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Books Make Room for Art at Word on the Street

4 days agoCanada / 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

4 days agoCanada / 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

6 days agoCanada / 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

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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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

Public Works: Copenhagen’s Bicycle Skyway Makes Riding Safe and Convenient

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new elevated bike path is part of the city's goal to become the “best bicycle city” in the world. 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

Extra, Extra: Superman Coins, Voters’ Lists, and Recreation Registration

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Last year, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a seven-coin Superman series, which then proceeded to sell out. Now the mint has created four new collector coins featuring some of the most iconic Superman comic book covers. The […]

Scene: Toronto’s New Streetcars Roll Out at Last

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Hundreds turned up at Spadina Station this weekend to ride the TTC's much-hyped new vehicle. WHERE: Spadina Station WHEN: Sunday, August 31 WHAT: The long-awaited debut of Toronto’s new streetcars. Hundreds of transit enthusiasts cheered...Show More Summary

Historicist: Hans in the Kitchen

3 weeks 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

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

2 months 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

2 months agoCanada / 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

2 months agoCanada / 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?

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 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

2 months agoCanada / 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

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