2022 Giller Prize finalists include Rawi Hage, Suzette Mayr

Legendary small, independent publisher Coach House Books has two titles on the 2022 Giller Prize short list: Kim Fu’s short-story collection “Lesser-Known Monsters of the 21st Century” and Suzette Mayr’s “The Sleeping Car Porter.” Five authors in total were announced as finalists for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize at, appropriately, the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room … Read more

Glenn Gould Prize goes to acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel, one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors, is the 2022 winner of the $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize. The award was announced in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s TELUS Center for Performance and Learning on Sunday. It was the highlight of a weekend of events organized by the Glenn Gould Foundation to … Read more

Jazz fans and musicians mourn death of pioneering saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, 81

Legendary American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, revered as a pioneer of the “free jazz” movement, has died at age 81. Sanders’s record label, New York-based Luaka Bop, confirmed his death on Twitter on Saturday morning. “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” the label wrote. “He died peacefully surrounded by loving … Read more

How Casa Loma, and Toronto, masquerade as other places

Casa Loma is an oddity in the city, but it’s so ingrained in Toronto’s cultural life we ​​often don’t give it a second thought. Now a go-to venue for weddings and Halloween fright nights, it’s hard to imagine that the 98-room Gothic Revival-styled castle, built between 1911 and 1914 with a $3.5-million price tag, was … Read more

Young People’s Theatre unveils $13.5-million expansion

Young People’s Theatre, Canada’s oldest and largest professional theater company for young audiences, has unveiled the results of a historic $13.5-million expansion, which includes extensive renovations to its existing venue along with a new 12,000-square-foot facility. More than a decade in the making, the “Room for Imagination” expansion has significantly transformed the theatre’s existing space, … Read more

The Weeknd fans pack Rogers Centre for the long-awaited return of Toronto’s prodigal son

At least he wasn’t Rogered this time around. After being denied the opportunity to kick off his “After Hours til Dawn” world tour here in July due to a nationwide communications shortage from the communications giant, The Weeknd — one of music’s hottest commodities — more than made up for it with a 100- minute … Read more

Ana de Armas elevates Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde,’ but the film doesn’t

blonde Starring Ana de Armas, Julianne Nicholson, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Garret Dillahunt, Toby Huss, Caspar Phillipson and Lily Fisher. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, adapted from the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Opens Friday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 166 minutes. STC “They say I‘m whistle bait, could be, but I‘m forever … Read more

Small companies win big at 2022 Dora Awards

Toronto’s smaller performing arts companies won big at the 2022 Dora Awards, the first in-person ceremony in more than three years. Tapestry Opera’s world premiere of the science-fiction opera “RU RA Torrent of Light” picked up six awards, nearly sweeping the Dora’s opera division. Meanwhile, Talk is Free Theater’s immersive production of “Sweeney Todd” and … Read more

Fall for Dance North 2022 fest returns with in-person shows

After two pandemic-restricted seasons of mostly virtual programming, Fall for Dance North, Toronto’s annual international celebration of dance in all its many forms, is back for its eighth edition at full in-person capacity. There will be live ticketed performances at indoor venues including Meridian Hall (1 Front St. E.) and the Theater at the Creative … Read more

Top 10 films from TIFF

Never thought I’d ever say this, but it was fun to feel frantic and crowded again at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival. After two pandemic years when TIFF was mostly online, and the theaters and streets around festival headquarters TIFF Bell Lightbox seemed deserted — “Tumbleweed Junction” was my nickname for the corner of … Read more