WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – SEPTEMBER/2016 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS)

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<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

MUSIC, MUSICALS & DANCE
– September 28,29 – Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, several venues, for ticket information go to http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com
– October 2 – The Three Penny Opera, Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill, Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street, http://www.soupcantheatre.com
– October 3,4,6,7 – Adele, four nights, 8pm, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– Until October 16 – Luzia, Cirque du Soleil’s Mexican-themed show, under the Grand Chapiteau, Port Lands, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
– Until November 27 – Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.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 – A Chorus Line, Festival Theatre, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Ongoing – A Little Night Music, Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford, Ontario, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Ongoing until October 19 – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, Shaw Festival, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Festival Theatre, http://www.shawfest.com

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– September 28 ongoing – Noises Off, Soulpepper Theatre at Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– September 28 – October 1 – Toronto’s Comedy Festival, 5th edition, for venues and details go to http://www.jfl42.com
– September 28 – October 1 – Tideline, University of Toronto Performing Arts, Hart House Theatre, http://www.harthousetheatre.ca or 416-978-8849
– September 28 – October 1 – The Maltese Bodkin, Trinity College Dramatic Society, George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, http://www.uofttix.ca
– September 29 – October 16 – Concord Floral, Canadian Stage at Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
– September 29 – October 16 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.ca
– September 29 – November 6 – The Numbers Game, Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
– October 11 ongoing – Graeme Thrones, comedy, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until October 30 – The Watershed, Main Stage, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Ongoing – The Hot Line Always Blings Twice, 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
– Ongoing – Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, roughly 90 miles southeast of Toronto, fine theatre in Wine Country, for tickets and information go to http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, roughly 90 miles northwest of Toronto, Canada’s festival of outstanding theatre and musicals, for tickets and information go to http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART
– September 28 – December 4 – The Edge of The Earth: Climate Change in Photography & video, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, http://www.ryerson.ca/ric
– September 28 – December 5 – Douglas Coupland, Daniel Faria Gallery, 188 St. Helen’s Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
– Until October 30 – Theaster Gates, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until December 10 – Form Follows Fiction: Art & Artists in Toronto, Art Museum of the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House, 15 Kings College, 416-978-1838
– Until January/2017, ‘Chihuly’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park at Bloor Street West, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until January 8/2017 – Alvaro Siza, Aga Khan Museum 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until January 8 – Jack Bush and Colleen Heslin, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10,365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.50years.mcmichael.com
– Ongoing – Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– 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.)
– September 28 ongoing – Michel Tremblay’s ‘Hosanna’, a Canadian LGBTQ classic, Soulpepper Theatre at Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– September 30 – October 1 – Gay Play Day, short plays by LGBTQ playwrights and allies, Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.gayplayday.blogspot.ca
– Until October 9 – Blind Date, one actor, one audience member, one queer blind date, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www/buddiesinbadtimes.com
– October 11 – Shady Queens, Featuring Bob The Drag Queen, Danforth Music Hall, 147 Dannforth Avenue, in support of Fife House, http://www.fifehouse.org
– Until November 17 – A Third Gender, Edo period Japanese prints bring insight into sex and gender in another culture, Royal Ontario Museum, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Ongoing – ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Ongoing – Legit, second Thursday of every month, legal counsel for same-sex couples immigrating to Canada, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
– 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 – Glad Day Bookshop, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 598A Yonge Street, http://www.gladdaybookshop.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 – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– October 1 – Nuit Blanche, sunset to sunrise, the city transformed by artists, http://www.nbTO.com
– October 1 – Oktoberfest/2016 at Mill Street Brewery, 21 Tankhouse Lane, Distillery District, polka band, german dancing and bells, Bavarian menu, 14 beers on tap, http://www.universe.com/msboktoberfest
– October 22,23 – The 3rd annual Karma Cup, music, art, speakers, live glass blowing, food, medical marijuana festival, Polson Pier, 20 Polson Street, http://www.thekarmacup.com
– October 23 – Old Book and Paper Show, Toronto’s biggest one-day ‘vintage paper-fest’, Wychwood Barns, between Bathurst & Christie Streets, south of St. Clair Avenue, 10am-4pm, http://www.antiquesshowscanada.com
– Until November 6 – Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market, 550 Bayview Avenue in the Don Valley, shuttle bus from Broadview subway station, Saturdays & Sundays, http://www.evergreen.ca
– Ongoing – Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Ongoing – Canada’s Wonderland, rides and roller coasters, the works, 9580 Jane Street, http://www.canadaswonderland.com
– Ongoing – $5 Tuesdays, licensed cinema, Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton Street, http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
– Ongoing – TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net/whats-on
– Ongoing – Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, http://www.bloorcinema.com
– Ongoing – Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Ongoing – Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ongoing – Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Ongoing – Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– 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 – Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Ongoing – Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ongoing – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

PLUS1Check NOW weekly magazine (it’s free) and the daily newspapers for additional listings.

