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CBC Music’s First-Ever Festival Will Be a CanCon Love-In

According to CBC’s Chris Boyce, the goal of this weekend’s Festival is twofold. First and foremost, the CBC wants to celebrate Canadian music. Second, it wants to celebrate CBC Music, the broadcaster’s online music service, which launched a little over a year ago.

Public Works: A Casino That Works?

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. On May 21, city council will decide whether to move forward with the possible construction of a casino/resort/convention centre/shopping complex in Toronto. The meeting is the culmination of months of heated debate […]

Toronto Sketch Troupe Primo Puts on Its “Last Show,” For Now

Sketch troupe Primo landed on our People to Watch list at the beginning of the year because of its stellar roster and its cleverly conceived monthly live shows. Tonight’s Last Show Ever will celebrate a year’s worth of performances, and also bring the group’s residency at Supermarket to an end—though with a new member and […]

Extra, Extra: Post Paywalls, Crude Shelters, and Depressed Fans

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The National Post‘s paywall is now officially up (though we haven’t been able to trigger it yet). Users get 10 free articles, after which they have to pay $9.95 for thirty days’ access to the paper’s online content. […]

Funding Sought for a Jenna Morrison Memorial

It is impossible to overstate the tragedy of Jenna Morrison’s death. Struck and killed at age 38 by a truck while cycling to pick her son up from school, Morrison was mourned not only by the scores of Torontonians who knew her well, but by the thousands more who were stunned by her story. Now, […]

Extra, Extra: Zodiac Heads, National Surveys, and Competition for Netflix

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. City council gave its approval today, so it’s official: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, a sculpture (pictured above) by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, will be coming to the reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square. The heads are […]

All Praise The Book of Mormon

If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, […]

Commander Chris Hadfield Will Sing Along With Toronto Kids on “Music Monday”

Despite being part of the official curriculum for schools in Ontario, music education is becoming increasingly marginalized because of budget cuts. Music Monday, an annual initiative of the Coalition of Music Education, highlights the importance of music education for young Canadians through a simultaneous concert that reaches across the country. This year, it even reaches […]

Protesters Want Queen’s Park to Rethink Food Policy

Occupy Gardens Toronto really likes puns. City Hall is known as “Seedy Hall,” “peas” is employed as a substitute for both “please” and “peace,” and before Wednesday’s event at Queen’s Park (titled SOILidarity City: Free Food For All Festival) the online invite encouraged participants to “mark your calendula.” Wordplay aside, the group, a local chapter […]

Feeling Pug-ish About Toronto Architecture

It’s time for the architectural debate to begin. Online voting opened yesterday for this year’s ninth edition of the Pug Awards, which allow the public to decide which buildings completed in 2012 they like (or hate) the most. Voters have until May 31 to choose among 43 nominees, divided between commercial/institutional and residential categories. Judging […]

Picture Day pre-release party

Canadian feature film Picture Day, which opens May 24 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, has already racked up awards on the festival circuit, including best picture at the Whistler Film Festival, as well as best performance award for breakout star Tatiana Maslany, whose starring role(s) in BBC America’s Orphan Black is also earning high praise. […]