About Torontoist


About Torontoist


Torontoist‘s goal is to capture the tenor and texture of life in Toronto, to evoke the daily experience of the city in words and images. This includes, especially, the physical shape of the city as it grows and changes, the political and civic developments which provide it with direction, the culture which animates its public spaces, and the history which got it to this point. We try always to be faithful in our rendering of Toronto, and to be fearless in advocating for what we think might make it better.

Established in October 2004 as part of the 13-city Gothamist network, Torontoist is now published by St. Joseph Media.


Torontoist appreciates and welcomes feedback or questions from readers, the press, advertisers, politicians, celebrities, pseudo-celebrities, rock stars, and…well, pretty much anyone, actually.

If you have a hot tip of any kind, please e-mail it to editors@torontoist.com (and let us know if you want to remain anonymous).

For anything else, please contact the editors.

If you wish to contact a particular contributor, please use our staff page to find contact information, or email the editors if their address is unlisted.

For inquiries regarding advertising rates and sponsorship opportunities, please contact our ad sales manager directly.

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Though we generally prefer to deal with everything in virtual form, we do accept materials that don’t quite have the same magic online (books, CDs, fine art, large quantities of money, and so on) via regular mail. Our mailing address is:

c/o St. Joseph Media
111 Queen St. East, Suite 320
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2

For matters that cannot be handled over email, we can be reached at:
416.364.3333 ex. 3038

Please note: we really are faster on email, and we do not consider story pitches over the phone.


Is it Torontoist, or *The* Torontoist?
Just plain old Torontoist works for us. We’re low maintenance that way.

What are those things in your logo?
There are a whole bunch! We have about 20 different icons that we use in our logo, so each time you visit the site you might see a different one. They highlight Toronto landmarks (such as the ferry boats or the Humber Bay Bridge) and sometimes they mark special occasions (like TIFF or Pride).

Are you, technically, a blog?
Sort of? It’s probably the closest name that fits our format, though our content is somewhere between that of a blog, a newspaper, and a magazine (sometimes more in one category than the others). We defy categorization!

Are you on Facebook? And Twitter?
Why yes, yes we are. Add yourself as a fan of ours on Facebook today, or keep up with our latest articles on Twitter.

Where do you get all your photos?
Those that we don’t take ourselves are most often from our extremely terrific Flickr pool that features tonnes of photos submitted by our readers.

What about sponsored articles or advertorials?
Torontoist does not, has not, and will not feature sponsored articles (or “advertorials”) without full, explicit disclosure of that fact.

How can I get involved in Torontoist?
Any number of ways! From freelancing to sending us story tips to joining our masthead, here’s your guide to joining in our city-loving adventures.

Will you delete my comments if you disagree with them? Sell my information to advertisers?
Our comment moderation, privacy, and other policies are all spelled out in detail below. (But the short answer is: no.)



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Corrections Policy

One of the most serious and most harmful blanket complaints levelled against online publications is that they are inaccurate—or, worse, that they are unconcerned with accuracy.

We harbour no illusions that we at Torontoist are now or can ever be flawless. Despite our modest size we take what we do seriously; as with all media outlets, our obligation is to always present correct information. Torontoist staff members make every effort possible to make sure that everything we write is accurate; all posts are vetted by both a copyeditor and a more senior editor before they are published. (However, as we have no full-time fact checkers, the responsibility for accuracy rests most with a post’s author.)

In May 2008 we created and began consistently implementing a standard format for all corrections to posts. Any significant corrections or clarifications will be made as quickly as possible, and a note acknowledging them will be written by the editor-in-chief or deputy editor, or a copy editor under their direction, and will appear at the bottom of a post. The tag “corrections” will also be added to the post. If the error was pointed out or discussed in the comments, an editor will also post a comment as soon as possible so that the comment thread stays up to date and in context.

The help of our readers is invaluable in spotting mistakes and fixing them, and we’d be grateful if you could call our attention to any errors that you find on the site. You’ll find a “Report an Error” link at the foot of every article on Torontoist. Please use it to email us and advise of any mistakes you discover.

We aim most of all to be transparent; to highlight, explain, and own up to our mistakes when we make them; and take steps to prevent them from happening again.

Comment Moderation Policy

Staff and readers are all welcome to agree or disagree with, to question or to praise what is published on Torontoist, and the comments on posts are where everyone gets to slug it out. We encourage feedback on all of our entries either in the comments (or if you wish to state your opinion privately, via e-mails to individual writers or editors).

