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Torontoist vs. Torontoist in… The LCBO Monopoly

In Torontoist vs. Torontoist, two contributors face off to debate a current issue, idea, or event. Debate surrounding the mere existence of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is longstanding—and heated. The Crown corporation has been around since the late 1920s, monopolizing where and how Ontarians get their drink on (and how much they […]

Up The Garden Path Goes Down The Rabbit Hole

Up The Garden Path Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) March 26 – April 10 Wednesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m. $20 – $35 Playwright Lisa Codrington has pulled a number of literary references together for this new play about a young woman forced into ever more outlandish schemes by her […]

Front Page Challenge: Panama, Papers

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The world was rocked on Sunday night with the leak of The Panama Papers, 11.5 million files from one of the biggest offshore law firms, Mossack Fonseca. The documents reveal the many ways the rich and powerful are able to exploit […]

Field Notes: Vintage Smut and Obscure Ephemera at Toronto’s Old Book and Paper Show

Two middle-aged men sift through piles of postcards they lift from boxes set out before them. It’s Sunday afternoon at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, and their faces are frozen in concentration. Rolodex tabs mark off sections labelled “stadiums,” “horse and dog racing,” “airports U.S.A.,” “Welland Canal,” “churches,” and “Thunder Bay”: nouns, all, but any other […]

Black Lives Matter Tent City Ends on a Hopeful Note

Covering the #BlackLivesMatterTO March for Torontoist. Safe to say it ended on a high note. A video posted by Sheena Goodyear (@sheenagoodyear) on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:46pm PDT After 15 days of camping outside police headquarters in the rain, sleet and snow, Black Lives Matter protesters marked the end of their two-week vigil with […]

Torontoist Explains: What is Inclusionary Zoning?

It’s foolish to believe that the free market can provide enough affordable housing for any municipality’s low- and middle-income residents. Yet, for the past two decades, governments have entrusted developers–guided by the market–to house those on the cusp of poverty. Now, as the Province moves forward with new residential zoning legislation, municipalities can finally gain […]

Historicist: Opening Day at Maple Leaf Stadium

This instalment of Historicist originally appeared on April 11, 2015. The bottom of the ninth inning. Trailing by a score of 5-0, the odds were terrible for a comeback by the hometown team. The rain which delayed the opening of their new ballpark for a day lingered as drizzle. Not enough to force a second […]

Inherent Weisse: Better Beer Events For Not-So-Better Weather

More than ever the weather seems like it doesn’t know what the hell it wants, flipping from snow to sun, rain, and ice storms all in a matter of days. But there is one thing that remains constant in this ever-changing season: a wide selection of beer events throughout the city. Here are a few […]

Meet Toronto’s Food Porn Star, John Catucci

When the onion rings boil in grease, it’s like foreplay. When the deep-fried pickle is engorged in tartar sauce, the camera closes in leeringly. When host John Catucci stuffs a glistening chicken wing in his mouth, it’s like a money shot. Many cooking shows have been called “food porn,” but not all porn is the […]

Vandalist: Landfill, the Sequel

BY: Anonymous LOCATION: Queen and Spadina PHOTO BY: Anonymous FIELD NOTES: Back in January a very observant photographer noticed the “landfill” stickers someone placed over top of the litter graphics on municipal garbage bins. The stickers are a wonderful reminder of the not-so-wonderful consequences of our waste-producing habits. These environmental crusaders are back with another […]