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OpenFile Still Not Giving up the Ghost

It’s OpenFile deathwatch, week six. This latest update on the saga of the once-touted community-news company that operated websites in six cities before shutting down unexpectedly in September comes courtesy of J-Source, which has just published an interview with Wilf Dinnick, OpenFile‘s CEO. He says that yes, his company is having money problems, but no, […]

Public Consultations on Casinos Coming Soon

After a day-long debate Monday, the executive committee has given the green light to public consultations on the prospect of opening a casino in Toronto. Those consultations will begin soon: a report on the results is due back at City Hall by February or March. Unfortunately, however, Torontonians won’t get to find out exactly how […]

Here Comes Santa Claus

The Santa Claus Parade Parade route November 18, 12:30 start FREE During a drive along the 401 to the Toronto branch of Santa’s Workshop on Friday, there was a sign that Santa Claus was bringing a touch of the holiday season with him for his preview of the 108th Toronto Santa Claus Parade: gentle snow […]

Historicist: The Animated Life of George Dunning

Flat metal shapes, painted in bright colours and fastened together, dancing along frame by frame to a 1792 French folk song. Not the most typical career-launching film, but a significant one: Toronto-born animator George Dunning’s Cadet Rousselle (1947). Pushing the boundaries of conventional animation techniques, with it Dunning announced himself as an important new talent, […]

Revisiting Danko Jones

Author and Grid online editor Stuart Berman says he never planned to write a book about Danko Jones. The idea was presented to him while he was finishing up his last book, This Book is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story. Berman interviewed Danko Jones, frontman of the band of the same name, as part […]

Toronto’s Haunted Hot Spots (Or Should That Be ‘Cold Spots’?)

Although Toronto is a relatively young city by international standards, we seem to have crammed a decent amount of murder and mayhem into our brief but vivid history. As Halloween draws near, we at Torontoist thought we would draw on a number of online sources (including our own Toronto Ghost Map from last year) to […]

A Mother of a Dance Show

Political Mother Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) October 24 to 28, 8 p.m. $24 to $99 As Canadian Stage continues to confront audiences with new, challenging, boundary-bending theatre (hate it or love it), its dance programming cannot, and should not, fall by the wayside. And if there was ever a show to knock […]

The Globe‘s Great Wall

The Globe and Mail officially launched its paywall on Monday, making it the first major Toronto daily newspaper to try charging Canadian online readers for access to everything it publishes. (The Post already charges international readers.) As of now, anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the Globe is entitled to just 10 articles a month before […]

Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival Returns to the Revue

Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival Various venues October 25–28 Single tickets $12–$25 A relative newcomer to the Toronto’s packed fall-festival schedule, the Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival is dedicated to spotlighting Poland’s most promising emerging filmmakers. Now in its fourth year, the festival’s 2012 edition runs from October 25 to October 28, with Roncevalles’ storied […]

Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane

For Terrence Malick’s Oscar-nominated opus The Tree of Life, the litmus test of whether or not an individual viewer will find the film watchable is an early sequence, where the camera leaves Brad Pitt’s 1950s domicile to head for the heavens in search of the origins of life. Some stop watching in protest, complaining that […]

Extra, Extra: Heritage Minutes and Hooker Ads

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Heritage Minutes are back after a seven-year hiatus. The Historica-Dominion Institute has just released two of the 60-second shorts, one of which—about Richard Pierpoint, a former slave who recruited black men to fight in the War of 1812 […]

Occupy Toronto Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Roughly two dozen protesters—and an almost equal number of reporters—gathered in St. James Park on Monday to mark Occupy Toronto‘s one year anniversary. The gathering, which featured all the flags, dogs, signs, and acoustic guitars that people have come to expect from the Occupy movement, felt like part protest and part class reunion.

Extra, Extra: Cash-Strapped Gardens and Newspaper Paywalls

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. When last we checked in on the Toronto Botanical Garden, it was on the brink of financial disaster and its executive director was about to beg the City for $135,000 per year in additional funding. Well, the begging […]

Anticipation Building Over BIXI’s Next Move

BIXI Toronto, the city’s fledgling bike-lending program, is due for an upgrade. Since it came online last May, BIXI Toronto has amassed over 5,000 members; today it celebrates its one millionth ride. But even before the program launched, many residents have been calling for more bikes and more stations, covering a larger swath of Toronto. […]