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One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo

One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo

ALLAN PETERKIN’S BOOK REVEALS THE MYSTIQUE OF THE MUSTACHE     Story by Jennifer Ng In honour of Movember, we present to you this year’s most-anticipated mustache anthology – One Thousand Mustaches by Allan Peterkin. The book combines a detailed history of the mustache evolution (and revolution), interspersed with a mustache styling guide. Peterkin’s dry...
Breaking Circles, Broken Light

Breaking Circles, Broken Light

KOZYNDAN SHOWCASE THEIR NEWEST ZOOLOGICAL WORKS   Story by Odessa Paloma Parker Fans of Kozyndan‘s colourful, expressive imagery will delight at their newest exhibit, Breaking Circles, Broken Light. But even those not familiar with the work of Kozue and Dan Kitchens will find meaning and allure in this ode to the animal kingdom. With pieces...
Alligator Pie

Alligator Pie

FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN AT SOULPEPPER’S LATEST PRODUCTION Story by Erin Lucuik Photos by Jason Hudson In their first original production, Alligator Pie, the Soulpepper Creation Ensemble brings the poems of Dennis Lee to life. Ensemble members Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken MacKenzie, Gregory Prest, and Mike Ross fill the one-hour performance with humour,...
101 Markets at 3030

101 Markets at 3030

NEW MONTHLY VINTAGE & HANDMADE MARKETPLACE SETS UP IN THE WEST END     Story by Odessa Paloma Parker Just because winter’s coming doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the convivial atmosphere of markets anymore; many are setting up indoors for the next few months, including the new 101 Markets, which will host their first event...
Walnut Contemporary

Walnut Contemporary

TORONTO’S NEWEST CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY OPENS ON NIAGARA AT KING WEST Story by Meaghan Collins Images provided by Walnut Contemporary With its first group show opening October 4, 2012, Walnut Contemporary is one of Toronto’s newest and most exciting contemporary art galleries. The beautiful space is located at 201 Niagara Street, just a little south of...
Endgame

Endgame

SOULPEPPER PRODUCTION TOUCHES A NERVE WITH TENSION & HUMOUR     Story by Odessa Paloma Parker Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann Nobody likes loss. No one wants to lose a loved one, a favourite thing, or a memory – and, most especially, no one wants to lose hope. Often worse than the experience of the...
Mutts & Co. Fall Shop

Mutts & Co. Fall Shop

MUTTS & CO. ARE BACK AT IT WITH A POP-UP FULL OF FALL GOODIES     Story by Odessa Paloma Parker In the market for some great apparel, home décor items and food? Stop by 88 Ossington Avenue (above LeVack Block) to check out the new Mutts & Co. Fall Shop, which officially pops up...
MODISH

MODISH

THE INTEGRATION OF ART AND FASHION REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN MILK GLASS’S LATEST EXHIBIT Story by Abby Chow Images provided by Milk Glass Co. Fine arts have long been an inspiration for fashion designers, but with Milk Glass Co.‘s latest exhibit the tables have turned. Instigating this retrospective approach are artists Char Da Silva and...
Top 5 Canadian Films

Top 5 Canadian Films

THE CINEGEEK’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER ON SCREEN Story by Ari Grief When asked “What’s the last Canadian film you’ve seen?”, often Canadians have trouble naming even one. Don’t expect more than a blank stare if you further qualify the question and ask for a Canadian film seen...

Miracle Thieves

DUNDAS WEST SPACE OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT & EXCITEMENT FOR CREATIVE MINDS     Story by Amanda Stancati Photos provided by Miracle Thieves “Miracle Thieves is a colony of joyful rebels,” states their website.  What’s the colony rebelling against?  “The norm,” says free-spirited founder Tiffany Naval, otherwise known as Tiffany Love (her artist name).  “I think it...

Arkells

CANADIAN ROCK BAND COLLABORATES WITH EMERGING OPERA STARS FOR OPERANATION Story by Kate Davies Music has oft been cited as the universal language of mankind. It is perhaps the only tool we possess as humans that has the ability to cross cultural, historical, religious, and other prejudice boundaries. In this way, Toronto’s Operanation blends seemingly...

Alexander Neef and the rise of the Canadian Opera Company

COC’s GENERAL DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT PUTTING TORONTO ON THE MAP Story by Megan Leahy Photos by Bo Huang (above) and Chris Hutcheson (below) In June 2008, Alexander Neef was appointed General Director of the Canadian Opera Company (COC). Having worked with some of the most prestigious arts organizations in the world, Neef came to Toronto...

Operanation 9: Sweet Revenge

TOMORROW NIGHT: DRESS-TO-THE NINES TO PARTY IN SUPPORT OF CANADA’S EMERGING OPERA TALENT Story by Megan Leahy One of Toronto’s most anticipated nights of the year, Operanation is finally here! Following in the footsteps of the likes of Broken Social Scene and Rufus Wainwright, this year Nelly Furtado and the Arkells will perform alongside the Canadian Opera...

