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Toronto Public Library Now Offers Free Streaming Movies

Starting today, your Toronto Public Library card will score you access to 100,000 music titles and 7,000 video titles—for free. That’s because the TPL has partnered with Hoopla, an online service exclusive to libraries, which is kind of like Netflix, minus the monthly fee. The biggest challenge when it comes to Hoopla, says chief brand […]

Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on the Limits of His Office

“I can do whatever I want. This is my office.” -Rob Ford, answering a reporter’s question about what he’d been doing in his office early (i.e., 1 a.m.-ish) Sunday morning. He’d dropped by City Hall after making an appearance at a Leafs game—and after his late-night pit stop at the office, the mayor went to […]

Scene: A Take-No-Prisoners Breakdancing Battle

WHERE: Tattoo, 567 Queen Street West WHEN: Friday, April 4 WHAT: Breaking the Cycle, a night of two-on-two b-boy/b-girl dance competitions. Now in its tenth year, the battle was presented by Unity Charity, which engages youths age 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs that focus on beatboxing, breakdancing, spoken word, poetry, and […]

Historicist: Going Pro

By the time they faced the Asahis, the famous all-Japanese-Canadian team, in Vancouver on July 8, 1926, Toronto’s Osler Baseball Club had won nine and lost two games on its cross-country tour. Dubbed “the best known amateur ball club in Canada” by one sports writer, the Oslers were one of two teams to dominate the […]

Let’s Talk About Relief

Congestion—of both the road and transit varieties—is a big issue throughout the Greater Toronto Area, and no more so than on the Yonge subway. Beginning April 5, Metrolinx, the City of Toronto, and York Region will host a series of public meetings to discuss studies related to transit relief for the Yonge corridor. Two separate […]

Pitch: Talks on Baseball

The Blue Jays home opener was on Friday, and though the weather has been slow to warm, it won’t be long before summer and the major league season are in full swing. Jordan Strofolino hosts Pitch: Talks on Baseball, a new speaker series about the boys of summer. His first guests include sports columnists Shi […]

Conte d’amour: Toronto’s Most Controversial Love Story

Over a year ago, the Globe and Mail‘s theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck wrote about the death of the standing ovation in Canada. “The gesture is no longer exceptional,” he argued, explaining it’s become an obligatory nicety in theatres across the country. Well, he wasn’t wrong. And while it’s not entirely a terrible trend, it’s […]

Burlypicks Burlesque and Variety Regional Competition

Where can you find the best of the best in Canadian burlesque and variety performance? Why, at the Burlypicks Burlesque and Variety Regional Competition, of course! Fourteen showgirls and boys from across the country will present their routines, in hopes of being chosen to compete in the 2014 Burlypicks Finals. Come out, and cheer on […]

The Last Five Years

Meet Cathy and Jamie, a mid-twenties New York couple who fall in and out of love over the course of half a decade. While it doesn’t involve a groundbreaking premise, The Last Five Years chooses to tell the story of their relationship in a unique fashion: Cathy’s perspective starts from the end and works backward, […]

The Rob and Doug Ford Web Show Recap: Fan Fiction Edition

It’s the Rob and Doug Ford show! On YouTube that is, because every day is really the Rob and Doug Ford show. The campaign season is heating up, with most candidates having done two debates, and people calling for details on transit funding and other vague policy ideas. But this is YouTube, the land where […]

Duly Quoted: Paula Fletcher, on the Mayor’s Claims of Exoneration

“I think he wishes he was cleared. What’s clear is that he was smoking crack, he was taking drugs, he was drinking and driving and probably using the most vulgar language any mayor has ever used here about his wife here at City Hall, and that he’s lied consistently. Those aren’t court issues. . . […]