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Torontoist Week in Review: June 8-12

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. Why Everyone Can Relax About A Huge Blistering Plant Called Giant Hogweed Everyone has been fearing a 20-foot, severely toxic, triffid-like plant otherwise […]

Inherent Weisse: A Question of Quality

June 12-21: Ontario Craft Beer Week has officially launched! From June 12 to June 21, beer events will be happening all over the province. For Toronto folks, certainly one event that shouldn’t be missed is Session Toronto, featuring a huge number of Ontario beers on tap along with entertainment and “Collaboration Nation”, in which breweries […]

Reel Toronto: Martin & Lewis

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. Yes, […]

Sex—and Self-Loathing—are Just a Mouse Click Away

Stitch Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum) (585 Dundas Street East) Runs to June 14 $15 – $25 If there was a Dora Award for Best Simulated Self-Mutilation by an Actress, Georgina Beaty would be this season’s hands-down winner. Beaty’s excruciating “needlework” at the climax of Stitch, Cliff Cardinal’s one-woman nightmare at the Aki Studio, will have […]

Shadows of Pompeii

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park) June 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016 $28 adult admisssion The cloud first appeared in Pompeii in the early afternoon. As the day wore on, the shower of pumice and other debris spewing out of Mount Vesuvius increased. People were crushed to […]

Electing Mike Harris

Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Reciting the opening of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” might have surprised some of those attending the victory celebration at Mike Harris’s North Bay campaign headquarters on June 8, 1995. Though […]

Bike Porn, Literally

Bicycles can be ridden sitting down, standing up, or—as local actress Elle Chronique shows in a recent scene of niche erotica—in reverse cowgirl position. That steamy scene is from Wheel 4 Woman, a short that sees Chronique and fellow artists Natascha Malta and Becca Jaine use the two-wheeler as an object of desire, and a […]

Get Lucky in the Game of Privilege

Straight White Men The Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West) June 3 – June 6 $35-$45 Young Jean Lee has had three of her plays make their Toronto debuts in the World Stage series at the Harbourfront Centre, each one radically, and intentionally, different from the last. The Shipment was a genre-mixing collection of […]

Shaw Festival, Part Two: An All-Ages Hit and a Show for Mad Men

Peter and the Starcatcher Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Nov. 1 $35 – $116 (plus fees) Sweet Charity Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) Runs to Oct. 31 $35 – $116 (plus fees) To quote Maurice Chevalier in the 1958 movie musical Gigi (currently getting a stage revival on Broadway): “Thank […]

Sound Advice: Allie, Ventanas, and Waleed

#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6. Allie’s progressive R&B sounds sweet: Toronto-based singer Allie has a sound that’s been described as progressive R&B and soul. After hitting us with debut EP Strange Creature back in 2013, she’s set to drop new material sometime this year. In the […]

Rep Cinema This Week: While We’re Young, Iris, and Roar

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: A Noah Baumbach satire of bohemian New Yorkers and the fortysomethings who love and loathe them, a loving profile of a nonagenarian fashionista, and the most dangerous movie ever made.

Historicist: The Murder of Wabakinine

To mark National Aboriginal History Month this June, Historicist will focus on aboriginal issues throughout Toronto’s history. This is the first of that series. In war and peace, Wabakinine, head chief of the Mississaugas who made their home on the north shore of Lake Ontario, was a strong friend and ally of the British in […]

Torontoist Week in Review: May 25-29

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. The Toxic Myth of Density Creep North Toronto showed the city some world class NIMBYism this week, as neighbours worried that prospective homes […]

Combustion Festival 2015: Mixing & Matching Improv

Combustion Festival Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor Street West) May 25 – May 30 FREE – $35 All this week, improvisers from across North America (and further afield) have been converging at Bad Dog Theatre for the Combustion Festival, a smorgasbord of improvised theatre and comedy featuring faces familiar to Canadians from their commercials (because […]

Don’t Look Back in Anger, But Love

Trout Stanley Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West) May 21 – June 6 $15-$25 The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine Sidemart Theatrical Grocery (1362 Queen Street East) May 21 – May 30 $15-$18 All too often, Canadian plays are produced once, perhaps given a remount or two, than fade into obscurity. So it’s a pleasure […]