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Televisualist: The Versatility of the Frozen North

4 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 The Toronto municipal election is here at long last. You have numerous options for coverage: if you want all-night coverage, there’s OMNI (starting at 8 p.m.), […]

The Rise of Islamophobia in Toronto’s Election

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

School Board candidate Ausma Malik has been the target of Islamphobic slurs, and she's not the only one. We need to stand against these vile attacks. Ausma Malik is running for school board trustee in Trinity-Spadina. She wears the hijab,...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Doug Ford Decries Disingenuous Pollsters, Students Protest Grimy Portables, and Paying More to Watch the Jays Lose

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Doug Ford says his campaign’s internal polling puts him in a dead heat with John Tory, despite the fact that Tory has led in every single public opinion poll conducted since early July, including one published today […]

Extra, Extra: Partial Solar Eclipses, Sandro Lisi’s Electioneering, and House Hippos

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. At about 5:40 p.m. today, you might notice something slightly unusual about the sun—that’s because the moon will be throwing its weight around and end up covering roughly two-thirds of that fine star, creating a partial solar […]

Where Are Our Spaces for Public Play?

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Why Toronto sorely needs an arcade revival. In the summer of 2008, Funland Arcade, arguably the last proper arcade in downtown Toronto, closed down. The writing had been on the wall for a while: arcades were past their heyday, usurped by home machines—consoles that looked and played as well as or better than the games arcades offered. Once, arcade machines were readily […]

Toronto Film Tackles Police Violence

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Members of a local community organization share stories of being targeted and abused by police. On October 9, more than a hundred people gathered at the Royal theatre to watch the premiere of What World Do You Live In?, a new Toronto-based film that addresses issues of police violence. Show More Summary

Public Works: Lowering Speeds to Save Lives

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

London's financial district has reduced speed limits on all roads—and reduced traffic fatalities in turn. Should Toronto adopt a similar model? 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

Televisualist: Mocking Kevin O’Leary Since Basically Forever

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 Kingdom is a series about a family of mixed martial arts competitors/trainers, which is certainly a novel concept for a series. Also novel: the fact that […]

Campaign Fact-Check: Doug Ford on Subways, Subways, Subways

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ford was astoundingly dishonest when discussing his transit plan this week. Over the course of this campaign we’ve attempted to provide a basis for comparing the candidates on one simple metric: how often do they lie? For each of the...Show More Summary

Dan Harmon Brings Harmontown to Toronto

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The creator of Community discusses the new documentary about him, the appeal of his podcast, and his irresistible impulses. “I’m trying to be a better person. Didn’t you guys see the movie?” Dan Harmon was grappling with a moral dilemma near the end of recording his podcast Harmontown at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday night. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Seeing Dead

3 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 In preparation for the season premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC is—once again—doing a marathon of the show from the first episode, in preparation for their […]

Our 10 Favourite Things at JFL42 ’14

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We count down the highlights of this year's JFL42 comedy festival, which included a mix of big names, rising stars, and local talent. As we get used to the unorthodox pass-and-credit system used by the JFL42 comedy festival, we’re realizing...Show More Summary

Public Works: China’s Cell Phone Pedestrian Lanes No Mere Gag

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

They may only be a theme park attraction, but these lanes are part of a long tradition of showcasing urban innovation. 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

Books Make Room for Art at Word on the Street

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

At this year's annual book and magazine fair, sculptures will show off new Canadian literature in a unique way. The annual Word on the Street festival returns to Queen’s Park this Sunday—it’s a chance to flaunt your new scarf with aShow More Summary

Racism Is Alive and Well in Toronto

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

If we want to create a just and diverse society, we have to acknowledge how racism shapes this city. Toronto isn’t Ferguson, Missouri. In some ways it’s worse. That’s because we don’t admit there’s a racial divide in this city. We talk...Show More Summary

Just for Laughs Brings the Funny to Toronto

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Five comics talk about yelling at hecklers, drowning in debt, and avoiding Hitler as the 10-day comedy festival approaches. It’s the time of year when everyone could probably use a good laugh—the recent drop in temperatures is making...Show More Summary

Televisualist: We Also Imported the McRib

2 months 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 This season of Dancing With theShow More Summary

Day in the Life of TIFF: Sunday

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In which Denzel Washington talks loftily about acting and is insufferable. Movie stars, for the most part, are not very smart. There’s a joke by the late comic Mitch Hedberg about how asking a comedian if they can act is like asking a cook if they can farm. Likewise, asking an actor if they can talk about acting usually comes to a dead end. Case in […]

Day in the Life of TIFF: Friday

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We're fast approaching peak Bill Murray. One thing I’ve been trying to do during TIFF this year is talk to professional autograph-dealers: the types who lurk on the red carpets, Sharpies in hand, trying to get the celebrities ambling down the red carpets to sign their DVDs and promotional material so they can resell it on eBay. My more direct approaches […]

New Simpsons Art Exhibit Is One You D’oh Not Want to Miss

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

From the literal to the absurd, Homer's Odyssey turns up the nostalgia with everyone's favourite Springfieldianites. Homer Simpson may not have the greatest understanding of the arts, but for Homer’s Odyssey curator Lindsay Cahill he and his nucular family of five are the perfect muse. Show More Summary

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