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Pride because it interferes with his plans at the cottage. If Rob Ford wants a part-time 9-to-4 job where all his evenings, weekends and holidays are free, he should not be the mayor. One of the many responsibilities of the office is attending and overseeing large community events that may take place outside normal hours. These may be events the mayor is not personally interested in, but because millions of people are, they are part of his job. A person who is unwilling or unable to fulfill these requirements is unsuitable to be the head of municipal government. Certain vocations bring certain obligations. Darth Weez
i see no reason why anyone is surprised that Rob Ford has declined to participate in the Pride parade, or why anyone would even want him to. His participation would be an insincere political gesture by a person who does not support gay issues. I would only want him in the parade if he attended in drag. Then I would believe that he’d had an honest change of heart. David Palter Toronto
Bloody bad donor PR
your newsfront item on cana dian Blood Services’ urgent request for donors (NOW, June 23-29) stated that only a small fraction of Canadians donate blood. Maybe Canadian Blood Services should rethink some of its ridiculous eligibility requirements. I have never been allowed to donate because I spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996. How many Canadians does this eliminate from the pool? For what reason? To avoid the possibility of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a disease that, although it received much media attention, has affected only 171 of the more than 60 million people living in Britain. And what about men who have had sex with a man? Or any woman who has had sex with a man who has had sex with a man? Or any African? Or any person who has ever had sex with an African? I understand why CBS is being cautious since the hepatitis debacle, but such caution should be based on science and evidence rather than kneejerk reactions and PR nonsense. Devon Tilbrook Toronto
Bike Plan = Transit City
remember when the ford team scrapped Transit City in favour a much more expensive transit plan that serves half as many riders? Well, they’re at it again, this time scrapping the existing Bike Plan, which is all about connectivity, and replacing it with a plan to get cyclists onto off-road trails (NOW, June 23-29). We need bike lanes everywhere, even if they are mere painted lines. And we need the Bloor/Danforth EA continued on page 11 œ
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i dunno about sTOnewall’s Take Back The Dyke March (NOW, June 23-29). My partner and I will be there on Saturday unless it rains. We’re straights who marched against the bathhouse raids 30 years ago, shouting “No more shit” up Yonge Street. We got no political axe to grind. But we’ll be there to celebrate, remember our friends (still miss ya, David, Stevie, Della) and reaffirm our support in general. Facebook-714911506
Blame for TTC’s problems
thank you for another slanted article on the TTC by Adam Giambrone (NOW, June 23-29). Tell me, how well did the TTC do under his tenure? Perhaps all we’re contemplating with transit would never have been if Giambrone had actually done his job well. PS to Giambrone: please return the money you owe the city for going over your TTC chair office budget. ohgoodlord
Rewriting G20 history
ben spurr writes in g20 rally Run-around (NOW Daily, June 26), “At times the speakers’ remarks veered away from the summit, with some denouncing the global financial order, austerity measures and political situations in Latin American and Africa.” I have trouble understanding how that is a “veering away from the summit.” It’s what the G20 are planning to do to hard-working Canadians and our standard of living – that is the central reason why people took to the streets. FarshadAzadian
Cars 2 crashes out
i agree completely with norm Wilner’s review of Cars 2 (NOW, June 23-29), and about Toy Story 3 and the hellmouth scene. I was really surprised at the terror of that one. When I saw C2, I kept thinking, “Who the heck directed and/or wrote this mess? Must be some beginner – surely not John Lasseter.” Sloane
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to proceed. As with Transit City, the Bloor/Danforth EA has already been contracted and money spent. Cancelling it serves no cyclist. If you ride a bike, call your councillor. Angela Bischoff Toronto
The madness on St. George
i am the “helmet head” who suggested separated bicycle lanes on St. George originally incorporated into the mayor’s Bike Plan, but the proposal was never for bicycle lanes on both sides of St. George . The proposal was only for separated bidirectional lanes on the east side of St. George that take less space and no more space than the un-
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regarding your newsfront item on David Miller’s new teaching gig at New York University (NOW, June 1622). Knock me over with a feather! Gee, I seem to remember the former mayor [being] very “confident” that he’d win re-election but deciding not to run so he could spend more time with his growing children in Toronto. Hmm. Methinks he knew that the garbage strike was the [last nail] in his political coffin. Let’s face it, if you want to spend more time with your growing children, you don’t commute to a job in New York City. Of course, it’s possible that Miller loves Toronto so very much that he’s decided to take a teaching job outside the city. Now, that’s dedication. Conor D. O’Hare Toronto
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separated lanes currently take. If you can’t separate them on the east side of St George, I agree they should be left alone. Councillor Adam Vaughan originally said he had no objection to Transportation Services conducting a study to determine the feasibility of providing protected bike lanes on St. George. I may be a helmet head, but Councillor Vaughan thought the idea was worth a look last year. No study has ever been done to assess the idea. Alan Heisey Toronto
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i take offence to both dave anderson’s letter and NOW for publishing it (NOW, June 23-29). Anderson didn’t know it took privilege to become something in Toronto? Does it even fuckin’ matter? His letter reads as if artists have no right to be acclaimed simply because they went to a better school than Anderson did. I was bitter, too, about the rich kids when I was young, but if they kill “working-class pop,” who cares? Didn’t Radiohead and its group of Oxford grads do that years ago?? Nob. Nigel Agnew Toronto NOW welcomes reader mail. Address letters to: NOW, Letters to the Editor, 189 Church, Toronto, ON M5B 1Y7. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and faxes to 416-364-1166. All correspondence must include your name, address and daytime phone number. Letters may be edited for length.
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Hooray for Bollywood Fans go wild for Bollywood stars on the green carpet at the Rogers Centre, Saturday, June 25, 7:15 pm.
Chances the mayor will reconsider his decision not to attend Pride.
zero Coming out today (Thursday, June 30) just in time for Pride weekend: 20,000 pink postcards with a cuddly beaver on the front to send a cheeky message to Mayor Rob Ford, who won’t be attending Pride. Who knew? “Cottaging” is British gay slang for anonymous sex between men in public lavatories.
a) Because there’s too much bad feeling about this controversy for the mayor to save face now. b) That “family tradition” explanation the mayor has used may go deeper than most people know. The Canada Day long weekend is when Ford’s dad, the late Doug Sr., was reportedly diagnosed with the Big C a few years back. Michael Hollett’s appeal to the mayor on page 14.
Light sculptures designed by artist Jill Anholt at Sherbourne Common north, the waterfront playground officially opening next month, photographed by Linda Edwards during a recent test run.
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G20 Redux Clownarchy and her police car attire at the G20 Redux: Fundamental Freedoms Festival, Saturday, June 25, Queen’s Park South, 2:22 pm. Story at nowtoronto.com
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[Frontlines] Ben Spurr on methadone and NIMBYism a group of parkdale residents is up in arms about a methadone clinic that will move onto their street today (Thursday, June 30). A recent community meeting took only 15 minutes to dissolve into an emotional shouting match. Addiction treatment centres have never been popular neighbours, but this is Parkdale. Nobody who’s lived here long is shocked by visible poverty or addiction, so why the backlash? Concerned residents are adamant that this isn’t a case of “not in my backyard.” Aki Kyrou, who lives next door to the future site of Breakaway Addiction Ser vices on Strickland, says his gripe is that the clinic has asked the province for $1.5 million, and he doesn’t think that much money could possibly be wisely spent on the small building. Others complain about the lack of clinic parking and the short notice given before Breakaway moves in. But make no mistake – this is about NIMBY. It’s inconceivable that these residents would organize meetings about funding for a clinic on the other side of town or shout at each other over parking for a new dentist’s office. The fight is particularly bitter because of the unique character of Strickland.
Though surrounded by the seediness often associated with Parkdale, the street is a quiet, gentrified refuge. As one local puts it, “Strickland isn’t Parkdale.” Residents will tolerate addicts when they venture out into the ’hood, but this clinic is just too close to home. Breakaway’s Dennis Long says the clinic won’t be disruptive. “A significant majority of our clients are employed,” he
Opiate treatment centres have never been popular neighbours. says. “You wouldn’t be able to pick them out amongst the community. We have lawyers, limo drivers.” During peak times the clinic will see only six or seven clients an hour. Most days it shuts by 4 pm. Residents seem unaware of these facts, and that’s not their fault. Breakaway needs to communicate better. And yet you can’t say you support rehab clinics and also say you don’t want one next door. To their credit, most at the meeting vowed to be good neighbours if they can’t stop it from opening. It would be in Breakaway’s best interest to return the favour. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Society for the Protection of Animals loosed a great ape on the financial district Wednesday, June 29, to launch its lost-animal poster campaign. wspa.ca.
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The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Environment Canada issued another high water safety bulletin Tuesday, June 21, warning of unsafe conditions near rivers and streams because of heavy rain. That’s 10 flood warnings since the beginning of the year. The new climate-change normal? Yes and no. Flooding has been a problem in Toronto since the late 1800s The first recorded flood dates back to 1878. The deluge brought by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 (81 people died) jump-started the city’s flood control program and the building of four dams, 12 flood control channels and two major flood dikes.
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ON THE COVER In honour of NOW’s first Pride Issue, punk fag pioneer Don Pyle, then of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Plant, Phonocomb and King Cobb Steelie, appeared page 1. (Interview on Page 42 of the issue). Also in the mix, a meditation by Gerald Hannon on the just surging issue of gay marriage (page 21), a commentary on bias against bisexuality (page 32), an interview with then king of the gay village, counsillor Kyle Rae (page 22) and tons more. Fourteen years later, gay marriage is now legal, Kyle Rae’s stepped down, bisexuality as a talking point has been replaced by sexual fluidity and Don Pyle’s still making his mark with the 2011 release of his book Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto’s Punk History 1976-1980 (ECW). nowtoronto.com/archive
The long-awaited report on the city’s plan for graffiti draws a fine line, calling for “recognition of graffiti art and other street art on buildings and structures created with the owner’s permission.” Taggers and “illegal” graffiti, though, will be targeted for “rigorous” enforcement.
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Heritage Toronto introduces the eight newest inductees into its Legacy Plaques program, including urban activist Jane Jacobs (what took them so long?), pioneering media analyst Marshal McLuhan and famed Gothic revival architect E.J. Lennox (Casa Loma and Old City Hall). Earth scientist J. Tuzo Wilson, a key contributor to the theory of plate tectonics, is also honoured.
The theatre and arts fest will survive despite the cash crunch caused by its unsuccessful application for funding from Heritage Canada. Read Glenn Sumi’s post at nowtoronto.com.
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Councillor Cesar Palacio takes the Sun on a tour of St. Clair West to deride the St. Clair streetcar rightof-way project that went over budget (this is getting tiresome), and the best the councillor can do is complain about the weeds that haven’t been whacked as part of the project’s street beautification.
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Mayor Ford, don’t be too proud for Pride
We’ll pick up the tab if that’s what it takes to get you from cottage country to the parade By MICHAEL HOLLETT
dear mayor ford
(rob, that is, not Doug):
Your servant, Michael “Mike” Hollett
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Half the people at Pride are wearing Speedos or less, and get this – there’s a water fight. People shoot water guns at each other just like up at the lake. You could be firing super-soakers in the woods and then ripping off a few more blasts on Church Street all in the same day. And who said being mayor wasn’t going to be a bagload of fun? C’mon, Rob, there really is no excuse. We’ll do you one better and pick up the tab. If you don’t make the time for Pride, it will be hard to resist labelling you a homophobe. Hell, even your gal pal at the Sun, Sue-Ann Levy, thinks you should play gay for the day, and she helps prove that lefties don’t have a monopoly on queer. They’re everywhere, even among your supporters. Rob, do the right, er, correct thing, for your two families, the Fords and the city.
But the easiest way for you to do your civic duty is to take to the air. Hell, you could even land at the Island Airport, which would make the ride even sweeter. Screw those elitist island artistes; this mayor is coming in for a landing, a metaphorical belly flop if you will, in the middle of downtown. Rob, it’s less than an hour lake to lake, and we’ve found charters ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that will pull right up to your cottage. I know you’re a great haggler. Any guy who can get a $1,800-a-week RV like you did for your campaign for only $1,800 for four months can probably beat the prices we’ve found. I bet you could get the whole thing for under a grand return. Thirty minutes each way, 90 minutes for the parade: you won’t even miss the big frisbee golf game or the diving competition with the fam. And with all of your family dough, the Fords could swallow this one expense and save the city the bucks. Everyone knows there’s no gravy served at a cookout. And Rob, I know you’ve never, ever been to Pride, but dude, you don’t even have to change outfits. The float plane can pull up to your cottage and you can pile in in your swim trunks.
Hey Rob, I know we haven’t got off to the best start, what with the Naked You cover and all, but I just can’t stand here and watch you make a huge mistake. Your Robship, you really must take part in Toronto’s immense Gay Pride parade Sunday (July 3), and it’s easy. Let me explain. I know you want to spend time with your family – laudable for sure. Rob, there are tons of families at Pride. You have your traditions, though, and it would take a lot to convince you to bring your family in to the event. I get that your retreat near Huntsville (actually closer to Bracebridge) is the spawning ground of your family’s legacy claim on right-wing politics. Your dad, Doug, not your co-mayor brother, was a back-back-bencher in Mike Harris’s Common Sense campaign, and I’m sure you and your bro had a great time hearing Doug Sr. and occasionally Mike Harris, who has a cottage nearby, telling tales of battling the poor and making sure they
didn’t have to share the wealth over burgers, brewskis and the beach. But Rob, you can log all the Coppertone time you need this holiday weekend and still do your duty as mayor of all the people. Go north on Friday or even Thursday and then come back for the parade. It would be so easy – the parade’s a 2 pm thing. There’s a train out of Huntsville not too far from your cottage. I know you prefer your tracks to run underground, though, and this one, sadly, is an above-ground operation. It also doesn’t operate at times that work for you and queer quality time. You can also score a private car and driver for a great round trip, and we know you’d love the eco-non-efficiency of one-man, one-car travel on one of the highways Harris spruced up during his otherwise slashing reign. It’s roughly a $1,000 round trip plus fuel surcharge. That’s a two- to three-hour deal, so you probably won’t have to miss out on the peameal and eggs breakfast Sunday morning. You could make the gig and be back in cottage country in time for BBQ, charades and campfire songs. Manly ones – none of that Kumbaya crap.
200 kilometres Distance from Toronto to the Ford family retreat in the woods near Huntsville. 2 hours Approximate travel time by car (45 minutes longer if you strictly abide by the 100kph speed limit). 4 hours Approximate travel time by train (Ontario Northland express). 40 minutes Approximate travel time by air from Huntsville to Toronto Island Airport.
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Bill Blair’s G20 review amounts to a pumped-up excuse for the fact cops lost their heads By ELLIE KIRZNER strange that the toronto police After-Action Review of the G20 hit the news Friday, June 24, the same day a gaggle of black-clad protesters turned up at King and Bay to commemorate the G20 and black blocism and denounce corporate capitalism. After all, the black bloc and “violence we have never seen before” are the stars of the After-Action Review, while thousands of peaceful demonstrators, many of them traumatized by the police response, only get cameos. No question, the report, which describes the unfolding of events through the filter of the cop imagination, is a captivating read. It’s written like a movie script, with a 21-page timeline full of drama and foreboding. Its purpose is obviously to prove that police were faced with “sustained, serious and widespread criminality and public disorder” and
hence ought to be forgiven their civil liberties transgressions. I can’t tell, reading the blizzard of details, where the deliberate attempt to derail with the extraneous ends and the honest paranoia begins. For example: Friday, 3 pm: “Major Incident Command Centre (MICC) advised officers that protesters at Allan Gardens were loading backpacks with stones, bricks and fluids.” Bad news, to be sure. But then we get this ambiguous piece of fluff: officers “seized a number of sticks” from buses carrying protesters from Montreal. For placards, ya think? 3:25 pm: “A group of clowns dip handkerchiefs in vinegar.” So? We all carried vinegar-soaked bandanas for tear gas eventualities. Did they think every act of defence was an incipient rampage? Saturday, 3:04 pm: “A large amount
of smoke” appeared at Queen and Spadina. “MICC directed officers to put on gas masks.” Actually, it was a rather small cloud of smoke, but in the boomerang dynamics of the day, when police donned gas masks, panicked protesters reached for their bandanas. And so it went. The section on Sunday’s kettling is titillating mostly for what it doesn’t say. We learn that Toronto police won’t use this tactic again, but we now discover there was an operational conflict on the spot. The MICC, a creature of the Integrated Security Unit, directed at 5:47 pm “that the crowd be boxed in on all four sides.” But from 6:01 on, field commanders were offering “alternative courses of action,” including opening up an exit, but were overruled by the MICC. Look for the next wave of rev-
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elations to focus on the tense relationship between Chief Bill Blair and reps from the OPP and RCMP. The odd thing about reading all this is the hallucinogenic way it’s possible to see two frames at once: from the street Friday afternoon, the temporary boxing in of protesters at Elm and University was inexplicable; from the vantage point of nervous officers fed a 5:10 report that black blocers were mixing “unknown liquids or chemicals in plastic bags and jars producing black smoke” things obviously looked different. At 5:42, the report says, those in black were “arming themselves with bricks and rocks,” which explains the mysterious disappearance of the friendly cop bike squad and its replacement by the helmets-and-shields crew. But where is the sense of proportion in all this? The smash-up brigade was an infinitesimal fraction of a mass protest that should get a medal for patience, good humour and peaceableness. And that’s what sucks about this review: it’s a pumped-up excuse for the fact that officers lost both their heads and their perspective. Yes, Bill Blair in a fit of seeming transparency is baring some of the operational details. But there is no mea culpa, no meditation on guaranteeing citizen rights in the midst of a security op, no apology on mass detentions or illegal searches. It’s a document of entrenchment, not one of rapprochement. We’re not on a healing journey, folks. But there’s no point in a black bloc whitewash either; besides the cruiser-torching and window-smashing, the report has blocers heaving rocks at police (so much for “It’s only property damage”), mixing up molotovs and deftly disappearing and reappearing in small strategic groups all over the downtown, signs of activists on a manic mission.
FROM THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICES G20 AFTER-ACTION REPORT • The G20 was the first time many TPS officers had experienced “widespread criminality and mass public disorder.” • The policing challenges of “facilitating very large, lawful, peaceful protests while at the same time arresting those who chose violence and destruction were immense.” • “The dynamic nature of the protest” required officers to execute Public order Unit techniques without proper training or equipment. • “Crowd behaviour [was] influenced in part by the type and manner of police deployment.” • The Major Incident Command Centre “used containment techniques [kettling] in response to perceived threats of disorder, violence and criminality,” but “persons not involved in such activities need[ed] to have a reasonable opportunity to leave the affected area.” • Differences in the procedures used by court officers and by police were “problematic and partially responsible for lengthy delays experienced by many who were detained.”
I was thinking of this last Friday in the business district, talking to folks at the Black Block Party, an attempt – or maybe not – at irony. They were friendly and articulate, wearing black to mourn the loss of rights, dis black business suits – and highlight black bloc tactics. One said it felt right to be at King and Bay because one of the police cars had been set ablaze here. Such a misplaced commemoration. Even if you believe only a smattering of the police report, there’s still a political pathology at the grassroots. But then again, there’s one at 40 College, too. Which one is likely to be cured first? 3 email@example.com
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Peak food is near Our food supply now ranks with oil and global debt as a worry of G20 elites By WAYNE ROBERTS if freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, then revolution could be just another word for nothing left to eat. A bad case of the jitters explains the spike and scope of food and agriculture proclamations from high officialdom, including the World Bank, over the past two months as food prices continue their record-breaking climb – up 15 per cent in one year. Hunger and poverty have long rivalled climate change as subjects requiring solemn statements of concern from corporate and governmental powers that be. But food now ranks with oil, currency and debt as a topic requiring tracking and control by the elite bodies that manage geopolitics. Food policy has arrived. On June 22, the G20, the club of economic powerhouses, held its first meeting of agriculture ministers. Their job was to do something about prices that are out of control, or, as diplomats prefer, “volatile.” The ministers had a policy paper before them identifying two of the relatively new factors destabilizing food prices. One is a major product shift from food to fuel by many of the world’s most productive farm enterprises, caused by subsidies for crops – corn, wheat, sugar and palm oil – that can be turned into energy. (Forty per cent of corn production in Canada is now for fuel, for example.) The second relates to what’s euphemistically called “financialization of food commodity futures markets” – what uncouth analysts call speculation. An example here would be Car-
gill, the world’s leading grain trader, which announced a profit increase of 23 per cent in its quarterly earnings statement this year, according to food industry newsletter Food Navigator.
Like the other three global grain conglomerates that monopolize the trade, Cargill treats information about grain stocks and quality as a proprietary matter, which makes data crucial for government or public oversight inaccessible. I must report that the first issue will be the subject of further G20 study, surely a worthy endeavour, while the second never got much action. Big Food has clout that few other industries enjoy. Everyone debates energy, military or fiscal policy. Food has the power to suppress debate. G20 ministers did not get a briefing on the third factor affecting food production: the ascendancy of the
World Trade Organization, which pushes free trade and ends the right of countries to protect their own food security. Under this system, rich countries dump heavily subsidized farm products on poor nations, undermining local farming. This was the elephant in the room no one chose to discuss. But a number of recent reports and campaigns did highlight the importance of boosting small-scale sustainable farms as the only way to provide the globe’s expected 9 billion people with adequate and nutritious food. Worldwatch, Oxfam, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and others all weighed in on what the FAO dubs in its new report, Save And Grow, “a new paradigm.” With its tin ear for plain speaking, the org calls this “sustainable crop production intensification.” Translation: Grow more food using less land, water, fertilizer and pesticides, and more labour, care and intelligence, which are abundant. At a time when 12 super-crops – corn, wheat, rice, soy, potatoes, bananas, plantain, sorghum, cassava, millet, sunflowers and canola – supply 80 per cent of human calories,
OXFAM’S REPORT CARD ON THE G20 SUMMIT OF AGRICULTURE MINISTERS
Oxfam examines how the meeting’s final report deals with the issues of: BIOFUEL AGRI Verdict – Poor The G20 only agreed to look at the links between biofuels production and rising food prices, adopting no active measures. Canada is one of the countries suspected of blocking progress. SPECULATION IN FOOD Verdict – Inconclusive The agri ministers agreed to explore the links between speculation in commodity markets and food price volatility and to look at mechanisms for improved regulation. TRANSPARENCY ON FOOD SUPPLIES Verdict – Pass
The ministers agreed to set up a system to provide info on agricultural production and food stocks. They stopped short of requiring agribusinesses to disclose info on the supplies they hold. INVESTMENT IN FARMING Verdict – Fail The meeting agreed that more investment is needed in agriculture. But it adopted no concrete measures to support poor producers in developing countries. CLIMATE CHANGE Verdict - Fail The ministers failed to acknowledge that global warming is a major cause of food price rises.
crop diversity has many pluses. It is the only way to meet human nutrition needs, supply the variety necessary for the natural world and break the power of monopolies driven by quantity rather than quality. Worldwatch’s State Of The World, 2011, profiles the victories of just such strategies throughout Africa, so seldom seen as a land of opportunity. On the eve of the G20 meet, the UN’s
special reporter on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, called on G20 leaders to support regional food systems. Oxfam launched its campaign at the same time. Recovering from the errors of Big Food and deregulated (“free”) trade have now moved to the top of the list of food measures that will increasingly dominate debate. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The take-away from 50 days (and more!) of hacking By nowtoronto.com editor JOSHUA ERRETT After 50 days of mayhem, the voyage is over for the LulzSec group in the US. Its cause, though, will sail on indefinitely. So what can be learned from this wild round of Lulz attacks? LulzSec or Lulz Security is group of six hackers who slipped past the security of Sony, PBS, the CIA, Arizona’s Department of Public Safety and many more. This week, they voluntarily disbanded (or gave up before they could be arrested).The Lulz Boat, as they call it, has docked. In its wake, though, is LulzRaft, the smaller Canadian operation with the same M.O. Via its Twitter, the Lulzonians indicate they will continue to hack. “OPERATIONS AGAINST WORLD CORRUPTION WILL CONT.” LulzRaft tweet when the LulzSec cruise ended. Condolences to those innocents who had to change their passwords or had personal information leaked, but having an attention-seeking hacking group around is not necessarily all negative. There’s a common misconception that all this hacking is to get a few laughs/lulz – an idea the group members put forth themselves. But the antisec movement (that’s antisecurity) is more than crude anarchy. There’s an ethos, even though hackers involved don’t always follow it. One goal is to hold up a mirror to internet culture and its addiction to scandal and entertainment. A loftier
one is to bring attention to online security holes and the companies or governments that don’t care or know enough to patch them. More than a decade old, the movement draws attention to flaws in security that could be exploited for purposes more evil than its own. “Hey innocent people whose data we leaked: blame @ Sony,” read a tweet from LulzSec. Classic hackers, eh? Not necessarily white hats, i.e. good guys, but not as nefarious as they could be. The Lulzes have been hostile toward the press. When a reporter asked LulzSec for an interview, he got this reply:
“sure. in which hole of yours would you prefer i stick my penis?” I contacted LulzRaft by signing up for Hushmail, a Vancouver-based anonymous email service, and guessing the Canadian hacker(s) would be at email@example.com. I asked LulzRaft whether he or she was headed for shore or toward another publicity-netting hack. I was prepared for abuse.
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The LG Optimus Pad crowbars itself into the tablet market by introducing its 8.9-inch hardware smack between Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad and BlackBerry’s 7-inch PlayBook. Knowing that better specs, cheaper pricing and an embedded toaster won’t topple the mighty iPad, LG guarantees its baby’s survival with the one function sure to impress for at least half a year: the ability to record video in 3-D! $449 on a three-year plan from alexander joo Rogers, rogers.com “We’re not yet sure what direction we’re headed,” read the surprisingly civilized reply. Earlier in June, it fooled the media and Conservative MPs when it broke into conservative.ca and posted a story about PM Stephen Harper choking on a hash brown. (“Prime Minister Rushed To Hospital After Breakfast Incident,” read the fake release.) Isn’t it in the public interest to know security is a leaky operation in government circles? Doesn’t this highlight a larger security hole that needs to be patched? When any group, company or organization has been hacked, it should be mandatory for it to reveal that immediately – a warning to the public that there’s been a breach. This is already mandated by legislation in some states. Governments in Canada should follow. Or else all this security hacking is in fact just for lulz. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/joshuaerrett
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sArAh seleky/JessicA WestheAd/MAttheW J trAfford (Broadsheet Magazine) Readings,
music and a silent auction. 6:30 pm. $30. Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 948 Queen W. broadsheetmagazine.com.
Art sPin Guided bicycle-led art tour. 6:30 pm. Free. Trinity Bellwoods Park gates, Queen and Strachan. artspin.ca. rcAnAdA: PAst, Present, future Canada Day celebration with entertainment, games, strawberries and more. 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Free. Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden. 416-493-3333. clAssicAl sculPture Art history lecture with art historian Francis Broun. 1 & 6:30 pm. $25, stu/first-timers $10. Women’s Art Assoc, 23 Prince Arthur. 647-343-1411. rcsi: live! A live-action stage performance invites audience members to become witnesses, suspects and CSI recruits. To Sep 5 various times. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000. the end of suburbiA Film screening and talk by filmmaker Greg Greene. 7 pm. $5 or pwyc. NFB Mediatheque, 150 John. 416-973-3012. fellini: sPectAculAr obsessions Open gala screening and tribute to composer Nino Rota with musician Jane Bunnett. 6 pm. $40. Consulate General of Italy (136 Beverley), TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King W). Pre-register firstname.lastname@example.org. rhisPAnic extrAvAgAnzA Music and dance performances by Carlos Bastidas, Amanda Martinez and others plus visual art. 7:30 pm. Free. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Art (Mississauga). hispaniccanadianarts.org. hoW Anti-inflAMMAtory suPPleMents And diet cAn bAlAnce your horMones Lecture.
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MedicineMan playsafreeshow onCanadaDay (July1),at99 Sudburyaspart oftheJulyeditionofthe J’adoreFestival.
rAfricAn Arts & culture festivAl An African savannah, performances, visual art and a marketplace. Free w/ admission. Toronto Zoo, Meadowvale N of 401. 416392-5929. Jul 2 to Sep 5 rcorso itAliA Street festival celebrating all things Italian with live music, food and more. Free. St Clair between Westmount and Lansdowne. torontofiesta.com. Jul 2 and 3 the fringe Toronto’s theatre festival features plays, dance works, sketch comedy, solo shows and more by local and international companies selected by lottery. $10-$11, passes $45-$91. Various venues. fringetoronto.com. Jul 6 to 17 rMosAic festivAl Films, music by Desi’s Rock, Bollywood dance, fashions, a Nachan ge sari raat dance competition and more. Free. Celebration Square, 300 City Centre, Mississauga. mosaicfest.com. Jul 6 to 10 ron the Pulse Festival of music, theatre and dance with the Carnegie Hall Show, Systema Solar, a Where’s Waldo game and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com. Jul 2 and 3 rtoronto ribfest Ribbers competition, 7-8:30 pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129. roWl MAgAzine birthdAy PArty The kids’ magazine celebrates its 35th birthday. 11 am-3 pm. Free. CN Tower, 301 Front W. owlkids.com. PlAin lAnguAge for fAncy ideAs Workshop on communicating complex issues. 6-9:30 pm. $56. Transformative Learning Centre, 252 Bloor W. Pre-register 416-978-0785.
Friday, July 1
bitch sAlAd gives bAck (AIDS Comm of To-
ronto) Comedians including Dini Dimakos, Rebecca Kohler, Allyson Smith and the Cheeto Girls come out. 8 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. love you – A Pride dAnce PArty (YouthLine. ca) Dance parties Transgression and Lesbeaux team up for a queer free-for-all. 9 pm. Pwyc. Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803.
live music, kids’ activities, Canada Day fireworks and more. Free. Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park. torontoribfest.com. Jun 30 to Jul 3
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Concerts with Placido Domingo, Diana Krall and others, plus spoken performances by Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. Rexall Centre, 1 Shoreham (Jane S of Steeles, York University campus). blackcreekfestival.com. To Aug 30 rJ’Adore festivAl Music by Medicine Man, eLman and others, an art exhibition by Noah Gano, art market, fashion, family walks, food and more. Various prices and venues, some events free. jadorefestival.com. To Jul 30
roPen roof festivAl Outdoor film and
music festival with performances by Yuka, the Darcys, Lynn Miles and others. $15. Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst. openrooffestival.com. To Sep 1 Pride toronto The Pride festival features entertainment on outdoor stages, the Pride Parade, Dyke March, parties, family activities, info sessions and much more. pridetoronto.com. To Jul 3 toronto JAzz festivAl Performances by Aretha Franklin, Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos, Nikki Yanofsky and many others, plus workshops and seminars. Various prices and venues around the city, some events free. torontojazz.com. To Jul 3 University N of College.
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Crafts, interactive games and workshops led by the cast of the show, tours of the outdoor theatre, musical performances and more followed by a free performance of The Winter’s Tale. 4-8 pm. Free. High Park, Bloor W at Parkside. canadianstage.com/dream_family. rcAnAdA dAy At the fort Musician Chris Mckhool, aboriginal storytelling, artillery drills, a walking tour and more. Noon-5 pm. Free. Fort York, 100 Garrison. 416-392-6907. rcAnAdA dAy At hArbourfront Live music by Complaints Choir Reunion, Luke Doucet and others, films, food, art, a strawberry shortcake competition and more. Noon. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com. rcAnAdA dAy At Queen’s PArk Live music, strolling performers, rock climbing, golf skills challenges, carnival rides and more. 10:30 am-5 pm. Free. Queen’s Park,
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games, horse-drawn wagon rides and a citizenship ceremony. 11 am-5 pm. Free w/ admission. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross. 416-736-1733. cAnAdA dAy dinner & dAnce cruise Cruise the harbour aboard the River Gambler. 7:30 pm-midnight. $55. Pre-register 416-364-6999. cAnAdA dAy in MississAugA Performances by these Kids Wear Crowns, Fefe Dobson and others, fireworks and more. 1-10:30 pm. Free. Mississauga Celebration Square, 201 City Centre. mississaugacelebrationsquare.ca. cAnAdA dAy 100-Person MeMoriAl fAll Activist performances and a workshop on methods of falling in recognition of the Afghan war dead. Noon. Free. Queen’s Park. impactafghanistanwar.org. rcAnoeing to toronto islAnds Group paddle on a historic voyageur canoe. Noon-3 pm. $30. Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre,
283A Queens Quay W. Pre-register 416-9934224. rchin Picnic Annual multicultural picnic with singers, dancers, circus, bikini contests, fireworks and more. To Jul 3. Free. Exhibition Place. scotiabankchinpicnic.com. reAst york cAnAdA dAy A midway, parade, entertainment, fireworks and more. 9 am-11 pm. Free. Stan Wadlow Park, Woodbine and O’Connor. 416-238-9913. rlA fete du cAnAdA dAy Multicultural celebration with First Nations performances, a Bollywood dance party (7 pm), international dance and more. Noon-10 pm. Free. Yonge Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca. fireWorks dinner cruise Watch Canada Day fireworks from the deck of the Captain Matthew Flinders. 7 pm. $83 including dinner. 207 Queens Quay W. mariposacruises.com.
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pm. Free. Fort York, Garrison off Fleet. 416338-1338. rice creAM sociAl cruise Interactive cruise and harbour tour and ice cream aboard the Mariposa Belle. Today and Jul 4, 2:30 pm. $25, srs $23, child $15, under 3 free. Foot of York. mariposacruises.com. rlive locAl MArketPlAce An outdoor stage, movie screening, art, kids’ activities, food and more. 6 pm. Free. Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas W. scaddingcourt.org. rMeet the cAnAdiAn breeds See dogs and cats that originated in Canada. 11 am-5 pm. Free. PawsWays, 245 Queens Quay W. pawsway.ca.
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Candlelight parade, live music, dance and martial arts performances, birthday cake, fireworks and more. 6-10 pm. Free. Main Street and Streetsville Memorial Park. villageofstreetsville.com..
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dyke brunch (Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/ Multicultural Women Against Rape) Brunch honouring 2SLBTTIQ survivors of sexual violence. 10 am-1 pm. 17 Phoebe. info@ trccmwar.ca. liPstick Jungle (519 Church Community Centre) Party outside with Ana Paula, Alyson Calagna, Delicious and Ria. 1 pm-midnight. Free (donations appreciated). Cawthra Square park, beside 519 Church. the519.org. Pride And reMeMbrAnce run (AIDS Comm of Toronto) Run to raise money for AIDS research and support. 10 am. Pledges. Church and Wellesley. Pre-register priderun.org. Punk-dirty loAd! (Will Munro Fund for Queer
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People Living with Cancer) Music by Burning Love, Spitfist and others. 10 pm. $10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. ticketweb.ca.
