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'I was born great': Liam Gallagher talks bravado and brothers - With a new solo album at the top of the U.K. charts, rocker says he'd still like to make peace with his brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel for the sake of his mum

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'Let Your Backbone Slide' becomes first rap song in Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Why Alexis Bledel is the most dangerous celebrity online -- Cybersecurity survey highlights the danger of clicking on suspicious links.

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Vinay Menon: Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are the real supervillains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- I honestly don't get why they are so hostile to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I suspect the cliché 'success breeds contempt' is now in play, writes Vinay Menon.

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Meredith MacNeill talks origins of 'Baroness von Sketch Show' -- Comedian regrouped at home in Nova Scotia before hitting jackpot with popular CBC program.

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Helen Mirren on Catherine the Great: Men 'totally underestimated her' -- The four-part miniseries, which debuts Monday, focuses on the ruler at the height of her power.

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Is Elton John's farewell tour really goodbye? -- Should Elton John decide in a few years to hit the road again, it's not like anyone will really be that upset. Because a world in which Elton John is touring will always be better than a world in which Elton John is not touring, writes Ben Rayner.

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The Particulars is like witnessing one man's midnight fever dream

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Nine things to do in Toronto this week

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Jennifer Aniston gets online with a little help from her Friends: Stargazing -- Call it "The One With All the Selfies" because this week, the stars are gazing at themselves. Plus, Jane Fonda's found the Clyde to her Bonnie.

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Tabloids: Elton John and the royal nannies tattle in tell-alls -- Oh, don't worry though. The tell-alls don't reveal anything you don't already know or suspect.

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In the Mush Hole, the terrible legacy of residential schools is impossible to ignore -- The production by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, the title of which is a nickname for the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Branford, draws on interviews with and writings by residential school survivors.

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Michelle Pfeiffer key to 'Maleficent' sequel for director -- 'That made the universe bigger,' says Joachim Ronning.

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Charlie Foran named new head of the Writers' Trust -- Foran replaces current executive director Mary Osborne who leaves after seven years with the Trust.

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'Almighty Voice and his Wife' is a big, bold play, realized through restraint, at Soulpepper -- A play that's now part of the Canadian theatre canon becomes not only a success, but a first of its kind, at Toronto's largest not-for-profit theatre.

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Who watches 'Watchmen'? You will, if you're smart -- Through six episodes, HBO's revisitation of a comic-book classic is ambitious and exciting superhero television — just make it to the third episode.

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'Watchmen' writer Alan Moore has no time for adaptations of his work, with good reason -- Track record shows rather a lot getting lost in the translation.

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Vinay Menon: Relax about the federal election — Mick Mulvaney is miles away -- The White House acting chief of staff's disastrous press conference on Thursday should give Canadians some perspective on their allegedly disappointing or polarizing choices in Monday's vote, writes Vinay Menon.

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'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' brings real-life objects — and dilemmas — into game with new tech and old soldiers -- Dropping real physical objects into new version of popular game requires a lot more computing power — and the photo cage.

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Italian quartet's Toronto debut offers intimate chamber music from the land of grand opera -- Quartetto di Cremona's Thursday concert was the second in a 12-city North American tour.

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How to drag a naked man behind an ATV safely, and other secrets of Canadian indie filmmaking -- Canadian-made scares — and laughs — have claimed a bigger place at the Toronto After Dark festival, thanks to filmmakers' hustle and ingenuity.

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New Headstones album is another mile on Hugh Dillon's wild ride -- Veteran rocker survived heroin and his band's implosion and built an impressive acting career. Now he and the Headstones are back in hellraising form.

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Gord Downie's Indigenous-issues mission to be carried on at star-studded show -- Monday 'Secret Path' concert also a personal moment for performer Tom Wilson who raps PM Justin Trudeau for 'glory skate around the rink' instead of work on Indigenous issues.

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The new Piano Six plants seeds for classical music in Canadian small towns -- Daniel Wnukowski and his colleagues roam across Canada playing underserved communities, but now they've got a Toronto audience to hear all six of them play at the St. Lawrence Centre on Oct. 22.

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Andrew Ridgeley looks back with fondness at George Michael -- In the book, Ridgeley traces the rise of Wham! and key moments in the band's career, like the creation of hits like "Careless Whisper" and "Everything She Wants," their appearances at Live Aid and the time in 1985 when the band became the first Western pop group to visit China.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and Dave Matthews Band nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- The new nominees including Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy and the Doobie Brothers join returning nominees Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk, MC5, and Todd Rundgren.

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These paintings say 500 words: Flash fiction inspired by Group of Seven -- 'The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings' is a novel approach to a topic that, arguably at this point, has been analyzed to within an inch of its life.

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Sleater-Kinney's new record may sound different, but it's the same rock 'n' roll band -- Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker get more personal and emotional on their new album The Center Won't Hold.

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Drake, famous for keeping quiet about his son, makes rare post about him on Instagram -- The rapper, who is known for keeping mostly silent about his son Adonis, took to Instagram to wish Adonis a happy birthday on Friday.

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Regina King conquers fears and finds strength in Watchmen character -- The Academy Award-winning actor has played strong characters throughout her career, but she says her role on the new HBO series "Watchmen," which debuts Sunday, was "a huge, huge undertaking."

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Netflix's American subscriber growth is starting to slow as competition looms -- As more competitors take aim at Netflix, some of them are also pulling their programming from the service.

