TORONTO – THE LIGHTS ARE ALWAYS ON

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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; 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

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WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – AUGUST, SEPTEMBER/2014 (CLICK ON WEBSITES & PRINT THE LIST)

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MUSIC, MUSICALS & DANCE
– August 21,22,23,24 – International Buskerfest, Yonge Street from College to Queen and surrounding areas, free, from noon, http://www.torontobuskerfest.com
– August 23,24 – Steely Dan, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, 8pm, http://www.sonycentre.ca
– August 26 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, plus Steve Winwood, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, doors 6:30pm, http://www.theaircanadacentre.com
– August 28 – October 26 – Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities”. Grand Chapiteau in Toronto’s Port Lands, tickets at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios
– August 31 – The Big Bupkis!, a gentile’s guide to Yiddish vaudeville, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com or 416-973-4000
– Until October 11 – Man of La Mancha, Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford, Ontario, in rep, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Until October 26 – Cabaret, Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 10 Queen’s Parade, in rep, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium, second Friday of every month, included with general admission, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Rd, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
– Ongoing – Crazy For You, music by George Gershwin, Festival Theatre, Stratford’s smash hit, Stratford, Ontario, 55 Queen Street, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Ongoing – every Monday, ‘Singular Sensation: A Musical Theatre Open Mic’, sing showtunes with a live band, free, 10pm, Statler’s, 487 Church Street, 416-922-0487

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– August 21 – Heritage Matters: Mayoral Candidate Debate, topic – conserving and preserving Toronto’s heritage, St. James Cathedral’s Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street, 7-9pm, http://www.heritagetoronto.org
– August 21 – ongoing – Second City Fall 2014 Mainstage Revue, previews of the company’s upcoming fall show, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Until August 31 – Shakespeare in High Park, pwyc, As You Like It and Titus Andronicus, Canadian Stage, http://www.canadianstage.com or 416-367-1652
– Until August 31 – Adventures in Slumberland, based on Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’, masks, stilts, puppets, weather permitting, Frolick Theatre’s summer production, Olympic Island, Lagoon Theatre, take the Island ferry, http://www.frolick.ca
– Until September 17 – 9 to 5 Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, an improv show for the working woman, 9:30pm, Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
– Until September 28 – Pinkalicious, for kids, about a little girl who loves pink cupcakes a little too much, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 17 – The Best of Second City, greatest hits from 1959 to the present day, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Ongoing – T.O. Tix, Toronto’s official discount ticket booth, dance, theatre, comedy, opera, Yonge/Dundas Square or http://www.totix.ca

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART
– Until August 31 – Where The Trees Stood In Water, cyanotype print exhibition, historic transformation of the Entertainment District, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, http://www.gladstonehotel.com
– Until August 31 – Penelope Stewart, Vanitas, the cycle of life and death, Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until September 1 – The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors is at the Royal Ontario Museum, Queens Park at Bloor Street West, http://www.www.rom.on.ca/
– Until September 1 – Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Leopold Foulem, Paul Mathieu, Richard Milette, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– Until September 15 – NHL Team Fan Days, 30 selected days spotlighting a different NHL team, Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– Until September 21 – Eco-Art-Fest, art installations about environmental issues, Todmorden Mills heritage Museum, 67 Pottery Road, Don Valley, http://www.toronto.ca
– Until October 1 – The Matchbox Gallery: A Retrospective, Museum of Inuit Art, 207 Queens Quay West, http://www.miamuseum.ca
– Until October 26 – The Science of Rock N Roll, the science behind rock music and rock stars, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– Until January 17 – Toronto Does Her ‘Bit’, the home front in the Great War, Market Gallery, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street East, closed on Sunday and Monday, http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery
– Until March 21 – Around 1914: Design in a New Age, art and design up to WWI, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Ongoing – Saturdays and Sundays, Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between The Wars, guided tour of their estate, Spadina House Museum, 285 Spadina Road, 416-392-6910
– Ongoing – Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– August 22 – ‘To Be Takei’, opening, a star’s trek for life, liberty and love, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net
– Until August 24 – What It Means To Be Seen: Photograph and Queer Visibility, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, free, http://www.ryerson.ca/ric
Until September 1 – Queer Baroque, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– Until September 1 – To See And Be Seen: T-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
– Until September 7 – Fan The Flames: Queer Positions in Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Ongoing – Get Out! Running Group, every Sunday, people of all ages and experience levels, 10-11:30am, Fuel Plus 471 Church Street, free, http://www.getoutcanada.com
– Ongoing – Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Ongoing – Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– Ongoing – The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– Ongoing – (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