LocaL art Exhibition and Party Paintings,
Yonge. cficanada.ca/ontario/events. yoga at brickWorks Warm-up yoga class in anticipation of the Yoga Meltdown. Noon-1 pm. $15. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. Pre-register yogameltdown.com.
healing jewellery, DJ music, tarot cards and more. Free. Lunae Healing Arts, 22 Randolph. lunaehealingarts.blogspot.com.
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battle it out for a chance to go to the championships. Today and tomorrow 10 am-6 pm. Spectating free. Dufferin Grove Park, Dufferin S of Bloor. dufferinpark.ca. rsaudi fEstivaL day Saudi folk dance, art exhibits and more. Noon-8 pm. Free. YongeDundas Square. ydsquare.ca. rsgt Woof & thE Woof trooP Watch demos of canine sports including agility and freestyle dance. 11 m-5 pm. Free. PawsWays, 245 Queens Quay W. pawsway.ca. summEr WEEkEnd markEt Jewellery, vintage clothing, mini-massages, tarot card readings and more, 10 am-6 pm. Free. 1273 Queen W, at Elm Grove, madeyoulook.ca. toronto saLsa PracticE No lesson, beginners to pros, no partner required. 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-8 pm. $5. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. torontosalsapractice.com. Word out Teens can drop in to get some book picks. 2 pm. Free. Riverdale LIbrary, 370 Broadview. 416-393-7720.
Sunday, July 3
granniEs in sPirit bikE tour of toronto isLands (Stephen Lewis Foundation) Self-
guided tour of the islands, followed by dinner, to benefit African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS. 2-8 pm. $40 + ferry. Algonquin Island Clubhouse, 18 Wyandot, Toronto Island. tibiketour.eventbrite.com. shamE (Will Munro Fund for Queer People Living with Cancer) Music by Ssion, Kids on TV and Lesbians on Ecstacy. 10 pm. $12.50. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. ticketweb.ca. t.g.i. sWaggEr (NoH8 Campaign) Pride fundraiser with DJs Designer Imposter and Berri Forde, live nail art, cocktails and more. 9 pm-2 am. $20 sugg. Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina. weaponoftherevolution.com. trEEhousE Party (519 Community Centre) Party and dance with Isaac Escalante, Stephan Grondin and others. 1 pm-midnight. Free (donations welcome). Cawthra Square (beside 519 Church). the519.org.
week full day camps. $250. Buddhist School for Youth, 284 Bathurst. Pre-register 416-9104858. draWing from thE modEL Life drawing session, no instruction. 6:30-9 pm. $5. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. 416-392-6810. introductory mEditation Class. Free. College/Shaw Library, 766 College. 416-5380006. rmagic Pony suPEr camP Kids seven to 10 create their own superhero at a week-long artist-run day camp. 9 am-4 pm. $400, adv $350. Magic Pony, 680 Queen W. Pre-register magic-pony.com/supercamp.
omar barghouti: thE gLobaL struggLE for PaLEstinian rights Talk by the Palestinian
commentator and human rights activist. 7 pm. Free. Sandford Fleming Bldg, rm 1105, 10 King’s College Rd. email@example.com. rshakEsPEarE for kids summEr camP Twoand three-week literacy, acting and performance camps for kids seven to 16. $525-$750. For locations and to register. 416-703-4881. u of t historicaL WaLking tours Guided tours of the St George campus happen weekdays at 2:30 pm through Aug. Free. Nona Macdonald Visitors Centre, 25 King’s College Circle. 416-978-5000.
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Shame, a hot Pride night slated for Sunday (July 3). With music by Ssion, Kids on TV and Lesbians on Ecstasy, the event raises money for the Will Munro Fund for Queer People Living With Cancer. Hit Wrongbar (1279 Queen West) at 10 pm, when you can give back and at the same time remember one of T.O.’s most inspiring artists. $12.50. ticketweb.ca.
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Blindness) Evening of comedy with Graham Chittenden, Erica Sigurdson and Arthur Simeon. 7 pm. $65. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner. 1-800-461-3331, ffb.ca. INSIDE RIDE (support for children and families with cancer) Indoor/outdoor cycling celebration. 11 am-1 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. Pre-register igtoronto.theinsideride.com. TWO COMICS, ONE VOICE (comic Bob Smith suffering from ALS) The comedy of Bob Smith and Eddie Sarfaty performed by Sarfaty. 8 pm. $25 adv $20. Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567, pubaret.com.
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Aries Mar 21 | Apr 19 When astronaut
Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back on the spacecraft Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labour ever – far worse than what you’ve had to endure in your storied career. I suggest you keep Aldrin’s story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully, it will help keep you in an amused and spacious and philosophical frame of mind – which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead.
TAurus Apr 20 | May 20 After meditating on your astrological omens for the rest of 2011, I’ve picked out the guiding words that best suit your needs. They’re from mythologist Joseph Campbell: “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Now here’s a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: “Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road – you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again.”
GeMini May 21 | Jun 20 Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was a charismatic activist whose writing and speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travellers, she wasn’t a dour, dogmatic proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation that celebrated beauty and joy. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution,” she is alleged to have told a sourpuss colleague. As you contemplate the radical transformations you might like to cultivate in your own sphere during the coming months, Gemini, I suggest you adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, even humorous elements. Have some fun with your metamorphoses. CAnCer Jun 21 | Jul 22 A while back I
asked my readers to propose a new name for your astrological sign. “Cancer” has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many people suggested “Dolphin” as a replacement, which I like. But the two ideas that most captivated my imagination were “Gateway” and “Fount.” I probably won’t be able to convince the astrological community to permanently adopt either of these uplifting designations, but I encourage you to try them out to see how they feel. This is a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you will have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of both “Gateway” and “Fount.”
Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 The year’s half over,
Leo. Let’s talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests that it’ll be an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline in detail what you will need to carry it out. For inspiration, read this pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: “An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, ‘Will I remember this well on my death bed?’ If you have a big dream, you will probably find that to accomplish it will require a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day.”
VirGo Aug 23 | sep 22 “The passion to
explore is at the heart of being human,” said Carl Sagan. “This impulse – to go, to see, to know – has found expression in every culture.” But Steven Dutch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, disagrees. He says there’ve been lots of societies that have had little interest in exploration. Africans never discovered Madagascar or the Cape Verde archipelago, for example. Few Asian cultures probed far and wide. During 1,000 years of history, ancient Romans ignored Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic and made only minimal forays to India and China. Where do you personally fit on the scale of the human exploratory urge, Virgo? Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, I bet you’ll be on the move in the coming months. Your hunger for novelty and unfamiliarity should be waxing.
LibrA sep 23 | oct 22 In the coming months, it’s likely you will experience more action than usual – some of it quite expansive – in your astrological eighth house. Traditional astrologers call this the sphere of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but I refer to it as the realm of deep connection, altered states of awareness and lyrical interludes that educate and enrich your emotional intelligence. Are you ready to have your habit mind rewired, your certainties reworked and your pleasures reconfigured? sCorpio oct 23 | nov 21 I hope that in the first half of 2011 you have been doing some devoted work on tidying up the messy old karma that had been interfering with the free flow of grace into your intimate relationships. If there’s still work to be done on that noble task, throw yourself into it now. The renaissance of togetherness is due to begin soon and last for many months. You don’t want any lingering ignorance, selfdeceit or lack of compassion to gum it up. sAGiTTArius nov 22 | Dec 21 In 1498,
Leonardo da Vinci completed one of his masterworks, the mural known as The
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Last Supper. Nineteen years later, the paint had begun to flake off, and by 1556 Leonardo’s biographer considered the whole thing to be “ruined.” Over the centuries, further deterioration occurred, even as many experts tried to restore and repair it. The most recent reclamation project, finished in 1999, lasted more than two decades. I hope that in the coming months, Sagittarius, you will show a similar dedication to the high art of regeneration. Please work long and hard on bringing vitality back into what has fallen into decay or stagnancy.
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scope last year, I asked you Capricorns whether you ever obsessed on your longing to such a degree that you missed opportunities to actually satisfy your longing. In response, a reader named John G. sent me the following corrective message: “We Capricorns comprehend the futility of too much longing. We understand it can be a phantasm that gets in the way of real accomplishment. It’s like a telephone that keeps ringing somewhere but can’t be found. We don’t waste energy on dreamy feelings that may or may not be satisfied, since that energy is so much better funnelled into mastering the details that will bring us useful rewards.” I’m here to tell you, Capricorn, that the coming months will be an excellent time to make use of the Capricornian capacities John G. describes.
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everybody is going to hurt you,” sang Bob Marley. “You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” How are you doing on that score, Aquarius? Have you been discerning in picking out allies whose value to you is so high that you’re willing to deal with their moments of unconsciousness? Have you created a family and community that bless you far more than they drain you? The next 10 months will be an excellent time to concentrate on refining this part of your life.
pisCes Feb 19| Mar 20 Any minute now, you might start learning at a faster rate than you have since 2000. Any day now, you will be less bored than you have been since 2006, and any week now you will be expressing more spontaneity than you have since early 2010. Any month now, Pisces, you will find yourself able to access more of your visionary intelligence than you have since maybe 2007. What does it all mean? You may not feel an amazing, spectacular, extraordinary degree of personal unity tomorrow, but you will soon begin building toward that happy state. By December I bet you’ll be enjoying an unprecedented amount of it. Homework: We’re halfway through 2011. Testify about what you’ve accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Freewillastrology.com.
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IF YOU PROMISE TO DITCH THE FANNY PACK, THE SHOESTRING THONG AND THE CUT-OFF-TO-YOURCROTCH DENIM FOR PRIDE, WE’LL TELL YOU WHERE TO SCORE SOME OF SUMMER’S BEST GAM-BARING SHORT SHORTS. DEAL? 1 PINK SHORTS with gold belt $34.95, H&M, 1 Dundas West, 416-593-0064, and others, hm.com.
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Canuck design shop MADE (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384, madedesign.ca) and the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, 416-531-4635, gladstonehotel. com) are teaming up to present an exhibition by textile designer Kerry Croghan (kerrycroghan.com) opening tonight (Thursday, June 30) in the hotel’s café at 9:30 pm. Façade features pieces inspired by Toronto’s geometry, reimagining the structures and surfaces of buildings in watercolour and silkscreen prints. The show continues until November 1. Just in time for Canada Day, the Design Exchange (234 Bay, 416363-6121, dx.org) opens its newest installation, Play>Nation, tomorrow (Friday, July 1). The show highlights design’s contribution to our country’s love of sport, from hockey sweaters to Hudson’s Bay blankets. Preview the show by checking out the DX’s behind-the-exhibit blog at playnation.tumblr.com. The show continues until October 11.
Monkey’s Paw pop-up This weekend is your last chance to check out Monkey’s Paw’s (1229 Dundas West, 416-5312123, monkeyspaw.com) Parallel Library Pop-Up at 1080 Queen West. The exhibition and sale features a carefully curated selection of books and artifacts celebrating the design of the printed word. It’s open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
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Elmspa is outfitted with steam rooms and infrared saunas, but its best relaxation spot is a glass-walled balcony furnished with lush greenery and Muskoka loungers that overlooks the city. Elmspa picks: Siam herbal tension release treatments relax you with a rub of coriander, nutmeg and other spices, $95 to $165; spa-goers on the go should book a quick-fix pedi that compresses the usual hour-long foot-finishing into 25 minutes, $40; the in-house Elmline collection of body care and cosmetics includes a Siam-scented body polish, $22. Look for: Three months of unlimited waxing during the summer for $295. Hours: Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm.
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WE’RE NOT DONE YET When the straight world grows up, I’ll dump Pride By SUSAN G. COLE Pride festivities are now over 30 years old, so theoretically they’ve reached adult status. Too bad that isn’t true of the straight world, which still can’t wrap its head around the complexities of queer life. The cold shoulder Mayor Rob Ford’s giving Pride this year makes the point, but city council isn’t the only place where queer-dissing is tolerated. Noticed how everyone’s not loving that rainbow flag? We may think of Toronto as worldly and cosmopolitan, but the DufferinPeel Catholic School Board doesn’t want to see that multicoloured symbol in its so-called places of learning. And many Catholic schools are still having conniptions over a term like “gay-straight alliance.” The stats aren’t friendly either. Queer-bashing happens regularly, and the suicide rate among gay teens is higher than in almost every other demographic. And while kids have it tough, so do aging gay couples in retirement homes. But beyond these obvious considerations I’ll make a more daring assumption. Admit it. About half of you LGBT readers (yes, I mean NOW readers) are either not out at work and/or still dread the predictable
interrogations you face at family dinners. All across the spectrum, from those who experience the devastation of bullying and other toxic manifestations of homophobia to those of us who are lucky enough to harbour relatively trivial concerns – like, where does a well-endowed butch dyke shop anyway? – the world is not always a welcoming place. But there’s no question, to paraphrase the It Gets Better campaign, that things are better than they were. And a lot of that has to do with Pride. The activists who helped found Pride from the roots of gay liberation worry that festival organizers have lost sight of the event’s history of resistance. But as it’s turned out, the festival continues to remind those who want to shut us out that our numbers are huge, our vision is strong and we can attract nearly a million people – straight, queer and beyond – for a mammoth party that generates not one single violent incident. Better still, the festival gives those kids from small towns and everyone else who feels like an outsider a safe zone to be themselves. Pride Day presents a magnificent spectacle demonstrating the power – financial and political – of Toronto’s queer community and celebrating sexual diversity and inclusiveness. Come on down and hang out alongside a vibrant community that values freedom and is passionate about our city. And you can wear whatever you want. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
LOUD AND PROUD Sure, the mayor and his council are ambivalent, and long-time activists worry Pride has lost its edge, but this weekend’s jubilant fest remains a primal inspiration for the city’s queer nation
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Love Letter to my community By KRISTYN WONG-TAM the year is 1987, and i’m sitting on the steps outside the old Second Cup coffee shop at Church and Wellesley with a gaggle of new queer friends. Earlier that day I’d marched in my first Pride parade. Along with gay professionals, pinko unionists, drag queens, leather daddies, muscle Marys, twinks, grizzly bears, handsome butches, high femmes, trans folk and just about everyone else who stands on the outside looking in. As I lapped up the boisterous laughter of playful, confident teenagers, I thought, “How lucky am I to have found this community.” Just months before, I’d been walking the hallways of my high school in an all-encompassing depression. I was living a life that wasn’t true and struggling with my sexual identity. I should have been a happy teenager. I was a popular student athlete on the basketball, badminton, tennis and volleyball teams. My grades were excellent, and I was valedictorian material. The icing on the cake was that the cutest boy on the tennis team had just asked me out. If things were going so well, why was I so depressed? When you’re a teen, hormones, peer pressure, awkwardness, cliques, acne, braces, surging libido and everything else set the stage for turbulent times. Toss into the mix coming out of the closet and you have all the makings of an unpredictable, white-knuckle roller coaster ride, and the seat belt is missing.
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Nowadays, when peer support clubs like gay-straight alliances are banned from high schools, it generally means the queer kids there are going to be exposed to more homophobic bullying and violence. After all, when those who run the schools don’t stand up for queer kids, they’re endorsing homophobia. So, too, with others in leadership positions. I’m still very grateful to the thousands of volunteers and organizers who’ve given selflessly through the decades to ensure that Pride remains relevant and visible. Pride belongs to each and every single one of us, and it’s our responsibility to challenge and celebrate the event. We never want to lose it. As a new wave of social conservatism takes hold of our country and city, queers and other minorities cannot let our guard down.
As a new wave of social conser vatism takes hold of our country and city, queers and other minorities cannot afford to let our guard down.
When the mayor of Canada’s largest urban centre is the only member of council to vote against AIDS funding, dithers over signing the City Proclamation to declare Pride Week, can’t be bothered to attend any of the multitude of events planned over the 10 days of Pride celebrations to deliver the utterances expected of a chief magistrate, disappears when he hears an announcement inviting council members to the rainbowflag-raising ceremony for Pride Week, and then disappears again to his Huntsville cottage instead of attending the Pride parade, we can assume that Rob Ford doesn’t care much about the lgbTQ community. Hopefully, his thinking will mature as he grows into his role as mayor of the most diverse city in the world. Until then, I will benevolently remind him that he is the mayor of all Torontonians and not just those in his namesake “nation.” Sitting on the steps of the Second Cup that memorable night, I never imagined that the full body-andmind experience of political liberation fostered by my participation in the Pride parade would lead me to become the happy, independent and out queer woman I am today. To all the dykes, fags, trannies and drag queens who helped forge the path to legislative equality and whom I call my chosen family – thank you for being who you are. I love you and always will. Now let’s pick out our outfits and make a new banner to celebrate Pride 2011. 3 Kristyn Wong-Tam is city councillor for Toronto Centre Rosedale. email@example.com
Without Pride i couLdn’t be me By NINA ARSENAULT i do not define “queer” in terms of lgbT identities, but as a lifestyle that does not mesh with the heteronormative model. Queer pride to me is not the same thing as gay or even trans pride. Queer pride means that even though I don’t fit in, this difference makes my life vibrant and vital. Queer pride means I know there will only ever be one of me, and therefore my expression in the world is unique. If I diminish myself, something irreplaceable is lost. I am proud of my difference, and I prefer it to sameness. Queer pride means I genuinely like people who are out of the ordinary. I admire fierce individualists. I encourage uniqueness in others. Queer pride means I recognize struggle and how challenging a queer lifestyle is inside a culture that seeks to homogenize. Queer pride means I can embody the roles of the interloper, the heretic, the provocateur, the revolution-
ary, the pioneer, the pathfinder, the pilgrim, the zealot, the troublemaker, the disrupter, the explorer and the radical. I can create and live a fabulous, grand life. I can make my identity into a work of art. Queer pride means I visually aesthetisize my difference. Queer pride means I am proud to be part of a lineage of artists who create queer art. Queer pride means my voice as an artist is a battle cry of resistance against (predominantly American) cultural hegemony. Queer pride means I am interested in the avant-garde. Queer pride means I can dialogue honestly with those living heteronormative lifestyles. Queer pride means I love myself and others. Queer pride means I’ve stopped trying to fit in. Queer pride means I can be myself.
3 Nina Arsenault is a writer and trans-disciplinary artist who’s worked in television, film, photography, video art, print journalism and theatre. Her website is ninaarsenault.com.
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pride means i can freely celebrate By ALVARO OROZCO
when i walked across the fort Erie bridge between Canada and the U.S. with a Colombian family, it was a cold day. The snow was blowing and I was excited and afraid, facing a new real ity in a new country. That was 1998. I was 12. I escaped Nicaragua because I couldn’t han dle the pain of being beaten by my father from the age of seven. Even worse, at school I was subjected to verbal abuse and attacks because of my feminine appearance. To Nicaragua’s Catholic and evangelical community, gayness was a disease coming from hell, and I grew up in fear, believing that’s where I would end up. I hated myself for being gay; I wanted to change, and struggled with it for many years. Very early on, I figured out that I was stuck, and eventually I began to dream about a better place. In Toronto, it took me over two years and the help of counselling to embrace my homosexu ality. I attended workshops and sex education and learned about gay culture and stereotypes. Being gay, I realized, is a gift, and every cre ation of God is perfect. God doesn’t make mis takes. There is a reason why gay people exist: to love and to love others. In 2005, my immigration application was rejected. The adjudicator said there wasn’t suf ficient evidence that I had been sexually active in Nicaragua and later in the U.S. After that, while I continued to apply for citizen status on humanitarian grounds, I was living here il legally. During that period, I managed to invest in my own art exhibitions despite being home
less. And I discovered community. Last May, while waiting for the Ossington bus, I was approached by police who asked my for I.D. I could only show my expired identifi cation. Immediately I was arrested, and within minutes Immigration officials arrived and sent me to a detention centre for deportation. I was afraid – of not knowing what to do in the situation, of being forced to leave Canada, and most of all, of losing everything I had worked for over so many years. My community organized public demon strations, rallies and an online petition of al most 10,000 signatures, and MPs Olivia Chow and Bob Rae offered me support. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney could not ignore these pleas. On June 1, just one day before my deportation date, my application on humanitarian grounds was granted. So many people to thank: Supporting Our Youth (SOY), Jumblies Theatre, No One Is Illegal, the People Project, Mayworks, Buddies in Bad Times The atre, the 519 Community Centre, immigration lawyer Richard Wazana, refugee lawyer/activ ist ElFarouk Khaki, human rights advocate Suhail Abualsameed, social worker and art therapist Sheri Cohen and more. Pride celebrations are a joy, a reminder of what LGTBQ people have achieved and will achieve in the future. There is still so much ig norance and homophobia. Pride is about re membering all our struggles. It’s about living the experience and embracing every moment. Pride tells us who we are and where we came from and reminds us of the obstacles so many people have overcome through generations. It’s a relief to be able to celebrate and enjoy my freedom. 3
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The LGBT community’s roots run deep into the city’s history. We’ve charted the sites where essential events took place and the locations of key organizations that still thrive. This is not a survey of queer bars and clubs. Not every gay organization is here – we couldn’t include those without a permanent address, for example – and it doesn’t record every moment that changed the landscape. But it does represent the power of Toronto’s LGBT history and the strength and influence of present-day queerdom. es Jon
Compiled by JULIA HOEKE, FRAN SCHECHTER and SUSAN G. COLE, with files from the LESbIAN ANd GAy ARCHIvES OF TORONTO and QUEEROpOLIS, a short film by TORI FOSTER and ALExIS MITCHELL Current gay orgs and institutions
1. aids committee of toronto
ACT provides info, referrals and counselling for people with HIV/AIDS. 399 Church, 4th flr. 416-340-2437, actoronto.org.
2. asian commUnitY aids serVices A charitable, non-profit, community-
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based organization providing HIV/AIDS education, prevention and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. 33 Isabella, 416-963-4300 ∙ info@ acas.org
3. BLacK caP Organization working to
reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s black, African and Caribbean communities. 416-977-9955, black-cap.com 20 Victoria, 4th Floor
4. BUddies in Bad times theatre
Theatre company promoting queer culture since 1979. Its first performance space was at 142 George. Sky Gilbert’s More Divine opened the present location in 1994. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
5. citY of toronto YoUth serVices (ctYs) One of the first centres of its
kind in Ontario, focusing specifically on the psycho-social needs of children and youth, home of Pride and Prejudice, which offers programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual and questioning youth 25 and under and their parents. 65 Wellesley East, Suite 300
6. commUnitY aids treatment
Non-profit org offering info on improving health and quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. 555 Richmond W, #505. 416203-7122, catie.ca.
7. fife hoUse Three houses, an apartment building and a homeless outreach program for people with HIV/AIDS, plus HIV and substance use training program. 490 Sherbourne, 2nd flr. 416-205-9888, fifehouse.org.
8. 519 chUrch commUnitY centre Essential meeting place for the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, twospirit and queer communities, including groups such as Trans Youth Toronto, Breakthrough, for immigrant and refugee communities, queer parenting groups and many more. 519 Church. 416-392-6874, the519.org.
9. gLad daY BooKshoP Fighting
censorship since 1970. Books, mags, DVDs, porn and art. 598A Yonge. 416-961-4161, gladdaybookshop.com.
10. hassLe free cLinic Anonymous
HIV testing, STD care, women’s health, needle exchange. 66 Gerrard E, 2nd flr. 416-9220566, hasslefreeclinic.org.
11. inside oUt fiLm and Video festiVaL The festival of lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual and transgender film and video began in 1991 at the Euclid Theatre (Bathurst and Euclid). The May 2011 fest was held at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King W). insideout. ca.
12. metroPoLitan commUnitY chUrch Large gay-lesbian Christian con-
gregation led by Brent Hawkes, founded in 1973. Sunday ser vices at 9 and 11 am, 7 pm; many other programs. 115 Simpson. 416406-6228, mcctoronto.com.
13. sherBoUrne heaLth centre Multidisciplinary health centre offers pri-
mary care, health promotion and community development programs for the LGBT community. 333 Sherbourne. 416-324-4103, sherbourne.on.ca.
14. taKe a waLK on the wiLdside Service for cross-dressers offers women’s clothing that fits men, online shopping, Paddy’s Playhouse Theatre, Allan Gardens Floral Art Gallery (2nd flr), a B&B and more. 161 Gerrard E. 416-921-6112, wildside.org.
15. toronto PUBLic LiBrarY gaY and LesBian coLLection Yorkville
branch houses this large collection of novels, biographies, books on health, art and social sciences of interest to the LGBT community. 22 Yorkville. 416-393-7660, torontopubliclibrary.ca.
16. toronto women’s BooKstore Promotes anti-oppression and fem-
bar culture in T.O. and the Continental Hotel, one of the few non-discriminating taverns. Dundas and Elizabeth.
working for lesbian rights, which operated a counselling line and the café Three of Cups between 1976 and 80. 342 Jarvis.
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20. maison de LYs First club where gay men and lesbians were able to dance together. 575 Yonge.
The first meeting of CHAT (Community Homophile Association of Toronto), with George Hislop presiding, took place in 1971 at this social-justice-oriented Anglican church. Same-sex blessings are offered. 10 Trinity Square. 416-598-4521, holytrinity.org.
9. cLUB Baths One of four gay bath-
houses targeted by Operation Soap. See the Barracks above. Police also raided the Pussy Palace lesbian bathhouse night here in 2000. 231 Mutual.
10. commUnitY homoPhiLe association of toronto (chat)
Home of the first political gay group in Toronto. 6 Charles.
21. new orient Spot where women
went for soft drinks and dancing in the 60s. Queen and Spadina.
22. PinK triangLe Press Born as the Body Politic in 1971, in 1975 the gay liberation newspaper incorporated as Pink Triangle Press, named for the pink triangle that gay inmates of Nazi concentration camps had to wear. 24 Duncan. 23. remington’s One of four gay bathhouses targeted by Operation Soap. See the Barracks above. 379 Yonge.
11. emmanUeL howard ParK United chUrch Gay- and trans-posi-
24. st. charLes taVern T.O.’s best-
17. VazaLeen This monthly queer rock/ punk dance party, founded by club promoter and artist Will Munro, started out at the El Mocambo in 1999 and ran at Lee’s Palace from 2001 to 06. Will’s brother and friends keep it going today at venues like Wrongbar.
12. the fLY BY night Early 80s lesbian
25. sUnnYside cafe Meeting place of
lishing Company, which launched the first issue of gay magazine Gay in 1964.
inist politics and books by women writers, especially by marginalized women. 73 Harbord. 416-922-8744, womensbookstore. com.
1. aLexander wood Upper Canada
merchant and magistrate was at the centre of an 1810 sex scandal. His nickname, Molly Wood, became slang for a gay man, and his property at Yonge and Carlton was dubbed Molly Wood’s Bush. Statue at the corner of Church and Alexander honours him.
2. aids memoriaL Anchored by AIDS
activist Michael Lynch’s poem Cry, this memorial opened in Cawthra Square Park in 1993. Concrete pillars hold plaques engraved with the names and dates of 2,700 deceased, Lynch and designer Alex Wilson among them.
3. george hisLoP ParK In 2001 the
city of Toronto honoured the activist and first openly gay candidate for municipal office with a park at Charles and Yonge.
HistoriCal loCations 1. the aLBanY Private club founded by
John A. Macdonald was frequented by gays in the early 1980s. 90 King E.
2. the Barn This original 1888 saloon is now the home of the Stables, a leather western bar, and the Barn in 1988. 418 Church. thebarnnightclub.com.
3. the BarracKs One of four gay bathhouses targeted by Operation Soap. In Feb 1981, police arrested more than 300 men in raids on gay bathhouses. Protest galvanized the gay community and led to the organizing of Pride. 56 Widmer.
4. the BLUe JaY Lesbian club that operated from 1972 to 1975 at Gerrard and Pape.
5. the BodY PoLitic Original offices of the gay liberation newspaper that ran from 1971 to 87. 4 Kensington.
6. the cameo Lesbian club at 1130 Queen East, later moving to 95 Trinity. 7. the corners The site of early lesbian
tive space, the site for the founding of the Queer West Community Network in 2002, which went on to launch the Queer West Fest. 214 Wright.
bar run by feminist Pat Murphy in a back room of the strip club Filmores. 212 Dundas E.
13. 457 chUrch Offices of Gayboy Pub14. gaY aLLiance for eQUaLitY
One of Toronto’s first groups of men and women committed to gay liberation. 193 Carlton.
know gay bar from the 1950s to 80s was the scene of many homophobic attacks, especially at Halloween. It closed in 87, but the historic clock tower (the bar’s slogan: “Meet me under the clock”) remains. Charles and Yonge.
the first Pride Bicycle Ride in 2005. 1755 Lake Shore W.
26. the woman’s common
Women’s club and dining room. 580 Parliament.
27. the women’s PLace First lesbianfeminist organizing location. 31 Dupont.
28. womYnLY waY Production com-
15. gLad daY BooKstore Original
pany (College and Augusta) devoted to producing and recording concerts of women’s music.
16. grange ParK The birth place of to-
Points of interest
location, 4 Kensington.
day’s Gay Pride action, spawned in the wake of the bathhouse raids.
17. heaLth emPoriUm one of foUr gaY BathhoUses Targeted by Operation Soap. See the Barracks above. 260 Richmond E.
18. LesBian mothers’ defence fUnd Canada’s first legal and peer support
group for lesbians fighting for child custody, 1978 to 84. North side of College at Augusta.
19. LesBian organization of toronto (Loot) T.O.’s first political group
1. aLLan gardens Founded in 1858, it
has five greenhouses and is open daily with free admission. Bushes were cut down to eliminate trysting places. Carlton and Jarvis.
2. daVid a BaLfoUr ParK This
densely treed park is a popular hookup spot for men. Mt Pleasant & Roxborough.
3. hanLan’s Point Beach Named after champion sculler Edward “Ned” Hanlan. Clothing-optional since 2002, it’s a sanctuary for gay men. Toronto Islands, Hanlan’s Point ferry docks. torontoisland.org.
Why does Pride matter to the city? diane flaCks Playwright, author and performer, soon to appear in Freda And Jem’s Best Of The Week at SummerWorks Pride matters because if we were prouder Torontonians we wouldn’t have succumbed to fear and elected such a disingenuous bigot as mayor. Pride also matters to my kids. If our governments actively support and cherish queer families, our children will cherish themselves, and whether they turn out to be straight or gay, that will make them better citizens. NOW June 30 - July 6 2011
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with Sofonda and DJ Alex. $20-$25. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner. 416-3622337. BAD BOY WEEKEND KICKOFF DJ Chris Steinbach has army, navy, lether, jocks and full service till 4 am. No cover. Woody’s/Sailor, 467 Church. 416-972-0887. BATTLE BOP: BRITNEY VS LADY GAGA DJ Craig Dominic spins with special performances and all-ages floors. 10 pm. $10. Barn, 418 Church. 416-593-9696.
BJ FLETCHER: PRIVATE EYE AND SEEKING SIMONE Meet the stars and creators of the les-
bian webseries for a panel discussion and Q&A (livestreamed on facingout.ca). 8 pm. $10. Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord. 416-922-8744. CAN’T STOP ESTHER All Material Girl night with the Madgesty Madonna Tribute Troupe and DJ Doctor Baggie. 10 pm. $7. Vida Lounge, 1345 St Clair W. cantstopesther. com. CLAM SLAM Queer roller derby bout featuring the Clam Diggers vs Vagine Regime. 6:30 pm. $12-$72, under 12 free. Downsview Park Hangar, 75 Carl Hall. torontorollerderby.com. FIRST ANNIVERSARY WHITE PARTY DJ DaVinci spins Latin-inspired beats. 7 pm. $5. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705-0006. LEGIT TORONTO Info session on Canadian immigration for same-sex couples. 6 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org. LIBIDO Pride party with live music, burlesque performances by Dainty Box and Tina Timebalm, and spoken word by Truth Is... and Dlishus. 10 pm-1 am. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. MATCH FEVER AND THE DATING GAME Send a Beavergram to someone you might want to get to know, then enjoy two rounds of the Dating Game with host Maggie Cassella. 7
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pm. $10. Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament. 647347-6567. mediCine DJ Ricky spins evetything from alt to LCD soundsystem. 9 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. 647-3476499. 1001 sTarry nighTs Elegant outdoors soirée with DJ Sylosurf, Arabesque Dance Co & Drummers and Sofonda Cox. 7 pm-midnight. Free. Cawthra Square Park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org. PresenT by house oF monroe The Royal Court Ball holds its annual vogue-ing queen competition. 9 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. Pride launCh ParTy Staff drag show hosted by Miss Zelda Angelfire. 9 pm. No cover. Zelda’s Living Well, 692 Yonge. 416-9222526. Pride ParTy NYC DJ Dasha spins for partiers here. 11 pm. No cover. The Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca. Prism: College Performances by porn star Brett Everett and Gia Minaj Cox. 9 pm-4 am. $15. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426. remingTon’s The boys show it all off. To Jul 4, 5 pm to 2 am. No cover before 9 pm, $5 after. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. remingtons. com. The royal CourT ball Contestants from across North America strut their stuff at this Pride ball with House of Monroe. 10:30 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. soFT serVe DJs Alex M and Peter Ho. 10 pm. $5. Smith, 553 Church. 416-926-2501.
sTeers & queers – nighT oF 1,000 dollys Pride ediTion Performancesby the Cowgirl
Choir, Tennessee Mountain Homos, ManChyna and others plus a Dolly lookalike contest. 11 pm. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington. 416-850-4579. ThaT’s so gay: The new queer Opening reception with works by Sholem Krishtalka, Fastwurms and Team Macho. Jun 24, 7-10
pm. To Jul 10. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. Trans_Fusion Crew Transgender, transsexual, intersex, two-spirit and questioning youth get together to work on activist projects every Thu. Free. Call/email for details. 416-324-5078, firstname.lastname@example.org. urge Downtown sex maze. To Jul 4, 8 pm-2 am. $9. Urge, 199 Church. urgetoronto.com. The Village residenCy DJ Delicious DJ VS Drummer and other performances. Slack’s, 565 Church. slacks.ca. VoCal rehab KaraoKe Elyse, DJ Craig Dominic, Heroine Marks and Miss Conception. 10 pm. No cover. Crews/Tango, 508 Church. 416-972-1662.
