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Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Sure you’ve been to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but there’s another big city in North America worth visiting—and this one has nothing to do with your adjusted gross income or itemized deductions. Up in Canada you’re outside of Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction, so we think a weekend in Toronto could be a great way to blow that tax refund.
Thanks to business travelers and a decent demand there’s usually a nonstop flight to or from somewhere nearby, and maybe even your local airport. All the big city airports and hubs do the nonstop thing, and Air Canada is always a good place to start. Sometimes the international taxes ruin the fun, but if you scored close to $3,000 like other people you should be okay.
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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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.
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Midnight Madness is one of the fest's most popular programs, featuring the best of the horror, gore, and haunted genres. Among this year's movies is All Cheerleaders Die, about a group of girls who become cheerleaders and end up fighting supernatural forces, the bloodbath The Green Inferno, Joe Begos' Almost Human, and Afflicted, about two friends on a trip of a lifetime that turns into a nightmare.
The big screen adaptation of Les Miserables has sparked a new interest in the musical, especially among those whose first time included Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.
So, in the spirit of striking while the iron's hot, Les Miz has announced a new Canadian company will begin a five month stint in Toronto this fall.
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This week the Toronto International Film Festival is screening more than 250 films and a few of them have us ready to hit the road.
Remember reading Jack Kerouac's On The Road in High School and wishing you could just get into the car and drive across the country? Well now you can take that trip (at least vicariously) with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, and Kirsten Dunst. The first big screen adaptation of Kerouac's classic premiered Thursday at TIFF and is already creating wanderlust among fans.
The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't kick off until September 6th but they're already looking for people to help out.
TIFF is currently seeking volunteers for a variety of activities to help make this year's festival run smoothly.
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Teen girls everywhere were disappointed when Robert Pattinson wasn't in L.A. last night to accept the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, which he won with girlfriend Kristen Stewart for their post-wedding smooch in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, but he had a good reason to skip it.
Rob was spotted arriving at Toronto-Pearson International Airport in his usual plane attire: jeans, a baseball hat, and sunglasses late last night. He was also surrounded by an entourage of handlers and bodyguards as he made his way through the airport, still carrying his passport.
Pattinson is back in Toronto for the premiere of his latest project, Cosmopolis, that was also filmed in Toronto last year. And, as of this morning, there were at least 50 girls who were happy he missed the MTV Awards since they were already camped out waiting for him to arrive at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for tonight's big screening!
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Joe Fresh might not be that familiar a name to those living in the nifty fifty, but for those above the border the apparel, accessories, and cosmetics company is pretty well known. A flagship store in New York City just debuted, but you can always check them out—for free—thanks to Porter Airlines.
To celebrate the season, the airline and the brand are teaming up the bring a little fun to travelers at the airport and in the skies. At Joe Fresh stores in Canada there’ll be chances to win different travel-related prizes, and of course Porter Airlines will provide your airfare. Prizes include a weekend in New York City as well as a $500 gift card to one of the Joe Fresh stores.
The Toronto International Film Festival has started releasing this year's line-up, which will include the premieres of George Clooney's The Ides of March, The Tree Of Life starring Brad Pitt, and the fest's opener, From The Sky Down, a new U2 documentary.
With so many big names on this year's roster, the demand for tickets is bigger than ever and for now most packages are still available and can be ordered online, but you better act fast before they're all sold out and the September events get rolling.