Discover more from The Other Wave
The Green Line and CityNews Toronto just co-launched a community show!
Our show debuted on Friday, July 22.
Hey y’all! Anita here. In the March edition of TOW, I said I’d be reducing my publication schedule to once a month until July 3, at which point I’d continue my original bimonthly schedule. While things have slowed down for me a little post-wedding, The Green Line is picking up, so I’ll continue publishing monthly for the foreseeable future. 📅
As you might’ve guessed from today’s subject line, I have another big announcement to make. It's pretty surreal sharing this news after having grown up obsessively watching CityTV programs like MuchMusic and Breakfast Television...
The Green Line has partnered with CityNews Toronto on a brand new community show!
Every other Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. ET, including this coming Friday, Aug. 5, we’ll do a hyperlocal deep dive and profile a neighbourhood in the city. Our show features segments from both The Green Line and CityNews Toronto teams.
For our first segment on July 22, we looked at how Toronto Caribbean Carnival masquerade (or mas) camps are addressing local youth unemployment in West Hill, a neighbourhood in Scarborough.
With this show, we hope to uncover the solutions and innovations coming out of Toronto’s underserved communities, while connecting Torontonians to the issues that matter most to them.
Here are the different ways you can tune in:
Stream it on the CityNews Toronto website
Play it on the CityNews Toronto app
Watch it old-school style on TV by checking your cable provider for the CityNews Toronto channel
Then join us at 7:30 p.m. ET for The Green Line Aftershow: Next Stop hosted by TGL reporters and fan favourites, Dupe Badejo and Alex Varoutas, who’ll dive deeper into the day’s story. Every other Friday after our community show, Dupe and Alex get real with candid conversation, give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the media sausage is made, and invite guest speakers from the community to join us. You can also expect games and lots of audience hot takes. Next Stop airs on Instagram Live and Twitch, so be sure to follow us on those platforms.
CityNews Toronto is a natural partner for The Green Line, and I’m so thrilled to work with the talented team there who’ve welcomed us with open arms. Most Torontonians and Canadians know that Citytv was a trailblazing network when it first came on the scene. As columnist and author Shawn Micaleff says in one of our recent features, Citytv “kind of invented the idea of storefront television here in Toronto, where you could walk by and see the shows being recorded….It was the social medium before social media. So it was really revolutionary.”
City’s long legacy of meeting Torontonians where they are and figuring out what makes them tick perfectly aligns with The Green Line since community engagement is a core part of what we do. As a kid growing up in Scarborough, I noticed that City’s team of journalists reflected the diversity I saw and culture I experienced around me. So, compared to other networks at the time, it felt the most accessible and authentic. One of my goals for our partnership is to continue this legacy with a fresh approach that engages gen Zs and millennials in Toronto. Stay tuned for more…
The Green Line speaker’s corner at plazaPOPS
Head over to the Albion Islington Squares in Rexdale to check out ThistlePOPS, a pop-up plaza created by plazaPOPS, which converts privately owned public spaces of strip mall parking lots into buzzing community hubs. ThistlePOPS officially launched yesterday on July 30, and will be at its current location for the next three months.
The Green Line has a hub at ThistlePOPS where locals can share a story from their community, so be sure to stop by! Or, scan the QR code above to answer our questions.
Quick and Clean
“In my community” and “Cool stuff I like” will be back…
I’m late to the party with Everything Everywhere All at Once, but to mark its return to theatres, I highly recommend watching the breathtakingly original sci-fi film starring icon Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan a.k.a. Short Round(!) from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Make it a double feature with Emergency, a true-to-life comedy-thriller that follows two Black college students who discover a drunk, semi-conscious white woman they don't know on the floor of one of their dorm rooms. As you can imagine, the film tackles race relations and over-policing in America.
How you can support The Other Wave
My professional mission has always been to support the global movement towards more thoughtful, impactful news coverage, and all the ways that manifests. If The Other Wave gets you to think even a little differently about journalism, especially in Canada, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do. And if TOW gets you to take action and support Canadian media outlets — especially ones that strive to be innovative and inclusive — I will have exceeded my expectations.
If my values and goals resonate with you, please consider supporting fiercely independent media analysis that fills in gaps in coverage of the Canadian journalism landscape. How? Feel free to provide feedback, pass along resources, donate money or simply share this newsletter with your friends.