Friday, July 1 biTCh salad giVes baCK (AIDS Comm of To-
ronto fundraiser) Female comedians including Dini Dimakos, Rebecca Kohler, Allyson Smith and the Cheeto Girls come out to raise money for AIDS research and support. 8 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
big PrimPin: The realesT housewiVes oF ParKdale, Pride ediTion DJs Kevin Ritchie,
Phil V, Craig Dominic, Rory Them Finest and Blackcat spin hip-hop and hot jams for homos. 10 pm. $5-$10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. 416-516-8677. biTChaPalooza Amanda Roberts and Daytona Bitch. 11:30 pm. No cover. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church. crewsandtangos.com. buddies aFTer hours Featuring Miss Conception and guest DJs K-Tel and Triple-X. 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. Cub CamP: Pride ParTy Boys with beards and tattoos dance party with DJs Scooter, Sammy D, Kevin H and Max Mohenu. 10 pm. $8-$10. Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. 415-5199439. dirTy sexy Pride Sofonda Cox and DJ
FoxxTrot. 10 pm. $10. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. goodhandys.com. Friday nighT rides wiTh CyCloPs Bike rides with performances by Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad. 6:30 to 8 pm. Free. Various locations. clayandpapertheatre.org/cyclops/category/group-rides. goTh drag DJs Miss Margot, Schramm, David Lush and Alice Skeletalkitten and others. 10 pm. $5. Augusta House, 152A Augusta.
graPeFruiT exTended Play: Pride 2011/Canada day DJ Shane Percy and DJ Aural pro-
vide the music. 9 pm-4 am. $15-$25. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
rhaunTed KensingTon, ChinaTown & grange Tour with ghost stories and snacks.
6:30-9 pm. $25, srs/stu $18, child $15. Red pole w/ black cat, 350 Spadina. Pre-register 416-923-6813. hey rebel all–ages Pride ediTion DJs Vilify, Rolls Royce, Hugsnotdrugs, Smunchy and others. $20. Berkeley Church, 315 Queen E. heyrebel.com. loVe you – a Pride danCe ParTy (YouthLine. ca fundraiser) Local dance parties Transgression and Lesbeaux team up for a queer freefor-all. 9 pm. Pwyc. Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803. men Photographic exhibition of works by Kenny Lee. 9 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. men by inKedKenny Exhibiton of photographic works by Kenny Lee. Opening reception 9 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-413-1219. nighT Crawlers DJs Nik Red, Murr and others. 10 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas W. nacogallery.com. o manada! Male burlesque show and Pride party with Boylesque T.O. and DJ John Caffery. 9 pm. $5-$20. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598, boylesqueto. com.
one world – where The wild Things are
Outdoor party with music by Kaya Bongos, Addy, Deko-Ze, Greg Gow and others. 3 pmmidnight. Free. Cawthra Square Park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org. oPen aT noon Bands including Tonella, DJs Lissa Monet and Queen of Spades all day. Noon. Slack’s, 565 Church. slacks.ca. Pride Friday nighT ParTy DJs Denise Benson, Cajjmere Wray and TNT. 10 pm. $10. The Barn, 418 Church. barnnightclub.com. Prism: booT CamP Performances by adult male stars including Marcus Mojo and DJs Manny Lehman and Hector Fonseca. 10 pm-6 am. $40. Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. prismtoronto.com. Proud To be Canadian DJ dance party. 4 pm-4 am. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. woodystoronto.com. roCK hard DJ Sasha Van Bon Bon. 10 pm. No cover. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. henhousetoronto.com. sCissors – Pride ediTion Party for women 19-35 and gay men with DJs spinning house music. 10 pm. No cover. Blondie’s, 1378 Queen W. blondiesbar.ca. sPearhead Canada day boaT Cruise Toronto Leather Pride cruise. 1 pm. $50. Obsession III, foot of Simcoe. torontoleatherpride.ca. TnTmen meeT & greeT Naked men from around the globe meetup. 5-8 pm. $5-$25. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. goodhandys. com. Trans marCh The march for trans people starts at Church and Hayden and proceeds S on Church. 7 pm. Free. pridetoronto.com. Trans marCh aFTerParTy 10 pm. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. Trans Pride – gendr(r)eVoluTion Performances by S Bear Bergman, Kate Bornstein, Alec Butler, Nicki Ward, Colour Me Dragg and the Cliks. 8:30 pm. Free. Pride South Stage, Church and Wood. pridetoronto.com. ulTimaTe Pride PaTio ParTy Fancy summer
Why does Pride matter to the city? Brendan Healy Artistic director and 2011 Dora winner, Buddies in Bad Times Pride Toronto is important because it’s a loud and fabulous declaration that our city is a world leader in the respect for and celebration of difference amongst its citizens.
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Cruise the harbour with DJ Marty Rotman, a floating dungeon, fireworks and a barbecue. 7 pm. $65. 416-972-1037. PiTBull: Pride Hottest, biggest, sluttiest Pride party with DJ Shane Percy and go-go dancers. 10 pm. $20-$25. Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne. facebook.com/pitbulltoronto. Pride and rememBranCe run (AIDS Comm of Toronto fundraiser) Run to raise money for AIDS research and support. 10 am. Pledges. Starts Church and Wellesley. Pre-register priderun.org. Pride lunCh BuffeT All–you–can-eat breakfast. Today and tomorrow 9:30 am. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca. Pride saTurday Join DJ Mark Falco for sexy dancing. 10 pm. No cover. Fuzion Vizion Lounge, 580 Church. 416-944-9888. Pride saTurday nighT BarBeCue Enjoy what’s hot off the grill on the patio. 5-11 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416413-1219. Prism: Casino Performance by Sofanda Cox, DJ Honey Dijon, Rosabel and DJ Aron. 10 pm-8 am. Koolhaus, 132 Queens Quay E. 416-869-0045. Punk-dirTy load! (Will Munro Fund for Queer People Living with Cancer benefit) Music by Burning Love, Spitfist, Bathurst Queens, and DJs Don Pyke and Mark Pesci. 10 pm. $10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. ticketweb.ca. Queer BaiT DJs Shane MacKinnon and Double K. 10 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas W. beavertoronto.ca. sulTry saTurdays DJ Cajjmere Wray pump it up. 11 pm. No cover. Byzantium, 499 Church. byz.ca. œ
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MacLeod get the party rolling. 10 pm-6 am. $40 adv. Opera House, 735 Queen E. 416466-0313. Brown/ouT Performance by South Asian group Tala. 8 pm. Free. Pride South Stage, Church and Wood. pridetoronto.com. Buddies afTer hours Music by Donnarama and DJs K-Tel and Triple-X. 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. CaBareT franCais Performances by Les Chiclettes and drag queen Michel Doiron. 7 pm. Free. Pride South Stage, Church and Wood. pridetoronto.com. Cherry BomB Pride DJs Cozmic Cat, Denise Benson, Sticky Cuts, Letitcia Love and Candy Coated Killahz. 9 pm. $15. Revival, 783 College. 416-535-7888, cherrybombtoronto. com. CommuniTy Café 12-step meetings, Queer Dance Community, Queer Asian Youth, Sapphire Dance Productions and Hanky Panky: Making Out... I Mean Art, Meredith Shaw, Michelle Mondesir, Mittenz and Cubadors. 10 am-11 pm. Free. Pride Free Zone in Paul Kane Parkette (Wellesley W of Church). pridetoronto.com. desTin/asian Performance by Quinces & Da Vinci. 10 pm. Free. Pride South Stage, Church and Wood. pridetoronto.com. dyke BrunCh (Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/ Multicultural Women Against Rape fundraiser) Brunch honouring 2SLBTTIQ survivors of sexual violence. 10 am-1 pm. 17 Phoebe. email@example.com. dyke marCh Celebrating the diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2S women and trans folk. Starting at Church and Hayden, moving N on Church to Bloor, W on Bloor to Yonge, S on Yonge to Wood. 2 pm. Free. pridetoronto. com. dyke marCh rally Have your say before the official march. Morning till 2 pm. Norman Jewison Park, 13 Isabella. rfamily Pride Family-friendly activities and games, kids’ entertainment and more. Today and tomorrow 11 am-6 pm. Free. Church Street Jr Public School, Church and Alexander. pridetoronto.com. homo nighT in Canada Evening of queer comedy with Kristen Becker, Marco Bernardi, Vivki Licks, Ian Lynch and others. 8
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The Beef Ball DJs Cory Activate and Neill
pm. $25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. hoTness Two-year celebration of this party. 10 pm. No cover. The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. henhousetoronto.com. liPsTiCk Jungle (519 Church Community Centre fundraiser) Get that animal out of you and party outside with Ana Paula, Alyson Calagna, Delicious and Ria. 1 pmmidnight. Free (donations appreciated). Cawthra Square park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org. love saves The disCo DJs Jaime Sin, Alex Mclelland, Peter Ho & Luis Jacob. 11 pm. No cover. The Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca. The main evenT! maTinee world Tour DJs Javier Medina, Shawn Riker and Mike Viera. 9 pm. $20-$25. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-4105426. norThBound leaTher feTish nighT Fetish party with DJ Jimi LaMort. 10 pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-760-6514.
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Why does Pride matter to the city? KAthLEEN wYNNE Minister of Transportation, government of Ontario Pride continues to be very important because we haven’t as a society conquered homophobia. It’s clear to me, whether we’re talking about schoolyards or the workplace or places outside our urban centres, that we still have work to do. Everyone regardless of background or family configuration has a right to live in a safe environment physically, emotionally and psychologically, and we have to keep raising the issues in a fun and flamboyant way.
Why does Pride matter to the city? EVALYN PARRY
All the colours of the rainbow come out on Pride Day, Sunday (July 3).
Stage artist, performing her onewoman hit show Spin at the Queer Acts Festival in Halifax, July 18 to 21 Because being an out, proud queer still takes courage: leave the bubble of Toronto and you’ll remember. Taking up public space with our queer bodies and voices – whether it’s the official parade or the grassroots Stonewall T.O. march – remains a radical, beautiful, hopeful act.
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There Goes The NeiGhbourhood: Pride ediTioN Wake up the neighbours. 10 pm. No
cover. The Barn, 418 Church. thebarnnightclub.com. Truck sToP West Hollywood’s and New York’s party for women hits T.O. The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide E. truckstopgirlz.com. VillaGe sTaGe Performances by the Grapefruit Colour, Ryan McGrath, Olivya Chin, Devine Darlin, Degenderit Cabaret, Imaaji, Kyisha Williams, Dainty Box, Colour Me Dragg, Layla Hassan, Saye Sky, Sapphire Dance, Blackcat vs JJ Rock, House of Pink Lady vs House of Monroe. 2-11 pm. Free. Pride Village Stage, Church and Wellesley. pridetoronto.com. Werq! Performances by Cesar Murillo, Project Dance, Tynomi Banks, Ill Nana and Jamal. 8 pm. Free. Pride Wellesley Stage, Wellesley and Maitland. pridetoronto.com. Yes Yes Y’all! Pride ediTioN Queer hip-hop and dancehall jam w/ L’Oqenz and The House Of Ladosha. 10 pm. $12-$15. Annex Wreckroom, 794 Bathurst. ▼
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and Michael Venus plus DJ Triple-X. 10 pm. No cover. Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. pubaret.com. The ladY oiYes Tea daNce Low-key gathering off the Pride Parade route with DJs K-Tel and Shane MacKinnon. 3 pm. $5, free before 3 pm. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. rPflaG familY bruNch parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays holds a pre-parade brunch. 9:30 am. Pogue Mahone, 777 Bay. 416-598-3339. Pride Parade The annual parade of floats, marching bands and music returns, starting 2 pm at Bloor and Church, heads W on Bloor to Yonge, S on Yonge to Gerrard and E on
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Gerrard to Church. Free. pridetoronto.com. Pride TheraPY DJs jojoflores & Ultra Nate at this Blockorama afterparty. 11 pm. $25 sliding scale. 99 Sudbury. Prism: reViVal Performance by Shokra and music by DJs Peter Rauhoffer, Shawn Riker and others. 10 am-8 am. $65. Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. prismtoronto.com. shame (Will Munro Fund for Queer People Living with Cancer benefit) Music by Ssion, Kids on TV and Lesbians on Ecstacy. 10 pm. $12.50. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. ticketweb.ca. T.G.i. sWaGGer (NoH8 Campaign fundraiser) Pride fundraiser with DJs Designer Imposter and Berri Forde, live nail art, cocktails and more. 9 pm-2 am. $20 sugg. Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina. weaponoftherevolution.com. Treehouse ParTY (519 Community Centre) Party and dance with Isaac Escalante, Stephan Grondin, Ronen Mizrahi and Jama + Jeremy Khamkeo. 1 pm-midnight. Free (donations welcome). Cawthra Square (beside 519 Church). the519.org.
Monday, July 4 come GeT Your fcuk’iN beaTs – Pride ediTioN Keep the party going. 6 am to 4 pm.
$25. Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina. comfortzonetoronto.com. dirTY biNGo Play bingo with the naughty Gloria Hole and Lena Over. No cover. Zelda’s Living Well, 692 Yonge. 416-9222526. fml moNdaYs Get Pride heaitng up with DJs Craig Dominic and Sticky Cuts. No cover. Vision Lounge, 580 Church. recoVerY ParTY DJ Blue Peter. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. woodystoronto. com. rise aNd shiNe Music by Jeremy Khamkeo and Ronen Mizrahi at this big party. 8 am-4 pm. $30. Flash, 463 Church. flashonchurch.com. 3
Why does Pride matter to the city? Trevor BoriS
Stand-up comic, whose DVD Trevor Boris: Over Easy is in stores now. My boyfriend is Croatian, and a few weeks ago his hometown of Split held its first ever Pride parade, only to be shut down by police in riot gear because 10,000 protested and stoned the 200 who were brave enough to march. It’s given me a whole new appreciation for Pride, and I no longer take the freedom I have for granted. Plus, where else can you see 500 topless dykes on bikes? Maybe Winnipeg.
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Sugo chef and owner Lia Buggemi serves up Italian classics like spaghettini with garlic, olive oil and fresh peperoncini and an insalata Caprese of tomatoes, mixed greens and Ontario fior di latte.
Italian gets real on Church In the former Voglie, Sugo’s retro, rustic Sicilian card is simple and satisfying By STEVEN DAVEY SUGO (582 Church, at Dundonald, 416929-9108, sugotrattoria.ca) Complete dinners for $45 per person (lunches $30), including tax, tip and a glass of vino. Average main $16. Open daily 5 to 11 pm. Bar till close, except Saturday and Sunday (July 2 and 3), 11 am to 4 am. Licensed. Rating: NNN
cucina della nonna wasn’t cucina alla moda when Lia Buggemi brought rustic southern Italian cooking to Church Street’s Voglie five years ago. As at Rosa Gallé and Aggie Decina’s original Black Skirt around the corner on Charles before they resurfaced on College this spring, hers was a kitchen based on timeless recipes passed down from mothers and grandmothers, and not the latest industry buzzword. We’re looking at you, Enoteca Sociale, Briscola, Hey Meatball et al. Just this January, Voglie morphed into Sugo. “No one could pronounce it,” laughs owner/chef Buggemi. The new name might be easier on the tongue, but the retro Sicilian card served on its two garden terraces – one of them cheek-to-cheek with chi-
chi Fuzion next door – has never been tastier. A basket of napkin-wrapped slices of Ace Bakery baguette is first to arrive, followed by spouted bottles of superior olive oil and balsamic vinegar for mopping and sopping. Sugo’s Caprese salad ($12) sees alternating layers of vine-ripened Roma tomatoes and creamy fior di latte on a bed of organic greens doused with nutty basil pesto and a splash of buttery oil. Olives incassati ($7) turns out to be a trio of deep-fried house-made Casalinga pork sausage meatballs stuffed with green olives stuffed with salty
diced pimento. Calamari ($12) comes perfectly à point, its light, feathery batter sweet with oregano, a dip of
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The gay bar formerly known as Straight has morphed into the slightly more ambiguous Smith (553 Church, at Dundonald, 416-926-2501, 553church. com). Wish’s Renda Abdo and crew are still behind the upscale three-storey resto-lounge (anyone remember the old Bar Babylon?), but the focus now will be more on the food than the firewater. Long-time Wish chef Peter McKnight promises the de rigueur classic comfort food likes of Southernfried chicken with collard greens in ham gravy ($17) at dinner and corn cakes topped with aged cheddar and bacon ($10) at weekend brunch.
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a lidded Le Creuset casserole reveals a terrific spicy Cajunstyle gumbo thick with sausage, shrimp and grits topped with a fried egg ($9), but where’s Fabarnak’s fabulous $7 weekday quiche combo? And lumpy pancakes sided with peameal bacon, smothered in whipped cream and a bizarre French toast/Monte Cristo hybrid (both $8) deserve the heave-ho.
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There’s no question that quirky Fabarnak (519 Church, at Dundonald, 416355-6781, fabarnak.com) in the new 519 Community Centre dishes up some of the most inventive and ridiculously inexpensive plates in town. Planet-friendly and health-conscious, too. Sadly, the breezy café’s just-introduced brunch card isn’t quite up to its stellar lunch and dinner standards. Oh,
Crepe It Up creeps next door
After a lengthy renovation that saw it take over the Pita Pan take-away next door, a much larger Crepe It Up has reemerged as Café by Crepe It Up & Pavillion Pastries (507½ Church, at Wellesley, 416-916-3558, crepeitup.
com). The sweet ’n’ savoury eco-minded crepe menu’s much the same ($3.95 to $6.95) but now includes Greek-style specialties like honey-drenched loukoumades (three for $1).
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Now firmly entrenched in her new old digs, Zelda’s Living Well (692 Yonge, at St. Mary, 416-922-2526, zeldas.ca) has a whole long weekend of trashy shenanigans planned for Pride. Tonight (Thursday, June 30), there’s her staff drag show and wet underwear contest, Friday (July 1) sees the return of Lena Over’s Cheap Show and even cheaper martinis (both from 9 pm), and Sunday (July 3) from 9:30 am to 2 pm, Ms. Angelfire holds her annual pre-parade all-you-can-eat $14.95 buffet brunch. Over on Church, the previous Zelda’s
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Shows that rocked Toronto last week SLOAN and HOTKID at Mod Club, Wednesday,
Rating: NNNN When you watch Sloan, it’s tough to believe it’s been 20 years since we first heard Underwhelmed. Not that they played it or anything else from Smeared or the Peppermint EP. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but since they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary along with their terrific new album, The Double Cross, it would’ve been nice to hear I Am The Cancer or 500 Up. The set was low on surprises but packed with hits showcasing the best of what each band member – Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott – has to offer. Older songs (Everything You’ve Done Wrong, Coax Me) got the packed house singing loud enough to drown out the band, and new songs were met with enthusiastic head-bobbing and applause; it was a room full of Sloan fans. Even opening band HotKid showed their love and appreciation for the headliners. Drummer Robbie Butcher wore a CM 4 PM Tshirt (translation: Chris Murphy for prime minister) during their JOANNE HUFFA energetic set.
NOFX at Kool Haus, Friday, June 24. Rating: NNN According to NOFX frontman Fat Mike, the reason his 25-year-old California punk band remains a huge draw is because fans like 44
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watching them get wasted and have fun onstage. But as it turns out, their fans like to do more than watch. Friday’s show, the first of two at the Lake Shore cavern, was the most shit-faced debacle I’ve seen in recent memory. The chances of not brushing up against a sweaty, shirtless bro stumbling from the pit were next to none. And thanks to a flood, using the washroom required a canoe. As for the set, it definitely wasn’t a hits package. Concocted of offbeat choices pulled heavily from So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes and Pump Up The Valuum, it mostly ignored NOFX’s bestknown early- to mid-90s work. Not that the crowd cared. The band could have played Barbra Streisand covers and the moshers JASON KELLER wouldn’t have skipped a beat.
JASON COLLETT and NQ ARBUCKLE at 99 Sud-
bury, Saturday, June 25. Rating: NNN At the sparsely attended VIP closing party for Sessions 99 Craft Beer Festival, NQ Arbuckle looked bemused as a belly dancer with a golden cape twirled around. Not your typical alt-country intro. Then he and his band pulled off a driving set that saw couples dancing and showcased his sweet/tough lyrics. After a break for awards announcements, Jason Collett took the strobe-lit stage backed by the shaggy members of Zeus, who filled
NOFX brought the drunk and the punk to Kool Haus on Friday (June 24).
in all the keys, drums, guitars, oohs, ahs, tambourines and handclaps necessary to make the set as smooth as possible. At times, they overtook Collett’s high, delicate voice, but the groove was undeniable, especially on Dylany Hangover Days, rock-steady Love SARAH GREENE Is A Dirty Word and I’ll Bring The Sun.
NOBUNNY, PEACH KELLI POP, POW WOWS and ACT CASUAL at Parts & Labour, Sunday, June ñ 26.
Rating: NNNN Act Casual opened this all-ages show with loud, cathartic songs played through ridiculously large amps, Pow Wows delivered sexy reverb-drenched blues-rock with hints of Iggy and the Stooges and cowpunk, and Ottawa’s Peach Kelli Pop kept their set of infectiously hyper garage-pop extra-short in anticipation of California garage rocker Nobunny. Something of a cult favourite (at least one young fan was sporting bunny ears), Nobunny, aka Justin Champlin, seemed at home on the Shop’s basement non-stage. Backed by a small band (including Peach Kelli Pop’s Allie Hanlon on drums), he was like a punk rock Muppet on speed, throwing the crowd into a moshing frenzy. At one point he had to affectionately ask folks to move back so he SG could do his thing.
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Punk dirty load A punk-rock-focused fundraiser loosely connected to Vazaleen hits Wrongbar Saturday (July 2, doors 10 pm), with rowdy live performances by Burning Love, Spitfist and Bathurst Queens, with guitar-heavy DJ sets by Don Pyle and Mark Pesci. $10. PDR, RT, SS, TW.
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Pride party roundup NXNE Fucked Up, Devo,
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BONNAROO All the best from Tennessee’s outdoor music fest, including Girl Talk, Twin Shadow, Ray Lamontagne and much more.
FUCKED UP Watch a montage of Fucked Up’s midnight “pop-up record shop” party for their new record, David Comes To Life. SLOAN The many sides of Canada’s premier pop band: see Sloan play a show from many different angles downstairs at Sonic Boom. 3:34 JENNIFER CASTLE The
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You’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed by all the Pride parties happening this year. To help plan your weekend, NOW picks the most promising gay bashes in town. See Venue Index for addresses and phone numbers.
Big PrimPin Parkdale queer institution Big Primpin throws down another hip-hop-forhomos blowout Friday (July 1, doors 10 pm, $5-$10) at Wrongbar, featuring DJs Blackcat, Rory Them Finest, Kevin Ritchie, Phil V and Craig Dominic. Yeah, we know we’re recommending a lot of events at this club, but that should tell
you why there was such an outcry last year when local councillor Gord Perks blocked the venue’s extended licence during Pride. This year the popular west-end bar is permitted to serve until 4 am like everyone else.
Body & Soul The three resident DJs who make up legendary NYC dance music party Body & Soul all have strong followings in Toronto and are considered icons in the scene, but their appearance at Sound Academy Saturday (July 2, doors 10 pm) will be the first time Joe Claussell, François K and Danny Krivit have DJed together here. Expect everything from Afrobeat to deep techno mixed with passion and creativity. Considering the trio’s links to underground dance music’s early days, it makes sense that the Assoon brothers (who founded legendary 1980s hot spot the Twilight Zone) are the ones finally bringing them to town. $45. TM.
yeS yeS y’all Monthly hip-hop, dancehall and R&B jam Yes Yes Y’all is crazy-busy even in a normal month, so it’s a good thing the Annex Wreckroom is extending its
Don’t miss Cherry Bomb, the official Dyke Day after-party, Saturday (July 2, 9 pm) at Revival. The all-local cast features urban beats in the basement by DJs Sticky Cuts and Leticia Love, eclectic dance floor sounds in the main room with residents Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat and a live electro performance by Candy Coated Killahz. $15. cherrybombtoronto.com.
BloCkorama Black queer culture celebration Blockorama is always one of the best daytime parties at Pride. This year it returns to its rightful spot on the main Wellesley Stage Sunday (July 3, noon to 11 pm) for the first time since 2005. It’s a killer lineup: Detroit-raised NYCbased DJ/producer Quentin Harris, soulful diva Ultra Naté, Montreal’s jojoflores and a cast of locals. Free.
Vazaleen: Shame The tragic 2010 passing of queer artist/ promoter/activist/DJ/restaurateur Will Munro left a big hole in the scene, but the annual Shame edition of his legendary Vazaleen party continues in his absence. The sweaty night of edgy, punk-influenced dance music takes over Wrongbar Sunday (July 3, doors 10 pm) with appearances by Kansas electro weirdos Ssion, local punk-house act Kids on TV and DJ sets by Lesbians on Ecstasy, Kevin Hegge, Miss Barbrafisch and more. Proceeds go to the Will Munro Fund for Queer People Living with Cancer. $12.50. PDR, RT, SS, TW. 3
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THE TRAGICALLY HIP will be spending Canada Day with thousands of Toronto music fans. This event marks the band’s long-awaited return to the city, and adding to the excitement is an impressive roster of performers. Halifax native BUCK 65 will get the party started at 2:30PM, followed by St. John’s Newfounland’s HEY ROSETTA! at 3:45PM. Local heroes BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE will take the stage at 6PM, followed by Toronto fan-favourites WEEZER at 7:30PM. THE TRAGICALLY HIP will close the festival, taking the stage at 9PM.
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Various venues, to Sunday (July 3) See party roundup, page 46.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King West), tonight (Thursday, June 30) Music from Sword & Sworcery game.
LUKE DOUCET & THE WHITE FALCON
Harbourfront Westjet Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 1) See preview, page 49.
Harbourfront Centre Westjet Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 1) Sensual jazzy electronica.
THE ROOTS, DJ JOHN KONG
Metro Hall David Pecaut Square (55 John), Friday (July 1) Hip-hop & soul by Fallon’s house band.
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The Piston (937 Bloor West), Sunday (July 3) Ambitious, lo-fi Halifax duo.
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Beaver (1192 Queen West), Wednesday (July 6) Dance-floor workout party.
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Hey Rosetta! Hey Rosetta! know how to turn the subtle, introspective indie folk heard on their recordings into orchestral rock epicness that practically blows the roof off venues like Lee’s Palace. It’ll be a treat, then, to see what the award-winning St. John’s six-piece will do at Downsview Park on Canada
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Amphitheatre doors 3 pm, $29-$350. CZ, TM. July 10.
IDLERS Rivoli $10. July 14. SKRATCH BASTID Drake Hotel doors 11
pm, $10. July 15.
KARDINAL OFFISHALL, MELANIE FIONA, SHAWN DESMAN, A-GAME, BELLY FLOW 93.5 Summer Jam Masonic Temple, $9.35. July 15.
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Horseshoe (368 Queen West), Saturday (July 2) See preview, page 51.
KOOL HAUS ALL AGES
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS, COURTNEY WELLS
Metro Hall David Pecaut Square (55 John), Saturday (July 2) Catch the funk legend live.
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Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (July 2) Reggae and ska from Slackers frontman.
BOOTSY COLLINS, SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH
Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Friday (July 1) An eclectic mix of iconic acts.
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
VIC RUGGIERO, PRINCE PERRY
Theatre $25 advance. PDR, WT. July 22.
SULTANS OF STRING, TOKYO GIANTS, JEANINE MACKIE AND OTHERS Beaches International
Jazz Festival Queen East 7 to 11 pm, free. July 23.
GRAVEYARD TRAIN, KIM CHURCHILL, ELI WOLFE Australian Artists Rock Out Horseshoe $10. July 25.
Day, when they’ll perform alongside the Tragically Hip, Weezer, Broken Social Scene and Buck 65. Expect lots of songs from their recent third album, Seeds, which was just long-listed for a Polaris Prize. At Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Friday (July 1), 4 pm. $59.50-$150. TM.
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GIRL UNIT Wrongbar doors 10 pm, $10. PDR, RT, SS, TW. July 29. CLAUDE VON STROKE Footwork doors
11 pm. August 6.
JULIE DOIRON, THE WOODEN SKY, MUSKOX, RICH AUCOIN, EVENING HYMNS, DD/MM/YYYY, JENNIFER CASTLE AND OTHERS ALL CAPS! Festi-
val. Gibraltar Point August 13 and 14. ICEAGE, NOTHING Parts & Labour doors 10 pm, $10. RT, SS, TW. August 17.
ERASURE Sound Academy doors 7 pm, all ages, $40. RT, TM. September 11.
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Molson Amphitheatre doors 2 pm, $19.25$75. TM. September 14.
Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages, $31.50. RT, TM. September 16.
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW Rivoli doors 8:30 pm, $13.50. RT, SS. September 22. FRANKIE ROSE & THE OUTS, DIRTY BEACHES, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 9 pm, $16.50. RT, SS, TW. September 24.
THE WATCHMEN Horseshoe doors 9 pm,
$25. HS, RT, SS, TM. September 24.
PATRIZIO BUANNE Glenn Gould Studio doors 7 pm, all ages, $49.50-$57.50. TM. September 27. TWIN SHADOW, DIAMOND RINGS
Mod Club doors 8 pm, $15. HS, RT, SS, TM. October 3.
WILD FLAG Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm, $20. HS, RT, SS, TM. October 11.
BRAIDS Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $12. HS, RT, SS, TM. October 14.
JEFF BECK Massey Hall. October 18. JUAN MACLEAN (DJ SET), BLONDES Wrongbar doors 10 pm, $10. PDR, RT, SS. October 22.
METRONOMY Mod Club doors 9
pm, $16. RT, SS, TW. October 26.
PLAID Wrongbar doors 10 pm, $16.50.
PDR, RT, SS, TW. November 10.
SHAD Shad’s TSOL album got shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Prize not long after winning the Juno for rap recording of the year. Celebrate that and Canada Day with the Kenya-born, London, Ontariobred hip-hopper when he plays Metro Hall David Pecaut Square (55 John) as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival. Free.
MAKEOUT VIDEOTAPE, TOPS, TONKAPUMA, HENRI FABERGE Lo-fi garage-pop band Makeout Videotape went on after Handsome Furs at their recent sold-out NXNE gig, but you probably won’t have to wait hours in line to get into this concert, billed as the Get Stupid On A Wednesday Show. At the Port (1179 Dundas West), Wednesday (July 6). $5.
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Thursday, June 30 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL
AIR CANADA CENTRE Katy Perry, Marina & the Diamonds (pop) doors 6:30 pm. ñ ALLEYCATZ Uptown Band. AMSTERDAM BREWERY Open Roof Festival Movie Series The Darcys 7:30 pm. ñ ASPETTA CAFFE Hip Hop Showcase Nfinit, Young Major, Young Rap Stars, Apollo 7 pm.
BAR ITALIA Music For The Soul Chicken & Waf-
fles (rock) 9:30 pm.
PBOVINE SEX CLUB Gay Pride Weekend Fitness. CADILLAC LOUNGE The Louisiana Snow Blowers 9 pm.
CENTENNIAL PARK Toronto Ribfest Neverest, Dr
Draw, the Kings, Tom Hayes and the Twisters and others 1:30 to 9:30 pm. C’EST WHAT The Details (indie rock) 9:30 pm. CLINTON’S Peter Ellman (Neil Young tribute), the Crunge (Led Zepplin tribute) doors 9 pm. PDAKOTA TAVERN Steers & Queers – Night Of 1,000 Dollys Pride Edition The Cowgirl Choir, Tennessee Mountain Homos, Trixie & Beaver, ManChyna, Shane McKinnon, DJs Sigourney Beaver & Joe Blow. DOMINION ON QUEEN Ronnie Hayward Celebration midnight. DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND The Elected, Rob Moir doors 7:30 pm. DRAKE HOTEL LOUNGE Nights & Weekends doors 11 pm. THE GARRISON Sianspheric, Ringo Death Star 9 pm. GLADSTONE HOTEL MELODY BAR Arlene Paculan & the Muso Project 8 to 11 pm. GRAFFITI’S The Turnarounds 5 to 7 pm. GRAFFITI’S Reid Holland & the Sun Harmonic, the Breaks 8 pm. HARD LUCK BAR Eclipse Eternal, Empyrean Plague, Pagan Ritual doors 8 pm. HORSESHOE Pre Canada Day Party Polarity, Erin Mills Trip, Stereokid, Jojeto 9 pm. METRO HALL DAVID PECAUT SQUARE Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (jazz) 5:30 pm. NOT MY DOG The Joyful Sinners (soul/blues/ roots) 9:30 pm. OPERA HOUSE Fitz & the Tantrums, Stepdad doors 8 pm. PARTS & LABOUR Ben Stevenson & the Wonderstones, Dennis P, DJs Ryan Gavel & Ben Stevie (soul) 10 pm. PAUPER’S PUB Mike Barnes (rock). PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE Jaga Jazzist doors 8 pm. THE PISTON Th Elwyns, the Taste, Quivers 9 pm. SILVER DOLLAR DVAS, Christien Summers, Wet Dreams, Spirits doors 9 pm. SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Soulstice 2011 Ginuwine, SWV, Tony! Toni! Tone! 7 pm. SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S Skip Tracer (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. SUPERMARKET John Bottomley Tribute Concert Kurt Swinghammer, Andrew Cash, Great Bob Scott, Charlie Angus, Nate Coles, Martin Tielli, Chris Bottomley, Perry White, John Dymond and others 9 pm.
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX Midsummer Rock
Showcase Jim Guthrie (music from Sword & Sworcery) 8 pm. UNDERDOWN PUB Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin (roots) 9 pm. WINCHESTER KITCHEN & BAR Jumple 10 pm.
CENTRE ISLAND OUTDOOR LAGOON THEATRE SP
Simms & Maya’s Caravan Of Song 7:30 pm. DAVE’S... ON ST CLAIR Uncle Herb’s Open Mic (folk/blues/country) 8:30 pm. FAIRVIEW LIBRARY THEATRE Ayekan, Proyecto Altiplano (music from Latin America) 7:30 pm. HUGH’S ROOM Shooglenifty 8:30 pm. LIVING ARTS CENTRE Hispanic Extravaganza Carlos Bastidas, Amanda Martinez 7:30 pm. LOLA Brian Cober (double slide) 9 pm. LOU DAWG’S Call In Sick Friday Mike C 9:30 pm. LULA LOUNGE Batuki Music Society: Toronto Jazz Festival Kabakuwo 8 pm. METRO HALL DAVID PECAUT SQUARE Toronto Jazz Festival Bela Fleck & the Flecktones 8:30 pm. MONARCHS PUB Jerome Godboo, Eric Schenkman, Alec Fraser, Gary Craig 9 pm. REHEARSAL PRO Open Mic Night 7 pm. TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX Tribute to composer Nino Rota. Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions Opening Gala Jane Bunnet 8 pm. TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN Gardens Of Song Maza Mezé (world fusion) 7 to 8:30 pm. TRANZAC SOUTHERN CROSS Bluegrass & Oldtime 7:30 pm. TRANZAC SOUTHERN CROSS JF Robitaille, Trevor Reichman, JJ Ipsen 10 pm. WHITE SWAN Jam Section 8 7 pm.
