If you’re all about art & apps and you’re in (or visiting) Toronto then you need to check out the Bloor St. Culture Corridor mobile app. The year-round “extraordinary wealth of cultural experiences that are so easily accessible all in one easily-walkable mile on Bloor Street West, between Bathurst and […]

Toronto’s Bloor St. Culture Corridor Launches Mobile App

Opening night of the O'Keefe Centre, 1960 - 2
October 1, 1960 – Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts opened with the premiere of Lerner and Loewe’s musical Camelot, starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet. The idea for a performing arts centre that could serve the needs of an increasingly dynamic city predates the building’s opening by almost 20 years. In […]

Today in Canadian History – October 1, 1960: Opening of ...

If you’re looking for some new music to start your week, then check out “I’m Not Pretending” from Toronto’s The Good Boys. By nurturing the sounds and aesthetics of early innovators like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, The Good Boys celebrate a time when a dapper group of men dressed in […]

New Canadian Music Monday: I’m Not Pretending by The Good ...

September 8, 1952 – CBC Television launches in a night that The Globe and Mail reviewed as “cluttered but promising.” Broadcasting from a studio in Toronto, a nervous and excited team of journalists and entertainers offers the first evening’s entertainment. Canadians laugh at a three-puppet sketch featuring the eccentric character Uncle Chichimus. […]

Today in Canadian Art History: CBC Television Debuts [includes video]

Check out the video for Killer from Toronto hip hop artist King Reign from his debut album, Sincere, coming out June 30th via ClK Creative/ Reign Music. King Reign is a Toronto based hiphop artist who examines the potential consequences of Mayor Rob Ford’s actions. This song expresses frustration at biased perceptions, racial stereotypes, political […]

New Canadian Music Monday: Killer by King Reign [video] – ...

Rachael Speirs inhabits a fantastical world adrift with anthropomorphic animals, French Canadian sea captains and long-limbed women in Victorian mourning garb. The 30-year old Toronto-based artist creates massive fabric collages out of hundreds of scraps of felt, thread and ink, painstakingly cut out, then stitched together to create works of […]

Massive Fabric Collages and Fairy Tales: An Interview with Toronto-based ...

Check out the new video for “Boys and Girls” from Toronto “rockers” The Balconies in advance of their upcoming cross-Canada tour. Website: Twitter: Facebook: Youtube: Bandcamp: Instagram:

New Canadian Music Monday: Boys and Girls by The Balconies ...

March 14, 1985 – The Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats opened at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. [Cats] will run for two years in Toronto, then move to Montréal for a 19-week run, followed by a tour of Western Canada and a second Toronto run starting Sept. 2, 1989; […]

Today in Canadian Art History: March 14, 1985 – Andrew ...

Check out the video for RUN RUN by Toronto band The Number Line. Twitter: Facebook: Soundcloud: Youtube:

New Canadian Music Monday: RUN RUN by The Number Line ...

Check out today’s creative prompt. It can help inspire your next piece of art, writing, music, and more. Try creating a small work every day with our prompts to keep the creative juices flowing! Please be sure to share your creations (or links to where we can find/see them) in the […]

Your Daily Muse (Creative Prompt): Skating at Nathan Phillips Square ...

January 16, 1939 – Joe Shuster from Toronto published his first self-titled Superman comic strip. The character had already made an appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938, but began to appear daily under its own name in 1939. A separate Sunday strip was introduced later in the year in November and the comic […]

Today in Canadian Art History: January 16, 1939 – Joe ...

Stepping inside the Arabesque Academy just off of Yonge Street in Toronto, I am struck by all of the chaos. The door opens into a small seating area draped in vibrant red hues, the walls littered with bits of information about upcoming performances and workshops (such as Heavy Hitting Hips), […]

Shimmy Shakes and Hip-Kicks: Bellydancing at Arabesque Academy

The rap veteran known as Dan-e-o owns a hallowed place in Canadian hip-hop history. It was back in 1996 when the Toronto-based artist delivered the hip-hop classic “Dear Hip Hop” off the Beat Factory label’s Rap Essentials Vol. One LP, a historic album that also featured soon-to-be big names such […]

URBAN/Intersection: Dan-e-o

The exciting thing about Canadian music lately is the surge of R&B/soul inspired artists popping up on the scene. Indeed, when it comes to the urban music landscape in this country, the future is indeed looking bright. Here are three Canadian artists that you should be keeping a close eye […]

URBAN/Intersection: Three Canadian Music Artists to Watch for in 2014

As the creepy scenes of Halloween begin to appear throughout the city, costumes are collected and late night tricks and treats determined, Rob Gontier and Ned Loach are in the midst of creating the spectacle known as 360 Screenings. Part theatre experience, part cinematic viewing party, 360 Screenings will present […]

360 Screenings Halloween Spectacle (October 25-26, Toronto)

“Get ready for late nights! Great books abound among this year’s GG finalists and you won’t be able to put them down. Further proof of the prolific and potent Canadian literary scene.” – Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council for the […]

Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2013 ...

Along with the typical antiquated ideas associated with opera – wigs, heavy makeup, viking horns, audiences dressed in formal wear and monocles – is another equally out-of-date perception of how operas are created. Though the opera world has its icons, not all productions are helmed by one creative genius alone. […]

Artistic Fusion: Michael Mori and Tapestry Briefs’ New Opera

It all began with a tweet. In July 2012, novelist and essayist Amanda Leduc tweeted: “Guys. Sexy #CanLit author calendar? Proceeds to libraries? Yes????” Avid reader and self-proclaimed die-hard Canadian Literature fan Allegra Young responded the next day with an enthusiastic “YES SO MUCH YES” and a request for Joseph […]

Flipping the Page | Bare It For Books: Going Nude ...

A night of truly great live music, a wide range of Canadian talent, and endless Twitter reactions (opinions, snarks, and adoration), which, of course, means the Polaris Music Prize was handed out tonight during the annual gala at The Carlu in Toronto. And the winner is… Godspeed You! Black Emperor Godspeed […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the Winners of the 2013 ...

For Cale Sampson, his brand of socially conscious rap is best defined as “motivational message-oriented hip-hop music.” While hip-hop has always been about its genre diversity — different styles and viewpoints — the passionate Toronto-based artist posits that the mainstream hip-hop sound currently dominating the airwaves is long overdue for […]

URBAN/Intersection: Cale Sampson’s The Big Picture

Within the past decade, Hamilton has redefined itself from an industrial city known for steel manufacturing to the premiere arts and culture hub west of Toronto, due largely to events like the Supercrawl. Now in its fifth year, Supercrawl is more than a mere art and music festival — it’s […]

Out of the Burbs | Hamilton Supercrawl (Hamilton, Ontario – ...