Katharine Miller is a writer and lowbrow artist living in Toronto's Bloor West Village. Katharine likes to spend brisk autumn afternoons exploring the city's neighbourhoods with a coffee in hand and summer days seeking out the elusive peppermint stick ice cream. She always stops to say hello to outdoor cats.
One hundred years ago, Toronto's west-end neighbourhood The Junction was a designated dry ward, with no alcohol in sight. Although the ward lost its temperance status just 15 years ago, the Dundas West strip is already home to several independent breweries, bars and pubs. For a pub crawl or private celebration, The Junction's cozy pubs serve cocktails and comfort straight up. [Image credit: iStock.com/ Silvrshootr]
Comic book culture is on the rise, which is no doubt cause for the popularity of superhero blockbusters. In Toronto's comic stores, DC fans and Marvel newbies can get the latest issues or start a new collection. While each shop has its own unique vibe, they're all well-stocked with new and vintage titles sold by staff who are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. [Image credit: iStock.com/mediaphotos]
In this digital culture, some still prefer the warmth and ritual of playing a full-length album on vinyl. Whether it's a mint-condition original or a well-loved second-hand reissue, there's no better gift for music geeks. Boost your hi-fi IQ and pick up a stack of wax for the vinyl enthusiast on your list.
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