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Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, being a domestic scientist wasn’t nearly as cool as it sounded

04/04/12

Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, being a domestic scientist wasn’t nearly as cool as it sounded

In 1910, the people at the old Technical School on College Street thought they were so slick. Yeah, sure, the fancy class description read “domestic science” class but, in actuality, it was nothing but a run-of-the-mill cooking class. Bunsen burners were replaced by stovetops and frying pans and the discovery of mould on food was a very, very bad thing. But what do you expect from a class full of women?

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, Clybourne Park, The Duck Variations, I Love You Because, Was Spring

04/03/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, Clybourne Park, The Duck Variations, I Love You Because, Was Spring

Jack and the Giant Beanstalk is a new take on the classic tale that finds Jack, the son of a farmer, surrounded by land that just won’t grow. It’s an interactive play that is fun for the whole family.
Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E., 416-862-2222. To April 21.

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Theatre Review: War Horse

04/03/12

Theatre Review: War Horse

Much has been said about War Horse, the First World War tale of a boy and his horse, which is running at the Princess of Wales Theatre. You’ve probably heard about its mind-blowing puppetry, its inventive staging and the necessity of a box of tissues for its heart-tugging moments. I’m pleased to report that all those rumours are true: you will definitely be in awe, and dab your eyes, during this visually stunning production.

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Morning Throwback: Toronto chicks were badass way before punk rock even existed

04/03/12

Morning Throwback: Toronto chicks were badass way before punk rock even existed

Back in the ‘40s, Toronto women packed some serious heat. With cigarettes in one hand and machine guns in the other, these ladies were the definition of badass. Their breath was made of Teflon and their sweat could power the city for 10 years. Angelina Jolie, who? They'd eat that waif for breakfast after they downed a mug of boiled leather.

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Morning Throwback: in the ‘50s, dogs in Toronto knew their role

04/02/12

Morning Throwback: in the ‘50s, dogs in Toronto knew their role

Who let the dogs out in the ‘50s? Why, they let themselves out, of course. And then they strapped you on a cart and took you for a ride. You know, instead of the other way around. It was the way man intended it to be. Before doggy day cares and dog boutiques and dog toilets. Yeah, in the ‘50s, people respected the true hierarchy of the animal kingdom. Men told dogs to take them for a walk at the CNE and they listened.

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Earth Hour: a gimmicky turn-off for Torontonians?

03/31/12

Earth Hour: a gimmicky turn-off for Torontonians?

This evening (March 31), Toronto’s skyline is supposed to go dark for the 60 minutes of Earth Hour. Our decision to join millions of others around the world and sit in the gloom for a while is meant to be a powerful symbol of our collective determination to save the planet. But lately in Toronto, there have been more than a few cracks in the curtain of darkness.  

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Winging it: the pianist improvising the soundtrack to the Silent Film Fest

03/30/12

Winging it: the pianist improvising the soundtrack to the Silent Film Fest

With the Toronto Silent Film Festival on now and riding the wave of public interest generated by the Oscars success of The Artist, it seems silent films are in again. The film fest aims to recreate the 1920s movie experience by keeping the tradition of having live musicians play along to each film.

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Zeus, John Southworth, Forest City Lovers, Cold Specks, Walk off the Earth

03/30/12

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Zeus, John Southworth, Forest City Lovers, Cold Specks, Walk off the Earth

Zeus are great, according to Randy Bachman, who all but crowned them heirs to the rock throne in Canada during their appearance on his CBC show. And, with apologies to The Sheepdogs, I kinda get it. They have such an incredible array of skills that they don’t have to just sound like that great new rock revival band that taps CCR — not that there’s anything wrong with that. They are much more.

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Photographer Deborah Samuel unveils “Elegy,” a beautiful but haunting exhibit at the ROM

03/30/12

Photographer Deborah Samuel unveils “Elegy,” a beautiful but haunting exhibit at the ROM

A few days before the latest exhibit from renowned photographer Deborah Samuel is due to debut at the ROM, the exhibition space is still bare.  “But I’m told the walls have been painted cotton-ball white,” says Samuel, examining the room where her latest exhibit, “Elegy,” will take shape. “Elegy,” which makes its world premiere tomorrow (March 31) at the ROM, features dozens of haunting images of animal skeletons, a powerful statement on the transience of life. 

