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I was delighted to see a model clearly 50-plus, attractive and fit gracing your cover. Imagine my surprise when the clothes she was wearing ranged in price from $375 for a mesh top to pleated leather shorts at $1,095, mostly chosen from Holt Renfrew. Have you forgotten who your readers are and what they can afford? Who gave the go-ahead for such a ridiculous range of choices? Get a grip and get real with your price points. The “silver-age” model does not compensate for the serious gaffe in budget. Niki Guner Toronto

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Re Brazen Move A Game Changer For Ford (NOW, March 13-19). Rob Ford just doesn’t get it. His alleged criminal activity is no different from anybody else’s. There are dozens of people in prison in the province of Ontario convicted of exactly the crime to which the mayor so enthusiastically confesses – buying and smoking crack. If the mayor is allowed to pass this off as just a moment of poor judgment, then we owe the same consideration to every last poor, misunderstood crackhead in penitentiaries. Mario D’Aversa From

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Yes, Enbridge and all oil and gas companies do get their way on everything, whether it’s a pipeline or rail transport (NOW, March 13-19). Numerous spills in both Canada and the U.S. have resulted from transporting oil and now dilbit, which is most disastrous to our environment and consequently to residents and wildlife. We also know of the dismantling of Environmental Assessment Act by the federal government, and the rhetoric justifying lax rules. So why force the provincial government to rethink its position over a done deal? Will we ever learn to be proactive? Lela Gary Toronto

Kiev truths changing the world

I’d like to express my gratitude to NOW and particularly Mark Marczyk for his article Maidan Voyage (NOW, March 6-12). It is the most unbiased and truthful account of events in Kiev I have read to date. I’m hoping for a follow-up, as I believe that people should know what is happening in Ukraine and why. It plays an important part in the way the world is changing. Alex Latychkevitch Toronto

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Are E-bikes Getting A Free Ride? (NOW, February 27-March 5). An exercise walker also provides some protection for pedestrians from bikes, e-bike riders and ill-mannered pedestrians. Note that anyone can modify a regular handicapped walker, too. Such an exercise/walking aid also provides a great shield from aggressive parents with their single- or double-width baby carriages, which many seem to use as weapons. Fair is fair, right? Nick Bird Toronto


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Fulton back in full force When we talked to Allegra Fulton in the January 1, 1998 issue of NOW (, page 26 of the issue), the compelling actor was set to star in Michel Tremblay’s Marcel Pursued By The Hounds. Just off her Dora-winning performance as Frida Kahlo in Frida K, she’d feared she’d be playing the mercurial artist for the rest of her life. Not to worry. Fulton went on to appear in scores of plays and films. She made a major splash in the 2o1o play The List, Jennifer Tremblay’s solo show about a compulsive list-maker who has trouble prioritizing, She’s just opened in her solo show The Carousel – a kind of sequel to The List – to rapturous reviews (see NOW’s on page 52) that marvel at her ability to turn into multiple characters, sometimes terrified, often sexy, always riveting. Travel back in time with NOW’s online archives. Just use the cool new searchable viewer online at

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“Sexy ‘reptiles’ to hit Fashion Week with ‘Save Our Skins’ plea,” shouted the press release that landed in my inbox late last week. It was promoting a PETA demonstration taking place in conjunction with the first day of Toronto Fashion Week. Sure enough, come Monday, March 17, four young women wearing nothing but body paint, nipple pasties, thongs and stilettos paraded in front of the Eaton Centre to freeze in the name of animal rights. It was another disgusting example of PETA’s willingness to sell out women in the name of the org’s supposed ethical mandate. It’s hard to take seriously an organization that preaches doing no harm to animals when it shows no regard for women. PETA has glorified rape culture, violence against women and female objectification time after time in ads and “protests.” Locally, it pops up twice a year in concert with fall and spring Fashion Weeks to paint near-naked women as various “sexy” animals. At the very least, PETA could throw in some men and make a case for equalopportunity objectification. Women aren’t commodities to trade for headlines and trending hashtags. SABRINA MADDEAUX


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More revelations in the Rob Ford crack video scandal dropped with the release of court documents Wednesday, March 19. Apparently the cops offered to show the mayor the video of him smoking crack, but he declined through his lawyer. The other shocker (not!): new documents suggest that everybody and his brother in the crackhead set Ford ran with were trying to videotape the mayor smoking crack or in otherwise compromising situations. Go to for updates.


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It’s at an intimate gathering in a Scarborough living room that the particular talents of ­Olivia the person, not Olivia the idea, are most apparent By JONATHAN GOLDSBIE


livia Chow throws her whole body into it. Describing the rickety clunk of the aging Scarborough RT, she mimics the swaying and the whirring and the k-chunk, k-chunk sounds that have become key parts of the rider experience. She contrasts this to the elegant gliding of Vancouver’s SkyTrains, which she depicts with hand movements and an elongation of the “oo” in the word “smooth.” Chow even pulls out an iPad Mini to show the room a picture of a SkyTrain, which she holds up as an example of the kind of light rail that should replace the RT. “It is a train. It is a train. It. Is. A. Train,” she says, practically speaking in italics. “It’s not a streetcar.” On the third day of her run for mayor of Toronto, rock star candidate Olivia Chow is doing a private acoustic set. And it is in this environment that her particular talents – her ability to connect, to share her passion, to talk about issues deeply and honestly – are most apparent. She’s Oli­via the person, not Olivia the idea. Many of the young professionals and students gathered in the living room of this Malvern house on Saturday, March 15, are on board with her contention that LRT (or, as her campaign has branded it, “overground” transit) is the way to go for Scarborough. Others here are less sure, wary of seeing the subwayversus-LRT debate reopened yet again. She has come here to make her case on this and any other issue about which anyone wants to ask a question. And she has come alone, without even the barest of an entourage. She holds the room with her intelligence, showmanship and compassion, making the teleprompters at her larger events seem that much more silly. She doesn’t even wear a but­ton, just her Wario-like purple


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and yellow campaign colours. Three and a half months earlier, Chow appeared on CrossRoads, a current affairs program that airs Sunday afternoons on Tamil Vision International. She told host Parthi Kandavel she was “actively considering” a run for mayor. I was also a guest on that episode (albeit in a different segment) alongside journalist Naheed Mustafa, discussing the intersections of race, class and politics in Toronto. The TVI studios are in Rexdale, a few hundred metres from Steak Queen, Mayor Rob Ford’s favourite non-chain fast food restaurant. And now on Saturday, I find myself with Kandavel and Chow once again, but on the other side of the city, near Sheppard and Progress. Kan­davel, a teacher who ran for trus­tee in 2010, and his wife, Anu Sri­skanda­ rajah, are hosting a “Scarborough Salon” in their living room, at which Chow is the guest of honour. About 30 people have shown up for the off-record event, most of them in their 20s and 30s and largely drawn from Kandavel’s extended net­work of politically engaged acquaintances. It’s a mix of Chow supporters and the curious. There are chips and veggies, kothu roti and drinks. After a brief speech, Chow fields questions for over an hour: on transit, after-school programs, racial profiling by Toronto police, the culture of the TCHC, operational models for community centres and more. She makes a point of alternating between men and women when choosing questions, and she’s having fun, flaunting a bring-it attitude. Her candour and knowledge of the issues are impressive (even if there are a couple of blank spots) and a welcome change from the sound-bite platitudes that all of the campaigns are trying to perfect. * * * The general appeal of candidate Chow is obvious. There’s the winnability, the name recognition, the track record, the compelling personal narrative and the impressive campaign organization tying it all

Carefully constructed spectacles that look good on TV only serve to reinforce the least appealing aspects of any front­ runner campaign.

together. But these same things can sometimes obscure her specific ap­peal, the combination of qualities I only encountered for the first time in that living room on Saturday night. At her March 13 campaign launch at St. Simon-theApostle Church at Bloor and Sherbourne and at her March 16 rally at the Westin Prince Hotel at York Mills and Don Mills, there were times it seemed that several other people might have taken her place and received much the same response – which is not to suggest the crowds’ thunderous cheers expressed anything less than genuine enthusiasm (as opposed to, say, at the launch of Adam Giambrone’s short-lived 2010 campaign). The affection and hope for salvation were real. But carefully constructed specta­cles whose primary purpose is the creation of images that will look good on TV (whether the sound is playing or not) only serve to reinforce the least appealing aspects of any front­runner campaign: the twin whiffs of entitlement and inevitability. In the very worst case, the candidate becomes indistinguishable from the apparatus. “Now, before I begin,” she says at the start of her speech at Sunday’s rally, “let’s steal an idea from the Academy Awards. I want to take a picture of you.” And following the obli­gatory group selfie: “Now we’ll tweet it so you can see how amazing you all look. Or if you’re Rob Ford, you may see it an hour from now.” The Ford line gets a hearty laugh despite making rather little sense. Even after she explains it by adding, “Hey, Rob, the clock sprang forward” – a reference to his daylight saving Twitter gaffe a week earlier – it has less in common with an actual joke than with a stilted quip crafted by speechwriters who must have thought it clever and topical at the time. No matter. The tweeted selfie will make the TV news, and the words around it probably won’t. * * * Chow’s depiction of the Scarborough RT is accurate. On this night, it feels even more like a wooden roller coaster than usual as she, a couple others from the salon and I ride it back downtown from Malvern. We wonder when the thing might finally get to be put out of its misery. The TTC is otherwise remarkably tranquil for midnight the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, so I take the opportunity to pull out my audio device and ask continued on page 15 œ


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Report focusing on Somali-Canadian students gets called out as bias by same parents who agree with its recommendations By DESMOND COLE

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Outrage over a recent Toronto District School Board report on dropout rates among students of Somali descent, which was approved at the board’s March 5 meeting, suggests a troubling lack of good faith between the country’s largest school board and many Somali parents. Parents erupted at the meeting, say­ing the TDSB task force report, Success Of Students Of Somali Descent, is peppered with misinformation and racial bias that unfairly stigmatize their children. The report is about the findings of a TDSB study that details stark differences between Somali-Canadian students and their peers, including a dropout rate of 25 per cent compared to 14 per cent for all TDSB students. At the meeting, attendees decried the task force as illegal, discriminatory and a form of segregation. “They are just separating us, and this is why we’re so angry,” said Anisa Osman, who was born in Somalia. “We want our kids to have the same rights as Cana­dian people have.”

Ahmed Hussen, president of the Ca­nadian Somali Congress and a vo­ cal critic of the task force set up by the TDSB, said the parents he represents feel they were not consulted, even though the group set up in 2012 engaged more than 400 parents, students and other residents of Somali descent. The TDSB study, conducted from 2006 to 2011, found that “74 per cent of Somali-​speaking students compared to 49 per cent of TDSB students overall fell within one or more of the following categories: special education; sus­pended during their school career; below provincial standard achieve­ment on Grade 6 [standardized test] results.” When asked during the task force’s consultations to describe their children’s school and staff, members of the Somali community reported feel­ing unwelcome. “School staff see them as uneducated people,” according to the report. Another concern raised during consultations is that “schools lack cultural sen­sitivity and under-

standing of is­sues within the Somali community. A lot of teachers do not know much about Somalia except for the images they see in the media, i.e., pirates, terrorism, gangs and civil war.” Opposition to the report among some parents is fuelled by a deep distrust of the TDSB. Hussen’s criticism, for example, focuses more on the TDSB than on the task force’s specific rec­om­mendations, which include increased investment in intervention programs and job placement op­por­tu­nities. “Even though members of our com­munity are on the task force, the agenda, guidelines and deadlines are all set up by TDSB,” Hussen argued. Many parents at the meeting expressed similar skepticism. Sawed Mohamud, for instance, said the task force “is intended to discriminate against our children… to make them feel inferior.” When asked who it is who wants to make the children feel inferior, he anB:20.375 swered, “The TDSB.” Somali community opposition at T:20.375




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Maria Rodrigues (Ward 9, Daven­ port), the child of Portuguese immi­ grants to Canada, worked on a simi­ lar task force about struggling Por­tu­guese students in 2011. Rodri­ gues said Portuguese students are making use of new tutoring and his­ tory initiatives born of that effort. The TDSB also convenes a monthly Aboriginal Community Advisory Com­mittee. Haweiya Egeh served with 21 other Somali Canadians on the vol­ unteer task force. She got involved after Ah­med Hassan, a young man of Somali des­ cent, was shot and killed at the Eaton Centre in 2012. His death, and con­ cerns about the challenges facing other young Somali Canadians, spurred her to act. “We wanted to help, and we be­ lieve that education is important in our com­munity,” she told me. Egeh said the task force sought to highlight how many people of Soma­li origin are thriving here, and pointed to the report’s recommen­ dation of mentoring by successful Somali Ca­na­dians. “It makes a huge impact when you see someone who looks like you doing something positive.” As for the rancorous debate, trus­ tee Chris Glover (Ward 2, Etobicoke Centre) expressed dismay while prais­ing the work of the task force. “The goals of both sides are exactly the same.”  3 | @nowtoronto

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Chow to speak on the record about some things. She’s tired, having been up since 6 am, and has had a glass of wine, but agrees. She’s likely far more coherent than Rob Ford was that time he lost a key transit vote and proceeded

to take a late-night ride across the city with a poor staffer and Sun columnist in tow. I press Chow on the most perplexing element of her campaign thus far, her indifferent dis­ missal of a proposed down­town relief line. (In a scrum immediately following her launch, she was asked whether she was committed to such a project; declining to give a direct answer, she said only that it “eventually needs to be built.”) Chow tells me that “of course it’s needed” and is “absolutely” a priority; she’s been reluctant to promise anything because the costs are unclear, and criticizes the other candidates for getting ahead of themselves. (Read our full exchange at ­ At Broadview station, a pair of young women board the train and can’t believe their luck. Iden­ tifying themselves as nurses, they tell Chow how thrilled they are that she’s running for mayor and how excited they are to work on her cam­ paign. They even ask for an autograph and squeal afterwards as though they’ve met a celebrity hero. It’s as hard to imagine John Tory eliciting this kind of reaction as it is to imagine Rob Ford tak­ ing an hour of policy questions from a roomful of strangers. But the moment ends and Chow again be­ comes just another person taking the TTC on a Saturday night, from RT to subway to streetcar. She has to get up at 6 am to prepare for the rally. And when, the next day, she enters the ball­ room to roaring cheers and Calvin Harris’s Feel So Close, I have a hard time reconciling this superstar with the person I rode home with on the 510 the night before. Maybe her strength is that she can be both of these things. Maybe her weakness is that one could overshadow the other. 3 | @­goldsbie






the meeting was loud and well orga­ nized. Many people held signs and wore T-​shirts reading “No task force” or “Reject recommendations”. Things boiled over when the re­ port was received by the board with­ out debate and trustees quickly went in-​camera to deal with a separ­ ate, con­fidential agenda item. Angry attendees watching the meeting on television in an over­ flow room, streamed into the main meeting shouting, “No task force!” and “Shame on you!” After the meeting, trustee Chris Tonks (Ward 6, York South-​Weston) said he’d hoped to delay the vote in order to hear more from concerned parents. Many parents and community members doubt the validity of the stats in the report but agree with the task force’s recommendations: to pro­vide students with better after-​school and home­work pro­ grams; to examine why so many Somali students are being placed in special education; to com­municate with parents in their na­tive lan­ guage when necessary; to recruit mentors from within the Somali community. “The board needs to figure out why our kids are dropping out and being suspended,” said Aisha Mo­ha­ med, a mother of three who read about the task force in a local news­ paper. “They should be asking them­ selves, ‘Why is the Somali commun­ ity so misunderstood?’”


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Casualty Count

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Number of suicides among regular Canadian Forces personnel (male) between 2001 and 2012


Percentage of Canadian Forces personnel deployed to the war in Afghanistan who’ve been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.


Shortfall in the number of mental health care providers deemed necessary to carry out the Canadian Forces’ mental health programs

WHAT ABOUT THE WALKING WOUNDED? DND’s denial that soldiers coming back from Afghanistan are committing suicide at an alarming rate just doesn’t hold up By SCOTT TAYLOR


ith the Canadian flag now lowered for the last time in Kabul, people may think the casualty count is final. But the nation has been rocked by news that 11 serving soldiers, most Afghanistan veterans, all diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, have committed suicide in the last four months. While military brass did their best to downplay the startling rash of suicides by claiming that statistically the Canadian Armed Forces have fewer suicides annually than the general population, that rationale doesn’t add up. Two more soldiers committed suicide this week. According to most media analyses of the conflict, 158 soldiers were killed and more than 2,000 service members left Afghanistan suffering from physical wounds or injury. During the 12 years the Department of National Defence (DND) contributed troops to the NATO mission, it’s estimated that some 30,000 Ca-nadian soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan. But there is a lot of overlap in that number. For instance, some of the soldiers who were killed had previously been wounded, while other Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members were wounded more than once on separate tours of duty. The 30,000 figure also quickly shrinks when you factor in the reality that many of our soldiers deployed to Kandahar on multiple six-month tours. The average number of Canadian troops in the theatre of war – the area directly involved in war operations – peaked at around 3,500 during the combat mission phase between 2005 and 2011. While all of these contingents were referred to as battle groups, the truth is that less than half the troops deployed were ever sent “outside the wire,” meaning they never left the fortified confines of the


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sprawling NATO air base in Kandahar. Thus, a relatively small number of Canadian soldiers – combat arms trades, engineers and medics mostly – witnessed the shocking horror of countering a brutal insurgency. Very early in the campaign, the Taliban realized they could not defeat Canadian soldiers in a set battle. Our superior technology and firepower made any such encounter a suicidal gesture. To counter that advantage, the insurgents resorted to constant pinprick attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide bombers. The vast majority of Canadian casualties were the result of IEDs. There was no combat in those instances, just an explosion and the resultant rush to provide medical assistance to the victims. It’s this type of warfare that took a tremendous mental toll on our troops. Those deployed to forward operating bases were in constant mortal danger from an unseen and fanatical foe. When attacks occurred, our combat soldiers bore witness to the grievous wounds and mangled corpses of their comrades. Most Canadians at home took in the Afghan conflict only through the media reports of embedded journalists. It is difficult for them to understand the horror our combat soldiers experienced. It isn’t easy for the public to understand why such an alarming proportion of Afghan veterans are suffering from mental wounds, PTSD or operational stress injuries (OSIs) while the federal government is in the process of announcing the closure of veterans’ centres across the country. Angry veterans opposed to the closures butted heads with Julian Fantino, the minister of Veterans Affairs at Parliament Hill in late January to little effect. In the wake of all the partisan politics and the usual military damage-control tactics, the fact re-

It is this very warrior spirit that prevents soldiers suffering the most from seeking the care and counselling available to them.

As long as the Government of Canada continues to send Canadian Forces members into harm’s way to protect Canadian interests… then it is morally obligated to provide members and families with a significantly more responsive care capability than that of the average citizen.” Excerpt from the DND/Canadian Forces Ombudsman’s annual report, 2012

mains that a mental health care crisis is confronting our veterans. To be fair, it must be acknowledged that the Canadian Armed Forces’ understanding and treatment of OSIs have significantly improved over the past two decades. In the mid-1990s, when our soldiers returned from the hazardous peacekeeping missions in the Balkans, the CAF was totally unprepared to deal with mental wounds. Again, it was only the embarrassment caused by many of these damaged veterans making their plight known in the media that forced DND to allocate more resources for diagnosis and treatment. This resulted in a major reform in mental health care known as Rx2000, which significantly improved survival rates for trauma patients treated at Canadian-led field hospitals. However, after Canadian soldiers experienced extensive combat in Afghanistan in 2006, returning veterans had different issues requiring additional reforms to the plan. Road To Mental Readiness was developed to help prepare troops even before they deployed on combat operations. As we are now discovering, though, there is no magic cure for mental wounds. In the close-knit ranks of combat units, where soldiers rely on each other in life-or-death situations, weakness isn’t something you want to exhibit. It is this very warrior spirit that prevents those suffering the most from seeking the care and counselling available to them. In other words, the biggest impediment to healing our mentally wounded soldiers is the very nature of combat. Scott Taylor is a former infantry soldier and founder of Esprit De Corps Magazine. His six unembedded trips to Afghanistan form the basis for his just-released documentary, Afghanistan: Outside the Wire – End Game, which can be viewed on demand at | @nowtoronto




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The end of an era

The signs of change are written in the broken lights over the World’s Biggest Bookstore’s closing doors By JESSICA MURRAY Rachel McMillan would drive for two hours with her father from Orillia to spend hours in the World’s Biggest Bookstore when she was small enough to believe it truly was the biggest bookstore in the world.

“It’s a book lover’s dream,” she says of the massive paper jungle that sprawls over three floors and 27 kilometres of shelves. After 33 years tucked away on Edward Street, the store is shutting

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down March 23, to be replaced by what Lifetime Developments is calling a “restaurant revolution.” WBB became a Toronto landmark, but for its employees it was a special club the entire community was welcome to join. “Customers came back not only for the books but for the people in the store,” says former employee Sarah Khan. “It was like family.” Entrepreneur Jack Cole of the Coles bookstore chain opened the store in 1980 to join other landmarks in the area such as A&A Records and Sam the Record Man just around the corner on Yonge. The flashy signs and iconic oversized discs gracing those storefronts are now gone, and the kitschy, seedy Yonge strip has been sanitized by chain retailers and Ryerson University’s expanding campus. From the corner of Yonge and Edward, pedestrians looking west can still see the twinkling lights around the bright red letters: World’s Biggest Bookstore. It’s the only sign the store has ever had, and it’s past its prime: some bulbs are burned out, and parts of the B and O are missing. Still, McMillan gets a tingle when she sees it. For her it was a sanctuary when she moved here to study at the

University of Toronto. “The first thing I did after my first class was go to the World’s Biggest Bookstore, because it was a safe space,” says MacMillan. She worked there for four and a half years, but not just anyone could get a job. “You’re walking into a place where people are there because they’re passionate and because they actually know a lot about the books they’re working with,” she recalls. Even now, a staff member is never more than a couple of shelves away. When a patron asks where to find something, employees answer with such familiarity it’s as if they’re guiding someone through their own home. “It was a culture where they hired people who were really knowledgeable about books,” says long-time cus­tomer Karl Mamer. For years, Mamer’s Saturday ritual included a visit to the store. With the rise of retailer websites such as Amazon, he doesn’t visit as often. “They are the victim of technology,” he says. “I think they are a relic of the past, but I’m not one who lives in the past.” Mamer is right. The World’s Biggest is a monument to a bygone era, with its fluorescent lights, highlighter-yellow walls and the ever-present smell of printed paper. The looming end is apparent everywhere: cardboard boxes overflowing with books, red signs flagging what’s on clearance, and a large blue banner an­ noun­cing the closing date along with addresses of nearby Indigo and Chapters locations. The store has been under the Chap­ ters umbrella since Coles and SmithBooks formed Chapters Inc. in 1995. Indigo has been leasing the site since its merger with Chapters in 2001, which formed Canada’s largest book retail­er.

Kat Chin, a former employee who started working there at the time of the merger, says the spirit of cooperation shifted after the change in man­agement. “We were very welcomed to give suggestions, and management always took our suggestions,” says Chin. “Then it became disheartening and you didn’t really feel like the employees had a say any more.” The World’s Biggest is one of many T.O. booksellers, including the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, David Mirvish Books and Nicholas Hoare, that have shut their doors in recent years. When Khan visited the store re­ cent­ly with her boyfriend, whom she met while working there, the sight of half-empty shelves and few customers was depressing and unlike the “crazy busy” Saturday nights she remembers from years before. Says Khan: “We had customers who would come back specifically for particular employees because they had a rapport with them.” Some employees, like George Wong, have worked there for decades. Khan recalls how Wong, who couldn’t be interviewed due to Indi­ go’s corporate policy, was a familiar face for customers. “People would come in and give him cakes on his birthday and make him baked goods on Christmas – just customers who had been coming to the store for years and years and had always seen him,” says Khan. It’s this tight community that will be missed when the bookstore closes. “It’s not going to be the same without it there, because it meant so much to so many people,” says McMillan. “It’s hard to say goodbye.” 3 | @­nowtoronto

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Thursday, March 20


Raising Rhythm (Shakarongo Arts & Youth

Academy, Zambia) Performances by Humber and U of T student saxophone quartets. 8 pm. $12, adv $10. 80 Gladstone.­ raisingrhythm.


Canada Blooms Flower and garden festival with gardening experts, workshops, seminars, demos, displays and more. To Mar 23, Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. $13-$29. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. ­ Comedy Writing Workshop on creating an environment, writing dialogue and more. 7-9 pm. $10, stu $5. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View. ­ Drag Makeup Masterclass Learn to create your drag makeup with Katinka Kature. 6-8 pm. $50. Kryolan Makeup Store, 110 Lombard. 416-968-6212. Dressing For Downton: The Costumes Of Downton Abbey Tour an exhibit featuring 20

costumes from the TV series plus items from the city’s collection of the same era. To Apr 13. $25-$30. Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910. Earth’s Extremes Talk by storm chaser/photographer George Kouronis. 8 pm. $10. ­Toronto Camera Club, 587 Mt Pleasant. ­

Feed Your Brain: Essential Nutrients For Good Moods And Healthy Brains Seminar

on good-mood foods with neuroscientist/life coach Mandy Wintink. 7 pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129. Home Relief Launch party for an organization helping those experiencing financial diffculties due to health issues, with music, a silent auction and more. 7 pm. $40. Oz Studios, 134 Ossington. ­ A Kensington Market Childhood Talk by librarian Leslie McGrath. 6:30 pm. Free. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. ­ Marci Carmen Ramirez The Latin American curator gives a talk. 7 pm. $10. Prefix, 401 Richmond W. 416-591-0357, ­ National Home Show Design and renovation tips, celebrity specialists, model homes, green-friendly trends and more. To Mar 23. $13-$29, under 12 free. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. ­ 9/11: Blueprint For Truth Talk on the collapse of the Twin Towers by architect Richard Gage. 7 pm. $20, adv $15. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. ­

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festivals • expos • sports etc.



The award-winning​ documentary Watermark screens at the Water Docs Film Festival.

this week

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Screenings of action, environmental

and adventure films from around the world. $20. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W. ­torontobanff­ Mar 21 to 23 Canadian Film Festival Canadian drama, documentary and genre films. $12.50. Royal Cinema, 608 College. c­ Mar 20 to 22 Toronto Nepali Film Festival Showcasing films that pertain to Nepal, its people and culture. $15-$20, passes $35-$50. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton) and Innis Town Hall (2 ­Sussex). Mar 21 and 22

Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival

Films from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Spain, Colombia, Mexico and more. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W. ­ Mar 26 to 30 Water Docs Film Festival Documentary films exploring initiatives and issues surrounding water, including Cold Amazon: The Mackenzie River Basin and Elemental. $8.50-$13; passes $40/$45; some free events. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas W), Fo Guang Shan Temple (6525 Millcreek, Mississauga). ­ Mar 21 to 29

munity Resistance To Tahoe Mine Talks by community leaders from Guatemala. 7 pm. Free. Koffler House, rm 108 569 Spadina. ­ Prosecutor Science for Peace screening of the Barry Stevens film about Luis MorenoOcampo followed by a discussion. 7 pm. Free. University College, rm 179, 15 King’s College Circle. ­ Social Enterprise And The 21st-Century Job Market Panel discussion. 5 pm. Free. OISE Library, 252 Bloor W.

Talking About Israel & Palestine Without Exploding Talk by Dawson College professor/ writer Joseph Rosen. 7 pm. Free. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham.

What Sir John A Macdonald Thought About “Indians” And Other Courtroom Tales Presentation by professor William Wicken on the 2013 federal court decision regarding non-status and Metis people. 7 pm. Free. Dufferin/St Clair Library, 1625 Dufferin. 416-393-7712.

Friday, March 21


The Coulson Women’s Institute, 1927-2004 (Children’s Peace Theatre)

Multimedia docu-musical with singer-songwriter Anne Walker. 8 pm. Pwyc ($25 sugg). Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes. 416-690-4862.

The Dating Game

(Heart and Stroke Fdn) Live game with bachelors Ed Swiderski and Chris ­Bukowski from the TV series­ The Bachelorette. 9:30 pm. $25 & up. Windsor Arms, 181 St Thomas.

Balfolkfestnoz: French Folk Dance Party

Old Breton dances, new versions of the scottishce, mazurka and waltz, and the bouree, with live musicians and a kids’ workshop (6 pm). Bal 7:30 to midnight. $10-$12, kids 14 and under $5. 918 Bathurst.­ balfolktoronto. Eggsamining Labels Talk on deciphering egg labelling. 1 pm. Free. Karma Co-op, 739 Palmerston. Pre-register karmabulk@gmail. com. Healthy Eating & Healthy Living Fair on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and ward off chances of developing diabetes. 11 am3:30 pm. Free. North York Community House, 700 Lawrence W.

Honeybee Biology & Seasons Of The Hive

continuing Foundry Music & Arts Festival Exploration

of forward-thinking music and experimentation in technology with performances. Various prices. 99 Sudbury. To Apr 5 New Ideas Festival Alumnae Theatre’s annual showcase of new writing, works-in-progress, experimental theatre and staged readings. $15, Sat readings pwyc, festival pass $40. 70 Berkeley. ­ To Mar 30

rNational Blind Hockey Tournament

(Courage Canada) Family-friendly hockey tournament. Donations. Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton. Details at ­


Arrested In Cairo: Reflections On Repression And Solidarity Film screening and con-

versation with John Greyson and Cecilia Greyson. 7 pm. Free. OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor W. ­

Be Alternative: Student & Independent Media Conference Conference for campus

and community journalists working in alternative and independent media. To Mar 23. $40, George Brown stu $30. George Brown College, 200 King E. Pre-register­BeAlternative. The Condo Game Rebel Films screening and discussion. 7 pm. $4. OISE, rm 2-214, 252 Bloor W.

Diana Buttu: What Future For Palestine?

Talk by human rights lawyer/former PLO peace negotiator Buttu. 7 pm. $5-$12. U of T Sandford Fleming Bldg, rm 1101, 10 King’s College Rd.

Spotlight On Israeli Culture Festival of

contemporary Israeli art, film, theatre, dance, video, photography and music. Various prices and venues. To Mar 31 rSugarbush Maple Syrup Festival Demonstrations, wagon rides, entertainment, maple syrup pancakes and more. Free w/ admission. Kortright Centre, Pine Valley and Major Mackenzie (Kleinburg). 905-8322289, To Apr 6

Ideas And Legacy Of Urbanist Jane Jacobs

Talk and info on Jane’s Walk walking tours in May. 7 pm. Free (photo ID required). West End YMCA 931 College. westendtalks.wordpress. com. Midnight Mrkt Pop-up night of street-​style food, music and retailers. 9 pm-1 am. $5. 2nd Floor Events, 461 King W.­ midnightmrkt. Musical Speed Dating & Show Evening of dating, music, theatre and mingling (for ages 27 to 39), featuring a performance of Marry Me A Little. 6:30 pm. $50. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. s­ Pathways To Privacy Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc symposium. 8:30 am-5 pm. U of T Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks.­ pathways2privacy. Swing Dance Dancing to all styles of swing music. 7:30 pm. $15. Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W. ­

Victory In The Supreme Court: What Next For Sex Work? Talk by sex worker advocate Terri-Jean Bedford. 5:30 pm. Pwyc. Victoria College, 91 Charles W.

Saturday, March 22


Dicture Gallery (Testicular Cancer Soc) Evening of art and phallicism with performances by Dane Hartsell, Ladystache and others. 7-11 pm. $40. The Richmond, ste 104, 477 Richmond W. Old Love (Mimico Presbyterian Church) Dinner theatre fundraiser with Sirius Theatrical Co. 6 pm. $45, stu/srs $40. 119 Mimico. ­


Assemble And Take Home A Bee Hive Workshop. 2-5 pm. $125. Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace, 862 Richmond W. Pre-register

Workshop. 10 am-noon. $15. Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace, 862 Richmond W. Preregister ­ Insect Symposium Presentations and posters by university student researchers. 1 pm. Free. U of T Ramsay Wright Bldg, 25 Harbord. ­ JesseRowes Runway Presentation Fashion event. 1 pm. $20. Ernest Balmer Studio, Bldg 58, 55 Mill. Karaoke Swan Song Mark the end of karaoke at the Gladstone with Peter Styles. 9 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. ­ rMeet Dan Riskin The evolutionary biologist launches his book Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You at an afternoon of planetary discovery. 2 pm. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000.

5The More Pleasure And Possibilities

­Conference Conference exploring and overcoming the barriers to sexual pleasure as ­LGBTQ women of diverse bodies and backgrounds. 9:30 am-5 pm. Free. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne. ­ Raise The Rates March Join Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for a rally, meal and march demanding an increase in social assistance rates. 1 pm. Free. SW corner David Pecaut Square (Wellington W of Simcoe). o ­ rScarborough Seedy Saturday And Green Fair Heirloom seed exchange, work-

shops, kids’ activities and more. 11 am-3 pm. Free. Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley S. 5Sounds Workshop Workshop on role play with sounds/dilators with Master Tony. 3-6 pm. $10. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-4131219. Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop Learn to make beautiful pysanky. 2-5 pm. $20. St Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Rd. Pre-register

Sunday, March 23


Gatwitch Live (Lose to Win) Peformances by Giovanna & Serghei, Dane Hartsell and others. 4:15 pm. Pwyc. Brimz, 321 Queen W. 416-598-4287.


rMosaic Storytelling Festival Multicultural storytelling for all ages. 3 pm. Pwyc ($5 sugg). St David’s Anglican Church Parish Hall, 40 Donlands. m ­ Murder At the ROM Scavenger Hunt Murder mystery team scavenger hunt for adults. continued on page 20 œ

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NOW editors pick a trio of this week’s can’t-miss events


Discover how bees are thriving in urban environments and learn why the bee population is dwindling in rural areas at the Honey­bee Biology & Seasons Of The Hive event Saturday (March 22) at the Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace, 862 Richmond West. Find out more about how bees smell with their antennae and what the saying “the bee’s knees” means. If you’re digging the hive mentality, you can construct and take away a homemade rooftop apiary. Workshop 10 am, urban beehive building 2 pm. $15 workshop; $125 to build your own hive.

World War-era town he built in his back yard, complete with its own retelling of events. Watch the awardwinning documentary Marwencol, based on his story, followed by a discussion with writer Miriam Toews as part of the Pen Picks film series on Monday (March 24), 6:15 pm. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor West. $15.


Learn about honeybees at the Honeybee Biology event March 22.


When Mark Hogancamp suffered a brain injury in a severe beating, his response was creative. He took that pain and turned it into a miniature Second

In celebration of World Pride, OCAD curates an exhibition of ­Toronto-based artists called Generations Of Queer, a show in which storytelling becomes political action. Artist and gay activist Spencer J. Harrison, known for his own art reflecting on growing up gay in rural Ontario, leads a tour at OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery on Wednesday (March 26), 6:30 pm. Free. 230 R ­ ichmond West,

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1 pm. $30. Royal Ontario Museum steps, 100 Queen’s Park. Pre-register ­

100th Anniversary Of The Howard Memorial Gates A parade, pipe band, family

activities and more. 12:45 pm. Free. High Park Blvd and Parkside. 416-392-6916. Prince Edward, The Duke Of Kent Talk by historian Nathan Tidridge. 1 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide E. ­ Spotlight On Israeli Culture Screening of the film The Little Traitor and a talk by professor Kalman Weiser. 7:30 pm. $15, yth $10. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. m ­ Toronto Jazz Society Monthly meeting. 2:30-6 pm. Free. Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor W. ­ Toronto Vintage Clothing Show Vintage and retro clothing, accessories and jewellery from independent vendors. 10 am-5 pm. $10. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. ­

Monday, March 24


Removing The Masque (Act to End Violence Against Women) Semi-formal masquerade ball with jazz music, dancing, masks for sale and more. 7 pm. $10, adv $7. Main Event Sports Bar & Grill, 2368 Yonge. events/1426170517622078.


The Black Experience Project In The GTA

Launch of a research project aimed at capturing the the lived experiences of the GTA’s ­diverse black community. 5 pm. Free. Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor. kristen.pue@ The Dreamshop Gals Dreamshop Get a clearer idea of how you can integrate more creativity into your life. 6:30-9 pm. $45. Loft 404, 263 Adelaide W. Pre-register ­ Learning Disabilities Access Awareness Month workshop. 11:30 am. Free. Hart House North Dining Rm, 7 Hart House Circle. Preregister Miriam Toews Hosts Marwencol PEN Picks film screening and talk with the author. 6:15 pm. $15. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W. ­

“Perfect for the Spring Wedding”

Pasolini’s L’oriente: Arabian Nights Through The Photographs Of Roberto Villa Presentation on the exhibit by photog-

rapher Villa. 6:30 pm. Free. Italian Cultural Institute, 496 Huron. 416-921-3802. Stitching Our Own Social Safety Net An artistic representation of the social safety net comes to City Hall to inspire the government to make repairs and improvements to social programs. (Exhibit on display to Mar 28.) 5:30 pm. Free. City Hall, 100 Queen W. ­ This Is Not A Toy Curators’ Tour Guided tour of the exhibit led by curators John Wee Tom and Sara Nickleson. 6:30 pm. $25. Design Exchange, 234 Bay. 416-363-6121.

