The strip joints staying closed on Canada Day

One less way to celebrate in Ontario

Ontario is getting impatient over reopening at Step 2 when vaccination targets have been hit for Step 3. Indoor dining and gyms must remain closed past June 30, while the premier revealed his idea of interior leisure.

Fireworks don’t feel too distant

An online survey from Leger found Canadians blasé as ever about their patriotism, but few believe in eliminating July 1 as a holiday. Nonetheless, the Canada Day event cancellations grow in response to residential school grave site discoveries. As for Egerton Ryerson, the debates are leading his namesake university to lose donors.

Just for Laughs has been retooled to work around travel restrictions. With skipping quarantine after July 5 limited to vaccinated Canadians, the Montreal comedy festival is opting for a hybrid model with virtual American participation. The Toronto International Film Festival is being planned on the basis of these policies not changing.

An ongoing search for answers

The enigmatic Twitter posting style of @ThatEricAlper was first the subject of an entertaining meditation in February, which was followed three months later by a CNN piece about the Toronto music publicist fond of asking questions. And now, a profile from Billboard, exploring the backlash Alper has received for asking most things repeatedly:

Windsor is getting a statue of its most famous tastemaker. Rosalie Trombley, the music director of radio station CKLW from 1968 to 1984, is the subject of a commission from the city set to honour her hit-picking talents, which launched multiple stars via Detroit. The first sketch of it shows Trombley leaning against the logo of “The Big 8.”

Finally, the final vinyl museum

Play De Record opened in 1990 in the back room of a Toronto store that was called Ford Drugs. It became the Yonge Street strip’s primary outlet for 12-inch singles and DJ equipment before moving to Spadina Avenue in 2016. This endurance has now been chronicled for an upcoming documentary: