AH, SUCH A beautiful morning. The sun is up, the air is fresh and it’s a lovely day. Do I sound chipper to you? Refreshed? Restored? Amazingly so, since I am here to tell you that, yes Virginia, there is life after coffee. I haven’t had a cup today.By GORDON GIBB
Toronto Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary, Jan. 31 A star-studded benefit gala celebrating the chorus’s silver anniversary, at Roy Thomson Hall, will feature performances by acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, mezzosoprano Catherine Robbin and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.
POLITICAL CHOICES always look easier on the campaign trail than from the seat of power. When Paul Martin was out barnstorming the country on his way to becoming Liberal leader and prime minister, the plight of Canada’s cash-strapped cities seemed to cry out for a bold remedy.
The Trews are a genuine Canadian rock band. The foursome, who have been friends since their high-school days in Antigonish, N.S., live together in a small house in St. Catharines, Ont., because the rent’s cheap and it’s close to Toronto. In the past two years, they’ve played an exhausting 500 gigs, travelling to and from shows in a beatup ’96 Dodge van with an odometer that recently climbed above 300,000 km. “It broke down five times on the West Coast leg of our tour alone,” says lead guitarist JohnAngus MacDonald, 23.By JOHN INTINI
Jan. 15-31: The Documentary Channel is offering a two-week free preview in January. They’ll be running some of the most celebrated documentaries from the last few years, including Balseros (Cuban Rafters), which airs Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. EST, Canadian IMAX movie Ski Bums (Jan. 21,8 p.m. EST), and festival favourite Être et avoir (Jan. 29,8 p.m. EST), about a modern-day one-room school in rural France.
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