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Arts

New fair a curated alternative to Toronto art goliath

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 23, 2014

feature art fair torontoThe Feature Contemporary Art Fair crept into the city yesterday with a modestly attended VIP opening night. A small, hyper curated, contemporary alternative (/complement) to this weekend's gigantic Toronto International Art Fair (Art Toronto) was enticing, with only 23 galleries' applications selected for participation by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC), the Montreal organizers of Papier.

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Today in Toronto: Feature Art Fair, IFOA, TWiMFeST, Fashion Week, Warehouse Sale, Pistol George Warren

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 23, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto it's a huge day for art, lit, and music (and a rough day to be home with extra work or a cold). The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is launching, on until Nov 2, and art fair newbie Feature is on at the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre if you want to drop four or five figures on something contemporary for your condo/renovated duplex.

For indie music fans unfortunately capitalized TWiMFeST, a merger of two names in the local scene, is also new - positioning themselves against NXNE, NXNE is giving away tickets to their show, so who even knows what's going on. Check out our preview here. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Today in Toronto: imagineNATIVE, Beerworking, Curationalism, Shoppe and Tailor, Bogota in Berlin

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 22, 2014

today in TorontoToday in Toronto imagineNATIVE kicks off at TIFF, Hot Docs, The Everleigh, Trinity Square Video, and Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. The 7pm screening at Bloor Hot Docs features Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows, in which a New Zealand documentary crew are "given unparalleled access into the lives of a posse of vampires." The festival runs unto Sunday.

At the AFT Campus de Spadina history buffs can see an exhibition of Berlin's Hotel Bogota, an artists' studio converted by the Third Reich into their Ministry of Culture. The Drake is launching David Balzer's booking about "how curating took over the art world and everything else," and Rookie is throwing a party for their third yearbook at the Great Hall. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Music

You can now bid on the El Mocambo sign on Ebay

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 21, 2014

El Mocambo ebayThe El Mocambo drama never stops here in Toronto - except it really, really will soon. After doomsday speculation made what seemed like a permanent and cozy nest around the historic concert venue, the building has been sold, the last parties have been booked, and we no longer have to wonder what will happen to the iconic sign - until a whole new mystery unfolds. That being the mystery of who buys it on Ebay, and what they chose to do with it.

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Today in Toronto: Philippe Blanchard, The Vigil, Art Battle, Temples, Tightrope Books October Launch

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 21, 2014

today in TorontoToday in Toronto it's a good chance to visit Toronto's newest museum Aga Khan Museum for The Vigil's screening and panel discussion in the auditorium. Artist-in-residence Tehreema Mitha's autobiographical film "tells of Mitha's struggles to mount a dance tour of Islamabad, Karachi, and her hometown of Lahore in the face of legal obstacles and threats to her personal safety."

Toronto artist Philippe Blanchard is showing large scale psychedelic installations in LUMIERE CONCRETE / STRUCTURED LIGHT over at Glendon Gallery at York University - worth the trip. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Music

Are these the catchiest jingles of the Toronto election?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 20, 2014

Tonetta ChowWhile the mayoral election hasn't lacked drama, it has lacked hummable tunes. Chow's anti-Tory unicorn signs are quirky Instagram fodder and Ford's "you can be racist against little red apples" quote kinda gets stuck in your head like it's been pre-autotuned by its own obliviousness, but you'd think Music City could give us something to snap our fingers to beyond a regrettable slew of Rob Ford parody raps (links not included).

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