August 2013

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Sewell: for Sammy Yatim, leaders need to lead

Virtually everyone who knows about the death of Sammy Yatim thinks that the police did something unnecessary and wrong. The 18-year-old was clearly in a mental crisis as he allegedly exposed himself and waved a knife at those on a Dundas streetcar on the evening of July 27.

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Concert Review: Mumford & Sons play a sold-out show at the Molson Amphitheatre

Monday night’s Mumford & Sons show at the Molson Amphitheatre may as well have been a crowning ceremony. If it wasn’t clear going into the sold-out show, it became blatantly obvious during the mesmerizing two-hour set that the English folk-rock foursome are the hottest touring act in the world right now.

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Must-see films from TIFF’s Rebel Yell series

For a reprieve from summer blockbusters, TIFF Bell Lightbox presents a series of films that are far more thought-provoking. Rebel Yell: A New Generation of Turkish Women Filmmakers is a collection of features, documentaries and shorts that are directed by women in a culture that has long been dominated by men.

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Arcade Fire violinist takes the spotlight

Sarah Neufeld, member of Grammy Award–winning, Montreal-based band Arcade Fire, released her first album as a solo artist this week. A tireless collaborator, Neufeld says it was time she pushed herself and her instrument to see what could be done. Plenty, as it turns out.

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Ecks and the City: solo travel is the best therapy ever

At least twice (maybe three) times a year, this mommy takes herself on solo vacations, anywhere from five to 10 days. I love travelling as much as my daughter loves french fries, which is to say, “an obsessive amount.” My daughter is in overnight camp right now. I’m in Playa Del Carmen (the Yorkville of Mexico).

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The Price is Right hits Toronto, proceeds to suck

There was something just a little off about The Price is Right Live, a watered-down touring version of the longstanding mid-day game show that rolled into the Molson Amphitheatre on Sunday. Not that it mattered one iota to the throngs of eager wannabe contestants on hand.

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Concert Review: Blue Rodeo at the Molson Amphitheatre

Blue Rodeo hit the Molson Amphitheatre on Saturday night, the second of the venue’s two annual showcases involving made-it-big local talent. But where Drake’s OVO Fest has quickly morphed into a must-see happening, Blue Rodeo’s yearly August show has almost become a non-event.

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Weekend Warrior: The Ex, Sail-In Cinema, Yogathon, The Price is Right, Mabuhay Philippines Festival

It’s Thursday, and the weekend is fast approaching. Need stuff to see or do? We’ve got you covered. In this edition, Toronto’s favourite fair hits town, sun salutations galore, a movie festival on the lake and more.

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Concert Review: Black Sabbath at the ACC

Its been difficult to pinpoint exactly how to respond to Ozzy Osbourne in his latter years. Do we laugh at his mumbling Ozzy-isms and perpetually oblivious state of being, or do we take pity on this sad, strange man?

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Theatre Review: Entertaining Mr. Sloane

I know a film critic who not only refuses to watch the trailers of the movies he’s assigned to review, but he doesn’t even IMDB them beforehand. It’s a strange notion in our age, when one can basically know everything about a movie (or a play) without even bothering to watch it. Since I haven’t read Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, I thought Soulpepper’s latest production was the perfect choice to attend “blind.”

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