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

– November 23 – Jay-Z, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– November 23-26 – Nijinsky, National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, 7:30pm, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– Until November 25 – Weesageechak Begins To Dance, Indigenous works in development, dance, theatre, Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East, http://www.nativeearth.ca/weesageechak30
– Until November 25 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://www.tickets.harthouse.ca
Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil, Big Top, Commissioners at Cherry Street, Port Lands, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– December 9 – Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– Until December 10 – Grease:The Musical, previews November 1-9, Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.greaseonstage.com
– Until December 24 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 24 – December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– 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

– Until November 26 – Disgraced, a play by Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, sold out last season, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Until November 26 – Fireworks Festival, annual fest of new works, Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
– Until November 26 – My Name is Asher Lev, Jewish artist torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his art, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.hgjewishtheatre.com
– Until December 17 – Mr. Shi and His Lover, French diplomat falls in love with an opera singer, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Av., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com

– Ongoing – Vikings: The Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– November 23 – December 21 – John Brown, Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Avenue, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
– November 25 ongoing – Christian Dior, Paris haute couture after WWII years, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until December 3 – ‘Galleries – a public entertainment’, Ross Winter, photography, Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, https://www.propellerctr.com/
– Until January 7 – Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, monster movie maker at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.net
– Until November 26 – Staring Back at the Sun: video art from Israel, 1970-2012, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until December 10 – OCAD University presents two inaugural exhibitions in its new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until December/2017 – Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until December 31 – Eatons Goes To War: Family, Memory and Meaning, MacKenzie House, 82 Bond Street, https://www.facebook.com/mackenziehouse/
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, multiple exhibits, Canada’s 2nd largest after the National Gallery, see what’s on at http://www.ago.net
– The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Spadina House Museum, historic house and gardens, 285 Spadina Road, (416) 392-6910
– MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Avenue, Liberty Village, phone for free reservation at (416) 599-7339
– Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Museum, archival materials relating to the history of Canadian broadcasting, 250 Front St. West, http://www.cbc.ca/museum/index.html
– Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
– Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives, 1 Austin Terrace, https//qormuseum.org
– 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.)
– November 23-25 – 5 Guys Chillin’, the dangerous subculture of gay men who engage in risky sex while using drugs, Kensington Hall, Kensington Market, http://www.theatretopikos.com
– Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– 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
– 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
– Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– November 23 – European Union Film Festival, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, http://www.euffto.com
– November 25 – Cavalcade of Lights, lighting of the Christmas tree, fireworks, entertainment, Nathan Phillips Square, 7pm, http://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade
– December 23 – The Toronto Christmas Market, ferris wheel, carousel, live music, carollers, vendors, beer gardens, Santa booth, Distillery District, http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com
– Until December 31 – To Canada With Love, Toronto’s cultural events celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, various venues, http://www.toronto.ca/canada150
Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
– Carlton Cinemas, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
– Market Square Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
– Regent Cinema, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
– TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
– Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– 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
– Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

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

Canada’s largest Christmas tree – 100 feet tall – lights up the TORONTO Eaton Centre.

A real loss for TORONTO transit – ANDY BYFORD, CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is resigning and will leave his post in mid-December. Where is he heading? To the Big Apple no less, where he’ll be named President and CEO of New York City Transit (MTA).

ABOVE – Andy gets his first headline in the New York Daily News.

Mr. Fix-It Big – that’s so New York.

On November 28 Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House of Commons – “for the persecution and injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on a path to equality & inclusion.”

The apology will no doubt be the most comprehensive offered by any national government for past persecution of sexual minorities. The financial settlement will probably include compensation for those fired or pressured into leaving the military and public service because they were homosexual.

EBay is considering developing a “centre of excellence” for Artificial Intelligence in TORONTO sometime in the near future. Devin Wenig told the Globe and Mail this week the city’s talent, capital and startup ecosystem had caught his eye.

“The real question is will a 22-year-old hotshot engineer want to work there? That is the world we live in.” – Devin Wenig

Columnist HEATHER MALLICK has given a rave to CBC television’s renovated 10 0’clock news.  Stuck in third place, CBC News replaced a single anchorman with a quartet of younger (but experienced) men and women – two in TORONTO, one in Vancouver and one in Ottawa.

