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Cardboard beach coming to King West for Luminato

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 8, 2014

Luminato 2014If you live or work downtown and fantasize about running away (but not too far away) to catch some rays, art will have your back this June. The 2014 Luminato Festival will install a fully licensed temporary beach at their hub at David Pecaut Square from June 6-15, where the world's largest disco ball hung last year.

The catch? Unlike Toronto's admittedly decent existing beaches, this "oasis" will be entirely made of cardboard. Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros are pulling our leg with their Cardboard Beach installation - but a beach party is still a beach party, even if it's smack between King West and the Financial District and the huts, chairs, cabanas, umbrellas are all made of cardboard. The real downside? Organizers want you to wear flip flops. Ew.

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Watch someone tap dance their way through Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 3, 2014

tap dance torontoTap dancing is something of a lost art, a throwback to the days of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. And yet there's a certain quirky charm to it that's hard to define. While it could come off as entirely goofy, when done well, there's a certain elegance to it that people with two left feet can only hopelessly admire. By way of proof, this recently released video of Stephanie Cadman tap dancing her way around Toronto to Lara St. John's rendition of Bach's G Minor Presto. While the locations tend toward the touristy side, the video is unabashedly fun and reveals an obvious pride in our city. Have a watch -- and if you're feeling inspired, there's always dance classes.

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Bacon & Moore a beautifully terrifying pair at the AGO

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 3, 2014

Bacon Moore AGO TorontoThe Francis Bacon / Henry Moore Terror and Beauty exhibition at the AGO opens this Saturday, and it will likely be the darkest major show you stumble your way through this year, one hand half covering your eyes.

The AGO has outdone itself in putting together a collection that portrays the harsh postwar attitudes of the two British artists: there are more huge, frightening Bacon paintings than I expected, and the layout of the exhibition space reveals a curator who understands the inherent relationship between these crucial artists' work. While Bacon steals the show in spite of the fact that his compositions are all behind glass (he "had no interest in the viewer"), Moore's work puts up a worthy fight, especially his 2D compositions and harsher looking sculptures. The exhibit runs until July 20th.

Get a sneak peek of the remarkable and disturbing show in this photo gallery.
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The top spoken word events in Toronto April 2014

Posted by Greg Frankson / April 3, 2014

spoken word toronto april 2014April is National Poetry Month (NPM) - a time to focus on all things poetry. Your humble columnist is in a celebratory mood. For the rest of the month, poets across the GTA will be out and about in the community sharing their work with colleagues, neighbours and friends, helping to enrich the social fabric of the region. If you get a chance to see anything poetic, be sure to take it in -- some of the best poetry to be found anywhere in this country is written right here in Toronto. The spoken word and poetry slam community, naturally, is putting on a month-long soirée in the midst of all the poetizing. Here's what is on tap for you all to drink in this April.

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Where to paint Easter eggs Ukrainian style in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 2, 2014

Ukrainian Easter eggs TorontoWhere to make pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) in Toronto isn't something I'd ever wondered, if only because I didn't know options existed. Then I heard about Toronto arts collective Kosa Kolektiv's affordable ($20-ish) workshops around the city. Kosa supply all the necessary materials, from the eggs to the wax, candles, kistka (pens), and carefully labeled dyes (ordered from lightest to darkest, of course). This was my second time making pysanky, not only serious art form but a meditative practice.

The group donates the proceeds of the workshops to charity, have books on hand for inspiration, and had a lot of patience for beginners (just like I had a lot of patience for attendees who could make perfect designs). Their next available sessions are April 7th & 9th at their studio near Trinity Bellwoods, using all natural dyes. As it starts to feel like spring and Easter nears, Kosa Kolektiv are a good place to start if you want to connect to Eastern European culture in Toronto - and not just when it comes to pysanka. They were kind enough to answer some of my questions about their work.

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Chapters store at Richmond and John to shut down

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 1, 2014

chapters torontoTimes are tough for bookstores - even, it appears, for the largest booksellers in Canada.

On Monday, Indigo announced that it planned to shutter the Chapters location at Richmond and John, just one day after the World's Biggest Bookstore finally closed for good, and less than two months after the Runnymede Chapters location met a similar fate.

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