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Review: The Second City’s Live Wrong and Prosper

03/30/12

Review: The Second City’s Live Wrong and Prosper

There is nothing “wrong” with The Second City’s latest mainstage revue, Live Wrong and Prosper, a satirical — and hilarious — commentary on our society’s obsession with looking for success in all the wrong places.

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Morning Throwback: before Top Chef Canada, Toronto had this

03/30/12

Morning Throwback: before Top Chef Canada, Toronto had this

Before Top Chef of Canada had us eating out of its hand, there was the Labour Department Cooking School. True, it doesn’t look as cutthroat as the reality TV show we’ve become addicted to, but the looks on those judges’ (customers? guinea pigs?) faces tell us all we need to know: appetites have been satiated, and thanks to that one chef’s stink eye, there might be something cooking beneath the surface after all.

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This Weekend in Toronto: Spring Cottege Life Show, a storytelling fest, Tim Fite at the Drake and more

03/29/12

This Weekend in Toronto: Spring Cottege Life Show, a storytelling fest, Tim Fite at the Drake and more

Our round up of the best things to see and do in Toronto this weekend. In this edition: The Spring Cottage Life Show, Canadian Story Telling, Tim Fite plays the Drake, Badass Dance Fun and an Interior Design Workshop

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Tao Japanese Drummers bring their energetic take on an ancient art to the Sony Centre

03/29/12

Tao Japanese Drummers bring their energetic take on an ancient art to the Sony Centre

Tomorrow (March 30), the Tao Japanese Drummers will hit the Sony Centre with their high-energy show that celebrates the art of taiko drumming. The 13 Tao drummers mix martial arts and music in a spectaular show that was inspired by Cirque de Soleil’s integration of Japanese drumming into circus performance. 

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Band of the Week: One Hundred Dollars

03/29/12

Band of the Week: One Hundred Dollars

It’s fair to say that the songs contained on One Hundred DollarsSongs of Man are written from the perspective of male characters, but there’s more to it than that. Lead singer Simone Schmidt’s lyrics embody the working class ethic frequently associated with roots music — these are men at turning points in their lives, who work as hard as they live.

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Morning Throwback: even in 1915, Hollywood North was the shiznit

03/29/12

Morning Throwback: even in 1915, Hollywood North was the shiznit

This is what $1.13 billion dollars looks like, Hollywood North. Okay, maybe it was more like $1.13 back in 1915, but if you squint really hard we're pretty sure you can see Colin Farrell zooming in from the future. Yep, just behind that steed there on the left.

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Golden silence: picks of the Toronto Silent Film Fest

03/28/12

Golden silence: picks of the Toronto Silent Film Fest

Everything old is new again, or so you might believe after a screening or two at the Toronto Silent Film Festival (March 29 - April 3). To the dynamic accompaniment of live musical performances (improvised and played on the spot by local musicians and the Toronto Theatre Organ Society), five silent films will unspool over the course of the event at rep cinemas like the Carlton and the Revue.

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Theatre Review: My Granny the Goldfish

03/28/12

Theatre Review: My Granny the Goldfish

There is a classic expression about theatrical comedy which purportedly arose from a true story: a famous actor was on his deathbed, when a friend leaned over him and asked, with heartfelt emotion, “Is dying hard?” The performer rolled over on his bed, looked up and whispered, “Comedy is harder.”

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Morning Throwback: Toronto probably thought this circus act of yesteryear was the raddest thing ever

03/28/12

Morning Throwback: Toronto probably thought this circus act of yesteryear was the raddest thing ever

Before children musical prodigies, hip hop flute players and miraculous head standers, Canada’s Got Talent’s main draw was the “Tin Lizzie” act: a death defying machine versus beast spectacle featuring a pop-a-wheeling jalopy and some dude on a horse. We’re on the edge of our seats already. What say you, Martin Short?

