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Torontoist Week in Review: August 31 to September 4

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed or might care to revisit.

Cast photo of National Lampoon Presents: Full House the Musical! A Tanner Family Parody! courtesy of Rock It Promotions

Cast photo of National Lampoon Presents: Full House the Musical! A Tanner Family Parody! courtesy of Rock-It Promotions.

Full House Delivers an Empty Show

Packed with jokes about fetal alcoholism, queef solos, dildo interludes (and let’s not forget, an appearance by Perez Hilton), National Lampoon Presents: Full House the Musical! A Tanner Family Parody! shocks without a discernible message.

From the article:

The male understudy takes the stage and asks the crowd if it’s excited, and promptly informs us that Perez Hilton, the celebrity blogger, is the star. It’s a fact you couldn’t avoid if you wanted to: his somewhat-sinister face is the first thing you see on the show’s website, and “STARRING PEREZ HILTON” dominates most of the banner outside, as well as all promotional material. The understudy then tells us we’re all family now, and instructs us to hug our neighbour. The three-quarters-full audience looks around. Luckily, I have an empty seat next to me, but before I know it, a stranger has pushed her torso into my neck and whispers, “We’re family now.” She seems to be enjoying herself, but for me, this show already has too much personal-space invasion. And it’s going to get worse.


The Young Urbanists League Boasts Toronto’s 1,200 biggest Fans

The Young Urbanists League, an active and open community of urban planners, community organizers, and municipal-policy wonks, take to Facebook to voice their own visions for Toronto.

From the article:

It’s a process that’s being replicated by many of her Facebook group’s 1,200-odd members, whose ranks keep ballooning as word-of-mouth spreads. YUL (pronounced “yule”) is an active and open community of urban planners, community organizers, and municipal-policy wonks—plus a mixed bag of artists, students, journalists, and other ardent fans of the city. In just over a year, the group’s become a vital resource for them to exchange job opportunities, event listings, and their own visions for Toronto’s future development.

Surrounded by media, Cecil Peter clutches a photo of Andrew Loku and calls for the elimination of carding during a public consultation at the Toronto Reference Library. His question sheet reads: “End carding.”

Public Consultation On Carding Leads To Frustration, Anger

A public consultation on carding leads to frustration and anger, with most in favour of abolishing the controversial police practice.

From the article:

The meeting was the last of five consultations across the province, held to inform the ministry’s legislation on the regulation of carding; the only Toronto stop was tacked on to the tour last minute, a product of community outcry. But the rigid format imposed on the crowd instead ignited tempers and caused angry outbursts—a majority of which called for the elimination, not regulation, of carding.

Jen Agg

Bitches Take Kitchens

Food industry professionals come together to eliminate sexism in the kitchen.

From the article:

“I’ve definitely put myself in positions where I don’t necessarily have to deal with that stuff because I’ve owned my own businesses for a long time,” says Agg. “[But] in certain business relationships, I’ve definitely felt like if I were a man, this would not be happening.”

An Interview With Safety Cat

Today in Serious Journalism is Kelli Korducki’s Q&A with Scratchy the Safety Cat, the Annex’s most famous safety-vested feline.

From the article:

Chances are that if you’ve been in the western reaches of the Annex these past few months, you’ve seen Safety Cat. The neon orange-vested feline, whose real name is Scratchy, has become something of a community fixture. He’s even gotten real dead-tree media coverage for his “wonderfully goofy” contribution to community spirit.

With Safety Cat about to say goodbye to the Annex as his owner heads off to graduate school in England, we chatted with him about safety, getting pats, Jane Jacobs’ theory of the public character, and more.


The Mix: Labour Day Sazerac

For the inaugural edition of our new cocktail column, we introduce you to the working-class origins of late-summer's perfect drink.

The “Last (Long) Weekend of Summer” is upon us. For some of us, that means the kids are going to school. For others, it might mean one last trip out of town before real work begins again. Perhaps you might even spare a thought for the actions of the Typographical Union (and their many supporters), whose actions laid the foundations for the many rights we enjoy in the modern workplace.

Cocktails are often depicted as fashion accessories for the sun-kissed vacationer, or the dapper gentleman. They’re practically part of the furniture on Mad Men.

In celebration of Labour Day, Torontoist looks at a drink with working class connections; one created (at least in part) by a pharmacist, and adopted as an official drink of New Orleans. Step forward, the sazerac.
Keep reading: The Mix: Labour Day Sazerac


Inherent Weisse: It’s The Great Pumpkin Beer, Charlie Brown

It might still be hot out, but when it comes to beer we're already thinking about fall.

Photo by Robin LeBlanc

Well, it’s the first week of September. That time of the year when the leaves start to change colour, people start getting ready to go back to school and, in my case, when I ready my horror movie playlist, bust out my scarves, and start the day by saying “Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING”.

It’s the part of autumn that most people love or hate with very little in-between, but you can’t deny that pumpkin spiced items are incredibly popular. In the case of pumpkin beers, there has been so high a demand that breweries have been forced to start making the stuff even earlier (hence why you might have seen pumpkin beers in stores as early as last month). The beers in this style go from the fairly balanced to the horrifically overdone. Some beers you can practically hear the manic laughter of the brewer as they dump a burlap sack full of nutmeg in as you drink it.
Keep reading: Inherent Weisse: It’s The Great Pumpkin Beer, Charlie Brown