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Published monthly, Our Neighbourhood is a free, community-based magazine, focusing on Arts & Culture, Food & Drink, Style & Fashion, and Health & Wellness. Our Neighbourhood reaches over 10,000 local readers every month who live, work and play in Queen West, King West & Liberty Village. Our Neighbourhood is distributed to selected condominiums, homes, retail businesses, banks, professional offices, fitness facilities, hotels and restaurants along Queen West, King West and throughout Liberty Village. Publisher: Roger Tumminieri 416.455.7320 | Roger@ONmagazine.ca Style & Fashion Editor: Manny Machado 416.996.5214 | Style@ONmagazine.ca

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Lifestyle Editor: Jaclyn Law jaclynlaw@gmail.com Graphic Design: Kerry Brennan Design@ONmagazine.ca Webmaster: Jason Verbovszky Webmaster@ONmagazine.ca Advertising Inquiries: 416.455.7320 | Sales@ONmagazine.ca The publication and all images within remain the property of Our Neighbourhood Magazine and may not be reproduced in any form without prior written consent of the Publisher. Views expressed in Our Neighbourhood Magazine by any contributor are not necessarily that of the staff or Publisher.

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Desi Di Nardo is a poet and author whose work has been published in numerous North American and international journals, performed at the National Arts Centre, featured in Poetry on the Way on the TTC, and displayed in the Official Residences of Canada. Her poetry has also been presented in schools across the country and translated into foreign languages. Her new book is titled The Plural of Some Things. Visit www. desidinardo.com Sue Edworthy has worked for over a decade as an arts administrator in theatre, dance and opera in Toronto. She is currently a Board Member for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. Dr. Matthew Follwell is a published author and radiation oncologist working at Princess Margaret Hospital. He is a member of the board of directors at Gallery TPW and is committed to the development of emerging art collectors. Manny Machado is a designer specializing in solutions in the form of Urban Space Styling: a combination of basic design elements fused with fashion, style and innovation; with a goal to create original spaces that reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Ben Peterson is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada’s largest international media development organization. Ben is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award, and is excited to bring the world to Our Neighbourhood. Taffi Rosen is a renowned photographer who has lived and worked in Liberty Village for over 20 years. Her still photography has taken her around the world shooting campaigns for fashion, editorial and advertising clients. According to composer, lyricist and freelance writer, Harry Lewis: “Taffi Rosen is Canada’s answer to Annie Leibovitz without the humungous budget!” Still photography is but one element of Taffi’s expertise. She also runs a full service production company from her Fraser Street studio, where she produces series for Television, as well as a variety of music and corporate videos. Carol-Ann M. Ryan is an art historian who writes, teaches, and manages art collections. She is an instructor at the Toronto School of Art, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Anastasia Vaskova is an Environmental Consultant who has been writing about environmental issues that affect us and our homes for 7 years. Her goal is to connect you, the reader, to the best products, websites and information to help make your environmentally friendly quest clear and easy. Gigi von Anrep is a licensed realtor who has been focusing on the King West, Liberty Village & West Queen West areas for the past 10 years. She has lived in Little Italy, Parkdale and King West over the past 18 years. Her love for these neighbourhoods, coupled with her years of experience as a downtown realtor help her relate to those seeking real estate information.

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Contents | November 2009

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What’s Up in Our Neighbourhood

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Gifts that Give Back

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Our World | Giving that Matters

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SHOP | Hidden Holiday Gems

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SHOP in Kensington Market Blue Banana Market

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These Are The People In Our Neighbourhood

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MAP | Eating & Drinking in Liberty Village

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Welcome to West Queen West

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More than just condos Michael Camber, Sales Representative

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Food & Drink | Recipe by Chef Tom Kral

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Arts & Culture Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

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Celebrate the Holidays on King West

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SHOP on King West | Black Line Studio

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Real Estate | ON the Market

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Real Estate Directory

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elcome to the November issue of Our Neighbourhood Magazine!

