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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a condo atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox

ADDRESS: 80 John St, Unit 4202

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Waterfront Communities–The Island

AGENT: Winnie Lam and Kennedy Ho, Sultan Realty Inc., Brokerage

PRICE: $1,850,000

THE PLACE: A giant, 2,173-square-foot condo sitting in the new Festival Tower atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Keeping with the cinema theme, each room is named after a famous movie star—this particular one happens to be the Hoffman model.

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R.I.P.: Elwy Yost, TVO’s beloved cinephile, dies at 85

In the era before Netflix—and even before Suspect or Queen Video—one of the best ways to watch foreign or classic films (from “the Long Tail,” which used to be known as the back catalogue) was courtesy of Elwy Yost, the host of Saturday Night at the Movies. It was sad news for many people that he passed away yesterday at the age of 85. We liked Torontoist’s memorial and they provided this concrete example of his legacy. Check out the full tribute after the jump.

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Toronto Port Authority is making it easier to crack “I’m on a boat” jokes with its Sail-In Cinema events

Finally, movies for the sailing community

The Toronto Port Authority is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and to give us all a reason to think the TPA is awesome, they will be hosting Sail-In Cinema—North America’s first ever “floating movie event”—from August 18 to 20 in the harbour at Sugar Beach. The TPA will screen one movie every night at 9 p.m. on a 28-foot two-sided screen, so guests can watch in boats or on solid land. The TPA is accepting requests for water-themed movies until July 22 (with the winning submission scoring two tickets to anywhere in North America, courtesy of Air Canada). Since most of the movies we could think of involving water are about how it’s a cold and unforgiving place —Jaws, Open Water, The Perfect Storm, Waterworld—we look forward to seeing how the TPA will spin this as kid-friendly without having to show The Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo.

Images: Sailboat by Joanna Penn and Drive-in by Matt

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See, Hear, Read: Three summer arts recommendations from three local experts

See, Hear, Read

(Image: Matthew Hollings)

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Hot Docs acquires Bloor Cinema, hopes to open this fall

Soon, Bloor Cinema will change (ever so slightly) (Image: Laura Antonik)

Which Toronto film festival is the proud owner of a brand new exhibition space? No, it’s not that ubiquitous TIFF and their new Bell Lightbox tower, it’s Hot Docs, which just acquired the lease of Bloor Cinema in the Annex. The space, currently undergoing renovation to update the space’s technical equipment and incorporate aesthetic changes, is set to open in the fall under administration by Hot Docs. The Docs crew will manage programming year-round at the independent theatre, showing mainly (stay with us on this one) documentaries and hosting other festivals and programming of interest to cinephiles (so, very similar to the way Bloor Cinema used to be run, except with more documentaries). Sure, this building probably won’t have a fancy restaurant on the main floor, or a Fellini exhibit gracing its premises any time soon, but we’ll be just as happy with a screening of Inside Job followed by a late-night dinner at Guu Sakabar.

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