Where to Buy a Fraser Fir Christmas Tree in Toronto

We had an artificial tree for many years, having received it as a very thoughtful present at our November wedding. After about 15 years this tree was ready to be replaced and a few years ago we started buying a real Christmas tree, which is so much fun. We head to Tom's Dairy Freeze the weekend after they get their first shipment, which is usually the last week of November. They have a beautiful selection of both Balsam and Fraser firs. We buy a Fraser fir because they are considered the longest lasting trees, with strong branches for all my heavy ornaments. If you are looking for a real Christmas tree in Toronto, Tom's is great. They will help you choose your tree, chop the base with a chainsaw, and load it into your car. You may have heard that there is a Christmas tree shortage this year so if you are planning to purchase a real tree this weekend is probably the time to do it so it doesn't get stressful. Tom's still has plenty, and another lovely local place selling real Christmas trees in Mississauga is Dairy Cream on Lakeshore (it's like the Tom's of Port Credit!) Rosie :)

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MARS FOOD | College Street: NOW CLOSED

The beloved Mars diner in Toronto has closed, announced by the notice on the door. It's been a landmark on College since 1951, serving it's dependable and beloved breakfast and comfort food favourites like grilled cheese, turkey clubs and westerns. Toronto greasy spoons like this sure are dwindling; if you have suggestions for other unpretentious casual restaurants that serve all-day-breakfast in Toronto, leave them in the comments. Rosie :)

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Official Tree Lighting in Toronto 2021 | Bloor-Yorkville

One of my favourite areas of the city to visit for holiday light magic is Yorkville. It's already sparkling away and the official tree lighting hasn't even happened yet! That's this Saturday November 27th, from 5-7pm at the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St. & Bellair St.) One of my favourite Canadian artists, Kiesza, is performing! Here's a little preview of the area... this beautiful tree is in the Yorkville Village shopping centre on Yorkville Avenue (it used to be Hazelton Lanes).

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Click here for details on the Bloor-Yorkville official tree lighting event. It's free in support of CANFAR... there will be pure Ontario maple syrup frosted on snow for a $2 donation. Rosie :)

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Fade in: Cafe | East Toronto: NOW CLOSED

It's been a busy few months! I've been booked on several shoots this fall that have taken me all over the city and beyond. The set of the most recent production I worked on was located at Danforth and Main, and on my drive in along Main approaching Gerrard I noticed the Fade In: Cafe has closed down. I loved the movie theme and warm, friendly service and was sad to see it's no longer operating. Hoping the next business that opens up here will enjoy all the good energy from that cozy little neighbourhood diner. Rosie :)

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On Location | That Man From Philadelphia

It's been so much fun working with this incredibly talented team of filmmakers for this comedy, which we've shot in a few locations around Toronto and Hamilton. You can't see it in this shot, but Director of Photography Rock's drone is capturing the aerial view of me ticketing this unsuspecting car... and apparently ticketing it so convincingly that someone thought I was really a police officer. Can't wait for this to come out, check out the movie poster below. Rosie :)

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