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About Torontoist


About


Torontoist‘s goal is to capture the tenor and texture of life in Toronto, to evoke the daily experience of the city in words and images. This includes, especially, the physical shape of the city as it grows and changes, the political and civic developments which provide it with direction, the culture which animates its public spaces, and the history which got it to this point. We try always to be faithful in our rendering of Toronto, and to be fearless in advocating for what we think might make it better.

Established in October 2004 as part of the 13-city Gothamist network, Torontoist is now published by St. Joseph Media, and has become the largest, most influential, and most widely-read website of its kind in Canada.


Contact


Torontoist appreciates and welcomes feedback or questions from readers, the press, advertisers, politicians, celebrities, pseudo-celebrities, rock stars, and…well, pretty much anyone, actually.

STORY TIPS AND EDITORIAL MATTERS
If you have a hot tip of any kind, please e-mail it to tips@torontoist.com (and let us know if you want to remain anonymous).

For anything else, please contact the editors. We read all of our e-mail and reply quickly.

If you wish to contact a particular contributor, please use our staff page to find contact information, or email the editors if their address is unlisted.

ADVERTISING
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DELIVERIES
Though we generally prefer to deal with everything in virtual form, we do accept materials that don’t quite have the same magic online (books, CDs, fine art, large quantities of money, and so on) via regular mail. Our mailing address is:

Torontoist
c/o St. Joseph Media
111 Queen St. East, Suite 320
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2

IF ALL ELSE FAILS
For matters that cannot be handled over email, we can be reached at:
416.364.3333 ex. 4016

Please note: we really are faster on email, and we do not consider story pitches over the phone.


FAQ


Is it Torontoist, or *The* Torontoist?
Just plain old Torontoist works for us. We’re low maintenance that way.

What are those things in your logo?
There are a whole bunch! We have about 20 different icons that we use in our logo, so each time you visit the site you might see a different one. They highlight Toronto landmarks (such as the ferry boats or the Humber Bay Bridge) and sometimes they mark special occasions (like TIFF or Pride).

Are you, technically, a blog?
Sort of? It’s probably the closest name that fits our format, though our content is somewhere between that of a blog, a newspaper, and a magazine (sometimes more in one category than the others). We defy categorization!

Are you on Facebook? And Twitter?
Why yes, yes we are. Add yourself as a fan of ours on Facebook today, or keep up with our latest articles on Twitter.

Where do you get all your photos?
Those that we don’t take ourselves are most often from our extremely terrific Flickr pool that features tonnes of photos submitted by our readers.

What about sponsored articles or advertorials?
Torontoist does not, has not, and will not feature sponsored articles (or “advertorials”) without full, explicit disclosure of that fact.

How can I get involved in Torontoist?
Any number of ways! From freelancing to sending us story tips to joining our masthead, here’s your guide to joining in our city-loving adventures.

Will you delete my comments if you disagree with them? Sell my information to advertisers?
Our comment moderation, privacy, and other policies are all spelled out in detail below. (But the short answer is: no.)


POLICIES

Corrections Policy

One of the most serious and most harmful blanket complaints levelled against online publications is that they are inaccurate—or, worse, that they are unconcerned with accuracy.

We harbour no illusions that we at Torontoist are now or can ever be flawless. Despite our modest size we take what we do seriously; as with all media outlets, our obligation is to always present correct information. Torontoist staff members make every effort possible to make sure that everything we write is accurate; all posts are vetted by both a copyeditor and a more senior editor before they are published. (However, as we have no full-time fact checkers, the responsibility for accuracy rests most with a post’s author.)

In May 2008 we created and began consistently implementing a standard format for all corrections to posts. Any significant corrections or clarifications will be made as quickly as possible, and a note acknowledging them will be written by the editor-in-chief or deputy editor, or a copy editor under their direction, and will appear at the bottom of a post. The tag “corrections” will also be added to the post. If the error was pointed out or discussed in the comments, an editor will also post a comment as soon as possible so that the comment thread stays up to date and in context.

The help of our readers is invaluable in spotting mistakes and fixing them, and we’d be grateful if you could call our attention to any errors that you find on the site. You’ll find a “Report an Error” link at the foot of every article on Torontoist. Please use it to email us and advise of any mistakes you discover.

