by Eric Veillette With the construction of the city of Toronto’s latest and tallest skyscraper set to begin at the south-east side of Yonge and Bloor, it’s safe to say that intersection will never be the same. Not that it’s anything to write home about at the moment, either; when walking west on Bloor, you’re […]
About Eric Veillette
My name is Eric Veillette and I am a Toronto-based journalist, researcher and film programmer. As a journalist, my musings on cinema, censorship, architecture and Toronto history appear regularly in the Toronto Star‘s flagship Insight section. For Entertainment, I’ve covered various local film festivals and event profiles. At Rue Morgue Magazine, I examine horror films both old and new and look at the ways in which horror has intermingled with pop culture over the decades. I am also working on several writing projects with Heritage Toronto, but in the past, my work has appeared in Goldmine, Wire, Perfect Sound Forever, Parks Canada publications, and Archival Outlook, the print publication for the Society of American Archivists. In the world of film programming, I run classic retrospectives in two of Toronto’s oldest repertory theatres. The Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave. is home to Silent Sundays, a semi-monthly celebration of the lost art of silent film. Accompanied by acclaimed silent pianist William O’Meara, the series caters to the Revue’s neighbourhood base, offering an assortment of slapstick and adventure from cinema’s golden age. Earlier this year I launched Classics From The Vault at the Fox Theatre in the Beaches. Aimed at highlighting the best from the 30s and 40s that are rarely seen on Toronto’s big screens, the Fox is also the new home for the my classic horror-focused Creepy Classics series which began at Cine-Cycle in 2008. For the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, I curated an assortment of silent films titled SHHH. Held at Dundas Square in the bustle of the afternoon, festival-goers were treated to seldom-seen films featuring Buster Keaton, Colleen Moore, Clara Bow, John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks.
In the early days of the movie palace, it didn’t take much to get people into the theatres. The seats were always filled with beaming eyes staring at the latest antics of Mary Pickford or Buster Keaton. Despite jam-packed attendance, theatre managers liked to spruce things up a bit, and give patrons a little more […]