If winter is as interminable and unremitting in 2016 as it has been in 2014, Torontonians might at least be able to find some warm-weather recreational relief without having to leave the country or exercise considerable ingenuity. A development group know as marbleLIVE has decided that what this city needs is access to a $60-million, […]
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If you like keeping abreast of the goings-on in our city’s burlesque scene, you need to be at Reveal Me at the Rivoli. Orchestrated by the Toronto School of Burlesque’s Red Herring, this monthly event aims to be a fun gathering of showgirls, their adoring fans, and intrigued newcomers. Expect first-time performers, seasoned pros, drinks, […]
There was excitement in the air at University College on Valentine’s Day, 1890, and it wasn’t due to Cupid’s arrows. As night fell, students rushed to their dorms and homes to don their finest clothing for one of the school’s biggest social events of the year. For decades, the Literary and Scientific Society of University […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a mini-festival devoted to contemporary Irish cinema, and the two frontrunners for this year’s Best Documentary Feature.