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

– October 22 – November 5 – Norma, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, http://www.coc.ca
– October 22 – November 6 – All But Gone, Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage production, musical exploration of the imagery of Samuel Beckett, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– October 22-29 – Toronto’s famed Opera Atelier, ‘Dido & Aeneas’, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.operaatelier.com
– October 22 – Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat, 140 musicians, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
– Until January 8/2017 – Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 12-26 – Chasse-Gallerie, retelling of the French-Canadian legend about a flying canoe and a deal with the devil, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– November 15,16 – Berliner Philharmoniker, final season conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, 8pm, http://www.roythomson.com
– November 15 – January 8/2017 – ‘Come From Away’, aftermath of 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, reopens the Royal Alexandra Theatre, on its way to Broadway, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 29 – December 11 – The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, 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
– 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

– October 22- Noises Off, Soulpepper Theatre at Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.c
– October 22,23 – Master Harold . . . And The Boys, by Athol Fugard, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.obsidiantheatre.com
– October 22,23 – Graeme of Thrones The Parody, comedy, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 22-30 – The Watershed, Main Stage, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– October 22 – November 6 – The Numbers Game, Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
– October 22-30 – International Festival of Authors, the world’s best writers of contemporary literature, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.ifoa.org
– October 212- November 6 – The (Post) Mistress, by Tomson Highway, performances in English, French and Cree with surtitles, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.theatrefrancais.com
– November 1 – December 4 – The 7 Fingers Cuisine and Confessions, storytelling through food, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 4-20 – ‘Fight Night’, how we choose our political candidates & how we decide on who to support, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– 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

– October 22 – Edward Burtynsky, photos, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, http://www.nicholasmetiviergallery.com
– October 21-30 – Theaster Gates, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– October 22 ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– October 22 – November 19 – John Massey, photography, Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, http://www.diazcontemporary.ca
– October 22 – November 25 – ‘Death To Pigs’, a new work by Canadian artist/curator Ydessa Hendeles, Barbara Edwards Contemporary Gallery, 1089 Bathurst Street, http://www.becontemporary.com
– October 22 – December 4 – The Edge of The Earth: Climate Change in Photography & video, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, http://www.ryerson.ca/ric
– October 22 – December 5 – Douglas Coupland, Daniel Faria Gallery, 188 St. Helen’s Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
– Until December 11 – Form Follows Fiction: Art & Artists in Toronto, Art Museum of the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House, 15 Kings College, 416-978-1838
– Until January/2017, ‘Chihuly’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park at Bloor Street West, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until January 8 – Edmund De Waal, True Nordic, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– Until January 8/2017 – Alvaro Siza, Aga Khan Museum 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until January 8 – Jack Bush and Colleen Heslin, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10,365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.50years.mcmichael.com
– 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.)
– 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
– October 22,23 – 17th annual Environmental Film Festival, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, http://www.planetinfocus.org
– October 22,23 – The 3rd annual Karma Cup, music, art, speakers, live glass blowing, food, medical marijuana festival, Polson Pier, 20 Polson Street, http://www.thekarmacup.com
– October 23 – Old Book and Paper Show, Toronto’s biggest one-day ‘vintage paper-fest’, Wychwood Barns, between Bathurst & Christie Streets, south of St. Clair Avenue, 10am-4pm, http://www.antiquesshowscanada.com
– 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


‘THE JUG AND I’ in Taddle Creek Park, The Annex

pmtrudeau1They still love him.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Hamilton and Dundas.  PHOTO – The Hamilton Spectator

hubbard3This weekend the late Mr. Hubbard (1842-1935) was honoured by the official opening of a large park in his name at 548 Gerrard Street East.

hubbard2The son of Virginia slaves, Mr. Hubbard worked as a baker, cab driver and businessman. Then he ran for office and became TORONTO’s first black politician in 1894, and followed that with 13 re-elections.

hubbard1He lived close by at 660 Broadview Avenue.



donvalley4The City, along with Evergreen Canada and a group of private donors are on track to create TORONTO’s second largest park. Stretching from the Evergreen Brick Works in the north to Lake Ontario, the vast region will soon get its official park designation.


Within the last four years TORONTO has spent $18-million on the Lower Don. The bike and walking trail will re-open in the spring with better signage, new features, a new Pottery Road Bridge and Belleville Underpass. Much more is yet to come.

donvalley2donvalley3gordperks1And trust city council to produce a naysayer.  In this case it’s GORD PERKS (Parkdale-High Park) who is criticizing private benefactors for donating $3.4-million so far to the project.  He says public money should be used to fund parks, eliminating the possibility of wealthy people having control over public space.

C’mon Gord, get real.  Have you heard of budget cuts?


donvalley5The Bayview Extension, one of the busiest strips of asphalt in the city, now has a separated cycling lane. Connecting North Toronto and Leaside with the city centre, it’s a huge improvement over what was there before. Cyclists will no longer have to risk their lives dodging potholes, gravel and two lanes of rush hour traffic.

bayview1The Bayview bike lanes will also connect downtowners with the Evergreen Brick Works and the Don Valley “super park”. This is a big step in the right direction for Eastsiders.  Way to go TORONTO!

