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Front Page Challenge: January 12, 2016

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The news of David Bowie’s death came too late on Sunday evening to be included in Monday’s front pages, but today newspapers around the globe are paying tribute to the passing of a cultural giant, recognizing the magnitude of this moment […]


In the days to come, much will be made of how David Bowie influenced other artists. But appreciating such talent takes time, and, especially for someone who confounded mainstream culture when he gained fame in North America during his “Ziggy Stardust” phase, Bowie was initially viewed with a mix of bemusement and disgust by Toronto’s […]

Televisualist: Genius-Level Idiotsitting

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

Historicist: When William Lyon Mackenzie Nearly Got ‘a slap on the chops’

Late afternoon, July 6, 1830, found William Lyon Mackenzie knocking on the locked courtroom door, having just been ejected from the meeting inside. Suddenly, the door opened, shouts of abuse spewed forth, someone handed him his hat, and the doors were slammed shut and locked once again. It was the second time in as many […]

Inherent Weisse: New Beers Resolutions

It’s happened, folks. Another year has started. Another cycle has begun, and with it, a sense of renewal. A sense of new beginning. And of course every single one of us has put together a list of things we’d like to do differently this year. And because I’m a drinks columnist, I’m here to make […]

Your Superhero and Supervillain of 2015

You cheered the heroes, and you jeered the villains. They were great, they were horrible, and they made our city a better and worse place in 2015. But who earned the title of Superhero and Supervillain of 2015? You voted, and here are your winners…

Vandalist: There Ain’t No Shame

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Ossington and Harbord PHOTO BY: Ali Modicci FIELD NOTES: Knowing it’s difficult to persuade a Canadian to go anywhere that involves the word ‘ice,’ Iceland, the most mysterious of countries, entices us by offering to reveal its secrets. Starting with this snippet of its enigmatic bounty, Iceland shows both its spirit of […]

Relief Line: Four Raccoons to Watch in 2016

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. With the very public death of Conrad the Raccoon and John Tory’s declaration of war on “Raccoon Nation,” 2015 proved a tough year for the unpopular urban mammal. But at the start of a New Year many in the raccoon community have ideas of […]

I Want Your Job: Michael Holt, House Concert Performer

Going to a Michael Holt concert isn’t as simple as just showing up at a bar or getting your ticket ripped at a concert hall. Holt, 47, is a pianist, vocalist and guitar player who specializes in house concerts—shows played in the intimacy of a host’s living room or backyard. “Rock clubs tend to start […]

Local Residents Fight Pearson Noise

Between midnight and 6:30 a.m., most Toronto residents are sound asleep. That isn’t so easy for homeowners near Pearson International Airport, where an average of 39 flights fly in and out within these six-and-a-half hours. The Markland Wood Homeowners’ Association has lobbied to limit night flights at Pearson for over 10 years, to little avail. […]