AS OF TODAY, BILLY BISHOP ISLAND AIRPORT IS JOINED TO THE MAINLAND BY A TUNNEL

BBTUNNEL2 The long-awaited $82.5-million tunnel under the Western Gap now connects downtown TORONTO to Billy Bishop Island Airport.

BBTUNNEL3A bank of elevators lowers passengers 30 metres underground, and from there four moving sidewalks – two in each direction – will transport them to the terminal building. Billy Bishop is one of Canada’s busiest intercity airports, with multiple daily connections to New York City, Boston, Montreal, Quebec, Chicago, Sudbury, Washington DC, Thunder Bay, Halifax and Ottawa.

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TORONTO JOINS SIX MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD WITH A NEW “YOUTUBE PRODUCTION SPACE’

YOUTUBE6TORONTO will soon have its own YouTube Space. No details have been released yet, but the six established Spaces so far have cutting-edge technology for creating video content, along with how-to classes and workshops, leading to worldwide YouTube exposure.

YOUTUBE2As of March/2015, creators filming in YouTube Spaces have produced over 10,000 videos which have generated over 1-billion views and more than 70-million hours of ‘watch-time’. The six cities with YouTube Space production facilities are Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Berlin and São Paulo. TORONTO will be #7.

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YOUTUBE1No word yet on where TORONTO’s Space will be located or what users will need to qualify. <PHOTOS – YouTube Spaces in London, Los Angeles and São Paulo >

WHEN SUMMER’S HEAT & HUMIDITY BECAME TOO MUCH, TORONTONIANS TOOK OFF FOR SUNNYSIDE

fonds 1266, Globe and Mail fondsFonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 41 - Miscellaneous photographs This once was TORONTO’s Coney Island. On summer afternoons thousands crowded the beaches and amusement park rides where King Street intersects Queen Street West. There was little air-conditioning, cottage country was too far away, the city was sweltering, but the fresh, cool waters of Lake Ontario beckoned, providing welcome relief to one and all.  You could hop a tram and be there in no time.

SUNNYSIDE1 SUNNYSIDE6The Sunnyside Amusement Park was demolished in 1955 to make way for the Gardiner Expressway.  But the fresh-water beaches endure, and the city’s largest swimming pool isn’t far away.  <PHOTOS – Toronto Star Archive and City of Toronto Archive>

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TORONTO’S MILE OF CULTURE (1.6 KM) – BAY TO BATHURST ALONG BLOOR STREET WEST

CULTURE5What better time to check out the Bloor Street Culture Corridor.  It’s one of several neighbourhoods in TORONTO with a healthy concentration of arts and arts-related venues and institutions.  (Some others would be the St. Lawrence Market area; West Queen West; University of Toronto; and Yorkville)

CULTURE9Members of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor are the Japan Foundation; Gardiner Ceramics Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; Royal Conservatory of Music; Koerner Concert Hall; the Bata Shoe Museum; Istituto Italiano di Cultura; Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre; Alliance Française de Toronto; Native Canadian Centre of Toronto; University of Toronto Faculty of Music; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir; The Toronto Consort and the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

CULTURE7CULTURE10And when you’ve had enough ‘culture’ Bloor Street West and its environs offer a variety of other attractions – food, drink, fine parks, architecture, sidewalk entertainment, and several blocks of intense shopping.

For more info on the Bloor Culture Corridor – http://www.bloorstculturecorridor.com

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