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indigenous culture fest kicks off with music by Plex, Pacific Curls, George Leach and Hanggai. Harbourfront Centre. 7 pm. Free. 416-973-4000. Runs to Aug 19. dare nighT: lockdoWn This 15-hour sleepover includes a “scary” pizza dinner, ghost stories and a “mourning wiener feast.” From 7 pm at the Gladstone. Pwyc (bring sleeping bag). mammalian.ca.

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Manson directs this unusual staging of a Handel opera, set in various rooms, hallways and bars of the Gladstone Hotel. 7:30 pm. To Aug 31. $30$42. 1-800-838-3006. Sebadoh Lou Barlow brings his long-running lo-fi rock band to the Horseshoe. Doors 8:30 pm. $23.50. HS, RT, SS, TM.

Power Plant’s thought-provoking group show probes tool use to dissect social behaviour, to Aug 26. Free. 416-973-4949.

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Layton and his amazing legacy on the first anniversary of his passing. 6 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square. dearjack.ca. gaia Photo exhibit tracing Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s experience aboard the International Space Station. To Sep 3. Free. Thompson Landry Gallery. thedistillerydistrict.com.

TreeS in public SpaceS Learn how trees humanize cities, w/ urban designer Brendan Stewart. 7 pm. Free. Metro Hall. yourleaf.org. Trade WindS Australian dance/theatre company Polytoxic presents a show in and on Harbourfront Centre’s pond. 9 pm. To Aug 18. Free. 416-973-4000.

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Fete Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, with Kreesha Turner, Mutabaruka and others. Metro Convention Centre. 5:30 pm. $175-$500, w/ dinner ($50-$75 show only). jamaica50.ca. +all capS! FeSTival Island arts fest has bands Yamantaka// Sonic Titan, A Place to Bury Strangers and many others. Gates 3 pm. $17, two-day pass $30. RT, SS. And Aug 12.

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“ If people took the time to draw their own conclusions without outside opinions, they’d see that Drake is a real class act.”

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Regarding Drake Loves Toronto; Is The Feeling Mutual? (NOW, August 2-8). If people took the time to draw their own conclusions without outside opinions, they would see that Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) is a real class act. I had the pleasure to attend Forest Hill CI for the short time Drake was there. He was a very well-behaved young man who had no problem being polite and respectful to all who knew him. When I encountered him recently, he was very obliging. We chatted a

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bit, and the next day he even signed a couple of old yearbooks we were in together. Unlike many celebs I’ve met over the years, he didn’t have a “get lost” attitude. But then again, what would you expect from a true Torontonian? John Vassal Toronto

Different shades of black

I was surprised and a bit disappointed that your normally sensitive and perceptive writers, in examining and discussing aspects of recent gun violence

in Toronto (NOW, July 26-August 1), have unthinkingly lumped all the diverse streams of the African diaspora

in Canada into one all-encompassing artificial category of “black.” In reality this comprises a very diverse segment of our multiethnic society, with many communities, each with its own challenges and successes. As I suspect most readers are aware, Toronto has citizens with comparatively recent African roots as well as those whose ancestors arrived two centuries ago as slaves and freedmen with early English and Loyalist settlers. Others came in the

1950s and 60s from various Caribbean colonies and nations. It greatly distorts the discussion to make sweeping claims and analyses of racial educational streaming and discrimination without taking into consideration the very different histories and accomplishments of these individual communities. Jerry Roth Toronto

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accessibility symbols along with your critique will monumentally increase the relevance of your work. If the location (be it resto/bar, theatre, club, etc) is wheelchair-accessible, then include the wheelchair symbol. And please, not just for big best-of features, but always and in every review. Plenty of paying customers would love to know in advance whether there’s a step at the door, toilets in basement and automatic doors. Thank you. The revolution can start here. Mabel Athena Toronto Editor’s note: our online restaurant guide includes full accessibility info on more than 650 restaurants.

I caught the line

Regarding Blood On The Tracks (NOW, August 2-8). I, too, know the pain of a streetcar track faux pas. A month ago I caught the tracks at King and Church and woke up in St. Michael’s Hospital, having undergone emergency brain surgery and broken my collar bone. I’m on the mend, and there’s no brain damage, thank goodness. I’m no engineer, but I do wonder if there’s a “better way” (pun intended) to build/ maintain the tracks. Subways, subways, subways? Just kidding. Kevin Grabb Toronto

Tory’s Ontario Place sellout

Big thanks to Enzo DiMatteo for his insightful article Ontario Place Ours To Take Back (NOW, August 2-8). He’s right to sound the alarm on the John Tory-proposed sell-off/sellout of this once family-centric lakefront attraction. There will be more than enough condos to go around, especially for all of Tory’s solid 1 per center corporate buddies, with penthouse views undoubtedly reserved for the big U.S. casino operators who are at this very moment bidding to set up shop right next door at the Ex grounds. What a sad day it would be to see the first developers’ ads offering luxury Ontario Place condos with Tory’s “Live, work, play” slogan plastered across an image of the iconic Cinesphere. Let’s not allow the pricks to get away with it . Robert McBride Thornhill

T.O. racist? That’s crazy

Regarding letter writer Thomas Gallezot’s claim that Toronto is “profoundly racist” (NOW, July 26-August 1). Are you kidding me? I’ve lived all over Asia and North America. Toronto is easily the least racist city. Lou Oliveras Toronto

Over-designing Kensington

On Kensington’s new gates (NOW, Daily, July 27). Why does everything in this city have to be so over-designed (e.g., ugly trash cans)? Why not a classic black wrought-iron fence? Chris Kirkwood From nowtoronto.com NOW welcomes reader mail. Address letters to: NOW, Letters to the Editor, 189 Church, Toronto, ON M5B 1Y7. Send e-mail to letters@nowtoronto.com and faxes to 416-364-1166. All correspondence must include your name, address and daytime phone number. Letters may be edited for length.

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Streetcar railings off track

If you’re a true cyclist, you should know how to handle your bicycle on streetcar tracks. The real problem for cyclists is people in parked vehicles who suddenly open their car door without looking in their mirror to see if there’s any kind of traffic coming their way. I nearly lost my life because of that, hitting a car door that sent me flying into the path of a streetcar. I was lucky to roll out of the way, but suffered many injuries Rob Connelly From nowtoronto.com

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Having lived next to Trinity Bellwoods Park for many years, I read your Party In The Park cover story (NOW, July 26-August 1) with great interest. I hate to disagree with you, but judging by the amount of garbage left by nightly partiers, there is no “culture” to speak of. You can romanticize pot smoking and public drinking all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that cigarette butts, empty cans and bottles and food containers are being left in the park, including the playground and kids’ campsite. T. Lee Toronto

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Whither the port lands? The Globe and Star have been reporting concerns expressed by local cement giant Lafarge about Waterfront Toronto’s ambitious naturalization plans for the mouth of the Don. Lafarge reportedly thinks the green space proposed for the area will mess with its access to a dock wall. But those concerns have been known to the waterfront agency all along, as far back as the EA process, in fact. So all that talk about the need to expropriate land to make Waterfront Toronto’s grand vision work? Nothing of the sort is planned, according to one spokesperson. Whew.

The iTaxiworkers Association says cabbies are facing “unrelenting aggressive policing and ticketing” by city cops. According to association president Sajid Mughal, police are writing traffic tickets for drivers who simply pick up customers anywhere other than cab stands.

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The revolving door in the mayor’s office may have spat out another key staffer. Pina Martino, Rob Ford’s special adviser on issues management (emphasis on budget and policing) – who also stickhandles the complaints to the integrity commissioner the mayor is known for racking up – has taken a leave of absence to seek the provincial PC nomination in Etobicoke Centre. Is it safe to assume there’ll be a provincial election any time soon? Martino is no shoo-in against Lib Donna Cansfield. But clearly those occupying the top rungs in the mayor’s office are weighing their options as the Ford admin staggers toward 2014.

WHAT Enbridge’s oil pipeline from Montreal to a refinery in Sarnia, jutting through an embankment of the Rouge River near Warden and Finch WHEN Environmental Defence photo op on Thursday, August 2 WHY A spill waiting to happen? A pipeline safety expert says the single-walled steel pipe (built in 1975) is susceptible to breakage from debris or ice flowing downstream. THE REALLY BAD NEWS Records show Enbridge discovered the pipe was exposed in 2009 and put a band-aid of concrete over it. The concrete is now falling apart, leaving an additional 1.5 metres of pipeline fully exposed near the river.

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[Frontlines] Ben Spurr on why On Monday, just four days after I wrote about the dangers of cyclists getting their wheels jammed in streetcar tracks, a rider died. While details are sketchy at this point, it appears the disused rails on Wychwood south of St. Clair West may have been a factor in the cyclist’s striking his head on the pavement. News of the accident came as a shock. Some stories you’d rather get wrong. The crash would likely have been less serious had the rider been wearing a helmet, but in the wake of this tragedy there’s a new push on the formerly off-the-radar rail issue. On Tuesday morning, Cycle Toronto called on the city to launch a comprehensive study of “streetcarcyclist interactions.” In the meantime, the group wants immediate action on identifying areas where tracks are particularly dangerous, implementing street markings to guide riders through rail intersections, erection of on-street signs to demonstrate the safest way to cross tracks and, most significantly, removal of all unused tracks from city roads. The tracks on Wychwood haven’t been used since a nearby carhouse was decommissioned in 1978. Sections of the rails have since been paved over. “Streetcar tracks are a significant hazard for cyclists,” said Cycle Toronto’s Jared Kolb in the group’s statement. “We’ve got to recognize this and get the conversation going on the shortand long-term solutions.’’ TTC spokesperson Brad Ross says

there are 3.5 kilometres of decommissioned rail sitting idle, and that the commission maintains unused tracks “in a state of good repair so they’re flush with the road and safe to cross over.’’ Removing unused tracks like those on Wychwood, he says, is prohibitively expensive and would only be done as part of regularly scheduled roadwork. No such work is currently scheduled for Wychwood. Adelaide, Richmond, and Wellington, which also have derelict rails, are all scheduled to be torn up in the next seven years. Councillor Mike Layton, head of the Cycling Committee, says he wants to “go as fast as we can” to get staff

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Leaving dangerous rails the way they are now is not an option. working on a report and will raise the matter when council resumes. He broadly supports Cycle Toronto’s recommendations, but also suggests less expensive ways to deal with unused tracks besides tearing them up. “Maybe there’s something that can be done to fill them in,” he says. Councillor Joe Mihevc, whose ward includes the site of Monday’s accident, says gaps in the tracks could be plugged with a “new material” more resistant than asphalt. “Leaving it the way it is now is not an option.” bens@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/nowtorontonews

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Amount the Clean Air Alliance says the province can save on electricity costs by shutting heavily subsidized coalfired plants now and mothballing the Pickering nuclear power plant. The Alliance says electricity capacity has far exceeded peak demand so far this summer.

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Spotted at the King and Dufferin McDonald’s: a notice to customers that no large-sized iced coffees or soft drinks would be sold during Caribbean Carnival. Orders from corporate HQ, according to the store’s owner/operator, to prevent revellers from guzzling up supplies. The chain currently has a $1 promo for all drinks until Labour Day.

worthseeing A-bomb drawing by Hiroshima survivor Toshifumi Goto, who was 19 at the time, forms part of an exhibit running till Saturday (August 11) in the City Hall Rotunda on Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration.

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Disaster from day one 500 HOUSEHOLDS MISSED: Ford admin’s experiment with privatized garbage pickup gets off to a stinky start By ENZO DiMATTEO

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he heavy equipment was brought out at the Tuesday, August 7, photo op marking the formal rollout of privatized garbage pickup to 165,000 households west of Yonge to the Humber River: two shiny new garbage trucks painted in the lime green corporate colours of the surprise winning bidder, Green for Life Environmental Corp (GFL). Mayor Rob Ford was a noshow, leaving Works Committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong to do the trash talkin’. Minnan-Wong scraped the bottom of the garbage bin to fire back at council colleagues who warn that the city may be left holding the bag on this deal. The results from day one of Toronto’s privatization experiment aren’t good. Some 500 households didn’t have their trash picked up, and hundreds more had theirs collected hours after the 5 pm deadline prescribed by the contract with GFL. Total number of complaints received by the city on the first full day of privatized pickup in District 2: 163 – more than three times the number on a normal day. Does the Ford administration’s case for privatized waste collection pass the stink test?

THE SPIN Private garbage pickup will save the city money: $11.9 million in the first year and $11.1 every year of a seven-year contract after that. REAL DEAL The amount private curbside pickup will save taxpayers has been a moving target ever since the idea was first floated, with estimates running as high as $49 million to as low as $8 million a year. Minnan-Wong was fudging the numbers again Tuesday, claiming that under the terms of the current deal with GFL the city stands to save “more than $100 million.” Even using the Ford admin’s estimates, for argument’s sake, savings would actually be $78.5 mil. If the city decides to exercise its option to extend the seven-year deal by another two years, then MinnanWong’s numbers work (barely). But that’s assuming a lot. Will GFL be able to deliver equivalent service with 30 fewer trucks? Already the ground is being prepped for disappointment, Minnan-Wong warning there’ll be snags and urging the public to be patient while what he termed inevitable delays are worked out. He didn’t say how long that grace period should be, but why hasn’t GFL taken steps to avoid problems in the months before the company took over what it calls its most important contract? We should expect no less from the private sector, right?

THE SPIN According to MinnanWong, the Ford admin has “made the financial case” for private pickup – they’ve contracted with the company that was best able to give value for money.

REAL DEAL A little history is in order. Council’s decision to issue a request for quotation as opposed to a request for proposal for curbside pickup meant the bids it received weren’t actually evaluated in a meaningful way. Under the rules of an RFQ, staff were legally obliged to accept the lowest bid. There was no evaluative process to speak of. Ernst & Young couldn’t conduct the third-party review of the winning bid that council asked for because the RFQ had too few details to evaluate. The next-lowest bidder for the contract quoted several million dollars more than GFL, leaving even privatization supporters on council leery of the outcome.

THE SPIN

Privatized garbage pickup is an important test case for future contracting out of other city ser vices.

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Kill this junk food crop Why the fave crop of agribiz should not be saved after the great drought of 2012 By Wayne roBerts

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ark Twain remarked that people talk about the weather but never do any­ thing about it. This summer’s severe drought, a symptom of the chaotic climate cre­ ated by carbon excess, reminds us how completely the weather gods are in control at this point. And how negligent governments, which have the ability to do some­ thing about the consequences of wea­ ther, have been. Agencies overseeing our food system are awash in ignor­ ance, and it’s taken a heat wave to call our attention to that fact. It’s almost impossible to think of a crisis of this scope arising from predictable factors that has been subject to so little fore­ thought by public authorities. The drought hit corn the hardest, putting harvests at risk across On­ tario and the American Midwest and jacking up prices. “Corn shock” is poised to have consequences com­ parable to those of the oil shock of the 1970s. Crop failure is driving farmers to do a rain dance for government mo­ ney. But assistance to corn growers should be linked to programs that help them recover from corn addic­ tion and move to crops that support public health and the environment. Once the sacred crop of the Maya and other indigenous peoples of the Americas, corn has since become the sacred crop of the junk food indus­

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try. A subsidy to corn is a subsidy for empty calories, as our dependence on high­fructose corn syrup for pop, cookies, cake, flavoured yogurt, bread, canned fruit and salad dress­ ings demonstrates. Across the continent, corn is treated as the most favoured crop, receiving ir­ rational subsidies to support corn ethanol for motor fuel despite the fact that growing it uses as much fossil fuel as corn fuel displaces from the high­ way. In Ontario, as much as 30 per cent of corn goes into automobile fuel tanks – a bottomless pit for a crop that’s over­ produced beyond reason. Corn producers enjoy this and other party favours because the crop mostly provides fast feed for live­ stock, whose stomachs evolved to di­ gest grass rather than calorie­full but low­nutrient corn. Corn, aside from the one or two per cent grown for corn on the cob, is a negative crop. It’s high­carb and low­nutrient as food, and drought­in­ tolerant to boot. At the same time, it’s a favourite of agribusiness be­ cause producers have to buy so much fertilizer and pesticide as well as planting and harvesting machines and genetically engineered seeds. Beyond this, corn, like other basic commodities, is the object of intense speculation by traders thanks to de­ regulation in the 90s that led to price volatility over and above that created by unpredictable weather. The traded

price of a bushel shot from about $5 in the spring of this year to about $8 now. Despite the fact that we’re in an era of climate instability, govern­ ments continue to favour limitation of crop varieties. Out of thousands of available food crops, the world’s population now relies on about 10 plants for about 80 per cent of our cal­ ories. The top sellers among world crops – corn, wheat, rice, sugar and potatoes – are notable water guzzlers and usually big­time degraders of water as a result of fertilizer and pol­ lution runoff. And everywhere, in­ cluding drylands in the west and On­ tario, traditional drought­tolerant crops like nutrient­rich quinoa, am­ aranth and millet are marginalized. Notice that no government agen­ cies or ministries in Canada integrate responsibility for both food and wa­ ter, even though (you heard it here first) food is quite hard to grow with­ out water. This is especially important when it comes to corn, which can’t be pollinated unless there’s adequate moisture during an extremely brief

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“breeding season” of two weeks: mak­ ing it not exactly a prime candidate for today’s weather. C e r t a i n l y, there’s no rea­ son to offer more than gov­ e r n m e n t ­ supported crop insurance to corn growers who want to stick with that crop. Nor should we subsidize consum­ ers to offset rising food prices; that money would mainly flow to the speculators who drove prices up in the first place. Nor, finally, should we starve funding for meas­ ures to reduce global warming (which should henceforth be known as global drying) and protect the citizens of the future from cli­ mate chaos. The fundamentals are wrong, not just the climate. It’s time to end the dry spell in responsible pub­ lic food policy. 3 news@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/nowtorontonews


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thing-that’s-not-nailed-down spiel coming from the mayor’s brother. Minnan-Wong knows better. Has council come around to a different perspective on the privatization front, looking beyond the bottom line to the higher social costs attached to outsourcing? April’s decision to turn back a bid to contract out cleaners’ jobs seems to indicate as much, and even fiscal conservatives like Karen Stintz voted no to that. She noted then that the bonuses paid to Ford’s buddies at Build Toronto amounted to more than the city stood to save by privatizing cleaning. To quote Minnan-Wong, albeit in a slightly different context, “Taxpayers simply want value for money.”

THE SPIN If all goes according to Hoyle, expect privatized curbside pickup right across the city.

REAL DEAL

The political climate at City Hall has changed significantly since the hurly-burly of Ford’s first few months. Would his plan to privatize garbage pickup pass today? More to the point, cities where privatization has worked have used a mix of private and public sector delivery of service to measure one against the other.

Privateers might argue that contracting out garbage pickup to a different company in the districts east of Yonge would provide competition to keep costs down. Only problem with that idea is that there’s nothing to stop one company from colluding with the other to jack costs. Or one company swallowing the other to effect a monopoly. (See GFL’s purchase earlier this year of Turtle Island Recycling, the company with the contract for private pickup in Etobicoke.)

THE SPIN The city will be monitoring GFL very carefully, on a daily basis according to Minnan-Wong, to make sure the company is meeting the terms of its contract.

hard to imagine any other scenario when GFL is assigning barely half a dozen staffers to customer complaints. Our customer-service-obsessed mayor won’t be following GFL trucks to make sure compost and regular garbage aren’t being mixed. He might not care anyway, since he voted against putting diversion targets in the contract. We know from experience with private pickup in Etobicoke that recycling rates there are 6 per cent lower than in districts that handle curbside pickup in-house. So much for those recycling efforts. 3 enzom@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/nowtorontonews

REAL DEAL It’s unclear what performance standards are in place. Minnan-Wong vaguely alluded to “remedies” in the event of a catastrophe. When the Works chair talks oversight, what he really means is that 311 will field customer complaints. Will city workers be charged with cleaning up after GFL when there’s a mess to deal with? It’s T:9.833”

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1 | OBSERVING THE EXTINCT

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Yes, it does involve tramping around rivers, but the search for evidence of ancient animals is a major urban thrill. Not many people know this, but the Humber cuts through some very old rock from the Ordovician period that contains the first vertebrate fossils on record. It’s astounding, but a careful observer can find the outlines of creatures that lived between 488 and 443 million years ago. My most exciting discovery was a Eurypterid over 30 centimetres long. Known as a sea scorpion, though it’s not an actual scorpion, it’s the extinct ancestor of modern arthropods and spiders. You can also find trilobite fossils; some of the first animals with eyes, they resemble potato bugs but are typically up to 10 cm long. Or stumble upon arresting cephalopods, ancient relatives of modern-day molluscs. Trolling the river’s edge, you may come upon shells and bits of crinoids (animals with a mouth on their top surface surrounded by feeding arms).

Exploring the history of Toronto’s lost industries serves as a warning in this crisis-prone age. The old settlement of Lambton Mills, on the banks of the Humber at Dundas, prospered thanks to the saw, grist and woollen mills that thrived from 1850 to 1915, back in the day when water power ruled. The stately Lambton House Hotel, a meeting place and stagecoach stop on the Dundas Highway, still stands on Old Dundas. This was once a bustling community, so consider your visit a meditation on the changing fortunes of local economies.

My hidden Toronto Six rare and beautiful spots to tweak the imagination and soak in the green By ADAM GIAMBRONE 4 | MARBLE MARVEL

3 | PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVAL

Northern Etobicoke isn’t a first-thought tourist destination, but here’s a chance to see what would otherwise require a 20-plus-hour trip to Southeast Asia. At 61 Claireville Drive, just north of Finch and Highway 427, stands an astonishing monument – the gleaming white BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a brand new Hindu temple built by volunteers in an amazing 18 months. It’s made almost entirely of white Carrara marble from Italy, with Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone, and was built using the principles of the ancient Indian Shilpa Shastras (texts describing the manual arts and standards for Hindu iconography). Special permits were required for both the temple and the monastery because they were erected using very old techniques involving no cement or nails in parts of the buildings. Beautifully executed religious iconographical elements – 24,000 of them – were hand-carved in stone and imported from India.

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A lot of troubled ghosts roam the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital at Lake Shore west of Kipling (previously known as the Provincial Lunatic Asylum), as modern-day psychiatric activists know. But looking at the imposing structures conveys a sense of the mental health priorities of another era. The first building, opened in 1889 on the outskirts of the former billage of Mimico, just past what would later be called New Toronto, was designed by Kivas Tully, who as chief provincial architect put up notable buildings including Trinity College. Patients from Toronto’s Provincial Lunatic Asylum were provided free labour during construction. The style of the campus is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic Revival, and the varied structures make a striking effect in their lakeside location. The hospital was purposely built in rural Mimico to conform with the idea that the countryside, farming, gardening and outdoor games could heal the psyche. While the facility closed in 1979 as part of a broad policy of deinstitutionalization, there was no specific plan for the site, and for years it remained derelict except for its stint as a film set for Police Academy and the television series Night Shift. Recently, Humber College has used some of the buildings, but most remain boarded up and empty.

5 | SPADINA SURPRISE

Most Torontonians are familiar with Casa Loma, but few realize another elegant piece of history is preserved next door. Spadina House (the “i” pronounced like a long “e”) was the home of financier James Austin (1813-1897), founder of the Dominion Bank and president of Consumers Gas, which for many years provided the city’s lighting. In the last several years, the house has undergone an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation to bring it to life as it would have been in the 1920s and 30s. Still in evidence are elements of Victorian-Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Colonial Revival styles, largely because it was continuously occupied by the Austin family from the 1860s to the 1970s, when it was donated to the city. This house was fully lit by natural gas until the 70s, and that lighting has been fully restored, providing a rare example of what illumination was like in most T.O. homes well into the first part of the 20th century. The lush gardens are a pleasant place to take a break after a historical interlude.

6 | BOARDWALK IN THE WOODS

Toronto is blessed with many wonderful ravines, but a recent $1 million renovation of the Glen Stewart Ravine between Kingston Road and Queen makes this one especially spectacular. A new boardwalk winds through the centre of this 11-hectare Carolinian woods, offering a refreshing escape from the concrete jungle. The elevated walkway, which allows you to walk above Ames Creek and delicate wetlands without damaging this fragile environment, comes complete with a staircase that heads up through a canopy of native red maple, red oak, black cherry, hemlock and yellow birch all the way to Balsam Avenue. Amidst Glen Stewart’s trees, gurgling brook and native plants, it’s easy to believe you’re either in the northlands or pre-European Toronto, both illusions made more convincing by the fact that there’s usually no one else around.

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Globe and mailing it in Using Kickstarter and the national news to promote an album By nowtoronto.com editor JOSHUA ERRETT First there was Myspace, that mid-00s social network/music streaming site founded by a guy called Tom. Then came iTunes? Facebook? SoundCloud? Bandcamp? Grooveshark? Rdio? Who the hell knows how to distribute and promote music online any more. Ever since the once monolithic My­ space was diminished beyond recog­ nition, online music has been in flux. One emerging platform for hearing and being heard is Kickstarter, the crowd­funding site for creative pro­ jects. Bands post their demos on the site and ask for donations to complete their albums. The record­buying public may refuse to pay for finished prod­ ucts, opting instead to download pir­ ated versions free, but it will happily donate money to finish an album of its

liking. It’s confusing, but it works. Here’s one interesting use of Kick­ starter by Toronto band Enter the Hag­ gis. Singer Brian Buchanan explains. What’s the idea behind your next album? We picked a day at random, ordered 1,500 copies of the Globe and Mail for that day and we’re writing a whole rec­ ord inspired by the headlines and stor­ ies in it. We’ll release the album exactly one year to the day after the paper ori­ ginally hit the streets (March 30, 2013), and the first 1,500 copies sold will be shipped with a copy of the paper. Why did you choose Kickstarter? Overall, it was a lot easier to spread the word. The sharing options are very visible. I also like that Kickstarter has a community of its own made up of

people who browse for projects they like, contribute and share online. So were you tired of your SoundCloud account or what? As a band, we’ve experimented with all kinds of technology to promote our­ selves. We were streaming live video and audio from our shows for free on our site until we got our streaming gear ripped off in South Carolina. The industry is evolving, and artists are more comfortable with a direct re­ lationship with their supporters. We parted ways with our label and man­ agement before our last album, which was a bit of a gamble, but our fan com­ munity stepped up and showed us they were willing to get involved and support us directly, which is humbling. C We’ve got over 700 backers on Kick­ starter at this point, and it’s shockingM to me how many names on the list I Y can put faces to without having to try CM too hard. It’s a new era, both in artistic freedom and artistic patronage. MY How much does it cost to make an album? So far, you have $50K-plus. CY You could probably make three al- CMY bums with that. What will you do K with the money? Believe it or not, we’ll be squeezing every dollar. Why did you choose the Globe instead of NOW Magazine? We contacted a couple of papers. We were looking for something na­ tional, and we needed a paper that would give us the widest possible var­ iety of stories to choose from. We got lucky: the front­page headline March 30 was “Harper’s modest revolution,” and The Modest Revolution is an awe­ some album title. We hope.

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What cleaning/body care products are safe for camping and the cottage? Your mother probably taught you that the good things in life are all about quality, not quantity. Well, when you’re up to your neck in 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water and surrounded by seas on three sides, you can easily take that geographical bounty for granted and start treating your water like a giant open sewer. Even if we’re not pooping in the high seas like in Victoria, BC, we’re still tossing all kinds of toxins into our water supply on a daily basis. We wash paint brushes, we pee out pharmaceuticals, including birth control pills, we rinse persistent chemicals out of our hair. City treatment plants break down only a fraction of those pollutants, but things get even more perilous when you’re dealing directly with a lake without any help from Ashbridges Bay. A growing problem facing lakes is blue-green algae – not the stuff you buy from the health food store, but the thick, stinky, slimy scum that spreads, well, like bacteria across the surface of a lake. It releases toxins as it dies off and is seriously dangerous to humans, pets and livestock. Climate change and the lake-baking temperatures that come with it certainly aren’t helping matters. We’ve also realized that dumping phosphates into the environment seriously fuels the toxic algae problem. But don’t be misled by the cacophony of cleaning products claiming to be phosphate-free. Since the summer of 2010, all household cleaners have gone phosphate-free. Federal regs mandate that they contain less than 0.5 per cent elemental phosphorus by weight. But phosphate-free doesn’t in any way ensure the other ingredients are going to biodegrade if you’re washing up at a campsite or cottage. And even if a manufacturer claims its formula is biodegradable, that doesn’t mean it’s good for the environment. Both phosphates and ammonia are biodegradable, but they both endanger aquatic life. That’s why bio-

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rall aBoard the miniature train (Toronto Firefighters’ Toy Drive) Tour the plaza by train and raise money for kids. 11 am-5 pm. $3. Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills, at Lawrence. shopsatdonmills.ca.

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curator’s tour Tour of the exhibition

BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design. 6:30 pm. $10. Design Exchange, 234 Bay. 416363-6121. dancinG on the pier Join the Dancing on the Pier house band and learn global dance trends. 7 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.

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Ojibway dancers perform. 7 pm. Free. Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre at Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst. toronto.ca/parks/events/ zukerman-theatre.htm. Green rooF GatherinG Discussion on new green roof technology, with Joris Voeten of Dutch sustainable design firm SHFT and others. 5:30 pm. $30. Carrot Common, 2nd fl, 348 Danforth. greenroofs.org.

rharBourFront centre summer camps

One- two- and four-week day camps for kids three to 17 include culinary arts, glee club, digital media and much more. To Aug 31. $195-$875. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay. Pre-register 416-973-4093, harbourfrontcentre.com/camps. leah BoBet Teens meet the author of the novel Above. 4 pm. Free. Centennial Library, 578 Finch W. 416-395-5490.

reducinG the GloBal cancer Burden: inQuire and inspire Lecture by surgeon Peter

Kingham. 8 am. Free. Princess Margaret Hospital, 6th fl Auditorium, 610 University. emily. milne@rmp.uhn.on.ca. roGers cup tennis Pros from the men’s tour compete for the championship. To Aug 12. $35 and up. Rexall Centre at York U, 1 Shoreham. rogerscup.com. rsports adventure Coaches guide kids through sports-related activities and games. 1 pm. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000.

tales and trials oF the accidental travel writer Former diplomat Terry Keenleyside talks about how he started writing travel/ recipe books. 2 pm. Free. Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington. 416-395-5440.

taoist tai chi international awareness day Demonstrations of Taoist internal arts, a dragon dance and parade. 10 am-3 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. taoist.org. tasty thursdays Live music and food from

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val Performances by Branford Marsalis, Shemekia Copeland, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Funkadesi and many others, plus jazz films. Various prices, some events free. Various venues in Brampton. artofjazz.org. Aug 9 to 12 summerworks theatre Festival Juried theatre festival with plays, concerts, workshops and more. $15, passes $40-$120. Various venues. summerworks.ca. Aug 9 to 19 Blackout Fest Interactive arts festival with film, theatre, photography, painting, DJs, poetry, fashion and more. $10. Ice Factory, 155 Walnut. blackoutfest.ca. Aug 10 to 19 harBord street Jazz Festival Performances by Kerri Crawford Trio, Nathan Hiltz, Ryan Oliver Trio, Tim Hamel Duo and others. Free. Various venues on Harbord. harbordjazz.com. Aug 10 and 11 planet indiGenus Global indigenous culture fest, featuring Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots, Canada’s Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Japan’s Yokohama Noh Theater, a Robbie Robertston tribute show, Australian dance-roots duo Oka and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com. Aug 10 to 19 rtaste oF the danForth Festival of the grill every Thu. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. toronto.ca/special_ events/thursdays/index.htm.

toronto For a nuclear weapons-Free world The Hiroshma Day Coalition com-

memorates Hiroshima/Nagasaki with talks by survivor Joe Ohori, author/activist Joy Kogawa, Ilario Maiolo of International Red Cross and others. 6:15 pm. Free. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, beside the Eaton Centre. hiroshimadaycoalition.ca.

