The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor. Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions […]
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“I’m not going to be crazy uncle Bob coming down from the attic every once in a while to make a speech to the kids.” —During an emotional press conference this morning, Rae, a 35-year political veteran and former Ontario premier who recently finished a stint as interim leader of the federal Liberal party, announced […]
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. It’s […]
This month’s edition of the avant-garde film salon Early Monthly Segments focuses on the work of German programmers and filmmakers Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, and the collaboration between American artists Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. (The two shorts’ combined run is exactly one hour, but there’ll be discussion about the films post-screening.)
There are a lot of chefs in the kitchen for the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, a triptych set in three time periods that tells the stories of amateur actors (played by real actors) involved in staging performances of the story of Christ. Three different Toronto independent theatre companies, all with reputations for […]
“A cross between Woodstock and the Algonquin Round Table,” is what Michael Redhill called it. Dorothy Parker grinding out an electric cover of “The Star Spangled Banner”? Well, not quite. Rather, Redhill, the literary curator for Luminato 2013, was describing A Literary Picnic, the annual festival’s celebration of storytelling, creativity, and the written word.
After a three-year hiatus, city council has ordered staff to resume work on looking at the long-term future of the Gardiner Express—specifically, the portion of it that runs east from Jarvis Street to the Don River. The gallery above gives a look at the various alternatives being considered, ranging from a restoration of the current […]
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square WHEN: Tuesday, June 18 WHAT: These 12 bronze animal-head sculptures, each representing a different sign of the Chinese zodiac, were unveiled by the Art Gallery of Ontario this afternoon at a ceremony with Mayor Rob Ford in attendance. They’re the work of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who attained something […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The New York Times has created some crowdsourced maps of cycling tips, using input from riders in different cities. You can go take a look at what Toronto cyclists are saying about our streets, and maybe add some […]
The 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival descends on the city on June 21 with a huge “free for all” event. That means all of Friday, June 21′s programming at every Jazz Festival venue is, yes, completely free of charge. There will be concerts from local favourites Molly Johnson and Mary Margaret O’Hara, plus a show by […]
Folks who are planning on having a swim in the pool at Scadding Court Community Centre over the next few days may find themselves a little disappointed. Those who want to go fishing, however, will probably be ecstatic. For the rest of the week, the Community Centre will be holding its annual Gone Fishin’ event, […]
With bustling patios, warm and sunny evenings, and plenty of long weekends, summer is the season most conducive to putting one’s responsibilities aside, heading down to the pub or liquor store, and dedicating a few hours to the pursuit of flavour and fun at the bottom of a glass. And while it’s not generally considered […]
Riding a bicycle along the Finch Corridor path near Jane Street and Finch Avenue takes you past plenty of grassy fields and hydro towers. The serene surroundings make it hard to imagine that over 500 years ago the area already had its present-day population density. The path runs through the Parsons Site, a former Huron-Wendat […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. On Thursday, we find out whether the conflict of interest case that almost resulted in Mayor Rob Ford being booted from office will go all the way to the Supreme Court.
On June 16th, the MuchMusic Video Awards once again took over the downtown core, transforming the MuchMusic parking lot into a series of sharply geometric, glowing stages and several blocks of Queen Street into a roiling mass of screaming teens. With the spectacle of the red carpet, and with MuchMusic’s over-the-top, extraordinarily earnest dedication to […]
NXNE has come to a close for another year. Here’s the best and weirdest of what we saw. (Now please excuse us as we attempt to readjust to a regular sleep schedule and a diet that doesn’t just consist of free barbecue.)
Earlier this year, after Bell Media quietly put Toronto’s Masonic Temple up for sale, the big question was what might become of the historic, 95-year-old building. Now we know that it won’t be following the rest of Toronto to a condo-y fate (at least, not for the time being): earlier this morning a company called […]
Toronto’s annual Pride Parade is back. Though the mayor probably won’t be making an appearance, you can still join thousands of other Torontonians for what’s usually one of the most fun and spirited afternoons of the year. Click here to see photo’s from last year’s celebration of pride and diversity.