We aim most of all to be transparent; to highlight, explain, and own up to our mistakes when we make them; and take steps to prevent them from happening again.


Comment Moderation Policy

Staff and readers are all welcome to agree or disagree with, to question or to praise what is published on Torontoist, and the comments on posts are where everyone gets to slug it out. We encourage feedback on all of our entries either in the comments (or if you wish to state your opinion privately, via e-mails to individual writers or editors).

Commenters on Torontoist must be registered in some way (via Disqus, Facebook, or Twitter); this precaution tends to limit the amount of spam in the comments section. We reserve the right to remove any and all comments which are off-topic, threatening, libelous, prejudiced, or attack individuals rather than challenge points of view; we similarly reserve the right to ban any commenter if they create a hostile environment or drown out other commenters on the site. Comments are always published exactly as submitted by the commenter, or not at all—we never edit comments submitted by visitors to Torontoist in any way.

Copyright of all comments left on Torontoist remains with the individual commenters and the views expressed in the comments belong only to those individual commenters. Torontoist will not accept any responsibility for information posted in the comments, and will not accept responsibility for the opinions expressed therein.


Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to you, and it’s important to us as well. For detailed information about how we protect your personal information, how you can contact us with questions about privacy or any other privacy-related concerns? Please read our complete St. Joseph Media Companies’ Privacy Policy.

Privacy Officer
privacyofficer@stjoseph.com


Contest Rules and Regulations
All questions regarding contest rules should be directed to Torontoist by email.

  • Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Eligible persons may enter by completing a skills-testing question set by Torontoist and following other instructions as provided.
  • All entries become the property of Torontoist and none shall be returned.
  • Contest sponsors represent and warrant to St. Joseph Media that the prize value stated is the fair market value of the Prize.
  • Torontoist is not responsible for any entries which are incomplete, lost, destroyed, delayed, or not transmitted due to technical failure, however caused.
  • The selected entrants will be notified by phone, e-mail, or the social media platform over which a contest was conducted within 72 hours of their selection. In the event that a selected entrant does not comply with these Contest Rules and Regulations, cannot be contacted within 72 hours of being selected, or does not reply to communication from Torontoist within 24 hours, an alternate entrant will be selected from the remaining entries. The chances of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. The prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Torontoist reserves the right to substitute any portion of the prize with a prize of equal value whatsoever. All federal, provincial and municipal taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • Contests are open to all residents of Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, and excluding employees of St. Joseph Media and their respective interactive, advertising and promotional agencies, persons with whom any of the above are domiciled and/or members of their respective immediate families.
  • The entrants selected for a prize will be required to correctly answer a time limited skill testing question before being declared a prize winner. The prize winner must sign a Waiver/Release of Liability provided by Torontoist as a condition to and in advance of receiving the prize in favour of Torontoist and the other sponsors such that none of them shall be liable for the use or misuse of the Prize. (A parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign this form on behalf of the winner if the selected winner is under the age of 18). Torontoist and the other sponsors assume no responsibility for the participation in any contest, or any liability, claims, demands, actions, loss, damage or personal injury that may be sustained by either the winner of any Prize or his/her guest.
  • Participation in a contest constitutes permission to Torontoist and the sponsors and their agencies to use the name, photograph and/or likeness of the winner (and his/her guest) for the purposes of promotion, advertising, and trade without further compensation.
  • By participating in a contest conducted by Torontoist, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. The decisions of the contest judges are final. Torontoist and the sponsors are not responsible for any typographical error in the printing, the offering, or the administration of the contest. Torontoist reserves the right to withdraw or terminate any contest at any time without prior notice or to change the Rules and Regulations. Contact or correspondence will occur only with selected entrants. This contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws and regulations.

