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May 2012

Trending in Theatre This Week: Hamlet, Laura’s Cow, Toronto Puppet Explosion, Cabaret, Next to Normal

06/05/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Hamlet, Laura’s Cow, Toronto Puppet Explosion, Cabaret, Next to Normal

Shakespeare’s Hamlet gets the ballet treatment thanks to American-born choreographer Kevin O’Day and the National Ballet of Canada’s most splendid dancers. Of course, the question we’re all asking is: “To plié, or not to plié?”

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Pink Slip

06/04/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Pink Slip

Though the sketch troupe Pink Slip may be new around town, its future looks rosy with a scheduled performance at this summer’s Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival and this month’s Sketch Com-Ageddon in Toronto. In light of the troupe’s show tomorrow night at the Rivoli (emceed by comedian Debra DiGiovanni), we caught up with cast member Alan Kliffer to chat about dream guests and a lascivious home video shot in Montreal.

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Weekend Warrior: Whoopi Goldberg comes to Toronto, Veggie Pride and hacking for a good cause

05/31/12

Weekend Warrior: Whoopi Goldberg comes to Toronto, Veggie Pride and hacking for a good cause

Whoopi Goldberg will be on stage at Roy Thomson Hall tomorrow evening (June 1, 7:30 p.m.) as part of a lecture series for women called Unique Lives & Experiences. She'll be talking about everything from feminism to politics to menopause. And since she is one of only a handful of entertainers who can rock EGOT bling, we expect to learn a lot from this talented lady.

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Band of the Week: Japandroids

05/31/12

Band of the Week: Japandroids

If you’re looking to tap into your inner dark side, these Vancouver rock gods are the the droids your looking for. Japandroids may only be made up of axe man Brian King and drummer David Prowse, but their sound is massive. Their dense and heavy punk-garage-vibe is like Fugazi had a love child with MC5 that was raised by Against Me!

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Morning Throwback: in 1950s Toronto, no party was complete without softenized figs

05/31/12

Morning Throwback: in 1950s Toronto, no party was complete without softenized figs

Every grown man should be able to change a tire, drive stick, do CPR, gut a fish, throw a punch, shoot a gun, build a fire, cook a steak, recite three lines from Fight Club, run a marathon and, like in they did in the ’50s, eat as many figs as they damn well want. 

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Doom-soul sister Cold Specks releases high-powered debut album

05/30/12

Doom-soul sister Cold Specks releases high-powered debut album

Al Spx is a mild-mannered 23-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter from Etobicoke, and her first album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, has just hit stores. Known around the world as Cold Specks, and already considered by many to be the next big thing in popular music, she is on her way to becoming very big, very fast. And she’s in town for a special show at the Danforth Music Hall on June 2 with Great Lake Swimmers.

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Morning Throwback: Toronto men should never be allowed to get bored — ever

05/30/12

Morning Throwback: Toronto men should never be allowed to get bored — ever

Apparently dudes back in the ’50s made bare-backed pyramids with other dudes and then got hefty, fancy-looking fellows to stand behind them cheering, like they just won the Kentucky Derby or something. Hey, sometimes the spirit (most likely bourbon) moves you, but we’re thinking these guys had just polished off a case of Masculinity Lite.

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Theatre Review: Home

05/29/12

Theatre Review: Home

Home, the latest production from the superlative Soulpepper theatre, is a 1970 British comedy (actually, make that tragicomedy). It is a short one-act play of less than 80 minutes that has a secret at its core; well, a sort-of secret anyway — most will figure it out early in the performance.

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Morning Throwback: even in the ‘20s, three was a crowd

05/29/12

Morning Throwback: even in the ‘20s, three was a crowd

Remember the '80s hit Three Men and a Baby? Well, here’s Three Men and a Ghost. That’s right, in 1928, after a night of heavy partying, these three bachelors were left in charge of a wayward spirit who mysteriously arrived on their doorstep the next day. She’s pictured in the foreground. Trust us, she’s there.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: The Imponderables

05/28/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: The Imponderables

Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe The Imponderables are at the Rivoli later this month promoting their web sitcom Bill & Sons Towing. We caught up with troupe member Tony Lombardo to ponder some deep questions, like “how funny is a piece of toast?

