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Last Half Hot Docs Gems to Catch

The Traffic Separating Device: Helping to push, image by Johan Palmgren
May 2, 2018 11:14 pm | by Craig White | Comments
With about 260 documentaries being shown this year at Hot Docs, it's been quite the task, despite all of the summaries in the event's guide book, to get a full picture of what's available in ... read more

Hot Docs Starts Tomorrow: A Few Films to Consider

Aboard a double-decker tram in Hong Kong, from “The Trolley”
April 25, 2018 2:08 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Hot Docs kicks off tomorrow for another year, ten days at various theatres throughout Downtown Toronto, with over 200 films to choose from. There is what feels like a limitless number of issues ... read more

Going TALL at Bloor and Bathurst, and Gearing Up for Hot Docs

New York and the World Trade Center: a still from TALL, image courtesy of Hot Do
March 27, 2018 2:42 pm | by Craig White | Comments
The southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets in Toronto's Annex area will be getting some twenty-something tall buildings over the next few years, but in the next few days, The Ted Rogers ... read more

Rat Film: Urban Dystopia Screens at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

September 21, 2017 1:34 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you missed it at Hot Docs this spring, you have another chance to walk the dystopia blocks of Baltimore in Rat Film, a documentary playing the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema on Bloor at Bathurst ... read more

Step Inside the Mind of Rem Koolhaas at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

REM, Hot Docs, Rem Koolhaas, Tomas Koolhaas, Toronto
August 31, 2017 4:42 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The architectural profession has a habit of taking a select few game-changers—those individuals and offices that have had a profound impact on architecture and our built environment—and elevating ... read more

'Vancouver: No Fixed Address' Playing at Ted Rogers Cinema

May 19, 2017 10:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Following on four successful screenings earlier this month as part of the 2017 Hot Docs festival, award-winning filmmaker Charles Wilkinson's Vancouver: No Fixed Address returns to Toronto this ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: Wrapped for Another Year, Awards Announced

May 8, 2017 5:15 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Hot Docs has come and gone for another year. The 2017 edition of the event featured 228 films from across the planet, and we hope you had a chance to see at least some of the ones that interested ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: Shadowman, Integral Man

Richard Hambleton's shadowmen became ubiquitous in New York in the 1980s
May 4, 2017 5:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Following on White Walls Say Nothing, which opens up the extraordinary graffiti scene in Buenos Aires (you'll want to plan a visit to the Argentine capital after seeing it), Hot Docs has another ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: White Walls Say Nothing, A Moon of Nickel and Ice, This Cold Life, Vancouver: No Fixed Address

Street art in Buenos Aires, image via White Walls Say Nothing
May 2, 2017 11:18 am | by UrbanToronto Staff | Comments
Between democracy and dictatorship, economic prosperity and financial ruin, Argentina's tumultuous recent history is a blur to many foreigners, and a profoundly complex—and controversial—narrative ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: Unarmed Verses, State of Exception, Motel

The converted Continental in Niagara Falls, image courtesy of Hot Docs
May 1, 2017 12:50 pm | by Craig White | Comments
One of the hottest topics in Toronto these days is skyrocketing value of real estate, and how the city is becoming increasingly unaffordable. In the midst of this, hundreds of TCHC units at ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: Rat Film and Last Men In Aleppo

Rat Film, image courtesy of Hot Docs
April 28, 2017 1:20 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Part pest control how-to, part social science study, part apocalyptic fantasy, Theo Anthony's Rat Film looks at Baltimore through the lens of a rodent infestation, and how it is still linked ... read more

Hot Docs 2017: The Workers' Cup and In Time to Come

A still from Adam Sobel's The Worker's Cup, image via Hot Docs
April 27, 2017 4:05 pm | by UrbanToronto Staff | Comments
Alternately sobering and exhilarating—and ultimately something of a bonding experience—The Workers' Cup should appeal to footy fans, FIFA haters, anyone curious about the way Doha is rising and ... read more

Hot Docs 2017 Offers Plenty for the Urban Enthusiast

Integral House in Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood, image courtesy of
April 7, 2017 5:35 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you're reading UrbanToronto, there's a good chance you'd be comfortable being called an Urban Enthusiast, and if we're right about that, then Hot Docs has a serious helping of city-related ... read more

Hot Docs Offers Series on Art Deco Architecture and More

Hot Docs, Morning Speaker Series, Art Deco, Documentary, lecture
January 23, 2017 1:30 pm | by Salena Barry | Comments
Every new year brings with it a sense of hope, a hope that is often manifested in resolutions to bring something different into our lives, and that often means learning something new. At ... read more

Hot Docs Lands Permanent Home with Purchase of Bloor Theatre

Hot Docs, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto
June 23, 2016 4:11 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
One of Toronto's most unique cinemas has now made it official that they are sticking around on Bloor Street for the foreseeable future. Following a generous $4-million gift from the Rogers ... read more

Toronto Plays a Part in Two More Hot Docs Features

Darius McCollum standing beside the thing he loves the most; the New York subway
May 5, 2016 3:45 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Toronto features in two more full-length documentaries playing at Hot Docs 2016, and in a short presented before one of the two. One will be of particular interest to transit buffs, the other to ... read more

Cities Breathe Life into Hot Docs 2016 Offerings

A police helicopter tries to pacify a favela in In The Shadow Of The Hill
May 3, 2016 3:40 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Toronto’s 2016 Hot Docs Festival is approaching its halfway point, and a number of films have played—and will play again—that in one way or another cover urban issues, and will transport the urban ... read more

Lowdown Tracks: UrbanToronto at HotDocs

Lowdown Tracks: Lorraine Segato fins music in the streets, Bishari Films
April 27, 2015 2:28 pm | by Craig White | Comments
We usually rush by without stopping. Not always though, sometimes we stop and listen for a few seconds, and sometimes we even manage to dig some coins out of our pockets. Lowdown Tracks, playing ... read more

Opening at the Bloor—Slums: Cities of Tomorrow

Slums: Cities of Tomorrow, Jean-Nicolas Orhon, Hot Docs
November 7, 2014 11:21 am | by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet | Comments
Many of us think of slums as the least desirable place one could and would live in. Synonym of deprivation and harsh living conditions since they first appeared in the 19th century Britain, ... read more

Hot Docs 2014 has plenty for Urban and Architectural Enthusiasts

April 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you find yourself glued to UrbanToronto for stories about Toronto's changing urban form, new buildings, and the urban experience, then you're a pretty good candidate to fill seats at the Hot ... read more