Masthead


Editor-in-Chief
David Hains


Deputy Editor
Erica Lenti


Publisher
Tammy Thorne

Creative Director
Corbin Smith


Staff Writers
Jamie Bradburn
Desmond Cole
Carly Maga


Copy Editors
Amy Carlberg
Erin Sylvester
Anda Zeng

Contributors
Stephanie Avery
Christopher Bird
Jessica Bloom
Ed Brown
Jessica Buck
Rémi Carreiro
Giordano Ciampini
Harry Choi
D.A. Cooper
Matthew Daley
Chris Dart
Jess Davidson
David Demchuk
Christopher Drost
Sarah Duong
Kate Fane
Steve Fisher
David Fleischer
Peter Goffin
Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda
Eva HD
Jesse Hawken
Jeremy Kai
Mark Kay
Kyra Kendall
Kaitlyn Kochany
Brett Lamb
Robin LeBlanc
Richard Light
Andrew Louis
Mark Mann
Megan Marrelli
Sean Marshall
Brian McLachlan
Patrick Metzger
Samira Mohyeddin
Martin Morrow
Evan Munday
Steve Munro
Angelo Muredda
Sarah Niedoba
Beatrice Paez
Ryan B. Patrick
Kevin Plummer
André Proulx
Andrew Reeves
Kevin Scott
Joyita Sengupta
Josh Sherman
Will Sloan
Sarah Sweet
Ryan Walker
Natalie Zina Walschots
David Wencer
Jeremy Woodcock
Kaitlin Wright
Tannara Yelland

Editor-in-Chief


David Hains

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Born in Toronto, David has never lived anywhere else. An avid City Hall watcher, he follows the minutiae of local politics, which is likely not good for his health. In related matters, he previously wrote the Rob and Doug Ford recap for Torontoist‘s venerable Raccoon Nation, and Rob Ford once asked him to leave a Christmas party for asking a question. To date, it is the only party he has been kicked out of. He prefers the west end over the east end, and the Raptors over the Leafs.

David has also contributed to the Grid, Toronto Life and the Globe and Mail, among other fine publications.

Deputy Editor


Erica Lenti

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Erica has dreamed of living south of Bloor Street for ages now, but has resided in the same old North York bungalow for 21 years. She braves the Yonge-University-Spadina line every day to cover Toronto’s women’s and LGBTQ issues. In the past, her work has appeared in This, the Walrus, Maisonneuve and Daily Xtra. Her biggest accomplishment was the one time a city councillor tried to put her on a TTC float at the Pride Parade. She also really likes Degrassi and hedgehogs.


Staff Writers


Jamie Bradburn

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Jamie has wandered the back alleys of Toronto past and present for the past decade and has only gotten lost a few times (but has lost count of how many side trips he’s taken along the way). He figures exploring the city and its past is a way to know his surroundings better and justify his history minor in university. He has also discovered his camera has fused itself to his hand, which is great for snapping pictures but lousy for most physical tasks. Besides Torontoist, his other online outposts include a blog and a photostream.



Desmond Cole (On hiatus)

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Desmond is a former candidate for Toronto city council, a regional winner of the local democracy initiative City Idol. He spent his first several years in the city as a youth worker, then became the project coordinator for I Vote Toronto, a campaign to extend municipal voting rights to non-citizens. Desmond also worked as a community animator at the Centre for Social Innovation. He’s written for the Grid, Ethnic Aisle, Queen’s Park Review, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.



Carly Maga

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Believe it or not, when Carly Maga moved from the cultural hotspot of suburban Ottawa to Toronto in 2006, she had a serious case of the starry-eyes. Now, through the ups and downs of any long-term relationship, the infatuation has evolved into a deep and meaningful appreciation. Her journalism degree coupled with a constant need of being entertained has resulted in her writing/tweeting/talking/living theatre and the arts from Toronto to Romania for publications like Torontoist, the Globe and Mail, the Grid, the National Post, Hazlitt, the Toronto Standard, and more. She’s a member of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, and actor Eric Peterson once called her a “bright young thing.” So there’s that.


Creative Director


Corbin Smith

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Corbin Smith is a director, creator, builder, visionary, boundary-pusher, professional photographer, and documentarian (among other things.) Most of all, Corbin Smith is a storyteller… He has been quietly racking up major photography awards, most notably with Applied Arts and CAPIC, and is positioned to become one of Canada’s top creative professionals.” Someone once wrote that flattering commendation. As for what I have to say for myself, well: I’m deeply in love with Canada, I think Toronto is pretty nifty, and I hope Toronto thinks I’m nifty too.