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Spaghetti rock: the return of Patrick Watson

05/28/12

Spaghetti rock: the return of Patrick Watson

Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson has a few stories from the road. One that particularly influenced his band’s latest album took place in the Grand Canyon. The boys from Montreal were at a gas station when a man hopped out of a Jeep and asked if they were aliens.

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Morning Throwback: back in the day, Toronto horses got really wild

05/28/12

Morning Throwback: back in the day, Toronto horses got really wild

Talk about wild horses. Back in 1908, horses performed death-defying feats of acrobatics, like diving head first into water from great heights. Good thing PETA didn't exist back then.

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Morning Throwback: the Crips only wish they had this kind of swagger

05/25/12

Morning Throwback: the Crips only wish they had this kind of swagger

Toronto women were pretty badass in the ’40s, but they were no match for these ladies learning to shoot in 1915. These tough broads made Harry Houdini look like a putz. Chains? They flossed their teeth with those. Typhoid Mary? They were the ones who infected her. They didn't need to drink leather — they ate it. Then washed it down with a cold glass of I don’t give a rat’s ass.

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Weekend Warrior: Raekwon at AGO, SlutWalk, a gig with free pizza and Anime North

05/24/12

Weekend Warrior: Raekwon at AGO, SlutWalk, a gig with free pizza and Anime North

Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon will be at the AGO on Saturday as part of Stylus’ It Starts With The DJ event. Alongside the Wu-Tang alumn will be producers, record label execs, local DJs and rappers such as JD Era, who will take part in panel discussions on how the DJ shaped hip-hop. Though the Spinfest Awards will take place next week, we’re crossing our fingers for a wayback playback from Raekwon. Tickets are $10.

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Morning Throwback: this is what Toronto teen idols are supposed to look like

05/24/12

Morning Throwback: this is what Toronto teen idols are supposed to look like

So now that Justin Bieber has announced he’s coming back to his home and native land, we think it's fitting to remember one of Canada's former teen idols: this guy. He had the requisite popular coif, the bright, tight smile and a swagger like no other, swimming directly after he ate and talking loudly in libraries. Of course, people like this usually have their fame collapse pretty quick and end up working part-time at PJ’s Pets or something.

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Band of the Week: Kalle Mattson

05/23/12

Band of the Week: Kalle Mattson

Kalle Mattson wrote his first album when he was 18, and his second when he was 19. A veritable triple threat, the Ottawa musician also plays a role in recording and producing his own albums. Though he started as a solo act, he’s joined forces with a full-fledged folk-rock quintet for a new experimental indie rock sound, which ranges from danceable pop tunes to lyric-heavy music that’s both mellow and disturbing (in a good way).

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Morning Throwback: this Toronto woman would have owned Luke Skywalker

05/23/12

Morning Throwback: this Toronto woman would have owned Luke Skywalker

This photograph is clear evidence that The Force has been prevalent in Toronto for some time now. How else are we supposed to explain this woman’s uncanny balancing act? Unfortunately, this kind of sheer talent was made obsolete by the invention of “plumbing.”

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Great Lake Swimmers, Walk off the Earth, Daniel Lanois, The Strumbellas, Neil Young and more

05/22/12

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Hour: Great Lake Swimmers, Walk off the Earth, Daniel Lanois, The Strumbellas, Neil Young and more

Currently on tour with Cold Specks, Great Lake Swimmers are going to be making a few visits to Toronto this summer, including shows at the Danforth Music Hall on June 2, plus an opening show for Blue Rodeo at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre on Aug. 18. We had a chance to sit down with lead singer Tony Dekker to ask about the new record, New Wild Everywhere. Here are a few of the highlights:

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Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, tying the knot was a team sport

05/22/12

Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, tying the knot was a team sport

Back in 1914, men in Toronto used to play the Rope Game. It went like this: one brave soul would have to enter the Alleyway of Knots. At the end of the Alleyway was a golden egg (not pictured, but trust us, it’s there). The other players would hold the ends of ropes with the intention of trying to trip the courageous contestant. If the man succeeded, he won the egg. If he lost, well, it didn’t really matter because the egg wasn’t golden anyway.

