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Vandalist: Take Us to Your Leader

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Dundas Street West and Brock Avenue PHOTO BY: Bella Manu FIELD NOTES: Is it just us, or do these creatures look a little like rejected mascots for IKEA and McDonald’s? Maybe they’re a throwback to the ’70s, when drugs must have played a role in character design (how else do you explain […]

NXNE 2012 Reviews: Wednesday

Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11 to 17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE. The first night of NXNE may have got off to a bumpy start, with the sudden cancellation of the hip-hop showcase at The Rivoli, but thankfully a night full of strong performances helped make […]

Poll Position: Canadians Support Plastic Bag Ban

Some Canadian towns have prohibited all retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout (shopping) bags, urging customers to bring their own bags or boxes instead. Would you support or oppose banning plastic shopping bags in your own city or town? Support: 58% Oppose: 39% Not sure: 3% Support for a ban from… Ontarians: […]

Extra, Extra: Swimming Pool and TTC Openings

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. It’s definitely swimming weather—and as of Friday, it’ll also be swimming season, as City pools begin to open for the summer. Twelve City-run outdoor pools open on Saturday; the rest will open one week later. Here’s the […]

Extra, Extra: High Park Zoo and Ontario Place Face Their Futures

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. One last plea to support the High Park Zoo, courtesy of Toronto comic Pat Thornton. Tomorrow, city council will decide whether to waive its regular procedure and expedite the process of signing off on accepting donated funds […]

Toronto Public Library’s Weirdest Board Member Resigns

Stephen Dulmage was appointed to Toronto Public Library’s board of directors last September, along with a slate of new citizen members brought in by Mayor Rob Ford’s administration to replace the previous, more left-leaning group. Dulmage, a businessman and chartered accountant, quickly distinguished himself as the library board’s resident arch-conservative, sometimes outdoing even Ford’s executive […]

Save Picnicface, Save Canadian Comedy?

On the internet, at least, there’s been no bigger Canadian comedy success story to date than Picnicface. The troupe’s eight members, who honed their technique playing regularly on stage in Halifax, are often cited as the successors to ’90s Toronto-based comedy stars The Kids in the Hall. Picnicface’s biggest claim to fame, the over-the-top Powerthirst […]

G20 Hacker and Activist Byron Sonne Not Guilty On All Counts

Byron Sonne, the hacker and activist who was arrested during the run-up to Toronto’s G20 summit, has just been found not guilty of scheming to build explosives in order to disrupt the summit, according to reporters tweeting from the courtroom. He has also been cleared of counseling mischief by pointing out, online, that the security […]

Extra, Extra: Public Art, Pipe Bombs, and Peregrine Falcons

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Toronto has a lot of public art, and sure, not all of it is great. But it’s rare to see quite this much snark employed in discussing it. Sometimes a painted moose statue is just a painted […]

Jazzed Up For A Good Cause

If Jazz.FM91’s morning host Heather Bambrick has complaints about the early start to her shift—while the rest of us are rolling over and hitting the snooze button, the congenial Bambrick is already behind the mic—she wouldn’t have titled her show, Wakeup! …with Heather Bambrick in the first place. But the gaggle of volunteers rubbing sleep […]

Young and Restless

The Innocents Tarragon Theatre Studio (30 Bridgman Avenue) April 17 to May 13 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. $17-$22 You may have heard of this new little show called Girls on HBO. Hannah is 24, two years out of university, interns for a living in New York City (supplemented […]

Historicist: How (Not) to Marry a Millionaire

In January of 1936, Mrs. Nelle Brooke Stull came to Toronto with a rich Texan businessman, in the apparent hopes of finding him a bride. A week later, she found herself in police custody, awaiting trial for conspiracy to commit fraud.