March 2011

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Canadian icons joining forces in Toronto this April for Japan earthquake relief

David Suzuki and Naomi Klein are lending their support. So are Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Oh, and Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul. In fact, innumerable Canadian celebrities are coming forward under one roof in Toronto this April for Hope Blossoms, a fundraising show to help relief efforts in Japan.

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Bash-ful broads: T.O.'s biggest roller derby event hits Downsview Park this weekend

If you’re a sports fan who’s never been to a Toronto Roller Derby game, it’s a great time to get your feet wet. Toronto’s biggest roller derby event of the year is going down this weekend at Downsview Park as Toronto's all-star team, CN Power, hosts teams from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Montreal in a two-day tournament. We asked CN Power co-captain Lady Scorcher to fill us in on this weekend’s events.

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Q&A: Swami Shree Yogi Satyam, coming to Toronto’s Body, Soul and Spirit Expo this Friday

Toronto is about to get a taste of enlightenment this Friday with The Body, Soul and Spirit Expo at Exhibition Place. Among the list of special guests is Swami Shree Yogi Satyam, an advocate of spirituality and a practice called Kriyayoga. What is Kriyayoga? It’s generally passed down from Guru to disciple, so anyone who’s curious may want to hit up the Expo. We asked the Swami about meditation, living spiritually in a smart phone-obsessed world and what he thinks of yoga’s popularity in North America.

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Wonder lust: Robert J. Sawyer launches his latest novel

Robert J. Sawyer, one of Canada’s most successful authors and winner of just about every science fiction award out there, will be launching Wonder, his 20th novel, next week. It's the conclusion of his trilogy about the increasingly complex World Wide Web becoming, in the very near future, conscious and self-aware. We spoke to him by phone at his Mississauga home.

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Toronto to get a dose of Charlie Sheen this April

When Charlie Sheen first announced his one-man show, My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option, he apparently had no plans to come to Canada. Well, things change fast for the tiger blood imbued. After his U.S. shows immediately sold out, the self-proclaimed warlock announced a new round of shows, including one at Massey Hall on April 14.

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Q&A: Laila Biali at JunoFest

Laila Biali has been making waves in the jazz scene for years now, not least of which was winning the CBC Galaxie Prize at the National Jazz Awards in 2003. Now, her latest album, Tracing Light, has been nominated for a Juno. We chatted with her about the nomination, her upcoming performance at JunoFest and what made recording her album so unique.

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Who needs eBay? Get a jet at T.O.’s Classic Car Auction

This year's Classic Car Auction in Toronto will be a rather unusual one. In addition to finding an assortment of old and rare cars, prospective buyers will also have the chance to bid on a CT-114 Tutor jet aircraft. It was flown by the Snowbirds in the 1990s, and while it’s currently not operational, it could be air-worthy with a little bit of work. It’s expected to sell for around $50,000-$60,000 – well worth it in our opinion. Below, five reasons to buy the jet plane.

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Loud and proud: Leslie Jordan at Hart House

The name Leslie Jordan might have flown under your radar, but the face of this diminutive 55-year-old comedic actor is well known to fans of Will & Grace (as Beverley Leslie) and Boston Legal. Many years ago, after a warm response to his stand-up performance at a gay and lesbian comedy festival in Toronto, Jordan decided to make a career out of it. This Saturday, he makes his second trip to Toronto for a one-night, one-man show: Laughing Out Loud…and Proud! to raise funds for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

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Sammy Hagar hits T.O. to take care of business

Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar is in town for Canadian Music Week to promote his new autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Of course, he wouldn’t make the trek without a little bit of rocking out, too. Keep an eye out for him at The Mod Club tonight – word has it that he’ll be taking care of some business. We chatted with Hagar about his book, Van Halen and tequila. What could be better?

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Sandra Shamas’ one-woman show is wondrously funny

Titles are important, and in great theatre they can be highly symbolic. This came to me as I watched, and thoroughly enjoyed, the superior comedian/writer/producer Sandra Shamas – surely one of the great talents of Canada – in her last of a fine trilogy of shows, Wit’s End III: Love Life.

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