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Historicist: Hans in the Kitchen

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Hans Fread, Canada's first celebrity television chef, rarely kept opinions to himself. “I am sometimes like a little boy with a big mouth—when I am angry, I talk too much and it comes back to hurt me,” admitted Hans Fread. While his opinionated nature could backfire on him, it also provoked admiration and amusement. Show More Summary

What Toronto Can Learn From the Police Shooting of Michael Brown

Police militarization, racial profiling, and excessive force—they're not just problems for Ferguson, Missouri. It might be comforting to think that the tragic shooting of Michael Brown—an 18-year-old unarmed black man—by a white police officer on August 9 and the resulting chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, are a distinctly American phenomenon. Show More Summary

Celebrating the Enduring Vision of Alex Colville

AGO's new exhibition of one of Canada's most prolific artists explores the roots of Colville's inspiration—and the inspiration he's been for others. Alex Colville’s paintings include some of the most recognizable works of Canadian art. Show More Summary

Stratford Festival Roundup: We’re Crazy in Love With These Shows

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The 2014 Stratford Festival looks at many different kinds of madness—and you'd be crazy to miss it. Only about two hours away from Toronto, madness is infiltrating the town of Stratford, Ontario—but fortunately, it’s the kind that produces delightful results. Show More Summary

Public Works: Growing Fresh Food at the Ballpark

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The San Francisco Giants have built an urban farm in their stadium to teach kids about nutrition and provide fans with healthy snacks. 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

Reel Toronto: The Vow

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Channing Tatum woos Rachel McAdams in a Chicago that looks a whole lot like Toronto. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Power Up

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Brock Avenue joins the Mario Kart circuit. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Brock Avenue between College Street and Dundas Street West PHOTO BY: Jonathon Rivait FIELD NOTES: Imagine if our streets were like Mario Kart—if while driving or cycling we could pick up power-ups that put us ahead and put our annoying fellow road-users behind. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Campaign Videos, Streetlight Art, and New Bike Lanes

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Today, the Rob Ford campaign released a new video—in which it also managed to release some phone numbers belonging to constituents. The video, which seems to have been filmed in his office (and thus contravenes election rules) […]

Televisualist: But What About the Pointy Elven Ears?

last monthCanada / 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 Running Wild With Bear Grylls is the famous survival expert’s new show, wherein he takes celebrities into the wilderness to do surviving things. The first episode […]

A Who’s Who of Toronto Wildlife

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You may have seen them around, but can you name these lesser-known local critters? Torontonians encounter wildlife every day. Pigeons and gulls, chipmunks and squirrels, skunks and raccoons, deer and now even coyotes are common sights for downtowners and suburbanites alike. Show More Summary

Reel Toronto: Hannibal — Season Two

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The second season of Hannibal continued to break boundaries and look awesome as it made its way around the GTA. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

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

2 months 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 […]

Mississauga Hangs Clotheslines Out to Dry

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

City's recent bylaw lays down strict rules about drying laundry—and it's a mistake. The City of Mississauga has regulated clotheslines. As per a new bylaw, passed and enacted July 2, households in the land of Hazel McCallion are permitted...Show More Summary

Eye Weekly/The Grid, 1991–2014

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Wednesday's closure of the Grid brings a 23-year odyssey to an end. Flipping through this week’s print edition of the Grid, one finds no signs the publication folded on Wednesday. There are no final reflections, no retrospectives, no goodbyes—just the usual suggestions about submitting feedback and dating stories. Show More Summary

On Rob Ford’s Bigotry

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We need to talk less about the perpetrator and more about his victims. In one of his very few post-rehab interviews, with the CBC’s Dwight Drummond, Rob Ford tried repeatedly to blame his years of racial slurs, homophobic insults, and misogynistic denigrations on his “disease,” by which he meant his abuse of drugs and alcohol. Show More Summary

How to Get Your Own Official Day

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ever wonder how Toronto gets its official days, weeks, and months of recognition for people, causes, or events? Here's your answer. Mayor Rob Ford proclaims May 17, 2012 to be the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Toronto. Photo by HiMY SYeD from the Torontoist Flickr Pool" /> We’ve got ourselves a lot of Days in this town. Show More Summary

Andrew Wiggins Picked First Overall in NBA Draft

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It was a big night for the Vaughan native, and for basketball in the GTA. Last night, at the 2014 NBA draft, Vaughan’s Andrew Wiggins became the second straight Canadian and second straight player from the GTA to be picked first overall, following Jane and Finch native Anthony Bennett’s no. Show More Summary

Proclaiming Our Pride

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Why Toronto didn't officially proclaim Lesbian and Gay Pride Day until 1991. When Mayor Rob Ford refused to participate in Pride-related events in 2011, it was, as Globe and Mail columnist Marcus Gee put it, “an embarrassment for a city...Show More Summary

The March to Pride

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Celebrations, protests, and community action in the 1970s that made Toronto's Pride possible. It was a simple poster, one that asked people to bring food, drink, and music to Hanlan’s Point on August 1, 1971. Around 300 people followed...Show More Summary

Sound Advice: Brotherhood by Antigen Shift

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The industrial duo's latest album tests the boundaries of their genre. Brotherhood by Antigen Shift Industrial music has made a big comeback in the last few years. Artists such as Zola Jesus, Light Asylum, Youth Code, and Toronto’s own Trust have all been making music that would have fit right in on Wax Trax! Records circa 1991. Show More Summary

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