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Inherent Weisse: From Then to Now – The Comic Book Story of Beer

A new comic book tells the incredible (and super-long) history of beer.

One of the big questions that I get asked a lot is “why beer?” There are plenty of other things in this big world that are incredibly interesting, and I’m a woman of eclectic interests, but what is it about beer that has made it chief among them?

More often than not I tell this hypothetical person that my interest lay in the historical context of beer, a beverage as old as humanity itself. We have evidence of beer going back to China over 9,000 years ago and the time of the Sumerians, where there was even a goddess of beer, Ninkasi, a hymn of which contains a recipe for beer, making it one of, if not the, oldest-recorded recipes in the world.
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Seaton Village is Where the Porches Dance

A dance festival in its fourth year places a west end community at centre stage.

Amarai, Leslie and Lori Endes photo by Shana Hillman.

On any other day, the porches of Seaton Village seem nothing out of the ordinary, serving their community quietly with nary a glance from passersby. But for a few days every summer, and much to the delight of Karen and Allen Kaeja of Kaeja Dance, they become alive with energy, sound and movement.

Porch View Dances, an annual event that is the brainchild of Kaeja, showcases real people dancing in real spaces. Residents, including children, from around the neighbourhood participate in choreographed dance routines held on their very own porches, to the viewing pleasure of spectators who stop by while on a short walking tour of Seaton Village. The tour is guided by Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja’s husband and co-artistic director of the dance business. It starts at 84 London Street, making stops at a total of three porches and ending in Vermont Square Park where the dancers lead the community in a follow-the-leader style participatory routine.
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Enter to Win TWO Passes to Riot Fest

To celebrate our new events page, presented in partnership with Do416, we'd like to give away a pair of festival tickets.

Riot Fest, 2012. Photo by Corbin Smith.

To celebrate our new event listings partnership with Do416, we’re giving away two General Admission weekend passes to Riot Fest.

Riot Fest is coming to Downsview Park September 19-20 and bringing Alexisonfire, Weezer, The Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid, and oh-so-many more. Click here for your chance to win! The contest closes Friday, July 17 at 11:59PM and winners will be contacted by email by Do416.

In the meantime, make sure you bookmark our events page to keep tabs on the best things happening in your city.


The Big Five: July 10-12

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Photo from event’s Facebook page, linked below.

Vigil for Andrew Loku
Eglinton Gilbert Parkette | 504 Gilbert Ave (Eglinton West & Gilbert Avenue)
July 10, 7p.m.

A vigil to honour and remember Andrew Loku, a Black 45-year-old, father of five, and refugee from South Sudan, who was shot dead by Toronto Police early Sunday inside his apartment complex. The building’s units are leased by the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide affordable housing and services for people living with mental illness.

Keep reading: The Big Five: July 10-12


The Big Five: July 3-5

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Fin de Fiesta  Photo courtesy the event's Facebook page

Fin de Fiesta. Photo courtesy the event’s Facebook page.

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco
Small World Music Centre (180 Shaw St.)
July 3, 8p.m.
$20 advance, $20 at the door.

Fin de Fiesta are an ensemble of Canadian and American flamenco artists that divide their time between North America and Seville, Spain. The name FIN DE FIESTA translates to “End of the Party”, a reference to the open jam session that occurs at the end of a traditional flamenco show in Spain.

Fin de Fiesta is led by artistic director and dancer Lia Grainger and accompanied by guitarist Dennis Duffin and a wide range of talented guest artists from the United States and Canada.

Featuring special guests:

El Caracolillo, song
Fernando Gallego Torres, song
Derek Gray, percussion

Keep reading: The Big Five: July 3-5