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Road tolls – accept it most torontonians hate ford. so do I, but doing the opposite of what he wants is not clear thinking. Gary Webster should have been fired a long time ago. Ford’s mistake was canning him because of politics. The cheaper LRT way is, well, just the cheaper way. Subways are good; Ford’s plan is bad. Road tolls, folks – accept it and stop whining.

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Ford toadies hypocrites, too regarding ford’s toadies (now, February 23-29). Three of the five identified Ford toadies on the TTC who orchestrated the removal of TTC chief general manager Gary Webster – Frank DiGiorgio, Norm Kelly and Cesar Palacio – actually voted in favour of Transit City back in 2009. Denzil Minnan-Wong was absent from the vote, and Vincent Crisanti was not a councillor at the time. A review of the September 2009 council minutes indicates that they were joined by other Ford councillors who voted in favour of a funding request for an environmental assessment on the Eglinton Crosstown. This provides empirical proof that these councillors are not only toadies but also hypocrites. Ray Fredette Toronto

A less democratic TTC board regarding rob ford’s crass coup (NOW Daily, February 18) Enzo DiMatteo writes of Rob Ford’s plan to remake the TTC board that it “calls for the nine-member TTC board to be replaced by five politicians and four citizen representatives.” There are already citizen representatives on the TTC. They are called “councillors” and are democratically elected by the people of Toronto. How does appointing half the board make it more democratic? Tom West From

Up on Adam Giambrone regarding adam giambrone’s LRTs: Better By Miles (NOW, February 16-22). Very well said. As an employee of the TTC, I can say Giambrone led the TTC to be a fantastic place to work when he was chair. He was also a fresh new set of eyes. Morale is down since Ford took over. I see it every day becoming a terrible environment. Thanks, Ford. Rick D. Toronto


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I spy outrageous rhetoric i’m appalled by public safety Minister Vic Toews’s comments in the House of Commons last week, when he accused all Canadians who oppose the government’s invasive and warrantless online spying scheme, Bill C-30, of siding with child pornographers (NOW, February 16-22). This is rhetoric of the most outrageous kind. In fact, according to a poll by the government’s own Privacy Commissioner, eight out of 10 Canadians oppose legislation that would grant “authorities” warrantless access to our private information. Even members of Toews’s own party are against this costly invasion of privacy! I encourage everyone to join the 112,000-plus Canadians who have already voiced their opposition to Bill C-30 by signing the Stop Online Spying petiton at Robert Dunlop Toronto


Mimico-by-the-Lake mistake thanks for giving coverage to the proposed condo developments in Mimico-by-the-Lake (NOW, February 16-22). Unfortunately, there is an inaccuracy in the text: “Noted planner Ken Greenberg has joined residents to fight the plan.” Greenberg is misrepresented here. He made a presentation to the community meeting that emphasized what good revitalization can look like and how participation by the community can make it successful for everyone. He did note in his presentation that the “motel strip” development is not good revitalization. Despite this concern, we continue to push for revitalization that respects the community and is aligned with the best of possibilities in city of Toronto planning policies and documents. Peter Shepherd Toronto

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[Frontlines] Benjamin Boles on why the underground is overrated I have been a proud member of the Downtown Elite™ for the past 16 years, but I’ve only spent two of those living close to a subway line. And yet this has never bothered me in the least. Sure, subways are great, but the underground options are overrated, and not just because they cost so much that we’ll likely never have a strong subterranean network in my lifetime. I currently live in the Junction, which means to get to NOW’s offices I need to take a bus to the station and then either jump on the Dundas streetcar, or take the Bloor subway and switch over at Yonge. While the latter is a bit faster, if I’m not in a huge rush the above-ground option is often my first choice. One of the biggest reasons is cell-

phone reception. Being able to check my email and read articles online means that even if it takes me longer, I’ve already got a significant head start on my workday. And while the subway can carry more bodies, during rush hour it’s more uncomfortably packed, and I often have to let a few trains pass before I can squish aboard the Yonge line. The discomfort of subways extends beyond feeling like a sardine. If the system breaks down (or if there’s an accident) and you’re stuck in a tunnel, seeing daylight suddenly becomes very appealing for everyone. Even when you’re not stuck, sunshine and fresh air make a trip much more pleas-

urable. There’s no opening a window to escape obnoxious perfume in the underground. Rob Ford still seems confused about the matter, but burying an LRT doesn’t make it a subway, and putting sections above ground doesn’t turn light rail into streetcars either. (Do subways magically turn into streetcars when

Watching the city through a window reveals corners you never knew about. they hit the surface?). The only thing burying the entire Eglinton LRT would do for Scarborough commuters is put more distance between stops, forcing them to walk even further before they can catch it, which means many would spend even more time in the cold and rain. Ford seems convinced that subways lead to flourishing neighbourhoods, but compare the busy, vibrant downtown streets built around aboveground transit to some of the desolate areas around many of our subway stations. Lively strips like Queen, King, Dundas and College succeeded without the help of subways, while big sections of Yonge, Bloor and the Danforth are still surprisingly underdeveloped. Watching the city through a window helps you discover corners you never knew about, and if our goal is to help the city grow, above-ground has very real advantages beyond the price tag.

VISUAL ARTS Live/Jonathan VanDyke: Obstructed View Mar. 4, The Power Plant A durational performance for two figures by New York-based artist Jonathan VanDyke. THEATRE The Wooster Group’s Version of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carré Mar. 28–31 A radical – yet textually faithful – adaptation from this legendary NYC-based theatre company. Part of World Stage. VISUAL ARTS York Quay Centre Through July 8, FREE Showcasing eight new exhibitions by today’s hottest contemporary visual artists, including BIG ENOUGH? Architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd create new installations which explore the idea of what is “big enough.”

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Online Extras Five reasons why ToronTo will build lrTs 1. The political fallout for the province would be too huge to back down now on council’s decision to go with light rail. 2. The money for LRTs has already been budgeted by Metrolinx. 3. The mayor’s scheme to bury the Eglinton Crosstown and ditch the Finch LRT was never the province’s preference. 4. Light rail plans for Toronto are too important to the province’s vision of an integrated transit network around the Golden Horseshoe. 5. It’s politics, stupid. Read the full story at NOW March 1-7 2012




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12:26 am, Sunday, February 26, at the Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship. Betty Bomb Paige (left) takes on Family Jewels. Proceeds from the event went to Because I Am A Girl Foundation.



Number of questions fielded by the city’s 311 service in 2010, about 10 per cent of them via email. As of March 15, however, 311 will no longer accept email requests due to budget cuts. Customer disservice?


More fallout from concerns about the politicization of city staff after the firing of TTC chief general manager Gary Webster. City Ombudsman Fiona Crean has been asked to investigate allegations brought to her attention last week by a well-known cycling activist that Public Works and Infrastructure Committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong and others intentionally muzzled former manager of Transportation Services Gary Welsh on the safety impacts of removing bike lanes on Jarvis. Crean may not have a mandate to probe the charges, however. Welsh has left the city’s employ. We’ll keep you posted.

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Greenpeace commemorates the one-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Japan – and lessons we can learn from it – with a photo exhibit, Shadowlands: From Chernobyl To Fukushima, at Bathurst Centre for Cultural, Arts, Media and Education (918 Bathurst), launching March 7 and running to March 18. Greenpeace holds a teach-in from 1 to 5 pm on the final day of the exhibit. Pictured here, contaminated depot in Tsushima, one of many villages near the exclusion zone.



A new low for the Toronto force: charges against Toronto police Constable David Cavanagh in the September 2010 shooting death of Eric Osawe were upgraded from manslaughter to second-degree murder. In an apparent effort to shield the officer from the press, Cavanagh was ushered in and out of three different courthouses by court security and fellow officers before a special hearing to arrange bail was quietly held. The manoeuvring prompted the usually cop-friendly Sun to wonder if there’s one set of rules for cops, another for everyone else.


CUPE Local 4948, the union representing library workers, and the city have reached an impasse in contract talks. The union has asked the province for a “no board” report, which means 2,300 library staff at 98 branches could be in a legal strike position – or locked out by the city – by mid-March. Union president Maureen O’Reilly has expressed concern about the slow pace of negotiations – and about the Ford administration’s plan to privatize library services after losing his bid to close branches and cut hours. The union notes that a U.S.-based library-management corporation has retained the services of a lobbyist with ties to at least one Toronto library board member. This week the library board approved advertising on due date slips.

SCANDAL SHEET “Does anything-you-can-get-awaywith mentality foster Tory cheaters?” That headline in the Globe succinctly captured what many in Conservative media circles (and not) were thinking about the robo-call scandal engulfing the HarperCons. Party operatives made harassing phone calls to voters they knew were unlikely to vote for them in order to affect the turnout in a number of close races. Police and Elections Canada have been called in to investigate. Another question about the governing party’s propensity for campaign dirty tricks: has Stephen Harper lost touch?

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Just as the spectacular Cirque du Soleil was on the brink of becoming one of the world’s most popular entertainments, senior stage writer Jon Kaplan went to New York to get face time with some of the troupe’s performers. The Cirque was already gaining renown for redefining the circus arts, taking the animals out – relying on human strengths instead – and putting narrative in. Since then, Cirque’s set up in Vegas and beyond, last week nearly stealing the show from the stars during the telecast of the Academy Awards. (Page 21 of the issue) Travel back in time with NOW’s online archives at

Barometer MICHAEL COREN Jewish group B’nai Brith sides with the Evangelical Christian and SunTV talk show host after a U.S. rabbi calls Coren an anti-Semite for a Jews-in-Hollywood reference he made during an interview.

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URBAN PICNIC Lunch and fresh apples at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, February 28, mark the seventh-anniversary celebrations of the Greenbelt, the 1.8-million-hectare ring of protected farmland and green space around the Golden Horseshoe.

LRTs An expert panel asked to review the mayor’s subway plans will recommend going with LRTs instead at a special meeting of council set for March 15. Read Ben Spurr’s Leaning Towards LRT at daily.


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VOODOO ECONOMICS Right-wing economists urge the feds to impose sales tax on all food, arguing that the extra revenue could help stimulate the economy. Anti-poverty activists gasp in disbelief. Higher food costs would prompt the poor to make unhealthier food choices, they say.

CORPORATE COVER-UPS The United Steelworkers union unveils disturbing details after its eight-month investigation into the deaths of two miners at Vale’s Stobie Mine in Sudbury last June. The nickel giant temporarily suspended production after another death at a Vale mine on January 29, the fourth in less than a year at the company’s operations.

MP JUSTIN TRUDEAU Gutsy Grit golden boy loses some of his glow when forced to apologize for his part in whipping up the Vic Toews Twitter controversy. Interim leader Bob Rae reveals that a Lib staffer was behind the Twitter account that leaked the minister’s nasty divorce details.

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thing to do with payback for Matlow’s role in killing the mayor’s subway dreamin’. Bendixen’s response to the “nonbelievers” veered incomprehensibly into comparisons to 9/11 – as in there are still those who think the 9/11 attacks were not carried out by terrorists. Matlow’s silence on the matter (he did not respond to a request for comment from NOW) speaks volumes. But since we’re engaging in

conspiracy theories, he sent out this Tweet around the time he found out he was getting the axe:“Toronto is better served when we have open, honest dialogue informed by factual evidence rather than manipulative spin & narrow ideology.” But I have it on pretty good authority from a source close to the mouth of madness at City Hall (see if you can guess who from this scramble: WLOAQKMANEPAVLOAQPWM) that Matlow was muscled out. “They’ll never get him back now,” says this source, whom I’ll call Deep Throat. So goes the continued self-destruction of Ford & Co. “A fuckin’ disaster,” is how DT describes the current state of affairs at 100 Queen West in the wake of the Sheppard subway defeat and news that a growing bloc on council is about to bounce the TTC commissioners involved in Webster’s firing. Behind closed doors, the situation is worse than even the mayor’s harshest critics could imagine. Let me set the scene: an exhausted political staff being run off its feet; a meddlesome older brother with zero political acumen who thinks he’s chief of staff running the show; and a mayor who prizes loyalty above smarts and refuses to take advice from the high-priced help around him. The arrival of Amir Remtulla as chief of staff was supposed to smooth the turbulent political waters, helping to build more cordial relationships with opposition councillors (remember that?), but the opposite has occurred. Things between the mayor and Big Brother Doug aren’t so hunky-dory either. “Hate” might be too strong a word to describe their relationship, but the Fords were barely on speaking terms before that perfect storm that blew them into office. In case you think I’m making this up, did you catch the “disclaimer” with which the mayor started off his 1010 show on Sunday, when he talked about not being responsible for anything his brother might say, do or text? Robo was only half-joking. “I have no idea what he’s going to do,” he said. It was downhill from there, with more commercial breaks than callers and more talk of Oscars, hockey fights and the good works of the Good Shepherd than why his subway plan beats

and asking them to endorse a plan that would see a subway built on Sheppard one station at a time, as funding becomes available. Parker, who backs surface rail, told Ford he won’t support the idea, and it is unlikely the mayor has won over enough councillors to get approval. Meanwhile, the panel convened by council at its February 8 meeting to decide between LRTs and subways on

Sheppard will report on March 15, and discussions with insiders reveal it’s expected to recommend LRTs. But with many voters still skeptical, Stintz and Matlow aren’t taking any chances. At Tuesday’s event, they enlisted Anna Pace of the TTC’s transit expansion department and professor André Sorensen of the U of T’s Cities Centre to make the case for LRT. Both argued that light rail would best suit the density of Toronto’s suburbs. While a majority of the audience ap-


The Rob and Doug show

Ford brothers’ new radio gig is not about saving subways, but a mayoralty badly off the rails By ENZO DiMATTEO


he morning after the night before, which is to say barely 24 hours after Rob Ford offed TTC chief general manager Gary Webster, the city awoke Thursday, February 23, to news of another coup orchestrated by the brothers Ford – this one to control the airwaves. Mayor Rob and Councillor Doug were announced as the new hosts of The City, Newstalk 1010’s call-in show. See ya later, Josh Matlow. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out. Torontonians were also treated

Thursday in the Globe to a front-page shot of the mayor and an op-ed piece inside extolling the virtues of subways and a plan to pay for them using parking fees. The guy who promised to build subways without a cent of taxpayers’ money now wants taxpayers to pay for it. Horrors. Note to Ford Notion: it would take 25 years’ worth of parking fees to raise the billions the mayor needs to finance his subway scheme. But back to that Newstalk business. I’m no communist, but seems to me the mayor is taking a page out

of Che’s revolutionary handbook on how to win over the masses. Or is it the CIA’s? The folks over at Newstalk are denying suggestions that the station was “bullied” into the decision, playing favourites. Programming director Mike Bendixen, afforded space in the Toronto Sun to respond to the charges, revealed that Doug had put the wheels in motion a few weeks back. That timeline would seem to fit the theory that the Fords’ overture to Newstalk had at least a little some-


At transit town hall, bumper-sticker slogans are easier to sell By BEN SPURR Despite the recent council decision to resurrect Transit City, political manoeuvring continues unabated both inside and outside City Hall. On Tuesday, February 28, as Rob Ford was lobbying hard to win back key swing votes on council, the mayor’s opponents on the transit file took their case directly to the public. TTC chair Karen Stintz and Councillor Josh Matlow, both of whom were


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instrumental in the February 8 council vote that rejected Ford’s subway plan, hosted a 300-strong town hall at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. Matlow says he hopes such events will help counter the mayor’s pro-subway message, which has ramped up in recent days. Ford made underground transit the focus of his new radio show on Sunday, and last week penned an

op-ed on the subject. “[Ford’s] bumper-sticker slogans are easier to sell, admittedly,” says Matlow. “What we’re doing is getting out there and sharing the truth.” But while Matlow and Stintz were pushing surface rail to the public, the mayor was shopping his own plans. Councillor John Parker, who also attended the town hall, revealed that Ford has been contacting councillors

the LRTs backed by council. The radio “ride” promised by Doug, as in the roller-coaster kind requiring a seat belt, never materialized. Exchange of ideas? Nope. The end result can be summed up in a few letters: zzzz. I’ll leave it to others to decide if those commercial breaks were timed to let the Fords think about their responses to callers’ questions – like where they’re going to get the money to fund subways. Some of the music that introduced segments were more to the point in commenting on the Ford radio experience: Led Zeppelin’s Communication Breakdown, Jeff Beck’s Going Down, U2’s City Of Blinding Lights (“The more you see, the less you know”). Was the producer sending subliminal messages? There were a few illuminating moments, though. Andy Byford, the guy named interim general manager after Webster’s firing, disconcertingly used the word “company” more times than I care to remember to describe the TTC. Giorgio Mammoliti, the mayor’s right thumb, was called upon to tell listeners about the Emery Village BIA in his ward threatening legal action over council’s plans to go with LRTs on Finch West. It’s not clear they have a legal leg to stand on given the fact the same BIA supported light rail on Finch West under Transit City back in 2008. But it’s not the truth the Fords are after. It’s to sow confusion in the public’s mind. And judging by some of the callers Sunday, there’s plenty of that when it comes to the subway debate. The more dysfunctional the mayor can make council look on the transit file, the better for the mayor. It’s not difficult to understand Newstalk’s motivation for giving the mayor his own show. Radio is a ratings game and, if nothing else, people will tune in to hear what dumb thing Ford may say next. It’s reality radio. What Ford’s new radio show is really about is salvaging Ford’s mayoralty. But there’s no saving his subways. That decision has been made. Over at City Hall, opposition councillors are pulling straws to determine who among them will replace commissioners on the TTC board who helped orchestrate the Webster coup. 3

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peared to support LRT, many were unconvinced. The two-hour meeting became heated at times, suggesting that the mayor’s agenda still has some traction with voters. One woman argued that surface rail on Sheppard would disrupt local business. “What is the plan with regard to lawsuits that are going to happen when those roads are ripped up?” she shouted to enthusiastic applause. Parker admitted there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to counter the mayor’s media blitz. “We’ll keep chugging away,” he said.

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Cabbies protested at City Hall Monday for urgent reform.

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Licence for abuse Time to rethink the industry: taxis are part of sustainable public transit By ADAM GIAMBRONE chances are if you’re one of thousands of locals who rely on taxis as a way around the private car, you found it tough hailing a lift Monday morning, February 27. That’s because many cabbies, placards in hand, were circling City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need for reform and to the city’s ongoing Taxicab Industry Review. The Day of Action, sponsored by the iTaxiworkers Association, had health and safety issues in its sights – driver Khalil Talke suffered a vicious attack one year ago – as well as the issue of discriminatory two-tier licensing. Besides caring about the wellbeing of all residents of our city, why should we care about how this industry is run? Well, to begin with, cabs form an

integral part of our alternative transportation network, along with cycling, walking and public transit. Taxis can provide a substitute for private car ownership when combined with other modes of transit – around 20,000 people take taxis daily – and make mobility possible for those with medical problems, transporting items, or in cases when other modes are simply not as efficient. Indeed, taxis are Toronto’s oldest form of public transit. Our first cab company was established in 1837 by escaped slaves Thornton and Lucie Blackburn. It was taxicabs and omnibuses – horse-drawn carriages and stagecoaches – that gave residents mobility across the city before the first streetcars replaced them in the 1860s. Taxicabs are also an important source of employment for the over 10,000 drivers who support 30,000

children plus other family members by working 12-hour shifts, often six or seven days a week. The majority are people of colour, and the profession offers a way for many newcomers to earn a living. Under the current rules, after the costs of driving and the payments to the dispatch companies and the owners of the “plates,” the average driver makes around $5 an hour. With the average fare in Toronto just over $10, a driver needs to pick up approximately 200 fares a month just to break even. The city has announced it intends to review the licensing issue. Before 1998, Toronto issued only “standard” plates; there are 3,400 of them. Most of these cabs are not driven by the plates’ owners, but are leased or rented to shift drivers 24-7. The problem was, and is, that in-

vestors who buy plates, often for over $250,000, look to recover their investment costs and make a profit by charging the average driver more than $2,000 a month for the car and the right to drive. Because the city has restricted their number, they are continually appreciating in value. In 1998, in an attempt at reform, Ambassador plates were introduced. There are now 1,400 of these (numbers of all licences are restricted to prevent an oversupply), available to owner-operators. But the rules prevent Ambassador holders from sharing them with another driver, even when a driver is ill – or in Talke’s case, recovering from a stabbing. The iTaxiworkers Association wants to create one class of licence that would reduce the role of passive investors, incorporate the ability to hire a second driver to share costs and give the plates value so when drivers retire they have a financial cushion. “In the end,” says Jacob Leibovitch, the organization’s exec director, “there should only be one type of licence for all. One city, one standard.” Drivers also want a task force that includes police to address health and safety. Cabbies face the highest risk of attack and injury on the job of any profession. The city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards Division, declaring that the difficulties facing the industry are “deeply rooted” and require “innovative and effective solutions,” has called for stakeholder consultations from March to May and is promising to complete the review by the end of 2012. While the review’s mandate in-

Under the unfair current rules, cab drivers make approximately $5 an hour after paying the dispatch companies and the owners of the “plates.’’ cludes changes to the licensing system, it should go broader and find ways to better integrate cabs in our transportation network. As the taxi drivers note, it can do this by adding more taxi stands in appropriate places amending bus lane rules to allow taxis to use dedicated lanes and extending other privileges given TTC vehicles (like permitting left-hand turns). These traffic adjustments are in place in other cities, including Vancouver, New York, Chicago and London. By boosting taxi use, the city would discourage the use of private vehicles, a benefit to us all. And by adjusting regulations, we can insure a well-functioning industry with proper oversight. The next time you jump into a cab, think about the person behind the wheel and the role he or she plays in city sustainability. And consider how you can support their call for fairness. 3

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assets in the dirt Even if bank economists like Drummond can’t add them up, Ontario has lots we can bank on By WAYNE ROBERTS the people of ontario have taken two weeks of being kicked in the assets following the release of bank economist Don Drummond’s report on government overspending. The document is one-third wakeup call (we’re spending a lot of money very inefficiently), one-third call to arms for some bold eco-economic thinking and one-third shock therapy designed to scramble the brain with despair caused by an absolute lack of alternatives. Welcome to Ontario’s version of the revolution of falling expectations. If you buy his assumption that there is no more money coming from growth based on new industries or sales opportunities, you have no choice but to buy the math. Rejoice – you have no choice. That’s why the opening chapter features “strong fiscal action” rather than strong political leadership. The pillars of Ontario’s industrial economy of the past century have crumbled, Drummond tells us. The World Trade Organization killed managed trade deals like the Auto Pact. The rest of the manufacturing sector went south looking for cheap

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labour. And the rising Canadian dollar killed off the remainder – once-competitive export sales that thrived when the dollar was cheaper. It’s all vintage Drummond, all clearly laid out in his 2008 report Time For A Vision Of Ontario’s Economy. Except, that is, for his 2008 call for a carbon tax, which disappeared once Premier McGuinty issued his fatwa against tax increases. It was all over but the arithmetic. That’s in keeping with McGuinty’s record, says Mark Winfield, enviro studies prof at York and author of Blue-Green Province: The Environment And The Political Economy Of Ontario. When it comes to this province’s treatment of pollution-intensive energies, it’s been pure “Don’t – don’t stop.” The Green Energy Act, he says, was undermined by massive giveaways to the nuclear industry, for example. And there’s been no move to follow BC, another oil-poor province, which adopted the continent’s first carbon

tax. “There’s a whole energy efficiency and renewable bundle we could move on,” says Winfield. Which leads me back to the kick in the assets. I favour adapting a line from former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural address: There is nothing wrong with Ontario that cannot be cured by what is right with Ontario. As a newcomer to Buddhist gratitude, I was struck by how short Drummond’s list of Ontario assets is: basically “an internationally competitive tax regime” and a highly educated workforce. Pardon me for not feeling buoyed

by the possibilities. No mention of extraordinary social cohesion and public safety, which set Ontario apart from competitors south of the border, especially when it comes to attracting the “creatives” of the knowledge economies. No mention of multiculturalism or biculturalism, a huge linguistic and cultural competitive advantage when seeking sales in global markets. No mention of the most fertile soil in Canada, the biggest set of great lakes anywhere, and one of the best climates for food production in the world, especially a world facing drought and withering heat. No mention of diverse ecosystems providing most of the essential energy and material needs, from nickel to pulp, of a modern economy. No mention of Toronto’s “urban advantage,” acclaimed in most reports on global competitiveness. No mention of the

world-leading talents in the community, charity, co-op and non-profit sector. These are all things a society can bank on, even if number-crunching bank economists are trained to see little of it, since this kind of wealth can’t be stored and hoarded, and therefore doesn’t exist. And Don’s your uncle. A diverse economy faced with export problems always has the option of “import substitution” as a way to at least begin charting a new course. Consider farming, for example. According to the February issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, Canada has been importing 1.6 million tonnes a year of vegetables since 2001. The top 10 on the import list – lettuce, tomatoes, melons, peppers, carrots, onions, broccoli, celery, cauliflower and cukes – all grow well in Ontario, many of them year-round. I am not talking about growing pineapples or oranges. I am talking about buying the food we already grow, food that costs more than U.S. imports only because no government in Canada has the courage to challenge the trade violations involved in massive U.S. subsidies to vegetable exporters and because no Ontario government adopted Drummond’s idea of slapping a carbon tax on trucks carting in things we can grow ourselves. Using the latest (2006, 2009) StatsCan figures, Alison Blay-Palmer at Wilfrid Laurier U conservatively estimates that just this one form of import substitution (what she calls “redundant trade”) could generate some $4 billion a year of new money. And who knows how that could grow if Ontario hospitals, universities and other agencies were directed to buy local and local sustainable when available and cost-effective. Just a start, but better than a logarithm in the eye. Better than unnecessary shock therapy, too. 3

My fiction addiction

Trolling Craigslist for writing gigs and finding guys with foot festishes By SAMANTHA STROH i quit my comfy, stable job last year, put ads on Craigslist and Kijiji and entered the wild world of the freelance scribe. I had seriously low expectations. Colour me surprised when I started receiving replies. Some of my jobs are standard web content creation and parenting articles. But then there are the weird and wacky ones. After a stint on an arranged marriage site penning enticements for those seeking ideal


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partners, it suddenly occurred to me that many love-seekers get no replies because their profiles suck. So now I also ghostwrite dating profiles, creating characters so much cooler than myself that if I weren’t married, I’d totally date them. Turns out there are people all over the world looking for writers for both business and personal reasons – sometimes way too personal. A recent ad posted on Craigslist sought a romantic-comedy writer to compose a short story about professional women in their 20s and 30s who wear excruciatingly painful heels. My novels, none of which have seen the light of day, are all in the romantic comedy genre, so I knew this

gig could be mine. Darth got back to me that night through internet messaging. Where, I asked, was he planning on publishing this tale? It occurred to me that perhaps this was all part of a brilliant marketing strategy for a shoe manufacturer. After a long pause, he responded – the material was only for him. I understood. This gentleman had a foot fetish, and his hired writers’ stories were his “outlet”. Nothing explicit, he assured me. I turned him down. I have always known that I could write killer soft-core: “She dug her long fingers into the soft flesh of her feet, kneading and rubbing….” But knowing what Darth planned to do

with my clever turns of phrase was a complete gross-out. I’ve been asked to work for almost nothing, truly for nothing, and have yet to see payment on a few projects. Sometimes I write about the most personal details of my own life, and sometimes on subjects I know nothing about. I’m addicted to trolling for work, and get a thrill every time a job opportunity pops up in my inbox. And perhaps one day you’ll see my novels on bookstore shelves (or more likely online). Keep an eye out for the one about the 28-year-old lawyer whose Manolo Blahniks are just killing her. 3

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technology It’s alive! PlayBook’s OS 2.0 brings the once-dead tablet to life By editor joSHUa erreTT Could it be the greatest software update of all time? Last week, RIM, the beleaguered Canadian company that brought us BlackBerrys, released a simple update to its PlayBook tablet. And what a difference it makes! So what did this update do to be­ come a contender for best of all time? Well, with one fell swoop, a previ­ ously lame duck entry in the iPad mar­ ket has been revitalized. Actually, scratch the “re.” Thanks to its OS 2.0, it’s vitalized for the first time. The key was adding a native email app, restoring the “email machine” tag line BlackBerry trumpeted even as its market share nosedived. That makes the PlayBook a communications hub that sends and receives Twitter DMs, Face­ book messages and whatever comes down the pipe from LinkedIn.

It’s the best email operation in the tab­ let game. Add BBM and, at the fire sale $200 price point, we’re in best­tablet­ ever territory. Then there’s the calendar app, again integrated with all the social sites list­ ed above. There’s also contacts. And

Android apps are now part of the new­ ly renovated BlackBerry App World – very cool compared to the hyper­exclu­ sive App Store (though there’s no plan yet for a Netflix app). And it’s much faster. That’s it. Just the meat, potatoes and a native email client. Back to basics. In the app era, software updates are generally small fixes, incremental up­ grades and general annoyances. But this one has resurrected a dying prod­ uct, taking it from zero to 60 in one


How do I go about seeding plants from scratch organically?


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ecoholic It could be miserably grey and 30 below out there and serious gardeners would still have a spring in their step and a glint in their eye right about now. Why? Because hope is sprouting in their hearts thanks to the recent start of seeding season. To be totally honest with you, while I bliss out with a spade in my hand, I’ve never started seeds indoors, because: a) my apartments have never had many south-facing windows (I could have got myself some grow lights); b) I never thought I’d remember to do the requisite frequent waterings; c) my old friend Sarah Mulholland from always

email app. If that doesn’t sound impressive, search any review of the PlayBook tab­ let after its launch in spring 2011. “RIM is dead.” “The PlayBook is years be­ hind.” “It simply does not compete.” “The PlayBook is and always will be in­ ferior.” “Not having a native email on its tablet is suicide.” “It lost.” And those are just quotes from my own review, though most broadsheet journalists agreed. Sales were dismal, too. At best, PlayBooks were moving off the shelves at 1/10 the rate of iPads. More than half of PlayBook users have adopted the software update in under a week, which must be some kind of record. But hold the applause, please. This is software for just one device. There is much to be done to fully resuscitate RIM. The real test will come with the next generation of smartphones, the company’s lifeblood. For the time being, though, this PlayBook upgrade shows the company still has a healthy pulse.

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can find certified and uncertified organic heirloom, openpollinated (pollinated by insects, birds or wind rather than human intervention), non-GMO seeds on or All of the above get their seeds from small gardens rather than monoculture mega-operations. If you’ve got heirloom seeds of your own to swap, you definitely want to be at the next Seedy Saturday. (Evergreen Brick Works hosts one March 10, or check out Seeds of Diversity’s for a swap near you.) Next, you need to do a green check on your soil. Whatever you do, skip those peat-based seed-starting pellets, pots and potting soils: harvesting peat is seriously contentious. Peat is regularly strip-mined from sensitive bogs, especially bad news when the stuff only grows a millimetre a year. Once harvested, peat bogs take hundreds of years to grow back. And as I’ve reported before in the column, peat bogs play such a vital role in car-

Skip the peat in your pots; it takes hundreds of years to form. bon-sequestering that the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has compared preserving bogs to saving the rainforests. What to use instead? Well, it depends who you ask. One garden centre employee told me he uses plain top soil for his seeds, no problem. Stratford’s Anything Grows newsletter says coir (coconut fibre from waste husks) is particularly recommended for starting seeds, since it guarantees good drainage “while it encourages strong and early growth.” Plus, it’s wicked at water retention. Many use straight coir, while others mix it with a little compost. You can also buy coconut coir all-purpose potting mix from specialty garden shops like DIY seeding soil mix recipes with vermiculite are a little dodgier, since they may expose you to trace asbestos dust. (The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends only using vermiculite outside and keeping it damp during use to avoid

breathing its dust.) Now that you’ve got your seed and soil sorted, what containers are you going to put them in if you’re not using ready-made trays? Just pop your seeds in half a recycled toilet paper roll! Google “toilet paper seed starter” to get all the instructions (though you’ll need quite a stash of rolls to get moving). Or do a quick online search for newspaper seed starter pots. Old egg cartons work, too, but they dry out really quickly (your soil has to stay moist, which may involve watering every one to three days, depending on your container, sun exposure, windowsill warmth). Once you’ve popped your seeds in, Sarah’s trick is to put a clear plastic garbage bag over the whole tray to create a greenhouse effect until they’ve germinated. Just keep an eye out for mould. You may want to punch a few holes in your bag. By the time your baby seedlings are a couple of inches high, you can keep reducing and reusing by transferring them into old yogurt cups, cottage cheese or sour cream containers. If you tend to overwater, it’s good to punch little holes in the bottom of your pots so they can drain. Once your babies have grown enough, you can bring them outside even earlier (and keep them out longer in fall’s cold months) if you get yourself some cold frames. Consider them your eco-friendly makeshift greenhouse. 3 @ecoholicnation

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Thursday, March 1


A Night to RemembeR (families of migrant

workers killed in Hampstead) Music by Yani Borell and the Clave Kings, dance from Casa Cultura Peruana and dancing. 7 pm. $20. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307. Recipe FoR chANge (FoodShare) Foodie fundraiser with 29 top local chefs. 6 pm. $125, adv $100. St Lawrence Market North Bldg, 92 Front E. 416-363-6441, ext 272, foodshare. net/rfc/recipe-for-change-1.htm.


Acts oF ResistANce Five-week wen-do course

for queer, bi and trans women. 6:30-9:30 pm. $25 sliding scale. 519 Church Community Centre. Pre-register the519-acts_of_resistance_march. ARtist pRoject toRoNto Contemporary fine art sale, art chats, docent-led tours, opening night party and more. Today 7 pm; tomorrow noon-9 pm; Mar 3, 11 am-9 pm; Mar 4, 11 am-6 pm. $10-$14, opening $23-$25. Liberty Grand, Queen Elizabeth Bldg, Exhibition Place.

Atom egoyAN: the techNologicAl impulse

Evening of film and discussion with the filmmaker. 7 pm. Free. Ryerson U, rm LIB 72, 350 Victoria. cANAdiAN ideNtity todAy Student debate on Canada’s ties to the monarchy and talk by journalist John Fraser. 7 pm. Free. Hart House Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle. coNseRvAtioN coNveRsAtioN Discussion on Canada’s policies on climate change and adaptation strategies for our protected areas. 5:30 pm. Free. Graduate Student Union Pub, 16 Bancroft.

FedeRAl Ndp leAdeRship cANdidAtes’ FoRum Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Ontario Fed of Labour, Canadian Peace Alliance, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and others hold a meet-and-greet. 6:30 pm. Free. Trinity-St Paul United Church, 427 Bloor W.

FRom exclusioN to iNclusioN: AccessiNg employmeNt thRough educAtioN Confer-

ence addressing barriers to education and employment for individuals with mental health concerns. 9 am-3:45 pm. $120, stu $75. George Brown College, 290 Adelaide E. georgebrown. ca/mental-health-conference.

FRom WomeN’s Rights to FemiNist WRoNgs: coNtempt FoR meN iN coNtempoRARy society Talk by National Post columnist Barbara Kay. 7 pm. Free. U of T Wallberg Bldg, rm 116, 184 College.

heAlthy liviNg With multiple chemicAl seNsitivities Lecture and open discussion. 7

Festivals this week

eco ARt & mediA FestivAl Campus and community festival inspiring public discussion, engagement and dialogue through visual arts, performances, academic forums, workshops, food, music and more. Free. York University campus. Mar 6 to 9 gospel Fest oN Film Christian film festival with screenings and panel discussions. $13, adv $11. Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall Theatre, 317 Dundas W. 905-999-2629, cbff. ca/film-festival. Mar 3 and 4 mARch hARe FestivAl Two-day literary song and spoken word event celebrating Atlantic Canada’s largest poetry festival. Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 pm. $20/day. Brass Taps, 934 College. 416533-4333. Mar 2 and 3


humAN Rights WAtch Film FestivAl

Screenings of films about human rights

pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-4662129.

judAs! exploRiNg the RelAtioNship betWeeN bob dylAN ANd coNtempoRARy ARt Work-

shop on the relationship between artists and their audience, and the link between music and contemporary practice. 7 pm. $99. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W. Pre-register 416-979-6648. Ndp leAdeRship debAte NDP Socialist Caucus debate with candidates and a Q&A. 7 pm. Free. OISE, rm 2-212/2-213, 252 Bloor W. 647728-9143, sociAl housiNg: Not FoR sAle! Toronto Social Action Coalition event to raise awareness, discussion and action toward reinvestment in Toronto’s affordable housing infrastructure with speakers including Rosie DaSilva of Tenants for Social Housing and social activist Michael Shapcott. 7 pm. Free. Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen W. toxic tRespAss Film screening and discussion with producer Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg. 7 pm. Free. Regis College, 100 Wellesley W. greg. the uNsolved mysteRies oF the cosmos Astronomy talk by Mubdi Rahman and telescope observing. 8:10 pm. Free. McLennan Physical Labs, 60 St George.

Friday, March 2


iN hoNouR oF FRAN heRmAN (Music Therapy

Trust) Entertainment, auctions and tributes to retiring music therapist Herman. 7 pm. $50. Arta Gallery, 55 Mill.

Right ANgles: FReedom oF speech ANd the coNseRvAtive miNd (PEN Canada) Freedom To Read Week panel discussion with Barbara Kay, David Akin, Christopher Hume and Marci McDonald. 6:30 pm. $10 sugg. Reference Library, 789 Yonge.

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on supporting sex workers’ rights and expanding labour rights for all. 2 pm. Free. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. suNdAy sceNes Tour the current exhibitions with Leila Pourtavaf. 2 pm. Free w/ admission. Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-9734949.

York​University’s​ Eco​Art​And​ Media​festival​ begins​March​6.

Monday, March 5


thAt’s WhAt she sAid (Gilda’s Club) Stand-up comedy with Shelly Marshall, Sandra Shamas and others. 8:30 pm. $35, adv $30. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604.


issues including the struggle of refugees, sex trafficking and bullying. $12, stu $5. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. To Mar 9 rmosAic stoRytelliNg FestivAl Perform-

ances for all ages take place every second Sun (call for schedule). Pwyc. St David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands. 416-466-3142, To Mar 18

bRiNgiNg iN the mouNtAiN Ski and snowboard event with snowboarder Johnny Lyall, a live DJ and more. Noon-10:30 pm. Free. YongeDundas Square.

structional Centre, 1095 Military. sustain@ euRopeAN book club The club meets to discuss Dacia Maraini’s The Silent Duchess. 2 pm. Free. Italian Cultural Institute, 496 Huron. Preregister

geNeRAtioN m: misogyNy iN mediA & cultuRe Film screening and discussion led by

writer/activist Michele Landsberg. 7:30 pm. Free. Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard E. gReeN pARty toWN hAll Meet Green Party leader Elizabeth May, deputy-leader/retired NHL player Georges Laraque and TorontoDanforth candidate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu. 7 pm. Free. Estonian House, 958 Broadview.

migRANt WoRkeRs iN chiNA ANd southeAst AsiA Screening of Lixin Fan’s film The Last

Train Home and panel discussion with professor Alana Boland and others. 10 am-2 pm. Free. Munk School, rm 108N, 1 Devonshire. sisteRs iN the stRuggle Film screening and panel discussion with multidisciplinary artist Kim Crosby and others. 7 pm. Free. Bahen Centre, rm 1170, 40 St George. toRoNto iNteRNAtioNAl bicycle shoW A BMX jam contest, street course, trick riding and the latest in bikes and gear. Today noon-9 pm; tomorrow 10 am-7 pm; Mar 4, 10 am-6 pm. $10-$19. Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.

Who ARe the hAudeNosAuNee? heAR it FRom theiR oWN peRspective Teach-in by the

Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 10 am-5 pm. OISE Library, 252 Bloor W. Pre-register WoRld dAy oF pRAyeR Ecumenical service. 7:30 pm. Free. Northminster United Church, 255 Finch W.