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'Modern Love' will win your heart, with variety and big stars like Anne Hathaway -- Taking essays about romantic life from the New York Times seems like an unlikely series premise but executive producer John Carney has pulled off something sweet.

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Daniel Maslany met with autism specialist to craft 'Impulse' character -- Maslany plays Townes Linderman, close friend of Maddie Hasson's lead character Henrietta (Henry) Coles, a high school outcast who discovers she has the ability to teleport and mentally move objects.

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Steven Soderbergh on why Netflix wanted 'The Laundromat': Meryl Streep is key to its algorithm -- Three-time Oscar-winning actor who plays integral role in Panama Papers drama is said to be 'the Venn diagram' of streaming service's viewership.

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'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' has heavy themes clashing with goofy camp -- 'Mistress of Evil' crowds Angelina Jolie, eclipsed by full-camp Pfeiffer as the evil, Trumpian dictator queen.

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Scarlett Johansson says 'Black Widow' felt like an affair -- Secrecy of Marvel project didn't come naturally for superstar.

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Julie Andrews' new book lets her reflects on her Hollywood years -- Star 'very nervous' about editing choices regarding husband's demons

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Elizabeth Strout's 'Olive Again' brings back the beloved character and others from earlier novels -- "Olive, Again" follows much the same path as its predecessor. The 13 stories that make up this novel are as much about those who inhabit Olive's world as Olive herself.

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John le Carré's new novel Agent Running in the Field mirrors readers' anxiety over the state of the world -- International politics is not just at the heart of the plot, it's also what motivates his main characters.

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Mesdames of Mayhem, Peter Robinson spice up new crime and mystery fiction -- Whether the content is familiar, as part of a series, or if it's new, these crime and mystery novels put an emphasis on being clever.

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Powerful ideas come in these five new small books and series -- Some beautiful collectible books so small they can be tucked in a pocket (or stuffed in a stocking in a couple of months).

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Frankenstein retold imagines life uploaded to the cloud -- Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein is a retelling of the famous Frankenstein story for modern times

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Caleb Crain's Overthrow is easy to admire, but not always easy to enjoy -- Despite 21st century concerns, author's esthetic sensibility feels more rooted in the 19th century.

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Open these new books for tantalizing glimpses into other lives and places -- Short stories and essays collected provide a multi-faceted look.

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A Black woman as Hamlet makes history at Stratford -- Veteran Colm Feore will do double duty at 2020's festival in "Richard III" and "The Miser" while Toronto's up-and-comer Amaka Umeh will take on the title role in "Hamlet."

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The Election revisits 2015 and crosses all sorts of lines along the way -- New play is a look at how our political affiliations (or our political oppositions) form and challenge our identities, values and beliefs.

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'The Jungle' makes clear that working this hard isn't working -- Play at Tarragon is a brisk, lively look at the numbing grind of working-class living in 2019.

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With new Soulpepper production and more, Indigenous history is entering the spotlight at last -- Stories like Almighty Voice's bring the past of Canada's Indigenous peoples the attention it's been deprived of for decades.

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In 'Ghost Quartet' the shape-shifting, foot-stomping dreamscape are another win for Crow's Theatre -- Dave Malloy's raucous song cycle plays in stark contrast to the solitude of The Flick, the theatre's other standout autumn offering.

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'The Flick' taps into the melancholy of millennials and the magic of moviegoing -- The buzz surrounding "The Flick" meant that Toronto audiences were ready to sit in silence, having already been waiting patiently and quietly for years for the play to finally arrive.

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Five must-see installations at Toronto's Biennial art extravaganza -- You've got a lot of options and a lot of time to take in the city's new art festival. Here are some suggestions about where to start.

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What to see at Nuit Blanche Toronto? We asked the artists -- Artists told us what else they're excited to see at this weekend's art festival

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'Age of You' show at MOCA ponders what's become of our individual identities -- Show co-curated by Douglas Coupland brings in 70 artists to figure out what's become of our sense of self in the digital age.

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Get set for Toronto Biennial: a splashy arts extravaganza you can see for free -- The long-awaited arts fest starts Saturday at 23 sites across the GTA and features 200 pieces of art by 60-plus exhibiting artists and artist groups as well as 100 talks, tours, workshops, performances and other programs

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AGO announces Picasso Blue Period exhibition — a Canadian first -- Toronto gallery to host dozens of works by famed 20th-century painter next summer.

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Have you seen the full moon under the Gardiner? Get ready to sing to it with Choir! Choir! Choir! -- U.K. artist Luke Jerram's The Museum of the Moon — seven metres in diameter — will glow from Sept. 10 to 15 at The Bentway park

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Stratford Festival enhances theatre-going experience with Forum events

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Choose your musical: Stratford's Little Shop of Horrors vs. Billy Elliot - What would you rather fight: societal norms or a man-eating Venus flytrap? See how the Stratford Festival's two marquee musicals match up

4 months ago

Get more from a visit to the Stratford Festival with fun, thought-provoking Forum events

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Actor Dan Chameroy tackles two roles at Stratford Festival - Dan Chameroy, the Stratford Festival's Dr. Frank-N-Furter from last year's The Rocky Horror Show, returns as another screamingly funny eccentric in Little Shop of Horrors. But it's his role as a father in Billy Elliot the Musical that he relates to the most.

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Stratford Direct bus adds return trips from Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo

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