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Toronto’s Ombudsman Attacked for Being “Politically Driven”

Toronto’s ombudsman, Fiona Crean, was scheduled to discuss her latest report with councillors today, in which she found that the mayor and his office compromised the public-appointments process in several ways. But as councillors were discussing the exact timing of that presentation, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) rose to ask whether that report […]

Sound Advice: METZ by METZ

Local feedback-drenched art-punk noise merchants METZ (yes, it’s always all-capped) have spent the last few years getting normally indifferent Toronto crowds to mosh with almost dangerous abandon. In the last 12 months they’ve also taken their show on tour across North America, winning both accolades and a contract with legendary Seattle alternative label Sub Pop. […]

Obaaberima Defies Categories

Obaaberima Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street) September 15–October 7, Tuesdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. $27 to $30, plus rush For Tawiah M’carthy, freedom is found in captivity. In his solo show, Obaaberima, which closes this weekend at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, M’carthy plays Agyeman, a boy who […]

Toronto Urban Legends: Cherry Beach Express

The truth behind the tales people tell about Toronto. Viewed after dusk from the south end of Cherry Street, the wharves, cargo ships, long shadows, and Toronto skyline resemble a scene from a James Ellroy novel, or the setting of a classic noir film. Conjure up a couple of beefy, take-no-guff cops and one ne’er-do-well […]

Extra, Extra: Yes to Planning and No to Casinos

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. This morning, some concerned Toronto residents launched No Casino Toronto. The City of Toronto has until the spring to let the province know whether we will welcome a casino warmly or would rather the Ontario Lottery and Gaming […]

The Chimney Swift’s Swan Song?

“The show,” said Tim McCarthy, “is about to start.” The recently retired bond trader was standing across the street from an old brick church, eyes eagerly scanning the darkening sky from behind round-rimmed glasses. When the sun was just below the horizon, two tiny, silhouetted birds winged their way into view high overhead. Their movements […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: Burger Chef’s Monstrous Opening

As the 1960s drew to a close, Canada was ripe for an American fast food invasion. Even if demand for cheap burgers and fries had temporarily peaked, the Great White North offered plenty of territory for chains like McDonald’s and Burger King to expand. Among the invaders was Burger Chef, which seemed to have two […]

What’s on City Council’s Agenda: October 2012

In which we highlight key items from the month’s city council meeting. You can also watch it live. City council is meeting today (October 2) and tomorrow (October 3). Here are a few items from this month’s agenda that have been in the news, or should have been. City council will weigh whether or not […]

Nuit Blanche 2012: After We Slept on It

Last year, we wrote that Nuit Blanche had crossed over from being an all-night contemporary art “event” to an all-night contemporary art “festival.” After this year’s edition unleashed over 150 art exhibitions and many, many more people onto Toronto’s downtown streets, we’re tempted to say that Nuit Blanche has now transformed into an “all-night contemporary-art […]

Extra, Extra: Nuit Blanche, the Jarvis Bike Lanes, and Mirvish

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Yes, there were a lot of drunk people at Nuit Blanche this year. Even so, there was plenty of beauty to be found on the night, as the video embedded above makes plain. It was put together […]

2012 Giller Prize Shortlist Announced

At a press conference this morning at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, organizers announced the shortlist for the 18th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize, the annual award for the best Canadian novel or short-story collection published in English. The five nominees were chosen by three esteemed jurors: American novelist and essayist Gary Shteyngart, Canadian publisher and writer of […]