Culture – NOW Magazine Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:45:35 +0000 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:45:35 +0000 en-US Kevin Ritchie Toronto book store beloved by the autism community to close after 35 years Parentbooks has become a go-to community resource for parents in the city and beyond

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Glenn Sumi Soulpepper introduces five new Academy members Five exciting artists with eclectic backgrounds join Soulpepper’s prestigious full-time training academy

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Pamela Palmater For Indigenous Peoples it’s time to look within It’s time we finally got rid of what isn’t working for us — even if that means parting ways with long-
established advocacy organizations or demanding better of our leaders

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Richard Trapunski Find out how soon you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada The new Vaccine Queue Calculator for Canada will tell you how many people are ahead of you and what month you might expect to get your shot

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Julia Mastroianni The plight of queer bars in Toronto during COVID-19 With so few queer spaces left in the city, these bars have been forced to close after facing astronomical rent and growing debt

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Glenn Sumi 4 comedy albums by Toronto women to listen to in 2021 Four albums from the female-centric Howl & Roar record label bring more balance to my comedy coverage

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Glenn Sumi Dear readers: I’m all booked up in 2021 As the pandemic lockdown continues, it’s as good a time as any to make reading a priority

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Kelsey Adams UPDATED: Toronto art exhibitions we’re excited about in 2021 Look out for an Andy Warhol retrospective, Elias Sime at the ROM, Contact Photo Fest’s 25th anniversary and more

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NOW Staff New Year’s Eve 2021: The best virtual parties and celebrations Leave your uncomfortable heels in your closet and settle in for these virtual party options in Toronto and beyond

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Glenn Sumi In memoriam, Deanne Taylor The multifaceted co-founder of VIdeoCabaret and The Hummer Sisters synthesized art, media, politics and satire

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Glenn Sumi 5 new Toronto comedy albums to get you laughing End 2020 on a high note by listening to new albums by some of Toronto’s funniest comics

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Kelsey Adams Nine stellar highlights from Toronto’s art scene in 2020 These are the best moments, shows and accomplishments in a tough year for the arts

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Kelsey Adams Instagram star Donté Colley gave Toronto energy in 2020 We needed the Instagram star’s emoji dance videos and outspokenness about Black Lives Matter more than ever this year

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Glenn Sumi The Top 10 Toronto stage artists, shows or stories From the legacy of Philip Akin to the hybrid efforts of Factory and Outside the March, here are some stage standouts in an otherwise bleak year

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Kevin Ritchie Here are the Toronto Public Library’s most borrowed books of 2020 Torontonians borrowed a record eight million audio and ebooks this year

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Glenn Sumi Hit musical Come From Away reopens in Australia The Aussie version of the homegrown musical is the first of the show’s many global productions to reopen

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Glenn Sumi and Richard Trapunski The best virtual holiday events in Toronto Even though live concerts, plays and musicals are cancelled, there are plenty of festive livestreams this season

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Richard Trapunski The best holiday gifts to shop local and show your Toronto pride From restaurant merch to local business gift boxes, these 10 gifts give you the best of the city on your doorstep

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Susan G. Cole The 10 best books of 2020 There’s a bit of everything – dystopia, residential school trauma, and more non-fiction than ever – on this year’s list

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Glenn Sumi Holiday Gift Guide: What to get pop culture fans From comedy albums and streaming subscriptions to band merch and books, these gift ideas check off every culture-lover’s list

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Richard Trapunski Holiday Gift Guide: Tech, gadgets and video games Gift ideas for your techie friends: from smart speakers to app-enabled coffee mugs to the season’s most coveted consoles

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Glenn Sumi How Toronto libraries will work in second lockdown Holds, reserved computers and washrooms will be open to public

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Richard Trapunski Toronto Raptors to begin 2020-2021 season in Tampa, Florida The federal government won’t let the Toronto basketball team play in Canada, so they’ll start the season in Florida

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Glenn Sumi Review: Acts Of Faith will make you a believer Playwright David Yee, director Nina Lee Aquino and actor Natasha Mumba conjure up stage magic in solo streamed play

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Julia Mastroianni Where to see holiday lights in Toronto and the GTA These physically distanced holiday light shows will help you get in the festive spirit this season

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Craig Takeuchi Gil Adamson, Jessica J. Lee win Writers’ Trust literary prizes The authors have won top honours from one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards

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Kevin Ritchie Our readers’ favourite artist Instagram account is Yovska Readers’ Choice 2020: Toronto’s resident drag creature wants to take you by force

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NOW Staff Five jewellery trends that will complete any outfit Sponsored feature: Made You Look

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Glenn Sumi Review: A Thousand Ways tries to forge connections Fascinating experiment involving talking on the phone with a stranger makes you think about your inner and outer worlds

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Kevin Ritchie A high-tech magic show is opening in Toronto this December The producers of Immersive Van Gogh’s next project is a labyrinthian installation about the history of magic

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