Wish Toronto politics were more interesting? Careful

Wish Toronto politics were more interesting? Careful

Plenty of people have complained that this Toronto election campaign is boring. Friends, I’m here to tell you there are worse things that can happen to a place than boring politics. Like entertaining politics, for one. I just came from three years living in and writing about the U.S., where the body politic has been … Read more

Ex-Toronto couple enter guilty pleas in ‘prolific and disturbing’ child sex abuse case

Ex-Toronto couple enter guilty pleas in ‘prolific and disturbing’ child sex abuse case

A Toronto man and woman pleaded guilty to a combined 18 criminal charges Thursday linked to the sexual and physical abuse of several victims, including children. Martin Wettlaufer, 39, and Kathleen Wardlaw, 43 — a one-time couple — meanwhile entered not-guilty pleas to dozens of other related charges, including other alleged victims. After their initial … Read more

This ‘Jaws’ play didn’t need a bigger theatre

This ‘Jaws’ play didn’t need a bigger theatre

The Shark is Broken By Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, directed by Guy Masterson. Until Nov. 6 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W. mirvish.com/shows/the-shark-is-broken or 800-461-3333. They didn’t need a bigger theatre. This behind-the-scenes dramedy about the making of the film “Jaws” originated in UK Fringe festivals, with an approximately hour-long running … Read more

This election is the time to debate what Toronto should be

This election is the time to debate what Toronto should be

It’s September of a Winter Olympic year, so you know what that means in Toronto — election fever takes hold! Can’t you just feel it in the air? The kids are back in school, the beach towels are stored away for another season, and that means it’s time to start paying close attention to the … Read more

Yuta Watanabe bids farewell to Raptors fans on Instagram

Yuta Watanabe bids farewell to Raptors fans on Instagram

One of the most popular Raptors of the last two seasons bid farewell on Instagram to Toronto on Sunday. Yuta Watanabe showed his attachment to the city by posting a photo of the Toronto skyline and saying he is cleaning up his room, closing a two-year chapter with the team. “Thank you Toronto I’ll miss … Read more

Queen Elizabeth wanted to know what made Toronto tick

Queen Elizabeth wanted to know what made Toronto tick

During her seven visits to Toronto, Queen Elizabeth did plenty of marvelling: at gleaming municipal buildings, suburban malls, grape-stomping exhibitions. “She really wanted to know what makes Toronto tick,” says former mayor Art Eggleton. Eggleton was mayor in 1984. It was Toronto’s 150th birthday, and the Queen’s second visit to the city. Her first had … Read more

Roxy Music begins 50th anniversary tour in Toronto

Roxy Music begins 50th anniversary tour in Toronto

Nostalgia is a magnanimous mistress. As Roxy Music kicked off its 50th Anniversary 13-date world tour at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night, it didn’t take too long for the crowd to discover that the ravages of time had caught up with at least one member of the iconic British art rock band. Unfortunately, that band … Read more

Palestine’s techno queen Sama’ Abdulhadi set to perform at Electric Island in Toronto

Palestine’s techno queen Sama’ Abdulhadi set to perform at Electric Island in Toronto

Sama’ Abdulhadi, known as the “Queen of Palestinian techno,” has established herself as one of the most celebrated DJs to emerge from the Middle East. Buoyed by the viral success of an exhilarating Boiler Room set in her hometown of Ramallah in 2018 — a set that recently surpassed 10 million views on YouTube — … Read more

Why I’m here to stay in one of Toronto’s oldest condos

Why I’m here to stay in one of Toronto’s oldest condos

I moved into 40 Homewood Ave. 20 years ago this month. That’s small beer in the storied history of the building, a.k.a. York Condo Corporation 75, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Back in 1972, condominiums were a new and somewhat radical innovation in the Canadian housing market, a chance for renters to become … Read more

After losing singer and guitarist Dallas Good, the Sadies talk healing, touring and what’s next

After losing singer and guitarist Dallas Good, the Sadies talk healing, touring and what’s next

It’s hard to think of an event in recent memory that has torn a more gaping hole in the soul of the Toronto music community than the sudden death of Dallas Good this past February. Not only was Good one of the most gifted, versatile and egoless players ever to grace a stage anywhere on … Read more