What we’re SEEING

Digital Origami TIger on the groundDistilled Light

Once again in Toronto someone is out to prove that you don’t have to be athletic to enjoy going outside in winter. That’s right, no skiing, skating or sledding involved.

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– Schuster Gindin

Music on Every ScaleOpera Pub male soloist.

Toronto offers a rich array of live classical music on every scale of performance. In addition to large concert halls, there are small venues where you can hear solo and ensemble performances by musicians at every level of professional accomplishment playing stimulating new, unconventional, or seldom heard compositions.

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– Schuster Gindin

Mirror ball at the Hearn.Luminato: Adventure at the Hearn

Our thrilling trek though the derelict industrial site of the Hearn Generating Station, now the locus for the Luminato Festival.

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– Schuster Gindin

Looking at wall 3.Art in the Lunchbox

Artists abound along St. Clair W and local café Stella’s Lunchbox is fast becoming a new art hub.

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– Schuster Gindin

Entering the belly of a bearGET INSIDE: The Winter Stations at the Beach

Winter Stations are back, and we explore the installations both outside and in.

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– Schuster Gindin

Timothy BrownFinn with an Oyster: The Story Behind Toronto’s New City Hall

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.

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– Elizabeth Cinello

Ibby child taking bookWordless Books for Kids

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.

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– Elizabeth Cinello

TIFF line-up.A TIFF MOMENT: An Outsider Looks In

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 drives her back to real life in the city.

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– Elizabeth Cinello

Girl dancing on porch railing.Drama in our Neighbourhoods – Toronto’s Porch Theatrics

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.

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– Schuster Gindin

Pigeon mural.A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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.Continue reading…

– Miria Ioannou

Reel APatron sqrtists Film Festival

12th annual Reel Artists Film Festival at the TIFF Lightbox screens three documentaries on the subject of risk-taking in the arts.

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– Elizabeth Cinello

Dragon head of ewer.The Lost Dhow:   A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

When you enter the latest Aga Khan Museum exhibition ― The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route ― you are literally aboard a 1200-year-old Arab trading ship, a dhow.

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– Robert Fisher

Going Out 2movies featureto the Movies

Two movies worth leaving the house for. Rosewater and CitizenFour are engrossing and moving; they add context and nuance to the nightly news and our daily lives.

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– Schuster Gindin

feature imageKillarney: An Iconic Wilderness Preserved by Artists

Killarney Provincial Park is the only park in the world founded by artists. Only four-and-a-half hours from Toronto, its pristine state is awe-inspiring.

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– Schuster Gindin

Hillcrest tulip - detailVillage Fibreworks: Sharing Our Art

A local group of fabric and textile artists get together to show their work and inspire the community to get creative.

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– Stephanie Lever

Talking Food: The 100 Foot Journeyimages-2

A soufflé of a movie, and why would French people speak to each other in English with French accents?

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– Miria Ioannou

Poster for movie 'Abacus, My Love.'May 13 Screening

Hot Docs Cinema presents ‘Abacus, My Love,’ a film by local filmmaker Rebeccah Love on May 13.

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Jep from La Grande Bellezza.La Grande Bellezza – The Great Beauty

If you’ve seen this Oscar-winning movie from Italy, you’ve heard the remarkable soundtrack. One song takes me back to the dog days of disco…

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– Elizabeth Cinello

The Power Plant art gallery at Harbourfront.The Place of Art, The Art of Place

Harbourfront is one place where you feel both in the city and on its edge at the same time. We stroll along the Waterfront Trail to our ultimate destination, the exhibition at the Power Plant.

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– Schuster Gindin

Arctic DefendersArctic © John Walker

Opening night at the Planet in Focus Film Festival and a young Inuit drummer and two throat singers kick off the screening of Arctic Defenders. Their music and rhythms are beautiful and unique; it is exhilarating to hear and miraculous to be reminded that we are all part of the same country…

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– Schuster Gindin

I Thought the Gift Shop was an Ai WeiWei Installation

The AGO shop.A friend invited me to the members’ preview of the monumental Ai Weiwei: According to What? exhibition at the AGO. In a refreshing departure from gallery policy you can take pictures of his work. Ai Weiwei wants you to…

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– Elizabeth Cinello

Night Visions at the Exentrance to ride at CNE

Toronto photographer Alex Ioannou captures nocturnal scenes at the CNE.

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Why I Like to Fringe

Fringe venue.The Toronto Fringe Festival is a non-juried festival of plays and dance pieces of diverse genres ranging from 50 to 75 minutes in length at various venues in the city from July 4th to the 13. There are 148 shows in 35 venues to choose from: musicals and dramas and adaptations, comedy and stand-up. How much fun is that?

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Toronto Fringe Festival – July 4th to the 13th
SummerWorks Theatre Festival – August 8th to the18th

– Debbie Nyman

Kim’s Convenience

Kim's ConvenienceMy first shopping destination with my brother and sister was our local convenience store to buy milk and to choose with great difficulty penny candy or chips. Now I live almost across the street from a convenience store. Over the years the store has saved me and my neighbours late in the evening when there was no milk for breakfast or scotch tape for a last minute school project. I have come to know the different owners and sometimes I have been fortunate to learn their stories and how they came to this place. One such story is currently being told through the play Kim’s Convenience on stage at Soulpepper Theatre at the Distillery. It is in part the playwright’s story, his parents’ story and the composite story of an immigrant child and his family. Ins Choi, the playwright, states in the introduction, “Kim’s Convenience is my love letter to my parents and to all first generation immigrants who call Canada their home.”

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 – Debbie Nyman

Out of joint with the crowd – our TIFF evening

Hirosima mon amourIt’s Saturday night and we are on our way to the TIFF Bell Lightbox. We love seeing movies there – the theatres are all beautifully designed and apart from the Festival in September it’s usually so sparsely attended that it feels like our private club. We arrive at 4:30 for a 4:45 screening of an old French movie, and the line-up is out the door and half a block down the sidewalk. My god, Toronto really is a film town! We’ll never get in. Turns out …

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– Schuster Gindin

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