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CIUT-FM Faces Transmitter Crisis

A local radio station’s most critical piece of equipment has failed: four days ago, CIUT-FM‘s 27-year-old transmitter died, and the station is now struggling to reach its usual scope of listeners. Station manager Ken Stowar calls the event “catastrophic.” The University of Toronto-owned station has found a stop-gap solution, hooking up an amp to an […]

Sound Advice: Weaves by Weaves

Weaves (EP) by Weaves Weaves has become Toronto’s most talked-about independent band over the last several months, and for good reason. The band has a sound that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, but is solid and consistent enough that you can sense a clear vision. That range of that sound is clearly demonstrated […]

I Want Your Job: Stella Salvador, Condo Showroom Designer

When Stella Salvador was in high school, her grandfather told her, “You know, Stella, people always need somewhere to live.” His words stuck with her, and, after a brief flirtation with architecture, Salvador found herself drawn to interior design—or, as she calls it, “the people space.” Salvador is the head of Tridel’s interior design department, […]

Community Rallies to Save Red Door Shelter

About 300 people packed the Ralph Thornton Centre in Riverdale on April 7 to pledge their support for the Red Door Family Shelter, a safe haven for families, whose future is in jeopardy. The 106-bed shelter, which has been serving families in need for over 30 years, may be forced to close or relocate because […]

Spotted: Giant Orange Crayons

SPOTTED BY: An observant reader WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Park WHEN: Monday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. WHAT: Four very large orange “crayons,” which suggest that Trinity Bellwoods Park is home either to (a) a group of tiny druids who practice strange colouring-related rites in and amongst these standing crayons, (b) a group of giant children who […]

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

The world-famous SuicideGirls outfit has put together a travelling show called Blackheart Burlesque, which is currently touring Canada. The recent profile in AV Club of a longtime member makes it clear that these days, it’s quite competitive to become an official member, and this troupe’s already done Australia and western Canada, so by the time […]

I Send You This Cadmium Red

The Art of Time Ensemble remounts its intriguing meditation on the letters exchanged by author John Berger and artist John Christie, I Send You This Cadmium Red. The Ensemble creates the musical soundscape, while actors Julian Richings (whom we recently profiled) and John Fitzgerald Jay read the correspondence, and Vancouver video artist Bruce Alcock provides […]

The Gigli Concert: Therapy Through Music, Comedy, and Sex Stories

Up until Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez made that movie, the word “Gigli” was associated with images of beauty, the splendour of the opera, and, more specifically, the renowned Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli. In Irish playwright Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, originally written in 1983 and on stage now at Soulpepper Theatre, the singer’s voice […]

Public Works: The Rebirth of Affordable Housing

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Toronto has a serious problem with affordable housing. The number of Torontonians on the housing wait list is at over 165,000, and counting. Spending on affordable housing is in sharp decline. Toronto’s Shelter, Support, […]

Extra, Extra: Summer of Construction, Dangerous Dog Parks, and TTC Footage

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The City will be spending over $215 million this year to upgrade roads, expressways, and bridges, and expects to resurface 185 kilometres of road and repair at least 200,000 potholes in 2014. All of this, of course, […]

Rep Cinema This Week: The Great Flood; Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom; and Enemy

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Bill Morrison’s haunting experimental documentary about the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, Pier Pasolini’s controversial and rarely screened anti-fascist polemic Salò, and Denis Villeneuve’s mind-bending, cheeky English-language debut.

Video Vengeance #5: Ninja III: The Domination

What could be better than an ’80s ninja movie? The third instalment in an ’80s ninja movie series, of course! This month, Video Vengeance #5 is going back to 1984 with Ninja III: The Domination, the timeless tale of a young woman who is possessed by the spirit of a ninja. You can bet that […]

Naked Girls Reading: What’s Cooking?

Nudity, food, literature. If one or more of these three things piques your interest, Naked Girls Reading is likely to your taste. The theme this time around is What’s Cooking? Therefore, Beaver Galore, Bianca Boom Boom, Lilla Koi, St. Stella, Kelly Mari, and Red Herring will be reading a variety of texts concerning all things […]

Be Prepared! Camp Cookery Workshop

If the power were to go out (again) for a considerable amount of time, how well would you fare? If the thought of making dinner without a microwave boggles your mind, maybe you should do yourself a favour and sign up for the Be Prepared! Camp Cookery Workshop. Learn about cooking tools and techniques from […]


Seniors and technology aren’t always the best of friends, but mixing the two usually yields interesting results. Harbourfront’s HATCH series is capitalizing on this, starting this year’s program with #legacy, an experimental piece featuring three ladies over the age of 65, and Twitter. Amateur social media users Joan, Judith, and Donna have been sending their […]

Toronto Public Library Now Offers Free Streaming Movies

Starting today, your Toronto Public Library card will score you access to 100,000 music titles and 7,000 video titles—for free. That’s because the TPL has partnered with Hoopla, an online service exclusive to libraries, which is kind of like Netflix, minus the monthly fee. The biggest challenge when it comes to Hoopla, says chief brand […]

Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on the Limits of His Office

“I can do whatever I want. This is my office.” -Rob Ford, answering a reporter’s question about what he’d been doing in his office early (i.e., 1 a.m.-ish) Sunday morning. He’d dropped by City Hall after making an appearance at a Leafs game—and after his late-night pit stop at the office, the mayor went to […]