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I Want Your Job: David Castellan, Chocolatier

“In the restaurant business, you just can’t do it forever. That’s a fact of life,” says David Castellan, owner of Soma Chocolate. After graduating from George Brown’s Baking Techniques program in the mid-1980s, Castellan, 49, spent more than 15 years as a pastry chef, rising through the ranks at Oliver & Bonacini during the empire’s […]

Capybara Sightings on the Rise, a Fight in a Mississauga Parking Lot, and a Ridesharing Service that Empowers Women

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. New sighting. #viewsfromthe6 #capybaras #capybarawatch #bonnieandclyde #teamcapybara #cntower #drake #toronto — Peter Worthington (@PETERETOUCH) May 29, 2016 While the search for the escaped capybaras still drags on, hundreds of people have claimed to see the big […]

Trainspotting with the Model Railroad Club of Toronto

A fleet of 1:48-scale model trains chugs along 4,000 winding feet of miniature rail on Saturday in the basement of 11 Curity Avenue, a nondescript building in an industrial pocket of Toronto’s east end. Crossing bells ring, but the roughly two hundred who trek here for the Model Railroad Club of Toronto’s public show on […]

The Winners from the 2016 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards

A taut revenge thriller; a queer historical drama double bill; radical re-imaginings of a Quebecois folk tale and a classic Maritimer play. Professional critics representing the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Now Magazine, and Torontoist found plenty of theatre to celebrate from the past year, with the annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (or […]

What You Should Explore at Doors Open 2016

If you’ve ever passed by a Toronto building and felt the urge to learn more, then this weekend is the chance to explore that curiosity. Many of Toronto’s most well-known buildings–and hidden architectural treasures–will open their doors to the public this weekend for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto. Doors Open, which takes place all […]

Shaw Festival 2016: A Vital Uncle Vanya and a Tender Our Town

Uncle Vanya Court House Theatre (26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Sept. 11 Tickets: $25 – $117 Our Town Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Oct. 15 Tickets: $25 – $117 Even die-hard Torontonians can occasionally succumb to the allure of the rural idyll—especially when taking a springtime trip down to Niagara-on-the-Lake […]

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.