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Say Hello to the Polaris Prize Short List

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It includes a couple of famous names and a whole lot of familiar faces—some of them from the GTA. Earlier this morning, a handful of Canadian artists discovered they’d made the short list for the 2014 Polaris prize, which celebrates creativity and excellence in our nation’s music. Show More Summary

Connecting Toronto One Park at a Time

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A hydro corridor is at the heart of a movement to link up the city's green spaces. There are certain corners of Toronto that act as incubators for urban design—sites such as the Davenport hydro corridor, which inspire activists and community members to imagine new development opportunities. Show More Summary

Public Works: Fighting Floods With DIY Rain Gardens

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Indianapolis helps citizens combat stormwater runoff and water contamination through landscape design. 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: July 15, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

An elderly couple was robbed while trying to sell kittens from their Whitby home over the weekend. That is probably a new low for humanity. In the news: Olivia Chow wants to ban handguns, a Scarborough company puts wood from pest-tainted...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 15, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: pick up produce at an urban garden, and enjoy some free yoga or tai chi. Food: Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Consider hitting up The Farm Lot’s Summer Market Party on your way home. Vendors will be on hand in the urban garden at 369 King Street West with locally sourced food and drink, from berries to beer. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Streetcars and Strikes, the New Old Liberal Budget, and Muppet Beaver Rob Ford

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The unionized workers for a Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay that makes streetcars, subway cars, and GO transit cars are currently on strike. No new offer has been forthcoming from the company since July 12, and as […]

Finding New Homes for the Tenants Above Jilly’s

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Developer helps residents of the New Broadview Hotel locate affordable alternative housing. Performers at Jilly’s put on one last show Sunday night before the infamous Queen Street East strip club closed down for good. The remaining 13 tenants of the New Broadview Hotel above are vacating the building, too—by fall, they’ll be in new homes. Show More Summary

Scene: SlutWalk 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

People take to the streets to speak out against slut-shaming, victim-blaming, and sexual violence. PHOTOS BY: Elsie Nisonen, from the Torontoist Flickr pool WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 3 p.m. WHAT: SlutWalk...Show More Summary

Spotted: Jumping for Joy at the Pan Am Countdown Launch

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Athletes, musicians, politicians, and a giant clock turn up to start counting down the days to the 2015 Pan Am Games. SPOTTED BY: Richard Rhyme, from the Torontoist Flickr pool. WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: July 11, 12:30 p.m....Show More Summary

Rep Cinema This Week: Küf, Under the Skin, and Shorts That Are Not Pants

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a quietly stirring Turkish drama, a visionary work of sci-fi, and an international selection of animated and live-action shorts. Küf Directed by Ali Aydin Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue) Wednesday, July 16, 9 p.m. On […]

Televisualist: Germany Won, Let’s Move On

2 weeks 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 The season finale of 24 is upon us, and we boldly predict that Jack Bauer will, despite significant odds, not die in this season finale. (Global, […]

Newsstand: July 14, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's over—Germany has won the World Cup. Most North Americans can go back to ignoring soccer, while true fans can go back to feeling more cosmopolitan than everyone else. In the news: a Canadian filmmaker was injured in World Cup protests...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 14, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Urban Planner: help send an actor Down Under, and a laughable comedy showcase. Fundraisers: Actor and writer Gillian English (Drag Queen Stole My Dress, Love in the Time of Time Machines) won’t be spending August on stage, because she’s been capped to play for Canada in the International Football Cup (Aussie rules) in New Zealand. Show More Summary

Historicist: The View From the Top

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto through the years, as seen from above. Coming in for a landing on a clear day, we can pick out landmarks from the window of an airplane, identify streets filled with toy cars, and spot buildings that look miniature from that distance and vantage point. Seeing the city from above—from an airplane window, the top floor of an office tower, or the […]

Weekend Newsstand: July 12, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What will the weekend bring? Another shirtless horde, perhaps? One thing is for certain: by Monday morning, the world will know who won the World Cup. And that's really all that matters, right? In the news: the Fords come out swinging...Show More Summary

Weekend Planner: July 12-13, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Weekend Planner: crack codes at the St. Lawrence Market, celebrate Bastille Day, or get serenaded at Mel Lastman Square. Offbeat: This is one of those fun activities where a little bit of education gets snuck in, without your really noticing. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Sloth Makes World Cup Pick, LRT Videos, and Tweets Under Construction

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Who hasn’t heard the saying “Don’t place your wager until the sloth has made his upside-down pick?” It is well known in sports circles that one should never make a bet on the outcome of a World […]

Cultivating Young Minds With Learning Gardens

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto schools are offering hands-on nature and food education. It was late June and another school year was nearing an end—but at Elmlea Junior School in Etobicoke, things were just starting to come to life. Students were digging into box planters and putting down flowering plants, vegetables, and herbs. Show More Summary

Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

July is all about free jazz and blues in the city's east end. The Waterfront Blues Festival (July 11–13), now in its 10th year, has recently “merged” with the wildly popular Beaches Jazz Festival (July 18–27), making the second half of July all-music-all-the-time in the Beach. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Handmade Graffiti

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Let's give this artist a big hand! BY: Unknown LOCATION: Dovercourt Road and Bloor Street West PHOTO BY: Nick Kelleher FIELD NOTES: It’s hard to put our finger on just what we want to say about this giant spray can–wielding hand. Maybe just that this is, hands down, a great piece of graffiti. We’ve got to hand it to the artist—he or […]

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