BLU RISTORANTE & LOUNGE Acoustic & Jazz
Sentiments @ Blu Christopher Barton (guitar) 6:30 pm, John Campbell (piano) 9 pm. CHINA HOUSE Toronto Jazz Festival Dave Young Quartet w/ Reg Schwager. CLOAK & DAGGER PUB Halfbeat Mishap (jazz) 10 pm. DE SOTOS Double A Jazz 8 pm. DISTILLERY DISTRICT Toronto Jazz Festival Jim Galloway Trio 6 pm. DOMINION ON QUEEN John T Davis (organist) 5:30 to 8 pm.
DOMINION ON QUEEN Toronto Jazz Festival Rob Christian & Quincy Bullen 8:30 pm. GATE 403 Toronto Jazz Festival Joel Diamond Quartet (jazz vocals) 5-8 pm. GATE 403 Cyndi Carleton Jazz & Swing Band 9 pm. LATINADA Toronto Jazz Festival Luis Mario Ochoa Quartet (Cuban son) 9 pm. MEZZETTA Toronto Jazz Festival Bill McBirnie & Louis Simao (Brazilian lusophone) 9 pm. MITZI’S Great Canadian Burlesque. MUSIC GALLERY Toronto Jazz Festival Tigran Hamasyan, Ugly Beauties 8 pm. THE PAINTED LADY Jazz On Oz Fringe Festival Richard Underhill (jazz fusion) 10 pm. PAN ON THE DANFORTH Toronto Jazz Festival Lara Solnicki, Brian Katz, George Koller 7 to 10 pm. PURE SPIRITS PATIO Toronto Jazz Festival Shannon Butcher & Ross McIntyre Duo 6 pm. QUOTES Toronto Jazz Festival Canadian Jazz Quartet, Randy Sandke 5-8 pm. QUOTES Toronto Jazz Festival Jam Stacie McGregor Trio 10:30 pm. REPOSADO The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). REX Raoul & the Big Time 5 pm. REX Uri Caine Trio 8 pm. REX The JB 4 11 pm. SOMEWHERE THERE STUDIO Avesta Nakhaei (jazz/improv) 8 pm. TEN FEET TALL Toronto Jazz Festival Ori Dagan Trio 8 pm. TEN FEET TALL East End Jazz Jam Session 8 pm. TORONTO MUSIC GARDEN Summer Music In The Garden: Nagez, rameurs! Genticorum (FrenchCanadian music) 7 pm.
PBUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE The Royal Court Ball: House Of Monroe doors 9 pm.5 CAMP 4 Switched On DJs Jaime Sin, Pammm (indie rock) 10 pm. PCAWTHRA SQUARE PARK 1001 Starry Nights Sofonda Cox, DJ Sylosurf 7 pm to midngiht. CONTINENTAL SOIREE The All Red Affair Eysus, MaddLinqqz, Supreme (hip-hop/R&B/reggae/ dancehall/soca) doors 10 pm. DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND Cosmo Baker, Tom Wrecks doors 11 pm. PFLY Prism College DJ Sandy Duperval 9 pm.5 PTHE GARRISON Frenzy Pride Party.5 PGLADSTONE HOTEL BALLROOM Libido: Dyke March Fundraiser DJ Linguist, Dainty Box 9 pm. PGOODHANDY’S T-Girl Pride Party DJ Todd Klinck doors 8 pm.5 GUVERNMENT/KOOL HAUS Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, Chus & Ceballos, Sidney Samson and others.
Luke Doucet After years of contributing to each other’s albums, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland are officially starting a band. Fresh from a canoe ride at the cottage where they’re celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary, Doucet is hesitant to say much about the new project but did divulge a little. For instance, the band, Whitehorse, is at work on an EP and a full-length album, slated for release in September and February. And surprisingly, it isn’t a side project; Doucet and McClelland have both agreed to stop making solo records. Doucet says the decision was a practical one. “We work together so
much,” he says, “that when people ask, ‘Can I buy one of your CDs?’ I have to explain, ‘Well, this is mine and this is hers’ when really they just want to buy a record.” But there were artistic and personal reasons, too. “We’ve always been each other’s best musical assets,” says Doucet. “I might be blowing sunshine up my ass but it’s almost like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris: unbelievable icing. She does for me, I hope, what Emmylou did for Parsons. “We recognized what we needed to do so it doesn’t all disintegrate into a hail of bullet-shaped tears.” Luke Doucet plays Harbourfront’s Westjet Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 1), 8 pm. Free. SARAH GREENE
INSOMNIA DJ Ron Jon (funk/soul/house). LIBERTY GRAND London To Toronto Paul Oaken-
TRANZAC SOUTHERN CROSS Kent Eliuk 7:30 pm. VILLAGE OF YORKVILLE PARK Summer Music In
NACO GALLERY CAFE Medicine DJ Ricky 9 pm.5 THE OSSINGTON Tight Up Skirt DJs Lee, Matt
Sentiments @ Blu John Campbell (piano/singer) 7:30 pm. DOMINION ON QUEEN Toronto Jazz Festival Tony Quarrington, Beverly Taft, San Murata 8 pm. GATE 403 Margot Roi Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm.
fold doors 10 pm.
Bilewick, Ramon Charles, Jay Ebanks (dancehall party). REVIVAL Do You Love House? Canada Day Long Weekend Edition DJs Tyrone Solomon, Groove Institute, Gene King, Tricky Moreira, the Sno-Men & Junior Palmer 9 pm. RIVOLI SECOND FLOOR DJs the Dirty Frenchman, Plan B (hip-hop/dancehall/bass) 10 pm. RIVOLI The Beat Lounge Kaewonder 9:30 pm. PSMITH Soft Serve DJs Alex M & Peter Ho doors 10 pm. SNEAKY DEE’S Dudebox. SUITE 106 Bare Naked Canada Day Long-Weekend Party DJ Couture, Louie Temps, the Iceman 10 pm. VELVET UNDERGROUND DJ Ozaze (industrial/ goth) 10 pm. PVIDA LOUNGE Can’t Stop Esther – The Madonna Marathon Madgesty Madonna, DJ Doctor Baggie 10 pm. THE VUE RED – The Ultimate Canada Day Party Black Chiney, Jester, Kid Kut, Whitebwoy, D’Bandit, DJ Freeon. XS NIGHTCLUB Get Wild Thursdays DJ Couture 10 pm.
Friday, July 1 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL
ALLEYCATZ Lady Kane. ASPETTA CAFFE Black Turtle Dove, Wilmott
Redd (rock/indie/electronica) 3 pm to midnight. BAR ITALIA Shugga (funk) 9:30 pm. CENTENNIAL PARK Toronto Ribfest – Canada Day Cobra Kings, Groove Hammer, Slime Dogs, Skip Tracer and others 1 to 10 pm. DOWNSVIEW PARK The Tragically Hip, Weezer, Broken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta!, Buck 65 4 pm. GRAFFITI’S Rocking For Sick Kids Hospital Paul Martin (classic covers) 5 to 7 pm.
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE WESTJET STAGE
ñCanada Day Luke Doucet & the White Falcon 8 pm. See preview, this page. HARBOURFRONT CENTRE WESTJET STAGE Canada Day Esthero 9:30 pm. ñ MEL LASTMAN SQUARE Canada Day Ray Robinson, King Sunshine 8 to 10 pm.
METRO HALL DAVID PECAUT SQUARE Toronto Jazz Festival The Roots, DJ John ñ Kong (hip-hop) 8:30 pm. METRO HALL DAVID PECAUT SQUARE Toronto Jazz Festival Shad 5:30 pm. ñ MISSISSAUGA CIVIC CENTRE CELEBRATION
SQUARE Canada Day These Kids Wear Crowns,
Fefe Dobson, Shawn Desman, Sean Sroka, SEAM 1 to 10:30 pm. PAUPER’S PUB Mike Barnes (rock). PORT CREDIT MEMORIAL PARK Paint The Town Red Canada Day Festival Legends Alive (tribute concert) 6 pm. PPRIDE SOUTH STAGE Trans Pride Gende(R) evolution Colour Me Dragg, the Cliks 10 pm. RANDY’S SPORTS BAR Juice Fridays Merciless Operation (reggae). SNEAKY DEE’S Metal Health. SOUND ACADEMY Canada Day Capleton & Band, Lindo-P, Blaxx Dun Da Place, Vertex Sound doors 10 pm. UNDERDOWN PUB JP & Friends (folk/blues/ jazz) 10 pm.
CADILLAC LOUNGE CC Ryder Blues Band w/ Chuck Jackson 10 pm.
CENTRE ISLAND OUTDOOR LAGOON THEATRE SP
Simms & Maya’s Caravan Of Song 6:30 & 8 pm.
C’EST WHAT Sioux Newberry 9 pm. GATE 403 Fraser Melvin Blues Band 9 pm. GLADSTONE HOTEL MELODY BAR World Concert Series Sonia Aimiuwu Aimy (Nigerian singer) 7 to 10 pm. GRAFFITI’S Amorak, the Stone Sparrows.
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE REDPATH SUGAR STAGE
O Canada! Singing Competition 4 pm. HIGHWAY 61 SOUTHERN BARBEQUE Dylan Wickens & the Little Naturals (blues) 8 pm. LULA LOUNGE Toronto Jazz Festival: Salsa Friday.
The Park Attila Fias Duo 2 to 5 pm.
BLU RISTORANTE & LOUNGE Acoustic & Jazz
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE REDPATH SUGAR STAGE
Canada Day Complaints Choir 6 pm.
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE WESTJET STAGE Canada Day Toronto All-Star Big Band (jazz) 2 pm. LATINADA Toronto Jazz Festival Laura Fernandez & Dan Naduriak 9 pm. LULA LOUNGE Toronto Jazz Festival Eliana Cuevas Trio 8 pm. METRO HALL DAVID PECAUT SQUARE Toronto Jazz Festival Canada Day Heavyweights Brass Band (New Orleans-style brass band) noon. MEZZETTA Toronto Jazz Festival Mike Downes Duo 9 pm. OLD MILL INN HOME SMITH BAR Toronto Jazz Festival Jackie Richardson, Russ Little Trio 7:30 pm. THE PAINTED LADY Jazz On Oz Fringe Festival DJ Frank Phantastik Johnson, Painted Lady AllStars 10 pm. REPOSADO The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). REX Sara Dell 3 pm. REX Mikko Hilden, Nancy Walker (guitar, piano) 5 pm. REX Alex Dean, Lorne Lofsky, Brian Dickinson, Kieran Overs, Ted Warren 8 pm. REX Rich Brown’s Rinse the Algorithm 11 pm. RIVOLI The Gravitons, CCMC 8 pm. SOMEWHERE THERE STUDIO Leftover Daylight Series Allison Cameron, Germaine Liu, Nicole Rampersaud, Kyle Macdonald Quartet 8 pm. TRANZAC The Foolish Things (jazz) 5 pm. WATERFALLS Jim Heineman Trio (jazz) 6:30 to 10:30 pm.
ANNEX WRECKROOM Canada Day Jam 10 pm. PAUGUSTA HOUSE Goth Drag Pride Edition DJs
Murderess Margot, Schramm, David Lush & Alice Skeletalkitten (goth/new wave/postpunk/deathrock/minimal wave) 10 pm.5 PBLONDIES Scissors – Pride Edition DJs Fawn Big Canoe, Sokes & Miss Michie doors 10 pm. PBOVINE SEX CLUB Canada Day & Gay Pride Weekend Self Loathing Party DJs Bruce LaBruce, Rory Them Finest, Rgina, Dentata. PBUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE Buddies After Hours DJs K-Tel, Triple-X doors 10:30 pm.5 CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS Beats Ahoy! Canada Day Boat Cruise Chus & Ceballos, Green Velvet, Jonathan Rosa, Baby Joel, Evan G 11:30 am boarding. PCAWTHRA SQUARE PARK One World: Where The Wild Things Are Kaya Bongos, Addy, DekoZe, Greg Gow, jojoflores, Shawn Riker, Ticky Ty 3 pm to midnight. DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND DJ Benzi, DJ Huggs doors 11 pm. PFLY Grapefruit: Extended Play – Pride 2011/Canada Day DJ Shane Percy, DJ Aural 9 pm to 4 am.5 THE FLYING BEAVER PUBARET Retro Fridays DJ Carol. FOMO Studio+ DJs Dino & Terry, Dirty Dale, Tyrone Solomon 10 pm. PFOOTWORK Canada Day/Pride: Luv This City Sydney Blu, Baby Joel, Kotov@Wilde doors 10 pm. FOX & FIDDLE WELLESLEY DJ Shaq-T (salsa/merengue/reggaeton/house/dance). PTHE GARRISON Cub Camp: Pride Party DJs Scooter, Sammy D, Kevin H, Max Mohenu.5 PGOODHANDY’S Dirty Sexy Pride Party DJ FoxxTrot doors 10 pm.5
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE REDPATH SUGAR STAGE
Canada Day Hip-Hop Karaoke Toronto 5, 6:30 & 9 pm. PHOLY OAK CAFE Love You – A Pride Dance Party DJ Sissy Fuss, DJ Golden Malicious, DJ Kyra 9 pm. HOT BOX CAFE Big Spliff (ital reggae). INSOMNIA Funkn’ Fresh Fridays.
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Keating Channel Canada Day By The Lake
outdoor party DJ Mes, Mike Gleeson, Skank Honto, Tasc 2 pm to 2 am. Kool haus Dancehall Fete Aidonia, Eyesus, Blessed, J-Logix, Flawless, Firekid Steenie, Dr Jay, Spex, Vertex, DJ 2 Nice, DJ Hype and others. Plee’s PalaCe O Manada! Pride Party & Male Burlesque Show DJ John Caffery doors 8:30 pm.5 Maison MerCer Sneak Beats Canada Day Josh Wink, DJ Sneak, Nitin, G.Cue. Mana Bar Unity Fridays: European Nights DJ T-Ace (hip-hop/reggae/dancehall/mashup). Mod CluB Arcade Fridays AC Slater doors 10 pm. Motel J’adore Festival Betti Forde, Lucie Tic 10 pm. PnaCo gallery Cafe Night Crawlers Pride Edition DJ Nikk Red, murr, Leather DATA (electronic) 10 pm.5 99 sudBury J’adore Festival Medicine Man, General Eclectic, eLman 10 pm. oPera house Canadian Bar Code Vol 1 DJ Majistrate, Funsta, Harry Shotta, DJ Logan-D, Herbzie, Animal, Caution, Brockout, Houdini and others doors 10 pm, all ages. the ossington Sweat Pants DJ Coolin. Parts & laBour Don Cherry Is An Asshole DJs Josh V & Mark Pesci 10 pm. the Piston Neat Neat Neat (Britpop/garage/ punk/new wave) 10 pm.
revival DJ ?uestlove doors 10 pm. ñ PsuPerMarKet Rollin’ & Scratchin’ Canada
Day/Pride Edition Riviera, Roney + Nani, Kyle Marshall (dance party) doors 10 pm. velvet underground DJ Hanna (retro 80s) 10 pm. vogue suPPer CluB The Social Network Omar lunan, Sweet Touch Foundtion, DJ Smartiez 8 pm. Woo’s lounge Heart Of The City DJs J-Class, Kariz (hip-hop/R&B/reggae/old school) doors 10:30 pm. PWrongBar Big Primpin: The Realest Housewives Of Parkdale – Pride Edition DJs Kevin Ritchie, Phil V, Craig Dominic, Rory Them Finest & Blackcat (hip-hop) doors 10 pm. Xs nightCluB Summer Session Fridays DJ Couture (top 40/house/hip-hop) 10 pm.
Saturday, July 2 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/Soul
PaleXander ParKette Pride: Fruit Loopz
2Detestignorance, Da Prince Romeo, Abstract Random, Rainbow Hunt, Compass, Lauren Best, Ryan Firestone, the Grapefruit Colour, claro cosco & Grey Muldoon, Ramon Vitug, Sebastian, Mya, Chase Tam & Milo de Milo, DJ Pleasure 2 to 11 pm. alleyCatz Lady Kane.
asPetta Caffe Graham Carter, Ciaran O’Shea,
Dan de Boer, the Pick Brothers, Miike Nagoda, Fojeba, Jamie Byron, Twist of Blues, Blaise Finnessey 2 pm to midnight. Blue Moon Thrash Bash Titans Eve, Fatality, Reanimator, Spewgore, skullfist, Eternal Judgment doors 7 pm. CadillaC lounge The Groove Hunters 10 pm. Centennial ParK Toronto Ribfest – Rock Tribute Band Day Green River Revival, Mama Kin, Sonic Boom, Chick Jagger, the Change, Mason Dixon 1 to 9:30 pm. draKe hotel underground Creep, Josh Reichmann (electronic) doors 9 pm.
ñharBourfront Centre redPath sugar ñstage On The Pulse Festival Scratch (the Roots) (beat boxer) 7:30 pm. harBourfront Centre WestJet stage On The Pulse Festival Isis 8 pm. ñ hard luCK Bar Turbo A.C.’s, Trigger Effect (punk rock) doors 9 pm.
highWay 61 southern BarBeque Boogie Infection 8 pm.
horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival Lee Fields & the Expressions, Courtney Wells ñ (funk/soul) 10 pm. See preview, page 51. laMBadina Eargasm: The Last Intimate & Interactive Show The Airplane Boys, Aion Clarke and others. lee’s PalaCe Vic Ruggiero, Prince Perry, Fundamentals (ska reggae) doors 9 pm. the loCal Kristine Schmitt & Her Special Powers, Combo Royale (ska/trad jazz/old school country).
Metro hall david PeCaut square Toronto Jazz Festival Bootsy Collins, ñ Saidah Baba Talibah 8:30 pm. Molson aMPhitheatre Soundgarden, Coheed & Cambria doors 6 pm, all ages. ñ PauPer’s PuB Mike Barnes (rock). PhoeniX ConCert theatre Rockaz 3 Chaka
Demus & Pliers, Mel Dube, Jill Donaldson, Uncle Jonny & Essence of Praise, DJ Chocolate (reggae) doors 8 pm. PPride south stage Pride: Dyke Day Afternoon Elana Harte w/ Jacelyn Holmes, the Pushovers, Ayo Lelani w/ Abstract Random, Truth Is..., DJ Playout, Raging Asian Women, Amai Kuda, She King, Nicole Tanguay, Random Order, Carole Pope 1 to 7 pm. PPride south stage Pride: Cabaret Francais Les Chiclettes 7 pm. PPride village stage Pride The Grapefruit Colour, Ryan McGrath 2 pm. PPride village stage Pride Saye Sky (Iranian lesbian rapper) 7:30 pm. PPride village stage Pride Blackcat Vs JJ Rock, House of Pink Lady Vs House of Monroe 9 pm. rivoli Meaghan Smith, Ian Kelly doors 8 pm. roCKPile Broomfiller 8 pm, all ages. rose theatre garden square Rise Again Celebration David Record 2 to 8 pm. southside Johnny’s Sebastian Agnello Band (rock/country/protest) 10 pm. sPortster’s Nicola Vaughan 10 pm.
Punk Dirty Load: Benefit For The Will Munro Fun for Queer People ñ Living With Cancer Burning Love, Spitfist,
Bathurst Queens, Kommando, DJs Don Pyle & Mark Pesci doors 10 pm.
CadillaC lounge Cadillac Ranch Matinee 4:30 pm. Centre island outdoor lagoon theatre SP Simms & Maya’s Caravan Of Song 6:30 & 8 pm.
C’est What Alysha Brillinger 8 pm. Corso italia festival BetWeen WestMount & lansdoWne Corso Italia Festival Etobicoke
Ensemble, Claudio Santaluce, Imbayakunas 1 to 11 pm.
Corso italia festival BetWeen WestMount & lansdoWne Corso Italia Festival Toronto All
Star Big Band, Cobra Kings, Yiannis Kapoulas, Sambacana, Inner Soul, Puente del Diablo, Luis Rey Band, Havana Express, Invictus and others 6 to 11 pm. gladstone hotel Melody Bar Box Full of Cash 7 pm. graffiti’s Danny Laj and the Looks, the Z Rays 4 to 7 pm. harBourfront Centre WestJet stage On The Pulse Festival: Soundclash Music Award Shortlisted Finalists 3:30 pm. harBourfront Centre WestJet stage On The Pulse Festival Systema Solar (Caribbean musical-visual collective) 9:30 pm. lou daWg’s Don Campbell (acoustic blues/ rock) 9:30 pm. lula lounge Toronto Jazz Festival Son Ache, DJ Gio (salsa) 10 pm. silver dollar Canada Blues Bash Marshal Sam Band doors 8 pm. st Clair Corso italia Corso Italia Festival Etobicoke Ensemble, Claudio Santaluce, Carlo Coppola, Imbayakunas, Toronto All Star Big Band, Cobra Kings, Yioannis Kapoulas, Sambacana, Inner Soul and others 1 to midnight. tranzaC Jamzac (folk) 3 pm. village of yorKville ParK Summer Music In The Park David Leask (Celtic soul) 2 to 5 pm.
Blu ristorante & lounge Acoustic & Jazz
Sentiments @ Blu Christopher Barton (guitar/ singer) 7:30 pm. ChalKers PuB Lorne Lofsky Trio w/ Kieran Overs & Barry Romberg 6 to 9 pm. de sotos Double A Jazz (swing) 8 to 11 pm. distillery distriCt Toronto Jazz Festival Paul Neufeld’s Rhythm & Truth noon. distillery distriCt Toronto Jazz Festival Brian Blain Trio 3 pm. distillery distriCt Toronto Jazz Festival Mezcla 6 pm. doMinion on queen Toronto Jazz Festival George Grosman’s Bohemian Swing 1 to 4 pm. doMinion on queen Toronto Jazz Festival Brian Rose Little Big Band 4:30 to 7:30 pm. doMinion on queen Toronto Jazz Festival Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra 9 pm. gate 403 Victor Monsivais Trio noon to 3 pm.
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First Criminal Records. Now the Social. After seven years of debauchery and dancing, the West Queen West hipster dance club announced it will close its doors with a grand finale foam party Monday (July 4). But the party isn’t over quite yet. The people behind the music venue are opening a larger one called the Hoxton at 69 Bathurst on August 6.
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“We’ve now got a large stage for live events,” explains co-owner Rich ard Lambert. “The Social was primarily a club for DJs, but this will be multi-faceted. It’s a blank canvas.” And Lambert isn’t giving up the Social’s 1100 Queen West location. In response to the rapid gentrification he acknowledges the Social played a part in, he and his partners will
spend the next few months transforming the bar into a pub. “There’s a real gap in the market for a pub in this area. Someplace laidback where everyone can feel comfortable, especially the new condo dwellers. We might actually buy up an old pub in London that’s closed down and ship over their memorabilia to make it more authentic.” Although Lambert’s excited about both new ventures, the change was partly precipitated by the city’s refusal to grant the Social the entertainment facility licence he spent years trying to secure that would have helped it grow into a proper club. “The Social ran its course, but the legal stuff with the city was relevant, too. They wouldn’t give us the licence, so now we’re doing what they told us to do.” Soon, the bangin’ electro house beats at Queen and Dovercourt will BenJaMin Boles be just a memory.
gate 403 The Ray Charles Project Denise Leslie
Jazz Trio 5 to 8 pm. gate 403 Melissa Boyce Jazz & Blues 9 pm. latinada Toronto Jazz Festival Iya Ire 9 pm. Mezzetta Toronto Jazz Festival Ron Davis Trio (jazz) 9 pm. MusiC gallery Toronto Jazz Festival Marianne Trudel Septet 8 pm. old Mill inn hoMe sMith Bar Toronto Jazz Festival John Sherwood Trio 7:30 pm. the Painted lady Jazz On Oz Fringe Festival Painted Lady All-Stars, DJ Salazar 10 pm. Pure sPirits Patio Toronto Jazz Festival Malik Yoba 3 pm. Pure sPirits Patio Toronto Jazz Festival Jesse Barksdale Duo 6 pm. quotes Toronto Jazz Festival Gord Sheard & Bill McBirnie 5-8 pm. reX Laura Marks (vocal jazz) noon. reX Laura Hubert Band (jazzy pop) 3:30 pm. reX Dave Young Quintet 8 pm. reX Justin Gray Project 11 pm. reXall Centre BlackCreek Summer Music Festival Diana Krall, Tony Bennett. ten feet tall Alex Sings Sondheim Alex Samaras 8 pm. tranzaC southern Cross Les Petit Nouveau (jazz) 6:30 pm.
PanneX WreCKrooM Yes Yes Y’All! Pride Edition DJ L’Oqenz, the House of Ladosha (hip-hop/dancehall/R&B) 10 pm.5 PBovine seX CluB Gay Pride Weekend DJ Ian Blurton. PBuddies in Bad tiMes theatre Buddies After Hours DJs K-Tel, Triple-X doors 10:30 pm.5 PCaWthra square ParK Lipstick Jungle Ana Paula, Alyson Calagna, Delicious, Ria 1 pm to midnight. College street Bar Heavy Rotation DJs Riccachet, Thera-P, Mercilless, Royale (4 DJs on 4 turntables spin funk/R&B/hip-hop) 10 pm. devil’s Cellar doWnstairs Dracula’s Daughter DJ Darkness Visible (post punk/gothic rock/alternative) 10 pm. draKe hotel underground My Favorite Robot doors at midnight. Pfly The Main Event! Matinee World Tour: Pride 2011 DJ Javier Medina, DJ Shawn Riker, DJ Mike Vieira doors 9 pm.5 the flying Beaver PuBaret DJ Garrick. foMo Studio+ Justin Shaw LSW, Roland Gonzales (deep house) 10 pm. gladstone hotel BallrooM Goin’ Steady: Six-Year Anniversary (blues/doo wop/girl groups/rockabilly) doors 10 pm. Pgoodhandy’s Fetish Pride Parrty DJ Jimi Lamort doors 9 pm.5 harBourfront Centre Boulevard tent On The Pulse Festival: A Cumbiar! DJ El Machetero (cutting-edge rhythms from around the world) 2, 5 & 7 pm.
harBourfront Centre redPath sugar stage
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Ensemble, Claudio Santaluce, Imbayakunas, Sambacana, Inner Soul, Puente del Diablo, Havana Express, Mississauga Big Band, Cobra Kings and others 1 to 8 pm. gate 403 Jorge Gavidia Blues Band 5 to 8 pm. highWay 61 southern BarBeque Sean Pinchin 1 pm. hugh’s rooM David Bromberg Quartet 8:30 pm. lula lounge Family Salsa Brunch Luis Mario Ochoa & his Quartet (Cuban Son) 12:30 & 2:30 pm. not My dog Cowan House Ramblers (old time). st Clair Corso italia Corso Italia Festival Claudio Santaluce, Imbayakunas, Inner Soul, Puente del Diablo, Mississauga Big Band, Luis Rey Band, Havana Express and others 1 to 9 pm. sPirits Kim Jarrett, the Soles (folk rock) 9 pm. stout irish PuB Ceili 3 to 6 pm. suPerMarKet Freefall Sundays Open Mic 8 pm. tranzaC southern Cross William & Polly 3 pm. tranzaC southern Cross The Woodchoppers Association 10:30 pm. underdoWn PuB Open Mic With Porter 9:30 pm. village of yorKville ParK Summer Music In The Park Plakaso (flamenco) 2 to 5 pm.
aMadeus Rick Donaldson & the Jazz Cats 6:30 to 10:30 pm. distillery distriCt Toronto Jazz Festival Jim Galloway Trio noon. distillery distriCt Toronto Jazz Festival Alex Pangman Quintet 3 pm. doMinion on queen Jazz Jam 4 to 7 pm. doMinion on queen Toronto Jazz Festival: Japanese Jazz Ken G Trio w/ San Murata 8 pm. eton house The A.M. Band (jazz/rhythm & blues) 7 to 11 pm. continued on page 54 œ
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Lee Fields & the Expressions Hard-working deep-funk veteran continues his comeback By JASON KELLER
Systema Solar By JASON KELLER LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS with COuRTNEy WELLS as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival at the Horseshoe (368 Queen West), Saturday (July 2), 10 pm. $25-$30 or festival pass. tojazz.com. Underground soul-blues legend Lee Fields has a straightforward reason for maintaining a tireless pace of recording and touring at an age when most consider an afternoon on the golf course keeping busy. “My main goal is to stay perpendicular,” Fields says from his home office in New Jersey, “because I feel like I’m going to be horizontal long enough. “People say, ‘Lee, you 60. You up there. You need to relax.’ But they gonna lay me down and I’m going to rest, guaranteed. I have a bed waiting for me.” In conversation with Fields, it’s not hard to see where the James Brown comparisons come from. He often punctuates long, oratorical thoughts about life, love and the totality of humanity with hair-raising howls. At one point he even says, “I feel good this morning.” What’s also clear is that his energy level and enthusiasm for music are still strong after a 40-year career of highs and lows. After cutting his first single in 1969, Fields spent the better part of the 70s releasing smoking-hot funk 45s on various labels before finally dropping a debut long player, Let’s Talk It Over, in 1979. That album didn’t find traction in its time, though it’s since become highly sought-after by funk collectors and fetches four-digit sums. It sent Fields into a less productive phase in the 80s, when he virtually vanished, aside from a
few European-released disco tracks. He re-emerged in the 90s with a retro sound and look, donning sequinned jackets and playing the kind of Southern soul and blues that first inspired him. Sharon Jones was a young backup singer on one of those records in a session that would lead to her discovery. A decade later, Jones again backed up Fields and his new band, the Expressions, on 2009’s smouldering, Stax-inspired My World. The record earned him a new audience after tastemaker websites caught on and kick-started a Fields comeback. He’s just dropped a new jam, an eclectic self-released project called Treacherous (BDA). “Everybody says, ‘Stay in your comfortable zone,’” Fields says. “On Treacherous, I’m breaking the rules and going beyond the retro zone. It has everything on it. “It was something I really wanted to do independently, and the Expressions understood that. We still together and we’ll have a new album next year, more of the My World kind of stuff but deeper. We’re taking My World higher. But I’m hoping people embrace Treacherous.” As far as being embraced live, Fields isn’t concerned. He says he is shown love wherever his travels and career take him. “Everywhere is just like home, because people treat me well. I go in with the intention of giving people an honest and truthful experience, and they recognize that. They say, ‘This man ain’t coming in here messing around. He’s coming in here serious.’” 3
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Gate 403 Melissa Lauren Jazz Band noon to 3 pm. Gate 403 Thyron Lee Whyte Jazz Band 9 pm. Hot Box Cafe Tigorangutan (jazz). Latinada Toronto Jazz Festival Roberto Riberon Trio 9 pm.
LuLa LounGe Toronto Jazz Festival Laura Fer-
nandez 7:30 pm.
Metro HaLL david PeCaut Square Toronto Jazz Festival Francois Bourassa Quartet 5:30 pm.
Metro HaLL david PeCaut Square MainStaGe Marquee Toronto Jazz Festival Nikki Yanofsky & Robi Botos Trio 8:30 pm.
Mezzetta Toronto Jazz Festival Brian Katz & Rob Piltch 9 pm.
MuSiC GaLLery Toronto Jazz Festival Trio M 8 pm. naCo GaLLery Cafe Michelle Bellerose 8 pm. tHe Painted Lady Jazz On Oz Fringe Festival Heavyweights Brass Band (jazz fusion) 9 pm.
Pan on tHe danfortH Toronto Jazz Festival
Lara Solnicki, Tony Quarrington, George Koller.
Pure SPiritS Patio Toronto Jazz Festival Mike
Cado & the Groovemeisters 3 pm. Pure SPiritS Toronto Jazz Festival Tom Szcaesniak Duo 3 pm. rex Excelsior Dixieland Jazz noon. rex Club Django (gypsy-swing) 3:30 pm. rex CD release The Heavyweights Brass Band 9:30 pm. ten feet taLL Carin Redman Quartet 3:30 pm. toronto MuSiC Garden Summer Music In The Garden: O solo il mio violoncello! Elinor Frey (cello) 4 pm. trane Studio Toronto Jazz Festival Lester McLean (funk-fusion) 8:30 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS Monk’s Music (jazz) 5 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS The Spanish Waiter – Mike Hopkins (classical guitar) 7:30 pm.
Bovine Sex CLuB DJ Fathom, St Mandrew, Brandon Sek.
