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Goodbye, and Thank You

We got the cowboy hat in some long forgotten PR package  Worn on very good and very bad days—it works in both cases  (Photo by Ken Hunt )

We got the cowboy hat in some long-forgotten PR package. Worn on very good and very bad days—it works in both cases. (Photo by Ken Hunt.)

When I left grad school, halfway through a PhD I’ll probably never finish, I didn’t have any idea I’d wind up as a journalist. Back in Toronto after five years away, all I knew was that I still wanted to write, and that living elsewhere had made me freshly aware of this city: of how it felt, viscerally, to walk down its streets, of tiny details I’d never much noticed, because I hadn’t spent long enough anywhere else. So I sent an email, asking if maybe I could start contributing to Torontoist—not with the expectation it would go anywhere in particular, but just because it seemed like a good place to explore these things. I’m so glad the answer was yes.

It’s now six years later. One unexpected turn (“The site is shutting down!“) led to another (“No, we’re getting saved!“) led to another (“Hey, want to start editing a bit?”), and for the last four years it has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as Torontoist‘s editor-in-chief. Next week, another unexpected turn: I start at the Globe and Mail, where I’m going to spearhead its weekend Focus section.

Yesterday was my last day as editor here, and I have no words—an odd feeling for a writer—to convey just how much I will miss it.

Torontoist is born out of the conviction that this is a great city—one with the potential to be even greater; we try to celebrate the former and speak frankly about the latter. It is created by people who have such love for and knowledge of Toronto; it is a community that existed long before I came along, and that will continue long after I leave. I’ll still be reading every day, and I hope you will, too.

My thanks go to all of you: for reading, for challenging us to do better, for pointing out mistakes when we make them, for sending us notes when we write about an artist you love or a historical figure who just happened to be your great-grandfather. None of this would be possible without you.

Hamutal Dotan
Editor-in-Chief
January 2011–October 2014

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Extra, Extra: Doug Ford’s Ambitions, Electoral Maps, and Petition Supporting the Women Affected by Jian Ghomeshi

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

  • Those of you mourning the end of the mayoral campaign will be glad to hear there might be another contest on the horizon involving one of the municipal election’s central figures. “I can honestly say I wouldn’t rule that out right now,” commented Doug Ford on the possibility of making a bid for the Ontario Conservative Party leadership. Some Tories appear to be welcoming the prospect, believing he’d have a “real shot” at winning—others are less enthusiastic: one source asked “Are you [deleted] kidding me?” and one member of the legislature said simply, “Doug Ford? Oh my God.”
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Doug Ford’s Ambitions, Electoral Maps, and Petition Supporting the Women Affected by Jian Ghomeshi

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TIFF Opens the Pod Bay Doors on Its Massive Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

Exhibition celebrates the 50-year career of the enigmatic, genre-hopping American filmmaker.

A HAL 9000 lens from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
October 31–January 25
$12.50

“Meet you in Room 237,” TIFF Director of Film Programmes Jesse Wente ominously announced late in the media tour for “Stanley Kubrick,” an exhaustive and masterfully designed exhibition devoted to the nearly 50-year career of the enigmatic, genre-crossing, and by all accounts virtuoso American filmmaker. Of course, the grim allusion to the forbidden room from the horror masterpiece The Shining, famously derided by its author Steven King, wasn’t just a reference but a literal invitation. The exhibition designers have laid out the interiors of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC gallery as a smart and intuitively arranged topographic tribute to Kubrick’s cinematic spaces, each room a recreation of a specific film’s most distinctive haunt.

Keep reading: TIFF Opens the Pod Bay Doors on Its Massive Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

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Newsstand: October 30, 2014

Halloween is tomorrow―this means only one more day of having to suffer through that annoying Village People–themed Value Village radio commercial. We may not have costumes, but we sure do have some news for you: The provincial government aims to cap executive salaries at public sector agencies, a Trailer Park Boys actress accuses Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, paramedics concerned over lack of Ebola preparedness training are ordered back to work, and a woman is seriously injured after falling onto the 401.

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