Tuesday, March 25 East York Historical Society Meeting and presentation by a local historian. 7:30 pm. Free. S Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park. How To Plan A Successful Home Renovation Seminar. 6:30 pm. Free. Barbara Frum

Greeting cards $5 each by Malika Pannek & Tomas Urbina BOOTH E45 Wedding rings $1100 to $2700 by Christian Hasler & Helen Kim-Hasler BOOTH L52 Bowtie with wood button $68 by Erik Fürer BOOTH E51


Library, 20 Covington. 416-395-5440.

905 Road Show: Creativity Cabaret Live art

installation, Facebook poems, stand-up comedy, musical theatrics and more with Zabrina Chevannes and others. 6 pm. Free. Sherdian College, Davis Campus Pub, 7899 McLaughlin (Brampton).

Planning For Success – A Business Plan That Works Seminar for new and estab-

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lished businesses. 10-11:30 am. Free. City Hall, Commttee Rm 3, 100 Queen W. Preregister 416-395-7416. true stories told live Five people tell true stories without notes. 8 pm. Free. Garrison, 1197 Dundas W.

Understanding The Syrian Revolution:

Perspectives From The Grassroots Panel discussion. 7 pm. Free. U of T Sandford Fleming Bldg, rm 2202, 10 King’s College Rd. info@ Voices Speech Competition Intercollegiate public speaking competition. 9:30 am. Berkeley Church, 315 Queen E. info@­

Water Docs Symposium: The Overview ­Effect – Sharing Perspectives Symposium

on shifting your own perspective and behaviour and that of others on important water issues, with a film screening and dialogue. 7 pm. Free. AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas W. ­ What’s A Park Lot? Guided tour of the Toronto Park Lot Project, an online interactive map-based exploration of the earliest days of Toronto and Upper Canada. 6 pm. $5. St ­Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview. ­

Wednesday, March 26


5Punk Rock Bingo (various local charities)

Bingo games are followed by a party with DJ Triple-X. 9 pm. No cover. The Beaver, 1192 Queen W.­ punkrockbingotoronto.

Stephen Meurice/Michael Cooke/John Stackhouse (World Literacy Canada) Reading

and talking about their work as part of the Kama series. Doors 6:30 pm. $60. Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue. 416-977-0008,


Bon Voyage: Terrific Travel Tips And ­Destinations Travel talk. 7 pm. Free. North

York Central Library, 5120 Yonge. 416-3955660. Can We Do Conflict Better? Meditation workshop to learn strategies to restore relationships. 7:30 pm. Free. Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton E. ­ Create in T.O. Meet-up for technology designers with presentations and discussions. 6 pm. Free. Handlebar, 159 Augusta. 647-748-3233, ­

Ethics, Justice And The Politics Of Animal Experimentation Talk by Centre for Animals

and Social Justice research director Dan Lyons. 6 pm. Free. OISE, rm 2211, 252 Bloor W. ­ 5Generations Of Queer Tour the exhibition with artist/activist Spencer Harrison. 6:30 pm. Free. Onsite @ OCAD University, 230 Richmond W. ­ Last Wednesdays Art-focused events at the galleries and shops happen the last Wed of the month. 5-8 pm. Free. 401 Richmond W. ­

Myth And Fantasy In Roman Painting

L­ ecture. 5:10 pm. Free. U of T Galbraith Bldg, GB221, 35 St George.

Navigating The Healthy Eating Circuit

Workshop on making healthy choices and decoding nutrition labelling. 6:30 pm. Free. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence E. 416-3955710. 905 Road Show: A Creativity Cabaret Live art installation, Facebook poems, stand-up comedy, musical theatrics and morewith ­Keith Garebian and others. 6:30 pm. Free. Guilty Dog Coffee House, 220 Lakeshore W (Mississagua). ­ One Of A Kind Spring Show And Sale Clothing, accessories, jewellery, pottery, furniture and more. To Mar 30, Wed-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. $14, stu/srs $7, under 12 free. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. ­

The Pros And Cons Of Being Screened For Cancer Talk. 6:30 pm. Free. Reference Library,

789 Yonge. 416-393-7131.

Who Ain’t A Slave: Slavery In Fact And In Herman Melville’s Fiction Talk by author

Greg Grandin. 6 pm. Free. Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York U, 4700 Keele. ­


Thursday, March 27


Now Who’s Crazy Now? (Family Outreach

and Response) Elly Litvak performs her solo show about living with mental illness. 7 pm. $30. 3030 Dundas West. events/10101.


Conscious Consumption: The Roots Of Raw Demin Textile Museum of Canada talk

on Japanese denim by menswear boutique owner Sydney Mamane. 8 pm. $20. Sydney’s, 682 Queen W. ­ Nowruz Celebration Iranian new year celebration with food, awareness raising and more. 6 pm. Free. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. ­

Seasick: When Oil And Water Don’t Mix

Lecture by journalist/author Alanna Mitchell. 7 pm. Free. University College, rm 179, 15 King’s College Circle. ­  3

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Spring’s taking its sweet time, but that won’t stop us from focusing on what’s preoccupying the cycling community. In our Bike Special, we wonder whether our expectations of The Bike Plan are too high (thanks to Rob Ford), talk to Mike Layton – our real bike czar – and shovel out our own damn bike lanes (because the city won’t). Plus: stylin’ bicycles and gear, eco-friendly bike bags and more. Pedal on!

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2.4 Kilometres

of new bike lanes built in 2013

114 Kms

of bike lanes ­installed, of the 495 envisioned in the 2001 Bike Plan

Life in a faster, better, ­stronger bike lane Bike Plan 2.0 as ­envisioned by Cycle ­Toronto’s executive ­director By JARED KOLB Progress on our bike lanes shouldn’t take longer than constructing the world’s tallest building, but Mayor Rob Ford has put the brakes on our Bike Plan, making the wait time for at least one lane three years and counting. The CN Tower was built in three years, from 1973 to 76. Sadly, after three years, protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide have only reached the pilot project phase. The city is only now making the real changes paving the way for the corridor, though it was first proposed in the 2001 Bike Plan, then studied further in an environmental assessment in 2011.


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Removing roadblocks

Our on-street infrastructure has scarcely changed in five years. Backpedalling on bike lanes, Ford and his former allies removed them on major arterials like Jarvis, Pharmacy and Birchmount in 2011. The same year, however, Sherbourne was upgraded from painted to separated lanes. Things look different south of the border. Chicago went into high gear in 2012, adding 54 kilometres of bike lanes. The streets of New York were transformed in the last six years by cycling and pedestrian pilot projects. Rather than lengthy studies, we need to embrace the use of pilot projects the way Ottawa has. Instead of waiting for an environmental assessment, Ottawa installed the Laurier Avenue protected bike lanes after a community response and evaluation phase. It was made permanent two years later. As of 2014, Toronto has installed about 23 per cent of the 2001 Bike Plan’s original vision of 495 kilometres of bikeways. It’s 13 years old. Our plan needs new targets.

Safety in numbers

Stand at the corner of College and Spadina come April, and you’ll see a city in transition. Despite the hazards of getting doored, falling in streetcar tracks or getting sideswiped by cars, Torontonians are riding bicycles in record numbers. Cycle Toronto’s own counts on College last fall captured this dramatic change for the first time: College moved more bikes than cars in a one-hour period during rush hour. More people are riding because the alternatives – packed streetcars or almost stationary cars during rush hour – are unbearable. Congestion means cars move slower, making cycling less dangerous, and with the safety-in-numbers effect, bipedal commuting is a viable option.

Minimum grid, maximum protection

Studies suggest the number-one issue preventing year-round ridering is danger. A 2009 Portland study found that while 1 per cent will ride anywhere in all conditions, 62 per

cent will ride on park paths, physically separated bike lanes and low-speed roadways. The ­Toronto bikeway network proposed in 2001 included painted lanes, trails and signed routes, but in the past 13 years, physically separated bike lanes took the lead as the primary design option for arterial roadways. We need a commitment to a mini­mum grid of protected bike lanes on arterials like Richmond, Adelaide, Bloor-Danforth, Yonge, University-Ave­nue and Eglinton. This grid should also provide vital connections to all new and existing transit lines.

Speed kills: create a network of quiet streets

According to the 2012 Pedestrian Death Review compiled by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, when pedestrians are hit by a car travelling at 50 km per hour, they have an 85 per cent mortality rate. At 30 km per hour the rate decreases to less than 5 per cent. Similar fatality rates are noted for cyclists. The updated Bike Plan should identify a network of streets to be quieted by reducing speed limits for motor ve­hicles and adding other traffic-calming measures. This is not only crucial for school zones, but also for vital connections to the grid of protected bike lanes.

Toward 2.0

Reams of previously approved plans and studies offer a cautionary tale. We need to update the 2001 Bike Plan with a richer understanding of the designs that increase safety and get more people riding. But this should not slow implementation of previously identified or council-approved bikeways across the city. We need to get moving on protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide. We need to continue installing previously approved lanes on Lansdowne and contraflow lanes throughout the city. We also need to have a conversation about what works in different parts of Toronto. Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s Draft Bicycle Policy Framework is a step in the right direction. A minimum grid of protected bike lanes, speed reductions and more pilot projects will help get us there. But we also need to invest in political leaders with the vision to lead the way. | @nowtoronto

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Shaw Shovel-In highlights winter cycling woes But transport head says “expectations can be ­unrealistic” on clearing bike lanes of snow By CYNTHIA McQUEEN Breaking the ice was never so literal as on Thursday, March 13, when volunteers took picks and shovels to Cycle Toronto’s Shovel-In on Shaw to clear the snow from the bike lane. In the course of three hours, they removed all the snow in the contraflow lane from Bloor to Har­bord, making Shaw safer for commuting, and moved the snow to Christie Pits using bike trailers. Trinity-Spadina Coun-

cillor Mike Layton used his own shovel to pitch in. Layton says it’s hard for him to bike to work some days “because it’s so dangerous,” and snow removal on bike lanes “has been a problem all winter.” He says he asked staff in November to report back to council on snow clearance. According to Stephen Buckley, general manager of Transportation Services, a snow clearance review re-

port will be presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9 before moving on to council. One area resident said the ShovelIn set an example for Public Works. “We’re showing the city how to [remove the snow] so maybe they’ll pick it up next winter,” said Ward 18 resident Liz Sutherland. “If they’re not clearing the snow, it’s a safety hazard,” she added. Event organizer Jared Kolb of Cycle

Toronto described winter bike lanes as “snow storage.” He said he chose Shaw for the Shovel-In because his organization worked with Layton to create the con­traflow lane, approved five years ago and finally painted last year. Kolb hopes the city will create a network of “bike lanes that will have priority [snow] clearing” in winter months. Ward 18 homeowner Dan MilfordWarren complained that riding to work is “impossible with roads like this.” “I’m a taxpayer,” he said. “I pay as much for the roads to be cleared for cars as I do for [them to be cleared for] bikes.” “We’re not hippies or pinkos. We’re taxpayers. We’re cyclists,” he said. Approximately 90 per cent of cyclists use the TTC or drive in the winter, Kolb says, at least “in part because of safety concerns.”

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Almost 10 centimetres of snow fell Wendesday, March 12 overnight, volunteers arrived the next day to take care of the deluge, then plows came Friday to clean up what was left. “Right now we don’t do local streets unless there’s at least 5 centimetres of snow. “Typically, [snow clearance] takes up to 24 hours after the event,” says Trans­portation Services’ Stephen Buckley. says, “Service can take up to 72 hours after snow has stopped.”

A 2009 city of Toronto report notes that only 10 per cent of cyclists commute by bike year-round, but 29 per cent would ride in the winter if there were better maintenance. Buckley originally re­sponded to Cycle Toronto’s requests for snow removal by reiterating the city’s current practices. In a letter, he wrote: “This year we have asked our forces to pay particular attention to improved clearance of snow in bike lanes. Due to the size of our road system, there will always be locations that – for a host of reasons – do not meet the mark.” Buckley explains the snow clearing process in an interview with NOW later, saying that Public Works oversees 60 to 70 million square yards of asphalt, so “expectations can be unrealistic.” “Some cyclists feel that if lanes aren’t bare and dry it’s because we’re not doing a good job,” he says. “But there’s traffic out there, and the salt and the weight of vehicles is what makes snow and ice go away on streets.” On Shaw, 9.2 centimetres of snow fell Wednesday, the Shovel-in happened Thursday and plows arrived Fri­day to clear whatever was left be­ hind by the volunteers. “Our guys have been paying attention to Shaw,” says Buckley in response to Kolb’s call for action. “We didn’t do a great job” during the first snow event of the year, but “now it’s built into our routine.” | @­c ynthiajmcqueen


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That’s flattering, and I’m pleased to act in that role. When we figured out the cycling committee wouldn’t be re-established, I called my dad and asked, “What are they doing?” He said, “Don’t worry. Just run it yourself.” We’ve made a good go of it, without any formal infrastructure, to ensure that the cycling community has been able to comment on policy as it’s come forward.

How would you rate this administration’s performance on bike issues? Is there something worse than “terrible?” We removed bike lanes under this government’s watch. We took out not just Jarvis but [also] Birchmount and Pharmacy, which were key pieces of an expanding bike route.

But this admin has put in our first separated bike lanes. Isn’t that a historic accomplishment? The separated lane on Sherbourne has been an interesting experiment. I’ve ridden it. I don’t feel particularly safer on it. There are some sections that I think work better, but if that was a trade-off for losing Jarvis, it was a big mistake. continued on page 27 œ

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Lights out on DundasSterling changes Stopgaps are failing to address hazards at problem corner three years after cyclist’s death By TODD AALGAARD “Infamous” might be a charitable word for Dundas and Sterling. Mention the intersection to veterans of the #bikeTO community and they’ll bring up bad infrastructure, dense industrial traffic and a white-knuckle cycling experience that feels like one big game of chicken. Sharing tight space with multi-tonne, multi-axle vehicles makes some avoid it altogether and forces others to bike on the sidewalk. The southern termi­nus of the West Toronto Railpath at Sterling and Dundas adds a steady flow of pedestrian traf­fic, an added hazard for bikers.

Jenna Morrison’s death was supposed to change all that. But three years and four months after the young mother’s death un­ der the wheels of a truck and four months after city-approved in­fra­ structure changes were put in place, black garbage bags still cover the new­ly installed bike-crossing lights. “The bottom line,” says Liz Sutherland, ward captain for Cycle Toronto’s Ward 18 division, “is that the death of a cyclist has not prompted the kind of conscientious response from the city we would have hoped for.” The bags covering the bike lights are the result of “a programming chip error,” says Braden Root-McCaig, executive assistant to area councillor Ana Bailão.

Although Root-McCaig says repairs should be completed in the next few weeks, the “faulty” lights are just one of a handful of issues that make the changes to Dundas and Sterling less than ideal. The new lines drawn on the pavement across Dundas directing bikes to eastbound bike lanes are already so badly faded, they’re hardly noticeable. “There has been no visible action on the longer-term improvements to cycling safety at the Railpath-Sterling access point,” says Sutherland. Improvements at the interesection were meant to be included in a strategy to even­tually extend the Railpath south to Queen West, Sutherland says. The changes laid out by

the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee didn’t even include a safe crossing to the College Street bikeway. But Sutherland says. “Any significant improvements were rejected by the city.” New consultations originally scheduled for last year are now tentatively coming in April. “The whole thing is flawed,” agrees cycling advocate Hamish Wilson, a regular attendee at Public Works Com­mittee meetings, especially af­ ter Morrison’s death. The road “geometry” at Dundas and Sterling is perilously tight, a long-standing problem made worse by what Wilson calls “wilful blindness” at City Hall. Cycling advocates have long pushed for a bike lane on the west side of Sterling, and it was identified as a priority in the 2001 Bike Plan. It seemed to work well when the Urban Repair Squad swooped in and painted a metre-wide track near where Morrison was hit, but that experiment only lasted as long as it took the police took to get there. Its shortterm positive impact was clear, though: motorists didn’t just give cy­ clists more room; they respected the space.

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But there is still no vehicle exclusion zone on the west side of Sterling, so cars and trucks continue to make right turns to go west on Dundas perilously close to the curb. An existing vehicle exclusion zone on the east side of Sterling, on the other hand, seems out of place. It has the effect of pushing vehicles making right turns onto Sterling from Dundas into the path of cyclists crossing from the Railpath. To be fair, the electrical glitch with the bike traffic lights is neither unusual nor malign. But the introduction of those lights is a stop-gap mea­sure that fails to address fundamental problems with the intersection. Civic indifference at City Hall is a hallmark of the Rob Ford era. Hence, improvements at Dundas and Sterling were perfunctory, meant mostly to mollify critics. Real, systemic infrastructure is­ sues are being ignored. And, Sutherland adds, increased heavy traffic in the area because of the Metrolinx Georgetown South Project makes this a more urgent problem by the day. | @­nowtoronto

As a cyclist, I’ve been hit by both a cab and a streetcar. If I’d gone down in either of those instances, the question of whether a helmet would have saved my life is a matter of much debate among doctors and cycling advocates. The medical research suggests that helmets save lives. The Canadian Medical Association Journal states that helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 per cent and that 75 per cent of all bicyclerelated deaths are due to head injuries. According to the Ontario Coroner’s most recent Cycling Death Review, recontinued on page 31 œ


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If removing bike lanes was the low point, what has been the biggest cycling accomplishment this term? Saving Bixi was a big deal. To [Public Works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong’s] credit, he helped make sure it didn’t fall by the wayside. I think that took some courage; some of that was taking on the mayor. Another big accomplishment was getting the Bloor Street [bike lane study] back on the agenda. We were also able to put in the city’s first legal contraflow lanes.

Council first endorsed a target of 495 kilometres of bike lanes as part of the 2001 official Bike Plan. To date we have 114 kilometres. Even before this term, no administration has been able to make much progress. Why not? One thing is that cycling is not yet universally accepted as a form of transpor tation. We have to keep working on that. But the roads in Toronto were built really for cars and to a lesser extent pedestrians. There’s not a ton of real estate. When you look at some of the roads that were built for streetcars, these aren’t conducive to bike lanes.

So we’re screwed? We could be focusing on contraflow lanes [which go on minor roads and take up less space]. Should we be looking at making all residential roads contraflow? We could reduce the speed limit and give bikes the right of way on side streets.

Jurisdictions like Chicago have been very aggressive about putting bike lanes on major streets, with little consultation. Is that not the way to go? If Birchmount and Pharmacy showed us anything, it’s that [a lack of consultation] can [be counterproductive]. I took [those lanes’ removal] as a lesson in how you’ve got to go out and change people’s minds before you put this infrastructure in. Take the contraflow lane on Shaw. Some parking was eliminated. That’s a big deal when it’s a residential street. I knocked on doors down that whole stretch. I wanted people to know what we were doing, how it was going to protect lives. That took a lot of convincing, and it was exhausting. We’re trying to do the same now on Argyle. I’ve got to go there and convince people in English, Chinese, Portuguese and Italian that this is a good way to go, that this new yellow stripe going down the middle of their street is actually going to make their life better.

Is there a single project that you think would be a quick win for cyclists?

I think there’s enough capacity to put bike lanes down University Avenue – ideally, separated ones. It’s a big street, and we should be able to make space there.

Will this ever be a bikefriendly city like Copenhagen or Amsterdam? We’re hampered by the fact that people think they can’t ride all year round. This was a particularly bad year because of the amount of snow and ice, but there are still people out there, and if we make it safe and convenient for people, we can get more people onto bikes.

Layton’s long view on biking Investment in infrastructure “Let’s start drafting the plans, then take them to the community,” says Layton. “Let’s get money to transportation planners who can do that work. Let’s get more bike lanes on the road.” The city should also consider focusing on contraflow bike lanes on residential streets in addition to traditional bike lanes on major roads.

Enforcement The rules of the road need to be more strictly enforced for all users, especially drivers who park in bike lanes. Layton and Councillor Josh Matlow led a successful

push this term to increase the fine for parking in bike lanes to $150, but enforcement has been spotty.

town. Substantial bike parking should be part of every new residential development and transit station.

Better road maintenance

Changing standards

People can’t ride on unsafe roads. “Normally, the space reserved for bikes is where the road gets most damaged,” says Layton. “It’s cracked up and terrible. Winter maintenance is also huge. We lost most of our bike lanes for a good chunk of the year” because they weren’t cleared of snow.

The city currently has strict regulations about how wide bike lanes, sidewalks and car lanes must be. “Sometimes we forgo entire projects because we don’t meet that standard by just a little bit,” says Layton. “I think we need to build in some flexibility.”

More bike parking It can be next to impossible to find a place to lock your bike down-

Education Safe cycling should be part of school curricula and driver training. (These ideas fall outside the jurisdiction of city council).






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6. Women’s Norco City Glide SS ($350, Bateman’s Bicycle Company) 7. Beacon bag ($196, 8. Luvelo Rose Tattoo bicycle bell ($17.95, Curbside Cycle)

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Bikes on Wheels has a rich history. Founded decades ago, the shop started off as a worker cooperative. It’s since changed ownership and settled comfortably into its niche as a family-run bike shop with two locations – the original in Kensington Market, the other on Queen West (779 Queen West, 647-352-6550). Friendly service and reasonable prices combined with its Market milieu and bizarre decor make this shop one of the most popular destinations for cycling aficionados and newbies alike. The free air offered outside during operating hours doesn’t hurt either. Bikes on Wheels has a clear community focus, hosting lots of cycling events, and has its own road race, triathlon, ’cross and mountain teams. The cool collection of accessories and apparel is up to the task of equipping the legions of cyclists who now see cycling as a lifestyle rather than just another way to get to and from work. Bikes on Wheels picks: Poler everyday accessories like backpacks, tents and “napsacks,” which are wearable sleeping bags. The owners also want to highlight their family-friendly gear, like kids’ bikes, baby/toddler seats and helmets. “Not many people know we’re a family-run business, so we have first-hand experience in what products worked great for our own kids.” Look for: The new e-commerce site ( is a big priority for Bikes on Wheels, so expect to see a lot more products there in the near future. Join the shop’s email list for online promotions and exclusives. Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, sabrina maddeaux Sunday noon to 5 pm. 

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leased in 2011, 27 per cent of cyclists who died in the course of the four-year study period in this province were not wearing helmets. In fact, Deputy Chief Coroner Dan Cass, who headed the review, says, “Those who died of head injury [were] three times more likely not to be wearing a helmet than those who died of other injuries.” On Toronto streets last year, three people died in cycling collisions with vehicles. To see if these numbers have influenced the cycling community here, just watch at any major arterial and count how many cyclists are wearing helmets. From my own head count, it’s about 50/50. Aside from the black-and-white figures, the controversy around legislating helmet use is a dandyhorse of a different colour. “There [are] lots of arguments against mandating helmet use,” says Cass. A CMAJ study in Halifax found there was a 42.5 per cent drop in cycling numbers the year after a helmet law was introduced, and the Institute of Public Affairs in Australia says cy­ cling trips declined 30 to 40 per cent after a law was enacted there in 1990s. However, Cass says observational studies like the one from Australia fail to take many factors into account, including (a major determinant of cycling) weather changes during the study period. For the anti-helmet set, the reasons for letting your head breathe vary from the cost of helmets to the idea that the law would make cycling seem inherently dangerous. Cycling advocate Derek Chadbourne says brain buckets range from $30 to more than $300. But for some people stretching a dollar in tough economic times, even $30 makes a differ­ence. A $29 ticket for not wearing a helmet landed BC’s Ron van der Eerden in court to fight the fine. He eventually lost his case, but family doc­tor Tho­mas DeMarco, who supported his argument, continues to fight helmet laws. DeMarco is against making helmets mandatory because it treats the “symptom and not the cause,” though he wears a helmet on his daily ride to work. “Cycling itself is not inherently dangerous,” he says. The real problem, he maintains, is Canada’s generally poor cycling infrastructure. “The whole road system is skewed toward fast, convenient motoring.” The road-sharing problem is one Ron Freeman, who has worked as a bike messenger in To­ronto since the 90s, takes issue with, too. Compared to Berlin’s, he says, “Toronto’s infrastructure is behind the times.” Freeman says cyclists often have to break the law to navigate our streets. If you’ve ever tried to make a left turn on your bike, you know “it freaks drivers out,” he says. All agree that traffic calming zones, separated bike lanes (similar to those on Sherbourne) and better driver training would help reduce injuries and deaths. “All road users should know how to share the road with cyclists and pedestrians,” says Cass. The idea is accident prevention, but “more than 20 of 129 deaths [in the report] were people

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who simply fell from their bikes.” Taking a spill is something most city cyclists have experienced. Freeman has fallen from his bike and been hit by vehicles many times, always without a helmet, and he’s never “cut or even scratched” his head. In 2000, though, he was in a “major door prize accident,” pulled under the back axle of a tractor-trailer. Although his right side was crushed and he was in the hospital for nine months, undergoing 10 surgeries, Freeman won’t wear a helmet. Even the kilogram of met­ al holding his right hip together hasn’t changed his mind. However, if he had children, he’d want them “to ride with helmets, because [they’d] be used to it” by the time they were 18. According to the present provincial law, all riders under the age of 18 must wear helmets. The set fine is $60. But Ontario’s deputy coroner feels helmet use is undermined if adults aren’t subject to the same law. Only one of the study’s 16 cyclists under the age of 18 was wearing a helmet when killed. “Clearly, [given these] child fatalities, adults are not mod­elling the right behaviour for children,” says Cass. Many of today’s road warriors started riding before Ontario’s law came into effect in 1995. The Cycling Death Review notes that the numbers of riders killed were greatest in the 21to-40 and 41-to-60 categories – people who came to biking both before and after the pre­ sent legislation. Again, it seems the law hasn’t yet had the desired effect. For Cass, “Survival is preferable,” and helmets save lives. But BC’s DeMarco, who sees the heady issue as a matter of survival of the fittest, opposes helmet laws. Statistically, more people “die of heart attacks than of head injuries,” he says. “The average cyclist – helmet or no helmet – lives longer than the average non-cyclist.” “For every person you can get out of a car and onto a bike, [you’re] not only making them healthier but [also], of course, increasing their car­dio­vascular fitness and decreasing obesity, which therefore reduces risk of heart attack.” He goes so far as to say he’d “like to see a mandatory helmet law for motorists, because in absolute terms we lose more brains” to motor vehicle accidents than to cycling accidents. I’ve never worn a helmet while driving my car, but ever since my own near-death experience, I’ve worn one when I bike. Until our cycling infrastructure improves, or cars start flying, I’ll keep wearing it. If you put the fun between your legs, put some thought between your ears and consider what you’re risking with or without a helmet on your head.  3 | @cynthiajmcqueen


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Under what conditions was it made? Were persistent perfluorinated water-repellent coatings added to it? Both key questions to ask. Back in October, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights called out Gap/Old Navy for cheating the world’s poorest workers in Bangladesh, where Gap’s still refusing to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. (Gap and Walmart opted for their own less rigorous scheme.) Also, earlier this month, 40 labour orgs called on Walmart to pay up and compensate victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse. $64.95.

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Love this bag because while it looks and acts like a shoulder bag, it’s actually a secret pannier that clips to your bike rack in a flash. Plus, like a few other Timbuk2 bags, it’s made of 100 per cent PET yarn from recycled water bottles. Built to last, with a lifetime guarantee. Adjustable strap means it can be worn cross-body, too. Made in China, yes, but labour activists will be happy that factory names/locations are posted on the website. $90.

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With every cursed flat tire you get, another rubber inner tube ends up in the trash. Not so for those tubes collected and recycled by Quebec’s Ressac and Colorado’s Green Guru, both of which craft all sorts of handy sacs out of old tubes (most of which are made of synthetic butyl rubber, also used in chewing gum). Green Guru (available at and offers rugged handlebar bags, panniers and backpacks that can carry pretty much anything to go. Ressac’s backpacks, messenger bags and cool cross-body purses are lined with recycled textiles. ­, Distill and One of a Kind Show. $196.

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Both Ontario bag makers earn points for handcrafting ethically made bags using 99 per cent upcycled materials, keeping stuff like truck tarps, seat belts and old promotional banners out of landfill. The only downside is that they end up using a lot of vinyl. Not everyone’s going to be comfortable being in close contact with a material softened with hormone-disrupting phthalates. If you’re not fussed, enjoy. Mariclaro also makes satchels and pretty bike-friendly purses out of vintage car leather and seat belts. $159.

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This may not be the bag for pro couriers, but you can stylishly sling your laptop and lunch over your shoulder in one of Thompson’s one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bags for women and men. All are made über-locally from rescued fabrics left over from the Cana­dian furniture biz, many of which were organic or recycled to begin with. While more costly than, say, Chinese-made bags, they’re super-well-constructed to last decades. Plus, they’ve got reflective tape on ’em and lots of pockets inside. From Annie Thompson, Distill and the Green Living Show. anniethompson­.ca. $289.

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by Rob Brezsny

Aries Mar 21 | Apr 19 “When you plant

seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet,” says Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron. “You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time.” That’s sound advice for you, Aries. You are almost ready to plant the metaphorical seeds that you will be cultivating in the coming months. Having faith should be a key element in your plans for them. You’ve got to find a way to shut down any tendencies you might have to be an impatient control freak. Your job is simply to give your seeds a good start and provide them with the persistent follow-up care they will need.

Taurus Apr 20 | May 20 “Thank you,

disillusionment,” says Alanis Morissette in her song Thank U. “Thank you, frailty,” she continues. “Thank you, nothingness. Thank you, silence.” I’d love to hear you express that kind of gratitude in the coming days, Taurus. Please understand that I don’t think you will be experiencing a lot of disillusionment, frailty, nothingness and silence. Not at all. What I do suspect is that you will be able to see, more clearly than ever before, how you have been helped and blessed by those states in the past. You will understand how creatively they motivated you to build strength, resourcefulness, willpower and inner beauty.

Gemini May 21 | Jun 20 I bet your sup-

port system will soon be abuzz with fizzy mojo and good mischief. Your web of contacts is about to get deeper and feistier and prettier. Pounce, Gemini, pounce! Summon extra clarity and zest as you communicate your vision of what you want. Drum to up alluring tricks to atSubscribe NOW’s tract new allies and inspire your existing allies to assist you better. If all goes as I expect it to, business and pleasure will synergize better than they have in a long time. You will boost your ambitions by socializing, and you will sweeten Newsletter your social life by plying your ambitions.

Restaurant openings, reviews news Cancer  Jun 21 |&Julfoodie 22 During herfrom 98 T.O’s food & drink scene. years on the planet, Barbara Cartland

wrote 723 romance novels that together sold a billion copies. What was the secret newsletters of her success? Born under the sign of

Cancer the Crab, she knew how productive she could be if she was comfortable. Many of her work sessions took place while she reclined on her favourite couch covered with a white fur rug, her feet warmed with a hot water bottle. As her two dogs kept her company, she dictated her stories to her secretary. I hope her formula for success inspires you to expand and refine your own personal formula – and then apply it with zeal during the next eight weeks. What is the exact nature of the comforts that will best nourish your creativity?

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 The Google Ngram

Viewer is a tool that scans millions of books to map how frequently a particular word is used over the course of time. For instance, it reveals that “impossible” appears only half as often in books published in the 21st century as it did in books from the year 1900. What does this mean? That fantastic and hard-toachieve prospects are less impossible than they used to be? I don’t know, but I can say this with confidence: If you begin fantastic and hard-to-achieve prospects sometime soon, they will be far less impossible than they used to be.

your finicky doubts out of the way as you indulge your lust for life with extra vigour and vivacity. Hear what I’m saying? Refrain from agonizing about whether or not you should eat the peach. Just go ahead and eat it.

accent. He had to take voice lessons to restore his original pronunciations. I suspect you have a metaphorically comparable project ahead of you, Capricorn. It may be time to get back to where you once belonged.

Scorpio Oct 23 | Nov 21 Born under the sign of Scorpio, Neil Young has been making music professionally for over 45 years. He has recorded 35 albums and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In early 1969, three of his most famous songs popped out of his fertile imagination on the same day. He was sick with the flu and running a 103-degree fever when he wrote Cowgirl In The Sand, Cinnamon Girl and Down By The River. I suspect you may soon experience a milder version of this mythic event, Scorpio. At a time when you’re not feeling your best, you could create a thing of beauty that will last a long time or initiate a breakthrough that will send ripples far into the future.

Aquarius Jan 20 | Feb 18 Every now

and then, you’re blessed with a small miracle that inspires you to see everyday things with new vision. Common objects and prosaic experiences get stripped of their habitual expectations, allowing them to become almost as enchanting to you as they were before numb familiarity set in. The beloved people you take for granted suddenly remind you of why you came to love them in the first place. Boring acquaintances may reveal sides of themselves that are quite entertaining. So are you

Sagittarius Nov 22 | Dec 21 There

should be nothing generic or normal or routine about this week, Sagittarius. If you drink beer, for example, you shouldn’t stick to your usual brew. You should track down and drink the hell out of exotic beers with brand names like Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Ninja Vs. Unicorn and Doctor Morton’s Clown Poison. And if you’re a lipstick user, you shouldn’t be content to use your old standard, but should instead opt for kinky types like Sapphire Glitter Bomb, Alien Moon Goddess and Cackling Black Witch. As for love, it wouldn’t make sense to seek out romantic adventures you’ve had a thousand times before. You need and deserve something like wild sacred eternal ecstasy or screaming sweaty flagrant bliss or blasphemously reverent waggling rapture.

Virgo Aug 23 | Sep 22 The Tibetan

mastiff is a large canine species with long golden hair. If you had never seen a lion and were told that this dog was a lion, you might be fooled. And that’s exactly what a zoo in Luohe, China, did. It tried to pass off a hearty specimen of a Tibetan mastiff as an African lion. Alas, a few ­clever zoo-goers saw through the charade when the beast started barking. Now I’ll ask you, Virgo, is there anything comparable going on in your environment? Are you being asked to believe that a big dog is actually a lion, or the metaphorical equivalent?



ready and eager for just such an ­outbreak of curiosity and a surge of fun surprises? If you are, they will come. If you’re not, they won’t.

Pisces Feb 19| Mar 20 Before she died, Piscean actor Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed more than 79 years of life on this gorgeous, maddening planet. But one aptitude she never acquired in all that time was the ability to cook a hard-boiled egg. Is there a pocket of ignorance in your own repertoire that rivals this lapse, Pisces? Are there any fundamental life skills that you probably should have learned by now? If so, now would be a good time to get to work on mastering them. Homework: What was the pain that healed you most? Testify at

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Snickerdoodle French Toast is a sweet treat at owner/chef Stephen Gardner’s busy Grasslands, where chef Dominique Dufour preps the Monster Burger and the chicken waffle sandwich comes sided with fruit.

Brunch goes vegan

Get tasty brunch fare free of animal by-products at Grasslands By STEVEN DAVEY and you get stuck with salad. Enter Stephen Gardner’s surprisingly stylish Grasslands, where the midday meal that can’t decide whether it’s breakfast or lunch is completely free of animal by-products. Your carnivore pals won’t even notice the difference. Since it’s just after 10, they’ll start with a round of Light And Stormy mocktails made with draught ginger beer and blackstrap molasses ($5), before following with faux Caesar salads dressed with Parmesan fashioned from nuts and tempeh Baco Bits, its advertised “massaged dinosaur kale”

GRASSLANDS (478 Queen West, at Denison, 416-504-5127,, @grasslandsto) Complete brunches for $30 per person, including tax, tip and a mocktail. Average main $13. Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5:30 to 10 pm. Bar till close. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Closed Monday, holidays. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

Brunch isn’t always easy for vegans. Your friends dig into all manner of bacon and eggs – and eggs and eggs –

replaced with spinach. Gardner’s retro mac and cheese ($6) will satisfy anyone with a hankering for Kraft Dinner (that’s a compliment, by the way), especially when sided with meaty mushroom breakfast sausage ($4). The appropriately named Monster Burger ($13) comes overstuffed with a beefy baked black bean patty as well as a veritable avalanche of avocado, lettuce, tomato and house-made ketchup. Cutlets of deep-fried and cornflake-battered “chicken” sandwiched between Belgian buckwheat waffles

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Tuck into an eggplant parmigiana hero sandwich at Red Sauce.


