Return of the topless summer news cycle
Can’t stop the nipple freedom talk
Yvonne Stanley, the artist behind the Boob Book Project, plans to use the event formerly known as Caribana as a stage to explore body-image issues. The rights of Ontario women to be topless in public also factored in a policy change at Calypso water parks.
The flying circus of snakes
Monty the Python was the subject of a heartwarming reunion story, which had a plot twist that led to a question: “How many pythons are loose in the sewers of Toronto?”
A fight over a federally owned Toronto parking lot. Canada Lands Company wants to sell 200 Queens Quay West, which led to grappling over whether some of it could be secured for affordable housing. Councillor Joe Cressy has declared victory on the issue.
Green gains are in the air
Donations to the federal Green party have recently eclipsed NDP fundraising. Meanwhile, the Ontario Green party’s sole elected member is calling for some reforms at Queen’s Park:
Hal Prince dead at 91. The career of the Broadway musical legend included work with producer Garth Drabinsky—the pinnacle of which was Prince overseeing a revival of Show Boat, whose 1993 premiere in North York stirred controversy around its content.
Finally, TIFF is getting Frank
Frank D’Angelo, whose own film output has slowed since the death of his financial backer Barry Sherman, has a cameo in The Last Porno Show, which will be one of the Canadian premieres at TIFF. The role might be minor, but D’Angelo appears first in the preview: