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. […]

Debate this: A presidential movie quiz

A bumbling fool (Kevin James) in the White House? A dangerous demagogue running for president? Only in the movies, you say? That couldn’t happen in real life? American leaders seldom visit Toronto, but there have been quite a few movies about presidents made here. On film, our city is not a welcoming place. Aliens, assassins, […]

Kiefer Sutherland: From Crescent Town to the Oval Office

Next month, American voters will go to the polls to elect a president. A new made-in-Toronto TV series poses the question: What if a low-level cabinet member suddenly became president after a catastrophic terrorist attack? Kiefer Sutherland is the Designated Survivor (Wed. 10 p.m. on CTV). Where is Jack Bauer (24) when he’s really needed? […]

Private Eyes, they’re watching you

If you are watching Private Eyes (Thursday nights on Global), you may recognize the leafy streets of the Beach.  Jason Priestley stars as Matt Shade, a former pro hockey player who has lost all his money, but lives in one of those beautiful homes with the wrap-around balcony we all dream about. The vintage silver […]

Beach-made film inspires Pride

When Mean Girls came along in 2004, the biting satire seemed like just another teen comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, but beneath the laughs Tina Fey’s clever screenplay has a lot to say about bullying, acceptance and being true to yourself. In the film Regina (Rachel McAdams), the “Queen Bee” of the Plastics clique, is told […]

Elementary, my dear … Houdini?

Fans of Murdoch Mysteries may enjoy Houdini & Doyle, a new supernatural crime series which will appear before your very eyes Mondays at 9 p.m. on Global TV. This Canada/UK co-production originates from the same Toronto film company Shaftesbury. Both shows are period dramas set in the early 1900s with the costumes, vehicles, manners and […]

Titanic survivor was an eyewitness to history

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. – “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot Take a walk through St. John’s Norway Cemetery at Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue and you will pass the grave sites of prominent Beach citizens like […]

Opa! ‘Greek Wedding’ is back

What is your favourite romantic comedy? If you’re Clueless about What Women Want, try a Roman Holiday. If you’re a Sleepless Trainwreck, have whatever Meg Ryan was having When Harry Met Sally. The ‘rom-com’ genre may have lost its popularity lately, but many of us are still Moonstruck romantics who fall for a funny love […]