50C Clinton, at College, 416-792-6002,, @RedSauceToronto Does what’s left of Little Italy really need another old-school Italian trat? It does when the results are this delicious, the onetime temple to gastronomy Acadia transformed into a budget-minded caffe that runs from late in the morning till even later at night. All that’s missing are checkered tablecloths and candles in Chianti bottles! Best: garlicky deep-fried pigs’ knuckle sandwich with simple tomato sauce, creamy fior di latte and fresh basil on crusty kaisers or sub-sized hoagies; eggplant parmigiana platters sided with Buffalo-style cucumbers in hot sauce, peanuts and blue cheese, and spicy sautéed broccolini with roasted garlic cloves; retro clams casino in Mornay sauce with bacon; takeout-friendly house-made tagliatelle with

all-beef meatballs; to drink, boozy Popcorn Floats. Complete dinners for $35 per person (lunches $25), including tax, tip and a tall-boy of Old Milwaukee. Average


($12) could use a splash of maple syrup. The seriously hung over are guided to a substantial fry-up thick with spicy tofu, mushrooms and peppers topped with both salsa and guacamole that claims to have therapeutic properties (Hangover Helper, $14).

main $12/$9. Open daily 11 am to 2 am. Closed some holidays. No reservations. Licensed. Access: two-steps at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN


842 College, at Ossington, 416-9017717,, @DistrictOvenTO The crew behind long-running Middle Eastern bistro 93 Harbord transform a ginormous Portuguese sports bar into a sexy chandelier-lit resto-lounge worthy of the slick King West strip. Best: from the large gas-burning oven that gives the resto its name, cracker-thin Lebanese pizza topped with fresh figs, halloumi cheese and mint leaves; juicy beef ’n’ lamb kefta burgers garnished with arugula, fig jam and molten Brie, a basket of crisp Yukon Gold frites dusted with paprika and oregano on the side; duck legs à la tagine with apples ’n’ apricots; baked cauliflower in sumacscented chili oil over a creamy risotto of Israeli couscous; to finish, poached pears with sour-cherry reduction. Complete dinners for $55 per person, including tax, tip and a glass of wine. Average main $20. Open for dinner nightly 5:30 to 10:30 pm. Late-night menu Friday and Saturday till midnight. Bar nightly to close. Closed some holidays. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNN

Don’t do gluten? Hold the sourdough toast. All get generously sided with a heap of bistro -classic frites and a mini-mountain of greens in sweet tahini vinaigrette. Still not convinced? One bite of Gardner’s faux French toast crusted with house-baked Snickerdoodle cookies and dolloped with coconut cashew cream ($12) proves there’s more to weekend brunch than pigging out on bacon and eggs. 3 | @stevendaveynow


406 Queen W, at Cameron, 416-603-8102,, @rosecitykitchen Another week, another new resto named Kitchen – in this case a student-friendly takeaway with an inexpensive lineup of Mediterranean-inspired pita-pocket sandwiches and salad combos. Owner/ chef Shontelle Pinch of Gourmet B1tches food-truck fame hopes to have three Kitchens by year’s end, one in the downtown core, the other at Yonge and Eglinton. Best: house-made pita halves stuffed with hummus, tabouleh, shredded carrot and iceberg lettuce and drizzled with cherry-infused harissa; kale with Moroccan chickpeas, couscous, slivered almonds and apricot, all with either freshly made falafel, grilled chicken, halloumi or Middle Eastern-style ground steak kebabs; gravy-free poutine topped with tabouleh, tahini and crushed falafel. Complete meals for $12 per person, including tax, tip and a bottle of water or pop. Average main $4. Open Monday to Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm. Closed some holidays. No reservations. Licensed. Access: bump at door, no washrooms. Rating: NNN 3

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Ever wanted to own your own pizza parlour? Fork out 749 grand for the building and another 129 for the business and the venerable Danforth Pizza House (920 Danforth, at Jones, 416-463-4927) could be yours. Sadly, the sale comes on the heels of owner Angelo D’Auria’s death last fall. Potential buyers should note that the celebrated pizzeria’s considerable reputation isn’t included in the price.


Beastwich meal deal. No longer does 10 bucks get you a takeout sandwich named for some ever-changing exotic locale – Turin, Vera Cruz, Tonawanda – plus a veggie side and dessert. The reason? “To tell you the truth, I started to

run out of ideas,” says Vivian. Fans of the popular breakfast version of the Beastwich will be relieved to learn it’ll be available four days a week when Beast begins offering weekend brunch Friday through SD Monday starting next week.

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I’m at the end of my rope here, people. If the sun isn’t here to stay soon, I’m slipping into tequila-induced hibernation mode and enlisting Prince Charming to rouse me in mid-June. I figure a few tasty tequila-based Negronis should kick off my epic nap with dreams of Mexican sunshine but, for the record, many other classic gin cocktails taste equally lovely when mixed with blanco tequila – like the Last Word, the Martinez and the South Side. 1 oz Tromba blanco 1 oz Campari 1 oz sweet vermouth like Carpano Classico 2 dashes orange, grapefruit or chocolate bitters (optional) Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit twist. Drink. Repeat. Slumber.

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THE RISE OF PREMIUM TEQUILA IN T.O. Tequila is not made from hallucinogenic cacti. It doesn’t have a marinated worm bobbing in its depths, and it’s not at its most enjoyable when slammed with salt and lime or slurped from somebody’s cleavage. Tequila is a spirit that deserves respect – reverence, even – it all too seldom receives. But perceptions about the unfairly dubbed “party shot” are maturing, and bored as I am with the taco trend, I can’t deny that our evermultiplying Mexican restaurants have carved out a broader, better showcase for premium tequila. Though the tequila bar concept is just achieving mass appeal in Toronto, one bar has been rallying for agave for almost seven years: Reposado (136 Ossington, 416-5326474, Owners Sandy and Catherine MacFadyen became acquainted with tequila on their Mexican honeymoon over 25 years ago. Many trips south later, they developed a passion that drove them to open a bar wholly devoted to tequila. The MacFadyens opened Reposado with 35 bottles in 2007 and have since expanded their inventory to about 150 agave spirits. “We were amazed when we opened because everyone’s association with tequila was bad hangovers and hugging the toilet,” says Sandy. “Now there are young women in the bar sipping nice tequila.”


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So why those familiar negative associations? For a long time, most available tequila was what’s classified as mixto, a 51/49 blend of blue agave and cheap cane spirit – in short, the hellbroth responsible for your acid-liver flashbacks. Although mezcal, tequila’s older cousin, is made throughout Mexico, premium tequila hails from protected denominations (like Cognac or Champagne) and is distilled from 100 per cent blue agave plants, which take years to grow before being harvested by hand (trust me, not an easy task). The character of true tequila speaks for itself. It’s just a matter of convincing people to try it. The MacFadyens’ initial approach involved asking tequila-shy guests which spirit they normally drink and recommending a pour based on their preferred flavour profile. Sandy pulled this on me years ago, and it worked – I’m hopelessly hooked on agave. Eric Brass, Toronto-based cofounder of Tequila Tromba, took a similar approach when launching his product two years ago, introducing Tromba to bartenders and letting them coax drinkers to try a taste of his fresh, citrusy blanco. “Now consumers are starting to love tequila, an embrace that started in our great bars and restaurants,” says Brass. An entire Tromba line (blanco, reposado, añejo) was recently re-

leased in the LCBO and will be launching in the U.S. next month. The brand also holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest tequila tasting, set in downtown Toronto last fall. With spring around the corner, there’s no better time to get your ass to Reposado or one of the following spots for some liquid sunshine. A gorgeous, sprawling space in the Distillery, El Catrin (18 Tank House, 416-203-2121, has an impressive back bar stacked high with tequila and a modestly priced, agave- centric cocktail list. El Caballito (220 King West, 416628-9838,, a clubby, subterranean agave den in the financial district, slings tequila in its namesake caballitos (“little horses”), Mexican shot glasses. Book a private tasting in the tequila cage if you’re looking for the good stuff. Recently opened Fonda Lola (942 Queen West, 647-706-9105) sells personal bottles of tequila you can crack every time you visit. Part of T.O.’s OG tequila-slinging resto empire, Playa Cantina (2883 Dundas West, 647-352-7767, stocks styles from value Cazadores repo ($8) to megasplurge Clase Azul Ultra ($250). Ever-popular La Carnita (501 College, 416-964-1555, rocks a tight and interesting list of tequilas and mezcals for washing down your tacos.


Premium tequila – likely not the evil liquid that traumatized you in high school – isn’t cheap. Made from 100 per cent blue agave, it’s the product of years of meticulous manual labour and millennia of knowledge. Between sips at Reposado, I asked owner Sandy MacFadyen to recommend a trio of premium tequilas available at the LCBO for less than $45. (I should note that the ratings are my own – and that Sandy, unsurprisingly, has wonderful taste).

Los Arango ñ Blanco

Rating: NNNN Why Experts consider blanco (unaged) tequilas a benchmark for the category. It’s the purest expression of agave’s painstaking cultivation. Los Arango is bright, crisp and smooth, with notes of agave and green herbs. Price 750 ml/$40.95 Availability Vintages 357046, limited quantities. If you can’t find any, give Espolón Blanco (750 ml/$42.25, LCBO 324848) a whirl.

Espolón Reposado

Rating: NNN Why Reposado, with its caramelized agave notes, smooth fruitiness and subdued spice, is one of the most approachable tequila styles. Espolón Repo is smooth and vanilla-forward enough to take neat, with a price point fair enough to justify mixing. Price 750 ml/$42.95 Availability LCBO 324855

Cazadores Añejo

Rating: NNN Why Añejo, or “aged,” tequilas sit in oak for just one to three years. Aged for the minimum 12 months, Cazadores Añejo is full of spice and citrus. Note: whisk(e)y drinkers can easily wean themselves onto tequila via añejo. Price 750 ml/$42.95 Availability LCBO 113241

= Critics’ Pick NNNNN = Ambrosial NNNN = Dangerously drinkable NNN = Palate pleaser NN = Sensory snooze N = Tongue trauma



the scene ARCADE FIRE at the Air

Canada Centre, Thursday, ñ March 13.

Rating: NNNN Put a band like Arcade Fire in the ACC and it will feel like an arena rock show. Still, I appreciated how hard the band worked to make the experience more special than a mainstream concert. While their request that the audience dress up in formal wear or costumes seemed obnoxiously demanding and precious at first, the costumes had a tangibly positive effect on the evening’s mood, as much a part of the experience as the confetti cannons, the surprise hydraulic stage and even the guy wearing a video box on his head that broadcast pictures of Rob Ford. It wasn’t just the production values and visual details that impressed. The band sounded amazing, no simple feat in a venue this cavernous. The constant switching of instruments was superbly coordinated, and the newer disco-inspired material came to life onstage. And just when it began to seem a

little too well-rehearsed and impersonal, Arcade Fire reminded us of their deep roots in the Canadian indie scene with touching nods to both the Hidden Cameras and the Constantines. BENJAMIN BOLES

FOUR TET at 99 Sudbury, Friday, March 14.


Rating: NNNN After their attempt to use the Tower Automotive building was shut down by the city, Foundry moved the electronic music series to 99 Sudbury – another big warehouse space, but one that’s been hosting events for almost two decades and doesn’t involve so much red tape. It’s not as impressive at Foundry’s first pick, but they still made it look and feel great. For the kick-off event, eclectic UK experimental musician Four Tet played a very house-influenced headlining DJ set that would have surprised some fans familiar with his live performances and recordings but fit the big space and post-2 am mood perfectly. Detroit veteran Anthony Shakir

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So long, SXSW Anyone who’s been to SXSW, now in its 28th year, knows that the only thing competing with the onslaught of music, parties, shows and surprises is the overwhelming feeling that you’re constantly missing out on so much more. We saw many amazing things: Thundercat casually playing bass for Erykah Badu; Julian Casablancas trying out a new band and sound; Against Me! euphorically jamming their Transgender Dysphoria Blues; a new and improved Kelis covering Nina Simone; Lady Gaga waving from her car. But we missed out on Jay Z and Kanye playing a Sound Academy-sized venue; buzzy alt pop band Ballet School, endorsed by SXSW general manager James Minor himself; Toronto loud-rockers Greys’ trio of ferocious shows; Aussie electro-soul guy Chet Faker; Lady Gaga getting vomited on. Still, we chose the best of the fest – from where we were standing, dancing or swilling, at least – on page 40. chose to spin an old-school vinyl set but unfortunately had to deal with some badly skipping turntables. Still, he dropped some great underground dance-floor classics and provided a good transition between Gingy’s bouncy opening set and Four Tet. Let’s hope things continue to run smoothly for the rest of the festival; no one wants to return to the antagonistic relationship that used to prevail be-

tween the city and the electronic music community.


ISLANDS at the Horse-

ñshoe, Saturday, March 15.

Rating: NNNN “You guys are all just so cute,” Nick Thorburn gushed to the packed, sweaty Horseshoe crowd. “I hate how much I love you.” What a contrast from when he cofronted the Unicorns. Then, it would

have been ordinary for Thorburn to heckle uncouth concertgoers, even kicking out the most unruly. This new, softer side was on full display during Islands’ hour-long set comprising both new and old songs and punctuated by more tender proclamations from the frontman. The set opened with a singalong of hits from Islands’ latest album, Ski Mask, followed by fan favourites Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby and Swans (Life After Death), both from their 2006 debut, Return To The Sea. None of the current lineup was around during that first album, but you wouldn’t have known. The four-piece jived like a well-oiled machine, with Thorburn at times forgoing his guitar to strut across the stage, mic theatrically in tow. More than anything, the concert showed the devotion of Islands fans, who were as excited to hear an unreleased track as they were for the oldies. Not a heckler in sight. SAMANTHA EDWARDS NOW MARCH 20-26 2014


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Dream Theater Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, March 20) Influential progressive metal band. Bend Sinister, Pick Brothers Band, Goodnight Sunrise Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 20) Progressive power pop/rock. Death, Arson, Cyclos 76 6 6 Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Friday (March 21) Brotherly Detroit proto-punk. The Dirty Nil, Nice Head, Wish Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (March 21) Energetic rock and roll. BA Johnston, Wax Mannequin, Brent Randall & the Randells The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday­(March 21) Big showmanship, Casio tones and folk. Foundry Music & Arts Fest w/ EFDEMIN, Cosmin Trg, Nautiluss, DJ Harvey, Invisible City and others 99 Sudbury, Friday and Saturday (March 21 and 22) Electronic music fest part two.

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The Wooden Sky, Dusted Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (March 22) Toronto indie folk rock. The INternet Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Saturday (March 22) See preview, page 42. Real Estate, Pure X Opera House (735 Queen East), Sunday (March 23) Hazy, mellow indie outta New Jersey. Childish Gambino Sound Academy (11 Polson), Monday and Tuesday (March 24 and 25) See preview, page 48. Andrew W.K. Hard Luck Bar (772a Dundas West), Tuesday (March 25) He is a wild party. The Darcys, Reuben & the Dark, NO Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (March 25) Textured post-rock.



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dha 9 pm, $5. April­ 2.

Navy Skies, the Dying Arts, the Folk, the Kerouacs EP release Sneaky Dee’s 9 pm, $10. April­ 4.

Regina the Gentlelady, Essence Brown, Madam D Born Ready Tattoo 10 pm, $10, adv $7. TF. April­ 4.

Troy Sexton, Tony C, Word of Mouf Great North Beatbox Battle Tattoo 4

to 10 pm, all ages, $15.​ 219410891587191. April 5.

nequin, the Olympic Symphonium, Jose Contreras and others

The 2nd Annual Stompin Tom Memorial Show & benefit for Street Soccer Canada Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $20. TF. April 12.

Time Giant The 1st Annual Fight! 4 Cancer

Benefit for the Princess Margaret Foundation The Great Hall doors 3 pm. f­ April 13.

Rakkatak, Lenka Lichtenberg, DJ

Medicineman EP release Lula Lounge doors 7 pm, $15, adv $12. EB. April 16.

Emm Gryner Rivoli. April 17. Lee Aaron, Carl Dixon, Darby Mills, Brian Vollmer, Nick Walsh Canadian Music Week – Metal On

Ice: Tales And Tunes From Canada’s Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Heroes Opera House doors 7 pm, $20-$28. TW. May 10.

Ketamines, Babysitter, Gay, Omhouse Feast In The East 36 Jam Factory Co

Seahaven, Adventures, Foxing

Peter Elkas Party Of One 10th-­ Anniversary Residency Dakota Tavern. April 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Lana Del Rey Sony Centre doors 7 pm, all ages, $29.50-$79.50. May 13.

Beliefs, Planet Creature, Patti CAke, Ice Cream, Twist Girls Rock Camp

$18.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. May 16.

9 pm, all ages, $8. CB, FB, GR, SS. April 5.

Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm, all ages, $12.50. RT, SS, TF. May 12.

Fu Manchu Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm,

Rock N Swap Fundraiser The Garrison doors 1 pm, $5-$8. ­ April 6.

Blood Red Shoes, Radkey The Garrison doors 9 pm, $12.50. RT, SS, TF. May 16.

Cosmonauts Sneaky Dee’s doors 8 pm,

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Pentatonix The Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. April 8.

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Steel Panther All You Can Eat Tour Sound Academy­doors 6:30 pm, $30-$75. LN, RT, SS. May 26.

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Warpaint were one of SXSW’s buzziest bands, but they spent significantly more time sound-checking than actually performing their brand of minimalist art rock. Catch their full set (hopefully) at the Danforth Music Hall. The moody tunes on their self-titled second album are more keyboardheavy than in the past, shaped by ethereal vocals, spare guitar lines and ambient textures. Get there early, cuz you won’t want to miss L.A.based Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon, whose jangly dream pop will start things off on a more uplifting sonic note – though her lyrics tend to be dark, dark, dark. Tuesday (March 25), at the Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), doors 7 pm. $21$26. TM.

$10. April 8.

DJ Tom Trago, Kevin McPhee Tattoo doors 9 pm, $15. INK, PDR, RT, SS, TM. April 10.

$18.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. May 24.

Skrillex, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, What So Not, Milo & Otis The Moth-

ership Tour Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre $48.50-$75. RT, SS, TW. May 30 and 31.

The Jezebels, Gold & Youth Lee’s

The Menzingers Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages, $17. RT, SS, TF. June 3.

Sarah Harmer, Wayne Petti, Tom Wilson, Tom Dekker, Wax Man-

Yann Tiersen Opera House doors 8 pm,

Palace $23, adv $20. RT, SS, TF. April 10.

$25. RT, SS, TF. June 4.

Ray Lamontagne, the Belle

Brigade Supernova Tour Massey Hall doors 6 pm, all ages, $44.50-$89.50. LN, TM. June 8 and 9. Parquet Courts Horseshoe $14.50. HS,

RT, SS, TF. June 8.

Murder by Death Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm, $16.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. June 13.

Tyler Ward Opera House all ages, $17.50.

RT, SS, TF. June 18.

Judge, H20 Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages, $24.50. RT, SS, TF. June 19. Nice Peter Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm, $18.50. HS, RT, SS, TF. June 23.

Il Volo Roy Thomson Hall 8 pm, $39.50$149.50. RTH, TM. June 24.

Beck Sony Centre for the Performing Arts doors 7 pm, all ages, $49.50$79.50. LN, TM. June 27. Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s Molson Amphitheatre. July 3.

Grimes, Death Grips, Jon Hopkins, Action Bronson, Smith Westerns, Majical Cloudz, Flume, St Lucia, Kaytranada, Charli XCX, Haerts Time Festival Fort York Garrison Common doors noon, all ages, $25. EMB, RT, SS, TW. July 19.

Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden Molson

Amphitheatre 7 pm, all ages, $29.50-$99.50. TM. July 27.

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Thursday, March 20 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul

Air Canada Centre Mayday 8 pm, all ages. Alleycatz Kristie Dos Santos. Bar Radio Adam Beer-Colacino (roots) 9 pm. BassLine Music Bar Nuts & Volts: Equinox


CarpentersKeys, Cloudjumper, Khouse, I & I, SpookyFish, Daeve Fellows (indie electronic) 10 pm. Bovine Sex Club Music City North Queen Street Festival: Two Way Monologues Event The Do Good Baddies, Odd Years, Little Foot Long Foot, Paint, Low Hanging Lights doors 7 pm. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Music City North Queen Street Festival The Bloody Five, Arron Reed, the Lipstick Junkies, Slowcrash, Mickey Loves M ­ allory doors 7 pm. Crocodile Rock Sonic Parade 10 pm. Handlebar The Tres Bien Ensemble, Ossington Rippers, Dave Clark 10 pm. The Hideout Music City North Queen Street Festival Drop Dead Pin-Ups, Hayley Stark, Crhymes, Palindromes, Ends by You doors 7 pm. Holy Oak Cafe Copper Lassie & David Celia (rock) 7 pm. Horseshoe Bend Sinister, Pick Brothers Band, Goodnight Sunrise doors 8:30 pm. See album review, page 49. Kensington Lodge Jam Derek Mok 7 pm.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts June 27.


Massey Hall Dream ­Theater doors 7:15 pm, all ñ ages. Mélange Open Stage Lee Van Leer 9 pm.

Only Café Pete ‘Bunny’ Eastmure,

Animal Kingdom 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Pauper’s Pub Jam Mike Barnes (rock) 10 pm.

The Piston Os Tropies 9 pm. ñ Richmond Hill Centre for the

Performing Arts Take 6 (a cap-

pella gospel/jazz/R&B) 8 pm. Rivoli St Andrews, Ill Mandala, Shikaina Jacob, High Seas doors 8 pm. Silver Dollar Amantani, Apeshit Simians, White Spaces, Wave of Terror 9 pm. Smiling Buddha Junior Bob, Shipley Hollow, Huge Cosmic (math rock/ experimental) 9 pm. continued on page 41 œ

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A look back at the best of the fest By Julia LeConte

St. Vincent



St. Vincent’s 2009 album was called Actor, so, Flipping his dead-straight, middlereally, we should have known. parted mane (the best perm in Rocking a mass of silver-lavender hair and what music since André 3000 – actually, looked like a couture dress, Annie Clark gave a better) with utter confidence, theatrical performance of tunes, many from her stylish Rick James-meets-Outjust-released, critically adored eponymous album, kast-meets-Snoop Dogg mack including Rattlesnake, Birth In Reverse and Digital rapper 100s performed all the Witness. songs from his delightful EP, Ivry. I Almost robotic on her guitar (in the best poswas probably one of five people who sible way), Clark was in kooky character the entire knew all the words (Ivry was my time, going limp like a marionette when the soundtrack the week before the fest), lights dimmed, then coming back to life for the but the emcee performed as if he next song. Incredibly expressive, with quirky were in front of a legion of fans. stage banter in between. If you want to know what 100s is We don’t yet know where she’ll play during all about, listen to Ten Freaky Hoes. NXNE, but Yonge-Dundas Square would be an exHe finished with that one, and what RCM_NOW_1-3_bw_Galvan_Mar6+20__V 14-02-21 4:19 PM Page 1 cellent choice. a singalong it was.


Even from outside the unofficial but still majorly legit Fader Fort, you could hear Eagulls screaming. The band, not the birds of prey. There was a lot of Southby buzz about the British post-punk fivepiece and they definitely rip. Frontman George Mitchell’s voice is ragged but soulful, and the songs – accessible to fans of pop and indie rock – translate well live. Plus, Mitchell has a ton of aloof charisma. Cool as it was in the open-air setting, we wish we’d caught their shows at smaller, divier venues, where things would’ve been even more intense.

ScHoolboy Q Schoolboy Q

ScHoolboy Q hasn’t had a show in Toronto in three years. So we weren’t sure what to expect from the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper, whose


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album Oxymoron recently went to number one on Billboard. We just knew we wanted to catch him while we could. (His Does it seem bandwagony to be raving upcoming world tour curiously skips about Future Islands now, after their ap­Canada.) pearance on David Letterman made them We definitely didn’t expect such a YouTube sensations? Maybe, but we don’t ham. care. Frontman Samuel T. Herring was all “I’m going to get drunk tonight, I’m gowe could have hoped for. The Baltimore ing to get high tonight, and I’m damn sure native brought the same strange, magnetic I’m going to faint tonight,” he quipped qualities that he displayed on late-night after someone in the audience fainted. TV. He also made hilarious jabs about the The contrast between Herring – his size of the stage – a tiny platform area. voice alternates between smooth and a Most importantly, though, he chose a set monstrous growl, his moves are hip-sway(Hands On The Wheel, There He Go, Coling and bootylicious – and his laid-back, lard Greens) that had the chilled-out motionless bandmates is fantastic. afternoon crowd nearly moshing. Never “Let’s get sexy,” he said. “Watch out for has a group of less gangster people yelled your girls, bro.” “Gangsta, gangsta, gangsta” at the top of 14-03-04 Plus, we’ve had the band’s RCM_NOW_1-3_bw_Mar20+Apr10__V 4:26 PM Page 1 hit, Seasons, their lungs. on repeat for four days. Literally.


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as it Gets!” TORONTO STAR

Johnny Clegg With Special Guest Jesse Clegg WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 8PM KOERNER HALL Johnny Clegg’s blend of pop music and African Zulu rhythms has earned him the nickname “Le Zoulou Blanc” (The White Zulu). Johnny’s son, Jesse Clegg, opens the show. Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music.



It’s impossible to talk about all the good at SXSW and not acknowledge the car crash that has now left three dead and many more injured. The d ­ river was 21. If convicted, he faces the death penalty. It was an incredibly reckless act. But it also prompts questions about the festival’s security. Were the barriers the driver plowed through strong enough? Should more streets have been pedestrian-only? As for the latter, I believe so. The majority of my time in Austin I felt completley safe. But some streets were blocked off, and some weren’t. With pedestrians everywhere, it was really hard to tell the difference. Sometimes, seeing a crowd of peo­ple, you’d start strolling into the street only to look over and see four cars lined up waiting for a green light. Dangerous, ­especially considering the party atmosphere. After nearly three decades of relatively incident-free festivals, SXSW will have to reconsider its size and the appropriate security measures it needs to implement.

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Sneaky Dee’s Cardinals Pride, Loyalist, Set to Reflect, Of Temples (hardcore).

Southside Johnny’s Skip Tracer (rock/top

40) 9:30 pm.

Velvet Underground Music City North Queen Street Festival The Flow, Ellevan, Ozz­ manic, Passion doors 7 pm. Virgin Mobile Mod Club These Things ­Happen Tour G-Eazy (hip-hop) doors 7 pm, all ages.


Aspetta Caffe Open Mic El Faron 8 pm. Cameron House Devin Cuddy 10 pm, Corin Raymond 6 pm.

Cavern Bar Open Mic 9 pm. CBC Broadcast Centre Atrium Semaine de la

Francophonie launch party Madagascar Slim, Donné Roberts 7 to 11 pm. C’est What Suzana d’Amour (blues/jazz) doors 8:30 pm.

First Canadian Place Waterfall Stage

­Alejandra Ribera 12:15 pm. ñ Grossman’s Thrill Harmonic 10 pm.

Hawaii Bar Jack Marks (country/folk) 9:30 pm. Holy Oak Cafe Sing Leaf & Delta Will (folk pop) 10 pm.

Lake Affect Lounge Hot Wax (bluegrass/ folk) 8 pm.

Lee’s Palace Folklesque Mysterion (folk/burlesque).

The Local Deciduous (spooky roots) 9 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar Nothin’ But the Blues 8 pm. The Painted Lady The Responsibles 10 pm,

Bruce Domoney Band 9 pm. Press Club Steve Gleason (singer/songwriter) 8 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Emmanuel Gu­ tierrez Lecuona 10 pm, Bluegrass Thursdays Houndstooth (bluegrass/old-time) 7:30 pm. Wise Guys Open Jam Jon Long 10 pm.


Array Space Somewhere There presents The

Lake Ontario Jamboree Fire Moss, Boots, King Weather, Think of a Name 8 pm. De Sotos Jam Anthony Abbatangeli (jazz/ blues) 8 pm.

Edward Johnson Building Walter Hall

Music In The Afternoon Yegor Dyachkov, Jean Saulnier (cello, piano) 1:30 pm. 80 Gladstone Raising Rhythm benefit for SAYA arts program in Zambia Humber College and U of T saxophone quartets 8 pm. Emmet Ray Bar Ed Vokurka (jazz/folk/gypsy/ swing) 9 pm. Gate 403 Tiffany Hanus Jazz Band 9 pm, Ri­ chard Whiteman Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. Hugh’s Room Jazz.FM91 Cabaret Series: The Songs Of Sondheim Alex Samaras, Bobby Hsu, Sophia Perlman 8:30 pm. Jane Mallett Theatre New Music Concerts/


Music Toronto The Arditti String Quartet 8 pm. The Jazz Bistro Amy McConnell & William Sperandei (jazz/pop) 9 pm. Kama Thursdays At Five Drew Jurecka, ­Canadian Jazz Quartet (violin) 5 to 8 pm. Old Mill Inn Home Smith Bar Luis Mario Ochoa Quartet 7:30 pm. Reposado The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). Reservoir Lounge Beverly Taft & Her Swell Fellas 7 to 9 pm. The Rex Barry Elmes Quintet 9:45 pm, Kevin Quain 6:30 pm. Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Emperor Concerto Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Angela Hewitt (piano) 8 pm. Taylor Memorial Library 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Marie ­Gelinas 4:30 pm. Tranzac Broken Beats TorQ Percussion Quartet doors 7:30 pm.


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Clinton’s Throwback Thursdays (90s ) doors

10 pm.

Crawford Twisted Thursdays DJ Law (video dance party).

Dance Cave Different Class (dance/rock/new

wave/Brit Pop).

Disgraceland A Hard Days Night DJ Nick Harris (rock/hip-hop favourites) 10 pm. EFS Untitled Simon Jain doors 10 pm. Goodhandy’s T-Girl Party DJ Todd Klinck.5 Rivoli Pool Lounge DJ Bunitall (R&B/hiphop). WAYLA Bar Random Play DJ Dwayne Minard (70s/80s) 10 pm.

Friday, March 21 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul

Adelaide Hall The Big Sound, DJ Wes Allen (Motown) 9 pm. Alleycatz Graffitti Park. Bovine Sex Club Music City North Queen Street Festival Garage Baby, the Reed Effect, Phantom Trace doors 7 pm. Cameron House Freeman Dre 10 pm, Dani Nash 8 pm, David Celia 6 pm. Cavern Bar Brendon Gomez 9 pm. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Music City North Queen Street Festival Fiction Issue, Strawman, Trove, the Stormalongs, Andreas doors 7 pm. Dakota Tavern Ginger St James, Ninety Pounds of Ugly 9 pm. Duffy’s Tavern Free For Girls! The New Enemy, A Call for Violence, Bound by Defi­ ance, Harangue, Forgive, Erebos (hardcore punk/metal) doors 7 pm. The 460 Datura Daydream, Terrorista, We Were Heads, Holy Gasp (pop/rock/hip-hop/ soul) doors 10 pm. The Garrison BA Johnston, Wax Man­ nequin, Brent Randall & the Randells, Two Litre doors 9 pm. The Great Hall Born Rebels Launch The Black Pearls, Tommy Youngsteen, the Mercenaries, Hot Rock 8:30 pm.



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Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project featuring Carmen Lundy and Nona Hendryx SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 8PM KOERNER HALL Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) leads an all-star cast of musicians and two signature voices – Nona Hendryx (from LaBelle) and Carmen Lundy. 416.408.0208 NOW March 20-26 2014


music) 10:30 pm.

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Harlem Gyles w/ the James King Trio 7:30 to

11 pm.

psychedelic soul

The Internet

Odd Future offshoot want to make you dance By Holly Mackenzie

The Internet at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Saturday (March 22), doors 7 pm. $15. TW.

When musicians are playing SXSW, trying to nail down a phone interview with them feels impossible. The last thing anyone wants to do is talk to a writer in Toronto. Still, The Internet – Syd Bennett and Matt Martians – finally made time for a quick call from a rooftop (sigh) in Austin. The psychedelic soul duo have some advice for fans coming to see them at the Hoxton. “If you’re going to come to our show and you haven’t seen us before, do some research on Jamiroquai and N.E.R.D.,” Bennett says. “Come to dance. Come to groove.” Blending those influences (N.E.R.D. member Chad Hugo co-produced lead single, Dontcha), the Odd Future subgroup has found its stride on their most-recent release Feel Good. Highlighted by more sweet, inviting vocals from Bennett and bolder experimentation, the group is eager to show off their progression since debut album Purple Naked Ladies was released in 2011. With one tour under their belts, they’re equally pleased

with the live show’s evolution. “Confidence-wise, we’re getting into our pocket,” says Martians. “It’s all coming together.” While Bennett first came onto the scene as Odd Future’s teenage DJ, she quickly paired up with Atlanta producer Martians to form their current oufit. The two have been inseparable ever since, often finishing each other’s sentences. They are especially in sync on the topic of fan connection. “It’s tight to see how people react to music in person. You can hear it all day with words, but being able to see people react to music and dancing, that’s the best part,” says Martians. Returning to cities they visited in 2012, but performing bigger spaces this time around, Bennett and Martians look forward to showing off stronger stage presence and tighter choreography. “Just being able to perform your product in person,” says Bennett, “it’s like a presentation: ‘This is my project, I’ve been working on it and I hope you like it.’ And when people love it, it does something for you – your self-esteem, your confidence. It even helps your charisma.” 3

The Hideout Music City North Queen Street Festival Here Below, Drew Leith & the Foundation, Rory Taillon, Grand Line, the Lonely Parade doors 7 pm. Holy Oak Cafe Halls of Devotion (pop) 10 pm. Horseshoe Foster the People, the Box Tiger doors 8 pm. Lee’s Palace No Quarter, Gunslingers (Led Zeppelin/Guns N’ Roses tribute bands). Linsmore Tavern When We Were Young 9 pm. Lou Dawg’s Pat Wright, Mike Constatini, Jeff Eager (acoustic soul/funk/blues/rock) 10 pm. Orbit Room The Dave Murphy Band (soul/ rock/pop) 10 pm. Outrigger Tap And Table The Fabulous Rave 9:30 pm. Phoenix Concert Theatre Death, ­Arson, ­Cyclops 76 6 6 (punk) doors 8 pm. Rivoli Wacken Metal Battle Canada Burning the Day, the Curse Within, SludgeHammer, Empyrean Plague, My Hollow 8 pm. Rockpile Black Sheep & J Sands. The Rockpile East Desolate Rage. Seven44 Crued (Motley Crüe tribute band). Silver Dollar CD release party The Dirty Nil, Nice Head, Wish doors 9 pm. Smiling Buddha LP Release Peach Kelli Pop, Average Times, First Base, NonStop Girls (punk/power pop) 9 pm. Southside Johnny’s Groove Marmalade (rock/top 40) 10 pm. Tattoo Album launch party The Spandettes, DJs Jason Palma & John Kong 9:30 pm. Velvet Underground Music City North Queen Street Festival Epic the Grand, Jjay, Grant Brotherz, SBWHY doors 7 pm.


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Bar Radio Trace Minerals (roots) 9 pm. Cameron House Back Room ­Woodshed ­Orchestra, Dani Nash, ñ Heavy on the Willy.

Children’s Peace Theatre The Coulson

Women’s Institute 1927-2004 Anne Walker (singer/songwriter of docu-musical) 8 pm. Dakota Tavern Ben Kunder (folk/roots/ rock) 7 to 9 pm. Dora Keogh Root Magic (blues) 9 pm. Free Times Cafe Soozi Schlanger (folk/New Orleans) 8:30 pm. Gate 403 Fraser Melvin Blues Band 9 pm. Grossman’s Mad Cats 10 pm, Sandi Marie 6:30 to 9 pm. Hugh’s Room David Wilcox 8:30 pm. Lake Affect Lounge Acoustic Affect Fun Cam, Martin Rouleau, Alexander Quain 9 pm. Lula Lounge Cuba Libre Friday Changui ­Havana, DJ Sauve (salsa) 10:30 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar The N’Awlins All Star Band w/ Brooke Blackburn (jazz/blues) 8:30 pm. Press Club The Legendary Castaways (blues/ rock) 10 pm. Reposado The Reposadists Quartet (gypsy bop). Tranzac Southern Cross Ryan Driver 10 pm, Dust: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World 7:30 pm, the Foolish Things (folk) 5 pm.


Chalkers Pub Sheila Jordan, Don Thompson & Neil Swainson (bebop vocalist/piano/upright bass) 7 to 10 pm. Gate 403 Sam Broverman Jazz Duo 5 to 8 pm. Habits Gastropub Kohen Hammond Quartet 9 pm. Harbord Bakery 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Joseph Johnson noon. Imperial Pub Jazz Fridays Jazz Generation (big band classics) 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The Jazz Bistro Amy McConnell & William Sperandei (jazz/pop) 9 pm. Lula Lounge Plakaso (jazz) 8 pm. Musideum Aurochs Pete Johnston, Ali Berkok, Jake Oelrichs (jazz/electronic/ improvised) 8 pm. Old Mill Inn Home Smith Bar Richard Whiteman Trio 7:30 pm. The Rex Barry Elmes Quintet 9:45 pm, Sara Dell (vox/solo piano) 6:30 pm, Hogtown Syncopators 4 pm.


Royal Conservatory of Music Koerner Hall The Cunning Little Vixen The Glenn Gould School 7:30 pm.

