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December 2012

Twelve Canadian songs that rocked our world in 2012

12/28/12

Twelve Canadian songs that rocked our world in 2012

If one thing was certain about 2012, it was that Canadian musicians rocked hard. Here are 12 songs that blew our minds this year.

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Must-See Movie: When Harry Met Sally...

12/27/12

Must-See Movie: When Harry Met Sally...

The classic 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally... attempts to answer the age-old question: can a man and a woman truly be just friends? Billy Crystal’s Harry Burns doesn’t think so, “Because the sex part gets in the way.” The film goes on to explore whether or not that truism is, well, true, chronicling Burns’ 12 year friendship with Meg Ryan’s Sally Albright. The flick plays tonight at Yonge-Dundas Cineplex.

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Movie Review: The Central Park Five

12/25/12

Movie Review: The Central Park Five

A chilling new documentary co-directed by Ken Burns opens on Christmas Day at The Bloor Cinema, but it may be hard to sit through. It is a powerful, compelling and uncomfortable story of one fateful night in the spring of 1989 that led to the wrongful imprisonment of five young men.

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Weekend Warrior: holiday movies at The Bloor Cinema, a poetry slam at The Drake Hotel, celebrity ping pong at SPiN and more

12/20/12

Weekend Warrior: holiday movies at The Bloor Cinema, a poetry slam at The Drake Hotel, celebrity ping pong at SPiN and more

If you’re going to cozy up and watch holiday films anyway, why not firmly get into the spirit of holiday giving as well? The Bloor Cinema is having a showing of three Christmas films (White Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life) this weekend and admission is free, provided that you make a small food or monetary donation.

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Meet a Comedian: Josh Saltzman

12/19/12

Meet a Comedian: Josh Saltzman


Josh Saltzman is a different kind of comedian. He’s something of a renaissance jokester, having performed both stand-up and sketch comedy, in addition to shooting his own short comedic films and being a TV writer (Call Me Fitz, This Hour Has 22 Minutes). We chatted with Saltzman about his “small breaks” into the biz, Jason Priestley and writing the best comedy ever.  

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Must-See Movie: Scrooged

12/18/12

Must-See Movie: Scrooged

There have been many takes on the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol, but probably none so cynical, or ’80s-fantastic, as Scrooged, which is playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday and on Christmas Eve.

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This Week in Sound: Ra Ra Riot, The Killers, Tegan and Sara, Two Hours Traffic, Rush

12/17/12

This Week in Sound: Ra Ra Riot, The Killers, Tegan and Sara, Two Hours Traffic, Rush

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Ra Ra Riot change it up for their upcoming album, Tegan and Sara put on an impromptu show at The Phoenix and Rush get inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.

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Movie Review: Meet the Fokkens

12/14/12

Movie Review: Meet the Fokkens

Meet the Fokkens plays as a lengthy conversation between two grandmothers, with the salacious exception that these two ladies have a lot of sultry discussions. The questionably titled — yet interesting, and occasionally startling — documentary follows Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70-year-old identical twins who have spent much of their lives working in the red light district of Amsterdam. It opens tonight at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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Apocalypse soon: five awesome end-of-the-world flicks

12/13/12

Apocalypse soon: five awesome end-of-the-world flicks

According to those pesky Mayans, we’re headed for that big temple in the sky come Dec. 21. So before you crank some R.E.M. in preparation for the big send-off, TIFF Bell Lightbox is presenting its Countdown to Armageddon series. It kicks off this week and concludes on the Big Day. Below, our favourite five picks to say “good bye, cruel world!” with.

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Weekend Warrior: Barenaked Ladies, The Anything Goes Show, NFL at the Rogers Centre, Roaring Twenties Christmas and more

12/13/12

Weekend Warrior: Barenaked Ladies, The Anything Goes Show, NFL at the Rogers Centre, Roaring Twenties Christmas and more

The TSO is pairing up with the Barenaked Ladies on Friday at Roy Thomson Hall for a night of hits and holiday songs. We’ve liked hearing the Ladies at Christmas ever since they did that finger-snapping ditty with Sarah McLachlan, and we’re curious to know how the TSO does playing “If I had A Million Dollars.”

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Ladystache

12/12/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Ladystache

Movember has come and gone, but for Allison Hogg and Stephanie Tolev of the comedy troupe Ladystache, moustaches are a year-long thing. Having a knack for for performing TV-themed sketch shows (they recently did a Degrassi one at Comedy Bar), the gals describe their shows as ridiculously silly. We chatted with Stephanie about their favourite Degrassi episode and who has the best ’stache of all-time.

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Must-See Movie: Road House

12/11/12

Must-See Movie: Road House

December at the movies means a slew of either holiday-themed flicks or Oscar-touted flicks. But if you’re cruisin’ for a little more bruisin’ at the cinema, then you might want to check out the ’80s camp classic, Road House. The Patrick Swayze vehicle about a Zen-like bouncer (who just happens to have a philosophy degree and a knack for martial arts) plays tonight at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex Theatres.

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Dave “Bookie” Bookman announces his departure from The Edge

12/11/12

Dave “Bookie” Bookman announces his departure from The Edge

The early ’90s have often been called the glory days of indie music in Toronto. Sure, one could argue the point, but there is no disputing that it was a unique period, when local indie rock (Lowest of the Low, Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies) and live music in general flourished. And, one factor in the mix was plucky radio station CFNY 102.1.

