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Vintage Toronto Ads: Ramsay MacDonald

The train that pulled into Union Station around 6 p.m. on October 15, 1929 was eagerly anticipated. The station was decorated with flags, flowers, and plants to greet the world figure about to arrive. Railway workers ranging from baggage clerks to mechanics lined the platform eager to greet a man who had spent the past […]

Toronto’s Theatre Reviewers Play Favourites

“Is your soul alive? Then let it feed!” Spoon River, Soulpepper Theatre’s exuberant musical set in a graveyard (and featuring that earworm of a chorus) is one of the big winners of the 2015 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (TTCAs). The show, created by Soulpepper’s Mike Ross and Albert Schultz and based on the classic poems […]

The Gardiner Debate: Will Transit Be the Loser?

On June 10, Toronto city council faces a decision about the future of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis Street and the Don River. The two options before council offer competing visions of the road and waterfront, and by extension, two visions of what Toronto may become. In brief: The “Hybrid” option (so called because it […]

The Reality of Being a Woman in Comedy

Three years ago there was a debate about whether or not sexism exists in comedy in a Facebook group, Toronto Stand-up Community. Some were on the side of “women have it way harder in every aspect” and others (mostly dudes) were of the mentality that “women are treated the same as men and have it […]

Contemplating Aga Khan Park

“The garden has for many centuries served as a central element in Muslim culture,” the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismali community, noted at the official opening of his namesake park yesterday. “The holy Koran itself portrays the garden as a central symbol of a spiritual ideal—a place where human creativity and divine majesty […]

The Toxic Myth of “Density Creep”

“I’m really concerned about my property value going down” is not a statement that’s going to garner much sympathy in Toronto these days. In a city where a detached home costs over $1 million and low vacancy rates are pushing rental prices higher and higher, thousands of families are struggling. More than 78,000 households are […]

Public Health Report Prefers Gardiner Removal

A new report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, prefers removing the Gardiner east of Jarvis rather than preserving it with Mayor Tory’s hybrid option. McKeown’s report comes on the heels of Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s public statement on Friday, in which she strongly endorsed removing the 1.7-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Roar, Iris, and It Follows

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a mind-boggling cult film about a modern Swiss Family Robinson besieged by lions, tigers, and elephants; a charming profile of a 93-year-old New York style maven; and a smart new thriller about a sexually transmitted curse.

Televisualist: Americans Got Cookfood

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: Raiding the Bathhouses

Every weekend, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters—good and bad—that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today. This article originally ran on June 26, 2011. February 5, 1981, 11 p.m. Patrons of four bathhouses in downtown Toronto (The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman Sauna Baths) were […]

Torontoist Week in Review: May 19-22

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. Torontoist Explains: Cap and Trade In April, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario would implement a “cap and trade” system to reduce greenhouse […]

The Big Five: May 22-24

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. Doors Open Toronto Various Locations May 23-24 Free. More than 155 buildings across the city will open their doors for free walking tours this weekend in this once-a-year discovery weekend, […]

Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat on How to Think About the Gardiner

In conversation with former Chief City Planner Paul Bedford earlier today, Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat came out strongly in favour of removing the Gardiner east in order to create a boulevard. Her statement, made to a university theatre filled with landscape architects and urban planners at the “Second Wave of Modernism III” conference, echoed Bedford’s […]