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Massey Hall hosts the influential jazz fusion guitarist. 8 pm. $55-$85. RTH. Better brains Learn how a better tomorrow begins today for the 50-plus crowd at an information fair at Central ­Eglinton Community Centre. 9:15 am-3:15 pm. Free. ­

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Big horns-up for your cover feature on Deafheaven (NOW, February 27-​ March 5). As an avid metalhead, it’s great to see a talented band get some recognition. In regards to their place within the convoluted metal spectrum, black metal’s defining trait is un­ erring defiance against outmoded institutions. In that respect, Deafheaven’s willingness to push past genre conventions is pretty damn black metal. Troo kvlt, shmoo kvlt. Jake Eddy Toronto

Somehow we have a homophobic mayor

Indie elites versus snobbish metalheads

Letter-​writer Rob Harkness makes a reasonable point (NOW, February 27March 5). We should not complain about Rob Ford’s continued avoid­ance of the Pride parade. We really wouldn’t want him in the parade anyway since he is huge embarrassment to the city. However, Toronto is a relatively lib­ eral city in a relatively liberal coun­try, where same-​sex marriage is legal and widely practised, yet we have somehow managed to elect a homophobic mayor. That is not okay. David Palter Toronto

I love Deafheaven’s Sunbather album. However, the metal community’s negative response is very in­ter­est­ing and shouldn’t be ignored. It speaks to their frustration with the indie community. The metal community generally seek no validation or mainstream acceptance. But when something like Deafheaven pushes through, metalheads scoff. Because the band has faced genre purist snobbery, a lot of praise for Deaf­heaven implies that metal fans aren’t as open-minded as indie fans. When articles can talk about Deaf-

“ Deafheaven’s willingness to push past genre codes is pretty damn black metals.” Boycotts for gays in Russia?

Letter-​writer Mark Rubin (NOW, February 27-​March 5) wants to know why there was no boycott of Russia by gay groups during the Olympics and why gay groups in Toronto are calling for a boycott of Israel. Many groups around the world have now joined the struggle to sup-

port the Palestinian call for justice against Israel’s violations of international law. Some of these supporters are gay groups. If Rubin is so concerned about the plight of gays in Russia, he should issue his own call for a boycott. Ted Turner Toronto

Olympic backlash

The world was treated during the Olympics to a scintillating display of brazen cowardice by sick fucks masquerading as Cossack militia who ­apparently don’t think twice about horse-​whipping peaceful female demonstrators (NOW, February 27-​March 5). I still can’t bring myself to view the video on the net after having been exposed to it on TV. I’m still in shock! It simply underscores what’s been rumoured about gay-​bashers in Russia all along. Wil Gouzelis Toronto


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I just finished reading Travel Insecurity (NOW, February 25). The second paragraph states that the “Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposal to have all foreign nationals booking a flight to Canada first obtain an eTA, or Electronic Travel Authorization, is now winding its way through committee in Ottawa as part of a package of amendments to the Immigration And Refugee Protection Act.” However, not all foreign nationals would be subject to the eTA. Under the proposed rules, all foreign nationals travelling from visa-exempt countries, other than citizens of the United States, would be required to obtain an eTA prior to travelling to Canada. eTA is an important issue for the Canadian Airports Council and its members, and we appreciate the attention given to it in this article. The intent of this email is simply to ensure the nuance is accurately reflected. Elias Rassi Canadian Airports Council Ottawa

Buddy-buddy with Michael Bryant

Re Bryant’s Careful Comeback. (NOW, February 27-March 5). I have lost all respect for NDP MPP Rosario Marchese after reading Wayne Scott’s article. Politicians are all the same, buddybuddy with each other and willing to look the other way when it comes to helping out one of their own. If you still think Michael Bryant is innocent in the death of cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard, check out bryantwatch. There’s plenty of good reading there. Scott Ossington From


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sun’s warm’dover kimmel coverAge­ When Jimmy Kimmel taped his inter­ view with Mayor Rob Ford on Mon­ day evening (March 3), a handful of journalists watched it live from a green room in Kimmel’s Hollywood Boulevard studio. Toronto Sun col­ um­nist Joe Warmington was not among them. But that didn’t stop the Ford cheer­ leader from publishing a piece de­ clari­ng Ford’s appearance a “victory” before he’d actually seen it. It was first posted on the Sun’s web­site at 9:13 pm and later updated at 10:17 pm. The tweets of those who were in the studio indicate that Ford’s segments were taped between about 9:40 and 10 pm EST. The show airs on the East Coast at 11:35 pm. Here are some of the things Warmington said about the pro­ gram he could not yet have seen: • “From the push-back and so­ cial media indignation, you’d think Ford’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday was an apocalyptic moment in Toronto’s history.” • “Just 24 hours after the Oscars, Kimmel did not bring out a movie star but a new kind of sensation. And it doesn’t matter that the skilled com­ ic relentlessly poked fun at Ford and his Chris Farley, Tommy Boy-​like jour­ney and skilfully lampooned him.” • “Meanwhile, this appearance is a victory for Ford and Toronto – much to the chagrin of those who loath to acknowledge his mayoralty, let alone offer some deserved credit for push­ ing Toronto’s strong points in a nontraditional way to an audience much larger than any conventional plat­ form could provide.”

Warmington also attempted to ar­ gue, without irony or awareness, that Ford’s impact on Toronto has not been worse than O.J. Simpson’s was on L.A., and that concerns about his dragging down our city’s reputation are therefore misplaced.’s Marc Weisblott was first to tweet Warmington’s column (“Joe Warmington reviews a show be­ fore it airs”). Fifteen minutes later, amid suggestions from those in the studio that Ford’s appearance had been a disaster, the Sun pulled it down. (You can read it in Google’s cache.)

It was like a Chinese state media report on a successful space launch that was hours away. It was like a prematurely pub­ lished Chinese ​state ​media report on a successful spacecraft launch that was in fact still several hours away. Just after 11 pm, Warmington got Doug Ford on the phone and took a sec­ond stab at writing about the show without having seen it. It opened like this (spelling and punc­ tuation retained): “It seems Mayor Rob Ford walked into a bit of an ambush. An all out barrage maybe a better way to put it. “Turns out Mayor Rob Ford’s ap­ pearance on with Jimmy Kimmel was a lot tougher than he was ex­ pecting. The American TV star was relentless in his questions and showed four embarrassing videos.

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“He probably should have seen that coming.” It went on to quote Doug saying the mayor was “a little upset” but “did his best.” “In the background,” Warmington wrote, “I could hear the mayor saying he was ‘set up’ but did not seem angry or pouting.” This version went online around 11:40 pm, during the broadcast of Kimmel’s opening monologue. After actually watching the interview himself and evidently realizing that it was nothing like his first version nor as brutal as his second version, Warmington wrote a third take, which began: “No question Mayor Rob Ford walked into an ambush. An all out barrage may be a better way to put it. “But he handled it a lot of better than he thought he did and the way people were reporting he did.” People like Warmington himself, apparently. Other highlights: • “Kimmel did a masterful job of pulling all the sagas together but it didn’t come across nearly as damning as the guy at the centre of it thought it did.” • “He held his own. Ford hung in there OK. There’s no shame in it at all.” • “When you step back from it for a few minutes, it’s not nearly as bad as one thinks. Not even close.” • “In fact, Ford had some great comebacks and jokes of his own. “ • “The crowd wasn’t just laughing at Ford from my read of it. They were laughing at his jokes and enjoying his being a good sport about it all.” The online story was later updated at least once more to incorporate brief quotes from Mayor Ford himself (e.g., “It was fine”). But the version that ended up in print was actually stitched together from elements of Warmington’s first two attempts, along with additional material. I reached out to Warmington for comment on the way this unfolded – as well as on the Canadian Press story suggesting that he may have played a part in bringing Ford to Kimmel in the first place. But he declined, saying he may address it on his radio show Tuesday night. And so he did. As for the unusual evolution of his piece, he described the first version as “a seat-warmer kind of thing so that everyone could see how it was gonna fit on the page. And the story was always gonna be developing, it was never meant to go up online, but it ended up — someone made a mistake.” And on what was he basing his precognitive account of Ford’s appearance? “I was privy to some people that were involved in the show, who gave me some sense of what was supposed to happen. None of which did happen.” 3 | @goldsbie

Mayor Rob Ford’s dare to police Chief Bill Blair to arrest him last week sounds tough, but sounds more like the bluster of someone who’s worried he’s desperately cornered. Actually, it was at least the second time that Ford “dared” the chief to arrest him. He’s been spinning rhetoric against the police for months ahead of potential charges for his crack-related escapades. Ford knows full well that if charges come, they’ll take years to get to court. So he’s using the police investigation into the infamous crack video – and his alleged drug dealer’s and staff’s efforts to retrieve it – to full advantage to show that the police are out to get him. But as Ford’s crack anniversary looms and we head into an election, many wonder if, under the radar, the police really are getting ready to charge him. I see this is a misplaced hope. But there is one reason why Toronto’s red-faced mayor should think twice before he lets his mouth run off again: there has probably been a wire on him for the last four months. At NOW press time Wednesday Blair announced he has asked OPP to take an oversight role in Toronto police’s probe of Ford. At the risk of being accused of carrying water for the police, let me say first that as time goes on it’s increasingly likely that the police will never charge Ford.


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A criminal investigation is like cake. It gets stale. This may sound like I’m trying to be clever, but it’s true. Right off the bat, it’s a sure thing that Ford will never get charged for the crack he smoked, or for the marijuana or, sorry to say, any alleged drinking and driving. They’re in the past, and they’ll stay there. Eyewitnesses made statements under the threat of criminal charges if they lied. But there are time limitations (six months for some charges) and other requirements (e.g., you need the victim’s cooperation) that apply in court. Jailhouse witnesses are no more likely to turn now than they were last summer, and are more likely to be disbelieved. Ford’s alleged drug dealer, Sandro Lisi, is not going to testify against his good friend. The mayor’s latest drunken escapade at the Steak Queen restaurant prove that, if nothing else. Last year a mad search for the crack video that led to extortion charges against Lisi, a cloud of suspicion over the mayor’s office, a shooting in a Rexdale apartment building and a shakedown a few days later brought us no closer to a charge against the mayor. And yet we are no closer to a charge against the mayor. There’s nothing to say that Ford ordered Lisi to do what was necessary to get that video. The one caveat – or last vestige of hope, depending on your perspective – is that the police


WHY TORONTO’S RED-FACED MAYOR SHOULD THINK TWICE NEXT TIME ABOUT DARING THE POLICE CHIEF TO CHARGE HIM By DANIEL STEIN were in a good position to get a wire on Ford. This isn’t the United States. There are actually some strong barriers to putting a wire on someone here, thank god. But sometime around October 29 the police were in a good position to get over them. By then they had Ford on video smoking crack and enough evidence to charge Lisi with extortion, but the mayor had eluded their grasp. Maybe for good reason. Maybe, despite all of Ford’s criminal ways, Lisi had acted on his own. But the cops could now get a wire on the mayor if they wanted to. Hard to believe they passed that up. Any charges, I think, will depend on a wire alone. Witnesses against a person like Ford can’t take you far. The police need a smoking gun. One thing is for sure, though. Political foes who hope Ford’s downfall will come at the hands of the police are relying on a narrative that could ultimately benefit the mayor. In the meantime, voters and candidates know all they need to about how unfit he is for office. His conduct, as much as what to do about rapid transit in Toronto, is an issue facing this city. If candidates running for mayor treat Ford with kid gloves, they’re missing an opportunity to connect with voters. It would also show that his bullying worked. 3


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money puts him- or herself not only in a perceived but a di­rect conflict of interest. Regardless of the content of Mansbridge’s speech in December 2012, he was at an event funded by an industry steeped in controversy over its environmental record, methods and international interests. It’s the compensation that’s the issue, argues Jeffrey Dvorkin, former managing editor at the CBC and National Public Radio vice-president and ombudsman, currently a professor of journalism at the University of Toronto. Accepting money places the journalist “implicitly on [the payer’s] hook,” he says. Even if journalists don’t think they’re being compro­ mised, it’s clearly the intent of organizations that pay them to compromise them. Dvorkin says he was offered $15K to speak at an event held by Raytheon, the world’s largest producer

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“ If you are a­jour­nal­ist you c ­ annot a ­ ccept money to speak, whatever your ­altruistic ­motivation. Because if it’s altruism, you should be doing it for free. ” Andrew Mitrovica of guided missiles, a few years back. When he told the U.S. defence contractor that he would happily speak, but on his own dime, the invitation was revoked. “There is a lot of temptation for journalists to be beholden to interest groups,” says Dvorkin. “Journalists have to beware that their reputation is on the line.” Andrew Mitrovica, an investigative journalist for­ mer­ly for the CBC and CTV’s W5, among others, who was one of the first to report on the Murphy conflict, puts it this way: “If you are a journalist and you dePeter Mansbridge scribe yourself as a journalist, you cannot accept mo­ ney to speak, whatever your altruistic motivation. Because if it’s altruism, you should be doing it for free.” The altruism Mitrovica’s referring to is Mansbridge’s mention in a blog post last week that he occasionally donates the proceeds of his speeches. Mansbridge defends himself in the post by stating that he care­fully scrutinizes the appropriateness of events, speaks of his experiences but not his politics or opinions, and gives some of the proceeds – but not all – to charity. At one point he attempts to distance himself from his speaking engagements by stating that around half are booked by the Lavin Agency Speaker’s Bureau. It’s not clear how much Mansbridge was paid for his speech for CAPP in 2012. Agency CEO David Lavin would divulge no information, financial or otherwise, about his clients or his business. What is most ironic about this entire issue, which is a bit of a no-brainer since the first rule of journalism is “Don’t cover people who pay you,” is that there is a clear precedent for dealing with conflict of interest at the CBC. Mitrovica reminded panelists on February 28’s edition of The Current about Dale Goldhawk, a former CCC host. He was president of the Alliance of Ca­nadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) while freelancing at the CBC in 1988, when free trade was a federal campaign issue. As a result of a column he wrote in ACTRA’s paper, Actra Scope, discussing the union’s stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement, senior management at the CBC presented Goldhawk with an ultimatum: resign as president of ACTRA or leave his job as host of CCC. He bowed out as president of ACTRA. Later, the issue landed in court, where the CBC was found not once, but twice guilty of unfair labour practices. At the time, the CBC’s defence was that it was following its standards of transparency and impartiality. Rex Murphy

CBC’s Peter principle mother corp revamping its conflict rules after two of its celebrity journos take speaking fees from big oil By CYNTHIA McQUEEN


s Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC prides itself on its fair and balanced reporting. Glitzy commercials featuring the network’s top news, tele­vision and radio personalities plug the CBC’s journalistic rep – most of which, it must be said, is well ​deserved. But the fees that two of its most famous celebrity journalists accepted from Big Oil for speaking engagements have proved a slippery ethical prop­o­sition for the Mother Corp. Recently, Rex Murphy, Peter Mansbridge and a host of other CBC journalists disclosed that they receive money for giving speeches. CBC Radio’s The Current, in what looked like an attempt to get out in front of the controversy, organized a panel discussion on the issue on February 7. But nary a representative from the CBC spoke to the issue. At the end of the show, The Current’s regular host, Anna Maria Tremonti (she wasn’t hosting Friday), stated in a pre-recorded message that she, too, has accept­ ed payment for speaking at events. When NOW contacted Jennifer McGuire, editor-inchief at CBC, asking about the conflict of interest, she replied by email that the policy was under review. Then the CBC’s media spokesperson clarified that McGuire would be available to discuss the issue sometime in March. In the speech that started it all to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) in November 2013, Murphy lambasted rocker Neil Young’s opposi­


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tion to the Keystone XL pipeline. Slated to carry tar sands crude to the U.S., the project is currently under review by the Obama administration in the face of widespread opposition stateside. “I wouldn’t take advice from Neil Young if he was talking about the Bare Naked Ladies,” Murphy joked. Sarah Schmidt, editor of Press Progress, who first broke the story, says her organization first started “poking around” when he “went at Neil Young on The National. And we were all struck.… It was really vitriolic language.” When Schmidt discovered that he speaks regularly at Big Oil events, “we wanted to make the point that as viewers they should know that he speaks at events sponsored by or organized by Big Oil and we think it’s a matter of disclosure.” The official line from CBC is that Murphy is a com­ men­tator and freelancer for Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup (CCC) and therefore free to accept money for speeches about all things, including his support for the tar sands. While Schmidt says she understands that CBC distinguishes between freelancers and staff, “as viewers we don’t delineate between Rex Murphy as a free­ lancer and someone else who’s not on staff.” Is there a difference when we’re talking about the face of CBC News, Peter Mansbridge, who also accepted a large sum in 2012 to speak at an oil and gas industry event organized by CAPP? The general consensus among experts in journalism ethics is that any journalist who accepts

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CONFESSIONS OF A DUMPSTER DIVER The story of a human freegan who came to see scavenging as a radical reclaiming of her own food security By EDITH WILSON



fair helping of student poverty and some old CrimethInc. magazines encouraged me to take a tentative first step into the city’s dumpsters, and I have been happily making like a human seagull ever since. The results have been astounding. The food I find is of excellent quality and so varied, I could never dream of eating it if I were paying for it. My latest haul from dumpster diving reads like a grocery list: eight red peppers, parsnips, sweet potatoes and yams, one orange pepper, one wine-bottle-sized zucchini, 12 apples, two oranges, 10 gigantic leaves of various cabbages, a package of chow mein noodles, a bag of challah dinner rolls and a few lonely banana peppers. I might be forgetting a few things. Like many things in life, my decision to scavenge for most of my food results from a mixture of principle and necessity. The principle is that in Canada approximately $27 billion worth of food goes to waste every year, while one in eight families struggle to put food on the table and one in four food bank users have a university education. Globally, the UN Food and Agricul-


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Edith Wilson on a recent dumpster run in Kensington Market

tural Organization (FAO) reports that “about 222 million tons of food are wasted per year at the consumer level in developed countries.” It goes on to point out that this amount is almost equal to total net food production in sub-Saharan Africa, which is 230 million tons per year. Considering the stress on the environment that growing food entails, this amount of waste isn’t just a hunger issue, but also an environmental problem. Why would I let edible food go to landfill when I can feed myself for free and do my part to reduce waste? There is so much good, healthy food just sitting there in tidy green bins and dumpsters in Kensington Market and elsewhere at the end of the day, it seems silly to not help myself. Although there is a social stigma attached to living off things other people do not want, the self-sufficiency and food security this has brought to my life cannot be overstated. If we addressed the stigma head-on, could scavenging become an empowering solution for some poor people facing poverty who may not have considered the option before? When I talk about dumpster diving, people’s eyes just about pop out of their heads. Well-meaning offers to buy me groceries sometimes ensue. These reactions, though, are predicated on the assumption that dumpster diving always means rooting through piles of rotting vegetables mixed in with diapers and other unmentionables. Not so. Yes, some of it is a little gross, and your hand may indeed touch something

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squishy. You’ll be able to tell, though, whe­ther something is truly nasty or just slightly blemished. Scavenging from specifically foodcentred businesses doesn’t usually pose these problems. All that’s in the bin, besides a few empty coffee cups people have carelessly tossed in, is food that the business couldn’t sell. The demand in grocery stores for

aesthetically pleasing food means that about 30 per cent of produce is rejected before it even reaches the shelf, according to Second Harvest. A whole bunch of apples with just a couple of bruises will get tossed away as unsellable. We’re not talking garbage here. We’re talking edible, honest-to-goodness food. It just happens to be in a place most people consider the end


of the line. Still, there are a few rules you should follow: avoid anything with meat in it; a little mould can just be cut off; wash everything with a tiny splash of bleach and some soap – scrub, rinse and you’re good to go. Because the delicious whole food (pun totally intended) you’ve found is indeed slightly overripe, it’s a good idea to cook the ripest bits the night you harvest or the next day. A good variety of veggies and fruit is constantly touted as the easiest way to get healthy, but who can afford the optimal variety suggested by nutritionists, health magazines

and the Canada Food Guide? More and more, access to healthy food is an issue of social equality and, among sociologists like me and other social scientists, a marker of econo­mic class. Studies show that because healthier food tends to be more expensive, richer people have healthier diets and thus lower rates of obesity and other health problems. When we consider that hunger and health are closely linked to class divisions, we can start to see scavenging as a radical reclaiming of one’s own food security.

Knowing that I can fend for myself not only in the wild but also in an urban environment isn’t just liberating financially; it’s also empowering. We’ve all been socialized, but our hunter-gatherer self is still in there. I never had time to cook until it became a matter of subsistence, and then I made a Monday-night ritual out of it: scavenge, scrub, cook, with a couple of beers and some old-school punk rock on the stereo. Let’s eliminate the stigma against people helping themselves to free food and get together and make soup. 3

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KIEV I now share something with the millions of immigrants who escaped conflict and came to North America with nothing but their stories and memories of unfolding history: the desire to share mine. A month ago I arrived in Kiev to work on the score of a film about the 1932-33 famine known as The Holo­d­ o­mor. My assignment was to travel across the Ukraine, record rare sounds from local masters and amateurs, and arrange them to tell the story of the genocide that left up to 7.5 million dead and continues to

shape ongoing events in the nation’s struggle for independence. Despite warnings from my American director to “stay away from the flame” and focus on the task at hand, I went to Kiev’s Independence Square, the Maidan – just once, I told myself. What I found there was an ad hoc village of canvas tents, tires, fragmented crates, sliced barrels and flags. It was a self-sustaining enclave with field kitchens, libraries, clinics, toilets, warming stations and a stage. Bags of ice and snow scraped from the street by volunteers and reinforced with other materials formed

massive barricades protecting the site from vehicular traffic, advancing riot police and “titushki” (government-hired thugs). Volunteers guarded entrances, doled out hot food, sorted warm cloth­ing and blankets, and carried sup­plies from one part of the Maidan to another. The spirit of these volunteers – risking their lives in subzero temperatures – stirred my own Ukrainian an­cestral passions and compelled me to remain at the Maidan for the next few weeks throughout the revolution, even as bullets and grenades

hit bodies near me, and concerned friends in Canada and the United States begged me to return. Most journalists focused on the lead­ers and parliament. I got to know the people who built this village – not politicians or generals or international financiers, but electricians, beekeepers, massage therapists, shop class teachers, tattoo artists, waiters, farmers, journalists, students – whose goals had outgrown a desire to have closer ties with Europe. Their aim became that of basic human rights: to live in a non-corrupt democracy in which the government defends the rights and freedoms of its citizens. The Ukrainian president and Russian media minions mis-characterized these people as “ex­trem­ists” and “terrorists” and even went as far as to claim the peaceful revolution was a neo-Nazi uprising. Fighting broke out February 18 between the protesters wielding busted-up cobblestones and homemade Molotov cocktails and the secret services armed with tear gas, fire hoses, grenades and Kalashnikovs. For the next three days, government forces pushed back protesters, beat or killed them, took hostages and burned buildings.


Russian Presi­dent Vladimir Putin finds himself stuck between economic and diplomatic sanctions and attempting to overtake an unstable and divided Ukraine. After​former president Viktor Yanukovych fled in the wake of violence that left 77 people dead and nearly 600 wounded when protesters demanded his resignation, Russia seized control of the ­Crimea region. Putin’s forces are ­currently occupying the area. The world’s editorialists weigh in on what may be store.

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Days after the protests ended, Russia took advantage of a vacuum of power in the country and seized Crimea. The new composition of the cabinet has left people unsatisfied, feeling they lack professionalism and experience. The new government hasn’t brought security or unity to the country. Many question why they have not detained at least one official from the previous government.


Russia’s Moscow Times German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Putin was “out of this world” in a recent phone call as she attempts to open a line between Moscow and Kiev. However, perhaps the West is out of touch, too. U.S. intelligence informed President Barack Obama that war in Crimea was not possible, even after Russia seized the area. The West needs the will to implement strict sanctions.


Germany’s Der Spiegel

The interim government is struggling to avoid corruption while holding hands with Yulia Tymo­shenko, herself a part of the establishment recently overthrown. ­Although many of Yanukovych’s former allies have left his side, they fear the profiteer­ing will continue with different beneficiaries.

France’s Le Parisien The Crimea is the biggest win for Putin because it’s 60 per cent ethnic Russian, because it has provoked a chasm like that caused by the fall of the USSR. The U.S. has done nothing but raise tensions by suspending its military links with Russia.

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Two seemingly unrelated events take place this week: The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention and International Women’s Day. If you’re not associated with the min­ing industry, you probably wouldn’t realize the convention was happening un­less you tried to book a hotel room. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a considerably more visible and boisterous event in Toronto. It may seem like a stretch to con­ nect these two disparate events, but in my work as gender justice coordin­ ator at KAIROS, I can’t help but see the convergence. Women are affected by the min­ ing industry as a result of a rise in water contamination, sex work and alcoholism that often accompanies the opening of mines. I’ve travelled to countries in Latin America and spoken with communi­ ties affected by mining. Wo­men are first to feel the effects of water con­ tamination because they use it daily for cooking, washing clothes and bathing themselves and their chil­ dren. I’ve heard indigenous women describe the destruction of the en­ vironment, of Mother Earth, as a vio­ lation of their own bodies – part of their concept of territory that in­ cludes not only land but all inter­ actions of animals, peoples and the environment. I’ve heard repeatedly that in­ creased alcohol consumption and prostitution, the familiar downside of the sudden influx of cash and de­

velopment in mining towns, have led to an increase in domestic and sexual violence against women. In the community of San Miguel Ixtahuacán in Guatemala, I was told that the number of cantinas (bars) has increased from four to 100 since the Marlin gold mine opened a few years ago. I’ve also heard of neighbours and family members pitted against one another because of differences

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Last July, an Ontario court ruled that Angelica Choc’s case against HudBay Minerals Inc. and two of its subsidiar­ies can proceed to trial here. The lawsuit alleges that wrongful actions and omissions by the compa­nies and their employees led to the death of her husband, Adolfo Ich Chamán. around mining projects. “My brother wants me dead,” one man told me. He opposes the mine his brother sup­ ports. Are the thousands of people in­ volved in the mining industry aware of the impacts on women? When water testing and use are dis­cussed, do they realize that the first people who come in contact with this water are women and chil­ dren? The coincidence of PDAC and IWD compels us to recognize the impacts of mining on women as well as their role in protecting the environment continued on page 24 œ

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and defending community rights – a role that has made women targets of repression and threats. I am fortunate to be able to work with these women and find inspira­ tion in their human rights work. Two

women I met on a recent trip to Gua­ temala come to mind. Sister Maudilia Lopez is from San Miguel Ixtahuacán in San Marcos, in the shadow of the Marlin Mine. She’s a woman of the Maya Mam people, a Catholic nun and a member of the Pastoral Committee for Defense of Mother Earth. She compares the role of women in protecting the environ­ ment to the love and fierceness of a 5.833” mother catTrim: defending her young. Lo­

pez has become so absorbed in this work that she is pursuing a PhD on indigenous theology, women and min­­ing. Another woman I met is Angelica Choc, a grandmother of four and mother of five, she’s Maya Q’eqchi’ from the nickel-​rich region of El Es­ tor. Four years ago, in September 2009, Choc’s husband, Adolfo Ich Chamán, a teacher and com­munity leader who was violently killed al­

legedly by security forces working for the mining industry. Today she is making history by taking her case to the Canadian courts. In the documentary film Defen­ sora, Choc explains why she decided to pursue the case legally,, “The last year has been a time of terrible sad­ ness and of mourning. Now is the time for justice.” Far from being thwarted, women

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So where are those high standards today? The CBC’s Code Of Conduct states that all “CBC/Radio Canada employ­ ees shall serve the public interest by: never using their official roles to inappropriate­ly obtain an advantage for themselves.” Under the Conflict Of Interest And Ethics section, it states: “Employees must not use their positions to fur­ ther their personal interests.” The code, like that at the Globe and Mail and countless other reputable news organizations, clearly states that journalists are not to accept com­pensation or gifts for their work – dinner and possibly a beverage aside. In an email, Sylvia Stead, the Globe and Mail’s public editor, writes that that paper’s code allows staff to re­ ceive payment for speeches. The ma­ jor caveat is that “permission will gen­erally be denied to any writer or editor routinely involved in coverage affecting the organization offering the payment.” Mansbridge says in his blog that he regularly turns down some speech requests because they would be in­ appropriate, but if he considers CAPP fair game, what other engagements would he be willing to accept?

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have been empowered by their ex­ perience of resistance. Women who have never before been involved pub­licly or politically have become out­spoken advocates for their com­ mu­nity and the environment. I know Lopez and Choc will be cele­ brating IWD in Guatemala. I will hold them in my heart as I rally in Toronto March 8. 3 Rachel Warden is Latin American partnerships and gender justice program coordinator for ­K AIROS.

Romayne Smith-​Fullerton, ethics editor at J-​Source and a professor of journalism at the University of West­ ern Ontario, feels Mansbridge showed a lapse of judgment by speak­ ing to CAPP. If journalism is about being a watch­dog, then it’s definitely not about “rubbing shoulders with peo­ ple for cash from the tar sands,” says Smith-Fullerton. While Smith-Fullerton and Dvor­ kin say it’s important for public broad­casters to make themselves available to speak at some events, Smith-Fullerton says the photo of Mansbridge behind a lectern bearing the CAPP emblem is what people will remember, not what he talked about. The CBC is in a unique position be­ cause its “public mission is to offer a range of diverse viewpoints and also to offer an opportunity for people to [get] the highest-quality news and public affairs programs right across the country,” says Smith-Fullerton. Because some places in Canada can­not access a diversity of media, the “CBC has a particular onus to do the very best they can.” After all, the ethics editor suggests, the sacred mission of journalism “is to provide citizens with the informa­ tion they need to be free and self-​ gov­erning in a democracy.” Says Dvorkin, “The concept of what the CBC stands for has been ser­ iously weakened.” 3 | @CynthiaJMcQueen


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Thursday, March 6


Happy Birthday Toronto – Celebrating 180

Years! (Evergreen Brick Works) Semi-formal cocktail party with big band music and presentations about the city’s past, present and future. 7:30 pm. $40. The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner. ­

Living With IBD And Other Autoimmune Diseases (Aaron’s Apple) Speakers on issues

pertinent to adults and children with IBD, cocktails, a silent auction and more. 7 pm. $50. Shamba Foundation, 48 Yonge. Preregister Snap! (AIDS Comm of Toronto) Gala fundraiser with live and silent auctions of photographs. 5:30 pm. $100. Andrew Richards ­Design, 571 Adelaide E. snap-­


AGO First Thursdays: Long Winter Takeover Art conversations, pop-up perform-

ances, music and more with Egyptrixx, Astra Taylor, Jordan Tannahill and others. 7 pm. $15, adv $12. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W.

Child Soldier Recruitment In Intra-State Armed Conflicts Science for Peace lecture

by political science professor Vera Achvarina. 7 pm. Free. University College, rm 179, 15 King’s College Circle. ­ Dx3 Digital marketing, advertising and retailing conference. 8 am-4:30 pm. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. d ­ Exploring The Built Environment Talk by photographer Andrew Emond. 8 pm. $10. Toronto Camera Club, 587 Mt Pleasant. ­

From Things To Villas To Princely Gifts: Maiolica For Renaissance Dukes And Dutchesses Or Urbino Lecture by professor Timothy Wilson. 6:30 pm. $20. Gardiner ­Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080, ­ Home ECOnomics Workshop on how to make your home more comfortable and save on energy bills. 6:30 pm. Free. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge. 416-395-5535. Humanities: Past, Present, Future Discussion on the present state and future direction of the humanities with professor John Ralston Saul and others. 6 pm. Free. George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 3rd fl, 245 Church.

International Home And Garden Show

Seminars, expert advice, interior design, home and garden products, and more with experts including Kimberley Seldon and Robert Koci. To Mar 9. $15, srs/child $12, under 8 free. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. internationalhome­

IIs Multiculturalism Bad For Women?

Discussion with author/professor Irshad Manji and broadcaster Steve Paikin. 7 pm.


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Charity Gala (Peggy Su, a recent immigrant diagnosed with brain cancer) Great Gatsby-themed event with the Advocats Big Band Jazz Orchestra, comedians, a silent auction and more. 7 pm. $40 (­ Revival Bar, 783 College. ­ The Dumbells – Soldiers Of Song (Toronto’s First Post Office) The musical/comedy troupe performs a show recognizing the 100th anniversary of the first world war. 7:30 pm. $25. St Lawrence Hall, 157 King E. c­

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Highway Of Tears screens as part of the Human Rights Watch fest, March 6 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Bloor W), Randolp Theatre (736 Bathurst). Mar 6 to 16

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annual showcase of new writing, worksin-progress and experimental theatre and staged readings. $15, Sat readings pwyc, festival pass $40. 70 Berkeley, ­Studio. ­ Mar 12 to 30

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

­ erformances by British Teeth, B*tches P Leave, Kids in the Hall, the Sketchersons, Fratwurst and many others. $15-$39, 4-show pass $50. Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington), Comedy Bar (945 Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. Preregister ­

New Working Class Leadership And ­Prospects For Socialist Politics In South Africa Talk by Irvin Jim. 7 pm. Free. Steel-

workers Hall, 25 Cecil. frederick.peters1968@ Nintendo Knights Classic gaming tournament. 9 pm. $5. Handlebar, 159 Augusta. 647-748-3233, ­ Sheree Hovsepian The New York-based artist talks about her wall-based installations Material Gestures. 7 pm. Free. Drake Hotel Rm 222, 1150 Queen W. ­

When Your Kid(S) Just Can’t Shake It: Safe And Effective Natural Solutions For Long-Standing Ailments Seminar with a homeopath. 7 pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129, IWomen & Literature Luncheon and keynote address by author Lee Maracle. 11 am. $10. U of T St Michael’s College, Carr Hall, 100 St Joseph. Pre-register

Friday, March 7


The Hunger Banquet (Oxfam Canada’s

GROW Campaign) Live music, dining, a silent auction and discussion. 7 pm. $25, stu $15. Centre for Social Innovation Annex, 720 Bathurst.


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Women’s Day march and multidisciplinary art event with talks by artist Suzy Lake, Johanna Householder and others plus films, art, spoken word and more. Today and tomorrow. OCAD U, 100 McCaul. f­ Greenpeace Basic Actions Training Learn the skills to become an activist with the Canadian environmental movement. To Mar

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Screenings of films about human rights issues including LGBT rights, racism and violence against women. $5-$12. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. To Mar 6 New Creations Festival Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the hottest works in contemporary music. Concerts $14, some free events. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe. To Mar 7

icanas Aluna Theatre festival of theatre for human rights. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E. ­ To Mar 9 Spotlight On Israeli Culture Festival of contemporary Israeli art, film, photography, video, theatre, dance and music. Various venues and prices. ­ To Mar 31 Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival Demonstrations, wagon rides, entertainment, maple syrup pancakes and more. Free w/ admission. Kortright Centre, Pine Valley and Major Mackenzie (Kleinburg). 905832-2289. To Apr 6

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Daniela Saioni and others. 7 pm. $10-$15. ­Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Indigenous Ways To Build Relationships

Workshop for urban aboriginal women and youth. 12:30-4:30 pm. $125. Native Women’s Resource Centre, 191 Gerrard E. Pre-register MrMarch Mania In The Valley! Explore historic homes and sample 19th-century treats. To Mar 16, 11 am-4 pm. Free w/admission. Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery. 416396-2819.

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Love Under The Time Of Apartheid Israeli Apartheid Week panel discussion with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid’s Natalie Kouri-Towe. 7 pm. Free. Bahen Centre, BA 1170, 40 St George. events/685831088124880. PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER Rebel Films screening and discussion. 7 pm. $4. OISE, rm 4-422, 252 Bloor W. IRafea: Solar Mama Documentary film screening and discussion on a program in India that trains illiterate women to become solar engineers. 7 pm. Free. Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford. Salon Emploi Bilingue Employment, education and immigration fair. Noon-5 pm. Free. The Suites, 1 King W. Toronto Comicon Pop culture and entertainment event, featuring presentations and Q&As with celebrities and more. To Mar 9. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. ­

Saturday, March 8


INice Girls Benefit (Anduhyaun shelter for

Aboriginal women) All-female music and comedy show with Lucy Conte, Jana Peck, MC


Canadian Screen Awards FanZone Fans take photos with some of Canada’s biggest stars. 11 am-1 pm. Free. Eaton Centre Level 2, Yonge and Dundas.­ canadianscreenawards. Cheesy Goodness & Infinite Warehouse

Philosophy prof Erik Anderson talks about the importance of “cheesiness” as a term of aesthetic evaluation in Western popular culture. 1 pm. Free. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen W. 416-395-0067.