Touché Mistura Fina Quartet (Brazilian MPB


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Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Andy Poolhall Moves DJs Barbi, Brains-

4Breakfast & Caff (dancefloor anthems/ guilty pleasures) 10 pm. Club 120 Full Force Fridays DJs Ping, Tongue & Lady Bliss 10 pm.5 CODA Dyed Soundorom doors 10 pm. Crawford Alcohol Music DJ Kobe’J 9 pm. Crocodile Rock DJ CrocRock. Cube I Love Fashion: Toronto Fashion Week Closing Party EC Twins doors 10 pm. Curzon DJ Mr Stylus (hip-hop/funk/soul/ R&B) 10 pm. Dance Cave Bif Bang Pow DJ Trevor (60s mod Brit pop) 10 pm. Disgraceland Dr Velvet (rockabilly/50s/R&B and more on wax) 10 pm. Drake One Fifty DJ Dougie Boom doors 9 pm. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar DJ Secret Agent 9 pm. Handlebar Fuzz Nugs (rarities from the 60s dance party) 10 pm. Henhouse Barbershop: Suits & Ties DJs ­Michael K, Brendan Arnott (Ho-Motown party/soul/disco/boogie) doors 10 pm.5 The Hoxton Cyril Hahn & Digitalism (DJ set) doors 10 pm. Media Bar & Lounge Faded Fridays DJ Wikked, MC Crazy Chris (hip-hop/R&B/reggae). 99 Sudbury Foundry Music & Arts Festival EFDEMIN, Cosmin Trg, Nautiluss, Martin Fazekas doors 10 pm. The Painted Lady Soul Sonic DJ NV (hip-hop/ funk/soul/Motown/mashups) 10 pm. The Piston Rebel Hop (soul/dancehall/hiphop) 10 pm. Rivoli Pool Lounge DJ Stu (rock & roll). The Savoy Frkn Wknd DJ Caff (R&B/hip-hop/ dancehall) 10 pm. Sound Academy Solarium Reggae Cafe Renegade Squad, Whitebwoy, Infamous Sound, Blax Dun Da Place and others. Sound Academy Bassweek: Projek– Hospitality Danny Byrd, S.P.Y., Fred V & Grafix, Marcus Visionary, Lushy. Sutra/Souz Dal The Spring Dance New Stems, Chartreuse 9 pm. Tota Lounge Lady Love 3rd Edition Heidy P, Karlene Oliver, KiM, Ella Beck. UNIUN Factory Fridays Seven Lions, Manzone & Strong (dance/electronic) 10 pm. The Vue F.A.M.E. With Champagne Olatunji, DJs Soca Sweetness, Whitebwoy, Marxman, Jeff Jam, Lindo P, Freshcut, Creepa and others (soca). WAYLA Bar Crown Jewels Tribute To George Michael And Wham DJ Aural (Brit pop) 10 pm.

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Alleycatz Graffitti Park. Baltic Avenue Andria Simone & Those Guys (pop/soul) 8 pm. ñ Black Swan Saturday Sessions Open Stage

And Jam Brian Gladstone 2 pm. Bovine Sex Club Music City North Queen Street Festival Run with the Kittens, King Beez, Iduna, Second Pass doors 7 pm. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Music City North Queen Street Festival – Video release party ­Jessica Speziale, the Marks, Hey Brother, the Red Sands, Brothers of North 9 pm. Drake Hotel Nils Frahm, Douglas Dare (alternative) doors 8 pm. El Mocambo My Favorite Headache (Rush tribute band) 9 pm. The Garrison Radio Radio doors 10 pm. Grossman’s Beggars Banquet (Rolling Stone tribute) 10 pm. Handlebar Twin Peaks Tribute The Julee Cruise Ships, Sandy Pockets, Marker Starling. Hard Luck Bar The Old Salts, Merival, the Medicine Hat, Creature Speak 9 pm. Hard Rock Cafe Zeppelinesque (Led Zeppelin tribute). Harlem Madette (soul) 7:30 to 11 pm. The Hideout Music City North Queen Street Festival The Red Boy, Leaving Esmeralda, Highway Lights, New Design, AstroJunk doors 7 pm. Horseshoe The Wooden Sky, Dusted (indie) doors 9 pm. The Hoxton The Internet doors 7 pm. See preview, this page. Humble Beginnings Jay Pennell (pop rock) 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Lake Affect Lounge Iain Leslie Band 5 to 9 pm. Linsmore Tavern Groove Stone (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. continued on page 46 œ

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KARAOKE BLUES End of an era, guys. Peter Styles’s popular, decade-long karaoke night in the Gladstone’s Melody Bar is singing its swan song. The free final event happens on Saturday (March 22), and to facilitate the hordes of wannabe singers who will surely flock to the 1214 Queen West watering hole to say goodbye to Styles and his bow ties, vests and applause signs, things get under way earlier than usual, at 9 pm. You’ve got till 2 am to deliver those Journey and Beyoncé tributes.

FRENCH CONNECTION Good news for francophiles who thought the only French things you could do in this city were eat macarons at Nadège and, um, kiss: the annual francophone festival of arts and culture, Semaine De La Francophonie, runs from tonight (Thursday, March 20) to March 27. The kickoff party goes down in the CBC Building’s Barbara Frum Atrium (250 Front West, 7 to 11 pm) and features Juno Award winner Madagascar Slim (blues guitar) and Toronto’s own Amélie et les singes bleus (tango jazz) among others. $10.

SAVE TORONTO’S WATERFRONT Say NO to $300M of your tax dollars being spent on Pearson-by-the-Lake. Sign the Petition.

NOW MARCH 20-26 2014


fort york national historic site 3 Day Earlybird Sales end MONday MARch 31st @ 10:00pm!

Neutral Milk Hotel Sam Roberts Band beirut . jeff tweedy

HEY ROSETTA! . Gaslight Anthem Local Natives . Gogol Bordello Violent Femmes . Gary Clark Jr Andrew Bird & the hands of glory . Jenny Lewis drive by truckers . Born Ruffians . july talk . deer tick Hollerado . shovels & rope . Black Joe Lewis . Man Man Pokey Lafarge . the paper kites . Strumbellas . stanfields Joyce Manor . lucius . The Waco Brothers . Willie Nile Band New Country Rehab . Noah Gundersen . andrew jackson jihad Old Man Markley . bidiniband . Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs JON-BOY LANGFORD & THE BURLINGTON MWC's . LADIES OF THE CANYON tift merritt . caitlin rose . the weeks . London Souls . Devin Cuddy Band


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$20.00 @ Door STICK AND POKE


TUESDAY, MARCH 25 $18.00






$12.00 @ Door






THU MAR 27 $15.00 Adv



$20.00 Adv $23.00 @ Door

$15.00 @ Door


$17.50 Adv


BLACK PASTELS $10.00 @ Door



$20.00 Adv

SUNDAY MARCH 30 KOOL HAUS • $ 26.50 adv






TUESDAY$ APRIL 29 OPERA HOUSE • 24.50 adv • All-Ages



SCIENTISTS MAY 5 • $ 15.00 advance


$ 26.50

adv • SKA


LEE’S PALACE • $ 18.50 adv



THE SLACKERS MAY 16 • $ 18.50 advance

FU MANCHU MAY 18 • $ 17.50 adv • SKA


LEE’S PALACE • $ 18.50 adv



Bookie’s New Music Night

No Cover





$6.00 @ Door



OPERA HOUSE $20.50 adv



THE PHOENIX • $ 28.50 adv





SATURDAY MAY 10 THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL $ 20.00 - $30.00 advance

NQ ARBUCKLE FRI APR 4 $15.00 @ Door









MASSEY HALL • $39.50-$54.50 adv

MOD CLUB • $15.00 adv • EARLY SHOW!






WEDNESDAY APRIL 9 @THE PHOENIX • $ 20.00 advance

LEE’S PALACE • $ 16.50 adv



No Cover



$10.00 Adv

Shoeless Mondays MON MAR 31 THE CARDINAL



MAY 15 • $ 13.50 adv • SKA


$5.00 @Door

THURSDAY MARCH 27 @ THE PHOENIX • $29.50 advance


APRIL 22 • $ 16.50 advance








PHOENIX • $26.50 advance

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Bookie’s New Music Night TUE MAR 25









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$10.00 Adv


THE PHOENIX • $ 19.00 adv




WEDNESDAY MAY 21 MOD CLUB • $18.50 advance






SILVER DOLLAR • $ 10.00 adv






APRIL 14 • $ 10.50 advance

APRIL 9 • 10.50 advance


APRIL 19 • $ 15.00 advance



$ 10.50





SAT APR 5 • GREAT HALL • $15.00 adv


• HORSESHOE TAVERN • APRIL 21 • $ 12.50 advance

KADAVAR APRIL 23 • $ 12.50 adv

MARCH 23 • $ 12.00 advance


HORSESHOE • $ 15.50 adv


APRIL 8 • $ 10.00 advance



HORSESHOE • $ 15.00 adv







HOLLY GO LIGHTLY MAY 11 • $ 16.50 advance

WYEBRAIDS OAK WITH MAY 16 • $ 15.00 advance

CJ RAMONE AT FEAR HEART OF MEN MAY 19 • $ 10.50 advance



JUNE 8 • $ 14.50 advance

FRI MAY 9 @ GREAT HALL • $16.50 adv



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McQueen’s Pub The Ronnie Hayward Trio (rockabilly) 4 to 7:30 pm. Midfield Wine Bar Listening Party Ivanunknown. Music Gallery

Barzin (pop/rock). ñ Musideum Laurence Tan (pop/Broadway/

Disney) 8 pm. Orbit Room Ride the Tiger (60s & 70s soul/ Motown/stax/R&B) 10 pm. Press Club aBabe Saturdays Anthony Lohan & Escalate (rock) 9:30 pm. The Rex Danny Marks (pop) noon.

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Markus (family/kids) 11 am & 2 pm. Rivoli EP release Hello Beautiful, Chach

Mewsic, Najjah’s World, Tiny Danza doors 9 pm. Seven44 Climax Jazz Band 4 to 7 pm. Silver Dollar Mark ‘BBQ’ Sultan, Meanwood, Comet Control, the Two Times, DJ Chico 9 pm. The Sister Kyp Harness, Dinner Is Ruined, ­Selina Martin. Smiling Buddha California X, Hormoans, Guts (noise rock/punk) 9 pm. Sound Academy The Neighbourhood, Kitten, Born Casual doors 7 pm, all ages. Southside Johnny’s Tommy Rocker (rock) 10

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pm, The Bear Band (rock/blues) 4 to 8 pm. Velvet Underground Music City North Queen Street Festival Sexsmith, the Living Satellites, UKAE doors 7 pm. Virgin Mobile Mod Club The Strypes, Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs (R&B/ blues) doors 6 pm, all ages.



Cameron House David Baxter 10 pm, Sue & Dwight 3:30 pm.

Cameron House Back Room Luke Bill. Cavern Bar Ketamine Girls (alt folk) 9 pm. Classico Pizza & Pasta Roger ‘Pops’ Zuraw 6 pm.

College Street United Church Canadian-

Cuban Friendship Association Gerardo Alfonso (trovador cubano) 7:30 pm. Free Times Cafe Dave Rutt (folk) 8:30 pm. Full of Beans Coffee Rebas Open Mic Saturdays Pete Janes 1 to 4 pm. Gate 403 Bill Heffernan (folk/blues) 5 to 8 pm. Habits Gastropub Art & Woodhouse (singers/songwriters) 9 pm. Hawaii Bar Flamenco y Más Shirlita Pili 9:30 pm. Hugh’s Room David Wilcox 8:30 pm. Lee’s Palace Cold Creek County, GG Cole & Lakeview, Sun K. The Local Jordan Faye and the Grey Owls 9 pm, Arthur Renwick (blues) 5 pm. Lula Lounge Salsa Saturday Orquesta ­Fantasia, DJ Alberth Moreno, Balia (salsa) 10:30 pm.

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & the Arts BALfolkFESTnoz: French Folk Dance party

The Balfolk Toronto Band 7:30 pm. The Rex Spring Blues! Jake Chisholm (blues) 9:45 pm, Jerome Godboo & Shawn Abedin 3:30 pm. St Nicholas Anglican Church Acoustic ­Harvest Suzie Vinnick (blues) 8 pm. Tranzac Tiki Room The Saturday Songwriters Circus Amy Campbell & the Road Less Traveled, Graydon James & Laura Spink 3 to 5 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Sandro Perri 10 pm, Joe Hall 6:30 pm, Jamzac 3 pm.


Alliance Française Downtown Jazz en tête-à-tête: La Vie En Rose Yannick Rieu, Sylvain Provost, Guy Boisvert 7:30 pm. Array Space Solo Electronic Concert Rick Sacks (classical/avant) 8 pm, Meet The World Of Percussion Workshop (improvised) 1 pm. Bata Shoe Museum 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Joseph Johnson 2 pm. C’est What The Hot Five Jazzmakers (trad jazz) 3 pm. Chalkers Pub Sheila Jordan, Don Thompson & Neil Swainson (bebop vocalist/piano/­ upright bass) 6 to 9 pm. Church of the Holy Trinity The Faerie Queene Cantemus Singers (Henry Purcell’s semi-opera in five acts) 7:30 pm. The Flying Beaver Pubaret Angela Maiorano-Thurston 9 pm, Just The Two Of Us Vincent Wolfe (jazz crooner) 7 pm. Gate 403 John Deehan Jazz Band w/ Zoe Chilco 9 pm. Grace Church on-the-Hill Ain’t It A Pretty Night Adam Malcolm, Emily Oelbaum, Mark Ernsting, Martin Georgevski, Naomi Morgenstern, Rosalind Fu, Seline Berish, Thia McDowell 7 pm. Grossman’s The Happy Pals (trad jazz) 4:30 to 8 pm. The Jazz Bistro Amy McConnell & William Sperandei (jazz/pop) 9 pm. Jubilee United Church Celtic Celebration Amadeus Choir, North Atlantic Drift 2 & 7:30 pm. NAISA Space Sound Bash Germaine Liu (performance w/ sound installation) 8 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar The N’Awlins All Star Band w/ Brooke & Duane Blackburn (jazz/ blues) 9 pm, Sam Heineman (piano jazz) 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Old Mill Inn Home Smith Bar Bruce Harvey (solo piano) 7:30 pm. The Rex Bacchus Collective 7:30 pm. Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Emperor ­Concerto Toronto Symphony Orchestra, ­Angela Hewitt (piano) 8 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Adelaide Hall Bass Week-Projek:Circus Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, Hydee, Mizuki 10 pm. Barcode Naughty By Nature Treach. Beaver Sissyboy Hissyfit: Beach, Please Edition DJ Orange Pekoe (90s hip-hop/guilty pleasures/too much Beyoncé) 11 pm.5 The Cage 292 Shitshow Saturdays DJ Raz (metal/industrial/rock) doors 10 pm. Clinton’s Shake, Rattle, Roll (60s rock/pop/ soul) doors 10 pm. Club 120 Bearracuda DJ John Lepage 10 pm.5 CODA DJ Tennis, Bob Moses, MFR, Night ­Vision, Rafwat & Chorniy. Crawford Anthems DJ Blaster (old school/ club classics) 9 pm. Crocodile Rock DJ CrocRock. Dance Cave Full On DJ Pat (alternative) 10 pm. Disgraceland Sweet Sweat DJ Bronson (dance/electro/Brit pop) 10 pm. Guvernment Chroma Global Saturdays DJ John J, Illegal Alien, DJ JC. Guvernment Laidback Luke 10 pm. Holy Oak Cafe Garbage & Rocks DJ LP (space disco/groove) 10 pm. The Hoxton Blasterjaxx doors 10 pm. Lou Dawg’s DJ Kenny Bounce (funk/soul/ blues/hi-hop) 10 pm. 99 Sudbury Foundry Music & Arts Festival DJ Harvey, Invisible City, Members Only doors 10 pm. The Painted Lady Music by Salazar 10 pm. The Piston Madchester Mania III DJ Davy Love 10 pm. Revival The Red Room – Pre WMC Party DJs Yogi, Dirty Dale 10 pm-4 am. Rivoli Pool Lounge DJ Plan B (hip-hop/rap/club). The Savoy Oooh! Oooh! (R&B/hip-hop/ dancehall) 10 pm. SET Boutique Her Majesty Saturdays Heather Van Viper. Sneaky Dee’s Calvin Love & Tops doors 7 pm. Virgin Mobile Mod Club DJ Nick Warren, Jad-ad 11 pm. The Vue 100% Aries DJs Jester, Whitebwoy, Charlie Brown, DJ Tyrone, DJ Jeff Jam. WAYLA Bar Superstar DJ Mark Falco (top 40/ house/club) 10 pm.



Sunday, March 23 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul







Brimz Gatwitch Live: Lose To Win Fundraiser Giovanna & Serghei, Dane Hartsell, Ania Soul, Joy Phillips, DJ Nicolas 4 to 9 pm. Drake Hotel Son Lux, Leverage Models doors 8 pm. The Garrison The Blow doors 8 pm. Handlebar Wash Bear 8 pm. Harlem Word Sound Power: Open Mic & Community Networking DJ Black Lotus 7 to 11 pm. Hawaii Bar The Experiment Anthony Smith & 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 Yer Yard, Omhouse, Doctor Ew (pop) 7 pm. Horseshoe Music City North Queen Street Festival Big Otter Creek, Streetlight Social,













March 20-26 2014 NOW





Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle, Luke Austin, Katie Doidge doors 7 pm. Hugh’s Room Ashley MacIsaac (Celtic pop) 8:30 pm. Lake Affect Lounge The David Love Band 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Lee’s Palace Black Pastels, Robb Hill Band (alt rock) 8:30 pm. Linsmore Tavern Pat Perez & John Dickie Band (R&B) 3 to 7 pm. Opera House Real Estate, Pure X doors 7:30 pm. Orbit Room Horshack (classic rock/bangers) 10 pm.



Black Bear Pub Jam SNAFU 3:30 to 7:30 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. Campbell House Museum The Listening Party The O’Pears doors 7 pm. C’est What Suzana d’Amour (blues/jazz) 7 pm, Judy Marshak (folk) 3 pm. Cloak & Dagger Pub Scoop Trumball & the Wrong Notes (indie-folk-punk). Free Times Cafe Gypsology (Gypsy fusion) 8 pm, Jewish Brunch Buffet Lemon Bucket Orchestra 11 am. Full of Beans Coffee Full Of Beans Sundays David Crighton 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. Holy Oak Cafe Anamai, Holiday Rambler, ­Sasha Chapin (folk) 7 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. Opera Bob’s The Ole Fashion (old country/ folk) 9 pm. Opticianado Dan Rougeau & Emily Rockarts (guitar/vocals) 1 to 4 pm. Relish Bar & Grill Stir It Up Sundays Open Mic Paul Brennan, David MacMichael 9 pm. Southside Johnny’s Open Jam Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix 9:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Eve Goldberg, Sam Turton, Jane Lewis 7:30 pm, all ages, Dan Gooch (bluegrass/grass roots) 5 pm, Marianne Girard 3 pm.


Array Space Toronto Improvisers Orchestra 2 pm.

Beth David Synagogue From Europe To Israel Koffler Chamber Orchestra (classical) 3 pm.

Chalkers Pub Vocal Workshop Sheila Jordan

& Don Thompson (bebop vocalist, piano) 2 to 6 pm. Church of the Holy Trinity The Faerie Queene Cantemus Singers (Henry Purcell’s semi-opera in five acts) 3 pm. Emmet Ray Bar The World Series w/ Derek Gray 9 pm. Evergreen Brick Works 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Marie Gelinas 10:30 am. Gate 403 Felix Wong Jazz Trio 9 pm, Jeff Taylor & the SLT 5 to 8 pm. Grossman’s New Orleans Connection All Star Jazz Band 4:30 to 9 pm. Jane Mallett Theatre Voicebox: Opera In Concert: Stiffelio OIC Chorus, Laura Albino, Ernesto Ramirez, Georffrey Sirett 2:30 pm. The Jazz Bistro Don Francks 8 pm, Countermeasure (a cappella group) 12:30 pm. Morgans on the Danforth Jazzy Sunday Pat Murray, Jordan O’Connor 2 to 5 pm. Musideum Birth Of Troubling Forms Alan Bloor, Michael Lynn, Ambrose Pottie, Branko Dzinovic (avant/improvised) 8 pm, Poli’s Jazz Salon Paul Hoffert, Neil Swainson 3 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar Brooke Blackburn (solo guitar jazz/blues) 7 to 10 pm. Pauper’s Pub Toronto Jazz Society Monthly Meeting 2:30 to 6 pm. The Rex Trombone Summit 9:30 pm, Richard Whiteman 7 pm, the Satin Dolls 3:30 pm, Excelsior Dixieland Jazz noon.

Royal Conservatory of Music Mazzoleni Hall Mazzoleni Masters Andrés Diaz (cello) 2 pm. St. Andrew by-the-Lake Church Canzona Chamber Players, Yosuke Kawasaki (violin) 2 pm.

Tranzac Main Hall Broadway Cabaret Sing-


Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Black Eagle Underbear: The Resurrection –

benefit for PWA DJ Knight Musik (vocal house/top 40 remixes) 4 pm.5 Cavern Bar DJ Notorious RKV (hip-hop to hits) 9 pm. Rivoli DJ Culture Alexandra Fotopoulos, Jonathan Starkes, Aion Clarke, Linda Lutzono doors 8 pm.

Monday, March 24 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul

Horseshoe Shoeless Monday The Tungsten Hum, Amazing Dude, New Nobles 9 pm. June Records Loom, Hurricanes of Love, Holiday Rambler 8 pm, all ages. Kitch Hypnotic Lounge Series Luke Vajsar (solo bass) 9:30 pm. The Sister M.I.P., Summer & Youth, Aaron Florendo, Matt Redman. Sound Academy Childish Gambino doors 7 pm, all ages. See preview, page 48.



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

Cameron House Back Room Nevada. Dakota Tavern School Night Mondays Danny Michel. ñ Dora Keogh Open Stage Julian Taylor, Fraz

Milne 8 pm.

Free Times Cafe Open Stage Mondays Jeff Kahl (pop/folk) 7:30 pm.

Gate 403 Danny B & Brian Gauci Blues Duo 5

to 8 pm.

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Fri live HornS – denniS p mar 21 Soul - Ska - motoWn - rockerS - Stax

madcHeSter mania iii Sat mar 22 dJS davy love + mike mccann mon mar 24 JunkSHop tues tWo-Four tueSdayS mar 25 mercy FligHt + gueStS

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Emmet Ray Bar Allison Qu Quartet (jazz) 9

pm, Karl Silveira Quartet (jazz) 7 pm. Gate 403 Cheryl White Duo 9 pm. Harlem Neil ‘Bee’ Braithwaite (jazz) 8 to 11 pm. Music Gallery Canzona Chamber Players, Yosuke Kawasaki (violin) 7:30 pm. Musideum The JERU-4-TET Mike Downes, Brian O’Kane, Pol Coussée, Roberto Disalle (jazz) 8 pm. The Rex John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra 9:30 pm, U of T Student Jazz Ensembles 6:30 pm. Seven44 GTA Swing Band (big band jazz) 7:30 to 10:30 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. The Piston JunkShop (indie rock/electro) 9 pm. Reposado Mezcal Mondays DJ Ellis Dean.

Tuesday, March 25 Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul

Axis Gallery & Grill Derek Downham 10 pm. C’est What James Carroll, TC Folkpunk,

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Cate Le Bon doors 7 pm. Gate 403 Danny Marks & Alec Fraser Duo (pop) 9 pm. Grossman’s Nicola Vaughan (pop rock) 9:30 pm. Handlebar Bron Halpin, Jean-Paul de Roover 9 pm. Hard Luck Bar Andrew WK (solo party show) 8:30 pm. Holy Oak Cafe LUKA (pop) 9 pm. Horseshoe Dave Bookman’s Nu Music Tuesdays Ocean Noise, RLMDL, Glass Towers 9 pm. Lee’s Palace The Darcys, Reuben & the Dark, NO doors 8 pm. Musideum Bob Cohen (folk/songwriter) 8 pm. Orbit Room The Sattalites (reggae) 10 pm. The Piston Two-Four Tuesdays Steve York, Leh-Lo, Sheldon Holder 9 pm. Sneaky Dee’s Casual User, the Sofistifucks, Skyn Flynt doors 8:30 pm.

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Aspetta Caffe Open Jam El Faron. Bar Radio Whiskey Wednesday Greg McEvoy

Cameron House Harlan Pepper 10 pm,


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Living Daylights String Band 6 pm. See Harlan Pepper album review, page 49. The Duke Open Jam Jon Long 8:30 pm. Free Times Cafe Loretta Fullerton 8 pm. The Local The Vaudevillian (1920s blues) 9 pm. Lou Dawg’s Tangled Up In The Blues Chris Caddell, Cassius Pereira, Kenny Neal Jr 8 pm. Lula Lounge Aroma Del Flamenco Aroma Del Flamenco 8 pm. Old Nick Live Forum Jennifer Brewer 9:30 pm. Press Club Toast N’ Jam Open Mic Ron Leary 10 pm. 751 Open Mic The Stoopids 10 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Tribute To Pete Seeger Timothy Kitz 7:30 pm. Tranzac Tiki Room Toronto Folk Singers Club 8 pm.

CAMERON HOUSE BACK ROOM Little Northern Festival Kim Beggs, Dana ñ ­Sipos, Bern Hermann, Burke Carroll 8 pm. Cameron House Front Room Declan O’Donovan (folk/blues/country/world) 6 pm. Dominion on Queen Corktown Ukulele Jam 8 pm. Emmet Ray Bar Peter Boyd (blues/country/ folk/roots) 9 pm. Gate 403 Michelle Rumball w/ Kevin Quain 9 pm. Grossman’s Bruce Domoney 10 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. The Painted Lady 2 Mics 2 Guitars Jay Aymar 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Rasputin Vodka Bar Acoustic Jam/Open Mic Taylor Abrahamse (singer/songwriter) 9:30 pm. Rock ‘N Horse Saloon Big Tobacco & the Pickers (country) 10 pm. Tranzac Tiki Room Comhaltas Irish Slow ­Session 7:30 pm.


Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Emman­ uelle Beaulieu Bergeron 6 pm. Flato Markham Theatre A Tribute To Count Basie Swing Shift Big Band 2 pm. Gate 403 Conor Hall Jazz Quartet 5 to 8 pm. Hawaii Bar Chris Banks Jazz Trio 9:30 pm. The Jazz Bistro Andrea Superstein 7 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar Stacie McGregor (solo piano jazz) 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Rasputin Vodka Bar The Absinthe Saloon Jazz Distillers Linda Carone (vintage jazz & blues) 7 pm. The Rex Dave Young 9:30 pm, David Hutch­ ison Quartet 6:30 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Alleycatz Salsa Night DJ Frank Bischun 8:30 pm. Disgraceland Tornado DJs Karen, Ian and

Alison (rock/mashups/hip-hop/stoner/electro) 10 pm. Reposado Alien Radio DJ Gord C. Toby’s Famous All Dressed Tuesdays DJ Caff (funk/soul/new Jack swing/rock/reggae) 10 pm. Virgin Mobile Mod Club All I Wanna Do Tour T Mills, Mod Sun doors 7 pm, all ages.

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Air Canada Centre The Neon Lights Tour Demi Lovato, Little Mix 7 pm. Alleycatz Electric Soul Circus. Black Swan Acoustic Open Stage Nicola Vaughan (pop rock) 9:30 pm. Curzon Tony Carpino. Horseshoe I Hate Todd, Rotary Dial, Ginger Ale & the Mono Whales, Giraffe 9 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. Lula Lounge Album launch Quique Es­ camilla, Abdominal & the Obliques (Latin/reggae/rock) doors 7 pm. Magpie Taproom Ectomesoendo, the Marks, Krystal Jessup (rock/folk/experimental/ blues/pop) 8 pm. Orbit Room LMT Connection (funk/R&B) 10 pm.


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. 416922-2014. Andy Poolhall 489 College. 416-923-5300. Array Space 155 Walnut. 416-532-3019. Aspetta Caffe 207 Augusta. 416-725-0693. Axis Gallery & Grill 3048 Dundas W. 416-604-3333. Baltic Avenue 875 Bloor W. 647-898-5324. Bar Radio 615 College. 416-516-3237. Barcode 364 Richmond W. 416-351-1100. BassLine Music Bar 865 Bloor W. 416-732-7513. Bata Shoe Museum 327 Bloor W. 416-979-7799. Beaver 1192 Queen W. 416-537-2768. Beth David Synagogue 55 Yeomans. Black Bear Pub 1125 O’Connor. 416-752-5182. Black Eagle 457 Church. 416-413-1219. Black Swan 154 Danforth. 416-469-0537. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 506 Bloor W. 416-516-2330. Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen W. 416-504-4239. Brassaii 461 King W. 416-598-4730. Brimz 321 Queen W. 416-598-4287. The Cage 292 292 College. Cameron House 408 Queen W. 416-703-0811. Campbell House Museum 160 Queen W. 416-597-0227.


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Alleycatz Carlo Berardinucci Band (swing/jazz). Chalkers Pub Lisa Particelli’s GNOJAZZ Jam

Donald Glover owes it all to the internet By Holly Mackenzie

Childish Gambino at Sound Academy (11 Polson), Monday & Tuesday (March 24 and 25), doors 7 pm. $39.50-$55. LN, RT, SS Most artists create in order to connect with an audience. But few have the ability to do so like Donald Glover, aka rapper Childish Gambino. In town last October to promote his most recent release, Because The Internet (Universal), Glover pulled the plug on the scheduled listening session for media. Instead, he tweeted a time and location for Toronto fans to get the exclusive. They showed up in droves and got a Q&A with the man himself. For well-intentioned stunts like this, the writer/actor/ rapper has earned an extremely devoted fan base. He’s accessible, raw and sometimes uncomfortably honest. Just before that album’s release, Glover posted a series of handwritten notes exposing his fears and loneliness as well as his struggle determining a release date. Despite the unexpected wave of attention and scrutiny (as well as support and kudos), Glover won’t change his approach. Because, he says, it’s much easier to be true to you. “That’s the best part about being honest,” says Glover, sitting cross-legged in a Four Seasons hotel suite. “Sometimes I hesitate because [the truth can hurt]. I don’t think being mean is good. I want people to feel loved all the time, but being honest, it’s not hard. You just

Cavern Bar 76 Church. 416-971-4440. CBC Broadcast Centre 250 Front W. 416-205-7164. C’est What 67 Front E. 416-867-9499. Chalkers Pub 247 Marlee. 416-789-2531. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla 200 Bathurst. Children’s Peace Theatre 305 Dawes. 416-752-1550. Church of the Holy Trinity 10 Trinity Square. 416-598-4521. Classico Pizza & Pasta 2457 Bloor W. 416-763-1313. Clinton’s 693 Bloor W. 416-535-9541. Cloak & Dagger Pub 394 College. 647-436-0228. Club 120 120 Church. CODA 794 Bathurst. College Street United Church 454 College. 416-929-3019. Crawford 718 College. 416-530-1633. Crocodile Rock 240 Adelaide W. 416-599-9751. Cube 314 Queen W. 416-263-0330. Curzon 1192 Queen E. 416-850-3650. Dakota Tavern 249 Ossington. 416-850-4579. Dance Cave 529 Bloor W, 2nd floor. 416-532-1598. The Danforth Music Hall 147 Danforth. 416-778-8163. De Sotos 1079 St Clair W. 416-651-2109. Design Exchange 234 Bay. 416-363-6121. Disgraceland 965 Bloor W. 647-347-5263. Dominion on Queen 500 Queen E. 416-368-6893. 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. 416-628-0330. The Duke 1225 Queen E. 416-463-5302. Edward Johnson Building 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. EFS 647 King W. 416-477-5460. 80 Gladstone 80 Gladstone. 416-516-7199.

El Mocambo 464 Spadina. 647-748-6969. Emmet Ray Bar 924 College. 416-792-4497. Evergreen Brick Works 550 Bayview. 416-596-1495. First Canadian Place 1 First Canadian Pl. 416-862-8138. Flato Markham Theatre 171 Town Centre Blvd (Markham). 905-305-7469. The Flying Beaver Pubaret 488 Parliament. 647-3476567. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231. The 460 460 Spadina Ave. Free Times Cafe 320 College. 416-967-1078. Full of Beans Coffee 1348 Dundas W. 647-347-4161. The Garrison 1197 Dundas W. 416-519-9439. Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles. 416-588-2930. Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. Goodhandy’s 120 Church. 416-760-6514. Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale. 416-4887884. The Great Hall 1087 Queen W. 416-826-3330. Grossman’s 379 Spadina. 416-977-7000. Guvernment 132 Queens Quay E. 416-869-0045. Habits Gastropub 928 College. 416-533-7272. Handlebar 159 Augusta. 647-748-7433. Harbord Bakery 115 Harbord. 416-922-5767. Hard Luck Bar 772a Dundas W. Hard Rock Cafe 279 Yonge. 416-362-3636. Harlem 67 Richmond E. 416-368-1920. Hawaii Bar 989 Dovercourt. 416-786-7880. Henhouse 1532 Dundas W. 416-534-5939. The Hideout 484 Queen W. 647-438-7664. Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine 2050 Danforth. 416-551-7560.

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have to be okay with being wrong sometimes. That’s it.” After leaving NBC sitcom Community midway through its fifth season, Glover’s had more time to work on his music (in addition to two studio albums, he’s released an EP and six mixtapes). To find the balance in a still-hectic life, he focuses on being in the moment. “I have to slow down as much as I can. I’ve learned to meditate and let things go through me. And be interested in things that matter.” Because The Internet got its name from an exchange Glover had with the musician Beck. After realizing that “because the internet” was Glover’s answer to nearly everything the two were discussing about changes in the music industry, Beck jokingly suggested he make it the album title. It stuck. “The internet is the world,” says Glover. “The world is the internet. So why am I not talking about it more?” It was, after all, what launched his career in the first place. Before he was Troy Barnes on Community or writing for 30 Rock, Glover was part of internet sketch group Derrick Comedy, best known for the sketch Bro Rape and the film Mystery Team. So what’s the best thing the internet has given him? “Being here,” he says. “Everything. I wouldn’t be here without the internet.”

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. 416-531-6604. Humble Beginnings 3109 Dundas W. 647-748-3109. Imperial Pub 54 Dundas E. 416-977-4667. Jane Mallett Theatre 27 Front E. 416-366-7723. The Jazz Bistro 251 Victoria. 416-363-5299. Johnny Jackson 587 College. Jubilee United Church 40 Underhill. 416-447-6846. June Records 662 College. 416-516-5863. Kama 214 King W. 416-599-5262. Kensington Lodge 21 Kensington. 647-769-9936. Kitch 229 Geary. 647-350-4555. Lake Affect Lounge 1 Port E (Mississauga). 905-274-8223. Lee’s Palace 529 Bloor W. 416-532-1598. Linsmore Tavern 1298 Danforth. 416-466-5130. The Loaded Dog 1921 Lawrence E. 416-901-0662. The Local 396 Roncesvalles. 416-535-6225. Lou Dawg’s 589 King W. 647-347-3294. Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307. Magpie Taproom 831 Dundas W. 647-350-8305. Malvern Library 30 Sewells. 416-396-8969. Massey Hall 178 Victoria. 416-872-4255. McQueen’s Pub 993 Queen E. 647-748-7740. Media Bar & Lounge 77 Peter. 416-260-6111. Mélange 172 Main. 416-686-6485. Mezzetta 681 St Clair W. 416-658-5687. Midfield Wine Bar 1434 Dundas W. 647-345-7005. Morgans on the Danforth 1282 Danforth. 416-461-3020. Music Gallery 197 John. 416-204-1080.

Jazz 606 Humber Faculty 6 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Gate 403 Leigh Graham Jazz Duo 5 to 8 pm. Hawaii Bar Luke Vajsar (solo bass) 9:30 pm. The Local John David Williams & Adrian Gross (ragtime/gypsy jazz) 9 pm. Malvern Library 22 Days Of Cello Performances In Unexpected Places Marie Gelinas 3:30 pm. Mezzetta Rob Piltch & Neil Swainson 9 pm. Nawlins Jazz Bar The Jim Heineman Trio (jazz) 7 to 11 pm. The Painted Lady Jazz Rock Jam Wayne Cass, Great Bob Scott, Mike Pellarin, Tom Walsh 9:30 pm. The Rex Bucket of Fish Orchestra 9:30 pm, Griffith/Hiltz Trio 6:30 pm. Tranzac Southern Cross Josh Cole, Ryan Driver & Nick Fraser (jazz) 10 pm, Trevor Giancola 7:30 pm.

Dance Music/DJ/Lounge

Bovine Sex Club Pussy Whipped Wednesdays DJ Misty.

