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Rep Cinema This Week: Mamma Roma, Solo, and 12 Years a Slave

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s modern Roman tragedy, local talent Isaac Cravit’s debut thriller, and Steve McQueen’s newly minted Oscar winner for Best Picture.

New Subway Signage Comes to Bloor-Yonge

A few months ago, the TTC indicated it intended to take a new approach to signage and wayfinding. The new signs would be clearer and more consistent, and feature colour-coded numbers as well as (and sometimes in place of) the subway-line names to which we’ve all grown so accustomed. Now you’ll be able to put […]

Meltdown at the Toronto Grilled Cheese Fest

There’s always a calm before a social media shit storm. That was the case for Friday night’s inaugural Toronto Grilled Cheese Fest, an all-you-can-eat soup and sandwich event that promised grilled cheese wonders and delights for the cost of a $45 ticket. Unfortunately, over 2,250 attendees (the official number from organizer Joylister) found themselves enduring […]

Historicist: The Funniest Woman in the World

She was born in Parkdale on May 29, 1894, the second daughter of John Lillie, a guard at the nearby Central Prison, and his wife Lucy, an ambitious choral singer. From her inauspicious beginnings playing in the streets of Toronto, Beatrice Lillie would grow up to become one of the 20th century’s most beloved stage […]

CineMacabre: Nurse 3D

Rue Morgue is getting sexy with its March CineMacabre screening: the Canadian premiere of Douglas Aarniokoski’s Nurse 3D. A life-saver during the day, nurse Abby (Paz del la Huerta) spends her free time enticing—and slicing—unfaithful men. Until, that is, she sets her sights on coworker Danni (Katrina Bowden), whose lack of interest in her inspires […]

A Platinum Production presents: The Producers

A Platinum Production’s The Producers is (unfortunately) not a striptease version of the classic film, but it is a who’s who overview of the Toronto burlesque and variety show scene. Come see what these beautiful and brainy entrepreneurs are capable of! The program includes performances by Dee Dee Starr and Ava Noir (Two Dames Productions), […]

Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada

Here’s something straight out of a science fiction movie: an artificially intelligent being that composes music! LIVINGSTON has access to a database containing of all Canada’s folk creations and, having digested it, has produced transcriptions of original musical progressions and lyrics. To celebrate the release of his first album—Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada—the Vol. […]

TOsketchfest

The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) returns for its 9th year to promote the best of scripted live comedy, with a lineup of over 40 troupes from across North America. Not to be missed are the live reading of Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, a headlining performance of Gavin Crawford’s Sh**ting Rainbows, or the […]

Recapping a Wild Week in Campaign 2014

Election 2014 will likely be the most watched and covered campaign in this city’s history—and when John Tory and Karen Stintz signed up this week to run for mayor, the campaign began in earnest. Tory and Stintz, who are battling for the same pool of voters, criticized each other. Rob Ford criticized everyone who was […]

Extra, Extra: Gridlock Meetings, Whiteout Driving, and Frozen Pipes

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly hosted a meeting about gridlock today at City Hall. Apparently, he initially indicated the meeting would be open to all members of council. But then today, he said it was a private affair, […]