Western Canada

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The Northwest Territories-Yellowknife
Can you imagine high rise building way up in the great white north?  Well, that is what’s happening in Yellowknife on the northern side of the Great Slave Lake.  It has been getting an influx of tourists drawn my midnite tee times and other benefits of long daylight hours.  There are 2 new hotels going up, complete with japanese speaking staff to accomadate up to 10,000 Japanese tourists there to see the northern lights.   Look for a copy of UP HERE magazine for more info.  Go Wild Tours based in Inuvik near the arctic circle offers package trips.

Toronto
Toronto Gigs Click here.

Record stores
Rotate This, 186 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, Canada
Neurotica-585 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7, Canada-cheap vinyl
Kop’s & Vortex Kollectibles-229 Queen St. W., Toronto-(416)593-8523
Vortex Records-2309 Yonge, Toronto -(416) 483-7437-Great used selections
Soundscapes-572 College, Toronto-(416) 537-1620-slim but decent selections

Live Music-

The Dakota Tavern: 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3A1, Canada

The Garrison-197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3, Canada

Horseshoe Tavern-370 Queen Street West  Toronto, ON M5V 2A2, Canada (416) 598-4753

The Mod club-dance club with lots of big shows-not very mod
Opera House-735 Queen St. E. at: Broadview Ave. phn: (416) 466-0313.  Big space where Saint Etienne played, among others.
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern 370 Queen Street West Toronto

Silver Dollar room-486 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2H1, Canada
El Mocambo-464 Spadina Ave.at College St. Toronto (416) 968-2001 On the W. side of Spadina Ave., just S. of College St. Open til 3:00am-venue for smaller national and local acts.
Lee’s Palace-529 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst St. Toronto (416) 532-1598 On the S. side of Bloor, just E. of Bathurst subwaystop.  Daily 12:00am- 3:00am-Downstairs is club the Dance Cave
Rivoli-332-334 Queen St. W. at Spadina Ave. Toronto (416) 596-1908 Open til 2:00am -restaurant with back room with alt comedy and music.
Ted’s Wrecking Yard-549 College St. (above Bar Code) Toronto  (416) 928-5012-Local alternative act club.
Clinton’s Tavern-693 Bloor St. W. Toronto  (416) 535-9541-another small local act venue.

The Smiling Buddha-961 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A6, Canada

Dance Clubs-Roxy Blu-12 Brant St. at King St.-Toronto (416) 504-3222 lounge-like dance club (check to see if its current)

 

Bars-Sweaty Betty’s-Small, unpretentious hangout with mismatched furniture, a loungelike back room & a cozy patio.: 13 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1, Canada

Amusement Park
Canadas Wonderland. Great big Paramount park.  Lots of coasters.  Similar to Kings Dominion in Virginia.

Regional Specialty-Smoked Brisket Sandwiches.  The Jews that moved here in the early part of the 1900s smoked as well as cured their Corned beef and it is what you will find all over Toronto.  This is not peppery like Pastrami is.

Toronto is a city with three major Chinatowns, a couple of Little Italys and large communities of Asian, Greek, Portuguese, Polish and Indian immigrants. You will find Chinese restaurants along Spadina Avenue to the city’s Greek town, along Danforth Avenue.

There is another distinctly Torontonian characteristic: hybrids. You can find Polish-Canadian food, a Portugese-Italian groceries and places like a club called Fez Batik that advertised itself as a restaurant-bar-lounge-marketplace-tea house-smoke shop-candy store-gallery-coffee club.

Yonge Street (pronounced “young”), is a mishmash of clothing stores, cafes and restaurants frequented by students at the nearby University of Toronto.

The Brownstone Cafe is one of dozens of cheap, casual eateries along Yonge Street. Here, and in fact everywhere in Toronto you will find big portions and small prices. An entree and a drink cost around $9.

In Little Italy, on nearby College Street, which also caters to a young crowd, you willl find a swath of music clubs and bars.

Toronto’s main commercial strips are Queen Street West and the Kensington Market. Queen Street runs east-west through the heart of downtown. Its eastern flank is dominated by two hubs of activity: City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square, and the Eaton Center, a massive, blocklong mall with a soaring open-air atrium.

The western end of Queen Street has shorter town houses and buildings and a funkier, more inviting vibe. It is the city’s prime shopping street for young people, with dozens of quirky boutiques, designer outlets, antique stores and thrift shops. Art supply shops are also in abundance, evidence of the area’s reputation as an artists’ haven. The street also has a variety of bohemian restaurants like the Swallow, where a sign reads “No Smoking — Anything,” and where breakfast of eggs Benedict, fresh orange juice and coffee came to $8.50.

It can take a while to walk down Queen Street, primarily because stores keep catching your eye.
Kensington  Market is a kind of outdoor swap meet complete with overflowing fruit stands, fishmongers and vintage clothing stores sporting distressing names like Asylum.

Kensington Market is bordered on the east by Spadina Avenue, the main strip for the city’s Asian population. Locals say it’s hard to get a bad meal in Chinatown. Pho Hung, a Vietnamese restaurant, had specialties like fried frog and snail vermicelli soup peppering a menu of more traditional fare.

In Toronto most of the clubs are along a six-block stretch between Spadina Avenue and York Street.  The bars and clubs here are about five to a block. I tried a couple, paying a $3 cover at Fez Batik (the multi-hyphenated club described above) and a $6.70 cover at a dance club called the Plastique Lounge.Mixed drinks don’t seem to top $5.

Off Peter Street, there is a club called This Is London that has a staff outfitted in British bowler hats and trench coats. The two-level club plays house music.

