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The top 10 public art installations in Toronto

Posted by Jess Carroll / September 22, 2014

public art torontoThe top public art in Toronto is both highly visible and easy to miss all at once. We've got multitudinous Douglas Coupland pieces, from his red canoe sculpture at Fort York & Bathurst to the model home clocktower at the Shops at Don Mills; Henry Moore's famous Archer has boldly sat at Nathan Phillips Square for decades; Anish Kapoor's stone mountains in the courtyard of the CBC building have become a part of the institution's Toronto identity.

The list of installations is long and impressive, but we probably take them for granted at list a little while stuck in our everyday routine. But what constitutes good public art? Are the best pieces the ones that integrate so well with their environment that you barely notice them? Or are they contestable works that function by attracting attention to a particular part of the space in which they reside? Does public art have to be entirely given over to the public, or can it be housed private places with public access?

The following list includes pieces that fall into one or more of the above categories, but whose primary criteria for being "best" is in their contribution to the mythology of urbanity and humanity in Canada's biggest city. Here are the top 10 public art installations in Toronto.

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Rob Ford musical hits the stage during troubled times

Posted by Keith Bennie / September 22, 2014

Rob Ford musicalWhen it's at its best, comedy functions as a means of correcting socially disruptive behaviour. Playwrights accomplish the task by placing the perpetrator under the microscope and employing ridicule and humiliation to reflect and eventually correct the social ill. Our comic masters--Aristophanes, Moliere, Shakespeare--all knew the game and how it best plays out, albeit with fictional characters as stand-ins for their real-world counterparts.

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Gay divorce on stage at Buddies in Bad Times

Posted by Keith Bennie / September 20, 2014

gay divorce torontoIn 2015 it will have been ten years since same-sex marriage was legalized across the country, after a wave of court decisions in eight provinces and one territory all but tipped the scales. Ten years and counting ahead of our neighbours to the south.

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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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