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Council Bulletin: Some Ford-Free Policy Issues Debated, Too

It’s tempting to think of City Hall as the Rob Ford show, and look at it in cinematic terms. Today’s installment featured cut scenes of the mayoral circus, set against the backdrop of mundane council business—but it’s the latter that provides more substance. While the mayor holed up in his office as journalists pored over […]

The Lisi Papers: New Allegations of Drug, Alcohol Use By Mayor Rob Ford

Embedded below, in two parts, is a new version of the Sandro Lisi search warrant documents that were originally released on October 31. This version differs from the earlier version in one significant way: a lot of details that were originally blacked out because the Crown considered them “inessential” are no longer blacked out. The […]

Mayor Rob Ford Asked Not to Appear in the Santa Claus Parade

As Rob Ford works to fight off city councillors who want him to take a leave of absence, another powerful interest has joined the siege on the mayor: Santa Claus. In a letter to Ford’s chief of staff dated November 12, Ron D. Barbaro, co-chair of Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade, asks the mayor not […]

The Regent Park Film Festival Takes the Local Approach

The Regent Park Film Festival occupies an interesting niche in Toronto’s mini-festival circuit, as much because of its grounding in a particular neighborhood—Canada’s largest and oldest public housing project—as for its commitment to offering its programming free of charge. This year’s slate is a mix of community filmmaking, documentaries about a range of issues relevant […]

The Black Museum: Pregnancy and the Horror Film

What could be scarier than knowing that something is growing inside of you, and that it will one day burst forth from your flesh to wander the earth bearing your features? When put so tenderly, it’s no surprise that themes of motherhood and birth find their way into many a frightening movie. Torontoist‘s own Kiva […]

Queer as Fuck: LGBTQ+ Comedy Open Mic

Where can you find all the best LGBTQ+ and queer-positive comics on a Wednesday night? At the Queer as Fuck open mic, that’s where. Catherine McCormick will play host for the evening, which will boast performances by Shannon McDonough, Laura DiLabio, Robby Hoffman, Brian Finch, Christi Olson, Brian Ward, Filip Jeremic, and others.


After a successful run at this year’s SummerWorks Festival, the cast of Iceland reunites for a special one-night performance. The play—starring Christine Horne, Kawa Ada, and Claire Calnan—focuses on an immigrant escort, a businessman, and a rental evictee whose lives become entangled, their connections laid out against the bleakness of the banking crisis.

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013

The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, presented by the Vancouver Aquarium, is making its return to Toronto. In support of sustainable seafood, 13 Toronto chefs—and their chowder recipes—will be going head to head in hopes of being crowned the Chowder Champion. Attendees will be able to taste all of these creations, which will be paired with […]

Reel Toronto: The Prince and Me

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. It’s […]

Liveblog: Council Debates the Rob Ford Question

Should councillors censure Rob Ford for his recent admission that he has smoked crack while in office, and for his prolonged silence on a great many other questions about his behaviour, his associates, and his months of lying to the public? Or should they wait for the voters to issue their judgement on election day? […]

What’s on Council’s Agenda: November, 2013

In which we highlight key items from the month’s city council meeting. You can also watch it live. City council is meeting on November 13 and 14. Here are a few items from this month’s agenda that are in the news, or should be. City council will weigh whether or not to:

In Conversation: Andrew Hunter and Paul Butler

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery presents, as part of its In Conversation series, a discussion with Andrew Hunter (curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Paul Butler (curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery). The two men will be talking about their own curatorial approaches, as well as […]

Golden Ages: The Fully Improvised Musical

There are musical improv shows from time to time in Toronto, and usually they involve a musical accompanist on a keyboard. But an orchestra? Golden Ages promises “a musical that has never been seen before, and will never be seen again.” Inspired by Broadway classics like Pal Joey and Oklahoma, this one-night-only affair will feature […]

Extra, Extra: Mayoral Autographs, Mystery Tweeters, and McRibs

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. David Hains, who wrote our weekly recap of Mayor Rob Ford’s radio show before the show was cancelled last week, managed to buy one of Ford’s bobbleheads this afternoon. The best part is that he got the mayor […]

Mayor Rob Ford’s Bobbleheads Are Already Selling For Huge Prices on eBay

Mayor Rob Ford and his brother are known for making exaggerated claims about their fiscal record at City Hall, but here’s one instance where the Ford administration has actually created some value for Toronto investors. Mayor Ford’s official bobbleheads, which went on sale at around 10 a.m. this morning (although the scheduled start time was […]

The Province Announces Designers for Ontario Place’s New Park

In June, the province announced that Ontario Place—which has been closed since February 2012—would be getting a 7.5-acre “moderate park,” whatever that was supposed to mean. Specifics are still few and far between, but we know, at least, the names of the firms that will be designing that park. In a press release this morning, […]

A Toronto Writer Preaches a Wordier Future for Video Games

Toronto writer Christine Love never expected to find success making video games—particularly text-heavy visual novels about women, queerness, and technology. But she surprised everyone, including herself, when her games—Digital: A Love Story; don’t take it personally, babe, it just ain’t your story; Analogue: A Hate Story, and its expansion, Hate Plus—found an audience eager for […]

The Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, Where Some Books Cost More Than Cars

“Whoa, Canada is so cool.” This is how Stephen Fowler, a member of the board of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada and curator of The Monkey’s Paw, a bookstore in Toronto specializing in the “old and unusual,” described Canada’s reputation among the members of the International Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, which held its latest […]