Gardiner Museum 30-Year Anniversary Weekend Guided tours of Ron Thom and the Allied Arts exhibit (11 am & 2 pm), opening of two new exhibits, family activities and more. Today and tomorrow 10 am-5 pm. Free. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Pk. ­

IInternational Women’s Day Rally And March March and rally celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Rally 11 am, march 1 pm. Free. OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor W. 416-441-3663 ext 224. Israeli Apartheid Week Cultural Night Performances celebrating the intersection of art and resistance include poetry, films and visual art. 7 pm. Free (donations appreciated). Ryerson Student Centre, Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould. Luca Caminati On Mamma Roma The Italian cinema scholar discusses Pasolini’s postneorealist masterpiece. 4 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 50 King W.

MrMarch Break At Colborne Lodge

Drop in for house tours and kids’ activities. To Mar 16, 12:30-4 pm. Free w/ admission. Colborne Lodge, High Park. 416-392-6916. MrMarch Break At The AGO The Hot

Wheels Track Builder Challenge, Kids’ Gallery, a gallery-wide game of Clue, art-making, family yoga and more. To Mar 16, 10 am-4 pm. Free w/ admission. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. MMarch Break At The Science Centre Activities include a look at evolution, the physics of skateboarding and the sky at night. To Mar 16, weekdays 10 am to 4 pm, weekends 10 am to 5 pm. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000. MrMarch ‘Musements Drop-in activities for kids of all ages include Victorian crafts and cooking. To Mar 16 Mon-Fri noon-4 pm, Sat & Sun noon-5 pm. Free w/ admission. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond. 416-392-6915. Maryse Goudreau Artist brunch and discussion on photography, landscape and performance. Noon-2 pm. Pwyc. Gallery 44, 401 Richmond W #120. 416-979-3941. rMouse City Transit Summit City-builders ages two to seven construct a model city for storybook mice out of recycled materials and explore the challenge of urban congestion with author/artist Barbara Reid. 10:30 am. Free. Lillian Smith Library, 239 College. Pre-register Murder At the ROM Scavenger Hunt Murder mystery team scavenger hunt for adults. Noon. $30. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Pre-register MrNAISA Sound Bash New Adventures in Sound Art celebration with an installation (March 1 to 30), fun fair and concerts. To Mar 16, 10 am-3 pm. installation & fun fair $2, concerts $10. Artscape Wychwood Barns, NAISA Space, 602 Christie, #252.­festival/sound-bash. 5Pink Ink Informal creative writing drop-in for LGBT youth 14 to 29. 2 pm. Free. Yorkville Library, 22 Yorkville. 416-393-7660.

Rethinking The Syrian Golan In The Con-

text Of Apartheid Israeli Apartheid Week talk by Arab Academic Assoc member Bashar Tarabieh. 2 pm. Free. Location tba. ­ MrROM Celebrates March Break Earth Rangers shows, space rocks, dinosaurs, hieroglyphics and more. Through Mar 16, 11 am-4 pm. Free w/ admission. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000. Saag Paneer Workshop South Asian cooking workshop. 1-4 pm. $55. West End Food Co-op, 1229 Queen W. Pre-register ­ MrSherlock Holmes Mystery Kids make disguises, and de-code and solve mysteries. To Mar 16. Weekdays 11:30 am-4:30 pm, weekends 10 am-4:30 pm. Free w/ admission. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross. 416-736-1733. & Emmanuel Jal – 4 Sudan

Film screening of War Child, update on Sudan and performance by Jal. 1:15-5 pm. Free. North York Civic Centre Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge. Pre-register rWinter Waterfowl Event Learn about the winter snowbirds that spend the summer breeding in the Arctic and the winter in the waters around Toronto. 10 am-noon. Free. Tommy Thompson Park, foot of Leslie. 416-661-6600 ext 5770.

IWomen: Destroy The Patriarchical Prison System! Mapuche anti-colonial,

anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist solidarity night with a film screening and talk by Orllanda Pimentel of the Landless Workers Movement. 7 pm. Harvest Noon Cafe, 16 Bancroft. ­ IWomen Moving Forward IWD celebration with speakers including senator Anne C Cools, councillor Frances Nunziata and others. 1:30-5:30 pm. New Hope Tabernacle, 2431 St Clair W. 416-604-3447. IWomen On The Front Line Documentary screening and panel discussion on women’s rights in Iran. 1 pm. $10. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. eventbriteca. World Day Of Prayer Join in prayer to celebrate Egypt. 11 am. Free. Hillcrest Christian Church, 2 Vaughan.

Sunday, March 9 How Art And Science Can Work Together To Encourage New Ways To Undersand The World Discussion. 3 pm. Free. Medical


New Music 101: Soundstreams And Spectrum Music Presentation on bringing new

music into the digital realm. 7 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. m ­ usicgalleryorg.

Reaching The Tipping Point? Anti-­ Normalization & Academic Boycott From South African To Canada Panel discussion with South African anti-apartheid activist Salim Vally and others. 7 pm. Free. Ramsay Wright Lab, RW110, 25 Harbord. ­

Shambahala: Not Being Afraid Of Who You Are Talkby Daniel Hessey. 7 pm. $10.

Shambhala Meditation Centre, 670 Bloor W. ­

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Kimberley Seldon appears at the Home And Garden Show on March 6. Sciences Bldg, JJR Macleod Auditorium, 1 King’s College Circle. royalcanadianinstitute. org. rMosaic Storytelling Festival Donna Dudinsky and Rukhsana Khan share folk tales and traditional stories from Persia and Arabia. 3 pm. Pwyc ($5 suggested). St David’s Anglican Church Parish Hall, 40 Donlands. ­

IRevisiting Violence Against Women: Focus Turkey Panel discussion with profes-

sors Sedef Arat-Koc, Idil Atak and others. 2:30 pm. Free. Bahen Centre, rm 1170, 40 St George. rSamba Drumming Drop-in workshop for adults and kids. 11 am-noon. $10. Drum Artz Community Centre, 27 Primrose. ­ Wrestlestock The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers presents three championship matches including the Ethan Page vs John Greed rematch. 4 pm. $12-$15. Rockpile East, 2787A Eglinton E. ­

Monday, March 10 Chanting Join in chanting for peace, happi-

ness and spiritual growth. 7 pm. Free. Tao Sangha Toronto Healing Centre, 375 Jane. 416-925-7575. Cultural Adaptation Workshop for people new to the Canadian workplace on adapting to starting a new job in Canada. Noon-1:30 pm. Free. Ryerson University, JOR06, 380 Victoria.

Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg Film clips and talk by critic Shlomo

Schwartzberg. 7 pm. $11, stu $6. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. An Evening With Ferran Adria The chef talks about his cuisine, techniques and creative process. 7 pm. $25. Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcast Centre, 250 Front W. ­ MFilm Camp For Teens Teens learn to produce, write, shoot, act in and edit their own films. To Mar 14, daily 10 am-5:30 pm. $445. Centre for the Arts, 918 Bathurst. Pre-register ­

MrHarbourfront March Break Camps

Day camps for kids three to 15 include Urban Explorers and Creative Explorations. To Mar 14. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Pre-register 416-973-4000.

MrMarch Break At The Legislative Assembly Kids six to 10 dress up in Parliament-

ary robes, go on a scavenger hunt and explore the historic building. To Mar 14, 10 am-noon. Free (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park. Pre-register 416-325-0061. Meditation Introductory class. 7 pm. Free. College/Shaw Library, 766 College. 416-5390234, ­

Seminar on crowdfunding and more. 6 pm. $60. Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba. Pre-register ­ Trampoline Hall Mini-lectures curated by Xenia Benivolski, hosted by Misha Glouberman. 8 pm. $5-$6. Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. ­ MrWar Of 1812 March Break Musket practice, sword drills,historic cooking, exhibits, costumed staff and more. To Mar 14, 10 am-3 pm. Free w/ admission. Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison. 416-392-6907.

Tuesday, March 11 Backbench Revolt Or Parliamentary Reform? Lecture by Wellington-Halton Hills MP and author Michael Chong. 7:30 pm. Free. Hart House Music Rm, 7 Hart House Circle. ­

Dirt! The Movie: A Story With Heart And Soil Green 13 film screening and talk on the

environmental, economic, social and political impact that soil has. 6:15 pm. Free. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor W. ­

How To Avoid A Fukushima Disaster In Ontario Talk by nuclear-free advocate Jack Gibbons plus music by Anthony Wilson, ­Layah Jane and others. 7 pm. Free. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. Innovating In Co-Working Spaces Talk by Creative Blueprint founder Ashley Proctor. 7 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. ­ MrMarch Break Adventures Kids seven to 11 make lunch in a historic kitchen and create an old-fashioned toy. Today and tomorrow 9 am-4:30 pm. $30/day. Gibson House, 5172 Yonge. 416-395-7432.

Memory And Mourning In The Work Of Doris Salcedo A talk on Salcedo’s artwork.

2:30 pm. Free. York University, 4700 Keele, Founders College rm 305.­founders. 5Men’s Undies Only Yoga Yoga class. $20, stu $15. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. ­ Peru & The Inca Trail Travel talk. 6:30 pm. Free. Adventure Travel Co, 408 King W. ­ Ron Deibert The political science professor talks about surveillance and cyper-espionage. 7 pm. Free. Hart House Debates Rm, 7 Hart House Circle. U Can... Master Your Time Talk on time management. 6:30 pm. Free. Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor W. t­ Water Gardens As Eco Systems Scarborough Garden & Horticultural Society lecture by Martin Galloway. 7:30 pm. Free. Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston.

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IRed Panty Diaries (Femme International) Menstruation-themed stand-up comedy performances by Zabrina Chevannes, Jess Beaulieu, Sara Hennessey and others. 8 pm. $15. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-5880307, ­

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Bio-Art Workshop Learn to use biological materials to make engaging artwork. 7-10 pm. $20-$25. Action Potential Lab, 451 Christie. Pre-register CBC Connects A weekly live show lets you connect with CBC personalities. Noon-1 pm. Free. CBC Broadcasting Centre Atrium, 250 Front W. I 5Dare To Be Bare Women’s clothing optional yoga class. $20, stu $15. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. Pre-register MrDisney On Ice: Let’s Party! Characters from 16 Disney stories come to life on the ice. To Mar 16. $23-$98. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way. ­ 5Generations Of Queer The exhibition opens with a conversation with artists John Greyson, Elisha Lim and Kiley May. 6:30 pm. Free. OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul. IGirl Power Anti-Bullying Workshop

Drop-in workshop for girls aged 12-17, parents welcome. 4-6 pm. Free. Leaside Library Community Room, 165 McRae. 416-396-3835.

Helping Young Entrepreneurs Start A Business Talk about programs offered by the Canadian Youth Business Fdn that support

young entrepreneurs 13 to 39. 6:30 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-395-5577. Make Your Own Cream Perfume Mini-workshop using essential oils. 7-8:30 pm. Free (­materials $10). Karma Co-op, 739 Palmerston. Pre-register manager@­ Parliamentary Reform Bill Presentation on the Reform Act by MP Michael Chong. 7 pm. Free. Ralph Thornton Center, 765 Queen E. 5QueerCab A monthly open-mic night for youth features music, spoken word, standup, drag and more. 8 pm. Pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, ­

The Rite Of Return: Canadian Jewish Artists And Contemporary Poland Panel discussion with photographer David Kaufman, filmmaker Michael Rubenfeld and others. 7 pm. $10. Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 ­Bathurst. 416-781-3514.

Staging The Everyday: Location, Lighting & Portraiture Workshop with Jamie Campbell. 6-9 pm. $50-$60. Gallery 44, 401 Richmond W #120. Pre-register 416-979-3941.


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Used Book Sale (Toronto Public Library) Clearance sale of library materials. Today 10 am-8 pm; tomorrow 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Mar 15, 9 am-4 pm. Free (books from $0.10 to $0.50).

Reference Library, 789 Yonge.

IThe Vagina Monologues Meets The F Word (Centre of Women’s Studies in Education/Nellie’s Shelter) Benefit performance of the Jennifer Phillips play combined with Eve Ensler’s monologues. 7:30 pm. $16. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,


Be Your Own Advocate Seminar on navigating the health care system. 7 pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129. Camp-X Women’s Canadian Club meeting with historian Lynn Philip Hodgson talking about the military training camp. 2 pm. $10. St Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor E. 416463-3405. Davy The Punk Folksinger Bob Bossin and Bob Rae present songs, visuals and stories about the secret underworld of “Toronto The Good” in the 30s & 40s. 8 pm. $15. Randolph Academy, 736 Bathurst. ­pagesfestival. com. Flipbook Animation Kids learn how to animate their own cartoon characters. 1:30 pm. Free. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor W. 416-393-7697. Food Photography Talk by Robert Watson. 8 pm. $10. Toronto Camera Club, 587 Mt Pleasant. Nerd Nite Toronto Talks on royalty and the media, the physics of fire, trivia and Pi Day celebrations. 8 pm. $5. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick. Printmaking For Teens Teens 12 to 19 learn how to create their own eco-bag design. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston. Pre-register 416-393-7680. Taxing For Fairness And Prosperity Science for Peace lecture by health and labour studies professor David Langille. 7 pm. Free. University College, rm 179, 15 King’s College Circle. ­ Ukulele Night Teens learn to play the ukulele. 4 pm. Free. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence E. 416-395-5710. Writing Urban Fantasy: Find Magic In Your Neighbourhood Workshop on using

the library as a jumping-off point with ­author Leah Bobet. 2 pm. Free. Cedarbrae Library, 545 Markham. 416-396-8850.  3


Can’t-miss events celebrating International Women’s Day


Watch award-​winning documentary Rafea: Solar Mama, following 40 grandmothers through their solar engineer training at India’s Barefoot College, in celebration of International Women’s Day at the Noor Cultural Centre. Rafea brings her education home to Jordan and ­attempts to change her Bedouin ­culture by sharing her newfound knowledge with women. Friday (March 7), 7 pm. Free. 123 Wynford. See the trailer and get more details at


Do it for your grandma, your mom, your sister, your aunt and for yourself. It’s not a national holiday in Cana­da, yet, but International Women’s Day needs your support. Come out to take power, demand a living minimum wage, rally and march. All are welcome. Join your ­sisters and be stronger together. ­Saturday (March 8). Free. Rally 11 am at OISE, 252 Bloor West. March 1 pm ending at 55 Gould.


It’s a well-​documented fact that women who have information about

Zabrina Chevannes stands up to boost Femme International on March 12.

their sexual health and hygiene are more likely to be effective agents for change. Femme International is ­committed to educating females and sending them supplies. The Red Panty Diaries funder for the org presents a night of stand-​up on the subject of menstruation, featuring Zabrina Chevannes, Jess Beaulieu and many more comics sure to make you see red – but in a good way – Wednesday (March 12), at 8 pm. $15. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West. 416-​588-​0307. e f h c t e k s o t n toro

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Skin + Bones owners Daniel and Lisa Clarke (clockwise from top left) tart up brunch with cinnamon buns, their Ploughman’s Buffet, a roasted mushroom stew with l­ entils and poached eggs ­sided with greens, and a ­creative take on eggs ­Benedict featuring a slab of porchetta.

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Carlaw, 416-524-5209, s­ kinandbonesto.­com, @­skinandbonesto) Complete brunches for $30 per person, including tax, tip and a mimosa. Average main $15. Open for brunch Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating­: NNNN

There’s the inevitable lineup out front of Leslieville’s Lady Marmalade this subarctic Sunday morn, but two blocks away we’ve got Skin + Bones to ourselves. Since opening in November 2012, swanky S+B has been somewhat of a hard sell, more chic west-side supper club than hippy-dippy brunch spot. If this were Dundas and Ossington, the joint would be jumping. “It takes the neighbourhood a while to warm up to something new,” says owner Daniel Clarke. “They want to see that


you’re committed to the long haul.” To lure reluctant locals, Clarke instituted brunch service in December. The rapidly filling room around us suggests they approve. And what a room it is! Instead of thrift-shop dinette suites and loopy bric-a-brac, we find a sleek loungey bar up front and a much larger vaulted room to the rear, a former mechanic’s garage dominated by an open kitchen and a long buffet table. You

could fit a dozen SUV strollers in here – and you will, seeing as rug rats under five eat for free – and you wouldn’t even notice (much), so cavernous is the family-friendly space. Suitably fortified with a round of $6 Campari spritzers, we opt for à la carte to start. Those who dismiss eggs Benedict as merely eggs with egg sauce will have a change of heart over brunch chef Tara Lee’s clever spin, now a great honkin’ slab of tenderpink pork belly porchetta, complete with cracklin’, topped with a yolky, sous-vide slow-poached, freerange egg covered in textbook hollandaise. A cheesy polenta purée laced with wilted kale replaces the traditional English muffin ($14 with grilled housebaked sourdough). The ex-Cowbell sous sends out crisply fried chicken breasts in buttermilk batter offset by crunchy apple slaw ($14) and meaty mushroom stew thick with leeks and du Puy

lentils and finished with more of those terrific sous-vide eggs ($11 with salad). A side of triple-cooked potato wedges with ranch dressing ($6) goes with almost everything. There’s also peanut butter and jelly French toast ($5) and Callebaut hot chocolate ($3) for the small fry. She only makes a hash of the smoked brisket hash, an indifferent fry-up of spuds, ’shrooms and shredded beef topped with a fried egg ($12). But what of that all-you-can-eat spread? Although you can do Bones’s Ploughman’s Buffet on its own ($14, children 10 and under $9), it’s a bigger bargain as a $3 add-on to any of the

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ville’s swanky Windsor Arms Hotel come May. He’s also launching his east-​side bakery in the sorely under-​used Queen Live Market at Queen and John.

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moving his popular if tiny Ici Bistro (538 Manning, at Harbord, 416-​536-​ 0079,, @jpco_ici) into York-

Famed for its waffle-​battered bacon, Lansdowne brunch spot Starving Artist has launched a second location on the Corso Italia (1078 St. Clair West, at Lauder, 416-​901-​7479, starvingartistbar. com, @starving4waffle). While the all-flapjack menu remains, the much larger space means shorter lineups, especially SD on the weekend. 


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1194 Bloor W, at Brock, 647-748-1194, ­, @KareliaKitchen It’s not just mid-century Scandinavian furniture that’s back in vogue. Leif Kravis and Donna Ashley’s Bloordale café brings back the popular open-faced smorrebrod sandwiches last seen locally at the Colonnade’s chic Copenhagen Room back in the 70s. They’ve also just introduced a $25 prix fixe brunch. Order this: Swedish-style Pitti y Panna potato hash thick with house-smoked loin bacon topped with an over-easy egg and artful pea shoots ($12). Brunch Saturday 11:30 am to 3 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Reservations accepted. ­Licensed. Access: barrier-free.

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Hanif Harji’s critically acclaimed tapas bar is a zoo by night, this stylish lounge moves at a sleepier pace come the cold light of day. What better time to pay attention to executive chef Stuart Cam-

480 King W, at Brant, 416-367-0505,, @PatriaTO Though club kings Charles Khabouth and

eron’s shareable Spanish-inspired plates instead of the scene? Order this: pizza-style flatbread cocas on cracker-thin crusts topped with white anchovies, green olives, salsa verde and

75 Portland, at King W, 416-599-2822,, @bucatoronto One-time McEwan acolyte Rob Gentile reproduces the luxe Italiana of mothership Buca as a casual and moderately priced all-day caffe with a kitchen open daily from 11 in the morning till 2 in the morning. Expect a lineup! Order this: the migliaccio, a cinnamonscented pork-blood crepe sided with boozy poached figs in chocolate sauce and crème anglaise made with buffalo milk ($10). Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. No reservations. Licensed. Access: ­barrier-free.

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96 Tecumseth, at Whitaker, 647-3526000,, @BeastRestaurant Formerly home to Susur Lee’s fabled Lotus, Scott Vivian and Rachelle Cadwell’s snout-to-tail beast-ro is home to one of the most locally focused kitchens around, and never more so than at their insanely popular midday weekend nosh. Don’t miss Rachelle’s donut du jour. Order this: the Beastwich, a great whack of southern-fried chicken thighs layered with pork-sausage gravy, pimento-studded cheese, house pickles and a runny sunny-side-up fried egg, all on a housebaked buttermilk biscuit ($14 with deepfried potato wedges). Brunch Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Reservations accepted. ­Licensed. Access: one step at door, washroom on same floor.

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146 Christie, at Pendrith, 647-716-6583, @BristolYardie Britpop DJ Davy Love recreates a proper UK-style back-alley caff complete with ­curated 60s soundtrack in an unlikely storefront just north of Christie Pitts. Order this: the homage to South American soccer superstar Maradona, aka fried bread topped with poached eggs, medium-rare grilled steak and garlicky Argentinian chimichurri sauce. Goal ($13)! Brunch Monday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. No reservations. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. 3

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Averna is like San Marzano tomatoes and high fashion, in that it’s left its imprint on Italy’s culture. First made commercially in 1868 (from the Averna family’s recipe, enjoyed for years by relatives and friends), the Sicilian liqueur was soon flowing freely throughout Italy. By the turn of the 20th century, Averna was so beloved in its motherland that the company became the official supplier to the royal household, whose coat of arms is still proudly printed on the label. Its full caramel and herbal qualities make Averna a tasty digestivo and an intriguing cocktail ingredient. Keep it in the freezer for frosty post-feast shots or mix up an Averna Stormy with spicy ginger beer and a squeeze of lemon. Price 750 ml/$24.30 Availability LCBO 208363

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“What’s in those little bottles?” That’s a question frequently posed to bartenders by bemused guests. The answer is bitters. Originally created as medicinal tonics, aromatic cocktail seasonings have become a common sight behind T.O. bars. Think of them as a barkeep’s version of Maldon salt and fresh ground pepper. There’s a cornucopia of flavours to choose from (thanks in large part to Queen West’s BYOB), but I’ve been reaching for a few favourite bottles of homegrown bitters this winter.

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rakia bar 690 Euclid, 647-350-4227, ­

Every European nation has its version of traditional fruit spirits. Often high-proof, minimally aged and avidly consumed by patriarchs, they’re known as eau-de-vie in France, grappa in Italy, palinka in Hungary, schnapps in Germany. Throughout the Balkans, it’s called rakia. Most commonly made from grapes or overripe plums (slivovitz), rakia is distilled from pretty much any fruit, including apricots, quince, figs and cherries. The homemade stuff can be a wrecking ball for ill-informed lightweights (I doubt many Slavic grandfathers use hydrometers), but as I discovered at Rakia Bar’s new Annex location, Serbia’s national spirit can be smooth and sophisticated, with a tantalizing bouquet of plump fruit one moment and a whiff of fertile earth the next. In short, a welcome departure from “the usual.” Rakia Bar’s new space – it’s a franchise with a spot in Leslieville (1402B Queen East, 416778-8800) and four in Serbia – is tucked just above Bloor on Euclid, in the former Hrvati Bar. The cute, comfortable room, studded with wine barrels and accented in Rakia Bar’s trademark fuchsia, offers communal seating for raucous rakia or wall-hugging high tops for romantic rakia – the choice is yours.


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Naturally, we settle in close proximity to the booze: at the bar. The rakia list is laid out as a series of whimsical descriptions – creative but likely frustrating for our poor bartender, whom we pepper with questions. He takes them like a champ. They’ve run out of quince when I visit, but I only sulk until my first sniff of apricot palinka ($9.50), and by the time I’ve worked my way through a few glasses – including Rakia Bar’s special imports ($13) and infusions like honey/mint slivovitz – I’m unflappable, though not quite soggy enough to spring for the 30-year-old Grandfather at $35 a shot. Other brandies and eaux-de-vie are available, along with wine and cocktails like the Blondinski (strawberry grappa, limoncello and prosecco, $8). While the Leslieville location stocks a wider range of spirits, the Annex locale offers an assortment of eastern European tallboys (I’m talking about beer, not stately men of Slavic descent). Those daydreaming about patio season should note that Rakia Bar Annex opens a large back patio come summer. In the meantime, if you’re looking to cultivate an internal glow indoors, rakia sure does the trick. Access Four stairs at entrance, washrooms in the basement. Hours Tuesday to Thursday 5 pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday 5 pm to 2 am


Bittered Sling Suius Cherry ­Bitters Crafted by Vancouver chef and mixologist duo Jonathan Chovancek and ­Lauren Mote, the Suius Cherry bitters have seasoned a crop of my drinks this winter, their boldness and complexity mingling perfectly with burly brown spirits like bourbon, rum and Scotch. Availability $25 at ­thecraftybartender. com, or $26 at BYOB (972 Queen West, 416858-2932, ­

Coster’s Prescription Coffee & A Smoke Bitters I’ve been dousing mezcal and whisky with these deep, cigar tobacco-smoked bitters, the brainchild of Profile Wine Group’s Mark Coster. He had Scotch in mind when crafting this particular flavour, described as “making out with Tom Waits at six in the morning.” Availibility $13 at t­ hecraftybartender. com, $19 at BYOB

Dillon’s Bitter Pear Dillon’s, purveyors of the fine local gin and white dog splashed all over Toronto drinks lists, also have a line of bitters barkeeps keep in heavy rotation. One of my seasonal go-tos is their Bitter Pear, with clean fruit backed by rich vanilla. A few dashes mixes a killer ­cognac Manhattan, and it’s equally ­delish with gin or tequila. Available at $14.95 at

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1. Samsung Galaxy S4 Woody case ($29, The Woody, 2. Moschino Agostino panda iPhone 5 cover ($75, 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs navy Jet Set Pets Pickles iPhone 5 skin ($55, 4. Lavender case with silver studs for iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s ($60, Felony Case, 5. iPhone 5 Swan black hard case ($20, Virginia Johnson, 970 College, 416-516-3366,

Gone are the chunky leather phone cases of years past. A new generation of designer phone covers is turning well-dressed cells into the hottest accessories in town.



Pony down Magic Pony, one of our favourite spots for designer toys and quirky collectibles, is the latest indie Queen West retailer to shut its doors. After 10 years in business, the shop closed on Sunday. But all is not lost – continue to find Magic Pony online ( and at their Design Exchange pop-up shop (234 Bay, as part of the This Is Not A Toy exhibit until May 19.


While Preloved, a local favourite for redesigned vintage, closed its physical shop last month, it emerges stronger than ever with a new e-commerce site. Preloved’s one-of-a-kind garments are fashioned from handpicked quality vintage clothing and are entirely designed and manufactured in Canada. Check out the new shop at




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Light it up Fight the coldest, most depressing winter we’ve had in decades with the Philips goLITE BLU. Clinically proven to improve your mood and energy, this gadget gives off a sky-blue light that tricks your brain into thinking you’re on a boat in the Mediterranean. Or just hit the vitamin D pills and grappa. $229.99 from Personal Edge, 50 Bloor West, 416-925-3368, and others,

Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin, 416-789-3261, yorkdale. com) celebrates its 50th birthday this year and is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the golden anniversary. Shop exclusive commemorative golden goods from the likes of Ted Baker London, Michael Kors and MAC cosmetics, and stop by Yorkdale’s Guest Services to see a stunning golden gown hand-sewn by local designer Lucian Matis. If nothing else, Yorkdale certainly knows how to turn a birthday event into a shopping extravaganza. It’s Canada’s most profitable mall for a reason. NOW MARCH 6-12 2014



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Fashion Crimes 706 Queen West, 416-592-9001, ­, @FashionCrimes

Fashion Crimes owner and designer Pam Chorley specializes in all things glam. Her dress boutique is a wonder emporium of tulle, intricate beading and show-stopping sequins. After 30 years at the same location just east of Queen and Spadina, Chorley got tired of explaining why her painstakingly handmade gowns cost more than those at H&M and the other big-box stores on the strip. (For starters, they’re much better quality and not made in ethically suspect ­factories in Bangladesh.) “The shoppers attracted to that block are looking for the lowest common denominator,” she says. “Dresses for five bucks, really?” So Chorley picked up shop and moved further west to a quaint new location near Trinity Bellwoods. The new store is smaller, but Chorley plans to make up for that with an increased focus on bespoke and made-to-measure design. Her one-of-a-kind stunners have a cult following for a reason: they’re the kinds of dresses that make girls giddy. Stop by and you’ll see why her dresses are worth much more than $5. Fashion Crimes picks A favourite style of the moment is the Regency Shift Dress ($199) with a classic shape that’s flattering to all sizes. Customize it to fit your personal style by adding sleeves or adjusting its length. The shop also offers accessories galore to help you put together the perfect head-totoe look. The shop’s veiled toques ($49) are always a popular choice. Look for Chorley’s dresses can require a little saving up, and she knows that. A layaway program allows you make a down payment that holds your dream dress and pay off the rest over a few weeks. Hours Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm. 


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Bill Nye (The Science Guy) is having a pop culture comeback. Everyone’s favourite TV scientist is back in the public eye taking on global warming deniers and creationists in a big way, accumulating 1.25 million Twitter followers (@thescienceguy) in the process. Local brand Shelfies capitalizes on Nye’s found-again popularity and the statement sweater trend with their out-of-this-world Bill Nye sweater. Shelfies knows a thing or two about science. They use new sublimation printing technology to achieve photorealistic prints that appear to pop off the material. Nye and his signature bow tie have never looked better. $59.99,

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Aries Mar 21 | Apr 19 Are you between

jobs? Between romantic partners? Between secure foundations and clear mandates and reasons to get up each morning? Probably at least one of the above. Foggy whirlwinds may be your intimate companions. Being up-in-theair could be your customary vantage point. During your stay in this weird vacationland, please abstain from drawing conclusions about its implications for your value as a human being. Remember these words from author Terry Braverman: “It is important to detach our sense of self-worth from transitional circumstances, and maintain perspective on who we are by enhancing our sense of ‘self-mirth.’” Whimsy and levity can be your salvation, Aries. Lucky flux should be your mantra.

Taurus Apr 20 | May 20 The renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma once came to the home of computer pioneer Steve Jobs and performed a private concert. Jobs was deeply touched, and told Ma, “Your playing is the best argument I’ve ever heard for the existence of God, because I don’t really believe a human alone can do this.” Judging from the current astrological omens, Taurus, I’m guessing you will soon experience an equivalent phenomenon: a transcendent expression of love or beauty that moves you to suspect that magic is afoot. Even if you are an atheist, you are likely to feel the primal shiver that comes from having a close brush with enchantment.

Gemini May 21 | Jun 20 In my dream, I was leading a pep rally for a stadium full of Geminis. “Your intensity brings you great pleasure,” I told them over the public address system. “You seek the company of people who love you to be inspired. You must be appreciated for your enthusiasm, never shamed. Your drive for excellence doesn’t stress you out, it relaxes you. I hereby give you licence to laugh even louder and sing even stronger and think even smarter.” By now the crowd was cheering and I was bellowing. “It’s not cool to be cool,” I exulted. “It’s cool to be burning with a white-hot lust for life. You are rising to the next octave. You are playing harder than you have ever played.”

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prolific artist Pablo Picasso when he was 79 years old. “I’m much more curious about those I haven’t done yet.” I realize it might be controversial for me to suggest that you adopt a similar perspective, Cancerian. After all, you are renowned for being a connoisseur of old stories and past glories. One of your specialties is to keep memories alive and vibrant by feeding them with your generous love. To be clear, I don’t mean that you should apologize for or repress

those aptitudes. But for now – say, the next three weeks – I invite you to turn your attention to the exciting things you haven’t done yet.

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 I recommend that

you sleep with a special someone whose dreams you’d like to blend with yours. And when I say “sleep with,” I mean it literally; it’s not a euphemism for “having sex with.” To be clear: Making love with this person is fine if that’s what you both want. But my main point is that you will draw unexpected benefits from lying next to this companion as you both wander through the dreamtime. Being in your altered states together will give you inspiration you can’t get any other way. You won’t be sharing information on a conscious level, but that’s exactly the purpose: to be transformed together by what’s flowing back and forth between your deeper minds. For extra credit, collaborate on incubating a dream. Read this:

Virgo Aug 23 | Sep 22 “One chord is

fine,” said rock musician Lou Reed about his no-frills approach to writing songs. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” I recommend his perspective to you in the coming weeks, Virgo. Your detail-oriented appreciation of life’s complexity is one of your finest qualities, but every once in a while – like now – you can thrive by stripping down to the basics. This will be especially true about your approach to intimate relationships. For the time being, just assume that cultivating simplicity will generate the blessings you need most.

Libra Sep 23 | Oct 22 You Librans haven’t received enough gifts, goodies and compliments lately. For reasons I can’t discern, you have been deprived of your rightful share. It’s not fair! What can you do to rectify this imbalance in the cosmic ledger? How can you enhance your ability to attract the treats you deserve? It’s important that we solve this riddle, since you are entering a phase when your wants and needs will expand and deepen. Here’s what I can offer: I hereby authorize you to do whatever it takes to entice everyone into showering you with bounties, boons and bonuses. To jumpstart this process, shower yourself with bounties, boons and bonuses. Scorpio Oct 23 | Nov 21 “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing,” wrote the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius more than 1,800 years ago. Is that true for you, Scorpio? Do you experience more strenuous struggle and grunting exertion than frisky exuberance? Even if that’s usually the case, I’m guessing that in the coming weeks your default mode should be more akin to

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itch you are experiencing, neither chamomile nor aloe vera will bring you relief. Nor would over-the-counter medications like calamine lotion. No, Sagittarius. Your itch isn’t caused by something as tangible as a rash or hives, and can’t be soothed by any obvious healing agent. It is, shall we say, more in the realm of a soul itch – a prickly tickle that is hard to diagnose, let alone treat. I’m guessing that there may be just one effective cure: Become as still and quiet and empty as you possibly can, and then invite your Future Self to scratch it for you.

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up with an original invention, apply for a patent immediately. If you think of a bright idea, put it to work as soon as possible. If you figure out crucial clues that everyone else seems blind to, dispel the general ignorance as quickly as you can. This is a perfect moment for radical pragmatism carried out with expeditious savvy. It’s not a time when you should naively hope for the best with dreamy nonchalance. For the sake of your mental health and for the good of your extended family, be crisp, direct and forceful.

The ToronTo SkeTch comedy 523 Parliament St. Pisces Feb 19 | Mar 20 In the 1997 film Austin Powers, International Man Of FeSTival Tel 647.988.489 Mystery, the lead character announces that “‘Danger’ is my middle name.” Ever since, real people in the UK have been legally making “Danger” their middle name with surprising regularity. I think it would be smart fun for you Pisceans to add an inno­vative element to your identity in the coming days, maybe even a new middle name. But I recommend that you go in a different direction than Danger. A more suitable name might be “Changer,” to indicate you’re ready to eagerly embrace change. Or how about “Ranger,” to ­express a heightened desire to rove and gallivant?


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ecoholic SINK OR SWIM: THE FISH OIL GUIDE When you’re addicted to the planet By ADRIA VASIL

North Americans are popping over a billion dollars in fish supplements every year, so you want to make sure you’re not depleting the high seas of threatened species with every pill.