Contributors


Christopher Bird

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The Explosively Talented Christopher Bird (or the ETCB to his family and friends) has worked in no particular order as a filmmaker, waiter, administrative assistant, script doctor, freelance writer, freelance character assassin, web monkey, teaching assistant and hobo who dances for quarters. He is presently an associate lawyer at the Gene C. Colman Complex Family Law Centre, so Shakespeare wants you to kill him first. Everything he writes that The Man won’t allow you to read on Torontoist can be found at mightygodking.com.



Ed Brown

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With the realization that he lacked the necessary pluck required for legitimate work, Edward Brown took to the writing racket in childhood, penning extortion letters and hold-up notes for a neighbourhood thug. With a degree in English Literature, Edward entered the teaching profession (summers off!) but snuck out after third period, never to return. He instead focused on freelance and fiction writing, as well as teaching English as a second language.

A diagnosed technophobe, Edward Brown was the publisher of the defunct satirical ‘zine, The Bottletree. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Spacing, Broken Pencil, Pilot, as well as other less reputable places. His story collection, Playing Basra, was released in 2008 to uncritical acclaim.



Jessica Buck

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Jessica was born in Scarborough and raised among the green pastures of Aurora, until her career aspirations turned her into one of those dreaded city girls. A self-professed music geek, she spends a lot of late nights and long hours managing festivals and live events across Canada. The rest of her free time is strangely divided between softball and belly dancing. When she’s not writing about arts and culture for Torontoist, she’s trying to find time for her blog, HearPlugged Music.



Rémi Carreiro

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Rémi is a photographer living in Cabbagetown. Born in Scarborough, raised in Pickering and Toronto, Rémi considers himself lucky to have spent his teen years in the big city. He is currently studying architectural science at Ryerson University and consequently doesn’t get much sleep. After a year or two of being glued to the screen admiring Toronto street photography, in 2007 at 16, he picked up his first camera and still finds it impossible to set the thing down. After five years of venturing around Toronto’s neighbourhoods and parks, he still can’t decide on a favourite spot. When Rémi’s not hunched over a drafting table or in front of a computer you’ll find him shooting for his blog and playing guitar just a bit too loud for his neighbours.



Harry Choi

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Harry was born in Hong Kong, China, and spent his childhood running up and down a forty-five-storey apartment building with his buddies. At seventeen, he came to Toronto and eventually graduated from the University of Toronto. One day, while punching numbers in a design studio, Harry realized life is much more than debits and credits, so he picked up a camera and couldn’t let go. He has been rediscovering the world through a viewfinder for the past few years and hopes to one day make a difference with images.



D.A. Cooper

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D. B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on 24 November 1971, collecting over US $200,000 in ransom before parachuting from the plane, never to be seen again.
D. A. Cooper has never done these things. He is just a regular guy, thus far unchronicled in the annals of history. A Toronto native and avid concertgoer, he graduated from Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program where his interests were redirected toward photography. After doing the 9–5 thing for a while, he is currently taking any and every photographic opportunity that comes his way. Aside from the pure joy of the craft, he has supremely enjoyed getting the chance to mingle and collaborate with some of Toronto’s many passionate and creative individuals.



Matthew Daley

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Originally from the wilds of Brampton Ontario, illustrator Matthew Daley now gets a nice view of our fair city from his lofty perch in Liberty Village. As an illustrator his work has appeared in a variety of magazines, on rock posters, and recently in an iPhone app by the Dairy Board of Canada. He thinks you should give his webcomic Mr. Monitor a look when you have the chance. He prefers his weather cold and his coffee on the creamy side. You can find more of his work by pressing on this nice, welcoming link.



Chris Dart

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Chris Dart is a Toronto-based journalist. He has written about everything from development and demonstrations to hip-hop and mixed martial arts. His byline has appeared in a variety of outlets, including the Globe and Mail, National Post, Grid, TheScore.com, and Spinner.ca. Prior to writing full-time, he spent several years in broadcasting. He’s also worked at a number of jobs that involved pushing a mop around. He grew up in the wilds of Scarborough, but now lives downtown.



Jess Davidson

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Raised on the mean streets of Thornhill, with a few moves to other cities and with many travels in between, Jess Davidson now happily calls Kensington Market home—mostly because she likes to be within arm’s reach to great food, the best coffee in the city, and enough tea to fuel her raging addiction. That is, when her nose isn’t buried in a book (school or otherwise). She hates the term “world class city,” but loves living in one.



