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Extra, Extra: U of T Research Facility Receives $114-Million Grant, Just Desserts’ Bittersweet Bash, and FHRITP

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The University of Toronto has received $114 million from the federal government, the largest single research grant in the school’s history. Under the Canada First Excellence Research Fund, Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder […]

Poll Position: Majority Supports 2024 Olympic Bid

“Do you support or oppose Toronto making a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games?” Approve: 61% Disapprove: 30% Not Sure: 9% Poll taken: July 27, 2015 Sample size: 755 Margin of Error: ±4.00%, 19 times out of 20 Methodology: Interactive voice response telephone survey Conducted by: Forum Research NOTES: A poll published yesterday by […]

Black Lives Matter Protests on the Allen Expressway

Hundreds of protesters took to Eglinton Gilbert Parkette yesterday evening to demand justice for Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku, who both recently died at the hands of local police. The protestors eventually took to Allen Road, and shut down the arterial as they shared a refrain, “Black lives matter.” Much of the reaction to the […]

Spotted: Blazing Tower Power

SPOTTED BY: Tharanga Ramanayake WHERE: CityPlace WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 10:00 p.m. WHAT:The Pan Am Games closed with a literal bang, as evidenced by the time-lapse footage from one Torontoist reader of last night’s jaw-dropping CN Tower fireworks display. According to Joshua Hind, the PANAMANIA site manager at Nathan Phillips Square, the CN Tower display […]

Torontoist Explains: How Heat Alerts Work

Earlier today, Toronto Public Health declared a heat alert for the city, as temperatures are expected to hit 38 degrees Celsius with the humidex. We all know it’s hot—after all, our fans are on the highest setting, and our ice packs are ready. But TPH deals with hot weather on a different scale, and they […]

Historicist: Toronto’s Yiddish Playhouse

As an expression of a new, secular Jewish culture, “Yiddish theatre served an important psychological function for the Jewish immigrant” in Toronto, historian Stephen A. Speisman writes in The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937 (McClelland & Stewart, 2005 [1979]). “[I]t was a place where he could laugh uproariously after a day in the […]

Torontoist Week In Review: July 20-24

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. Mimico Creek Ducks Return Home A week-and-a-half ago, an accident on Highway 427 resulted in a 6,000 litre oil spill, some of which […]

Inherent Weisse: Things To Do, People To See, Beer To Drink

Well, it took its sweet time, but we seem to be actually getting a warm summer now and that means that we’re all more prone to going out and having some fun. As you’ve no doubt heard, this weekend is the Toronto Festival of Beer, arguably the city’s largest beer festival. However, if watching dudebros […]

Vandalist: The Cat in the Pylon

BY: Gino Graffiti LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Georgete P. FIELD NOTES: Times are tough for artists. It’s not enough to be skilled and resourceful, we all need side jobs to fund our creativity. For some of us it’s bartending and serving, or writing a weekly column about graffiti, or even getting into the lucrative potato […]