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Dancing with the Dead at Yonge-Dundas Square

Love it or hate it, Yonge-Dundas Square is the crossroads of Toronto. Not necessarily because it’s the face of anything, or because it somehow represents the city’s character at large, but simply by virtue of being the snarled, heaving, chronically blocked artery through which a majority of the city’s population passes. Stand on the sidewalk […]

The City’s New Graffiti Panel Renders Judgment on Murals

The City’s new graffiti panel held its first meeting last Friday morning. There, the fates of nine murals on the exteriors of Toronto buildings were decided. The owners of the buildings had submitted applications to the City requesting that the murals be declared “graffiti art,” or “art murals.” Either designation exempts a painting from enforcement […]

Where to Watch the U.S. Presidential Election in Toronto

You probably can’t vote in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, either because you’re not a US citizen, or because you are a U.S. citizen but you forgot to register to vote from abroad. (In which case you’re lazy, and you should feel bad.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the votes be tallied. Why shouldn’t […]

Here Comes Santa Claus

The Santa Claus Parade Parade route November 18, 12:30 start FREE During a drive along the 401 to the Toronto branch of Santa’s Workshop on Friday, there was a sign that Santa Claus was bringing a touch of the holiday season with him for his preview of the 108th Toronto Santa Claus Parade: gentle snow […]

The Great Casino Myth

Today at City Hall the powerful Executive Committee will debate, and almost certainly authorize, a round of public consultations about the prospect of building a casino in Toronto. Their discussion—and any public consultations that follow—will be based on a report prepared by City staff, with the help of external consultants Ernst & Young, which outlines […]

TTC Releases Official Statement on the Bus Ordered for Mayor’s Football Team

As has been widely reported, last week a TTC bus was requested by police to pick up the players of the Don Bosco football team—whose coach, famously, is Mayor Rob Ford. It’s not entirely clear why officers judged the special-order bus to be necessary: various spokespeople have alluded to tensions between players at the game, […]

Historicist: The Animated Life of George Dunning

Flat metal shapes, painted in bright colours and fastened together, dancing along frame by frame to a 1792 French folk song. Not the most typical career-launching film, but a significant one: Toronto-born animator George Dunning’s Cadet Rousselle (1947). Pushing the boundaries of conventional animation techniques, with it Dunning announced himself as an important new talent, […]

Vandalist: Courtship

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Queen Street West and Gwynne Avenue PHOTO BY: Martin Reis FIELD NOTES: Everyone can use a little extra body heat now that the cold weather has descended upon us. And love. Everyone can always use a little love. Even these colourful characters, shyly looking for amore during the best cuddle-time of the […]

Now on Screen: Flight, Midnight’s Children, Stories We Tell

Because Toronto’s more movie obsessed than a Quentin Tarantino screenplay (yuk yuk), Torontoist brings you Now on Screen, a weekly roundup of new releases. Click on any film title for our review.     FLIGHTDIRECTED BY ROBERT ZEMECKIS Showtimes     MIDNIGHT’S CHILDRENDIRECTED BY DEEPA MEHTA Showtimes     STORIES WE TELLDIRECTED BY SARAH POLLEY […]

Part of Queens Quay West to Become a One-Way Street, Starting Monday

Prepare for some traffic-related annoyance: Waterfront Toronto announced yesterday that Queens Quay West between Bay Street and Spadina Avenue will become a one-way, westbound street starting on Monday, November 5 and ending at some point in spring 2013. That’s the bad news. On the other hand, it’s all part of an ongoing revitalization project being […]

Toronto Cemetery Sojourns: Park Lawn Cemetery

The mock graveyards decorating residential lawns this Halloween bear little resemblance to Toronto’s real cemeteries, which, actually, are full of life. As we did last year, over the course of this week, we’ll visit some of the city’s most interesting final resting places. Nestled south of Bloor Street between the Kingsway and Bloor West Village, […]

Midnight’s Children

DIRECTED BY DEEPA MEHTA Adamant that none but Salman Rushdie himself was fit to adapt the “unfilmable” Midnight’s Children, director Deepa Mehta insisted that the author be the one to bring his own widely beloved text to the big screen. And though Rushdie demonstrates commendable ruthlessness in paring his decades-spanning tome down to a two-and-a-half-hour […]

Spice City Toronto: A Festival of Pastels

Posters recently appeared along Dundas Street West, the centre of Toronto’s Portuguese-speaking community, advertising the “Festival do Pastel.” Starting a few weeks ago, the local restaurant Brazilian Star (1242 Dundas Street West) began serving pastels, a street food akin to an empanada, every Thursday. The restaurant previously had only a Portuguese version of the pastel, […]

Scene: Pumpkins on Parade

WHERE: Sorauren Avenue Park and Harbord Street between Bathurst and Spadina WHEN: November 1, 8 p.m. WHAT: Every year, on the night after Halloween, parks and streets around the city hold “pumpkin parades,” where residents can show off their jack-o’-lanterns, and then leave the spent gourds to be picked up by City solid-waste workers. (Although […]

Council Approves Light Rail Plan

City council has approved the master agreement with the provincial government to build four light rail lines in Toronto. The debate was relatively short but somewhat fraught, as Mayor Rob Ford and several of his allies expressed concerns about the deal.