WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – JANUARY/2017 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS)

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FOLLOW2<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

MUSIC, MUSICALS & DANCE
– January 19 – February 24 – The Magic Flute, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, http://www.coc.ca
– January 20 – February 4 – ‘Carrie: The Musical’, Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto, http://www.harhousetheatre.ca
– January 21 – JCT Trio, part of the Toronto Symphony’s Mozart Festival, Koener Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– January 23 – Maple Blues Awards, annual all-star concert & awards event, Toronto Blues Society, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– Until January 29 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– January 31 – February 5 – Stomp, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Ongoing – ‘La La Land’, the first Hollywood musical in years. Toronto showtimes at http://www.tribute.ca/showtimes/movie/toronto/la-la-land/115190/
– February 14 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo, vocal music of South Africa, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– February 28 – April 16 – The Book of Mormon returns, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, 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

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– January 19-22 – Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, Round Venue, 152 Augusta Avenue, http://www.wolfmanortheatre.ca
– January 19-29 – Unholy, four women of different faiths (and no faith) debate religion and Misogyny (Jan. 15-17), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
– January 19 – February 5 (previews Jan. 12-16), Alien Creature by Linda Griffiths, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.ca
– January 19 – February 11 (previews Jan. 12-18), The Wedding Party, Crow’s Company in a brand new theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
– January 19 – February 19 – The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, Groundling Theatre Company, Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.groundlingtheatre.com
– January 19 – February 26 – The Audience, a Mirvish & Manitoba Theatre Centre co-production, Queen Elizabeth II & her PM’s over 60 years, Fiona Reid stars, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
– January 19 – February 12 – Sequence, interplay between science, faith, probability and luck, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– January 20 – February 4 – The Gut Girls, the fortunes of brash Victorian-era gut girls, Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
– January 20 – February 11 – The Last Wife, originally produced by the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre For The Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– January 25 – February 5 – ‘The Big What Now?’, one of Canada’s comedic greats looks at the funny side of life after 50, Harbourfront Centre, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– Until January 31 – Come What Mayhem!, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Until March 27 – The Best of Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART
– Ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum,org
– January 19 – February 15 – Michael Snow, Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
– January 19-22 – Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO), installations, talks, workshops, etc., various venues, http://www.todesignoffssite.com
– January 19-22 – Interior Design Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, http://www.toronto.interiordesignshow.com
– Until February 12 (extended) – ‘Mystical Landscapes”, masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and others, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net & http://www.mysticalago.net
– Until May 1 – Tributes + Tributaries, Toronto artists’ work through the 70s and 80s, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until February 5/2017 – Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
– 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.)
– January 19 – Queer Swing Dancing, Swingin’OUT teaches Lindy Hop to the LGBTQ community, no partner or experience necessary, 519 Community Centre, 6:45pm, 519 Church Street, http://www.swinginout.ca
– Ongoing – Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.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, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, 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

THE MOVIES AND OTHER STUFF
– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– January 19-26 – Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, screenings of features, shorts and the classics, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net/canadas-top-ten
– January 19 – Curious Minds lecture series presents ‘The Beatles And The World’, Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, $20, 506 Bloor Street West, 10am, http://www.hotdocscinema.ca
– Until February 18 – DJ Skate Nights on the super rink at Harbourfront, Saturdays 8-11, free, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– 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
– Camera Bar Cinema, 1028 Queen Street West, Toronto’s smallest movie theatre, free feature films on Saturdays at 3:00pm, http://www.bulgergallery.com/camera.html
– 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, http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
– 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/whats-on
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, http://www.bloorcinema.com
– 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
– 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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BARACK OBAMA’S PARTING WORDS TO THE PRESS – “AT MY CORE I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE OK.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on April 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama answered questions on various issues including the current situations in Syria. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A classy man all around and one of Canada’s best friends, US President BARACK OBAMA delivered some parting words to the Press Corps yesterday.  PHOTOS BELOW – by White House official photographer PETE SOUZA.

obama7January 20, 2009. ‘The President-elect was about to walk out to take the oath of office.’

obama3January 1, 2012.  ‘A nice way to celebrate the New Year for the President was to jump in the ocean in his native state of Hawaii.’

obama5August 15, 2012. ‘The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa.’

Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times – “The graciousness that the Obamas displayed toward the Trumps, even as in private they must have been beating their heads against the wall, exemplified class.

“And if, as I fear, we see the White House transformed into a bog of scandals flowing from an unprincipled narcissist, we as a nation will be more appreciative of a first family that set an impeccable example for all the world.”

President Barack Obama, right, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, stand to shake hands following their bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

November 19, 2015 – Canada’s Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU and the President at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Manila.  PHOTO – Susan Walsh.AP

U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, is greeted by a standing ovation in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Adrian Wyld/CP

June 29, 2916 – President Obama is greeted by a standing ovation before addressing Canada’s House of Commons.  PHOTO – Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

obama4October 1, 2015 – the President sits on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office while talking with two aides.

obama9April 9, 2015 – ‘The President’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One  prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica’

Happy (temporary) Retirement, Mr. President!  We miss you already.

PAINTING THE TOWN – ONE UTILITY BOX AT A TIME

TORONTO’S muralists and street artists are giving utility boxes a shiny new face.  PHOTOS BELOW – “Yorkvillians”, Hazelton Avenue at Davenport Road, Lee Sjastrom; “Skyscraper Gardens” and “Cardinals and Butterflies”, Isabella Street, Dan Walsh and Dan Buckley.

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Below, two others by unidentified artists . . .

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THE ELGIN & WINTER GARDEN THEATRES ARE NOW OVER A CENTURY OLD, AND YOU CAN VISIT

ELGIN1One sits on top of the other.  On the bottom – the resplendent ELGIN, and on top – the WINTER GARDEN, with its pastel lamps and leafy bowers.  These are the last remaining double-decker Edwardian-era theatres in the world. 189 Yonge Street, above Queen.

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This National Historic Site offers year-round tours – Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am.  Tours include samples from the vaudeville scenery collection, the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a vaudeville-era dressing room.

Adults $12; students and seniors $10. Cash only. No reservations required.

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THE BEACHES TAKE THE CHILL OFF WITH THEIR 3RD “WINTER STATION DESIGN” COMPETITION

STREETCARINSNOW2Like it or not TORONTO is a winter city, and at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy beaches they’re again embracing the season by transforming lifeguard stands into works of art. The 3rd annual Winter Stations Design Competition is back from February 20 to March 27.

stations5Among the eight installations this year – ‘NORTH’ by Studio Perch, MONTREAL

stations1“COLLECTIVE MEMORY” by Mario Garcia, BARCELONA & Andrea Govi, MILAN

stations6“BEACON” by Joao Araujo & Joanna Correia Silva, PORTO

stations4“BUOYBUOYBUOY” by Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani & Julie Forand, TORONTO

stations3“MIDWINTER FIRE” by Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, University of TORONTO

stations2“I SEE YOU ASJIYU”, Japanese hot spring-inspired installation by Asuka Kono & Rachel Salmela, TORONTO

‘SPLINTER – THE SUPERCAR’ IS FAST, SHARP, HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, AND ONLY ONE EXISTS

splinter1Proving that almost anything can be made out of wood, industrial designer JOE HARMON of Mooresville NC built and designed the Splinter with the help of a group of friends. “Wood,” says Harmon, “has high-performance capabilities … a higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminum, steel or carbon fiber.”

It took him and his team two years to make the car. Species used include maple, ash, birch, hickory, walnut, cherry and oak. The wheels consist of 32 layers of rotary-cut oak veneer. Each spoke can handle 6,000 pounds before snapping.

Websites – http://www.joeharmondesign.com & http://www.wooddesignandbuilding.com