Commenters on Torontoist must be registered in some way (via Disqus, Facebook, or Twitter); this precaution tends to limit the amount of spam in the comments section. We reserve the right to remove any and all comments which are off-topic, threatening, libelous, prejudiced, or attack individuals rather than challenge points of view; we similarly reserve the right to ban any commenter if they create a hostile environment or drown out other commenters on the site. Comments are always published exactly as submitted by the commenter, or not at all—we never edit comments submitted by visitors to Torontoist in any way.

Copyright of all comments left on Torontoist remains with the individual commenters and the views expressed in the comments belong only to those individual commenters. Torontoist will not accept any responsibility for information posted in the comments, and will not accept responsibility for the opinions expressed therein.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to you, and it’s important to us as well. For detailed information about how we protect your personal information, how you can contact us with questions about privacy or any other privacy-related concerns? Please read our complete St. Joseph Media Companies’ Privacy Policy.

Privacy Officer

Contest Rules and Regulations
All questions regarding contest rules should be directed to Torontoist by email.

    • Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Eligible persons may enter by completing a skills-testing question set by Torontoist and following other instructions as provided.
    • All entries become the property of Torontoist and none shall be returned.
    • Contest sponsors represent and warrant to St. Joseph Media that the prize value stated is the fair market value of the Prize.
    • Torontoist is not responsible for any entries which are incomplete, lost, destroyed, delayed, or not transmitted due to technical failure, however caused.
    • The selected entrants will be notified by phone, e-mail, or the social media platform over which a contest was conducted within 72 hours of their selection. In the event that a selected entrant does not comply with these Contest Rules and Regulations, cannot be contacted within 72 hours of being selected, or does not reply to communication from Torontoist within 24 hours, an alternate entrant will be selected from the remaining entries. The chances of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. The prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Torontoist reserves the right to substitute any portion of the prize with a prize of equal value whatsoever. All federal, provincial and municipal taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
    • Contests are open to all residents of Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, and excluding employees of St. Joseph Media and their respective interactive, advertising and promotional agencies, persons with whom any of the above are domiciled and/or members of their respective immediate families.
    • The entrants selected for a prize will be required to correctly answer a time limited skill testing question before being declared a prize winner. The prize winner must sign a Waiver/Release of Liability provided by Torontoist as a condition to and in advance of receiving the prize in favour of Torontoist and the other sponsors such that none of them shall be liable for the use or misuse of the Prize. (A parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign this form on behalf of the winner if the selected winner is under the age of 18). Torontoist and the other sponsors assume no responsibility for the participation in any contest, or any liability, claims, demands, actions, loss, damage or personal injury that may be sustained by either the winner of any Prize or his/her guest.
    • Participation in a contest constitutes permission to Torontoist and the sponsors and their agencies to use the name, photograph and/or likeness of the winner (and his/her guest) for the purposes of promotion, advertising, and trade without further compensation.
    • By participating in a contest conducted by Torontoist, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. The decisions of the contest judges are final. Torontoist and the sponsors are not responsible for any typographical error in the printing, the offering, or the administration of the contest. Torontoist reserves the right to withdraw or terminate any contest at any time without prior notice or to change the Rules and Regulations. Contact or correspondence will occur only with selected entrants. This contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws and regulations.


Simon Bredin

Deputy Editor
Erin Sylvester

Ken Hunt

Creative Director
Corbin Smith

Contributing Editors
Steve Fisher
Alex Verman
Tannara Yelland

Regular Columnists
Tricia Wood
Emily Macrae

Copy Editor
Patricia Karounos

Chris Bateman
Christopher Bird
Jessica Buck
Giordano Ciampini
D.A. Cooper
Erin Davis
Sarah Duong
Kate Fane
David Fleischer
Stacey May Fowles
Jesse Hawken
Jasmine Kabatay
Mark Kay
Brett Lamb
Robin LeBlanc
Rachel Lissner
Richard Light
Jacob Lorinc
Michael Lyons
Mark Mann
Megan Marrelli
Sean Marshall
Samira Mohyeddin
Martin Morrow
Evan Munday
Steve Munro
Angelo Muredda
Beatrice Paez
Kevin Plummer
André Proulx
Andrew Reeves
Zach Ruiter
Joshua Sherman
Will Sloan
Stephen Thomas
Marina Tyszkiewicz
Kaitlin Wainwright
David Wencer
Bianca Wylie




Deputy Editor

Erin Sylvester

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Erin is an editor, writer, fact checker, and dinosaur enthusiast born and raised in Toronto. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and medieval studies and lived and worked in the UK, Kingston, and Calgary before returning home to do a master’s of journalism at Ryerson. Her work has appeared in places such as The Walrus, the Ryerson Review of Journalism, and the Calgary Herald. When she’s not working on things for Torontoist, she is probably baking bread.


