TORONTO SHORT STORIES – JANUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 5/2017

crows1crows2<PHOTO ABOVE – one of the theatres & performance spaces in Crow’s new theatre complex, Joel Levy/Toronto Guardian>

Congratulations to the Crow’s Theatre Company & Streetcar Developments on the opening of their beautiful new facility in the East End. After 34 years as nomads, Crow’s now has a state-of-the-art home base and can mount a full season of theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy and classes for the kids.

In the spring of 2017, Gare de l’Est, a restaurant and patio from Erik Joyal and chef John Sinopoli will open in Crow’s spacious lobby. To learn more about getting involved as a volunteer, supporter or Crow’s frequent flyer, drop a line at info@crowstheatre.com or visit their website at http://www.crowstheatre.com

beautiful1Canada’s CHILINA KENNEDY, who is starring on Broadway in “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical” is bringing the show to TORONTO in June. She will join the first national tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning show exclusively for the TORONTO engagement.

“I am so excited to be playing Carole King at home! Her story is truly beautiful and the music is powerful — TORONTO audiences will love it.”

torontoeconomyIn case you were wondering, TORONTO – home to 20.4% of Canada’s population – is this country’s most important economic engine. In 2013, the year Statistics Canada put out a new data series about ‘local’ economies, TORONTO pumped out $330-billion. That’s virtually equivalent to the entire province of Alberta’s GDP ($331 billion) at that time, and within spitting distance of Canada’s second-largest province, Quebec ($337 billion). – Economist & CBC business columnist Armine Yalnizyan

Read the entire story online in MacLean’s at http://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/torontos-economy-doesnt-get-the-respect-it-deserves/
Follow Ms. Yalnizyan on Twitter – @ArmineYalnizyan

revival1Revival 629 Film Studios will build a new 7,500 square foot studio called Revival XP. This studio, at 629 Eastern Avenue, will cater to those making music videos, television commercials and virtual reality (VR). The state-of-the-art facility will offer 40-foot ceilings, green walls and lighting grids.

Mitchell Goldhar, joint owner of Revival 629 said in a press release “With over 240,000 square feet in 11 studios over an 18.5-acre site in the heart of the Film District, Revival is one of the largest film operations in Canada.”

georgeorwell1George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ is resurging again.  These days it’s nearly impossible to buy a copy.

MICHAEL SHELDEN, writer and professor at Indiana State University, wrote ‘The year of living dangerously, again’  published in Canada’s Globe and Mail on Saturday.  You’ll find his article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/george-orwells-nineteen-eighty-four-in-the-age-oftrump/article33776339/

trump2More than 1.6-million Britons have signed a petition calling for Trump’s state visit to the UK to be cancelled. The president’s immigration ban targeting Muslim-majority countries pushed the numbers way over the top. The matter will be debated in the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ on February 20 – NATIONAL POST, February 1/2017

muybridge1<IMAGE – Eadweard Muybridge>

Greater TORONTO Area real estate was off-and-running in January/2017. In the 905 outer suburbs AURORA is the hottest neighbourhood where prices increased 55% to $1,415,649 last month.  NEWMARKET saw a 52% increase in the price for a detached home and five other municipalities saw prices climb over 40%.
The average price for a detached home in the entire Greater TORONTO Area – GTA (a very large sample of sales) is still up 28% over last year.

“A 28% annual increase in house prices is not normal, not sustainable and if left alone to run its course will eventually end badly for all.” – John Pasalis, President & Broker of Realosophy Realty Inc.

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