<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>
Beneath TORONTO there are several underground networks – the PATH shopping tunnels, the subway, cabling, sewage and water systems, and the biggest tunnels of them all – Enwave’s Deep Lake Water and Cooling Network.
Simply put, this extensive tunnel system sucks up cold water from the depths of Lake Ontario, delivers it to cooling plant buildings, and then uses the resulting frigidity to cool buildings in the downtown core. The network roughly extends from Queens Park and the University of Toronto, through the Financial District to the waterfront. Detailed information and many photos are online at http://www.vanishingpoint.ca
<PHOTOS: above, construction of the human-scale tunnels and spaces; finished tunnels; and a DLWC connection in the ceiling of a downtown parking garage>
The prize for North America’s lowest office vacancy rate goes to downtown TORONTO. Lower than MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, lower than SAN FRANCISCO, the Financial District’s rate has dropped to 4.9% in the second quarter of 2016 from 5.3% in the first quarter. A report from CBRE, a commercial real-estate firm, says this three year decline in vacancies is outperforming the two ‘most solid markets’ in the United States.
A building boom in the last three years has added 4.4-million square feet of office space to the city’s core. Millennials are leaving the suburbs for the city centre, leaving vacant space behind. Some established downtown companies are moving into new buildings, leaving more downtown office space in older towers.
The Soulpepper Theatre Company and George Brown College have collaborated since 2005 to make the Young Centre an ultra-active arts complex. Something’s nearly always happening in its four theatres and four studio spaces inside two rebuilt Gooderham and Worts tank houses.
Soulpepper was founded in 1998 by twelve TORONTO artists. Their dream was to produce lesser known theatrical classics. The Company has become an important part of our city’s theatre season, presenting year-round Canadian interpretations of works by playwrights Pinter, Wilder, Beckett, Stoppard and Chekhov among many others.
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 55 Tank House Lane in the Distillery District. For information and tickets go to http://www.soulpepper.ca
<PETER R. KUFLUK (aka PETER KEIGH), graduation photo in The Ryersonian, 1965> You sense the clock is ticking when university friends begin dying. Peter and I were together for three years in Radio/Television/Journalism Arts at what was then the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University). Following graduation, I went into television and Peter into radio. PETER KEIGH began his broadcasting career at CHUM-FM before he’d left Ryerson. From there he moved to CJRT91.1 to host ‘Morningmusik’ – a classical music program designed to calm the jangled nerves of TORONTO commuters. He was always proud of his 29 years there, in Canada’s most competitive radio market. From PETER’s Obituary – “He was proud to be among the first in Toronto to use CDs on the air. But what he was most proud of was us, his son Michael and his daughter Rebecca. He will be greatly missed by our mom Marion, his wife and friend of over 40 years. A collector to the end, dad found joy in his library of DVDs, array of tools and assortment of clocks. Dad loved to talk about the weather, the birds on Sturgeon Lake where he lived and the bang-up job he did re-roofing his house last year. Because our dad never had the chance to say goodbye to his many loyal listeners, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and goodbye on his behalf. If you have a favourite charity, please donate in honour of Peter.”