Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Of course MANifesto has a manifesto. It’s right there in the freakin’ name. No rush on thinking it all through, though. Catch up with the Toronto “Man Band” — a self-described “gaggle of grown-up gays covering songs originated by girl groups” — belatedly via last summer’s entirely lovable mid-pandemic debut “Pinky Swear” and its accompanying … Read more

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Sunday isn’t officially “Occhipinti Day” at the 35th annual Toronto Jazz Festival, but it should be. The Toronto brothers own the late afternoon slots of the TD Main Stage: standup bassist Roberto Occhipinti performs with pianist Adrean Farrugia and drummer Larnell Lewis to showcase his latest project, “The Next Step,” before joining guitarist Michael Occhipinti … Read more

A dance that began in slavery and evolved during the Harlem Renaissance is being reclaimed in Toronto

A dance that began in slavery and evolved during the Harlem Renaissance is being reclaimed in Toronto

An initiative by Toronto’s Dance Immersion aims to “re-centre” tap dance within the context of Black culture. “We’re reclaiming a Black tap tradition,” said Timea Wharton-Suri, the organization’s curator and program director. Dance Immersion was founded in 1994 by executive director Vivine Scarlett with the mandate “to produce, promote and support dancers and dances of … Read more

Metrolinx has become a dirty word in Toronto. Here’s why

Metrolinx has become a dirty word in Toronto. Here’s why

The big number 54 the number of full and partial street closures authorized so far to accommodate work on Metrolinx’s major transit projects in Toronto, like the Ontario Line and the Scarborough Subway. Some, like the closure of the intersection of Yonge and Queen Streets, are set to last for more than four years starting … Read more

Expect good, clean fun now that pedal pubs are getting a dry run on Toronto streets

Expect good, clean fun now that pedal pubs are getting a dry run on Toronto streets

A small victory for fun was won at Toronto city hall this week. And when I say small, I mean small. After two years of pandemic shutdowns and despite reams of municipal red tape, the verdict is in: pedal pubs are rolling into a city near you. On Wednesday morning, city council voted 21-2 to … Read more

Swansea Mews residents refuse city’s order to leave

Swansea Mews residents refuse city’s order to leave

The hundreds of tenants who remain at a beleaguered west Toronto community housing complex are being told they must leave their homes for an uncertain amount of time, with temporary relocations into other public housing communities in the works, after the city declared their homes unsafe. The emergency order for Swansea Mews was issued late … Read more

The city of Toronto calls users of its services ‘clients.’ If we are, I want my money back

The city of Toronto calls users of its services ‘clients.’ If we are, I want my money back

This past week saw one of Toronto’s annual civic “Hunger Games” commence and end within a few minutes: parents trying to sign their kids up online for swimming lessons. A few open spots and many thousands of people vying for them, parents reported the competition was over within five minutes of the 7 a.m. opening. … Read more

Toronto’s housing market convinced me to rent in New York

Toronto’s housing market convinced me to rent in New York

Real estate is emotional. Why? Because a home is more than walls and a roof, it’s container for our lives, our families, our communities. As part of an occasional series, we’ve asked local writers to share their stories on real estate and housing. In the essay “Goodbye to All That,” a wrenching farewell to New … Read more

The ugly truth about CafeTO patios: many are eyesores

The ugly truth about CafeTO patios: many are eyesores

It’s arguably the only good thing to happen to Toronto as a direct result of the pandemic. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit of an eyesore. I’m referring to CaféTO, the city’s hugely popular and hugely necessary program that enabled bars and restaurants to set up curbside patios outside their establishments when the inside was more … Read more

City under fire for awarding $1 million in contracts for private security for Toronto’s parks

City under fire for awarding  million in contracts for private security for Toronto’s parks

Toronto city staff awarded $1 million in sole-sourced contracts to private security companies to prevent homeless people from setting up encampments in public parks, a decision one councillor says was made improperly without council oversight. Staff members issued the contracts, which were broken into two awards that fell below the $500,000 limit put on sole-source … Read more