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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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What's the worst thing you've lost on the TTC?

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 10, 2014

ttc lost foundThe creature that steals my socks out of the laundry has a cousin. It lives in the tunnels of the TTC, and it wants my gloves and mittens (but only one at a time). When a single matched pair survives a whole winter, I basically throw a party. If you're like me, and you've sacrificed countless personal treasures (keys, priceless artworks, true love, your sanity) to our city's transit system, a new project wants to make beautiful public art out of your sob story.

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The top 10 performances to catch at SummerWorks 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / August 6, 2014

Summerworks torontoThis year the SummerWorks Performance Festival moves into the new digs at the Theatre Centre, firmly establishing itself as the west-end theatre jam of the year. On offer at the festival's Hub are a collection of arts conversations and parties that carry the energy from artists and audiences throughout the week. Those performances, on stage and at site-specific venues, include six shows in the Music Series, three Musical Works in Concert, thirteen Live Art interactions, and an immense collection of theatre examined below as part of the National and Juried series.

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The top live theatre shows in Toronto August 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / August 3, 2014

theatre august 2014 torontoEach month we round up the most noteworthy live theatre productions playing in Toronto.

SummerWorks Performance Festival
/ various venues / August 7-17 / $15

Festivals reign supreme during the summer theatre calendar in Toronto, and there is none more anticipated than the annual SummerWorks Performance Festival. The juried performance series features dozens of exciting shows and is accompanied by music and live art series, as well as a host of additional programming and partnerships to keep arts lovers buzzing. The talked-about shows usually book up quickly so it's best to stay ahead of the pack. Keep your eyes peeled for a full SummerWorks preview next week.

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New Toronto street signs state the obvious

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 29, 2014

toronto street signsStreet art Toronto has been lax - the same few styles again and again, with weirdo sticker art, perplexing stencils and wheatpastes, and odd fake celebrity signatures fading out of sight. Old guard graffiti freaks are growing up and, tired of being buffed, moving on to galleries, over-working their straight jobs, or (well, hopefully not) serving time - and new creative talents are spending their efforts online instead of on the streets.

That's a shame - but it's not all Anser faces (no diss to Anser, who's been a comfort for a decade now) out there in 2014. Take Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker (TIMEANDDESIRE)'s new sign installations. You might've already done a double take of these ominous signs, playing permits, urban animals, or their Recursive Series on Toronto streets this summer.

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