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All of the 2016 Next Stage Theatre Festival, Reviewed

The Next Stage Theatre Festival
 Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)
 January 7–18 $10 (Antechamber), $15 (Main/Studio) The curated winter version of the Toronto Fringe Festival (not to worry, the shows are all indoors, and the beer tent is heated), the Next Stage Theatre Festival is a mix of artist and shows who’ve previously impressed at […]

Metrolinx Finalizes Eglinton Crosstown Station Names

Map of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT showing the original working station names along the corridor Metrolinx will hold a special meeting via teleconference today at 2:00 p.m. to determine—once and for all—the names of the stations along the 19-kilometre, 26-stop Eglinton Crosstown LRT now under construction. The new line, which is being constructed by the […]

Urban Glossary: Sneckdowns

Much to the dismay of many, winter has finally arrived in Toronto. But the blankets of snow which cloak our city can reveal some interesting things if you know where and how to look. Snow holds an imprint of the tires of every vehicle that drives over it. It lets us visualize where people drive […]

Public Works: Replacing Phone Booths With Wi-Fi Kiosks

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Phone booths have long outlived their usefulness to most of us. These once-ubiquitous details of the urban landscape were passé even before Kiefer Sutherland was using them to public art installation than as […]


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Cara Ricketts Takes Aim at Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to Feb. 7 Tickets: $30-$53 After starring in last season’s The Wild Party (one of Torontoist‘s Top 10 shows of 2015) and making her mark at the Stratford Festival, Cara Ricketts would seem primed to play the title role in Necessary Angel Theatre Company‘s revival of […]

Front Page Challenge: January 12, 2016

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The news of David Bowie’s death came too late on Sunday evening to be included in Monday’s front pages, but today newspapers around the globe are paying tribute to the passing of a cultural giant, recognizing the magnitude of this moment […]


In the days to come, much will be made of how David Bowie influenced other artists. But appreciating such talent takes time, and, especially for someone who confounded mainstream culture when he gained fame in North America during his “Ziggy Stardust” phase, Bowie was initially viewed with a mix of bemusement and disgust by Toronto’s […]

Televisualist: Genius-Level Idiotsitting

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.

Historicist: When William Lyon Mackenzie Nearly Got ‘a slap on the chops’

Late afternoon, July 6, 1830, found William Lyon Mackenzie knocking on the locked courtroom door, having just been ejected from the meeting inside. Suddenly, the door opened, shouts of abuse spewed forth, someone handed him his hat, and the doors were slammed shut and locked once again. It was the second time in as many […]