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The Black Museum: Stephen King Movie Debate

Do you have a favourite Stephen King movie? Members of the Black Museum Debate Club certainly do. The Stephen King Movie Debate, moderated by Rue Morgue Podcast host Stuart Feedback Andrews, pits four teams of horror professionals against each other. Each team has prepared a compelling argument backed up by film clips and trivia. Participants […]

Festival Man: Sex, Drink and Accordions

Join This Is Not a Reading Series for a celebration of Geoff Berner—songwriter, touring accordionist, and now author. His first novel, Festival Man: Sex, Drink and Accordions, follows the drunken stumbling of band manager Campbell Ouiniette through the Canadian music industry. Abandoned by his top headlining act, he devises a scheme to redeem himself with […]

Jane Austen Dance

Jane Austen fans may know that Pride and Prejudice recently turned 200 years old. To celebrate, Karen Millyard of the York Regency Society is hosting a Jane Austen Dance at the Toronto Public Library. Join her as she explores the history of Regency dance through images, demonstrations, and a dance lesson. Period-appropriate attire is encouraged. […]

Sound Advice: Guilt Trips by Ryan Hemsworth

We’re going to get really nerdy with this edition of Sound Advice right off the bat, because it seems only appropriate to couch any consideration of Ryan Hemsworth‘s work in an admission of one’s own geekery. (Hemsworth’s love for the musical scores from classic video games is well documented.) So: at one point in J.R.R. […]

Toronto’s Dark Comedy Festival Roasts The Iron Sheik

Comedy isn’t always about being nice. For those who like their jokes raunchy and tasteless, there’s an annual event that specializes in all of that. The Dark Comedy Festival was started in 2011 by local comedian Rob Mailloux. This year, it will feature such notable purveyors of filth as Dave Attell and Gilbert Gottfried. But […]

Reel Toronto: Pacific Rim

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. For […]

TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most […]

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 […]