June 2012


Suzuki: compared to other large global cities, Toronto scores poorly in transit

What makes a city great? Among other things, great cities are tolerant communities that welcome and celebrate ethnic diversity. They support and foster local arts, have access to venture capital to spur entrepreneurship and innovation, and benefit from healthy local environments with clean air, clean water and access to nutritious, locally grown food.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: picks from the 24th Toronto Fringe Festival

If you miss the wheels on the bus going round and round on your way to summer camp, then you’ll love Camp Shecky. A Play on a Bus. This Fringe adventure takes place aboard a yellow school bus that winds through the streets of Toronto, where you become the camper and witness the drama of the camp staff unfold.

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You’re going to need a bigger theatre: Jaws comes back to life at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Not many films terrified the world the way Jaws did back in 1975. From its eerie music to its bloody deaths, there’s no question as to why people were afraid to go into the water after seeing it. Besides its visceral effect on film-goers, Jaws also changed the way we think about summer movies. Cinephiles can experience the great white terror all over again at TIFF Bell Lightbox with a week-long run of the digitally-restored flick.

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Weekend Warrior: Toronto Ribfest, Pride Parade, the CHIN picnic, Digital Dreams Music Festival and more 

Get sauced this weekend at Toronto Ribfest, where barbecue masters will cook off for more than 200,000 meat lovers. Held at Centennial Park, the all-you-can-eat ribfest will also have a beer tent, live music, a Guinness World Record-holding illusionist, a carnival and — yes — fall-off-the-bone, sticky, smoky deliciousness. And did we mention admission is free?

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Morning Throwback: in the ’20s, real men actually apologized — and meant it

It takes a real man to admit when he’s wrong. It takes an even realer man to exchange his baller status for a bowler hat, buy the largest bouquet of flowers ever and head over there to apologize. Let’s do this, John.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, Toronto’s finest wore parachute pants

Back in 1949, cops were cops. They didn’t carry tasers, they carried guns. They stood up straight, looked you in the eye and struck a pose in their parachute pants. After all, they were too legit to quit.

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Watch classic stars underneath the stars this summer with TIFF in the Park

Ah, the age of classic screwball comedy. When farce was classy, not crude, and couples took the long way around. Romantic glances were exchanged as frequently as fast-paced barbs, and women were hard-working dames and not damsels in distress. If you long for those good ol’ days, you’re in luck. Starting tonight, TIFF in the Park presents classic screwball comedies underneath the stars every Wednesday. Here’s a peek at our favourites from the film series.

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Band of the Week: Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

Ben Caplan's bone-crushingly rugged, smoky vocals and foot-stompin' gypsy-inspired rock make for raucous live sets. Backed by The Casual Smokers (whose roster changes almost every show), he's tamed his ferocity on his first full-length record, In the Time of the Great Remembering. From frenzied folk songs to lyric-heavy ballads, Caplan jumps from banjo to guitar to piano in wayward musical exploration reminiscent of Tom Waits or Mark Lanegan.

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Morning Throwback: two girls, one chump

Almost every little girl dreams of a June wedding while making veils from empty pillow cases. Then the real day comes and she has to walk down the aisle with a McLovin lookalike who’s borrowed his dad’s sailing outfit for the big day, while her older single sister steals her thunder, again. Looks like one crowded honeymoon.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Avenue Q, Some Girl(s), Kim's Convenience, Spirits Comedy Pride Show and F--king Stephen Harper

A favourite of ours from earlier this year, Avenue Q returns to the Lower Ossington Theatre due to popular demand. It's a must-see for college grads and whoever's had a crush on a puppet (everyone).

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