‘DANCE COLLECTION DANSE’, CANADA’S NATIONAL DANCE ARCHIVE, IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DANCE6 It may not be the largest gallery/archives/museum in town, but DANCE COLLECTION DANSE, 149 Church Street (301) in TORONTO has a devoted following both online and on-site. Founded in 1986, the national archive and publisher is dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s theatrical dance history.

Programming combines collection, exhibition, preservation, research, publishing and education. Website: http://www.dcd.ca

DANCE1PHOTO ABOVE – Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet with Swan Lake dancers (2012) – “Dance Collection Danse’s efforts to preserve and archive the vibrant and ground breaking legacy of Canada’s internationally acclaimed artists is as important to our culture as the creators’ repertoire. I applaud them for their valiant efforts and for being such excellent caretakers of an often neglected art form.”

DANCE4Justin Trudeau, now Canada’s Prime Minister, and his younger brother Sacha, tries out the Nutcracker sleigh, surrounded by the National Ballet’s Artistic Director Alexander Grand and Principal Dancer Nadia Potts.

DANCE2Detail from The Nutcracker backdrop, painted in the late 1940’s

DANCE3Costume sketches from the Charlottetown Festival by Frances Dafoe

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Jury Gotshalks and Irene Apinee, Swan Lake, 1951

Current exhibition at the gallery, 149 Church Street – ‘Drawn to Dance’, a selection of works by three Canadian visual artists. Peppered with artifacts and costumes, the exhibit celebrates the growth of ballet in Canada as seen through the visual artist’s eye. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10-4 or by appointment.

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TORONTO ZOO’S PANDA CUBS, LYING BACK ON THEIR MINI ARMCHAIRS, ARE MOVING ON UP

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Twin giant pandas, born a month ago at TORONTO Zoo have outgrown their incubators and are moving into a larger home. They’re still vulnerable, but appear to be doing well and growing quickly.

PANDATWINS2Er Shun, their mother, spends most of her time with them in the Zoo’s maternity centre. As giant panda mothers can only look after one cub at a time, zoo keepers are using a technique called ‘twin swapping’. It seems to be working.ZOO1

MICHAEL COOK’S SUBTERRANEAN WORLD OF PIPES, CANALS, SEWERS AND DRAINS

michaelcook1 MICHAEL COOK is a TORONTO photographer, writer and urban explorer.  His website – http://www.vanishingpoint.ca – gives us an inside look at the city’s underground network of pipes, canals and drainage systems.  His photographs are both rare and startling.

michaelcook2<PHOTO ABOVE – emerging in Wilson Heights, and BELOW – looking down into the Viceroy Drain storm sewer (Highway 427 south in Etobicoke)>

TORONTO’S VAST UNDERGROUND GROTTO OF RIVERS & WATERWAYS – BY JEREMY KAI

waterways2Self-taught photographer JEREMY KAI is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU).  Lately he’s been spending quality time below ground in our city’s network of waterways, rivers, pipes and drains – and the result is “Rivers Forgotten”, from Koyama Press.

waterways31“Rivers Forgotten”, 72 pages, Koyama Press, http://koyamapress.com

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PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU MEETS QUEEN ELIZABETH II (AND HER BLACK PATENT PURSE) – NOV. 25/2015

QUEEN&TRUDEAU7      Her Majesty greeted Prime Minister Trudeau today by saying it’s “nice to see you again… but under different circumstances.”

“I will say, you were much taller than me the last time we met,” Trudeau told the Queen, 40 years after being introduced by his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, as a 3 year-old.
“Well, this is extraordinary to think of, isn’t it,” the Queen replied with a laugh.

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QUEEN&TRUDEAU3In 1978, the Queen was leaving Canada and a military band was playing, so 3-year-old Sacha and 5-year-old Justin (on the right below) marched back and forth while their father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, walked to his plane.  <PHOTO – Toronto Star>

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Today’s Prime Minister Trudeau, a former teacher, loving husband and father, international heart throb, is now on Vogue Magazine’s ‘2015 list of the Sexiest Men Alive’.

QUEEN&TRUDEAU1Says VOGUE – “sexy, feminist, and capable of balancing a baby on one hand: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets our vote.” <PHOTO – Justin Trudeau in the Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Jonathan Becker/VOGUE Magazine>