Shakespeare Inspired Vacation Getaways | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Travel

Whether you want to discover where Shakespeare's poetic genius all began in Stratford-Upon-Avon, imagine yourself as a star-crossed lover at Juliet's balcony in Verona or even enjoy some live Shakespeare a little closer to home; with almost a million properties across the world, we have something to suit all fans of this legendary bard.

Romeo And Juliet Is Now A Choose-Your-Own-Path Story

Michael MacDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Michael MacDonald

I first meet Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and author of To Be or Not To Be: That is the Adventure, at a recent Toronto reading. North was presenting the sequel to TBoNTB: TitA, a second choose-your-path Shakespeare novel titled Romeo and/or Juliet.

What Shakespeare Taught Me (400 Years Later)

Rupert Potter | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Rupert Potter

April 23rd is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Few of us would dispute that he was a great playwright, few except perhaps Grade 8 students all over the world being forced to study symbolism in Macbeth or how to write iambic pentameter. But why is it Shakespeare we still celebrate? Why him and not any number of other playwrights? Let us count the ways.

Let's Stop Freaking Out When Company Is Coming

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Company is coming! Get rid of the couches. We can't let people know we SIT! ...There cannot be any sign of LIVING in this house... I want this place looking like a new Mediterranean fusion restaurant by noon... This is a dishtowel. I need a hand towel. What are we? Barbarians!?!" Does this ring any bells?

Flesh-Eating Disease Didn't Take Away My Will To Live

Maureen Cassidy | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen Cassidy

I always thought that if I were faced with impossibly adverse circumstances that I would be a fighter right up until the bloody death. I would go out raging against the enemy until I was victorious or until I couldn't possibly fight another second. Last year I found out that who I thought I would be was exactly the person I was. I fought the enemy and I was victorious.

The Spirit of Stratford's Stone Maiden Inn

Bernie Farber | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Travel
Bernie Farber

Who would have guessed that a short weekend trip to Stratford Ontario to see Sound of Music would culminate in a story of spirits and ghost busting? ...

What I Learned This Week: The Heavy Power of Light

Andy Nulman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

"Let there be light!" It's the third line in the I guess it must be important. And perhaps at no time is it more important than right now...

Bard On The Beach Transforms Maligned 'Cymbeline' Into Dark Comedy

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Anita Rochon's inspired approach to this maligned play is a great success. She exploits the its weaknesses and makes them strengths. She turns her seven actors into a full cast of 18 using a scheme so clever and funny it occasionally upstages Shakespeare himself. And that's a good thing.

Shakespeare's Great Magician Lacklustre In Bard On The Beach's 'The Tempest'

Michael Groberman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Allan Morgan's portrayal is tentative. His Prospero seems shy. Morgan seems to cower beneath the role, never fully inhabiting it. His voice lacks confidence. This is a meek and gentle magician, a follower. It's all wrong. Morgan hasn't the stature for the role. A good character actor, he fails to command the stage as arguably Shakespeare's most powerful character.

Is Racism Actually a Fear of the Unknown?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

You walk into a store and the salesperson is a different colour, a woman wearing a hijab, a young man with piercings and tattoos. You walk into a room and realize that no one looks like you. A sense of anxiety sets in from the fight/flight response to fear. That instinctual response to fear begins because we instinctively fear the unknown -- be it a place, an event, a person.

Rob Ford: The Myth Behind the Tragedy

Bradley Foster | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada
Bradley Foster

Mayor Rob Ford, caught on camera as he wheels his Escalade out of Toronto City Hall, looks a bit like a bug under a microscope. Ford, and now his brot...

Writing My Way Through Trauma

Heidi Smith | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Living
Heidi Smith

I was born with a cleft-lip, endured a series of serious illnesses and prolonged abuse. My father was an alcoholic who had heart disease. He died when I was nine years old. Thankfully early on I discovered writing and reading. It provided me with a reprieve from my troubled thoughts and a means of expression that extends beyond superficial appearances.

Part 2: Queen Elizabeth, Out of Touch

Tim Knight | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Queen Elizabeth grew up pampered, coddled, confident, regal and very aware of her royal blood. When she enters the room everyone stands. Men bow, women curtsey and the band plays her very own song, "God Save The Queen." All her life she's lived in a fantasyland -- a prisoner of her wealth.

Watching the Watchdog: Is Huffpost Killing Democracy?

Tim Knight | Posted 06.26.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

A former CBC colleague-turned-journalism professor very politely questions the ethics of my writing this column for HuffPost. Surely, he suggests delicately, the internet in general -- and aggregators like HuffPost in particular -- are killing traditional mainstream, general-interest journalism. And, in the process, seriously damaging democracy. My reply...?