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TIFF Day 4: The Escalator is Working Again!

It’s Sunday! TIFF’s first weekend wraps up with more high-powered premieres, the final day of activities on Festival Street, and the point where you can start to see which films are going to leave Toronto possessing that coveted #OscarBuzz.

The GTA’s Food Processing Industry Gets Left Out by Existing Grants

Not that anyone would guess from Growing Forward 2 pony shows put on jointly by federal and provincial departments and ministries of agriculture and food, but food processing and manufacturing is already big business. It’s the second-biggest industrial earner in the country with revenue of $88 billion a year, and, despite the boom and bust […]

Students Should Learn About Sex Ed From Everyone *Except* Teachers

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown said last week that if he was premier, he would scrap the controversial sex-ed curriculum. Like many people in the province, I was thrilled. It seemed like somebody was finally going to take a stand against the […]

Where Season 4 of Orphan Black Was Filmed in Toronto

Shortly after this past season of Orphan Black aired, the word came down that the next one would be the series’ last. It was bittersweet news. We like that the convoluted mythology will soon be tied with a bow before it can crumble under its own weight. But selfishly, Orphan Black has carved out its […]

Why are Toronto’s Queer-Inclusive Shops Shutting Down?

From the outside, Come As You Are appeared like any other storefront on Queen West. But get a little closer, and the shop slowly revealed itself to passersby: vibrators sat in the front window, and lime green interior walls reflected the bright and adventurous toys sold inside. The shop was unabashedly sexy—and for years, it […]

How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. As a result, this week’s Front Page Challenge competition is arguably more bizarre […]

Historicist: The People’s Champion

This Historicist installment originally appeared on September 7, 2013. Ned Hanlan, the world’s single-sculls rowing champion from 1880 to 1884, was this country’s “first national sporting hero,” in the estimation of the Montreal Gazette. At a time when singles rowing was perhaps the world’s most popular sport—drawing upwards of 100,000 spectators when top racers squared […]

Yorkville’s Riverboat Coffee House, Which Helped Launch Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. As Canada prepares to say goodbye to the beloved Tragically Hip with their nationally televised Kingston show on August 20, it’s an interesting time to reflect on Canada’s homegrown talent and famous jam spots. The Riverboat Coffee House was a hopping hangout for […]

The Film A Better Man Challenges Abusive Partners to be Accountable

In the trailer for the documentary A Better Man, Attiya Khan sits at a table across from her ex-boyfriend. “Had you ever been physically abusive to anyone before me?” she asks him. “No,” he replies. “Do you remember the frequency of the abuse?” He doesn’t. Khan is a Toronto filmmaker. For two years in her […]

Why Bike Safety is Still an Issue for Women in Toronto

Women in Toronto explores the issues that women in the city face. Two months ago, Claire McFarlane and Lavinia Tanzim were sitting in an empty bicycle store after-hours, waiting for participants who never showed up. It was the pair’s first run at hosting a bicycle club for young women in the city, and they had […]

Historicist: Nude Pictures at an Exhibition

The 1927 Canadian National Exhibition broke its attendance record by nearly 300,000 visitors. In addition to the varied entertainments and usual commercial exhibits, highlights included an appearance by the Prince of Wales (with his younger brother, George), for the official opening of the Exhibition grounds’ new landmark, the Princes’ Gates. Another notable draw that year […]