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Unwined: Your Local Winery, with Bonus Features

Is it too soon to wax nostalgic about DVDs? I don’t think there is a DVD in my collection where I haven’t scanned through every minute of bonus content available to me. But when we open a bottle of wine I don’t think many consider the people involved in the creation of the wine behind […]

Reel Toronto: Diamond Tongues

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.

The Mix: The Always-in-Style Old Fashioned

“Pleasure to meet you, Don…helluva cocktail.” A crisp parting exchange between a gentlemanly hotel tycoon to a charming advertising executive in a television show that will remain unnamed, for fears this column will have mentioned it in the opening lines of each of its first two outings. If you follow the show, you will know […]

A Dispatch from the Everything to Do with Sex Show

As the great poet said, “The times, they are a-changin’.” When the Everything To Do With Sex Show first opened its doors 15 years ago, the current Ontario sex-ed curriculum was two years old, same-sex marriage was unthinkable, Internet porn downloaded at dial-up speed, and your then-very-hormonal correspondent spent a whole afternoon staring at a […]

The Raw and the Undercooked

Age of Arousal Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street) Runs to Nov. 8 $35 It all sounds very saucy: Age of Arousal opens Factory Theatre‘s “Naked” season. In fact, none of the actors strip to their birthday suits in this revival of the late Linda Griffiths‘ popular Victorian-era comedy, but their characters definitely have sex on […]

Historicist: The Egging of Yonge Street

Gathering in the Church-Wellesley Village on Halloween is a longstanding Toronto tradition. Closed for several blocks to house the mass of humanity descending upon the neighbourhood, Church Street allows revellers to display their costumes for all to see. It’s a spectacle that draws admiring onlookers, especially photographers capturing the most creative or well-made ensembles. There […]

Second City Seconds Other Comedy

The Philanderess Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street) Thursday, October 22, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 10:15 p.m. $15-$18 Cream of Comedy 20th Anniversary Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street) Monday, October 26, 8 p.m. $35 There’s a lot happening on the Mainstage of Second City Toronto currently that isn’t their (excellent) mainstage revue Click […]

Hardcore Punk Festival Takes Over Toronto this Weekend

As a music city, Toronto is defined by its architecture. Some might say that the festivals it hosts are lacking, but this overlooks what the city does offer. Its wide array of smaller venues makes certain types of festivals succeed; NXNE and Canadian Music Week both feature a series of concerts held in intimate spaces […]

International Galleries at Art Toronto 2015

In the art world, autumn is the busiest time of year. There are hundreds of exhibitions, parties, talks, panels and auctions all over the city. After a sleepy summer, it takes a few weeks to remember that this happens every year. Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art, brings the city’s top […]

Rep Cinema This Week: The Mask, Roar, and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a newly restored cult classic of Canadian horror in 3D, the most dangerous film ever made, and a delicate portrait of contemporary Tehran.

Beyond Words: Toronto Grows Its Own LGBTQ Literary Festival

This past weekend, Toronto got its first queer literary festival. Presented by Glad Day Bookshop, Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words, took place in various venues within walking distance of the Church Street Village. David’s Tea, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Yorkville Library, City Park Library, the Ontario Public Services Employees Union Hall (OPSEU) […]

Weegee: The Original Nightcrawler

In the 2014 film Nightcrawler, a seasoned news director tells newbie freelance videographer Louis Bloom, “Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” As grisly as it sounds, this is the essence of tabloid journalism, and no one was better at it than Weegee, the self-promoting New […]

Two Shows to Take Your Breath Away

Huff Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum) (585 Dundas Street East) Runs to October 25 $30 Beckett Trilogy Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs to November 1 $24 – $69 Cliff Cardinal knows how to grab your attention. His first play, Stitch, ended with a porn star’s gruesome self-mutilation. His second, Huff, opens with a young […]