IiNteRNAtioNAl WomeN’s dAy 2012

Women Working with Immigrant Women event with a rally (11 am, OISE, 252 Bloor W), a march to Ryerson (1 pm) and a fair (2 pm, Ryerson U, 55 Gould). Free. liFe AFteR deAth Event to commemorate the eighth anniversary of activist Tooker Gomberg’s passing. 3 pm. Free. Instit for Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen W. phoeNix poetRy WoRkshop Read your poem for feedback and provide feedback to others. 2:30 pm. Free. College/Shaw Library, 766 College. 416-393-7668. rscReech & hoot Family nature walk. 6 pm. $2 sugg. High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside. seedy sAtuRdAy Community seed exchange, gardening workshops and seed vendors. Noon-5 pm. Free. Scadding Court, 707 Dundas W. sumo Robot chAlleNge Student-built robots battle it out for prizes. 1:30 pm. $5, stu $2. OCAD U Auditorium, 100 McCaul. toRoNto RolleR deRby Death Track Dolls vs Smoke City Betties and CN Power vs Roc City Roc Stars. 6 pm. $18, adv $12. Bunker, Downsview Park, 40 Carl Hall. torontorollerderby. com.

Which WAy FoRWARd FoR the tRANsit movemeNt iN toRoNto? Greater Toronto

Saturday, March 3

Workers’ Assembly forum on defending, expanding and protecting transit against Rob Ford with speakers including NDP urban transport critic Jonah Schein. Noon. Free. Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil.

coNceRt FoR globAl Access to meds (Can-

Sunday, March 4



and supplements that can help prevent breast cancer. 6 pm. $60, stu/unwaged $50. Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, 252 Bloor W. Pre-register

adian HIV/AIDS Legal Network) Performances by the Folk, the Liras and others. 8 pm. $10. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina. canadiansforcamr. mARdi gRAs Night (YAY’s Group Mentoring Program) New-Orleans style party with craft brew samplings, a raffle and more. 7 pm. $50$59. Whistler’s & the McNeil Room, 995 Broadview. 905-518-8164. stARlight gAlA (Starlight Children’s Fdn) Opera gala. 6 pm. $400. Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place.

ARtbus Bus tour to see exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery and Burlington Art Centre. 11:30 am-5 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. Pre-register the cost oF cheAp Ulyssean Soc presentation on low prices and their implications for global giant businesses. 2 pm. Free. Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil. FAmily puRim celebRAtioN Music by singer Mitch Smolkin, a costume parade, holiday crafts and more. 11 am. $10, child $5. 918 Bathurst.

rdestiNAtioN discoveR sleepoveR Kids explore the exhibits halls, do interactive activities and see an IMAX film. 4:45 pm. $59. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. Pre-register 416-696-1000. eAsteRN gtA eco summit Talk on building the resilient city-region by geography prof/editorialist Andre Sorensen plus discussions on transportation, sustainable food and more. 9:30 am-4 pm. Free. U of T Scarborough In-

IiNteRNAtioNAl WomeN’s dAy uNdeR coloNiAlism Poetry, music, art and discussion on

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OAKHAM HOUSE – 63 GOULD ST., RYERSON UNIVERSITY Four respected advocates from Mexico talk about the worsening crisis and a courageous, growing movement for change. For more info, contact Amnesty International: or 416-363-9933 ext.322 March 1-7 2012 NOW

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the issues and movements that are changing global consciousness. 11:30 am. Free. Ellington’s Cafe, 805 St Clair W. 416-652-9111. opeRAtioN migRAtioN Illustrated talk by Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff. 2:30 pm. Free. Emmanuel College, rm 001, 75 Queen’s Park. Isex WoRkeR solidARity pANel Discussion

ANdReA mARtiN Unique Lives & Experiences lecture by the comedian. 7:30 pm. $36. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe. bANksy ANd the histoRy oF high ARt Walrus fiction editor Nick Mount discusses how the work of Banksy and other graffiti/street artists fits into the history and context of gallery art. 7 pm. Free. Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor W. Pre-register 416-3937674. AN eveNiNg With doN heRtzFeldt The cult animator premieres his latest film, It’s Such A Beautiful Day, and is interviewed onstage. $15-$30. Royal Cinema, 608 College. hoW to dRive youR mAN Wild With pleAsuRe Women-only workshop. 7-9 pm. $43. Good for Her, 175 Harbord. Pre-register 416588-0900.

No moRe blood: the stRuggle FoR peAce ANd humAN Rights iN mexico Amnesty Int’l

presents four human rights defenders speaking on the deteriorating security situation in Mexico. 7 pm. Free. Ryerson U, Oakham House, 63 Gould. 416-363-9933 ext 322. opeN liFe dRAWiNg Life drawing from the model, one pose. 6:30 pm. $9. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. donriverdwgsessions@ violA desmoNd AWARds dAy An awards presentation celebrates the life of the Halifaxborn black businesswoman. 5:30 pm. Free. Ryerson University Snack Stop/Hub Cafeteria, 350 Victoria.

Tuesday, March 6


petticoAts, scouNdRels ANd soldieRs: the FAces oF 1812 (Toronto’s First Post Office) Single Thread Theate Co performance about the War of 1812. 7:30 pm. $25. St Lawrence Hall, 157 King E. 416-865-1833.


dRummeRs iN exile Weekly drum and dance circle. $2-$5. Annex Wreck Room, 794 Bathurst.

ecoNomic iNequAlity: WhAt do We do?

Forum with Kay Blair of Community MicroSkills Development Centre. 7 pm. Free. Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Sam Smith. heNRy v Shakespeare lecture by Jane Freeman. 7 pm. Free (ticket required). Reference Library, 789 Yonge. mAyA – secRets oF theiR ANcieNt WoRld Talk by ROM curator Justin Jennings. 6:30 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 40 St Clair E. 416-393-7657. A pictuRe book celebRAtioN With authors Sarah Ellis and Barbara Reid. 6:30 pm. Free. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. sociAl mediA FoR begiNNeRs Basic workshop on how to use social media. 6-9 pm. $125. Akimbo, ste 506, 80 Spadina. Pre-register toRoNto bAbel Practice languages and meet people from around the globe. 7:30 pm. Free. Rivoli, 332 Queen W, upstairs. torontobabel. West coAst sWiNg Introductory lesson and dancing to top 40, blues and R&B, no partner necessary. 8 pm. Free. Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt.

Wednesday, March 7


7 FieRce Femmes (Seventh Stage Theatre)

Fundraising party wth entertainment, tunes

by DJ Lissa Monet, food and more. 7 pm. $25 adv. Extension Room, 30 Eastern.


Art CreAtes ChAnge Talk by multidisciplinary

artist Shu Lea Cheang. 7:30 pm. Free. OCAD U, 100 McCaul. Pre-register Buying A house or Condo in ontArio Talk by a real estate broker. 6:30 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-393-7131.

CAnAdA is not BilinguAl, BinAtionAl or BiCulturAl Panel discussion with David Ber-

cuson and Antonia Maioni. 6:30 pm. $25. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. rom. drAke triviA Play a game of Trivia. 8 pm. $2. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. euChre At CAstro’s Progressive tournamentstyle game. 6:45 pm. Free. Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen E. 416-699-8272.

Iexposed: the FemAle perspeCtive & voiCes

Reception with artwork, photographs and poetry readings. 6:30 pm. Free. Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner. events/eventdetail.php?id=646.

interrogAting ApArtheid: CAmpus As A site oF resistAnCe Israeli Apartheid Week discussion with social justice activist Judy Rebick, professor Abbie Baken and students. 7 pm. Free. U of T Fitzgerald Bldg, rm 103, 150 College.

JACk ChAmBers: An intimAte rememBrAnCe

Talk by poet Christopher Dewdney. 8:30 pm. $22.50, stu $17. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648.

moBile AFriCA: how teChnology is reshAping the Continent AMREF global development discussion. 6 pm. Free. Urbana Coffee, 1033 Bay. Pre-register

screening and panel discussion with phys ed professor Margaret Macneill and others. 5 pm. Free. Hart House Library, 7 Hart House Circle. Pre-register oCCupAtion 101 Israeli Apartheid Week film screening and talk by journalist Jon Elmer. 2 pm. Free. York U Student Centre, rm 430, 4700 Keele.

Isisters And outsiders: CeleBrAting women’s resilienCe Talk by counsellor Far-

rah Khan. Noon. Free. Women’s College Hospital, Cummings Auditorium, 76 Grenville. Pre-register

Isisters oF the plAnet: Four inspirAtionAl women And the Fight AgAinst ClimAte ChAnge Film and discussion with a speaker from Oxfam. 7 pm. Pwyc. Friends House, 60 Lowther.

the trAFFiC in nAnnies: the exploitAtion oF FemAle lABour? Discussion with investigative journalist Susan McClelland. 4 pm. Free. University College, rm 179, 15 King’s College Circle.

Iwomen At the CrossroAds: gender And Culture At the Centre oF A ChAnging southeAst AsiA Talk by Asian history prof

Nhung Tuyet Tran in conjunction with the exhibit Half A Sky. 7 pm. Free. Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas W. Pre-register Iwomen oF inFluenCe Luncheon with HGTV host Sarah Richardson. 11 am. $99. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front W. 416-9231688. 3


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

give to gildA’s

Just as Gilda’s Club gets set to move into a new space on Cecil, the organization that supports women with cancer presents That’s What She Said, one of its essential benefits. In honour of the club’s namesake, gifted comic and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, the funder puts funny women front and centre. Look for laughs from Sandra Shamas, Shelley Marshall, Martha O’Neill and others, Monday (March 5), 8:30 pm. $35. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas West). 416-531-6604.

mAking peACe in mexiCo

With Mexico awash in violence, Amnesty International Toronto hosts No More Blood: Struggles For Peace And Human Rights In Mexico, fea-

Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 AM!

no more Blood: struggles For peACe And humAn rights in mexiCo Panel discussion

turing Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre, which works with indigenous groups; conflict prevention org SERAPAZ’s Dolores González Saravia; Yolanda Moran Isais of FUUNDEM, representing families of the disappeared; and migrant advocate group Casa del Migrante’s Alberto Xicotencatl Carrasco. Monday (March 5), 7 pm. Free. Ryerson University’s Oakham House, 63 Gould. aito. ca.

good digs For All

As the city considers selling over 600 Toronto Community Housing dwellings, the Toronto Social Action Coalition hopes to steer the discussion toward reinvestment in affordable housing. Social Housing: Not For Sale features an amazing roster of experts

Sandra Shamas stands up for Gilda’s Club on March 5.

and pols, including MP Olivia Chow, the Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott, councillors Ana Bailão, Adam Vaughan and Mike Layton and more. Tonight (Thursday, March 1), 7 pm. Free. Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen West.


W MEN’S DAY 2012

with Dolores González Saravia of Mexico City’s Centre for Peace and others. 1:30 pm. Free. York U, Stedman Lecture Hall A, 4700 Keele. speakingtourmexhumanrightscanada.

nutrition As A preventAtive strAtegy


Workshop. 7 pm. Free. High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles. 416-393-7671. reveAl me Night of burlesque with Red Herring, Mitzy Cream, Fiery Sky and others. 8 pm. $10. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908.



Thursday, March 8


the F word (Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/All Saint’s Women’s Drop In) Special benefit performances of a new play by Jennifer Phillips and Loretta Chan. Today and tomorrow 7:30 pm. $21-$45. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555. kitChen sisters (Sistering) Reception and four-course dinner from chefs including Suzanne Baby, Donna Dooher and Colen Quinn. 6 pm. $500-$1,000. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, 85 Hanna. 416-926-9762 ext 243.







Art & struggle Conference with panels on

art and the body politic, feminism and identity struggles, and more. Today 1-5:30 pm; tomorrow 9:30 am-6 pm. Free. OCADU, 100 McCaul. Build your worth Young Women of Influence event with talks by financial journalist Alison Griffiths and Smart Cookies co-founder Angela Self. 6 pm. $45. One King West Hotel, 1 King W. Pre-register register. ICiviC muslims Community CAFe International Women’s Day chat. 7 pm. Free. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. 647-726-9500.

ColumBiA Building intelligenCe proJeCt

International think tank on solutions that could change the building industry for the better with architects, engineers and others. 1-7 pm. Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W. Pre-register eye heAlth the nAturopAthiC wAy Lecture. 7 pm. Free. Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. 416-466-2129.

FrugAl FeAsts: the $24/week Fresh living plAn Workshop on how to eat well on a

budget with the Daily Apple’s Lesley Stoyan. 6 pm. $32, stu $8. Hart House Music Rm, 7 Hart House Circle. frugalfeasts. Jorge munguiA The Mexican curator speaks about his work with Pase Usted with Spacing editor Dylan Reid. 7:30 pm. $10, stu/ srs $7. Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond W. Imiss representAtion Documentary

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Menswear trend preview Last week we called out the spring clothing and accessories to watch for women. This week, it’s all about the statement buys on deck for the boys.

FIT FOR PRINT Subtle shadow plaids don’t count when it comes to the high-contrast textiles being cut into jackets this season. Joe Fresh stocks a selection of printed blazers including this blue style ($119, 589 Queen West, 416-361-6342, and others, come April.

CIRCULAR SUNNIES Vintage-inspired round frames have been gaining popularity for a few years but a new subset of circular glasses like Mykita’s Anai model ($570, Josephson Opticians, 60 Bloor West, 416-964-7070, and others, josephson. ca) have a distinctly futuristic form.

SHOES WITH SOLE Cole Haan’s Air Jasper Wing Tips ($148, 101 Bloor West, 416-926-7575, prove pops of colour are moving from the uppers to the soles on statement footwear.

KHAKIS (THAT AREN’T KHAKI) Chinos are the new jeans? If you land on the preppy side of the menswear spectrum, you know that a closet of beige, olive and ecru trousers can get old fast. Mix things up with Oliver Spencer brick-coloured work pants Spencer’s ($225, 962 Queen West, 647-348-7673,

THE YELLOW SLICKER Wear American Apparel’s Nylon Taffeta A-Way Jacket ($55, 50 Bloor West, 416-963-5000, and others, as a topper or layered under trench coats and blazers in early spring.


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Last week, fans of New York designer Jason Wu and shoppers eagerly anticipating Target’s ’s arrival north of the border kicked off spring fashion collaboration season at a one-day-only pop-up shop selling his budget-friendly collection for the U.S. retailer. Next up is UK-based print-pusher Mary Katrantzou’s line for Top Shop launching Tuesday (March 6) at the store’s Yorkdale location (3401 Dufferin, 416-789-8011, The 10-piece lineup includes leggings, signature dresses and more priced between $120 and $630.


The collaboration fashion fiends are giddiest about is H&M’s ( with newest guest designer Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni. The new print- and colour-blocking-focused collection for men and women features polka-dot knits, tone-on-tone dresses and a standout selection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings strung with irregularly shaped beads, matte sequins and monochromatic flowers. This one arrives at H&M’s Eaton Centre (1 Dundas West, 416-593-0064), Yorkdale (3401 Dufferin, 416-256-3997) and Yorkville (15 Bloor West, 416-920-3592) locations the morning of March 8.


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Daniela Bosco recently announced that her Queen and Dovercourt footwear mecca Chasse Gardée (1084 Queen West, 416-901-9613, is closing. You have until the end of March to shop Chasse’s amazing selection and thank Bosco for upping the shoe ante in the city. Opening its doors at Yonge and Lawrence is Zalin Shoes (3126 Yonge, 416-489-7667,, a chic boutique stocked with quality men’s sneakers, dress shoes and sandals.


Curbside Cycle (412 Bloor West, 416-920-4993, starts off cycling season by offering 20 per cent off bike riding must-haves like locks, lights, bells and helmets. The promo continues until March 4 and includes rides from Linus and Abici plus a free Toronto Cyclist Union membership with every bicycle purchase. Down at the Distillery, Distill (55 Mill, building #47, 416-304-0033, is turning nine with 30-per-cent-off discounts this Saturday and Sunday (March 3 and 4).




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Buying a suit doesn’t have to be a stuffy experience or an over-styled exercise in metrosexuality. take Deluxe, Kasha Milewski’s boutique at Queen and Manning, for example. as soon as you enter the bright, airy space, you’re met by a long rack of Tiger of Sweden jacket and pants combos in the line’s signature tailored, slim cut. the collection, which also includes shirts and footwear, is the store’s bread-and-butter brand, even making its way to the womenswear rack that runs parallel to the lineup of guy buys. Other names to look out for include Copy and Property Of for men and Designer’s Remix and Vancouverbased Obakki for women. New for ladies this spring is the shoe collection including contemporary open-toe boots, criss-cross sandals and slingback clogs. Deluxe picks: tiger of Sweden’s newest men’s suit cut is the edvin, available in pale grey, $799; break out from your brogue addiction with a pair of monkstrap shoes in rich brown leather, $329; a yellow print blouse is an Obakki standout, $245. Look for: a selection of vintage bags, jewellery and accessories. Hours: Monday to Saturday noon to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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Aries Mar 21 | Apr 19 At one point in his

book The Divine Comedy, the Italian poet Dante is travelling through Purgatory on his way to Paradise. American poet T.S. Eliot describes the scene: “The people there were inside the flames expurgating their errors and sins. And there was one incident when Dante was talking to an unknown woman in her flame. As she answered Dante’s questions, she had to step out of her flame to talk to him, until at last she was compelled to say, ‘Would you please hurry up with your questions so I can get on with my burning?’” I bring this to your attention, Aries, because I love the way you’ve been expiating your own errors and sins lately. Don’t let anything interfere with your brilliant work. Keep burning till you’re done. (Source: A New Type of Intellectual: Contemplative Withdrawal And Four Quartets, by Kenneth P. Kramer.)

about. In his own chart, he says, Cancer rules his ninth house, so he whines about obsolete beliefs and bad education and stale dogmas that cause people to shun firsthand experience as a source of authority. I hereby declare these issues supremely honourable reasons for you to whine in the coming week. You also have cosmic permission to complain vociferously about the following: injustices perpetrated by smallminded people; shortsighted thinking that ignores the big picture; and greedy self-interest that disdains the future. On the other hand, you don’t have clearance to whine about crying babies, rude clerks or traffic jams.

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 L.A. Weekly praised

GeMini May 21 | Jun 20 In the cult blax-

VirGo Aug 23 | sep 22 In the coming

TAurus Apr 20 | May 20 If you’ve been

ploitation film The Human Tornado, the main character, Dolemite, brags about his prowess. “I chained down thunder and handcuffed lightning!” he raves. “I used an earthquake to mix my milkshake! I eat an avalanche when I want ice cream! I punched a hurricane and made it a breeze! I swallowed an iceberg and didn’t freeze!” This is the way I want to hear you talk in the coming week, Gemini. Given the current astrological configurations, you have every right to. Furthermore, I think it’ll be healthy for you.

CAnCer Jun 21 | Jul 22 Astrologer Antero Alli theorizes that the placement of the sign Cancer in a person’s chart may indicate what he or she tends to whine

days, you could do a lot to develop a better relationship with darkness. And, no, I don’t mean you should do bad things, seek out negativity and be fascinated with evil. When I use that word “darkness,” I’m referring to confusing mysteries and your own unconscious patterns and the secrets you hide from yourself. I mean the difficult memories and parts of the world that seem inhospitable to you, and the sweet dreams that have lost their way. See what you can do to understand this stuff better, Virgo. Open yourself to the redemptive teachings it has for you.

LibrA sep 23 | oct 22 Sister Jessica, a character in Frank Herbert’s Dune books, says, “The greatest and most im-

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sAGiTTArius nov 22 | Dec 21 There are

portant problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.” I encourage you to use that theory as your operative hypothesis for the foreseeable future. Here are some specific clues about how to proceed: Don’t obsess about your crazy-making dilemma. Instead, concentrate on skilfully doing the pleasurable activities that you do best. Be resolutely faithful to your higher mission and feed your lust for life. Slowly but surely, I think you’ll find that the frustrating impediment will be drained of at least some of its power to lock up your energy.

sCorpio oct 23 | nov 21 A few years ago, the Hong Kong company Life Enhance sold briefs and boxer shorts that were supposedly designed by a master practitioner of feng shui. On the front of every garment was an image of a dragon, which the Chinese have traditionally regarded as a lucky symbol. To have this powerful charm in contact with your intimate places increased your vital force – or so the sales rap said. By my estimates, Scorpio, you’re not going to need a boost like that in the coming weeks. Without any outside aids whatsoever, your lower furnace will be gen-

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times in your life when you do a lot of exploring in the outer world, and other times when your pioneering probes are directed primarily inward. In my astrological opinion, you’re currently more suited for the latter kind of research. If you agree with me, here’s one tack you might want to take: Take an inventory of all your inner voices, noticing both the content of what they say and the tone with which they say it. Some of them may be chatty and others shy; some blaring and others seductive; some nagging and needy and others calm and insightful. Welcome all the voices in your head into the spotlight of your alert attention. Ask them to step forward and reveal their agendas.

CApriCorn Dec 22 | Jan 19 The Oxford

English Dictionary, an authority on the state of the English language, adds an average of two new words every day. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I’d like to see you expand your capacity for selfexpression with equal vigour. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re due for an upgrade in your vocabulary, your clarity and your communication skills. Here’s one of the OED’s fresh terms, which would be a good addition to your repertoire: “bouncebackability,” the ability to re-

cover from a setback or to rebound from a loss of momentum.

AquArius Jan 20 | Feb 18 We turn to

Dr. Seuss for help in formulating your horoscope this week. He told a story of dining in a restaurant with his uncle, who was served a popover, which is a puffy muffin that’s hollow on the inside. “To eat these things,” said his uncle, “you must exercise great care. You may swallow down what’s solid, but you must spit out the air!” Drawing a lesson from these wise words, Dr. Seuss concluded, “As you partake of the world’s bill of fare, that’s darned good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.” I expect your coming week will be successful, Aquarius, if you apply these principles.

pisCes Feb 19 | Mar 20 You should be like a rooster, Pisces: dispensing wake-up calls on a regular basis. You should be nudging people to shed their torpor and shake themselves out of their stupor. What’s your personal version of “Cockadoodle-doo!”? It shouldn’t be something generic like “Open your eyes!” or “Stop making excuses!” Come up with attention-grabbing exclamations or signature phrases that no intelligent person can possibly ignore or feel defensive about. For example: “Let’s leap into the vortex and scramble our trances!”? Your imagination is the single most important asset you possess. Listen to the podcast:


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holding yourself back in any way, Taurus, now’s the time to unlock and unleash yourself. If you’ve been compromising your high standards or selling yourself short, I hope you will give yourself permission to grow bigger and stronger and brighter. If you’ve been hiding your beauty or hedging your bets or rationing your access to the mother lode, you have officially arrived at the perfect moment to stop that nonsense.

the music of drone-noise band Barn Owl. The review said the listening experience is “akin to placing your ear against the Dalai Lama’s stomach and catching the sound of his reincarnation juices flowing.” That sounds a bit like what’s ahead for you in the coming week, Leo: getting the lowdown on the inner workings of a benevolent source... tuning in to the rest of the story that lies behind a seemingly simple, happy tale... gathering up revelations about the subterranean currents that are always going on beneath the surface of the good life. It’s ultimately all positive, although a bit complicated.

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Toronto’s no stranger to ecclectic cantinas, off-the-wall beaneries like New York Subway, Eastern Twist and Hungary Thai. So a take-away stuffing Vietnamese sandwiches with Korean barbecue and Mexican chilies feels right at home, especially on a corner like Queen and Spadina. While their banh mi get most of the traction, the Boys’ steamed house-baked bao are the true stars of the show, a multi-culti mashup of slowly roasted pork belly dusted with five-spice powder and dressed with pickled daikon, Luck sauce and as many sliced jalapeño peppers as you dare. Watch for the addition to the menu of deep-fried squid banh mi when BMB reopens for good on March 9. Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 pm. Closed Monday, some holidays. Unlicensed. Access: barrierfree, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN



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Most restos have a manifesto: “Squeeze as much cash out of this sucker as possible, then split.” This once-a-week vegan café run by a U of T co-op has a motto, too, only theirs is more along the lines of “Use locally sourced organics, respect the dignity of others and save the planet while we’re at it.” Hey, they’re students! Tupperware in hand, nearly 200 of them show up every week for a seasonal meal of braised parsnip soup, raw kale salad, curried sweet potato couscous and broiled baby beets in maple syrup. Still think four bucks is a bit pricey? every third Wednesday of the month, lunch is pay-what-you-can. So great has been the response to the weekly event that the gang have opened Harvest Noon, a full-time café on the second floor of the Graduate Students’ Union at 16 Bancock. A fiver there gets you a bowl of nutty sunchoke soup, greenhouse greens tossed with apples and beets, and a slice of house-baked Red Fife bread intensified with Mill Street organic lager. Wednesday noon to 2 pm. (Harvest Noon Monday to Friday 10 am to 2 pm, lunch from noon). Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNNN

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No one’s claiming this Chinese takeout truck permanently parked on U of T’s main drag is one of the better Cantonese cantinas in town. Far from it. But the orderly crowd that patiently waits for styrofoam containers brimming with basic fried rice and cornstrachheavy stir-fries has few complaints, especially when everything on the menu goes for four bucks, plastic fork, packet of salty soy sauce and tax included. We’re particularly partial to the last combo on the lineup, a tasty mix of crisply fried chow mein noodles generously topped with alarmingly red barbecued pork, chewy strips of beef in oyster sauce and a slew of al dente carrots, brocolli and cauliflower. Who cares if its deep-fried chicken ball is 99 per cent Wonderbread? it’s filling! Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: barrier-free, no washrooms. Rating: NNNN

Hot Turkey Sandwich ($3.75)

Sorry, Fran, but your venerable College Street diner is not Toronto’s longestrunning resto. That honour goes to this extremely low-rent spoon on what was once supposed to be the wrong side of the tracks. Nothing has changed since day one some 85 years ago. A row of wobbly red vinyl stools still faces a faded formica counter, lumpy leatherette booths seem built for midgets, and an AM radio tuned slightly off-station blasts CHUMdingers direct from the past. Gale’s prices seem equally frozen in time, with toasted westerns going for $1.25 and a basic cheeseburger $1.35. Best of the lot and the priciest thing on septuagenarian owner/chef David Chan’s carte (if you can call it that) is his Hot Turkey Sandwich ($3.75). Okay, the bread’s white, the gravy’s canned and the fries are as frozen as the peas ’n’ carrots. But the bird – both tender boneless breast and meaty thigh – is freshly roasted on site daily and more than plentiful. Finish with a $1.50 slice of house-baked cherry pie à la mode and be immediately transported back to a simpler and significantly cheaper time. Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday noon to 5 pm. Closed Sunday, holidays. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: five steps at door, tiny washroom on same floor. Rating: NNNNN

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Stuffed Pickled Poblano Pepper ($9)

Despite the limited kitchen – if you can call three induction burners and a miniature deep fryer that – chef Francisco Alejandri still manages to whip up some of the most stellar Mexican food Toronto has ever tasted. Take his completely uncooked interpretation of the clichéd chili relleno, here gently pickled poblanos stuffed with creamy made-to-order Nuevo Leon-style guacamole spiked with habanero chili, sharp white onion and lime. He finishes them with fresh marjoram leaves, shredded queso and raw ripe tomato sauce, the sly heat beginning as tiny pin pricks on the tongue

before building slowly to a fiery crescendo. “Mexican cuisine is all about balance,” says Alejandri from beneath his trademark fedora. “Simple flavours in harmony. Nothing should overpower the other.” Send the taste buds in the opposite direction with a cup of his Callebault bitter hot chocolate ($4) spiked with a shopping list of ingredients that includes crushed hazelnuts, star of anise and cayenne pepper. “And sea salt, of course” reminds the cook who’s worked the line at some of Toronto’s more respectable cantinas, among them Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, Torito and Scaramouche. Been put off by the inevitable weekend queues at this tiny Kensington food stall? Show up almost any other time and go to the front of the line! Tuesday to Sunday noon to 7 pm. Closed Mondays, holidays and Tuesdays after long weekends. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: three steps at door, no washrooms. Rating: NNNNN Kenzo Ramen chef Jin Yu Lan

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Most know them as Saigon subs, but the correct name of the stellar vietnamese sandwiches Rose Psam sells from her tiny take-away in Chinatown east are banh mi, and brilliant ones at that. imagine the flakiest of French-style buns lavishly spread with butter and sweetened mayo, stacked with tasty Southeast Asian cold cuts of unknown provenance – we’re guessing pork or possibly chicken (ish) – and garnished with fresh coriander leaves and strips of gently pickled carrot ’n’ daikon. The hardcore go for optional stinky fish sauce and incendiary Thai bird chilies. The former Rose Café even serves a deluxe Deluxe sub for three bucks. What’s the difference? “More meat!” laughs Psam. Daily 9 am to 8 pm. Unlicensed. Cash only. Access: two steps at door, no washrooms. Rating: NNNNN

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Forget the toxic dollar-store stuff you ate back in the student dorm. These be handmade noodles fit for royalty if Daniel and Jane Park’s insanely busy Japanese noodle house’s top-of-theline King of Kings ramen ($11.95) is any indication. Better yet, go for their Tonkatsu ramen, a Hakata-style pork-bone soup thick with chewy pasta in milky broth and dressed with lean slices of

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barbecued pork tenderloin, sliced scallion, baby bok choy, rubbery kamaboko fishcake and half a runny hardboiled egg. The proper technique involves piling a little bit of everything on your spoon with the chopsticks provided before noisily slurping it down, though most folks prefer to fall in face first. Can’t stand a lunchtime lineup? Show up just before at the newest Kenzo on Yonge just south of Wellesley and have the joint to yourselves. For about 10 minutes. Daily 11 am to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNN continued on page 30 œ

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Lunch Pasta Special ($8.95) When this art deco diner debuted 36 years ago, its low-key launch marked a seismic shift in the Toronto dining scene from stuffy hotel dining rooms for swells to funky indie cafés aimed at a less affluent and much younger crowd. Who knew history was being made? While it might have fallen off the foodie map of late, the Pan’s noonday noodle nosh is still reason enough to return. Cheap pasta primavera this ain’t. Instead, chef Ben Grant swirls al dente spaghetti in nutty pesto cream and truffle oil before tossing it with sautéed

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strips of sweet yellow bell pepper, wilted spinach leaves, portobello mushrooms and caramelized red onion finished with a generous grating of My Market parmigiano. The combo’s completed by a slab of house-baked ovenwarm focaccia and a saucer of buttery olive oil splattered with balsamic vinegar. You can also get it at dinner with a very good salad for $13.95. At prices like these, they must be giving the stuff away. “We started doing the special about 10 years ago,” says the Pan’s Mary Jackman, whose first murder mystery – set in an art deco diner, of all places – is about to be published in May. “It’s a bit of a loss leader, but it’s a big draw and brings people into the restaurant.” Monday to Saturday noon to 4 pm. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN

ZoCalo 1426 Bloor W, at Sterling, 647-342-1567,

Broken Bread Sandwich ($10)

Though this Junction Triangle café’s chef, Joel MacMillan, considers them “plates of fun stuff that kind of goes together,” we like to think of them as cleverly deconstructed sandwich platters, meal-in-one combos where no two bites are ever the same. There’s always bread, of course – thick, rustic slices of St John Bakery’s Celtic sourdough and olive loaf,and great hillocks of organic arugula in wild honey poppyseed vinaigrette. variables include naturally raised Gasparro beef ’n’ double-smoked bacon meat loaf laced with bone marrow jus, paired with


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If you’re planning on having a bite to eat at Adrian Ravinsky and david Stewart’s watering hole, remember to BYOF – bring your own fork – as the west-side resto has been proudly “cutlery-free” since it opened last spring. “We recommend using your hands, or neaRly a Lady And The Tramp-like manSearch by rating, price, genre, oeuvre,” says Stewart. Luckily, the house provides a neighbourhood, tiny butreview & more! supermarket ter knife when you order chef Jon vet268 Augusta, at College, 416-840-0501, traino’s Smorgasbord charcuterie ter. You’ll need it to spread ambrosial The Supermarket Special ($18) chicken liver mousse and raisin chutney on Ace Bakery toasts sided with Next to the $2.50 hamburger with tzahouse-made duck prosciutto and tziki and pickled hot peppers at the transparent pancetta, pickled heirsoon-to-close European Meats’ lunch loom beets and buttery Raclette counter, the biggest meal deal in Kenscheese. Go totally ott with a fatty torington has always been this pioneerchon of foie gras smeared with blood ing resto-lounge’s spectacular southorange jam for an additional $4.43. But east $15 Asian four-course prix fixe. why no forks? Sadly, it was quietly discontinued late “It keeps us true to the snack concept,” last year. Stewart laughs. “Otherwise, we might Penny-pinching epicures will be start serving pasta!” heartened to learn that Greg Bottrell Nightly 5 pm to 2 am. Licensed. Access: and crew have just brought the super one step at door, washrooms on same Special back, although its price has floor. Rating: NNNN

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mashed celery root and red-onion relish or bourbon-roasted acorn squash coupled with lemony parsnip hummus and spicy almonds. There’s even a breakfast version with poached freerange eggs, caramelized apples and aged retro cheese-balls rolled in toasted granola. don’t do gluten? Have a rice cake! Surely, MacMillan must get sick of his signature dish. “It’s more of a challenge, really,” says the chef whose prep kitchen is little more than a closet. “We change the menu every three months, so I never have time to get bored.” Wednesday to Monday from 10 am, dinner 5 to 10 pm. Bar till close. Closed Tuesday, some holidays. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNNN

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dhaBa 309 King W, at John, 416-740-6622,

All-You-Can-Eat Indian Lunch Buffet ($11.95/$12.95 weekends)

Ada and Joe Zhou’s dinner for two feeds at least four at Harbord Fish & Chips. now crept up to a mighty 18 dineros. Ex-Lava chef Manh Nguyen still starts with his rustic soup du jour and wedges of house-baked focaccia or a tart Thai green mango salad but now follows with the choice of steamed Chinese dim-sum buns stuffed with tofu and meaty king mushrooms or shrimp ’n’ avocado wonton tacos. For mains, go with either tacos of crispy battered whitefish or grilled hanger steak ’n’ Segovia chorizo, both dressed with crumbly queso and roasted salsa or one of the tastiest versions of vegetarian pad thai out there. Finish with skewers of grilled pineapple drizzled with dulce de leche and sided with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before shaking a tail feather on the dancefloor. Sunday to Friday 5:30 to 11 pm. Licensed. Access: three steps at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNNN


When charismatic owner/chef P.K. Singh Ahluwalia first opened this unusually polished Indo resto in a grungy strip mall in the wilds of Rob Ford’s Etobicoke, it became an instant culinary cause célèbre, eventually earning the honour of NOW’s Restaurant of the Year for 2003. A subsequent move to a second-storey space in downtown’s theatre district may have lowered his profile, but the sensational 50-item lunch buffet still steals the spotlight. Yes, you’ll find the same chafing dishes of creamy butter chicken, saag paneer and biryani rice served at every other Subcontinental spread in town, but you also get unlimited access to the best salad bar in the GTA. And where else do you see hollowed-out pineapples brimming with butterflied shrimp in dilled yogurt, brown rice strewn with a confetti of diced sweet peppers, and raw leaves of spinach finished in cashew cream? Perfectly flaky fired-to-order naan and house-made pistachio kulfi more than warrant return trips. Weekdays noon to 2:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Licensed. Access: 20 steps at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNNN

GovInda’s 243 Avenue Rd, at Roxborough, 416-9225415,

All-You-Can-Eat Indian Vegetarian Buffet ($8 donation/$5 students) f it weren’t for that Rama Lama Ding Dong song in an infinite loop and the faint smell of incense off in the distance, tucking into a meal at the Iskon Centre isn’t that different from a potluck supper in the Presbyterian church basement it once was, albeit a somewhat more incendiary one. Get the fire started with organic greens in French citrus dressing before moving on to cauliflower pakoras, soupy lentil dahl spiked with cinnamon bark, and vibrant okra and spinach subzis sided

681 St Clair W, at Christie, 416-658-5687,

Loonie Monday/Toonie Tuesday Now in its 21st year, Safa Nematy’s intimate Middle Eastern café hasn’t been one of Hogtown’s hottest boîtes in some time, but it’s certainly one of the most value-minded. Never much more so than on Mondays, when every second tapas-like mezze – mixed organic greens with walnuts in barely there vinaigrette, smoky baba ghanoush, skewered lamb leg kebabs – will set you back $1.22 each instead of the regular $3.50 ($32 for 10). Tuesdays, everything on the menu is $2.22, with a maximum order of 25 plates. And while the prices go back to normal on Wednesdays, $7 cover gets you a front-row seat for some of the best jazz musicians in the country, something you won’t see at the local Slop ’n’ Bucket. Lunch Monday to Friday noon to 2:30 pm, for dinner Monday to Thursday 5 to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 pm, Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Licensed. Access: four steps at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN

sChool 70 Fraser, at Liberty, 416-588-0005,

Schoolicious ($25) Brunch has proven so popular at exXacutti chef Brad Moore’s Liberty Village café, it’s now served every day of the week. Strangely, dinner service has yet to catch on with the eggs Benedict with hollandaise set. That’s about to change with the introduction of Schoolicious – clever name, that – a weekly event running through the end of March that sees any starter, main and dessert on the 75-seat resto’s Indo-inspired card go for a double sawbuck and a fin. Little wonder the likes of beefy sliders dressed with horseradish-beet relish followed by cuminkissed tranches of pink Atlantic salmon sided with buttery lentils in tomato cream and sticky toffee carrotcake to finish ($44 total any other night) cause regular sell-outs. Wednesdays 5 to 10 pm. Reservations essential. Licensed. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNN

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momo’s GroCeterIa & Bakery 196 Robert, at Harbord, 416-966-6671, Harbord Bakery isn’t the only reason to hit the south Annex’s resto row if you’re in the market for some serious old-world baking. Located in the back of the long-running Momo’s falafel hut, this two-month-old shop has already garnered a well-deserved following for its massive housebaked spinach pies ($2.50) and eggy breakfast buns ($1.75), notably among the cash-strapped students on their way to Central Tech and U of T who pass by every day. They come for sweet sugar-glazed bagels ($1) that taste like doughnuts,

Come and Get It 170 Spadina, at Queen W, 647-344-3416, Come and Get It before They Turn Us into Condos, more like. “I’d love to be here for the duration of the summer,” says Jon Polubriec of his recently launched sandwich shop that’s popped up temporarily in the old Ackee Tree at Queen and Spadina. “But as soon as the developer wants us out, we’re out.” We have a feeling they won’t be going anywhere too soon, not when beautifully braised Butcher Shoppe beef short ribs come dressed with sweet ’n’ sour coleslaw and deep-fried onions on Golden Wheat Bakery milk buns spread with smoky ancho chili barbecue sauce. Get It goes Hawaiian with a

flaky cinnamon rolls (50 cents) and pistachio-studded halvah ($2). They also grab 16-ounce tubs of vegetarian stew ($3.99) or mild lamb curry ($5.99) and others of lentil rice or stuffed peppers (both $1.99) and assemble super gourmet spreads on the cheap. There are likely those who’d say that opening a Middle-Eastern patisserie across the street from one of Toronto’s oldest Jewish bake shops might not be such a good idea. “We’re not selling loaves of rye bread,” says Jerusalem-born owner/baker Mohamed Abu-Taah. “It’s a different style. They like our food and we like their food. It’s not a big deal.” Daily 9 am to 11 pm. Unlicensed. Access: three steps at door, no washrooms. Rating: NNNN second made-from-scratch sandwich of slow-roasted pork belly glazed in hoisin set off with fresh pineapple salsa, pickled red onion and crunchy crackling (both $8). Those remarkably tender ribs and belly also turn into poutine (all $7) when tossed with a great whack of very good fries in gravy and local mozzarella curds. There’s even a terrific green bean salad ($9) finished with fluffy quinoa in a garlicky tomato vinaigrette. What ever will they think of next? “We’re working on a jerked pork belly and crispy plantain sandwich,” says Polubriec, good news for those still jonesing for the Ackee Tree. Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, holidays. Unlicensed. Access: four steps at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNNN

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Once the last permit goes through, the second outpost of super-popular Pizza e Pazzi (672 St. Clair West, at Christie) should be opening this week. Watch for the same $10 aperitivo deal (a sawbuck gets you an alcoholic beverage and unlimited access to the impressive pizza ’n’ antipasti buffet) that made the original so popular Mondays to Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm.

