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Canada Day Celebrations

Many of the public spaces in Toronto are featuring programming all afternoon and evening for Canada Day, with lots of family friendly activities. Harbourfront Centre has the most packed into the day, with their Lakeview Market beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running all day, and music acts like The Big Sound and Delhi 2 Dublin, […]

Pride 2013 Trans March

There almost wasn’t a Trans March for Toronto’s 2013 Pride Week. Back in April, the City refused to grant Pride Toronto a full parade permit for the planned march. But community pressure has resulted in the Trans March being put back on the official schedule, with a “protest” permit that differs only slightly from the […]

TAXI Classics Live

Red One Collective and their friends at The Storefront Theatre are big fans of the early TV work of Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman, Danny DeVito, et al, obviously. Because they’re performing an episode of TAXI Classics Live with members of the theatre company. Dave Tompa, Dayle MacLeod, and David Reale will play the […]

Extra, Extra: Global Bookstores, Friendly Callers, and LCBO for Kids

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Indigo is thinking about opening some stores in other countries, but not necessarily to sell books. According to the Globe, general merchandise “such as pillows and picture frames” now makes up about 22 per cent of the company’s […]

Faced With a $750 Million Social-Housing Repair Backlog, the City Pleads for Help

The City is launching an advocacy campaign aimed at convincing its provincial and federal counterparts to ante up on funding for a staggering $750 million repair backlog at Toronto’s social-housing provider, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Monday afternoon, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) held a press conference to launch the program, called “Closing the […]

From the Toronto Archives, a Photographic Record of Street Life

“Life on the Grid” City of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Road) June 27, 2013 to May 2014 FREE The upper crust out for a stroll. Punks resting on a store step. An office worker scanning the day’s news. Sidewalk vendors and performers plying their trades. Children selling produce. The daily routines of Torontonians captured in […]

Extra, Extra: Blue Jays Victories, Kicked Asses, and Car-Free Streets

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. You may be aware that the Toronto Blue Jays, despite a horrendous early season, are now riding an 11-game winning streak. Above, a video, apparently shot and posted to Instagram by Jose Bautista, shows shortstop Munenori Kawasaki charmingly […]

Scene: Pride 2013 Kicks Off at City Hall

WHERE: City Hall podium WHEN: June 24, 12:15 p.m. WHAT: “We know our work is not done yet,” said Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), to the several hundred community members who gathered to mark Pride 2013 with the annual raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall. There were teachers dressed as glittery fruits […]

The Rob Ford Radio Recap: Doug Comes Alive!

Gather around the porch, have a beer, and turn on the radio, because it’s time for another installment of the Rob and Doug Ford radio extravaganza. This time, they’ll hate on streetcars, the provincial Liberals, and a whole lot of city councillors. So, it’s a normal week. Read on for the full recap.

Annual Dyke March

As part of the Toronto Pride Week festivities, the Annual Dyke March will be making its return ahead of Sunday’s Pride Parade. This march offers a voice for women and trans people to come out and take over the Toronto streets. Following the march, there will be a rally in Allan Gardens at 3 p.m. […]

Beaches International Jazz Festival: Streetfest

There are only so many can’t-miss Toronto events each year, and the Beaches International Jazz Festival is certainly one of them. This year’s fest features a whirlwind of acts and musical genres mixed together along Queen Street East (and then you can head down to the boardwalk for more summer fun). Click here for the […]

15th Annual Corso Italia Festival

The Annual Corso Italia Festival returns for a 15th year. This multicultural festival features food, live entertainment (including busker-style entertainers and musical acts), art, rides, and a sidewalk sale. Fun for the whole family! It takes place along St. Clair Avenue West between Dufferin Street and Lansdowne Avenue.

An Interview With Writer, Podcaster, and Toronto Pride Week Headliner Julie Klausner

“I can’t imagine a world in which I was born gay and wasn’t completely proud, to the point of arrogance. It’s like you are the REAL chosen people. You’re smarter, funnier, warmer, kinder, more capable of emotional intelligence, more stylish, and just straight-up more incredible than anybody else on this planet.” That’s how Julie Klausner […]

Scene: New Public Space on the Central Waterfront

WHERE: Harbourfront Centre WHEN: Thursday, June 20 WHAT: A decade after the federal government first announced the project, a pair of new public spaces have finally arrived at Harbourfront Centre, on a site formerly used as a parking lot. Canada Square (top) and Ontario Square (bottom), as the two adjacent areas are known, were built […]

Nine Rivers City Highlights the Beauty of Toronto’s Waterways

Close observers of the epic overhaul taking place on Toronto’s central waterfront will have noticed a striking transformation over the past week or so. Venture south of crater-strewn Queens Quay West, negotiating the temporary traffic lights and dug-up concrete, and you’ll reach a couple of paved squares that until very recently were muddy construction sites. […]

“BLK Barbie Project”

The world’s most ubiquitous doll gets a subversive makeover in Frantz Brent-Harris and Rose-Ann Marie Bailey’s “BLK Barbie Project,” a photo exhibit on the “representation of beauty and body image of black women.” The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons until 5 p.m. through July 21, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. on […]