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Torontoist Hits the Fringe

A Man Walks Into a Bar Circle Circle VENUE: Tarragon Theatre Extraspace (30 Bridgman Avenue ) Mansplaining doesn’t get much uglier than in playwright-actress Rachel Blair’s unsettling new comedy, in which a woman (Blair) sets out to tell a joke with the aid of a male performer (a deceptively boyish Blue Bigwood-Mallin). At first, the […]

Where the Heck are Toronto’s Cat Cafés?

It’s been more than a year since Torontonians were promised not one, but two cat cafés. Yet we still must stay home if we want to pet kitties and sip coffee simultaneously. But Jennifer Morozowich hopes to put our long nightmare to an end by opening the Kitty Cat Café this fall—even if she has […]

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Uber?

Last week, the Ontario Superior Court rejected a request for an injunction that would ban Uber from operating their app-enabled, unlicensed taxicab service in Toronto. The court’s ruling came after months of vocal protest from the taxi industry, which feels that Uber’s lower-priced rides pose a threat to the livelihoods of licensed front-line taxi drivers. […]

The School Board Studies Mixed-Use Schools

Toronto could see more schools in condos and commercial buildings, as the financially struggling Toronto District School Board studies the implications of using more mixed-use buildings to match the growth patterns of a rapidly evolving city. There are currently two TDSB schools located in mixed-use developments. Downtown Alternative School, a primary school that shares space […]

Historicist: “Sip ‘n Sex”–Paul Godfrey’s Origin Story

“Sex-and-snacks draw fire.” “Bra and bottles litter lawns.” “North York fears another Yorkville.” Mid-1960s headlines such as these suggested the end of Western civilization for the upstanding, hard-working taxpayers of North York. The roots of such decadence? Your friendly neighbourhood hamburger stand. The mix of angry residents, youth gone wild, and ambitious local politicians created […]

The Big Five: July 3-5

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. Fin de Fiesta Flamenco Small World Music Centre (180 Shaw St.) July 3, 8p.m. $20 advance, $20 at the door. Fin de Fiesta are an ensemble of Canadian and American […]

What to Say When Your Friend’s Fringe Show is Horrible

One of the great joys of Fringe is that it’s an unjuried free-for-all. This accessibility allows it to be an exciting launching pad for so many new, young, and up-and-coming voices. Unfortunately, it’s also what causes so many of plays to be the theatrical equivalent of a tire fire. For every fresh new creative genius […]

Vandalist: Here Be Dragons

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Graffiti Alley PHOTO BY: Chris Nguyen FIELD NOTES: We are head over heels for this piece! We love the contrast between the perfectly detailed dragon eye, including the reflected cityscape, and the stylized painting around it. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—the artistic skill that goes into graffiti is […]

Reel Toronto: Orphan Black – Season 3

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. Another […]