TORONTO’S STAND-UP COMEDY SCENE

A microphone on a stage.

Stand-up, an artform popular in the United States for decades, finally crossed the border and caught on in Toronto in the 1980s. The ecosystem has grown exponentially since then, so what’s next in store for this talented but underrated community?

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TORONTO’S VISUAL ARTS SCENE

Toronto's skyline seen from a building.

Over half of artists in Toronto make an annual income of less than $30,000, according to a recent survey. We explore financial and other barriers that local artists face, and unpack why our city lacks the kind of supportive arts ecosystems found in other big cities like Montreal and New York City.

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PRECARIOUS MASCULINITY IN TORONTO

Man with his head in his hands. (Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash)

Research company Ipsos recently found that one-third of men in Canada believe that traditional forms of masculinity are “under threat.” This statistic sums up a brewing culture war that pits people who support “traditional masculinity” against those who are challenging this framework.

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BLACK FILM IN TORONTO

Despite its extensive artistic roots, Black cinema in Canada hasn’t had the same kind of institutional support that it’s enjoyed in America. A lack of investment in Black-produced television and film is one reason why.

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2022 TORONTO MUNICIPAL ELECTION

With Election Day fast-approaching, The Green Line team wanted to profile some of the mayoral candidates making a run for the highest seat in the land — well, not all the land, but the highest seat in Toronto. We look at three mayoral candidates and their track records leading up to the 2022 Toronto municipal election on Oct. 24.

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HOW MUCHMUSIC SHAPED TORONTO’S IDENTITY

MuchMusic helped put Toronto on the map. Canada’s national music channel was the place to see and possibly touch your favourite musical artists. It tapped into cultural currents that redefined Toronto’s reputation. Suddenly, “Toronto the Good,” a church-going metropolis, had some edge.

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