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5 concerts to see in Toronto this Summer

Beat the Toronto summer heat and try your best to snag tickets to these hot-selling concerts in the city this summer.

Billie Eilish

She’s one of the hottest artists right now, so you know that this concert’s going to be a popular one in the city this summer. Tickets are actually already sold out, but if you’re lucky you may be able to snag one from someone who can’t go.

When: June 11

Where: Budweiser Stage

Queen + Adam Lambert

You may have seen the Oscar winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody this past year, and no matter how you felt about it or Rami Malek’s Best Actor win, you can’t deny that Queen’s catchy chart-topping hits aren’t something you’d want to miss live.

When: July 28

Where: Scotiabank Arena

Snoop Dogg

He supposedly wants to be a Canadian citizen. Well, we’ll see how well he fits in, and if he ends up leaving REBEL nightclub up in smoke…

When: May 20

Where: REBEL

Backstreet Boys

To all you 90s kids out there: get excited for this sweet throwback. Backstreet’s back to make you swoon with their pretty boy looks, catchy hooks, and smooth dance moves. Alright!

When: July 17

Where: Scotiabank Arena

Morrissey

After boycotting Canada 15 years ago, he’s back for 2 dates in Toronto. The former Smiths frontman will debut songs from his latest album and throw it back with some classic poetical alternative hits from the 80s and 90s.

When: April 26 & 27

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

 

Let’s talk about art: six must-sees in March

Present day can seem overwhelmingly bleak, with scary headlines blaring from TV screens and newspapers, and disagreement in every corner. Take a break from the hectic disarray and explore urgent concerns through art – these nuanced perspectives guide viewers in appreciating the negotiation of contemporary issues. From exhibitions to performances and discussions, find beauty in today’s pressing questions.

Add these events to your calendar, you won’t want to miss them.

SHOW: “The Shell” 

How does colonialism, technology, and being a mortal constrain an artist? Questions about the nature of art and the artist play out on stage in this production by the Theatre and Performance Studies program at U of T’s Scarborough campus.

When: Thursday March 14: 8pm-10pm

Cost: $8 Students/Seniors, $10 adults

SHOW: Trashion Show 19’

Fashion and art come together in this show at U of T Mississauga to promote environmental sustainability. See what can be made with re-used and recyclable materials for artwork that is both classy and trashy.

When: Friday March 15: 5pm-8pm

Cost: Free

PANEL: Artistic Ethics in an Age of Social Consciousness 

Arts and culture contribute to social movements – and vice versa. With #MeToo, decolonization efforts, and rampant cancel culture, the intersection of an artists’ talent and morals is often brought into question. Join the Hart House Debates and Dialogues Committee’s discussion, with speakers Quill Christie Peters, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Georgiana Uhlyarik, Indu Vashist, and moderator Gabrielle Moser.

When: Monday March 18: 7pm-8:30pm

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada 

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more. These works at the Art Museum at U of T make up an exhibition about land and sovereignty, reframing historical narratives, and migration, sharing perspectives that foster dialogue.

When: Wednesday March 20: 6:30pm Exhibition tour with Dr. Deepali Dewan/Exhibition on until March 23.

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Trinity Art Show 2019: Statements 

Explore the urgency of art and how it negotiates our personal identities, sociopolitical issues, ideologies, technology, and culture today. See some art and make your mark, with statements about art in interactive curatorial installations.

When: Friday March 29: 6pm-9pm Opening Reception/Saturday March 30 and Sunday March 31: 11am-3pm Exhibition

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: Unbroken 

Take a trip to the Gardiner Museum to view Ai Weiwei’s unconventional and thought-provoking ceramic works, exploring timely social justice issues including immigration and dissent. While you’re there, see Unswept Floor (Tesserae) by Nurielle Stern, an exhibition in response to themes in Ai Weiwei’s Unbroken.

When: On until June 9

Cost: Free (post-secondary students on Tuesdays) + discounted admission on Fridays

Seven free film screenings on campus this March

Catch a free screening of a cult classic or a timely documentary this month with a number of film screenings on the St. George campus. These films are worth braving the cold, and none of them are on Netflix. I’ve checked.

