Street named for guy who wanted to make the city American dumps Trump appropriation. “Make Danforth Great Again” has been scrapped as a window-washing slogan by the Danforth Village BIA after outraged complaints. (The joke was conceived in early November, when everyone figured Donald Trump would be history days later.) There's some historical irony here. Asa Danforth Jr. was a Massachusetts native behind a plot to seize Upper Canada land and expel immigrants. Those upset by the #MDGA really want the BIA to feel bad:

Fake News Ale will no longer be brewed in Canada. Northern Maverick Brewery, which unveiled a beer with a Donald Trump caricature on its label in April, has announced a discontinuation of the product, in what the company insists isn’t just another publicity stunt.

Faith Goldy gets disavowed by two schools at once. Ryerson cancelled an August 22 panel discussion titled “The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses,” citing safety concerns related to recent events. Two of the panel's participants, Gad Saad and Jordan Peterson, are pledging to hold the event elsewhere—presumably with The Rebel’s Faith Goldy along for the ride, as advertised. Meanwhile, Goldy's high school issued a statement in response to tweets about her:

“No, this is no friend of mine. I’ll have nothing to do with it.” NDP leader Tom Mulcair advised the prime minister’s senior advisor, Gerald Butts, to say something to this effect in response to a New Yorker story that claims he's friends with Steve Bannon. Team Trudeau says it’s all just state business, especially in the midst of NAFTA talks. And this isn't the first we've heard of Butts and Bannon being chummy. (Bannon is no doubt more distracted by fallout from an interview he claims he didn’t know was an interview.)

The last thing you’ll likely ever read about fidget spinners. Before the widgets enter eternal dollar-store purgatory, Charles Duhigg uses the New York Times Magazine to explain how they represent the "Fall of the Well-Managed Fad.” My Fidget Spinner, the Dufferin Mall pop-up store that took over HMV's space in June, vanished before August:

Joso Spralja dead at 88. Funeral services were held today in Zadar, Croatia for the namesake of Joso’s, founded as a Yorkville café in 1967. A decade later, it was a Davenport Road fixture that Mick Jagger knew as “the restaurant with the really big boobs and the really good fish.” Spralja was signed to Capitol Records with the folk duo Malka and Joso. Upon his retirement, Joso’s was handed over to his son Leo's family. (Plus, it was the backdrop for the cover of Drake’s second album, Take Care.)

Bonnie Tyler is forced to carry the torch of “turn around bright eyes.” Monday’s solar eclipse will involve Tyler singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” for passengers on a Royal Caribbean eclipse cruise. But it doesn’t sound like there’s a booking for Rory Dodd, the male voice on the 1983 hit, currently retired in his hometown of Port Dover.

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The name of a forthcoming book about the Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay, who previews it with notable reflections about their televised concert of a year ago.

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