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

– February 22-24 – The Magic Flute, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, http://www.coc.ca
– February 22-25 – Gotterdammerung by Richard Wagner, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, http://www.coc.ca
– February 22 – April 9 – The Bodyguard, from London with UK cast, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– February 22-26 – SplitScreen, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, http://www.peggybaker.com
– February 22-26 – Visions and Voyages: Canada 1663-1763, multi-media concert, maps, works of art, orchestral works, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– February 23 – ‘Jelly and George’, American jazz pianist/composer Aaron Diehl & Grammy-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, tribute to Jelly Roll Morton & George Gershwin, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– February 24 – Brent Carver and the Art of Time Ensemble, classics from Broadway and the American Songbook, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– February 25 – Ashley MacIsaac and The Once, Cape Breton’s bad boy fiddle player, pianist and step dancer Ashley MacIsaac with Newfoundland-based The Once, Koerner Hall, 273 King Street West, 8pm, 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

– February 22-26 – 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
– February 22-26 – Superior Donuts, previews Feb. 5-7, Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, http://www.coalminetheatre.com
– February 22-26 – 38th annual Rhubarb Festival, new works and playwrights, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes/rhubarb
– February 22 – March 4 – Kim’s Convenience, back where it all began before highly successful TV series, about a Korean family in Regent Park, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– February 22 – March 5 – How Black Mothers Say I Love You, returns after a sold-out run last spring, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
– February 22 – March 11 – Breath In Between by Anton Piatigorsky, Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
– Until March 18 – James and the Giant Peach, Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until March 27 – The Best of Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com

– Ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum,org
– Until March 4 – Legendary Loyalty, Japanese Prints, Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, Hudson’s Bay Centre, 3rd floor, above Royal Bank, http://www.jfto.org
– Until March 4 – Kent Monkman, Art Museum @ University of Toronto, 15 King’s College, 416-736-5169, http://www.artmuseum.utoronto.ca
– Until March 12 – The Florida Highwaymen, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, http://www.danielsspectrum.ca
– Until March 12 – Toronto Light Festival, light art by local and international artists, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, http://www.torontolightfest.com
– Until April 4 – Tom Thomson & The Group of Seven, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.50years.mcmichael.com
– Until April 9 – Power To The People, photography and video of repression and Black protest, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, http://www.ryerson.ca/rric
– 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 May 21 – Anthony Caro, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until June 18 – Visual Arts Winter Exhibitions, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.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.)
– February 22-26 – My Night With Reg, Studio 180 production, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– 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

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– February 22 – March 27 – Winter Stations installation, lifeguard stations between Woodbine and Victoria Park, http://www.winterstations.com
– February 23 – Introduction to Bird Drawing, High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colbourne Lodge, 6-9pm, $50, register at naturecentre@highpark.org
– February 23-26 – An Honest Farewell To Honest Ed’s, art maze, special performances, bargain bash, cocktail gala, etc., Centre For Social Intervention, for details and tickets go to http://www.torontoforeveryone.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
– 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/canadaCheck 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


22-year-old film student and cameraman JAN JESSEN from Hamburg, Germany has just released a short film that captures the sights and sounds of TORONTO and the mighty NIAGARA.

Jan had this to say about our city: “I was really impressed by the diversity of the people and the architecture. In most cities, if you want to go from a neighbourhood full of skyscrapers to smart urban living, you have to drive an hour — not walk 10 minutes. We walked 20 or 25 kilometres a day and rarely took a bus.”

realestate1<IMAGE – Canadian Real Estate Magazine>

According to CBRE data the wealthiest families in Europe, the US and Asia are buying up landmark commercial properties in TORONTO, Montreal and Vancouver to the tune of $5.6-billion in 2016.

In TORONTO, Florida-based billionaire Shahid Khan paid $245-million for the Four Seasons Hotel, the highest selling price for a Canadian hotel property. When he announced the purchase in September/2016, Mr. Khan said “without TORONTO you cannot tell the story of the greatest cities in the world.”

Peter Senst, president of CBRE Canada Capital Markets – “What’s clear is TORONTO and Vancouver have developed as gateway cities for global investors and we expect this demand to continue into 2017.”



stations4Photographer STEVEN EVANS took in the event on Kew, Scarborough and Balmy beaches on a perfect holiday Monday. This year, designers transformed lifeguard stands into works of art and the kids certainly seemed to approve. Until March 27.


stations7LISA ROCHON, Jury Chair for the competition, led visitors on a tour of the installations.

stations2Among the eight creations this year – ‘NORTH’ by Studio Perch, MONTREAL

stations8stations1Mayor JOHN TORY showed up to take in the festivities.

stations10“COLLECTIVE MEMORY” by Mario Garcia, BARCELONA & Andrea Govi, MILAN

stations9stations5One of the highlights – “BEACON” by Joao Araujo & Joanna Correia Silva, PORTO.  It’s best seen at night when a shaft of light points skyward.

stations6The Beaches are easy to reach by public transport. Take the #501 streetcar eastbound to Neville Park from the Queen Street subway station. Alight at Woodbine or Leuty and walk south from there.


turrell1In this season of light, why not stop by the Bay/Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, to enjoy James Turrell’s animated sculpture, “Straight Flush”.  Installed in 2009, it’s in the lobby on the south side.

JAMESTURRELLJames Turrell, born in 1943 in Pasadena, California, is known for his light tunnels and projects, which take on a three-dimensional quality.

“My interest is working with light and space.  I have always been fascinated with the range of light at different locations around the world.” – James Turrell


MONTREAL13QS, headquartered in the United Kingdom, has elevated MONTREAL to the #1 spot on its list of Best Student Cities in the World. The rankings are based on the student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and the opinions and experiences of students.  VANCOUVER was the only other Canadian city in the Top 10 list at #10.

Ben Sowter of the QS Intelligence Unit – “For Montreal and other Canadian cities, the actual experience that people are having when they go there is much more positive than the imagination or expectation of it before they go.”

UOFT8Meanwhile, the University of TORONTO has noticed a surge in the number of Americans visiting its website – http://www.future.utoronto.ca – since Donald Trump’s election. U of T is consistently ranked one of the top 10 public universities in the world.



nandu1NANDU‘s horn continues to grow and he’s still playful with his mom ASHAKIRAN. The marks you see are minor scratches as he and mom spend a lot of time playing with one another. The marks heal quite quickly and it isn’t long before they are both playfighting again.



autoshow8       1960

Auto show, Armouries. - 19131913

Motor Show, preparing first car for hoisting, Simpson Bldg. - January 4, 1929Motor Show, first car being hoisted, side, Simpson Bldg. - January 4, 1929Hoisting a car into the Simpsons building for the Auto Show, 1929

Electric automobile in accident on Glen Road Bridge. - [1912]Electric auto on Rosedale’s Glen Road Bridge

Series 372, Subseries 58 - Road and street condition photographsA film noirish image, Dupont Street, 1923

Toronto Fire Department photographsFire Department’s Meteor JKL, 1964

City of TORONTO Archives

autoshow9At the Toronto International Auto Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.