SHARK LIVER OIL Shark liver oil has lost its lustre now that krill oil is hogging the limelight in the supplements sector. The NGO WildLifeRisk recently documented that threatened whale sharks are being illegally turned into fish oil for export from China. Not good when a quarter of the world’s sharks are facing extinction. Manufacturers of most shark liver oil on shelves say theirs is a by-product of legal shark fishing, but major Canadian grocers like Loblaws have stopped selling shark meat entirely at the urging of Greenpeace and WWF. Besides, Health Canada has found that shark oil has the highest contaminant levels. SCORE: N

KRILL OIL Everyone’s talking up the miraculous health benefits of krill. Well, new research is raising questions about those claims, and enviro orgs want you to stay away from these tiny pink shrimplike creatures, most of which are harvested in the Antarctic, where they reproduce under sea ice. Even so-called sustainable krill has its critics. (See story below.) SCORE: N

ANCHOVY OIL For dinner, enviros say small forage fish like sardines and anchovies are best (and cleanest contaminant-wise). But the fish oil world is murkier. Last time I wrote about fish oils, Peru’s anchovy stock was thriving, but Peru’s president announced last year that the stock (the world’s biggest) was on the verge of collapse due to industry pillaging. Stocks have rebounded since Peru slashed quotas, but ocean campaigners say this wildly fluctuating megafishery is problematic. Ascenta (maker of NutraSea) says it tries to keep pressure off one stock by blending small fish (sardines, mackerel, anchovies) and wild squid. NOW brand also offers Peruvian forage fish blend. SCORE: NN

NORWEGIAN COD LIVER OIL/WILD ALASKAN SALMON OIL While Norway’s cod stocks were in trouble a while back, they’ve rebounded and are now mostly Marine Stewardship Council-certified (MSC), without formal objections from enviros, though bottom-trawling may be a problem. Alaska’s long-certified stocks are now in a certifier turf war, but they’re still considered a green consumer pick. Nordic Naturals uses MSC cod and avoids bottom-trawling. New Chapter (owned by Procter & Gamble) makes a Wholemega wild Alaskan salmon oil – the first to get an Ocean Wise seal from the Vancouver Aquarium. Like all major brands, both test for contaminants. SCORE: NNN

GREEN FIND OF THE WEEK COIR SEEDGROWING PELLETS AND POTS Having trouble believing this winter will ever end? Time to grow some hope. Yes, it’s seeding season, people, when Seedy Saturdays sprout up across the country (including at the Brick Works Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9) so you can swap ’n’ score local, heirloom and organic seeds. Gear up with coconut-huskbased coir grow pellets, pots, you name it, at your nearest garden centre. Lee Valley’s got ’em, as does Happy seeding!


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Environmental scientists are urging caution on krill.


You know when Dr. Oz is giving away 10,000 bottles of krill oil, as he did last month for the second year in a row, we’re waders-deep into a krill craze. Yes, krill is the crustacean sensation gripping the nation. This little pink shrimp-like thing is being touted as an amazing omega-rich replacement for fish oil. Health gurus have talked up its advantages over regular fishbased omega 3s, saying it’s absorbed faster, eliminates fish oil burp-back and gives you more

omegas ounce for ounce. Krill oil manufacturers are rejoicing, but not all scientists and environmentalists are joining in the festivities. In January, researchers with Australia’s federal agency for scientific research, CSIRO, published a critique of a recent trial asserting krill oil’s advantages over fish oil (FO). CSIRO scientists argued that the FO used in the study was watered down and far from “typical,” so the trial’s conclusions were “mis-



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ALGAE OIL The only DHA-containing omega oil without major oceanic implications is farmed algae oil. It’s renewable and sustainable, and tank-grown algae oils like those found in Udo’s Oil DHA 3-6-9 Blend don’t even take food out of the mouths of fish. Now, it doesn’t have all the same fatty acids as fish oil (namely, the EPA ain’t built in), which is why it doesn’t get a perfect score. However, it’s green, clean and full of healthpromoting properties. Udo’s Oil also contains organic flax, sunflower, evening primrose and other oils. SCORE: NNNN

leading and not justified.” Environmental NGOs are also urging caution. Andrea Kavanagh, senior officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Southern Ocean Sanctuaries, says krill catches have doubled in the last five to six years, and most vessels literally vacuum the sea to pull up enormous numbers. Antarctic fishing grounds overlap with the foraging grounds of krill-dependent penguins and seals – particularly bad news during breeding season, says Kavanagh. Add to that the fact that the Antarctic Peninsula faces some of the most intense impacts of climate change and that young krill rely on sea ice algae to survive. That means shrinking sea ice has direct consequences for krill and the species that depend on them. In 2010, Whole Foods sided with environmentalists and stopped selling krill oil. What about krill from sources certified by the Marine Stewardship Council? A coalition of over 30 NGOs, including Pew, formally objected to krill getting certified a few years back. Yes, certified krill all come

from one vessel that’s got a good system for reducing bycatch killing of other marine life. But Pew says MSC failed to assess the needs of predators dependent on krill. And so, says Kavanagh, “we cannot recommend krill oil consumption until the needs of predators like penguins are fully protected.” Instead, enviros suggest you share your concerns with manufacturers and urge them to support protected marine areas where krill catching would be banned for the sake of seals and penguins. No matter how good you think those krill pills make you feel, can a supplement be considered healthy if it’s jeopardizing the wellbeing of the planet? | @ecoholicnation

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ARMY GIRLS with FRESH SNOW, MICHAEL RAULT and WISH at the Garrison, Tuesday, February 25.


Rating: NNNN The same day NXNE announced its second round of programming, the fest threw a free concert at the Garrison. Despite their cool, feedback-rich, guitar-fuelled sound, it was hard to get into laid-back alt rock four-piece Wish, especially with their sometimes unconvincing vocals. In contrast, Michael Rault and his band played energetic, bluesy, Kinksian retro rock that was nearly impossible not to dance to. The decidedly more dramatic Fresh Snow were (mostly) obscured by a translucent white sheet upon which light patterns were projected, so you could really focus on the musicianship behind their textured, squalling, experimental rock. They’re a tough act to follow, but Carmen Elle’s charisma beats almost anything. As much as we love her fronting DIANA, that outfit’s synth pop

grooves don’t allow her to show off her explosive guitar chops the way garage-pop duo Army Girls can. Not to mention the full force of her pipes. She seems much more natural in this configuration with drummer Andy Smith. JULIA LECONTE

DEAFHEAVEN and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME at the Phoenix, Friday, February 28. Rating: NNN

As the debate continues as to whether Deafheaven are actually black metal, the San Francisco five-piece turned a “deaf” ear and played an impassioned set to a full house at the Phoenix. On a dark stage, founding members Kerry McCoy on guitar and George Clarke on harsh vocals held our attention most, the former for his Nothing Was The Same T-shirt and the latter for his theatrical, black-gloved gestures. Deafheaven’s songs start at the swell of a crescendo – shoegaze guitar walls and barrages of double-bass drum – and only come down for soft and moody clean guitar interludes. Those brief breaks were welcome live,

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THE BEVERLEYS with GREYS and MEXICAN SLANG at Sneaky Dee’s, Friday, February 28. Rating: NNN

With scream-singing, there’s a fine line between sounding ferocious and just being grating, and, thankfully, both of the Beverleys’ vocalists fall on the right side of that spectrum. At their best, the Toronto trio are reminiscent of Hole’s hook-heavy grunge pop (before Courtney Love became a little too much to deal with), but more controlled and more influenced by the ongoing garage rock revival. Their sound is primitive and raw, but the songs are well-written enough to stick in your head a long time. While it was the Beverleys’ EP release party, many in the crowd were clearly hyped for the post-hardcore shout-along riffs of Greys, who inspired mild-mannered moshing. Their sound isn’t particularly groundbreaking, but their onstage energy was contagious and they were impressively tight. Grunge revivalist openers Mexican Slang didn’t get quite as enthusiastic a reception, but singer/guitarist Annabelle Lee has promising stage presBENJAMIN BOLES ence, and the songs show potential. shaping an otherwise monolithic sound. Kids upfront tried moshing but soon realized the music was too contemplative for that. When Clarke announced the last song, a man beside me in a Between the Buried and Me jacket said, “Thank god.” Deafheaven and headliners BTBAM, you see, are an exercise in contrasts. DH are minimalist songwriters, while the North Carolina prog-metal quintet never pass up a chance to

change time signatures and genres, woodshed guitar solos and dole out synth breakdowns and intergalactic visuals. Exhausting, but fans of their recent album loved it. Bodies flew, dove and CARLA GILLIS surfed.

PHANTOGRAM at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Saturday, March 1. Rating: NNN

A lot has happened in Phantogram’s world since their last Toronto gig. After

releasing their debut album in 2009, duo Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel signed to a major, released the followup, Voices, and are now touring as a four-piece. The New Yorkers also bring a lighting guy to emphasize every emotive chord change in their polished live show. Their music funnels lots of 90s influences – the tumbling rhythms of Bristol trip-hop, quirky samples and droning Radiohead riffs – into a triumphant pop sound. Their recordings sometimes feel cluttered, but onstage each element sounded pristine. Though technically impressive, neither is a particularly distinctive singer, and they relied on effects and reverb to give their arena-sized melodies nuance and emotional resonance. Of the two, Barthel is the natural frontperson. Her bob cut a dramatic silhouette as she belted out crowd-pleasers like Don’t Move and Mouthful Of Diamonds. But despite the professionalism and poise, Phantogram still need that one big song to really take their KEVIN RITCHIE set over the top. NOW MARCH 6-12 2014




As if Torontonians didn’t have reason enough to escape the polar vortex, a talented group of the city’s best musicians are headed to the Lone Star State for South By Southwest (in Austin, March 11 to 16) – the largest music festival of its kind on the planet. Among them is Saidah Baba Talibah, the local rock ’n’ soul artist with the ferocious pipes, penchant for raunch and campy costumes to match her larger-thanlife stage presence. Talibah’s 2011 debut album, S(Cream), got a rave review from this magazine, and she’s currently working on RedBlack&Blue: three PledgeMusic-facilitated EPs that will eventually be whittled down to a 10-song album. (For more info, see For now, though, SXSW audiences are about to glimpse what local crowds already know: when you combine jazz, blues, rock and psych elements with this much personality, more is definitely more. Saidah Baba Talibah plays SXSW on Wednesday (March 12) at the Canadian Blast BBQ at Brush Square Park at 3:20 pm; and 512 Rooftop at 10 pm.


A diverse Toronto contingent is playing SXSW this year, and whether you’re a rap fiend or a rock fan, there’s someone for everyone. If you can’t make it to Austin yourself, many artists have local dates before or after the fest.

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Montreal doom folk duo MaicaMia ToronTo SkeTch areThe skilled at making their minimalist comedy compositions fill FeSTival rooms with big bluesy guitar tones, haunting vocals and March 6-16 crashing percussion. But on their new album, Des Era, they tackle a new challenge: making room for other musicians and instruments in their arrangements without disrupting that delicate balance between empty space and dramatic chords. “It’s a sensitive subject

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at times, but not in a bad way,” admits singer/guitarist Maica Armata from a tour stop in NYC. “It’s fun to play around with the songs like that, and to be able to see them in a different light,” explains percussionist Jonny Paradise. “They can grow in ways they might not have if you weren’t exploring different instrumentation.” During the recording of Des Era, producer Mauro Pezzente (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) began adding bass tracks to fill out their sound, which led to his joining them onstage for live shows. They soon found themselves playing some gigs as a five-piece, a huge shift from the sparse, melancholic experimental ballads they were originally known for. “We’re pretty adaptable now,” Paradise says.


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major change By BENJAMIN BOLES “We do some shows as a drums-andguitar duo, some shows with the sampler playing all the beats, and we also do shows as a full band.” The sampler is featured much more heavily on the new material, but they definitely haven’t jumped on the EDM bandwagon. The booming electronic kick drums and metallic synthetic hihats blend surprisingly gracefully with Armata’s reverb-drenched guitars, and give the songs a spooky, atmospheric quality. And while they have no intention of writing bouncy pop tunes any time soon, the next album won’t be quite as dark. “I know how to navigate minor keys more as a vocalist, but we are trying some major-key stuff,” says Armata. “You have to tell yourself you don’t sound like a dork just because you’re singing in a major key.” 3 | @benjaminboles

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Egyptrixx, Prince Nifty Art Gallery of Ontario, (317 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, March 6) Proto-house dubstep in Walker Court. Maica Mia, Khora Drake Underground (1150 Queen West), Friday (March 7) See preview, page 38. Souljazz Orchestra, DJ ­General Eclectic The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), F­ riday (March 7) Funk, soul, Afrobeat, jazz fusion. Long Winter Volume Five w/ Cancer Bats, JFM, Fiver, Greys, Ravi Naimpally, Grounders and others The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), F­ riday (March 7) Final art-music blowout of the season. A Tribe Called Red, Tom Wrecks The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Friday (March 7) Hip-hop, electronic, dubstep & chanting. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday (March 7) J-pop superstar. Ali Shaheed Muhammad, S ­ kratch Bastid Tattoo (567 Queen West), Friday (March 7) A Tribe Called Quest turntablist. Skull Fist, Fatality, Razorwire, Nonexistent Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), ­Friday (March 7) Eighties-inspired power metal. Trust, Mozart’s Sister Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide West), ­Saturday (March 8) See preview, page 43. Absolutely Free Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina), Saturday (March 8) Art rock LP release and pool party. Jamie Jones, Nitin, Sean Roman, Jeff Button CODA (794 Bathurst), Saturday (March 8) See preview, opposite page. Alvvays, Elsa, Etiquette, Twist Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (March 8) Surf-pop extravaganza. Billy JOel Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Sunday (March 9) The piano man cometh.


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Double Land doors 9 pm, $8. TF. April 4. DALEY Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm, $22. LN, TW. April 4. THUS OWLS Horseshoe. April 8. CAULDRON, PYRES, MANACLE Lee’s Palace 9 pm, $10. 1404406423152208. April 12. MICHAEL FEUERSTACK The Piston. April 13. BUDOS BAND Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm, $18.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. April 13. NEEMA Drake Hotel. April 15. VACATIONER, HELLOGOODBYE Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm, $16.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. April 17. TENSNAKE CODA 10 pm, $20. TW. April 19. JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD The Garrison doors 8:30 pm, $15.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. April 23. TEENAGE KICKS Record release Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $10. HS, RT, SS, TF. April 25. PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $13. HS, RT, SS, TF. April 26. LUKE & THE APOSTLES Hugh’s Room 8:30 pm, $23.50, adv $19.50. April 26.

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ages, $10. March 18. THE INTERNET The Hoxton doors 7 pm, $15. TW. March 22. CALVIN LOVE & TOPS Sneaky Dee’s doors 7 pm, $11. TW. March 22. CALIFORNIA X, HORMOANS, GUTS Smiling Buddha 9 pm, $7. March 22. HANSON BROTHERS Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm, $15. HS, RT, SS, TF. March 27. BIBLICAL Record release Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $10. HS, RT, SS, TF. March 29. MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE Phoenix Concert



Jamie Jones has a rep for heating up dance floors with sci-fi spiritualism. With his group Hot Natured, the Welsh DJ/producer, along with Lee Foss, Ali Love and Luca C (plus guest vocals from Toronto’s Starving Yet Full and Kenny Glasgow), recently released Different Sides Of The Sun, a mystical houseand techno-influenced LP. Now he’s back to serving up deep, melodical bangers for the 3 am set. Last fall he released the intergalactic EP Planets, Spaceships and hit the road with an arsenal of newly purchased records. Ahead of his gig at CODA this weekend, Jones talked to NOW about Star Trek, sampling cats and why timing is everything. How has working on a pop album with Hot Natured informed your approach to your solo music? It hasn’t really. Hot Natured has allowed my more vocal-oriented and indie sides to develop while I go deeper, weirder and more 3-am-sweaty-clubmusic with my solo stuff. There is definitely a crossover between the two, but I am always about


what’s next and what’s edgy, while Hot Natured are about good electronic dance songs. Where does your music’s planetary and sci-fi imagery come from? I’ve always been a huge sci-fi fan. I’m even a Trekkie. We have Star Trek pseudonyms in the studio with Hot Natured. They call me Black Picard, Ali Love is Spaz Riker, Lee is Bizzaro Data and Luca is Lesley Crusher. If you know us and know Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’ll understand.



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Slow Burnin’ Fire Tour Hugh’s Room 8:30 pm, $32, adv $29.50. June 6 and 7. FIRST AID KIT, WILLY MASON The Danforth Music Hall doors 8 pm, all ages, $22.50-$29. RT, SS, TW. June 6. ELIZA GILKYSON Hugh’s Room 8:30 pm, $27.50, adv $25. June 21.

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Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages, $20-$30. RT, SS, TM. May 10. YOU ME AT SIX Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages, $18.50. RT, SS, TF. May 15. CJ RAMONE Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $15. HS, RT, SS, TF. May 16.



Tour Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre doors 6:30 pm, all ages, $29.50-$49.50. LN, RT, SS, TM. August 6. YANNI Molson Amphitheatre $29.50$185. LN, TM. August 9.

Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm, $13.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. May 15. JOHN OTWAY & THE BIG BAND Rivoli doors 8:30 pm, $20. CB, RT, TW. May 24. EELS Winter Garden Theatre 8 pm, $29.50-$39.50. RTH. May 27. POLICA Virgin Mobile Mod Club doors 8 pm, $20. HS, RT, SS, TF. June 3.

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Thursday, March 6 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL

ALLEYCATZ Taxi (rock/top 40/dance). ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO First Thursday

QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE Wanting doors 7 pm, all ages.

ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC KOERNER HALL Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompñ son 8 pm. SILVER DOLLAR Meerkats, We Were Heads,

Borders, Astrojunk 9 pm. SMILING BUDDHA Dangerfield, Altona, False Hope, Jaded Voice (emo/post-hardcore) 8 pm. SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S Skip Tracer (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. STEAM WHISTLE BREWING Happy Birthday Toronto 7:30 pm. WRONGBAR Field Trip Presents Paradise Animals, River Tiber, Prince Innocence doors 9 pm.



THE BIER MARKT Daniella Watters 7 pm. CAMERON HOUSE Jane’s Party (Canadian

roots) 10 pm, Corin Raymond 6 pm. CAVERN BAR Open Mic 9 pm. FREE TIMES CAFE Best Of The Open Stage Tyler Miller, Dan Rho, Jason Hunter 8:30 pm. GROSSMAN’S Ernest Lee’s Celebration Ernest Lee & Cotton Traffic (blues/country/swing) 10 pm. HAWAII BAR Jack Marks (country/folk) 9:30 pm. HOLY OAK CAFE The Modern Farmer (folk) 10 pm, Hannah Naiman (old time ) 7:30 pm. HUGH’S ROOM The Grand Slambovians 8:30 pm. LAKE AFFECT LOUNGE Hot Wax (bluegrass/ folk) 8 pm. THE LOCAL Edgar Breau (singer/songwriter) 9 pm. MILESTONES Azalea (alt country) 7:30 pm, all ages. MONARCHS PUB Jerome Godboo, Kevin Vienneau, Eric Schenkman, Gary Craig 9 pm. NAWLINS JAZZ BAR Nothin’ But The Blues 8 pm. PRESS CLUB Erika Werry & David Celia (singer/ songwriter) 9:30 pm. ST LAWRENCE HALL Soldiers Of Song: A Tribute To The Dumbells and benefit for Toronto’s First Post Office Jason Wilson 7:30 pm. TRANZAC SOUTHERN CROSS Bluegrass Thursdays Houndstooth (bluegrass/old-time) 7:30 pm.

Egyptrixx, Prince Nifty 7-11:30 pm. ñ BAR RADIO Adam Beer-Colacino (roots) 9 pm. BOAT Hormoans doors 9 pm. ñ CROCODILE ROCK Sonic Parade 10 pm. ñ DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND Hervana w/ Nikki Fierce (alternative) doors 8 pm. ñ DRAKE HOTEL LOUNGE The Digs (funk) doors

11 pm.

THE GARRISON EP release The Shelters doors

9 pm.

HANDLEBAR Nintendo Knights Villainest 9 pm. HARLEM Treble Attack 8 pm. HORSESHOE Wakey!Wakey!, Jillette Johnson

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(acoustic duo performance) 8 pm. MÉLANGE Open Stage Lee Van Leer 9 pm. THE PAINTED LADY Lovers Rock Reggae Bard from the Club, DJ Yana Runa 10 pm. PAUPER’S PUB Jam Mike Barnes (rock) 10 pm. THE PISTON T2K10: 10th Anniversary Spectacular Desk Metal, the Pow Wows, The Two Koreas 9 pm. See album review, page 49.


TRANZAC MAIN HALL CD release show Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Bird City, Mr Hibbs & the Wizzle doors 7 pm. WISE GUYS Open Jam Jon Long 10 pm.

WAYLA BAR Random Play DJ Dwayne Minard



ARRAY SPACE Array Sessions #23 Polka Dogs

(jazz/classical/avant/improvised) 8 pm. EMMET RAY BAR John Wayne Swingtet (Gypsy swing) 9 pm.


Sirens Duo Volando (Michael Berkovsky, Lang Ning Liu) (piano) noon to 1 pm. GATE 403 Mélanie Brûlee’s Band (cabaret/ folk) 9 pm, Roberta Hunt Jazz & Blues Band 5 to 8 pm. THE JAZZ BISTRO Grant Stewart & Bernie Senensky Quartet 9 pm. KAMA Thursdays At Five Richard Underhill, Canadian Jazz Quartet (saxophone) 5 to 8 pm. LULA LOUNGE Brasstronomical: CD release The Heavyweights Brass Band, Jane Bunnett & Street Brass (jazz/funk/reggae) doors 7 pm. OLD MILL INN HOME SMITH BAR Carol McCartney Quartet 7:30 pm. REPOSADO The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). THE REX Israeli Jazz Showcase Gilad Hekselman Trio, Shai Maestro Trio, David Buchbinder Ensemble 7 pm.



CLINTON’S Throwback Thursdays (90s) doors 10 pm. CODA Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton Tour Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Jonwayne & Knxwledge doors 10 pm. CRAWFORD Twisted Thursdays DJ Law (video dance party). DANCE CAVE Transvision DJ Shannon (alt/indie/ electro/retro). DISGRACELAND A Hard Days Night DJ Nick Harris (rock/hip-hop favourites) 10 pm. EFS Untitled DJ Soundbwoy doors 10 pm. GLADSTONE HOTEL MELODY BAR If Walls Could Talk After Party DJs Katie Ritchie, Vanessa Dunn 9 pm. GOODHANDY’S T-Girl Party DJ Todd Klinck.5 RIVOLI POOL LOUNGE DJ Bunitall (R&B/hip-hop). ROUND VENUE Archi-Textures – LIGHT (house/ techno) 9 pm.


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Friday, March 7 ADELAIDE HALL Matt Webb, Marianas Trench, Fake Shark Real Zombie, Jessica Lee, Ben Zamora doors 6 pm, all ages. ALLEYCATZ Ascencion (R&B/soul/funk). AMSTERDAM BICYCLE CLUB Odd Soul (funk/ soul/R&B/Motown) 10 pm. BOVINE SEX CLUB Exes for Eyes, Harangue, Badgermilk 9 pm. CAMERON HOUSE BACK ROOM The Golden Dogs (pop rock). CAVERN BAR Robb Hill 9 pm. THE CENTRAL The Electric Revival. DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND Maica Mia, Khora (experimental/rock) doors 8 pm. See preview, page 38. THE GARRISON The Souljazz Orchestra, DJ General Eclectic (soul/jazz/funk) doors 10 pm. See album review, page49. THE GREAT HALL Long Winter Volume Five Cancer Bats, JFM, Ravi Naimpally, Fiver, Greys, S.H.I.T., So Young, Pick a Piper, Brr, Grounders, You’ll Never Get to Heaven, DJs John Caffery, DJ Cozmic Cat, DJ Cell Memory 7 pm. See You’ll Never Get To Heaven album review, page 49. HARD LUCK BAR Mitch Evans, What Fools, Amity Beach, the Turks (indie/alt rock). HARD ROCK CAFE Pop Goes The World Event Co Celebration Li Dong, Matt Lucker, Brian Seo, Keely Valentine, VJ Gee doors 9 pm. HORSESHOE Sleepy Sun (psych) doors 9 pm. THE HOXTON A Tribe Called Red, Tom Wrecks doors 10 pm. KOOL HAUS Young the Giant, Vance Joy doors 8 pm, all ages. LEE’S PALACE Inlet Sound, Maladies of Adam Stokes, Donovan Woods. LINSMORE TAVERN Killin’ Time (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. LOU DAWG’S Pat Wright, Mike Constatini, Jeff Eager (acoustic soul/funk/blues/rock) 10 pm. OPERA HOUSE Brett Dennen, Foy Vance doors 7 pm, all ages. PRESS CLUB The Formula (original funk) 10 pm. RIVOLI The Red Revue Crystal Shawanda, Jace Martin & the Bad Guys doors 8:30 pm. SILVER DOLLAR Turn to Crime, Broken Bricks, Seraphic Lights, Loi Do 9 pm. SOUND ACADEMY Kyary Pamyu Pamyu doors 7 pm. SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S Headstock (rock/top 40) 10 pm. TATTOO The Flex Ali Shaheed Muhammad (from A Tribe Called Quest), Skratch Bastid (rap/hip-hop) 9 pm. VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB Album release Skull Fist, Fatality, Razorwire, Nonexistent (power metal) 9 pm.


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CAMERON HOUSE Kayla Howran 10 pm, Patrick Brealey 8 pm, David Celia 6 pm.

FREE TIMES CAFE Lindsay May, Michael Jerome Browne 8:30 pm.


Celebration of Newfoundland music, writing & song Daniel Payne, Stephanie Payne 8 to 10 pm. GROSSMAN’S Combo Royale 10 pm. HABITS GASTROPUB Max Forster & Josha Smiley (jazz) 9 pm. LAKE AFFECT LOUNGE Acoustic Affect Fun Cam, Martin Rouleau, Alexander Quain 9 pm. THE LOCAL Matty Powell 9 pm. LULA LOUNGE Cafe Cubano (salsa) 10:30 pm. NAWLINS JAZZ BAR The N’Awlins All Star Band w/ Brooke Blackburn (jazz/blues) 8:30 pm. REPOSADO The Reposadists Quartet (gypsy bop). THE SIXTH STREET PUB Spring Fling Voodoo Walters & the Rhythm Method (blues) 9 pm. TRANZAC SOUTHERN CROSS Howard Gladstone, Tony Quarrington, Tony LaViola (singer/ songwriter) 7:30 to 9:30 pm, the Foolish Things (folk) 5 pm.


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The Annex Quartet (roaring 20s project) 8 pm. THE FLYING BEAVER PUBARET Du Coq à l’Ame

Melanie Brulée & Nathalie Nadon, Michael Barber 9 pm. GATE 403 Tevlin Swing Band 9 pm. HART HOUSE Mike Field Jazz Quintet 9-11 pm. IMPERIAL PUB Jazz Fridays Jazz Generation (big band classics) 5:30 to 7:30 pm. THE JAZZ BISTRO Grant Stewart & Bernie Senensky Quartet 9 pm. LULA LOUNGE Carlos Bernardo (Brazilian/jazz) 8 pm. OLD MILL INN HOME SMITH BAR Brigham Phillips Trio 7:30 pm. THE REX Al Henderson 9:45 pm, Sara Dell (vox/solo piano) 6:30 pm, Hogtown Syncopators 4 pm. ROY THOMSON HALL New Creations Festival: Absolute Jest The St Lawrence String Quartet, Shauna Rolston (cello) 7:30 pm.

ñ ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC KOERNER HALL La Dolce Musica Richard Galliano ñ Quartet, the Dominic Mancuso Group 8 pm. TOUCHÉ Mistura Fina Quartet (Brazilian MPB music) 10:30 pm.


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ARIA COMPLEX Reload Andrew Oddesey, Scotty Scratch, Armani.

BAR RADIO Bringing It All Back Home DJ Ryan

Rothwell 10 pm. BRASSAII Love Me Till I’m Me Again Geoff Brown 10 pm. CABIN NIGHTCLUB The Legendary Groove Fridays Spence Diamonds & Mista Jiggz (R&B/funk/soul/hip-hop/house ). CODA Torro Torro, Jelo, Deko-Ze, Andy Ares. CRAWFORD City Love Tammy & Lacey (R&B/ rap/hip-hop) 9 pm. CROCODILE ROCK DJ CrocRock. DANCE CAVE Bif Bang Pow DJ Trevor (60s mod Brit pop) 10 pm. DISGRACELAND Cyborg Solidarity Movement DJ Rage Electro, Classic Synth 10 pm. DRAKE HOTEL DJ Your Boy Brian doors 10 pm. DRAKE ONE FIFTY DJ Dougie Boom doors 9 pm. EMMET RAY BAR DJ Pie & Mash (classic pop party hits) 10 pm. GLADSTONE HOTEL MELODY BAR DJ Jeff Hayward 9 pm. HANDLEBAR Soul Skank (funk/soul/Motown) 10 pm. HOLY OAK CAFE Rave Coulier (pop/R&B) 10 pm. MEDIA BAR & LOUNGE Faded Fridays DJ Wikked, MC Crazy Chris (hip-hop/R&B/reggae). THE PAINTED LADY DJ Frank Mr Phantastik Johnson 10 pm. THE PISTON Building Blocks (funk/soul/hiphop) 10 pm. RIVOLI POOL LOUNGE DJ Stu (rock & roll). THE SAVOY Frkn Wknd DJ Caff (R&B/hip-hop/ dancehall) 10 pm. SMILING BUDDHA All My Friends DJ Mizz Brown, DJ J Jackson (NYC underground disco/ divas/hip-hop/soul) 10 pm. TOIKA Marcelo Vasami, Andrew McDonnell 10 pm. UNIUN Factory Fridays Cazzette, Manzone & Strong (house) 10 pm. WRONGBAR Big Primpin – Wild Tings DJs Max Mohenu, Craig Dominic, Phil V (hip-hop) doors 10 pm.5



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ADELAIDE HALL CD release ñ party Trust, Moz-

art’s Sister doors 9 pm. See preview, oppostite page. ALLEYCATZ Soular (R&B/soul/funk). BLACK SWAN Saturday Sessions Open Stage And Jam Brian Gladstone 2 pm. CAMERON HOUSE BACK ROOM The Golden Dogs (pop rock). CHERRY COLA’S ROCK N’ ROLLA The Electric Revival.


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Robert Alfons downsizes on Joyland, but lets it all out By CARLA GILLIS TRUST with MOZART’S SISTER at Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide West), Saturday (March 8), doors 9 pm. $21. TW.

Sometimes cover art can substantially influence the way you experience an album. Case in point: Trust’s 2012 debut, TRST, which featured a longhaired, pale-faced older goth slumped against a white backdrop, looking like death. When Robert Alfons’s voice comes in, low, warbling and scary against cascading synths and Maya Postepski’s off-kilter beats, it’s impossible not to imagine it coming from the cover subject. But Toronto-based Alfons is actually a 20-something with GQ good looks and a voice that, over the phone, gives no hint of the depths it can plumb. Nor the highs. That’s one of the biggest differences between TRST and the new album, Joyland (Arts & Crafts): Alfons really lets his falsetto fly. “Maybe I went overboard,” he says from rehearsals in Montreal. “Some people are definitely taken aback and uncomfortable and not sure what they think of it. But I reserved myself a lot on the first record, and for this one I really let it out. My voice is an instrument that lets me play characters, but

in a genderless way. It’s not like [the high voice] is my girl voice and [the low one] my boy voice. It’s an exploration.” Another change is Postepski’s absence. The project is now solely Alfons’s, while his former beatmaker keeps busy with Austra and her solo project, Princess Century. Alfons seems unfazed by the downsize. Postepski’s schedule prevented her from touring the first album, he says, so he’s been on his own for a while and gets help from his touring singers, Anne Gauthier and Esther Munits. Joyland was largely written during non-stop travel – “I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy as I have been in the last two years. A lot of craziness fuelled this record” – and brilliantly swings between electro-pop euphoria and seductively sinister tones, often in the same song. Alfons also employs big, melodic choruses, making it an even more immediate and memorable effort than the acclaimed debut. “As I was finishing the first record, I was starting to listen to a lot of acid house. I was learning how to become a better rhythm writer. All of these things are at the core of the album. This is a dance record.” 3 | @carlagillis

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Comfort Zone Demona, Demontage, Val-

kyrie’s Cry, Cromlech (heavy/speed/black metal) doors 9 pm. Duffy’s Tavern Morta, Robb Hill Band, R Shelley, Hot Apollo 9 pm. The Garrison Wish, Sensei, Uncut, This Mess doors 8:30 pm. Handlebar Twin Peak Tribute The Julee Cruise Ships, Sandy Pockets, Rambunctious 10 pm. Hard Luck Bar Wacken Metal Battle Canada The Parallax, Sovereign Council, Oneiromancy, Pariah, Psycho Mad Sally. Horseshoe The Pack A.D., Pkew Pkew Pkew, Mad Ones (rock/punk) doors 9 pm. Lake Affect Lounge Joe Reynolds Band 5 to 9 pm. Lee’s Palace 10 Years, Hellbound Glory (acoustic show) doors 10 pm. Linsmore Tavern Alistair Cristl Trio (rockabilly) 9:30 pm. Magpie Taproom Peace Be Still, No Hands, Worry (punk/hardcore) doors 8:30 pm. McQueen’s Pub The Ronnie Hayward Trio (rockabilly) 4 to 7:30 pm. Miles Nadal JCC On The Beach Release Party Absolutely Free (salt water pool swimming and listening party for experimental art-rock band) 7 to 9 pm. Press Club aBabe Saturdays I Hate Todd, the Roncy Boys, Giraffe (rock) 9:30 pm. The Rex Danny Marks (pop) noon. Saving Gigi Heavy on the Willie, the Idaho Stop, Nick Kartzali doors 7:30 pm. Silver Dollar Alvvays, Elsa,Etiquette, Twist doors 9 pm. Smiling Buddha Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, Chico No Face, Pet Sun (garage/ punk/surf) 9 pm. Southside Johnny’s Tamin’ Thunder (rock/ top 40/dance) 10 pm, The Bear Band (rock/ blues) 4 to 8 pm.

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w/ Brooke & Duane Blackburn (jazz/blues) 9 pm, Sam Heineman (piano) 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Old Mill Inn Home Smith Bar Joe Sealy/Paul Novotny Duo 7:30 pm. The Rex Gia & Unpredictable Update 9:45 pm, Bacchus Collective 7:30 pm, Swing Shift Big Band 3:30 pm.


Conservatory of Music Koerner Hall The Manhattan Transfer 8 pm. ñRoyal

Palisades, Skynet, Partycat, Constellations doors 6 pm. Working Dog Saloon The Fabulous Rave 8 pm. Wrongbar Snow Tha Product (rap) doors 7 pm, all ages.

IAlliance Française Downtown Cabaretchanson: Féminin pluriel Judith Cohen, Tamar Llana, Marisa Buffone, Anastassia Bacznskyj (songs of Ukraine/Acadie/Sefarad/Bulgaria) 7:30 pm. Bar Radio Rye & Fairytails (bluegrass/Celtic) 9 pm. Cameron House Ferraro 10 pm, Big Tobacco & the Pickers 6 pm, Sue & Dwight 3:30 pm. Classico Pizza & Pasta Roger ‘Pops’ Zuraw 6 pm. Dakota Tavern Bluegrass Brunch 10 am-2 pm. IFull of Beans Coffee Rebas Open Mic ­Saturdays: International Women’s Day Celebration Philomene Hoffman 1 to 4 pm. Gate 403 Sweet Derrick Blues Band 9 pm, Bill Heffernan (folk/country/blues) 5 to 8 pm. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar Black History Month Concert Series Adam Solomon (music from Kenya) 9 to 11 pm. Grossman’s Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy (rock/soul) 10 pm. Hugh’s Room Songs Are Like Tattoos: Tribute To Joni Mitchell Mia Sheard, Kathryn Rose, David Wall, Charlotte Cornfield, Liam Titcomb, Colleen Allen, Chris Gartner and others 8:30 pm. Humble Beginnings Songbird (folk) 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Kehillat Eytz Chaim Azalea (alt country) 10 pm, all ages. The Local Rhonda Stakich (singer/songwriter) 9 pm, Arthur Renwick (blues) 5 pm. Lula Lounge Jorge Maza & Tipico Toronto (salsa) 10:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Scott B Sympathy (folk) 6:30 pm, Jamzac 3 pm.



C’est What The Hot Five Jazzmakers (trad

jazz) 3 pm.

