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Extra, Extra: Soccer-Watching Fees, Spacing Stores, and Award–Winning Playwrights

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

  • It seems Cafe Diplomatico customers will be very full or somewhat intoxicated or extremely frustrated (or all three of those things) by the end of each of Italy’s World Cup appearances, because the Little Italy mainstay has introduced a $15-per-hour minimum purchase charge for each patron during Italy’s games.
  • If you covet things like streetcar shirts, subway buttons, or “apparel, stationery, prints, vintage transit stuff, books, and an assortment of urban ephemera that use the city as its muse,” you’ll be pleased to hear that Spacing will be opening a store at 401 Richmond round about October 4, 2014. We are hoping there will be mugs, because subway-themed mugs would be extremely nice.
  • Toronto’s Hannah Moscovitch is joining the ranks of Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, and Alice Munro, in that she was just awarded the $20,000 Trillium Award for a book in the English language. But she is also starting a brand new Trillium tradition, because her This Is War is a play—making this the first time in its 27-year history that the Trillium book award has ever been given to a playwright.

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  • Bumbaclot

    I don’t get it. How do you sit in a joint that serves alcohol and NOT spend $15 an hour? Okay, not everyone can chug a mickey of vodka like me, but can’t you finish one of them every hour? Even a kindergarten kid should be able to do that.

    • dsmithhfx

      When you’re doing lines, it’s more like $15 a MINUTE!

  • Notcleverguy

    If I spend $30 in an hour, does that roll over to the next hour?

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    If you don’t feel like paying $15/hour there’s literally a dozen other places within two blocks you can watch the games.