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Six spot-on Rob Ford parody Twitter accounts (plus one masterful fake Craigslist ad)

rob-for-twitter-spoofsMayor Rob Ford has a distinctively folksy way of speaking, a hot temper, a knack for saying dumb things and now an (alleged) crack scandal blowing up in his face. In other words, he’s a satirist’s dream and the Internet has stepped up to the challenge. Below, seven Rob Ford send-ups that may make you feel better about Toronto’s mayoral troubles—for a moment, anyway.

Hulk Mayor

Schtick: Rob Ford in rage-mode, with a healthy splash of neanderthal.
Sample Tweet:

Thin Rob Ford

Handle: @ThinRobFord
Schtick: A parallel universe Rob Ford who happens to be thin—and a little rambling, frankly. However, he has, hands down, the best profile picture of the bunch.
Sample Tweet:

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Today in Toronto: A Craigslist Cantata, The Book Lover’s Ball and more

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata This musical by Vancouver singer- composer Veda Hill and CBC host Bill Richardson explores the most universal of themes—how to fulfill a desire for connection. Find out more »

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard’s crowd-pleasing 1966 comedy is about discovering you are not the hero of your own life story. Find out more »

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 8–10

Fran Lebowitz appears in conversation with Jian Ghomeshi this Friday at Massey Hall (Image: courtesy of Fran Lebowitz)

In this edition of The Weekender: a Chinese New Year festival, the queen of Italian-American cuisine and three more things to do in Toronto.

1. Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata
For this 90-minute song cycle, Vancouver singer-composer Veda Hille and CBC host Bill Richardson took actual Craigslist postings and set them to music. The result is alternately humorous (“Need Sarah Palin look-alike for adult film”) and poignant (the Missed Connections), as the show’s central theme slowly emerges: the desire to connect in an increasingly virtual world. $35–$47. To March 3. Factory Theatre, 416-504-9971,

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Food Events

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Farmer’s market season has arrived (Image: Kevin Ho)

Monday, July 2

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A weekly aperitivo italiano with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

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Random Stuff


Romantic and desperate woman posters Leslieville seeking soulmate

Fiona seeks Jeff (Image: delaynomoar)

We live in the age of Craigslist Missed Connections, but that isn’t stopping one Toronto resident from landing her man the old-fashioned way: creating eight-and-a-half-by-11-sized posters and a Gmail account, and postering a small section of the city. The woman, “Fiona,” is looking for her man, “Jeff,” after the two presumably shared a conversation at a Blue Jays game. Fiona has asked Jeff to write his favourite type of music in the subject line, like a real life Captcha test. (Our guess is dubstep.)

Update: Torontoist got in touch with Fiona and found out that, though she did track down Jeff, it turns out he’s in a long-term relationship. Too bad! (Well, for Fiona, at least. We guess that’s nice for Jeff.)

Spotted in Leslieville: Are you the JEFF I’m looking for? [Reddit]
Are you a Jeff from Leslieville? [Leslieviller]

The Goods



How to use Craigslist without spending much time on Craigslist

While it may be fun to get sucked into the maelstrom of mid-century modern reproductions on Craigslist and Kijiji for a few minutes, we often suffer from click fatigue. (There’s a lot of junk to sort through.) In an effort to put an end to click fatigue in our lifetime, commercial film director Aleysa Young started “The Listings List” on Tumblr to showcase the best local steals on the Internet—because she loves hunting down a bargain, and presumably because she’s a masochist.