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Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on the 2014 Election

“Obviously the next election’s going to be fought, again, on subways. I want to connect McCowan [the Scarborough subway extension council just voted on] to Don Mills to the Sheppard line, do that. Then I’m going to go to Finch, and look at the Downtown Relief Line. But to be fair, the downtown people have […]

Scene: Tarek Loubani and John Greyson Arrive in Toronto

WHERE: Pearson International Airport WHEN: October 11, 7:40 p.m. WHAT: After 50 days in an Egyptian prison and another five unable to leave the country, filmmaker John Greyson and physician Tarek Loubani landed in Toronto Friday evening. “We’re home because of the work of many thousands of people from all walks of life,” the two […]

Extra, Extra: Captain John, Alice Munro, and the Raptor

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. There are plenty of interesting moments in Peter Kuitenbrouwer’s article about “Captain” John Letnik’s ongoing financial and legal troubles. Like, it turns out Letnik’s real name isn’t actually John, and apparently someone is making a documentary about him. […]

Paul Ainslie Quits Executive Committee Before Ford Can Fire Him

Paul Ainslie, who at the beginning of this city council term was a clear supporter of the mayor, marked a major milestone on his long journey away from Rob Ford today: he preemptively resigned from the cabinet-like executive committee, which is generally filled with the mayor’s closest allies, before Ford had a chance to fire […]

F R U I T S Compilation Release Party

F R U I T S Compilation is an album from Healing Power Records, Stacy Sproule, and Victoria Cheong, who gathered some of Toronto’s top female musicians and asked them to compose music on the topic of self-healing. Check out a few of the cuts here, and consider attending the launch party. We recommend Tenderness’ […]

VAZA-LAUNCH: a Book Launch for Army of Lovers

The main attraction at VAZA-LAUNCH is a launch (and author talk) for Sarah Liss’ Army of Lovers, a book that explores the life of Toronto gay activist Will Munro. It collects stories from people who knew Munro, including Owen Pallett, Bruce LaBruce, and Joel Gibb. In the tradition of Munro’s party-organizing lifestyle, the launch will […]

Here’s a Time-Lapse Video of Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Being Assembled

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles, a colossal assemblage of 3,144 bikes, took a crew of workers more than two weeks to put together in Nathan Phillips Square. The sculpture debuted at Nuit Blanche, and will be sticking around until October 27—but the time-lapse video above is, in some ways, even better than seeing it up close. […]

Extra, Extra: Injured Mascots, Renovated Theatres, and Expanding Airports

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Toronto Raptors have lost their MVP. No, not Drake. We’re talking about the mascot, whose human inhabitant blew out his Achilles tendon, apparently during a school visit in Halifax. He’s not expected to return this season. Embedded […]

The New Councillor for Ward 3 is…Peter Leon

After hearing from a wide array of candidates vying to replace former councillor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre), ranging from a self-described expert in transcendental meditation to a Toronto police spokesperson, city council has appointed Etobicoke resident Peter Leon to the office. Though he’s now an MPP and was not at council today, Holyday […]

UrbanToronto: Another Art-Deco Building Bites the Dust

The development, design, and history of building projects, brought to you by UrbanToronto.ca. Another depression-era high-rise structure is coming down in Toronto. The Art Deco Women’s College Hospital building, completed in 1935, is currently being torn down on Grenville Street, just east of Queens Park. With the recently built first phase of the new Women’s College Hospital […]

Gothic Culture in History with Robert Douglas

It’s the time of year when everyone’s interest turns to darker topics. Robert Douglas, author of The Shadow of Dracula and the Great War and The Gothic from Lenin to Bin Laden aims to put an educational spin on things with his discussion of Gothic Culture in History. Drawing on his background as a historian, […]

De Colores Festival of New Works

Celebrating its sixth year, the De Colores Festival of New Works returns to Toronto for three nights of theatre. Presented by the Alameda Theatre Company, the festival will showcase four new productions by Latin-Canadian playwrights: Paradise Red by Bruce Gibbons, Solaz by Jefferson Guzman, Have You Lost Something? by Flavia Hevia, and Marine Life by […]

Script Scrap

The Steady State Theatre Project presents Script Scrap, five nights of exciting new theatrical works. Each night a different piece will be featured, each one written by a playwright involved in one of the Steady State’s three development programs.