WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO APRIL/2018 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INFO, TIMES & TICKETS)

LARGE THEATRES
*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/fleckdancetheatre/
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., http://www.sonycentre.ca
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av., http://www.crowstheatre.com
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stlc.com
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., http://www.tocentre.com
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, https://tickets.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/TheatreManager/1/online

MORE THEATRES
*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*Cahoots Theatre Company, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E., http://www.cahoots.ca
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://harthouse.ca/hart-house-theatre/
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, https://national.ballet.ca
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com
*Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario, http://www.brampton.ca/sites/rose-theatre/en/Pages/Welcome.aspx
*Second City, sketch comedy theatre that’s launched many careers, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Shaw Festival Theatres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, https://www.shawfest.com/
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St. W., https://wwww.facebook.com/TheStorefrontTheatre
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org
*Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. West, https://www.yukyuks.com/toronto

CONCERT HALLS
*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av., http://www.thedanforth.com
*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.tocentre.com/theatres/george-weston-recital-hall
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W., http://www.cbc.ca/glenngould
*Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., http://www.hughsroom.com
*Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.rcmusic.com
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, http://theoperahouse.ticketoffices.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4P_S_OGJ2QIVlLjACh0D0QC9EAAYASAAEgJVj_D_BwE
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
*Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., http://www.trinitystpauls.ca

CENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*Carlton, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
*Hot Docs Ted Rogers, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
*Market Square, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
*Mount Pleasant, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
*Ontario Science Centre Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
*Regent, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
*Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
*Royal, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
*Scotiabank Toronto Imax (Cineplex), 259 Richmond Street West, multiplex & IMAX, 14 screens, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
*TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 screens, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
*Varsity Cinemas (Cineplex), Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, 12 screens, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/cineplex-varsity-vip
*Yonge-Dundas Cinemas (Cineplex), multiplex & IMAX, 26 screens, 10 Dundas Street East, http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/cinema/CA/ci25232552/CA/M6M1W6

MUSEUMS
*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton, http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
*Art Gallery of Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Bata Shoe Museum, only two in the world, 327 Bloor St. West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle, http://www.casaloma.ca
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
*Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
*Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, http://www.arts.utoronto.ca/galleries.htm
*Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street, interprets Victorian life of the 1860’s, 416-302-6915
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre, 40 College St., http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village, http://www.mztv.com
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
*Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, free, http://www.thepowerplant.org
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives, https://www.qormuseum.org
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), 33 Gould Street, large photography gallery, free admission, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum/
*Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca

ART GALLERIES
*A Space, established contemporary, 401 Richmond St. West, http://www.aspacegallery.org
*Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, http://www.becontemporary.com
*Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. West, First Nations art, http://www.bayofspirits.com
*Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, http://www.cansculpt.org
*Christopher Cutts, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
*Clint Roenisch, 190 St. Helens Avenue, contemporary, avant-garde, http://www.clintroenisch.com
*Corkin, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.corkingallery.com
*Daniel Faria, contemporary, converted warehouse, 188 St. Helens Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
*Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, http://www.diazcontemporary.ca
*Katharin Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects, 1086 Queen St. West, http://katharinemulherin.com/
*Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, http://www.kofflerarts.org
*Mercer Union, contemporary art, 1286 Bloor St. West, http://www.mercerunion.org
*Mira Godard, 22 Hazelton Avenue, long-established, Canadian & international artists, http://www.godardgallery.com
*Olga Korper, 17 Morrow Avenue, long-established, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
*Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 30 Abell Street, founded in 1996, http://www.propellerctr.com
*Sandra Ainsley, 100 Sunrise Avenue #150, leading dealer in contemporary glass, http://www.sandraainsleygallery.com
*Stephen Bulger, 1356 Dundas St. West, long-established photography gallery, http://www.bulgergallery.com
*Thompson Landry Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane, Distillery District, specializes in Quebec art, both contemporary & the masters, http://www.thompsonlandry.com

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
*Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca
*Legit, 2nd Thursday monthly, immigration legal counsel, 519 Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
*Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue, just above Gerrard St. East, http://www.mcctoronto.com
*Out and Out, LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
*Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory, http://www.thepinkpagesdirectory.com
*ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
*Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ invites violence, imprisonment or even death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
*Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, http://www.rotctoronto.com
*Xtra magazine, gay news from Toronto, Vancouver & Ottawa, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx

OTHER GOOD STUFF
*Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
*Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
*Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
*TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/toronto-greeters-program/
*The Dirt, a free condo review platform, largest in Canada, reviews for nearly 1,000 condos in Greater Toronto – http://thedirt.co/
*Toronto Transit Commission Day Pass, $12.50, a single-user pass on week days on the subway, streetcars & buses, Group/Family Day Passes on weekends & statutory holidays – https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp
*Until April 27 – The Photography of Allen Ginsberg, photos, print materials, beat generation, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, 120 St. George Street, https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/
*Until April 28 – The Return of Ulysses by C. Monteverdi, Toronto’s esteemed Opera Atelier, Italian with English surtitles, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, tickets https://operaatelier.com/season/2017-2018-season/
*Until April 29 – An American in Paris, musical based on the film, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until April 29 – La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach, Toronto Operetta Theatre, story of Helen of Troy, Jane Mallet Theatre, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stic.com
*April 29, 30, May 1 – Paolo Woods, investigative photojournalist, ‘Exploring Genius’, National Geographic Live, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomsonhall.com/natgeolive1718
*Until May 6 – 25th annual Hot Docs: Canadian Int’l Documentary Festival, screening schedule at http://www.hotdocs.ca
*Until May 6 – Mikveh, drama about the position of women in Israeli society, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.hgjewishtheatre.com
*Until May 6 – Fun Home, Tony Award-winning musical, lesbian cartoonist’s relationship with her dead father, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge Street, http://www.musicalstagecompany.com
*May 25 – Kathy Griffin, stand-up comic makes a comeback, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Until May 27 – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*Until June 3 – Annie, family musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until October 21 – Come From Away has been extended, a continuing Canadian/American hit on Broadway, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com

TORONTO Police constable KEN LAM is drawing praise for his non-violent arrest of the suspect in Monday’s van attack in North York.
“Come on, get down,” the officer shouts after drawing his weapon.
“Kill me,” the man says in between making quick-draw motions with his arm.
“No, get down,” the officer responds.
“I have a gun in my pocket,” the man says.
“I don’t care. Get down,” the officer responds. “Get down or you’ll be shot.”
Alek Minassian got down and was arrested. No shots were fired.

<IMAGES – CBC & McLean’s>

<The CN Tower & the TORONTO sign were dimmed last night.>

New York’s EMPIRE STATE BUILDING went dark to honour the victims.

A rented van plowed into pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 15. The driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

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THERE’S MUCH MORE TO RUNNING A VAST STREETCAR NETWORK THAN THE CARS THEMSELVES

<Building Leslie Barns, ca2015, by TOM TARDIF / Azimuth Geomatics & TTC>

LESLIE BARNS occupies a large piece of property at the corner of Leslie Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. It was built to service and house 100 of the TTC’s fleet of 204 Flexity Outlook LRT vehicles – otherwise known as TORONTO’s new streetcars. If necessary, Leslie Barns can handle a total of 264 Flexitys.

Unlike the older streetcars, the Flexitys have their equipment on the roof, and need a shop layout that can deal with this.

Leslie Barns occupies 26,000 square metres (6.4 acres); indoor bays for 30 Flexitys; room in the yard for another 100; 5.2 miles (8.3 kilometres) of track on the property. About 200 TTC maintenance and operations personnel work in the buildings. The facility has been operating since November 22, 2015. It opened officially the following year.

To celebrate both the Leslie Barns and the Cherry Street Flexity streetcar line, the TTC produced a campaign with the National Ballet of Canada. In a YouTube video Principal Dancer NAOYA EBE visits the TTC’s newest and most modern facility.

  For complete details on the Leslie Barns and how they were built go to https://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Projects/Leslie_Barns/latest_news/2015_News.jsp

JUNE 13-AUGUST 5 AT THE GLADSTONE HOTEL – TEN PHOTOGRAPHERS CELEBRATE ‘QUEERS IN THE ARTS’

<ABOVE – My hometown – AMHERST, Nova Scotia – by JAMES FOWLER>

A fund-raiser in March & April produced ‘Around The World in 30 Days’, 30 paintings of Canadian towns and cities from above, by TORONTO artist/photographer JAMES FOWLER. The bright colours in each are inspired by summer festivals, happiness, travel and fun.

