Author: Elena Senechal-Becker

Fixing broken bonds

Lately, I have been very interested in the theory of love. I know this might sound counterintuitive, because a lot of people believe that love isn’t something that can be rationalized. It is supposed to be free, passionate—something you don’t have to think about. But I don’t buy that. I think love is work, and I am curious about the ways in which I can become better at it. Recently, I began to build a love with someone else, another person who wanted this commitment as much as I did. I could say we “fell” in love, but I don’t...

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The Strand reviews VCDS presents The Goat

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, a 2002 play by Edward Albee, deals with mature content—to say the very least. For three evenings, October 26th to 28th, director Leo Morgenstern staged this dark comedy in Vic’s very own Cat’s Eye. The cast was composed of only four main characters, with David Madras as Martin, Mirka Loiselle as Stevie, Cole Zemel as Billy, and Tomas Vilde as Ross. The room was packed on the second day of the play. When the lights dimmed, a contemporary living room arrangement was visible on the Cat’s Eye stage and dozens of eyes watched...

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Social Media’s Newfound Freedom: The Rise of “Finstas”

I’m not sure to what extent my parents stalk my various social media accounts, but the one thing they keep telling me is: “Don’t put anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want everyone in the world to see.” This is a fear we all hold very close to our hearts, as a generation who grew up in the midst of social media’s rising popularity.  You don’t want a future employer to peep those photos of you getting drunk off Raspberry Absolut in your friend’s basement apartment. But recently, social media, and Instagram in particular, hass become more than...

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A closer look inside the Visual Arts Department at UofT

When we think about a Visual Arts education in Toronto, UofT may not be the first school that comes to mind. Other schools like the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), or even Ryerson and York, may be first in line for students looking to pursue an education in the visual arts. However, this isn’t to say that UofT doesn’t have something of artistic note to offer. One of the University of Toronto’s best-kept secrets is the Visual Arts faculty, a small nook hidden within the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. On the Daniels...

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Ur Room: students open up their home to showcase Toronto’s emerging artists

The art world is cutthroat. As any young artist will tell you, it can be difficult to break into an industry where everyone seems to know exactly what to do and how to do it. Not only is it hard to gain exposure for your work, it can also be challenging to make lasting, friendly connections with other artists in a world where everything seems so competitive. This is what the five artists, students, and creators of Ur Room are trying to change. Ur Room, inaugurated in November, is a multimedia space showcasing up and coming Toronto designers, artists, and...

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