My Yuppie Life: Living in CityPlace

by RYAN BOLTON You could call me a yuppie. I live in a concrete box downtown. I work as a young professional at a prominent downtown non-profit. In the months when I can actually feel my face, I bike five kilometres to work every day. And I'm damn proud of the lifestyle. Well, otherwise than…

My Top 5 Concerts of 2011

I had the pleasure of seeing and reviewing a shit-ton of shows this year. This really is a blessing as part of my job. A gaggle of stellar venues. Ample beer. Good friends. And some untouchable talent makes this city a great place to take in a concert. Here are the top 5 shows I saw with…

Dear Asshole Bike Thief

What a dick move. Really, you steal bikes for a living? I mean, that's what you do on the streets of Toronto? Well that and shoot a tremendous amount of narcotics. Mighty fine of you, asshole bike thief. Congratulations are also in order for making me walk home—forlorn—dark at night. The thing is, that bike…

re: Rob Ford Not Attending Pride

Toronto’s mayor—the man that represents this city, nominally at least—isn’t attending Pride Parade. It’s the talk of the city, I know, but allow me to just express a thought. Like usual, let’s get the facts straight first. Rob Ford has a long tradition of going to his cottage during the Canada Day weekend. It’s important…

G20: A Year Later Solution

It has been one year since Toronto's day of shit (aka. the G20). While I was there reporting on the full week, the day of protests was, as I argued then and hold to today, despicable on both the police's ineptitude and the black bloc's feverish cowardice. Upset and dumbfounded, I wrote this half-serious, half-snarky…

NXNE Showcases

What a week. A new puppy, NXNE, MMVAs and speaking events. In short, Hank—that would be the puppy—is a delight/devil. MMVAs were just what you'd expect, not my favourite, it is what it is. But NXNE is always slightly magical—the city's distinct music scene and crazies comes alive. It's refreshing. And I wrote a bunch…

Road Rage: Bikes Vs. Cars

I just bought a helmet. It’s something that I haven’t done in years. It’s not that I don’t trust myself; it’s that I don’t trust those around me on the road. There’s a divide on Toronto’s downtown streets. It’s nothing new; it’s been here for awhile, incrementally gaining tension on both sides. Bikes versus cars, of…

Toronto, A First Time Love Story

by RYAN BOLTON It’s still crystal clear: my first trip to Toronto with my late grandfather. It was an early rise on a sun-drenched summer day. I was probably 12-years-old or so and I was going to Toronto. A place I had big hopes for, although knew virtually nothing about. As my grandparents were based…

Homeless in the Winter

Here's a feature article that was just published in the Winter issue of Spacing magazine. by RYAN BOLTON “All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.” — Philip Johnson There’s a brown City of Toronto bench in the centre of…