In an effort to encourage you to eat, drink and shop locally this holiday season, we’ve decided to concentrate on promoting businesses in West Queen West and Liberty Village. There’s no better time to support our local businesses than now. Enjoy,

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Gone are the days when volunteers have to go door-to-door to sell chocolate bars, fill out pledge forms or keep track of donations to raise money for a cause. Now organizations simply register for free at fundtunes.com which features digital music downloads at competitive rates. Once listed, supporters and volunteers of the charity, organization, team, school or club take advantage of email and social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to invite their friends, family and colleagues to buy five-song and 10-song bundles at fundtunes.com on behalf of their organization.

year-to-date. chooseyoursongs.com music library includes new releases, Top 100, Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, Jazz, and much more. When donors purchase their music bundles at FundTunes, they instantly receive a pin code via email and a link to the fundtunes. chooseyoursongs.com to download their digital music selection using their pin code as payment.

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undTunes, in association with Universal Music Canada, the largest record label in Canada, has launched a new website to download digital music to fundraise for a cause. The first of its kind in the country, FundTunes helps raise money for Canadian charities, nonprofit organizations, sports teams, schools, clubs, and community and theatre groups.

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Gifts That Give Back By: Jaclyn Law

othing captures the holiday spirit better than a gift that benefits the community. We’ve rounded up a selection of presents that you can wrap, as well as gifts you can buy in honour of a friend or family member. The best part? All of them come with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

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Help Torontonians living with mental illness by giving Gifts of Light from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camhgiftsoflight.ca). For $10 to $75, you can provide personal-care kits, blankets, cold-weather accessories (a hat, a scarf and mitts), healthy breakfasts, holiday gatherings, and the support needed for a patient to return to school or achieve his or her educational goals. 12

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With your help, CAMH offers support for people living with mental illness to return to school.

“Put a cap”on homelessness in Canada by ordering your Raising the Roof toque for a minimum donation of $10 plus $3 shipping (raisingtheroof.org). Support the life-saving work of Sick Children’s Hospital (shopsickkids.com) by buying holiday gift baskets, jewelry, kids’ books and flower arrangements through its online store. Surprise the animal lovers and kids in your life by “adopting” a critter ($25 and up) through the Toronto Zoo (torontozoo.ca/ adoptananimal.asp). The recipient gets an adoption certificate, an animal fact sheet

Kids love WWF-Canada’s adoption kits.

and newsletters. A special holiday package ($60) includes note cards. Another option is WWF-Canada’s symbolic adoption program (wwfstore.donorportal.ca), which helps the organization save endangered species around the world. For $40, you can choose from a menagerie of plush animals, which come with a gift bags, a certificate and a letter identifying you as the giftgiver. They’re so cute, you’ll want one for yourself!

ships, and organic farming initiatives. Another delicious choice is Delectable Collectibles ($10) by Mary McGrath (starstore.ca), a compilation of 75 popular recipes from The Toronto Star. All proceeds go to the Star’s Fresh Air Fund and Santa Claus Fund, which benefit our city’s underprivileged kids. Make your greeting cards even more meaningful by purchasing them from worthy organizations. Check out the beautiful cards from Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, which supports people affected by cancer (gildasclubtoronto.org); Children’s Aid Foundation (cafdn.org); MakeA-Wish Toronto & Central Ontario (makeawish.ca), which grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions; Mouth & Foot Painting Artists (mfpacanada.com), operated by artists with disabilities; and UNICEF Canada (shopunicef.ca), which offers designs by Canadian artists. continued on page 14 Card by UNICEF.

Foodies will drool over the Ace Bakery Cookbook ($28.95) (acebakery.com), which features recipes from the awardwinning Toronto breadmaker. Royalties support food and nutrition programs for low-income families, culinary scholarNovember 2009 | Our Neighbourhood Magazine

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Our World | Giving that Matters By: Ben Peterson

Shop Local,

Think Global Change a girl’s life with gifts from Plan Canada.

This holiday season, there are many ways to help people in need outside our borders. You can shop with a conscience at Ten Thousand Villages (709 Queen St. W., 416703-2263, and two other Toronto locations, or online at tenthousandvillages.ca), which gets its accessories, gourmet foods, baskets, CDs and more through fair-trade agreements with workers in developing countries. Support development projects in countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe by shopping at the YWCA International Boutique at 81 St. Clair Ave. E. (ywcatoronto. org/ways_give/boutique.htm), which offers handcrafted jewelry, cards, UNICEF products, decor items, fair-trade coffee and more. Coffee lovers will appreciate Bridgehead’s fairly traded beans ($15.25/lb and up), available online (bridgehead.ca). Help children learn about being good global citizens with Gifts of Magic Kid Packs ($35) 14

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from UNICEF Canada (shopunicef.ca). For each pack purchased, kids get a plush animal, a reusable lunch bag and a card to hang on their door, and UNICEF sends muchneeded items like mosquito nets and water purification tablets to children abroad. Improve the lives of girls in developing nations by buying gifts through Plan Canada’s “Because I Am a Girl” program (plancanada.ca). Options include everything from clean water, sewing machines and scholarships to mango trees and rabbits, which help families become self-sufficient. World Vision (worldvision.ca) offers “giving cards” – gift cards that let recipients pick out items such as antibiotics, soccer balls and other necessities for underprivileged kids.

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hat’s more important: supporting local businesses, or supporting local charities?

At most it’s a wash – they both employ people and build your community.Charities support those who need your assistance the most; local businesses reward work and commitment. Charities give you a tax receipt in return for your donation; businesses give you whatever you buy. So this holiday season I’m urging people to think long and hard about the implications

of the gifts they buy for others. Instead of going to Walmart, make a donation to a charity that improves human rights. Instead of buying books at Amazon, support a local book seller. In short, instead of buy a gift that’s easy, but a gift that’s right. It is, after all, the holiday season. Ben Peterson is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights. For more information, please visit: jhr.ca.

Through CARE Canada (care.ca), which fights poverty by empowering women and girls, you can help a woman entrepreneur start a small business by launching a savingsand-loans group ($54). November 2009 | Our Neighbourhood Magazine

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SHOP | Hidden Holiday Gems By: Jaclyn Law hen it comes to holiday shopping, retailers in Our Neighbourhood offer plenty of hip, stylish and unique wares for everyone on your list.This issue, we highlight three off-the-beatenpath boutiques where you’re guaranteed to find wishlist-worthy items that won’t blow your budget.

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For chic, flattering women’s wear that complements an active lifestyle, visit Cat Tilt (198 Walnut Ave., Unit 1, 416.519.5189, cattilt.com). “A lot of the pieces are yoga-influenced,” explains owner (and former yoga instructor) Alison Hamilton. “You should be able to move comfortably in everything and thing from Cat Tilt Clo

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still feel like you’re put together.” Cat Tilt offers several Canadian labels. CBE (Clothing Brand Experience) makes edgy grey hoodies with punchy purple

Alison Hamilton has lived in the Queen West neighbourhood for 10 years, so opening Cat Tilt here was an obvious move. “I really can’t imagine living in any other neighbourhood. I like that I can find everything I need within an eight-block radius of my home. It’s a nice mix of people, and I still find [the area] charming – it’s not so gentrified, and there’s still a lot of flair.” Hamilton enjoys classes at Yoga Space (148 Ossington Ave., 416.516.9940, yogaspace.net) and Downward Dog (735 Queen St. W., 416.703.8805, downwarddog.com), indulges in brunch at School (70 Fraser Ave., 416.588.0005, sbcto.com), and shops for loose-leaf tea at Tealish (198 Walnut Ave., Unit 2, 416.203.3301, tealish.com). She’s also a fan of the contemporary women’s wear at Meg (849 Queen St. W., 416.364.3983, megshops.com). “I’m a long-time customer. Their customer service is excellent. It’s a very friendly energy in there, and I try to recreate that in my store.” 16

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and turquoise accents ($120), and Yes Yoga, an organic cotton line, features versatile black pants layered with a miniskirt ($75). Hamilton is excited about Hoodie from Covet’s layering Cat Tilt pieces, including cowl-neck tops, sweaters, dresses and a plaid jacket ($75 to $185). She also carries Clary Sage, C05 and pretty cotton headbands ($23) by Toronto-based J.

Cocktail dress from Vocado

Hamilton strives to create a welcoming atmosphere. “I encourage people to come in and try things on. I treat this place like my living room.” And for those who prefer shopping from home, Cat Tilt’s online store launches in November. Delight your fashion-forward friends with presents from Vocado (171 East Liberty St., Unit 121, 647.347.7153, vocado.ca). The well-edited boutique offers Mackage gloves ($90 to $120), Susana Erazo belts ($70 to $150), and Lily&Jae hats with fauxfur trim ($50). Warm up with a must-have snood by Designers Remix ($80). (Don’t know what a snood is? Visit the store to find out!) continued on page 18 Hats and gloves from Vocado

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Owner Emily Dobbie, who opened Vocado’s doors this past spring, is also stocking cashmere sweaters by Minnie Rose ($150) and slinky cocktail dresses ($80 to $200) by BB Dakota, Mink Pink and Designers Remix. Snag a Mogil leather clutch with studs and zipper details ($90 to $200) or a Designers Remix bag ($100 to $300).

Factory ($34.99 and $39.99); and animal-shaped slippers by Fuzzy Friend Slippers ($24.95). We can’t wait to snuggle up in Cadeaux’s bathrobes, available for babies, children

Don’t hesitate to pick out a few things for yourself – Vocado’s gift registry is a godsend for anxious boyfriends and husbands. For cool items from Canadian labels, look no farther than Liberty Village’s charming Cadeaux Boutique (171 East Liberty St., Unit 139, 416.203.6912, cadeauxboutique.com). Francine Di Giacomo-Danan opened the store seven years ago, next to her embroidery business, Stitchy Lizard (stitchylizard.com). “Liberty Village was just the right place to be. It’s an up-and-coming, young neighbourhood and there were no gift shops in the area.”

Among Cadeaux’s treasures are fragrant gift baskets from Fruits & Passion; squeezable creatures from Monster

and adults ($30 to $150). Surprise your loved ones with custom monogramming and lettering ($5 to $10). You can also monogram aprons, napkins, and kids’ wear by Bechimex and Bizoux Bizoux. Foodies will love kitchen accessories from Trudeau, tableware from Maxwell Williams, and hand-painted platters from Nova Scotia’s Kiln Art. Items for the home include candles by Concord and Christmas decorations. Check out the lovely winterthemed greeting cards by Canadian photographer Jo-Anne Gauci. Too busy during the week? Don’t worry – Cadeaux is open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout November and December. All images on these two pages from Cadeaux Boutique

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SHOP in Kensington Market | Blue Banana Market By: Roger Tumminieri

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A shopping excursion like no other, Blue Banana Market is eclectic in every sense of the word. This two-storey loft space in Kensington Market consists of a vast collection of vibrant, one of kind items that run the gamete from gourmet food and greeting cards, to musical instruments and children’s toys. Blue Banana Market also sells jewelry, artwork, home décor accessories, furniture, and super-cool vintage gifts, to name but a few of its diverse offerings. They even have a café that, for the record, sells the most divine brownies and cupcakes! Everything you need or want is literally under one roof. Check out Blue Banana Market.Rest assured, there’s truly something for everyone here! Blue Banana Market is located at 250 Augusta Ave. | 416.594.6600 bluebananamarket.com

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EAT in West Queen West | Madras Pantry By: Roger Tumminieri

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adras Pantry puts a Canadian twist on Indian cuisine.

