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Historicist: Johnny at the Fair

Before he was a fine artist, Charles Pachter wandered the Canadian National Exhibition as a four-year-old for the NFB in 1947. Out of 100 or so boys who auditioned for the title role in the National Film Board’s celebration of the 1947 Canadian National Exhibition, Johnny at the Fair, Charles “Sonny” Pachter stood out. Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: August 29, 2015

Weekend news coming at you! A couple of end-of-summer street festivals, a strong opiate was stolen and may be reaching the streets soon, former PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott stepped down, and demands to end carding continue. Show More Summary

Torontoist Week in Review: August 24 to 28

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed or might care to revisit. All The Food That Will Break Your Heart at the CNE Poutine balls. Coco bites. S’more baos. We tried the latest (and not-so-greatest) […]

Unwined: Summer Isn’t Finished Yet, Damn It

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Wines to enjoy to the last drops of their bottles while you squeeze the last drops from the summer season. I will admit that when I left the house in the mornings this week it felt a lot less like summer. Meanwhile, in wine country, something else has started to happen. Show More Summary

Second City’s Click, Bait, & Switch Is Buzz-Worthy

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We review the notoriously hilarious sketch troupe's latest revue. The Second City: Click, Bait, & Switch Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street) $16-$45 How best to evaluate Click, Bait, & Switch, Second City Toronto’s latest sketch revue offering? The first and easiest question: is it funny? Yes, very much so. Show More Summary

Photoist: Dog on Ferry

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Dog on Ferry by Isaac Yu Photoist is a periodic photo series, featuring the best from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Vandalist: This Is Important

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You're important too. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Trinity Bellwoods Park PHOTO BY: Georgette P FIELD NOTES: Sometimes we all feel a little insignificant. As easy as it is to let these thoughts get us down we need to remember that everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is important. This piece is important. Graffiti is important. Trinity Bellwoods […]

Newsstand: August 28, 2015

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's almost school! The seasons come and go, don't they? In the news: the Catholic school board is building a new school, Toronto South Detention Centre is facing another problem, and former school board chair Chris Spence is under fire for professional misconduct. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: A Ferry Passenger’s Freakout, Watching Porn is Considered Cheating, and Independent Grocers Fight to Stay Open

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A Toronto Island ferry passenger says he was concerned for his safety after getting stuck behind a locked gate on his way to Ward’s Island Sunday afternoon. Robert Bernecky, one of many passengers who became stuck on […]

Making Money on the Streets

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

BuskerFest performers discuss the ins and outs of life as professional street artists. 26-year-old Kaile Glick is in character as soon as she sits in front of her typewriter. For the past five years she’s been playing the role of the Spontaneous Prose Store’s proprietor. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: The Conservative Approach to the Media

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Conservatives would rather not answer questions from the media. “We don’t go by your deadlines, sir. We go by our deadlines and you don’t happen to accept that.” —A volunteer for MP Joe Daniel (Conservative, Don Valley North) explains why the incumbent won’t speak to a Star reporter. Show More Summary

Goth it Up with Guillermo del Toro

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The moody master brings his expertise to TIFF for a three-film series on now. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro wants to enhance your goth summer. “Gothic Master Class,” del Toro’s three-film series collaboration with the TIFF Lightbox, launched...Show More Summary

Burlesque Hits the Bartop

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In honour of the Toronto Burlesque Festival, which begins tonight, we take a look at the world of bartop burlesque. The difference between Rubie and Chantelle appears at the drop of a stage curtain. With flaming red hair, a hula-hoop...Show More Summary

Photoist: Tossing For Minions

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Tossing For Minions by Mary Crandall Photoist is a periodic photo series, featuring the best from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

How to Bring a Wheelchair to a Sex Club: A look at Toronto’s Deliciously Disabled

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How two Toronto-based activists and educators are expanding the intersection between "sexy" and "disabled." Each month, Sex-ist looks at topics relating to sex and sexuality in and around the GTA First of all: it wasn’t an orgy. Despite...Show More Summary

Newsstand: August 27, 2015

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news: another rooming house fire in Kensington, SkyGreece passengers find themselves stranded, and a G20 police charge prompts an apology. This morning,

Extra, Extra: Homeowner Fined $75,000 Following Death of Tenant, Rattlesnakes Have a Good Day, and Super Burger’s Streetcar Reaches End of Line

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The owner of an illegal rooming house has been fined $75,000 following the 2013 death of a tenant in a fire. A City of Toronto news release states that Konstantin Lysenko, owner of 189 Sheridan Ave., was […]

What the City’s Projected Surplus Means

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

City budgeting is weird. We walk you through what it means when the City has a surplus, and how to cut through the rhetoric. The City of Toronto is projected to run a $65 million surplus [PDF] for 2015, according to a mid-year operating budget variance report. Show More Summary

I Want Your Job: Simone Hewitt, Steamfitter

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A woman working in the trades offers insight and advice: "Don't use pink tools." Simone Hewitt’s grandfather was a handyman, and her stepfather was an electrician. Today, Hewitt honours the family tradition of working with one’s hands as a steamfitter in Scarborough. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Colouring Contests

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Add some colour to this gallery of ads and contests. Before reading this column any further, grab the nearest pack of coloured pencils, crayons, or markers, or open up your favourite digital art program. Have we got a colouring bonanza...Show More Summary

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