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

12 hours 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

6 days agoCanada / 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

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

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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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

Vintage Toronto Ads: Oscar Peterson

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist's birth. In July 1945, Globe and Mail record reviewer Dillon O’Leary (in his tongue-twistingly-titled column “Hot Platter Patter”) declared that 20-year-old jazz pianist...Show More Summary

Torontoist’s Top Picks for NXNE

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We cut through the noise, and give our best best for the annual music fest. It’s time for another year of NXNE, with free shows and for-money shows all around the downtown core (and a bit beyond). This year featured a big distraction...Show More Summary

Ditch Your Human Legs at AquaMermaid

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It’s not all hair flips and seashell bras; mermaiding is hard work, and one Montrealer is bringing it to Toronto. Mermaid school is not for the faint of heart. What at first seems like a shimmery, fantastic excuse to do your best Ariel impression is in fact a demanding workout that will challenge even experienced swimmers. Show More Summary

Shadows of Pompeii

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The ROM explores life in Pompeii before it was buried under the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park) June 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016 $28 adult admisssion The cloud first appeared in Pompeii in the early afternoon. Show More Summary

Lessons to Learn from the Fight Over Carding

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The mayor has vowed to end carding, there are important lessons to learn from the debate about how and to whom we listen. The moment the story broke that Mayor Tory wanted to end carding was a special one. It was clear the scales had...Show More Summary

Shaw Festival, Part Two: An All-Ages Hit and a Show for Mad Men

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Peter and the Starcatcher soars high with laughter and imagination, but Don Draper would prefer a dance with Sweet Charity. Peter and the Starcatcher Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Nov. 1 $35 – $116 (plus fees) Sweet Charity Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Oct. Show More Summary

Vintage Toronto Ads: Ramsay MacDonald

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The British Prime Minister preached peace during his visit to Toronto in 1929. The train that pulled into Union Station around 6 p.m. on October 15, 1929 was eagerly anticipated. The station was decorated with flags, flowers, and plants to greet the world figure about to arrive. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Americans Got Cookfood

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 Texas Rising is a miniseries produced expressly for Memorial Day about the Texas Revolution. It is basically crap, despite starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, […]

Shaw Festival 2015: Beards, Beach Balls, and Emancipated Women

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Niagara's annual theatre fête kicks off with complementary—but unequal—productions of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea and Shaw's You Never Can Tell. The Lady from the Sea Court House Theatre (26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Sept. Show More Summary

Historicist: VE Day

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How Torontonians marked the end of Europe's Second World War. The morning headline of the Globe and Mail on Monday, May 7, 1945, reflected the sense of anticipation sweeping across Toronto: “WAR END MATTER OF HOURS.” Within an hour of the German surrender at 8:41 p.m. Show More Summary

Public Works: Urban Homesteading Infuses City Life With Traditional Skills

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A U.S. web series hopes to teach city slickers about farming, preserves, and DIY. Here in Toronto we're already on the way, thanks to a growing passion for the "authentic." 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

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