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Extra, Extra: The Fox, The Purchase, and the Unibrow

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

  • Photographer and cinematographer Ryan Couldrey lives in the east end, and like many, he often catches films at the Fox Theatre. The rep cinema is nearly 100 years old, and to celebrate its role in Toronto’s cultural history, Couldrey sat down with some of its staff to learn more about it. It’s been a bad day for local film fans, so hit play and enjoy.
  • Toronto writer Linda Spalding won the Governor General’s award for literature last night for her novel The Purchase. The story about Quaker pioneers was inspired by her own family’s past.
  • More grim media news today: Sun Media is slashing up to 500 jobs in a cost-cutting move. They’ll be shutting Ottawa and Kingston printing plants, and “streamlining” production. The Star is reporting that about 27 journalists will lose their jobs as part of the cuts (apparently including Toronto Sun senior associate editor Lorrie Goldstein), and that Sun Media papers, which don’t currently have paywalls, will be introducing them for at least some content by the end of this year.
  • Google opened its new office on Richmond Street today. Because if newspapers aren’t hiring, at least the people who put the news they produce in their search engines are.
  • Now on at the Art Gallery of Ontario: an exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. To promote it the AGO has been giving out unibrows, in a nod to Kahlo’s famous facial hair. This has upset many visitors, who allege the gimmick amounts to “public ridicule” of a talented artist because of her appearance. Today artist and art critic Sholem Krishtalka lays out why it’s not actually so simple.

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