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1. Rage Room (26 Ashwarren Road)
Located in North York, the Rage Room offers a new way for people to let out stress and anger by smashing inanimate objects. For $20, you get 30-minutes in the Rage Room with 5 plates to start with. You get full protective gear and a range of weapons to choose from. The menu offers additional items such as a wine glass for $3 and a chair for $20. You can also bring a box of your own things to smash for an additional $20.
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2. Cuddle Parties (Various Locations)
This one is hard to explain. Cuddle Party is a federally-recognized non-profit organization that trains and certifies people to become "Certified Cuddle Party Facilitators." These facilitators host cuddle parties in various locations around North America—including Toronto. The idea is to create "safe and fun opportunities for people to learn about boundaries, communication, affection and non-sexual touch." There are a set of rules to follow at these cuddle parties including asking permission and receiving a verbal YES before touching anyone.
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3. The Biblio-Mat (1229 Dundas St. W)
The Biblio-Mat is essentially a vending machine that dispenses randomly-selected vintage books for $2. It is located inside The Monkey's Paw, a bookstore on Dundas West that is known for it's collection of old, rare books. The idea of the shop is to only feature unusual items. With a bit of research, I found this includes the 1970-71 Canadian Tire Fall catalogue and a book about the art of predicting female character traits according to breast shape. The books inside the vending machine are said to be equally as bizarre.
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4. Ireland Park (Bathurst St. and Queens Quay)
Ireland Park is a memorial marking the spot where 38,000 people landed after fleeing Ireland in 1847 during the Great Famine. At the time, Toronto only had a population of 20,000, but welcomed the Irish immigrants in search of a better life. The memorial park on Toronto Waterfront features five bronze statues that eerily depict the emotion of the historic event.
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5. The Cineforum (463 Bathurst St)
The Cineforum is a staple to Toronto's alternative film scene even though it is run by a man who plays films in his living room and yells at you. Reg Hartt set up a theatre in his Victorian-style home in 1992, where the public can come and watch an alternative film for a suggested donation of $20, or $10 if you're under 24 years of age. The theatre fits 20 people and is essentially rows of office chairs. The walls are covered in strange film memorabilia. Hartt delivers a lecture before and after each film and is famously known to yell and swear at his guests, especially if they request a modern film.
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6. The Half House (54 1/2 St. Patrick St)
Toronto's "half house" was a result of stubborn owners refusing to sell, and some extremely precise demolition. The half house used to be part of a row of houses built in the 1890s on what used to be Dummer Street. The exterior wall of the half house used to be a hidden, load-bearing wall used to divide the rooms of the house from its neighbour. The demolition crew was able to tear down the adjoining unit without disturbing the existing house whatsoever.
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7. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St George St)
This library holds the rare and special book collections at UofT that any visitor can request to view and handle. Their collections include Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), annotated proofs from Charles Darwin and Egyptian papyrus manuscripts (245 BC) all available to the public. The exposed floors of lined bookshelves is also a spectacle for the eyes, and resembles something out of a fairytale.
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8. Toronto Necropolis (200 Winchester St)
The Toronto Necropolis Cemetery is where many famous Torontonians have been buried. Located near Riverdale farm, the cemetery is the resting place for William Lyon Mackenzie, George Brown, Joseph Bloore (founder of Yorkville and namesake for Bloor Street) and Jack Layton. It also contains 18.25 acres of rare greenery, historic sculptures and some of Canada's best Gothic Revival architecture.