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October 2012

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

10/31/12

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

10/31/12

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

10/31/12

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

10/30/12

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

10/30/12

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

10/29/12

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

10/29/12

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.

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The Smashing Pumpkins were far from smashing at their ACC show

10/26/12

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

10/26/12

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

10/26/12

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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Weekend Warrior: 50 years of James Bond, Hellbound?, Cask Days, Ira Glass, Dia De Los Muertos

10/25/12

Weekend Warrior: 50 years of James Bond, Hellbound?, Cask Days, Ira Glass, Dia De Los Muertos

Let’s face it, everyone knows James Bond. Not only is he the man who’s been saving the world for five decades, but also he’s pretty much the most stylish man in history. Making its North American debut this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style takes you on a tour of gadgets, gizmos and infamous James Bond style.

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The Jezabels deliver a mesmerizing performance at The Mod Club

10/25/12

The Jezabels deliver a mesmerizing performance at The Mod Club

Aussie foursome The Jezabels were in town last night at The Mod Club, and they delivered a theatrical and mesmerizing performance. For those of you that missed it, the band combined their maudlin balladry with their gritty metal-infused rock, making for one powerfully loud gig. Think of it as opera for punks.

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Morning Throwback: in ’50s, NHL players actually made their fans happy

10/25/12

Morning Throwback: in ’50s, NHL players actually made their fans happy

Like Barack Obama said, “Get this done,” NHL players and owners, because we’d really like to see hockey fans smile like this again (especially the George McFly look-alike on the right). 

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Album Review: Luke Lalonde’s Rhythymnals

10/24/12

Album Review: Luke Lalonde’s Rhythymnals

It started with a beat. Then it was fleshed out with the odd droning of synth machines, violin, piano, steel drums and the trademarked smooth wail of Born Ruffians frontman Luke Lalonde. The result is Rhythymnals, Lalonde’s debut solo album, which brings music back to its elemental roots — and serves as an ode to the appreciation of sound itself. Yes, electro-pop can do that.

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Barbra Streisand pleases, but doesn’t awe at the ACC

10/24/12

Barbra Streisand pleases, but doesn’t awe at the ACC

The concept of a “diva” is a multi-layered one. On one hand, a diva stands out for her presence, talent and aura. On the other hand, a diva can also be known for arrogance and self-absorption. There was a diva onstage at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night, and she encompassed all the qualities — for better or worse — that the term entails.

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Morning Throwback: before video games made attention spans nonexistent, beekeepers were enthralling

10/24/12

Morning Throwback: before video games made attention spans nonexistent, beekeepers were enthralling

Before zom-bees, bees were just bees and they were still super cool.

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Five of Toronto’s most wickedly haunted hotspots

10/23/12

Five of Toronto’s most wickedly haunted hotspots

We hate to break it to you, but your favourite Toronto haunts are probably haunted — that is, if you believe in ghosts and that type of fourth-dimension stuff. If you do, Halloween is the perfect time to embrace your inner Robert Stack (or Peter Venkman) and investigate spooky things. So here are our top five haunted places in Toronto. Grab your proton pack and trench coat and get going.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, cribbage was the most exciting thing ever

10/23/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, cribbage was the most exciting thing ever

Obama may have evoked the board game Battleship to bash Romney, but there’s nothing like a good ol’ game of cribbage to really make ‘em sweat.

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Diamond Rings’ new album is bedroom pop with ‘umph’

10/22/12

Diamond Rings’ new album is bedroom pop with ‘umph’

Diamond Rings wasn’t supposed to get this big, this quickly. John O’Regan was using his new, ultra-glam musical persona as a way to exercise his more theatrical side, while continuing to play in indie rock bands such as The D’Urbervilles. But a funny thing happened on the way to another rock show. Diamond Rings got hot in a hurry.

