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Historicist: ‘A Carnival of Vice’

This post originally appeared on September 15, 2012. In 1878, the federal government passed the Canada Temperance Act, drafted by Liberal Senator Richard William Scott. Sometimes known as the Scott Act, this legislation granted individual municipalities the right to put alcohol sale to a plebiscite, and to enforce a ban on its sale should the […]

TIFF’s Infinite Views of Toronto Take us to The Stairs

There were a lot of views of Toronto on display at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For the casual festival-goer, for starters, there was the modernist cityscape of the fest’s inspired Infinite Views ad campaign. The kaleidoscopic posters dotting King Street and much of the downtown core depicted the city as a tangled mess […]

TIFF Day 9: That’s (Almost) A Wrap!

Three more days to go until TIFF 2016 concludes. There are two more days of premieres and a Sunday full of repeat screenings to go, with attendees frantically trying to turn their remaining vouchers into movie tickets and putting together their lists of the best and worst films they saw at the festival. And then […]

Breaking in TIFF’s Platform Shoes

A couple of hours before a dozen Oscar bloggers typed “Natalie Portman is an Oscar lock for Jackie” into a dozen laptops at the dozen or so Starbucks outlets surrounding the Winter Garden Theatre, a very different scene was unraveling in the same space. It was the world premiere of Japanese supernatural horror filmmaker Kiyoshi […]

TIFF Day 4: The Escalator is Working Again!

It’s Sunday! TIFF’s first weekend wraps up with more high-powered premieres, the final day of activities on Festival Street, and the point where you can start to see which films are going to leave Toronto possessing that coveted #OscarBuzz.

The GTA’s Food Processing Industry Gets Left Out by Existing Grants

Not that anyone would guess from Growing Forward 2 pony shows put on jointly by federal and provincial departments and ministries of agriculture and food, but food processing and manufacturing is already big business. It’s the second-biggest industrial earner in the country with revenue of $88 billion a year, and, despite the boom and bust […]

Students Should Learn About Sex Ed From Everyone *Except* Teachers

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown said last week that if he was premier, he would scrap the controversial sex-ed curriculum. Like many people in the province, I was thrilled. It seemed like somebody was finally going to take a stand against the […]

Where Season 4 of Orphan Black Was Filmed in Toronto

Shortly after this past season of Orphan Black aired, the word came down that the next one would be the series’ last. It was bittersweet news. We like that the convoluted mythology will soon be tied with a bow before it can crumble under its own weight. But selfishly, Orphan Black has carved out its […]

Why are Toronto’s Queer-Inclusive Shops Shutting Down?

From the outside, Come As You Are appeared like any other storefront on Queen West. But get a little closer, and the shop slowly revealed itself to passersby: vibrators sat in the front window, and lime green interior walls reflected the bright and adventurous toys sold inside. The shop was unabashedly sexy—and for years, it […]

How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. As a result, this week’s Front Page Challenge competition is arguably more bizarre […]

Historicist: The People’s Champion

This Historicist installment originally appeared on September 7, 2013. Ned Hanlan, the world’s single-sculls rowing champion from 1880 to 1884, was this country’s “first national sporting hero,” in the estimation of the Montreal Gazette. At a time when singles rowing was perhaps the world’s most popular sport—drawing upwards of 100,000 spectators when top racers squared […]