PBuddieS in Bad tiMeS tHeatre Lady Oiye’s Tea Dance DJs K-Tel, Shane MacKinnon 3 to 10 pm.5
venue index air Canada Centre 40 Bay. 416-815-5500. aLexander Parkette 20 alexander. aLLeyCatz 2409 yonge. 416-481-6865. aMadeuS 184 augusta. 416-591-1245. aMSterdaM Brewery 21 Bathurst. 416-504-6882. annex wreCkrooM 794 Bathurst. 416-536-0346. aSPetta Caffe 207 augusta. 416-725-0693. auGuSta HouSe 152 augusta. 416-977-8881. Bar itaLia 582 college. 416-535-3621. Beaver 1192 Queen W. 416-537-2768. BLondieS 1378 Queen W. BLu riStorante & LounGe 17 yorkville. 416-921-1471. BLue Moon 725 Queen e. 416-463-8868. Bovine Sex CLuB 542 Queen W. 416-504-4239. BuddieS in Bad tiMeS tHeatre 12 alexander. 416-9758555. CadiLLaC LounGe 1296 Queen W. 416-536-7717. CaMP 4 1173 Dundas W. CaPtain MattHew fLinderS 207 Queens Quay W, Pier 6. 416-203-0178. CawtHra Square Park church at Monteith. CentenniaL Park Renforth and Rathburn. Centre iSLand toronto islands. C’eSt wHat 67 Front e. 416-867-9499. CHaLkerS PuB 247 Marlee. 416-789-2531. CHina HouSe 925 eglinton W. 416-781-9121. CLinton’S 693 Bloor W. 416-535-9541. CLoak & daGGer PuB 394 college. 647-436-0228. CoLLeGe Street Bar 574 college. 416-533-2417. ContinentaL Soiree 1957 kennedy. 416-412-2030. CorSo itaLia feStivaL 1241 st clair W. dakota tavern 249 ossington. 416-850-4579. dave’S... on St CLair 730 st clair W. 416-657-3283.
de SotoS 1079 st clair W. 416-651-2109. deviL’S CeLLar 2872 Dundas W. diStiLLery diStriCt 55 Mill. doMinion on queen 500 Queen e. 416-368-6893. downSview Park 35 carl Hall. 416-954-0544. drake HoteL 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. earL BaLeS Park 4169 Bathurst. 416-395-7873. eL MoCaMBo 464 spadina. 416-777-1777. eton HouSe 710 Danforth. 416-466-6161. fairview LiBrary 35 Fairview Mall. 416-395-5750. fLy 8 gloucester. 416-410-5426. tHe fLyinG Beaver PuBaret 488 Parliament. 647-3476567. foMo 270 adelaide W. 416-408-3666. footwork 425 adelaide W. 416-913-3488. four SeaSonS Centre for tHe PerforMinG artS 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231. fox & fiddLe weLLeSLey 27 Wellesley e. 416-944-9369. tHe GarriSon 1197 Dundas W. Gate 403 403 Roncesvalles. 416-588-2930. GLadStone HoteL 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. GoodHandy’S 120 church. 416-760-6514. Graffiti’S 170 Baldwin. 416-506-6699. GroSSMan’S 379 spadina. 416-977-7000. GuvernMent/kooL HauS 132 Queens Quay e. HarBourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W. 416-9734000. Hard LuCk Bar 812 Dundas W. HiGHway 61 SoutHern BarBeque 1620 Bayview. 416-489-7427. HoLy oak Cafe 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803. HorSeSHoe 370 Queen W. 416-598-4753. Hot Box Cafe 191a Baldwin. 416-203-6990.
CaPtain MattHew fLinderS Private Party
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PCawtHra Square Park Treehouse Party
Isaac Escalante, Stephan Grondin, Aron, Jamal & Jeremy Khameko 1 pm to midnight. PtHe fLyinG Beaver PuBaret Alternaqueer After Party MKW & Michael Venus, DJ Triple X 10 pm. HarBourfront Centre weStJet StaGe On The Pulse Festival Moana & the Tribe 5 pm. PHoteL oCHo Weapon Of The Revolution: T.G.I. Swagger DJs Designer Imposter, Betti Forde. inSoMnia DJ LK (ol’ skool hip-hop/disco/funk). tHe oSSinGton Unlimited Sunday (hip-hop). PPride SoutH StaGe Pride: Dirty Disco DJ Neill McLeod, DJ Chiclet, DJ Don Berns, DJ Robb G, DJ Deko-ze, Coco ‘Cognac’ Brown, DJ Jelo 2 to 11 pm. PPride viLLaGe StaGe Pride Maha, Fawn Big Canoe, SimA, Samba Elegua, Charo Batista, Evistro, Farra N Hyte, Brian Bedside Manor, Katherine Dior, Stephanie Stephens, Clynt Lykher and others 2 to 10 pm. PPride weLLeSLey StaGe Pride: Blockorama 13 – Back On The Block Nik Red, Carma, TNT, Craig Dominic, Verlia, Blackcat, Ryan G Hinds, Michelle Ross, Mahogany Brown, Jade Elektra, Amai Kuda, Abstract Random, OMG Michelle, Ayo Leilani, Lady Blacktronica, House Of Monroe Vs House of Pink Lady, Kani, Ultra Nate, Quentin Harris, jojoflores noon to 11 pm. uLtra Patio Ultra Chill Sundays DJs Mike Tull & Paul E Lopes 3 to 9 pm. veLvet underGround DJ Hanna (80s) 10 pm.
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CLoak & daGGer PuB Ciaran O’Shea (pop/folk) 9 pm.
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bers (blues) 7 pm. tHe LoCaL The Hamstrung Stringband (bluegrass) 9:30 pm.
HoteL oCHo 195 spadina. 416-593-0885. HuGH’S rooM 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604. inSoMnia 563 Bloor W. 416-588-3907. keatinG CHanneL 2 Villiers. 416-572-0030. kooL HauS 132 Queens Quay e. 416-869-0045. LaMBadina 875 Bloor W. 416-888-4607. Latinada 1671 Bloor W. 416-913-9716. Lee’S PaLaCe 529 Bloor W. 416-532-1598. LiBerty Grand 25 British columbia. 416-642-3789. Live toronto 332 Richmond W. 416-599-5332. LivinG artS Centre 4141 Living arts (Mississauga). 905-306-6000. tHe LoCaL 396 Roncesvalles. 416-535-6225. LoLa 40 kensington. 416-348-8645. Lou dawG’S 589 king W. 647-347-3294. LuLa LounGe 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307. MaiSon MerCer 15 Mercer. 416-341-8777. Mana Bar 722 college. 416-537-9292. MeL LaStMan Square 5100 yonge. 416-395-7582. Metro HaLL david PeCaut Square 55 John. 416-397-9887. Mezzetta 681 st clair W. 416-658-5687. MiSSiSSauGa CiviC Centre 300 city centre. 905-896-5088. Mitzi’S 100 sorauren. 416-588-1234. Mod CLuB 722 college. 416-588-4663. MoLSon aMPHitHeatre 909 Lake shore W. MonarCHS PuB 33 gerrard W. 416-585-4352. MoteL 1235 Queen W. MuSiC GaLLery 197 John. 416-204-1080. naCo GaLLery Cafe 1665 Dundas W. 647-347-6499. nawLinS Jazz Bar 299 king W. 416-595-1958. 99 SudBury 99 sudbury. not My doG 1510 Queen W. 416-532-2397. oLd MiLL inn 21 old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641.
naCo GaLLery Cafe Alex Rodriguez Trio (boleros/sones/rancheras) 8 pm. tHe Painted Lady Cover Me Canada Open Mic 9 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS This is Awesome 7 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS Open Mic 10 pm.
Gate 403 Roger Chong Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. Gate 403 Vincent Bertucci Jazz Band 9 pm. Graffiti’S Kevin Quain’s Gutbucket Lounge
(piano jazz/blues) 5 to 8 pm. orBit rooM CD release Bernie Senensky, Gene Perla, Ben Riley 7 to 10 pm. rex A Celebration Of The Life And Music of Trombonist Dave McMurdo Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra (jazz) 7 pm.
Bovine Sex CLuB Moody Mondays Douglas
Fairbanks Jr. inSoMnia DJs Topher & Orang (rock). tHe oSSinGton Ice & Yolanda. tHe PiSton Junk Shop DJs Jorge & Jared (pre- to post- punk/new wave/garage) 10 pm. tHe SoCiaL The Social’s Closing Night, Foam Party & Autoérotique Rynecologist 10 pm.
Tuesday, July 5 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/souL
drake HoteL LounGe Memphis Tuesdays The Treasures, Grand Canyon doors 10 pm.
eL MoCaMBo He Is We, Ocean Grove, Andrew
Allen doors 6 pm, all ages.
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Donny & Marie Live Donny & Marie Osmond Tue to Sat 7:30 pm, Wed, Sat & Sun 2 pm. GLadStone HoteL MeLody Bar CD Launch Michelle Bellerose 8 pm. Graffiti’S Marcus Walker 7 pm. HoLy oak Cafe Words Around the Waist (pop) 9 pm. HorSeSHoe Jilted Lovers Club, Indian Handcrafts, the White Wives 9 pm. oPera HouSe Black Dub (Daniel Lanois, Trixie Whitley, Brian Blade, Jim Wilson) doors 7 pm. PartS & LaBour The Spoofs (surf rock) 9 pm. tHe PiSton The Dead Tuesdays, Mercy Flight 10 pm. Sound aCadeMy Ben Harper, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals doors 7 pm, all ages.
CadiLLaC LounGe Draw the Outs (country/ roots) 8:30 pm.
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Black Dub (Daniel Lanois, Trixie Whitley, Brian Blade, Jim Wilson) doors 7 pm. tHe PiSton Sky of Sound 9 pm. tHe Port The Get Stupid On A Wednesday Show Makeout Videotape, Tops, Tonkapuma, Henri Faberge 10 pm. rivoLi Treestar Album Fundraiser Treestar, Farewell Cool Reason, Bang Bang You’re Dead, Peter Ellman doors 8 pm. SuPerMarket Alysha Brillinger, Alana Clark 9 pm. wronGBar Calverton doors 10 pm.
CadiLLaC LounGe The Neil Young’uns 9 pm. Centre iSLand outdoor LaGoon tHeatre SP
Simms & Maya’s Caravan Of Song 6:30 & 8 pm.
Graffiti’S Kitgut Oldtime String Band. GroSSMan’S Rockin’ Blues Jam Ernest Lee &
doMinion on queen Toronto Jazz Festival Wayne Nakamura’s Django Jam 8:30 pm. Gate 403 Kelsey McNulty Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. Gate 403 Richard Whiteman & James Thompson Jazz Band 9 pm. orBit rooM CD release Bernie Senensky, Gene Perla, Ben Riley 7 to 10 pm. PrinCeSS of waLeS tHeatre Hugh Jackman In Concert Hugh Jackman 8 pm. rex Alison Au Quartet 6:30 pm. rex Rex Jazz Jam Terra Hazelton 9:30 pm. ten feet taLL Toronto FingerstyleGuitar open Stage 8 pm.
Cotton Traffic 9 pm. tHe Painted Lady Sport Of The Future (bluegrass acoustic version of 80s music) 9 pm. rePoSado Sol Wednesdays Spy Vs Sly Vs Spy. SiLver doLLar High Lonesome Wednesday: Big City Bluegrass Crazy Strings 9 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS David Woodhead’s Confabulation (alt-folk) 7:30 pm. tranzaC SoutHern CroSS Kris Ellestad 10 pm. underdown PuB Rita’s Parlour Rita Di Ghent (blues/jazz) 8 pm.
BLu riStorante & LounGe Acoustic & Jazz
GoodHandy’S T-Girls Go Wild DJ Cesar doors 8 pm.5
inSoMnia Soulful Tuesdays D-Jay (soul). MoteL Big Lebowski Tuesdays DJ Knox Harrington (live screening with sound) 9 to 11 pm.
tHe oSSinGton Big Shiny Tuesday (alt rock).
Wednesday, July 6 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/souL
CLoak & daGGer PuB The Goodtimes (pop/ trash) 10 pm.
drake HoteL underGround Ron Hawkins & the Do Good Assassins w/ ñ Jeremy Hoyle (rock) doors 8 pm. HiGHway 61 SoutHern BarBeque Swinging Black Jacks 7 pm.
HorSeSHoe Five Alarm Funk 9 pm. LivinG artS Centre Mississauga Food Bank
Benefit Mississauga Symphony, Rik Emmett, Michael Ciufo, Carol McCartney, Suzie McNeil, Chuck Jackson and others 8 pm.
Sentiments @ Blu John Campbell (piano) 7:30 pm. CHaLkerS PuB Girls’ Night Out Jazz Lisa Particelli (jazz) 8 pm. doMinion on queen Corktown Uke Jam 8 pm. Gate 403 Kathryn Elizabeth Merriam Jazz Trio 5 to 8 pm. Gate 403 Kurt Nielsen & Richard Whiteman Jazz Band 9 pm. nawLinS Jazz Bar Jim Heineman Trio (jazz) 7 to 10 pm. PrinCeSS of waLeS tHeatre Hugh Jackman In Concert Hugh Jackman 8 pm. rex Benny Sharoni Quartet 9:30 pm. rex Trikonasana 6:30 pm. SoMewHere tHere Studio Starfires (psychedelic improvisers) 8 pm.
Beaver Mighty Real DJs John Caffery & the Robotic Kid (dance floor workout party) 10 pm.5 Bovine Sex CLuB Darth Virgos. GoodHandy’S T-Girl Newbie Night DJ Todd Klinck doors 9 pm.5 Hot Box Cafe Hump Day Uncut The Man (stoner gay-positive night).5 inSoMnia Parro (house). Lee’S PaLaCe Omar Souleyman (world electro dance) doors 8 pm. naCo GaLLery Cafe Bits & Bites DJ Noloves 9 pm. tHe oSSinGton Bright Lights, Big City DJ Wes Allen (R&B/soul/rockabilly/psychedelic). Sneaky dee’S What’s Poppin’ (80s/90s hip-hop party). tota LounGe DJs gaDJet, Nikola (deep soulful house). 3
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The Light Of The Sun (Blues Babe/Warner) Rating: NNNN Jill Scott’s fourth album opens with the Philly-born R&B singer, poet and actor in the recording studio. “This is the last take of the night,” she declares on Blessed, a jazzy ode to the post-relationship meltdown and postlegal drama that erupted when she split with her old label, Hidden Beach. (She’s since started her own imprint through a deal with Warner.) The line perfectly distills the lively improvisational vibe that pervades the ensuing 15 songs, in which
Scott pours out a self-affirming stream of autobiographical lyrics over a range of timeless beats, melodies and genres (hiphop, spoken word, R&B, Broadwayish ballads). Scott’s one of those rare performers whose technical skill improves with spontaneity. Many of her vocals are reportedly first takes, and, in a way, it shows. There’s nothing cerebral about her lyrics; she’s a captivating, blunt performer, here emphasizing classic arrangements and raw emotion over poetic invention. Top track: Shame KEVIN RITCHIE
Drums Between The Bells (Warp) Rating: Brian Eno started working with poet Rick Holland when they met in the late 90s. On Drums Between The Bells, the result of this long-standing relationship, Holland provides the lyrics, Eno plays the lion’s share of instruments, and both, with many collaborators, do the vocals. We hear Eno first, on Bless This Space, though it’s the heavily accented, synthesized voice of Poland’s Grazyna Goworek on Glitch that grounds the album. The lyrics combine images of nature and technology (a reoccurring theme), mirrored perfectly by the computerized voice and Eno’s spacious soundscape. Eno sometimes chooses nothing more than a piano to frame the voice, and other times layers orchestration into a dense thicket of sound. The record, lacking choruses or pop hooks, isn’t one to turn to for instant gratification. Instead, it’s an engaging marriage of words and music. Top track: Glitch JOANNE HUFFA
THE DETAILS Lost Art (Parliament of Trees) Rating: NNN Much of the Details’ promotion of Lost Art has focused on their decision to turn down legendary Runaways producer (and recent movie villain) Kim Fowley in favour of Weakerthans guitarist Stephen Carroll and the National engineer Brandon Reid. Presumably, it’s an attempt to play up their indie cred, but the Winnipeg quartet’s
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sophomore LP still sounds like a polished, crowd-pleasing slab of meat-and-potatoes roots rock. It’s not that the album is over-calculated for optimal radio play; there’s just plenty for mainstream audiences to grab onto. The band achieves the same relatable yearning as the Weakerthans, filling the album with twangy, longing, minorkey hooks. Jon Plett often sings in the first- and second-person, turning the tunes into story-songs even when they strive beyond typical tales of heartbreak (like the clever slacktivism send-up Lazy Activists). And though the songs blend together, the arrangements are more sophisticated than they seem on first listen. Top track: Weightless In The Dark The Details play tonight (Thursday, June 30) at C’est What. RICHARD TRAPUNSKI
RAVE ON BUDDY HOLLY (Universal) Rating: NNN Part of the fun of tribute albums is seeing which unlikely artists claim to have been influenced by the honoree. Considering that Buddy Holly’s proto-rock-and-roll has inspired nearly all popular music since his death in 1959, it’s not surprising to see diverse artists on this star-studded compilation. Additionally, Holly’s four-chord simplicity is practically a blank canvas, so it’s interesting to see what they do with the material. Unsurprisingly, it’s a mixed bag. On Oh Boy, She & Him mine their same-old awshucks naïveté, and the Black Keys’ stripped-down garage-soul rendition of Dearest is a no-brainer. Modest Mouse, on the other hand, transform That’ll Be The Day’s breeziness into something much less uplifting, while Paul McCartney uses his turn to hearken back to Helter Skelter hard rock. The album is a fun novelty, but as with most tributes, there’s not much to keep it in rotation. Top track: That’ll Be The Day RT
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The Errant Charm (Sub Pop) Rating: NNNN Part of the inspiration behind Vetiver’s fifth album was singer Andy Cabic’s walks around the Richmond district of San Francisco. The buzzy California psych-rockers are certainly in no hurry on the mellow, atmospheric songs bookmarking the disc. Treading territory similar to Wilco’s and working with producer Thom Monahan, they layer drum machine, vintage keyboard, organs and strings atop acoustic folk-rock textures and Cabic’s soothing vocals. The band is at its most engaging, however, in the faster-paced mid-section. Can’t You Tell is almost electronic, while Hard To Break is like a modern take on the Byrds. Shakers and rim sounds propel Fog Emotion, and Ride Ride Ride is, no surprise, a great car song. Top track: Right Away SARAH GREENE
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A Treasure (Warner) Rating: Neil Young has redefined himself artistically so many times, it’s easy to forget there was ever a point in his career when the music industry expected something specific from him. Played live by Young and International Harvesters, a group of Nashville pros like lap steel ace Ben Keith who toured with him in 84 and 85, A Treasure is a snapshot of an era when Young’s then-label, Gef fen, went to war with him for not representing himself in a commercially viable way. Judging by his sales during that decade, they probably had a solid argument. Now we can appreciate these country songs, played with great skill and musicianship, in context: just another phase and genre that Young can flawlessly pull off. Top track: Grey Riders JASON KELLER
DOLLY PARTON Better Day (Sony) Rating: NN Better Day is Dolly Parton’s 41st album, so it’s hard to criticize her for falling back on a formula or 20. The 65-year-old icon keeps the Dolly brand alive with another unfailingly cheery, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps country-pop record, this one tackling doomsday 2012ers, career sacrifices and matters of the heart. While 1999’s The Grass Is Blue kicked off a trilogy of bluegrass-rooted albums that refreshed her sound and relevance (2001’s Little Sparrow even included an inspired cover of Stairway To Heaven), none of the follow-ups have comparably stood out. Here, the glossy, spunky tunes seem aimed at commercial radio. Or maybe Christian radio – they’re loaded with references to Jesus. They’re also loaded with eye-rolling Dollyisms that might make you smile: “I can wear denim or I can wear silk, drink champagne or chocolate milk,” she sings on Country Is As Country Does. Best are her vocals – as strong, clear and distinct as ever – and the energy she infuses into the songs. If she’s grown tired of her shtick, you’d never guess it. Top track: Missing You CARLA GILLIS BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS Kings And
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Queens (File Under: Music) Rating: NNN Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ three-years-inthe-making seventh album is a collection of duets between the Hamilton-formed trio – Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden – and incredible female talents including Rosanne Cash, Serena Ryder, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and others. A largely uptempo celebration of love, it kicks off strong with Wilson/Williams tough-love duet If I Can’t Have You and the bluesy Another Free Woman, with Sara Watkins and Fearing. The band delivers familiar good-times roots music that occasionally suffers from a lag in energy and innovation. But the duet format allows for quirky detours, including the sad folk tune Golden Sorrows (featuring Cassandra Wilson) and Heart A Mine, on which Mary Margaret O’Hara takes the lead. Choppy piano rocker Made Of Love, with Exene Cervenka, is a highlight, while Emmylou Harris’s beautiful close harmonies on Step Away make this album worth picking up. Top track: Step Away SG 3
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Hugh Jackman trades his Wolverine claws for dance shoes in his musical revue.
A cappella opera hits some fine notes By JON KAPLAN SVADBA – WEDDING by Ana Sokolovic,
directed by Michael Cavanagh, music directors Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess (Queen of Puddings). At Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley). Runs to July 2. $49. 416-368-3110. Rating: NNN
Jackman of all trades
Hugh Jackman brings his superhero charisma to solo concert By NAOMI SKWARNA HUGH JACKMAN IN CONCERT at the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King West). Opens Tuesday (July 5) and runs to July 17, Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm, matinees Saturday-Sunday 2 pm. $49-$130. 416872-1212. See Openings, page 60.
like the movie mutant he plays onscreen, Hugh Jackman leads a double life. He’s a glamorous movie star as well as a Broadway singer and dancer. He fuses both his showbiz talents this week in Hugh Jackman In Concert. Sitting in a bordello-like sub-level of the Royal Alex, Jackman exudes charisma in a black polo shirt, gamely reeling off stories in his Australian twang about a college drama instructor who did all his casting by drawing a straight line from students’ names on the class list to the play’s cast list. “He was a Trotskyist, this guy,” he explains, grinning. That didn’t dull his enthusiasm for the live stage, however. “Every time I see a play, I think, ‘I want to be up there!’” he says, his
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voice filled with energy. “It feels like a massive indulgence. An 18-piece orchestra playing my favourite music.” The concert, which has already enjoyed a sold-out run in San Francisco, mixes anecdotes, musical theatre, rock, standards and a few medleys. “Peter Allen [whom he played in The Boy From Oz] makes a comeback,” he says, which hopefully means he’ll be busting out his high kick. While Jackman’s best known for his X-Men films, he’s equally impressive as an awards show host – helming the Oscars and Tonys (and crashing Neil Patrick Harris’s gig a few weeks ago). On Broadway, in addition to his awardwinning turn in Oz, he starred opposite Daniel Craig in the stark twohander A Steady Rain, proving he goes beyond triple threat to full-blown hazard. It’s taken some time to get here, though. “I was the Billy Elliot who was too scared to go dancing,” he says, namechecking the wee British lad who loved his ballet. “No one sang in Aus-
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tralia – not even the national anthem. It wasn’t cool.” It might seem incongruous – the action star who does things with his pelvis that would make Patrick Stewart blush – but Jackman bristles at the idea that he’s a rarity. “For most of history, you couldn’t be a sexy man and not dance,” he insists. “A woman just wouldn’t be interested in you.” Jackman’s excited to introduce this new leg of his career to Toronto, a city he admires for its sophisticated audiences. “There’s an innate understanding [here] that you may be evolving something.” And while he wouldn’t turn down a chance to take the show to Broadway eventually, he’s grateful for the opportunity to work on a project. “The goal was to make something that I could evolve for 30 or 40 years,” he says. “A way of being onstage, doing the thing I love.” Turns out that, at heart, Wolverine is a lover, not a fighter. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
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prenuptial celebrations are rarely as hauntingly musical as they are in Svadba – Wedding, Ana Sokolovic’s a cappella opera that begins in the ordinary world and ends in a magical realm. Sung in Serbian, the text is filled with touches of folk stories and myth, but Sokolovic has at times so deconstructed the words that the tales told aren’t as important as the sounds. Sometimes guttural, sometimes onomatopoetic, sometimes just nonsense syllables, the text is only one of the means by which we follow the relationships among the six women: the bride, Milica (Jacqueline Woodley), and her five friends (Laura Albino, Carla Huhtanen, Andrea Ludwig, Shannon Mercer and Krisztina Szabó). Amid such actions as hair-colouring, competitive games and communal bathing, the sextet performs
the complex music with ease, occasionally blending their voices into one and occasionally offering a rich wash of sound that covers a multi-toned, harmonic spectrum. Dressed in variations of red and black by Michael Gianfrancesco and lit by Kimberly Purtell, the singers capture the characters’ affection on this last night before one of them begins a new life in a new home. Director Michael Cavanagh emphasizes the ritual nature of the evening, one that is both toast and roast for Milica. It’s also a playful time, with schoolyard hand-clapping games used as a way of bonding as well as showing off. There’s comedy, too, in a boys-versus-girls standoff. The piece captures the wistful aspect of the upcoming event, especially in the final number, a solo for Milica, which Woodley sings with a touch of eroticism as well as seductive simplicity. As Milica’s friends supply a background sound cushion for her melody, she bids farewell to the past and welcomes the future; the music shimmers, while the elegant final visual will take your breath away. 3 email@example.com
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Opening AMELIA: THE GIRL WHO WANTS TO FLY by John
Gray (Festival Players of Prince Edward County). This musical re-imagines the life of the first woman in flight. Opens Jun 30 and runs to Jul 8, see website for schedule. $15-$30. Fields on West Lake, Bloomfield. 1-866-5841991, festivalplayers.ca. THE BERLIN BLUES by Drew Hayden Taylor (4th Line Theatre). German developers look to build a First Nations theme park in Ontario. Opens Jun 30 and runs to Jul 23, Tue-Sat 6 pm. $26$40. Winslow Farm, 779 Zion Line, Millbrook. 1-800-814-0055, 4thlinetheatre.on.ca. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS by William Shakespeare (Humber River Shakespeare Co). Mistaken identities lead to trouble in this comedy
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FRINGE FESTIVAL PREVIEW Bekky O’Neil’s Cabinet Of Curiosities unpacks at inaugural Visual Fringe.
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companies at 27 venues. Opens Wednesday (July 6) and runs to July 17. $10 or less, surcharge on advance sales, discount passes. Advance tickets sold up to three hours prior to showtime online, by phone or after July 6 at the festival box office at the Fringe Club (581 Bloor West). At least half of all tickets go on sale at the venue one hour before showtime. No latecomers. See complete Fringe listings at nowtoronto. com/fringe. 416-966-1062, fringetoronto.com.
VISUAL FRINGE PREVIEW
The art of Fringing
Outdoor “gallery” opens your eyes By FRAN SCHECHTER VISUAL FRINGE in the alley behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor West), from Wednesday (July 6) to July 17, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Free. fringetoronto.com.
when even populist fairs like the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Riverdale Art Walk are juried, the Fringe is taking a chance by boldly extending its uncurated, let’s-put-on-ashow philosophy to visual art. Visual Fringe is a strictly firstcome, first-served enterprise. “The eight slots filled up in a few hours on the first day of submissions,” says producer Ivy Johnson, with many more coming too late. As well as providing an opportunity for emerging artists, Johnson says the festival “wants to encourage artists to take the kind of risks they might not be able to take in a gallery setting. It’s the same thing we do for theatre.” There’s no overall theme or requirement that the projects be theatre-related (though several are). Each artist gets a 10-by-10-foot space, plus assistance in the form of lights and box office. Like theatre companies, artists
Expect Theatre’s Awake is set at a funeral held at Walmer Road Baptist Church.
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get to keep the profits from art or ticket sales. Luckily for a slate chosen this way, the artists promise a wide range of media and concepts. But the Fringe’s strictly hands-off policy in terms of content means much about the projects still remains mysterious even to Johnson. Bekky O’Neil of Quality Slippers puppet theatre explores discovery and memory in Cabinet Of Curiosities, a series of assemblages in the tradition of the private natural history collections of the early scientific era. Johnson says she was perplexed at first by designer Trevor Campbell’s proposal, The Fringe Tourist Trap. “It’s not just a shop, but a performance installation about a boutique,” she says, where you can buy souvenirs and have your photo taken with Campbell-created mascot Midge the Fringe Pigeon. Actor/sound designer Aynsley Moorhouse guides you on a 14-minute journey through sound installation See With Your Ears, the only ticketed event. Her instructions: “Do as you’re told. Don’t be scared – nobody is watching.”
Beginning July 6, check out NOW’s Fringe reviews and reports at nowtoronto.com/fringe. Filmmaker/photographer Christos Tsirbas interprets The World’s Great Books And Other Stories, which Johnson says will contain a participatory component in which he’ll photograph you with his drag queen narrator. David Swartz, known for his live painting and sculpting events in Kensington Market and at Harbourfront, may bring something similar to The Invisible And In The Hand Takes A Stand In The Sand. A special component of Visual Fringe is the offsite installation by Le’vi Lingwabo, an artist recently relocated to Toronto from Zambia, where he was involved in community art and HIV/AIDS-related projects. “Theatre troupe b current approached us,” says Johnson, “with a proposal from the sculptor/designer, who now works with b current on youth initiatives in Downsview.” At A Different Booklist, he employs found materials to tell Tales From Zambia. Johnson say feedback from artists and festival-goers will help determine whether Visual Fringe becomes a permanent fixture. 3 email@example.com
SITE-SPECIFIC SHOW PREVIEWS
Siting differences Location totally matters for 14 shows By JON KAPLAN this year, the buzz around 14 Toronto Fringe productions starts with the venue. Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) shows have been replaced by sitespecific shows staged in places other than traditional theatres. “The shows in theatre venues are chosen by lottery,” says Toronto Fringe managing director Kathryn Westoll. “But executive director Gideon Arthurs wanted to give a different spin to other festival shows.” In the past, some companies not chosen in the lottery submitted a BYOV production, sometimes with no real connection between the nontraditional space and the production. “For the 2011 Fringe, we wanted suggestions that put the focus on the space rather than the script. These are productions that animate an unexpected location with the performance, challenging our view of the space.” Pitching the location became key. “We didn’t approve the script; we approved the space and the conceptual use that would be made of it,”
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The night before a wedding, girlfriends prepare the bride-to-be in a cathartic and unforgettable Balkan rite of passage.
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a musical drama that explores the fear, complications and realities of living with HIV/AIDS featuring Ryan Kelly, Dale Miller, Lizzie Kurtz, Vince Staltari, Mary Kelly and Christian Bellsmith
by Dan Rutzen musical direction
George Ignatieff Theatre 15 Devonshire Place
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says Westoll. “It wasn’t enough simply to present a show in a bar or a church. There had to be a reason for the staging.” One company that took up the challenge was Expect Theatre, which had a hit several years ago with Romeo & Juliet Remixed, an update of Shakespeare’s classic set in the club scene. Their latest, Awake, created and directed by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley, uses a funeral to explore gang violence. Drawing on interviews with gang members and those who have lost family members, the production also draws on gospel and hip-hop. But its location, the sanctuary of Walmer Road Baptist Church, should make the material even more vivid. If the company had suggested performing in the church auditorium, the venue for previous Fringe productions, the show wouldn’t have been accepted. Look for other site-specific shows in a Kensington Market home, a Bathurst styling salon, an internet gaming coffee shop, a public school playground and a radio station. “It was also important that companies get permission to use their space for performing, since it’s not a theatre,” notes Westoll. Theatre Hetaerae wanted to present Ned Dickens’s Horse, in which the central figure checks herself into the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to make sense of events she’s seen in an alleyway. When director Leora Morris couldn’t secure a room in CAMH, she reworked her concept and set the play in a Toronto alley, re-envisioning a part of the city’s landscape. “That’s just what we had in mind with the site-specific shows – artists imagining the piece to serve the space.” 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Hughes belts out some show tunes in Mickey & Judy.
Proud productions If you want this weekend’s LGBT festivities to continue, there are plenty of Fringe shows with queer themes – but don’t count on seeing many bare asses in leather chaps onstage. Two historic scripts with queer themes get productions this year. Michel Tremblay’s rarely staged 1969 La Duchesse De Langeais (from July 7 at The Central) is a monologue by a transvestite troubled by love. The current staging, in a bar, divides the character into three separate aspects.
Three men jailed in the same cell fight their lustful instincts and indulge their gay fantasies in Keep Tightly Closed In A Cool Dry Place, written by seminal 60s American playwright Megan Terry (from July 8 at Passe Muraille Mainspace). If you’re a gay history buff, pop open Alex Kentris’s Bordeaux (from July 7 at the Factory Studio). Set in 19th-century France, it’s about a man who has to reconcile his feelings for his male ex and the woman he’s currently involved with. Going for a pee break between shows will definitely feel different after watching Queer Bathroom Monologues (from July 6 at Passe Muraille Mainspace). Sheila L. Cavanagh’s play is based on interviews from her book about sex and gender in Toronto’s public facilities, in the tradition of The Vagina Monologues. And what would the Fringe be without a couple of gay-themed musicals? Michael Hughes’s pseudo-memoir Mickey & Judy (from July 8 at the Tarragon Extra Space) traces the writer/ performer’s fascination with show tunes as he moves from therapist’s couch to the Off-Broadway stage. Yes, there are lots of showstoppers. And in the musical drama Living With Henry (from July 7 at the George Ignatieff Theatre), Christopher Wilson looks at the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS in today’s world.
5 Artists To Watch at the Fringe WHO: Britt Small WHAT: Director of Limbo, in which a near-death experience forces a man to live life to the utmost. WHY: You haven’t seen her onstage, but her fingerprints are all over some of the funniest productions by Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, including Legoland and Ride The Cyclone. Here, she oversees Vaudevillian Andrew Bailey in his award-winning solo show. Begins July 8 at the Solo Room WHO: Andrea Donaldson WHAT: Director of Tyumen, Then, a satire set on a 1941 train about war and survival. WHY: Donaldson’s name on a program (Montparnasse, The Unfortunate Misadventures Of Masha Galinski, The Atomic Weight Of Happiness) always promises suggestive staging that teases the imagination. Can’t wait to see what she does with Adam Underwood’s play, in which the corpse of Vladimir Lenin plays a part. Begins July 8 at the Robert Gill WHO: Brian Froud WHAT: Actor/co-writer, Brian Froud’s One Man Celebrity Disaster Relief Charity Benefit Awareness Tele thon… Show, a send-up of, well, you can probably guess. WHY: Froud proved he was a master of impressions a few Fringes ago in
the big hit Swiss Family Guy Robinson. For this show, co-written and directed by some of the city’s top comedy names, he hauls out impressions of Cosby, Walken and Schwarzenegger. Only question: will Celine Dion make an appearance? Begins July 8 at St. Vladimir’s WHO: Catherine Hernandez WHAT: Director of Shotgun Wedding, in which an unexpected pregnancy threatens to ruin a Filipina debutante’s 18th birthday. WHY: After a series of successes as writer/ performer of shows about her own community (including Singkil), Hernandez is sure to understand the emotional and historic background of this new musical, performed in a neighbourhood community centre. Begins Wednesday (July 6) at Alexandra Park Community Centre (105 Grange Court) WHO: Christel Bartelse WHAT: Writer/performer of CHAO TICA, an adventure comedy about a woman trapped in a board game. WHY: Good thing this clown-inspired performer and member of comedy troupe Burnt Marshmallows has lots of energy. She’ll need it in this nonstop show in which her character tries to take control of her life and gain her heart’s desire. JK/GS Begins July 7 at the Tarragon Extra Space
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presented outdoors. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 17, Tue-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Bolton, Schomberg, Kettlby, King City, Kleinburg, Alton Mills and Aurora, see website for locations (GTA shows Jul 19-Aug 1, see separate listings). 416-209-2026, humberrivershakespeare.ca. THE DROWNING GIRLS by Daniela Vlaskalic, Charlie Tomlinson and Beth Graham (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Three women murdered by the same husband tell their stories. Opens Jul 1 and runs to Jul 30, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mats Fri-Sat 2:30 pm. $16-$32. Firehall Theatre, Gananoque. 1000islandsplayhouse.com. FRINGE TORONTO FESTIVAL (Fringe Toronto). The annual festival offers more than 150 shows featuring plays, dance, comedy and multimedia performances, kids’ shows, art, music and more (see coverage, page 58, and complete listings at nowtoronto.com/fringe). Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 17, various venues, dates and times, see website for details. $10 (adv $11), kids $5, passes $45-$91. 416-9661062, fringetoronto.com. PTHE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams (Soulpepper). A broken family struggles to fulfill their dreams in this memory play. Previews Jul 1-5. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Sep 10, see website for schedule. $45-$65, rush $5$22. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. GROOVIN’ THRU THE 60S (Port Hope Festival Theatre). This musical looks at the era of change and artists from the Beatles to Jefferson Airplane. Opens Jun 30 and runs to Jul 16, see website for schedule. $28-$32. Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen, Port Hope. 1-800-4345092, capitoltheatre.com. HUGH JACKMAN IN CONCERT (Mirvish). The stage and film star performs musical numbers (see story, page 57). Previews Jul 5. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$130. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. THE MELVILLE BOYS by Norm Foster (Drayton Entertainment). Two brothers’ plans for a guys getaway change when they meet two sisters. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 23, see website for schedule. $42, stu $22. King’s Wharf Theatre,
The Glass Menagerie, starring Nancy Palk, opens this week.
