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FRIGHT FEATURE

October 15– October 28, 2013

College namesake George Brown murdered by angry drunk worker in 1880 KAREN NICKEL STAFF REPORTER

George Brown, our college’s namesake, born in 1818 in Scotland, settled in Canada and started two newspapers; one of which, The Globe would become The Globe and Mail. Brown was one of the fathers of confederation and an anti-slavery activist. He was also remembered for the circumstances around his death, as it was possibly an early incident of workplace rage. Richard Fiennes-Clinton, operator of The Muddy York tours, pointed me to his blog Toronto then and now where he collects stories and photos of Toronto’s darker side. According to Fiennes-Clinton, George Bennett, the person who shot George Brown, was a man with troubles. Bennett had been

in trouble with the law having been arrested for beating his partner. He had been employed with The Globe, for five years previous to the incident, but had slowly descended into alcoholism. His being drunk at work led to him being fired from the job. On the day of the shooting, Bennett was seen hanging around The Globe building, in a state of intoxication. He had been evicted from the press room, but instead of leaving he let himself into George Brown’s office, locking the door behind him. Brown, unaware that Bennett had a pistol on him until he pulled it from his pocket, struggled to point the gun away from himself, but the gun went off and the bullet went into Brown’s thigh. Bennett was arrested and Brown was given medical care; it originally looked like all was well, but, the wound became infected and he

died weeks later at his home, Lambton Lodge, (later named George Brown House). The Toronto & Ontario Ghosts and Haunting Research Society investigated the house in 2010, but results were inconclusive, with noises and technical problems with their equipment being noted. George Bennett, after expressing remorse for the drunken shooting of Brown, was hanged at Toronto’s Don Jail and his remains were dumped into a mass grave. In 2009, an archaeological exploration of the site turned up many remains, George Bennett is believed to be among them. There is a documentary chronicling the dig, it’s called, The Hangman’s Graveyard. Fiennes-Clinton includes this George Brown story (and many more) in his Bloody York: Crime and Punishment Walking Tour.

IMAGE: THE CANADIAN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, 1869–1883

Above An illustration of George Brown, journalist and namesake of GBC, being attacked by George Bennett.

Clarification: A photo caption in the Oct. 1st issue indicated that the K-9 team was a “law enforcement team working at Casa Loma campus”. The photo is a staged shot by the School of Emergency Management to demonstrate the K-9 program.

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Thanksgiving: School Closed

Video Game Day: Casa Loma 10 a.m. Casa Loma Student Centre

Video Game Day: St. James 10 a.m. Kings Lounge, St. James

Hypnotist Tony Lee 5:30 p.m. Kings Lounge, St. James Toronto After Dark Film Fest Runs until Oct. 25. See torontoafterdark.com for details.

28 SA Fall Byelections Campaign Period Begins Ends November 8th.

29 The Paranormal Show 11 a.m. Kings Lounge, St. James

30 GBC Varsity Day Activities 11 a.m. Kings Lounge, St. James Women’s volleyball 6 p.m. Men’s volleyball 8 p.m. Alex Barbier Gym, St. James

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Friday Night Live at the ROM 7–11 p.m. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. $10 for students

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GBC Varsity Day Activities 11 a.m. Kings Lounge, St. James Women’s basketball 6 p.m. Men’s basketball 8 p.m. Alex Barbier Gym, St. James

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NEWS

October 15– October 28, 2013

City Uptown’s grand opening a ‘smash hit!’ at Casa Loma campus TINA TODARO STAFF REPORTER

George Brown College (GBC) students stood in line down the fourth floor fashion studies hall at Casa Loma campus on Oct. 2 for City Uptown’s grand opening. Second year fashion students were successful in opening up their first fully functional store, as the welcoming atmosphere they created, generated a positive reaction from both students and faculty. “There was a line-up down the hall,” says Anthony O’Dell, a current second year fashion student. “I had pretty high expectations, and everything was seamless.” This year’s turn-out met students’ standards and expectations, as the City Uptown team worked hard to put together a line of clothing that would catch their interests. “Today’s fashion seems to be either to basic or too flashy, and I think we did a great job of finding a balance between the two,” said O’Dell. Each year second year students at the School of Fashion

