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At this time last year, spotting a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the skies was quite the rare occurrence. But as the aircraft's teething problems have calmed and more tails roll off the factory floor, airlines are more eager than ever to welcome the efficient jet into the fold.
LAN became the first airline in the Americas to add 787s to their fleet, welcoming the aircraft back in early September 2012. United soon followed, with the title of first in North America that November. Since then, however, no other American airlines have picked up the keys to a Dreamliner.
Air Canada is about to break that dry spell as they prepare their hangars for 787s, to be delivered in spring 2014 and running test routes both domestic and transatlantic until summer. The initial regular routeToronto to Tel Avivcommences in July, 2014 and seats are already on sale, beginning at $1,400 roundtrip (we even found availability in all classes for July 1 on AC084).
[Update 8am December 6, 2013: Air Canada has just announced that also beginning July 1, 2014 will be nonstop flights on the 787 from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda! This will be the only daytime flight from North American to Haneda, and the only nonstop from a Canadian airport to Haneda, which is a more convenient airport to downtown Tokyo than Narita.]
By 2019, the airline will have 37 total 787s in the skies (15 787-8 and 22 of the stretched 787-9s), so Toronto to Tel Aviv is only just the tip of the route map.
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Things are moving along slowly but surely over at Bombardier, as the airline manufacturer gets ready to send their new C100s into the friendly skies. There’s already a few orders here and there, and now a local—as in one from Canada—is looking to get in on the new airplane smell.
As of now Porter Airlines is strictly a fan of propeller power, but it looks like they’re sold on the goings-on over at Bombardier. A little jet power could propel the carrier to spots beyond their usual range in and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but before the planes and people can get to 35,000-feet there’s a lot of discussions that need to take place.
Once again this year more than 10,000 film fans are expected to brave the cold for the Whistler Film Festival.
From Dec. 4 - 8, the fest will screen 84 films from 14 countries including River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Jason Priestley, Quebec’s highest grossing film Louis Cyr, and The Crash Reel, a documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearl.
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By now, many of you have probably heard about a fad in photography called "rooftopping" in which brave souls find a way to the top of a skyscraper to snap a few photos.
Most of the buildings the photographers are scaling are apparently "off limits" to the public, a factor that plays up the idea of rooftopping as somewhat of an underground, rebellious endeavor (see sensationalized headline here). That said, considering the willingness of photographer Tom Ryaboi to put his name all over the photos and sit down for interviews after his recent visit to Toronto, we're guessing the security teams at these buildings don't take themselves too seriously.
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Jessica Chastain drew a crowd at the airport on Sunday but it wasn't just because fans were hoping to get her autograph. Jessica, who is promoting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby at the fest this week, brought her best friend along for the trip: a three-legged rescue dog named Chaplin.
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Vancouver’s Main Street feels like a microcosm of the entire world with its resident population spanning social groups and cultures. The street itself is lengthy, slowly unfolding from the night markets of Chinatown to the hip digs of a nouveau-retro tiki bar.
To begin, the area from Mount Pleasant down to Broadway is rife with indie coffee shops, one-off clothing stores, watering holes and, increasingly, craft breweries like the Main Street Brewing Company and the soon-to-be open Brassneck Brewing.
Keep moving south and you enter what feels like the main drag of a small town in the 1960s. There are antique and thrift stores galore, hip eateries and specialty bakeries. This Main Street area is way off the beaten path, so tourists and solo travelers would be best to venture here with a progressive dinner-type tour with Off the Eaten Track.
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Any frequent traveler from Newark Airport has seen the cute little prop planes of Porter Airlines on their frequent and friendly routes to Toronto’s more convenient airport—the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It looks like flights to and from the airport might be even more fun in the near future, as the city is hard at work constructing a tunnel to whisk passengers from the airport to the city center.
Our bad for not mentioning this earlier, but we just found out about the plans for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel. The plan is to connect the airport on the Toronto Islands with the mainland, and the project just hit a pretty big milestone. Last week, workers finished off the hardest part of the construction, as they finally broke through—and saw the light—from one end of the tunnel to the other.
Fan Expo Canada 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, but not before more than 100,000 fans got their cosplay on, tried out dozens of new video games, saw their favorite celebs up close, and bought lots and lots of comic books.
We've already deemed it better than San Diego Comic Con, but now you can see why.
Check out our gallery of photos from this year's Expo, which took place Aug. 22 - 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:
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You may not be able to order a kegger of wine from this Railtown working winery, although restaurants can, but what you can order is a tasting of some really good B.C. wine that’s on tap.
The Vancouver Urban Winery is, first and foremost, a commercial winery that manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands (including their own Roaring Twenties label, which you can buy by the bottle from their on-site store). In addition, and this is where it gets interesting, the Winery takes in kegs of wine from B.C. wineries and packages it for distribution to restaurants and bars in big steel tanks and—ta dah!—this is how you get wine-on-tap.
But why should you, the visitor with a jam-packed schedule, take time out of your busy day to visit the winery? Well, first off, it’s a cool place to hang out. The owners and sommeliers are all around the 30-years-old mark and you can feel the unbridled enthusiasm yet laid-back vibe of the place. There are comfy chairs to chill in or you can set yourself up at the bar if you’d like some interaction with the hopping bartenders. When we were there, it was open mike night with some pretty good singers doing their thing.
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After spending this last weekend at Fan Expo Canada, we've learned that bigger isn't always better. Here are some of the clear advantages Fan Expo has over San Diego Comic-Con:
· Less Waiting
Being used to the mega-lines at San Diego Comic-Con, where fans start queuing up the night before, we were panicked when we arrived at our first Fan Expo panel a mere two hours early. The panic quickly subsided once we arrived to find only two fans in line early. This ended up being normal for the panels, leaving plenty of time to enjoy other events and the rest of the conference.
Today the 19th annual Fan Expo Canada kicks off in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and now that you know how to get your tickets, here's a look at some of the panels you won't want to miss.
Since no pop culture convention is complete with a visit from Stan lee, the comic icon will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Room 105. Tomorrow, the 1980s are back with David Hasselhoff (4:00 p.m. in Room 105) and Hulk Hogan Uncensored, a ticketed event taking place in Room 102 at 8:00 p.m.
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This weekend Fan Expo Canada, the country's biggest pop culture convention, will bring together guests from the world of gaming, horror, comics, Sci Fi, and (for the first time) sports in Toronto.
This year's special attendees, who will be participating in panels, autograph signings, and Q & A's, includes David Hasselhoff, Stan Lee, Dean Cain, George Takai, Nathan Fillion, Hulk Hogan, Bobby Orr, Joe Montana, Walking Dead stars Norman Reddus and Steven Yeun, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban, and many others. And, of course, there will also be plenty of comic vendors, contests, and swag for fans.