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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsstand: February 3, 2016

In the news: WestJet struggles amidst low loonie, Maple Leafs unveil new logo, and some fancy kicks come to Toronto. Executives at WestJet Airlines have been forced to direct more flights to Toronto and Vancouver amidst a struggling economy and weakening looney. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Norm Kelly’s Views From The Six, Seinfeld Pop-Up Bar, and Calls For Affordable Internet

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. 6ix dad @norm (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) wants to change the way Torontonians see the city. The councillor will bring forth a motion during next week’s council meeting that proposes opening up City Hall’s 27th-floor observation deck to […]

A Hot Winter’s Tale on the Danforth

The new Groundling Theatre Company brings Stratford Festival firepower to its inaugural Shakespeare production. The Winter’s Tale Coal Mine Theatre (1454 Danforth Avenue) Runs to Feb. 20 Tickets: $20-$35 Imagine a superb ShakespeareShow More Summary

Front Page Challenge: February 2, 2016

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. A disgraced radio host on trial! A guy who calls everyone “losers” losing! Disease-spreading mosquitoes! Today’s Front Page Challenge shows the papers all on the same page, so to speak, with what are the top stories of the day, but which […]

Video: Raccoon Rides The Rocket During Morning Rush

They're officially taking over Toronto. First, they stole donuts from a GTA coffee shop. Now, they’re hitching free rides on the TTC. Raccoons are taking over Toronto. Raccoon on the subway. Standard. — Darrell Etherington (@etherington)...Show More Summary

Choir! Choir! Choir! Celebrates Five Years

Founders reflect on their favourite performances with the city's no-commitment singing group. On February 2, 2011, Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman gathered at the Bosley Real Estate office in Queen West to sing. “We had no idea what we were doing,” the pair suggests. Show More Summary

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