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Further downtown, Chippy’s (893 Queen West, at Gore Vale, 416-8667474, re-emerges March 1 with a new, rustic look. Owner John Lee is also introducing the Double Dunk, two deep-fried fillets of Acadian sturgeon in Guinness batter dressed with red cabbage Coca-Cola coleslaw and house-made tartar sauce ($9 with fries), its bun replaced by two pieces of deep-fried pizza dough. Sounds like something that would come from the Burger’s Priest’s fevered brow. “The yeast makes the dough puff out so it forces air through, which prevents it from getting greasy,” Lee reveals. “It’s SD almost a doughnut effect.”

amazing graze after work happy hour is alive and well thanks to these specially designed food and drink special deals Most people can’t afford to splash out the way they used to just five years ago, preferring to spend any expendable cash on unexpendable things like rent or the mortgage instead of a big night on the town. And the restos know it. Given these trying economic times, it’s little wonder happy hours are popping up all over town. And so to the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West, at Beaconsfield, 416-531-5042,, NNNNN), where they’ve just introduced an Après Work cocktail ’n’ sushi program to rope in punters. We figure we’ll have the lounge to ourselves holiday Monday, but here it is 4 pm and the room’s seriously slammed by the brunch crowd, most of them well into their third Pisco Fuzz ($13). We opt for an $8 Monkey Gland – 2 ounces of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe – and a $6 glass of okay local Chardonnay. At these prices, we’re expecting tiny portions, but chef Anthony Rose’s barbecued pork belly nigiri dressed with strips of scrambled egg, basil sprouts and sweet teriyaki ($7) could sink the


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proverbial battleship. As could the Scorcher ($6.50), a stack of blowtorched salmon tataki drizzled with spicy Dynamite sauce, slivered scallion and green wasabi tobiko roe plated over a bed of crispy soba noodles and deep-fried salmon skin. In lesser hands, Sushi Pizza ($7) is as authentically Japanese as poutine, but Rose raises this rather routine dish to previously unseen heights, his a large, crisply fried puck of short-grain rice generously topped with marbled raw salmon, chunked avocado and bits of wasabi stem. We save the best till last: chef’s genius seared tuna tostada ($7.50) heaped with a deliciously creamy cabbage and black sesame slaw in crème fraîche dressing bombed with hellaciously hot jalapeños pickled in sour yuzu juice. Impressive. Across the street at the Beaconsfield (1154 Queen West, at Beaconsfield, 416516-2550,, NNNN ), they’ve been offering their Five To Seven dinner and a 50 special Monday to Friday since they opened in 2008, even though the mahogany-

Chow down on the Beaconsfield’s fish and chips and a Fifty for just nine bucks.

lined saloon looks like it’s been around since the first Depression. Tuesdays, nine bucks gets you a beer and a plate of chef Carlos Fernandes’s southern-style mac ’n’ cheese, but since this is Friday, tonight it’s fish and chips or, more accurately, tranche of haddock in panko batter lashed with Guinness and sided with a veritable Everest of very good frites. Curried tartar sauce, too. Better yet are Thursday’s chili fries ($8 à la carte), more of those exceptionally skinny spuds topped with fab bean-free beefy Texas chili, cubed avocado and sour cream. “I could eat those fries forever,” sighs our server.

Over the road on the ground floor of the not so Bohemian Embassy, Piola (1165 Queen West, at Northcote, 416477-4652,, NNN ) advertises its happy hour as “L’Aperitivo Italiano.” Translation: buy a drink at the bar Monday to Thursday from 4 to 6 pm and be treated to what the flyer calls “an array of traditional finger foods.” We prefer the deal that sees any 13inch pizza on the card for $8 at those same hours. When we enter the newly launched Church Apertivo Bar (1090 Queen West, at Dovercourt, 416-537-1090,, NN ), we hope they’ll be spinning the 12-inch mix of Madonna’s Like A Prayer – it is, after all, located in a former Slavic Pentecostal chapel – but we make do with the Reverend Al Green’s greatest hits in its place. Shame the bite-sized Italian canapés (mushroom-topped pizza squares, stuffed mussels, arancini on sticks) available at the bar Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 6:30 pm are stone cold. They do, however, make a very good Caesar with Ketel One vodka and pickle juice ($10).


We’ve come to the Ritz Carlton (181 Wellington West, at Simcoe, 416-5852500,, NNN ) to sample chef Tom Brodi’s celebrated nibbly bits but find his TOCA Bar off the hotel’s lobby closed this Family Day, the one day a year we could really use a stiff drink. The front desk sends us down the hall to the far less glamorous DEQ Bar, the rec room of the Ritz. While affluent tourists lounge in sweatpants by the fireplace and a table of ladies take afternoon tea, we order a round of $16 cocktails at the circular marble bar. There’s no sign of bar snacks, but once we ask, they bring out bowls of Parmesan-dusted popcorn (ho-hum), spicy Mexican pumpkin seeds (salty) and house-made wasabi peas (woohoo!). No complimentary strips of maplesyrup-infused bacon, though. Vegetarian spring rolls ($3 for two) are the size of your pinky, while shrimp cocktail ($3.50) is little more than a butterflied decapod and a blob of ketchup mixed with horseradish. Halfway through your second Corpse Revivor – gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and a dash of absinthe – you won’t notice a thing. 3

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WHAT: Misterio Malbec 2011 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE Mendoza, Argentina THE DAMAGE: $8.25, LCBO #28803 THE NOTES: Very ripe blackberry and tobacco bouquet. Full, soft fruit flavours bolstered by a modicum of zip. Not lightfooted by any means, but quite quaffable. THE SCENE: Unshaven (legs, chins, armpits, whatever), flipflops, sausages on the cue, nice fatty on the go. The cottage, Ward’s Island, the back deck. Thrift-store vinyl or just strumming. It’s all, as so many people say, good.

ñMerlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (red) Rating: NNNN WHERE: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy THE DAMAGE: $7, LCBO #621953 THE NOTES: Surprisingly good at this rock-bottom price. Generous fruit, good structure, juicy. Versatile. THE SCENE: If you can find good delivery pizza, this is your wine. Forget what happened at work or school. Slip on a clean pair of sweatpants. Fire up the flatscreen. Inhale the sweet scent of pie-warmed cardboard and unscrew this super deal. Heaven.


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WHAT: Quartetto 2008 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE: Alentejo, Portugal THE DAMAGE: $8.85, LCBO #253880 THE NOTES: Made from Portuguese and French grapes, this wine leads with structural attitude followed by brambly fruit flavours. No cheap pushover. THE SCENE: It’s cold and wet outside, but the stove’s been on for hours and that inexpensive, tough cut’s just about ready to break down into fork-worthy mouthfuls of beefy goodness. Cozy up for a winter dinner with this robust red.

WHAT: Caliterra Sauvignon

ñBlanc 2010 (white) Rating: NNNN

WHERE: Casablanca Valley, Chile THE DAMAGE: $8.95, LCBO #275909 THE NOTES: Unlike most cheap Sauvie B’s, this smells good: tropical fruits with a lean edge. Flavours follow the same vivacious theme. Excellent taste and texture in the sub-sawbuck zone. THE SCENE: It’s been a long, lazy Saturday at the park (let’s think positive here). Sushi on the way home? Goes without saying. Beer’s too much to carry? It’s Caliterra time, and you don’t have to work tomorrow. Better buy two. continued on page 34 œ

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WHAT: René Barbier Classic White 2010 (white) Rating: NNN

WHERE: Penedès, Spain THE DAMAGE: $9.95, LCBO #332767 THE NOTES: Just aplain, simple, light, refreshing wine that gets better as you drink it. Tastes like Cava without the bubbles, because it’s made from a similar blend of grapes. THE SCENE: You’re finally having your art opening and you want to serve something that damages neither attendance nor your grant money. A consummate sipper. Perfect with salads. Speaking of art, too bad about the new label.

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WHAT: Moselland Bernkasteler Riesling 2010 (white) Rating: NNN WHERE: Mosel, Germany THE DAMAGE: $9.95, LCBO #15875 THE NOTES: Not a huge amount of action in the bouquet, but limeade-like flavours followed by typical oily Riesling texture get the mouth watering. THE SCENE: Although we don’t really get the idea in North America, Germany has a huge, happening wine culture, and this is just the affordable tip of the Riesling iceberg. Get this stuff really cold, add some soda water and make believe you’re sitting at a café overlooking some medieval town square nibbling on cold cuts as the spring sun warms the cobblestones. Ja, das ist gut.

WHAT: Pelee Island Cabernet Franc 2010 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE: Pelee Island, Ontario THE DAMAGE: $11.45, LCBO #433714 THE NOTES: Classic Ontario green pepper superseded by cassis. A smattering of tannins support ripe fruit. THE SCENE: Any time the gobbling masses gather to paw over a cheese board. But know that there is no Wine For All Cheeses. A young goat and an old blue are too disparate to match with one bottle, but if you’re up against a tray, this is a useful choice.

WHAT: Casillero del Diablo Shiraz 2010 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE: Rapel Valley, Chile THE DAMAGE: $11.95, LCBO #568055 THE NOTES: Bit of a horn-blower. Herbal, peppery bouquet verging on something meaty. Medium-full weight. Slowbuilding fruit flavours with a herbal edge. THE SCENE: The spice grinder is a-whizzin’, the oil’s a-sizzlin’, the lamb is on the sauté and you’re getting all South Asian. Drop the needle on the Ravi Shankar and get ready for some taste intensity.

WHAT: Chateau de Gourgazaud 2010 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE: Minervois, France THE DAMAGE: $12.95, LCBO #22384 THE NOTES: Perennial bargain wine that shall not be denied. Jammy, black pepper, raspberries, just a hint of rubber (not a bad thing), all riding a decent rush of acidity. THE SCENE: The Django is on its third repeat play. The half-eaten pâté sits on the plate next to a baguette growing stale in the late afternoon light. A camisole is draped over a chair back. The wine? She is empty. We must grab these fleeting moments of ecstasy as we journey through the meaningless absurdity of existence.

WHAT: Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée (sparkling) Rating: NNN WHERE: Australia THE DAMAGE: $14.25, LCBO #210633 THE NOTES: Irrepressible Antipodean character asserts itself with a touch of mango in the bouquet and a similar tropical enthusiasm on the palate that tells you you’re not in France any more. Nice mousse, aka bubbles. THE SCENE: You’ve dressed up, set the table and cooked your signature dish. You could crack a bottle of red or white, but this is a real romance multiplier. With Champagne grapes and Champagne methods but Aussie ripeness, this versatile bubbly is a good answer to “What wine goes with that?”

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WHAT: Château des Charmes Aligoté (white) Rating: NNN WHERE: Niagara Peninsula THE DAMAGE: $10.65, LCBO #284950 THE NOTES: Here’s one you don’t hear too often: grapey. Smells sort of grapey, and tastes that way, too. Very bright and refreshing. A satisfying mouth-filler. THE SCENE: Aligoté, as in, “I can’t give you no more cause it’s Aligoté.” Whew, wine humour. Hustle home with those bags of Szechuan, Cantonese or Thai takeout and hope there’s a bottle of this waiting for you in the fridge.

WHAT: Laurent Miquel Père et Fils Chardonnay 2010 (white) Rating: NNN WHERE: Languedoc, France THE DAMAGE: $12.35, LCBO #157909 THE NOTES: Toasty, verging on popcorn, oaky bouquet dominates, which is too bad, because there’s lots of vibrant fruit action underneath. All is redeemed by a long, citrusy finish. THE SCENE: Anybody at a country club now? Okay, the rest of us can just imagine. Cue sound: sprinkler hiss, pool splashes, etc. “Waiter, shrimps go here, and another glass, please. Where were we? Ri-i-ight – she’s so full of Botox, I’m surprised it’s not squirting out of her tear ducts.”

WHAT: Christian Moueix Merlot 2005 (red) Rating: NNN WHERE: Bordeaux, France THE DAMAGE: $14.95, LCBO #961227 THE NOTES: An ongoing conversation between the soft and the stiff, like cherries in vinegar. The generosity of Merlot tips the scales toward the yummy. Needs food. THE SCENE: You’re ready for the real deal. The modest label, the unpronounceable name, the fantastic vintage: it all adds up to an Old World wine experience. Put on the Aznavour, light the candles, decant the wine, pull something bloody and expensive out of the oven and savour the good life.

WHAT: Carmen Reserva

ñChardonnay 2010 (white) Rating: NNNN

WHERE: Casablanca Valley, Chile THE DAMAGE: $10.95, LCBO #235663 THE NOTES: A hair of sulphur at the beginning quickly blows off to reveal nice Chardonnay tropical fruit aromas and light oak seasoning. Creamy mouth-feel evolves into a surprisingly long, structurally sound finish. THE SCENE: So fish tacos are so 2010 and ABC (anything but Chardonnay) is still in effect? Pity the fool. Time for a fish taco and Carmen Chardonnay partay! Invite everyone interested in a hard-to-beat but unpretentious taste experience.

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WHAT: Codorniu Brut Clasico (sparkling) Rating: NNN WHERE: Penedès, Spain THE DAMAGE: $12.75, LCBO #215814 THE NOTES: Fairly mute in the bouquet, but don’t worry, because with quick, lemony, mineral-driven sensations in the mouth, it’s sort of like drinking a big, clean breath of cold fresh air. THE SCENE: Weddings, parties, funerals, anything. The world shouldn’t end with a bang or a whimper, but with a pop. When pouring for the jubilant crowd, $50 bottles of Champagne are a bit much. Cava to the rescue. Codorniu delivers the ceremony without having to pay like it’s alimony.

Free corkage Restos are known to mark up a bottle of wine in ways that can send your bill through the roof. Some restos will not only let you bring your own bottle, they won’t charge you a corkage fee – sometimes. Here’s where and when. BLU RISTORANTE 17 Yorkville, 416-921-1471, Mondays CAVA 1560 Yonge, 416-979-9918, cavarestaurant. ca. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays DT BISTRO 154 Harbord, 416-537-9696, Wednesdays IL SOGNO 1993 Yonge, 416-322-7050, Tuesdays and Thursdays JAMCAFE 195 Carlton, 416-921-1255, Sundays NOTA BENE 180 Queen W, 416-977-6400, One bottle corkage-free per two guests reserving 9 pm and later

769 St. Clair Ave W • 416.654.9119 • PAESE 3827 Bathurst, 416-631-6585 and 333 King West, 416-599-6585, No corkage fee Sunday to Friday on first bottle only PALLUCCI 523 Mount Pleasant, 416-484-9828, One corkage-free bottle per couple on Wednesday QUINCE 2110 Yonge, 416-488-2110, Mondays and Tuesdays THE ROSEDALE DINER 1164 Yonge, 416-9233122, Sundays and Mondays TABLE 17 782 Queen E, 416-519-1851,

Sundays and Mondays TABÜLÉ 2009 Yonge, 416-483-3747, Mondays and Tuesdays for groups under 10 TREVOR KITCHEN & BAR 38 Wellington E. 416941-9410, Up to two bottles per table, Tuesdays and Wednesdays SPLENDIDO 88 Harbord, 416-929-7788, At the bar only, Tuesdays and Wednesdays UNIVERSAL GRILL 1071 Shaw, 416-588-5928, Sundays with purchase of a main course NOW march 1-7 2012



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ary 24. Rating: NNNN The Daps Records Revue at the Great Hall was a launch party for the new local label but also an anticipated first look at Daps supergroup Phèdre, made up of Hooded Fang and Doldrums members. It was the band’s first show, but from the moment they took the stage it was obvious why they were headlining. Phèdre take the best elements of both bands and add a layer of surrealist spectacle and theatricality. Singing over electronic backing tracks isn’t normally a recipe for excitement, but it definitely works when you add in gold-painted interpretive dancers, glitter-filled condom balloons, feathers flying through the air, copious amounts of costume jewellery bling, cheeseburgers (?!) and the rest of the band’s absurdist opulence. The only problem was that their set made Hooded Fang seem conservative and

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Doldrums sound sloppy by comparison. Phèdre may have started as a casual side project, but you can expect them to become the stars of the Daps RecBENJAMIN BOLES ords empire.

CROCODILES at Lee’s Palace, Thursday, February 23.

Rating: NNN Until promoter Dan Burke pulled some strings to bring Crocodiles in from San Diego to triple-head his bloc of shows at last year’s NXNE, the band had never played Toronto. Since then, they’ve graced at least five local stages. You’d think they’d have built up quite a following, but they’re apparently still growing their network. The crowd was noticeably thinner than at their last appearance opening for Dum Dum Girls at Lee’s Palace in October, but the band didn’t let that spoil the fun. Dressed in his typical skinny jeans/ sunglasses-at-night combo despite the low-light set-up, lead singer Brandon Welchez brought his repertoire of stage moves, no doubt cribbed from all

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Friday, February 24. Rating: NNNN The top billing of Fade to Mind honcho Kingdom and Texan selector Dubbel Dutch caused a crush at the groundfloor entrance of Chinatown’s Dim Sum King on Friday. Three floors up, things were just as frenzied, as over 700 people danced into the corners of the resto-rave. The remnants of dancehall and Mya that closed Dubbel Dutch’s set were a good primer for what Kingdom’s known for: blending the accessible (like

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strong that they should form a band. While I’m sure I wasn’t the only critic to say that, I’m taking some credit for their impressive new duo project, Whitehorse. They kicked off the set playing acoustic guitars huddled around a single mic, which brought to mind a Johnny Cash and June Carter routine, but it wasn’t long before they brought the classic-country/blues vibe out of the past and into the future with help from looping pedals and a stage full of eclectic instruments. A little of their experimental take on roots music came through on their self-titled debut EP, but live it jumps to the foreground. And once the novelty of watching the pair build up layers of percussion and textures wears off, you realize that the stars of the show are still the rich interplay of their voices and Doucet’s twangy guitar heroics. BB

new Beyoncé and old Ciara) with the weirder, more niche end of dance music. It’s important to note that Kingdom rinses 90s/00s pop cultural ephemera in a non-ironic way. The familiar swatches mentally anchor dancers submitting to his tastefully strange, sometimes dissonant soundscape, which spans grime, gay house, UK funky and more. He looped The Wire’s Omar growling, “You come at the king, you best not miss,” over aggressive hard style and, 10 minutes later, rolled the ethereal dance of Fatima Al Qadiri into Kelly Rowland’s Motivation. Later still, he stepped back and bobbed to his own songs, which, like his sets, reinterpret ANUPA MISTRY the familiar.

the most charismatic frontpeople of the last few decades in rock. The arena-reaching gestures fit the band’s heavily stylized garage aesthetic but made less sense without the wall of adoring fans. They also focused more on big pop hooks than on spacey drone, but if you prefer the other side of Crocodiles, well, chances are they’ll RICHARD TRAPUNSKI be back soon.

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Art of Time Ensemble: BRASIL Saturday, March 3, 2012 8pm Koerner Hall Experience the range of Brazilian music including songs by Villa Lobos, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the music of Guinga performed by Toronto's groundbreaking chamber ensemble featuring 8 cellos.

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester Thursday, March 8 & Friday, March 9, 2012 8pm Koerner Hall The Berlin cabaret circa 1920 with authentic arrangements of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and Franz Lehár. “Irresistible.” (Los Angeles Times) Presented in association with the Goethe Institut Toronto.

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TRUST with BLANK CAPSULE, ELL V GORE and OFF- WHITE DJS SCHRAMM & ADRIENNE at Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (March 3), doors 10 pm. $10.50. RT, SS, TW.

In concert, Trust are more easily heard than seen. The local dance duo’s shows typically feature a dramatic obscuring effect like smoke clouds, strobe lights or – as was the case when they opened for John Maus at the Drake Underground – a ridiculously bright rainbowlight display. Behind the dry ice, however, you’ll find two highly focused individuals. A native of Winnipeg, 23-year-old Robert Alfons is a self-taught musician with an affinity for goth culture, Kate Bush and Ke$ha. Asked the key to a good pop song, he says, “There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure. I can appreciate a lot of music, so I think that’s the key. Nothing is out of the question.” In late 2009 he met drummer Maya Postepski, 25, a classically trained percussionist best known as the drummer for synth-pop group Austra. They clicked immediately. The first song they wrote was the meandering ballad Candy Walls, released as a single on Brooklyn imprint Sacred Bones last spring. Around the same time, they spent several weeks working on TRST (Arts & Crafts), a debut album that filters their love of escapist pop through aggressively dark, sensual acid-trance beats. “We bring different strengths to the table,” says Postepski. “Robert is really good at pop structures, and I’m really good at weird beats and riffs.” Last summer they signed to local

indie Arts & Crafts and then travelled to Montreal to work with mixer and frequent Björk collaborator Damian Taylor, who beefed up the overall sound. “He gave our songs a big booty,” Alfons says. While Trust’s sonic booty is hard to miss, their lyrics are less direct. Alfons prefers to leave their interpretation up to the listener. But when pressed for the story behind Gloryhole, a song named for the hole drilled in toilet partitions for peepshows and other sexual antics, he does reveal a little. “It’s a song about my fear of sex,” he says matter-of-factly, adding that bits of personal experience are sprinkled throughout TRST. “By calling the song Gloryhole, I don’t think I’m putting myself out there. It’s coded. [The personal experience] is there, but sometimes it’s louder than at other times.” After Saturday’s album launch, the duo hit the road in the U.S. and UK. Postepski will perform some dates but has to balance them with her Austra commitments, including work on a new album. “It’s been an organizational feat,” she says. “I’m making it work.” Meanwhile, work has begun on Trust’s own next album. Alfons and Postepski describe their future sounds and shows as “bigger,” “louder,” “scarier” and “more epic.” As well, Alfons’s pre-pubescent falsetto, which he held back on TRST in favour of his baritone, is coming to the foreground. “I shied away from singing higher on this record, but that’ll come,” he explains. “It was like ‘she’ needed to stay in the background.” 3

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The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 1) Brotherly folk quartet outta Montreal.



Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), tonight (Thursday, March 1) See preview, page 44.


w/ Toronto Symphony Orchestra Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), tonight (Thursday, March 1) to Wednesday (March 7) First of three-night contemporary orchestral music festival.

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Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 1) Celestial club music.


The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Friday (March 2) Career-spanning set of indie rock.


w/ Treble Charger, the Order of Good Cheer, Bahamas, Andrew Cash, Ian Blurton, the Arkells and many others Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (March 3) The nation’s finest, new and old.


Polyhaus (388 Carlaw), Saturday (March 3) See preview, page 42.

TRUST, BLANK CAPSULE, ELL V GORE, OFF-WHITE DJS SCHRAMM & ADRIENNE Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (March 3) See preview, page 39.


Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (March 6) Moody pop via Deerhunter main man.


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Just announced BOW WOW Sound Academy doors 7:30 pm, $30. TM. March 17.

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T MILLS Opera House doors 8 pm, all ages, $18.50. RT, SS, TW. March 23.

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DEV Virgin Mobile Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages, $20. RT, SS, TM. April 9.


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Palace doors 8:30 pm, $14.50. HS, RT, SS, TM. May 17.

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SHAKURA S’AIDA Hugh’s Room 8:30 pm, $30-$32.50. May 18.


PATRICK WATSON The Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages, $24.50-$29.50. RT, SS, TM. May 29.



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ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $13.50. RT, SS. May 2.

Rob Brezsny’s Free Will


VAN HUNT, TANIKA CHARLES The Theatre 7:30 pm, $22.50. TM. April 5.

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doors 9 pm, $15. RT, SS, TM. May 4.


Horseshoe doors 9 pm, $17.50. HS, RT, SS, TM. May 5.

Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages, $28. RT, SS, TM. May 30.

AL STEWART Hugh’s Room 8:30 pm, $40$42.50. July 4 and 5. TUNE-YARDS Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm, $20. HS, RT, SS, TM. August 1.


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Thursday, March 1 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/Soul

Bovine Sex CluB Jordan Venn & the Slizneys,

Vonce Lombarrdi, Blix, DJ Boom Boom. The CenTral Album release party Modulok, D-Sisive, Apollo Creed, K Zar, DJ Session doors 9 pm. CroCodile roCk Sound Parade Open Mic. dazzling reSTauranT Live Thursdays Omar ‘Oh’ Lunan, Mike Ferfolia, Jarelle, DJs Spoonz, Smartiez, Big Jacks, P-Plus (R&B/Motown/ soulful house/selective hip-hop) doors 8 pm. drake hoTel lounge Weekend Startup The Boot Knives (rock) doors 10 pm. el MoCaMBo The Dying Arts, In My Coma 9 pm.


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Revue: CD release Edgar Breau, Ghostlight, Karaoke, Hybrid Moments 9 pm. The greaT hall The Barr Brothers, Little Scream doors 8:30 pm. horSeShoe Osgoode Hall Fundraiser. lee’S PalaCe Oxford Town, Bonwit Teller, Opium Parlour 9 pm. ParTS & laBour Mike Trebilcock, the Smile Case, Seas (acoustic pop) 9 pm. Phoenix ConCerT TheaTre Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy Rose, the Darcys doors 7 pm, all ages. rivoli Album launch Paul Woolner, Larra Sky, Limehouse, Ian Philp 8 pm. The SiSTer Alyson McNamara & the Nomads. Sneaky dee’S CD release Teenanger. See preview, page 44. Sony CenTre for The PerforMing arTS A Foot In The Door Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute) 8 pm. Sound aCadeMy Young the Giant, Walk the Moon doors 8 pm. SouThSide Johnny’S Skip Tracer (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. SuPerMarkeT The Red Steps, Julian Hacquebard & Band, Matt Bailey 9:30 pm.

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aquila uPSTairS Voodoo Walters & the Rhythm Method (blues/soul) 9:30 pm. aSPeTTa Caffe Open Mic Jam El Faron 8 pm. Bernard BeTel CenTre Purim Concert Toronto Jewish Folk Choir (Yiddish/Hebrew/Russian music) 7 pm. CaMeron houSe Fedora Upside Down 10 pm, Corin Raymond 6 pm. CaMeron houSe BaCk rooM Ride Em Cowboy. CaSTro’S lounge Jerry Leger & the Situation (country/folk/rock) 9 pm. Cloak & dagger PuB Darin Yorston (folk/ bluegrass) 10 pm. dakoTa Tavern Tim Bradford & the Bandits, the Treasures 10 pm. gladSTone hoTel Melody Bar Rick Taylor & Carlos Del Junco (blues) 9 pm. The hideouT Jamgrass The Unseen Strangers 10:30 pm. holy oak Cafe Soozimusic (folk) 7:30 pm. lou dawg’S Call In Sick Friday Thursdays! Mike C (acoustic blues/funk/soul/ska) 10 pm. lula lounge A Night To Remember: benefit for families of migrant workers killed in the Hampstead crash Carlos Varela, Clave Kings, Casa Cultural Peruana 7 pm. MileS nadal JCC al green TheaTre Reflections On Chagall Yitzhak Yedid (piano) 8 pm. MonarChS PuB Jerome Godboo, Stan Miczek, Shawn Kellerman, Al Cross. The roverS PuB Arjun & Dave. TranzaC SouThern CroSS Bluegrass Thursdays Houndstooth (old-time) 7:30 pm. york univerSiTy aCColade eaST Bldg MarTin faMily lounge

World Music At Noon: Songs And Ballads Of The Sephardic Diaspora Judith Cohen, Tamar Ilana 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

gaTe 403 Sabor Latin Jazz Band 9 pm. gladSTone hoTel BallrooM Guest Liszt (classical musicians) 8 pm.

Jane MalleTT TheaTre Discover Series Wallis

Giunta, Steven Philcox (mezzo soprano, piano). MeTroPoliTan uniTed ChurCh Noon At Met Richard Hansen (organ) 12:15 pm. MuCh Me Ben D Cunha (piano). MuSideuM Live Recording Lara Solnicki, George Koller (originals/improvised music) 8 pm. old Mill inn hoMe SMiTh Bar John Sherwood (solo piano) 7:30 pm. on Cue Open Mic 9 pm. rePoSado The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). rex Album release Melissa Lauren Septet (jazz/swing) 9:30 pm. rex Kevin Quain (piano) 6:30 pm. roy ThoMSon hall New Creations Festival: This Isn’t Silence Toronto Symphony Orchestra 8 pm.


and Hespèrion XXI 3 pm.

Kaler, Ken Aldcroft, Mark Zurawinski) 8 pm.

york univerSiTy aCColade eaST Bldg Sandra faire & ivan feCan TheaTre Dido & Aeneas (baroque opera) 7:30 pm.

dance muSic/dJ/lounge

Cheval Brand’d DJ PG-13 (house/hip-hop/ club anthems). CoBra lounge Sharam, Manzone & Strong, Sam Haze. Crawford uPSTairS DJ Teddy. Crawford downSTairS Burner Thursdays DJ Barletta & Paul King (dance/techno/rare grooves). goodhandy’S Ladyplus Parties DJ Todd Klinck doors 8 pm.5 inSoMnia DJ Ron Jon (funk/soul/house). lee’S PalaCe danCe Cave Transvision DJ Shannon (rock/dance) 10 pm. lolaBar DJ Mr Stylus (hip-hop/funk/R&B). MaiSon MerCer Savoir Thursdays DJ Chris La Roque (French). The PiSTon Erika Werry & the Alphabet, Dryer 10 pm. SuTra The Bridge DJ Triplet (old skool hip-hop). ToBy’S faMouS Throwdown Thursdays DJ Doug Skillmore 10 pm. wrongBar Red Bull Music Academy Session Tour Martyn & Egyptrixx 9pm.


Friday, March 2 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/Soul

alleyCaTz Uptown. Bar iTalia Shugga (funk/soul/R&B/top 40). Bovine Sex CluB Eddie Spaghetti, Big Tobacco & the Pickers, Cactus Vella 9 pm.

CadillaC lounge The Rattles (Beatles tribute). CaSTro’S lounge Ronnie Hayward (rocka-

billy) 5 to 7 pm. The Cave LP release/Tarantula Records launch Automelodi, Kontravoid, Cosmetics, Frank (Just Frank). The CenTral The Soul Motivators (soul/funk) 10 pm. dakoTa Tavern Dodge Fiasco (rock) 10 pm. dC MuSiC TheaTre Urban Nights KDB the Winged Messenger, Magnus, BB Must B Rhyte, Hazardous, Boondock Saints, Kryme Syndicate, Black Licorice 9 pm, all ages. drake hoTel underground Matt Pryor, the Front Bottoms doors 8 pm. The duke live.CoM Bon Jovi Birthday Celebration Keep the Faith (Bon Jovi tribute). el MoCaMBo The Balance, Colfax, Air Marshall Landing 9 pm. The garriSon BA Johnston, the Stables, the Taste, Toledo 10 pm. gladSTone hoTel Melody Bar The Key Frames (country/rock/bluegrass) 9 pm. graffiTi’S Paul Martin Rocks For Sick Kids 5 to 7 pm. The greaT hall José James, rinsethealgorithm, DJ John Kong doors 9:30 pm.


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TonsTarTssbandhT Brotherly duo shakes up its sound... again By BENJAMIN BOLES

TonsTarTssbandhT with Wyrd Visions, Tropics and run dMT at Polyhaus (388 Carlaw), Saturday (March 3), 9 pm, all ages. $7.

Their consonant-heavy band name is a nightmare to pronounce, but Brooklyn/Montreal duo Tonstartssbandht aren’t too concerned about causing confusion. In fact, confusion might be the point. “It was from a collage that Ed [White] made before we even had a band,” explains guitarist Andy White. “We just thought it looked cool. I don’t mind spelling it out for people, even if it takes forever. I’m even happy to write it down if you need me to.” The two brothers started the project in 2007, right before Andy

moved to Montreal from Florida, and they’ve managed to keep it going despite the long-distance complications. Thanks to their unique band name, Google makes it relatively easy to track their constantly evolving sound over the years. But if you want a clearer picture of what to expect Saturday at Polyhaus, skip straight to their Sinkhole Storm And Sandwich (Does Are/Arbutus) EP, a live-tofour-track recording that

perfectly captures their avant-garde hillbilly minimalism. “That’s the best representation so far of what our current guitar-anddrums shows sound like. However, we’ve also begun playing new songs where Ed sings through effects while I play guitar, so

now half the set is mellow and pretty and the other half is intense boogiesludge.” Compared to their earlier synthfuelled psychedelic pop experiments, Sinkhole is definitely sludgy. Tape distortion turns the drums and guitars into a muddy, throbbing mess, like what the Velvet Underground might sound like covering Bo Diddley. Still, the Whites aren’t nearly as invested in lo-fi as some of their DIY contemporaries. “I’ve never really been a big fan of the lo-fi scene, and I don’t think it even really exists in the way the media portray it,” says Andy. “But I do really love that tape machine sound. If you’re multi-tracking, digital is great, but for live recordings, tape machines are so much easier.” 3








Robert Glasper Experiment’s future landmark album Black Radio stakes out new musical territory, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Featuring many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, the jaw-dropping roll call of special guests includes Erykah Badu, yasiin bey (Mos Def)Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, KING, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).






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Hard Luck Bar Pianos Become the Teeth,

Xerxes, Animal Faces, Exalt (post-hardcore) doors 7:30 pm, all ages. HorsesHoe CD release Teenage Kicks, Beliefs, Sweet Mack, San Sebastian, Beliefs doors 9 pm. kornerstones Marc Joseph Band (rock/top 40) 9:30 pm. Lee’s PaLace the unquiet dead, RYE, Mother Leads, Train Electric 9 pm. tHe Loaded dog Playback (pop rock) 8:30 pm. oPera House GZA & Masta Killa (WuTang Clan), the Cypher, DJ Law 9:30 pm. Parts & LaBour Modernboys Moderngirls, the BB guns, Hate Gang, Happy Meal (indie rock) 10 pm. PHoenix concert tHeatre 10th Anniversary The Walkmen (playing their discography from 2002-2012) doors 8:30 pm. PJ o’Briens irisH PuB Paul & Aideen (Celtic & contemporary music). Press cLuB Alun Piggins & the Goat Man 10 pm. siLver doLLar Racoon Wedding, Meanwood, Stray Feathers, the Odor 9:30 pm. tHe sister Drumhand (percussion-heavy dance jazz/West African rhythms). sneaky dee’s CD release Victim Party. soutHside JoHnny’s Paris Black 10 pm. tranzac soutHern cross Mike Genarro w/ Brandon Valdivia 10 pm.


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cameron House Kayla Howran 10 pm, Patrick Brealey (folk rock/roots) 8 pm, Big Rude Jake 6 pm. dakota tavern Mike Plume 7 to 9 pm. gLenn gouLd studio Alejandra Ribera 8 pm. HigHway 61 soutHern BarBeque The Little Naturals & Tony Springer 8 pm. HugH’s room Benefit for the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians The McFlies (pop/ rock) 8:30 pm. Lou dawg’s Gotta Groove Fridays Jeff Eager (Motown/funk/soul/blues) 10 pm. Lower ossington tHeatre green door caBaret Peter McGillivray 8 pm. music gaLLery World Avant Series Rufus Cappadocia, Mutamba Rainois & Pasi ñ Gunguwo. now Lounge Africa Up Close Music Series Madagascar Slim, DJ Apollo 8 pm. ñ rePosado The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz).

tHe rovers PuB Robb & Matt.


tHe FLying Beaver PuBaret Broadsway Julie

Michels, Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah 7 pm.

gate 403 Max Senitt Y Sus Amigos 9 pm,

Mike Field Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. Hart House arBor room Jazz At Oscar’s Jim Lewis Jazz Orchestra 9 pm. oLd miLL inn Fridays To Sing About! Lisa Martinelli, Kevin Turcotte, Adrean Farrugia, Pat Collins 7:30 pm. quotes Fridays At Five The Canadian Jazz Quartet & Steve McDade 5 to 8 pm. rex Oz Noy Trio w/ Will Lee & Anton Fig 9:45 pm, Chris Gale Trio 6:30 pm, Hogtown Syncopators 4 pm. rocco’s PLum tomato Andy De Campos 6 to 9 pm.

royaL conservatory oF music koerner HaLL So Percussion, MC Schmidt, Dan Deacon, Nicole Lizée 8 pm.

tranzac The Foolish Things (jazz) 5 pm. york university accoLade east BLdg sandra Faire & ivan Fecan tHeatre Dido & Aeneas (baroque opera) 7:30 pm.

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andy PooLHaLL Pop! Goes The World! DJ Wako, VJs Gee & JT (mashup video dance party). annex wreckroom Balance Inc – Home Bass Series DJs Audiometrics, Madluv, DJ Chez, Johnny Batts 10 pm. Bar neon Scissors DJs Fawn Big Canoe, Sokes (sexy house) doors 10 pm. $5.5 BLoke & 4tH Friday Night Chris Laroque. castro’s Lounge DJ I Hate You Rob (soul/ funk/R&B/punk rock/rockabilly) 10 pm. coBra Lounge The Fix Fridays Mkutz. crawFord Soul Block Party DJ Fase, Splattermonkey, Cozmic Cat (Motown/Stax/60s soul). deviL’s martini DJ 4Korners, Kap’n Kirk, DJ Dennis R.

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DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND Never Forgive Action DJ Mensa, DJ Numeric & Ted ñ Dancin doors 11 pm. DRAKE HOTEL LOUNGE DJ Your Boy Brian doors

10 pm.

FOOTWORK Jelo (house/techno). GLADSTONE HOTEL MORE Toronto DJs P-Plus &

the Boogeyman 10 pm. HOT BOX CAFE High Fantasy Iain’n’Nick 7 pm. INSOMNIA Funkn’ Fresh Fridays Maestro (house/breaks). KOOL HAUS Dead Meat Tour Steve Aoki & Datsik, Angger Dimas, Andys Ill doors 8 pm, all ages. LEE’S PALACE DANCE CAVE Bif Bang Pow DJ Trevor (60s mod/Britpop) 10 pm. LEVACK BLOCK BACK ROOM DJ Rad McCool (hip-hop). LEVACK BLOCK FRONT ROOM DJ Nerdvana. MANA BAR DJ Trambo (reggaeton/hip-hop/ Latin urban). THE PISTON Beatlemania Bangs & Blush (Motown/Britpop) 10 pm. RIVOLI Droppin Knowledge Sugar Tongue Slim, Shaun Boothe, Crooklin & D-Bonez. SALVADOR DARLING firstBASS Curtis Savage, DJ Paulinator (funky house) 9 pm. SUPERMARKET Course Of Time (contemporary & modern club music) 10 pm. THOMPSON HOTEL The Bellboy Did It. TOBY’S FAMOUS Friday Flow DJ Doug Skillmore 10 pm. VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB Come Out And Play Matt Medley (anthems/dance/90s) doors 10 pm.



Toronto four-piece steps up the professionalism By RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

TEENANGER with YOUNG MOTHER and STRANGE ATTRACTOR at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), tonight (Thursday, March 1). $10 at the door.

After being asked three times, Teenanger lead singer Chris Swimmings insists it’s okay to print his real name. Normally, I wouldn’t even ask once, but I’ve interviewed the Toronto garage rock band before, and the members always requested that I use their aliases. That seemed like it might be a throwback to the early days of punk, when outlandish monikers like Iggy Pop and Johnny Thunders were the standard. In reality, it was a practical requirement. Real names made their identities easily searchable by U.S. Customs officers, and as a band without American work permits, made them liable to a $5,000 fine and five-year ban.

