TORONTO’S ‘FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS’, FOUNDED ON JUNE 1, 1974, HEADS FOR ITS 5TH DECADE

FAMOUS2 It’s been four decades now since Hamiltonian DIANE DUPUY took the plunge and brought a unique TORONTO theatre company to life. Over the years since, the FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS have appeared on Broadway, at Sea World, in Las Vegas, at Radio City Music Hall, and numerous times on Canadian and American television. Their Phil Collins Theatre is the only one in Canada dedicated to puppet performance.

FAMOUS6FAMOUS3This dazzling company combines puppetry with black-light theatre, and is largely the work of those who are developmentally challenged. Home base is the Dine and Dream Theatre, 343 Evans Avenue in the west-end’s Sherwood Industrial Mall.

FAMOUS7FAMOUS1For more information on the Famous People Players, travel directions and showtimes: http://www.famouspeopleplayers.com

FAMOUS8Diane Lynn Dupuy, recipient of the Order of Canada is the President and Founder of the FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS.

BEIJING KICKS OFF 2015 BY OPENING 4 NEW SUBWAY LINES FOR A TOTAL OF 18 LINES!

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In 2002 when BEIJING and TORONTO were bidding for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing had 70 km of subway; Toronto 68 km. Thirteen years later, Beijing boasts 527 km and 320 stations serving 18 lines. TORONTO still has 68 km of track, with six new stations opening soon. Of course the two city regions aren’t the same size – Beijing’s population is 20-million; the Greater Toronto Area 6-million. But 18 lines – wow!

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A MUCH IMPROVED REGENT PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD HAS A NEW ICE RINK IN IT

A rejuvenated Regent Park Ice Rink opened on Saturday, January 3 at the corner of Sumach and Dundas Street East. Thanks to Toronto Community Housing, The Daniel’s Corporation, The City of Toronto, Toronto Maple Leafs, the Hockey Canada Foundation, and the Toronto Police Department, kids in Corktown and Regent Park have a first-class place to skate and play.  And there’s more. Coming soon to the Regent Park Athletic Grounds – a new basketball court and a soccer/cricket pitch.
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BOOMERS & FOREIGN INVESTORS CREATE “ROBUST CONSUMER DEMAND” IN T.O. REAL ESTATE MARKET

TORONTO’s real estate market was firing on all cylinders in 2014, with a 38% surge over 2013 in the sale of high-end houses and apartments. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada reports that TORONTO has even outstripped VANCOUVER at 25%, as well as MONTREAL at 21% and CALGARY at 16%Sotheby’s Canada president & CEO ROSS McCREDIE: “There are about 270,000 high-net-worth families in Canada and there are more of them driving this market than ever before, especially in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
“The real story, maybe more in the GTA than anywhere else in Canada, is that the baby boomer is largely driving this market right now. They have a lot of money, they are inheriting a lot of money and they are giving away a lot of money,” he said.  Within the GTA, sales of homes between $1-2-million were up 39%; sales of $2-4-million were up 38% over 2013; and $4-million-plus sales increased by 10%.

Guillaume Côté, Principal Dancer and National Ballet of Canada heart throb, is now a dad

GUILLAUME1Guillaume Côté was born in Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at TORONTO’s National Ballet School, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and became a Principal Dancer in 2004. His daughter, Emma, was born on January 4. The baby’s mother is Principal Dancer Heather Ogden.

A DISGRUNTLED TORONTONIAN SOCKS IT TO THE “ALL ABOUT US” FOLKS WHO LIVE DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN2      This cry of anguish, written by MAH48, appeared on the National Post website: “From St Clair (Avenue) south to (Lake Ontario) to the (Toronto) islands, this city is one great gaping hole into which resources raised from hard working people . . . keep draining away on whacko spend-aholic, over-refreshed, world ‘class’ imbroglios. They never cease with the one-upmanship: ‘hey I buy (Sugar Beach) umbrellas for $xxk a pop…what are you gonna do?  Hey, man, no sweat. I buy giant rocks from laughing farmers in Muskoka, saw them up and truck them down here for their art value. And you? . . . ‘I buy granite when I can’t find anything more expensive to make into sidewalks for the rich condo owners down here . . . It’ll all heave and break in the spring-freeze-thaw cycle but then, when their Manolo-Blahnik heels break, I’ll get more cash and tear it all up and start again.’  . . . . ‘Nuts to you pikers. I buy sand and rail all the way from Ohio for a fake beach. It’s the most expensive sand I could find anywhere in North America. Even private golf courses can’t afford it but it’s what “we” deserve, right?’
Yet another division in our divided city. Over to you, Mayor Tory.

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THE TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL’S OUTREACH PROGRAM – ‘FILM CIRCUIT’ – WAS FOUNDED IN 1989

FILMCIRCUIT1  Canada is the second largest country in the world, larger than Europe, 5,514 kilometres (3,427 miles) from east to west. 35-million people live within its borders.  The TORONTO International Film Festival has successfully brought the best Canadian and international films and artists to communities all across this vast country within the past 25 years. TIFF’s ‘Film Circuit‘ encompasses more than 180 groups in over 160 communities – film societies which program a diverse mix of features sent their way from TORONTO.

FILMCIRCUIT2‘Film Circuit‘ arranges print traffic, provides development support, researches and prepares film titles and availability lists, offers program consulting, and books guests. To start a ‘Film Circuit’ group in your community contact TIFF at mjlim@tiff.net and for more information on ‘Film Circuit’ locations go to http://www.tiff.net/filmcircuit/locations

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