I Want Your Job finds Torontonians who make a living doing exactly what they love to do, in any field, and for any salary, and asks them how they did it. At an age when most little boys were getting into video games, Robert Binet was enrolling in the highly competitive and rigorous National Ballet […]
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Some archival institutions begin with a philanthropic endowment; others arise from legal necessity. In the case of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), a notice at the bottom of the editorial page of a 1973 edition of the pioneering LGBT journal The Body Politic provided the starting point: The task of reconstructing the history […]
Mirvish Productions’ new I Heart Musicals campaign is a fairly obvious marketing ploy to promote its current slate of musical productions: Once, Les Misérables, Aladdin, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. The I Heart Musicals Show Tune Karaoke night promises appearances by cast members from all those shows. So, if you do have a […]
Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. The […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Rogers, unsatisfied with owning practically everything else, has bought up the rights to NHL hockey broadcasts, nationwide. CBC will continue airing Hockey Night in Canada for the time being, but the public broadcaster will have to renegotiate with […]
Toronto may crow about its good debt rating and booming economy, but its transit system is in trouble. Service is more crowded—when it runs at all—thanks to flatlined subsidies and relaxed loading standards that stuffed more riders into fewer vehicles. Major repair and renewal projects are starved for funding while politicians woo voters with expensive […]
Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art.
Toronto theatre audiences have seen a number of adaptations of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in the past few years. The original now seems dated, but Miss Julie: She’Mah, a Canadian-targeted adaptation by playwright Tara Beagan, ratcheted up the tension by giving Miss Julie residential-school-educated servants. Canadian Stage’s somewhat less effective Miss Julie: Freedom Summer used American […]
Samah El-Tantawy, a University of Toronto postdoctoral fellow, has invented something she thinks could revolutionize the way vehicle traffic flows in cities. It’s called the Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Integrated Network of Adaptive Traffic Signal Controllers, or MARLIN-ATSC for short. The system isn’t in use yet, but it has been tested on a simulator with […]
The films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be deliriously funny, wickedly macabre, and downright bizarre, often in the span of a single scene. Leading up to the release of their newest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis—a look at the folk scene in ’60s-era Greenwich Village, opening in Toronto on December 20—TIFF is offering audiences a […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: the Coen Brothers’ terrific 1930s-set gangster film, Chris Marker’s rare portrait of Paris in 1962, and a Danish comedy about a fateful trip to Argentina.
The world is a shockingly small place; just being in it will inevitably, repeatedly, and involuntarily bring you face to face with people you’d rather not meet more than once. In the case of Linda Griffiths’ new play Heaven Above Heaven Below, the wedding of a mutual friend reunites two nameless characters, He and She, […]
Join the folks at Modern Superior for a very special VHS movie screening, which happens to be the inaugural event of their Video Vengeance series. Why go out for regular nachos, when you can eat nachos and drink beer while watching Chuck Norris get physical with some Soviet operatives in 1985’s Invasion U.S.A? Show up […]
If you’ve ever used the term “foodie” as a self-descriptor, listen up! The Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair will bring together more than 40 local brewers, bakers, butchers, and more in one place to showcase their wares. Come hungry, as the price of admission allows you to sample to your stomach’s content.
Witness the birth of new dance pieces at the Series 8:08 Choreographic Perfomance Workshop. This event allows emerging and professional choreographers to experiment with new ideas, give sneak peeks of works in progress, and show off newly completed pieces to the general public. Attendees will be welcome to share their opinions and ask questions during […]
Don’t let the malls fool you: the lighting of the Christmas tree at Nathan Phillips Square marks the official start of the holiday season. The 47th annual Cavalcade of Lights will feature performances from Diamond Rings, Tyler Shaw, Cold Specks, Divine Brown, and Carvin Winans—and a giant fireworks presentation. DJ Dopey will keep the festivities […]
Canadians aren’t just polite—we’re also dark and messed up when we want to be. The latter tendency is celebrated in the 2nd annual Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, a showcase of the best in contemporary horror from across our fine nation. Three days of screenings will see the world premieres of a number […]
It’s municipal budget time, and that means everyone can get confused once again about what sound accounting principles really are; whether you should think about investing in the City while you consider cuts elsewhere (yes); and whether capital and operating are the same kind of budget (no). If budget terms seem hard to understand, then […]