Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Based on public consultations via an online survey this fall, TTC staff have released a report recommending names for the stations on the Spadina Extension. The report recommends that the commission approve the names Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Steeles West, and Highway 407, and rename what is now Downsview station to Sheppard West. It also disagrees with Vaughan City Council’s recommendation to name their new station Vaughan Municipal Centre and supports the name Vaughan Centre instead.
- Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many people to make a high-profile album, and the majority of those people don’t get a chance to shine. With that in mind, AUX tracked down 10 Torontonians who contributed to Drake’s Take Care, including photographers Hyghly Alleyne and Lamar Taylor; musician and producer Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, who also did background vocals; Noah “40″ Shebib, who did a bit of everything on the album, it seems; and, yeah, Drake himself.
- The unveiling of new Blue Jays logo last week was met with mixed reviews, but what do the people who have to wear it think? Well, okay, this video of J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie interviewing each other about the Jays’ new look is hosted on the official Blue Jays site, so it’s bound to be positive. But isn’t it nice to hear some optimism?
- This Magazine announced the winners of this year’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt today, and a couple of Torontonians are on the list: Andrew Shenkman won the Fiction category with his story “Salt Water” and Selena Wong‘s “Criss Cross” won the Graphic Narrative category. By the end of this week, all of the winning entries and second- and third-place finalists will be up on the site.
- Starting on March 23, 2012, the Power Plant is offering free admission for a year, thanks to the Hal Jackman Foundation. The gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. While the move makes it easier for everyone to visit the Power Plant, which is undoubtedly a good thing, Toronto visual arts watcher Leah Sandals wonders whether one year of free access will be enough to gain them a new, loyal legion of patrons.