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Cara Ricketts Takes Aim at Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to Feb. 7 Tickets: $30-$53 After starring in last season’s The Wild Party (one of Torontoist‘s Top 10 shows of 2015) and making her mark at the Stratford Festival, Cara Ricketts would seem primed to play the title role in Necessary Angel Theatre Company‘s revival of […]

Inherent Weisse: New Beers Resolutions

It’s happened, folks. Another year has started. Another cycle has begun, and with it, a sense of renewal. A sense of new beginning. And of course every single one of us has put together a list of things we’d like to do differently this year. And because I’m a drinks columnist, I’m here to make […]

Relief Line: Four Raccoons to Watch in 2016

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. With the very public death of Conrad the Raccoon and John Tory’s declaration of war on “Raccoon Nation,” 2015 proved a tough year for the unpopular urban mammal. But at the start of a New Year many in the raccoon community have ideas of […]

I Want Your Job: Michael Holt, House Concert Performer

Going to a Michael Holt concert isn’t as simple as just showing up at a bar or getting your ticket ripped at a concert hall. Holt, 47, is a pianist, vocalist and guitar player who specializes in house concerts—shows played in the intimacy of a host’s living room or backyard. “Rock clubs tend to start […]

2015 Hero: Don Shipley

Torontoist is reflecting on 2015 by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Cast your ballot until midnight on January 7. At noon on January 8, we’ll reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain […]

2015 Hero: Wavelength

Torontoist is reflecting on 2015 by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Cast your ballot until midnight on January 7. At noon on January 8, we’ll reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain […]

2015 Hero: Toronto Music Dominance

Torontoist is reflecting on 2015 by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Cast your ballot until midnight on January 7. At noon on January 8, we’ll reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain […]

Torontoist’s Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2015

What’s changed since last year’s top 10 comedy shows in Toronto? Quite a bit, actually. Bloorcourt venues Comedy Bar and Bad Dog Theatre are now established and often packed. One could even say, when it comes to local comedy, they’ve become the establishment. The Social Capital Theatre at Danforth and Broadview is increasingly the home […]

Torontoist’s Top 10 Plays of 2015

How do you reduce a rich and varied theatre season into 10 top shows? At Torontoist, we like to narrow the criteria, if only to avoid the kind of endless haggling that could last well into New Year’s. (OK, we’ll give you God’s Beard from the Fringe, but that means you’ll have to take Robert […]

Shaping Toronto: Christmas Window Displays

Shaping Toronto looks at the decisions, processes, and trends that form the city we know and love. 90 years ago, the Globe illustrated the annual pilgrimage of shoppers to the Christmas display windows of downtown’s consumer temples with prose as colourful as holiday lights: There is a peculiar fascination in Christmas window-shopping, and for the […]

Sound Advice: 88 Days of Fortune, Belly

#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6ix. 88 Days of Fortune: The Toronto artist collective known as 88 Days of Fortune have been prolific in the local underground scene in recent years. New project They Live reflects a mind-expanding cultural ethos; it’s a freewheeling yet innately structured collection […]

Evaluating Toronto’s Mall Santas

It’s Christmastime in the city, and what better way to celebrate than to visit the various Santas Toronto’s malls, markets, and grocery stores have to offer? In all their glory and sadness, we visited the men in red.

Historicist: A Finger Lickin’ Good Mississauga Colonel

Mississauga’s Melton Drive resembles an ordinary older, well-to-do suburban street: no sidewalks, long driveways, garages attached to roomy bungalows, a couple of trees on each front yard. Number 1337 fits right into this landscape, giving little hint that, for four months annually during the 1960s and 1970s, it was the residence of an international food […]

The Torontoist Guide to Holiday Theatre

Holiday entertainment is in full swing at Toronto’s theatres, and the options are many. You can get glammed up for a night out with Cinderella, or spend some time hanging at Kim’s Convenience. Or if you prefer the fresh air, you can take in the annual walking tour-slash-play at the Evergreen Brick Works. The Phantom […]