Toronto starting to play “itself” in Hollywood movies

Someone yelled “Harry! Harry!” to the young couple strolling down a Toronto street. No, it wasn’t Prince Harry and a certain lovely actress from the TV show, Suits. According to Elan Mastai, the screenwriter and executive producer for The F Word (2014), the shout-out was for the magical Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who was […]

Alias Grace: A gripping tale of murder in 1843 Toronto

I confess. I’m hooked on true crime mysteries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx, The Menendez Murders, The People v. O.J. Simpson (spoiler alert… he did it) and now Alias Grace, the CBC/Netflix mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1996 historical fiction novel. This has been Atwood’s year. The Handmaid’s Tale won eight Emmys, including Outstanding […]

Phil Marchildon: Canadian Ace, unsung hero

November is a month to remember the courage and sacrifice of our war veterans. Many soldiers did not return home. Others survived, but never fully recovered from the horrors of war. This is the story of one unsung hero, Phil Marchildon, a baseball pitching star, Royal Canadian Air Force officer and prisoner of war who […]

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 […]