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Urban Planner: Friday, September 29, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The StreetARToronto Partnership Program has been working with artists to help beautify laneways and neglected areas in the city, and the Tranzac Club has been working with them and artist Elicser on their neighbourhood’s David French and Barbara Barrett laneways. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Thursday, September 28, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A globetrotting artistic thinker’s symposium, the Creative Time Summit, lands in Toronto this week, coinciding with the launch of the fall exhibitions at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. Tonight’s launch...Show More Summary

Where the fourth season of The Strain was filmed in Toronto (Part Two)

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Strain transforms Toronto for a final time. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

TTC budget woes deepen

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto ignores the growing backlog of transit repairs and renewal at its peril—not to mention the $2.8-billion hole in the plan Transit is a vital Toronto service with an insatiable hunger for money. TTC’s budget committee met yesterday...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up, Part 1

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here are reviews of five small theatre shows Torontoist has seen in the past week; stories of love and betrayal from around the world, staged from Parkdale to the Danforth. After the Toronto International Film Festival wraps, the fall theatre season begins in Toronto. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Lela & Co.

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Lela & Co. (Discord and Din Theatre/Seventh Stage Productions) It might be best to start with the trigger warnings, recently added after a walkout on opening night for Cordelia Lynn’s play: “Gun and war sound effects; simulated sexual...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: The Aliens

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Aliens (Coal Mine Theatre) In the under 100-seat theatre category, no fall opening has been more eagerly anticipated by theatre aficionados than this 2010 Annie Baker play, having its Canadian premiere, especially after the universal critical acclaim for Company Theatre’s production of Baker’s John this February. Show More Summary

Meet La Femme Fontaine, Where `Discount Art-Déco Meets ‘80s Public Bathhouse’

Bethlehem XXX’s grown-up sibling is open Perhaps Montreal’s wildest restaurant, the 2016 closure of Bethlehem XXX was a sad one, but now a kind of follow up to Bethlehem is here, as La Femme Fontaine has opened in its place. It’s co-owned...Show More Summary

This Montreal Cafe Dedicated to Indigenous Cuisine is One of a Kind

The Roundhouse Café hopes to decolonize Montreal’s food scene Montreal may have been founded on Mohawk land, but that doesn’t mean Mohawk cuisine or other Indigenous traditions are well-represented in the city’s cuisine. It was onlyShow More Summary

NDG Gets A Promising New Option For Baked Goods — And Other Openings

With an internationally-renowned baguette NDG — A co-owner and baker from Villeray’s Le Pain Dans Les Voiles has made a move on Monkland Village, with new bakery La Meunerie opening over the weekend from Martin Falardeau. Falardeau has serious baking chops: in 2011 his baguette came second in international baking competition Le Mondial du Pain. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Gray

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Gray (Theatre Inamorata) Theatre Inamorata, formed by four women frustrated by the lack of good roles for them elsewhere, discovered it was no easy thing creating the kind of work they craved. Adapting classical (and, rights-wise, cheap)...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Title and Deed

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Title and Deed (Nightfall Theatrics) The writing of avant-garde American playwright Will Eno (last seen on stage in Tarragon Theatre’s production of The Realistic Joneses) returns courtesy of Nightfall Theatrics, a company that has thus...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Miss

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Miss (Unit 102 and Actors Company/Spadina Avenue Gang) This one-act drama by busy local playwright Michael Ross Albert officially opens The Assembly Theatre, a new storefront performance space at the juncture of Parkdale and Roncesvalles...Show More Summary

City, developer lay out competing visions for downtown’s largest undeveloped space

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The rail corridor could become a 21-acre park, or mixed-use area with towers and some green space. City Hall was packed Monday night as hundreds crammed in to council chambers to hear about a proposed 21-acre park in the downtown core. Show More Summary

TTC launches new anti-harassment campaign

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The ad campaign is accompanied by an app that enables riders to take discreet photos of perpetrators and share the picture with transit authorities. The TTC has launched its new anti-harassment effort, #ThisIsWhere, highlighting cases of violence, unwanted attention, and discrimination on public transit. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 22-27

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this week's Urban Planner, the JFL42, Bi Arts, Word On The Street, and Groundswell festivals, plus (very) late summer outdoor music, the Invictus Games, and appearances by Sarah McLachlan, Al Weiwei, and Guillermo Del Toro. Friday,...Show More Summary

Griffintown Restaurant Openings Keep Coming With Sushi Newtown

Sushi, but also poke Restaurateurs really love Griffintown, so here’s one more addition to the neighbourhood: Sushi Newtown opened up on Tuesday. The 40-seat restaurant comes from chef Chi Dung Lieu. According to a post from condo company...Show More Summary

St-Henri’s Polish Café Opens Today With A Hollywood Endorsement [Updated]

Also, mystery surprise pierogi There’s one more venue of note on Montreal Eastern European dining scene, as Café Baba Yaga opens today on St-Jacques in St-Henri. As reported back in August, it comes from a L’Orignal co-owner, MonicaShow More Summary

Soupesoup Founder is Back With A Charming Outremont Bistro [Updated]

Also, affordable natural wine to take home Update (September 25): Take a look at some of Bloomfield’s dishes, with new pictures added below. Van Horne Avenue in Outremont continues to morph into a minor restaurant destination — first...Show More Summary

Residents Versus Wood Ovens: Mile End Bagel Wars Fire Up

But is it just a tiny minority who are outraged? Montreal’s two famed bagel bakeries are under fire from residents, complaining that the stores’ wood-fired ovens are emitting illegal levels of air pollution. Since late last week, a flurry...Show More Summary

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