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Historicist: Sir John A. Macdonald’s Last Hurrah

Were it another age, or another paper, the screaming headline on the front page of the February 14, 1891 edition of the Empire would have been claimed by the latest lurid Jack the Ripper murder across the Atlantic. But this was the Empire, an experiment in direct newspaper ownership by the Conservative party, and a […]

The Big Five: March 13-15

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. 1) Purple Rain
 Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
 March 14, 9:30 p.m. $17 includes a non-member screening, bottle of Steam Whistle beer, and large popcorn. More info here. For […]

Beer and Wine Coming to Ontario Supermarkets?

Pretty soon you may be able to add beer and wine to that grocery list. According to a report put out by Martin Regg Cohn at the Toronto Star this morning, in an effort to loosen the grip of the Beer Store’s hold on Ontario beer retail, the government will grant licenses to sell craft and […]

The Second City’s New Show Fights Back with Laughter

How To Kill a Comedian The Second City (51 Mercer Street) Runs through June $14-$52 Nobody ever says the words “Charlie Hebdo” in The Second City’s new spring revue, How To Kill a Comedian—but they don’t have to. The horrific January 7 massacre of the French weekly’s fearless satirists by Islamist terrorists has clearly informed […]

Chip Zdarsky Strikes Again

HOWARD THE ▯UCK SIGNING WITH CHIP ZDARSKY No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street) March 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Free How seriously should we take the threat of world domination by Marvel Entertainment? Very seriously. Why? Because the comic conglomerate has become so powerful, so influential, so unstoppable, it’s in the midst of a […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: “The Romance of Mexican Food”

Writing from Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1938, Winston Norman enlightened Globe and Mail readers with descriptions of a cuisine that Torontonians could only experience via travel. Take his description of tacos and enchiladas: The first is a sort of mysterious salad rolled up in a tortilla. The second is a kind of meat or chicken hash, […]

Sound Advice: Imago, by Korry Deez

Hailing from Scarborough, Korry Deez was a hip-hop constant in the vibrant days of the early 2000s Canadian scene. As part of rap trio IRS, Deez, along with Black Cat and T.R.A.C.K.S., dropped gems back in 2003 with the album Welcome to Planet IRS. Back then, the hip-hop scene in this country seemed limitless in […]

Molly Parker Trades the Screen for the Stage in Harper Regan

Harper Regan Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) Runs to March 22 $30–$99 A few years ago, between her role as Alma Garret on HBO’s Deadwood and her current gig as Jacqueline Sharp on Netflix’s House of Cards, L.A.-based Canadian actress Molly Parker came back to Toronto to co-star in a film called Trigger. […]

Hundreds Gather to Remember Sumaya Dalmar

They called each other “aunty,” “uncle,” “brothers and sisters.” Hundreds of people packed into a room at the 519 Community Centre on Church Street on Tuesday night to celebrate and mourn the life of Somali-Canadian woman, Sumaya Dasai Dalmar. The 26-year-old Dalmar, a trans woman also known as Sumaya Ysl, died from unknown causes a […]

Diving Into a Mysterious Abyss

Abyss Tarragon Theatre Extraspace (30 Bridgman Avenue) Runs to March 15 $42-$55 Tarragon Theatre is becoming Toronto’s go-to place for contemporary German theatre. OK, that may be exaggerating things a bit, but it is true that Tarragon—when not serving its primary purpose of producing new Canadian work—has been showing a decidedly Teutonic preference in recent […]

Legendary DJ Dr. Trance Passes Away

Don Berns, known to Toronto ravers as Dr. Trance, died yesterday evening. Berns was referred to as the “godfather of the Toronto rave scene,” and with good reason. The DJ was one of the people responsible for bringing parties into bigger and better venues in the mid-’90s, and he gave voice to ravers through both […]

Historicist: The Tabor Hill Ossuary

On August 17, 1956, while levelling land to make way for a new subdivision, a power shovel ripped into the side of Tabor Hill, northeast of the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Bellamy Road. According to the next day’s Globe and Mail, “about 100 feet of earth were sliced from the hill before the shovel […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Birdman, Whiplash, and Two Days, One Night

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: the high-flying Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Oscar’s favourite bad jazz teacher, and Marion Cotillard’s nominated but sadly unrewarded performance in a drama from the Dardenne brothers.

The TDSB’s Two Solitudes

Christopher Higgins and Jason Kunin are both longtime teachers with the Toronto District School Board, but the state of their respective schools couldn’t be much more different. Higgins’ Swansea Public School in the city’s west end is bursting at the seams, and a major construction project will see a 16-room addition to the 125-year-old building […]