Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Oxford Properties, one of several big developers salivating at the notion of building a casino in downtown Toronto, has released some new renderings [PDF, and also pictured above] of what its proposed Front Street gambling resort would […]
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As the publishing industry continues to transform itself in an attempt catch up with technology, readers are constantly being presented with new ways of reading. In Canada, one of these new forays into delivering written content is The Nub Indie Arts Hub, a free app for Android and iOS, released earlier this month by Broken […]
Toronto does not have a good track record when it comes to building new transit. We have been presented with more maps, brightly coloured lines optimistically stretching in all directions, than we can count. We have started projects, dug holes, and then filled them in again. We have signed agreements, ripped them up, and then […]
The $5 Rap Show: Third Anniversary Party Featuring More or Les, Wordburglar, Ghettosocks, Fresh Kils, and Jesse Dangerously Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street) Friday, February 1, 9:00 p.m. $5 A few years ago, rappers Les “More or Les” Seaforth and Sean “Wordburglar” Jordan, along with Hand’Solo Records owner and hip-hop journalist Thomas Quinlan, decided to […]
If a provincial election were held today, which party would you vote for? Progressive Conservative: 23% Liberal: 24% NDP: 20% Green: 7% Other: 2% Undecided: 14% Refused to answer/would not vote: 11% Which of the following leaders would make the best Premier of Ontario? Tim Hudak: 18% Kathleen Wynne: 24% Andrea Horwath: 13% Other: 1% […]
In preparation for an upcoming tour and to mark the release of the band’s 16th studio album, True North, punk-rock innovator Bad Religion played an atypically intimate show at the Horseshoe on Sunday night. While the album’s title track is about finding one’s inner compass rather than, say, how great Canada is, the crowd of […]
Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Toronto Star launched a redesigned website today, and it looks pretty good, we guess? The font has serifs now. Fancy! The last big redesign was just a little more than three years ago.
Since the last meeting of the TTC board a storm has been brewing over a $50 million contract with Tobmar Investments, which operates the newsstands, lottery booths, and coffee shops located in the transit system under the brand name Gateway Newsstands. That contract was agreed upon without entertaining bids from potential competitors, and many—especially Mayor […]
Just a few months shy of his 18th birthday, local MC and producer Raz Fresco is already emerging as one of the rising young talents in the local hip-hop scene. As a rapper, he’s opened for acts like Method Man. As a producer, he’s provided beats for MCs like Mac Miller, Tyga, and Sir Michael […]
“Governments shouldn’t be expanding gambling opportunities as a means of balancing their budgets. A commercial casino operation is not in Toronto’s best interest.” —Three former mayors of Toronto in a letter to current mayor Rob Ford, opposing a new casino in the city. (The letter was provided to the Star first but they didn’t reprint […]
Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. David […]
Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The National Post has axed its weekend Toronto section. Postmedia’s financial problems are well known, and so it’s not a stretch to say that cost was most likely a factor.
Reggae Or Not: The Birth of Dancehall Culture in Jamaica and Toronto Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) February 1–28 Free Toronto is one of the major centres of the Jamaican diaspora, and so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this city has a long history when it comes to reggae music. What is surprising is […]
Shortly after the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision to overturn Rob Ford’s ouster, Clayton Ruby announced that his client intended to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. I believe that Ruby is right to pursue an appeal. The Divisional Court decision raises some problematic issues.
How to sell Scotch a century ago: hire a pitchman with Cheshire Cat grin to hide in a dark room. (The disembodied head and mutton chops flying out like long whiskers only add to the feline effect.) While it’s conceivable that this man might have charmed Scotch drinkers into investing in a bottle of Black […]
Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) Every Sunday, 9:00 p.m. $10 Local sketch troupe The Sketchersons is known for three things: being funny, writing a new show every week, and being unusually large. The average Toronto sketch troupe has between three and five members. The Sketchersons, in its eight […]
Remember last year, when it seemed like city council was doing nothing but having one revolutionary transit debate after another, after another? One upshot of those many discussions: an agreement to hold wide-ranging public consultations about Toronto’s long-term transit goals. Yesterday, Toronto’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, unveiled her plan for that consultation process (technically, it […]
At a press conference this afternoon, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) said that she has pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges brought against her in October, when she was pulled over by police while driving home from a night out at the Thompson Hotel. She had been drinking in the company of some City […]