Contributing Editors
Andrea Houston

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Andrea Houston is a Toronto journalist, human rights advocate, and former Pride Toronto Honoured Dyke. She’s been a staff reporter at a whole bunch of places, including the Toronto Star, Peterborough Examiner, and Xtra, Canada’s gay and lesbian news. She developed and taught the first-ever Queer Media course at Ryerson University School of Journalism. She’s also worked at Queen’s Park for MPP Cheri DiNovo, helping to craft and pass legislation to make the province a safer and more accepting place for queer and trans youth. Andrea is aided in her Torontoist endeavours by her personal assistant, Barkley, a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian mix who freaks out around other dogs.

Steve Fisher

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Halifax born, Ottawa-raised, and firmly Toronto-located, Steve has been writing about this city’s performing arts scenes for over a decade. His past experiences studying and performing in theatre, light opera, and improv comedy (plus a obsessive taste for indie rock-and-roll) have lead to his contributing to A.V. Club, CBC Music, the Grid, and more. Now a full-time arts writer and critic, when not seeing five to six shows a week Steve spends his “free time” working with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves; as Aeaman, he’s been commended and decorated.

Alex Verman

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Alex Verman is a political scientist and content creator based in Toronto. Alex believes in astrology, universal affordable housing, and one day finding decent bagels south of Bloor.

Tannara Yelland

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Tannara moved to Toronto from Saskatoon and still can’t understand why no one outside her home province cares about what’s happening there. She is a writer and editor focused on social issues, especially labour, housing, prisons, and social movements. She always has time for a good socialist meme. Her writing has appeared, in addition to Torontoist, at VICE, This, and Briarpatch.

Creative Director

Corbin Smith

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Corbin Smith is a director, creator, builder, visionary, boundary-pusher, professional photographer, and documentarian (among other things.) Most of all, Corbin Smith is a storyteller… He has been quietly racking up major photography awards, most notably with Applied Arts and CAPIC, and is positioned to become one of Canada’s top creative professionals.” Someone once wrote that flattering commendation. As for what I have to say for myself, well: I’m deeply in love with Canada, I think Toronto is pretty nifty, and I hope Toronto thinks I’m nifty too.

Copy Editor

Patricia Karounos

Born and raised in Scarborough, Patricia is a writer, editor, and recent grad from the Ryerson School of Journalism. In the past, she has been an intern at ELLE Canada, and a member of a number of student-run publications, including Ryerson Folio, McClung’s Magazine, and the Ryersonian. An avid reader, Patricia has been silently copy editing her reading material for years until she finally convinced others to let her do it for them. In her spare time, she can usually be found watching too much TV, yelling into the void about the representation of women in media, and teaching karate to adorably rowdy children.

Regular Columnists

Emily Macrae

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Trained in urban planning, Emily Macrae writes about places and projects that she has yet to capture on camera. Convinced that an accessible built environment is a requirement for a successful city, she can’t ignore uneven sidewalks and is always on the lookout for the nearest bench. When not sifting through policy documents, Emily marvels at the contents of boxes labelled “free” and left out on curbs around her hometown.

Tricia Wood

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Tricia is a geography professor at York University. She’s a Montrealer by birth, a New Yorker/New Jerseyan by formative years, and now a Torontonian because that’s where she got a job. She is occasionally found singing and playing a guitar at open mic nights. She worries about climate change, inequality, and the inadequacy of liberal democracy. She loves hot, humid weather, dogs, running, and advocating for better public transit. Also a Sens fan.


Christopher Bird

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The Explosively Talented Christopher Bird (or the ETCB to his family and friends) has worked in no particular order as a filmmaker, waiter, administrative assistant, script doctor, freelance writer, freelance character assassin, web monkey, teaching assistant and hobo who dances for quarters. He is presently an associate lawyer at the Gene C. Colman Complex Family Law Centre, so Shakespeare wants you to kill him first. Everything he writes that The Man won’t allow you to read on Torontoist can be found at mightygodking.com.

David Fleischer

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If you Google “David Fleischer” you should know that: first, he is not a Brazilian economics expert; and second, he does not write for The Advocate (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). A native North Yorker, he has written for the National Post and Post City Magazines (no relation) and is a co-founding editor of Afterword, Canada’s national Jewish student newspaper. Really. David writes stories no one has published and once wrote songs and played guitar in a band called Urban Cactus. It featured several people who are now sufficiently successful that it would be pathetic to so much as drop their names.

