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TO GET INTO OLD CITY HALL, IT HELPS IF YOU’RE IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW

OLDCITYHALL1TORONTO’s wonderful old pile on Queen Street West at Bay is off-limits to casual visitors.  Once our city’s third City Hall, it’s now a provincial court house.  X-ray security, some questionable characters, folks on the wrong side of the law, formally attired lawyers, no photographs allowed – that’s Old City Hall these days.

OLDCITYHALL2OLDCITYHALL5The building, which opened in 1899, was a sandstone creation by architect E. J. Lennox.  He designed several other important buildings around TORONTO.  From its clock tower chimes, scowling garygoyles, oak doors, mosaic floors, stone arcades, to murals by GEORGE AGNEW REID, the ‘Union of Commerce and Industry’ by stained-glass artist ROBERT McCAUSLAND, and multiple court rooms, it’s a structure with a glorious past and a colourful present.

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BARCO ESCAPE PANORAMIC THEATRES HAVE OPENED & CANADA’S FIRST 4DX CINEMA IS ON THE WAY

CINERAMA1Movies have come a long way since the primitive wide screen thrills of Cinerama. At TORONTO’s Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West, Barco Escape panoramic multi-screen cinemas are up and running.

BARCO3In a nutshell, three screens allow simultaneous angles of one action event, or three different but related shots. Barco Escape is somethng new, and directors and cinematographers are learning how to effectively use it.  Stay tuned.

BARCO1BARCO2This fall Canada’s first commercial-film 4DX theatre will open in TORONTO at Yonge & Dundas Square Cinemas.  Until now 4DX has been used only in theme parks, but soon it will be transferred to a regular downtown cinema. 4DX will feature specially-designed motion chairs and environmental effects like wind, mist, bubbles, snow and scent. That’s an experience television can’t provide.

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ROSEDALE, SETTLED IN 1820, IS TORONTO’S VERSION OF LONDON’S HAMPSTEAD – BUT WITH RAVINES

ROSEDALE4‘R’ is for Rosedale, proclaims a condo billboard along the frontier of one of TORONTO’s oldest inner suburbs and one of its wealthiest.

ROSEDALE1The subway and two bus lines run through the neighbourhood.

ROSEDALE78,000 live within its precinct, and there’s plenty of ‘Old Money” around.  Rosedale is crisscrossed by three ravines, and its streets go uphill and downdale.  It’s a wonderful place to walk, run and bicycle; the gardens and trees are gorgeous, and there are few fences or barricades.  You can get lost in here, but the locals are quite friendly and helpful.

ROSEDALE2ROSEDALE9ROSEDALE5Along the Yonge Street edge of Rosedale are several fine restaurants and bars, but within the neighbourhood it’s all houses, parks, gardens, bridges, ravines – and one small row of shops where refreshments are available.

ROSEDALE8ROSEDALE3ROSEDALE6Main Street Rosedale is Yonge Street, from roughly Bloor to Summerhill.
  Subway stop – ROSEDALE, and then walk or take Bus #82; or Subway stop – SHERBOURNE, and then Bus #75

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SIDEWALK SUPERS ENJOY LOOKING INTO ‘DEEP HOLES’ (EXCAVATIONS) TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON

DEEPHOLE1DEEPHOLE3DEEPHOLE2DEEPHOLE7Wellesley on the Park will soon rise from this complex deep hole. It’s on Wellesley Street West between Yonge and Bay.

DEEPHOLE4Across Wellesley West, the former Sutton Place Hotel is being transformed into a posh new condo called The Britt. Sutton Place, once home to Stop 33 and ‘action central’ for the Toronto International Film Festival, is about to grow taller by nine additional floors.

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