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Sound Advice: Sincere, by King Reign

Toronto’s King Reign has a distinct vocal timbre that’s made him an underrated standout in the Canadian hip-hop scene. He’s far from a new face—he had ties with now defunct Toronto collective Brassmunk and has produced countless well–received singles and EPs—but for some reason he’s been regularly overlooked. His new album, Sincere, aims to change […]

The Great Hall Warns It’s in Danger of Shutting Down

A building that’s served as a gathering space since 1890 needs your help. In a petition currently posted on, The Great Hall is asking for public support for the application it’s made to the Gaming Commission of Ontario to raise its liquor capacity for arts performances, banquets, and other events from 303 to 1,553. […]

Toronto Fringe Festival 2014: Highlights and Lowlights

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival shattered box office records, and had greater than usual critical success, too. While there wasn’t one clear breakout hit that surpassed all others, by the festival’s end, more than a dozen shows had sold out their runs, and we were gratified to see five of the seven shows selected for […]

Historicist: The View From the Top

Coming in for a landing on a clear day, we can pick out landmarks from the window of an airplane, identify streets filled with toy cars, and spot buildings that look miniature from that distance and vantage point. Seeing the city from above—from an airplane window, the top floor of an office tower, or the […]

Duly Quoted: Andy Byford Welcomes Permanent Gas Tax Funding for TTC

“I think it’s hugely significant. I mean, since the day I got here, I said we must have stabilized, predictable funding—and we need more funding to cope with expansion and to maintain our system in a state of good repair. So to have this announcement that not only makes the gas tax permanent, but also […]

Attention Riders: Streetcar Detours and Disruptions Are on Their Way

Travelling by streetcar in downtown Toronto is about to get a bit more complicated. Starting July 14, Toronto Water will be digging up the intersection at Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue to replace a water main. That project is expected to take two weeks—and as soon as it’s been completed, TTC workers will descend […]

Sound Advice: By the Strength of the Mighty Atlas, by Harangue

By the Strength of the Mighty Atlas by Harangue While far from a household name, Harangue is hard to miss if you’re a member of Toronto’s underground aggressive music scene. Its blistering, sharp, and unabashedly clever metallic hardcore has earned it a place on many local hardcore, metal, and punk shows—and the work it puts […]

Toronto Fringe Festival 2014: The Best Plays We’ve Seen So Far

We’re six days into the 26th annual Toronto Fringe Festival, and there are two words echoing around the festival hub at Bloor and Bathurst streets. No, they’re not “beer tent,” or “musical satire,” or even “Rob Ford” (thankfully). This year, Fringe-goers are finding that more and more shows are “sold out,” thanks to a new […]

Eye Weekly/The Grid, 1991–2014

Flipping through this week’s print edition of the Grid, one finds no signs the publication folded on Wednesday. There are no final reflections, no retrospectives, no goodbyes—just the usual suggestions about submitting feedback and dating stories. On its website, only comments mourning the loss of the award-winning paper reveal its fate. The closure ended the […]

Sound Advice: Soul Movement Vol. 2, by Slakah the Beatchild

Long an underground Toronto music scene favourite, Toronto-by-way-of-Sarnia wunderkind Slakah the Beatchild is well connected, having previously worked with artists Justin Nozuka, Melanie Durrant, and a pre-world-famous Drake. Slakah, real name Byram Joseph, terms himself a “performing producer”—some might recall his “psychedelic” pop turn on the critically well-received The Other Side of Tomorrow album under […]

Excerpt: Toronto in World Film Locations

For years, Toronto has been both a disguised supporting character in hit Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own right. A new anthology from the University of Chicago Press—World Film Locations: Toronto, edited by Tom Ue—explores the city’s role as shooting location, inspiration, and international film destination through articles on everything from David […]