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Public Works: Walkable Waterfront a La Parisienne

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Paris is a stroller’s paradise, home to gracious tree-lined boulevards long cherished by artists, lovers, and the Wehrmacht. However, areas along the iconic banks of the Seine river have been less than […]

Toronto Underground Cinema Will Shut Down For Good in September

Citing a long list of problems ranging from landlord troubles to difficulty obtaining a liquor license, the managers of the Toronto Underground Cinema have told the Star that the theatre will be shutting down in September. They haven’t spilled any precise details, but one of them has suggested that the cinema is being ousted so […]

“Independence, She Arrives With A Calypso Beat”

For Torontonians with ties to the Caribbean, August 1962 was a proud month. Two former British colonies gained their independence at either end of the calendar page: Jamaica on August 6, Trinidad and Tobago on August 31. Both events were marked here by musings about each nation’s future ties to Canada and celebrations filled with […]

Blackout Party Goes for a Ride

In 2003, Toronto—along with much of Ontario and the northeastern United States—experienced a blackout that brought most regularly scheduled activities to a halt. Shops started handing out free ice cream before it melted, neighbours checked on each other by candlelight, and downtown residents saw stars that were usually blotted out by the light. Every August […]

Provincial Government Endorses Recommendations for Revitalized Ontario Place

They may be fairly vague, but they have been endorsed in principle: today Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan backed the recommendations issued by a panel convened to look at the future of Ontario Place. Those recommendations, though they are short on specifics, lay out a general direction for the site—mixed residential, commercial, and […]

Scene: Getting Ready for the Canadian National Exhibition

WHERE: CNE Grounds WHEN: Wednesday morning WHAT: Though we, like everyone else, are loath to admit it, summer is reaching its inevitable end. With it comes the inevitable end-of-summer tradition, the Ex. It opens Friday, but we got a sneak peek this morning. Along with the rides are, of course, new snacks—and yes, they are […]

Sound Advice: Dropping (W8) by Jully Black

Local R&B veteran Jully Black has spent the last decade pushing the boundaries of her genre, first threading hip hop and reggae into her music, then flirting with rock on 2009′s The Black Book. On her new album, Dropping (W8), she’s started to flirt with dance music. “Pushin’ ” is a straight-up, hands-above-your-head-dancing, pop-house club […]

Duly Quoted: The Toronto Police Service’s Official Facebook Page

“Finally, on behalf of all the citizens of Toronto that value road safety, Mr Mayor… please get a driver. It is obvious that you are busy enough to require one and no amount of money you are saving by not having one is worth the life of one of your citizens.” —After Mayor Rob Ford […]

That Indie Gamer Sure Plays a Mean Pianocade

When Torontoist got 31-year-old Little Italy resident Jonathan Guberman, the inventor of the Pianocade, on the phone, our first question was swift and immediate. What even is a Pianocade?

Extra, Extra: Umbrella Taxis, Priceless Sculptures, and David Chang

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. This city has been a rainy place for the past few days, but Improv in Toronto has invented a business concept that could help us all cope. Late last week, the group released a video (embedded above) […]

Kensington Market Weighs the Benefits of Shunning Cars

Kensington Market’s new Market Sundays are the neighbourhood’s fledgling attempt at closing its streets to auto traffic every Sunday throughout August and September, but organizers and attendees alike are still getting used to the change. At a Kensington community centre Monday night, business owners, residents, and members of the Market’s Business Improvement Area met to […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: McLower Prices at McDonald’s

Portrait of an early Canadian McDonald’s location, courtesy of the Globe and Mail: You won’t find a cigarette machine or a pay phone in a McDonald’s drive-in restaurant, because they don’t want you to stop there for purposes other than eating. The store manager orders your food put on the grill when your front wheels […]

Scene: Canada’s Olympians Return

WHERE: Pearson Airport WHEN: Monday, August 13 WHAT: Canadian athletes who participated in the London Olympic Games returned to their home country yesterday with medals in tow, and many of them landed at Pearson Airport. Media had been tipped off to anticipated arrival times, so there was a crowd of cameras and well-wishers waiting. Rosie […]

Spotted: A Ghost Bike for Joe Mavec

SPOTTED BY: Martin Reis WHERE: St. Clair and Wychwood Avenues WHEN: Monday, August 13, 8 a.m. WHAT: Joe Mavec, a 47-year-old man, was killed one week ago while bicycling, after catching his tire in a piece of disused streetcar track near the Wychwood Barns. This morning, the bike-activist group Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists installed […]

Now in Rep Cinema: Weekend, Craigslist Joe, Summer Shorts

Each week, Now in Rep Cinema compiles the best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements.     WEEKEND INTRODUCED BY PIERS HANDLINGTIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Thursday, 6:30 p.m.     CRAIGSLIST JOEProjection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East) Thursday, 6:30 p.m.     SUMMER SHORTSTrinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 […]