Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) explore the outside world in a scene from Room.

Room: love knows no boundaries

For love all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room an everywhere – John Donne (1572-1631)   Imagine you are five years old and the only world you have ever known is the inside of a garden shed. In the new film Room, a mother and child share a strong bond in […]

Test your baseball movie IQ

Toronto is abuzz with Blue Jay fever. Try fielding these questions without an error and you’ll sound like a true blue fan even if you don’t know Mike Trout from a rainbow trout. Remember, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” (Yogi Berra, 1925-2015) The Toronto Maple Leafs were a baseball […]

Legends by the lake inspire film

This has been a golden summer of sports in Toronto. In celebration of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games the Toronto Reference Library (Yonge and Bloor) is hosting a wonderfully nostalgic exhibit looking back at sport and recreation in a simpler time. Toronto’s Sporting Past includes early photos of the Balmy Beach Club and […]

Heather Menzies-Urich talks about The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For many people the beloved classic is one of “our favourite things,” like “raindrops on roses.” For a little girl from Fernwood Park Avenue in the Beach, it would be the role of a lifetime. Heather Menzies-Urich was born in Toronto in December 1949. Her […]

A famous son, a forgotten father

Those eyes! That voice! Can you guess who played the nasty villain (photo above) in the 1978 thriller, The Silent Partner, with scenes at Kew Beach? Hints: He is the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award. His great-grandfather was a Canadian Prime Minister. His father lived in the Beach for more than 30 […]

Period props and picture cars set the mood

You don’t need to be a “reel” detective to deduce that Murdoch Mysteries takes place in the early 1900s in the Age of Invention. The enduring CBC series wraps up its eighth season on Monday, March 30 and has been renewed for a ninth season which begins production in May. Watching the detective Murdoch Mysteries […]

X Company: the secret agents

If you appreciate wartime dramas like The Imitation Game, you may enjoy a new CBC TV series which premieres Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. X Company tells the daring stories of five Allied covert intelligence officers during the Second World War. While these characters are fictional, their dangerous missions are inspired by the real-life spy […]

From the Beach to Hollywood

Actor Inga Cadranel is following in the footsteps of the many talented Canadian performers who have headed to sunny California. The Beach actress has been ‘promoted’ from playing a police detective on Orphan Black to a police chief on the new series Backstrom which debuts January 22. With the Academy Award nominations coming out this […]

Beauty and the Beach: a true love story

After a year of scandals, this is a good time for a tale of true romance in the Beach. Acclaimed director Norman Jewison grew up above his parents’ dry goods store on Queen Street East at Kippendavie. In his autobiography, This Terrible Business Has Been Good To Me, Jewison recalls how he met his future […]