The Beacon

Winter stations return to the Beach

We have just passed the mid-January date known as the “dead of winter”, and that means it is once again time for the Beach to come alive with Winter Stations, the whimsical celebration of winter that transforms the East End lakeshore over Family Day weekend. Now in its third year, the annual design competition has […]

The Drawing Show comes to the Gerrard Art Space

Gerrard Art Space hosts The Drawing Show from January 11 through January 29, with an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While drawings and sketches will adorn the walls throughout the month, the member-driven, multi-disciplinary space will also play stage to several musical and dramatic events. On Friday, Jan. 13 […]


The Two Fours return to the Peppery Cat

The Two Fours return to Peppery Cat on January 11 for their third gig at the year-old Queen Street East eatery. As with their first two performances there, they will warm up the place with a few short tunes, then open the floor to special guests and jammers. Starting February 12, founders Wally Hucker and […]


Ab Intra to show at Yellow House Gallery

Yellow House Gallery is hosting a special event the weekend of January 20 – a showcase by the Grade 12 students of Notre Dame Catholic High school. Organized by arts department head Sandra Slosel, the thoughtful and topical second annual exhibition is called Ab Intra, meaning “from within”. The title was chosen by the students […]


Keleghan gets personal with new doc

“I am crazy about Canada, it’s as simple as that,” says Peter Keleghan in the opening scene of his new CBC documentary Once an Immigrant. His voice, and that of his sister’s, plays over a scene of the renowned actor and filmmaker, Canadian flag in hand, strolling the boardwalk on a sunny summer day. Where […]


Crescent Town hosts first ever Bengali Writer’s Conference

Toronto’s Bengali literary community gathered December 3 in Crescent Town for the first-ever Bengali Writer’s Conference. Organized by the Bengali Literary Resource Centre (BLRC), Toronto poet laureate Anne Michaels addressed the crowd, which included dozens of notable Bengali poets, novelists and creators. “Literature is our hope, language is our strength,” said Michaels, noting Bangla is […]