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The #HotlineBlingBooth is Extremely Awkward

11 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In which we dance in the #HotlineBlingBooth so you don't have to The faint echos of Hotline Bling can be heard immediately upon entering the ACC: the Hotline Bling Booth awaits. The booth is a makeshift version of the setting of Drake’s now infamous music video for his hit single. Show More Summary

Historicist: Toronto’s First Mosques

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Two west end sites provided Muslims with their first ongoing public worship spaces during the 1960s. Toronto’s first mosque had little going for it physically. The former leather shop at 3047 Dundas Street West was, according to early attendee Alia Hogben, a “very cheap, very dirty, very crummy little place. Show More Summary

Voices from the Lowdown Tracks

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new documentary explores the stories and music of Toronto's homeless buskers. Their music forms the soundtrack to our daily commutes, yet their stories go largely unheard. In the new documentary The Lowdown Tracks, filmmaker Shelley...Show More Summary

The Raffi Principles

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This weekend, Raffi comes to town supporting a new album and longstanding principles. In 1996, Raffi Cavoukian was struck from his horse on the road to Damascus. For nearly 30 years, the onetime folk singer had been Canada’s most beloved...Show More Summary

Reel Toronto: Pixels

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Adam Sandler brings his latest opus to town to blow things up, arcade style. 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.

More than Refugees: Syria Film Festival Opens in Toronto

A new festival of Syrian films lends context to an ongoing humanitarian crisis. The first annual Syria Film Festival makes its debut this weekend in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall Theatre. Co-presented by the Regent...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Norm Kelly Learns to Beatbox, Scarborough Hotel Could Become Homeless Shelter, Turbo the Goat Arrives in Toronto

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Everyone’s favourite Twitter dad Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) continues his quest to become Toronto’s hippest councillor with a new YouTube beatboxing session. Norm sat down with Beatbox Canada to learn the ins-and-outs of the craft, in […]

Centre Stage: Finding Canada’s Next Opera Star

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Is the Canadian Opera Company looking to draw a younger crowd? We all know that opera is a an art form stereotypically enjoyed by the elder generations. But here’s a question—does one begin to enjoy opera more as they age, or is this a genre only understood by those who lived in a certain time, and will die along with them? Perhaps aiming to prevent this […]

Televisualist: The Worst Channel

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 Turner Classic (“the only movie channel that really matters”) has The Mouse That Roared, the 1959 classic Peter Sellers comedy where the tiny nation of Fenwick […]

A Drone Flight Through High Park’s Fall Colours

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new drone video offers a different view of High Park. If you’ve ever spent an afternoon wandering around High Park, you know that surprises hide within. While most people know about the park’s excellent playground, the High Park Zoo,...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Towhey Denies Responsibility for Former Mayor’s Drunk Driving, Fiona Crean to Join Hydro One, and a Battle Between Libraries

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In an announced today that she would be taking on a new role as Hydro One’s first watchdog when her term ends next month. The change comes after a report released by provincial ombudsman André Marin revealed […]

Weegee: The Original Nightcrawler

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Murder was his business and business was brisk In the 2014 film Nightcrawler, a seasoned news director tells newbie freelance videographer Louis Bloom, “Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” As grisly as it sounds, this is the essence of tabloid journalism, and no one was better at it than Weegee, the self-promoting New […]

Inherent Weisse: Tips & Tricks for Cask Days Kicks

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our helpful tips on how to get the most out of a beer festival. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Cask Days, North America’s biggest cask beer festival, is one of the highlights of my year. The Morana family—the owners of Bar Volo—have been growing their trendsetting festival for 11 years, and this year promises to be the biggest one yet. Show More Summary

You Can Handle the Truth

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Photographer Nir Bareket faces down a tragedy in his family’s Palestinian past with Pandemic Theatre’s They Say He Fell. They Say He Fell Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue) Runs to Oct. 18 $25 – $30 (Sundays PWYC) The...Show More Summary

Nuit Blanche: A Recap

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our two correspondents share their takes of what worked, what didn't, and now not to puke at Nuit Blanche 2015. Nuit Blanche is kind of like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, and can have wildly different outcomes. The two correspondents we sent out are living proof of that. Show More Summary

The Ford Awakens

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Rob Ford makes the jump to the big screen in the new mockumentary Toronah. Torontoist brings you an early report of the movie magic. Jaws dropped all over town a couple of days ago with the news of a new film called Toronah, an unscripted...Show More Summary

Shaping Toronto: Reusing an Old City Hall

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How Toronto and other cities have reused (or plan to readapt) former municipal battlegrounds. Shaping Toronto looks at the decisions, processes, and trends that form the city we know and love. “From Old City Hall to mall?” To some web...Show More Summary

City Council Preview: September–October 2015

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In which we provide your cheat sheet for this month’s city council meeting, and let you know how you can follow along. Today City Council returns from its summer break, and there’s a lot to cover on the agenda. Read about Toronto’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis; the taxi mess; the Gardiner mess; new […]

An Ode to Marcus Stroman

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You can't help but love the Jays' youngest starter, because he reminds us of our best selves. When I have vivid fantasies about the Blue Jays winning the American League East, or the American League Division Series, or the World Series (come on, we all do it), I often think about each individual player’s unique reaction. Show More Summary

Experience Josh Donaldson’s Walkoff Homer Over and Over Again

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

After decades of mostly forgettable baseball, you deserve these moments. Most years, yesterday’s Blue Jays game against the Tampa Bay Rays would mark the last home game of the season. This year, however, by virtue of ending the longest...Show More Summary

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