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Toronto Public Library’s Weirdest Board Member Resigns

Stephen Dulmage was appointed to Toronto Public Library’s board of directors last September, along with a slate of new citizen members brought in by Mayor Rob Ford’s administration to replace the previous, more left-leaning group. Dulmage, a businessman and chartered accountant, quickly distinguished himself as the library board’s resident arch-conservative, sometimes outdoing even Ford’s executive […]

Save Picnicface, Save Canadian Comedy?

On the internet, at least, there’s been no bigger Canadian comedy success story to date than Picnicface. The troupe’s eight members, who honed their technique playing regularly on stage in Halifax, are often cited as the successors to ’90s Toronto-based comedy stars The Kids in the Hall. Picnicface’s biggest claim to fame, the over-the-top Powerthirst […]

G20 Hacker and Activist Byron Sonne Not Guilty On All Counts

Byron Sonne, the hacker and activist who was arrested during the run-up to Toronto’s G20 summit, has just been found not guilty of scheming to build explosives in order to disrupt the summit, according to reporters tweeting from the courtroom. He has also been cleared of counseling mischief by pointing out, online, that the security […]

Extra, Extra: Public Art, Pipe Bombs, and Peregrine Falcons

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Toronto has a lot of public art, and sure, not all of it is great. But it’s rare to see quite this much snark employed in discussing it. Sometimes a painted moose statue is just a painted […]

Jazzed Up For A Good Cause

If Jazz.FM91’s morning host Heather Bambrick has complaints about the early start to her shift—while the rest of us are rolling over and hitting the snooze button, the congenial Bambrick is already behind the mic—she wouldn’t have titled her show, Wakeup! …with Heather Bambrick in the first place. But the gaggle of volunteers rubbing sleep […]

Young and Restless

The Innocents Tarragon Theatre Studio (30 Bridgman Avenue) April 17 to May 13 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. $17-$22 You may have heard of this new little show called Girls on HBO. Hannah is 24, two years out of university, interns for a living in New York City (supplemented […]

Historicist: How (Not) to Marry a Millionaire

In January of 1936, Mrs. Nelle Brooke Stull came to Toronto with a rich Texan businessman, in the apparent hopes of finding him a bride. A week later, she found herself in police custody, awaiting trial for conspiracy to commit fraud.

Welcome to Hot Docs 2012

Hot Docs Multiple venues (Festival Venue Guide) April 26 to May 6 Single tickets $5–$14.50, festival pass $255 A glance at Toronto’s 14-day weather trend reveals a distinct pattern of rising temperatures between April 26 and May 6. While you might be inclined to put that down to a seasonable spell of spring warmth, cinema-savvy […]

These Foolish Games

The Game of Love and Chance Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East) April 16 to May 12 Mondays to Saturdays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. $24 to $99 The Game of Love and Chance is a 300-year-old farce made up of arranged marriages, mistaken identities, class dynamics, entrances […]

Young Dancers Honour a Fallen Friend

Hundreds of excited high school students packed Ryerson Theatre on Saturday to take in the finals of Toronto’s Best High School Dance Crew, a hip-hop dance competition. The impressive lineup of amateur dancers from across the GTA thrilled the crowd and shook the stage. They also paid a classy and heartfelt tribute to a departed […]

Libraries to House Culture Day Once More

If the kids who filled the Malvern branch of the Toronto Public Library on October 1, 2011, were younger than Gita Kolanad had anticipated, they were not, she recalls, lacking in enthusiasm. “There were a lot of little, little kids, like five years old and six years old, and we were hoping for more like […]

Holy Rollers

Roughly 50 cyclists brought their bicycles through the doors of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday, for the third annual Blessing of the Bicycles. While attendees did ask for certain holy protection for certain parts of their bicycles—brakes were a popular choice—Reverend Hans van Nie, one of the two reverends involved in the ceremony, told […]