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Week in Review: September 14–18

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. Deciding the Future of Toronto’s Hard-Working Wetlands We took a look at Toronto’s underappreciated wetlands, the role they play in the local ecosystem, […]

Chandler’s TIFF Diary: Days Seven and Eight

WEDNESDAY 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: I wake up, mildly hungover and mostly dehydrated. Today is the first day where I don’t have to stand awkwardly in a room near a celebrity and pretend to be a cool, normal person who is good at socializing and isn’t spending most of the party trying to stake […]

Inherent Weisse: Toronto Beer Week-ing It Up

Look alive, folks, look alive! Toronto Beer Week is upon us once more! For those not in the know, Toronto Beer Week is a slightly more-than-one-week event where, from today to September 26th, local breweries, bars, and venues band together in a series of beer events that range from specials on pints and flights, to […]

Vandalist: Birdo 3-D

BY: Birdo LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: CheechAndBong FIELD NOTES: Your mind may be boggled by the appearance of this 3-dimensional horse. But fear not, it is just the optical illusion of forced perspective! Created by local surrealist graffiti artist, Birdo, who is most known for his fantastical geometric animal creations, he won’t rest until all […]

Revisiting the Past Lives of St. Lawrence Market

In the November 5, 1803 edition of the Upper Canada Gazette, a notice from Lieutenant-Governor Peter Hunter addressed an irritant for the early inhabitants of York: “no place or day having been set apart or appointed for exposing publicly for Sale, Cattle, Sheep, Poultry, and other Provisions, Goods and Merchandise, brought by Merchants, Farmers, and […]

Extra, Extra: Cars Don’t Swim in Etobicoke, A Beck Taxi Cab Gets Shot At, and the Zombie Apocalypse Hits Toronto

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. An elderly woman appears to be unharmed after accidentally driving her car through several fences and into an Etobicoke swimming pool earlier this afternoon. No, you’re not going to get any wisecracks about how the incident really […]

TIFF Midnight Madness 2015: Occupational Hazards

It’s a solid year so far for TIFF’s rock’em-sock’em Midnight Madness series, though you have to feel for the many MM movie characters whose jobs are sending them to an early grave. Apart from opening night film Green Room which, amid all its carnage and terror, highlights the frustrations of being in a young struggling […]

Welcome to the Dollhouse From Hell

Crawlspace Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue) Runs to Sept. 29 $30 It’s a tiny, one-bedroom, Victorian-era coach house set well back from the street in a hip, on-the-verge-of-gentrification Toronto neighbourhood. In real estate agent parlance, it would be “quaint” and “charming.” But to former owner Karen Hines, it’s “my little house of horrors.” Imagine a building […]

Mapping Toronto’s Potential New 2016 Bike Lanes

At this time next year, Torontonians could be cycling down over 40 kilometres of new bike lanes, including a proposed pilot project that could see bike lanes along Bloor through the Annex. On Tuesday, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will receive a report from the manager of Transportation Services on the 2016 implementation program […]

Proposed Photo Laureate Position Provides Snapshot of Cultural Anxieties

In May 2014, Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) put forward a motion calling for the establishment of a “Photo Laureate,” or someone who could tell Toronto’s visual story with a little more depth. Grammatical issues aside, Mihevc argued that this new Photo Laureate might just “help us again fall in love with our […]

Chandler’s TIFF Diary: Days Five and Six

MONDAY 11 AM to 5:30 PM: I’m having a little trouble maintaining the TIFF/work balance, so I skip the entire day of films to do some writing. All my dishes are dirty and my groceries are going bad and I’ve been surviving on a diet of mac and cheese bites and champagne. I would punch […]

Editing the Wikipedia Narrative of Women in Art

Chances are you’re unfamiliar with the name Winnifred Kingsford. She, along with the Group of Seven members, had her work exhibited at the Art Museum of Toronto in 1915, which would later become the Art Gallery of Ontario. The echoes of her artistic influence are all over the AGO, and yet no monogram is written […]

I Want Your Job: Madison Powell, Platonic Cuddler

After four years at various administrative jobs in Toronto, Madison Powell found a new calling this past January. “Touch has always been something that’s a great communicator for me, and it comes very naturally. When I found out that cuddling was happening in Portland, I decided to keep an eye on it, and when it […]