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Arts

10 under the radar live theatre venues in Toronto

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / January 18, 2015

Theatre in TorontoLive theatre venues in Toronto are sprouting up in unexpected nooks and crannies. With some of the city's most innovative projects being staged in converted storefronts, basements, and historic houses.

As the city's theatre scene grows with the development of spaces like The Theatre Centre, and festivals like SummerWork's Progress hitting the scene, more independent companies are establishing roots in Toronto. Many of these companies are connecting with audiences in small-unexpected neighbourhood spaces.

Here are my picks for the top under-the-radar live theatre venues in Toronto.

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20 photos of the design takeover at the Gladstone

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 16, 2015

Come Up to My Room GladstoneCome Up to My Room has returned to the Gladstone Hotel for 2015 as part of Toronto Design Offsite. Though the Gladstone already boasts its share of permanent artistic content -- it's home to a series of artist-designed rooms, as well as the Ryerson Artspace -- CUTMR takes things to a new level, with Toronto artists and designers transforming the hotel's rooms and hallways into immersive, fantastical design installations.

Check out all the highlights from Come Up to My Room in this photo gallery.
Arts

Open Show multimedia series coming to Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 15, 2015

open show torontoAs Toronto gears up for a stacked arts weekend, tonight will see the launch of global event series Open Show here in Toronto at Belljar Cafe. The event, which has had wild success worldwide, brings photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in to interact directly with the public. Volunteer curators project image stills and short films before a period for questions and chats.

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Toronto Lovebot spotted around the world

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 15, 2015

toronto lovebot new yorkMatthew Del Degan's Lovebot design is slowly taking over the world. The art project that began in Toronto with a popular series of stickers evolved into an army of concrete statues shaped like robots in 2013 and will eventually culminate in a DIY plastic toy. Each appearance of the Lovebot, Del Degan says, represents an act of love or kindness.

Despite making the jump to 3D, the stickers remain popular. A quick search on Instagram reveals Lovebots in New York City, Costa Rica, England, and Long Beach, California, as well as locations in Ontario and the Maritimes.

Here are 10 photos of the Toronto Lovebot around Canada and the world.

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New life drawing group throws naughty art parties

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 15, 2015

Graphite StallionsHow do you throw a bachelorette party if you're a Charlotte but you wish you were a Samantha? Sexy life drawing, courtesy of a gang of perfectly sculpted (by the gym, naturally) male models, and the women behind startup Graphite Stallions. As wedding season begins, the new group offers bawdy private life drawing sessions that leave nothing to the imagination.

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Xtra Toronto to cease print edition

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 14, 2015

xtra toronto cease printAfter 31 years as the leading gay and lesbian alternative weekly in Toronto, Xtra is shutting down its print edition and moving exclusively online starting next month.

In a press release Pink Triangle Press, Xtra's parent company, said the Vancouver and Ottawa editions would also be closing at the expense of 12 full-time employees from its publishing and administration divisions. PTP says it will focus on its resources on DailyXtra.com and Squirt.org, the company's gay adult dating website.

David Walberg, CEO of Digital Media at PTP, said the change would allow the company to "hone [its] journalism focus."

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