Friday, August 10

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Booty Bash (Don McQuaig Fdn) Fundraising party for colon cancer screening, research and treatment. 10 pm. $50. Storys Bldg, 11 Duncan. bootybash.com.

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BurlesQue cruise Show aboard the River

Gambler with Tanya Cheex, Coco Framboise and others. 7:30 pm. $40. 333 Lake Shore E. 416-364-6999, epiccruises.ca. collector’s niGhts Museum tour and tips on collecting Inuit art plus wines and hors d’oeuvres. 7 pm. $10. Museum of Inuit Art Gallery, 207 Queen’s Quay W. Pre-register miagallerycollectorsnight.eventbrite.com.

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dare-filled lockdown night, with ghost stories by the Torontonians, scary pizza, a seminar on out-of-body experiences and more. 7 pm to noon tomorrow. Free (bring sleeping bag). Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-5314635, mammalian.ca.

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shops, panel discussions, performances, live music and DJs. Pwyc. Tranzac, Various venues. zinedream.com. Aug 10 to 12 the all caps! island Festival Music, art and camping fest, with performances by Yamantaka, a Place to Bury Strangers, Choir! Choir! Choir! and others. Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island. wavelengthtoronto.com. Aug 11 and 12 rJerkFest Food festival with live music, dance, giveaways, a kids’ zone, So You Think You Can Jerk cooking competition and more. Free. Centennial Park, Renforth and Rathburn, at the base of the ski hills. jerkfestival.ca. Aug 11 and 12 roundhouse craFt Beer Festival Ales, lagers and seasonal and experimental beers from local producers, plus gourmet food trucks. $15, adv $10 (benefits Toronto Rail Heritage Museum). Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner. craftbeerfest.ca. Aug 11 and 12

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toronto Queer arts and culture Festival Queer poetry, cabaret, dance and music performances, sexy crafts, a community fair,

rdiscovery hike Family nature walk. 1 pm. $2. High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside. highparknaturecentre.com. rGranGe Festival University Settlement community festival, with performances by Esmeralda Enrique’s Academy of Spanish Dance, Samba Kids, Zero Gravity Circus and others. Noon-4 pm. Free. Grange Park, 23 Grange. universitysettlement.ca.

rincrediBent’s maGic & comedy circus

Interactive show of laughs, magic and circus feats. Free w/ admission. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000. international prisoners Justice day Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force event with presentations and info. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity, beside the Eaton Centre. toharmreduction.org. kensinGton Foodies roots walk Walk to celebrate food connected with the immigrant waves in the Market. 10 am. $45, stu/srs $40, child $30. Red Pole with Black Cat, 350 Spadina. Pre-register 416-923-6813.

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Queer West Village bike tour, a youth conference and more. Various prices, some events free. Various venues. 416-879-7954, artsfestival.queerwest.org. Aug 10 to 18 zine dream 5 Small press art festival with self-published books, comics, zines, handmade crafts, prints and more, plus workcussions and performances. Today 7-10 pm, Art Metropole (1490 Dundas W); tomorrow noon-5 pm, XPACE (58 Ossington); Aug 12 noon-5 pm, Tranzac (292 Brunswick). Pwyc. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. zinedream.com.

Saturday, August 11

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Jamaica land we love Gala (Jamaican Can-

adian Legacy Endowment Fund) Performances by Jay Douglas, Leroy Gibbons, Kreesha Turner and others plus dinner and an afterparty. 5:30 pm. $175-$500, after-party only $75. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front W. jamaica50.ca. karma yoGa (Children’s Hunger Fund) Charity yoga class. 2 pm. $16.50. Moksha Yoga Etobicoke, 1138 the Queensway. Pre-register karmayogaforchf.eventbrite.com. rock the court (Athletes for Africa/St Alban’s Boys & Girls Club) Celebrity soccer tournament. Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. Preregister info@athletesforafrica.com.

launch party The festival kicks off with a Montreal-style French dance party, with music by women DJs including Cozmic Cat, Quinces and Chiclet. 8 pm-2 am. No cover. Le Steamée, 1602 Dundas W. 416879-7954, artsfestival.queerwest.org. unappreciated connectinG streetsBartlett avenue Urban ecology walk.

6:30 pm. Free. Bloor and Bartlett. 416593-2656. zine dream Small press art festival with self-published books, comics, zines, crafts, prints and more plus workshops, panel dis-

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art & perFormance tour Toronto Soc of Architects walking tour of contemporary buildings related to art. 10 am. $20, stu/srs $15. torontoarchitecturetours. com.

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Canada plays Lebanon. 7 pm. $12. Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. canadarugbyleague.com.

open rooF Festival International films, documentaries, indie music acts and more every Thu on the patio. $15. Amsterdam Brewing Co, 21 Bathurst. 416921-9797. To Aug 23 sound travels Festival of sound art with a soundwalk, indoor and outdoor performances, installations and more. Concerts $10-$15, symposium $35-$175. soundtravels.ca. To Aug 31 dance dance party party All-women, alcohol-free dance party with DJ Bananahammock. 3:30-5:30 pm. $8. Mad for Dance, 263 Adelaide W. ddpptoronto@gmail.com. docents Gone wild Performance artists, thespians, drag queens and comedians lead guided performance tours through the hotel. 1 pm. $15. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635. reid Bazaar Organization of South Asian Art & Culture bazaar, with fashions, jewellery, henna, food and more. Today and tomorrow 11 am-11 pm. Free. Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main. 647-886-6427. rGower park place community Fair Kids’ activities, a yard sale, barbecue and more. 9 am-2 pm, rain or shine. Free. Garden Courtyard, 10 Gower. 416-288-8140. rindia day Festival and parade Indian festival with a parade down Yonge, cultural performances, food and more. 9:30 am. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca. John street Farmers market Organic, local produce, fair trade coffee, music and more. 9 am-1 pm. Free. Courtyard at 197 John. facebook.com/JohnStreetFarmersMarket. Junction Farmers market Local, sustainably produced fresh foods. Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific. junctionmarket.ca. leather Ball Leather/fetish/kinksters party with entertainment, Mr Leatherman Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto and Mr Rubber Toronto competitions, host Deb Pearce and more.

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6:30 pm. $30, adv $25. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne. torontoleatherpride.ca. rLobsterfest Dinner Cruise Dinner and harbour cruise. 7 pm. $99. 207 Queens Quay W. mariposacruises.com. MaD stuDents soCiety Peer support meeting for students with mental health system experiences. 3:30 pm. Free. Details at outreach@ madstudentsociety.com. rMeteor WatChing froM the Park Join Sorauren Stargazers to watch the Perseid meteor shower flash across the night sky (weather permitting). 10 pm. Free. Sorauren Park, Sorauren and Wabash. soraurenpark.com.

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Burlesque performances by Mitzy Cream, Red Herring, Dolly Berlin and others. 10 pm. $15, adv $10. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. 416-596-1908. rPuPPy/kitten WeekenD Vets, trainers, and groomers talk about getting your first pet. Today 11 am-5 pm; tomorrow 11 am-3:30 pm. Free. PawsWays, 245 Queens Quay W. pawsways.ca. saturDay night sWing DanCe Party Beginner dance class and dancing to live music by Up Jumped Swing. 7 pm. $13-$18. Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt. swingtoronto.com. toronto saLsa PraCtiCe No lesson, beginners to pros, no partner required. 3:30 or 5:30 pm. $5. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. torontosalsapractice.com. toronto’s rebeL Tour reliving the events leading up to Toronto’s Rebellion of 1837. 11 am. $15. SE corner Queen and Yonge. muddyyorktours.com. toWers tour Toronto Soc of Architects walking tour of tall buildings. 1:30 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. torontoarchitecturetours.com.

rWheeLs on the Danforth & fun in the Park Antique and classic cars, a charity auc-

tion, kids’ zone and more. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Danforth Ave and Danforth Rd. wheelsonthedanforth.ca. WithroW Park farMers Market Organic and ecologically farmed produce and prepared foods. 9 am-1pm. Free. S of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw. withrowpark.ca.

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KATHLEEN EDWARDS AT HILLSIDE When Kathleen Edwards lets loose in concert, the results are something to behold. This performance on the opening night of Hillside Festival 2012 is proof.

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tects walking tour of musuems and cultural centres. 1:30 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. torontoarchitecturetours.com. eLeCtriC VehiCLe Day Stay plugged in to the future of driving in Ontario and check out electric cars, bikes and more. 10 am. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca. 50 shaDes of PLay All-genders workshop with Gaia Morrissette. 5:30-7:30 pm. $25 sliding scale. Come as You Are, 493 Queen W. Preregister 416-504-7934. historiC garDen tours Guided tour of Spadina’s six acres of restored gardens. Sundays and Wednesdays 1:30 & 3 pm. Free w/ admission. Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910. the JunCtion fLea Outdoor market with antiques, vintage clothing, crafts, records, food and more. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 2803 Dundas W. junctionflea.com. Lgbt DoDgebaLL tournaMent Join Get Out Canada for a tourney. 11 am. $15. Trinity Bellwoods Outdoor Rink, Dundas W and Shaw. getoutcanada.com. nature’s beauty shoW Toronto Japanese Garden Club presents ikebana displays, bonsai demos and a flower show. Noon-4:30 pm. $5, children free. Momiji Senior Centre, 3555 Kingston. 416-444-3702. the 99 Market Local produce, baked goods, art, crafts, fashion, food sampling and more. Free. Glass Factory, 99 Sudbury. 99sudbury. ca/99mrkt-2. rone WorLD, one sky Summer star party with activities, night sky observing and the Perseid meteor shower. 7:30 pm. Free. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. 416-696-1000. rebeL Without a Cause Outdoor film screening (rain date is Aug 19). 9 pm. Free/pwyc. Christie Pits, Bloor W and Christie. christiepitsfilmfestival.eventbrite.ca.

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Monday,­August­13 rAGO SuMMER ART ANd dESIGN CAMPS Day

camps for kids six to 16 run weekly to Aug 31. Prices vary. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W. ago.net/learning. COSTuMEd LIFE dRAWING Life drawing session with a My Little Pony theme. 7 pm. $10. Rhino, 1249 Queen W. acidanimation.com/ toonsontap. dRAWING FROM THE MOdEL Life drawing sessions with a model take place every Mon. $9. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. 416392-6810. rJOE HARAWIRA Performance by the Maori storyteller from New Zealand. 2 pm. Free. Morningside Library, 4279 Lawrence E. 416396-8881. ruRbAN ECOLOGY SuMMER CAMPS One- and two-week day camps on canoeing, pond studies, hiking and more for kids five to 13. To Aug 31. 9 am-4 pm. one week $205, two weeks $380. Humber Arboretum, 205 Humber College. Pre-register 416-675-5009.

Tuesday,­August­14 bEACHES-EAST YORk GREEN PARTY Pub NIGHT

Join Green Party members for drinks and conversation. 8:30 pm. Free. McCarthy’s Pub, 1801 Gerrard E. jeffjohns@greenparty.ca. CITY CINEMA: LAbYRINTH Outdoor film screening. 9:15 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca. rJOE HARAWIRA Performance by the Maori storyteller from New Zealand. 2 pm. Free. Spadina Road Library, 10 Spadina Rd. 416-3937666.

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ASSEMbLY Kids six to 12 explore the historic grounds through an outdoor scavenger hunt. Weekdays through Aug 31, 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Legislative Bldg, Queen’s Park. Pre-register tourbookings@ontla.ola.org.

Wednesday,­August­15 THE ANNEx Guided ROM walk. 6 pm. Free.

Bedford across from St George subway. 416586-8000, rom.on.ca. COMMuNIST PROPAGANdA! Toronto Proletarian Revolutionary Action Comm and Revolutionary Students Movement presents a discussion, performances and music. 9 pm. $5 sugg. Hen House, 1532 Dundas W. practoronto.wordpress.com. dISCOvER WARd 37 RIdE Leisurely ride along the quiet streets of Scarborough. 6 pm. Free. Thompson Park. 416-288-0293, lucy.perri@ hotmail.com. dRAkE TRIvIA Play a game of Trivia. 8 pm. $2. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. dROP-IN CLAY CLASS A class for all skills levels happens weekly. 6 pm. $15, stu/srs $12. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080.

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JAMMIN’ FOR THE YWCA

The YWCA, T.O.’s near-iconic institution committed to improving the lives of women and girls, gets an infusion of fun and funds via the ­Honey­Jam event at Mod Club (711 College) August 16. Honey Jam’s always offered a cool night of entertainment, and this edition’s no different, featuring DJs Mel­Boogie, dancehall DJ star Tasha­Rozez and much more. Excellent value, too. $25, adv $20. ticketweb.ca.

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Stunning as it sounds, some politicians in Japan are actually considering ending the nuke weapons ban in their country. It’s a reminder of the persistent threat of these terrible

weapons. Join the Hiroshima­Day­Coalition­in a commemorative action featuring Yakudo­traditional Japanese drummers, survivor Joe­Ohori, author Joy­Kogawa, MP Peggy­Nash, flutist Ron­Korb and more. Today (Thursday, August 9), 6:15 pm. Free. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. hiroshimadaycoalition.ca.

TREES FOR THE PSYCHE

Now we know – neighbourhood trees are creativity boosters and antistressors. So how exactly do beautiful landscapes shape our experiences? The urban forest boosters at LEAF host International­Influences:­­Inspiring­ Ideas­For­Trees­In­Public­Spaces, a talk by Brendan­Stewart, a landscape architect and urban designer with ERA

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rMOTH NIGHT Family nature walk to discover the butterflies of the night. 8:15 pm. $2. Grenadier Restaurant, High Park. highparknaturecentre.com. RuNNING FREE! Running group for families who have a loved one with a mental health or addiction issue. Every Tue to Sept 30. 6 pm. Free. CAMH Bell Gateway Bldg, 1001 Queen W. Pre-register Andrea.Reynolds@ camh.ca. TEdx TuESdAYS Creative discussion to share ideas. 6:30 pm. Free. ING Cafe, 221 Yonge. Pre-register tedxtotuesdays.eventbrite.com.

Tasha Rozez spins at the Honey Jam funder for the YWCA.

Architects. Explore the aesthetic traditions of tree-planting from around the globe. Thursday, August 16, 7 pm. Free. Metro Hall, 55 John, room 308-9. yourleaf.org.

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Presentation on the urgent challenges facing global biodiversity, with videos and live animal appearances. Today and tomorrow, 10:30 & 11 am, noon, 1 & 2 pm. Free w/ admission. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-5797. FREE FLICkS: WHALE RIdER Outdoor film screening. 9 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com. FRESH WEdNESdAYS Live music and a farmers’ market Wednesdays. Noon. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. toronto.ca/ special_events/wednesdays.index.htm. MANAGING MENOPAuSE Health talk by naturopathic doctor Kate Whimster. 7 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 40 St Clair E. 416-393-7656.

TIFF IN THE PARk: WHAT’S uP dOC? Outdoor film screening. 9 pm. Free. David Pecault Square, behind 55 John. tiff.net.

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NAISA symposium, with performances, lectures and workshops. To Aug 18. $35-$70. Christie Studio, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. naisa.ca. TORONTO MuSIC GARdEN TOuRS Tours of the garden’s design and history, led by a botanical guide, happen Wednesdays 11 am and Thursdays 5:30 pm. Free. W end of the garden, 475 Queens Quay W. torontomusicgarden.ca. WRITE LIkE YOu MEAN IT Writing workshop for teens with Kristyn Dunnion. Reference Library,

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bEAuTIFuL GIRL INITIATIvE Teenage girls meet in a safe and friendly environment to discuss issues and challenges. 4 pm. Free. Polycultural Immigrant and Community Svs, 3363 Bloor W. beautifulgirltoronto.wordpress.com.

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ART WORkSHOP Drawing workshop for begin-

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INTERNATIONAL INFLuENCES: INSPIRING IdEAS FOR TREES IN PubLIC SPACES Learn how trees enhance and humanize our cities with landscape architect/urban designer Brendan Stewart. 7 pm. Free. Metro Hall, 55 John, rm 308-309. Pre-register yourleaf.org.

REduCING THE GLObAL CANCER buRdEN: INquIRE ANd INSPIRE Lecture by physician Barry

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Hidden hideaways

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Aman and Deepa Patel offer a lunch meal of rice, dal, chicken curry, salad and roasted pappadum on their new Chai Bar patio tucked away on Howland near Dupont.

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Charming Chai Bar

Hidden behind the Indian Rice Factory’s new Chai Bar (414 Dupont at Howland, 416-961-3472, indianricefactory.com, rating NNN) lies a bucolic garden grotto. Owner Aman Patel has not only transformed a dilapidated garage into a Subcontinental coffee bar, he’s also turned its adjacent courtyard into a lush 70-seat oasis complete with rattan furniture, burb-

ling water fountain and pond stocked with koi. Ignoring the goldfish, we start with a quartet of exceptionally executed pakoras ($4.50), their free-form chickpea batter thick with wilted spinach, onion and strips of sweet red pepper, a tart tamarind dip on the side. Mains are limited to a daily thali, one geared at vegetarians, the other carnivores, all sided with soupy lentil dal, parsley-topped basmati rice, a bit of salad and a pappadum ($10/$9 to go minus the greens and flatbread).

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The thali’s made-to-order meat curry is always an aggressively spiced chicken unless it’s an even more fiery lamb vindaloo, while the veggie version shifts from an aloo-gobi-style mash of potato and cauliflower to garden peas ’n’ spuds à la jalfrezi, no two ever the same. Washed down with a tall glass of rooibos-pricklypear iced tea ($3), lunch is the next best thing to a day trip to the countryside. And you don’t have to leave the Annex! stevend@nowtoronto.com

Cabana no Playa Past the velvet rope and the row of recycling bins, up a badly carpeted flight of stairs, in through a door that sticks and an anonymous dining room, down some more stairs with the washrooms to the left, and along a narrow hallway, and then… patio paradise! Little wonder Hollywood A-listers like Jake Gyllenhaal hang out in Playa Cabana’s (111 Dupont, at Davenport, 416-9293911, playacabana.ca, rating: NN)

secluded backyard. No one will ever find them! Forgoing the $42 margarita made with Gran Patron Platinum tequila for a $9 noname mojito, we’re soon laying waste to a bowl of appropriately lumpy guacamole and a basket of crispy-thin house-made tortilla chips ($8). A pair of Dungeness crab cakes strewn with the occasional ker-

nel of corn ($9) that taste like fishy falafel arrive over-fried in a pool of muted chipotle sauce, while corn on the cob ($10 for two) rubbed with lime and dusted with chili powder lacks the sublime depth of flavour found in those served at La Carnita on College. And they’re three bucks more to boot. Talking of trendy tacos, Playa’s come

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553 Church, at Dundonald, 416-926-2501, 553church.com. If you were to take Renda Abdo’s other two restaurants – nearby 7 West and Wish on Charles – and mash them together, you’d get Smith: a chic South Beachstyle resto-lounge squeezed into a threestorey Victorian townhouse. You can’t miss the patio out front. It looks like someone plonked an Ikea sofa on the sidewalk, then built a wooden fence around it. Not terribly intimate, but up on the second floor overlooking the street, you’ll find a cozy two-seat veranda that oozes l’amour toujours l’amour. The contemporary locavore carte’s built for sharing as well, and features on-trend mains like pork belly tacos with acidulated onion ($14) and house-made charcuterie with all the accoutrements ($17). Better still, ride a bicycle-built-for-two – or any other bike – to weekend brunch and get a 10 per cent discount on food! Dinner Tuesday and Wednesday 5 to 11 pm, Thursday to Saturday 5 pm to midnight. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Licensed. Access: nine steps at door, washrooms upstairs.

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1182 Queen E, at Rushbrooke, 416-4635663. Though its not likely worth the drive across town, George Wensley’s low-key Leslieville trat is very definitely a neighbourhood treasure, especially its treeshaded 45-seat back-garden deck once patio season kicks come, oh, February. Gotta love that global warming! Under the whispering elm, regulars know to stick to signatures like grilled Mediterranean-style calamari with capers and kalamatas ($10) or pasta specials like rustic capellini in pesto with grilled chicken ($18). And though they’ll never top those at Queen Margherita down the street, Ms. Jones’s thin-crusted pizzas dressed with Italian sausage and grilled rapini ($15) more than hold their own. Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 10 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, holidays. Licensed. Access: barrier-free, but small washrooms.

Queen mother

208 Queen W, at Duncan, 416-598-4719, queenmothercafe.ca. And you thought the patio at Playa Cabana was hard to find? Once located, the trellised 46-seat garden tucked away behind the Queen Mum is definitive downtown al fresco dining. But that requires getting there first. Here’s the drill: in the front door and past the booths, hang a right at the bar and head for the stairs to the basement. Cross the hall and up another set of stairs, et voilà – patio perfection! Collapse at a table, order the Mum’s legendary pad thai ($13.95) and classic Ping Gai chicken ($17.95) and feel like the summer lasts forever. Monday to Saturday 11:30 am to 1 am. Brunch Sunday 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, dinner till midnight. Licensed. Access: barrierfree, washrooms in basement.

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South Beach-style resto Smith’s intimate second-floor patio looks out over Church. sourced and ecologically minded. Why, even the booze comes from somewhere nearby. It’s even more of an insider destination now that owners Paul Hardy and Heather Braaten have expanded into the resto’s fenced-in backyard. Mains like housemade steak ’n’ cremini sausage ($11) or grilled peaches ($10, both over roasted local corn hummus and warm potato salad) remain a steal of a deal. And what other resto in town would have the nerve to play the Dirty Projectors’ early difficult work as dinner music? Wednesday to Monday from 10 am, lunch and weekend brunch from 10:30 am, dinner 5 to 10 pm. Bar till close. Closed Tuesday, some holidays. Licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement.

tati BiStro

124 Harbord, at Major, 416-962-8284, tatibistro.com. Back when this south-Annex French café was known as Kensington Kitchen, its leafy rooftop deck was regularly voted Best Patio in NOW’s annual readers poll. Must have been that spreading chestnut tree. Having fallen off the radar somewhat of late since the change of culinary direction, Bistro has never been better, particularly for those looking for a little romance alongside their retro escargots ($9) and textbook steak frites ($24). Cheapskates will appreciate the three-course $25 prix fixe Sundays through Thursdays. Dinner nightly 6 pm to close. Brunch Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Licensed. 3

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three to a plate and range from blandly battered whitefish ($13) to deliciously braised ’n’ shredded beef short ribs. Those topped with local slow-braised lamb and the occasional chickpea (both $14) come inexplicably sided with a large steaming bowl of leftover braising liquid. If we hadn’t unknowingly upgraded the plate to include yellow Rice-a-Roni-style rice and what the kitchen refers to as “re-seared pinto beans” for an additional two bucks, we wouldn’t have known what to do with it. Much like Playa Cabana.

French country chic Linda and Christian Boniteau’s Le Petit Gourmet (1064 Yonge, at Roxborough, 416-966-3811, rating: NNN) has always been a world of its own, from the quintessential Gallic charm of its longtime owners to the autographed photos of hockey great Johnny Bower

on its walls. But take the stairs that lead to the French café’s kitchen, then make a sharp left, and you’ll find a 12seat tented terrace that wouldn’t be out of place in the south of France. They’ve even airbrushed one wall with palm trees for that full Saint-Tropez effect. Like the surroundings, Le Petit’s classic pre-nouvelle cuisine is pure Provence. Whole chickens ($12/kg) come sweetly roasted in thyme and garlic, while halved avocados ($4) get extravagantly stuffed with shrimp, puréed potato salad and hard-boiled eggs. Can’t make up your mind? Go with the three-salad sampler – curried chicken salad with strawberries, creamy green beans, marinated ’shrooms ’n’ peppers, say – and a crusty baguette ($2.50). Or make a light lunch out of a wedge of pâté paired with a few cornichons and a simple bun. Follow with a slice of Gateau Basque ($2.65) and a quick shot of strong espresso ($1.95) and be jolted back to the SD reality of Summerhill.

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Cheek-to-cheek with tropical fish stores and discount nail salons, ex-Café Belong pastry chef Andrea Mut has just opened an eponymous bake shop (635 Gerrard East, at Broadview, 416-4654567) in Chinatown East. Look for retro maple syrup butter tarts ($3) and the same wild blueberry cheesecake made with Monforte Dairy goat cheese that built her rep at her former employer’s. An odd fit for Chinatown, no? “The rent is very reasonable for the amount of foot traffic.”

ary scene (80s division) Greg Couillard teams up with former sous Laura Prentice for a series of dinners at the Playpen (842 Gerrard East, at Carlaw, 416-907-9761, theplaypen. ca) from Thursday (August 16) to August 18. The dates mark the first time the two have cooked together since the New Avec in the early 90s. SD

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Its questionable grasp of spelling won’t keep offbeat wine bar Mavrik (676 Queen West, at Euclid, 416-214-9429, mavrikbar. com) from throwing a “mrkt” in its backyard on Saturday (August 11) from 11 am to 4 pm. Local vendors offering homemade treats and snacks are promised, though there’s no mention of an appearance by Mr. KT.

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1. Gold and black scalloped-edge collar ($49, Love of Mine, 781 Queen West, 416-368-4999, loveofmineboutique.com). 2. Dean Davidson sculptural collar ($235, Labour of Love, 242 Carlton, 416-923-8988, thelabouroflove.ca). 3. Ora Designs leather fringe necklace ($350, Made You Look, 1273 Queen West, 416-516-9595, and other, madeyoulook.ca). 4. Ben Amun oversized bead necklace ($225, Rue Pigalle, 927 Queen West, 647-352-8115, ruepigalle.ca) 5. Belle Noel mini dagger collar necklace ($198, eluxe.ca)

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Designer Elke Hechler is showing off her own collection of statement baubles at Only One Gallery (88 Harbord, onlyonegallery.com) until August 16 with an exhibition called Today’s Warrior. The collection of sculptural pieces made using Japanese yarn, Spanish nylon and European glass beads includes colourful, oversized collars, brooches, bracelets and more. Check out more of her work at elkehechler.com.

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CERAMICS TIMES SIX

A group of Sheridan College Craft and Design students are showing their work at MADE (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384, madedesign.ca) this month. Half A Dozen features Jessie McEwen, Andrea Poorter, Lyne Reid, Annemarie Row, Emma Smith and Nurielle Stern, who all reimagine and recreate household objects in ceramics. The opening reception is Saturday (August 11) from 2 to 5 pm, and the show continues until August 25.

FLEA THE CITY

Smythe’s standout fall jacket collection features an extra-special piece. The Warbler tribute blazer ($595), a striped style with three-quarter sleeves and brass buttons inspired by traditional schoolboy jackets, not only looks sharp, but a portion of proceeds from its sale will be donated to anti-bullying organizations. Pick one up starting Monday (August 13) at Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333), ShopNYLA (1062 Yonge, 416-924-3562) and eLUXE (eluxe.ca). smythelesvestes.com 3

The Junction Flea (junctionflea.blogspot.ca) is back for event number three on Sunday (August 12), and the otherwise empty lot at the corner of Dundas West and Indian Grove is poised to be packed with great local vendors and eager shoppers. If you haven’t flea’d yet this summer, expect tented booths full of vintage finds, delicious food and other curiosities plus distractions like tarot card readings and a tintype photo studio. They’re all open for business starting at 9 am.

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It’s Last Chance Summer Shoe Sale time at Doll Factory by Damzels (1122 Queen East, 416-5980509, damzels.com). Vintage-inspired heels by Poetic Licence, Miz Mooz, Miss L Fire and Irregular Choice are 35 per cent off while supplies last. On the furniture deal front, Palazzetti (1020 Lawrence West, 416-785-7190, palazzetti. ca) has designer sofas, chairs, tables, beds and more discounted by up to 75 per cent until September 8.


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ARIES Mar 21 | Apr 19 Apollo astronaut

Russell Schweickart had a vision of loveliness while flying through outer space in his lunar module. “One of the most beautiful sights is a urine dump at sunset,” he testified. He said it resembles a “spray of sparklers,” as 10 million little ice crystals shoot out into the void at high velocity. As you feed your quest for a lusty life, Aries, I urge you to be as quirky and resourceful as Schweickart. Come up with your own definitions about what’s gorgeous and revelatory. Take epiphanies any way you can get them.

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TAURUS Apr 20 | May 20 At the heart of this horoscope is a quote from Maya Angelou. While it may seem schmaltzy, I assure you that its counsel will be essential to your success in the coming weeks. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,” said Angelou, “people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Can you see how valuable this principle might be for you, Taurus? If you hope to get what you desire, you should turn your empathy on full blast. If you’d like to supercharge your vitality, hone your skills as a judge of character. If you want to get the love you think you deserve, be a master at making people feel good in your presence. GEMINI May 21 | Jun 20 The coming

week will be prime time to celebrate your eccentricities and cultivate your idiosyncrasies. Do you like ketchup on your bananas? Is heavy metal the music you can best relax to? Do you have a tendency to break out in raucous laughter when people brag about themselves? I really think you should make note of all the qualities that make you odd or unique, and express those qualities with extra intensity. That may grate on some people, true, but it should have a potent healing effect on you.

CANCER Jun 21 | Jul 22 Here are my questions: Will you thrust your foot across that imaginary line, or will you back away from it, scouting around for an escape route? Will you risk causing a commotion in order to scratch the itch in your ambition? Or will you shuffle on back to your comfort zone and caress your perfect daydreams? Personally, Cancerian, I’m hoping you will elect to do what’s a bit unsettling. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. If you make a bold move, make sure you’re not angling to please or impress me – or anyone else, for that matter. Do it as a way to express your respect for yourself – or don’t do it. By ALEXANDER JOO

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LEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 When Tchaikovsky

wrote the musical score for his famous 1812 Overture, it included 16 cannon shots. Literally. These blasts weren’t supposed to be made by, say, a sledgehammer pounded against a wooden mallet, but rather by the detonation of an actual cannon. As crazy as that is,

you’ve got to admire Tchaikovsky’s creative gall. He was going way out of the box, calling on a source of sound no other composer had ever done. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to be inspired by his example, Leo. In your own chosen field, mess with the rules about how to play in your chosen field.

VIRGO Aug 23 | Sep 22 “And if nothing is

repeated in the same way,” says poet Antonio Porchia, “all things are last things.” That’s a good principle to adapt for your own purposes, Virgo. A few weeks from now, I bet you’ll be enmeshed in an orgy of novelty, creating yourself from scratch and exploring experiences you’ve never heard of before. But in the meantime, as you bring this cycle to a close, be equally inventive about how you finish things off. Don’t imitate the approach you used in tying up loose ends in the past. Don’t put stale, boring karma to rest in stale, boring ways. Nothing repeated! All things last things!

