Tonight (newspaper)

Last updated

TypeFree Biweekly Newspaper
Owner(s)Annex Business Media
Founder(s)John Cameron & Tom Hyde
PublisherMartin McAnulty
FoundedSept. 8, 2009
Ceased publicationMay 29, 2014
Headquarters222 Edward St., Aurora, Ontario L4G 1W6, 905-727-0077

tonight was a free afternoon newspaper in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, founded in 2009 and acquired by Annex Business Media [1] in 2013. Targeted at evening public transit commuters on GO Transit and TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), its main distribution channels were through the use of newsies, newspaper boxes and PATH billboards throughout Toronto’s downtown core, and through newspaper boxes across the TTC. The publication name was originally stylized with periods as t.o.night - a tongue-in-cheek reference to Toronto (often shortened in passing reference as T.O.). The newspaper was unique in Canada, with its magazine size and format, making for easy transit reading.



tonight was founded by Toronto entrepreneurs John Cameron and Tom Hyde. The first issue of tonight was published on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, [2] and the publication was based on the successful free evening newspaper mX, published by News Limited throughout Australia.

The paper was originally published on weekday evenings, but switched to a biweekly Tuesday and Thursday print schedule after the acquisition by Annex Business Media in January 2013, and subsequent departure of the founders. tonight had a circulation of 102,000 with an estimated readership of 184,000 each weekday evening. The paper was a direct competitor to Toronto free daily newspapers Metro and 24 Hours.

After being operated for a year and a half by Annex Business Media, the newspaper was closed May 29, 2014. [3]


tonight was typically 16 pages - though it had increased page-count up to 32 pages if the opportunity arose - focusing on the freshest news and entertainment stories that come across the newswires. Apart from Associated Press and Canadian Press content, the paper had a number of freelance journalists, along with unique content from BlogTO, [4] Sportsnet, National Geographic Traveler, as well as the New York Times crossword puzzle. tonight’s stories were generally concise, featuring a heavy use of photos.

The paper’s most popular section was the Shout Outs (a print version of social media for commuters). The Shout Outs had grown in size from the introductory 1/5 of a page to 1-2 pages. The Shout Outs had received local, national and international attention due to their popularity. [5]


Related Research Articles

Toronto Transit Commission Agency responsible for local public transit in Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the public transport agency that operates bus, subway, streetcar, and paratransit services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest and largest of the urban transit service providers in the Greater Toronto Area, with numerous connections to systems serving its surrounding municipalities.

Tabloid (newspaper format) Type of newspaper format

A tabloid is a newspaper with a compact page size smaller than broadsheet. There is no standard size for this newspaper format.

<i>Evening Standard</i> Regional free daily tabloid-format newspaper in London

The Evening Standard is a local, free daily newspaper, published Monday to Friday in tabloid format in London. Since 2009 it has been owned by Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev. It is the dominant local/regional evening paper for London and the surrounding area, with coverage of national and international news and City of London finance. Its current editor is former UK Conservative Member of Parliament and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. In October 2009, the paper ended a 180-year history of paid circulation and became a free newspaper, doubling its circulation as part of a change in its business plan.

<i>Toronto Star</i> Daily newspaper in Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Star is a Canadian broadsheet daily newspaper. Based on 2015 statistics, it is Canada's highest-circulation newspaper on overall weekly circulation; although it is a close second to The Globe and Mail in daily circulation on weekdays, it overtakes the Globe in weekly circulation because the Globe does not publish a Sunday edition. The Toronto Star is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and part of Torstar's Daily News Brands division. On May 26, 2020, Torstar agreed to be acquired by NordStar Capital, a private investment firm in a deal expected to close by year end.

<i>The Globe and Mail</i> Canadian newspaper

The Globe and Mail is a Canadian newspaper printed in five cities in western and central Canada. With a weekly readership of 2,018,923 in 2015, it is Canada's most widely read newspaper on weekdays and Saturdays, although it falls slightly behind the Toronto Star in overall weekly circulation because the Star publishes a Sunday edition while the Globe does not. The Globe and Mail is regarded by some as Canada's "newspaper of record".

<i>The London Free Press</i> newspaper based in London, Ontario, Canada

The London Free Press is a daily newspaper based in London, Ontario, Canada. It has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Southwestern Ontario.

<i>Metro</i> (British newspaper) Free tabloid newspaper published by DMG Media, based in London

The Metro is the United Kingdom's highest-circulation, print newspaper. It is published in tabloid format by DMG Media. The free newspaper is distributed from Monday to Friday mornings on trains and buses, and at railway/Underground stations, airports and hospitals across selected urban areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Copies are also handed out to pedestrians.

