BELL LIGHTBOX’S 5 CINEMAS ARE EQUIPPED WITH PREMIER KINOTON PROJECTION TECHNOLOGY

BELLLIGHTBOX1TIFF’s Bell Lightbox, which hosts TORONTO’s Cinematheque and 5 theatres, specializes in the classics, arthouse movies, retrospectives, and international features. All auditoriums are equipped with premium Kinoton film projection technology.  Everything is run from touch screens, and the projectionist can program all 5 cinemas from one control desk.  <PHOTO ABOVE – Biz Bash; BELOW – Toronto International Film Festival>

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AN ALL-WEATHER COVERED BRIDGE CONNECTS TORONTO’S CONVENTION CENTRE TO A HOTEL

BRIDGE2DEZEEN MAGAZINE – This enclosed bridge with a geometric black and white facade connects a hotel to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, helping visitors pass between the two even in the depths of winter. For more photos and the complete story go to http://www.dezeen.com/?p=842056

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TORONTO’S CROP OF SMALL NEIGHBOURHOOD THEATRES KEEPS RIGHT ON GROWING

Open a theatre, and they will come.  TORONTO writers, artists, producers and actors are finding new audiences in small neighbourhood theatres built inside a variety of structures. A former barber shop, a convenience store, a cellar, a former library, as well as some new ready-made venues are now playing an important role in our city’s indie theatre scene.

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ANDREW SHAVER moved his Sidemark Theatrical Grocery from Montreal to TORONTO. In an interview with the Globe & Mail he said: “There’s just a wealth of creativity and talent in this city – and there aren’t enough spaces to accommodate them.  Coming to TORONTO, living in the East End, it feels like living in Montreal in some ways – you’re still off of the centre.  I get inspired by that sort of uphill climb.”

*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*Cahoots Theatre Company <PHOTO ABOVE>, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E., http://www.cahoots.ca
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://harthouse.ca/hart-house-theatre/
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, https://national.ballet.ca
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com

*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org

TORONTO-DOMINION (TD) BANK’S COLLECTION OF INUIT ART IS ONE OF CANADA’S FINEST – IT’S FREE!

INUIT1To mark Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the Toronto-Dominion Bank assembled a quality collection of prints, sculptures, drawings and ceramics from across the Canadian Arctic.

INUIT2The Bank shares this important collection with the public, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Enter through the main lobby, TD Waterhouse building, 79 Wellington Street West, between Bay and York Streets. My dentist highly recommends it.

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NATIVE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES BUILDING CONNECTS THE CITY WITH NATURE

NATIVEBLDG1From the outside, it’s just another 1980’s-era office building.  But inside, Levitt Goodman Architects have created a welcoming oasis for urban aboriginals in the heart of TORONTO.  From its lush rooftop garden on down, the Native Child and Family Services project, 30 College Street, combines family, mental health and social services within a friendly natural environment.

NATIVEBLDG3There are teaching hills; plantings of sweet grass, tobacco, corn and squash; an aboriginal artists studio; and space for assemblies of all kinds.  <PHOTOS – Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. & Jesse Colin Jackson>

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THE FERRY GOES TO WARD’S ISLAND EVEN IN WINTER, FROM THE FOOT OF YONGE STREET

ISLANDS1Pack a lunch, a thermos and some warm mitts.  Suit up the kids, and head down to UNION station.  Transfer to the 509 or 510 streetcar, get tickets for the car ferry – and you’re off to Ward’s Island.

ISLANDS6 TORONTO Islands, a vast network of parks, canals, a boardwalk, superb views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario, and a collection of 250 winterized cottages . . . only 15 minutes from the foot of Yonge Street.  Exit the boat at Ward’s, or stay aboard for the return journey.  Winter and summer schedules differ.

ISLANDS3ISLANDS4     PHOTOS ABOVE & BELOW – Ward’s Island cottages, from http://mzodell.blogspot.com

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