats. If you are waiting for a table, there are always free chips with which you can sample the various homemade salsas.

There are five signature tacos for you to choose from and even a vegetarian option. I personally recommend the Fish Tacos. The mix of fried fish with fresh mango salsa is the perfect blend of healthy and greasy. As well, the Al Pastor brings a twist to the classic Mexican dish by shaving pork shoulder off of a shawarma-style rotisserie. This is topped with pineapple, avocado puree and even more yummy add-on’s that will make your taste buds sing. I also highly recommend their homemade Horchata and their Mexican sodas.

Overall, Tacos 101 offers a cheap place to grab a quick meal after your shopping trip or while you’re wandering around downtown. A meal here will never run you more than $20 per person with drinks and tips included. A great vibe, in a great location, with great food. What else could you ask for?

 Author: Alanna Hopper 

Fashion designers are retiring the term “fanny pack” to welcome the new “it” accessory – “belt bags.”

Like fanny packs, this piece can be worn in two ways: around your waist, or a little above it to extenuate your stomach. Whether you opt for a casual look or something dressy, these bags are extremely versatile.

So, why should you ditch your traditional tote for a belt bag?


No matter the occasion, belt bags are convenient, compact and allow you to be hands-free.


ZaraForever 21H&M, you name it! These bags are affordable and can be found at pretty much every store!


Get ready to stand out! These bags are not like your average fanny pack. They’re much more glamorous and act as a statement piece.


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Issue #3: Emergeing Events Newsletter

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Friday: Improv Royal Rumble

Want to see Toronto’s best improvisers battle to the death on stage? Well not a literal battle to the death, but this last man standing style show is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat regardless. Each round of improv games pits improviser against improviser until there is only one left. The best part is that there are audience slots available if you want to hop up on stage and join the rumble. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are available at the door and online.

What: Improv Royal Rumble
Where: Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave.
When: Friday from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 in advance and $10 at the door


 Saturday: Sugar Shack at Sugar Beach 

Want to have one last winter celebration before the spring weather really hits? Come on down to Sugar Beach and satisfy your sweet tooth with some homemade, delicious maple taffy and traditional Sugar Shack treats. While you’re munching on those sweet snacks, be sure to head over to the chainsaw ice carving show or enjoy the free live music. There is also a winter market to give you one last chance to buy cozy winter goods! Head on down to Sugar Beach on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to enjoy this free event. If it’s still a little too chilly, make sure to use the warming stations. 

What: Sugar Shack T.O
Where: Sugar Beach
When: Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Author: Krystin Lucas


Sunday: SNL in T-Dot

This celebration of laughter is Toronto’s longest running comedy festival. It is a 12-daylong event that runs every March, so I’m sure you can squeeze some chuckles into your schedule before it ends on the 11th! Make your own Saturday Night Live experience with some friends and celebrate Toronto’s theatrical and sketch comedy excellence! The festival features several acts each and every day of the event. There are plenty of show times per day so you can be entertained at your earliest convenience. Visit www.torontosketchfest.com for show times and more information.

What: Sketch Comedy Festival
Where: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St W.
When: Friday to Sunday
Cost: $16.00 – $65.00

Author: Krystin Lucas

  Junked Food Co. Restaurant Review 

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or fulfill your high-calorie cravings, Junked Food Co. has it all! This establishment takes everyone’s love of junk food and amplifies it to a whole new level.

Located on Queen Street West, the food ranges from various types of edible cookie dough to whack mac macaroni and cheese, which is served with Dr. Pepper, pulled pork, and Jolly Rancher BBQ sauce!

But the crazy food adventures don’t stop there. They have specialty pizzas to satisfy all of your carb cravings, such as the 416 pizza, and the mac & cheese za. They also have creative twists on the typical chicken and waffles combo like the flame thrower, which includes flaming hot Cheetos infused in the waffle, and buffalo chicken on top!

They also have a mac & Cheeto burrito, for all those times you can’t decide between ordering Mexican food or staying at home and eating a bag of Cheetos by yourself.

But their most popular creations are the smash bags because “the best nachos are built in the bag”. All of the nacho bags start with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, chili sauce, black olives, Pico de Gallo, and jalapeños all thrown into your very own bag of Doritos (the Dorito’s Locos Taco wishes it was this cool!).

And if you can’t bring yourself to venture downtown for your late-night snack, they also have delivery and catering options.

This place has it all! Be sure to check it out! 

Author: Krystin Lucas

Get your eyelashes weekend ready! Big feathery lashes will always be a flattering statement. Don’t be shy, load your lashes up with the new Benefit BADGal BANG! mascara. This bold formula will stretch your lashes to new lengths!


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Issue #2: Emergeing Events Newsletter

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Friday: Karaoke 

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!

What: Karaoke
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


 Saturday: Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

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.
Cost: $10

Author: Alanna Hopper


Sunday: Christian Dior Exhibit

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

  Harbord House Restaurant Review 

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.


