Barb Ross, a Beach painter, and George Slater, a woodcutter, have teamed up to offer a unique memento of your precious pet. Working from a photo, Slater will make a mounted woodcut likeness of your cat or dog, hand-painted by Barb. The wooden sculptures cost $40. For more information, or to find out how to […]

Ways to celebrate Canada Day

The Beach and East York have two great ways to spend Canada Day on July 1. Vinyl 95.3 is sponsoring Red, White & Vinyl, at Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue. Starting at noon, this free day-long party will feature several bands, a licensed beer area, a family fun zone and a disco dance […]


The Toronto Beaches Film Festival presents If I Should Fall, the true story of Lebanese-Canadian trooper Marc Diab’s amazingly personal video made before being deployed to Afghanistan. Diab made the video as a farewell should he ‘fall’ while on duty. Sadly Diab was killed by an IED not long after making the video. If I […]

Gearing up for Beaches Jazz Fest

Welcome to the 24th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. Yes…24th annual! What began in 1989 as a two-day community music fest when president and producer Lido Chilelli launched it, the Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown into one of Toronto’s premiere summer music festivals, spanning ten days from July 20 to 29 in Woodbine Park, […]


Comedian Sandra Battaglini is appearing in her newest solo show Classy Lady, June 14 through 24 at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkley St. The play chronicles Battaglini’s rise to ladyhood – easy enough for some, but not so for this sharp-witted, opinionated Italian-Canadian traditionalist. Battaglini joined The Second City Training Centre in 1999, and fell in […]

League of Notions releases debut album

With an acknowledged nod to the bands of the 60s – The Beatles, The Who, King Crimson, and a touch of Neil Young – The League of Notions has just finished recording its debut self-titled CD, and will be holding a CD release party, June 22 at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. The […]

Beacher headed to Edinburgh Fringe with one-woman show

Veteran actress Nonnie Griffin is taking her latest project to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival this coming August. Sister Annunciata’s Secret was first performed at The Annex Theatre in October to rave reviews. A producer from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival heard about it, and asked to read the script. “Since I play all the characters […]


Arts On Queen, 2198 Queen St. E., presents Urban Visions, a collection of paintings by Ana Gribbons, June 2 to 20. Gribbons grew up in Hamilton, but moved to Toronto many years ago. She draws on her experiences of travelling around the city on her bicycle, on foot and on the TTC. She combines her […]


Acoustic Harvest presents The Marigolds, June 2, at 8 p.m., at 1512 Kingston Rd. (St. Nicholas Church).  Consisting of Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, The Marigolds “pack a diverse repertoire with a winning delivery.” The group’s second CD, That’s the State I’m In, contains 14 original tunes, and was nominated for a JUNO […]

Painter embraces artist life

What does it take to call yourself an artist? For painter and Beach Guild of Fine Art (BGFA) member Marlene Pape it took the encouragement of others to convince her that her work was indeed art, and that she was indeed an artist. “I’m still shocked when people say how amazed they are about my […]