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Canadian Tire's Hilarious Branding Is Giving No Name A Run For Its Money (VIDEOS)

To be frank, we're eating this up!

Well, it looks like there’s a new player in town. Canadian Tire’s "Frank" brand has the country laughing out loud at the adorable characters and punny names featured on the store’s products. And frankly, when it comes to laughs, they’re giving the popular No Name brand a run for their money.

Canada’s love for No Name products is no joke. In fact, the love is so strong we literally wear it on our sleeves. 

However, recent TikTok videos showcasing Candian Tire’s private label has everyone falling fast for Frank. 

Unlike the no-nonsense dry humour that we’ve come to expect with No Name products, the Frank brand feels like an equally funny, but even more playful alternative. 

From bags of chips with hilarious names like “Frank puts the kettle to the metal” to dish sponges named “Frank doesn’t scrub you the wrong way,” we can’t help but relate to the character. 

The best part? It seems like Frank snacks are actually pretty delicious too, with plenty of people boasting about the chips and candy on social media. 

So if you’re looking for a little laugh, why not check out the snack or cleaning aisle at your local CT?

You never know what Frank will be up to next.

Unlike No Name, Frank doesn’t seem to have its/his own social media... yet.

However, one Canadian took it upon themselves to create a hilarious Instagram account for the brand and it’s too funny.

Others have taken to Twitter to express their need for a Frank account. 

"Wonder how I can score a job in Canadian Tire marketing for Frank products because they are all so FUNNY," one user wrote.

No Name has taken full advantage of their popularity, releasing things like T-shirts, phone screen backgrounds, and even mini BBQs.

That just leaves us wondering when we might see the first Frank T-shirt. 

"Frank suits this down to a tee." We can see it.

So there you have it. Two Canadian brands winning us over with humour and affordable snacks.

Your move, Loblaws Co.!

You don't need a trip to Rome in order to taste some incredible pasta and gooey pizza.

We asked Narcity readers for their favourite Italian restaurants in Toronto, and here are some of the most popular responses.

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Sugo

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Price: 💸

Cuisine: Italian, American

Address: 1281 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This spot received an overwhelming number of shoutouts, and with its giant portions, affordable prices, and delicious sauces, it's no wonder it's a foodie-favourite.

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Terroni

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: This restaurant is so good, even royalty approves of it. Meghan Markle once gushed about the venue's spicy chilies in an interview with Vanity Fair, and Torontonians say the Bolognese is not to be missed.

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Trattoria Nervosa

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 75 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you love pasta, this is the place to order from. According to locals, the food is even better than a meal in Italy.

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Scaddabush

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Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: Offering a range of pasta, pizza and fresh mozzarella, you can get a true taste of Italy when dining from this spot.

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Eataly

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 55 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: With three levels of food, groceries, and bars, this venue is basically an Italian vacation. Foodies recommend trying the fritto misto when ordering from here.

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Sotto Sotto

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Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 120 Avenue Rd. Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Loved by locals and celebrities alike, Sotto Sotto is known for its authentic dishes, fresh pasta and delicious grilled seafood.

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Taverna Mercatto

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Cuisine: Italian

Address: 120 Bremner Blvd., Suite 100, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you order from this classic Italian cavern, the gnocchi and prosciutto pizza are must-tries.

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Grazie Ristorante

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 2373 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: With an amazing atmosphere and incredible pasta and pizza, foodies can't get enough of this spot.

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NODO

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: This Italian venue offers made-from-scratch dishes with a focus on pizza and pasta.

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Cibo Wine Bar

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: Featuring all the classic favourites as well as some modern dishes, this restaurant and wine bar is worth keeping in mind for your next feast.

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Marcello's Pizzeria

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Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 1163 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can choose from a huge selection of authentic Italian dishes when ordering from this popular spot.

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Pizzeria Libretto

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Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple locations

Why You Need To Go: You'll be in pizza heaven when ordering from this venue, which has tons of flavours and gluten-free options.

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Forget about hiking for hours; this Ontario waterfall is just steps away from the parking lot.

