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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 […]

Scaffold Collapse Sends Three People to Hospital

Scene of collapse — Louis (@4one6ix) April 18, 2016 Four people have been rescued and at least three people reportedly sustained serious injuries after scaffolding crashed to the ground at a construction site near Bathurst and Eglinton.

Inherent Weisse: Folly Brewpub is Opening a Bottle Shop

It’s hard to believe that it was only as recent as late 2014 when the announcement of an on-site nanobrewery at the renowned Habits Gastropub at 928 College Street was underway. Brewers Christina Coady and Chris Conway, both with extensive homebrewing experience, were invited by Habits owners Michelle Genttner and Chef Luis Martins to produce […]

This Mapping Tool Shows How Accessible Food is in Your Neighbourhood

Toronto is used to getting accolades for its hip and culturally diverse food scene. After all, Conde Naste Traveler magazine recently dubbed Toronto one of the top 15 food destinations in the world, praising its “magnetic, multicultural vibe.” That sounds lovely, but for most people in Toronto, food is a necessity–not a luxury item–and depending […]

Visiting The Wizard of Oz. . . and Killer Joe

The Wizard of Oz Young People’s Theatre (165 Front Street East) Runs to May 15 Tickets: $10 – $45 Killer Joe Coal Mine Theatre (1454 Danforth Avenue) Runs to April 24 Tickets: $35 Question: What do the classic musical of The Wizard of Oz and Killer Joe, Tracy Letts’s bloody, profane black comedy-thriller, have in […]

How Degrassi Kickstarted Drake’s Music Career

Drake Week celebrates all things Toronto and Drake in anticipation of the city hype man’s latest album, Views from the 6. Watching Rih sing on Anti Tour like…🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 had so much fun tonight A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Mar 15, 2016 at 10:08pm PDT Many moons ago, before Drake was our city’s beloved […]

Goose Island Brewpub To Open in Toronto

While there have been rather strong whispers about it in the Toronto beer scene for a few weeks, renowned Chicago-based brewery Goose Island has confirmed today that Toronto will be the home of their new brewpub.

From Kim’s Convenience to Chimerica

Chimerica Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) Runs to April 17 Tickets: $24 – $99 This past holiday season, when Soulpepper presented Kim’s Convenience at the Bluma Appel Theatre, star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee would routinely come out after the curtain call, divested of the thick Korean accent he uses to play the role of […]

Torontoist vs. Torontoist in… The LCBO Monopoly

In Torontoist vs. Torontoist, two contributors face off to debate a current issue, idea, or event. Debate surrounding the mere existence of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is longstanding—and heated. The Crown corporation has been around since the late 1920s, monopolizing where and how Ontarians get their drink on (and how much they […]