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Meet a Comedian: Ben Beauchemin

10/22/12

Meet a Comedian: Ben Beauchemin

Originally hailing from Winnipeg, comedian Ben Beauchemin is quickly making a name for himself in Toronto's stand-up scene, appearing regularly onstage everywhere from Comedy Bar to Rivoli. Having been nominated for this year’s Tim Sims Encouragement Award, it’s hard to believe Beauchemin first took the stage less than two years ago. We chatted with the comic about his first time onstage, canoeing and Troll 2.

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Morning Throwback: unfortunately for these kids, we now know that sugar is actually poison

10/22/12

Morning Throwback: unfortunately for these kids, we now know that sugar is actually poison

We hate it to break it to these kids, but not only will eating a lot of sugar make you fat, it will make you stupid, too. Worst combo ever.

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Morning Throwback: unfortunately, women don’t have an excuse to be mean anymore

10/19/12

Morning Throwback: unfortunately, women don’t have an excuse to be mean anymore

If women don’t really get PMS, then how do you explain this woman? Pretty (F**king) Mean Syndrome, that’s how.

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Weekend Warrior: Soupstock, After Dark Film Festival, Zombie Walk, International Festival of Authors, National Women’s Show

10/18/12

Weekend Warrior: Soupstock, After Dark Film Festival, Zombie Walk, International Festival of Authors, National Women’s Show

Eating soup… for a cause? That’s the idea behind Soupstock (Oct. 21, Woodbine Park), an event that brings 200 chefs together to prepare their best soup recipes to protest Melancthon’s proposed mega-quarry. The daylong soup-fest features chefs such as Jamie Kennedy and Anthony Walsh offering up their fare ($10 for three servings), with all proceeds going towards building a community to stop the controversial mega-quarry.

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Morning Throwback: few things are more boring than old-school birdhouses, but here are some anyway

10/18/12

Morning Throwback: few things are more boring than old-school birdhouses, but here are some anyway

We know what would fix the Pigeon Lady problem: bird houses. Lots of ‘em.

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Album Review: Gentleman Reg’s Leisure Life

10/17/12

Album Review: Gentleman Reg’s Leisure Life

Fans of Toronto’s Reginald Vermue, a.k.a. Gentleman Reg, will know that the singer-songwriter can be a bit of a tease. So it comes as no surprise that his fifth long-play, Leisure Life, is being released digitally in three parts. One of them dropped this summer, another earlier this fall and the third is coming out in November. We previewed the new album, and the sometimes-alienating and often groovy power-pop god is back, in full form.

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Dana Carvey gets ready to pump Toronto up at the Winter Garden Theatre tonight

10/17/12

Dana Carvey gets ready to pump Toronto up at the Winter Garden Theatre tonight

For years, beloved comedian Dana Carvey was one of the most popular actors on Saturday Night Live with such characters as Garth and Church Lady. He stepped away from the limelight to be a part of raising his children, but now he’s back in the game. You can catch him live tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre as part of Humour Me: The CEO/Comedy Classic in support of youth at risk. We caught up with Carvey to find out what we can expect.

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Morning Throwback: even in the ’40s, there were binders full of women walking the streets

10/17/12

Morning Throwback: even in the ’40s, there were binders full of women walking the streets

These Toronto women have binder-potential written all over them.

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Cineplex to Toronto: you’re about to go VIP, bro

10/16/12

Cineplex to Toronto: you’re about to go VIP, bro

Moviegoing is about to get a whole lot swankier for those cinephiles who are old enough to attend R-rated movies solo: Cineplex Entertainment has just announced that Canada’s first-ever all-VIP standalone cinema will open at Shops at Don Mills in late 2014. So what does VIP mean exactly? Basically, booze, and no kids. Here’s our pros and cons about the elite movie palace.

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Theatre Review: Bloodless

10/16/12

Theatre Review: Bloodless

Last week I saw a new Canadian company, Theatre 20, using a Mirvish-owned theatre to present its first-born production, Bloodless. What could be more satisfying and exciting than discovering a promising new musical? The only disappointing thing to report: it closes Oct. 28, so you have only a few weeks to catch it.

