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Luke Cage’s second season, like other Marvel series, has stop-and-start pacing and supporting character arcs that don’t move the main plot forward more

TV & Streaming

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Samuel Engelking

Activists say the review is necessary to help ease the tension and mistrust between the LGBTQ+ community and police which is in “a state of crisis” more

News

Kehlani and Brandy are headlining, but many more performers and DJs active in queer scenes locally and internationally are also in town. We went deep into this year’s lineup to unearth some gems more

Features

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Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre (@TO_CouncilFire) via Twitter

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square has gotten two upgrades: a custom-vinyl wrap around its famous photo-op letters and the addition of a Medicine Wheel. more

News

Katy Perry released I Kissed A Girl a decade ago to heavy backlash from LGBTQIA+ communities. As the recent release of Rita Ora's Girls shows, the culture hasn't changed as much as we like to congratulate ourselves for. more

Features

Pride Toronto's new Plant-Based Zone features vegan and vegetarian food and lifestyle options like NONA's rainbow mac and cheese, VegHeads's soups and more. more

Food & Drink

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Samuel Engelking

While many comics should be household names – Scott Thompson, James Adomian and Guy Branum, for starters – the gay community would rather line up for an eighth-place Drag Race queen than see one of them more

Comedy

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David Hou

The veteran actor brings over half a century's worth of experience to the role of Shakespeare's wronged sorcerer more

Theatre

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Nearly half of all queer folks identify as bi, yet bisexuals and pansexuals have never had official representation at Pride. That changes at Pride Toronto 2018, where the Bi+ Pride initiative ensures bi visibility. more

Life

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Kasa Moto

Café Boulud, Kasa Moto and Oretta are some of the high-end restaurants you can dine at on a budget during Summerlicious, where 200 participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus more

Food

Catherine Hernandez, Monét X Change, Elvira Kurt, Anders Yates and others on Pride fails, sex ed, reality shows and Roseanne more

, Culture

For those of us living in the bubble known as downtown Toronto, last Thursday’s majority win for Ford’s PCs was a shock to values we thought we shared with other Ontarians – welcome to the new normal in politics. more

News

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Peter Biesterfeld

Democracies don’t run on autopilot – the conversations we have with our neighbours, friends and families in between elections are equally important more

News

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Quantrell D. Colbert

Brampton-bred director talks blaxploitation reboots, local dance sensations and T.O.’s hip-hop history more

Interviews & Features

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Martin Fox

Jessica Cho, who DJs under the name Korea Town Acid, is having her busiest year yet. The Toronto artist has released her debut EP, Mahogani Forest, on Cosmic Resonance. more

Features

Sylvain Émard’s large-scale, free outdoor Le Grand Continental finds 220 non-professionals dancing up a storm more

Stage

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Matt Williams

Concert review: Kendrick Lamar's TDE Championship tour at Budweiser Stage in Toronto. Though it was billed as a label showcase with Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more, SZA's absence made it feel more like a typical opener-opener-headliner show. more

Concert reviews

Performers are using drag to show how masculinity can be gentle, compassionate and radical more

Culture

Your guide to the best rooftop patios in Toronto's bar and restaurant scene including Assembly Chef's Hall, Drake Mini Bar and Pick 6ix. more

, Food & Drink

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Samuel Engelking

Unauthorized retrospective of the British street artist's gallery work is a reminder that desperate “punking” of capitalism is still capitalism. And nothing but more

Art & Design