Thursday, September 29, 2011

"What's Your Hub?" Featuring Vasta

Into a great foodie experience? In this episode of "What's Your Hub?", Vasta (@vasta) shares his love for the new and vibrant #OssingtonandDundas Hub!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest post: A Foodie's #TransitHubbing Adventure to Portland and King

We at TransitHub are thrilled to feature our first guest post from our #TransitHubbing "Foodie Correspondent", Nhi Tran (@n2t2). Not only is this Nhi's very first restaurant review, it's her first blog post... ever! Show Nhi some love and read about her delicious adventure at Wvrst at the Portland and King Hub...
- John Krissilas

There are a number of great restaurants in the King West neighbourhood, one new restaurant is Wvrst located just west of King and Portland.

I decided to try Wvrst one evening to see what all the hype was about. When you walk into the restaurant you notice large wooden tables and benches in the centre of the space and the kitchen and bar are located along the walls. The concept of the restaurant is pretty causal, we were handed a menu when we walked in, you can choose from various types of sausages in the display window or order one off the menu. After you order they encourage you to find your own seat where they will bring your food and drinks straight to your table.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

European Festivals galore in September! - A #TransitHubbing Adventure

Toronto is known for many things and the abundance of cultural festivals is certainly one of them! As a festival buff, I try to make it to as many as I can throughout the year.

During the weekend of September 16 to 18, two exciting European festivals were held. The Polish Festival took place in the historical Roncesvalles Village on Roncesvalles Avenue between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. The Ukrainian Festival was held in the Bloor West Village on Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Glendowynne Road.

As expected, food, music and performances took centre stage although I did come across some quirky displays as well. Check it out ...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

More street art afoot at Spadina & Queen

If you liked the guest post on the street art of Rush Lane by Ionatan Waisgluss, we've got good news. There's even more street art activity afoot near the Spadina and Queen Hub, this time on the street itself. From the corner of Spadina and Queen, walk east on the north side of Queen St. and you'll find a random assortment of vivid imagery and establishment-challenging depictions, many of them by street artist Tyler Elijah Hallett. Below, enjoy our #TransitHubbing Adventure down this sidewalk gallery. Then see the art in person before it's all power-washed away...

Monday, September 19, 2011

"What's Your Hub?" Featuring Carolyn Van

In this dark and spooky episode of "What's Your Hub?", we talk to Carolyn Van, partner at thirdocean and foodie extraordinaire, about #AugustaandCollege, Kensington Market, and jumbo empanadas!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Arcadia Gallery at Bathurst & Queens Quay - a #TransitHubbing Adventure

The Bathurst and Queens Quay Hub rests at the bottom-left corner of the lakeside sector of Toronto's transit system. Venturing past the usual harbourfront fare and into this idyllic part of the waterfront community is like venturing into another world. Relaxing gardens, sweat-inducing basketball courts, and little-known parks will greet you when you get there. But nestled within this Hub is another hidden gem of the artistic kind: the paintings, photographs, and performances at the Arcadia Artist Co-op's Arcadia Gallery, open every Saturday afternoon...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TUFF Panel Discussion this Wed. Sept. 14 at 6pm near Gladstone & Queen

A quick note to all you #TransitHubbers out there! While TransitHub aims to be a community for commuters, there's an awesome film festival for commuters, too: the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), an underground "silent" film festival happening now until Sept. 18 on a TTC subway station screen near you.

Tomorrow (Wed. Sept. 14), however, there will be a special event at the Drake Hotel (just a few blocks away from the Gladstone and Queen streetcar stop): a special panel discussion on urban screens as an art form at 6pm.

In addition, the Drake Hotel will also be hosting a looped screening of all of the 1-minute films from TUFF from 11am to 5pm over the weekend (Fri. Sept. 16 to Sun. Sept. 18). So you've got another reason to head over to the lively Gladstone and Queen Hub.

The details are below, and we hope to see you there. Happy #TransitHubbing!

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Sprint Saturdays" and that Startup Weekend feeling

One of the biggest challenges that startups founded at Startup Weekend can sometimes face is building on the huge amount of momentum that the 3-day competition ignites. Think about it: mind-bendingly tight deadlines, shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration, midnight coffee runs - how can our team of eight possibly recreate the experience of participating in the productivity-pushing competition? This question led our talented group of TransitHubbers to introduce a new, Startup Weekend-inspired element of how we work together which we call "Sprint Saturdays"...

Friday, September 9, 2011

TransitHub featured on the Startup Weekend Blog!

Great #TransitHubbing news this week as TransitHub was featured on the global Startup Weekend Blog! The Startup Weekend community spans cities all across the world, and hopefully this post will get more entrepreneurs and tech-savvy individuals excited about the idea of TransitHub coming to their city. Below is the post that was featured, titled "How Startup Weekend Brought the TransitHub Team Together":

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Guest Post: Rush Lane

TransitHub is pleased to welcome a guest blogger today, Ionatan Waisgluss. We hope you enjoy his contribution about street art in Toronto, specifically, Rush Lane near the Spadina & Queen hub.
- Neil Jain

If you happen to find yourself in the Queen and Spadina area, just south of the magic of Chinatown, you’re only steps away from a guerilla art gallery of astounding proportions. Half a block south of Queen St., stretching from Spadina Ave. west to Portland St,, there is a series of laneways known as Rush Lane, or Graffiti Alley. Within this very walkable area, you can find all shapes, sizes and styles of guerilla art on surfaces ranging from the railings of fire escapes to oh-so vulnerable brick fa├žades.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"What's Your Hub?" Featuring Neil Jain

In the very first episode of "What's Your Hub?" we talk to TransitHub Team member Neil Jain about the dynamic #SpadinaandBloor and Thursday night sidewalk salsa!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Urban Eatery: The Most Upscale Food Court in Toronto!

Today, the Eaton Centre unveiled its brand-new food court called the Urban Eatery! It's gotta be the most upscale food court in the city.

It's lunch time! Feed the masses!

Located at the Yonge & Dundas hub, the food court features your regulars including McDonalds, A&W and Subway as well as some lesser-known brands such as Urban Herbivore, Shanghai 360 and Amaya Express. Each joint has their own unique decor, even KFC!

Parliament & Carlton - A #TransitHubbing Adventure

Ah, Parliament and Carlton, an out-of-the-way Hub if there ever was one! Although hopping on the eastbound streetcar at College Station may not seem like the best of choices, once you arrive at this Cabbagetown Hub a few minutes later, you'll have no regrets! Located on a beautiful strip featuring trendy shops and a variety of tastes, this Hub with the "small town" feeling is definitely worth the trip - an excellent #TransitHubbing Adventure!