Beach artist Marita Engel is having a special exhibition of her paintings, called Healing Through Art, at the Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Rd., now through Sept. 18. This exhibit will show new and old paintings done over the last 30 years of the artist’s career. “Art is a spiritual thing,” says Engel. “It has a […]


Joanne Clayton called to update me on the September line-up at Relish Bar & Grill (2152 Danforth Ave.) Relish is a popular place for up-and-coming singer songwriters to play with its New Music Night every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. On September 1 Marc Sepic takes the stage, followed by Andy Griffiths on Sept. […]

Beacher’s band shines on live recording

The good thing about live recordings is that they often give the musicians in the band a chance to shine. In the case of Jeanine Mackie’s latest CD, Live at the Drake, this is more than evident, and it’s what will have you listening to this recording over and over. Mackie has assembled (assembled might […]

Entertainment Beat

Jazz vocalist Brenda Carol will be appearing at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of Greenwood, July 29, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Joining Carol will be pianist Stephen Gardner and jazz flutist Bill McBirnie. For more information visit For more information about the gig call Morgan’s at 416-461-3020. • The Children’s Peace […]

Art Scene

Open Gallery, 454 Kingston Rd., presents its Summer Group Art Exhibition with exhibitions  by Kevin Chaves, Shane Fester, Tonia Cordi, and others. Open Gallery showcases “artists and art at the intersection of art and architecture.” Kevin Chaves is a Toronto based freelance photographer/film-maker/graphic designer, currently finishing studies at OCADu. Some of his landscapes capture the […]


Barb Ross, a Beach painter, and George Slater, a woodcutter, have teamed up to offer a unique memento of your precious pet. Working from a photo, Slater will make a mounted woodcut likeness of your cat or dog, hand-painted by Barb. The wooden sculptures cost $40. For more information, or to find out how to […]

Ways to celebrate Canada Day

The Beach and East York have two great ways to spend Canada Day on July 1. Vinyl 95.3 is sponsoring Red, White & Vinyl, at Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue. Starting at noon, this free day-long party will feature several bands, a licensed beer area, a family fun zone and a disco dance […]


The Toronto Beaches Film Festival presents If I Should Fall, the true story of Lebanese-Canadian trooper Marc Diab’s amazingly personal video made before being deployed to Afghanistan. Diab made the video as a farewell should he ‘fall’ while on duty. Sadly Diab was killed by an IED not long after making the video. If I […]

Gearing up for Beaches Jazz Fest

Welcome to the 24th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. Yes…24th annual! What began in 1989 as a two-day community music fest when president and producer Lido Chilelli launched it, the Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown into one of Toronto’s premiere summer music festivals, spanning ten days from July 20 to 29 in Woodbine Park, […]


Comedian Sandra Battaglini is appearing in her newest solo show Classy Lady, June 14 through 24 at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkley St. The play chronicles Battaglini’s rise to ladyhood – easy enough for some, but not so for this sharp-witted, opinionated Italian-Canadian traditionalist. Battaglini joined The Second City Training Centre in 1999, and fell in […]