Paul Novotny

Entertainment Beat for August 23, 2016

Paul Novotny and Tom Reynolds will perform a Jazz Vespers service at Hope United Church on Saturday, August 27. The two musicians initially met through Toronto’s music community, but were surprised to realize they both lived on the same street near Woodbine and Danforth. Bassist Novotny has been nominated for several Junos and won one […]

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Beach Arts Scene

Lauren McKinley Renzetti, curator of Neighbourhood Gallery on Hiawatha Road, is holding a show across town at Crema Coffee Company and Gallery, 3079 Dundas St. W. Unlikely Spoon Collection is the unlikely but accurate title of the show that features mixed media sculptural spoon collections. The idea was sparked over Christmas, when McKinley Renzetti spent […]

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Entertainment Beat for June 28, 2016

The 28th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival kicks off next weekend, and it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings in Kew Gardens, this year taking over the East End for much of the month of July. Woodbine Park will be host to a Salsa Festival (July 2 and 3), two main stage weekends […]

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Notre Dame grad becomes singing Ambassador

Stroll along one of the city’s other waterfronts this summer and you may see a familiar face – or, more precisely, hear a familiar voice. Notre Dame grad and current Centennial College music student Erin Horan is singing with the Waterfront BIA’s Singing Ambassadors this summer. The program features eight talented young people bringing life […]

Alex Eddington wrote and stars in ‘Life List,’ a mobile play about –and that involves – birdwatching.

Fringe Festival highlights local theatre talent

It’s common knowledge that the East End is home to a sizable creative set. If one needed proof, one need look no further than the 2016 Fringe Festival, featuring a wide range of talent from the neighbourhood. The Fringe Festival began in 1989, and plays are chosen entirely by a lottery system – no juries […]

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Beach Arts Scene for June 28, 2016

Studio 888 (studio888.ca) will get into the local spirit of the season with a July Jazzfest group show. From July 7 to 29, art in a variety of media from 20 artists will be on display at the gallery at 2359 Queen St. E. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. […]

Beach Books

Their Home and Native Land By Robert MacBain robertmacbainbooks.ca 463 pages Reviewed by Jon Muldoon With the Truth and Reconciliation commission, international calls to clean up contaminated drinking water in Northern Ontario’s Grassy Narrows and a provincial focus on fighting suicide in remote First Nations communities, the timing has never been better to take a […]

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Beach Arts Scene

Rebellion Gallery is hosting a show featuring more than 25 members of painter Grethe Jensen’s ‘Just Do It!’ experimental painting program. The participants range from total beginners to experienced artist hoping to expand their visual horizons. Jensen has run the classes and workshops for the past few years, and students past and present are taking […]

Jacelyn Holmes

Entertainment Beat

East End resident Jacelyn Holmes will perform as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival. Holmes is a singer, songwriter and former CTV host creating music that straddles the lines between jazz, blues, country and soul. Her performance is part of the festival’s Club Series, taking place at the 120 Diner at 120 Church St. on […]

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Homeless painter finds a home for his art

Painter and former Beach resident Bill Burns hasn’t let something so trivial as lacking a place to call his own get in his way. The long-time artist is livening up the walls of a relatively new Queen Street East restaurant with a show of his acrylic and oil landscapes on display at Cool Star, billing […]