Chalkers Pub The Dave Young Quartet 6-9 pm. Flato Markham Theatre Measha

Brueggergosman 8 pm. ñ Glenn Gould Studio Jubilation Weston Silver

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Andy Poolhall DJ 3P0, D-Monic, Farbsie, Marty McFly (breakbeats/ghetto funk/house) 10 pm. Ballet Lounge Renaissance Mista Jiggz X DJ Kariz (all 90s R&B/hip-hop/pop/house/rock/ reggae/dance) doors 10 pm. BassLine Music Bar Future Perfect Synergy: TDotLove Ryan Ruckus, Traj MC, Everybodies Daddy, MC P, Joeclyn Dee, DJ ROM doors 9 pm. Cinema Nightclub Mardi Gras DJ Undercover. Clinton’s Shake, Rattle, Roll (60s rock/pop/ soul) doors 10 pm. Club 120 RvM Rave Factory DJs Shok, Paul Savage, Edwin Somnambulist, Saiyan, Sprout 10 pm.5 CODA Jamie Jones, Nitin, Sean Roman, Jeff Button. See preview, page 41. Crawford Downstairs Still Fly DJ D-Wiz (dancehall/soca/top 40) 9 pm. Crawford Upstairs Ignition (R Kelly-inspired music) 9 pm. Crocodile Rock DJ CrocRock. Dance Cave Full On DJ Pat (alternative) 10 pm. Drake Hotel Underground Racks & Bands doors 11 pm. Drake Hotel Lounge DJ Dougie Boom doors 10 pm. Emmet Ray Bar DJ Cruz Controlla (hip-hop/ soul) 10 pm. Guvernment Chroma Global Saturdays DJ John J, Illegal Alien, DJ JC. Holy Oak Cafe DJ Adam Owen 10 pm. Lou Dawg’s DJ Kenny Bounce (funk/soul/ blues/hi-hop) 10 pm. The Painted Lady Music by Salazar 10 pm. The Piston Beam Me Up (disco dance party) 10 pm. Rivoli Pool Lounge Bump N’ Hustle Paul E Lopes, Mike Tull doors 10 pm. SET Boutique Her Majesty Saturdays Heather Van Viper. Sneaky Dee’s Shake A Tail (60s pop/soul) 11 pm. 3030 Dundas West Open Mind DJ Corey ­Dawkins (soca/dancehall/hip-hop) 10 pm. Toika Jimmy Van M 10 pm.


Band, Toronto Mass Choir 8 pm. Grossman’s The Happy Pals (trad jazz) 4:30 to 8 pm. Harlem Mike Field Jazz Quintet 7:30 pm. Heliconian Hall Westwood Concerts Michael Westwood, Millar Piano Duo, Erika Nielsen 7:30 pm. Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul Jane Mallett Theatre Exquisite Departure Air Canada Centre Adam Sherkin (solo piano) 8 pm. Billy Joel 8 pm. The Jazz Bistro Grant Stewart & Bernie Handlebar Crosswires Young Doctors in Senensky Quartet 9 pm. Love, Spectre Hearts, Brent Randall & NAISA Space Sound Bash Glen Hall (performthe Rainbow Twangers 8 pm. ance w/ sound installation) 8 pm. 11:44 AM Experiment Anthony Smith, Hawaii Bar The Nawlins JazzNOW_06_03_2014.pdf Bar The N’Awlins All Star1Band3/1/14

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Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton Fans of underground hip-hop label Stones Throw will want to head to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor West) tonight (Thursday, March 6) for a screening of the new documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. Directed by Jeff Broadway, the feature-length film about the L.A.-based avant-garde label includes­interviews with founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mike D, ?uestlove, Ariel Pink, Talib Kweli, Flying Lotus and many others. Toronto is one of only a handful of cities getting a screening. It’ll be followed by a Q&A with Peanut Butter Wolf as well as an after-party at CODA (794 Bathurst) with Wolf and Stones Throw musicians J Rocc and Jonwayne.

Black Bear Pub Jam SNAFU 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Cadillac Lounge Whiskey Jack (bluegrass/



Monday morning brought us the good news that Vancouver singer/songwriter Dan Mangan is launching a record label, Madic, in partnership with Toronto’s Arts & Crafts – welcome at a time when little indie labels are either going under or merging with bigger ones. (See Nettwerk’s recent ­acquisition of Bumstead.) Then Monday afternoon brought us the realization that Madic’s first signing, Astral Swans, is the new project from Calgary’s Matthew Swann, whose previous project, Extra Happy Ghost!!!, was one of our faves. He’s brilliant at merging lazy bedroom pop with experimental dissonance, though Astral Swans is said to marry 60s folk, no wave and 90s sludge. First single You Carry A Sickness/Park Street comes out March 25. A full-length follows later this year.




Swann Dive

Blaine Donais (funk/groove) 9:30 pm. Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine Acoustic Open Stage Nicola Vaughan (pop rock) 3 to 6 pm. Holy Oak Cafe Sandro Perri & Scott Merritt (pop) 9 pm. Horseshoe Beans on Toast, Mikey Church Rivers, Rob Moir, Jenn Fiorentino doors 8 pm. Lake Affect Lounge The David Love Band 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Linsmore Tavern Pat Perez & John Dickie Band (R&B) 3 to 7 pm. Rivoli Indie Night doors 8 pm.



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TAYLOR DAYNE March 27 8 pm

country) 4 to 7 pm. The Cage 292 Jam Phill Hood 10 pm. Cameron House Front Room Kristine Schmitt & her Special Powers 6-9 pm. Cameron House The Double Cuts 10 pm. Castro’s Lounge Tim Bradford (country/ roots) 4 pm. Dakota Tavern Bluegrass Brunch 10 am-2 pm. Emmet Ray Bar Graham Playford (folk) 9 pm. Free Times Cafe Zack Werner’s Student Concert 7 pm. Full of Beans Coffee Rebas Full Of Beans ­Sundays Brian Blain 2 to 4 pm. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom Acoustic Family Bluegrass Brunch 10 am to 2 pm. Grossman’s The National Blues Jam Brian Cober (double slide guitar) 10 pm.

Hawaii Bar Arnd Jürgensen (blues/country/ folk/improvised) 4 pm. Hugh’s Room CD release Shari Ulrich (singer/ songwriter) 8:30 pm. The Local Young Running (indie folk) 9 pm, Chris Coole (old-time/roots) 5 to 7 pm. Lou Dawg’s Gospel Choir Southern Brunch noon. Lula Lounge Lo’Jo doors 7:30 pm, Jorge Maza Group (salsa) 1 pm. Opera Bob’s The Ole Fashion (old country/ folk) 9 pm. The Painted Lady Asiko Afrobeat w/ Foly Kolade­9 pm. Relish Bar & Grill Stir It Up Sundays Open Mic 9 pm. Southside Johnny’s Open Jam Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix 9:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Kim Beggs, Robert Priest, Max Layton 5 to 7 pm.



Gate 403 Chloé Watkinson Jazz Band 9 pm,

Joel Hartt & Mark Kieswetter (trad jazz vocals/piano) 5 to 8 pm. Grossman’s New Orleans Connection All Star Jazz Band 4:30 to 9 pm. Hart House Great Hall Sunday Concert ­Canadian Guitar Quartet 3 pm. The Jazz Bistro Canadian Men’s Chorus 12:30 and7 pm. Kanji Duane Forrest (jazz/soul/bossa nova) 7:30 pm. Morgans on the Danforth Jazzy Sunday Jordana Talsky, Ross MacIntyre, Nathan Hiltz 2 to 5 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar Brooke Blackburn (solo guitar jazz/blues) 7 to 10 pm. The Rex Amina Figarova 9:30 pm, Richard Whiteman 7 pm, Red Hot Ramble 3:30 pm, Excelsior Dixieland Jazz noon. Tranzac Southern Cross The Lina Allemano Four (jazz) 10 pm, the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra 1 pm.

Upper Canada College Laidlaw Auditorium Serenade in E Major Mooredale Youth Orchestra (baroque & romantic era) 3 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge


Cameron House The Rucksack Willies 10 pm, Cindy Doire 6 pm.

Dakota Tavern School Night Mondays Danny Michel. ñ Dora Keogh Open Stage Julian Taylor, James Free Times Cafe Open Stage Monday Dylan Hennessy 7:30 pm.

Gate 403 Blues & Troubles 9 pm. Grossman’s No Band Required. The Local Hamstrung String Band 9 pm. On Cue Ken Yoshioka (blues) 8 pm. The Painted Lady Open Mic Mondays 10 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Open Mic Mondays 9 pm.


The Central Michael Kleniec (jazz/folk/Latin

guitar) 7 pm. Gate 403 Jay MacDonald Jazz Trio 5 to 8 pm. The Rex Humber College Student Jazz Ensembles 9:30 pm, U of T Student Jazz Ensembles 6:30 pm. The Yukon The Parkdale Organization (jazz organ trio) 7:30 to 10:30 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Alleycatz Salsa Night DJ Frank Bischun 8 pm. Dance Cave Manic Mondays DJ Shannon (ret-

ro 70s/80s) 10 pm. Handlebar Secret Meeting Moon McMullen & Barbapoppa 9 pm.

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Monday, March 10 Drake Hotel Underground Elvis Mon-

day doors 9:30 pm. Hard Luck Bar Infernaeon, From the Embrace, the Absence, the Mirage Theory (metal) 7 pm. Horseshoe Shoeless Monday Reckless D, the Unemployed, Ryan Carr. Kitch Hypnotic Lounge Series Luke Vajsar (solo bass) 9:30 pm. Opera House Memphis May Fire, the Word Alive, a Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, Beartooth doors 5:30 pm, all ages.

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The Piston JunkShop (indie rock/electro) 9 pm. Reposado Mezcal Mondays DJ Ellis Dean. Thompson Hotel 1812 Bar Blacklist DJ PG-13.

Tuesday, March 11 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul

Axis Gallery & Grill Derek Downham 10 pm. Drake Hotel Underground Kandle doors 7


The Garrison Augustines, My Goodness doors 8 pm. ñ Gate 403 Danny Marks & Alec Fraser Duo

(pop) 9 pm.

Handlebar Cupshakeify, Barbara 8 pm. Horseshoe Bookie’s New Music Night The Live Amps, the History Majors, Orangabang, DLV.

The Painted Lady Ababe Music Showcase Cat

Fisher and others (improvised music) 8 pm. Gate 403 Tom McGill (solo piano) 5 to 8 pm. Hawaii Bar Chris Banks Jazz Trio 9:30 pm. Jane Mallett Theatre Music Toronto David Jalbert (pianist) 8 pm. The Jazz Bistro CD release The Ault Sisters 8 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar Stacie McGregor (solo piano jazz) 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

North York Central Library Auditorium

Handel With Flare John Holland, Jennifer Krabbe, Duncan Chisholm 7 pm. Rasputin Vodka Bar The Absinthe Saloon Jazz Distillers Linda Carone (vintage jazz & blues) 7 pm. The Rex Classic Rex Jazz Jam 9:30 pm, David Hutchison Quartet 6:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Stop Time (jazz) 10 pm, Aurochs (jazz) 7:30 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Alleycatz Salsa Night DJ Frank Bischun 8:30


Bloke & 4th Swank DJ Geoff Brown. Disgraceland Tornado DJs Karen, Ian and

& the Queen 9 pm. The Piston Two-Four Tuesdays Steve York 9 pm. Rivoli Alison Jane, Brad Fillatre, Dick Rodan doors 8 pm.

Alison (rock/mashups/hip-hop/stoner/electro) 10 pm. Reposado Alien Radio DJ Gord C. Toby’s Famous All Dressed DJ Caff (funk/ soul/new Jack swing/rock/reggae) 10 pm.


Wednesday, March 12

Daylights String Band 6 pm. Drake Hotel Lounge Memphis Tuesdays The Unseen Strangers doors 10 pm. The Duke Open Jam Jon Long 8:30 pm.


Cameron House Friendly Rich 10 pm, Living

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Rain, Wind, Clouds And Lightning Jeng Yi ­Korean Drumming Ensemble noon to 1 pm. Free Times Cafe SAC Toronto Open Stage 7:30 pm. Grossman’s Mz Debbie & the Donvalley Stompers 9:30 pm. The Local David Baxter (honky tonk heartaches) 9 pm. Lou Dawg’s Tangled Up In The Blues Chris Caddell, Cassius Pereira, Kenny Neal Jr 8 pm. Massey Hall Estrella Morente (Spanish flamenco singer) 8 pm. Old Nick Live Forum Jennifer Brewer 9:30 pm. Press Club Toast n’ Jam Open Mic Gord Zubrecki (folk/alt indie) 10 pm. 751 Open Mic The Stoopids 10 pm.


Array Space Audiopollination 16 Nicole Rampersaud, Emilio Guim, Arnd Jurgensen, Chris Wallace, Alvario Giron, Wade Whittaker, Colin

Black Swan Acoustic Open Stage Nicola Vaughan (pop rock) 9:30 pm. Cloak & Dagger Pub Luke Vajsar, Andrew Vajsar, Alissa Vox Raw 10 pm. Curzon Tony Carpino. Dakota Tavern Hands & Teeth, Amos the Transparent. PFionn MacCool’s Esplanade St Patrick’s Week Of Craic Detour, Julian Taylor. The Garrison Slim Twig, Jack Name doors 9 pm. Horseshoe Middle Class Rut, Dinosaur Pile Up doors 8:30 pm. The Jazz Bistro The Soul Nannies (R&B/funk/ soul) 8, 9:30 & 11 pm. The Loaded Dog Tommy Rocker (classic rock) 9 pm. The Painted Lady Alysha Brilla & the Brillion Dollar Band 9 pm, 2 Mics 2 Guitars Jay Aymar 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Rancho Relaxo Mike Nagoda 9:45 pm. Rivoli Last Dance Sedina Fiati (multidisciplinary show) doors 6 pm. Toronto Centre for the Arts Bare Bones & Upfront (indie) 8 pm.


Tranzac Southern Cross Jennifer LFO (pop

rock) 7:30 pm.


Aspetta Caffe Open Jam El Faron. Cameron House Front Room Declan

O’Donovan (folk/blues/country/world) 6 pm. Dominion on Queen Corktown Ukulele Jam 8 pm. Drake Hotel Underground Teitur, Grey Kingdom (singer/songwriter) doors 7 pm. Grossman’s Bruce Domoney 10 pm. Hawaii Bar Gary Gray & Voodoo Walters (blues/funk/soul) 9:30 pm. The Hole in the Wall Bill Priddle, Richard Keelan. Johnny Jackson Jam Matt Cooke (folk/pop) 9 pm. On Cue Brian Cober (double slide guitar) 8 pm. Silver Dollar High Lonesome Wednesdays Crazy Strings (bluegrass). Tranzac Tiki Room Comhaltas Irish Slow ­Session 6 pm.



Alleycatz Carlo Berardinucci Band (swing/


Chalkers Pub Lisa Particelli’s GNOJAZZ Jam Session 8 pm. Gate 403 Michelle Rumball, Kevin Barrett 9 pm, Mike Daley Jazz Trio 5 to 8 pm. The Local John David Williams & Adrian Gross (ragtime/gypsy jazz) 9 pm. Mezzetta Bill McBirnie, Louis Simao (jazz) 9 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar The Jim Heineman Trio 7 to 11 pm. The Rex Alex Goodman & Jon Challoner 9:30 pm, Griffith/Hiltz Trio 6:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Jay Danley’s Ethio Jazz Project 10 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Bovine Sex Club Pussy Whipped Wednesdays DJ Misty.

Brassaii Les Nuits DJ Undercover. Club 120 Open Mic Night DJ Todd Klinck doors

8 pm.5

Crocodile Rock DJ CrocRock. Disgraceland Pressure Drop DJ Vania (rock/ post punk/old skool beats) 10 pm.

Goodhandy’s Open Mic Night DJ Sasha Van

Bon Bon.5

Handlebar Greasy Listening (all-vinyl rarities by staff of Sonic Boom) 9 pm.

Reposado Spy Vs Sly Vs Spy (live guitar soundtracks).

Rivoli Diggy the DJ (hip-hop) doors 9 pm. Sneaky Dee’s What’s Poppin’.


venue index Adelaide Hall 250 Adelaide W. Air Canada Centre 40 Bay. 416-815-5500. Alleycatz 2409 Yonge. 416-481-6865. Alliance Française Downtown 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014. Amsterdam Bicycle Club 54 the Esplanade. 416-864-9996. Andy Poolhall 489 College. 416-923-5300. Aria Complex 108 Peter. 647-228-2434. Array Space 155 Walnut. 416-532-3019. Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. Arts & Letters Club 14 Elm. 416-597-0223. Aspetta Caffe 207 Augusta. 416-725-0693. Axis Gallery & Grill 3048 Dundas W. 416-604-3333. Ballet Lounge 227 Ossington. 647-3528253. Bar Radio 615 College. 416-516-3237. BassLine Music Bar 865 Bloor W. 416-7327513. The Bier Markt 199 North Queen. 416-8727175. Black Bear Pub 1125 O’Connor. 416-7525182. Black Swan 154 Danforth. 416-469-0537. Bloke & 4th 401 King W. 416-477-1490. Boat 158 Augusta. 416-593-9218. Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen W. 416-5044239. Brassaii 461 King W. 416-598-4730. Cabin Nightclub 559 College. Cadillac Lounge 1296 Queen W. 416-5367717. The Cage 292 292 College. Cameron House 408 Queen W. 416-7030811. Castro’s Lounge 2116 Queen E. 416-6998272. Cavern Bar 76 Church. 416-971-4440. The Central 603 Markham. 416-913-4586. C’est What 67 Front E. 416-867-9499. Chalkers Pub 247 Marlee. 416-789-2531. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla 200 Bathurst. Cinema Nightclub 135 Liberty. 416-5882888. Classico Pizza & Pasta 2457 Bloor W. 416-763-1313. Clinton’s 693 Bloor W. 416-535-9541. Cloak & Dagger Pub 394 College. 647-4360228. Club 120 120 Church. CODA 794 Bathurst. Comfort Zone 480 Spadina. 416-975-0909. Crawford 718 College. 416-530-1633. Crocodile Rock 240 Adelaide W. 416-5999751. Curzon 1192 Queen E. 416-850-3650. Dakota Tavern 249 Ossington. 416-8504579. Dance Cave 529 Bloor W, 2nd floor. 416-5321598. Disgraceland 965 Bloor W. 647-347-5263. Dominion on Queen 500 Queen E. 416368-6893. Dora Keogh 141 Danforth. 416-778-1804. Drake Hotel 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. Drake One Fifty 150 York. 416-363-6150. Duffy’s Tavern 1238 Bloor W. 416-6280330. The Duke 1225 Queen E. 416-4635302. EFS 647 King W. 416-477-5460. Emmet Ray Bar 924 College. 416-792-4497. Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495. Flato Markham Theatre 171 Town Centre

Blvd (Markham). 905-305-7469. The Flying Beaver Pubaret 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231. Free Times Cafe 320 College. 416-967-1078. Full of Beans Coffee 1348 Dundas W. 647-347-4161. The Garrison 1197 Dundas W. 416-5199439. Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles. 416-588-2930. Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen W. 416-5314635. Glenn Gould Studio 250 Front W. Goodhandy’s 120 Church. 416-760-6514. The Great Hall 1087 Queen W. 416-8263330. Grossman’s 379 Spadina. 416-977-7000. Guvernment 132 Queens Quay E. 416-8690045. Habits Gastropub 928 College. 416-5337272. Handlebar 159 Augusta. 647-748-7433. Hard Luck Bar 772a Dundas W. Hard Rock Cafe 279 Yonge. 416-362-3636. Harlem 67 Richmond E. 416-368-1920. Hart House 7 Hart House Circle. 416-9788849. Hawaii Bar 989 Dovercourt. 416-786-7880. Heliconian Hall 35 Hazelton. 416-9223618. Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine 2050 Danforth. 416-551-7560. The Hole in the Wall 2867A Dundas W. 647-350-3564. Holy Oak Cafe 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803. Horseshoe 370 Queen W. 416-598-4753. The Hoxton 69 Bathurst. 416-456-7321. Hugh’s Room 2261 Dundas W. 416-5316604. Humble Beginnings 3109 Dundas W. 647-748-3109. Imperial Pub 54 Dundas E. 416-977-4667. Jane Mallett Theatre 27 Front E. 416-3667723. The Jazz Bistro 251 Victoria. 416-363-5299. Johnny Jackson 587 College. Kama 214 King W. 416-599-5262. Kanji 1346 Queen W. 416-536-8448. Kehillat Eytz Chaim 89 Centre. 416-2500177. Kensington Lodge 21 Kensington. 647769-9936. Kitch 229 Geary. 647-350-4555. Kool Haus 132 Queens Quay E. 416-8690045. Lake Affect Lounge 1 Port E (Mississauga). 905-274-8223. Lee’s Palace 529 Bloor W. 416-532-1598. Linsmore Tavern 1298 Danforth. 416-4665130. Living Arts Centre 4141 Living Arts (Mississauga). 905-306-6000. The Loaded Dog 1921 Lawrence E. 416-9010662. The Local 396 Roncesvalles. 416-535-6225. Lou Dawg’s 589 King W. 647-347-3294. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas W. 416-5880307. Magpie Taproom 831 Dundas W. 647-3508305. Massey Hall 178 Victoria. 416-872-4255. McQueen’s Pub 993 Queen E. 647-748-7740. Media Bar & Lounge 77 Peter. 416-2606111. Mélange 172 Main. 416-686-6485. Mezzetta 681 St Clair W. 416-658-5687. Miles Nadal JCC 750 Spadina. 416-924-6211.

Milestones 300 Borough. 416-290-0464. Monarchs Pub 33 Gerrard W. 416-5854352. Morgans on the Danforth 1282 Danforth. 416-461-3020. NAISA Space 601 Christie, studio 252. 416652-5115. Nawlins Jazz Bar 299 King W. 416-5951958. North York Central Library 5120 Yonge. 416-395-5535. Old Mill Inn 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641. Old Nick 123 Danforth. 416-461-5546. On Cue 349 Jane. 647-763-0417. Opera Bob’s 1112 Dundas W. 416-536-5585. Opera House 735 Queen E. 416-466-0313. The Painted Lady 218 Ossington. 647-2135239. Pauper’s Pub 539 Bloor W. 416-530-1331. The Piston 937 Bloor W. 416-532-3989. Press Club 850 Dundas W. 416-364-7183. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 190 Princes’ Blvd. 416-263-3293. Rancho Relaxo 300 College. 416-9200366. Rasputin Vodka Bar 780 Queen E. 416469-3737. Relish Bar & Grill 2152 Danforth. 416-4254664. Reposado 136 Ossington. 416-532-6474. The Rex 194 Queen W. 416-598-2475. Rivoli 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908. Round Venue 152A Augusta. 416-451-6346. Roy Thomson Hall 60 Simcoe. 416-8724255. Royal Conservatory of Music 273 Bloor W. 416-408-0208. Saving Gigi 859 Bloor W. 416-531-1538. The Savoy 1166 Queen W. 416-499-9386. SET Boutique 333 King W. 416-597-2789. 751 751 Queen W. 647-436-6681. Silver Dollar 486 Spadina. 416-975-0909. The Sixth Street Pub 4923 Dundas W. 647-348-6612. Smiling Buddha 961 College. 416-7887586. Sneaky Dee’s 431 College. 416-603-3090. Sound Academy 11 Polson. 416-461-3625. Southside Johnny’s 3653 Lake Shore W. 416-521-6302. St Lawrence Hall 157 King E. Steam Whistle Brewing 255 Bremner. 416-362-2337. Tattoo 567 Queen W. 416-703-5488. 3030 Dundas West 3030 Dundas W. 416769-5736. Thompson Hotel 550 Wellington W. 416-640-7778. Time Nightclub 81 Peter. 416-581-1118. Toby’s Famous 411 College. 416-868-6297. Toika 471 Richmond W. 416-868-6452. Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge. 416-733-9388. Touché 669 College. 416-516-9009. Tranzac 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137. UNIUN 473 Adelaide W. 416-603-9300. Upper Canada College 200 Lonsdale. 416-488-1125. Virgin Mobile Mod Club 722 College. 416-588-4663. WAYLA Bar 996 Queen E. 416-901-5570. Wise Guys 2301 Danforth. 416-694-2005. Working Dog Saloon 3676 St Clair E. 647-347-2339. Wrongbar 1279 Queen W. 416-516-8677. The Yukon 1592 Queen W. 647-348-8400. 

NOW at NOW Magazine’s founder/publisher Michael Hollett and music editor, Julia LeConte are descending on Austin next week to cover the South By Southwest Music Festival. Look out for breaking news, breaking bands and photo galleries daily at beginning March 12 with a full festival recap in the March 20 issue. Brought to you by:

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Mastermind (Def Jam/Universal) Rating: Rick Ross’s visceral rhymes about gangster grandiosity often focus on the spoils of success, but a sadness and greater emphasis on costs pervade the Floridian’s sixth LP. Clearly, the drive-by attempt on Ross’s life a year ago weighs heavily. A tighter track list homing in on its sombre (and stoner) moods would’ve been bolder, but to his credit Ross avoids commercial trendiness in favour of more personal – if familiar – forays into Philly soul, funk, 90s hip-hop and South Beach glam (courtesy of producer Scott Storch on the stellar Supreme). A searing Betty Wright vocal intros the gloriously nasty Kanye West-helmed Sanctified, one of several slow burners on the album’s curveball-filled second half. Ross also borrows from Drake’s playbook and sings a heartfelt hook on Blk & Wht, an increasingly surreal lament about young drug dealers. Mastermind is not nearly avant-garde enough to be his There’s A Riot Going On, but by the time Paradise Lost’s restless intro unfurls, you start believing he could muster enough vulnerability to go there. Top track: Sanctified KEVIN RITCHIE





Hey (Terrible/XL) Rating: Le1F doesn’t have time to fuck around. His new EP clocks in at just over 17 minutes – a tightly wound five-pack of mostly new songs that works as an outstanding tease for the NYC rapper/producer’s as yet unscheduled full-length. Wut, a 2012 track with a notably different sound than the others, might be here as a reminder that Le1f (and not what’s-his-face from Seattle) was the first emcee on a certain staccato sax beat. The rest are built around infectiously slinky, echoey structures (though we worry that they, too, will be ripped off and repurposed by a top 40 artist). The brief song titles don’t betray any high-concept content: these songs are about partying and humping, to the point where the names alone tell the whole story: Buzz, Hey, Wut, Wassup, BOOM. For most of us that process takes longer than 17 minutes, but most of us aren’t hot enough shit that we get to spell our name with a number. With banjee bangers like these, Le1f could probably spell his name with emoji if he were so inclined. Top track: Hey Le1F plays NXNE in June. ST3PHEN DUMANOIR

(Sony) Rating: NNN As we’d expect from a guy who’s crafted so many top-40 hits for other artists, the production on Pharrell Williams’s Girl is immaculate. Similarly, pretty much every song has chart-worthy hooks and effortlessly funky rhythms, not to mention the expected revolving door of big-name guests (Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus). Still, a puzzling underwhelming quality nags at you even as you bob your head to the bouncy sunnyday grooves. We want pop music to sound familiar, but there are many moments when the constant retro-soul references feel more manipulative than magic. As he’s proven over and over on the pop charts, Williams can sing a great hook, but stretch that across an entire solo album and it’s clear that he’s not that great a singer. The lyrics are full of the sort of cheesy pickup lines only someone as attractive and wealthy as he is could pull off in real life. It’s highquality pop, but also highly disposable. Top track: Brand New Pharrell Williams plays the Air Canada Centre July 26. BENJAMIN BOLES

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MØ No Mythologies To Follow (Chess Club/RCA Victor) Rating: NNN Since there’s currently no mainstream female pop vocal outfit, the debut album of Danish pop singer Karen Marie Ørsted, or MØ, is the closest we have in 2014 to the 90s girl group sound. Ørsted has made no secret of her affection for that genre: she recently released a cover of the Spice Girls’ 1996 hit Say You’ll Be There. And although her sputtering drum machines and disjointed beats are evocative of hip-hop/R&B-influenced acts Purity Ring and AlunaGeorge, her harmonies, romantic obsessions and affinity for the xylophone hark back to the Phil Spector era. Produced by Ronni Vindahl (save for a horn-y contribution from Diplo on XXX 88), the album doesn’t so much co-opt these influences as distill them into a more personal and energetic sound that matches her robust vocal style. The production isn’t minimal, but Ørsted and Vindahl cram in a lot of oddball flourishes without distracting from her refreshingly unvarnished voice. Top track: Never Wanna Know KR

psychedelic folk ballads. Morning Phase is firmly in the latter category and fits comfortably next to 2002’s Sea Change and 1998’s Mutations. Easy as it is to dismiss it as conservative necrophilia for the 70s singer/songwriter era, it also works as the gimmick-free antidote to the wackier tendencies on his postmodern pop albums. Since he’s not really trying anything new, the album gives off an unfortunate sense of sameness at first. Thankfully, repeat spins let all the clever details and pure songwriting craft surface. There’s an eerie blandness to the mood that is initially off-putting but turns into a surprisingly compelling, subtly evocative combination of sadness and contentedness. Sometimes Beck is at his most clever when he’s not trying to be. Top track: Wave BB


(independent) Rating: NNN Recorded in a day with Fucked Up producer Jon Drew to mark the band’s 10th anniversary, this four-track EP is a snapshot of local art rockers the Two Koreas’ manic, live-off-the-floor approach to rock ’n’ roll. Like classic post-punk groups that are obvious touch points – the Fall, Sonic Youth – the record walks the line between precision and catharsis. The riffs and drumming are fast and furious, the emotions nuanced and cerebral. Frontman Stuart Berman breaks the heaviness with conversational sing-talking about bad tattoo parades, swinging dicks and rising cigarette prices. His singing sometimes feels self-consciously forced as he strives to deliver literate lyrics above rising noise on Je Lis En Français and Can Explain, but therein lies the central

tension. On the final track, Poor Man’s Tony Wilson Blues, the band veers into jangly alt-rock and embraces a pop hook with reckless abandon. Top track: Poor Man’s Tony Wilson Blues The Two Koreas play the Piston tonight (Thursday, March 6). KR


Inner Fire (Strut) Rating: NNN The members of Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra are musical nomads. Weaving together Latin sounds, Caribbean rhythms, Afro beats and Coltrane-inspired jazz, the six-piece are known for their musical mosaic (as opposed to melting pot). Producers Pierre Chrétien (band member and Inner Fire’s composer) and Jason Jaknunas cast the band’s sixth fulllength in that mould, albeit with its own story arc. Kingdom Come sets the tone for a largely Eastern-inspired journey (this could be a 70s Bond movie, the setting northeast Africa) that continues even while other sounds surge to the forefront. One Life To Live nods to reggae (in its rhythm, lyrics and spoken Marleyesque voice-over), bossa novan As The Crow Flies is anchored by a moody brass theme. Black Orchid provides a funky interlude. Unfortunately, it’s a momentum killer. The band dives into salsa on Agoya, and then an ominous, boom-bap spiritual, East Flows The River. Less party than their live show (and some of their previous releases), Inner Fire is still damn hot. Top track: Kingdom Come The Souljazz Orchestra play the Garrison Friday (March 7). JL


Rating: NNN You’ll Never Get to Heaven’s 2012 debut introduced these intriguing new players on the lo-fi pop scene. The London, Ontario, duo’s ambient, electronic LP bubbled with precious nuggets of retro crinkle and classical piano under bleary production. Their follow-up, Adorn, never quite achieves that same homemade intimacy or the sweet simplicity (and catchiness) of a song like You’ve Got The Sun. But repeat listens prove that, though slicker (especially 80s-pop-inspired Caught In Time, So Far Away), it’s still affecting, unsettling music (especially the ambient instrumentals). Alice Hansen’s childlike vocals are still buried amid Chuck Blazevic’s washes of tone and laptop tricks so that, like its predecessor, Adorn always sounds like music coming from another room. A cover of pianist Erik Satie’s piano Enfantillages Pittoresques: Berceuse captures the band’s uneasy mood perfectly, and, like the EP, ends abruptly, leaving the listener with a distinct sense of melancholy. Top track: Adorn You’ll Never Get to Heaven play the Long Winter Fest at the Great Hall, Friday (March 7). JULIA LECONTE


Morning Phase (Capital) Rating: Despite all that’s been written about Beck’s eclecticism, his larger catalogue reveals an artist who’s shifted between two speeds: quirky prankster pop and mellow NOW MARCH 6-12 2014


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As Gavin Crawford brings his hilarious send-ups of Rufus Wainwright, the cast of Downton Abbey and our crack-smoking mayor to the Sketch Comedy Festival, it’s time to ask why he’s not a household name By GLENN SUMI Photos by LIAM SHARP


avin Crawford is one of the funniest peo­ple on the planet. So why isn’t he a superstar? He’s helmed his own TV show, been part of Canadian comedy institutions Second City and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, wowed Just For Laughs crowds and hosted pretty much every Canadian awards show you can name, as well as winning a clutch of trophies himself.


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Gavin Crawford Sh**ting Rainbows written by Crawford and Kyle Tingley, directed by Tingley, with Crawford. Presented by the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst), Monday (March 10), 8 pm. $20. 647-505-1050,

But outside the comedy community, he’s not exactly a household name. You could chalk that up to the fact that as a character comic he disap­pears into his dead-on impressions of everyone from Rufus Wain-

wright and Chantal Hébert to that woman on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Pla­net. Or maybe Canadians want their stars “aw, shucks” wholesome and straight, like Brent Butt or Ron James. Or perhaps it’s simply because, apart from a brief stint in L.A., Crawford has stayed in Cana­da. “And we’re not a nation of risk-takers,” he says on the phone from Victoria, BC, where he and co-star Naomi Snieckus are making an indie film called Two4One in which he plays a female-to-male transgendered person who discovers he’s pregnant.

“Wouldn’t it be great if Canadian TV didn’t just try to make American-style sitcoms?” When he’s feeling really dark about the industry, he says, he even jokes about launching a Kickstarter campaign to finance a move to England. “For a $50 donation you will receive a Gemini!” he says in a soothing, put-on marketing voice. “One of six available!” He waits as I double over laughing at this gag, which perfectly, sar­cas­tically sums up the Canadian comedy conundrum.

t s o mous “That would be a super-asshole move,” he says, “but it is funny.” Finding that balance between funny and inoffensive is something Crawford’s perfected. It’s on his mind as he remounts his brilliant Sh**ting Rainbows show from last Pride – which I named the best comedy show of 2013 – for the Sketch Comedy Festival. For instance: how is he, an out queer comic for decades, going to deal with the recent Sochi Olympics? continued on page 52 œ

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“I haven’t quite found the right way to approach Sochi,” he says. “Just look on Facebook. There are tons of articles telling you why it was or wasn’t bad.” He pauses, then admits he’ll probably go the show tune route. “I started writing alternate lyrics to Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.” He used a similar approach when sending up the methinks-he-doth-protest-too-much heterosexuality of Hugh Jackman, whom he has singing I’m Not Gay to the tune of Les Misérables’ Bring Him Home. And he’s savagely skewered Rufus Wainwright and husband Jörn Weisbrodt by having Wainwright shill for Weisbrodt’s Luminato festival to the tune of Hallelujah (penned, incidentally, by Wainwright’s child’s grandfather, Leonard Cohen). Although Crawford’s performing for a broader audience at Sketchfest, he won’t “degay” Sh**ting Rainbows, and he’s been under no pressure from organizers to do that. One of the reasons he didn’t stay in L.A. was that


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We’re not a nation of risk-takers. Wouldn’t it be great if Canadian TV didn’t just try to make Americanstyle sitcoms?”

everyone told him he shouldn’t be out. He’ll likely update his tart impression of Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne and revisit a sketch about Mayor Rob Ford that at the time was eerily prescient. “He hasn’t been arrested or removed, so it all still works,” he says. “I remember wondering how I was going to do Ford, because I look nothing like him. I mean, I could fit into one of his pant legs. Initially I thought that if he stayed on crack maybe in the future he’d be super-skinny....” What he and co-writer/director/partner Kyle Tingley have come up with – I won’t ruin the surprise – is a mix of pop culture references and politics that is simply out of this world: smart and razor-sharp. He’ll also likely revisit his Downton Abbey send-up, in which he takes on all the TV characters’ voices to the tune of Petula Clark’s song Downtown. The sketch gets howls of laughter from some audience members and silence from non-Downton fans, but that’s fine with him. When he took his act to the Edinburgh Fringe last year (he hopes to return in 2015), one of his secret de-

sires was to see how his Downton accents fared with actual Brits. “I wanted to know if my Mrs. Hughes was up to par!” he says, in her Scottish brogue. “And people came up to me and said the voices were bang on. So I felt, ‘Yes! Okay!’” Even if everyone doesn’t get his references, being able to test material in a live show is gratifying. Back in his 22 Minutes days, a roomful of producers used to vet his bits; at first they didn’t even think people would get his impression of The National’s At Issue panelist Chantal Hébert, now one of his classics. “I would be pitching something about the Kardashians to people who didn’t know who they were because they didn’t watch TV,” he says. A couple of years ago, he suffered a big blow when the TV series he developed with Tingley, Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, was dropped after the network had its funding cut and announced it wouldn’t be producing new half-hour comedies after buying six scripts. The broadcaster screened the pilot last summer – a hilarious Chris Lilley-style mockumentary set in Alberta – and it picked up five Canadian Screen Award nominations, including best comedy series and best actor. There may be life in the show – or something else the pair are developing – yet. “Let’s just say we’re exploring the possibility,” he says. “I don’t want to make them mad.” Currently he’s got a juicy supporting part in the darkly funny Super Channel series 24 Hour Rental, in which he plays a film-snob video clerk. It reminds him of the four years he spent working at Vancouver art house video store Videomatica. “It was the only place you could rent Pink Narcissus or a Bruce LaBruce movie,” he says. “We were all snobs and could get away with anything because there was nowhere else in the city to rent those films. This was pre-Netflix.” Frequent customer Sarah McLachlan used to call him “Difficult Boy” because he once refused to rent her the American version of The Vanishing, foisting the Dutch original on her instead. And Crawford continues to do theatre, which was his first love. He studied theatre at UBC and confesses he did comedy to help him get parts. Last year he picked up a second Dora Award for his gentle, understated performance in Sky Gilbert’s A Few Brittle Leaves. He remembers meeting Gilbert after auditioning for the Shaw Festival, where Christopher Newton (cue dead-on accent) told him “he’d be uniquely unhappy there... but there was a theatre in Toronto called Buddies in Bad Times.” Part of his audition for Gilbert was showing off his unique skill: being able to tie a knot in a cherry stem with his tongue, which Gilbert always brings up. This summer he and cabaret mainstay Sharron Matthews are hoping to collaborate on a show for World Pride. Then there’s the indie feature he’s filming right now. As for stardom, Crawford says he feels kinda like Tony from West Side Story. “You know, ‘Something’s coming... something good.’ But I don’t know what it is. “Last year I did a lot of legwork and threw stuff out there,” he says. “I haven’t seen a lot of tangible benefits, but that’s how my career’s always been. Sometimes the coolest stuff suddenly appears, seemingly out of nowhere, because you planted these things before.” And will he and Tingley, who met at Buddies’ Rhubarb Festival nearly two decades ago, ever tie the knot? “For my feelings on that see Sh**ting Rainbows,” he says, laughing. “Before it even became an issue we’d already been together for such a long time. Now when it comes up we look at each other and say, ‘Or we could take a vacation.’ Also, neither one of us wears jewellery.” 3 | @glennsumi


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What’s your favourite sketch of all time? Compiled by GLENN SUMI

BRITISH TEETH FILIP JEREMIC (left): My all-time favourite is the final one in the Elaine Figgis series of sketches on BBC’s The Catherine Tate Show. Elaine is a lonely, unloved but utterly optimistic woman with a passion for online dating who dates one nightmare of a man after another. In the final sketch she meets (the real) Daniel Craig, and he just isn’t good enough for her. I adore it because it’s super-clever, totally witty and full of great satire.

