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How the Raptors can connect better with their Japanese fanbase

Posted on 15 September 2021

Basketball in Japan is already at its turning point with more attention being given to the sport. During the 2019 NBA Draft, Rui Hachimura got selected by the Washington Wizards and has since established himself as a regular starter. Also, Yuta Watanabe, who started his playing career with the Memphis Grizzlies, now has a contract with the Toronto Raptors. All these in addition to how the Japanes ...

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Masai Ujiri eager to rebuild the Toronto Raptors and raise more legendary players

Posted on 15 September 2021

Vice-chairman and president of NBA team Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri has reaffirmed his commitment to the team and growing more exciting talent, in a recent interview. During a chat with Jayme Poisson, host of CBC’s Front Burner podcast, Ujiri spoke on several topics including his decision to stay with the Raptors franchise, its future, the legacy of six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry, g ...

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Toronto’s magical illuminated night walk opens this Friday & you can get tickets now

Posted on 01 August 2021

Are you ready to be whisked away to the year 2099? Terra Lumina is making its return at the Toronto Zoo this Thursday, July 29 for more nightly magic under the stars. The immersive light show features an illuminated 1.5 km trail designed to make you feel like you’ve travelled to a “radiant” future world. “On twilight evenings, step through a portal of light into 2099, a time when the worl ...

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Toronto’s top accelerators and incubators for startups and entrepreneurs

Posted on 01 August 2021

Toronto has a thriving community of entrepreneurs — but it didn’t happen overnight. Building the city’s rich community of startups, artists and non-profits took decades, and required considerable support from accelerators and incubators.  Through coaching, networking and investment, these organizations lift Toronto’s business community, create jobs and grow companies well beyond thei ...

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A look inside what’s driving Toronto’s innovation economy

Posted on 01 August 2021

Toronto’s innovation economy is booming. Last year, in the depth of the pandemic, VCs invested $1.2 billion in Toronto companies, including highly publicized raises from Wealthsimple and Maple. Even two or three years ago, rounds in the tens of millions were major news. Today, they’re almost routine. Startup Waabi Innovation’s successful U.S.$83.5-million raise is just the most recent exampl ...

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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music Festival’s In-Person Opening Concert Is A Cause For Celebration

Posted on 01 August 2021

It’s been a long time coming. For nearly a year and a half, COVID-19 has robbed us music lovers of something very precious: attending live performances. The last one I went to was the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, staged by the University of Toronto Opera, way back in March 2020. Between that and today’s performance was a long hiatus of 16 months and 14 days. ...

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Culture I was hired in 2019 to lead the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. After almost three years, I’m finally making my official onstage debut

Posted on 01 August 2021

The Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno was hired in 2019 to replace longtime TSO conductor Peter Oundjian. His first season got cancelled, but he finally reunited with his orchestra in March. Here’s how he’s bringing the TSO back to the stage. As told to Luc Rinaldi “I vividly remember the first time I conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, because it w ...

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Here’s what’s inside the August Toronto Life Wine Club box

Posted on 01 August 2021

In August’s delivery: A fresh and summery trio of wild-ferment orange wine, cabernet franc and chardonnay from County favourite Grange of Prince Edward winery. Orders must be placed by Aug. 18. 2016 Chardonnay Why we’re into this wine:  It’s the contact with grape skins and years spent sur lie, instead of in oak, that brings comp ...

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Backyard Vacation

Posted on 01 August 2021

In 1999, Nancy Chafee, a serial entrepreneur and business consultant, bought a mid-century-modern bungalow with a 4,000-square-foot backyard in Etobicoke. She added Japanese-inspired interior features, including translucent screens and sliding doors. In 2011, Nancy asked Kennedy McRae of Earth Inc. to spruce up the backyard, and he added a tiny pond with a cascading fountain. There, she hosted ma ...

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Toronto restaurants that opened and closed this week

Posted on 19 February 2021

Major Toronto restaurants groups are still feeling the pinch of the pandemic. With business models reliant on filling large dining rooms, the past 10 months have been tough. The company Service Inspired Restaurants just closed three side-by-side eateries on Gerrard after eight years. The trend of fast food and comfort spots opening up continues this week with new spots to grab pizza, b ...