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Newsstand: November 13, 2014

Snow. It is coming. Be ready. In the news: a $4,219 price tag on Pan Am Games internal documents, a dodgy presentation to high school students about nutrition from the sugar industry, and an old policy that might make it tricky for banks to issue mortgages for micro condos. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Kensington Mainstay Closing, Live-Tweeted Cancer Surgery, and Digital Ads for Transit Shelters

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Zimmerman’s Discount—located on Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market—has been a fixture in the neighbourhood for decades, but by New Year’s, it will have closed up shop permanently. It won’t, though, be replaced by a condo building or […]

Theatre, Up Close and Personal

Two recently opened plays, Actors Repertory Company's Moment and Soup Can Theatre's Circle Jerk, make for intimate theatre-going experiences. Moment SindeMart Theatrical Grocery (1352 Queen Street East) November 8–November 22 $20 Circle...Show More Summary

Presto Machines Will Soon Be Hitting the Spadina Streetcar Route

Card readers will be installed on the 510 route's new TTC streetcars by the end of this month. At some point before the end of November, TTC riders will be able to board one of the two new streetcars currently running the 510 Spadina route and pay their fares with the tap of a card. Show More Summary

Subway Suicides and the Case for Platform Barriers on the TTC

Platform barriers improve reliability and save lives—so why aren't we building them? Two Toronto subway lines came to a halt around dinnertime Monday night as the TTC and police investigated one suicide and one attempt. The TTC scrambled shuttle buses to help ease the burden on thousands of customers. Show More Summary

Sound Advice: Mephistopheles, by Matron

Sometimes judging a record by its album art is the best idea in the universe.

Newsstand: November 12, 2014

Yesterday, clothing retailer The Gap got called out for poor taste because of its gloriously inappropriate idea to offer Remembrance Day sales. A Tesco store in England may have one-upped them, though, by offering remembrance-themed pizzas featuring pepperoni and bell pepper poppies. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Subway Evacuations, Remembrance Day “Deals,” and Military Memorials

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. There are subway delays—and then there are subway delays that involve having to get out of a train in the middle of a tunnel in near-total darkness in the company of a thousand other commuters. That’s what […]

Whatever Happened to Those Rival Cat Cafés?

Reluctant landlords and unmet fundraising goals prevented Toronto's cutest cafés from launching. Back in the spring, we heard about rival cat cafés slated to open in the fall. As you may have noticed, fall is here, but cats with adorably tiny cappuccino moustaches aren’t yet a thing. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Eaton’s Remembers

To mark Remembrance Day in 1948, the department store erected a memorial to fallen employees. They were Faithful unto Death In proud remembrance of the two hundred and sixty-three members of the Eaton staff who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II, having gone forth valiantly to fight for the survival of freedom. Show More Summary

At Toronto’s Young Centre, Soulpepper and Volcano Set Poetry in Motion

Spoon River and The Four Horsemen Project turn classic and avant-garde poems into thrilling theatre. Spoon River; The Four Horsemen Project Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane) November 12–15; November 11–22 $37–$59;...Show More Summary

Public Works: Shared Streets Put Faith in Pedestrians and Drivers

Chicago and London are among the growing number of cities tearing stop signs, traffic lights, and curbs from their streets and trusting people to be safe. It may not be as crazy as it sounds. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Show More Summary

Newsstand: November 11, 2014

Lest we forget. In the news: Rob Ford will not attend today’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, a disabled man videotapes three hours of ridicule he endured while walking on Toronto streets, a petition to keep a controversial...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Drake Channels Norm Kelly’s Style, Rats “Unleashed” Downtown, and the High Cost of GTA Child Care

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Who wore it better? Me in the 1980's or @Drake at last night's @Raptors game. — Norm Kelly (@DMayorKelly) November 10, 2014 It seems Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly was quite dapper in the 1980s—and that he […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Goodbye to Language 3D, The Overnighters, and Don’t Get Killed in Alaska

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Jean-Luc Godard’s bold 3D experiment, a profile of a pastor struggling to herd his flock in a boom town in North Dakota, and a sensitive microbudget Canadian debut. Goodbye to Language 3D Directed by Jean-Luc Godard […]

Where to Observe Remembrance Day 2014

A guide to the ceremonies and events that will take place across the city on November 11. Tomorrow, and for the 95th time, Toronto will pause to reflect upon the sacrifices countless Canadian men and women have made in conflicts around the world. Show More Summary

Rendezvous With Madness Turns 22

The largest film festival devoted to mental health issues spotlights substance abuse in sports. Rendezvous With Madness TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) November 10–15, 2014 Regular programs $12, Festival Pass $70 Now entering...Show More Summary

How to Deal With Toronto’s “Unprecedented Transit Crisis”

Transit union releases report outlining TTC's future needs, calls for dependable, sustainable source of funding. “How do we recover the past glory of the TTC and shape a 21st-century transit system our city needs if it is going to continue...Show More Summary

Televisualist: The Diet Spritz Up of Hell’s Kitchens

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 Scotiabank Giller Prize ceremony is tonight, and Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows is the current favourite to win the money for being the sort […]

Newsstand: November 10, 2014

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the "Mississauga Miracle," a train derailment that led to North America's second-largest evacuation. All under Hazel McCallion's watch during her first year in office. Not all the news is as exciting...Show More Summary

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