Who’s coming to the TORONTO International Film Festival? Some members of the A-list below –
Claire FoyLiam Neeson
Gael Garcia Bernal
This summer’s really big show at TORONTO’s Royal Ontario Museum has now closed. It will soon head out on a cross-country tour.
<PHOTOS – Tanja Tiziana>. The museum hasn’t confirmed travel plans, but it will probably go to three or four Canadian venues – and maybe internationally – before being installed permanently in TORONTO at the ROM.
The Blue Whale’s gigantic heart. The female whale washed ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland in 2014, bloated with gas and threatening to explode. Turning the 90-tonne whale into an exhibit was a gargantuan task, taking almost three years. A second blue whale, which washed ashore in Rocky Harbour, Nfld., will eventually be on display at Memorial University in St. John’s.
Our city’s oldest military cemetery was established by Governor Simcoe to receive bodies from nearby Fort York. His youngest daughter, Katherine, was the first to be buried here, followed by another 400 – including some casualties from the War of 1812.
Fortunately, a few of the earliest gravestones have survived, and they now form a wall of remembrance.
In the centre of the park is an impressive monument to the War of 1812, sculpted by Walter Seymour Allward. The Union Jack flies over all.
The cemetery was closed in 1863, and virtually abandoned until the late 19th century, when it was turned into a public park.
The TTC’s Hillcrest maintenance shop, 1138 Bathurst Street, is where the streetcars and buses go for an overhaul and repairs. Opened in 1923, the property was once home to the Hillcrest Race Track. It’s now a major TORONTO Transit Commission maintenance centre. <PHOTO – Vic on Flickr>
Highly skilled employees here have the expertise and equipment to build streetcars from scratch, a project the Commission undertook a few years ago.
The Harvey Shops are named after D. W. Harvey, the TTC’s general manager from 1924-1938. They’re actually a series of small repair shops under one roof – each specializing in different skills – from sheet metal and upholstery, to motor, body repair and paint.
<PHOTO ABOVE – a yellow rail grinder car in front of the Harvey Shops at Hillcrest, ca1967-68>
<PHOTO ABOVE – one of the city’s new streetcars arriving at Harvey Shops. It will go into a series of road tests before entering public service.> For anything and everything about TORONTO’s transportation system – subways, buses and streetcars – take a look at Steve Munro’s excellent website: http://www.stevemunro.ca
MASSEY COLLEGE, 4 Devonshire Place, is a well-connected and financially endowed institution in downtown TORONTO. Designed by Canadian architect, RON THOM, and opened in 1963 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the College was conceived by VINCENT MASSEY, 18th Governor-General of Canada, as a “place of dignity, grace, beauty and warmth”. <PHOTOS 1 & 2 by SchwerinG/wikipedia>
The Founding Master (from 1963-1981) was Canadian journalist and author, ROBERTSON DAVIES.
Who is MARK TOWHEY? He was Chief of Staff to notorious TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford and author of ‘Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable’ published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2015. He was summarily fired in 2013.
<Mayor Ford and President Trump in TORONTO>. In a Buzzfeed article Mr. Towhey offers 13 pieces of advice to General JOHN KELLY, the U.S. president’s new Chief of Staff. 1 – Don’t try to change Donald Trump. He doesn’t fit the mold; 2 – Never doubt his mandate; 3 – Focus on the objective; 4 – Create a two-year game plan; 5 – Break the siege; 6 – Protect your staff; 7 – Etiquette matters; 8 – Trust your instincts; 9 – Give Trump answers, not options; 10 – Trust somebody; 11 – Plan your exit; 12 – Keep your resume up to date; 13 – Don’t break the law.
MARK TOWHEY on ROB FORD: “He routinely got into trouble for speaking his mind — was eccentric and unpredictable. The establishment and the mainstream media warred openly against him. He became a regular punchline on late night talk shows. He was the world’s most notorious mayor.” The Buzzfeed article – https://www.buzzfeed.com/marktowhey/managing-the-unmanageable?utm_term=.tjxAD5qw7#.iqDYEX5Oq
TADDLE CREEK was buried during the Industrial Age, but it left behind a scenic ravine-like footpath running from Bloor Street West to the University of TORONTO. This has been named Philosopher’s Walk.
The Creek still flows underground, but above ground the path is bounded by the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music <PHOTO ABOVE> Koerner Concert Hall, Trinity College, the Faculty of Music at the Edward Johnson Building, and the just completed Jackman Law Building.
Faculty of Music, theatre, Edward Johnson Building
Trinity College, University of Toronto
Philosopher’s Walk Amphitheatre
Fourteen trees are planted nearby in memory of 14 women slain in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Memorial created by ‘Women Who Won’t Forget’.
Lamps at the Bloor Street entrance commemorate the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later crowned King George V and Queen Mary). This was a project undertaken by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.