ALLANA REOCH: My favourite sketch is a song called Sometimes I’m Happy, by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and the Norman Luboff Choir. It’s such a simple and dumb premise: Dean attempts to sing a song in front of an overzealous backup choir. But the execution and artfulness, combined with such a great funny-guy/straight-man contrast is everything I love about sketch comedy. Plus Dean Martin: what an oldtimey babe!


British Teeth perform at Sketchfest tonight (Thursday, March 6) and March 12 at the Comedy Bar and Saturday (March 8) at LOT.

NAOMI SNIECKUS NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE WORLD It’s a tie. I love so many of the scenes I did at Second City: MSN, about a mother pretending to be her son in an online chat with his friends (with Jim Annan and Lauren Ash) was a favourite. It was a good combo of real relationships and social issues.


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We managed to surprise the audience over and over. They still do that scene on tour in Toronto and Chicago Second City. And one of my absolute favourites is the synchro swimming sketch with Harry Shearer and Martin Short on SNL. It’s golden. The characters are subtle, real and have such genuine heart it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. That scene also managed to make a statement about gender-specific sports while surprising you with the characters’ approach. Short’s “I’m not that strong of a swimmer” will always make me laugh. NTOW perform at Sketchfest March 13 and 14 at LOT. They also perform the last Wednesday of every month at the Drake. Snieckus stars in Mr. D, Mondays on CBCTV; Matt Baram stars in Seed, Thursdays on Citytv. Snieckus and Baram host the Dora Awards June 24.

LAUREN ASH CORY! and SUPER FUN NIGHT The one I keep coming back to is Tina Fey and Scott Adsit’s Stripper from the Second City Chicago show Paradigm Lost. A stripper, who is actually a professional dancer, has nothing but disdain for her client. She comes to a hotel room to give him a private dance and ends up shaming him, swearing at him and showing him she’s legit by knowing her “five positions, mothaf*cka!” When I was in the touring company, I got to perform this scene with Scott Montgomery, and we learned it by watching a grainy old VHS tape of the original. Tina was this total powerhouse. I remember thinking, “I want to do what she’s doing, be insanely funny while having a strong point of view.” It influenced the work I went on to do at Second City in Toronto and Chicago. Super Fun Night, starring Ash, airs Wednesdays on ABC and Citytv.

KEVIN VIDAL SECOND CITY My all-time favourite sketch would probably be Fatal Beatings, from Rowan Atkinson Live. I just love the line that it’s on in terms of being shocking and outrageous. That man is a genius. Vidal is a member of the ensemble in the Second City’s new mainstage revue, Sixteen Scandals, which opens March 11.

LAURA SALVAS (left): The sketch that makes me laugh hardest is Mr. Show’s The Story Of Everest, which is essentially five minutes of a guy repeatedly falling into a wall of thimbles. I always try to come up with smart, relatable premises for our sketches, but when it comes down to it there’s nothing funnier than someone falling – a big reason why I love the winter Olympics. MANDY SELLERS: My favourite sketch of all time is The Judy Miller Show from Saturday Night Live, where Gilda Radner plays a hyper Brownie finding stuff to do in her bedroom while her mom plays bridge. My aunt and uncle had it on VHS when I was a kid, and my sisters and I would literally fall on the floor laughing. Gilda and that sketch are the reason why I got into comedy. I became a huge SNL nerd and dreamed of one day being on the show. Two Weird Ladies perform at Sketchfest tonight (Thursday, March 6), at the LOT, and March 13, at the Comedy Bar. They’re part of SketchFest’s Cabaret Series, Friday (March 7) and March 16; are on Teh Internets Quiz Show, March 14; and headline The Jokebox, March 28, all at the Comedy Bar.

LAST CALL CLEVELAND appearing at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival with Ned and Dave and Vest of Friends Friday (March 7), 8 pm; and with Ned and Dave and the Reception Saturday (March 8), 8 pm, both at the Comedy­Bar (945 Bloor West). $15. ­



What happens in Cleveland...

Former winners of Sketchfest’s best-of-fest honours bring By JORDAN BIMM their multimedia laughs to town SCTO_NOW_Mag_03-2014_001 2/25/14 3:44 PM Page 1

he contingent from south of the border at T.O. Sketchfest includes Last Call Cleveland, festival faves who return in triumph for the first time since winning best of the fest back in 2009. Their two shows at Comedy Bar will allow old fans to finally get another fix of their song-and-skit-fuelled act and the uninitiated a chance to experience this hiddengem sketch troupe. Composed of Mike Polk, Aaron McBride, Matt Zitelli and Mark McKenzie, the troupe formed in 1998 when Polk and McBride started a late-night talk show called Last Call while studying at Kent State. Since then they’ve made a name for themselves touring festivals as well as through YouTube videos showcasing the group’s hilarious songs and sketches that have racked up millions of views. “We didn’t even know it was a competition,” says McBride about winning the 2009 award. “It was a great honour, and we’re still namedropping it whenever our self-esteem tanks.” As for their extended absence from the Toronto scene, McBride explains that work and growing families have taken top priority. “We’ve slowed down way too much,” he says. “It gets harder with every kid, plus we all have day jobs. We still get together a few times a month to rehearse and work on new materi-

al, but when it comes to long-term planning, we’re terrible businessmen. We just kinda go with the flow.” Audiences can expect a mix of old favourites, brand new material and a few short videos from their YouTube repertoire. “We like to offer a multimedia experience,” says Zitelli. “People love the videos, which helps us because we use an unnecessarily large number of costumes and props. So while they’re playing we’re getting changed and setting up the next skit.” One of the group’s best-known bits is a series of mock tourism videos, initially posted to YouTube, that play up Cleveland’s lacklustre reputation. Their viral popularity actually prompted a serious response from the real Cleveland tourism board. But even though they joke about their hometown, they’re not about to move. “On tour we sometimes play ambassadors from Cleveland trying to convince people to move here, and of course we’re actually describing how lame it can be,” says Zitelli. “But on the real side, we love it. In Cleveland, everyone understands the reputation and why it’s a joke, but part of the mindset is embracing our role as underdogs. People here are tough!” McBride says the group is excited to be back in Toronto. “We’ll be hammered the entire time,” he says. “It’ll be one big party. As soon as we get away from our wives we usually start drinking heavily and it turns into a huge party and orgy.”  3 | @jordanbimm




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Trying hard to stay Irrelevant

The CBC Radio show travels east of Edmonton for a live ­taping of irreverent sketch By SHARILYN JOHNSON

BC Radio’s Irrelevant Show will experience a first at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – and so will its audience. The Edmonton-based sketch program’s live show at the Randolph Theatre will be its first-ever live taping outside Alberta. But this eastward trek won’t be the first time in its five seasons that the fast-paced sketch pro­gram has proven geography to be... well, irrelevant. “We have a writing crew that spans the whole country, ” says Mark Meer, an original cast mem­ber and writer for the show. Toronto-based performers currently contri­ but­ing to the program include Michael Balazo, Aaron Eves, Diana Frances, Nile Seguin, James Hartnett, Chris Locke, Peter Stevens and Sam Mul­lins. The Randolph recording will fea­ture Kathleen Phillips and George Westerholm, also both past con­tri­bu­tors. The show keeps its distance from politics, with pop culture and Cana­dian life inspiring many of the premises. A commercial hawking Donald Sutherland-brand breath mints, recurring character Coach Carlson awkwardly im­ part­ing life lessons through faulty movie analogies, and a song paying tribute to Ben Mulroney are typical fare. Fans shouldn’t expect the live show to be an exact match with what airs later. Meer says the live audience will witness more “quality horsing around” onstage than the radio audience

T.O. SKETCHFEST show calendar Thursday, March 6 COMEDY BAR British Teeth, the Rocket Scientists and She Said What (8 pm). The Weaker Vessels, Jape and Parker & Seville (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. ­ Lower Ossington Theatre Ladybusiness, Cupid Players and Two Weird Ladies (8 pm). Fratwurst and ­Falcon Powder (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A­Ossington. ­

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Saturday, March 8 COMEDY BAR The Reception, Ned & Dave and Last Call Cleveland (8 pm). Ladystache and Fuct (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. ­ Lower Ossington Theatre Fun Car and Bri-Ko (8 pm). British Teeth and Peter N’ Chris (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A Ossington. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.

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COMEDY BAR 2 Humans, Rulers of the Universe and the Templeton Philharmonic (8 pm). Sunday Night Live with the Sketchersons (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. ­ SLINGS & ARROWS: T.O. SKETCHFEST PANEL A public panel discussion by the TV show’s creators w/ ­Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney, Bob Martin and moderator Don McKellar. 4 pm. Free. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington, Studio. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.

Monday, March 10 GAVIN CRAWFORD – SH**TING RAINBOWS Crawford performs his blend of stand-up and monologue with ­impersonations, original characters and songs. 8 pm. $20. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst.

Tuesday, March 11 THE KIDS IN THE HALL – BRAIN CANDY All five members on stage perform a live reading of the 1996 film, plus the debut screening of the film’s original ending. 8 pm. $39. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd. ­

Wednesday, March 12 THE IRRELEVANT SHOW A live taping of the CBC Radio show featuring Mark Meer, Neil Grahn, Jana O’Connor and others. 7 pm. $39. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst. ­ Lower Ossington Theatre Beggar’s Canyon, Jape and the Winter Beach Show (8 pm). 2-Man No-Show, Death

will hear, and while live recordings typically pro­duce two episodes’ worth of material, they can also features sketches that don’t make the broadcast. “We do more material than we need,” he says. “Some might get saved, moved into other episodes. And of course, we do more so we’re free to discard some material that’s not working.” By not relying on topical material, the show has the luxury of letting those sketches linger on the drawing board. There may still be hope, for instance, that listeners will hear one of Meer’s recent personal favourites featuring a dark metaphor about Great Danes. “A lot of owners of large-breed dogs in the audience that night,” Meer says. Creating an audio-only end product has its advantages. The show doesn’t have to shy away from a mid-scene change of setting or an occasional adventurous plot twist. Plus, relying on listeners’ imaginations is budget-friendly. “In radio you really aren’t limited by anything,” says Meer. “If you can make a sound effect for it, you can make it happen.” The Randolph Theatre audience may still find their imaginations useful, but Meer promises “a richer ex­perience” than listening at home, in part because they’ll see how those sound effects are generated. The vintage foley equipment they had shipped to Edmonton early in the show’s run has proven cumbersome compared to what an iPhone can do, but the show’s foley artist, Dave Clarke, does use some old-fashioned methods onstage. If a fist fight breaks out mid-scene, says Meer, “you’ll get to watch Dave punching a head of cabbage.”  3 | @thirdbeat

Ray Cabaret and the Connie Chungs (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A Ossington. ­ T.O. SKETCHFEST SIRIUSXM SKETCH OFF A 12-troupe competition including Tony Ho, British Teeth, Vest of Friends, She Said What and Fratwurst. 8 pm. $15. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.

Thursday, March 13 COMEDY BAR Two Weird Ladies, Kaboom Hooray and Rulers of the Universe (8 pm). Fratwurst, the Birch Street Crooners and the Rocket Scientist (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. Lower Ossington Theatre Templeton Philhar­ monic and the National Theatre of the World (8 pm). Ladybusiness, Bitches Leave and She Said What (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A Ossington. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.

Friday, March 14 COMEDY BAR Ladystache, Alley of Nightmares and the Majors (8 pm). Kaboom Hooray, David Dineen Porter and Charles (10 pm). Rapp ­Battlez (11:59 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. Lower Ossington Theatre Shock T’s and Hot Thespian Action (8 pm). The National Theatre of the World (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A Ossington. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.

Saturday, March 15 COMEDY BAR The Reception, Shock T’s and Charles (8 pm). Tony Ho and Alley of Nightmares (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. ­ Lower Ossington Theatre Vest of Friends and Hot Thespian Action (8 pm). David Dineen Porter and Falcon Powder (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 100A­Ossington. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.

Sunday, March 16 COMEDY BAR The Weaker Vessels, Interrobang and Parker & Seville (8 pm). Sunday Night Live with the Sketchersons (10 pm). $15, 4-show pass $50. 945 Bloor W. ­ T.O. Sketchfest Cabaret Series See Thu 6.3


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The seeds of war

Afghan-Canadian artist brings tale of pain, love and heroism to life By JON KAPLAN THE WANDERERS by Kawa Ada, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, with Ada, Dalal Badr, Melanie Janzen and Omar Alex Khan. Presented by Cahoots Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander). Opens tonight (Thursday, March 6) and runs to March 23, Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm, matinees Saturday-Sunday 2 pm. $20-$37, Sunday pwyc. 416-975-8555,

Actor/writer Kawa Ada’s life would have been very different if his mother hadn’t been such a good storyteller. “When my family fled the war in Afghanistan, she gave us survival skills by way of imagination,” recalls the actor/writer, whose play The Wanderers opens tonight (Thursday, March 6) in a Cahoots Theatre production at Buddies. “Her ability to provide her children with fantasy worlds during a time of intense emotional and physical displacement kept us going as we moved to Pakistan, India, Switzerland, back to India and finally to Canada.” In The Wanderers, an Afghan family faces a similar move to Canada, forced to exchange a life of privilege for one of struggling to make ends meet. Although a prophecy states that Roshan, the son born to Aman and Mariam, will be a hero and restorer of peace, that shining future isn’t evident when we meet him as a young man in Canada. He’s in conflict with his father for a number of reasons, including the fact that he’s gay. “There’s so much rhetoric about Afghanistan from people who know little about the country and its history,” says Ada, one of NOW’s top 10 theatre artists of 2013. “I don’t speak for all Afghans, but I wanted to write a play from my own perspective as an Afghan-Canadian. “What I want to tackle in The Wanderers, which travels between the two countries over a period of decades, is how the seed of war, once planted, grows into something that stays with you, even if you run away from it. The trauma of war can’t easily be left behind.” Aman and Roshan would never be able to bridge a truce of sorts without Mariam’s love and devotion to both, notes the writer, who plays both the young Aman and Roshan. Ironically, we only meet her at the start of the play, as a young girl in Kabul, but Awa


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sees her as a driving force in the drama. “The power of women in the story is so vital for me, just as has been the case in my own life. I’ve always felt that the men in the play are destroyers, while the women are creators and builders. “What holds father and son apart is the fact that both want so much to achieve their potentials, fulfill the desires of what they thought they could become. Neither can see or understand what the other wants. What links them, unfortunately, is ex per ienc i ng the weight of failure in their lives.” Ada knows he’s taking some big risks with the play, including identifying himself as a gay Afghan. Some elements of the play are autobiographical, but many are not. “There’s a real clash of cultures for many Canadian immigrants. Because Canada is a largely accepting country, it’s easy to forget that some groups living here aren’t as open. “The gay theme is part of the play, but not, for me, its pivotal element. Rather, it’s part of Roshan’s identity that goes hand in hand with wanting his father to see him for who he is.” And what’s it like wearing two hats – writer and performer – especially given that Ada’s onstage for most of the play? “Initially I didn’t set out to write it for myself, but director

Nina Lee Aquino talked me into it,” smiles the artist. “I have to admit that it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but Nina’s brought together such a formidable group of artists, people I trust. “I know I’m in good hands. That’s part of the beauty of theatre: it’s a truly collaborative art form.” 3

Kawa Ada knows he’s taking a big risk identifying as a gay Afghan.

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Theatre listings are comprehensive and appear alphabetically by title. Opening plays begin this week, Previewing shows preview this week, One-Nighters are one- offs, and Continuing shows have already opened. Reviews are by Glenn Sumi (GS) and Jon Kaplan (JK). The rating system is as follows: NNNNN Standing ovation NNNN Sustained applause NNN Recommended, memorable scenes NN Seriously flawed N Get out the hook I = International Women’s Day event


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musical comedy. Mar 7-8, Fri-Sat 8 pm. $74$84. 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton. 905-8742800, THE MILLER AND HIS WIFE (Puppetmongers). This puppet adaptation of two classic folk stories looks at power, bullying and trickery. For ages 8 and up. Opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 15: Mar 6 to 8 and 14 to 15 at 7:30 pm; mats from Mar 8-15 TueSat 2 pm. $20. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson, Backspace. 416-504-7529, puppetmongers. com.

All listings are free. Send to: MUCH ADO ABOUT, fax to 416NOTHING by William 364-1166 or mail to Theatre, Elizabeth Saunders answers Shakespeare (VicNOW Magazine, 189 Church, 6 Essential Questions (see interview toria College Drama Toronto M5B 1Y7. Include Society). A couple at title, author, producer, brief plan their wedding synopsis, times, range of while their friends trade insults. Mar 6-8, ticket prices (include stu/srs discounts and Thu-Sat 8 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. Isabel Bader PWYC days), venue name and address and box Theatre, 93 Charles W. 416-978-8849, uoftoffice/info phone number. Listings may be edited for space. Deadline is the Thursday beNEW IDEAS FESTIVAL (Alumnae Theatre). The fore publication at 5 pm. annual showcase of new writing, works-inprogress and experimental theatre and staged readings. Opens Mar 12 and runs to Mar 30, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm, Sat readings at noon. $15, Sat readings ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ARE... pwyc, festival pass $40. 70 Berkeley. 416(afterimage Collective/ 364-4170, Devised Theatre Festival). THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov (The ChekhThis student production ov Collective). Unrequited love, dreams, explores how happiness is family feuds and devotion to art are part of the result of taking time. this drama set in 1893 Russia. Previews Mar Mar 6-8, Thu-Sat 7:30 6. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 23, Tue-Sat pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $12, 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $tba. Berkeley stu $10. York UniverStreet Theatre, 26 Berkeley, Upstairs. 416sity Accolade East 368-3110, Building, 4700 6 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS by Priscila Keele, room 207. Uppal (Factory Theatre). A woman connects with the mother who abandoned DevisedTheatreher 20 years before. Opens Mar 6 and runs Festival. to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $23-$45, AMERICAN IDIOT by mat pwyc. 125 Bathurst, Mainspace. 416Billie Joe Armstrong and 504-9971, Green Day (Mirvish). THE TALE OF A T-SHIRT by Lisa Marie DiLiberto Three friends must (FIXT POINT). Puppetry and live music are choose between their used to tell a tale about globalization and dreams and the safety of the true origins of our clothing. Mar 7-8 at 4 suburbia in this musical and 7 pm. $12, stu $10. Wychwood Theatre, based on the Green Day al76 Wychwood. 416-526-9332, bum. Opens Mar 11 and runs to Mar 16, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 6:30



pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 pm. $45$120. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, DISNEY ON ICE: LET’S PARTY! (Feld Entertainment). Mickey and Minnie Mouse celebrate with other characters in this family ice show. Opens Mar 12 and runs to Mar 16, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Fri and Sun noon and 4 pm, Sat 11 am & 3 pm. $28-$93. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way. A LIFE BEYOND DOUBT by Carol Libman (Tomorrow’s Eve Theatre). Characters from age 14 to 70 interact in this play that explores themes of life, loss and the power of memory. Opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 15, Wed-Mon 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15$25, mat pwyc. Sterling Studio Theatre, 163 Sterling, unit 5. 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL by Jeannie Linders (Rose Theatre). Four women make fun of their hot flashes and wrinkles in this

ITHE VAGINA MONOLGUES MEETS THE F WORD (360 Productions). Jennifer Phillips

combines excerpts from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues with excerpts from her play, The F Word, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 16, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $16-$26 ( Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, THE WANDERERS by Kawa Ada (Cahoots Theatre Company). The war back home continues to fracture life for an Afghan-Canadian family (see story, page 57). Runs to Mar 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$37, Sun pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, THE WINSLOW BOY by Terence Rattigan (Scarborough Players). A man fights to clear his son’s name after the boy is expelled from naval college. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20. Scar-


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MacDonald. At Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle). Runs to March 8. $15$28. 416-978-8849. See Continuing, page 59. Rating: NNNN

Nestled in the middle of the University of Toronto, Hart House Theatre is the perfect location for this hilarious, thought-provoking remount of AnnMarie MacDonald’s 1988 debut comedy about a quirky Shakespeare scholar who gets magically transported into two of the Bard’s most famous trage­ dies. Constance Ledbelly (Lesley Robertson) is a timid yet dedicated assistant professor who is convinced that Othello and Romeo And Juliet were both originally comedies before being adapted into tragedies. However, her ideas aren’t taken seriously by her male colleagues, and when one threatens her position at the university, she has a meltdown and is sucked into the worlds of the plays, where she searches for evidence to support her theories

while becoming comically entangled in the action of each plot. Feminist themes of equality and self-confidence run through the work. The female protagonists of each play defy Constance’s preconceived notions and teach her important lessons about how to stand up for herself and her ideas. However, in the process, Constance derails the original plots: Desdemona comes to believe that she’s a witch, while Romeo and Juliet both fall in love with her and compete for her affection. MacDonald’s fractured-fairy-tale approach to Shakespeare (inverting Constance’s theory, she converts the two tragedies into a comedy) is consistently funny and revealing, and these qualities are maximized by the strong cast. Robertson nails the awkward, ­absent-minded and academic humour, all while making Constance a relatable and familiar character whose minor eccentricities like drinking beer and smoking in her office only serve to ­endear her to us further. Director Carly Chamberlain uses a scene featuring a sword duel to effec­ tively showcase Constance’s transfor­ mation from overly deferential doormat into someone surprised by her

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borough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston. 416-267-9292, ­

Previewing The Carousel by Jennifer Tremblay (Nightwood Theatre). Driving along ñ Quebec’s north shore, a woman enters a

maze of memories as she travels to be with her dying mother. Previews Mar 11-12. Opens Mar 13 and runs to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$45. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110,


Departures & Arrivals: An Evening In Sup­ port Of Crossing Gibraltar (Cahoots The-

Lesley Robertson and Nicholas Porteous play with conventions in Goodnight Desdemona.

sudden capacity for bravery. The change is subtle but meaningful; Constance doesn’t become a full-blown warrior like Desdemona, but we see new flashes of self-assuredness. Good Night also has an important

metaphysical thread in Constance’s search for the true identity of “the author.” That said, it’s above all a comedy, and the consistent laughs demonstrate how well this production captures the JORDAN BIMM spirit of the original. 

– and then got injured on duty. Some of their wounds are obvious (missing limbs), while others are neurological or psychological. As with many collectively created works, there are lots of ensemble sequences – some sung, some danced. We learn how they joined up, how they got injured, how they do physio, how they look forward to receiving

letters from loved ones. Anyone who’s seen a war film or doc will be familiar with the drill. The quality varies, and will obviously resonate with vets and their loved ones. Some sequences work better than others. Whenever writer Owen Sheers lets us get close to a character there’s some payoff. Especially powerful is the story of Lance Corporal Simi Yates

(Maurilla Simpson), who was born in Trinidad and, after a visit from the Queen, made it a goal to live in England. In a lovely memory sequence we flash back to Simi’s childhood, with Simpson playing her tough-minded mother and Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter playing the young Simi. Another strong scene shows what happens when an IED (improvised explosive device) comes in contact with a human body. Sapper John Booth (Tom Colley) strips to his underwear, and a doctor uses a marker to illustrate the damage to his body. It’s too bad the story of the central character, Corporal Charlie Fowler (Cassidy Little), doesn’t come into focus until midway through the second act. We also never learn if these soldiers’ wounds changed their ideas about war. And a more artful structure – the show ends abruptly – would have added power to make even the familiar material seem new and urgent. GLENN SUMI 

they find themselves in an Edenic landscape. The women, slipping in and out of scenes from their lives, are aware that they’re onstage and talking to an audience. That’s part of the appeal of Mac­ Ivor’s writing, which has an easy honesty as A and B try to sort out who they are to each other and, by inference, to themselves. There’s an unseen third woman, ­Sasha, a lesbian, who figures in the action and starts A and B thinking about their own sexual orientation – whether the other’s a lesbian, and the nature of the draw between them. That investigation and the conclusion that defini­ tions are unnecessary pigeonholes is one of the play’s most potent moments, as are the various explorations of the glass-half-empty-or-half-full phrase “Nothing is enough.”

The self-controlled A is the more richly drawn character, with nuances that B, who’s nervous and tentative, doesn’t have. On the other hand, B has a charm, an innocence, that’s not part of A’s knowing nature. That distinction may be Ross Manson’s directorial decision, but it skews our view of them; for all her mysteriousness, we have a better sense of A. The chemistry between the two actors is resonant, and the direction handles the rhythms of the scenes nicely, with Rebecca Picherack’s lighting helping create moods. Still, Manson’s scenic design and staging, with the audience sitting on both sides of the action, doesn’t contribute much to the production (which had a well-received run at Munich’s BeMe Theatre in 2012), nor does the movement section at its end. JON KAPLAN 

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THE TWO WORLDS OF CHARLIE F. by Owen Sheers (Mirvish/Garry McQuinn/ Amanda Faber). At the Princess of Wales (300 King West). To March 9. $19-$79. 416-872-1212. See Continuing, page 60. Rating: NNN

The Two Worlds Of Charlie F. arrives in town about four months late. It would have made a fitting Remembrance Day presentation, when its dramatic shortcomings, uneven acting and earnest confessions might have seemed less blatant than they do in the cold, harsh light of the winter theatre season. Based on the real-life stories of wounded, injured and sick British war veterans and starring several ex-soldiers (who join professional actors), the show chronicles the experiences of men and women who signed up for the military – interesting how many come from families with a history of service

Relationship drama

Uneven View A BEAUTIFUL VIEW by Daniel MacIvor (Volcano/BeMe). At Factory Studio (125 Bathurst). To Sunday (March 9). $20-$25. 416-504-9971. See Continuing, this page. Rating: NNN Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View uses tents, ukuleles, bears and Pat Benatar music to take a sometimes tantalizing look at the relationship between two quite different women. The pair, played by Amy Rutherford and Becky Johnson (let’s call their characters A and B, since they’re never named), meet at a camping store. They keep running into each other, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally, over the ensuing years, until


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atre Company). This gala to support the company’s outreach program for refugees and newcomers features music, stories and a performance of The Wanderers. Mar 11, doors 6 pm. $75. Buddies in Bad Times ­Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, ­ LUNACY CABARET – Space Cadet (Zero Gravity Circus). This vaudeville-style cabaret features clown, circus, comedy, burlesque, music and more. Mar 8 at 9 pm. $20-$25. Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard E. ­ Mosaic Storytelling Festival (The Open Door East End Arts Collective). Donna Dudinsky and Rukhsana Khan share folk tales and traditional stories from Persia and Arabia. Mar 9 at 3 pm (runs every second Sun to Mar 23). Pwyc/$5 sugg. St David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands. ­ QueerCab (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). The monthly open-mic night for youth features music, spoken word, stand-up, drag and more. Mar 12 at 8 pm. Pwyc. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, ­

Soldiers Of Song: A Tribute To The Dum­ bells by Jason Wilson (Town of York Historical Society). Music and storytelling bring to life the WWI-era Canadian soldiers-turned-singers. Mar 6 at 7:30 pm. $25. St Lawrence Hall, 157 King E. Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre). The 24hour play-creation festival culminates in the performance of six original works. Mar 7 at 6 pm. $60. Trafalgar Castle, 401 Reynolds, Whitby. 416-703-2773, ­


Arrabal by Gustavo Santaolalla and John

Weidman (Mirvish/BASE Entertainment). A sultry mix of passion and politics, this new dance-theatre piece isn’t where it could be dramatically, but the music, movement and heart still make it an entertaining show. The young Arrabal (Micaela Spina) immerses herself in the tango clubs of Buenos Aires and learns what happened to her father, Rodolfo (co-choreographer Julio Zurita), who was disappeared under Argentina’s military dictatorship. The dance sequences smoulder and ignite, and Gustavo Santaolalla’s music is electric and catchy. But writer Weidman needs to find more clarity in the storytelling. Runs to Apr 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $44-$84. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, NNN (GS) Art by Yasmina Reza (Column 13 Actors Co). The purchase of a pricy modernist painting

Amy Rutherford (left) and Becky Johnson try to get close in A ­Beautiful View.

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­Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Hart House Theatre). A professor goes on a surreal journey to prove her theory about two Shakespeare plays (see review, page 58). Runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $28, srs $17, stu $10-$15. 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849, NNNN (Jordan Bimm) Handle With Care by Jason Odell Williams (TEATRON Theatre). A woman confronts a courier company clerk about a missing package in this romantic comedy. Runs to Mar 9, Tue-Thu 8 pm, Sat 8:30 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $26-$48. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. In Spirit by Tara Beagan (Native Earth Performing Arts/Panamerican Routes Festival). A native community struggles with a young girl’s disappearance and the society that failed her. Runs to Mar 16, Festival dates: Mar 7-8 at 7:30 pm, Mar 9 at 2:30 pm. Mar 11-16:, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E, Aki Studio Theatre. ­ Letters To Saint Rita by Michael Ripley (Theatre Rattlebag). This play examines the evolution of a romantic relationship over a period of 20 years. Runs to Mar 7, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $15. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, Lungs by Duncan Macmillan (Tarragon Theatre). A man and a woman discuss the ethics of having a child in today’s world. Runs to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $21$53, rush $13. 30 Bridgman, Extra Space. 416531-1827, ­ MAGIC @ THE CAGE (Abracadabaret). Magicians, mind readers and mystery entertainers perform weekly magic and comedy. Runs to Jun 29, Sun and Tue 7 pm. $15-$20. The Cage 292, 292 College, Crimson Lounge. 416-9951736, Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor (The Village Players). Three Cape Breton sisters are reunited by a family crisis. Runs to Mar 22, see website for schedule. $20, stu/srs $16. Bloor West Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor W. 416-767-7702, Marry Me A Little by Stephen Sondheim (Tarragon Theatre). Sondheim songs surround a dialogue-free plot about the relationship between two lonely New Yorkers. Runs to Apr 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat SatSun 2:30 pm. $27-$53, rush $13. 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, Menopause The Musical by Jeannie Linders (Flato Markham Theatre). Four women make fun of their hot flashes and wrinkles in this musical comedy. To Mar 6, Thu 8 pm. $79$84. 171 Town Centre Blvd. 905-305-7469. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Lyric Hammersmith/Vestuport/Mirvish). In this adaptation of Franz Kafka’s allegory about how society treats the other, actor Björn Thors brings a terrific athleticism to Gregor, the man who awakens one morning to find himself transformed into an insect. Another star is designer Börkur Jónsson, who gives Gregor’s bedroom the perspective of a ceiling-hanging bug, allowing Thors to literally climb the walls in his gymnastic performance. The other actors provide broad, heavy-handed caricatures who speak in a tiresomely declamatory style. Runs to Mar 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$99. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, NNN (JK) The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn (Soulpepper). In a trio of interconnected plays (Table Manners, Living Together and Round And Round The Garden) all presented in different parts of a country house, Ayckbourn looks at an intended extramarital fling and the effects it has on an extended family. A talented cast gets most of the scripts’ laughs, though the touch of sadness underlying the relationships could be better evoked and at times the rhythms could be smoother. Runs in rep to Mar 8, see website for schedule. $37-$74. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-

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tests the limits of friendship. Runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $20. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. 416-414-6745, ­ A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor (Volcano Theatre/BeMe Theatre). This play looks at the turbulent friendship between two women and the use of labels in relationships (see review, page 58). Runs to Mar 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. ­Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst, Studio. 416-504-9971, NNN (JK) Big Maggie by John B Keane (Toronto Irish Players). A newly widowed woman sets out to fulfill her dreams in 1960s rural Ireland. Runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $18. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. 416-440-2888, ­

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866-8666, Rating: Table Manners NNNN; Living Together NNN; Round And Round The Garden NNNN (JK) Nude With Violin by Noel Coward (East Side Players). Secrets emerge at an artist’s funeral in this comedy. Runs to Mar 8, ThuSat 8 pm. $22, stu $15. Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery. 416-425-0917, ­


Panamerican Routes/Rutas Panamericanas (Aluna Theatre). This festival ñ of performing arts for human rights features


works by Canadian and Latin American artists, including Mapa Teatro, Aluna Theatre, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, Native Earth and others. Runs to Mar 9, see website for schedule. $15-$25. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E. Same Same But Different by Anita Majumdar (Alberta Theatre Projects/Theatre Passe Muraille). This pair of one-act plays uses similar characters and stories about backstage politics in Bollywood productions to investigate issues of skin tone, class and national identity in Indian culture. Despite some repetition between the twin narratives and a near-epic run time, Majumdar’s rich script results in some touching and thought-provoking moments. Runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm.