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Weekend Warrior: YTV’s The Next Star, Friday nights at the ROM, Kensington Food Walk, Design on Dundas and Artfest

05/18/12

Weekend Warrior: YTV’s The Next Star, Friday nights at the ROM, Kensington Food Walk, Design on Dundas and Artfest

You could be the next Justin Bieber! Well, if you’re under 15 years old, and have some discernible talent. YTV’s The Next Star, the reality show which pits kids against each other for singer supremacy, is back for its fifth season. This weekend, Toronto will host the Ontario auditions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Prepare yourself for countless covers of “Call Me Maybe.”

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Morning Throwback: these Toronto navy dudes ate Battleship for breakfast

05/18/12

Morning Throwback: these Toronto navy dudes ate Battleship for breakfast

So now that Battleship has finally opened, we can only imagine what real naval officers — like these dudes from 1945 — would think of the summer blockbuster: “You know when a movie starts playing songs from AC/DC it’s trying way too hard to be cool,” or, “Liam Neeson has definitely sold out.” On a side note, movies based on board games should just stop.

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Bolshoi’s Swan Lake jetés to great heights

05/17/12

Bolshoi’s Swan Lake jetés to great heights

Marking its return to Toronto after more than three decades, the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet opened a five-night run of Swan Lake at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Tuesday night. The story (which will be vaguely familiar to anyone who saw Black Swan) follows the romance of Prince Siegfried and a maiden named Odette who is turned into an aquatic bird by the Evil Genius, a meddling sorcerer determined to thwart Siegfried’s fidelity to his one true love. 

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Morning Throwback: this old-school Toronto “computer” room had the power of a dozen abaci

05/17/12

Morning Throwback: this old-school Toronto “computer” room had the power of a dozen abaci

With news that Apple's latest iPhone will have a bigger screen, thereby rendering all current iPhones obsolete, we look back at some really antiquated technology. Look at these two chaps fondly gazing at their old thingamajig, bidding it farewell. Touching it once last time. “She was a beaut,” says one. “She sure was, Frank. She was a fighter. She had a ribbon that wouldn’t break.” “Yeah… now, let’s throw her off the roof.”

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Band of the Week: Old Man Luedecke

05/16/12

Band of the Week: Old Man Luedecke

Don’t let his name fool you. Old Man Luedecke (née Chris Luedecke) is a banjo-pluckin’, foot-stompin’ one-man-show — and arguably the most original solo act out there. His style is reminiscent of old school bluegrass and folk musicians such as Dock Boggs and Pete Seeger. It’s hard to pin the Torontonian-turned-Nova-Scotian’s music into one genre — is it folk, blues, roots, bluegrass or, dare we say it, country?

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Theatre Review: The Real World?

05/16/12

Theatre Review: The Real World?

Whatever your feelings are about Conrad Black — genius, criminal, fine historian — you cannot deny that he had a way with words. He added to many vocabularies a few years ago when he was being interviewed and mentioned how, upon first seeing his future wife Barbara Amiel, his mouth “fenestrated” (a Latin-inspired way of saying it fell open).

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Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, Casa Loma brought the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk

05/16/12

Morning Throwback: in the early 1900s, Casa Loma brought the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk

Since Casa Loma’s pretty much bankrupt, Sir Henry Pellatt’s great grandniece thinks the castle should go back to its roots and become a major player in the party scene again to recoup some dough. If this picture is any indication of the mansion’s former glory days, we think she’s onto something. Have you ever seen Casa Loma this blown up? And a zip line? By the looks of these crunked people, this place was off the hook. Whatever the heck a musicale is, we want another one.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Swan Lake, Home, Stockholm, Rent, Autogeddon

05/15/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Swan Lake, Home, Stockholm, Rent, Autogeddon

Though Black Swan pretty much scared the bejesus out of us (we’ll never look at a broken toenail the same way again), you can catch the inspiration for the film when Swan Lake pirouettes into town, courtesy of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet.
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-872-7669. May 15-19.

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Hard-hitting arts fest puts human rights centre stage

05/15/12

Hard-hitting arts fest puts human rights centre stage

An innovative theatre festival that will shine a light on human rights issues kicks off tonight at Theatre Passe Muraille. For two weeks, Panamerican Routes will explore such topics as immigration, displacement, Canadian mining in Latin America and revolution, through theatre, dance and multi-media shows, as well as workshops, a conference and a photography exhibit.

