Elementary, my dear … Houdini?

Fans of Murdoch Mysteries may enjoy Houdini & Doyle, a new supernatural crime series which will appear before your very eyes Mondays at 9 p.m. on Global TV. This Canada/UK co-production originates from the same Toronto film company Shaftesbury. Both shows are period dramas set in the early 1900s with the costumes, vehicles, manners and […]

Titanic survivor was an eyewitness to history

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. – “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot Take a walk through St. John’s Norway Cemetery at Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue and you will pass the grave sites of prominent Beach citizens like […]

Opa! ‘Greek Wedding’ is back

What is your favourite romantic comedy? If you’re Clueless about What Women Want, try a Roman Holiday. If you’re a Sleepless Trainwreck, have whatever Meg Ryan was having When Harry Met Sally. The ‘rom-com’ genre may have lost its popularity lately, but many of us are still Moonstruck romantics who fall for a funny love […]

‘Spotlight’ on award season

What do Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber and Ricky Gervais have in common? All have French-Canadian ancestors. British comic actor Gervais kicked off the 2016 red carpet season by hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Whether or not you enjoy his irreverent brand of humour, Gervais certainly likes Canada, Toronto […]

George Harsh and the Great Escape

With each passing Remembrance Day there are fewer Second World War veterans around to share their memories of courage, sacrifice and survival. A recent Star movie review suggested that “filmmakers may finally be running out of screen-worthy stories to tell from the conflict.” Last year the Fox held a special showing of The Great Escape […]

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 […]