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 »

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 »

Here’s what OCAD U wants to do to its offices at Dundas and McCaul Here’s what OCAD U wants to do to its offices at Dundas and McCaul

What it is: A major renovation of OCAD U’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, on the southeast corner of Dundas and McCaul streets. The building, currently offices, would be transformed into a study and exhibition space with street-facing LED displays to project student artwork out through its windows.

Drink lots of beer, see a bunch of documentaries and eight other things to do th... Drink lots of beer, see a bunch of documentaries and eight other things to do this week

Drink and dance at spring’s hottest beer festival Toronto’s Festival of Beer combines two summer traditions: outdoor booze bacchanals and music festivals. Each ticket includes five free samples from breweries like Creemore, Junction Craft Brewing, Flying Monkeys and Beau’s (plus cideries like Brickworks and Thornbury). Performances from the synthpop starlet Lowell and the indie band… Read more »

See a play in an abandoned high school, bid farewell to Dame Edna and seven othe... See a play in an abandoned high school, bid farewell to Dame Edna and seven other things to do this week

See a play in an abandoned high school One of the season’s most ambitious theatre creations is Sheridan College’s Brantwood 1920–2020, an imaginative lark that takes place in the abandoned Brantwood School in Oakville. The cast will play out scenes and songs from the school’s fictional history in different classrooms. Ticket-holders arrive at Sheridan College, where,… Read more »

Discover the culture-clashing art of Jean-Michel Basquiat Discover the culture-clashing art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

A product of New York’s punk scene, the Brooklyn artist Jean-Michel Basquiat quickly jumped from the street to the gallery circuit in his late teens, creating shambolic, irreverent works of art until his death from a drug overdose at age 27. His paintings and drawings are deliberately jumbled and messy—colours smudge and swirl, shaky penmanship overlaps childish doodles, ideas are rooted then abandoned halfway. But… Read more »

Grange Park’s impending makeover is shaping up nicely Grange Park’s impending makeover is shaping up nicely

Last winter, the AGO announced that it would be using an undisclosed sum of Weston-family money to upgrade Grange Park, a lovely but neglected patch of public space located in the gallery’s backyard. Vancouver’s PFS Studio (best known locally for Sherbourne Common) has been working on the landscape design ever since. The video above, released… Read more »

Introduce yourself to Canadian photographer Suzy Lake at the AGO Introduce yourself to Canadian photographer Suzy Lake at the AGO

The title of Suzy Lake’s AGO retrospective, Introducing Suzy Lake, is a peculiar one, because the revered Toronto-based artist should require no introduction. After moving to Montreal from Detroit in the 1960s, Lake began using photography, video and performance art to explore themes of gender, identity and body politics. Her iconic, poignant work—much of it… Read more »

The World-Class Toronto Summer Guide: 14 things that are worth sticking around f... The World-Class Toronto Summer Guide: 14 things that are worth sticking around for

What’s one of the best things to do in Toronto this summer? If you can, get out of Toronto. See the world. Find another city’s heat and construction and transit problems to keep you occupied—preferably a city that’s got a globally recognized art gallery or museum or horse race or something. Of course, if you… Read more »

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 4–6 Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 4–6

In this edition of The Weekender, a massive pillow fight, a festival of silent film and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend. FIGHT Pillow Fight Toronto 2014 (FREE!) The annual Newmindspace pillow fight returns. Hundreds of participants will gather in Nathan Phillips Square to beat the stuffing out of one another with… Read more »

Slideshow: a preview of “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” ... Slideshow: a preview of “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” the AGO’s new fleshy, figurative exhibition

With its latest exhibition, “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” the Art Gallery of Ontario is offering visitors two shows in one. The first Canadian exhibition of Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon’s work will be merged with the AGO’s own collection of works by English sculptor Henry Moore. Born in Dublin in 1909,… Read more »

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 14–16 Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 14–16

In this edition of The Weekender, a festive parade, March break at the AGO and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend. LITERATURE Pages Festival and Conference During the festival component of the weekend (Thursday to Saturday), Canadian authors will work with digital artists, as well as dancers, actors and musicians to put… Read more »

Slideshow: a preview of Elevated, the AGO’s new exhibition of contemp... Slideshow: a preview of Elevated, the AGO’s new exhibition of contemporary art that’s opening this week

Seeing walls loaded with works by big-name, canonical artists from the early part of the 20th century is a great thing, and the Art Gallery of Ontario has plenty of that going at the moment. But there’s also something to be said for exposing oneself to artwork of a more recent vintage. That’s where the…

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 29-December 1 Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 29-December 1

In this edition of The Weekender, a Canadian horror film festival, Christmas-themed family events and three other things to do this weekend. HOLIDAY FUN Toronto Christmas Market (FREE!) The annual European-themed fair celebrates everything to do with Christmas, from Polish folk dancing to German carolling to Santa Claus. Fairgoers can browse the wares of several… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »