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DREADFUL DVD: DREAM HOUSE (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

DREAM HOUSE

Starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts

Directed by Jim Sheridan

Written by David Loucka

eOne Entertainment

Given the avalanche of bad press surrounding the theatrical release of Dream House last fall, including word that director Jim Sheridan (In America) had petitioned the Directors Guild of America to have his name removed from the film’s final credits, my expectations were sufficiently lowered in advance of screening the film at home so as not to be too disappointed. And while Dream House is a mess in general and falls apart pretty egregiously in the final act, it’s far less of a nightmare than we have been led to believe.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS

Posted in DVD, Rue Morgue, TV, Uncategorized, Violence with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS

Starring James Ellroy and Barko

eOne Entertainment

Anyone unfamiliar with James Ellroy’s writing, packed as it with bold intuition and amazing alliteration, might find the L.A. Confidential creator’s on-screen style not only off-putting but downright annoying in his duties hosting James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons.

Ellroy is best known for writing the book which became the movie L.A. Confidential, but he’s been detailing the sordid underbelly of his hometown of Hollywood (“Hollyweird” in Ellroy parlance) for over 30 years now. Anyone who has seen him in person knows that he is blunt and does not suffer fools, wielding righteousness and insight like a club, which makes this six-episode examination of crime in and around Los Angeles, both a distillation of everything Ellroy and a primer on the city’s putrid past.

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DVD REVIEW: “DRILLER: A SEXUAL THRILLER” (1984)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

“DRILLER: A SEXUAL THRILLER” (1984)

Starring Taija Rae, Angelique and Renee Summers

Directed by Joyce James

 

We knew that Michael Jackson’s John Landis-directed “Thriller” video was a favourite of the horror community but porn people too? Perhaps it shouldn’t come (cum?) as a surprise. Porn parodies of mainstream movies and TV shows are a dime a dozen these days. (Not the Munsters XXX, anyone?) But Driller isn’t simply a parody. As cheesy and ‘80s-tastic as it is, the “film” does an admirable job of channelling the spirit of the original clip, combining horror, music and hardcore sex into an imaginative splooge that’s far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

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KICKSTART MY ART: KRIS KUKSI HITS TORONTO

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Dark art artist Kris Kuksi is venturing from his Kansas home for one night to visit the T-Dot. May 4, 6 to 9 pm, is the date of Mr. Kuksi’s reception at Narwhal Art Projects (680 Queen St. W.) No less than Guillermo Del Toro has called Kuksi “a post-industrial Rococo master.” Here are a couple of samples of his work:

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NEW RUE MORGUE: AUGUST ISSUE OUT NOW!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB received his copy of the new Rue Morgue in the mail yesterday, and although he only has one tiny movie review in this issue (much of my efforts are going into my RM blog here: http://rue-morgue.com/blog/archives/author/sean/) , that’s no reason not to pick it up, especially when you’ve got all this tasty stuff to keep you entertained and so many nasty pix to freak out your fellow subway riders.

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TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: “SMASH CUT” MINI-REVIEW AND INTERVIEW

Posted in DVD, Interviews, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Porn star Sasha Grey puts her heart into "Smash Cut"

SMASH CUT

Starring David Hess, Jesse Buck and Sasha Grey

Directed by Lee Demarbre

Written by Ian Driscoll

E1 Entertainment


Montreal-based filmmaker Lee Gordon Demarbre (Gordon?) channels Herschell Gordon Lewis (oh wait, I get it) in Smash Cut, his tribute to the gore pioneer. Genre veteran David Hess (Last House on the Left) stars as Able Whitman, a Z-grade movie director whose films are panned for their incompetence, especially their special effects. When a car accident provides him with access to REAL body parts, the increasingly unhinged Whitman uses them to give his films a more realistic sheen, resulting in the best reviews of his career. Needless to say, the body count rises as Whitman’s need for fresh meat  increases.