Toronto Fringe Festival
July 6 - 17
97 Jury, Penetanguishene. 1-888-449-4463, draytonentertainment.com. ON THE PULSE (Harbourfront Centre). This celebration of discovery and surprise in the arts includes hoop dance and cumbia workshops, improv, Maori arts and more. Jul 2-3, see website for schedule. Free. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com. 7-10 SPLIT by Michael Wilmot (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). A bowler looks to the internet to solve money troubles. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 23, see website for schedule. $25$28. 6-302 Bridge, Port Stanley. 1-855-7824353, portstanleytheatre.ca. THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare (Theatre by the Bay). Love and revenge collide in this classic play. Previews Jun 30-Jul 1. Opens Jul 2 and runs to Jul 16, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed (and Jul 11) 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $22. Downtown Community Theatre, 1 Dunlop W, Barrie. 705735-9243, theatrebythebay.com. TREASURE ISLAND by Clark Harris (Theatre by the Bay). The Young Company present this pirate musical. Opens Jul 2 and runs to Jul 16, see website for schedule. $12. Downtown Community Theatre, 1 Dunlop W, Barrie. 705-7359243, theatrebythebay.com. VIMY by Vern Thiessen (Blyth Festival). Four soldiers in a field hospital reflect on the 1917 battle at Vimy Ridge. Previews Jun 30. Opens Jul 1 and runs to Aug 6, see website for schedule. $28-$32, preview $22-$26, stu $15. Blyth Memorial Hall, 431 Queen, Blyth. 1-877-8625984, blythfestival.com.
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MAN SHOW by Robert Hawke and Michael Cohen (R Hawke). Hawke portrays 14 different organs fighting the disease. Jun 30 at 8 pm. $10. Black Swan, 154 Danforth. 416-469-0537. PO MANADA! (Boylesque T.O.). The all-male burlesque troupe presents a Canadianthemed show and party. Jul 1 at 9 pm. $20. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor W. boylesqueto.com. PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS SPRING LAUNCH PARTY (Playwrights Canada ñ Press). NOW’s Jon Kaplan and Susan G Cole
host a night of readings of plays by Judith Thompson and Julie Tepperman and from Obsidian Theatre’s collection of 20-minute plays, edited by Rita Shelton Deverell. Jul 4 at 7 pm. Free. Supermarket, 268 Augusta. 416840-0501, playwrightscanada.com.
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BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR JOHN GRAY WITH ERIC PETERSON
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Company). This revival of Gray and Peterson’s chronicle of the life of the Owen Sound boy turned First World War flying ace simply soars. The two artists’ age (they first performed it three decades ago in their early 30s) adds poignancy to the show, and they know how to savour each word and note for maximum resonance. Ted Dykstra and a fine design give the production the intimacy, clarity and emotional heft it deserves. Don’t miss it. Runs to Aug 4, see website for schedule. $45-$65, stu $28, rush $22 (stu $5). Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416866-8666, soulpepper.ca. NNNNN (GS) PBILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL by Lee Hall and Elton John (Mirvish). One of the best new musicals of the millennium, Billy Elliot is based on the 2000 film about a working-class boy whose dreams of becoming a ballet dancer are set against the grim reality of his 1984 northern England mining community. The characters are richly detailed, the conflicts believable and complex, and the dialogue raw, crudely funny and uncompromising. The songs, while not exactly hummable, serve the story and characters, and the performances (four boys alternate in the demanding lead role) grounded and deeply felt. Bring tissues. Runs to Sep 3, Tue 7 pm, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm. $36-$130. Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. NNNNN (GS) CODEX NOCTURNO (Kadozuke Kollektif). The collective presents a multimedia fusion of theatre and performance art about dreams and fallen angels.. Runs to Jul 3, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $25, stu $20. Imagefoundry, 1581 Dupont. 647-367-1015, zuke.ca. PFEMALE IMPERSONATOR SHOWS (Zelda’s). Divas from Broadway and film perform weekly. Fri-Sat 9 pm. Free. 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare (Urban Bard). The company presents the comedy outdoors. Runs to Jul 2, Thu and Sat 7:30 pm. Pwyc ($15 sugg). Dundee Place Courtyard, 1 Adelaide E. urbanbard.ca. NEARLY LEAR adapted from Shakespeare by Susanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus (Red Sandcastle Theatre). Hamnett performs a solo show based on King Lear using storytelling, film and music. Runs to Jul 3, Sat-Sun 7 pm. $12. 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411. P9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick (Dancap Productions). Secretaries plot revenge against their sexist boss in this adaptation of the 80s film. Runs to Jul 10, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm (no show Jul 1; see website for other times). $41-$154. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 416-644-3665, dancaptickets.com. SOMETHING RED by Tom Walmsley (Red Root Collective). Two couples get together for drinks in this taut revival of Walmsley’s 1978 drama. The dialogue is darkly witty and the actors have palpable chemistry, even if some of the characterizations feel like collections of tics and outbursts. Runs to Jul 2, Thu-Sat 8 pm (post-show cabaret Jul 2). $20. Meta Gallery, 124 Ossington. secureaseat.com. NNN (Naomi Skwarna) SVADBA – WEDDING by Ana Sokolovic (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre). Folk tales and traditions surround a woman the night before her wedding in this opera sung in Serbian with English surtitles (see review, page 57). Runs to Jul 2, Thu and Sat 8 pm. $49. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110, queenofpuddingsmusictheatre.com. NNN (JK) TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher (Stage West). A man reunites with his former professor, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Runs to Jul 3, Thu-Sat 6:30 pm, Sun 5 pm, mat Sun 11 am. $46-$80 (includes buffet). 5400 Dixie, Mississauga. 905238-0042, stagewest.com. PVAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM by Charles Busch (Pandemic Theatre). Two vengeful vampires travel through time and feud with each other in this theatrical burlesque play. Runs to Jul 2, Thu and Sat 8 pm (and Sat 11 pm). $25$50. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, pandemictheatre.ca. THE WAR & PEACE MARATHON (tiny bird theatre/Sore for Punching You). Leo Tolstoy’s entire novel will be read for 55 uninterrupted hours by members of the arts community. To Jun 30, from Tue (Jun 28) 9 am until Thu 5 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W, SW corner near Winston Churchill statue. tinybird.ca. THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park). A jealous king puts his wife on trial in this outdoor production. Runs to Sep 4, TueSun 8 pm. Pwyc ($20 sugg); under 14 free (free on Canada Day; family activities from 4-8 pm; see canadianstage.com/dream_family for details). High Park Amphitheatre, Bloor W and Parkside. canadianstage.com/dream.
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Out of Town BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). A man juggles three girlfriends in this comedy. Runs to Jul 2, see website for schedule. $25-$28. 6-302 Bridge, Port Stanley. portstanleytheatre.ca. BREAKING AND ENTERING by Vin Morreale Jr (Lakeside Players). A mysterious woman foils a thief’s plans in this comedy. Runs to Jul 10, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25-$55.95. Port Mansion Theatre and Restaurant, 12 Lakeport, St Catharines. portmansion.com. CAMELOT by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Stratford Festival). King Arthur’s wife betrays him with his most trusted knight in this musical. Runs in rep to Oct 30. $50-$106, stu/srs $25-$66. Festival Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. CANDIDA by Bernard Shaw (Shaw Festival). A woman must choose between her preacher husband and her poet lover. Runs in rep to Oct 30. $24-$106. Royal George Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. PCAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams (Shaw Festival). A bad marriage and a looming inheritance create tensions at a Southern patriarch’s birthday dinner. Runs in rep to Oct 23. $24-$106. Royal George Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. shawfest.com. DRAMA AT INISH – A COMEDY by Lennox Robinson (Shaw Festival). A company performing serious plays changes the mood of an Irish town used to light comedies. Runs in rep to Oct 1. $24-$106. Court House Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. shawfest.com. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati (Stratford Festival). Ruined by the Depression, an Oklahoma farming family travels to California to seek a new life. Runs in rep to Oct 29. $50-$106, stu/ srs $25-$66. Avon Theatre, Stratford. 1-800567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. PHAIRSPRAY by Mark O’Donnell, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan and Scott Wittman (Drayton Entertainment). A quirky 60s teen becomes popular and looks to change the world in this musical. Runs to Jul 2, see website for schedule. $42, stu $22. Huron Country Playhouse, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend. 1-888449-4463, draytonentertainment.com. HARVEST by Ken Cameron (Globus Theatre). A rural couple move to the city and unwittingly rent their farm to marijuana growers. Runs to Jul 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm (no show Jul 1), see website for mats. $26.50, stu $20. Lakeview Arts Barn, 2300 Pigeon Lake, Bobcaygeon. 1-800304-7897, globustheatre.com. HEARTBREAK HOUSE by Bernard Shaw (Shaw Festival). Debates and deceptions play out at a British dinner party on the eve of World War I. Runs in rep to Oct 7. $24-$106. Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. shawfest.com. HOMETOWN by Jean Marc Dalpé, Mieko Ouchi, Mansel Robinson, Martha Ross, Peter Smith, Des Walsh and David Archibald (Blyth Festival). Six short plays look at whether ‘hometown’ is a place or state of mind. Runs to Aug 7, see website for schedule. $28-$32, stu $15. Blyth Memorial Hall, 431 Queen, Blyth. 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Stratford Festival). Judas chooses between Jesus and the Roman rulers in this musical. Runs in rep to Oct 29. $50-$106, stu/srs $25-$66. Avon Theatre, Stratford. stratfordfestival.ca. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare (Stratford Festival). Two married women turn the tables on their would-be seducer in this comedy. Runs in rep to Oct 14. $50-$106, stu/srs $25-$66. Festival Theatre, Stratford. stratfordfestival.ca. MY FAIR LADY by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (Shaw Festival). This musical is based on Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Runs in rep to Oct 30. $24-$106. Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. PRICHARD III by William Shakespeare (Stratford Festival). A ruthless Duke marries and murders his way to the English throne. Runs in rep to Sep 25. $50-$106, stu/ srs $25-$66. Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. THE WIZARD OF OZ by L Frank Baum (Drayton Entertainment). A twister sends Dorothy over the rainbow in this musical based on the film. Runs to Jul 2, see website for schedule. $42, stu $21.50. King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury, Penetanguishene. 1-888-449-4463, draytonentertainment.com. 3
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THE SEEDLINGS present SlowGrow, improv created one line at a time, w/ Nicole Ascroft, Leesa Gaspari, Veronika Hurnik, Peter Madore, Jimi Shlag, Tom Vest and Amie Vu. 7 pm (workshop 6 pm). $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. SUDDENLY SUNDAY Pantages Martini Bar presents a weekly comedy night w/ hosts Melissa Story and Jeff Clark plus musical guests. 9 pm. Free. 200 Victoria. 416-362-1777. SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE The Sketchersons present a new sketch show every week w/ guest hosts. 9:30 pm. $8. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. thesketchersons.com. THIS PARTY’S A RIOT! See Thu 30. XXX EROTIC COMEDY NIGHT Zanzibar Tavern presents a show w/ host Fast Eddie Bizarria. 8:30 pm. Free. 359 Yonge. 647-831-4975. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN See Sat 2.
Hope queer comic Dawn Whitwell talks about the T.O. Catholic School Board at Saturday’s Homo Night In Canada.
Monday, July 4 ALT.COMEDY LOUNGE Rivoli presents Mark DeBonis, Nile Seguin, Chris Locke, ñ Matt O’Brien, Julia Hladkowicz, MC Ron Sparks
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Thursday, June 30 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Todd Van Allen,
Carrie Gaetz and host Nick Reynoldson. To Jul 3, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-4867700, absolutecomedy.ca. THE BOOM SHOW: CHAPTER 37 Supermarket presents comedy w/ Tim Golden, Rob Mailloux and Topher Harrison. 9 pm. $10. 268 Augusta. boomcomedy.com. HOT BOX COMEDY Hot Box Cafe presents a weekly show w/ host Jillian Thomas. 7:15 pm. $5. 191A Baldwin. hotboxcafe.ca. THIS PARTY’S A RIOT! Second City’s latest sketch revue doesn’t consistently live up to that title, but there are plenty of laughs. Highlights include savage takes on greedy baby boomers, pretentious yoga instructors and an awkward threesome. The writing needs sharpening, but the ballsy, improv-based finale – if it works – will generate lots of postshow buzz. Wed-Sat 8 pm (plus Sat 10:30 pm), Sun 7 pm. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416343-0011, secondcity.com. NNN (GS) YUK YUK’S VAUGHAN presents Double Feature Night w/ two comics. 8 pm. $13. 70 Interchange Way. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
dance listings Opening FRINGE TORONTO FESTIVAL presents dance and dance-theatre performñ ances including works by Bonne Com-
pagnie, Catalyst, A.H. Dance Company, metamorphosis dance theatre, Christine Birch, Limitless Productions and others. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Jul 17, various venues, days and times, see website for details. $10 (adv $11), passes $45-$91. 416-966-1062, fringetoronto.com. HISPANIC EXTRAVAGANZA Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association presents live music and dance including tango performers Roxana & Fabian and others. Jun 30 at 7:30 pm. Free. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts, Mississauga. hispaniccanadianarts.org.
YUK YUK’S WEST presents Double Feature Night w/ two comics. 8 pm. $13. 5165 Dixie, Mississauga. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
Friday, July 1 ABSOLUTE COMEDY See Thu 30. PBITCH SALAD GIVES BACK Queer Pride
2011 presents Drew Droege (as Chloe ñ Sevigny), the Cheeto Girls, Dini Dimakos, Reb-
ecca Kohler, Allyson Smith, host Andrew Johnston and others. 8 pm. $20 (partial proceeds to AIDS Committee of Toronto and Buddies). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. NAKED FRIDAYS presents music, improv and sketch inspired by 50s variety shows w/ host Ben Johnson. 9 pm. Pwyc. John Candy Box Theatre, 70 Peter. 416-340-7270. THIS PARTY’S A RIOT! See Thu 30. TOKE & JOKE Village Vapor Lounge presents a weekly show w/ host Dred Lee. 7:30 pm. $5. 66 Wellesley E. 416-972-9500.
Saturday, July 2 ABSOLUTE COMEDY See Thu 30. THE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY COMPLETELY MADE UP SHOW Second City presents interactive,
family-friendly improv and sketch. 11 am. $12. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. BEERPROV (CANADIAN EDITION) Comedy Bar presents an improv game show with all-Canadian suggestions. 10:30 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. PHOMO NIGHT IN CANADA Glam Glam Productions and Queer Pride 2011 present queer comedy w/ Kristen Becket, Vicki Licks, Ian Lynch, Vong Sundara, David Tomlinson, Zoe Whittall, Dawn Whitwell, host Richard Ryder and others. 8 pm. $25 (proceeds to CAMH and Buddies). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, glam-glam.com.
PTHE SAL FELDMAN & SANDY FRIGGINELLI SHOW: PRIDE EDITION Underground Comedy
Club presents Christopher Sawchyn, Julia Hladkowicz, Deborah Robinson, Shelley Marshall and others. 9 pm. $12-$15. 670 Queen E. 416-732-7761. THEATRESPORTS Bad Dog Theatre presents fast and furious improv matches. 8 pm. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 647-8985324, baddogtheatre.com. THIS PARTY’S A RIOT! See Thu 30. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Bobby Mair. To Jul 3, Sat-Sun 8 pm (plus Sat 10:30 pm). $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. YUK YUK’S VAUGHAN presents Stewart Silver. 9 pm. $20. 70 Interchange Way. yukyuks.com. YUK YUK’S WEST presents Kathleen McGee and Arthur Simeon. 9 pm. $20. 5165 Dixie, Mississauga. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
Sunday, July 3 ABSOLUTE COMEDY See Thu 30. LAUGH SABBATH presents Pure Gold! w/
ñChris Locke, Nick Flanagan, Aaron Eves, Steph Tolev, Dylan Gott, Christophe Davidson,
Matt Kowall, host Tim Gilbert and others. Doors 8:30 pm. $5. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. laughsabbath.com. LEGENDS OF ZELDA’S presents weekly improv w/ the Eleventh Commandment and guests. 8 pm. $5. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca.
and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. Coming Soon... w/ Colin Favours, Cameron Adamson, Karina Karina and MC Andre Arruda. 11 pm. Free. 332 Queen W. altdotcomedylounge.com. BEST. MONDAY. EVER. Second City presents a show featuring sketch, songs and improvisation. 8 pm. $12. 51 Mercer. secondcity.com. CHEAP LAUGHS MONDAY PJ O’Briens Irish Pub presents a show w/ Russell Roy and guests. 8 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. DIRTY BINGO Zelda’s presents a weekly game with adult prizes w/ hosts Gloria Hole and Lena Over. 8:30 pm. Free. 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca. THE FAMOUS & HEINOUS SHOW Pour Boy Pub presents a weekly open mic. 10:30 pm. Free. 666 Manning. 647-343-7969, pourboy.ca.
IMPERIAL COMEDY STAND-UP COMPETITION
Imperial Pub presents a weekly show with cash prizes w/ host Eric Bud. 9:30 pm. $5. 54 Dundas E. imperialcomedy.com. SAVED BY THE JOKES Fox & Fiddle presents weekly comedy w/ hosts Evan Desmarais and Chris Robinson. 8 pm. Pwyc. 27 Wellesley E. wellesleyfox.com.
Tuesday, July 5 FAT KAT$ COMEDY Nola Belle and Joey Harlem present a show w/ host Harlem. 9 pm. Free. Axis Gastropub, 585 Bloor W. 416-539-9009. IMPATIENT THEATRE CO presents improv by its students. 7 pm. Free. Harold Night. 8 pm. $5. The Incubator, up and coming improv teams. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416238-7337, impatient.ca. IMPROV ALL-STARS Second City presents a fast-paced, completely improvised weekly show. 8 pm. $20. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. SKETCHCOMEDYLOUNGE Rivoli presents The Headline Series w/ Ladystache, Cheap Smokes, Vest of Friends, MC Bryan O’Gorman and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. 332 Queen W. sketchcomedylounge.com. STRIP COMEDY I Heart Jokes presents Mae Martin, Matt Folliot and host Georgea BrooksHancock. 8 pm. $5. The Central, 603 Markham. 416-913-4586. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents the Humber School of Comedy at 7:30 pm, and stand-up Amateur Night at 9:30 pm. $4. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.
Wednesday, July 6 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Pro-Am Night w/
Jesse Joyce, Danny Freedman, Guy Alaimo, Jill Knight, Jon Hyatt, Keven Soldo, Rene Payes and host Fraser Young. 9 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, absolutecomedy.ca. THE CARNEGIE HALL SHOW The National Theatre of the World presents a weekly variety show. 9 pm. Pwyc. Bread & Circus, 299 Augusta. thecarnegiehallshow.com. COMEDY AT THE OSSINGTON presents Andrew Johnston, Desiree Lavoy, Heidi Brander, Laura Di Labio, Matt Shury, hosts Sara Hennessey, Jeremy Mersereau, Steph Kaliner and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. 416-850-0161. DJ DEMERS presents a weekly show w/ guests. 9 pm. $5. Underground Comedy Club, 670 Queen E. djdemers.com. IMPATIENT THEATRE CO presents improv by its students. 6:30 pm. Free. House Party, scenes by ITC teams. 8 pm. $10. Real Autobiographies, improv based on celebrity bios. 10 pm. Free. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. impatient.ca. THIS PARTY’S A RIOT! See Thu 30. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Christophe Davidson. To Jul 10, Wed-Sun 8 pm (and FriSat 10:30 pm). $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. 3
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Outsider mix THE BETTER MOTHER by Jen Sookfong Lee (Knopf), 347 pages, $29.95 cloth. Rating: NNN it’s always good news when a great first novel like The End Of East gets a strong follow-up. Obviously, Jen Sookfong Lee didn’t use up her talent the first time around. In The Better Mother, gay photographer Danny begins a friendship with veteran stripper Val in the early 80s that helps him sort out his sexual identity – and his relationship with his straitlaced Chinese-Cana dian parents – and leads her to resolve her resentments about a painful life decision she made many years before. Lee has a gift for location. Val’s rundown childhood home on the Fraser River reeks of mould, Vancouver’s seedy burlesque quarter comes to life, and Stanley Park, where Danny used to cruise regularly, is a locus for dread and desperation as the AIDS virus takes hold. Both main characters and their es-
sential conflicts are expertly drawn, but we still have to fill in some blanks. Why does Danny’s boyhood encounter with Val have such an impact? Why does Val’s relationship with her sister Joan sour? And a strange sequence at the end of the book has Danny’s mother pay a visit to a strip club that’s supposed to tie something up but winds up doing the opposite and feels like a loose thread. This was a problem in The End Of East as well. Lee has a habit of letting important details slide. But the story rocks along, especially the segments leading up to Val’s decision to leave home, and the sequence in which Danny confronts AIDS is devastating. Maybe not for this release, but one of these days Lee’s name will appear on all the big awards short lists. You SUSAN G. COLE heard it here first.
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LAUNCHING THIS WEEK Stage works should be seen – and read, too. That’s why the Playwrights Canada Press is such an important part of the literary landscape. The press’s spring launch – hosted again by NOW’s Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole – features readings by Julie Tepperman (Yichud), Judith Thompson (Body And Soul), Philip Akin of Obsidian Theatre and more. Free food, too. Monday (July 4), 7 pm, at Supermarket (268 Augusta). playwrightscanada.com.
READINGS THIS WEEK Thursday, June 30 MARGARET CHRISTAKOS/KATHLEEN HEPBURN/ ANNA CHATTERTON/AGA MAKSIMOWSKA Reading. 7:30 pm. Free. Magpie, 831 Dundas W. 416-916-6499.
Readings by Judith Thompson, Lois Fine and others, hosted by NOW’s Jon Kaplan and Susan G Cole. 7 pm. Free. Supermarket, 268 Augusta. playwrightscanada.com.
Tuesday, July 5
ñ Readings and music. 6:30 pm. $30. Propeller,
TORONTO GEEK POETRY SLAM Spoken word on any geek subject featuring Mike Bryant. 7:30 pm. $5. Boat, 158 Augusta. 416-312-3865.
PRISCILA UPPAL/DANE SWAN/ROB WELCH
Wednesday, July 6
SARAH SELEKY/JESSICA WESTHEAD/MATTHEW J TRAFFORD (Broadsheet benefit)
948 Queen W. broadsheetmagazine.com. Reading. 8 pm. Free (pass-the-hat). Regal Beagle, 335 Bloor W. 416-591-6859.
Friday, July 1 UNDERGROUND INSPIRATIONS Zine launch with readings and music. 7 pm. Free. Gladstone, 1214 Queen W. parkdalewriters.ca.
Saturday, July 2 DRAGNET The lit mag launches its second issue with readings by Andy Sinclair, Shari Kasman and others. 9 pm. $5. Studio 561, 561 Bloor W. dragnetmag.net.
Monday, July 4 CITY BITES The foodie mag launches its sum-
mer issue with a party. 7 pm. Free. Drake, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042.
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MATTHEW REMSKI/PETER McPHEE/BILL KENNEDY Reading. 8 pm. Free. Press Club, 850 Dundas W. 416-364-7183.
ANTANAS SILEIKA/DIANA FITZGERALD BRYDEN/ IAN MALCZEWSKI Reading. 7 pm. Pwyc. St Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone. 416-536-3160.
Saturday, July 9 GEORGES BENAY Signing copies of Nomad On The Run. 1 pm. Free. Indigo Erin Mills, 5015 Glen Erin (Mississauga). chapters.indigo.ca. HERMIE STEINBERG Signing copies of The CoWalkers, Awakening. 1-3 pm. Free. Indigo Yorkdale, 3401 Dufferin. 416-781-6660.
Wednesday, July 13 LAURIE LEWIS Launch for Little Comrades. 6 pm. Free. Type, 883 Queen W. 416-366-8973. 3 NOW JUNE 30 - JULY 6 2011
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Anetta Mona Chișa and Lucia Tkáčová, MANIFESTO OF THE FUTURIST WOMAN (LET’S CONCLUDE), 2008. Courtesy the artists and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.
Ironic prints from Team Macho, including Baby Dyke, join That’s So Gay.
Meaning changes at That’s So Gay By FRAN SCHECHTER
the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West), to July 10. 416-531-4635. Rating:
NNNN finding subjects for these special-issue reviews has become a problem. Most artists want to be known for their work, unqualified by considerations of ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. This year, the Gladstone’s Pride curator, Sholem Krishtalka, deals with this quandary by programming art by local luminaries of assorted sexual orientations that is “queer” in the sense of turning an eccentric, transgressive eye on gender and relationships.
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby riff on the religious right’s equation of same-sex marriage with human-animal unions in their video Lesser Apes. As someone who was fascinat- PRIDESPECIAL ed by primatologists’ reports of lesbian love among bonobo chimps, I enjoyed their tale of love between two proud female “perverts,” a scientist and a bonobo, but I could do without the bit about the cat, which demonstrates quent work as a war artist in Afghantheir irritating fondness for taxiistan. dermy. My favourite is Magiceros, a room Scott Waters dissects masculinity installation by Fastwürms and Ceciin realistic paintings of bar brawls and lia Berkovic that features a mound of other senseless man-on-man vio- fragrant, black-dyed cedar chips from lence, a telling precedent to his subsewhich protrudes a twisted unicorn
P indicates Pride event P AKASHA ART PROJECTS Photos: Russell
Brohier, Jun 30-Aug 13, reception 6-9 pm Jun 30. 511 Church, 2nd fl. 647-348-0104. ART SPIN West end gallery/studio bike tour, 7 pm Jun 30. Trinity Bellwoods Park gates, Queen W and Strachan. artspin.ca. CHRISTOPHER CUTTS Painting: Dennis Burton, to Jul 30. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566. DIAZ CONTEMPORARY Chalk And Butter: U of Guelph MFA grads, to Jul 9. 100 Niagara. 416-361-2972. P FEMINIST ART GALLERY Installation/ video: Alison SM Kobayshi, Jun 30-Jul 27, reception 5-8 pm Jun 30 (Sat-Sun). 25 Seaforth. FLY GALLERY Paradise Lost group show, to Jul 31. 1172 Queen W. 416-539-8577. FRINGE CLUB Visual Fringe, Jul 6-17 6:309:30 pm. Alleyway btwn Hones’t Ed’s bldgs, Bathurst and Bloor. 416-966-1062.
GLADSTONE HOTEL Laura Payne and Jenna Faye Powell, Jul 6-12. Karen Crawñ� ford, Jul 6-12. Textiles: Kerry Croghan, Jun 30-
Nov 1, reception 9:30-11 pm Jun 30. P That’s So Gay: The New Queer group show, to Jul 10. Being She: The Culture Of Women’s Health And Health Care Through The Lens Of Wholeness, to Aug 1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, to Jul 5. 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. P GALLERYWEST Painting: Jonathan Edward Mayhew, to Jun 30. Painting: Rob Bos, to Jun 30. 1332 Queen W. 416-913-7116. INDEXG GALLERY Painting: Malgorzata Wolak Dault, Jul 6-24. Photos/text: Ximena Berecochea, Luo Hui and Madeleine Slavick, to Jul 10. Painting/drawing: Flavia Hevia, to Jul 3. 50 Gladstone. 416-535-6957. INTERACCESS Digital Alterities group show, Jun 30-Aug 13. 9 Ossington. 416-532-0597. LE GALLERY Painting: Megan McCabe and Bogdan Luca, to Jul 17. 1183 Dundas W. 416532-8467.
THIS WEEK IN THE MUSEUMS AGO Abel Boulineau, to Aug 21. Abstract New York, to Sep 4 ($25, ñExpressionist stu $16.50). Brian Jungen, to Aug 7. Kathleen
Munn, to Aug 28. Libby Hague, to Sep 11 (free). Inuit Modern, to Oct 16. Robert Motherwell, to Dec 11. Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, to Apr 1, 2012. $18, srs $15, stu $10, free Wed 6-8:30 pm. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. PART GALLERY OF YORK U We Demand Redux, Jul 2-3, Pride parade float 2 pm Jul 3. Pride street fair, Church and Wellesley. 416-736-5169. BATA SHOE MUSEUM Art In Shoes – Shoes In Art; The Roaring 20s, ongoing. $14, srs $12, stu $8. 327 Bloor W. 416-979-7799. CAMPBELL HOUSE MUSEUM Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Jul 4-Aug 31. 160 Queen W. 416-597-0227. DESIGN EXCHANGE Out Of Sorts: Print Culture And Book Design, to Aug 21. Play > Nation, to Oct 10. $10, stu/srs $8. 234 Bay. 416-363-6121. GARDINER MUSEUM Jun Kaneko, Jun 30-Sep 18. Creamware, to Dec 4. $12, stu $6, srs $8; Fri 4-9 pm half-price, 30 and under free. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080. JUSTINA M. BARNICKE Kevin Schmidt, to Aug 20. 7 Hart House. 416-978-8398. MOCCA This Is Paradise, to Aug 21. Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky, to Aug 31. 952 Queen W. 416-395-0067. POWER PLANT Kevin Schmidt, to Sep 5. Rear-
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view Mirror: New Art From Central And Eastern Europe, reception 8-11 pm Jun 30, Jul 1-Sep 5. 231 Queens Quay W. 416-9734949. ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM Edward Burtynsky, to Aug 21. Mark Nowaczynski, to Jul 17. Jane Ash Poitras, to Sep 1.
tusk. In a print, a unicorn head bats its long eyelashes, evoking the mythological and pop-cultural symbolism
PAUL PETRO Painting: Sadko Hadzihasan-
ovic and Morley Shayuk, to Jul 9. 980 Queen W. 416-979-7874. PEAK GALLERY Multimedia: Mel Day, to Jul 16. 23 Morrow. 416-537-8108. PREFIX Photos/installation: Marie-Jeanne Musiol, to Jul 23. 401 Richmond W. 416591-0357. SHOW & TELL GALLERY Photos/text works: William Hundley and Jesse Harris, to Jul 10. 1161 Dundas W. 647-347-3316. STEPHEN BULGER Photos: Sarah Anne Johnson, to Jul 16. 1026 Queen W. 416-5040575. TELEPHONE BOOTH GALLERY Drawing/ sculpture: Amy Switzer, to Jul 9. 3148 Dundas W. 647-270-7903. WHIPPERSNAPPER GALLERY Installation: Sean Martindale, to Jul 24, Ai Weiwei info session 6 pm Jun 30 (Kapisanan Philippine Centre, 167 Augusta). 594B Dundas W. 647-856-2445. P THE WHITE HOUSE Photos: 10 X 10 – Queers In The Arts, to Jul 8, reception 7 pm Jun 30. 277.5 Augusta.
Water: The Exhibition, to Sep 5 ($31, stu/srs $28). $24, stu/srs $21; half-price Fri 4:308:30 pm; free Wed 3:30-5:30 pm. 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000. TEXTILE MUSEUM Cold Comfort: Souvenirs Of Canada, to Sep 18. Silk Oasis On The Silk Road: Bukhara, to Sep 25. Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination Of Muslim Africa, to Nov 20. $15, srs $10, stu $6; pwyc Wed 5-8 pm. 55 Centre. 416-599-5321. 3
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of the horned creature, while a heraldic triangular collage of pink (and other coloured) photos puts it in an LGBT context. Other works relate to the theme in various ways: Shary Boyle’s comics sequence mythologizes the witchy, alchemical process of her ceramic figure practice. In her entertaining Pleasure Dome video, Alison S.M. Kobayashi impersonates a variety of odd, anagram-named characters who inhabit the breast-shape enclosure. The Team Macho collective show a few small ironic prints and paintings, and Michael Comeau collages his silkscreened T-shirts and Vazaleen posters. Krishtalka says he’s not making a “post-gay” political statement, and I welcome Pride as a non-denominational celebration of all our weirdness. Let’s not forget, though, that queers worldwide still face oppression, and conservative governments can attack rights we take for granted. 3
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This Bay’s okay TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (Michael Bay). 157 minutes. Now playing. For venues and times, see Movies, page 67. Rating: NNN
Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg make a splash in the iconic La Dolce Vita.
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at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King West), from today (June 30) to September 18. 416-968-FILM. See Indie & Rep Film, page 74. Rating: NNNN
if you want to know who federico Fellini was, watch La Dolce Vita. His 1960 study of decadence and loathing in postwar Italy gathers and distills all of Fellini’s obsessions – celebrity, popular culture, misdirected romantic obsession, the idea that art can revitalize even the most ruined soul – into a single three-hour blast of pop cinema. Everything you could ever want to know about Fellini is contained in this one film, which is why it’s the centrepiece of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s new exhibition, Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions. Opening today in the Lightbox gallery space and running through September 18, Spectacular Obsessions explores Fellini’s life and cinema through the prism of his iconic work, the gallery space broken into clearly delineated subsections. Walls of publicity photos and magazine covers comment on one another like buzzing paparazzi. Anita Ekberg’s iconic Dolce Vita fountain
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dance, and the Italian media’s reaction to it, are considered in an alcove near the back, the better to suggest its scandalous nature. And pages from the sketchbook in which Fellini feverishly drew his dreams are positioned alongside stills from City Of Women, which brings many of those dreamscapes to vivid life. The exhibition is supported by two film programs – a retrospective of the Italian neo-realist cinema from which Fellini sprang, which starts later this month, and a series of double features pairing Fellini’s films with complementary features chosen by filmmakers, critics and programmers. Fellini/Felliniesque: “Dream” Double Bills kicks off tonight (Thursday, June 30) with Atom Egoyan’s pairing of 8½ with Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Beware Of A Holy Whore. But I’m much more excited about seeing Fellini’s magnificent short film Toby Dammit, produced for the 1968 Edgar Allan Poe anthology Spirits Of The Dead, alongside Dario Argento’s Suspiria Saturday (July 2), matched up by screenwriter-producer James
Federico Fellini directs his autobiographical 8 1/2.