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Bliss, Boeing-Boeing, SIA, WeeTube 5400, Live Wrong and Prosper

03/27/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Bliss, Boeing-Boeing, SIA, WeeTube 5400, Live Wrong and Prosper

In this commentary on our society’s hunger for celebrity, Celine Dion speaks through an oracle to Walmart cashiers. Obviously, it’s a surrealistic play: la chanteuse wouldn’t be caught dead near a place that offers rollback prices.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555. March 29 – April 8.

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Five of Toronto’s most kid-friendly outdoor spaces

03/27/12

Five of Toronto’s most kid-friendly outdoor spaces

Despite today’s “refreshing” blast of cold air, we’re fairly confident in saying that spring has now sprung. Which means it’s time to unleash the kids on the great outdoors — or, at least, let them run around in a park for a while. Despite the recent fiery demise of the once-awesome castle-style playground at High Park, this city still has more than its fair share of outdoor adventures for youngsters to get into. But which to choose? Here, we give you five of the city’s most kid-friendly outdoor spaces.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: 2-Man No-Show

03/26/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: 2-Man No-Show

2-Man No-Show has carved out a big carbon footprint for a two-person comedy troupe. Since the troup's inception three years ago, improvisers Ken Hall and Isaac Kessler have appeared in festivals from Edinburgh to Winnipeg. We caught up with the dynamic duo while they were in New York for the first annual N.Y.C. Improv Fest to chat about Jurassic Park, cheating on exams and of course, improv.

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Jump on the 501 streetcar for a Twitter tour of Queen St.

03/26/12

Jump on the 501 streetcar for a Twitter tour of Queen St.

Tomorrow evening (March 27) the 501 Queen streetcar will be making an unusual trip through downtown Toronto. It'll be following its usual route, using one of the usual vehicles, only this time everyone aboard will have taken a vow of silence. Instead of talking, they'll be Tweeting.

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Toronto FC season opener: a new fan's guide

03/24/12

Toronto FC season opener: a new fan's guide

Since Toronto FC zipped past David Beckham’s MLS-trophy-winning L.A. Galaxy earlier this month to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, the city’s sports fans have sat up and taken note of the team in red.  As TFC kicks off its sixth MLS season today (March 24) with its home opener against San Jose, perhaps now’s the time to wander over to Exhibition Place and get into what much of the world calls “the beautiful game.”.

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This Weekend in Toronto: Jane Goodall, Juno Music Lab, supercross at Rogers Centre and more

03/22/12

This Weekend in Toronto: Jane Goodall, Juno Music Lab, supercross at Rogers Centre and more

Our round up of the best things to see and do in Toronto this weekend. In this edition: Canadian singing stars reveal the science behind music, a comic book store launches on College Street, legendary primatologist Jane Goodall is at the science centre, and extreme motorcycling comes to the Rogers Centre.

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Theatre Review: The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs

03/22/12

Theatre Review: The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs

The fairy tale has been one of the magical — but unsung — glories of literature over the centuries. Sadly, productions by Walt Disney and others have too often watered them down, reducing powerful, mythic, meaningful stories into empty pablum. What an unexpected pleasure, then, to see The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs at the Tarragon Theatre, a gripping and powerful re-telling of Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, Bluebeard.

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How to become a rock star at Canadian Music Week

03/21/12

How to become a rock star at Canadian Music Week

For many people, Canadian Music Week is a chance to see some big-name bands — and some smaller ones, too. But there’s also a whole music industry pow-wow-cum-networking-fest going on that’ll interest Toronto’s up and coming bands. And this city has no shortage of bands who dream big, so there'll probably be no shortage of people lining up for the Songwriters' Summit on Saturday (March 24).

