A new hotel opened a few months ago in the middle of the increasingly competitive hotel landscape of Toronto, and given the fact that there is such competition now each new property, if they are to flourish, must offer guests an experience that is unique both in substance and in atmosphere. The new Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is the new jewel in Toronto’s hotel crown, and when it comes to substance and atmosphere you will be hard pressed to find either in greater evidence anywhere else in town.
Whether it’s the African family happily reuniting over Tim Horton’s coffee or the glossy magazine rankings of successful émigrés, narratives about the immigrant experience permeate Canadian media and popular culture. But, though ubiquitous, these scripts rarely speak to the nuances of immigration, and hardly ever touch on its quiet trauma.
Ask me about the things that I love, and you’ll get a list of many, many things. Movies, television, games, actors, and yes, lots of music. If I’m a fanboy for a lot of things though, I’m also truly, madly passionate about a much shorter list, and at the top of that list is Muse.
In the process of promoting another installment of her highly anticipated film festival, if there is one thing that ReelWorld founder Tanya Lee Williams hopes for, it is that filmmakers will feel more empowered.
When one hears or read the term “independent cinema” it is interpreted–depending on the person and their frame of reference–in any number of ways. Back in the late 60s the term was applied to movies that were still made in the Hollywood system but contain counterculture ideas and were made by people both behind and in front of the camera that flew in the face of the traditional Hollywood methodology.
This is going to be one interesting year at Fan Expo. The event just announced today that they are launching the “ultimate sports celebrity experience”, Fan Expo Sports, which will run at the same time as the rest of Fan Expo Canada from August 22 to 25.
TIFF Bell Lightbox will be celebrating the wonders of superheroes from March 9 to 24, just in time for March Break, with a series of family-friendly matinee screenings offering some of the best “spandex-clad superheroes” on the big screen.
Toronto rockers Wildlife have released the first track, “Born to Ruin,” from their upcoming album, …On The Heart, which arrives on February 26.
It always seems like people make things way more difficult than they need to be. Today, although I had planned on it, one needlessly complicated incident meant that I didn’t end up covering the 100th Grey Cup, and I have to admit that I am hugely disappointed.
The 100th Grey Cup kicks off in Toronto today, and I’m going to live blog the experience, starting this afternoon with some of the Pre-Game Party Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and then during the Grey Cup, starting at 6:00 PM tonight.