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OH CANADA
STUDENTS FIND FUN NORTH OF THE BORDER

By Emily Fellows
Daily Arts Writer
It's Cara Schoenfeld's 20th birthday.
The LSA sophomore wants to spend
the night with all of her girl friends
and have a good time. She could stay
in Ann Arbor and do the same things
she does every other night. But why
do that when she could celebrate liv-
ing score years in another country
where she can drink legally?
Schoenfeld said she enjoys spend-
ing nights out in Canada for many
reasons. Not only does Windsor have
great bars and restaurants, but the
legal drinking age in Canada is 19.
Although America's legal drinking
age of 21 doesn't seem to impede upon
underage students' drinking habits,
it is a lot more comforting to drink
legally without the burden of rejection
form bars or even worst, getting an
MIP, Shoenfeld said.
"Going to Windsor was so much
fun. It's worth the 40-minute drive to
not have to go through the hassle of
using a fake ID, not getting into the
club or bar all your friends are at and
getting arrested," she said.
LSA sophomore Brie Winn added
that a trip to Windsor adds an element
of spontaneity, where a last-minute
decision to go to another country can
actually be achieved.
It is important to remember that
two pieces of government-issued iden-
tification are required to cross the
border. One must be a photo ID, and
the other must prove your citizenship.
To prove citizenship, a passport, birth
certificate or voter registration card is
required.
Windsor
Right after crossing the bridge or
going through the tunnel is the main
strip of restaurants, casinos, bars and
hotels in Windsor. Visitors encoun-
ter Casino Windsor almost imme-
diately upon entering the country,
and again, the legal gambling age in
Canada is 19.
"I'm not a big gambler, but I love
going to Casino Windsor because
it's close, legal and there are a slot
machines. You don't even need to
know how to gamble," said Ali Sch-

ram, an LSA sophomore.
Casino Windsor also offers custom-
ers inexpensive restaurants and is very
close to many hotels on the strip such
as The Quality Suites, Ramada Plaza
Hotel and Hilton Windsor Hotel. The
Casino Windsor is located at 377 Riv-
erside Dr. East and for admittance into
the casino, government-issued identi-
fication with a photo is required, such
as a driver's license or passport for age
identification. Also, a second piece
of identification is obligatory such as
credit card with signature, bank card
with signature, social security number
card, student identification with photo
and signature or a birth certificate.
Besides legal gambling and drink-
ing, Windsor offers a variety of dining
options. Tunnel Barbeque, which is a
three blocks away from Casino Wind-
sor and is kitty-corner from the tunnel,
is known for its ribs, roasted chicken
and jumbo shrimp, all which come
with a side of fries and coleslaw.
After midnight, Tunnel Barbeque is
transformed from more than just a res-
taurant to an "after hours" for people
who were at the bars and casinos and
becomes more of a social atmosphere
that offers good ribs as a late-night
snack.
Toronto
Once in Windsor, if you're willing
to take a four-hour train ride, why
not visit Toronto? Downtown Toronto
is known for great restaurants, cool
shopping, fun bars and, as Missy Sie-
gal, an LSA sophomore and native
Canadian, puts it, "a friendlier crowd
than you can ever find in America."
Toronto is known for its restaurants.
According to Kinesiology sophomore
Emily Parr., "David's By Day is abso-
lutely unreal." The restaurant, known
for its house salads featuring chicken
or tuna, is one that she makes it a
point to eat lunch there whenever in
the city.
David's by Day is a lunch and
breakfast restaurant located on 413
Spadina Rd., but at 5 p.m., David's by
Day transforms into Buzz by Night,
which is known for its veal marsala,
calamari, lasagna and warm choco-
late cake.
"When I go there for lunch I get

Downtown Toronto boats a variety of diverse restaurants and theatrical performances.

soup, a salad, and a drink, and the bill
comes out to be about $10 in Ameri-
can money. Then again, when I'm in
Canada everything seems so cheap
because of the exchange," Parr said.
Marche Market is another unique
lunch spot. The restaurant serves a
variety of fresh food that is prepared
in front of the customers. The point
of the restaurant is to pick from a
variety of internationally themed
stations.
Toronto also has a reputation for
harboring theatrical performances
including plays, musicals and festivals
such as the renowned Stratford Fes-
tival. Its ethnic neighborhoods, most
notably the festive Chinatown area,
also celebrate diverse cutltures. Addi-
tionally, the theatre features after-
noon shows that are convenient for
travelers. There are also many produc-
tions put on at The Cameron House on
Queen Street and The Isabel Bader
Theatre on Charles Street.
"Whenever I visit Toronto, I know
that I will see a fabulous play. It really
is a crime to come to Toronto and not

see a production. There is something
for everyone to enjoy," Siegal said.
Toronto is also known for its large
variety of fun, trendy and vintage
clothing stores and boutiques. Queen
Street, where you will find great shop-
ping, restaurants, and bars has a young
and bohemian appeal.
LSA sophomore Marissa Green-
berg, a Los Angeles native, said she
loves shopping on Queen Street.
"Queen Street has the hipness and
funk of L.A. and the shabby-chic
touch, but it's so much cleaner and the
people are so much nicer," she said.
Kensington Avenue offers shoppers
an array of cool vintage boutiques.
"The clothes are really cute, but you
have to be willing to take the time to
look through everything," said LSA
sophomore Amy Eisen.
"And if you're on Kensington Ave-
nue, stop by Kensington Kitchen. It's
great fusion food with a Middle East-
ern twist," she added.
Toronto also offers an exception-
al nightlife. The Green Room is a
quaint coffee shop/bar located in an

alley on Bloor Street. It's laid-back,
low key, and is furnished nicely with
interesting art. Also, the drinks are
pretty cheap. Some mixed drinks sell
for as low as $3. The Mod Club The-
atre, on 722 College St., is a scene for
indie rock and pop listeners. Bands
perform live concerts and the crowd
is usually still going strong at the
3 a.m. closing time. Another good
music scene is the Top of the Senator
steakhouse, located one block east of
Yonge Street.
"Top of the Senator is the perfect
restaurant for someone who likes
steaks and live jazz. Montreal Bistro
is also great." Eisen said.
But sometimes, after a long night,
the best late night snack is pizza. If
one craves pizza in Toronto, there is
always one place that comes to mind
- Pizza, Pizza.
"Pizza, Pizza is not in the U.S.A.,
and it is the best pizza around. It is
fresh, delicious, and the quickest
delivery service I have ever ordered
from in my life. The thin crust pizza
and the dipping sauces are amazing
and it is eight dollars for a pizza,"
Schram said.
After a weekend trip to Canada,
everyone is guaranteed to be sing-
ing a new and upbeat version of "Oh,
Canada."
"When I'm in Canada, there is
something about it where I feel so
much happier. The people define Can-
ada. You see people chilling, relaxing
and just having a good time. Everyone
is so genuine, everyone is so friendly.
It's such a scene. Such an incredible
scene," Eisen said.

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