LIBRA Sep 23 | Oct 22 All of us feel bad sometimes – sad, discouraged, helpless, unloved and all the rest. It’s a natural part of being human. Here’s the good news: I am not predicting you will go through a phase like that anytime soon. Here’s the even better news: The coming week will be an excellent time to come up with effective strategies for what to do in the future when you go through a rough period. For example, instead of wallowing in selfpity or berating yourself for your weakness, maybe you can resolve, next time, to amble aimlessly out in nature, dance to cathartic music for three hours or go to the gym and smack around a punching bag. SCORPIO Oct 23 | Nov 21 When a domes-

ticated weasel captures some treasure or beats out a competitor for food, it performs a celebratory dance that’s referred to as the “weasel war dance.” During this triumphant display, it might hiss, arch its back, fluff out its tail and hop around madly. I encourage you to come up with your own private version of this ritual, Scorpio. It can be more dignified if you like: snapping your fingers, singing a magical phrase or raising your arms in a V-for-victory gesture. Whatever you choose, do it after every accomplishment, no matter how small: buying groceries, arriving at an appointment on time, getting a good new idea or any other success.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 | Dec 21 One out of

every four of us is afraid that we have missed our calling – that we have misread our soul’s code and failed to identify the labour of love that would provide our ultimate fuel for living. If you’re among this

deprived group, I have good news: The next six weeks will be an excellent time to fix the problem – to leave the niche where you don’t belong and go off to create a new power spot. And if you are among the 75 per cent of us who are confident you’ve found your vocation, the next six weeks will be prime time to boost your efforts to a higher level.

CAPRICORN Dec 22 | Jan 19 You can take this as a metaphor if you like, but I’m getting a psychic impression that you will soon be drawing on the energy of one of your past lives. Will it be a 13th-century Chinese lute player or a kitchen maid from 15th-century France? Will you be high on the vitality you had when you were a Yoruba priest living in West Africa 300 years ago or when you were a 16th-century Guarani herbalist in what’s now Paraguay? I invite you to play with fantasies like these, even if you don’t believe they’re literally true. You might be surprised at the boost you get from imagining yourself alive in a different body and historical era. AQUARIUS Jan 20 | Feb 18 The Italian

mattress company Sogniflex has created a bed with features designed to facilitate love-making. It has straps and handles, plus a trench that helps you get better traction. The extra-strong springs produce an exceptional bouncing action. You might consider buying one for yourself. The astrological omens suggest it’s time to play with more intensity in the intimate clinches. You could also try these things: 1. Upgrade your licking and sucking skills. 2. Cultivate your ability to listen receptively. 3. Deepen your sincere appreciation for what’s beautiful about anyone you’re attracted to. 4. Make yourself even more lovable than you already are. PISCES Feb 19| Mar 20 My $10-an-hour counsel only requires a few seconds to deliver. Here it is: “Never try to be someone you’re not. Discover what you were made for, and do it with all of your passionate intensity.” On the other hand, Pisces, my $100-a-minute wisdom is more complicated, subtle and hard to impart in less than an hour of storytelling. Here’s a hint of it: There are times when you can get interesting and even brilliant results by experimenting with being something you’re not. Going against the flow of your instinctual urges and customary tendencies might tweak you in just the right way – giving you an exotic grace and wild depth when you ultimately return to the path you were born to tread. Homework: If you could change your astrological sign, what would you change it to and why? Write: FreeWillAstrology.com.

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Sure, we need to replace liquid when we sweat, but are sports drinks the answer? By elizaBeth Bromstein Going for a run or a bike ride? Gotta stay hydrated, right? But your body can only handle so much water. It needs electrolytes in the form of minerals like sodium, potassium and magnesium, which allow you to

process fluids. All of which brings us to the question of whether popular sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade, with their electrolyte content, are critical to good exercising, as advertised, or just more sugary drinks.

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“The message is always “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” But dehydration doesn’t compromise performance and isn’t a risk factor for heatstroke. The message runners need to get is that over-hydration, or hyponatremia, is more of a risk than dehydration. Nobody in any marathon or sporting event has ever died of dehydration, but many people have died of water intoxication. Please drink responsibly. If you drink to thirst you’ll be fine. In marathon running, stress hormones like cortisol, prolactin and arginine vasopressin, the hormone that governs water balance, are released. When it’s present, the body can’t excrete the water load, and the dilution of body fluids causes brain swelling. Sports drinks don’t protect from this problem or prevent hyponatremia. They are a very diluted salt solution.” ARTHUR J. SIEGEL, MD, professor, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts “Water is good for hydration, but when you’re exercising in the heat and sweating a lot, you’re also losing sodium, an important part of fluid balance. Sports drinks have an advantage because they provide both carbohydrates and flavour; water gets boring, and people tend not to drink. Sodium’s the important electrolyte to take in while you’re exercising. Eating crushed pretzels, which have both sodium and carbohydrates, with water, would be fine. There’s a backlash against sports drinks, but not even the industry is suggesting you should be drinking sports drinks watching sports. Coconut water doesn’t have sodium, and fruit juices don’t work as sports drinks because there is a density issue: too much carbohydrate to water.” HEIDI SKOLNIK, nutrition and fitness expert, co-author, Nutrient Timing For Peak Performance, New Jersey “Sports drinks have slightly fewer calories

than other sugary beverages, but they have the same adverse effect on weight gain and diabetes and other cardiovascular disease problems. The only people who would benefit from drinking them are endurance athletes – those running 10 to 50 miles. Below that, there’s zero benefit. Water’s all that’s needed. You don’t unbalance your electrolytes by working out in the gym for an hour, doing a Zumba class or biking for an hour. If you’re dehydrated from diarrhea, that’s different, but you won’t find that very often. In around 22 countries, sports drinks are banned from schools. Very few athletic teams use them, except in professional basketball. They’ve been marketed to teenagers and young adults but have zero to do with their health.” BARRY POPKIN, professor of nutrition, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill “Sports drinks replace what we lose in sweat, sodium, potassium, and carbohydrates, which are fuel for our muscles. Instead of buying a sports drink, you can make your own, or choose coconut water, which is terrific at hydrating the moderate exerciser. If you’re doing intense, endurance activity, add a pinch of salt to every 8 ounces of coconut water. Sports drinks should be used during activity and not during sedentary times. Make a homemade sports drink: 3½ cups water, ½ cup orange juice, 2½ tablespoons honey, ¼ teaspoon salt (makes four 8-ounce servings). DAWN JACKSON BLATNER, registered dietitian, Chicago


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SUMMERWORKS PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst), Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson), the Theatre Centre (1087 Queen West), Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington), Scotiabank Studio Theatre (9 Noble), Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West) and various other venues. From today (Thursday, August 9) to August 19, various times. $15, passes $40-$120. Tickets on sale at the venue one hour before performance; up to 50 per cent of a show’s tickets (except for the music series) will be available for advance sale until 10 am the day before performance. See complete listings at nowtoronto.com/summerworks or summerworks.ca. 416-915-6747, in person at the Lower Ossington Box Office (100A Ossington) or ticketwise.ca.

Aurora Stewart de Peña

Anton Piatigorsky

Claire Calnan

Sabryn Rock

WHAT: Author of Dumbo Squid, about a young couple and the child in their lives, which the playwright describes as “a psychological portrait of viciousness.” WHY: The co-director of Birdtown and Swanville, Stewart de Peña has also had a hand in creating and directing such outside-the-box shows as The Physical Ramifications Of Attempted Global Domination (which brought together dictators Hitler, Napoleon, Pol Pot and others in a satiric series of contests) and 36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls, short takes on how girls want to have fun but often can’t. Let’s see her surreal sensibility brought to what sounds like a domestic scenario.

WHAT: Writer of Breath In Between, about a man who finds love after placing an ad on the internet looking for someone to kill. WHY: One of the smartest playwrights around, Piatigorsky mixes ideas about morality, philosophy and religion with stunning theatricality in works like The Offering, The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis Of Adam R. Tzaddik and Eternal Hydra. While he often collaborates with director Chris Abraham, he’s in good hands with Buddies artistic director Brendan Healy and a fine two-person cast, Paul Fauteux and Amy Rutherford.

WHAT: Actor in Iceland, Nicolas Billon’s play linking the banking crisis, a demanding real estate agent and a troubled tenant. WHY: A talented performer, writer and director, Calnan was a highlight in the cast of Billon’s lauded Greenland a few years ago. Here she’s a pious condo dweller having to deal with the intrusion of the agent and his new friend, a prostitute. It won’t hurt that Ravi Jain directs and that Calnan shares the stage with Kawa Ada and Christine Horne.

WHAT: Director of Dutchman, the award-winning play by Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) about the confrontation between a black man and a seductive, tantalizing white woman on a subway car. WHY: Known primarily as an actor – Ruined; Caroline, Or Change – Rock shifts into directing mode with this 60s American classic about black-white relations, setting the action on a bus that seats actors (Sascha Cole and Peyson Rock) and audience. Betcha she and her cast capture the energy and anger in this tense script.

Tamsin Kelsey

Philip Riccio

Terrence Bryant

Stefanie Bruce

Anthony Black

WHAT: Performer in Pietà, Danish playwright Astrid Saalbach’s tale of a 50-something divorcee who wakes up hung over in a Copenhagen hotel bed next to a stranger. WHY: Kelsey’s been off the stage for the past decade, teaching high school drama, but earlier she made a memorable impression in productions of The Good Life, The Gwendolyn Poems and Insomnia. Look for her to go deep into the emotional life of her character in this English-language premiere directed by the talented Sarah Garton Stanley.

WHAT: Actor in Rosa Laborde’s Marine Life, a tragicomedy about love, manipulation, tangled intimacies and environmentalism. WHY: Just coming off a sensational turn as the titular coked-up imaginary friend in Mr. Marmalade, Riccio (co-artistic director of The Company Theatre) brings a boyish and slightly off-kilter quality to his creations. Here, under Natasha Mytnowych’s direction, he plays a lawyer whose lover’s brother (Scott McCord) takes desperate measures to keep the couple apart.

WHAT: Actor in Terre Haute, a play by queer writer Edmund White about the imagined relationship between Gore Vidal and jailed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. WHY: Bryant, who should be working more frequently on Toronto stages, recently impressed Fringe audiences with his autobiographical monologue in Soulo. In Terre Haute, he appears as recently deceased patrician novelist Vidal, working opposite Todd Michael Sandomirsky’s working-class terrorist McVeigh. Alistair Newton’s direction is sure to highlight the differences and some surprising similarities between the two men.

WHAT: Artist behind Private Roads, an intimate and interactive experience in SummerWorks’ live art series. WHY: Bruce has her hand in the Toronto art and music scenes, and she recently collaborated with novelist Pasha Malla on something called the 24 Hour Art Marathon in Newfoundland. So her SummerWorks gig – in which she talks to individuals one-onone for 20 minutes at a time, exploring their insecurities and regrets – should be right in her wheelhouse. Is it art or therapy? Either way, sounds fascinating.

WHAT: Writer/director of When It Rains, a visiting production from Halifax’s 2b theatre, where Black is coartistic director. The play explores the foundering communications and relationships between two couples. WHY: Black’s presented some excellent work here before, including Homage and the solo show Invisible Atom. In the already acclaimed When It Rains, he uses a single video projector casting images on the back theatre wall to animate the production – described as “a live-action existential graphic novel.” The cast includes Marc Bendavid and Conor Green. NOW AUGUST 9-15 2012

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NATIVE TRAILBLAZER HEATS UP FEST WITH PERSONAL STORY ABOUT ESCAPING THE LEGACY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM By GLENN SUMI MEDICINE BOY by Waawaate Fobister, directed by Tara Beagan, with PJ Prudat, Garret C. Smith and Jonathan Fisher. Presented by Anishnaabe Theatre Performance and SummerWorks at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre (6 Noble). August 9 and 12 at 7:30 pm, August 11 and 17 at 5 pm, August 16 at 10 pm, August 18 at noon. summerworks.ca.

Waawaate Fobister is looking forward to clearing up the bad blood between him and SummerWorks. Three years ago, the festival’s jokey promo videos included one about how to win artistic grants. “It basically implied that in order to get a grant you had to be gay and native,” says Fobister, who just happens to be gay – or two-spirited – and native. At the time, he was basking in the Dora Awardwinning success of his first play, Agokwe, about a young two-spirited man’s coming of age on the reserve. The Dora sweep, which included statues for his script and performance, got some theatre industry tongues wagging, so the humour did seem aimed at the play. “I was angry,” says Fobister, in his extraordinarily quiet and shy way – he barely looks at me when talking. “I called [artistic producer] Michael Rubenfeld a racist, and he asked, ‘How am I a racist?’ But he later apologized.” So this year, when Fobister and Native Earth artistic director Tara Beagan were considering applying to the festival, he didn’t hesitate. “‘Fine,’” he recalls. “‘Let’s work together. Bury the hatchet.’” That’s a fitting symbol, because his new play, Medicine Boy, is all about healing. In particular, healing the cycle of abuse, addiction and self-destruction wrought by Canada’s native residential school system. Fobister’s parents and grandparents went through the system, and he says the intergenerational trauma continues. “I carry it. Many people carry it,” says Fobister, who grew up Anishinaabe on the Grassy Narrows First Nations reserve near Kenora, Ontario. “My parents went to residential schools, they all became alcoholics, and the people who were abused start abusing. That garbage just carries on.” Subtly interwoven into Medicine Man’s script are many ironies, like the fact that the land where the residential schools once stood is now home to casinos and offices where child services departments often take children away from families. The play, more ambitious in structure than Ago-

kwe, features a pot-smoking aboriginal teen named Mukukee who continually relives one scene. Eventually, through the machinations of Daebaujimod, the trickster-like Medicine Man, the ghosts of Mukukee’s ancestors appear to him, and there’s hope that by acknowledging the past he can break the cycle. Fobister began smoking weed and dropping acid at 11, and admits that quitting drugs at 19 was part of his attempt to stop the cycle. “My parents would have full-blown parties when I was a kid, and there was lots of crazy stuff happening,” he says without a trace of self-pity. “Rez life is rough. It’s the ghetto, basically.” He admits that through it all, though, his parents pushed him to get up in the morning, go to school and become the first person in their family to finish high school. When they took him to Toronto, he remembers being fascinated by the city and vowing to move here. Throughout our talk, it takes me a while to adjust to Fobister’s presence. His delicate features and quiet, high-pitched voice that, he tells me, is frequently assumed to be female by telemarketers, make him seem recessive, not quite a creature of the stage. Then he’ll flash me a mischievous look and I glimpse the steely, fearless Nanabush character from Agokwe. Perhaps that’s his two-spirited nature – a mix of feminine and masculine – coming through. “I started out as a dancer,” he says. “I was always shy, and I didn’t feel like I would be an actor, even though I wanted that.” When Agokwe toured the country in 2010, however, he was forced to confront his fear of performing. “I think the pressure got to me,” he says. “The Doras had happened, I was going on my first tour, it was Vancouver, the first city, and the run was already almost sold out. I saw my face in subways. Outside theatres there were huge lines of people trying to buy tickets, and many couldn’t get in….” Three-quarters of the way through the final preview, he started hyperventilating, sweating – “It’s a bad joke, but I felt like Whitney Houston” – and collapsed onstage before being taken to hospital. It wasn’t until the run’s third night that he took action. At his 15-minute call, he sang a traditional song in his dressing room, calling forth a protective bear spirit to come down and love him. “I kept singing the song over and over, until something came over me. I don’t know what it was. It was very spiritual. I was asking the ancestors to come down, protect me and live through me so I could tell my stories.

“My parents [and grandparents] went to residential schools, they all became alcoholics, and the people who were abused start abusing. That garbage carries on.” Waawaate Fobister

“When the stage manager knocked, I was sobbing, but when I got up, my feet felt like they had roots. The rest of the run was fine. I felt planted.” Each time he performs, he invokes the spirits of his ancestors. And in person Fobister seems genuinely happy. After he tells me he’s engaged to Soulpepper Academy actor and dancer Justin Many Fingers, he tries, unsuccessfully, to dig his ring out of his knapsack to show me. This fall, he and his fiancé are scheduled to dance together in a piece by Mexican choreographer Carlos Rivera at Harbourfront. And Fobister’s working on his own full-length dance piece, about how mercury poisoning in lakes – caused by paper mills – has affected native people. It’s a subject that crops up in Medicine Man. “Our people were denied doctors,” he says bluntly, “so we had to use our own money to bring doctors from Japan to visit us on the reserve. The Japanese had experiences of their own with mercury poisoning.” After the acclaim that greeted Agokwe, is Fobister at all nervous about the dreaded sophomore curse? “Not really,” he says. “I don’t care about what the outside has to say. I’m confident in the story and I’m happy with where it’s going.” This doesn’t seem like bravado. The play’s been in development for years, and he frankly tells me an earlier version was “a piece of shit. The seeds of something were there, but it wasn’t ready to show anyone.” He didn’t read Agokwe’s reviews until a couple of years after the first performances. “I didn’t want anything to play with my head. My focus has always been on telling the story and sharing it. However people want to receive it is how they receive it.” One performance of his first play that hit home, however, was for an all-native crowd in Kenora. “It was scary,” he says. “There were boys who were like the bullies I knew in high school who had their feet up on the stage, with an attitude that said, ‘Entertain me.’” Fobister didn’t ask them to put their feet down, but when he slipped into his fast-talking, charismatic Nanabush character, they were visibly impressed and removed their feet on their own. “I was terrified,” says Fobister. “But I knew I had to go big or go home.” 3 glenns@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/glennsumi

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a man on women in loVe young queer male imagines older lesbian lives When he became the Twink columnist at Fab Magazine, Jesse Stong never dreamed he’d be writing a play about two women, living together for five decades, who finally reveal their affection for each other when they’re 75. Stong began Breathe For Me – A Finely-Aged Love Story as his firstyear project at the National Theatre School (NTS), wanting to combine an unusual kind of coming-out story with his grandmother’s “saucy outrageousness.” “I also wanted to step out of my element,” he recalls. “I knew I wanted to write queer characters but raised the stakes by trying to capture not the young gay experience, but rather that of these women. I also wanted to talk about the universal need to admit to yourself what you’re really about, what you really feel.” Edith and Edna have shared a house for years, and now widowed caregiver Edith insists that wheelchair-bound Edna see a doctor about her “spells,” which Edith thinks are increasingly serious epileptic attacks. “Edith, holding everything together, has been a nurturer to the point of self-sacrifice; she’s in control so Edna doesn’t have to be,” explains Stong, a social worker as well as writer. “But the manipulative

Edna has her own agenda, and when she starts talking about her true feelings for Edith, Edith does her best to avoid the topic.” Thematically, the play is about the importance of looking at personal truths while there’s still time. But rather than using high drama to make his point, Stong turns to comedy.

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“Though there’s an eventual punch to the material, I like pulling people in with the humour of everyday life. I want to show the tugging, back-and-forth relationship of an older couple, who seem to be fighting but are just interacting with each other as they regularly do. Real life can be very funny, even if it doesn’t seem so at first.” Stong’s collaborators are director Ed Roy, a mentor since Stong’s days at the Young Writers’ Unit at Buddies in Bad Times, and actors Deborah Kipp and Peggy Mahon. “The women are NTS graduates, which I only discovered after we started working together. Listening to them talk after the first readthrough, I discovered the closeness they have, a concern for each other that feeds wonderfully into the characters they play.” Breathe For Me – A Finely-Aged Love Story, opens tonight (Thursday, August 9) at Factory Theatre. 3

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Violet is blue life after senseless murder It’s easy to find an alliterative adjective to describe Tanisha Taitt – “talented.” Actor, singer, producer, director, apprentice lighting designer and teacher, Taitt’s now adding playwright to her roster of skills. Violent Be Violet is the story of Violet, the sole survivor of a mass killing 14 years in the past. Understandably troubled by memories, she seeks help from Genevieve, her former psych teacher, now a nun; her mother and brother are concerned that she needs more professional assistance than Genevieve can provide. “I wanted to work with the idea of a traumatized person who’s not able to get past that suffering,” says Taitt, who ran V-Day Toronto for five years, producing and directing two versions of The Vagina Monologues. “In an early draft she was a rape survivor, but after reading stories of cam-

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pus shootings, I challenged myself to write about a different sort of victim.” The playwright, who also plays the title character, describes Violet as “an extremely bright woman in her mid30s who had planned to be a surgeon. The random act of senseless violence that killed her friends has left her unable to function in the world. After periods of regression and recovery, she now seems to be spiraling out of control.” Wearing the dual hats of writer and actor was initially tricky. “The longer rehearsals go on, the easier it is to make that distinction, for the room becomes the director’s domain,” she laughs. “At first it was hard to be objective, not too protective of the words and open to alternative perspectives on the script. There have even been surprising moments for me, when I have to call for a line that I myself had written. “But working with director Philip Akin has been a great experience,” says Taitt. “He’s so smart and passionate, which I discovered when I apprenticed with him at Obsidian Theatre. Collaborating with him on Violent Be Violet means that I have to stop watching him work with my director’s mind and instead take in what he says to me as an actor.” Violent Be Violet opens Saturday (August 11) at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. 3 jonkap@nowtoronto.com

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Clothes Calls niqAb StORiES inSpiRE SAtiRE In France, it’s illegal for a woman to wear a niqab (a cloth that covers the head, leaving only the eyes visible, worn by some Muslim women) in public; in Canada, women wearing a niqab are not allowed to take the oath of citizenship. Globe and Mail writer Tabatha Southey satirized the two ridiculous rules in a 2011 column titled Minister Kenney, Can I Become A Citizen In These Shoes?, which inspired Sean Dixon’s sharp-edged comedy France,

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Or The Niqab. “Before I read the article, I saw a political cartoon in which a woman in a bikini and a woman in a niqab pointed accusingly at each other. What I liked about Southey’s article,” which Dixon has adapted for the play’s last scene, “was that she didn’t present oppositional figures, but rather a powerful feminist alliance, imaginative and inclusive.” In Dixon’s play, set in France, a Muslim woman named Samira re-

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Ron PedeRson Actor, Extinction Song, and host, Captain Ron’s Ship Of Friendship

Ron Pederson – actor, writer, director and cofounder of brilliant improv troupe the National Theatre of the World – will be all over this year’s SummerWorks. Not only is he playing a precocious seven-year-old who communes with wolves in Ron Jenkins’s play Extinction Song, but he’s also hosting a series of late-night soirées at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Along with Atomic Vaudeville, the folks behind the award-winning Ride The Cyclone, Pederson – or his alter ego, Captain Ron – will introduce everything from multidisciplinary match-making sessions to letter-writing parties. You’re doing so much at this year’s SummerWorks that I hear they were thinking of renaming the festival to reflect that. What would it have been called? Umm... Mardi Groan? Why didn’t it happen? Everyone concluded that it was a terrible idea. Except Michael Rubenfeld. He’s the only one under the impression that I’m popular. In Extinction Song, you play a seven-year-old boy. What was the key to creating him? Everything comes from Ron Jenkins’s excellent script. That,

ceives several police fines for driving while wearing a niqab; she takes the case to Tabatha, a high-profile, highheel-wearing lawyer, for advice. To understand Samira’s situation, Tabatha spends a day wearing a niqab and meets the mysterious man who pays fines for women charged for their illegal public dress. “Tabatha was happy to let me write a play that drew on the article,” says Dixon, whose previous plays include The Painting and Billy Nothin’. “Like the play’s Tabatha, she grew up wearing high heels and pencil skirts and didn’t care what others thought about her wardrobe choices. “My character is brash, unapologetic and physical,” he continues. “Our director, Tanja Jacobs, says this Tabatha is confident in every situation, even though she may not have the perfect grasp of what’s going on. Here she stumbles over and over into more complicated scenarios than she expects. That’s part of the play’s comedy.” Samira, on the other hand, isn’t the oppressed, downtrodden woman that Tabatha at first imagines. She understands what Tabatha is about and sends her up incisively. Dixon tackles the archetypal nature of the two women as well as their differences and similarities by using laughter. “Comedy allows you to take energetic risks with touchy subjects,” he says. “Your characters can be outrageous, make mistakes and be offensive.” France, Or The Niqab opens tonight (Thursday, August 9) at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. 3 jonkap@nowtoronto.com

and I’m also radically immature. You also play an alcoholic dad. Draw on any real-life figures for that? Not a real person, no. But I did a lot of research in saloons and drinking alone at home. Sad thing is, all my exploration and probing was for naught. I’ve forgotten it all. The show’s been a hit all over the country and won a Sterling Award in Edmonton. How will Toronto respond? I think they’ll be overwhelmed by the power of Ron’s writing. My hope for the theatre I produce has always remained intact: I just want girls to like it. The festival got its federal funding restored for 2012 and 2013. How much of that went into your pocket? Not a lot. Fun-fun cocaine binges, however. You’re also hosting this year’s Performance Bar series, called Captain Ron’s Ship Of Friendship. How do you ensure an entertaining voyage? Gemini nominee and beloved actor/improviser Kayla Lorette is playing my first mate, Poopy. She’s guaranteed laughs! Plus Atomic Vaudeville for gawd sake! Ginger or Mary Ann? First one, then the other. What’s Captain Ron going to do in his off hours? Loving up SummerWorks, his favourite time of year! Also, did I mention cocaine? Extinction Song opens Friday (August 10) at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace; Captain Ron’s Ship Of Friendship happens from Friday (August 10) at Lower Ossington Theatre Cabaret Space. GLENN SUMI

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Opening ANNie by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin (Drayton Entertainment). The red-haired orphan seeks a place to call home in this musical. Opens Aug 15 and runs to Sep 1, Tue-Sat (see website for times). $40, previews $32, stu $20. Huron Country Playhouse, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend. 1-888-372-9866, draytonentertainment.com. The CloCkmAker by Stephen Massicotte (Thousand Islands Playhouse). A man is intrigued by a married woman who brings a broken clock to his shop. Opens Aug 10 and runs to Sep 8, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Fri-Sat 2:30 pm. $30-$32, stu/preview $16. Firehall Theatre, 185 South St, Gananoque. 1-866-3827020, 1000islandsplayhouse.com. The CruCible by Arthur Miller (Soulpepper). A small, devout Massachusetts town is thrown into chaos with accusations of witchcraft in 1692. Opens Aug 9 and runs to Sep 22, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. elekTrA by Sophocles (Stratford Festival). Elektra and her brother seek vengeance on their mother and stepfather for the murder of their father in this Greek tragedy. Previews to Aug 10. Opens Aug 11, runs in rep to Sep 29. $49-$95, srs $35-$55, stu $15-$25. Tom Patterson Theatre, 111

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Lakeside, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. heddA GAbler by Henrik Ibsen (Shaw Festival). A headstrong new bride wreaks havoc on all around her to keep her checkered past secret. Previews to Aug 9. Opens Aug 10 and runs in rep to Sep 29. $35-$90, stu mats $24. Court House Theatre, 26 Queen, Niagara-onthe-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. heleN’s NeCklACe by Carole Fréchette (Shaw Festival). A visitor looks for her lost necklace in a Middle Eastern city scarred by a recent war. Previews to Aug 10. Opens Aug 11 and runs in rep to Aug 31. $50. Studio Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800511-7429, shawfest.com. i, GeorGe NepiA by Hone Kouka (Harbourfront Centre Planet IndigenUS/Woodland Cultural Centre/Tawata Productions). A Maori New Zealander rises from humble beginnings to become a rugby superstar. Aug 11-12, Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $30. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com/ planetindigenus. JACob Two-Two meeTs The hooded FANG by Mordecai Richler (Theatre by the Bay). A boy struggles to be heard in this musical adaptation of Richler’s classic book. Opens Aug 11 and runs to Aug 25, Mon-Sat 10:30 am, MonTue and Thu-Fri 2 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop W, Barrie. 705-735-9243, theatrebythebay.com. JohNNy ANd JuNe by Colin Stewart and Chris McHarge (Drayton Entertainment). This musical revue pays tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter. Opens Aug 15 and runs to Sep 1, Tue-Sat (see website for times). $40, previews iN A dArk dArk house by Neil LaBute (Unit $32, stu $20. Playhouse II, 70689 B Line, Grand 102 Actors Company). Two estranged brothBend. draytonentertainment.com. ers reunite and confront the abuse in their mAry, mAry by Jean Kerr (Classic Theatre Fespast and how to overcome it. Previews Aug tival). A recently divorced couple are forced to 9-11. Runs to Sep 1, Thu and Sat 8 pm (except spend the night together in this comedy. PreAug 18), Aug 17 at 8 pm, mats Aug 18 and 26 views Aug 10-11. Opens Aug 11 and runs to at 2 pm. $20. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. Sep 2, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 unit102tix@gmail.com. pm. $21-$30. Mason Theatre, 13 Victoria, sT. FrANCis oF millbrook by Sky Gilbert (4th Perth. 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca. Line Theatre). A farm boy’s interests worry The melville boys by Norm Foster (Drayton his parents in this coming-of-age story about Entertainment). Two brothers’ plans for a growing up gay in rural Ontario. Previews guys getaway change when they meet two Aug 13-14. Opens Aug 18 and runs to Sep 1, sisters in this comedy. Opens Aug 15 and runs Mon-Sat 6 pm. $26-$30, preview $20, opento Sep 1, Tue-Sat (see website for times). $40, ing night $40. Winslow Farm, 779 Zion Line, previews $32, stu $20. Drayton Festival TheMillbrook. 1-800-814-0055, 4thlinetheatre. atre, 33 Wellington S, Drayton. 1-888-372on.ca. 9866, draytonentertainment.com. Two GeNTs (Shakespeare in the Ruff). This The merry wives oF wiNdsor by William outdoor performance features the comShakespeare (Theatre by the Bay). Two marpany’s adaptation of The Two Gentlemen Of ried women turn the tables on their would-be Verona, with a new ending that empowers seducer in this comedy. Opens Aug 10 and the female leads. Previews Aug 15. Runs to runs to Aug 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm (see website for Sep 2, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm. Pwyc ($15 sugg). other times). $29, stu/srs $26. Mady Centre Withrow Park, 725 Logan. shakespearefor the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop W, Barrie. intheruff.com. 705-735-9243, theatrebythebay.com. Nobody’s perFeCT by Simon Williams (Century Church Theatre). A man writing under a female pseudonym wins a prize for women reTurN To your rooTs burlesque bruNCh authors in this comedy. Opens Aug 15 and (Great Canadian Burlesque). The troupe preruns to Aug 26, see website for schedule. $27, sents an afternoon revue with Dolly Berlin, mat $23. 72 Trafalgar, Hillsburgh. 519-855Karen Juanita, Frenchie Fatale and others. 4586, centurychurchtheatre.com. Aug 12 at 1 pm. $15. Cadillac Lounge, 1296 oleANNA by David Mamet (Unit 102 Actors aug 8 – sept 1 atstruggle unit 102ensues theatre, 376a dufferin ave W. greatcanadianburlesque.com. Queen Company). A power when tickets: unit102tix@gmail.com, info: www.unit102theatre.com

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female student accuses a professor of sexual harassment. Previews to Aug 10. Opens Aug 15 and runs to Aug 31, Fri and Wed 8 pm (except Aug 17), Aug 18 at 8 pm, mats Aug 19 and 25 at 2 pm. $20. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. unit102tix@gmail.com. plANeT iNdiGeNus oFFsiTe (Harbourfront Centre/Brant Historical Society). Events include Invisible Stories, performance-based art walks with Falen Johnson and a performance of her play Salt Baby. Aug 14-16, see website for schedule. Free. Brant Museum & Archives, 57 Charlotte, Brantford. harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus. rum ruNNers by Derek Ritschel and Steve Thomas (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). This musical comedy features local history, songs and legendsabout the Prohibition-era Lake Erie bootlegging trade. Opens Aug 9 and runs to Aug 25, see website for schedule. $27-$33. 247 Main, Port Dover. lighthousetheatre.com. sTorm wArNiNG by Norm Foster (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). A quiet war vet meets a brash music writer in 50s northern Ontario in this romantic comedy. Opens Aug 15 and runs to Sep 8, see website for schedule. $30, preview/mat $27, stu $14. 302 Bridge, Port Stanley. 1-855-782-4353, portstanleytheatre.ca. summerworks (SummerWorks). The annual juried festival returns with works by Outside the March, Ecce Homo, 2b theatre company, Birdtown and Swanville, lemonTree Creations and others, plus live music, performance art and more (see story, page 29). Opens Aug 9 and runs to Aug 19, see website for schedule. $15, passes $40-$120. Various venues, Bathurst and Queen W area. 416-504-7529, summerworks.ca.

