• March 5, 2012

    Little art shop makes a big difference

    What do the National Ballet of Canada, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Art Gallery of Ontario have in common? Besides making up a veritable trifecta of Toronto cultural institutions, they’re all collaborating with Narwhal Art Projects, the tiny eclectic … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • February 20, 2012

    Women go Arm and arm for charity

    By day Mandy Flinn, 24, is a demure chartered accountant. But by night, she dons thigh-high, eight-inch studded boots, teases her long red mane and answers to the name Scarlett O’Terror. Then she struts down to Bar 751 on Queen … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • November 14, 2011

    'Powder keg of culture'

    You don’t have to be Brazilian to fall in love with the country’s music, and you don’t have to go to Brazil to party to its infectious beats – just ask Alex Bordokas and Jonathan Rothman. They’re two of the … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • October 31, 2011

    Waging a battle to get a laugh

    Stroll through the increasingly trendy Bloordale neighbourhood on a rainy Wednesday night, and chances are the streets will be deserted. But descend the flight of stairs at 945 Bloor West and you’ll enter a lively bar, packed with comedy lovers … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • October 17, 2011

    What are we fighting for?

    A common criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been its apparent lack of a single, unified goal. As Occupy Toronto set up camp in St. James Park Saturday afternoon, protesters followed New York’s lead, advocated for a wide … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • September 26, 2011

    A word on pedestrians

    The archaic and rarely heard clickity-clack of fingers on a typewriter echoes down Queen Street West. It’s Thursday at 11 p.m., and Kaile H. Glick is furiously pounding on her 1950s Smith Corona Skyriter. Slowly but surely, a small crowd … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • July 18, 2011

    Opening a new chapter on bookstores

    You won’t find The Da Vinci Code on the shelves of this little curiosity of a bookshop. Rather, climb the stairs at 283 College St. and enter the cumbersomely named Of Swallows, Their Deeds, and the Winter Below, and you’ll … Continue Reading By Lia Grainger
  • November 21, 2011

    Just Drawn that way

    “The cover of a comic book is like a single panel cartoon or a Sunday funny,” says Marvel comic artist Leonard Kirk. It’s Saturday afternoon, and he’s standing in front of a class of students at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • November 7, 2011

    Are you ready to order using an iPad?

    Restaurant servers have it tough. They’re expected to dash from table to table, take orders and punch them in, and then run food to the right customer, all while maintaining a pleasant demeanor in the hopes of placating hungry clientele … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • October 23, 2011

    Raising the bar on local vegetables

    The terms “local” and “fresh” are near ubiquitous these days when discussing food quality. But how local is local, and how fresh is fresh? “If you buy a Fresh City Farm box, you could actually be getting food delivered that … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • September 19, 2011

    Putting a spin on ping pong

    Tucked in an unassuming alleyway just steps from the rowdy King Street West club scene is a new social lounge where Torontonians come to party with a drink in one hand and a paddle in the other. “No one is … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • August 29, 2011

    These boots were made for acting

    If it’s a pair of black loafers you want, look elsewhere. At Jitterbug Boy, footwear is an art form. The studio’s expansive workshop takes up the better part of the fourth floor of a charmingly rundown building near The Junction. … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • August 15, 2011

    Get a handle on this fashion trend

    “You’re going to bike in that?” It’s an oft-heard refrain by lady cyclists who choose to pedal the city in style, and perhaps never so often as by the seven women of The Deadly Nightshades. “Patty made these yesterday from … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • July 25, 2011

    Take a shot at drawing at The Drake

    At the centre of the Drake Hotel’s rooftop bar, a buxom blond is entertaining an entranced audience by doing nothing more than perching motionless on the edge of her chair. The crowd that has gathered – an eclectic crew of … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger
  • July 11, 2011

    Taking to the stage to bare his soul

    “There was Sophie, there was Sandra, there was Anna,” says Toronto actor David Amito. He is seated at a candlelit table for two, only his date on this particular evening is a Toronto Fringe Festival audience. People have come to … Continue Reading

    By Lia Grainger