“The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo.” – Desmond Morris

“. . . A zoo it may be.  But it’s my kind of zoo.” – your faithful blogger

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From North Bay, Mandy Saile http://bijouswhimsy.blogspot.ca writes:  “I got to go back to the Big Smog (aka TORONTO)…I still oh so love it.  It’s always amazing to me that I, tiny little ‘moi’, lived in that bustling, hustling city for five years.  I truly do feel like it’s where I grew up and really found out what I was made of.  
It still sings to me and though I live in NORTH BAY now, I still consider TORONTO my playground.”

Award-winning poet DENNIS LEE – Alligator Pie creator and House of Anansi Press co-founder has spent several months in the Soulpepper Theatre’s resident artists program, writing the lyrics to TORONTO-centric songs.  He’s sure they’ll withstand the unforgiving march of time.  Among the titles: Rosedale Mansions, The Ghostly Grenardier and The Sun Comes Up In Scarborough.  

If anyone can create a TORONTO classic, DENNIS LEE is the man.

ANDREW J. BORKOWSKI (photo above) was named the winner of the 38th annual Toronto Book Awards for a collection of short stories called “Copernicus Avenue”.  The title refers to a well-known street in RONCESVALLES, his west end, largely Polish neighbourhood.  Andrew was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the south end of the district.

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And to sum it up, MARCUS GEE in today’s Globe and Mail writes:  “The TORONTO of the past was a poor excuse for a big city.  When I was growing up here, the tallest building was the stolid Bank of Commerce, all 34 storeys of it.  Now, the downtown core is a thicket of arresting office and condo towers, and the streets hum with life day and night.”

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