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Historicist: Taking It to the Streets

Every four years, Torontonians congregate around bars and cafés, glued to live broadcasts of World Cup games. Flags fly from cars and shop windows, and every so often a street fills with fans celebrating their home country’s victory. In the 1960s, such celebrations were still unheard of in Toronto. While the World Cup did warrant […]

A Cockfight Worth Catching

The latest work by prolific playwright Kat Sandler, who generates clever content for indie-company-on-the-rise Theatre Brouhaha, Cockfight follows an unlikely attempt by three foster brothers to obtain a rooster in order to make their fortune in underground cockfighting matches. Sandler—named one of our “local ladies who make us laugh” in 2013—has often applied her gift […]

Urban Planner: June 20, 2014

Festivals: For ten days this June, Toronto will welcome the world to our city—a city that’ll be bursting with queer-positive cultural events, including musical performances by the likes of Tegan & Sara, special theatrical presentations by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and many more, visual art exhibitions, parties, and of course, the various annual Pride […]

TIFF Unveils Bruce LaBruce’s Skin Flicks

Anyone seeking proof that all it takes for a radical to become part of the establishment is a little bit of endurance need only look to “Skin Flicks,” TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective of the films of Toronto zine impresario, radical, occasional pornographer, and queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. A farm boy who left his rural digs for […]

Sound Advice: Brotherhood by Antigen Shift

Brotherhood by Antigen Shift Industrial music has made a big comeback in the last few years. Artists such as Zola Jesus, Light Asylum, Youth Code, and Toronto’s own Trust have all been making music that would have fit right in on Wax Trax! Records circa 1991. The trick is, they don’t call it industrial music—it’s […]

Toronto Jazz Festival 2014 Best Bets

On June 19, the Toronto Jazz Festival will once again descend upon Nathan Phillips Square and clubs and concert halls all over the city. Friday night will feature a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square, presented in partnership with WorldPride, with sets by Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox. There will also be a huge fireworks […]

Historicist: From Sunday School Teacher to Victoria Cross Recipient

With one engine gone and a wing shredded by anti-aircraft fire after an engagement with a German submarine in June 1944, Flight Lieutenant David E. Hornell crash-landed his Canso flying boat in the North Atlantic hundreds of kilometres from land, somewhere between Iceland and Norway. Forced to abandon the burning wreckage as it sank, the […]

Reel Toronto: RoboCop

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. Hollywood […]

Field Trip Shows the City More Festival Love

Last year’s Field Trip was Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts’ 10th anniversary bash, and it featured a reunited Broken Social Scene playing their fan-favourite album, You Forgot It in People. And it achieved brilliance on its first try: the food, the music, the lineups—it was all pretty much perfect. This year, though, American company […]

NXNE 2014 Preview: Pop and Rock

For our 2014 pop and rock ‘n roll picks, the lion’s share are playing the festival’s larger venues, like Yonge & Dundas Square (as part of a free concert series that’s proved immensely popular) and the newly rebranded Sennheiser Room at Massey Hall. There will still (of course) be plenty of terrific acts playing smaller […]

The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good

First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s […]

Public Works: Getting Paid to Bike to Work

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. France is getting serious about bicycle commuting. Last week, the French government kicked off a six-month pilot project that involves paying people 25 Euro cents per kilometre to bike to work. Twenty French […]

Extra, Extra: Unexpected Hammocks, $7-Billion Trees, and Failing Grades for Endorsements

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. There were seed bombs, and unexpected Queen Street hammocks, and large-scale, community-produced art works. There were many things, and events, and activities associated with the 100 in 1 Day festival. It’s the first time the festival has […]

Field Trip 2014

Possibly Toronto’s most anticipated outdoor show this year, Field Trip 2014, happens over two days and features an array of local music acts and affiliates of Broken Social Scene and their label, Arts & Crafts. Saturday’s show kicks off just after 2 p.m. with Maylee Todd and runs through acts like Austra and Shad before […]

I Want Your Job: Corry Ouellette, Farmers’ Market Co-ordinator

If you’ve never visited the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, picture crowds of people choosing between bushels of apples, leafy greens, fragrant baked goods, and juicy-looking meats. Live music mingles with the sound of toddlers laughing; in the distance, evening soccer games have begun. The market can be overwhelming, but Corry Ouellette and her dedicated band of […]