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2014 Villain: the Toronto District School Board

Nominated for: financial scandals, controversies, and general dysfunction. Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Show More Summary

2014 Villain: Giorgio Mammoliti

Nominated for: flagrantly violating both council's financial rules and the rules of logic. Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Show More Summary

2014 Villain: CBC Brass

Nominated for: mishandling the allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Show More Summary

2014 Villain: TTC Delays

Nominated for: slowly driving commuters insane. Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—the people, places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on the city over the past 12 months. Cast your ballot until 5 p.m. on December 30. At noon on December 31, we’ll reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and […]

Where to Spend New Year’s Eve 2014

No matter what you're into, we've got you covered with our guide to the best year-end happenings in the city. If you’re like us, you have a set of requirements when it comes to New Year’s Eve, which includes minimal douchebaggery, low cover charges, and short commutes. Show More Summary

Public Works: Paris Strikes Back Against Gentrification

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The city has a plan to keep residents from being squeezed out of their homes by rising rents and redevelopment. 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 23, 2014

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a ridiculously awkward holiday greeting card video to wish fans happy holidays. After presumably losing some sort of bet, Leafs players Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardner, and David Clarkson were recorded belting out their best version of “Jingle Bell Rock,” which may go down as one of the worst renditions ever sung. Show More Summary

Rep Cinema This Week: Zero Motivation, National Gallery, and Mr. Turner

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a wry comedy about a pair of bored women serving in the IDF, Frederick Wiseman’s enthralling look at the National Gallery, and Mike Leigh’s unorthodox portrait of English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. Zero Motivation Directed by […]

Heroes and Villains of 2014: Hall of Heroes

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The people, places, things, and ideas that had a positive impact on the city in 2014. Once again, Torontoist rounds out the year that was by naming our Heroes and Villains—the places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on our city. Show More Summary

Heroes and Villains of 2014: Hall of Villains

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The people, places, things, and ideas that had a negative impact on the city in 2013. Once again, Torontoist rounds out the year that was by naming our Heroes and Villains—the places, things, and ideas that have had the most positive and negative impacts on our city. Show More Summary

Televisualist: IT’S CHRISTMAS

3 days 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 It’s time for the annual viewing of A Christmas Story, which, unlike many holiday viewing traditions, remains entertaining and hasn’t grown worse with age. (Well, except […]

Newsstand: December 22, 2014

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck...Show More Summary

Historicist: Of Mail and Empire

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The second part of a look at the back half of the Globe and Mail's name. In part one, we looked at the birth of the Mail and its evolution from Conservative party mouthpiece to independent editorial voice. A reader browsing the February...Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: December 20, 2014

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Raptors have unveiled a new logo and colour scheme, to be paired with a new uniform next season. Expect big things from them (if only because every other team in this town will let you down without fail). In the news this second-last...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Missing Streetcars, Rising Rent, and Downsizing Darcys

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The TTC expects the fourth of its shiny new streetcars to be delivered next week, meaning the odds that your next trip on the 510 Spadina will be not entirely dreadful have slightly increased. The trouble is […]

Toronto Zoo’s Giraffes Have a New Place to Call Home

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Twiga and Mstari have taken up residence in the zoo's former elephant enclosure. How do you build a house for a giraffe? That sounds like a set-up line for a joke, but it was asked in all seriousness by managers at the Toronto Zoo last year. The existing giraffe house was one of the Zoo’s original wooden structures, dating back to 1974, and was due to for an […]

40 Years of Black Christmas

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Revisit one of horror's most iconic films this Saturday at the Royal. ‘Tis the season for spending time with loved ones, so Rue Morgue and Anchor Bay Entertainment are inviting you to gather your friends and get cozy in the warming glow of the Royal Cinema’s screen on Saturday, December 20. What sort of festive cheer are they offering? Well, with the help of the Blood in […]

I Want Your Job: Yvonne Bambrick, Urban Cycling Consultant

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

On advocacy, riding in winter, and building a city-wide cycling network. Yvonne Bambrick wears many hats. She’s a founding member of Pedestrian Sundays, the popular series of street closure events in Kensington Market that acts as a showcase for area businesses, musicians, and local colour. Show More Summary

Vandalist: TGIF

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Thank goodness it's a fetus. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Harbord and Grace streets PHOTO BY: Renee Saucier FIELD NOTES: As television networks try to stay ahead of their competition, the premises of reality shows seem to get more and more personally invasive. As it is, there are plenty of shows about having babies. It only makes sense for the next phase […]

Newsstand: December 19, 2014

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Beware the Santabomb, 2014's answer to Snowmageddon. Buy your supplies now. In the news: a U of T graduate finds an innovative way to get her name out, Tory says no to new taxes, and a man may have been shot by police at Agincourt Mall. Show More Summary

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