A walk through the storied past of Lee Avenue

Lee Avenue is one of the oldest and most historic streets in the Beach area. Originally it was called Kew Avenue after Kew Gardens, which is on the west side of the street, and which in turn was named after the Williams family, some of the earliest pioneers in the Beach. Politically, Lee Avenue covered […]

Try a documentary for a dose of reality

If you hunger for films with more substance than the usual Hollywood fantasy, try a dose of reality. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema reopened last week as a permanent home to North America’s largest documentary festival (April 26 to May 6) as well as to programs such as Doc Soup. You can also watch fascinating […]

McAdams films close to home

February is the month for love and romantic movies. In The Vow, Rachel McAdams plays a freespirited artist who loses all memory of her husband (Channing Tatum) after a car crash. He has to win her heart all over again. Would you do anything for love? It all started with a kiss. Thomas Edison’s The […]

And the winner is…

Awards season is here. The Oscar nominations are out and the red carpets are ready to roll for the Academy Awards on February 26. Try this quiz to test whether you’ve been watching way too many old movies: 1) Her life is a rags-to-riches tale. Little Gladys Marie Smith liked to ride her bike down […]

Reindeer Rudolph has Toronto accent

You watch the Santa Clause Parade, every year, but can you name Santa’s reindeer? (And don’t say ‘Olive’, the other reindeer!) You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally written in […]

Goin’ Down the Road – again

Back in 1969 there was no motion picture industry to speak of in Toronto, but a young director from the East End was determined to make a feature film on a shoestring budget. Donald Shebib even sold his car to help scrape up $27,000. Goin’ Down the Road (1970) became a landmark classic of Canadian […]

Reel Beach: Hockey movies haven’t hit big time

September is a time of returns. Kids are back in school, celebrities hit the red carpet and hockey players hit the red line. Leaf fans are still hopeful and movie buffs look for that crowdpleasing gem at TIFF, like last year’s The King’s Speech. This year’s festival presented three new hockey films, Breakaway, Goon and […]

Reel Beach: Movies Made in East Toronto

How do you feel about the movie trucks which are often parked on our streets – a nuisance or a boon to the economy? If you’re a Twilight fan, you may be thrilled that heart throb Robert Pattinson was in town filming Cosmopolis for director David Cronenberg. As well, the biggest movie in Toronto’s history […]