Sources tell TORO that Chef Nigel Finley and Anton Potvin will soon join Toronto's newest seafood hot spots, the Chase Fish and Oyster and the  Chase, respectively.

Finley is currently running the kitchen of the Catch on St. Clair Avenue, while Potvin was the owner of Niagara Street Cafe.

As a Halifax native, Finley is a chef committed to local, sustainable seafood and almost sinful indulgences. One need only look to his Catch creation, the Gout — a charcoal-roasted machination of two dozen smoked oysters stuffed inside a deboned sea trout, stuffed inside a deboned baby goat — to understand his brilliance (or madness).

The Chase restaurants are the brainchild of Chef Michael Steh (Reds Wine Tavern, Canoe) and Steven Salm (BLT). Housed in the newly restored Dineen Building at Yonge and Temperance, the eateries will cater to the lavish tastes of Toronto's business crowd, and anyone willing to enjoy some of Canada's best seafood.

"Our Seafood program, bar none, is the best you can get in Toronto," said Steh in a statement.

Stay tuned for more details.

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According to our neoconservative allies at the National Post, $20,000 worth of Nutella — that's five tonnes — has been stolen from a truck in Germany.

It's believed that the Umpa-Lumpas behind the plot also stole five tonnes of coffee and 34,000 cans of energy drink from the same location, at an earlier date.

The robberies took place in Niederaula, a small town northeast of Frankfurt that has never been know for anything until now.

Police have no idea what the criminals' motive could be. After all, the cocoa black market was wiped out after the Hamburgler family allied with the Sugar Bear clan, and effectively eliminated all competition in the organized foodie crime game.

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Our media rivals at CNN have just released a preview of Anthony Bourdain's new show, Parts Unknown.

Watch below as Bourdain walks the streets of Myanmar, eats an entire bird, and observes a ferris wheel powered entirely by sado-masochistic locals.

"With CNN, I get to go to all the places that I never would have been able to go really with any other network," said Bourdain in an interview with his new corporate overlords. "Places like Congo, Libya, Myanmar, would have been very, very tricky to do elsewhere."

Still, the show seems very similar to Bourdain's No Reservations. And that's a good thing if you were worried that CNN's prudish nannies would censor Bourdain's scatological sense of humour.

Parts Unknown premieres April 14 at 9 p.m.

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Remember, when the National get sad, they're doing it for you.

The Brooklyn-based band has just released their new single, "Demons," from their forthcoming album Trouble Will Find Me. You can watch the video for the song below.

The track premiered this morning on BBC Radio 6 Music.

"Demons" is a brooding, understated song, with the lyrical profundity you've come to expect from the band.

Trouble Will Find Me comes out May 21 in North America.

The National will also play a free show at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square as part of this year's NXNE.

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its longtime film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70.

Ebert began writing reviews for the Sun-Times in 1967, and while he enjoyed a brief side career as a screenwriter for friend Russ Meyer (co-writing with the director Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens and Up!) film criticism remained his primary calling until his death.

While Ebert’s written columns proved popular with readers and fellow critics alike,  his longtime television work with Gene Siskel that truly made him the most influential movie critic of his time. Their show, rebranded several times and commonly known as Sneak Previews or At the Movies, showcased the duo’s combative style and trademark “Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down” recognition of quality. Siskel died of brain cancer in 1999.  

Ebert’s criticism took an accessible, populist approach while at the same time rejecting many mainstream opinions. His mixed-to-negative reviews of some critical favourites like The Godfather Part II and Blue Velvet, his tendency to avoid reassessing his own opinion, and aversion to “listing” his favourite titles put him at odds with fans.

Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, which spread to his salivary glands and ultimately robbed him of the ability to speak and walk without assistance. Nevertheless his frequency of written work increased. He embraced blogging and posted much about his thoughts on faith, history, science, and art. His final column “A Leave of Presence,” in which he explained why his reviews had become more infrequent, was posted this past week as well as his (presumably) final published reviews, for The Host and From Up On Poppy Hill.

TORO will be publishing a more detailed look at Ebert’s life and influence in our film section next week.

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Our friends at Good are reporting that Beastie Boy and samaritan extraordinaire Mike D is operating a free food truck for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

You can watch a video about the project below.

Since October, Rockaway Plate Lunch has handed out over 19,000 hot meals to residents of Rockaway Beach. 

Mike D (nee Diamond) partnered with hotel owner and restaurateur Robert McKinley and Chef Sam Talbot on the project.

"We saw all these people living without any power, without any businesses being open, and therefore, no food," Diamond told Good. "We saw the immediate need for warm food, but we didn’t have time to put together a long-term cohesive plan, we just had to react quickly."

The menu includes marinated chicken, white rice, and black beans.

Rockaway Plate Lunch eventually plans to be a non-profit that will teach local youth about cooking and the food industry.

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The forthcoming DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us has just released a new trailer via IGN. Watch it below.

