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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 . . .


. . . 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


. . . 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 – April, May/2014 (click on websites & print the list)


- April 19 – May 9 – previews, opens May 10 – Cabaret, Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
- April 19 – May 10 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a classic rock opera, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue, or 416-703-5488
- April 19 – May 11 – Arrabal, tango rock opera from Buenos Aires, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street,
- April 21 – May 26 – previews, opens May 27 – Crazy For You by George Gershwin, Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, 55 Queen Street,
- April 22, 23 – Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz, Byron Stripling trumpet & vocalist, Bobby Floyd organ, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street,
- April 23-26 – Kickstart, 6 choreographers pushing boundaries, Dancemakers Centre, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 313, Distillery District,
- April 24 – Boy George, Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue,
- April 24-27 – De Idas Y Vueltas, flamenco artists from Canada and Spain, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay West, or
- April 25 – Aretha Franklin, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, 8pm,
- April 26 – Brad Mehldau Trio, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, 8pm,
- Until April 30 – Hercules, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West,
- May 6-10 – Canadian Music Week, for concerts and venues
- May 21-25 – Twenty-first Century Music Festival, 8 concerts, 5 nights, 20 premieres, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West,
- 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
- June 6-15 – Toronto’s annual Luminato Festival, music, dance, theatre, various venues,

- April 19-27 – Cock, a good relationship is worth a good fight, Studio 180 (of Normal Heart, Clybourne Park), The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West opposite the Drake Hotel,
- April 30 – John Ralston Saul discusses three founding myths about Canada, Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West at Avenue Road, 7pm, free,
- April 19 – May 4 – Belleville by Amy Herzog, presented by Company Theatre and Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, 416-368-3110,
- April 19 – May 10 – Trudeau and the FLQ, from VideoCabaret, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, or 416-866-8666
- April 19 – May 11 – Beatrice and Virgil, relationship between a writer and a taxidermist, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street,
- April 21 – Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, Indigo Books, Manulife Centre, free, 7pm,
- April 22 – May 3 – Abigail’s Party, hostess from hell humiliates and dominates her guests at a dinner party in 70’s suburban England, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue,
- April 23 – May 4 – Vinegar Tom, a dark comedy, The Downstage, 798 Danforth Avenue,
- April 23 – Stratford Festival Forum, debate and music, Shakespeare Slam, Paul Gross, Steven Page, Hawksley Workman, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West,
- Until June 30 – The Best of Second City, greatest hits from 1959 to the present day, Second City, 51 Mercer Street,
- Ongoing – Sixteen Scandals, the weather, the mayor, the urban/suburban split, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, or 416-343-0011

- April 19 – July 20 – Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, ‘Terror and Beauty’, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West,
- April 19 – Michael Awad photos, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West,
- April 19 – Katrin Korfmann, Bau-Xi Gallery, 324 Dundas Street West,
- April 19 – Images Festival, film, video, performance and installations, various venues,
- April 19-27 – Ron Thom and the Allied Arts, pieces from the architect’s personal collection, ceramics he commissioned for his iconic buildings. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park,
- April 19-27 – Hard Twist: This is Personal, 8th annual juried exhibition celebrating the relationship between people and textiles, large and small works, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West,
- April 19-27 – Mary Pratt, McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, 10,365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario,
- April 26 – The Motorcycle in Art, lecture, Robin Peck, The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, 7:30pm,
- Until May 4 – Shauna Born, Katharine Mulherin Gallery, 1086 Queen Street West,
- Until May 5 – Sesame Street Presents: The Body, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road,
- May 10,11 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival, over 300 creators from 15 countries, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street,
- Until May 11 – From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street,
- Until May 18 – This is not a toy: The Urban Vinyl Phenomenon, Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, 416-363-6121,
- Until May 31 – Life on the Grid, 100 years of street photography, City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Avenue, 416-397-0778,
- Until June 1 – Changing Tides, contemporary art from Newfoundland and Labrador, including David Blackwood and Scott Walden, McMichael Gallery, 10,365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg,
- 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,
- Until October 1 – The Matchbox Gallery: A Retrospective, Museum of Inuit Art, 207 Queens Quay West,
- 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 – Nine Rivers City, Toronto’s extraordinary waterways, 72 photographs, Exhibition Common at Harbourfront, http://www/
- Ongoing – Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733,

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
- April 19 – Shadows, an English actress is outed by a lesbian in 1930’s, VideoFag, 187 Augusta Avenue,
- April 23 – Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, gender outlaws, great storytellers, launch their new book “Gender Failures”, Gladstone Hotel, 7pm,
- April 29 – The Case Against 8, Hot Docs Festival, panel + film, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West,
- June 20-29 – Toronto hosts World Pride/2014, sign up to volunteer @
- Until June 28 – Generations of Queer, in honour of World Pride/2014, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), 230 Richmond Street West, free,
- Ongoing – Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club,
- Ongoing – Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance,
- Ongoing – Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street,
- Ongoing – Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver,
- Ongoing – The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines,
- Ongoing – (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street,

