The very first ride at the CNE

It all started back in the mid-1800s, as a relatively small provincial fair. They held it in a field out behind Upper Canada College... Read More

Happy birthday to the Toronto streetcar system

There are perhaps few things more symbolic of Toronto than its streetcars. For more than 150 years, surface rail has formed the... Read More

Mary Pickford’s most magical photographs

Back in the early 1900s, Mary Pickford wasn’t just one of the most famous people from Toronto. She was one of the most famous... Read More

Dead rail lines, lost streets, and more Toronto oddities

There’s a couple of new lofts at the southeast corner of Carlaw and Dundas. The courtyard between the two buildings curves... Read More

John Graves Simcoe, Napoleon Bonaparte & the politics of horse shit

This is a photo of horse shit. But it’s not just any photo of horse shit. This horse shit is on Woodbury Common — a beautiful... Read More

SUMMER OF THE GUN: 10 years later, conclusion

 By John Lorinc and Idil Burale In 2005, the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force made the following call to action: “No one... Read More

SUMMER OF THE GUN: 10 years later, pt. III

By Idil Burale and John Lorinc In Toronto, we are good at starting things, but we tend not to follow through or evaluate them down the... Read More

SUMMER OF THE GUN: 10 years later, pt. II

The response to the summer of the gun has been characterized as a combination of prevention (i.e. place-based investment) and... Read More

SUMMER OF THE GUN, 10 years later: Part I

In a four part series, Spacing’s senior editor John Lorinc and columnist Idil Burale look back on the “summer of the... Read More

The Toronto link to America’s bloodiest serial killer

The bodies of the children were buried under the cellar floor. In a gloomy crawlspace beneath the home at 16 St. Vincent St. near... Read More