A YOUNG RED TAIL HAWK VISITS DOWNTOWN – PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVEN EVANS

THEHAWK1 Enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures, this youngster was spotted in Nathan Phillips Square outside New City Hall on Friday.  Steven Evans: “I was at City Hall to take photos for my client of the new skating pavillion. I was wandering around with my camera when a nice guy pointed out the bird. It was amazing how that bird put up with all the commotion of gathering crowds and pesky photographers.”  Website – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/

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ROSEDALE’S BLUE CHRISTMAS TREE PRESIDES OVER MIDTOWN FROM THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAIL BRIDGE

3076331522_1c170cedf8It’s a blue Christmas in ROSEDALE when this 50 foot tree is illuminated on top of the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge, Yonge Street at Scrivener Square.  This tree enjoys maximum midtown exposure.  <TOP PHOTO – viasov_nik@yahoo.com; BOTTOM – Tony Lea/flickr>

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90% OF THE ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC, ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’, WAS FILMED IN TORONTO

christmasstory6 The film began with a cult following, but now, 30 years later, it’s become a family classic all over North America.  Most of it was shot in TORONTO – either on the streets or in a Scarborough soundstage.

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Costumes came from the well-known LESLIEVILLE shop Thunder Thighs; the flat tire scene was shot near the Cherry Street Bridge; the Chop Suey Chinese restaurant (currently the French bistrot Batifole) was on Gerrard Street East; and other exteriors were filmed in TORONTO’s back alleys and along QUEEN STREET WEST.  One of our old streetcars even made it into a shot.

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PUT TORONTO’S ‘NAGATA SHACHU TAIKO & MUSIC GROUP’ ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. THEY’RE DYNAMITE!

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NAGATA SHACHU, based in TORONTO, has performed across Canada, Italy, Tennessee, Colorado and in January for the first time, New York City. Since its formation in 1998, the ensemble has produced three annual concerts focusing on the presentation of new works. Their final concert for 2015 took place in November.

NAGATA2But there are two upcoming spring concerts in TORONTO – April 2/2016 in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre Nagata Shachu will perform with the Torq Percussion Quartet; and on June 4 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre the group will collaborate with Japanese bamboo flute master Jiro Murayama.

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For those interested in Taiko drumming, courses are given at Nagata Shachu’s studio, 112 Hymus Road, a short walk from the Warden subway station. 2-hour Beginners Workshop on January 18/2016 at 7pm; a Beginners Taiko Course, 10 weeks, 90 minutes per class, from January 25/2016. No previous musical experience is necessary.  Website: http://www.nagatashachu.com & tickets http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/boxoffice

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