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July 2012

Trending in Theatre This Week: the best of this year’s Shaw Festival

07/31/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: the best of this year’s Shaw Festival

Fans of the classic screwball comedy will love His Girl Friday, an adaptation of the Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell film about a newspaper editor who lures back his ace reporter (and former lover) with the top story of the year. 

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Morning Throwback: these Toronto women were way more high-maintenance than hipster chicks

07/31/12

Morning Throwback: these Toronto women were way more high-maintenance than hipster chicks

These days, women are so predictable with their natural makeup, bedhead and casual clothes. Why is it so hard to find dames like these ones, who spent hours perfecting their maquillage and squeezing into corsets? You know, the way God intended women to be.

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Theatre Review: the Shaw Festival’s Ragtime

07/30/12

Theatre Review: the Shaw Festival’s Ragtime

Musicals are an acquired taste; we all know that. The ones that ancient people like myself (now in my late 60s) saw and loved — usually on Broadway, but often listened to on 33-rpm records — became as much a part of our lives in the ’50s as the early sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and The Supremes.

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Meet a Comedian: Ron Sparks

07/30/12

Meet a Comedian: Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a comedic jack of all trades: stand-up, improv, sketch comedy — he’s done it all, and in a relatively short time span. Since bursting onto the comedy scene in 2003, Sparks has racked up a number of awards, including eight Canadian Comedy Awards, and is a common fixture on The Comedy Network. Once voted “North America’s Sexiest Comedian,” Sparks is obviously the total jocular package.

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Morning Throwback: before street art pianos, Torontonians listened to sweet sounds from these guys

07/30/12

Morning Throwback: before street art pianos, Torontonians listened to sweet sounds from these guys

After a hard night's work of tickling those ivories, these performers would congratulate each other, knock back a few gin and tonics and go off to play a game of drunken pétanque.

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Morning Throwback: we’d take frumpy old-time athletics from Toronto over the Olympics any day

07/27/12

Morning Throwback: we’d take frumpy old-time athletics from Toronto over the Olympics any day

So the Summer Olympics kick off today, and though we’re used to seeing our athletes in tight spandex and revealing uniforms (hello, women’s volleyball),  back in the early 1900s, it was all about the high-collared blouses and tight ankle skirts. Practical? No. Stylish? Yes. And hot as hell.

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Weekend Warrior: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson tour, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, the RBC Canadian Open and more

07/26/12

Weekend Warrior: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson tour, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, the RBC Canadian Open and more

Cirque du Soleil’s return to the Air Canada Centre will be a “thriller” in more ways than one. After its wildly popular debut in a limited run last year, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour will see the Montreal-based company mix the unforgettable music of Michael Jackson with its own unique blend of acrobatic, death-defying and often humorous entertainment.

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Band of the Week: Whale Tooth

07/26/12

Band of the Week: Whale Tooth

When Toronto band Whale Tooth formed, they had one message: get on your dancing shoes. The pop-rockers have ignited dance floors since 2008, and have shared the stage with fellow Canuck indie-rock gold such as Tokyo Police Club, Hey Ocean! and Mother Mother. With the recent release of their first full-length, Search Party, they’re tapping into their dark side and combining hook-heavy, effortless vocals with jolting, energetic rhythms.

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Morning Throwback: before TIFF, Toronto paparazzi looked like this

07/26/12

Morning Throwback: before TIFF, Toronto paparazzi looked like this

This is a similar scene that we can expect in September once TIFF rolls into town — except that the paparazzi won’t be nearly as polite or as dapper-looking. And the tripods probably won’t be as sweet.

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Theatre Review: Hello, a bizarre 10-week production at Kensington Market’s The Electric Theatre

07/25/12

Theatre Review: Hello, a bizarre 10-week production at Kensington Market’s The Electric Theatre

As a former die-hard X-Phile, I wanted to believe in Hello, the extra-terrestrial electronic extravaganza playing in Kensington Market. Its story, about an alien enthusiast who has to deal with a real alien invasion, seemed like it had Mulder and Scully written all over it. Heck, even its digs — the newly-minted The Electric Theatre — has a gigantic alien airbrushed across it. The truth (of a good show) had to be out in there. Somewhere. But, it wasn’t.

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Morning Throwback: lap dogs were just as spoiled in the 1900s as they are now

07/25/12

Morning Throwback: lap dogs were just as spoiled in the 1900s as they are now

It’s sad when a woman doesn’t have children and is forced to dress up and pamper her tiny dog like a little surrogate baby. It’s even sadder when a woman has lots of children at home, but prefers the company of her obnoxious dog, Tito, over them.

