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Historicist: The Grenadier Ice Company

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the days before artificial refrigeration, Torontonians harvested ice from local natural sources—including Grenadier Pond. Originally published on January 8, 2011. Prior to 1930, the lion’s share of Grenadier Pond was not actuallyShow More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: January 3, 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Happy birthday, deceased pianist and comedian Victor Borge! We miss you. In the news today: residents take a Scarborough housing co-op to the Human Rights Tribunal, the victim of Wednesday's police shooting is identified, city wards may soon change, and the homicide rate in 2014 was identical to that of 2013. Show More Summary

Extra Extra: A cat guardian, a weather alert, and prison errors

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. If you ever stoop down to say hi to your friendly neighbourhood cats, you might have Helder Da Silva to thank. The self-described “true animal lover” feeds 35 feral cats a day before he goes into work, […]

Reel Toronto: Honey

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Jessica Alba shows Toronto some dance moves. 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

Vandalist: Landfill

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A not-so-subtle reminder BY: Unknown LOCATION: Along King and Queen Streets PHOTOS BY: Mitchel Lorne Stulberg FIELD NOTES: Living in a city with relatively good infrastructure, it’s easy to take the large amount of waste we create for granted. It might not seem like much when the average person puts their daily Tim Hortons into the trash, but […]

Scene: Polar Bear Dip

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Hearty souls took the frigid plunge for the annual Polar Bear Dip. WHERE: Sunnyside Beach WHEN: Thursday, January 1, 12:00 p.m. WHAT: The 10th annual Toronto Polar Bear Dip saw 600 hearty people start their new year with a really quick run into Lake Ontario, followed by a much longer time trying to get warm. Show More Summary

Newsstand: January 2, 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's the new year! And since most of us were either tired or, ahem, feeling unwell yesterday, let's just pretend today's the first day. What a great year so far. In the news: a roundup of the top 10 stories from Toronto last year, a father delivers his own daughter, and a local infectious disease doctor has been helping fight Ebola in Liberia. Show More Summary

Your Superhero and Supervillain of 2014

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The votes are in! Here's who you thought had the most positive and negative impact on the city this year. Every December, Torontoist rounds out the year that was by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on our city. Show More Summary

The Best Toronto Albums of 2014

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A roundup of this year's most impressive local releases. Let’s hit you with an understatement: 2014 was a kick-ass year for Toronto artists and music. As is the case with any end-of-year compilation, this list of best Toronto albums is the result of a purely subjective exercise. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Have a Honky-Tonkin’ Happy New Year

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Back in the 1960s, people would ring in the new year with old-timey pianists. For many, music is a vital component of their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Hitting the dance floor, listening to a live act, or gathering around a piano to sing old favourites help glide the transition into another year. Show More Summary

Newsstand: December 31, 2014

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

As one year ends and another begins, only one question remains: does anyone actually know the words to “Auld Lang Syne”? In the news: a Toronto woman discovers dynamite in her home, a lot of Torontonians have the flu, and Bill Blair’s final year-end interview. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Driving the Subway, Toronto’s Nightlife History, and Toronto’s Hairstyle History

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Virtual TTC Academy has been up and running now for a good two years: to celebrate, it’s put together a video compilation of some of its most exciting virtual subway-driving activities. It’ll be ringing in the […]

Creating the World (and Language) of Butcher

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Playwright Nicolas Billon talks violence, empathy, and commissioning a brand new language for his latest play. The film adaptation of Nicolas Billon’s first play, The Elephant Song (2004), had its world premiere at TIFF this past September. Show More Summary

New Year’s Eve, 1976

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A racist attack on the subway sent shockwaves through the city, and put a stop to free New Year's Eve rides on the TTC for the next 30 years. From the moment a group of up to 20 rowdy teens boarded the subway at Sheppard station during the final half-hour of 1976, TTC employees sensed trouble. Show More Summary

Public Works: Bringing New Life to a City’s Lost Waterways

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

San Francisco's Market Street pays tribute to its forgotten waterways with a special art installation. 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: December 30, 2014

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

After already grossing $15 million online, Carlton Cinema will screen The Interview starting this Friday, just two weeks after the film was pulled from wide theatrical release due to threats of violent attacks. 2014 will officially go down in history as the year that Seth Rogen and James Franco beat terrorism. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Favourite Buildings, Ask Atwood Anything, and Acts of Kindness

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. If you’ve already voted for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the Year and find yourself still filled with judging and voting energy, why not weigh in on which building constructed in this city in the past year […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Gone Girl, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and The Case Against 8

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling mystery thriller, a classic of German Expressionism, and a look at the fight to overturn Proposition 8. Show More Summary

Our Top Ten Plays of 2014

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The funny, strange, and haunting shows that won us over this past year. The problem with a year-end top 10 list for theatre is that it teases you with great productions you can no longer see. Happily, that’s not entirely the case this year. At least three of the shows in Torontoist‘s Top 10 of 2014 are destined to have an encore in 2015. In fact, Tarragon Theatre […]

Televisualist: A Singing Evil King

last monthCanada / 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 Pretty much the last major event for which TSN has exclusive rights is the World Junior Hockey Championships, so enjoy it while they’re still a sports […]

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