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Morning Throwback: unfortunately for these guys, the term “twinsies” wouldn’t exist for another 100 years

05/15/12

Morning Throwback: unfortunately for these guys, the term “twinsies” wouldn’t exist for another 100 years

It’s pretty gross when couples match their clothes. Especially when they’re wearing matching dirty coveralls with the suggestive “Enquire Here” stamped on their chests. We like how the dude on the left still tries to keep it classy with a proper tie and hat, though. And at least we know they’re open-minded. But their expressions sure aren’t friendly, are they?

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Theatre Review: West Side Story

05/14/12

Theatre Review: West Side Story

West Side Story is a remarkably good musical, surely one of the greatest. Since I first saw it half a century ago, this musical has lived in my memory — and those of several million others — with profound pleasure and meaning, like a first kiss in high school.

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Morning Throwback: toss in a construction worker and a cowboy and these guys are gold

05/14/12

Morning Throwback: toss in a construction worker and a cowboy and these guys are gold

A lot of people think the origins of The Village People were in the ’70s disco era, but in truth, it started with these two guys: The Village Twosome. The musical duo soon broke up because it couldn’t be decided who, exactly, the guy on the left was supposed to be. A sultan? Lord of the Leaves? It frustrated the hell out of the Native American, so he jumped ship, met up with a cop, a construction worker, a cowboy and a biker, and the rest is history.

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Now playing: Indie filmmaker Fredrik Gertten takes on food giant Dole

05/11/12

Now playing: Indie filmmaker Fredrik Gertten takes on food giant Dole

At the 2009 L.A. Film Festival, Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten was anticipating the premiere of his documentary Bananas!, about a legal battle between Nicaraguan farmers and U.S. food-giant Dole. Unexpectedly, Gertten received a letter from Dole threatening legal action. The four-person film company fought back against Dole — and they made another film. Big Boys Gone Bananas! is showing at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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Theatre Review: The Woolgatherer

05/11/12

Theatre Review: The Woolgatherer

The Woolgatherer is a play from New Jersey’s William Mastrosimone currently playing in the Junction. Starring Dayle McLeod as Rose and Mark Wiebe as Cliff, the two-act play is an intimate portrayal of an uneasy one-night fling between two broken souls. Performed Chicago-style in an empty storefront — a first for the Junction — the audience is seated with their backs to the street. With only four rows of chairs, you cannot help but be immersed in the action.

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Weekend Warrior: Leonard Cohen, Festival of Ideas and Creation, Occupy the Mic, Toronto Independent Game Jam and Chuck Hughes

05/11/12

Weekend Warrior: Leonard Cohen, Festival of Ideas and Creation, Occupy the Mic, Toronto Independent Game Jam and Chuck Hughes

It's official — Leonard Cohen really is our man. The iconic Montreal troubadour is to receive the Glenn Gould Prize for lifetime achievement, and this weekend more than 25 artists will be performing his songs on street corners around the city, including the Yorkville Parkette, Nathan Phillips Square, and the Bay and Bloor intersection. On Monday, Cohen will receive the prize at Massey Hall, and a slew of stellar musicians will join him on stage.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, Toronto was the land of milk and honey (or maybe just milk)

05/11/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, Toronto was the land of milk and honey (or maybe just milk)

Time magazine’s recent issue has raised all kinds of controversy (while putting a whole different spin on “got milk?”). We don’t know about you, but we prefer to repress our breastfeeding memories. That’s why we’re giving props to these pro-bottle-feeding moms from 1947. Still, regardless of how you were fed as an infant, don’t forget to tell your mom how awesome she is on Sunday with a big ol’ brunch.

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DJ Skrillex announces huge summer concert at Fort York

05/10/12

DJ Skrillex announces huge summer concert at Fort York

Scorching hot dubstep icon Skrillex, the man who snatched that Grammy Award from local wünderkind Deadmau5 last February, has announced a huge concert extravaganza scheduled for July 13 at Fort York. Dubbed the Full Flex Express, it is said to be inspired by the Festival Express tour from 1970, which featured Janis Joplin and The Band.

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Theatre Review: High

05/10/12

Theatre Review: High

There’s only one reason audiences are going to head to the Royal Alexandra Theatre to watch High, and thats to see Kathleen Turner. Which is just as well, really, since the story itself is a pretty depressing affair. 