FILM AND OTHER STUFF
– Ongoing – Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s masterwork, playing in 12 Toronto cinemas, one of summer’s best films, http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/title/tt1065073?ref_=tt_sh_c
– Until August 27 – TIFF in the Park: Backstage Pass, outdoor film screenings every Wednesday, Toronto International Film Festival, David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net
– August 28 – Fan Expo Canada, gaming, horror, comics, sci-fi, Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Adam West and others appear, Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, http://www.fanexpo.com
– August 26 – September 1 – Ashkenaz Festival, global Jewish music and culture, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.ashkenazfestival.com
– Until September 1 – Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place, http://www.theex.com
– Until September 2 – outdoor movies every Tuesday at sunset, City Cinema, Yonge/Dundas Square, http://www.ydsquareca
– September 4-14 – Toronto International Film Festival, over 300 movies, galas, red carpets, celebrities, parties, second largest film festival in the world, various venues, http://www.TIFF.net
– Until September 28 – Distillery District Sunday Market, vendors, music, arts, Distillery District, corner of Parliament Street and Mill Street, http://www.distillerydistrict.com
– Until December 8 – Sake Brewery Tour, tours include sake tastings, Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Building 4, http://www.ontariosake.com
– Ongoing – ride the ferry to Ward’s Island & have lunch at the Rectory Cafe (only open restaurant on the Islands), 101 Lakeshore Avenue, 416-203-2152, http://www.therectorycafe.com
– Ongoing – Medieval Times, dinner and jousting tournaments, Exhibition Place, foot of Dufferin Street, http://www.medievaltimes.com or 888-we-joust
– Ongoing – Farmer’s Market, Saturdays year ’round, 9 am-1 pm, Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue (Don Valley), http://ebw.evergreen.ca
– Ongoing – Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Ongoing – Graham Spry Theatre, CBC Broadcast Centre, free screenings daily, 250 Front Street West
Ongoing – Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ongoing – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, now open, 288 Bremner Boulevard, next to the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

Check NOW, GRID, Xtra, and the daily newspapers for additional listings.

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TORONTO TIES SAN FRANCISCO & L.A. ON FORBES’ “MOST INFLUENTIAL CITIES” LIST

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TORONTO is on the list, and we’re in excellent company.  According to FORBES magazine, our city is the 10th ‘most necessary’ city in the world (tied with the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles/Orange County), and those aren’t small potatoes.

FORBES: “TORONTO, as the economic capital of Canada, has become a focus for international investment into that stable and resource rich country.  It is also among the most diverse cities on the planet – 46% of its population is foreign-born.” <CHART BELOW – Bloomberg>

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Ryerson University management professor MURTAZA HAIDER believes Canadians should celebrate TORONTO’s energy and worldly influence: “It is true that TORONTO and its suburbs could be even better and more environmentally sustainable.  However, in haste to berate the city, let us not forget to celebrate its accomplishments and excellence.  Others see TORONTO as a success.  So should we.”

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As well . . . TORONTO was named ‘Intelligent Community of the Year/2014′ this past June – the 3rd year we’ve reached the finals.  This city was selected after a year-long evaluation of data, site inspections, and the votes of an international jury made up primarily of non-Canadians. 

TORONTO won because of the waves of start-up companies coming from tech incubators and places like the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University, innovations and research in the film and media industry from Pinewood Studios, the recovery and artistic output of Regent Park, and the city’s sustainable new Waterfront development.

