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. Profiling […]
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By every metric, this year’s North by Northeast was the biggest instalment of the festival yet. As many as 30,000 people crammed into Yonge-Dundas Square, or stood on the streets nearby watching overhead video screens, for free sets by headliners St. Vincent, Spoon, and Juicy J. Wristband and pass holders, who paid considerably more than […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a bracing self-portrait of a relationship gone sour, a collection of lyrical short films adapting a Polish immigrant poet, and a family drama in the Canadian arctic.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Scarlett Johansson as an alien roaming the Scottish countryside, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, and Jesse Eisenberg versus Jesse Eisenberg.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]