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 […]
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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.
For a few days in the fall of 1940, fear enveloped the districts in which the city’s Eastern European population resided. A killer, recently escaped from a Saskatchewan mental hospital, shot two men, a Pole and a Ukrainian. The latter died of his wounds almost immediately, touching off one of the greatest manhunts yet seen […]
Everyone makes mistakes, including our major cultural institutions. The antiquities world is riddled with fakes, so it’s not surprising a few have slipped into the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection over the past century. Technological advances in the identification of an object’s true age have revealed that items originally believed to be ancient relics are in […]
Somewhere close to Keele and Wilson, behind several layers of security guards, ID swipes, and an iris scan or two, the Centre for Forensic Sciences has a cache of weapons. Thousands of different firearms—ranging from standard-issue military rifles, to pink-handled handguns, to antique crossbows and even a few handmade guns—are tucked into cubbies and hung […]
Even though June is still a few months away, the North by Northeast Festival is already getting warmed up. Give snow the finger and head to the Garrison for a taste of summer at what promises to be a pretty awesome NXNE Party. As one might expect, the night’s entertainment will be provided by esteemed […]
Another week, another YouTube show. Rob and Doug Ford are back for another adventure through the internet’s series of tubes, and who knows what this one will bring. Will Rob awkwardly look off screen? Will Doug stare intently into the camera, as if he were a furious cat? Okay, so we know the answer to […]
Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. It’s in all those classic European scenes: the dashing couple exits a café and zips into the night on their motorized scooters. These little vehicles are continental, easy to manoeuvre through city […]
Hef had one. Old Blue Eyes promoted them. Units provided decor for iconic films like The Graduate. Top American department stores carried them. For a time in the mid-1960s, the coolest upscale hi-fi equipment in North America was produced by a Toronto firm whose innovative units attracted sound connoisseurs and design mavens alike. Yet, despite […]
As part of Black History Month, the Toronto Public Library presents a discussion with hip hop author and promoter Dalton Higgins. Canadian Hip Hop: From the Streets to the Suites will take a look at the progression of our country’s urban music scene and touch on the artists who paved the way for artists like […]