Torontoist is creating important and meaningful local journalism
118

patrons

$518
per month

What is Torontoist?

Torontoist publishes online local journalism about topics and issues that impact the city of Toronto and the people who live here.

We try always to be faithful in our rendering of Toronto, and to be fearless in producing journalism that makes a difference.

Why are we launching a subscription campaign?

To fund more great local journalism, we’re launching this Torontoist subscription campaign.

We’ve learned that in order to produce more local journalism that truly makes a difference, we simply can’t rely on advertising dollars. It turns out running a hyper-local news website that tackles 24-hour city hall deputations, neighbourhood-specific LGBTQ issues, and urban planning or transit infrastructure isn’t particularly great for generating advertising revenue.

We care deeply about our city, and we want nothing more than to cover even more important and underreported issues that impact the city and the people in it.

Why subscribe?

As if directly funding more community-supported local journalism wasn’t reward enough, there are TONS of added perks, rewards, and benefits to being a Torontoist subscriber.

1. Every Torontoist subscriber will gain access to an advertising-free version of our site for as long as they are a subscriber.
2. We have a whole bunch of awesome rewards and perks lined up for new subscribers. We have a bunch of clever Toronto-themed merchandise, private workshops from our contributors, professional portrait sessions from Torontoist photographers, and tons more!
3. You’ll be directly impacting how much great work Torontoist is able to produce each month.

Check out the “Milestone Goals” on the left side of this page to see some of our “next steps” in terms of our exciting goals!

Your subscription funds local journalism.

Every penny of the subscriber fees goes directly into the editorial budget.

This means that all of your subscription fee is going directly into the pocket of Torontoist contributors.

We’re not using the subscription revenue for things like server upkeep, or office space, of fancy lattes—ALL of it goes to Torontoist contributors.


How subscriptions work.

It’s exactly like any other monthly magazine or newspaper subscription.

You’ll be charged the monthly amount of your choice (as little as $1.) In order to subscribe, Patreon (this site!) will walk you through creating your account and setting up your subscription.

You can cancel at any time, or change your support level at any time, for any reason, no questions asked.

What now?

1. You scroll down, pick your monthly subscription (“pledge”) amount, and sign up!
2. You feel good about contributing to community-supported local journalism.
3. We hook you up with your sweet rewards and perks
4. We get super excited about all the awesome work we’re going to be able to produce with your help! 


*There is a bit of fine print for some of the fancier rewards and bonuses available at the higher pledge levels. Please have a read under the "creator posts" section.*
*All figures are in US Dollars*
Rewards
Pledge $2 or more per month
37 patrons
Receive a digital high-five and thank you from a random Torontoist contributor
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $3 or more per month
25 of 200 patrons
Proudly show you’re a valued member of Raccoon Nation with this 1.75-inch button.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!

(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $5 or more per month
30 patrons
Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $8 or more per month
2 patrons
Get a "Thank you!" shout out from the official Torontoist Twitter account.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Your name and link to your website on Torontoist.com wall of supporters. (Subject to editorial approval.)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $12 or more per month
5 patrons
Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters



(all funds are in USD)

Pledge $14 or more per month
1 patron
Torontoist pitches a newsworthy topic or story of your choice at our next story meeting. (Subject to editorial approval)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $16 or more per month
1 patron
A Torontoist contributor writes a story about anything—real or fake—that you want. (Story will be emailed to you.)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 20 patrons
Your name and link to your website at the bottom of one Torontoist article per month.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)

If all 20 of these rewards are claimed, this directly funds one new staff reported position!



(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
2 of 10 patrons
A professional photo portrait session from a Torontoist photographer.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
An illustration of you (or anything you’d like) from a Torontoist illustrator
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Private workshop from a Torontoist contributor on how to get your band, theatre production, business, art thing, brand, etc media coverage/exposure.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)

*note: this does not result in coverage from or access to Torontoist. It's a DIY media and PR workshop.*
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Private dinner with Torontoist Editors or Creative Director
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $200 or more per month
0 of 3 patrons
Keynote speech from a Torontoist contributor or executive of your choice. (Subject to contributor availability. Travel outside of Toronto not included. Contact us at editors(at)torontoist.com, and we'll work out the details.)
(all funds are in USD)
Goals
$518 of $42,949,672 per month
If someone wants to give us this much money, we'll build you some subways. All over the place. We hear people want a relief line? 
Really though, this goal is here to let you know that there is so much more exciting things Torontoist hopes to achieve in the near future. But first we want to focus on making these initial couple goals reality!
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What is Torontoist?

