December 2012

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Twelve Canadian songs that rocked our world in 2012

If one thing was certain about 2012, it was that Canadian musicians rocked hard. Here are 12 songs that blew our minds this year.


Must-See Movie: When Harry Met Sally...

The classic 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally... attempts to answer the age-old question: can a man and a woman truly be just friends? Billy Crystal’s Harry Burns doesn’t think so, “Because the sex part gets in the way.” The film goes on to explore whether or not that truism is, well, true, chronicling Burns’ 12 year friendship with Meg Ryan’s Sally Albright. The flick plays tonight at Yonge-Dundas Cineplex.


Movie Review: The Central Park Five

A chilling new documentary co-directed by Ken Burns opens on Christmas Day at The Bloor Cinema, but it may be hard to sit through. It is a powerful, compelling and uncomfortable story of one fateful night in the spring of 1989 that led to the wrongful imprisonment of five young men.


Weekend Warrior: holiday movies at The Bloor Cinema, a poetry slam at The Drake Hotel, celebrity ping pong at SPiN and more

If you’re going to cozy up and watch holiday films anyway, why not firmly get into the spirit of holiday giving as well? The Bloor Cinema is having a showing of three Christmas films (White Christmas, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life) this weekend and admission is free, provided that you make a small food or monetary donation.


Meet a Comedian: Josh Saltzman

Josh Saltzman is a different kind of comedian. He’s something of a renaissance jokester, having performed both stand-up and sketch comedy, in addition to shooting his own short comedic films and being a TV writer (Call Me Fitz, This Hour Has 22 Minutes). We chatted with Saltzman about his “small breaks” into the biz, Jason Priestley and writing the best comedy ever.  


Must-See Movie: Scrooged

There have been many takes on the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol, but probably none so cynical, or ’80s-fantastic, as Scrooged, which is playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday and on Christmas Eve.


This Week in Sound: Ra Ra Riot, The Killers, Tegan and Sara, Two Hours Traffic, Rush

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Ra Ra Riot change it up for their upcoming album, Tegan and Sara put on an impromptu show at The Phoenix and Rush get inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.

Movie Review: Meet the Fokkens

Meet the Fokkens plays as a lengthy conversation between two grandmothers, with the salacious exception that these two ladies have a lot of sultry discussions. The questionably titled — yet interesting, and occasionally startling — documentary follows Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70-year-old identical twins who have spent much of their lives working in the red light district of Amsterdam. It opens tonight at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.


Apocalypse soon: five awesome end-of-the-world flicks

According to those pesky Mayans, we’re headed for that big temple in the sky come Dec. 21. So before you crank some R.E.M. in preparation for the big send-off, TIFF Bell Lightbox is presenting its Countdown to Armageddon series. It kicks off this week and concludes on the Big Day. Below, our favourite five picks to say “good bye, cruel world!” with.


Weekend Warrior: Barenaked Ladies, The Anything Goes Show, NFL at the Rogers Centre, Roaring Twenties Christmas and more

The TSO is pairing up with the Barenaked Ladies on Friday at Roy Thomson Hall for a night of hits and holiday songs. We’ve liked hearing the Ladies at Christmas ever since they did that finger-snapping ditty with Sarah McLachlan, and we’re curious to know how the TSO does playing “If I had A Million Dollars.”