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Going the distance in the Beach

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. – Dr. Roger Bannister   Beachers are passionate about their sports, and runners may be the most dedicated of all. Athletes push themselves to strive for that next goal, record or personal best. Some run to stay […]

Fox celebrates a century of film

The Fox Theatre is celebrating a century of entertaining the Beach community. Our favourite local movie house came to life on April 14, 1914, built by Arthur Brooks Webster. Some neighbours had opposed the new development at Queen and Beech Avenue. Pious citizens looked down on moving picture palaces as vulgar dens of iniquity ever […]

Toronto’s image varies in films

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and each of us sees the world around us in our own unique way. Let’s look at three Canadian filmmakers offering their own ‘takes’ on Toronto in all its hope and despair. Director Denis Villeneuve followed up his Oscar-nominated Incendies (2010) with Prisoners (2013) and now Enemy […]

Harland Williams, wacky son of a Beacher

State Trooper: Pull over! Harry: No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing! Lloyd: Yeah, killer boots, man! – Dumb and Dumber, 1994 After a year of scandals and storms, our fair city deserves a dumb laugh or two. After all, Toronto has brought the gift of laughter to the world of comedy with bright […]

War movies don’t reflect reality

The wide, sandy beaches of Normandy, France are a long way from Sutherland Avenue, a quiet little street near the Danforth. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe began. Among the Allied forces landing on the French coast were brothers Fred and Donald Barnard, their school friend Gordon Arthur and neighbour Jan […]

High School Confidential: Bullying

The other kids, they think I’m weird – Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) High school can be a scary place. Most students have experienced or witnessed bullying and today’s teens have to deal with cyber-bullying 24/7. There’s no ‘app’ to teach respect for others. Kids need to know it’s okay to be different or unique or […]

Say hello to the East End bad guys

Unless you’re a sci-fi fan with a ‘Total Recall’ memory, you may not recognize this hardworking actor from east end Toronto. Even his name sounds tough: Michael lronside. Imagine Jack Nicholson in a bad mood! Though he has over 200 movie and TV titles to his credit, lronside still sees himself as a regular working […]

Dickens, Carrey and the Beach

“May it haunt their houses pleasantly”     - Jim Carrey, in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Around 1981, I saw a young, rubber-faced comic perform in a small club. His wacky impressions wowed the crowd. Jim Carrey went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. This September he was back in town shooting […]

Beach vet consulted on The Great Escape

Nov. 11 is a day of Remembrance…lest we forget. Each year there are fewer veterans around to keep their stories alive. How will their courage be remembered? It sure won’t be in Hollywood movies which have ignored or distorted Canadian history since the early days of cinema. I grew up with a bomb in my […]

Hollywood rewrites history again in Affleck’s Argo

Identifying with past experiences and pondering their significance deepens our experience of what it is to be human. History is a dialogue between the past and the present. We ask questions about the past because of things that we’re concerned with now. – Prof. Jan Noel, U of T Magazine, Autumn 2012 Tensions in the […]

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