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What’s on Council’s Agenda: November, 2013

In which we highlight key items from the month’s city council meeting. You can also watch it live. City council is meeting on November 13 and 14. Here are a few items from this month’s agenda that are in the news, or should be. City council will weigh whether or not to:

In Conversation: Andrew Hunter and Paul Butler

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery presents, as part of its In Conversation series, a discussion with Andrew Hunter (curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Paul Butler (curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery). The two men will be talking about their own curatorial approaches, as well as […]

Golden Ages: The Fully Improvised Musical

There are musical improv shows from time to time in Toronto, and usually they involve a musical accompanist on a keyboard. But an orchestra? Golden Ages promises “a musical that has never been seen before, and will never be seen again.” Inspired by Broadway classics like Pal Joey and Oklahoma, this one-night-only affair will feature […]

Extra, Extra: Mayoral Autographs, Mystery Tweeters, and McRibs

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. David Hains, who wrote our weekly recap of Mayor Rob Ford’s radio show before the show was cancelled last week, managed to buy one of Ford’s bobbleheads this afternoon. The best part is that he got the mayor […]

Mayor Rob Ford’s Bobbleheads Are Already Selling For Huge Prices on eBay

Mayor Rob Ford and his brother are known for making exaggerated claims about their fiscal record at City Hall, but here’s one instance where the Ford administration has actually created some value for Toronto investors. Mayor Ford’s official bobbleheads, which went on sale at around 10 a.m. this morning (although the scheduled start time was […]

The Province Announces Designers for Ontario Place’s New Park

In June, the province announced that Ontario Place—which has been closed since February 2012—would be getting a 7.5-acre “moderate park,” whatever that was supposed to mean. Specifics are still few and far between, but we know, at least, the names of the firms that will be designing that park. In a press release this morning, […]

A Toronto Writer Preaches a Wordier Future for Video Games

Toronto writer Christine Love never expected to find success making video games—particularly text-heavy visual novels about women, queerness, and technology. But she surprised everyone, including herself, when her games—Digital: A Love Story; don’t take it personally, babe, it just ain’t your story; Analogue: A Hate Story, and its expansion, Hate Plus—found an audience eager for […]

The Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, Where Some Books Cost More Than Cars

“Whoa, Canada is so cool.” This is how Stephen Fowler, a member of the board of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada and curator of The Monkey’s Paw, a bookstore in Toronto specializing in the “old and unusual,” described Canada’s reputation among the members of the International Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, which held its latest […]

The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival Casts Mental Health Issues in a New Light

Since its inception in 1993, the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival has delivered on its complex mandate: presenting cultural representations of mental illness and addiction and then contextualizing them through post-screening discussions. This year’s lineup might be the festival’s most stacked yet, with screenings on a range of issues and in a variety of genres.

Jane-Finch Faces the Possibility of Life After “Priority” Status

As part of an attempt to update its seven-year-old “priority neighbourhoods” program, the City is developing new criteria for identifying the parts of Toronto that are most in need of government and charitable help. But residents of one neighbourhood that has benefited under the existing system are worried that their extra funding is about to […]

Historicist: Internment at Stanley Barracks

When Canada entered the First World War in 1914, the CNE grounds were put to military use. Various buildings on the site were used as barracks and training facilities, and later on to process demobilized Canadian soldiers. Stanley Barracks soon found itself repurposed as an internment centre, housing dozens of civilians deemed potentially dangerous enemy […]

Live in the Stacks: Light Fires

As part of the Toronto Public Library’s Live in the Stacks series, electro-pop outfit Light Fires will be playing a free show in the Sanderson library, after hours. Admission is free, and all ages.

UrbanToronto: U of T’s New Athletic Centre Has a Skeleton of Steel

The development, design, and history of building projects, brought to you by UrbanToronto.ca. Known internationally for its academic quality, the University of Toronto also has a rich history of sports and athletics. Over 40 sports teams currently bear the maple leaf and upper-case T crest of the Toronto Varsity Blues. They play at the storied […]

Spice City Toronto: Sri Lanka Comes to Queen Street

Toronto is fortunate to have some great Sri Lankan food, but it’s not easy to find downtown. Aside from a few Sri Lankan places around Parliament, like Rashnaa, you have to head up to Markham and Scarborough to try the cuisine, which is perhaps best described as a labour intensive, spicier version of Indian food, […]