The complicated history of Canadian blackface

In 1841, travelling American circuses came to Toronto for the first time and blackface came with them. According to University of... Read More

Janice Reid’s “Real Love” intersects race and space

Earlier this week, Mayor John Tory and mayoral candidates Saron Gebresellassi, Knia Singh and Jennifer Keesmaat debated transit... Read More

Marcus Garvey’s place in Toronto’s history

For the past several years, 355 College Street has been home to Thymeless Bar, a reggae nightspot situated just steps from Kensington... Read More

The roots of Doug Ford’s white saviour complex

Race can be an awkward topic of discussion, especially if raised by a Black person. In this instance, some people can interpret the... Read More

Black History Month: Aunt Jemima Kitchens and a history of southern nostalgia in Toronto

In October, 1962, Toronto Daily Star writer Gordon McCaffrey reported that Metro Toronto was becoming a key target area in a massive... Read More

Revisited ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at Buddies shines a spotlight on racialized labour

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” is most remembered for the 1962 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a... Read More

Scarborough’s gun violence a symptom of larger issues

In 2007, Toronto Life painted a depressing, dreary picture of Scarborough as being filled with street gang violence. In July, when 11... Read More

Caribana and the meaning of ordered chaos

For nearly 40 years, Toronto’s Caribbean carnival was called Caribana. Since 2006, it’s been “Scotiabank Caribana,” “the Scotiabank... Read More