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Historicist: Delivering the Mail

What’s in a name? In the case of the Globe and Mail, it’s a combination of two historical Toronto newspapers that clashed politically. Most people are familiar with the Globe as a solo act—founded by George Brown in 1844, it evolved into the unofficial voice of the Liberal party. Yet the 64-year odyssey of the […]

Duly Quoted: Steve Paikin, on Police ‘Kettling’ at the 2010 G20 Summit

“I’ve never seen this much riot gear, never seen the kind of hemming in that officers did this time.” —Steve Paikin, journalist and host of TVO’s The Agenda, describing the scene at 2010’s G20 summit in Toronto. Paikin testified at a disciplinary hearing for Toronto Police Service officer Supt. David (Mark) Fenton, the most senior […]

Toronto Theatres Have Sex—and Sexploitation—on the Brain

NSFW The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) November 20–30 $15–$39 Sextet Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue) November 20–December 14 $27–$57 Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW is a very funny play that leaves you feeling very sad. The up-and-coming British playwright’s merciless media satire, receiving its North American premiere from Toronto’s Studio 180 at the Theatre Centre, […]

Love or Love: Lawrence Heights Remembers It All

It’s a familiar trope, and all the more satisfying for being true: sometimes your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength. For the people of Lawrence Heights, the possibility of turning negatives to positives was proudly on display at the Collective Memory Bank project on Friday, November 14. As the community prepares for the massive […]

Historicist: Toronto’s First Firefighter Fatality

Just after 1 a.m. on November 22, 1848, a fire broke out in Thomas Webb’s shoe store at 76 King Street East, just east of Church Street. In no time, the flames spread to engulf Campbell & Hunter, a saddler that shared the same brick building. Like a shot, Webb bolted from his dwelling above […]

A Gallery Show for the Typographically Obsessed

Swash & Serif The Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas St. West) November 13–November 19, 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. FREE Swash & Serif is the debut gallery show by Toronto typography fanatics Ligatures, presented in conjunction with the Toronto Design Directory. If the opening-night crowd is any indication, it seems both groups have tapped a deep well […]

Reel Toronto: The Strain

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. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. Guillermo […]

Get Your Booster Shots of Culture

Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots Ernest Balmer Studio (9 Trinity Street) November 13–16, 8 p.m. $35 Crawling is an activity normally reserved for infants or university students going pub to pub on reading week—but thanks to local company Tapestry Opera, a whole new kind of crawler is set to take over Toronto’s historic Distillery District. With […]

Theatre, Up Close and Personal

Moment SideMart Theatrical Grocery (1352 Queen Street East) November 8–November 22 $20 Circle Jerk lemonTree Creations (196 Spadina Avenue) November 6–November 23 $15–$24 It’s been a very busy fall in Toronto for theatre. According to Globe and Mail theatre critic Kelly Nestruck’s theatre Wikispace, there were more professional theatre openings in October than there were […]

I Want Your Job: Nicola Dufficy, Book Fair Programmer

Despite its new-on-the-scene status, the Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair is not messing around. On at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 13 to 16, the fair is expecting between 30,000 and 50,000 visitors in 2014, its inaugural year. Some will be drawn in by the chance to meet big-name authors such as Margaret […]

Cumberland Terrace Tells the Story of Yorkville at a Glance

While most time capsules are buried in the foundations of buildings, their contents to be revealed at some future date, Cumberland Terrace is a living (if barely breathing) piece of Me Decade retail architecture frozen in time. Promoted as “the nicest way from Yonge to Bay” when it opened in October 1974, the mall’s resistance […]

Guy Fawkes Night, 1864

Guy Fawkes Night was ordinarily a welcome celebration in the sectarian crucible that was 19th-century Toronto. Traditionally, British and Irish Protestants would gather to celebrate the foiling of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, a failed attempt by a group of English Catholics to assassinate King James I of England (who was confusingly also King James VI […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

The Bakelite Masterpiece Tarragon Extraspace (30 Bridgman Avenue) October 21–November 30, 2014; no shows on Mondays $50–$57 general, $42–$49 seniors, $27–$31 students/arts workers Johannes Vermeer may have painted his masterpieces using a camera obscura and other optical devices—a theory tested in the Penn and Teller documentary Tim’s Vermeer—but we’re 100 per cent certain he didn’t […]

Vandalist: Hand Guns

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Lisa Dejong FIELD NOTES: Everyone get ready to unholster your fake guns—Halloween is here and we expect to see all kinds of creative prop usage. We anticipate cowfolk, gangsters, spies, and more packing “handmade” heat while gorging on candy and chocolate. We’re looking forward to everyone dressing up, living […]

Reel Toronto: Nikita — Season 3 (Part Two)

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. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. We […]

The Art of Building a Bunker Brings the Frightening Reality of Racism to the Stage

The scariest show this Halloween has nothing to do with zombies, vampires, or other fictional monsters. It’s about that very real monster, the racist—a slimy creature who, as the 2014 municipal election reminded us, stalks even the most diverse and tolerant of cities. The Art of Building a Bunker, Adam Lazarus’s one-man play at Factory […]