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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 […]

How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Fallout From The Pride Parade Protests

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. Today’s Front Page Challenge is all about the repercussions of the protest at last Sunday’s Pride Parade, with Black Lives Matter Toronto shutting the festivities down with a sit-in at Yonge and College and extracting concessions from the organizers on the […]

Historicist: The Fighting Words of Black Jack Robinson

John R. Robinson would have been well suited to the internet age. The style “Black Jack” employed editing the Telegram between the Victorian era and the Roaring Twenties easily fits Twitter and other social media platforms—short, snappy, obsessed with local politics, and filled with bile and venom. His outbursts knew few grey areas, an attribute […]

How Toronto’s Trans March Has Evolved

This year ushers in renewed hope for transgender legislation with Bill C-16 offering trans protections. It’s also the first year since the Trans March began that Pride Toronto’s proposed route has not been met with frustration or fear from its original organizers. Historically, many transgender locals have disengaged from the Trans March—unless it’s organized by […]

Exhibiting Lawren Harris

Lawren Harris has long drawn attention to the Art Gallery of Ontario. While The Idea of North exhibition that opens this weekend may claim as much interest for Steve Martin’s curatorial role as the works themselves, back in 1948 the gallery (then known as the Art Gallery of Toronto) deemed Harris worthy of being the […]

The Torontoist Guide to Losing Your Pride Virginity

Pride can be a bit overwhelming your first time out. There’s the month-long, jam-packed official calendar, which starts with a flag-raising ceremony and stretches on for an entire month. Every major institution in the city, from TIFF to the TSO, is getting in on the action. All your friends are RSVPing to different events on […]

Get to Know Scotland’s Royalty in The James Plays at Luminato Festival

The James Plays Trilogy Hearn Generating Station (440 Unwin Avenue) Runs to June 26 Tickets: $39 and up James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock James II: Day of the Innocents James III: The True Mirror When you have an industrial venue, you need industrial-strength theatre. That’s what we get with The James Plays, […]

Talking Pride Over Pints

My editors at Torontoist have asked me to write a Pride-themed beer column this week. I’m not unfamiliar with the subject, being a rather open lesbian who has written somewhat broadly about LGBTQ representation in the craft beer scene, but the subject felt tiring this time around. While I’m consistently vocal about such issues, there […]

Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh in 2016

A veteran stand-up comic, and an emerging one; a puppeteer (and emerging improviser); a character comic and singer, and a sketch writer, performer, and impresario. There’s a wide variety of talent in this year’s edition of Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh (#LLWMUL on Twitter), and while they perform all over the city (and the […]

Toronto Police Apology for Bathhouse Raids is Too Little, Too Late

When you need a good photo-op, some palatable sound bites, and a little bit of cheap social currency, apologize to the gay community. Apologizing to the gays is the hottest look this season. Wrapping your institution in a rainbow flag is in. You’ll look progressive, and it’ll help you slim down some of the more […]