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Toronto police are seeking a woman who threw a chair over a downtown balcony in an act that was recorded on video and went viral, sparking outrage in the city and beyond. A video posted on social media shows the woman, with the caption "Good morning" on the screen, throwing a chair off the balcony of a high-rise condo. The chair twists and turns as it falls toward fa…

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After decades of waiting, I finally saw Radiohead in concert, only to realize I had become a character in one of the band's songs. I had been waiting for the opportunity to catch the band in concert since the 1997 release of "OK Computer." Radiohead has never played Buffalo as a headliner, and though it stops in Toronto and New York City often, the stars never aligned f…

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Toronto and Buffalo have met once before on our 100 Things journey. One unruly night at KeyBank Center, we explored the friendly but raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, we explore Toronto itself. It's a funny place, Toronto. Going there, you know you're in a foreign country. The people don't look like us. Their houses don't lo…

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The star attraction of Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night art festival at which Buffalo artists took center stage on Saturday night, is the City of Toronto itself. Because the night featured so many projects -- from otherworldly sounds emanating from the ruins of a demolished parking garage to a spread of intense, rainbow-colored lasers shooting across the city from the o…

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TORONTO – As dusk approached Saturday, the vast concrete expanse of Nathan Phillips Square here began to flood with the first of hundreds of thousands of revelers drawn by the work of a contingent of Buffalo artists. Thanks to former Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator Heather Pesanti and her exhibition “Performance Anxiety,” Buffalo artists took on a starring role during t…

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At 6:53 p.m. Saturday, in the first minutes of an all-night art festival expected to draw a million people to the streets of downtown Toronto, Buffalo artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant will step into an enormous, glowing sculpture of the HIV virus in Nathan Phillips Square and address the assembled throng. As part of Soudant’s project, one of several ambitious performances by…

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In Buffalo, In-N-Out Burger has never been a part of the city's lexicon, and there are no concrete plans pointing to this longed-for announcement in the near or distant future. But, according to Huffington Post Canada, the rabidly-popular fast-food chain will open a pop-up restaurant in Toronto for one day only. Yes, Western New Yorkers, that's an In-N-Out Burger just a r…

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, continuing through Sept. 14, will go down as an important one for several reasons, but the most significant development might be Festival Street, an ambitious, fun collection of food trucks, Bill Murray masks and live music that has bought a vibrant feel to King Street. But it has not been without difficulty. Traffic has been …

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After last year’s Toronto International Film Festival double-whammy of “Prisoners” and “Enemy,” and now TIFF14’s stunning “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal might be ready to wear the crown of festival king. The latter, from director Dan Gilroy, is a TIFF smash, winning over critics and audiences with its piercing view of the creation of a monster — in this case, an amoral v…

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TORONTO – There was a palpable gasp among some members of the crowd at Friday morning’s screening of “Clouds of Sils Maria” at the Toronto International Film Festival when the TIFF employee introducing the film seemed to imply that Kristen Stewart would be in attendance. Alas, as she quickly stated, this was not the case. As bummed as KStew’s fans may have been, they sure…

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TORONTO – However this year’s Oscar season works out, it is likely the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will be remembered as the year of the Murray — Bill Murray, that is. TIFF classified today as Bill Murray Day to tie in with tonight’s world premiere of the actor’s latest, “St. Vincent,” and it is a testament to his iconic status that tickets were gobbled up wi…

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today with Robert Downey Jr., a street gang-hip hop-musical epic and “Festival Street.” TIFF begins, as all film festivals should, with a two-and-a-half hour courtroom drama starring Iron Man, from the director of “Wedding Crashers.” OK, that does not sound promising, but David Dobkin’s “The Judge” actually appears pr…

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The Toronto International Film Festival is the kind of epic, pulse-racing cinematic event that causes joy, stress and exhaustion in equal measure. It is the so-big-it-hangs-off-the-plate, Buffalo-style fish fry of film festivals, a tourist-friendly, critic-crazed and celeb-mad orgy of cinema that runs from Sept. 4-14. Consider the numbers for #TIFF14: nearly 300 features …