Malvern Red and Black Society update

Evan J. Butchers, who attended Malvern in the late 50s and early 60s, was elected as the new president of the Malvern Red and Black Society, and Sandra Burk from the Class of 1975 was voted in as its new vice president—both have had a long association with the Beach community. We wanted to welcome […]

Local musician promotes mental health with new project

Beacher Matt Campbell and longtime musical collaborator Jim Perrott of Oshawa would sometimes talk about anxieties and mental health issues before playing shows together in various bands. These conversations were the inspiration for their latest project, LUCA, who released their first record, I EP, early this spring and are donating all proceeds from streaming and […]

Leslieville Flea kicks off at Ashbridge Estate

Vintage shoppers and upcyclers take note, the Leslieville Flea is returning to Ashbridge Estate starting Sunday, June 10. This well-curated, urban market sells vintage items, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods, all in the spirit of supporting “local” and promoting sustainable lifestyles. This year, there are eight outdoor markets. From June to October, they’ll take place […]

Locally Developed, band on the rise from the Beach

Locally Developed, the name of a new band from the Beach, has just released its first album entitled Dime. The members include high school students, Alex Shuell on bass, Colin Lafaury on drums, Jonny Bojin on vocals and keyboard, and Max Pilchner on guitar, all 16. All four members of the band have had years of […]

Alternative visions from SOLE’s emerging artists

Young artists, photographers and graphic designers from SOLE Alternative are bringing an eclectic body of work to the community with the high school’s fourth annual Art Show, held at Fresh Paint Studio located at 1849 Danforth Ave. Opening night, featuring food, refreshments, and a live DJ, will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30–9:30 […]

Photo exhibit shows the beauty of the machines in historic Leslieville bread factory

Before the old Weston bread factory at 462 Eastern Avenue is redeveloped, Toronto-based photographer Laird Kay has preserved its raw industrial image with a photography project. “I like photographing industrial machines and showing the beauty of machines,” Kay explained. He also likes “taking them (the machines) out of context and just showcasing the details, all […]

Art Scene – May 1, 2018

Local artists and artisans are opening the doors to their homes and workshops this weekend – May 4 to 6 – for the spring version of the Beach Studio Tour. This self-guided tour has been a popular neighbourhood fixture for over 20 years. This year, two dozen artists will be showcasing paintings, photography, weaving, jewellery, […]

Visions of Main Square

IT’S NOT an obvious source of artistic inspiration. Main Square, a concrete slab-style apartment complex on the southeast corner of Main and Danforth, isn’t something people would generally find all that beautiful, says local artist Stefan Berg. That’s kind of the point. For the past nine years, the four towers of Main Square have been […]

Book and film club back with Steinbeck

Katya Nosko, who owns The Great Escape Book Store on Kingston Road, finds John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath particularly relevant in 2018. Many issues addressed in the book and subsequent John Ford-directed film should resonate with contemporary readers, she suggests, so it was a good fit for her book store’s second annual […]