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Reel Toronto: Loser

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.

ArtVenturist: Spin City

ArtVenturist is a new column where we explore public art throughout the city. BY: Catherine Widgery LOCATION: 750 Bay St., near Bay and College INSTALLATION: 1999 People-powered installations are the ultimate crowd pleasers. With a standing invitation to participate, they constitute street art at its most democratic. Liquid Echo, though not the most obvious of […]

A Look Back At Toronto’s Gross Indecency Laws

Let’s say you want to organize a gay sex orgy in Toronto. You can’t host it at home—your roommates, partner, or parents probably wouldn’t appreciate the noise—so you decide on a gay bathhouse for convenience’s sake. You let everyone involved know, and set a time for your gay sex orgy. Everything is copacetic, right? Inspired […]

Newcomer Youth Missing Out On Vital Recreational Programs

Taseen Ali was in Grade 9 when he moved from Bangladesh to Toronto in 2010. He couldn’t speak any English and had trouble making friends in school. He tried joining after school recreational programs across the city to meet other kids, but the ones he found were either too far from his home in the […]

Reaching For The Stars, Via Building Permit Forms

On a warm summer’s eve, or even an abominable sleet-night, or perhaps on a god-fearing thunderous night of infrastructure-shattering lightning, I like to stand astride Toronto, or rather, above it, as is my right as your Mayor. Whether I am cheerily windblown on City Hall’s idyllic Observation Deck, or simply winded, high atop the Bulova […]

A Classic Case of Jitters

Jitters Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane) Mar. 16 – Apr. 15 Tickets: $32 – $96 The opening of David French’s Leaving Home, on May 16, 1972, was a night fraught with jitters. Not only was it French’s first stage play—and a highly personal one, based on his own family—but there […]

How Giving Away Your Gift Cards Can Help Fix the 6ix

Peter is an 89-year-old Second World War veteran. After the war, he moved to Toronto, where he worked as a carpenter for 44 years. His favourite parts of the city, he says, are the homes he had a hand in building—the homes he can’t afford to own or rent. Peter is one of the many […]

Extra, Extra: Bedbug Cases On TTC Confirmed, Ontario Human Rights Commission Cracks Down On Sexist Dress Codes, and Richmond Hill’s Own Donald Trump

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Remember that time the TTC tried to quell your fears of bedbugs on its vehicles? LOL, JK. CTV obtained documents that confirmed 12 cases of bedbug infestations on the TTC since 2014, “including one case where seven […]

Men Who Go With the Flow

Port Authority Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West) Runs to March 13 Tickets: $20 – $25 “Museum theatre” is usually a pejorative term, suggesting productions that are old-fashioned and lifeless. That hasn’t been the case, however, with the theatre we’ve seen at the Campbell House Museum.

Public Works: Turning Our Waste From Flushable to Fuel

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. We really are full of crap. And that’s a good thing. Because the matter you so effortlessly flush down the tubes each day can be an excellent source of renewable energy. Since March […]

Front Page Challenge: March 8, 2016

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. It’s PANDAmonium on today’s Front Page Challenge, with most of Toronto’s papers BEARly able to contain themselves with their coverage of the Zoo’s cuddly new residents. But will Trudeau’s obvious PANDAring for media attention be DERAILED by news of a pared-down […]

What Does the TTC Do During Weekend Subway Closures?

Transit and all the Fixin's from Giordano Ciampini on Vimeo. They’re the cause of ire amongst subway riders. They bring about dreaded shuttle buses, inconvenient rerouting to destinations, and confusion for those who don’t often take transit and can’t figure out where to go. Ah, the scheduled subway closure. For the remainder of the year, […]

Extra, Extra: TTC Streetcar Evolution Lego-Style, Pinball Clemons Makes His Political Debut, and Warm Weather Is Here To Stay

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Maintaining the city’s transit system isn’t child’s play. But a 24-year-old video editor is using Lego to depict the evolution of Toronto’s streetcars over the years. Trevor Parkins-Sciberras has built models of streetcars—from horse-drawn cars to Bombardier’s […]

How Uber And Taxis Shape Up In The Battle For Accessibility

The moment my Uber driver, Joe, sees me emerge from my apartment building, he steps out of his car to open the vehicle’s backseat passenger door. Once I hop inside, he adjusts the passenger seat, pushing it forward to make space for my legs. “Can I help you with anything? Give you a hand?” he […]

How Toronto Can Improve Its Parks System

The public consensus on city parks is mixed. On one side are those who love the green space, conceptualizing parks as common area to congregate and frolic. On the other are those who see them as wasted space, or places for those up to no good to meet. But at the heart of the debate […]