Behind the lens: Dog-spotting in Monarch Park

For years, James Krauter had been photographing dogs in Monarch Park near his home, but it never occurred to him to publish his candid canine shots. That is until another dog park-goer approached him in 2012. “Somebody said, ‘You know, you take all these pictures of dogs, why don’t you make a calendar or something,’” […]

Pink hat tops this year’s Winter Stations

A knitted pink Pussy Hut is coming to the Beach this winter. The structure—a reference to the Pussyhat Project, which brought knit pink hats to the 2017 Women’s March—is one of the winning submissions for this year’s Winter Stations, an annual design competition and exhibit featuring interactive public-art installations at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. […]

Entertainment Beat for Jan. 9, 2018

Save the Date: The Practically Hip (a Tragically Hip tribute) are scheduled to play a free concert at Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St., on Friday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. Donations to the Downie Wenjack Fund, the late Hip frontman Gord Downie’s legacy charity that works to continue the conversation with Canada’s Indigenous and […]

Enter our winter writing contest

Attention all amateur and aspiring authors, working wordsmiths, and patrons of prose: ‘Tis the season for our annual winter writing contest. This year Beach Metro News has partnered with Community Centre 55 and writing coach Patricia McCully, who leads a popular writing class at Centre 55. The rules are simple: write something – fiction, non-fiction, […]

Entertainment Beat for Dec. 12, 2017

Mark Battenberg hosts his annual Winter Solstice concert, this year titled A Dream Within A Dream, on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Kingston Road United Church. The composer is joined by Shakuhachi flute master Debbie Danbrook for an evening of music, verse and fellowship welcoming the Winter Solstice and the return of the sun. “This year […]

Alias Grace: A gripping tale of murder in 1843 Toronto

I confess. I’m hooked on true crime mysteries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx, The Menendez Murders, The People v. O.J. Simpson (spoiler alert… he did it) and now Alias Grace, the CBC/Netflix mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1996 historical fiction novel. This has been Atwood’s year. The Handmaid’s Tale won eight Emmys, including Outstanding […]