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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 […]

Historicist: Opening Day at Maple Leaf Stadium

This instalment of Historicist originally appeared on April 11, 2015. The bottom of the ninth inning. Trailing by a score of 5-0, the odds were terrible for a comeback by the hometown team. The rain which delayed the opening of their new ballpark for a day lingered as drizzle. Not enough to force a second […]

Saying Goodbye to the Brunny (With My Dad)

The Brunswick House is not the type of place you go for an evening hangout with your dad. On most nights, it reeks of Axe Body Spray and nostalgia, bros fist bumping one another over trays of beer. But last night, the Brunny (as it is so affectionately dubbed by city regulars) held its last […]

Inherent Weisse: Better Beer Events For Not-So-Better Weather

More than ever the weather seems like it doesn’t know what the hell it wants, flipping from snow to sun, rain, and ice storms all in a matter of days. But there is one thing that remains constant in this ever-changing season: a wide selection of beer events throughout the city. Here are a few […]

Reel Toronto: Beauty & the Beast—Season 3

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.

City Council Preview: March 2016

Hello, friends. We’ve crawled out of post-budget recuperation to bring you this guide to the next City Council meeting. On this month’s agenda: SmartTrack, the East Gardiner, bees, tennis, ca$h for gold, Black Lives Matter, and more.

The Second City Budgets Big for Laughs

The Hotline Always Blings Twice The Second City (51 Mercer Street) Runs to July 10 Tickets: $25 and up The Second City‘s new spring revue dropped last week on the same day as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first federal budget. Coincidence? We think not. Like the government’s financial plans, this generously funny show is all […]

Historicist: A House Fit for a Lieutenant-Governor

When Toronto was declared the capital of the new province of Ontario in 1867, the provincial government was able to re-use the old parliament building at Front and Simcoe Streets, which had been built several decades earlier, back when the town of York had been the capital of Upper Canada. The capital city lacked, however, […]

What it Felt Like Inside the Jian Ghomeshi Media Spectacle

I arrived at Old City Hall to a sea of cameras and white-topped canopies, pitched just below the building’s iconic front steps. It may have looked like a party or the honouring of an anniversary to anyone unaware of the look-ahead for the day. It was anything but. Outside, camera operators stood, bundled, freezing rain […]

The Civil Service and Its Discontents

The Public Servant Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to April 3 Tickets: $18 – $35 Queer maverick Quentin Crisp famously titled his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant. That also would be a great alternate title for The Public Servant, the new comedy by Common Boots and Nightwood, if only thanks to a […]