Canada has several festivals focusing on the big screen, but an absence of festivals celebrating television programming. That is about to change with the launch of the Canadian International Television Festival (CITF), the first of its kind in Canada.
Irony is not without a sense of humour, it seems, even if it’s kind of ruthless. Cocktails for Calgary was supposed to help raise money for victims of the Calgary floods tonight at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, but thanks to a storm–the likes of which the city has supposedly not seen since Hurricane Hazel in 1954–that fund raiser had to be cancelled, due to flooding.
Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.
Give me a cool drink and a nice patio in the summer, and I’m a happy guy. That’s probably why I had such a big smile on my face when Fionn MacCool’s invited me for their preview dinner last month to sample their new summer menu, which arrived on June 24.
It’s time to dig out that old family recipe that everyone always loves as the smash cooking competition TV show Recipe to Riches is back and they’re looking for your recipes. On the show, amateur Canadian cooks submit a recipe for the chance to win a grand-prize of $250,000.
For the second-year running, the SummerWorks Performance Festival will include a Live Art Series of 12 creations, which will feature an abundance of opportunities for audience interaction.
Queen street was steamy today, and so was the Pepsi Pop-Up event when singer Lights took the stage to sing a few songs in front of lucky fans who had won their way into the event.
The JFL42 Comedy Festival is returning for its second year in Toronto, and for 2013 it boasts several high profile comedians, including the entire cast of Family Guy, Aziz Ansari and Sarah Silverman. The festival will run for ten days from September 19 to 28.
The Toronto Fringe Festival has been bringing laughs, surprises and cutting-edge theatre to Toronto for 25 years. Tickets are now on sale for this year’s event. The 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival includes 148 shows in 35 venues including bars, back alleys, churches and a coin laundromat.
The NXNE festival is a showcase of Toronto’s music scene, and venues, as musicians from all over the world gather to perform on the city’s stages. It is fitting then that a new initiative called 4479 was created at this year’s festival to promote Toronto as a leader in live and recorded music, and to build a vibrant community of musicians.