October 2012

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Julie Doiron gives a carthartic, organic performance at the Mod Club

For the first time last night, songstress Julie Doiron saw the finished product of her ninth solo album at the record release show of So Many Days. Held at the Mod Club, the album, which officially dropped on Oct. 23, reflects on the past three years of her life on the road, moving between Sackville, Montreal and Toronto. Combined with her mollifying banter and raw attitude, she stripped down to her bones, granting us a cathartic, organic experience.

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Maria Bamford is ready to get darkly funny for the Dark Comedy Festival

If you’re aren’t yet familiar with the comedy of Maria Bamford, you soon will be. The Minnesotan has become one of the most acclaimed and original stand-ups over the last several years (Judd Apatow called her “hysterically funny”) and this week the polite and soft-spoken comedian headlines the Dark Comedy Festival, which launches tonight.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’50s, Halloween was mostly just awk

We know office Halloween potlucks can be awkward, but we hope yours isn’t as lame as this one. Happy Halloween, everyone.

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Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins release a stellar debut album

Ron Hawkins, acclaimed singer-songwriter, founding member of Canadian band Lowest of the Low and all-around iconic rocker kinda guy, is back in the band business with the debut album Rome from The Do Good Assassins. 

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Morning Throwback: in the ’30s, heavy machinery was about as exciting as it sounded

Sure, the running of the bulls in downtown Toronto seems like a stupid idea but it does beat the alternative: the running of the bulldozers.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: The Templeton Philharmonic

The Templeton Philharmonic might initially sound like a hoity-toity musical collective, but it's actually a comedic duo composed of Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton. The actors-writers have taken their critically acclaimed comedy shows from Montreal to New York to Italy. Now they’ve just been nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement award, which is tonight. We chatted with the ladies about eating Sarah Silverman's pizza, making The Senior Times and Ron Jeremy.

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Morning Throwback: whether it’s now or back in the day, hurricanes just blow

We sympathize with our neighbours to the south. We had a run-in with Hurricane Hazel once, and, man, was she ever a piece of work. Godspeed, American friends.

The Smashing Pumpkins were far from smashing at their ACC show

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece lauding Ben Harper’s Massey Hall show as a perfect marriage of performer and venue. Last night’s Smashing Pumpkins show at The Air Canada Centre represented the complete opposite of that. The sight of 6,200 mildly-engaged spectators amidst a wide array of empty seats (the 300 level was completely barren) highlighted a pretty major misstep for the band.

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Must-see Movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Yes, it’s that time of year when people dress up and get funky, and we’re not just talking about Halloween. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is presenting the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show this weekend, which will be shown alongside the city’s own shadow cast, for what is sure to be a raunchy, raucous night.

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Morning Throwback: before fist bumps, piggybacks were the key to male camaraderie

As Toronto kids are learning to be more polite, we really hope that they remember that giving piggyback rides is the ultimate sign of kindness.

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