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Sicilian Vampire: A Symposium

On Friday, Sicilian Vampire, the latest film from Frank D’Angelo, began its exclusive premiere engagement at Vaughan’s Colossus Cineplex. This is the Canadian businessman-turned-entertainment mogul’s fourth film since 2013; love him or hate him, by now you can’t deny that he’s a filmmaker with a consistent vision and personal style. To celebrate the film’s release, […]

Televisualist: Full Of It House

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

Before Toronto Had the 6ix, We Had Toronto 1

Today marks the debut of the Viceland channel in Toronto, a $100 million venture by Vice and Rogers to make television relevant to 18–35 year olds. The new station will occupy prime real estate on the dial as channel 15 for Rogers subscribers, but it comes with a catch: the station appears to be haunted. […]

Historicist: Clap for the Wolf Man

On a cold morning in January 1925, burly northerner Joe LaFlamme stepped off an express train at Toronto’s Union Station with his assistants, Bill Fortin and Isaac Lewis, and a sizeable menagerie: a Belgian Shepherd, 10 huskies, and four wolves. To the amazement of onlookers, LaFlamme and his assistants promptly harnessed all 15 animals into […]

Planning Your Glamorous Oscars Night in Toronto

Glitz…glamour…elegance…class. These are some of the things that you will see on Hollywood’s Biggest Night®, the 88th Academy Awards. These are also things that you and I do not possess. Yes, Tinseltown’s annual celebration of cinema will once again be an opportunity for Hollywood’s best and biggest stars (your Pitts, your Clooneys, your Streeps, et […]

TTC Passes Motion To Consider Improved Cycling Facilities Along Transit Routes

One of the best ways to relieve overcrowded subway lines might also be the easiest to implement. At yesterday’s monthly TTC Board meeting, members enthusiastically passed a motion to work with the Public Works Committee to better mesh cycling facilities with the city’s transit. Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) tabled the motion to […]

February 29th: Take the Leap

If you were given one day to live, what would you do? While we hope you’ll never face such a situation, the leap year has us thinking about time. As you probably know, we get a bonus day at the end of February every four years. Even though it lands on a dreary Monday this […]

Vandalist: Cityscape

BY: Unknown LOCATIONS: Unknown PHOTOS BY: Jack Lo P. FIELD NOTES: You don’t have be in Toronto for long to witness the transformation of our cityscape. Nary a neighbourhood has escaped the touch of recent development, and any space that seems derelict is particularly vulnerable to takeover. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it’s promising to […]

How Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade and Green Initiatives Could Impact Toronto

Cash generated by Ontario’s new cap-and-trade regime could support greenhouse gas reduction efforts already underway in the City of Toronto. Under the proposed plan, money generated from polluting industries—projected to reach $1.9 billion by 2017-18—will be channeled into a Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction fund, a cash pool used exclusively to finance programs reducing GHGs throughout […]

How Ontario’s “Free Tuition” Proposal Would Work

The Ontario government is moving to make tuition free for students in financial need. The plan, announced Thursday by Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa, would overhaul the grant and loan system currently in place and overseen by the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The proposed changes would streamline existing loans and grants that students often […]

What the 2016 Provincial Budget Means for Toronto

Kathleen Wynne’s government has proposed a budget that preserves the status quo on the province’s infrastructure projects, provides some relief on pocketbook issues, and increases revenues in some other areas. The government was eager to highlight populist pocketbook initiatives during today’s budget launch, including free post-secondary tuition for low-income students, an elimination of the Drive […]

Extra, Extra: Bloor Line Celebrates 50 Years, Brampton Calls On Uber To Suspend Services, and OLG Wants You To Collect Your Winnings

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A reason to celebrate the TTC? It’s no practical joke: The Bloor-Danforth Line marked its 50th birthday today with a party at The Artists’ Newsstand, at Chester Station. The line opened in 1966 to improve east-west travel […]

Visiting the Colourful Cat Ladies of Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to Mar. 6 Tickets: $35 – $55 A wizened old lady, half-dressed, lies propped up in bed, long grey hair streaming from under a big, floppy sun hat. As she tends a boiling pot on a hot plate next to her, she sings cheerfully, “Jerry Likes […]

Public Works: Chicago Pays Out to Stop Gentrification

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. It is the most common, clichéd, and necessary question of city development: How do you rejuvenate a neighbourhood without gentrifying its longtime residents right out of the area? Chicago seems to have the […]