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Bidding for the Summer Olympics

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Reviewing Toronto's five previous attempts to display the Olympic rings. As the 1952 Summer Olympics wound down in Helsinki, Canadian Olympic Association (COA) president A. Sidney Dawes believed our country was nowhere near ready to win the games. Show More Summary

Spotted: Blazing Tower Power

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

SPOTTED BY: Tharanga Ramanayake WHERE: CityPlace WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 10:00 p.m. WHAT:The Pan Am Games closed with a literal bang, as evidenced by the time-lapse footage from one Torontoist reader of last night’s jaw-dropping CN Tower fireworks display. According to Joshua Hind, the PANAMANIA site manager at Nathan Phillips Square, the CN Tower display […]

Newsstand: July 23, 2015

Happy Little Thursday! In the news: the global spotlight is on Scarborough sprinter Andre De Grasse, who took gold in yesterday's 100m race. Also, a man in California has replicated the Guvernment nightclub, and aerial drones remind us Toronto is A-Okay. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 22, 2015

It's day two of athletics at the Pan Am Games, which means we all wonder how the triple jump works. In the news: the SIU finds no criminal wrongdoing in the Peel Jermaine Carby case, the TTC probably won't open early on Sundays after the Pan Am Games, and your unicorn chaser for the day. Show More Summary

Spotted: Toronto Sunset Timelapse

Sunset Timelapse in Toronto from Liam Kearney on Vimeo. WHERE: Downtown Toronto WHEN: Sunday, July 19 WHAT: This weekend’s sunsets saw the skyline aflame, and Torontoist reader Liam Kearney caught the action in slow-motion. Spotted features interesting things our readers discover in their journeys across Toronto. If you spot something interesting, send a photo and […]

Televisualist: Rick and Andie

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 Deep Blue Sea, the movie about superintelligent sharks with That One Amazing Scene Which We’re Not Gonna Ruin. Also featuring Thomas Jane, before he was… well, […]

Historicist: Patrick Macnee, Before the Bowler

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A budding star finds opportunities on stage and screen in 1950s Toronto. In 1952, 30-year-old Patrick Macnee arrived in Toronto with less than 10 pounds in his pocket and checked into a downtown YMCA. The struggling actor had found limited...Show More Summary

An Inside Look at Summerlicious

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontoist contributor and restauranteur Samira Mohyeddin gives an industry view on the mixed emotions that come with Summerlicious and Winterlicious. I have been participating in Summerlicious and Winterlicious for the past seven years—not as a diner, but as an owner of a decade-old little Iranian restaurant along Queen West. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Alex Trebek

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Jeopardy! host was CBC Radio's morning man for a year in the early 1970s. A sunny day on a Toronto rooftop, 1972. CBC Radio’s roster of local announcers gathers for a summery, stylish photoshoot. Sitting in a deck chair front and...Show More Summary

Torontoist Week in Review: July 6-10

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. It Takes a Village… from Giordano Ciampini on Vimeo. Touring the Pan Am Athetes’ Village The 2015 Pan Am Games are officially underway! […]

Touring the Pan Am Athletes’ Village

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

International athletes break in the West Don Lands neighbourhood. It Takes a Village… from Giordano Ciampini on Vimeo. It’s easy to simultaneously feel impressed and cynical while wandering the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: John Tory’s Had the Time of His Life, Bike Share Toronto to Expand, and Toronto’s Gold Medal

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. If you wanted a reason to love our mayor, here’s a video of John Tory and Luminato artistic director Jörn Weisbrodt singing karaoke in June. (And a hat tip to NOW journalist Jonathan Goldsbie for bringing this […]

The Toronto Maple Leafs Off-season Preview

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Leafs were bad last season. But with a few smart moves, optimism might be warranted again. July 1 marks the beginning of the NHL free-agency period, which is a benchmark of hockey’s off-season. Being a lousy team, the Toronto Maple Leafs did not make the playoffs so their off-season started in early April. Show More Summary

David Byrne Brings Colour to Luminato

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The revered Talking Heads frontman wrings high art from the high school football field. Contemporary Color – Luminato 2015 from 8 String Media on Vimeo. Leave it to the legendary experimenter, David Byrne, to turn a fixture of North American high school pep rallies into a spectacle of multimedia performance art. Show More Summary

Queer Author Faces Backlash for Children’s Pride Book

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A 28-page LGBTQ-themed ABC book has fired up controversy among the school board and parents. In the working draft of Catherine Hernandez’s ABC Pride children’s book, M is for Mustache, the letter Q, she wrote, stands for “Quiet Down,...Show More Summary

The Anatomy of the MMVAs

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our MMVA correspondent studies the practiced perfection of red-carpet stars. The first thing we see is his hair—a thick, flowing wave on top, but buzzed at the sides, slowly disintegrating into a tasteful stubble beard as it makes its way past his ears. By the time his twinkly eyes and shiny teeth have emerged from the car and onto the red carpet of the Much […]

A Tour of Luminato With Director Jorn Weisbrodt

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We went over the rainbow to check out what this summer's premiere arts extravaganza had to offer. From a contemporary colour guard to an industrial rave in an abandoned power plant, this year’s Luminato festival has breadth. But on Friday,...Show More Summary

The Frank D’Angelo Cinematic Universe

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We examine the body of work from Toronto's most prolific filmmaker. “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” -Henry Hill, Goodfellas Even if you don’t think you want to be a gangster, there’s a certain appeal about being a gangster in a movie. Maybe you don’t want to be the Henry Hill who buries people in upstate New York, […]

Acting With His Guard Down

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

At Luminato, Daniel MacIvor gets vulnerable for an intimate (and witty) solo show about the troubled American storyteller Spalding Gray. Who Killed Spalding Gray? Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West) June 20 and 21 $29Show More Summary

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