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

doors 8 pm.5

Crocodile Rock DJ CrocRock. Design Exchange This Is Not A Work Party DJs

Body Interface 6 to 9 pm. 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. The Hoxton Annie Mac Presents Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid doors 10 pm. Sneaky Dee’s What’s Poppin’. 3

Musideum 401 Richmond W. 416-599-7323. NAISA Space 601 Christie, studio 252. 416-652-5115. Nawlins Jazz Bar 299 King W. 416-595-1958. 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & the Arts 918 Bathurst. 416-538-0868. 99 Sudbury 99 Sudbury. Old Mill Inn 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641. Old Nick 123 Danforth. 416-461-5546. On Cue 349 Jane. 647-763-0417. Only Café 972 Danforth. 416-463-7843. Opera Bob’s 1112 Dundas W. 416-536-5585. Opera House 735 Queen E. 416-466-0313. Opticianado 2919 Dundas W. 416-604-2020. Orbit Room 580A College. 416-535-0613. Outrigger Tap And Table 2232 Queen E. 647-748-2232. The Painted Lady 218 Ossington. 647-213-5239. Pauper’s Pub 539 Bloor W. 416-530-1331. Phoenix Concert Theatre 410 Sherbourne. 416-323-1251. The Piston 937 Bloor W. 416-532-3989. Press Club 850 Dundas W. 416-364-7183. Rasputin Vodka Bar 780 Queen E. 416-469-3737. Relish Bar & Grill 2152 Danforth. 416-425-4664. Reposado 136 Ossington. 416-532-6474. Reservoir Lounge 52 Wellington E. 416-955-0887. Revival 783 College. 416-535-7888. The Rex 194 Queen W. 416-598-2475. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 10268 Yonge (Richmond Hill). 905-787-8811. Rivoli 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908. Rock ‘N Horse Saloon 250 Adelaide W. Rockpile 5555 Dundas W. 416-504-6699. The Rockpile East 2787A Eglinton E. 647-748-7625.

Roxton 379 Harbord. 416-535-8181. Roy Thomson Hall 60 Simcoe. 416-872-4255. Royal Conservatory of Music 273 Bloor W. 416-408-0208. The Savoy 1166 Queen W. 416-499-9386. SET Boutique 333 King W. 416-597-2789. 751 751 Queen W. 647-436-6681. Seven44 744 Mt Pleasant. 416-489-7931. Silver Dollar 486 Spadina. 416-975-0909. The Sister 1554 Queen W. 416-532-2570. Smiling Buddha 961 College. 416-788-7586. 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. Andrew by-the-Lake Church 102 Lakeshore, Ward’s Island. 416-203-0873. St Nicholas Anglican Church 1512 Kingston Rd. 416691-0449. Sutra/Souz Dal 612 College. 416-537-8755. Tattoo 567 Queen W. 416-703-5488. Taylor Memorial Library 1440 Kingston Rd. 416-396-8939. Toby’s Famous 411 College. 416-868-6297. Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge. 416-733-9388. Tota Lounge 592 Queen W. 416-866-8878. Touché 669 College. 416-516-9009. Tranzac 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137. UNIUN 473 Adelaide W. 416-603-9300. Velvet Underground 510 Queen W. 416-504-6688. Virgin Mobile Mod Club 722 College. 416-588-4663. The Vue 195 Galaxy Blvd. 416-213-9788. WAYLA Bar 996 Queen E. 416-901-5570. Wise Guys 2301 Danforth. 416-694-2005. The Yukon 1592 Queen W. 647-348-8400.

album reviews opening track Argentina meanders around a catchy melody, using language tricks like chanting “dark” in one pre-chorus and then “bright” in another. Then there’s the single Hot Tonight, all guitar rock and harmonizing “woos,” showcasing the new pop-star polish of David Monks’s nasal voice. The new aesthetic makes sense. The band said they wanted an album that didn’t conform to trends, and Forcefield definitely isn’t part of any “wave.” It is, however, stuck between indie rock and top 40 pop, with its catchy riffs and rhyming verses, experimental keyboards and lengthy singles. All said, it’s a collection to bob your head and sing along to, something that will never go out of style. Top track: Tunnel Vision SAMANTHA EDWARDS

One of the album’s lone bright spots is Nicki Minaj’s scathing Lookin Ass, a rolereversing battle cry that’s an early contender for song-of-the-year lists. Top track: Lookin Ass JS




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Singles (4AD) Rating: Be careful with Future Islands’ current single, Seasons. It’ll end up on your iTunes Top 25 Most Played faster than the band’s David Letterman appearance went viral on YouTube. It’s as if Bruce Springsteen did a midtempo synth-pop song, an über-vulnerable finger-snapper. Except even the Boss couldn’t be as exposed and captivating as the Baltimore trio’s singer, Samuel T. Herring. The record’s arrangements are simple – a humming bass line usually swims in smooth synths – all the better for Herring to show his range. Seasons finds

him sounding like a raspier Elton John. On Doves, he’s throaty and desperate. On Back In The Tall Grass theatrical and articulate. Never does he reach the animalistic growls we’ve caught live, but on Fall From Grace he manages bursts of caustic wailing more suited to a noise band – and a nice contrast to the laid-back vibe. There’s nothing superdark about Singles, but Herring has a tragic underdog quality. Beneath catchy pop hooks, there’s deep-rooted pain in these love songs. Also of note: nostalgic familial tearjerker A Song For Our Grandfathers. Top track: Seasons JULIA LECONTE

chés (and bring to mind that icky Winger song from 1988). Occasionally lyrically as regressive as the music is progressive. Top track: Best Of You Bend Sinister play the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, March 20). CARLA GILLIS

Pop/Rock BEND SINISTER Animals (File

Under Music) Rating: NNN Bend Sinister have been making exuberant noise for well over a decade, and they’re as energetic as ever on their fourth album. The Vancouver four-piece deftly squeeze a lot of ideas into each song, moving from Billy Joel piano rock and moody metal to Queen balladry and ZZ Top boogie rock in the span of five minutes. It’s hooky and spirited, especially standouts Best Of You and Through The Week. The hyperactivity can get wearisome, though. Dan Moxon’s go-for-broke singing – rare in the world of inward-turned indie rock – is undoubtedly an asset but could be reeled in. The big-voiced boisterousness gets grating on I Got Love and Seventeen, and it can’t go unmentioned that the latter’s lyrics about a guy who brings home a hot girl who he later discovers is only 17 mine the worst of rock and roll cli-

HARLAN PEPPER Take Out A Twenty & Live Life To The Fullest (Six Shooter) Rating: NNN The guys in Harlan Pepper are mature beyond their 21 years: they’ve managed to distill some great nuggets of rock ’n’ roll – going back at least to the 60s – better than many bands more advanced in age. Yet their new record isn’t pretentious. It’s a statement of youthful lust for life and love that draws liberally from rootsy and bluesy contemporary Canadiana (with a touch of Joel Plaskett casual flair) as well as the Stones, British Invasion and sometimes, the Band. At some of its best moments, the album literally rocks – not in a loud sense, but in its tasty, mellow back-and-forth grooves. The band also tries out folk and quirky alt rock on Allison and Left Out respectively. Top track: Party Shoes Harlan Pepper play the Cameron House Tuesday (March 25). SARAH GREENE TOKYO POLICE CLUB Forcefield

(Dine Alone) Rating: NNN Tokyo Police Club’s third album, their first in four years, is the Toronto band’s poppiest to date. Clocking in at nearly nine minutes,

= Critics’ Pick NNNNN = Perfect NNNN = Great NNN = Good NN = Bad N = Horrible




My Krazy Life (Def Jam) Rating: NNNN YG’s long-awaited debut record is structured around a familiar conceit – a day in the life of a young Compton kid who can’t seem to avoid trouble – and will provoke appropriate comparisons to Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. DJ Mustard handles the bulk of the production here and uses a constantly hiccupping bass and hypnotic snares to imbue everything – even threats – with the unmistakable levity that’s become YG’s trademark. My Krazy Life benefits from cohesion and strong sequencing (the lead-in to megasmash My Nigga is notably smooth), while songs like I Just Wanna Party and Left, Right are hedonistic jams sprinkled with distinctive California cultural markers. But at MKL’s best moments, the emcee looks inward: the G-Funk-heavy youthful reminiscences of Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin) featuring Kendrick Lamar; vivid storytelling caper Meet the Flockers; and the R&B-leaning Do It To Ya. YG may just want to party, but the layered storytelling displayed here proves he could be the next transcendent, endlessly original West Coast superstar. Top track: Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin) JORDAN SOWUNMI

ate storytelling. In the title track, a downon-his-luck young man robs a store at gunpoint and faces the consequences. The upfront sadness of She Used To Love Me A Lot, evident in the title alone, cuts like a knife. Plus rough-and-reedy-voiced June Carter Cash lends hillbilly edge to a lighthearted duet or two. Top track: She Used To Love Me A Lot CG

Out Among The Stars (Sony) Rating: NNNN Often, “lost” albums are lost for good reason; the musician(s) or labels didn’t believe in the music enough to release them. And considering that the glossy 80s weren’t a particularly fruitful time for oldschool outlaw country musician Johnny Cash, there’s even more reason to be leery of Out Among The Stars. But this posthumous album is wonderful. Shelved in the 80s after Columbia dropped Cash, it’s marvellously quaint in spite of the involvement of countrypolitan producer Bill Sherrill. Arrangements are unfussy – at least by today’s standards – and Cash’s rich, familiar baritone is in fine shape. (Apparently, most of the vocals were done in one take.) Then there’s the honest, compassion-

SKRILLEX Recess (Big Beat/Atlantic) Rating: NNN Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) is one of the biggest names in electronic music, but despite stadium-filling shows and six Grammy Awards, Recess is the EDM superstar’s first official full-length. The album shows he’s progressed since bursting onto the scene four years ago, but it’s definitely not going to change the minds of those who think he’s ruining dance music. Moore takes on the haters from the get-go on All Is Fair In Love And Brostep, an unapologetically aggressive banger that embodies the derisive genre term referenced in the title. But after a few tracks of instant-gratification, big-room sounds, he shakes up the formula with some unexpected rhythmic twists, surprisingly subtle melodies and playful, experimental detours. His target market is still obviously teenagers who’ve just discovered dance music, but if he is this generation’s Chemical Brothers or the Prodigy, things could be a lot worse. Top track: Coast Is Clear (feat. Chance The Rapper) Skrillex plays Echo Beach May 30 and 31. BENJAMIN BOLES

YOUNG MONEY Rise Of An Empire

(Young Money) Rating: NN The follow-up to Young Money’s 2009 debut compilation, Rise Of An Empire opens with the one-two punch of We Alright from newcomer Euro, Lil Wayne and Birdman, and Drake’s stentorian hit Trophies – a reminder that Young Money boasts some of rap’s biggest crossover stars. But the rest of the album doesn’t show many heirs to those thrones. The unfortunately named Euro shows potential with punchline-packed bars, but uses a flow too Drake-like to make his own mark. The album is bogged down in missteps like Tyga, Lil’ Twist and YG’s limp One Time and uninspired strip club anthem Back It Up. Wayne, who’s been on autopilot the last few years, is spotty again here, delivering a characteristically apathetic verse on the Christina Millian co-starring Video Model, sounding like a man trying to capture the flirty magic of his earlier pop features, but falling painfully short. NOW MARCH 20-26 2014



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Centre comes home Theatre Centre finally gets a permanent space in a former library By JON KAPLAN SEA SICK written and performed by Alanna Mitchell, directed by Franco Boni with Ravi Jain. Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). Runs to Sunday (March 23), 8 pm, matinee Sunday 2 pm. $30, stu $25. 416-538-0988,

After 35 years, the Theatre Centre finally has its own home. From its beginnings at Broadview and Danforth, followed by moves to spaces around town, the company has become a nationally important live arts hub and incubator of performance work. It opens its doors this week in a former Carnegie Library on Queen West, down the street from three spaces it once inhabited. “It’s epic and surreal to be here,” says artistic and general director Franco Boni, who’s run the organization since 2003. The centre opens not with a splashy, high-tech show but with journalist Alanna Mitchell’s Sea Sick, a solo piece about changes in the global ocean and why they matter to us all. “I was blown away when I first heard Alanna speak on the topic, and I wondered if I could work with her on creating a play based on her book and talk. What developed is as much about her and her journey from a prairie childhood as it is about her insights into the acidification of the oceans and its effect on climate. “It’s simple, direct storytelling, and it came into focus for me when Alanna said that science could only take us so far. That was the killer idea for me, that ideas like these need art to given them meaning.” Boni, who directs Sea Sick with artistic-director-in-residence Ravi Jain, becomes warmly enthusiastic when he discusses things that move him. “When you spend your life devoted to making theatre, you feel it in your gut when something’s right, that a piece like this is one you have to share with others. It gives meaning to our work, helping people synthesize ideas and share them with others. That’s why we’ve created a new home; this is part of our role as artists.” The new Theatre Centre is a community space filled with windows and light. Its glass lobby, facing a new park, is open to the public throughout the day, not just before performances. There’s a café run by


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Irwin Adam Eydelnant and Jarlath Byrne Rodgers (i&j ideations; both are foodies in addition to their graduate work in biomedical engineering and molecular biology). The fully accessible building includes a green roof, gallery space and two flexible performance areas, a small one at ground level and a main space one floor up that includes some of the building’s original architectural design. “The Theatre Centre has been about research and development since the early 80s,” says Boni, who previously ran the Rhubarb Festival and SummerWorks and received the George Luscombe Award for mentorship in theatre. “Over the years it’s fostered work by Daniel MacIvor, Alisa Palmer, Tomson Highway, Daniel Brooks, Kelly Thornton and Darren O’Donnell. A decade ago we shifted the R&D program into residencies, which provide not just finances but also time in the theatre and interaction with other artists.” Last year Boni invited Jain, whom he’s known for several years, to work with him as resident artistic director. The position rotates to a different artist after two years.

“Part of the Centre’s training program is to give a young artist the opportunity to program a venue. An artist who runs an itinerant company usually works on a project-to-project basis, but here Ravi, head of Why Not Theatre, can program an entire season. “I asked him not to spend his time in administration or at board meetings, but to frame a question for audiences that would involve some actual scheduling of shows. Ravi’s question was about the role of a theatre venue in a community, a neighbourhood, and our productions look at that idea from various angles.” Boni sums up his excitement about the company’s new home by looking both backward and forward. “The Theatre Centre has been so many things over the past 35 years. One of the things I hope to see is its becoming a place where all sorts of ideas can be shared, discussed and debated. A theatre isn’t just a place where you see a show at 8 pm. “It has to be more than that.” 3

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Opening BIG GIRL PANTIES (Sandra Shamas). Shamas performs her work-in-progress ñ solo show about women over 55 blooming

later in life. Opens Mar 20 and runs to Apr 6, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $25, rush $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, Tallulah’s Cabaret. 416-975-8555, CABARET BRISE-JOUR (L’Orchestre d’hommesorchestres). Eight musicians borrow from the repertoire of Kurt Weill to look at the best and worst of the human condition. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Mar 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $25-$30, mat $50. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, CHICAGO by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander (Mirvish). A chorus girl is charged with murder in 1920s Chicago in this musical. Opens Mar 26 and runs to Mar 30, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mat Thu and Sat 2 pm, Sun 1:30 pm. $25-$130. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, COWBOY MOUTH by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith (Rhizoma Productions/Sterling Studio Theatre). A man goes on a sex- and drugfuelled bender with a girl who wants to make him a rock star. Opens Mar 24 and runs to Mar 29, Mon-Sat 8 pm. $20, stu $15. 163 Sterling, unit 5. DESPERATE CHURCH WIVES by Diane Johnstone (Under the Blood Productions). Church ladies fume when a minister’s wife is busted for prostitution in this solo comedy. Opens Mar 20 and runs to Mar 29, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411,


(Feld Entertainment). Disney characters go on an adventure in this all-ages show. Mar 21-23, Fri 7 pm, Sat 5 pm, mat Sat-Sun 10:30 am & 2 pm. $25-$80. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE (Acting Up Stage Company). A celebration of the life and music of William Finn with biographical and fictional elements. Previews Mar 21-23. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Apr 13, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $30-$50. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E, Aki Studio Theatre. 1-800-838-3006, EPHEMERAL (Theatre Orenda/Devised Theatre Festival). This play explores the influence of time on the human psyche. Mar 20-22, ThuSat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $12, stu $10. York University Accolade East Bldg, 4700 Keele, rm 207. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (City Centre Musical Productions). Judas makes a fateful choice in this musical. Opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 30, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and Mar 29) at 2 pm. $28, stu/srs $26. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo, Mississauga.


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Marie Brassard (Infrarouge/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). In the future, a dying old woman drifts among the thoughts of someone in the present. Opens Mar 26 and runs to Apr 6, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$37, Sun pwyc. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,


by Bruno Coppens (Théâtre français de Toronto). Coppens performs his comedic cabaret to celebrate his 50th birthday. Opens Mar 26 and runs to Mar 30, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $30-$57 Wed pwyc, limited rush $20. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley, Upstairs. 416-534-6604, NEW JERUSALEM by David Ives (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). A Jewish philosopher’s radical ideas threaten his community’s safety in 17th-century Amsterdam. Opens Mar 20 and runs to Apr 13, Tue-Thu and Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sun 2 pm. $30$60. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 1-855-985-2787, OLD LOVE by Norm Foster (Sirius Theatrical Company). Repressed emotions surface for a woman and her late husband’s employee at the husband’s funeral. Opens Mar 20 and runs to Mar 30, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. Mimico Presbyterian Church, 119 Mimico. RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES (Mirvish). This multimedia show recreates performances from the 60s and 70s. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Mar 30, Tue-Fri 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $32-$119. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, ROAD by Jim Cartwright (Theatre @ York). In 1980s England, the unemployed residents of a small town use sex, religion, suicide and drink to escape reality. Previews Mar 23-24. Opens Mar 25 and runs to Mar 29, daily at 7:30 pm, mat Wed & Fri 1 pm. $17, stu/srs $12, preview $5. York University, 4700 Keele, Joseph G Green Studio. A SPECTACLE OF PLAY (Hercinia Arts Collective). This compilation of works feature circus art forms including aerial silks, trapeze, puppetry, clown and more. Opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 28, Thu-Fri 8 pm, Sat 9 pm. $20-$25. The Bat Cave, 1173 Dundas E. THE TRIAL OF KEN GASS by Bobby Del Rio (Hlibka Entertainment Inc). In a Kafkaesque series of interrogations, theatre star Ken Gass is put on trial for crimes he is not aware of. A different actor plays Gass each night. Opens Mar 21 and runs to Apr 3, Sat-Thu 8 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm. $15, Sun pwyc. Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard E. UNDER THE SKIN by Betty Lambert (Unit 102 Actor’s Company). Destructive tendencies are revealed as three characters deal with the disappearance of a young girl. Opens Mar 20 and runs to Mar 29, Mon-Sat 8 pm. $20. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin.



MINOTAUR by Kevin Dyer (Young People’s Theatre/Polka Theatre/Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre). A cryptic text message from his soldier dad sends a boy on a quest in this fusion of Greek myths and modern themes. Previews Mar 24-26. Opens Mar 27 and runs to Apr 13, see website for schedule. $15-$24. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,


BENEDICTUS by Motti Lerner (Volcano Theatre/Koffler Centre of the Arts). Lerner’s political thriller gets a staged reading. Mar 20 at 7:30 pm. Free. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. BLAME CANADA! (Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective). The collective launches with musical theatre performances by Thom Allison, Gabi Epstein and others. Mar 24 at 8:30 pm. $20-$25. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604,

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Aleksandar Antonijevic Principal dancer, Onegin In June, one of the stars of the National Ballet of Canada will be taking his final bow with the company after 23 years. But for now you can see the elegant, versatile and always expressive Aleksandar Antonijevic in the title role of the brooding hero Onegin (he performs March 20 and 22; see See Dance Listings, page 54. Why retire now? It feels right, and I’m ready. There are ballets that are very dear to my heart, and I get to dance them now: Onegin, A Month In The Country and the second

detail, to name a few. I’m very excited about the second part of my life. Knowing what you do now, what would you have told yourself two ­decades ago? I guess to chill out a bit and not take everything so seriously, which at the same time resulted in my success and the commitment and work ethic that I demanded of myself. Favourite roles? Dramatic roles like Onegin mean a lot – they’re why I started dancing in the beginning, to express, to move a viewer and go on a journey together. The abstract works like Chroma also feel like a “second skin” and have given me much pleasure. Being intellectually challenged by the amazing choreo­grapher Wayne McGregor made me look at movement in a new light at the late stage of my career. Favourite offstage ballet moment? Meeting Lady Diana after a gala performance in London, England. Such poise, elegance and grace. We were all in awe. This month you’re playing Onegin, one of the most dramatic parts in the rep-

ertoire. Do you relate to him at all? Yes. This was a role I desired to dance for a long time, but I was told I looked too young and romantic and was better suited to the role of Lensky. Once I got the part, I immediately understood him, feeling misunderstood and alienated, his elegance mistaken for coldness and arrogance. It’s the perfect fulllength story ballet, and for once the male lead is developed and complete. It’s a delicious piece of art to sink your teeth into. Key to avoiding serious injuries? You can only prevent injuries by being a smart dancer, using your brain every day and understanding technique and training. It’s very important to crosstrain and work outside the studio to offset the repetitive nature of the ballet training. Consistency is key. It’s June, and three minutes before your final performance in the second detail. What’s going through your mind? “Let’s get the ball rolling!” …and three minutes after? “Get me a drink and let’s celebrate. Let’s not look back but forward into the exciting unknown!” If fans want to bring bouquets, what are your favourite flowers? I don’t like cut flowers, as I know they’re already dying. Plant a flower or a tree – it would give me the greatest pleasure. You’ve developed a second career as a photographer, with an exhibition called Till We Meet Again – A Love Letter at the Berenson Gallery in May. Any connection between dance and photography? As a dancer, I have been around photography as a medium my whole life. The way we train is very much like looking through a viewfinder. It feels like a natural and organic transition. 


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(Anne Walker). This documentary musical traces the changing way of life in a rural Ontario village. Mar 21 at 8 pm. Pwyc (RSVP required). Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes. 416-690-4862, lucybowers@­ The Joy Luck Club based on the novel by Amy Tan (Rose Theatre). Four Chinese women struggle to connect with their American-born daughters. Mar 20 at 8 pm. $59-$69. 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton. r­ 905 Road Show: A Creativity Cabaret (Diaspora Dialogues). Community members perform a mashup of comedy, poetry, music and more. Free. Mar 25, 6 to 8 pm, at Sheridan College Davis Campus Pub (7899 McLaughlin, Brampton). Mar 26, 6:30 to 8 pm, at The Guilty Dog (220 Lakeshore W, Mississauga).


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company features performances by Mark Cassius, Lisa Horner, Jeff Madden and others. Mar 23 at 7:30 pm. $40, stu/srs $28. Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood. ­ Soulpepper Cabaret Series (Soulpepper Theatre). Mike Ross performs an intimate cabaret concert. Mar 22 at 8:30 pm. $15-$18, stu $10. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, Stiffelio by Giuseppe Verdi (VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert). A Protestant minister deals with his wife’s infidelity in this Italian opera. Mar 23 at 2:30 pm. $40-$52. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front E. 416-366-7723, s­


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Belle Gunness: The Black Widow Of LaPorte by Justin Cummings and Peter Grant

Mackechnie (UC Follies Theatre Co). A woman may have killed up to 40 people in 19th-century America in this play based on a true story. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $12. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. 416-978-8849, Blackbird by Adam Rapp (Pinchback Productions). Two heroin addicts try to crawl out of the gutter on Christmas Eve in 90s NYC. Runs to Mar 23, Fri-Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. Hub 14, 14 Markham. A Brimful Of Asha by Ravi Jain (Why Not Theatre/Soulpepper). An Indo-Canadian man learns that his Indian vacation is a wife-seeking scheme by his parents. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $25-$55. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, ­ The Carousel by Jennifer Tremblay (Nightwood Theatre). A woman enters a maze of memories as she travels to be with her dying mother (see review, this page). Runs to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$45. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. NNNN (JK) Copy by Ryan Robinson (Two Chips Theatre Group). Five underpaid workers on the night shift discuss unfairness and unfulfilled dreams. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $15. Sterling Studio Theatre, 163 Sterling, unit 5. ­


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The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Theatre & Performance Studies, UTSC). A small town is rocked by accusations of witchcraft in 1692 America. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm. $10, stu/srs $8. U of T Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail. Dark Matter (Circlesnake Productions). Marlow must retrieve the brutal Kurtz from a space colony in this adaptation of Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness. Runs to Apr 6, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, Sun pwyc-$10. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. c­ Guys & Dolls by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (First Act Productions). A wager leads to romance in this musical. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $25. Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery. f­ Into The Woods by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim (Trinity College Dramatic Society). Characters from fairy tales reunite in a musical about wishes and consequences. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $12. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire. 416-978-8849, ­ Lord Of The Flies by William Golding (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts). Stranded school boys descend into chaos in this adaptation of Golding’s novel. Runs to Mar 22, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $22. Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst. Lungs by Duncan Macmillan (Tarragon Theatre). A young couple discuss the idea of having a child, setting off a series of explosions in their relationship. Macmillan’s script sometimes recycles the same ideas, but his vernacular writing is sharp, as are the performances of Brendan Gall and Lesley Faulkner under Weyni Mengesha’s direction. Runs to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $21$53, rush $13. 30 Bridgman, Extra Space. 416531-1827, NNNN (JK)

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appears, is with her grandmother, Marie, who forced her daughter, the speaker’s mother, Florence, to attend convent school. It’s to Marie that the woman turns constantly, asking advice and seeking truths from the past that will help her deal with the present, where she herself has had to leave her sons to be with her dying mother. The script is rich in allusions, suggestive explorations of traditional male and female roles (men go off exploring, women stay home) and a plot that involves kidnapping, alcoholism, an exciting but dangerous horse ride and a final whirl on the carousel of the title. If at times the writing emphasizes the stereotyped idea of women’s dependence on men, its female characters have their own strengths. In a focused, powerful performance, Fulton displays her wide vocal and physical range, changing from one character to another with breathtaking speed, summoning up sensuality in a word or gesture, sinking into herself to reveal the depths of uncertainty and fear. The production gets a further boost from the design: Thomas Ryder P ­ ayne’s evocative soundscape, Kimberly Purtell’s lighting and especially Denyse Karn’s set, a white hospital wall seen in perspective. Karn’s projections flash across it, locating us in convent, home, forest and elsewhere while taking us deep into the speaker’s subconscious JON KAPLAN world of memory.

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lage 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. 416767-7702, Marry Me A Little by Stephen Sondheim (Tarragon Theatre). Director Adam Brazier brings an inventiveness to his staging of Craig Lucas and Norman René’s revue of songs, many of them cut from Sondheim musicals and shoehorned here into a vague narrative about the rise and fall of a relationship between a composer (Adrian Marchuk) and a singer (Elodie Gillett). The performers are talented singing actors, and the set and musical direction are effective, but connecting the songs with what’s happening onstage is like forcing square pegs into round holes. Things don’t fit. Runs to Apr 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat SatSun 2:30 pm. $27-$53, rush $13. 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, NNN (GS) New Ideas Festival (Alumnae Theatre). Showcase of new writing, works-in-progress, experimental theatre and staged readings. Runs to Mar 30, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm, Sat readings at noon. $15, Sat readings pwyc, festival pass $40. 70 Berkeley. 416364-4170, The Rover by Aphra Behn (Theatre Erindale). The carnal adventures of Englishmen in Naples is depicted in this Restoration comedy. Runs to Mar 23, Thu 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (no show Mar 16). $15, stu/ srs $10. Erindale Studio Theatre at UTM, 3359 Mississauga Rd N. Sea Sick by Alanna Mitchell (Theatre Centre Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Performance Series). Mitchell’s solo performance looks at the secrets of the ocean (see story, page 50). Runs to Mar 23, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $25-$30. 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, ­ The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (The Chekhov Collective). Thinly veiled as a comedy, this bleak and tragic look at frustrated youth and middle-age regret focuses on a summer getaway at a country estate that quickly turns tense for aging actor Arkadina, her lover Trigorin, and her angst-ridden 20-something son Konstantin. Gripping performances from the ensemble convey Chekhov’s dark subtext. Runs to Mar 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $tba. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley, Upstairs. 416-368-3110, NNNN (Jordan Bimm)


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live band and see previews of upcoming works at this weekly show. Mondays 10 pm. Free. Statler’s, 487 Church. 416-922-0487. 6 Essential Questions by Priscila Uppal (Factory Theatre). The stage version of Uppal’s memoir about confronting the mother who abandoned her family when the author was a child is a piece of magic realism, as lively and raucous as a Rio Carnival. The parts don’t come together into a satisfying whole, but director Leah Cherniak gets strong comic work from her actors, especially Elizabeth Saunders as the larger-than-life mother and Maggie Huculak as the willful grandmother. Runs to Mar 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $27-$42, mat pwyc. 125 Bathurst, Mainspace. 416-5049971, NNN (JK) The Wanderers by Kawa Ada (Cahoots Theatre Company). Ada’s ambitious, multi-generational play follows the fortunes of an Afghan family from 1978 Kabul to Ontario in the 1980s and 2010s. There’s some fine writing, particularly in the opening monologue, and Ada uses Afghanistan’s war-torn history as a compelling backdrop. But the jumble of scenes is confusing, and links between characters we know little about are lost. Runs to Mar 23, TueSat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$37, Sun pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, NN (GS) Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Presentation House Theatre). Aimed at children seven and under, this interactive adaptation of Sendak’s classic book about a boy whose imagination takes him to an island of Wild Things will delight kids and grown-ups, both of whom get to participate in the action. As Max and his narrating mother, Raes Calvert and Linda A. Carson draw us warmly into the storytelling. Runs to Mar 30, see website for schedule. $15-$29. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E, Studio. 416-862-2222, NNNN (JK) 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. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $20. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston. ­  3


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Sizzling Scandals Second City’s funniest revue in ages will, er, crack you up By GLENN SUMI SIXTEEN SCANDALS by Ashley Bot-


ting, Craig Brown, Sarah Hiller, Allison Price, Connor Thompson and Kevin Vidal (Second City, 51 Mercer). Limited run. $25-$29. 416-343-0011. See listings, this page. Rating­: NNNNN

From the schizophrenic weather and our crack-smoking mayor to Justin Bie­ber on benders... things are pretty crazy right now. All of which gets chan­nelled superbly into Sixteen Scan­dals, Second City’s funniest revue in ages. Chalk that up to director Chris Earle, who’s got a great ear and sharp sense of drama and knows how to get the best work from the six-person cast. The show, the most consistent revue I’ve seen, opens with two winners. The musical intro is a hysterical (in both senses of the word) Greek chorus

number about how society’s gone to shit. The second is a brilliant sketch about a downtown Toronto hip­ster (Craig Brown) whose visit to his suburban pal (Connor Thompson) uncovers a sinister conspiracy about Ford voters. It’s smart and satirical without being one-sided. Incredible. The über-talented Thompson, a comic straight guy in the tradition of Phil Hartman or Dan Aykroyd, gets to shine in two other bits. In one he

Ashley Botting rocks the cyber-sketch in Second City’s Sixteen​ Scandals.

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prov pit fight. 8 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. 416551-6540, COMEDY NIGHT AT PAINTBOX Paintbox Bistro presents headliner Arthur Simeon w/ Nick Reynolds, Jess Beaulieu and Fraser Young. 8 pm. $20. 555 Dundas E. ­ DANNY BHOY: DEAR EPSON Just for Laughs presents the comic in a live show. To Mar 23, Fri and Sun 7:30 pm. $39.50-$45.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria. ­ THE MARY-JANES OF COMEDY Comedy Bar presents the all-female stand-up show w/ Julia Hladkowicz, Terrific Women, Candice Gregoris, headliner Allison Dore &

Absolute Comedy See Thu 20. CATCH 23 Comedy Bar presents a weekly im-

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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, 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.

Thursday, March 20 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents headliner Slim

Bloodworth w/ Craig Fay and host Pierre Brault. To Mar 23, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, COMICAL: VOLUME 17 Comedy Bar presents stand-up w/ headliner Graham Kay, Paul Thompson, Jess Beaulieu, Nile Seguin, Kate Davis & host Michael Flamank. 9:30 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, THE EMERGENCY MONOLOGUES Morgan Jones Phillips presents his comedic storytelling show about being a paramedic in the big city, plus a set by Cedric Newman. 8 pm. $20. Cameron House, 408 Queen W. Tickets at the door or email ­ LAUGH SABBATH Comedy Bar presents Sara Hennessey, Steph Kaliner, Merv Hartlin, Jon McCurley, hosts James Hartnett & David Dineen-Porter and others. 9:30 pm. $5. 945 Bloor W. SIXTEEN SCANDALS Second City presents its spring revue about our fascination with political train wrecks, media fiascos and red-carpet meltdowns (see review, this page). To May 28, Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 7:30 & 10 pm. $25-$29. 51 Mercer. 416-3430011, NNNNN (GS) YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Byron Bertram. To Mar 23, Thu-Sun 8 pm (and Fri-Sat 10:30 pm). $13-$22. 224 Richmond W. 416967-6425, YUK YUK’S ON TOUR Rose Theatre presents Those Guys On TV w/ Graham Chittenden. 8 pm. $25. 1 Theatre Lane, Studio 2, Brampton. 905-874-2800,

meets his girlfriend’s (Allison Price) family for the first time, resulting in a cascade of compliments that goes to unexpected places. And then he’s a subway patron at the centre of an an­ noying but beautifully choreographed flash mob. Or is he? That’s the great thing about Sixteen Scandals. Even the weaker sketch­es – an overlong bit about a cou­ple’s black hole of a closet, a Sondheimesque ditty, a sketch about a gob­lin – are beautifully shaped, well performed and surprising. What seems like a derivative routine about the way men and women admit to mistakes (featuring Kevin Vi­dal and fearless newcomer Sarah Hillier) gets a Pop Up Video-influenced rethink. And a scene about a woman (Ashley Botting, returning to the mainstage after a couple of years) navigating pop-up ads and social media is so cleverly staged, it makes all previous cyber-sketches seem like the comedy equivalent of dial-up. host Lianne Mauladin. Doors 9:30 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. m ­ THE NIGHT IS YOUNG Comedy Bar presents a live late show w/ Julien Dionne, Marito Lopez, Zabrina Chevannes, host Dean Young and others. 8 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. c­ Sixteen Scandals See Thu 20. STARF*CKERY The Flying Beaver Pubaret presents David-Benjamin Tomlinson’s new show about gossip and the red carpet. 9 pm. $10$15. 488 Parliament. 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. Yuk Yuk’s Downtown See Thu 20.


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com presents a showcase w/ headliner Mark Little, Nigel Grinstead, Ron Pederson, Kayla Lorette & host Darryl Orr. 9 pm. $12. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.

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Botting also triumphs as a TED Talks lecturer who mines some truths about society’s endless need for selfimprovement. Great physical clown Brown invites comparisons to Chaplin in a sure-tobe-classic sequence about the difference between the way a drunk guy perceives himself and the reality. Amazing that this hasn’t been done before. And speaking of new stuff, the firstact closer literally lays bare our crazy hunger for scandals over substance. Special mention needs to go to two contrasting sketches. One features a trio of testosterone-charged dudes; the other looks at three middle-aged women who are feeling invisible. The kicker is that the first sketch is played by women, the second by men. Notice how carefully Earle’s di­rect­ ed the actors, adding truth and complexity to their creations. Camellia Koo’s set contains as many surprises as the writing, particularly in its ingenious use of several portal-like windows. And once again, Matthew Reid’s music helps set a tone and mood for each scene. There’s no improv this time, but when you’ve got a show this solid, you won’t miss it.  3 | @­glennsumi

THE LONGFORM IMPROV SHOWCASE Comedy Bar presents Shots & High Fives, Pressure Cooker, Burns & Gallo and host Bob Banks. 10:30 pm. $8. 945 Bloor W. c­ RED ROCKET COMEDY presents a weekly show w/ host Joel West and guests. 8 pm. Free. Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth. 416-406-0880. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 20. WEST END GIRLS present all-girl stand-up w/ Dawn Whitwell, Amanda Day, Sobia Ashgar, Daniela Saioni and others. 7 pm. $10-$15. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. ­ Yuk Yuk’s Downtown See Thu 20.

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Stein presents the Round 2 Finals. 8 pm. Free. 229 College. MAD LAUGHS AND A SONG Madison Avenue Pub presents open-mic comedy show & karaoke. 8 pm. Free. 14 Madison. 416-927-1722, . Sixteen Scandals See Thu 20. SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE The Sketchersons present a weekly sketch and live music show w/ guest host Maxwell McCabe-Lokos. 9 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. Yuk Yuk’s Downtown See Thu 20.

ALTDOT COMEDY LOUNGE Rivoli presents Matt O’Brien, Graham Chittenden, Tim ñ Rabnett, Dylan Gott, Ali Hassan, Ted Morris,

Rhiannon Archer, Byron Bertram, Todd Van Allen, MC Mark Forward and others. 9 pm. $5. 332 Queen W. ­ CHEAP LAUGHS MONDAY PJ O’Briens Irish Pub presents an open mic w/ Russell Roy & guests. 9:30 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. GET HAPPY! Smiling Buddha presents a weekly open mic w/ hosts Scott Barkley & Scott Topolinsky. 8 pm. Free. 961 College. facebook. com/smilingbuddhaTO. OFFICE PUB COMEDY presents weekly pros and

amateurs w/ hosts Cassandra Sansosti and Blayne Smith. 8 pm. Free. The Office Pub, 117 John. 416-977-1900.