Schamus, with superfan Guillermo del Toro providing the introduction. Other pairings include Sunday’s (July 3) double bill of Roma and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, deftly selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; later in the month, TIFF director Piers Handling smartly matches Fellini’s Casanova with Hal Ashby’s Shampoo (July 23); and the critic Molly Haskell connects the comi n g - of-age drama I Vitelloni to Barry Levinson’s scrappy, distinctly American Diner (August 8). It’s a savvy reversal of the way double features were used in the Tim Burton exhibition last winter. Burton’s films were paired with the work that inspired or influenced them; here, we’re led to understand the way Fellini’s influence permeated cinema around the world – and how we’re all the better for it. 3
It’s taken him three tries, but Michael Bay has finally made a decent movie out of the Transformers. After the incomprehensible visual torrent of the second film, Revenge Of The Fallen – which I remember as little more than a whirlwind of mecha CGI, except for that one unsettling closeup of John Turturro’s ass – Bay and his digital legions have retreated, regrouped and delivered Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, a giant-robot punch-up that’s visually inventive, spatially coherent and occasionally even funny. At over two and a half hours, it’s still way too long, and Bay remains distressingly indifferent to the body count of his films. (Thousands of people die in the course of this movie, several of them right in our faces, thanks to the miracle of 3-D.) And the plot is kind of ridiculous, revolving around the secrets of a decades-old Autobot ship on the moon that turns out to be the reason the American space program was initiated and ultimately lands Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, replacing a disappeared Megan Fox) smack in the middle of a destroyed Chicago, trying to save the Earth from the mother of all Decepticon schemes. But this time around, it’s mostly not stupid. The action sequences are impressively assembled – the multi-stage free fall through a teetering skyscraper is genuinely thrilling – and this Transformers movie gets laughs on purpose, letting Turturro and newcomers Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong and the invaluable Alan Tudyk goof around in the margins of the frame. Honestly, I’m as surprised as you are. I’ve spent the last week actively dreading the advent of a new Transformers movie. But fair is fair: this NORMAN WILNER one’s not bad.
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War wounds armadiLLo (Janus Metz). 100 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (July 1) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. See Times, page 67. Rating: nnnn
larry Crowne fails the grade By NORMAN WILNER Larry Crowne directed by Tom Hanks, written by Hanks and Nia Vardalos, with Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bryan Cranston. An Alliance Films release. 98 minutes. Opens Friday (July 1). For venues and times, see Movies, page 67. Rating: nn
larry crowne seems like such a good idea: Tom Hanks, America’s goto Everyman, making a movie about a middle-aged Californian who becomes a casualty of the Great Recession and goes back to school to reinvent himself. Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since the nearperfect period charmer That Thing You Do! back in 1996. He’s produced plenty of stuff, but nothing’s been able to pull him back behind the camera. So he must really have been passionate about this one, right? Larry Crowne is precisely the opposite of a passion project. It’s a lazy, sitcommy construction that takes an idea full of potential and does absolutely nothing with it. Every directorial flourish Hanks brought to That Thing You Do! – his generosity with actors, his attention to subtle detail, his sense of time and place – is absent. I wouldn’t say he phoned it in, exactly, but he certainly did an awful lot of delegating. Larry Crowne offers a millionaire’s view of “regular people” as adorably scrappy bags of quirk – and I’m pretty sure the millionaire in question isn’t Hanks, but co-writer Nia Vardalos, whom he turned into a movie star when he picked up My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Vardalos’s simplistic sense of character and TV-scale plotting skills are all over Larry Crowne. Less concerned with emotional development than with cutting observations about big box stores (they’re so soulless!) and Kids Today (they dress funny and they’re always texting!), the movie stomps so heavily through its contrived paces, you can hear it three screens down the hall. The script’s half-assed nature also
explains Julia Roberts’s off-key performance as the unhappily married speech professor with whom Crowne finds an unexpected connection. Asked to play a character who cannot exist in nature, swinging from “miserable academic” to “wacky drunk” to “radiant Julia Roberts type” as the script requires, she gives up and goes big – grating terribly against Hanks’s low-key presence. There’s nothing in Larry Crowne that Dan Harmon’s Community doesn’t do faster, funnier and with far more intelligence every Thursday night. 3
After Restrepo and The Tillman Story, there wouldn’t seem to be many new angles from which to consider the war in Afghanistan, but Janus Metz’s searing look at a Danish company’s six-month tour of duty breaks new ground for immediacy and visceral impact. (Some of that is literal; Metz doesn’t shy away
Armadillo’s look at the war in Afghanistan is brutally visceral.
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from images of the dead and wounded.) Named for the Danish army’s forward base of operations, Armadillo shows us things we haven’t seen before: the awkwardness of negotiating a “fair” price for a farmer’s destroyed poppy fields, the inadequacy of translators in conveying the devastation and grief of the locals, the intensity and confusion of a firefight with Taliban insurgents. And if the opening shot of backlit helicopters quotes the hallucinatory futility of Apocalypse Now, the final sequence – delving into the confusion and chaos of the battlefield – earns norman wiLner that comparison.
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Take this Trip THE Trip (Michael Winterbottom). 107 minutes. Opens Friday (July 1). For venues and times, see Movies, page Project2:Layout 1 6/27/11 67. Rating: NNNNN
Have you met Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon? Not the esteemed British comic actors, mind you, but the bickering, one-upping versions of themselves they played to perfection in Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story for di3:01 PM Page 1 rector Michael Winterbottom, who
found endless comic potential in their specific anti-chemistry. Winterbottom reunites the duo in The Trip, a dry, silly road comedy distilled from his six-part BBC miniseries of the same name. And the pleasures are considerable. The set-up is simplicity itself: insecure, status-chasing Coogan invites oblivious git Brydon on a week-long tour of restaurants in the north of England for the Observer magazine. Having just separated from his girlfriend, Coogan sees the trip as an opportunity to boost his ego by sleeping with chambermaids and allowing himself to be recognized as the comedic superstar he believes himself to be, all while lecturing Brydon about his difficulty landing roles in the Hollywood blockbuster projects. But there’s something else going on underneath the chummy one-upmanship. The Trip also functions as an inquiry into what comedians want out of fame, and what it costs them. Coogan’s desire to cross over from alternative comedy godhead into the mainstream contrasts sharply with Brydon’s relaxed, unhurried attitude to success, and Winterbottom allows both men the space to explore what that means. You could describe it as Sideways, with the alcoholism replaced by duelling Michael Caine impressions, but that wouldn’t really do justice to what Coogan and Brydon achieve here. The Trip is transcendent, its hours of passive-aggressive squabbling all the more entertaining for being largely improvised. It’s the comedy of the year. NOrMAN WiLNEr
Love games THE NAMES OF LOVE (Michel Leclerc). 99 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (July 1). For venues and times, see Movies, page 67. Rating: NNN Even if it often feels earnest and cloying, rom-com The Names Of Love still proves the French can frequently do genre film better than Hollywood. Where else would the female lead march completely naked onto public transit only to come face-to-face with a burqa-clad Muslim? The scene is controversial, but it’s perfectly of a piece with the film and its main character. Sara Forestier stars as the sexually radical Baya Benmahmoud, the daughter of a French hippie mother and Algerian refugee father. Quick to call anyone who steers slightly away from her far-left-leaning politics a fascist, Baya takes it upon herself to sleep with the enemy. Apparently, she’s discovered a way to convert racists and Muslim extremists before they climax. She’s the cartoonish antidote to Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin),
whose typical French name and square looks disguise the fact that his mother is a Holocaust survivor. Their winning liaison opens the door to debates on contemporary relationships between the French, Algerians and Jews. While the film lightly satirizes obsessive non-conformists like Baya, it ends up being just as resolutely unconventional, using direct address and other gimmicks to distinguish itself as something other than a rom-com. For the most part it works. rADHEYAN SiMONpiLLAi
Sara Forestier digs her claws into a terrific role.
Loser lawman THE MOUNTiE (S. Wyeth Clarkson). 83 minutes. Opens Friday (July 1). For venues and times, see Movies page 67. Rating: NN
not clear. We do know they have their sights set on a mysterious gold mine and are running opium while waiting for the corrupt town priest (Earl Pastko) to tell them where the mine actual ly is. The Cossacks come across as paro dies, and Jessica Paré, who plays their house slave, is another two dimensional figure, through no fault of hers. There isn’t a line of believable dialogue or a piece of the action you can’t predict, and the ending is ludi crous. But like I said, lensman Rene Smith makes it look great, and original music by Ivan Barbotin is lovely. Which makes it not bad TV ma terial, and that’s about all. I’d say pity poor director S. Wyeth Clarkson, but he cowrote the damn SUSAN G. COLE thing.
I don’t get it. We have some of the world’s most gifted writers in this country. The Mountie is another meticulously made Canadian feature with a good cast, beautiful music and a gorgeous look. But it’s missing the central requirement of a great movie – a decent script. In the late 19th century, a lawman with a past (Andrew Walker) has been given the lowly assignment of cleaning up a small town in the Yukon so the RCMP can build a fort. Cossacks now rule the roost. How and The Mountie’s Andrew Walker why they got there is deserves a better script.
also opening Monte Carlo
(D: Thomas Bezucha, 109 min) Selena Gomez stars in this comedy about young women on vacation in Paris who end up, via mistaken identities, in glam Monte Carlo. Justin Bieber’s main squeeze could break through to a larger audience, but keep your eye on Leighton Meester. Lately, the Gossip Girl star has been upstaging her better-known screen partners. Opens Friday (July 1). Screened after press time – see review July 1 at nowtoronto.com/ movies.
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(Janus Metz) 100 min. See review, page 65. NNNN (NW) Opens Jul 1 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The ArT of GeTTiNG By (Gavin Wiesen) is the utterly fraudulent coming-of-age story of a terminally unmotivated Manhattan prep school senior (Freddie Highmore) smitten with a maladjusted classmate (Emma Roberts). It’s Rushmore without the originality or artistry. Had writer-director Wiesen been genuinely interested in the roots of his character’s creative paralysis, we might have had something; Highmore’s a strong young actor, and capable of depths the movie isn’t interested in plumbing. Its idea of crushing depression is a weekend spent listening to Leonard Cohen. 84 min. N (NW) Canada Square, Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Yonge & Dundas 24 BAd TeAcher (Jake Kasdan) stars Cam-
eron Diaz as a high-functioning sociopath teaching seventh grade at a dinky Illinois middle school and chasing the new substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), who smells like old money and innocence. It’s pretty much Bad Santa with a teacher, but director Kasdan (Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) has made a considerable effort to bring this movie to comic life, embracing his adult rating and indulging his actors to swear, screw, smoke up and generally trash the place. The energy Diaz shows here more than makes up for her bland appearance in The Green Hornet, and Timberlake is scarily convincing as someone who’s grown used to having his looks compensate for his vapidity. But it’s Jason Segel who walks off with the picture as an affable, unassuming gym teacher who’s hip to Diaz’s game but attracted to her anyway. He bobs and weaves through formulaic scenes like a jazz performer riffing on an old standard. 92 min. NNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity
BeAuTiful Boy (Shawn Ku) is a drama
about an unassuming suburban couple (played by Maria Bello and Michael Sheen) on the verge of separation who learn their
son (Kyle Gallner) has gone on a shooting spree at his school. It’s an actor’s showcase: Bello displays her incredible range as she copes with the waves of grief, denial and rage, while Sheen turns inward as the more pragmatic of the pair. The problem’s in Ku’s script, which is mired in predictable plot points and revelations that are meant to surprise, but don’t quite land the way they should. Beautiful Boy isn’t a bad movie, just a very familiar one: given the contentious subject matter, we shouldn’t always know precisely what the characters are going to do five minutes before they do it. 100 min. NNN (NW) Cumberland 4
(Jay Cheel) looks at Ralph Zavadil, who, long before YouTube and the Jackass phenomenon, videotaped his own silly and stupid antics for a Niagara region cable access show called Cap’n Video and garnered a bit of fleeting fame by breaking his neck. Director Cheel checks in with him nearly two decades later. While Zavadil’s not most introspective person, his philosophy of having fun while you can is infectious, inspiring and emotionally engaging. 90 min. NNNN (GS) Carlton Cinema
Press) focuses on the eccentric octogenarian style photographer for the New York Times, sitting in on editing sessions and following him as he cycles to shoots and attends gala events in his signature utilitarian uniform. Fashionistas will adore this – the styles are terrific – but, oddly, the man himself remains a mystery. 84 min. NNN (GS) Carlton Cinema
(Maya Rudolph). Even as the situations grow increasingly cartoonish, Bridesmaids paints a credible portrait of a woman in crisis, with Wiig giving a nicely considered performance in her first leading role. 124 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24
(Paul Feig) is a broad farce starring Kristen Wiig as a Milwaukee baker whose emotional equilibrium is in no state to cope with the impending marriage of best friend Lillian
first film, it’s all for naught. The elaborate spy parody focuses on tow truck Mater (redneck comic Larry the Cable Guy) who’s mistaken for an American agent and caught up in an espionage caper alongside British operatives (voiced by Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer) while his best pal Lightning (Owen Wilson) ka-chows obliviously along. The animation is up to Pixar’s high standards – even in 3-D, the film looks terrific – but the story is a hollow, unpleasant mess. The slack pacing also gives us plenty of time to pick holes in the movie’s ill-conceived world, which makes even less sense than the original
cArs 2 (John Lasseter) is the first Pixar movie that feels utterly dead inside. Bigger, shinier and far, far busier than the
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“MARVELOUSLY ROMANTIC. A CREDIBLE BLEND OF WHIMSY AND WISDOM.” -A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A JOYOUS DELIGHT! IN THIS BEGUILING AND THEN BEDAZZLING NEW COMEDY, NOSTALGIA ISN’T AT ALL WHAT IT USED TO BE— IT’S SMARTER, SWEETER, FIZZIER AND EVER SO MUCH FUNNIER.” -Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
“EXHILARATING! BRIMS OVER WITH BRACING HUMOR AND RAVISHING ROMANCE – INFUSED WITH SEDUCTIVE SECRETS. OWEN WILSON IS PITCH PERFECT. MARION COTILLARD IS SUPERB.” -Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
The BeAver (Jodie Foster) features a great performance by Mel Gibson as Walt, a depressed father who tries to cope by speaking through a beaver puppet. But the general acceptance of Walt’s relationship with his new best friend, especially in his workplace, is too big of a stretch. 91 min. NNN (SGC) Carlton Cinema
(Mike Mills) is a terribly tender drama about graphic artist Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who’s still getting over the death of his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer). Grief is making it hard for Oliver to connect emotionally with anything but his dog. And even the arrival of a smart and sexy actor (Mélanie Laurent) can’t get him charged up. Flashbacks in which Hal, who’s come out of the closet since his wife passed away, shows a lust for life, gay politics and creativity even as he’s dying contrast cleverly with present-day scenes in which Oliver struggles in his heavy funk. McGregor and Laurent are terrific, but the real marvel here is Plummer, who plunges gleefully into the role of gay rogue. You’ve never seen him like this. 105 min. NNNN (SGC) Grande - Yonge, Varsity
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Sanping, Huang Jianxin) is a Chinese propaganda flick that trumpets the red flag, though not in a way that feels remotely rousing. This blatantly biased and utterly boring account of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party begins with the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. A scattering of inconsequential battles, sensational assassination attempts, political uprisings and soapbox speeches from a wide assortment of key figures who are impossible to keep track of, it feels like someone used pages ripped out of the encyclopedia as a screenplay. The film’s marketing boasts “150 top actors” in the various historical roles, though none (Chow Yun-Fat and Andy Lau among them) register since their characters fall off the radar soon after they first appear. The closest thing to a protagonist is Liu Ye’s romanticized incarnation of the young Chairman Mao, who comes across as a sweetheart. Subtitled. 124 min. N (RS) Kennedy Commons 20, Yonge & Dundas 24
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Jim Carrey’s broad focuses on a comedy style 15-year-old who lends itself to this wants to lose his movie about a virginity and break man who ﬁnds up his mom’s himself living with relationship with half a dozen her ex. The great penguins in his cast includes Park Avenue Paddy Considine penthouse. Absurd and Sally Hawkins. but lots of fun.
Mike Mills’s tender pic looks at a directionless graphic artist (Ewan McGregor) who recalls his late father (Christopher Plummer), who came out late in life with a big bang.
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CELL 213 (Stephen Kay) is a so-so supernatural prison thriller with a metaphysical premise that delivers a few imaginative moments and some creepy atmosphere, but isn’t particularly scary. 109 min. NN (AD) Carlton Cinema CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami) is a
psychological puzzler about the murky relationship between an antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) and an art historian (William Shimell), revealed as they drive through Tuscany. Intriguing but also ag-
gravating, its main virtue is 2010 Cannes acting prizewinner Binoche. Subtitled. 106 min. NNN (SGC) Carlton Cinema
THE CONSPIRATOR (Robert Redford) painstakingly dramatizes the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), the only woman indicted in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. (James McAvoy plays her attorney.) Directed by Redford in a stiff, almost frumpy manner that can best be described as Period Respectability, this is an awfully dull movie about a terrible time in American history. 121 min. NN (NW) Regent Theatre FAST FIVE (Justin Lin) is an okay actioner
that picks up where previous series entry, Fast And Furious, left off, sending career criminals Dominic, Brian and Mia to beautifully shot Rio de Janeiro for a train robbery and a big-money heist from Rio’s top crime lord. Two big set pieces are fun,
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THE FIRST GRADER (Justin Chadwick) is based on the true story of Kenya’s Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge, a former Mau Mau rebel who attended a children’s school at the age of 84 in order to learn to read and write. It’s a groaningly obvious inspirational drama, told in the most condescending, triumphant manner imaginable. Some subtitles. 103 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema FORKS OVER KNIVES (Lee Fulkerson) is an advocacy documentary dedicated to the argument that a “whole foods, plantbased diet” is better than a diet based on animal protein and high-fructose corn syrup. It’s basically macrobiotics all over again, but director Fulkerson does such a shoddy job of making his case that you’ll end up wondering whether he has anything of substance to say. 96 min. NN (NW) Carlton Cinema THE FUTURE IS NOW! (Gary Burns, Jim
Brown) finds the directors of documentary hybrid Radiant City pushing the conceit a step further as a fictional Montreal journalist (Liane Balaban) tries to convince a fictional interview subject (Paul Ahmarani) that he shouldn’t be so pessimistic about the future. (It’s inspired by a 1949 French film that similarly used scripted protagonists to explore realworld issues.) The characters – identified only as the Woman of Tomorrow and the Man of Today – visit assorted real artists and scientists to discuss coming social and philosophical changes, turning a talkingheads documentary into a more accessible entertainment. But the artifice proves distracting; the real meat of this movie is in the interviews. Some subtitles. 92 min. NNN (NW) Cumberland 4
GOOD NEIGHBOURS (Jacob Tierney) has characters that are hard to swallow, impossible to like, but still amusing to watch. The awkward but fascinating chemistry between these Montreal apartment dwellers haunted by a local serial killer carries this thriller past its sometimes silly plot turns. But the film’s best moment is a cameo by Xavier Dolan, who graciously pokes fun at those blasted Buddy Holly glasses he never takes off. 98 min. NNN (RS) Regent Theatre GREEN LANTERN (Martin Campbell) lets
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Ryan Reynolds play the roguish rookie Hal Jordan, a test pilot recruited into the universe-policing Green Lantern Corps and soon pitted against both a world-destroying menace and a personal rival (Peter Sarsgaard) turned into a grotesque mutant. There’s enough story for a trilogy here, and that’s the problem; journeyman director Campbell can’t balance the intimate emotional beats with the galactic action. Without a singular vision to drive it, Green Lantern quickly deteriorates into a jumble of storylines, characters, exposition and explosions that tries to dumb down a nerdy sci-fi concept for a mass audience and winds up satisfying no one. 114 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale
THE HANGOVER PART II (Todd Phillips) repeats the original all over again, as the traumatized trio of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis try to reconstruct a disastrous night and find a missing friend. This time they’re in Bangkok, so the stakes are higher and weirder. The movie’s substantially darker, but the comedy’s still sharp. 102 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Colossus,
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(Susanne Bier) follows two families coping with matters of morality and vengeance. Mikael Persbrandt gives a superb performance as a doctor who has to decide whether to treat a brutal warlord. Winner of the 2011 Oscar for best foreign-language film. Subtitled. 113 min. NNNN (SGC) Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre
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cessfully adapts Wajdi Mouawad’s play Scorched, a multi-layered mystery set both in Canada and somewhere in the Middle East. Villeneuve’s control over the ambitious material, André Turpin’s vivid cinematography, and committed performances make this modern-day Greek tragedy feel timeless. Subtitled. 130 min. NNNN (GS) Mt Pleasant
Saint Laurent’s mausoleum, where the artifacts say very little about their owner besides his blatant self-indulgence. Saint Laurent’s life and business partner, Pierre Bergé, says it best when he describes these objects as soulless. He could be speaking about the film, too. Subtitled. 98 min. NN (RS) Carlton Cinema
LARRY CROWNE (Tom Hanks) 98 min. See review, page 65. NN (NW) Opens Jul 1 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, Varsity. LAST NIGHT (Massy Tadjedin) follows a
New York couple (Sam Worthington, Keira Knightly) contemplating separate infidelities: he with a flirtatious colleague (Eva Mendes) on an overnight trip to Philadelphia, she with an ex-lover (Guillaume Canet). Canet is quietly excellent as a man who knows he’s lost out on the love of his life; perhaps writer/director Tadjedin should have told his story instead. 90 min. NN (NW) Carlton Cinema
INSIDIOUS (James Wan) teams the Saw franchise creators – director Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell – with Paranormal Activity producer Oren Peli for a story of a family plagued by spooky craziness. More a reworking of Poltergeist than anything else. 92 min. NN (NW) Interchange 30
THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Brad Furman) is the cinematic equivalent of a decent airplane read; Michael Connelly’s novel about a wheeler-dealer defence attorney pulled into an increasingly nasty assault case gives Matthew McConaughey a role ideally suited to his laid-back, Southernfried vibe. It’s entirely predictable, which becomes a bit of an issue in the second half, but McConaughey works pretty hard to hold our interest. 119 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Interchange 30, Mt Pleasant LOOSE CANNONS (Ferzan Ozpetek) covers
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LIMITLESS (Neil Burger) takes an intriguing sci-fi premise and zigzags to some pretty unexpected places. Bradley Cooper plays a slacking writer who chances upon a trial drug that makes him super-smart. Soon he’s being pursued by all sorts of unsavoury characters. Director Burger has great fun visualizing the effects of the drug, and though the film has some tonal problems, Cooper holds his own with charisma, charm and (of course) natural intelligence. 97 min. NNN (GS) Interchange 30
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his career and relationship plans disrupted. Director Ozpetek’s attempts to mix comedy and drama aren’t always successful, but the film gains in complexity in the second half. Subtitled. 110 min. NNN (GS) Carlton Cinema, Cumberland 4
(Kelly Reichardt) tells the story of a small wagon train lost in the badlands of the American West, circa 1845, with three familes (including Michelle Williams and Will Patton) following their blustering but clearly incompetent guide (the marvellous Bruce Greenwood) deeper and deeper into an unknowable quagmire. Moody and sharply observed, this is one of the finest American films of the last year. 101 min. NNNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema
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Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as an engaged couple vacationing in Paris, where at midnight, a vintage cab picks up a wandering Wilson and takes him back in time to meet the great artists of the 20s. It’s a pleasurable narrative hook, but the message that life is best lived in the present tense is too banal to make us care. 94 min. NN (SGC) continued on page 70 œ
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on a sugar rush and just as exhausting for adults. Jordana Beatty stars as the titular preteen on a slapstick mission to salvage her summer while her best friend’s away. Though Beatty’s as expressive, wild and colourful as Judy’s bedroom decor, the role doesn’t give her much to work with. 91 min. NN (RS) Canada Square, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre
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JUMPING THE BROOM (Salim Akil) is a contrived comedy that pits two about-tobe-joined-by-marriage African-American families from different social milieus against each other. The situation would be more compelling if we knew something about the central couple, but they’re cardboard characters, given little life by actors Paula Patton and Laz Alonso. 108 min. NN (GS) Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson) chalks up another win for DreamWorks’ unlikely martial arts franchise, with Po (voiced once again by Jack Black) and the Furious Five trekking to a distant city in order to stop a warlord (Gary Oldman) who threatens all of China. The fight choreography is exceptional, the animation exquisite and the voice cast in fine form. 90 min. NNNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Promenade, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24
L’AMOUR FOU (Pierre Thoretton) is an overly deterministic requiem for Yves Saint Laurent that pivots around an auction for the late designer’s vast art collection. It feels like a detached tour through
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Monte Carlo (Thomas Bezucha) 109
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min. See Also Opening, page 66. Opens Jul 1 at 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24.
the Mountie (S. Wyeth Clarkson) 83 min. See review, page 66. nn (SGC) Opens Jul 1 at Yonge & Dundas 24. Mr. PoPPer’s Penguins (Mark Waters) is
a positively pleasant adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s slender picture book about a New Yorker who winds up with half a dozen flightless waterfowl in his Park Avenue penthouse. As in Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, a simple premise is established and Jim Carrey is unleashed upon it. Director Waters – finally recovering the comic flexibility he displayed in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls – takes the inherently ridiculous premise as licence to tilt toward the absurd. The penguins are fun, sure, but Carrey’s scenes with his alliteratively inclined assistant Pippi (Ophelia Lovibond) border on the joyful. 94 min. nnn (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Grande Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promen-
min. See review, page 66. nnn (RS) Opens Jul 1 at Cumberland 4.
national theatre live: the Cherry orChard is a live taped broadcast of the
National’s production of the Chekhov play about the passing of the old order, in a translation and update by Andrew Upton. 180 min. Jun 30, 7 pm, at Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yonge
Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides (Rob Marshall) finds Johnny
Depp’s Cap’n Jack Sparrow swept up in the race to find the fountain of youth. Swords clash, barrels roll, coal wagons rain fire on cobblestone streets, pirates swing through a forest of coconut trees. It’s all very busy, and the 3-D makes every stunt look like a badly processed visual effect even when it isn’t. 137 min. nn (NW) Canada Square, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre
(François Ozon) stars Catherine Deneuve as a woman who, in the late 70s, comes into her own when her reactionary, philandering husband falls ill and she takes over the family factory. One big gobsmacking pleasure. Subtitled. 103 min. nnnn (SGC)
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Priest 3d (Scott Stewart) is a run-of-the-
mill CGI and wirework actioner with mediocre 3-D. It pits a renegade priest against the gang of vampires who’ve stolen his niece. The movie looks and plays like a comic book take on a spaghetti western, with motorcycles standing in for horses and scrawny eyeless creatures for outlaws. There’s a not-bad climax aboard a speeding train. 87 min. nn (AD) Interchange 30, Yonge & Dundas 24
rio (Carlos Saldanha) moves along briskly and brings out the beauty of Rio de Janeiro with a happy combination of aerial photography, animation and 3-D. But the story and voice acting are no more than adequate. 96 min. nnn (AD) Kingsway Theatre soMething borrowed (Luke Greenfield) is an appallingly apathetic chick-lit adaptation about a Manhattan singleton (Ginnifer Goodwin) who drunkenly falls into bed with her best friend’s fiancé (Colin Egglesfield), then spends a summer continuing the fling while feeling really bad about it. At least Kate Hudson is perfectly cast as the spoiled, flighty, grasping Bridezilla. 110 min. n (NW) Interchange 30
laughs and poignancy very well, but the momentum flags midway through. 94 min. nnn (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24
(J.J. Abrams) finds writer/ director Abrams building a rousing new movie out of the suburban adventure genre claimed by Steven Spielberg in the late 70s and early 80s. It follows a bunch of small-town kids in 1979 Ohio who stumble upon a military conspiracy while shooting a Super 8 movie about zombies. Nostalgic and novel in equal amounts. 112 min. nnnn (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity
thor (Kenneth Branagh) slots the comicbook God of Thunder nicely into the ongoing cinematic version of the Marvel Comics universe, thanks to a light-hearted script that finds the angry young god (Chris Hemsworth) forced to knock around New Mexico with skeptical mortals Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård. The post-production 3-D adds nothing; try to see it flat. 113 min. nnn (NW) Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dundas 24
sourCe Code (Duncan Jones) casts Jake
Gyllenhaal as a soldier whose consciousness is injected into a “quantum rendering” of a terrorist attack, with eight minutes to figure out who planted the bomb in order to stop a second, larger strike. Watchable, but not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. 93 min. nnn (NW) Interchange 30
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subMarine (Richard Ayoade) is a meticulously constructed coming-of-age tale about a maladjusted teenager (Craig Roberts) bent on bedding a surly schoolmate (Yasmin Paige) and keeping his mother (Sally Hawkins) from leaving his father (Noah Taylor). Ayoade juggles
(Michael Bay) 157 min. See review, page 64. nnn (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity
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(Terrence Malick) perfects the intuitive approach to cinema Malick has been developing for nearly four decades, and it affected me more profoundly than any of his earlier films. It’s beautiful in its inelegance and confusion, embracing the awe of adolescence and the loss of innocence in the purest sense of those terms. It’s a rhapsody on the mystery of simply being alive. 138 min. nnnnn (NW) Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, SilverCity Mississauga, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity
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(Michael Winterbottom) 107 min. See review, page 66. (NW) Opens Jul 1 at Cumberland 4.
