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Duly Quoted: Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, on Early Morning Hockey and Beer

“Go Canada Go! You’re either invested in the hockey supremacy of Canada or you’re not. I don’t know how many people will take advantage of it, but for that short period of time and for that purpose, I’m all for it.” —Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, after being asked by CP24 whether he supports a motion […]

Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show

Doc Wuthergloom is a mainstay of our Halloween round–ups, but he and his possessed puppets performs occasionally throughout the year. There’s a one-night-only, chill-your-blood edition of his Haunted Medicine Show taking place; the premium ticket price includes entry to a “Dime Museum of the Damned.”

The 35th Rhubarb Festival Looks Back and Forward

At 35 years old, the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre may be nearing middle age, but it’s still the place to go if you’re looking for experimental, boundary-breaking, not-your-theatre-next-door kind of stuff in Canada. Every February, Buddies in Bad Times warms up the Church Street neighbourhood with public works, cabarets, live performance […]

Sound Advice: Drone Attack by Valley Boys

Drone Attack EP by Valley Boys People usually take words like “simple” as an insult—it’s as if complexity is considered a good thing in and of itself. Rarely do people stop and think that sometimes it’s actually quite difficult to take a seemingly simple thing and execute it to perfection. Apple pie is a pretty […]

Jury Returns Verdict of Homicide in Police Shooting Inquest

Over the course of three months, a coroner’s inquest looked into the deaths of Michael Eligon, 29, Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, and Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25—three people with mental illnesses who were fatally shot by Toronto police in separate incidents. Each person had been carrying a knife or scissors when the confrontations with police occurred. Today, a […]

Lunacy Cabaret: The Birds and the Bees

Though it’s probably a few years late, Lunacy Cabaret is prepared to give you “the talk” that your parents shied away from. Its new show, The Birds and the Bees will touch on the sexiest life lessons, courtesy of some naughty burlesque dancers, sketch comedians, clowns, musicians, and other artists in a vaudevillian circus atmosphere.

Grilled Cheese Fest

Does facing down all the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches you can eat sound appealing? Especially if they’re paired with samples of craft beer, and unlimited soup? The Grilled Cheese Fest is being produced by Joylister and features new and signature creations by local restos like Cheeseworks, MELT, Gorilla Cheese, and more. If you’re a fan […]

Hidden Restrictions in Free Outgoing

At first, the rise of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram seemed to herald nothing more than a new kind of annoying exercise in narcissism and a devastating black hole for productivity. But, as we all know by now, they had a far darker side: although those of us who were young and vulnerable […]

Public Works: A City That Grows Downward

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Urban areas account for just over 50 per cent of the world’s population today. By 2030, that figure will have increased to 60 per cent. And by 2050, 70 per cent of […]

The Rob and Doug Ford Web Show Recap: Toronto’s Grumpy Cats

After a “mutual decision” to end their controversial Newstalk 1010 radio show, and a one episode experiment with a tv show on Sun News, Rob and Doug Ford have retreated to Raccoon Nation’s remaining turf: the internet. On Monday morning, the duo launched their new YouTube show, Ford Nation, which puts them alongside cat videos, […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Oscar Shorts, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, 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: a limited engagement of this year’s Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts, a mini-festival of films programmed by and for youth, and Steve McQueen’s Oscar-nominated portrait of a man kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Embracing the F Word in Untitled Feminist Show

Young Jean Lee’s theatrical mantra—”What’s the last thing in the world I would ever want to write?”—has resulted in creative battles against some pretty intimidating opponents: religion (Church), death and mortality (We’re Gonna Die), and black racial stereotypes (The Shipment, which came to Toronto in 2012), to name a few. But the risks have paid […]

An Introduction to Toronto’s Olympians

Russia’s legislative and cultural oppression of gays and lesbians has drawn worldwide condemnation and cast a shadow over the Sochi Olympics. There are difficult, and some say impossible, lines to be drawn: between supporting Russia and the Olympics, between supporting the Games and individual athletes—some of whom, of course, are lesbian or gay, and many […]

CineMacabre: Delivery

Rue Morgue is revamping its monthly film screenings to better cater to the die-hard horror fan. At its new home, the Royal Cinema, CineMacabre now comes complete with a concession stand full of sickening (in a good way) snacks, and a bar! This month’s offering is the Canadian premiere of Brian Netto and Adam Schindler’s […]