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Continuing adventUreS In SlUmberland (Frolick). This

all-ages show about a boy’s dream world is an adaptation of Winsor McCay’s comic strip Little Nemo In Slumberland. Runs to Aug 26, Wed-Sun 11 am, noon, 1 and 2 pm. $10 or pwyc. Olympic Island Lagoon Theatre, near Centre Island ferry dock. frolick.ca. aPPrentIce to mUrder (Mysteriously Yours... Dinner Theatre). This dinner-theatre whodunit features corporate back-stabbing and boardroom intrigue. Runs to Sep 15, FriSat and some Thu; dinner from 6:30 pm, show 8 pm. $66-$71. 2026 Yonge. mysteriouslyyours.com. avenUe Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Lower Ossington Theatre). This intimate revival of the Broadway smash delivers all the fun of puppets behaving badly. Songs about racism, porn and being in the closet are hilarious, honest and performed well by a strong cast of singers and puppeteers challenged by a few technical restraints. Runs to Oct 7, ThuSat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $45-$60. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com. nnn (Jordan Bimm) backbeat by Iain Softley, Michael Thomas and Stephen Ward (Mirvish). Hardcore Beatles fans will find lots to enjoy in this moody, slow-moving story about the forming of the Fab Four. The script doesn’t offer much insight into anyone or anything, including the bromance between John Lennon and his friend/bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who’s also a talented artist. But once the show finds its emotional heart, it’s absorbing enough, and the music, performed entirely by the actors, is delivered with loud, brash take-no-prisoners enthusiasm. Runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $36-$130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com. nnn (GS) the beSt of frIngekIdS 2012 (Theatre Direct/Fringe Toronto). Three kids’ shows from last month’s Fringe Fest (Something From Nothing; The Tempest – A Puppet Epic; Tick) return to the stage. Runs to Aug 12, Thu 10 & 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30 & 7 pm, Sun noon, 1 & 4 pm. $12.30. Wychwood Barns Theatre, 76 Wychwood. 416-5374191, theatredirect.ca. cloUdS over t.o. by Sten Eirik (Guildwood Festival Theatre). A man struggles with urban living and debt in this adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Clouds set in present-day Toronto. Runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $20, kids under 12 free. Guild Inn Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Greek Theatre. guildfestivaltheatre.ca.

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the comPlete WorkS of WIllIam ShakeSPeare (abrIdged) (The Classical Theatre Pro-

ject). Three actors perform 37 plays in 97 minutes in this interactive show performed on the garden terrace. Runs to Aug 29, Wed 7 and 9:30 pm (no show Aug 22). $50, stu/srs $30. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-915-6750, completeworksabridged.com. hello (Huge Picture Productions). The leader of a vigilante group wrestles with existential questions during an alien invasion in this multimedia musical. Runs to Aug 31, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $25. Electric Theatre, 299 Augusta. 416317-8715, hugepictureproductions.com. a hIStory of forgettIng by David Anderson and Krista Dalby (Clay & Paper Theatre). This play looks at modern hubris and our lack of humility in the face of the past. Runs to Aug 26, Wed-Sun 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Dufferin Grove Park, Dufferin S of Bloor. clayandpapertheatre.org. hoW to traIn yoUr dragon lIve (DreamWorks). Dragons and Vikings collide in this live show featuring actors, acrobats and fullsize dragons. Runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sat 7 pm, mats Sat 11 am & 3 pm, Sun 11 am & 4 pm. $35-$160. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay. dreamworksdragonslive.com. memory In the mUd (Words In Motion). This movable drama and tour tells the stories of brick makers, POWs and Depression-era transients who spent time at the Brick Works. Runs to Sep 30, most Sat and Wed 2 pm (see website for exact schedule). $20, child $10. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. ebw. evergreen.ca/whats-on/memory-in-the-mud. a mIdSUmmer nIght’S dream by William Shakespeare (Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park). This magical outdoor theatre spectacle – celebrating its 30th summer – delivers a hilarious take on the Bard’s classic comedy about lovers who take to a forest populated by mischievous fairies.

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Packed with action, comedy and eye candy, this Dream has something for everyone, young and old. Runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Pwyc ($20 sugg), 14 and under free. High Park Amphitheatre, Bloor W and Parkside. canadianstage.com. nnnn (Jordan Bimm) mInd reader (Bobby Motta). Mentalist Motta performs a weekly interactive show. Indefinite run, Wed 8 pm. $15. The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick. bobbymotta.com. odySSeo (Cavalia). This entertaining followup to 2003’s equine escapade Cavalia features some Cirque du Soleil glitz, a bit more hunky human flesh and some jaw-dropping production values. The horses are the stars, galloping, clearing fences and performing in unison, sometimes with brave riders jumping over them (and in one eye-popping case, under them). Runs to Aug 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3 pm, Sun 2 pm. $29.50-$119.50. White Big Top, 324 Cherry. 1-866-999-8111, cavalia.net. nnn (GS) Peter Pan by JM Barrie (UC Follies Theatre Company). The classic story of the boy who never grows up is performed outdoors. Bring your own blanket. Runs to Aug 19, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm. $10, stu/srs $8, Wed pwyc. Hart House Circle, 7 Hart House Circle. uofttix.ca. the royal comedIanS by Mikhail Bulgakov (Soulpepper). This play looks at the life of French dramatist Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière. Runs to Sep 21, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. SPeed-the-PloW by David Mamet (Soulpepper). It’s middling Mamet – all flash and with almost no emotional truth – but this tale of two Hollywood sharks who plan to produce an exploitative prison pic and the temp secretary who tries to bring salvation to one of them has some searing satire, razor-sharp dialogue and three fine performances by Ari Cohen, Jordan Pettle and Sarah Wilson. Runs to Sep 22, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. nnn (Susan G Cole) the SUnShIne boyS by Neil Simon (Soulpepper). Simon’s 1972 comedy about a famous vaudeville duo who grudgingly reunite for a TV special is jokey and middlebrow, but has lots of affection for show biz and a moving metaphor about friendship and working relationships. Director Ted Dykstra gets rich, deeply felt performances from veterans Kenneth Welsh and Eric Peterson, who nail most of the jokes and help suggest a lot that’s not in the script.. Runs to Sep 22, see website for schedule. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22, stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper. ca. nnn (GS) War horSe based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish). The story’s familiar – boy gets horse, boy loses horse, etc – but the stagecraft on display in War Horse is like nothing else. Handspring Puppet Company’s equines come to life with Rae Smith’s spectacular design, which uses projections to convey the First World War battlefields where Albert (an excellent Alex Ferber) seeks the horse he loves. We appreciate the anti-war message, as well, but it’s the magic theatre can create that’ll make you weep. Runs to Sep 30, TueSat 7:30 pm, mats Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm. $35-$130, rush $29. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish. com. nnnnn (Susan G Cole)

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Thursday, August 9 abSolUte comedy presents Brian Stollery,

Barry Kennedy and host Ward Anderson. To Aug 12, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. $10-$15. 2335 Yonge. 416-4867700, absolutecomedy.ca. bdt SUmmer blockbUSter Week Bad Dog Theatre presents an action mashup featuring Montreal troupe the Bitter End and Sex T-Rex. 9:30 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre.com. eaSy actIon Bad Dog Theatre presents members of Montreal’s the Bitter End and the Bad Dog Repertory Players. Part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 10 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-5516540, baddogtheatre.com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe Second City presents a collection of sketches, songs and improvisations. To Aug 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm (plus late show Sat 10:30 pm), Sun 7 pm. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity. com. gorIlla theatre Backyard Spaceship Productions presents four improv directors at the mercy of the audience. Thursdays at 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-661-6540. laUghIng lIke craZy Mood Disorders Association of Ontario presents a stand-up showcase by graduates of its Young Adult Program. 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor, Auditorium. mooddisorders.ca. ready, Set, laUgh! Second City presents an all-ages collection of sketches, songs and improv to benefit the SickKids Foundation. To Aug

31, Thu-Fri 1 pm. $14, family pack $48. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. Where the hell are We? The Mary Janes of Comedy present their stand-up comedy tour, featuring Sarah Donaldson, Candice Gregoris, Shelley Kidwell and Lianne Mauladin. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. wix.com/ maryjane2/maryjanesofcomedy. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents Shannon Laverty. To Aug 12, Thu and Sun 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. yUk yUk’S WeSt presents John Ki w/ Sarah Walsh and Ted Morris. To Aug 11, Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sat 9 pm. $12-$20. 5165 Dixie, Mississauga. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.

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Friday, August 10 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. the beSt of the Second cIty presents classic

and original sketch and trademark improvisation. 11 pm. $24, stu $15. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. I JUSt love that I’m So Into yoU The Flying Beaver Pubaret presents dialogue, monologue and interactive games with Heather Gold and Mariko Tamaki. 7:30 pm. $10$15. 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567, brownpapertickets.com/event/259803. marty toPPS hoUSe Party ShoW Isaac Winter presents a comedy show and dance party w/ Chris Locke, Mark DeBonis, Bronx Cheer, Jayvlog89, Marty Simsovic, host Marty Topps, DJ T-Bot and others. 10:30 pm. $5-$8. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. martytopps.ca. ready, Set, laUgh! See Thu 9. todd glaSS The Comedy Addict presents the comic performing live standup and the podcast show (Sat, 10:30 pm). To Aug 11, Fri-Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $20. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S vaUghan presents Chris Quigley w/ Khandi Abelson and Terry Clement. To Aug 11, Fri-Sat 9 pm. $20. 70 Interchange Way. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. yUk yUk’S WeSt See Thu 9.

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Saturday, August 11 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. hUngry hUngry gameS Bad Dog Theatre

presents a sneak peak at a Hunger Gamesinspired comedic death match. Part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 7 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre. com. theatreSPortS Bad Dog Theatre presents a turbocharged edition of the improv show as part of Summer Blockbuster Week. 7 pm. $12, stu $10; all-shows pass $30. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416491-3115, baddogtheatre. com.

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hIrSch by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson (Stratford Festival). Actor Alon Nashman and director Paul Thompson’s portrait of John Hirsch, the talented, complicated director who for a time ran the Stratford Festival, pulls no punches; the show reveals Hirsch’s caustic, irascible side as well as his passion for and insight into theatre. Nashman’s performance is mesmerizing. Runs in rep to Sep 14. $30-$70. Studio Theatre, 34 George E, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca. nnnn (JK) ragtIme by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Shaw Festival). Turn-of-the-century America is seen through the eyes of three very different families in this musical. Runs in rep to Oct 14. $35-$110, stu/srs mats $24-$45. Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-theLake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. 3

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todd glaSS See Fri 10. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S vaUghan See Fri 10. yUk yUk’S WeSt See Thu 9.

Sunday, August 12 abSolUte comedy See Thu 9. comedy at 51 Kyra Williams presents a late-

night comedy cabaret w/ Andre Arruda, Allen Yiu, Chrissie Cunningham, Michael Harrison, Amber Harper-Young, the Panel Show and host Jim Kim. 10 pm. Pwyc. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. haPPy hoUr @ eIn-SteIn presents Kurt Jaimungal, Marty Simsovic, Kivork, Keelan Miller, Matt Collins, Lianne Mauladin, host Sam Feldman and others. 8 pm. Free. EinStein, 229 College. ein-stein.ca. SUnday nIght lIve The Sketchersons present weekly sketch w/ guest hosts and musical acts. 9 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. thesketchersons.com. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn See Thu 9.

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Monday, August 13 altdot comedy loUnge Rivoli presents Ron Sparks, Alex Pavone, Rhiannon ñ Archer, Chris Locke, Amanda Brooke Perrin,

Rose Giles, MC Christophe Davidson and others. 9 pm. Pwyc. 332 Queen W. altdotcomedylounge.com. the beSt of the Second cIty presents classic and original sketch and trademark improvisation. 8 pm. $14. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416343-0011, secondcity.com. cheaP laUghS monday PJ O’Briens Irish Pub presents a show w/ Russell Roy and guests. 9 pm. Free. 39 Colborne. 416-815-7562. the lIttle comedy ShoW that coUld Jon Kane presents Arthur Simeon, Jordan Foisy, Jy Harris, Evan Desmarais and Rob Mailloux. 9 pm. $5. The Avro, 750 Queen E. jonkane.ca. the ShISha ShoW Naughty Nadz presents stand-up w/ headliner Martha O’Neill, host Blair Streeter and an open mic. 9 pm. Free. 1590 Dundas E, Mississauga. 905-232-5577.

Tuesday, August 14 fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents the Humber

School of Comedy at 7:30 pm, and stand-up Amateur Night at 9:30 pm. $4. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com.

Wednesday, August 15 abSolUte comedy presents Pro-Am Night w/

Fraser Young, DK Phan, Kivork, Rachelle Elie, Jeff Paul, Sam Farid and host Tim Dimond. 8:30 pm. $6. 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, absolutecomedy.ca. eaSt SIde rePreSentS Red Sandcastle Theatre presents a monthly comedy revue w/ Sandra Battaglini, Darla Biccum, Jeanie Calleja, Sarah Carver, Precious Chong, Todd Graham, host Fiona Carver and others. 8:30 pm. $10. 922 Queen E. redsandcastletheatre. com. fall 2012 maInStage revUe See Thu 9. hUmPday hUmoUr Muoi Nene Productions present weekly Afrocentric comedy w/ Raïs Muoi and others. 7 pm. Free. Hakuna Matata Sports Bar, 326 Parliament. 416-519-1569. laUghS @ Slack’S presents the weekly openmic show w/ guest host Heidi Brander and others. 8:30 pm. Free. Slack’s, 562 Church. facebook.com/LaughsAtSlacks. SIren’S comedy Celt’s Pub presents open-mic stand-up w/ Jason Schlesinger and host Hannah Hogan. 8:30 pm. Free. 2872 Dundas W. 416-767-3339. toP Sketch canada Black Swan presents a sketch and improv competition w/ Josh Bowman, Matt McCready, Joe Delfin, Joel Buxton, Alicia Douglas, Meredith Cheesbrough, Ron Sparks, Laura Bailey and host Jen Littlewood. To Aug 22, Wednesdays 8 pm. $5. 154 Danforth. jen.littlewood@gmail.com. yUk yUk’S doWntoWn presents Paul Smith. To Aug 19, Wed-Thu and Sun 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm. $12-$20. 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6425, yukyuks.com. 3

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dance listings Planet IndIgenUS Harbourfront Centre presents dance by Australian company ñ Polytoxic, Tjimur Dance Theatre of Taiwan,

the Gitxsan troupe Dancers of Damelahamid from BC and more. Aug 11-19, Thu-Sun (see website). Free. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-9734000, harbourfrontcentre.com. 3

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CHAINZ, MEEK MILL, FRENCH MONTANA, WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, THE WEEKND and A$AP ROCKY at the Molson Amphitheatre, Sunday, August 5. Rating: NNNN

Like a dancer at the Toronto strip club his Club Paradise tour shares its name with, Drake entered the stage at this year’s OVO Festival via hydraulic lift beneath the stage floor. The 25-year-old’s annual showcase is a major concern in the hip-hop world thanks to the procession of unbilled performers he’s trotted out in past years. Rappers Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross made cameos, but for the first time in the Toronto lovein’s three-year history, Drake seemed unquestionably the biggest star of his own star-studded show. Everything about this year’s OVO Fest felt more polished than last year’s edition, from the hydraulics and fireworks to the stage design and Drake’s singing voice. Gone were the awkward pauses, histrionic arrangements and over-reliance on backing tracks, pre-

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sumably due to months of touring in support of his Take Care album. The electric energy in the sold-out crowd empowered Drizzy, who leapt and bounded around the stage like a lunar explorer. His five-piece band made their presence felt on bangers Over and Headlines but largely dialed back the mood to match the hazy and emotional atmospherics of Drake’s studio recordings. It’ll be interesting to see how his introspective rhymes translate next year, when he takes OVO into an even bigger venue: the Rogers Centre. KEVIN RITCHIE

FRANK OCEAN at Kool Haus, Tuesday, July 31. Rating: NNN

Frank Ocean, the young visionary who sings cinematic, nu-R&B narratives, cut a folksy figure at his first Toronto show. Despite his massive newfound celebrity, he seemed more like a poet-anthropologist taking field notes on the human rituals of frenzy and worship in front of him, almost a little too distant. Bandana around his head and in a long-sleeved shirt over a white T, he sat slightly stooped on a stool, opening with a quiet cover of Sade’s By Your Side. When the crowd began to bellow along during Thinking About You, he

held up the mic and then brought it back for a falsetto ad lib. Reflexively, we squealed. The four-piece band seemed superfluous, augmenting the show but also stripping away some of Ocean’s synthetic, liquid sensuality, especially on Novacane and Swim Good. Despite the venue’s poor sound, which muffled his voice and skewed the band dynamics, many songs clearly resonated, including Super Rich Kids, Sweet Life, American Wedding and the metaphor-heavy banger Pyramids. It didn’t disappoint, though Ocean’s stripped-back, theatrics-free performance and inward stage persona didn’t match the excitement surrounding the night. We peaked, but did he? ANUPA MISTRY

SNOOP LION at the Hoxton, Friday, August 3. Rating: NN

It’s hard to figure out exactly what to make of Snoop Dogg’s new reggae persona, Snoop Lion. If he’s genuinely had a Rastafarian spiritual awakening and intends to leave his gangsta rap past behind, why is he still playing his old hits, and why did he come out onstage at OVO Fest just a few days after his Snoop Lion debut as Snoop Dogg?

Maybe we’ve just caught him in an awkward transition period. Regardless of whether he’s being completely sincere or not, there’s definitely an air of mid-life crisis about it all that’s more than a bit uncomfortable to watch. You know when people come back from an extended vacation and have picked up the accent of wherever they were staying? This feels a lot like that. To be fair, his thin, trebly voice fits the vintage roots reggae vibe he’s going for, but he’s still not really a proper singer. The new material isn’t awful, but when performed alongside his Snoop Dogg hits, it’s obvious that it’s BENJAMIN BOLES not his strongest work.

OSHEAGA MUSIC AND

ARTS FESTIVAL at Parc ñ Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Fri-

day to Sunday, August 3-5. Rating: NNNN As Canada’s only event rivalling global mega-fests like Coachella, Glastonbury and Bonnaroo, Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has made itself a place of pilgrimage for music fans from all over the country (and beyond). In its seventh year, the fest rearranged its stages to accommodate bigger crowds, diversified and

strengthened the lineup past a few bold names and turned Montreal into a musical mecca that stretched beyond Parc Jean Drapeau and into concurrent events like industry meet-up MMOI and unrelated shows like the Canadian debut of Divine Fits. The lineup was so balanced this year that it was hard to discern a single “headliner” for each night (as with Eminem last year), but Sigur Rós made a good case for being it on day one, leading more than 30,000 fans in a blissout against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. It was unclear which Snoop would show up for his night-ending set on day two, but his set of Snoop Dogg rap classics showed his recent “reincarnation” as reggae singer Snoop Lion barely stretches beyond his hats so far. Playing opposite the Black Keys on day three, M83 reached for the rafters with big, shameless rock star moves, synth crescendos and sax solos, bringing a rainy night and an alwaysimproving festival to a great finish. For more Osheaga highlights, including the Weeknd, SBTRKT, Feist and A$AP Rocky, visit nowtoronto.com. RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

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Orlando Higginbottom learns to sing By KEVIN RITCHIE

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In conceiving his debut album, 26-yearold Orlando Higginbottom set out to do something many dance acts don’t manage: create a timeless album that works from beginning to end. Though the Oxford, UK, native, who performs under the jokey moniker Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or TEED), came of age listening to jungle and drum ’n’ bass, he lightened the tone on Trouble (Casablanca) by placing pop melodies against the heady 4/4 rhythms of disco, deep house and techno. “I like approaching a piece of music by thinking about the emotion or atmosphere I want to put across rather than starting with a beat and seeing how heavy I can make it,” says Higginbottom. “I wanted [the album] to sound contemporary but not necessarily ‘Oh yeah, that’s a UK dance record from 2012.’ A lot of music you can do that with – especially coming out of the UK. You can work out when it’s been written just by the references. I wanted to be separate from that.” To capture those emotional atmospherics, he composed half the album

with software and half with live instruments, choosing synths that sounded “warm and dreamy and quite empathetic.” The title track marked the first time he handled full vocal duties. Although he feels he has a way to go as a singer, his airy falsetto has a stillness that makes it suited to a wide array of dance music. “I didn’t really consider myself a singer, so I was surprised and happy that I’d managed to put that together,” he says, adding that he chose that song title as the LP’s because its plaintive lyrics about heartache summed up the record’s themes. TEED is renowned for ravey live shows that feature tripped-out light displays, dancers and elaborate feathered outfits. For this North American jaunt, however, he’s dialed back the theatrics. Asked about his tour wardrobe, he morphs from unassuming dance nerd into pop diva. “We had some amazing new [costumes], and then they all kind of died at festivals,” he says. “At bigger shows I’ve been trying to do costume changes halfway through. Sometimes it works, but other times I’m running back onstage with half my costume dragging behind me. On the whole, I’m managing to just about get away with it.” 3 music@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/nowtorontomusic

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ACtIOn BrOnSOn Hoxton (89 Bathurst), tonight (Thursday, August 9) Charismatic rapper out of Queens. SuMMerWOrkS MuSIC SerIeS Theatre Centre (1087 Queen West) and Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington), tonight (Thursday, August 9) to August 19. See preview, page 44. SteeL PAntHer, dIeMOndS Sound Academy (11 Polson), tonight (Thursday, August 9) Over-the-top cock rock. FAke BLOOd, tOtALLy enOrMOuS extInCt dInOSAurS Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Friday (August 10) See TEED preview, page 39. tHe Internet, kILO kISH Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Friday (August 10) Odd Future-affiliated trippy R&B. HArBOrd Street JAzz FeStIvAL w/ Terra Hazelton, Ted Quinlan, Mark Crawford, Jennifer Ryan and others Restaurants along Harbord, Friday and Saturday (August 10 and 11) Small-group jazz and fine food.

ALL CAPS! ISLAnd FeStIvAL Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore, Toronto Island), Saturday and Sunday (August 11 and 12) See preview, page 50. HeAvy t.O. w/ Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Overkill, Dethklok, Cannibal Corpse, In Flames, Suicidal Tendencies, System of a Down, Deftones and others Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Saturday and Sunday (August 11 and 12) Festival of heavy music. BAStId’S BBQ w/ Skratch Bastid, BadBadNotGood, Wrispect, Lucie Tic and many others Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner), Sunday (August 12) DJs unite at this ’cue fest. Steve eArLe & tHe dukeS (And duCHeSSeS), ALLISOn MOOrer, tHe MASterSOnS Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Tuesday (August 14) Gritty roots rock legend.

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COHeed & CAMBrIA, tHree Virgin

val: A Tribute To Chava Rosenfarb Beth Emeth Synagogue 7:30 pm, $10. ashkenazfestival. com. August 28.

veretSkI PASS Ashkenaz Festival: The Klezmer Shul Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room 7 pm, $15-$18. HF. ashkenazfestival. com. September 1.

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Lee BAInS III & tHe gLOry FIreS Sil-

Club doors 6 pm, all ages, $15. RT, SS, TM. August 24.

World Unite! Sunnyside Pavilion 2 pm to midnight, free. fireonthewater2012.wordpress. com. August 26.

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Songs Of Wonder Enwave Theatre 7 pm, $20$25. HF. ashkenazfestival.com. September 2.

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Rhapsody 1939-1945 Enwave Theatre 6 pm, $20$25. HF. ashkenazfestival.com. September 3.

pm, $16.50. HS, RT, SS, TM. October 18.

Great Hall 8 pm, $22.50. PDR, RT, SS, TM. September 7.

tHe SuPer FrIendz Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm, $15. HS, RT, SS, TM. November 16.


& concerts

FESTIVAL

PLANET INDIGENUS The world’s largest celebration of contemporary indigenous cultures from around the globe kicks off Friday (August 10) and runs for 10 days. The musical portions of the fest are all at Harbourfront Centre, and highlights include buzz-worthy Ottawa “pow wow step” dance music collective A Tribe Called Red, Australian folk/dance music band Oka, Mongolian rock/traditional fusion act Hanggai, and Juno Awardwinning Mohawk roots rocker Derek Miller. Various venues, August 10 to 19. harbourfrontcentre.com.

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clubs&concerts

this week How to find a listing

Music listings appear by day, then by genre, then alphabetically by venue. Event names are in italics. See Music Club Index, page 50, for venue address and phone number. = Critics’ pick (highly recommended) ù 5= Queer night

c = Guide-related event

How to place a listing

All listings are free. Send to: music@nowtoronto.com, fax to 416-364-1166 or mail to Music, NOW Magazine, 189 Church, Toronto M5B 1Y7. Include artist(s), genre of music, event name (if any), venue name and address, time, ticket price and phone number or website. Deadline is the Thursday before publication at 5 pm. Weekly events must confirm their listing once a month.

Thursday, August 9 PoP/Rock/HiP-HoP/Soul

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Festival: Outdoor Film And Music Series Parlovr 7:30 pm. Bovine sex cluB The Bare Minimum, the Heartwell, DJ Cactus. cAmeron House Fedora Upside Down 10 pm, Radio Latte 8 pm. tHe centrAl Morning Fame (rock/pop) 6 pm. tHe centrAl upstAirs Quantum 10 pm. cHerry colA’s rock n’ rollA Juice. clinton’s Tea & Coffee, Dave Norris & Local Ivan, Ben Somer, Sexy Mathematics doors 9 pm. colleGe street BAr Connected Dylan Murray, I’Sax, DJ Doug Skillmore doors 9 pm. dAkotA tAvern CD release Sarah Burton 9 pm. drAke Hotel underGround The Slakadeliqs, JP Saxe, the Astro Droids doors 8 pm. el mocAmBo The Lad Classic, the Brothers of the North, Jackstay doors 9 pm. GreAt HAll SummerWorks Music Series Opening Night KASHKA, Chrome & the Ice Queen, Warm Myth, Sheldon Holder, DJ Get It/Got It/Good doors 7 pm. See preview, page 44. GrossmAn’s Rock’n Robin Harp 10 pm. Holy oAk cAfe Luke Kuplowsky (pop) 10 pm. HorsesHoe All Dressed, the Socials, the Rathburns, Still Lions, Busker Bros doors 8:30 pm.

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& Reggae Open Mic Jam DJ Red Out, 3 Star, DJ Nic, Charlie Bobus, King Ujah, Humble, Quentin Vercetty (live hip-hop/R&B). operA House United Sounds Of Africa 2face Idibia, Ice Prince, M.I., Brymo, Timi Dakolo, J Martins and others (hip-hop) 7 pm. orBit room The Soul Motivators (soul/funk) 10 pm. tHe piston Coolapalooza Mike O’Neill, the Pinecones, By Divine Right 9 pm. rAncHo relAxo Five Dollar Rap Show: Airport 6 Showcase Moka Only, More or Les, Timbuktu, Ghettosocks, Wordburglar 8 pm. silver dollAr The Cowgirl Choir, Wicked Witches, Send Medicine, Greasy Skeletons 9 pm. sound AcAdemy Steel Panther, Diemonds doors 8 pm. soutHside JoHnny’s Skip Tracer (rock) 9:30 pm. supermArket My Empire Music Julian Troiano, Selyne Maia & Iman Wain, Joel Martin, Morning Thieves, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution doors 8 pm. trAnzAc soutHern cross Kit Wilson-Yang, Matt Damon the Band, My Parade, Murr & Rosina 9:30 pm. velvet underGround Mango Angle, Convoys, My Rhythm Box 8:30 pm.

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Trio 9 pm, Alex Samaras Jazz Band 5 to 8 pm. Habits Gastropub Courtney Lynn & Everybody Wave (folk/acoustic) 8:30 pm. Holy oak Cafe Lost Girl (old time) 7:30 pm. tHe loCal Mighty Big Word. lola Brian Cober (double slide guitar) 9 pm. NatHaN pHillips square Tasty Thursdays Dominic Mancuso (Italian, world music) noon to 2 pm. passioN louNGe Jabez Stone 9 pm. la revoluCioN Jay Linden, Washboard Hank 9 pm. tHe rusty Nail Open Jam Steph Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan & Brian Law 10 pm. tHe sister Keys to the Studio students. toroNto botaNiCal GardeN The Edwards Summer Music Series Laura Hubert 7 to 8:30 pm. traNzaC soutHerN Cross Bluegrass Thursdays Houndstooth (bluegrass/old-time) 7:30 pm.

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Casa loma Big Band Gala The Casablanca Orchestra 6:30 pm. edo Jazz Series Tony Quarrington, Brenda Lewis, Dave Field 7 to 10 pm. tHe flyiNG beaver pubaret Summer Singers Series Vincent Wolfe, Sean Bray, Rosemary Galloway 7:30 pm. HarbourfroNt CeNtre Dancing On The Pier Pablo Terry & Sol de Cuba, Toronto All-Star Big Band 7 pm. may Cafe Sabir Mateen Quartet (avant garde jazz) 9 pm. reposado The Reposadists (Gypsy-bop jazz). rex Ross Wooldridge Trio 6:30 pm. rivoli Music Video Launch Party The Jessica Stuart Few, Benefit of the Free, Words Around the Waist (jazz/pop) doors 8:30 pm. somewHere tHere studio Claude Witmann 8 pm. toroNto musiC GardeN Summer Music In The Garden: Arcadian Visions Pemi Paull (violin) 7 pm. traNe studio Cecilia Monte Latin & Bossa Ensemble (jazz/Brazilian) 8 pm. wiNCHester kitCHeN & bar Andy De Campos & Trio (jazz ) 8 pm.

punk) doors 8 pm, all ages. HorsesHoe The Open Door, Broken Sons, Frailfragment, Blind Race, Asleep Behind the Flame doors 9 pm. lee’s palaCe Tracing Nicely, Mr Pharmacist, Cobra. raNCHo relaxo Bigfoot, Sky of Sound, Infernal Arms, Rough Boys 9 pm. revival Voices Arlene Paculan (singer/songwriter concert) 8 pm. roCkpile Blue Coupe. tHe sister Evil Eyes, Weirdonia, Raised By Weeds. souNd aCademy Led Zeppelin – The Best Of The Early Years Michael White & the White doors 8 pm. tHeatre CeNtre SummerWorks Music Series The Magic, Ark Analog (featuring Maylee Todd and Dan Werb) 10:30 pm. See preview, page 44. traNzaC soutHerN Cross Out to Lunch (funk/jazz) 10 pm. velvet uNderGrouNd Big Ticket Citizen Kane, Large Live n’ Direct, DJ Law (hip-hop) doors 9 pm. virGiN mobile mod Club Internet, Kilo Kish. yoNGe-duNdas square Indie Fridays Samantha Martin & the Haggard 8 to 10 pm.