water for elePhants (Francis Lawrence) has a timid approach to sex, violence and strong emotion, which sabotages this tale of a young man who joins the circus and falls for the cruel owner’s wife. Robert Pattinson makes cow eyes at Reese Witherspoon, but they both save their best moments for the scenes with Rosie the elephant. 121 min. nn (AD) Canada Square, Kingsway Theatre
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TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX (I) 350 KING ST W, 416-599-8433
ARMADILLO (14A) Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35 Mon 7:10, 9:35 THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) Thu-Fri, Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:00, 6:45, 9:00, 9:45 Sat-Sun, Tue 12:30, 3:30, 6:00, 9:00, 9:45 Mon 6:00, 9:00, 9:45
55 BLOOR ST W, 416-961-6304 BAD TEACHER (14A) 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20 BEGINNERS (14A) 1:10, 4:00, 6:40, 9:30 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu-Mon, Wed 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:40 Tue 12:30, 3:20, 9:40 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, 3:40, 5:00, 6:20, 7:30, 9:10, 10:00 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 Fri-Tue 12:50, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Wed 12:50, 4:20, 10:10 THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) Thu 12:20, 2:10, 3:30, 5:30, 6:50, 9:00, 10:10 Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:30, 6:50, 10:05
BAD TEACHER (14A) 1:35, 3:55, 6:15, 8:45 BEGINNERS (14A) Thu 12:55, 3:25, 6:25, 9:05 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 12:55, 3:45, 6:35, 9:15 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:35 THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) 12:25, 3:35, 6:45, 9:55
YONGE & DUNDAS 24 (AMC)
1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 8:45, 11:00 Fri-Sun 10:55, 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 8:45, 10:55 Mon-Wed 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 8:45, 10:55 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Sun 11:15, 12:15, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 11:00 Mon-Wed 11:45, 12:15, 2:15, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 11:00 THE MOUNTIE Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:35, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Fri-Sun 11:20, 1:40 Mon-Tue 11:40, 1:50 Wed 11:40 PRIEST 3D (14A) Thu 11:25 SUBMARINE Thu-Sun 11:40, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 MonWed 11:45, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 THOR (PG) 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 Fri-Sun 11:10 mat X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 11:00, 11:30, 12:15, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 Fri-Sun 11:00, 12:15, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:35, 7:55, 9:00, 10:00, 10:30, 10:50 Mon-Tue 12:15, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:35, 7:55, 9:00, 10:00, 10:30, 10:50 Wed 12:15, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:55, 9:00, 10:00, 10:50
West End HUMBER CINEMA (I) 2442 BLOOR ST. WEST, 416-232-1939
CARS 2 (G) 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 8:55
KINGSWAY THEATRE (I) 3030 BLOOR ST W, 416-232-1939
IN A BETTER WORLD 2:45 JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (G) FriWed 1:10 POTICHE (14A) 7:15 RIO (G) Thu 1:00 Fri-Wed 11:30 THOR (PG) 9:15 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG) 5:00
CANADA SQUARE (CE)
THE ART OF GETTING BY (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) 4:05, 6:55, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:20 mat THE FIRST GRADER (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 4:05, 6:40, 9:10 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:50, 7:30, 9:50 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50 JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (G) Thu 4:20 6:30 9:00 Fri-Wed 4:10, 6:30, 9:00 Sat-Sun 1:50 mat KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 5:00, 7:30, 9:40 Fri, MonWed 4:30, 7:10, 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:20 LARRY CROWNE (PG) 4:40, 7:20, 9:40 Sat-Sun 2:20 mat THE LINCOLN LAWYER (14A) Thu 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 MONTE CARLO (G) 4:20, 6:50, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:40 mat MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) 4:15, 6:40, 9:10 Sat-Sun 1:30 mat PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG) 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG) Thu 4:10, 6:55, 9:35
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:45, 3:10, 5:40, 8:20, 10:50 Fri 1:45, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:10 Sat 11:35, 1:45, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:10 Sun 11:30, 1:45, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:10 Mon-Tue 1:45, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:05 Wed 4:10, 6:30, 8:50, 11:05 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 2:30, 5:20, 8:15, 11:15 Fri, MonWed 2:20, 5:10, 8:05, 10:55 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:20, 5:10, 8:05, 10:55 CARS 2 (G) Thu 2:10, 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 MonWed 2:00, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:20, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:50, 10:40 Fri 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40, 11:15 Sat-Sun 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40, 11:25 Mon-Wed 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 12:40, 3:15, 11:10 FriSun, Wed 1:20, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45, 11:15 Tue 1:10, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45, 11:15 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:25, 9:45 Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:20, 6:00, 8:30, 11:05 Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:20, 6:00, 8:30, 11:00 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45 MONTE CARLO (G) 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:40 Sat-Sun 11:45 mat MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:50 Fri, Tue-Wed 1:50, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Thu 7:00 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG) Fri-Sat 1:05, 4:25, 7:45, 11:20 Sun, Wed 12:25, 3:45, 7:20, 10:35 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10 Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 12:00 2:45 3:30 6:30 7:00 10:00 10:35 Fri-Wed 12:00, 2:15, 3:30, 6:10, 7:00, 9:30, 10:30 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:30, 1:00, 4:00, 4:30, 7:30, 8:00, 11:00, 11:30 Mon-Wed no 11:30 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:50, 8:10, 11:20 Fri, Wed 2:15, 5:20, 8:20, 11:15 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:15, 5:20, 8:20, 11:15 Mon 12:20, 3:35, 10:10 Tue 12:20, 3:35, 6:55, 10:10
2200 YONGE ST, 416-646-0444
MT PLEASANT (I)
675 MT PLEASANT RD, 416-489-8484 INCENDIES (14A) Thu 7:00 JANE EYRE (PG) Fri 4:15, 7:00 Sat, Wed 7:00 Sun 4:15 THE LINCOLN LAWYER (14A) Fri-Sat 9:30 Sun, Tue 7:00
REGENT THEATRE (I) 551 MT PLEASANT RD, 416-480-9884
THE CONSPIRATOR (PG) Fri-Sat 9:00 Sun 4:30 GOOD NEIGHBOURS (14A) Thu-Sun, Tue-Wed 7:00
10 DUNDAS ST E, 416-335-5323
SILVERCITY YONGE (CE)
THE ART OF GETTING BY (PG) Thu 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:25 BBUDDAH... HOGA TERA BAAP Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05 BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL 12:35, 3:35, 6:35, 9:35 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 11:25, 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:25, 7:25, 8:20, 9:25, 10:25, 11:00 Fri-Sun 11:25, 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:25, 7:25, 8:10, 9:25, 10:25, 10:55 Mon-Wed 11:50, 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:25, 7:25, 8:10, 9:25, 10:25, 10:55 CARS 2 (G) Thu 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:45 Fri-Sun 11:00, 11:30, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:00 Mon-Wed 11:40, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:00 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 11:30, 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:30, 9:30 Fri-Wed 12:05, 12:30, 2:30, 3:00, 5:00, 5:30, 7:30, 8:00, 10:00, 10:30 CARS 2: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (G) Thu 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 11:00 DELHI BELLY 1:25, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50 Fri-Sun 11:05 mat DOUBLE DHAMAAL (PG) Thu 10:55, 2:15, 5:30, 9:00 FAST FIVE (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 10:35 Fri-Wed 9:40 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 10:45, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:10, 4:00, 4:30, 6:05, 6:45, 7:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:15 Fri-Sun 11:05, 12:30, 1:45, 3:10, 4:30, 6:05, 7:15, 8:45, 10:05 Mon 12:30, 1:45, 3:10, 4:30, 6:05, 7:15, 8:45, 10:05 Tue-Wed 12:30, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 Fri-Sun 10:55, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 Mon-Wed
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:00, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35, 10:30 Fri-Tue 12:25, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 Wed 4:20, 7:45, 10:30 CARS 2 (G) Thu 11:30, 2:10, 6:35, 10:40 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:50 Sat 10:40, 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05 Sat 11:00, 1:40, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05 Mon, Wed 1:20, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 12:40, 4:00, 7:35, 10:25 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:10, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 Sat 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Fri, Sun, Tue 1:20, 4:10, 6:35, 9:30 Sat 11:10, 1:30, 4:00, 6:35, 9:30 Mon 1:00, 4:10, 6:35, 9:30 Wed 1:30, 3:35, 6:35, 9:30 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 9:20 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Thu 7:00 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:00, 3:35, 6:25, 9:40 Fri, Sun, Tue-Wed 12:50, 4:50, 7:55, 10:40 Sat 12:30, 4:50, 7:55, 10:40 Mon 1:30, 4:50, 7:55, 10:40 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu, Sat 11:45, 12:15, 3:15, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 Fri, Sun, Tue 12:15, 3:00, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 Mon, Wed 12:15, 3:15, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:25, 7:05, 10:05 Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 6:55, 10:00 Mon 12:40, 3:50, 10:20
2300 YONGE ST, 416-544-1236
1025 THE QUEENSWAY, QEW & ISLINGTON, 416-503-0424
RAINBOW WOODBINE (I)
WOODBINE CENTRE, 500 REXDALE BLVD, 416-213-1998 BAD TEACHER (14A) 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:15 CARS 2 (G) 1:10, 3:45, 7:00, 9:25 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:55 3:55 6:55 9:30 Fri-Wed
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East End BEACH CINEMAS (AA) 1651 QUEEN ST E, 416-699-5971
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 11:45, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 11:30, 2:10, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 1:15 4:30 7:20 10:10 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 1:25, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 SUPER 8 (PG) Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:40 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu 12:00 3:30 7:00 10:45 Fri-Wed 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:45 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 12:45, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 Fri-Wed 9:30
North York EMPIRE THEATRES AT EMPRESS WALK (ET) 5095 YONGE ST, 416-223-9550
CARS 2 (G) Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35 Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35, 11:55 Sun-Wed 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40 Fri-Sun continued on page 72 œ
SCOTIABANK THEATRE (CE) 259 RICHMOND ST W, 416-368-5600
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:10 1:10 2:20 3:40 4:40 6:10 7:10 8:40 9:40 11:10 Fri-Wed 12:10, 1:20, 2:20, 3:40, 4:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:45, 9:40 Thu 1:10 mat, 8:40, 11:10 late Fri-Sat 11:10 late GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:20, 11:40 Fri-Wed 4:10, 10:20 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Fri, SunWed 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 Sat 11:15, 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:30 LARRY CROWNE (PG) 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 10:45 mat MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Thu 12:50 3:10 6:20 8:50 FriWed 12:50, 3:10, 6:20, 9:15
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12:15, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35 Mon-Wed 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35 GREEN LANTERN (PG) 2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Fri-Sat 11:59 late MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) 2:00, 4:20, 6:40, 9:00 FriSat 11:20 late PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG) 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu-Sun 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 10:00 Mon-Wed 3:15, 6:30, 10:00 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:30, 1:30, 4:00, 5:00, 7:30, 8:30, 11:00 Fri-Sat 11:50 late X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) 1:40, 4:40, 7:50, 10:45 Thu 12:45, 3:40 mat, 6:40, 9:25
GRANDE - YONGE (CE) 4861 YONGE ST, 416-590-9974
THE ART OF GETTING BY (PG) Thu 1:20, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 BAD TEACHER (14A) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 BEGINNERS (14A) Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:15 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) 2:10, 4:40, 7:50, 10:30 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 1:50 4:25 7:00 9:45 FriWed 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Thu 12:30, 3:45 mat, 6:30, 9:10 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:40 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 12:40, 3:15 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Thu 7:00 SUPER 8 (PG) 2:00, 4:50, 7:30, 10:25 THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10
SILVERCITY FAIRVIEW (CE)
FAIRVIEW MALL, 1800 SHEPPARD AVE E, 416-644-7746 BAD TEACHER (14A) 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 7:45, 10:40 Thu 12:00 2:30 5:00 7:25 10:05 Tue only 12:05 2:30 5:00 7:45 10:40 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:50 3:50 6:50 9:30 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:30, 6:50, 9:40 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 FriMon, Wed 1:05, 4:15, 7:00, 10:00 Tue 12:55, 4:15, 7:00, 10:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Fri-Mon, Wed 1:15 Tue 11:55, 2:15
KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:25, 6:25, 10:00 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 12:35, 3:15, 6:30, 9:30 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 1:15, 4:20, 6:55, 9:45 Fri-Mon 1:25, 4:30, 7:25, 9:50 Tue 1:05, 4:30, 7:25, 9:50 Wed 4:30, 7:25, 9:50 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:00, 3:35, 6:35, 9:15 Fri-Wed 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 11:45, 3:15, 6:45, 10:15 Fri-Mon, Wed 3:00, 6:40, 10:10 Tue 11:45, 3:10, 6:40, 10:10 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) 12:55, 4:00, 7:10, 10:30 Thu 12:40 4:00 7:05 10:35 Tue only 12:25 4:00 7:10 10:30
SILVERCITY YORKDALE (CE) 3401 DUFFERIN ST, 416-787-4432
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:00, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 12:00, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 Fri-Wed 7:00, 10:00 CARS 2 (G) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Sat 10:40, 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:50, 10:40 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Sat 11:00, 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 9:50 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:15 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 1:15, 4:30, 7:00 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:00 SUPER 8 (PG) Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 6:50, 9:45 Mon 10:30 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu 11:45, 12:15, 3:15, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:15, 3:00, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 Sat 11:15, 12:15, 3:00, 3:45, 6:45, 7:15, 10:15, 10:45 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30 FriWed 1:10, 4:15, 7:30, 10:40
Scarborough 401 & MORNINGSIDE (CE) 785 MILNER AVE, SCARBOROUGH, 416-281-2226
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 2:00, 4:55, 7:50, 10:15 Fri-Sun, Tue 11:25, 1:50, 4:55, 7:50, 10:15 Mon, Wed 1:50, 4:55, 7:50, 10:15 CARS 2 (G) 12:15, 3:00, 6:30, 9:15 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:45 Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:15 4:10 7:40 10:35 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 7:55, 10:40 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 2:15 4:30 7:30 9:55 Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:20, 7:35, 10:00 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:35, 6:10, 9:00 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 1:00, 3:35, 6:20, 9:00 Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:00 SUPER 8 (PG) 10:45 Thu 1:45 mat, 4:40, 8:00 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 12:30, 2:30, 3:50, 6:10, 7:10, 9:30, 10:30 Fri-Sun, Tue 11:15, 12:30, 2:30, 3:50, 6:00, 7:10, 9:30, 10:35 Mon, Wed 12:30, 2:30, 3:50, 6:00, 7:10, 9:30, 10:35 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu 12:00 3:20 6:45 10:05 Fri-Wed 12:00, 3:20, 6:45, 10:15 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 12:45, 4:00, 7:20, 10:40 Fri-Wed 6:20, 9:40
COLISEUM SCARBOROUGH (CE) SCARBOROUGH TOWN CENTRE, 416-290-5217
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CARS 2 (G) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Fri-Wed 12:35, 3:35, 6:45, 9:30 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 FAST FIVE (PG) Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:20, 4:00, 10:45 Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:30, 6:35, 9:35 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 10:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25 FriTue 1:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:25 Wed 1:20, 4:40, 9:25 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Thu 7:00 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 12:50 2:00 4:15 6:00 7:30 9:40 10:50 Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:00, 3:00, 6:00, 6:20, 9:40, 10:45 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu 12:00 12:30 3:20 3:50 6:40 7:10 10:00 10:30 Fri-Wed 12:00, 12:30, 3:20, 3:50, 6:40, 7:10, 10:10, 10:30 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:55, 7:20, 10:20 Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:40
EGLINTON TOWN CENTRE (CE) 1901 EGLINTON AVE E, 416-752-4494
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:20 2:50 5:30 8:15 11:10 FriWed 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 8:10, 10:50 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 12:40, 3:40, 7:05, 10:10 Fri-Wed 6:15, 9:30 CARS 2 (G) Thu 12:10 1:20 3:20 4:20 6:20 7:20 9:20 10:15 Fri-Wed 12:20, 1:10, 3:20, 4:15, 6:40, 7:10, 9:20, 9:50 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 3:45, 6:45, 9:40 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:45, 7:50, 10:45 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:50, 10:50 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:10, 6:55, 9:30 Fri, SunWed 12:50, 3:15 Sat 10:40, 12:50, 3:15 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri, Sun, Tue-Wed 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 11:00, 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Mon 1:45, 4:40, 10:05 MONTE CARLO (G) 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Sat 10:50 mat MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 11:40, 2:00, 4:50, 7:15, 9:55 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 6:20, 9:10 Sat 12:20, 3:50, 6:20, 9:10 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG) 12:05, 3:10, 6:50, 10:15 Sat only 11:40 3:10 6:50 10:15 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) 1:00, 3:00, 4:30, 6:30, 8:00, 10:00 Thu 11:30 mat, 11:30 late Fri 11:20 late Sat 11:30 mat, 11:20 late TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:30, 11:00 Sat 10:20 mat X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 11:50, 3:10, 6:40, 9:50 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:15, 3:40, 7:05, 10:40 Sat 11:50, 3:40, 7:05, 10:40
KENNEDY COMMONS 20 (AMC) KENNEDY RD & 401, 416-335-5323
180 Thu 2:00, 5:30, 9:00 BAD TEACHER (14A) 1:00, 2:35, 3:20, 4:55, 5:40, 7:15, 8:00, 9:35, 10:20 Fri-Sun 10:45, 12:15 mat BBUDDAH... HOGA TERA BAAP 2:00, 5:15, 8:35 Fri-Sun 10:40 mat BEGINNING OF THE GREAT REVIVAL Thu 1:00, 3:15, 4:00, 6:15, 7:00, 9:15, 10:00 Fri-Sun 10:35, 12:45, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:45, 10:25 Mon-Wed 12:45, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:45, 10:25 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 12:40, 1:40, 3:35, 4:35, 6:30, 7:30, 9:25, 10:25 Fri-Sun 10:40, 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 10:00 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 10:00 DELHI BELLY 2:15, 5:30, 9:00 Fri-Sun 11:00 mat DOUBLE DHAMAAL (PG) Thu 2:20, 5:45, 9:30 Fri-Sun 11:05, 2:25, 5:45, 9:15 Mon-Wed 2:25, 5:45, 9:15 FAST FIVE (PG) 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25 Fri-Sun 10:30 mat THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 2:05, 2:50, 4:45, 5:30, 7:25, 8:05, 9:55, 10:35 Fri-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Wed 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10 JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (G) Thu 12:45, 3:00, 5:20 JUMPING THE BROOM (PG) Thu 7:40, 10:15 LARRY CROWNE (PG) 2:00, 2:45, 4:30, 7:00, 7:45, 9:30, 10:15 Fri-Sun 11:30, 12:15 mat MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Thu 12:30, 2:10, 2:55, 4:40, 5:25, 7:10, 7:55, 9:40, 10:20 Fri-Sun 10:50, 12:35, 1:05, 2:50, 3:20, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15, 9:45, 10:30 Mon-Wed 12:35, 1:05, 2:50, 3:20, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:15, 9:45, 10:30 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Fri-Sun 11:45 mat PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 Fri-Sun 11:10, 2:10, 5:20, 8:30 Mon-Wed 2:10, 5:20, 8:30 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:30, 2:15, 4:15, 5:00, 7:00, 7:45, 9:45, 10:30 Fri-Sun 10:55, 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 THOR 3D (PG) 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:35 Fri-Sun 11:25 mat THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:00, 3:45, 6:15, 7:05, 9:30, 10:15 Fri-Sun 11:15, 12:40, 2:30, 3:55, 5:35, 7:00, 8:45, 10:05 Mon-Wed 12:40, 2:30, 3:55, 5:35, 7:00, 8:45, 10:05
GTA Regions Mississauga
COLISEUM MISSISSAUGA (CE) SQUARE ONE, 309 RATHBURN RD W, 905-275-3456
CARS 2 (G) Thu, Mon-Tue 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 Fri, Sun 1:30, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 Sat 10:45, 1:30, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 Wed 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 12:30, 3:20, 7:10, 9:50 Fri-Sun 12:15, 3:20, 6:35, 9:20 Mon-Wed 12:15, 3:20, 7:10, 9:55
CARS 2: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (G) Thu, Mon-Wed 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15 Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30 Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 12:50, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Mon 12:50, 3:45, 10:10 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) 1:40, 4:40, 7:50, 10:50 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Thu 12:50, 4:10, 10:45 Fri, SunWed 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 11:00, 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD Thu 7:00 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG) 12:20, 3:40, 6:45, 10:20 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Fri-Wed 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu-Sat 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, 4:30, 6:30, 8:00, 10:00, 11:30 Sun 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, 4:30, 6:30, 8:00, 10:00 Mon-Wed 1:00, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:00, 10:00 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 10:30, 11:00 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 7:45, 11:15 Sun-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7:15, 10:45
COURTNEY PARK 16 (AMC)
110 COURTNEY PARK E AT HURONTARIO, 888-262-4386 BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 11:55, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30, 5:00, 6:00, 7:30, 8:25, 9:45, 10:45 Fri-Sat 9:45, 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 8:05, 9:30, 10:20, 11:55 Sun 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 8:05, 9:30, 10:20 Mon-Wed 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 8:05, 9:30, 10:20 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:50, 10:45 FriSun 10:50, 1:45, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45 Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45 CARS 2 (G) Thu 11:30, 12:30, 2:05, 3:00, 4:45, 5:30, 7:30, 8:15, 10:15, 10:55 Fri-Sun 10:00, 11:45, 12:30, 2:30, 3:15, 5:00, 5:45, 7:30, 8:15, 10:05, 10:55 Mon-Wed 11:45, 12:30, 2:30, 3:15, 5:00, 5:45, 7:30, 8:15, 10:05, 10:55 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 1:35, 4:15, 7:00, 9:35 Fri-Sun 11:15, 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Mon-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 11:30, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30 Fri-Wed 2:35, 7:55 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30, 11:00 Fri-Sun 10:25, 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50 Mon-Wed 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:40, 11:00 Fri-Wed 11:50, 5:15, 10:40 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Fri-Wed 12:55, 5:45 LARRY CROWNE (PG) 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Fri-Sun 10:00 mat MONTE CARLO (G) 1:50, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45 Fri-Sun 11:10 mat MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 11:25, 2:00, 4:30, 6:55, 9:15 Fri-Sun 10:30, 3:15 Mon-Wed 3:15 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:15, 5:55, 8:35 Fri-Sat 10:00, 12:40, 3:20, 5:55, 8:35, 11:15 Sun 10:00, 12:40, 3:20, 5:55, 8:35 Mon-Wed 11:55, 2:40, 5:30, 8:15, 10:55 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 1:00, 4:30, 8:00, 11:15 Fri-Sat 10:20, 1:40, 5:00, 8:30, 12:00 Sun 10:20, 1:40, 5:00, 8:30 Mon-Wed 1:40, 5:00, 8:30 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON -- AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG) Thu 11:45, 3:15, 7:00, 10:30 Fri-Sun 9:45, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 11:00 Mon-Wed 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 11:00 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Thu 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 Fri-Sat 11:55, 12:45, 3:30, 4:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:30, 11:25 Sun-Wed 11:55, 12:45, 3:30, 4:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:30 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu, Sun 11:45, 2:40, 5:35, 8:30 Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:40, 5:35, 8:30, 11:25 Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:45, 7:50, 11:00
SILVERCITY MISSISSAUGA (CE) HWY 5, EAST OF HWY 403, 905-569-3373
BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 12:30 4:10 7:10 10:10 Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 CARS 2 (G) Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:50, 5:00, 6:50, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:00, 7:50, 10:20 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 12:15, 3:30 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40 FriWed 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 1:20, 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 12:40 3:40 6:20 9:00 Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:20, 6:20, 9:00 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:00, 4:20, 6:30, 7:30, 9:20, 10:20 FriWed 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) Thu 12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 9:50 Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40 WIMBLEDON LIVE IN 3D: MEN’S FINALS Sun 9:00 WIMBLEDON LIVE IN 3D: WOMEN’S FINALS Sat 9:00
North COLOSSUS (CE) HWY 400 & 7, 905-851-1001
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu, Sat 11:40, 12:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:40,
5:40, 7:10, 8:10, 9:40, 10:40 Fri, Sun-Tue 11:55, 12:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:10, 8:10, 9:40, 10:40 Wed 11:50, 12:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:10, 8:10, 9:40, 10:40 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) 1:15, 4:15, 7:25, 10:20 CARS 2 (G) Thu 11:30, 1:30, 2:10, 4:30, 5:00, 7:20, 7:50, 10:00, 10:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 11:45, 1:30, 2:20, 4:30, 5:00, 7:20, 7:50, 10:00, 10:30 Sat 10:45, 11:30, 1:30, 2:10, 4:30, 5:00, 7:20, 7:50, 10:00, 10:30 CARS 2 3D (G) 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:40, 7:00, 9:50 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10 FriWed 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:50 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu-Sat 12:10, 2:40, 5:30, 8:20, 11:20 Sun, Tue-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:30, 8:20, 11:00 Mon 1:25, 3:55, 10:35 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG) Sat 10:30 Mon 7:00 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Thu 11:45, 1:55, 4:35, 7:05, 9:25 Fri, Mon-Wed 11:50, 1:55, 4:35, 7:05, 9:25 Sat-Sun 1:55, 4:35, 7:05, 9:25 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:00 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:25, 7:00, 9:50 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu, Sat 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG) Thu 12:00, 3:15, 6:40, 9:55 Fri, Sun-Tue 12:15, 3:20, 6:40, 10:10 Sat 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:50 Wed 12:10, 3:20, 6:40, 10:10 SUPER 8 (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:50 Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15 Mon 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 10:20 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) 2:30, 6:15, 9:45 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON -- AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG) 11:45, 3:15, 6:45, 10:15 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:30, 1:00, 4:00, 4:30, 7:30, 8:00, 11:00 Thu-Sat 11:30 late WIMBLEDON LIVE IN 3D: MEN’S FINALS Sun 9:00 WIMBLEDON LIVE IN 3D: WOMEN’S FINALS Sat 9:00 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu-Sat 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 11:10 Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 10:45
INTERCHANGE 30 (AMC)
30 INTERCHANGE WAY, HWY 400 & HWY 7, 416-335-5323 180 Thu 5:45, 9:15 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (PG) Thu 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Wed 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 THE ART OF GETTING BY (PG) Thu 4:20, 7:05, 9:55 DELHI BELLY 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Sun 11:40 mat FAST FIVE (PG) 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Fri-Sun 1:05 mat INSIDIOUS (14A) Thu 5:00, 7:35, 10:10 JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (G) Thu 4:00, 6:50, 9:00 Fri-Sun 11:55, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:50 MonWed 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:50 JUMPING THE BROOM (PG) Thu 4:25, 7:10, 10:00 JUST GO WITH IT (PG) Thu 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 LIMITLESS (14A) Thu 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Fri-Sun 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 Mon-Wed 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 THE LINCOLN LAWYER (14A) Thu 4:05, 7:00, 9:50 Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG) 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 Fri-Sun 12:40 mat MONTE CARLO (G) 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Fri-Sun 11:30 mat PRIEST 3D (14A) Thu 5:35, 8:00, 10:15 Fri-Sun 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 7:35, 10:15 Mon-Wed 2:45, 5:00, 7:35, 10:15 SOMETHING BORROWED (PG) Thu 4:55, 7:30, 10:15 FriWed 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 SOURCE CODE (PG) Thu 5:25, 7:50, 10:00 Fri-Wed 2:15, 4:35, 7:05, 9:40 THOR 3D (PG) 4:20, 7:15, 10:05 Fri-Sun 1:30 mat THE TREE OF LIFE (PG) 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 Fri-Sun 12:35 mat
RAINBOW PROMENADE (I)
PROMENADE MALL, HWY 7 & BATHURST, 905-764-3247 BAD TEACHER (14A) Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 CARS 2 (G) Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:20 GREEN LANTERN 3D (PG) Fri-Wed 6:45, 9:10 KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (PG) Fri-Wed 1:05, 4:00 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Fri-Wed 12:50, 2:50, 4:55, 7:05, 9:05 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40
West GRANDE - STEELES (CE) HWY 410 & STEELES, 905-455-1590
BAD TEACHER (14A) Thu 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:40 Wed 5:15, 7:50, 10:40 BRIDESMAIDS (14A) Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 CARS 2 (G) Thu 12:45 3:30 6:30 9:20 Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20 CARS 2 3D (G) Thu 11:30, 2:10, 5:00, 7:45, 10:25 Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:15, 7:00, 10:00 GREEN LANTERN (PG) Thu 1:00 4:40 7:40 10:30 Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 THE HANGOVER PART II (18A) Thu 9:30 KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) Thu 11:40, 2:00, 4:20, 6:40 LARRY CROWNE (PG) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:00, 7:10, 9:50 MONTE CARLO (G) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:10 SUPER 8 (PG) Fri-Wed 1:45 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG) Thu 11:45, 3:15, 6:45, 10:15 Fri-Wed 3:00, 6:40, 10:10 TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D (PG) 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:45 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:40 FriWed 4:30, 10:20 3
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Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions opening gala including screening of Roma (1972). 10 pm. $40 (screening, concert and reception). RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. fri 1 – Mary Pickford, The Muse Of Movies (2008) D: Nicholas Eliopoulos. Director in attendance. 11 am. Barsaat (1949) D: Raj Kapoor. 12:30 pm. Classic Canadian Shorts. 1:30 pm. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) D: Jean-Marc Vallée. 4 pm. Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec God? (1972) D: Jack Christie & Michael Hirsh. 7:30 pm. Black Christmas (1974) D: Bob Clark. 9:30 pm. All Canada Day screenings free. sAT 2 – Whale Rider (2002) D: Niki Caro. 2 pm. Suspiria (1977) D: Dario Argento, and Toby Dammit (1968) D: Federico Fellini. 5:30 pm. Shakespeare Wallah (1965) D: James Ivory.
Free screens sizzle in summer Hooray! It’s summer! Here’s to choking humidity, scorching heat and that weird cold you get in mid-July from over-cranked air conditioning. At least the nights are pleasant, with gentle breezes and reduced risk of heatstroke. No better time to watch a movie beneath the stars – and the city’s jumping with free outdoor films. Harbourfront Centre moves its Free Flicks summer screenings – hosted by yours truly – from Wednesdays to Tuesdays this year. The theme for 2011 is movies that look at urban landscapes through cinematic eyes. Which means we start off on July 5 with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Edgar Wright’s love letter to the Toronto where Sonic Boom nuzzled up next to the Bloor Cinema before it closed for renovations. Also on the itinerary: New York in Annie Hall (July 12), the City of Light in Paris Je T’Aime (July 19), Delhi in Amal (July 26), and Tokyo in Lost In Translation (August 2). The August 9 feature will be determined by the audience after an online vote. There’s just one problem with Harbourfront moving Free Flicks to Tuesdays – it brings them directly
8:30 pm. Opera (1988) D: Dario Argento. 11 pm. sun 3 – Sangam (1964) D: Raj Kapoor. 12:30 pm. Wild River (1960) D: Elia Kazan. 1 pm. Roma (1972) D: Federico Fellini. 5 pm. Mother India (1957) D: Mehboob Khan. 5:30 pm. Brazil (1985) D: Terry Gilliam. 8 pm. mon 4 – Boot Polish (1953) D: Prakash Arora. 6:30 pm. Tue 5 – Wild River. 6:30 pm. Kal Aaj Aur Kal/
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2011) D: Zack Snyder, w/ Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish. Rating: NNN; DVD package: none If you loved Inception’s nested realities, get set for more of the same in Sucker Punch. It isn’t as polished or as visually inventive, but it packs a far stronger emotional kick, and it’s loaded with action. Evil step-dad has teen Baby Doll (Emily Browning) locked in a creepy asylum and facing a lobotomy. The asylum morphs into a bordello, with inmates and keepers assuming new roles; in a key transformation, scum orderly Jones (Oscar Isaac) becomes über-pimp Blue. While she dances to distract the customers so her fellow victims can work on their escape plan, Baby Doll enters a world of combat. The whole movie is stylized and CGheavy, but during the battles it lifts off into video game heaven. Baby Doll and the girls fight giant demon samurai, steam-powered undead German soldiers, dragons and robots. Big fun. The movie doesn’t bother to explain any of this, and extras would only spoil it. Dream logic needs no explanation. EXTRAS Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.
Season Of The Witch (Alliance, 2011) D: Dominic Sena, w/ Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman. Rating: NN; DVD package: NN
As pulp adventure goes, this could use more violence and a little sex, but it’s acceptable couch fodder provided you like the genre and dial your standards way back. Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play a couple of scruffy knights who ditch the crusades but get forced into transporting an accused witch from a plague-ridden village to her trial at a remote monastery. They load her into an iron cage on a rickety cart and head off through the spooky woods. This is a good idea for a thriller, and it worked beautifully when HenriGeorges Clouzot did it in 1953 as The Wages Of Fear. There, the dangerous cargo was nitroglycerine. Season Of The Witch pays homage to its forebear in the suspension bridge scene, a highlight of both movies. Claire Foy brings a sense of danger and mystery to the accused witch, but Cage and Perlman sleepwalk through everything but the battle scenes, which, along with the big effects, are the subject of moderately interesting extras. EXTRAS Effects doc, fights doc, alternate ending, deleted scenes. Widescreen. English, French audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.
2011) D: Daniel Barnz, w/ Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens. Rating: N; DVD package: NN If you think the Twilight movies are too raunchy, Beastly is the fairy tale romance for you. There isn’t even a whiff of lust. The idea has potential. A witch curses vain, cruel and handsome high school king Kyle (Alex Petttyfer) with ugliness. He has a year to find someone who will say “I love you,” or the disfigurement becomes permanent. He semi-abducts brainy outsider girl (Vanessa Hudgens) and woos her. What’s wrong with this picture is that neither has any obstacle to overcome. He gets changed and immediately turns into Mr. Nice Guy. She eyeballs his alleged hideosity (actually, he’s prettier in the makeup) and doesn’t turn a hair. No drama here. No sparks flying either. Pettyfer and Hudgens are chemistry-free. One major plot point is simply dropped. You can see it in the alternate ending. Or you could skip Beastly altogether and go instead to Jean Cocteau’s 1946 classic, La Belle Et La Bête, a much more beautiful and moving version of the story.
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Barney’s Version (eOne, 2010) D: Richard J. Lewis, w/ Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike. Rating: NNNN; DVD package: NNNN
Hobo With A Shotgun (Alliance, 2011) Gleeful violence ensues when one homeless guy decides to rid the city of scumbags. The Sacrifice (Kino, 1986) Restored, remastered edition of Andrei Tarkovsky’s tragic masterwork about one man’s response to the outbreak of World War III.
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One of the good things about Barney’s Version, and a key reason you can watch it more than once, is that you’re given room to make up your own mind about Barney Panofsky. He’s got his good points – loyalty and a loving heart – and his bad – rudeness and alcoholism. But nothing in the story (adapted from Mordecai Richler’s final novel), style or Paul Giamatti’s beautifully nuanced performance tries to sanctify or vilify him. Barney, a 60-something Montreal TV producer, reflects on his three marriages, the first in Rome (Rachelle Lefevre). He meets his third wife (Rosamund Pike) and tries to run
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Open House on July 2 (10 am - 4 pm) & July 3 (12pm - 4 pm) Outdoor patio set provided to all new renters with approved applications. 1 bdrm med $889, 1 bdrm lrge $949, 2 bdrm $1199. 416-628-7253 www.metcap.com
College / Spadina Daily, weekly, monthly (from $600) Pkg lndry SRs disc 416-921-2141
Singles $30 Couples $60 2011 Dundas West. Call John 416-536-8824
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Dupont/Lansdowne Bachelors $835. 10'-14' ceilings. Fitness and recreation facilities, underground parking, air, 416-516-1166 Rental Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-7, Fri 8-5, Sat/Sun 12-4 www.standardlofts.com
87 Jameson 1 bdrm blowout special - $779. 416-246-6255 www.metcap.com
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Queensway & Parklawn 4 Hill Heights Rd, Newly Renovated suites, Bachelor $650., 2 Bedroom $900. Clean quiet building. Please call 416-236-9617
Warden/Lawrence Newly reno'd bsmt apt. 2 bdrm, 1 bath., $950 incl. lndry., cable , parking, and electricity, TTC at door prof. or student, 416-285-5327 or Cell 647-857-3381
for rent - 2 bdrm Bathurst/Bloor in Annex, 2 bdrm. main floor in house + backyard, spacious living room, suit professional $1700 incl. Call 416-461-0865
*2 BDRM* 2ND FLR* *UPDATED*4 PIECE BATH*CERAMICS* DECK * LAUNDRY * PARKING AVAIL JULY 1ST $1095+
2 Bdrm. bsmt. apt., kitch, bath, living rm., back yard, priv. ent., $1000 incl. Fatima 416-656-1592, Dina 416-723-6381. Avail. July 1st.
Dundas /Runnymede 2 bedroom above store, close to TTC $1050 + 416-558-4651
for rent - 1 bdrm Dupont/Lansdowne One Bedroom - $950. 10'-14' ceilings. Fitness and recreation facilities, underground parking, air, 416-5161166 Rental Office Hours: MonThurs 8-7, Fri 8-5, Sat/Sun 12-4 www.standardlofts.com
Dupont/Lansdowne Two Bedroom - $1,275. 10'-14' ceilings. Fitness and recreation facilities, undgrd, prkg, air. 416-516 -1166 Rental Office Hours: MonThurs 8-7, Fri 8-5, Sat/Sun 12-4 www.standardlofts.com
Rogers/Old Weston Newly renod. 2 bdrm. main floor apt. with priv. ent., ceremic and laminate flrs., 4 piece bath and shared yard, Modern Lndry. mat near by, avail. July. 1st., near TTC and Shopping No Dogs Please., $1100 incl., Call 416-651-0707
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416-588-8652 for rent - 3 bdrm+ College/Ossington 3bdrm, lvg rm w skylght, central air, balcony, 856 College Street Avail immed. 416-532-5400
studio for rent Dupont/Lansdowne Studios and Workrooms $900. 10'-14' ceilings. Fitness and recreation facilities, underground parking, air, 416-516-1166 Rental Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-7, Fri 8-5, Sat/Sun 12-4 standardlofts.com
Dupont/Symington Comm. studio loft prof. space/Envir. from 800 to 4000 sq ft, high ceilings, 2 pc bathroom, bright, hrdwd flrs, combine units, office, photo, computer, internet design from $900 a month. 416-654-2915 or 416-630-2116
FRONT/SHERBOURNE Private artist friendly studios w/ high ceilings. Shared kitchen & bath. TTC Live-in from $650. Workshop/Office. ** One month free rent **
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QUEEN/LOGAN in Leslieville. Extra lrg. 2 bdrm. apt. next to all amen., suit to professional $950+ util. Call 416-461-0865
3 bdrm. main flr., recently renovated, family home, great neighborhood, prkg., laundry., TTC, $1650+ 416-648-7151
416-588-8652 Furnished 1 bdrm+den. Lrg balc. Close to all amenities. Appliances, Laundry, 1 Underground Parking & Locker, Pets OK! $700 email@example.com
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High Park Large 3 bdrm. prkg., lndry., hrdwd., subway. $1700 + hydro. Avail. Call 416-233-5536