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Band of the Week: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

03/21/12

Band of the Week: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are ever-nearing a legendary position in the Canadian roots music canon. Not a small feat for a group of solo musicians who got together for a one-off project 16 years ago. That project — a tribute to oft-overlooked but highly regarded Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett — still echoes throughout the band’s work to this day, but manages to avoid being a hindrance to their musical growth.

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Theatre Review: Shrek the Musical

03/21/12

Theatre Review: Shrek the Musical

There aren’t too many productions out there where the leads fall in love during a tuneful belching contest, but then, few shows value releasing your inner self quite as much as Shrek the Musical. Dreamworks' Broadway show, which opened last night at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, is a lively if slightly uneven re-telling of the hit movie and William Steig’s original book. 

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One-night-only exhibition at ROM explores Canada’s threatened rainforest

03/20/12

One-night-only exhibition at ROM explores Canada’s threatened rainforest

With Toronto’s temperatures sitting a healthy 20 degrees above seasonal, you'd be forgiven for wondering what's going on with our climate. We can't answer that, but we can point you in the direction of an evening at the ROM that highlights one of the country’s most stunning environments and concerns over our gas-guzzling ways.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Shrek, My Granny the Goldfish, The Seagull and more

03/20/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Shrek, My Granny the Goldfish, The Seagull and more

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Shrek the Musical features all of your favourite characters (Donkey wears a cool pair of shades this time around) plus 19 brand-new songs. It’s worth seeing for the giant lady dragon alone.
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., 416-644-3665. March 20 - April 1.

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Hidden gems at Canadian Music Fest

03/20/12

Hidden gems at Canadian Music Fest

Canadian Music Week hits town tomorrow with performers from all over the world descending on Toronto for five days of live music. For every established act like Blackie & The Rodeo Kings or Jeff Beck that plays to packed houses, there will be many more emerging artists seeking their big break. Here are five names that you may not be able to catch in small venues for long.

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Five must-see acts at this week’s Canadian International Comedy Fest

03/19/12

Five must-see acts at this week’s Canadian International Comedy Fest

The funny folks behind Bite TV are putting on the very first Canadian International Comedy Fest this week, featuring a star-studded line-up of comedians for five straight days of laughter. The big draw of the festival is expected to be outrageous 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan. Here’s a run down of five other must-see acts that will be sure to get you ROFLing.

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This Weekend in Toronto: Canada Blooms, wine and cheese tasting, Danny Bhoy delivers laughs, Festival IV and Irish history

03/16/12

This Weekend in Toronto: Canada Blooms, wine and cheese tasting, Danny Bhoy delivers laughs, Festival IV and Irish history

Our round up of the best things to see and do in Toronto this weekend. In this edition: spring has sprung at Canada Blooms, the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show, laugh along with Danny Bhoy and Festival IV or take a lesson in Irish history.

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New “Venus Cake” exhibit is a potent mix of food and female sexuality

03/15/12

New “Venus Cake” exhibit is a potent mix of food and female sexuality

Food and female sexuality are the potent mix of ideas behind an intriguing new exhibition at a Queen West art gallery.  The Narwhal Projects art space will unveil its latest exhibit, Japanese artist Junko Mizuno’s “Venus Cake,” tomorrow evening.

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Rufus Wainwright, K'naan and Einstein included in Luminato line up

03/14/12

Rufus Wainwright, K'naan and Einstein included in Luminato line up

A windsock ballet on David Pecaut Square, appearances by K'naan and Rufus Wainwright, and a five-hour opera where the audience can come and go at will. The line up for Luminato 2012 has been announced and, once again, it’s interesting.   

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Theatre Review: Legally Blonde: The Musical

03/14/12

Theatre Review: Legally Blonde: The Musical

When Madonna coined the term “Blond Ambition” back in the early ’90s, it stood for boldness, unconventionality and staying true to oneself. Little did the Queen of Pop know that her term would perfectly describe the story of another blonde, Elle Woods, a pink-obsessed sorority sister who manages to snag herself a spot at the prestigious Harvard Law School in the hopes of getting back together with her ex-boyfriend. OMG, indeed.

