MOSES ZNAIMER’S NEW TELEVISION MUSEUM IS A “TECHNO TEMPLE FOR THE AGES”

znaimer3There’s nothing like it in New York or Los Angeles. The MZTV Museum of Television and Archive, 64 Jefferson Street in Liberty Village, is without equal when it comes to the history of the “box”.
TORONTO’s broadcasting mogul, MOSES ZNAIMER, has spent six decades chasing roughly 10,000 artifacts from the earliest days of television to the present, and now his collection is open to the public right here in our town.

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Among the exhibits is a multiplicity of television sets, some dating back to World War II; books, magazines, toys, ephemera from North America, the UK, Germany, Italy and Russia; and Marilyn Monroe’s Magnavox from 1957.  A commemorative wall celebrates the inventors of television – John Logie Baird, Charles Francis-Jenkins, Philo T. Farnsworth, Allen B. DuMont, Vladimir Zworlkyn and NBC’s David Sarnoff.
The Museum is a tremendous collection of televisions and related broadcasting and pop culture items – including a 1928 Felix the Cat doll, which was placed on a turntable, scanned by a primitive camera and transmitted – one of the first TV stars.

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The highlight of the Museum is a very rare TRK-12 Phantom Telereceiver, discovered in Israel, restored, and now on display. The TRK-12 <PHOTO BELOW – Bill Brioux> was the first television set visitors to the 1939 New York World’s Fair had ever seen. To prove there wasn’t a film running inside the box, the set’s transparent case allowed fairgoers to see all the wires and tubes.  Even as an object, it’s a stunner.

You can see all four of the TRK series in the MZTV Museum. As BILL BRIOUX – http://www.brioux.tv writes in the Toronto Star “that they are all in one place, and that place happens to be TORONTO, is pretty astounding.”

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MOSES ZNAIMER is a Canadian broadcasting visionary.  He’s the founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia, a company specializing in media and entertainment for adults 45 and over. The company’s properties include radio stations (two in TORONTO), television (Vision TV), digital, trade shows and conference programming. He’s the president of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons). He was a founder of Citytv, CEO of 22 television stations including MuchMusic, Fashion Television, Bravo and Sex TV.

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The Museum is showing a special exhibit from Montreal’s Cinémathèque québécoise – “Aspects of the Global Village: The Television Era in Canada, 1950-2000”. The museum’s address: MZTV Museum of Television and Archive, 64 Jefferson Street, Liberty Village, in the King Street West/Dufferin neighbourhood, http://www.mztv.com
RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Book your visit at 416-599-7339 or e-mail: mztv@mztv.com

TORONTO’S ‘CHATEAU STYLE’ ROYAL YORK HOTEL IS RENOVATING AND RE-ORGANIZING

ROYALYORK2  Big changes are coming to the FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK, 100 Front Street West. The fabled hotel, as close as TORONTO gets to NEW YORK’s Waldorf-Astoria, opened in 1929, and is now undergoing a $100-million dollar renovation.

More than 500 rooms are being fully updated, just in time for the 2015 Pan-American Games, the inauguration of a rail link to Pearson International Airport and the completion of Union Station’s massive overhaul.

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In a deal announced this week, a fund managed by real estate company KINGSETT is acquiring a 60% interest in the ROYAL YORK worth an estimated $111.9-million, while INNVEST Real Estate Investment Trust will pay $37,5-million for a 20% share. As well, the two partners will top up the renovation fund by an additional $50-million.

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Renovations are expected to be completed by January, 2015. The ROYAL YORK’s current operator, FAIRMONT, will continue to run the hotel. <LOBBY PHOTO BELOW – Taxiarchos228/German language Wikipedia>

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AS TORONTO VOTES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE, THE FORD BROTHERS’ CIRCUS HITS THE ROAD

THAT'SALLFOLKS1After four bizarre years of the “Rob and Doug Ford Show” things are about to change at city hall.  JOHN TORY has been elected the new mayor of the city of TORONTO.

