June 2013

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Four must-see movies from TIFF Cinamathque’s Jacques Demy retrospective

An infusion of French film culture makes its way to Toronto this weekend as TIFF Cinematheque presents a series devoted to Jacques Demy, a Parisian master of sight and sound.

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Weekend Warrior: Canada Day in Toronto, Digital Dreams, Chin International Picnic, Pride Parade, Ribfest

It’s Thursday, and the weekend is fast approaching. Need stuff to see or do? We’ve got you covered. In this edition, a two-day electronic music festival, barbecue galore, celebrating the true north strong and free and more.

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Q&A: Ricky Ray, the Toronto Argonauts’ star quarterback

One of the city’s few successful sports teams, the Toronto Argonauts’ defence of their Grey Cup Championship is underway. Will there be another parade this November? Star quarterback Ricky Ray seems to think there is a chance. We tracked him down to get his take on the city and the 2013 season.

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Four must-see movies from the Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Just a few weeks after Toronto dined on Italian food during the annual Taste of Little Italy festival comes another Mediterranean experience. The 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks off tonight, with over 60 features, shorts and documentaries playing for 10 days across Toronto.

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The Cool Issue: our summer guide to being cool and keeping cool

Summer is finally here, which means that the top thing on every Torontonian’s mind is keeping cool. Herewith, a guide to being cool, dressing cool, eating cool and having an all-round cool time in the city.

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Taking summer stock of Toronto’s amazing outdoor theatre options

Modern-day patrons of the theatre have it made. We have plush seating, fancy cocktails and a roof over our heads. However, our theatre-loving predecessors didn’t have it so good. The ancient Greeks and the Romans had their “come rain or sun” amphitheatres that held tens of thousands of people at once. Even London’s the Globe Theatre, which opened centuries later, had an open roof and a dirt floor.

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Where to watch movies alfresco in Toronto

Summertime allows Toronto residents to enjoy the warm evenings and catch an outdoor movie. Whether it’s a new flick at the local drive-in or a free classic at the park, open-air cinema can make for a great evening.

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Weekend Warrior: Open Roof Festival, Om T.O., Strange Brew, Toronto Jazz Festival, Waterfront Festival

It’s Thursday, and the weekend is fast approaching. Need stuff to see or do? We’ve got you covered. In this edition, an outdoor movie and music festival, a day-long yoga class, cool boats at the waterfront and more.

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How They Met: Lily Frost and José Miguel Contreras

Toronto-based musicians Lily Frost and José Miguel Contreras found each other through their love for music. The two balance writing, recording, performing and touring as separate artists on top of their love life, and, despite their hectic schedules, the indie singer and By Divine Right front man have managed to develop a lasting relationship as well as a beautiful family.

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Clean comics, dirty comics: can’t we all just get along?

A show booked into Peterborough’s Showplace Theatre in April advertised itself as the No Foul Language Standup Comedy Tour. The cutline is “100% Funny, 0% Profanity,” and the show was taped by CBC’s radio series Laugh Out Loud. Seven experienced comedians participated in the show, but none were household names.

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