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Daily PANAMANIA Tip Sheet: Fito Blanko

You know what’s world-class? PANAMANIA’s music festival programming. Here’s our guide to the must-see free music shows of the day, every day, during the fest. Fito Blanko CIBC PANAMANIA Live @ The Distillery District Thursday, July 23 at 8:45 p.m. (1 Trinity Square)

We Welcome Our Porcupine Overlord

According to the more than 50,000 people who have signed the petition for his removal as closing ceremony headliner, Kanye West is antithetical to the spirit of the Pan Am Games. According to some of the top-ranked commenters, the divisive artist is “arrogant, disrespectful and overpaid,” a “jerk who acts like a spoiled toddler,” and […]

Blurring The Lines Between Art and Activity (and Athletics)

It Comes In Waves Meet at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak (283 Queens Quay West) July 15 – July 24 $30-$47 Monday Nights The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) July 10 – July 26 Pay What You Can – $25 This summer, there’s lots of opportunities for culturally savvy Torontonians to mix seeing performance art […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: A&P

At its peak, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company was the largest retailer on the planet. By the end of the 1920s, the grocer boasted up to 16,000 stores across the United States, Ontario, and Quebec. As late as the early 1960s, A&P could boast about its dominant size. But over half a century […]

Daily PANAMANIA Tip Sheet: Café Tacvba

You know what’s world-class? PANAMANIA’s music festival programming. Here’s our guide to the must-see free music shows of the day, every day, during the fest. Café Tacvba Panamania Live @ Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) Wednesday, July 22 at 9:45 p.m.

Group Calls for De-Streaming Ontario High Schools

It was not until Grade 12 that Dimal Kaci realized he could not go to university. When Kaci was in middle school, his family moved from Albania to the GTA, and they lacked a firm grasp of the Ontario high school system. Kaci was put into the applied stream when he entered high school, and […]

Photoist: Headspin

Headspin by Uncomman. Photoist is a periodic photo series, featuring the best from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Extra, Extra: Veld to Crack Down on Illicit Drug Use, Cheating Website Hacked, and Water Balloons a Concern to Some

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Two deaths and 13 drug-related hospitalizations at last year’s Veld Music Festival are prompting organizers to crack down on illicit substance use at the event. Organizers will now offer public service announcements about the dangers of drug […]

Panamania Reviews: The Postman and Gimme Shelter

The Postman The Annex (various locations) Runs to July 26 $14.45 Gimme Shelter Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane) Runs to July 25 $20 – $30 Forget Disney’s Newsies. It’s the posties who are delivering the musical good news right now, with a different true-life underdog story, set not in 19th-century […]

The National Post Goes Mobile-ish

In an effort to reach out to readers they once took for granted, newspapers are on a quest to innovate. Today, the National Post announced its latest experiment to engage would-be readers: For the next six weeks, it will send out a food truck armed with newspapers, snacks, and columnists. And so today marked another […]

Daily PANAMANIA Tip Sheet: Palenke Soultribe

You know what’s world-class? PANAMANIA’s music festival programming. Here’s our guide to the must-see free music shows of the day, every day, during the fest. Palenke Soultribe CIBC Pan Am Park (200 Princes’ Boulevard) Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 p.m.

The British Empire Games of 1930

Melville Marks “Bobby” Robinson was pissed off. As manager of the Canadian track team during the 1928 Summer Olympics at Amsterdam, Robinson noticed the lack of respect given to Canada despite winning 15 medals, especially by the Americans. Disputed results, favouritism shown toward the Yankees in using training facilities, and a direct insult to a […]

What Are You Like At Your Job?

Three years ago I was taking the Blue Line bus after a night of revelry. I put my bike on the front of the bus, then entered with my friends. Ten minutes later, I had to get off the bus as the revelry was beginning to segue into its natural partner: needing to vomit immediately. […]

Extra, Extra: Senators Call for CBC Salary Reports, PrideTO Angers Other Canadian Prides, and the “Well-Dressed Bandit”

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Senate’s communications committee is calling on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to find new ways to fund its operations and thereby limit funding received from the federal government. Senators are also pressing for the broadcaster to publicly […]