Morning Brew: TTC's iconic voice to be replaced by a computer, Etobicoke "Fame" school has big Portfolio Day, Macho Man inspires art exhibit, tech thieves targeting Linkedin, and Toronto's current urban planning kinks linked to the past

It's the end of an era. TTC subway riders on the Yonge-University line will no longer receive station prompts by the voice of TTC communications assistant Susan Bigioni. Instead, her familiar voice will be replaced by a built-in computer-generated notification system on the new Toronto Rockets, which are slowly being introduced into the system. Although she will continue to be heard on the Bloor-Danforth and Sheppard subways for years to come, Bigioni is saddened by the news.

Etobicoke School for the Arts, aka Toronto's version of the "Fame" school, held its second annual Portfolio Day yesterday, in which professors and professionals from 45 universities across the world were out to scout talent and potentially offer lucrative scholarships. Last year's event drew more $1.6-million in student scholarships, so obviously it's not your typical "show and tell" night.

For those of us who fondly remember the WWF before it became the WWE, this weekend's new multi-media art exhibit at Kensington Market's White House is for you. Curated by Toronto-based writer Nathaniel G. Moore, the Savage: Cult of Personality, Pure Media and the Art of Macho Madness showcases art inspired by Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Oh yeah!

If you're a rich CEO or business tycoon with a Linkedin profile, you should be careful. Apparently high-tech Toronto thieves are preying on you by creating false identities to steal your personal date to rack up cash and credit. Even if you're not a big-time tycoon, you should be careful anyway.


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