TORONTO IS CONSTRUCTING A NEW FLAT IRON BUILDING AS PART OF THE WEST END’S ‘GALLERIA’

The flatiron design by Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) will be one of three residential Galleria buildings at Dufferin and Dupont streets.TORONTO’s original flatiron is located in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and dates back to 1892.

The new flatiron building, at 31 storeys, features a red-brick two-storey podium for retail, and above that a fitness centre with a yoga and meditation room. On the 11th floor will be a lounge, and outside a pool and barbecues. Galleria III was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, who selected this block because of its unique shape.

 

2020 IS PROVING TO BE A SEASON FOR OWLS – A BIG BARRED HAS PAID 4 VISITS TO ROSEDALE SOUTH

NANCY KENNEDY’ s garden in Rosedale South has been a touchdown site for one well-fed owl. The surroundings must be A+ since it has dropped by four times already. Barred Owls are large and stocky with rounded heads, no ear tufts and medium length rounded tails. Distribution is wide in North America, mostly along the eastern half from Florida to southern Canada. <PHOTO ABOVE by Nancy Kennedy>The population is increasing, so it seems this is a healthy species. When they’re nesting Barred Owls are known to sweep down on people. They’re also known for loud, nighttime screeching. <PHOTO ABOVE from the National Aububon Society>

F.Y.I. – FILM & TELEVISION PRODUCTION IN ONTARIO – AN ALPHABETICAL LIST – FROM 2020 TO 2021

1UP feature film, Lionsgate – TORONTO
ALL MY PUNY SORROWS – feature, AMPS Productions Inc. – NORTH BAY
CHROMA – Netflix, episodic series – streaming – TORONTO
CORONER, Season 3 – episodic series, television – TORONTO
DEADLY DNA – television movie – TORONTO
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES – Netflix – feature films, streaming – TORONTO
FRANKIE DRAKE, Season 4 – fully crewed – TORONTO
GOOD WITCH, Season 7 – episodic television series – Whizband/Hallmark – TORONTO
IN THE DARK, Season 3 – CBS Studio Inc. – TORONTO
KIM’S CONVENIENCE, Season 5 – Kim V Productions Inc. – TORONTOLADY DICKS, Season 1 – Lady Dicks Season 1 Inc, – TORONTO
LANNGDON PILOT – CN Pilot Productions Inc. – TORONTO
LOCK & KEY, Season 2 – Matheson 2 Productions Inc. – TORONTO
MILL STREET – episodic television series, CBS – TORONTO
NIGHTBOOKS – feature films, streaming, Netflix – TORONTO
NIGHTMARE ALLEY – theatrical, Guillermo del Toro – TORONTO
ODD SQUAD MOBILE UNIT, Season 2 – Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc. – TORONTO
PHOENIX, Season 4 – television series – MGM/ Take 5 – TORONTO
PRIVATE EYES, Season 5 – television series, Shade Pl 55 Productions Inc. – TORONTO
RESIDENT EVIL – REBOOT – feature, Raccoon HG Film Productions Inc. – SUDBURYSEE, Season 2 – episodic series, Apple TV – TORONTO
SEX/LIFE – episodic series, television, Netflix Studios LLC – TORONTO
SLEIGHBELLS IN THE SNOW – television movie – OTTAWA
SLUMBERLAND – feature films – streaming – Netflix, TORONTO
SNEAKERELLA – feature film, Maple Plus Productions Inc. – TORONTO
SORT OF – television series, Sienna Film/CBC – TORONTO
SPIN – television movies, Disney Plus – TORONTO
STATION 11 – episodic series, Paramount TV Studios – TORONTO
THE BOYS, Season 3 – episodic series, Idaho Productions Limited – TORONTO
THE LAST TRUST – theatrical feature, Trust Film Productions Inc. – NORTH BAYTHE MAN FROM TORONTO – theatrical feature, Singularity Productions Ltd. – TORONTO
THE PARKER ANDERSONS – television episodic series, Marble Media – TORONTO
THE PERFECT WEDDING – television movie, NB Productions Inc. – OTTAWA/GATINEAU
TITANS, Season 3 – episodic series, Warner Brothers Canada Ltd. – TORONTO
VICAP, Season 1 – episodic series, television, MGM – TORONTO
Y: THE LAST MAN, episodic series – Streaming Y Canada Productions Inc. – TORONTO

