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Scene: Woofing It Up at Woofstock

WHERE: Woodbine Park (near Coxwell and Eastern avenues) WHEN: Sunday, May 25 WHAT: Woofstock, the largest about-dogs, for-dogs outdoor festival in all of North America. Launched 11 years ago in the Distillery District, it later moved to St. Lawrence—and this year, it set up shop from May 24 to 25 in Woodbine Park in the […]

ROMwalk: Heart of Toronto

You might pass through it every day, but how well do you know the Heart of Toronto? Spend your Sunday afternoon on a ROMwalk through the area, focusing mostly on Nathan Phillips Square, old and new City Halls, and nearby historic sites. See the architecture with new eyes, while learning about two centuries’ worth of […]

Pinball Sessions One-Year Anniversary Show

The folks behind the Pinball Sessions aren’t just crazy about arcade games—they also love music. That’s why they decided to round up some of their favourite up-and-coming artists to make unique, live-off-the-floor recordings to be streamed by other music lovers. Now, they’re celebrating their one-year anniversary the only way they know how: with a show. […]

MEC Bikefest

Our city has music, food, dog, film, and fashion festivals—isn’t time we gave some love to the bicycles? Trinity Bellwoods Park plays host to MEC Bikefest for one day only, promoting and celebrating all things bike. Bring yours down for a free tune-up, participate in clinics and seminars, pick up new gear, and much more.

Historicist: Swimming at the Minnies

Outdoor swimming has long been a popular option for Torontonians seeking an escape from the summer heat. Although the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion usually captures the attention of local historians, it was predated by William J. McCormick’s High Park Mineral Baths, a popular west-end swimming hole known affectionately in its day as “The Minnies.”

Torontonians Speak Out About Police Carding

A new short film about the Toronto police’s carding practice—the previously unregulated practice of stopping civilians and documenting their personal information—features first-person testimony from young men who feel they’ve been unfairly targeted by police. Crisis of Distrust: Police and Community in Toronto explores the controversial practice, which has disproportionately targeted young men of African and […]

Making TV History at the MZTV

You know you’ve entered the realm of Moses Znaimer when you catch sight of the sign at his Liberty Village base of operations: “ZoomerPlex.” Only Znaimer would shamelessly slap such a label on the Jefferson Avenue production complex. Given his current incarnation as champion of Baby Boomers, it’s not surprising that his shrine to the […]

Vandalist: Heterochromia Iridum

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Kensington Market PHOTOS BY: Bela Manu FIELD NOTES: Kensington Market is one of the city’s most consistently rewarding neighbourhoods for great street art. It’s so reliable that sometimes it seems redundant to feature work from that area, especially when there’s so much fantastic art hidden in unexpected parts of the city. But […]

The Spoke: In the Name of the Father

Storytelling series The Spoke has a special edition planned for Father’s Day, at a special venue (Double Double Land, just up the street from its usual haunt, Videofag). Storytellers lined up for “In the Name of the Father” include actor and filmmaker Aaron Poole, comedian Evany Rosen, and cast members from Outside the March’s sold-out […]

2014 Harold Awards

An annual celebration of Toronto’s independent theatre scene, The Harold Awards have for the last 19 years seen each year’s previous “Haroldees” name their successors, in a daisy chain of winners from each “house” that stretches back to the original 1995 winners. Over the years, the awards have evolved somewhat, and now include citations for […]

Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview

The warmer months are upon us, and for some people, that means only one thing: the beginning of festival season. Get a sneak peek at the classical musicians who will be on the scene later in the season with the Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview. This free lunchtime performance features Montreal’s Sonoro Quartet playing pieces […]