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Weekend Planner: April 19-20

4 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Weekend Planner: Record Store Day, a Vatican mystery, and a live poetry showdown. Music: As the music market becomes increasingly digital and corporate-owned, it’s important that we give some love to the little guys every now and again. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Hunto Picasso

5 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Les Demoiselles de Queen West. BY: Hunto LOCATION: Rush Lane (a.k.a. Graffiti Alley) PHOTO BY: Bela Manu FIELD NOTES: Do you think Picasso ever went through a graffiti period? Perhaps a century ago in some Spanish suburb, property owners were cursing the hooligan whose work went on to be worth millions upon millions of dollars. We love graffiti, because you […]

“I Won’t Back Down,” Ford Pledges at Campaign Launch

6 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Last night, Toronto's embattled mayor launched his re-election bid surrounded by hundreds of supporters. Mayor Rob Ford officially launched his re-election campaign last night with a promise to keep taxes low and to fight for accountability at Toronto City Hall. Show More Summary

The Bandwagon-Jumper’s Guide To The Toronto Raptors (Playoff Edition)

8 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Wait, the Raptors? Aren’t they sort of traditionally bad? Didn’t you, in Heroes and Villains 2013, say that the Raptors were playing badly? Well, yes—they were bad. Indeed, in their first 18 games this season, they won six and lost twelve. However, since then, the Raptors have won the Atlantic Division and ended up third […]

Newsstand: April 18, 2014

9 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ah, Easter weekend. A wonderful time for Christians to celebrate Jesus, and non-Christians to celebrate that Jesus gives them extra time off work. In the news: Olivia Chow releases anti-Ford attack ad, expect more city blackouts in the future, and get ready for an early summer election (maybe). Show More Summary

Urban Planner: April 18, 2014

12 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: a theatrical spring fling, a solo show for a good cause, and the sounds of the '90s. Parties: Storefront Theatre had a rough go of it this winter. Oh, sure, we cited it as one of Toronto’s most exciting new indie performance spaces, but a flood in February shut it down for nearly a month, and required extensive repair work. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Saving the TTC, Rob Ford Making History, and Free Visits to the ROM

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In Tess Kalinowski’s free Star e-book Can this man save the TTC? the transportation reporter takes a long and thoughtful look at TTC CEO Andy Byford and the challenges he faces. It is a long and thoughtful […]

John Tory Floats Idea of Waterway Commuting

And he's not the first: for decades, people have dreamed of commuting via Lake Ontario. Today, John Tory released his five-point gridlock-fighting initiative. Some of those points are related to issues not infrequently discussed: bus...Show More Summary

Soliciting Temptation: First Impressions and Misguided Missions

Erin Shield's new drama about the sex trade industry explores compelling ideas but is undermined by an implausible premise. Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation, premiering now at Tarragon Theatre, was highly anticipated—it’s the first...Show More Summary

Adam Vaughan to Run for Liberals in Trinity-Spadina

Councillor will campaign to replace Olivia Chow in upcoming by-election. Outspoken progressive Toronto councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) will be running for the federal Liberal party in an upcoming by-election, several sources have confirmed. Show More Summary

Jim Flaherty’s Troubled Legacy

For many marginalized Canadians, the former provincial and federal politician will be associated with neglect and lost opportunities. When former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty died suddenly last week, his stunned colleagues and many political observers reacted with sadness but also with high praise. Show More Summary

The Library Welcomes Its First Innovator in Residence

Expert Derek Quenneville introduces patrons to 3D printing at the Toronto Reference Library. If you don’t know how 3D printing works, you’re not alone. Derek Quenneville, a Toronto-based expert, says it’s kind of like a glue gun. Controlled by a computer. Show More Summary

Newsstand: April 17, 2014

So, on Monday a Nebraska toddler got stuck in one of those claw-style toy vending machine games. No, you read that right. That actually happened. In slightly less awesome news: Open Streets will happen this summer, a new zoning law could...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: April 17, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: men and boys discuss violence against women, Ophelia and Desdemona revisited, and discopaths. Talks: Most women are familiar with conversations about how to avoid, deal with, and recover from violence at the hands of men. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Traffic Congestion, Beer Fearmongering, and a Star Reporter’s New Job

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Those of you interested in reducing traffic congestion will be delighted to hear that it’s possible not one of the suggestions presented by the current crop of mayoral candidates would actually do anything to reduce traffic congestion. […]

Sound Advice: Sacred White Noise, by Thantifaxath

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

By annihilating their individual identities, the members of this black metal project find a common, if alien, voice. Sacred White Noise by Thantifaxath The members of Thantifaxath prefer to remain anonymous. There are no credits in the...Show More Summary

Sex Criminals, Trade Paperback Edition

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Local troublemaker Chip Zdarsky talks super powers, bank robbing, orgasms, and comics. What if you had a super power that was triggered only when you orgasmed? That’s the premise of Sex Criminals, the hugely successful comic from Image Comics co-created by writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky. Show More Summary

City Launches Annual Bike Cleanup

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Abandoned bikes will soon be removed from streets and sidewalks. If you haven’t checked on your bike in a while, you might want to pay it a visit: starting today, the City will be unchaining and removing abandoned bikes from Toronto streets as part of its annual spring cleanup. Show More Summary

Ontario Wants to Share Its Data

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

But the province wants your help deciding which information should be shared first. Perhaps you’d like to take a look at data related to regulated provincial parks and conservation reserves. Maybe you’d like to scrutinize information...Show More Summary

Reel Toronto: A Few Weird Ones

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto owes a strange cinematic debt to Tommy Lee Jones, Nicolas Cage, and, um, Dennis Rodman. For all the big films that get shot here, there are plenty of smaller or quirkier films that make you kind of scratch your head. Do you remember The Park Is Mine? Of course not. Show More Summary

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