THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO BRINGS BACK THE SIXTIES WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG

As one of several new exhibits, the AGO is showing a room full of posters from the Donald Muller/Ross Scott Collection. Above – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan – East Coast Tour, March-April/1965′ – is one of the earliest in the collection. It’s by Eric Von Schmidt (1931-2007), a musician, father of folk revival, and credited with discovering Bob Dylan and fostering the career of Joan Baez.

Above – ‘The Doors, August 8, Electric Circus, NYC, 1969′ – was made for a concert that never happened. At a 1969 concert in MIAMI, Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure and accused of trying to start a riot. He was arrested and fined $500.  <PHOTOS – Ross Winter>

BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE WILL BE REACHABLE BY SUBWAY IN LATE 2017 OR EARLY 2018

It’s been a long time coming, but soon subway trains will be on their way to one of Canada’s finest heritage villages. Surrounded by development, Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living tribute to the TORONTO Region’s roots, with architecture dating as far back as the 1790’s.

On-site there are 40 buildings considered to be amongst the oldest in TORONTO and its surroundings.  Inside several of them, interpreters and artisans in period costume describe life as it was lived in pioneer Canada.

BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE is open daily from May 1 to December 23.  It’s located in TORONTO’s north-west end, at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway near the intersection of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue.  GETTING THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT – subway to FINCH STATION, then take the Steeles bus #60 westbound; or from JANE SUBWAY STATION use the Jane bus #35.

<PHOTOS ABOVE – the new Black Creek Pioneer Village subway station, designed by Will Alsop –  TTC and Jack Landau/UrbanToronto>. The Village website – https://blackcreek.ca

QUEBEC FINDS LOTS OF “ANGLOS” (ENGLISH SPEAKERS) HAVE GONE DOWN THE ROAD (HWY. 401)

It’s taken decades of ‘goin’ down the road’ for the government of QUEBEC to welcome English speakers back home to La Belle Province.  Looking for a secure future, thousands of Quebecers (13,100 in 2014 alone) have moved to TORONTO and Western Canada, and the brain drain is ongoing.

Premier PHILIPPE COUILLARD has reached out to exiled “anglos” by saying “we need you” to help the province build a better future. “The English language is part of who we are, it’s part of our history,” said the premier at a news conference this past weekend.

Columnist BRENDAN KELLY in the English-language Montreal Gazette sums things up in a few words: “We’re different because we live in a French-language place. By definition, we’re submerged in a different culture. There’s the rub, though. We’re not really submerged in that culture.” On that point authors Jean-Marc Léger, Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel agree that, “Anglo Quebecers form a distinct society unto themselves.”

For the complete story published in The Gazette go to
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/pq-youth-blast-liberals-for-contemplating-loosening-up-french-charter

TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL REOPENED CINESPHERE, WORLD’S FIRST IMAX CINEMA

The Toronto International Film Festival re-opened the doors to CINESPHERE in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

CINESPHERE opened in 1971 as one of the world’s most advanced theatres. Seating 752, it was the first permanent IMAX theatre anywhere.

RUSH LANE IS A MUST-VISIT – ESPECIALLY IN AUGUST WHEN NEW ART MAKES ITS APPEARANCE

In August TORONTO’s mural painters descend on Rush Lane and colourful new works go up almost overnight. Artists share space with garbage cans, kitchen doors, parked cars, delivery trucks and vans – there’s nothing fancy about this particular venue. Below – new art that’s making the scene in 2017.

A giant mural about TORONTO, its wonders and eccentricities from the Ikea Monkey to the CN Tower, is getting a lot of attention.

Protected by the city as a heritage site, RUSH LANE runs parallel to Queen Street West, and can be entered from the west side of Spadina Avenue, a few steps south of Queen.

TORONTO SHORT STORIES – AUGUST 1-11/2017

<Chinatown West – waiting for the bus on a sweltering Sunday afternoon>

Neighbours are outraged over a box-like house that has appeared in their Victorian nirvana. The Cabbagetown house, on St. James Court, has been the subject of a 10-year battle over proposals for a bigger house on the lot, and then over damage and the incovenience caused by construction. – Toronto Star, August 11/2017>

<Five cheetah cubs born at TORONTO ZOO in April/2017>

The Canada/150 train rolls into HAMILTON in recognition of Cansda’s 150th birthday. Canadian Pacific is sending the historic engine and 10 heritage cars across the country, starting out from Port Moody, British Columbia on July 28. It’s a beauty! – Hamilton Spectator, August 10/2017Residents of CATHEDRALTOWN (a MARKHAM suburb) have something else to look at these days – besides the cathedral. It’s a chrome statue of a cow titled “Charity, Perpetuation of Perfection”, put there with the approval of city councillor Alan Ho – who is now facing the wrath of the populace. They want it gone ASAP.  “The last thing that would cross my mind would be to raise a life-sized cow with chrome-like finish two storeys in the air and consider that proper,” said local resident Danny Dasilva. “I hate it.”

GREATER TORONTO TECH #’S – $52-BILLION ANNUAL REVENUE; 168,000 EMPLOYEES; 15,000 COMPANIES

<WORKPLACE1, Queen Street West>

<MaRS, College Street at University Avenue>. TORONTO is no slouch when it comes to the tech scene.  In fact this city is now #3 in North America, behind only Silicon Valley and New York City.  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Kik, Shopify and HootSuite – all well-known – have offices in the GTA. Start-ups, Up-starts and Started-up firms have plenty of co-working spaces to choose from in TORONTO, including BrightLane, WorkPlaceOne, the MaRS Discovery District & Ryerson University’s DMZ.

A view of the Waterfront Innovation Centre looking southeast from Queens Quay Blvd. East <Menkes Developments Ltd.; CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto>   A diverse population, multiple languages spoken, some of Canada’s top universities, a young educated workforce (57% under the age of 45), and schools such as BrainStation help prepare students for careers in development, design, digital marketing and other tech areas.

Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI), under construction on Gerrard St. E., will be a research, incubation & commercialization hub focused on solutions to urban infrastructure issues. CUI will feature 40,000 square feet of space for faculty and students researching alternative energy, water management, food production and data analytics. Architects – Moriyama & Teshima

TORONTO is very much in the tech business.

WHO KNEW THAT UNDER MARTY MILLIONAIRE’S BLUE EXTERIOR WAS AN ELEGANT BRICK FACADE?

Built in 1907 and occupied for 36 years by Marty Millionaire’s furniture emporium, a three-storey Italianate low-rise will soon become Free the Children’s WE Learning Centre. This first class reno is in an east end neighbourhood (Queen E. at Parliament) that’s being gradually re-energized. <PHOTO ABOVE – booledozer/Wikimedia Commons>

It seems there once was a bowling alley upstairs.