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Vintage Toronto Ads: The Living Rooster Orchestra of 1890

One cockle-doodle-doo of a 19th-century novelty act. When it opened in 1890, Robinson’s Musee Theatre declared itself the “leading family theatre in the city” and “Canada’s great, best, and only amusement enterprise.” Beyond the hyperbole,...Show More Summary

The Black Museum Returns

Toronto's macabre lecture series launches its sixth semester on March 18 We want to let you in on a secret: some of the “normal” people in your life really like watching scary movies. And they’re not just doing it in October. In fact, this faction of fiends is so large that there exists The Black Museum—a lecture series on all things horror. Show More Summary

Daniel MacIvor’s New Play Skewers Toronto the Bad

The playwright's Cake and Dirt is a funny but unfocused satire of the city’s elite, while Sky Gilbert’s latest, My Dinner With Casey Donovan, remembers a 1970s porn icon. Cake and Dirt Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue) Runs to April...Show More Summary

Scene: Inside the New Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Defying Jane Jacobs, Ryerson looks to develop new ideas in new buildings. WHERE: Ryerson Student Learning Centre, Yonge and Gould WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. WHAT: While high school students are on March Break, Ryerson students were busy using their brand-spanking-new student centre to study in advance of final exams. Show More Summary

Newsstand: March 18, 2015

If you're under the age of 48, you have not been alive to see the Toronto Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup. Sadly, this year won’t be your year either, since the Leafs have been bounced out of playoff contention once again. In the news:...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: York Students to Return to Class, Toronto Fire Department Lacks Diversity, and OVO Fest Headliners

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. CUPE pickets main entrance YorkU, Toronto. Strike enters week 3. @ActiveHist @Ian_Mosby @tpcanoe — James Cullingham (@JamesCullingham) March 17, 2015 Classes are set to resume next Monday at York University, regardless of whether CUPE 3903 members […]

A Look at the Shortlisted Ferry Terminal Proposals

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

From a whimsical geyser to a hobbit-like green roof, the five shortlisted re-designs for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal hope to transform one of the most used public spaces on the waterfront. Plans for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Waterfront Toronto’s latest design challenge subject, include everything from winter ice caves to elevated walkways. Show More Summary

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on his Urban Agenda

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We sat down with Mulcair to ask about his party's plans for Toronto and the GTA. Tom Mulcair wants you to know that he considers Toronto the most important city in Canada. The New Democratic Party leader made the remark more than a couple...Show More Summary

The Hot Docs Festival Lineup Just Got Announced, and it Looks Awesome

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A glance at some of the upcoming festival's highlights. There’s nothing lukewarm about the 2015 Hot Docs festival lineup. Highlights for this year’s iteration of the acclaimed documentary film fest—set to run from April 23 to May 3—were announced today in a packed press conference. Show More Summary

Photoist: Untitled

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Photoist is a periodic photo series, featuring the best from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Public Works: Detecting Potholes Before They Happen

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

British researchers have created an algorithm that scans images of roads to find signs of surface deterioration. 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: March 17, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. While it a pint of beer probably won't make these headlines any more enjoyable, no one will stop you from trying. In the news: controversy after two Ryerson journalism students were denied entry into an on-campus...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Police Pay Excesses, TDSB Under Scrutiny, and a Tory-Mulcair Rendezvous

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. More than half of Toronto Police Services employees bring home more than $100,000 in salary every year, according to new figures released by the Toronto Police Board. These new figures reflect the inclusion of overtime pay in […]

Emergency March Break Guide

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A rapid roundup of things to occupy your family's time for the rest of the week off. Every year, March Break sneaks up on us. One minute it’s the dead of winter, and the next it’s the end of the first cabin-feverish day off. The kids are screaming and so are your wits! What to do, you ask? Take a deep breath, and let your friends at Torontoist do the heavy lifting […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Tron, The Imitation Game, and Inherent Vice

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: a pioneering CGI cult classic from the ’80s, a by-the-books biopic of Alan Turing, and a melancholy but funny Thomas Pynchon adaptation. Tron Directed by Steven Lisberger TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Tuesday, March […]

An Early Peek at the Design Proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Five design teams are in competition to revamp one of the jewels of summertime Toronto. With March’s early spring thaw giving Toronto its annual peep-show treatment, the time has come to think about waterfront activities like scarfing down soft-serve, or the annual trip to ride the Scrambler. Show More Summary

Build Toronto Fails to Meet Affordable Housing Targets

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Five years ago, Build Toronto agreed to make land available to build 1,250 units of affordable housing. They built 12. In 2010, Build Toronto pledged to make enough land available to build 1,250 units of affordable housing. But the plan dramatically missed its mark. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Your Fortunate Baggage

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 This season on Dancing With The Stars: Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Somers, the older half of LMFAO, Bruce Willis’s eldest daughter, gay football player Michael Sam, and […]

Spotted: Protesting Bill C-51

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Thousands of protestors across Canada gathered to voice their opposition to Bill C-51. SPOTTED BY: Melyssa Anishnabie WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: Saturday, March 14 WHAT: In co-ordinated protests across the country, thousands of Canadians showed their opposition to proposed federal Bill C-51. Show More Summary

Newsstand: March 16, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Junos last night. What did you do? Watch old TV shows? In the news: a senior OPPA official has been fired, protests against Bill C-51 drew crowds, and Naomi Klein won't cross the U of T picket line. Show More Summary

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