Biking Toronto website – http://www.bikingtoronto.com


cmc1Built in 1892, this imposing Queen Anne-style house sits on a small hillock at 20 St. Joseph Street, downtown.  The neighbourhood, once known as Cloverhill, is still dotted with several red brick mansions, although high rise condos are rapidly moving in.  This particular residence was constructed for William J. Hill, a contractor and city councillor.

cmc7He was succeeded in 1894 by John S. Williams, chief inspector for Imperial Tobacco.  Mr. Williams spent a small fortune collecting fine art, with an emphasis on the Dutch School.  He also helped young Canadian artists, organizing exhibitions, buying their art and encouraging his wealthy friends to do likewise.

CMC4The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) moved here in September, 1983.  After months of rebuilding <B/W PHOTO ABOVE>, and with the financial support of Floyd and Jean Chalmers, CHALMER’S HOUSE opened on June 24, 1984.

cmc5The most recent renovations by B+H Architects – http://www.bharchitects.com – were finished in 2012.  The space was opened up; dropped ceilings removed; interior walls sandblasted; a recording studio, performance space and lounge installed; fireplaces restored; stained glass and leaded windows preserved.  No doubt Messrs. Hill and Williams would approve.



A1606160-ArchivesExhibit Web Banner v2.inddIn the good old days, many TORONTO children had the run of the streets. A new exhibition from the vast photography collection of our city’s archives captures the kids at work and play in a growing, dirty and dangerous city.  Photographers found them in laneways, backyards, behind houses, on construction sites, sitting on stoops and staircases.

playgrounds6playgrounds9For immigrant children in The Ward, TORONTO’s downtown slum, the street was where they played, watched and wondered. Here they were masters of their own destiny. The Archive’s exhibition focuses mainly on this neighbourhood – officially known as St. John’s Ward – between 1909 and 1918.

playgrounds7The Ward became the site of early health and hygiene planning and slum clearance. The Playground Movement in Canada began in the early 1900’s. TORONTO’s Cherry Street Playground opened in 1909, St. Andrew’s and Elizabeth Street playgrounds in 1913. A department of social work was established in 1914 at the University of Toronto.

The Archives and exhibition are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.  There’s plenty of free on-site parking.

playgrounds2playgrounds8playgrounds3playgrounds1playgrounds4The City of TORONTO Archives occupies an impressive building at 255 Spadina Road. While there you can see the stacks through a glass window – boxes and boxes of our city’s history, and over a million photographs.  Website – http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7cb4ba2ae8b1e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD



wellingtonhouse1This slim condo which will soon rise behind a heritage building on Wellington Street West.  Plans are to set Wellington House well back from the street and feature the historic, red-brick house up front.  The project is a collaboration between Lamb Development, architectsAlliance and Goldsmith Borgal and Company Architects.

neon10A neat idea from the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association – collect and restore some of TORONTO’s iconic neon signs and display them along the O’Keefe Laneway.  The laneway runs south of Dundas Street, parallel to Yonge.

briangable10Globe and Mail cartoonist BRIAN GABLE interprets America’s dilemma as Election Night approaches.mississauga1TORONTO home prices continue to soar, but the suburbs are now in the game. In the 3rd quarter of 2016 Brampton, Milton and Mississauga outpaced growth in the city according to a new Royal LePage survey. Home-price growth in all but three of 11 GTA municipalities passed growth in the city itself, with the biggest spurt in OSHAWA.

whitelion1One of four white lion cubs born in 2015 at TORONTO Zoo. The cubs Gus, Oliver, Hank and Harrison continue to look more and more like their dad, Fintan every day. Visit them in the African Savanna from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.

thomson2THOMSON REUTERS is adding 400 jobs in TORONTO focusing on cognitive computing. The company currently employs about 1200 people here. Its CEO will relocate to TORONTO from New York City in the coming weeks.  Thomson, a Canadian company, acquired REUTERS, one of the world’s largest news organizations in 2007.


TORONTO Zoo’s panda cubs celebrated their first birthday on October 13.

sickkids10TORONTO’s Hospital For Sick Children (aka SickKids), the world’s second largest hospital-based paediatric research centre, is getting lots of attention for its new $2-million fund-raising campaign.  ‘VS’ depicts hospital patients, past and present, kicking, punching and battling adversaries like cancer, liver failure and cystic fibrosis.

The campaign is on social media, billboards and streetcars, and on television. The commercial’s daring take on what it means to be sick will, no doubt, make some people uncomfortable, but that’s the point.

canada1CANADA has been ranked #2 on the FORBES list of ‘the most reputable countries in the world’. Each year, The Reputation Institute ranks nations and companies in various categories, using reams of survey data and its own proprietary RepTrak Pulse scoring system. The results for 2016 are based on 48,000 responses from people in 0-8 countries.

Canada’s Rep Trak Pulse Score – 77.82. Who’s in first place? SWEDEN.