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Five TIFF flicks that we really want to see

07/24/12

Five TIFF flicks that we really want to see

Well, it’s that time of year again: TIFF time. Well, almost. This morning TIFF announced its 2012 galas and special presentations (basically, all the films everyone wants to see). Before our city is overtaken by schmoozing and celebrities, we have to remember that it’s all about the movies. Here are five we’re most looking forward to seeing.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Backbeat, Beirut, The Sunshine Boys, Hair and Haim Goldenberg

07/24/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Backbeat, Beirut, The Sunshine Boys, Hair and Haim Goldenberg

More than the backstory of how The Beatles became The Beatles, Backbeat is a musical that focuses on the triangular relationship between the band’s original bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, the German photographer with whom he fell in love and his friendship with John Lennon. (Sorry, Ringo fans, but he’s not in this production.)
Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., 416-872-1212. Now - Sept 2.

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Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, women were sharp dressers — and even sharper shooters

07/24/12

Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, women were sharp dressers — and even sharper shooters

Here stand the women sharpshooters of 1914. Sure, they look docile, but in just one instant they’d totally put you in a half nelson while aiming a rifle at you.

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Theatre Review: Speed-the-Plow

07/23/12

Theatre Review: Speed-the-Plow

For those of you who have not had a chance to take in the often-hysterical, usually profane, but always interesting plays of Chicago’s David Mamet, I would urge you to see a production of Glengarry Glen Ross (whether on stage or on film). Soulpepper, this country’s finest theatre company, knew enough to put on a superb Glengarry several seasons ago.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: The Weaker Vessels

07/23/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: The Weaker Vessels

The Weaker Vessels are a new “transatlantic sketch troupe” featuring graduates from The Second City training centre. With the group set to perform its first-ever show next week, member Charlie Booth says the show is bound to be unpredictable: “We’ve got an hour’s worth of sketches and none of them have ever been performed in front of an audience. Maybe we just get off on risk; maybe we’re just idiots.”

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Morning Throwback: in 1940s Toronto, man-nannies were awesome

07/23/12

Morning Throwback: in 1940s Toronto, man-nannies were awesome

On the surface, this guy isn’t exactly prime babysitting material, but legend has it this debonair dude gave Mary Poppins a run for her money. With his flying wagons, magical bowler hat and war medals that were actually made of chocolate, every day was an adventure in babysitting.

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The Christie Pits Film Festival gets nostalgic with classic ’80s films

07/20/12

The Christie Pits Film Festival gets nostalgic with classic ’80s films

When we were young, we believed that a plastic fortune teller named Zoltar really could make our wishes come true. And when we were young, we believed movies were so magical they could change the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the theme of the second Christie Pits Film Festival is tales of youth and growing up. It kicks off this Sunday.

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Morning Throwback: in the 1890s, Saturday morning walks were out of this world

07/20/12

Morning Throwback: in the 1890s, Saturday morning walks were out of this world

There’s nothing like walking the streets of Toronto on a Saturday just as the sun comes up, right? (FYI: seconds after this picture was taken, this dude hopped into a rocket and blasted off to planet Antareus). Happy weekend, everyone!

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Weekend Warrior: Waterfront Night Market, Hot & Spicy Food Festival, Brazilfest, Thrill of the Grill and more

07/19/12

Weekend Warrior: Waterfront Night Market, Hot & Spicy Food Festival, Brazilfest, Thrill of the Grill and more

Care to dine on deliciously authentic Asian cuisine under the stars while looking out at the lake this weekend? Okay, so maybe a street food festival isn’t the ideal atmosphere for romance, but the third annual Waterfront Night Market isn’t exactly your typical food fest. An array of authentic Asian offerings will be available well into the night, with other festivities including three-on-three basketball and nightly screenings of contemporary Asian cinema.

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The Toronto Burlesque Festival: bringing sexy back to the city, one striptease at a time

07/19/12

The Toronto Burlesque Festival: bringing sexy back to the city, one striptease at a time

On Valentine’s Day in 2002, Sauci Calla Horra was sewing roses onto her lingerie in preparation for her first burlesque show. She was helping out her friend Tanyacheex, the founder of Skin Tight Outta Sight, one of Toronto’s first burlesque troupes. What was supposed to be a one-night-only engagement turned into a full-blown love affair with burlesque for Calla Horra. Five years later, she would start Toronto’s first Burlesque Festival.