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Morning Throwback: this was the face of disease prevention in 1940s Toronto

05/10/12

Morning Throwback: this was the face of disease prevention in 1940s Toronto

Getting “inoculated” in 1942 was basically a form of hazing for dudes, which included bending and stretching and performing some fancy dance moves, shirtless. The guys thought it was all in the name of fratolerance, and in a way, they were right: they were straight up illin’, but just not in the way they thought. The whole thing was an audition for the musical Pal Joey. Four of the guys didn't make the cut.

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Band of the Week: Baio

05/09/12

Band of the Week: Baio

Vampire Weekend fans have another reason to celebrate: Chris Baio, who also goes by his DJ moniker, Baio, recently announced he will release his solo EP, Sunburn, on May 21. If there was ever any proof that good things come in small packages, this is it: the EP is only three tracks, and his mini-tour of just five shows happens to include Toronto.

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Morning Throwback: this old-school TTC worker definitely wasn’t a vampire

05/09/12

Morning Throwback: this old-school TTC worker definitely wasn’t a vampire

Before the start of every shift, this TTC worker would give himself a pep talk in the mirror: “Your old man was a pro bus driver. But he never made it this far. You’ve got a real chance to be the best damn bus driver in the city. The next time you see sky, it’ll be looking out from a bus. The next time you take a lady home, it’ll be because it’s your job. Your passengers only think of themselves. But they gotta do what’s right for them ‘cause it’s their time. Their time out there. Right here, it’s your time. It’s your time right here.”

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Guillermo del Toro gives a masterclass on how to revere Hitchcock’s films

05/08/12

Guillermo del Toro gives a masterclass on how to revere Hitchcock’s films

School is open at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this week as filmmaker Guillermo del Toro gives a series of masterclasses on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The classes are a one-of-a-kind experience for any film buff: one legendary filmmaker examining the work of another, creating an exciting and inspiring look at the culture of the films.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest, High, Unspoken, West Side Story, Throne of Games

05/08/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest, High, Unspoken, West Side Story, Throne of Games

In a nod to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Roy’s new play, Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest, explores teen mental issues through three teenagers who meet at a drop-in group.
Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E., 416-862-2222. May 9 -17.

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Hannah Simone: playing Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’ BFF is wild

05/08/12

Hannah Simone: playing Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’ BFF is wild

Former Toronto resident Hannah Simone is the best friend every woman dreams about. At least, she is if she’s anything like the character she plays on Citytv’s hit sitcom New Girl, which has its season finale tonight (May 8).

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Morning Throwback: these kids aren’t just finger painting

05/08/12

Morning Throwback: these kids aren’t just finger painting

Sure, this may look like just an ordinary Saturday morning art class, but in reality, these kids were mapping out the one and only successful escape route from Alcatraz. So what if they sported bowl-shaped haircuts and berets like a bunch of fancy pants? These kids were freaking geniuses. Too bad the map was written in kid code — we all know what that means.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Pondward Bound

05/07/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Pondward Bound

If you think the improv troupe Pondward Bound sounds awfully close to Homeward Bound, you would be correct. But instead of three cute animals trying to find their way home, this comedic duo is comprised of two regular guys, Adam Ward and Simon Pond, who are trying to find their way to the funny. And just like those critters in the flick, they’re pretty successful at reaching their destination. We caught up with Ward and chatted about thinking fast, Nathan Lane and being sick on stage.

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The Rock ’n’ Roll Revival Hour: Skydiggers, Royal Wood, Del Bel, The Darcys, Dragonette, Chris Murray, Neko Case

05/07/12

The Rock ’n’ Roll Revival Hour: Skydiggers, Royal Wood, Del Bel, The Darcys, Dragonette, Chris Murray, Neko Case

The venerated Toronto alt-country band Skydiggers are hitting the road in support of their fine new album, Northern Shore. It is the first new recording for the band since 2009’s greatest hits collection, The Truth About Us. For those who don't know, Skydiggers are a very influential band, formed by singer Andy Maize and lead guitarist Josh Finlayson, with roots in the city dating back to the late ’80s.

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In new book, Toronto eco-columnist Adria Vasil warns of toxic body products

05/07/12

In new book, Toronto eco-columnist Adria Vasil warns of toxic body products

In this tough economy, many people have juggled their priorities, putting more emphasis on making ends meet and allowing things like their impact on the environment to slip down the list. But Adria Vasil, a Toronto-based environmental writer, is on a mission to reverse that.