Agree or not, you’ll find Ms. Mallick’s column at this address – https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2017/11/20/the-cbc-reno-that-got-it-right-mallic.html

TORONTO author Michael Redhill has won the $100,000 GILLER LITERARY PRIZE for his thriller “Bellevue Square”, set in the Kensington Market neightbourhood. The Giller is Canada’s richest literary award.

Photographer ROSS WINTER’s “Galleries – a public entertainment” is showing at Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, Wednesday to Saturday, until December 3.

<ESCAPE FROM LOS ANGELES on I-405 for American Thanksgiving>

<The 405 puts on a Thanksgiving light show as Angelenos head north & south.  IMAGES – KABC, Channel 7, Los Angeles; November 21/2017>



It all began in the coal mining town of SPRINGHILL, Nova Scotia.

Then came appearances on Moncton television, from there CBC television (‘Sing-a-long Jubilee’), and not long after that recording sessions & concerts at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium, Las Vegas – and, of course, Springhill. Anne never forgot her hometown.

<Anne with Gordon Lightfoot & Stompin’ Tom Connors, 1973 Juno Awards, PLUM Communications Inc.>

Now, at the age of 72, Anne has given her extensive archive to the University of TORONTO Libraries. The collection includes 70 boxes containing 188 LP albums, nearly 900 photographs, 253 audiotapes and cassettes going back to the time she was 18, videotapes of her television appearances, scrapbooks of clippings, fan mail and letters.

“She embodies the Canadian popular music industry,” said Brock Silversides, director of U of T Libraries’ Media Commons, an audiovisual & media archive within the Robarts Library. “She’s been so successful in Canada and internationally. Even one of her songs Snowbird, that’s so Canada.”

“Just with her voice alone, she’s become enormously successful and has affected a lot of people. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, Anne’s music has been the soundtrack to many people’s lives.”

ANNE MURRAY, Now & Forever, indeed!


This weekend The New York Times published an in-depth article on New York’s subway system, which is descending into misery, and failing millions of riders.

Providing a sprawling 24-hour service, the MTA has been plagued by track fires, stalled trains, signal problems and this past week, a derailment.

<PHOTO ABOVE – Overcrowding in TORONTO’s Bloor/Yonge station during morning rush hour>

Torontonians love complaining about their subway (a pipsqueak alongside NYC’s), but the TTC system is being modernized & expanded. It ranks very high when it comes to on-time performance.

Most recent annual on-time performances based on data from each transit system – including Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver.
New York City – 65%
San Francisco – 86%
Madrid – 91%
Vancouver – 96%
Boston – 97%
Montreal – 98%
Hong Kong – 99%

Read the entire New York Times article on how-not-to-run-a-subway at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/nyregion/new-york-subway-system-failure-delays.html

The MORAL OF THE STORY – never – ever –  let politicians run your public transit system.  They’re largely focused on getting re-elected, and create mayhem & expensive delays.  TORONTO knows!

<“$9-billion dollar subway expansion! Not a penny in new taxes – Next stop: somewhere over the rainbow.” – cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, TORONTO>


University of Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, is one of the smallest colleges (1600 students) within the University of Toronto.  Founded by Anglican Bishop John Strachan in 1827, it was federated into the secular University under government pressure, in 1904.

Originally in Trinity-Bellwoods Park on Queen Street West, the present campus was erected between 1925 and 1961.

The chapel, built in 1955, was a gift from Salada Tea CEO Gerald Larkin.  Trinity combines elements of Gothic Revival, Jacobethan and Tudor Revival architecture.

Subway stop: WELLESLEY, and then westbound Bus #94 to Hoskin Avenue, or MUSEUM, then walk west half a block, and south down Philosopher’s Walk.


A 19th century rooming house on King Street West at Strachan, once home to poor men, will soon become a condo. The story of this old survivor is a fascinating one. In June/2015 photographer PAUL SALVATORI was given access to the building and his photo essay appeared in NOW magazine.

Paul Salvatori: “The Palace Arms for years served primarily as a 91-unit rooming house for poor men. Nearing its final days, I had the unique opportunity to explore it. I had no expectations, wanting only to better understand the historical (and often unfairly maligned) building as it is today.”

“I notice signs of human activity like the towel on the right, which could belong to one of the squatters who lives directly outside the washroom. The room is dark – only my camera flash illuminates it here.” – Paul Salvatori

For the full story and Paul Salvatori’s photographs go to NOW’s website.  Address below.