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Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 9, because Patrick Chan is a winning machine

Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 9, Because Patrick Chan is a winning machine

In France at the end of March, Patrick Chan, the 21-year-old figure-skating phenom, successfully defended his world championship title in spectacular fashion. Near the beginning of his long program, he executed two flawless quad jumps, only to fall toward the end on a relatively easy double Axel. That he won anyway is a testament to his supreme talent. Chan is the perfect skating package: strength and athleticism combined with artistry and grace. Kurt Browning called him the best skater he’s ever seen.

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The Weekender: Picasso, Bring It On and six other items on our to-do list

The Weekender: Bring It On, Picasso and Star Wars Day

1. PICASSO: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS
Even if you know nothing about art, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the great Pablo Picasso. The Spanish painter and sculptor was an artistic pioneer—he co-founded the Cubist movement and collage, and revolutionized several other styles. He was hugely prolific, and the creator of some of the most expensive and most oft-stolen pieces of art. This AGO exhibit, comprised of 150 works from the Musée National Picasso in Paris, covers all of the painter’s major periods and includes works like The Death of Casagemas, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and the famous The Matador, a self-portrait completed three years before Picasso died. This summer-long stop at the AGO is the final stop of its tour, and the only Canadian one. To August 26. $19.50. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648, ago.net.

2. STARS ON ICE 2012
Spandex and sequins and Salchows, oh my. Four-time world champion Kurt Browning makes the jump from performer to co-director and choreographer with this edition of the annual figure skating extravaganza. He shares the ice with Olympians Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette and Jeffrey Buttle. May 4. $25–$150. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.

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Battle of the Blades season finale: the good, the bad and the snuggly

Last night, the Russians took top honours at the Battle of the Blades finale, and while we didn’t expect it, we couldn’t be happier for them and especially for our cyber-BFF Candace Cameron Bure. Val and Katia were the strongest pair from day one, and it’s nice to see that Canadian voters were able to get past Cold War hostilities and put the strongest skaters in the winners’ circle.  

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Battle of the Blades, Week 7: the good, the bad and the snuggly

With only four pairs left, we are officially in “anything can happen” territory on BOTB. And by anything, we mean Kelly Chase can have the best skate of the night, finally giving him good reason for one of his signature fist pumps.

The theme of the week was “It’s A Man’s World,” meaning the men chose the music, and each hockey dude had to do a 30-second solo performance. As for the results, let’s just say we’re looking forward to next week and the return of good old-fashioned female judgment. Because honestly, this week’s performances just weren’t up to snuff, including a disappointing showing from the previously perfect Russians.

Luckily, even on an off week we can still weigh in on the good, the bad and the snuggly. This week’s assessment after the jump.

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Battle of the Blades, Season 2, Episode 4: the good, the bad and the snuggly

Country night? More like excruciating comedy hour: Kurt Browning’s faux twang, not one but two not-even-a-little-bit-funny Brokeback Mountain jokes and a cross-dressing crack that felt particularly icky given the recent revelations in the Russell Williams trial. Let’s just say that if we were grading on hilarity, this week’s episode would be scoring in the low 4s. But moving on to happier topics…

With only five pairs left, the competition is getting tight (and we’re not just talking about Kelly Chase’s pleather chaps). So without further ado, we give you this week’s good/bad/snuggly selections.

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Are man ankles the new cleavage? Bustle seems to think so

Mankles: the new erogenous zone? (Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

At a Bustle show, the spectacle often outshines the fashion. In past seasons, Rick Mercer, Jeanne Beker and model Stacey McKenzie have appeared on the runway, and the buzz always brings out a crowd. We saw Kurt Browning sitting beside Rex Harrington and Keshia Chanté in enormous sunglasses. This year, designers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow opted for less glam and more edge, with a show headlined by self-proclaimed “sleaze rock” band Die Mannequin. The group played punkish jams at the back of the catwalk as models walked out with serious guyliner, a confusing mash-up considering the collection was otherwise the picture of genteel country club.

Ankles were on full display (is this man’s new erogenous zone?)—both bare naked and tarted up with bright, patterned socks—and echoing the Dimitri Chris show last week, some models wore sock garters. We know Mad Men is popular and all, but we just can’t see dressing like our grandfather when he washes the driveway. What we would wear are the rolled-up cotton shorts with the denim print (effectively turning jeggings into jorts), the bright purple polo with a contrasting gingham print on the placket and under the collar, and the speckled, almost floral-print dress shirts.

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Battle of the Blades, Season 2, Episode 2: the good, the bad and the snuggly

What were we giving thanks for this weekend? Canadian reality TV, of course. Sadly, all of our undying adoration wasn’t enough to keep the NHL’s number one enforcer Georges Laraque in figure skates. The BOTB’s gentle giant, with partner Annabelle Langlois, got the boot last night, and because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we weren’t able to weigh in before hand.

For today’s post, we’ll stick to our established format: who stays, who goes and who needs to get a room. We should note that the “get it on” category was particularly tight this week given the “Bringing Sexy Back” theme. Not sure if they stash a hose back stage, but some of these couples could have used it.

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