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Panoramaist: Tanner Zurkoski Lives in a Car

Panoramaist is the Toronto shoe-gazer’s worst enemy. In the virtual panoramas, created by Tony Makepeace, you can look up, down, side to side, in, and out—pretty much every direction but back at yourself, which would be kind of creepy. (Click the image above to jump to a panorama of Tanner’s mobile home. Or click here.) […]

Fringe 2012: buffering…

jamsammy PERFORMANCES: Friday, July 6, 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 11:15 p.m. Friday, July 13, 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2:45 p.m. VENUE: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue) It’s not the Fringe without a few postmodern, deconstructionist fairy […]

Liveblog: Debating OneCity and the Future of Transit in Toronto

At City Hall this afternoon: another chapter in the long story of council’s vexed relationship with transit planning, as councillors debate several motions that have to do with establishing long-term transit priorities and the funding thereof. Today’s debate is sparked by the OneCity transit plan unveiled a couple of weeks ago by TTC Chair Karen […]

Fringe 2012: [ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Where You Become New

The Mission Business PERFORMANCES: Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 5, 7:30 p.m. Friday July 6, 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 7, 7:30 p.m. Sunday July 8, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, […]

Sound Advice: Piss Suit by Caiiro Foster

One doesn’t necessarily expect grace and subtlety from an EP named Piss Suit, by a punk band that’s named after a professional skateboarder. That said, local art punks Caiiro Foster don’t really specialize in doing what’s expected of them, and their new release—which is indeed named Piss Suit—has both grace and subtlety in spades. The […]

Off The Wall: SPUD

The art world has had its share of dustups. Matisse and Picasso were known to quarrel; a tormented Van Gogh took a swipe at Gauguin with a razorblade. Inevitably, practitioners in every artistic genre will clash. Graffiti writers are no different. Biting, or copying another writer’s style, can arouse the ire, as does crossing out—when […]

Sound Advice: …EP by Beta Frontiers

It’s not surprising that the term chillwave was coined by the minds behind the parody-blog Hipster Runoff. Much like no one will admit to being a hipster, very few artists seem to actually want to be called chillwave, which makes a certain amount of sense. It’s a ridiculous word. Toronto’s Beta Frontiers, for example, make […]

The Princess of Pot in the Big Smoke

In a city that plays host to many thousands of marijuana-rights activists annually at the Toronto Global Marijuana March, the 420 smoke-in, and, most recently, the Treating Yourself Expo, it might seem hard to fathom that people are doing hard time for marijuana-related crimes. “The war on drugs has always been worse in the United […]

Sound Advice: XVIII by Devon Tracy

In a way, you have to be impressed by local rapper Devon Tracy’s latest mixtape, XVIII, before you even listen to it. A lot of rappers release multiple mixtapes in a year, but very few drop two free-to-web, album-quality releases within a few months of each other. As with so many modern hip-hop mixtapes, XVIII […]

Telephone Booth Takeover

A brightly coloured chalk drawing reflecting the day’s forecast and a familiar saying, at the base of the booth. Geometric paneling, reminiscent of a stained-glass window, surrounding those who enter to make a call. A large, white wrapping covering the entire structure, with the words “Transformation Booth” replacing “Telephone Booth.” Those are just a few […]

Tod Machover Crowdsources a Symphony

First, a viola. Then, a bassoon. One by one, before a modest crowd gathered for Moses Znaimer’s IdeaCity conference at Koerner Hall, eight members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra debuted their contributions to a symphonic framework laid out by composer, MIT Media Lab founder, and Guitar Hero mastermind Tod Machover. Machover, as it turns out, […]

Vandalist: Take Us to Your Leader

BY: Unknown LOCATION: Dundas Street West and Brock Avenue PHOTO BY: Bella Manu FIELD NOTES: Is it just us, or do these creatures look a little like rejected mascots for IKEA and McDonald’s? Maybe they’re a throwback to the ’70s, when drugs must have played a role in character design (how else do you explain […]