Every trip away for me is also an opportunity to visit a new boutique hotel, and after visiting Le Germain Calgary earlier this year I was excited to take a look inside the Montreal edition of the growing boutique chain. Because hotel design is all about making guests feel welcome, here are my tips for how to make your guests feel welcome every day -- including the number one guest: you!
Warpaint are on the verge of releasing new material and it's worth getting excited about. You may have heard of the all-female quartet through their former ties to Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, or actress/drummer Shannyn Sossamon; good attracts good, and the foursome stand on their own.
Our base for the weekend's festivities was the Bacara Resort and Spa on the Gaviota Coast. This spectacular shoreline, the largest south-facing stretch of sand on the American Pacific, is one of the last remaining intact coastal Mediterranean ecosystems in California.
Should we then be asking Rob Ford to fire Rob Ford? At the end the mayor called the alleged action of the employee "a complete embarrassment and a black eye on our city." While I await the investigation of that particular city employee, I am convinced that the mayor is a proven embarrassment to our city.
If ever asked this year will be touted as one of my best years yet. No it has not been lined with picture perfect pinch me moments, on the contrary it...
OK, this may not be the most professional question that I could have asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick during his official Canadian visit, but I couldn't resist. "Mr. Patrick, could you talk about the reasons why you love Canada for business?" I asked. "Also, could you comment on your favourite attractions and places in Massachusetts that you would recommend to Canadians?"
We have a pent up, unsatisfied demand for cycling in Toronto. And what a good thing that is -- less pollution, less noise, healthier population, less congestion, less carbon and happier people. So why can't we get it right? While we rip up, at great cost, the one real bike lane that was created and sit and debate whether to build a subway or LRT for the 47th time, bikers are getting killed and congestion becomes unbearable.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have blasted out of the blocks like world-beaters -- currently sporting a sparkling 6-1 record whilst sitting alluringly atop the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division -- and Leaf fans are naturally feeling all the appropriate emotions of supporters of a squad that's really on a roll. That is anxiousness, apprehension, fear, dread and paranoia.
He says "You don't believe I'm a nice guy? Here. Look at this." And that's the moment I knew...I have to get the FACK out of here! He's showing us pictures of him getting beat up by the cops! I don't know why he would show us these to prove how "nice" he is.
Toronto has launched a long-term, fully integrated, renovation project aimed at bringing back life and business to its beleaguered waterfront. Unlike other rehab development projects of the past, this one will offer a new wrinkle: An ultra high-speed fiber optic pipe with an IBM custom-made portal.
Les Misérables is a bonafide phenomenon of the stage. That 25th anniversary tour is the basis for this new Canadian production that Mirvish is currently presenting in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This new version is completely re-thought and re-designed.
I've been doing a lot of flying in and out of Toronto recently, and using the city's convenient two-pronged Billy Bishop downtown island airport almost exclusively to do so. The past four times I exited the ferry to catch a flight out of Billy Bishop, I witnessed the exact same behaviour of my fellow passengers:
I tell him he looks way younger than 43. "You don't look 34 either," he says. "Yay! We're just two people, defying age! We must look young, because we avoid things like marriage and babies!" He coughs a little. "Actually, I've had both."
Ivy Knight knows where to eat, drink and party in Toronto. She sat down with me to dish on the best spots the city has to offer.
John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the "Master Sommelier" credential to his name and is one of 188 master sommeliers currently sipping wine worldwide. Here John Szabo tells us about his hidden talents, favourite food and essential kitchen tools.
The 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games are fast approaching. Is Toronto ready? A recent blog written by Paralympic athlete and Canadian wheelchair tennis champion Joel Dembe suggests there is reason for concern.