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Linc at Home in Toronto

From an early age, Lincoln Alexander stood up for himself. Growing up in the east end of Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s, he endured a steady stream of insults directed at his skin colour. To survive he had to be a fighter, using both his brain and his fists as weapons.

Historicist: The Heart of the City

Tucked beside the Eaton Centre and surrounded by high-rises stands a small church. Since its founding in 1847, the Church of the Holy Trinity’s focus on ministering to an ever-changing urban flock has regularly put it at the forefront of emerging social issues. The church reached out to the homeless and unemployed in the thirties, […]

At Digifest, Some Strange New Technology

Digifest 2012 Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive) Runs to October 20 Ticket prices vary Unsurprisingly, much of the buzz at Digifest 2012, a conference on new technologies, had to do with the massive slide that swirls down from the second floor of the Corus Quay building. “I wonder how to go down that?” attendees often […]

Reel Toronto’s Cult Classics and Guilty Pleasures

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. In […]

Toronto Invents: Pablum

We look at concepts and products which, for better and worse, were developed in Toronto. It was a short, simple note that filled the seventh paragraph of the “Nutritional Research Laboratories” section of the Hospital for Sick Children’s annual report for 1930: “Dr. F.F. Tisdall and Dr. T.G.H. Drake have carried out extensive investigations on […]

Extra, Extra: TTC Union Ads, RoboCop Shots, and Ford on YouTube

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. ATU Local 113, the TTC workers’ union, has rolled out a snazzy new ad campaign designed to show Toronto how great its members are. In an interview with the Star, union president Bob Kinnear implied that his organization […]

Seven Up! and 7 Plus Seven

DIRECTED BY PAUL ALMOND AND MICHAEL APTED Seven Up! opens with a grand promise: to offer a glimpse of England in the year 2000 through a cross-section of its representative citizens, union leaders, and business executives alike. The catch is that at the time of its release in 1964, 2000 was quite a way off, […]

NUIT BLANCHE 2012: LIVE

That’s a wrap everyone. Until next year! TIME: 7:01 AM # 75 ‘9 Beet Stretch’ inside Old City Hall. Not been inside this building before. Feels holy tonight. #snbTO lockerz.com/s/249028591 — amber dawn pullin (@goldmourn) September 30, 2012 LOCATION: Zone B, 9 Beet Stretch TIME: 6:12 AM Unless you’re only interested in seeing Dada Reboot, […]

Nuit Blanche 2012 Guide: Zone A

Entitled DRIFT, curator Shauna McCabe has filled Zone A with 10 commissioned, five open call, and 25 independent projects that examine how the city can straddle a concrete, urban world and also one that’s more poetic, mystical, and historic. Expect pieces that will blend contemporary concepts of the city with more imaginative explorations. Here are […]

Governance in the Age of Rob Ford

Rob Ford was elected on one simple promise: he was going to change how City Hall conducted its affairs. No longer would it be bound by protectionist policies that provided union workers with unearned, unaffordable privileges; no longer would civil servants squirrel away wasteful spending in the small print of budget documents; no longer would […]

A Community in the Stands at Don Bosco Opener

As Don Bosco Catholic Secondary senior team quarterback Trevelle Wisdom rumbles down the field with the football, his mother, Paula, and sister, Tichina, jump and holler from the sideline: “Go, go! Yes, great run!” Wisdom is leading his Eagles to a rout of the visitors from Chaminade Secondary School, the team that upset Bosco to […]

Designers Turn a Parking Space Into a Park

The corner of Queen and Soho Streets looked a little different on Friday. What is usually a parking space had been turned into a makeshift park, complete with a spot to sit down and, interestingly, a balloon canopy. The project was part of (Park)ing Day, an event where people in cities around the world put […]

Scene: Fresh Fest at the Ontario Food Terminal

WHERE: Ontario Food Terminal (165 The Queensway) WHEN: Saturday, September 22 WHAT: In another of our region’s growing roster of creative food-themed fundraisers, the Ontario Food Terminal let the public in for the first time this weekend, to explore a key element of our food distribution system while raising money for FoodShare. The non-profit offers […]

Sound Advice: Black Tuxedo by Maestro Fresh Wes

After spending about two decades being referred to as either just Maestro or Wes Maestro Williams, Canada’s first rap superstar has opted to return to his original moniker. His new EP, Black Tuxedo, is the first Maestro Fresh Wes record in 18 years. The five-song EP is meant as a warm-up for his upcoming full-length […]