Jesse Hawken

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Jesse Hawken is a writer and filmmaker born and raised in downtown Toronto. His work has appeared in Vice and Cinema Scope magazines, on CBC radio, and at TIFF’s online film journal The Review. He co-founded the city’s former secret film society Phanta-Scope and has recently directed music videos for Toronto musician Marker Starling. His jokes on Twitter occasionally go viral.

Sean Marshall

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Sean grew up in Brampton, and has lived in Toronto since 2006. He has long been interested in transit, politics, local history, and planning. A geographer by training, Sean has been collecting and studying maps since he was three years old. Sean is a co-founder of Walk Toronto, and a co-author of “Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections,” a study of voter turnout in Toronto’s municipal elections for the Maytree Foundation.

Samira Mohyeddin

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A trained Shakespearean actor, Samira has called Toronto home for more than three decades. Originally from Tehran, she holds a master’s degree in history and gender studies from the University of Toronto and has owned a little Iranian restaurant on Queen Street West for the past decade and thus tends to judge people who don’t push their chairs in. She enjoys writing about gender and geography and is prone to bouts of alliteration, which she is currently seeking help for. In the past, her work has appeared in Now Magazine, the National Post, the Toronto Star and the CBC Radio One program The Current.

Kevin Plummer

Kevin Plummer grew up in Saskatchewan then bumped around Canada with stints living on the west coast and the east coast before arriving in Toronto. He has since moved back out west. He’s got a very diverse set of interests from urban affairs and history to classic film noir to obscure soul music, and finding new ways to procrastinate.

Zack Ruiter

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Zach Ruiter is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and writer. Zach covers social movements with a focus on environment, gender, animal rights, labour, and right-wing populism. In 2015, Zach won a Silver National Magazine Award in the online video category for “Ford Nation Folk Speak,” which documented the election night party of Rob and Doug Ford at the Woodbine Banquet Hall.

Will Sloan

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Will Sloan grew up in Etobicoke, and remains loyal to Martingrove Collegiate over its rival, Richview Collegiate. He has written for NPR, Hazlitt, The Believer, Flavorwire, Maisonneuve, and plenty of places that are out of business now. He once met Channing Tatum. In his spare time, he enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

David Wencer

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David Wencer is terrified of the past, but tends to write about it anyway on account of his being even more terrified of the present and the future. He can be described as a researcher, writer, historian, archivist, heritage advocate, musician, idler, and man, although not necessarily in that order. In his spare time he enjoys being asked about his height and having conversations with complete strangers about whether or not he plays basketball or if he has a difficult time buying trousers.


