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Torontoist Week in Review: June 29-July 3

10 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. Lobbyists Face Penalties for Mammoliti Fundraiser Following in the footsteps of Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), four lobbyists face penalties after donating […]

The Big Five: July 3-5

12 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. Fin de Fiesta Flamenco Small World Music Centre (180 Shaw St.) July 3, 8p.m. $20 advance, $20 at the door. Fin de Fiesta are an ensemble of Canadian and American […]

Unwined: You’ll Find Me at Archive

14 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This is going to come as a surprise to no one, but when my friends feel like heading out for a drink, I’m the guy in the group asking, “How about a wine bar?” Unless I’m with a group of seasoned wine drinkers, I’m usually met with some skepticism. That’s not to say that there […]

What to Say When Your Friend’s Fringe Show is Horrible

16 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Look, they can't all be winners. One of the great joys of Fringe is that it’s an unjuried free-for-all. This accessibility allows it to be an exciting launching pad for so many new, young, and up-and-coming voices. Unfortunately, it’s also what causes so many of plays to be the theatrical equivalent of a tire fire. For every fresh new creative genius […]

Vandalist: Here Be Dragons

17 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A downtown dragon looks for its Khaleesi. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Graffiti Alley PHOTO BY: Chris Nguyen FIELD NOTES: We are head over heels for this piece! We love the contrast between the perfectly detailed dragon eye, including the reflected cityscape, and the stylized painting around it. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 3, 2015

18 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Friday morning news! Masaharu Morimoto in Toronto, Trinity Western University, and taxi drivers in Toronto. Iron Chef and Iron Chef America personality Masaharu Morimoto has a restaurant slated to open in Toronto in 2016, but apparently he hasn’t yet settled on the type of cuisine he’ll serve. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Amir Johnson Says Goodbye, Pals For Hire, and Taxi Drivers are Frustrated

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In perhaps the most bittersweet Canada Day to date, as Raptors favourite Amir Johnson took to social media Wednesday night to bid adieu to his Canuck fans after signing a two-year, $24 million deal with the Boston […]

Toronto’s Surprisingly Modern Dungeon

"Just because we like to do dirty things doesn’t mean we like to do it in a dirty space.” Each month, Sex-ist looks at topics relating to sex and sexuality in and around the GTA. The Ritual Chamber doesn’t look like much from the outside. Show More Summary

Councillor Proposes Toronto Biennale

For a 150th birthday present, Kristyn Wong-Tam wants Toronto to throw a big arts party. Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) wants to ring in Canada’s sesquicentennial with a giant art fair. The Ward 27 councillor hasShow More Summary

Lobbyists Face Penalties for Mammoliti Fundraiser

Four lobbyists get a slap on the wrist for donating over $23,000 to 2013 Mammoliti fundraiser. Four lobbyists committed a “serious breach” by donating to a May 2013 private fundraiser for Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), according to a report from Toronto’s lobbyist registrar [PDF]. Show More Summary

Reel Toronto: Orphan Black – Season 3

Orphan Black just wrapped a third season of its kinda-set-in-Toronto clone drama. 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. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 2, 2015

Happy post-Canada Day! As we recover from the midweek dominion-praising festivities, here's what's happening news-wise: WestJet addresses a string of bomb threats, the Leafs make a big trade, and the Judy Blume shouts out Toronto. Last...Show More Summary

2015 Toronto Fringe Festival Preview

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We've got ten good reasons to consider seeing dozens of the short and scrappy shows at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. The Toronto Fringe Festival is bigger this year, up a dozen shows from last year with a greater variety of site-specific shows, a new (bigger) venue for the KidsFringe, and over 1200 artists by the festival’s count. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Toronto Workers Cheesed, Fake Grenade Sends People Packing, and City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Meeting

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What happens when you don’t pay your employees? They get a little cheesed, that’s what. The Grilled Cheese, a popular (you guessed it) grilled cheese shop in the heart of Kensington Market, has temporarily shut down amid allegations of unpaid wages and shady business practices. According to Global News, who broke the story, the Ontario […]

“We Had a Deal and We’re Not Walking Away”

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Toronto Media Arts Cluster thought it was getting a brand new building this year. Instead, the organization is suing the City for not holding up its end of the bargain. “We had a deal and we’re not walking away.” That’s what frustrates Henry Faber of the Toronto Media Arts Cluster (TMAC). Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: The 1999 Toronto Fringe Festival

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

One show went on to Broadway; others barely enlivened their stages. Three months before the 1999 Toronto Fringe Festival opened, new artistic director Chuck McEwen received an unpleasant surprise: a call from the owner of the building where the festival’s offices were located indicating the summer event had to find a new home. Show More Summary

Warhol Your Own Adventure

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A travelling Andy Warhol exhibition makes a quick stop in Toronto and reminds us that the artist is best left open to interpretation. One of the reasons Andy Warhol’s work has endured is because it’s democratic—it can mean whatever you want it to mean. Show More Summary

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