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Concert Review: Alex Lahey, November 22, Drake Hotel

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by Melody Lau It’s always neat to see what touring musicians are most excited about when they first touch down in Canada. For Australian Alex Lahey, her immediate thoughts upon entering the country for the first time may or may not have been inspired by the name of the venue she was playing at on Wednesday night, the Drake Hotel. “Drake and I house-swapped,” she eagerly told the crowd, noting that our “6 God” was in her hometown that same …

Hot Docs Review: A Cambodian Spring [Chris Kelly, 2017]

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A Cambodian Spring is a sobering look at a protest movement beyond Western society’s usual attention. The film follows three Cambodian activists as they fight for land rights in the Boeung Kak area where the poor are forced off their own land in the name of economic development. The characters are smartly chosen to show the struggle for social justice. Two of the activists are young mothers who are actually living in the area and are forced to take a …

Sketchfest Review: An Interview with Paul Feig

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Toronto SketchFest is an annual event which features the best local comedy talent and international acts as well. The festival has grown in the last few years, landing marquee names such as Michael Ian Black, Kids in The Hall, Kurt Braunohler and last year, Kate McKinnon. This year, the festival progressed further into comedy nerdom with its headlining act, Paul Feig, who is the creator of the beloved Freaks and Geeks, director of seminal comedy films Bridesmaids and Spy, and …

Concert Review: Father John Misty, April 20, Massey Hall

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Father John Misty brings us closer to God at Massey Hall By Rob Duffy Is Father John Misty trolling us? Four years after emerging clad in his LA-bound lowlife alter-ego, former folkie Josh Tillman continues to explore the solipsistic paradox of looking for love in a world addled with prescription drugs and subprime mortgages. Though his heartfelt hooks, cynical lyrics, and deeply ironic dance moves may not add up on the surface, the free-wheeling live show Tillman brought to Massey …