TORONTO – THE LIGHTS ARE ALWAYS ON

TORONTO, Canada’s largest city, offers . . . dependable public transit; a walkable downtown; most extensive streetcar network in the Americas; Canada’s busiest airport; a city population of 2,790,000; a metropolitan (GTA) population of 6,000,000; a stock exchange 8th in terms of market value worldwide; architecture from the sublime to ridiculous; 4 major universities, 4 daily newspapers, 6 concert halls, 3 arts districts; 4 Chinatowns, 30+ live theatres, 9 neighbourhood rep cinemas, 70 downtown movie screens, 2 pandas . . .

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. . . vibrant neighbourhoods; second largest international film festival in the world (TIFF); major league basketball, hockey & baseball; an indie music scene; Canada’s only purpose-built opera house; National Ballet of Canada; National Ballet School; Canadian Opera Company; Opera Atelier; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Art Gallery of Ontario; Royal Ontario Museum . . .

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. . . a large foodie scene; size: 4th largest city in North America; languages spoken: 163+; population: 50% born outside the country; North America’s highrise construction capital; capital city of the province of Ontario . . . etc.  Enjoy the Big Smoke! – DAVID MOORE

TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

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TORONTO SAVVY’s photo albums are on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/torontosavvy

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For a complete listing of what’s happening all over TORONTO pick up the free weekly NOW magazine – a new one every Thursday.  NOW’s website: http://www.nowtoronto.com

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For LGBTQ listings and news from the gay community, it’s Xtra magazine, published bi-weekly.  Xtra’s website: http://www.dailyxtra.com

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TORONTO ARTISTS DON FOLIAGE FOR A “FIGMENT” EVENT ON OLYMPIC ISLAND

FIGMENT2Artists PHILIP HARE and LAURA DIVILIO dressed as shrubs for this weekend’s FIGMENT TORONTO FESTIVAL.  Their project – ‘Bush Verite’ – allowed the public to engage, first time ever, with bushes.

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FIGMENT celebrates the creativity and passion of artists in communities across the United States, Canada and Australia.  Figment cities: Geelong, Australia; Toronto, New York City, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Jackson and Oakland.

Website: http://www.figmentproject.org

FROM LAKE ONTARIO TO OUTER SUBURBIA, BATHURST STREET IS ONE FUNKY THOROUGHFARE

BATHURSTSTREET12HENRY BATHURST, the 3rd Earl of Bathurst, never visited Canada but lent his name to one of TORONTO’s main streets, which runs from Lake Ontario to outer suburbia and beyond.  Lord Bathurst organized migration from the British Isles to this country after the War of 1812, and granted the charter to King’s College, now the University of TORONTO.

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In a nutshell, on Bathurst Street (MAP – Wikipedia) you’ll find: temples and churches, Sneaky Dee’s, Honest Ed’s, the Wheat Sheaf, small theatres, antique shops, the Oak Leaf Steam Bath, tumble-down shacks, high-end condos and townhouses, Victoriana, a skateboard park, Central Tech, dives, excellent restaurants, the Thompson 5-star hotel, fine millinery, art galleries, bike shops, a large Jewish community . . . etc. etc.  It’s worth a look!

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MY ‘TOP 5′ THIS WEEK IN TORONTO – JULY 25-31

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#1 – Beaches International Jazz Festival, Woodbine to Beech Avenues along Queen Street East, and Woodbine Park, July 25,26, http://www.beachesjazz.com

#2 – Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sunday, July 27, now in its 11th year, last Sunday of every month until October 11, http://www.pskensington.ca

#3 – Best of The Fringe Theatre Festival, July 25-30, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.tocentre.com/bestoffringe2014

#4 – 3rd annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show, July 27, Trinity-Bellwoods Park, all classic oldies welcome, 10am to 5pm, http://www.communitybicyclenetwork.org

#5 – “Boyhood”, Richard Linklater’s masterful soon-to-be-American-classic, a Sundance hit, TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Varsity cinemas, ongoing

THEY MAY (OR MAY NOT) LOVE US, BUT THEY COVET OUR 416 AREA CODE

AREACODE2416 area code numbers are now as rare as hen’s teeth.  The last 416′s were handed out in 2006 by the Canadian Numbering Association, which means these three digits have become hot, hot, hot.

The 416 first appeared in 1947.  It’s TORONTO’s oldest area code and to born-and-bred locals it symbolizes the city itself.  There’s plenty of room for 647′s and 437′s, but the 416′s are all gone.

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UNLESS of course . . . a business or individual is willing to pay hundreds or a couple of thousand dollars to snag a 416.  For some, that’s important.  <PHOTO – child’s 416 t-shirt, cafepress.ca>

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Phone number vendor GEORGIOS PAPPAS: “They feel that a 647 number makes them feel like they’re not established.  Let’s say you need a lawyer.  If you call a 647 number, how credible is that lawyer, how many years has he been in business for?”

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