“When we played there in the past, half of us would drive and the other half would take the bus, and we’d meet up at the bus terminal in Buffalo,” explains Swimmings (previously known as Riley Wild). “We wouldn’t bring any of our own gear. We’d just borrow and wing it, or get our friends’ bands to bring it over for us. “But now we’ve gotten visas and permits, so we can go tour legit. Finally!” There’s nothing punk rock about filling out paperwork, but Teenanger’s newly legal approach to touring fits their suddenly professional outlook. Their just-released LP, Frights (Telephone Explosion), is tighter and more forceful than 2010’s Give Me Pink, but also cleaner and slicker than their earlier lo-fi recordings (which were often released on cassette). “I’m a lot more satisfied with this record,” Swimmings admits. “Every time I listen to the last one, I

think, ‘Man, this sounds so distant.’ I feel like this one’s more fun. It’s melodic, and it suits our band name better, too.” Much of the credit goes to Canadian music veteran Howie Beck, who stepped out of his mellow folk-rock comfort zone to co-produce. Beck’s touch clearly showcases their swaggering riffs and snotty hooks, which still drip with denim-clad adolescent frustration despite a lyrical obsession with quarterlife crises. And they’ve built a visual aesthetic to match. Their new video for the title track is a semi-parody of U2’s Numb that sees Swimmings’s face pummelled, force-fed cigarettes and covered in whipped cream, all in a single static close-up shot. “That was pretty brutal,” he laughs. “I’m not sure why I agreed to it.”



ALLEYCATZ Soular (R&B/soul/funk) 9:30 pm. BOVINE SEX CLUB Kumonga, Gord Prior Band, Raised Emotionally Dead, DJ Sir Ian Blurton.

CADILLAC LOUNGE EP release The Howling Bul-

lets doors 9 pm. THE CENTRAL Ego & the Rest (indie rock) 9 pm. DOMINION ON QUEEN Ninja Funk Orchestra & Morphtet 9 pm, Ronnie Hayward Trio w/ Teddy Fury & Danny Bartley 3 to 7:30 pm. DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND EP release Paradise Animals doors 8 pm. EL MOCAMBO Masta Ace, Rich Kidd, DJ Linx (hip-hop) doors 8 pm. EL MOCAMBO Concert For CAMR: Campaign For Global Access To Meds Benefit Canadian


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HIV/AIDS Legal Network Quique Escamilla, the Folk, the Liras, Sonagur, the Cool Hands doors 8 pm. HorsesHoe Juno Concert Series: NXNE Presents The Order of Good Cheer, the Beauties, the Arkells, Andrew Cash, Bahamas, Gord Sinclair, Ian Blurton, Jason Collett, Joel Stewart, members of Broken Social Scene, By Divine Right, Our Lady Peace, Treble Charger, the Skydiggers and others doors 9 pm. HugH’s room Joni Mitchell Tribute Lenni Jabour, David Matheson, Colleen Brown, Les Cooper, Ryan Granville-Martin, Chris Gartner, Ernie Tollar, Mia Sheard 8:30 pm. Kornerstones Tamin’ Thunder (rock/top 40/ dance) 9:30 pm. Lee’s PaLace Wannabe: A Tribute To The Spice Girls 9 pm. tHe Loaded dog Mercy N Sin 8:30 pm. meadowvaLe tHeatre Tribute To TV! Mississauga Pops Concert Band 7 pm. monarcH tavern Beau Dixon Band (dub reggae meets the blues) 9 pm. tHe music HaLL Orchestral Zeppelin Michael White & the White, the Symphony of Rock Youth Orchestra doors 7 pm. PJ o’Briens irisH PuB Paul & Aideen (Celtic & contemporary music). PoLyHaus Tonstartssbandht, Wyrd Visions, Tropics, Run DMT 9 pm, all ages. See preview, page 42. Press cLuB Chris Gosling (roots rock) 10 pm. rancHo reLaxo The Dharma Sun, the Black Fever, Wild Hearses 9 pm. rex Justin Bacchus (funk/soul/R&B) 7 pm. rivoLi CMW Selection Show Dehavilland, Revery Eyes, Dylan Goes Electric, Playdeaf, District 8 pm. siLver doLLar TNG, Arson, Lad Classic, the Money Makers (old-school punk bash). soutHside JoHnny’s Tequila Mondays (rock/ pop) 10 pm, The Bear Band w/ Virgil Scott (R&B/Rock) 4 to 8 pm. 3 monKeys Cross-Eyed Mary (60s & 70s pop rock) 10 pm. tranzac main HaLL Dave Glabais & his students 7 pm. virgin moBiLe mod cLuB Urban Preacher, DJ MRK 11 pm. wrongBar LP release Trust, Blank Capsule, Ell V Gore, Off-White DJs Schramm & Adrienne doors 10 pm. See preview, page 39.





aquiLa uPstairs The New Mynah Birds (mostly blues) 9:30 pm. cadiLLac Lounge Cadillac Ranch Matinee 4 pm. cameron House BacK room CD release The Cubadors doors 9 pm. cameron House Rattlesnake Choir 6 pm. cameron House Jack Marks (country/folk) 10 pm. castro’s Lounge Big Rude Jake (blues shouter) 4:30 pm. daKota tavern Jake Chisholm (blues) 10 pm. dominion on queen Toronto Blues Society Guitar Workshop Danny Marks, Donna Grantis, Kevin Breit & Dylan Wicken 1 to 4 pm. Fogarty’s The Josh Gordon Band (blues) 3 to 7 pm. Free times caFe Jack Walker, Aaron Millett, Courtney Lynn, Rebecca Tunks (folk) doors 8:30 pm. gate 403 Bill Heffernan (folk/country/blues) 5 to 8 pm. gLadstone HoteL meLody Bar Big Tobacco & the Pickers (country) 9 pm. HigHway 61 soutHern BarBeque Jon Knight & Mark Wessenger 8 pm. Hot Box caFe Hairy Holler (folk/punk/blues/ jazz/gypsy/swing) 7 pm. JuBiLee united cHurcH Celtic Celebration Amadeus Choir, Rant Maggie Rant 2 and 7:30 pm. Lou dawg’s Southern Brunch & Live Blues Mark Bird Stafford noon to 3 pm. Lou dawg’s Goodtimes Don Campbell (acoustic blues/rock) 10 pm. Lower ossington tHeatre green door caBaret Joel Hartt & Mark Kieswetter 8 pm. not my dog Kristine Schmitt & her Special

Powers 10 pm.

queen street Laundry Song Cycles Robert Graham (singer/songwriter) 4 pm. reBas caFĂŠ Open Mic Saturdays David Crighton 1 to 4 pm. reLisH New Music Night Jenny Macdonald (singer/songwriter) 9:30 pm. tHe rovers PuB Yellow Brand Band (rock/ pop/top 40s). tHe sister Bluegrass Special Handsome Fix, Hey Amy, Union Duke.

trane studio Jason Wilson 8 pm. tranzac soutHern cross Jamzac 3 pm.


caLvin PresByterian cHurcH Argentina! The

Jubilate Singers, the Tango Fesco Ensemble, Sherry Squires doors 7:30 pm. tHe centraL Dallas Sutherland, Sandy Pockets, Luke Vajsar’s Hypnotic Smash (jazz/funk/ experimental) 6 pm. cHaLKers PuB Don Thompson Trio 6 to 9 pm. coLumBus centre Spring Pops Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Aria Tesolin (mezzo soprano) 8 pm. tHe FLying Beaver PuBaret Broadsway Julie Michels, Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah 7 pm. gate 403 Melissa Boyce Jazz & Blues 9 pm. gLenn gouLd studio Lady Day: The Music Of Billie Holiday Jessica Rose & the Grand Salon Orchestra doors 7 pm. grossman’s The Happy Pals (trad jazz) 4 pm.

marKHam tHeatre For tHe PerForming arts A Tribute To My Friend Dizzy Gillespie

Arturo Sandoval 8 pm. oLd miLL inn Jazz Masters Jake Wilkinson, Lee Wallace, Jon Meyer 7:30 pm. rex Oz Noy Trio w/ Will Lee & Anton Fig 9:45 pm, Swing Shift Big Band 3:30 pm, Laura Marks (vocal jazz) noon. roy tHomson HaLL New Creations Festival: This Isn’t Silence Kronos Quartet 7:30 pm.

Ăą royaL conservatory oF music Koerner

HaLL Brasil Art of Time Ensemble, Luanda Jones, Monica Whicher 8 pm. tranzac soutHern cross Julia Cleveland (jazz) 9:30 pm, Zebrina (jazz/klezmer) 7 pm.

danCe musiC/dJ/lounge

andy PooLHaLL Major Rager Billionaire, Ballistik,

Mickey D, Mandelephant, O-God (dubstep/ house/reggae/electro/party rockers) 10 pm. annex wrecKroom DJ Rick Toxic (club hits/ party anthems) 10 pm. Bizune gaLLery All White! All Night! Touchboy, Aerodromme, DJs Zeus, Barbi, Cross (electro/ techno/trance all-white-dress party) 10 pm. coLLege street Bar Heavy Rotation DJ Mercilless, Royale, Sweet Touch Foundation (4 DJs X 4 turntables). crawFord uPstairs Je Me Souviens DJ New Money (rap/disco/funk/soul/boogie). crawFord downstairs Back N The Day DJ Law (video dance party). czeHosKi KNOWN I.James.Jones. draKe HoteL underground Broken English Presents Gavin Russom doors 11 pm. draKe HoteL Lounge DJ Jr Flo doors 10 pm. FLy Pitbull: Two-Year Anniversary DJ Shane Percy, DJ Dwayne Minard & DJ David Picard doors 10 pm.5 FootworK Danny Serrano, Anthony D’Amico, Mikey Terra, Phil Andrade doors 10 pm. gLadstone HoteL meLody Bar Beats n’ Brunch DJ Shane MacKinnon 11 am to 4 pm. tHe great HaLL Promise Garden Party Chuck Love, Richard Brooks, Nature of Music, Leelee Mishi, Andrew Royce, medicineman, mf 10 pm. insomnia Sense Saturdays DJ Charles (deep house). Lee’s PaLace dance cave Full On Alternative DJ Mr Pete (alternative) 10 pm. LevacK BLocK BacK room DJs Dougie Boom & Cryo. LevacK BLocK Front room DJs RSNST & Crew. LoLaBar DJ Mr Stylus (house/hip-hop/R&B/ reggae). maison mercer CÊlÊbration Ramy Vs David. moroco cHocoLat Void Music Adam Khan, Haf (deep house/techno) 8 pm. neu+raL Fixion DJ Dwight (alt/electronic/remix). Parts & LaBour Underground Mess Around DJs Isosceles & Stew Innes (rock/hip-hop/ funk) 10 pm. tHe Piston Rip It Up DJ Davy Love 10 pm. revivaL Wunmi Live! (The Queen of Afro-Fusion), Farai Malianga, Mar Aberto Percussion, DJs Jason Palma, Groove Institute, General Eclectic & Moreno 10 pm. rePosado Happy Talk Tiki Night. tHe savoy Certified Saturdays DJ Doug Skillmore. suPermarKet Do Right Saturdays! DJs John Kong, MC Abs. tHomPson HoteL Suite Saturdays. virgin moBiLe mod cLuB UK Underground MRK, Tigerblood, Bingo Bob (indie/electro/ dubstep/rock) doors 10 pm.






Sunday, March 4 pop/roCk/Hip-Hop/soul

castro’s Lounge Pre-Season Draft 4 pm.

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Mother Mother

Coeur de Pirate


Win TickeTs! collective concerts presents


March 13 at The Garrison $13.50 advance 19+ Tickets available at RT/SS O n s ale n o w. C h e c k o u t c o l l e c t i ve c o n c e r t s .c a f o r m o r e inf o.

Gavin Mcinnes March 20 at the Drake Hotel

$10.00 advance 19+ Tickets available at RT/SS

visit to enter!

Deadline is Sunday, March 4, at 11pm. One entry per household.


March 1-7 2012 NOW

Crawford Post Punk Party Ewan & Joel. dominion on Queen Noah Leibel 4 to 7 pm,

Rockabilly Brunch The Cosmotones 11:30 am to 3 pm. The Garrison Crosswires #2 Nitemarket 12, Familiar Fiends, Silver Speakers, DJ Millhouse Brown doors 9 pm. holy oak Cafe Team Building Workshop (pop) 9 pm. lee’s PalaCe Universal Music Showcase. The loaded doG Jessica Mondello & Mark Ripp (acoustic pop) 4 to 8 pm. maGPie Cafe Heavy Generator (ska/reggae/ dub/rocksteady night) 9 pm. rivoli Mark Berube 8 pm. smilinG Buddha Home & Native Sound The Jessica Stuart Few. souThside Johnny’s Open Jam Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix 9:30 pm. The wilson 96 Bourbon Sours (boogie woogie) 9:30 pm.


aQuila uPsTairs Open Mic The McDales



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(country) 8:30 pm, Junction Jam The New Mynah Birds (mostly blues) 3:30 pm. Cameron house Kevin Quain 9 pm, Joanne Mackell (folk) 6 pm. dakoTa Tavern The Beauties 10 pm, Bluegrass Brunch 11 am to 3 pm. ePiC lounGe Iya Ire (Afro-Cuban drum and dance) 5 to 8 pm. The flyinG Beaver PuBareT Duff MacDonald (singer-songwriter) 7 pm. GladsTone hoTel melody Bar Sunday Family Acoustic Brunch 9 am to 2 pm, the Great Canadian Fiddle Session 2 to 5 pm. hiruT fine eThioPian Cuisine Eucalyptus (calypso) 8 pm. huGh’s room CD release Andrew Collins 8:30 pm.

lower ossinGTon TheaTre Green door CaBareT Geoffrey Tyler 8 pm. muCh me Open Mic (eclectic) 8 pm. PoGue mahone Sandy MacIntyre & Steeped

in Tradition (Celtic ceilidh) 4 to 8 pm. Press CluB Staggy Townsend (country rock) 10 pm. reBas Café Sunday Matinee The Curries 1 to 4 pm. relish Stir It Up Sundays Open Mic 10:30 pm. sT david’s anGliCan ChurCh Mosaic Storytelling Festival Lorne Brown (singer of old songs) 3 pm.

TranzaC souThern Cross The Woodchoppers Association (folk big band) ñ 10:30 pm, the Spanish Waiter: Mike Hopkins (Spanish guitar) 7:30 pm. underdown PuB Open Mic Porter 9:30 pm. The wilson 96 Beefknuckle Sunday Supper Show (blues/roots) 6 to 9 pm.


GaTe 403 Raphael & the Patrick Hewan Jazz Trio 9 pm, Joel Hartt & Mak Kieswetter Jazz Duo 5 to 8 pm. Grossman’s The New Orleans Connection AllStars (trad jazz) 4 pm. heliConian hall Syrinx Sunday Salons Peter Longworth, Benjamin Bowman (piano, violin) 3 pm. meTroPoliTan uniTed ChurCh Beethoven, Bevan And The Bard Orpheus Choir, Chorus Niagara 3 pm. rex Snarky Puppy 9:30 pm, Julia Cleveland 7 pm, Club Django (Gypsy-swing) 3:30 pm, Brunch Matinee Excelsior Dixieland Jazz noon. royal ConservaTory of musiC koerner hall

Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake (tenor, piano) 3 pm. sT. andrew By-The-lake ChurCh Songs Of Love And Loss Nick Laroche, Coby Stoller 2 pm. sT PaTriCk’s ChurCh The Mississauga Choral Society and Orchestra (Vivaldi & Italian baroque) 3 pm. TranzaC souThern Cross Monk’s Music (jazz) 5 pm.

danCe musiC/dJ/lounge

CasTro’s lounGe Watch This Sound 9 pm. GraffiTi’s Black Metal Brunch DJ Murder

Mike (black metal) 11 am. insomnia DJ Shannon (hip-hop/disco/funk). lee’s PalaCe danCe Cave Manic Mondays DJ Shannon (retro 70s/80s) 10 pm. lou dawG’s Soulful Sundays DJ eMan (funk/ soul/old school hip-hop) 9 pm.

Monday, March 5 pop/roCk/Hip-Hop/soul

CadillaC lounGe The Calrizians. CasTro’s lounGe Rockabilly Mondays 9 pm. drake hoTel underGround Elvis Monday doors 9 pm.

hard luCk Bar Hate Eternal, Cerebral Bore,

Serene Molestation doors 7 pm. harlem Open Jam Night Carolyn T (R&B/ soul/jazz/Motown/Latin) 8 pm. horseshoe Shoeless Monday New Nobles, David Husler & Trustworthy, Dover Dreams 9 pm. The loaded doG Seniors Appreciaton Day Party John Sample (pop) 1 to 5 pm. Press CluB Domestic Bliss Mondays Lamburger (classic rock) 10 pm.

TranzaC souThern Cross This Is Awesome!

(indie lounge music) 7 pm.


al Green TheaTre Bridges Lenka Lichtenbeg

& Roula Said (Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue and synthesis) 7:30 pm. Cameron house David Baxter 10 pm, Rucksack Willies 6 pm. Cloak & daGGer PuB Rekha Patel & Ben Spivak (folk/pop) 9 pm. dakoTa Tavern The Sure Things (country rock) 10 pm, Mariachi Mondays Mariachi Fuego 8 pm. hiGhway 61 souThern BarBeQue Chris Chambers 7 pm. The loCal Hamstrung Stringband (blugrass) 9:30 pm. on Cue Camdon Blues (blues) 8 pm. TranzaC souThern Cross Open Mic Mondays 10 pm. The wilson 96 Jordan John w/ Prakash John & Al Cross (blues/soul) 9 pm.


GaTe 403 Richard Whiteman & Laura Hubert Jazz Band 9 pm, Tom McGill (piano solo) 5 to 8 pm.

PeoPle’s ChiCken Advocats Big Band (bop/

mambo/swing/swoon) 7:30 pm. rex Snarky Puppy 9:30 pm, U of T Student Jazz Ensembles 6:30 pm.

danCe musiC/dJ/lounge

alleyCaTz Salsa Night DJ Frank Bischun 8 pm. Bovine sex CluB Moody Mondays Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Crawford Mix Fix Mondays DJ Shan Dub & DJ Boots.

insomnia DJs Topher & Oranj (rock). The PisTon Junk Shop DJs Jorge & Jeeks (pre

to post punk/new wave/garage/indie) 10 pm.

rePosado Mezcal Mondays DJ Elis Dean. roCkwood Mashup Mondays Crunch (house/hip-hop/club anthems).

ThomPson hoTel Blacklist. waTerfalls The Lion’s Den (reggae).

Tuesday, March 6 pop/roCk/Hip-Hop/soul

Bovine sex CluB Dookie Goldfinger, Inner City Surfers, Crash Luther.

Cameron house Run With the Kittens (rock-

abilly eclectic punk/surf psychedelic folk punk) 10 pm. The CenTral Jam Night Dr Keys 9:30 pm. dakoTa Tavern The Weber Brothers 10 pm. horseshoe David Bookman’s Nu Music Nite Saint Motel, Harlan Pepper, Whirly


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SHOWCASE LISTINGS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 PIRATES BLEND SHOWCASE w/Young Empires, Krief & more - Great Hall Basement | Black Box EISLEY - Drake Underground THE REASON, Rikers, The Archives - Lee’s Palace FOREIGN BEGGARS - Wrongbar THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Opera House Thursday March 22

Virgin Mobile Mod Club Thursday March 22

Revival Friday March 23




only show

AUDIO BLOOD SHOWCASE w/ NASH, The Love Machine, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers & more -Sneaky Dees DPRYDE, TFHOUSE & more - Annex Wreckroom (presented by Hustle Girl) I CALL FIVES - Hard Luck (All Ages) LITTLE GIRLS, Rituals & more - Parts & Labour (presented by Hand Drawn Dracula) FRIDAY, MARCH 23


Wrongbar Friday March 23

Phoenix Concert Theatre Wednesday March 21

The Music Gallery Thursday March 22







The Great Hall Friday March 23

Lee’s Palace Thursday March 22

Fairmont Royal York Hotel Saturday March 24







SHAKURA SAIDA, Harrison Kennedy, Suzy Vinnick and more - Annex Wreckroom (presented by DAWG FM) 14 BANDS - 2 FLOORS - Monster Truck, Caveman, The Apache Relay & more El Mocambo (presented by Dine Alone Records) CLOUD NOTHINGS, PS I Love You & more Lee’s Palace (presented by Windish Agency) T. MILLS - Opera House (presented by Live Nation) TYVEK, Bare Wires & The Soupcans - Parts & Labour

Rich Aucoin, The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan, Treble Charger, The Pack A.D. & Young Empires



BEAR HANDS, Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones, Sheezer and more - Sneaky Dees (presented by Young Lions Music Club)

Lee’s Palace Saturday March 24



SATURDAY, MARCH 24 THE TREWS w/Poor Young Things - Queen Elizabeth Theatre (presented by Live Nation) FANFARLO – Virgin Mobile Mod Club (presented by Live Nation) CHILDISH GAMBINO w/ Danny Brown Sound Academy (presented by Live Nation) DALLAS SMITH, The Stellas, Stacey McKitrick and more - Cadillac (presented by KX96FM) THE SUICIDE OF WESTERN CULTURE, Ninette & The Goldfish & more - The Piston MISTEUR VALAIRE, Special Guests “XXX” & more - El Mocambo (presented by M for Montreal)

Wrong Bar Saturday March 24

El Mocambo Thursday March 22

JOHNNY REID presented by





The Great Hall Thursday March 22


*Wristbands only show

WINTERSLEEP, Two Hours Traffic, Monster Truck, The Pack AD, Jordan Cook, Zeus, Eight and a Half & more - Horseshoe Tavern

MARCH 22 – 24

SERENA RYDER AND MORE! Massey Hall Wednesday March 21

MARCH 21 – 24

BASSWEEK w/Andy C: Alive, Jack Beats & more - Various Venues

amy helm


Virgin Mobile Mod Club Wednesday March 21


MARCH 21 – 24

WITH SPECIAL GUEST appearances by:


THE RUBBERBANDITS, Gentleman Hall and more - Sneaky Dees (presented by We Got the Movement)

The Hoxton Friday March 23

Phoenix Concert Theatre Sunday March 25

The Artist Selects Series hosted and curated by SHAD, JUNIOR BOYS and BRENDAN CANNING - Garrison (presented by Redbull Music Academy)






NOW march 1-7 2012



$ 13.50

march 22



joseph arthur

fr iday

$ 15.00

march 23


arts & crafts 11:00pm


$ 15.00

march 24



gentlemen husbanDs 11:20pm

eight & pack a half two hours a.d. traffic 11:30pm

horseshoe 12:50 am canadian music fest monster truck horseshoe tavern will be open until 4am friday & saturday durinG cmf

jordan cook brett caswell & the marquee rose


zeus wintersleep 12:40am

special guests @ 2am

snowblink bravestation gold & youth chains of love

lee’s palace canadian music fest Dance cave & lee’s will Be open until 4am fri & saturDay During cmf

dirty mags indian handcraFts wildliFe tribes

windish aGency • $ 15.00 adv


lee’s palace • $18.50 advance

the revival tour

chuck ragan dan andriano (hot water music)

(alkaline trio) cory branan nathaniel rateliff

10th anniversary (Playing a selection of their discograPhy from 2002 - 2012)


thurs april 12 & fri april 13

march 2

@ lee’s palace

thurs march 22 friday march 23 saturday march 24 $ 10.00 at the door

tuesday april 3


computer magic advance cloud nothings caveman ps i love you big scary reunion show

$ 15.00

the phoenix • $25 advance

advance • 9:00pm


friday april 13 @ opera house $ 18.00

advance • 7:30pm doors • montreal ska

big d & the kids table

inbreds blonde

sat april 7 @ lee’s palace • $20.00 advance



apRIl 14 horseshoe • 15.50 adv

library voices sunday april 15 lee’s palace • $20 advance

trampled cancer by lucero bats turtles $

saturday april 14 @ lee’s palace $

22.50 advance • 8:30pm doors • 19+

j roDDy Walston & the business

touche amore

thursday april 26 @ horseshoe

sunday april 29 the phoenix

$ 23.50

advance • 8:30pm doors • 19+

supersuckers nashville pussy thursday may 17

queen elizabeth theatre all-aGes • $29.50 advance reserved seatinG • 7:15pm


kina wooden sky grannis justin all-ages • $18.50 advance

sat may 12 opera house

$ 18.50

advance • 8:30 Doors

ron townes earle sexsmith

friday april 20

opera house • $ 15.50 adv

sunparlour players

Nashville Bloodshot RecoRds alt couNtRy


monday june 18 @ the phoenix advance • 8:00pm doors • 19+

march 1-7 2012 NOW

massey hall

all-ages / tickets $59.50 - $69.50 aDvance on sale now @ the roy thompson hall Box office massey hall Box office &

wednesday april 25

cults tuesday may 8 @ the phoenix



thursDay april 19

phoenix concert theatre • $ 20.00 advance

mogwai neon indian $ 29.50

& low


mon april 23 the phoenix $34.00

advance • limited seated show (400) • 7:30pm doors

advance ticketS @ or 1-855-985-5000 • HorSeSHoe Front Bar • SoundScapeS • rotate tHiS thurSday march 1 great hall • $ 15.00 advance

tHurS march 1 • $10.00 adv

osgooDe hall FunDraiser friday march 2 $10.00

• ep releaSe

teenage kicks san sebastian

the sWeet mack belieFs

the barr brothers juno arkells tyler

Saturday march 3 OMDC presents


Sunday april 1

concert series featuring

the beaUties bryant

the order of good cheer With many gueStS $ 20.00


monday march 5 • no cover shoeless mondays

New Nobles DaviD hustler + trustworthy Dover Dreams

Hosted by bookie (18th year)

tueSday march 6

mary stewart lacerDa • Danger bees jimmie cover morning thieves

emorie Whirly Birds harlan pepper saint motel

tHurSday march 8 • $5.00

friday march 9

Wed march 7 • $5.00 door child abuSe fundraiSer

unchaineD Faint reFlection tracking nicely talk in blue

lee’S palace • $ 13.50 advance


• indie rock

supported JeFF beCk tour

tueSday april 10 $


march 28

the horSeShoe

brooklyn • $12.00 advance

chairlift with

nitE jEwEl

david choi

friday march 30 @ annex Wreckroom • $15.00 adv


april 11

lee’S palace $ 17.50


the cribs

tueSday april 17 @ Lee’S paLace • $16.50 adv

shabazz alabama palaces shakEs lee’S palace • 15.00 advance

monday april 16

fri april 27

Saturday may 12

• cd releaSe


Junction trevor james

white Denim

lee’S palace • $15.00 adv

lee’S palace • $ 13.50 advance

w/ dirtY beaches WedneSday may 16

thurSday may 15

the horSeShoe • $11.50 advance

lee’S palace • $ 15.00 advance

Sat march 17 • $10.00 door 34 th aniv martian

awareness ball featuring

marY margaret o’hara and tons of special guests!

$ 17.50 adv

• $12.00 adv

St. patrick’S day Weekend!

mahones born golD + moon king

$ 15.00


friday march 2

drake underground • $13.00 advance

Friday march 2 @ hard luCk • $10.50 adv

pianos become


sun march 25 @ hard luCk • $10.50 adv

the wedding present performing Sea monSterS

Saturday march 31

cursive $16.50


mar 22 - pack ad • m truck mar 23 - zeus a&c cmf night mar 24 - wintersleep cmf

artist bookings: or 416-598-0720 370 Queen Street WeSt / Spadina 416-598-4226 • 1947 to 2010

Friday march 2 • $ 7.00 door

RYE UnqUiet dead mother leads train electric

Saturday march 3

a tribute Sun march 4 • 10.00 door to the warNer spice girls music $

FuLL Live Band, coStumeS tWo SetS + 90s dJ dance party


tueSday march 6

Wed march 7 • $ 15.00 adv

athenS • $16.50 advance

The FroNT boTToms

mansions + Young statues

ashes at dawn modified strawman

bowerbirds jonny corndawg hunx & his punx milagres margot & the tim fite nuclear so-so’s pontiak acid electric guest father john misty mother’s temple willis earl beal cheap girls saturday april 7 @ the drake • $10.50 adv

shovels & rope + roBert ellis

sunday april 1 @ the drake • $10.50 adv

thursday april 5 @ garrison • $11.50 adv

Friday april 27 @ drake hotel • $11.50 adv

thurSday april 26

sun april 29 @ the drake • $12.00 adv

mon maY 14 @ horseshoe • $11.50 adv

the garriSon • $ 15.00 advance

loS angeleS fleet foxeS Sub pop folk rock

mon april 30 @ the drake • $13.50 adv

Fri march 9 • $10.00 door

tues march 27 @ garrison • $12.50 adv


sat march 31 @ silver dollar • $11.50 adv

tHurS march 8 • $ 6.00 door

sat march 10 @ the drake • $10.00 adv

march 13 garriSon • 13.50 adv

wed march 28 @ the drake • $11.50 adv


White rainboWs carnivores

no king For countrymen loud SpeakerS With rebel rebel long range hustle eDen culture Sat march 10 • $10.00

the teeth


Sunday march 25 • $16.50 advance

oxForD town bonwit teller opium parlour cairro Foster

justin rutledge sound brannan sook-yin lee

young grimes pryor great pile of leaves prisms mon march 19 • SoLd out!

tHurS march 1 • $ 6.00 door

we were xiU xiU wannabe active promised maps & child Jetpacks atlases atlas jay

horSeShoe tavern • $12.50 adv

daylight For deadeyes W/ balam acab the goodluck Saturday march 10 Foundation Saturday may 5 1977 HorSeSHoe • the stormalongs monday Fri march 16 sliNger may 14 sTar lee’S palace • with thE hood intERnEt the goddamn robots $10.00


sat maY 17 @ sneaky dee’s • $10.00 adv

antz one & set morre lt.thecity 12th letter WedneSday march 14

white ribbon campaign FunDraiser

mar 23 - cloud nothings mar 24 - the inbreds mar 29 - psychedelic furs

Sun march 11 • $ 10.00 door

warNer music showcase friday march 16

hEY $ 15.00

advance • vancouver

ocean! With aiden


artiSt bookingS: 416-598-0720 or 529 bloor Street WeSt / bathurSt NOW march 1-7 2012


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Al Green TheATre 750 Spadina. 416-924-6211. AlleycATz 2409 Yonge. 416-481-6865. Andy PoolhAll 489 College. 416-923-5300. Annex Wreckroom 794 Bathurst. 416-536-0346. AquilA 347 Keele. 416-341-8487. AsPeTTA cAffe 207 Augusta. 416-725-0693. The Avro 750 Queen E. 416-466-3233. BAr iTAliA 582 College. 416-535-3621. BAr neon 1226 Bloor W. BernArd BeTel cenTre 1003 Steeles W. Bizune GAllery 425 Richmond W. 416-477-2772. Bloke & 4Th 401 King W. Bovine sex cluB 542 Queen W. 416-504-4239. cAdillAc lounGe 1296 Queen W. 416-536-7717. cAfe neon 241 Wallace. cAlvin PresByTeriAn church 26 Delisle. 416-923-9030. cAmeron house 408 Queen W. 416-703-0811. cAsTro’s lounGe 2116 Queen E. 416-699-8272. The cenTrAl 603 Markham. 416-913-4586. chAlkers PuB 247 Marlee. 416-789-2531. chevAl 606 King W. 416-363-4933. cloAk & dAGGer PuB 394 College. 647-436-0228. coBrA lounGe 510 King W. 416-361-9004. colleGe sTreeT BAr 574 College. 416-533-2417. columBus cenTre 901 Lawrence W. 416-789-7011. crAWford 718 College. 416-530-1633. crocodile rock 240 Adelaide W. 416-599-9751. czehoski 678 Queen W. 416-366-6787. dAkoTA TAvern 249 Ossington. 416-850-4579. dAzzlinG resTAurAnT 291 King W. 416-506-8886. dc music TheATre 360 Munster. 416-234-0222. devil’s mArTini 473 Adelaide W. 416-591-7541. dominion on queen 500 Queen E. 416-368-6893. drAke hoTel 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. duffy’s TAvern 1238 Bloor W. 416-628-0330. The duke 1225 Queen E. 416-463-5302.

el mocAmBo 464 Spadina. 416-777-1777. ePic lounGe 1355 St Clair W. 416-792-9382. The exTension room 30 Eastern, 2nd flr. fly 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426. The flyinG BeAver PuBAreT 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567. foGArTy’s 3481 Lake Shore W. 416-253-5500. fooTWork 425 Adelaide W. 416-913-3488. four seAsons cenTre for The PerforminG ArTs 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231. free Times cAfe 320 College. 416-967-1078. GAllery 345 345 Sorauren. 416-822-9781. The GArrison 1197 Dundas W. 416-519-9439. GATe 403 403 Roncesvalles. 416-588-2930. GlAdsTone hoTel 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. Glenn Gould sTudio 250 Front W. GoodhAndy’s 120 Church. 416-760-6514. GrAffiTi’s 170 Baldwin. 416-506-6699. The GreAT hAll 1087 Queen W. 416-826-3330. GrossmAn’s 379 Spadina. 416-977-7000. hArd luck BAr 772a Dundas W. hArlem 67 Richmond E. 416-368-1920. hArT house 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849. heliconiAn hAll 35 Hazelton. 416-922-3618. The hideouT 484 Queen W. 647-438-7664. hiGhWAy 61 souThern BArBeque 1620 Bayview. 416-489-7427. hiruT fine eThioPiAn cuisine 2050 Danforth. 416-467-4915. holy oAk cAfe 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803. horseshoe 370 Queen W. 416-598-4753. hoT Box cAfe 191A Baldwin. 416-203-6990. hoTel ocho 195 Spadina. 416-593-0885. huGh’s room 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604. insomniA 563 Bloor W. 416-588-3907. JAne mAlleTT TheATre 27 Front E. 416-366-7723. JuBilee uniTed church 40 Underhill. 416-447-6846. kool hAus 132 Queens Quay E. 416-869-0045. kornersTones 1601 Birchmount. 416-840-4238. lee’s PAlAce 529 Bloor W. 416-532-1598. levAck Block 88 Ossington. 416-916-0571. The loAded doG 1921 Lawrence E. 416-750-9009. The locAl 396 Roncesvalles. 416-535-6225. lolABAr 1173 Dundas E. lou dAWG’s 589 King W. 647-347-3294.

clubs&concerts œcontinued from page 46

Birds, SF Morie Band 8:30 pm. lee’s PAlAce Atlas Sound, White Rainbow, Carnivores doors 8 pm. oPerA house Deicide, Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne 7 pm, all ages. TrAnzAc souThern cross Collette Savard (indie pop) 7:30 pm. virGin moBile mod cluB MOE. doors 8 pm, RCM_Now1/5bw_Kidjo_contests_Mar1_Layout 1 12-02-15 11:57 AM Page 1 all ages.

David Barrett Trio

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Annex Wreckroom Drummers In Exile (drum



Angélique Kidjo SAT., MAR. 10, 2012 8PM KOERNER HALL “Africa's premier diva” (TIME) performs rhythmic Afro-funk fusion with “irresistible energy and joie de vivre” (Los Angeles Times)

Tickets ON SALE NOW! 416-408-0208 273 Bloor St. W. (Bloor & Avenue Road) Toronto


March 1-7 2012 NOW

& dance circle) 8:30 pm. The Avro Keith Jolie (folk) 9 pm. cAmeron house Jay Aymar (country/folk) 6 pm. cAsTro’s lounGe blueVenus (acoustic singer/ songwriter ) 10 pm. cloAk & dAGGer PuB Slocan Ramblers (bluegrass) 10 pm. drAke hoTel lounGe Memphis Tuesdays The Treasures (country/bluegrass) doors 10 pm. duffy’s TAvern Szan T No. GATe 403 Julian Fauth Blues Night 9 pm. The GreAT hAll Teitur (singer/songwriter) doors 8 pm, all ages. holy oAk cAfe Doug Tielli (folk) 9 pm. huGh’s room CD release Gia & the Unpredictable Update (Pat LaBarbera, Wilson Laurencin, Reg Schwager, John Johnson, Alan Hetherington, Pat Kilbride, Clifford Ojala) 8:30 pm. The PisTon Leh-Lo’s Song Writing Circle. Press cluB Toast ‘n Jam – Open Jam 10 pm. rex Blues Jam Dr Nick & the Rollercoasters (blues) 9:30 pm. roxTon Union Duke (bluegrass/alt-country) 9:30 pm.

loWer ossinGTon TheATre 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747. lulA lounGe 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307. mAGPie cAfe 831 Dundas W. 416-916-6499. mAison mercer 15 Mercer. 416-341-8777. mAnA BAr 722 College. 416-537-9292. mArkhAm TheATre for The PerforminG ArTs 171 Town Centre Blvd (Markham). 905-305-7469. meAdoWvAle TheATre 6315 Montevideo (Mississauga). 905-615-4720. meTroPoliTAn uniTed church 56 Queen E. 416-363-0331. miles nAdAl Jcc 750 Spadina. 416-924-6211. monArch TAvern 12 Clinton. 416-531-5833. monArchs PuB 33 Gerrard W. 416-585-4352. moroco chocolAT 99 Yorkville. 416-961-2202. much me 816 St Clair W. 416-651-0009. music GAllery 197 John. 416-204-1080. The music hAll 147 Danforth. 416-778-8163. musideum 401 Richmond W. 416-599-7323. nAWlins JAzz BAr 299 King W. 416-595-1958. neu+rAl 349a College. 416-926-2112. noT my doG 1510 Queen W. noW lounGe 189 Church. 416-364-1301. old mill inn 21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641. on cue 349 Jane. 647-763-0417. oPerA house 735 Queen E. 416-466-0313. PArTs & lABour 1566 Queen W. 416-588-7750. PeoPle’s chicken 744 Mt Pleasant. 416-489-7931. Phoenix concerT TheATre 410 Sherbourne. 416-323-1251. The PisTon 937 Bloor W. 416-532-3989. PJ o’Briens irish PuB 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. PoGue mAhone 777 Bay. 416-598-3339. PolyhAus 388 Carlaw. Press cluB 850 Dundas W. 416-364-7183. queen sTreeT lAundry 713 Queen W. quoTes 220 King W. 416-979-7717. rAncho relAxo 300 College. 416-920-0366. reBAs cAfé 3289 Dundas W. 416-626-7372. relish 2152 Danforth. 416-425-4664. rePosAdo 136 Ossington. 416-532-6474. revivAl 783 College. 416-535-7888. rex 194 Queen W. 416-598-2475. rivoli 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908.

