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Loblaws Is Coming to Kensington Market

Kensington Market is fiercely protective of its identity as a unique, eclectic neighbourhood: after residents learned that a new 15-storey condo development approved by city council last year might end up being home to a Loblaws, there were street protests, and warnings about the damage the chain grocer might do to local businesses. But it’s […]

Extra, Extra: Ship-Borne Sickness, Golf-Loving Crocodiles, and In-Flight Amorousness

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. When you’re wintering in Toronto, it can be difficult to remember that even people travelling to places that don’t have regular extreme cold weather alerts, and extremely high wind alerts, and extreme snowfall alerts can confront their […]

A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera)

The Canadian Opera Company brings a tale of forbidden love to its stage with Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera). Given an almost-modern treatment, the story has been transplanted to early 1960s America, where the romantic entanglements are played out against a background of Kennedy-era political tensions.

The Balconies Album Release Show

The Balconies are diving headfirst into 2014, putting out their sophomore effort, Fast Motions in the final days of January. A Torontonian indie-pop band with ’80s glam metal sensibilities, they’ve only gotten bigger, better, and more badass since the drop of their first EP. Join them for a special album release show with Say Yes, […]

Coldest Day of the Year Bike Ride

The weather outside might be frightful, but that means nothing to hardcore cyclists. Want to prove that you’re also one of those tough Canadians? Then go out winter-biking on the Coldest Day of the Year Ride. Starting at Queen’s Park, the trail ends at Dufferin Grove Park where there will be a skating rink, roaring […]

Introduction to Square Dancing

If you’ve ever wanted to be hip, you should probably be jumping on this free Introduction to Square Dancing offer, courtesy of the Toronto Triangle Squares. Before you start on the excuses, know that no costume, partner, or previous experience is required. Just show up, learn some steps, eat some snacks, and have fun!

What Kind of Budget Will the Next City Council Inherit?

City council will meet on Wednesday and Thursday to debate the 2014 budget. The debate will almost certainly focus on narrow and sometimes artificial problems: a proposed $6 property tax reduction for the average household, for instance, or whether they can afford to hire five new staffers for the legal department next year (they can). […]

Winterlicious 2014

Time once again for the City of Toronto’s annual cold-weather enticement to get people out to fine dining establishments, the Winterlicious Festival. Over 200 restaurants have signed up to offer lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus over the official two-week period (many of them continue the pricing for longer), and the City’s also arranged for a […]

Historicist: Banning Little Black Sambo

Is The Story of Little Black Sambo, the children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman in 1899, the fantastical tale of a heroic boy who faces danger courageously, outwitting tigers and being rewarded with pancakes? Or is it a prejudiced story whose caricaturized illustrations of blacks had invidious and hurtful effects on generations of […]

Extra, Extra: Disappearing TTC Stops, Cannibal Rats, and Justin Bieber

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Could the TTC be poised to take your local bus or streetcar stop away? Possibly—but don’t panic quite yet: according to Sean Marshall, some “stop rationalization” might not be such a bad thing.

No Subway Service Between Union and St. Andrew Stations This Weekend

Once again, scheduled construction on Union Station’s second platform will result in a service suspension—no trains will be running between Union and St. Andrew stations from January 25 to 26. Because southbound trains on the Yonge line will stop at Union, and southbound trains on the University-Spadina line will stop at St. Andrew, riders will […]

Andrew Bujalski Talks Mumblecore

When young Boston director Andrew Bujalski made a perceptive, low-key comedy called Funny Ha Ha in 2002 on a shoestring budget with a 16mm camera and a group of friends who had little experience, he could have no idea of the ripple effect it would create. Filmmakers started to make movies with whatever meagre resources […]

What Does It Take to Become an Olympian or Paralympian?

It can be difficult to imagine what’s involved in being an amateur athlete. Unless you’re on a similar path, it’s often a challenge to appreciate all the training, sacrifices, and mental preparation that go into an Olympic or Paralympic journey. This year, Petro-Canada invited FACE™ athletes to meet each other and share their insights, giving […]

Time-Based Transfers Might Be Coming to the TTC

A TTC report set to go before the board on January 28 indicates that when the PRESTO Farecard is introduced later this year, there will be an opportunity to transform the TTC’s approach to transfers from the current “continuous trip” system to one that’s “time-based.” So what’s the difference, and why are transit users likely […]