Royal Ontario Museum at Bloor Street and Avenue Road has an enormous collection of dinosaurs, mummies and a nifty new earth sciences gallery. Better yet, the last hour of every day, and Fridays after 4:30 p.m., admission is free.

For shows, bargain hunters should visit the T.O. Tix booth in Eaton Center, which sells half-price tickets to many shows.
For general information about the city, call Tourism Toronto at (800) 363-1990; on the Internet, www torontotourism.com.

Places to Stay –
The Inverness, 287 Humberside Avenue, (416) 769-2028, is a four-room bed-and-breakfast in a 1923 house with fireplaces and terrazzo floors; $64 for a double with private bath, $50 with shared bath.
Hotel Victoria, 56 Yonge Street, (416) 363-1666,  is a straightforward downtown hotel with 66 rooms. Standard double with private bath, $84.

Places to Eat
Avli, 401 Danforth Avenue, (416) 461-9577, serves Greek food. A dinner of tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber dip), rabbit onion pie and baked fava beans came to $20 with a glass of wine. Dinner nightly, lunch Monday through Saturday.
Brownstone Cafe, 603 Yonge Street; (416) 920-6288. Oven-baked pasta with zucchini, peppers, onions and chicken, $6.  Open late morning to late evening.
Pho Hung, 350 Spadina Avenue; (416) 593-4274. Wonton soup and iced Vietnamese coffee cost around $5. Open 9:30 a.m. to around 10 p.m. daily.
The Swallow, 1544 Queen Street West, (416) 535-1811, is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Brunch all day; dinner (“urban comfort food”) is also served. Eggs Benedict, juice and coffee, $8.50.

Shopping
Iodine, 867 Queen Street West; (416) 681-0577.

Night Life
Fez Batik, 129 Peter Street; (416) 204-9660. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks from noon, usually until 3 a.m. Live music, usually Wednesday through Sunday; cover about $3 and up starting 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday.
Plastique Lounge, 128 Peter Street; (416) 506-9481. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Cover, $6.70; women are admitted free. D.J. music.
This Is London, 364 Richmond Street West; (416) 351-1100. Saturdays only from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $13.40 cover; D.J. music.

 

Kitchener, ON (Waterloo area)

Live Music-

The Boathouse in Kitchener’s Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Drive, Kicthener, ON

London, ON (near toronto)

Live Music- Call the Office – 216 York Street, on the north-west corner of York and Clarence (just south and across the street from Galleria mall).

Hamilton, ON

Record Store-
Sonic Unyon, 22 Wilson Street, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4X2

Live Music
The Underground-41 Catharine St N-Hamilton, ON 905.741.ROCK

This Ain’t Hollywood-345 James Street North, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H3-live music venue in an old public house

Niagara Falls, ON

Bar-
The Daily Planet has some Superman theming, is part of a hostel, and is where the locals hang out to party.  4573 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 2L7

Ottowa, ON

The alternative weekly for Ottowa is the Ottowa Xpress.

Live Music

Zaphods-27 York Street , Ottawa, ON-613.562.1010

Ritual Night Club-137 Besserer Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7, Canada, 613-680-7661-more a clubby club, but they have some big shows.

Peterborough, ON

Live Music-The MOHO-(montreal house) Awesome old building. They are very bad at updating their site, so if you are coming you might want to join their email list.282 Aylmer St.Peterborogh ON, K9J 3K7,705.748.2955

London, Ontario

Live music-
Call the office-lots o punk bands here.Call the Office is located at 216 York Street, on the north-west corner of York and Clarence (just south and across the street from Galleria mall). British Columbia

Sudbury, ON

Live Music-

The Asylum-19 Regent St, Sudbury, ON P3C 4B7, Canada

 

Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta

Local Chain-Burger Baron-Vintage burger chain with many locations but no central management

Live Music-

The Buckingham10439 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A1, Canada

 

Calgary, Alberta

Live Music-

Broken City613 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1, Canada

 

Manitoba, Canada

WInepeg, Manitoba

Live Music-

Handsome Daughter61 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B3, Canada Dive bar with live music

 

Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Live Music-

Vangelis Tavern- 801 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B5, Canada

Vancouver, BC

Check out these great links at Barstop.com.
Club Vibes lists local clubs.

Granville Island is a touristy island near Vancouver.  It can be reached by ferry.  On the Island is the Granville Island Museum, which is 3 museums.  One of sport fishing, one of model ships and a giant room of model trains.  1502 Duranleau Street. 604-683-1939

Eats-

Tomahawk BBQ1550 Philip Avenue  North Vancouver, BC V7P 2V8, Canada (604) 988-2612-Indian Trading post with Totem Poles.  They serve Yorkshire pudding with roast beef dinner, the Tomahawk beef dip sammy with garlic butter french dip sandwich, steak and mushroom pie 

Live Music-
Richards on Richards-1036 Richards Street, Vancouver, (604) 687-6794
Brickyard -315 Carrall Street-Vancouver, BC (604) 685-3978 -punk rock and grunge venue

Hindenburg-23 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, Canada

The Waldorf Hotel-1489 East Hastings Street Vancouver BC : 604-253-7141. The Waldorf Hotel, designed in 1947 in modernist style. In 1955, it went tiki.  reimagined as a creative compound where contemporary art, music, food and culture convene under one roof. Special events, unique spaces, great food and hospitality

Record Stores-
Scratch, 109 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E1
Zulu Records, 1869 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6J 1M4

Vancouver food-
White Spot, 2850 Cccambie Street-604-873-1252-good local hamburger chain

Victoria, BC
Official tourist site-Tourism Victoria.  Online list of clubs can be found hereClub Vibes has listings for western Canada including Vancouver and Victoria.

 

 

1970 postcard-Aeriel view of Horseshoe Fall, Niagara Falls, Canada

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