Giant Pandas, ER SHUN (6 years old) and DA MAO (5 years old), went on display for the first time today, Saturday, May 18.  They did what they do best – eat bamboo and look cute, cute, cute.  <PHOTOS BELOW – DA MAO top, and ER SHUN below>

TORONTO ZOO - Toronto Zoo Hosts VIP Event to Preview Giant Panda

TORONTO ZOO - Toronto Zoo Hosts VIP Event to Preview Giant PandaGETTING TO THE ZOO – TORONTO’s Zoo is located in the East End of the city in the rolling hills of the Rouge Valley.  By car from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.  By PUBLIC TRANSIT – take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.



RIVERBOAT1YORKVILLE was the epi-centre of TORONTO’s youth and hippie culture back in the sixties.  And the RIVERBOAT COFFEE HOUSE was the epi-centre of Yorkville.  All that remains of this famous establishment is a plaque in front of a new five-star hotel.  Some of the biggest names in music – Canadian and otherwise – played at the Riverboat: Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Dan Hill and Neil Young, among others.

RIVERBOAT2The cafe is immoralized in ‘Ambulance Blues’ by NEIL YOUNG, shown below in 1965 performing at the RIVERBOAT.  <PHOTO – Manfred Buchheit>Back in the old folky days
The air was magic when we played.
The Riverboat was rockin’
in the rain
Midnight was the time
for the raid.Oh, Isabela, proud Isabela,
They tore you down and
plowed you under.
You’re only real
with your make-up on
How could I see you
and stay too long?


National Geographic’s ‘Traveler’ gives TORONTO an A+++ review – May/2013 issue

TRAVELER1Those of us who live here know that TORONTO is a ‘happening’ town.  As urban guru and resident, RICHARD FLORIDA, puts it: “TORONTO is messy urbanism in action.  There are imperfect co-existences all around – man and nature, bikes and cars, religions and cultures atop one another – but always livable.”  Actress LISA RAY: “There should be something more romantic and fanciful and passionate to describe TORONTO than ‘livable’.  Can’t we call TORONTO sexy yet?”Read the entire 10 page story in the May/2013 issue of National Geographic’s ‘Traveler’ magazine.  Writer KATRINA ONSTAD and contributing photographer SUSAN SEUBERT give Big TO a once over, and conclude that Canada’s largest city has gone from bland to bold.It’s a tale of many cities in one – and we’re lookin’ good!