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Week of Jan. 26, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

She’s music’s new it girl–Ella Henderson performs her hit song ‘Ghost’ on Monday.

Suzie McNeil and Big Sugar will take to the BT stage.

Plus, to end off the week Friday, Winston Sih will have the latest in high-tech man caves as we gear up for Super Bowl Sunday!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Say goodbye to The Guvernment and hello to Burns Night haggis

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015


Jan. 23-25, 2015

Interior Design Show: Whether you’re redecorating or just like to keep up to date on the latest in kitchen gadgets and window treatments, the Interior Design Show is where decorators, wood-workers, and architects display the finest in home design. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. $19-$22. interiordesignshow.com

A Midwinter’s Night Feast: A group of Toronto’s hottest chefs will be serving up dinner for the next four Fridays in support of Community Food Centres Canada. This week’s theme is “Grow,” featuring chefs from The Harbord Room, The Drake, and Ruby Watcho among others. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Propeller Coffee Roastery, 50 Wade Ave. $75. chefsforchange.ca

Burns Night at Allen’s: For Scots and other fans of oat-based meals cooked in stomach linings, Burns Night is a chance to strap on the kilt and celebrate. Honour the life and times of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns with the traditional piping in of the haggis and other Scottish merriment. Sunday, 6 p.m. Allen’s, 143 Danforth Ave. $65. dine.to

The Guvernment Finale: Fans of dancing, lazers, and DJs say goodbye to all that as The Guvernment closes its doors after 19 years. The nightclub is going out with a bang, hosting DJ Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party and deadmau5 over the weekend. Friday-Sunday, various times. The Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. $30-$125. theguvernment.com

MEC Winter Run: Get the blood pumping on a January day with an invigorating outdoor run. Sunday, 8 a.m. Outside the Royal Canadian Legion #344, 1395 Lake Shore Blvd. $15-$20. mec.ca

VIDEO: Woman melts down after missing her ferry in B.C.

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015


An video recording of a woman’s overly frustrated reaction after missing her ferry in British Columbia has gone viral.

The unidentified woman, with her suitcase in tow, stands at the counter, and then begins yelling “You have no idea! You don’t understand!”

As she walks away from the counter, she begins shrieking, “You don’t understand what this means!” and screams “I’m so mad,” as she storms out of the terminal, stomping her feet towards the end of the video.

The video was posted on Monday to a Facebook page called Spotted in Victoria.

So far, it has been viewed over 663,000 times with over 7,200 shares and over 5,100 likes.

“She had a little temper tantrum after finding out that BC ferries were full!,” the post reads.

However, according to a report, BC Ferries said the woman missed her boarding time to Vancouver Island by three minutes.

The video was reportedly recorded on New Year’s Eve.

While some commenters chuckled or expressed bewilderment at the incident, others were more sympathetic.

“I don’t find this funny. It’s sad how other people’s problems and distress become everyone else’s entertainment,” one person wrote.

“Poor woman. something is obviosly [sic] upsetting her in her life that has nothing to do with BC Ferries. My first thought is that there is some kind of emergency. I don’t find this funny,” another wrote.

Toronto police also weighed in on the post, saying “What value is it? Be kind.”

Do you think it was appropriate for this woman’s meltdown to be recorded and posted online? Share your comments in the space provided below.

Week of Jan. 19, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, The Ting Tings will get us grooving with a performance of their hit single, Wrong Club.

Dr. Karyn Gordon stops by with help us understand more about the teenage brain.

Plus, Frankie Flowers is back on Thursday with some helpful gardening advice.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Flamenco, axe-throwing and Union Station transformed

Marcia Chen | posted Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015


Jan. 16-18, 2015

Villa Toronto: Toronto joins past hosts Warsaw, Reykjavik and Tokyo as the site for a roving art exhibit to “create encounters with the general public and local art communities.” Nineteen private galleries from Dundas West to Milan will transform Union Station’s Great Hall with their works. Jan. 16 (Friday) to Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; opening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Union Station, 65 Front St. W. Free. villaraster.com

Dance Ontario: Live Flamenco, Egyptian and contemporary dance for less than the cost of a movie. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Friday to Sunday. $10 suggested donation. danceontario.ca

