July 30, 2014
July 29, 2014

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"More pissed off than we've ever been": Arkells on their robust new sound and aggressive themes

"More pissed off than we've ever been": Arkells on their robust new sound and aggressive themes Arkells, the five-piece rock and roll band from Hamilton, have been busting their tails since 2008 and watching their stars gradually rise from playing small campus bars to packed houses across Canada, the US and Europe.

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July 29, 2014

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Think Mayoral, Vote Local: The big five candidates address three key issues that mean the most to Midtown and North York

Think Mayoral, Vote Local: The big five candidates address three key issues that mean the most to Midtown and North York All our mayoral candidates and the mainstream media seem to talk about are transit and the shenanigans of our current mayor. But what about neighbourhood issues right in our backyards?

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July 29, 2014

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On the Cover: Dylan Neal talks about starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and his Richmond Hill roots

On the Cover: Dylan Neal talks about starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and his Richmond Hill roots When interviewers ask actors what they do in their downtime, the answers have a tendency to feel a little scripted.

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July 28, 2014

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On the Cover: The Listener's Ennis Esmer on being best friends with a telepathic crime solver and how he honed his craft at Earl Haig

On the Cover: The Listener's Ennis Esmer on being best friends with a telepathic crime solver and how he honed his craft at Earl Haig Some people might think hanging out with a telepath all day would be a bit creepy and invasive. For Toronto actor Ennis Esmer, though, the experience has actually shown him a better side of himself or, rather his character on the TV drama The Listener.

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July 28, 2014

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How They Met: Co-workers who crossed an ocean to meet for the first time

How They Met: Co-workers who crossed an ocean to meet for the first time Danielle McGimsie had no idea she was just 62 steps away from her future husband, Randall Graham, for five years. The two both work in the CTV offices in Toronto; McGimsie as the senior entertainment reporter on etalk, and Graham as the creative director of MuchMusic.

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July 25, 2014

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The week in Toronto in 10 easy clicks: Ford Fest, baby bison, celebrity fanny packs and more

The week in Toronto in 10 easy clicks: Ford Fest, baby bison, celebrity fanny packs and more Our weekly recap of the week’s news nuggets in Toronto will bring you up to date and add some fuel to your small-talk tank heading into the weekend.

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July 25, 2014

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Comic Stripped: Mike Myers in town to receive honorary degree

Comic Stripped: Mike Myers in town to receive honorary degree Where in the world has Mike Myers been? I’m sure I’m not the first person to ask that question. It’s been four years since his last significant role, in the fourth Shrek movie, and even that was a voice-over.

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July 24, 2014

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Weekend Warrior: Toronto Festival of Beer, Waterfront Night Market, Art Battle National Championship, North American Women's Parkour Jam and more

Weekend Warrior: Toronto Festival of Beer, Waterfront Night Market, Art Battle National Championship, North American Women's Parkour Jam and more There's no shortage of craft beer activities in Toronto any given summer weekend, but this time we have one of the big ones. There's also festivities in Parkdale and down in the Port Lands but if you're in the mood for more competitive displays of talent there's an art battle and a parkour jam to take in as well.

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July 24, 2014

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Canada's answer to Michael Moore on his new film, Altman

Canada's answer to Michael Moore on his new film, Altman If you ask Ron Mann about the Toronto and North York of his early years, chances are you'll hear a lot about movie theatres. That's not so surprising given that Mann is not only one of the city's most acclaimed documentary filmmakers, but one of its most passionate film lovers, too.

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July 23, 2014

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The Distillery District's Summer of Love: Celebrating human moments one padlock at a time

The Distillery District's Summer of Love: Celebrating human moments one padlock at a time The Distillery District's Love Installation, a feature on Tankhouse Lane since the beginning of July, takes the idea of public displays of affection and runs with it.

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Hogtown Humour

Briane Nasimok: A familiar face at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival

Briane Nasimok: A familiar face at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival

You’ve heard his stories and shtick for decades, now meet Torontonian Briane Nasimok, one of the many performers at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.

Women’s comedy festival SheDot shows how far we have to go

Women’s comedy festival SheDot shows how far we have to go

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and company rule the roost, but why aren’t there more?

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Theatre

Hawksley Workman takes to the Tarragon Theatre stage in The God That Comes

Hawksley Workman takes to the Tarragon Theatre stage in The God That Comes

Local rock musicians have dabbled in the Toronto theatre scene with mixed results over the years. It’s a natural fit. Rock is all about emotion, playing with swagger and acting a role. And when...

Theatre Review: 50 Shades! The Musical offers sex jokes aplenty

Theatre Review: 50 Shades! The Musical offers sex jokes aplenty

You’ll have to wait until next year for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie to come out, but from now until April 13 you can see 50 Shades! The Musical at the Bluma Appel Theatre. This bawdy touring...

Megan Follows, making directorial debut, pushes the boundaries

Megan Follows, making directorial debut, pushes the boundaries

From little Anne Shirley to murderous nobles.

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Music & Concerts

Concert Review: Buzz band Ought power through short but sweet Monday night set

Concert Review: Buzz band Ought power through short but sweet Monday night set

Montreal band Ought took the stage at the Drake Underground and immediately launched into their breakout hit “Today More Than Any Other Day,” setting the tone for a fast-paced set that pleased...

Running for cover: Andrew Bird in town for the Toronto Urban Roots Festival

Running for cover: Andrew Bird in town for the Toronto Urban Roots Festival

For years, Andrew Bird would add a cover song to his set from one of his favourite bands, and good friends, the Handsome Family. It seemed only a matter of time before the songs made it onto an...

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Books

Bold new novel from University of Toronto grad Tom Rachman

Bold new novel from University of Toronto grad Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman did fairly well with his debut novel, The Imperfectionists — an international bestseller translated into 25 languages. You know, the usual. The University of Toronto grad is back with...

Toronto writer David Sax launches new book The Tastemakers

Toronto writer David Sax launches new book The Tastemakers

Why do some food trends have legs while others fizzle? David Sax’s latest book tries to uncover why ‘local’ food and other trends explode or fall short.

Easy, breezy alfresco reads: hot spring books from Toronto writers

Easy, breezy alfresco reads: hot spring books from Toronto writers

There are three easy reasons to find that perfect book this time of year: front porch, beach and cottage. As some flock to outdoor patios as soon as the snow melts, others just want to sit outside...

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