*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

*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

*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

*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, documentary & 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

*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

*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

*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/
*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
*Ongoing – tour the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, 189 Yonge St., Thursdays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust, Details – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*July 15 – Toronto Fringe Festival, 30th edition, dance, theatre, comedy, various venues, 5
*July 15-22 – Summerlicious, 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants offer 3 course prix fixe menus, http://www.toronto.ca/summerlicious
*July 15 – August 4 – Toronto Caribbean Carnival, music, markets, food, festivities, various venues and prices, http://www.torontocarnival.ca
*July 15 – August 12 – The King and I, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
*July 15 – Toronto Korean Film Festival, Korean features and shorts, Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex St., http://www.tkff.ca
*July 15 – Indy Toronto, Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Boulevard, http://www.hondaindytoronto.com
*July 15 – Festival of India, colourful parade down Yonge Street (11 am – 2 pm), Centre Island vegetarian feast, music, dance, a bazaar, free, http://www.festivalofindia.ca
*July 15 – Literary Walking Tour – Kensington Market, led by poet Rain Ida Chan, 10 am, $15, meet at Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., http://www.diasporadialogues.com
*July 15,16 – Toronto Dragon Festival, Chinese performing arts, dragon dancing, martial arts, MegaCity swing band, etc., free, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, http://www.dragonfestival.ca
*July 18 – Taste of Regent Park, local produce, $4 meal and live music, 5-8 pm, 620 Dundas St. East, http://www.tcrc.ca
*July 19,20 – Radiohead, British band, Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre), 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*July 22 – Arcade Fire, Montreal band, Budweiser Stage, doors 6 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*July 25 – L7, Los Angeles proto-riot-grrrl band, Danforth Music Hall, doors 7 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Until July 29 – Brave: The Festival of Risk and Failure, exhibits, talks, performances by artists, thinkers, writers, musicians, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, 7:30 pm, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Until July 29 – ‘Alter-Ego’, Canadian comic book super heroes & the talents behind them, TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, free, http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery
*Until July 31 – Salsa In Toronto Festival, city-wide, various venues, http://www.salsaintoronto.com
*Until August 5 – Wicked, the musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*August 9-19 – Mamma Mia, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until August 11 – Ragga NYC, group exhibition by queer Caribbean artists and friends, Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West, free, 416-536-1519
*Until August 12 – Bentway Skate Trail (under the Gardiner Expressway), CITE, skate culture, DJ’s, art installations, 10 am to 9 pm, free, http://www.thebentway.ca/CITE
*Until August 12 – Tunirrusiangit. The Gifts They Gave, Inuit art, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*August 14-19 – BOOM, one-man stage documentary chronicling the post-war Baby Boom years, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Until August 25 – Hugh’s Room Live Summer Nights Festival, jazz, folk, blues, world music, Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until September 2 – Romeo & Juliet + A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Canadian Stage in High Park, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Until October 8 – a retrospective of Iris van Herpen’s couture, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – 23-storey mural creation by Okuda San Miguel, Parkside Student Residence, 111 Carlton Street, http://www.stepsinitiative.com
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – ‘Spiders – Fear and Fascination’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.ca
*Ongoing – Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, take the bus $29 return, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca*
Ongoing – The Music Man, outstanding updated musical, Stratford Festival, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Until January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until April 8/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
 ‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
   And I’ve a many curious things to show when you are there.”
– from the poem ‘The Spider & The Fly’ by Mary Howitt (1799-1888)

Who’s the spider?  Who’s the fly?  Trump vs Putin Summit, Monday, July 16, HELSINKI, Finland.

And there it is! World-renowned Spanish street artist, OKUDA SAN MIGUEL finished the tallest mural of his career on Friday, July 13/2018. The twenty-three-storey piece dominates the Jarvis Street side of the Parkside Student Residence at Carlton Street.

San Miguel worked in collaboration with TORONTO charity, The Steps Initiative. Painting began on June 20th and was finished by July 13th. This is his first piece in TORONTO, and one of only two in Canada – the other being in VANCOUVER. <PHOTO – The Steps Initiative>

OKUDA SAN MIGUEL – “The gay flag is like my palette because all the colours together symbolize, for me, the multicultures, multigender, everything.” For more of the artist’s work visit the #Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas Street West, for ‘Horses and Muses’, until July 29th. Website – http://www.hashtaggallery.com

Something new at TORONTO City Hall this summer. The city is partnering with SPACING to open a pop-up store in Nathan Phillips Square. SPACING is noted for its excellent urban magazine and the great selection of TORONTO-themed merchandise in its Richmond Street West store.

At City Hall until August 31st some of the company’s quality products – many from local artists – are there to be purchased every Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. #TORONTOPIA . . . #xoTO

In the first half of 2018 real estate prices in the City of TORONTO have remained relatively stable with moderate year-over-year home price increases. But in the 905 suburbs and other parts of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey & Market Survey Forecast, sale prices year-over-year, have been dropping.

SAN FRANCISCO is now so expensive ordinary folks can’t afford to live there. A family of four earning up to $117,400 is now classified as “low-income”.

Properties are considered affordable if they’re going for $500,000. The US federal government pegs the “fair market rent” for a two-bedroom apartment in the SFO area at $3,121. The median home price is above $1-million. The average wait time for subsidized housing is 64 months.



The Propeller Gallery at 30 Abell Street is now over 20 years old, and is one of TORONTO’s longest standing artist collectives. Exhibitions here change every two or three weeks – and feature work by both members and artists who are not members.
To keep up to date on what’s happening at Propeller go to https://www.propellerctr.com

The Modern TORONTO is a new gallery focusing on abstract painting and sculpture. It’s located at 68 Abell Street and shows great art not commonly seen in Canadian museums. The layout of the gallery itself is quite amazing, and makes excellent use of an elongated space.

