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Beach actor shines in Pretend We’re Kissing

You can add Tommie-Amber Pirie to the list of talented performers who call the Beach home. The Ottawa native moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue her acting career. Living in the heart of the Beach close to both city and nature is a good fit for an animal lover who enjoys […]

From the Beach to Hollywood

Actor Inga Cadranel is following in the footsteps of the many talented Canadian performers who have headed to sunny California. The Beach actress has been ‘promoted’ from playing a police detective on Orphan Black to a police chief on the new series Backstrom which debuts January 22. With the Academy Award nominations coming out this […]

Beauty and the Beach: a true love story

After a year of scandals, this is a good time for a tale of true romance in the Beach. Acclaimed director Norman Jewison grew up above his parents’ dry goods store on Queen Street East at Kippendavie. In his autobiography, This Terrible Business Has Been Good To Me, Jewison recalls how he met his future […]

Captain Arthur Roy Brown on film

In a recent column (Who really killed the Red Baron?) Gene Domagala wrote about Captain Arthur Roy Brown who lived on Wrenson Road in the 1920s. In 1918 the Royal Air Force officially credited the Canadian pilot with downing Manfred von Richthofen, the famous German flying ace of the First World War. Many of us […]

The Golden Age of movie houses

The days of 10 cent, double feature Saturday matinees are long gone, but nostalgic Beachers hold fond memories of the film palaces of our youth. Before television came along in the 1950s, the Beach had as many as seven neighbourhood cinemas at one time. Who remembers the Beach, Family/Lake, Manor, Kingswood, Scarboro or Ideal? Only […]

Can women and men be just friends?

That is the question posed in a charming new comedy starring former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe in his first romantic lead role. Beach Metro is a family newspaper so I should explain that ‘friend’ is The F Word of the title, which has been changed to What If? for sensitive American audiences. What if the […]

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 […]

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