Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Billy Bob’s Joaquin Phoenix Moment

It was unfortunate to see Billy Bob Thorton’s meltdown play out on Q. In a strange parallel to Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman Billy Bob was offended by host Jian Ghomeshi references to his other work (both on the screen and his screenwriting talents). Unlike Letterman, Jian Ghomeshi was not belittling or condescending. He well recognized the Billy Bob’s catalog of music to date. Jian was rightly impressed and inquisitive about the Boxmasters output in such a short time together. The resulting meltdown was shocking and disappointing to say the least.

Jian Ghomeshi remains one of CBC jewels. His show Q remains one of the best programs/podcasts CBC offers up Canada and the world. Hopefully Billy Bob Thornton and Boxmasters, recover from this public pouting fit. As an artist, actor and writer Billy Bob Thornton is exceptional despite this behaviour.

Well the dust has settled. Boxmasters play Massey Hall again tonight (April 9th) in support of Willie Nelson.

WILLIE NELSON with special guests Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters and Ray Price
Massey Hall
April 9, 2009 7:30 PM
$125.00 – $59.50

Judge Blocks British MP’s Request To Enter Canada And Speak In Toronto

It’s official. British MP George Galloway’s request for an injunction to enter Canada has been denied. A Federal Court judge has ruled against his motion. Galloway was to speak tonight at Metropolitan United Church. The Toronto stop was to be the first of a four-city speaking tour GEORGE GALLOWAY: RESISTING WAR FROM GAZA TO KANDAHAR. The organizers of the Toronto stop, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, have said that their event would continue regardless of the judge’s decision.

Galloway is no stranger to controversy. His response to the U.S. Senate regarding false allegations that he took bribes from Saddam Hussein was memorable. He has long taken criticism for his anti war stance and support for some pro-Palestinian causes. This support for some Palestinian groups has some people labeling him as a “terrorist supporter”. The Federal government stance, and latest justice decision seems heavy handed. Some have argued other “war criminals” (George W. Bush?) have been allowed into the country to speak. A view equally exaggerated, perhaps, but no doubt a strange precedent has been set with Galloway.

Julie Doiron at the Horshoe Tavern – TONIGHT

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Julie Doiron‘s latest album, I CAN WONDER WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR DAY, came out this past Tuesday. I’m quite impressed. Caught a sneak peak in Hamilton last night but tonight’s show will be just as great based on the lineup. $100 will also be playing. It will be a real treat to hear great vocalists like Simone of $100 and Julie play at the Horseshoe.

Julie Doiron singing at Pepperjacks in Hamilton last night.  Julie stops in Toronto tonight and plays with $100 and Rick White at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Julie Doiron singing at Pepperjacks in Hamilton last night. Julie stops in Toronto tonight and plays with $100 and Rick White at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Hard Times, Cold Stares and Frozen Zombies

A would be bike thief strolls casually Sunday afternoon along College & Beverly wielding a handsome hacksaw and a brown windbreaker and yellow shirt.

A would be bike thief strolls casually at about 6pm Sunday at College & Beverley wielding a handsome hacksaw and a brown windbreaker and yellow shirt.

Yes, the recession is hitting hard. Bad news is abounds but Spring has finally sprung. I’ve been trying to enjoy the extra hours of daylight and walking whenever possible. Cabin fever no more!

Still the winter chill and ominous market conditions have frozen hearts. I was in disbelief yesterday night on my stroll along College. I heard an odd sound and noticed a man wielding a huge hacksaw and making his way through a big U-lock. Umm, I’m I the only one noticing that someone is trying to liberate what looks to be a nice mountain bike from in front of U of T?

No… but no one cares. Not the people coming off the street car, the woman walking her dog. Weird. I didn’t have my SLR with me but I decided to “spook” the perpetrator by taking his picture (with my crappy cell phone). It worked the dude moved on an scurried up the street. Yeah, one less bike in Toronto stolen. The funny thing was that when I started heading South the local thief had doubled back. The guy was off to find his next bike and was again walking in front of me on the other side of the street. As before the dude paused and was about to try his luck on another bike. I lingered a bit and then took my own detour after he moved on from victim two. I didn’t want to be hacksaw victim three so I did some scurrying myself.

Not only amazed that people are “forced” to steal but how many people didn’t care to report or discourage the would be thief. These are hard times and now more than ever we need a cure for apathy. Well, if you parked your bike on the North side of College East of the Second Cup your U-Lock lasted long enough for one person to care that your bike wasn’t stolen.

Art On The Mind For FRIDAY?

Of course this Friday is the night of Hamilton’s Art Crawl. It’s always nice to hit up all the gallery openings along James Street North. Considering that most galleries stay open until 11pm it makes the trip to the Hammer all the more leisurely. I may still hang in the city though. There is a a fundraiser for a local art mag, Bad Day, at Lennox Contemporary Gallery Friday night. I haven’t been to the Lennox but this might be a worthy excuse. Eva Michon is the editor of Bad Day and has produced some fine work (right here in Toronto).