If you’re a fan of the dosa, then you already know how they are traditionally prepared. If you’re new to the dosa, allow me to describe this popular Indian treat... The dosa is essentially a crepe (made from rice flower and lentils), filled with vegetables and/or meat. A traditional dosa is folded in half and served with dipping sauces. It looks a lot like a big calzone. A dosa from Madras Pantry, on the other hand, is wrapped not folded; making it look more like a burrito. It’s also made-to-order from scratch in front of you, as opposed to the pre-made kind you’ll find elsewhere. Choose from a variety of different menu options that aim to put a North American spin on a traditional Indian favourite. A dosa from Madras Pantry is also gluten free and vegan-friendly options are available. If you’re eating in, you’ll enjoy all the sights that Madras Pantry has to offer, including vibrant, sideshow-inspired murals and a wall painting that features a chicken and a cow wrestling. Madras Pantry also has a large wall space dedicated to imported dry goods from India. If you choose to grab your dosa and go, join the many others eating them in Trinity Bellwoods Park directly across the street. You can even borrow your own picnic basket! Madras Pantry is located at 877 Queen St. W. | 416.777.0026 32

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Food & Drink | Recipe by Chef Tom Kral Here’s a recipe for a hearty, healthy dish I really enjoy making at this time of year. Enjoy it by the fire with a crusty baguette, while snuggling with your significant other... true comfort food!

Chicken Coq Au Vin Chicken Pieces in Red Wine Sauce

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1 whole 1 cup 1 medium 200 gram 8 pieces 1 pieces 1 tablespoon 3 sprig 1/2 cup 2 cup 1 liter

Chicken Flour Onion (sliced) Bacon (diced) Wild Mushrooms (sliced) Ripe Tomato (diced) Garlic (chopped) Thyme (fresh) Olive Oil Red wine Chicken Stock (or cube) Salt to taste Pepper to taste

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Cut the chicken into pieces Toss the chicken pieces into flour Heat a pan of oil, fry chicken until golden brown Remove the chicken, place on a tray Add bacon, cook this to release the fat Add onion, cook until it gets a little brown Add mushrooms, cook until the ingredients are nice and brown Add garlic, cook until brown Deglace the pan with the wine Add the chicken, chicken stock, fresh thyme, tomato, salt & pepper Simmer until the chicken is cooked and tender

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Arts & Culture | Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival By: Carol-Ann Ryan

The 17th Annual

Rendezvous with Madness presented by Workman Arts

The Silver Screen Analyzed N ov e m b e r 5 - 1 4 , 2 0 0 9 repare yourself for another rendezvous – your opportunity to view poignant and humorous cinematic perspectives on mental illness and addiction returns at the highly anticipated Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. Maintaining its home base in Our Neighbourhood, the festival will take place at two venues this year. The traditional site for screenings, the Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West, will be complemented by a new site at 651 Dufferin Street, also the new home of Workman Arts.

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Rather than maintain the traditional status quo that addiction and mental illness are known but not spoken of, Rendezvous with Madness confronts these real-life issues in the accessible medium of film. Each program is coupled with a thematic, moderated, post-screening panel discussion with filmmakers, people living with the experience of the issue explored, a health care professional and a special interest person. By bringing such topics to the fore through narrative cinema and real-life experiences, addiction and mental illness are boldly addressed.This endeavour aims to break down stereotypes and arrive

at an understanding between people directly and/or indirectly affected by these realities. Both Canadian and international films will be screened in formats ranging from short to feature-length. Highlights this year include the Canadian premiere of Clara, by the critically acclaimed Helma Sanders-Brahms, a highly awarded female voice of New German Cinema. This biopic of Clara Schumann is a grand tale of passion, betrayal and redemption about a woman torn between her husband, Robert Schumann,and his young protégé Johannes Brahms. Presented at the opening night gala, Clara will screen again on November 14th. A new program offered for 2009 is Animania, celebrating decades of National Film Board animators who have been drawing from the altered realities of mental illness and addiction to create worlds of unsurpassed beauty, horror, and brilliance. Among a selection of past and present animated gems, the critically acclaimed and Oscar Award winning Ryan (2004) by Chris Landreth will be screened along with its 2009 follow-up, The Spine. You will find these interactive viewing experiences and more at the 17th edition of

the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. Its presenter, Workman Arts, is a not-forprofit multidisciplinary arts organization that supports individuals who receive mental health and addictions services in their artistic pursuits and promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through various artistic media. Find more information about the festival, its programs and events at: rendezvouswithmadness.com November 2009 | Our Neighbourhood Magazine

