City Counc. Mary-Margaret McMahon (left), The Nooks owner Colleen Imrie (second from the left), Tara Jeronimus (second from the right), and Laneway project co-founder Michelle Senayah pose at Saturday's nookFEST

nookFEST brings together artisans and entrepreneurs

For creative entrepreneur Sean Kung, his concrete homeware business 1842 is a way for him to work with his hands.

Compared to his “real boring adult job” in digital media, creating concrete planters and lights is “a way to get that hands-on tangible work in,” Kung said.

patrons at the bar at Sauce

Noise complaints change the tune of Toronto’s music scene

Toronto has gained a reputation for it’s dying live music scene. Now, the city is looking to implement a number of changes to its noise bylaws to help out artists. That’s music to the ears of some bar owners, but not everyone agrees.

Digging into some of the best souvlaki in Greektown

Up and down Pape Street and along Danforth Avenue in Toronto’s Greektown, you will find one thing on every corner — souvlaki. The Observer canvassed the neighbourhood known for its servings of chicken and pork dishes in search of some of the best souvlaki Greektown has to offer.

Syrian refugees find a place of their own on the Danforth

It was September and the image of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who drowned trying to flee Syria with his family, was making global headlines. The image became a symbol for the millions of Syrians who were making desperate attempts to escape their war-torn homeland. For eight new mothers living in Toronto’s east end, the horrifying image […]

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

February can be a long month, despite what the calendar says.
It’s cold, people are broke from holiday splurges and spring is still just a foggy futuristic dream.
Cue the Winterfolk Blues and Roots music festival on the Danforth, happening from Fri. Feb. 12-14.

Danforth East Mural

The G-Word on Danforth East: Who has a say in gentrification?

Gentrification. Most people agree it’s a loaded word. Depending on where you sit on the property ladder, it could mean enjoying the boon of higher property values, or the fear of being displaced by them. The latest neighbourhood in Toronto’s east end to see this kind of change is the strip of the Danforth from Greenwood Avenue to Main Street, sometimes referred to as Danforth East.