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And lastly on the Civic Boosterism list . . . Canada and Australia swept The Economist’s ‘most livable cities/2014′ list, with TORONTO’s 97.2 in 4th place, behind VANCOUVER’s 97.3 in 3rd place.  The poll was based on 30 factors across various categories including stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATE, JOHN TORY, MAINTAINS A HEALTHY LEAD IN AUG. 8 FORUM RESEARCH POLL

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JOHN TORY appears to be widening the gap between himself and the other two top contenders in TORONTO’s mayoral race.  In less than a month, TORY has climbed to the #1 position – and his support is growing, especially among female voters.

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JOHN TORY’s personal approval rating – 67%; OLIVIA CHOW’s – 52%; and ROB FORD’s – 35%.  The voice response automated poll of 1,268 residents is considered accurate within 3 percentage points,, 19 times out of 20.

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This is the 3rd poll in the last month in which TORY has come out on top.  The other two were conducted by NANOS RESEARCH and MAPLE LEAF STRATEGIES.

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Forum Research president LORNE BOZINOFF: “It seems a lot more voters are finding JOHN TORY shares their views, or else they think he has a heck of a transit plan (SmartTrack), because this is a significant shift in support in his favour.  In addition, they will vote for the candidate who can beat (Mayor Rob) FORD, and that may be increasingly seen to be TORY.”

John Tory’s ‘SmartTrack’ plan - http://www.johntory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/OneToronto_Backgrounder_One_Full_Plan.pdf

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TORONTO IS ALL DUG-UP AS IT COPES WITH AN INFRASTRUCTURE BACKLOG

INFRASTRUCTURE1        We’re kind of used to it by now, but if you’re from out-of-town be prepared for traffic delays, both major and minor, almost everywhere.  Water mains, sewer lines, streetcar tracks, sidewalks, roadways, a couple of freeways – it seems everything is being built at the same time.  Your best bet – as always – is public transit.  Get to know the TTC and GO.

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Downtown streets under construction include: Church, Charles, Dundas, Spadina, King, Queen, Broadview, Lakeshore – and the Gardiner Expressway.

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PHOTO ABOVE – Dundas at Spadina Avenue, http://www.mattasher.com

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MEMO TO TORONTO TRANSPORTATION CHIEF, STEPHEN BUCKLEY: “THIS IS NOT A CYCLE TRACK”

The city’s transportation chief, STEPHEN BUCKLEY, has delivered a half-baked “buffered” bike lane on Adelaide Street West, with no physical barriers.  Cyclists are separated from busy traffic lanes by painted white lines and a metre-wide buffer zone.  This is not what city council voted 39-0 for in June.

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<PHOTO ABOVE - Adelaide Street West’s unprotected bike lane/urbantoronto.ca>

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STEPHEN BUCKLEY <quote above> says “it’s a pilot project”.  CYCLE TORONTO’s executive director JARED KOLB says city council didn’t give Buckley the freedom to decide whether or not to erect physical barriers.  The city’s plan was to create a separated lane.  <PHOTO BELOW – a separated bike lane/Paul Krueger/cycleto.ca>

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Architect PAUL KULIG on Twitter: “I took the Adelaide bike lanes for the first time today.  On my way to work I ran into: a dump truck, a mini-van, three Beck taxi cabs, a glass delivery truck, a concrete truck, a pump truck, a Canadian Automobile Association vehicle, and an 18-wheeler in the (bike) lane.”

“THE SUBWAY IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WHOLE SHEBANG” – BUD PURVES, YORK UNIVERSITY

YORK1The subway is on its way to YORK UNIVERSITY, and should arrive sometime in late 2016.  That’s very good news for the 60,000 students, faculty and staff, who’ve been making their way to the outer reaches since the late sixties.

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In the PHOTO ABOVE – “field of dreams”/York University Archives – former York president MURRAY ROSS sits with his telephone in an empty snow-covered field.  That field was destined to become the site of Canada’s third largest university.  In 1964, when shovels broke ground, this was a vast windswept tract of farmland, woodlots, unpaved roads and a creek, reachable by bus – a world away from downtown TORONTO.  There’ve been some changes made . . .

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Two subway stations (Pioneer Village and York U) will transform York from an isolated campus to an urban one, just 40 minutes from downtown universities and research hubs.

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Looking to the immediate future, BUD PURVES, president of York’s Development Corporation (YUDC) says “we have approval to develop 15 million (additional) square feet.”