The rusTy nAil Open Stage Jam Chad Camp-

bell 9 pm.


chAlkers PuB Robi Botos Trio 7:30 pm. dominion on queen Django Jazz Jam 8:30 pm. four seAsons cenTre for The PerforminG ArTs richArd BrAdshAW AmPhiTheATre A

Celebration Of Canadian Art Song Canadian Art Song Project noon-1 pm. GATe 403 Kelsey McNulty Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. GrossmAn’s MIz Debbie & the Don Valley Stompers (jazz/gospel/blues) 9 pm. JAne mAlleTT TheATre Music Toronto Richard Goode 8 pm. rex Worst Pop Band Ever (jazz ) 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ten resTAurAnT & Wine BAr Don Breithaupt, Chris Smith 9 pm. TrAnzAc souThern cross Peripheral Vision: A Tribute To Paul Motian (jazz) 10 pm.

rocco’s Plum TomATo 156 The Queensway. 416-255-5081. rockWood 31 Mercer. 416-979-7373. The rovers PuB 570 Bloor W. 647-977-6455. roxTon 379 Harbord. 416-535-8181. roy Thomson hAll 60 Simcoe. 416-872-4255. royAl conservATory of music 273 Bloor W. 416-408-0208. The rusTy nAil 2202 Danforth. 647-729-7254. sAlvAdor dArlinG 1237 Queen W. 416-534-0488. The sAvoy 1166 Queen W. silver dollAr 486 Spadina. 416-975-0909. The sisTer 1554 Queen W. 416-532-2570. smilinG BuddhA 961 College. 416-516-2531. sneAky dee’s 431 College. 416-603-3090. someWhere There sTudio 227 Sterling, unit #112. sony cenTre for The PerforminG ArTs 1 Front E. 1-855-872-7669. sound AcAdemy 11 Polson. 416-461-3625. souThside Johnny’s 3653 Lake Shore W. 416-521-6302. sT. AndreW By-The-lAke church 102 Lakeshore, Ward’s Island. 416-203-0873. sT dAvid’s AnGlicAn church 49 Donlands. 416-465-4940. sT PATrick’s church 921 Flagship (Mississauga). 905-270-2301. suPermArkeT 268 Augusta. 416-840-0501. suTrA 612 College. 416-537-8755. Ten resTAurAnT & Wine BAr 139 Lakeshore E (Mississauga). 905-271-0016. ThomPson hoTel 550 Wellington W. 416-640-7778. 3 monkeys 1585 Warden. 416-609-1511. ToBy’s fAmous 411 College. 416-925-9908. TrAne sTudio 964 Bathurst. 416-913-8197. TrAnzAc 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137. underdoWn PuB 263 Gerrard E. 416-927-0815. virGin moBile mod cluB 722 College. 416-588-4663. WATerfAlls 303 Augusta. 416-927-9666. WhiTe sWAn 836 Danforth. 416-463-8089. The Wilson 96 615 College. 416-516-3237. WronGBAr 1279 Queen W. 416-516-8677. york universiTy AccolAde eAsT BldG 4700 Keele. 416-736-5888.

blues/ vintage R&B) 8:30 pm. cAmeron house Al Tuck 10 pm, Kirsten Scholte 6 pm. cAsTro’s lounGe Smokey Folk (bluegrass) 9 pm. cloAk & dAGGer PuB The Accents (folk/pop) 10 pm. GATe 403 Brian Cober & Aslan Gotov Blues Duo 5 pm. hiGhWAy 61 souThern BArBeque Sean Pinchin (folk) 7 pm. hiruT fine eThioPiAn cuisine Gary 17s Acoustic Open Stage Gary 17 10 pm. huGh’s room Murray Porter 8:30 pm.


royAl conservATory of music koerner hAll Lila Downs (world) 8 pm. TrAnzAc souThern cross David Woodhead’s Confabulation (folk) 7:30 pm.


dominion on queen Corktown Ukulele Jam

8 pm.


Bloke & 4Th Swank Tom Wrecks. crAWford Drink & Destroy Dan Arget (rock & roll).

GoodhAndy’s Ladyplus T-Girl Lust DJ Todd

Klinck doors 8 pm.5 insomniA Soulful Tuesdays D-Jay. rePosAdo Alien Radio DJ Gord C. sneAky dee’s MFOY late eve.

Wednesday, March 7 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL

AquilA uPsTAirs The Groovies w/ Jay Pennell & Allan Soberman (pop/folk) 9:30 pm. cAdillAc lounGe The Neil Young’uns. dAkoTA TAvern Hot Rock Flash Lightnin’ members & the Beauties (all Rolling Stones music) 10 pm. drAke hoTel underGround Emeli Sandé, Shawn Hook (soul) doors 7 pm. horseshoe Child Abuse Fundraiser Mary Stewart, Lacerda, Danger Bees, Jimmie Cover, Morning Thieves. lee’s PAlAce Jay Brannan, Sook yin Lee 9 pm. The PisTon Down by Riverside 10 pm. TrAnzAc Indie Music Showcase 10 pm. WhiTe sWAn Jam Van Leer, Lee & the Soul Instigators 7:30 pm.


four seAsons cenTre for The PerforminG ArTs richArd BrAdshAW AmPhiTheATre My Foolish Heart Guido Basso, Don Thompson (trumpet/flugelhorn/piano/bass) 5:30 pm. GAllery 345 L.A.D. Trio (Lee Pui Ming, Erin Donovan, Norman Adams) 8 pm. GATe 403 Kurt Nielsen & Richard Whiteman Jazz Band 9 pm. hoTel ocho Twosomes & Threeways: For The Love Of The Riff Sharron McLeod & Mark Barrett 7:30 pm. nAWlins JAzz BAr Jim Heineman Trio (jazz) 7 to 11 pm. rex Chet Doxas Quartet 9:30 pm, Trevor Falls Collective 6:30 pm. roy Thomson hAll New Creations Festival: Orion Toronto Symphony Orchestra 8 pm.



crAWford Strange Effects Miss Ashlie &

Mish Demeo (new wave/disco/grunge/riot girl/punk and more). The exTension room 7 Fierce Femmes: A Fundraiser For Seventh Stage DJ Lissa Monet. GoodhAndy’s Amplify Wednesdays DJs Sexy Pants, Cesar & Klinck doors 10 pm.5 insomniA DJ Parro (house). rePosAdo Sol Wednesdays Spy vs Sly vs Spy.


AlleycATz The Graceful Daddies (swingin


Jessica Rose & The Grand Salon Orchestra Conductor Kerry Stratton SATURDAY



SAT. 3 Toronto Blues Society Guitar Workshop 1-4 pm feat. Danny Marks, Donna Grantis Kevin Breit & Dylan Wickens • Ronnie Hayward Trio

4-7:30 pm • Ninja Funk Orchestra 9 pm

SUN. 4

Rockabilly Brunch feat. The Cosmotones 11:30 pm -2:30 pm

TUE. 6

Hot Club of Corktown “TO’s Best Django Jam” 8:30 pm

WED. 7

Corktown Uke Jam 8 pm


St. Pat’s Day Sat. Mar. 17: Shane McShane & The Shenanigans feat. David Newland, Jay Moonah & Steve McNie 7:30 pm

416-368-6893 •



#shake a TaiL 60’s pop & soul SuNDAY MARch 4




Jordan VEnn & thE SliznEyS w/Vince lomBarrDi, Blix

w/DJ Vania

fri Mar 2

EddiE SpaghEtti

(of the SuperSuckerS) w/Big toBacco & the pickerS, cactuS Vella



#whaT’s poppin’ 80’s/90’s hip hop party upcoming



w/gorD prior BanD, raiSeD emotionally DeaD sun Mar 4

comedy night hosted by

tueS Mar 6 the pink & Black attack present

thu Mar 8

w/DJ misty

dylan goES ElEctric

w/Burning canDy 542 Queen St W • 416 504 4239 •


w/ Special guests from across the sea...

Fri 2 sweat Pants

w/ DJ Coolin Hip hop, soul, dancehall...

SaT 3 secret Models Ultra-badass dance party...

Sun 4 Brass Facts trivia

Toronto’s best quiz night, followed by:

UnliMited sUnday

2 turntables, cool beats, cool peeps...

Mon 5 ice and yo

In like a lion edition ...

TueS 6 deadliest snatch Pastimes and diversions ...

Wed 7 coMedy at the oss

Mill St presents absolute hilarity...

61 OSSINGTON AVE | 416•850•0161 |

Sun Mar 4

Saturday Supper Club Blues!

Mon Mar 5

mar 10 • • • • • • • • • • • • 7pm

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH H thu mar 1 Confidential records presents H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Fri mar 2 H H H H H H H H H H H @ 9:30 H H H H Old school Punk Bash H H H sat mar 3 H H H H H H H H H H H H H HigH lonesome Wednesday • 9:30pm H H H H H H big city bluegrass H H H featuring members of H H the foggy hogtown boys H H H H & the creaking tree H H string quartet H H H H H thu mar 8 The round table presents H H H H H H H H H H H H Fri mar 16 Live reggae Dance Party H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H w/ H H H H sat H H H H mar 17 H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H CMW Triple Header H H Next Wave southern H H H H u.s. Garage rock H H H H H H H H H H thu mar 22 w/ H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Fri mar 23 w/ H H H H H H H H H H sat mar 24 w/ H H H H H H H H H sat mar 31 Oakland, Ca, Garage Wildcat H H H H H H H H H H (Nashville.TE) H H H H tickets @ rotate This, soundscapes H H H Their last show ever... H H Fri aPr 13 H H H H H H H sat aPr 14 san Francisco Barrage rock H H H H H H H H tickets @ rotate This, soundscapes H H H H sat aPr 21 montreal Punk-a-billy hero H H H H H H H HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H

Thursday march 1


mOdErNBOys mOdErNGIrLs

ThE BB GuNs HATE GANG • HAPPY MEAL saTurday march 3

uNdErGrOuNd mEss arOuNd oPEN forMAT 10-MIdNIGHT oLd SCHooL HIP HoP MIdNIGHT-CLoSE frIday march 9


rAP froM 1993-2012 dJS PATrICk, JoSH & GHETTo GoLd MATT SATurdAY MArCH 10

No No PoNY

GINuwINE’S ‘PoNY’ HourLY HIP HoP / ELvIS / EvErYTHING cOmING sOON: thur mar 22 - hand drawn dracula cmw showcase


fri mar 23 - cmw showcase

TYVEK • BARE WIRES fri april 6


11-3pm BLuegrass Brunch

the Beauties Mariachi MonDays 10pm

mill street presents

mexican food & drink specialsfamilies are welcome!

jack dekeyzer

Tue Mar 6

8pm Mariachi fuego 10pm the sure things

10pm the weBer Brothers

every tuesday in March

The Fantasy Defender

Wed Mar 7


hot rocK feat. members of fLash Lightnin’ & the Beauties


playing all rolling stones

249 OssingtOn Ave (just north of Dundas) 416-850-4579 ·


Meanwood, Stray Feathers


TNG, The Lad Classic Arson, THE MONEY MAKERS

crazy strings

YUKA, DJ Jersus


performed by members of golDfinger, inner city SurferS, craSh luther

486 spadina ave. @ college


andrEw ryan Fox



DUKE BUZZY, Babylon Warchild Grandfather Mantis, MINDBENDER

w/DJ Sir ian Blurton

Sat Mar 3

tiM BraDforD & the BanDits

MiKe pLuMe DoDge fiasco Sat Mar 3 10pm JaKe chishoLM Fri Mar 2




with the treasures



#Legends oF karaoke w/DJ Boom Boom

Thu Mar 1


thu Mar 1



thu Mar 1 | 8:30PM | $10

paUl WoolNER

& liMEhoUSE cD RElEaSE w/ian PHilP & laRRa skye

fri Mar 2 | 9PM | $20

DroPPin KnowleDge Presents w/ SpeC. GueSt

sat Mar 3 | 8PM | $10

Music city Presents

cMW SElEcTioN ShoW Feat. DEhavillaND, REvERy EyES,

DylaN goES ElEcTRic, playDEaf, DiSTRicT DoWN, MiRiaN kay

NeXt @ CmW 2012

MaRk bERUbE aND ThE paTRioTic fEW


The Modern Superstitions, Huddle, The Archives, Reversing Falls, Sandman Viper Command July Talk, The Pow Wows, Patti Cake, The Wilderness, Jesuslesfilles, Drunk Woman, Cheap Speakers The Mercy Now, Little City, Devin Therriault, The Lost Babies, Revolvers, Rebel Rebel

HUNX & HIS PUNX w/ Heavy Cream





DOORS @8Pm_$10

STS aka SUgaRShaUNToNgUE SliM mATT PRYOR booThE, cRookliN of SMaSh bRovaz & D-boNEz

Heavy Metal For Girls PowerRods


sun Mar 4 | 8PM | $10

w/JaDea Kelly

Mon Mar 5 | Drs 8:30PM | Pwyc ($5) Mc NaThaN MaciNToSh cHuck ByRn, Paul MyReHaug, gavin stePHens aManda BRooke PeRRin andRew JoHnston & MoRe!

alTDoTcoMEDyloUNgE.coM tues Mar 6 | Drs 8:30PM | Pwyc ($5)




DOORS @11Pm_$10


ThE TWiTTER goNg ShoW!

a vaRiety sHow wHeRe tHe audience tweets to deteRMine wHo Moves on and wHo gets gonged! Mc MaRk DEboNiS Follow #twitteRgong

SkETchcoMEDyloUNgE.coM weD Mar 7 | 8PM | $10

REvEal ME : a NighT of bURlESQUE

Performers: Red HeRRing, daytona BitcH, Mitzy cReaM, dolly BeRlin,tytanya-Belly dancing! Belle JuMelles, lady Bona FieRy skye, Pussy la BooM BooM




thu Mar 8 | 8:30PM | $10

MUSic box chaRiTy fUNDRaiSER

raising money to help provide children with equal opportunities for growth and development through musical education.

w/ MaTT yoRk & EvERyThiNg ThaT’S fly


Mar 20 Rivoli DaNcES Mar 30 Spooky RUbiN apr 20 caNaRy MiNE 332 QUEEN ST. W. | 416.596.1908 |


NOW march 1-7 2012


TM/MC Keith’s Brewery.


march 1-7 2012 NOW

NOW march 1-7 2012


album reviews album of the week


(Mint/Nardwuar the Human Serviette) Rating: Leave it to Canadian music historian/television and radio personality/all-around eccentric Nardwuar the Human Serviette to convince an eclectic group of international talents to contribute spirited covers of semi-obscure gems from Vancouver’s musical history. As unlikely as it sounds, British songwriter Kate Nash’s cover of 1990s all-girl “cuddlecore” group Cub is a perfect match, while Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand offer a fun take on 1970s punk band the Pointed Sticks. Nardwuar’s band, the Evaporators, also get in on the fun, contributing a number of unabashedly fun covers and originals, including collaborations with Sage Francis, Jill Barber and Andrew W.K., the last of whom might be the only person who can match Nardwuar’s enthusiasm. Adding to the compilation’s identity crisis is a 40-page calendar featuring iconic punk rock photography by Bev Davis and suitably nerdy musings by Nardwuar himself. A Canadian record collector’s dream. Top track: Hate Being Late, by the Evaporators featuring Andrew W.K. RICHARD TRAPUNSKI


B.A. JOHNSTON Hi Dudes! (Mammoth

Cave) Rating: NNN Hamilton songwriter B.A. Johnston’s sweaty, beer-bellied stage persona goes hand in hand with his reputation for putting on crazy shows propelled by old keyboard sounds. But he can just as easily deliver nostalgic odes to 80s pop culture with an acoustic guitar and doo-wop backup vocals. He proves the latter on his eighth album, recorded by Paul Linklater and featuring Laura Barrett, Drew Smith and Donna Linklater. A poet of suburban strip malls and arcades, Johnston tells stories in under three minutes, often under two. He describes McDonald’s coupon day, daytime television, dive bars and trashy beaches with a mix of disdain and yearning and knows RPGs like some folks know old cars. There’s truth behind his shtick. Top track: Dirtbag Beach B.A. Johnston plays the Garrison on Friday (March 2). SARAH GREENE

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Love At The Bottom Of The Sea (Merge) Rating: NNN After a three-album sabbatical from synthesizers, indie pop group the Magnetic Fields bring back the instrumentation integral to their most beloved material on this concept-free collection. These pithy pop songs playfully explore the many side effects of love – spitefulness, infatuation, murder and mariachi among them. The disc starts strong with three glee-

fully skewed POVs on love: upbeat abstinence anthem God Wants Us To Wait, homophobe-in-love ditty Andrew In Drag and chipper revenge fantasy Your Girlfriend’s Face. But what follows is never quite as memorable, pointed or emotionally complex as that opening volley. Chief songwriter/singer Stephin Merritt shifts his attention to more tried and true territory, reciting – along with singer Claudia Gonson – rueful rhymes over layer upon layer of analog effects. It’s enjoyable enough, but the potency of Merritt’s wit is gradually sapped by one wheezy, sluggish melody too many. Top track: God Wants Us To Wait KEVIN RITCHIE


(Vagrant/Ghostly) Rating: NNN One of the chief attractions of School of Seven Bells was the one-two punch of the Deheza twin sisters’ vocals – often doubled, synched or harmonized in eerie

and powerful ways. With the departure of founding member Claudia Deheza, sister Alejandra handles the singing on her own, and though she’s a highly capable vocalist (and guitarist), the mesmerizing twin effect is missing from the NYC dream-pop band’s third album. The lyrics remain compelling, centring on a girl named Lafaye (also the name of one of the standout tracks) and the ghosts that surround her. The content suits Deheza’s ethereal delivery and Benjamin Curtis’s guitar and electronic sounds – sometimes ambient and gothic, sometimes danceable and poppy – on which the nine cohesive tracks are built. Sonically, it’s a leap forward. Top track: Lafaye School of Seven Bells play the Hoxton on May 2. CARLA GILLIS

PLANTS AND ANIMALS The End Of That (Secret City) Rating: NNN On their third album, Montreal classic rock revisionists Plants and Animals tone down their jammy tendencies to focus on the songs, which makes it their most accessible recording yet. The newfound restraint also drains the energy, though given how much of the lyrics deal with watching your friends grow up and settle down, the weariness seems appropriate. The End Of That is deliberately underproduced, attempting a live-off-the-floor feel. While this allows some of the amazingly gooey fuzz guitar to sizzle with detail, other moments sound like rough sketches of what could have been some great indie Americana. When they loosen up on songs like Crisis!, they evoke Pavement covering Tom Petty in the best way possible. It’s never a bad thing to be concise in your songcraft, but this album reveals that Plants And Animals are best when not over-thinking things. Top track: Crisis! Plants and Animals play Lee’s Palace April 21. BENJAMIN BOLES

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Wrecking Ball (Sony) Rating: NNN It’s usually good news when Bruce Springsteen is angry about America, and that righteous fury over growing inequality and economic vultures is behind the best moments on Wrecking Ball. It’s not technically an E Street album, but a track like We Take Care Of Our Own could fit in perfectly on Born In The USA and gives you the sense that the Boss is back. When he strays from that glorious wall of sound, things go awry. For all his talk of electronic music and hip-hop in-


to 90s power pop. He gets backup from Super Friendz’s Charles Austin on guitar, Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg on drums and Laura Peek on piano, but it’s O’Neill the producer who shines the most, expertly stitching the tracks together with recorded found sounds. Top track: Don’t Forget To Breathe Mike O’Neill plays the Horseshoe for CMF on March 20. SG


(Drag City) Rating: NNN Listening to Rad Times Xpress IV, the “debut” album from Black Bananas, we get the distinct sense we’re being trolled. The album synthesizes all the gaudiest, most over-the-top elements of rock and roll’s last three decades into a cluttered, self-consciously strutting stew of ZZ Top boogie, Mötley Crüe sleaze, Some Girls-era Stones disco-funk and – why the hell not? – T-Pain Auto-Tune voice modulation. The result serves as a definition of “hot mess,” an all-over-the-place Heavy Metal throwback (the movie, not the genre) that begs to be trashed by critics. But as always, lead singer Jennifer Herrema (formerly of Royal Trux and RTX, a group with the same lineup as Black Bananas) commits to the material with irresistible charisma and cool. It’s garish and gross but undeniably fun, an audacious train wreck of an album that’s hard not to enjoy. Top track: Hot Stupid Black Bananas open for Sleigh Bells at the Phoenix on March 26. RT


Wild Lines (independent/Zunior) Rating: NNNN If only Mike O’Neill made more albums. The former Inbreds bassist started Wild Lines – his third solo album – in 2007 but put the project on hold while busy with other things. (He also records and composes for television.) Wild Lines is a rarity – composed of unobtrusively good songs supported by deft arrangements in which instruments, backup vocals, snaps and claps are introduced at just the right moment before slipping out again. It’s a fleshed-out version of the Inbreds’ vision but more a celebration of British Invasion-style writing than a revisit

CRAIG FINN Clear Heart Full Eyes

(Vagrant/Universal) Rating: NN If you ever wondered what Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn would do if freed from the constrictions of his celebrated pub rock indie band, the answer is a quieter, more atmospheric Hold Steady record. It will matter to those who already appreciate what Finn and the Hold Steady are all about, but Clear Heart Full Eyes isn’t likely to bring any new guests to the party. Finn cut the record in Austin with players selected by producer Mike McCarthy, who’s worked with Spoon and Trail of Dead. The unfamiliarity between Finn and his backing group is palpable on songs like When No One’s Watching, where guitars antagonistically combat the singer’s unique storytelling delivery. The problem is more pronounced on Honolulu Blues, where Finn sounds disoriented and out of his comfort zone. Top track: No Future JASON KELLER



Women Are The Only Hope (Old Bold) Rating: NNNN Canadian visual artist and musician Mendelson Joe unearths a snapshot of his career on Women Are The Only Hope, an album self-produced in 1991 in Toronto but unreleased till now. Joe is by turns fiercely political and quirkily erotic, calling for a referendum in I Nominate Dr. David, mentioning nipples in Hot Meal and kisses planted quickly like geraniums in Same Old Song. His delivery is eccentric, but the urgency of his message is no joke. Joe’s band, Advocates, included Ben Mink and Bob Wiseman and played in exchange for his paintings. Their loose, deft use of tuba, accordion, mandolin, violin and keys predated the weird, exciting folk happening nowadays. At one point, the instruments even imitate canaries. Underpinning all this is Joe’s blues guitar. He’s a good player, a fact to which he draws attention at one point, saying, “I’ll show ya.” Top track: Temporary Love SG

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fluences, they’re barely evident, except for the random rap bridge by gospel singer Michelle Moore on Rocky Ground, which sounds forced. Likewise, the scattering of sampled preachers and gospel comes across as exploitive rather than respectful. The plentiful Celtic rock and country influences produce mixed results. Note to all singers: if you’re considering faking an accent, please don’t. Wrecking Ball could’ve been great but was derailed by unnecessary gimmicks. Top track: We Take Care Of Our Own BB


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THE BIG SMOKE by Amy Nostbakken and Nir Paldi (Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada). At Factory Studio (125 Bathurst). To March 4. Pwyc-$25. 416-504-9971. See Continuing, page 56. Rating: NNN

Obeah Opera will haunt you – in a good way.


Spell bound OBEAH OPERA by Nicole Brooks (b current/Theatre Archipelago). At 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst). Runs to March 4. $30, stu/srs $25. 416-533-1500. See Continuing, page 56. Rating: NNNN


One of the best-sung shows of the year, Obeah Opera also offers one of the most fascinating narratives: the history of four black slaves accused of witchcraft in 1692 Salem. Nicole Brooks’s a cappella musical, directed by ahdri zhina mandiela, fol-


Potent Seeds SEEDS by Annabel Soutar (Crow’s Theatre). At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill). To Mar 10. $15$35. 416-866-8666. See Continuing, page 57. Rating: NNN

Through a novel combination of investigative journalism and theatre, Seeds brings to life the complex web of legal, scientific and ethical debates surrounding the highly publicized dust-up between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser (Eric Peterson) and chemical/ biotech corporation Monsanto. In 1997, Monsanto claimed that its patented genetically modified canola plants had been illegally grown on Schmeiser’s land. He denied pirating the seeds and suggested that his crop had been contaminated by GM seeds blown from neighbouring farms. He became a prominent advocate of farmers’ rights and a critic of the corporate ownership of life.


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lows Tituba (Joni NehRita), Sarah (Saphire Demitro), Mary (Saidah Baba Talibah) and Candi (Brooks) from a slave ship to accusations of sorcery. Central to their story is the Elder (Macomere Fifi), a beggar woman who represents the spirit of ancient obeah. In the key scene, the Elder liberates the women from their prison cell and allows them to enter into their roles as obeah healers, each connected to deep natural powers. It’s a thrilling episode, the women and the accompanying 10-member chorus participating in an ecstatic celebration that testifies to those powers. Brooks’s score, drawing on music

that includes gospel, jazz, blues and Caribbean rhythms, is a wonderful vehicle for the material. I wish the text told us more about the four key women; at present, they’re not well defined as personalities or in terms of their orishas (their representations in the obeah spirit world). Additional development could fill in these points for a later production. And there should be another production, for even now Obeah Opera is a wonderful, ultimately joyous work celebrating past, present and future. Its magical, incantatory music is sure JON KAPLAN to bring you to your feet.

The play introduces the plethora of nearly three hours the show feels much stakeholders from the ensuing legal too long. An awkward audience interdrama. Monsanto lawyers, Schmeiser view at the beginning could be cut, and his wife, biotech lobbyists, scienalong with a few extraneous scenes. tists, academics, citizens rights groups But Soutar shows how messy and and others all get involved in the confar-reaching controversies in Big troversy and have a different take on Science have become, and how the what happened and who is responrestructuring of age-old relationships sible. by new biotechnologies is being enLiisa Repo-Martell portrays playforced and resisted. She wisely avoids wright Annabel Soutar in interviews heaping all the criticism on Monwith these people, and all the dialogue santo, questioning is taken from her recordings or from Schmeiser’s mocourt transcripts. Stutters, stamtives and story mers and flubbed lines make as well. JORDAN BIMM the dialogue very realistic, but this sometimes clashes with director Chris Abraham’s symbolic blocking. The set – a jumble of desks and computers representing an amalgam of lab and legal spaces, with video projections deLiisa Repo-Martell and picting SchmeiEric Peterson deliver food ser’s farm – lacks for thought in Seeds. focus, and at

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Amy Nostbakken’s husky, emotionfilled singing voice is a marvel, but it can’t bring The Big Smoke fully to life. Written by Nostbakken and director Nir Paldi, the narrative focuses on Natalie, a young Canadian artist chosen to be part of a competition at London’s Tate Gallery. Despite her talent, she sinks into a depression from which she can’t extricate herself. Nostbakken sings most of the show a cappella – there are a few spoken lines – playing Natalie and other people. The musical rhythms and styles shift, depending on the speaker and his or her mood, but generally the 70-minute show has a jazzy feel. The flashiest characters are solidly uptempo, but it’s Natalie’s internal moments that are the most convincing. The performer’s voice slows, her

Amy Nostbakken’s performance lingers.

face becomes expressionless and her eyes glassy; there’s a touch of anger in her loss of confidence. We can’t forget those episodes, even in the giddy, happy fantasies Natalie later paints for herself. But the sometimes poetic text doesn’t always succeed as well as Nostbakken’s performance; the story has a predictable ring. The best section is the last, when Natalie returns home to Canada and plots her future. The music is strong, and the performance alternates between staccato and lyrically expressive. The final powerful image will JK haunt you for days.

Take a Journey to see Gregory Prest (left), Nancy Palk and Joseph Ziegler.




by Eugene O’Neill (Soulpepper). At the Young Centre (55 Mill). To March 28. $5-$68. 416-866-8666. See Continuing, page 56. Rating: NNNN

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a difficult work to stage and to watch. The study of a family whose members lose themselves in alcohol and drugs to forget the desperation of their lives and their unfulfilled dreams, the play is epic in its running time and the emotional depths it plumbs. Soulpepper’s production, directed with knowing care by Diana Leblanc, isn’t yet fully shaped but it’s almost there. The fine cast understands the loving but hurtful nature of this family, where, metaphorically, a caress

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with the back of a hand is followed by a slap with the palm. Father James Tyrone (Joseph Ziegler) is a once-lionized actor whose stinginess affects his family. His wife, Mary (Nancy Palk), drifts in and out of a morphine haze. Elder son Jamie (Evan Buliung) is an actor like his father, unhappy and seeking refuge in drink. Edmund (Gregory Prest), the poetic younger, is his mother’s favourite. Each family member can easily push emotional buttons in the other three. At this point, the first act is largely a barrage of attacks with little in the way of relief; the production would be richer if we could rest occasionally. The second act has settled in, though, with moments of quiet and even mild comedy. Given the talent of the company – which includes Krystin Pellerin as the talkative family maid – that first act should, with time, become as nuanced as the second. Then this JourJK ney will be a spellbinding trip. reviews continue on page 57 œ

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(Single Thread Theatre Company). This walking-tour play of one of Toronto’s oldest buildings takes the audience back to 1827 and the politics of the time. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 17, Tue-Sun 7 and 9 pm. $20 ( Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. dancInG WIth raGe by Mary Walsh (Theatre Passe Muraille/RCA Theatre Company). Walsh performs her solo show featuring scenes about rage brought on by pop culture, politics and capitalism. Previews Mar 6. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 31, TueSat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $30-$35, preview $15, mat pwyc. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, dIdo and aeneaS by Henry Purcell (York U Faculty of Fine Arts). Students of the music, theatre and dance programs perform the tragic baroque opera. Mar 1-2 at 7:30 pm. $17, stu/srs $12. York University Accolade E Bldg, 4700 Keele. 416-736-5888. Free aS InjunS by Tara Beagan (Native Earth Performing Arts). This poetic drama looks at blood ties, entitlement, inheritance and legacy (see story, page 59). Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 18, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $10-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, the happy Woman by Rose Cullis (Nightwood Theatre). This darkly comic play looks at how a middle-class family suppresses truth to maintain a happy veneer.



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vive and connect with the outside world. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 17, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and Mar 12), Sun 2:30 pm. $20, stu/srs $15, Sun pwyc. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411,

Previews Mar 5-6. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 24, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed 1:30 pm, Sat 2 pm. $22-$46. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110, leS demImondeS (Operation Snatch). Dance, film, song and monologue are used to explore the portrayal and perception of sex workers in society. Mar 2-4, Fri-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 3 pm. $15-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. la lISte by Jennifer Tremblay (Théâtre français de Toronto/Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui). A woman neglects a neighbour’s request and inadvertently causes her death. Previews to Mar 1. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 4, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mats Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $33-$48, srs $28-$41. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-534-6604, the loSt SaGaS oF tjorvI the FlaccId by Jiv Parasram (Pandemic Theatre). This farcical tale of an insecure Viking warlord explores society’s obsession with power and libido. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 10, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $10-$15. Unit 102 Studio, 376 Dufferin. the nIGht oF the IGuana by Tennessee Williams (Hart House Theatre). Sexual tension and soul searching surround a defrocked minister as he leads female tourists around 1940s Mexico. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 10, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Mar 10 at 2 pm. $25, stu/ srs $10-$15. 7 Hart House Circle. 416-9788849, paprIKa FeStIval (Tarragon Theatre). This annual event presents new works by emerging artists, alumni and more, including works by Evan Vipond, Rosamund Small, Josh Korngut, the Creators’ Unit and more. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 10, Tue-Sat from 8 pm, mats Sat-Sun 2:30 pm, Wed 1:30 pm. $5, Occupy Paprika $20. 30 Bridgman, Extra Space. 416-531-1827, the producerS by Mel Brooks (Chicken Coop Theatre/Oy Oy Productions). The hit musical is staged to benefit the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Mar 3-4, Sat 8:30 pm, Sun 2 and 8 pm. $36-$72. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. the ruleS by Chuck Mee (University College Drama Program). Various scenarios explore societal norms and what it means to be ‘civilized’. Opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 18, TueSat 8 pm, plus Mar 16 at 11 pm and Mar 18 at 2 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St George. content/view/1135/2946/. the Small room at the top oF the StaIrS by Carole Fréchette (Tarragon Theatre). A woman debates entering her husband’s secret room. Previews to Mar 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Apr 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $21-$51. 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, thIS WIde nIGht by Chloë Moss (Mermaid Parade). Two women just out of prison try to sur-



Ghetto thuperthtar: a Speech ImpedIment cabaret (Nathan Carroll). Carroll presents a

show with Hailey Gillis, Fraser Elsdon and Chris Tsujiuchi. Mar 2 at 9 pm. $10, stu $6. Free Times Cafe, 320 College. 416-967-1078. henrI FaberGé’S helIGoland FollIeS (Stages). This monthly six-part performance series features music, comedy, film and narrative theatre about an 1820s community trying to reach a utopian ideal. Mar 1 at 9 pm. Pwyc. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Arbor Room. I Feel pretty? a non-Genue tale by Lili Connor and Cara Pantalone (Lower Ossington Theatre). Two ‘non-genues’ perform a comedy/musical exploration of the ingenue. Mar 4 at 8 pm. $20, stu 2-for-1. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, the KeIth rIchardS one Woman ShoW by Deanna Jones and Cole Lewis (Suitcase in Point Theatre Company). Jones plays multiple characters in an exploration of image, excess and the endurance of the Rolling Stones cofounder. Mar 4 at 9 pm. $10. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina. moSaIc StorytellInG FeStIval (The Open Door East End Arts Collective). Lorne Brown presents Canadian folk songs and folk tales in this interactive performance. Mar 4 at 3 pm. Pwyc ($5 sugg). St David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands. 416-466-3142, stdavidstoronto. ca/mosaic/mosaic.html. 7 FIerce FemmeS (Seventh Stage Theatre Productions). This funder for the company features a party and performances in honour of International Women’s Day. Mar 7 at 7 pm. $25-$35. The Extension Room, 30 Eastern. SpeaKeaSy (Les Coquettes). The cabaret theatre company presents burlesque, music and more inspired by vintage NYC nightclubs in a dinner theatre show. Mar 4, doors 6 pm, show at 8 pm. $75-$85 (w/ dinner); show only $20$55. Revival, 783 College.


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Paldi (Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada/Why Not Theatre). This solo a cappella performance is inspired by the lives of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton (see review, page 55). Runs to Mar 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25, stu/srs $18, Sun pwyc. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst, Studio. 416-504-9971, nnn (JK)

can I really date a Guy Who WearS a yarmulKe? by Amy Holson-Schwartz (TEATRON Theatre). A secular PhD candidate meets a religious Zionist doctor in this romantic comedy. Runs to Mar 11, Tue-Thu 8 pm, mats Sat 8:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $31-$48, stu/ srs $26-$30. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 416-733-0545, teatrontheatre. com.

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danI GIrl by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman (Talk is Free Theatre/ ñ Show One Productions). This cute and touch-

ing musical follows Dani (Gabi Epstein), an inquisitive nine-year old with cancer, as she uses the power of play to escape her drab hospital room and search for a meaning behind her illness. Catchy songs, clever lyrics, and lots of sci-fi humour keep this show upbeat and hopeful. Runs to Mar 11, Wed-Mon 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun 2 pm. $33. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, nnnn (Jordan Bimm) dIe FledermauS by Johann Strauss (Opera York). A woman gets revenge on her philandering husband in this comic operetta. Runs to Mar 3, Thu and Sat 8 pm. $40-$50. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge. 905-787-8811, ForbIdden broadWay by Gerard Alessandri (Civic Light Opera Company). This musical revue salutes and spoofs famous musicals. Runs to Mar 10, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and Mar 10) 2 pm. $28. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall. 416-755-1717, FunKyland (Famous People Players). The blacklight theatre company presents a twist on Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. Runs to Apr 28, Tue-Sat noon and 6:45 pm. $62, srs $56, child $40 (includes meal). 343 Evans. 416-532-1137, hIGh lIFe by Lee MacDougall (Soulpepper). An unlikely group of masterminds plan ‘the perfect crime,’ with dangerous and comic results (see review, page 57). Runs to Mar 28, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22/stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, nnnn (JK) huGhIe by Eugene O’Neill (The Alley Theatre Workshop). O’Neill’s short play is more than a solo show and rather less than a two-hander, as a gambler (a fine Michael Kash) bemoans the death of a friend to a stranger, who has little to say. Director David Ferry gives the stranger more of a character via thought balloons, but the device doesn’t always enrich the script, despite Laurence Dean Ifill’s mobile face. Runs to Mar 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen W. 416-5380988. nnn (JK) the loneSome WeSt by Martin McDonagh (Toronto Irish Players). A young priest tries to resolve violent disputes between brothers following their father’s death. Runs to Mar 10, Thu-Sat, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $18. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. lonG day’S journey Into nIGht by Eugene O’Neill (Soulpepper). O’Neill’s story of isolation, addiction and despair reveals a day in the life of his own family (see review, page 55). Runs to Mar 28, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22/stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, nnnn (JK) lucIa dI lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti (Toronto Opera Repertoire). This story of tragic love, set during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, is performed in Italian with surtitles. Runs to Mar 3, see website for schedule. $25, stu/srs $15. Bickford Centre Theatre, 777 Bloor W. 416-978-8849, the merry WIdoW by Franz Lehar (Toronto Opera Repertoire). A rich widow’s trip worries those who want her money in this comic operetta. Runs to Mar 4, see website for schedule. $25, stu/srs $15. Bickford Centre Theatre, 777 Bloor W. 416-978-8849, move(me.)ant by Dan Pelletier (Theatre Glendon). This adaptation of Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade looks at the Occupy Wall Street movement. Performances will also be livestreamed online. Runs to Mar 3, Thu-Sat 7 pm. $10, stu $5. Glendon Campus Theatre, 2275 Bayview. 416-487-6822, OccupyTheatreGlendon. the neverendInG Story based on a novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S Craig (Roseneath Theatre). A bullied boy seeks refuge in books and is drawn into an epic adventure. Runs to Mar 17, see website for schedule. $10-$20. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222, obeah opera by Nicole Brooks (b current Performing Arts/Theatre Archipelago). Based on historical texts about the Salem witch trials, this opera tells the story of five women accused of abominable spiritual acts (see review, page 55). Runs to Mar 4, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $25. 918 Bathurst Cultural Centre, 918 Bathurst. 416-533-1500, nnnn (JK) penny plaIn by Ronnie Burkett (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes). Ronnie Burkett’s puppetry is always amazing, and his latest, an apocalyptic satire filled with quirky characters and thoughtful con-



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frontations, is a powerful piece about the tenacity of family. Burkett can invest marionettes with feeling in such a subtle yet dazzling way that their physical interaction is as emotional as their words, all voiced by Burkett himself. Runs to Mar 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $38-$55. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971, NNNN (JK) PiNkalicious, The Musical by Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann and John Gregor (Vital Theatre). A girl turns pink after eating too many cupcakes in this family show. To Mar 25, Sun 1 pm (and Mar 11, 13-15 and 17 at 1 pm). $29.50-$39.50. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416-642-8973, PoTTed PoTTer by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (Starvox Entertainment/Potted Productions). This unauthorized sprint through all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes was a hit in England and likely will be in North America, too. The strength of the show, though, isn’t the parody of the books – that’s mildly entertaining – but rather the strong comic chemistry between creator/performers Clarkson and Turner. Runs to Mar 25, daily at various times, see website for details (no shows Feb 21, 27). $29.95-$99.95. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 1-800-461-3333, NNN (JK) seeds by Annabel Soutar (Crow’s Theatre/ Porte Parole). A Canadian farmer battles a biotech giant in court in this documentary


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play about the future of food (see review, page 55). Runs to Mar 10, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $15-$35. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, NNN (Jordan Bimm)

sTarshiP PiNafore: The lass Who loved a Trekkie (North Toronto Players). Gilbert and

Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore is fused with Star Trek in this musical comedy adaptation. Runs to Mar 4, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $27, srs $22, stu $10. York Woods Library, 1785 Finch W. War horse based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish). An English boy sets out to find his horse after it’s sold to the cavalry and shipped off to France during WWI. (See review online at Runs to Jun 30, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm. $35-$130. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, Zero hour by Jim Brochu (Lia and Danna Matthow). Writer and actor Jim Brochu’s solo show about Zero Mostel draws an immensely sympathetic portrait of a man who acted so he could paint. Brochu instills passion into an occasionally sentimental performance of unbridled, lovingly hokey humour. Runs to Mar 11, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mats Sat 2 pm, Sun 3 pm. $59-$69.50. Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst. 1-855-985-2787, NNN (Naomi Skwarna) 3


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High marks hiGh life by Lee MacDougall (Soulpepper). At the Young Centre (55 Mill). To March 28. $5-$68. 416-866-8666. See Continuing, page 56. Rating: NNNN


Lee MacDougall’s High Life shoots a hypo of dark humour into the winter theatre season. Four addicts plan the perfect heist, an ATM scam that involves, surprisingly, giving money back to a human teller. Ringleader Dick (Diego Matamoros) assembles a gang that includes his snarling friend Bug (Michael Hanra­ han), nervous, falling-apart Donnie (Oliver Dennis) and the flirtatious Billy (Mike Ross), whose smile and charm are key to the plan. Stuart Hughes shines in directing allmale casts (The Odd Couple and American Buffalo), where contrasting levels of testosterone help drive the narrative. This production has a sharp-edged,

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Mike Ross (left), Michael Hanrahan, Oliver Dennis and Diego Matamoros bring play to Life.

dangerous quality that’s non-stop. An occasional touch of warmth wouldn’t hurt, but the comedy’s still strong, in part because of solid ensemble work. Hanrahan’s Bug is the kind of scary person for whom a daily killing is the equivalent of popping a morning vitamin, while Ross’s Billy draws you in even though you know he’s pulling a scam. Matamoros’s Dick cleverly manipulates his partners in crime. Dennis’s skittish Donnie is an entertaining combination of self-involve-

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ment and consideration for others; he steals wallets to take money from an ATM, but afterwards puts them back because he knows how troublesome it is to replace ID cards. The play’s climax, set in a crowded car as the four wait to bring their scheme to fruition, is comic gold, though the next scene’s writing isn’t as powerfully focused. Paul Humphrey’s sound design, a blend of rock, slamming cell doors and gunshots, adds an extra kick. JoN kaPlaN

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Toronto Dance Theatre’s annual dance showcase goes français this season with an eclectic program by four Montreal choreographers that illustrates just how much diversity there is in la belle province. Estelle Clareton’s Etude sur l’amour/ printemps is the perfect piece to usher in spring. A suit-wearing observer (Peter Hessel) sets the thematic tone by pronouncing “love” and “l’amour” in several amusing ways, after which he witnesses courtships and couplings by half a dozen dancers, all performed to Eric Forget’s score of awakening nature sounds. There’s lots of animal competitiveness on display as the dancers attempt to pair up, Forget’s soundscape eventually morphing into something tribal and primitive. Look for a wild, looselimbed solo by Pulga Muchochoma. Jean-Sébastien Lourdais’s Etrange

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contrasts with this beautifully. In the near darkness, a figure (Naishi Wang) unfurls his limbs like some prehistoric creature. Two others (Yuichiro Inoue and Mairi Greig) soon join him in a series of slow and measured moves that resemble corporeal Rorschach tests. Then, in the playful second part, they all let loose, embracing their inner animals to vie for stage supremacy. The highlight of the second half is Lina Cruz’s Pop Out Your Apples And Enjoy The View, a stylish, surreal piece that wouldn’t be out of place in a Fellini fantasy. Cruz has a whimsical dance vo-

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CHOREOgRApHIC WORks Ryerson Theatre School presents choreography and performance by students of the Dance program. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 16, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $18, stu/srs $14. Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard E. 416-979-5118, FRAgmENTs – VOlUmE 1 DanceWorks and Harbourfront NextSteps present a collage of miniatures by Sylvain Emard Danse, co-produced with Canadian Dance Festival and the Goethe-Institut. Mar 3 at 8 pm. $28-$33.50, stu/srs $19-$22.50. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, FREQUENCy tiger princess dance projects presents choreography by Yvonne

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Ballet Jörgen Canada, passionately follows the daughter of the fallen Russian Tsar through St. Petersburg ballrooms, revolutions, captivity, and into the heart of a tragic mystery.


