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Checking Toronto’s Vital Signs: 2014 Edition

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

An annual report on the well-being and needs of Toronto gives both reason for optimism and cause for concern. Every year, the Toronto Foundation releases Toronto’s Vital Signs Report [PDF], a thick document billed as a snapshot of the trends and issues that define the city. Show More Summary

Dan Harmon Brings Harmontown to Toronto

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The creator of Community discusses the new documentary about him, the appeal of his podcast, and his irresistible impulses. “I’m trying to be a better person. Didn’t you guys see the movie?” Dan Harmon was grappling with a moral dilemma near the end of recording his podcast Harmontown at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday night. Show More Summary

Public Works: Goats to the Rescue in the War on Weeds

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new study suggests goats may be the perfect weapon in the fight against an invasive plant species that's taking over Toronto's wetlands. 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

Council Candidates Respond to Recent Gun Violence

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Six candidates write about inequality, investing in youth, and honouring the memories of those killed in Etobicoke and Regent Park on Monday. On Monday afternoon, two young men—including a 15-year-old high-school student—were shot dead in the Dixon Road and Islington Avenue area of Etobicoke. Show More Summary

The Ford Family Subway Plan

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Brother Doug has inherited Rob's transit plan right down to the letter, and now sells it as his own. Is it a plan Toronto should buy? The Ford mayoralty is built on a few catch phrases and a simple prescription for public transit: Subways!...Show More Summary

Newsstand: October 7, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It has been confirmed that Twin Peaks will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode run. Original writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch is set to direct. We can only hope that Kyle MacLachlan will...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: October 7, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Gilmore Girls know-it-alls, Cirque's steampunk dream, and the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Trivia: Indulging in guilty pleasures has its benefits, especially at the Gladstone Hotel’s TV Trivia Night. This month, there will be video clips, audio clues, skits, and straight-up questions, all about Rory and her mom Lorelei from Gilmore Girls. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Awake Craniotomies, More Doug Ford Inaccuracies, and More Trains During Rush Hour

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A woman named Cyla Daniels recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. She allowed the Globe to document her experience, and it makes for gripping reading/viewing: her surgery was what’s called an “awake craniotomy,” and it […]

What We Loved (and Didn’t Love) at Nuit Blanche 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Some reflections on the highlights and lowlights of Saturday's all-night contemporary art party. This past Saturday night saw the ninth annual Nuit Blanche. This might be news to you if (a) you are just getting back from a long tripShow More Summary

Rep Cinema This Week: Out of Mind, Out of Sight; Magic in the Moonlight; and 20,000 Days on Earth

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: an absorbing documentary about treating violent mental health patients, a dark Woody Allen comedy about magic, and an offbeat take on the life of songster Nick Cave. Out of Mind, Out of Sight Directed by John […]

Televisualist: Seeing Dead

2 weeks 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 In preparation for the season premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC is—once again—doing a marathon of the show from the first episode, in preparation for their […]

Postmedia Buys Sun Media’s English Newspapers

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The $316-million purchase includes flagship publication the Toronto Sun. The Postmedia Network announced today that it will acquire Sun Media’s English-language newspapers and speciality publications—175 in all—including its flagship daily, the Toronto Sun. Show More Summary

John Tory’s Board of Trade Speech: Speaking a Lot, Saying Very Little

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We tried to fact-check John Tory's latest major speech. He made it difficult, and not in a good way. Here is the thing about John Tory: he has gotten much better at political rhetoric over the course of this campaign, and is now, in fact, much than at it than he’s been at any point in his career. Show More Summary

Newsstand: October 6, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Dr. Stephen Scherer of Sick Kids Hospital didn't win the Nobel Prize in medicine, announced today, but he's still accomplished more than most of us ever will. In the news: a new world poutine-eating champ was crowned Saturday, Doug Ford...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: October 6, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: reading poetry and prose, and discussing contemporary art. Books: The Rowers Reading Series kicks off its eighth season in a new venue and with a new slate of readers. For its season opener, host Heather Wood...Show More Summary

Historicist: The Great Fire of 1922

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto's peculiar, innovative relief efforts for the catastrophic fire in the Temiskaming District. When a wildfire devastated Temiskaming (or Timiskaming) District on October 4 and 5, 1922, destroying residences, schools, farms, homesteads,...Show More Summary

Newsstand: October 4, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Is everyone ready for some rainy public art? That's right, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche happens tonight! If you can stomach the crowds, it's a great way to pack a year's worth of modern art appreciation into one night. Here's some news before...Show More Summary

Weekend Planner: October 4-5, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Weekend Planner: Toronto's all-night art party, a Velveteen Rabbit ballet, and a haunted scavenger hunt. Dance: Remember how much you loved The Velveteen Rabbit as a child? Choreographer Kathleen Rea does—so much so that she’s turned the beloved story into a dance production with Ballet Jorgen. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Doug Ford’s Inaccuracies, Ford Conflicts of Interest, and Olivia Chow’s Campaign Platform

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. When Doug Ford appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning today, he revealed more than simply his affection for the word “disingenuous.” He also, according to the Star‘s “campaign lie detector,” said nine inaccurate things on subjects such as […]

Nuit Blanche 2014: How to See the Art Through All Those People

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Two programmers of Nuit Blanche talk about the real reason millions of people take to the street—the art. This year, 43 commissioned projects, 82 independent projects, and 5 projects made in collaboration with sponsors—that’s 130 in total for anyone who’s counting—will be unleashed across Toronto for the ninth annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Show More Summary

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