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Extra, Extra: Celebrating Great Torontonians

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

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Nathan Phillips Square late this afternoon. Photo by Andrew Louis/Torontoist.

  • This morning we posted a panorama of the chalk messages that mourners have been leaving at Nathan Phillips Square in tribute to Jack Layton. That heartfelt communal message board is still growing, with many more messages being added to the paving stones over the course of the day today.
  • And an effort is underway for another Layton tribute: an anonymous Facebook user has started a campaign to have the CN Tower lights turn orange on Saturday, the night of Layton’s funeral.
  • To mark the centenary of Marshall McLuhan‘s birth, broadcaster and internet strategist Jesse Hirsh has been running a salon series on various issues in contemporary media. Here are some highlights from the second installment, held at the Appel Salon about a week ago.
  • Richard Rose, director of the Tarragon Theatre and a fixture in Toronto theatre circles for 30 years, has been awarded the 2011 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts. The $50,000 prize “recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in dance, theatre or music.”

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