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Your Guide to Jane’s Walk 2015

“Jane Jacobs called Toronto home, and so do we,” begins the Toronto page for Jane’s Walk. “Here, in our city of many distinct neighbourhoods and diverse cultures, we keep her legacy alive by walking together.” Interest in devising free walking tours across all corners of the city has grown so that, in the event’s ninth […]

Rodney Ascher and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Dream

Rodney Ascher looks tired. He clutches a paper cup of coffee, slight bags under his eyes, and he’s running late in his morning lineup of press interviews. Knowing the subject of his latest documentary The Nightmare, one might worry there are sinister reasons behind his exhaustion. Luckily, the culprit seems to be just a celebratory […]

Reel Toronto: Take the Lead

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. Let’s […]

Scene: Parkdale Vigil for Nepal

WHERE: Parkdale Collegiate Institute WHEN: April 29, 7:30 p.m. WHAT: Last night in Parkdale, Toronto’s Nepalese and Tibetan community held a vigil to remember the thousands who died in the Nepal earthquake. Community members lit candles, gathered supplies, and held moments of silence for the victims of the worst earthquake in Nepal in 80 years.

Much Ado About…Bollywood?

Much Ado About Nothing Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (30 Bridgman Ave) Runs to May 31 $29–$55 What’s common between Shakespearean comedies and Bollywood movies? Both, more often than not, are about people suffering love. Or, so says veteran director Richard Rose. His newest adaptation of the bard’s rom-com Much Ado About Nothing takes place in Brampton’s […]

Metro Theatre Rock Climbing Gym Releases Renderings

Koreatown will have a new place to get your rocks off. A rock climbing gym called Basecamp is replacing Metro Theatre, the antiquated porn theatre on Bloor east of Christie. The company is billing itself as the most central rock-climbing gym in Toronto: the only one by a subway station, and, at 40 feet, the […]

Five Big Ideas From CivicAction’s Better City Bootcamp

On Tuesday, some of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s leaders in healthcare, housing, labour, and governance came together for the Better City Bootcamp, a summit held every four years to identify and discuss the region’s most pressing issues. This year, the Bootcamp focused on five broad themes identified by CivicAction, the non-partisan civic leadership […]

Two Minutes with Terry Jones

Like any person of honour and valour, we choose to live our life by a strict moral code. And whenever we find ourselves in a moment of doubt, we always refer back to an ancient proverb that has guided great people from generation to generation: Never turn down an opportunity to meet a member of […]

He’s Pierre Trudeau—Just Watch Him

VideoCabaret: Trudeau and Lévesque Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane) Runs to June 13 $26–$56 You’re sitting across the table from Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the 15th prime minister of Canada, and he’s just as cool and charismatic as you’d imagined. “So, what would you like to talk about? The Just Society?” […]

Public Works: Building Infrastructure That Cleans the Air

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. The City of Barcelona has commissioned a local architecture firm to redesign the Sarajevo Bridge, a drab concrete span over a drab concrete roadway. The bridge will include pedestrian lanes and benches, and […]

The AGO’s Massive Party Struggles to Bring the Heat

In a recent piece in Toronto Life, Jonathan Dekel lauded the Art Gallery of Ontario for its innovative programming and exciting events, writing that under outgoing director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum “[the museum] has managed not only to survive but to thrive, shedding its reputation as a stuffy institution and emerging as a vibrant hub […]

Spotted: Khalsa Day 2015

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. WHAT: The Khalsa Day Parade made its way from the CNE grounds to City Hall as thousands of Sikhs celebrated the new year in one of Canada’s largest annual parades. Nathan Phillips Square teemed with celebrants, and some couldn’t be bothered to elbow their way […]

Televisualist: Psychic Liemaker

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.