One of TORONTO’s premiere attractions, The Hockey Hall of Fame, was established in 1943 at Kingston, Ontario and moved to our city in 1961.
You can easily spend an entire day here, roaming through gallery after gallery of history – videos, murals, photographs, the preserved Montreal Canadiens dressing room, miniature “rinks”, a collectibles corner, broadcast booth, masks, sweaters, sticks, skates, posters, etc. etc. Local, national, international – it’s all here.
The Great Hall features TORONTO’s most spectacular stained glass dome. Its bank vault, dating from 1885, contains Lord Stanley’s original Stanley Cup. Displays are colourful, well illuminated and documented. Photography is allowed. Enter from the lower level of Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street at Front. Subway stops: KING or UNION
Greater Toronto Airways has begun regular commuter service between Niagara District Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Flights depart NIAGARA at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; from TORONTO at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Additional runs and weekend service may be in the offing.
The GOODYEAR BLIMP returned to TORONTO skies this week, the first time since 2007. This one is part of a fleet operated by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Another recent visitor – MR. PEANUT, the advertising logo and mascot of Planters. Great photo by @ypsahbaz
Art collector JEFFREY GUNDLACH has pledged to donate $42.5-million in matching funds to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in BUFFALO. The gallery’s matching funds were raised over the summer months. Labour Day was the deadline.
Already one of the finest contemporary ‘American Art’ museums in the United States, the Albright-Knox will be both renovated and expanded. There will be 40,000 square-feet of new exhibition space for masterworks, an improved restaurant, educational classrooms and a cafeteria for children to have school lunches.
The Albright-Knox is a popular destination for Torontonians, so this means a lot to us too. Congratulations to our good neighbour – BUFFALO, New York.
LESLIEVILLE, formerly a neighbourhood of light industry and manufacturing, has transformed itself into a dining/shopping/antiquing/condo hub. It comes by its name legitimately: George Leslie (1804-1893) owned a large nursery in the area – Leslie Grove – which is now a park. His trees line the streets of TORONTO, and much of the foliage in Allan Gardens came from here.
Leslieville (Empire Avenue to Coxwell, along Queen Street East) is home to many of TORONTO’s fine restaurants, bars, antique stores, art galleries and clothing emporia. There’s a pawnshop, vintage record store, tattoo parlour, a cabinet maker, remnants of our industrial past, a chocolate shop, greasy spoons and one-of-a-kind coffee bars.
<You know you’re in Leslieville when you spot these multi-coloured benches.>
Getting to Leslieville – Queen streetcar #501 to Empire Avenue.
<CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES – photos by Bryan Blenkin>
Tagged ‘The Six’ by DRAKE because of its 416 area code, TORONTO was summed up in six words by readers of Metro News this past week. Each submission tells us something about T.O. and what it’s like to live here.
SIX-WORD STORY WINNER
“Thunder not bombs. Life in TORONTO.” – Gall Biceroglu
“Condo explosion: Thousands feared too poor.” – Tom Legge
“What’s that smell on subway?” – Charles Shao
“Lived across the hall. Met online.” – Karen Elkin
“Last winter raccoons stole my bike.” – Larry Kline
“Centre of the (Canadian) universe: confirmed!” – Marcia Docherty
“Nailed Mirvish audition. Thanked. Too old.” – Jill Leger
“Two seasons: winter, construction. Winter cometh.” – Gail Biceroglu
“Yonge train surfaces. We too awaken.” – Gideon Forman
<The SIX itself>