Beach actor back in town for TIFF

Actor Katie Boland has been called “Canada’s Sweetheart” and lives part of the year in L.A., but the Beach is still close to her heart. Katie grew up near enough to the GOOF (Garden Gate Restaurant on Queen) to smell the moo goo guy pan. She comes from a creative family: her dad is retired […]

Sets and the City: summer of the remake

A Ferris wheel on the waterfront? Don’t worry, the ‘Lakeside Amusement Park’ was just a movie set at Cherry Beach for the horror flick Silent Hill: Revelation 3D coming out Oct. 26. In a bygone era pleasure parks were very popular in the Beach. There was even a Ferris wheel at Munro Park way back […]

Edwin Boyd: Danforth boy gone bad

Edwin Boyd died in 2002, but he would be smiling to see his name in headlines once again. Toronto’s most infamous criminal always wanted to be the centre of attention, a Hollywood star like James Cagney. Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster is a beautifully shot period piece with terrific performances from Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Kelly […]

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 […]