Category: EDITORIAL

The Residential Rebirth of the St Lawrence Neighbourhood

Although its the oldest section of the city by far, and lies right on the lake and is bordering the downtown core, the St Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto has never been considered premium residential property.  That could be because it was once Ontario’s busiest industrial park, and when all the manufacturing jobs went overseas it became a low rise, red bricked rust belt.  The region is only just coming alive again now as some new developments are set to change people’s perception of Front St East forevermore. Where is the St Lawrence Neighbourhood? The St Lawrence neighbourhood is on...

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Melissa Dimarco

By Ellen Douglas With two new films and the recent debut of the hot new show “Out There”, Melissa DiMarco’s already bright star is shooting higher and shining even brighter these days. Melissa DiMarco is one of Canada’s most recognizable talents. An impressive résumé of starring, supporting and recurring roles in both film and television, which include The Thin Blue Lie with Paul Sorvino and Randy Quaid, Duct Tape Forever with Steve Smith, Death to Smoochy with Robin Williams; DiGrassz: The Next Generation, Red Green, Wild Card, Relic Hunter, Blue Murder and Riverdale to name but a few. When...

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The Toronto International Film Festival

Come September, Toronto will host one of the most important film festivals on the planet. Founded by William Marshall, with the assistance of Dusty Cohl and Henk Van Der Kolk, in 1976, it has become North America’s supermarket for producers, distributors, buyers and the media. Although the Cannes Film Festival may be larger, the Toronto Film Festival is considered an essential vehicle to launch films to the world markets. In its first year, the Toronto festival operated on a tight budget of $221,000 and attracted some 35,000 participants. It presented 127 feature films, from 30 countries, spotlighted Canadian films...

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Book Review – Out of the Darkness: The Spider Jones Story

It can be said that Spider’s book is an optimistic, often humorous examination of a disaster that somehow transformed itself into a bright sunny day. Out of the Darkness is a polite title for this raw, ruthless, self-depricating story of a desperately poor black child’s struggle.?Coming from poverty would be a gross understatement for the crushing circumstances of Spider Jones’ beginnings. Depression was so overwhelming that the boy was even “afraid to dream.”? It appears that the simple?acts of breathing in and breathing out were performed long enough that “out of nothing at all”?opportunities arose.? This powerful, rough, often...

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The Brazilian Ball 33 Million in 38 Years

Toronto’s annual Brazilian Carnival Ball, ranked one of the largest fundraising galas in Canada and among the top ten in the world, will have the city sizzling with samba sounds as it celebrates its 38th edition on Saturday, May 8th, 2004 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto’s annual Brazilian Carnival Ball, ranked one of the largest fundraising galas in Canada and among the top ten in the world, will have the city sizzling with samba sounds as it celebrates its 38th edition on Saturday, May 8th, 2004 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The highlight of this glittering...

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