Deisgned by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice allows players to assume the role of their favourite DC superheroes and villains and, well, fight other superheroes and villains.

Characters include Batman, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Solomon Grundy, Superman, Lex Luthor, the Flash, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Bane, Catwoman, Shazam, Black Adam, Raven, the Joker, Doomsday, and more.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on April 16 in North America.

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After a brief hiatus from the road, the Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary with their "50 and Counting" tour.

You can check out the announced dates below.

The tour begins in Los Angeles (date to be confirmed, thanks to the upcoming NHL playoffs) and concludes at London's Hyde Park on July 13.

Toronto's Air Canada Centre is currently the only Canadian stop, but Billboard claims that nine more North American shows will be added, so keep your fingers crossed, Canada.

Hogtown, of course is a "home away from home" for the Stones. Toronto is, after all, the city let Keith Richards turned it back on Keith Richards' heroin possession in exchange for a concert for blind people.

Not a bad deal.

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TBA Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

5/5 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

5/8 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion

5/11 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena

5/15 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center

5/25 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre

5/28 Chicago, IL - United Center

6/12 Boston, MA - TD North Garden

6/18 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

6/26-30 Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Music Festival

7/6 London, UK - Hyde Park

7/13 London, UK - Hyde Park


Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice was fired today after a video surfaced showing him abusing his players physically and verbally.

ESPN released the footage yesterday on its show Outside the Lines.

In the video, below, Rice is seen pushing and kicking players, throwing balls at their heads, and is heard calling them "fairies" and "faggots." The footage goes back several years.

In December, Rice was quietly suspended for three games by Rutgers for his actions, but was only fired after the video went viral.

Today, Rice issued a public apology: "I want to tell everybody who has believed in me that I'm deeply sorry for the pain and the hardship that I've caused them."

Rice also said he was an "embarassment" to his family.

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Do you hear that? That is the sound of a million nerds blowing their loads.

Witness below a preview for what Disney and Marvel are calling "Phase 2" of their superhero movie franchise cash machine, via our friends at Slash Film. The featurette is part of the recently released 10-disc box set, Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled.

If you have no idea what that last paragraph means, you're much better for it.

For everyone else, the preview mostly focuses on the upcoming Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black. But you also get to see early footage of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and The Avengers 2.

Do any of these movies even need to be made? No. Will we spend money to see them? Yes.

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According to some paper called the Mirror, a 31-year-old man is accused of "maliciously wounding" a roommate who drew a penis on his face.

James Denham Watson (pictured above, with cock) allegedly attacked his friend at 5:30 a.m. on March 23.

Watson will appear in court June 18 for a preliminary hearing.

We sympathize with Watson. Once, in seventh grade, we got pantsed in gym class by this punk kid named Corey McGuffin. You know, an antisocial toad that listened to Pearljam a lot and watched Nascar to see people die. So one day, after school, we followed Corey home, put a burlap bag over his head, and threw him in the trunk of our car. Once we got to the abandoned industrial park, we tied him to an electrical pole, poured steak juice on his crotch, and released our two Rottweilers Mindy and Cheryl.

Fair is fair, right?

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Eater is reporting that a feature documentary on Chef René Redzepi and his Copenhagen restaurant Noma, is currently filming.

Tentatively titled Noma my perfect storm / Being René Redzepi, the film is being directed by Pierre Deschamps and will premiere at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

Noma my perfect storm / Being René Redzepi "will explore the diverse elements that have combined to place Noma at the summit of the culinary world" and "explore Redzepi's special friendships with his suppliers and the essential part they play in the success of Noma," says the film's website. 

The film crew is taking residence at the restaurant for a year.

Noma is widely considered to be the best restaurant in the world, and through his work and symposiums, Redzepi has become one of dining's most important figures.

On April 8, Redzepi will be a special guest presenter at Toronto's Terroir 7, a foodservice and hospitality symposium.

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Joining a list of three trillion other singers, Lana Del Rey has covered Canadian legend Leonard Cohen.

Watch and listen below to Del Rey's version of Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2." The song, from the 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, is a heartbreaking tribute to Janis Joplin, and Del Rey's streamlined interpretation respects that spirit.

The songstress debuted the video via her Twitter account this morning with the appropriately verbose caption, "new video."

Del Rey hasn't said whether the cover is a one-off or part of a larger project. Perhaps a duet with Cohen is in the works?

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Thanks to the demand of neurotics everywhere, the geniuses at the Huffington Post have made a video showcasing every Woody Allen stammer from every Woody Allen movie.

Created over several months by Huff editors Oliver Noble and Ben Craw, the video weighs in at nearly 45 minutes.

"Ben started with Woody's oldest movies and worked forward in time, Oliver started with his most recent and worked backwards and they met somewhere in the mid 80s," said the Huff. "It was a very time consuming team effort.

Of Allen's entire filmography, we think that Annie Hall wins for most stammers. But we're not sure because we suffered from a seizure sometime around the lobster scene.