Swoon

TORONTO-BASED ARTIST KATIE PRETTI’S DIZZYING EXHIBIT AT NEUBACHER SHOR Story by Nina Cherry Images provided by Neubacher Shor Contemporary We’ve fallen head over heels for Katie Pretti’s latest body-of-work. The 14 pieces that make up Swoon were inspired by Pretti’s recent experiences traveling and working around the world; each of them capturing the whirlwind of being...

Deception

CHRISTIE LAU AND CAROLINE WRIGHT TEAM UP FOR NAVILLUS GALLERY’S LATEST EXHIBIT Story by Nina Cherry Images provided by Navillus Gallery Our eyes do not always provide the whole truth. Deceit — in nature, mythology, and our imagination — inspired the works of Christie Lau and Caroline Wright in Deception, their first exhibition together. Intrigued...

Die Fledermaus

FARCICAL INTERPRETATION OF STRAUSS’ FAMOUS OPERETTA BRINGS LAUGHS TO CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY Story by Megan Leahy Photos by Michael Cooper Die Fledermaus is one of the world’s most popular operettas, owing not only to the musical genius of Johann Strauss’s, but also to the classic tale and, set in Vienna, as a pretext for a fantastical...

Il Trovatore

LEAD VOICES THE DRAW FOR CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S 2012/2013 SEASON PREMIERE   Story by Erin Lucuik Photos by Michael Cooper Like every popular soap opera, Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore, lures in viewers with a tale full of love, hate and, of course, revenge.  The plot may sound predictable, but thanks to the outstanding voices of...

Black Math

STEAM WHISTLE BREWERY’S OCTOBER ART SHOW CELEBRATES ALL THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT     Story by Kate Fane Besides making one of Toronto’s best beers, the folks at Steam Whistle have also done fine work promoting the city’s promising new artists. With over 100 month-long shows under their belts, the brewery has...

AGO 1st Thursdays

MONTHLY LATE-NIGHT ART EVENTS FEATURES GALLERY TOURS, LECTURES, MUSIC & MORE     Story by Kate Fane Whether you’re an art fanatic, a culture junkie, or someone who simply enjoys a few drinks, DJ’s, and dancing, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new 1st Thursdays series is guaranteed to have something to make your night a...

Lost and Found

ALISON ROSSITER’S LATEST EXHIBIT AT STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY Story by Meaghan Collins Alison Rossiter’s third exhibition at the Stephen Bulger Gallery entitled “Lost and Found” is not to be missed.  The Mississippi born artist’s unique darkroom process turns found photograms into sensual and mysterious abstract images. Some of the photo papers she has collected are...

Between the Sheets

MELODRAMA AT ITS BEST Story by Megan Leahy Between the Sheets is a play you attend to see acting at its best. Not exactly pleasant or uplifting, nonetheless it is well worth the hour unnerving experience. The play was born out of Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip emerging playwright’s program, created by the young...

Nuit Blanche

PLAID’S PICKS FOR THIS YEAR’S OVERNIGHT ART FEST Story by Erin Lucuik From 7:03pm to sunrise Saturday, September 29th, artists will transform Toronto for the seventh instalment of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Since its debut in 2006, this all-night contemporary art event has been celebrating creativity in every nook and cranny of downtown Toronto. With over...

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

HART HOUSE THEATRE GIVES A SNAPSHOT INTO THE COMICAL PHILOSOPHY OF HAMLET’S CHILDHOOD FRIENDS Story by Meaghan Collins Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead aptly begins with the two namesake protagonists engaged in a series of coin tosses – 93 in total – to test the laws of probability. Those familiar with Shakespeare recognize the amusing...

Chris Buck

CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER PLAYS HIDE AND SEEK FOR PORTRAIT SERIES Story by Kate Fane Chris Buck has achieved global recognition through his editorial and commercial photography, but it’s his inventive celebrity portraits for which he’s most renowned. Beautifully composed, and often containing sly references to a star’s professional reputation (Simon Cowell petting a baby rabbit, anyone?), Buck’s...

Nuit Blanche Preview: Art of Fashion

10 DESIGN HOPEFULS FROM ACROSS CANADA COMPETE FOR RECOGNITION & FUNDING   Story by Sara Harowitz Raw. It’s the theme of this year’s Art of Fashion (AOF) design competition, and it seems incredibly fitting for the fashion world right now. It’s no secret that niche industries are taking a financial hit, and we seem to...

No Great Mischief

ALISTAIR MACLEOD’S MACDONALD CLAN TAKES TO THE TARRAGON STAGE FOR ROUND TWO Story by Erin Lucuik The Tarragon Theatre was a buzz with excitement on September 19th. As people milled about the lobby eagerly awaiting the first show of the 2012/2013 season, it was clear that it was going to be a full house. No Great...

Joanne Tod

ARTIST CELEBRATES CHANGE WITH CERAMICS EXHIBIT AT THE GARDINER MUSEUM Story by Erin Lucuik Joanne Tod knows her way around a canvas. With several decades of experience under her belt, Tod’s paintings of people and places have secured her status as one of Canada’s foremost visual artists. For her latest show, Invited Invasion, Tod has...

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