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Pick Your Flicks at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival!

Click this image to see a full-resolution version of our TIFF 2012 “Films to Follow” chart

By Craig Moy and Ana Taveira

From September 6 to 16, this city becomes an enormous set for a cast of directors, producers, actors, executives, critics and cinephiles, all of whom have assembled for the hotly anticipated Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF’s main attraction, of course, is screenings galore, but it’s always a challenge to choose which of the 300-plus films to target. After all, the festival is only 10 days long. Fortunately, we’ve devised a handy flowchart with more than 30 of the most hotly anticipated dramas, thrillers, comedies and documentaries on the TIFF marquee. Once you’ve made your selections, you can check out the full film below! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: June 22 to 24

Friday: Janelle Monae offers a high-energy set at the Toronto Jazz Festival

Friday, June 22
More than 1,500 musicians are crowding into the city over the next 10 days for this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The much-anticipated event’s opening-night concerts include one-of-a-kind guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel take the stage for a solo performance, while modern-day R&B/soul/funk phenom Janelle Monae gets everyone grooving at the Nathan Phillips Square mainstage.

Celebrity air hostess Pam Ann touches down at the Panasonic Theatre for three uproarious nights of comedy. Fasten your seatbelts and follow Ann back to the glitzy golden age of flight—her huge hairdo, candy-pink uniform and disco boots certainly hearken back to that “glamorous” era!

Francophones and Francophiles come together to celebrate the diversity of French culture at this weekend’s Franco-Fête festival. Voila! Harbourfront Centre offers culinary delights, dancing and musique from Canadian artists like Ariane Moffatt and Samian et Anodajay, performing tonight on the WestJet Stage. (more…)

Staff Picks: 5 Unmistakable Moviehouses

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a sleek shrine to cinema (photo by Maris Mezulis)

Everyone loves going to the cinema. Whether you want to take in the latest Hollywood blockbuster or prefer to catch a though-provoking documentary, these Toronto movie theatres are great venues at which to screen your favourite flicks. (more…)

Hot Date: Can’t Get Enough Kids Films

A scene from the Dutch film Stay!

APRIL 10 TO 22 The red carpet rolls out for young cinephiles as the TIFF Kids Film Festival returns for nearly two weeks of family-friendly movies and activities. Formerly called Sprockets, this year’s event screens such flicks as Stay!, the story of an adolescent Iraqi immigrant in the Netherlands—and Gattu, which tells of an Indian orphan’s big ambitions. In addition to films, games and workshops that help children find their creative spark, the digiPlaySpace enables experimentation with the latest technologies and features an interactive “Funky Forest” to help teach kids about environmental issues. TIFF Bell Lightbox, $8.50 to $12 per film; call 416-599-8433
or click here for showtimes and tickets.

Weekend Roundup: March 9 to 11

Friday: The piano at Hugh's Room is sure to get a workout

Friday, March 9
Be at Hugh’s Room when an all-star cast of musicians perform the work of songwriting great Randy Newman. The wit and lyrical brilliance that infused songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker will be in full force at this tribute.

It’s bound to be an evening chocful of blonde hair and pink accessories at the Lower Ossington Theatre when Legally Blonde: The Musical struts onstage. You’ll cheer as Elle Woods, sorority-girl extraordinaire, enrolls in law school and silences naysayers.

Ballet Jorgen unites the lyricism and innovation of ballet throughout the ages in this weekend’s production of classical and contemporary ballet. This two-show run by one of Canada’s leading modern dance companies is sure to inspire and delight as it glides across the Betty Oliphant Theatre stage. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This November and December

2. Spirits by Karoo Ashevak (photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art)

1. Crunching into stone-baked pizzas and grilled panini at Café Uno in the the Distillery Historic District.

2. Marveling at finely crafted stone and bone carvings at the Museum of Inuit Art.

3. Horses and llamas and cows (oh my!), plus a giant vegetable competition and more at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

4. Admiring Grace Kelly’s glamourous gowns, Oscar and more at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

5. Savouring straight-from-the-tandoor-oven naan—alongside chicken tikka and palak paneer—at Little India. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, November 4 to 6

Friday: Grace Kelly comes to the TIFF Bell Lightbox (photo courtesy of the Archives du Palais Princier-Monaco)

Friday, November 4
See the amazing dresses and other glamorous artifacts at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s exhibition Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. In addition to the retrospective, TIFF is also presenting a film series entitled Icy Fire: The Hitchcock Blonde, featuring Alfred Hitchcock films starring Kelly and  contemporaries such as Eva Marie Saint and Kim Novak.

Don’t miss out on the final weekend of Opera Atelier’s Don Giovanni. Baritone Phillip Addis plays the title character in this staging of Mozart’s classic dark comedy.

Celebrate Canada’s rural roots and discover contemporary farming innovations at the 87th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, beginning today at Exhibition Place. The festival features fun competitions and exhibits, seminars about healthy living, and family entertainment for all.

Read on for more events on Saturday and Sunday!

Amazing Grace

One of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses gets a retrospective fit for a princess.

Grace Kelly was Hollywood royalty—literally.

NOVEMBER 4 TO JANUARY 22 Though the glamour of September’s Toronto International Film Festival—and its attendant stars like George Clooney and Ryan Gosling—has now faded until next fall, the TIFF Bell Lightbox knows how to stay in the headlines. This month, this city’s centre of cinema casts the spotlight on another shining Hollywood star: Grace Kelly. Emerging as an actress during American filmmaking’s golden age, Kelly appeared in 11 features, including High Noon, Rear Window and The Country Girl, for which she won an Academy Award, and became well known for her remarkable elegance and style. Having garnered the public’s attention, Kelly then caught the eye of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, to whom she was married from 1956 until her untimely death in 1982. A cultural icon in every sense, Princess Grace’s showcase is a natural follow-up to the Lightbox’s previous Federico Fellini exhibition, which dwelled on the origins of celebrity. Now, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess offers a singular look at one of cinema’s brightest lights and the public’s fascination with both her work and personal life. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, October 14 to 16

Friday: Cheer on the Argos as the seek to stop the Stampeders (photo by John Steadman)

Friday, October 14
Watch Chad Owens as he tries to become the first player in pro football history to rack up 3,000 combined yards in back-to-back seasons when the Toronto Argonauts take on the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

Hear the sweet stringed sounds of Sinfonia Toronto at their first Masterpiece Concert of the new season at the Glenn Gould Studio. The virtuoso chamber orchestra welcomes pianist Davis Jalbert and trumpeter Guy Few for the show.

Tiptoe around corpses, feel the blood on the walls of a darkened maze, and outrun movie slashers come to life! Screemers, the indoor haunted scream park, takes over the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. (more…)

You Are Here: King Street West

Hallowed performance halls are the main attraction on this strip, but a variety of shops and restaurants entice visitors to stick around regardless of show time.

Roy Thomson Hall is neighbourhood landmark (photo by Neill Sturgess)

GEAR UP! A supply haven for almost every outdoor activity, Vancouver’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op has been in Toronto since 1985. The member-owned retailer sells gear for climbing, hiking, camping and more, plus ruggedly stylish apparel for men and women. The company also taps into community spirit by offering courses and events for active-living enthusiasts. (more…)

TIFF 2011 Supplemental Screenings

You’ve seen our primer on the big-name stars and flicks coming to the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are five more films that didn’t make our final cut, but which ought to be on your TIFF radar.

Disaster-film director Roland Emmerich tackles Shakespeare in Anonymous

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS Count Anonymous as one of this year’s more curious festival selections. Director Roland Emmerich—best known for blowing things up good (Independence Day) and terribly (Godzilla, 2012)—brings intrigue to the theatre, literature and the Elizabethan era in a film that questions the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare.

TRUE TO LIFE Prolific director Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Encounters at the End of the World) returns to TIFF to premiere his latest, sure-to-be-compelling documentary, Into the Abyss, which probes the darkness of America’s “Death Row” in search of something resembling redemption.

Carey Mulligan stars alongside Michael Fassbender in Shame

SUPERIOR PAIR Vanguard U.K. filmmaker Steve McQueen reunites with Michael Fassbender (so electric as IRA member Bobby Sands in McQueen’s 2008 prison drama Hunger) for his sophomore feature, entitled Shame. This exploration of the nature of need and the experiences that shape us also stars Carey Mulligan.

JOYOUS PANTOMINE A major success from this year’s Cannes festival, The Artist is a love letter to the golden age of silent films in Hollywood. Silent itself, the French picture has been lauded for its emotional appeal and a sublime lead performance by Jean Dujardin as a swaggering Douglas Fairbanks-like star.

Sarah Polley helmed a bevy of hipster actors in the dramedy Take This Waltz

A LITTLE SENTIMENT Indie cred oozes from the credits of Take This Waltz. The poignant, filmed-in-Toronto love-triangle tale was written and helmed by Canadian sweetheart Sarah Polley, and stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, among others. Expect a plethora of on-the-nose music cues, too—the movie is even named for a Leonard Cohen tune.

The Silver Screen’s Biggest Stars—They’re All at TIFF 2011

For 10 glamorous days, from September 8 to 18, this city becomes a beacon for the global entertainment industry—the Toronto International Film Festival attracts cinephiles and celebrities alike with its superior slate of more than 300 movies from Hollywood and around the world.

Here, Where Toronto takes a peek at some of the most anticipated flicks of the fest, and the megastars in town to promote them.