Former U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain lampooned his own lack of familiarity with the central-Asian country of Uzbekistan. “If someone asks me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say I don’t know,” he quipped during his short-lived run for office. If Cain ever makes it to Toronto, he’ll have a chance to […]
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WHERE: Birchmount Park WHEN: Thursday, November 15 WHAT: Mayor Rob Ford is the defendant in a high-profile libel lawsuit that has been at court all this week, but that didn’t stop him from skipping out on his trial yesterday to go do his real job: that is, coach a high-school football team, the Don Bosco […]
Thousands of people will line downtown streets on Sunday to glimpse a visitor from the North Pole. Since 1905, the Santa Claus Parade has entertained generations with its array of floats, marching bands, and upside-down clowns. Yet if businessmen, politicians, and the public hadn’t acted swiftly 30 years ago, the parade would be little more […]
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It hasn’t taken effect yet, but a legal challenge to Toronto’s new plastic bag ban is forthcoming from the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA).
The Schoolhouse Shelter, a 55-bed facility on George Street, is moving away from a special service it once provided to homeless, alcohol-dependent men. For many years, Schoolhouse has functioned as a “wet” shelter, where residents could bring in and consume their own alcohol, and where many resided for long periods of time. A decision yesterday […]
If you’ve been following Toronto’s transit saga then you know at least one thing: progress in the decision-making department is notoriously slow. But there is a glimmer of good news: the new TTC streetcars are well on their way to becoming part of our transit reality. We got a first sense of how the streetcars […]
The Arsonists Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) November 11 to December 9 $24–$99 Canadian playwright and director Morris Panych is known for his black humour, but in his latest directing project with Canadian Stage, it’s better described as charred. The Arsonists, originally titled Biedermann und die Brandstifter, is an absurdist comedy, written by […]
Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. The city that invented drive-through living wants to make transit cool. Los Angeles is having some success at rebranding its Metro system as a fun, hip way to get around, rather than […]
For 42 years, Captain John’s has occupied some prime real estate: 1 Queen’s Quay, right near the foot of Yonge Street. Now, the City, Waterfront Toronto, and the Toronto Port Authority want him out. John Letnik, the 74-year-old owner of the ship, seeks retirement from the floating restaurant biz, but a hefty $550,000 in unpaid […]
No persons carrying on retail business in a retail business establishment…shall provide customers with single-use plastic carryout (shopping) bags, including those advertised as compostable, biodegradable, photodegradable or similar. That, above, is the language that city council will consider at the end of this month when it is asked to take its final vote on the […]
Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Buddy and Pedro, the same-sex penguin pair that Toronto Zoo workers split up last year for breeding purposes, have produced eggs with their new female mates. Hatching is expected as soon as mid-December.
We first published this November 10, 2011. But now Movember has returned, so here’s a timely rerun. Take care of your facial hair, guys. We’re about two weeks into Movember, meaning some of Toronto’s manly men are well into the month-long process of growing out their moustaches as part of a global effort to raise […]
Pat Thornton’s 24-Hour Stand-Up Marathon Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West ) November 16, 8 p.m.–November 17, 8 p.m. $5 minimum donation Stand-up and sketch comic Pat Thornton admits he didn’t really know what he was getting into when he agreed to do “something” as a benefit for the Stephen Lewis foundation back in 2009. […]
For their latest album, semi-officially titled III, local synth-punk troublemakers Crystal Castles decided to do something unusual, especially for an electronic act: they temporarily relocated to Poland and recorded without the benefit of modern technology. That means no computers, just old-school analog synths. All the tracks were laid down in single takes on a communist-era […]
According to a new survey, fewer and fewer of the independent and commercial theatre, dance, and opera organizations that are members of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) are feeling “very positive” about their futures—and on Tuesday they did something about it.
Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Photographer and cinematographer Ryan Couldrey lives in the east end, and like many, he often catches films at the Fox Theatre. The rep cinema is nearly 100 years old, and to celebrate its role in Toronto’s cultural […]