‘Crumpled City’ – soft city maps for urban jungles . . . a smart idea from Palomar.


Unlike awkward ordinary maps that are sometimes impossible to open, a Crumpled City Map can be easily crammed into your pocket, backpack or the carrying pouch provided.  You don’t have to worry about refolding it along the original creases.  The maps are printed on a special technological material that makes them the lightest and most resistant maps on the market.  And they’re 100% waterproof.  The map includes all the most important information about a city as well as a list of unique ‘soulsights’.  TORONTO is among the urban jungles mapped, and there are many other cities in the collection.  Check the website: http://www.palomarweb.com


‘The TORONTO Etiquette Project’: Christopher Rouleau’s excellent idea

Like cities everywhere, TORONTO has its fair share of louts, litterers, noisemakers, clowns, door blockers and destroyers.  Graphic designer CHRISTOPHER ROULEAU thinks it’s time for some public behaviour modification.  He’s developed a series of colourful cards to be handed out to offending strangers – with a smile of course.  Download the cards at http://www.torontoetiquetteproject.blogspot.com

LEE’S PALACE: once a cinema, a restaurant, now an Annex hotspot

Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West near Lippincott Avenue, began its career as a luxury movie house back in the Roaring Twenties.  Part of the Allen Chain, the Bloor Theatre opened in March, 1919.  It was reincarnated as a restaurant, and in 1985 opened as Lee’s Palace, and is now a venerable live music venue.

TORONTO graffiti artist AL RUNT <PHOTO – Remi Carreiro/Torontoist> has made the Palace a local landmark, with his mural of friendly freaks and monsters.  This is Mr. Runt’s third version of the mural in 25 years.  It’s a stunner.



Toronto’s Canon Theatre renamed the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 09/12/2011

The late ED MIRVISH, one of Canada’s best known showmen, will soon have his name up in lights.  The Canon Theatre – formerly the Pantages – is now officially the Ed Mirvish Theatre, honouring a man who saved the Royal Alexandra from demolition, built the Princess of Wales Theatre, founded Honest Ed’s department store and Mirvish Village, and contributed greatly to this city’s cultural scene.  <PHOTO – Ed Mirvish, by Gila Brand/2006>

The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, 239 College Street

Housed in a state-of-the-art library building, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, is a non-circulating research collection of 72,000 items.  A gift to our city from Judith Josephine Grossman (1923-1997), pen-name Judith Merril, this archive is one of the planet’s finest popular culture collections.  Its focus is science fiction fantasy, speculative fiction, magic realism, experimental writing, parapsychology, UFO’s, etc.

“Judith Merril was not only a vital member of the literary community, but a vital person in the largest sense of the word.  She lived her times and places thoroughly and enriched us all.”  <MARGARET ATWOOD>  A founding resident of TORONTO’s Rochdale College, television broadcaster; magazine, book and short story writer; anthologist, activist – Judith Merril was all of these and much more.  American-born, she became a Canadian citizen in 1976, and spent 40 years writing and researching science fiction and the paranormal.  A book on the life and times of Judith Merril – Better To Have Loved . . . ” – is available on Amazon.