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PLCN Fall Book Launch

Playwrights Canada Press launches its fall slate of newly published plays with the PLCN Fall Book Launch. The event will feature readings from authors including Keith Barker, Linda Griffiths, and Jordan Tannahill; the evening will be hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of Now Magazine.

Chance the Rapper, with DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn

Chicago hip-hop artist Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, is barely into his 20s, but already has a platinum record (April’s Acid Rap) and an appearance at Lollapalooza under his belt. His Social Experiment Tour, which kicked off last Friday, comes to town with openers DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn.

AroarA, with Isla Craig, Soul Sisters

Here’s an early-evening set at the Dakota from AroarA, a duo consisting of Broken Social Scenester and Apostle of Hustle Andrew Whiteman and Land of Kush’s Ariel Engle. The onstage and offstage couple will be joined by Isla Craig and by Soul Sisters.

Sears Is Expected to Close Its Eaton Centre Store by February

The press learned this morning that Sears has sold back its lease on its Eaton Centre location as part of a $400 million deal with the mall’s landlord, Cadillac Fairview. Sears will also relinquish its claims on spaces in four other Cadillac Fairview malls, two of them in the GTA. The Eaton Centre store is […]

Bill Blair Maintains Silence on Rob Ford Allegations

Yesterday, Toronto’s police chief, Bill Blair, gave a speech to the Canadian Club, tackling a slightly odd mix of issues: 15 minutes on the most effective ways to tackle crime (youth programs, community support, and stronger neighbourhoods), and then another 15 on strategies for easing gridlock (install cameras at intersections and automatically ticket drivers who […]

Calls for Corner-Store Beer Sales Quashed, Again

It’s become a perennial drama: the Ontario Convenience Stores Association drums up publicity for its latest push to convince Queen’s Park to allow beer sales at corner stores, and Queen’s Park responds with a resounding, “Um, no.” The difference on this occasion is that the whole story has unfolded in record time.

Scene: Night After Night of Dread

WHERE: Near Dufferin Grove Park WHEN: Saturday, October 26 WHAT: Night of Dread, Clay and Paper Theatre’s annual pre-Halloween puppet parade, is a west-end tradition. This year’s procession included an assortment of creepy props, costumes, and masks, manned by volunteers. Click through the image gallery for a closer look.

Rep Cinema This Week: Dead Ringers, Rosemary’s Baby, Prisoners

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: David Cronenberg’s identical-twin melodrama, Roman Polanski’s pregnancy horror show, and Denis Villeneuve’s first Hollywood thriller.

The Rob and Doug Ford Radio Recap: Super Fact-Check Edition

Oh, boy—another week, another instalment of our favourite radio show! There aren’t too many of these left, because the show will have to go off the air once Rob formally files his nomination papers for the 2014 mayoral election. Sure, he’s been campaigning on this show for almost two years, but that’s because rules are […]

Blackalicious

Legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious—who hail from Sacramento, California—will be dropping by Toronto for a set. The two, who generally create music with uplifting messages, are touring in support of their upcoming EP, The Sun Giver. The night will also feature special guests. Check out some of their tracks before the show here.