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Scene: A New Home for Theatre on Queen West

WHERE: 1115 Queen Street West, at Lisgar Street WHEN: October 11, 11 a.m. WHAT: The Theatre Centre, an arts incubator and theatre production company, has been renting its facilities for 33 years. It has relocated, by one estimate, more than 10 times. This morning, the organization finally broke ground on a permanent home: a 1908 […]

Public Works: Let’s Build Some Pyramids on King Street

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Last week, architect Frank Gehry and theatre impresario David Mirvish announced a plan to build three massive 80-plus storey condo towers near King Street West and University Avenue. This is Frank Gehry, […]

Abolish the Land Transfer Tax, Says Researcher

Here’s something that should cheer Mayor Rob Ford amid his many political troubles: a researcher from the C.D. Howe Institute agrees with him that Toronto’s Municipal Land Transfer Tax should be abolished. Though it has to be said that the researcher makes a much more sophisticated case for doing so than the mayor ever has.

I Want Your Job: Vicki Hardstaff, Zookeeper

I Want Your Job finds Torontonians who make a living doing exactly what they love to do, in any field, and for any salary, and asks them how they did it. Vicki Hardstaff can’t remember when she decided she wanted to work with animals, but she knows it happened early on. “I think that’s usually […]

Meeting Reveals Toronto’s Casino Angst

An evening meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council saw dozens of gaming industry representatives, community activists, union spokespeople, and plain old unaffiliated citizens come to a packed City Hall committee room to voice their opinions on the idea of a casino being built in downtown Toronto, most likely on the Exhibition Place […]

Extra, Extra: Street Crime and Nice Old Buildings

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Christie Pits area has been the nexus of no fewer than 12 separate reports of sexual assaults since August, the latest three of which occurred over the long weekend. But anyone who has been paying attention to […]

Rob Ford’s Diversity Distraction

A version of this post originally appeared on The Ethnic Aisle, a blog that deals with issues of multiculturalism as they relate to the GTA. Since 2006, it’s been City of Toronto policy that all advertised civic appointments—both paid jobs and hundreds of volunteer opportunities—make a direct appeal for applications from “women, youth, First Nations, […]

Mayor Rob Ford Compromises on Public Housing and Transit

Let’s look at yesterday’s Executive Committee meeting not as a glass-half-empty scenario—as a group of councillors unable or unwilling to deal with some seemingly intractable problems faced by the city that elected them. Instead, let’s think of the glass as being half full. With two of the biggest files on the table yesterday—those being transit […]

Sound Advice: Medallions by Medallions

Local quartet Medallions are either making an intentional attempt to ride the current wave of ’90s nostalgia, or else they just listened to a ton of CFNY when they were growing up. On their new, self-titled EP, they manage to be poppy and catchy while simultaneously maintaining a vague aura of gloom. The sound is […]

City Rising: A Bird’s-Eye View of Toronto

For all that Torontonians often complain about the aesthetics of our city—poor design, poor maintenance, architecture that’s too generic or too forgetful of our history or too scared of the future—there are moments and places of great beauty here. Capturing them from way on high: photographer Tom Ryaboi, who has already received international attention for […]

Planet in Focus Isn’t Just for Activists

Early in Caroline Bâcle’s Lost Rivers, screening during the opening-night gala of the 13th annual edition of the Planet in Focus film festival, an environmentalist artist describes his work uncovering hidden rivers in urban centres as an effort to introduce the “face of water” to the public. As idiosyncratic as that project sounds, it’s also […]

Making Soup for a Cause, Part Two

This is the second in a series of profiles of the farmers involved with Soupstock, a soup-focused food festival that will take place at Woodbine Park on October 21. The event is intended to raise awareness of (and money for) the fight against a proposed mega-quarry in Melancthon, a township located in northern Dufferin County. […]