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According to the Toronto Star, a Toronto restaurateur has been fined $10,000 for serving soup made from endangered Ontario turtles.

Fortune Seafood Restaurant owner Da Zhao Jian was finally charged March 21 based on a May 2010 inspection in which officials found 31 of the Ontario soft shell turtles in his restaurant's freezer.

Da Zhao openly listed the turtles on his menu.

"He must have a big ego, or [he does not] understand the laws in Ontario,” said species-at-risk biologist Scott Gillingwater.

The owner declined to comment on his punishment.

Daily TORO is divided on the issue. On the one hand we respect the rule of law. On the other, we'd eat a bonobo if it was braised in the right sauce.

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The official international and domestic trailers for the movie that never needed to be made has finally arrived! Witness below, two previews for The Wolverine.

For the 23rd time, Hugh Jacked Man reprises his role as everyone's favourite Canadian superhero. In the trailers, he gets a haircut, goes to Japan, and murders lots of bad guys.

The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold, creator of action masterpieces like Kate and Leopold and Girl, Interrupted. The film also stars Famke Janssen and a bunch of people you've heard of.

To be fair, these Wolverine movies aren't about thinking. They're about clusterfucking you with so much adrenaline until you can't tell the difference between your right hand and bag of hotdogs.


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Watch below as golf legends Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer kick the stool out of a bunch of thugs.

No, the video is not a new Michael Bay buddy film. It's a commercial for Tigers Woods PGA Tour 14 from EA Sports.

Tragically, the game will have no fighting in it (that would be something). It will, however, let you play as some of history's greatest golfers.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is available March 26 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

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Who says golf is boring to watch? Well, pretty much everyone under 40, but sometimes, the game rewards its viewers with inspired moments like the one below.

Witness Sergio Garcia, climb a a tree and hit a one-handed, reverse shot onto the fairway.

Garcia was participating in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he drove his ball into the treee on the par-4 10th hole.

Thunderstorms stopped the tournament on Sunday and play has resumed today, with Shooter McGavin Tiger Woods on top of the leaderboard.

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Icelandic minstrels Sigur Rós have just annouced that their new album, Kveikur, will be released internationally June 17, and in North America June 18.

The follow up to last year's Valtari, the band claims that this album will be more "aggresive."

Sigur Rós also released a video (below) for their new song "Brennisteinn." It is appropriately terrifying.

And the band will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight where they'll debut another song.

Sigur Rós plays Montreal's Bell Centre March 27, Ottawa's Scotiabank Place March 29, and Toronto's Air Canada Centre March 30. You can check all of the tour dates below.

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11-13 Perth, Australia - Belvoir Amphitheatre
11-15 Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
11-17 Sydney, Australia - Harvest Festival
11-18 Brisbane, Australia - Harvest Festival
11-21 Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwan University Stadium
11-23 Singapore, Singapore - Fort Canning Park
11-25 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Urbanscapes Festival
02-13 Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
02-14 Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
02-18 Jesolo, Italy - Palazzo Del Turismo
02-19 Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum
02-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - HMH
02-22 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
02-23 Munich, Germany - Zenith
02-24 Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
02-26 Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
02-27 Paris, France - Zenith
03-02 Glasgow, Scotland - Secc
03-03 Manchester, England - Apollo
03-04 Manchester, England - Apollo
03-05 Wolverhampton, England - Civic
03-07 London, England - Brixton Academy
03-08 London, England - Brixton Academy
03-09 London, England - Brixton Academy
03-24 Washington, DC - Patriot Center
03-25 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
03-26 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
03-27 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre 
03-29 Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
03-30 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
04-01 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
04-02 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
04-03 Minneapolis, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium 
04-06 Denver, CO - 1st Bank
04-08 Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
04-09 Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center 
04-10 Austin, TX - Cedar Park Center
04-12 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica
04-17 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
05-14 Tokyo, Japan - Nippon Budokan
05-17 Osaka, Japan - Kobe World Memorial Hall


According to the Pulitzer heavyweight that is the National Enquirer, a Nashville chef claims that his participation in Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares ruined his business.

John Chapman of Chappy's New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant says that Ramsay and his team delivered an ineffective makeover and robbed the joint of its bayou "flair."

"It was truly a kitchen nightmare for me," said Chapman. "We went down table a night [after Ramsay's involvement]."

Chapman, who served Ramsay's menu for only four weeks, eventually went back to his roots.

"I couldn't believe the menu that he [wanted] to put in. Hush puppies, fried chicken, hamburgers give me — a break."

We suppose if you're dumb enough to think a TV show will help your restaurant, or that Kitchen Nightmares is even remotely authentic, then you deserve to fail. As Anthony Bourdain says, Ramsay is a "failed brand," and nothing more than a TV blowhard now.

Anyway, you can watch Fox News's coverage of the ordeal below, which is positively objective, we're sure.

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