The Toronto condo boom that killed community

by RYAN BOLTON I was in a CBC documentary about condos last fall. A film crew followed my lady and me around asking questions about condo life for some eight hours. They filmed us in our local dog park with…

Uniformity is not our friend: The Centre for Social Innovation

BY: ATLAS The chairs in the basement lounge of the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex location don’t match. Not a single couch in the rustic, exposed-brick space looks like its neighbour, nor do any of the worn wooden tables share…

A day in the life of a gay Toronto street kid

BY: GARY SEWARD It’s a humid summer night and the street is littered with the day’s newspapers, Starbucks cups, trash and all things discarded. The gleams from the streetlight strike the damp concrete creating an amber glow in the dusk.…

Teams tow hospital beds to win Golden Bedpan in the Danforth Dash Bed Race

By JACKIE HONG Twenty teams are gathered behind the starting line. The rules are simple: there are ten squads; there are two teams per squad.  At the sound of the horn, they’re going to make a 200 ft.-dash down closed-off…

My first time at a sex club and I brought my girlfriend

  The Victorian mansion towered above us as nervousness bubbled and churned within my stomach. The sounds of schoolgirls’ giggles and splashing water filtered over a tall wooden fence and I began to think that maybe I should have made…

Toronto From Above: Trespassing on the city’s rooftops (photos)

By JACKIE HONG I’m close to broke, crave adrenaline rushes and killer views. My salvation this summer? Climbing stuff and taking photos. It’s free, a great workout, and rewards me with a unique vantage of a city I thought I’d…

Wildlife (band) lays carnage to tired clichés

BY: ATLAS Between winning the SiriusXM Indie Award for rock artist of the year and debuting a behind-the-scenes studio documentary, Toronto five-piece Wildlife is having a big year. Frontman Dean Povinsky talks about clichéd heart metaphors, Bruce Springsteen, and what…

This busker has a $2,000 batsuit! – Toronto Batman

By Jackie Hong Toronto Batman’s a little disgruntled after a girl he posed with for a photo drops a quarter into his tip jar. “Oh yes, I can go buy bubble gum, thank you! Being sarcastic, by the way,” he…

Toronto designer, Jay Wall, fights corporate greed

BY:ATLAS One wintery night in early 2012, Jay Wall laid down a handmade stencil on a Toronto sidewalk. Crouched at the corner of College Street and Manning Avenue, he pulled out a can of white spray paint and began to…

Permaculture: Realizing that food comes from the ground, not a store

BY: PILGRIM The short-term benefits of environmental abuse are too large to abandon, at least with the threat of disaster so far at bay. We’ve still got about 15, maybe 20 years before the fire of climate change arrives. How…

Surfing The Chillwave – DIANA

  Held as one of Toronto’s best breakout bands of 2013, DIANA continues to elevate their stature among the city’s sound waves. Signing with indie-powerhouse, Jagjaguwar in early 2013, their signature contemplative synth-pop sound serves as constant justification of why…