We’re checking out a show tonight.

Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.



In the Press: Sydney’s in Slate’s Culture Gabfest

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It’s always good to see Toronto get the attention it deserves in the international press.

In this case, Stephen Metcalf visited Toronto and had quite a fun time. He also endorsed Sydney’s as well as the CBC.

You can listen to the entire show here.



Sydney’s – Celebrating 10 years. 

April marks our tenth year in business.  A decade in establishing ourselves as a premier independent designer menswear boutique.

During this time, we’ve somehow survived broken bones, a fire, flooding, the many recessions, the continual threat of starvation, the hardships of trying to keep garment production in Canada, and having to re-locate the shop due to a natural disaster.

And here we are, celebrating 10 years on Queen West and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In appreciation of 10 years of continued support, we’re celebrating our anniversary month with 20% off all regular priced merchandise until the end of April.


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We’ve enjoyed a number of delicious dinners at Bar Isabel, and it’s played host to a few of our staff dinners, so when we heard that Chef Grant van Gameron was opening a new bar/restaurant, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store.

This “standing room only” Spanish pinxtos bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A pincho or pintxo is a small snack,typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and is especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives; thus, they have a strong socializing component, and in the Basque country and Navarre they are usually regarded as a cornerstone of local culture and society. They are related to tapas, the main difference being that pinchos are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. They are served in individual portions and always ordered and paid for independently from the drinks.

Stepping inside Bar Raval, the first thing you notice is the décor.  The sprawling custom mahogany woodwork interiors were designed by our friends at Partisans. Nearly everything is custom, right down to the espresso drip tray which is adorned with a Wu-Tang logo.

Order the King of Ginger cocktail and start with some sobrassada, bread and manchego.

We love seeing independent business owners taking risks and bringing new experiences to Toronto, so we welcome Bar Raval with open arms.

Photo credit: Bar Raval on Instagram.

Bar Raval
505 College Street West
Toronto, ON