Tag Archives: Toronto

Cinéfranco opening night

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Cinéfranco March 27- April 5, 2009 Inside the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, attendees float into their seats for the 12th annual Cinéfranco Film Festival guided by the ethereal sounds of deceased French singer-songwriter, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. His … Continue reading

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Dodegeball, passelholfs and catcheroos

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The speed of lazer tag, grace of ballet, and strategy of chess, converge in the surging sport that is dodgeball. Long relegated to children’s game status, the sport has ridden a tidal wave of popularity following the movie Dodgeball: A … Continue reading

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Ray of hope through an unknown horizon

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Running a chain-saw 30 meters up a maple tree in Burk’s Falls, Ontario, Type-A Diabetic Umar Dechert has just had another black out.  It is June 2006.  Summer heat and physical labour combine, darkening his vision.  He waits calmly until … Continue reading

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Rocketing the distillery art universe

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No knowledge of art? No money in your wallet? No problem. The gallery universe of the Distillery District is a free, fun, and friendly exploration for the art novice or the seasoned connoisseur. With at least 15 galleries to choose … Continue reading

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On the outside of outsider art

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At the corner of Dundas Street West and McCaul Street in downtown Toronto, I meet homeless artist and Type A diabetic Umar Dechert (pseudonym). In northern Ontario, his outdoor jobs had included everything from building homes and growing vegetables to … Continue reading

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Leaside unlimited

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Restaurants of the world, versatile athletics, endless parks, and perfect tree-lines begin to identify the emerging community of Leaside. Lying just above and beyond the Don Valley in mid-town Toronto, within a busy three block strip of Bayview south, between … Continue reading

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10 stages a weekend in T.O.

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1.  Affordable baseball at Rogers Centre– You could shell out a cool hundred or two for tickets to Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium or see the other sometimes first place team in the American League East Division. The Toronto Blue … Continue reading

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