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 the 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 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; 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 . . . Enjoy the Big Smoke. DAVID MOORE
TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com
TORONTO SAVVY’s photo albums are on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/torontosavvy
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
For LGBTQ listings and news from the gay community, it’s Xtra magazine, published bi-weekly. Xtra’s website: http://www.dailyxtra.com
416 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.
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>
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?”
The Beaches International Jazz Festival is one of summer’s signature events in TORONTO. It’s a big one, stretching 2.5 kilometres along Queen Street, eastward from Woodbine to Beech Avenue. Tens of thousands turn out for Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R & B, and Soul. 42 bands in all make up this year’s 26th annual festival, and – amazingly – it’s all FREE!
<PHOTO ABOVE – Bill King/cashboxcanada>
TIFF, the world’s second largest film festival, has announced its Gala and Special Presentation programs. There’ll be 59 of them, with the Opening Night Gala film still to be announced.
The 39th Festival will be showing over 300 titles from September 4 to 14. TIFF is a class act in every respect and – unlike the Cannes Festival – accessible to the general public. Screening venues are large, located in the downtown core, and near public transit. The list of stars who’ll be coming to TORONTO will probably be announced in mid-August.
For ticket prices, pass availability, and a list of films and special events – go to http://www.tiff.net
“World Film Locations: Toronto”, edited by Tom Ue, explores the relationship between this city and cinema from 1904 to the present. TORONTO is an international city with the ability to easily disguise itself, and with natural ties to history, geography, sociology, architecture, art history and literature. TORONTO has been both a supporting character many times in Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own right.
Robert Pattinson of David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” is on the cover. “He is a fantastic actor with phenomenal range,” says Mr. Ue.