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

– July 27 – August 1 – Toronto Caribbean Carnival, all things Caribbean, music, King & Queen show, art, the Grand Parade, etc., various venues, http://www.caribbeancarnival.com
– July 27 – October 16 – Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– July 27 – August 7 – London Calling: Music in Great Britain, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.torontosummermusic.com
– July 28 – Caribbean Carnival King and Queen Show, music and dance, elaborate costumes and floats, Lamport Stadium, 1151 King Street West, 7pm, http://www.caribbeancarnival.com
– July 28 – October 16 – Luzia, Cirque du Soleil’s Mexican-themed show, under the Grand Chapiteau, Port Lands, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
– July 31 & August 1 – Drake and Future, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– August 23 – Barbra Streisand, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– 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
– Until September 2 – every Thursday & Friday, 6:30-8:30pm, Live on the Patio, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, for schedule go to http://www.roythomson.com/liveonthepatio
– Ongoing – A Chorus Line, Festival Theatre, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Ongoing – A Little Night Music, Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford, Ontario, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
– Ongoing until October 19 – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, Shaw Festival, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Festival Theatre, http://www.shawfest.com

– July 27 – August 28 – The Hogtown Experience, immersive show set in the Prohibition era, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West at University Avenue, http://www.hogtownexperience.com
– July 27 – Best of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York, http://www.tocentre.com
– July 27 – Shakespeare in High Park: Hamlet + ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West, free, bring a blanket, Canadian Stage, http://www.canadianstage.com
– July 27 – August 27 – A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s classic, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 27- ongoing – The 39 Steps, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 27 – August 27 – Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1,2,3), relationship between the US and race set against Civil War background, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 27 – August 31 – Shakesbeer: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), buskers, musicians and more in a tavern setting, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, http://www.shakesbeer.ca
– Ongoing – The Hot Line Always Blings Twice, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Ongoing – T.O. Tix, Toronto’s official discount ticket booth, dance, theatre, comedy, opera, Yonge/Dundas Square or http://www.totix.ca
– Ongoing – Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, roughly 90 miles southeast of Toronto, fine theatre in Wine Country, for tickets and information go to http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, roughly 90 miles northwest of Toronto, Canada’s festival of outstanding theatre and musicals, for tickets and information go to http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

– July 27 – January/2017, ‘Chihuly’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park at Bloor Street West, http://www.rom.on.ca
– July 27 – ongoing – Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– July 27 – September 18 – The Idea of North, the paintings of Lawren Harris, curated by actor/comedian Steve Martin, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net tickets at http://www.harrisago.net
– Until August 1 – Made in China: Cultural Encounters Through Export Art, 100 objects, paintings, porcelain, lacquer, silver, photography, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park at Bloor Street West, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until August 6 – Working Conditions, group show, Gallery TPW, Toronto Photographers Workshop, 170 St. Helen’s Avenue, http://www.gallerytpw.ca/contact/
– Until August 10 – Yakishime Ceramic Exhibition, Earth Metamorphosis, The Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, 3rd floor, Hudson’s Bay Centre, free, http://www.jftor.org
– Until August 21 – Backdrop, internationally renowned painter Hurvin Anderson, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until September 5 – ‘Tattoos’, ritual, identity, obsession, art, Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor Street West at Queens Park, http://www.rom.ca
– Until September 10 – Vivian Maier, photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, http://www.bulgergallery.com
– Until September 18 – ‘The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris’, curated by Steve Martin, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– 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.)
– Until November 17 – A Third Gender, Edo period Japanese prints bring insight into sex and gender in another culture, Royal Ontario Museum, http://www.rom.on.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, 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

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– July 27 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, 8pm, http://www.theroyal.to
– Until August 13 – Bollywood Classic Film Series, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, for tickets and more information http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until August 24 – Open Roof Festival, film screenings and music, every Wednesday night, films at sundown, 99 Sudbury at Lisgar, http://www.openrooffestival.com
– Until August 28 – Dangerous Liaisons: The Films of Eric Rohmer, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net
– Until November 6 – Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market, 550 Bayview Avenue in the Don Valley, shuttle bus from Broadview subway station, Saturdays & Sundays, http://www.evergreen.ca
– 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
– Ongoing – Canada’s Wonderland, rides and roller coasters, the works, 9580 Jane Street, http://www.canadaswonderland.com
– Ongoing – $5 Tuesdays, licensed cinema, Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton Street, http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, http://www.bloorcinema.com
– Ongoing – Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Ongoing – Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ongoing – Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Ongoing – 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.

WALKEDTHRU2TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

royalalexTHE ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE, Canada’s oldest, is closed this summer, undergoing a complete renovation.


ROSEDALE4‘R’ is for Rosedale, proclaims a condo billboard along the frontier of one of TORONTO’s oldest inner suburbs and one of its wealthiest.

ROSEDALE1The subway and two bus lines run through the neighbourhood.

ROSEDALE78,000 live within its precinct, and there’s plenty of ‘Old Money” around.  Rosedale is crisscrossed by three ravines, and its streets go uphill and downdale.  It’s a wonderful place to walk, run and bicycle; the gardens and trees are gorgeous, and there are few fences or barricades.  You can get lost in here, but the locals are quite friendly and helpful.

ROSEDALE2ROSEDALE9ROSEDALE5Along the Yonge Street edge of Rosedale are several fine restaurants and bars, but within the neighbourhood it’s all houses, parks, gardens, bridges, ravines – and one small row of shops where refreshments are available.

ROSEDALE8ROSEDALE3ROSEDALE6Main Street Rosedale is Yonge Street, from roughly Bloor to Summerhill.
  Subway stop – ROSEDALE, and then walk or take Bus #82; or Subway stop – SHERBOURNE, and then Bus #75



DEEPHOLE1DEEPHOLE3DEEPHOLE2DEEPHOLE7Wellesley on the Park will soon rise from this complex deep hole. It’s on Wellesley Street West between Yonge and Bay.

DEEPHOLE4Across Wellesley West, the former Sutton Place Hotel is being transformed into a posh new condo called The Britt. Sutton Place, once home to Stop 33 and ‘action central’ for the Toronto International Film Festival, is about to grow taller by nine additional floors.



PORTLANDS9       <QUOTE – Dennis Hanagan in The Bulletin newspaper, July/2016>

Where do you find 10 to 15 acres of vacant land near downtown TORONTO? For filmmakers, The Port Lands might be the answer. SARAH KER-HORNELL of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board says studios need large packages of land that can be gated and fenced in for security reasons – with warehouse-type buildings inside.

PORTLANDS6She told Dennis Hanagan of The Bulletin newspaper and TORONTO city planners “right now we have clients at the gate, clamouring to come in. We need the space as quickly as possible. Clients are already sold on the jurisdiction, already sold on the excellence we deliver.”

PORTLANDS8<Looking towards THE PORT LANDS from downtown east side, by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler/Grid Engine>

PORTLANDS1PORTLANDS2The Port Lands are an industrial and recreational neighbourhood within easy reach of downtown TORONTO.

Mike Kraljevic, Toronto Port Lands Co. President believes “the film industry is changing at lightning speed” and the very large buildings – the size which Pinewood Studios on Commissioners Street originally announced it required – “aren’t needed any more.”

Smaller studio spaces are closing in The Port Lands. “People are selling, and those parcels of land are being used for something else. We’re going to make room for the (film) industry to allow it to grow (here).”

PORTLANDS4<Movie trailers on Wellington Street West, Sunday afternoon>