DOUG FORD, the outgoing mayor’s brother, came in second. A cancer-stricken ROB FORD will remain at city hall as councillor in North Etobicoke’s Ward 2. Former frontrunner OLIVIA CHOW watched her poll numbers plummet over the last 2 months, and trailed a distant third.

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<THE FORD YEARS, editorial cartoon, THEO MOUDAKIS/Toronto Star/October 28>

“LONELY PLANET” PUTS TORONTO ON ITS 2015 ‘TOP 10 MUST-SEE CITIES’ LIST

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TORONTO is one of only two North American cities to make LONELY PLANET’s 2015 “TOP 10 must-see cities list”.

LONELY PLANET quotes: “The most multicultural city in the world, a bustling megalopolis where over 140 languages are spoken, promises to be extra vibrant in 2015, when an estimated 250,000 visitors arrive for the Pan American (Pan Am) Games. A bunch of public works projects have advanced in preparation for the C$1.5 billion international multisport games, including the long-anticipated Union Pearson Express train.

“2015 will be another massive year for TORONTO’s drool-worthy restaurant scene. And the influences of nearby New York and Montreal keep things cutting-edge, with live music thriving in grassroots bars.”

The article by BENEDICT WALKER, goes on to highlight Bloor Street West, the Windsor Arms Hotel, Eaton Centre, Entertainment District, Kensington Market, CN Tower’s Edgewalk, and the “flavour of TORONTO’s neighbourhoods.”

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LONELY PLANET’s Top 10 List of “must-see cities”/2015:
1.  Washington DC
2.  El Chaltén, Argentina
3.  Milan, Italy
4.  Zermatt, Switzerland
5.  Valletta, Malta
6.  Plovdiv, Bulgaria
7.  Salisbury, United Kingdom
8.  Vienna, Austria
9.  Chennai, India
10.  TORONTO, Canada

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Read more on Lonely Planet’s TORONTO at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/seven-reasons-why-toronto-should-top-your-must-visit-list

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/cities/10-toronto?detail=1#ixzz3GtClYxSa

MASTERFUL MILLINER, DAVID DUNKLEY, IS THIS CITY’S GO-TO MAN FOR A STYLISH HAT

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An international award-winning milliner, who studied with the royal milliner to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, feels right at home in downtown TORONTO. In fact, business is booming. At David Dunkley’s shop, 974 Bathurst Street, hats are created using tried and true techniques of blocking, forming and embellishment – classic styles in every design.

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Hat-conscious members of Queen Elizabeth II’s entourage have worn Dunkley’s creations, and so have countless Queen’s Plate race-goers at Woodbine in TORONTO. The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a Dunkley topper when she visited Canada not so long ago.

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http://www.DavidDunkley.me

TORONTO PUPPET-MAKER ADDS SUPER HEROES TO ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH’ SIGNS

SIGNS3Using imagination and wheatpaste, a young artist is doing his best to make TORONTO’s rather dull Neighbourhood Watch signs come to life. He’s done about 70 so far, and agrees that he’s working in a “legal grey area”. For that reason he remains anonymous, using the pseudonym Andrew Lamb. No one’s complained so far.

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SUMMERHILL’S ROSEHILL PARK & GARDEN ARE A COUPLE OF BLOCKS EAST OF ST. CLAIR & YONGE

rosehill3Walk two blocks east of bustling St. Clair and Yonge, and you’re in a different world altogether – Rosehill Park, Rosehill Garden, the Summerhill neighbourhood of Victorian-era homes, and David Balfour Park and ravine.  Rosehill Reservoir, built in 1873/74, covered over in the 1960’s, became the city’s first environmentally friendly green roof.  Adjacent Rosehill Garden was built on a former playground.

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ROSEHILL GARDEN, built on a former playground, was a joint City and neighbourhood project, and took five years of negotiating and fundraising to complete.  Year ’round it’s one of TORONTO’s most beautiful public spaces.

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Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 72 - Toronto Water Works photog

Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 72 - Toronto Water Works photog

<BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS – the uncovered Rosehill Reservoir in 1933, Toronto City Archives>