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People City

If you weren’t around to see Toronto in 1974, Bad Dog Theatre can help you catch up. For three weeks, its completely improvised serial, People City, will introduce you to the characters and stories that made up our fair city during its boom years. Craig Anderson, Jess Bryson, Kyle Dooley, Colin Munch, Etan Muskat, Evany […]

Olivia Chow Launches Campaign in Packed Church

Campaign launches are a time to preach to the converted. You gather your core supporters in a room and energize them—make them feel as if they’re going to make the city better, one knocked door at a time. And so it was that Olivia Chow kicked off her campaign in an overflowing St. James Town […]

Scratching Our Heads Over 6 Essential Questions

Going into a play with no prior knowledge of the characters, plot, setting, or theatrical style can be a very liberating exercise—most of the time. However, for 6 Essential Questions, on now at Factory Theatre, that approach is highly discouraged. The play is the theatrical debut of author-turned-playwright Priscila Uppal, and has been adapted from […]

Campaign Fact Check: Did Jack Layton and Olivia Chow Live in Subsidized Housing?

After much deliberation, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow has resigned from her federal seat and is launching her campaign to become mayor of Toronto. However, mere moments after she declared her intentions, old accusations surfaced that she and her late partner, Jack Layton, had lived together in “subsidized housing” earlier in their public careers. Karl Baldauf […]

What An Honest Ed’s Sign Will Cost You

For over six decades, Honest Ed’s has been an institution at Bathurst and Bloor. It has drawn colourful commentary from writers like Pico Iyer and M.G Vassanji, and earned one of the more memorable sequences in the Scott Pilgrim series, when the hapless hero has to figure out how to navigate the discount emporium’s labyrinthine […]

Extra, Extra: 3D Rob Fords, Olivia Chow Enters the Mayoral Race, and the Long and Endless Winter

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Because you’re always looking for additions to the elaborate Rob Ford–themed diorama you’re building—which at this point doubtless contains action figures, bobbleheads, and garden gnomes—you might want to pick up a 3D-printed figurine of “Rob Ford Canada’s […]

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos Is The Husband

It is Maxwell McCabe-Lokos‘ hunted, haunted face that stares out from posters and billboards throughout the city, advertising the Toronto-based actor’s most recent and unquestionably most challenging project, The Husband. In the role of the embattled, titular husband Henry Andreas, McCabe-Lokos portrays a man whose self-respect, psychological well-being and concept of manhood are systematically dismantled […]

I Want Your Job: Lo Agolli, Cobbler

Walking in the front door of Sole Survivor in Kensington Market, you’re hit with a wave of smells. The tiny basement shop smells of leather, shoe polish, industrial-grade glue—it’s intense, but Lo Agolli breathes it in every day. Agolli, a former Urban Outfitters manager, holds two design degrees, but as soon as she made her […]

Sound Advice: Joyland, by Trust

Joyland, the new album by Toronto synthpop act Trust, is a really good record. It’s just not as good as we wanted it to be. Trust isn’t the same band that released its critically acclaimed debut, TRST, in 2012: what was once a duo is now a one-man band, as Maya Postepski left to focus […]

Olivia Chow to Run for Mayor

On Thursday, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow will announce her long-awaited bid for mayor—polls indicate she’ll become an instant frontrunner and the candidate to unite the city’s left. Chow will resign her seat in Parliament on Wednesday, and will hold her first campaign event at a church in St. James Town at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

The Horrors of New French Extremism

On Wednesday, the Black Museum‘s lecture series returns with possibly its darkest and most intense subject yet: the horror genre known as New French Extremism. Dedicated to providing “lurid lectures for the morbidly curious,” the curators of the Black Museum are certainly not uncomfortable when it comes to confronting and dissecting the darker recesses of […]

Public Works: Building Bridges With an International Public Space

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. If you follow the gaze of the Little Mermaid four kilometres from where she sits at the edge of the Baltic, you’ll hit Nørrebro, Copenhagen’s scarred underbelly. The north-end neighbourhood has, over […]