Studies are required to run a fully functional retail store as part of their program. ‘College creations’ is a class offered in the second year of GBC’s fashion management program, which aims to educate students on how to operate and generate sales from their stores. “It is our job to run a fully functional retail store from October through December,” said O’Dell. City Uptown’s grand opening was based around the theme “Home away from home,” which revolves around a year-long cottage feel. “The theme draws around the inspiration for metal, wood, repurposed furniture and decor,” explained O’Dell. “We want to project a home away from home feel where the customer will really feel comfortable and at rest while browsing our merchandise.” The team at City Uptown hoped to “generate buzz,” said O’Dell. “The reaction was overwhelmingly positive.” From handbags to accessories, students swarmed the store. Not only were students able to “shop and mingle,” as

O’Dell put it, they were able to enjoy refreshments such as cupcakes, smores, and apple cider. “It was a smash hit as we not only generated a huge amount of buzz, but we also managed to beat our sales goal,” said O’Dell of the event’s results. The store is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can feel the warmth and comfort of the cottage with a visit to City Uptown.

PHOTOS: MICK SWEETMAN/THE DIALOG

Left Kendra Sullivan, store manager of City Uptown, says “there’s something for everyone up here.” Above Students gather to shop and mingle at the grand opening of City Uptown on the fourth floor of Casa Loma campus. 4

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October 15– October 28, 2013

SPORTS

Men’s volleyball team wins bronze medal Sports Score Updates STAFF REPORTER

Men’s volleyball team takes home a bronze medal at Fanshawe tournament Entering the 11th annual Fanshawe College Kick-off Tournament on Oct.5, was a chance for George Brown College’s (GBC) Men’s Volleyball team to show their skills. Placing third out of six teams in the playoffs, GBC’s Huskies brought home their first medal this past weekend to kick off the 2013/14 season. Injuries to first and second all-star players Eric Oliviera and Libero Richard Serote, didn’t keep the Huskies down. Although they lost their first game, the Huskies kept their game faces on and won their next two games 25-23 and 15-5. The Huskies defeated Boreal of Sudbury with a 2519, 25-16 win and defeated Seneca College of Toronto. Suffering a loss to Mohawk College of Hamilton in the divisional semi-final, the Huskies came back for a big win of 25-22, 25-17. Although the Huskies were defeated by Fanshawe College 25-14, 25-19, GBC Huskies managed to bring home the Bronze. GBC will face Fleming College on Oct. 25 in Peterborough for the season opener. Men’s baseball clinches playoff spot After suffering a loss to Durham 14-11 weeks earlier, Thursday’s game was be a chance to make up the loss. Unfortunately for the Huskies, a win was a no-go. After suffering a 10-1 loss, and having only one run in the fifth inning, Huskies needed to win one game to advance to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) playoffs in Windsor later this month. The Oct. 5 game at Richmond Green Park, in Richmond Hill against Seneca granted Huskies their playoff wish. Needing only one game to advance to the OCAA playoffs, GBC played Seneca in a make-up double header. Playing two games, and dealing with the loss of their first game 10-5, GBC came back to beat Seneca allowing them to steal the playoff spot. The first GBC team to advance to a post-season round, the Huskies will play a Double Elimination Knockout on Oct. 18 and 19 at St. Clair College in Windsor.