Othello 

Liz White’s Othello (1980) featured an all-Black production, cast and crew and all, the first time Othello was not portrayed by a white actor in blackface. This is a rare chance to see this film, as it will be screened on 16mm archival print – it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray.

When: Sunday March 10

Where: Innis Town Hall

The Human Scale 

Congested roads. Unfriendly spaces. Loneliness. These are some of the symptoms of the mega city. In this documentary featuring architects and urban planners from around the world, Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl shows that it is possible to make cities better for us all. Part of the Ethics in the City film series.

When: Wednesday March 13

Where: Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building

City of God 

This fun crime drama is set in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Drug empires, guns, money, and the evolution of organized crime. Part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Thursday March 14

Where: Room 200, 1 Spadina

Josie and the Pussycats 

End your week with this cult film: full of bubbly fun, throwback fashion, and commentary on crass consumerism. Part of the CINSSU Free Friday Film series at Innis Town Hall.

When: Friday March 15

Where: Innis Town Hall

The Lives of Others 

East Berlin, before the fall of the wall. A playwright is under surveillance, and he doesn’t even know. He does some transgressional stuff. Will he be caught? This is also part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Wednesday March 20

Where: Main Hall, 1 Spadina

Metropolis 

See this classic sci-fi film by Fritz Lang as part of the Ethics in the City film series. Enjoy the story that plays out in the visually powerful scenes of this sharply divided dystopian city, complete with art deco influence. To make it more fun, a case of mistaken identity throws a wrench in the characters’ pursuit of love.

When: Wednesday March 27

Where: Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building

In the Mood for Love 

A doomed love affair, driven by fantasy but never fulfilled. This classic film is hauntingly beautiful and is set in 1960s Hong Kong, with the city cast in lush colours and deep shadows. Also part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Thursday March 28

Where: Room 200, 1 Spadina

Best conversational podcasts to listen to during your day

Those of us avid podcast listeners understand that different types of podcasts are perfect for different times. Narrative podcasts like Thunder Bay or (everyone’s favourite) Serial, are great to enjoy to when you have the time and energy to binge-listen for a couple hours.

Meanwhile, podcasts like Freakonomics and Heavyweight are great listens when you have about an hour of dedicated dish-washing time to immerse yourself in audio storytelling and learn something new.

However, some of my favourite podcasts are conversational in nature and perfect for when you’re half-distracted, slightly preoccupied, but still want a little background entertainment, nevertheless. These are my favourite pods to enjoy when I’m commuting, playing video games, or falling asleep.

1. (Un)Spoken by The Varsity – I couldn’t write these recommendations without giving a shout-out to The Varsity’s very own conversation-based podcast! But seriously, (Un)Spoken deserves to be on this list. U of T’s very-own Blythe Hunter and Elham Numan bring listeners into funny and intimate conversations about race on campus. The episodes are around 45 minutes long and occasionally include guests. Highly recommend.

2. Guys we F****D: The Anti-Slut-Shaming Podcast by Sorry About Last Night – This podcast is one of my all-time favourites. Hosted by comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, each episode is a low-stakes chat about sexuality, life, and occasionally love. Each episode has a guest who discusses how their lived experiences influence their understanding of sex. This pod is hilarious, entertaining, and you might accidentally learn something new.

3. Earning Curve by Gimlet Creative – Although I usually avoid branded podcasts, Earning Curve is a great listen for those who are interested in learning about business but aren’t studying at Rotman. Earning Curve is a podcast hosted by former-Dragon and venture capitalist Michele Romanow who candidly chats with entrepreneurs about their businesses and their struggles. This pod isn’t as popular as some others, but its Canadian twist makes it a hidden gem.

4. Still Processing by The New York Times – Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris have truly made this podcast a must-listen. Discussing pop culture, current affairs, and politics from a racial and gendered lens, Still Processing is a go-to for those who want to think critically about the society we live in.

5. Pod Save America by Crooked Media – This podcast is a staple for news junkies. Four former White House aides in the Obama administration discuss the latest news in American politics while interviewing notable politicians and stakeholders along the way.