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➼ SUMMERWORKS | PREVIEW Sandro Perri

Evening Hymns

The Magic

perimentalism so successfully. He’ll share the Theatre Centre stage August 16 with Brazilian-born singer/ percussionist Aline Morales, who blends the traditional music of her homeland with modern influences and a strong pop sensibility.

EVENING HYMNS

Fiver

SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL

For a theatre festival, SummerWorks puts on a great music fest By BENJAMIN BOLES

SUMMERWORKS MUSIC SERIES with THE MAGIC, SANDRO PERRI, EVENING HYMNS, FIVER and more at various venues, tonight (Thursday, August 9) to August 19. summerworks.ca. For details, see club & concert listings, page 42.

Though SummerWorks is officially a theatre fest, the music portion is now a firmly established and integral part of it, thanks to programming that’s always strong and inventive. This year organizers have paired several musical acts with artists from other disciplines,

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promising unique one-off experiences. Here are some highlights. For more SummerWorks coverage, see the cover story on page 31, plus our interview with Bry Webb, see next page.

OPENING NIGHT This multidisciplinary art party at the Great Hall tonight (Thursday, August 9) features promising offshoots of some of Toronto’s better indie acts. Kashka is Kat Burns (formerly of Forest City Lovers) and James Bunton (Ohbijou, Light Fires), who make dreamy but danceable synth pop. Chrome and

the Ice Queen includes members of Del Bel, and they’ve collaborated with Daniel Lee of Hooded Fang and Phèdre. Starting off the night are Canadian/ Trinidadian singer/songwriter Sheldon Holder and ambient pop duo Warm Myth, which is Casey Mecija of Ohbijou and Kieran Adams of Bonjay.

THE MAGIC

Guelph-based brothers Geordie and Evan Gordon, who blend the glamorous funk of disco with new-wave edginess and classic rock hooks, collaborate with filmmaker/playwright/multi-

media artist Jordan Tannhill for a live taping of Chuck Sugarman’s Midnight Special on Friday (August 10) at the Theatre Centre. We’re not exactly sure what that is, but we suspect that glitter, dancing and a disco ball are involved. Also on the bill are Ark Analog, a new collab between Maylee Todd and Woodhands’ Dan Werb.

SANDRO PERRI

Critics adored Sandro Perri’s last album, Impossible Spaces, for good reason. Few musicians are able to combine electronic music, pop, folk, jazz and ex-

The upcoming Evening Hymns album, Spectral Dusk, finds singer/ songwriter Jonas Bonnetta dealing with the loss of his father three years ago. The band collaborates with projection artist/puppeteer/performer Sean Frey to create a unique dynamic space for the songs to live within at the Theatre Centre on August 17. Also on the bill: FIVER, the new country-influenced project by One Hundred Dollars singer Simone Schmidt.

PERFORMANCE BAR

A series of quirky events called Captain Ron’s Ship Of Friendship (see preview, page 33) take place throughout the festival at Lower Ossington Theatre’s Cabaret Space. They feature a musical guest each evening alongside other entertainment. Highlights include the garage-rock soul of Patti Cake (Saturday, August 11), the old-timey Leon Redbone-influenced Suitcase Sam (Sunday, August 12) and the politically charged electrorap of Abstract Random (August 18).

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PoP/Rock

Bry WeBB

Ex-Constantines singer brings his biggest band yet to SummerWorks By JORDAN BIMM Since indie rock legends Constantines went on indefinite hiatus back in 2010, singer Bry Webb has been performing under his own name, but don’t call him a solo act. “It’ll actually be further from solo than the Constantines,” he says, referring to the group of musicians who join him onstage for his gig at the SummerWorks Music Series, which this year includes a number of collaborative efforts between actors, and musicians, like Ame Henderson teaming up with Buck 65, and Hawksley Workman offering up a work-inprogress preview of his rock cabaret The God That Comes. But Webb says his show is more straightforward; the largest incarnation of his backing band – featuring upright bass, lap and pedal steel, drums and even a horn section – will join him on songs from his first postband album, Provider (Idée Fixe), which he describes as “quieter songs for quieter venues.” Alt-country antihero Doug Paisley is also on the bill, and might even join Webb for a song or two. Since the Cons amicably parted ways, Webb has moved back to Guelph, taken a job as program coordinator at storied community radio station CFRU and now splits his time between making music and being a good husband and dad. “I’m not touring nearly as much as I used to, because I’ve got this little guy here, but I go out for short week-

end trips and play a few summer festivals,” he says from a family getaway in Quebec’s Hautes-Gorges-de-laRivière-Malbaie National Park, a trip that’s doubling as part of the journey to his gig at SappyFest in New Brunswick. While we’re on the phone he reports seeing a whale, and that his son is burying his legs in sand. He’s kept busy on the creative side, too, writing a whole album’s worth of material that he hopes to record and release before the year is out and planning a collaboration with Kid Millions from Brooklyn’s Oneida for 2013. He also excitedly reports that he’s recorded an “hour-long psychedelic saxophone album” titled Sax Tape for a Guelph-based cassetteonly label, which he promises to upload to BandCamp, with all proceeds to Ecojustice. As for the possibility of some Constantines reunion shows, Webb seems to leave the door open. “There hasn’t been any talk [of a reunion], but I wouldn’t say never. We haven’t even talked about it because everyone’s been busy doing such great things separately. The Constantines was a good thing, and still has a very good place in my heart, and my mind. ‘We’ll see’ is all I can say right now.” Bry Webb and Doug Paisley play August 18 at the Theatre Centre. summerworks.ca 3 stage@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/nowtorontomusic

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Maylee Todd will warm up the crowd in that order. (C!C!C! will also back up Todd for a couple of tunes.) The festival programmers know it’s best to ease into things on Sunday, when hangovers will surely abound. At 1 pm, composer Tod Machover holds the participatory workshop A Toronto Symphony, in which musicians and audience members pool their talents to write a collaborative composition. Ivy Mairi’s exquisitely gentle folk gets the concert portion under way just after 4 pm, followed by Toronto new romantics Lioness, the soulful OG Melody (featuring Isla Craig and Thom Gill), Hamilton hip-hoppers Canadian Winter, ex-DD/MM/YYYY dudes Absolutely Free and psych-punk locals Young Mother. Bring earplugs for headlining Brooklyn shoegazers A Place to Bury Strangers, known for their volume and intense live show, which they brought to Toronto in June during NXNE. Their recently released album, Worship, meanwhile, is receiving plenty of critical, er, worship. Last year’s fest featured a number of site-specific performances – most

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notably, Evening Hymns’ live score to a 3-D movie and Jennifer Castle and Yuula Benivolski’s burning effigy, set to Castle’s cover of Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. This year’s participants have been mum on the topic, though Wavelength founding director Jonathan Bunce says, “There will be performance artists doing short ‘interventions’ at some of the sites around the centre.” Each year ALL CAPS! finds ways to grow a bit bigger while never compromising its grass-roots, communityfirst appeal. This fourth edition also includes 15 visual artists – General Chaos, Cameron Lee, Felix Kalmenson and Sara Tremblay, to name a few – vendors SkyBlueSky Sandwich Co. and Katie Mathieu, and an outdoor beach stage that will help increase capacity. Last year, organizers had to turn away about 100 people on the first day. To help cover costs associated with the expansion and ensure all artists get paid, Wavelength’s launched an inaugural Indiegogo campaign, which you can find at indiegogo.com/ allcapsislandfestival. 3 music@nowtoronto.com twitter.com/carlagillis

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album reviews Top track: Return Of The She-King Dead Can Dance play the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts August 23. BENJAMIN BOLES

lower the interest factor, and a few tunes are dull (Collapse, Little Things). But that’s bound to happen on a 75-minute release. Top track: March To The Sea CARLA GILLIS

SLIM TWIG Sof’ Sike (Paper Bag)

album of the week

PIT ñPASSIONNNNN

Gossamer (Columbia) Rating: There’s a creeping sense of angst and trauma buried beneath layers upon layers of anthemic choruses, chirpy vocal harmonies, ravey synths and symphonic swells on Gossamer, a lovingly produced album that announces Passion Pit main man Michael Angelakos as a true pop heavyweight. Just as Amy Winehouse turned her battle with alcoholism into a hooky dance floor hit on Rehab, the 25-year-old singer/ songwriter uses grim subject matter – boozing, pill-popping, relationship turmoil, depression and suicide – to make

music that dangles perilously on the precipice of confusion and catharsis. Finger-snapping R&B jam Constant Conversations, effervescent Carried Away and Where We Belong – the stirring symphonic ballad that closes the record – mine a wide terrain of emotions and sounds that match the expansive range of Angelakos’s voice. Gossamer’s joyous warmth and abundant pop hooks can be enjoyed on a purely superficial level, but go deeper to discover its often bitter philosophical musings. It’s an extraordinarily consistent pop album. Top track: Where We Belong KEVIN RITCHIE

with bands like the Bitters and Marvelous Darlings and instead focuses on pristine, polished power-pop. It’s the kind of stuff that was all over MuchMusic (The Wedge at least) in the 90s, but its higher-fidelity production values make it sound timeless. Top track: Heal Over Time RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

Pop/Rock

YOUNG GUV & THE SCUZZ ñ NNNN

A Love Too Strong (Southpaw) Rating:

In reviews for Fucked Up’s incredibly wellreceived latest opus, David Comes To Life, critics seemed as enamoured of the bucketfuls of shimmering, melodic guitar leads behind Damian Abraham’s growl as by the surprising, monolithic punk-opera structure. Those jangly licks and riffs are all over the new EP by Young Guv & the Scuzz, the solo project of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook. Cook churns out tasty rock nuggets like butter, but (despite his renamed backing band) Young Guv strips away much of the grime and scuzz heard in his past work

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DEAD CAN DANCE Anastasis (Pias) Rating: NN It’s been 16 years since the last album by Dead Can Dance, and time has not been kind to the duo. Their gothic-worldbeat sound seems very dated. At first you think it’s just that their style hasn’t aged particularly well, but a quick refresher listen to their earlier work reveals that they were actually a much better band back then. They’re still doing that brooding medieval ambient pop thing, but with less drama and inventiveness. Every song feels like it was built from the same library of generic “ethnic” rhythm loops, and there’s just as little melodic variation. Anastasis sounds like it was designed to be played in a goth coffee shop (these must exist somewhere, right?) or as a soundtrack to a pseudo-historical movie about the Middle Ages featuring lots of shots of Kevin Costner staring at the ocean from windswept cliffs. Why come back after 16 years if you have nothing to say?

Rating: NNN It’s always been hard to shake the feeling that the idea of Slim Twig was more developed than the music itself. He’s always had flawless style and an intriguing sonic identity, but the songs themselves never stood much of a chance with audiences outside the noise scene. On Sof’ Sike, though, Slim Twig the songwriter is starting to catch up with Slim Twig the concept. He’s still more of a producer than a singer, but that’s okay in the context of these off-kilter psych-pop freak-outs. We’re assuming the title means “soft psych,” which isn’t the worst description of what’s going on here. For the first time, he sounds like he’s got an actual band behind him, and the experimental, rockabilly and hip-hop influences of his earlier work are pushed further into the background in favour of comparatively straightforward psych rock. This may make for more popfriendly results, but you don’t pick up a Slim Twig album looking for anything approaching conventional. There’s still plenty of weirdness on Sof’ Sike, but it’s not adventurous enough. Top track: Love You As I Lay Slim Twig plays the Great Hall September 28. BB

CONOR MAYNARD Contrast (EMI)

Rating: NNN Major label A&R execs have pretty much stopped looking for their next big things in live clubs and now just scour the internet for anyone getting big YouTube numbers. That’s where Adele got her start and where the UK’s newest pop sensation, Conor Maynard, comes from. Unlike Adele, however, Maynard probably won’t have much success outside the teen market he’s currently ruling overseas. He’s being sold as the British Justin Bieber, so if you can’t stand top-40 contemporary dance pop, don’t bother (and consider not leaving your house for the next couple of years). Listen to Contrast with an open mind, though, and you hear a kid with real talent. On tracks like Can’t Say No, he manages an oddly menacing, grimy vibe, while Lift Off channels Michael Jackson singing over an Inner City techno-pop groove. Mary Go Round sounds like an outtake from one of the Weeknd’s mixtapes, as does Glass Girl. Ultimately still teen pop, but much better than it should be. Don’t dismiss Maynard too quickly. Top track: Glass Girl Conor Maynard plays the Molson Amphitheatre August 16. BB

TURBONEGRO Sexual Harassment (Volcom) Rating: NN Since forming in 1989, Norway’s Turbonegro have undergone numerous lineup changes, including the 2010 departure of long-time singer Hank Von Helvete, replaced by former roadie Tony Sylvester. Sylvester sounds a lot like Lemmy, bringing an English accent to the glam-punk proceedings. Produced by Chavez’s Matt Sweeney, Sexual Harassment is exactly what you’d expect from an album with that title, especially one by a band that’s built a career on cheekiness. They follow the “everything louder than everything else” rule, with chunky riffs and screamed backing lyrics topped off by lyrics that are creepy, drug-fuelled and full of horror-moviestyle misogyny (Tight Jeans, Loose Leash). Not that fans will complain. Still, the record sounds a bit beyond its best-before date. Maybe that’s due to the growing pains that come with a new vocalist, or blame the déjà vu quality. It’s not bad, but not their best. Top track: Rise Below JOANNE HUFFA

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Yellow & Green (Relapse) Rating: I’ve always been a sucker for the pretty and sophisticated classical-guitar-inspired instrumentals that often appear on otherwise bludgeoning metal albums. Baroness’s ambitious third full-length has lots of them, especially on the second of this double album. But that’s about as far as it seems appropriate to take the term “metal.” The Savannah, Georgia, four-piece used to trade in sludgy doom and prog but have largely left it behind, drawing instead from melodic hard rock, moody post rock and 90s alt. That’ll disappoint many, but you can’t deny how interesting some of these dynamic post-rock explorations are. March To The Sea thrusts ahead on a propulsive beat and fast-fingered guitar work, Twinkler delivers stirring minor-key harmonies, Take My Bones Away and Sea Lungs offer tastes of powerhouse aggression, and the Baroque-ish MOOG on Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor) is a sweet surprise. That said, John Dyer Baizley’s throaty, sometimes flat vocals and angsty lyrics

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LIANNE LA HAVAS Is Your Love Big Enough? (Warner) Rating: NNN Young British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas spent last fall touring with Bon Iver. So, depending on how cynical you are, the unknown La Havas either got really lucky or is a label pet pushing innocuous guitar-based soul. The latter is gleaned easily from a cursory listen to her debut record of frothy, pleasant R&B chanson. But spend more time with it and you can hear raw potential beneath the layers of careful, big-budget production. La Havas’s voice is caramelized and delicate, fissured in quiet moments but soaring to sparkling peaks. It blends melismatic 90s Brit Soul with the tranquility of Norah Jones. What La Havas lacks in narrative bravery, she makes up for in bold guitar lines on Au Cinema, Forget and the titular track. Essentially, Is Your Love Big Enough? is a restrained, technically proficient showpiece for a gifted artist. But that voice and guitar-playing seem destined for bigger, realer things. Top track: Tease Me ANUPA MISTRY

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Noineen Noiny Noin (Arrival) Rating: NNNN The title of Nova Scotia/southern California singer/songwriter (and former Jewel collaborator) Steve Poltz’s 13th album may look a bit ridiculous, but it’s a nod to the year he first played Australia, appropriate given that the album was recorded in Perth. It’s a generous package – 12 songs plus a folkier bonus disc – and a fun, fully produced ride complete with big drums, organ, slide guitar, tenor guitar and a touch of strings and horns. In his typical fashion, Poltz shocks a bit while he entertains, conjuring up story songs about travel and transvestites. (Trash is a fictional tale told from the perspective of a cross-dresser killed by Johnny Cash.) But Poltz’s lyrics centre on his emotional life – crying and not crying, the borderline between sanity and insanity – and he doesn’t lose his audience along the way. An impressive feat. Top track: Salt Suit Steve Poltz plays C’est What August 23. SARAH GREENE

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THIS WEEK IN THE MUSEUMS ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO Picasso, to Aug 26 ($25, stu $16.50). Iain Baxter&, to ñ Aug 12. Berenice Abbott; Zhang Huan, to Aug

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Power of three Trio’s works shine in one show By FRAN SCHECHTER MATHIEU GAUDET, NADIA MYRE AND MARTHA TOWNSEND at Birch

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Three Montreal-based artists imbue pristine, post-minimalist works with a surprising depth of meaning that’s enriched by grouping them together at Birch Libralato. References to domesticity emerge in Martha Townsend’s Cooking Place (inspired by cooking pits in ancient Ireland), a trio of large, perfectly round and flat slate discs each supported on three bun-shaped rocks, and the wall-mounted Horison, two divided discs made of wood, slate and

mirror. Her perfect circles and spheres add tension and mystery to minimalist geometry. Sharing the room with Townsend’s Cooking Place, Mathieu Gaudet’s works exploring the idea of the horizon line also rely on the power of threes. On three canvases hung askew, a black “ground” forms a consistent horizon where it meets the white “sky.” Three vertical wooden beams leaning against the wall at different angles are painted red up to a unifying eye-level horizon line. Gaudet also carves horizontal wooden beams into “landscapes” of rolling hills topped by coloured acrylic. Anishinaabe artist Nadia Myre,

MUST-SEE SHOWS ARTSCAPE GIBRALTAR POINT ALL CAPS! Is-

land Festival, Aug 11-12 ($17-$30). Pat Jeffries, to Sep 30 (Sat-Sun noon-6 pm, 647606-1133). 443 Lakeshore, Toronto Island. 416-392-7834. BAU-XI Summer group show, Aug 11-25, reception 2-4 pm Aug 11. 340 Dundas W. 416-977-0600. CANADIAN LESBIAN AND GAY ARCHIVES At The Same Time group show, Aug 10-Sep 22, reception 7:30-10 pm Aug 10. 34 Isabella. 416-777-2755. CENTRE SPACE Painting/video: Kent Monkman, to Aug 11. 65 George. centre-space.ca. CHRISTOPHER CUTTS Summer group show, to Sep 4. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566.

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Cylla von Tiedemann, to Aug 31. Mon-Fri. 2 Bloor E, 25th fl. 416-925-2813. DANIEL FARIA GALLERY New Meditations group show, to Sep 15. 188 St Helens. 416538-1880. DIAZ CONTEMPORARY Sculpture/film: BGL and Robert Arndt, to Aug 18. 100 Niagara. 416361-2972. DRAKE HOTEL When Sparks Fly group show, to Aug 28. 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. GLADSTONE HOTEL Performance (SummerWorks): The Torontonians and Mammalian Diving Reflex, Aug 10-11 (7 pm-noon, pwyc); Tania El Khoury, Aug 9-11 (see summerworks. ca, $15, ). Being Scene group show, Aug 9-Oct 28. 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.

books TEEN ANGST FICTION

One Good tale ONE GOOD HUSTLE by Billie Livingston (Random House), 271 pages, $22.95 paper. Rating: NNNN

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All her life, Sammie’s parents have exercised their finely honed skills as con artists, often involving their daughter in the action. By the time Sammie’s 16, on the heels of a scam gone wrong, her dad, Sam, has gone AWOL and her mum, Marlene, has sunk into an alcoholic stupor. In desperation, she runs away to her friend Jill’s house, where she’s welcomed by Jill’s very stable parents. They’re so kind, Sammie’s almost disgusted by them. That’s the crux of Billie Livingstone’s very involving One Good Hustle. Sammie defines “care” as being hidden in a box by her dad so she can

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help him rip off a few antiques. (The cons, by the way, are invariably fascinating.) Livingstone portrays Sammie’s internal conflict with devastating precision. Her protagonist is particularly flummoxed by nice Christian guy Drew. He likes her, so there must be something wrong with him. To the author’s credit, the novel doesn’t go to the place of extremes. Just describing how Marlene’s negligence makes Sammie vulnerable to a few creepy guys is enough to convey the extent to which Sammie’s at risk. Piling on the trauma isn’t necessary. In this book about love, it’s clear that kids often adore their crappy parents, regardless of anything they do. Sammie’s relationship with her dad is a never-ending series of disappointments, but she can’t get enough of him.

Nadia Myre’s Desire Schematics series uses beadwork to make social comment.

who’s used beadwork to comment on the Indian Act and mining company logos, here shows more enigmatic work from her Desire Schematics series. Two vitrines hold tiny rectangles woven with pink geometric designs on a background of white seed beads. Crosses seem to evoke obscure Christian iconography, but they’re actually scientific or engineering symbols gleaned from a 1960s technical manual. A series of photographic prints greatly enlarge details of Myre’s bead-

work, obliterating their identity as meticulously crafted handiwork and transforming them into grid-like modernist abstractions. Among other themes, she probes the collision of tradition and modernity and beads’ historic role in the economics of colonization. Clean lines and shapes, cool-to-thetouch materials like glass and stone, and layers of content give the show a quiet, meditative feel that offers a respite from the noise and heat of August in Toronto. 3

GOODFELLAS GALLERY Painting: Kestin Corn-

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wall, to Aug 23. 1266 Queen W (enter at back). goodfellasgallery.com. HARBOURFRONT CENTRE Planet IndigenUS: Frost: The Sami People; OCAD U aboriginal visual culture students; Ursula A Johnson, Aug 10-19, festival reception 7 pm Aug 10, Johnson basketry event noon Aug 11 (FriSun). Material Wealth: Revealing Landscape; Not So Fast; Not Forgetting group shows, to Sep 23. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. JAPANESE PAPER PLACE Celebrating: Washi And Two Cultures (Planet IndigenUS), Aug 1031, reception 6:30-8:30 pm Aug 15. 77 Brock. 416-538-9669. KOFFLER OFFSITE Summer Special group show, to Nov 25. Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor W. 416-6361880. MKG127 Toolkit group show, Aug 9-Sep 8, reception 5-8 pm Aug 9. 127 Ossington. 647-

Her connection to her mother is the most heartbreaking. With deep compassion, Livingstone develops a complex character in Marlene – once a shameless grifter, now a horrifyingly hammered juicer, always a loving mother. Great storytelling. SUSAN G. COLE

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Festival): Michael Trommer and Ryo Ikeshiro, Aug 15-31. 601 Christie, studio 252. 416-652-5115. ONSITE [AT] OCADU Letter Rip! Art, Words And Toronto group show, to Oct 7. 230 Richmond W. 416-977-6000 ext 327. P|M GALLERY Anda Kubis and Meghan McKnight, to Aug 25. 1518 Dundas W. 416937-3862. TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX Home On Native Land group show, to Aug 19. 350 King W. 416599-8433. TORONTO IMAGE WORKS Photos: Deanna Pizzitelli, to Sep 8. 80 Spadina. 416-7031999. TRANZAC Zine Dream 5, noon-5 pm Aug 12 (zinedream.com). Pwyc. 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137.

19. Lisa Myers and Autumn Chacon, Aug 15Oct 28, reception 6-8 pm Aug 15 (free). Michael Snow, to Dec 9. Laughing At The Art World, Aug 11-Mar 31, 2013. $19.50, srs $16, stu $11, free Wed 6-8:30 pm (special exhibits excluded). 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648. BATA SHOE MUSEUM Red Runners: The New Objectification Of Native Art And Identity, to Aug 31. Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear; Roger Vivier, ongoing. $14, srs $12, stu $8. 327 Bloor W. 416-979-7799. DESIGN EXCHANGE Bravos: Groundbreaking Spanish Design, Aug 9-23, curator’s tour 6:30 pm Aug 9. The Tutu Project (pwyc); 60 Years Of Designing The Ballet, to Sep 2. $10, stu/srs $8. 234 Bay. 416-363-6121. GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART Rule Britannia!, to Sep 16. Connections: British And Canadian Studio Pottery, to Dec 30. $12, stu $6, srs $8; Fri 4-9 pm half-price, 30 and under free. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080. JUSTINA M. BARNICKE Douglas Walker, to Aug 18, curator’s tour 6-7 pm Aug 9. 7 Hart House. 416-978-8398. McMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION Fashionality, to Sep 3. $15, stu/srs $12. 10365 Islington (Kleinburg). 905-893-1121. MOCCA trans/FORM; The Shape Of Things, to Aug 12. 952 Queen W. 416-395-0067. OAKVILLE GALLERIES Freedom Of Assembly, to Sep 2. Gairloch, 1306 Lakeshore E; Centennial, 120 Navy (Oakville). 905-844-4402. POWER PLANT Tools For Conviviality; Dissenting Histories, to Aug 26. 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4949. ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM Jorinde Voigt, to Oct 12. Shahnama: The Persian Book Of Kings, to Sep 3. Small Skills, Special Effects: Unusual Chinese Works Of Art, to Feb 3, 2013. Todd Ainslie; Carnival: From Emancipation To Celebration, to Feb 24, 2013. Jane Ash Poitras, ongoing. $15, stu/srs $13.50; Fri 4:30-8:30 pm $9, stu/srs $8. 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000. TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA Dreamland:, to Sep 30. Perpetual Motion; Portable Mosques, to Sep 3. $15, srs $10, stu $6; pwyc Wed 5-8 pm. 55 Centre. 416-599-5321. VARLEY ART GALLERY (Da bao) (Take-out) , to Sep 3. $5, stu/srs $4. 216 Main (Unionville). 905-477-9511. 3

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LAUNCHING THIS WEEK Thanks to his fascinating main character, John Cardinal, a First Nations cop who turned loner when his wife was murdered, Giles Blunt has become one of Canada’s premier mystery writers. In Until The Night ($29.95, Random House), set mainly in two frigid locations, the high Arctic and Algonquin in winter, corpses keep turning up for reasons Cardinal and his cohort, Lisa Delorme, are assigned to figure out. Expert at characterization and setting, Blunt has received Britain’s and Canada’s major mystery writing awards. Until The Night’s right up there with his best. He launches the book SGC Tuesday (August 14) at the Gladstone. See Readings, this page.

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READINGS THIS WEEK Thursday, August 9 FISH QUILL POETRY BOAT Readings by Linda

Besner, Moez Surani, Leigh Kotsilidis, Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Darryl Whetter. 8 pm. Free. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137, facebook.com/pages/fish-quill-poetry-boat/ 134520053252669.

Friday, August 10 OUTWRITES The queer-friendly writers group launches its anthology Zhush Redux with readings by contributors including Terence Go and Nichola Ward. 7:30 pm. Free. Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor W. 647-345-2803.

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BRIAN WRIGHT-MCLEOD King reads from The Back Of The Turtle, Hayden Taylor reads from Motorcycles & Sweetgrass and WrightMcLeod reads from Red Power, as part of Planet IndigenUS. 7 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. readings.org.

Sunday, August 12 DRAFT 8.1: THE SORT-OF-CYBER EDITION Readings by Andrew Forbes, Sarah Sheard, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Richard Rosenbaum, Jessica Westhead and others. 3 pm. Free. Merchants

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of Green Coffee, 2 Matilda. draftreadings. wordpress.com. SUNDAY POETRY Poetry and an open mic. 11:30 am. Free. Ellington’s Cafe, 805 St Clair W. 416-652-9111. TORONTO POETRY SLAM Spoken word competition featuring Andrea Thompson. 8 pm. $5. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. info@ torontopoetryslam.com.

Tuesday, August 14 GILES BLUNT Launching his new mystery novel, Until The Night, with a reading. 7 ñ pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.

MARINA COHEN Meet the author of the teen

novel Ghost Ride. 2 pm. Free. Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane. 416-394-1014. 3

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Killer comeback William Friedkin talks philosophy, digital cinema and loving Matthew McConaughey By NORMAN WILNER KILLER JOE directed by William Friedkin, written

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William Friedkin has the energy of a man half his age. The Oscar-winning director of The French Connection, The Exorcist and Sorcerer says he’s invigorated by the possibilities of digital cinema. His new thriller, Killer Joe, which has emerged as one of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival’s most talked-about pictures, was his first feature not to be shot on film. “The colour palette is so rich with digital that I decided to use it and go for it,” he says during the fest. “I think it does make the film more intense. But Killer Joe wasn’t dependent on the new technology. It was dependent on story, character and casting. The camera just enhanced it all.” Describing the flawed characters that populate Killer Joe – an adaptation of Tracy Letts’s play about a family entangled in a murder scheme that just keeps getting worse – Friedkin cites the philosopher Isaiah Berlin. “He had this idea of ‘the crooked timber of humanity,’” says the director. “I think it’s very apt and accurate. We are an imperfect species; most of us try to do the best we can not to commit a crime, not to rat-fuck somebody, not to hurt somebody. But often we do, inadvertently.” Matthew McConaughey’s been getting the lion’s share of critical praise for his work as the eponymous hit man, a police detective moonlighting as a killer for hire, and Friedkin says the actor’s earned it.

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“He sought this part out. His agents never thought he’d do it, but he said, ‘I’d love to do this.’ He grew up in that part of the country [Texas], he [saw] a lot of violence when he was a kid between his mother and father, so he understood this.” Friedkin says he’s been watching McConaughey for years in hopes that he’d find a project that would appeal to the star. “He’s a movie star who wanted to act, and they don’t often get that chance,” he says. “They just Matthew don’t. A guy like [George] Clooney, say, he has to McConaughey go out and find roles where he can act instead of (left) and Emile just show up in a tuxedo.” (I think this is a knock Hirsch bite into a big slice of on Batman And Robin, but I can’t be entirely Texas mayhem. sure.) Friedkin has spent the months since TIFF taking Killer Joe around the festival circuit, building momentum for the theatrical run. He’s also been working to rescue a couple of his films from vanishing down the memory hole, lobbying Warner to restore and re-release his controversial 1980 thriller, Cruising, and when we spoke he was chasing down the rights to Sorcerer, the 1977 remake of The Wages Of Fear that’s built a rabid cult following – of which I am a member. (In April of this year, Friedkin filed suit against the film’s producers, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, over its domestic rights. A hearing is scheduled for the fall.) “That’s a movie people still talk about,” he told me during our TIFF photo shoot, suggesting that a Criterion Collection special edition would not be out of the question. “I’d love to see it come back into circulation, maybe even get it back in front of an audience.” Here’s hoping that works out for him. It’d be the perfect capper to his comeback. 3

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(William Friedkin) Rating: NNNN Making the most of his late-career renaissance, William Friedkin follows his manic Bug with another adaptation of a Tracy Letts play – and this one, incredibly enough, is even crazier, bloodier and weirder than the one about the guy who convinces Ashley Judd that she’s got microscopic surveillance devices under her skin. Killer Joe is a big old slice of Texas mayhem in which a Dallas idiot (Emile Hirsch) hires a hit man (Matthew McConaughey) to murder his mother for the insurance, only to see the plan spiral almost immediately out of control, expanding to the point where the idiot’s beatific sister (Juno Temple) becomes the assassin’s “retainer.” Letts sets up a revolving door of betrayals and reversals worthy of the Coen brothers, and Friedkin’s embrace of digital cinema lets him create a vivid and unnaturally lurid landscape in which the amped-up performances of the entire cast seem entirely at home. McConaughey – who’s enjoying a renaissance of his own – oozes genteel menace as the eponymous assassin, but Thomas Haden Church steals the picture as Hirsch’s defeated father, slouching through the action like the hapless, helpless fool he NW knows himself to be.