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Friday: Curling at Nathan Phillips Square 

The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your excitement has to end too. Keep that ball rolling, or in this case that rock gliding because the TCA and The City of Toronto are offering you the chance to try out curling. So, if you found yourself getting just a bit too involved in the televised event, why not go down to Nathan Phillips Square and throw a few rocks of your own? This free curling rink will be running all weekend from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m in honour of the curling Olympic finals. If an hour of curling doesn’t seem worth the trip downtown you can always hang around Nathan Phillips Square after for some ice skating. The skate shack has reasonable skate rentals as well as snacks and hot beverages for afterwards.

What: Curling
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Friday to Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Author: Alanna Hopper | @alanna.hopper


 Saturday: Polar Bear Fest at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo might not seem like the kind of place you’d want to be on a cold winters day but how could anyone want to miss Polar Bear Fest? This festival celebrates polar bears through a wide variety of fun activities. Included in the general admission are tons of things to do such as crafts and interactive exhibits that help raise awareness and support of polar bear conservation. Does that sound un-bear-able to you? Well for just $20 more you can experience one of the Toronto Zoo’s amazing polar bear seminars. You can pick from “Training & Hand-rearing Polar Bears” and “Transportation of a Polar Bear”. Both seminars are led by the Toronto Zoo polar bear keepers and each ticket enters you into a draw to win a private training session with a zookeeper and one of the polar bears! But you have to register soon because space is limited and interest is high.

What: Polar Bear Fest
Where: The Toronto Zoo
When: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $23.00 + $20.00 for seminars

Author: Alanna Hopper | @alanna.hopper


Sunday: Bloor-Yorkville Icefest  

I understand if trekking to the Toronto Zoo isn’t your style, that’s why I’ve included the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. Transport yourself into the Medieval Times with live knight tournaments, a huge ice throne and of course an 11th century-style castle. This annual event features ice carving competitions, an ice lounge with live DJ’s and over 70-thousand lbs. of ice sculptures. Plus, plenty of snacks like Tiny Tom Donuts, popcorn and my personal favourite, maple syrup taffy. It runs Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Yorkville Park area. So why not walk around the small event, check out the booths and of course the beautiful sculptures. There’s plenty to do for people of all ages, so bring yourself, the family or maybe even a special someone. It could be a great way to… break the ice.

What: Icefest
Where: Cumberland Street & Bellair Street in the Village of Yorkville Park
When: Saturday noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Author: Alanna Hopper | @alanna.hopper

  Harbord House Restaurant Review 

Looking for a semi-classy place to have a nice drink and chow down on some inexpensive prime quality food? Then the Harbord House  is the place to be. Having been there recently, I had no idea what I was getting into. By the end of the night, however, I can safely say that I left the establishment with a full stomach and a smile that stretched across my face.

The Harbord House features a vast array of craft beer from several different breweries. The Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde Lager is a nice refreshing beverage that comes from a Toronto based brewery. For those who want to try something a little different, there is also the Waupoos Cider which boasts a flavour, unlike anything I’ve had before. Keep in mind that this restaurant rotates their craft beer menu so you can try something new every time you come back.

Of course, it would not be a restaurant without food. Luckily the Harbord House has their guests covered. The menu features a variety of different meals to satisfy one’s pallet. If a guest is looking for something crunchy to start off their meal, then they can enjoy Crispy Buffalo Shrimp or Cauliflower with Cheese Ale Dip. If this does not suit your dietary requirements, then the restaurant also features a variety of unique salads. The Goat Cheese and Fig Salad will be sure to make your mouth water. Once you found that you have had a satisfying appetizer, then you can enjoy a wide selection of main course dishes like the Berkshire Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Mac’n Cheese (which I highly recommend). After a filling meal, finish the night off with a selection of sweet desserts.

Leaving the Harbord House you will find that you have had a fantastic meal that costs no more than $40. The restaurant is located on Harbord Street, which is just a 10-minute walk from Bathurst Station and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The Harbord House is a perfect date spot. The restaurant is open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and they are also able to take reservations.

Author: Nathan Shubert | @natonic16

Winter wind drying you out? I recommend  Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment and O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream. These products work for everyone and are super cheap. Don’t knock it until you try it – there’s nothing cute about chapped skin!

Author: Rebecca Mitchell @beccathebrit


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Thank you for your interest in the Emergeing Events Newsletter! Check your inbox on Thursday February 22 for the release of our first newsletter! Of course, you can always catch-up on the latest events happening in “The 6ix” right here, but for an even better experience, subscribe to our newsletter now! So, prepare your appointment book (or iPhone calendar), and get ready to have the coolest (and we’re not talking about the weather) weekend plans in good old T.O!

Catch you at the top of the CN Tower!
– Your 2018 Emerge Newsletter Team