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Historicist: Public History and William Peyton Hubbard

This Historicist instalment originally appeared on February 14, 2009. On the Roof of Old City Hall, July 14, 1898. Hubbard is third from the bottom right. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1268, Series 1317, Item 216. Image courtesy of Heritage Toronto. In 2008, a local resident discovered that the historical plaque near 660 Broadview Avenue—erected […]

Weekend Newsstand: February 6, 2016

In the news this morning, the city manager has thoughts on the next few budgets; businesses try to make themselves more accessible; and UP Express ridership is below what had been hoped for. The Toronto city manager, Peter Wallace, has co-authored a report that calls the city’s financial situation “unsustainable”. Show More Summary

Inherent Weisse: Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Making your own beer doesn't have to be hard. Have you ever been at a restaurant where you eat something so good that you wonder if you can make it yourself? One day, you put in some research, pick up all of the ingredients, and, after more hours and attempts than you’d like to admit, you successfully manage to pull it off. You practically […]

City Council Recap: February 2016

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We highlight the important (and trivial) matters you may have missed from the latest council meeting. You read the preview, now here’s the recap. Here’s key happenings from this month’s City Council meeting. Taxi drama Motion | Staff report In a nutshell: Toronto’s taxi system is pretty dysfunctional. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Love it or Hate It

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Lovebot takes a stand BY: Lovebot, Tensoe2, PoserABM LOCATION: Brock and Dundas, the PanAm Path PHOTO BY: Matthew Del Degan FIELD NOTES: Matthew Del Degan, the artist responsible for Lovebot, is one of the only graffiti artists in Toronto who publicizes his real name and has a website dedicated to his work and crew—something he largely gets away with […]

Newsstand: February 5, 2016

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The news this fine pre-weekend morning is all about city politics and cats. John Tory and city council disagree on how sweet a deal telecoms should get, the city will begin removing abandoned bikes, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is proving a headache to nearby residents, and Gulliver the cat made a heroic journey to Calgary. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Raccoon Sadness, Bat Flip Immortalized, and a Police Officer Found Dead in Lake Ontario

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In raccoon news, there’s video of a reportedly heartbroken raccoon who tries to revive (or mourn?) his trash panda brethren. One raccoon lies still in the middle of the street, perhaps dead, and another one navigates the […]

Shaping Toronto: Chinatowns

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

To mark Chinese New Year, a look at where and how our Chinatowns grew. Shaping Toronto looks at the decisions, processes, and trends that form the city we know and love. A glance at the listing for Adelaide Street East in the 1878 city directory shows a mix of Anglo-sounding businessmen whose trades range from contracting to insurance. Show More Summary

Sound Advice: Shan Vincent de Paul, Tory Lanez

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6ix. SVDP: The Sri Lanka born, Toronto-based Shan Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is set to release his new album sometime this spring. In the meantime, the artist and director is dropping music left and right, most notably tracks “Die Iconic” and “Thank […]

Now and Then: Thornton and Lucie Blackburn

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn’s homestead would have stayed undiscovered underneath Inglenook Community High School if Karolyn Smardz Frost did not decide to have volunteers dig. Show More Summary

Relief Line: The Torontoist Cocktail Menu

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. If prices are any indication, Toronto has a burgeoning cocktail scene. There’s a sophisticated artistry to these elaborate drinks, and they’re made with thought and care. But what are the definitive Toronto cocktails, the ones that speak to the hot-buttered heart and smokey soul […]

Reel Toronto — Room

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Nominated for four Oscars, Lenny Abrahamson's Room is supposed to take place in any North American city, but it's right here in Toronto. It’s been a few years since Toronto could lay some real claim to Oscar gold but we’ve got a good chance this year. Show More Summary

Newsstand: February 4, 2016

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news: misogynist meet-up cancelled due to safety concerns, PATH stabbing suspect charge upgraded to first-degree murder, and Toronto's temperatures reach a new high. Misogynist d-bag Roosh V has cancelled Saturday’s Queen’s Park meet-up citing safety concerns and lack of privacy. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Toronto Hates Lovebots, Potential Labour Stoppage, and World-Record Chinese Menu Collection

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A Change.org petition was created in hopes of banishing LoveBots, the concrete robot sculptures across the city intended to remind Torontonians “that there is love in their cities and kindness around every corner.” So far, the petition, […]

“Did That Really Happen?” In Slip And One Night Only, That’s Subjective

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Two innovative indie theatre shows—Slip, a murder mystery, and One Night Only, an improvised musical—play with and subvert their genres. 125 Bathurst Street) January 27-February 14 $25-$55 Dark Matter, and the transit cop caper Botting and Get Some) and Pederson (

Dancing in the Dark

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

No Lights Not Lycra is exactly like Zoomba — if Zoomba was in the dark and consisted entirely of flailing. If you make your way into the basement of the Dovercourt House on a Monday night, you’ll find yourself in a candlelit room, filled with calming music and an assortment of 20 or so 20-somethings. Show More Summary

Mistreated Cleaners, with Union, Win Concessions from Bosses

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Workers were ousted from their jobs months ago. Mila Viernes is like many of her compatriots in the oft-ignored world of maintenance staff: she’s a hard worker who balances multiple jobs to keep her family afloat. She has also dealt with years of mistreatment at the hands of her employers, who offer wages either just barely legal or not even that; who capriciously […]

The Lives of Toronto’s Iranian Exiles

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Debut book by journalist Laura Secor explores the tumult faced by exiled Iranians, including those in our city. “What I learned in prison is that there is no such thing as an absolute truth and that any political regime which tries to...Show More Summary

Meeting Minutes: The February 2016 Council Watch Liveblog

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It’s the first council meeting since before the Christmas break, and there’s a lot on the agenda, including transit, development charges, Uber, and literal fireworks. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed and walk you through everything you need to know. How to Follow Along Watch the LivestreamFollow the Agenda?? City Hall Council Chambers (100 […]

City Council Preview: February 2016

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontoist's Council Watch provides your cheat sheet for the February 2016 agenda. Friends, we can all agree that the municipal budget is the most exciting part of the year. But don’t get distracted—there’s a regular City Council meeting this month, too. Show More Summary

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