$15-$33, mat pwyc. 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, NNN (Jordan Bimm) Twist And Shout: The British Invasion by Alex Mustakas (Drayton Entertainment). This musical tribute celebrates the tunes of the Beatles, the Kinks and others. Runs to Mar 30, see website for schedule. $25-$42. Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, 46 Grand S, Cambridge. 1-855-372-9866, ­ The Two Worlds of Charlie F. by Owen Sheers (Mirvish). This darkly comic play presents a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery (see review, page 58). Runs to Mar 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $19-$79. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, NNn (GS) Uptown Abbey (Mysteriously Yours... Dinner Theatre). Trouble follows an English lord and his American wife in this interactive dinner-theatre mystery. Runs to Apr 5, FriSat 8 pm, see website for full schedule. $40$85. 2026 Yonge. 416-486-7469, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice ­Sendak (Presentation House Theatre). A boy embarks on imaginary travels with animals in this adaptation of the iconic children’s book. Runs to Mar 30, runs daily at 11 am and 2 pm from Mar 8 to 15, see website for complete schedule. $15-$29. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E, Studio. 416-862-2222, ­  3

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I = International Women’s Day event Choreographic Works Ryerson Theatre School presents new works choreographed and performed by students. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 15, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $18, stu/srs $14. Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard E. 416-979-5118, Dancenette Arabesque Academy presents multi-genre dance with Newton Moraes, Becca Graziano, Undine Dance Company, ­Tatiana K and others. Mar 9 at 7 pm. $10$15. 1 Gloucester, suite 107. d ­ ancenette. com. The Four Seasons DanceWorks and Harbourfront NextSteps present dance by Kevin O’Day and Robert Glumbek about two middle-aged men pondering the cycle of life. Mar 6-8, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $18.75$37.25. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, ­ Rain, Wind, Clouds And Lightning The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presents Korean drumming and ribbon hat dance by Ensemble Jeng Yi. Mar 11 from noon to 1 pm. Free. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. ROMEO & JULIET Ballet Jörgen presents Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and re-


venge, choreographed by Bengt Jörgen. Mar 7 at 8 pm. $49-$54. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd. 905-305-7469, ­ ISilent Voices Dancetheatre David Earle presents dances to honour women and their struggles for equality, featuring Kate Alton, Bill Coleman, Danielle Baskerville, Bee Pallo­mina and others. Mar 8-9, Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $35, stu/srs $25. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. Swan Lake The National Ballet of Canada presents James Kudelka’s choreography of the Tchaikovsky ballet. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 16, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (and Mar 15). $25-$184. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-345-9595,








present a sultry mix of passion and politics, this new dance-theatre piece isn’t where it could be dramatically, but the music, movement and heart still make it an entertaining show. The young Arrabal (Micaela Spina) immerses herself in the tango clubs of Buenos Aires and learns what happened to her father, Rodolfo (co-choreographer Julio Zurita), who was disappeared under Argentina’s military dictatorship. The dance sequences smoulder and ignite, and Gustavo Santaolalla’s music is electric and catchy. But writer Weidman needs to find more clarity in the storytelling. Runs to Apr 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $44-$84. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, NNN (GS)  3



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416-486-7700, ­ CHUCKLE CO. PRESENTS weekly stand-up. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. ELEPHANT EMPIRE Comedy Bar presents the sketch troupe w/ Hannah Spear, Andrew Gardner, Matt Lemche and Peter Stevens, performing fast-paced sketch and a one-act play. To Mar 26, Wednesdays 8 pm. $8. 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, MAGIC OVEN COMEDY presents a weekly show. 8 pm. Free. Magic Oven, 347 Keele. ­ 120 WEDS OPEN MIC Club 120 presents comics, burlesque and novelty performers w/ illusionist Rob Testa, Mandy Goodhandy and others. 9 pm. Free. 120 Church.

Bill Burr brings his awesome act to the Queen Elizabeth ­Theatre and Massey Hall this weekend.

Saturday, March 8 Absolute Comedy See Thu 6. BILL BURR Just for Laughs presents the comic/actor in a live show. 7:30 pm. ñ $39.50. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd.

All listings are free. Send to:, fax 416-​364-​1168 or mail to Comedy, NOW Magazine, 189 Church, Toronto M5B 1Y7. Include title, producer, comics (host/headliner/sketch troupe members), brief synopsis, days and times, range of ticket prices, venue name and address and box office/info phone number/website. Listings may be edited for space. Deadline is the Thursday before publication at 5 pm.

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Thursday, March 6 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents headliner Darryl Purvis w/ Daniel Woodrow and ñ host Keesha Brownie. To Mar 9, Thu 8:30

pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, ­ SIXTEEN SCANDALS Second City presents its spring mainstage revue about our unhealthy fascination with political train wrecks, media fiascos and red-carpet meltdowns. Indefinite run. Previews to Mar 9, opens Mar 10, then runs Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 7:30 & 10 pm. $25-$29. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, ­ YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Cedric ­Newman. To Mar 9, Wed-Sun 8 pm (and FriSat 10:30 pm). $13-$22. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425,

Friday, March 7 Absolute Comedy See Thu 6. THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY presents clas-


BOOM’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SHOW Laura Bailey and ñ Jess Beaulieu host an all-female comedy varICHICKA

iety night w/ Naomi Snieckus. Carolyn Taylor, Sandra Battaglini, Arianne Shaffer, Karen Stern and others. 8 pm. Pwyc (proceeds to the 416 Community Support for Women). Free Times Café, 320 College. 416-967-1078. RED ROCKET COMEDY presents a weekly show w/ host Joel West and guests. 8 pm. Free. Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth. 416-406-0880, Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland See Fri 7. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6. Yuk Yuk’s Downtown See Thu 6.

Sunday, March 9 Absolute Comedy See Thu 6. BILL BURR Just for Laughs presents the comic/actor in a live show. 7:30 pm. ñ $39.50-$45.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria. ­

HAPPY HOUR COMEDY: GIVE ME MY SPOT CONTEST Ein-Stein presents five contestants competing for a spot on Yuk Yuk’s Tuesday Night Show. 8 pm. Free. 229 College. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6. Yuk Yuk’s Downtown See Thu 6.

Monday, March 10 ALTDOT COMEDY LOUNGE Rivoli presents Sean Cullen, Alex Pavone, Aisha ñ Alfa, Rob Mailloux, Chris Allin, Andre Arruda, Ryan Long, Keven Soldo, Anthony Ciardulli, MC Arthur Simeon and others. 9 pm. $5. 332 Queen W. ­

sic and original sketch and improvisation. 10:30 pm. $24. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416343-0011, SANDRA BERNHARD: SANDYLAND Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts presents the edgy comic in a live show. To Mar 8, Fri-Sat 8 pm. $45-$60. 10268 Yonge. 905-787-8811. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6. TOP SHELF COMEDY presents The Main Event, a weekly pro headliner and others. 9:30 pm. $5. St Louis Bar & Grill, 1963 Queen E. 416637-7427.

Princess Polly And The World’s Smallest Ninja See Mon 10. THE RED PANTY DIARIES Femme International presents a benefit to help ñ ­Kenyan girls to attend school every day of


Pub presents a weekly open mic w/ Russell Roy and guests. 9:30 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. IMPERIAL COMEDY SHOW Imperial Pub presents a weekly show. 9:30 pm. Free. 54 Dundas E. 416-977-4667, ­ OFFICE PUB COMEDY presents 12 pros and amateurs each week w/ hosts Cassandra Sansosti and Blayne Smith. 8 pm. Free. The Office Pub, 117 John. 416-977-1900.

PRINCESS POLLY AND THE WORLD’S SMALLEST NINJA Second City presents an all-ages sketch

revue. To Mar 16, Sun-Fri noon. $14, family 4-pack $45. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, ­ Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6.

Tuesday, March 11 THE FIRESTARTER Fox & Fiddle presents weekly pros & lotto spots w/ host Kyle Andrews. 8:30 pm. Free. 280 Bloor W. 416-966-4369. LES IMPROBABLES Supermarket presents a biweekly show with competitive improv en français. 7 pm. $5. 268 Augusta. 416-8400501, ­

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PROPEN MIC Comedy Bar presents a weekly

pro open-mic show followed by lottery spots. 9 pm. $5. 945 Bloor W. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6. THE SKIN OF MY NUTS presents a weekly open mic w/ host Vandad Kardar. 9:30 pm. Free. Sonic Espresso Bar, 60 Cecil. skinofmynuts. TUESDAY HEADLINER SERIES COMEDY Imperial Pub presents host Danny Polishchuk and guests. 9:30 pm. Free. 54 Dundas E. 416977-4667, WHEEL OF IMPROV Natasha Boomer presents the weekly non-competitive competitive games game-show. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents the Humber School of Comedy at 7:30 pm, Launching Pad for new stand-ups at 9:30 pm, every Tue. $4. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, ­


Wednesday, March 12 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Pro-Am Night w/ headliner Trixx, Blair Streeter, Jeff E Strella, Patricia Severn, Phil Maynard, Sean McKiernan, Todd Downey and host Slim Bloodworth. 8:30 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge.


the month, w/ Laura Di Labio, Kate Davis, Zabrina Chevannes, Sara Hennessey, host Sarah Bruckschwaiger and others. 8 pm. $15. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-5880307, ­ SIREN’S COMEDY Celt’s Pub presents openmic stand-up w/ host Chuckie Dorkins and headliner/birthday boy Mike Kellett. 8:30 pm. Free. 2872 Dundas W. 416-767-3339. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 6. SKULE NITE 1T4 U of T Engineering Society presents an engineering-themed musical and sketch comedy revue. To Mar 15, WedSat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $16-$20. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416978-8849, SPIRITS COMEDY Spirits Bar & Grill presents one of T.O.’s longest-running weekly comedy nights. 9 pm. Free. 642 Church. 416-9670001. TOP SHELF COMEDY presents The Spotlight, a weekly night of top comics. 9 pm. $5. ­WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen E. 416-901-5570. TORONTO COMEDY CAVERN presents a weekly show w/ host Adam Jamal. 8:30 pm. Free. Cavern Bar, 76 Church. 416-971-4440. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Damonde Tschritter. To Mar 16, Wed-Sun 8 pm (and Fri-Sat 10:30 pm). $13-$22. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, 3

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A breastplate of ice melts on Heather Cassils’s body in the video Tiresias.


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Video (401 Richmond West, #376), to March 15. 416-593-1332. Rating: NNNN

Sitting in the darkened room at Trinity Square Video, I figure the performer onscreen with the beefcake physique must be transgender male-to-female, with small femalehormone-induced breasts. This can’t be the same person whose high, female-sounding grunts are heard in an audio work, can it? Welcome to the assumptionbusting world of Heather Cassils. The L.A.-based Canadian video/performance artist, a personal trainer who appeared in Lady Gaga’s Telephone video, was born female. Cassils’s art is about transforming and sculpting his body. The three videos and one audio piece that run in sequence in Cassils: Compositions, the artist’s first show in Canada, are offshoots of performances but stand on their own. In Fast Twitch // Slow Twitch, one

screen plays photos taken of the artist’s body daily over time as it’s built into a heavily muscled form, while images on the other detail the arduous process: Cassils grimaces lifting weights, lies prone as a stream of pills pours into his open mouth, chows down on raw meat and busts the seams of clothing. The room then goes dark as it fills with what sounds like a woman with a pounding heart hitting a punching bag. The audio piece Ghost actually uses sound from a performance in which Cassils furiously attacks a mound of clay, conceived as a memorial to the trans people who are murdered in disproportionate numbers. Hard Times shows a bodybuilding performance in which Cassils conveys the artificiality and weirdness of the enterprise by wearing zombie face makeup that makes him appear eyeless. My favourite is Tiresias, in which a naked, stoic Cassils, looking like a Roman statue, wears a torso-shaped breastplate of ice that his body grad-


ually melts. The transparent ice acts like a lens, magnifying the movement of his abdomen as he breathes. With a soundtrack of German lieder, bird-

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Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, to Jun 15. $19.50, srs $16, stu $11, free Wed 6-8:30 pm. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. DESIGN EXCHANGE This Is Not A Toy, to May 18 ($16, stu/srs $13). Emerging Designer Competition, to Apr 1. $10, stu/srs $8. 234 Bay. 416-363-6121. GARDINER MUSEUM Tribute To George And Helen Gardiner, Mar 6-9. Ron Thom And The Allied Arts, to Apr 27. $12, stu $6, srs $8. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080. JUSTINA M. BARNICKE CounterIntelligence, to Mar 16, Ron Deibert talk 7 pm Mar 11. 7 Hart House. 416-978-8398. MOCCA Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art And The Baroque, to Apr 6. 952 Queen W. 416-395-0067. POWER PLANT Mike Nelson, to May 19. 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4949. ROM Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, to Mar 23 ($21, stu/srs $18.50). The Forbidden City: Inside The Court Of China’s Emperors, Mar 8-Sep 1 ($21, stu/srs $19). $16, stu/srs $14.50. 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000. RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE Mary Anderson, Mar 12-Apr 13. Black Star Subject: Canada; Robert Burley, Phil Bergerson and Elisa Julia Gilmour, to Apr 13. 33 Gould. 416-979-5164. SPADINA MUSEUM Dressing For Downton, Mar 11-Apr 13 ($25-$30). 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910. TEXTILE MUSEUM Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre, to Apr 13. From Geisha To Diva: The Kimonos Of Ichimaru, to May 11. $15, srs $10, stu $6. 55 Centre. 416599-5321. U OF T ART CENTRE Lutz Dille; Framing Narratives: Renaissance To Modernism, to Mar 8. 15 King’s College Circle. 416-978-1838. VARLEY Colour, In Theory, to May 4. $5, stu/srs $4. 216 Main (Unionville). 905-477-9511.


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Apr 5. Touched Marseille group show, to Mar 7. Video: Network Consciousness, to Mar 8. 1490 Dundas W. 416-703-4400. BEAVER HALL The End Of All Things: Galleys From A Modern Apocalypse, Mar 12-19. 29 McCaul. beaverhallgallery. BIRCH CONTEMPORARY Katie Switzer, to Mar 15, reception 6-9 pm Mar 6. Painting: Martin Golland, Mar 6-Apr 12. 129 Tecumseth. 416-365-3003. CHRISTOPHER CUTTS Painting: Andrew Rucklidge and Max Johnston, to Apr 2. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566. DE LUCA FINE ART Paper Affection group show, Mar 12-Apr 5, reception 6-9 pm Mar 12. 217 Avenue Rd. 416-537-4699. DIAZ CONTEMPORARY Joel Herman and Garry Neill Kennedy, to Mar 22. 100 Niagara. 416-361-2972. EDWARD DAY GALLERY From Here to There group show; sculpture: Wojtek Biczysko, Mar 8-23, reception 4-6 pm Mar 8. 952 Queen W. 416-921-6540. IFEMINIST ART CONFERENCE Talks, film screenings, exhibits, to Mar 8. OCAD U

(100 McCaul), Beaver Hall (29 McCaul). GALLERY 44 Photos: Michael O’Brien, Mar 7-22, reception 2-4 pm Mar 8. Video/photos: Aura Satz and Maryse Goudreau, Mar 8-Apr 19, brunch noon (pwyc), artist talk 1-2 pm Mar 8. 401 Richmond W #120. 416-979-3941. GENERAL HARDWARE CONTEMPORARY Painting: Michael Davidson, to Mar 15. 1520 Queen W. 416-821-3060. GLADSTONE HOTEL Textiles: Hard Twist 2014 – This Is Personal, to Apr 27. Illustration: If Walls Could Talk group show, Mar 6-30, reception 7-10 pm ($5), party 9 pm-midnight Mar 6. 1214 Queen W. 416531-4635. GOLDFARB CENTRE Shary Boyle, artist’s talk 4-5:30 pm Mar 11. 4700 Keele (York U). 416736-5187. HUNTCLUB Mixed media: Shea Chang, Mar 7-21, reception 7-11 pm Mar 7. 709 College. INTERACCESS Sayeh Sarfaraz, Mar 7-29, reception 7 pm Mar 7. 9 Ossington. 416-532-0597. JESSICA BRADLEY GALLERY Zin Taylor, to Mar 22. 74 Miller. 416-537-3125. LONSDALE GALLERY Intrepid group show, to Mar 23. 410 Spadina Rd. 416-487-8733. NIA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS Exposed 2014: De-




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ciding Centre group show, Mar 7-22. 918 Bathurst. 416-535-2727. OLGA KORPER Painting: John Brown, to Mar 29. 17 Morrow. 416-538-8220. ONSITE [AT] OCAD U Generations Of Queer: Robert Flack, John Greyson, Elisha Lim and Kiley May, Mar 12-Jun 28, reception 8-10 pm Mar 12. 230 Richmond W. 416-9776000 ext 327. PAUL PETRO Painting/drawing: Mélanie Rocan and Jane Buyers, to Mar 22. 980 Queen W. 416-979-7874. PROPELLER Lila Fatehi, to Mar 16. 984 Queen W. 416-504-7142. RED HEAD GALLERY Nina Leo and Lee Henderson, to Mar 29, reception 6-9 pm Mar 7. 401 Richmond W #115. 416-504-5654. SNAP! photo auction (benefit for AIDS Committee of Toronto), Mar 6 (snap-toronto. com). $90. SNAP! Factory/Andrew Richard Designs, 571 Adelaide E. STUDIO VOGUE Painting: Claude Millette, to Mar 26. 216 Avenue Rd. 416-459-9809. SUSAN HOBBS Painting: Robert Wiens, Mar 6-Apr 12, reception 7-9 pm Mar 6. 137 Tecumseth. 416-504-3699. TORONTO IMAGE WORKS Photos: Lindsay Lauckner, to Mar 31. 80 Spadina. 416-7031999. IWALNUT CONTEMPORARY The Malala Effect, Mar 7-8. 201 Niagara. 416-271-6599.

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fession worthy of Grimm) and an abuser who can strike at any time. She flees when she turns 20 and winds up in the idyllic small town of Flax Hill, Massachusetts, scores a job in the local bookstore and eventually marries the persistent Arturo, who has a daughter, Snow, from a previous marriage. Behind the facade of the tiny perfect town is an obsession with blonds – you can’t work a particular party at the snooty club if you have dark hair – and some simmering racial tensions. The author is also preoccupied here with women who don’t take to the mothering role. Key to the motherless Boy’s character are her own difficul-

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Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen W. 5DIANNE OBOMSAWIN Launch for the graphic novel On Loving Women (J’aime les Filles). 9 pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. facebook. com/events/1408205812767685.


FICTION Panel with finalists Charlotte Gray, Thomas King, JB MacKinnon, Graeme Smith and David Stouck. 7:30 pm. $10, stu/under 25 free. Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Rm, 235 Queens Quay W.

ANNIE ENGLISH Reading from her book Retired

At 48. 2 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 40 St Clair E. TERRY FALLIS Reading and a Q&A. 7 pm. Free. Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane. 416-3955950. IRSHAD MANJI Discussing whether multiculturalism is bad for women, with broadcaster Steve Paikin. 7 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. Pre-register torontopubliclibrary. ca/bluma. ILEE MARACLE Keynote address and luncheon. 11 am. $10. U of T St Michael’s College, Carr Hall, 100 St Joseph. Pre-register idigta. 5QUEER CONFESSIONS LGBTQ memoir readings with David Bateman, Ricardo Rodriguez and others. 7 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. WORDZ IN MOTION Poet Motion explores words and sounds. 4:30 pm. Free. Centennial Library, 578 Finch W.

ties with nurturing. She’s always had a hate-on for compelling child Snow and appears to have the makings of a wicked stepmother – another fairytale resonance. Oyeyemi is a wizard with metaphor – Boy has always claimed she can’t see herself in mirrors, for example – and gives the story a serious twist a third of the way through that takes the narrative in a whole new direction. And you haven’t got a pulse if you’re not shocked by the reSUSAN G. COLE veal at the end.

LAUNCHING THIS WEEK Any female who’s fallen for another female can relate to On Loving Women ($16.95, Drawn & Quarterly), graphic artist Diane Obom’s funny and poignant collecsawin’s tion of vignettes. Actually, anyone who’s ever been in love will get the point; the author has a gift for poking fun at desperation and desire. Obomsawin launches the book at the Henhouse on Friday (March 7). See Readings, this page. Souvankham Thammavongsa and Adrienne Weiss. 7 pm. Free. No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College. 416-928-6777. HELEN OYEYEMI Talking about her new novel, Boy, Snow, Bird with Globe and Mail books editor Jared Bland. 7 pm. Free. Indigo Manulife, 55 Bloor W.


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pm. Free. Press Club, 850 Dundas W. 416-3647183.



ITHE MALALA EFFECT Book launch and art

exhibit celebrating International Women’s Day. Today and tomorrow 11 am-6 pm. Free. Walnut Contemporary Gallery, 201 Niagara. 416-271-6599. THE MARCH HARE Newfoundland writing, music and song with Lisa Moore, Agnes Walsh, Michael Winter and others. 8 pm. $20.

beth Carson and John Rammell read selections from An Unlikely Affair. 2 pm. Free. Knox College, rm 4, 59 St George. JOHN RILEY Talking about his book The Once And Future Great Lakes Country. 10:30 am. Free. Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside. TORONTO POETRY SLAM Spoken word semifinals competition featuring Kait Rokowski. 8 pm. $5. Drake Underground, 1150 Queen W.

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After the breakthrough, the selfie and the standing Os, here’s what will happen now in Hollywood By NORMAN WILNER Long after Rob Ford’s attention-seeking shuffle down Hollywood Boulevard is forgotten, people will remember the 86th annual Academy Awards – at least when they’re browsing iTunes – for Lupita Nyong’o’s breakout. Nyong’o’s best-supporting-actress win for 12 Years A Slave – which also took best picture and adapted screenplay – was the high point in an evening that found room for several additional standing ovations and history’s most awkward selfie. Ellen DeGeneres’s attempt to promote ceremony sponsor Samsung with a group shot of herself and Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nyong’o, Nyong’o’s brother Peter and a photobombing Kevin Spacey (whew) briefly crashed Twitter and surpassed Barack Obama’s re-election tweet as the platform’s single most circulated message. So that was kind of cool. What happens now? Well, 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen gets carte blanche for his next picture; Alfonso Cuarón – who won best director and shared the best editing prize for Gravity, which took a total of seven Oscars – can count on his next project’s being funded without a fuss over its budget; and Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to actor and supporting actor wins in Dallas Buyers Club, never has to pay for a drink in Canada again.


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Lupita Nyong’o’s (above) supporting actress win launched a million memes, and Ellen DeGeneres clobbered Obama’s retweet record.

Cate Blanchett’s win for best actress will spark a new wave of tsktsking about how the Academy (and decadent Hollywood in general) is willing to overlook the unpleasant personal lives of its heroes as long as they remain profitable or win awards. If anyone’s surprised by this, they need only look back to March 2003, when convicted child rapist Roman Polanski was named best director for The Pianist, a film with far more artistic merit than the warmed-over Tennessee Williams hash that is Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine – not that that necessarily means anything. Personally, I’m happy that David O. Russell’s incoherent, obnoxious American Hustle – touted as a possible dark-horse best picture contender in the weeks leading up to the ceremony – failed to win a single award. After The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook won acting prizes, it’s good to see the Academy collectively push back against Russell’s slide into chaotic nonsense. Hell, it might save his career, nudging him back in the direction of his earlier, funny films Flirting With Disaster and Three Kings. After all, if there’s anything the Oscars are good for, it’s reminding people of past glories. 3

Here’s the problem with being the director of After Life, Nobody Knows and Still Walking: when you deliver a movie that’s very good instead of great, you risk looking like you’ve stumbled. That’s the situation with Hirokzau Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son, a languid domestic drama about a successful Tokyo architect (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife (Machiko Ono) who discover that their six-year-old son was switched at birth with another couple’s. As the pair try to figure out the best possible resolution to the dilemma with the couple now parenting their biological child (Lily Franky, Yoko Maki), the impossibility of a perfect solution gives the movie its empathetic structure – concerned, dense with possibility, a little nervous about how to move forward. It ultimately pays off in a series of lovely, understated scenes, but getting there is rougher than it ought to be. Kore-eda spends much of the midsection waiting for people to act on their feelings. It could be argued that he does so because his characters aren’t ready to address them, but there’s a lumpiness to that chunk of the movie that could have been avoided. Steven Spielberg bought the remake rights last year. Ten bucks says Ben Affleck plays the lead, with Paul Giamatti as the working-class other father. NORMAN WILNER

Like Father, Like Son isn’t the best Kore-eda, but it still pays off. | @wilnervision


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Steve Coogan’s hilarious alter ego, Alan Partridge, doesn’t quite get the film he deserves By NORMAN WILNER ALAN PARTRIDGE directed by Declan Lowney, written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham, with Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu and Sean Pertwee. A VSC release. 90 minutes. Opens Friday (March 7). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNN

Knowing Alan Partridge the character will help quite a lot with knowing Alan Partridge the movie.


Paging Bettie fans Film about the original pin-up girl is riveting By SUSAN G. COLE

BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL directed by Mark Mori, written by Doug Miller. 101 minutes. A Films We Like release. Opens Friday (March 7) at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. See Times, page 73. Rating: NNNN


Hate the whole idea of the pin-up? Are you like me and think that pics of nude women sold to ogling guys are among the media images that prevent women from being full human beings? Doesn’t matter. You’ll still be riveted by this doc about the original pin-up girl, Bettie Page. She became a sensation in the 50s as one of the first females to strip down for the camera and was wildly successful for seven years. Then she disappeared from the public eye. Page died in 2008. But Mark Mori conducted a series of interviews with the icon, which he uses as voice-over for a myriad of clips and pics. Conversations with photographers and admirers paint a portrait of someone who loved her work – until she gave it up. The film gets off to a rocky start, showing fans – many of them sporting Page’s signature bangs – who insist that she was a force for liberation and a true original. A reach, to be sure. Naked women have been on men’s minds throughout history, and there’s actually not much innovation in her


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It’s the culmination of 20 years of work by Steve Coogan, reaching all the way back to the British news parody The Day Today, which introduced Partridge as a blowhard sportscaster prone to inappropriate outbursts. In the years and TV projects that followed, Coogan and collaborators Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber tracked Partridge’s (fictional) rise to prominence as a TV chat-show host and subsequent banishment to Radio Norwich, where he

brays his inanities as a radio DJ. And that’s where Alan Partridge the movie finds Alan Partridge the failure coasting on his brief time in the spotlight. Partridge is a brilliant comic creation: snide yet unctuous, pretentious yet witless, insistently ceremonious but utterly inept. He’s a sexist, racist, arrogant coward who’ll screw over a fellow broadcaster who considers him a dear friend – which is how he accidentally triggers the hostage situation that forms the core of the movie. Coogan, Iannucci and their co-writers have rightly concluded that spending 90 minutes with Partridge on a good day would be an extremely unpleasant affair, so they’ve put him in a siege picture. It’s a very clever notion, because Partridge is the very last person with whom you’d want to be trapped in a room. He’s not trapped there all the time, mind you. Partridge is the one person disgruntled gunman Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) perceives as being on his side, so Pat picks him as his lifeline to the police when he storms the radio station and takes the staff hostage. This gives Partridge far too much responsibility, which is a terrible idea, and his attempt to fashion himself as the hero of the ensuing standoff is the comic engine that powers the movie. It doesn’t work as well as it should, though. Declan Lowney’s direction is too pedestrian for the material, embracing neither the action clichés nor the absurdity of seeing Partridge Die Harding his way through his workplace. Coogan holds it together, utterly debasing himself and getting laughs out of the smallest gulp or shift in posture. It’s a great performance in service of a horrible character, deserving of a better film. 3 | @wilnervision

Top 5 things you’ve seen Steve Coogan in Virtually unknown on this side of the Atlantic, Alan Partridge is a key comic figure in his native England. If the prat with the aggressive upper plate seems familiar, here are five other places you may have seen Steve Coogan. Also worth checking out are Coffee And Cigarettes, Hamlet 2, The Other Guys, The Look Of Love and the brilliant Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story.

1 24 Hour Party People (2002) 2 Night At The Museum (2006) and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian (2009) 3 Tropic Thunder (2008) 4 The Trip (2010) NW 5 Philomena (2013) See expanded list at movies.

photos’ and short films’ actual aesthetic. Page herself was something else, however: open, fun-loving, creative – she designed most of her costumes – and weirdly wholesome. She avoided the tawdry, clichéd facial expressions popularized in commercial mags. As one shooter put it, she smiled with her whole body, even in her infamous bondage pics. Her pre- and post-pin-up stories are much darker. As a child she was sexually abused and fled her home. After leaving the business in the 60s, she became a born-again Christian, later struggled with mental illness and was hospitalized for 10 years. Too bad Mori has no footage or photographs of Page in her later years – she wanted to be remembered as the pioneering pin-up. In fact, we don’t know how he found her or under what conditions he made the later-life recordings. But watch carefully and there’s a ton of fascinating detail. That’s because Page herself had no agenda. She’s plainly having a great time doing her job, but she speaks openly about not-so-fun incidents: explicit photos emerged from a shoot she can barely recall because the photographers got her drunk; her biggest-selling photo was taken during the only session in which she didn’t feel safe. And though Hugh Hefner again sets himself up as a liberator – puh-lease! – you have to give him credit for getting Page set up with an agent later in her life when people were flagrantly exploiting her image for financial gain. Yes, I did just say something positive about the Playboy mogul. 3 | @susangcole


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BRENT BUTT Writer/actor, No Clue


2001: A Space Odyssey? Nope, it’s the Large Hadron Collider.

Reaching Fever pitch PARTICLE FEVER (Mark Levinson). 99 minutes. Opens Friday (March 7).


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Before he became a household fixture as Corner Gas’s glib leading man, Brent Butt was pumping out hilarious lines as one of the country’s best stand-ups. Now, coinciding with a national comedy tour, he’s promoting his first lead film role as an ordinary schmo pretending to be a detective to help out femme fatale Amy Smart. Are you a big fan of noir and detective films? I love old film noir detective movies and British murder mysteries. So when I sat down to write the script, the first scene ended up being a classic guy in his office where a damsel in distress comes in. And I went from there. I like how you can play a “spot the detective-film reference” game. Was that fun? I like putting value-added stuff in for fans of the genre. If you know what Glass Key means, there’s a bonus. If you don’t, you don’t realize you’ve missed anything. Did you look at any films you could model this on? People were puzzled when I said I wanted to combine murder mystery with comedy and not make it a big zany, wacky film. Look at Fletch: if you take out all the comedic characters and the funny lines, it still holds water as a mystery. And Beverly Hills Cop, which wasn’t initially written as a comedy but as an action/thriller. And The Thin Man movies, which were these fantastic, dark murder mysteries, but the leads, Nick and Nora, were funny and charming. Those were the touchstones. How would you describe your acting style? Is the term “Oscar-worthy” hyphenated? I often say I act the way Bob Hope acted. It didn’t matter if he was a pirate or an astronaut, you got the same guy. I’m still playing a guy who does and says funny things, but the difference in this movie – versus the half-hour comedy stuff I’ve done – is that it pushed

me more as an actor. There’s real danger and gravity in the movie. My character’s life really is on the line. I was forced to play a lot more and be more realistic. I was a big fan of your pre-Corner Gas comedy. How has TV success changed your life? It’s opened some doors in terms of getting meetings with people who can help facilitate projects. Ultimately, the project has to make sense. You’re doing a national tour called the Almost A Movie Star Stand-up Tour. Are you prepared for stardom once the film comes out? I’m looking forward to the rehab, the rumours about my marriage to Clooney – all that. Do fans come up to you in Tim Hortons? A lot of people debate whether I am who they think I am. “That’s not him, he’s too fat!” they’ll say, or “He’s too bald.” And I feel like saying, “I’m right here!” Ninety-nine per cent of the time it’s great. Then there’s the guy who starts a conversation by slapping you on the back. You’ll be at the airport and he’ll blast you between the shoulder blades. “Hey, how are you?” “Well, I’m having a coronary now.” I don’t know how that’s a GLENN SUMI good way to start a conversation.

There’s already something godlike about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the colossal device designed to discover the Higgs boson, “the God particle.” Five storeys tall and buried underground in Switzerland, it’s the largest machine ever constructed, containing a 17-mile-long ring in which protons are smashed together at unfathomable speed, recreating the conditions of the Big Bang. The LHC featured prominently in Peter Mettler’s The End of Time, which emphasized its mandala-like structure and drew from it much mystery and wonder. Particle Fever, which chronicles the build-up to the LHC’s maiden operation and long-belated validation of the Higgs boson theory, is more informative. If anything, director Mark Levinson, who holds a doctorate in particle physics, works too hard to milk suspense from the anticipation anxiety of his scientist subjects. The stakes are clearly enormous, but the film’s manner of convincing us of this leans heavily on strained doc drama conventions. The math involved in determining whether data gathered from the LHC favours supersymmetry or multiverse theories will mean more to experts than laymen, but Particle Fever is highly effective at generating appreciation for the tenacity and vision of scientists and the power of JOSÉ TEODORO curiosity to determine an entire life’s path.

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(Carl Bessai) Rating: NN I’m up for a Canadian movie that’s a mashup of murder mystery and comedy. Unfortunately, No Clue almost lives up to that title, featuring a convoluted story with little suspense and few laughs. Writer/producer Brent Butt plays Leo Falloon, a novelty item salesman who pretends to be a detective to help out Kyra (Amy Smart), who’s looking to find out what happened to her game developer brother. Soon Leo’s bumbling around in the world of high tech (competently shot by Carl Bessai), staking out Vancouver dives and pretending to be a caterer or UPS guy. The mystery plot seems drawn from any number of TV dramas. More entertaining is watching the supporting cast – including David Cubitt as a hard-assed corporate head and Chelah Horsdal as Leo’s frustrated ex – play straight to Butt’s stone-faced joker. And every scene with David Koechner as Leo’s slacker buddy delivers unexpected pleasures. Koechner’s high-wattage energy balances Butt’s monotone delivery, and I’d gladly watch them riff off each other for 90 GS minutes.


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300: Rise Of An Empire (D: Noam Murro, 102 min) This sequel to 2006’s epic 300 brings back more swords, sandals and exposed muscly flesh to tell the story of Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his fight against the Persian forces that killed King Leonidas.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (D: Rob Minkoff, 92 min) Modern Family’s Ty Burrell lends his voice to this animated pic about a brilliant dog and his adopted son as they try to fix a time rift. Both open Friday (March 7). See review of 300: Rise Of An Empire on March 7 and Mr. Peabody on March 10 at nowtoronto. com/movies.

