The Art + Money Issue:

Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Value of Art and the Cost of Losing it

Toronto’s cultural institutions are reeling and its artists are struggling. What’s lost when a city no longer supports the arts?

Local voice by D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

Not ‘Indigenous’ Enough

I’ve been told my paintings aren’t really “Indigenous art.” How the commercial demand for one specific version of the Indigenous experience pigeon-holes today’s artists.

Perspective by Graham Isador

Can Artists Be Parents?

For many Toronto artists, choosing a career in the arts and choosing to have a family can feel mutually exclusive.

Feature by Aparita Bhandari

From International Student to Popstar

Harkirat Sangha came to Canada to study and ended up driving trucks. He’s now finding fame and fortune singing about it.

Feature by Tamara Jones

Why Aren’t Arts Workers Unionized?

Behind every piece of art is a community of underpaid, idealistic gallery installers, box office staff, and technicians. Why arts work needs to be seen as real work.

Local Journalism Matters.

We're able to produce impactful, award-winning journalism thanks to the generous support of readers. By supporting The Local, you're contributing to a new kind of journalism—in-depth, non-profit, from corners of Toronto too often overlooked.

Recent issues

Art + Money

Can you make art and still make a living in Toronto? All through April, we'll be publishing stories about international students-turned-popstars, indie filmmakers, radical visual artists, Indigenous painters, and the rest of the playwrights, gallery workers, cultural critics and workers keeping Toronto arts alive.

The Aging City

Toronto is getting old. Today there are more people over 65 than under 15, and by 2041 it’s estimated that one in five Torontonians will be a senior citizen. In our new ongoing series, we examine life in an aging city—with stories about home care, transit, seniors who wander, LGBTQ2S+ discrimination, and more.

The Finch West Issue

From a wide-angle look at the region’s sorry transit history to an intimate ride-along on the 36 bus, from an examination of the pandemic's legacy in northwest Toronto to a profile of a forgotten workers’ housing co-op in Rexdale—stories from Finch West on the verge of a massive transformation.

Recent Stories
Analysis by Inori Roy

Minor Tweaks to Road Safety Policy Won’t Get Us to Zero

City council just approved a series of changes to Toronto’s Vision Zero program—but the improvements fail to address a key weakness in the way the program is run.

Feature by Wency Leung

Promised Childcare Centres Delayed by Provincial Red Tape, says TDSB

Six years after the ministry of education greenlit 28 new childcare centres, construction hasn’t even begun, leaving parents in underserved corners of Toronto struggling to find care.

Data Feature by Adin Wagner

In Small Claims Court, Justice Delayed

While Ontario’s other court systems bounce back from their pandemic-era backlogs, analysis by The Local shows that “the people’s court,” where many low-income people seek justice, is lagging far behind.

Feature by Wency Leung

Behind the Unprecedented Rise in Food Bank Use

Food charities started out as a temporary measure to alleviate hunger. But since COVID, demand has skyrocketed for services that were only ever meant to be a stopgap.