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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 […]

Mixing Hope and Anger Like Oil and Water

Oil and Water Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street) April 18–May 6, Tuesdays–Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $30–$40 As we saw last month in Mikaela Dyke’s Dying Hard, for many years life in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, wasn’t easy. While the men working in the mines developed silicosis and lung cancer, which would […]

Sexy Baby

DIRECTED BY RONNA GRADUS AND JILL BAUER (USA, Special Presentations) SCREENINGS: Tuesday, May 1, 9 p.m. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) Thursday, May 3, 6:45 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (350 King Street West) Sexy Baby is the kind of […]

Queen’s Park Watch: Why A Wildrose Win In Alberta Could Be Thorny For Ontario

Tim Hudak must be gnashing his teeth in envy. While in Ontario, the middle-left Liberals and NDP bicker genteelly over the budget, Albertans go to the polls on April 23 in a two-party race between the right-wing Progressive Conservatives and the more-right-wing Wildrose Alliance Party. Polls show the upstart Wildrose and leader Danielle Smith are […]

Extra, Extra: Adults-Only Zoo, Wandering God

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Ashley Madison is a dating site aimed specifically at people who are already in relationships: a website which measures success in whether they get you to cheat. And you know what goes great with adultery? Petting zoos! […]

Maisonneuve Celebrates Ten Years in Print

Maisonneuve, the Montreal-based quarterly magazine, is a general-interest publication, which makes it hard to describe without comparing it to other mags. It’s a cooler Walrus, a Vice without nude photo spreads and written to a higher level of reading comprehension, or even a Harper’s, except Canadian and for younger people—and relatively small. But no matter […]

Extra, Extra: Rollercoaster Screams, Show Choir Dreams

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. When Canada’s Wonderland reopens this May, the park will be debuting a new roller coaster, Leviathan, which press materials say will be one of the biggest and tallest in the world, at 306 feet. Embedded above is a […]

Rob Ford’s “Woman Problem” Not His Alone

“Does Rob Ford have a woman problem?” asked the Globe and Mail recently. A bold question, but the problem of female representation in politics reaches far beyond the mayor. In Toronto, 15 of the 44 councillors—or 34 per cent—are women, and while that sounds bad, it’s a heck of a lot better than the paltry […]

Race Is a Laughing Matter in Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) April 2–28 Monday–Saturday 8 p.m., plus Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. PWYC–$49 The purchasing and selling of real estate is much more than a financial investment—it’s a statement about one’s emotional maturity, interests, taste, and identity. It’s a commitment not only to a […]

Extra, Extra: Protesting Llama, Loud-Mouth Birds

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The internet, as we all know, exists in no small part to facilitate the distribution of cute animals things. Hoping to use this to their advantage is an unknown supporter of the High Park Zoo—slated for closure […]

The AGO joins the Google Art Project

The Art Gallery of Ontario has become the first Canadian museum to be added to the Google Art Project, which is a kind of online gallery that allows visitors to view and zoom-in on high-resolution images of art objects. The AGO’s involvement in the project was announced earlier today. You can check out items from […]

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Billboard Tax

Public space activists are claiming a big victory today: the Ontario Court of Appeal has just upheld the validity of the City’s billboard tax, created in 2009 and challenged by the outdoor advertising industry.