April 24, 2014
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Hot Docs 2014: 10 can’t-miss films at Toronto’s documentary festival

04/23/14

Hot Docs 2014: 10 can’t-miss films at Toronto’s documentary festival

Hot Docs, April 24 to May 4, offers entertainment and education through films—197 of them, from 43 countries—that can be fascinating, fun, or infuriating. Here are ten docs you should see this year.

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The Race for Mayor: 18-year-old Morgan Baskin takes on city hall

04/23/14

The Race for Mayor: 18-year-old Morgan Baskin takes on city hall

Who says politics are boring? Well, lots of people — including 18-year-old Morgan Baskin, who says she’d like to change that. The high school student is running for the top spot in municipal politics, hoping to be elected mayor of Toronto in this coming fall elections.

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Theatre Review: Factory Theatre tackles stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Beatrice & Virgil

04/22/14

Theatre Review: Factory Theatre tackles stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Beatrice & Virgil

Canadian novelist Yann Martel's Life of Pi was reworked into a blockbuster Hollywood movie directed by Ang Lee and now his 2010 novel Beatrice & Virgil is getting in on the act, this time reworked for the stage. The world premiere is on now at Toronto's Factory Theatre, and although an appreciation for the novel might help, the new work is certainly strong enough to stand on its own.

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The Social List: Martin Short, Lauren Holly and more shine at Canadian Screen Awards

04/22/14

The Social List: Martin Short, Lauren Holly and more shine at Canadian Screen Awards

The Sony Centre transformed into Hollywood North at the 65th Canadian Screen Awards to celebrate the best in Canadian film and TV. The evening included a star-studded red carpet, cocktail reception, awards show and after party at the Rosewater.

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24 Hour Rental is a comedy unlike anything ever produced in Canada

04/21/14

24 Hour Rental is a comedy unlike anything ever produced in Canada

Locally filmed TV show 24 Hour Rental is very violent and very funny.

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Boom goes the paintbrush: brave new ways of promoting original works of art in Toronto

04/21/14

Boom goes the paintbrush: brave new ways of promoting original works of art in Toronto

So you’ve outgrown the Bob Marley posters you bought in university, but you’re not quite ready to raise a paddle for an original from the Group of Seven. The good news is you’re in the vast majority. The bad news is that Toronto has more than 100 galleries with works for sale. Finding a meaningful original in your price range recalls a needle in a haystack.

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Weekend Warrior: Record Store Day, Lou Dawg’s, Brewer’s Backyard, Internet Cat Video Festival, Harbourfront Centre Spring Fling

04/17/14

Weekend Warrior: Record Store Day, Lou Dawg’s, Brewer’s Backyard, Internet Cat Video Festival, Harbourfront Centre Spring Fling

It's the long weekend (and the weather seems to be co-operating), so get out there and enjoy what the city has to offer. On the docket this weekend: pulled pork poutine and live music on King St., brews at Evergreen Brick Works, a day of well-deserved veneration for the art of vinyl, an all-ages festival, and (the pièce de résistance) a cat video festival. Happy Easter, everyone.

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Sewell: Elections coming, but who will stand up for Toronto?

04/17/14

Sewell: Elections coming, but who will stand up for Toronto?

We are now at the point in the game where the cards have been put on the table by all the major players — the leading candidates for mayor of Toronto, the candidates for premier of Ontario and the candidates for Prime Minister of Canada.

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The Race For Mayor: Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill toots his own horn on why he should be Toronto's next leader

04/16/14

The Race For Mayor: Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill toots his own horn on why he should be Toronto's next leader

Richard Underhill has long been a community activist, especially regarding his home turf in Toronto’s Kensington Market. But, he’s best known as a member of legendary jazz fusion group Shuffle Demons. Now Underhill wants to parlay his decades of experience travelling the world as a musician and his work in grassroots organizing into a run at the mayor’s chair in the upcoming municipal election.

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Ecks and the City: How to age gracefully

04/16/14

Ecks and the City: How to age gracefully

They say men get handsomer at 40, while we just get old. Yeah, screw that.

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