David Demchuk

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David Demchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto. A playwright, independent filmmaker, screenwriter, essayist, critic, and journalist, he has been writing for theatre, film, television, radio, print and digital media for thirty years. In 2011, Pinknews.co.uk named him one of the top 25 most influential LGBT people on twitter worldwide.



Steve Fisher

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Halifax born, Ottawa-raised, and firmly Toronto-located, Steve has been writing about this city’s performing arts scenes for over a decade. His past experiences studying and performing in theatre, light opera, and improv comedy (plus a obsessive taste for indie rock and roll) have lead to his contributing to A.V. Club, CBC Music, the Grid, and more. Now a full time arts writer and critic, when not seeing five to six shows a week Steve spends his “free time” working with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves; as a Leading Seaman, he’s been commended and decorated.



David Fleischer

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If you Google “David Fleischer” you should know that: first, he is not a Brazilian economics expert; and second, he does not write for The Advocate (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). A native North Yorker, he has written for the National Post and Post City Magazines (no relation) and is a co-founding editor of Afterword, Canada’s national Jewish student newspaper. Really. David writes stories no one has published and once wrote songs and played guitar in a band called Urban Cactus. It featured several people who are now sufficiently successful that it would be pathetic to so much as drop their names.



Peter Goffin

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Peter Goffin is a lifetime Torontonian, having left only to pursue a degree in Political Science at Hamilton’s McMaster University. Peter has since worked as a journalist, editor, and non-profit communications coordinator. He is a former managing editor of the Toronto Review of Books, and former executive editor of McMaster’s newspaper, the Silhouette. In addition to writing for Torontoist, his work has appeared in the Toronto Star, This Magazine, and OpenFile. He is also a frequent contributor to Rabble.ca.



Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda

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Lodoe-Laura was born in the nineties, in the much inferior city of Ottawa. At two weeks old, she was sneaked onto an airplane bound for Kathmandu, Nepal, where a wise man told her parents to put a camera in her hands. When not shooting photos for Torontoist, Lodoe-Laura spends her time taking courses in Ryerson University’s Image Arts Program, involving herself in the Tibetan movement, and trying to teach people to pronounce her name correctly.



Jeremy Kai

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Jeremy Kai has jittery hands. Instead of pursuing a career in dentistry or brain surgery he decided instead to draw and paint stuff (where it’s okay to nourish oneself entirely with coffee). When not hunched over his drawing table, Jeremy engages in unorthodox hobbies and explores all parts of the city through all forms of transportation. He feels that Toronto needs more mythological characteristics and thinks its people should romanticize about their city a little bit more.



Kyra Kendall

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Kyra Kendall is an illustrator that lives and works in the Annex. She has also called Cabbagetown, Clubland and even the gritty streets of Lorne Park home. When not drawing for Torontoist, she is making beautiful fashion dress-up iPhone apps for five-year-olds. Her work has been featured in several illustration anthologies, curated shows, and packaged beauty products sold at your local big box pharmacy. Kyra likes: Colour. Volunteering for worthy causes. Conspiracy theorists. Riding her bicycle the wrong way down one-way streets.



Kaitlyn Kochany

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Kaitlyn Kochany is a Toronto-based freelance writer who has written for Spacing, dandyhorse, the Grid, and local and international blogs. She writes about arts and culture, sexuality, comic books, cycling issues, professional life, and more. She also dabbles in short and long fiction. When she’s not on the hunt for the next I Want Your Job profile, she’s usually knitting, eating kimchi, or walking through the Annex.



Robin LeBlanc

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Robin LeBlanc is a Toronto-based photographer and writer. As the owner of the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Award–winning craft beer site The Thirsty Wench, she has provided readers with an entertaining and informative look at everybody’s favourite beverage. Robin has appeared on television, radio, newspapers, and on panels at events preaching the gospel of good beer.



Andrew Louis

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Andrew grew up in Scarborough (maybe you’ve heard rumours of this land?) but now calls the Annex home. When he’s not taking photos he’s slowly disentangling himself from UofT and writing software for a living. He’s a man of few vices but can finish a bag of nachos in a sitting and naps slightly more than necessary. He also has a blog.



