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Finding Clade Lanzmann

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We spoke with Toronto director Adam Benzine about his film on the maker of Shoah, which is widely regarded as one of the best documentaries of all time. In 1973, Claude Lanzmann accepted a commission to make a documentary about the Holocaust from the perspective of the Jews. Show More Summary

A Sinner at Hot Docs

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A controversial Hot Docs film sheds light on local efforts by queer, Muslim Torontonians to build community. Filmmaker Parvez Sharma is nervous. His film, A Sinner in Mecca, is making its sold-out North American premiere at the Hot Docs Festival. Show More Summary

Your Guide to Jane’s Walk 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

From over 175 options, a few Jane's Walks that explore a different side of the city. “Jane Jacobs called Toronto home, and so do we,” begins the Toronto page for Jane’s Walk. “Here, in our city of many distinct neighbourhoods and diverse...Show More Summary

Rodney Ascher and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Dream

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brings the nocturnal phenomenon of sleep paralysis to life in The Nightmare. Rodney Ascher looks tired. He clutches a paper cup of coffee, slight bags under his eyes, and he’s running late in his morning lineup of press interviews. Show More Summary

Reel Toronto: Take the Lead

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. Let’s […]

Glad Hand: Get the Facts

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Glad Hand is Torontoist‘s weekly political cartoon, created by Brett Lamb.

Scene: Parkdale Vigil for Nepal

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Community members gathered in Parkdale to remember and honour the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. WHERE: Parkdale Collegiate Institute WHEN: April 29, 7:30 p.m. WHAT: Last night in Parkdale, Toronto’s Nepalese and Tibetan community held a vigil to remember the thousands who died in the Nepal earthquake. Show More Summary

Newsstand: April 30, 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You know what goes well with that nice weather? Some news. Andrew Wiggins wins rookie of the year, some councillors get support from non-Toronto friends, and the police chief says he won't abolish carding. In his first public address, new police chief Mark Saunders said he will not abolish the controversial police practice of carding. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Disappearing Bike Lanes, Unethical Block Parties, and Questionable City Hall Security

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Yesterday, the cycling track on Adelaide Street was removed by an unidentified individual, and multiple CP24 vehicles subsequently parked in the newly created space for cars. It turns out that there was a concert and film permit […]

Hot Docs Roundup: Future Cult Classics Edition

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our reviews of the festival's films about alienation, deception, and things that go bump in the night. We’re watching our way through the Hot Docs festival roster and telling you which films to see and which you might want to pass on. Show More Summary

Much Ado About…Bollywood?

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Shakespeare's classic comedy gets reimagined in the context of Brampton's South Asian diaspora, to hilarious results. Much Ado About Nothing Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (30 Bridgman Ave) Runs to May 31 $29–$55 What’s common between Shakespearean comedies and Bollywood movies? Both, more often than not, are about people suffering love. Show More Summary

Running with The Wolfpack

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Director Crystal Moselle stumbled upon a unique group of six brothers by accident, and the result is one of the most fascinating looks at family, film, and passion at Hot Docs. When The Wolfpack premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival,...Show More Summary

Metro Theatre Rock Climbing Gym Releases Renderings

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Rock-climbing chalk will soon be replacing other, more nefarious, residues at Metro Theatre. Koreatown will have a new place to get your rocks off. A rock climbing gym called Basecamp is replacing Metro Theatre, the antiquated porn theatre on Bloor east of Christie. Show More Summary

Five Big Ideas From CivicAction’s Better City Bootcamp

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best questions, answers, and calls to action from a summit of local leaders. On Tuesday, some of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s leaders in healthcare, housing, labour, and governance came together for the Better City Bootcamp, a summit held every four years to identify and discuss the region’s most pressing issues. Show More Summary

Newsstand: April 29, 2015

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A damning new report to be released tomorrow by the city ombudsman is expected to call out city hall security for helping to cover up the former mayor’s substance abuse. The Star reports that Fiona Crean’s report is also anticipated to describe instances where complacency by security officials endangered city staff and members of the […]

Extra, Extra: Hydro One Consultants, Bill Blair the Politician, and the Sad Raptors Recap

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The provincial NDP criticized the Liberal government for spending $7 million on consultants to prepare a report to sell off 60 per cent of Hydro One. The Liberals defend the move as necessary to getting the sale […]

Hot Docs Roundup: Films About Film Edition

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our reviews of the festival's films about cinema and the entertainment industry. We’re watching our way through the Hot Docs festival roster and telling you which films to see and which you might want to pass on. Today, we round up some of the fest’s most highly anticipated films about…well, film. Show More Summary

Two Minutes with Terry Jones

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Monty Python cast member speaks (sort of) to Torontoist about reuniting with the old gang. Like any person of honour and valour, we choose to live our life by a strict moral code. And whenever we find ourself in a moment of doubt,...Show More Summary

He’s Pierre Trudeau—Just Watch Him

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Mac Fyfe returns to his Dora Award-winning role as the charismatic Canadian prime minister in VideoCabaret’s satirical history lesson Trudeau and Lévesque. VideoCabaret: Trudeau and Lévesque Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank...Show More Summary

Toronto Music Officer Mike Tanner Tunes into the Local Scene

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto's music officer looks to the city's musical community for guidance in a preliminary town hall. What does Toronto’s newly instated music officer do, exactly? Musicians, fans, and industry types found an answer at the Garrison’s main room on Saturday, during an informal town hall discussion. Show More Summary

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