Toronto is a beach city and summer isn’t over yet. We checked out all 11 designated swimming beaches from a swimmer’s point of view.
1000 Strings create a transcendent aural spectacle in Yonge Dundas Square.
Stroll through a neighbourhood on a warm summer evening, as we often do, and the gardens and front porches, empty chairs or people sitting out, parked bikes and strollers all hint at details of private lives.
Although some urban change is in the direction of interesting and unique, most is more like the malling of the city.
A café gives strict instructions on how to behave while you’re there. Could it really be the type of place that once fostered tolerance and civility?
Before there was a neighbourhood, streets or public transit, there was a school. Since 1911, Oakwood Collegiate has been an anchor at the heart of a community. That is how we used to do city building – first the infrastructure, then the housing.
A brick garage disintegrates and is replaced by giant planter boxes with their own irrigation system. Here’s how it was done and the delicious produce.
Carol Gimbel, founder and artistic director of Music in the Barns, generates the visionary experiential concerts performed in a repurposed transit carbarn at Artscape Wychwood Barns.
The CSI creates and animates co-working spaces, connecting and supporting people who are trying to make the world they want to live in.
A visit to New Orleans evokes reminders of the city’s rich streetcar history and prompts contemplation of the construction frenzy in Toronto that has demolished much of our urban history leaving us to suffer from antiquities envy.
Two movies that are worth leaving the house for. Rosewater and CitizenFour are engrossing and moving; they add context and nuance to the nightly news and our daily lives.
Killarney Provincial Park is the only park in the world founded by artists. Only four-and-a-half hours from Toronto, its pristine state is awe-inspiring.
Did you know we have one? Toronto’s Food Policy Council, the first in North American, was established as a subcommittee by the Board of Health in 1991.
An October walk through Cedarvale ravine, an easily overlooked topographical treasure.
It’s true, it feels the mayoral campaign has been going on since the beginning of time. And it all seems to be about the personalities instead of issues. Don’t let that put you off.
Martha Baillie is a novelist who produces more than a manuscript. In constructing her fiction she sometimes fabricates artifacts – objects and evidences of the world she is creating.
UPDATE 2018! Bountiful harvest of our local hidden-in-plain-sight treasure.
We follow a sculptor as he proposes and gets a commission then proceeds to turn the winning concept into a larger-than-life work of art that will withstand the ages.
Facing the wall of condos that separates the city from the lake we encounter astonishing new public art. Here’s a sampling.
With no big blocks of real estate left for parks in our dense urban landscape, the city has been creating public areas in the spaces between and around new condos and commercial developments. These are POPS (Privately Owned Publicly-Accessible Spaces). How do they work and how can we use them?
Art Spin is a local art event and tour on bicycles. Two of our intrepid contributors took the challenge on a recent summer evening. They saw art installations, performances (musical and theatrical) and had some great food.
In a small corner park on Vaughan Road is an artwork called the Community Totem, created by the people who live around there. The installation grounds that little park in time as well as geography; in depth of history and in breadth of the local population.
A dual citizen reflects on bridging the distance home.
City footbridges are rarely glimpsed through car windows; they are revealed to those tramping obscure footpaths or meandering the lakeshore. Here are some favourites.
How long does it take to become Canadian? Not simply to obtain citizenship, but for an immigrant to be at home here in Canada. The main conclusion of a just-released report is that even after living in Canada for decades, if you lose your job you are worse off than when you arrived…
Photo essay by Schuster Gindin. Home in Toronto.
Construction workers below grade at a site on Yonge St north of Dundas as they begin the tower.
Condo construction downtown seems an overnight transformation of our city. Meanwhile the speed at which the city moves to direct and control growth seems glacial. What can chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat do?
Everywhere you look, this is what you see.