Tuesday, March 25 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, MULLET’S NIGHT SHOW Zombie clown JeanPaul Mullet presents a comedy variety show w/ Robin Archer, Rose Giles and others. 9 pm. $10. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. ­

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Sixteen Scandals See Thu 20. 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 Imperial Pub presents host Danny Polishchuk and guests. 9:30 pm. Free. 54 Dundas E. WHEEL OF IMPROV Natasha Boomer presents the weekly non-competitive competitive games game-show. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.


Wednesday, March 26 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Pro-Am Night w/

headliner Pierre Brault, Adam David, Blayne Smith, Bruce Douglas, JP Hodgkinson, Karen Mitton, Sam Farid and host Massimo. 8:30 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700. ELEPHANT EMPIRE Comedy Bar presents the sketch troupe w/ Hannah Spear, Matt Lemche, Andrew Gardner & Peter Stevens, performing fast-paced sketch and a one-act play. 8 pm. $8. 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, HOLY JOAKS Holy Oak Cafe presents Sara Hennessey, Tom Hobson, James Hartnett, Tom Henry and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803, MAGIC OVEN COMEDY presents a weekly show. 8 pm. Free. Magic Oven, 347 Keele. 416-6040202, 120 WEDNESDAYS OPEN MIC Club 120 presents

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dance listings Opening Acceleration 2014 The School of Toronto

Dance Theatre presents dancers from the graduating class performing works by Susie Burpee, Christopher House, Darryl Tracy and others. Opens Mar 26 and runs to Mar 29, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester. 416-9676887, ­ Around Dancemakers presents an exploration of the disconnect between symmetry, perfection, uncertainty and ambiguity. Previews Mar 26. Opens Mar 27 and runs to Apr 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm. $25, stu/srs $20, preview pwyc. Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 9 Trinity, studio 313. ­

Circle Of Bricks: Rhythms Of Kathak Dance

comics, burlesque and novelty performers w/ TS comedian Mandy Goodhandy and others. 9 pm. Free. 120 Church. PEOPLE CITY Bad Dog Repertory Players present unscripted shows that give an improvised glimpse into 1970s Toronto. To Apr 2, Wednesdays 9:30 pm. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. b ­ SIREN’S COMEDY Celt’s Pub presents open-mic stand-up w/ host Jon Morely and headliner Marito Lopez. 8:30 pm. Free. 2872 Dundas W. 416-767-3339. Sixteen Scandals See Thu 20. SPIRITS COMEDY Spirits Bar & Grill presents one of T.O.’s longest-running weekly comedy nights. 9 pm. Free. 642 Church. 416-967-0001. TOP SHELF COMEDY presents The Spotlight, a weekly night of top comics. 9 pm. $5. W ­ AYLA 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. THE VIDEO GAME SHOW Bad Dog Theatre Epic Wednesdays presents improv inspired by classic and current console games. 8 pm. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, ­ YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Darryl Lenox. To Mar 29, Wed-Sat 8 pm (and Fri-Sat 10:30 pm). $13-$22. 224 Richmond W. 416967-6425, 3

Rina Singha and Harbourfront NextSteps present the intricate technique and expressive joy of the Indian classical dance form. Mar 2022, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3 pm. $25-$30. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, Flowchart Amelia Ehrhardt presents a series of interdisciplinary performances by artists with a minimal yet intense approach to their subjects. Mar 20 at 8 pm. $10. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. ­ Latitude Only Human Dance Collective presents a dance showcase based on the theme of location. Mar 20-22, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $12$15. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849, ­

Nature Studies For Dancers And Musicians

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presents a look at the methods and inspirations of choreographer Peggy Baker. Mar 25 at noon. Free. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. ­

Precious Metals York Dance Ensemble presents choreographies by Julia Sasso, Marie France Forcier & Holly Small and Emmanuelle Le Phan & Elon Hogland. Mar 20-22, Thu-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $12. York University Accolade East Bldg, 4700 Keele. 416736-5888,


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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 May 11, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat SatSun and Wed 2 pm. $44-$84. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, mirvish. com. NNN (GS) Eunoia Fujiwara Dance Inventions and Harbourfront World Stage present a work by Denise Fujiwara inspired by the poetry of Christian Bök. Runs to Mar 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $39. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, ­ Onegin The National Ballet of Canada presents John Cranko’s adaptation of Pushkin’s poem (see Q&A, page 51). Runs to Mar 23, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Thu and SatSun 2 pm. $25-$244. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416345-9595,  3

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Tricia Middleton’s igloo-like work typifies the overthe-top aesthetic of the Misled By Nature show.


Excess to the max Baroque show is that and more By FRAN SCHECHTER MISLED BY NATURE: CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE BAROQUE at


MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen West), to April 6. 416-395-0067. Rating: NNNN

This entertaining, eye-popping show brings together six artists who believe that more is more. The concept of the curators from the National Gallery and the Art Gallery of Alberta is that these artworks channel aspects of the baroque: a love of theatricality, accumulation, excess and extreme emotions. Canadians contribute two big, immersive installations: Tricia Middleton’s expanded igloo-like structure made mostly of pastel-coloured, translucent squares of wax is a fragrant, girlish wonder, at once fragile and sheltering. David Altmejd places the decaying body and exposed internal organs of a hairy white giant on a platform landscaped with trees and crystalline mirrored structures, combining assorted forms of artifice – movie prosthetics, retail decor, cabinet-of-curiosity specimens – into a creepy yet pleasing whole.

A shimmering, chandelier-like fantasy island made of twisted metal festooned with chains and other costume jewellery components by Korea’s Lee Bul supposedly comments on the trade in cheaply made Asian export products but mostly functions as a dramatic piece of extreme bling. Found materials also inform the painterly practices of Mark Bradford and Bharti Kher. Bradford builds up surfaces from multiple layers of street posters he collects in Los Angeles, here adding a basketball “globe” and hair extensions to

Line; HyunRyoung Kim, to Apr 18, artist talk 6 pm Mar 20. 300 City Centre (Mississauga). 905-896-5088. ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO Light My Fire: Five Propositions About Portraits, to Apr 30. Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, to Jun 15. Elevated: Contemporary Art In The AGO Tower, to Oct 12. $19.50, srs $16, stu $11, free Wed 6-8:30 pm. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. BATA SHOE MUSEUM Out Of The Box: The Rise Of Sneaker Culture, to Mar 30. $14, srs $12, stu $8. 327 Bloor W. 416-979-7799. BLACKWOOD GALLERY Up One Side + Down The Other 1: Art and art history grads, to Mar


Bark lacks bite BARK by Lorrie Moore (Bond Street), 192 pages, $29.95 cloth. Rating: NNN Lorrie Moore achieved short-story sainthood in books like Self-Help, Like Life and her 1998 masterpiece, Birds Of America. But even her greatest devotees will find her latest collection, her first in over 15 years, woefully uneven. Moore, with her poet’s eye and playful use of language, has always been able to find a savage, dark humour in pain and heartbreak. And there are glimpses of that in these eight stories, in which people, many of them somehow affected by 9/11, confront divorce, illness and death with wisecracks. This time around, though, a lot of those laughs seem forced, and too many of her characters – a male poet here, a hipster singer there, a single mom attending her child’s former nanny’s second wedding – sound the same.


Moore still creates images of startling power. In Wings, an intriguing but rather aimless take on Henry James’s The Wings Of The Dove, a character says a dying spider plant looks like Bob Marley on chemo. And in Paper Losses, Kit, who’s on a pre-booked Caribbean family vacation even though her husband’s announced he’s leaving her, breaks down on a massage table and describes her nose as a little drainpipe for crying. Exquisite. But Moore’s images frequently pile up clumsily, and the puns emerge awkwardly from characters’ mouths. Two or three stories feel like drafts or exercises. The war on terror forms a backdrop for many, but to no purpose. Still, there are a few gems. The Juniper Tree is a haunting fable about guilt, competition and the death of a friend. Debarking finds a Jewish divorcé dating a WASP pediatrician who’s got an unnatural attachment to her own teenage son. And in Referential, a modern re-

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tion: Philippe Blanchard, to Mar 22. 12 Ossington. 416-530-0444. BEZPALA BROWN GALLERY Drawing/painting: Irma Gutierrez, to Apr 2. 17 Church. 416-907-6875. BIRCH CONTEMPORARY Ash Moniz, to Mar 29, reception 2-5 pm Mar 22. Painting: Martin Golland, to Apr 12. 129 Tecumseth. 416-365-3003. BURROUGHES BUILDING META 2014: Ryerson new media grads, Mar 20-22, reception 5-9 pm Mar 20 ( 639 Queen W. 416-203-1334. CHRISTOPHER CUTTS Painting: Andrew Rucklidge and Max Johnston, to Apr 2. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566.


his interpretation of an old map of trade routes to Africa. On a large panel, India’s Kher creates a pulsating cosmos made entirely of bindis, the tiny forehead dots forming swirling, exploding patterns. Britain’s Yinka Shonibare wittily sends up Western colonialism by staging scenes from European paintings – here a Constable – with headless,



23; 2, Mar 26-Apr 6, reception 5-7 pm Mar 26. 3359 Mississauga N, U of T Mississauga (Mississauga). 905-828-3789. BURLINGTON ART CENTRE John Willard, to Mar 30. STACKS, to Apr 27. 1333 Lakeshore (Burlington). 905-632-7796. CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES Life On The Grid: 100 Years Of Street Photography, to May 31. 255 Spadina Rd. 416-397-0778. GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART Ron Thom And The Allied Arts, to Apr 27. $12, stu $6, srs $8; Fri 4-9 pm half-price, 30 and under free. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080. POWER PLANT Mike Nelson, to May 19. 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4949.

LAUNCHING THIS WEEK Ray Robertson is one of those rare writers who has both swagger and soul. In his new novel, I Was There The Night He Died ($19.95, Biblioasis), rock-and-roll lover Sam, still recovering from the loss of his wife in a car crash, returns to his home town to care for his Alzheimer’s-riddled dad. There the power of music helps him form an unlikely friendship with the messed-up 18-year-old girl living across the street. Robertson launches the book at the Garrison on Wednesday (March 26). See SUSAN G. COLE Readings, this page. working of Vladimir Nabokov’s classic tale Signs And Symbols, a disintegrating couple deal with the woman’s mentally unbalanced son. The writing here is clear and suggestive, the emotional undercurrents deeply felt, suggesting Moore doesn’t always need to fall back on jokes to GLENN SUMI write memorable fiction. Moore reads from Bark on Monday (March 24) at Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room. See listings, this page. | @glennsumi

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racially ambiguous, life-sized mannequins dressed in period costumes sewn from Dutch Wax textiles made for the African market. Though not everything here has a clear connection to 17th-century art or plays with ideas of nature, that shouldn’t interfere with enjoying the show’s glittery, colourful aesthetic.

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, to Mar 23 ($21, stu/srs $18.50, under 14 free). The Forbidden City: Inside The Court Of China’s Emperors, to Sep 1 ($27, stu/srs $24.50). $16, stu/srs $14.50; Fri 4:30-8:30 pm $10, stu/srs $9. 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000. TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre, to Apr 13. $15, srs $10, stu $6; pwyc Wed 5-8 pm. 55 Centre. 416-599-5321. VARLEY ART GALLERY Colour, In Theory, to May 4. $5, stu/srs $4. 216 Main (Unionville). 905477-9511.



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Painting: Jordan Broadworth, Mar 20-Apr 19, reception 6-9 pm Mar 20. 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, to Mar 30. 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. INTERACCESS Sayeh Sarfaraz, to Mar 29. 9 Ossington. 416-532-0597. JULIE M. GALLERY Painting: Susan G Scott, Mar 22-Apr 27, reception 2-5 pm Mar 22. 15 Mill, bldg 37. 416-603-2626. MKG127 Sky Glabush, Mar 22-Apr 19. 1445 Dundas W. 647-435-7682. NEUBACHER SHOR CONTEMPORARY Colour Interaction group show, Mar 20-Apr 26, reception 6-8 pm Mar 20. 5 Brock. 416546-3683. OLGA KORPER Painting: John Brown, to Mar 29. 17 Morrow. 416-538-8220. ONSITE [AT] OCAD U Generations Of Queer, to Jun 28, Paul Couillard/Ed Johnson performance 8 pm Mar 25, Spencer Harrison tour 6:30 pm Mar 26. 230 Richmond W. 416-977-6000 ext 327. VIDEOFAG Humboldt Magnussen, Mar 2030, reception 7-10 pm Mar 20. 187 Augusta. WHIPPERSNAPPER GALLERY Florence S Larose and Virginie Jourdain, Mar 22-Apr 27, reception 5-8 pm Mar 22. 594B Dundas W. 647-856-2445.

READINGS THIS WEEK Thursday, March 20

Monday, March 24

BENEDICTUS Reading of Motti Lerner’s play.

RACHEL HERRON 6 pm. Free. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay. 416-361-0032. LORRIE MOORE Reading. 7:30 pm. $10, stu/yth under 25 free. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Rm, 235 Queens Quay W.

7:30 pm. Free. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. JAMES FITZGERALD Reading. 2 pm. Free. Bendale Library, 1515 Danforth Rd. 416-396-8910. ALEXANDRA OLIVER Book launch and reading plus a panel with poets Zachariah Wells, Anita Lahey and Jason Guriel. 7:30 pm. Free. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay. 416-361-0032.

Friday, March 21 CHRIS HENDERSON Talking about his book Aborginal Power. 10 am. Free. York U, 4700 Keele, Rm N109. Pre-register schulich. RUMI NIGHT Event featuring Rumi’s poetry. Today and tomorrow 7 pm. Free. Ben Navaee Gallery, 1107 Queen E. Pre-register contact@ TORONTO POETRY SLAM Spoken word semifinals bout with guest poet Aaron Simm. 8 pm. $5. Drake Underground, 1150 Queen W.

Saturday, March 22 MARGARET CHRISTAKOS Launching her book

Multitudes. 4 pm. Free. Church of St Stephenin-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue. OUTER SPACE, GLITTER FACE Worn Fashion Journal launches its new issue with a party. 9 pm. Free. Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt. DAN RISKIN Evolutionary biologist launches Mother Naure Is Trying To Kill You. 2 pm. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000.

Sunday, March 23 DRAFT READING SERIES Laure Baudot, Anne

Elizabeth Carson, Jann Everard, Daniel Karasik and others. 3 pm. Black Swan, 154 Danforth.

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Reading. 7:15 pm. $5. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. MIRIAM TOEWS HOSTS MARWENCOL PEN Picks film screening and talk with the author. 6:15 pm. $15. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W.

Tuesday, March 25 JACK LAYTON BOOK CLUB Discussion on Randy Shilts’s And The Band Played On. 5:30 pm. Free. Ryerson U Library, 3rd fl Archives, 350 Victoria. LITERARY EXTRAVAGANZA Spencer Butt, Andre Prefontaine, Amika Selah and others. 9 pm. Free (donations appreciated). The Central, 603 Markham. SHAB-E SHE’R POETRY NIGHT Readings by Mir Hussain Mahdavi and Nicki Ward. 6:30 pm. $5. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. WARD WILSON Dinner and discussion with the author of 5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons. 7 pm. $45. HotHouse Café, 35 Church. info@

Wednesday, March 26 JEREMY HANSON-FINGER/LIZ LOCHHEAD/ GUILLAUME MORISSETTE/STUART ROSS Poetry and fiction readings. 8 pm. Free. Press Club, 850 Dundas W.


eracy Canada benefit). Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue. 416-977-0008, RAY ROBERTSON Book launch. 7:30 pm. Free. Garrison, 1197 Dundas W.

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Nymphomaniac is sometimes funny, but Lars von Trier’s misogyny is a serious problem By SUSAN G. COLE NYMPHOMANIAC, VOLUMES I AND II written and directed by Lars von Trier, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård and Stacy Martin. Volume I: 117 minutes, Volume II: 120 minutes. A Mongrel release. Opens Friday (March 21) at TIFF Bell Lightbox. For times, see Movies, page 61. Rating: NN

Sex equals woman equals evil. Welcome to the world of Lars von Trier. Remember Antichrist, when to eliminate Satan he felt the need to attack the clitoris? Well, he’s right back at it with two-part, fourhour sexual epic Nymphomaniac. Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg, in a fiercely committed performance) recounts her life’s hypersexual adventures to asexual bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) after he finds her half dead in the street. To every sordid tale of her wild life, he responds with stunningly cerebral detachment. Her cruising a train as a teen (Stacy Martin plays the young Joe) in competition with her friend to see who can fuck more men by the end of the line reminds him of his experience


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fly-fishing. Her juggling of lovers recalls the polyphony of Bach; in a groan-worthy pun, he dubs her main squeeze Cantus Firmus. Some of it, like a sequence featuring a map of Scotland, is actually very funny, though not necessarily intentionally. When Joe describes the precise number of thrusts Jerome (Shia LeBeouf, with an accent of indeterminate origin) uses to take her virginity, a thrilled Seligman exclaims, “That’s the Fibonacci sequence.” There’s some irony in the fact that this film featuring protracted sexual scenes is at once not even slightly erotic and the director’s most intellectually exhilarating work. But von Trier’s themes are too consistent (see Breaking The Waves) to categorize Nymphomaniac as one big prank. Where does Joe’s unbridled sexuality come from? From early abuse? No, Dad (Christian Slater) is in fact a sweet nature lover, and nothing else explains her predilections except that she got interested in her clitoris when she was five and had a religious epiphany when she masturbated as a tween. In short, she kinda


liked it and, poof, she was a nymphomaniac. Women are like that, doncha know. Volume I covers Joe’s sexual adventures through to her fear that she’s losing the ability to feel anything physically at all. In Volume II, she seeks to deal with her numbness. Let’s just say she doesn’t cart herself to a convent or go on a masturbation spree. Von Trier goes the clichéd route instead. Oh, and female desire makes for bad mothering. Joe’s so intent on getting her fix that she leaves her son unattended. As usual, the director makes inspiring choices in music, especially Rammstein’s industrial metal. But what happened to the auteur’s genius for creating mood? There’s absolutely none here. He’s painted as a groundbreaking taboobuster, but self-abnegating, oversexed women who go to the depths of degradation are a pornographic staple in old-news works like The Story Of O. Nymphomaniac sheds light on nothing except von Trier’s misogyny.3 | @susangcole


Micro marvel CHASING RAINBOWS (Sahara Sharma). Subtitled. 87 minutes. Screens Friday (March 21) at the Carlton Cinema. $15-$20. For times, see Indie & Rep Film, page 69. Rating: NNNN


The Toronto Nepali Film Festival kicks off with a charming, micro-budget look at Kathmandu’s everyday struggles. In Chasing Rainbows, 25-year-old filmmaker Sahara Sharma confidently overcomes the challenge of working with poor production values. Her film often looks like it was shot on an iPhone. But the jittery, grainy camerawork only helps to convey the intimate, concise story of small dreams while exploring Nepal at ground level. Three siblings attending school in Kathmandu share a small apartment and spend much of their time allocating their meagre allowance to save up for a television set. Yes, this film is about trying to purchase a TV, and as trifling as that sounds, it says a lot about who these kids are and what they aspire to. This television set is as rife with cultural significance as the one in Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. Of the siblings (who are never named), the youngest (Kritika Lamsal) is most captivating. She hopes to move to the U.S., and comically practises for an unlikely immigration interview, perfecting her pronunciation of “awesome” Surely, such modern flair will be the dealmaker. RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI

Chasing Rainbows overcomes poor production values to tell a strong story about the big dreams of three siblings in Nepal.

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Irrfan Khan gets the wrong meal and more in The Lunchbox.

romantic drama I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story recounts the life of a Muppet puppeteer.

To Be Takei looks at George Takei’s journey to stardom.

Newly restored Portrait Of Jason, about a New York hustler, screens.

Tasty meal THE LUNCHBOX (Ritesh Batra). 105 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (March 21). For venues and times, see Movies, page 61. Rating: NNNN


There’s a renaissance afoot in Indian cinema, with independent filmmakers like Anand Gandhi (Ship Of Theseus) chafing against the superficial, gaudy excess of Bollywood. Ritesh Batra’s charming, melancholic debut, The Lunchbox, is a sign that the movement has matured and we should all start paying attention to what India’s cooking up. The film is built around the fanciful conceit of a mistaken lunch delivery that paves the way for two strangers

to exchange handwritten letters via their meals. The home-cooked lunches Ila (Nimrat Kaur) prepares for her neglectful husband are sent through Mumbai’s dabbawalla system to the wrong recipient, Mr. Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a standoffish accountant who’s ready to hide away in retirement. They don’t say a whole lot in their innocent exchanges, discussing the rhythms of their day and random thoughts that hint at their emotional state. A sense of their personal lives is conveyed by suggestion, like the scents of the ingredients in a satisfying dish. There’s romance, comedy and melodrama, but Batra deploys them gently, building a moving, sincere film around his characters. It’s an assured, affecting picture of loneliness and longing amidst modern Mumbai’s hustle and RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI bustle.

Harmontown follows Dan Harmon’s career changes.

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Hot Docs finds its focus Doc fest spotlights love, LGBT rights and cult stardom By NORMAN WILNER Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival at various venues, April 24 to May 4. Toronto, it’s time to get real. Hot Docs has announced its lineup for 2014. Here are some of the highlights. The opening night feature is The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz, a documen­ tary about the late online prodigy, programmer and activist by Brian Knappenberger, director of We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists. Author and internet activist Cory Doctorow, who knew Swartz and appears in the doc, will at­ tend the festival to present the film in the Big Ideas Series, which pairs screenings with expanded Q&A sessions. This year’s programs include a series on ro­ mance and relationships (Love, Factually) and an­ other on cultural unknowns (Mystery, Myth & Legend). A number of this year’s entries touch on LGBT themes, most notably Children 404, which looks at the increasingly dangerous reality of being a gay teenager in Putin’s Russia. And there’s a music­ al thread, with documentaries about Alice Cooper, Edwyn Collins, Pulp and Blur vying for attention


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with the new work from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys. The concept of cult stardom is explored in To Be Takei, a look at George Takei’s journey from Star Trek supporting player to cult hero and spokes­ person for gay rights; in Har­mon­town, which fol­ lows the odyssey of writer-producer Dan Harmon from Community showrunner to self-employed podcaster and back again; and in I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, a celebration of Spin­ ney’s 44 years performing as the feathery yellow Muppet. (He’s Os­car the Grouch, too.) Classics are represented: Barbara Kopple comes to town to introduce a screening of her Oscar-win­ ning 1976 feature Harlan County U.S.A.,and the festival presents a new restoration of Portrait Of Jason, Shirley Clarke’s landmark 1967 cinema verité study of a New York hustler. The spotlight this year is on films made in Den­ mark, and, as previously announced, British essay filmmaker Adam Curtis (The Power Of Night­ mares) receives the festival’s Outstanding Achieve­ ment Award, while Vancouver director John Zaritsky is the subject of a Focus On retrospective. The festival opens April 24. Full details and schedule can be found online at .  3 | @­wilnervision


A very compelling Helen Shaver (left) plays mentor to Colleen Rennison, Jennifer Spence and Gabrielle Miller in Down River.

Family drama

Deep River DOWN RIVER (Benjamin Ratner). 92 minutes. Opens Friday (March 21). For venues and times, see Movies, page 61. Rating: NNN Finally, a Canadian script worthy of its excellent cast. Down River writer/­ director Benjamin Ratner’s story of an ailing women’s relationships with three young neighbours has brains and heart. Born-again Fawn (Gabrielle Miller) is torn between her acting ambitions and her husband’s desire for children. Painter Aki (Jennifer Spence) wants to give it up when she realizes she may not be able to make the compromises required to sell her work. And blues singer Harper (Colleen Rennison) has

self-destructive tendencies that are getting in the way of her success. Helen Shaver plays Pearl, the young women’s personal anchor, who has a deep understanding of her their artistic aspirations after having failed to meet her own. Ratner hammers away at the water theme, laying on the imagery a little too thick, and the soundtrack is a bit too cute. But when he stays with the emotional core of the story, the film works. The actors are terrific, especially Spence and relative newcomer Rennison, who can actually sing, and the ­reveal of the significance of the film’s title is a moving moment. Watch for a scene where Shaver and Rennison fight over the drugs they both need – for different reasons. SUSAN G. COLE Shaver’s a marvel. 

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Even in fabulous Paris, Le Week-End’s Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan can’t get along.


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LE WEEK-END (Roger Michell). 93 minutes. Opens Friday (March 21). For venues and times, see Movies, page 61. Rating: NN

It’s being marketed as a frothy middle-aged romance, but Le Week-End is a more desperate and unsteady creation, a drama about an English couple (Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan) who’ve arrived in Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary. But something is off. She’s angry and intemperate, and he’s flustered and frustrated, chasing after her when she stalks out of their chosen hotel because the room is too beige. As the two fuss and fight across the

City of Lights, their dynamic emerges: she’s tired of him, and he’ll do anything to hold onto her. This should be the start of an interesting character study, or at least a drama worthy of powerhouse performers Duncan and Broadbent. But neither screenwriter Hanif Kureishi nor director Roger Michell seems interested in going that way, and the actors can’t settle on a tone. Duncan comes off as a monster when we most need to understand her, while Broadbent is alternately a doormat and a… well, whatever’s more trod upon than a doormat. With its long arguments and clumsy dramatic devices, Le WeekEnd feels like a stage play that’s been awkwardly translated to the screen. It certainly can’t compete with last year’s Before Midnight, which told a very similar story with considerably more empathy and skill. NORMAN WILNER

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are archaeologists of VHS culture. For a decade now, the pair have curated the Found Footage Festival, a touring show of instructional videos, industrial films, public access programming and vanity productions harvested exclusively from old tapes. The fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and Prueher and Pickett are bringing an all-new collection of deadpan, disturbing clips to the


Muppet mania MUPPETS MOST WANTED (James Bobin).

Well, they deal with it in the opening number. Muppets Most Wanted is a sequel, and a sequel is never as good as the original. And in this case, the original wasn’t the original either; 2011’s The Muppets was more of a gettingthe-band-back-together kind of thing. If The Muppets relaunched Jim Henson’s beloved felt creations as a big-screen property – and let co-writer/star Jason Segel share his love for The Muppet Movie and the original Muppet Show – then


(D: Neil Burger, 140 min) Shailene Woodley stars as a Divergent, someone whose many abilities make her a misfit in a world where it’s only acceptable to have one. Kate Winslet stars as the baddie trying to hunt down all Divergents, and Theo James is the love interest in what’s guaranteed to be a huge blockbuster. Tweens are reading the source novel like crazy. Opens Friday (March 21). Screened after press time – see review March 21 at


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Though they direct music videos and the occasional documentary (Dirty Country), the Found Footage Festival is a full-time job for Prueher and Pickett. They spend nine months of the year touring the show, and the other three going through tapes to assemble the next one. It can be a pretty gruelling process, he admits. “Maybe five per cent of the stuff we find is good, which means that to put together a 90-minute show you’ve got to watch hundreds of videos. It’s real dark-night-of-the-soul stuff. You question what you’re doing NW with your life.”

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Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher celebrate 10 years of gathering discarded videos at the Found Footage Festival.

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Royal Wednesday night (March 26). “We’re as surprised as anybody that we’re still doing this,” says Prueher. “Last year we did 130 shows in all 50 states, and even went to Europe.” Prueher, who has worked on Late Night With David Letterman and The Colbert Report, says the show’s touring aspect is what’s kept it fresh over the years. “We do the shows at night, and then we have all day to trip through stores and estate sales,” he explains. “There are videos that I actually found in a dumpster, just saw them sticking out as I walked by. When you know what you’re looking for, you see tapes everywhere. It’s one reason we don’t take any videos from the Internet, because for us the really fun part is the search, the hunt for these tapes.”

of the last movie having put the Muppets back on the map, the gang hire new manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais, owning it) to embark on a European tour. The tour’s planned just in time for Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog, to impersonate Kermit and use the troupe as cover for a series of museum heists while Kermit, mistaken for Constantine, is sent to a

Russian gulag run by Tina Fey. Muppets Most Wanted is less a movie than an excuse for a series of Muppet Show sketches and celebrity cameos, and it lacks the heart Segel brought to the previous picture. (It also lacks Segel himself, though his character’s Muppet brother Walter is still around.) Returning director James Bobin compensates with a faster pace and more anarchic Muppety energy. It makes for a pretty enjoyable movie, just not as much fun as the NORMAN WILNER last one. Ricky Gervais takes the troupe on the road in Muppets Most Wanted.

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this one uses The Great Muppet Caper as its template, plunging the Muppets into a world of international intrigue and mistaken identity. The success


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ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Steve Pink) stars

motormouth Kevin Hart in an update of the 1986 rom-com, an adaptation of David Mamet’s provocative play Sexual Perversity In Chicago. This will likely be the only occasion you read the names Mamet and Hart in the same sentence. That’s too bad, since the comedian has never been funnier. Hart is well matched with the excellent Regina Hall as an on-and-off couple fucking and screaming on the sidelines while their adorable friends (Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) work through the growing pains of a yearlong romance. 98 min. NNN (RS)




ALAN PARTRIDGE (Declan Lowney) is the

culmination of 20 years of work by Steve Coogan as the character of Partridge, a blowhard sportscaster who briefly became a chat-show host and now brays his inanities as a DJ at Radio Norwich. Coogan and his collaborators 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 – a very clever notion, because he’s the last person with whom you’d want to be trapped in a room. It doesn’t quite work as well as it should, though. 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 radio station. Coogan holds it together, utterly debasing himself and getting laughs out of the smallest gulps and shifts in posture. It’s a great performance in service of a horrible character, deserving of a better film. 90 min. NNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

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AMERICAN HUSTLE (David O. Russell) is nominally a story about the barely remembered 1978 Abscam sting, in which the FBI used a small-time con artist to snare politicians on bribery and corruption charges. It’s being compared to Goodfellas and Boogie Nights, but really it’s an incoherent, overacted mess. 138 min. NN (NW) Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Grande - Steeles, Interchange 30, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, Varsity


tionally unhinged wife of a corporate sleazebag (Alec Baldwin) who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister (Sally Hawkins) when he’s busted. 98 min. NNNN (SGC) Interchange 30, Mt Pleasant

THE BOOK THIEF (Brian Percival) reframes the Second World War as a coming-of-age story about a young German girl (Monsieur Lazhar’s Sophie Nélisse). Director Percival has helmed a lot of Downton Abbey episodes, and it shows in film’s odd propriety. A movie about the Holocaust can’t be afraid of confronting its own message. 131 min. NN (NW) Kingsway Theatre, Regent Theatre

(John Wells) stars an awesome Meryl Streep as the drug-addled matriarch of a family that’s gathered after the patriarch CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (Paul Greengrass) stars disappears. This adaptaTom Hanks in a fantastic tion of Tracy Letts’s performance as the Pulitzer Prize-winning eponymous skipper of a EXPANDED REVIEWS play has its flaws – the commercial vessel family rot borders on jacked by Somali pirates parody, the music is in 2009. The rest of the awful, and it’s still too film is far more problematic, with director stagy – but it’s extremely entertaining. Greengrass applying the tense, jangled 121 min. NNNN (SGC) docudrama aesthetic of United 93 to anCarlton Cinema, Interchange 30, SilverCity other true-life hostage crisis. Some subMississauga titles. 134 min. NNN (NW)

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(Mark Mori) tells the model’s story, using interviews with the 70-something icon as voice-over for clips and 50s pin-up pics. Too bad Mori has no visuals of the older Page. But watch carefully and there’s a ton of fascinating detail. That’s because in her later years, Page had no agenda – and no internal editor. 101 min. NNNN (SGC) Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre

BLUE JASMINE (Woody Allen) won an Oscar for Cate Blanchett as the emo-


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(Jean-Marc Vallée) stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a hard-living, womanizing Texas electrician who became an unlikely AIDS activist in the mid-1980s after being diagnosed with HIV. McConaughey shed 47 pounds for the role and is almost unrecognizable, but his charm and passion shine through, and he gets strong support from Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. 117 min. NNNN (GS)

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(Denis Villeneuve) captures Toronto with a wary outsider’s eye that makes it the best Hogtown movie since David Cronenberg’s Crash. Like that film, Enemy establishes T.O. as a glassand-steel cocoon where people are so alienated from themselves (and each other) that they don’t even know who they are, a place where a frumpy history prof (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a motorcycleriding wannabe actor (also Gyllenhaal) are entirely interchangeable. The lurid pleasures of Villeneuve’s identity-crisis mindfuck – a recurring tarantula motif, intimations of a members-only sex club in a condo basement and a strange cameo by Isabella Rossellini as an overbearing mother force-feeding her kid blueberries – are entirely trifling. But they’re put across with such giddy, nasty aplomb that it’s impossible not to savour them. And Gyllenhaal is terrific. Twice. 90 min. NNNN (JS) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

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, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Kingsway Theatre, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, Yonge & Dundas 24


(Sebastián Lelio) stars Berlin Film festival best actress Paulina García as a smart 50-something Chilean

Liam Neeson and Michelle Dockery go on an entertaining thrill ride in Non-Stop. divorcée yearning for sex and adventure. A central theme is how offspring and past relationships impinge on new relationships, but as essential is candid glimpse of middle-aged sexuality so rare in movies, it takes your breath away. Subtitled. 109 min. NNNN (SGC) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema


(Wes Anderson) recounts the entirely fictional tale of Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the unflappable concierge of the eponymous mountaintop manse in the European country of Zubrowka, and his training of the young lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) in the ways of service and life. It is a story filled with intrigue and love and war and murder and betrayal and a fairly novel prison break, and if I was to say anything further about what director/co-writer Anderson does with Willem Dafoe as a sort of human bulldog you wouldn’t believe me. Anderson doesn’t even nod toward realism, as he did in Moonrise Kingdom; he simply builds this magnificent playhouse, populates it with actors he knows and trusts – among them Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Edward Norton – and runs riot. And when moments of genuine emotion pierce that perfectly constructed artifice, they hit as powerfully as ever. That’s

just how he works. 100 min. NNNN (NW) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24


(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 writer-director Sorrentino’s vivid imagination: over-the-top bashes, an artist performing beside Roman ruins, a money-


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grubbing doctor injecting botox in public. Garish party sequences collide with ­serene 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, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity


(Spike Jonze) is essentially a story about how technology can facilitate a relationship over impossible distances and what happens when one partner evolves more quickly than the other. In the end, it’s a movie as beholden to Annie Hall as it is to 2001, and don’t think that isn’t the strangest sentence I’ve written this year. 125 min. NNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Interchange 30, Scotiabank Theatre

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

(Peter Jackson) is another two hours and 40 minutes of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf allies encountering giant spiders and orcs and elves and more orcs (or possibly the same orcs again) and a soupçon of political treachery on the way to the mountain where the dragon Smaug lies sleeping in his plundered gold. You may ask yourself why this isn’t the end of it. Some subtitles. 161 min. NN (NW) Scotiabank Theatre

ñThe Husband

(Bruce McDonald) casts writer, producer (and ex-Deadly Snake) Maxwell McCabe-Lokos as Henry, a slight, bug-eyed and balding man whose wife (Sarah Allen) is in prison for sleeping with one of her students, leaving him to raise their infant son. Sleepwalking through his job at an ad agency, exiling himself to the couch in lieu of his spoiled marriage bed and barely tending to his kid, Hank’s a rat-king of anxiety. His moti­ vations, and his jittery mental states, are left purposefully unclear. It’s a film that feels, often at the same time, manic, de-

pressive, sinister and absurd – a movie as neurotic as McCabe-Lokos’s broken man. 80 min. NNNN (JS) TIFF Bell Lightbox


(Christopher Nolan) is a complex thriller/heist flick with Leonardo DiCaprio as the leader of an industrial-espionage team who extract valuable information by inserting themselves into dreams. Tremendous, full-throttle filmmaking. 146 min. NNNNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

ñInside Llewyn Davis

(Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) plays as comedy, musical and drama all at once, with the tone steered by Oscar Isaac’s soulful interpretations of traditional folk songs that somehow manage to reflect precisely what his character, itinerant troubadour Llewyn Davis, is feeling in the moment. Beautifully realized and packed with delightful incidents, Inside Llewyn Davis understands its characters in a way few movies do. 105 min. NNNN (NW) Kingsway Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox

ñThe Invisible Woman

(Ralph Fiennes) seems like a conventional drama about the relationship between Charles Dickens (director Fiennes) and his mistress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). But this is a much more experimental treatment of the story than you might expect, and Fiennes gets excellent work out of pretty much everyone, including his English Patient co-star, Kristin Scott Thomas. 111 min. NNNN (NW) Regent Theatre

have created a sprawling 3D fantasy universe designed to mimic stop-motion animation. They’ve also folded every heroic quest narrative into the story of an ordinary construction worker (voiced by Money­ball’s Chris Pratt) who might be the one person who can save the universe from the evil plans of the sinister Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Sweet, funny, preposterously complex and uniquely ridiculous. 100 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, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

