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Where The Strain‘s fourth season was shot in Toronto (Part One)

Guillermo del Toro's horror drama returns to Toronto for one last season.

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

‘Tis the season for finales and here we have the final season of The Strain, wrapping four seasons of increasingly dramatic and icky storytelling by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro, and Carlton Cuse.

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Building on Toronto’s park legacy

This is the second in a series of posts exploring Rail Deck Park. Future posts will dive into international examples of similar projects and the funding mechanisms that could be used to pay for the park.

The beauty of a good park is that once it’s been built it feels like it’s always been there—we can’t imagine our neighbourhood or city without it. But of course, parks don’t just happen. It takes forward-looking planning and political will to set aside a piece of land for public use, rather than a private, for-profit development.

It can be easy to forget that our favourite parks, both large and small, didn’t exist ten, twenty, or forty years ago. We assume that they were created by simply walling off an ancient forest or meadow as the city grew up around it. But in reality most of our parks are intentionally created spaces, often carved out of the urban environment and given back as spaces for both nature and community to flourish.

As we begin to plan our next major new urban park—Rail Deck Park—it’s important to look back at this legacy of park building in Toronto.

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Video: Inside the pow wow at Regent Park

Here's what went down at the dance.

As summer came to a close and the back-to-school season loomed, the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre hosted its inaugural pow wow.

“The Restoration of Identity” was held in Regent Park on August 26, in affiliation with the Daniels Spectrum Summer Series produced by Artscape. The occasion was also a celebration of the cultural centre’s youth drum group, All Nations Junior.

The pow wow, a unique event not often held in downtown Toronto, was both a solemn ceremony in remembrance of First Nations survival, as well as a jubilant celebration of Indigenous culture, and Torontoist was there: 

Keep reading: Video: Inside the pow wow at Regent Park