CANADA’S TALLEST OFFICE BUILDING – BANK OF MONTREAL HEADQUARTERS, KING STREET WEST

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A NEW BOOK ON TORONTO AS AN INTERNATIONAL MOVIE-MAKING CENTRE – U. OF CHICAGO PRESS

WORLDFILMLOCATIONS“World Film Locations: Toronto”, edited by Tom Ue, explores the relationship between this city and cinema from 1904 to the present. TORONTO is an international city with the ability to easily disguise itself, and with natural ties to history, geography, sociology, architecture, art history and literature. TORONTO has been both a supporting character many times in Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own rite.

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Robert Pattinson of David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” is on the cover. “He is a fantastic actor with phenomenal range,” says Mr. Ue.

DAVID PARTRIDGE TOOK A HAMMER AND NAILS & CREATED A FAMOUS CITY HALL MURAL

PARTIRDGE4Born in AKRON, Ohio, Mr. Partridge moved to the UK in 1928, then came to Canada in 1936 where he was educated at the University of TORONTO. He developed the technique of hammering different sized nails into plywood to form “landscape abstractions without the horizon. The nails became low-relief sculptures, which seemed to (his) ex-pilot’s eyes like aerial views of topography.”  He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003.

TORONTO’S ‘OPERA ATELIER’ EXPORTS BAROQUE OPERA TO VERSAILLES, SALTZBURG & MILAN

OPERAATELIER2<ABOVE – Cast of Opera Atelier’s Persée in the Hall of Mirrors at the Royal Palace of Versailles; photographer – Bruce Zinger>  OPERA ATELIER will soon pay its third visit to the Royal Opera House in the Palace of Versailles. The first was in 2012 with a production of Armide. The second visit took place in May/2014 with Persée. And they’ve now been invited back for a third Versailles appearance next spring.  In between, the company staged Mozart’s little known Lucio Silla at the SALTZBURG Festival to critical acclaim. They’ll present that same opera in February, 2015 at the world-renowned La Scala Opera House in MILAN.  According to theatre critic RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, the San Francisco Opera “is now requesting a spot on Opera Atelier’s increasingly crowded dance card.”

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Opera Atelier was founded in 1985 by co-artistic director MARSHALL PYNKOSKI and his dancer/choreographer wife, JEANETTE LAJEUNESSE ZINGG. Their plan was to perform Baroque operas in their “original theatrical modes.”  “It was the most incredible thing,” says Pynkoski. “(Versailles was) so grateful at how our run of Persée had gone, sold out for every performance with hundreds of folding chairs being shoved in to accommodate the crowds, that they decided to let us have access to the Hall of Mirrors.  “The great photographer Annie Leibovitz once had to wait two years to use the same space, so we felt truly honoured.”  And TORONTO should be “truly honoured” to act as home-base for this unique and amazing opera company.

PREMIER WYNNE HELPS UNVEIL COUNTDOWN CLOCK FOR $2.5-BILLION (+) PAN-AMERICAN GAMES

GAMES5There’s something new in front of city hall. It’s a massive clock, counting down the seconds before the Pan-Am/Parapan Games begin on July 10, 2015. 7,666 athletes, coaches and officials, competing in 51 sports, are expected from 41 countries.

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Ontario Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE’s message to the athletes: “Just remember we are all behind you. We want you to be successful. We are enthusiastic through you, and for you, and with you.”

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TORONTO will gain a dynamic new waterfront neighbourhood, a student residence and YMCA, market-value condos, affordable housing, parks and green space, a second Olympic-sized pool, improved sports facilities on 3 university campuses, new roads, sewers and public transit, and a rail connection to Pearson International Airport.  15 surrounding suburbs and cities will also benefit greatly from this event.  New athletic facilities across the Greater Toronto Area will be owned and maintained by communities – rather than the Games.

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AUSTRALIAN AND CANADIAN CITIES TOP THE ECONOMIST’S ‘LIVEABILITY LIST’ AGAIN IN 2014

MOSTLIVEABLE1      The Most Liveable Cities in the World – from The Economist Intelligence Unit/2014 . . . . .  #1. Melbourne – 97.5
2. Vienna – 97.4
3. Vancouver – 97.3
4. Toronto – 97.2
5. Calgary – 96.6
6. Adelaide – 96.6
7. Sydney – 96.1
8. Helsinki – 96.0
9. Perth – 95.9
10. Auckland – 95.7

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A list of the most liveable cities in the world based on a consolidation of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Mercer and Monocle rankings . . . . . #1. Vienna
2. Zurich
3. Vancouver
4. Copenhagen
5. Helsinki
6. Auckland (tie)
6. Munich (tie)
7. Toronto (tie)
7. Sydney (tie)
7. Tokyo (tie)
8. Adelaide
9. Dusseldorf (tie)
9. Calgary (tie)
10. Frankfurt (tie)
10. Stockholm (tie)