Winter writing contest celebrates gifts, life, community

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2018 Winter Writing Contest. This year, we asked you to tell us about “the best gift you’ve ever received” — and you delivered. There were many standout entries, but Evelyn Barsby’s unique and special story, “My Balloon” is our overall winner. Michael Hume’s funny and inspiring story, “Best […]

Beach Arts Scene for Feb. 20, 2018

Journeys, a group exhibition showcasing the work of over 20 artists from the Beach and surrounding area will be showing at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., beginning Feb. 21. The exhibition of contemporary experimental is the product of participants in the space’s weekly “Just Do It” experimental painting program, designed to guide artists […]

Meet the makers building Winter Stations

  Seven years ago when Alex Wilson and Alan Johnston founded their building company Anex, it was a more utilitarian venture than it is today. “Our main focus was furniture at first,” said Wilson. “And then that switched to custom everything.” That everything has come to include 12-foot-tall hands, the reconstruction of a full-grown tree […]

East Toronto DJ schools hopefuls in house

“It’s a music house, man,” said Erik Laar, hanging out in the two-storey home he owns on Coxwell Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street East. Laar doesn’t just mean music is played here (on this afternoon he nods along to a selection of instrumental hip-hop beats). It is the home of his venture Off Centre […]

Entertainment Beat for Jan. 23, 2018

Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard St. E., is transformed into a crime scene later this month with Mortar and Pestle Productions’ presentation of The Drowning Girls. Based on the true story of “The Brides in the Bath” murders, the play is written by Canadian playwrights Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic. The local production […]

Beach Arts Scene for Jan. 23, 2018

Yellow House Gallery presents Ab Intra: From Within, the third exhibition of artwork by Grade 12 Notre Dame High School students. The weekend show is a formative experience for the students and an opportunity to showcase their work ahead of graduation at a professional gallery, Yellow House on Kingston Road. “It is our third time […]

Beach Books: The Season by Ted Schmidt

Title: The Season Author: Ted Schmidt 109 pages Reviewed by Tony Curcio Former Neil McNeil High School teacher and Beach resident Ted Schmidt has written a unique coaching book to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of a legendary team he coached just before he landed at Neil McNeil. Here’s the back story. Just over fifty […]

Behind the lens: Dog-spotting in Monarch Park

For years, James Krauter had been photographing dogs in Monarch Park near his home, but it never occurred to him to publish his candid canine shots. That is until another dog park-goer approached him in 2012. “Somebody said, ‘You know, you take all these pictures of dogs, why don’t you make a calendar or something,’” […]