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A Brief History of the Legendary El Mocambo

The El Mocambo has had more lives than most cats. Just when it appears the venerable music venue at 464 Spadina Avenue will close its doors forever—when the crowds line up for a “final show” and the obituaries are published—the music rolls on. Now, yet another change in ownership threatens to bring the final curtain […]

Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Claims Polaris Music Prize

There were some big names in the running for this year’s Polaris Music Prize—Drake and Arcade Fire, for example—but it was Nunuvut-raised throat singer Tanya Tagaq who walked away with the $30,000-prize for her album Animism. The prize, decided upon by an 11-member jury of music journalists and broadcasters, was handed out yesterday at the […]

Public Works: Hanging Out in Public Hammocks

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Say you’re in Vienna. You’ve been schlepping yourself around all day, you’re tired, and you’re just a little too far from your hotel. Take heed, weary traveller: you can rest up at Flederhaus, […]

Bad Movie Night: Inframan and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Your brain must be exhausted from all that thinking you do, day in and day out. So we think it’s about time you turn it off and have some fun at Bad Movie Night. This time around, the pièce de résistance is Inframan, a martial arts and sci-fi love child about a bionic superhero with […]

Series 8:08

Everyone wants to be a part of something cool, and this weekend you can with Series 8:08. Supporting our local dance community, this initiative allows choreographers and dancers to showcase their new pieces or their works-in-progress to a small audience. Attendees are encouraged to write down their constructive criticisms and chat with the performers following […]


A comedy cabaret, Bonspiel! is comprised of five improvisors, three acts, and one main topic. Former mayor David Miller will join the cast of Rob Baker, Ashley Botting, Jan Caruana, Alastair Forbes, and James Gangl to give his likely humourous input on the upcoming election. To round things out, Abdominal and the Obliques will be […]

Shakespeare’s First Folio on Display at U of T Rare Book Library

“When the age is in,” says Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, “the wit is out”—yet the wit of William Shakespeare remains intact in the University of Toronto’s 400-year-old copy of the First Folio, on display this month at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Published in 1623, the First Folio—or, as it’s officially known, […]

Scene: Tweed Ride Toronto

WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Park WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2:30 p.m. WHAT: Tweed Ride Toronto, which saw tweed-sporting cyclists take to the streets in support of Bikes Without Borders, a charity that uses “bikes and bike-related solutions as a tool for development in marginalized communities.” The Tweed Ride took its inspiration from London’s Tweed Run, first […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Level Five, 20,000 Days on Earth, and Boyhood

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Chris Marker’s playful essay film on the internet and the Battle of Okinawa, an offbeat profile of a day in the life of Nick Cave, and Richard Linklater’s rich paean to American youth.

Scene: The People’s Climate March

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: Sunday, September 21 WHAT: The People’s Climate March, Toronto edition. The event saw Torontonians join hundreds of thousands of demonstrators worldwide in demanding that world leaders take immediate action on climate change. It coincides with a United Nations climate change summit that will take place Tuesday in New York City. […]

Poll Position: John Tory Maintains Lead, but Doug Ford Gains Support

Thinking about the race for Mayor, if an election were held today, for whom would you cast your vote? Olivia Chow: 25% Doug Ford: 23% John Tory: 40% Undecided: 11% Poll taken: September 21, 2014 Sample size: 2,469 Margin of Error: +/- 1.98 Methodology: Interactive voice response telephone survey Conducted by: Mainstreet Technologies NOTES: A […]

Televisualist: We Hardly Domed Ye

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.

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Real City Matters: Civil Discourse for a Crazy Town

Toronto is not a broken city. All too often, political rhetoric makes it seem as if we’re on the brink of collapse: fiscal, social, political—even existential, for those who still bring up de-amalgamation. We are one of the luckiest cities in the world in many ways, and we often forget that. But we are also […]