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What to Check Out at SummerWorks 2016

The 26th annual SummerWorks Performance Festival is in full swing, and today marks the half-way point. Some shows, such as the rock n’ roll clown/dance show NO FUN, have already closed; some, such as Situational Anarchy, have just a couple of performances left; some, such as Empire of Night‘s all night PJ party, are still […]

Now and Then: George Luscombe and Toronto Workshop Productions

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Summer is a great season for theatre in the city. There are outdoor arts festivals and shows inside, if you prefer to escape the heat and bugs. While Toronto has a vibrant theatre scene today, its history is impressive as well. One of […]

Six Torontonians To Watch For at the Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympic Games are almost here, and with qualifying and trials all done and dusted, it’s an important time for Torontonians who will be competing on the world’s biggest sporting stage. The Canadian squad will take more than 315 athletes that will compete in 27 events—that’s 38 more athletes than London 2012. The Olympics […]

How One Young Gay Activist Fought Against Police Homophobia in Toronto

“Downtown” by Kaeleen Pendleton-Jiménez is excerpted from Queers Were Here: Heroes and Icons of Queer Canada, edited by Robin Ganev and R.J. Gilmour © 2016. Published by Biblioasis. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. 1974 He sits in the middle of the running track at Riverdale Park, reading a small magazine. He […]

Every Kind of Local Pokémon Story, Classified As A Pokémon

It’s three weeks into the great Pokémon Go craze of summer 2016, and if you want to get into it, you’ve probably signed up for the game already. Everyone else can observe the game with detached bemusement by checking out the daily Pokémon Go stories that pop up. In fact, there are enough genres of […]

Historicist: The Origin of “Toronto’s Cops are Tops”

Depending on your disposition, “our cops are tops” is either a rallying cry that honours the dedication and sacrifices made by the city’s law enforcement officials and supports their law-and-order agenda, or a trite expression trotted out whenever police morale is low or conservative-leaning publications require a catchy headline. The expression has been part of […]

Terrible Decisions Made in the Heat This Week in the GTA

This week’s weather has been unbearable for many in southern Ontario. In the past month in Toronto alone, there have been eight heat alerts and two extreme heat alerts issued by the City. Temperatures have hovered around 30 C, and there has been little rain to provide a respite. And when the heat rises, people […]

How Torontonians are Hacking Pokémon Go

A horde of gamers young and old gathered at the base of the CN Tower, Toronto’s most notable landmark in and outside of Niantic’s smash hit game Pokémon Go. They compared Pokédexes, shared locations, and made new friends among crews. It’s not an unusual scene since the game hit smartphone app stores in Canada earlier […]

What the Pan Am Legacy Means for Affordable Housing

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Picture a thriving community on the edge of what was once a contaminated waterfront. An international sporting event that provided a catalyst to invest in new housing and local amenities for a neighbourhood […]

Historicist: Wicket Little Town

George A. Barber came to Upper Canada from England in the 1820s to assume a teaching position at the Home District Grammar School in the town of York. When Upper Canada College was formally established a few years later, in 1829, Barber was recruited as one of the school’s first faculty members, teaching writing and […]

Toronto’s Asian Night Markets Helped Me Reconnect with my Culture

I smelled it before I saw it. The air was hazy, filled with smoke coming off the many grills and deep-fryers. Pungent and sharp, the notorious odour of stinky tofu—the food I came here to taste—filtered through the humidity and hit me square in the face. I hovered at the edge of the Markham Civic […]

Matilda the Musical Celebrates Brain Power

Matilda the Musical Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria Street) Runs to October 16 Tickets: $38 to $139 Up until now, 2016 has been a banner year for ignorance—see: the Trump candidacy, Britain’s exit from the EU—so it’s a refreshing treat to encounter a musical that celebrates intelligence, learning, logic, creativity, and a strong sense of […]

Highlights and Lowlights from the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival’s club festivities were an extended farewell to its longtime home base the Annex more than anything. Next year, the festival will move to Bathurst and Dundas, setting up at Alexandra Park and the Scadding Court Community Centre, and artists and patrons didn’t hesitate to say their goodbyes, gathering in the […]

Historicist: How a Murder Fed Anxieties about Toronto Ravines

20-year-old Ruth Taylor was a stenographer in the transfer department of the Toronto General Trusts, an insurance firm in the heart of downtown. On November 4, 1935, she was working late into the night with a colleague, Mrs. Melville. A short distance away at Maple Leaf Gardens two teams of NHLers were playing a pre-season […]