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Arts

Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective coming to the AGO

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 24, 2014

BasquiatOpening a couple of months after this winter's Art Spiegelman exhibition, The AGO has another blockbuster show in the works: Canada's first large-scale retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The NYC graffiti/fine art artist rose to fame in the 80's only to tragically join the so-called "27 club," dying of a heroin overdose in 1988. His often massive paintings (Jay Z is a collector) are fascinating to behold in person, as child-like sketches and sardonic scrawled wordplay tackle issues of racism, social justice, and politics that are (unfortunately) just as relevant today.

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City

Would Toronto rather just vote in a Squirrel for Mayor?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 24, 2014

Mayor Squirrel TorontoI would. Squirrels help put Toronto on the map - most of our Flickr pool is squirrel pics, and while we can't claim to be one of the five locales warring for albino squirrel capital (as Exeter, Ontario can), our black squirrels are famed, and many a fresh young face on Queen West would be happy show off their squirrel tote bags, clothing, accessories, and tattoos - well, maybe not all the tattoos. It's squirrel-mania out there.

So no one should be particularly surprised that a squirrel is now running for mayor of Toronto, ostensibly on the implied slogan "nuts not crack." Conveniently, the squirrel in the running has the surname of Squirrel, as I suppose most squirrels do. Does Mayor Squirrel have an official ring to it? Compared to Crack Mayor, yup.

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Radar

Today in Toronto: Taste of Toronto, Nat Baldwin, Art of the Book, Beerprov, Open Roof, Field Trip Discovery

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 24, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto a global food event makes its first appearance in Toronto (and North America) at Fort York under the banner Taste of Toronto. The highly anticipated festival will bring together 20 big-name restaurants for lunch and dinner sessions featuring special menus and starter sized tasting plates until Sunday.

At The Garrison indie acts Grounders, Fresh Snow, Programm, and Dirty Frigs are all playing a free show - arrive before 9pm for a free beer. The catch? RSVP online. R-less VSP Consignment is celebrating their re-opening on Dundas with live music, and food from Imanishi Japanese Kitchen & Island Oysters, and Wavelength has Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors) at Monarch Tavern. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Radar

Today in Toronto: National Hot Dog Day, Sailor Jupiter, Female to "Male," Asphalt Watches, Post A Letter

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 23, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto it's a pay day for freebie hunters: National Hot Dog Day means Fancy Franks are flipping dogs in support of SickKids - one free hot dog per person will be served on the College Street patio between 12-7pm. Summertime free screenings continue with The Lunchbox at Daniels Spectrum, and at Post A Letter Social Activity Club you can grab a drink and use WiseBar's writing supplies and stamps by donation to write an old fashioned fan letter to Drake. Just write "Drake, The 6" on the envelope.

Art opening wise, Toronto's Wynne Neilly has documented his transition from female to "male" every week. The quotation marks around the word "male" are Neilly's - his identity "is something fluid that cannot be easily defined by use of a single word" - he sees his gender transition as fluid and unending, rather than as a fixed "shift." See Neilly and Judy Ruzylo's opening at RIC. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Radar

Today in Toronto: OOIOO, Holy Motors, photoBINGO, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 22, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto Gallery 44 undergoes a transformation into a classic bingo hall. The subject will be photographers from 1826 - 2014, and $5 gets your three cards (bring toonies for snack and drink deals). The strange and visually enchanting Holy Motors will screen at Belljar, and classical fans can look forward to Toronto Summer Music Festival celebrating The Modern Age at Koerner Hall. Abstract percussion group OOIOO (Boredoms) are at Lee's if you're looking for more experimental sounds. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Music

New Toronto music fest to boast flea market and arcade

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 21, 2014

Wavelength Endless SummerIf Toronto was music festival city last summer, 2014 started out packed and is now becoming somewhat of a joke - or would be if local music fans weren't so thirsty for the word "festival." Appetites for the combination of stacked outdoor music line ups with added perks of anything from food vendors to art installations to bouncy castles seem insatiable, and now Wavelength, some of Toronto's most seasoned event promoters (organizers of the annual Wavelength Festival amid other projects), are jumping on board.

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