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I had just turned 20 years old when I first began calling Toronto my home, although given where I was living at the time, "dwelled" probably would've been a better word. In the summer of 2014, my friend Dave and I foolishly decided to sign a lease that would lock us into living in a tiny bachelor apartment in the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood, a musky basement unit we lovingly nicknamed "The Palace."

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One of the best things about living in a city like Toronto is that, at any given time, there are thousands of new activities to try, flavours to taste and views to take in.

While it can be easy to go through the motions of your usual daily routine, getting out of your comfort zone and exploring your options is an important part of living life to its fullest.

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The time of year has come when Yonge Street becomes a mecca of rainbow flags and joy as Pride Week takes over Toronto. With tons of events taking place across the city, there's something for everyone to experience the wonders of the city's LGBT community ending off with the annual noteworthy Pride Parade which happens on the last Sunday in June. Before you go down to celebrate with hundreds of thousands of other Torontonians, here are some facts behind Pride Week and the significance it has to our city.

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Toronto always knows how to turn up the party every time Pride comes back around. And whether you're a guy or a girl, gay or straight, a vegan or a Satanist, you can definitely find something that tickles your fancy. So take a second and decide if you'd prefer to watch some fierce drag performances, catch some sun by the pool, rave in the streets, or casually stroll through vendors and weave in between food trucks. Our list has you covered for all the greatest (not to mention completely FREE) events happening during Toronto Pride Week!

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Photo cred - Hamish Grant

Summer's really over. Now that the temperature is steadily dropping towards zero, there's really no way to pretend you can still go tanning or leave the house in that cute sundress you've been rocking a lot. You know, the paisley one you wear to the park because you think it looks good against the grass. Nope, now is the time for sweaters and scarves and transitioning from frappachinos to lattes. But just because it's getting chilly out, doesn't mean you have to lock yourself inside and settle in for a long Netflix-filled winter just yet. There's still a couple of good weeks of relative warmth, and you should really try to take in as much outdoors as you can before they're gone.

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