Women’s soccer team loses after penalty kick but ends the season with a victory GBC’ women’s soccer team played their best game of the OCAA season in Kingston on Oct. 4. Although it was a scoreless game, a foul at the 94 minute and 30 second mark allowed for a penalty kick which ended with a loss for GBC. St. Lawrence College, the second best team in Ontario, won 1-0 and left no post-season spot for the Huskies. Already four points out of the final playoff spot, the Huskies had one game left against Loyalist College of Belleville to end the season. Starting the season with a win and ending the season with a win, GBC defeated Loyalist 4-2 on Oct.7. GBC cross country runners place in top 10 at Humber Finishing third in a race of 98 runners, with a 26 minute finish in eight kilometre run, Sean Sweeney finished in the top runners for the third time this year. Joanita Louw placed within the top ten finishing in eighth place out of 70 runners in the women’s five kilometre. GBC’s men runners finished in eighth place out of 13 colleges, and the women’s team placing seventh out of 10 teams, even though both teams were missing runners due to injury. Work to be done for men’s basketball team At St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Oct. 6, GBC took two losses and one win. Losing the first two games to Mohawk College 93-78 and Vanier College 67-53, GBC got a win for game three against John Abbot College 84-81. Hamilov was chosen as the game’s all-star player with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Devastating elimination for men’s soccer team With only three goals scored in the entire season, GBC suffered a devastating loss, yet again. Not enough to allow for a qualifying spot in the playoffs, GBC ended the season with an overall finish of two wins and one draw. Playing against St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Oct. 6, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Baseball Humber 9 George Brown 0 Durham 10 George Brown 1 Seneca 10 George Brown 5 George Brown 9 Seneca 2 Cross country Humber Cross Country Race Women’s individual 5 kilometre 8. Joanita Louw 21:15 18. Shannon Dyer 22:11 54. Safia Dhanji 26:23 59. Hannah Turnull 28:02 Women’s teams 7. George Brown 1:37:51 Men’s indivdual 8 kilometre 3. Sean Sweeney 26:51 38. Alex Brown 31:19 45. Edgar Malchic 32:00 53. Mitchell Visser 32:57 Mens’ teams 8. George Brown 2:03:07 Women’s Soccer George Brown 0 Durham 0 St. Lawrence 1 George Brown 0 George Brown 4 Loyalist 2 Men’s Soccer Durham 2 George Brown 0 George Brown 0 St. Lawrence 0 Women’s Volleyball George Brown 3 Conestoga 1 (Exhibition) Tournament - Fanshawe Invitational Round-Robin: Niagara 2 George Brown 1 (25-13, 16-25, 15-12) Fanshawe 2 George Brown 0 (26-24, 25-19) Mohawk 2 George Brown 0 (25-17, 25-17) Playoffs: Seneca (Toronto) 2 George Brown 1 (25-9, 23-25, 15-9) George Brown 2 Niagara 0 (26-24, 25-21) Men’s Volleyball George Brown 3 Conestoga 1 (Exhibition) Mohawk 3 George Brown 1 (Exhibition) Women’s Basketball Humber 58 George Brown 48 (exhibition) Men’s Basketall St. Lawrence Invitational Mohawk 93 George Brown 78 Vanier 67 George Brown 52 George Brown 84 John Abbott 81

PHOTOS: THOMAS CHUNG/GBC ATHLETICS

The men’s volleyball team is all smiles as it celebrates a bronze medal win at the Fanshawe tournament on Oct. 5.

Exhibition games George Brown 72 Humber 70 Mohawk 84 George Brown 63

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1. The Fairmont Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street West It’s said that a ghostly grey-haired man inhabits the eighth floor of the building. Guests are also known to have heard mysterious noises and screams.

8. Ryerson Theatre School Near Yonge and Gerrard This building has a rich enough history of hauntings to have requested an investigation by the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society. Voices call visitors’ names and a frightening female figure has been spotted on the upper levels.

2. Stewart Building 149 College Street This building was once a police station. One of the prisoners once leapt to his death from a window and to this day some report an eerie presence there, as well as unexplainable noises.

9. Mackenzie House 82 Bond Street Mackenzie House is known to some as the most haunted house in Canada. William Lynn Mackenzie, the first Mayor of Toronto, passed away while living in this house. Many have seen what is believed to be his ghost in the home still, as well as a longhaired woman. Plumbing and devices in the home are known to misbehave in strange ways.

3. Queen’s Park Many Torontonians don’t know that the Ontario Legislative Building is built on what was once the property of the University Hospital for the Insane. Multiple female ghosts are said to roam the area, including the White Lady, the Maiden, and the Hanging Woman.

10. Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre 189 Yonge Street Strange occurrences like autonomously opening seats and sightings of women dressed in Edwardian dresses are familiar here. Some claim to have contacted spirits occupying the building through an Ouija board.

4. University College at U of T Legend has it that two masons working on the building loved the same woman. When one found out, they had a confrontation and one of the men tumbled from the tower and died. It is said that his ghost haunts the area. Axe marks from the fight can be found on a door of the tower.

11. The Old Courthouse 57 Adelaide Street East There was once an old jailhouse on this site at which hangings were performed. It is then perhaps unsurprising that reports exist of frightening apparitions related to the gallows in the current building have been made.

5. Trinity College On the anniversary of Bishop Strachan’s death, his ghost can be seen occupying the building. 6. Royal Conservatory of Music: 273 Bloor Street West Superstitious musicians have reported frightening female presences in the building, often dressed in red.

12. Hockey Hall of Fame 30 Yonge Street The Hockey Hall of Fame was once a BMO branch. There is a rumour that a ghost teller “worked” there at the time that the bank still occupied this space. An employee of the former bank committed suicide in the building out of despair from a failing romantic relationship. The mysterious teller is suspected to have been her spirit lingering on in the building in which she took her own life.

7. Former Christie Mansion 90 Wellesley Street There is an unsubstantiated rumour that the son of the cookie czar kept a mistress in her own hidden apartment here. She eventually hanged herself when the relationship soured. Some report getting locked in a strange room.

George Brown House In 1880, a disgruntled employee of George Brown’s newspaper, The Globe, got into a disagreement with Brown, produced a pistol, and shot him in the leg. He survived the shooting, but subsequently died from an infection. A feeling of being watched and malfunctioning electronic equipment has been linked to George Brown’s spirit. For a more in-depth look at the story, see Karen Nickel’s full article on page two.

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Toronto haunted walks reveal city’s dark past KAREN NICKEL STAFF REPORTER

Toronto has quite a history. Deriving from the Mohawk word for “where there are trees standing in water”, Ktaronto, to Muddy York and finally to Toronto. It has rich stories of human tragedy. This time of year is best defined by those spine tingling tales called ghost stories. There are a few ways to enjoy these stories, but “Haunted Walk” tours bring you face to face with these spooky places, separated from their ghosts by a pane of glass. The Toronto Haunted Walk, in its second season, begins at the Hockey Hall of Fame at Front and Yonge Street for an hour and a half of history and chills. The hall, originally a Bank of Montreal, has the first ghost story about a bank teller named Dorothy. It involves betrayal and a gun. Continuing with guide Margo MacDonald, in her thirteenth season of ghost walks, we visit the haunted King Edward hotel, built over an old jail and hanging yard. Then, we pass St. James church, (site of a duel later named murder) and St. James Park which in 2011 saw Occupy protesters set up camp over the pit for victims of the 1883 cholera epidemic still entombed in this mass burial ground. On to Toronto Street and the Old Courthouse, MacDonald recounts, “in 1838, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hung in front of 10,000 festive picnickers who turned it into a family outing. The ghost here is a particular art critic as the people in the restaurant in the old courthouse can attest to.” We then proceed to Mackenzie House where a ghost liked to float over the caretaker’s wife while she was lying in bed.

Another haunted tour, the Muddy York Haunted Tour, (run for 16 years by Richard Fiennes- Clinton), begins at the Royal Ontario Museum and goes through the University of Toronto grounds. This popular tour takes the walkers through the dark history of the university and Queen’s Park . At University College we’re shown the door with axe marks from when Ivan Reznikoff chased Paul Diablos in a jealous rage through the unfinished building. But Diablos had a dagger hidden and stabbed Reznikoff to death, dragged and hid his body in the building. A fire in later years exposed the body of a man, believed to be Rezinkoff, whose ghost still wanders the building seeking justice. Finally, Queen’s Park is home to three female apparitions. According to Fiennes - Clinton, “There is a white lady who wanders the halls weeping; the Maiden, a woman in a chequered dress who hides her face in her apron; and the most disturbing is the woman who hangs from a hook in a basement tunnel, simply named the Hanging Woman. These women are said to date back to the old institution built on this site around 1842, when it was the University Hospital for the Insane.”