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utes. Opens Friday (August 10). For venues and times, see Movies, page 59. Rating: NNNN

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Craig Zobel’s tightly wound thriller, Compliance, explores the banality of evil – complete with a drive-thru. Inspired by true events, the film is set in a fast food restaurant that soon becomes a panopticon-like prison when a mystery caller claiming to be a police officer gets the manager (Ann Dowd), to detain Becky (Dreama Walker), a young female employee. The situation rapidly worsens, throwing us into the dark corners of the human psyche and raising questions of obedience, free will and our everyday acts of compliance.

The genius of Zobel’s film is its focus on the crime rather than the investigation, forcing the audience to sit through (and become implicated in) Becky’s detention and eventual sexual assault. While the film is largely confined to a storage room at the back of the restaurant, Compliance never feels stagnant, relentlessly moving toward its climax. Much like the characters, the audience is helplessly strung along. Shot in tight and medium frames, the film’s style increases the claustrophobia onscreen. While the conclusion feels rushed, failing to delve into a deeper critique of contemporary American society, Walker and Dowd’s performances ground the film in a complex moral ambiguity that is wisely never fully resolved. KIVA REARDON

Tony Gilroy breathes new life into action franchise By NORMAN WILNER THE BOURNE LEGACY directed by Tony Gilroy, screenplay by Tony and Dan Gilroy based a story by Tony Gilroy, with Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Joan Allen. A Universal Pictures release. 126 minutes. Opens Friday (August 10). For venues and times, see Movies, page 59.

When Tony Gilroy wrote The Bourne Ultimatum, he thought he was done with the Matt Damon super-spy franchise. He went off and made Michael Clayton with George Clooney – scoring Oscar nominations for writing and directing in the process – and followed it up with the Julia Roberts/ Clive Owen picture Duplicity. And then, as in all spy stories, Bourne pulled him back in. “This couldn’t have been farther down on my list of expectations,” he laughs during a press day at the Hazelton Hotel. “After I wrote Ultimatum, I was, ‘Man, I’ll never be back here again.’” But then he started thinking about avenues he hadn’t explored in the scripts he’d written for Damon’s trilogy. “They were in a post-Matt world, just sort of fishing around for what to do,” Gilroy says. “There were a couple of ideas, bigger ideas, that everyone got interested in. But it really wasn’t until the character dropped on them – it was like, ‘Oh, my god.’ That’s what you look for.” The character was a new fugitive named Aaron Cross, who’s caught in the blowback from the government’s attempts to contain Bourne. Cross is played by Jeremy Renner, who’s building an arsenal of unlikely action heroes with The Hurt Locker, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Marvel’s The Avengers. “He’s real sweet and sour,” Gilroy says of his star. “He’s really hardcore, and he’s such a killer, but at the same

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(Tony Gilroy) Rating: NNN The idea of continuing the Bourne series after Matt Damon’s exit no longer seems all that silly. There’s life in this franchise yet. Taking place contemporaneously to the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy is directed by series screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who nicely expands the world he helped create. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz star as a super-soldier and a scientist trying to stay ahead of the bagmen as a spook (Edward Norton) spearheads the cleanup of various covert programs in the wake of Jason Bourne’s rebellion. Of course, this can only be accomplished through high-risk international travel and ass-kicking, explosive action sequences. Eschewing the kinetic sensibility of Paul Greengrass’s sequels for sleeker, more carefully composed visuals, The Bourne Legacy finds new angles on the series’ intricate mythology, with nearly every character complicit in awful things at some level, even those who think themselves above reproach. And Renner makes a great action hero, slipping into the role of Aaron Cross just as smoothly as Damon made Bourne his signature character. NW

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time, he’s a nine-year-old. It’s a potent combination for what the demands of this character are.” Gilroy describes The Bourne Legacy, which he directed as well as scripted, as “an upgrade” for the franchise. “The movie’s more epic in terms of the breadth of the story,” he says. “There’s a different perspective. Rachel Weisz’s character comes in with her own point of view, which is a brand new element in any of these movies.” He’s also pulled back considerably from the jangled aesthetic employed by Paul Greengrass on Supremacy and Ultimatum. “Moving the camera that way is not necessarily the key to excitement,” Gilroy says diplomatically. “The other big problem was that it had been completely and utterly ripped off by everybody. I mean, everybody. Because it’s not difficult to do, it’s on TV now every night. It’s on commercials.” The Bourne Legacy is also a little more interested in unpacking the levels of complicity and corruption that run through the series, exploring the idea that America is involved in some very ugly stuff. Drone flights, surveillance of U.S. citizens, targeted assassinations, disinformation operations against civilians – nearly everything we see in the new film is something that’s actually happened in the real world. I ask Gilroy whether he felt any resistance from the studio over the subject. “Hollywood doesn’t care,” he laughs. “It’s very pure in that sense. Rupert Murdoch made Fight Club. Is there a more inciting, subversive film than that? That was made by News Corp.” 3

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Delpy’s dud 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (Julie Delpy). 96 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (August 10). For venues and times, see Movies, page 59. Rating: N

It’s unfortunate that Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York arrives here just a week after Ruby Sparks. Delpy’s comedy about a neurotic artist and her boyfriend hosting her unsophisticated family wants to be a Woody Allen picture in the worst possible way, and succeeds, while Ruby Sparks manages to achieve a giddy sense of fantasy similar to the director’s earlier, funny movies without being entirely beholden to Allen’s style. The larger problem is that Delpy

doesn’t really have much to work with here. Although 2 Days In New York is ostensibly a sequel to her 2007 dramedy 2 Days In Paris, catching up with Delpy’s character Marion a few years down the road with a child and a new partner (Chris Rock), it’s much more broadly farcical and far less thoughtful than its predecessor. Marion’s insouciance has curdled into whiny self-indulgence, and gags about her crass, lusty family land like bricks. Rock’s Mingus is little more than a doormat, and key supporting characters come off as obnoxious rather than endearing. Given that Delpy shares writing credits with Alexia Landeau and Alex Nahon, who play Marion’s sister and her hipster boyfriend, that may be intentional. But they’re just unbearable. NORMAN WILNER

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Unsung hero SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul). 85 minutes. Opens Friday (August 10). For venues and times, see Movies, page 59. Rating: NNN Chances are you’ve never heard of the musician Rodriguez. Nas fans may only recognize his soulful voice chanting Sugar Man on the Stillmatic track You’re Da Man. Searching for Sugar Man will enlighten you about the man and his music, unravelling a mystery that nobody knew they wanted the answer to. A Detroit-based folksinger hailed in the 70s by industry types as the next Bob Dylan, Rodriguez never found an audience in the States and ended up fading into the shadows. Unbeknownst to him, bootleg copies of his albums

interview. He makes detours, scouring the city he grew up in while revisiting his past. What he’s searching for is an enigma, both to the audience and probably to himself. He may find a sign that he can start over or an excuse to relapse or a reason to just end it all. Lie delivers a remarkably contained performance that keeps us hanging on Anders’s every minute gesture. Meanwhile, writer/director Joachim Trier (a distant relative of Lars) treats the man’s ordeal with an assured hand, making a commonplace story unique. We’re intimate enough with the character to feel the tension around every corner, where even a glass of sparkling wine could prove disastrous. But we keep a safe enough distance to observe his self-defeating ways and decide for ourselves whether he stands RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI a chance.

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A romantic drama about a woman desperate to reignite her relationship with her emotionally remote husband starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones sounds like it can’t miss, right? Streep can play this sort of role in her sleep, and if there’s anyone who’s cornered the market on “emotionally remote,” it’s Jones. More often than not, the guy looks like he doesn’t even want to be on screen. But instead of a master class in acting by two American icons, Hope Springs is a messy, clumsy attempt to turn serious material into a trifling entertainment. Every scene is soundtracked with pop songs that tell us how

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to feel; the choppy cuts within scenes and the near absence of supporting characters suggest some heavy editing in post-production. Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor’s resumé includes two episodes of the wrenching HBO series Tell Me You Love Me, so this might have started out as a heavier project. And Steve Carell is a nice choice to play a marriage counsellor; he’s patient and kind, gently nudging his clients to small epiphanies. But director David Frankel, who enabled Streep’s fine comic turn in The Devil Wears Prada, is way out of his depth here, unable to put his stars on the same wavelength. Streep’s natural lightness clashes with Jones’s darker instincts, and they come at their scenes at cross purposes. I’m sure a different director could have got them working together; I’m also sure Frankel never even tried. NormaN WilNer What a waste.

Actor and director, Red Lights Rodrigo Cortés’s Red Lights stars Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver as university researchers who spend their time proving that most supposedly psychic phenomena are just smoke and mirrors – ghostbusters without the ghosts, basically. On a press stop in Toronto, Cortés and Murphy talk about paranormal activity and the importance of maintaining balance between the natural and supernatural worlds. The characters in Red Lights are professional debunkers of paranormal practitioners. Is this the sort of film that requires a lot of research? Rodrigo Cortés You have to do a lot of research in order to make everything believable, if you want to create a dense atmosphere, a real sense of tangibility. You’ve gotta know the material you are playing with. Actually, I studied both sides of the discussion – the debunkers, the rationalists, the skeptics and the side of the believers and socalled psychics, even parapsychologists who claim to use scientific methods or whatever. It sounds like you’re not a believer. What kept you from arguing specifically for the rationalists in the film?

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(Rodrigo Cortés) Rating: NN Rodrigo Cortés’s Red Lights finds the director of Buried expanding well beyond the man-in-a-box gimmick of that airtight thriller. But he’s overreached drastically with this creeper about a pair of academic researchers (Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver) who debunk supposed paranormal activity until a reclusive mentalist (Robert De Niro) triggers a series of events that leads them to question their assumptions. The first hour establishes a quietly creepy atmosphere and a nice camaraderie between Weaver and Murphy, along with a charming supporting turn by Elizabeth Olsen as a student with whom Murphy becomes involved. But when the focus shifts to De Niro’s clichéd antagonist, The Blind Psychic Who Sees More Than Everyone Else Around Him, Cortés’s script reveals itself as little more than a bag of cheap reversals. And, yes, the final flourish is worthy of M. Night Shyamalan – but it’s the Shyamalan of The Village and The Happening, not the guy who wrote The Sixth NW Sense.

Cortés I wanted everybody to change their minds a number of times in the course of the film. People have very strong reactions... they have different theories they defend strongly. Which is what I love as an audience member. I love when a film doesn’t treat me as if I were dumb. Everything works in a much more multi-layered way; the film doesn’t end when it ends, but goes on inside your mind for a few days, hopefully. Cillian, was it difficult to play to that ambiguity? Your character stands in for the audience a number of times. Cillian Murphy You really just have to be truthful and honest. You can do all the research that Rodrigo talked about, but acting isn’t an intellectual exercise. If you start thinking about everything intellectually, you’re emotionally gonna be sort of… empty. You just have to try and react honestly – I always think it’s about how you would instinctually react. Red Lights was shot in both Canada and Spain to create a sense of displacement. How did that break down? What was shot where? Cortés 80 per cent of it was shot in Barcelona, and 20 per cent of it in Toronto. Actually, we shot part of it in Hamilton. If you’re from Toronto, you’re gonna recognize a couple of things, you can’t help that. Murphy It’s about atmosphere, man. If you can create atmosphere that really seeps into the audience, that’s masNormaN WilNer sive.

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(D: Jay Roach, 85 min) With the U.S. presidential candidates in campaign mode, count on two of the funniest men in the country to mock the electoral process. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play two idiots vying for a seat in Congress. Jay Roach of the Austin Powers movies directs.

Iron Sky (D: Timo Vuorensola, 93 min) This flick about Nazis hiding out on the moon while planning to take over Earth in 2018 has B movie written all over it, especially with Udo Kier in the cast.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (D: Peter Hedges, 104 min) This family fantasy stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who magically receive a child. The Campaign and Iron Sky all open Friday (August 10). Screened after press time – see reviews after August 13 at nowtoronto.com/movies. Timothy Green opens Wednesday (August 15). Reviewed in next week’s issue.

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make art and trouble (sometimes simul­ taneously). While preparing for a show at the Tate Modern, he also conducts an inves­ tigation into the construction of Chinese schools collapsed by the Sichuan earth­ quake – which gets him assaulted by a police officer and sent for emergency surgery to relieve the resulting swelling in his brain. Director Klayman’s sympathetic lens lets us see Ai as a man rather than a symbol, whose puckish wit allows him to make light of the darkest situations. But we’re never allowed to forget the risks he’s taking by poking fun at a system that doesn’t have a sense of humour. Some subtitles. 91 min. nnnn (NW) TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Nolan) is less a movie than a colossus, an unstoppable force crashing into your summer, bent on destroying all challengers. Everything’s inflated for spectacle, with the simplest of dialogue scenes thrumming with nervous energy, and filmed with largeformat IMAX cameras wherever possible for added bombast. But where Nolan’s first two Bat-films felt nimble and restless, The Dark Knight Rises is encumbered by its own self-importance (and its unwieldy allegory for the Occupy movement). When he concentrates on the action – a thrilling mid-air prisoner extraction, the villain Bane’s assault on Gotham’s financial heart, a massive climax that plays out on more levels than Inception – Nolan is in total control. And he can deliver a final flourish like nobody else. The last 30 seconds very nearly had me on my feet cheering. It’s just all the stuff in the middle that needs pruning. 164 min. NNN (NW) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Humber Cinema, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity

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out how to disconnect for each other. The script, which Jones co-wrote with actor Will McCormack, smartly captures the fluid dynamics of a breakup as well as the confusion and awkwardness that spill over to the former couple’s friends. Director Krieger slyly situates the action within Los Angeles hipster culture without being entirely beholden to it. The movie’s nicely self-aware on almost every level, right down to its deployment of slo-mo montages and musical flourishes that are remarkably similar to those used in Beasts Of The Southern Wild – here used to highlight Celeste’s considerable self-absorption. Jones is terrific as a conflicted, confused young woman just beginning to realize she isn’t as okay with moving on as she first thought. It’s a great dramatic performance; don’t let the romcom packaging fool you. 93 min. NNNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

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Bowers) is consistent with the series formula, targeting the under PG-13 crowd with silly kiddy humour but also mature lessons about growing up. These movies relate to their audience without ever talking down to them, and parents can learn a few things in that regard. Greg Hefley (Zachary Gordon, hit hard by puberty since we last saw him) is spending his summer avoiding responsibilities. He wants to play video games all day while his dad (Steve Zahn, finally getting to shine) wants him to play sports, join a wilderness club, get a job or just do something. Greg then fakes employment at a country club where he gets to steal some cozy (and awkward) time with that cute blond from school (Peyton List). Despite the aging cast, the Wimpy Kid

movies just don’t get old. 94 min. NNN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Bess Kargman) is a nail-biting doc that follows a handful of aspiring ballet dancers competing in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, which awards international attention and lucrative scholarships to some of the worldclass winners. Director Kargman has found a good range of subjects, from Rebecca, a pampered Barbie look-alike, and Aran, whose parents have uprooted the family to support his dance, to dirt-poor Colombian immigrant Joan Sebastian and the adopted Michaela, whose parents were killed in Sierra Leone’s civil war. Along the way, the doc takes a frank look at costs, job opportunities, body issues, injuries and gender. There’s lots of great dance, plus a bit of unexpected humour thanks to one adorable 10-year-old who balks at his stage mom. Some subtitles. 90 min. NNNN (GS) TIFF Bell Lightbox

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hood, where their passions have cooled considerably. Yang does a fine job outlining the romantic currents coursing between the three, muddling the flows of desire as they fall in and out of love with one another. The main performances are strong, especially given the complex emotional material, but the opportunistic use of politics is problematic. The Wild Lilly rallies become a romantic backdrop for a doomed love affair in a film that’s more an ode to lovesick rebels than rebellion. Subtitled. 106 min. NNN (John Semley) Kennedy Commons 20

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energetic Norwegian cat-and-mouse thriller about a corporate recruiter who moonlights as an art thief (Aksel Hennie). When his scheme goes wrong, our hero must go on the run – or at least that’s why he thinks he’s running. Director Tyldum keeps the plot twisting in a manner that feels both surprising and logical, but be warned: this is decidedly not for the squeamish. Subtitled. 101 min. NNNN (NW) Regent Theatre

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tHe HuNger games (Gary Ross) adapts Suzanne Collins’s futuristic novel about a young girl – an excellent Jennifer Lawrence – who must participate in a televised fightto-the-death spectacle. The cast is great and the film looks terrific, but it sanitizes the material in what could have been a devastatingly dystopic film event. A missed opportunity. 142 min. NNN (SGC) Interchange 30 Hysteria (Tanya Wexler) is not as risqué as its premise, the invention of the vibrator, though it’s certainly pleasurable enough. Hugh Dancy stars as a Victorian doctor who cures women’s mental ailments by using his fingers to... umm... provide a deep tissue

massage. Dancy, an ideal romantic lead, has a fine foil in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character, who embodies the women’s emancipation movement. The charming pair rise above the pandering, lightweight material. 99 min. NNN (RS) Regent Theatre

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tino, Mike Thurmeier) is showing its age with gags that are prehistoric. After 10 years, the Ice Age movies have exhausted their characters and whatever charms they had, leaving this fourth instalment scrambling for material and feeling laboured. Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the sabre-tooth tiger (Dennis Leary) and Sid the dim-witted sloth (John Leguizamo) are now faced with Pangaea breaking apart into continents, separating them from their herd. The plot hinges on natural forces, but Continental Drift seems overly schematic, as if written by a boardroom who hit all the predictable notes. Kids won’t mind the familiar elements, but adults will be bored and puzzling over which of the bland new creatures are voiced by Drake or Nicki Minaj, who are here as a ploy to show that Ice Age can still be hip instead of extinct. 94 min. NN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

abuse of authority, the culture of rape within the U.S. armed forces. Opening with the statistic that approximately 20 per cent of women in the military have been sexually assaulted while serving, Dick and producer Amy Ziering proceed to show us how that’s possible, depicting a culture of alpha-male entitlement further enabled by a military structure that blames the victim and discourages the filing of complaints. (A rape victim can be charged with adultery if her rapist is married.) It’s an infuriating work. The testimonials from assaulted servicewomen and men – most powerfully from Coast Guard petty officer Kori Cioca, still struggling with chronic pain from a blow to her head during her assault and nightmarish PTSD – should be screened in every continued on page 62 œ

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tHe iNtoucHables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano) is a well-acted, charming French buddy picture about a wealthy white quadriplegic (François Cluzet) who learns to re-embrace life through his friendship with a worldly-wise ethnic caregiver (Omar Sy). It feels like it’s been meticulously calibrated to hit the centre of some grand art house Venn diagram. Subtitled. 112 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Grande Yonge, Kingsway Theatre, Varsity

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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (STC) “Hugely entertaining, emotionally touching.” – Indiewire Winner—Audience Award & Special Jury Prize, World Cinema—Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2012

PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE (STC) “An entertaining, emotionally inspired stroll down memory lane.” –Los Angeles Times

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recruiting office in America. 99 min. NNNN (NW) Carlton Cinema

IroN Sky (Timo Vuorensola) 93 min. See Also Opening, page 58. Opens Aug 10 at the Royal (see Indie & Rep Film, page 70)

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(Steven Spielberg) is the greatest American movie ever made, as well as the perfect summer blockbuster. It’s your duty, frankly, to see it at least once on a big screen. Universal’s splendid new digital restoration – overseen by director Spielberg – accurately renders Joe Butler’s slightly grainy cinematography, and gets the underwater footage back to its original brightness after decades of dull video transfers. The subtle surround remix hews closely to the original monaural audio, keeping most of the sound at the centre of the screen while expanding John Williams’s score into the back of the room. The 15-year-old print TIFF screened a couple of years ago was very nice, but this is gorgeous. You owe it to yourself to check out the upgrade. 124 min. NNNNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

katy Perry: Part of Me (Dan Cutforth,

Jane Lipsitz) chronicles a year in the life of pop star Perry as she embarks on her first world-wide concert tour and tries to keep her marriage to comic Russell Brand alive. Copious concert footage shows her hard work and the candy-coloured, fairy tale universe she or her marketers have constructed, but statements from Perry and her sycophantic handlers are so clichéd, they seem culled from a Christopher Guest mockumentary. 97 min. NN (GS) Colossus, Queensway, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(William Friedkin) 103 min. See interview and review, page 54. (NW) Opens Aug 10 at Scotiabank Theatre

MadagaScar 3: euroPe’S MoSt waNted (Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath,

Conrad Vernon) is zippy, silly and antic fun with Alex the lion and his team of continent-hopping friends. Making a break for New York City by trekking across Europe, the gang joins a travelling circus that includes a sneering Siberian tiger and a sleek jaguar (Jessica Chastain, oozing sex appeal even as a cartoon animal). On their tails is a villainous animal control chief voiced by the magnificent Frances McDormand with malevolent glee. 85 min. NNN (RS) Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Humber Cinema, Queensway, SilverCity Mississauga, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Steven Soderbergh) is a brawny, brainy reworking of Flashdance inspired by star Channing Tatum’s early days as a male stripper. Soderbergh and screenwriter Reid Carolin weave a subtle commentary on various American notions of exploitation in between energetic, self-aware dance sequences. Matthew McConaughey steals every scene he can as the club’s cagey MC and occasional performer. 110 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Humber Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Mississauga

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(Kevin Macdonald) can be compared to a massive joint – and not just because there’s an obscene amount of ganja onscreen. Everyone will come away

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with a different kind of high. Hardcore Bob Marley fans will be astonished by the documentary’s depth and breadth, while those who only know his most popular tunes will walk away enlightened about the music and its roots. 145 min. NNNN (RS) Regent Theatre

Marvel’S the aveNgerS (Joss Whedon) is, quite simply, an epic win – it’s tremendous fun, sprinting through its gargantuan adventure on a mixture of adrenaline, glee and wise-assery. That’s mostly due to director and co-writer Whedon, whose ability to render large, distinct casts of characters is exactly what’s required for a movie of this scale. Everything that happens is grounded in who these people are, not what they can do. And he’s the first filmmaker to crack the problem of the Hulk. Some subtitles. 143 min. NNNN (NW) Coliseum Mississauga, Colossus, Eglinton Town Centre, Kennedy Commons 20, Scotiabank Theatre, Yonge & Dundas 24

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MeN IN Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld) sends

Will Smith’s Agent J back to 1969 to save Tommy Lee Jones’s Agent K from an alien assassin. Josh Brolin as the younger K turns out to be the movie’s best effect; he perfectly channels the cranky pragmatism that makes Jones’s performance so much fun. The problem is that the script never gives him or Smith anything substantial to do, bouncing the pair from one effects scene to the next. The movie evaporates almost as soon as it reaches your retinas. 105 min. NN (NW) Interchange 30, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Wes Anderson) might be Anderson’s purest work yet – a tender tale of longing and melancholy as seen through the eyes of a handful of people on an isolated (fictional) island off the coast of New England in September 1965, when two 12-year-old pen pals (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run off together. It’s also one of the saddest comedies you’ll ever see, though that’s not a criticism. 94 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre, Varsity

the odd lIfe of tIMothy greeN (Peter Hedges) 104 min. See Also Opening, page 58. Opens Aug 15 at Coliseum Mississauga, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande Steeles, Interchange 30, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, Yonge & Dundas 24

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(Joachim Trier) 90 min. See review, page 57. NNNN

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(Alex Kurtzman) stars Chris Pine as amoral salesman who finds out that his father had a daughter from another relationship and that he has an 11-year-old nephew. It may be a bit noisy and occasionally predictable, but it’s cool to see a well-acted, character-driven film in this season of actioners and half-baked sequels. 115 min. NNNN (SGC) Canada Square, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20

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BUGSY MALONE (PG) Featuring: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio and Florrie Dugger. Music by Paul Williams. From our Back to the Bloor series.

ProMetheuS (Ridley Scott) follows a team of corporate explorers to a distant celestial body, where they encounter something very similar to what the crew of Nostromo found in Alien – or will find, since this film takes place a good quarter-century before that one. But Prometheus doesn’t enhance or complement the original Alien as much as it builds a video-game module onto it, a weightless digital creation that can’t hold a candle to the original’s grimy analog impact. 119 min. NN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre

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the QueeN of verSaIlleS (Lauren Greenfield) begins as a look at conspicuous consumption, then evolves into something that plays with our sympathies. Jackie Siegel is a buxom 40-something former beauty queen raising seven children with her septuagenarian husband, David Siegel, owner of a multi-million-dollar timeshare business. When we first meet them, they’re constructing a 90,000-square-foot estate modelled on Versailles. Then the economic crisis hits and their empire and

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home life begin to crumble. Filming over three years, documentarian Greenfield captures remarkable moments – everything from manipulative real estate pitch sessions to shopping sprees, and has a great eye for the telling detail (she’s a former photographer). Jackie is a completely compelling character, bust-revealing outfits and all: smart, generous and – as much as we might be skeptical – totally in love with a man who once joked that when she turned 40 he’d replace her with two 20-year-olds. 100 min. NNNNN (GS) Grande - Yonge, Varsity

red lIghtS (Rodrigo Cortés) 113 min. See Q&A and review, page 58. NN (NW) Opens Aug 10 at Yonge & Dundas 24 ruBy SParkS (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris) feels like the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made. It’s a clever magic-realist romantic fantasy about an author (Paul Dano) so infatuated with his newest character that he literally brings her into being. The dream girl is played by Zoe Kazan, whose adroitly constructed screenplay spends exactly as much time as it needs (not a second more) to establish the stranger-than-fiction conceit. Ruby’s fantastical origins are a springboard to consider relationships in general, the impossibility of ever finding a perfect partner and the myth of the manic pixie dream girl. Dano and Kazan are terrific, as are supporting players Chris Messina and Steve Coogan, and directors Dayton and Faris avoid the twee flourishes that made Little Miss Sunshine feel like an overlong sitcom. 103 min. NNNN (NW) Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

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Safety Not guaraNteed (Colin Trevor-

row) can’t really compete with the headier, more thoughtful lo-fi sci-fi of Another Earth and Sound Of My Voice. But as a hipster rom-com about people trying to shake off their pasts to make present-day connections, it’s pretty satisfying until the overreaching ending. 94 min. NNN (NW) Carlton Cinema, Yonge & Dundas 24

SalMoN fIShINg IN the yeMeN (Lasse Hallström) is a light comedy about a stuffy salmon expert (Ewan McGregor) and a troubled administrator (Emily Blunt) drawn to one another while working to stock the river of a wealthy Yemeni sheik (Amr Waked) with Atlantic salmon. No, seriously. 112 min. NN (NW) Mt Pleasant SavageS (Oliver Stone) stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as California drug kingpins threatened when Mexican queenpin Elena (Salma Hayek) muscles in on their territory and then kidnaps their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). Great secondary characters – Hayek, John Travolta as a corrupt cop, and Benicio Del Toro as Elena’s henchman – and Stone’s razzle-dazzle make this ultra-violent drug-war tale entertaining if you like this kind of thing. 130 min. NNN (SGC) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colos-

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(Seth MacFarlane) is the feature debut by Family Guy creator MacFarlane, who also voices the titular knee-high teddy bear owned since boyhood by John (Mark Wahlberg). The toy-come-to-life spews quick-witted, toxic verbiage that’s guaranteed to offend with jokes about race, sexual orientation and religion, but cares when it’s this fucking hilarious? 106 min. NNNN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

360 (Fernando Meirelles) is a low-key

sus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande Yonge, Mt Pleasant, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bend-

jelloul) 85 min. See review, page 57. NNN (RS) Opens Aug 10 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen,

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Gene Kelly) is a special screening in the Classic Film Series of Donen’s movie musical starring Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. 102 min. Aug 15, 7 pm, at Coliseum Mississauga, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

(Rupert Sanders) adapts the classic fairy tale for Twihards who like their fantasies served with Kristen Stewart and some burning loins. Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron, mugging passionately) dispatches the titular Huntsman to capture an escaped Snow White (Stewart). The film reaches for epic adventure, but the only thrills come from the bold visual designs. Like that poison apple, SWATH looks inviting but offers nothing you’d want to chew on. 127 min. NN (RS) Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Yonge & Dundas 24

Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre, Mt Pleasant

drama that follows a series of characters through various encounters, one after another, ultimately drawing a larger picture. Admirers of the late Anthony Minghella’s last film, Breaking And Entering, will recognize both the gauzy vibe and the ambivalent presence of Jude Law; those who weren’t moved by Minghella’s empathetic insistence that everyone is connected will find director Meirelles’s version even more affected and insubstantial. Anthony Hopkins brings a magnetic kindness to his handful of scenes, and Rachel Weisz is

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STEP UP REVOLUTION (Scott Speer) promises gyrating hips, and that’s exactly what it delivers. As dramatically inert as the plot and characters may be, it showcases bodies that are fluid, kinetic and very often aerodynamic. Stars Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman are both bland actors but fine dancers, eye-pleasing in every way. She plays an aspiring professional dancer, while he’s the co-founder of a flash mob dying for Justin Bieber-like YouTube hits. They team up to organize exquisitely choreographed (and logically impossible) protest routines meant to revolutionize the art into something political. The revolution in the title is actually ironic, since the movie is all about conformity to commoditization. We’re watching a franchise incorporate street dances, after all. The movie doesn’t just sell out, it does so with an admirably bold face that says revolution is good, especially when it’s corporate-sponsored. 106 min. NNN (RS) 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24 TAKE THIS WALTZ (Sarah Polley) takes a leap into far riskier territory than writer/ director Polley’s relatively conventional Away From Her. I’m not entirely sure Polley accomplishes what she’s reaching for in this tale of a young wife (Michelle Williams) considering an affair with a neighbour (Luke Kirby), but she’s reaching for it, and that makes all the difference. 116 min. NNN (NW)

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TO ROME WITH LOVE (Woody Allen) has multiple storylines, so when one plot line sags, another picks things up. Allen plays a failed opera director who tries to make his daughter’s fiancé’s dad (Fabio Armiliato) a star, though he can’t sing outside the shower. In another weak storyline, a justmarried guy gets a surprise visit from a happy hooker (Penélope Cruz); meanwhile, a nebbish (Roberto Benigni) becomes famous for no reason. In the best segment, an architecture student (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend welcome a house guest (Ellen Page) with home-wrecker written all over her, or so says the student’s imaginary friend (Alec Baldwin). These actors play it straight and let the comedy work for them. Betcha Page becomes the next Allen muse. Rome is gorgeous, but you still have to

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of comedy Martin Lawrence used to make (Big Momma’s House, anyone?). Perry dons the fat suit and muumuu once again as Madea, once a reliable source of outrageous laughs, who opens her humble home to a CFO-turned-witness (Eugene Levy). Perry’s movies were never very good, but they were never this bland. 114 min. NN (RS) Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20

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scotiaBank tHeatre (ce) 259 ricHmonD st W, 416-368-5600

