The Ward Cabaret is Toronto’s original musical

When immigrants arrived in Toronto in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they disembarked either at Union Station or one of the... Read More

The Toronto Reference Library’s rich collection of Communist newspapers

I am probably the last person you would expect to be perusing Communist literature. I come from a family of Mounties. I have worked on... Read More

Connecting the dots of Nuit Blanche and Toronto Biennial

It’s an exciting time for Toronto. There is a sense of possibility that has always been here but is now manifesting in tangible ways... Read More

WexPOPS pops-up in a vibrant suburban stripmall

WexPOPS is a pilot of the plazaPOPS project, an initiative spearheaded by Daniel Rotsztain, aka The Urban Geographer, and Brendan... Read More

When is efficient too efficient? Tech lessons from the port city of Hamburg

Cities can have ports, and many do. Moreover, successful ports make for thriving cities. But ports are not cities. They are not models... Read More

Vanishing venues: new funding models favour festivals over small music clubs

Since January 2017, Toronto has lost more than one live music venue per month, with 76A, The Central, The Comfort Zone, Hard Rock... Read More

REID: On Public Etiquette

It’s not a coincidence that words for people who understand good etiquette – polite, urbane – are derived from classical words for... Read More