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Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, getting ice cream was a labour of love

07/19/12

Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, getting ice cream was a labour of love

Nowadays we can just summon our own ice cream trucks when we get a sweet attack. But back in 1913, Torontonians lumbered for hundreds of miles to this dump, turning into puddles of broken dreams and broken feet along the way, cursing frozen dessert and wishing for lactose intolerance.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Speed-the-Plow, Mr. Marmalade, the Best of Fringe and more

07/18/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Speed-the-Plow, Mr. Marmalade, the Best of Fringe and more

In Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet’s 1988 play, the bottom line beats out artistry and idealism in Hollywood. Surprise, surprise. But, in Mamet’s hands, a trite notion becomes razor-sharp comedy with his trademark rapid-fire dialogue and, of course, swearing. Lots of swearing.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666. July 16 - Sept 22.

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Band of the Week: The Rural Alberta Advantage

07/18/12

Band of the Week: The Rural Alberta Advantage

They may have formed in Toronto, but The Rural Alberta Advantage’s inspiration lies in the prairies. This indie-rock threesome marries gritty vocals, energetic guitar riffs from Nils Edenloff (Canada’s answer to Jeff Mangum) and Amy Cole’s honeyed voice with punchy beats from monster drummer Paul Banwatt (also one-half of Woodhands).

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Morning Throwback: in the ’30s, couples camped, and the women didn’t complain

07/18/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’30s, couples camped, and the women didn’t complain

It’s hard enough finding someone you can get along with in this city, so, gentlemen, when you find a good woman who’s up for roughing it in the great outdoors (without a tent!), hold on to her tightly and never let her go. Unless you see a bear; then use her as a human shield.

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Best of the Waterfront: circus camp

07/17/12

Best of the Waterfront: circus camp

Backstage, five kids are concentrating hard. They are on stilts, wobbling about, with only moments to correct their balance before lumbering on stage. While they hover, parents are “oo-ing” and “ahh-ing” in the main arena, going giddy over the mini-trampoline act, in which kids are dazzling the crowd with flips. There is some serious flippage going on. Meanwhile, junior wannabe-clowns spend their time practicing goofy walks and wacky voices. This is life inside Harbourfront Centre’s circus camp for kids.

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Slim Twig, Kat Burns, Hannah Georgas, Gavin Slate and more

07/17/12

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Slim Twig, Kat Burns, Hannah Georgas, Gavin Slate and more

Toronto singer/songwriter Slim Twig has pegged Aug. 21 for the release of Sof' Sike, described as a "dramatic left (er, make that a right) turn follow-up to 2009's Contempt! and replaces analog drum machines and scratched record samples with psychedelic rumblings of live instrumentation." A tour announcement is forthcoming, and Slim is also prepping additional releases for the fall.

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Morning Throwback: this Toronto circus moment was totally awk

07/17/12

Morning Throwback: this Toronto circus moment was totally awk

Ah, courtship at the Toronto circus: where romance means stopping by to tell your beloved that the new cannon shoots coconut cream and chocolate pie-filling because that’s how sweet you think she is. Aw.

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Meet a Comedian:  Kristeen von Hagen

07/16/12

Meet a Comedian: Kristeen von Hagen

Comedian Kristeen von Hagen sure has come a long way from doing stand-up in a room full of bikers. Whether it's her three Just For Laughs galas, opening for Russell Peters or writing for This Hour Has 22 Minutes (not to mention her three Canadian Comedy Awards and her current two nominations), there's little reason to doubt why she was once chosen as one of Canada's top power women by Elle magazine (though she says she doesn't know why she was).

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Theatre Review: Million Dollar Quartet

07/16/12

Theatre Review: Million Dollar Quartet

There was a sense of sadness in the air at the opening night of Million Dollar Quartet. The pleasant, occasionally thrilling musical is a re-enactment of a magical moment in modern cultural history when, on Dec. 4, 1956, four of the early giants of rock ‘n’ roll — Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins — met and jammed together in the Memphis studio of Sam Phillips’ Sun Records.

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Morning Throwback: before break dancing existed, Torontonians danced en pointe

07/16/12

Morning Throwback: before break dancing existed, Torontonians danced en pointe

Nowadays Toronto’s a bit over the ballet flats craze, and we can see why. Walking around in a tutu, tights and pointe shoes could not have been comfortable. Where’s the heel support?

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After more than two decades, Edgefest is still rockin’

07/13/12

After more than two decades, Edgefest is still rockin’

For some, nothing quite says summer like hordes of sweat-stained rock ‘n’ roll fans jammed up against one another in head-banging euphoria while listening to their heroes on stage blast music into the vast open air. If you count yourself among that group, then surely you already know that Edgefest is back on Saturday, returning to Downsview Park for the fourth time.