The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-sun, tue 12:45, 1:30, 3:15, 3:55, 4:35, 6:20, 7:00, 7:40, 9:25, 10:05, 10:45 mon 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 3:25, 3:55, 4:35, 6:30, 7:00, 7:40, 9:25, 10:05, 10:45 Wed 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 3:50, 4:35, 6:20, 7:00, 7:40, 9:30, 10:05, 10:45

The dark knighT riSeS: The iMax experience (PG) 12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 11:00 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 4:45, 5:45, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 Fri-Wed 2:00, 3:00, 5:45, 6:40, 9:30, 10:20 killer Joe Fri-Wed 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Magic Mike (14A) thu 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:45 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45 Marvel’S The avengerS 3d (PG) thu 12:45, 4:05, 7:15 MoonriSe kingdoM (PG) thu 1:20, 3:30, 6:10, 8:40, 11:00 Fri-Wed 1:40, 3:50, 6:30, 9:00 proMeTheuS 3d (14A) thu 1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 10:00 Fri-sun, tue-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 mon 12:50, 3:45, 10:10 SavageS (18A) thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 9:50 Fri-sun, tue 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:30 mon 12:45, 3:40, 10:40 Wed 12:50, 3:45, 10:30 Singin’ in The rain Wed 7:00 ToTal recall (14A) thu 12:50, 1:40, 2:20, 3:40, 4:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:20, 8:00, 9:20, 10:10, 10:50 Fri-Wed 1:10, 2:10, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50, 10:50 The WaTch (14A) thu 12:30, 2:05, 3:05, 4:35, 5:35, 7:05, 8:05, 10:20, 10:40 Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:15, 10:40

tiFF Bell ligHtBox (i) 350 king st W, 416-599-8433

ai WeiWei: never Sorry Fri-sun, tue 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:15 mon 7:00, 9:15 Wed 2:30, 4:45, 9:15 BeaSTS of The SouThern Wild (PG) thu-sun, tue-Wed 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10 mon 6:45, 9:10 coMpliance (14A) Fri-sun, tue-Wed 4:00, 8:30, 9:30 mon 8:30, 9:30 firST poSiTion (G) thu 1:15, 3:30, 6:15, 8:30 Fri-sun, tueWed 1:00, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25 mon 7:25 oSlo, auguST 31ST (14A) Fri-sun, tue-Wed 1:45, 6:15 mon 6:15

varsity (ce)

55 Bloor st W, 416-961-6304 2 dayS in neW york Fri-sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:10 mon-Wed 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 BeaSTS of The SouThern Wild (PG) thu 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-sun 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, 10:45 mon-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30 Fri-Wed 3:10, 6:45, 10:20 hope SpringS (14A) thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Frisun 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 mon-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 The inTouchaBleS (14A) thu 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 MoonriSe kingdoM (PG) Fri-sun 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 mon-Wed 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 The Queen of verSailleS thu 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Fri-sun 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 mon-Wed 2:35, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10 ruBy SparkS (14A) thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-sun 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 mon-Wed 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55 360 thu 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00 To roMe WiTh love (PG) thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Frisun 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 mon-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45

6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 mon-Wed 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 celeSTe and JeSSe forever 12:35, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 deranged 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 sat-sun 11:40 mat diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) thu 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 8:10, 9:30, 10:25 Fri, tue-Wed 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 8:10, 9:20 sat-sun 11:35, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 8:10, 9:20 mon 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 8:10 ek Tha Tiger Wed 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 gf Bf 1:40, 4:35, 7:10, 9:55 hope SpringS (14A) thu 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 Fri, monWed 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 sat-sun 11:50, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) thu 2:40, 5:00 Fri, mon-Wed 1:50 sat-sun 11:30, 1:50 ice age: conTinenTal drifT 3d (PG) 4:10, 7:15, 9:40 thu 1:50 mat JaWS (14A) thu 7:20, 10:30 kaTy perry: parT of Me 3d (PG) thu 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:25 kyaa Super kool hain huM (14A) thu 3:35, 6:40, 9:55 MadagaScar 3: europe’S MoST WanTed (G) thu 2:10 MadagaScar 3: europe’S MoST WanTed 3d (G) thu 4:25, 7:10 Fri-tue 1:55, 4:20 Marvel’S The avengerS 3d (PG) Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:25 Men in Black 3 (PG) thu-tue 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40 The odd life of TiMoThy green (G) Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40 red lighTS Fri 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 ruBy SparkS (14A) 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 SafeTy noT guaranTeed (14A) 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 sat-sun 12:20 mat SnoW WhiTe and The hunTSMan (PG) 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55 STep up revoluTion (PG) thu 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 STep up revoluTion 3d (PG) thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Fri 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 10:25 sat-sun 11:35, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 10:25 mon-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 Ted (14A) thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Fri, mon-Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:30 sat-sun 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:30 To roMe WiTh love (PG) 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40

midtown canaDa square (ce) 2200 yonge st, 416-646-0444

BeaSTS of The SouThern Wild (PG) thu 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-sun 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 mon-Wed 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 11:50, 3:20, 6:50, 10:20 Fri-Wed 2:10, 5:45, 9:20 hope SpringS (14A) Fri-sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 monWed 1:45, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05 ruBy SparkS (14A) thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Fri-sun 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 mon-Wed 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 To roMe WiTh love (PG) thu 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20

The aMazing Spider-Man (PG) 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 sat-sun 1:00 mat The BeST exoTic Marigold hoTel (PG) thu 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Fri, mon-Wed 3:55, 6:35, 9:15 sat-sun 1:10, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15 Brave (PG) thu 4:10, 6:50, 9:00 Fri, mon-Wed 4:35, 6:55, 9:20 sat-sun 2:00, 4:35, 6:55, 9:20 The inTouchaBleS (14A) 4:45, 7:20, 9:45 sat-sun 1:50 mat Magic Mike (14A) thu 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 MoonriSe kingdoM (PG) thu 4:40, 7:30, 9:35 Fri 5:15, 7:25, 9:30 sat-sun 2:10, 4:25, 6:30, 9:00 mon-Wed 4:25, 6:30, 9:00 people like uS (14A) thu 4:25 7:10 9:40 Fri-Wed 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 sat-sun 1:40 mat SavageS (18A) thu 3:55, 6:40, 9:20 Take ThiS WalTz (14A) thu 4:00, 6:45, 9:10 360 4:05, 6:50, 9:10 sat-sun 1:20 mat To roMe WiTh love (PG) thu 4:20, 7:20, 9:40 Fri, monWed 4:10, 7:00, 9:25 sat-sun 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:25

yonge & DunDas 24 (ce)

mt Pleasant (i)

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10 DunDas st e, 416-335-5323

aBrahaM lincoln: vaMpire hunTer 3d (14A) thu 1:55, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 Fri-tue 7:40, 10:20 The aMazing Spider-Man: an iMax 3d experience (PG) thu 1:00 4:10 7:20 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:25 The aMazing Spider-Man (PG) 2:50, 6:00, 9:05 thu 3:30 mat, 6:40, 9:45 sat-sun 11:35 mat Brave (PG) 12:30 Brave 3d (PG) 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 The caMpaign (14A) thu 10:00 Fri 12:30, 1:15, 1:40, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 sat-sun 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45,

675 mt Pleasant rD, 416-489-8484 SalMon fiShing in The yeMen (PG) thu 7:00 SavageS (18A) Fri-sat 9:30 sun, tue 7:00 Take ThiS WalTz (14A) Fri-sat, Wed 7:00 sun 4:20

regent tHeatre (i) 551 mt Pleasant rD, 416-480-9884

headhunTerS (14A) Fri-sat, Wed 7:00 sun 4:30 hySTeria (PG) thu 7:00 Marley (PG) Fri-sat 8:55 sun, tue 7:00

The aMazing Spider-Man 3d (PG) thu 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:40, 10:45 sun-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 The caMpaign (14A) thu 10:00 Fri 1:35, 3:45, 6:00, 8:20, 10:40 sat 1:10, 3:30, 6:00, 8:20, 10:40 sun, Wed 1:10, 3:30, 6:00, 8:10, 10:20 mon-tue 1:30, 3:40, 6:00, 8:10, 10:20 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 2:00, 3:10, 6:10, 6:50, 9:50, 10:30 Fri-sat 2:00, 3:00, 5:40, 6:40, 9:20, 10:20 suntue 2:00, 3:00, 5:40, 6:40, 9:20, 10:10 Wed 2:00, 3:00, 6:40, 9:30, 10:10 diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fri-Wed 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 hope SpringS (14A) thu 1:50, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 Fri-sat 2:10, 4:40, 7:30, 10:00 sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40 mon-tue 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:40 Wed 4:10, 7:00, 9:40 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) thu 12:40 Fri 1:40 satsun, Wed 1:00 mon-tue 1:45 ice age: conTinenTal drifT 3d (PG) thu 3:00, 5:20, 7:40 Fri-Wed 4:00, 6:30 STep up revoluTion 3d (PG) thu 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:20 Ted (14A) Fri-sat 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35 sun-Wed 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00 ToTal recall (14A) thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 Fri-sat 1:50, 5:00, 7:50, 10:45 sun-Wed 1:50, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 The WaTch (14A) thu 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:30 Fri-Wed 9:50

Metro

West end HumBer cinema (i) 2442 Bloor st. West, 416-232-1939

The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 2:00, 5:30, 9:00 MadagaScar 3: europe’S MoST WanTed (G) thu 1:45, 4:00 Magic Mike (14A) thu 6:30, 9:15 ToTal recall (14A) thu 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30

kingsWay tHeatre (i) 3030 Bloor st W, 416-232-1939

The BeST exoTic Marigold hoTel (PG) 7:00 The inTouchaBleS (14A) 3:00 MoonriSe kingdoM (PG) 5:00 proMeTheuS (14A) 9:10 Take ThiS WalTz (14A) 1:00

queensWay (ce)

1025 tHe queensWay, qeW & islington, 416-503-0424 The aMazing Spider-Man 3d (PG) thu 1:25, 4:35, 7:45, 11:00 Fri, mon-Wed 4:00, 7:05, 10:05 sat-sun 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri, mon-tue 1:25, 3:00, 4:25, 6:30, 7:30, 9:40, 10:35 sat-sun 1:00, 1:30, 4:05, 4:35, 7:10, 7:40, 10:15, 10:45 Wed 1:25, 3:00, 4:25, 6:45, 7:30, 9:40, 10:35 Brave (PG) thu 12:45 Fri, mon-Wed 2:50 sat 11:50 sun 2:20 Brave 3d (PG) thu 3:15, 7:10 Fri, mon-Wed 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 sat 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 sun 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 The caMpaign (14A) thu 10:00 Fri, mon-tue 1:30, 3:40, 5:55, 8:10, 10:25 sat-sun 1:35, 3:50, 6:05, 8:20, 10:35 Wed 3:40, 5:55, 8:10, 10:25 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 12:15, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 3:45, 5:00, 5:50, 6:40, 7:20, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 10:55 Fri, sun-Wed 2:10, 3:10, 5:45, 6:45, 9:20, 10:20 sat 11:35, 2:10, 3:10, 5:45, 6:45, 9:20, 10:20 diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:00 Fri, mon-tue 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 sat 12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 sun 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 Wed 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 hope SpringS (14A) thu 2:10, 5:10, 7:55, 10:25 Fri, monWed 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 sat 11:25, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 sun 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) Fri, mon-Wed 1:55 sat 11:30 sun 1:45 ice age: conTinenTal drifT 3d (PG) thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05 Fri, mon-Wed 4:35, 6:55, 9:15 sat 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 sun 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 kaTy perry: parT of Me (PG) thu 9:10 MadagaScar 3: europe’S MoST WanTed (G) thu 1:40, 4:20, 6:45 Fri, mon-tue 2:30, 4:50 sat-sun 1:05, 3:20, 5:40 Magic Mike (14A) thu 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40 Fri, montue 7:10, 10:00 sat-sun 8:00, 10:40 The odd life of TiMoThy green (G) Wed 1:40, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00 over The hedge (PG) sat 11:00

SavageS (18A) thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:25, 10:30 Fri, mon-Wed 1:35, 4:30, 7:25, 10:25 sat-sun 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:15 Singin’ in The rain Wed 7:00 STep up revoluTion (PG) Fri, mon-tue 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:35 sat 11:40, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 sun 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Wed 4:15, 9:45 STep up revoluTion 3d (PG) thu 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 Ted (14A) thu 12:25, 3:05, 5:40, 8:20, 10:55 Fri, mon-Wed 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:35 sat-sun 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 To roMe WiTh love (PG) thu 2:45, 5:30, 8:10, 11:00 Fri, mon-Wed 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 sat 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30 sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30 ToTal recall (14A) thu 12:50, 1:50, 3:50, 4:50, 7:00, 7:50, 10:10, 10:50 Fri, mon-tue 1:25, 2:00, 4:10, 4:50, 7:00, 7:40, 9:50, 10:30 sat 11:10, 1:20, 1:55, 4:10, 5:00, 7:05, 7:50, 9:55, 10:40 sun 1:20, 1:55, 4:10, 5:00, 7:05, 7:50, 9:55, 10:40 Wed 1:20, 2:00, 4:10, 4:50, 7:00, 7:40, 9:50, 10:30 The WaTch (14A) thu 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 Fri, monWed 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 sat-sun 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30

rainBoW WooDBine (i)

WooDBine centre, 500 rexDale BlvD, 416-213-1998 The aMazing Spider-Man (PG) thu-tue 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:20 The caMpaign (14A) Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:10, 7:15, 9:15 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) 1:00, 4:30, 8:00 diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) 12:45, 2:50, 5:00, 7:00, 9:15 hope SpringS (14A) 1:05, 4:00, 7:05, 9:45 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) thu 12:55, 3:55, 7:05, 9:15 Fri-Wed 12:55, 3:55, 7:10 The odd life of TiMoThy green (G) Wed 12:50, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35 STep up revoluTion (PG) thu 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20 ToTal recall (14A) 1:20, 3:50, 6:55, 9:30 The WaTch (14A) 9:40 thu 1:15 mat, 4:05, 6:50

east end BeacH cinemas (aa) 1651 queen st e, 416-646-0444

The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 2:00, 3:00, 6:00, 6:40, 9:40, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:50, 5:15, 8:40 diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) thu 1:00 3:15 6:50 9:30 Fri-Wed 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 hope SpringS (14A) Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) thu 1:40 Fri-Wed 2:00 ice age: conTinenTal drifT 3d (PG) thu 3:50, 6:20, 9:00 Fri-sun, tue-Wed 4:20, 6:50 mon 4:20 ToTal recall (14A) thu 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:40, 7:45, 10:10 The WaTch (14A) thu 1:10, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50 Fri-sun, tueWed 9:10 mon 9:40

north york emPire tHeatres at emPress Walk (et) 5095 yonge st, 416-223-9550

The aMazing Spider-Man (PG) 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-Wed 12:45, 2:00, 4:20, 5:30, 7:30, 8:45, 10:45 The dark knighT riSeS: The iMax experience (PG) thu 12:00 3:30 7:00 10:45 Fri-Wed 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30 The dark knighT riSeS (PG) thu 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 4:45, 5:45, 6:30, 7:45, 8:30, 9:45, 10:15 Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:00, 4:30, 6:30, 8:00, 10:00 ice age: conTinenTal drifT (PG) 12:15 ice age: conTinenTal drifT 3d (PG) thu 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 Fri-Wed 2:40, 5:00, 7:25 The odd life of TiMoThy green (G) Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30 SavageS (18A) Fri-Wed 7:20, 10:20 STep up revoluTion (PG) thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-tue 1:20, 3:45 ToTal recall (14A) thu 1:15 2:15 4:30 5:15 7:30 8:15 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15 The WaTch (14A) Fri-tue 9:45

granDe - yonge (ce) 4861 yonge st, 416-590-9974

2 dayS in neW york Fri-Wed 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:20 BeaSTS of The SouThern Wild (PG) thu 2:25, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Fri-mon, Wed 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 tue 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Brave (PG) thu 2:10 Fri-Wed 1:55, 4:20 Brave 3d (PG) thu 4:35, 7:00 The caMpaign (14A) thu 10:00 Fri-Wed 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 diary of a WiMpy kid: dog dayS (G) thu 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:05 Fri-Wed 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 hope SpringS (14A) 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 The inTouchaBleS (14A) 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:10 The Queen of verSailleS Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:25 SavageS (18A) thu 1:10, 4:00, 7:05, 9:55 Ted (14A) thu 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 Fri-Wed 7:30, 10:15 360 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 To roMe WiTh love (PG) thu 1:30 4:10 6:50 9:30 FriWed 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 The WaTch (14A) thu 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:20

silvercity FairvieW (ce)

FairvieW mall, 1800 sHePParD ave e, 416-644-7746 The aMazing Spider-Man 3d (PG) thu 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:25 Fri-Wed 4:10 The Bourne legacy (14A) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 continued on page 68 œ

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Cleaning Up Our Waterways: The Don River and Central Waterfront Project Municipal Class Environmental Assessment - Notice of Study Completion The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to advance the recommendations of the City’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan (approved by City Council in 2003) to capture and treat polluted stormwater and combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) that are discharged to the Don River and Central Waterfront. This will help to improve water quality and our environment. In addition, necessary upgrades have been identified to the City’s critical sanitary trunk sewer infrastructure within the study area to improve operations and service future growth. The study has defined the problems/opportunities, identified and evaluated alternatives, and determined a preferred solution and design in consultation with the City of Toronto, regulatory agencies, and the public. The City has accepted the consultant’s recommendations regarding the preferred solution and design, including the following project components: Sanitary Trunk Sewer System l A Lower Don/Coxwell Bypass Tunnel that will be used on a contingency basis as a bypass to the existing Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer (STS) allowing for periodic maintenance and any necessary repairs of the Coxwell STS, l Four underground storage tanks for offline storage of peak sanitary flows where additional capacity is needed. l Upgrades to the North Toronto Treatment Plant (NTTP). Wet Weather Flow Collection and Storage System l Three integrated tunnels (Lower Don/Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, Taylor Massey Creek Tunnel, and Inner Harbour Tunnel) connected to an equivalent of 15 underground vertical storage shafts that will collect and store wet weather flows and convey these flows to a new wet weather flow treatment facility. l Three underground storage tanks for offline storage of wet weather flows from four remote outfall locations. Treatment of Collected Wet Weather Flow l A new wet weather treatment facility that will provide high-rate treatment of wet weather flows and will be located on future lakefill in the waterlot south of the existing Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant. l A new pumping station in Ashbridges Grove Park with forcemains connecting to the new wet weather flow treatment facility. l Retrofit of an existing CSO tank at the North Toronto Treatment Plant. Opportunities for Review The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule ‘C’ projects under the Municipal Class EA. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been completed and placed on public record for a 45-day review period starting August 10, 2012 and ending September 24, 2012. The ESR will be available for review on the project website at www.toronto.ca/cleanwaterways and at the following locations: Beaches Library 2161 Queen St. E. 416 393 7703

Leaside Library 165 McRae Dr. 416 396 3835

City Hall Library 100 Queen St. W. 416 393 7650

St Lawrence Library 171 Front St. E. 416 393 7655

If you have any outstanding issues about this project, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. James Yacoumidis, Policy, Planning and Project Consultant City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 18th Fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Tel: 416-392-8834 Fax: 416-338-2828 TTY: 416-397-0831 E-mail: cleanwaterways@toronto.ca or Visit: toronto.ca/cleanwaterways If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City of Toronto, a person or party may request that the Ontario Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. The Minister must receive the request in writing by September 24, 2012 at the address below, and a copy must also be sent to the City contact. If no requests are received by September 24, 2012, the City may proceed with this project as outlined in the Environmental Study Report. The Honourable Jim Bradley Minister of the Environment 77 Wellesley St. W., Ferguson Block, 11th Fl., Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 Issue Date: August 2, 2012 Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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Brave (PG) 1:50 Sat 11:15 mat The Campaign (14A) Fri-Wed 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:15 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 2:00, 3:10, 6:10, 6:50, 9:50, 10:30 Fri, Sun-Tue 3:00, 6:45, 10:20 Sat 11:20, 3:00, 6:45, 10:20 Wed 3:10, 6:45, 10:20 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 9:50 Sat 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 9:50 hope springs (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:50, 7:15, 10:00 Fri, SunWed 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 Sat 11:05, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 2:10 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:20 Sat 11:50, 2:20 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 4:40, 7:10, 9:55 Fri-Wed 5:00, 7:30 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 singin’ in The rain Wed 7:00 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fri-Wed 1:20, 7:35, 10:10 TeD (14A) 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Wed no 7:10 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7:25, 10:20 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Sat 11:10, 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:15 Fri-Wed 10:00

SilverCiTy yorkdale (Ce) 3401 duFFerin ST, 416-787-2052

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:25 The amazing spiDer-man (PG) Fri-Sun 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30 Mon-Wed 1:55, 5:05, 8:15 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri-Sat 1:00, 1:30, 4:05, 4:35, 7:10, 7:40, 10:15, 10:45 Sun 12:45, 1:15, 3:50, 4:20, 6:55, 7:25, 10:00, 10:30 Mon-Wed 1:40, 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 7:50, 10:00 The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Sat 1:35, 3:50, 6:05, 8:20, 10:35 Sun 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:20 Mon-Wed 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 2:00, 3:10, 6:10, 6:50, 9:50, 10:30 Fri-Wed 2:45, 6:45, 10:20 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:20 Fri 1:15, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30 Sat 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Sun 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25 MonWed 1:30, 4:00, 6:50, 9:15 hope springs (14A) Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 1:15 Fri 1:45 Sat 12:00 Sun 12:50 Mon-Wed 1:50 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 3:45, 7:25 Fri 4:15, 6:50 Sat 2:25, 5:00, 7:30 Sun 3:15, 5:40, 8:05 MonWed 4:20, 7:10 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15 Fri-Sat 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Sun 1:10, 3:45, 6:50, 9:30 Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 TeD (14A) Thu 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:00, 1:50, 3:50, 4:40, 6:40, 7:30, 9:30, 10:20 Fri 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40 Sat 11:20, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40 Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05 Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:00 Fri 9:50 Sat 10:05 Sun 10:30 Mon-Wed 9:45

Scarborough 401 & MorningSide (Ce) 785 Milner ave, SCarborough, 416-281-2226

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15 Fri-Sun, Tue 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 Mon, Wed 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri-Sun, Tue 12:25, 1:00, 3:30, 4:10, 6:30, 7:30, 9:40, 10:40 Mon, Wed 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:40, 7:30, 9:40, 10:30 Brave (PG) Fri-Sun, Tue 12:30, 3:00, 5:30 Mon, Wed 1:30, 4:10 The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:25 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:30 Mon, Wed 2:30, 5:00, 8:10, 10:25 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 1:45, 3:20, 5:15, 7:10, 8:45, 10:35 Fri-Sun, Tue 2:50, 6:45, 10:20 Mon, Wed 2:40, 6:20, 9:55 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50 Mon, Wed 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 hope springs (14A) Thu 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:40 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:55, 3:15, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45 Mon, Wed 2:10, 4:30,

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7:00, 9:45 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 1:15 Fri-Wed 1:10 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 3:30, 5:45, 8:05 Fri-Wed 3:20, 6:10, 8:30 sTep Up revolUTion (PG) Fri-Sun, Tue 12:35, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Mon, Wed 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 2:10, 5:00, 7:40, 10:00 TeD (14A) Thu 2:30, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:05, 6:50, 8:00, 9:30, 10:40 Fri-Sun, Tue 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 8:00, 10:00, 10:35 Mon, Wed 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 8:00, 10:00, 10:35 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:35 Fri-Sun, Tue 10:45 Mon, Wed 10:35

ColiSeuM SCarborough (Ce) SCarborough ToWn CenTre, 416-290-5217

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 10:10 Fri-Sat, Tue 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 Sun-Mon, Wed 12:55, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri-Sat, Tue 12:55, 1:25, 4:00, 4:30, 7:10, 7:40, 10:15, 10:45 Sun-Mon, Wed 12:45, 1:10, 3:45, 4:15, 6:55, 7:25, 10:00, 10:30 Brave (PG) Thu 1:05, 4:15 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 1:00, 2:45, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 7:00, 8:45, 9:15, 10:00, 10:30 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:10, 3:10, 5:45, 6:45, 9:20, 10:20 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 3:10, 5:45, 6:45, 9:20, 10:20 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 2:00, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Fri, Tue 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 12:00, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Mon, Wed 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu-Fri, Tue 12:45 Sat 12:15 Sun-Mon, Wed 2:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20 Fri-Sat, Tue 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 Sun-Mon, Wed 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD (G) Thu 1:30, 3:55, 6:45 Fri, Tue 1:30, 4:10, 7:00 Sat 11:20, 1:45, 4:10, 7:00 Sun-Mon, Wed 1:30, 4:10, 7:15 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 savages (18A) Thu 7:15, 10:15 Fri-Wed 9:40 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu, Sun-Mon, Wed 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05 Fri, Tue 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 Sat 2:00, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 TeD (14A) Thu 2:25, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-Sat, Tue 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:45 Sun-Mon, Wed 1:45, 4:55, 7:40, 10:10 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:15, 2:05, 4:00, 4:50, 6:50, 7:35, 9:40, 10:25 Fri-Sat, Tue 12:50, 1:50, 4:05, 4:40, 7:05, 7:50, 10:00, 10:40 Sun-Mon, Wed 12:50, 2:05, 4:05, 4:50, 7:05, 7:35, 9:55, 10:25

eglinTon ToWn CenTre (Ce) 1901 eglinTon ave e, 416-752-4494

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:30, 7:45, 11:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 Sat 12:50, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 Sun 3:55, 7:05, 10:20 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri, Mon-Wed 1:30, 3:50, 4:35, 7:00, 7:40, 10:10, 10:45 Sat 12:30, 1:30, 3:50, 4:35, 7:00, 7:40, 10:10, 10:45 Sun 1:00, 3:30, 4:10, 6:40, 7:20, 9:50, 10:30 Brave (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:40 Fri, Mon-Wed 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35 Sat 1:00, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35 Sun 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:20 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 1:00, 2:00, 3:10, 5:00, 6:10, 6:50, 9:00, 9:50, 10:30 Fri, Mon-Tue 2:10, 3:10, 5:50, 6:50, 9:35, 10:30 Sat 11:30, 2:10, 3:10, 5:50, 6:50, 9:35, 10:30 Sun 2:10, 3:10, 5:50, 6:50, 9:35, 10:25 Wed 2:10, 3:10, 5:30, 6:50, 9:45, 10:30 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 11:00, 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 ek Tha Tiger Wed 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40 hope springs (14A) Thu 2:00 4:35 7:10 9:45 Fri-Wed 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 1:00 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:40 Sat 11:15 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35 Fri, Sun-Wed 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sat 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD (G) Fri, MonWed 1:45, 4:15, 6:40 Sat 11:20, 1:45, 4:15, 6:40 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:45 magiC mike (14A) Thu 2:35, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40 marvel’s The avengers (PG) Thu 1:10, 4:20, 7:30 The oDD life of TimoThy green (G) Wed 1:40, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 savages (18A) Thu 1:45, 4:50, 7:50, 10:50 Fri, Mon-Tue 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:40 Sun 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 singin’ in The rain Wed 7:00 sTep Up revolUTion (PG) Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 9:10 Sun 9:15 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 TeD (14A) Thu 2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50 Fri, Mon-Tue 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:25 Sat 12:55, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:40 Sun 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Wed 3:05, 9:15

ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 2:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:30, 8:10, 10:30, 11:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:00, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 10:00, 10:45 Sat 1:05, 1:45, 4:00, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 10:00, 10:45 Sun 1:00, 1:35, 4:00, 4:35, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 3:00, 5:35, 8:15, 10:55 Fri, Mon-Tue 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35 Sat 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35 Sun 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10

kennedy CoMMonS 20 (aMC) kennedy rd & 401, 416-335-5323

sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 2:00 4:25 6:55 9:40 Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:40 Sat 11:35 mat ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 12:50, 2:30, 3:40, 5:15, 6:30, 8:10, 9:30, 11:00 Fri, Sun, Tue 1:20, 2:00, 4:00, 4:40, 6:40, 7:20, 9:30, 10:15 Sat 11:15, 1:20, 2:00, 4:00, 4:40, 6:40, 7:20, 9:30, 10:15 Mon, Wed 1:20, 2:00, 4:00, 4:40, 6:40, 7:30, 9:30, 10:15

CourTney Park 16 (Ce)

110 CourTney Park e aT huronTario, 416-335-5323

The BesT exoTiC marigolD hoTel (PG) 1:40, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20 Fri-Sun 10:45 mat Billa 2 (18A) 3:10, 6:30, 9:45 Fri-Sun 11:50 mat Bol BaChChan (PG) Thu 3:30, 6:45, 10:05 The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Sun 11:00, 12:20, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30, 4:50, 5:50, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 Mon-Wed 2:30, 3:30, 4:50, 5:50, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 CoCkTail (PG) 3:15, 6:40, 10:05 Fri-Sun 11:40 mat girlfrienD BoyfrienD Thu 2:10, 4:50, 7:25 Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:15 Mon-Wed 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:15 hope springs (14A) Thu 1:45, 2:45, 4:10, 5:15, 6:45, 8:00, 9:15 Fri-Sun 11:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:30, 4:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30, 9:30 Mon-Wed 2:00, 3:30, 4:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:30, 9:30 Jism 2 (14A) Thu 3:45, 7:00, 10:15 Fri-Sun 11:50, 3:45, 6:55, 10:15 Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:55, 10:15 karnan Thu 3:00, 6:45, 10:30 Fri-Sun 10:40, 2:30, 6:15, 10:00 Mon-Wed 2:30, 6:15, 10:00 kyaa sUper kool hain hUm (14A) Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Fri-Sun 10:30, 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:30 magiC mike (14A) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 Fri-Sun 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:35 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:35 marvel’s The avengers (PG) 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 Fri-Sun 11:45 mat moonrise kingDom (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30 Fri-Sun 11:40, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Mon-Wed 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 people like Us (14A) 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 Fri-Sun 10:35 mat snoW WhiTe anD The hUnTsman (PG) 2:00, 5:00, 8:15 Fri-Sun 11:00 mat solDiers of forTUne Thu 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:25 Take This WalTz (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 10:00 Fri-Sun 10:50, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 10:05 Mon-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 10:05 To rome WiTh love (PG) 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10:00 Fri-Sun 11:15 mat Tyler perry’s maDea’s WiTness proTeCTion (14A) 2:05, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20 Fri-Sun 11:20 mat The WaTCh (14A) Thu 3:15, 5:45 Fri-Sun 11:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:40, 7:55, 10:55 Fri, Mon-Wed 3:10, 6:15, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:00, 3:10, 6:15, 9:30 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) 12:55, 1:30, 4:00, 4:35, 7:00, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Sat 10:45 Brave (PG) Thu-Fri, Mon-Wed 1:40 Sat-Sun 11:20 Brave 3D (PG) 4:10, 6:45 Thu 9:20 Sat-Sun 1:40 mat The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:05, 2:35, 3:20, 5:00, 5:45, 7:25, 8:05, 9:40, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:20, 1:05, 2:35, 3:20, 5:00, 5:45, 7:25, 8:05, 9:40, 10:25 The Dark knighT rises: The imax experienCe (PG) Thu 12:00, 3:40, 7:20, 11:00 Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00, 6:00, 6:40, 9:00, 9:40, 10:20 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:45, 6:25, 10:00 Sat-Sun 11:00, 2:45, 6:25, 10:00 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 9:30 SatSun 11:40, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 9:30 hope springs (14A) Thu 1:30, 4:50, 8:05, 11:00 Fri-Wed 1:25, 3:55, 6:05, 8:35 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 12:40 Fri, MonWed 1:45 Sat-Sun 11:30 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 3:20 6:30 9:10 Fri-Wed 4:15, 6:35, 9:10 Sat-Sun 1:45 mat maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD (G) Thu 12:20, 4:00, 6:15 Fri, Mon-Tue 2:05, 4:40 Sat-Sun 11:20, 2:05, 4:40 magiC mike (14A) Thu 1:15, 4:00, 7:10, 10:00 The oDD life of TimoThy green (G) Wed 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:35 savages (18A) Fri-Tue 7:05, 10:20 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:20, 10:40 Fri-Wed 9:20 TeD (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:20, 7:00, 9:50 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:00, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:15, 4:00, 7:45, 10:10 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 12:50 1:30 3:50 4:30 6:50 7:30 9:45 10:45 Fri-Wed 12:45, 1:15, 3:40, 4:25, 6:50, 7:20, 9:45, 10:05 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 12:30, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 FriWed 12:40, 3:35, 6:20, 9:00

