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The Lives of Toronto’s Iranian Exiles

“What I learned in prison is that there is no such thing as an absolute truth and that any political regime which tries to establish and educate absolute truth will find itself confronted with absolute error.” – Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian philosopher and Toronto resident. Call it Tehranto: the city has long been home to a […]

Extra, Extra: Norm Kelly’s Views From The Six, Seinfeld Pop-Up Bar, and Calls For Affordable Internet

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. 6ix dad @norm (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) wants to change the way Torontonians see the city. The councillor will bring forth a motion during next week’s council meeting that proposes opening up City Hall’s 27th-floor observation deck to […]

A Hot Winter’s Tale on the Danforth

The Winter’s Tale Coal Mine Theatre (1454 Danforth Avenue) Runs to Feb. 20 Tickets: $20-$35 Imagine a superb Shakespeare production at the Stratford Festival’s 487-seat Tom Patterson Theatre, relocated to a cozy 102-seat room in a converted retail space on Danforth Avenue. That should give you some idea of the concentrated effect of The Winter’s […]

Front Page Challenge: February 2, 2016

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. A disgraced radio host on trial! A guy who calls everyone “losers” losing! Disease-spreading mosquitoes! Today’s Front Page Challenge shows the papers all on the same page, so to speak, with what are the top stories of the day, but which […]

Video: Raccoon Rides The Rocket During Morning Rush

First, they stole donuts from a GTA coffee shop. Now, they’re hitching free rides on the TTC. Raccoons are taking over Toronto. Raccoon on the subway. Standard. — Darrell Etherington (@etherington) February 2, 2016

Choir! Choir! Choir! Celebrates Five Years

On February 2, 2011, Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman gathered at the Bosley Real Estate office in Queen West to sing. “We had no idea what we were doing,” the pair suggests. But they did something right: that night, Choir! Choir! Choir! was born. The casual, no-commitment singing group meets twice-weekly in the city to […]

Public Works: Flexible Parks that Prepare for Flooding

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Enghave Park, with and without a flood. Copenhagen’s Enghave Park serves, like many central urban parks, a variety of purposes. You’ll find gardens, sports pads, and places to sit and relax. There are […]

Field Notes: Long Winter at the Galleria

During the day, seagulls, pigeons, and empty McDonald’s bags inhabit the Galleria Mall lot. But on Saturday night at Dufferin and Dupont, a line of kids, art lovers and curious neighbours flock to the outdated mall to enter Long Winter Galleria, an installation and show that would reclaim the space as their own.

History In The Making

Karen Carter stepped into the courtyard of Old City Hall in awe. It was Nuit Blanche, eight years back. A cultural worker with a background in history, Carter, like many Torontonians, had seen only the outside of the building. Usually locked, the heavy iron gates guarding the courtyard entrance were open, inviting the public in […]

What It Means To Be Nepali

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati has a knack for turning turmoil into art. As Nepal undergoes yet another period of political unrest, the Kathmandu-based photographer and curator used art to reflect on the state of her country and its citizens. The result is “Being Nepali,” a month-long exhibition at Trinity-Spadina’s Gallery 44 that explores Nepali identity through […]

Historicist: Get Rid of Those Sideburns!

In March of 1969, the National Ballet of Canada premiered its production of Grant Strate‘s Cyclus. Howard Marcus, one of the company’s most promising young dancers, was conspicuously absent from the premiere, and the Toronto newspapers soon revealed the reason why: artistic director Celia Franca refused to allow Marcus to perform on the grounds that […]

Queen Street Route Proposed For Downtown Relief Line

A Downtown Relief Line would run along Queen Street from Toronto’s east end, according to a report by the Globe and Mail. Citing a City Planning report, the proposed subway line would begin at Pape Station and run to the area around City Hall. The line would reportedly include stops at Sherbourne Street, Sumach Street, […]

Introducing UTSC’s Environmental Science & Chemistry Building

At first glance, the six silvery stacks that grace the plaza outside University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)’s Environmental Science & Chemistry Building look like a public art project, or perhaps a salute to Daleks. Whatever these stacks resemble in the minds of attendees at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, they act as the exterior face of concrete […]