Smash Cut is not a good film, but taken in the spirit in which it was intended — as a tribute to HG Lewis (who has a cameo) — it’s mildly entertaining. Porn star Sasha Grey, cast as a TV star whose sister is Whitman’s first victim, is sexy but wooden as the reporter who cottons on to Whitman’s depraved scheme, but it’s Hess whose relish for the role of an artist cock-blocked by producers makes it worth watching.

That said, we support film fan Demarbre and his enthusiasm for taking the piss out of mainstream moviemaking.

For the lowdown on Smash Cut, though, here’s Demarbre, screenwriter Ian Driscoll and David Hess:

MACABRE MUSIC: RUE MORGUE PRESENTS “HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR”

Posted in Music, News, Rue Morgue, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

ON MAY 1st, RUE MORGUE RADIO RELEASES FREE, DOWNLOADABLE

HORROR MUSIC COMPILATION, HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR!

In honour of Rue Morgue’s 100th issue, our favourite horror mag will be releasing a free, downloadable compilation album titled Rue Morgue Radio Presents…Hymns from the House of Horror! Thousands of bands have graced the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and airwaves of Rue Morgue Radio over the course of thirteen years, more than 300 radio shows and 100 magazines. RM enticed some of the many artists they believe best encapsulate the world of Rue Morgue into giving them exclusive mixes, previously unreleased tracks, rarities and classic cuts for this morbid mixtape, hosted by Rue Morgue Radio’s Tomb Dragomir.

This downloadable album will be available at the stroke of midnight May 1st at rue-morgue.com and ruemorgueradio.com, will be promoted on Rue Morgue Radio and their social networking sites. Listeners can check out the bands, link to their websites and download Hymns from the House of Horror, complete with printable album artwork designed by RM’s Justin Erickson.

A four-page feature article about the compilation in their expanded 100th issue spotlights each artist/band and the song they contributed, exploring the origins of each track’s conception.

Hymns will receive further exposure on the award-winning weekly Rue Morgue Radio (ruemorgueradio.com), and at Rue Morgue events such as the upcoming Black 100 Celebration (Friday, May 7 at Revival Event Theatre in Toronto) and the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, the country’s largest horror expo (August 27 – 29, 2010).

Rue Morgue Radio’s Hymns from the House of Horror tracklisting:

(Tomb Dragomir’s Greeting)

1. The Creepshow – Rue Morgue Radio

2. Midnight Syndicate – Haunted Nursery

3. Cauldron – Into the Cauldron

4. The Independents – Black Dream

5. Ghoultown – Return of the Living Dead

6. The Ghastly Ones – Banshee Beach

7. Psycho Charger – Redneck Zombies (Tomb Dragomir Mix)

8. Harley Poe – It’s Only the End of the World

9. Those Poor Bastards – Nightmare World

10. Dead Man’s Bones – My Body’s a Zombie for You

11. Forbidden Dimension – Hand of Glory

12. Zombina and the Skeletones – Something Weird

13. Creature Feature – Grave Robber at Large

14. Damn Laser Vampires – Saint of Killers

15. Balzac – Hurt

16. The Handsome Family – The Lost Soul

17. The Unsettlers – Oil and Blood

(Tomb Dragomir Bids You Farewell)

And to whet your appetite’s, here is The Creepshow performing “Rue Morgue Radio” live at Toronto’s late and lamented Reverb club, filmed by The DLB himself:


MACABRE MUSIC: SLAYER & MEGADETH BRING “CARNAGE” TO NORTH AMERICA

Posted in Concerts, Events, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Megadeth

PRESS RELEASE:

SLAYER’S SEASONS IN THE ABYSS AND MEGADETH’S RUST IN PEACE TO BE CORNERSTONES OF “AMERICAN CARNAGE” LIVE SETS

“I’m feeling great and anxious to get back on the road.”

– Slayer’s post-op Tom Araya

“If you missed us playing with our friends Slayer back in the 90s, well, here’s your chance to make it up to yourself.  If you miss it this time, well then you ain’t metal anyway!”

– Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

“We’ve been sitting home for six months…I can’t remember the last time

I wanted to tour so bad.”

