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The Big Five: May 29-May 31

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Ranked Ballots and Cocktails!

Ranked Ballots: Crash Course + Cocktails!
Centre for Social Innovation Annex (720 Bathurst Street)
May 29, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Free admission.

A fun evening of short speeches and a cash bar. Learn what ranked ballots are, how they work, when they’re coming, and how they’ll make your life wonderful. Speakers include MPP Mitzie Hunter, RaBIT’s Katherine Skene, and our own Desmond Cole.

Keep reading: The Big Five: May 29-May 31


Torontoist Week in Review: May 25-29

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.

Canada Square building at Yonge & Eglinton  Captured by Tony Lea via the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Canada Square building at Yonge & Eglinton. Captured by Tony Lea via the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

The Toxic Myth of Density Creep

North Toronto showed the city some world class NIMBYism this week, as neighbours worried that prospective homes on their street “only” worth $500,000 could attract “transients” and negatively affect surrounding property values. Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy argues that by increasing inequality in the city and a lack of access to affordable housing, the NIMBYs have already won.

From the article:

These residents, and those involved in NIMBY causes across the city, want to isolate themselves from ‘transients’ and other Torontonians that they deem undesirable. They want to erect a wall, as one member of the Alliance proudly stated, similar to the one in the Game of Thrones series, which will keep them “safe” from outsiders. The sad thing is, they’ve already gotten their wish.

This is how Batman rolls up to see the Mirvish production Once   Photo by Jason Cook from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

This is how Batman rolls up to see the Mirvish production Once.
Photo by Jason Cook from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Batman and the Joker Take Over Yonge Street

Has Toronto policing reached its logical conclusion, with Batman’s fascist vigilante ways patrolling our streets? Naw, it’s just the film shoot for Suicide Squad.

From the article:

Over the past few days, Suicide Squad has taken over the streets of downtown Toronto, offering onlookers a sneak preview of the 2016 blockbuster. The sights have included a helicopter crashing into a bus, Batman jumping onto the Joker’s shiny car, the new look Batmobile, and Harley Quinn generally being badass.

The doors to Yuk Yuk's  Photo by Jae Yang from the Torontoist Flick Pool

The doors to Yuk Yuk’s. Photo by Jae Yang from the Torontoist Flick Pool.

The Reality of Being a Woman in Comedy

Jess Beaulieu writes about the normalized sexism and misogyny in comedy, and how that should change.

Then one day I thought, “Or maybe I’m not imagining anything. Maybe every female comedian has struggled with the same degrading, objectifying, misogynist bullshit. And maybe if we all spoke up about it and fought together as a unit, things could change.”

The Gardiner Debate: Will Transit Be the Loser?

Steve Munro urges Torontonians to think of the bigger picture in the Gardiner debate, and how, once again, transit is being left behind. Jennifer Bonnell also looked at the Gardiner debate from the historic perspective of the Don River Valley and waterfront.

From the article:

Council will easily spend hours or days debating what to do with the expressway, but if that is the only issue on the table, they will miss the bigger picture. Toronto is beyond the point where travel into the core will grow or even be sustained by the existing road network, and the focus must be on better transit.

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Sex-ist: Behind the Scenes With Toronto’s Pornographers

Our monthly sex column looked at Toronto’s relatively small porn scene, and how some participants want to grow it by doing something different than what comes out of the Los Angeles area.

From the article:

“We’re looking for people who are attractive and who look like people you would see in real life.”


Combustion Festival 2015: Mixing & Matching Improv

Bad Dog Theatre's Combustion Festival brings improvisers from across the continent (and further) to try out new formats and cross-pollinate their art.

Atlanta-based improv troupe The Dark Side of the Room guest all week t Bad Dog Theatre’s Combustion Festival. photo by Eric Logan.

Combustion Festival
Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor Street West)
May 25 – May 30
FREE – $35

All this week, improvisers from across North America (and further afield) have been converging at Bad Dog Theatre for the Combustion Festival, a smorgasbord of improvised theatre and comedy featuring faces familiar to Canadians from their commercials (because improvisers nail a lot of those lucrative gigs), and voices familiar from cartoons (improvisers have an upper hand getting those jobs, too). They may not be household names, but they may be the best value per entertainment dollar – especially because many of Combustion’s shows showcase unusual and unexpected team-ups, even for the performers themselves.

Keep reading: Combustion Festival 2015: Mixing & Matching Improv


Newsstand: May 28, 2015

In the news: People aren't buying Pan Am Games tickets at a terribly enthusiastic rate (to say the least), and a petition to prevent the rapper Action Bronson from playing Yonge and Dundas Square during NxNE might actually have worked. But it also might not have. Plus, Captain John's seafood restaurant boat is floating off to where all good boats end up as they round the circle of boatlife...the scrap yard.