Until very recently I had never participated in or experienced one of those roll playing games–the escape rooms–not because I am in any way adverse to them, I just simply haven’t. My first experience at such a game was the brand new evolution in the format based on the highly successful TV detective series Murdoch Mysteries—The Secret of Station House No. 4: A Secret City Adventure–and I enjoyed the whole experience most mightily.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theatres on March 17, but well ahead of the premiere, Walt Disney has created a special sneak peek of the film at Casa Loma in Toronto, and it’s open all Family Day long weekend for fans to get in the spirit of the new live action film.
Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE’s best years. It’s worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.
The streets are steamier than ever for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In the 16 years that I’ve covered the “Festival of Festivals” I don’t recall it ever being quite this hot before, but there’s a first for everything at TIFF. And TIFF is always changing.
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It’s here! The Toronto International Film Festival announced their star-studded list of stars, filmmakers, guests, and talent expected at the festival, and as with other years, it’s impressive. Expected guests include Brie Larson, Jeffrey Tambor, Bruce McDonald, Amma Asante, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Bryan Cranston, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Sara Canning, Dakota Fanning, Deepa Mehta, Emma Stone, Kim Sung-soo, Mijke de Jong, Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Demme, Claudia Sainte-Luce, Gemma Arterton, Sigourney Weaver, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and hundreds more.
Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will make it’s world premiere this September at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF announced this morning during the first press conference for the TIFF 2016.
Last Monday week I was handed the keys to a 2016 Ford Focus Titanium for a week of test driving, which came in handy last week for a long-weekend getaway in Muskoka. On Friday we left town early and headed up to the Sherwood Inn Hotel, and we luckily had perfect weather.
You’d better hurry, or you’ll be late, for a very important date. The Alice on Queen pop-up event has arrived in Toronto for one week, and celebrates the May 27th release of Alice Through The Looking Glass with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party table brought to life courtesy of YouTube’s How To Cake It star Yolanda Gampp and her team.
Heineken launched their new BrewLock kegs in Canada recently, at their Heineken BrewLock Pour Lounge in Toronto, by offering up a few pints to their social media and VIP friends, and aside from nibbles, a DJ, pint pouring training, it was a great Friday afternoon break to hoist a few fresh pints.