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Historicist: William Fleming, National Checkers Champ

One wintry day in March 1904, an elderly gentleman with a bushy mustache watched a dozen young railroaders squaring off at checkers boards at the Railway Y.M.C.A. at Main Street and Gerrard Street East. Invited to join in a game, the gentleman at first demurred, saying he was too out of practice, before sitting down […]

Extra, Extra: All Rob Ford, All the Time

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal continues to fascinate the world. Yesterday, the story made the New Yorker‘s website. The online-only article, by Adam Gopnik, compares Ford to Shakespeare’s Falstaff.

Public Works: Opening Up Our Data

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Everyone’s talking about data these days. And while it may be disconcerting to think that your drunken Facebook likes and late-night Google searches are lurking like reputational time bombs in secret Californian […]

Gawker Says There Has Been “No Movement” From the Seller of Mayor Rob Ford’s Crack Video

After successfully capping off the “Rob Ford Crackstarter,” an online fundraising campaign intended to pay for a video that supposedly shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking from a crack pipe, Gawker editor John Cook says he’s still having difficulty getting in touch with the person who offered to sell him the video in the first place.

The Family China

Ann Shin’s The Family China, a cross-platform project featuring a book of poetry, a stop-motion film series, and online interactive component, examines how inanimate objects gain meaning and history, and the liberation brought on by breaking them. This Is Not a Reading Series presents the project launch, which includes an interview with Shin, and most […]

Twin Showcases at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Herald Student Filmmakers

It’s entirely possible that an early work by the next Atom Egoyan or David Cronenberg will screen on Wednesday night at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. With the 2013 Student Film Showcase featuring the best from post-secondary schools around the country and the Next Wave Presents: Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase kicking off the evening with […]

Extra, Extra: Sheppard, a Crackstarter, and Porter

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Some new documents related to bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard’s fatal 2009 altercation with former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant surfaced online today, thanks to a freedom-of-information request by Sheppard’s father. We’re not sure they reveal anything new […]

Pape Station To Be Closed From June 15–26, By Popular Demand

The TTC announced earlier today that Pape Station will be closed for about two weeks, starting on June 15 and ending on the 26th. The amazing thing about this is that it’s happening, in a sense, by popular demand. The TTC used an online poll to determine the the public’s preferred schedule of closures while […]

CBC Music’s First-Ever Festival Will Be a CanCon Love-In

According to CBC’s Chris Boyce, the goal of this weekend’s CBCMusic.ca Festival is twofold. First and foremost, the CBC wants to celebrate Canadian music. Second, it wants to celebrate CBC Music, the broadcaster’s online music service, which launched a little over a year ago.

Public Works: A Casino That Works?

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. On May 21, city council will decide whether to move forward with the possible construction of a casino/resort/convention centre/shopping complex in Toronto. The meeting is the culmination of months of heated debate […]

Toronto Sketch Troupe Primo Puts on Its “Last Show,” For Now

Sketch troupe Primo landed on our People to Watch list at the beginning of the year because of its stellar roster and its cleverly conceived monthly live shows. Tonight’s Last Show Ever will celebrate a year’s worth of performances, and also bring the group’s residency at Supermarket to an end—though with a new member and […]

Extra, Extra: Post Paywalls, Crude Shelters, and Depressed Fans

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The National Post‘s paywall is now officially up (though we haven’t been able to trigger it yet). Users get 10 free articles, after which they have to pay $9.95 for thirty days’ access to the paper’s online content. […]