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15 must-see photography shows at Contact 2016

Posted by Staff / April 26, 2016

contact toronto 2016The Contact Photography Festival in Toronto is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. For two decades, it has been showcasing local and internationally based artists at venues across the city. From gallery walls to unconventional outdoor installations, Contact brings us some of the best photographic work from around the world.

Here's what you can check out at this year's Contact Festival.

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There's hope for independent bookstores in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / April 23, 2016

type booksThere's finally a good news story about an independent Toronto book store. And that's a rarity, notes Type Books co-owner Samara Samara Walbohm. She and Joanne Saul opened Type on Queen Street West, across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, 10 years ago.

"It seems to always be a media story when a book store closes and not necessarily when a book store opens," says Walbohm.

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Parkour & base jumping coming to Toronto power plant

Posted by Amy Grief / April 20, 2016

hearn luminatoWhat would you do with a massive, abandoned power plant? Toronto's Luminato Festival got its hands on the Hearn Generating Station and it looks like it'll be using its 2016 home to its fullest capacity.

Instead of hosting arts-related programs and events at venues across the city, Luminato will be headquartered at the Hearn from June 10 to 26.

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Toronto's defunct power plant to get major makeover

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2016

hearn luminatoThe unveiling of the Hearn Generating Station as a venue for last year's Luminato Festival was one of the highlights of Toronto's year in arts and culture. More than a few people wondered how such a novel but risky venue was ever approved in this red tape-friendly city.

Now, a year later, the Hearn is coming back in a major way. In the wake of glowing reviews, Luminato decided to expand beyond merely welcoming back the Unsound Music Festival. With the Hearn set to serve as the hub for the entire arts festival, a series of upgrades is planned for the moody industrial space.

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That time when Spiderman visited Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / April 17, 2016

Spiderman TorontoThe Toronto Blue Jays may be hometown heroes here in Toronto, but they're not the only super people to step foot in the SkyDome, or Rogers Centre, or whatever you're choosing to call it these days.

That's right, Spiderman himself showed up to our world-famous stadium back in the May 1, 1991 issue of Marvel's The Amazing Spiderman.

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Harry Potter party recreates Hogwarts in Toronto

Posted by Martha Stortz / April 13, 2016

harry potter party torontoOn Tuesday evening, U of T's Hart House was transformed into Hogwarts for one epic night of Harry Potter celebration. A group of George Brown College students in the Special Events Planning program were tasked with executing a fundraiser and Platform 9 3/4 was their way of guaranteeing success in the Triwizard Tournament (an A, in mugglespeak).

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