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According to t+l's travel predictions of 2016, more hotel lounges will be as loungey as one of our  favourites - Oslo's The Thief

According to t+l’s travel predictions of 2016, more hotel lounges will be as loungey as one of our favourites – Oslo’s The Thief

 

Travel predictions for 2016 (t + l)

Why explore regular gardens when you can explore these stunning rooftop gardens? (wired)

All your FAQs about travel – Answered (cn traveler)

If saving money and travelling are both on your list of resolutions for this year, read this (new york times travel)

New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016

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Forget all those ‘Best of…’ end of year lists. Our most anticipated annual list is hands down the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go. It’s like Christmas morning all over again!

This year, we’re on  on the same page with the Times with Mexico City as the top contender for our wander-lusting heart.

Other favs on the list include Malta, San Sebastian, Île de Ré, Marfa and our hometown Toronto! But hey, we also wouldn’t be opposed to checking out each and every single place on this year’s list!

Want to see what other beautiful places made the list? See it here.

 

BOARDING PASS | Travel News From Around The World

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s a bicycle up in the Copenhagen air! (The Atlantic)

We’d take free hiking in beautiful California state parks over shopping on any day, but especially on Black Friday  (LA Times)

Nashville suggestions we can get 100% behind (Bon Appetit)

Dates to avoid flying over the Holidays (CN Traveler)

Cat cafes; slowly taking over North America with locations in Seattle & Toronto (Seattle Met & BlogTO)

 

 

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

With festival season just around the corner (*cue shrieks of joy here*), take advantage of this forecasted rainy week by checking out these bands at some of your favourite indoor bars and venues:
Who: Butch Walker and Jonathan Tyler
When: Tuesday, May 26
Where: Mod Club
Who: Constantines and Chad VanGaalen
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Massey Hall

Who: Sebadoh
When: Wednesday, May 27
Where: Lee’s Palace

 

Doors Open Toronto 2015

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Doors Open Toronto is back this weekend! The event grants the public access to over 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. With some of the buildings only open to the public during this annual event, it’s pretty much the next best thing to snooping through strangers’ homes!

Here are our some of our favourites to check out on May 23 and 24:

Amsterdam Brewery
A 24,000 square foot facility which includes a brew house with fermenting tanks and a barrel
aging room that houses a huge collection of wine and spirit barrels. There will also be samples. Enough said.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
What’s this, you ask? A private club dedicated to an active appreciation of the arts? Say no more. We are there!

Artscape Gibraltar Point
A former school house that contains meeting spaces, private and shared studios, a kitchen and more. Tours this weekend will include a stop at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Besides, do you ever need an excuse to go hang out on the Toronto Island?

Canada Life building
You know that big weather beacon on top of that fancy building on University Avenue that tells you the current weather and, depending on the arrows, whether it’s getting colder or hotter? Turns out there’s more to it than that! At 17 stories, this was the tallest building on University in 1931 and it’s observation tower on the top floor is opened exclusively for Doors Open Toronto.

What’s not to love about a current educational institute that was once a psychiatric hospital. There’s actually even more because Humber will allow visitors to tour the tunnel system underneath the College’s Cottages.

The National Club
We’re a little bit nosy so of course we’re going to jump at the chance to check out this private members-only club which currently boasts some of the city’s most prominent residents as members. Bonus points for the club’s rooftop patio and wine cellar. Don’t mind if we do…

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
So much culture and history to explore at this beautiful 30,000 sq. ft. office building home to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Visitors will get a chance to sit in the longhouse and hear Aboriginal Elders share stories about their experiences and knowledge of the spirits. The tour will also include the sacred fire pit and a visit to the rooftop healing lodge and traditional medicine garden.

University of Toronto – Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Make all your instagram dreams come true inside this marvel of a library that features six mezzanine floors of books surrounding an exhibition area. Visitors will not only get to see this gorgeous space but also chat with staff from the rare books and archives departments.

 

Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) Announces Initial 2015 Lineup

The festival gods just keep on giving! Today, Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) it’s line-up for the festival’s 3rd year. Taking place in September this time around, TURF will include performances by Of Monsters and Men, Wilco, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Neko Case, Deerhunter, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Shakey Graves and so much more!

Initial line-up here:

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Which means there is still more to come!
Can’t wait for this one!

SXSW Best Bets for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The music portion of SXSW officially begins tomorrow! Cue the shrieks… of both excitement and panic because you still haven’t figured out what artists you should be checking out. No sweat – we’ve got you covered! We created a daily breakdown of our favourite showcasing bands, and here are our best bets for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

Time: 3pm
Who: Futurebirds
What: HFA Showcase
Where: Sidebar (602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)

Time: 5pm
Who: Best Coast
Where: 6th & Congress (6th & Congress, Austin, TX)

Time: 6pm
Who: Cody Brooks
What: BMI’s Howdy Texas Showcase
Where: Stubb’s (801 Red River St)

Time: 8pm
Who: Spoon
What: Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel
Where: Hype Hotel (1100 E 5th St)

Time: 9pm
Who: Odesza
What: Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel
Where: Hype Hotel (1100 E 5th St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Where: Clive Bar (609 Davis St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Future Islands
Where: Clive Bar (609 Davis St)

Time: 12am
Who: Speedy Ortiz
What: House of Vans
Where: Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River St)

Time: 1am
Who: Angel Olsen
What: House of Vans
Where: Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River St)

MUST SEE IN THE CITY | This Week’s Toronto Concerts Not To Miss Out On

Now that Toronto is out of the negative double digit weather, we are all up for turning off the netflix, coming out of hibernation and hitting the town for some great concerts. And what a week it is for great shows in Toronto! Here are our favourites:

Who: Sleater-Kinney
When: Monday, March 2
Why: All bow down to the rock goddesses that are Sleater-Kinney and one of the most anticipated reunions ever!
Where: Sound Academy

Who: St. Vincent
When: Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4
Why: Because it’s yet another goddess gracing Toronto this week. Although both shows appear to be sold out, check Collective Concerts’ social media, since there *might* be some tickets released day of.
Where: The Danforth Music Hall

Who: Moon Duo
When: Thursday, March 5
Why: Guaranteed psychedelic fun
Where: Silver Dollar