TORONTO’S HOCKEY HALL OF FAME, “CATHEDRAL OF HOCKEY”, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1943

hockey1 hockey2One of TORONTO’s premiere attractions, The Hockey Hall of Fame, was established in 1943 at Kingston, Ontario and moved to our city in 1961.

hockey5hockey4You 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.

hockey3The Great Hall features TORONTO’s most spectacular stained glass dome.  Its bank vault, dating from 1885, contains Lord Stanley’s original Stanley Cup.

hockey8Displays 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

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SOME TORONTO SHORT STORIES – SEPT. 20-27/2016

lalaland1Movie musicals are back! ‘La La Land’, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, took the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit the theatres in December. Director DAMIEN CHAZELLE’s film was chosen for the People’s Choice Award/2016.

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gtairways2Greater 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.

condos1TORONTO’s condominium sector is soaring. 17,949 high-rise sales between January and August this year – up 33% over the same period last year. These high-rise numbers come as the supply of new low-rise homes has dwindled too a 10-year low.

The supply of condo units has decreased from a year ago, particularly in pre-construction sales. 14,000 apartments were available in August, about 10,000 fewer than in 2015.

goodyear1The 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.

peanut1Another recent visitor – MR. PEANUT, the advertising logo and mascot of Planters. Great photo by @ypsahbaz

pigeon1A portrait of one member of TORONTO’s wildlife community – Regent Park

GREAT NEWS FROM BUFFALO FOR ART LOVERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CANADA-US BORDER

albright-knox1Art 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.

albright-knox2Already 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.

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LESLIEVILLE HAS GONE FROM MANUFACTURING TO ‘HIPSTERVILLE’ IN TEN YEARS

leslieville1leslieville21LESLIEVILLE, 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.

leslieville2leslievlle6Leslieville (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.

leslieville8<You know you’re in Leslieville when you spot these multi-coloured benches.>

leslieville7<LESLIE JONES is a popular Leslieville restaurant near the intersection of Leslie and Jones.>

leslieville6leslieville11Getting to Leslieville – Queen streetcar #501 to Empire Avenue.

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SUM UP TORONTO IN SIX WORDS – A BRILLIANT IDEA FROM GENNA BUCK AT METRO NEWS

haiku1Tagged ‘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.

haiku5SIX-WORD STORY WINNER
“Thunder not bombs. Life in TORONTO.” – Gall Biceroglu

haiku2RUNNER-UP
“Condo explosion: Thousands feared too poor.” – Tom Legge

haiku4THIRD PLACE
“What’s that smell on subway?” – Charles Shao

haiku3HONOURABLE MENTION
“Lived across the hall. Met online.” – Karen Elkin

haiku6GREAT SUBMISSION
“Last winter raccoons stole my bike.” – Larry Kline

haiku7-copyGREAT SUBMISSION
“Centre of the (Canadian) universe: confirmed!” – Marcia Docherty

haiku9GREAT SUBMISSION
“Nailed Mirvish audition. Thanked. Too old.” – Jill Leger

haiku8GREAT SUBMISSION
“Two seasons: winter, construction. Winter cometh.” – Gail Biceroglu

haiku11GREAT SUBMISSION
“Yonge train surfaces. We too awaken.” – Gideon Forman

haiku10<The SIX itself>