WoodSide CineMaS (i)

SilverCiTy MiSSiSSauga (Ce)

Billa 2 (18A) Thu 7:15, 10:00 Fri 7:15 Sat 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Sun 10:15 Mon-Tue 7:15, 10:15 CoCkTail (PG) 7:00, 10:00 Sat-Sun 4:00 mat ek Tha Tiger Wed 3:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45 miraTTal 7:30, 10:30 Sat, Wed 4:30 Sun 1:30 mat, 4:30

Brave (PG) Thu 12:35 Fri, Mon-Wed 2:20 Sat-Sun 1:00 Brave 3D (PG) Thu 3:00, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Fri, Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:30, 10:05 Sat-Sun 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 hope springs (14A) Thu 12:30, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25 Fri-Wed 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:45, 6:40, 7:25, 9:15, 10:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 2:20, 4:40, 7:00 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:40 Sat-Sun 1:10 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:10, 6:35, 9:00 Sat-Sun 3:30, 5:40, 8:00, 10:20 maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD (G) Thu 12:40 Fri, Mon-Wed 1:55, 4:30, 6:50, 9:25 Sat-Sun 1:20, 3:35, 5:55, 8:15, 10:25 maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD 3D (G) Thu 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 magiC mike (14A) Thu 12:50, 4:00, 7:20, 10:05 Fri-Wed 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 To rome WiTh love (PG) Thu 12:55, 3:30, 6:50, 9:30 Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 10:10 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 12:40 1:00 3:40 5:00 7:15 7:45 10:00 10:30 Fri-Wed 1:35, 2:10, 4:20, 4:55, 7:05, 7:40, 9:50, 10:30 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45, 10:10 Fri-Wed 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

1571 SandhurST CirCle, 416-299-3456

GTA Regions Mississauga

ColiSeuM MiSSiSSauga (Ce) Square one, 309 raThburn rd W, 905-275-3456

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45 Fri-Sun, Tue 1:30, 4:30, 7:40, 10:40 Mon, Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:30 The amazing spiDer-man (PG) Thu 6:40, 9:50 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri, Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:30, 4:10, 6:50, 7:30, 10:10, 10:45 Sat 12:10, 1:00, 3:30, 4:10, 6:50, 7:30, 10:10, 10:45 Mon 1:00, 3:10, 4:10, 6:30, 7:20, 9:50, 10:30 Wed 3:10, 4:10, 6:30, 7:20, 9:50, 10:30 Brave (PG) Thu 2:20 Fri, Sun-Wed 1:55 Sat 11:25, 1:55 Brave 3D (PG) Thu 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 Fri-Wed 4:25, 6:55, 9:20 The Dark knighT rises: The imax experienCe (PG) 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30 The Dark knighT rises (PG) 1:15, 2:40, 5:00, 6:20, 9:00, 10:00 Thu 3:15 mat, 7:30, 11:00 late Sat 11:10 mat iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 1:50, 4:10 Fri, SunWed 12:40 Sat 11:05, 12:40 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Fri-Wed 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 marvel’s The avengers (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:30, 7:35, 10:50 Fri-Tue 1:10, 4:15, 7:25, 10:25 Wed 12:35, 3:50, 9:45 The oDD life of TimoThy green (G) Wed 12:30, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 savages (18A) Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 Fri-Tue 12:55, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20 singin’ in The rain Wed 7:00

hWy 5, eaST oF hWy 403, 905-569-3373

north ColoSSuS (Ce) hWy 400 & 7, 905-851-1001

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:50, 10:55 Fri-Wed 12:50, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 The amazing spiDer-man (PG) Thu 12:40, 3:40, 7:00, 10:05 Brave (PG) Thu 12:55 Fri, Sun-Wed 12:30 Sat 12:15 Brave 3D (PG) Thu 3:55, 6:40 Fri-Wed 2:55, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 The Campaign (14A) Thu 10:00 Fri-Wed 12:55, 1:35, 2:50, 3:45, 5:05, 6:05, 7:20, 8:20, 9:45, 10:35 The Dark knighT rises: The imax experienCe (PG) 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30 The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 5:30,

6:30, 7:25, 9:20, 10:10, 11:00 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:40, 9:40, 10:45 Sat 11:30, 2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:40, 9:40, 10:45 hope springs (14A) Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 10:00 Fri, SunWed 1:25, 2:10, 4:00, 4:40, 6:55, 7:25, 9:30, 10:10 Sat 11:40, 1:25, 2:10, 4:00, 4:40, 6:55, 7:25, 9:30, 10:10 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 2:00, 4:35, 7:05 Fri-Wed 1:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 12:50, 3:10, 5:40, 8:05, 10:25 Fri-Wed 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:25 kaTy perry: parT of me (PG) Thu 1:05, 3:45, 6:05, 8:30, 10:50 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50 maDagasCar 3: eUrope’s mosT WanTeD (G) Thu 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 Fri-Wed 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:45 marvel’s The avengers (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 9:50 Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:45, 7:00, 10:00 over The heDge (PG) Sat 11:00 savages (18A) Thu 1:25 4:25 7:30 10:35 Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:45, 7:35, 10:35 sTep Up revolUTion (PG) Thu 9:45 sTep Up revolUTion 3D (PG) 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:40 TeD (14A) Thu 12:35, 3:05, 5:55, 8:25, 11:00 Fri, Sun-Wed 2:00, 4:55, 7:45, 10:15 Sat 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:45, 10:15 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:40 2:20 4:30 5:10 7:20 8:00 10:15 10:50 Fri-Wed 1:40, 2:20, 4:30, 5:10, 7:15, 8:00, 10:05, 10:45 Sat 11:20 mat The WaTCh (14A) Thu 1:15 3:25 5:35 7:55 10:20 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

inTerChange 30 (aMC)

30 inTerChange Way, hWy 400 & hWy 7, 416-335-5323 The BesT exoTiC marigolD hoTel (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:45 Fri 3:45, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 12:40, 4:00, 7:45 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 Sat 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 Sun 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:00 Mon-Wed 4:30, 5:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:00 CoCkTail (PG) Thu 7:05 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:45, 5:30, 7:00, 7:45 Fri 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7:00, 7:45, 9:55 Sat 12:15, 1:00, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7:00, 7:45, 9:55 Sun 12:15, 1:00, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 7:45 ek Tha Tiger Wed 7:10 The hUnger games (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:25 Fri 3:10, 6:15, 9:20 Sat 12:10, 3:10, 6:15, 9:20 Sun 12:10, 4:00, 7:10 magiC mike (14A) Thu, Mon-Wed 5:15, 8:00 Fri 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00 men in BlaCk 3 (PG) 5:00, 7:30 Fri 2:30 mat, 9:50 Sat 12:00, 2:30 mat, 9:50 Sun 12:00, 2:30 mat moonrise kingDom (PG) Thu, Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:20 Fri 2:25, 4:45 Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:25, 4:45 The oDD life of TimoThy green (G) Wed 4:45, 5:15, 7:15 people like Us (14A) Thu, Mon-Tue 5:05, 7:50 Fri 3:30, 6:15, 9:00 Sat 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 snoW WhiTe anD The hUnTsman (PG) Thu, Mon-Tue 4:40, 7:35 Fri 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 Sat 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 Sun 1:15, 4:05, 7:25 Wed 4:40, 7:35, 7:45 solDiers of forTUne Thu 5:30, 7:55 Tyler perry’s maDea’s WiTness proTeCTion (14A) Thu 4:50, 7:25 WhaT To expeCT When yoU’re expeCTing (14A) Thu, Mon-Tue 5:15, 7:40 Fri 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40

rainboW ProMenade (i)

ProMenade Mall, hWy 7 & baThurST, 416-494-9371 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 The Campaign (14A) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:25 The Dark knighT rises (PG) 1:00, 4:30, 8:30 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 12:50 3:00 5:10 7:15 9:15 Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:00, 5:10, 7:15, 9:15 hope springs (14A) 1:10, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 12:30, 2:45, 4:50, 7:10, 9:10 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:15 4:00 7:00 9:30 Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35

West grande - STeeleS (Ce) hWy 410 & STeeleS, 905-455-1590

The amazing spiDer-man 3D (PG) Thu 1:00, 4:10, 7:15, 10:25 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:10, 7:20 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:20 The BoUrne legaCy (14A) 4:00, 7:05, 10:10 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat Brave (PG) 3:30 Sat-Sun 1:00 mat The Campaign (14A) 3:20, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05 Sat-Sun 1:05 mat The Dark knighT rises (PG) Thu 2:00, 3:10, 6:10, 6:50, 9:50, 10:30 Fri, Mon-Tue 3:15, 6:00, 6:45, 9:40, 10:20 SatSun 3:10, 6:00, 6:45, 9:40, 10:20 Wed 3:15, 6:45, 10:20 Diary of a Wimpy kiD: Dog Days (G) Thu 1:30, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 Fri, Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:10, 9:45 Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:45 hope springs (14A) Thu 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35 Fri, MonWed 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT (PG) Thu 1:40 Sat-Sun 2:00 iCe age: ConTinenTal DrifT 3D (PG) Thu 4:20, 6:40, 9:00 Fri-Wed 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 The oDD life of TimoThy green (G) Wed 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 sTep Up revolUTion (PG) Thu 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10:00 TeD (14A) Thu 1:20, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40 Fri, Mon-Wed 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 ToTal reCall (14A) Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Fri, MonWed 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 The WaTCh (14A) Thu 2:25, 5:00, 7:40, 10:10 Fri-Wed 10:30 3


blu-ray/dvd

By ANDREW DOWLER

disc of the week

ñThe Deep Blue Sea

(Mongrel, 2011) D: Terence Davies, w/ Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN The Deep Blue Sea uses a simple drama of adultery to take a serious look at the nature of love and the conflict between passion and propriety. A judge’s wife leaves her passionless marriage for a younger RAF pilot. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, the pilot, and Simon Russell Beale, the judge, bring them to life with complex undercurrents and deep feeling. Director Terence Davies opens up Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play with swirling motion and clouds of memory and sets his cast against pools of warm light, deep shadow and muted colours to enhance the intimacy and tension in the 1950 London setting. He talks about this during his insightful half-hour lecture in the extras, and also covers acting and adapting the play to the screen. He’s less forthcoming on the commentary, where he gushes over bits he likes. It’s an endearing quality, but only in small doses. EXTRAS Commentary, Davies master class, Weisz and Hiddleston interviews, making-of doc. English audio and subtitles.

Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz take the plunge in the ravishing Deep Blue Sea.

The Lorax (Uni-

versal, 2012) D: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda, w/ Zac Efron, Danny DeVito (voices). Rating: NN; Bluray package: NNN I don’t care how much I agree with the cause, I hate to see kids’ movies turned into propaganda. It spoils the fun. Worse, it trains the little ones to build their values on emotional appeal. Do that and they’ll swallow bad ideas as easily as good ones. The Lorax sledgehammers its proforest, anti-corporate-greed message and lets its story coast on generic plucky kid action with cute animals on the side. Wanting to impress a girl, the kid (voiced by Zac Ephron) leaves his allplastic city and finds The Once-ler (Ed Helms), who’s destroyed the forest for raw materials despite warnings from the Lorax (Danny DeVito), an ineffectual protective deity. The kid gets the very last tree seed and races back to town to plant it, over the strenuous objections of Mr. O’Hare (Rob Riggle), who sells the town its air. Acting, visuals and action are competent and cute, but apart from Mr. O’Hare’s haircut and a trio of singing fish, there’s nothing either touching or memorable. The fish show up again to good advantage in Serenade, the liveliest of the thee shorts in the extras. Games and an interactive tour of The Lorax’s world make the extras fun

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for the kids. Adults fond of the original Dr. Seuss book may enjoy directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda tracing the path from book to screen in their commentary. EXTRAS Commentary, three shorts, making-of shorts doc, games, more. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.

Remains (Shout

Factory, 2012) D: Colin Theys, w/ Evalena Marie, Grant Bowler. Rating: NN; Bluray package: NNN

Another day, another zombie apocalypse. This one’s in Reno, where an alcoholic blackjack dealer (Grant Bowler), a nihilist cocktail waitress (Evalena Marie) and a few others hole up in a casino and fend off the hungry hordes until the army shows up and makes matters worse. Technically, these zombies aren’t the walking dead. They’re science-gonewrong victims, but they are rotting and aggressive and eat human flesh, so there’s no shortage of action. Some of it is inventive, some not, but it’s all handled as competently as director Colin Theys’s minimal budget allows. The dialogue scenes fare less well. The acting is adequate, but the characters make less sense than the zombies, and conflicts erupt from nowhere. Theys, his producer and effects technician deliver a jokey commentary

on the joys of low-budget filmmaking, but you’ll have more fun with the three-part short film. It’s a better zombie flick than the feature. EXTRAS Commentary, short film, bloopers, more. English audio. No subtitles.

Moon Point

(Anchor Bay, 2011) D: Sean Cisterna, w/ Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati. Rating: NN; DVD package: NN Moon Point livens up about an hour in and becomes a

moderately funny coming-of-age road movie, but it’s grim going until then. A big part of the problem lies with our nominal hero, Darryl (Nick McKinlay), an aimless post-high schooler. He’s shallow, self-centred, resentful, manipulative, a chronic liar and petty thief and utterly without wit or charm. McKinlay makes him so obnoxious that we just want him gone. Darryl talks his wheelchair-bound friend Femur (Kyle Mac) into providing the ride – a souped-up wheelchair – for a 250-mile journey to Moon Point, where Darryl hopes to reconnect with his grade-school crush, Sarah Cherry, who’s there starring in a cheap horror movie. Along the way,

they pick up Kristin (Paula Brancati), who’s on the run from a bad relationship. Though encounters with strange people provide comedy, the scenes drag on too long. The leads give it their all and achieve a few moments of credible emotion. Cisterna, producer Christian Potenza, McKinlay and Brancati provide a mildly amusing and informative commentary on production, the howto of micro-budget filmmaking and their improvisational approach to script and story. EXTRAS Commentary, interviews, bloopers, more. English audio. No subtitles.

ON DEMAND THIS WEEK

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Marley (2012) Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s doc shows the reggae legend as a fallible man and an untouchable legend.

Bel Ami (2012) Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman star in the tale of a young man who manipulates women to attain power.

Hara-Kiri (2011) Director Takashi Miike remakes Masaki Kobayashi’s classic tale of samurai revenge.

In Time (2011) Thriller set in a future where time is used as money stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

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indie&rep film complete festivals, independent and

repertory schedules

How to find a listing

Director Joseph Garner (right) plays the title character in Craigslist Joe, at the Projection Booth.

Repertory cinema listings are comprehensive and appear alphabetically by venue, then by date. Other films are listed by date.

ñ= Critics’ pick (highly recommended) How to place a listing

All listings are free. Send to: movies@nowtoronto.com, fax to 416-364-1166 or mail to Rep Cinemas, NOW Magazine, 189 Church, Toronto M5B 1Y7. Include film title, year of release, names of director(s), language and subtitle info, venue, address, time, cost and advance ticket sales if any, phone number for reservations/info or website address. Deadline is the Thursday before publication at 5 pm.

Cinemas BLOOR hOt dOCs Cinema

506 BLOOR W. 416-637-3123. BLOORCinema.COm

thu 9 – The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011) D: Carl Colby. 6:45 pm. Kumaré (2011) D: Vikram Gandhi. 9:30 pm. Fri 10 – Paul Williams Still Alive (2011) D: Stephen Kessler. 4 & 9:30 pm. Searching For Sugar Man (2012) D: Malik Bendjelloul. 6:45 pm. Phantom Of The Paradise (1974) D: Brian De Palma. 11:30 pm. sat 11 – Bugsy Malone (1976) D: Alan Parker. 1 pm. Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster (2004) D: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. 3:30 pm. Paul Williams Still Alive. 6:30 pm. Searching For Sugar Man. 9 pm. Rock Docs: The Last Waltz (1978) D: Martin Scorsese. 11:15 pm. sun 12 – Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster. 1 pm. Bugsy Malone. 4 pm. Paul Williams Still Alive. 6:30 pm. Searching For Sugar Man. 9 pm. Mon 13 – Searching For Sugar Man. 6:45 pm. Phantom Of The Paradise. 9:15 pm. tue 14 – Paul Williams Still Alive. 6:45 pm. Searching For Sugar Man. 9:15 pm. wed 15 – Doc Soup screening: Jesus Camp (2006) D: Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. 6:30 pm. Searching For Sugar Man. 9:30 pm.

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CameRa BaR

1028 Queen W. 416-530-0011. CameRaBaR.Ca

11 – Summertime (1955) D: David Lean. 3 pm. Free. ñsat

CinematheQue tiff BeLL LightBOx

Reitman sQuaRe, 350 king W. 416-599-tiff (8433). tiff.net

thu 9 – Summer In France/Jean-Luc Godard X 2: Breathless (1959). 6:30 pm. Vivre Sa Vie (1962). 8:45 pm. Fri 10 – Summer In France/Jean-Luc Godard X 2: 2 Or 3 Things I Know About Her (1966). 6:30 pm. Pierrot Le Fou (1965). 8:45 pm. sat 11 – First Peoples Cinema: Mohawk Girls (2005) D: Tracey Deer, and short film Nana. 1 pm. Summer In France: Le Combat Dans L’île (1962) D: Alain Cavalier. 5 pm. Beefcake: Total Recall (1990) D: Paul Verhoeven. 8 pm. sun 12 – Hollywood Classics: Written On The Wind (1956) D: Douglas Sirk. 1 pm. The Europeans (1979) D: James Ivory. 5 pm. The Age Of Innocence (1993) D: Martin Scorsese. 7:30 pm. tue 14 – Hollywood Classics: It Should Happen To You (1954) D: George Cukor. 6:30 pm. wed 15 – The Free Screen presents Jonathan Schwartz: The Skies Can’t Keep Their Secrets short film program including Nothing Is Over Nothing (2008), Happy Birthday (2010), A Preface To Red (2011) and others. 7 pm.

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fOx theatRe

2236 Queen e. 416-691-7330. fOxtheatRe.Ca

thu 9 – Intouchables (2011) D: Oliver Nak-

ache and Eric Toledano. 7 pm. The Avengers

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3D (2012) D: Joss Whedon. 9:15 pm. Fri 10-sat 11 – To Rome With Love (2012) D: Woody Allen. 7 pm. Jaws (1975) D: Steven Spielberg. 9:15 pm. sun 12 – Madagascar 3D (2005) D: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. 2 pm. Jaws. 4 & 9:15 pm. To Rome With Love. 7 pm. Mon 13 – To Rome With Love. 7 pm. Jaws. 9:15 pm. tue 14 – Jaws. 6:45 pm. To Rome With Love. 9:15 pm. wed 15 – To Rome With Love. 1:30 & 9 pm. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) D: Colin Trevorrow. 7 pm.

gRaham sPRY theatRe

CBC museum, CBC BROadCast CentRe, 250 fROnt W, 416-205-5574. CBC.Ca

thu 9-wed 15 – Continuous screenings

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Free. thu 9-Fri 10 – Antarctic Mission: Islands At The Edge. Mon 13-wed 15 – Antarctic Mission: Window On A Changing Climate.

natiOnaL fiLm BOaRd 150 JOhn. 416-973-3012. nfB.Ca/mediatheQue

thu 9-wed 15 – More than 5,000 NFB films

available at digital viewing stations. Tue-Wed noon-7 pm, Thu-Sat noon-10 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Free.

OntaRiO sCienCe CentRe

770 dOn miLLs. 416-696-3127. OntaRiOsCienCeCentRe.Ca

thu 9-Fri 10 – To The Arctic. 11 am, 1, 3 & 5 pm. Rocky Mountain Express. Noon & 4 pm. Under The Sea. 2 pm. sat 11 – To The Arctic. 11 am, 1, 3, 5 & 8 pm. Rocky Mountain Express. Noon, 4 & 7 pm. Under The Sea. 2 pm. sun 12-wed 15 – To The Arctic. 11 am, 1, 3 & 5 pm. Rocky Mountain Express. Noon & 4 pm. Under The Sea. 2 pm.

the PROJeCtiOn BOOth

1035 geRRaRd e. 416-466-3636, PROJeCtiOnBOOth.Ca.

ner. 8 pm. sat 11 – Kelly Michael Stewart’s Summer Showcase Of Canadian Short Films. 9 pm. Q&A w/ cast and crew to follow. sun 12-wed 15 – Check website for schedule.

Reg haRtt’s CinefORum 463 BathuRst. 416-603-6643.

thu 9 – O Fantasma (2000) D: João Pedro

Rodrigues. 9 pm. Nights In Black Leather (1973) D: Richard Abel. 11 pm. sat 11 – The Salvador Dali Film Fest. 7 pm. Wet Dreams Film Festival: The Dreamers (2003) D: Bernardo Bertolucci. 9 pm. The Darkside Of Porn, vintage black-and-white porn (1915 to 1950) set to the music of Pink Floyd. 11 pm. sun 12 – Kid Dracula: Nosferatu (1922) D: FW Murnau, with music frzom Radiohead’s Kid A & OK Computer. 7 pm. Mon 13 – Siddhartha (1972) D: Conrad Rooks. 7 pm. tue 14 – Alice In The Wall: Alice In Wonderland (1951) D: Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson, with music from Pink Floyd’s The Wall. 7 pm. wed 15 – Intolerance (1916) D: DW Griffith, with music of Philip Glass and Jean Sibelius. 7 pm.

Revue Cinema

400 ROnCesvaLLes. 416-531-9959. RevueCinema.Ca

thu 9 – Take This Waltz (2011) D: Sarah Polley.

7 pm. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) D: John Madden. 9:15 pm. Fri 10 – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 7 pm. Take This Waltz. 9:30 pm. sat 11-sun 12– Madagascar 3D (2005) D: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. 2 pm. Take This Waltz. 4 & 9:15 pm. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 6:45 pm. Mon 13-tue 14 – Closed. wed 15 – Take This Waltz. 1 pm. Intouchables (2011) D: Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano. 7 pm. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 9:15 pm.

thu 9 – Blue Lke Jazz (2012) D: Steve Taylor.

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Fri 10 – Craigslist Joe (2012) D: Joseph Gar-

thu 9 – Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is

4 pm.

608 COLLege. 416-534-5252. theROYaL.tO

Present (2012) D: Matthew Akers. 7 pm. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) D: John Madden. 9 pm. Fri 10-sun 12 and tue 14 – Iron Sky (2012) D: Timo Vuorensola. 7 & 9:30 pm. Mon 13 – Closed. wed 15 – Iron Sky. 9:30 pm.

tOROntO undeRgROund Cinema 186 sPadina ave, Basement. 647-992-4335, tOROntOundeRgROundCinema.COm

thu 9-wed 15 – Closed for renovations.

OtheR fiLms thu 9-wed 15 – The CN Tower presents

Legends Of Flight 3D. Continuous screenings daily 10 am-8 pm. 301 Front W. 416-8686937, cntower.ca. thu 9-wed 15 – Casa Loma presents The Pellatt Newsreel (2006) D: Barbra Cooper, a film and permanent exhibit on the history of Casa Loma and Henry Pellatt. Daily screenings 10 am-4:30 pm. Included w/ admission. 1 Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, casaloma.org. thu 9 – Open Roof Festival Outdoor Film And Music Series presents Indie Game: The Movie (2012) D: Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. 7:30 pm. $15. Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst. openrooffestival.com. First Weekend Club presents The Whistleblower (2010) D: Larysa Kondracki. Pre-screening reception at 7 pm with live music by the Weather Station. Screening 8 pm. $14, adv $12. Deluxe Screening Room, 424 Adelaide E. firstweekendclub.ca. On Screen Movie Nights presents an outdoor screening of The Lorax (2012) D: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda. 8 pm. Free. Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre, Mississauga. mississaugacelebrationsquare.ca. Fri 10 – Cultura Festival presents an outdoor screening of The Artist (2011) D: Michel Hazanavicius. 9 pm. Free. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge. culturafestival.ca. The Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy present Opera In The Garden: William Tell/Guglielmo Tell (1988) D: Giorgio Pastina. Gates at 7 pm, screening at sunset (approx 9 pm). Free. 136

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Don’t act, fantasize I’m 16 and I lIke my frIend’s mom,

who is 35. She’s married and has two kids. But I really like her. What should I do? Help One Really Needy Youth Here’s what you shouldn’t do: you shouldn’t say anything – not to your friend, not to your friend’s mother – and you certainly shouldn’t try anything. Here’s what you should do: you should masturbate about your friend’s mom just as much as you like – and you should take the advice I gave another horny 16-year-old boy a couple of years back. (This one happened to be gay, but the advice still applies.) “Worry less about getting your 16-yearold self laid and more about getting your 20-year-old self laid. Get out of the house and do shit, get books and read shit, volunteer for a political organization and change shit. You’ll have more boys to choose from in a few years and be a more interesting, informed and attractive guy thanks to all that doing, reading and volunteering. Beat off in the interim, of course, but remember to vary your masturbatory routine (left hand, right hand; firm grip, soft touch; with toys, without; lots of lube, just a drop; etc), and try to cultivate your own erotic imagination. (Translation: Don’t jerk off to internet porn exclusively; use your imagination once in a while.)” Lots of straight boys your age have crushes on their friends’ mothers, and

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lots of men had the same kind of crush at your age. It’s a great fantasy, HORNY, one that fuels entire porn genres. But the potential benefits – a few orgasms for you and maybe one for your friend’s mom (if you’re any good at this sex stuff, and at 16 you most certainly are not any good at this sex stuff… yet! You will be one day!) – aren’t worth the potential costs. A destroyed friendship, a broken family and, depending on ageof-consent laws where you live, a long prison term for your friend’s mom – those are high prices to pay for a few lousy orgasms. And that’s assuming your friend’s mom is even interested, which she almost certainly is not. So beat off about her, HORNY, to your parts’ content. Then go do shit, go read shit and go volunteer and change shit. You’ll meet girls, some closer to your own age, and you’ll be a more interesting, fuckable dude for all that doing, reading, and changing.

Porn fan isn’t cheating I have a boyfrIend of two years. at

the beginning of our relationship I caught him cheating on me. Not physically cheating, but he was talking to girls and they would send him pics. We worked everything out, and now we trust each other. But a few weeks ago I caught him watching porn. He doesn’t know. It doesn’t bother me that much, but I was wondering if it could lead to his cheating on me again? Sent From The Savage Love App For iPhone All men watch porn. Some lie and claim they don’t, some are so stealthy they never get caught, but all men watch porn. If watching porn led to cheating, SFTSLAFiP, then all men would cheat. But not all men cheat. So we can safely say that porn viewing doesn’t cause men to cheat. Because all men watch porn. But not all men cheat. Thank you for playing Savage Love. (Okay, okay: A handful of men don’t watch porn. But their numbers are so small that the average girl’s chances of ever meeting a non-porn-watching guy – let alone dating one – are so small that we don’t need to factor them into our equation.)

Ex could be a red flag my gIrlfrIend and I are loyal lIsten-

ers/readers. Our kinks fit together beautifully, she’s accepting of being monogamish, and we have an amazing time in bed and out. The only catch is her best friend and roommate, whom she used to date. Before they moved in together, the best friend demanded that every Sunday night be reserved for the two of them to hang out. Okay, fine, everyone deserves a night without their SO. But after they moved in together and saw each other every day, the practice continued. The ex complains when I spend the night with my girlfriend at her new digs. After the move, I was taking my girlfriend out on a date when she got a text from the ex asking where she was and why she wasn’t home yet. My girlfriend got so upset, we had to call off the date and I took her home to the roommate. I’m trying to be patient with what looks like controlling behaviour, but it’s incredibly frustrating to think I could lose this amazing girl if/when her ex decides to issue an ultimatum. I’m head over heels for this girl, and I don’t want to come between her and her best friend. But it’s really hard to bite back observations about her roommate’s hypocrisy (her lovers practically move in). I don’t want to turn into a resentful jerk who makes my girlfriend stressed and unhappy, but the conflicts with her roommate (that I tend to bring on) are already causing her stress. Am I just being overly sensitive to the roommate’s behaviour and should I chill the fuck out, or is it a red flag that this otherwise perfectly awesome relationship isn’t likely to have legs? Frustrated Lady Your girlfriend is gonna have to decide who’s more important to her: her current girlfriend or her ex-girlfriend. And she’s gonna have to decide which feelings are more important to her: her current girlfriend’s feelings or her ex-girlfriend’s feelings. But those might not be decisions she has to make right now.

You don’t say how long you two have been together, and that’s an important detail. You can’t expect to come first if you’ve been dating this girl for only a few weeks or months. It’s generally a bad sign – a sign of emotional immaturity – when a person puts a brand-new girlfriend/boyfriend first; it’s an even worse sign when a new/newish girlfriend/boyfriend demands to be put first. Dating is about discovery: You spend time with a person to determine if they’re the one you want to put first “for the rest of your life.” (In theory, anyway.) During this trial period – the time that falls between a first meeting and a joint decision to make a more serious commitment – your girlfriend’s close friends, family members and even her manipulative ex may have a stronger and more legitimate claim on her time and attention than you do. So if it’s been less than 12 weeks, FL, then I would say your girlfriend’s willingness to prioritize her creepily controlling ex could be excused. But if you’ve been dating for longer than three months, if you two are very serious about each other and your girlfriend still abandons you whenever her ex snaps her fingers… well, that’s a very bad sign. Your girlfriend may have a serious and seriously dysfunctional emotional entanglement with an ex. If that’s the case, FL, I see confrontations, ultimatums, tears, broken leases and other dramas coming your way over the next three to six months. Decide now if your current girlfriend is worth the grief.

DEAR READERS: I’m on vacation for the next two weeks. The above column features three recent Savage Love Letters of the Day. (The SLLOTD goes out to folks who have the Savage Love app for iPhone and Android.) I hope everyone is having a great summer, and I’ll see you in two weeks. – Dan fInd the savage lovecast (my weekly podcast) every tuesday at thestranger.com/savage. mail@savagelove.net @fakedansavage on Twitter

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