Works by JIRI LADOCHA (‘Architectonics’) are now on the The Modern’s concrete walls. Website – http://www.themoderntoronto.ca

The Helen and Walter Zwig Foundation Collection, also at 68 Abell Street. This TORONTO couple, both now deceased, had a taste for adventure – which led them by sailboat to Europe, the US, the South Pacific and Central America. They circumnavigated the globe, often alone.
Their gallery features work drawn entirely from their collection. The Zwig family is planning to update exhibits on a regular basis.

Website – https://www.zwigcollection.ca/

Craft Ontario specializes in Canadian-made art of all kinds, is now open at a new address – 1106 Queen Street West, not far from the Drake Hotel. Legally known as the Ontario Crafts Council, this is a member-based, not-for-profit organization based in TORONTO.
Website – https://www.craftontario.com/

Across Lisgar Park with its cafe and bar – THE THEATRE CENTRE, 1115 Queen Street West – invests in ideas, nurtures artists, presents new work and new ways of working. The company provides space, mentorship and exposure to writers and actors – and presents a year-round programming schedule.
Website – http://www.theatrecentre.org

And there’s LISGAR PARK itself. Opened in 2017 it’s TORONTO’s newest park. Not to everyone’s taste, it features a well-used playground for kids, and adds much-needed public space to a community of high-rise towers.
As well there are canopy trees, sculptural seats and planting areas and a grid of ‘art poles’ provide the lighting <PHOTO ABOVE>.


SYLVIO PERLSTEIN, 80, has been collecting avant-garde 20th and 21st century art, both masterpieces and curiosities, for more than five decades. “It was not a business. It’s not a collection,” he said. “In Portuguese, the word is ‘esquisito’, things that are strange and unusual.”

As a devotee of surrealism, Mr. Perlstein likes to buy early work, before an artist’s impulses are ossified. He pounces when he sees “something not normal”.

Three floors of Hauser & Wirth, just off Manhattan’s High Line are filled with art. Among the pieces – works by Man Ray, Magritte, Max Ernst, Donald Judd, Dora Maar, Keith Haring, Picasso, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Bruce Nauman, Moholy-Nagy, etc.

The exhibition is free and nothing is for sale. You can easily spend a half-day taking it all in, and it could save you a visit to the Museum of Modern Art.

Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, New York City, 1-212-790-3900 – https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/14484-luta-continua-sylvio-perlstein-collection


Ontario Premier DOUG FORD has been saying that dismissing the electrical utility’s CEO and board is cost-free. A Globe and Mail analysis reveals the departures will cost nearly $14-million. Ex-CEO MAYO SCHMIDT will receive $9-million and board members a total of $4.9-million.

Shares have dropped as analysts worry political interference will negatively affect the company. – Globe and Mail, July 13/2018

ABOVE – ‘The $9-million man, MAYO SCHMIDT, chose to retire instead of resigning after about six months on the job, and will get close to the $10.7-million he’d have received in severance, along with stock options.  His pension of about $163,000 annually and benefits remain intact. – from columns and reportage in the Toronto Star, July 13/2018


Noisy restaurants are everywhere it seems. With rare exceptions it’s become impossible to have a meal in peace – to talk to your partner without shouting – forced to suck up as much noise as one can stand. Oftentimes as soon as you enter, a tsunami of yelling washes over you. Welcome to dining out/2018!

MOSES ZNAIMER, CEO and founder of ZoomerMedia, owner/operator of two first-rate radio stations, CEO of CARP (for those 50+), owner of Vision TV and founder of TORONTO’s Television Museum, believes “the next great environmental issue ought to be Noise Pollution” – which, in restaurants, comes with a bill + tip.

For info on TORONTO and area restaurants that are relatively quiet, and food in general, visit the Anti-Noise Pollution League at https://www.facebook.com/antinoisepollutionleague/ If you’re mad as hell and won’t take it anymore, here’s an opportunity to make a list, vent and learn.



Formerly the Bloor Cinema, Hot Docs bought it in 2016 with a $4-million gift from the Rogers Foundation. Rebranded the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the Annex neighbourhood theatre projects documentaries, along with lectures, courses, festivals and special events seven days a week. The Cinema is part of the Bloor Street West Cultural Corridor.

<PHOTO ABOVE – Joseph Michael>

Address – 506 Bloor Street West.  To see what’s playing go to http://www.hotdocscinema.ca


One-time Mayor of TORONTO, president of the city’s horticultural society and long-time senator, GEORGE WILLIAM ALLAN donated a five-acre oval parcel of land to the city in 1858. It’s an early example of public philanthropy.

The botanical reserve was meant to be the centerpiece of a subdivision of villa estates – patterned after Regent Park in London & Gramercy Park in New York.

A rickety pavilion was built in the centre of the oval as a concert and horticultural venue.  It was torn down in 1878 and replaced by a grand three-storey enclosed structure.  <PHOTO – Toronto Public Library>

A tall, cascading fountain went up outside. Management of both the park and pavilion was passed on to the taxpayers of TORONTO.

ABOVE – a rare photo of the Horticultural Gardens photographed by OCTAVIUS THOMPSON and published in his “Toronto in the Camera” in 1868. The maple planted by the Prince of Wales, in 1860, is just to the left of the pavilion in front of the fence. <Toronto Reference Library>

Then the pavilion burned down, as a lot of buildings did in those days, replaced by today’s Palm House and conservatory.

For more information on Allan Gardens and its history – https://torontofamilyhistory.org/simcoesgentry/5/allan-gardens