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Field Trip Shows the City More Festival Love

Last year’s Field Trip was Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts’ 10th anniversary bash, and it featured a reunited Broken Social Scene playing their fan-favourite album, You Forgot It in People. And it achieved brilliance on its first try: the food, the music, the lineups—it was all pretty much perfect. This year, though, American company […]

NXNE 2014: Best Bets by Genre

Returning for its 20th year, NXNE is celebrating the milestone by offering audiences another vast selection of events to sift through and enjoy over the course of nine days. While music may still be its focal point, the festival has developed over the years into a mirror image of SXSW—a multidisciplinary arts extravaganza that people […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Comedy

Though comedian and podcaster Marc Maron will technically be delivering the keynote address for NXNE’s interactive program on June 18, it’s easy to believe there will be enough laughs in his speech to think of it as an unofficial kick-off for the festival’s extensive comedy schedule. From shows at Comedy Bar and Yuk Yuk’s to […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Film

On the heels of Canadian Music Week’s surprisingly deep bench of screenings last month, NXNE has upped its ante in time for its 14th annual film program. Camping out in the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for the course of the festival at large, NXNE Film has assembled a motley crew of music-related and concert titles. […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Pop and Rock

For our 2014 pop and rock ‘n roll picks, the lion’s share are playing the festival’s larger venues, like Yonge & Dundas Square (as part of a free concert series that’s proved immensely popular) and the newly rebranded Sennheiser Room at Massey Hall. There will still (of course) be plenty of terrific acts playing smaller […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Electronic

Electronic music has historically been NXNE’s weakest point, but this year, it looks as if things are changing. There are some really interesting, progressive, wonderfully weird artists on the bill this year. Here are our picks. Tobacco When: June 19, 9 p.m. Where: Sennheiser Sound House at Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street) A side project […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Hip Hop

While there are quite a few promising hip-hop artists from both near and far who’ll be looking to make a name for themselves and win some new fans at this year’s NXNE, it’s hard to ignore the impressive array of established marquee talent prominently featured in the lineup. What makes the opportunity to check out […]

Meet a Toronto Mayor: Tommy Church

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. Tommy Church never met a hand he wouldn’t shake. Throughout his half-century political career, Church was the […]

Scene: Luminato’s Festival Hub

WHERE: David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West) WHEN: June 7, 2014 WHAT: Luminato‘s Festival Hub, which will, until June 15, play host to a range of foods, musical performances, and art works until Luminato says so long until next year. Over the next few days, you’ll be able to catch acts like TV on […]

The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good

First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s […]

Public Works: Getting Paid to Bike to Work

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. France is getting serious about bicycle commuting. Last week, the French government kicked off a six-month pilot project that involves paying people 25 Euro cents per kilometre to bike to work. Twenty French […]

In This Provincial Election: (sigh) The Liberals

Endorsements are almost always a tricky business. We can recommend that you vote for a particular candidate or party; we can even recommend that you vote strategically—and here at Torontoist we are often forced to do so—but the choices are rarely easy or clear. Under our current electoral law at all levels of government, this […]

Provincial Election Campaign Ignoring Affordable Housing Crisis

Politicians have failed to focus on critical housing issues over the course of this election campaign, according to Ontario’s largest advocate for non-profit housing. Sharad Kerur, executive director of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, said in an interview last week that political parties and their leaders are ignoring issues related to poverty and the need […]

Twelve Angry Men

If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Jubilee, Pearblossom Hwy, and The Grand Budapest Hotel

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Derek Jarman’s blistering punk tour through a dystopian London, American independent filmmaker Mike Ott’s tender road-trip drama, and Wes Anderson’s valentine to Europe’s lost glory.

Scene: Pop-Up Cat Café

WHERE: 73 Harbord Street WHEN: Sunday, June 8, noon WHAT: A pop-up cat café brought to you by the people behind Pet Me Meow. The event ran only from June 6 to June 8, but if you missed it and blame yourself very much for having missed it, you’ll have the opportunity to “play games, […]

Naked Girls Reading: Mysterious Mysteries

Naked Girls Reading has found a new way to make stories more titillating. How? You guessed it: by having naked girls read excerpts in front of live audiences. This month’s edition—Mysterious Mysteries—will have pretty ladies presenting all sorts of dark, twisted tales and whodunnits.

Murder at the ROM: Father’s Day Edition

You know what they say: families that investigate together, stay together. Bring your dad out for a fun-filled afternoon of sleuthing at Murder at the ROM. Follow a trail of clues through the museum, and try to solve a mystery wrapped in greed, lust, and revenge. Once you’ve finished, take some time to peruse the […]