PHOTO: TORONTO HAUNTED WALK

Above Rowena Brook Toronto Manager of the Toronto Haunted Walk

Below University College, U of T Axe marks from a violent confrontation over a woman can still be seen on this door.

The Toronto Haunted Walk reservations: (416) 238-1473 www.hauntedwalk.com, student rate $16.75 Muddy York Tours: (416) 487-9076, or email richard@muddyyorktours.com, group rates available. DIY Haunted Ghost Tour Download from www.Torontoghosts.org, Free!

PHOTO: KAREN NICKEL/THE DIALOG

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FRIGHT FEATURE

October 15– October 28, 2013

Zombie horde of 10,000 expected to invade downtown Toronto ALENA KHABIBULLINA Staff Reporter

The afternoon sun will slowly fall down, reflecting off the rolling back bleary eyes in the freshly severed head. At three post meridian a middle-aged woman will break this dreaded nature morte, tossing the head to the furiously happy drop-dead mob. This will be the start signal of an evil ritual which will make a swarm of walking dead stagger in the downtown core in a search of the living flesh. A zombie apocalypse will actually happen on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. More than 10,000 rotting corpses will gather for The Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade at Nathan Phillips Square. The ‘middle-aged’ scream queen Linnea Quigley, best known for her role in The Return of the Living Dead, will be responsible for its opening, judging the annual costume contest and signing autographs. “Every year we have a special grand marshal,” Munster said. “Quigley will be throwing a severed head to start the walk. Return of the Living Dead really influenced me when I was young, it’s really a huge treat for me.” Munster insists that she was the initial creator of the

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zombie walks, which grew from seven people gathering to a massive public event. “I am not mistaken, it was the first zombie walk. After it became a worldwide phenomenon there were tons of groups who came out of the woodwork, claiming they started the first one. The truth is there have been zombie gatherings, but the first gathering that was a free public event open to anyone and titled a zombie walk was in Toronto in 2003.” Apart from regular zombies, the walk will officially open its doors to all kind of monsters and feature krewes like Loco Riders, The Ontario Ghostbusters and many more. Munster specified “The truth is we always got a few monsters, some witches and werewolves. And zombies pride themselves to being inclusive. So we wanted to open it up to them and invite all monsters to walk with us. Monsters unite!” Involvement of organizations such as Heart and Stroke Foundation and Green Peace proves high social importance of the event. Through the ‘CPR Makes You Undead’ campaign they raise awareness on the importance of learning hands-only CPR. “We are hoping to save some lives while pretending we are dead,” said Munster. “But there will be other krewes in the parade with some other missions. For example, Greenpeace has a team going

as nuke zombies. I am very excited that we can create a platform in which we can support our charity of choice but also allow others to bring their own voices and ideas to the actual walk and parade,” said Munster. The parade will be lead by Canadian band Rambunctious with nine horns and three drummers, playing a funeral dirge. There will be also zombie marching band The Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School Drumline and hiphop dance crew, some performing secondary schools and US horror punk-ska team The Independents.

PHOTO: JACKMAN CHIU

Above A close shave with death at the 2013 Zombie Walk.


October 15– October 28, 2013

FRIGHT FEATURE

After Dark Film Festival set to horrify viewers for the eighth year Alena Khabibullina Staff Reporter