David Hains
February 2015–January 2017
Karen Aagaard
Todd Aalgaard
Navneet Alang
Natalie Atkinson
Stephanie Avery
Kyle Bachan
Jamie Bradburn
Bad Buildings
Ian Bailey
John Barber
Sarah-Joyce Battersby
Graeme Bayliss
Dan Bergeron, Fauxreel
Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy
Roxanne Bielskis
Andre Bovee-Begun
Kasandra Bracken
Kevin Bracken
Dean Bradley
Ayngelina Brogan
Edward Brown
Amanda Buckiewicz
Vanessa Caldwell
Gary Campbell
Meg Campbell
Amy Carlberg
Rémi Carreiro
Julian Carrington
Ashley Carter
Steven Chabot
Julia Chan
Victoria Chan
Harry Choi
Michael Chrisman
Desmond Cole
Terri Coles
Cordelia Coyle
Rosemary Counter
Claire Crighton
Chloe Cushman
Matthew Daley
Lori Dance
Joanne Dang
Chris Dart
Jess Davidson
Eleni Deacon
David Demchuk
Kieran Delamont
Val Dodge
Al Donato
Christopher Drost
Paige Dzenis
Adrian Ercolani
Kat Eschner
Anna Farber
Amanda Factor
Viviane Fairbank
Simon Fodden
Daren Foster, “CitySlickr”
Michael Fraiman
Kaori Furue
Jerad Gallinger
Jake Tobin Garrett
Alex Nino Gheciu
Brian Gilham
Laura Godfrey
Peter Goffin
Jonathan GoldsbieAlixandra Gould
Lia Grainger
Bianca Gutnik/Misshoax
Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda
Colleen Hale-Hodgson
Clayton Hanmer
Amanda Happé
Max Hartshorn
Eva HD
Alison Horn
Jennifer Hough
Casey Irvin
Roxanne Ignatius
Sharon Harris
Stephanie Hart
Ted Healey
Leah Jensen
Stephen Johns
Julia de Laurentiis Johnson
Anne Joyce
Jeremy Kai
Shari Kasman
Mathew Katz
Bronwyn Kienapple
Tim Kiladze
Melanie Kimmett
Kaitlyn Kochany
Dory Kornfeld
Zack Kotzer
Mathew Kumar
Steve Kupferman
Soloman Lam
Emily Landau
Erica Lenti
Sean Lerner
Prathna Lor
Laurence Lui
Andrew Louis
Sheena Lyonnais
Cal MacLean
Carly Maga
Beth Maher
Tony Makepeace
Danu Mandlsohn
Anders Marshall
Kevin McBride
Catherine McIntyre
Brian McLauchlan
Mark Medley
Deborah Mensah-Bonsu
Patrick Metzger
Stephen Michalowicz
Maneesh Mohindra
Rosemary Mosco
Jill Murray
Carrie Musgrave
J. Kelly Nestruck
Sarah NiedobaRey Ortega
Nancy Paiva
Rebecca Pardo
Neville Park
Quin Parker
Ryan B. Patrick
Saira Peesker
Vicky Peters
Sasha Plotnikova
Kimahli Powell
Robert L. Powell
Sarah Nicole Prickett
Andrew Pulsifer
Kiva Reardon
Julie Reitsma
Rhonda Riche
Chris Riddell
Robin Rix
Kate Robertson
Brendan Ross
Jenelle Rupchand
Rhiannon Russell
Eugen Sakhnenko
Alexandra Samur
Kevin Scott
Daniel Sellers
John Semley
Joyita Sengupta
Jacob Sheen
Emily Shepard
Dalton Sharp
Rob Shostak
Suzannah Showler
Cate Simpson
Madeline Smith
Jessica Smith-Cross
Miles Storey
Sam Sutherland
Bill Taylor
Chris Tindal
Chris Tinglin
Vanessa Toye
Laura Trethewey
Rannie Turingan, Photojunkie
Gillian Urbankiewicz
Nicole Villeneuve
Johnnie Walker
Ryan Walker
Natalie Zina Walschots
Mike Warner
Karen Whaley
David J. Widmann
Jaime Woo
Jeremy Woodcock
Kaitlin Wright
Frank Yang
Eric Yip
Jayson Young
Anda Zeng
Dasha Zolota

Former Editors Former Contributors
Joshua Errett
October 2004–February 2006

Sarah Lazarovic
October 2004–November 2005

Alison Broverman
September 2005–April 2006

Ron Nurwisah
February–December 2006

Marc Lostracco
January–December 2007
April–December 2009

David Topping
June 2006–December 2010

Hamutal Dotan
January 2011–October 2014

Sarah Sweet
October 2014–January 2015

Kelli Korducki
February 2015–December 2015


Editorial Intern

Come work with Torontoist as our next editorial intern! As a publication with a big reach but a small staff, this unpaid role provides opportunities to learn every part of online journalism. And we’re a really fun team, so there’s that.

Interns must meet a number of requirements in order to apply.

You must:

  • Be a currently-enrolled journalism student, or studying a related field.
  • Require internship or co-op hours for your degree requirements.
  • If offered the position, a program administrator must confirm that this internship meets their requirements.

One of the great things about Torontoist is that we offer flexibility. If you’re only able to work limited hours each week for whatever reason, apply anyway and if you’re offered the position we can find a schedule that works for you. The length of the internship can also be catered to your needs, although we’re looking for someone to start in January.

To apply, email Erica Lenti and David Hains (editors@torontoist.com) with the subject heading “Editorial Intern Position”. Include your resumé, cover letter, and links to up to three writing samples from anywhere (school newspaper, your blog, anything). We’ll pay particular attention to the writing samples. Also mention any additional journalism skills, like coding and data journalism, video skills, or languages.

Additionally, please include responses to the following questions:

  1. Why do you think you’re a good fit for Torontoist in particular? How do you think we can be a better publication?
  2. What would you like to get out of this internship? That is, what would you like to learn from the experience?
  3. What journalists do you respect and admire? What great article have you read recently, and why do you think the piece worked so well?
  4. Please include two pitches for stories that you would like to write during your Torontoist internship.

We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis. We look forward to hearing from you!

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(Last Updated: April 21, 2016.)