You'll want to add the dazzling 18-metre tall Inglis Falls in Owen Sound to your travel bucket list.

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Following the trail, you'll quickly reach a designated lookout over the impressive cascade that tumbles over the limestone.

Here, it's easy to imagine you've been transported to the Amazon Rainforest as you see the rushing falls and lush ferns.

If you want to explore the area further, there are over 7 kilometres of trails in the conservation area to discover where you can see colourful birds and the ruins of a grist mill.

Inglis Falls

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Price: $10 parking fee

Address: 237785 Inglis Falls Rd., Owen Sound, ON

Why You Need To Go: There are so many breathtaking waterfalls to see in the area that you could plan a driving tour to see them all.

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Toronto

A Toronto Driver Was Stopped By Police For Zoom Calling At 100 km/h

"Zoom calls are a reality. Just don't do them while driving."

With so many people working from home during the pandemic, the work/life balance of many Torontonians has looked quite different.

But Toronto police say there is a line to be drawn when it comes to being on Zoom calls in your car, which is why one driver got stopped on the Gardiner Expressway today.

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Police say the driver was "unbelievably" in a Zoom conference call while driving at 100 kilometres per hour on the Gardiner.

"Zoom meetings are a reality," police tweeted. "Just don't do them when driving."

It's not the first time Ontario police have pulled someone over for trying to get some work done on their phones; in 2019, a Kitchener man got busted by police for watching a YouTube tutorial while driving.

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Justin Bieber's World Tour Has Been Pushed To 2022 & People Have A Lot Of Questions

There have been a lot of "Changes" made to the tour.

The long-awaited Justin Bieber world tour has been pushed back yet again. The Justice World Tour is now expected to kick off on February 18, 2022, in San Diego and it now includes the addition of seven new shows across North America.

One Canadian location was added at Montreal's Bell Centre on March 29, 2022, and Ontarians can expect to see the Biebs in Toronto and Ottawa on March 25 and March 28, respectively.

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Many fans took to Twitter and Instagram to share their reactions, which range from total hype to absolute question.

Some have questions regarding what will happen to their tickets, and whether or not the tour is the same as the former 2021 tour.

Evenko said in a press release that tickets will be honoured for everyone who already paid for the 2021 tour, and to expect to receive an email from their ticket providers with all appropriate updates and options if they're unable to make the changed date.

While tropical getaways may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Canada, B.C.'s beaches are something that can actually fit the bill. There's no need to hop on a plane when there are plenty of beach-y options spread across our country's west coast.

From downtown Vancouver to the islands, there are plenty of places to escape to for a weekend getaway or to spend a hot summer day lazing out in the sand. You're going to want to put these beauties on your bucket list.

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Savary Island

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Address: Savary Island, BC

Why You Need To Go: It's one of the many islands in the Strait of Georgia, which boasts to have some of the warmest warmer north of Mexico. It's a bit of a trek from Vancouver (we're talking over 140 kilometres away), but the island offers several different accommodations that would complete the experience of a tropical getaway – just in Canada's great backyard.

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Tribune Bay

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Address: St Johns Point Rd., Hornby Island, BC

Why You Need To Go: This beach is known as "Little Hawaii" for a reason– its clear blue waters and sandy beaches will make you feel like you're in Honolulu instead of on Hornby Island. If you come by around the springtime you'll get to see wildflowers framing the hills around the beach.

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Spanish Banks

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Address: Northwest Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: There are three different sections to the Spanish Banks and when the tides are low the shore can stretch out to one kilometre long, giving you tons of plenty of room to spread out your towel and get your tan on. Aside from the sandy shores, this beach also offers outdoor volleyball courts and off-leash dog parks.

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Chesterman Beach

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Address: Tofino, BC

Why You Need To Go: Tofino is known for its surf-style beaches, and Chesterman Beach is one of the places to go and do that. If you head towards the north part of the beach where the tide pools are, you could potentially see some interesting marine life like sea stars and anemones.

