All stories by Emily Landau

Camp out on the Islands, see some buskers and seven other things to do this week Camp out on the Islands, see some buskers and seven other things to do this week

Attend an indie-rock campout on the Islands For five years, Toronto’s friendliest music fest, ALL CAPS!, offered listeners of all ages an idyllic island retreat and intimate shoreside sets from the country’s finest indie bands. Now, ALL CAPS! organizers Wavelength are resurrecting that festival’s rustic-getaway vibe—overnight camping included—with Camp Wavelength, a Canada-centric lineup featuring Toronto… Read more »

See Austra for free, party with Die Antwoord and eight other things to do this w... See Austra for free, party with Die Antwoord and eight other things to do this week

Listen to Miguel’s soaring falsetto at the Sound Academy Sultry, sexed-up R&B is back in vogue, courtesy of artists like the dreadlocked Toronto superstar The Weeknd and the slinky American singer Frank Ocean. The other big name on the scene: Miguel, the dreamboat crooner who crept into the mainstream three years ago with his lusty… Read more »

Troublemaker: why Jennifer Keesmaat may be exactly what Toronto needs right now Troublemaker: why Jennifer Keesmaat may be exactly what Toronto needs right now

By Emily Landau | Photography by Anya Chibis | Hair and makeup by Wendy Rorong/Plutino Group The Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway runs for 18 kilometres. From the sky, it’s a snaking schism dividing the waterfront from the rest of the city. On its surface, it’s a hellscape of decrepitude that occasionally drops chunks of concrete… Read more »

Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent

Toronto’s appetite for material delights has never been so voracious. Suddenly, we’re snacking on $35 tins of Spanish cockles, checking our pets into four-star resorts and hiring TSO superstars to serenade us in our sitting rooms. We’ve got a million ways to spend our time and cash—which is great, but also stressful for those of… Read more »

Share your woes with Drake and all his friends, pig out at a food truck festival... Share your woes with Drake and all his friends, pig out at a food truck festival, and more to do this week

Brave the sweaty masses at OVO Fest Homegrown hero Drake turns The 6 into hip-hop heaven for the sixth year running. The extended three-day schedule features comedy king Kevin Hart, rap’s most successful understudy J. Cole and witty wordsmith Big Sean. Drizzy himself headlines the fest’s final day, but the real question is which special… Read more »

See Kanye at the Pan Am closing ceremonies, go to the WayHome festival and eight... See Kanye at the Pan Am closing ceremonies, go to the WayHome festival and eight other things to do this week

Watch the Pan Am Games’ controversial closing ceremony Despite a petition protesting his performance, Kanye West will close out the Pan Am Games. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: whatever your thoughts on Yeezus, he puts on an incredible show. He’ll be joined onstage by Floridian novelty rapper Pitbull, Canadian folk-rocker Serena Ryder, and a… Read more »

Toronto’s biggest video stars: a who’s who of the new Internet fame factory Toronto’s biggest video stars: a who’s who of the new Internet fame factory

By Emily Landau Eight years ago, an unsullied Justin Bieber posted his first YouTube video, kick-starting a global pandemic (Bieber Fever) and the digital dreams of ambitious unknown talents around the world. These days, YouTube, Vine and Snapchat produce hundreds of self-made stars, their crowdsourced, fanatical fame unfiltered by record companies or movie studios. Here,… Read more »

A Foo Fighters concert, Shakespeare in High Park and seven other things to do th... A Foo Fighters concert, Shakespeare in High Park and seven other things to do this week

Hang out with a troupe of dancing newsboys Based on a real-life 19th-century newsboy strike, Disney’s blockbuster musical Newsies follows a group of vagrant kids who sell copies of the New York World to survive in the city. When the rag’s greedy publisher slashes the newsies’ measly wages, they go on strike and eventually publish… Read more »

The Gilded Stage: David Leventi’s photos of the world’s most opulent ope... The Gilded Stage: David Leventi’s photos of the world’s most opulent opera houses

By Emily Landau When David Leventi was a kid, his grandfather, a Romanian cantor named Anton Gutman, would sing arias in the family’s Westchester house, swanning around the living room like it was the stage at La Scala. Gutman’s aspirations for operatic glory had been stymied in World War II, when he landed in a… Read more »

Show your Pride, listen to some jazz and eight other things to do this week Show your Pride, listen to some jazz and eight other things to do this week

Listen to Spoon’s cultish indie rock Ask any music nerd to name the most consistent indie band of the past two decades, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear about Spoon. The Austin outfit never shot into the mainstream, but each of its eight albums has been a quiet triumph, filled with creative production tricks… Read more »

Road Shows: a wanderluster’s guide to bucolic cultural day trips Road Shows: a wanderluster’s guide to bucolic cultural day trips

  The Elora Festival features a lineup of jazz and classical concerts in an open-air barn near Guelph. July 10 to 26, 136 Metcalfe St., Elora.  1.5-hr drive Pit stop: The carrot-hued Cheltenham Badlands off the Bruce Trail, now sadly only viewable from a distance.

Behind the scenes with the cast of the National Ballet’s The Sleeping ... Behind the scenes with the cast of the National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty

In 1972, the sneering, stately Russian dance icon Rudolf Nureyev joined the National Ballet of Canada to stage a sumptuous new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. For the title character—a deceptively strenuous role whose player usually wears through five pairs of slippers per night—he chose a gawky young ballerina: Karen Kain, who later became…

See Rush for the last time, survive NXNE and eight other things to do this week See Rush for the last time, survive NXNE and eight other things to do this week

Go on a late-night sampling spree The twinkly Stop Night Market returns for its fourth annual carnival of sno-cones and small plates. For $100, you get unlimited access to food from practically every hot restaurant in the city, including Rose and Sons, Branca, Libretto, Geraldine and Bar Fancy, plus libations from local wineries and breweries and… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because this guy made CanStage great again Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because this guy made CanStage great again

Matthew Jocelyn was born in Toronto’s east end, but everything about him screams European bon vivant: he has a closetful of Yves Montand turtlenecks, a whiff of a French accent from years spent living on the continent and a recklessly avant-garde sensibility. Which is what made it such a shock when he was hired as… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Toronto Birth Centre makes labour much ... Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Toronto Birth Centre makes labour much less laborious

The earth mother craze has reached an apotheosis in Toronto. To accommodate the growing demand for safe, hospital-free childbirths, the Ministry of Health recently opened the Toronto Birth Centre in Regent Park. The new $6-million facility offers a happy halfway point between home and hospital births—patients get the privacy, comfort and custom care they’d have at… Read more »