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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. […]

Toronto Women’s Bookstore is Closing for Good

Earlier this afternoon, Toronto Women’s Bookstore owner Victoria Moreno announced on the shop’s website that the nearly 40-year-old South Annex institution would be shuttering for good on November 30. While the announcement may not have come as a surprise to those who still frequented the red brick building on Harbord often enough to observe its […]

Televisualist: ARROW!

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

Toronto’s Queer History, Recounted in Buttons and Pins

Pushing Buttons and The Pin Button Project Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (34 Isabella Street) September 28–October 22 Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE While political and social activists have been using buttons, badges, ribbons, and pins to promote their causes and show solidarity for more […]

Nuit Blanche 2012 Guide: Renegade Art

Nuit Blanche transforms Toronto’s downtown core into a giant, interactive art installation. Like the artists who make installations in galleries, Nuit Blanche participants are selected—but also inspire many others, who may not make the list but still have work to show. Every year since Nuit Blanche began artists, performers, and venues have been inspired by […]

Trade School Toronto Launches This Week

Trade School Toronto Multiple locations September 29–October 3 Entry is by barter; items determined by each class’s teacher If you like your learning alternative, accessible, and sans homework, you’d be wise to check out Trade School Toronto, a temporary school where tuition is paid the old-fashioned way: by barter. It will run in six different […]

Ari Shaffir Talks About Magic Mushrooms and Being “the Amazing Racist”

Ari Shaffir Various times and venues, September 21 to 24 Festival passes $99–145 Ari Shaffir thinks it’s high time he unleashed Revenge For The Holocaust. The comic’s new album is scheduled for release on September 25. It represents the culmination of many hours spent working and reworking his material on stages around the world. Having […]

One Intense Waiting Room

Julie Sits Waiting Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue) September 14 to 23 $30 to $40 For years now, opera critics and workers have wondered how to make the artform more relevant and accessible to new audiences, in order to avoid the death sentence so often predicted by headlines and ticket revenues. With a […]

Proud, by Michael Healey: An Excerpt

In 2011, Toronto’s theatre community experienced some off-stage drama, when playwright Michael Healey broke with his longtime home at the Tarragon Theatre (where he had been playwright-in-residence for over a decade) over their refusal to produce his latest script. Called Proud, that play was the last in a trilogy, the previous instalments of which had […]

Sunday Funny Sunday

Thank heavens for the existence of web video series. It wasn’t so long ago that television was considered the only respectable serialized video medium. But with successful comedy entries like Wainy Days and Children’s Hospital, the online market has now become so attractive that many established artists—like Friends’ Lisa Kudrow, in the popular Web Therapy—are […]

The Queen West Art Crawl, Now With More Etsy

Queen West Art Crawl Trinity Bellwoods Park, Other Venues (Queen Street West) September 14 to 16, various times FREE Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Queen West Art Crawl has become a Toronto institution, a celebration that art lovers and creative makers look forward to all year. This year, QWAC takes place from September […]