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What’s On Tap At Ontario Craft Beer Week

Get ready to show a little provincial pride, because today kicks off a nine-day celebration of Ontario beer with the arrival of Ontario Beer Week. Put on by the Ontario Craft Brewers, an organization with more than 150 breweries as active members, Ontario Craft Beer Week gives local breweries their time to shine. It’s a […]

What It’s Like Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

It’s no hard task to find gay bathhouses in this city, if you know where to look. Follow the smell of chlorine down an alleyway in the Church-Wellesley Village, pass through a set of heavy metal doors and up a flight of stairs, and there is Steamworks. Go a few blocks south and there is […]

Queer History Onstage: Body Politic at Buddies in Bad Times

Body Politic Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street) Runs to June 12 Tickets: PWYC – $37 Buddies in Bad Times has been hitting the history books this season. First there was the reprise of The Gay Heritage Project, then a visit from those 20th-century queer icons Stein and Toklas—Gertrude and Alice—and now the […]

I Want Your Job: David Castellan, Chocolatier

“In the restaurant business, you just can’t do it forever. That’s a fact of life,” says David Castellan, owner of Soma Chocolate. After graduating from George Brown’s Baking Techniques program in the mid-1980s, Castellan, 49, spent more than 15 years as a pastry chef, rising through the ranks at Oliver & Bonacini during the empire’s […]

Capybara Sightings on the Rise, a Fight in a Mississauga Parking Lot, and a Ridesharing Service that Empowers Women

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. New sighting. #viewsfromthe6 #capybaras #capybarawatch #bonnieandclyde #teamcapybara #cntower #drake #toronto — Peter Worthington (@PETERETOUCH) May 29, 2016 While the search for the escaped capybaras still drags on, hundreds of people have claimed to see the big […]

Trainspotting with the Model Railroad Club of Toronto

A fleet of 1:48-scale model trains chugs along 4,000 winding feet of miniature rail on Saturday in the basement of 11 Curity Avenue, a nondescript building in an industrial pocket of Toronto’s east end. Crossing bells ring, but the roughly two hundred who trek here for the Model Railroad Club of Toronto’s public show on […]

The Winners from the 2016 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards

A taut revenge thriller; a queer historical drama double bill; radical re-imaginings of a Quebecois folk tale and a classic Maritimer play. Professional critics representing the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Now Magazine, and Torontoist found plenty of theatre to celebrate from the past year, with the annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (or […]

What You Should Explore at Doors Open 2016

If you’ve ever passed by a Toronto building and felt the urge to learn more, then this weekend is the chance to explore that curiosity. Many of Toronto’s most well-known buildings–and hidden architectural treasures–will open their doors to the public this weekend for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto. Doors Open, which takes place all […]

Shaw Festival 2016: A Vital Uncle Vanya and a Tender Our Town

Uncle Vanya Court House Theatre (26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Sept. 11 Tickets: $25 – $117 Our Town Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Oct. 15 Tickets: $25 – $117 Even die-hard Torontonians can occasionally succumb to the allure of the rural idyll—especially when taking a springtime trip down to Niagara-on-the-Lake […]

Why This Artist is Taking Her Pro-pussy Campaign to TCAF

Rokudenashiko wants to de-problematize the pussy. Doing so has created some problems. Her quest has garnered the Japanese artist international fame and local derision, as her pop-art sculptures of manko (“pussy”) have spurred heated discussions around obscenity, artistic expression, and the persistent stigmatization of female genitalia in Japanese culture. It’s also led to her arrest […]

An Ode to Bar Volo, Closing this September

I was saddened at first to hear that the little hip beer bar at 587 Yonge Street was closing down. Bar Volo was the first craft beer bar I ever went to. A group of friends and I would head down there, order random bottles of beers that sounded good to us, and share them […]