BAD DAY Magazine Fundraiser – Lennox Contemporary Gallery
Friday March 13, 2009

12 Ossington Avenue at the centre of the Queen West Art and Design District.

Accessible
Parking on the street or in the lot just north at 18 Ossington Ave.
TTC via the Ossington bus or the Queen St. streetcar.

Toronto 175

With all the doom and gloom being reported it’s nice to contemplate something good for a change. Friday March 6, 2009 marked Toronto’s 175th Anniversary.

It’s easy to get caught up in winter’s blahs and take for granted what we have. The St. Lawrence Market, Pedestrian Sundays, Kensington Market, High Park, The Beach, Cabbagetown, to name but a few and there are many other reminders.

Spacing’s contributing city photographers have donated 175 photographs to the City of Toronto’s Archives and Spacing has created some great historical buttons. Toronto Star Columnist Christopher Hume has a great interactive map of Toronto architecture. You should pick up Toronto’s Visual Legacy Official City Photography from 1856 to the Present by Steve MacKinnon & Karen Teeple & Michele Dale as it’s a fascinating book. It details Toronto’s progress from the building of The Bloor Street Viaduct, old and new city hall, to street life through the eras.

You’ve come a long way Toronto. Hoping we can continue to build a better city together.

Somewhere There – Somewhere To Go This Sunday?

Sunday has always been a great day to relax. Wavelength is always a go to “night out” (and it’s usually PWYC!!!) but this weekend is special.

Jeremy Strachan mixes it up with Mike Smith of Muskox. This should make for an exciting blend. The warm cozy space Somewhere There is the host for this guitar/banjo duo followed by group set. Somewhere There continues to bring out some of the best and brightest from Toronto’s improvised music scene and host daily shows (except Monday nights).

MARCH 8 at SOMEWHERE THERE
340 Dufferin Street (One block south of Queen – enter from Melbourne Ave)

Jeremy Strachan / Mike Smith duo – 6pm (early show)
(minimal banjo/guitar duets)

Plus a second set featuring David Sait (guzheng), Robin Buckley (percussion), Jeremy Strachan (etc)

$8 cover

Bad For Business + Sex Tape – FRIDAY NIGHT!!!

Whoa. An “extreme” one two punch coming at you this Friday night. Lewis Cruise and Love Skateboards with back to back video premieres. Good times will be served. BYOB.

The Pillow Fight League – 25 Do Or Die!!!

Glad I made it out to the Wrong Bar last night. I managed to witness the carnage behind The Pillow Fight League‘s 25th super match. The Pillow Fight League is serious business. This is not some bikini contest or lame x-rated exploitation gag. Pure fun in the spirit of wrestling.

WE’RE FUN. WE’RE FIERCE. AND MOST DEFINITELY, WE ARE FIGHTERS. WE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE PROUD OF OUR STRENGTH, AND NOT AFRAID TO LET LOOSE. SO WHY FIGHT WITH PILLOWS? BECAUSE IT LETS US BE CREATIVE, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, AND GO A LITTLE CRAZY. AND NOT ONLY DO WE GET TO ENTERTAIN A DEDICATED FAN BASE IN TORONTO, THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD, WE ALSO GET TO TRAVEL TO SOME AMAZING PLACES AND DO WHAT WE DO BEST. WE DON’T FIGHT IN SPORTS BARS, WE DON’T TAKE OFF OUR CLOTHES, AND WE DON’T SCRIPT THE FIGHTS. TO QUOTE THE COMMISH, “IT’S NOT PILLOW FIGHTING. IT’S FIGHTING WITH PILLOWS.” TRUST ME, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. – www.canadapfl.com

If you think you have what it takes tryout.

A couple of pledges exchange blows at the Pillow Fight League's 25 Do Or Die at the Wrong Bar.

A couple of pledges exchange blows at the Pillow Fight League's 25 Do Or Die at the Wrong Bar.

Pages Gets Some Relief

Walking down Queen Street West one can sense the loss. Many iconic shops like Songbird or venues like the 360 have long disappeared. Rents have exploded threatening to close out many others even rendering some extinct. Great to hear that Pages will be able to have a rent freeze until the summer.

After spending anxious months dealing with an uncertain future, Pages Books & Magazines has just been given a six-month extension on its historic Queen Street location. “We’re thrilled to be staying until at least the end of August,” says Marc Glassman, proprietor of Pages, one of Toronto’s longest running independent bookstores. (from Pages homepage)

Note to landlords. Once again you threaten the vibrancy and value of your location by pushing out the very people that built the heart of the neighbourhood. Queen West needs less surf wear and Bloor West type stores. Hopefully amazing 29 year running businesses like Pages Books & Magazines can continue to remind us how special Toronto and Queen West are.

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