Catherine McIntyre

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Catherine left Halifax for Toronto in 2013 with a backpack and no intention of staying. Then the mayor started smoking crack on camera, and she thought, ‘what is this place?’. As she tries to answer that question, Catherine writes about social justice, science, and weird policies. She was named Best New Magazine Writer at the 2014 National Magazine Awards, and edits the front of book for This magazine.



Mark Mann

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Mark Mann is a freelance writer based in Toronto. His essays, reviews, and feature journalism have appeared in The Walrus, the Globe and Mail‘s Report on Business, the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, Maisonneuve, the Dance Current, and This Magazine, among others. Formerly a performing arts writer for Blouin Artinfo Canada, he continues to review art, theatre, and dance for various online outlets, including Momus.ca. He has hobbies, interests, and mixed feelings about uploading his entire life into the global super-intelligence now known as the Cloud.



Brian McLachlan

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Brian McLachlan is a writer/artist/cartoonist. His hilarious-out-loud webcomic is The Princess Planet. He’s been published by Vice, Coach House Press, Wizards of the Coast, YM, Toronto Star, Oni Press, Scholastic Canada, Nelson textbooks and regularly contributes to Owl Magazine. Brian enjoys mini-golf and regular sized hockey.



Patrick Metzger

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Patrick was born in New Jersey and raised in London, Ontario but has lived most of his adult life in Toronto. From the French-Canadian side of the family he inherited his reputation as raconteur, flaneur, and bon vivant, from the German side an abiding Weltschmerz and keen sense of the Zeitgeist, and from the Irish and Scots his latent alcoholism. Patrick is interested in Mixed Martial Arts, municipal politics, and the Apocalypse.



Samira Mohyeddin

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A trained Shakespearean actor, Samira has called Toronto home for more than three decades. Originally from Tehran, she holds a Masters degree in history and gender studies from the University of Toronto and has owned a little Iranian restaurant on Queen Street West for the past decade and thus tends to judge people who don’t push their chairs in. She enjoys writing about gender and geography and is prone to bouts of alliteration, which she is currently seeking help for. In the past, her work has appeared in Now Magazine, National Post, Toronto Star and the CBC Radio One program The Current.



Martin Morrow

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Originally hailing from Out West, (slightly) grizzled arts journalist Martin Morrow set up shop in Toronto in 2007, where he’s served as an arts producer for CBC.ca, and a film and theatre columnist for the Grid. A long-time Globe and Mail contributor, he has also been, since 2010, its second theatre critic. Past credits include chief theatre critic for the Calgary Herald, arts editor for Fast Forward Weekly, and author of Wild Theatre: The History of One Yellow Rabbit. Current roles include playing dad to a five-year-old drama queen. He is also, ahem, the president of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association.



Angelo Muredda

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Angelo hails from Sudbury, once described in a Dionne Brand novel as “an empty bright town which smells of leather and cellophaned bread.” Far from the nickel reserves of his hometown, he’s now a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Toronto, where he works on representations of disabled children in Canadian writing, and teaches Alice Munro and friends from time to time. Outside of Torontoist, his work has appeared in Film Freak Central, Cinema Scope, Toronto Review of Books, and This Magazine.



Sarah Niedoba

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Sarah is a student at the University of Toronto, and currently works as the Managing Editor of the university’s student newspaper, the Varsity. She previously worked for Descant Magazine and has written for BlogTO, Maclean’s and the Globe & Mail. When not writing, she spends most of her time stealing complimentary food from student union meetings, and unsuccessfully trying not to worry about the amount of asbestos in any given U of T building.



Kevin Plummer

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Kevin Plummer grew up in Saskatchewan then bumped around Canada with stints living on the west coast and the east coast, before finally arriving here in the middle. Now, whenever he needs escape from the clichéd existence of a cubicle worker, he stumbles out to wander the city he loves. He’s got a very diverse set of interests from urban affairs and history to classic film noir to obscure soul music, and finding new ways to procrastinate.



André Proulx

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You can often find André on the TTC carrying a few bottles of some great vintage waiting to be consumed. While his passion is local wines he can also be found scouring the globe for the best bottles. You may have read his work in the pages of Metro News. You can see him on CP24, CTV News Channel and Global Morning Show–he’s the guy with the corkscrew and the bowtie.



