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Rep Cinema This Week: The Mask, Roar, and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a newly restored cult classic of Canadian horror in 3D, the most dangerous film ever made, and a delicate portrait of contemporary Tehran.

Beyond Words: Toronto Grows Its Own LGBTQ Literary Festival

This past weekend, Toronto got its first queer literary festival. Presented by Glad Day Bookshop, Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words, took place in various venues within walking distance of the Church Street Village. David’s Tea, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Yorkville Library, City Park Library, the Ontario Public Services Employees Union Hall (OPSEU) […]

Weegee: The Original Nightcrawler

In the 2014 film Nightcrawler, a seasoned news director tells newbie freelance videographer Louis Bloom, “Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” As grisly as it sounds, this is the essence of tabloid journalism, and no one was better at it than Weegee, the self-promoting New […]

Two Shows to Take Your Breath Away

Huff Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum) (585 Dundas Street East) Runs to October 25 $30 Beckett Trilogy Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to November 1 $24 – $69 Cliff Cardinal knows how to grab your attention. His first play, Stitch, ended with a porn star’s gruesome self-mutilation. His second, Huff, opens with a young […]

In This Election: The New Democrats

After the longest Canadian federal election in more than a century, we understand if you are feeling election fatigue. But it is important to remember that the reason you are feeling that fatigue—and the reason this election has been so needlessly long—is that the Conservative party, which has been in office for almost a decade, […]

Reel Toronto: Beauty & the Beast—Season Two (Part Two)

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Beauty and the Beast‘s second season continues its romp around the GTA, and if they go for the trope of pretending Yonge-Dundas […]

You Can Handle the Truth

They Say He Fell Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue) Runs to Oct. 18 $25 – $30 (Sundays PWYC)

Thank You, R.A. Dickey

“Ultimately the thing that helped me find some healing [was when] I learned that life was not about turning the page, or getting to the other side of something. It’s about holding what is broken about the world and holding what is joyful about the world, and being able to take a step forward with […]

Historicist: Hats off to Howley and his Hustling Horde

Between 1919 and 1925, the Baltimore Orioles dominated baseball’s International League. Thanks in no small part to the machinations of their determined manager, Jack Dunn, the Orioles won seven consecutive pennants, averaging 111 wins over seasons that featured anywhere between 150 and 166 games. Finally, in 1926, the Orioles were bested by the Toronto Maple […]

A Cityscape Remembered

Every year, Heritage Toronto recognizes outstanding contributions to the celebration and preservation of the city’s heritage in five categories that span media, architectural conservation, and community heritage. We at Torontoist are fond of the awards—and not only because our own David Wencer are up for recognitions in the Short Publication category. The awards recognize the […]

Historicist: “Ontario’s Public Enemy No. 1”

Just before 5 p.m. on a Saturday in November 1940, a loud cheer arose from the 300 gamblers gathered at the Combine Club, the enormous and opulent club Manny Feder had built on The Queensway after shuttering the Brown Derby. It was, one reporter asserted, “Canada’s most perfectly appointed gambling house.” The crowd’s enthusiasm came […]

Nuit Blanche 2015 Guide: Getting Around

How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds. Here are some tips for getting around to help you see everything that’s going on.

Nuit Blanche 2015 Zone Guide: The Work of Wind

Our zone guide gives you Nuit Blanche highlights for every part of the city. Based on the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force—a 13-part index that captures wind’s potential to “compose at sea and decompose on land”—The Work of Wind aims to capture wind’s ability to effect change. Fittingly set along the waterfront, 13 installations will […]

The Ford Awakens

Jaws dropped all over town a couple of days ago with the news of a new film called Toronah, an unscripted ‘dysfunctional comedy’ that featured a bombshell within the trailer, the promised feature film debut of one of Canada’s biggest stars, the legendary Rob Ford. It seemed inevitable that a post-mayoral future for Rob Ford […]

Councillor John Filion to Release Book About Rob Ford

A year after a tumultuous election that saw Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) return to city hall as a councillor, a council colleague will release a book about Toronto’s world-famous former mayor. Councillor John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale)—a Toronto Star journalist before entering politics in the 1980s—will release the book The Only Average Guy: […]

Whole Lotta Soulpepper

Soulpepper Fall Season Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane) Runs to Oct. 17 $29.50 – $94