Patricia Maunder writes in NUVO, Canada’s premier lifestyle magazine – “the new TORONTO where art matters.” She drops several familiar names – the new Opera House, Toronto International Film Festival’s centre of screen culture Bell Lightbox; Nuit Blanche; the Aga Khan Museum; Frank Gehry’s recreation of the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Luminato Festival; the Royal Ontario Museum; improved acoustics at Roy Thomson Hall; West Queen West; smaller shops and galleries; Rush Lane’s Graffiti Alley; 401 Richmond’s creative hub and Spacing Shop with its urban-focused magazine and nifty city souvenirs.
It’s deep winter in the Antarctic, bringing with it bitter cold and howling winds that make flying there almost impossible. CALGARY-based airline KENN BOREK AIR – ‘anytime, anyplace, worldwide’ – undertook the rescue of two ill Americans from the US Amundsen-Scott South Polar Station <PHOTO BELOW – David McCarthy AFP/Getty Images>. Landing in frigid temperatures with a wind chill of -113 degrees Fahrenheit the evacuation went off without a hitch.
The Twin Otter aircraft is the only type of plane in the world capable of operating in polar midwinter temperatures. On the return journey, flying 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) for 10 hours through the polar night, the mercy flight landed at a British base on the tip of Antarctica. Both individuals have now been transported to a hospital in CHILE.
This very dangerous mission has been given much attention by the US media, with scarce mention of CANADA (thanks NPR) or the unique flying abilities of KENN BOREK AIR.
<PHOTOS ABOVE – loading for the return journey & ready for takeoff. Well done Canada! David McCarthy, AFP/Getty Images>
Christie Pits, 750 Bloor Street West at Christie, is a 22 acre park boasting baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a soccer/rugby football field, an ice rink, splash pad – and now one of the largest summertime outdoor film festivals.
Founder EMILY REID – “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished. I think we’re really challenging our audience with less than mainstream titles. This is the most ambitious program we’ve ever put on.” The Christie Pits Film Festival runs from June 26 to August 28. Subway stop – CHRISTIE. For more info go to http://www.christiepitsff.com
A new Forum Research poll conducted on June 14 by phone, suggests most Torontonians approve of the work Mayor John Tory is doing. 74% after 18 months in office. Not bad, Mr. Mayor. Approval was highest among residents 65 and over, those who earned between $100,000 to $250,000, and who had completed post-graduate studies.
The set is a big one and took 5 days to assemble on three downtown streets. Today this tangle of cables, cameras and lights is being dismantled, but last night it was music’s glamourous epicentre. The weather was perfect and the crowds came out – as they always do. Until next year.