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Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol

12/11/12

Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol

Yes, the Eaton Centre’s Christmas tree is more glitzy than traditional this year and, yes, it was annoying when stores started playing Christmas music in November — bah humbug! But in this season of shopping-till-dropping and stuffing our faces, there is refuge from the commercially driven nature of the season; one that encourages everyone to become more communal and more loving towards each other. I’m referring to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, of course.

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This Week in Sound: Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Thomas D’Arcy, Hayden, Evening Hymns, Great Bloomers

12/10/12

This Week in Sound: Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Thomas D’Arcy, Hayden, Evening Hymns, Great Bloomers

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Arcade Fire is teaming up with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Hayden debuts the lead track from his new upcoming album and Evening Hymns will wrap up their tour at The Music Gallery.

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It’s game over for The Pinball Cafe

12/10/12

It’s game over for The Pinball Cafe

The owners of Parkdale’s The Pinball Cafe have decided to shut down their business in response to city bylaws.  

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Dave Matthews Band is all about the music at the ACC

12/10/12

Dave Matthews Band is all about the music at the ACC

Friday night was the fifth time I had seen Dave Matthews Band live. This makes me little more than a novice next to many DMB diehards, but it did allow me to look past the 15-minute songs, a dynamic lights display and Dave’s mumbling in order to examine some of the smaller details that have made the band so successful in its 20-plus years of touring.

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Movie Review: Sushi Girl

12/07/12

Movie Review: Sushi Girl

It is a meeting of the minds. Deranged, crass and criminal minds; minds that belong to a group of felons who are convening to discuss a heist that turned sour six years ago. Cultured and respectable as they are — or at least hope to be — they gather for an evening of nyotaimori, the practice of eating sushi off the body of a naked woman.

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Q&A with The Vinyl Cafe’s host, Stuart McLean

12/06/12

Q&A with The Vinyl Cafe’s host, Stuart McLean

Since 1998 The Vinyl Cafe Christmas Tour has become pretty much a tradition across Canada. Written and hosted by Stuart McLean, The Vinyl Cafe is a CBC variety radio show featuring funny stories about a second-hand record store owner, Dave, and his family and friends. The tour (and the requisite jukebox) stops in Toronto this weekend, so we chatted with its host about the show’s enduring quality.

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Weekend Warrior: Christmas by Lamplight, Dave Matthews Band, Fan Fiction: Game of Thrones, Toronto Motorcycle Show, City of Craft,

12/06/12

Weekend Warrior: Christmas by Lamplight, Dave Matthews Band, Fan Fiction: Game of Thrones, Toronto Motorcycle Show, City of Craft,

For three Saturday evenings beginning this weekend, you can celebrate Christmas like a pioneer at Black Creek Pioneer Village’s Christmas by Lamplight. Wander through the decorated Victorian village along with carolers and Santa himself. You can also indulge in a traditional Christmas dinner as well.

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Meet a Comedian: Diana Bailey

12/05/12

Meet a Comedian: Diana Bailey

Copywriting student Diana Bailey is fairly new to Toronto’s comedy scene, but she has already appeared on numerous Toronto comedy stages (Yuk Yuk’s, Comedy Bar) and was a finalist at this year’s Toronto Comedy Brawl. We chatted with the young comic about Sailor Moon, sweating and her crazy mom. 

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Leonard Cohen is awe-inspiring in the first of two shows at the ACC

12/05/12

Leonard Cohen is awe-inspiring in the first of two shows at the ACC

The cardinal sin of a reviewer of any kind is to allow your critique to be coloured by pre-conceived notions and pre-established biases of past performances. It was a sin of which I was nearly guilty as I embarked upon my review of Leonard Cohen’s first of two near-sold out ACC shows on Tuesday night.

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Must-see Movie: Miracle on 34th Street

12/04/12

Must-see Movie: Miracle on 34th Street

The legitimacy of Santa Claus has always been in question. Say what you will about the man in the red suit, but there is something special about believing in the intangible, and no other film provides a better platform for being pro-Santa Claus than Miracle on 34th Street. The classic Christmas film plays this weekend at Yonge-Dundas Cineplex Theatres.

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Band of Horses hitch their wagons to Massey Hall

12/04/12

Band of Horses hitch their wagons to Massey Hall

Tyler Ramsey of Band of Horses sounds downright giddy when talk turns to their upcoming show at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall. “I know, we’re all really excited and on edge about it,” he says. “Massey is one of those places that has that history; you just want to make sure you put on the best show you possibly can.” This from a band that has toured across the globe since the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album, Mirage Rock.

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This Week in Sound: Jason Collett, Malajube, Julie Doiron, Rheostatics, Elliott BROOD

12/03/12

This Week in Sound: Jason Collett, Malajube, Julie Doiron, Rheostatics, Elliott BROOD

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Jason Collett kicks off his basement revue series at The Dakota Tavern, Julie Doiron announces more tour dates and more.

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Theatre Review: Terminus

12/03/12

Theatre Review: Terminus

When I was a teenager in university, I had a beloved friend and mentor twice my age with whom I attended much theatre and film and many art galleries. She used to often walk out, turn to me and declare, “Sure, it’s filthy. But is it art?” We always howled at this inspired witticism together. So much artistic achievement through history is crude and violent; but then, not everything that challenges our values, taste and sense of decorum is necessarily great art, is it?

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