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Celebrate the Holidays on King West

Shop on King West | Black Line Studio

By: Roger Tumminieri

By: Roger Tumminieri

he holiday season is upon us and this is the time of year when people get together with their friends, family and co-workers to celebrate another year coming to an end. So many unique restaurants and clubs reside on King Street West; attracting people from near and far to eat and drink in Our Neighourhood. One of these is the Foggy Dew.

nly four years after opening its doors, Black Line Studio has become a haven for body art in Toronto. The studio showcases five handpicked artists who lead clients from the conceptual planning to the final session of a tattoo. Black Line also houses some of the best piercing staff in the business and has an unparalleled selection of body jewelry. They also carry many unique lines of jewelry, such as Scott Kay, Double Cross, and Millefiora. Shop for clothes at Black Line and choose from designers like Dom Rebel, Robin Jeans, and Salvage just to name a few.

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taking advantage of all the Foggy Dew’s nooks and crannies for functions large and small. If you’re celebrating the holidays on King West, be sure to check out The Foggy Dew. The Foggy Dew is located at 803 King St. W. | 416.703.7423 foggydew.ca

A new addition to the studio, Uno de 50, is a collection that its Spanish designers proclaimed as “all decidedly artistic and certainly rebellious”. A line of jewelry that is designed with personality in mind, in its pure state, Uno de 50 transcends fashion and trends. Driven by the desire to offer very exclusive pieces, no more than 50 pieces per model are manufactured. The brand is designed for people who want to break out of the mould, who have a great sense of

aesthetics and who are attracted to what is different, even prohibited. Like Uno de 50, Black Line is unique and rebellious, far from the typical “tattoo parlor”. The studio is a mix of art, clothing, jewelry, piercing and custom tattoos; a place to feel inspired and relaxed.

Black Line is offering a ON Magazine readers a free handcraft lock charm with any purchase of an Uno de 50 piece over the holiday season. Black Line Studio is located at 577 King St. W. | 416.850.8227 blacklinestudio.ca

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Christmas in Real Estate

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am often asked whether this time of year is a good time to put your home up for sale or whether one should wait until after the holidays. In my opinion, the lead-up to Christmas can be a great time to sell – for several reasons! First of all you, can decorate your home for this festive time of year; dressing it up and showing off its best features. If you have outdoor spaces, put up lights and create a welcoming ambience. Put a wreath on your front door and make your home feel warm and comfortable. Leave your lights on since the long cold evenings are upon us. When the door first opens you want prospective buyers to see a house filled with warm lighting, showcasing its best features. First impressions are always of the greatest importance. The second reason I feel selling during the holidays is a great idea is because there are fewer listings on the market than at another times during the year. Most sellers will wait until January or February as they don’t want to be disturbed during their holiday celebrations. Selling your home is very invasive. But, during the holidays, most people are out anyway doing their gift shopping after work, attending parties and work functions. All of these activities will keep you occupied while your home is being shown. With fewer listings on the market, the buyers have less to choose from – less competition makes you look great. Buyers shopping for a new home during the holidays tend to be serious and ready to buy. They have an agenda in mind and need/want to find their home now. They feel motivated 42

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to buy when not everyone else is looking with hopes of avoiding the bidding wars that take place when more buyers are actively shopping for homes. In general the holiday season is a prettier time of year – the street impression is better as most homes are lit up and decorated. And if there’s snow, everything looks fresh and new! Come January, the snow piles are higher and dirtier and people are already groaning about the long cold winter ahead. But really no matter how you look at it, as long as interest rates are reasonably low, jobs are reasonably safe and the price being asked is reasonable, the market doesn’t have any “down” times. In any market a home can sell – the key is understanding your market place and adapting to it. Buyers set the prices, not the sellers.

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