Just after 1 a.m. on November 22, 1848, a fire broke out in Thomas Webb’s shoe store at 76 King Street East, just east of Church Street. In no time, the flames spread to engulf Campbell & Hunter, a saddler that shared the same brick building. Like a shot, Webb bolted from his dwelling above […]
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Swash & Serif The Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas St. West) November 13–November 19, 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. FREE Swash & Serif is the debut gallery show by Toronto typography fanatics Ligatures, presented in conjunction with the Toronto Design Directory. If the opening-night crowd is any indication, it seems both groups have tapped a deep well […]
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. Guillermo […]
Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots Ernest Balmer Studio (9 Trinity Street) November 13–16, 8 p.m. $35 Crawling is an activity normally reserved for infants or university students going pub to pub on reading week—but thanks to local company Tapestry Opera, a whole new kind of crawler is set to take over Toronto’s historic Distillery District. With […]
Moment SideMart Theatrical Grocery (1352 Queen Street East) November 8–November 22 $20 Circle Jerk lemonTree Creations (196 Spadina Avenue) November 6–November 23 $15–$24 It’s been a very busy fall in Toronto for theatre. According to Globe and Mail theatre critic Kelly Nestruck’s theatre Wikispace, there were more professional theatre openings in October than there were […]
Despite its new-on-the-scene status, the Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair is not messing around. On at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 13 to 16, the fair is expecting between 30,000 and 50,000 visitors in 2014, its inaugural year. Some will be drawn in by the chance to meet big-name authors such as Margaret […]
While most time capsules are buried in the foundations of buildings, their contents to be revealed at some future date, Cumberland Terrace is a living (if barely breathing) piece of Me Decade retail architecture frozen in time. Promoted as “the nicest way from Yonge to Bay” when it opened in October 1974, the mall’s resistance […]
Guy Fawkes Night was ordinarily a welcome celebration in the sectarian crucible that was 19th-century Toronto. Traditionally, British and Irish Protestants would gather to celebrate the foiling of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, a failed attempt by a group of English Catholics to assassinate King James I of England (who was confusingly also King James VI […]
The Bakelite Masterpiece Tarragon Extraspace (30 Bridgman Avenue) October 21–November 30, 2014; no shows on Mondays $50–$57 general, $42–$49 seniors, $27–$31 students/arts workers Johannes Vermeer may have painted his masterpieces using a camera obscura and other optical devices—a theory tested in the Penn and Teller documentary Tim’s Vermeer—but we’re 100 per cent certain he didn’t […]
BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Lisa Dejong FIELD NOTES: Everyone get ready to unholster your fake guns—Halloween is here and we expect to see all kinds of creative prop usage. We anticipate cowfolk, gangsters, spies, and more packing “handmade” heat while gorging on candy and chocolate. We’re looking forward to everyone dressing up, living […]
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. We […]
The scariest show this Halloween has nothing to do with zombies, vampires, or other fictional monsters. It’s about that very real monster, the racist—a slimy creature who, as the 2014 municipal election reminded us, stalks even the most diverse and tolerant of cities. The Art of Building a Bunker, Adam Lazarus’s one-man play at Factory […]
Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Museum Island, at the heart of Berlin, is an urban tourism haven. The triangle of land, bordered on one side by the Spree River and on two others by a bending canal, is […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a bracing new dramedy from one of the luminaries of the American independent scene, a wry dark comedy about marriage and male cowardice from Sweden, and a showbiz satire from Toronto’s own David Cronenberg.
There are two Ari Goldkinds: the one before the gunshot, and the one after. “Sometimes talking about it overwhelms me,” he says over lunch in Forest Hill in mid-September. “It’s every day.” It is the only time in six weeks Goldkind cries. During those six weeks, he forced his way into the public conversation as […]