Five shows to binge on Netflix if you have already given up on the semester

You’ve come back from your winter break and are ready to jump right back into months of hardcore readings and assignments, perfected sleep cycles, and a fresh new laundry schedule for yourself. Alright…this may not be a total reality, but one can dream right? While starting a fresh new semester of school may be exciting, sometimes we feel like we just need to sit back, relax, and type that seven letter word that permits us to escape to another world: N-E-T-F-L-I-X. Yes, that’s right.

If the new semester jitters and workload is hitting you hard, not to fear! The top five TV shows to binge watch on Netflix is here!

Gilmore Girls

Queue Carole King’s “Where You Lead.”

Welcome to the wondrous world of Stars Hollow where the characters are fresh and the coffee at Luke’s is hot and ready to go! From 2000 to 2007, the dramady’s heartfelt characters make the experience all worthwhile. Together, this sensational TV show has captured pretty much every aspect of life; from relationships, ambition, friendship, education, romance, and a never endless supply of witty and referenceable Instagram captions. They’ll make you laugh, cry, and smile all at once, so that by the time you hit season 7 you’ll be asking yourself where all that time went.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Get ready to dance…for…your…LIFE! Step into a world of glamour, spice, and everything nice with these fabulous Queenz. From Naoimi Smalls to Trinity Tailor, these Queenz did not come here to play and will not sashay away. You don’t just ‘watch’ RuPaul’s Drag Race, you become inevitably enchanted by the fabulous world of spanx, incredible makeup, unforgettable fashion, and irreplaceable Queenz that makes the experience more than worth-your-while. Do it. Put on a face mask and treat yourself to a night of binge-watch worthy entertainment because hey, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else! Can I get an amen up in here?”

The Office

Nuf said.

Gossip Girl

Ever doubted the nature of your friendships and relationships in your life? Give yourself more credit and watch some Gossip Girl; nothing can get more complicated than the ups and downs of New York’s Upper East Side elite. No matter how many times you’ve binged watched this series, every time you do the content just gets juicier and juicier. The lies, the scandals, the complicated relationships that honestly make your own love life drama feel like a blessing, all of it is just fantastic. So, what are you waiting for? Wrap yourself in your coziest blanket, pour yourself a glass of champagne with some chocolate strawberries and launch your heart into the juicy and heart-wrenching world of the finest of the finest.

— Xoxo, Gossip Girl.

Friends

There’s a reason why it didn’t pull a stunt and leave Netflix in 2018 — we need them! They’ll be there for youuuu! Friends is like good ol’ Dominos Pizza: its been around for ages, is loved by everyone, and most importantly, you don’t know what life would be like without it.

You honestly can’t write a list of binge-worthy Netflix TV shows without including the most notable of them all. So here we are. Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, Monica, Chandler and, of course, Gunther are people that you can always rely on for a smile, a laugh, a couple tears, and ongoing happiness. These guys check all the boxes! The quotes, the witty chat-up lines, the apartment goals and, not to mention, a theme song that will always be Saturday night Karaoke goals, these characters have guided us on how to live our lives for the past 22 years; with a group of people that make us happy and a little laughter. So if you’re not binge-watching Friends then are you even doing Netflix properly?

So there you have it my fellow readers. Netflix has become a portal of 21st century entertainment that has provided us with these gems of shows to keep us smiling. But the list doesn’t end here. There’s a world of more TV-shows out there waiting to be blessed with the presence of dedicated binge-watching. This list is just getting us started.

Seven songs by lesser-known Toronto rappers

I’m not from Toronto. But I love talking like a Toronto mans. I routinely end conversations by saying things such as “safe broski” or “bless up fam.”

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of telling people I grew up in suburban Ottawa when I moved to Toronto for school a couple of months ago, so people were able to see through my otherwise perfect Toronto facade.

But for those of you who just moved here and are looking to have a (potentially harmful) identity crisis, I highly recommend listening to these seven rap songs by lesser known Toronto artists, so you can brush up on your Toronto slang. Dun kno.

Content warning: Music contains explicit language

1. T.B.H. by Pressa
2. Twin Turbo by 88GLAM
3. Up Next by Robin Banks
4. Brown Money by Jay Whiss
5. Snow by Smoke Dawg
6. Drop Out by Jimmy Prime
7. Red Alert by Jazz Cartier