<EDITORIAL CARTOON by Brian Gable in Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail>
TORONTO’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.
The 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.
PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives – http://tayloronhistory.com
Movies 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.
In 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.
This 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.
‘R’ is for Rosedale, proclaims a condo billboard along the frontier of one of TORONTO’s oldest inner suburbs and one of its wealthiest.
The subway and two bus lines run through the neighbourhood. 8,000 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.
Along 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.
Main 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
In the 1960’s, fear of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war spread throughout Canada and the United States. This image shows the possible radius of destruction should a bomb explode in the centre of TORONTO. – ca1960, unknown photographer
<And this is what we were worried about>
<PHOTO – Bryan Blenkin>
<PHOTO – @Urban Toronto>
<QUOTE – Dennis Hanagan in The Bulletin newspaper, July/2016> Where do you find 10 to 15 acres of vacant land near downtown TORONTO? For filmmakers, The Port Lands might be the answer. SARAH KER-HORNELL of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board says studios need large packages of land that can be gated and fenced in for security reasons – with warehouse-type buildings inside.
She told Dennis Hanagan of The Bulletin newspaper and TORONTO city planners “right now we have clients at the gate, clamouring to come in. We need the space as quickly as possible. Clients are already sold on the jurisdiction, already sold on the excellence we deliver.”
<Looking towards THE PORT LANDS from downtown east side, by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler/Grid Engine>
The Port Lands are an industrial and recreational neighbourhood within easy reach of downtown TORONTO. Mike Kraljevic, Toronto Port Lands Co. President believes “the film industry is changing at lightning speed” and the very large buildings – the size which Pinewood Studios on Commissioners Street originally announced it required – “aren’t needed any more.” Smaller studio spaces are closing in The Port Lands. “People are selling, and those parcels of land are being used for something else. We’re going to make room for the (film) industry to allow it to grow (here).”
<Movie trailers on Wellington Street West, Sunday afternoon>
NANDU, the Zoo’s Indian Rhino calf, is 5 months old now, but already weighs 728 pounds (330 kilograms). His horn is also developing. <PHOTO BELOW>
<PHOTO ABOVE – Nandu in April, 4 months ago. At the age of two months he weighed a hefty 200 pounds>