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Some Plays to See At SummerWorks 2013

As with so many of Toronto’s arts festivals, every year SummerWorks seems to get bigger. Bigger as in more shows, bigger as in bigger names, bigger as in international reach, and bigger in terms of its importance in premiering exciting new work. Two major hits from last year’s festival, Iceland and Terminus, have since been […]

Public Works: Phoning in Your Transit Fare

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. In a couple of short decades, the mobile phone has morphed from upmarket walkie-talkie into an all-around tool for texting, web surfing, music-listening, movie-watching, and point-of-purchase money-wasting. And, according to Juniper Research, […]

Macbeth and Shrew Arrive at Shakespeare in High Park

In the 31st year of Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage has programmed two productions that are performed on alternating evenings. The two plays could not be more different. Both Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew involve manipulative spouses and deceptive plots—but where one ends in marriages and love, the other ends with bloodshed […]

Indie 88, Toronto’s Newest Radio Station, is Now on the Air

When CKLN, Ryerson’s campus-community radio station, had its broadcast license revoked in 2011 for royally irritating the CRTC in dozens of different ways, nobody was sure what would become of the vacant frequency, a hot commodity in Toronto’s extremely crowded radio market. Plenty of big broadcasters applied to the CRTC for permission to take over […]

Toronto’s Tallest Mural on the Rise in St. James Town

Next time you’re walking that stretch of Wellesley between Sherbourne and Parliament, look up. Over the next several weeks, a grass-to-clouds mural will be painted on the south wall of 200 Wellesley Street East, a 30-storey St. James Town highrise that was last in the news when a six-alarm fire forced out over a thousand […]

Fear of a Black Nation Book Launch

Author David Austin is launching his new book Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal (whose title seems to channel its inner Public Enemy). He’ll be on hand for a discussion. (You can order the book online here.)

Pape Station to Close for a 12-Day Renovation Blitz in August

Pape Station’s troubled renovation effort may finally get back on track next month. The TTC has announced a 12-day closure, set to last from August 19 to 30, that’s expected to speed up the project to the point where most of the construction will be finished by October. While Pape Station is closed, no trains […]

Extra, Extra: Popsicles, Pools, and the Pan Am Games

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. This hot, humid day is a perfect time to revisit one of Torontoist‘s few forays into scientific research. A couple summers ago, we decided

The CRTC Orders Bell Not to Increase the Price of a Payphone Call

Some would argue that the very concept of public payphones is obsolete, but they’re still a hot topic at the CRTC. Today, the communications regulator announced that it’s rejecting a request from Bell for permission to hike the cash price of a local call from 50 cents to as much as a dollar. Bell made […]

Extra, Extra: Buyouts, Resignations, and Crookies

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The analysts are weighing in on the just-announced Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart buyout. Consensus: it’s at least partly about capturing the urban market.

NDP Riding Association Questions Eligibility of Voters in Scarborough-Guildwood Nomination

The leadership of the provincial Scarborough-Guildwood New Democratic Party riding association is concerned that more than a third of those who voted in its recent nomination meeting—held to select a candidate for the byelection being held on August 1—were not properly registered to vote. Yesterday, they sent a letter to the provincial party secretary, registering […]