– Slayer’s Kerry King

Slayer

LOS ANGELES, CA – Monday, April 26, 2010 — Megadeth and Slayer, who last toured the U.S. together nineteen years ago on the  “Clash of the Titans” extravaganza, have confirmed that they will each perform, start to finish, their 1990 releases – Slayer’s world-wide, million-selling Seasons In The Abyss and Megadeth’s Platinum Rust In Peace – on the upcoming Canadian and American Carnage Tours.  The six-date Canadian Carnage kicks off July 23 in Quebec City, while the 19-city American Carnage dates begin August 11 in Glens Falls, NY (complete itinerary is below).  With Slayer and Megadeth co-headlining, Testament will be Special Guest on all dates.

Tickets purchased for the Canadian and American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates.  Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at www.slayer.net . www.megadeth.com . www.testamentlegions.com

1990 was one stellar year for fans of intense heavy metal, as both Rust in Peace and Seasons in the Abyss and are considered to be among the genre’s all-time classics. “War Ensemble,” “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” “Dead Skin Mask,” “Hangar 18,” “Seasons in the Abyss” – the preeminent list of metal standards that these two albums spawned has rarely been matched by others.  Click HERE to see the original music video (shot in Egypt) for Slayer’s “Seasons in the Abyss,” and HERE for “Holy Wars,” Megadeth’s first music video from Rust In Peace.

Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – scored a major breakthrough upon the original release of Seasons in the Abyss (Slayer’s fifth studio album overall), as it was the group’s first album to hit the US Top 40, and saw Slayer playing to the biggest crowds of their career with 91’s Clash of the Titans tour.

Megadeth’s fourth album, Rust In Peace saw the band cement their status as one of the most important metal bands with masterpieces like “Hanger 18″ and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” as well as a top 25 debut on the Billboard charts.  The album has been hailed as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time with IGN recently naming it one of the most influential metal albums ever.  Megadeth is now rejoined by original bassist Dave Ellefson and are firing on all cylinders.

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be postponed due to Slayer’s vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya’s treatment for severe back pain, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing.   A surgical procedure in January corrected the problem once and for all, and he felt better almost immediately.

“Right after the surgery, ” said Araya, “I could tell that the issue was fixed.  There’s no more pain, it just feels really good.  I’m really excited and I’m anxious to get together with the rest of the guys and start rehearsing again.  We cancelled two tours, and I don’t feel great about that, but I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore, and that’s now completely gone.  I know the fans are excited to see the band – the tour is on, we’re keeping our word, there will be no more cancellations.”

Complete dates for the Megadeth/Slayer Canadian and American Carnage are as follows:

Canadian Carnage

JULY

23        Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC  CANADA

24        Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC  CANADA

26        Metro Centre, Halifax, NS  CANADA

27        Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB  CANADA

29        Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT  CANADA

30        John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT  CANADA

American Carnage

AUGUST

11        Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

12        Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ

14        Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

15        Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

16        Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT

18        Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH

19        Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

20        UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL

21        Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

23        Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS

25        Magness Arena, Denver, CO

26        Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

27        Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

29        Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA

30        Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA

31        Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

SEPTEMBER

1         Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA

3         Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA

4         Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

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SLAYER

Slayer. The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – bring to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer.  2009’s World Painted Blood (American Recordings) offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman who has spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project.  One reviewer called the album “the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades.”  World Painted Blood landed on boatloads of U.S. and International “Best of” lists for 2009, and N.A.R.A.S. saw fit to bestow its fourth Grammy nomination on Slayer – Best Metal Performance for the WPB track, “Hate Worldwide.”  For “American Carnage,” Slayer’s Tom Araya promises, “no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos.”

MEGADETH

Megadeth. 2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, which has been heralded as Megadeth’s best album in years. It’s the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth’s signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once again musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans! But that’s Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically. Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, “One of their best albums.” VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ deemed it “One of the metal albums of the year,” and Popmatters said, “the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace.” The band was also awarded the eighth Grammy nomination of its career for “Head Crusher,” which serves as more proof that ENDGAME is quickly earning “essential” status in the Megadeth catalog. Megadeth has teamed with ILoveAllAccess.com to offer Ultimate Fan Packages. For more info, go to www.megadeth.com

TESTAMENT

Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer‘s Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, “My first memories of playing with Slayer were in New York, they were our first shows even before we had a record out.  We got spit on for the first three songs and then the fans turned it around and started headbanging and fist pumping.  It was great and the shows were the heaviest and fondest memories of Testament touring with Slayer.”