Kevin Scott

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Originally from small-town Quebec, Kevin has now spent more than a decade trying to conquer the beast that is Toronto with little more than his sharp wit and a +4 Dragon Sword that he found in a dumpster. Aside from his work for Torontoist, he can also be found reviewing movies for Exclaim!, making music for cartoons, and collaborating on film and video projects in the city. He hopes to one day live in a house made out of candy.



Joyita Sengupta

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Born and raised in North Etobicoke, Joyita is a multi-media reporter who is passionate about municipal politics and urban issues. She recently graduated from Humber College’s Bachelor of Journalism program and works as an editorial assistant at CBC News Network. In the past, she has written for and done production work at CTV Toronto, the Grid, MTV Canada, Exclaim!, and Rogers TV. In her free time she loves trying new food, vintage shopping, listening to loud rap music, and cheering for the Raptors.



Will Sloan

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Will Sloan grew up in Etobicoke, and remains loyal to Martingrove Collegiate over its rival, Richview Collegiate. He has written for NPR, Hazlitt, The Believer, Flavorwire, Maisonneuve, and plenty of places that are out of business now. He once met Channing Tatum. In his spare time, he enjoys writing about himself in the third person.



Sarah Sweet

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Sarah was born and raised in Toronto, and she is just old enough to have seen Return of the Jedi when it first opened at the University Theatre on Bloor Street. She spent some time in Montreal, where she developed a keen interest in never being so cold ever again. And then she lived in Kingston for a few years, while she wrote a doctoral thesis in English and did not much of anything else—except realize she preferred the CN Tower to the ivory tower. As soon as she could, she came back to Toronto, started reading books only for pleasure, went back to school for publishing, and dedicated herself to appreciating how happy she was to be home. She has served as Associate Editor, Managing Editor, and Interim Editor-in-Chief of Torontoist.



Ryan Walker

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Ryan Walker is an emerging photographer based in Toronto, Canada specializing in social documentary, editorial photography, and visual advocacy. His creative practice explores intimate storytelling through film and photographic mediums. Propelled by a curiosity to explore unique narratives, Walker’s work attempts to blur the boundaries between photojournalism, documentary, and conceptual art.



Natalie Zina Walschots

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Natalie Zina Walschots is a promiscuous wordsmith, cultural critic, and editor based in Toronto. She writes about heavy metal, CanLit, feminism, arts and culture, comic books, video games, combat sports, speculative fiction, and horror. In addition to Torontoist, her work regularly appears in the National Post, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Rue Morgue, and Exclaim!. She is the literary reviews editor of This Magazine, and an assistant editor at Exclaim!, presiding over the heavy metal section, Aggressive Tendencies. Natalie is also the author of DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains (Insomniac Press, 2012) and Thumbscrews (Snare Books 2007). Her poetry and fiction have recently been featured in Everything Is Fine, Little Brother Magazine, Joyland, Matrix, dead (g)end(er), Carousel, and broken pencil. Natalie earned her MA in English Literature and Creative writing from the University of Calgary. She is about to embark upon a Ph.D. in video games.



David Wencer

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David Wencer is terrified of the past, but tends to write about it anyway on account of his being even more terrified of the present and the future. He can be described as a researcher, writer, historian, archivist, heritage advocate, musician, idler, and man, although not necessarily in that order. In his spare time he enjoys being asked about his height and having conversations with complete strangers about whether or not he plays basketball or if he has a difficult time buying trousers.



Jeremy Woodcock

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Jeremy is an active participant in the Toronto comedy scene, including performing with the award-winning troupe Rulers of the Universe, and has written comedy for Just For Laughs, Dragnet Magazine, The Walrus Laughs, and others. Jeremy also performs music around Toronto both solo and with the band Patti Cake. He writes jokes on Twitter, for which he has been cited in the New York Times Magazine.



Kaitlin Wright

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Kaitlin Wright is a journalist straight out of Roncesvalles. Her favourite topics include design, city culture, and facial serums. Luckily, two out of three of these topics are well suited for Torontoist. Kaitlin works as a freelance writer and editor, contributing to culture blogs like She Does the City and writing surprisingly on-point science articles for businesses in the health industry. She obtained a Professional Writing BA from York University and is currently a student broadcaster for Radio Humber, where she performs newscasts and learns a lot about what the kids are doing these days.


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