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About a Boy: Lynn Crosbie on Her Kurt Cobain-Inspired “True Story” Where Did You Sleep Last Night

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We chat with the Toronto-based poet, critic, and novelist about her dazzling new book and the legacy of Kurt Cobain “This is a true story,” we’re told at the start of Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Toronto-based poet and critic Lynn Crosbie’s dizzying new book. Show More Summary

Torontoist Explains: Ontario’s Education Funding Formula

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We walk through the complicated funding allocation for Ontario primary and secondary schools, and what that means for students. With teacher strikes threatening to disrupt the end of the school year in several Ontario districts, including Peel region, the hows and whys of education funding are under more scrutiny than ever. Show More Summary

Hundreds Gather for Black Lives Matter March

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

March held in support of Freddie Gray also raises questions about police conduct and carding. As hundreds marched down University Avenue in a rally to show solidarity for the death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray, supporters held signs, exchanged stories, and chanted. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Two Hours of Cats Farting

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 David Letterman: A Life On Television is a lengthy and reverent look back at David Letterman’s TV career, which means that it is almost oxymoronic given […]

Newsstand: May 4, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Today: an anti-carding protest at the police headquarters, teachers' strike in Peel, and growing part-time work desperation. On Saturday, hundreds of people turned up at Toronto police headquarters to simultaneously demand an end toShow More Summary

Historicist: Blind Faith

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Renowned evangelist Charles B. Templeton finds, and loses, religion. By the mid-1950s, Charles B. Templeton had been Canada’s leading evangelist for 20 years. Impassioned and eloquent at the pulpit, the Torontonian delivered his message...Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: May 2, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Happy Saturday! In the news: another royal baby, cultural landscaping, and re-using surplus schools for something other than pre-condo demolition material. It’s finally happened: Prince William and Kate’s new child has been born. She’s...Show More Summary

The Torontoist Week in Review: April 27-May 1

3 weeks 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. Your Guide to Jane’s Walk 2015 Interest in devising free walking tours across all corners of the city has grown so that, in […]

Hero and Villain of the Week: Andrew Wiggins and Kathleen Wynne

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every week, Toronto is filled with Heroes and Villains. These are their stories. Hero of the Week: Andrew Wiggins Once upon a time, young Canadian basketball players only had a handful of homegrown athletes to look up to. After the glory days of Bill Wennington and Rick Fox in the early ’90s, the remainder of […]

The Big Five: May 1-3

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. CONTACT 2015 Launch Party? Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen St. W.) May 1, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free. CONTACT 2015 kicks off with opening receptions for “Part […]

Headbangers’ Hideaway

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Heavy music may be hard to find at this year's CMW festival, but it's not totally missing. Here are our picks of the thrashiest the fest has to offer. A diamond in the rough, a needle in a haystack, whatever cliché you use to colour the search for heavy music in Canadian Music Week, the festival could use a little more aggression. Show More Summary

Revenge Porn From the 19th Century

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Coal Mine Theatre's revival of August Strindberg's Creditors is a brilliant, brutal look at jealousy and marital breakdown. Creditors The Coal Mine Theatre (798 Danforth Avenue) Runs to May 17 $15 – $30 In its first season, the Coal Mine Theatre has been more like a torture chamber. Show More Summary

Zabrina Chevannes Has Some Things To Say

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We talked to the busy comic/producer/nurse about her Things Black Girls Say show, the SheDot Festival, and how her material about being a mom might be the thing comedy bros find most uncomfortable. SheDot Comedy Festival Various venues...Show More Summary

Inherent Weisse: A Large Pint (or Four) of Spring

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Inherent Weisse is our biweekly guide to beer news and reviews you can use. Inherent Weisse is the beer side of Unwined. Part of your weekend guide to booze news and reviews you can use. Spring is here, a-spa-ring is here! Life is skittles, and life is beer! It’s finally happening, folks. The cold is […]

Vandalist: Unique Touch

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Gender norms are so passé BY: Unknown LOCATION: College and Ossington PHOTO BY: Ruby Pruitt FIELD NOTES: From Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision to Ru Paul’s Drag Race featuring beards on the runway to this mural alteration, bearded ladies are all the rage. We don’t know the motivation behind this vandalism so we’re going to interpret it as we see fit: […]

Newsstand: May 1, 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Happy May Day, everyone. Today is also International Workers' Day and Basic Income Day, so celebrate whatever socially progressive proclivities you might have! In the news this morning: kids can keep their puffers with them in school, GM is dropping 1,000 jobs, and a rival for the Scarborough West seat throws his support behind Bill Blair. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: A Gorilla on the Mend, Oshawa’s GM Job Cuts, and Billionaires Come to Roost

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Sadiki, a 10-year-old gorilla at the Toronto Zoo, is on the mend following foot surgery late last month that involved an orthopaedic surgeon in addition to staff from the zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre. Sadiki had fractured his […]

Hot Docs Roundup: International Spectrum Edition

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A look at some of the comedy-centric films in this year's Hot Docs festival roster, and whether or not they deliver. We’re watching our way through the Hot Docs festival roster and telling you which films to see and which you might want to pass on. Show More Summary

Finding Clade Lanzmann

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We spoke with Toronto director Adam Benzine about his film on the maker of Shoah, which is widely regarded as one of the best documentaries of all time. In 1973, Claude Lanzmann accepted a commission to make a documentary about the Holocaust from the perspective of the Jews. Show More Summary

A Sinner at Hot Docs

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A controversial Hot Docs film sheds light on local efforts by queer, Muslim Torontonians to build community. Filmmaker Parvez Sharma is nervous. His film, A Sinner in Mecca, is making its sold-out North American premiere at the Hot Docs Festival. Show More Summary

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