Added Alex Skolnick, “It’s hard to believe that we actually toured together twenty years ago.  With everyone just a little bit older and wiser, I believe this time around will be even more fun.  It’s great that these three bands, Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, are not only still going strong, but sounding better than ever.  I’m really looking forward to American Carnage as I’m sure all the fans are.”

METROPOLIS RECORDS CHARITY COMP: ELECTRONIC SAVIORS: INDUSTRIAL MUSIC TO CURE CANCER

Posted in Music, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Metropolis Records will be releasing a cancer charity compilation entitled “Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music To Cure Cancer” on February 9th.  This four disc set features unreleased tracks from many notable bands in the goth/industrial scene including Combichrist, Suicide Commando, Assemblage 23, 16Volt, Imperative Reaction, System Syn, Cesium_137 and many more.  “Electronic Saviors” was compiled by Jim Semonik, a well known promoter and DJ in the goth/industrial scene as well as a cancer survivor himself.

16 Volt

All proceeds from the sale of the comp go to charity. Also, it should be noted that when the physical version of the compilation is purchased, included inside the packaging is a digital download card for you to download an extra FIFTH disc worth of music!!

Cesium 137

Disc 1-Diagnosis and Insurance

01.  SMP – Stay Sick
02.  Stromkern – Notes From A War
03.  Boole – Smoking Gun
04.  Interface – Never Say Farewell
05.  Chemlab – Solar Max (The Jimmy Semtex Coil)
06.  Bow Ever Down – Goodbye
07.  The Gothsicles – Jim, Let Me Know When You Can Drink Again (Extreme Party Stylezz)
08.  Terrorfakt – Painkiller
09.  16Volt – Things Unkind
10.  Rein[Forced] – Malignancy (Pancreatitis Mix)
11.  Ego Likeness – Save Your Serpent (Light As A Feather Mix)
12.  Burikusu!!! – 7 Dimensional
13.  Inure – Rapture
14.  Cesium_137 – Endure (Encoder Mix)
15.  Cyanotic – Axiome (Post Affliction Mix Feat 16Volt)
16.  Silent Auction – Deliverance
17.  Terror Firma Sky – Cancerous Catalyst Converter

Disc 2-Chemotherapy and Radiation

01.  The Dark Clan – Beat It, Kill It
02.  The Azoic – Search And Destroy (Savior Mix)
03.  genCAB – Version 2  (Aesthetic Perfection Mix)
04.  Christ Analogue – The Fight
05.  Prometheus Burning Feat Jimmy Semtex of Rein[Forced] – Malignant Disco
06.  Boxed Warning – Run First
07.  Assemblage 23 – Impermanence (Flight AC-112 Mix)
08.  I:Scintilla – From A Wasteland To A Dream
09.  Imperative Reaction – Giving In To The Change (Assemblage 23 Mix)
10.  ThouShaltNot – Sick
11.  Combichrist – Nosepad
12.  Sonik Foundry – Stigmata
13.  XuberX – Fear Is Fear
14.  Mindless Faith – Into The Wind
15.  Cyber Strukture – Some Sorta Rhythmic Machine
16.  vircon – Count Backwards From Ten
17.  Jordan Decay – The Great War

