15 Thoughts Commuters Have on a Daily Basis

In no particular order of frequency… Do mind readers walk among us? What if there is one on this train with me right now? I shouldn’t feel embarrassed. They’re probably like gynaecologists: they’ve seen it all, so nothing shocks them. But maybe if I think of something really weird in, like, caps lock or word art or something, one of them will flinch and break … Continue reading 15 Thoughts Commuters Have on a Daily Basis

Staying in on Sunday with a Denzel double feature

Sundays are a toss-up. For some it’s the day of rest. For others it’s a day to get things done. And then there is that fickle group of people who fluctuate between the two. Whether you deliberately planned to relax today, or all your friends flopped on brunch plans at the last minute, we’ve got you covered with a Denzel double feature to keep you … Continue reading Staying in on Sunday with a Denzel double feature

Toronto kicks off Christmas in the city with annual Cavalcade of Lights

It isn’t the holiday season in Toronto until the Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square has been lit. Not a city to pass up an opportunity for a party, the annual Cavalcade of Lights will feature music, entertainment, and fireworks. This year marks the 49th Annual Cavalcade of Lights, and tonight’s show is guaranteed to be thrilling. Far from limiting itself to musical performances, tonight’s show … Continue reading Toronto kicks off Christmas in the city with annual Cavalcade of Lights

Canadians unimpressed with country’s Black Friday Lite

“There is no Black Friday here,” declared Toronto resident, Brianna Legall. For many Canadians, our sorry imitation of the sales bonanza south of the border is like Black Friday Lite: a lot healthier, but not quite capable of satisfying our appetites. A few years ago, the event was virtually non-existent in Canada, but now many Canadian retailers are boasting half-off sales and door crashers for Black Friday. … Continue reading Canadians unimpressed with country’s Black Friday Lite

Tomorrow’s Drake Night at Raptors game expression of rapper’s Torontoᵀᴹ

One thing’s for sure: Drake either has a wicked understanding of marketing, or he’s hired one stellar team. Love him or hate him, he has effectively moulded the city in his image. Branding is about crafting associations, and there is no mistaking his fingerprints are all over what it means to be from Toronto. Tomorrow’s Raptors game against the Cleveland Cavaliers will be another expression … Continue reading Tomorrow’s Drake Night at Raptors game expression of rapper’s Torontoᵀᴹ

Scarborough haters: Do you even live here?

In a variation on the Lion King meme, Mufasa says to his son, “Look Simba. Everything the light touches is Toronto.” “Wow,” says Simba. “But what about that shadowy place?” “That is Scarborough,” Mufasa says. “You must never go there.” Scarborough: the misunderstood district to the east. With nicknames like Scarberia and Scarlem denouncing the distance and supposed crime rate of the place, it’s no … Continue reading Scarborough haters: Do you even live here?

Subjects become revolutionaries in The Hunger Games finale

In recent years, production companies have opted to divide the final instalment of blockbuster franchises into two parts. To hit extra plot points from the source material, sure, but most likely to get additional bang for their buck. The benefits of this is the ability to hit the ground running in the second half, and this was certainly a good choice for The Hunger Games: … Continue reading Subjects become revolutionaries in The Hunger Games finale

Present day crimes reveal ancient sins in Crimson Shore

“Two lobster rolls, please,” said Pendergast as they stepped up to the shack. The food quickly arrived: massive chunks of lobster in a creamy sauce, overstuffed into a buttered, split-top hot dog roll and spilling out into their cardboard trays. “How does one eat it?” Constance said, eyeing hers. “I am at a loss.” This subtly hilarious excerpt gives us our two main characters trying … Continue reading Present day crimes reveal ancient sins in Crimson Shore

Paris attacks: one week later

Last Friday’s horrific events in Paris left the world shocked and angry. But beyond those feelings of horror, there was a sense of overwhelming helplessness not only in terms of how to act, but how to think. ISIL’s attacks stepped up debates new and old on the issues of refugees, religious extremism, Western hegemony, and more. In the week since, news outlets have been in a frenzy … Continue reading Paris attacks: one week later