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Alcan Highway

DIRECTED BY ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ (Finland, World Showcase) SCREENINGS: Wednesday, May 1, 9 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Thursday, May 2, 2 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Sunday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Alcan Highway is a love letter to greasy automotive tinkerers, aimless […]

Forest of the Dancing Spirits

DIRECTED BY LINDA VASTRIK (Canada Sweden, International Spectrum) SCREENINGS: Wednesday, May 1, 8 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Friday, May 3, 4 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Filmed between 2005 and 2012 in the Congo Basin tropical […]

Chimeras

DIRECTED BY MIKA MATTILA (Finland, Next) SCREENINGS: Friday, April 26, 9 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Sunday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. Scotiabank (259 Richmond Street West) Thursday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) As the title suggests, the Chinese artists in Mika Mattila’s absorbing Chimeras are of […]

Chi

DIRECTED BY ANNE WHEELER (Canadian, Canadian Spectrum) SCREENINGS: Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Monday, April 29, 11 a.m. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Moreso than with narrative films, there is an assumption when it […]

Historicist: Hovercrafts to Mimico

Imagine skimming along Lake Ontario at 120 kilometres per hour, reading the newspaper on the way to work in the city. Inching along the congested (and increasingly dangerous) Queen Elizabeth Way or the Gardiner Expressway might’ve taken you up to an hour, but instead your commute aboard a massive passenger hovercraft makes the same journey […]

Titus Andronicus with The So So Glos, PUP

The always amazing Titus Andronicus are returning to Toronto once again for a set of pure chaos at Lee’s Palace. This punk rock band is supporting its latest effort, Local Business, and will be joined by The So So Glos and PUP. The last time they were here there was a surprise appearance from Owen […]

At Toronto Public Library, Interactive Gaming with a Literary Twist

Despite threats to funding and other obstacles, Toronto Public Library has, especially in recent years, been making a concerted effort to host more exciting and dynamic events, such as its Make Some Noise concert series. Now the library system is branching out even further, partnering up with Jim Munroe, the sci-fi author and Hand Eye […]

Toronto Shops Plan Free Shows For Record Store Day

Record Store Day began in 2007 and has grown into a North America-wide party, held on the third Saturday of April (in other words, this Saturday). To celebrate, musicians big and small release exclusive records or play surprise shows. Toronto, with its wealth of indie shops, has 21 stores officially participating. Here’s a quick rundown […]

Vandalist: Attack of the Albino Squirrel

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Trinity Bellwoods Park PHOTO BY: Jessy Kim FIELD NOTES: Few people have been lucky enough to spot the elusive Trinity Bellwoods Park albino squirrels. The many of us who haven’t had the pleasure can at least check out this colourful tribute to the area’s favorite furry friends. Once a week, Vandalist features […]

Genealogical Genius in She She Pop and Their Fathers: Testament

One of Toronto’s favourite theatre trends right now is onstage partnering between an actor child and his or her actual, biological parent. It’s a way of playing out generational conflict in front of a live audience. Tarragon Theatre’s smash hit, A Brimful of Asha (on now in yet another remount), which united actor and director […]

Public Works: Use Your Phone To Pay For Parking

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. If you drive in Toronto, you already know the hassles: the perpetual gridlock, the widespread disregard for road etiquette, the unseemly interaction with lesser road users on bikes or in streetcars. And […]

Emerge Conference

Aimed at young professionals, the Emerge Conference is a one day event comprised of workshops and keynotes, focusing on the topics of globalization, media, and social networks. Some featured guest speakers include Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier, eOne Music Canada’s Eric Alper, former NHL player and CBC Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy, and Heather Jarvis, […]

These Are the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games’ Mascot Finalists

Bear in mind that all of these designs were inspired by contest submissions from children aged 16 and under. Even so, we’ll admit to being a little perplexed by this group of finalists for official mascot of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games. (All six choices were revealed earlier today.) Is that a porcupine? And a […]

Willowbank Lecture: Gustavo Araoz

Join Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS, as part of Willowbank’s Urban Dwelling lecture series. A preservation architect and independent heritage consultant, Mr. Araoz will speak on the shift towards a new, more effective framework for heritage conservation.

Sound Advice: Birthmarks by Born Ruffians

It’s expected that a band will evolve over time, refining its technique, becoming more confident in its aesthetic, and getting more creative in its approach. Individual members will become more proficient with their instruments, band chemistry will increase, and songwriters and lyricists will take more mature approaches to crafting records. But sometimes, a band will […]

Cycle Toronto Wants the City to Buy Bixi and Expand It

Yesterday, we learned that Bixi Toronto is having trouble sustaining itself financially, possibly because the bike-share system is still too small to attract a healthy user base. Now, Cycle Toronto (formerly known as the Toronto Cyclists Union) is calling on the City to resolve the problem by opening up its wallet.