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Ooh la la! Five French flicks to watch at the Summer in France film series

07/13/12

Ooh la la! Five French flicks to watch at the Summer in France film series

So you might not be summering in France this year — c’est la vie — but starting tonight, TIFF Cinematheque has given us the next best thing: a staycation at the movies with the aptly-titled Summer in France film series. Featuring over three dozen classics of French cinema from la crème de la crème of auteurs (Renoir! Truffaut!), this festival ensures that a bon vivant lifestyle will be possible this summer. Remember: BYOB (bring your own beret). 

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Morning Throwback: before Avenue Q, badass Toronto puppets looked like this

07/13/12

Morning Throwback: before Avenue Q, badass Toronto puppets looked like this

This gang of shoddily-made puppets looks like something out of Labyrinth, but way scarier (if that’s even possible). They’re just the sort of misfits you’d want on your side in an epic battle against David Bowie. (Them, and Cookie Monster.)

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Weekend Warrior: Skrillex, The Spot on Queen, Vans Warped Tour, Avenue Q and more

07/12/12

Weekend Warrior: Skrillex, The Spot on Queen, Vans Warped Tour, Avenue Q and more

Skrillex, a.k.a Sonny Moore, has spent the better part of the past two years polarizing the music industry with his unique blend of vivid, raw, remixed dance music known as dubstep. Some like it, some hate it, but he has certainly established a loyal following. The L.A. native headlines an impressive roster of electronic artists (Pretty Lights, Diplo, Grimes, Koan Sound and Tokimonsta) who will be performing at Fort York on Friday night.

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Morning Throwback: Toronto firemen have always been hunks of sweet love

07/12/12

Morning Throwback: Toronto firemen have always been hunks of sweet love

Dostoevsky once said, “The fire is in the minds of men and not in the roofs of houses,” but if that were true, we wouldn’t need sweaty firefighters to extinguish our fires. But man oh man. What wouldn’t we do to get to know these guys? Put a cat up in a tree? Start an illegal bonfire? Come on, baby, light my fire, indeed.

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Band of the Week: Clara Venice

07/11/12

Band of the Week: Clara Venice

"There's a rumour going around that I only perform love songs," Clara Venice says on stage. "Well, it's true." During her live shows, the multi-instrumentalist plucks the electric violin, glockenspiel, ukelele and theremin. Considered the most challenging to play, the theremin is the first electronic instrument - and its ethereal, haunting sound (often heard in old school sci-fi movies) is hardly what we'd expect from Venice's electro love pop gigs

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Morning Throwback: early Toronto street musicians set the bar high

07/11/12

Morning Throwback: early Toronto street musicians set the bar high

Nickelback is “rocking out” the Molson Amphitheatre tonight, but back in 1911, Toronto music lovers were content to pull up a crate and listen to the sweet sounds of a one-man band. You know, someone who could actually play good music.

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Local songwriter Royal Wood talks about his new album (which drops today)

07/10/12

Local songwriter Royal Wood talks about his new album (which drops today)

Royal Wood must have had some kind of summer. Sequestered away in Montreal to work on a new album, We Were Born to Glory, Wood listened to the albums of his youth — The Beatles and Tom Petty, to name just two —  and spent time revisiting his favourite haunts when he attended McGill. The result is a wonderfully upbeat, melodic and downright fun album that is easily the Toronto-based musician’s most radio-friendly, accessible, pop album to date.

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The streets of Toronto are about to get decked out with pianos — lots of them

07/10/12

The streets of Toronto are about to get decked out with pianos — lots of them

Toronto’s streets are about to get a lot louder. Tomorrow, 41 street pianos will be placed around the city as part of an art installation leading up to the 2015 Pan Am games. The global Play Me, I’m Yours project — dreamt up by British artist Luke Jerram while he separated his whites from colours in a laundromat — aims to “provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape,” he says.

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Morning Throwback: before Edgefest, Torontonians moshed to classical music

07/10/12

Morning Throwback: before Edgefest, Torontonians moshed to classical music

Nowadays, if the Internet is down, people freak out. But back in the ’50s, entertainment came in the form of some freaky kid tickling the ivories. Yes, we said freaky. “Eccentric” doesn't really cut it when you’re dealing with a narcissistic genius who speaks Latin and eats only salad.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: British Teeth

07/09/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: British Teeth

British expats Filip Jeremic and Allana Reoch first bonded back in 2006 through their uncanny ability to impersonate their instructors at the Ryerson Theatre School. After gaining notoriety among their peers for their naughty impressions, they formed their comedy troupe, British Teeth. Since then, they’ve performed on the Comedy Network and they also hold regular gigs across the city.

