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Historicist: Learning the Writer’s Craft

Before finding fame for his tales of the supernatural, a young Algernon Blackwood struggled to find success in Toronto. In 1887, there was little to suggest that Algernon Blackwood would one day become one of England’s premier writers of horror and supernatural fiction. Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: January 31, 2015

As of January 24, 56 people have died of the flu in Toronto alone. If you have a weak immune system, stay away from... people. All of them. Just to be safe. In the news: someone has successfully scaled a frozen portion of Niagara Falls, community and home health-care workers are on strike, and 22 more GO stations will have Wi-Fi on Monday. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Cold Weather, Student Election Controversy, and City Hall Security Costs

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The City has issued its 11th cold weather alert of the season, so make sure to bundle up. Saturday projects to be the warmest day of the weekend at a balmy -5 C, so you should probably […]

Toronto’s RUNT-naissance

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new documentary is poised to make the enigmatic Toronto mural artist RUNT as well-known as his style. It seems Toronto is in the middle of a RUNT-naissance. “For a while I felt like a drag of the past, but I don’t feel that way anymore,” the 54-year-old street artist RUNT told Torontoist during a discussion of his latest projects. Show More Summary

I Want Your Job: Amy Rosen, Author of Toronto Cooks

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Too many cooks? Not at all—Amy Rosen gets Toronto's superstar chefs to share their secrets. “When you write about food, those are your best stories.” For Amy Rosen, hearing those words from her editors changed her life. About 12 years ago, she switched from focusing on lifestyle trends to writing just about food. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Blinded by the Glare

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Graffiti that aims higher. BY: Glare LOCATION: College and Brunswick PHOTO BY: Hilary Pierce FIELD NOTES: Years ago, in an effort to stand out in the dating field, a friend of mine gave himself the exhausting challenge of making all his dates quirky and unique. One of his ideas was to arrange picnics on random rooftops around the city. […]

TIFF Rings in New Year With Taiwanese Master Hou Hsiao-Hsien

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The complete retrospective features new 35-mm prints and introductions from film scholars. Good Men, Good Women: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) January 29–March 1 $13 TIFF Cinematheque begins its...Show More Summary

Newsstand: January 30, 2015

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

January is often considered the most depressing month of the year, and we're almost out. Pat yourself on the back. In the news: Toronto is the best city to live in, domestic violence services have a long way to go, and 20 per cent of TDSB schools are at risk of closure. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Eating Your Winter Feelings, Rob Ford’s New Website, and Talk Radio You Should Listen To

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. It’s cold, it’s snowy, and the sun has gone away. But as of tomorrow, you can sit in warm, dry, food-filled places and get some good deals at local restaurants thanks to the annual Winterlicious program. When […]

Police Need to Explain Their Chilling Confrontation With a Black Man

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Officers have yet to explain why they stopped a young man whom they eventually charged with assault. We can learn a lot from the recently publicized video of a black man being confronted and ultimately arrested by Toronto police. The...Show More Summary

Speed the Plow

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Will improved winter maintenance of Toronto's busiest sidewalks snowball into something more? On Thursday morning, as a select few Toronto city councillors met for a fourth consecutive day to discuss the proposed 2015 budget, a small storm was brewing outside. Show More Summary

Exposing Root Causes with Small Axe

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Project: Humanity's verbatim theatre piece examining homophobia and racism—and the ways they intersect— steps boldly outside the format's usual bounds. 1115 Queen Street West ) Runs until February 1 $17–$25 Last week saw issues of racism and representation discussed and hotly debated in the Canadian media. Show More Summary

Glad Hand: Salt of the Earth

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Glad Hand is Torontoist‘s political cartoon, created by Brett Lamb and appearing here every Thursday.

Dangerous Dan’s for Sale

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Dangerous Dan's, of devastatingly debilitating digestibles disrepute, dangles deal for diner. For the equivalent of a cardiologist’s annual salary, you can own burger joint Dangerous Dan’s. The Queen and Broadview institution famous for its coronary burger is up for sale for $225,000 and comes with monthly rent of $4,500. Show More Summary

Newsstand: January 29, 2015

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

As January draws to a close, let's take a moment to check in with all those resolutions that were made a few short weeks ago. Are they still alive, or have they been kicked to the curb yet? In the news: A Liberty Village condo project...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Grey Cup Kerfuffles, Toronto Birds, and Turtle Poaching

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Mayor John Tory said on the radio this morning that Toronto would be hosting the 2016 Grey Cup game. A major problem with that claim, though, is that the CFL has not yet announced where the 2016 […]

Trouble in Mind

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Canadian Stage's The Other Place turns a case of dementia into a psychological thriller. The Other Place Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) Runs to Feb. 8 $30-$99 The terrifying experience of losing one’s mental faculties has been getting a thorough dramatic workout lately. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Hudson’s Bay Centre

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

One of a series of projects that transformed the face of Bloor and Yonge during the 1970s. “A kind of urban Rip Van Winkle” was how the Star assessed the state of Yonge and Bloor in 1970. “We let it fall asleep in the early decades of this century, then tiptoed all around it during the ensuing years building the modern face of Toronto. Show More Summary

Poll Position: Toronto Favours Scarborough LRT, Again

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Residents prefer more value for money, even if most of their elected representatives don't. “If the three stop Scarborough Subway is increased to four stops, it will cost more than $3 billion dollars. For the same amount of money, a 30 stop LRT network that would cover the entire municipality could be built. Show More Summary

What the %@&! Happened to Free Speech?

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

At his lecture on Monday, Art Spiegelman traced the graphic history of free speech from Mad Magazine to the Charlie Hebdo slayings. Art Spiegelman’s reputation doesn’t do him justice. Most people will recognize his name from his Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novel Maus, a devastating, multi-layered account of the Holocaust. Show More Summary

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