For the past 11 years Single in the City has been committed to fostering a low-pressure, friendly environment. Parties include speed dating events and men and women who attend Single in the City's public events in person become verified members of the online dating pool, making it easier to meet dedicated, interested partners on the website.
Employing professional broadcast equipment, the memory restorers at Toronto Home Movies weave threadbare tapes into a sleek tapestry of digital imagery. Adept analog whisperers gently coax VHS, HI8, 8MM, Digital 8, and MiniDV ($12.50 per hour) or film ($25 for 100 ft. of 16mm film) into selflessly giving their content to the 21st century. Audio/visual virtuosos ready home videos, old movies, and public service announcement collections for transfer with a thorough cleaning and conditioning. After technicians edit out reel markers and empty frames, computers step in to scrutinize and enhance every frame for optimal colour and clarity. Customers leave with a high-quality DVD that, like every sequel ever made, is a vast improvement on the original.
By fusing together a bistro, jazz club, and art gallery, The Gallery Studio Cafe remains dedicated to owner Derek Houghton's vision of supporting local artists. Chef Carol, The Gallery Studio Cafe's certified cuisine concocter, assembles an array of tapas, soups, sandwiches, and brunch fare in her open kitchen, allowing diners to watch as Carol preps their meals and sharpens her samurai swords for vegetable chopping. Comfy European white leather furniture cozies up beside the café's real fireplace amid canvases crafted by local and international artists displayed throughout the expansive gallery space. In addition to jazz performances four nights a week, ranging from Thursday-night acoustic renditions to Saturday-afternoon sessions, The Gallery Studio Cafe hosts abundant musical events, including swing music every second Wednesday of the month and whenever Fred Astaire's ghost drops by.
In real life, smiling is one of the easiest ways to be friendly and flirtatious. This is also true on the online dating site Lavalife.com, whose free Smile tool can be used to send a grin to any members who appeal to you. Once the virtual connection is made, guests or members in any of Lavalife.com's three communities—dating, relationships, and intimate encounters—can communicate through a variety of platforms, including voice and mobile. To help users find matches among millions of profiles, Lavalife.com offers customized searches with various filters, including age, location, languages spoken, and Star Wars versus Star Trek. Lavalife.com enforces strict privacy rules for its 18 and older clientele, and its customer-service team mans phones and email 24/7 to answer any user questions.
Rebel’s Rock evokes a traditional Irish county pub, where a cozy atmosphere complements made-from-scratch dishes and a draft-only beer selection. The menu lists three poutine variations, including Dawnes Mess, an Irish interpretation sporting three irish cheeses, Trimelston beef gravy, and a charming brogue ($7). Requisite Irish eats abound, from shepherd's pie ($10) to fish and chips, made with beer-battered North Pacific haddock ($10/5 oz.; $14/10 oz.). The Rebel burger flouts the rules with its combination of a juicy patty and house-made square sausage and its fondness for drag racing ($10).