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Morning Throwback: before fist bumps, Torontonians used to “shake hands”

10/16/12

Morning Throwback: before fist bumps, Torontonians used to “shake hands”

If Toronto strip clubs have their way, hand shakes are about to get a whole lot sexier. (Yes, sexier than these guys).

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Rush still find risks to take at their latest ACC show

10/15/12

Rush still find risks to take at their latest ACC show

It would only be too easy for Rush to rest on their laurels. With more than 40 years worth of music to fall back on, the hometown prog-rock trio of frontman Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart could spend three hours cranking out old reliable hits in their sleep. But as Sunday night’s sold-out ACC performance proved, the newly-minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are far from being a nostalgia act.

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Heritage Minutes are back; here are our five favourites from the past

10/15/12

Heritage Minutes are back; here are our five favourites from the past

After almost a decade, the Historica-Dominion Institute is bringing back the Heritage Minutes, beginning tonight at 6 p.m. First introduced in 1991, the one-minute short films were the ultimate Coles Notes of Canadian history, highlighting iconic Canuck milestones — from the naming of Canada to the 1972 Summit Series — and holding a special place in Canadians’ hearts (mostly because of all the bragging rights). Below, our five favourite minutes from the past.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Slap Happy

10/15/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Slap Happy

The folks in the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Slap Happy don’t perform together much anymore, which is a shame because when they do, things can get, well, a little slap happy during their long-form improv sets. Luckily for us, they’ll be performing tonight as part of the Big City Improv Festival launch tonight. We chatted with member Dave Pearce about open-mouthed kissing, Xenu and getting stranded in Belgium.

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Morning Throwback: before Fearless Felix, jumping was decidedly less exciting

10/15/12

Morning Throwback: before Fearless Felix, jumping was decidedly less exciting

Before Fearless Felix broke the sound barrier with his space jump, Torontonians thought the long jump was the hardest thing ever.

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Must-see Movie: Argo

10/12/12

Must-see Movie: Argo

We were pretty disappointed when we weren’t able to snag a ticket to Argo when it screened here at TIFF last month. Based on real events, the dramatic thriller chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. The film got rave reviews (unfortunately Ben Affleck’s shaggy ‘do did not).

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Morning Throwback: in the ’60s, Toronto’s traffic congestion was laughable

10/12/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’60s, Toronto’s traffic congestion was laughable

We wish we could pull a Marty McFly and bring this idea of rush hour” back to the future. For now, we’ll just laugh about it (and quietly curse our grandparents — they don’t know how good they had it).

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Weekend Warrior: Toronto’s Chocolate Festival, the Environmental Film Festival, ROM Fridays and more

10/11/12

Weekend Warrior: Toronto’s Chocolate Festival, the Environmental Film Festival, ROM Fridays and more

Drown your taste buds in some chocolate this weekend (and through Nov. 4), as the Toronto Chocolate Festival takes the city by storm in what we like to consider adult Halloween (minus the dressing-up and adding gourmet chocolates). Events include Chocolate High Tea at the King Edward Hotel, where tea is paired with chocolate and pastries.

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Graydon James and The Young Novelists bring their raucous folk-rock to The Cameron House

10/11/12

Graydon James and The Young Novelists bring their raucous folk-rock to The Cameron House

Folk music has made a glorious comeback — and Toronto is blazing the trail. With bands such as Great Lake Swimmers and Cuff the Duke getting mainstream air time, local indie groups have to work overtime to give us something refreshingly unrivaled, and at the same time, something wonted. Which is exactly what Graydon James and The Young Novelists gave us last night — and will continue to do every Wednesday night this month.

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The Bachelor Brief: our recap of The Bachelor Canada, episode two

10/11/12

The Bachelor Brief: our recap of The Bachelor Canada, episode two

So nine bachelorettes down, sixteen to go in the second episode of The Bachelor Canada. And just like its American counterpart, this installment involved globe-trotting dates that teetered between the ridiculous and the romantic. Oh, and we now know Bachelor Brad Smith’s favourite word is “cute.”