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Band of the Week: Samantha Martin & The Haggard

03/14/12

Band of the Week: Samantha Martin & The Haggard

It’s been a busy seven months for Samantha Martin. The last time we spoke with her, she was gearing up for a string of residencies at The Drake and beginning to record her new album with The Haggard. Now, the singer beams with pride at the completed disc as the group prepares for its launch party at Lula Lounge.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Dying Hard, Cats, The Second City Goes Boom, Maggie & Pierre and more

03/13/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Dying Hard, Cats, The Second City Goes Boom, Maggie & Pierre and more

Newfoundlander Mikaela Dyke is a jill-of-all-trades: a playwright, actor, improviser and stand-up comedian. But she tones down the funny with her verbatim show about the true story of a mine that destroys the health of a small Newfoundland community.
Tarragon Theatre, Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827. March 13-18.

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Political dramas to replace ill Mary Walsh at Theatre Passe Muraille

03/12/12

Political dramas to replace ill Mary Walsh at Theatre Passe Muraille

Theatre Passe Muraille is turning to politics to fill the void on its stage left by the cancellation of half the run of Mary Walsh’s Dancing With Rage. Walsh is currently laid up in St. John’s, Nfld., fighting a severe case of pneumonia. She had been due to bring her Marg Delahunty character to the Toronto stage at the start of the month, but all performances until March 17 have been cancelled.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Punch in the Box

03/12/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Punch in the Box

While normally we wouldn’t recommend a punch in the box, the all-female sketch troupe that goes by the same titillating name would have to be the exception. Inspired by the immaculate orgasm, comedy group Punch in the Box has played to rave reviews since their immaculate conception two years ago. We chatted with cast member Ashley Botting about Cosmo magazine, going nude and what it feels like to play with the boys.

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The Rock ’n’ Roll Revival Hour: Metric, Caribou, Cold Specks, Jason Plumb, The Tragically Hip, Sebastien Grainger and more

03/09/12

The Rock ’n’ Roll Revival Hour: Metric, Caribou, Cold Specks, Jason Plumb, The Tragically Hip, Sebastien Grainger and more

If you haven’t heard yet, new wave rockers Metric will be releasing their latest studio album, Synthetica, on June 12.  That’s 6/12/12 — there must be some kind of astrological mojo at work. Here’s what guitarist Jimmy Shaw says about the new LP — the band’s fifth — in a press release: “[It’s] the culmination of everything we’ve done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize. We finally heard it coming back out of the speakers this time.”

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This Weekend in Toronto: write poetry for the Queen, see a Sleeping Beauty, crack crime at Spadina Museum

03/09/12

This Weekend in Toronto: write poetry for the Queen, see a Sleeping Beauty, crack crime at Spadina Museum

Our round up of the best things to see and do in Toronto this weekend. In this edition: take a class with the Poet Laureate, geek out at ComiCon, head to the ballet or solve a crime. Really, the world’s your oyster.

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The Booger man: Q&A with Curtis Armstrong of Revenge of the Nerds

03/09/12

The Booger man: Q&A with Curtis Armstrong of Revenge of the Nerds

Hundreds of comic book fans and pop culture enthusiasts (a.k.a. nerds) will descend upon the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend for the ultimate geek out: Toronto Comicon, a two day event where people are free to fly their freak flag proudly. We got the chance to talk to one of the most prized poindexters of all-time, Curtis Armstrong (Booger from The Revenge of the Nerds) about crazy fans and Booger-love.

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March break two ways: with kids, and without

03/08/12

March break two ways: with kids, and without

March break is almost upon us, which means that, whether you have kids or not, the next week of your life will be dictated by the needs and wants of this city's tinier citizens. Allow us, therefore, to offer a few suggestions for where to take the kids, and where to take refuge from the kids.  

