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Extra, Extra: Ford Square, Possible Nobel Prizes, and a Fire at City Hall

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Maple Leaf Square—located between the Air Canada Centre and nearby condos—will now be known as Ford Square. Its new name is the result of a sponsorship deal between MLSE and the car company, but the change has […]

Culture Days

Think of it as a daytime precursor to the upcoming Nuit Blanche. A dozen different arts institutions along the Bloor Street Culture Corridor (which stretches from Avenue Road to Bathurst Street), including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, are taking part in Culture Days, a free-for-all […]

Catweazle Toronto With Kurt Swinghammer

Modelled on a curious open mic and talent showcase in Oxford that will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Catweazle Toronto monthly is a no-mic, small-stage variety show that attempts to replicate the cozy, living-room feel of its English progenitor. The special guest headliner this month is veteran Toronto songwriter Kurt Swinghammer, who’ll […]

Yacht Rock Classics Cruise with Dwayne Gretzky

Fresh from its stint on Monday as the backing band for the shortlist performers at the Polaris Prize Gala, cover band extraordinaire Dwayne Gretzky will take to the high seas (well, OK, the big lake) for Young Lions Music Club’s Yacht Rock Classics Cruise. It’s the second time the band has set sail at summer’s […]

125 Years of the Gladstone Hotel

As Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel, the Gladstone Hotel has seen much in its 125 years. When the doors first opened in 1889, it was a place for travelling businessmen to rest and for local athletic and social clubs to gather. Its proximity to Exhibition Place made it ideal for visitors and exhibitors. Through the […]

SmartTrack (Part One): John Tory’s Short-Sighted Transit Vision

Late in May John Tory launched his plan for a new transit line called SmartTrack—the centrepiece of his “One Toronto” transit plan [PDF]. Even in the early days of the campaign, there was good reason to distrust Tory’s grasp of his own proposal, let alone his willingness to engage in debate: he made the briefest […]

Retreat: Behind the Scenes of a Screwball Satire

Kat Sandler is having a busy year. The playwright and director, whom we dubbed one of the funniest women in Toronto last year, has debuted three new plays in 2014: Cockfight, a gritty family drama about three ne’er-do-well brothers; Punch-Up, in which a comic is kidnapped by a lovesick man in need of a comedy […]

Cop Acquitted on Charge of Assaulting Former Torontoist Contributor at G20 Protests

The cover of the Toronto Star on December 9, 2010. Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani, convicted last year of assault with a weapon in the G20 beating of protestor Adam Nobody, has been cleared of a second assault charge stemming from an incident involving former Torontoist writer Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy. On Saturday, June 26, 2010—the same day Nobody […]

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Real City Matters: Civil Discourse for a Crazy Town

Toronto is not a broken city. All too often, political rhetoric makes it seem as if we’re on the brink of collapse: fiscal, social, political—even existential, for those who still bring up de-amalgamation. We are one of the luckiest cities in the world in many ways, and we often forget that. But we are also […]

Extra, Extra: Mayoral Debates, MaRS Tower Bail-Outs, and Position Primers

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A Forum Research poll released yesterday finds John Tory with the lead in the mayoral race (38 per cent), Doug Ford in second place (31 per cent), and Olivia Chow in third (25 per cent). Ford’s campaign […]

Spoken Word Takes a Turn for the Outrageous

Inaugurated last November at The Central, Outrageous has become Toronto’s outlaw spoken word series. The monthly sampling of poetry and song—open to anyone who’s wrestled with language for their art—features artists who don’t care for tradition or political correctness. It’s a mishmash of cultures, media, and styles, in which slam poets follow sound poets, free-jazz […]

UrbanToronto: Welcome to the Brand-New Fort York Visitor Centre

The development, design, and history of building projects, brought to you by The official opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre was held on September 19. By most definitions, Toronto’s newest attraction, which is embedded into the ground, makes a bold statement whilst being minimally intrusive. The project is the result of a collaborative […]