Last night, Toronto Life threw an exclusive party at the Shangri-La to celebrate the city’s 25 most stylish people (profiled in our Stylebook), and who should show up but the pride of Pembroke, Ontario, Mr. Tom Green, with local bully funny man Kenny Hotz of Kenny vs. Spenny. We’re not entirely sure why Green was in town, and even he seemed a little unsure (perhaps it has something to do with this?), but hey, it’s TIFF! Who cares?
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Introducing: The Works on the Danforth, the first Toronto location of the cult fave Ottawa burger chain
After 10 years in the burger biz, The Works has finally made it to Toronto. Hailing from the nation’s capital, the award-winning chain with an impassioned following is now set to give the city’s million other burger joints a run for their money. The Danforth spot is the first on the map, with other Hogtown locations already in the works (no pun intended). We met up with Danforth franchisee Zaki Zahur and CEO and “chief burgerhead” Andy O’Brien to get the scoop on the eatery and its 70 burgers.
Camera: a mix of Canada’s best filmmakers and top critics at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
January 10, The Carlu. The annual Toronto Film Critics Association Awards mixes Canada’s best filmmakers and critics—which can be a great opportunity for a little payback. David Cronenberg, whose latest film, A Dangerous Method, is nominated for 11 Genies, took advantage of his turn at the presenter’s mic to characterize critics as a “scruffy lot”; TFCA president and Maclean’s film critic Brian Johnson volleyed back: “Without us, how would filmmakers know why their films stink?” Cronenberg didn’t win Best Canadian Film (that honour went to Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar), but he easily won best anecdote of the night—and proved his chops in the art of self-criticism. He described one of his early directing efforts, 1975’s Shivers, which included a soft-core scene featuring sex on a swing. In his eagerness to impress, he admitted, he may have captured the action from “a few too many angles.”
The place: Dangerous Dan’s Diner on Queen East. The people: Wipeout Canada co-host Ennis Esmer and Triumph of the Will star Kenny Hotz. The subject: the things people will do for a buck
Our collective craving for thrill-and-spill television is boundless. If it weren’t, we would have long moved beyond watching complete strangers and D-list celebrities lose their heads, hearts and dignity over cash prizes, skeevy bachelors or a shot at fame. The comedy stunt film Jackass 3D opened at number one across North America last fall, a stat that bodes well for Wipeout Canada, our very own version of the popular American game show on which contestants must complete the ultimate obstacle course to claim $50,000. As co-host, actor Ennis Esmer (seated on the left) is expected to dish out quips while players do their best not to plummet into a mud pit or get socked in the face/gut/groin by giant red balls. Kenny Hotz is a bona fide cult TV hero, having created and starred in the lewd and crude hit Kenny vs. Spenny. His new comedy series, Kenny Hotz’s Triumph of the Will, is about accomplishing tasks that most people would think are insane, from building a mosque at Jones and Gerrard (“I must be the first Jew to ever give the gift of a mosque to Islam”) to asking recent moms for their placentas—and getting one. In keeping with the reigning spirit of sadism, we sat the funny guys down at the viciously greasy east-end diner Dangerous Dan’s, bought them artery-busting burgers and listened in.
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