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MEC Bikefest Toronto 2013

Attention cyclists! The 4th MEC Bikefest is here to offer you a full day to satisfy your inner cycling needs. There’ll be plenty of things here to keep you occupied, like group rides throughout the city, tune-up tents (these are the best), workshops, exhibitor booths, and more. Online registration starts on May 4th.

Cyclists Seek Help from on High at the Blessing of the Bicycles

Dozens of cyclists came to Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in the Annex on Sunday hoping for a little divine protection. The Blessing of the Bicycles, as the event is known, started fifteen years ago at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John of the Divine. Trinity-St. Paul’s picked up the tradition four years ago at […]

One on One: Our Conversation About Transit With Kathleen Wynne

Ontario is gearing up for a major debate about how to pay for a major round of new transit infrastructure, a set of projects collectively called The Big Move. Metrolinx, the regional agency responsible for transit planning, is expected to deliver its strategy for raising the requisite $34 billion on May 27, 2013. We sat […]

Public Works: Use Your Phone To Pay For Parking

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. If you drive in Toronto, you already know the hassles: the perpetual gridlock, the widespread disregard for road etiquette, the unseemly interaction with lesser road users on bikes or in streetcars. And […]

These Are the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games’ Mascot Finalists

Bear in mind that all of these designs were inspired by contest submissions from children aged 16 and under. Even so, we’ll admit to being a little perplexed by this group of finalists for official mascot of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games. (All six choices were revealed earlier today.) Is that a porcupine? And a […]

Extra, Extra: Airport Complaints, the Mayor’s Newest GIF, and Stephen King

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The most interesting paragraph in this Royson James column about Porter’s expansion plans may be the last one. According to Porter CEO Bob Deluce, over half of last year’s 119 noise complaints against Billy Bishop Airport were from […]

Liveblog: Torontonians at City Hall Share Their Views About a Casino

Today, after months of build-up, the formal debate about whether to permit a new casino in Toronto begins at City Hall. The debate will be in two parts: first, the executive committee (that’s the most powerful of all the various council committees, and the one stocked with most of Mayor Rob Ford’s closest allies) will […]

Hidden Toronto Shows Off the Spread of Suburban Graffiti, After Rob Ford

If your exposure to Toronto graffiti is limited to walls in Kensington Market or rooftops along Queen Street West, Kathy Toth’s new photo collection, Hidden Toronto, will be an eye opener. The book, released earlier this month, nicely documents graffiti’s transformation from a predominantly downtown phenomenon into a citywide one. Hidden in concrete spillways, colossal […]

In Honour of the First Cosmonaut, a Toronto-Centric Celebration of Spaceflight

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s—it’s, well, it’s the sky. And tonight, people around the world are getting together to celebrate everything that’s in it, as part of Yuri’s Night. Named after Yuri Gagarin, the Russian astronaut, Yuri’s Night is a evening devoted to celebrating accomplishments in space. It […]

Home is Where the House Is

Almost exactly two years ago, on the morning of April 15, 2011, Mazin (he prefers to keep his last name private) got out of bed to find that his roommate was already queuing up for his computer. Shortly after, another friend from nearby dropped in. Online poker was a hobby they all shared, though Mazin, […]

Tracing Toronto’s History Through Maps

For as long as I can recall, I’ve been fascinated by maps. As a kid, getting the latest edition of the provincial road map was like receiving an early birthday present, a gateway to endless hours of studying highway and provincial-park details, imagining the adventures that lay beyond the colourful lines. Based on the number […]

Porter Announces Major Expansion Proposal

Since its launch seven years ago, Porter has made its mark in Toronto by focusing on short flights and a slick profile. With a raccoon logo and well-styled uniforms, it has won over many local residents who initially resisted the idea of having flights come in and out of the island airport, concerned about disruptions […]

Remembering the Aftermath of the War of 1812

To mark the bicentenary of the Battle of York, Heritage Toronto has organized a lecture series about the War of 1812. In conjunction with those lectures, Torontoist and Heritage Toronto are publishing a series of articles that examines various aspects of that war, ranging from a look at battle techniques to the impact on the […]

Toronto Has a New Feminist Film Journal

In 1962, French director Agnès Varda released Cléo de cinq à sept, a film that remains greatly respected for its sophisticated ways of approaching existentialism and mortality, all through a strong feminist lens. It’s from this film—and in response to its vivid and varied depiction of how women perceive and are perceived—that Cléo, a new journal […]