Torontoist publishes online local journalism about topics and issues that impact the city of Toronto and the people who live here.

We try always to be faithful in our rendering of Toronto, and to be fearless in producing journalism that makes a difference.

Why are we launching a subscription campaign?

To fund more great local journalism, we’re launching this Torontoist subscription campaign.

We’ve learned that in order to produce more local journalism that truly makes a difference, we simply can’t rely on advertising dollars. It turns out running a hyper-local news website that tackles 24-hour city hall deputations, neighbourhood-specific LGBTQ issues, and urban planning or transit infrastructure isn’t particularly great for generating advertising revenue.

We care deeply about our city, and we want nothing more than to cover even more important and underreported issues that impact the city and the people in it.

Why subscribe?

As if directly funding more community-supported local journalism wasn’t reward enough, there are TONS of added perks, rewards, and benefits to being a Torontoist subscriber.

1. Every Torontoist subscriber will gain access to an advertising-free version of our site for as long as they are a subscriber.
2. We have a whole bunch of awesome rewards and perks lined up for new subscribers. We have a bunch of clever Toronto-themed merchandise, private workshops from our contributors, professional portrait sessions from Torontoist photographers, and tons more!
3. You’ll be directly impacting how much great work Torontoist is able to produce each month.

Check out the “Milestone Goals” on the left side of this page to see some of our “next steps” in terms of our exciting goals!

Your subscription funds local journalism.

Every penny of the subscriber fees goes directly into the editorial budget.

This means that all of your subscription fee is going directly into the pocket of Torontoist contributors.

We’re not using the subscription revenue for things like server upkeep, or office space, of fancy lattes—ALL of it goes to Torontoist contributors.


How subscriptions work.

It’s exactly like any other monthly magazine or newspaper subscription.

You’ll be charged the monthly amount of your choice (as little as $1.) In order to subscribe, Patreon (this site!) will walk you through creating your account and setting up your subscription.

You can cancel at any time, or change your support level at any time, for any reason, no questions asked.

What now?

1. You scroll down, pick your monthly subscription (“pledge”) amount, and sign up!
2. You feel good about contributing to community-supported local journalism.
3. We hook you up with your sweet rewards and perks
4. We get super excited about all the awesome work we’re going to be able to produce with your help! 


*There is a bit of fine print for some of the fancier rewards and bonuses available at the higher pledge levels. Please have a read under the "creator posts" section.*
*All figures are in US Dollars*

Recent posts by Torontoist

Rewards
Pledge $2 or more per month
37 patrons
Receive a digital high-five and thank you from a random Torontoist contributor
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $3 or more per month
25 of 200 patrons
Proudly show you’re a valued member of Raccoon Nation with this 1.75-inch button.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!

(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $5 or more per month
30 patrons
Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $8 or more per month
2 patrons
Get a "Thank you!" shout out from the official Torontoist Twitter account.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Your name and link to your website on Torontoist.com wall of supporters. (Subject to editorial approval.)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $12 or more per month
5 patrons
Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters



(all funds are in USD)

Pledge $14 or more per month
1 patron
Torontoist pitches a newsworthy topic or story of your choice at our next story meeting. (Subject to editorial approval)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $16 or more per month
1 patron
A Torontoist contributor writes a story about anything—real or fake—that you want. (Story will be emailed to you.)
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 20 patrons
Your name and link to your website at the bottom of one Torontoist article per month.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)

If all 20 of these rewards are claimed, this directly funds one new staff reported position!



(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
2 of 10 patrons
A professional photo portrait session from a Torontoist photographer.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
An illustration of you (or anything you’d like) from a Torontoist illustrator
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Private workshop from a Torontoist contributor on how to get your band, theatre production, business, art thing, brand, etc media coverage/exposure.
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)

*note: this does not result in coverage from or access to Torontoist. It's a DIY media and PR workshop.*
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Private dinner with Torontoist Editors or Creative Director
+ access to the ad-free version of Torontoist!
+ Your name on the Torontoist.com wall of supporters
+ Any Torontoist Store merch item of your choice! (shirt or hat)
(all funds are in USD)
Pledge $200 or more per month
0 of 3 patrons
Keynote speech from a Torontoist contributor or executive of your choice. (Subject to contributor availability. Travel outside of Toronto not included. Contact us at editors(at)torontoist.com, and we'll work out the details.)
(all funds are in USD)