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Morning Throwback: without annoying gridlock, Toronto would tap into its creative side

10/11/12

Morning Throwback: without annoying gridlock, Toronto would tap into its creative side

How would we spend an extra 32 minutes a day? Easy. We’d do a lot more puppet making.

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Album Review: The Wilderness of Manitoba’s newly-released Island of Echoes

10/10/12

Album Review: The Wilderness of Manitoba’s newly-released Island of Echoes

If Fleet Foxes and MGMT got together and had a love child, one that was subsequently sent to a commune in a forest and raised by gypsies, it might sound something like the The Wilderness of Manitoba. We got our first listen of the Toronto-based hippie-folk-revival quintet’s latest album, Island of Echoes, ahead of its official release party, slated for Oct. 26. The verdict? Pure magic.

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Theatre Review: Tear the Curtain!

10/10/12

Theatre Review: Tear the Curtain!

Keanu Reeves recently produced a documentary featuring a bunch of well-known directors arguing the merits of traditional filmmaking versus the modern, digitized way. Some of these filmmakers get pretty emotional when they concede that their art form is changing into something bigger, and possibly, better. Tear the Curtain!, a play about the war between film and theatre in the ’30s, proves that concern over film’s place in our culture is nothing new.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’20s, firefighters were ballin’

10/10/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’20s, firefighters were ballin’

Okay, you guys look awesome in that car, we’ll concede that. But seriously, your headlight is out. You could get a fine.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: Sex T-Rex

10/09/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: Sex T-Rex

There’s a lot to be said about a comedy troupe that would name itself after a line uttered by wrestler-turned-actor-turned-politician Jesse Ventura, especially one that conjures a rather intimate image involving one of the most dangerous creatures to walk this Earth. But, that’s Sex T-Rex for you: spinning improv on its head with its ambitious and physical — and of course, funny — prowess.

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Morning Throwback: turkeys were just as cute (and tasty) in the 1900s as they are now

10/09/12

Morning Throwback: turkeys were just as cute (and tasty) in the 1900s as they are now

 So, how was your Thanksgiving?

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Must-see Movie: Dial M for Murder in 3D

10/05/12

Must-see Movie: Dial M for Murder in 3D

We consider ourselves lucky whenever we catch a flick of Alfred Hitchcock’s on TV — in measly 2D — so we were pretty excited to hear that his 1954 classic, Dial M for Murder, is screening tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as originally intended: in 3D.

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Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, fancypants composers ruled the musical roost

10/05/12

Morning Throwback: in the ’40s, fancypants composers ruled the musical roost

In our dreams, these guys had a band and it was called Sugar Daddys. They were so raw that all they needed was a single piano and plenty of testosterone to make the ladies swoon and to keep the hits coming.

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The Bachelor Brief: our recap of The Bachelor Canada, episode one

10/04/12

The Bachelor Brief: our recap of The Bachelor Canada, episode one

Fans of The Bachelor can be rest assured that the Canuck edition lives up to its American predecessor. With a bevy of fake breasts, cat fights, weird chicks and heartbreaks galore, the Canadians brought their A game (as well as a pair of hiking boots, a motorcycle and pom-poms) to The Bachelor Canada, which launched last night.

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Album Review: Old Man Luedecke’s Tender is the Night

10/04/12

Album Review: Old Man Luedecke’s Tender is the Night

Torontonian-turned-East-Coaster Old Man Luedecke officially released his latest record, Tender is the Night, on Tuesday night at The Dakota Tavern, and after we got our first listen, it’s clear the banjo-pluckin’, foot-stompin’, wayfaring troubadour has grown up and nestled in his country-tinged, bubbly and soul-soothing niche. 