ñLike Father, Like Son

(Hirokazu Kore-eda) is a languid domestic drama focusing on a successful Tokyo architect (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife (Machiko Ono) who learn that their six-year-old son was switched at birth. As they 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 Kore-eda’s movie its

structure – concerned, dense with possi­ bility, a little nervous about how to move forward. It ultimately pays off in a series of lovely, understated scenes, but getting there is a little rougher than it ought to be. Subtitled. 120 min. NNNN (NW) TIFF Bell Lightbox

ñThe Lunchbox

(Ritesh Batra) 105 min. See review, page 58. NNNN (RS) Opens Mar 21 at Varsity

ñThe Monuments Men

(George Clooney) is a Second World War caper picture in which director/co-writer Clooney and a band of charming character actors portray art experts roaming around Europe to retrieve 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. Some subtitles. 118 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, Varsity

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Rob Minkoff) yanks the 2D, hand-drawn time-travelling cartoon from the 60s into the future. The

genius dog and his adopted son now have their very own 3D computer-animated movie, in which they give the histories of Marie Antoinette, King Tut, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Trojan War a zany spin. Their lighthearted, rib-tickling adventures retain the cartoons’ fun and humour, but with more dazzling views and roller-coaster-ride momentum. The father-son emotional arc is a clunky and strained framework for the zippy entertainment, but like historical accuracy, it’s very easy to ignore. 92 min. NNN (RS) 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, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin)

108 min. See review, page 60. NNN (NW) Opens Mar 21 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Humber ­Cinemas, Queensway, Rainbow

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(Phil Lord, Christopher Miller) feels like a quantum step up for both CG animation and movies based on marketing pitches. Lord and Miller, whose 2009 adaptation of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was similarly ambitious in its use of CG storytelling,




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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 Square, Rainbow Promenade, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24

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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


high-def screening of the stunning stage version of Michael Morpurgo’s youngadult tale of a boy and his horse in World War I. 168 min. Mar 22, 12:30 pm, and Mar 23, 12:55 pm, at Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

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) Canada Square, Kingsway Theatre

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. 106 min. NNNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande Steeles, 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 animals. 83 min. N (Phil Brown) SilverCity Mississauga NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I (Lars von Trier) 117 min. See review, page 56. NN (SGC) Opens Mar 21 at TIFF Bell Lightbox


Trier) 120 min. See review, page 56. NN (SGC) Opens Mar 21 at TIFF Bell Lightbox


(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) Canada Square, Varsity

NEED FOR SPEED (Scott Waugh) dazzles with money shots of obscenely expensive cars tearing down highways, earning video-game bonus points whenever police cruisers spin out. Director Waugh opts for real stunt work, getting dangerously close to the twisted metal, over CGI. Unfortunately, plot and character are a hindrance in a movie that stalls whenever it tries to tell a story. 131 min. NN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, PARTICLE FEVER (Mark Levinson) Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinemas, Queenschronicles the buildup to the maiden way, Rainbow Market operation of CERN’s Large Square, Rainbow Hadron Collider and the Promenade, Rainbow long-belated validation of EXPANDED REVIEWS Woodbine, Scotiabank the now 50-year-old Theatre, SilverCity Higgs boson theory. This Fairview, SilverCity pop science doc is smart Yonge, SilverCity Yorkand commendably accessible, but it works dale too hard to milk suspense from the scientists’ anticipation anxiety. The stakes are NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (Bille August) is a clearly enormous, but director Levinson’s dreary Euro-pudding that wastes several manner of convincing us of this leans very talented actors in two stories separheavily on strained doc drama convenated by four decades. Jeremy Irons has a tions. The math involved in determining few nice scenes with Martina Gedeck as whether data gathered from the LHC faan optometrist with whom his character vours supersymmetry or multiverse theorbecomes friendly, but that’s hardly a reaies will mean more to experts than layson to endure the rest of it. 111 min. NN men, but Particle Fever effectively (NW) generates appreciation for the tenacity Kingsway Theatre and vision of scientists and the power of NO CLUE (Carl Bessai) is a mashup of murdogged curiosity to determine an entire der mystery and comedy starring Corner life’s path. 99 min. NNNN (José Teodoro) Gas’s Brent Butt as a Vancouver salesman Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Carlton Cinema who pretends to be a detective to help out a damsel in distress (Amy Smart). The conPHILOMENA (Stephen Frears) is an voluted plot seems drawn from any numodd but effective combination of inber of TV dramas, and there’s little susvestigative drama and buddy picture, as a pense and few laughs, although Butt and devout, working-class woman (Judi David Koechner (as his slacker buddy) have Dench) and a privileged, cynical journalist a great rapport. I’d rather sit through 90 (Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote and cominutes of them riffing. 96 min. NN (GS) produced the film) find common ground in the search for the son she was forced to Carlton Cinema, SilverCity Mississauga, give up. 98 min. NNNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24 Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, InterNON-STOP (Jaume Collet-Serra) pits change 30, Kingsway Theatre Liam Neeson’s alcoholic, depressive air marshal against a mysterious blackPOMPEII (Paul W.S. Anderson) is a swordsmailer who demands to be paid $150 miland-sandals apocalypse from Resident Evil lion or he’ll kill one passenger on their director Anderson, who’s clearly more contransatlantic flight every 20 minutes. And cerned with his third-act CG pyrotechnics


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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. 104 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yorkdale

ROBOCOP (José Padilha) appropriates the title of a beloved movie property and a couple of key images and builds a joyless new mechanism around them. The original’s subversive humour and ghoulish central concept rattle around inside the new body like a ghost. But you need an artist to coax them out, and Padilha’s just a hired gun. Some subtitles. 110 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande Steeles, Interchange 30, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview ROMEO AND JULIET is a high-def broad-

cast of the recent Broadway production of the Shakespeare tragedy, starring Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Canada’s own Brent Carver. 160 min. Mar 20, 1:30 pm, at Yonge & Dundas 24

SON OF GOD (Christopher Spencer) is a

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 and demands that people believe in him. Considering how unconvincing he is, who can blame those who don’t? 139 min. N (RS) 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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. If you’re looking for a larger historical perspective, you’re in the wrong place. But if you want to see people get shot in the throat in IMAX 3D, this is the prestige picture for you. Subtitled. 131 min. NN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

STAY (Wiebke von Carolsfeld) is highly

attuned to the inner lives of its protagonists, all of them forced to confront anxieties concerning parenthood. But the film is also overburdened with incident, lacks momentum and deploys more characters


than it can possibly develop. Dermot (Aidan Quinn) lives a quiet life on Ireland’s west coast. Abby (Taylor Schilling), his younger Canadian girlfriend, gets pregnant; he’s against kids. A rift opens up and is filled with a great many supporting characters. Writer/director von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge) could have distanced herself from her busy source material (Aislinn Hunter’s novel) and focused on what flies cinematically. Still, there’s lots of emotional resonance. 99 min. NNN (José Teodoro) TIFF Bell Lightbox

3 DAYS TO KILL (McG) tries to recapture

the lightning-in-a-bottle success of Taken with another middle-aged action hero beating up ethnic caricatures in Paris – here, Kevin Costner stepping in for Liam Neeson – but the formula just doesn’t work this time around. Some subtitles. 117 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (Noam Murro) has all the posturing, preening and startstop carnage of the first movie, but this time the action sequences are straight out of video game narratives. The resulting spastic Athenian boogaloo is like watching someone play an Xbox war game while constantly shouting “Did you see that awesome hit, bro?” 102 min. N (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


(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. 80 min. NNNN (RS) TIFF Bell Lightbox


(Steve McQueen) is a stunning adaptation of the

(Tyler Perry) squanders a premise that is tailor-made for the multi-hyphenated filmmaker’s strengths. Perry has always done well empathizing with strong female characters and the issues they face. This movie should have been Perry’s Dear Mama, but instead of celebrating the resilience of single mothers, he’s made a monotonous dramedy about five stereotypical women whose salvation lies in wine, strip clubs and finding financially stable men. There’s a fine cast here, but they can only do so much with Perry’s fast food, drive-thru production values and with plot turns and gags that joylessly repeat the same old motions. This is Perry’s third feature in a year (he also directed two TV shows), so it’s not surprising that the Single Moms Club feels like it was slapped together by someone who’s ready to take the next order. 110 min. NN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24


(Rob Thomas) may have started as the definition of fan service – its very existence is the result of a Kickstarter campaign targeted directly at followers of the 2004-2007 television series starring Kristen Bell as a wisecracking teen detective – but it’s a proper feature film. Nine years after Veronica left her hometown of Neptune, California, to study law, she’s called back by old boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) when he’s accused of murdering his rock-star girlfriend. Naturally, no sooner does she arrive than she falls back into her old habits, uncovering conspiracies and rubbing Neptune’s power base the wrong way. Thomas and co-writer Diane Ruggerio take a season’s worth of story and fit it into a fun, fast-paced two hours, with appearances by virtually every character who survived the series. But the heart of the movie, as it was on the show, is the scrappy, supportive relationship between Bell’s Veronica and her wry, watchful dad, played by the wonderful Enrico Colantoni. I’d watch a whole movie of those two eating pizza. 108 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24


(Hayao Miyazaki) is a the master animator’s Doctor Zhivago. The film’s subject is Jiro Horikoshi, a WWII-era engineer regretful at the idea that his designs will be used for destructive purposes – including the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Miyazaki’s expressionistic, hand-drawn designs are the raison d’être for the film. 127 min. NNNN (RS) Kingsway Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24


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 plays the story as a cartoon, rushing alongside Belfort through the increasingly Dionysian universe he creates around himself, but three hours of spectacular excess proves exhausting. 180 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Kingsway Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre, Varsity 3

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THE GREAT BEAUTY (14A) Thu 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10 Fri 12:10, 3:10, 9:50 Sat 3:00, 8:50 Sun 12:00, 3:10, 6:10, 9:15 Mon 6:10, 9:10 Tue 12:05, 3:45, 6:45, 9:50 Wed 12:00, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10 THE HUSBAND (14A) Thu 2:15, 8:30 Fri 2:10, 4:10 Sat 2:45, 10:30 Sun 12:30, 5:00, 10:00 Mon 6:15, 8:30 Tue 1:45, 3:30 Wed 3:05, 10:30 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (14A) Thu 2:30, 4:45, 9:20 LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (PG) Thu, Sun, Wed 12:15, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 Fri 12:15, 3:00, 6:10, 8:45 Sat 12:15, 6:10 Mon 6:00, 9:00 Tue 12:15, 3:10, 8:30 NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I (R) Fri, Sun, Tue 12:00, 4:45, 7:15 Sat, Wed 2:30, 7:15, 9:45 Mon 7:15 NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II (R) Fri, Sun, Tue 2:15, 7:00, 9:45 Sat, Wed 12:00, 4:45, 7:40 Mon 9:45 STAY (14A) Thu 12:00, 6:15 TIM’S VERMEER (PG) Thu 12:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:05 Fri 12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 9:10 Sat 12:30, 5:00 Sun 12:05, 2:30, 9:15 Mon 6:30, 8:45 Tue 2:30, 5:00, 10:00 Wed 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 9:40


55 BLOOR ST W, 416-961-6304 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 12:25, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50 DIVERGENT (PG) 1:00, 3:05, 4:05, 6:10, 7:10, 9:15, 10:15 Fri-Sun 12:00 mat ENEMY (18A) Thu 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:55 Fri-Tue 12:50, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55 Wed 12:50, 3:05, 10:00 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (14A) Thu 12:30, 1:30, 3:15, 4:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00 Fri-Sun 12:30, 1:25, 3:00, 4:00, 5:30, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 Mon-Tue 12:30, 1:20, 2:55, 4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 Wed 12:30, 1:00, 2:55, 3:30, 5:20, 6:30, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 THE GREAT BEAUTY (14A) Thu 12:15, 3:25, 6:35, 9:45 FriWed 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:20 LE WEEK-END (14A) Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Mon-Wed 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

THE LUNCHBOX (PG) Fri-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Mon-Wed 1:10, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu 12:20 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (G) Thu 2:45, 5:00, 7:35, 10:00 OMAR (14A) Thu 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9:10


6:00 Sun 2:45, 5:20 Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:20 GLORIA (18A) Thu 4:10, 6:40 Fri 6:20 Sat 1:20, 6:20 Sun 12:40, 5:55 Mon-Wed 4:00 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Fri-Sat 4:00, 9:20 Sun 3:30, 8:50 Mon-Wed 7:15 NEBRASKA (PG) Thu 3:40, 6:30 Fri 6:45 Sat 1:10, 6:45 Sun 12:50, 6:10 Mon-Wed 4:40 NON-STOP (PG) Fri 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 Sun 12:30, 3:10, 5:50, 8:20 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:10 OMAR (14A) Fri 4:15, 6:40, 9:00 Sat 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:00 Sun 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40 Mon-Wed 4:10, 6:30 PHILOMENA (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:00 Fri 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Sat 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Sun 12:55, 3:20, 5:40, 7:50 Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:00 POMPEII (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:00 SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 3:50, 6:45 Fri 8:55 Sat 8:40 Sun 8:00 VERONICA MARS (PG) Fri-Sat 3:50, 8:50 Sun 3:20, 8:30 Mon-Wed 6:40 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18A) Thu 5:30

DIVERGENT (PG) Fri-Wed 12:35, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (14A) Thu 12:15 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:15 Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00 THE GREAT BEAUTY (14A) Thu 12:25 3:25 6:30 9:30 FriWed 12:25, 3:30, 6:35, 9:40 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:00 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18A) Thu 2:00, 5:45, 9:40



551 MT PLEASANT RD, 416-480-9884

10 DUNDAS ST E, 416-335-5323

ABOUT LAST NIGHT (14A) Thu 8:05, 10:30 Fri-Sun, TueWed 7:25, 9:50 Mon 10:20 ALAN PARTRIDGE (14A) Thu 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:40 BEIJING LOVE STORY (PG) Thu 9:30 BEWAKOOFIYAAN (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:05, 6:50, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:30 DOWN RIVER (14A) Fri 2:20, 5:05, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 12:20, 2:45, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05 Mon-Wed 2:10, 4:40, 7:50, 10:05 ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO (G) Wed 7:30, 9:45 ENEMY (18A) Thu 1:55 4:15 7:55 10:15 Fri-Wed 3:10, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:35 mat FROZEN (G) Thu 1:30 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:25 Sat-Sun 11:55 FROZEN 3D (G) Thu 4:00, 6:30 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:55 Sat-Sun 2:25, 4:55 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (14A) 2:00, 3:00, 4:30, 5:30, 7:15, 8:00, 9:45, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:30 mat GRAVITY 3D (PG) Thu 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:05 Fri 1:45, 4:00, 9:35 Sat-Sun 1:45, 9:35 Mon-Wed 9:35 INCEPTION (PG) Fri, Tue 1:30, 7:00 Sat 4:00, 9:30 Sun 7:00 Mon 1:30, 4:30 THE LEGO MOVIE 3D (G) Thu 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 1:35, 4:00 Fri-Sun 1:30, 3:55 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu 4:20, 6:40, 9:00 FriWed 1:55, 4:20 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (G) Thu 2:40 5:00 7:40 10:00 Fri-Wed 3:00, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 Sat-Sun 12:40 mat MUPPETS MOST WANTED (G) Thu 7:00, 9:40 Fri, MonWed 1:35, 2:35, 4:10, 5:10, 6:45, 7:45, 9:20, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:00, 1:35, 2:35, 4:10, 5:10, 6:45, 7:45, 9:20, 10:20 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: WAR HORSE - ENCORE Sat 12:30 Sun 12:55 Wed 1:30 NO CLUE Thu 9:05 THE PROFESSIONAL (14A) Thu 7:30, 10:00 Fri, Sun, Tue 4:30, 9:55 Sat 7:00 Mon 7:30, 9:45 Wed 5:00 ROMEO AND JULIET Thu 1:30 SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 7:10, 10:20 Fri-Wed 6:40, 9:40 STALINGRAD (14A) Thu-Fri, Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 Sat-Sun 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:55 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG) Thu 7:20, 10:25 Fri-Tue 6:30, 9:15 Wed 6:45, 9:45 TOOTSIE Thu 4:30 12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A) Thu 3:40, 6:35, 9:45 Fri 3:30, 6:30, 9:25 Sat-Sun 11:55, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25 Mon-Tue 6:45, 9:40 Wed 9:40 TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG) Thu 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 VERONICA MARS (PG) 7:00 Thu 7:20 Sat-Sun 4:00 mat THE WIND RISES (PG) Thu 1:35, 4:25, 10:05 Fri 3:05, 6:05, 8:55 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:05, 6:05, 8:55 Mon-Wed 7:45, 10:30

Midtown CANADA SQUARE (CE) 2200 YONGE ST, 416-646-0444

AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Fri 3:30, 6:30, 9:35 Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:35 Sun 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 Mon-Wed 3:50, 6:50 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (18A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:20, 7:00 Fri 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:00, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10 FROZEN (G) Sat 12:50 Sun 12:10 FROZEN 3D (G) Thu 3:50, 6:20 Fri 4:00, 6:30 Sat 3:20,

675 MT PLEASANT RD, 416-489-8484 BLUE JASMINE (14A) Sat 9:35 Sun, Wed 7:00 12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A) Thu, Tue 7:00 Fri 6:45, 9:30 Sat 3:45, 6:45 Sun 4:10

REGENT THEATRE (I) THE BOOK THIEF (PG) Thu, Sat-Sun 7:00 Fri 4:30 THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (PG) Fri 7:10 Sat-Sun 4:30 Tue 7:00

SILVERCITY YONGE (CE) 2300 YONGE ST, 416-544-1236

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (18A) Thu 9:40 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (18A) Thu 1:20, 4:30, 6:20, 7:00, 8:50 Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 Sat 12:20, 2:55, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 Sun 4:35, 7:40, 10:25 Mon-Wed 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 12:00, 3:05, 6:10 DIVERGENT (PG) Thu 9:45 Fri 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:40, 4:10, 5:15, 6:50, 7:20, 8:30, 10:00, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 3:05, 3:40, 4:10, 6:15, 6:50, 7:20, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 Mon-Tue 12:00, 12:30, 1:45, 3:05, 3:35, 4:55, 6:10, 6:40, 8:10, 9:15, 9:45 Wed 12:00, 12:30, 3:05, 3:35, 4:55, 6:10, 6:40, 8:10, 9:15, 9:45 ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO (G) Wed 7:30 THE LEGO MOVIE 3D (G) Thu 3:15, 5:50, 8:30 Fri 4:00, 6:40, 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Mon-Tue 3:15, 6:00, 8:50 Wed 3:15 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 12:30 Fri 1:20 Sat-Sun 12:15 MonWed 12:40 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:05, 9:25 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu 12:50, 3:45 Fri 12:50 Sat-Sun 12:00 Mon-Wed 1:30 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (G) Thu 12:00, 2:35, 5:00, 8:00 Fri 3:50, 6:20, 9:00 Sat-Sun 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:00, 7:10, 9:35 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (G) Fri 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Sat 12:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:00, 9:50 Mon-Tue 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25 Wed 3:45, 6:30, 9:25 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: WAR HORSE - ENCORE Sat 12:30 Sun 12:55 NEED FOR SPEED (PG) Thu 12:05, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55 Fri 12:35, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40 Sat 3:25, 6:30, 9:40 Sun 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40 Mon-Wed 12:10, 3:20, 6:20, 9:20 NEED FOR SPEED 3D (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:35, 6:35, 9:30 Fri 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Sat 12:55, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20 Sun 12:55, 3:55, 7:10, 10:10 Mon-Wed 12:50, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 NON-STOP (PG) Thu 1:00, 3:55, 6:45, 9:20 VERONICA MARS (PG) Thu 7:00


West End HUMBER CINEMAS (I) 2442 BLOOR ST. WEST, 416-769-2442

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (18A) Thu 3:40, 7:30, 9:45 DIVERGENT (PG) Thu 9:30 Fri, Mon, Wed 3:30, 6:50, 9:50 Sat-Sun, Tue 12:30, 3:30, 6:50, 9:50 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 5:00, 7:00 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu-Fri, Wed 4:40, 7:10, 9:15 Sat-Tue 12:00, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:15 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (G) Fri, Wed 5:10, 7:30, 9:30 Sat-Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:30 NEED FOR SPEED (PG) Thu 3:20 7:20 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 10:00 Thu-Fri, Wed no 12:40

KINGSWAY THEATRE (I) 3030 BLOOR ST W, 416-232-1939

BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL (14A) Thu 7:05 Sat, Mon, Wed 5:30

THE BOOK THIEF (PG) Thu-Fri, Mon-Wed 11:00 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (14A) Thu 11:00 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (18A) Thu 1:10, 7:05 Fri-Wed 1:30, 7:00 FROZEN (G) Sat-Sun 11:00 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (14A) Thu 8:45 Fri-Wed 8:55 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Fri-Wed 1:05, 7:00 MUSCLE SHOALS (PG) Sat, Mon, Wed 3:30 NEBRASKA (PG) Thu 5:00 Fri-Wed 11:30 NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (14A) Thu 3:10 Fri, Sun, Tue 3:30 PARTICLE THEORY Fri, Sun, Tue 5:30 PHILOMENA (PG) 3:10 12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A) 4:50 THE WIND RISES (PG) Thu 1:10 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18A) 8:55


1025 THE QUEENSWAY, QEW & ISLINGTON, 416-503-0424 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (18A) Fri-Sat 7:10, 10:00 Sun-Tue 6:50, 9:35 Wed 9:35 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (18A) Thu 2:50, 3:00, 5:25, 6:00, 6:40, 8:00, 9:00, 9:20, 10:35 Fri 12:35, 3:10, 5:45, 8:20, 11:00 Sat 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:20, 11:00 Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35 Mon-Wed 2:45, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 4:10 DIVERGENT (PG) Thu 9:30, 9:40 Fri 11:45, 12:15, 1:10, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 3:35, 4:20, 5:55, 6:00, 6:25, 6:55, 7:00, 7:30, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45 Sat 11:10, 11:40, 12:00, 12:10, 1:10, 1:30, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 3:35, 4:20, 5:15, 5:55, 6:25, 6:55, 7:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45 Sun 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:55, 3:30, 3:35, 4:00, 5:20, 5:45, 6:10, 6:55, 7:00, 7:10, 8:35, 9:15, 9:25, 10:15, 10:25, 10:30 Mon 12:50, 2:00, 2:55, 3:00, 3:25, 4:00, 4:15, 5:20, 6:10, 6:30, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 8:35, 9:25, 9:45, 9:55, 10:25 Tue 12:15, 12:50, 2:55, 3:00, 3:25, 3:35, 4:00, 4:15, 6:10, 6:30, 6:40, 6:55, 7:10, 8:00, 9:25, 9:45, 9:55, 10:15, 10:25 Wed 2:00, 2:55, 3:00, 3:25, 4:00, 4:15, 5:20, 6:10, 6:30, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 8:35, 9:25, 9:45, 9:55, 10:25 ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO (G) Wed 7:30 ENEMY (18A) Thu 2:30, 5:10, 8:10, 10:30 Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:20, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30 Sun-Wed 12:40, 3:15, 5:50, 8:10, 10:35 FROZEN (G) Thu 1:30 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (14A) Thu 2:00, 2:45, 4:30, 4:35, 7:10, 7:20, 9:45, 10:00 Fri 11:55, 2:40, 3:00, 4:45, 5:15, 5:45, 7:40, 7:50, 8:45, 10:25, 10:45 Sat 11:55, 12:20, 2:00, 2:40, 3:00, 4:45, 5:15, 6:00, 7:40, 7:50, 9:00, 10:25, 10:45 Sun 11:40, 12:20, 1:45, 2:10, 3:00, 4:45, 4:50, 6:00, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 10:15 Mon, Wed 2:10, 3:15, 4:40, 4:50, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:15 Tue 2:10, 3:15, 4:40, 4:50, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:25 THE LEGO MOVIE 3D (G) Thu 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Fri 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 2:00, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15 Mon 5:00, 7:45, 10:15 Tue-Wed 5:00, 7:40, 10:15 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 1:40, 4:15 Fri 2:00 Sat 11:20 Sun 11:55 Mon-Wed 2:20 THE LITTLE RASCALS Sat 11:00 THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:00, 9:35 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu 1:00, 3:35, 6:20 Fri 3:45 Sat 1:00, 3:45 Sun-Tue 1:00, 3:50 Wed 12:50, 3:50 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (G) Thu 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 Fri 1:40, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 Sat 11:05, 1:40, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 Sun 11:35, 1:55, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Mon-Wed 1:55, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (G) Thu 7:15, 10:20 Fri 2:20, 5:05, 8:00, 10:40 Sat 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 8:00, 10:40 SunTue 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:10 Wed 4:40, 6:50, 10:10 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: WAR HORSE - ENCORE Sat 12:30 Sun 12:55 NEED FOR SPEED (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:35 Fri 12:25, 3:25, 6:45, 9:55 Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:45, 9:55 Sun 12:25, 3:25, 6:40, 9:55 Mon-Wed 12:30, 3:35, 6:30, 9:40 NEED FOR SPEED 3D (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:30, 3:40, 6:40, 7:00, 10:30 Fri 2:45, 6:30, 7:40, 10:00, 10:50 Sat 1:20, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:40, 10:00, 10:50 Sun 1:10, 2:30, 4:15, 6:30, 7:20, 9:45, 10:20 Mon-Wed 1:10, 3:40, 4:15, 6:45, 7:20, 10:00, 10:20 NON-STOP (PG) Thu 2:20, 3:50, 5:00, 6:30, 7:40, 10:15 Fri 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 8:10, 10:55 Sat 5:25, 8:10, 10:55 Sun 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Mon 1:20, 4:20, 10:30 TueWed 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 POMPEII 3D (PG) Thu 1:15, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10 THE PROFESSIONAL (14A) Thu, Mon 7:30 ROBOCOP (PG) Thu 8:50 SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 12:55, 4:05, 10:10 Fri 3:15, 6:35, 9:50 Sat 12:00, 3:15, 6:35, 9:50 Sun 5:35, 8:50 Mon-Wed 1:30, 5:40, 8:50 VERONICA MARS (PG) Thu 7:00


WOODBINE CENTRE, 500 REXDALE BLVD, 416-213-1998 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (18A) Thu 1:10 4:10 7:00 9:40 Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 ABOUT LAST NIGHT (14A) Thu 9:25 DIVERGENT (PG) Thu 8:00 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 1:25 4:05 6:50 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Thu 1:05, 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 7:15 Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (G) Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:00, 6:55, 9:25 NEED FOR SPEED (PG) Thu 1:00 3:55 6:45 9:35 Fri-Wed 1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:30 NON-STOP (PG) Thu 1:15, 3:50, 7:05, 9:30 Fri-Wed 9:20 SON OF GOD (PG) Thu 3:45, 9:20 TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG) Thu 1:20 4:00 7:10 9:45 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45

East End BEACH CINEMAS (AA) 1651 QUEEN ST E, 416-699-1327

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (18A) Fri-Sun 9:30 Mon-Wed 9:15 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (18A) Thu 7:30 AMERICAN HUSTLE (14A) Thu 6:30 DIVERGENT (PG) Thu 9:30 Fri 3:30, 4:00, 6:45, 7:10, 9:50, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:15, 12:50, 3:30, 4:05, 6:45, 7:10, 9:50, 10:30 Mon-Wed 6:40, 7:00, 9:50, 10:15 THE LEGO MOVIE (G) Thu 6:40, 9:15 Fri 3:45, 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:45, 6:30 Mon-Wed 6:30


MARCH 20-26 2014 NOW

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 9:30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 7:00, 10:00 Fri 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Mon-Wed 7:30, 10:00 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri 3:15, 6:15, 9:00 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 9:00 Mon-Wed 6:50, 9:30 Need for Speed (PG) 7:00, 10:10 Fri 4:00 mat Sat-Sun 1:00, 4:00 mat Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 7:15, 10:10 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 6:50, 9:40

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

300: Rise of an Empire (18A) Sat-Sun 2:00 300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 4:10, 6:40 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 4:20, 7:05, 9:40 Fri 4:55, 7:30, 10:15 Sat 5:00, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Wed 5:00, 7:25, 10:00 American Hustle (14A) Thu 9:30 Divergent (PG) Fri 3:30, 6:40, 10:00 Sat 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 10:00 Sun 2:10, 5:20, 8:30 Mon-Wed 5:20, 8:30 Divergent: The IMAX Experience (PG) Thu 9:00 Fri 4:00, 7:10, 10:30 Sat 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:30 Sun 12:30, 3:40, 6:50, 10:10 Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:50, 10:10 Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (G) Wed 7:30 Enemy (18A) Thu 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 Fri-Wed 4:40, 7:15, 9:40 The Grand Budapest Hotel (14A) Fri 3:50, 4:20, 6:50, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50 Sat 12:30, 1:00, 3:50, 4:20, 6:50, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50 Sun 12:40, 1:00, 3:50, 4:20, 6:40, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50 Mon-Wed 3:50, 4:20, 6:40, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50 The Great Beauty (14A) Thu 3:40, 6:50, 9:55 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 3:45, 6:45, 9:25 The LEGO Movie (G) Fri 5:10 Sat 12:10, 2:40, 5:10 Sun 1:30, 4:30 Mon-Wed 4:30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 3:30, 6:10 Sat-Sun 12:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 4:00, 6:30, 9:10 Fri-Sat 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 Sun-Wed 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Sat 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 National Theatre Live: War Horse - Encore Sat 12:30 National Theatre – War Horse Sun 12:55 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Fri 4:10, 7:00, 10:10 Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 10:10 Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:00, 9:55 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 Fri-Sat 7:40, 10:20 Sun-Tue 7:30, 10:05 Wed 10:05 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 4:50, 8:50

SilverCity Fairview (CE)

Fairview Mall, 1800 Sheppard Ave E, 416-644-7746 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 1:25, 4:00, 6:30, 7:15, 9:10, 9:50 Fri 2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 Sat 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 Sun-Tue 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:05 Wed 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50 Divergent (PG) Thu 10:15 Fri 12:15, 12:50, 3:20, 4:00, 6:30, 7:10, 9:40, 10:20 Sat 12:00, 12:50, 3:10, 4:00, 6:30, 7:10, 9:40, 10:20 Sun-Tue 12:00, 12:30, 3:10, 3:40, 6:20, 6:50, 9:30, 10:00 Wed 3:20, 4:40, 6:30, 7:50, 9:40 Frozen (G) Thu 1:10, 4:10 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Fri 4:50, 7:20 Sat 2:10, 4:50, 7:20 Sun-Tue 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 Wed 4:50, 7:30 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:40 Fri, Wed 2:10 Sat 11:40 Sun-Tue 12:10 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 1:10, 3:45, 6:25 Fri 12:25 Sat 12:10 Sun-Tue 12:20 Wed 2:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Fri-Sat 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Sun-Tue 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Wed 4:30, 6:55, 9:25 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Sun-Tue 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Wed 3:40, 6:40, 9:20 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45 Sun-Tue 12:40, 3:35, 6:45, 9:45 Wed 1:50, 5:00, 8:00 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:05, 10:10 Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Sun-Tue 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Wed 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:00 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:00, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20 Fri 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 10:05 Sat 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 10:05 Sun-Tue 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:55 Wed 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 RoboCop (PG) Thu 9:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 12:55, 3:55, 7:05 Fri-Sat 9:50 SunTue 10:10 Wed 9:55

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

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 2:20, 5:00, 7:00, 7:40, 10:25 Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25 Sat 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40 Sun-Wed 2:10, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15 About Last Night (14A) Thu 1:25, 4:00, 9:55 Divergent (PG) Thu 10:15 Fri 12:50, 1:10, 2:00, 4:00, 4:20, 6:40, 7:10, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30, 10:45 Sat 12:20, 12:50, 1:10, 3:30, 4:00, 4:20, 6:40, 7:10, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30, 10:45 SunWed 12:30, 1:30, 3:10, 3:40, 4:45, 6:20, 6:50, 8:00, 9:45, 10:15 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Fri 3:30, 6:50 Sat 3:05, 6:50 Sun-Wed 3:30, 6:40 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 12:30, 3:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:45 Sat 12:30 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:05 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:00 Sat 12:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu, Sat 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 Fri 3:40, 7:50, 10:20 Sun-Wed 3:40, 7:00, 9:30 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 Sat 11:00, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 10:00 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:55 Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:35 Sun-Wed 12:55, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10 Fri 1:55, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40 Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:55, 10:40 Sun-Wed

2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 10:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15 Fri-Wed 9:20 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10:05 Fri 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Veronica Mars (PG) Thu 7:00

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

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 5:45, 7:30, 8:25 Fri, Tue 5:30, 8:00, 10:25 Sat 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:25 Sun 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Mon, Wed 5:55, 8:25 About Last Night (14A) Thu 8:25 Divergent (PG) Fri, Tue 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 9:35, 10:25 Sat 11:20, 11:40, 12:30, 1:45, 2:50, 3:45, 5:15, 6:30, 7:00, 8:20, 9:35, 10:10 Sun 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:50, 5:15, 6:25, 7:00, 8:20, 9:30, 9:55 Mon, Wed 5:00, 6:10, 7:15, 8:05 Frozen (G) Thu 6:00 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 5:40, 8:05 Fri, Tue 5:05, 7:40, 10:00 Sat 5:05, 7:40, 10:05 Sun 5:05, 7:35, 9:55 Mon, Wed 5:05, 7:30 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 5:00 Fri, Tue 4:00 Sat 11:10, 12:10, 2:40 Sun 2:40 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 5:50 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 5:10, 7:40 Fri, Tue 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2:00, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 2:00, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Mon, Wed 5:30, 7:55 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri, Tue 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Mon, Wed 5:40, 8:10 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 5:15, 8:10 Fri, Tue 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Sat 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Sun 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:50 Mon, Wed 5:15, 8:15 Non-Stop (PG) Thu, Mon, Wed 5:20, 7:50 Fri, Tue 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00 RoboCop (PG) Thu 8:15 Son of God (PG) Thu 5:00, 8:00 Fri, Tue 6:40 Sat 12:20, 6:40 Sun 12:30, 6:40 Mon, Wed 5:10 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 5:30, 8:20 Fri, Tue 4:00, 9:45 Sat-Sun 3:30, 9:45 Mon, Wed 8:20 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 5:25, 7:55 Fri, Tue 4:10, 6:50, 9:55 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:55 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 Mon, Wed 5:50, 8:25

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

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 6:20, 6:50, 9:15 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 Sat 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 About Last Night (14A) Thu 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45 Divergent (PG) Thu 9:30 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:30, 1:10, 3:40, 4:20, 6:55, 7:30, 10:10, 10:45 Mon 1:10, 2:40, 4:20, 6:20, 7:30, 9:45, 10:45 Wed 12:55, 2:40, 4:05, 6:20, 7:15, 9:45, 10:25 Enemy (18A) Thu 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 Fri, Tue 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:25 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 8:10, 10:25 Sun 2:30, 8:10, 10:25 Mon, Wed 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20 Fri, Sun, Tue 4:05, 6:40, 9:30 Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7:00, 9:30 Mon 4:05, 6:45, 9:30 Wed 4:10, 6:45, 9:30 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:05, 3:45 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:30 Sat 11:15 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 1:15, 3:55, 6:25 FriSun, Tue 12:45 Mon, Wed 2:30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 2:15, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Fri-Sun, Tue 3:15, 5:45, 8:05, 10:35 Mon, Wed 5:00, 7:20, 9:55 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri, Tue 12:25, 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Mon 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 Wed 1:10, 3:55, 6:55, 9:35 National Theatre Live: War Horse - Encore Sat 12:30 Sun 12:55 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 12:55, 3:50, 6:55, 9:55 Fri, Tue 12:35, 3:35, 6:45, 9:45 Sat-Sun 12:15, 3:30, 5:00, 6:45, 9:45 Mon, Wed 2:50, 6:30, 9:50 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 1:00 4:25 7:30 10:30 FriWed 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:30 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 10:05 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon, Wed 1:25, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15 Pagpag 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Sat 11:05 mat RoboCop (PG) Thu 9:25 Son of God (PG) Thu 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Fri-Sat, Tue 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Sun 11:55, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Mon, Wed 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40

