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Artist Paints Names of Orlando Victims in Church-Wellesley Village

A simple but touching tribute. WHERE: The Village, spanning Church Street from Gloucester to Maitland. WHAT: In the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting at a gay nightclub that claimed the lives of 49, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities have come together to celebrate their lives and the importance of solidarity. Show More Summary

A Close Reading of Joe Warmington’s 1994 Billy Ray Cyrus Biography

Before Rob Ford, the Sun columnist known as the Scrawler developed his brand by writing about a young Billy Ray Cyrus. It’s fascinating to watch an artist’s familiar themes emerge in their early work. It’s rare—and exciting—to find an artist who was born fully formed. Show More Summary

Toronto Sign May Have Trouble Staying On, Bombardier Outsources Jobs, and Renters Win Over Condo Developers

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The lovable TORONTO sign in front of City Hall may have trouble keeping the lights on. The sign was never meant to be permanent fixture, but was kept on because of popular demand. Show More Summary

Council Needs to Re-evaluate the Scarborough Subway

The old John Tory wouldn't have stood for this. The Scarborough subway: by any measure this scheme will become Toronto’s whitest of elephants, a taxpayer-funded $3-billion subway station that will cost more than the shopping mall it’s meant to serve. Show More Summary

These Seven Torontonians Explain What It Means to be Queer

It's unique for everyone. Say the word “queer” and a few images come to mind for most: two white men holding hands and rainbow flags all about. But queerness is much bigger than that. It encompasses a diverse spectrum of people of different ethnicities, abilities, genders, and sexualities. Show More Summary

This Week in TV: Real Talk About Everything On Your Screen

Goodbye for now. 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. Editor’s note: This is the final installation of Televisualist. Show More Summary

Toronto’s Vision Zero Plan Leaves A Lot to Desire

There are better ways to implement lower speed limits. Toronto’s Vision Zero plan was always going to be a great plan—until its details were released. What politician wouldn’t want to be associated with a plan to save lives? Even great champions of cars support a lower death toll on roads, so long as the business-as-usual model stays in place. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: John Tory, on Toronto Pride

Forget the politics, says the mayor. “[Pride Toronto] should be careful not to become too political.” —John Tory, according to the Toronto Star‘s Oliver Sachgau, in a profile of Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois. Tory’s...Show More Summary

Historicist: A ‘System of Partnership’ That Lasted a Lifetime

The lives, love, and letters of Dr. Frieda Fraser and Dr. Edith Bickerton "Bud" Williams. “Isn’t it funny that we are attached to each other? Damned nice for me, I must say!” So wrote Frieda Fraser, on September 30, 1925, to Edith Bickerton Williams. Show More Summary

The Bad Decision on the Scarborough Subway Extension Gets Worse

Despite many other City priorities that require funding, John Tory maintains his support for the beleaguered project. The projected cost of the one-stop Scarborough subway has increased by almost 50 per cent, according to a report in the Globe and Mail. Show More Summary

Congratulations to our Bike Contest Winner

Thanks for supporting Torontoist! Thanks to everyone who supported Torontoist this past month to participate in our contest to win a brand new Urbanite bike, courtesy of our friends at Urbane Cyclist. Congratulations to Joshua Greenspon who’s our big winner of the bike contest. Show More Summary

Explore that Other, Other Wine Region

It's not all about Niagara. There’s a stretch of shoreline that covers the north shore of Lake Erie where 18 wineries currently stand. The wines in this region offer something that’s a little different than what you find from Niagara or Prince Edward County, and it’s worth exploring. Show More Summary

Why Some LGBTQ Torontonians Choose Private Prides Over the Parade

Safety, straight people, and capitalism are keeping these locals from marching. Anita Brompton has called the Church-Wellesley Village home for the past three years. Yet, when Pride Toronto’s annual festival rolls in later this month, Brompton says they won’t be marching. Show More Summary

Accidental Art

Some credit for the unspoken, unintentional artists of the city. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Bernardo Cioppa FIELD NOTES: We write a lot about the ephemeral beauty of graffiti, and how its inevitable impermanence inspires an appreciation that doesn’t exist for more enduring art. Show More Summary

More TTC Streetcar Fun, #JacksLibraryTour, and Housing Prices Are Ridiculous

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Some good news from the TTC today…just kidding! After opening just six years ago, the St. Clair Avenue West streetcar right-of-way is closing for months of construction. Show More Summary

Introducing the Torontoist Civic Tech Column

Open data and civic tech can serve the public good, but they need to be understood in relation to underlying issues in the city. This is the debut of a new column on civic tech and open data in Toronto. We’ll explore the possibilities and limits of the developing field, and the opportunities to build a better city. Show More Summary

What Pride Means to This Former Degrassi Star

How Adamo Ruggiero taught the meaning of Pride to his European suburban neighbours—and what he learned in return. Adamo Ruggiero, best known for his role as gay teen Marco Del Rossi on Degrassi, is an actor, host, and digital producer based in Toronto. Show More Summary

The FOI Raccoon Digs Through Council’s Emails, DMs, and BBMs

Personal emails about public business are supposed to be publicly accessible information, but the reality is complicated. It’s an open secret that when it comes to emails and messaging, Ontario politicians have been pulling a Hillary Clinton for a long time, but that could be coming to an end. Show More Summary

Bidding Farewell to Reg Hartt’s Cineforum, Again

Maybe this time it's closed for good? We remember the weird rite of passage that was Cineforum. The Cineforum is dead. Again. “For good” this time. For now, at least. Of course, we’ve been down this road before. It seems that every few...Show More Summary

Cop Responsible for G20 Mass Arrests Gets a Slap on the Wrist, John Tory’s Plan to Keep Pedestrians Safer, and a Wedding Parade

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Officers involved the G20 protests detained demonstrators by the dozens. But Superintendent Mark Fenton, who was in charge of controversial...Show More Summary

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