- April 19,20 – Spring Fling, three family-friendly days of music, dance and hands-on activities on the waterfront, noon-5pm, 235 Queens Quay West,
- April 19,20 – Centreville’s Easter Eggstravaganza, 126 Centreville Boulevard on Centre Island, ferries from the foot of Yonge Street,
- April 19 – GTA Roller Girls, season-opening game against the Renegade Derby Dames, suicide seating only, Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main Street in the east end, 7pm, 416-694-6893 or
- April 20 – 420 Rally to legalize marijuana, Must Slash Hat band, noon-6pm,
- April 20 – Beaches Easter Parade, Munro Park to Woodbine Avenue, 2pm, free,
- April 23 – A Taste For Life, Toronto restaurants donate % of sales to the fight against HIV, for list go to
- April 24 – Fine Wine Auction, Canadian Opera Company, Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, 6pm, 416-363-8231
- April 24 – signup night for the High Park Bicycle Club, upcoming summer activities, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West, 7-9pm,
- April 25,26,27 – Toronto Spring Psychic Fair, readers, mediums, healers, Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place,
- April 25,26,27 – Community Clean-up Days, a couple of days of cleaning up the ‘hood – streets, sidewalks and parks,
- April 24 – May 4 – Canadian International Documentary Festival, biggest in North America, films, tickets, schedules at
- May 3 – Toronto Global Marijuana March, Queen’s Park North, gathering at noon, march at 2pm,
- May 8,9,10 – Digifest, leading speakers at the forefront of digital creativity, design, data, games, play, digital culture, live demos, innovation, Corus Quay at Sherbourne Street,
- May 27 – Shoreline Cleanup, Tommy Thompson Park, foot of Leslie Street, 10am, free
- Until June 6 – Books on Film, with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, guests discuss the challenges of adapting, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West,
- 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,
- Ongoing – Medieval Times, dinner and jousting tournaments, Exhibition Place, foot of Dufferin Street, or 888-we-joust
- Ongoing – every Thursday – Thursday Night Socials, 1850’s style, Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge Street, 416-395-7432, pwyc,
- Ongoing – Farmer’s Market, Saturdays year ’round, 9 am-1 pm, Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue (Don Valley),
- Ongoing – Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure,
- 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,

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

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OAA7        The Ontario Association of Architects has just announced the winners of its 2014 awards of excellence. Eight of them go to projects recently completed in TORONTO, a city which is rapidly breaking out of its ‘boring box phase’.

Winner of a LIFETIME DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his successful Market Square development in the downtown St. Lawrence neighbourhood – architect JEROME MARKSON. <IMAGE ABOVE – Jack Landau>


Through House – Dubbeldam Architecture + Design/ image by Bob Gundu


Centennial College Athletic and Wellness Centre – Kongats Architects/ image Doublespace Photography


Centennial College Library and Academic Facility – Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated


Moore Park Residence – Drew Mandel Architects/ image by BEN RAHN / A-FRAME


Victoria Park Subway Station – IBI Group Architects, Brown and Storey Architects Inc.


Bridgepoint Health, image courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects


Mount Dennis Library – G. Bruce Stratton Architects/ image by Stéphane Groleau


Tommy Thompson Park Pavilions – Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. /image by Jack Landau


MAYOR ROB FORD’s campaign manager and brother, DOUG FORD, predicted “thousands and thousands” would show up, and that FORD NATION would make the campaign events held by rivals Olivia Chow and John Tory look like a “tea party. I’ve been to a lot of political events. Nothing is going to compare to this.”


Hundreds of people turned out for bobble-head dolls, decals, t-shirts, to have their picture taken with the mayor, and to cheer his 30-minute speech as he addressed Ford Nation.

But CBC reporter JAMIE STRASHIN tweeted: “Lots of chairs filled at Ford launch. Lots of empty ones too.”


<ABOVE – Mayor Rob Ford, Etobicoke Congress Centre, April 17; photo – Nathan Denette/Canadian Press>

JOHN WRIGHT, senior vice-president of IPSOS-REID, told the Globe and Mail it will be a “tough road” for Ford to win but he does have a solid base of support. “A lot of people will be there to support him. The question is whether or not they actually get out and vote.”  Wright went on to say that most polls show the mayor hovering in the mid-20’s.

“You need a 37 to 42 (percentage points) to really win in a campaign like this.”



INDIA1It may not be the most glamourous neighbourhood in town, but it is unique. The Gerrard India Bazaar is one of the largest marketing centres for South Asian goods and services in North America.

Here you’ll find over 100 shops, jewellery outlets and restaurants between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues along Gerrard Street East. The Bazaar is the best place for earrings, bangles, saris, Bollywood music and videos, a couple of art galleries, vegetarian restaurants, an Islamic bookstore, gold and fashions from Dubai, India, Pakistan and Singapore.

The eastbound #506 Carlton streetcar passes through the Bazaar.







Academy Award-winning actor, WALTER HUSTON, slept here: 328 Wellesley Street East



WALTER HUSTON, Toronto-born, began his academic career at WINCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL on Winchester Street east of Parliament.  After attending the Shaw School of Acting, he made his Broadway debut in 1924.  When talking pictures began, Huston set off for HOLLYWOOD, playing both leading man and character roles in countless films.  Among them – ‘The Virginian’, ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ and D.W. Griffith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln’.

WALTER HUSTON won both the Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Sierra Madre’.  All of his grandchildren became actors, as well as his great-grandson.  He was the father of actor and director,  JOHN HUSTON, whose daughter is actor ANGELICA HUSTON.

Plaque locations: Winchester Public School and 328 Wellesley Street East in CABBAGETOWN.



“Full Frontal T.O.” from Coach House Press is a straight forward chronicle of TORONTO streetscapes by archivist PATRICK CUMMINS. Winner of the 2013 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence, the book shows us how our city looks, lives and changes over time, block by block, facade by facade. Among other bookshops it’s now available at the Art Gallery of Ontario for about $25.

“Full Frontal T.O.” features over 400 photos of TORONTO’s messy urbanism, with accompanying text by urban explorer SHAWN MCALLEF.

Check out the super “Full Frontal T.O.” blogsite -

PATRICK CUMMINS: “The lives that are lived in these buildings change and mold them to their shape. We try to control this, but these things are just happening.”