Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. In case you missed it this morning: The Toronto Star hasn’t been permitted inside the mayor’s office ever since Rob Ford managed to get his name on the door. But this past weekend, a lone Star reporter […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You have to be good to get a table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF): applications are juried. Creators come from all over the world to sell their work, mingle with contemporaries, and spend a weekend in Toronto. While some big names (Pendleton Ward, Kate Beaton, Ryan North) drew fans in droves, there were […]
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 […]
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.
Exploring the magic and madness of mailboxes, self-help, and undergarments, so that you don’t have to.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]