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Your Guide to the New New Port Lands Plan

EDITOR’S NOTE: September 4, 12:49 PM The agenda for the next meeting of the City’s Executive Committee has been released. As expected, the revised plan for the Port Lands will be considered at that meeting, on September 10. First, there was a plan for the Port Lands. It came after years of public consultation, detailed […]

The Factory Theatre Boycott (And Why I’m Joining It)

The past few weeks have seen a number of significant developments in the ongoing drama at Factory Theatre, whose board of directors continues to ignore calls for a reconciliation with ousted artistic director and founder Ken Gass, or alternatively demands that they resign en masse over the public relations fiasco that’s resulted. Since our interview […]

Craft Brewers Push Back on Corner Store Beer Sales

A recent push to legalize beer and wine sales at convenience stores across the province has received support from thousands of Ontarians, and also from Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservative party. But local independent brewers say a move like that could hurt craft beer sales, and that the biggest producers would end up dominating […]

Mayor Rob Ford’s Middle Finger is About to Fetch a Hefty Price

That T-shirt with a picture of Mayor Rob Ford flipping the bird that we wrote about last week—the one Margaret Atwood signed and is auctioning off to raise money for an online venture she founded, called Fanado—has about an hour and a half left on eBay. At the time of this writing, the highest bid […]

Locally Made: The Art and Design of Bookhou

The name “Bookhou” sounds vaguely French. It’s not. Rather, Bookhou is a portmanteau of the last names of its founders, John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj. The couple are partners in both work and life, and are the artist-designers who, save for a couple of guest ceramic pieces and terraniums from friends, make everything that is […]

A Happy Dream in High Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream High Park Amphitheatre (1873 Bloor Street West) June 26 to September 2, Tuesdays to Sundays at 8 p.m. PWYC Summer living in Toronto means taking everything we love to do inside—brunching, drinking, watching movies, exercising—and shoving it outside. So it’s no surprise that Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park (renamed this […]

Margaret Atwood Uses One of Mayor Ford’s Gaffes As a Business Opportunity

There’s no use sugarcoating it: Rob Ford has done a lot of offensive and embarrassing things that make many Torontonians sorry to call him mayor. The least we can do is harness his blunders for our own purposes. And who better to do that than Margaret Atwood? Late yesterday afternoon, a one-of-a-kind T-shirt printed with […]

A.V. Club Toronto to Shut Down

Torontoist has learned that the local iteration of the A.V. Club, the arts and culture publication put out by the Onion, will be ceasing operations at the end of this month. The last print issue will be published next Thursday, July 26; website updates will cease one day later. This applies to the entire print […]

Police Service Board to Consider G20 Report Today

Today, the Honourable John W. Morden will present the Independent Civilian Review Into Matters Relating To The G20 Summit’s official report [PDF] to the Toronto Police Services Board. Like the Office of the Independent Police Review Director’s report before it, it is unsurprisingly critical of the various governments and authorities planning for and response to […]

Watch a Naked Man Sing About the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t what they used to be, and that’s not a great thing for local sports watchers. But the upshot of 45 years of hockey impotence is that fans have found ways of channelling their frustration. Occasionally it erupts in the form of a solid parody music video on YouTube. Embedded above […]

Your Guide to the Fringe Festival’s Closing Day

It’s the final day of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and what a busy day it will be. There’s closing shows happening from noon onwards—and for those hit shows that won the coveted Patron’s Pick slots for their venue, there may be two shows. We’ve posted all of the shows from our Best of Fringe post […]

The Best of Fringe 2012

We’ve reviewed more than 50 shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival in its first nine days, and seen plenty of good theatre, comedy, and performance art. We’ve given good reviews, bad reviews (including a zero-star rating), and middling ones. But only a select few show have earned our highest rating: a full five stars, or […]