Jaap Blonk: Sound and meaning


Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company: Family brewed

Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill offers more than your average pint The Beau’s Brewery was born out of a pipe dream shared between a father and a son – appropriately, over a couple of pints of beer. The two talked excitedly about it in a small outdoor tavern as if it were fantasy, but later […]


Partition: Divided we stand

Jimi Mistry can relate to Partition’s star-crossed lovers Quicksilver flash and a glib tongue may have been the early trademark of British actor Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru and Touch of Pink), but his starring role in the tragic romantic epic Partition requires him to both put up and shut up. Shot in […]


Harry Knuckles and the Pearl Necklace: Grace Under Gore

Unmasking the many faces of Harry Knuckles’ creature creator Sharks in the shower-stall, slaughter at McDonald’s in the kitchen, and out in the blood-red hallway Elvis, the Incredible Hulk, Ken and Barbie and a cast of thousands of toys and action figures duke it out for space. “They’re glued down, otherwise the dogs eat them,” […]


Fevers: Celebrating serendipity

Jim Hopkins: “I do consider Fevers, as a band, about a year old now. I don’t think we could have done anything we’ve done without Sarah.” Photo: Bryan McNally Meet Fevers, your new favourite – and local! – electropop band, as its members blow out the very first candle on their birthday cake Moments of […]


Huong’s Vietnamese Bistro: Pho sure

Excellent food and service allow Huong’s Vietnamese Bistro to overcome the hurdle of an obscure location Tables, paired with red vinyl chairs, are dotted with overturned white cups awaiting golden tea redolent of toasted rice. I wait no longer than a minute for a server to pour me tea. Appetizers arrive promptly too. The giant […]


Seoul House: Nice, nice, very nice

  Reasonably priced while wholly satisfying, here comes Seoul House! XPress readers say the best Korean grub is served at Seoul House on Bank Street. The award is proudly posted in the window next to their menu, which features a mix of Korean and Japanese dishes. But oddly enough, I prefer the Japanese to the […]


The bird is the word

Photo: Ben Welland Is it possible that one of the dorkiest hobbies of all time, birding, is now on the brink of becoming cool? Hollywood seems to think so. In the 2011 film The Big Year, they enlisted comedic heavy hitters Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin, along with quirky Parks and Rec cast […]


Bolshoi Ballet: Big ballet at its best

The Bolshoi’s Svetlana Zakharova in Don Quixote Photo: Damir Yusupov Bravura defines Russia’s fabled Bolshoi Around the world, the Bolshoi Ballet equals boffo box office. More than 10,000 will head to the National Arts Centre next week to watch the 336-year-old Moscow ballet company’s Don Quixote, originally created for them in 1869 by the illustrious […]


Circle Mirror Transformation: A class act

Lise Ann Johnson: “We’re all laughable, aren’t we?” The GCTC’s 2011-12 season culminates with an off-Broadway sensation When GCTC artistic director Lise Ann Johnson first encountered Annie Baker’s audacious prose, she asked to be sent the young American playwright’s entire catalogue. Johnson settled onCircle Mirror Transformation, which many consider to be Baker’s breakthrough play. Throughout […]