The Big Short an unpretentious portrayal of the financial crisis

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Director: Adam McKay Writers: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling Now that we’ve gained enough distance from the financial crisis, we’re sure to see more films like The Big Short. In the years since, films about the financial crisis have mostly been limited to documentaries with the topic occasionally coming up in character backstories or in very earnest, … Continue reading The Big Short an unpretentious portrayal of the financial crisis

An intro to rock climbing at Boulderz

“This guy’s frustrating me. Let’s do something fun.” “Wanna go rock climbing?” suggested my best friend and roll dog, Brianna. And so off we went to Boulderz Climbing Centre on Dupont, a short bus ride away from St. George station. When we got there we were greeted by enthusiastic climbers scaling the walls, the smell of feet, and a upbeat girl at the front desk named Ann … Continue reading An intro to rock climbing at Boulderz

Making Picture Perfect Painless

To be honest, I’m not sure what happened. I can’t remember if I had a headache. Perhaps I was just a little tense. Whatever the reason, when I got my grad photo proofs back I looked like the person behind the camera had been aiming a gun at my head and shouting, “Smile!” My eyebrows were cocked funny and I looked extremely tense. This wouldn’t do. I … Continue reading Making Picture Perfect Painless

With Your Woman Wednesday: Ana Laura Vianei

This week on With Your Woman Wednesday, we’re featuring citizen of the world, Ana Laura Vianei. Born in Brazil and raised in the U.S. as an undocumented migrant, she moved to Canada in 2012 to pursue a degree in International Studies. She shares with us how she found her current passion amidst the uncertainty that comes with pursuing a liberal arts degree, her experience volunteering … Continue reading With Your Woman Wednesday: Ana Laura Vianei

Spotlight an intelligent film about institutions and responsibility

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Director: Tom McCarthy Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams The first thing you notice about Spotlight is all the greys and blues. Decidedly dreary, the lighting and colour scheme is a fitting choice since there is absolutely nothing cheerful about the subject matter. Focused on the story of the widespread sexual abuse of children by members … Continue reading Spotlight an intelligent film about institutions and responsibility

Good food and even better people at Scaddabush

I’ve had plenty of foods with artichokes in them, but I’ve never actually met an artichoke. You know what I mean? I wish I could say there were more sophisticated thoughts going through my mind while eating the spinach and artichoke dip at Scaddabush, but that was about it. Well that and “damn, this is some good dip…” Located at Yonge and Gerrard, Scaddabush is … Continue reading Good food and even better people at Scaddabush

At Your Man’s House Monday: Edwin White Chacon

This week on At Your Man’s House Monday we’re chatting with Edwin White Chacon, a student at the University of Toronto studying Political Science and Ethics, Society & Law. A motivated Torontonian passionate about urban issues and youth engagement, Edwin kindly took the time to speak with us about his studies, some exciting upcoming projects, and his hopes for the future of the 6ix. So first tell us … Continue reading At Your Man’s House Monday: Edwin White Chacon

With Your Woman Wednesday: Erin Kanygin

Photo credit: Andrew Stripp This week on With Your Woman Wednesday we’re talking to Erin Kanygin. Born and raised in the small fishing town of Prospect Bay in Nova Scotia, Erin moved to Toronto to study at the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts before embarking on a cross-country (then international) journey and eventually returning to Toronto to obtain her Specialized Honours BA in International Studies. … Continue reading With Your Woman Wednesday: Erin Kanygin

A Q&A on money management with financial educator Aly Hirji

We’re more than halfway through January, and that means many New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside. But a few impulse purchases are no reason to forget about your goals. In fact, they should be even more reason to get up and get back on track. Aly Hirji is a Toronto educator who focuses on Financial Literacy and Digital Technologies. Hirji is a proactive and … Continue reading A Q&A on money management with financial educator Aly Hirji

5 Depressing Facts about Toronto for Blue Monday

Does it make sense to say Happy Blue Monday? FIVE You won’t be able to Ride the Rocket anywhere new anytime soon. The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension will now cost $3.2 billion instead of $2.6 billion and be finished at the end of 2017 as opposed to 2015. The TTC would like you to know that they are experiencing an extreme delay, and they apologize … Continue reading 5 Depressing Facts about Toronto for Blue Monday