Children’s author, performer, and former librarian, Theo Heras, recently unveiled her newest needlepoint project, Pandora’s Pandemic Box. It is part of her series of needlepoint works called Words in Wool. At LT we love our librarians so we met up with Heras to discuss her version of that ill-omened box.
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.
A café gives strict instructions on how to behave while you’re there. Could it really be the type of place that once fostered tolerance and civility?
OCAD University graduating student Shubo Yang creates haunting images that express her relationship to her Canadian environment.
Stop what you’re doing and take a quick look at the positioning of your body. Is your body language appropriate for your gender presentation?
In every country in the world we encounter the intrepid sign figure. Is there a narrative through line for this character?
Murals are everywhere in Toronto. They appear under bridges, the sides of buildings, on garage doors and in other unexpected locations.
In Toronto, taking the ferry over to Centre Island can be something of a cliché since it’s been a thing for city-folks for so many years. It’s often one of the first outings that recently arrived immigrants do when they get to the city – that and Niagara Falls.
‘Not Exactly as Planned’ and ‘Make Me a Mother’ are two very different stories of adoption including the extreme challenges and remarkable rewards.
What’s happening in renewable energy advances around the world? Some surprising examples of who’s making great strides.
Ever done the Edgewalk at the CN Tower? When visitors to Toronto really want to do it, you pretty much have to comply.
The idea of depicting the 60s through the lens of the advertising industry was pretty brilliant. Not that the show was meant to be a historical assessment by any means. Let’s face it, most of us watched to see what would happen to the characters.
What happens when you’re reading two books at once? Or reading one and listening to the other? Depending on whether the two are the same genre I can either keep them completely separate or start to confuse them.
Doors Open 2015 is coming very soon. There are so many venues to choose from so we thought we’d help you out with some recommendations. Let us know what you think.
Before there was a neighbourhood, streets or public transit, there was a school. Since 1911, Oakwood Collegiate has been an anchor at the heart of a community. That is how we used to do city building – first the infrastructure, then the housing.
Twin and adoption studies and stories are gold to those interested in the never-ending nature-nurture debate. As a political pinko, I easily bought into the idea of the transformative potential of environment to trump genetic endowment.
A brick garage disintegrates and is replaced by giant planter boxes with their own irrigation system. Here’s how it was done and the delicious produce.
Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and his entourage were giddy at the news conference announcing the new raccoon-proof green bins, declaring, “….we cannot be defeated by these critters.” At first, I was giddy, too.
What happens when Susannah Cahalan, a young successful journalist suddenly comes down with inexplicable and seemingly life-threatening symptoms? Marlene Webber reviews the harrowing memoir of Cahalan’s experience.
Carol Gimbel, founder and artistic director of Music in the Barns, generates the visionary experiential concerts performed in a repurposed transit carbarn at Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Torontonians don’t just eat food, we make it too. From wine juice producers to breweries, from bakeries to coffee roasters, from patties to pasta, food feeds the city’s economic engine.
Toronto has changed from a mostly Presbyterian city to one that includes people from all the religions of the world. Among the many places of worship across the GTA, there are Buddhist temples in the unlikeliest of places. Here’s an overview of the locations and the philosophy that inspires them.
12th annual Reel Artists Film Festival at the TIFF Lightbox screens three documentaries on the subject of risk-taking in the arts.
Intrepid Toronto dog lover and cake baker Mary Li, with her husband Douglas, is living temporarily in Nuku’alofa, capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. Here’s a glimpse into her life there.
The CSI creates and animates co-working spaces, connecting and supporting people who are trying to make the world they want to live in.
We live in the constant, ruthless flux of job and housing markets, of family and relationship reconfigurations and career impediments. As circumstances or conditions change, how do we respond? This issue presents a few examples of alternative ideas and practices, both new and old.
This original performance by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra is part concert, part sing-along, part play, part dinner theatre and puts the audience in the middle of Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti during the 2014 uprising in Ukraine.
Suzanne Long’s dream is to own a folding bike. In the meantime, she gets around the city with the TTC, car2go, walking, her regular bike and new apps that let you plan the best way to get places.
A visit to New Orleans evokes reminders of the city’s rich streetcar history and prompts contemplation of the construction frenzy in Toronto that has demolished much of our urban history leaving us to suffer from antiquities envy.