Art

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 »

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the city is our canvas Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the city is our canvas

Four years ago, Rob Ford and his heavies were power-washing graffiti (both artful and vandalistic) wherever they could find it. In the po-Fo era, city hall is actively embracing the stuff, commissioning dozens of underpass murals and alley paintings. This new graffiti gusto has unleashed a torrent of creativity among Toronto street artists, who are… Read more »

Chill with Drake, stuff yourself for a good cause and eight other things to do t... Chill with Drake, stuff yourself for a good cause and eight other things to do this week

Get seduced by Lana Del Rey In the summer of 2011, Lana Del Rey broke the Internet with the sultry, cinematic ballad “Video Games.” A few months later, a disastrous Saturday Night Live performance threatened to kill the hype before her major label debut album, Born to Die, was even released. The moody singer persevered:… Read more »

See a guitar master, go to an indie-pop festival and six other things to do this... See a guitar master, go to an indie-pop festival and six other things to do this week

Watch one of Toronto’s greatest rock bands in the room they were born to play They may be products of the late-’90s southern Ontario hardcore scene, but the Constantines have never been shy about their populist ambitions. Over the course of four albums, they’ve channeled punk fury and blue-collar romanticism into rousing indie-rock anthems that… Read more »

Go to a massive beach party, explore forbidden buildings and six other things to... Go to a massive beach party, explore forbidden buildings and six other things to do this week

Get a sneak preview of the album of the summer It’s been almost three years since Aussie psychedelicists Tame Impala released their sophomore stunner, Lonerism, but it feels like they never really went away. Lead single “Elephant” stomped its way through episodes of Girls and The Vampire Diaries—not to mention an inescapable Blackberry commercial—and we’re… Read more »

Play pinball, drink beer for charity and eight other things to do this week Play pinball, drink beer for charity and eight other things to do this week

Dive into Iris Apfel’s closet Iris Apfel is a 94-year-old fashion starlet, with a flash of dove-white hair, scarlet lipstick and harlequin outfits cobbled together from haute couture and flea market finds. Her Park Avenue closet was dazzling enough to merit its own costume exhibit at the Met in 2006. And now she’s the subject… Read more »

Comic Book Special: Toronto graphic novelists sketch themselves Comic Book Special: Toronto graphic novelists sketch themselves

By Emily Landau Hundreds of graphic novelists will squeeze into the Reference Library on May 9 and 10 for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We picked the seven local stars to catch—and asked each for a self-portrait.

Comic Book Special: inside Toronto’s best-connected comics workshop Comic Book Special: inside Toronto’s best-connected comics workshop

By Emily Landau In 2004, a group of illustrators founded RAID Studio in a tiny workshop above a GoodLife Fitness Club on College Street. Now it’s a veritable hub of the geek world, where artists write, storyboard and illustrate comics for DC and Marvel. Here, a who’s who of the city’s hottest collective. 1 Marcus… Read more »

Go to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, see a Simpsons-inspired play and... Go to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, see a Simpsons-inspired play and eight other things to do this week

Go crazy for comics at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival Toronto has always been a comics town—Joe Shuster even modelled Superman’s Metropolis after our skyline. Our glorious geekery hits its zenith this weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a cartoon blowout featuring panels, readings and meet-and-greets from hundreds of doodlers. Highlights include the YA…

Ten amazing shots from the Contact Photography Festival Ten amazing shots from the Contact Photography Festival

By Simon Lewsen The city-wide Contact Photography Festival returns in May with a smorgasbord of images from 1,500 artists. Here, the 10 most mesmerizing shots:

Rock out with Metz, lose yourself in the Contact Photography Festival and eight ... Rock out with Metz, lose yourself in the Contact Photography Festival and eight other things to do this week

Gorge on a smorgasbord of photographic eye candy Pretty much every gallery in Toronto is surrendering to the swell of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, a month-long snapshot spectacular that features work from more than 1,500 artists. Check out the festival’s dazzling public installations: Jihyun Hong’s glowing rendition of a Chinese demolition site in the… Read more »

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 »

Attend a pancake party, see Kacey Musgraves and eight other things to do this we... Attend a pancake party, see Kacey Musgraves and eight other things to do this week

Check out a South African puppet show for grown-ups The latest feat from Canadian Stage is a three-week extravaganza of South African song, dance and drama. The absolute must-see is Jane Taylor’s Ubu and the Truth Commission. Set during the post-apartheid truth commission, the play follows a government death agent trying to scrub away his… Read more »