Author: Clarrie Feinstein

Top 8 Hipster Joints in (Toronto) The 6ix

  Enjoy The Strand’s guide to the top hipster joints in the city. As Toronto culture is expanding, some areas in this urban metropolis are showing the full potential of what this city has to offer. From vintage arcade bars, to underground dance dens, to taco-only restaurants, the city has gone from mediocrity to cultural virtuosity. Is Drake to thank for that? Maybe, but this list will show you that Toronto has a lot to be credited for, even if we do call it the 6ix more often.   Fine Luke’s Dining (245 College St) This diner is fairly new,...

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Violence in film is a problem, I guarantee it

Two years ago, I was flying back to Toronto on Air Canada, ready to watch Kill Bill Vol. 1. This movie, like many Quentin Tarantino films, has hit cult-classic status, so I felt that I should incorporate it into my film repertoire. About ten minutes into the film, I had already witnessed a knife-fight scene, a wedding massacre, and been told straight out that Uma Thurman’s character was repeatedly raped in a hospital (while in a coma from the wedding massacre). Okay, can we really let that information sink in for a minute? I had to pause the movie,...

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Environmental Issues and Theatre intersect

Broadleaf Theatre comprised of UofT’s student talent brings environmental consciousness to center stage  There is nothing more inspiring than seeing UofT students take their school-based initiatives into the “real world.” University allows students the time and space to invent and create, as people are surrounded by hundreds of peers engaged with similar interests also wishing to make some sort of socially positive impression on our often troubling world. A student initiative that embodies this ideal student practice is Broadleaf Theatre, founded in 2014 by UofT drama students Nathaniel Rose and Kevin Matthew Wong. The company “creates devised works based...

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Legally Blonde brightens Hart House theatre: Director Cierra Walker and actor Olivia Lewis share their experiences working on the show

UC Follies’ production of Legally Blonde opened this past weekend, and I had the privilege of seeing the musical on opening night. It can be difficult to critique a show, especially on opening night, when there are often little hiccups, which are usually smoothed over by the end of the show’s run. There were minor problems with tech, the ensemble work wasn’t entirely together, and the band seemed under rehearsed, often not giving the singers clear queues, resulting in missed entrances. However,  it was clear how much the cast enjoyed working on the show, which is something that cannot...

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Why Suffragette Matters

Recently, I saw the film Suffragette and went in with fairly low expectations. So far, critical reviews have been mediocre and the social media backlash has been alarming. Prior to the premier of the film, concern was raised over the exclusion of an important figure of the British “suffragette” movement: Sophie Duleep Singh, Indian-British suffragette and confidante of the Pankhurst sisters. In addition, the cast promoted a shirt which quoted from Emmeline Pankhurst’s speech, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave”—a highly questionable oversight by the marketing team, which hardened my somewhat-negative preconceptions of this film. However, I...

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