Winter writing contest winners

Thanks to our talented and creative readers for submitting some compelling entries to our second annual winter writing contest. Entries ranged from fiction to memoir to poetry, with a wide range of subjects. As always, we asked a local author to provide an opening sentence to get the creative juices flowing. This winter’s sentence was […]

Beach Books

Escape Plans By Teri Vlassopoulos 247 pages Invisible Publishing Teri Vlassopoulos’ debut novel jumps around in time and location, from Toronto to Montreal, and from France to Greece, following the sometimes painfully separate lives of the Kiriakos family. As major plot points go, Escape Plans gives away its ending – also the book’s beginning – […]

Entertainment Beat

The new season of Beach United Church’s Jazz and Reflection concerts kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 3 with Jane Bunnett and friends. Bunnett is a soprano saxophonist and flautist. Her dozen-plus albums have earned her three Juno awards and acclaim around the world. She was named to the Order of Canada a decade ago. Bunnett […]

Toronto poetry map launched

The Toronto Public Library, with the help of East End resident and Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, has launched a Toronto poetry map. Though the map is heavily marked in the downtown and West End areas, the East End is not without its lyrical odes. Clicking on the Beach brings up three entries. From […]

News Briefs

The seventh annual DeClute Light Up the Beach event takes place Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Follow Santa Claus along the boardwalk from Leuty Avenue to Beech Avenue as he lights 20 trees, strung with 80,000 bulbs, creating a spectacular illuminated display. Guitarist Liona Boyd is this year’s event ambassador and music from her […]

St. John’s Norway to commemorate First World War

The Anglican church of St. John’s Norway will put new meaning into the words, “Lest we forget,” with Poppies, Poetry and Song: A Remembrance of the Great War. This year marks 100 years since so many members of the Beach community responded to the call to action as war clouds gathered in Europe in 1914. […]

Entertainment Beat

The Bony Fiddle Theatre Group, a new company set up by east Danforth resident Blair Mueller, is presenting a double bill of two plays this weekend at the Tranzac Club in the West End. A Man of Two Minds is described as “a comedy about the troubles and awkwardness of discovering yourself, dating, and living […]

Minor earthquake moves local poet

Not only does Kateri Lanthier’s first book of poetry get top shelf at the Great Escape Bookstore, last week a proud strip of masking tape on the front cover read, “Prize winning local poet!” Lanthier, who lives a short walk away from the Kingston Road bookshop, won the Walrus Poetry Prize in December. Reading “blind,” […]

Poet leads workshop at Gerrard/Ashdale Library

The Toronto Public Library has dedicated a workshop series to Black History Month. In libraries across Toronto, events were hosted by African-Canadian poets, authors, comedians and screenplay writers. Wordz in Motion took place at the Gerrard/Ashdale branch on Feb. 3. Award winning poet, emcee, lyricist and playwright Motion worked with about 60 Grade 7 and […]