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Nuit Blanche 2013: What Went Right, What Went Wrong

If the ads around town, the extensive news coverage, the relentless action on Twitter and Facebook, or the massive crowds around Queen Street West and Nathan Phillips Square didn’t tip you off, Nuit Blanche was on Saturday. The annual all-night event filled Toronto’s streets with art, people, and yes, teenagers. Oh, the teenagers. If you […]


And with that, we’re going to call it a nuit. Until next year! As always, TIFF is the best place to end the night. You get to sit, it’s still rowdy, and you know it will go all the way to sunrise FROM: Stephanie Avery LOCATION: CRINGEWORTHY! (TIFF Lightbox, #58) TIME: 6:16 AM Only an […]

Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: Getting Around

How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting around. Read the online schedules. Take a look at the Blue Night schedules on the TTC’s website. […]

Ketamines, with Mexican Slang, Freak Heat Waves, Viet Cong

It’s a bit hard for music writers these days to overlook Ketamines bassist and singer Paul Lawton’s blogging habits. That’s because Layton was the (eventually exposed) harsh wit behind Slagging Off, a blog that ripped on lacklustre bands on the Canadian Music Week 2013 bill. But chances are, punk fans aren’t going to care much […]

Extra, Extra: Subways, Driver’s Licences, and Very Old Houses

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. So, even the Toronto Sun‘s editorial board is now on record as saying that replacing the Scarborough RT with a subway extension is kind of a dumb idea. Who actually wants this thing?

Shopping at Toronto’s New Hells Angels Store

If you’re unaccustomed to entering unmarked storefronts, the Hells Angels retail store, now open in Leslieville, at 98 Carlaw Avenue, is unsettling. The closed plastic blinds make it impossible to see what’s going on inside. From the outside, the only indication of activity is a glowing neon “open” sign and the number “81” (the numerical […]

Toronto Public Library Now Lets Users Download Free Magazines

Here’s a little good news to start your Friday: there’s no longer any need to pay for The Economist. (Unless, that is, you want a paper copy.) That’s because Toronto Public Library is giving users a new way of downloading current issues of more than 300 different magazines.


ARTATTACK! is an annual auction to benefit Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Attendees can bid on artwork from up-and-coming artists, in both live and silent auctions. To spice things up, the night will be hosted by cabaret artist Shawn Hitchins, with appearances from Belle Jumelles, Johnny B Good, The Yes-Men, and many more.

TIFF Short Films Get Longer Exposure on YouTube

The most popular film so far at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival didn’t open with a red carpet and has no Oscar buzz. Noah is the debut short from recent Ryerson grads Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, and it’s been seen by over 220,000 people in the past three days. This is thanks to […]

What to Catch on Toronto Stages This Fall

Let’s face it: everything’s the worst when it’s so hot outside it feels like you’re walking through the inside of a mouth. It’s not surprising that more than a few of us are happy to see the signs of fall arrive—things like pumpkin lattes, chunky wool sweaters, and, of course, the theatre. Ah yes, the […]


Clif Prowse, Derek Lee (Canada/USA, Midnight Madness) SCREENINGS: Monday, September 9, 11:59 p.m. Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East) Wednesday, September 11, 8:45 p.m. Scotiabank 9 (259 Richmond Street West) In the enjoyable but over-familiar horror mockumentary Afflicted, best friends Clif Prowse and Derek Lee (playing themselves) strap on their GoPro video cameras and embark […]

Ai Weiwei Skypes with the AGO

When visiting an Ai Weiwei exhibit, it’s appropriate to document your experience on social media. Known as a prolific tweeter (and a prolific blogger, before his site was shut down by the Chinese government in 2009), Ai is one of the world’s most vocal proponents of the internet as a tool for social good. So […]

TIFF 2013 Survival Guide: Where to Eat on the Cheap

Sure, you could spend all your discretionary TIFF money eating at fancy places, hoping you see Mila Kunis getting sauce on her dress or Benedict Cumberbatch sending back his appetizer, but let’s be really honest: you probably can’t afford it. And even if you could, wouldn’t you rather spend that money paying people to wait […]

TIFF 2013 Survival Guide: How to Avoid TIFF

If you haven’t heard that the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival begins this Thursday, then congratulations! You have no need of the rest of this post. Many Torontonians look forward to the annual 10-day extravaganza of star-stalking, party-going, and popcorn-eating (and some really, really look forward to it). Not everybody does, though. Out there is […]