Made-in-Toronto fantasy films promise thrills and chills

Some strange things landed in Toronto last year: creepy clowns, zombies, lizard creatures from beneath the sea. Don’t worry, it’s all fantasy from the dark imaginations of writers like Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro. Movies and television shows with supernatural themes have become very popular these days and Toronto is front and centre in […]

When the ‘Wild West’ came to the Beach

Beachers love a parade. What a parade it was on August 22, 1885 when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show wound its way from the city out to the Woodbine racetrack near the marshes of Ashbridge’s Bay. According to the Toronto Globe, “vast crowds lined the streets” and a great audience attended the three days of […]

Outrageous: A film ahead of its time

Have you ever felt like an outsider? At some point in our lives many of us just don’t seem to “fit in”. Outrageous (1977) is a Toronto indie film with a small budget and a big heart. It tells the story of two outsiders who come together to try and make their way in a […]

From the Bluffs to the Band

Rolling Stone recently called Scorsese’s The Last Waltz (1978) “the single greatest concert movie of all time” that “changed the way live music felt on screen”. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Band’s farewell, lead guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson has released his vivid memoir, Testimony, which tells the story of his musical journey from […]

Canada’s 150th: The Miracle Boy from the Beach

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this series looks back at the people and events that shaped our community “On This Week” in Beach history. January brings a New Year and new hope. For 14-year-old Leonard Thompson of Pickering Street, 1922 brought only faint hope that he would survive the ravages of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. […]

Debate this: A presidential movie quiz

A bumbling fool (Kevin James) in the White House? A dangerous demagogue running for president? Only in the movies, you say? That couldn’t happen in real life? American leaders seldom visit Toronto, but there have been quite a few movies about presidents made here. On film, our city is not a welcoming place. Aliens, assassins, […]

Kiefer Sutherland: From Crescent Town to the Oval Office

Next month, American voters will go to the polls to elect a president. A new made-in-Toronto TV series poses the question: What if a low-level cabinet member suddenly became president after a catastrophic terrorist attack? Kiefer Sutherland is the Designated Survivor (Wed. 10 p.m. on CTV). Where is Jack Bauer (24) when he’s really needed? […]