Film

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Review: the documentary ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’

Many Torontonians with a vested or even passing interest in city planning issues are already familiar with the work of writer, activist, and speaker Jane Jacobs, particularly her pivotal role in the cancellation of the Spadina Expressway upon her moving here. Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City brings her time in Canada up a bit at the end, but focuses predominantly on her early years as a journalist and activist in New York City during the 1960s, painting a well researched look back at her dogged battles with influential city planner and developer Robert Moses.

Television

Nicholas D’Agosto in Trial & Error

Nicholas D’Agosto talks murder mystery and comedy in ‘Trial & Error’

Murder has never been funnier than in NBC’s Trial & Error. The series follows Nicholas D’Agosto as Josh, an eager New York defense lawyer who ventures to the small Southern of East Peck Hill for his first case. Could beloved and eccentric poetry professor, Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), who constantly incriminates himself by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, possibly have murdered his wife? Hilarity ensues as Josh’s ragtag legal team of bumbling misfits piece together the clues and mount a defense. Tonight’s two-part finale will reveal who the killer is--and whether Josh has a future as a lawyer.
The Magicians

‘The Magicians’ showrunner Sera Gamble talks season 2

The second season of The Magicians focuses heavily on the world of Fillory, and how our heroes are adapting to running a kingdom while battling evil gods and monsters. The series has seen twists and turns that may even surprise fans of the books, and that's because showrunner Sera Gamble and co-creator John McNamara have worked hard to adapt Lev Grossman's novels in a way that expands the world, the relationships, and the characters.

Food & Style

Caramel Syrup

Recipe: Caramel syrup for coffee and cocktails

My love of espresso knows no bounds, from a straight espresso with sugar all the way to trying interesting new recipes. For the last year, I've been fortunate to have the Breville Barista Express Espresso machine to make my espresso and espresso-based drinks, so I can make a caramel macchiato pretty quickly at this point, but I honestly am not a big fan of buying caramel sauce because--surprise--it's really easy to make.
#ChasingSpring in Toronto

When does spring really come to Canada?

Yesterday was the first official day of spring in Canada, but it might be hard to tell across most of the country. Some areas still have snow, and ice, and in Toronto the temperature is set to dip back down below zero later this week. So when does spring really arrive? Home Depot Canada has come up with the first days to really enjoy the season, and they're looking for people across the country to join in #ChasingSpring.

Technology & Gadgets

Ford Moto Dreams

Ford unveils Max Motor Dreams concept crib

Parents have been there time and again: it's bed time and your little one just won't fall asleep, but when they're in the car, they seem to be able to fall asleep almost instantly. Some parents may resort to driving their wee ones around to get them to sleep, but Ford has unveiled a concept crib that may make bed time even easier.
Silent Mary ghost ship from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Lego debuts Silent Mary ghost ship & BrickHeadz from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Ready, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lego fans? This past weekend, during the NYC Toy Fair, Lego debuted the new Silent Mary ghost ship from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, including a look at the new BrickHeadz of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar. The ship features an impressive 2,294 pieces, includes eight minifigures, and will retail for $249.99 Canadian.

Travel

The Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina

Regina’s historic and regal Hotel Saskatchewan

Historic hotels are doorways into a city, where you not only peer into the past and future, but live a part of the story the city has to share. Across Canada, some of the most incredible stories and spaces started with the stunning Canadian Pacific Railway hotels that were opened in the years following Confederation, like Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan.
Mama Shelter cafe and bar

Mama Shelter Los Angeles with Hamilton Watches

Often my discoveries of cool new hotels come as a part of a larger or much different purpose for my actually being there. Sometimes a cool interview with an actor or director brings me to their favourite hotels which then gives me the opportunity to explore and develop an appreciation for that hotel independently and sometimes it is a special occasion that is either specific to the hotel or specifically related to the hotel.

Music