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Weekend Warrior: Two Door Cinema Club, Torontoberfest, Thanksgiving brunch, Chocolate and Cheese Crawl, TPFF

10/04/12

Weekend Warrior: Two Door Cinema Club, Torontoberfest, Thanksgiving brunch, Chocolate and Cheese Crawl, TPFF

Two Door Cinema Club will rock out this Friday at Sound Academy, bringing their catchy tunes to Toronto. The world-famous indie band from Northern Ireland, with their energetic beats and electronic influences, will jam the night away after doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

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Arnie’s coming to town! Time for a roundup of awkward and embarrassing Schwarzenegger moments

10/03/12

Arnie’s coming to town! Time for a roundup of awkward and embarrassing Schwarzenegger moments

Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing his new, aptly-titled memoir, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, in a PR blitz of damage control following his infidelity ordeal, and he’ll be in Toronto on Thursday for a book signing. Sure, his cheating scandal was super embarrassing, but that’s not the only cringe-worthy moment Ah-nold’s experienced over the years. Below, five totally awkward moments from the athletic Austrian.

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Morning Throwback: in the 1900s, cycling in Toronto was the worst

10/03/12

Morning Throwback: in the 1900s, cycling in Toronto was the worst

Whatever your feelings are about the Jarvis Street bike lanes controversy, we think both sides can agree that — lanes or no lanes — biking sucked way more in the 1900s.

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What’s the deal with Zanta? Find out in an upcoming graphic novel

10/02/12

What’s the deal with Zanta? Find out in an upcoming graphic novel

New York has the Naked Cowboy, but we’ve got Zanta. The infamous Toronto weirdo and scantily-clad street performer, who has a penchant for getting banned from places, is known for bobbing around the city doing pushups in a Santa hat. And now he’s once again getting some recognition in the form of a graphic novel.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: pomme is french for apple

10/02/12

Meet a Comedy Troupe: pomme is french for apple

Pomme is french for apple. It’s also the name of a comedy sketch group created by Liza Paul and Bahia Weston. “Pomme” is also a homonym for “pum,” which refers to a lady’s lady parts in West Indian Culture. This is key information when attending a pomme is french for apple show. We chatted with Liza and Bahia about performing in last week’s JFL 42, their inspiration and, well, pum.

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Morning Throwback: we want a reality show about these stuffy white men from the ’50s

10/02/12

Morning Throwback: we want a reality show about these stuffy white men from the ’50s

These guys would have definitely been the in the running for Big Brother Canada because they’re obviously super fascinating and not at all stuffy. (Plus, we’re pretty sure at least one of them knows how to juggle.)

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Out with the old, in with the new: the pros and cons of the Mirvish/Gehry plan to revitalize King Street

10/01/12

Out with the old, in with the new: the pros and cons of the Mirvish/Gehry plan to revitalize King Street

David Mirvish has announced that the Princess of Wales Theatre will be torn down to make way for some fancy Frank Gehry-designed project that will include a new campus for the OCAD University, a new public art gallery called the Mirvish Collection and, yes, condos. So is this good news for Toronto or is the loss of the Princess of Wales a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare?

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Ben Harper and Massey Hall made beautiful music together on Saturday

10/01/12

Ben Harper and Massey Hall made beautiful music together on Saturday

Rare is the concert that offers the perfect marriage of venue and performer, but Saturday night’s Ben Harper show at Massey Hall came close. The 118-year-old “Old Lady of Shuter Street,” which Harper referred to at one point during his two-hour-plus set as “one of the most beautiful music halls anywhere in the world,” provided the ideal atmosphere for the eclectic musician’s spontaneity and crowd interaction.

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Morning Throwback: this is what weird Toronto art looked like in the ’30s

10/01/12

Morning Throwback: this is what weird Toronto art looked like in the ’30s

Before Nuit Blanche, there was this. And only this.

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Q&A: Alan Thicke on reality TV, songwriting and starring in a musical

09/26/12

Q&A: Alan Thicke on reality TV, songwriting and starring in a musical

Alan Thicke is showing us his smile again with his new starring role as Jack Bailey in Queen for a Day: the Musical, which opens tonight at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The new musical is based on the first reality radio and TV show of the same name. We chatted with the Canadian-born actor about hosting duties, his musical prowess and getting sweaty and hot.

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