This week, solo performances at the Soulo Festival (and otherwise); more festival programming from Empire Comedy, CBC Music, and Cycle Toronto; Pedestrian Sundays and Doors Open Toronto return.
Amanda Parris. Photo courtesy of CBC.
Wednesday, May 24
Two panels tonight tackle the role of media as opponents of public figures who lie and obfuscate, with a particular focus on an American president who does so habitually. The first panel of The Media as Opposition: Covering Trump in a Post-Truth Era will feature Amy Goodman and Juan González of Deomcracy Now!, Glenn Greewald and Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept, Vicky Mochama of Metro, and moderator Hannah Sung; the second panel will be a talk between Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone and David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail. Keep reading: Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 24-30
What it was like being one of the first Indigenous reporters to work at the Toronto Star.
Indigenous journalist and Torontoist contributer Jasmine Kabatay scans the pages of the Toronto Star. Photo by Kabatay
As a young, Indigenous journalist, just starting out in this chaotic world of news, it made me angry, disappointed, and frustrated to see how the appropriation prize mess unfolded the way it did. But really, I wasn’t all that surprised.
In j-school, I was the only Indigenous person and it was made clear to me by many of my professors and classmates. They didn’t make me feel like an outsider, and I was included and welcomed by my peers, but every so often I would hear a racist joke at my expense. It made me suspicious about working with some of my fellow students, and wondered how some of them actually saw me. But I pushed through and persisted, because that’s what I’ve been doing my entire life.
Keep reading: It’s Past Time For Indigenous Writers To Get a Seat at the Table
The Bloor and Bathurst will never be the same.
Photo by Tanja Tiziana
The corner of Bloor and Bathurst just got a lot less bright.
Today, the landmark Ed Mirvish sign came down after lighting up the intersection for decades. The sign, which contains 23,000 bulbs spread out over 12 exterior signs, was installed in 1984, more than 30 years after Mirvish first opened. The discount store closed its doors last year after 68 years at the corner. Keep reading: Goodbye To Toronto’s Fabulously Tacky Honest Ed’s Sign