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boob, I guess). Let’s throttle back on that and see it as what it is: an incoherent, overacted mess. 138 min. NN (NW) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinemas, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24


(John Wells) stars an awesome Meryl Streep as the drug-addled matriarch of a family that’s gathered after the patriarch disappears. This adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play has its flaws – the family rot borders on parody, the music is awful, and it’s still too stagy – but it’s extremely entertaining. 121 min. NNNN (SGC) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Humber Cinemas, Interchange 30, SilverCity Mississauga


(Mark Mori) 101 min. See review, page 66. (SGC) Opens Mar 7 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Steve Pink) stars BLUE JASMINE (Woody Allen) won an motormouth Kevin Hart in an update of Oscar for Cate Blanchett as the emothe 1986 rom-com, an adaptation of David tionally unhinged wife of a corporate Mamet’s provocative play Sexual Perverssleazebag (Alec Baldwin) who moves to ity In Chicago. This will likely be the only San Francisco to live with her sister (Sally occasion you read the names Mamet and Hawkins) when he’s busted. 98 min. NNNN Hart in the same sentence. That’s too bad (SGC) since the comedian has never been funInterchange 30, Mt Pleasant nier. Hart is well matched with the excellent Regina Hall as an on-and-off couple THE BOOK THIEF (Brian Percival) reframes fucking and screaming on the sidelines the Second World War as a coming-of-age while their adorable friends (Michael Ealy story about a young German girl (Monand Joy Bryant) work through the growing sieur Lazhar’s Sophie Nélisse). Director pains of a yearlong romance. In Hart’s prePercival has helmed a lot of Downton Abvious outings, filmmakers seem satisfied bey episodes, and it shows in film’s odd with throwing him propriety. A movie about the in scrappy, conHolocaust can’t be afraid of trived scenarios so confronting its own mesEXPANDED REVIEWS that he could sage. 131 min. NN (NW) freestyle his way Kingsway Theatre, Regent through scenes. Theatre Here he’s working with real material CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (Paul Greengrass) stars thanks to the two degrees of separation Tom Hanks in a fantastic performance as from Mamet’s play. His comedic talents the eponymous skipper of a commercial get structure and purpose, and he has vessel hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. room to put his own stamp on Mamet’s The rest of the film is far more problemacidic dialogue. This may be wateredatic, with director Greengrass applying the down Mamet, but for Hart it’s 80 proof. 98 tense, jangled docudrama aesthetic of min. NNN (RS) United 93 to another true-life hostage 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, crisis. Some subtitles. 134 min. NNN (NW) Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Yonge Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, & Dundas 24 Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yorkdale, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Jean-Marc Yonge & Dundas 24 Vallée) stars Matthew McConaughey ALAN PARTRIDGE (Declan Lowney) 90 min. as Ron Woodroof, a hard-living, womanizing Texas electrician who became an unSee review, page 66. NNN (NW) likely AIDS activist in the mid-1980s after Opens Mar 7 at Yonge & Dundas 24 being diagnosed with HIV. McConaughey AMERICAN HUSTLE (David O. Russell) is shed 47 pounds for the role and is almost nominally a story about the barely reunrecognizable, but his charm and passion membered 1978 Abscam sting, in which shine through, and he gets strong support the FBI used a small-time con artist to from Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. 117 snare politicians on bribery and corruption min. NNNN (GS) charges. But the plot is incidental to the Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Kingsway shouting. Director/co-writer Russell has Theatre, Rainbow Market Square, SilverCity fully embraced the notion that drama only Mississauga exists when characters are yelling at one ENDLESS LOVE (Shana Feste) is better than another in mid-shots. Everybody races Franco Zefirelli’s 1981 original about pasaround shouting about their ambitions sionate young love, but it’s still boring and and desires, and whoever shouts the loudsilly. It starts off fine enough for the first est is the person with whom we’re sup30 minutes or so, and Alex Pettyfer and posed to sympathize. Some people love Gabriella Wilde are likeable and appealing this strategy; I find it exhausting and as two kids just out of high school falling pointless – especially in the second half, for each other, but it quickly devolves into when scenes seem to exist because Russilliness and contrivance. It’s only really sell had noticed Christian Bale and Jenworth it for some good supporting pernifer Lawrence’s characters hadn’t yelled formances by Bruce Greenwood and Robat each other in a while. American Hustle ert Patrick as the teens’ dads. 103 min. NN is being compared to Goodfellas (because (Andrew Parker) crime) and Boogie Nights (because side-


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traces the history of Manhattan street photography from the 50s to the present day, drawing a straight line from old-school photojournalists Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson and Jill Freedman to acclaimed visual artists such as Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz and Jamel Shabazz. The city is examined through photos and videos, both as an ever-evolving cultural hub and as a sociopolitical powder keg. Everybody Street is part of the same docu-dialogue on New York as The Central Park Five and Blank City, touching on the uneasy tribalism that formed in the 60s and 70s and the rebirth of the Lower East Side in the 80s. The difference is that this movie packages its commentary in some truly amazing stills. 83 min. NNNN (NW) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

FROZEN (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee) is an entertaining Disney animated musical about two Nordic princesses, one who’s holed herself up in icy isolation and the other who wants to track her down. It’s basically The Snow Queen mixed with Wicked. The songs are derivative but effective. Look for a hilarious ditty by Josh Gad’s scene-stealing happy-go-lucky snowman Olaf, the best sidekick since Timon and Pumbaa. 102 min. NNN (GS) 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinemas, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Sebastián Lelio) stars Berlin Film festival best actress Paulina García as a smart 50-something Chilean divrocée yearning for sex and adventure. When Gloria meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández) at a club for middle-aged singles and begins a relationship, she has to decide whether she’s willing to settle for half measures. A central theme about how past relationships and offspring impinge on a person’s ability to connect makes the film relatable, as does the way director/ co-writer Lelio presents these family situations. They’re never bathed in melodrama, but demonstrate in ordinary ways how Gloria’s self-centred family members can’t recognize that she’s a vibrant, intelligent woman worthy of anyone’s attention, be it theirs or that of a romantic partner. As essential as García’s wonderful performance is the unflinching portrayal of sex between aging partners, a candid glimpse of middle-aged sexuality that’s so rare in movies, it takes your breath away. Subtitled. 109 min. NNNN (SGC) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Varsity


(Alfonso Cuarón) plays as both an immediate, nail-biting thriller and a stunning technological accomplishment, following two astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) stranded in Earth orbit and cut off from mission control. There are things here you’ve never seen before; this is a great, unprecedented picture. 91 min. NNNNN (NW) Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Yonge & Dundas 24


(Paolo Sorrentino) stars Toni Servillo as 60-something journalist Jep, who wrote a bestselling novel in his 20s but hasn’t written a thing that matters since. Instead, he’s immersed himself in all things shallow: the party circuit, pseudo-intellectual confabs with the rich and famous, meaningless sex. Shades of La Dolce Vita. Jep reflects on his empty life in a series of spectacular vignettes that come tumbling out of cinematographer Luca Bigazzi and writerdirector Sorrentino’s vivid imagination: over-the-top bashes, an artist performing beside Roman ruins, a money-grubbing doctor injecting botox in public. Garish party sequences collide with serene

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images of Rome’s ancient art; beautiful inspirational music meets club bangers. Sure, it’s self-indulgent, but Sorrentino is the kind of director you want to indulge. Just let the damn thing wash over you. Subtitled. 142 min. NNNNN (SGC) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Queensway, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity

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JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (Kenneth Branagh) is a proudly square espionage thriller that satisfies on that basic spymovie level – the one where people race through city squares shouting technobabble into jacket mics while a clock ticks HER (Spike Jonze) is set in the very down to an unspecified disaster. The plot near future, in a Los Angeles where itself never makes too much sense – an emotionally withdrawn Theodore Twombinitial attempt on hero Chris Pine’s life, ley (Joaquin Phoenix) installs an operating while nicely conceived and executed, is system on his PC that’s basically an artififorgotten maybe three seconds after it cial intelligence – and winds up falling in happens – and the scenes between Pine love with it. Of course he’s drawn to it, or and Keira Knightley are painfully stiff, her (as voiced with perfect, perky opacity compounded further by Scarlett Johansson). by her laboured AmerWhy wouldn’t he be? ican accent. Director She’s perfect for him. EXPANDED REVIEWS Branagh can’t stop She just doesn’t, you hamming it up as the know, exist in the physicRussian baddie, glowal realm. Her is as wideering and snarling in scenes that don’t call open and genuine as writer-director for that level of intensity. In fairness, it’s Jonze’s adaptation of Where The Wild not his fault. That’s exactly how Tom ClanThings Are, though not as emotionally cy would have written it. Some subtitles. raw. It’s a movie where people process 105 min. NNN (NW) their feelings rather than release them, essentially about how technology can Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town facilitate a relationship over impossible Centre, Grande - Steeles, Yonge & Dundas distances and what happens when one 24 partner evolves more quickly than the LABOR DAY (Jason Reitman) is director other. In the end, it’s a movie as beholden Reitman’s remake of The Bridges Of Madito Annie Hall as it is to 2001, and don’t son County, with a lonely woman (Kate think that isn’t the strangest sentence I’ve Winslet) rediscovering love at the hands of written this year. 125 min. NNNN (NW) the imposing stranger (Josh Brolin) who’s Interchange 30, Scotiabank Theatre, Varsity taken her and her son hostage. Winslet settles for another mannered, Important THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Actor performances like she gave in The (Peter Jackson) is another two hours and Reader and Revolutionary Road, and 40 minutes of Bilbo Baggins (Martin FreeReitman doesn’t do anything to snap her man) and his dwarf allies encountering out of it. 111 min. NN (NW) giant spiders and orcs and elves and more orcs (or possibly the same orcs again) and SilverCity Mississauga a soupçon of political treachery on the THE LEGO MOVIE (Phil Lord, Chrisway to the mountain where the dragon topher Miller) feels like a quantum Smaug lies sleeping in his plundered gold. step up for both CG animation and movies You may ask yourself why this isn’t the based on marketing pitches. Lord and end of it. Some subtitles. 161 min. NN Miller, whose 2009 adaptation of Cloudy (NW) With A Chance Of Meatballs was similarly 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, ambitious in its use of CG storytelling, Scotiabank Theatre have created a sprawling 3D fantasy THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE universe designed to mimic stop-motion animation. They’ve also folded every (Francis Lawrence) again features a heroic quest narrative into the story of an knockout Jennifer Lawrence, this time ordinary construction worker (voiced by having to go back into the arena for Moneyball’s Chris Pratt) who might be the another Hunger Games because her last one person who can save the universe victory has stirred revolution in the downfrom the evil plans of the sinister Lord trodden districts. Highly entertaining. 145 Business (Will Ferrell). Kids will be thrilled min. NNNN (SGC) by the non-stop activity and insane creInterchange 30, Scotiabank Theatre ative leaps, while grown-ups will also INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Joel Coen, appreciate those leaps – especially one Ethan Coen) plays as comedy, musictoward the end – and delight in how the al and drama all at once, with the tone voice actors are enjoying themselves as steered by Oscar Isaac’s soulful interpretamuch as the audience. Sweet, funny, tions of traditional folk songs that somepreposterously complex and uniquely how manage to reflect precisely what his ridiculous. 100 min. NNNN (NW) character, itinerant troubadour Llewyn 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, CarlDavis, is feeling in the moment. Beautiton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress fully realized and packed with delightful Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum incidents – the recording of Please Mr. Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Kennedy is probably the most satisfying Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, three minutes you’ll spend in a movie Humber Cinemas, Queensway, Rainbow theatre this year – Inside Llewyn Davis Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainunderstands its characters in a way few bow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, Silvermovies do, giving Isaac and co-stars Justin City Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Timberlake, John Goodman, Adam Driver Dundas 24 and F. Murray Abraham room to detail their performances into something much LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (Hirokazu more than folk scene clichés. 105 min. Kore-eda) 120 min. See review, page 64. NNNN (NW) NNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre, TIFF Opens Mar 7 at TIFF Bell Lightbox Bell Lightbox LONE SURVIVOR (Peter Berg) turns an actual 2005 incident in which four Navy THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Ralph SEALs were stuck in the mountains of Fiennes) seems like a conventional Afghanistan when a mission went sour drama about the relationship between into an endless action sequence meant to Charles Dickens (director Fiennes) and his celebrate brotherhood, honour and shootmistress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). But ing people in the head. Some subtitles. this is a much more experimental treat122 min. N (NW) ment of the story than you might expect, and Fiennes gets excellent work out of Colossus, Scotiabank Theatre pretty much everyone, including his Eng-


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ERAL RESERVE (Jim Bruce) recounts American economic history in full in the service of a thorough explanation of the workings of the Federal Reserve Bank, which shapes the U.S. economy by setting interest rates, printing money and saying reassuring things when the raging monster that is American capitalism starts to eat itself. (That happens more often than you’d expect, if you’re the Fed.) Documentarian Bruce clearly has the best intentions, but his gimmick of explaining financial concepts with familiar clips from Frankenstein and It’s A Wonderful Life was square when Michael Moore did it 20 years ago. Money For Nothing can’t help but feel superfluous and tepid when compared to Charles Ferguson’s 2010 Oscar winner, Inside Job, which blended historical insight with a furious moral certitude. 104 min. NN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre

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(George Clooney) is the kind of movie nobody makes any more: a Second World War caper picture with charming character actors zipping around in Europe using their wits far more than their weapons. Based on clues in Alexandre Desplat’s score, I’m thinking director-star Clooney loves The Great Escape at least as much as I do. He applies that model to the true story of a small band of art experts dispatched to locate thousands of sculptures and paintings seized by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. The earnest and clever script makes some very good points about the importance of art while telling an involving story about characters we come to adore. In the film’s best scene, an unexpected amateur performance of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas touches someone very, very deeply, and Clooney is smart enough to let us see it happen in something close to real time and let us feel what that person feels. There’s more than one kind of art, after all. Some subtitles. 118 min. NNNN (NW)


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(Greg Camalier) is about the musically inclined backwater town in Alabama that has seen everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones come through to produce hits. They’re among the many who speak affectionately here about their time with Rick Hall, of FAME Studios, arguably the backbone of the Muscle Shoals music industry. The interviews are woven together like music, composing a film with storytelling rhythms that strikes emotional chords. Soul aficionados will savour every beat. 111 min. NNNN (RS) Kingsway Theatre

NEBRASKA (Alexander Payne) is a black-

and-white road movie about a Montana speaker salesman (Will Forte) who gets to know his remote, alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) as the pair drive to Lincoln to cure the older man’s obsession with a sweepstakes. It’s awfully safe and contrived, which is not what we’ve come to expect from director Payne (Sideways, The Descendants). 115 min. NNN (NW)

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(Jaume Collet-Serra) pits Liam Neeson’s alcoholic, depressive air marshal against a mysterious blackmailer who demands to be paid $150 million or he’ll kill one passenger on their transatlantic flight every 20 minutes. And so we get to watch Neeson sweat and pace nervously for 20 minutes – in real time, more or less – until the first body turns up, in a fairly inventive way. And things just get better from there. ColletSerra, who did a decent enough job with Neeson’s post-Taken thriller Unknown, creates the rare Die Hard knockoff that’s actually worthy of comparison with John McTiernan’s 1988 classic single-location thriller. It’s an inventive, intense picture with surprisingly fleshed-out characters, a truly subversive message about American security theatre and a refreshing sense of play. Yeah, it’s a little easy to figure out who the real villain is, but so what? The mystery of who’s running the game isn’t as entertaining as the game itself. Go ahead, strap yourself in. 106 min. NNNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Carlton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinemas, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale

THE NUT JOB (Peter Lepeniotis) has a horrible-pun title that sets the tone for this animated rodent heist flick’s supposed humour. It’s a new low point for CGI movies about anthropomorphized

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family dynamic. Farhadi may be rooting for the cathartic power of the truth, but his melodrama is so overwrought and shot through with nasty misogyny that everything about it rings false. 130 min. NN (JS) Carlton Cinema

Philomena (Stephen Frears) is an


odd but effective combination of investigative drama and buddy picture, as a devout, working-class woman (Judi Dench) and a privileged, cynical journalist (Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote and coproduced the film) find common ground in the search for the son she was forced to give up. 98 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Varsity

Pompeii (Paul W.S. Anderson) is a swords-

Hayao Miyazaki’s dramatic ­animated pic The Wind Rises soars on the big screen.

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Omar (Hany Abu-Assad) finds


­Paradise Now director Abu-Assad returning to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for another tightly wound thriller about a West Bank true believer (Adam Bakri) who finds himself drawn into a much larger game. This movie takes its time establishing characters and situations, folding in a romantic complication in Omar’s desire for the sister (Leem Lubany) of one of his comrades. That just forces us to focus on Omar himself – and Bakri’s complex ­performance – to understand what’s ­really going on in the guy’s head. And as Abu-Assad drifts back and forth between straight-up thriller and intimate character study, we’re drawn deeper and deeper into the story. Subtitled. 98 min. NNNN (NW) Varsity

and-sandals apocalypse from Resident Evil director Anderson, who’s clearly more concerned with his third-act CG pyrotechnics than with the low-rent mashup of Spartacus and Titanic that forms the bulk of the script. At least Kiefer Sutherland is fully aware that he’s got the Billy Zane role. The story’s your basic “Romeo and Juliet witness a historical disaster” pitch, with Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington as a gladiator and Emily Browning as a ­forward-thinking socialite who fall in love in the days leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius. This allows Anderson to alternate subpar fight sequences with dull ­conversations about the glory of Rome between Browning’s parents (Jared Harris and Carrie Anne-Moss) and Sutherland’s eeeeevil senator. 104 min. NN (NW) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale

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Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin) sends a note to authoritarian regimes: don’t think you can mount a show trial if the defendants are more media-savvy than you are. This and about a dozen other ideas – including the value of performance art and the power of Putin – are behind this kickass doc about Russian punk art collective Pussy Riot and the trial that ensued after the group put on a guerrilla performance – playing an anti-Putin anthem – in ­Moscow’s central cathedral. Charismatic arrestees Masha (Maria Alyokhina), Katia (Yekaterina Samutsevich) and especially Nadia (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) plus coverage of the trial and demonstrations for and against Pussy Riot give this pic electrifying energy. See it. Subtitled. 88


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The Past (Asghar Farhadi) sees the pleasant soapiness that greased A Separation reach full froth. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns from Iran to a Paris suburb to finalize his divorce so his wife (Bérénice Bejo) can marry another man (Tahar Rahim), but his desire to fix things ends up fissuring her



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RoboCop (José Padilha) appropriates the title of a beloved movie property and a couple of key images and builds a joyless, insensate new mechanism around them. All the good stuff gets left behind. Oh, there’s still a cop named Alex Murphy (The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman) who still winds up inside a cyborg body through the questionable generosity of a megacorporation that sees him as the first in a highly profitable series of peacekeepers. But all the ­dynamics are different, and for no good reason; other than one inspired reference to Manufactured Landscapes, of all things, Padilha fails to make his movie feel compelling or even necessary. There are moments when the new Robo seems about to engage with the original’s subversive humour and ghoulish central concept, which rattle around inside the new body like a ghost. You need an artist to coax them out, though, and Padilha’s just a hired gun. Some subtitles. 110 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale


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flick in which Ice Cube pays homage to himself by citing It Was A Good Day, his classic track about going 24 hours without police harassment. Now Cube plays a detective with an iron fist who shakes down ex-cons for information and threatens frame-ups. Here’s a rich opportunity to say something meaningful, but instead the premise is played for cheap laughs. I guess I shouldn’t have expected more from a movie that pairs Ice Cube with Kevin Hart as future in-laws in arms. Cube scowls, Hart gabs incessantly. Reduced to a growling bear and a yapping parakeet, the two get no assist from a screenplay as nuanced as a parking ticket. 100 min. NN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yorkdale


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SAVING MR. BANKS (John Lee Hancock) covers the last several months of the 20plus years that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks, who’s terrific) spent convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sell him the rights to Mary Poppins. The film sheds little light on the creative process, and its portrayal of Travers is insultingly paternalistic. It’s all about burnishing Disney’s personal reputation. 125 min. NN (SGC) Kingsway Theatre

STALINGRAD (Fedor Bondarchuk) finds the

Russian director of 9th Company pulling out all the stops in his latest tale of underdog heroes making a stand in the face of overwhelming odds. The result isn’t very good, but that’s almost beside the point. Set in the winter of 1942, the story tracks a handful of Soviet soldiers who find themselves in an extended standoff with the German army for the fate of an apartment building that blocks the Reich’s march to the Volga. Bondarchuk alternates 7 BOXES (Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana high-intensity, large-format action seSchémbori) is a slight but not unsatisfying quences with increasingly schmaltzy thriller that features a number of cartoonmelodrama, as half a dozen soldiers from ish supporting characters while making various units bond inventive use of Asunción, under fire and atParaguay’s labyrinthine tempt to court the Market No. 4. Its protagEXPANDED REVIEWS lovely young woman onist, a 17-year-old with (Mariya Smolnikova) far-fetched fantasies of trapped in the buildscreen stardom, accepts a ing with them. If you’re dubious gig looking after some mysterious looking for a larger historical perspective, crates for a dodgy butcher, hoping to earn you’re looking in the wrong place. But if cash for a phone with a video camera. you want to see people get shot in the Inevitably, he draws the attention of an throat in IMAX 3D, this is the prestige picever-growing number of criminals and corture for you. Subtitled. 131 min. NN (NW) rupt cops who want a piece of whatever Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum he’s holding. The proliferation of obstacles Mississauga, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, feels mechanical, but there’s something to Yonge & Dundas 24 be said for co-directors Maneglia and Schémbori’s ability to keep their machine THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (Tom Gormirunning at a breathless clip. Subtitled. 102 can) is supposed to be a light, frothy rommin. NNN (Jose Teodoro) com about three New York bros (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller) who all Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre swear off proper relationships and imSEX AFTER KIDS (Jeremy Lalonde) is a limp mediately find themselves bedding Canadian comedy connecting six stories of women with real romantic potential. And people’s shrivelled-up sex lives after chilthen, well, it shits the bed. At a key modren have entered the equation. There’s ment, writer/director Gormican actually some good acting, but I wish the thing seems to believe that the unforgivably were funnier. 107 min. NN (GS) cruel actions of a certain character are not Kingsway Theatre only not that big of a deal, something that can be fixed. He’s so very, very wrong. SOLO (Isaac Cravit) follows a teenage girl That’s a shame, because the movie Gormi(Degrassi: The Next Generation’s Annie can thinks he’s making seems like it’d be Clark) who’s left to her own devices for kind of fun, with engaging performances two nights on a small island to qualify as a by Jordan, Teller and Mackenzie Davis, summer camp counsellor. Not quite as some nicely complex work from Imogen seasoned as she claimed, she spends the Poots and mostly competent work from first night spooked by a local legend and Efron. Pity it’s all for nothing. 95 min. NN the next day in genuine danger. Writer(NW) director Cravit’s feature debut has the Canada Square, Coliseum Mississauga, Colimisfortune of arriving in the shadow of seum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park Katie Aselton’s Black Rock, a tighter and 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, smarter female-centric survival thriller set SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24 on an isolated island. But that doesn’t mean Solo can’t be enjoyed on its own 3 DAYS TO KILL (McG) tries to recapture the more modest merits: Clark is solid as a lightning-in-a-bottle success of Taken with young woman being tested on multiple another middle-aged action hero beating fronts, and her co-stars are never less than up ethnic caricatures in Paris, but the forconvincing even when their characters are mula just doesn’t work this time around. required to act in ways that aren’t entirely Kevin Costner is entirely convincing as a logical just to keep the story going. 83 min. dying CIA operative whose attempts to NNN (NW) reconcile with his ex (Connie Nielsen) and Carlton Cinema their daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) are com-

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first of three religious films hitting the big screen in 2014. With Noah and Exodus opening soon after this retelling of the life of Jesus, the Gospels have as many movies this year as Marvel, so let’s hope for an Avengers-style Biblical alliance next. That kind of camp would be a lot more captivating than this cheap and fawning reiteration of the most familiar story in history. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado plays Christ with the aura of a rock star, waving his perfectly conditioned hair and cracking a mischievous smile whenever he ticks off a miracle for the fans or demands that people believe in him. No superhero is so insistent that people believe him. Considering how unconvincing he is, who can blame those who don’t? 139 min. N (RS) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rain-


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plicated by the agency’s insistence that he hunt down an elusive super-terrorist who’s surfaced in the City of Light. This ought to be a no-brainer, but the mismatched sensibilities of producer/cowriter Luc Besson and director McG, stiff supporting turns from Nielsen and Amber Heard as Costner’s insistently slinky handler and insultingly haphazard production values (atrocious dialogue looping, incoherent action scenes, a character called The Albino who’s basically just bald) keep it from ever taking off. Some subtitles. 117 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Teller) may have art historians in a huff. The revelatory documentary on the magic behind Johannes Vermeer’s paintings comes to you courtesy of Vegas headliners Penn & Teller. The illusionists, known for breaking down tricks, are the ideal hosts for a film that deconstructs the 17th-century painter’s craft and hypothesizes how he so meticulously recreated lifelike light and details. The filmmakers follow their good friend Tim Jenison, an inventor of 3D imaging, who obsessively attempts to paint a Vermeer with his own hand in order to figure out what optic technology the Dutch master might have used. Thanks to Penn & Teller’s inexhaustible charm in front of and behind the camera and Jenison’s endearing case of OCD, the resulting film is a comic delight that marvels at the intersections between art and science, painting and cinema, and illusionists and documentarians. 80 min. NNNN (RS) TIFF Bell Lightbox


(Steve McQueen) is a stunning adaptation of the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free American sold into slavery in 1841. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a revelation as Northup, and McQueen directs with a total lack of sentiment, crafting each sequence with a merciless forward momentum that compensates for the episodic nature of the narrative. One of the best films of the year. 133 min. NNNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Mt Pleasant, Rainbow Market


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VAMPIRE ACADEMY (Mark Waters) has an

academy in it, and vampires, so at least there’s that. Otherwise it’s a mess, except for Zoey Deutch’s performance. I’d almost be willing to sit through the teased sequel to see what she can do as a proper star. 110 min. N (NW) Coliseum Mississauga


(Hayao Miyazaki) is a historical drama with a classical sweep that recalls David Lean’s epics – Miyazaki’s Doctor Zhivago. The animator finds a kindred spirit in subject Jiro Horikoshi, a WWII-era engineer who designed planes. Like Miyazaki, Jiro employed technology to realize artistic dreams, but Jiro lives with the bitter understanding that what he builds will be used for destruction – including the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The film draws to a close before that fateful event, but its legacy hangs like a dark cloud over the story as Jiro navigates his way through school, the Great Depression and an industrial competition with the West. A sly and telling bit of artistic licence also has death casting a shadow over Jiro’s love life. Miyazaki’s expressionistic, hand-drawn designs are the raison d’être for The Wind Rises – billowing clouds swallow planes whole and the devastating 1923 Kanto earthquake sounds like the Earth digesting life. 127 min. NNNN (RS) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24

WINTER’S TALE (Akiva Goldsman) is an

adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 fantasy novel about a young thief (Colin Farrell) whose celestial fate is somehow connected to that of a dying heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) with whom he falls in love whilst burgling her family’s New York

townhome one lovely morning in December 1914. It has angels and demons and spirit-guide horses with translucent wings that emerge at just the right moments. While that sort of story can sometimes work very well on screen, it doesn’t here, because writer/director Goldsman has absolutely no idea how to manage his movie’s tone or incorporate the plot’s more fantastical elements in ways that make them seem possible or even credible. You can’t have gentle magic realism when you’ve also got Russell Crowe stomping around chewing scenery in a ridiculous Oirish accent; either the whole movie has to match his performance or he has to be talked down off his cliff. 118 min. N (NW) Coliseum Scarborough, Interchange 30, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga


sese) is another sprawling look at the inner workings of a massive criminal enterprise, like Goodfellas and Casino; here, it’s the stock frauds and swindles of rich prick Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Scorsese’s prior kicks at this particular can are shot through with real consequence, but the worst thing that can happen to Belfort is that he might face a little jail time for the his white-collar crimes, which are so complex that the movie can’t even engage with them. Since the stakes are so low – and since Belfort is so unlikeable – Scorsese plays the story as a cartoon, treating the ludicrous corporate culture of Belfort’s company, Stratton Oakmont, like a bacchanal and rushing alongside him through the increasingly Dionysian universe he creates around himself. But the movie doesn’t know when to quit, and three hours of spectacular excess proves exhausting. 180 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, Varsity 3

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5:35 Fri-Tue 12:00, 2:50 Wed 2:40 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG) Thu 2:15, 5:30, 8:45 Fri-Sun 11:55, 3:15, 6:25, 9:35 Mon-Tue 11:55, 3:10, 6:15, 9:25 Wed 2:00, 5:45, 9:00 LONE SURVIVOR (14A) Thu 2:05, 4:50, 8:10, 11:00 Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 9:45 Mon-Tue 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Wed 12:50, 3:40, 9:30 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15 Fri-Sun 1:00, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 Mon-Tue 1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Wed 1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 10:00 NON-STOP (PG) Thu 1:50, 2:40, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:40, 9:40, 10:25 Fri-Sun 12:10, 1:45, 2:40, 4:30, 5:45, 7:10, 8:25, 9:55, 11:00 Mon-Tue 12:10, 1:45, 2:40, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 8:20, 9:45, 10:50 Wed 1:30, 2:00, 4:10, 4:40, 7:00, 7:35, 9:40, 10:20 POMPEII (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:10 POMPEII 3D (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05 Fri-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:55 Mon-Tue 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45 Wed 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20 RIDE ALONG (14A) Thu 1:40, 4:00, 6:30, 9:20 ROBOCOP (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:45, 8:15, 11:00 Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 11:00 Mon-Tue 12:10, 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 10:35 Wed 1:45, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 ROBOCOP: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (PG) Thu 1:15, 3:40 WINTER’S TALE (PG) Thu 1:15, 3:50, 9:50 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18A) Thu 1:30, 5:20, 9:10 Fri-Sun 12:40, 5:25, 9:15 Mon-Tue 12:40, 4:40, 9:00 Wed 12:40, 4:30, 8:50

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THE GREAT BEAUTY (14A) Thu 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15 Fri 3:10, 6:10, 9:15 Sat 12:10, 3:10, 6:15, 9:15 Sun, Tue-Wed 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10 Mon 6:10, 9:10 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (14A) Thu 12:00, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00 Fri 6:55 Sat 12:10, 3:55 Sun 12:10, 4:05, 7:00, 8:45 Mon 7:00, 9:20 Tue 12:10, 4:00, 9:20 Wed 12:10, 3:55, 9:45 LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (PG) Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 12:15, 3:00, 6:15, 9:00 Mon 6:15, 9:00 THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2014: ANIMATED (G) Thu 2:30, 9:10 Fri, Tue 5:00 Sat 2:35 Sun 2:30, 9:20 Mon 6:30 Wed 2:30 THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2014: LIVE ACTION (14A) Thu 4:00, 8:30 Fri 4:00 Sat-Sun, Wed 4:30 Mon 8:30 Tue 2:35, 9:05 TIM’S VERMEER (PG) Thu 12:20, 2:20, 6:45, 8:50 Fri 12:00, 2:00, 6:30, 8:30 Sat 12:00, 2:00, 7:05, 9:05 Sun 12:00, 2:00, 6:35, 8:35 Mon 6:45, 8:50 Tue 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, 8:50 Wed 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, 9:05


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AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50 FriWed 12:25, 3:25, 6:20, 9:15 THE GREAT BEAUTY (14A) Fri-Wed 12:15, 3:35, 6:55, 10:00 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:20, 6:00, 8:45 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG) Thu 12:55, 3:40, 6:25, 9:10 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18A) Thu 2:00 5:45 9:20 FriWed 2:00, 5:45, 9:30

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT (14A) Thu 1:30, 3:50, 8:05, 10:30 Fri 3:00, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30 Mon-Wed 8:05, 10:30 ALAN PARTRIDGE (14A) Fri 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40 Sat-Sun 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40 Mon-Wed 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:40 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) 6:25, 10:15 Fri 3:15 mat Sat-Sun 11:55, 3:15 mat BEIJING LOVE STORY (PG) Thu 3:35, 6:15, 9:15 Fri 3:30, 6:15, 9:15 Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:30, 6:15, 9:15 Mon-Wed 6:15, 9:15 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (14A) Thu 10:00 ENDLESS LOVE (PG) Thu 9:05 FROZEN (G) 1:30 FROZEN 3D (G) 3:55, 6:30 GRAVITY 3D (PG) Thu 7:40, 10:10 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:05 HIGHWAY (14A) Thu 3:25, 6:35, 9:45 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (PG) Thu 9:20 THE LEGO MOVIE 3D (G) 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10 Thu 3:35 mat, 6:00 Sat-Sun 12:00 mat THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30 Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10 THE MATRIX (14A) Thu 4:30 MOULIN ROUGE – ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET Sat 12:55 NO CLUE Fri 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 Mon-Wed 1:35, 3:55, 7:25, 9:50 ROMEO AND JULIET Thu 1:30, 7:00 SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS (14A) 3:20, 6:20, 9:35 Sat-Sun 12:05 mat SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 7:10, 10:20 Fri 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 SatSun 12:50, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 Mon-Wed 2:20, 7:10, 10:20 STALINGRAD (14A) Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Fri, MonWed 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (14A) Thu 8:00, 10:25 FriWed 9:05 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:20, 10:20 Fri-Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:25 Mon-Wed 7:20, 10:25 12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A) Thu 6:40, 9:55 Fri, Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:35, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:55, 3:40, 6:35, 9:45 THE WIND RISES (PG) Thu 3:05, 3:45, 6:05, 7:05, 9:00, 10:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:05, 6:05, 8:55



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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (18A) Thu 8:00, 10:30 Fri-Sat 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:00, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 6:20, 7:00, 9:00, 9:40 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 12:55, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05 Fri 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25 Sat 12:10, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25 SunWed 12:05, 3:10, 6:30, 9:35 ENDLESS LOVE (PG) Thu 10:25 FROZEN (G) Thu 1:40, 4:30 THE LEGO MOVIE 3D (G) Thu 3:40, 6:10, 8:40 Fri-Sat 1:00, 3:40, 6:15, 9:00 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 1:10 Fri-Sat 3:00 Sun-Wed 12:00 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 Fri 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:30 Sat 3:20, 6:30, 9:30 Sun 3:20, 6:10, 9:20 Mon-Wed 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9:20 MOULIN ROUGE – ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET Sat 12:55 NON-STOP (PG) Thu 1:55, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-Sat 1:45,

4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Sun-Tue 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 Wed 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 POMPEII 3D (PG) Thu, Sun-Wed 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Sat 12:20, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 ROBOCOP (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:45 ROMEO AND JULIET Thu 7:00 SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10 Fri 12:40, 3:45, 6:55, 10:00 Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:00 Sun-Tue 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 9:55 Wed 4:05, 9:45 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG) Thu 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:40


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North York Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk (CE) 5095 Yonge St., 416-847-0087

300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 10:15 Fri-Sat 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45 Sun-Wed 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Fri-Sat 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Sun-Wed 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 American Hustle (14A) Thu 3:30, 9:50 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:05 Sat 3:50, 7:00, 10:05 Frozen (G) Fri-Sat 12:15 Sun-Wed 12:45 The Great Beauty (14A) Fri-Sat 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Sun-Wed 12:10, 3:20, 6:35, 10:00 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 3:50, 6:20, 9:20 Fri-Sat 2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Sun-Wed 3:45, 6:45, 9:25 The LEGO Movie (G) Fri-Sat 11:50 Sun-Wed 1:15 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 3:35, 6:40, 10:10 Moulin Rouge – Royal Winnipeg Ballet Sat 12:55

Non-Stop (PG) Thu 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Pompeii 3D (PG) 3:40, 6:50, 9:40 RoboCop (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Romeo and Juliet Thu 7:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 3:45, 6:45, 9:55 Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 9:50 Sun-Wed 12:20, 3:25, 6:40, 9:50 Stalingrad (14A) Thu 4:00, 7:00 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 4:10, 6:55, 9:45 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 5:00, 8:50 Fri-Wed 8:00

SilverCity Fairview (CE)

Fairview Mall, 1800 Sheppard Ave E, 416-644-7746 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 9:00 Fri 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 8:00, 9:50, 10:30 Sat 11:20, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 8:00, 9:50, 10:30 Sun-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 6:40, 7:30, 9:10, 10:00 About Last Night (14A) Thu 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Fri-Sat 9:30 Sun-Wed 9:00 Frozen (G) Thu 1:45 Fri 2:20, 5:10 Sat 11:40, 2:20, 5:10 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:00 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:35, 7:30 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 4:30, 7:00, 9:40 Fri 4:50, 7:40, 10:15 Sat 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:15 Sun-Wed 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:50 Fri 2:10 Sat 11:30 Sun-Wed 1:40 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 Fri 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10 Sat 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10 Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 Fri 2:40, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Sat 12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Sun-Wed 1:30, 3:55, 6:30, 8:55 Ride Along (14A) Thu 10:05 RoboCop (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Fri 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45 Sun 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Mon-Tue 1:05, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Wed 1:10, 3:50, 9:40 Son of God (PG) Thu, Sun-Tue 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 Fri 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20 Sat 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Wed 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 1:20, 5:10

SilverCity Yorkdale (CE) 3401 Dufferin St, 416-787-2052

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 8:00, 10:45 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:15, 4:20, 7:30, 7:40, 10:15, 10:30 Sat 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 7:30, 8:10, 10:15, 10:45 About Last Night (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:55 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 10:00 Sat 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 10:00

Endless Love (PG) Thu 4:35 Frozen (G) Thu 1:15 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:40 Sat 11:20, 2:00, 4:40 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:00, 7:00 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 12:45 Fri-Wed 12:30 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 2:15, 5:00, 7:35, 10:20 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:00, 4:00, 7:45, 10:25 Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:55, 10:40 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7:35, 10:20 Fri, Sun-Tue 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Sat 11:40, 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:35 Ride Along (14A) Thu 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00 RoboCop (PG) Thu 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25 Fri-Wed 3:10, 6:30, 9:30 Son of God (PG) Thu 12:45 4:00 7:10 10:20 Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 9:50 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:15 Fri, Sun-Wed 9:00 Sat 9:40

Scarborough 401 & Morningside (CE) 785 Milner Ave, Scarborough, 416-281-2226

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 8:15 Fri-Mon, Wed 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:00, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 Tue 12:10, 2:55, 5:20, 7:00, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 About Last Night (14A) Thu 5:20, 8:25 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:20, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20 Sat 12:20, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20 Endless Love (PG) Thu 8:20 Frozen (G) Thu 6:00 Fri, Sun-Mon, Wed 2:00, 4:30 Sat 11:30, 2:00, 4:30 Tue 11:45, 2:00, 4:30 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (PG) Thu 5:00, 7:40 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 5:05, 7:30 Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 5:50 Fri, Sun-Mon, Wed 1:15, 3:00, 4:00 Sat 1:15, 4:00 Tue 1:15, 3:05, 4:00 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 5:10, 7:50 Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:10, 6:55, 9:50 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 5:30, 8:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:00, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Sat 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Ride Along (14A) Thu 5:40, 8:05 Fri-Wed 9:15 RoboCop (PG) Thu 5:45, 8:25 Fri-Wed 7:05, 10:05 Son of God (PG) Thu 5:00, 8:00 Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:35, 9:40 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 5:15, 7:55 Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10

