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Historicist: Banning Little Black Sambo

Is The Story of Little Black Sambo, the children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman in 1899, the fantastical tale of a heroic boy who faces danger courageously, outwitting tigers and being rewarded with pancakes? Or is it a prejudiced story whose caricaturized illustrations of blacks had invidious and hurtful effects on generations of […]

Extra, Extra: Disappearing TTC Stops, Cannibal Rats, and Justin Bieber

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Could the TTC be poised to take your local bus or streetcar stop away? Possibly—but don’t panic quite yet: according to Sean Marshall, some “stop rationalization” might not be such a bad thing.

No Subway Service Between Union and St. Andrew Stations This Weekend

Once again, scheduled construction on Union Station’s second platform will result in a service suspension—no trains will be running between Union and St. Andrew stations from January 25 to 26. Because southbound trains on the Yonge line will stop at Union, and southbound trains on the University-Spadina line will stop at St. Andrew, riders will […]

Andrew Bujalski Talks Mumblecore

When young Boston director Andrew Bujalski made a perceptive, low-key comedy called Funny Ha Ha in 2002 on a shoestring budget with a 16mm camera and a group of friends who had little experience, he could have no idea of the ripple effect it would create. Filmmakers started to make movies with whatever meagre resources […]

What Does It Take to Become an Olympian or Paralympian?

It can be difficult to imagine what’s involved in being an amateur athlete. Unless you’re on a similar path, it’s often a challenge to appreciate all the training, sacrifices, and mental preparation that go into an Olympic or Paralympic journey. This year, Petro-Canada invited FACE™ athletes to meet each other and share their insights, giving […]

Time-Based Transfers Might Be Coming to the TTC

A TTC report set to go before the board on January 28 indicates that when the PRESTO Farecard is introduced later this year, there will be an opportunity to transform the TTC’s approach to transfers from the current “continuous trip” system to one that’s “time-based.” So what’s the difference, and why are transit users likely […]

Little Terrors, Volume 24: Vicious Cycle

Little Terrors enters its third year of screening short horror films with Volume 24: Vicious Cycle. On the program are seven gory, terrifying pieces, some of which were featured at Blood in the Snow Film Festival. If you’re brave enough, go check out Olaf Svenson’s L’étranger, Jay Clarke’s Lively, and Takahide Hori’s Junk Head, among […]

ROM Lecture: The Textile Trades of East Africa and Madagascar

The ROM’s Dr. Sarah Fee knows that there’s more to fashion than what we see in magazines. Join her for a lecture on The Textile Trades of East Africa and Madagascar, and learn about how Asian textiles made their way to the East African interior, and why.

Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg

Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg is spending his Mondays for the next several months on a lecture series about the career of one of America’s greatest commercial filmmakers. Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg launched on January 20 with a examination (and clips) of some of Spielberg’s greatest hits (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Lincoln). On January 27, the […]

ALTdot Comedy Lounge

The venerable weekly stand-up comedy showcase ALTdot Comedy Showcase, now in its 18th year, has a typically solid lineup of performers scheduled for the last Monday of January. Alex Pavone, Gavin Stephens, Chris Locke, and more join this week’s host Matt O’Brien on the Rivoli’s backroom stage.

Scene: Factory Theatre Renovation

WHERE: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street WHEN: Tuesday, January 21 WHAT: Expanded and renovated space for the Factory Theatre, involving an elevator to the main space, and one main building entrance that can be supervised by fewer staffers/volunteers. While this renovation will address issues related to accessibility and staffing requirements, it will not result in […]

A New Urban Park at Ontario Place

A sliver of Ontario Place’s future look was revealed today, one promising forests, summits, rocky beaches, and a “romantic garden.” The conceptual designs for the urban park which will occupy 7.5 acres on the far eastern end of Ontario Place were presented to media this afternoon. As envisioned by LANDInc (whose local projects include Tommy […]

Beer and Butter Tarts Issue #1 Launch

Be warned: you don’t want to read this new publication when hungry. The sole purpose of Beer and Butter Tarts is to highlight the delicious foods our country has to offer. Comprised of art, poetry, photography, short fiction, and essays, this literary journal lauds the cooks, restaurants, and ingredients that keep our bellies full. Come […]

Cinema Politica: My Prairie Home

Imagine growing up queer in an abusive home in rural Alberta. This is the story of transgender country-electropop artist Rae Spoon—a story that’s told in My Prairie Home. Cinema Politica presents the film’s premiere Toronto screening, which will be accompanied by a live performance, and a Q&A with Rae, director Chelsea McMullan, and producer Lea […]

Terrific Women

Their January show fell victim to the polar vortex, which means Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey are nearly bursting from pent-up hilarity, and twice as pumped for the next episode of their monthly 1970s cable access program, Terrific Women. Upping the comedic ante, they’ll be joined by Rebecca Kohler, Evany Rosen, Steve Patrick Adams, Laura […]