zeeBigBang attended the annual WIFT-T TIFF reception last night. The reception honoured the contributions of Canadian women to the international entertainment industry.

The evening also featured a silent auction fundraiser that raised $3,800 to support WIFT program bursaries for women and WIFT-T’s programming initiatives. 

Check out some pictures from the event above.

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The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) kicks off tomorrow, bringing TTC Subway commuters a wide range of one minute short silent films on subway platforms across Toronto.

               

TUFF will screen 73 films from 18 countries on over 300 of the TTC’s Pattison Onestop subway platform screens. TUFF is also the only commuter film festival of its kind in North America.

zeeBigBang spoke with Sharon Switzer, TUFF Executive Director, about her inspiration behind founding this film festival six years ago and what this year’s festival has in store for Toronto commuters.

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Thom Fougere is a Canadian furniture designer and Creative Director for EQ3, a sleek modern furniture company with locations across Canada.

Thom Fougere; photo courtesy of Design Milk

zeeBigBang spoke with Fougere at a preview of the new EQ3 flagship store in Liberty Village, Toronto. Here’s what he had to say about his design inspirations, what it’s like to work with EQ3 and what makes this new flagship store so special.

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Cirque du Soleil opens in Toronto next week with their newest show, Amaluna.

zeeBigBang spoke with performer, Andreanne Nadeau, about what it’s like to be part of Cique du Soleil and what makes Amaluna so unique to other Cirque du Soleil shows.

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Pedestrians can now experience Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street in a new way. Celebrate Yonge is a community-based event that has expanded public space on the stretch of street between Queen and Gerrard.

The celebration offers people the opportunity to stop and enjoy the iconic downtown road with art installations, extended restaurant patio space, and different event programming taking place on the weekends.

"During the summer, we have an average of 70% pedestrians to 30% vehicles in the area, so clearly, there’s a huge pedestrian population out on the street and we want to provide them with a street level experience," said Abigail Gamble, the communications manager for the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.

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The first annual Punjabi International Film Academy Awards (PIFAA) are taking place this Saturday, August 4 and bringing some of the biggest stars in Punjabi and South Asian cinema to Toronto.

 

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At the age of ten, Montreal Playwright Kyle Allatt discovered that he was a distant cousin of Canadian prime minister Charles Tupper. It was this discovery that inspired his play, "The No Bull$#!% History of Canada," which is making its debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

                                

 

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On Saturday, legendary animator and creator of Ren and Stimpy, John Kricfalusi, spoke at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) about his career in animation.

Along with showing the audience some classic animated cartoons, he shared some of his thoughts on how he feels about the animation industry today.

       

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The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit (TOAE) starts today at Nathan Philips Square, showcasing and selling artwork from established artists, undiscovered talents, and innovative students alike.

TOAE is the largest juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada, with hundreds of artists in attendance.

The pictures above are just a brief glimpse into what the exhibition has to offer.

TOAE runs until Sunday, June 8 and entry is free to the public.

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With over 60 film festivals happening in Toronto every year,the long overdue Toronto Animations Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is hitting the city this weekend for animation enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

"There’s nothing quite of this nature in Toronto.There’s a massive [animation] audience here. We’ve got all this great infrastructure and there’s so much industry here." That’s what kicked off the idea for TAAFI according to Ben McEvoy, festival co-founder.

    

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