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

7 hours agoCanada / 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

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

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

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

3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

Extra, Extra: Cherry Blossoms, a Jilly’s Update, and Sex Education Opposition

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. It’s that time of year, when you remember you still haven’t planned anything for Mother’s Day (shame on you), and the High Park cherry blossoms approach peak bloom. The best day to check out the sakura will […]

Revenge Porn From the 19th Century

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Coal Mine Theatre's revival of August Strindberg's Creditors is a brilliant, brutal look at jealousy and marital breakdown. Creditors The Coal Mine Theatre (798 Danforth Avenue) Runs to May 17 $15 – $30 In its first season, the Coal Mine Theatre has been more like a torture chamber. Show More Summary

A Sinner at Hot Docs

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A controversial Hot Docs film sheds light on local efforts by queer, Muslim Torontonians to build community. Filmmaker Parvez Sharma is nervous. His film, A Sinner in Mecca, is making its sold-out North American premiere at the Hot Docs Festival. Show More Summary

Rodney Ascher and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Dream

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brings the nocturnal phenomenon of sleep paralysis to life in The Nightmare. Rodney Ascher looks tired. He clutches a paper cup of coffee, slight bags under his eyes, and he’s running late in his morning lineup of press interviews. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Hydro One Consultants, Bill Blair the Politician, and the Sad Raptors Recap

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The provincial NDP criticized the Liberal government for spending $7 million on consultants to prepare a report to sell off 60 per cent of Hydro One. The Liberals defend the move as necessary to getting the sale […]

Televisualist: Psychic Liemaker

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 Children’s Hospital, the absolutely...Show More Summary

Remembering the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Despite overwhelming evidence of the atrocity, some Turkish groups oppose commemoration, creating local battles over who gets to define history--even in Toronto. On August 22, 1939, eight days before he gave the go ahead to invade Poland, Adolf Hitler gave a speech about his intentions and how he would reach his goals. Show More Summary

Boring Machine Exciting

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Dozens of transit geeks showed up to Eglinton and Allen Rd. on Saturday night to watch the second Eglinton Crosstown tunnel borer get moved. It’s not every day you see a 400-tonne machine pulled by a massive trailer. This weekend, dozens...Show More Summary

The Scary Truth About Tom at the Farm

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

At Buddies in Bad Times, Michel Marc Bouchard’s original play proves to be darker—and funnier—than the Xavier Dolan film. Tom at the Farm Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street) Runs to May 10 $27-$37 (Rush tickets $20) If, like most...Show More Summary

Televisualist: The Summer Baking Extravaganza

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 Brad Meltzer’s Lost History features the bestselling author who, once per episode, recovers a valuable historical artifact (the flag which flew over Ground Zero, the original […]

The Torontoist Guide to the Raptors Playoffs

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Don't count your baskets before they're shot. In the Torontoist guide to the 2015 Raptors playoffs, we outline what you need to know, and some things you don’t. Wooooo! Playoffs, baby! Wooooooo! Yes. The Toronto Raptors have, for the second year in a row, made the NBA playoffs. You seem awfully sedate. WE’RE IN THE PLAYOFFS! MOST WINNING RAPTORS TEAM EVER! DIVISION […]

Reel Toronto: Madonna: Innocence Lost

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. Gentle […]

Jazz fest starts with free Stevie Wonder concert

In case you miraculously haven’t heard about it by now, Stevie Wonder is coming to the Montreal Jazz Fest this year! His free concert, tonight at 9:30 at the GM stage (corner of St-Catherine and Jeanne-Mance), kicks off the festivities, and approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend. As the Gazette reports, despite the fact […]

Polls Are Not Prophecy…Or Are They?

f polls are so statistically telling why is it that less than 40% actually vote? Am I supposed to judge whom I vote for based on the opinion of 40% or 400 people when 40% of them will likely go to the ballot box. Hmmm, 64 people out of 600,000+ that typically vote.

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