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26 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
NOW What Ep132 - Bo Burnham's Inside and Pandemic Entertainment
Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside turns his response to a year of lockdown into songs, bits and confessional monologues. And it got us wondering whether any pandemic entertainment could possibly do justice to the way we’ve all felt over the past fifteen months. NOW’s Radheyan Simonpillai and Richard Trapunski join Norm to hash it out.
32 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
NOW What Ep131 - Hot Summer Guide! What NOW's Writers Are Looking Forward To This Summer
With NOW’s Hot Summer Guide on the stands, Norm invites NOW’s writers Kevin Ritchie, Glenn Sumi and Radheyan Simonpillai to recommend some outdoor and at-home events everyone can enjoy over the next few months.
31 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
NOW What Ep130 - Toronto’s Theatre Companies Face Another Pandemic Summer
NOW’s Hot Summer Guide issue is out this week, and and once again the pandemic has forced us to recalibrate our expectations for entertainment. And no industry is dealing with that more than live theatre. This episode, NOW’s Glenn Sumi talks to Monica Esteves, executive director of the Canadian Stage Company, and Mitchell Marcus, artistic and managing director of the Musical Stage Company, about the challenges of trying to get things up and running in the face of constantly shifting pandemic protocols.
29 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
NOW What Ep129 - The Importance of Rehearsal Spaces to Toronto's Music Scene
Last week, NOW music, technology and business editor Richard Trapunski reported on the recent announcement that the Rehearsal Factory would be closing its Richmond and Bathurst location at the end of July, and the subsequent buzzing about what might be happening to the company’s other spaces. Richard and Paul Ramirez, drummer for the Ontario punk band The Flatliners and founder of the Facebook group Save Artist Rehearsal Spaces Toronto, join Norm to talk it out.
32 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
NOW What Ep128 - Public Toilets, Public Health
This week, NOW celebrates the fact that we can all be outside for as long as we like. But as people pack the parks, another issue arises: some of us are going to need a bathroom. Norm talks to Lezlie Lowe, author of the book No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs, about the issues that complicate washroom access, and to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department spokesperson Jane Arbour about the nuts and bolts of getting facilities to the people who need them the most.
30 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
NOW What Ep127 - The Toronto Jewish Film Festival Gets Personal This Year
For the very first time, both the opening night film and centrepiece gala of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival are the work of local filmmakers: Ron Chapman opens the festival with his documentary Shelter, and Aviva Armour-Ostroff fictionalizes her own family history for the psychological drama Lune, which she co-directed with her partner Arturo Perez Torres and in which she also stars. Ron and Aviva join Norm to discuss what it means to make a movie about the Jewish experience at this particularly loaded moment.
33 minutes | May 28, 2021
Torontonians Capture Life in Lockdown for AGO Portrait Series
On the NOW site this week, staff writer Kelsey Adams interviewed local artists who submitted their work to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Portraits Of Resilience project. For this episode, Kelsey and Norm are joined by Amanta Scott, Deborah Farquharson, Katy Catchpole, Keith Eager and Mariana Topfstedt for a conversation about their art.
33 minutes | May 25, 2021
NOW What Ep125 - Why Uber Wants to Redefine Gig Work
NOW’s Richard Trapunski and Gig Workers United president Jennifer Scott join Norm to discuss Uber’s new Flexible Work+ proposal, which would allow independent contractors to qualify for benefits like health insurance and retirement plans. But on whose terms?
33 minutes | May 21, 2021
NOW What Ep124 - Trauma Is Everywhere
NOW culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai and staff writer Kelsey Adams join Norm to discuss the uneasy relationship between activism and the sharing of traumatic videos on social media -- and how, as a result, people of colour are bombarded with images of racial violence wherever they turn.
24 minutes | May 18, 2021
NOW What Ep123 - How Social Media Is Clarifying and Complicating the Israel-Palestine Conflict
An Israeli military strike on Gaza escalates tensions in the Middle East, official and unofficial sources try to spin the story on social media and people find their existing biases amplified. What are our algorithms feeding us? Researcher and activist Jamil Fiorino-Habib digs into the complexity of online engagement, and why the usual narratives aren’t working this time.
