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A Day in the Life of Toronto’s Firefighters

“Trust me, you’re in for a real treat.” Variations of this line are repeated to me throughout the day, but I can’t say I ever need the reminder. It’s 7:15 a.m., and I’m on my way to participate in Fire Ops 101, a PR exercise in which politicians and journalists are invited to live like […]

Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh (2015 Edition)

Last year’s “Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh” feature (we’ve taken to referring to the series as LLWMUL, for short) was blessedly unprompted by any recent and negative news items about “women in comedy.” We knew it was too good to last. The silver lining, as always, is profiling hilarious and talented women who refute […]

Reflections on Pride’s Political History

On December 22, 1967, then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau made his infamous speech in favour of amending Canada’s Criminal Code to mitigate laws against homosexuality. “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” Trudeau said. “What’s done in private between adults doesn’t concern the Criminal Code.” By 1969, Trudeau’s amendments were made, […]

Historicist: History in Objects

When the Canadian Historical Exhibition opened at Toronto’s Victoria College in June 1899, journalists hailed that its myriad exhibits would, by arousing historical awareness, awaken nationalist sentiment among visitors. Items on display ranged from domestic utensils of pioneer households and General Isaac Brock’s watch, to a brick from Fort Rouillé and military colours flown at […]

Week In Review: Pride Edition

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. 15 Cheap Things To Do For Pride 2015 If you’ve missed this week’s Pride festivities, never fear! We’ve got a list of cheap […]

TIFF Cinematheque Spends Its Summer In Italy

TIFF Cinematheque celebrates its 25th anniversary by returning to its roots with Summer In Italy, a diverse, expansive program of Italian classics. A quarter-century after debuting with its complete Pier Paolo Pasolini retrospective, the festival’s year-round programming arm comes back to Italy with choice cuts from filmmakers like Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Marco Bellocchio.

Scene: Cipher Cabaret

WHERE: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – The Chamber, 12 Alexander Street WHEN: Wednesday June 24, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. WHAT: Through their touching and intimate performances, performers at this year’s Cipher Cabaret navigated the queer, transgender, and two-spirited experience for those curious and willing to listen. Hosted by human rights activist and curator Kim Katrin […]

Inherent Weisse – Exploring Toronto Through Beer: The Craft Beer Passport

Inherent Weisse is our biweekly guide to beer news and reviews you can use. “The edges of the 416 are different from the centre; the alleys are different from the streets. When you walk through places that don’t fit your mental picture of the city, you create what Bertolt Brecht called a Verfremdungseffekt, a ‘distancing […]

Vandalist: Diamond in the Rough

BY: Unknown LOCATION: The Financial District PHOTO BY: James Anok FIELD NOTES: To be a cynic or not to be a cynic, that is the question. This piece could be a commentary on corporate greed and how the question “should we accumulate more riches regardless of the consequences?” always seems to be answered with an […]

Pride in Their Own Words: Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam is the city councillor for Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, which includes Toronto’s Gay Village. Here’s what Pride means to her. “What a difference an election can make.” I proclaimed these words at the annual Pride Week rainbow flag raising kick-off on Monday from the roof of City Hall. After working four years without any […]

Part Film, Part Theatre, all Toronto: My One Demand

My One Demand TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Or RSVP to watch online for free June 25-27, 8 p.m. $15 It’s hard enough to make a film on its own, let alone to make a film all in one take as it’s being live streamed to an audience in a nearby cinema and […]

Toronto to Host Pride House for Pan Am Games

Following in the footsteps of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Toronto will host its very own PrideHouse for this summer’s Pan Am Games. A pride house provides an all-inclusive safe space for athletes, fans, and allies of the LGBTQ community to network and celebrate during the event.

Vintage Toronto Ads: A Tale of Two Prides

An indication of how much Toronto’s Pride celebrations grew during the 1990s: crowd estimates for the 1991 parade ranged from 25,000 (police, mainstream media) to 60,000 (Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee). By 1999, that figure rose to over 750,000. The 1991 parade was the first to be officially proclaimed by the city. Over the […]

CAMH Supports Bill 77 Despite Criticism of Controversial Gender Identity Clinic

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says it “welcome[s] the unanimous support for Bill 77,” an Ontario private members bill banning LGBTQ conversion therapy that became law this month, even in light of criticism of its child and youth gender identity clinic. “It is advancing the effort for a much-needed conversation on how best […]

I Want Your Job: Reverend Kevin Downer, Queer-Friendly Clergyman

Reverend Kevin Downer didn’t expect that, one day, the church where he got married would eventually give him a job. “We got married at a time when we couldn’t get married in the States. When we were looking around, we decided to come here,” the 50-year-old explains with a laugh. “When we were talking to […]

What Can The Toronto Raptors Do At This Year’s NBA Draft?

For basketball nerds, the most exciting day of the year, other than any game of the NBA Finals, is the annual NBA Draft. Every year, a new crop of (mostly very young) basketball players arrives on the scene, and each one has the hint of promise. Certainly there will always be players whose skill and […]