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The essential NXNE gig guide

From folk to folk-pop, through lo-fi to power pop ... and just plain powerful, we’ve got a gig for you to see this weekend at Toronto’s North by Northeast festival. Check out our guide to the top acts you need to see before this citywide musical love-in winds down.FridayOld Man Luedecke, Dakota...

Friday, June 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

5 best bets at NXNE

At this week’s 16th annual North by Northeast festival, more than 650 bands will overtake 50 city venues… and a whole lot more fans with wristbands will be competing to see them all. Metro takes the pain out of scouring the schedule for you, with five sure-fire bands to check out at the fest...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:30 AM

Ten acts to catch at Canadian Music Week this weekend

Bands overlap, lines never end and impulsive club jumping gets you stuck on the streetcar in traffic. That’s why Metro wants to make your Canadian Music Week easier by presenting the ten acts you don’t want to miss this weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, our dance card: FridayGemma RaySilver Dollar...

Friday, March 12, 2010, 1:30 PM

A new live kids show on the block

Scott Schultz just wants to be a kid again.He’s not necessarily tempted by the total dependence, jobless work day or sleep ad infinitum. For Schultz, it’s all about the entertainment, uninhibitedly singing and dancing like no one’s watching, even if they are. That’s why he, along with Christian...

Friday, March 12, 2010, 5:30 AM

Five shows to check out at Canadian Music Week tonight

It's a truth universally acknowledged that too many bands plus long lines equals less music. That’s why Metro is here to navigate the metrics of rock for you, to help maximize your exposure to the bands of buzz at this year’s Canadian Music Week. Here’s our hour-by-hour field guide to tonight’s...

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:30 AM

Smalltown comedy breaks out on the big screen

If you mention the words “Panique au village” in Brussels, chances are you’ll be accosted with a bout of frenzied yelping and hoarse commands. The television series title — A Town Called Panic, in English — has become synonymous with the exploits of Horse and his frantic flatmates Cowboy and Indian...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 9:30 AM

Looking at war at home and on the front lines

The PostmistressAuthor: Sarah BlakePublisher: Amy Einhorn BooksPrice: $32.50 (Hardcover) The realities of war are interpreted both on the front line, and the protected home base in Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress. Set in the early 1940s, the novel takes the vantage points of three loosely related...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:30 AM

Lynne Olson traces Second World War ties between U.S. and U.K.

Citizens of LondonAuthor: Lynne OlsonPublisher: Bond Street BooksPrice: $34.95 (Hardcover) American author and reporter Lynne Olson follows her war compendiums A Question of Honor and Troublesome Young Men with Citizens of London, a historical exploration of how the United States and Britain joined...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:30 AM

Shepard's surrealist snapshot of the United States

Days out of DaysAuthor: Sam ShepardPublisher: KnopfPrice: $32 (Hardcover) Shania Twain songs played on repeat plague a man trapped in a Cracker Barrel restaurant, two old friends revive their shared past of drug-fuelled debauchery, and a family can’t leave its turmoil-ridden Minnesota life behind...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:30 AM

Growing up, one checkmark at a time

The To-Do List Author: Mike GaylePublisher: HodderPrice: $16.99 (Hardcover)It’s difficult enough to stroke off a few items on your to-do list, let alone complete the whole thing. But British author Mike Gayle took the task index to another level, aiming to fulfill a massive 1,277-item to-do list in...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 10:30 AM

Anne Rice turns her eye toward religion in Songs of the Seraphim

Angel TimeAuthor: Anne RicePublisher: Knopf CanadaPrice: $35 (Hardcover)The opening installment in Anne Rice’s Songs of the Seraphim series drives the stake in the vampire niche she’s known for, honing in on religion. As a lethal underground assassin, Toby O’Dare’s vocation is a far cry from the...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 9:30 AM

The tumultuous reign of Nina Simone

Princess Noire Author: Nadine CohodasPublisher: PantheonPrice: $37 (Hardcover)Nadine Cohodas continues her exploration of 1950s blues and R&B culture, following books on Chess Records and Dinah Washington, with Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone. Cohodas compiles a detailed...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 9:30 AM

Chinese slaves and the U.S.

The Man from BeijingAuthor: Henning MankelPublisher: Knopf CanadaPrice: $32 (Hardcover)The history of slave trading between China and the United States rears its head in modern day Sweden, in Henning Mankel’s latest political crime thriller The Man from Beijing. A single red ribbon is all that...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 5:35 AM

Book Pick: Unfinished Desires

Unfinished DesiresAuthor: Gail GodwinPublisher: Random HousePrice: $32.00 (Hardcover)After more than 60 years teaching young girls at North Carolina private school Mount St. Gabriel’s, Mother Suzanne Rayenel has a lot of stories to fill the memoir she’s writing as Unfinished Desires unfolds. But no...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 5:30 AM

Book Pick: True Confections

True ConfectionsAuthor: Katharine WeberPublisher: Shaye Areheart BookPrice: $26.95 (Hardcover)Marrying into the Ziplinsky family, the pedigree of the established Zip’s Candies, hasn’t been so sweet to Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky. An incessant approval seeker, Alice wants to live up to the family’s...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 5:30 AM

Belgian hit, A Town Called Panic, moves to the big screen

If you mention the words “Panique au village” in Brussels, chances are you’ll be accosted with a bout of frenzied yelping and hoarse commands. The television series title — A Town Called Panic, in English — has become synonymous with the exploits of Horse and his frantic flatmates Cowboy and Indian...

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 10:30 AM

A look at Boleyn’s demise

The Lady in the TowerAuthor: Alison WeirPublisher: McClelland & StewartPrice: $34.99 (Hardcover)British history writer Alison Weir maintains her focus on royalty of the past in The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn. The book reflects on the tragic side of Anne Boleyn’s life,...

Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Book Pick: No Time to Wave Goodbye

No Time to Wave GoodbyeAuthor: Jacquelyn MitchardPublisher: Random HousePrice: $29.95 (Hardcover)Abduction surrounds the characters in Jacquelyn Mitchard’s No Time to Wave Goodbye, a novel that revisits the family she introduced in 1996’s The Deep End of the Ocean. Beth Cappadora never quite...

Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Book Pick: The Price of Malice

The Price of MaliceAuthor: Archer MayorPublisher: Minotaur BooksPrice: $31.99 (Hardcover)Vermont deputy-cum-author Archer Mayor’s 20th novel in the Joe Gunther detective series traces the roots and bloody consequences of two mysterious New England crimes. Vermont Bureau of Investigation’s token...

Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Book Pick: Blood’s A Rover

Blood’s A RoverAuthor: James EllroyPublisher: KnopfPrice: $35 (Hardcover)From the heist that opens this entertaining novel, Blood’s A Rover takes readers on a thrilling ride through 1960s America. Completing James Ellroy’s Underworld USA Trilogy after American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand,...

Monday, January 4, 2010, 5:26 AM