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Reel Toronto: Variety Film Fun Bag!

A perfect way to start the new year is by looking at a few of those movies that were shot here but don’t really feature the city enough to warrant their own special columns. So, if you’re a fan of (or have even heard of) Ginger Snaps, Arthur Christmas, Harvard Man, or Get Over It, […]

Seeing New Things in The Seagull

The Seagull Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) Runs until February 8 $30–$49 Earlier this season, Tarragon Theatre offered us a boldly contemporary, German-inspired spin on Henrik Ibsen’s 19th-century classic An Enemy of the People. The new Crow’s Theatre production of The Seagull at Canadian Stage doesn’t give Anton Chekhov the same kind of shake-up, […]

The Hole in The Heart of Robin Hood

The Heart of Robin Hood Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West) Runs to March 1 $35–$130 When is a musical not a musical? When it’s The Heart of Robin Hood. This lively, Broadway-bound romantic/adventure comedy, now at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, is just begging to be a full-fledged piece of musical theatre. Already, it […]

Televisualist: Too Sane to Solve Crimes

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

Historicist: The Yonge Street Mall

For Globe and Mail columnist Bruce West, the debut of the Yonge Street Mall in the spring of 1971 offered Toronto “an enjoyable thing that used to exist only in small towns on a Saturday night. I refer to the simple pleasures of ambling up and down Main Street meeting your fellow residents eye-to-eye and […]

Next Stage 2015: The Full Lineup, Reviewed

The Next Stage Theatre Festival
 Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)
 January 7–18 $10 (Antechamber), $15 (Main/Studio) The Next Stage Theatre Festival, the Toronto Fringe’s annual winter showcase of promising work by Fringe artists, is in full swing at Factory Theatre through January 18. During last week’s extreme cold, the intrepid theatre critics of Torontoist donned […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Winter Sleep, The Overnighters, and Nightcrawler

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: the loquacious Turkish Palme d’Or winner, the Toronto Film Critics Association’s pick for best documentary of 2014, and a pitch-black satire of craven news media.

Historicist: Steele’s Tavern and the Rise of Gordon Lightfoot

The Yonge Street strip has been many things: retail district, home to the city’s first nightclubs, heart of the music scene, haven for sex shops and strip clubs. For nearly 40 years, through all those evolutions, Steele’s Tavern was a Yonge Street landmark, starting as a restaurant and becoming one of the first to be […]

Reel Toronto: Honey

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. By […]

The Best Toronto Albums of 2014

Let’s hit you with an understatement: 2014 was a kick-ass year for Toronto artists and music. As is the case with any end-of-year compilation, this list of best Toronto albums is the result of a purely subjective exercise. But we feel strongly that the following albums represent a wide range of genres, reflect artistic excellence—and […]

Creating the World (and Language) of Butcher

The film adaptation of Nicolas Billon’s first play, The Elephant Song (2004), had its world premiere at TIFF this past September. Directed by Charles Binamé and starring Catherine Keener, Bruce Greenwood, and Xavier Dolan, the film alone would be reason enough to celebrate. But Billon has been busy. His Fault Lines trilogy (Faroe Islands, Iceland, […]

Our Top Ten Plays of 2014

The problem with a year-end top 10 list for theatre is that it teases you with great productions you can no longer see. Happily, that’s not entirely the case this year. At least three of the shows in Torontoist‘s Top 10 of 2014 are destined to have an encore in 2015. In fact, Tarragon Theatre […]

Historicist: The Mushing Mothers’ Adventure

Thousands of Torontonians lined Yonge Street to greet two women dog sledders, as they made their way from the city limits to the steps of City Hall on March 2. Having braved harsh winter conditions for more than 1,000 km, Eva Bullock and Annie Edlund were concluding a trek from Edlund, a tiny lumbering community […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: Season’s Greetings

A scene from Christmas past… or Christmas present? A front-page story from the December 22, 1964, edition of the Weston Times-Advertiser on the joys of the last-minute holiday shopping crunch applies as much today as it did 50 years ago: It’s a few days before Christmas and all through the city, not a creature is […]