Rizz Young pairs wine with tarot readings

Every Sunday, the questioning and the hopeful file into Sunday Service. This is not, however, your usual hour at church, but a few folks intrigued by the arcane and looking to the universe for answers. Rizz Young of Qveen of Swords Tarot presides over this small, sacred congregation in their garden, pouring specially selected wine … Read more

Glenn Gould Prize goes to acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel, one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors, is the 2022 winner of the $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize. The award was announced in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s TELUS Center for Performance and Learning on Sunday. It was the highlight of a weekend of events organized by the Glenn Gould Foundation to … Read more

Hotel rates surge as revenue in hospitality sector begins to bounce back

Hotel rates are surging after travel roared back this summer. A room at Toronto’s Annex Hotel costs on average $250 before the pandemic. Well, it’s $300. “We saw a healthy rebound in normal guest behavior during the second quarter, as more people decided to travel into the city,” said Ryan Killeen, chief operating officer at … Read more

Canada’s animal-welfare push is gathering steam. Here’s what’s on the agenda

Jane Goodall requires no introduction. And you need not be a heart-on-your-sleeve animal-rights activist to feel tremendous respect for the pioneering animal-behavior expert and conservationist who gave us a firsthand look into the world of chimpanzees more than 60 years ago. But for those working in animal welfare, the hope is her name will soon … Read more

University-Rosedale has three progressives vying to replace Mike Layton

Progressive voters in University-Rosedale are being treated to “an embarrassment of riches” this municipal election, says Rory Gus Sinclair. The community activist and past chair of the Harbord Village Resident Association should know. He’s been organizing candidate debates in the downtown neighborhood for years, and says this year’s contest in Ward 11 will be one … Read more

Trolls harass Bruxy Cavey accuser after megachurch allegations

When the complainant came forward with allegations of sexual assault against celebrity megachurch pastor Bruxy Cavey, she said she wanted to help prevent other people from going through what she had. Since then, she says she has been taunted by online harassers claiming she is only trying to hurt Cavey and the church. Posts from … Read more

Ontario’s finance minister hints at support to fight inflation

Ontario is earmarking millions more to help parents hire tutors for kids who struggled in the pandemic and hinting at financial supports to ease the sting of fast-rising prices after notching an unexpected $2.1-billion budget surplus. And in a symbolic move, a pay hike of almost $26,000 annually for MPPs triggered by the windfall under … Read more

David Chang’s Momofuku closing its Toronto restaurants

A decade after Torontonians first lined up hours for bowls of ramen, platters of bossam and pork belly baos, New York-based chef David Chang’s restaurant company Momofuku announced that it is ceasing operations in the city on Dec. 23. BlogTO first broke the news Thursday about company’s exit from the city, citing an anonymous former … Read more

Auston Matthews and Leafs relaunch with high expectations

“It’s just like it was when I faced him … I don’t know if it’s God’s gift, but he’s just a very special player.” That was Maple Leafs defenseman Jordie Benn on what it’s like to play with Auston Matthews at training camp after facing him as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, … Read more

Trudeau wants to join allies fighting China’s trade pressure

OTTAWA—Canada will co-ordinate its coming Indo-Pacific strategy with allies like South Korea to align on human rights and trade so China doesn’t pit one country against another vying for “bits of access” to the world’s largest market, says Prime Secretary Justin Trudeau. Standing next to Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Trudeau said “it makes sense” … Read more