Coliseum Scarborough (CE) Scarborough Town Centre, 416-290-5217

300 Marathon Thu 7:00 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Fri-Sun, Tue 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 7:20, 8:10, 10:00, 10:45 Mon, Wed 2:10, 4:45, 7:05, 7:30, 9:50, 10:10 About Last Night (14A) 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Thu 1:25 4:05 7:40 10:15 Fri only 2:35 5:10 7:40 10:05 Sat only 2:15 4:50 7:15 10:05 Sun only 2:35 5:10 7:40 10:05 Tue only 2:35 5:10 7:40 10:05 Frozen (G) Thu 1:15 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:45, 4:35 Sat 11:10, 1:45, 4:35 Mon, Wed 1:15, 4:05 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:00 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu-Sun, Tue 1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:40 Mon, Wed 1:45, 4:25, 6:50, 9:40 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:00, 3:45, 6:30 Fri, Sun, Tue 2:15, 4:50 Sat 12:05, 1:40, 4:30 Mon, Wed 1:00, 3:45 Moulin Rouge – Royal Winnipeg Ballet Sat 12:55 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:55, 9:35 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Mon, Wed 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 Fri, Sun, Tue 7:25, 9:55 Sat 7:10, 9:45 Mon, Wed 6:20, 9:15 Ride Along (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Fri-Sun, Tue 10:40 Mon, Wed 9:30 RoboCop (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:30 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30 Sat 4:45, 7:45, 10:30 Mon, Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Romeo and Juliet Thu 7:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:30, 3:50, 7:05, 10:20 Mon, Wed 12:55, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Starting Over Again Thu 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45 Fri, Sun, Tue 12:15, 3:10, 6:05, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:50, 10:40 Mon, Wed 1:20, 4:35, 7:45, 10:30 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 2:40, 5:15, 10:25 The Wind Rises (PG) Thu 12:55, 3:55, 7:05, 10:10 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:50, 3:55, 7:00, 10:25 Mon, Wed 1:05, 3:55, 7:25, 10:25 Winter’s Tale (PG) Thu 9:15

Eglinton Town Centre (CE) 1901 Eglinton Ave E, 416-752-4494

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 8:00, 10:30 Fri-Tue 11:50, 12:25, 2:25, 3:00, 5:00, 5:35, 7:35, 8:10, 10:05, 10:45 Wed 11:50, 1:45, 2:25, 4:20, 5:00, 6:55, 7:35, 9:25, 10:10 About Last Night (14A) Thu 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Fri, SunWed 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:50 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Endless Love (PG) Thu 10:00 Frozen (G) Fri 1:35 Sat 11:05, 1:30 Sun-Wed 1:30 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 5:00, 7:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:00, 4:05, 6:40 Sat 4:05, 6:40 Gunday (PG) Thu 2:35, 6:00, 9:35

Thu 10:15 Fri-Wed 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 8:00, 10:30 FriWed 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 About Last Night (14A) Thu 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:00 Sat 11:20, 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:00 American Hustle (14A) Thu 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 FriWed 9:45 Frozen (G) Thu 1:45 Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:50, 6:50 Wed 3:50, 6:50 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:20, 6:55 Gravity 3D (PG) Thu 1:10, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Fri, Mon-Tue 1:50, 4:40, 7:00, 9:25 Sat 4:20, 7:00, 9:25 Sun 4:40, 7:00, 9:25 Wed 1:50, 4:40, 9:35 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (PG) Thu 9:30 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Fri, SunWed 12:20, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40 Sat 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:15, 4:05, 6:35, 9:10 Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:10, 7:10 Moulin Rouge – Royal Winnipeg Ballet Sat 12:55 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:20, 2:15, 3:55, 5:00, 6:45, 7:50, 9:40, 10:25 Fri, Sun-Tue 12:05, 1:10, 2:40, 4:00, 5:15, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:45 Sat 11:50, 1:10, 2:40, 4:00, 5:15, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:45 Wed 12:05, 2:40, 4:00, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:45 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 2:40 5:15 7:55 10:30 Fri-Wed 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 Sat 11:30 mat RoboCop (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 Sat 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 Stalingrad (14A) Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:00 Fri-Wed 9:55 Vampire Academy (PG) Thu 1:50, 4:55

Courtney Park 16 (CE)

110 Courtney Park E at Hurontario, 416-335-5323

Highway (14A) Thu 2:10, 5:35, 8:50 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG) Thu 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 9:40 Sat 9:30 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Fri, Sun-Wed 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 Sat 11:40, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 4:10, 6:40 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:20, 7:00 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:20, 7:00 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 4:00, 6:50, 9:40 Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 1:00, 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 Sun 3:45, 6:35, 9:30 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Sat, MonTue 12:10, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05, 10:45 Sun 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Wed 1:35, 4:15, 7:20, 9:55 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 Fri, Sun-Tue 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35 Sat 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35 Wed 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Ride Along (14A) Thu 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Fri-Wed 9:15 RoboCop (PG) Thu 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Fri-Tue 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Wed 1:45, 4:40, 10:00 Shaadi Ke Side Effects (14A) Thu 3:50, 7:00, 10:20 FriWed 12:30, 3:40, 6:50, 10:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 3:25, 6:45, 9:55 Fri-Wed 12:45, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 9:15 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:25, 10:25 Fri-Tue 2:20, 5:10, 7:55, 10:40 Wed 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:20 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 3:40 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:35, 6:25, 10:30 Sat 2:10, 6:25, 10:30

Woodside Cinemas (I) 1571 Sandhurst Circle, 416-299-3456

Brahman Thu 7:30 Gulaab Gang Fri-Wed 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal (PG) Thu 4:30 Nimirnthu Nil 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat Queen Fri, Mon-Wed 3:15, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 6:15 Shaadi Ke Side Effects (14A) Thu 4:30, 6:30, 8:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 6:15 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:15, 9:30

GTA Regions Mississauga

Coliseum Mississauga (CE) Square One, 309 Rathburn Rd W, 905-275-3456

300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A)

300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 10:15 Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:30 Sun-Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 8:00, 10:45 Fri-Sat 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:45 Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 About Last Night (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05 Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:20, 6:55, 9:35 Sun-Wed 1:45, 4:20, 6:55, 9:20 Endless Love (PG) Thu 2:15, 5:00, 10:05 Ishq Brandy (PG) Thu 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG) Thu 9:00 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00 Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:40 Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:45, 4:10, 6:35 Fri, Mon-Wed 12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 10:10 Fri-Sat 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20 Sun-Tue 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:05 Wed 4:25, 7:20, 10:05 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Fri-Sat 12:00, 2:35, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Wed 12:00, 2:35, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:00, 7:00, 10:30 Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:05, 6:35, 9:20 Sun-Wed 1:25, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05 Ride Along (14A) Thu 1:25, 3:50, 6:45, 9:10 Fri-Sat 10:45 Sun-Wed 10:30 RoboCop (PG) Thu 2:05, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35 Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:35, 10:20 Romeo and Juliet Thu 7:00 Shaadi Ke Side Effects (14A) Thu 1:00, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20 Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:15, 6:20, 9:40 Sun-Wed 12:10, 3:15, 6:20, 9:25 Son of God (PG) Thu 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 Fri-Sat 12:00, 3:05, 6:10, 9:30 Sun-Wed 12:00, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15 Stalingrad (14A) Thu 1:00, 3:55, 6:50 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 2:20, 4:45 Fri-Sat 9:55 Sun-Wed 9:40 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 1:05, 3:45, 6:55, 9:35 Fri-Sat 1:05, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 Sun-Wed 1:05, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 2:10, 6:05, 9:50 Fri-Sat 1:40, 5:25, 9:25 Sun-Tue 1:40, 5:25, 9:10 Wed 5:25, 9:10

SilverCity Mississauga (CE) Hwy 5, east of Hwy 403, 905-569-3373

About Last Night (14A) Thu 5:30, 7:55 Fri-Wed 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 August: Osage County (14A) Thu 4:55, 7:30 Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 10:00 Dallas Buyers Club (18A) Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Labor Day (PG) Thu 5:15, 7:50 Fri-Wed 10:05 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 4:45, 7:35 Fri-Wed 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:50 No Clue Fri-Wed 2:20, 5:00, 7:35, 9:55 The Nut Job (PG) Thu 5:00 Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:25, 6:45 Ride Along (14A) Thu 5:20, 7:45 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:30 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 5:15, 8:00 Fri-Wed 1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 12 Years a Slave (14A) Thu 4:30, 7:25 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 The Wind Rises (PG) Thu 4:50, 7:40 Fri-Wed 1:05, 4:00, 6:50, 9:45 Winter’s Tale (PG) Thu 7:10

North Colossus (CE) Hwy 400 & 7, 905-851-1001

300 Marathon Thu 7:00 300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 10:15 Fri-Wed 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Fri-Wed 12:25, 3:00, 5:35, 6:40, 8:10, 9:15, 10:45 About Last Night (14A) Thu 4:50, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 American Hustle (14A) Thu 3:35, 6:35, 9:35 Fri, SunWed 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Sat 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Endless Love (PG) Thu 4:20, 6:50, 9:40 Frozen (G) Fri-Wed 12:35 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:15, 6:45 Fri-Wed 3:10, 5:45, 8:15 Gravity 3D (PG) Thu 5:00, 7:35, 9:55 Fri-Wed 1:10, 5:55, 8:20, 10:30 The Great Beauty (14A) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG) Thu 8:50 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Fri-Wed 12:05, 12:40, 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 3:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:45 Sat 11:05, 1:30, 4:10, 6:45 Lone Survivor (14A) Thu 9:20 Moulin Rouge – Royal Winnipeg Ballet Sat 12:55 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 4:10, 5:10, 6:55, 7:40, 9:25, 10:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:20, 1:40, 2:50, 4:20, 5:25, 7:00, 8:00, 9:45, 10:40 Sat 11:15, 12:05, 1:40, 2:50, 4:20, 5:25, 7:00, 8:00, 9:45, 10:40 The Nut Job 3D (PG) Thu 3:40, 6:10 The Nut Job (PG) Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:20, 4:30 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Fri-Wed 3:15, 5:40, 8:05, 10:35 Ride Along (14A) Thu 3:45, 6:25, 9:00 Fri-Wed 10:45 RoboCop (PG) Thu 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:00, 7:05, 9:55 Son of God (PG) Thu 4:00, 7:10, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:30 Stalingrad (14A) Thu 4:05, 7:00 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 3:55, 6:40, 9:15 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 The Wind Rises (PG) Thu 3:50, 6:50, 9:45 Fri-Wed 9:25 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 4:25, 8:30 Fri-Wed 1:00, 5:00, 9:00

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Interchange 30 (AMC)

30 Interchange Way, Hwy 400 & Hwy 7, 416-335-5323 August: Osage County (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:20 Fri 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sat 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Blue Jasmine (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:05, 7:45 Fri 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Sat 2:50, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 2:50, 5:05, 7:45 Captain Phillips (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:15 Fri 7:15, 10:00 Sat 4:00, 7:15, 10:00 Sun 4:00, 7:15 47 Ronin (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:10 Fri 4:35, 7:10, 9:35 Sat 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:35 Sun 2:20, 5:10, 7:35 Her (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:15 Fri 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 2:05, 4:45, 7:20 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG) Thu 6:45 Fri 6:45, 9:40 Sat 3:30, 6:45, 9:40 Sun 3:30, 6:45 Mon-Wed 7:00 The Invisible Woman (PG) Thu 4:55, 7:25 Last Vegas (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:55, 7:40 Fri 4:30, 7:35, 9:40 Sat 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 9:40 Sun 2:25, 4:55, 7:35 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:30 Fri 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 10:00 Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:30 Philomena (PG) 5:00, 7:25 Fri 9:45 Sat 2:55 mat, 9:45 Sun 2:55 mat Shaadi Ke Side Effects (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 6:30 Fri 6:00, 9:15 Sat 2:30, 6:00, 9:15 Sun 3:00, 6:30 12 Years a Slave (14A) 7:00 Fri 9:50 Sat 4:10, 9:50 Sun 4:10 Winter’s Tale (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:05, 7:30 Fri 4:40, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 2:30, 5:15, 7:40

Rainbow Promenade (I)

Promenade Mall, Hwy 7 & Bathurst, 416-494-9371 300: Rise of an Empire (18A) Thu 9:35 Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 9:35 The LEGO Movie (G) 1:20, 3:55, 7:00 Thu 9:20 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Fri-Wed 12:45, 1:15, 2:55, 4:10, 5:05, 6:45, 7:15, 9:00, 9:30 Non-Stop (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:40 Philomena (PG) 1:15, 6:55 Pompeii (PG) Thu 1:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:25 Fri-Wed 9:20 RoboCop (PG) Thu 1:05, 4:05, 6:50 12 Years a Slave (14A) 3:45, 9:15

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300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 9:15 Fri-Wed 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:05, 7:50, 9:45, 10:25 American Hustle (14A) Fri-Wed 6:45, 10:00 Endless Love (PG) Thu 9:40 Frozen (G) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:30 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG) Thu 7:20, 9:55 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 7:40, 10:10 Fri-Wed 3:45, 6:55, 9:30 The LEGO Movie (G) Fri-Wed 12:55 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 7:05, 9:55 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 7:30, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 10:20 The Nut Job 3D (PG) Thu 7:25 The Nut Job (PG) Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:00 RoboCop (PG) Thu 7:10, 10:05 Fri-Wed 10:10 Son of God (PG) Thu 7:05, 10:15 Fri-Wed 12:25, 3:40, 6:50, 10:00 Starting Over Again Thu 7:00, 10:00 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 That Awkward Moment (14A) Thu 7:15, 9:50 3

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Repertory cinema listings are comprehensive and appear alphabetically by venue, then by date. Other films are listed by date.

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CBC Museum, CBC Broadcast Centre, 250 Front W, 416-205-5574.

All listings are free. Send to:, fax to 416-3641168 or mail to Rep Cinemas, NOW Magazine, 189 Church, Toronto M5B 1Y7. Include film title, year of release, names of director(s), language and subtitle info, venue name and address, time, cost and advance ticket sales if any, phone number for reservations/info or website address. Deadline is the Thursday before publication at 5 pm.

thu 6-wed 12 – Continuous screenings ­Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Free. Thu 6-fri 7 AND mon 10-wed 12 – Winter ­preview.

ontario science centre 770 Don Mills. 416-696-3127.

thu 6-wed 12 – Jerusalem 11 am & 2 pm. Great White Shark. Noon, 3 & 5 pm. Flight Of The Butterflies. 1 pm. Under The Sea. 4 & 6 pm.

Festivals Human Rights watch Film Festival

tiff bell lightbox, reitman square, 350 king w.

thu 6 – Festival of films revolving around

reg hartt’s ­cineforum

An idealized look at Jerusalem

human rights issues. $12, stu $5.

thu 6 – Closing night: Highway Of Tears (2013) D: Matthew Smiley. 6:30 pm.

Cinemas big picture cinema gerrard 1035 gerrard e.

thu 6-wed 12 – Check website for schedule.

BLOOR hot docs Cinema

506 Bloor W. 416-637-3123.

Thu 6 – Hot Docs Doc Soup presents La

­ aison De La Radio (2013) D: Nicolas PhiliM bert. 6:45 pm. $15. ­ Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013) D: Jeff Broadway. 9:30 pm. fri 7 – Particle Fever (2013) D: Mark Levinson. 4 & 6:30 pm. Bettie Page ­Reveals All (2012) D: Mark Mori. 9 pm. sat 8 – Everybody Street (2013) D: Cheryl Dunn. 1 pm. Wild Style (1983) D: Charlie ­Ahearn. 3:30 pm. Particle Fever. 6 pm. Bettie Page Reveals All. 8:30 pm. sun 9 – Particle Fever. 1 & 6 pm. Everybody Street. 3:30 pm. Bettie Page ­Reveals All. 8:30 pm. mon 10 – Particle Fever. 6:30 pm. ­Bettie Page Reveals All. 9 pm. Tue 11 – Particle Fever. 4 & 9 pm. Bettie Page Reveals All. 6:30 pm. Wed 12 – Everybody Street. 4 pm. Particle Fever. 6:30 pm. Bettie Page Reveals All. 9 pm.

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JERUSALEM (Daniel Ferguson) Rating: NNN A concise and often stunning look at one of the oldest and most contested places in the world, the ­National Geographic doc Jerusalem piques your interest in the Holy City but leaves much out, as if urging you to see the rest of the scenery for yourself. As a travelogue, it ­certainly does its job. The picturesque views of various shrines are immersive in this IMAX presentation, as are the rare aerial views of the city. Jerusalem’s Old City is a no-fly zone, so this footage

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thu 6 – Goethe-Institut Toronto presents

Kuhle­Wampe Or Who Owns The World (1932) D: Slatan Dudow and Bertolt Brecht. 6:30 pm. $10. fri 7 – Family Fridays X 3: Bugs! 3D (2003) and Meerkats 3D (2003). 1 pm. Bee Movie (2007) D: Simon J Smith and Steve Hickner. 3 pm. Robocop (1987) D: Paul Verhoeven. 9:30 pm. sat 8 – March Break: The Goonies (1985) D: Richard Donner. 1 pm. Pier Paolo Pasolini: Mamma Roma (1962). Intro by Concordia U prof Luca Caminati. 4 pm. Godard’s Hollywood Classics: The Man Who


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sat 8 – Like Water For Chocolate (1992) D: Alfonso Arau. 3 pm.

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7 pm. $10. ­ The Wolf Of Wall Street. 9:15 pm. Wed 12 – Frozen 3D. 1 pm. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 3:30 pm. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) D: Jean-Marc Vallée. 7 pm. The Wolf Of Wall Street. 9:15 pm.

took some wrangling. Canadian director Daniel Ferguson efficiently slims down 4,000 years of history during which the city has been torn down, propped back up, occupied by several empires and still serves as a capital for three religions. Muslims, Christians and Jews share sections of the Old City. The film effectively answers why this one place, not even a square kilometre in size, is such prime religious real estate, but it barely gestures toward the blood that has been paid for it. Instead, Ferguson focuses on the eye-popping ceremo­ nies of the religions in their distinct,

rarely interacting quarters. To that purpose he adds some human dimension by following and interviewing three young women (Muslim, Christian and Jew) who briefly describe their daily life and rituals. Their longing for harmony seems idealistic, expressed with affection that feels rehearsed for the camera. To see the people of Jerusalem as they really are, you’d probably have to go down there yourself. Opens today (Thursday, March 6) at the Ontario Science Centre’s Omni­max Theatre. See listings, this page.RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI

Knew Too Much (1956) D: Alfred Hitchcock. 7 pm. Stephen King: Carrie (1976) D: Brian De Palma. 10 pm. sun 9 – March Break: Jumanji (1995) D: Joe Johnston. 1 pm. Godard’s Hollywood Classics: Man Of The West (1958) D: Anthony Mann. 3:30 pm. Pier Paolo Pasolini: Accattone (1961). 6 pm. mon 10 – March Break: E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial (1982) D: Steven Spielberg. 1 pm. Big (1988) D: Penny Marshall. 4 pm. tue 11 – March Break X 2: City Of Ember (2008) D: Gil Kenan. 1 pm. Holes (2003) D: Andrew Davis. 3:30 pm. Godard’s Hollywood Classics: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) D: Frank Tashlin. 6:30 pm. wed 12 – March Break X 2: The Neverending Story (1984) D: Wolfgang Petersen. 1 pm. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) D: Joe Johnston. 3:30 pm. Food On Film: Chunking Express (1994) D: Wong Kar-wai. CBC’s Matt Galloway discusses the film with food writer Peter Meehan. 6:30 pm. $35.

Mon 10 – Frozen 3D. 1 pm. The Hunger


Games: Catching Fire (2013) D: Francis ñ Lawrence. 3:30 pm. The Wolf Of Wall Street.

6:30 pm. Her. 9:45 pm. tue 11 – Frozen 3D. 1 pm. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 3:30 pm. Out With Dad presents the Season 3.2 launch party for the web series: Out With Dad and launch of spin-off series Vanessa’s Story (2014) D: Jason Leaver, preceded by a screening of episodes 1-7 of the web series Asset (2014) D: Mike Donis & Jonathan Robbins.


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thu 6 – The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) D: Joel and Ethan Coen. 7 pm.

sat 8 – The Sex & Violence Cartoon Festival.

9 pm.

sun 9 – La Boheme (1926) D: King Vidor. 2 pm. The Darkside Of Oz: The Wizard Of Oz (1939) D: Victor Fleming w/ soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s Darkside Of The Moon. 7 pm. Kid Dracula: Nosferatu (1922) D: FW Murnau w/ soundtrack of Radiohead’s Kid A and OK Computer. 9 pm. mon 10 – The Perils of Pauline, Chapter One – Trial By Fire (1914) D: Louis J Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie. Silent film. 7 pm. The Bargain (1914) D: Reginald Barker. 7:30 pm. The Blue Angel (1930) D: Josef von Sternberg. 9 pm. tue 11 – Alfred Hitchcock X 4: The Pleasure Garden (1925). Silent film. 5 pm. Easy Virtue (1928). Silent film. 6 pm. Rope (1948). 7:30 pm. Dial M For Murder 3D (1954). 9 pm. wed 12 – Tennessee Williams On Film: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) D: Elia Kazan. 7 pm. Suddenly Last Summer (1959) D: ­Joseph L Makiewicz. 9 pm.

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Thu 6 – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) D: Joel and Ethan Coen. 7 pm. American ñ Hustle (2013) D: David O Russell. 9:15 pm. Fri 7-sat 8 – Frozen (2013) D: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. 2 pm. American ñ Hustle. 4 & 9:15 pm. 12 Years A Slave (2013) D: Steve McQueen. 6:45 pm.

sun 9 – Frozen. 2 pm. 12 Years A Slave. 4 &

6:45 pm. American Hustle. 9:15 pm. mon 10 – Frozen. 1 pm. The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug 3D (2013) D: Peter Jackson. 3 pm. American Hustle. 6:45 pm. 12 Years A Slave. 9:30 pm.

Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem?) adds her voice to Frozen, at the Fox and Revue.

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Thu 6 – International Fly Fishing Film Festival. $15. 6:30 pm. f­ 12 Years A Slave (2013) D: Steve McQueen. 9:30 pm. Fri 7-sat 8 – Frozen 3D (2013) D: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. 1 pm. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) D: Martin Scorsese. 3 & 6:30 pm. Her (2013) D: Spike Jonze. 9:45 pm. sun 9 – Frozen 3D. 2 pm. Her. 4 & 9:45 pm. The Wolf Of Wall Street. 6:30 pm.


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The CN Tower presents Legends Of Flight 3D. Continuous screenings daily 10 am-9 pm. 301 Front W. ­ Casa Loma presents The P­ ellatt Newsreel (2006) D: Barbra Cooper, a film and permanent exhibit on the history of Casa Loma and Henry Pellatt. Daily screenings 10 am4:30 pm. Included w/ admission. 1 ­Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, c­ The Hockey Hall of Fame presents Stanley’s Game Seven 3D, a film of Stanley Cup history. Plays daily at the top and half past each hour. Mon-Sat 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. Included w/ admission. Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge. h ­ fri 7 – TX Productions presents The Little House That Could D: DJ Mars Roberge, Candy D: Cassandra Cronenberg, and Life’s A Drag D: Jaene Castrillon. Doors 8 pm. $10. Riva Lounge, 584 College . thelittlehouse­ I I n celebration of International Women’s Day, the Feminist Art Conference presents screenings of CENSORIOUS! (2007) D: Carol Jacobsen, and Miss Representation (2011) D: Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Kimberlee Acquaro. Q&A w/ filmmakers to follow. 6 pm. Free. OCAD University, 100 McCaul, rm 109. ­ Pleasure Dome presents Stemple Pass (2012) D: James Benning. 7:30 pm. $8. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. 416-656-5577, Toronto Socialist Action Rebel Film Series presents Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) D: Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorov. 7 pm. $4. OISE, 252 Bloor W. s­ Isat 8 – We Talk Women celebrates International Women’s Day with a screening of Women On The Front Line, a documentary on women’s rights in Iran. 1 pm. $10 (eventbrite. com). Panel discussion to follow. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. ­ Tao Sangha Toronto Healing Centre presents Never Forget Never Give Up D: Yuki Nakamura, a documentary about the Fukushima nuclear disaster. 7 pm. Free. 375 Jane. 416925-7575. sun 9 – Toronto Film Society Sunday Matinee Series presents Night Flight (1933) D: Clarence Brown, and Cloak And Dagger (1946) D: Fritz Lang. 2 pm. $15. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton. 416-970-6011. tue 11 – Green 13 presents Dirt The Movie D: Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow. Discussion to follow. 6:15 pm. Free. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor W. Palmerston Library presents a March Break screening of Epic (2013) D: Chris Wedge. 2 pm. Free. 560 Palmerston. 416-393-7680, ­ 3



disc of the week

Bruce Dern’s Nebraska performance is right on track.

(Mongrel, 2013) D: Abdellatif Kechiche, w/ Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux. Rating: NNNN; Blu-​ray package: NNN Blue Is The Warmest Color finds beauty and emotional truth in the story of a very ordinary love affair. High school senior Adèle (Adèle ­Exarchopoulos) and blue-​haired art col­ lege student Emma (Léa Seydoux) pass each other on the street and are in­ stantly interested. When they finally meet, love blossoms at once. ­Intimacy, sex, meeting each other’s families and friends, living together, graduation, work and breakup follow. There’s one homophobic schoolyard squabble, but this isn’t an issues mo­vie. The focus stays squarely on Adèle and Emma’s emotions, often delivered in enormous close-​ups and acted with documentary realism. The movie runs just under three hours, but the ever-​moving camera finds a wealth of telling details to keep it engaging throughout. The two extras interviews yield a good portrait of director Abdellatif Kechiche’s filmmaking philosophy and highly unusual working methods. EXTRAS Kechiche and Exarchopoulos interviews. French audio. English subtitles.

Mr. Fox ñFantastic

(Criterion, 2009) D: Wes Anderson, w/ voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep. Rating: NNNN; Blu-​ray/DVD package: NNNN The charm of stop-​motion animation and a beautiful palette of golden browns blends with Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson’s offhand humour and warmth to make Fantastic Mr. Fox lively light entertainment.


(Paramount, 2013) D: Alexander Payne, w/ Bruce Dern, Will Forte. Rating: NNNNN; Blu-​ ray package: NNN Nebraska didn’t take home this year’s best picture Oscar, nor Bruce Dern best actor, though both were nominated. No matter – they still deserve every a ­ ccolade you care to grant. Nebraska is a unique and com­ pletely realistic blend of subtle, aus­ tere drama and comedy that explores the relationship of an alcoholic father (Dern) and his estranged younger son (Will Forte). Along the way, it delves Anderson uses virtually every word and situation in Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s tale, but the story is very short (Dahl reads all of it in the extras), so Anderson develops Fox’s family and friends and adds an action-​movie ­climax to Fox’s battle against nasty farmers determined to end to his chick­ en-​stealing. George Clooney voices Fox with a smug but not smarmy smoothness. Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox, and Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe and the rest all give deadpan perform­ ances that let the jokes sell themselves. Highlight of the extras is an hour-​ long bio of Dahl, with generous input from his family. Anderson’s commen­ tary and the seven-​part making-​of doc

into family dynamics and the current state of small-town life in Middle America. There’s nothing cozy about Dern’s taciturn, unsmiling Woody Grant. He may not be as lost to dementia as everyone around him thinks, but he’s far from clear-​headed. He believes a magazine subscription scam is a winning lottery ticket and sets out with reluctant son David at the wheel from Minnesota to Neb­ raska to pick up his prize in person. Woody is the role of a lifetime, and Dern inhabits it so thoroughly that the

man’s inner life appears through his stoney face. Forte and the other actors also shine, notably June Squibb as Woody’s put-​ upon, loving but mean-​ spirited wife. The extras package thoroughly c­ overs the act­ ing, directing and magnifi­ cent black-and-white photog­ raphy that sets the emotional tone for every shot. EXTRAS Making-​of doc. English, French, Spanish, German audio and subtitles.

provide good impressions of the pro­ duction but few explanations. EXTRAS Commentary, making-​of doc, Dahl reading of Mr. Fox, Dahl biography, kids’ review, more. English audio and subtitles.

Games, novelist Suzanne Collins’s tale of young Katniss Everdeen’s survival in a futuristic society’s annual battle to the death. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) gets dragged back into the games when the oppressed citizenry sees her as a sym­ bol of hope for their brewing revolution and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) decides she and all previous win­ ners must die. The games, which take up the final hour, are set in a lush jungle equipped with bizarre and creative ways of killing the contestants. It’s by no means the movie’s only visual surprise. Scenes like choosing the contes­ tants, training and TV appearances are given a different emotional weight than in the first movie. The returning cast handles them perfectly. Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson give Katniss and her companion Peeta a bit more dark­ ness. Sutherland shares sophisticated evil with newcomer Philip Seymour Hoffman as the games’ designer, and Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci again provide comic relief as the PR woman from hell and the world’s smarmiest TV host. A making-​of doc that’s longer than the movie goes into great detail about everything from the technical rigours of shooting in IMAX to the physical trials of acting in the Hawaiian jungle. EXTRAS Director and producer commentary, making-​of doc. English, French audio and subtitles.  3

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


(eOne, 2013) D: Fran­ cis Lawrence, w/ Jen­ nifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson. Rating: NNNN; Blu-​ray pack­ age: NNNN The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a worthy sequel to 2012’s The Hunger





Gravity (2013) An accident on the Hubble telescope leaves two astronauts adrift in space.

Ender’s Game (2013) Brainy teen trains to command Earth forces against impending alien invasion.

The Book Thief (2013) In World War II Germany, a young girl and her adoptive parents hide a young Jewish man.

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I come after I poop Straight female with a question. It’s

about something that sometimes happens to me that I’ve never really told anyone about because it’s so weird and gross. It involves my bowel movements, so it’s not very sexy. (No offence to scat lovers, but I have zero interest in “poop play.”) After I have a normal bowel movement, I pull up my jeans. When I do that, the crotch seam presses on my clit as I begin to close the zipper, and I get what I can only ­describe as an intense mini-​ orgasm­. This is directly related to the recent BM, because it happens only after one. I find myself just standing there in the bathroom, holding my pants up with my hands frozen on the zipper, eyes half closed, gently pressing my jeans into my crotch while my clit just hammers out an unsolicited series of intense orgasmic spasms. It’s not really a full-​on climax, rather just a dozen or so fast and strong fluttering contractions of pleasure right in my clit/pussy area. I find myself enjoying these post-​poop-​gasms when they happen, although it’s something I’ve kept to myself for obvious reasons. I am not complaining. I am merely curious to know if you’ve ever heard of this and if you know why and how it happens. Do other people have similar experiences? Possibly Odd Or Perhaps Curious Orgasm Mostly Enjoyed Regularly I shared your letter with Dr. Debby Herbe­ nick, a research scientist at Indiana Uni­ versity, a sexual health educator at the Kinsey Institute and the author of Great In

Bed and numerous books about sexuality. Dr. Herbenick’s short answer: “Genitals are magical, mysterious places of wonder.” And her much more satisfying long an­ swer: “There are other documented cases of people having orgasms while pooping. Most are on internet message boards, but some have made it into the medical and scientific literature. ‘Defecation-​induced orgasms’ seem to be more common than orgasms from peeing, but both kinds hap­ pen.” Yes, yes,but why and how do defecation-​ ­induced orgasms happen? “It’s not entirely clear, but here are some ­possibilities,” said Dr. Herbenick. “The pel­ vic nerve – which is one orgasmic path­ way – links up to not only the vagina and cervix, but also the rectum and bladder. Another possibility is something called nerve ‘crosstalk.’ In essence, the genital and excretory parts are smooshed closely together, and some nerves (like the p ­ elvic nerve) service more than one part. Thus, feelings and messages carried in the nerves can get a little muddled. For ex­ ample, some people can have vaginal pain from bladder problems. Similarly, people describe genital orgasms from stimula­ tion of nearby parts, and nerve crosstalk is thought to be part of that.” (Want to shut up an “intelligent design” creationist? Ask them to defend the ill-​advised, none-​too-​ intelligent smooshing together of our ex­ cretory and reproductive systems – after making them google “obstetric fistula.”) “POOPCOMER doesn’t have to like the fact that she orgasms from pooping,” said Dr. Her­benick, “but it’s better than the op­

posite ­scenario: unintentionally pooping during o ­ rgasm. That also happens.” Follow Dr. Herbenick on Twitter @DebbyHerbenick.

I want to watch him pee You always take questions from

 DSMers and cuckolds and other hardB core s­ exers, but will you take mine? I plead with you! Won’t you please offer some advice for me, a simple heterosexual girl having problems with her heterosexual male?!? My boyfriend always closes and locks the door behind him when he pees. It hurts my feelings! Being a part of his pissing experience would turn me on and arouse me! He claims he does this ­because he is pee shy. But he pees in public restrooms in front of other men! So if he knows that I like it and if the issue isn’t about being pee-shy, then why can’t he pee in front of me?!? Why is he “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” about this?!? I would be grateful for your advice on how to get him to relax with his peeing moments a little more because I’m BORED. Thanks! Personally Insulted Since Sexy Entrance D ­ enied You’re just a simple heterosexual girl who wants to be part of her boyfriend’s “piss­ ing experience” because that would turn you on – nothing kinky or hardcore about that, no sir. You’re just after some old-​ fashioned, all-​American, plain-​vanilla voy­ euristic piss play. I’m not sure there’s anything I could say here that would persuade your boyfriend to include you in his pissing experience. If

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Son’s making a mess Long-time reader, first-​time letter

writer. My 13-​year-​old stepson leaves his spooch on the goddamn toilet seat. How do I tell him to clean up after himself? I don’t know how he gets it on the toilet seat! Logistically, it baffles me! Step-​Parent Ain’t Not Kleaning Spooch That word you keep using – “spooch” – I don’t think it means what you think it means. Spooch is not slang for ejaculate, SPANKS, but it could be the world’s worst name for a dog. No, no, no: the word you want is “spooge.” And I don’t think your sign-​off means what you think it means either. Putting a “not” after that ungram­ matical “ain’t” means you’re anxious to clean your stepson’s spooge off that ­goddamn toilet seat. On to your questions… Logistics: Your stepson faces the toilet seat as he would when he pees and has himself a wank. He thinks he’s destroying the evidence when he flushes, SPANKS, but he’s obviously missing the drop or two that land on the toilet seat. Teenage boys are not famous for their attention to detail or for cleaning up after themselves. Replacing your white toilet seat with a black one might help your stepson notice that flushing isn’t enough. Tell him to clean up after himself. Your ­stepson’s father should have a talk with him. “You’re making a mess of the toilet seat,” his dad should say. “Put the seat up and wipe it off when you’re through.” If your stepson protests that he’s careful when he pees, his dad should tell him that he’s not talking about piss. That poor kid will be so mortified that he’ll blow loads out the window before he masturbates in the bathroom again.

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knowing that it would make his piss-​freak girlfriend insanely horny doesn’t motivate a guy to unlock the door and let her watch, PISSED, he’s unlikely to be con­ vinced by some gay dude with an advice column. (But just in case: Hey, PISSED’s BF! Open the damn door!) So if watching your ­boyfriend piss is really that important to you, PISSED, you’ll have to get a new boy­ friend or start following the one you’ve got into public restrooms.

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I need your help. I’m a 26-​year-​old straight girl and I’ve been dating this great guy for a few months. Our sex life is really satisfying/fun/adventurous, due in no small part to the fact that he has a lot of kinks. He has a thing for scat, though, and that has thrown me for a loop. He doesn’t expect me to engage in poop play, but I know he watches this kind of porn sometimes, and it freaks me out. Would you break up with someone due to one extremely squicky kink? So Not Into Poop I would and I have. IMPORTANT NOTE: An officious and quite pleased-with-herself copy editor has gleefully informed me that Urban Dictionary defines “spooch” as “semen” or “a man’s climax.” While I have the ut­ most respect for the modern-​day Samuel Johnsons at Urban Dictionary, I refuse to acknowledge “spooch” as a synonym for semen or the male climax.

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