Winter Olympics 2018: Korea Rules

February 7, 2018 | Wendy

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Since 2014, when Korean pop star Psy's mega-hit, Gangnam Style, stormed the charts, K-Pop (Korean pop music) and K-Drama (Korean T.V. series) have captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the world. And now, with the Winter Olympics starting up in Pyeongchang this week, we're taking a look at...

Marijuana Edibles... and Now I've Got the Munchies

February 6, 2018 | Bill V.

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Who among us hasn't accidentally eaten pot brownies while at work? You may have heard about the recent unfortunate incident with two local police officers who consumed some marijuana edibles? In case you are interested in cooking with pot(s) you may like these titles. Enjoy safely and responsibly and let...

Alessia Cara, Please Continue With Your 808s

January 31, 2018 | Jen McB

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Think of all the great Canadian singer/songwriters. None of them until now has ever won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Not Shania Twain, not the BNL, not Alanis Morissette, not Bryan Adams, or Sloan, or Nickleback, not even Avril Lavigne, Hedley, Drake or The Weeknd. Not even Paul Anka....

The Stairs: Going Up and Down the Ladder of Addiction

January 30, 2018 | Iman

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When Hugh Gibson, the award-winning filmmaker, wanted to make a documentary about how addiction affects the lives of people struggling with it, he decided to really take the time to get closer to these people. He spent five years in the Regent Park neighbourhood making "The Stairs" , which brought...

Put Your Allen Key Down, the Founder of IKEA Has Just Died

January 28, 2018 | Bill V.

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Ingvar Kamprad, the thrifty Swedish businessman and founder of IKEA, has just died at the age of 91. You likely know the stories of his frugality, always flew coach, drove a Volvo, ate at the IKEA cafeteria and lived in a modest home. At the same time ... Bloomberg Billionaires...

The Best Drawing Tools the Library Has

January 20, 2018 | Irene

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So, you want to learn to draw but don't know where to begin. Everyone can draw, really! There is no good or right way to draw but if you haven’t done it in a while – or ever – it may seem overwhelming to just jump in and start. We...

Old City Hall in the Digital Archive

January 18, 2018 | Beau

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The news that Old City Hall may be converted into a civic history museum and library after the lease currently held by provincial and municipal courts ends in 2021 coincided with a presentation I recently gave to the Toronto In Literature Book Club, which had just finished the popular 2009...

Sh*t Happens: Swearing

January 16, 2018 | Bill V.

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You've likely heard about the controversy going on now with President Donald Trump and his colourful choice of language (and possibly racist immigration policy). Personally, I don't see a lot of difference between shithole or shithouse, and they both seem a bit potty mouth to me. But there are a...

The Wonderbread Truck Stuck in a Snowstorm

January 11, 2018 | Jen McB

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Sometimes I will teach painting classes and a prompt I like to give is "the Wonderbread truck stuck in a snowstorm." You begin by asking yourself what that would look like. I know, I saw it this one time – large dots suspended in a blizzard. Perhaps laughing at a...

Czech Films: "Autumn Spring" (and More) this Winter

January 2, 2018 | Brent

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Warm up with these free Czech movies, Monday afternoons, at Toronto Reference Library. Monday, January 8th Vratne Lahve = Empties (2007) Josef, a literature teacher, is pushed into retirement. But instead of a peaceful family life, he chooses a part-time job in a supermarket at the bottle-return counter. The exciting...