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The top 10 photography classes in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 16, 2014

photography schools torontoThe top photography classes in Toronto range from full academic programs to one-time workshops designed to help folks get the most out of their DSLR. There's even phone photography classes if you're a fan of wasting money. Most reputable schools offer a variety of classes, starting with beginner-level instruction and going right up to advanced lighting and printing techniques. And, for what it's worth, money spent on instruction will result in much better photos than a few extra megapixels.

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The top 5 public art installations on the TTC

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 10, 2014

toronto dupont stationYou might not know it, but parts of the Toronto subway double as an art gallery. Take a moment to explore, and you'll find intricate glass mosaics, angular aluminium sculptures, even optical illusions etched into the walls.

The majority of public artwork on the TTC is to be found inside stations built since the 1970s. Before decorative adornments became a standard part of station budgets, Toronto's subway stops were sparsely furnished. Glossy wall tiles, which on the original Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines followed a repeating pattern, were the main source of colour.

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The top 10 comedians to catch at JFL42

Posted by Michael Jagdeo / September 10, 2014

JFL42Just For Laughs 42 (JFL42) is back in Toronto from September 18-27 with headliners including Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Joe Rogan, and Nick Offerman. This year promises an improved system aimed at helping you see as many comedians as possible.

The first thing you have to know is that tickets for individual shows are not "for sale." JFL42 uses a pass system which, though confusing at first, is pretty remarkable. It's a little complicated for the uninitiated, so I'm here to walk you through it (and share my picks for what to see).

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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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