Art

Jonathan Castellino’s photos make familiar Toronto landscapes weird again Jonathan Castellino’s photos make familiar Toronto landscapes weird again

Jonathan Castellino’s photo series, Interference Patterns, is named after a natural phenomenon that happens when two waves of similar frequency overlap, creating a new oscillation. Over the past two years, Castellino, best known for his architectural photo blog, Sacramental Perception, has been creating intricate images by layering different photos on top of one another and… Read more »

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 »

Scream for One Direction, gorge on fried food at the CNE and eight other things ... Scream for One Direction, gorge on fried food at the CNE and eight other things to do this week

Watch Ghostbusters from the prow of your yacht Walk down any Toronto block this summer and you’re bound to bump into a free outdoor screening series. But Sail-In Cinema trumps them all. Featuring the world’s first floating two-sided screen, the three-night film fest welcomes both landlubbers, who congregate on the shore, and sailors, who watch… Read more »

Regent Park’s newest piece of public art has stories to tell Regent Park’s newest piece of public art has stories to tell

Outside the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, a series of electric-hued portraits are painted on nine-foot slabs of laminated glass. In one, a young girl with missing teeth flashes a grin. In another, an Asian octogenarian’s face is splashed with colourful splotches and chevron stripes. And in another, a woman is rendered with a third eye. They’re just… 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 »

See The Roots play for free, watch Eugenie Bouchard hit the ball and eight other... See The Roots play for free, watch Eugenie Bouchard hit the ball and eight other things to do this week

See a loopy surrealist interactive play in a church courtyard An Evening in July, produced for SummerWorks by the Toronto sketch comedy troupe Templeton Philharmonic, invites audiences into an otherworldly summer celebration inspired by Marie Hélène de Rothschild’s notorious Surrealist Ball of 1972. As the evening progresses, the party’s sisterly co-hosts descend into a comically… 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 »

Ride a giant waterslide, see the Flaming Lips for free and eight other things to... Ride a giant waterslide, see the Flaming Lips for free and eight other things to do this week

Watch Downsview Park transform into a giant waterslide Slide the City has turned nearly 200 major city streets across North America into massive, 1,000-foot-long slip ’n’ slides, but in Toronto, it will take place on the sloping hills of Downsview Park. Whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, grab an inflatable tube and… 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 »

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 »