Come Up To My Room: Artists and designers build installations specifically for the rooms and hallways of a 125-year-old Queen West hotel. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Until Jan. 25. Free; some paid events. comeuptomyroom.com

Axe Throwing – like darts, but not: Learn how to hurl an axe at a target and then test your skills in a tournament. What could go wrong? The winner takes home a wood-burned hatchet. Beginners welcome. Friday. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Batl, 33 Villiers St. $45.facebook.com

Singsation Saturdays: A sing-along of opera classics led by Sandra Horst of the Canadian Opera Company. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10, including refreshments. tmchoir.org

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca,or submit it online at CityNews.ca or 680News.com, or via our iPhone & iPad apps.

And the Oscar goes to…

Christina Balram | posted Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015


The Academy Awards are just over a month away and it’s easily one of the most prestigious awards to receive as it recognizes Hollywood’s annual celebration of the best that its creative artists have to offer over the previous year.

The Oscars are the oldest entertainment awards ceremony and have paved the way for its equivalents like the Emmy Awards celebrating the best in television, Tony Awards for theatre, and the GRAMMYs for music.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The show was publicly broadcast via radio through 1953 when it was televised in black and white. In 1966, the broadcast of the Academy Awards took place in colour, allowing viewers to see the dazzle and allure of the event. Today, the Oscars are telecast internationally, reaching movie fans in over 200 countries, through the Internet and social media.

The main difference between the Academy Awards and other movie award shows is its voting process, which is done by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Essentially, actors are voting for other actors which can sometimes result in funny stories.


Oscar the Statuette

The most recognized trophy in the world is the Oscar statuette which stands proudly on the mantels of many legendary filmmakers.

The statuette stands 13-and-a-half inches tall and weighs in at a heavy eight-and-a-half pounds. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. There has been over 2,809 statuettes presented since the initial awards banquet in 1929.

Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker are not clear, it is rumored that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but it was widely known by 1934 that columnists used it upon referring to Katharine Hepburn’s win for Best Actress.

Achievements in up to 25 regular categories will be honored on February 22 at the 87th Academy Awards presentation at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. However, the Academy won’t know how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night. Although the number of categories are known in advance, the possibility of ties and of multiple recipients sharing the prize in some categories makes it impossible to predict the exact number of statuettes to be awarded.

Surplus awards will be housed in the Academy’s vault until the following year.

My Picks

  • Best Picture: The Theory of Everything

The Academy has a tricky habit of giving Best Picture to a film that audiences may have not seen coming. The Theory of Everything looks at the life of Stephen Hawking, his wife, and his lifetime achievements. The Theory of Everything won two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor, Drama and Best Original Score. With momentum like that, I would be surprised if this movie leaves the Oscars empty handed.

  • Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

If you are familiar with Alan Turing, then you will know that his life was full of discoveries and tribulations, which is why Cumberbatch should get the award for best actor. The British actor’s performance was extraordinary and brought audiences back in time through an intricate, roller-coaster journey.

  • Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

The character development throughout the movie makes Moore a serious contender. Still Alice is about a linguistics professor that is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers testing the bonds within her family. Moore eloquently captures the mental frustration that accompanies the deterioration of one’s memory. This illness is one that hasn’t been thoroughly exposed by the Hollywood industry, and the portrayal of the character leaves audiences wanting more.

Click here for the full list of 2015 nominations, click here.

Nominations announced for 87th annual Oscars

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015


The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on Thursday from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by actor Chris Pine, and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón for the announcement.

The awards air on Feb. 22, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

See a partial list of nominees below.

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Director
Alejandro Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Cinematography
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Film Editing
American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Music, Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Music, Original Song
“Everything is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie
“Glory,” from Selma
“Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” from Begin Again

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Short Film, Animated
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Short Film, Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

5 stunners on Golden Globes red carpet

Christina Balram | posted Monday, Jan 12th, 2015


Lights, camera, sparkle. The 72nd-annual Golden Globes kicked off the 2015 awards season, and viewers around the world gazed in awe at the fashions as celebs walked down the red carpet.

From Amal Alamuddin’s gloves to J.Lo’s thigh-high slit, here are some of our favourite ensembles:

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