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Theatre Review: Bring It On: The Musical

05/04/12

Theatre Review: Bring It On: The Musical

H to the ELL, N to the O. That was my response to the announcement that Mirvish’s latest movie-turned-musical production would be based on the 2000 film Bring It On. In my humble Ebert-ized opinion, the movie was all pomp-poms, midriffs and saccharine moments best left for a couple of straight-to-DVD sequels, not a full-out musical. Well, Bring It On: The Musical, which opened last night, definitely brought it.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, Toronto house pets were a blast

05/04/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, Toronto house pets were a blast

Behold: the wondrous act of Sad-Sad the Cat and Screech the Dog! These cute critters ruled the carnival scene in the ‘40s with their stupefying cannon ball feat.

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Weekend Warrior: Intergalactic Star Wars Day, The Tequila & More Show, Toronto Global Marijuana March and more

05/03/12

Weekend Warrior: Intergalactic Star Wars Day, The Tequila & More Show, Toronto Global Marijuana March and more

Jedi masters and Sith lords will unite on May 4, otherwise known as Intergalactic Star Wars Day. No, it's not a tremor in the Force — they'll be teaming up to support young Padawans and the SickKids Hospital Foundation at the Toronto Underground Cinema.

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Five must-see exhibits at the Contact Photography Fest

05/03/12

Five must-see exhibits at the Contact Photography Fest

The 2012 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival has opened, bringing photographic arts to every corner of the city. The theme of this year’s event — the 16th and biggest so far — is “public,” and the organizers promise an exploration of urban centres and those who occupy them.

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Morning Throwback: mermaids existed in Toronto?

05/03/12

Morning Throwback: mermaids existed in Toronto?

Remember the movie Splash? Well, Daryl Hannah's enchanting character, Madison, was probably based on this mysterious woman, who we imagine was called "Cordelia." Like the character in the movie, Cordelia probably rescued boys and young men from the shores of Sunnyside Beach in the early 1900s.

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Band of the Week: Dusted

05/02/12

Band of the Week: Dusted

Dusted is the latest project from Holy F*ck’s Brian Borcherdt and producer Leon Taheny (of Final Fantasy and Bruce Peninsula), who recorded their debut album in a garage-turned-studio. The result? A lo-fi and dreamy new album called Total Dust. It may be mellower than what we’re used to from Holy F*ck, but Borcherdt’s astral lulling and melancholic influences remain the driving force behind the duo.

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Morning Throwback: before Brad Smith, the ladies all wanted a piece of this guy

05/02/12

Morning Throwback: before Brad Smith, the ladies all wanted a piece of this guy

Forget Brad Smith. Back in the mid-1900s, George H. Hees was the ultimate ladies’ man. Armed with a killer throw and a righteous ‘stache, Hees was the bees mother freaking knees. A rose? Hees gave out ghost orchids. A helicopter ride? Try a zeppelin. A hiatus? There was only one day when Hees wasn’t working his magic with a lady and that was the stock market crash of 1929.

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Brad Smith: officially Canada’s most eligible bachelor

05/01/12

Brad Smith: officially Canada’s most eligible bachelor

After an intense search through the nation’s unmarried men, The Bachelor Canada team have finally found their guy. CityTV announced today that Canada’s first Bachelor will be 28-year-old Canadian footballer Brad Smith. The show has yet to announce the names of the 25 bachelorettes who will be competing to receive a rose from him, so while the nation waits with bated breath for that news, let’s distract ourselves with a closer look at Mr. Smith.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: The Real World, Crash, The Tennessee Project, Bring It On, Gruesome Playground Injuries

05/01/12

Trending in Theatre This Week: The Real World, Crash, The Tennessee Project, Bring It On, Gruesome Playground Injuries

The old adage says, “write what you know.” Well, in The Real World, a playwright takes that to heart when he writes about his family for his first work.
Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827. May 2 – June 3.

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Hot Docs interview: why you shouldn’t believe everything you read

05/01/12

Hot Docs interview: why you shouldn’t believe everything you read

Shadows of Liberty is a pull-no-punches kind of film that looks at how quality news reporting is being crushed between government and corporate interests. It is the work of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, a U.K.-based Canadian director, writer and producer, and received its world premiere on Friday at Hot Docs. Although Tremblay has years of experience in documentaries, this is his first feature-length film.

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