Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival celebrates 20 years.
As the first Canadian show featuring the Korean community, Kim’s Convenience is seen by many as a promoter of multiculturalism.
Karen Mcwilliam sat on the floor in front of her client, Shalina Khanna, as she and her husband, Jonathan Hunt, sat cozily on their couch. Hunt handed his wife a tissue to wipe the tears from her eyes, as she explained to Mcwilliam why her mother wouldn’t be able to attend the birth of their first child.
“She primarily takes care of my dad who is not well,” Khanna said.
Tanisha Pessoa is anxious and frustrated. For a year, she’s wondered if she will soon be forced to move out of her social housing unit in Allenbury Gardens.
“What will I do when I can’t afford the cost of living in my new home?” she asked. “The thought of being displaced because they’re building condos that cost more than my rent, worries me.”
It was Stephany Bruno’s first day at the Project O boot camp. But at her first workout session Bruno got frustrated.
“Right away, when I got there we started doing 10 pushups and then 10 jumping jacks,” Bruno said. “I was tired and in so much pain after five pushups, that I had to stop while everyone else kept on going.”
Actor Ryan Reynolds dedicates his Critics’ Choice Award to Toronto’s SickKids Foundation and Make-A-Wish on Sunday night.
For four years, Michelle Yan handled her stress like most university students did. She sat through classes, listening to professors. She handed in her assignments on time; and she spent long, sleepless nights in her apartment. She was an average student.
Yan always thought that the stress would fade away. But as she walked down the red carpet at her convocation, she was more stressed-out than ever.
“I always assumed my life would get easier after I graduated,” Yan said.
His shop is packed to the ceiling with antique mirrors, old microphones, Star Trek lunch boxes and tired-looking mannequins once used in Toronto department stores.
Abraham Shalechi stands behind the cluttered counter greeting the occasional customer, wandering in from the cold. He greets his patrons with a warm smile and allows them time to peruse his many treasures freely. Seldom does anyone purchase one of Shalechi’s unique wares.
At her street food outlet near Kensington Market, Cookie Martinez prepares empanadas each work day. There is chicken and beef for the empanadas.
But sometimes, in the bread part of the empanadas, she adds mealworm powder in the dough, cricket salt, and whole crickets in the filling.
Her customers can plainly see the torsos and heads of the crickets.
At Martinez’s outlet, Gustavo Holloway, 26, from Chile, held a whole cricket between his fingers. Holloway ordered “cricket snax,” a little box filled with insects.
“This is like the movie Lion King. Hakuna matata,” Holloway said.