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2015 Toronto Fringe Festival Preview

8 hours 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

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”

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

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

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

The Toronto Maple Leafs Off-season Preview

The Leafs were bad last season. But with a few smart moves, optimism might be warranted again. July 1 marks the beginning of the NHL free-agency period, which is a benchmark of hockey’s off-season. Being a lousy team, the Toronto Maple Leafs did not make the playoffs so their off-season started in early April. Show More Summary

Newsstand: June 30, 2015

Today is a leap second day! Since we all have a spare second, let's catch up on the news: Olivia Chow could defeat Adam Vaughan, John Tory thinks weed should be decriminalized, and the Mystery Tunnel keeps on giving. A new poll shows Olivia Chow could defeat MP Adam Vaughan, but it would be a close race. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Geese Police, HOV Lanes in Effect, Toronto’s Newest Arts Advocate

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Carol Guy and her two canine companions, Will and Hank, are the city’s geese police, a group dedicated to reducing Toronto’s urban waterfowl. As featured in an adorable Star video, together the three scour beaches and other […]

An Afternoon with the Divine: Apocalypsis

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Luminato closer Apocalypsis challenges the bounds of conventional theatre. The foyer at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts was packed on Sunday afternoon as art lovers came to witness R. Murray Shafer’s Apocalypsis for its last performance. Show More Summary

Photo Gallery: The Best of Pride 2015

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A look back on Pride 2015 in photos. Torontonians partied extra hard this year for Pride Week—in part for the usual reasons, but also due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. With the help of the Torontoist Flickr Pool, we took a look at some of the best photos and moments from a rainy, damp, and excellent Pride 2015.

Rep Cinema This Week: Eden, RoboCop, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a personal look at France’s electronic dance music scene in the 1990s, Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent action classic, and a definitive Howard Hawks musical. Show More Summary

A Day in the Life of Toronto’s Firefighters

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our fearless reporter learns what it means to be a firefighter. “Trust me, you’re in for a real treat.” Variations of this line are repeated to me throughout the day, but I can’t say I ever need the reminder. It’s 7:15 a.m., and I’m on my way to participate in Fire Ops 101, a PR exercise in which politicians and journalists are invited to live like […]

Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh (2015 Edition)

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our fifth-annual profile of funny female performers and writers in Toronto who don't always get the attention they deserve. Last year’s “Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh” feature (we’ve taken to referring to the series as LLWMUL, for short)...Show More Summary

New Union Station Glass Installation Lets the Darkness Through

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What’s more depressing: the new art installation at Union Station, or the complaints about how depressing it is? Stuart Reid’s 500-foot-long ribbon of floor-to-ceiling stained glass, titled Zones of Immersion, doesn’t exactly brim with fizz and pep. Many of the figures depicted in the panels exhibit an aura of isolation, as if trapped inside themselves. […]

Televisualist: In Case You Didn’t Know About Beach Flip

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist. Monday The 2015 Wimbledon Championships...Show More Summary

Newsstand: June 29, 2015

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Monday morning news! There's a holiday in two days, so let's just get through this together. In the news: Pan Am Games security, contract agreements for Bombardier employees, and cigarette-butt recycling. The Pan Am Games, which will...Show More Summary

Reflections on Pride’s Political History

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A look back at Pride's humble origins, and what it meant to march and take back the streets. On December 22, 1967, then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau made his infamous speech in favour of amending Canada’s Criminal Code to mitigate laws against homosexuality. Show More Summary

Scene: Trans Community Die-In

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Trans March gets political with a die-in. WHERE: Intersection of Yonge and College WHEN: Friday June 26, 9 p.m. WHAT: As the Trans March made its way south on Yonge Street, dozens of activists stopped traffic and lied in the middle of College Street in honour of those in the transgender and non-binary community who have died. For about five minutes, advocates […]

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