March 2014

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What does a Toronto factory yarn-bombing look like?

The address was a bit off the beaten path and squirreled away down a narrow pathway. From the outside, 50 Bartlett Ave. (recently known as the Lanehouse real estate project) has all the usual markers of a character-ridden factory, but inside, the industrial bones of the space are obvious, as are the three scantily clad models frolicking on swings dangling from the tall ceilings—and even batting around coloured yarn.


The week in Toronto in 10 easy clicks: April Reimer, Dustin McGowan, beer for Lent, Andrew Wiggins, Elvis Stojko and more

Beer is life, according to some. And, apparently, there is no stronger advocate for that particular position than beer blogger Chris Schryer. According to a Toronto Star article, Schryer gave up solid food for Lent. Beer would be the only thing keeping him going, and he even got a local reverend to bless a batch of the good stuff. It's a beautiful tale of love and understanding.

Buzz-worthy band The Head and the Heart hits Toronto

Josiah Johnson, one of the founders of the Head and the Heart, describes his band as “strong willed.” When the Seattle-based band was on the cusp of a breakthrough, it was Pacific Northwest stalwart Sub Pop that gave them the freedom to be who they were and do things their way. The results speak for themselves.


Weekend Warrior: Body Percussion Festival, Cinefranco, The Post Market, Bazaar of the Bizarre, Spacing release party, Rootstock

This weekend, we have culture, entertainment and shopping on the menu. Discover what French cinema has to offer at the Cinefranco festival, or head to the Harbourfront for the Body Percussion Festival, an eclectic and entertaining dance show for the whole family. And on Sunday, if you're still looking to spend a couple of bucks, check out The Post Market or The Bazaar of Bizarre where you'll be able to find unique gifts for everyone.


5 things to do at the One of a Kind Spring Show 2014

Spring is all about rebooting and refreshing—everything from your wardrobe to your home decor. Since its humble beginnings in 1975 (as a craft show of 80 exhibitors), the One of a Kind Show has expanded with a second annual event, the Spring instalment.


The Race For Mayor: Sarah Thomson on transit, Rob Ford and why she wasn’t invited to tonight’s first televised mayoral debate

Tonight is Toronto’s first televised mayoral debate. The five leading candidates will be there: Mayor Rob Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki. But wait. What about Sarah Thomson? We tracked her down and gave her a chance to sound off on her competition and why she deserves to be in the debate.


Full steam ahead: Timber Timbre ready release of their gorgeous new album Hot Dreams with an intimate show

We shuffled five at a time into the CBC elevator to head to our final destination: Studio 211, and a unique performance by Timber Timbre previewing their beautifully crafted new album Hot Dreams (which is also one of the steamiest albums in recent memory).


Joanne Kates on the importance of being an optimist

Optimism is the prime directive of parenting. The late Gilda Radner said it better: “Motherhood is still the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.


The Social List: Giada de Laurentiis and John Catucci at Chef’s Challenge

Mount Sinai Hospital's annual fundraiser Chef's Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure returned for another delicious instalment, with the ever-so-charming Giada De Laurentiis as this year's mega-star.


Music continues to inspire Toronto writer Ray Robertson

Ray Robertson’s latest novel will be released at local rock club.