Last year, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a seven-coin Superman series, which then proceeded to sell out. Now the mint has created four new collector coins featuring some of the most iconic Superman comic book covers. The coins were, understandably, unveiled at Fan Expo, and they celebrate the fact that Superman was co-created by Toronto-born Joe Shuster. You may well know that already, perhaps because you’re an informed Superman fan, or you keep up with developments in the world of collectible coins—or because you remember being informed about your nation’s heritage through an occasional minute’s worth of dramatic historical reenactment.
Lekan Olawoye (left) poses with a resident. Photo from the Vote Lekan Twitter page.
Lekan Olawoye’s Toronto story began as many do—in another country. Olawoye’s Nigerian parents moved to Toronto in the ’70s and started a family while his father studied architecture. The family then moved back to Nigeria, where Olawoye was born. When Olawoye was only a year old, his father passed away, leaving behind his wife and three young children. His mother worked for seven years to save up enough money to return to Toronto.
“My mother taught me that if you work hard, and you pray hard, you can achieve anything. But I feel like this Toronto the Great, the Toronto that my father believed in and my mother worked so hard to get us back into, we’re losing. And we need to gain it back.” When we met Olawoye last week in Ward 12, York-South Weston, the executive director of the community organization For Youth Initiative said he’s running because he expects better than what he’s seen from longtime incumbent councillor Frank Di Giorgio.
Take a look at the offerings for TIFF’s 39th annual kick at the can, and, if you’re the sort of person who vaguely follows film (or, no shaming here, celebrity) culture, you might notice some familiar titles: a Foxcatcher here, some Maps to the Stars there, with a healthy smattering of other Sundance, Cannes, Venice, and Telluride selections for variety. That isn’t to wag our collective fingers at North America’s largest international film festival, but to emphasize just how large it is—big enough to welcome any number of festival slates under its big tent and still have room for its own world premieres. Simply put, any festival that can boast of screening nearly 400 films expects you, the audience, to bear some of the curating load yourself. We’re here to help, so here’s a handy guide to some of our most anticipated titles—a vision of what a more streamlined version of the festival might look like if we were programming it.