Toronto After Dark Film Festival presents its eighth annual event from Oct. 17-25 for those who are ready for the dreadful ride. It is one of the best showcases of horror, sci-fi and cult cinema held this year in Scotiabank Theatre. Premiering a diverse assortment of feature-length and short films from around the world, the festival builds a creative platform for emerging international and Canadian filmmakers. A world premiere of a horror thriller Silent Retreat with the first-time Canadian filmmaker Tricia Lee will be held on Oct. 20. According to their Indiegogo profile page, In December 2011, Lee attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat. When the kernel from Tricia’s experience was fertilized with the creative juices from Corey Brown’s (writing partner) mind, Silent Retreat was born. Inspired by the world’s largest genre film festivals like Fantasia in Montreal and Fantastic in Austin, the founder Adam Lopez inaugurated After Dark Film Festival on Oct. 2006. Filling this kind of gap in a violent entertainment for the Halloween season in Toronto, the festival showcases alternative cinemas which attract all horror amateurs. “Thematically playing up to that vibe, we show science fiction, martial art films, straight comedies that have an edginess or darkness to it,” senior programmer, Peter Kuplowsky said. “We are abstractly a horror film festival but I’d say 60 per cent of our lineup is horror and 40 per cent – in some other sort of field.” The festival selected 19 feature films over 700 submissions. Also, one short sidebar program which will be finished every night by Pub After Dark events.

Three years after Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican film We Are What We Are played at the Cannes Festival, Jim Mickle’s American remake will premiere in Toronto on Oct. 17. The horror-thriller about time-honored tradition of one small town family ritual cannibalism is the opening gala’s film this year. The closing gala’s film is a new Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. “It is kind of an anti-slasher film because the antagonist is actually down for the count for the most of the movie,” Kuplowsky said. “I think they frustrate and reverse one’s expectations on how the slash movie should operate.” Other terribly tempting movies for all tastes can be found in this year festival program www.torontoafterdark.com. Kuplowsky recommended the most interesting ones: •

Jesse T. Cook’s movie Septic Man (Canada) is “the grossest film of the festival and a bizarre movie.” Kuplowsky compares it to a Japanese film by Shinya Tsukamoto Tetsuo: The Iron Man. “I kind of call him Canada zone Tetsuo. Moreover, it is making satirical class argument how the society can turn their back on blue collar workers.”

Peter Kuplowsky, senior programmer of the festival.

Bollywood movie Eega is about a man who is murdered who is successfully reincarnated as a house fly, and gets revenge on people who killed him. It is “like a Warner Brothers’ cartoon comes to life,” said Kuplowsky. The comedian Bobcat Goldthwait will attend this year’s festival to present “the scariest movie in the program,” Willow Creek, that he directed. The remarkable short film The Lamp will also be showcased. “It manages to create

incredible tension not with violence, not with gore, not even with a monster. It does it entirely through performance and direction,” said Kuplowsky. •

For the zombie amateurs After Dark arranges zombie appreciation night on the first Saturday of the festival and screening of two films: The Battery and Staller. PHOTO: ALENA KHABIBULLINA/THE DIALOG

Night of the Living Dead Live play brings black and white classic back to life KAREN NICKEL Staff Reporter

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Above “The Night of the Living Dead Live” is an homage to the original film, down to the black and white makeup and set design. From left to right: Tom (Andrew Fleming), Helen Cooper (Dale Boyer), and Ben (Darryl Hinds) onstage.

“They’re coming to get you, Barbra“, the iconic phrase anyone with a horror movie bone in their body will recognize is from George A. Romero’s groundbreaking, cult film, The Night of the Living Dead. Filmed in grainy black and white in 1968, it gave birth to the zombie phenomenon though there are no “zombies” in the film, but ghouls aplenty. It spawned countless movies and now made it’s way to the Toronto stage. ‘The Night of the Living Dead Live’, had it’s first run in Toronto this April. It was brought to us by director/ co-writer, Christopher Bond, one of the brains behind The Evil Dead, the Musical. With George A. Romero as executive producer along with Russ Steiner, the original “Johnny” the play had horror credibility before it began. The play is a homage to the original film, down to the black and white makeup and set design. It’s script playfully pokes fun at the character flaws of each member of the doomed group. Barbra, played beautifully by Gwynne Phillips, is hilarious in her traumatized, almost catatonic state as the other characters jockey for power and the only gun.