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

300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 2:50, 4:25, 5:30, 6:55, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 Fri 1:45, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35, 7:10, 8:15, 9:40, 10:45 Sat 11:50, 12:20, 2:25, 2:55, 5:00, 5:35, 7:45, 8:15, 10:20, 10:45 Sun 12:20, 1:45, 2:50, 4:25, 5:25, 7:10, 8:00, 9:40, 10:30 Mon-Tue 4:25, 5:25, 7:00, 8:00, 9:40, 10:30 Wed 4:25, 5:25, 7:10, 8:00, 9:40, 10:30 About Last Night (14A) Thu 10:00 Divergent (PG) Thu 9:45 Fri 1:10, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:20, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 Sat 12:00, 12:30, 1:10, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:20, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 Sun 11:45, 12:15, 12:50, 2:30, 2:55, 3:30, 4:00, 5:45, 6:20, 6:50, 7:10, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 MonTue 4:00, 5:05, 5:45, 6:20, 7:10, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 Wed 4:05, 5:05, 5:45, 6:20, 7:20, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (G) Wed 7:30 Frozen (G) Fri-Sat 2:20, 4:50 Sun 1:15, 3:45 Mon-Tue 4:00 Wed 4:15 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 4:50, 7:20 The Grand Budapest Hotel (14A) Fri 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35 Sat 12:25, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35 Sun 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 Mon-Wed 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:15, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Fri-Wed 4:40, 7:15, 9:50

The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 5:30, 8:00 Fri-Sun 1:50 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 4:10, 9:35 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 6:40, 10:10 Fri, Sun 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sat 11:30, 2:00, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 Mon-Wed 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Fri 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Mon-Wed 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Thu 7:10, 9:50 Fri 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Sat 11:10, 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Mon 4:50, 7:45, 9:55 Tue 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 Wed 4:50, 6:50, 10:15 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 4:00, 7:05, 10:10 Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:55 Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:55 Sun 12:05, 3:20, 6:25, 9:25 Mon-Wed 5:00, 9:00 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 3:00, 6:30 Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:40 Sun 12:55, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 Mon-Tue 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Wed 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 4:20, 6:50, 10:00 Fri 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Sat 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:15 Mon 5:00, 10:25 Tue 4:55, 7:35, 10:25 Wed 5:00, 7:35, 10:25 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 2:25, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 The Professional (14A) Thu, Mon 7:30 RoboCop (PG) Thu 10:30 Son of God (PG) Thu 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Fri-Sat 7:20, 10:30 Sun-Tue 6:30, 9:45 Wed 9:45 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 4:05, 9:40 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 2:40, 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Fri 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 Sat 11:25, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 Sun 2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 Veronica Mars (PG) Thu 7:00 The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 3:20

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

Bewakoofiyaan (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Fri, MonWed 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:00, 7:15 Gulaab Gang (PG) Thu 6:15 Fri 4:00 Sat-Sun 12:30 Kuckoo Fri 10:30 Sat-Sun 4:00, 10:30 Mon-Wed 10:00 Nimirnthu Nil (PG) Thu 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 Fri 7:15, 10:30 Sat-Sun 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Wed 7:00, 10:00 Queen (14A) Thu 3:15, 9:30 Fri 3:30, 7:00, 9:30 Sat-Sun 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Mon-Wed 7:00, 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) Thu 1:00, 3:30, 6:20 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 2:00, 4:45, 7:35, 10:10 Fri 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45 Sat 12:10, 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45 Sun-Tue 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25 Wed 12:40, 2:55, 7:30, 10:25 About Last Night (14A) Thu 10:00 Divergent (PG) Thu 9:30 Fri 1:10, 2:00, 3:20, 4:20, 5:15, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45 Sat 12:00, 1:10, 2:00, 3:20, 4:20, 5:15, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45 Sun 12:05, 12:55, 2:00, 3:20, 4:05, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45, 10:30 Mon 12:55, 2:00, 3:20, 4:05, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45, 10:30 Tue 12:55, 2:00, 3:20, 4:05, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:30, 9:40, 10:30 Wed 2:00, 3:20, 4:05, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45, 10:30 Divergent: The IMAX Experience (PG) Thu 9:00 Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15 Sun 12:25, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00 MonWed 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 10:00 Enemy (18A) Thu 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Sun, Tue 6:50, 9:30 Mon 9:55 Wed 7:35, 10:30 Frozen (G) Thu 1:10, 3:50 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:10 Gravity (PG) Thu 1:35, 4:25, 9:35 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Fri 5:30, 8:05, 10:35 Sat 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Sun-Tue 5:00, 7:35, 10:05 Wed 5:00, 10:05 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 1:25, 4:10 Fri 2:50 Sat 11:30, 2:20 Sun 12:00, 2:30 Mon-Wed 2:30 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 1:20, 3:45, 6:30 Fri, Mon-Tue 2:55 Sat 12:20, 2:50 Sun 12:15, 2:55 Wed 12:30 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Fri-Wed 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Thu 7:00, 9:40 Fri 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40 Sat 11:45, 2:30, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40 SunTue 12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 Wed 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 3:00, 6:35, 9:45 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 1:05, 4:05, 7:15, 10:15 Fri-Tue 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 10:10 Wed 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:10 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05 Fri 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:30 Sat 11:15, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:30 Sun 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Tue 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 Wed 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 The Professional (14A) Thu, Mon 7:30 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 Veronica Mars (PG) Thu 7:00

Courtney Park 16 (CE)

110 Courtney Park E at Hurontario, 416-335-5323 300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 1:30, 4:00, 6:35 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30 Fri 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 10:10 Sat 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 10:10 Sun 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Wed 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55 About Last Night (14A) Thu 1:40 Divergent (PG) Thu 10:00 Fri 1:00, 1:45, 3:20, 3:35, 4:05,

4:50, 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 Sat 12:15, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:20, 3:35, 4:05, 4:50, 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 Sun 12:15, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:20, 3:35, 4:05, 4:50, 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15 Mon-Tue 1:00, 1:45, 3:20, 3:35, 4:05, 4:50, 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15 Wed 1:45, 3:20, 3:35, 4:05, 4:50, 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 8:00, 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15 Divergent: The IMAX Experience (PG) Thu 9:00 Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:45 Sun-Wed 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (G) Wed 7:30 Enemy (18A) Thu 1:15, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:10, 2:15, 4:45, 6:55 Sat-Sun 12:10, 4:45, 6:55 Gulaab Gang (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:45, 9:50 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 4:30, 7:00, 9:25 Fri 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:50 Sat 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:50 Sun 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:35 Mon-Tue 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:35 Wed 2:00, 4:30, 9:35 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 2:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:05 Sat-Sun 11:55, 1:05 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 4:10 Mr. & Mrs. 420 (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 Fri-Sat 3:30, 6:30, 9:40 Sun-Wed 3:30, 6:30, 9:25 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8:05 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:10 Sat-Sun 12:50 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:15 Fri-Sat 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:25 Sun-Wed 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Thu 7:00, 10:05 Fri-Sat 1:35, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Sun-Tue 1:35, 4:25, 7:05, 9:20 Wed 4:25, 7:05, 9:20 National Theatre Live: War Horse - Encore Sat 12:30 Sun 12:55 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 1:00, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 Fri-Sat 1:00, 3:50, 6:45, 9:55 Sun-Wed 1:00, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:30 Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:40 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Sat 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:20 Sun-Wed 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:05 Pompeii (PG) Thu 10:25 Ragini MMS 2 Fri-Sat 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 10:15 Sun-Wed 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 10:00 Shaadi Ke Side Effects (14A) Thu 1:00, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20 Son of God (PG) Thu 3:20, 6:30, 9:35 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 6:40 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 1:55, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Fri 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:35 Sat 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:35 Sun 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Tue 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Wed 2:20, 4:55, 7:00, 10:20

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

Sun 12:00 Mon-Wed 3:30 The Little Rascals Sat 11:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 3:40, 6:10, 8:50 FriSat 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:20 Sun 1:00, 3:40, 6:20 Mon-Wed 3:35, 6:10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu 4:10, 6:40, 9:20 Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:55 Sun 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:05, 6:50, 9:25 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Thu 7:00, 9:45 Fri-Sat 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Sun 1:10, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:05, 9:50 Need for Speed (PG) Thu 4:00, 6:50, 9:40 Fri-Sun 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:50 Mon-Wed 3:55, 6:45, 9:45 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 Fri-Sun 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:25, 10:20 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 4:35, 5:05, 7:05, 9:35, 10:05 Fri 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Sat 11:05, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Sun 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Wed 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 Pompeii 3D (PG) Thu 4:15, 6:55 The Professional (14A) Thu, Mon 7:30 RoboCop (PG) Thu 9:25 Son of God (PG) Thu 3:45, 7:00, 10:00 Fri-Sat 12:25, 3:35, 6:40, 9:40 Sun 12:25, 3:35, 6:35, 10:05 Mon 3:40, 10:05 Tue-Wed 3:40, 6:55, 10:05 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu 3:55 Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35 Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:35, 9:20 Veronica Mars (PG) 7:00 Sat-Sun 4:00 mat The Wolf of Wall Street (18A) Thu 8:45

Interchange 30 (AMC)

30 Interchange Way, Hwy 400 & Hwy 7, 416-335-5323 American Hustle (14A) Fri 6:45, 9:35 Sat 3:45, 6:45, 9:35 Sun 3:45, 6:45 Mon-Wed 4:25, 7:10 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 Bewakoofiyaan (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:20 Fri 6:50, 9:30 Sat 3:30, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 2:00, 4:40, 7:30 Mon-Wed 4:35, 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 Endless Love (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:10, 7:40 Fri 5:10, 7:40, 9:55 Sat 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 9:55 Sun 2:40, 5:10, 7:45 47 Ronin (PG) Thu 4:35, 7:10 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 Last Vegas (PG) Thu 4:55, 7:40 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 Ride Along (14A) 4:55, 7:25 Fri 9:50 Sat 2:25 mat, 9:50 Sun 2:25 mat RoboCop (PG) Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 2:00, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 2:00, 4:15, 7:10 Mon-Wed 5:15, 7:35 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

About Last Night (14A) Thu 5:20, 7:40 August: Osage County (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:15 Fri 3:50, 7:10, 9:55 Sat 12:45, 3:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Dallas Buyers Club (18A) Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fri 3:20, 6:40, 9:35 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:00, 6:40, 9:35 Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:35 Enemy (18A) Thu 5:15, 8:00 Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 2:00, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:10, 9:50 Mon-Wed 5:20, 7:40 The Grand Budapest Hotel (14A) 4:50, 5:30, 7:20, 8:00 Fri 3:00 mat, 9:50, 10:30 Sat 12:30, 2:20, 3:00 mat, 9:50, 10:30 Sun 12:30, 2:20, 2:50 mat, 5:15, 7:40, 9:50, 10:05 Sun only 12:30 2:20 2:50 4:50 5:15 7:20 7:40 9:50 10:05 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu 4:55, 7:55 Fri 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:00, 10:00 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:00, 9:40 Mon-Wed 5:05, 7:45 No Clue Thu 7:00 The Nut Job (PG) Thu 4:50 Fri 4:20 Sat 1:40, 4:15 Sun 2:00, 4:15 Mon-Wed 4:55 Ride Along (14A) Thu 5:05, 7:45 Fri 5:00, 7:35, 10:20 Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:35, 10:20 Sun 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:00 MonWed 5:10, 7:50 3 Days to Kill (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:50 Fri 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 Sat 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 Sun 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 12 Years a Slave (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:30 Fri 3:40, 6:50, 9:45 Sat 1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:45 The Wind Rises (PG) Thu 4:45, 7:25 Fri 6:30, 9:30 Sat 6:45, 9:40 Sun 6:30, 9:25 Mon-Wed 7:00

300: Rise of an Empire (18A) Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 9:35 Fri-Wed 9:25 Divergent (PG) Thu 9:00 Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Mon 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 The LEGO Movie (G) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:05, 7:00 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 12:55, 1:15, 4:10, 6:45, 7:15, 9:30 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 6:55, 9:15 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 Need for Speed (PG) 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35 Non-Stop (PG) Thu 1:00 4:00 7:05 9:40 Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:50, 7:05, 9:40 12 Years a Slave (14A) Thu 3:45



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

300: Rise of an Empire – An IMAX 3D Experience (18A) Thu 4:50, 7:15 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu 5:20, 6:45, 7:45, 9:10, 10:10 Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 5:45, 7:45, 8:15, 10:10, 10:40 Sun 12:10, 1:40, 4:25, 5:05, 7:05, 7:45, 9:40, 10:20 Mon-Wed 4:50, 7:30, 8:00, 9:55, 10:25 About Last Night (14A) Thu 5:00, 7:30, 9:55 Fri 1:30, 4:25, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 9:30 Mon-Wed 4:20, 9:40 American Hustle (14A) Thu 3:35 Divergent (PG) Thu 10:00 Fri 12:10, 1:10, 1:50, 2:30, 3:20, 4:20, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:45 Sat 11:20, 12:10, 1:10, 1:50, 2:30, 3:20, 4:20, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:45 Sun 12:00, 12:50, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 4:00, 5:10, 5:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:15, 8:45, 9:30, 10:30 Mon-Wed 4:00, 4:30, 5:15, 6:00, 7:10, 7:45, 8:45, 9:30, 10:30 Divergent: The IMAX Experience (PG) Thu 9:30 Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15 Sun 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 10:00 MonWed 3:30, 6:40, 10:00 Enemy (18A) Thu 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 Fri-Sat 1:15, 3:30, 5:55, 8:10, 10:20 Sun 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 10:10 MonWed 5:00, 7:15, 9:35 Frozen (G) Fri-Sat 12:20 Sun 12:15 Frozen 3D (G) Thu 3:30, 6:15 Fri-Sat 2:45 Sun 2:40 MonWed 3:50 The Grand Budapest Hotel (14A) Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:00, 5:25, 8:00, 10:25 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:35, 10:10 Gravity (PG) Fri-Sat 10:40 Sun 9:00 Mon-Wed 8:50 Gravity 3D (PG) Thu 4:05, 6:25 The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 3:50, 6:30, 9:00 Fri 12:00, 3:15, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00 Sat 3:15, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00 Sun 2:25, 5:00, 7:20, 9:45 Mon-Wed 5:20, 6:15, 9:00 The LEGO Movie (G) Thu 4:20 Fri 12:50 Sat 11:30, 12:50

Rainbow Promenade (I)

Promenade Mall, Hwy 7 & Bathurst, 416-494-9371

Grande - Steeles (CE) Hwy 410 & Steeles, 905-455-1590

300: Rise of an Empire (18A) Thu 7:55, 10:25 Wed 7:55, 10:20 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (18A) Thu, Wed 7:10, 9:50 Fri, Tue 5:05, 7:50, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:25 Mon 7:35, 10:05 American Hustle (14A) Thu, Wed 7:00, 10:05 Divergent (PG) Thu 9:00 Fri 3:50, 4:15, 6:30, 7:10, 7:25, 9:45, 10:25, 10:40 Sat 12:10, 12:50, 1:05, 3:20, 4:00, 4:15, 6:30, 7:10, 7:25, 9:45, 10:20, 10:40 Sun 12:10, 12:30, 1:05, 3:20, 3:40, 4:15, 6:30, 6:50, 7:25, 9:45, 10:05, 10:35 Mon 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 10:00, 10:15, 10:25 Tue 3:40, 4:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:25, 9:45, 10:15, 10:35 Frozen (G) 4:00 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat The LEGO Movie 3D (G) Thu 7:00, 9:30 Wed 6:55, 9:30 The LEGO Movie (G) Fri, Tue 3:45, 6:55, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:55, 3:45, 6:55, 9:30 Mon 6:55, 9:40 The Monuments Men (PG) Thu, Wed 7:05, 9:55 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Thu 6:40 Sat-Sun 12:05 Wed 7:40 Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (G) Thu, Wed 7:20, 9:40 Fri, Tue 4:50, 7:15, 10:00 Sat-Sun 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 10:00 Mon 7:10, 9:45 Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri, Tue 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Mon 7:25, 10:15 Need for Speed 3D (PG) Thu, Wed 7:15, 10:10 Fri, Tue 4:10, 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:30, 10:30 Mon 7:30, 10:25 Non-Stop (PG) Thu, Wed 7:45, 10:15 Fri, Tue 4:20, 7:20, 10:05 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05 Mon 7:20, 10:05 RoboCop (PG) Wed 10:00 Son of God (PG) Thu 6:50, 10:20 Fri-Sun, Tue 6:40, 9:50 Mon 7:05, 10:10 Wed 7:00, 10:05 3

NOW March 20-26 2014



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march 20-26 2014 NOW

indie&rep film complete festivals, independent and How to find a listing

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

repertory schedules

Not To Be (1942) D: Ernst Lubitsch. 1:30 pm. The Canterbury Tales (1972) D: Pier Paolo Pasolini. 4 pm. The Free Screen: David Rimmer I: Surfacing including Seashore (1971), Surfacing On The Thames (1970), Migration (1969) and others. 7 pm. Stephen King: Creepshow (1982) D: George A Romero. 10 pm. sun 23 – The Arabian Nights D: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Intro and Q&A w/ photographer ­Roberto Villa. 3:30 pm. David Rimmer II: Variations including Real Italian Pizza (1971), Square Inch Field (1968), Bricolage (1984) and others. 7 pm. mon 24 – Check website for schedule. tue 25 – Love Meetings (1965) D: Pier Paolo Pasolini. 6:30 pm. wed 26 – Check website for schedule.

Surrealistic fantasy Patch Town, about ­exploited workers ­finding a hero, opens the Canadian Film Fest.

ñ= Critics’ pick (highly recommended) =How to place a listing

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, 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.

Fox Theatre

2236 Queen E. 416-691-7330.


Thu 20 – August: Osage County (2013) D: John Wells. 7 pm. The Past (2013) D: ñ Asghar Farhadi. 9:20 pm.

banff mountain film festival world tour bloor hot docs cinema, 506 bloor w.

fri 21-sun 23 – Festival of action, environ-

mental and adventure films. $20. fri 21 – Sea Of Rock D: Sebastian Doerk, Dubai – A Skier’s Journey D: Jordan Manley and Danny Irvine, High Tension D: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Zachary Barr and Josh ­Lowell, and others. 7:30 pm. sat 22 – Into The Mind D: Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland, JP Auclair and Malcolm Sangster, Keeper Of The Mountains D: Allison Otto and Scott McElroy, The Last Great Climb D: Alastair Lee, and others. 7:30 pm. sun 23 – Heaven’s Gate D: Iiro Seppanen and Nic Good, Sufferfest D: Cedar Wright, Down The Line D: Francois-Xavier “Fix” De Ruydts, and others. 2:30 pm.

the canadian film festival royal cinema, 608 college.

thu 20-sat 22– Feature and short films by

Canadian filmmakers. $12.50 (­ thu 20 – Opening night: Patch Town (2013) D: Craig Goodwill. 7 pm. fri 21 – Canucklehead Comedy: The Birder (2013) D: Ted Bezaire. 7 pm. Thriller Night: The Privileged (2013) D: Leah Walker. 9:15 pm. sat 22 – Homegrown Shorts: Ephemeral D: Rebecca Davis, The Prince D: Francesco Giannini, Snapshots D: Brian Stockton, De Puta Madre: A Love Story D: Catherine Black, Margaret Finds Her Mojo D: Brett Heard, Uncommon Enemies D: Alex Hatz, Gumshoes D: Reese Eveneshen, and Survival Guide D: Phil Connell. 2 pm. Play The Film (2013) D: Alec Toller. 4:15 pm. Dramas By Us: H & G (2013) D: Danishka Esterhazy, and Kate D: Illya Klymkiw. 6:30 pm. Closing night: Afterparty(2013) D: Michelle Ouellet. 8:45 pm.

toronto nepali film festival

carlton cinema, 20 carlton (CC); Innis town hall, 2 susses (IT).

fri 21-sat 22– Festival of Nepali films. $15$20. All films w/ s-t. fri 21 – Saas Fere Jasto Lagcha (2012) D: Santosh Bhattarai. 7 pm. Indreni Khojdai Jada/ Chasing Rainbows (2013) D: Sahara Sharma. 7:25 pm. Both screenings at CC. sat 22 – Nabhaniyeko Katha/The Untold Story (2013) D: Loonibha Tuladhar. 1 pm. The Sound Of One Leg Dancing (2011) D: Dilman Dila. 1:25 pm. Nepal’s Slave Girls (2013) D: Subina Shrestha. 1:55 pm. Sakhi (2011) D: Mohan Rai and Santosh Regmi. 2:25 pm. Awakening (2012) D: Deepak Limbu. 4 pm. This Is My LIfe (2009) D: Amber Bemak. 4:10 pm. Bal Krishna Sama, Untold Story (2012) D: Dins Palpalee. 4:35 pm. In Nepal, Exiled Each Month (2013) D: Allison Shelley. 7 pm. Soongava–Dance Of The Or-



Fri 21 – American Hustle (2013) D: David O

Uneven Canuck fest has some goodies CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL (March 20 to 22) Rating: NNN The Canadian Film Festival is always something of a strange animal. Lacking the sizzle of TIFF and the consistency of a themed festival, it’s a scrappier thing, assembling a selection of modestly budgeted homegrown shorts and features and screening them at the Royal over three days. Sometimes there’s a breakout, like last year’s Toronto music doc The Scene. Sometimes there’s a terrible horror movie that’s already slouched through an ignominious theatrical run, like 2011’s The Unleashed. You roll the dice and take your chances. chids (2012) D: Subarana Thapa. 7 pm. All screenings at IT.

water docs film festival

art gallery of ontario, jackman hall, 317 dundas w (AGO); Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek, Mississauga (FGS).

fri 21-mar 29– Documentary films about

issues and initiatives pertaining to the world’s water. $10.50-$13, stu/srs $8.50$11, under 13 yrs free, $4.25 for Family Day, festival pass $40-$45, some free events. fri 21 – Opening night: Cold Amazon: The Mackenzie River Basin (2013) D: Pablo Saravanja, Jay Buickaert, Tim Querengesser, and short Tar (2014) D: Kristy Neville and Greg Francis. 7 pm (AGO). sat 22 – World Water Day: Elemental: Three Stories, Three Continents, One Commitment To Change (2013) D: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. 2:30 pm (FGS). Asian Carp & The Great Lakes: Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale (2013) D: Scott Dobson, and Carpageddon (2012) D: Alex and Tyler Mifflin. 3:30 pm (AGO). The Art Of Water: Watermark (2013) D: Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, and Detox (2013) D: Zoe D’Amaro and Marco Delia Coletta. 7 pm (AGO). sun 23 – Family Day: Alex and Tyler Mifflin X 2: Water Everywhere (2013), and Plastic Ocean (2013). 2 pm.

The opening-night entry for the festival’s 2014 edition is, at the very least, something you won’t easily forget. Patch Town (screening Thursday, at 7 pm) is a surrealistic fantasy set in a world where glum workers spend their days extracting babies from cabbages for the enjoyment of children beyond the factory walls – until one man (Rob Ramsay) dares to challenge the system. Expanded by director Craig Goodwill from his 2011 short film, the movie is a triumph of insane commitment. I don’t know who was clamouring for an elaborate parody of Soviet-era workers’ musicals with lashings of Delicatessen and that Kids In The Hall short where Scott Thompson wails about sausages, but here you go.

Less successful is Leah Walker’s The Privileged (Friday, 9:15 pm), an uninspired psychological thriller that casts Joshua Close (In Their Skin) as a young lawyer drawn into a power game with his boss (Sam Trammell, from True Blood) at a cottage. But Alec Toller’s Play: The Film (Saturday, 4:15 pm) is a pleasantly chaotic comedy about actors forced to improvise a stage play when everything goes wrong. It’s a nice flip on the Noises Off concept, and features a strong comic cast, including Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun. It won’t change the world, but I could totally see this getting a theatrical run somewhere down the line. For listings, see below or go to NORMAN WILNER ­ 


mon 24 –PEN Picks: Marwencol (2010) D: Jef Malmberg. Hosted by Miriam Toews. 6:15 pm. $15. Particle Fever. 9:15 pm. Tue 25 – Liv & Ingmar. 4 pm. Oppositions Architecture Series X 2: St-Henri, The 26th Of August (2011) D: Shannon Walsh. 6:30 pm. My Brooklyn (2012) D: Kelly Anderson. 9:15 pm. Wed 26 – Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival: Azul Y No Tan Rosa/My Straight Son (2013) D: Miguel Ferrari. Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us (2013) D: Lisa Gunning. 9:30 pm.

big picture cinema gerrard 1035 gerrard e.

thu 20- wed 26– Check website for schedule.

BLOOR hot docs Cinema

506 Bloor W. 416-637-3123.

Thu 20 – Liv & Ingmar (2012) D: Dheeraj Akolkar. 3:30pm. Speroway presents A ñ River Changes Course (2013) D: Kalyanee Mam,

in support of the Agriculture Development and Livelihoods Projects. Q&A w/ director to follow. 6:30 pm. Particle Fever (2013) D: Mark Levinson. 9 pm. fri 21 – Liv & Ingmar. 2 pm. Banff Mountain Film Festival. See listings, this page. 7:30 pm. sat 22 – Liv & Ingmar. 1 pm. Autumn Sonata (1978) D: Ingmar Bergman. 3 pm. Banff Mountain Film Festival. See listings, this page. 7:30 pm. sun 23 – Banff Mountain Film Festival. See listings, this page. 2:30 pm. Films Changing The World: The Longest Kiss (2013) D: Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque. 6:30 pm. Particle Fever. 8:45 pm.

= Critics’ Pick nnnnn = Top ten of the year nnNn = Honourable mention nnn = Entertaining nn = Mediocre n = Bomb


Camera Bar

1028 Queen W. 416-530-0011.

sat 22 – Amélie (2001) D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 3 pm.

cinematheque tiff bell ­lightbox reitman square, 350 king w. 416-599-8433,

thu 20 – Canadian Open Vault: Réjeanne Padovani (1984) D: Denys Arcand. Q&A w/ Edward Keenan. 6:30 pm. fri 21 – The Decameron (1971) D: Pier Paolo Pasolini. 6:30 pm. Starship Troopers (1997) D: Paul Verhoeven. 9:15 pm. sat 22 – Godard’s Hollywood Classics: To Be Or

Russell. 6:45 pm. 12 Years A Slave (2013) D: Steve McQueen. 9:30 pm. sat 22-sun 23 – Frozen 3D (2013) D: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. 2 pm. American Hustle. 4 & 6:45 pm. 12 Years A Slave. 9:30 pm. Mon 24-tue 25 – American Hustle. 6:45 pm. 12 Years A Slave. 9:30 pm. Wed 26 – Movies For Mommies: American Hustle. 1 & 9:15 pm. Gloria (2014) D: Sebastián Lelio. 7 pm.


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Akira Kurasawa’s The Hidden Fortress, with Misa Uehara, is the comic ­adventure that inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars.

We don’t generally associate Akira Kurosawa with comic adventure. But that’s what the director of major classics like The Seven Samurai and Kagemusha goes for in The Hidden Fortress, achieving it without abandoning his clear-eyed humanism and beautiful visual style. A pair of peasants (Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara) hoping to make a buck from a clan war get roped into helping a samurai general from the losing side (Toshiro Mifune) shepherd his princess (Misa Uehara) and a cargo of gold safely through enemy lines. Greedy, cowardly and eternally squabbling, the peasants provide such a lively contrast to Mifune’s stonefaced, duty-obsessed general that the

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The CN Tower presents Legends Of Flight 3D. Continuous screenings daily 10 am-9 pm. 301 Front W. 416-8686937, ­ Casa Loma presents The ­Pellatt Newsreel (2006) D: Barbra Cooper, a film and permanent exhibit on the history of Casa Loma and Henry Pellatt. Daily screenings 10 am-4:30 pm. Included w/ admission. 1 ­Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, ­ 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 ­ thu 20 – L’Altra Italia presents Il Principe Abusivo/The Swindler Prince (2013) D: Alessandro Siani. 8 pm. Colossus Vaughan, 3555 Highway 7 West. fri 21 – Toronto Socialist Action Rebel Film series presents The Condo Game (2014) D: Helen Slinger. 7 pm. $4 donation. OISE, 252 Bloor W. The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto presents Queer Spirits! Film Festival. Queerology. 3:30 pm. CAMP. 3:45 pm. Big Joy! The Adventures Of James Broughton D: Stephen Silha. 4:30 pm. Panel discussion to follow. Free. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. ­ fri 21- sat 22 – York University Fine Arts Film program presents Interrogating Indian Democracy: Films by Sanjay Kak, featuring two documentaries. Free. Fri: Jashn-e-Azadi/How We Celebrate Freedom (2007). 2 pm. Free. York U, Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Bldg, 4700 Keele. Sat: Red Ant Dream: The Life Of Revolutionary Possibility In India (2013). 2 pm. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. sat 22 – Pleasure Dome presents A Tribute to Anne Charlotte Robertson, Film Diarist 1949-2012, including Apologies (1983-90), Five Year Diary (1982), and a collection of Robertson’s Super 8 shorts. 7:30 pm. $8, stu $5. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. Beit Zatoun presents Through The Fire, a documentary film about the resilience of ­Somali women. 7 pm. $10. 612 Markham. ­ sun 23 – The Toronto Jewish Film Society as part of Spotlight On Israeli Culture events presents The Little Traitor (2007) D: Lynn Roth. Hebrew s/ t. 4 & 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. wed 26 – CineFranco, le FRIC and Le Labo present francophone Canadian short films including Diva D: Christos Tsirbas, Le Toucher D’Adieu, and others. Free. 6:30 to 8 pm. Q&A w/ directors to follow. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton. 3


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(eOne, 2013) D: David O. Russell, w/ Christian Bale, Amy Adams. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NN American Hustle works beautifully as a crime story, a romance, a farce with a dark streak and a 70s music, hair and plunging necklines nostalgia piece. Scammers Irv and Sydney (Christian Bale, Amy Adams) are busted by FBI agent DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who promises to let them go if they set up four more fraudsters. But the wildly overambitious DiMaso doesn’t really understand how confidence tricks work. His simple sting spirals into a $10 million operation to bring down a mayor (Jeremy Renner), senators, a congressman and a major Mafia crew. Every character, even Irv’s loose-cannon wife (Jennifer Lawrence), is multilayered, smart and likely to do something unexpected. The cast get a broad range of comic and dramatic moments, and they’re clearly having big fun. Lawrence’s housework dance to Live And Let Die is worth the rental price alone. The making-of doc’s cursory production overview isn’t informative. Instead, go for a deeper and bleaker dig into swindlers with The Grifters or House Of Games, both fine movies. EXTRAS Making-of doc, deleted and extended scenes. English, French audio and subtitles.

The Wrath Of Vajra (Well Go USA, 2013) D: Law Wing-cheong, w/ Shi Yanneng, Steve Yoo. Rating: NN; Bluray package: NN


zarre acroba­tics performed by dancer Nam Hyun-joon as Crazy Monkey, a hyper-kinetic binge of gouging and biting. Compared to these two blowouts, the final duel – slow motion in the rain – against the head cultie (Steve Yoo) is a little tame. The 20 minutes’ worth of makingof promo spots focus mainly on the fighting and the producer’s rather grand ambitions for his movie. EXTRAS Mandarin, Japanese, English audio. English, French subtitles.

Lots of martial arts action – some of it good – makes The Wrath Of Vajra watchable for hardcore genre fans, but its one creepy pulp idea turns to clichériddled gibberish. In 1930s China, the conquering Japanese army moves to crush the Chinese people’s spirit by reviving a death cult that turns kidnapped children into indoctrinated killing machines. A former­cultie, now a Shaolin monk (Shi Yanneng), sets out to bring down the baddies in three formal duels. Two of the duels rock. In the first, in which our hero faces a fast, skilled and brutal giant (Jiang Baocheng), the actors are clearly doing their own stunts and not pulling punches. The second features wire work and bi-

Homefront (VVS, 2013) D: Gary Fle­der, w/ Jason Statham, James Franco. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: N Less hyperbolic than most Jason Statham actioners, Homefront is still enjoyable for its

princess’s gradual awakening to the beau­ties of life almost escapes notice. Working for the first time in widescreen, Kurosawa gives the film a strong sense of motion, tracking back while panning during a horse chase, for example, or swiftly moving from a panoramic wide shot to a large close-up of one character . His gorgeous compositions have the epic sweep of old-school westerns. The Hidden Fortress is most famous for being the inspiration for Star Wars. In an extras interview, George Lucas explains what he took, but he’s more interesting on Kurosawa’s visual style. The 40-minute making-of doc thor­oughly examines the production, and the commentary goes into great detail on style, Kurosawa’s influences and the nuances of widescreen shooting. EXTRAS Commentary, making-of doc, Lucas interview, print essay. Japanese audio. English subtitles. unusual take on the villains. Statham does his typical fightingmachine thing as a former DEA agent who moves to a tiny Louisiana town with his beloved daughter and, via a kids’ squabble, gets embroiled in a feud with Gator Bodine (James Franco), the local meth lord. Gator is the only fish in a tiny pond. Having never faced any real opposi­ tion, he’s out of his depth when confronted with Statham’s tough guy, and more so when he calls in a biker gang. Franco gives a dandy performance, as do Kate Bosworth as his vicious addict sister, who drives the feud, and Winona Ryder, his equally vicious but smarter girlfriend. Most of the fun in the extras’ two promo spots masquerading as making-of docs comes from comparing what cast and crew say about Gator with what you see on the screen. EXTRAS Two promo spots. English, French audio and subtitles.






Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The life and hard times of a folksinger in 1961 Greenwich Village.

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar portraying a Dallas hustler who scams the system to get vital medication for fellow AIDS sufferers.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate ­return as battling TV reporters.

Melancholia (2011) Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg play sisters struggling to repair their relationship as an interplanetary collision looms.  3


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suggests that some people – mostly males – have a genetic predisposition for being “sexually imprinted” during development.” It’s like this, DOPE: some kids are going to sexually imprint on random shit, kids are exposed to random shit all the time, there’s no way of predicting which kids will imprint on what shit, so there’s no way to prevent Pokémon fetishists or foot fetishists or sneeze fetishists or clown fetishists from happening. A small number of our fellow human beings, your son included, will have kinks that strike others – folks who don’t share their kinks, folks who don’t have any kinks of their own – as pathetic, twisted, sick or silly. And since being shamed by his dad or mom (see below) won’t save a kid from his “pathetic” orientation, shaming your son is a waste of time that will serve only to damage your relationship with him. As for your fears that your son will wind up alone… “Although DOPE might prefer a regular old queer child instead of a rare plushophile – someone with an attraction to cartoonlike stuffed animals, such as Pokémon – the good news is that his son grew up in a world where, somewhere out there, other people were being erotically molded by animated Japanese chimeras in exactly the same way,” says Bering. “Reaching out to that community online can only empower him and help him to accept a now unalterable – and completely harmless – part of his nature. In many ways, life can be easier for DOPE’s son: He’s got a ready-made sexual niche, complete with hookup opportunities at annual conventions.” Follow Jesse Bering on Twitter: @­JesseBering.

Wife didn’t hear clearly I am a het husband. Before we 

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My mother shamed me When I was a teenager, my mother

f ound some dirty stories I wrote on my computer. They were hardcore (bondage, slavery, whippings) and some featured neighbourhood MILFs that I had crushes on. I was 14 at the time. My mom went ballistic and terrorized me about my kinks until I left for college. I hated my mother so much during this time. I didn’t feel like I could trust her and I never confided in her about anything. It took me a decade to get over it. I’m now 30, straight and married. My wife and I appear to be “normal.” But we are both into bondage and S&M, we go to fetish parties and we’ve explored cuckolding and forced bi. My wife and I aren’t a perfect fit – I enjoyed cuckolding (my fantasy) but not so much forced bi (seeing me suck dick was her fantasy) – but our kinks have brought us a lot of joy. Cutting to the chase: my wife is pregnant. We announced the news to my mom and dad, and they were delighted. I was honestly delighted to make my parents so happy. Then my mother sent me an email saying that I had her to thank for my relationship and my child-to-be. If she hadn’t “nipped those dark sexual impulses in the bud,” I would “not now have a lovely wife and a morally acceptable lifestyle,” and she wouldn’t be expecting her first grandchild. Mom thinks her five-year-long campaign of shaming me – and constantly spying on me and haranguing me – cured me of my kinks! I’m so angry. I want to tell my mother that she has my “dark sexual impulses” to thank



for her first grandchild! I met my kinky wife on Fetlife! No kinks, no wife! No wife, no grandchild! My wife would rather not be outed as kinky to her mother-in-law and says to let it go. What do you say?  Mad Over Terribly Hurtful Email Received I agree with your wife: Let it go. Ignore your mother’s hurtful e-mail – just don’t respond – and focus on your wife and the child you two are having together. The last thing you need is your mother getting in your wife’s face about her kinks or running to fetus protective services because she believes kinky parents are a danger to their children. But… Just in case your mother brings it up again – if she presses you for an undeserved thank-you-for-terrorizing-me note – write an email to your mother, one that your wife sees in advance and approves. Something along the lines of: “My adolescent sexual fantasies were none of your business, and your inability to respect my privacy and sexual autonomy caused me great personal distress at the time. Your actions did not help me. They damaged our relationship. My adult sex life is none of your business, and I am not going to answer any invasive or inappropriate questions. All you need to know is this: My wife and I very happy together – both emotionally and sexually – and if you want to be fully involved in the life of your grandchild, you will never bring this subject up again.”  n the Lovecast: Dan matches wits with 74O time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings at ­ @fakedansavage on Twitter





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