About

Toronto Film Scene is an online magazine dedicated to providing local, current and thoughtful coverage of the city’s film culture and its makers.

Created in 2009 by a local film blogger who wanted to provide a more focused look at the film landscape in Toronto, the site has grown in popularity to be the go-to resource for film fans, making TFS the largest online film magazine in the city.

The magazine creates an issue dedicated to a specific topic each month, such as Fashion in Film, and publishes content on a daily basis in the form of cover stories, columns and articles. In addition, TFS publishes a diverse assortment of informational news pieces to keep readers up to date on what is happening around them in the city.

Contributors


Trista DeVries

Publisher

Like most people who write about movies for the web, I’ve been obsessed with movies since I was very young. My favourite movies are The Social Network, Easy A and Garden State, but I try to spend my time broadening my film horizons. I’m the Publisher of Toronto Film Scene, and in my “spare” time, I’m a web designer and strategist. (Gotta support my movie habit somehow…)


Nadya Domingo

Editor-in-Chief

Nadya Domingo is a journalism student at Ryerson University. Her favourite things are documentaries, media studies, and non-fiction books. She has a pet fish named Lights.


Matt Rorabeck

Managing Editor

Matt Rorabeck is the Founder and Editor of Move Knight. Recently, his credentials include covering TIFF 2013 for Tribute, recurring appearances on the Rogers television program Cinema Seen, and the launch of Movie Knight. He has a strong passion/knowledge in all aspects of the medium and would love to share this passion with readers all over the world.


Alexis McLaren

Editorial Assistant, Contributor

I am a raging tvaholic. Like Bieber fever, there is no known cure. It’s a day-to-day struggle and I’m losing that battle every day. Over 0.039% of Canadians suffer from this disease and I hope that one day (with your help), we can find a cure!


Ada Wong

Contributor

Ada Wong is a writer, traveler, jewelry-maker, tea connoisseur, and lost shoe photographer from Toronto who’s endlessly opinionated about everything — especially film. She would like Evan Rachel Wood to portray her in a partially-fictionalized bio pic, and for Woody Allen to write and direct it. Ada once made front page news with her favourite director Quentin Tarantino, her only regret is that it wasn’t for more scandalous reasons.


Danita Steinberg

Contributor

Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, any Real Housewives franchise, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas.


Dayna Brubaker

Contributor

For as long as I can remember, movies have always captivated me. As a kid, I would sing every song from The Little Mermaid, run around doing my best E.T. imitation, or re-enact the lightsaber fights from Star Wars. As I got older I memorized all my favourite bits from A Night at the Roxbury, Happy Gilmore, and any other comedy I could get my hands on. I still sing “Under The Sea” on a regular basis, but lately I’ve channeled my love of film into writing for TFS and my blog, among other things.


Graeme Maitland

Contributor

I’ve been working in film exhibition for a very long time. I studied film at university and I watch far too many movies. At least 2 movies a day. I like to think about movies and I like to write about movies. I’m looking forward to doing more of both.

I also like kittens.


Indira Balkissoon

Contributor

Avid TIFF goer since the days when it was called The Festival of Festivals unknowingly trained Indira to Major in Cinema Studies at University of Toronto. She keeps searching for the perfect film combing the stylistics of Merchant-Ivory, Stan Brakhage, and Zhang Yimou. You can find out more about Indira at http://flavors.me/indirabalkissoon#_


Jordan Adler

Contributor

My favourite movie when I was five was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. To take a lyric from one of that film’s original songs, “There is no life I know to compare to pure imagination.” Naturally, from that age, I became a passionate film enthusiast, and loved growing up in a city just as in love with the movies. I still remember fondly walking to the Uptown cinema and smelling the buttered popcorn from the street. I don’t think I’ve smelled anything as sweet ever since.


Katarina Gligorijevic

Contributor

Katarina Gligorijevic is a Toronto based writer and major movie nerd whose work has appeared in two Coach House Books anthologies, Point of View magazine, Exclaim!, and several other online and print publications. In addition to Toronto Film Scene, she maintains her own blog, and is currently working on a novel about abductions and communicating with pears, and a screenplay about a sexy werewolf.


Laura Holtebrinck

Contributor

I am a person and a film lover, sometimes both at once. When I’m not watching films or thinking/ writing/daydreaming about them, I also enjoy theatre, trivia, pop culture in general and brunch. One day I hope to become best friends with Stanley Tucci.


Liam Volke

Contributor

Liam is a writer and actor with a BFA from the University of Victoria. His lifelong love affair with film began when he saw Jaws at the appropriate age of 4. He liked it so much that he set out to draw a storyboard for Jaws 2, only to discover to his disappointment years later that somebody had already beaten him to the punch. His next love affair was with Star Wars and Jurassic Park, which he watched at least once a day, much to the chagrin of his parents.  Liam has written for online publications such as The West of West Review, and Numero Cinq, and keeps a blog on arts and culture called The Tower of Babble.


Mark Hanson

Contributor

Somewhere in between seeing a scrappy young hockey team defeat a group of Icelandic behemoths in D2: The Mighty Ducks and jumping when Samuel L. Jackson’s severed arm plays peek-a-boo with Laura Dern in Jurassic Park, my love for movies really started to take control of me. Ever since, I’ve devoured anything film wise that I can get my hands on in a quest to conquer the world of cinema (but not in a violent way or anything). I also semi-occasionally keep up a film blog called Ma Ha’s Magic Film Corner and work behind the counter at the glorious Bay Street Video. Follow me on Twitter @mahahafilm


Prerana Das

Contributor

Prerana is a Rubik’s cube enthusiast, an occasional writer and photographer, and of course, a lover of film.


Sean Kelly

Contributor

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants). Sean has been writing his blog Sean Kelly on Movies since 2004 and has also contributed his writing for MONDOmagazine, thesubstream, and Huffington Post Canada.


William Brownridge

Senior Reviewer, Contributor

Raised on a healthy diet of Star Wars and every horror film on a video store shelf, Will has been watching movies since before he was able to talk. Inspired by an ever growing passion for film, and the occasional mind control experiment, Will began writing film review on his personal blog, The Film Reel. When the mind control experiments actually worked, he was able to secure a position with Toronto Film Scene. He now waits patiently in the TFS basement for October to come every year, when his love for horror films finally pays off.