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The top live theatre shows in Toronto September 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / September 1, 2014

September theatre torontoEach month we profile a collection of shows opening soon in Toronto.

True / Citizenry / September 3-13 / $24
Celebrated playwright Rosa Labordé explores the confining qualities of memory in the Fringe-lauded True, about three sisters who must confront the past when their estranged father unexpectedly re-enters their lives. Boasting a talented cast, Layne Coleman, Shannon Taylor, Ingrid Doucet, Sabrina Grdevich and Scott McCord, and some of the city's best designers, Thomas Ryder-Payne, Trevor Schwellnus and Lindsay Walker, there's a reason this one returns for a remount.

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The top 5 up and coming comedians in Toronto

Posted by Michael Jagdeo / August 30, 2014

comedians TorontoThe top up and coming comedians in Toronto come from a city with such wealth of talent on stage every night in the city that the list is difficult to whittle down. My rationale was simple: if you want to get noticed by the big wigs in LA, you have to be able to possess both a killer stand-up act and a great presence on-screen. Therefore, preference has been given to those individuals that have done well across multiple comedic genres.

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Massive public photo mural coming to Lower Bay St.

Posted by Derek Flack / August 27, 2014

photo mural lower bayThe drab section of Bay south of Harbour St. is set to get a major facelift thanks to Toronto's StART program. Home to the Conference Centre at the Westin Harbour Castle, the facade on the east side of Bay will serve as a giant canvas for photographer and former Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson. To be precise, the wall will offer the artist a 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide space to install a site-specific photo mural that will take inspiration from its location near the harbour.



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Toronto artist paints with blood at Jeff Koons exhibit

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 22, 2014

Istvan KantorToronto artist Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, who will always be the eying you up and down and mentally declaring himself more punk than you, has struck again with his "Blood Campaign," this time leaving a giant bloody "X" and a "Monty Cantsin was here" at the Whitney Museum's Jeff Koons retrospective in New York. As always, he also left a manifesto declaring his blood a "supreme gift."

Kantor was captured posing between a Koons sculpture and his bloodied wall with childlike glee on Wednesday by photographer Antoine S Lutens before security dragged him out. Several shots are, naturally, blocked by people's smart phones. None of Koons' works were bloodied. According to the NY Post, Kantor was taken to a New York hospital for "psych evaluation" and later released with no charges.

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Massive book fair coming to Toronto this fall

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2014

inspire book fair torontoBibliophiles rejoice -- a literary extravaganza is on its way to Toronto this fall. The inaugural Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair will take place November 13-16 at the Metro Convention Centre with over 400 authors will on hand, including such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood (but of course), William Gibson, Ann Rice, and Kathy Reichs. Coming just after the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors, the idea with Inspire! is to make the fair as diverse as possible.

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Toronto artists want to drive you out of town

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 19, 2014

Sunday Drive artOne of Toronto's most intriguing art events of the summer will take place in a town I couldn't find on a map - until the presenters of Sunday Drive contacted me. Warkworth, ON is about 150km from Toronto - a quick Google image search of the 700 person community yields a photo of sheep. An art scene you'd imagine for Warkworth might revolve around wind-chimes and lawn ornaments crafted by retirees with sprawling yards, maybe a sleepy gift shop that goes all-out for the holidays. Not so from August 23rd through September 7th: contemporary art is taking a trip to Trent Hills.

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