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Why This Artist is Taking Her Pro-pussy Campaign to TCAF

Rokudenashiko wants to de-problematize the pussy. Doing so has created some problems. Her quest has garnered the Japanese artist international fame and local derision, as her pop-art sculptures of manko (“pussy”) have spurred heated discussions around obscenity, artistic expression, and the persistent stigmatization of female genitalia in Japanese culture. It’s also led to her arrest […]

An Ode to Bar Volo, Closing this September

I was saddened at first to hear that the little hip beer bar at 587 Yonge Street was closing down. Bar Volo was the first craft beer bar I ever went to. A group of friends and I would head down there, order random bottles of beers that sounded good to us, and share them […]

Hot Docs: My Scientology Movie, Southwest Of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, and Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You

My Scientology Movie Director: John Dower, UK, 100 min Screenings Sunday, May 8, 6:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. West) There have been enough exposés of Scientology over the last few years (most notably Alex Gibney’s recent HBO doc based on Lawrence Wright’s non-fiction account Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of […]

Your Guide to Jane’s Walk 2016

This year marks the centennial of Jane Jacobs’s birth, and the ninth year of Jane’s Walks. From a start of just a few dozen strolls through Toronto, Jane’s Walk has grown into a global phenomenon, with walks taking place on every continent—except Antarctica (though penguins may organize a walk next year). With more than 200 […]

How the Toronto Dailies Covered the Invictus Games Announcement

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. This morning’s Front Page Challenge is that rare thing: all five of Toronto’s daily papers feature the same photo op on the cover, a historic meeting between Canadian and British royalty heralding the launch of the countdown to a major sporting […]

Reel Toronto: Life

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.

Inherent Weisse: The Ontario Brewing Awards Strike Again

Last night, at the Great Hall on Queen and Ossington, the Ontario Brewing Awards (OBA) was held. The OBAs, put on by Thirst for Knowledge owner and founder of the Prud’homme Beer Certification Program Roger Mittag, is a celebration of the best beers Ontario has to offer. With breweries entering in accordance to style, the […]

Name the Under Gardiner, Drake Can’t View the 6ix, and a Human Skull

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Under Gardiner Project opened voting to the public today to name the barren and very sad 1.75 kilometre stretch of land between Spadina and Strachan. The naming process started with people sending in suggestions, and then […]

Now and Then: Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. One man reaches up towards the large wooden log—big enough to crush him—and braces himself against the trestle. Another man stands high on top, directing the log with just a rope, pulling it up to build the next tie on a railroad. This […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Reservoir Dogs, The Witch, and The Lobster

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto this week. At rep cinemas this week: Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked debut, a New England folktale about teen witchcraft, and an absurdist romantic comedy about a man destined to become a lobster.

Historicist: The Molar Maulers

In the early decades of the 20th century, professional ice hockey leagues were still struggling to establish themselves, as many Canadians felt hockey should remain an amateur affair. “Newspapers were accustomed to giving amateur games the major play,” writes Bruce Kidd in his 1996 book The Struggle for Canadian Sport. “The notion lingered in many […]

Here’s What it Takes To Keep a Record Store Alive in Toronto

This past Saturday, vinyl-heads around the world could be found sifting through bins of discounted records for Record Store Day 2016. Toronto’s record stores celebrated the annual event with a combination of in-store sales and performances. In a year that saw a 22-year high in the sale of vinyl records (that’s a total revenue of […]

Shows That Make You Ask: What If and WTF?

If/Then Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West) Runs to May 8 Tickets: $35 – $130 Das Ding (The Thing) Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to May 1 Tickets: $24 – $53 What if? What if Rent author Jonathan Larson hadn’t died prematurely in 1996 and had gone on to write a […]

How Parkdale Has Become an Independent Coffee Mecca

On a sunny Saturday morning, customers walk into a bright loft space, where rows of jars with tea leaves, herbs, and dried fruits decorate the wall. The tea shop is lit up by morning sun and smells of various spices as the owners, Tariq Al Barwani and Mohammed Binyahya, carefully prepare hot drinks with each […]

How Each Toronto Paper Covered the Raptors Playoff Win

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. This week’s Front Page Challenge finds the Toronto Raptors on the cover of four out of Toronto’s five daily papers, proof that playoff fever is sweeping the city. But which paper captures the magic best? And which paper shamefully ignores our […]