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

doing603 doing604<PHOTOS ABOVE – an optical illusion created by the setting sun on a Wellesley Street building.  Art is where you find it.>

skunk1Mike McMilan, on his way to a meeting with the mayor of ORILLIA, bravely helped rescue a skunk whose head was stuck in a Coke can. He calmly begged the skunk not to spray him as he slowly approached and – with a back-and-forth movement – pulled the can off. The grateful skunk then ran away.

TORONTO’S HOCKEY HALL OF FAME, “CATHEDRAL OF HOCKEY”, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1943

hockey1 hockey2One of TORONTO’s premiere attractions, The Hockey Hall of Fame, was established in 1943 at Kingston, Ontario and moved to our city in 1961.

hockey5hockey4You can easily spend an entire day here, roaming through gallery after gallery of history – videos, murals, photographs, the preserved Montreal Canadiens dressing room, miniature “rinks”, a collectibles corner, broadcast booth, masks, sweaters, sticks, skates, posters, etc. etc.  Local, national, international – it’s all here.

hockey3The Great Hall features TORONTO’s most spectacular stained glass dome.  Its bank vault, dating from 1885, contains Lord Stanley’s original Stanley Cup.

hockey8Displays are colourful, well illuminated and documented.  Photography is allowed.  Enter from the lower level of Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street at Front. Subway stops: KING or UNION

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SOME TORONTO SHORT STORIES – SEPT. 20-27/2016

lalaland1Movie musicals are back! ‘La La Land’, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, took the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit the theatres in December. Director DAMIEN CHAZELLE’s film was chosen for the People’s Choice Award/2016.

lalaland3muji1MUJI, the Japanese minimalist homeware, clothing and stationary store, is opening two new TORONTO locations. There’s already one in suburban Mississauga. Now the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale will make it three in the GTA.

gtairways2Greater Toronto Airways has begun regular commuter service between Niagara District Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Flights depart NIAGARA at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; from TORONTO at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Additional runs and weekend service may be in the offing.

condos1TORONTO’s condominium sector is soaring. 17,949 high-rise sales between January and August this year – up 33% over the same period last year. These high-rise numbers come as the supply of new low-rise homes has dwindled too a 10-year low.

The supply of condo units has decreased from a year ago, particularly in pre-construction sales. 14,000 apartments were available in August, about 10,000 fewer than in 2015.

goodyear1The GOODYEAR BLIMP returned to TORONTO skies this week, the first time since 2007. This one is part of a fleet operated by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

peanut1Another recent visitor – MR. PEANUT, the advertising logo and mascot of Planters. Great photo by @ypsahbaz

pigeon1A portrait of one member of TORONTO’s wildlife community – Regent Park

GREAT NEWS FROM BUFFALO FOR ART LOVERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CANADA-US BORDER

albright-knox1Art collector JEFFREY GUNDLACH has pledged to donate $42.5-million in matching funds to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in BUFFALO. The gallery’s matching funds were raised over the summer months.  Labour Day was the deadline.

albright-knox2Already one of the finest contemporary ‘American Art’ museums in the United States, the Albright-Knox will be both renovated and expanded. There will be 40,000 square-feet of new exhibition space for masterworks, an improved restaurant, educational classrooms and a cafeteria for children to have school lunches.

The Albright-Knox is a popular destination for Torontonians, so this means a lot to us too.  Congratulations to our good neighbour – BUFFALO, New York.

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LESLIEVILLE HAS GONE FROM MANUFACTURING TO ‘HIPSTERVILLE’ IN TEN YEARS

leslieville1leslieville21LESLIEVILLE, formerly a neighbourhood of light industry and manufacturing, has transformed itself into a dining/shopping/antiquing/condo hub.  It comes by its name legitimately: George Leslie (1804-1893) owned a large nursery in the area – Leslie Grove – which is now a park.  His trees line the streets of TORONTO, and much of the foliage in Allan Gardens came from here.

leslieville2leslievlle6Leslieville (Empire Avenue to Coxwell, along Queen Street East) is home to many of TORONTO’s fine restaurants, bars, antique stores, art galleries and clothing emporia.  There’s a pawnshop, vintage record store, tattoo parlour, a cabinet maker, remnants of our industrial past, a chocolate shop, greasy spoons and one-of-a-kind coffee bars.

leslieville8<You know you’re in Leslieville when you spot these multi-coloured benches.>

leslieville7<LESLIE JONES is a popular Leslieville restaurant near the intersection of Leslie and Jones.>

leslieville6leslieville11Getting to Leslieville – Queen streetcar #501 to Empire Avenue.

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