Cask Days 2012


"Well, my boyfriend says that Citra is my favourite hop so that's what I'm sticking to today," intones the woman in front of me in line to her friend. Let's be clear that we are living in a golden age for craft beer in Toronto. There's no way you would have heard those words–spoken without… 

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Toronto After Dark Film Fest: My Amityville Horror


Director: Eric Walter Principal Cast: Daniel Lutz, Laura Didio, and Neme Alperstein The Amityville haunting is over 35 years old and has been retold in print and in many many films; the story has become part of American folklore history and has inspired a whole genre of cinema. This documentary gives us a firsthand look… 

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Toronto After Dark Film Fest: Universal Solider 4


Director: John Hyams Starring: Jean Claude van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Scott Adkins Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is the fourth in the series and a complete left turn from what has been done before. Director and writer John Hyams has completely reinvented the series to the point where this film really has nothing to… 

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Toronto After Dark Film Fest: Grabbers


Directed by Joe Wright Principal Cast: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, and Russell Tovey The quaint Irish countryside, folksy townspeople and a sea monster from outer space, these and a subplot that involves excessive drinking and lots of slapstick make for a very original movie. This is really all you need to know about this Irish… 

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Soupstock Recap


Can you make a statement simply by enjoying a bowl a soup? That was the idea behind Soupstock, an event organised by the chef Michael Stadtländer, the Canadian Chefs' Congress and the David Suzuki Foundation, to protest the proposed limestone mega quarry the Highland Companies would like to build in Melancthon Township.

Cask Days Food Preview


This will be my third year covering Cask Days, the crown jewel in Toronto's fall craft beer season. As well as the usual incremental increase to the already impressive list of brewers and the beers they are pulling from casks, this year's event features some big shifts in the programme. The obvious one is that… 

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Video Independence: The Film Buff


When I set out to write this series I wanted to capture what I love about independent video stores before they disappear forever. I expected to find a group of small business owners who, although they continue to be passionate about movies are having to suffer through their business's–and passion's–decline. However, what I have discovered… 

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