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Extra, Extra: Joey Bats’ Onesie Party, Reverend Hawkes Speaks Out, and Naming TO’s Pandas

12 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Baseball season may be over, but the Toronto Blue Jays are keeping close—and snuggly. Jose Bautista of bat flip fame hosted a onesie-themed Super Bowl party for his fellow Jays last night—because teammates who play together also […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Mustang, Carol, and Spotlight

14 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: an Oscar-nominated feminist debut from Turkey, Todd Haynes’ ravishing melodrama about two women...Show More Summary

Hancock Lecture To Explore The Meaning of Canadian Citizenship

16 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The talk comes on the heels of the Syrian refugee crisis, #BlackLivesMatter, and changes to citizenship acts The past year brought to light many debates about the idea of citizenship: Activists tirelessly called for the abolition of random police carding. Show More Summary

Televisualist: The Weekend When Toronto Politicians Really Pretend To Care About Basketball

18 hours 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 Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is the latest “Daily Show alumnus gets their own take on The Daily Show” show, and like most of the rest […]

Field Notes: Toronto Roller Derby Plays By the Rules

19 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now in its tenth year, the Toronto Roller Derby continues to do things its way. With under two minutes left on the clock, the Gore-Gore Rollergirls are bruising the Death Track Dolls by a score of 165 to 130 at Saturday evening’s Toronto Roller Derby double-header. Show More Summary

Newsstand: February 8, 2016

20 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Jail trouble, taxi strikes, and Union Pearson Express ridership woes: your Monday morning news. A sentencing hearing for a drug trial has led to testimony that the inmates at the Toronto South Detention Centre, the two-year-old Etobicoke...Show More Summary

Historicist: Public History and William Peyton Hubbard

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This Historicist instalment originally appeared on February 14, 2009. On the Roof of Old City Hall, July 14, 1898. Hubbard is third from the bottom right. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1268, Series 1317, Item 216. Image courtesy of Heritage Toronto. In 2008, a local resident discovered that the historical plaque near 660 Broadview Avenue—erected […]

Weekend Newsstand: February 6, 2016

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news this morning, the city manager has thoughts on the next few budgets; businesses try to make themselves more accessible; and UP Express ridership is below what had been hoped for. The Toronto city manager, Peter Wallace, has co-authored a report that calls the city’s financial situation “unsustainable”. Show More Summary

Inherent Weisse: Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Making your own beer doesn't have to be hard. Have you ever been at a restaurant where you eat something so good that you wonder if you can make it yourself? One day, you put in some research, pick up all of the ingredients, and, after more hours and attempts than you’d like to admit, you successfully manage to pull it off. You practically […]

City Council Recap: February 2016

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We highlight the important (and trivial) matters you may have missed from the latest council meeting. You read the preview, now here’s the recap. Here’s key happenings from this month’s City Council meeting. Taxi drama Motion | Staff report In a nutshell: Toronto’s taxi system is pretty dysfunctional. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Love it or Hate It

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Lovebot takes a stand BY: Lovebot, Tensoe2, PoserABM LOCATION: Brock and Dundas, the PanAm Path PHOTO BY: Matthew Del Degan FIELD NOTES: Matthew Del Degan, the artist responsible for Lovebot, is one of the only graffiti artists in Toronto who publicizes his real name and has a website dedicated to his work and crew—something he largely gets away with […]

Newsstand: February 5, 2016

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The news this fine pre-weekend morning is all about city politics and cats. John Tory and city council disagree on how sweet a deal telecoms should get, the city will begin removing abandoned bikes, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is proving a headache to nearby residents, and Gulliver the cat made a heroic journey to Calgary. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Raccoon Sadness, Bat Flip Immortalized, and a Police Officer Found Dead in Lake Ontario

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In raccoon news, there’s video of a reportedly heartbroken raccoon who tries to revive (or mourn?) his trash panda brethren. One raccoon lies still in the middle of the street, perhaps dead, and another one navigates the […]

Shaping Toronto: Chinatowns

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

To mark Chinese New Year, a look at where and how our Chinatowns grew. Shaping Toronto looks at the decisions, processes, and trends that form the city we know and love. A glance at the listing for Adelaide Street East in the 1878 city directory shows a mix of Anglo-sounding businessmen whose trades range from contracting to insurance. Show More Summary

Sound Advice: Shan Vincent de Paul, Tory Lanez

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6ix. SVDP: The Sri Lanka born, Toronto-based Shan Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is set to release his new album sometime this spring. In the meantime, the artist and director is dropping music left and right, most notably tracks “Die Iconic” and “Thank […]

Now and Then: Thornton and Lucie Blackburn

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn’s homestead would have stayed undiscovered underneath Inglenook Community High School if Karolyn Smardz Frost did not decide to have volunteers dig. Show More Summary

Relief Line: The Torontoist Cocktail Menu

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. If prices are any indication, Toronto has a burgeoning cocktail scene. There’s a sophisticated artistry to these elaborate drinks, and they’re made with thought and care. But what are the definitive Toronto cocktails, the ones that speak to the hot-buttered heart and smokey soul […]

Reel Toronto — Room

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Nominated for four Oscars, Lenny Abrahamson's Room is supposed to take place in any North American city, but it's right here in Toronto. It’s been a few years since Toronto could lay some real claim to Oscar gold but we’ve got a good chance this year. Show More Summary

Newsstand: February 4, 2016

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news: misogynist meet-up cancelled due to safety concerns, PATH stabbing suspect charge upgraded to first-degree murder, and Toronto's temperatures reach a new high. Misogynist d-bag Roosh V has cancelled Saturday’s Queen’s Park meet-up citing safety concerns and lack of privacy. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Toronto Hates Lovebots, Potential Labour Stoppage, and World-Record Chinese Menu Collection

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A petition was created in hopes of banishing LoveBots, the concrete robot sculptures across the city intended to remind Torontonians “that there is love in their cities and kindness around every corner.” So far, the petition, […]

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