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Crash Confronts the Aftermath of Sexual Assault

Crash, the one-woman show by Pamela Sinha, returns to Theatre Passe Muraille to open the fall 2013 season. The unsettling and deeply personal performance was a surprise winner in the New Play category at the 2012 Doras (over the phenomenally popular Kim’s Convenience, which is now being produced for television). Those who’d seen this intense […]

The Sixth Annual Global Cabaret Festival

Where can you find over 150 of Canada’s top performing artists under one roof? At the Sixth Annual Global Cabaret Festival, of course. This year’s festival will include A Bob Dylan Songbook; “Rebel Rebel,” The Music of David Bowie; and Whirl, The Dance Cabaret. The event also will also feature the 2013 Soulpepper Dance Awards […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: Getting Around

How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting around. Read the online schedules. Take a look at the Blue Night schedules on the TTC’s website. […]

Your Guide to Nuit Blanche 2013

It’s early October, but you’d never know it, what with the 20-something-degree temperatures that have been messing with our internal barometers of late. But, on the bright side, this could mean we’re in store for the warmest Nuit Blanche yet—mittens and double-layers of tights be damned! This Saturday, the annual all-night contemporary art event will […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide:
Romancing the Anthropocene

So, first things first: The “Anthropocene” is defined by Wikipedia as “an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.” Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry, the curators of Nuit Blanche 2013’s Romancing the Anthropocene zone, have chosen […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: Renegade Art

Once a year, Nuit Blanche brings a massive number of people to Toronto’s downtown core to enjoy a night of amazing art. This audience comes to experience, interact with, and become an integral part of a city transformed. Every year there are people who choose to take advantage of this fantastic crowd by bringing their […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: PARADE

There are only a few events on Toronto’s calendar that bring out the masses like Nuit Blanche does—and the others usually involve some kind of holiday, a procession of floats, a man dressed in a red suit, or men dressed in nothing at all. Curator Patrick Macaulay recognized Nuit Blanche as a kind of anti-parade, […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide:
Off To a Flying Start

Taking inspiration from Marcel Duchamp’s dadaist work, the Off to a flying start zone of this year’s Nuit Blanche, curated by Ami Barak, celebrates the items we see and use in our day-to-day lives. The area around City Hall will be transformed into a more whimsical (and hopefully more thoughtful) version of itself. Here are […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide:
Independent Projects

Sticking to Nuit Blanche 2013’s curated projects means hitting only a fraction of the exhibits and having only a fraction of the fun. With nearly 70 independent projects scattered throughout the festival area, straying from the beaten path will give you opportunities to explore the city, to happen upon unexpected art, and to really scratch […]

A Tour of the New Toronto South Detention Centre

From a distance, the site of the new Toronto South Detention Centre—occupying the same land used for correctional purposes since 1887—is exactly what you’d expect the environs of a prison to look like. Most recently the address of the Mimico Correctional Centre—which officially closed its doors on December 5, 2011—the new, imposing structure at 160 […]

Articulating the TTC’s New Bendy Bus

How does riding the bendy portion of one of the TTC’s new articulated buses feel? Stand in the middle of the rotating section and you’ll notice little difference from elsewhere in the vehicle. Move closer to the edges and the experience resembles a slow-but-smooth merry-go-round. One tip: if you’re tall, stand elsewhere in the bus […]

How to Handle a Gumergency

An Excel Gum survey of more than 900 Canadians found that about 30 per cent of men will admit to having chewed gum during sex. (About 20 per cent of women were willing to make the same admission.)

The Rocky Horror Show

In the movies, when a car breaks down in the middle of nowhere it usually leads to sexy times, amusing adventures, or utter terror. The Rocky Horror Show is all of the above. In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching it on TV every October, the story follows the exploits of newly engaged (and […]

Yoakim Bélanger: From Abstract to Abstract

Join artist Yoakim Bélanger for the opening of his second solo exhibition, “From Abstract to Abstract.” Bélanger explores the line between abstraction and reality, using the basic human form. Each of his 30 new pieces combines paint with recycled metals, such as oxidized steel, aluminum, and other mirrored surfaces. The show runs until November 3rd.

Sketches of Istanbul

Add a little Turkey to your lunch with Sketches of Istanbul, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company. Canadian cellist Andrew Downing teams up with Güç Başar Gülle, master of the Turkish oud; percussionist Debashis Sinha; and clarinettist Peter Lutek to celebrate the mosaic of culture found in Istanbul. Drawing from the ensemble’s diverse backgrounds, the […]