For years, the crosswalk between Simpsons and Eaton’s on Queen Street was nicknamed “the cattle crossing” because of the high volume of shoppers flowing between downtown Toronto’s rival department stores. By the end of next year, those pedestrians (along with those using the skywalk above) may be shuffling between Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Less […]
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It seems like the 1980s are an odd, distant time here in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century. It also feels like it’s been almost as long since Adam Sandler was making good comedies, instead of recent dreck like the Grown-Ups films or Jack & Jill. Films like The Wedding Singer […]
When young Boston director Andrew Bujalski made a perceptive, low-key comedy called Funny Ha Ha in 2002 on a shoestring budget with a 16mm camera and a group of friends who had little experience, he could have no idea of the ripple effect it would create. Filmmakers started to make movies with whatever meagre resources […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In a scene with certain undertones of Spinal Tap, people who’d gathered at the Hilton Hotel today to hear a speech from Mayor Rob Ford waited more than an hour for him to appear—apparently because he spent […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Mayor Rob Ford marked the morning (afternoon, really) after the two-video night before by pushing through a throng of media at City Hall. He did not respond to questions about Steak Queen, or Sandro Lisi, or public […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a sublime Talking Heads concert film, the opening salvo of the French New Wave, and a queer thriller from France.
German theatre has gone over really well in Toronto in recent years. Playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s contribution to Volcano Theatre’s Africa project was widely praised, and twinwerks//zwillingswerk’s production of Felicia Zeller’s Kaspar and the Sea of Houses earned the company an outstanding production award at the 2011 SummerWorks (and a trip back to 2012′s festival). Now, […]
Another one bites the dust. Yesterday afternoon, Book City announced that after a 38-year run, its flagship store at 501 Bloor Street West will be closing this spring. “The lease was up, and we agonized over the decision,” general manager Ian Donker told Quill & Quire, “but sadly it didn’t make much sense to continue.” […]
Because Drake is, well, Drake—and therefore capable of being artistically hyper-productive while doing things like simultaneously rebuilding our city’s sports teams—he will be appearing as both host and musical guest on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. But not all people, especially American people, are aware that before Drake was Drake, he made his […]
TV movies are a sticky business, folks. Quality-wise, they tend to range from “ew” to “that was surprisingly not-terrible!” Most are unremarkable in any way except in that (as you will see) they provide a fun opportunity to see some of our finest stars of stage and screen appearing in weird, random roles. We’re going […]
Join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and PickleShoes Dance Company as they bring fairy tales to life. Once Upon a Time uses music and dance to convey scenes from Cinderella, Mother Goose, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Gather in the lobby half an hour before the performance to catch some storytelling by guests from the Toronto […]
Nine actors will play roles in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy completely faithfully and professionally. And the lead character, this show’s titular Drunk Macbeth, will take a wee dram before every one of his entrances. All 15 of them. Given the demands on the Scotsman (and his liver), there’s a fresh one on the second night: Geoffrey […]
On a Thursday afternoon in April 1930, a comely 17-year-old blond stormed into a bank and shoved a nickel-plated revolver into the face of an astonished teller. Meanwhile, her handsome 28-year-old accomplice terrorized bank staff and customers by firing a warning shot from his sawed-off rifle, which ricocheted across the banking floor as the bystanders […]
The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a look at the ex-New York Times reporter/serial plagiarizer Jayson Blair, a documentary on the origins of Jewish comedy, and the young romance that took top honours at Cannes.