<i>Manchester Evening News</i> newspaper covering the Manchester area of the United Kingdom

The Manchester Evening News is a regional daily newspaper covering Greater Manchester in North West England. Founded in 1868, the paper is published Monday–Saturday; a Sunday edition, the MEN on Sunday, was launched in February 2019. The newspaper is owned by Reach plc ,[2] one of Britain's largest newspaper publishing groups.

Media in Toronto

This is a list of television and radio stations along with a list of media outlets in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, including the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto is Canada's largest media market, and the fourth-largest market in North America.

dmg media, formerly Associated Newspapers, is a national newspaper and website publisher in the UK. It is a subsidiary of DMGT. The group was established in 1905 and is currently based at Northcliffe House in Kensington. It takes responsibility for Harmsworth Printing Limited which produces all of its London, Southern England and South Wales editions of the national titles out of a print work site in Thurrock, Essex.

<i>mX</i> (newspaper) newspaper

mX was an Australian free afternoon daily newspaper in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, owned and produced by News Corp Australia. Targeted at commuters, its main channels of distribution were inner-city railway stations, tram and bus stops, and major CBD intersections. The last edition of mX was published on 12 June 2015.

St. Clair West station Toronto subway station

St. Clair West is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It spans the block north of St. Clair Avenue West to Heath Street, between Bathurst Street and Tweedsmuir Avenue. The station serves the local communities of Forest Hill South, Humewood, Bracondale Hill and Casa Loma.

Lawrence East station Toronto subway station

Lawrence East is a rapid transit station on Line 3 Scarborough of the Toronto subway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is located underneath the elevated portion of Lawrence Avenue East, in the Midland Avenue and Kennedy Road corridor. It is the third-busiest station on Line 3, after Kennedy and Scarborough Centre.

MiWay transport company

MiWay is the municipal public transport agency serving Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and responsible to the city's Transportation and Works Department. The current MiWay service consists of two types of bus routes: MiLocal, local buses that make frequent stops, and MiExpress, express buses between major destinations. MiWay is the primary operator along the Mississauga Transitway, a dedicated east to west bus-only roadway.

Toronto Transit Commission fares

Fares to use the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) transit system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, can be paid with various media. The price of fares varies according to the age or occupation of riders; children 12 years of age or under can ride on the TTC free of fare.

The Times Colonist is an English-language daily newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was formed by the merger in 1980 of the Victoria Daily Times, established in 1884, and the British Colonist, established in 1858 by Amor De Cosmos who was later British Columbia's second Premier. The British Colonist was B.C.'s first paper "of any permanence". De Cosmos was the editor until 1866 when D.W. Higgins took over for the next twenty years.

Toronto Coach Terminal

The Toronto Coach Terminal is the central bus station for inter-city services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 610 Bay Street, in the city's downtown. Opened in 1931 as the Gray Coach Terminal, the Art Deco style terminal was home base for Gray Coach, an interurban bus service then owned by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It replaced an earlier open air terminal, the Gray Line Terminal. The terminal is used today by Coach Canada, Greyhound Canada, and Ontario Northland bus lines.

Downsview Park station Toronto subway station

Downsview Park is a rapid transit station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway and a commuter rail station on the Barrie commuter rail line of GO Transit. Subway service began on December 17, 2017, and GO Train service began on December 30, 2017. Downsview Park station is a fully integrated multi-modal transit facility serving both transit lines. This is in contrast to other interchanges between TTC subway and GO Transit rail lines, which have separate structures for each agency.

The Daily Free Press is the independent student newspaper at Boston University. It is a digital-first publication with daily online content and a weekly print edition on Thursday during the academic year. The Daily Free Press is staffed by about 200 volunteer editors, writers, reporters and photographers. The editorial positions change on a semester-to-semester basis. The paper is governed by a board of former editors, who make up the Board of Directors of Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit.

A commuter newspaper is a class of newspapers that are often free daily newspapers and "part of a lifestyle of commuting into work. They represent a 'fast read' for those with busy lifestyles, and tend to be rack-selected take-ones." The first commuter newspapers included Vancouver's The Georgia Straight, the Montreal Mirror, and New York City's The Village Voice.


  1. "Under new ownership, tonight newspaper goes weekly | Marketing Magazine". 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  2. Macmillan, Jennifer. "Free afternoon commuter newspaper joins bustling Toronto media market". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  3. "Tonight Newspaper shuts down" . Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  5. "Newspaper lets GO riders exchange love notes and dating advice | National Post". Retrieved 2013-12-31.