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Historicist: A Toronto Journalist Reports from the USSR in 1932

Frederick Griffin was generally impressed with the Soviet Union. For eight weeks in the summer of 1932, the Star‘s ace reporter explored the country, recording his impressions and insights for readers back home in a long series of dispatches. The Soviets had succeeded, he came to believe, in turning theory into action. Sometimes downplaying the […]

Historicist: Dr. Barnardo’s Children

Born in Dublin in 1845, Thomas Barnardo converted to evangelical Christianity as a teenager and soon developed an urge to perform missionary work in China. Like many of his era, Barnardo saw medicine as a means of administering charity and advancing his religious beliefs, and thus he relocated to London to train as a doctor. […]

Historicist: Taking the Plunge

On the afternoon of June 21, 1898, some of the city’s most prominent businessmen, civic leaders, and their wives crowded Geddes Wharf at the foot of Bay Street, waiting to board the steamer White Star. All were invited by the Bertram Engine Works Company to observe the official launch of the Toronto, a palatial lake […]

Historicist: Summer Cruising to Niagara

From the busy Geddes Wharf at the foot of Yonge Street, the adjacent Milloy’s Dock, and other city piers during the golden age of steam, between 1890 and the First World War, Torontonians could catch passenger steamers to all corners of the Great Lakes. Overnight voyages carried passengers to Olcott Beach (near Rochester), the resorts […]

Sound Tracks: “I Guarantee You a Good Time” by Mantler

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them. Our experience seeing Mantler (a.k.a. Chris Cummings) live around Toronto has been mostly of him solo, playing his Wurlitzer, […]

Urban Planner: February 11, 2011

In today’s Urban Planner, students take to the TTC to combat a lack of mobility for homeless youth, the weekend ritual of hitting the town is explored in a new art exhibit, 1960s fashion helps twenty-first-century activism, Kat Sandler’s LOVESEXMONEY explores issues of intimacy, and catl bring their dirty/sexy brand of blues to the ‘Shoe.

Urban Planner: August 27, 2010

In today’s Urban Planner, it’s all cinematic! A film premiere (with valet bicycle parking) at the Royal; an open air screening with a musical performance from Allie Hughes; a Q&A with the Batman; a Western-inspired Fake Prom; and shadowcast shows accompany Repo:The Genetic Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Newsstand: January 18, 2010

Illustration by Roxanne Ignatius/Torontoist. A few months back, we polled you on airport body scanners that let agents stare through your clothes, a development that brings flight security just one step shy of literally annoying the pants off you. The results we got were fairly close, but in the wake of the underwear bombing, it […]

Sound Advice: Lost August by Lisa Bozikovic

Every Tuesday, Torontoist scours record store shelves in search of the city’s most notable new releases and brings you the best—or sometimes just the biggest—of what we’ve heard in Sound Advice. The extended Bellwoods family continues to multiply and inhabit the city as one of its most recent additions, singer/songwriter Lisa Bozikovic turns her sole […]

A City Intersected: Front Street East & Jarvis Street

Toronto has been called a city of neighbourhoods: The Beach, Yorkville, Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, The Annex; all have their defining characteristics that make them appealing to locals as well as visitors. And when it comes down to it, most of these areas are well-defined by the intersection of two major streets. Photo by Metrix X from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. A short walk east of Union Station will take you to one of Toronto’s…