Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade is a unique hand-made, non-profit, commercial-free event that takes place on Saturday December 21, 2019. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Resurrection is a wish, a religious belief, a myth as old as recorded history and as current as the latest sci-fi movie. Apropos of the vernal equinox and its attendant holidays, Robert Fisher recounts many versions of the concept.
To celebrate the arrival of spring (it IS coming) our erudite contributor, Robert Fisher, has chosen nine poems from the ages: classical, Chinese, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Japanese, and some more recent – as in the 19th century. Read, enjoy, think warm thoughts.
Idiosyncratic gardens, structures or street configurations are our home touchstones, our local weird or unusual expressions of untrendy taste and individual vision that exemplify the diversity and variety of our city neighbourhoods.
Topiaries are usually not expressions of abstract art or movement. They are often the result of conventional design and constrained execution. Not this one. The partnership of a ‘tree artist’ and an encouraging homeowner has resulted in an extraordinary creation.
The late great Umberto Eco was a frequent visitor to Toronto and was especially fond of the Robarts Library at U of T. He considered the city ‘very civil’ and said that after New York and Paris, Toronto would be the only other city he would move to, to live and work.
Who is not reading Elena Ferrante’s quartet of Neapolitan novels? It seems that anyone interested in literary fiction is enraptured by this series of books set mostly in Naples that tells the life story of two ‘frenemies’.
Winter Stations are back, and we explore the installations both outside and in.
Taking the world’s shortest ferry ride to Toronto’s island airport is a unique experience for travelers. The new tunnel that’s supposed to get you there more efficiently just makes the transit feel like every other generic airport drudge. For now, we still have the two options. Let’s keep the one that makes trips to and from Toronto memorable.
Barbara Bailey is a Toronto graphic designer who loves Bollywood dancing and singing in a choir. The latter diversion happens to involve Choir! Choir! Choir!, the local phenomenon lauded nationally and internationally for its exuberant approach to crooning with a crowd, in harmony.
First-time Toronto novelist Jonathan Martin Dixit used to be proprietor and ringmaster of the diamond in the rough Duke of Gloucester, a pub that could be called, ‘the philosophy store’. Now Jon has published the futuristic tale BabyWorld.
Perhaps you have had this experience: quite by chance in an attic or neglected corner of a walk-in closet you come across, likely in a shoebox, a bundle of old letters, possibly secured with ribbon or rubber bands, bearing your handwriting and the distinctive red stripes of airmail envelopes.
Free screening of filmmaker Michael Kainer’s doc on Toronto’s City Hall at The BLOOR/Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West, Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving on the small Italian island of Lampedusa, the International Board on Books for Young People is establishing a library to be used by young migrants and local children. See their collection of outstanding wordless picture books from 23 countries now on view at the North York Public Library in Toronto.
A “soaring triumph” they said. A must read. A critical and popular success, winning every literary award in sight. Then what was the matter with our book group?
Here’s an easy way to find walking tours in Toronto and Ontario – especially if you don’t want to walk alone. Momentum1 ‘Community in Motion’ has launched a new website.
A Torontonian puts her book down to experience TIFF, and finds the interminable line-up and the screaming insanity over the movie stars of a light-weight comedy drama drive her back to real life in the city.
Toronto is a beach city and summer isn’t over yet. We checked out all 11 designated swimming beaches from a swimmer’s point of view.
1000 Strings create a transcendent aural spectacle in Yonge Dundas Square.
Stroll through a neighbourhood on a warm summer evening, as we often do, and the gardens and front porches, empty chairs or people sitting out, parked bikes and strollers all hint at details of private lives.
Jason Fayre has been totally blind since birth. He recently took his second flight in a glider. Here’s his amazing experience on video.
Robert Lackie delves into a legacy of memories and recipes and makes use of the dregs of a prolific apricot harvest to produce this aromatic treat.
Just as the eyes are the windows of the soul, so are gardens windows of the world’s cultures. Gardens reflect in their design how we see the world, most movingly our dreams of paradise. This is evident at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum and the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre.
Yeah that’s right, I went to see a movie with that title! What’s more, unbeknownst to me, it was the third in a trilogy of which I had obviously missed the first two.
“Parenting, I’m told, is agony and ecstasy. Problem is, we’re steeped in the agony, relieved only rarely by fleeting moments of hope or happiness.”
Feel like something tangy, lemony when the weather heats up? Try these yummy tarts. Also available gluten-free!
The polyglot of St. Clair West is an unassuming person who, having a slight familiarity with a Romance language, can string together a melody of words gleaned from various languages.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the Oxford comma recently. How can that be when we’re consumed with effective hashtags and struggling to contain our communication efforts to 140 characters?
Everything and everybody is trying to tell us something. And so are we all, no matter what we’re doing. We communicate with imagery and built form, in gesture and physicality, in language both oral and textual. What are we all trying to get across?
Although some urban change is in the direction of interesting and unique, most is more like the malling of the city.
When we moved to Toronto in the mid-1960s, the transformation of the city from an Anglo enclave to a more cosmopolitan, diverse terrain was just beginning but I had to learn English.