30 minutes | May 14, 2021
NOW What Ep122 - Caryma Sa'd Is Keeping An Eye On Anti-Lockdown Protests
NOW political editor Enzo Di Matteo talks to Toronto lawyer Caryma Sa’d about the dangers posed by the anti-lockdown demonstrations that have been happening across Canada.
23 minutes | May 11, 2021
NOW What Ep121 - Drew Hayden Taylor is Reclaiming Indigenous Culture with His TV Show, Going Native
Anishnawbe author, playwright and former NOW journalist Drew Hayden Taylor talks to Norm about Going Native, his new documentary series about the ways in which Indigenous people are shaping and reclaiming their culture. Going Native airs Saturdays at 8:30 pm on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and is available to stream on the APTN lumi service.
53 minutes | May 7, 2021
NOW WHAT Ep120 - Jeff Bierk and Esmond Lee on Creating NOW's Favourite Contact Shows
NOW’s Kelsey Adams and Kevin Ritchie share their interviews with Jeff Bierk and Esmond Lee, two of the artists participating in this year’s Contact Photography Festival. You can find NOW’s Contact coverage online at nowtoronto.com/culture .
44 minutes | May 4, 2021
NOW What Ep119 - Jennifer Holness's Subjects Of Desire Centres Black Beauty
NOW’s Kelsey Adams talks to filmmaker Jennifer Holness about her new documentary Subjects of Desire (screening at Hot Docs through Sunday), which uses the 50th anniversary of the Miss Black America pageant to explore how global standards of beauty have changed, and what it means to be a Black woman in North America today.
27 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
NOW What Ep118 - Hot Docs' Citizen Minutes Celebrates People Making a Difference
This year's Hot Docs film festival introduces Citizen Minutes, a collection of eight short documentaries aimed at “celebrating and inspiring civic engagement” that’s streaming free for the length of the fest. Producers Lisa Jackson and Lauren Grant tell Norm how it all came together.
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
NOW What Ep117 - Tanya Talaga and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on Finding Parallels in Personal Documentaries
Tanya Talaga’s Spirit To Soar and and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’s Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning Of Empathy -- both premiering at Hot Docs this Thursday -- tell very personal stories about the systemic neglect and trauma of Indigenous communities in Canada. NOW culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai brings the two filmmakers together to discuss their films’ thematic and emotional connections.
72 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
NOW What Ep116 Affordable Housing in Toronto Real Estate Should Not Come At the Expense of the Environment
For Earth Day, NOW culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai assembles Toronto Regional Real Estate Board CEO John DiMichele, realtors Meray Mansour, Odeen Eccleston and Philip Kocev and Ontario NDP housing critic Jessica Bell for a panel discussion on whether it’s possible to add more affordable housing in the GTA without infringing on our existing green space.
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
NOW What Ep115 - Elvira Kurt and Nour Hadidi on the Challenge of Virtual Stand-Up
We thought everyone could use a laugh, so NOW associate entertainment editor Glenn Sumi talks to Toronto stand-up comics Elvira Kurt and Nour Hadidi about how they’ve recalibrated their acts - and their energy - for the virtual gigs necessitated by the pandemic. Read Glenn’s 40 At 40 interview with Elvira at nowtoronto.com/culture/comedy .
31 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
NOW What Ep114 - What’s With All These Concerts Being Announced In Toronto?
COVID numbers are hitting all-time highs and Ontario is under another stay-at-home order, but fall concert dates are suddenly turning up on Toronto’s events schedules. Will people be ready to go see a band in September? Will they even be allowed to? NOW music editor Richard Trapunski and Lisa Zbitnew, owner of the Phoenix Concert Theatre, join Norm to talk about this new burst of optimism.
38 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
NOW What Ep113 - Why Ontario’s COVID Vaccination Program Is So Difficult To Navigate
Last week, the province of Ontario announced a scaling up of its vaccination efforts, with adults 18-49 in designated hot spots newly eligible for their first dose. The problem? The system wasn’t set up for those people, and that’s just one example of the province’s confused pandemic messaging. Bhutila Karpoche, NDP member of provincial parliament for Parkdale-High Park, Maureen Gans, senior director of client services for Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and Joe Cressy, councillor for Ward 10 and chair of the Toronto Board of Health, talk to Norm about how they’re working to get vaccines to the people who most need them.
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