AGAIN VENICE FIGHTS ITS WORST FLOODING IN 53 YEARS, THANKS TO STRONG WINDS & HIGH TIDES

<ABOVE – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & GETTY IMAGES> VENICE is a city that’s been sinking almost from the time it was built. It’s been named aqua alta, or high water, with good reason especially in November and December when seasonal winds drive strong tides up canals, through drains, and into the streets.  Second only to 1966 when high tides reached levels of 6 feet, and in 2019 three-quarters of this one-of-a-kind city was submerged by powerful storms.<ABOVE – Wading through the flood waters – REUTERS>. Venetian leaders have been working on a plan since 2013 to save Venice. (MOSE MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico), the project, is a system of mobile gates meant to protect the city and lagoon from extreme tides. The gates were supposed to be finished by 2011, but some officials are predicting they won’t be done for another three years. Unfortunately, Mother Nature won’t wait.<ABOVE – St. Mark’s Basilica flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, REUTERS><ABOVE – November 2019, a tipped boat. This year, 2020, three water buses sank, but tourists kept up their sightseeing as best they could. – REUTERS><VENICE – AS I REMEMBER IT.>

ANNE MURRAY, MY FAVOURITE NOVA SCOTIAN, WILL NOT BE A FLORIDA ‘SNOWBIRD’ THIS WINTER

ANNE would normally be soaking up the Florida sunshine, but she’s giving it a miss this year. enjoying her new HALIFAX home instead. “If you have to be isolated, I’m in a great spot”, the ultimate Haligonian told CP24 News. “I’m right on the water … you really are in touch with nature. Lots of birds, changing of the trees and boats. I feel like I’ve won the lottery.”  Having sold her place in Markham, Ontario, the 75-year-old decided to get back to her friends and family Down East. “I thought about it for a long time … and it felt like the right thing to do. Now that I’ve been here for a year and a half, I know it was.” Anne grew up in the mining town of Springhill, not far from Halifax. These were her roots, but her music career pulled in other directions – despite the urge to return back home. “There seems to be a huge magnet down here,” she said.Achievements <PHOTO – from the Anne Murray Museum> – first Canadian female solo singer to top the U.S. charts; first to earn a gold record for her song “Snowbird.”; four Grammy Awards and 24 Junos (a record).Her latest recording, “The Ultimate Christmas Collection,” released earlier this month, repackages 22 songs that made her part of the Christmas spirit and concerts. “They were such happy times,” she said. “People would sing at the top of their lungs and it was just fabulous, like a great big sing-along.” My only connections with Anne – we both grew up 16 miles from each other; the Cumberland Coal Mines in Springhill employed my father; and my mother thought visiting the Anne Murray Museum was the greatest idea. Which it was. Mom worked in an Amherst hardware store, and Anne’s mother would drop by occasionally. The two women chatted a bit, and my mother once remarked “You must be very proud of your daughter.”. . . . “Yes,” came a one-word reply.

PASSING SOME TIME IN LOCKDOWN – PHOTOS OF ‘OLD TORONTO’ FROM THE CITY ARCHIVES

< #1 A wrecked automobile flipped over a fence and into a ditch, Dupont Street>

<#2 – Two skaters heading for University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, 1910><#3 A drum majorette in Varsity Stadium, ca1940-50>

<#4 – Construction of Western Hospital, Bathurst St. above Dundas, ca1920>

<#5 Mrs. Joslyn Rogers and her Studebaker, December 5/1930>

<#6 – The Cayuga, in service from 1907-1960, leaving Toronto through the Eastern Gap, 1918>

THEY’RE PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR A POSSIBLE OUT DOOR ART GALLERY IN CABBAGETOWN

Inspired by this commissioned piece of art by Christian English-Pratt, residents backing on to Broadcast Lane came up with a plan. Why not establish an outdoor gallery to attract passersby and local residents? This could be an attraction within a well-known neighbourhood, and at the same time could provide access to more visual art in a laneway that already has some of it. Many locals don’t even know the laneway exists.  Next time you’re in the Carlton/Parliament neighbourhood take a stroll and see what you think. Will this have an impact on local businesses? During the pandemic will this project help replace visual art, now that the city’s museums and galleries are in lockdown? It’s worth a try, and no doubt artists would respond. – from Parliament Street News (contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker-Manager HomeLife Realty One Ltd.)

THE MANHATTAN APARTMENTS WILL SOON FRONT A 47-STOREY CONDO BLDG. AT 68 CHARLES ST. E.

A 47-storey high rise on northern Church Street could soon be in high demand. Its location has a Walk Score of 99 out of 100; a Transit Score of 96 out of 100; and it’s close to 5 major hospitals; shops, entertainment, parks, and the University of Toronto.The Manhattan will be retained in full and restored.  When passing by, I’ve always admired its classy facade.The heritage properties at 634 and 636 Church Street will be mostly retained, although the rear additions will be demolished.The Manhattan will soon have another big brother on Church Street.