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  • Two books by Naomi Klein and Ai Weiwei tackle how we treat refugees and crisis

    June 8, 2018 10:30 AM 11

    In The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On The Disaster Capitalists, a compelling and accessible read and work of reportage, she chronicles her visit to the island and, particularly, a community and ecology centre called Casa Pueblo. Equipped with solar panels, it became a beacon of hope during the dark days and nights after the storms hit. It becomes

  • Back-to-back Banksy exhibits in Toronto divide fans of secretive street artist

    June 7, 2018 8:14 PM 11

    Neither shows endorsed by urban art darling, known for cheeky stencils and politically charged graffiti Back-to-back Banksy exhibits featuring works by the secretive street artist are unfolding in Toronto. But observers are torn over the way his subversive messages are being portrayed. The first is a free, open-air show in the city's tony Yorkville Village

  • Medical examiner rules Kate Spade's death a suicide by hanging

    June 7, 2018 4:13 PM 30

    Spade's husband and business partner said she suffered from depression and anxiety New York City's chief medical examiner has ruled fashion designer Kate Spade's death a suicide by hanging. The determination was released Thursday, two days after the 55-year-old Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment. A housekeeper discovered her body in her bedroom

  • Mirvish Productions provides bus service for matinee-goers in five Ontario locations

    June 6, 2018 8:21 PM 15

    The Mirvish Express is available for people attending Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday matinees beginning July 4, and will cost between $30 and $50 return depending on the pickup spot, although discounts are available for the first 500 who book in either price range. There are also special seven-trip packages for matinee subscribers. The air-conditioned

  • Kate Spade suffered years of mental illness, suicide ‘not unexpected,’ sister says

    June 6, 2018 3:04 PM 13

    Grieving deeply, Kate Spade’s older sister told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday that her famous designer sister suffered debilitating mental illness for the last three or four years and was self-medicating with alcohol. Spade’s apparent suicide on Tuesday, at age 55 inside the bedroom of her New York Park Avenue apartment, “was not unexpected by me,” Reta Saffo

  • New shows in Toronto for Metric, Alvvays, Ministry and more

    June 5, 2018 6:18 PM 15

    Also coming to the Danforth: Rising American country singer-songwriter Tyler Childers on Oct. 19 (tickets $23-$33 via Ticketmaster as of Wednesday) and Dev Hynes’ R&B project Blood Orange has added an Oct. 2 show to his already-announced Oct. 1 date (ticket sale date to be determined). Elsewhere, industrial-metal institution Ministry, well into its fourth

  • Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces interim conductor to replace Noel Edison

    June 5, 2018 2:45 PM 16

    In unveiling its 2018-19 season on Monday night, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announced the appointment of David Fallis as interim conductor and artistic advisor, effective to the end of the 2019-20 season. Fallis, who retired from a long tenure as artistic director of the Toronto Consort at the end of May, was called in by the Mendelssohn Choir to direct

  • Joe Rogan added as headliner of JFL42 comedy festival

    June 5, 2018 12:00 PM 12

    Toronto’s JFL42 comedy festival has added a new headliner after last week’s announcements, and it’s a biggie: Joe Rogan will perform on Sept. 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum. The rise to standup prominence by the former NewsRadio star and current UFC commentator has been aided by his massively popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which was reportedly drawing

  • Paramount scraps TV reboot Heathers, citing school violence

    June 2, 2018 10:01 PM 13

    Revival based on 1988 movie black comedy about high-school murder and suicide will not air on Viacom After delaying its airing in the aftermath of February's Florida high school shooting, Paramount Network is permanently scrapping Heathers. Representatives from parent company Viacom confirmed Saturday that the TV reboot of the 1988 movie black comedy

  • Andrea Constand says she forgives Bill Cosby, is proud of #MeToo moment

    June 2, 2018 3:23 PM 12

    The woman whose accusations against Bill Cosby resulted in his conviction for sexual assault said she forgives him, but she predicted that her victory in court would help many other women avoid a similar ordeal. “I forgave Bill Cosby for what he did to me,” Andrea Constand said in an interview with NBC that aired on Dateline on Friday evening. “It’s been many, many years