April 2014

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How They Met: Toronto news anchor on his elopement and European honeymoon

For years, they had seen each other at various events through their jobs. So when Ken Shaw finally gathered the moxie to ask his now-wife Nancy out on a date, it wasn’t your typical wine and dine affair.


An open letter to Toronto’s next mayor: David Suzuki Foundation’s hopes for a greener Toronto

Dear Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz, John Tory and other mayoral candidates, Toronto faced some serious weather this past year. The never-ending polar vortex, dramatic ice storms and flash flooding — unsettling reminders that our communities are vulnerable to Mother Nature’s whims — left many of us with cracked pipes, soggy basements and frayed nerves.


Concert Review: Trews celebrate album release with special guest, much rock, some roll

A CD release party typically represents the introduction of something new (namely, a new album). But there was something inherently familiar about the Trews’ album launch at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday.


Toxin Toxout authors on the horrors of shampoo, body lotion and other common products

It’s been impossible to avoid the perpetual hubbub over what we put inside of ourselves (e.g. the alleged health hazards of eating wheat). But according to two of our country’s top environmental thinkers, Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, we’ve got even more work cut out for us.


Theatre Review: Soulpepper’s Of Human Bondage

Soulpepper’s commissioned adaptation of novelist W. Somerset Maugham’s substantially autobiographical masterpiece Of Human Bondage is packed with insights and philosophy, but above all it is an elaborate and thorough tale of heartbreak that holds wistful familiarity for just about anyone who has lived much. Directed by Soulpepper’s artistic director Albert Schultz, Of Human Bondage scores on every level and from all angles.

Toronto’s Elaine Lui celebrates launch of her new memoir Listen to the Squawking Chicken

Elaine Lui didn’t always want to be a writer. It wasn’t until she started her now famous blog, LaineyGossip.com, that she really considered it as a profession. In fact, one of her earliest career objectives — at age 10 — was to become Miss Hong Kong, an expressed desire to which her mother responded, “Miss Hong Kong is a whore.”


Wrestling legend Iron Sheik sounds off on that ‘no good Jabroni’ Rob Ford on the eve of his Hot Docs premiere

A few short years ago, WWF (now WWE) wrestling legend and former world champion Iron Sheik was one of a long list of permanently injured and drug addicted former professional wrestlers. His real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri and he is the subject of a moving documentary entitled The Sheik, which is set to premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival on Saturday night.

The parent trap: Will and Kate aren’t the only mom and dad to backtrack on those best laid plans

Before their baby was born, royal supercouple Kate and William decided, and perhaps naively publicly announced, that they wouldn’t be hiring a nanny, that they would set an example of being involved new young royals and raise Prince George themselves. Well, like many new parents, they’ve discovered that nine months into parenthood the challenges are a bit different than you imagined, once you actually become parents.


Weekend Warrior: 2014 Green Living Show, Opera Atelier’s Persée, Get Lit, Guy Maddin’s Seances, PRISM and the Spring Wedding Show

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.