Ng about a voyage through diversity and different social spheres. Previews Mar 7. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 11, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $17, preview $10. The Citadel, 304 Parliament. 416-504-7529, OldER & RECklEss #25 MOonhORsE Dance Theatre presents short works by David Earle, Susie Burpee, James Kudelka and Serge Bennethan, performed by Sylvie Bouchard, Karen Kaeja, Davida Monk, Coleman Lemieux and Claudia Moore. Mar 2-4, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22, stu/srs $18. The Citadel, 304 Parliament.

Continuing mATTERs Canadian Stage and Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM present a theatrical ñdARk fable combining dance and puppetry, choreo-

cabulary and great eye for the striking image, whether it’s a woman (Jillian Peever) forced to climb to the top of a pillar or the William Tell-inspired scene in which the dancers balance apples on their heads, which soon segues into something evoking an Indian goddess. The one weak link in the program is Deborah Dunn’s Men Come, men go, a ponderous, pretentious piece about gung-ho American military values that uses chopped-up bits of audio from Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Redux to show how dehumanizing war is. NothglENN sUmI ing new here. graphed by Crystal Pite. Runs to Mar 3, TueSat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat 2 pm. $22$99. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front E. 416-368-3110, ENTITy Harbourfront World Stage and Random Dance present choreography by Wayne McGregor blending bodies, technology and film. Runs to Mar 3, Thu-Sat and Tue 8 pm. $45, srs $36. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, lA FIllE mAl gARdéE The National Ballet of Canada presents Sir Frederick Ashton’s version of the ballet about young love. Runs to Mar 4, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Thu and Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$234. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-345-9595, FOUR AT THE WINCH QUEBEC Toronto Dance Theatre presents works by Estelle Clareton, Lina Cruz, Deborah Dunn and JeanSébastien Lourdais (see review, this page). Runs to Mar 3, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $20-$26. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester. 416967-1365, NNNN (GS) 3

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FREE AS INJUNS by Tara Beagan, directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones, with James Cade, Lisa Codrington, Jerry Franken, John Ng, Yvette Nolan, PJ Prudat and Ash Knight. Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander). Opens tonight (March 1) and runs to March 18, TuesdaySaturday 8 pm, matinee Sunday 2:30 pm. Pwyc-$20. 416-975-8555. for playwright tara beagan, the only art that’s worthwhile is at some level political. The head of Native Earth Performing Arts, Beagan writes plays that touch both the heart and the mind. Her latest, free as injuns, uses Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under The Elms as a springboard to look at blood ties, legacy and our attitude toward the land. In the original play, elderly New England farmer Ephraim Cabot marries a young woman who then has an affair and a child with the youngest of his three sons. “I was captivated by the relationships and the divide-and-conquer attitude toward the land,” remembers Beagan, whose background is Nlaka’pamux (Thompson River Salish) and Irish Canadian. Director Ruth Madoc-Jones, her collaborator on Beagan’s Dreary And Izzy, introduced her to the play. “As a woman of native descent, I see the land as parallel to its native people. In free as injuns, I reimagine the blueprint of O’Neill’s script in terms of the inherent values of indigenous tradition.” Thus Cabot is Caucasian, while both his youngest son and new wife, Even and Be, are of mixed First Nation and Caucasian blood. “While other characters see the

land as something to defeat, Even has a different relationship to it through his mother – his father’s influence is strong but his mother’s attitude is in his marrow. At the start of the play he can’t fully recognize those native ties. He’s like a stomping, snorting, bucking horse, torn up by the battling sides of his heritage. “Be recognizes the strength of Even’s aboriginal background and teaches him that being of mixed blood can be a tremendous blessing as well as a means to help bridge his two worlds. “She also shows that he can’t selfactualize until he discovers his relationship to the land.” The idea of heritage is central to the play in other ways, too. Cabot is the only Caucasian character; one of his other sons is part Asian, the other part Southeast Asian. The prostitute and Even’s mother, present only as voices, are black and mixed native and European, respectively. The latter is played by Yvette Nolan, Beagan’s mentor and predecessor at Native Earth. The idea of mixed blood is also linked to Beagan’s turning the audience into the all-important land, which Even looks across and admires for its beauty and wonder. Beagan believes that the diversity of people in the theatre, a microcosm of Canada, reflects an untapped potential in our society. “Every person now walking on Canadian soil is part of our indigenous trails. No one is able to keep our stories separate, for they necessarily overlap.” 3


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Thursday, March 1 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Jason Blan-

chard, Andrew Ivimey and host Todd ñ Van Allen. To Mar 4, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 &

10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, THE BOOM SHOW: CHAPTER 44 Drake Hotel presents the sketch troupe w/ Robyn Palmer, Sarah Snatchface Donaldson, Joshua Elijah and more. Doors 8 pm. $10. 1150 Queen W, Underground. COMEDY THURSDAYS The Starving Artist presents a weekly showcase w/ host Natasha Henderson. 9 pm. Free. 584 Lansdowne. 647342-5058, GUILTY OF BEING FUNNY presents stand-up w/ hosts Andrew Fox and Jamie O’Connor. 10 pm. Free. Hot Wings, 563 Queen W. 416-359-8860. THE IMPROV SHOW Comedy Bar presents Rob Baker, Lauren Ash, Kerry Griffin, Kayla Lorette, Carmine Lucarelli, Jerry Schaefer and Leslie Seiler. 8 pm. $5. 945 Bloor W. LAUGH SABBATH presents Fraser Young, James Hartnett, Bob Kerr, Steph Tolev, Brian Barlow and host Tim Gilbert. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. LAUNCHPAD COMEDY presents a weekly show.



8:30 pm. Free. White Swan, 836 Danforth. 416-463-8089. LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER Second City presents its latest revue of sketches, songs and improvisations. In previews, opens Mar 13. Tue-Sat 8 pm, plus Sat 10:30 pm, Sun 7 pm. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, SLICE OF COMEDY PIZZA PARTY Josh Infald presents Erik Bamberg, Adam McFawn, Tom O’Donnell and Tyler Morrison. 8:30 pm. $10, stu $5. Zion Lounge, 191 Parliament. THE SOAPS The National Theatre of the World presents a weekly improvised soap opera. 8 pm. Pwyc. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. STONER COMEDY Hot Box Cafe presents a weekly show w/ host Jillian Thomas. 7 pm. $5. 191A Baldwin. THE TASTY SHOW presents weekly stand-up w/ host Jeffrey Danson. 10 pm. Free. La Revolucion, 2848 Dundas W. 416-766-0746. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Paul Myrehaug. To Mar 4, Thu-Sun 8 pm, plus Fri-Sat 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416967-6425,



presents Ian Lynch, Christina Walkinshaw, Gary Rideout Jr, Chelsea Manders and others. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. CARLA COLLINS The Flying Beaver Pubaret presents the actor/comic in a live show. To Mar 3, Fri-Sat 9 pm. $20-$25. 488 Parliament. THE CARNEGIE HALL SHOW The National Theatre of the World presents a monthly improv show w/ Matt Baram, Naomi Sniekus, Ron Pederson, Chris Gibbs and guests. 11 pm. $12. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,




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Flanagan and host Steph Tolev. 9 pm. Pwyc. Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas W. 416-532-6669. THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID Stand Up for Your Sisters presents a comedy benefit for Gilda’s Club w/ Shelley Marshall, Shelley Kidwell, Sandra Shamas, Martha O’Neill, Zabrina Chevannes, Rhiannon Archer, Lianne Mauladin, Daniela Saioni and host Kate Davis. 8:30 pm. $30-$35. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604, TROUBADOUR Bad Dog Theatre presents the competitive musical improv show. 9 pm. Pwyc. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-4913115,



COMEDY ON THE DANFORTH Timothy’s World News Café presents improv with Dan’s Mix ‘95 (Dan Hershfield and others). 9 pm. Pwyc. 320 Danforth.


event at 7 pm, main event at 8 pm. $12, stu $10 (for one or both shows). Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-491-3115, YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN See Thu 1.

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an all-female comedy/cabaret night w/ Natasha Boomer, Dawn Whitwell, hosts Laura Bailey & Jess Beaulieu and others. 8 pm. Pwyc (proceeds to 416 Drop In Centre for Women). 320 College. 416-967-1078. LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER See Thu 1.

live show. 8 & 10:30 pm. $43. 171 Town Centre Blvd. 905-305-7469, LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER See Thu 1. MARTY TOPPS HOUSE PARTY SHOW Isaac Winter presents a comedy/variety show and dance party w/ Sara Hennessey, Marty ‘catman’ Simsovic, David Dineen-Porter, James Hartnett, hosts Marty Topps & DJ TBot and others. 10:30 pm. $5-$7. Cameron House, 408 Queen W. MOCKERY NIGHT IN THE JUNCTION Shoxs presents stand-up, sketch, improv and more. 8:30 pm. $5. 2827 Dundas W. NAKED FRIDAYS John Candy Box Theatre presents weekly improv, sketch, stand-up and music. 9 pm. Pwyc. 70 Peter. scnakedfridays@ THE NO NAME COMEDY SHOW The Bar with No Name presents a weekly comedy and people talking loudly w/ host Matt Shury. 9:30 pm. Free. 1651 Bloor W. 416-997-6045. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN See Thu 1.

Saturday, March 3 ABSOLUTE COMEDY See Thu 1. CARLA COLLINS See Fri 2. THE LADIES OF THE SKETCHERSONS: THE BOSTON TIT PARTY Comedy Bar presents a funder to

send the ladies to a comedy fest in Boston w/ Marco Bernardi, host Sara Hennessey and others. 10 pm. $15. 945 Bloor W. LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER See Thu 1. SMASH HIT Opening Night Theatre presents a weekly improvised musical. 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Augusta House, 152 Augusta. STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF Comedy Bar presents stand-up sets and a live show by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka w/ guests Bob Kerr aned Mark Little. Early show (stand-up) 8 pm; live podcast 10 pm. Early show $10, late show $15-$17. 945 Bloor W. THEATRESPORTS Bad Dog Theatre presents unscripted comedy battles. Undercard warm-up


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lective presents an interactive improvised comedy jam w/ Standards and Practices, the Ladies of TourCo, Illusionoid and host Andrew Johnston. 8 pm. $5. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. STRIP COMEDY Comedy Bar presents a show w/ hosts Matt Folliott and Dom Pare. 9:30 pm. $5. 945 Bloor W. SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE The Sketchersons present weekly sketch comedy w/ guest host Paloma Nunez, plus live music. 9 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN See Thu 1.

Monday, March 5 ALTDOT COMEDY LOUNGE Rivoli presents

Chuck Byrn, Gavin Stephens, Amanda ñ Brooke Perrin, David Heti, MC Nathan Macin-

tosh and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. Coming Soon... w/ Rob Jodoin, King Arnold, Al Val, MC Joel Buxton and others. 11 pm. Free. 332 Queen W. BEST. MONDAY. EVER. Second City presents a weekly show featuring sketch, songs and improvisation. 8 pm. $14. 51 Mercer. 416-3430011, BLAIR STREETER presents weekly open-mic stand-up comedy. 9 pm. Free. Naughty Nadz, 1590 Dundas E, Mississauga. 905-232-5577. CHEAP LAUGHS MONDAY PJ O’Briens Irish Pub presents a show w/ Russell Roy and guests. 9 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. HUMBER COMEDY LIVE RADIO Comedy Bar presents Humber College Comedy students performing radio sketches. 8 pm. $5. 945 Bloor W.

Tuesday, March 6 BAD DOG THEATRE presents Bad Dog Acad-

emy Tuesdays, a student showcase. 8 pm. Wheel Of Improv, w/ Natasha Boomer and BDT faculty. 9:30 pm. $5 each or $7 for both. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-491-3115, I HEART JOKES The Central presents weekly comedy w/ host Evan Desmarais. 7 pm. $5. 603 Markham. 416-913-4586. LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER See Thu 1. SKETCHCOMEDYLOUNGE Rivoli presents The Twitter Gong Show! w/ host Mark DeBonis and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. 332 Queen W. 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,


Wednesday, March 7 ABSOLUTE COMEDY presents Pro-Am Night w/ Casey Corbin, Brian Kyle, Diana Love, Peter Ataman, Samuel Yen, Will Norris and host Nathan Macintosh. 8:30 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700,

BAD DOG PRESENTS: FALCONS WITH SWORDS Bad Dog Theatre presents a ñ weekly showcase of the company’s best performers, this week w/ Scott Montgomery, Kurt Smeaton, Jim Annan and Derek Flores. 8 pm. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-491-3115, CHUCKLE CO. PRESENTS Joel Buxton, Adrian Sawyer and DJ Demers present weekly standup. 9 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416551-6540,

CORKTOWN COMEDY’S 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW Corktown Productions presents host

Brian Coughlin and guests. 9 pm. Free. Betty’s, 240 King E. 416-988-2675, LIVE WRONG AND PROSPER See Thu 1. SIREN’S COMEDY Celt’s Pub presents open-mic stand-up w/ Paul Boychuk and host James Kersley. 8:30 pm. Free. 2872 Dundas W. 416767-3339. YUK YUK’S DOWNTOWN presents Lou Dinos. To Mar 11, Wed-Sun 8 pm, plus Fri-Sat 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-9676425, 3

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Yael Bartana flips the concept on its ear Yael Bartana stages a faux state funeral in her video Assassination.


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Ontario (317 Dundas West), to April 1. $19.50, srs $16, stu $11, free Wednesday 6 to 8:30 pm. 416-979-6648. Rating: NNNNN

an online clip from …and europe Will Be Stunned of young Israelis building a kibbutz in a Warsaw park had me chuckling, but the same scene actually made me tear up when I saw it in the AGO’s darkened multiplex. Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s virtuoso

orchestration of tropes from 20thcentury patriotic and propaganda cinema goes way beyond parody, mining deep-rooted themes of absence and remembrance, guilt and forgiveness, belonging and otherness, displacement and return. Bartana teams up with Polish leftwing activist Slawomir Sierakowski, who in part 1, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), calls on 3 million Jews to return to Poland in a stirring speech delivered to an empty outdoor stadium, its bleachers overgrown with weeds.


Photosensitive collective, Mar 6-16, reception 6:30 pm Mar 6 ( Brookfield Place, 181 Bay. 416-777-6480. THE ARTIST PROJECT 200+ artists, talks, installations, Mar 1-4, opening night preview/party 7-10 pm ($25) Mar 1. $14, stu/ srs $10, preview $25. Queen Elizabeth Bldg, Exhibition Pl. ART SQUARE GALLERY Half The Sky: Female Asian Artists, to Mar 26, Nann Nann talk 10-11 am Mar 2, Nann Nann talk 11 amnoon Mar 3. 334 Dundas W. 416-595-5222, BARBARA EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY Painting: Jack Tworkov, to Apr 7. 1069 Bathurst. 647-348-5110. BAU-XI PHOTO Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Mar

1-17, reception 6-8 pm Mar 1. 324 Dundas W. 416-977-0400. CHRISTOPHER CUTTS Painting: Louise Robert, to Mar 14. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566.


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ing, Mar 1-Apr 29, reception 6 pm Mar 1 (bus from Gladstone Hotel). 300 City Centre. 905896-5088. AGO Yael Bartana; Team Macho; Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette, to Apr 1 (free); to Apr 1. Jack Chambers, to May 13. Ian Baxter&, Mar 3-Aug 12. $19.50, srs $16, stu $11, free Wed 6-8:30 pm. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. ART GALLERY OF YORK U Will Munro, to Mar 11. 4700 Keele. 416-736-5169. DESIGN EXCHANGE (Wedge Curatorial Projects) Stephen Burks, to Apr 1, Kenneth Montague talk 6:30-8:30 pm Mar 5. Marlis Saunders, Mar 7-Apr 23. $10, stu/srs $8. 234 Bay. 416-363-6121. DORIS McCARTHY GALLERY Big Art Book Digital Anthology, book launch 7-9 pm Mar 1. The ‘C’ Word: A Look At The Role Of Craft, to Apr 4. 1265 Military Trail. 416-287-7007. GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART Greg Payce, to May 6. $12, stu $6, srs $8; Fri 4-9 pm half-price, 30 and under free. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080. MOCCA The Spectral Landscape; Tasman Richardson and Daisuke Takeya, to Apr 1. 952

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In Mur I Wieza (Wall And Tower), Bartana sends up 30s Zionist propaganda films as beautiful Israelis, their faces radiant with hope, erect a prefab wooden kibbutz, study Polish and reverently receive from Sierakowski their new flag, the Star of David rising above the Polish eagle. It ends ominously: barbed wire is installed and the tower’s searchlight illuminates a nearby monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. In the final film, Assassination (Zamach), Bartana stages a state funeral for Sierakowski, the martyred leader of the now massive Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMIP), complete with lying in state, speeches by visiting dignitaries, a giant statue and a candlelight vigil. Despite the films’ moments of humour, there’s something incredibly poignant about the notion of a nation trying to welcome back a once reviled population. The trilogy also speaks to the dangerous intensity of our drive to belong, and how nostalgia for simpler times can serve as a potent tool for reactionary forces. At an AGO talk she and Sierakowski gave in January, Bartana described her surprise at Poland’s eagerness to make her anti-nationalist work its official entry at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and how the people involved in the films have become a kind of community and the JRMIP a nebulous but real movement. Sign me up. 3

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this short-lister for the charles Taylor Prize is notable less for its content than for the questions it raises. Lately, memoir is leaking into fiction, and this one makes me wonder why the writer didn’t go all the way. Not that Sonik’s account of growing up in the 60s and 70s in a dysfunctional household in Chicago and then near Windsor isn’t interesting. Life with a drunk father and a frustrated mother provides rich fodder. But I get the feeling that even Sonik senses her book could have been a novel. The backstories of her parents – all told as if they’ve been seriously embellished – take it out of the realm of memoir. I want to know more about what they’re thinking when they’re thinking it. Her dad was a soulful guy when sober and a brutal beast when drunk – he may have felt remorse over his behaviour. Her mother, a thwarted clothes designer, wound up working through her disappointment by designing gorgeous clothes for Sonik’s Barbie dolls. In a novel, she could have

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explored her mother’s mindset much more fully. As it is, she creates some great moments via her non-linear approach (she calls her book “essays”) to a 60s childhood and 70s teen life. A section where she and her friend Phoebe convince their babysitting charges to believe in fairies is beautifully tender, and another describing a visit to a friend in Toronto, when she comes perilously close to having to turn a trick, is surprisingly disturbing. Afflictions And Departures’ vivid settings and characters may remind readers of Catherine Gildiner’s Too Close To The Falls, except that while the people around her are fascinating, Sonik, the central figure, is not nearly as compelling as the young, hyperactive Gildiner. Obviously, Sonik has writing chops. It’s time to apply them to fiction. SUSAN G. COLE

Sonik reads at the Charles Taylor Shortlist Brunch on Sunday (March 4). See Readings, this page. The prize is awarded Monday (March 5).

BUY THE BOOK Just as professional baseball launches its pre-season games, former Blue Jay pitcher Dirk Hayhurst comes back with a follow-up to his excellent Bullpen Gospels. The latest baseball insider’s account, Out Of My League ($16.95, Citadel) covers Hayhurst’s experience after being called up from the minor leagues to “the show” to play with San Diego. Adding to that intense pressure is the girlfriend he wants to marry but who’s panned by his family, and his mom, who can’t understand why Hayhurst isn’t thrilled about giving up a home run on national television. As gritty as it is funny, Out Of My League confirms Hayhurst as one of America’s best SGC sports chroniclers.

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Friday, March 2 MARCH HARE FESTIVAL Literary spoken word and song event. Today 8 pm, tomorrow 2 pm. $20. Brass Taps, 934 College. 416-5334333. MICHAEL WINTER Talking about his new novel, The Architects Are Here. 3 pm. Free. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles W.

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Club, 850 Dundas W. RICHARD GWYNN Talking about his biography Nation Maker: Sir John A Macdonald. Noon. $25 (inlcudes bag lunch). Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080.


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(Nuri Bilge Ceylan). 157 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNNN

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PROJECT X directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall from a story by Bacall, with Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Kirby Bliss Blanton. A Warner Bros release. 88 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68.


thomas mann, oliver cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown do not look like the sort of guys who could lay waste to a suburban home. They’re just three nice kids who happen to play those characters in the teen comedy Project X. In a boardroom at the Royal York, the trio are enjoying the first day of their press tour, talking about comedy (they all agree Norm Macdonald is a genius), the 3-D upconversion of The Phantom Menace and the current wave of found-footage cinema. Project X is itself a found-footage movie purporting to be the record of a suburban Pasadena house party that spirals spectacularly out of control. “I’ve never been a fan of foundfootage, but it works in this movie,” says Cooper, who gets the breakout role of alpha party planner Costa. “I was definitely scared going in, [because] I didn’t know how it would play out. Comedy’s harder in found-


footage. Watch The Hangover or Superbad. It’s got beats, cuts – they can really time it well.” Brown, who plays the nerdy JB, chimes in. “It forces you as an actor to be as authentic as possible. You can’t be obvious.” “Some of the funny stuff that I remember doing never really played out in the movie,” says Cooper. “I mean, it didn’t play, or it was cut because it was too character-y. “On the other hand,” Brown says, “there’s stuff that we didn’t know was funny that turned out to be hilarious.” Mann, who plays shy lead Thomas, says director Nima Nourizadeh was good at gauging all this. “He captured moments that were spontaneous that we didn’t even know we were doing. That was just part of his wanting to make it feel authentic and raw.” If the experience of shooting

REVIEW PROJECT X (Nima Nourizadeh) Rating: NNNN Project X puts a found-footage spin on the teen-comedy genre, dropping us into the middle of a high school zero’s birthday party that spirals disastrously – and spectacularly – out of control. The long hand-held takes serve to define the characters beyond their clichéd origins of Shy One (Thomas Mann), Horn Dog (Oliver Cooper) and Nerd (Jonathan Daniel Brown), and director Nima Nourizadeh, a veteran of music videos and commercials, escalates the mayhem in a manner that feels both thrilling and terrifying. It’s not for everybody, but if you ever wondered what Risky Business would have felt like without the glossy cinematography and Tangerine Dream score, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. NW


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Oliver Cooper (left), Thomas Mann and Jonathan Daniel Brown know they’re not in a typical teen comedy.

Project X was strange, watching the finished product was even weirder. “It feels like you’re at the party just observing these characters,” says Brown. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know what I just did,’” Cooper admits. “I’m such an asshole in this movie.” “Honestly, you are the perfect asshole,” Brown quips. “But we know you’re [really] a nice Jewish kid who loves Greenblatt’s Deli.” The result is a movie with a chaotic, almost infectious energy – though not all the actors were able to enjoy it at the time. “We were out on that set having so much fun,” Mann says. “It felt like this real party we were having, so it was hard to come down and be the guy who was stressing and worrying.” “That’s why he’s a good actor,” Cooper offers, “because I was never worried about that. I was just like, ‘Oh, there’s a flame-thrower? I should probably be scared at this point.’” 3

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is to police procedurals like Law & Order as Haywire is to a Jason Bourne movie. It’s the contemplative, considered alternative to genre filmmaking. There’s room for both in the world, but one is less likely to satisfy a large audience. Fortunately, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Distant, Climates, Three Monkeys) has never been particularly worried about conquering the megaplexes. He’s perfectly happy making his tightly focused, meticulously constructed inquiries into the human soul and throwing them out there for whoever might care to watch. The film opens with a group of men searching for evidence of foul play in the countryside. The search goes on (and on, and on), the men passing the time as best they can, trading jokes and anecdotes. Ceylan makes us aware of how long their search is taking; he wants us to understand how hard it is to scour a large space for a small piece of evidence. Eventually, a discovery sparks a new set of conversations. Like David Fincher’s Zodiac and Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective, this is a patient, thoughtful procedural that’s less about the investigation than the investigators. If you’ve been conditioned by years of cookie-cutter television to need a resolution in 45 minutes, it’ll have you climbing the walls. But if you’re open to other possibilities, there’s great stuff going on here. NORMAN WILNER

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(Julia Ivanova). 92 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNNNN

A hit at both the Sundance and Hot Docs festivals, Family Portrait In Black And White tackles an emotionally absorbing subject filled with layers of complexity. In a modest house in a small Ukrainian town, Olga Nenya raises over 20 children, among them 16 black children who were abandoned by their mothers because of their race. There’s tension with the outside community – ignorant neighbours, tsktsking health inspectors – but also

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bickering within the family, as the hardworking yet hardline Nenya gushes over her no-good biological son while standing in the way of another’s talent for soccer or a daughter’s desire to move to Italy. (After the Chernobyl disaster, a summer exchange between Ukrainian kids and European families began.) Is Nenya a saint – or a matriarchal monster? As director Julia Ivanova’s camera captures them over three years, your opinion of the family members will change. Talk about shades of grey. Among other things, this powerful doc gives a fascinating glimpse of postSoviet-era life. The next-to-last scene, in which one of Nenya’s children describes his treatment in a psych institution, is so full of horrific details, GLENN SUMI it could not be made up.

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Awkard comedy duo Tim and Eric show why they’re lovable By NORMAN WILNER TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE written and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, with Heidecker, Wareheim, John C. Reilly, Twink Caplan and Robert Loggia. A Magnolia Pictures release. 93 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68.

tim heidecker and eric wareheim know exactly what they’re doing. It’s just that what they’re doing is difficult to explain. They specialize in spectacularly awkward comedy, as evidenced by their late-night sketch show Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, which found a rabid cult audience on cable and DVD. (Just plug “Dr. Steve Brule” into YouTube and see what comes up.) Now they’re bringing their grotesque sensibility onto the big screen with Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, a feature film that finds their alter egos trying to resuscitate a decrepit shopping mall after squandering a billion dollars on an unreleasable vanity project. Believe it or not, it’s the most accessible thing they’ve done. “We didn’t use any characters from the show,” explains Heidecker over the phone. “We didn’t want this to be just a fan film. We wanted you to be able to come in not having seen [the show] before and find it your own way.” Followers of the show will immediately recognize their heroes’ distinctive blend of incompetence and demented enthusiasm, though.


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REVIEW TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE (Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim) Rating: NNN Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie finds the stars of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! jumping to the big screen with a comedy that lands the bright-eyed idiots in a rundown shopping mall after blowing a billion dollars on the eponymous disaster. The structure of a feature film works against Heidecker and Wareheim’s episodic sensibility, bogging down the midsection with ideas that don’t quite pay off, like Eric’s crush on a middle-aged shopkeeper (Twink Caplan) and repetitive appearances from a snivelling sword salesman (Will Forte). That said, the elements that do work – like the scabby sidekick played by John C. Reilly, or a gangster subplot straight out of an 80s movie – will make you laugh so hard you’ll risk convulsions. NW

“A lot of our characters are based on the idea of a guy trying to get ahead and succeed without the proper skills or resources,” Wareheim laughs, “but still having that drive to be successful or popular or entertaining or loved.” “We have to have a foundation of lovability,” Heidecker says. “Otherwise, we couldn’t get away with doing all the things we do. You’d just kinda bail on the premise. You kind of root for Tim and Eric even though what they’re doing might be completely inappropriate or immoral.” Like, say, nearly drowning Zach Galifianakis or getting John C. Reilly to cover himself in pizza slices and fight a wolf. “You know, not every comedian would work in our movie,” says Wareheim. “These guys are willing to go that extra distance.” With the movie finally opening in theatres and a second season of their Awesome Show spinoff Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule set to air, Heidecker and Wareheim are thinking about what to do next. “We’re gonna start coming up with ideas for other movies,” Wareheim says. “If it’s a sequel – you know, Tim & Eric’s Trillion Dollar Movie, or Tim & Eric’s Hoagie Shop or whatever the idea is – we’ll try to do it in the same way that we did this movie: keep the budget low and make it with our friends. It’s a good pace for a couple of 36-year-old men. We’ll just keep trying to make stuff.” 3

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Lorax lite DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda). 94 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNN Another week, another pop-cultureinfused CGI family flick. In the latest feature-length adaptation of a Dr. Seuss story, a young boy tries to impress a girl by planting trees in a filthy town where even fresh air is for sale. The oddly dark fantasy takes a turn when the boy meets a crusty old

hermit who explains that he once ruined the formerly lush forest despite warnings from the Lorax, who speaks for the trees. Those who grew up with the book will appreciate the nod to Seuss’s classic illustrations but may have problems with the unnecessary additions. That shouldn’t bother kids new to the material, though. And the book’s environmental theme is sound. Though Seuss’s name is over the title, the film’s true author is Chris Renaud, co-director of Despicable Me. Like that movie, The Lorax is filled with silent slapstick, celebrity voice cameos (Danny DeVito is perfect in the title role), pop culture references and overlong musical numbers. Seuss won’t roll over in his grave – just shudder PHIL BROWN slightly.

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The question is, What do you get from “Pina” that you could not get from watching the Tanztheater live? Answer: More than you could possibly believe. This is not just a matter of the al-fresco scenes, or of our proximity to the dancers, near enough to hear them pant. There is also Wenders’s decision to shoot the film in 3-D, and, in so doing, to goad stereoscopic technology into its first leap since “Avatar.” Not before time; 3-D was stalling badly, but now we are back on track, thanks to Scorsese’s “Hugo” and to Wenders, who takes no more than a minute to flourish his credentials. Dancers file across a stage, then loop around a transparent curtain. We watch for a moment from the wings, as they process toward us, and our vision carries us down the line of people and through the veil. You can trawl through cinema and find few more beautiful, more unforced, or more fleeting representations of the bourn between the living and the dead.





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Gridiron grist UNDEFEATED (Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin). 113 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNN

Full of the kind of clichés that Hollywood normally has to write in, Oscarwinning football doc Undefeated comes across at times like any other crowd-pleasing, underdog sports movie out of Tinseltown. There’s even a subplot that echoes The Blind Side, which itself was a syrupy fable based on a true story. But the hardened inner-city kids here are far more authentic than anything Hollywood can offer, and as a result the film has a raw emotional weight that commercial features rarely achieve.

Many of the players on the Manassas Tigers, a high school football team in Memphis, are fatherless, and some know a bit too much about the prison system. Their coach is a well-to-do white entrepreneur who devotes as much time to building character among the black players as he does to building a winning team. The racial politics at play go unmentioned but can barely be disguised. This inspiring coming-of-age tale focuses instead on how some of these kids grow from careless and rowdy to mature and promising; the directors have been given intimate access to their vulnerable subjects. However, Undefeated is selective, looking at only three players whose stories have Oscar gold written all over them. You have to wonder if the tragic tales – the losers from Manassas – were left on the bench for the sake of a RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI feel-good movie.

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Deadly dull THE ODDS (Simon Davidson). 92 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: N

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Director Simon Davidson deals a losing hand in this murder mystery about gambling teens who have way too much time to kill. The Odds is a bad knock-off of Rian Johnson’s high school noir Brick, with all the whodunnit clichés but none of the cool. Tyler Johnston stars as Desson, a 17-year-old smooth operator who still attends classroom detentions and drinks rum and coke instead of the bookie’s typical bourbon (among the film’s few nice touches). Desson works alongside teenage bookies and card sharks to profit from his peers. After a friend ends up dead, he goes on the

prowl for the murderer among his classmates. The Odds takes its hokey material far too seriously – at least Brick was a bit tongue-in-cheek. Davidson attempts to craft a mature thriller with immature characters. If that paradox is supposed to be profound, it fails, since the movie offers little insight into suburban kids dabbling in crime for kicks. Peer pressure and poverty are rarely at stake here. Certainly urban high schools have their fair share of enterprising, young offenders, but the real deal is easier to take seriously than these boys, who seem like they walked off the set of Degrassi with too much of their allowance to burn.


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Chow Yun Fat (right) takes a stab at comedy in Let The Bullets Fly.

LET THE BULLETS FLY (Jiang Wen). 132 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNN

Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi get melancholy in Haruki Murakami adaptation.

Let The Bullets Fly is a witty comedy about a bandit who poses as the new governor of a small town and enters into complicated power games with its resident crime lord/nobleman. Lots of elaborate lying ensues between the bandit (writer/director Jiang Wen) and the crime lord (Chow Yun Fat, gleefully exercising his oily side). The former is assisted by Counselor Soup (Feng Xiaogang), who’s always ready with some inside-the-box defeatism and may be working for the other side. The most spectacular scene is the opening train robbery, highlighted by a pair of horse-drawn railway cars flying through the air. After that comes a ser-

It’s lively enough, but for non-Chinese speakers, constant, rapid-fire dialogue keeps your eyes glued to the subtitles, which sometimes go by too quickly to read fully, spoiling much of ANDREW DOWLER the fun.

ies of abductions and killings, some real, some faked, and most involving some form of identity-switching. All this culminates in a mass shootout in the dark, with everyone wearing identical masks.


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NORWEGIAN WOOD (Tran Anh Hung). 133 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies, page 68. Rating: NNNN




Much like the Beatles song that serves as its melancholy trigger, Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood is simple, spare and beautiful. Tran’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel is more interested in capturing the delicate alchemy of a young man’s romantic confusion than in relating a narrative. You don’t watch it so much as sink into it. It’s the late 1960s, and Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a student whose best friend, Kizuki (Kengo Kora), is dating Naoko (Babel’s Rinko Kikuchi). Kizuki’s departure brings Watanabe and Naoko together, sends her into inconsolable depression and eventually leads Watanabe to the sunny Midori (Kiko Mizuhara). Tran isn’t after big emotional moments; revelations come delicately, or even casually, filtered through the older Watanabe’s memory of himself and the others. This is above all the tale of a callow young man edging closer to understanding the way the world works – and coming to regret the choices he didn’t make.




