Year in Review 2018


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It was easy to feel down this year, but these talented artists – from theatre, comedy and dance – make us optimistic for the future more

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Whether onscreen or off, these people helped change the landscape of the film scene, and the effects will be felt for years to come more

Interviews & Features


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When white saviour characters feel outmoded, Hollywood flocks to "white devil" narratives, like The Mule and The Old Man & The Gun, to re-centre whiteness more

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Toronto singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle, who made one of our favourite albums of the year, looks back on "an amazing year with tons of really intense challenges" more


Roma, If Beale Street Could Talk and Burning top the list of the year's best more

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There are so many gems on the lists that made up our best albums and best Toronto albums of 2018, that we decided to publish them all more



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From Nanette to White Guys Matter, here are the international and local stand-up stories that made news this year more


It was an anxious year, and that was reflected in NOW's critics' 10 best albums from 2018, which alternated between amplifying our insecurities and soothing them. more

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What does Toronto sound like? This year's best local albums, as voted by NOW critics, offered many different ways to hear it more

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From yet another unnecessary Harry Potter prequel to stupid movies featuring Mark Walberg or Jennifer Garner or Bruce Willis wielding guns, here are the year's cinematic stinkers more

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The Good Place, Barry, BoJack Horseman and Better Call Saul are examining how hard it is to be a better person – and it's fascinating more

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NOW critics watched a lot of TV this year and not all of it was good. These titles have been permanently removed from our queues. more

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The Scarborough-raised actor, who stars opposite Julia Roberts in Homecoming and in Barry Jenkins's If Beale Street Could Talk, wants to knock down doors for local Black filmmakers more

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Our picks for the top 10 series of the year. Plus: shows with stellar ensemble casts, very timely series and top-notch Canadian doc series more

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This year's top books speak to the way in which literature continues to feature powerfully diverse voices more


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Historical legacies and Toronto's changing landscape were major themes in galleries and in public art works this year more

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