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The Grid Is Closing

Much-lauded weekly announces today that next issue will be its last.

Photo from the Grid's Facebook page

Photo from the Grid‘s Facebook page.

After three years of operation and dozens of awards, the Grid announced today that it would cease publication as of tomorrow. The Torstar-owned alternative weekly launched May 12, 2011, after the discontinuation of its predecessor, Eye Weekly.

“Regretfully, despite a strong and loyal following, we have been unable to generate sufficient revenue from marketers and other sources to fund the Grid’s great journalism,” said John Cruickshank, president of Star Media Group, in a statement.

The Grid was envisioned, in the words of its publisher and editor-in-chief Laas Turnbull, as a “younger, hipper, more provocative version of Toronto Life in a weekly guise.” It distinguished itself through the quality of its reporting, writing, and design, regularly winning both national and international awards. Just this past April, it went through a redesign and announced it would be focusing on “more topical, must-read stories about Toronto communities and personalities, and the urgent issues facing the city.”

Toronto’s media landscape has lost a vital and valued outlet. The Grid‘s closing will mean that fewer Toronto stories will be told—and the city will be the poorer for it.

Dedicated readers, former Grid writers, and those in favour of a healthy and diverse media ecosystem expressed shock and disappointment, and filled Twitter with spontaneous reflections, well-wishes, and eulogies:


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