Disc 3-Surgery

01.  Deathline Int’l – Breaking
02.  Encoder featuring Jimmy Semtex of Rein[Forced] and Patricia Wake – Jim’s Song
03.  Vicious Alliance – Right Beside You (Save Me Now Mix)
04.  backandtotheleft – Maybe Today
05.  Nachtmahr – Katharsis (Purification Mix)
06.  Null Device – Under the Gun (Immune Response Mix)
07.  Suicide Commando – Until We Die (Winter Edit)
08.  Agnes Wired For Sound – Don’t Worry (We’ll Meet Up Again)
09.  System Syn – Blood (2009 Edit)
10.  Acumen Nation – The Juice Of Rotted Fruit
11.  Aesthetic Perfection – The Ones (genCAB Mix)
12.  Dismantled – Not Me
13.  FGFC820 – Children Of Decay (Northborne Mix)
14.  Everything Goes Cold – I’ve Sold Your Organs On The Black Market To Finance The Purchase Of A Used Minivan (I Don’t Want Those Organs If There’s Cancer In Them Mix)
15.  Leæther Strip – The Scalpel Song (Neoplasm Edit)
16.  Mordacious – Sleeping Beauty
17.  Flesh Field – Detritus Of Reason

Disc 4-Recovery

01.  Noisuf-X – White Noise (Gift Mix)
02.  Hardwire – I Am Forever
03.  The Atomica Project – Transmission
04.  Massiv In Mensch featuring Mind.In.A.Box – Supermassive Gravity (Endanger Mix)
05.  SD6 – Free (Interface Mix)
06.  Obscenity Trial – Here And Now (Banging Mix by XP8)
07.  Alter Der Ruine VS Premeditated Light – Dawn
08.  nolongerhuman – Survival
09.  Iris – Imposter (ThouShaltNot Remix)
10.  Debutante – Alive
11.  Andraculoid – You Tried To Kill Me, But I Killed You First
12.  Deviant UK – Access Denied (Rotersand Mix)
13.  Hypefactor – The Sweetest Soul (Rex Mix)
14.  Freezepop – Duct Tape My Heart (Chinese Theatre Remix)
15.  Spahn Ranch – In The Aftermath (Moroder Mix)
16.  Caustic – Jim Made Cancer His Bitch

Disc 5-Bonus Medication (Digital Download)

01.  Wreckcreation – Incomplete Me (Remix)
02.  Borderlines – Visualization
03.  AimOniA – Three
04.  Beloved Dead – Twist Of Fate
05.  Derek C. F. Pegritz – Please Let Me Go
06.  Molecule Party – Riser
07.  Patricia Wake – Peaceful Shores
08.  Neurobash – Left 4 Dead
09.  Jon Zaremba – The Best Way To Tear Anything Down Is To Blast!
10.  Less Like Flesh – Virus Free
11.  EVP – Schrödinger
12.  Surviving The Odyssey – Dissolving The Sanity
13.  Retar-D2 – EXTRA LIVES!
14.  The Hose Face – Dread
15.  Sachem Orenda – Evident Product Of Effort
16.  TowerOpensFire – With Heavy Hands

Terrorfakt

FIVE DAYS OF HALLOWEEN FUN AT BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 by darklordbunnykins

Five Days of Halloween Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Dates: October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31

Time: 11 to 4:30

Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3

Event Details: Take part in five activity packed days during Howling Hootenanny at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Children and the young at heart can enjoy the Haunted Maze, Creepy Creature Show, Fire Juggling, Ghoulish Tales, free pumpkin decorating and more. Get your face painted with a cool airbrush tattoo and say hello to the spooktackular animals at Strong’s Farm. Savor festive treats such as pumpkin tarts, candied apples and apple cider at the Half Way House Inn. Don’t forget to check out pumpkins and gourds of all sizes at the annual Canadian Gourd show October 24th & 25th in the Main Theatre at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Pricing: Adults: $15 Seniors and Students: $14 Children (ages 5-15): $11 Members: Free

For more information about Black Creek Pioneer Village, visit http://www.blackcreek.ca, or call 416-736-1733.

Directions: Black Creek Pioneer Village is one block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University. The Village is south east of Hwy 7 and Hwy 400. Parking is available on site.

Public Transportation: From the Finch subway station using the Steeles 60 West route, or from the Jane Station using the Jane 35 route. Visit http://www.ttc.ca. York Region Transit has several options available. For more information visit http://www.yorkregiontransit.com

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