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Spotted: Cherry Blossom Buds

SPOTTED BY: Cherry blossom enthusiast Steven Joniak WHERE: High Park WHEN: Wednesday, April 9 WHAT: In one of the first signs that spring has finally arrived, the High Park sakura—more commonly known as cherry blossom trees—have begun the second stage of their blooming process. According to cherry blossom watcher Steven Joniak, that’s in keeping with […]

Chiaroscuro Reading Series

This city may be overrun with book and poetry nights, but the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (ChiSeries) aims to set itself apart by focusing soley on horror, sci-fi, and fantasy pieces. Authors Samantha Beiko, Keith Hollihan, and Robin Richardson will share excerpts of their respective works, and musical performances will be provided by Kari Maaren.

Ruffing It

East end outdoor theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruff will announce its upcoming summer show at the Ruffing It event, a fundraiser that will feature company members performing another Shakespeare play on the fly, reading from “sides” featuring only their lines. In addition to the performance, there’ll be a post-play DJ, door prizes, and a […]

Bring Back the War on the Car

Whatever happened to the War on the Car? I miss it. And I struggle to accept the fact that one madman’s election has really put an end to that great cause. But when I sift through the current campaign material published by his would-be successors, I can barely detect even a whiff of the old […]

CIUT-FM Faces Transmitter Crisis

A local radio station’s most critical piece of equipment has failed: four days ago, CIUT-FM‘s 27-year-old transmitter died, and the station is now struggling to reach its usual scope of listeners. Station manager Ken Stowar calls the event “catastrophic.” The University of Toronto-owned station has found a stop-gap solution, hooking up an amp to an […]

I Want Your Job: Stella Salvador, Condo Showroom Designer

When Stella Salvador was in high school, her grandfather told her, “You know, Stella, people always need somewhere to live.” His words stuck with her, and, after a brief flirtation with architecture, Salvador found herself drawn to interior design—or, as she calls it, “the people space.” Salvador is the head of Tridel’s interior design department, […]

I Send You This Cadmium Red

The Art of Time Ensemble remounts its intriguing meditation on the letters exchanged by author John Berger and artist John Christie, I Send You This Cadmium Red. The Ensemble creates the musical soundscape, while actors Julian Richings (whom we recently profiled) and John Fitzgerald Jay read the correspondence, and Vancouver video artist Bruce Alcock provides […]

The Gigli Concert: Therapy Through Music, Comedy, and Sex Stories

Up until Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez made that movie, the word “Gigli” was associated with images of beauty, the splendour of the opera, and, more specifically, the renowned Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli. In Irish playwright Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, originally written in 1983 and on stage now at Soulpepper Theatre, the singer’s voice […]

Public Works: The Rebirth of Affordable Housing

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Toronto has a serious problem with affordable housing. The number of Torontonians on the housing wait list is at over 165,000, and counting. Spending on affordable housing is in sharp decline. Toronto’s Shelter, Support, […]

Extra, Extra: Summer of Construction, Dangerous Dog Parks, and TTC Footage

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The City will be spending over $215 million this year to upgrade roads, expressways, and bridges, and expects to resurface 185 kilometres of road and repair at least 200,000 potholes in 2014. All of this, of course, […]

Rep Cinema This Week: The Great Flood; Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom; and Enemy

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Bill Morrison’s haunting experimental documentary about the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, Pier Pasolini’s controversial and rarely screened anti-fascist polemic Salò, and Denis Villeneuve’s mind-bending, cheeky English-language debut.