The secret Sears pop-up agenda is revealed in neon. A new boutique on Queen West is branded as #weveCHANGED, with no external indication that this is Sears trying to re-invent itself again. In the spirt of Sears' new, swear-averse store slogan, “WTS?,” they keep a word of writing off the wall.

Garth Drabinsky isn't being held over. Sousatzka has finished its premiere run, and the Toronto Star wonders if it’s the final curtain for its producer. Meanwhile, we now know that Drabinsky ended up in emergency on opening night after a fall in the men's room. (He was stitched in time for the party.)

Filmores can’t find a better business model. While the downtown core runs out of lubricious landmarks to write about, the strip club on the southeast corner of Jarvis and Dundas sticks out like never before. And yet Howard Adams, owner of the heritage-designated Filmores Hotel, claims that transforming the place into a boutique hotel would be inferior to his current operating model: strippers in the basement, and hotel rooms for $73.45—ten bucks more if you want a private bathroom. Still, everything eventually finds its price.

The next stop is the East Side Motel. Kingston Road’s blighted building is up for debate: a city committee has contemplated expropriation, since the owner won’t take the city's offers despite trying to sell the place for 12 years. One recent Yelp review isn’t very kind: “YIKES SOMETHING FROM A HORROR FILM… DISGUSTING!!!

Margaret Atwood observed ambling amidst the Annex. The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation gives The New Yorker a peg to finally profile its own longtime contributor (and sketch subject) in tune with the magazine’s political obsessions. Rebecca Mead visited Atwood’s longtime home turf. Adrienne Clarkson, a fellow resident of Admiral Road, also turns up to invite them over for tea.

Marshall McLuhan’s mansplainer knew something of his own work. Russell Horton, who played “Man in Theater Line” in Annie Hall, visited Entertainment Weekly 40 years later to reminisce about his role in making Toronto's media theorist more immortal. “Part of the reason the scene works is because I am such an a–hole and I actually believe what I’m doing, you know?,” says Horton, who was also the voice of the Trix Rabbit.

“Well, hi there” all over again. Jian Ghomeshi released the first piece of his new media thing, The Ideation Project, with slam poetry atop meditative music in a style similar to his show-opening “essays” from Q. The topic for the first one is “Exiles.” (The domain name was registered last December by U.S. talk radio agency WYM Media Management.)

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Bought for $5 at a Toronto thrift store in 1994, this find from the 1950s sold at auction for $139,349.

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