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Morning Throwback: PETA be damned — Toronto women loved wearing their furs all year round

07/09/12

Morning Throwback: PETA be damned — Toronto women loved wearing their furs all year round

Too-rich-to-give-a-care is cute, but too-rich-to-notice-that-we're-experiencing-a-heat-wave is Pepé Le Pew-loco. But we dig it.

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Q&A: James Hinchcliffe, the local race car driver with a real shot at winning this weekend’s Honda Indy

07/06/12

Q&A: James Hinchcliffe, the local race car driver with a real shot at winning this weekend’s Honda Indy

Canada has had a long line of stellar race car drivers, including local sensation Paul Tracy as well as Gilles Villeneuve and B.C. native Greg Moore, whose career was tragically cut short after dying in a violent crash during a race in 1999. With the return of the Honda Indy Toronto to the city streets this weekend, all eyes are on one of the most charismatic drivers today — Oakville native James “Hinch” Hinchcliffe.

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Morning Throwback: before Toronto Fringe Festival existed, there was weird dinner theatre

07/06/12

Morning Throwback: before Toronto Fringe Festival existed, there was weird dinner theatre

The Toronto Fringe Festival is this weekend, but 100 years ago, Torontonians waited in line to see this: a cast of characters that look like they belong on the playbill for Murder Mystery Night in Orillia or something. Clearly, they’re busting out straight up D.W. Griffith acting skillz (we hope — or it’s going to be a long 75 minutes).

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Weekend Warrior: Honda Indy, Fringe Festival, Polaris, Toronto Animation Arts Festival and more

07/05/12

Weekend Warrior: Honda Indy, Fringe Festival, Polaris, Toronto Animation Arts Festival and more

The Honda Indy cruises into town this weekend for three days of fast cars, (potentially) faster women and lots of annoying road closures. Oh, and that dude from The Bachelorette is gonna be there, too.

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Morning Throwback: before the Honda Indy, cars raced boats on ice

07/05/12

Morning Throwback: before the Honda Indy, cars raced boats on ice

Before the Honda Indy, there was the popular car versus iceboat race. The race would last for years, or until one of the contestants perished from frostbite. Eventually, the race was moved to the summer months and the boat was taken out of equation because, well, boat shoes are for wusses.

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Witness the rise of classic cinematic underdogs at Harbourfront Centre

07/04/12

Witness the rise of classic cinematic underdogs at Harbourfront Centre

It’s that time of year again. When catching your favourite flick underneath the stars is the date du jour. Following on the heels of TIFF Bell Lightbox, Harbourfront Centre resurrects its Free Flicks series tonight, highlighting beloved underdogs from the world of cinema. Audiences can choose their favourite for the finale, but we’ve already gone ahead and ranked the charming down-and-outers featured at the festival.

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Band of the Week: Gold & Youth

07/04/12

Band of the Week: Gold & Youth

The ’80s are making a comeback, and Gold & Youth are leading its revival (sans the feathered bangs and shoulder pads, thankfully). The band, from Toronto and Vancouver, pumps out haunting, synth-heavy beats punctuated by textured guitar riffs. Think Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Smiths getting their hands on a few synth machines and laptops. While they’ve only released one single ("Time to Kill") it leaves us craving more.

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Morning Throwback: in real life, the revenge of the nerds is bittersweet

07/04/12

Morning Throwback: in real life, the revenge of the nerds is bittersweet

Remember that arrogant nerd from high school who wore pretentious hats, carried a brief case and was obsessed with the stock market crash of 1929? Well, he's a high-rolling investor now who drinks Dom Pérignon by the case and eats caviar like it's going out of style just because he can, gosh darn it! (He still wears that stupid hat, though.)

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: The Sadies, Devin Cuddy, Diamond Rings, Evening Hymns and more

07/03/12

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: The Sadies, Devin Cuddy, Diamond Rings, Evening Hymns and more

Venerable Toronto roots-rock outfit The Sadies are hitting the road for a Canadian tour with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, who are touring in support of their phenomenal new Americana album. The bands will be making a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 19, and Los Lobos is also on the bill.

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Morning Throwback: before hipsters, Toronto’s elitists came in the form of sprites

07/03/12

Morning Throwback: before hipsters, Toronto’s elitists came in the form of sprites

The only drawback to meeting the Queen of the Pine Tree Elves is you never feel quite pretty enough, or tall enough, to accept the honour. And you always want to wipe that smug grin off her face. Eärendil be damned.

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