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The mayor/birthday boy speaking at an event that did not happen today  Photo by Alex Guibord from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

The mayor/birthday boy speaking at an event that did not happen today. Photo by Alex Guibord from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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The 5th Biennial Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival Has Its Day

The singular fest introduces important works by and about Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind people.

Still from The Tribe.

In a city rife with mini film festivals that seem at times to be scavenging over TIFF’s leftovers rather than carving out an identity for themselves, the Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival manages to stand out from the pack. Since 2006, the festival, which the organizers claim is one of the fastest growing Deaf film festivals in the world, has served as not just Toronto but also Canada’s flagship venue for films made by and in collaboration with Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind people.

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Reel Toronto: Wonderfalls

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

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For every show that earns the privilege of a series run on TV, many more are cut down in their youth. Most of these deserve it but a very few—think Serenity or Freaks & Geeks, for starters—are quality fare that never got a chance. Wonderfalls is one such show. Only four episodes made it to air but it got great reviews and attracted a sufficient cult audience that its entire 13-episode season was released to DVD (and, apparently, aired here on Vision TV!). While well-reviewed, it didn’t garner a big enough audience to satisfy the folks at Fox, who gave it the axe.

It takes place in Niagara Falls, so it’s hugely unsurprising that they shot at the falls and established their home base here in fair Toronto.

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Newsstand: May 28, 2015

In the news: People aren't buying Pan Am Games tickets at a terribly enthusiastic rate (to say the least), and a petition to prevent the rapper Action Bronson from playing Yonge and Dundas Square during NxNE might actually have worked. But it also might not have. Plus, Captain John's seafood restaurant boat is floating off to where all good boats end up as they round the circle of boatlife...the scrap yard.

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