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Historicist: Eden Smith and the Arrival of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Toronto

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:10:52 +0000

A key figure within the Canadian Arts and Crafts movement, and well-connected to the cultural elite, Toronto architect Eden Smith made a lasting impact on the urban fabric of the city.

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Born in Birmingham, England, at the epicentre of the Second Industrial Revolution in 1859, Eden Smith was brought up as the son of a successful craftsman. He showed a strong affinity early on for art, architecture, and design, and he attended the Birmingham School of Art. Smith’s middle-class education placed him in line with many […]

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Stairway To Stardom: How #Stepgate Put Toronto on the Map

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:45:01 +0000

And why we should all be thanking Toronto's crusading columnist, who is still out there chasing the gravy train.

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She may write for a major Toronto newspaper, but no story is seemingly too inconsequential for the Sun‘s resident Right Wing Gay Jewish Muckraker, Sue-Ann Levy, who, not unlike Batman in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, can be thought of as Toronto’s watchful protector, always there when The Little Guy is getting pushed around […]

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Albion Cinemas, Etobicoke’s Bollywood Shrine: An Appreciation

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:00:01 +0000

“India is known for its culture, and over here we do the same thing. No other cinema does that. People have to come here to watch those movies. And it’s like a community."

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For the western filmgoer, visiting Albion Cinemas can feel like entering an alternate reality. Located at the Albion Centre mall in North Etobicoke, where first generation immigrants are over 50 per cent of the population, the Albion is one of three movie theatres in the GTA that exclusively show Indian cinema. The theatre is more than […]

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Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, July 20-25

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:35:30 +0000

This week's edition features Burlesque and Beaches Jazz festivals; outdoor screenings, cabaret, and Shakespeare; a pirate ship show and party, and a memorial for the creator of the zombie film genre.

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Thursday, July 20 The Toronto Burlesque Festival features dozens of performers, both local (Pastel Supernova, Coco Framboise, Kage Wolfe) and international (Las Vegas’s Roxi D’Lite, Munich’s Harden Reddy, Minneapolis’s Redbone), at shows at Revival and the Mod Club. In addition to the nighttime showcases, there are also workshops this weekend taught by multiple performers in […]

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It’s Not Me, It’s You, Metrolinx

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:45:04 +0000

New lines like the Eglinton Crosstown will be worth some inconveniences, but Metrolinx appears to be battling City Council for the title of most dysfunctional transit builder.

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Metrolinx, mon cher ami, we have to talk. Or, more importantly, you do. Let me say a few things first, to explain the problem I’m having with your communication in this relationship. Like several thousand other Torontonians, I live in the midst of the Crosstown construction project. For several years, the road I live on […]

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Columnist to Millennials: No Family Money to Buy a House? Just Leave the City

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:45:53 +0000

The reality is our system is a deeply flawed, neoliberal hellscape in which the wealthy can afford to live anywhere they like.

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Matt Gurney, a former National Post columnist now with GlobalNews and an upper-end millennial (in terms of both age and, apparently, wealth), would like other millennials living in Toronto to know that housing here is expensive. He’d also like you to know that that’s okay, to him. In a column last week, he explains that he’s […]

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Highlights and Lowlights from the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:30:27 +0000

Here's what our reviewers thought worked (and didn't) at this year's Fringe, and what could be improved upon.

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This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival was the largest to date, with 160 shows to see and daily programming (and partying) at the festival’s new club and headquarters at Scadding Court at Dundas and Bathurst streets. Navigating it all was exhilarating and exhausting, but nearly 70,000 patrons and artists did. Here’s what we observed. The Toronto […]

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Feminist Street Artists Transform Parkdale Alleyway into Public Gallery

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:15:22 +0000

Twenty artists attempt to capture the diversity of being a woman in freshly painted murals—but the project is not without criticism

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A roster of all woman-identifying artists have turned a derelict Parkdale alleyway into an outdoor art gallery of murals representing intersectional feminism. With support from the City of Toronto Transportation Services Division’s StreetARToronto (StART) program, the 2,000-square-foot, gloomy laneway that runs north behind 1468 to 1486 Queen Street West has become a vibrant crossing for west-end […]

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Why Are So Many of Us Rejoicing in a Rooming House Becoming a Condo?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:30:37 +0000

The Palace Arms, a 19th century rooming house at King and Strachan, has served as an affordable home to poor men.

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I used to walk by the Palace Arms every morning on my way to the office. It’s an old rooming house in Toronto’s west end. I’ve never been inside, but often some of the people who lived there would be hanging around out front. Like a guy named Rick. He seemed to be always fiddling […]

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Anti-Fascists Disrupt Proud Boys Rally at Queen’s Park

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:45:01 +0000

Canada's most prominent white supremacist was among those who spoke at the rally and urged support for the "Halifax Five," who disrupted an Indigenous ceremony on Canada Day.

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A rally in support of the five Proud Boys who disrupted an Indigenous ceremony in Halifax on Canada Day was interrupted by anti-racist and anti-fascist demonstrators at Queen’s Park on Saturday. The rally was hosted by Students in Support of Free Speech, a University of Toronto campus group. About 60 people showed up to the rally […]

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Vibrancy of Afrofest 2017 In Photos and Video

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:57:45 +0000

More than 100,000 attended the 29th annual festival, celebrating African and Caribbean culture.

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Thousands flocked to Woodbine Park last weekend to dance and eat and enjoy local and international performers on stage at Afrofest 2017. Presented by Music Africa, this year marked the 29th anniversary of what’s been called the largest free African music festival in North America. Some of the featured international artists included Bracket (Nigeria), X Maleya (Cameroon), […]

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Outrage Continues Following the Toronto Public Library’s Decision to Allow Gathering of Neo-Nazis

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:43:17 +0000

Mayor John Tory, several City Councillors, and other librarians called for the event to be cancelled.

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The old-guard of Toronto’s neo-Nazi movement went forward with their memorial service at a Toronto Public Library Etobicoke branch last night, despite widespread objection from Jewish organizations, Toronto City Councillors, and members of the public. The event was a memorial for Barbara Kulaszka, who acted as legal counsel for members of the group and fought […]

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