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(Jean-Marc Vallée) finds writer/director Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., The Young Victoria) playing out a complex, time-jumping narrative involving a presentday Montreal father (Kevin Parent) in the throes of a mid-life crisis and the mother (Vanessa Paradis) of a Down syndrome child in 1969 Paris. Some people are going to hate it; I found it bracing, daring and entirely invigorating. Stay for the closing credits. Subtitled. 120 min. NNNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema

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Act of VAlor (Mouse McCoy, Scott

Waugh) is a generic B-movie about an elite military team racing to stop a terrorist operation – or at least it would be if it had been cast with actors. Instead, it stars “actual Navy SEALs” who may be able to swing heavy ordnance around but cannot deliver a single line of dialogue convincingly. You’d be surprised how much that matters. I found myself grudgingly admitting that even the dullest action-movie actor is still, you know, an actor. Doing their best to imitate Michael Bay’s military fetishism on a minimal budget (and with what appears to be the complete cooperation of the U.S. military), directors McCoy and Waugh deliver a slick, superficial and entirely forgettable recruitment video that looks and sounds exactly like a 1993 Tom Clancy TV movie, except Clancy can usually make you care about what happens to his characters. Some subtitles. 110 min. N (NW) 401 & Morningside, Carlton Cinema, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande-Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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Spielberg) brings Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s boy journalist to the screen for a new generation. It’s the first “performance capture” movie that doesn’t look like it’s populated by walleyed zombies. And it’s thrilling. Spielberg crafts a series of amazingly ambitious action sequences, one of which is as complex as the great truck chase in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. 108 min. NNNN (NW) Humber Cinema, Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Queensway

Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo García) isn’t nearly as good as its performances. Glenn Close plays an uptight butler working in a luxurious 19th-century Dublin hotel, whose big

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secret is that he’s actually a she. When she meets another woman (Janet McTeer) living comfortably as a man, her life takes a turn. Close’s performance is rock solid, especially physically, while McTeer’s charm and charisma leap off the screen. Too bad the script doesn’t travel to some more interesting places about gender and sexuality in a repressed era. 113 min. NN (GS) Carlton Cinema, Kennedy Commons 20, Varsity

AlViN ANd the chipmuNks: chipwrecked (Mike Mitchell) places the Chipmunks on a desert island, where they’re accompanied by former SNL player Jenny Slate and series villain David Cross. Preschoolers might enjoy the slapstick in this castaway comedy, but others will find this high-pitched squeakquel unbearable. 87 min. N (Phil Brown) Coliseum Mississauga, Interchange 30

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(Michel Hazanavicius) is a stylistic experiment pulled off with panache. A 1920s silent film star (Jean Dujardin) and fan and aspiring star (Bérénice Bejo) meet cute, and soon her career is taking off (she’s dubbed the “it girl” of talkies) as his falls into decline. Filming in gorgeous black-and-white, director Hazanavicius lovingly embraces all the tropes of silent cinema (iris shots, titles), sharpening the familiar narrative with a slight edge that should satisfy contemporary tastes. Oscars for picture, director and actor. 100 min. NNNN (GS) Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise) is a 3-D rerelease of the classic 1991 animated film about the resourceful Belle and the cursed Beast who’s holding her captive in his enchanted castle. The film remains one of Disney’s glories, and the 3-D adds depth and texture to the already impressive animation. It’s preceded by a short and very funny 3-D sequel to Disney’s Tangled. NNNNN (GS) SilverCity Yorkdale

big mirAcle (Ken Kwapis) tells the true story of three whales trapped under the Alaskan ice that became a national media sensation in 1988 when Greenpeace, the Army, an oil company and a Russian icebreaker teamed up to free them. Yep, it’s another animal-in-danger melodrama. Fortunately, it’s one of the better examples of the genre, and sitcom directing veteran Kwapis cleverly assembles a cast of comedic actors led by John Krasinki as an awkward reporter and Ted Danson as a charmingly sleazy oil tycoon. The welcome laughs stifle the cheese factor just enough prevent the film from becoming Free Willy On Ice. 107 min. NNN (Phil Brown) Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Interchange 30, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga

(Roman Polanski) turns Yasmina Reza’s play God Of Carnage into a vividly cinematic endurance test, as two sets of parents (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, and Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz) face off in a Brooklyn apartment over a fight between their sons. Not necessarily something you’d call a holiday delight, but a damn fine little picture. 79 min. NNNN (NW) Kingsway Theatre


(Josh Trank) is an ingenious, resourceful feature that applies the found-footage principle to a very unlikely genre, using the gimmick brilliantly to ground its more outsized activity in a believable, even mundane reality. Go see it and marvel. 84 min. NNNNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Interchange 30, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale

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Mark Wahlberg as an ex-smuggler risking everything to run one last job, and yeah, that’s a movie he’s made before. But he’s got pretty good at the stone-faced hero thing, and his simmering presence suits the film’s modest scale nicely. The evermounting complications start to feel a little ridiculous about an hour in, but director Kormákur keeps the action moving so swiftly that you won’t really mind. 109 min. NNN (NW) Coliseum Scarborough, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway


(Ralph Fiennes) is a modern updating of Shakespeare’s tragedy about a Roman general and war hero (Fiennes) whose refusal to play politics leads to his exile and an eventual alliance with his mortal enemy (Gerard Butler). It’s a muscular, vivid directorial debut for its star, who’s terrific as a ferocious warrior undone by his own integrity. 123 min. NNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema

A dANgerous method (David Cronen-

berg) finds the master filmmaker exploring the friendship and eventual schism between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), which gave birth to modern psychoanalysis. Cronenberg’s clinical approach to Christopher Hampton’s too on-the-nose play makes for a very static drama; it’s as if he’s much more comfortable dealing with eroticism as subtext than text. 93 min. NN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Scotiabank Theatre

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(Alexander Payne) stars George Clooney as a Hawaiian lawyer trying to cope with his wife’s impending death from a brain injury, figure out how to relate to his two young daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) and digest the revelation that she was cheating on him before her accident. It’s sort of a comedy. Clooney’s textured performance pulls uneasy laughs out of the misery, and the kids are terrific at the complicated emotional turns. 115 min. NNNN (NW)

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doNoVAN’s echo (Jim Cliffe) stars Danny Glover as a mildly dyslexic mathematician trying to figure out why he’s re-experiencing a wave of psychic flashes that preceded the death of his wife and daughter 30 years earlier. The answer turns out to be both unnecessarily convoluted and utterly preposterous, involving a twist that even M. Night Shyamalan might have balked at deploying. Glover plays his character’s confusion well, and Bruce Greenwood nicely underplays the role of a sympathetic friend, but there’s just no reason to bother. 91 min. NN (NW) Scotiabank Theatre dr. seuss’ the lorAx (Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda) 94 min. See review, page 64. NNN (Phil Brown) Opens Mar 2 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24. extremely loud & iNcredibly close

(Stephen Daldry) takes some of the edge off Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 novel about a socially challenged boy trying to solve a mystery left behind by the father who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center, but the core story is compelling, Thomas Horn is an appealing hero and director Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader) is surprisingly restrained and less patronizing than usual. 129 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Humber Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre

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(Julia Ivanova) 92 min. See review, page 64. (GS) Opens Mar 2 at the Royal (see Indie & Rep Film, page 76).

the flowers of wAr (Zhang Yimou) is what happens when someone tries to a make an upbeat movie about the Rape of Nanking – something that won’t bum

people out like Lu Chuan’s grim, mesmerizing City Of Life And Death. The result is a film that feels consistently calculated and fraudulent, breaking its own back trying to pull a happy ending out of a brutal historical reality. It’s too well produced to write off completely, but it’s not good at all – even Christian Bale, who’s usually rock-solid as a flawed hero, winds up on the broad side of Zhang’s melodramatic sensibility. On the upside, six months from now no one will remember he’s in this. Some subtitles. 141 min. NN (NW) Kennedy Commons 20, Scotiabank Theatre

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(Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor) finds Nicolas Cage importing the plot of last year’s Drive Angry into a superhero sequel, as accursed biker Johnny Blaze is charged with protecting a boy (Fergus Riordan) at the centre of an apocalypse prophecy. While pairing an actor as reliably outsized as Cage with the guys who made the Crank films and Gamer must have seemed like a great idea, the chemistry’s all wrong. Cage’s mannered mania is an uneasy fit within Neveldine and Taylor’s frantic aesthetic. They’re incompatible variants of crazy. Also incompatible: Neveldine/Taylor’s trademark jangly visuals with the 3D process. You will get a headache. 96 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale

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(David Fincher) is a taut thriller adapted from the Swedish bestseller and film. Daniel Craig has lots of charisma as a disgraced journalist investigating the disappearance of an industrialist’s niece, and Rooney Mara rocks as his troubled, tattooed research assistant. But this is another unnecessary English-language remake. 158 min. NNN (SGC) Humber Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Mt Pleasant, Scotiabank Theatre, Yonge & Dundas 24 continued on page 70 œ

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Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24 GONE (Heitor Dhalia) is a tense, smart thriller that puts the designated victim GOON (Michael Dowse) is a fittingly from the woman-in-peril flick and the relowbrow and vulgar hockey comedy lentless hunter from the chase movie into that would scare the shit out of anyone the same body and turns her loose. Jill looking for the Mighty Ducks. Seann Wil(Amanda Seyfried) was abducted and esliam Scott takes his dick out of American Pie caped from a serial killer who was never and fits into a Canadian jockstrap as a dimcaught. Now that her siswitted but sweet-nater has disappeared, Jill is tured bouncer recruited convinced the killer is to the minor leagues not EXPANDED REVIEWS back. The cops think because he’s a capable she’s nuts, so she takes hockey player (he’s not), on the rescue herself. but because his fist can Seyfried’s baby face and deliver concussions on demand. The film paranoid anxiety make her an obvious vicembraces hockey’s brute culture, with a tim, but her energy and quick wits make her critical eye to fans who crave commodified a plausible hunter as she races all over Portviolence and sympathy for the enforcers land lying and intimidating her way closer who merely play their bare-knuckled roles. to the truth. 88 min. NNN (AD) As a veteran goon who plans to retire in a 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Colipool of someone else’s blood, Liev Schreiber seum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, brings gravitas to a movie that could have Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town easily remained juvenile. Schreiber’s Ross Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Rhea makes his Sabretooth look like a Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Marpussy. 90 min. NNNN (RS) ket Square, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Carlton



Three high schoolers discover a mysterious cave, which irrevocably changes their lives. It’s an imaginative pic that’s more about character and less about special effects.


Now that Michel Hazanavicius’s bittersweet ode to old Hollywood picked up some major awards at the Oscars (picture, director, actor), it should get more bums in seats. You won’t be disappointed.


Michael Dowse’s hilarious hockey comedy about several enforcers (Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber) was Canada’s box office champ last weekend – even with those banned posters.


A novice CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) and an exoperative (Denzel Washington) go on the run when their safe house is invaded in this okay Bourne knock-off. Fastpaced but slightly predictable.

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THE GREY (Joe Carnahan) is an existentialist survival thriller about a handful of men working out their personal issues after a plane crash in the wilds of British Columbia, which would be a lot easier if they weren’t also being stalked by ravenous timber wolves. Though it’s undermined by unconvincing wolf effects and a clumsy backstory for Liam Neeson’s character, it has just enough gravity to make you wish it really delivered more fully on its potential. 116 min. NNN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Courtney Park 16, Interchange 30, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre


(Steven Soderbergh) stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as hardass gun-for-hire Mallory Kane, who spends most of the picture outrunning a series of men who mean to do her harm. Director Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs (who last collaborated on The Limey) turn the most generic of action plots into a meditation on what we want from action movies. Carano gets plenty of opportunities to beat the liv-


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ing shit out of several fairly intimidating opponents, but the movie’s rhythms are more about our anticipation of those beat-downs and the way the characters build to the point where they stop talking and start punching each other. The action choreography is rough and graceless, which makes it feel real; people struggle for any advantage they can get, and it’s not always pretty. Soderbergh covers the fight scenes in wide shots, so we can appreciate the ingenuity with which Mallory uses confined spaces to her advantage. She might not be able to outdrive her pursuers in a car chase, but god help them if they corner her in a hallway. 93 min. NNNN (NW) Interchange 30

HUGO (Martin Scorsese) turns a children’s

adventure into a heartfelt appeal for film preservation and a love song to pioneering film director Georges Méliès. I don’t blame Scorsese for making this bauble; after decades of tireless advocacy for cinema history, it’s probably the best way to get his message out. I just don’t know whether it works as a movie. 126 min. NNN (NW) Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre, Mt Pleasant, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga, Varsity

IN DARKNESS (Agnieszka Holland) sets out

to redeem the reputation of Poles during the Nazi occupation in this true story about a sewer inspector (Robert Wieckiewicz) in Lvov who hid a dozen Jews underground. The actors are excellent, the tension sometimes unbearable, and director Holland and her team do wonders depicting the murk and rat-infested slime of the underground tunnels where most of the action takes place. Some elements test our credulity, and a sequence in which one of the men in hiding goes above ground has elements that were obviously added to raise the stakes when they’re plenty high enough as it is. This is a harrowing film and, at nearly two and half hours, a lot to take. But it’s an important story told with deep conviction. No surprise it’s Oscar-nominated in the foreign-language category. Subtitled. 145 min. NNN (SGC) Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Varsity


(Angelina Jolie) is Jolie’s directorial debut, a harrowing story of a Serbian commander who protects his Muslim lover in the prison camp he operates. Though it sometimes lapses into caricature, the film does shed light on a brutal conflict and the way war compromises even the most courageous person’s values. Subtitled. Subtitled. 127 min. NNN (SGC) Carlton Cinema

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THE IRON LADY (Phyllida Lloyd) portrays former British PM Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) as a proto-feminist outsider fighting the male establishment, and steers clear of her union-busting, privatizing, deregulating policies. The politics are a mess; even Thatcher would be appalled. But Streep’s performance is genius. 105 min. NNN (SGC) Canada Square, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Yonge, Humber Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24 JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

(Brad Peyton) is a sequel to Journey To The Center Of The Earth that swaps out Brendan Fraser for Dwayne Johnson, sending him and step-son Josh Hutcherson off to find Jules Verne’s impossible island. The premise becomes a frame for absurdist concepts in this anything-goes funhouse disguised as an adventure movie, and that’s not a bad thing at all. 96 min. NNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, 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, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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as star-struck by its subject as its narrator is. It’s based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, who barely registers as a character. As for Marilyn Monroe (an excellent Michelle Williams), the film acknowledges the void between her public persona and private life but it does very little to fill it. 101 min. NN (RS) Canada Square, Cumberland 4, Humber Cinema

(Tran Anh Hung) 133 min. See review, page 67, and director interview at movies. NNNN (NW) Opens Mar 2 at Cumberland 4.

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broadcast in high-def of the new opera compiled from music by Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau and starring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels. 220 min. Mar 3, 12:55 pm, at Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yonge.


(Brad Bird) puts genius animator Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) in the driver’s seat for a bracing adventure that sends Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his team racing around the Eastern hemisphere to stop a madman from triggering a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. The movie zips through its paces with marvellous craftsmanship; the action scenes are only incoherent when they need to be, the characters are sharply and simply defined, and the locations are attractively photographed and smartly used. Some subtitles. 133 min. NNNN (NW) Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Scotiabank Theatre (Philippe Falardeau) is a tender and touching drama that captures the pulse of both primary school politics and Canadian immigration. Algerian refugee Bachir Lahzar (Fellag) becomes a substitute teacher to students struggling with grief after their former teacher’s suicide. He must navigate the minefield that is dealing with traumatized children – no physical contact being of utmost importance. Like the kids who are faced with a new world of tragedy and lost innocence, Bachir must confront his own personal demons while figuring out his place in a new country. Director Falardeau proves once again why he’s one of Canada’s premier talents in this focused and intelligent drama that never allows allegorical touches to overwhelm the very personal story at its centre. A witty screenplay, moving performances – particularly from the precocious child cast – and social observations free of a political agenda makes Monsieur Lazhar a high achiever. Subtitled. 94 min. NNNNN (RS) TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity

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LOVE (Doze Niu) is a glossy and predictable

Taiwanese ensemble piece that weaves together several mini-rom-coms. There’s a single mother who enters into a bumbling affair with a businessman, a pair of art school girls secretly sharing a boyfriend, and a woman whose service as professional arm candy for wealthy older men ends when she meets a charming young stutterer. Director Niu balances the competing stories well and gets strong performances, but his trite attempt at crafting a big-screen Hallmark card yields only mildly entertaining results. This colourful date movie is a pleasant distraction at best and forgettable fluff at worst. Subtitled. 127 min. NN (Phil Brown) Kennedy Commons 20, Yonge & Dundas 24


National’s production of the Shakespeare mistaken identity comedy, starring funny guy Lenny Henry. 195 min. Mar 1, 7 pm, at Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yonge.

(Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 157 min. See review, page 63. (NW) Opens Mar 2 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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(Wim Wenders) doesn’t reveal a lot about dance great Pina Bausch – she died right before shooting was set to begin – but it does capture the essence of her art through excerpts from her richly dramatic works and unconventional interviews with her dancers. Director Wenders uses 3-D technology effectively, getting visceral effects from Bausch’s complex choreography. Subtitled. 104 min. NNNN (GS) TIFF Bell Lightbox

THE PRODIGIES (Antoine Charreyron) would be an incoherent mess even if it weren’t arriving in theatres three weeks after the terrific Chronicle, which does far more with a similar theme. A simplistic tale of super-powered teenagers whose psychic skills far outstrip their ability to control them responsibly, this French-Belgian CG animated actioner – released here with an English dub track, and in 3-D – is a ramshackle X-Men clone in which five psychokinetic teens are plucked from across America by 20-something genius Jimbo (voiced by Jeffrey Evan Thomas) and brought to New York to learn to master their powers under the cover of a reality show. And if you think that doesn’t make much sense, wait until you get to the part where they kidnap the president. Or better yet, don’t – you really won’t be missing anything. 94 min. N (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

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RAMPART (Oren Moverman) confirms that director Moverman has Woody Harrelson’s number. The actor scored an Oscar nom for his role in Moverman’s The Messenger, and he’s riveting, too, as Dave Brown, a dirty cop who’s being set up by his department to deflect media attention from a scandal. Or maybe not – the film is so confusing, it’s hard to know if Dave is getting shafted or sinking into the depths of paranoia; the higher-ups (Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi) might just be trying to get him under control. But if you’re into acting chops, Rampart’s got it going on. Alongside Harrelson, there are great performances by Ben Foster as a street person who knows too much, Brie Larson as Dave’s alienated daughter and Robin Wright as a lawyer who may be in on the conspiracy. If there is one. 108 min. NNN (SGC) Yonge & Dundas 24 continued on page 72 œ

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more than pretty people who hang out in trendy downtown cafés and dabble in the arts. Tatum mumbles his lines and occasionally displays a gift for comedy (along with his abs), while McAdams furrows her brow and spends most of her screen time modelling different hairstyles. The only suspense comes from location-spotting, since Toronto stands in for the Windy City more than a few times. 104 min. NN (GS) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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Safe HouSe (Daniel Espinosa) is an okay

Bourne Trilogy knock-off. After years as a freelance spy, an ex-CIA operative Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) turns himself in and gets hustled off to a safe house in Johannesburg. When the place is raided, a novice agent (Ryan Reynolds) goes on the run with Frost in tow. Its car chases and punch-ups lack the Bourne series’ manic invention, but it still delivers solid thrills, good acting and a fast-paced if predictable spy story. 115 min. NNN (AD) 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, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

THe SecreT World of arrieTTy (Hiro­

masa Yonebayashi) is a charmless Japanese animated adaptation of British novel The Borrowers dubbed with an American voice cast. Bridgit Mendler voices the pixie-sized Arrietty, who lives under the floorboards of an old house outside Tokyo alongside her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler). The family of “Borrowers” lives by swiping basics like sugar from the humans above. These operations, in which Arrietty and her father skip across nails and use duct tape to scale walls, are ingeniously and patiently rendered. Unfortunately, the film takes our patience for granted. Its narrative rhythm is as flat as the hand-drawn cartoons, and the voice actors don’t liven up the proceedings. We expect more from the studio that brought us Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, movies that had a mystery and exoticism absent here. 94 min. NN (RS) Canada Square, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande Yonge, Interchange 30, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Asghar Farhadi) is one of the strongest films of the year. A middle-class Tehran couple (Peyman Moadi and Leila Hatami) attempt to separate, and in their stubbornness and lack of communication irrevocably affect the lives of those around them, including their precocious 11-year-old daughter (Sarina Farhadi), the husband’s Alzheimer’s-stricken father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) and a devout cleaning woman (Sareh Bayat). Writer/director Farhadi has created a complex, gripping mystery that sheds light on modern Iran’s religious and class differences, not to mention its circuitous legal system. But above all it’s a human and moral drama that plays with your sympathies and poses questions of innocence and guilt while providing no pat answers. Superbly acted and crafted, with an ending that will provoke

arguments, A Separation – winner of the best foreign-language Oscar – is a great film that will haunt you. Subtitled. 123 min. NNNNN (GS) Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons 20, Varsity

SHame (Steve McQueen) is the study of a

successful New York suit (Michael Fassbender) who’s a slave to his sexual compulsions. Fassbender lays himself bare in every way imaginable, but the forceful visual sensibility that worked so well in McQueen’s abstract film Hunger isn’t suited to the more human-scale story here. Shame’s set pieces feel like showy flourishes rather than grace notes that clarify and amplify the drama. 99 min. NNN (NW) Carlton Cinema

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oWS (Guy Ritchie) follows the bigger-andlouder sequel formula; shit constantly blows up or catches on fire, and the story rarely pauses for breath. Robert Downey Jr. is still miscast as Holmes, but a delightful Stephen Fry steals the picture as his brother, Mycroft – though that might simply be a side benefit of his appearing exclusively in scenes where nothing explodes. 129 min. NNN (NW) Coliseum Mississauga, Interchange 30, Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dundas 24 SHolem aleicHem: lauGHiNG iN THe darkNeSS is a bio of the ground-


breaking Yiddish writer – best known for the source material on which Fiddler On The Roof is based, who almost singlehandedly elevated Yiddish from vernacular to vehicle for artistic expression. Tapping the expertise of Yiddishists and members of the writer’s family, Dorman traces the ways the writer’s tales – all of them tinged with humour – reflect the dramatic political and intellectual changes Jews living in the shtetl faced. Zionists vied with socialists, once closed and remote communities were forced to engage with the outside world, and eventually anti-Semitism forced them into a new diaspora. Dorman has amassed a ton of archival images of Sholem Aleichem’s life and the world of the shtetl, as well as superb material documenting the first wave of Jewish immigrants in New York City, where the writer died. An important doc for anyone who cares about literature. 93 min. NNNN (SGC) Empire Theatres at Empress Walk

SNoW (Rohan Fernando) is a bog-standard drama about a young woman finding her way back from a devastating trauma that’s lucky enough to be built around a terrific central performance. Kalista Zackhariyas plays a shell-shocked Sri Lankan woman who comes to live in Halifax after the 2004 tsunami wipes out her home and family. Nothing happens that we haven’t seen in dozens of other low-budget character studies, but Zackhariyas holds the screen with

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A Separation, starring Leila Hatami and Peyman Moadi, won the best foreignlanguage film Oscar. an electricity that makes even the most rote material feel full of potential. Some subtitles. 86 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Cumberland 4

STar WarS: epiSode i – THe pHaNTom meNace 3d (George Lucas) is still the same

insipid, pointless, noisy, uncomfortably racist contraption it was in 1999, only now it’s in 3-D. If you bought the Blu-ray version released last year, you’ve seen all of Lucas’s new tweaks, including the replacement of Muppet Yoda with an all-digital version. More importantly, you know that none of the tinkering helped fix the film’s sarlaccsized problems of plot and tone. And don’t get me started on the acting; as NOW’s late film writer John Harkness once said, there was a time when it would have been impossible to imagine Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Samuel L. Jackson being boring – and then they all made The Phantom Menace. Six-year-olds might like it, but six-year-olds can watch it at home without the stupid glasses. 132 min. NN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge

THiS meaNS War (McG) is a romantic com-

edy about a California product tester (Reese Witherspoon) who falls for two CIA agents (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy) while unaware of their covert status – or their friendship. Wackiness ensues, as Tuck and FDR use their resources to butter Lauren up while undermining one another by any means necessary. (Apparently the Patriot Act allows you to check out your girlfriend’s past lovers if you have the proper clearance.) The script is nonsensical even for an outsized action movie, with a nasty streak that finds characters actively endangering each other for a cheap laugh. I’d probably have felt worse about the hateful treatment of Lauren’s best friend if she weren’t played by Chelsea Handler at her most dead-eyed and noncommittal. 98 min. N (NW) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

Tim aNd eric’S BillioN dollar movie

(Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim) 93 min. See interview and review, page 64. NNN (NW) Opens Mar 2 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

ñTiNker Tailor Soldier Spy

(Tomas Alfredson) is a sleek, expertly acted adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller about a retired British intelligence operative on the hunt for a Soviet mole within MI-6. Director Alfredson (Let The Right One In) under-


stands that this is largely much ado about nothing; for all their posturing and self-importance, the British are basically middlemen in the larger battle between the Americans and the Soviets. But he’s assembled a remarkable cast – Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy and the invaluable Benedict Cumberbatch – and given them the challenge of never quite revealing the raging emotions hidden just behind their eyes. 127 min. NNNN (NW) Cumberland 4, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20

Tyler perry’S Good deedS (Tyler Perry) is not your typical Perry movie. Missing are the juvenile gags, the combustible, circuslike shouting matches (there are still a few, but not as many as we’re used to) and Madea, Perry’s pistol-packing, smack-talking mammy alter ego. His attempt to be taken seriously results in a schmaltzy, joyless melodrama that lacks edge and loses its grip with Perry’s audience. The director plays the bland Wesley Deeds, a CEO from a wealthy family whose charitable eye falls on a janitor (Thandie Newton) living in a minivan with her precocious six-year-old daughter. Newton turns in a ferocious performance, but even she can’t save Good Deeds from being predictable and overly earnest. 111 min. NN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yorkdale

uNdefeaTed (Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin) 113 min. See review, page 66. NNN (RS) Opens Mar 2 at Cumberland 4. uNderWorld: aWakeNiNG (Måns Mår­

lind, Björn Stein) brings the monster franchise back to “Kate Beckinsale in a rubber catsuit shooting monsters with machine guns,” with vampires and werewolves still carrying on their blood feud. I can’t complain that Underworld: Awakening breaks no new ground for the series; there’s no new ground to break. I just don’t understand why people go to see these movies in the first place. 88 min. N (NW) Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Yonge & Dundas 24

THe voW (Michael Sucsy) is a silly romance that’ll quickly evaporate from your memory. That’s appropriate, because it’s about Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum), two married boho Chicagoans whose lives are upturned when an accident causes Paige to lose all memories of him. She does remember her earlier life, however, including her old fiancé (Scott Speedman) and her estranged parents (Jessica Lange and Sam Neill), who now want her to live with them. All this hokum would be semi-bearable if the characters had any depth, but the script never makes them

(David Wain) stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a Manhattan couple who lose their condo and head south in search of a fresh start, winding up at a commune outside Atlanta. It’s hysterically funny, which would be enough to make it a must-see film right about now, but it’s also very smart about insecurity, vanity and the appeal of simplicity in the technological age. Director and co-writer Wain (Role Models) orchestrates the mounting craziness like a master, building jokes on top of one another like he’s out to set a record for callbacks in a feature film. And pretty much everything he sets up pays off. My face actually hurt from laughing, and I cannot remember the last time that’s happened. 98 min. NNNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge

ñWar HorSe

(Steven Spielberg) adapts Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel to tell a simple but affecting story about an English farm boy (Jeremy Irvine) following his beloved horse into World War One. The script allows Spielberg to touch on the senseless brutality of combat and the redemptive power of a non-human creature, all captured in cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s vivid imagery. The result is an old-fashioned picture full of humanity and heroism that only occasionally dips into sentimentality. 146 min. NNNN (GS) Carlton Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Regent Theatre

ñWe Need To Talk aBouT keviN

(Lynne Ramsay) examines a Columbine-style tragedy from a new perspective. Tilda Swinton plays the suffering mother of a teen killer. Adapting Lionel Shriver’s bestselling novel, director Ramsay vividly captures her nervous breakdown through a non-linear narrative as she struggles with memories of her son and the repercussions of his actions. Is the boy (Ezra Miller as a teen, Jasper Newell as a child, both excellent) psychotic from birth? Ramsay wisely avoids easy answers or pat psychoanalysis. Instead, she creates a terrifying lifelong chess match between an emotionally absent mother and her embittered son, laced with dark humour (including a vindictive diaper-filling scene) and filmed with a painter’s eye for emotive details. The result is almost as disturbing, fascinating and enigmatic as the school shootings that inspired the story. 112 min. NNNN (Phil Brown) Varsity

ñTHe WomaN iN Black

(James Wat­ kins) takes place a century ago, when a widowed estate lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe) encounters a vengeful spirit in a remote coastal town. Though director Watkins deploys a few strategic crashes and thuds to keep the attention-deficit set from drifting off, there’s a stateliness and gravity to his film that recalls grand ghost stories of decades past like The Haunting and The Innocents. And in his first role after wrapping the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe is entirely credible as a widower with a small child, proving able to hold the screen in a 20-minute set piece played entirely without dialogue. 95 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinema, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24 3

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

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Downtown 20 Carlton, 416-494-9371

ACT of VAlor (14A) Fri-Wed 1:35, 4:05, 6:40, 9:05 AlbErT Nobbs (14A) Fri-Wed 1:25, 6:45 CAfé dE florE (14A) 4:00, 9:35 thu 1:30 mat, 6:55 ChroNIClE (14A) thu 1:50, 3:50, 7:15, 9:10 Fri-Wed 1:30, 6:55 CorIolANus thu 6:45, 9:20 Fri-Wed 3:55, 9:10 A dANgErous METhod (14A) thu 1:40 7:00 Fri-Wed 1:40, 7:25 ghosT rIdEr: spIrIT of VENgEANCE (14A) thu 1:45, 3:55, 7:25, 9:40 gooN (18A) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 9:40 ThE grEy (14A) thu 1:35, 6:40 IN ThE lANd of blood ANd hoNEy (14A) thu 4:05, 9:05 projECT X (18A) Fri-Wed 1:50, 3:50, 7:15, 9:15 sAfE housE (14A) thu 1:55, 4:25, 9:25 Fri-Wed 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:25 shAME (18A) thu 4:20 9:15 Fri-Wed 4:20, 9:45 ThE Vow (PG) thu 2:00 4:30 7:20 9:30 Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 wANdErlusT thu 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Fri-mon, Wed 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:20 tue 1:45, 4:15 wAr horsE (PG) thu 1:20, 4:10

Cumberland 4 (aa) 159 Cumberland ave, 416-646-0444

ThE dEsCENdANTs (14A) thu 2:30, 5:10, 8:00 My wEEk wITh MArIlyN (14A) thu 2:15, 5:00, 7:30 Fri-Sat 1:20, 3:45, 6:30, 9:00 Sun-Wed 2:20, 4:40, 7:30 NorwEgIAN wood Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 10:00 SunWed 2:10, 5:10, 8:10 sNow thu 2:50, 5:30, 8:10 TINkEr TAIlor soldIEr spy (14A) thu, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:50, 7:50 Fri-Sat 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:45 uNdEfEATEd Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Wed 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

rainboW market Square (i) market Square, 80 Front St e, 416-494-9371

ThE ArTIsT (PG) thu 5:10, 7:15, 9:25 Fri 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:15, 9:25, 11:30 Sat-Wed 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:15, 9:25 ThE dEsCENdANTs (14A) Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:05, 7:10, 9:35 dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX (G) Fri 1:05, 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05, 11:05 Sat, tue 1:05, 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05 Sun-mon, Wed 1:10, 3:05, 5:05, 7:05, 9:05 ghosT rIdEr: spIrIT of VENgEANCE (14A) thu 1:00, 3:15, 5:20, 7:35, 9:45 goNE (14A) 1:20, 7:30 thu 3:30 mat, 5:30, 9:40 jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd (PG) thu 1:10, 3:10 projECT X (18A) 1:00, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 Fri 11:20 late sAfE housE (14A) thu 1:25, 4:05, 7:00, 9:35 Fri-Wed 3:30, 9:40 ThIs MEANs wAr (14A) thu 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:30 wANdErlusT thu 1:30, 4:00, 7:05, 9:20 Fri 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:20, 11:25 Sat-Wed 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:20

SCotiabank theatre (Ce) 259 riChmond St W, 416-368-5600

ChroNIClE (14A) thu 2:10 4:30 7:10 9:40 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 A dANgErous METhod (14A) thu 1:30, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10 Fri, Sun 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40 Sat 6:10, 8:40 mon 1:20, 3:40, 10:20 tue-Wed 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40 ThE dEsCENdANTs (14A) thu 1:00, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50 Fri-Sun 1:00, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20 mon-Wed 1:00, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00 doNoVAN’s ECho thu 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 ThE flowErs of wAr thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Fri-Wed 2:30, 5:40, 8:50 ghosT rIdEr: spIrIT of VENgEANCE 3d (14A) 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 thu 3:10 5:30 8:00 10:20 mon only 2:40 5:15 7:50 10:15 ThE gIrl wITh ThE drAgoN TATToo (18A) thu 3:00, 10:25 gooN (18A) thu 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 Fri-Wed 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:00 ThE grEy (14A) thu 2:50, 6:00, 8:50 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 hugo 3d (PG) thu 3:20, 7:20, 10:00 Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:30, 6:20, 9:00 mon-Wed 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:15 ThE METropolITAN opErA: ThE ENChANTEd IslANd ENCorE Sat 1:00 MIssIoN: IMpossIblE – ghosT proToCol: ThE IMAX EXpErIENCE (PG) 1:10, 4:00, 6:50, 9:50 NATIoNAl ThEATrE lIVE: ThE CoMEdy of Errors thu 7:00

Woody Harrelson is rivetting as a dirty cop in Rampart, at Yonge & Dundas 24.

kingSWay theatre (i)

350 king St W, 416-599-8433

10 dundaS St e, 416-335-5323

lET ThE bullETs fly (14A) Fri, Sun, tue-Wed 12:15, 3:15, 6:00, 9:00 Sat 12:15, 3:15, 6:00 mon 6:00, 9:00 MoNsIEur lAzhAr (PG) thu, Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Fri 1:30, 4:30, 6:00 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 9:45 mon 6:00 tue 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 oNCE upoN A TIME IN ANATolIA (PG) Fri-Sun, tue-Wed 12:00, 6:15 mon 6:15 pINA 3d (G) thu 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 8:45 Fri 12:45, 3:30, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 12:34, 3:30, 6:45 Sun 3:30, 6:45, 9:15 mon 9:15 tue 12:45, 3:30, 9:15 Wed 12:45, 3:30 TIM ANd ErIC’s bIllIoN dollAr MoVIE (18A) Fri-Sun, tue-Wed 3:45, 9:30 mon 9:30

ACT of VAlor (14A) 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 9:45, 10:45 Sat-Sun 10:45, 11:45, 1:30 mat ThE ArTIsT (PG) 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sat-Sun 11:20, 1:50 mat dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX (G) 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:30 Fri 12:45 mat Sat-Sun 10:30, 12:45 mat dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX 3d (G) 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Fri 1:30 mat Sat-Sun 11:00, 1:30 mat dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX: AN IMAX 3d EXpErIENCE (G) 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Fri 12:15 mat Sat-Sun 11:45 mat ThE gIrl wITh ThE drAgoN TATToo (18A) 3:20, 6:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 11:50 mat goNE (14A) thu 3:30 6:00 8:30 11:00 Fri-Wed 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 10:40 Sat-Sun 10:45, 1:00 mat ThE IroN lAdy (PG) thu 2:05, 4:45, 7:05 Fri, mon-Wed 2:05, 4:45, 7:05, 9:40 Sat-Sun 11:55, 2:05, 4:45, 7:05, 9:40 jodI brEAkErs thu 3:00, 6:20, 9:30 jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd (PG) 6:00 thu 10:55 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd – AN IMAX 3d EXpErIENCE (PG) thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd 3d (PG) thu 3:35 8:30 Fri-Wed 3:35, 8:35 Sat-Sun 10:35 mat loNdoN, pArIs, NEw york 3:35, 6:10, 8:40 Sat-Sun 10:40, 1:05 mat loVE 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sat-Sun 10:35, 1:20 mat ThE odds 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:45 mat ThE prodIgIEs thu 3:00, 5:15, 7:25, 9:50 rAMpArT 2:15, 4:50, 8:15, 10:45 Sat-Sun 11:35 mat sAfE housE (14A) thu 2:00, 3:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:15, 7:15, 8:00, 9:15, 9:45, 10:00, 10:50 Fri, mon-tue 2:00, 3:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:15, 7:15, 8:00, 9:15, 10:00, 10:45 Sat-Sun 10:30, 11:15,

55 bloor St W, 416-961-6304 AlbErT Nobbs (14A) thu 12:35, 3:45, 10:00 ThE ArTIsT (PG) 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10 dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX 3d (G) Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:35, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 hugo 3d (PG) thu 12:20 3:25 6:25 9:40 Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:15, 6:10, 9:40 IN dArkNEss (14A) thu 12:25, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05 Fri-tue 12:25, 3:40, 6:40, 9:55 Wed 12:25, 3:40, 9:55 ThE IroN lAdy (PG) thu 1:00 3:50 6:40 9:20 Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 MoNsIEur lAzhAr (PG) thu 1:20 4:00 7:00 10:00 FriWed 1:20, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50 A sEpArATIoN (14A) 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 wE NEEd To TAlk AbouT kEVIN (14A) thu 12:30, 3:20, 6:30,

mt PleaSant (i)

ThE gIrl wITh ThE drAgoN TATToo (18A) Fri 9:25 Sat 9:30 Sun, tue 7:00 hugo (PG) thu, Wed 7:00 Fri 6:50 Sat 4:00, 6:50 Sun 4:15

yonge & dundaS 24 (amC)

varSity (Ce)

ThE ArTIsT (PG) thu 4:10, 6:40 Fri 4:00, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:15 mon-Wed 4:00, 6:30 ThE dEsCENdANTs (14A) thu 3:50, 6:45 Fri 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 mon-Wed 4:10, 6:50 EXTrEMEly loud & INCrEdIbly ClosE (PG) thu 4:00, 6:50 ghosT rIdEr: spIrIT of VENgEANCE (14A) 4:30, 7:20 Fri 9:40 Sat-Sun 2:00 mat, 9:40 goNE (14A) thu 4:50, 7:30 Fri 4:45, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:45, 7:30, 9:45 mon-Wed 4:45, 7:30 ThE IroN lAdy (PG) thu 4:15, 7:00 Fri 4:20, 6:40, 9:10 SatSun 1:45, 4:20, 6:40, 9:10 mon-Wed 4:20, 6:40 My wEEk wITh MArIlyN (14A) thu 4:30, 7:10 Fri 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 mon-Wed 4:40, 7:00 ThE sECrET world of ArrIETTy (G) thu 4:20, 7:05 Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:00 Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00 mon-Wed 4:15, 6:45 sNow 4:50, 7:10 Fri 9:30 Sat-Sun 2:10 mat, 9:30 ThE woMAN IN blACk (14A) thu 4:40, 7:20

675 mt PleaSant rd, 416-489-8484

tiFF bell lightbox (i)

2442 bloor St. WeSt, 416-232-1939

Canada Square (Ce)


ThE ArTIsT (PG) thu, mon-Wed 1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25 FriSun 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:55 ThE dEsCENdANTs (14A) thu 1:05, 3:45, 6:35, 9:35 Fri-Sun 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 mon-Wed 1:00, 3:45, 6:35, 9:35 IN dArkNEss (14A) thu 12:35, 3:35, 6:45, 9:45 MoNsIEur lAzhAr (PG) thu 12:45 3:05 5:15 7:25 9:55 FriWed 12:35, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 A sEpArATIoN (14A) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:35, 6:35, 9:45

humber Cinema (i)


9:30 Fri-tue 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20 Wed 12:30, 3:20, 9:20

projECT X (18A) thu 10:00 Fri, Sun 12:50, 2:00, 3:10, 4:30, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 Sat 12:50, 1:30, 3:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 mon-Wed 1:00, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:20 sTAr wArs: EpIsodE I – ThE phANToM MENACE 3d (PG) thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Fri-Wed 2:50, 6:00, 9:10 TylEr pErry’s good dEEds (PG) thu 1:20, 3:50, 6:45, 9:20 Fri-Sun, Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15 mon-tue 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 wANdErlusT thu 1:50, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45

West end ThE AdVENTurEs of TINTIN (PG) thu 1:00 EXTrEMEly loud & INCrEdIbly ClosE (PG) Fri-Wed 4:30 ThE gIrl wITh ThE drAgoN TATToo (18A) thu 7:00 Fri-Wed 9:00 ThE IroN lAdy (PG) thu 5:00 Fri-Wed 2:30, 7:00 My wEEk wITh MArIlyN (14A) thu 3:00 Fri-Wed 12:30 ThE woMAN IN blACk (14A) thu 9:45

2200 yonge St, 416-646-0444

Carlton Cinema (i)


regent theatre (i) 551 mt PleaSant rd, 416-480-9884

wAr horsE (PG) 7:00 Sat-Sun 4:00 mat

SilverCity yonge (Ce) 2300 yonge St, 416-544-1236

ACT of VAlor (14A) thu 1:10, 3:55, 6:45, 9:20 Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 ChroNIClE (14A) thu 4:25, 9:40 dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX (G) Fri-tue 1:10 dr. sEuss’ ThE lorAX 3d (G) Fri-Wed 3:50, 6:30, 9:00 ghosT rIdEr: spIrIT of VENgEANCE 3d (14A) thu 1:30, 4:30, 6:50, 9:35 gooN (18A) thu 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:30 Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:00 Sat 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:00 Sun-Wed 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 9:55 jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd (PG) thu 1:35 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:00 Sat 12:45 jourNEy 2: ThE MysTErIous IslANd 3d (PG) thu 4:05, 6:30 Fri-Wed 3:40, 6:40, 9:10 ThE METropolITAN opErA: ThE ENChANTEd IslANd ENCorE Sat 12:55 NATIoNAl ThEATrE lIVE: ThE CoMEdy of Errors thu 7:00 projECT X (18A) thu 10:15 Fri 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45 sAfE housE (14A) thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Fri 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 sTAr wArs: EpIsodE I – ThE phANToM MENACE (PG) thu 1:00 ThIs MEANs wAr (14A) thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:30 Fri, Suntue 1:50, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 Sat 7:00, 9:30 Wed 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 ThE Vow (PG) thu 1:15, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:20 wANdErlusT thu 1:45, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Sat 1:50, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50

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ThE AdVENTurEs of TINTIN (PG) Sat-Sun 11:00 ThE ArTIsT (PG) thu 1:00, 7:30 Fri-Wed 1:00, 7:00, 9:00 CArNAgE (14A) Fri-Wed 5:00 EXTrEMEly loud & INCrEdIbly ClosE (PG) thu 5:00 hugo (PG) 2:50 shErloCk holMEs: A gAME of shAdows (PG) thu 9:30

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The aRTisT (PG) 7:00, 9:30 Fri 4:20 Sat-Sun 1:40 mat, 4:20 The DescenDanTs (14A) Thu 9:50 Fri 4:00, 6:50, 9:50 Sat 6:50, 9:50 Sun 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Mon-Wed 6:50, 9:40 DR. seuss’ The LoRaX (G) Sat-Sun 12:30 DR. seuss’ The LoRaX 3D (G) Fri 3:40, 6:20, 8:40 Sat-Sun 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:00 GhosT RiDeR: spiRiT of VenGeance 3D (14A) Thu 6:50, 9:10 Goon (18A) Thu 7:20, 9:30 Fri 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Wed 7:20, 9:50 JouRney 2: The MysTeRious isLanD (PG) Sat-Sun 1:00 JouRney 2: The MysTeRious isLanD 3D (PG) Thu 6:30, 9:00 Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:00 Sat-Sun 3:30, 6:30, 9:00 MonWed 6:40, 9:10 The MeTRopoLiTan opeRa: The enchanTeD isLanD encoRe Sat 12:55 safe house (14A) Thu 7:10, 9:40 Fri 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 Sat 12:40, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 Mon-Wed 7:10, 10:00 The VoW (PG) Thu 6:40, 9:20

