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I Want Your Job: Ebonnie Rowe, Honey Jam Queen Bee

The earworm of spring 2015 was undoubtably “Females Are Strong As Hell,” but Ebonnie Rowe already knew that. As the founder and executive director of Honey Jam, she’s been showcasing promising up-and-coming female music acts for the last twenty years. What started as a part-time gig in 1995 has blossomed into a full-time position, culminating […]

Black Lives Matter Protests on the Allen Expressway

Hundreds of protesters took to Eglinton Gilbert Parkette yesterday evening to demand justice for Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku, who both recently died at the hands of local police. The protestors eventually took to Allen Road, and shut down the arterial as they shared a refrain, “Black lives matter.” Much of the reaction to the […]

Historicist: Toronto’s Yiddish Playhouse

As an expression of a new, secular Jewish culture, “Yiddish theatre served an important psychological function for the Jewish immigrant” in Toronto, historian Stephen A. Speisman writes in The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937 (McClelland & Stewart, 2005 [1979]). “[I]t was a place where he could laugh uproariously after a day in the […]

Inherent Weisse: Things To Do, People To See, Beer To Drink

Well, it took its sweet time, but we seem to be actually getting a warm summer now and that means that we’re all more prone to going out and having some fun. As you’ve no doubt heard, this weekend is the Toronto Festival of Beer, arguably the city’s largest beer festival. However, if watching dudebros […]

Blurring The Lines Between Art and Activity (and Athletics)

It Comes In Waves Meet at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak (283 Queens Quay West) July 15 – July 24 $30-$47 Monday Nights The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) July 10 – July 26 Pay What You Can – $25 This summer, there’s lots of opportunities for culturally savvy Torontonians to mix seeing performance art […]

Televisualist: Rick and Andie

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

How do you solve a problem like The Stratford Festival?

Multiple Venues (Stratford, Ontario) Tuesday, April 21-Sunday, October 18 $25-$175 The super convenient shuttle bus that travels directly from downtown Toronto to each of the Stratford Festival theatres and back makes it very easy to reach the picturesque Ontario town that holds the country’s largest theatre festival. But in order to make the trip really […]

Finding the Canadian Moral Compass, on the Road

The Watershed Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to July 19 $15 – $42 With all (well, some) eyes on Toronto as we host the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games, we’ve received a lot of flak for our apparent dearth of enthusiasm for the mega-event. While that’s obviously not true, the arts community in […]

Toronto Fringe Festival 2015: Highlights & Lowlights

The weather cooperated, the buzz was shared by many shows, and the festival experience was as smooth as it’s ever been. The Toronto Fringe Festival smashed last year’s box office totals by more than $30,000, delivering $476,000 to participating artists and companies. Audiences were generous with regards to the Fringe, too; the festival’s volunteers and […]