February 2013

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Time to get rid of the garbage cans (and raccoons) and put Toronto laneways to good use

If there is one area of Toronto that deserves a rethink, according to one group, it could be the back laneways that snake through the city’s urban neighbourhoods. Instead of sketchy, rundown alleys with rusted-out garages and an atmosphere of impending doom, a local group would love to see the largely ignored areas put to good use as sites for laneway homes, public art and community engagement.

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Weekend Warrior: Bob Saget, Foundry, the International Bicycle Show, Sexapalooza, Fishing After Dark and more

Full House may have painted a pretty picture of Bob Saget, but his standup will give you a fresh perspective. The edgy standup comic is nothing like the persona that made him popular, which makes his show as much of a surprise party as it is a comedic act. He hits Toronto on March 3.

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Real Estate Roundtable 2013

As we sat down at the Granite Club for our sixth annual Real Estate Roundtable, last spring’s narrative of bully offers and bidding wars had given way to slowing sales. Here’s what the GTA’s top market experts had to say about whether we should brace for bearish conditions in 2013.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Smells Like The 80s

If you ever wondered what the ’80s smelled like, then you might want to check out this Toronto comedic quartet, Smells Like the 80s. Okay, so maybe their B.O. doesn’t smell like Corey Hart, but their comedy sure doesn’t stink either. Double award winners at the 2010 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, they’re headed there again next month.

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This Week in Sound: The Juno Awards, Sally Shapiro, The Strumbellas, Rococode, Cold Specks

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: a look the nominees for the 2013 Juno Awards, Sally Shapiro drops a new album and The Strumbellas play at Caplansky’s Delicatessen.

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Too Close To Call: Bay Street Video vs. Videoflicks

With Academy Awards upon us, we take a look at Toronto’s biggest two purveyors of Oscar-winning movies. Bay Street Video and Videoflicks are independents still thriving in a world dominated by iTunes and Netflix. But who comes out on top?

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Suzuki: looking back and moving on 25 years after Toronto climate summit

In 1988, hundreds of scientists and policy-makers met in Toronto for a major international conference on climate change.

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Theatre Review: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

There are very good reasons why Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has been revered as a modern classic since it first saw light of day onstage in 1966. And Stoppard has gone on to become one of the most respected playwrights in the world, for the legitimate reason that he is one of the most gifted in wit, craft, characterization and plot.

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2013 Oscar predictions: who will win, and who should win

Sunday night is the biggest movie industry event of the year — The Oscars — and we would be remiss if we didn’t offer our hopes, beliefs and criticisms on the major categories of the yearly Hollywood spectacular. Below, our picks for the top awards of the night.

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Weekend Warrior: IceFest, Music from the Academy Awards, 30 years of Theatresports, Swedish House Mafia and more

Most of us are looking forward to the spring, but a select few of us are hoping winter sticks around a little longer, especially for events like IceFest in Yorkville. Starting this Saturday, ice carvers will expertly cut down blocks of ice into various creatures of delight, including an “Enchanted Garden” display of gnomes, fairies and more. Bonus: it’s an all ages show, and it’s free.

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