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The Rob and Doug Ford Web Recap: Declaring War on Frank Underwood

It’s been more than two weeks since our last YouTube installment, and a lot has happened since then. The Fords went to the Oscars, and called Bill Blair more names, and Olivia Chow has officially entered the mayoral race—so there were lots of sensational items to choose from in addition to the usual suspects. Let’s […]

Sunday Brunch With Wibi

If the choir scenes were your favourite part of American Pie, then (a) you might not have a sense of humour, and (b) we have a great idea for your next lazy weekend midday meal. Sunday Brunch With Wibi features a group of young a cappella singers, who cover songs by a wide variety of […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Showgirls, The Room, and The Husband

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Paul Verhoeven’s misunderstood showbiz satire, Tommy Wiseau’s disastrous anti-masterpiece, and Bruce McDonald’s newest.

Lungs Is a Breath of Fresh Air

In Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, on now at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, two people—a man and a woman in their late twenties to mid-thirties—stand on an empty stage and talk. They talk at each other, mostly, about themselves and about more abstract thoughts, as time shifts in the script propel them from pivotal moment to pivotal […]

Historicist: The Funniest Woman in the World

She was born in Parkdale on May 29, 1894, the second daughter of John Lillie, a guard at the nearby Central Prison, and his wife Lucy, an ambitious choral singer. From her inauspicious beginnings playing in the streets of Toronto, Beatrice Lillie would grow up to become one of the 20th century’s most beloved stage […]

A Platinum Production presents: The Producers

A Platinum Production’s The Producers is (unfortunately) not a striptease version of the classic film, but it is a who’s who overview of the Toronto burlesque and variety show scene. Come see what these beautiful and brainy entrepreneurs are capable of! The program includes performances by Dee Dee Starr and Ava Noir (Two Dames Productions), […]


The folks at Analogue Gallery love good photography and the local music scene, hence Sound Image 2014, their third annual music photography competition and exhibition. Fifty finalists have had their submissions selected for display in the gallery, and at the opening night party, the judges will award one of those local shutterbugs with the grand […]

Toronto SpecFic Colloquium Celebrates the Wonderfully Strange

Speculative fiction, or “SpecFic”—a term that encompasses many imaginative genres of art, such as science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and horror—is often marginalized from the larger creative writing community in genre. While literary realism tends to be perceived as “serious,” SpecFic is often dismissed as juvenile, escapist, or simply not as substantial as other kinds […]

Sound Advice: Salem by Flex the Antihero

Durham Region rap duo the Antiheroes are known for producing verbally dexterous, high-energy, golden era–flavoured hip hop. On his solo debut, Salem, Flex the Antihero tries to push his boundaries and expand his sonic palate. Flex’s lyricism is as strong as ever, but his beat choices are a radical departure. Most of the record is […]

Historicist: A Killer on the Loose

For a few days in the fall of 1940, fear enveloped the districts in which the city’s Eastern European population resided. A killer, recently escaped from a Saskatchewan mental hospital, shot two men, a Pole and a Ukrainian. The latter died of his wounds almost immediately, touching off one of the greatest manhunts yet seen […]

Spotting Fakes and Forgeries at the ROM

Everyone makes mistakes, including our major cultural institutions. The antiquities world is riddled with fakes, so it’s not surprising a few have slipped into the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection over the past century. Technological advances in the identification of an object’s true age have revealed that items originally believed to be ancient relics are in […]

I Want Your Job: Joanne Rovensky, Firearms Technologist

Somewhere close to Keele and Wilson, behind several layers of security guards, ID swipes, and an iris scan or two, the Centre for Forensic Sciences has a cache of weapons. Thousands of different firearms—ranging from standard-issue military rifles, to pink-handled handguns, to antique crossbows and even a few handmade guns—are tucked into cubbies and hung […]