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Kal (Kalamaka) Beach

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Address: 13836 Kalamaka Rd., Vernon, BC

Why You Need To Go: Kal Beach not only has soft sand, but it also offers stunning south-facing views that look onward to Kelowna. It almost gives you the ability to see the lake from end to end.

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Crescent Beach

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Address: Beecher St., Crescent Beach, Surrey, BC

Why You Need To Go: With a pier that will almost remind you of the one in Santa Monica, this beach is great if you want to take a stroll on the sand. There are also a variety of nature trails you can take in the area if you want to mix in some play time with a relaxing finish at the beach.

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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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If you want a quick energy boost, you don't NEED to chug coffee. Did you know simply inhaling scents can lift your mood and boost productivity, too?

Aera is a company that embraces the science of scents which is why they came out with a series of diffusers and fragrances that will refresh your home and elevate your mood.

The Smart Diffuser is $199 USD (around $240 CDN) and it connects to your phone so you can program it any time, even when you're not home. You can set it up so that your apartment smells nice and fresh by the time you come home from work.

The Touch Diffuser is cheaper, $149 USD (around $180 CDN), but the thing is you will have to program it manually.

Narcity Readers can now get free shipping on orders over $50 with the promo code SHIPFREE21. valid until May 31.

You're probably thinking "but I just bought 20 candles from Anthropologie this week!" No judgement, here. Candles are so cute and are really fun to shop for. But the great thing about the Aera diffuser is that it lasts ten times longer than the average candle. So, you may be spending a couple hundred dollars upfront, but you'll actually be saving money in the long run.

The company recently released a couple new fragrances including Pear Brulee (pear with a hint of vanilla and hazelnut) and Tropical Sunrise (fresh mango, pineapple and mandarin).

If you're not into fruity scents, there are floral, aromatic and woody scents to choose from as well. The Home Hygiene Linen and Lemon is a best-seller.

Right now you can pick five fragrances to sample for just $20 USD (about $25 CDN). It's a good way to familiarize yourself with their selection before you make a decision.

Aera Smart Diffuser

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Price: $199 USD (around $240 CDN)

Details: You don't have to come home to a funky-smelling apartment ever again. This smart diffuser connects to your phone so you can program it anywhere, anytime.

Narcity readers can get free shipping on orders over $50 with the promo code SHIPFREE21, valid until May 31. You can also get up to five different scent samples for $20 USD so you can play around and see which ones you like best.


$199 USD on AERA

The TTC is launching a pilot program this month that will allow bus riders to use Wi-Fi on certain routes.

The new initiative, which was outlined in the agency's latest report, will be installed on a trial basis.

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It will be tested on over 60 buses throughout the coming months. Residents taking the 35 Jane route will be able to access free Wi-Fi starting at the end of May, while the 102 Markham Rd. route will launch the pilot in early June.

The buses will reportedly be "specially marked" to help commuters identify which ones offer internet services.

The move is a small step in expanding the city's established ConnectTO program.

Montreal

Justin Bieber sera en spectacle à Montréal au printemps 2022

OUI, il y a des billets de dispos dès maintenant!

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Le chanteur canadien Justin Bieber vient tout juste d'annoncer les dates de sa tournée Justice World Tour,et un arrêt au Centre Bell de Montréal est prévu.

La tournée de Bieber débutera à San Diego, le 18 février 2022, et Montréal sera la 16e ville où il se donnera en spectacle, le 29 mars 2022. Ce sera d'ailleurs le seul arrêt dans la Belle Province.

Cette série de spectacles devait débuter au début de l'été, mais est finalement déplacée à 2022 « en raison des restrictions de la COVID-19 qui varie selon les États américains », peut-on lire dans un communiqué partagé par Evenko.

Tous ceux qui ont acheté des billets pour le concert du 6 juillet 2021 à Montréal pourront utiliser leur laissez-passer pour le spectacle de la tournée Justice World Tourau Centre Bell.

« On travaille fort pour que cette tournée soit la meilleure jusqu'à maintenant », confie Justin Bieber.

Quelques billets sont encore disponibles sur le site officiel d'Evenko.