Wonderfully portrayed by Mike (Nug) Nahrgang, the character of angry, middle aged racist, Harry Cooper is a constant thorn in the side of the hero, Ben, played by Darryl Hinds. Ben’s character was controversial in the original film as it was one of the first times a black man was cast as hero in a film predominantly cast with white people. The play doesn’t shy away as it uses their racism to mock both Harry Cooper and Chief “shoot’ em in the head” McClelland played by co-writer, Trevor Martin. Dale Boyer, also a co-writer, plays both Harry’s bitter, sharp tongued wife Helen and, Judy, the vapid, love interest for Tom played by Anthony Fleming. Fleming has multiple roles, and it’s his role as Johnny that says the iconic phrase at the start of this article. By eliminating outdoor scenes, the play is able to explore a variety of hilarious ‘what if ’ scenarios, like, what if they did stay in the cellar since it’s “the safest place,” according to Harry Cooper. Then again, with my favourite character, Karen, the homicidal daughter of the Cooper’s (played by Phillips) in the basement, I wouldn’t bet on it. Night of the Living Dead Live is playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille from Oct. 5 to 27.

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ARTS & LIFE

October 15– October 28, 2013

Nuit Blanche: an unnatural phenomenon of art and culture ALENA KHABIBULLINA Staff Reporter

Nuit Blanche, sponsored by Scotiabank, artificially reproduces white nights’ natural phenomenon through art, gathering over a million visitors for one sleepless night on the brightly illuminated streets of downtown Toronto. This year the spectacular sundown-to-sunrise art festival returned in Toronto with more than 100 exhibitions for its eighth year. The city seemed to be ready to the event like never before: the TTC was open until 7:30 a.m. and GO was running extra trains and buses to and from Union Station. Mayor Rob Ford’s statement on the event’s website read, “Since 2006, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has showcased more than 850 official art projects created by nearly 3,500 local, national and international artists. This annual event has resulted in more than $138 million in economic gain for the city.” Convenient information centres let the public start their all-night art experience from three optional locations: YongeDundas, Nathan Phillips or David Pecaut squares where fresh-looking volunteer ambassadors provided everyone with a map, event guide and farewell wishes. Containing major art pieces, Nathan Phillips Square at-

tracted thousands of people, scurrying back and forth in search of creative inspiration or friends lost in the crowd. “I came here as a tour guide with the group of 40 ESL students. When we reached the square I found only four, the most persistent, ones. Such a mess!” said Jennifer Bran - one of the art victims. The puzzling structure “Forever Bicycles” by world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was one of the many bicycle installations around the city. More than three thousand interconnected bikes formed a 3-D kinetic sculpture which creates detail-endless visual effect. “In 2013, we celebrate the centenary of ‘Bicycle Wheel’, Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade,” an independent curator and Paris-based art critic, Ami Barak, said in the pages of Nuit Blanche guide. “He combined a bicycle wheel and a stool – and it has become central to the very notion of Art and artistic attitude towards objects.” “Crash Cars” consisted of two driverless cars constantly making figure-eight loops and a fluorescent light installation of a short poem “The rose is without why” were presented by French artists Alain Declercq and Boris Achour respectively. Another massive eye-catching installation, “Garden Tower” reminded viewers of a pile of chairs based on the

shape of the Tower of Babel. It was made by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata and will stay on display until Oct. 14. “The crew have taken to calling the work ‘Chairway to Heaven’ and if you line yourself up with the sculpture and the church you get a perfect tower of chairs culminating in the steeple,” wrote Julian Sleath, programming manager at the City of Toronto for Special Events, Economic Development and Culture, in the Huffington Post on Oct. 4. Besides the numerous exhibitions the public was able to take a parade route which was set along University Avenue. Curator of the “Parade”, Patrick Macaulay said, “The intent of Parade is to create, at first glance, an unconventional parade. The floats do not move forward and the people, who would normally be stationary, become the procession by actively participating in the parade. In essence all parades require pageantry and people. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche perhaps most patently encapsulates the power of this equation.” Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is a presentation of contemporary art, performed in various forms, including everyday items transformed by talent, which creates a feeling of wide art accessibility in and out the festival.

Above Ai Weiwei’s impressive Forever Bicycles.

Left & Right Views of Garden Tower by Tadashi Kawamata.

PHOTOS: ALENA KHABIBULLINA/THE DIALOG

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