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Reel Toronto: The Vow

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. The […]

Meet a Toronto Mayor: Allan Lamport

Each month in the run-up to the municipal election on October 27, Torontoist will profile one of the 64 people who served as Mayor of Toronto—people who shaped the city, displayed colourful personalities, or managed to do both. Allan Austin Lamport frequently spoke before thinking. “Though he was fiery and resourceful in debate,” the Star’s […]

What the SummerWorks Festival’s All About

It’s early August, and we’ve all had our fill of Jays games and beach days, right? (Maybe not.) But anyone with their leisure time properly scheduled has a few spots open for the SummerWorks Performance Festival—because who doesn’t want to see Canada’s best artists at their riskiest and wildest? From the theatre series, to the […]

Scene: Ward’s Island Fire Parade

WHERE: Ward’s Island WHEN: Friday, August 1 WHAT: A musical procession of puppets, lanterns, and fancy hats, culminating in a giant bonfire party on the sandy beach. The family-friendly event was organized by Shadowland, a theatre company based on the Toronto Islands. Before the festivities began, there were lantern workshops, stilt-walking rehearsals, and a Shadowland […]

Scene: Caribana’s Grand Parade

PHOTOS BY: Giordano Ciampini, and contributors to the Torontoist Flickr pool WHERE: From Exhibition Place and down Lake Shore Boulevard West, ending at Parkside Drive WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. WHAT: The Grand Parade that closes out Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (still often referred to fondly and familiarly as Caribana) by entertaining thousands with […]

Public Works: The Data-collecting, Phone-charging Park Bench of the Future

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Boston is bringing public seating into the digital age with Soofa, the solar-powered park bench of the future. Soofa is the brainchild of urban furniture designers Changing Environments Inc., founded by MIT Media […]

Repair Cafe

Isn’t about time you stopped calling your dad to come over and fix things around the house? Repair Cafe is here to help! Operating on the “teach a man to fish” concept, knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to mend your broken electronics, jewellery, clothes, books, and furniture, all while teaching you the basic skills […]

Video Vengeance #9: The Last Dragon

If you’ve always wanted to see martial arts infused with musical theatre, A) we appreciate your, uh, inquisitive nature, and B) you’re in luck this weekend! Video Vengeance is back with its ninth VHS screening, and this time it’s 1985’s The Last Dragon, created by Berry Gordy—the founder of Motown Records. Find out what happens […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Gimme Shelter, Night Moves, and The Immigrant

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: one of the great rock documentaries, about the Rolling Stones’ fateful Altamont show in 1969, a thriller about Oregon eco-terrorists, and an old-fashioned melodrama about an immigrant navigating 1920s New York City.

FKA twigs, with P. Morris

British trip-hop musician and dancer FKA twigs is making her Canadian debut at the Danforth Music Hall, with opening act P. Morris. The mid-20s twigs is still relatively unknown on this side of the Atlantic, but the British press is raving about her and her LP1 is out next week, so this could be your […]

Historicist: Dr. Barnardo’s Children

Born in Dublin in 1845, Thomas Barnardo converted to evangelical Christianity as a teenager and soon developed an urge to perform missionary work in China. Like many of his era, Barnardo saw medicine as a means of administering charity and advancing his religious beliefs, and thus he relocated to London to train as a doctor. […]