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acT of VaLoR (14A) Thu 4:40, 7:30, 10:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 The aRTisT (PG) Thu 3:20, 6:20, 9:20 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:00, 10:00 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 10:00 DR. seuss’ The LoRaX (G) 4:30, 6:45, 9:10 Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:15 mat DR. seuss’ The LoRaX 3D (G) 5:00, 7:15, 9:40 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:45 mat huGo 3D (PG) Thu 3:40 6:30 9:30 Fri-Wed 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:20 mat

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conTRaBanD (14A) Thu 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:45 Gone (14A) Thu 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:40 Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 6:55, 9:15 Goon (18A) Thu, Sun-Wed 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 Fri-Sat 1:15, 3:45, 6:05, 8:25, 11:00 JouRney 2: The MysTeRious isLanD (PG) Thu, Sun-Wed 1:00 Fri-Sat 12:40 JouRney 2: The MysTeRious isLanD 3D (PG) Thu 3:40, 6:30 Fri-Sat 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 Sun-Wed 3:40, 6:30, 9:25 JuManJi Sat 11:00 The MeTRopoLiTan opeRa: The enchanTeD isLanD encoRe Sat 12:55 naTionaL TheaTRe LiVe: The coMeDy of eRRoRs Thu 7:00 pRoJecT X (18A) Thu 10:05 Fri-Sat 12:50, 1:30, 3:10, 3:50, 5:30, 6:10, 7:50, 8:30, 10:10, 10:50 Sun-Wed 1:50, 2:30, 4:20, 5:00, 7:00, 7:40, 9:45, 10:15 safe house (14A) Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 Fri-Sat 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40 Sun-Wed 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

The SecreT World of ArrieTTy (G) Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 10:30 Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:10 ThiS MeAnS WAr (14A) Thu, Sun-Wed 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20 Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 Tyler Perry’S Good deedS (PG) Thu 1:35, 4:25, 7:05, 10:00 Fri-Sat 2:05, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 Sun-Wed 1:35, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50 UnderWorld: AWAkeninG 3d (18A) Thu 2:15, 4:40, 9:30 The VoW (PG) Thu, Sun-Wed 1:05, 3:55, 6:40, 9:55 Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:45 WAnderlUST Thu, Sun-Wed 1:25, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:00, 10:35

GTA Regions

EglinTon ToWn CEnTrE (CE)

AlVin And The chiPMUnkS: chiPWrecked (G) Thu 2:00, 4:30, 6:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:10, 6:15 Sat 11:45, 2:00, 4:10, 6:20 chronicle (14A) Thu 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:20, 4:30, 6:40, 9:00 Sat 6:40, 9:00 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) Fri, Sun-Wed 1:40, 4:00, 6:20, 8:40 Sat 11:30, 1:40, 4:00, 6:00, 8:20 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) Fri 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 7:50, 10:10 Sat 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 Sun-Tue 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 7:50 Wed 3:20, 5:40, 7:50 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx: An iMAx 3d exPerience (G) Fri, Sun-Wed 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 Sat 10:55, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:45 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce (14A) Thu 9:10 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce 3d (14A) Thu 2:20, 5:10, 7:40, 10:00 Fri-Wed 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50 Gone (14A) Thu 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Fri, Sun-Tue 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50 Sat 12:50, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50 Wed 3:40, 6:10, 8:50 Goon (18A) Thu 2:40, 5:00, 7:15, 9:45 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:40, 6:50, 9:30 The Grey (14A) Thu 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd (PG) 12:50 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd 3d (PG) Thu 3:20 5:40 8:00 Fri-Wed 3:10, 5:30, 8:00 JUMAnJi Sat 11:00 The MeTroPoliTAn oPerA: The enchAnTed iSlAnd encore Sat 12:55 MiSSion: iMPoSSiBle – GhoST ProTocol (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40 Fri-Wed 8:30 nATionAl TheATre liVe: The coMedy of errorS Thu 7:00 ProJecT x (18A) Thu 10:00 Fri 12:40, 1:20, 2:50, 3:30, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:40, 10:20 Sat 12:40, 1:20, 2:50, 3:30, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:40, 10:10 Sun-Wed 12:40, 1:20, 2:50, 3:30, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:10, 9:40 SAfe hoUSe (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Sherlock holMeS: A GAMe of ShAdoWS (PG) Thu 12:50, 3:30 STAr WArS: ePiSode i – The PhAnToM MenAce 3d (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Tyler Perry’S Good deedS (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 10:15 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20 Sat 1:00, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20

1901 EglinTon AvE E, 416-752-4494

AcT of VAlor (14A) Thu 3:30, 7:10, 9:50 Fri-Sat 2:15, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25 Sun 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 The ArTiST (PG) Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:45 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45 Mon-Wed 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 BiG MirAcle Thu 4:10, 7:00 chronicle (14A) Thu 4:40, 7:45, 10:00 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) Fri 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Sun 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:25 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:00, 9:25 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) Fri 1:15, 3:30, 5:55, 8:20, 10:40 Sat 10:50, 1:15, 3:30, 5:55, 8:20, 10:40 Sun 12:40, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Mon-Wed 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce 3d (14A) Thu 5:00, 7:35, 10:00 Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:10, 5:40, 8:20, 10:45 Sun 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Mon-Wed 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Gone (14A) Thu 3:45, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Sat 1:00, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:40 Sun 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Goon (18A) Thu 4:45, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 Sun 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Mon-Wed 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd 3d (PG) Thu 4:00, 7:00, 9:40 Fri-Sat 2:55, 5:25, 8:00, 10:30 Sun 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 JUMAnJi Sat 11:00 MiSSion: iMPoSSiBle – GhoST ProTocol (PG) Thu 3:45, 7:00, 10:00 ProJecT x (18A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Sat 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:10, 10:35 Sun 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 SAfe hoUSe (14A) Thu 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Fri-Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 Mon-Wed 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 The SecreT World of ArrieTTy (G) Thu 3:40, 7:00, 9:45 Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 Sun 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 Mon-Wed 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 STAr WArS: ePiSode i – The PhAnToM MenAce 3d (PG) Thu 3:50, 7:05, 10:10 ThiS MeAnS WAr (14A) Thu 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:00, 6:50, 9:20 Mon-Wed 4:00, 6:50, 9:20 Tyler Perry’S Good deedS (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Sun 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 The VoW (PG) Thu 4:45, 7:20, 10:00 Fri-Sat 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Mon-Wed 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 WAnderlUST Thu 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 Fri 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:05, 10:35 Sat 1:45, 4:25, 7:00, 9:40 Sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 Mon-Wed 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 The WoMAn in BlAck (14A) Thu 5:00, 7:45, 10:10 Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:05, 5:35, 7:55, 10:25 Sun 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 MonWed 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

KEnnEdy CoMMonS 20 (AMC) KEnnEdy rd & 401, 416-335-5323


AcT of VAlor (14A) 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10 Fri-Sun 11:00 mat AGneePATh (14A) Thu 2:15, 6:00, 9:45 AlBerT noBBS (14A) Thu 5:20 Fri-Wed 1:50, 7:45 The ArTiST (PG) 1:40, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05 Fri-Sun 11:05 mat conTrABAnd (14A) 2:15, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Sun 11:45 mat The deScendAnTS (14A) 2:15, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Fri-Sun 11:20 mat dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) 2:00, 4:25, 6:50, 9:10 Fri-Sun 11:30 mat dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) 1:35, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30 Fri-Sun 11:00 mat ek MAin AUr ekk TU (PG) Thu 1:35, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 Fri-Sun 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 exTreMely loUd & incrediBly cloSe (PG) 1:30, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25 Fri-Sun 10:40 mat The floWerS of WAr 2:30, 5:45, 9:00 Fri-Sun 11:25 mat GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce (14A) Thu 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce 3d (14A) Thu 2:00, 3:45, 4:30, 6:15, 7:15, 8:45, 9:45 Fri-Sun 11:15, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 The Girl WiTh The drAGon TATToo (18A) Thu 2:00, 8:15 Fri-Sun 11:30, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00 Mon-Wed 3:00, 6:30, 10:00 hUGo 3d (PG) 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Fri-Sun 10:40 mat in dArkneSS (14A) 2:10, 5:40, 9:00 Fri-Sun 10:50 mat The iron lAdy (PG) 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Fri-Sun 11:10 mat london, PAriS, neW york 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Fri-Sun 11:15 mat loVe 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Fri-Sun 10:45 mat nAnBAn (PG) Thu 2:00, 6:00, 10:00 A SePArATion (14A) 4:00, 6:40, 9:30 Fri-Sun 10:30, 1:15 mat STAr WArS:00-00 ePiSode i 2011 – The PhAnToM XXXXXX NOW MenAce 3d (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 Fri-Wed 2:10, 7:30 Tere nAAl loVe ho GAyA (G) Thu 3:30, 7:00, 10:15 Tinker TAilor Soldier SPy (14A) 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 Fri-Sun 10:45 mat UnderWorld: AWAkeninG 3d (18A) 5:15, 10:25 Fri-Sun 11:45 mat WAr horSe (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:45, 8:00 Fri-Sun 10:35, 4:30, 10:20 Mon-Wed 4:30, 10:20


ColiSEuM MiSSiSSAugA (CE) SquArE onE, 309 rAThburn rd W, 905-275-3456

CourTnEy PArK 16 (AMC)

110 CourTnEy PArK E AT huronTArio, 888-262-4386 AcT of VAlor (14A) Thu 2:50, 5:30, 8:20, 11:00 Fri-Sun 11:55, 2:50, 5:35, 8:20, 11:00 Mon-Wed 2:50, 5:35, 8:20, 11:00 chronicle (14A) Thu 4:45, 9:25 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:00, 6:10, 8:15, 10:30 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) Fri-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15 Mon-Wed 3:15, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) Fri-Sun 11:25, 1:45, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30, 10:45 Mon-Wed 2:15, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx: An iMAx 3d exPerience (G) Fri-Sun 10:50, 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00 Mon-Wed 1:45, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30, 10:45 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce (14A) 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:20 Fri-Sun 12:45 mat GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce 3d (14A) Thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:45 Gone (14A) Thu 1:45, 5:15, 8:15, 10:50 Fri-Sun 11:10, 1:45, 5:15, 8:25, 10:55 Mon-Wed 1:45, 5:15, 8:25, 10:55 Goon (18A) Thu 4:05, 6:15, 8:30, 10:45 Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:45, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 Mon-Wed 2:45, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 The Grey (14A) Thu 2:05, 6:50 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd (PG) 2:00 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd – An iMAx 3d exPerience (PG) Thu 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd 3d (PG) Thu 4:15, 6:30, 8:50 Fri-Sun 11:00, 4:15, 6:30, 9:00 Mon-Wed 4:15, 6:30, 9:00 ProJecT x (18A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Sun 10:30, 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:20, 10:00 Mon-Wed 3:00, 5:15, 7:20, 10:00 SAfe hoUSe (14A) Thu 2:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 10:10, 10:55 Fri-Sun 11:15, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Wed 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 The SecreT World of ArrieTTy (G) Thu 1:45, 3:50, 6:00, 8:20, 10:35 ThiS MeAnS WAr (14A) Thu 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 10:30 Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 10:25 Sun-Wed 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 10:25 Tyler Perry’S Good deedS (PG) 2:30, 5:25, 8:10, 10:40 Fri-Sun 11:50 mat The VoW (PG) Thu 2:40, 3:15, 5:10, 8:20 Fri-Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 Mon-Wed 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 WAnderlUST Thu 3:20, 5:40, 8:10, 10:45 Fri-Sun 10:45, 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:45 Mon-Wed 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:45 The WoMAn in BlAck (14A) Thu 3:35, 5:50, 8:10, 10:40 Fri-Sun 1:15, 3:35, 5:50, 8:10, 10:35 Mon-Wed 3:35, 5:50, 8:10, 10:35

SilvErCiTy MiSSiSSAugA (CE) hWy 5, EAST oF hWy 403, 905-569-3373

AcT of VAlor (14A) Thu 4:00, 7:05, 9:50 Fri-Sun 1:00, 4:15, 7:20, 10:05 Mon-Wed 4:15, 7:20, 10:00 BiG MirAcle Thu 3:55, 6:40, 9:20 Fri-Sun 1:10, 3:50, 6:35 Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:35 The deScendAnTS (14A) Thu 3:35, 6:25, 9:10 Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:35, 6:25, 9:20 Mon-Wed 3:30, 6:25, 9:20 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:25 Mon-Wed 3:50, 6:45, 9:10 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Wed 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 Gone (14A) Thu 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 Fri-Sun 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 hUGo 3d (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:35, 9:30 Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:55, 6:55, 9:50 Mon-Wed 3:55, 6:55, 9:50 The iron lAdy (PG) Thu 4:10, 6:45, 9:15 Fri-Sun 12:55, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15 Mon-Wed 4:05, 6:40, 9:15 The SecreT World of ArrieTTy (G) Thu 4:30, 7:00, 9:35 Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:10, 9:30 STAr WArS: ePiSode i – The PhAnToM MenAce 3d (PG) Thu 3:40, 6:50, 10:00 The VoW (PG) Thu 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Fri-Sun 1:40, 4:25, 7:00, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:25, 7:00, 9:40 The WoMAn in BlAck (14A) Thu 4:20, 7:15, 9:40 Fri-Sun 9:35 Mon-Wed 9:25

north ColoSSuS (CE) hWy 400 & 7, 905-851-1001

AcT of VAlor (14A) Thu 4:05, 6:45, 9:30 Fri-Sun 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:25 Mon-Wed 3:55, 6:35, 9:25 The ArTiST (PG) Thu 3:45, 6:25, 9:00 Fri-Sun 1:00, 3:35, 6:30, 9:15 Mon-Wed 3:35, 6:30, 9:15 BiG MirAcle Thu 3:35, 6:10 chronicle (14A) Thu 4:35, 7:00, 9:10 The deScendAnTS (14A) Thu 3:50, 6:35, 9:15 Fri-Sun 12:55, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Mon-Wed 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx (G) Fri, Sun 2:00, 4:10, 6:20, 8:30 Sat 11:40, 1:50, 4:00, 6:10, 8:20 Mon-Wed 4:40, 6:40, 8:40 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx 3d (G) Fri, Sun 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 Sat 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 6:40, 9:00 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:10, 9:10 dr. SeUSS’ The lorAx: An iMAx 3d exPerience (G) Fri, Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 Sat 11:00, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:45 Mon-Wed 3:30, 5:40, 7:40, 9:40 GhoST rider: SPiriT of VenGeAnce 3d (14A) Thu 4:50, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50 Fri, Sun 12:35, 3:00, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Sat 12:30, 3:00, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:00, 9:30 Gone (14A) Thu 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Fri, Sun 1:50, 4:55, 7:30, 10:00 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50 Mon-Wed 4:55, 7:30, 10:00 Goon (18A) Thu 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:10, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30 Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:35, 9:50 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd (PG) Fri, Sun 12:50 Sat 11:15, 1:40 JoUrney 2: The MySTerioUS iSlAnd 3d (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Fri, Sun 3:40, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:10, 8:50 JUMAnJi Sat 11:00 MiSSion: iMPoSSiBle – GhoST ProTocol (PG) Thu 3:35, 6:30, 9:30 Fri, Sun 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 Sat 11:30, 2:55, 6:25, 9:40 Mon-Wed 3:40, 6:40, 9:55 ProJecT x (18A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Sun 12:40, 1:20, 2:50, 3:30, 5:00, 5:40, 7:20, 8:00, 9:40, 10:20 Mon-Wed 4:50, 5:30, 7:20, 8:00, 9:40, 10:15 SAfe hoUSe (14A) Thu 4:25, 7:10, 10:10 Fri-Sun 1:35, 4:25, 7:35, 10:15 Mon-Wed 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 STAr WArS: ePiSode i – The PhAnToM MenAce 3d (PG) Thu 3:40, 6:40 ThiS MeAnS WAr (14A) Thu 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Fri, Sun 1:55, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 12:00, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Tyler Perry’S Good deedS (PG) Thu 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 Fri, Sun 1:25, 4:00, 6:55, 9:35 Sat 1:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:35 MonWed 4:00, 6:55, 9:35 UnderWorld: AWAkeninG 3d (18A) Thu 5:30, 8:00, 10:15 The VoW (PG) Thu 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:20, 7:05, 9:55 WAnderlUST Thu 4:20, 7:00, 9:55 Fri-Sun 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Mon-Wed 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 The WoMAn in BlAck (14A) Thu 4:15, 6:55, 9:25 Fri-Sun 2:10, 4:30, 7:45, 10:05 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:45, 10:05

inTErChAngE 30 (AMC)

30 inTErChAngE WAy, hWy 400 & hWy 7, 416-335-5323 The AdVenTUreS of TinTin (PG) Thu 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 Fri 3:30 Sat-Sun 10:25, 1:00, 3:30 Mon-Wed 4:15 AlVin And The chiPMUnkS: chiPWrecked (G) Thu 4:45, 7:20, 9:30 Fri 2:30 Sat-Sun 10:00, 12:15, 2:30 MonWed 4:00 BiG MirAcle Fri 3:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sat-Sun 10:25, 12:55, 3:30, 7:10, 9:40 Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 chronicle (14A) 4:15, 6:20, 9:00 Fri 2:10 mat Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:10 mat conTrABAnd (14A) Thu 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Fri 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sat-Sun 10:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 ek MAin AUr ekk TU (PG) Thu 7:05 exTreMely loUd & incrediBly cloSe (PG) Thu 4:20 7:15 10:05 Fri-Wed 4:20, 7:05, 10:00 Sat 10:20, 1:15 mat Sun 1:15 mat The Girl WiTh The drAGon TATToo (18A) Thu 5:35, 9:30 Fri-Wed 6:20, 9:40

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bullying. $12, stu $5. thu 1 – Habibi (2011) D: Susan Youssef. 8 pm. fri 2 – The Bully Project (2011) D: Lee Hirsch. 8 pm. sat 3 – Color Of The Ocean (2011) D: Maggie Peren. 8 pm. Mon 5 – This Is My Land... Hebron (2010) D: Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson. 8 pm. tue 6 – The Price Of Sex (2011) D: Mimi Chakarova. 8 pm.


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sat 3 – Blow-Up (1966) D: Michelangelo Antonioni. 3 pm. Free.

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thu 1-Mar 23 – Occupy Wall St. Newsreels by Jem Cohen. Screened daily from noon to 10 pm in the atrium. thu 1 – Oscar Shorts: Animated (2011). 12:30 pm. Oscar Shorts: Live Action (2011). 4:15 & 9:30 pm. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) D: Robert Bresson. 6 pm. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. See listings, this page. 7 pm. Pickpocket (1959) D: Robert Bresson. 8:45 pm. fri 2 – The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (1962) D: Robert Bresson, and short film Affaires Publiques (1934). 6 pm. Istitute Italiano Di Cultura, Toronto presents La Prima Cosa Bella (2010) D: Paolo Virzi. 9 pm. iictoronto.esteri. it/IIC_Toronto. sat 3 – Fly Away Home (1996) D: Carroll Ballard. 10:30 am. Diary Of A Country Priest (1950) D: Robert Bresson. 4 pm. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. See listings, this page. 8 pm. Face/Off (1997) D: John Woo. 10 pm. sun 4 – Knock On Any Door (1949) D: Nicholas Ray. 1 pm. Le Diable Probablement (1977) D: Robert Bresson. 5 pm. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. See listings, this page. 8 pm. Mon 5 – Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne (1945) D: Robert Bresson. 6:30 pm.

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tue 6 – Knock On Any Door. 6:30 pm. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. See listings, this page. 8 pm. Lancelot Du Lac (1974) D: Robert Bresson. 9 pm. wed 7 – Hot Docs Doc Soup presents The Vanishing Spring Light (2011) D: Xun Yu. Q&A w/ poducer to follow screening. 6:30 & 9:15 pm. $14 advance @

Shannon Walsh. 7:30 pm. $6. wed 7 – Free Favourites At Four: Rosies Of The North (1999) D: Kelly Saxberg. 4 pm. Free. Planet In Focus Green Screens presents White Water, Black Gold (2011) D: David Lavallee. 7 pm. $6.

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fri 2 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 7 pm. A Dangerous Method (2011) D: David Cronenberg. 9:30 pm. sat 3 – Hugo 3D (2011) D: Martin Scorsese. 1:30 pm. A Dangerous Method. 4 & 9:30 pm. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 7 pm. sun 4 – Hugo 3D (2011) D: Martin Scorsese. 1:30 pm. A Dangerous Method. 4 & 9:15pm. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 6:45 pm. Mon 5-tue 6 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 6:45 pm. A Dangerous Method. 9:15 pm. wed 7 – A Dangerous Method. 1:30 pm. Hugo 3D. 6:45 pm. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 9:15 pm.

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& 2 pm. Under The Sea. Noon. Tornado Alley. 1 pm. sat 3 – Rocky Mountain Express. 11 am, 1, 3 & 8 pm. Tornado Alley. Noon, 4 & 7 pm. Jane Goodall’s Wild Champanzees. 1 pm. Under The Sea. 2 pm. sun 4 – Rocky Mountain Express. 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. Tornado Alley. Noon & 4 pm. Jane Goodall’s Wild Champanzees. 1 pm. Under The Sea. 2 pm. Mon 5-wed 7 – Rocky Mountain Express. 11 am & 2 pm. Under The Sea. Noon. Tornado Alley. 1 pm.

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(2011) D: Peter Richardson. 7 pm. Midnight In Paris (2011) D: Woody Allen. 9 pm. fri 2 – Pink Ribbons, Inc. 1 pm. Midnight In Paris (2011) D: Woody Allen. 3 pm. How To Die In Oregon (2011) D: Peter Richardson. 5 pm. Newlyweds (2011) D: Edward Burns. 7 pm. Battle Royale (2000) D: Kinji Fukasaku, and short film The Familiar. 9 pm. sat 3 – Newlyweds. 1 & 2 pm. sun 4 – Newlyweds. 1 & 2 pm. Bollywood Basement. 7 pm. Mon 5 – Midnight In Paris. 1 pm. Newlyweds. 3 & 10:25 pm. Pink Ribbons, Inc. 5 pm. tue 6 – Newlyweds. 1 & 7 pm. Midnight In Paris. 3 pm. Pink Ribbons, Inc. 5 pm. Little Terrors Volume 8: Hidden Worlds 9 pm.


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Well, that was the opposite of fun. Opening with Billy Crystal’s excru­ ciating self­regard and closing with the ordained triumph of The Artist, the 84th Academy Awards spent three and a quarter hours celebrating one of the most mediocre lineups of nominees in a decade or more. It wasn’t all terrible. The Help’s Octa­ via Spencer gave a moving acceptance speech when she picked up best sup­ porting actress. Christopher Plummer, best supporting actor for Beginners, was pure, perfectly rehearsed class. As­ ghar Farhadi delivered a moving plea for international compassion on win­ ning the foreign­language category for A Separation.

And seeing Jim Rash, who plays the antic Dean Pelton on Community, vamping with his statuette while sharing the best adapted screenplay award with Nat Faxon and director Alexander Payne for The Descend­ ants? That was bliss. But then we get to the other stuff. Meryl Streep winning for the wretch­ ed Iron Lady; Woody Allen winning his third original screenplay award for the warmed­over nostalgia of Mid­ night In Paris; and the empty, mar­ keting­driven inevitability of The Artist. It’s not that The Artist isn’t a pleas­ ant night at the movies. It’s just that it’s a resolutely two­dimensional rep­

weds. 3 & 7 pm. Midnight In Paris. 5 pm. Pink Ribbons, Inc. 9 pm.

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pm. Key 56 (2011) D: Alexandre Hamel. 7 pm. Metropolis (1926) D: Fritz Lang. 8 pm. sun 4 – Jane Jacobs: Urban Wisdom. 5 pm. What I Learned From LSD (2011) D: Reg Hartt. 7 pm. Mon 5 – Kid Dracula: Nosferatu (1922) D FW Murnau and soundtrack of Radiohead’s Kid A. 7 pm. tue 6 – The Darkside Of Oz: The Wizard Of Oz (1939) D: Victor Fleming and soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. 7 pm. wed 7 – The Rite Of Caligari: The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1920) D: Robert Wiene with soundtrack of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring. 7 pm.

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thu 1 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) D: Tomas Alfredson. 6:45 pm. Pina ñ (2011) D: Wim Wenders. 9:15 pm. fri 2 – A Dangerous Method (2011) D: David Cronenberg. 7 pm. Carnage (2011) D: Roman Polanski. 9 pm. sat 3-sun 4 – The Adventures of Tintin (2011) D: Steven Spielberg. 2 pm. A Dangerous Method. 4:15 & 7 pm. Carnage. 9 pm. Mon 5-tue 6 – A Dangerous Method. 7 pm. Carnage. 9 pm. wed 7– A Dangerous Method. 7 pm. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) D: David Fincher. 9 pm.


the roYal 608 college. 416-534-5252.

thu 1 – BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) short films. 7 pm. Doppelgänger Paul (Or A Film lica of a silent movie from a director who’s made a career out of appropri­ ating genres and styles. Had the Academy been familiar with Michel Hazanavicius’s earlier work, it never would have got this far. But Harvey Weinstein, who picked up The Artist at Cannes, knows how to play the game. Banking on the Academy’s ignorance of international cinema, he gambled and won, just as he did when he pushed Roberto Be­ nigni’s execrable Life Is Beautiful to best actor, best original score and best foreign­language film. I am not saying The Artist and Life Is Beautiful are equally bad. The Artist is watchable and charming, while Be­ nigni’s film is vile manipulation. But both were sold as novelties to an eas­ ily snowed audience, and the fact that the Academy embraced Hazana­ vicius’s empty nostalgia so eagerly just sticks in the craw. I know The Tree Of Life was never going to walk away with best picture. But I’d have been fine with The Des­ cendants or Hugo or even Moneyball. All three of those movies are about something. The Artist pays lip service to Old Hollywood, but it’s really just about itself. I guess in a year when Billy Crystal’s trotted out to do the exact the same thing, you can’t be surprised that it won. The mood was norMan wiLner right.

About How Much I Hate Myself) (2011) D: Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand. 9:30 pm. fRI 2 – Family Portrait In Black And White (2011) D: Julia Ivanova. Director in attendance. 7 pm. White Button (Bijelo Dugme) (2010) D: Igor Stoimenov, a rock and roll documentary. 9:15 pm. $12. SAt 3 – Family Portrait In Black And White. Director in attendance. 7 pm. SuN 4 – Family Portrait In Black And White. 4:30 pm. mON 5 – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival (TAAFI) presents It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2011) D: Don Hertzfeldt. 7 pm. Director in attendance. $15, VIP $30. event/2973095609. tuE 6 – The Last Movie (2012) D: Brue Pittman. 8 pm. WED 7 – Family Portrait In Black And White. 7 pm.

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Casa Loma presents The Pellatt Newsreel (2006) D: Barbra Cooper, a film and permanent exhibit on the history of Casa Loma and Henry Pellatt. Daily screenings 10 am to 4:30 pm. Included w/ admission. 1 Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, tHu 1-WED 7– The CN Tower presents The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D. Continuous screenings daily 10 am to 8 pm. 301 Front W. 416868-6937, tHu 1 – Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival presents films from The T24 Project, a challenge of short thesis films made within 24 hours. 7 pm. $10-$12. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. Ryerson University presents The Technological Impulse: an evening of film and discussion with Atom Egoyan including screening of Krapp’s Last Tape (2000). 7 pm. Free. Library Bldg, 350 Victoria, Rm LIB 72. 647-218-5378, fRI 2 – Cinema Politica Danforth presents Generation M: Misogyny In Media & Culture (2010) D: Thomas Keith. Discussion with writer and social activist Michele Landsberg to follow. 7:30 pm. Free. Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard E. danforth. The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity’s Afrikan Liberation Month Film Series presents Sisters In The Struggle (1991) D: Dionne Brand and Ginny Stikeman. Panel discussion to follow. 7 pm. Free. Bahen Centre, 40 St George, rm 1170. network4panafrikansolidarity@ The Pan-Asian Student Society and the Munk School of Global Affairs present a panel disucssion and screening of The Last Train Home (2009) D: Lixin Fan, on migrant workers in China and Southeast Easia. 10 am to 2 pm. Munk School, 1 Devonshire, Room 108N. Register online: eventdetails.aspx?eventid=11377. SAt 3 – International Women’s Month Festival of Films presents The F Word: Who Wants To Be A Feminist? (2011) D: Michael McNamara. Q&A with director and producer Judy Holm to follow. 1:30 pm. Free, pre-registration encouraged. Richmond Hill Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Atkinson, Room A/B. SAt 3-SuN 4 – Gospel Fest On Film, a Christian film festival. $13, online $11. Art Gallery Of Ontario, Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas W. 905999-2629, programs. Sat: Beware Of Christians (2011) D: Will Bakke. 3:30 pm. Blessed And Cursed (2010) D: Joel Kapity. 7 pm. Sun: The Encounter (2010) D: David AR White. 3:30 pm. Soulmate (2006) D: Andrea AlenWiley. 7 pm. SAt 3 – Pleasure Dome presents a George Kuchar memorial screening: The Last Video Diaries (Tummy Ache Times, The Butchered Beefake and Hotspell) at 7 pm, and The Devil’s Cleavage (1973). 9 pm. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. 416-656-5577, mON 5 – Reflections In The Hall Of Mirrors: American Movies And The Politics Of Idealism lecture series by film critic Kevin Courrier presents The Clinton Era, including clips from Forrest Gump (1994) D: Robert Zemeckis, Three Kings (1999) D: David O Russell, Wag The Dog (1997) D: Barry Levinson. 7 pm. $12, stu $6 (nine lectures $100). Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. 3




You’ll have a good time watching Hugo, with Asa Butterfield.

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(Universal, 2011) D: Oliver Parker, w/ Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Johnny English Reborn mixes James Bond and Jason Bourne to serve up a fine setting for Rowan Atkinson’s unique brand of physical comedy. The plot involving almost-superspy Johnny English (Atkinson) and assassins bent on killing China’s premier is an excuse for handsome Hong Kong, Mozambique, London and Switzerland locations, themselves an excuse for snappy set pieces. The best of these are the uncontrolled chair and a rooftop chase pitting youth and agility against age and what passes for wisdom. In an amusing commentary, director Oliver Parker and writer Hamish McColl discuss their collaboration with Atkinson, character construction, joke refinement and pacing. The deleted scene titled Cooking is a stand-alone classic, and the rest are

as funny as anything in the movie. EXTRAS Commentary, making-of doc, scene-specific mini-docs, gag reel, deleted scenes, more. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.

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2009) D: Mike Barker, w/ Sebastian Koch, Stephen Campbell Moore. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN An unusual, wellworkedout story faithful to Jack London’s classic novel of adventure and philosophy plus compelling performances and strong location work make Sea Wolf a rewarding night on the couch. In 1902, dilettante literary critic Humphrey Van Weyden (Stephen Campbell Moore) falls into the ocean off San Francisco and is rescued by Wolf Larsen’s ship on its way to the sealing waters off Japan. Larsen (Sebastian Koch, from The Lives Of Others) is a smart, cultured monster who believes in nothing but his own power and beats his men savagely. Shipboard life is hell and getting worse. There are

The undramatic resolution of the climax disappoints, but everything else about Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning celebration of Georges Méliès and the magic of movies is pure delight. Asa Butterfield delivers the right mix of loneliness, pragmatism and grit as the titular orphan who lives in a secret apartment in a 1930s Paris train station, stealing machine parts from a toy seller for the automaton he’s restoring, a legacy from his father. Scorsese’s fluid camera makes the station a marvel of little background stories and faces glimpsed in passing. These scenes have some of the magical charm of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, as do murmurs of mutiny. Meanwhile, Larsen’s hated brother, at the helm of his own ship, draws nearer. Tim Roth, the brother, and Neve Campbell, his passenger turned castaway, contribute lively turns, but the TV movie belongs to Koch, who makes the most of a very meaty role. The movie gains its pervasive sense of unease from shooting aboard a real ship at sea. Check out the brief makingof doc for details. EXTRAS Making-of doc, on-set footage. English, French audio. English subtitles.

Puss In Boots

(DreamWorks, 2011) D: Chris Miller, w/ Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NNN Gorgeous visuals and a couple of brilliant set pieces can’t lift Puss In Boots out of the doldrums of weak laughs, repetitive dialogue and an awful performance by Zach Galifianakis. He voices Humpty Dumpty with a

those involving the automaton – one of the more poignant robots I’ve seen. Everything is shot for 3-D, but it all works fine on the small screen. Ben Kingsley does a wonderful job as Méliès, whose story is as central as Hugo’s to the movie’s spirit. Méliès was the father of special effects and the cinema of imagination. Scorsese recreates one of his shoots, and he’s the subject of a good doc in the extras. You can find a few of Méliès’s 500 movies on DVD. They’re lots of fun. The history of automatons also gets a little doc. It’s fine, but short on detail about the one in the movie. EXTRAS Making-of doc, Méliès doc, automaton doc, effects doc, Sacha Baron Cohen interview. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese audio and subtitles. contemporary American accent that’s whiny and woefully out of place with the explicitly Spanish setting and the suave Latin tones of Antonio Banderas (Puss) and Salma Hayek (Kitty Softpaws). But Humpty is the plot driver, so we get lots of him. An overlong flashback tells us he and Puss were boyhood friends estranged over Humpty’s criminality but now reunited through Kitty to find the magic beans, climb the beanstalk and get the gold. The beanstalk episode and Puss and Kitty’s dance shine with spirit and wit. Much of the rest of the movie seems dull by comparison, though the colours and textures are rich and detailed throughout. Many jokes are based on anthropomorphized cats behaving like real cats, which works in the dance sequence, other times not so much. The picture-in-picture commentary gives a fine look behind the scenes. EXTRAS Picture-in-picture commentary, trivia track, animated short, two games. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles. 3







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Three-way violation I had a threesome wIth my husband

nd another woman because I am GGG a and that’s always been a fantasy of his. I laid out my ground rules, and they were violated. (I said I was uncomfortable with his P in her V, and I ended up watching them fuck.) I didn’t stop it at the time because I didn’t want to ruin it for him. It’s been some time, and my heart is still broken. I was completely down with every other aspect of the threesome, but I feel like a line was crossed. Am I wrong to feel hurt? Heartbroken Please hand this column to your husband. My response is for him. You are one stupid motherfucker. Here’s how you’re a motherfucker: Your wife agreed to have a threesome on one condition – no penis-in-vagina intercourse with the other woman. That’s a fairly common ground rule for first-time threesomes, and you agreed to honour that ground rule. But you went ahead and stuck your penis in the other woman’s vagina anyway. Maybe you felt your wife’s no-penis-inour-third’s-vagina ground rule was arbitrary. Maybe it seemed like a distinction without a difference – you were already sucking and fondling and kissing and rolling around, why should fucking be against the rules? – but it mattered to your GGG wife. And your wife consented to that threesome only after you agreed not to stick your penis in the other woman’s vagina. And when you went ahead


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rules – sends a message: “I may be messing around with someone else with your okay, but I love you, and your emotional and sexual needs still come first.” And once a nervous wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend sees with their own eyes that their ground rules are going to be respected – once they see that their partners can mess around with someone else without forgetting who matters to them most – those ground rules tend to become less restrictive. But that’s not gonna happen for you now, you stupid motherfucker, because you couldn’t honour your wife’s ground rules during your first – and most likely last – threesome. You violated her, you violated her trust and you screwed yourself out of future sexual adventures. If you ever hope to have another threesome, or to realize some other sexual fantasy, or if your wife has a sexual fantasy that she would like to realize (one that you might enjoy helping her realize), you’re going to need to offer her a plausible explanation and an abject apology.

Abuse won’t go away I’m In love. but my boyfrIend of more t han a year is REALLY into the fantasy of an MFF threesome. I’m as GGG as girls get, but I’m one of those rare types who was sexually abused by an adult woman when I was a young girl. He knows this. And though I was a bit slow telling him, just because it’s so fucking hard to talk about, he knows that ever since I realized I was attracted to other women, I’ve felt like a guilty pervert. Thanks to copious amounts of alcohol, I’ve gotten about as far with another girl as a stereotypical college student, but the abuse still haunts me. (And, yes, I go to therapy when I can afford it.) My question is this: If I may never be capable of fulfilling his fantasy by bringing another chick into our bed, am I an asshole for wanting to remain in an LTR with this guy? He knows I’m into women and that I would like to explore that somehow, eventually, but I don’t know if he gets how hard that could actually be for me. I have no idea how to even

broach this subject with him, as I’ve described it to you. Should I even try? Should I set him free? Whatever Your Intern Can Come Up With First, WYICCUW, I’m so sorry about the sexual abuse you suffered. But I would urge you to prioritize therapy over, say, a third and fourth round of drinks. Fewer copious-amounts-of-alcohol-enabled bisexual experiences in the short run, with less money going to booze and more going to therapy, may lead to more – and happier, and easier-to-recall – bisexual experiences in the long run. As for the boyfriend, just tell him that, due to your history, an MFF threesome is not something you would be able to do for or with him any time soon. If going without MFF threesomes for the foreseeable future is a price of admission that he’s willing to pay to be with you, WYICCUW, do him the honour of letting him pay it.

Hubby’s not into MMF I’m a straIght woman who enjoys

ay porn and writes slash fiction. Seeing g my husband make love to another man is my biggest fantasy of all, but he insists it will never happen. He did agree to an MMF threesome, but only if he didn’t have to do anything with the other man. I found a guy in a city we are visiting in three weeks. My husband doesn’t know this guy is bisexual and into him. (He has seen pictures of my husband.) I’m hoping my husband will feel “inspired” once “things” are under way. What’s the best strategy for getting my husband – She Lusts After Sexy Homos Sorry to cut you off there, SLASH, but I don’t need to read the rest of your letter. DO NOT spring a bisexual-and-into-him third on your husband. DO NOT violate your husband’s ground rules. DO NOT be a stupid motherfucker.

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and stuck your penis in the other woman’s vagina anyway, you stupid motherfucker, that threesome suddenly became a non-consensual sexual experience for your wife. And now she feels violated. Because you violated her. Adding to her feelings of violation, she felt obligated to play along and pretend she was fine with your penis in the other woman’s vagina because she didn’t want to ruin the experience for you, for starters, and she probably didn’t want to make your third feel uncomfortable – a third who either didn’t know about the nopenis-in-her-vagina ground rule or knew about it and didn’t give a shit (which makes her a malicious motherfucker) – and as a result, your wife may feel complicit in her own violation. Talk about mind-fucks! That’s how you’re a motherfucker. Here’s how you’re stupid: If you had demonstrated to your wife during your very first threesome that you could be trusted, if you had cheerfully observed the ground rules, this threesome would very likely have been the first in a whole series of sexual adventures. If you had kept your penis out of the other woman’s vagina, you stupid motherfucker, your wife might have trusted you with more and allowed you to do more during a future threesome. You might have gotten to penis-invagina intercourse with another woman with your wife’s enthusiastic consent! To others out there with partners who have agreed to have a threesome: Sometimes, a nervous wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend sets ground rules for an inaugural threesome that seem arbitrary, because they are arbitrary. (Don’t use tongue when you kiss the other person, don’t use my favourite tit clamps on the other person, you can put your penis in the hole in the other person’s face but not in the hole[s] in the other person’s swimsuit area.) When your partner declares a particular kiss/toy/orifice out of bounds, he or she isn’t just holding something back because it’s special. They are also measuring your ability to respect their boundaries. Respecting your partner’s boundaries – honouring those ground

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