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Extra, Extra: Amir Johnson Says Goodbye, Pals For Hire, and Taxi Drivers are Frustrated

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

Photo by Mark Runyon from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by Mark Runyon from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

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Toronto’s Surprisingly Modern Dungeon

"Just because we like to do dirty things doesn’t mean we like to do it in a dirty space.”

Each month, Sex-ist looks at topics relating to sex and sexuality in and around the GTA.

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The Ritual Chamber doesn’t look like much from the outside. Located in a nondescript strip mall in Toronto’s West End, its frosted glass windows and signless exteriour reveal nothing about the business inside. It could be a boutique architecture firm, or a web-design collective. The building’s facade is sleek, modern, and entirely without personality, which is just the way Headmistress Shahrazad likes it.

The Ritual Chamber is a dungeon, and Shahrazad is its owner.

Keep reading: Toronto’s Surprisingly Modern Dungeon

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Councillor Proposes Toronto Biennale

For a 150th birthday present, Kristyn Wong-Tam wants Toronto to throw a big arts party.

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Photo of the Architecture for Canada Venice Biennale project by funinthegym from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.


Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) wants to ring in Canada’s sesquicentennial with a giant art fair.

The Ward 27 councillor has proposed a member’s motion for next week’s council meeting, asking the Economic Development department to study the feasibility of launching a Toronto Biennale of Art to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

Wong-Tam’s motion reads in part:

“Toronto is the ideal city with its dynamic and unique neighbourhoods to host a new multi-month, bi-annual arts festival showing the very best in Canadian and international contemporary visual arts.”

Keep reading: Councillor Proposes Toronto Biennale