Funds from the sale of these paintings will help pay for an exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, as well as the 8th annual ’10 x 10 Photography Project‘ book. For more information go to https://10x10photographyproject.com/get-involved/around-the-world-in-30-day/

AFTER 6 YEARS & MILLIONS OF $$$$’S, BOTH THE HOT DOCS CINEMA & FESTIVAL HAVE TURNED A PROFIT

Its 650 seats will be filled again soon for the 2018 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival.

TORONTO’s documentary cinema has become a financial success story. It’s turning a profit! In 2016, the Festival screened a record 232 films before an audience of 211,000. In 2018, its 25th anniversary, the lineup will be even larger – 246 full-length, medium and short-length films.

The theatre – unique in the world – was once the elderly and rather rundown Bloor Cinema near Bathurst and Bloor.  After a grant of $5-million from the Ted Rogers Foundation, the much-improved cinema reopened and has never looked back. Its ‘learn-as-you-go’ programming for film festivals, on top of a daily screening schedule has worked well – for festival-goers and those who want to see only a specific documentary.

<PHOTO – lining up for the Hot Docs Festival at the Royal Cinema/2012>

SIMON HOUPT has written “Some Like It Hot”, an in-depth article on the history of the Hot Docs Cinema and the growth of the Festival itself. You’ll find it in the Globe and Mail/April 21, 2018 or at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/article-despite-the-odds-the-hot-docs-cinema-has-become-a-financial-success/

ABOVE IT ALL: A DOZEN PHOTOS OF OUR METROPOLIS FROM THE AIR – 1914-2018

<‘BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF TORONTO‘, looking northwest, postcard, 1914>

<YONGE/DUNDAS SQUARE, Gil Meslin @g.meslin, 2018>

<CN TOWER & ROUNDHOUSE PARK, Toronto Railroad Historical Association>

<MARKHAM HOUSING/2004, Tony Bock/Toronto Star>

<STREETS OF TORONTO, @jaydoublyou, @streetsoftdot>

<SPRAYING DURING GYPSY MOTH INFESTATION, May & June/2017>

 <SNOW & ICE STORM, Pearson International Airport, 9:30 am, April 15/2018>

<LOOKING EAST, @boravsbora>

<UNION STATION, March/2013, blogTO>

<LESLIE BARNS, where our new streetcars go at night; photo FRED SAMDOVAL>

<HONEST ED’S DEMOLITION SITE, looking south, Sean Galbraith/Twitter>

<WHERE HIGHTWAY 400 MEETS THE 407, Oscar Flores/Fickr/January 2017>

PART 1 – THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECT’S DESIGN EXCELLENCE WINNERS/2018

The O.A.A. has chosen the 2018 Design Excellence Award Winners, and three of them are in TORONTO – with some in other parts of Ontario, as well as Chile and New Jersey. Being election season, here’s an opportunity to cast your first vote of 2018.
Two of this year’s TORONTO projects are below.

CASEY HOUSE is a specialized healthcare facility for those with HIV/AIDS. A new addition brings much-needed space to augment a Jarvis Street Victorian mansion.

The new structure embraces the old one, preserving its qualities and organizing day-to-day activities around a central courtyard. The open space is the heart of the facility, allowing in natural light and connecting the hospital to the outside world.

Photo Credit: doublespace photography
Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects & ERA Architects (Heritage)

LIMELIGHT AMPHITHEATRE & BANDSHELL is the focal point of Lee Lifeson Art Park in North York. It’s named after two members of the rock band RUSH who grew up in the neighbourhood. The name connects with one of the band’s songs.

For a new public park, the client asked for a bold and unique identity that would relate to the theme of sound.
Architects: Paul Raff Studio Incorporated
Photography: Jack Landau

VOTE ON THESE & OTHER PROJECTS until April 25 at 4:30 pm.  For the details go to http://www.oaa.on.ca/the%20oaa/about%20the%20oaa/2018-people-choice-awards?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=post-link&utm_campaign=OAA2018PersonalChoiceAwards&utm_content=Carousel