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Game of Thrones at TIFF Bell Lightbox: a survival guide

03/08/12

Game of Thrones at TIFF Bell Lightbox: a survival guide

Starting this Friday, HBO Canada teams up with TIFF Bell Lightbox to bring a free 10-day exhibit based on the hugely popular show, Game of Thrones. Wannabe residents of the fictional kingdom of Westeros can peruse costumes, props, weaponry and photography from the Emmy-award winning series. Haven’t watched the show yet but want to storm the gates anyway? We break down the significance of the most important props on display. Try to keep up.

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03/07/12

Five ways to celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on March 8, and there are a number of events around the city to celebrate girl power. Here’s a roundup of our favourites, including an upscale meal, a naughty play and a reason to go without makeup.

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Band of the Week: The Class Assassins

03/07/12

Band of the Week: The Class Assassins

Punk rock can be problematic: it’s often difficult for a band to remain true to the spirit and history of the genre while still sounding relevant. Luckily, Toronto’s The Class Assassins somehow avoid sounding like a caricature. Sure, all the elements are there: the rocking riffs, the driving rhythms and the protest songs. But those riffs lock themselves in your head.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: The Happy Woman, The Night of the Iguana, Frances and Marybeth, Legally Blonde: The Musical and more

03/06/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: The Happy Woman, The Night of the Iguana, Frances and Marybeth, Legally Blonde: The Musical and more

Is there such a thing as being too happy? That’s the question raised in Rose Cullis’ new play that explores what’s lurking behind a seemingly perfect family’s veneer.
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Downstairs, Theatre 416-368-3110. March 7-24.

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Theatre review: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

03/05/12

Theatre review: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night centres on the Tyrone family, and is a thinly disguised study of American playwright Eugene O’Neills own parents and sibling in the early decades of the 20th century. The Tyrones are a family of Irish heritage that is filled with hurt, rage, anger and deep love. Sadly, they’re also filled with endless liquor and, in the case of the mother Mary, with morphine.

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Unique views of Toronto at The Artist Project

03/02/12

Unique views of Toronto at The Artist Project

A flamingo dressed as Yasser Arafat, a tiny naked lady sitting on a shelf and an anteater that's sucked up some ballet shoes are among the works you'll encounter if you venture to The Artist Project this weekend. But at the preview party last night, some of the biggest crowds could be found milling around the booths of artists who'd brought their creative process to bear on Toronto's cityscape.

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Theatre Review: High Life

03/02/12

Theatre Review: High Life

Part of Soulpepper’s mandate is to produce works from the classical canon of theatre, so, as a regular patron, I’m used to seeing its company members dressed in restrictive Victorian garb and elegantly performing in fake British accents. Imagine my surprise then, when attending performance of its latest offering, High Life, the pre-curtain anti-mobile device announcement tells us to “shut off your f*cking cell phones.”

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Justin Bieber at 18: the Twitter reaction

03/01/12

Justin Bieber at 18: the Twitter reaction

Justin Bieber turned 18 today, sparking a full on national debate. And it wasn't just the teenage girls who were working themselves into a frenzy. Even CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge got in on the act, mulling whether the Biebs and his 40 million Facebook fans could now become a force in Canadian politics. But in the Twittersphere, the talk wasn't quite so lofty. 
 

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The Barr Brothers hit Toronto

03/01/12

The Barr Brothers hit Toronto

Hailing from Montrea (via the U.S.), The Barr Brothers released their long-awaited debut album late last year and have been touring and gaining notoriety as of late, including an appearance on Late Show With David Letterman in January. Best known for their energetic and improvisational live shows, the band — Brad and Andrew Barr along with Sarah Page and Andres Vial — checks into Queen West's The Great Hall tonight in support of their self-titled debut album out now on Secret City Records.

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This Weekend in Toronto: Matt Pryor, skiing in Yonge-Dundas Square, the Golf and Travel Show and more

03/01/12

This Weekend in Toronto: Matt Pryor, skiing in Yonge-Dundas Square, the Golf and Travel Show and more

Indie singer/songwriter Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids and The New Amsterdams brings his folkish vibe to Drake Hotel’s Underground venue this weekend in a solo show to promote the release of his new album, May Day.

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