What’s that up in the tree? It’s furry and white. Is it a squirrel? An opossum? No, it’s not. It’s one of Toronto’s nocturnal tormentors and summer wise guys.
What do you do when a tree on your property has to come down? Use the wood to create a resting and chatting place for passers-by.
On May 15, 1953, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charles Mingus and Bud Powell played together at Massey Hall in Toronto in a recorded concert that became “Jazz at Massey Hall: The Quintet”. To Ambrose Roche and jazz lovers everywhere, the sounds were revolutionary.
A historic Toronto high school is being revitalized with the help of a local community group. Here is the plan for a new recreational and green space for students and neighbours. You’re invited to help and celebrate!
What is Toronto’s future? Should it build a subway out to Scarborough? Should it raise taxes or cut services? Since we can’t trust our politicians to be guided by the facts, is there another solution? Can the sun, moon and stars offer some insight into what we should do?
Ryerson University’s new Student Learning Centre is architecturally innovative in a sea of bland new construction. More importantly, it’s an effective instructional space, especially for students learning how to solve big-city problems.
Toronto streetcars are iconic and the city is investing more in its streetcar infrastructure. As these increasingly longer vehicles glide by, do you ever wonder how they turn around? Where they start out and where they end up? Here’s as close to an answer as you’ll get.
Once again in Toronto someone is out to prove that you don’t have to be athletic to enjoy going outside in winter. That’s right, no skiing, skating or sledding involved.
After Marcie Ponte immigrated to Canada with her family in the early 60s her young life was marred by tragedy and unforeseen challenges. Undaunted, she went on to create a good life for herself while making a remarkable contribution to the lives of immigrant women.
Since Ontario school boards are no longer allowed to raise tax dollars, the Toronto Board has begun selling off older schools, often historic buildings, for cash to make repairs on other aging schools. Many of the sold properties are demolished, usually not in the best interests of their communities.
Toronto offers a rich array of live classical music on every scale of performance. In addition to large concert halls, there are small venues where you can hear solo and ensemble performances by musicians at every level of professional accomplishment playing stimulating new, unconventional, or seldom heard compositions.
When Eric Plato was growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario in the 1970s he had no idea that he was the great-grandson of a man who had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad in the 19th century and settled in Canada.
Presto is a plastic card that will replace cash, Metropasses, tickets and eventually tokens on the TTC. Sounds good but implementation troubles have meant delaying its launch. We look at the promise and problems of Presto.
Councillor Joe Mihevc’s dedication to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is unwavering. Like a proud father, the self-described transit geek dotes over this growing colossal public service, which in 2021 will celebrate its 100th anniversary. His own father was a TTC mechanic.
Acclaimed photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has produced a phenomenal body of work documenting people, cultures and ways of life in different parts of the world. His photo essays include compelling images from New York City, the Caribbean, Mexico, Havana, a number of places in Italy, and of course Toronto.
What will we do for a delicious tomato and once we find it how far will we go to make sure we get one every year? Gardeners and eaters alike will appreciate this journey.
Surprising as it may seem, right now is some of the best swimming of the year in Toronto. The lake is a large body of water – it cools slowly long into the fall, just as we know it takes forever to warm up in the summer. Swimming on sunny warm October days is bonus summer.
Trinity-Bellwoods Park is a hub of urban activity in downtown Toronto. It was not always so. It used to be a 50-acre field with a small river famous for its salmon fishing. Our resident historian Robert Fisher traces the history of the park from its bucolic days to its bohemian times to its current artists’ oasis.
Maps have always told us more than where we are or how to get where we’re going. A cartography exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library demonstrates the ravenous, fill-in-all-the-blanks nature of the European age of exploration.
Bria Weaver is nothing if not passionate about her Roncesvalles food tour venture: Food Nook Tours. We caught up with her a few weeks ago for a private food tasting tour of five purveyors in her west end Toronto neighbourhood.
What do you do when five of your eight dinner guests have a total of six different food restrictions, some with multiple limitations? Here’s how to handle it with finesse.
Returning home to Toronto recently, Ambrose Roche found comfort, excitement and inspiration in the fascinating and varied gardens of the Gardiner Museum.
India is a kaleidoscope of a country with 14 official languages and four major religions. Luckily, this dizzying diversity has been transplanted to thriving neighbourhoods in Toronto.
A continuation of our story following the commissioning and creation of the public sculpture TO THE RIVER, which will be installed near the Humber River in Toronto.
Our thrilling trek though the derelict industrial site of the Hearn Generating Station, now the locus for the Luminato Festival.
How did world-renowned Inu sculptor Abraham Anghik Ruben hook up with a Woodbridge art gallery and its Italian-Canadian owners? It started with a dream…
We know that Lake Ontario is slow to warm in the spring, but the heat and pea soup humidity around here drove us to the beach. The dip was exhilarating!
A church site is always filled with religious symbols, and it is strange to see this non-Christian anomaly on their land. But that is a part of the point – it is not their land. Embedding a Native cultural symbol in the actual land is a very concrete recognition of this state of affairs.
Mending was once a part of everyday life. At the Mending Lounge local artists will explore mending through experimentation, innovation and signature styles in this pop-up public event that takes a participatory approach as it aims to bring attention to a fading practice.
Artists abound along St. Clair W and local café Stella’s Lunchbox is fast becoming a new art hub.
Who and what does it take to protect the trees and turn a trash-strewn laneway into a tiny community garden and social space?