Toronto dye testing turns ponds and creeks bright green

Toronto dye testing turns ponds and creeks bright green

Toronto residents expressed concern this weekend when local bodies of water appeared to be turning bright, fluorescent green. A Twitter user posted a photo of a neon green pond on Nov. 10, claiming the photo had been taken in Toronto’s High Park. The tweet gained moderate traction, with some Twitter users suggesting that the bright … Read more

Toronto Christmas markets 2022 | TheSpec.com

Toronto Christmas markets 2022 | TheSpec.com

Toronto’s holiday season is kicking off with craft fairs and markets stocked full of unique finds made by local artisans. Shopping for the perfect gift doesn’t have to be stressful and the best finds are often tucked away in one of the city’s many holiday markets. Supporting local artists and crafters can boost the local … Read more

AG Pasquella: From self-published books to mainstream success

AG Pasquella: From self-published books to mainstream success

When Sam Hiyate’s Gutter Press went out of business in 2005, one of the titles it had under contract was a strange, absurdist novella by American expat AG Pasquella called “Why Not a Spider Monkey Jesus?” The book, about a talking chimpanzee who finds fame as a popular televangelist, is a bizarro excavation of America’s … Read more

Toronto ballet lovers: Meet Alonzo King

Toronto ballet lovers: Meet Alonzo King

Hope Muir, in her first full season as the National Ballet of Canada’s artistic director, is introducing Toronto to a celebrated American choreographer few in her audience are likely familiar with. As the marquee work in a triple bill that launches the company’s hometown fall season, Muir is presenting Alonzo King’s “The Collective Agreement,” a … Read more

Can Toronto condos make a ‘natural’ retirement community work?

Can Toronto condos make a ‘natural’ retirement community work?

How do you want to spend the final years of your life? This is the focus of The Third Act, an ongoing series the Star is producing in collaboration with Toronto Metropolitan University and the National Institute on Ageing. It will challenge governments, institutions and individuals to reframe our later years as a time when … Read more

This former Toronto man found money that might belong to a big Canadian union. Why isn’t the union showing him much interest?

This former Toronto man found money that might belong to a big Canadian union. Why isn’t the union showing him much interest?

Once upon a time, Canada was a country abundant in fur fashions. And the fur workers who did the cutting, blocking, matching, sewing, dyeing. It’s mostly gone now, of course, killed off by animal-rights activists since the ’70s and a sharp shift in global attitudes that demonized the wearing of dead animals with fluffy or … Read more

Robots for hire: Toronto startup makes automation for small business

Robots for hire: Toronto startup makes automation for small business

In early 2022, Kris Fekete, an entrepreneur from Newmarket, found himself with a problem he’d never anticipated: he had too many Magic cards and didn’t know what to do with them. Fekete is the co-owner of Enter the Battlefield, a store that specializes in collectible card games — the kind for which players strategically build … Read more

Interview: Celeste Ng on her new book “Our Missing Hearts”

Interview: Celeste Ng on her new book “Our Missing Hearts”

Adolescence can be excruciating, even to think back upon. Hormones churn, bodies are uncontrollable, minds spiral with unsettling thoughts. But there is also quiet beauty beyond the pimples and eye rolls during this time of inquisitiveness and emotional growth, even if we don’t remember the good parts. Over three novels, starting with 2014’s debut “Everything … Read more

Claudia Moore is leaving the Toronto dance scene

Claudia Moore is leaving the Toronto dance scene

Claudia Moore has always been one of Canada’s most extraordinary movers. Soon she’ll be moving on. Now in her 70th year, the celebrated dancer-choreographer is passing the leadership of her Toronto company MOonhORsE Dance Theatre to new hands. The identity of Moore’s successor will be announced at the latest edition of “Older & Reckless,” the … Read more

Is it time Toronto flipped the script on traffic, housing woes?

Is it time Toronto flipped the script on traffic, housing woes?

It’s a news story that sounds like the set-up for a joke your cranky uncle would crack about abstract art: “A painting by abstract Dutch artist Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down in various museums since it was first put on display 75 years ago, an art historian has found,” a story in the … Read more