June 2011

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Stuck in town for Canada Day? Check out the four new galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum

For culture-goers, national holidays tend to be stay-at-home-with-the-Paris-Review days more than out-and-about-town days. However, one place that will be open this Canada Day is the Royal Ontario Museum. On July 1, the museum opens four new galleries to the public. Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:

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Where to plank in Toronto. Or, how to partake in the Internet’s weirdest trend since Rickrolling

Have you spotted someone randomly lying face down in a weird place lately? Chances are they were planking. This so-called “art” has been the meme of the moment since earlier this year, and it doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. Personally, we think it’s a pretty ridiculous pastime, but being good sports, we thought we would help out our local plankers (planksters?) with our list of the most ridiculous spots to plank in Toronto.

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Q&A: Toronto music icon Robbie Robertson opens up

Robbie Robertson is having a good year. He’s got a new hit record, he’s been immortalized on a postage stamp and he received The Order of Canada. The founder of the seminal music group The Band, Robertson released How to Become Clairvoyant —his first solo album in more than 15 years — this spring. Squirrelled away in the posh confines of the Windsor Arms Hotel in Yorkville, we sat down with one of the most iconic rock legends this city has ever produced.

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A cautionary rock 'n' roll tale: Q&A with Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles made it look easy. Seemingly from out of nowhere, the Toronto native burst onto the scene with the worldwide hit “Black Velvet.” But the reality was that it was exhausting, and the struggle took its toll. Myles dropped off the map for years as she recovered. Now back in the saddle, she is ready for a comeback.

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Bollywood 101: a primer for this year’s International Indian Film Academy Awards

The International Indian Film Academy Awards, otherwise known as Bollywood’s Oscars, is set to make its North American debut at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday. With over 40,000 visitors expected, the event is a spectacle not to be missed. For those of us unfamiliar with the celebrity talent that will walk the traditional green carpet, here are the top five (beautiful) faces to keep your eye on.

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Think Toronto police could improve? Cop a feel of tonight’s Rethinking Toronto Police forum

In post-G20 Toronto, attitudes toward the police force seem to have changed drastically among a notable chunk of the city’s population. Claims that police tactics were too heavy-handed, secretive or outright prejudiced reflect problems that some communities have been experiencing long before the ill-fated summit, say organizers of tonight’s Rethinking Toronto Police forum.

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Five reasons to embrace your inner tween and check out this year’s MMVAs

Have you been trying to figure out what’s going on with the construction at MuchMusic’s back lot lately? Scratched your head over the wristband hoopla that’s been in the news? That’s probably because you’re not 14, but the MuchMusic Video Awards are going down this weekend, and the star-studded awards fest isn’t looking too bad this year. Here are five reasons why.

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Dance if you want to: Q&A with Ivan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats

The recent revival of the synth pop sound of the 80s — combined with a generation of aging hipsters yearning relive their misspent youth — is providing the perfect storm for Men Without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk to once again urge his fellow citizens to dance if they want to, and leave their friends behind (cue the dancing dwarf in the English countryside!).

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The Postelles tear it up at The Garrison

With NXNE in full swing last night, The Garrison was the place to be. New York band The Postelles were in full rock-star mode, proving without a doubt that they are a band to watch out for. The band took the stage at 11 p.m., following a supreme shoegazer effort by Baltimore's Lower Dens that left the crowd in a despondent mood, contemplating what it all meant. But that soon changed.

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Toronto photographer Caitlin Cronenberg delves into breakups for her upcoming book, The Endings

Less than a year after launching her first self-published book, Poser, Caitlin Cronenberg is at it again. The 26-year-old photographer has teamed up with New York-based art director Jessica Ennis to create The Endings — a book of breakups. Or, perhaps more aptly explained: a book of photos of re-enacted breakups.

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