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 […]

Phil Marchildon: Canadian Ace, unsung hero

November is a month to remember the courage and sacrifice of our war veterans. Many soldiers did not return home. Others survived, but never fully recovered from the horrors of war. This is the story of one unsung hero, Phil Marchildon, a baseball pitching star, Royal Canadian Air Force officer and prisoner of war who […]

Made-in-Toronto fantasy films promise thrills and chills

Some strange things landed in Toronto last year: creepy clowns, zombies, lizard creatures from beneath the sea. Don’t worry, it’s all fantasy from the dark imaginations of writers like Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro. Movies and television shows with supernatural themes have become very popular these days and Toronto is front and centre in […]

When the ‘Wild West’ came to the Beach

Beachers love a parade. What a parade it was on August 22, 1885 when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show wound its way from the city out to the Woodbine racetrack near the marshes of Ashbridge’s Bay. According to the Toronto Globe, “vast crowds lined the streets” and a great audience attended the three days of […]

Outrageous: A film ahead of its time

Have you ever felt like an outsider? At some point in our lives many of us just don’t seem to “fit in”. Outrageous (1977) is a Toronto indie film with a small budget and a big heart. It tells the story of two outsiders who come together to try and make their way in a […]

From the Bluffs to the Band

Rolling Stone recently called Scorsese’s The Last Waltz (1978) “the single greatest concert movie of all time” that “changed the way live music felt on screen”. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Band’s farewell, lead guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson has released his vivid memoir, Testimony, which tells the story of his musical journey from […]

Canada’s 150th: The Miracle Boy from the Beach

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this series looks back at the people and events that shaped our community “On This Week” in Beach history. January brings a New Year and new hope. For 14-year-old Leonard Thompson of Pickering Street, 1922 brought only faint hope that he would survive the ravages of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. […]