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Director Chris Abraham Talks Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers is a play by Marcus Youssef and James Long based on a game of the same name the two theatre artists sometimes play. They pick a person, place, or thing, and debate whether it’s a “winner” or a “loser.” But it probably wouldn’t be fair to pick their director (and Crow’s Theatre […]

Apple Won’t Say Why it Banned a Toronto Artist’s Comic Book From the App Store

Sex Criminals, a new comic-book series illustrated by Toronto artist Chip Zdarsky, has a few things going for it. It’s got a clever, science-fictiony premise, it’s got writing by Eisner Award-winning comic book author Matt Fraction, and it’s got gorgeous, full-colour art. And it also has sex—artful, plot-driven sex—which has turned out to be problematic, […]

I Want Your Job: Steve Tassie, Game Guru

I Want Your Job finds Torontonians who make a living doing exactly what they love to do, in any field, and for any salary, and asks them how they did it. When Snakes and Lattes, Toronto’s first full-fledged board-game café, opened in Koreatown three years ago, Steve Tassie started going every day, offering his gaming […]

No More Second Chances

In entirely predictable fashion, Rob Ford refuses to resign even after admitting that, yes, he did in fact smoke crack cocaine. Thing he has refused to admit: that he has been lying about this for months. Things he has refused to address: whether he made homophobic and racist slurs; what was in the packages he […]

VICE Says Rob Ford’s Staffer Tried to Hire a Hacker to Destroy the Crack Video

As if Rob Ford’s crack revelation earlier today wasn’t enough, we now have another completely bonkers accusation to add to Toronto’s mounting pile of mayoral misdeeds, both admitted and alleged. VICE, of all places, has just published a long story about an alleged attempt by Amin Massoudi, Rob Ford’s communications director, to hire a hacker […]

Watch Jon Stewart Mock Mayor Rob Ford, Again

Mayor Rob Ford made the rounds of U.S. late-night talk shows back in May, shortly after Gawker and the Star revealed the existence of the now-infamous video that appears to show Ford smoking crack. Thursday’s confirmation from Police Chief Bill Blair that police actually have a copy of the video has set off a second […]

Historicist: Cabbagetown Horatio Alger

He was among the most popular mayors in the city’s history. Some suggested he was its best mayor. R. J. Fleming pulled himself up from austere origins on the strength of hard work and his proclaimed Christian convictions to become a business leader and municipal politician in the late 19th century. Then, in economic collapse, […]

A Don Mills Subway for Toronto

View A Don Mills Subway Proposal in a larger map Toronto should have a subway line that runs from Front and Spadina to Eglinton and Don Mills. Formerly known as the “Downtown Relief Line,” it should instead be called the “Don Mills Subway,” and there should be no pretensions about it being some sort of […]

The Rob and Doug Ford Radio Recap: Super Fact-Check Edition

Oh, boy—another week, another instalment of our favourite radio show! There aren’t too many of these left, because the show will have to go off the air once Rob formally files his nomination papers for the 2014 mayoral election. Sure, he’s been campaigning on this show for almost two years, but that’s because rules are […]

Extra, Extra: Newspaper Losses, Police Surveillance, and Cultural Exports

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. In case there was any doubt, things are still grim in the newspaper world. Despite making Canadians pay for online access to the National Post, Postmedia is still reporting big losses, and it’s safe to assume that the […]

What to See at Toronto Theatres This Halloween

In parlour rooms and diners, in parks and on stage, spooky, scary, and downright silly theatre befitting the Halloween season is cropping up all over town. Some of it is funny, some of it is unsettling, all of it intends to be engrossing and entertaining. Rather than just see one of the several local productions […]